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 Post subject: Returning at 57
 Post Posted: Wed May 31, 2017 11:15 pm 
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Hi, after being away from motorcycling for a very long time ( wife, children etc, usual story) I'm returning to two wheels. Old school was 400/4 but after looking at a lot of motorcycles I'm drawn to the Hornet


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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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Welcome to the Nest and good choice of bike. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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Hello and welcome back :D

Which year Hornet have you acquired?


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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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HOON98 wrote:
Hello and welcome back :D

Which year Hornet have you acquired?


I haven't bought one yet but will be around the 2000 mark, I'm guessing the bigger front wheel is better?


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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
 Post Posted: Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:11 am 
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Welcome,

My advice , dont do it , the roads are getting busier and conditions worse and cars dont give 2 hoots about bikes,

Buy yourself a nice 2 seater convertible instead :thumbup

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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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Redgum wrote:
I haven't bought one yet but will be around the 2000 mark, I'm guessing the bigger front wheel is better?


Yep - the general consensus is that the 17 inch front wheel is better.

I have a 98 with the 16 inch front - it has more of a tendency to get a bit twitchy and shake it's head than the 17 - plus you will have a greater choice of tyres with the 17 inch front.


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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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Hi and welcome in :)

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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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paulh0rnet wrote:
Welcome,

My advice , dont do it , the roads are getting busier and conditions worse and cars dont give 2 hoots about bikes,

Buy yourself a nice 2 seater convertible instead :thumbup


Or maybe just get a mobility scooter or take up knitting, golf, yeh right, I was probably scraping the knees of my levis on my kettle before you were a twinkle in yr old mans eye.


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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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HOON98 wrote:
Redgum wrote:
I haven't bought one yet but will be around the 2000 mark, I'm guessing the bigger front wheel is better?


Yep - the general consensus is that the 17 inch front wheel is better.

I have a 98 with the 16 inch front - it has more of a tendency to get a bit twitchy and shake it's head than the 17 - plus you will have a greater choice of tyres with the 17 inch front.


I thought that was the case, thanks


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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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I was probably scraping the knees of my levis on my kettle before you were a twinkle in yr old mans eye.


Haha bet your not :)

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I was probably scraping the knees of my levis on my kettle before you were a twinkle in yr old mans eye.


Haha bet you were not :)

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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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Redgum wrote:
I was probably scraping the knees of my levis on my kettle before you were a twinkle in yr old mans eye.


Haha bet you were not :)

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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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so good i posted twice :angel

PS i am 56 :help

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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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370steve wrote:
so good i posted twice :angel

PS i am 56 :help


So have you settle for the Mazda two seater then


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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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370steve wrote:
so good i posted twice :angel

PS i am 56 :help


3 times actually but who's counting? :rollin

You forgot to edit the third one. Alzheimer's anyone?

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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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370steve wrote:
Redgum wrote:
I was probably scraping the knees of my levis on my kettle before you were a twinkle in yr old mans eye.


Haha bet you were not :)


:rollin :rollin

i feel young again , thanks Mr Born again :thumbup

Oh go steady apparently you are at very high risk.

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Redgum wrote:
370steve wrote:
so good i posted twice :angel

PS i am 56 :help


So have you settle for the Mazda two seater then


Haha, No, got an Abarth 595 turbo rollerskate :angel

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370steve wrote:
Redgum wrote:
370steve wrote:
so good i posted twice :angel

PS i am 56 :help


So have you settle for the Mazda two seater then


Haha, No, got an Abarth 595 turbo rollerskate :angel


:clap :clap

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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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paulh0rnet wrote:
370steve wrote:
Redgum wrote:
I was probably scraping the knees of my levis on my kettle before you were a twinkle in yr old mans eye.


Haha bet you were not :)


:rollin :rollin

i feel young again , thanks Mr Born again :thumbup

Oh go steady apparently you are at very high risk.


Your probability of dying of anything is much more likely over 50, as for high risk on a bike, after so much time on the roads I think I have some idea of what idiots are doing on the roads. I defo would not want to be 17 again and ride like I did. Many of my mates that carried on biking have long since sold their sports bikes due to not being able to get out of second gear and gone for old plodders. I just see the hornet as a future classic and thinking more tinkering that tottering.


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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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Redgum wrote:
after so much time on the roads I think I have some idea of what idiots are doing on the roads.


After nearly 40 years of continuous riding on the roads I like to think that also , but when i am riding / commuting everyday, all year round, all weathers ,i am constantly reminded never to under estimate the stupidity of said idiots.

My point ,,,,,,,, take care out there fellow biker :thumbup

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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
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paulh0rnet wrote:
Redgum wrote:
after so much time on the roads I think I have some idea of what idiots are doing on the roads.


After nearly 40 years of continuous riding on the roads I like to think that also , but when i am riding / commuting everyday, all year round, all weathers ,i am constantly reminded never to under estimate the stupidity of said idiots.

My point ,,,,,,,, take care out there fellow biker :thumbup


Thanks for the valuable advice, thinking of taking a few lessons first as I hear the bikes of today are different animals to the zigging two strokes of the late 70's


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 Post subject: Re: Returning at 57
 Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:25 am 
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Hi Redgum
I'm back on two wheels after a 47 year break. Chose a 2010 Hornet three years ago after passing the DAS on a '99 Hornet because I like the feel of a four cylinder engine. I also find the size of the bike big enough to have some road presence without being too big to manage.
A few refresher lessons would be a great idea and - like you - with almost 50 years of car driving behind me I'm reasonably good at reading the road.
Don't delay - get that Hornet straight away!
Cheers
Tony


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