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Offline Berber

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First day commute
« on: February 04, 2014, 11:39:37 am »
Well I know some of you have asked how I am getting on with the Honda so I thought I would put a few lines together and keep my opinions unbiased.

Given this lousy, wet weather I could (would) not take the CB1300 to work (half fairing or no half fairing). Today was forecast as being dry however. So this morning I got my kit on and did the 50 mile commute to work.

Liner in jacket – check
Buff up over mouth  - check
Heated grips on max – check
And off I went……..

The first thing is obviously the cold and buffeting. Even with the heated grips on, the tips of my fingers felt the cold. At 90mph I had hit the fastest I could go in the wind. On the Trophy it could be a lot faster should I have wished too.

I missed the mirrors on the Trophy. I have found that the Honda mirrors only allowed me to view each side of the bike and that the Trophy mirrors, whilst appearing restrictive, actually allowed more rear vision.

On the plus side:

I did not have any back ache (yippee!).
I could filter a lot easier through traffic due to the Honda being narrower.

And finally, it was fun to ride!

Riding the trophy was the height of comfort. It was a bit like driving an open topped sports car. Comfortable with that open air feeling.

Riding the Honda is being truly at one with the elements and taking all they throw at you.

So that was my first commute.  The trips may not necessarily be shorter but will be limited to relatively good weather.

I will miss certain aspects of the Trophy, but am happy with what I have now.
'The farther one travels, the less one knows.......'

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Re: First day commute
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2014, 02:22:50 pm »
Hi Berber,

Glad you're sorted now  :028:

Couldn't resist these though ......

At 90mph I had hit the fastest I could go in the wind......
:725:  Alert !   Let's be careful out there ! :121:

Riding the Honda is being truly at one with the elements and taking all they throw at you.
Like this ? ...   :179:    :153:

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Re: First day commute
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 05:45:59 pm »
GLAD to hear you're sorted my friend  :028: :028: Just keep in touch matey and remember "IT'S ONLY MONEY IF YOU WANT TO SWAP BACK"  :745: :745:

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Re: First day commute
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2014, 06:35:42 pm »
Glad to hear that you're enjoying the CB1300, despite the weather  :062:

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Re: First day commute
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2014, 07:44:12 pm »
uuhhmm, on this forum is it permitted to express satisfaction with any bike other than a Triumph? :156:
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Re: First day commute
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2014, 08:02:33 pm »
I suggest just once in consideration for Berber valuable contributions to this Forum and also in recognition for what he has been through
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Re: First day commute
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2014, 08:19:36 pm »
Pleased your enjoying the Honda Robin, it may be that as you may use the bike less you will enjoy riding more

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Re: First day commute
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2014, 06:59:35 am »
I'm too late in your history but I would like to know why back ache on a Trophy ride? After a 700km ride in a morning I didn't feel anything wrong with it.