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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:47 pm 
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Picked up an 1125R today and it is a fun machine, it took longer than I hoped to get sat on the bike as there were a few delays but worth the wait. First impressions are as some have said including the grin factor after riding. Easier to adapt to than I thought after many years and (s)miles on a Sportster.

I would welcome genuine advice on tyre options as I will need to change within 2000 miles. I realise I may be kicking a hornets nest but grip and feel are more important than tyre life but I expect performance in British weather conditions (excluding Ice and snow). Any views would be welcome expect road use and not track use.

Expecting and have budgeted for usual known problems with this model but advice on Padock stands and any must have tools will be helpful. The black frame says 2008 model although first registered in 09 Vin indicates a european model if that helps the "experts". Not expecting the "drive in front of a snap on van comment"

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Have tried to attach a picture but not got the hang of this yet.
Perhaps should stick to riding the bike

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:01 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:22 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:56 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 12:21 am 
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Welcome. Very nice, enjoy.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:30 am 
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Pirelli Rosso Corsa is the tyre of choice for me.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:58 am 
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The best upgrade I made to mine was fitting a EBR Ecm. Completely changed the character of the bike ( there's some clever chaps on here who'll be able to advise on using ECM Spy to get better results from your ecm). It even works well when I fit the original exhaust to get past noise testing on Trackdays.
Do a precautionary oil change and check the wire scree for cam chain tensioner debris - you may be fortunate and have a bike not affected by such woes lOl

Currently on Supercorsas for the Track, but when I used it on the road I used Sportsmarts, they work well in the wet, warm up quickly and the back lasted over 2k miles. I've got Road Attack 2 tyres on my other Buells and find them excellent - and good value :yup:

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:30 pm 
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And the black frame denotes a 2009 Model. Build date on frame sticker could be anytime from June 2008 onwards.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:12 pm 
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Thanks for views so far. Has anyone any experience of Avon 3D tyres as I know of rice rocket owners who swear by them. Still silent on garage tools folks.

Got caught in a serious storm today and surprised as to how managable the bike was. When your biggest concern is the water running down your neck this indicates confidence in the bike.

With regard to the Ecm change suggested by Adam yes it is on my radar and yes I will be dropping the oil very soon as I always do with new bikes once I have gone through the "honymoon period"


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:23 pm 
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Welcome
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:53 pm 
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What be the red tipped wire dangly thingy?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:00 am 
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If you get a front paddock stand that fits under the forks, you'll have to take a slice out of one of the legs, about 10mm iirc (and weld it up again). This is because the forks are uneven in length and the bike can get a bit wobbly on an uncut stand.
A quality Torx 30 driver (and a 27) will be useful.

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Red end be an optimate lead :)

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:46 pm 
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jiltedjohn wrote:
Red end be an optimate lead :)


Spot on it was fitted by the dealer I bought it from although they did not supply the bit you plug in to the mains to charge the battery.

With regard to the tyers I went for (after a bit of research) a pair of Avon 3D storm tyres after checking tread depth with my guage on the origional tyres and my long term riders instict said bin them before it bins you. I went to Nottingham autocraft on the A52 just of the A46 and offer a ride in service. Great service even though wheel removal is non standard (big thanks to this group for the online manuals).

Spotted the fork length issue that Adam refers to in an earlier post, rear removal possible with 2 B2 style lifts after losening the pinch bolt.

I genuinly thought 80 miles later that I had made a big mistake see photo
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but on returning the bike to the tyre fitter it seems like I picked up some metal that did the dammage and it was covered by the Avon warranty. Big thanks to Ashley at Nottingham autocraft who deserves our support.

In response to our rodent friend I did wonder if it should have been a butt plug as the tyre failled at 80mph. Luckily no damage to bike or rider (although I couldnt have drawn a straightline on a chalk board for the remainder of the day). I do think the front brake on the bike was a big factor in helping to keep things under control (shifting the weight over front wheel etc) Since I started riding in 1976 I have never experienced anything similar and hope not to again.

To date about 300 miles on the tyres they seem to give good grip and feedback in a variety of conditions. The Avon material suggests they can be used for track days but I am unable to comment on this.


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