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    Quote Originally Posted by owl View Post
    I am so happy with both bikes it is very difficult to see what would be better, or a better combination.

    Sure, I would like to have a KTM Adventure bike in the garage, but would it really be about 6000 better than the Tex? I think not.

    Same with the 2017/18 SuperDuke R - I like the look of the new bike, but I can't say I would pay thousands just for that.

    It's a nice conundrum to find oneself in, but on the other hand, I do like new metal.
    Are you - or anyone else here (UK obviously) - going to the NEC this year?
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    I intended to, but now I feel obliged to earn as much money as I can, every day of the week until 18th December - every pound I earn during this time is effectively multiplied by 6, so I will now probably go to the London show which I believe is in January?
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    Quote Originally Posted by owl View Post
    I intended to, but now I feel obliged to earn as much money as I can, every day of the week until 18th December - every pound I earn during this time is effectively multiplied by 6, so I will now probably go to the London show which I believe is in January?
    Yes indeed, I'd do the same.

    London show I think is February
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    Congrats Tom. Enjoy you're retirement, you'll have earned it by the time you get it. I'm averaging 55 hours a week at the mo in the new job, but things should level off in Jan so gizza shout, maybe you, me, Geoff, and a few others, could meet up at the London show and have a swift half?? I've been everywhere from Hastings to Forrest Hall (north of Newcastle) in the last two weeks but never have time to call in on people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perdurabo View Post
    Congrats Tom. Enjoy you're retirement, you'll have earned it by the time you get it. I'm averaging 55 hours a week at the mo in the new job, but things should level off in Jan so gizza shout, maybe you, me, Geoff, and a few others, could meet up at the London show and have a swift half?? I've been everywhere from Hastings to Forrest Hall (north of Newcastle) in the last two weeks but never have time to call in on people.
    Sounds like a plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perdurabo View Post
    Congrats Tom. Enjoy you're retirement, you'll have earned it by the time you get it. I'm averaging 55 hours a week at the mo in the new job, but things should level off in Jan so gizza shout, maybe you, me, Geoff, and a few others, could meet up at the London show and have a swift half?? I've been everywhere from Hastings to Forrest Hall (north of Newcastle) in the last two weeks but never have time to call in on people.
    Forrest Hall! Just across the water (Tyne) from me.

    I'll keep an eye out for the London show arrangements and see if I can make it
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    A swift half of what, Perds??? Youth wants to know.

    I'm thinking something like this, only with that warm beer you Brits seem to favor...



    By all means, I wish you fellows a good time!

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    You waited till you were 80 to retire?
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    Quote Originally Posted by owl View Post
    Guess who's working his balls off right now?
    So, the wife's purse is lighter then?

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    If only I didn't love the two I've got to bits
    I hear ya. I keep looking at other bikes, but it's hard to beat what I already have.
    Are you at all tempted by the upgrades to the '18 Explorer?
    A good long ride can transport me from where I am to who I am.

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    The '18 Explorer certainly looks to be a better bike, but the old model has been devalued by bringing out the new one, as always happens, and to get one would mean my bike plus maybe 5 to 6,000 of my hard earned, seeing as Triumph have priced them up near BMW prices.

    The question is, would the new bike be 5 to 6K better?

    I think not.

    Every time I ride the KTM 1290 SuperDukeR I tell myself I need no other bike, it's that good.

    Then I jump onto the Explorer and realise all over again why I love it.

    Maybe I need a third bike. Sounds logical to me.
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