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No reminiscing about old pieces of tat here, I’m afraid. The ‘new bike fairy’ has arrived - she has a phone book. In it, is the number of every bike manufacturer in business today. Each of you can ring one factory, and have one of their new bikes, for free!

Who do you ring, and what do you order?

For me, it’s easy, and only about 50 mile away. I ring Donington Hall, and place an order for a Norton Commando 961. Luuurrrrvvveee these bikes!
Ben

NB - this is not real. No phone book. No fairy, either......
 

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I just checked with the fairy, and you can change the colour and handlebar configuration of the bike.....but only in the first 5 minutes!!! :wink2:
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Can I ask for a bike they never made something with bits and pieced of others that they made ?
Will they maintain and warranty and do everything on it ? And what if parts go disappear cos they went belly up ?
Yea I'm sucking the fun out of this aren't I.
I may get the triumph version of this too. Or this one as well. USD forks … yeaaayyyyy.
 

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Commando is a good call. That's a pretty bike. The new Thruxton is the bee's knees. The Indian Scout Bobber is a pretty pony as well, is the Indian flat tracker on the table? New bike fairy can drop that off, I'll take good care of it. If we're getting crazy I'll take a factory designed c-spec bolt based on the SCR950 platform since they're not using it anymore and a scrambler on the XSR700 platform so it's chain drive and light enough to actually scramble.
 

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Two calls for the FTR now, so I called the fairy, and she has made a special dispensation for pre-production models. She also said that anyone who whines about warranties when offered a free bike though (@srinath) is asking for her wand inserting somewhere!! :laugh:

Her words, not mine!!!
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She also said that anyone who whines about warranties when offered a free bike though (@srinath) is asking for her wand inserting somewhere!! :laugh:

Her words, not mine!!!
Ben
I think I met this fairy godmutha and her wand in the operating room about 6 years go.
 

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So.....it must be kismet!! Take a look at MCN this week.....
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Lol

Two calls for the FTR now, so I called the fairy, and she has made a special dispensation for pre-production models. She also said that anyone who whines about warranties when offered a free bike though (@srinath) is asking for her wand inserting somewhere!! :laugh:

Her words, not mine!!!
Ben
Henry ford, said - I'll give the cars away for free if I could be guaranteed the parts sales. Yea this looks like one of those could be at play here.
 

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Gimme the most expensive bike in the world (11 million USD) so I can sell it and get myself a whole fleet of bikes. Yeah, I'm the kid who wished for more wishes in the playground hypotheticals. >:)


Neiman Marcus (??!?) Limited Edition Fighter
 

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Well, right now I've got my eye on several different motorcycles.

First off, I want one of the new Royal Enfield twins. 650cc, british style parallel twin. Looks more a Triumph than Triumph does. Sub-$6000 price point, good power, good brakes, EFI, what's not to like? When a new Bonnie or Scrambler is pushing $11k, I could buy a new RE Interceptor and deck it out to my heart's content, and still be nowhere even approaching the ballpark of the Triumph price. The new RE twins have the same horsepower as our (stock) SCR950, but weighs 100 lbs less. That sounds like a perfect base to throw some high pipes on it and flog it in the dirt.

Next up, I'm looking at two bikes from CSC. The San Gabriel SG250 and the RX3. The San Gabriel is a slick little 250. It's got decent power for a 250, it weighs next to nothing, and it's got a slick cafe racer style. And it's $2500 shipped to my front door. That's it. $1999 plus $500 freight delivered to my house from california, fully assembled in the crate. Roll it out, put on the mirrors, put some gas in it, and go. I originally was looking at the SR400 for a small fun around-town bike, but they're overpriced, and my local dealer adds on $900 in non-negotiable fees, making the bike even MORE overpriced. Plus then I'd have to kit it out in a cafe racer style myself, which is going to cost at least another grand.... and the SG250 is already styled well. It's down on horsepower compared to the SR400 (16.1 vs 24) but it's also a lot lighter. 273lbs vs 384lbs. That's more than 100lbs difference! It ticks the same boxes for me that the SR400 does, and at considerably less than half the price. Also it comes in several truly sexy colors. The cream and mocha is the one I want, though blue is nice too.

Next up is the RX3. It's currently on sale for $3895 with free shipping to your door. Since shipping is normally $500, that's like $800 off! It's water-cooled 250cc twin with 24.8hp, 16.6fl lbs of torque, and a weight of 385lbs. That's including the crash bars, racks, hard panniers, and top box. All of which it comes with at that sub-$4000 price. So it weighs as much as an SR400, puts out the same horsepower as an SR400, and has full luggage, crash bars, and fairing. It's kitted out for adventure touring with the emphasis on dirt instead of street. After riding my SCR on the dirt a bit, it's a lot of fun. But for anything truly gnarly, I wouldn't want to take the SCR. I can't even imagine trying to go on deeply rutted, muddy single track on one of the big BMW 1200cc adventure bikes. But this little thing? It seems like the solution to a problem I didn't even know I had. Instead of turning around when things get hairy... I could just ride a bike that is better suited to hairy! And still be able to ride interstate on it if I want!

So yeah, these are what I'm lusting after currently. I'm probably going to order one of the CSC bikes before the spring... and give the RE a year or two to work out the kinks in their new motor before I buy one.

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Thanks for all the detail - but you’re only allowed one!!
Sorry - I don’t make the rules. :x
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If the New bike fairy called today, I would get the BMW R1200RS - with the hard bags. I have a Triumph Street Scrambler, and SCR 950 and a Ural Gear Up. Each bike has it's own personality. My favorite of the three is the Triumph, followed by the Ural and then the SCR 950. In my next bike, I want something that is more Sport- touring oriented.
 

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@ChopperCharles - new issue of Bike just arrived today.....I have to admit, that new Enfield twin is a good looking bike!
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Rider has a short review on the RE twins, and they have two long-term test bikes in their possession now!

Charles.
 

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I was out riding around town this morning and stopped by the local Indian dealer to check out the FTR. The guy asked me if I had any questions. Yeah, where do you want me to put my money? Do you accept post dated checks?
LOL. I do wonder if this is why we haven’t heard from @Burke for a while......he was looking forward to these being released.

Personally, I’ve got a thing for CCM at the moment (a little U.K. company making predominantly 600cc Husqvarna single powered back road scratchers)

https://www.ccm-motorcycles.com/

Pic below is of the Carl Fogarty Special Edition Spitfire.......yum.
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