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    Quote Originally Posted by Scootabout View Post
    Good question. My Pan ST1300 weighs 286 kg dry. Thats about 110kg more than a litre sports bike. Sure, things like shaft drive add weight, but 110kg? If it meant it was way more robust and reliable, fair enough, but how, exactly?
    As BIG COLLAR PETE said,market forces prioritise sportsbikes. If we all wanted light,better braked and powerful tourers,we'd get the goods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scootabout View Post
    Incidentally, I watched a guy at the Honda dealership in Coulsden rotate a Pan on the sidestand. Quite impressive.
    Familiarity can make it appear easy to manage a heavy bike,but the question remains,why should you have to? The big four can do better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skub View Post
    As BIG COLLAR PETE said,market forces prioritise sportsbikes. If we all wanted light,better braked and powerful tourers,we'd get the goods.
    Maybe emissions regs will get us there eventually, although emissions are about more than weight - aerodynamics, for example.

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    This seems like the ways to go.

    Jap Sports bike - decent sized tank, effective fairing and comfy seat!





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    I'd love to give this a go, but I'm worried I'll drop either bike and the 14 is bloody heavy to pick up...especially if it's laying on me

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    I did it all the time with my old Exup, purely out of neccesity as I couldn't get it out of the garden otherwise, did it with the ZZR a couple of times, if you have a centre stand just use 2 old metal trays with a bit of grease in between them, works a treat!

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    A mate showed me how to do this a couple of years ago - always done it with sportsbikes in my back yard due to lack of space, usually put a puck under it so it spins easily

    Only once have I tried it when the side stand wasnt down - pulling a bike over on top of yourself and pinning yourself to the patio is the sort of thing you only do the once...

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    Quote Originally Posted by maccecht View Post
    All the old hands will know how to do this but for the uninitiated if you want to spin your bike around on its axis this is how it is done. Dont drop it though it could get expensive.
    YouTube - Spinning a 460lb sportbike on it's kickstand
    I can spin the Norton on it's center stand just by reving the motor a little. Acrually I have to stop it spinning by itself if I rev the motor.

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    950SM's spin really easy as do Bandits and 929 blades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scootabout View Post
    Good question. My Pan ST1300 weighs 286 kg dry. Thats about 110kg more than a litre sports bike. Sure, things like shaft drive add weight, but 110kg? If it meant it was way more robust and reliable, fair enough, but how, exactly?

    There's probably several aspects to it. First is that if you spread the controls further apart you'll need more metal to keep them there ie bigger frame, higher bars.

    Your Pan has a mainstand - few sports bikes do, even removing the stand (and springs etc) still leaves brackets on the frame.

    A tourer's likely to have a bigger tank, so more material to encase the fluid.

    Then there's the scale at which things are made - compare the rear brake master cylinder on, say, a BMW K100 with that on a 916, it's bucket Vs thimble. And that's the process BMW have gone through recently with the progression from 1100 - 1200 twins, although nominally just bigger holes in the engine they're all substantially lighter.

    BMW R1100RT
    Unladen Weight with Full Tank 282 Kg

    BMW R1200RT
    Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 259 Kg

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    I do it with my Tuono getting into my garage, but can't do it with my RD250LC which is much lighter and smaller.
    Reason been, the side stand on the Tuona is central/back of the engine and on the LC it's mounted at the front of the engine/front down tube so all the weight is behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splat View Post
    But then again, I do WD-40 my brakes so they are always nice and shiny (an accident investigator and a police officer told me that in a accident dirty/rusty disks can put extra liability on the rider since his machine is not in fully working order).
    The discs on my Guzzi V50 get surface rust on them within hours if they've been in a damp atmosphere. They work much better than the lovely shiny stainless steel ones on my Honda.

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    Yes, but:
    1. Your Honda is special
    2. You're OK as long as you don't have an accident investigator looking at your Guzzi (best keep it that way)

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    Dealers do this all the time to manouvre bikes around showrooms. Nowt special tbh.

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    Weird that he grabs the other side of the bike to do it, I spin mine every day getting it into its sleeping hut. One foot on sidestand (leverage point), both hands on grips, reverse lock, lift and turn, easy as. It's all about balance.

    I will need a new foot if the sidestand breaks.

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