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Its a 750 cc 4 stroke Laverda made in Italy. Popular bike for 500 mile endurance racing back then.

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On 2/6/2019 at 12:33 AM, Dafey said:

Being a 400 it is Highway legal

I have seen/heard some complaints about people getting tickets riding those on the tollways because the CR says 373cc instead of 400cc.

KTM managed to get 400cc on the registration papers of their "390" models which are technically 373cc also.

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DeedleNuts

My riding history, basically:

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And so on ;)

I'm getting old and started young, what can I say?

 

 

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Dafey

I had a Kaw 650 in 76...green...used to race funny cars at the drag strip! My riding buddy had the 900.He actually won a few races!

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DeedleNuts
36 minutes ago, Dafey said:

I had a Kaw 650 in 76...green...used to race funny cars at the drag strip! My riding buddy had the 900.He actually won a few races!

The KZ was my first street bike, and I wish I still had it. That and the 1000 were great amazing machines. 

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RR3
6 hours ago, DeedleNuts said:

I'm getting old and started young, what can I say?

Older men need faster bikes :oldtimer:

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Gov’t eyes to ban wearing of shorts when riding a motorcycle

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will recommend to the Land Transportation Office (LTO) the measure to prohibit the motorcycle riders and back-riders from wearing shorts.

KAMI learned that the MMDA wants to add this new dress code to further ensure the safety of the motorcycle riders.

"Protective devices shall include helmet, goggles, leather boots, and protective clothing such as heavy pants, heavy jacket, leather gloves, and rain suit,” he added.

According to data by MMDA, there is an increase with road accidents involving motorcycle riders. Therefore, the MMDA will be implementing the Metro Manila Council Resolution 2007 that will apprehend those who will not be using their headlight.

The current law only requires the motorcycle riders to wear their helmet and they are not allowed to use slippers or drive with barefoot.

The fine for not wearing a helmet is P1,500, while the fine for not wearing proper foot gear starts from P500 to P1,000.

MMDA will be discussing the proposed measure with the LTO and all the stakeholders during a technical working group meeting.

 

https://www.msn.com/en-ph/news/national/govt-eyes-to-ban-wearing-of-shorts-when-riding-a-motorcycle/ar-BBUHq9x?ocid=spartandhp

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On 2/25/2019 at 10:17 AM, throttleplate said:

when i was stationed in jacksonville florida i bought this 1980 yamaha special ll. I would pack my tent and backpack and drive up the coast to the nascar races. Here i am at a hotel in charlotte north carolina for the nascar race The World 600.

I rode nonstop there and back. The ride there was great as i took all the backroads through georgia and south carolina and seen the world from within. I remember riding into the small hick redneck towns buying coke a cola from the old metal racked pop machines and gettin glass bottle.

The trip back after the race was terrible as my butt hurt so bad and my inner thighs i was about to ride laying on my stomach and to make it worse there was something on the highway that i couldnt make out and when i got up to it doing 70mph i tried to miss it but my right leg caught it. It was a weber type cooking grill without the top and it was laying upside down and with its 3 long legs sticking up my right leg shin hit the leg and so now not only my ass hurt but now my frickin shin.

Made it back to base at 3 in the morning on monday and made morning muster, easy to do as i was only 19 years old.

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I had one of those! Good dependable bike.

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HTM

This morning 6am 17 of us meet in Kawasaki and had a joy trip to Danao, Dominar 400 Cebu

 

 

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On 3/13/2019 at 12:44 PM, Dafey said:

"Protective devices shall include helmet, goggles, leather boots, and protective clothing such as heavy pants, heavy jacket, leather gloves, and rain suit,” he added.

Today we all had this++, safety is important!  Even its going to b hot.
 

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bkb1

Nice looking bike, if it was around 400cc I would seriously consider it...

 

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V85 TT

MSRP (*):

$ 11,990.00

FOR EVERY ROAD AND EVERY JOURNEY

The classic travel enduro retains the values and authenticity of the noble mandello brand and promises unique riding experiences, in keeping with moto guzzi tradition.

 

Presented at EICMA 2017, and having kept to its development and production schedule, the new Moto Guzzi reflects a construction philosophy in which simplicity, practicality and lightness make for an unfiltered relationship between motorcycle and rider.

Travelling to live
The TT acronym, already a part of Moto Guzzi tradition, is an ideal fit for the V85: meaning “tutto terreno”, or all-terrain, it identifies a motorcycle dedicated to travel in its purest and most original form, conjuring up clear images of desert adventures such as the Paris-Dakar. Moto Guzzi V85 TT is the new and original all-terrain that combines style features reminiscent of the golden age of motorcycle adventures with the content and functionality of a modern touring enduro. V85 TT is dedicated to those who, while still dreaming of the Dakar, seek a motorcycle that can also inject adventurous spirit into the everyday journey.

 

V85 TT: the Classic Travel Enduro
The fundamental concepts at the heart of the V85 TT project are simplicity, ease and practicality, values typical of those 80s enduro bikes. Moto Guzzi V85 TT achieves its ambitious goal of combining a style based on said values with the needs of a modern touring enduro. This is why it deserves the title of classic enduro, dedicated to touring . Its design combines technology and functionality, with typical Moto Guzzi traits to ensure durability. The desire for simple shapes is clear: with no kind of fairing, the V85 TT is defined by the lines of its tank, its side panels and the front mudguard, as well as its brand-new sculpted 90° V twin engine of course.

 

Chassis: for the utmost riding pleasure and ease
That Moto Guzzi ability to build superb chassis is once again confirmed with the V85 TT. Only the new Moto Guzzi can boast such a solid and precise front end as it enters a corner; only V85 TT is able to give the rider such a sense of control and safety while seeking excitement on the road. Reduced longitudinal development of the new small block engine allows for a very long swingarm, for safe and intuitive riding. The new asymmetric unit in box-type aluminium features a curved left arm, for a very linear exhaust pipe design and a reduction of lateral bulk. The right arm of the swingarm houses the new shaft drive transmission. V85 TT is the only bike in its segment to use shaft drive transmission, prioritised over a chain drive because it makes no mess and requires no maintenance.

 

A new engine, a future classic
The V85 TT introduces a new Moto Guzzi engine. Its configuration mirrors that of all Moto Guzzi bikes in production today: an air-cooled transverse 90° V twin with OHV distribution and two valves per cylinder, the pride and tradition of the Mandello Eagle. Engine capacity is 853 cc, thanks to a bore to stroke ratio of 84 x 77 mm. The most modern of all engines in the range, it can boast a ratio of almost 100 HP/litre. Thanks to its complete new design and the use of materials generally destined for race bikes, such as titanium, the new "eight and a half" is able to deliver maximum power of 80 HP and boast an impressive maximum torque value of 80 Nm at 5,000 rpm, with 90% of the torque already available at 3,750 rpm, in keeping with the tradition of the Mandello twin, which has always offered excellent drive even at very low revs. This is the first Moto Guzzi small block engine that can easily reach 8000 rpm, an aspect that showcases its modern and exuberant nature.

 

First-rate technology and content
Moto Guzzi has designed a complete range of standard electronic equipment, without any inopportune technological overload, for maximum travel enjoyment. To make life on board easier and safer, Moto Guzzi introduces three different riding modes on the V85 TT: Road, Rain and Off-road. Each of these Riding Modes corresponds to a different engine mapping and a different ABS and MGCT traction control calibration, as well as a different response from the Ride-by-Wire accelerator control.

 

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Dafey

2018 Yamaha Xmax 300

I finally owned up to the fact that my body is too worn and torn to ride a conventional motorcycle. After 51 years of straddling the horse I took my tax refund and purchased a new Xmax 300. This is not something I did on a whim as I’ve been looking for my upgrade options for over a year now and squirreling away my pesos for the day.

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Originally I was looking at the Dominar. This is a beautiful bike with lots of tech and at a very reasonable price. But the sitting position was not conducive to my knees and back and aggravates the numbness that we all suffer from in the right hand. (more so as we age)

The Bajaj Avenger was high on my list too as the sitting position is more along the lines of a cruiser and the bike itself is a really good value.

However, I kept coming back to Royal Enfield…to me this is one of the most nostalgic and sexy bikes available in the Philippines. The maintenance heavy Classic 350 is a beautiful bike and if taken care of will last for many decades. But… I want to ride…not do maintenance!

Living in the tropics makes me want to move to a water cooled bike and I am real tired of cleaning and oiling chains so after much study and comparison I opted for the 2018 Yamaha Xmax 300.

Why a 2018? Because the 2019s won’t be available in the Philippines until after summer! Don’t ask me, the Phils gets last pick as far as shipping goes and with these things selling worldwide now, (as usual), we suck hind tit!

About the bike:

Engine Type

292cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke, SOHC single cylinder; 4 valves

Bore x Stroke

70.2mm x 75.9mm

Compression Ratio

10.9:1

Fuel Delivery

Fuel Injection

Ignition

TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition

Transmission

Automatic CVT

Final Drive

V-Belt

 

Suspension / Front

33mm telescopic fork; 4.3-in travel

Suspension / Rear

Dual shocks; 3.1-in travel

Brakes / Front

Hydraulic disc, 267mm; ABS

Brakes / Rear

Hydraulic disc, 245mm; ABS

Tires / Front

120/70-15 Dunlop® Scoot Smart

Tires / Rear

140/70-14 Dunlop® Scoot Smart

 

L x W x H

86.0 in x 30.5 in x 55.7 in – 57.7 in

Seat Height

31.3 in

Wheelbase

60.6 in

Rake (Caster Angle)

26.5°

Trail

3.7 in

Maximum Ground Clearance

5.3 in

Fuel Capacity

3.4 gal

Fuel Economy**

75 mpg

Wet Weight***

397 lb

There is so much technology packed in this bike it’s hard to believe they retail at 249K. I am looking forward to testing the Front and rear ABS after I am comfortable with the riding…I only have 250 km now but have been really enjoying the ride.

Fuel injection and traction control are both really cool features that come standard on this bike as well as 15 inch front tire and a 14 inch rear. Most scooters come with 13 inch wheels.

The bike is definitely heavy but that adds to the smooth ride and I feel it maneuvers well in traffic or cornering on these mountain roads. Also, the low center of gravity makes it easy to balance at slow speeds. While the Aerox, it’s baby sister, is a better bike for pure city driving I would be happy to ride this in the city occasionally.

Automatic??? This is where I really had an adjustment to make! I always downshift to slow down and brakes on my bikes last a long time so losing this ability seemed like taking away my ‘feel’ of the road. However the engine drag when you let off the throttle is plenty to slow you down and those double disc brakes do the rest. While talking about the throttle it is really twitchy and is another adjustment that I am learning to deal with.

The seat and the sitting position is quite possibly the most comfortable I have ever had on a bike. It’s like sitting on a cushy chair in your living room. The ability to move my legs to multiple positions not only helps my knees and blood flow but also can adjust my upper body to follow and I find relief from numbness in the right hand. The passenger seat is like a sofa and I wouldn’t know my wife was on the back except for her giving me driving 'tips' as I drive!

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This is a keyless vehicle and you are given 1 remote that tells the bike it’s okay to operate when it is ‘in-range’ of the bike. The main control is a knob that is between your knees on the front column. Push it and the bike powers up and allows you to unlock the seat, (which can hold 2 full face helmets and some gear), a lock box with a 12 volt power supply and the gas tank which is directly below the knob. Turn the switch again and the instruments cycle through their business and you are ready to push the kill switch on the handlebar which also starts your bike. After you’re done riding you can turn the handlebar all the way to the left and the knob will lock your steering.

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I’m still in the break in period so I can’t talk about ‘hard' acceleration but it feels like there is plenty of oomph to make this a sporty bike.

So far I am well pleased and will chat more as I learn more.

Ride safe!

 

 

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Soupeod

Sweet looking bike Dafey!

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RR3

I am afraid automatic is the way to go for me too. My biggest problem is arthritis, Get cramps in fingers, must bend them out of clutch after some riding. Real pain, no cure.

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Dafey

It took me a long time to admit that physically I cannot continue to ride like I was 17. Thank God for 'Maxi Scooters' and in particular Yamaha for making one in my price range!

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