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The Bandit in winter
02/03/2006
Sorry about the poor quality this was taken on my camera phone just before heading home. Seconds after this shot it started snowing again. Lovely fluffy snowflakes. It was fun riding home.



Mad

Steve Williams
Pretty good image for a camera phone. Does everyone ride a Bandit or is that just a color registration problem with the camera phone?

steve
Date Added: 04/03/2006

Mad
The red one is a Honda Hornet (or what's sold as a Honda 599 to you guys) and the yellow one is a Triumph Daytona 650. It's a bit hard to tell what with the pic quality and all the snow.
Date Added: 04/03/2006

irondad
We yanks are getting the Hornet here this year. I got to ride one. It is a truly awesome bike. Funny how it is so easy to stick one's nose in the air and dismiss a bike like this as "too small". Those of us without the "Superior attitudes" get so much fun!
I wish we got more snow here.
Date Added: 06/03/2006

Mick
I love the Hornet's look and styling and nearly bought one instead of the SV, but what put me off was that they're quite thirsty and have a limited tank range so I'd be filling it up every two days.
I wouldn't mind a ride on the 900 though.
Date Added: 06/03/2006

Mad
Irondad and Mick the last company I worked for owned two Honda Motorbike dealerships so I've had a go on the Hornet. You're both right it's a fantastic bike and it's just so easy to ride (and ride fast too if you want to). It's very comfortable and easy to chuck on it's ear. It is too thirsty though, with a proven 600 engine I would expect Honda to get it to return better mpg. That was a deal breaker for me as well Mick. The Z750 felt like a Hornet but had more grunt, sounded better, returned excellent fuel economy and just looked and sounded mean. The Hornet 900 is on my shortlist for replacing my Zed, if I get a ride on one I'll report back. Irondad I thought you guys have had the Hornet for ages, my mistake. Shame, it was one of the bikes I was thinking about pottering around the States on.
Date Added: 06/03/2006

Gone Away
Hey, look - snow! Haven't seen any in Oklahoma this winter, although we did get some ice.



.oO(Oh, and there are some bikes in the photo too...)
Date Added: 06/03/2006

Mad
You'd have loved that snow fall Dad, it was thick fluffy flakes falling thick and fast. Sadly it didn't settle for long but it was great while it snowed.
Date Added: 06/03/2006

irondad
We had the 919 here.
Date Added: 06/03/2006

Mad
Ah that's what I was thinking of Irondad, I was certain you had some form of the Hornet! Cheers for clearing that up. I might be able to pick up a cheap one of those for my American tour.
Date Added: 06/03/2006

DaveT
We have had the Hornet, as the 599, for a couple years. Honda stopped importing it for 2005, since there were so many '03s and '04s unsold. I tried it out on the showroom floor, too cramped for me. (I'm a big guy with bad knees.) Really wanted the 919, but same problem. Finally went with a Suzuki DL1000. LOVE THAT V-TWIN! It's Wheelie, Wheelie Fun. >:)
Date Added: 08/03/2006

Mad
Aha! I was right you have had the Hornet 600. That's top of my list for a cheapy bike to ride in the States this summer.


That's a fantastic engine in the Vstrom 1000, originally from the hooligans favourite - the TL1000. I've ridden the SV with that engine and it was fantastic. I think I'm an inline four man though.
Date Added: 08/03/2006

keeefer
Man i reckon you and squirrels have a lot in common this winter.
you're both gonna have frozen nuts.
Date Added: 09/03/2006

Mad
Bah the worst is over Keefy, that dusting of snow was winter's last hurrah. Spring is about to arrive which means rain, rain and rain.
Date Added: 09/03/2006

keeef
that sounds so much better.......


Its just turned autumn here and the temp has plumetted to the mid/high twenties :)
Date Added: 10/03/2006

Mad
Heh, you'll miss spring and autumn; I know I did. :p
Date Added: 10/03/2006

keeef
I miss beer.....does that count :)
Date Added: 10/03/2006

Mad
I was going to mention real beer but I thought it was too cruel...
Date Added: 10/03/2006

irondad
Ok, I'm man enough to admit I stand corrected on the Hornet thing. I had it in my head that Honda quit shipping them here. After Dave T commented it brought back a memory of a magazine review. It seemed there was only a few hundred dollars between the 599 and 919. The comment was made "shy buy the 599 when you can get the bigger motor for only a little more". Sorry about the duff information.

Dan
Date Added: 10/03/2006

Mad
No worries Dan :D
Date Added: 11/03/2006

Madmin
Testing testing
Date Added: 14/03/2006

keeef
did i get an A?
Date Added: 16/03/2006

Mad
I'm afraid not Keef, in fact you failed. Which means you have to return to Blighty to revise. :D
Date Added: 16/03/2006

keeef
but its cold over there...... i no longer own anything made of wool!
Date Added: 16/03/2006

Mad
Bah, apart from the fact that it's snowing right now, winter's are so wussy now that your Oz clothes will be fine...
Date Added: 16/03/2006

keeef
snowing.....but its nearly april........
Date Added: 16/03/2006

Mad
Yeah, bit of an anomaly that... but hey that's British weather for you.
Date Added: 16/03/2006

keeef
true enuff. if it was predictable we'd be australians
Date Added: 16/03/2006

Mad
Heaven forfend!
Date Added: 16/03/2006

keeef
hows work going bud?
Id email you but i dont know yer work addy and i cant get access to any external email sites from work....somthing to do with security....but ahwt could anyone steal from an investment bank???? pfffttt talk about paranoid

Date Added: 16/03/2006

Mad
Work ruckin focks! I'm loving my new job. My email address here is matthew.allen at becta.org.uk. How's your new job going?
Date Added: 16/03/2006

Boogie
AAWWWWWWWWWW!! It looks like the bikes are cuddling up to each other to keep warm, sweet.
Date Added: 22/03/2006

Boogie
Isn't it comforting to know Mad that when you're not around the other two bikes protect your ickle Bandit?!
Date Added: 22/03/2006

Mad
Yes Boogie I like knowing that my ickle Bandit has company while I'm at work. ;)
Date Added: 24/03/2006

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