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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    That looks badass. And it's Honda, so it'll be well screwed together, and stay looking good for longer Mrs. P also has a cruiser (Hyosung Aquila GV650). Perfect for vertically challenged folk.
    Just had a look at the Aquila, looks lovely. Itís very similar to the Honda Rebel 500. Does Mrs P have any problems with the weight @ 220kg? The Rebel is a little bit lighter @ 190kg

    Iíve had loads of Hondaís and always loved them and Iíd be trading in my Grom against the new one

    Probably riding to Honda tomorrow to take a look

    Shouldn't be a problem Bev - you'll find the centre of gravity is very low, and that makes all the difference. Though a bit of leg strength will help for moving it in and out of the garage. The Fireblade is quite a bit lighter (168kg) but is much taller. In a moment of weakness I once let Anita have a shot on the Blade, she fell off before she reached the end of the drive

    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    Shouldn't be a problem Bev - you'll find the centre of gravity is very low, and that makes all the difference. Though a bit of leg strength will help for moving it in and out of the garage. The Fireblade is quite a bit lighter (168kg) but is much taller. In a moment of weakness I once let Anita have a shot on the Blade, she fell off before she reached the end of the drive
    You were right Steve. Visited Honda and slung a short leg over the Rebel and instantly fell in love with it. Itís a great looking bike and I can totally flat foot it

    Probably going for a test ride tomorrow so we will see. Canít wait to get another Ďproperí bike again

    Quote Originally Posted by Ninanina View Post
    You were right Steve. Visited Honda and slung a short leg over the Rebel and instantly fell in love with it. Itís a great looking bike and I can totally flat foot it

    Probably going for a test ride tomorrow so we will see. Canít wait to get another Ďproperí bike again
    Great stuff. Get it quick while we still have the weather.

    Don't forget quality leathers, these should do the trick... though you might need a better helmet.



    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    Great stuff. Get it quick while we still have the weather.

    Don't forget quality leathers, these should do the trick... though you might need a better helmet.
    Indeed Steve

    I think Iíve already sold the Grom and got almost what I paid for it 3 years ago, probably because the supply for new bikes is so poor

    That means Iíve got more than I thought towards a new Rebel 500. Should be test riding the Rebel Tuesday, fingers crossed that I love it

    Quote Originally Posted by Ninanina View Post
    Indeed Steve

    I think Iíve already sold the Grom and got almost what I paid for it 3 years ago, probably because the supply for new bikes is so poor

    That means Iíve got more than I thought towards a new Rebel 500. Should be test riding the Rebel Tuesday, fingers crossed that I love it
    I'm sure you will - obviously the ride will be rather different to what you're used to. Take it easy in the bends and you'll be just fine Interesting what you say about bike supply, I wasn't aware of that.

    Interesting version of the RT classic. https://open.spotify.com/artist/2fV3UnBvyFUPV6JQJJZOv2

    Also, worth checking out the Mary Lou Lord and Dick Gaughan versions.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    Great stuff. Get it quick while we still have the weather.

    Don't forget quality leathers, these should do the trick... though you might need a better helmet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    I'm sure you will - obviously the ride will be rather different to what you're used to. Take it easy in the bends and you'll be just fine Interesting what you say about bike supply, I wasn't aware of that.
    Cheers Steve

    I sold the Grom this morning and only lost £200 from when I purchased it 3 years ago

    Booked test ride on the Rebel for Tuesday morning, canít wait. Iíd do it tomorrow but Iím booked to give blood

    Quote Originally Posted by Ninanina View Post
    Cheers Steve

    I sold the Grom this morning and only lost £200 from when I purchased it 3 years ago

    Booked test ride on the Rebel for Tuesday morning, canít wait. Iíd do it tomorrow but Iím booked to give blood
    I know it is going be stupidly hot Tuesday, but don't be tempted to skimp on the protective gear (Rebel Rebel, you've torn me dress) and you don't want to be asking for your blood back, oh no
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    Worry not I always wear appropriate bike gear
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    Stupid bloody Vito, why does it hate me? What did I ever do to it?

    I suspect that the clever folk at Mercedes Benz (and other manufacturers) develop all the features/gizmos that later appear in their cars/vans, and they work perfectly well. Then the bean counters say "We could save a couple of quid if we use thinner wire", or "There's this factory in China (actually a shed behind the factory) that'll do all those bits for a quarter of the price".

    Anyway, yesterday the van's radio refused to switch off (does this automatically when key is taken out, or 'off' button is pressed). So the radio ran all day. I couldn't leave it like that overnight, so I disconnected the battery (a job in itself). This morning i had to move the van so I reconnected the battery. And guess what?

    I suppose I should be pleased it's working again, but now I'm just waiting for it to happen again. I loved that van when I first got it, now when I look at it I just growl.
    I just dropped in, to see what condition my condition was in

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pigmy Pony View Post
    Stupid bloody Vito, why does it hate me? What did I ever do to it?

    I suspect that the clever folk at Mercedes Benz (and other manufacturers) develop all the features/gizmos that later appear in their cars/vans, and they work perfectly well. Then the bean counters say "We could save a couple of quid if we use thinner wire", or "There's this factory in China (actually a shed behind the factory) that'll do all those bits for a quarter of the price".

    Anyway, yesterday the van's radio refused to switch off (does this automatically when key is taken out, or 'off' button is pressed). So the radio ran all day. I couldn't leave it like that overnight, so I disconnected the battery (a job in itself). This morning i had to move the van so I reconnected the battery. And guess what?

    I suppose I should be pleased it's working again, but now I'm just waiting for it to happen again. I loved that van when I first got it, now when I look at it I just growl.
    typical.. smarter they make them, the more likely they are to f**k up. there will be a fuse box; maybe 2 actually being a merc. should be a fuse legend in there somewhere(maybe on a bit of paper). might save you disconnecting battery. but it may well work for years ok now. might not have been radio, might be a software glitch. its supposed to switch off when door is opened after engine off i think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    typical.. smarter they make them, the more likely they are to f**k up. there will be a fuse box; maybe 2 actually being a merc. should be a fuse legend in there somewhere(maybe on a bit of paper). might save you disconnecting battery. but it may well work for years ok now. might not have been radio, might be a software glitch. its supposed to switch off when door is opened after engine off i think.
    Radio in normal use stays on with ignition key in off position, only goes off when key is removed.

    You're right, there are two fuse boxes, I did think about removing the fuse (actually it was Mrs. P's idea). The handbook has a separate "fuses supplement" which made no sense. There is an audio fuse, an amplifier-controller fuse, and something else, the name of which escapes me. And the fuse boxes in no way looked like the layout illustrations.
    I just dropped in, to see what condition my condition was in

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    Oh sorry about your Vito problems Steve

    I’ve always thought that Merc’s engine’s & gearboxes are excellent but questionable elsewhere recently. Old Merc’s like my W124 were pretty good all round but that’s a long time ago

    Bit of a muddle up at Honda so test riding the Rebel in the morning
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    Thatís a shame Geoff. Hope you can get it sorted ok

    Had a puncture yesterday at Virginia Water, first one for near on 25-30 years and the space saver looks like a 2CV wheel!

    Got tyre repaired at Toyota today which took them a long time to discover & fixÖ. turns out that the screw that was stuck in it wasnít the problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninanina View Post
    Oh sorry about your Vito problems Steve

    Iíve always thought that Mercís engineís & gearboxes are excellent but questionable elsewhere recently. Old Mercís like my W124 were pretty good all round but thatís a long time ago

    Bit of a muddle up at Honda so test riding the Rebel in the morning
    Weather a bit better suited to riding than it was seven days ago. Enjoy!

    Yes, the engine and (auto) gearbox on my Vito is great, it's just the rest of it

    Mrs. P says to me "Look at the state of it, you don't deserve anything nice". Thing is, each time it lets me down, a bit more shine goes off the apple, and the less inclined I am to get the polishing rags out. Also, I have been having a bit of trouble with spatial awareness, and the Vito is reaping the benefits.

    No wonder she won't let me near the Volvo...
    I just dropped in, to see what condition my condition was in

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    Speakers: Zu Omen Def. Cables: Atlas Equator interconnects, Atlas Hyper 3.0 speaker cables

    T'other system:
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    That’s such a pain Steve. I did consider replacing the Prius with another Merc as I do love them but reading the reliability index thingy they really don’t come out too good, whereas Toyota’s are near the top reliability wise so I’ll probably just get another newer Prius

    Just rode the Rebel Rebel and instantly fell in love with it… what a hoot and much more powerful than I imagined it would be

    I’ve ordered one but delivery is now December
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    I've got motor issues too, my car is playing up once more. Same thing each time, soggy brakes with loads of pedal travel. This'll be the fourth time it's been 'sorted'! The brakes are fine for a while, then out of the blue, when braking, the ABS kicks in and the brakes remain soft afterwards. Seems to me there could be air in the ABS pump that's never been cleared when bleeding, if I had a hoist, I'd go through the whole system myself. Various garages don't seem able to pin it down.
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