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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Oct 2018

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    Yup mx5. I'm from there too.
    Loads of decent roads, avoid Ambleside and Windermere in aeaosj, horrible, constant coach's of OAP and Germans (not hating o these groups, there's just so many of them).

    The west side of the lakes is my area, much more rugged, some excellent driving roads. All the faster Twister a roads and cool dual carriageway race ways have been ruined, average speed cameras, traffic calming and generally ruined. Good b roads are a plenty.
    Take compliant larger sidewall tyres that enjoy working at 5c in the rain, because that's what it's like most of the time .

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    New crf450? Think it's around 130kg and 35-45hp 4 stroke and has indicators. £10k though or not far off that price, is too much. Or maybe it's like sports cars, the less stuff it has on it the more it costs?

    Had to stop myself going to look at a BMW g450x enduro (the proper one not the de specced f650 from 2009 era) with only 700 miles on it otherwise I'd have not been able to stop myself . Think they only made about 1500 of them?

    I think a big issue is emmisons, to get any power out of light 4s single they pretty much won't get past emmmsiosn, or not without a huge cat. And abs, think everything road going has to have it, both add around 10kg each

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    Blatent plug ..
    http://www.glasgowbikehive.com
    Website a constant WIP, Facebook has more useful info.

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    The has been slowly changing for years now, just that some of the bigger players are coming a cropper.

    I opened my own place this year, we are a little unconventional and it's working really well. Workshop and knowledge centric, not pushing normal bikes, apparel and accessories really. Instead focusing on just being an excellent workshop and then we have a membership system, allowing folk to use the storage, all the tools, bike wash machine and get help with mechanical stuff as often as they need. (Some lbs don't change for "little help" but others do, and some refuse for their own reasons).
    Some folk get it, others don't, but mostly had a very good reception

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    I'm up in Glasgow and we are slowly seeing an uptake, some on their own time, others off the back of the excellent loan scheme available to Scotland just now. Also Glasgow and Edinburgh are trying to implement ulez zones and there's a small push towards alternative methods.
    We're expecting a new eBullitt with all the nice stuff on it soon, literally cannot wait. For us it will replace two cars and act as our demonstrator model, prob do some battery assisted touring on it too over winter .

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    Yeah bunch of absolute grade a that lot. It's a big mouldy multi storey in Keighley. Booked a time and travelled hours to look at a bunch of cars there, quickly became obvious a lot of the are ex private hire, don't even start or just mouldy. Like not a bit moudly, rancid send it to scrap kind of infestation. Add to that the guys that run it couldn't give a fuck about anything= firm pass

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    Seats and interior look crazy similar to the Fiat Coupe (based on at tipo but with better rear suspension).

    Remember seeing a 155 DTM (or other kind of euro touring series) car for disposal from a french car collection, think it was a fixed price of 300k euro, and that included a 40' ISO full of spares, (engine, few gearboxes and rear ends etc). Sounded like a lot but suspect it was a very good deal, took ages to sell as well!

    Fuck miss fiat coupe. Anyone sees a green metallic 20vT+ 6 speed going, please tell me.

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    V50 is a ford focus with a Volvo styling . That's not a bad thing, the focus of that shape drove nice, esp b road twisties, just needed to have nicer build quality which Volvo brought some of to the table. It's the old V40 that's a total dullard (mitsubishi no charisma I think was the basis for it, reliable but super dull).

    With the d5 and a manual that's a nice combination. Not a fan of either of the ford diesels 1.6 and 2.0 read anything I've ever moaned about them before or ask the internet.

    V70 is much more Volvo but still obviously influenced by ford. Good motorway barge that will go for along time without needing expensive things (clutch, wheel bearings, drive train etc), they are designed to do around 200k on those components, whereas most family cars around 120-140k

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    Dont they have a 2.3 4 cylinder, about 170hp? It's boring but it's better than the tiny engines we get in UK.

    Later Mazda 3 hatch are a good city car, 4% less plastcy than a yaris ;)

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    Mk5 and Mk6 golf estates are solid, avoid the 1.6 petrol, it's ancient, slow and thirsty. Get a of diesel (1.9) over a cr any day , have heard and had to deal with nothing but grief and fiddly problems with the 1.6 and 2.0 Cr TDI. They are also not very efficient compared to the older engine.

    If you want petrol civic hatchback or wagon are prob best buys out there right now. Focus and astra with petrol engines are ok too.

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