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Discussion in 'Outerwear' started by RL204, Apr 30, 2021.
That's pretty flattering ...
since we are in full swing and some of you also posted pics of rides which have been gone already some more pics of Chang Jiangs i did back in China
my last project in China - brought it to Germany - sold it about 1 year ago
the 2nd project ever i started in China after some upgrades - sold to a friend who took it to France
another Chang Jiang which i built to represent a WW2 BMW sidecar - bastard between BMW R12 and R75 - been to "Saint Mere Eglise" for D-Day celebrations about 5 years ago which was a blast - Normandy was friggin cold back then - who ever was there even in June weather changes drastically within hours from sunshine to cloudy and cold - sold her coz i lost interest in reenactment
another sidecar project on a tour to "Inner Mongolia" which is part of China - regularly organised trips with other motorbike geeks - bike was sold in China - wearing an A2 made by "NOBLE HOUSE"
"El Diablo" was brought to Germany - been invited to 2 exhibitions and pics of her in 3 international Magazines - sold
i did about 20 bikes during my stay in Beijing - been there for about 7 years working for one of the larger car-manufacturers and did the motorbike stuff as a hobby. Labour cost for painting, overhauling engines aso was dirtcheap back then so it was possible to keep the bikes at some real affordable costs - most expensive was always to bring custom-parts like tires, rims aso into the country
major work was mostly done by a chinese workshop (we where family after 7 years) whereas i did welding, special parts aso and came up with the ideas and the custom parts which back then have mostly not been available in China-mainland even though lots of the stuff is produced in Taiwan and meanwhile in China also
wow great looking projects
Can anyone advise about Range Rovers? I’m potentially looking at a 2007 HSE supercharged with low miles, but I’ve always heard they were crappy vehicles as far as reliability. Anyone have words from experience?
Is it a Hard Pass, or worth a shot?
Just complete an 1800km round trip through the mountains in less than 30 hours to get this 1990 bronco. Time to get it ready for winter.
My only mean of transportation right now. Had it for 10 years.
Not sure I'd say "Hard Pass" but like any more complicated vehicle, these are going to require higher maintenance and repairs, both frequency and from a cost perspective.
Being in Southern California, you should have many good independent European shops around who can maintain this truck for you, if you are not handy with this yourself. For sure I would find a reputable one of those and take the vehicle to them to have a "buyer's inspection" performed, so you at least know what you are walking into.
I have always enjoyed various European brands; especially smaller manual transmission rear drive sports sedans. However, I typically budgeted $3-5,000 a year for repair and maintenance on them. I usually bought older models with cash, but they could get expensive if a few things went out.
I ended up passing on Range Rover as I didn’t really trust the dealer...and the 12 mpg was unacceptable. I’m holding out for my Bronco- probably mid2022 at this point.
I think this has been Ford’s worst roll-out ever. Maybe the hybrid will be available by the time my number is in production, or different colors, or even a new set of options...This feeling is strangely familiar.
The fellow who looks after my Mercedes, my wife's VW & our vintage MG drives the HSE Range Rover. His only criticism is that it's very thirsty on fuel, but with either a 300- or 390-horsepower V8, that's not surprising.
I don't drive one, but out of curiosity I found this: https://www.cars.com/research/land_rover-range_rover-2007/consumer-reviews/
You might also like a press review as well: https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/land-rover/range-rover-sport/2007/performance
Yes, Chip Shortages, this has most of the manufacturers really stalled.
The Bronco is growing on me. The idea of a turbo 4-cylinder with the 7-speed manual in a 2-door model would be rather unique and fun. But Car and Driver is only reporting ~ 17-20 mpg tops. Wish they would offer a 250-hp version (or less) that could get over 25 mpg, I don't need a lot of power.
Now it’s the hard-top recall. They’ve had the issue since 2019...but in true Ford style pushed forward anyway. Now they will replace all hard tops before making any new ones...I prefer painted white anyway...
I have 2 fords. NEVER AGAIN.
My daily, if you can call it that. Purchased in March 2018, working from home, it's only got 15k miles.
My only bike at the moment: 2019 Triumph Speed Twin
My wife's bike: 2019 HD XL1200c
The kid and his '73 Norton 850 Commando:
A couple of my past bikes
I knew your taste was sophisticated, but I didn't realize you were rich!! Congrats bro, seriously. Can I ask your profession?
I can understand why you advised me to unmount stuff on my bicycle. your carbon hybrid seems light, probably you also enjoy riding faster too. I'm totally the opposite, I like riding super slow on the side of the road, coasting until I really need to pedal to stay moving
It's not just about weight/speed - It isn't a light bicycle by any definition, the Shimano Nexus alone has some serious heft to it - it's just that that everything I ever installed eventually began rattling and shaking, which was annoying me to no end since I'd keep worrying whether something'll fall off (and it often did). And ultimately, if I'm going somewhere really far, I carry all the bike stuff I'd eventually need in a backpack.
As far as city commuting goes, the less on it, the better. I often have to carry it around, climb stairs with it, etc. and this is where weight and less stuff sticking out plays a major part.
But this something I'm sayin' from my own experience of owning and riding a bicycle and however considerable it may be - and it is - don't need to mean nothing in your case of course. Just that, I did start off too with all these ideas how I'll fully equip my bike and ended up with, well, what you see. It's been wrapped with inner tubes entirely before but mostly all fell off.
It's a good bike, though. 10 or more years I've had it, not a single issue with it. Plus a few people said it looks good.
Seeing all the great British 2-wheel iron makes me want to take up Motorcycling again...
Alas, only out on country roads, away from people...and their cell phones.
Nice! 10 years old and it had disc brakes.
I'm a cyclist too, mostly road on paved bicycle trails. That's one thing Iowa planned for -- hundreds of miles of safe, easy-riding trails around the cornfields. Neither my mountain or road bikes have disc brakes, but the bikes I have ridden with them -- it's a game changer.
I heard you about rattling stuff, my fender is somewhat rattling when hitting speedbumps, thats the only thing rattles though, everything elses are either ziptied over velcrostrap or with silicone stretchy mount. I never unmount stuff off the bike when i park so their mounting bracket doesnt get loose. I just buy cheap stuff that somewhat looks good enough, and i put ziptie over their velcro strap just as extra protection against loosening or random theft is all. I also plan to change my coaster brake hub into 3 speed nexus coaster brakehub, just wondering how to install it without too visible cabling maybe if i can mount the 3 speed shifter on my saddle post. I guess i can just feel out between 3 positions adjuster without looking, and dynamo hub on the front to get rid of that heavy old fashion tyre dynamo.