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Kawasaki VN900 SE Classic, Honda VT750 Shadow, Yamaha Virago XV535

On this page you will find details of my recent motorcycling exploits. I will also tell you about my favourite accessories and give you access to some interesting videos.

They do say that once you have ridden bikes, you will never shake it off. Of
course I am still riding now.
I started riding again in 2006. Liking the look of the cruiser scene I bought an 02 Yamaha Virago to get back into it.
honda vt750 shadow in flames
honda vt750 shadow Kawasaki VN900 classic
My Honda VT750 Shadow Classic Kawasaki VN900 Classic
This was replaced with a stage 1 tuned Honda Shadow. This was an 05 C5 VT750. It had open Vance and Hines pipes, a Kuryakin hypercharger and loads of Highway Hawk bits.
Here's a link to some video taken from my trusty Honda Shadow: 

 honda shadow on youtube
After 4 years the Shadow was replaced with a 2011 Kawasaki VN900 Vulcan Classic Special Edition to which I  fitted the obligatory Vance and Hines pipes, Mustang seat, bar risers, lighting bar, K and N air filter and a Cobra F2000I powerpro fuel management unit (sent by a friend in the States). This one item transformed the bike. Along with the pipes and fast flow air filter it gave almost sports bike acceleration and it would run smoothly down below 30mph in top which it would never do before the mods. And as for that 'gattling gun' sound...... It had to be heard to be believed.
My 2011 Kawasaki VN900 SE Classic
So after running my Kawasaki VN900 for six years, I fancied a change of genre so I invested in -
a Triumph Tiger 800 XRX triple. Wow! What a culture shock! Basically an adventure bike with a Speed Triple - ish engine, this bike is very quick, handles like a dream, is bristling with tech and looks good too. For me, it's amazing to have brakes that work and to be able to run into roundabouts at speed on the outside lane knowing that you can get through and away before almost any car gets near you is fantastic. And to have a bike on which you can filter to the front in most situations is a revelation. Took a fair bit to get used to the massive (for me) power difference and performance of this bike. It has 3 riding modes and I have initially had to keep it in 'rain' mode just to be able to keep the thing within legal requirements. I have added some spotlamps to help me to be seen seeing as how the exhaust (Arrow sport can) is sooooooo quiet by comparison with the VN gattling gun Vance and Hines pipes. I've also had to install an aftermarket screen as the standard one is basically crap for wind protection. I can now sit on the motorway with the cruise control set to 80mph revving at 6 with another 4 and a half thou to go. And the screaming sound from that unburstable triple above 6 thou has to to be experienced to be believed! The only problem is that the Missis is not too happy on the back compared to the luxury and comfort of the VN.  I am working on that though! I do have some ideas for some maybe longer runs with a possibility of some touring in mind. We shall see. Also, I do still miss that V twin engine.......... Hmmmmmmmmm
Class Adventure motorcycle
Engine 799 cc (48.8 cu in), inline-3, 12-valve, DOHC
Bore / stroke 74.0 mm × 61.9 mm (2.91 in × 2.44 in)
Ignition type Electronic
Transmission 6-speed, chain drive
Frame type Steel trellis
Suspension Front: Upside down forks
Rear: Aluminium swingarm & mono-shock
Brakes Front: twin 308 mm floating discs, Nissin 2-piston sliding calipers, Rear: single 255 mm disc, Nissin single piston sliding caliper (Switchable ABS model available)
Tyres Front 800: 100/90ZR19
Front 800 XC: 90/90ZR21
Rear both: 150/70 ZR17
Rake, trail 800: 23.7°/86.2 mm
800 XC: 23.1°/91.1 mm
Wheelbase 800: 1,555 mm (61.2 in)
800 XC: 1,568 mm (61.7 in)
Dimensions L: 2,215 mm (87.2 in)
W: 800: 795 mm (31.3 in)
800 XC: 865 mm (34.1 in)
H: 800: 1,350 mm (53 in)
800 XC: 1,390 mm (55 in)
Seat height 800: 810–830 mm (32–33 in)
triumph tiger 800 xrx in caspian blue

My Tiger is equipped with front and rear video cameras which record every ride for both insurance purposes and for making 'action videos'.  A couple of my videos:

A run down the 'Strines' road in Yorkshire on my 2016  Tiger 800. Triumph triple engine sounds through front and rear camera setup.

I have a Tom Tom 410 bike satnav which is invaluable to me. One feature of it which I like is the ability to 'record your route' from which function you can save a GPX file of your ride. This can be used in software to make a video with real time displays such as speed, direction, g forces etc. Or you can load it into the likes of to record your route onto a map. Here is a short video showcasing Dashware software and some of what you can do with it. This was taken aboard my Triumph Tiger 800 XRX from a Vsys C6 front and rear camera setup. It is from my 2016 NW200 return run down to the  Larne ferry on the bottom end of the lovely A36.


 It is a fact that you always hanker after your first bike. After some searching, I found the exact model of bike which I learned on and passed my test on back in the day.  classic honda cd90z in blueIt now takes pride of place at home where I will cosset it and look after it. It has been nicely restored and almost 100% original.  It runs nicely and the first ride on it took me straight back to 1970, not a bad feeling. I won't be running it too much, just summer days to show it off a bit but I will definitely be wheeling it out on a regular basis just to look at it. Sad or what?
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