Triumph Roadster Options

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Triumph are a unique motorcycle manufacturer, the British leaders make a full range of beautiful machines that have a cult following. The roadster range are one of the best looking of any manufacturer. They have 3 models to choose from.

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The entry level Street triple from £7,499. Has 675cc inline 3 cylinder engine, daytona sports chassis.

The Speed 94 MY16 from £8,999. A stripped back version of the Speed triple, with brembo breaks, ohlins suspension and the same great 1050cc Triple engine.

The Speed Triple from £10,200. Has 1050cc Triple engine and brembo breaks, the Speed triple is now 21 years old and is claimed to be the start of the “streetfight” category of bikes.

If you look at the reviews of triumphs, the owners are a loyal bunch, there are always more to them than just a bike, they have bags of character and plenty of passion for the brand.

Like most companies these days they have a massive range of extras for each bike, including clothing.

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Harley Roadster

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Harley already have a cool custom line-up, but the introduction of the Roadster, really stamps their authority over the beautiful range, it’s built to attract the cafe racer (who don’t have time to build their own)  bike market. It has all the sportster looks, but beneath the surface, it has a race pedigree. 43mm Inverted forks, dual disc front brakes, premium rear suspension and a new digital gauge. It also has the iconic low handlebars and the superb 1200cc engine. This bike comes in at £9695 which is roughly the price for a new bike in the sportster range.

The Miss Moneypenny of Bikes

The kind folks from Mototainment (New York) have grabbed one of their Triumph Bonneville off the show room floor and set about it with, what looks like, copper.

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Customised by a collaboration between Marcos Martines and Ducati Triumph NYC, the customer wanted a bike that looked unique and they could park outside and still look stunning parked in a living room (well, we all dream of that). All the panels were taken off and replaced with copper and they finished it off with a beautiful custom leather seat. Just add baking soda and lemon juice to your cleaning bag.

Kawasaki Vulcan S

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Just off the back of harley’s release of the Street 750, Kawasaki showcase the Vulcan S, This mean looking cruiser is powered by the same 649cc parallel-twin engine that is found in the Er6 range and the Versys 650. Also sporting a six speed gear box 14ltr tank and has a top speed of 115mph. The Styling of this bike is just as nice as most of the Kawasaki range, pictured in green, the Uk website here has it in black, white and … purple?…, the only drawback for this bike is that you can get the Harley Davidson Street 750 for a few hundred quid less than the asking price of £5,949,  but, maybe your just not that into harley.

Where Eagles Dare

V7 II Special
The other Italian bike maker are not to be sniffed at, they have a style all to themselves, even “Ducati” have tried to copy their style, and they know a thing or to about that.

Moto Guzzi have an entry level model called the V7 II, it comes in 3 variations, this one is the Special. Old in style but not in features, Dual channel ABS, New 6 speed Gear box and improved ergonomics. The V7 still uses the iconic 90° V-twin 4-stroke engine from the original V7, and comes in a variation of classic colours, not bad for a price tag of £7635.

Moto Guzzi know how to make classic style bikes, plus you get to have one of the best badges you can have on a motorbike.

Harley Davidson Street 750 (Captain America)

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The new entry level harley is coming to the market, The Street 750 will be available from £5,795, for that you get an entry level customisable cruiser with a 750cc liquid-cooled engine, it come in black, and a massive catalog of added extras… the true harley way.

This bike is aimed at the younger harley user, and is the bike used in the new Captain America The Winter Soldier move, which should give it the hype harley need to make it a good seller.

As this is harley’s cheapest bike, (the 883 Iron being the cheapest until now) it’s a good bike to get you onto the custom market, the price also makes it the cheapest cruiser on the market, compared to the entry level custom bikes from other top manufactures. The other bikes are available for around the same price are:

Honda 750 C2B Shadow Black Spirit at £7,699

Kawasaki Vulcan S at £6,049

Suzuki Intruder M800 at £6,999

Yamaha XV950 at £7,199

Not only do Harley offer the cheapest option, but you also get the Harley name.

Bikes in TV shows and Movies

I like movies and tv when i’m not out on my bike, even more when they have bikes in them. So i thought I’d start a new section that I could put some of the iconic bikes from the screen into my blog.
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The first one I thought I would put in was the bike used in the latest season of the Walking Dead. They use a modified Honda CB750, with a front end off a Yamaha YZF-R6. Applying some rustic paint and chunky tyres, and you have an ideal bike for touring the apocaliptic back woods of a zombie filled America. Plus there is space for your crossbow on the back. This was the second bike the character “Daryl” has used in the show, the first bike will appear at some point later.

Road Denim

In the hotter months, it’s nice to put on a pair of jeans when you decide to head out for a wee run, after all, you might be heading to some social event where you don’t want to be walking around in a pair of motorcycle trousers. The last thing you should do is jump on your bike in your £9 Primark specials, there is no protection regardless how thick you think the denim is. Kevlar lined jeans are what you should be looking for, they range from £60 to £660, and some come with knee and hip protection, the offer the best protection should the unthinkable happen. Here are a range of the cheap variety.

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RST Vintage Jeans (Kevlar and Knee Armour) £90
Weise Psycho Jeans (Leather and textile mix with knee and hip armour) £100
Draggin Camo Jeans (Kevlar lined) £145
Lindstrands Warp (Kevlar lined with knee and hip armour) £109

2015 Scottish Motorcycle Show

This years Scottish Motorcycle show was held at the Royal Highland Centre with most of the manufacturers displaying the latest models. Yamaha had the new bikes on display including the new XJR1300 & XJR1300 racer.

also on display was the V-max (celebrating 30 years) and looking mean, the excellent custom styled XV950 R, a special edition MT-09 the new R1-M, and a custom version of the XV950.

A nice collection of old Ducati’s got my camera clicking

Other bikes that stood out were the Honda VFR, Kawasaki Ninja H2 and a Rather nice customised Harley forty eight.

NM4 Vultus

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Honda are breaking the mould of bike design, recently they have introduced the GL1800 F6B, which is a lighter version of the Goldwing, and the CTX1300, which is a striped down tourer, similar to the pan european. But now the have added a new bike to the custom section, and you could be forgiven for thinking it was modelled on the Lawmaster from Judge Dredd. At first view, the NM4 Vultus 4 is a hideous beast of a bike, but as you look at it closely, it becomes more endearing. It’s futuristic shell has a 745cc engine and an 11.6 ltr petrol tank hidden under it and the price starts at £9,666.