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Offline The Purple Turtle

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Re: Why should / shouldn't I buy a Big Boy?
« Reply #40 on: February 13, 2013, 02:40:35 pm »
I like your project.

If SWAMBO require you to ever get rid of it, please contact me, as I will gladly be of assistance.

I have +-40 000 sqm of densely bushed hillside to hide projects in.

The problem is when SWAMBO decides to take a walk and survey the premises, I do fear that day.
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Re: Why should / shouldn't I buy a Big Boy?
« Reply #41 on: February 13, 2013, 02:44:50 pm »
To get back on track.

I concur. Buy the Chinese as a turnkey project.

If it bombs out - you will not be spending more to fix it than you would in repairing the the crapped out secondhand Jap.

If it runs nicely - like the majority seems to lately, you have a running project you did not have to work on.

Looking at it that way, kinda makes sense?.... :biggrin:
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Re: Why should / shouldn't I buy a Big Boy?
« Reply #42 on: February 13, 2013, 02:50:35 pm »
To get back on track.

I concur. Buy the Chinese as a turnkey project.

If it bombs out - you will not be spending more to fix it than you would in repairing the the crapped out secondhand Jap.

If it runs nicely - like the majority seems to lately, you have a running project you did not have to work on.

Looking at it that way, kinda makes sense?.... :biggrin:
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Re: Why should / shouldn't I buy a Big Boy?
« Reply #43 on: February 13, 2013, 03:09:56 pm »


because it was better quality - the new honda cheapies are no better than chinese bikes

Difference is 2-year Honda guarantee and 4000km service intervals, so,  :deal:
 

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Re: Why should / shouldn't I buy a Big Boy?
« Reply #44 on: February 13, 2013, 03:15:27 pm »


because it was better quality - the new honda cheapies are no better than chinese bikes

Difference is 2-year Honda guarantee and 4000km service intervals, so,  :deal:

so  :deal: what ???

the 2-year warranty is just for them to get there money worth out of you bring the bike back over and over and over for its services

my chinese bike i change the oil every 2500km and i rinse out the oil filter in petrol - done and dusted costs me more or less R60 to service

a R400+ service on a xr125 - really what are they doing that costs R400 ???

but i must admit i bought the chinese bike 2nd hand for less than half of what they cost new - so i did not have to worry about keeping the services up to date at stealers etc

 

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Re: Why should / shouldn't I buy a Big Boy?
« Reply #45 on: February 13, 2013, 03:22:08 pm »
Maybe also consider a Bajaj Pulsar 180?
I use one to commute and its done 25k km
Issues so far: replaced the front light bulb...
Light on juice too  :biggrin:

these bikes are very good  :thumleft: you also get a cheap Bajaj Boxer brand new for R 9999, only trouble is, it's gor a drum brake in the front.
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Re: Why should / shouldn't I buy a Big Boy?
« Reply #46 on: February 13, 2013, 03:22:51 pm »
Maybe also consider a Bajaj Pulsar 180?
I use one to commute and its done 25k km
Issues so far: replaced the front light bulb...
Light on juice too  :biggrin:

these bikes are very good  :thumleft: you also get a cheap Bajaj Boxer brand new for something like R 6999, only trouble is, it's gor a drum brake in the front.

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Re: Why should / shouldn't I buy a Big Boy?
« Reply #47 on: February 13, 2013, 03:30:38 pm »
My very first bike was a 180cc  Bajaj Avenger. Tough as nails and it coped very well with my ,erm, learning curve. If they can survive India they can survive anywhere.

Mmm, I wonder if I can fit DS tyres on an Avenger?
 

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Re: Why should / shouldn't I buy a Big Boy?
« Reply #48 on: February 13, 2013, 03:42:07 pm »
I dont think Bajaj is Chinese
its Indian, but they have a reputation for being reliable

It catches my dreams when I ride it.
 

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Re: Why should / shouldn't I buy a Big Boy?
« Reply #49 on: February 13, 2013, 03:47:32 pm »
For such a short distance,  A scooter or a pair of shoes is the answer. (I live about 2.5km from work as well, so I'm in the same boat)

I recommend a Honda Vision, or if you really have some hangup about scooters, a Honda e-storm.  The scooter is a lot more practical though, plenty of storage space for your lunchbox.

I can fit 2 six-packs and a bottle of wine under my scooter seat, and a bag of wood under my legs.  +- R50 of petrol every 2 weeks. That's my total commuting budget.




 

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Re: Why should / shouldn't I buy a Big Boy?
« Reply #50 on: February 13, 2013, 08:35:51 pm »
Picture of the 'project' except it's in bits at the moment.

Obviously I'm a sucker for punishment.
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