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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS at Jason Griffiths Motorcycles on the Isle of Man

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS at Jason Griffiths Motorcycles on the Isle of Man


I’ve never been interested in Suzuki! I can’t remember the last time I rode a Suzuki with any enthusiasm. I think it was 2006 when I tried the old V-Strom which didn’t float my boat and it’s been at least 15 years since I’ve gone out of my way to visit a Suzuki show room. In my head Suzuki was mostly about race bikes and everything else on their production line never sparked my interest. I had no intention in test riding Suzuki’s new V-Strom either and it was only pure chance that I did.

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At the beginning of the year I bought a second-hand 2009 F800GS to replace my R1150RT as a touring bike. I had the RT for 10 years, it was a fantastic touring machine at the time, but somewhere along the line I got fed up with it’s size, weight and inability to take on the smaller, rougher roads of the Alps. Even simple things like riding up gravel driveways to a country B&B and parking were regularly a terrifying experience on a fully loaded RT, and embarrassingly I’d always have to ask my wife to get off while I did this.

My 2009 F800GS on Irelands West Coast

My 2009 F800GS on Irelands West Coast

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For those of you who follow my travels you know that this year I changed over from my long running BMW R1150RT and chose the BMW F800GS as my new touring bike. (more…)

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Recently I teamed up with my like-minded friends at TwistyRide.com to test and review their motorcycle gear, much of which I already use or have used at some point.

If you don’t know of TwistyRide.com it’s a new company that’s well worth checking out, it’s run by a couple of French lads, Cedric and Remi who like myself, literally live for motorbike touring. Using their years of touring experience, they set up TwistyRide.com to source and sell tried and tested gear, i.e. the best gear they can get their hands on, both for everyday use and full on motorbike touring. Their product range includes Givi, Kappa, Draggin Jeans, Gear Gremlins, Scottoiler, Weise, Haynes Manuals, Bering, Bagster and Forcefield, all of which I will be reviewing which should be interesting. (more…)

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I’m more than happy to announce that RoadTrooper has it’s 1st official sponsor, Platinum Motorcycles in Bray, Co Wicklow (www. platinummotorcycles.ie)

READ THE FULL POST ON MY NEW SITE WWW.ROADTROOPER.COM

Getting my RT ready for the 2011 Tour

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