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Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« on: June 02, 2014, 06:48:57 AM »
Jem is in his 50s, hasn't ridden for years, and wants a bike. He doesn't want a fast bike, just something he could poodle around on.

He says he like the Harley Fat Bob (but no other Harley) but that's way out of his price range (£3000-4000-about $4500-6000, remembering bikes are pricier over here).

I doubt a Japanese cruiser would fit.

He actually likes playing with engines and maintenance. He's an engineer and used to race two strokes-he reckoned the best bit about racing was rebuilding the engine after each race!

So, age wouldn't be a problem, so long as spares are easily available, as he'll enjoy fixing it. Reliability, once fixed, should be good.

I've thought of the old Moto Guzzi California T3. Perhaps a modern Triumph retro? Neither would be fast, both would be reliable.

Ideas, please. I know we all like playing with this sort of stuff.
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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2014, 06:49:45 AM »
Old airhead?
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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2014, 06:50:22 AM »
Old airhead?

Good idea. Maybe an old 650, there's still a few around.
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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2014, 07:21:54 AM »
They don't get much easier to work on.
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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2014, 09:45:46 AM »
Triumph America or Triumph Speedmaster.
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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2014, 10:54:49 AM »
Jem is in his 50s,

An adventure bike? 

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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2014, 02:25:18 PM »
Sure. It's always a "friend". (We know it's really for you, but I'll play along.)  ;)

Would your friend be interested in an African Twin? Honda is pretty good for parts, and the seating ergo's might appeal to a 50 year old frame.
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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2014, 10:15:55 AM »
Triumph Thunderbird from the late 90s, early 00?
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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #8 on: June 03, 2014, 02:27:43 PM »
£800 VFR?
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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2014, 07:08:30 PM »
Triumph Thruxton.

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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2014, 07:11:55 PM »
Buy 2. One for you and one for Jem.
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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2014, 07:14:39 PM »
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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2014, 07:17:05 PM »
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Re: Help Choose a Bike for a Friend of Mine...
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2014, 07:58:16 PM »
Honda Grom.   

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