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Smeagol

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Greetings Xrunners
« on: May 02, 2012, 06:41:22 PM »
Hi all,

A virtual beverage of your choice, on me.  :031:

I've been riding for 3 years, first bike was a CBF600SA.

Sadly the CBF was killed by a dozy cager in March, I did a somersault and landed on my head ( so not much damage done to me  :087: )

Looking around the current range there was not much that took my fancy.  Initially I didn't consider the Crossrunner, the Crossdresser moniker didn't help  :007: but after reading around a bit, I spent a month on sick leave not able to do a lot but read about bikes  :152:, I decided it was worthy of consideration.

Finally feeling fit to ride again I booked one for a test ride from Blade Honda Reading and took it out for the day yesterday.  Torrential rain accompanied my ride down to Loomies and after suitable refreshment ( Big Breakfast ) I headed on down to Southsea where the sky was blue and the sun was shining.  So I buzzed around the coast for a while before heading back to the dealer.

Impressions of the bike were very good.  Although the suspension felt very firm it kept it's composure through the corners and the most potholed roads couldn't throw it off course  :047:

The gearchange is so slick it feels as though you hardly have to touch the lever to change gear, I did manage to get a couple of false neutrals between, I think, 4th and 5th when giving some spirited acceleration  :034:

The bike felt very stable but responded to changes of direction nimbly  :047:

The instrument cluster wobbled alarmingly, it had the taller Honda screen fitted so I wonder if that affected it.  I didn't feel there was excess buffeting from the larger screen the airflow hit me just below the neck and I didn't feel my head was being blown around ( wearing a Shoei Qwest ) there was some very windy conditions that day.

Riding through the torrential rain the back of the topbox was absolutely plastered in dirt  :012:

In the rain the fairing directed the water into a big puddle on both sides of the tank, which was then promptly thrown back at me  :230:

Some reports say the rev counter can be difficult to read, I never felt that I couldn't see it clearly enough.  There was a bit of reflection on the instruments but not enough to obscure the important displays.

I love the growl as the VTEC comes online  :001:

So I arrived back at the dealer and signed on the dotted line, to be delivered Saturday  :001:

Then I went home and told the wife  :192:

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Re: Greetings Xrunners
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2012, 07:00:06 PM »
Welcome on board!

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Re: Greetings Xrunners
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2012, 07:21:26 PM »
 :400:to the forum. You have made a great choice
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Shaunomercy

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Re: Greetings Xrunners
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2012, 10:23:30 PM »
if its got the touring screen ask the dealer for the standard one too.  its way way better.
congrats on the new bike.
paul

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Re: Greetings Xrunners
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2012, 03:49:17 AM »
the instrument cluster wobble.  thats been noted on here with the touring screen when wind is buffeting screen.  standard screen is best or the power bronze one which xrunjoe has which follows the lines of standard screen but a little taller
paul

Smeagol

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Re: Greetings Xrunners
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2012, 06:19:18 AM »
The demo bike had the larger screen but I haven't ordered it for my bike so it will come with the standard screen.  Then I can compare the 2 to see if I want a larger screen.

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Re: Greetings Xrunners
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2012, 03:40:05 PM »
Hi Smeagol,

I used to live Woodley and my best biking mate is from Woodley also. Maybe catch up with you one sunny day - we meet at H Diner Dorchester on Thames - ever get that way??
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Smeagol

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Re: Greetings Xrunners
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2012, 06:05:12 PM »
*Originally Posted by xrunjoe [+]
Hi Smeagol,

I used to live Woodley and my best biking mate is from Woodley also. Maybe catch up with you one sunny day - we meet at H Diner Dorchester on Thames - ever get that way??

Yup I know H well.  I'm only about 20 minutes away from there.

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Re: Greetings Xrunners
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2012, 09:52:47 PM »
Hi Smeagol   :400: to the forum and  :031:  matey
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Re: Greetings Xrunners
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2012, 10:39:58 AM »
Hi Smeagol (Gollum :008:),

welcome  :400: :400:.

Greetings from Germany

Guido