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  Reply # 2043549 25-Jun-2018 13:57
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Geektastic: Just picked up a nice Range Rover 4.2 Supercharged. Needs a little cosmetic love here and there (little bits of trim with faded coatings etc) but mechanically very sound.

And the engine....

 

ooh I've taken a Range Rover Sport with the supercharged v8 and a Range Rover Vogue 4.2 V8 for tests, the latter felt like the bus, but the sport was a hoot.

 

 





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  Reply # 2043577 25-Jun-2018 14:41
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Geektastic: Just picked up a nice Range Rover 4.2 Supercharged. Needs a little cosmetic love here and there (little bits of trim with faded coatings etc) but mechanically very sound.

And the engine....


ooh I've taken a Range Rover Sport with the supercharged v8 and a Range Rover Vogue 4.2 V8 for tests, the latter felt like the bus, but the sport was a hoot.


 



Yes the Full Fat RR is quite different. The Sport is a Discovery underneath (at least the originals were) whereas the FF is it's own thing.

The engine has more bhp in the FF incarnation. There are some mods which can add another 100 to that if you're that way inclined, but I wouldn't.

I prefer the more Bentley like feel of the FF, as I'm rarely in that much of a hurry!





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  Reply # 2053015 10-Jul-2018 23:42
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Our vehicles are too embarrassing to post, but when I win the lotto, I'm going to be posting pictures of a flawless Rover SD1 Vitesse (preferably with a TVR 5 litre V8 installed), a Citroen CX Prestige (cause you can never have too much space or too comfy seats) a Citroen SM (cause who wouldn't) and a Maserati Khamsin (cause I still like Citroen bits)



rb99:

Our vehicles are too embarrassing to post, but when I win the lotto, I'm going to be posting pictures of a flawless Rover SD1 Vitesse (preferably with a TVR 5 litre V8 installed), a Citroen CX Prestige (cause you can never have too much space or too comfy seats) a Citroen SM (cause who wouldn't) and a Maserati Khamsin (cause I still like Citroen bits)



Heh, I remember driving two vehicles from the days when Citroen owned Maserati. (Really? Citroen owning Maserati? What could possibly go wrong?)

The Citroen SM was a straight out too cool for words car. Unique French flair had the big coupe styled in such a way to make it obvious to those who knew, yet anonymous to those who didn’t. Maserati’s 3 litre V6 up front suited it beautifully, the only car that matched its panache at the time was the Jaguar XJ-C.

Maserati themselves sold the 3 litre V6 engine in their competitor to Ferrari’s 308 GT4 & GTB - the beautiful Merak. A mid-engined 2 seater that on first glance could easily be confused for the Ferrari. But where the Ferrari drove like it owned the road, it seemed like Citroen’s engineers had drunk far too much absinthe & decided to pay the Italians back for siding with Germany in WW2.

The first outstandingly weird thing was the steering wheel. A non-concentric ovoid shape that must have taken hundreds of hours to develop. The result was that nowhere in the turning circle were your hands in the same place - I’m struggling to describe this uniquely stupid controller. Jim Furyk’s golf swing is reminiscent - that’s been described as “A one-armed golfer using an axe to kill a snake in a telephone booth” - the Merak steering experience wasn’t dissimilar. But! There was worse to come...

Remember the big old buttons on the floor that would select high/low beam on dirty old Belmonts & Kingswoods & stuff? Well, the Citroen saboteurs running Maserati thought of an even better use for those. Citroen were heavily invested in pneumatic/hydraulic systems back then, & as suspension it was pretty damn good. But why, why on Earth, would you choose to create a hydraulic braking system - activated not by the centre pedal (there wasn’t one) but by the big old push button? Braking was either on or off, there was no in between. When you trod on the button, the pressure would quickly build up & release - quite audibly - then repeat. Imagine an early, slow & very analogue mechanical ABS system - like that. They seemed to expect that you’d be prepared to slow the car with engine braking, dropping down gears aggressively each time you approached a corner/traffic lights/stop sign. They got it wrong.

So here was this utterly gorgeous Italian sports car, a head-turner if there ever was one, which you simply could not use for anything more than going shopping - very carefully. Confidence was not part of the equation, nuh uh.

You can only go as fast as you can stop - Emanuelle Pirro told me that himself, he was a test driver on the Veyron development team at the time. Rated at 190bhp, Maserati claimed 130+ mph performance. I doubt anyone was ever brave/stupid enough to verify that. But apart from that, it was all good! Except for the reliability.

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  Reply # 2053020 11-Jul-2018 00:13
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In the foreground is my works-spec Stage6 R/T Aerox. There’s almost no Yamaha left on that one, it’s all Stage6 now. What was 4.5hp stock is now an awesome 24hp that even 250cc road bikes have trouble keeping up with. It’s both frightening & exhilarating fun. Project completed 2018, done <300kms.

The red Aprilia is by far the most expensive bike in its class when new, every sport scooter fan wants one. Mine is stock standard but de-restricted, so gets to 80km/h but does it rather sedately. Plans are afoot for that bike... 2013 done 1000kms.

The white Peugeot Speedfight is my favourite & my daily (weather permitting) ride. The engine & drive train is Stage6 Sport Pro kit, now producing 16hp & giving 0-60km/h of 3.8sec (was 19sec) & vMax 106km/h instead of the choked & strangled original 50km/h limit. 2016 done 4200kms.

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  Reply # 2059364 20-Jul-2018 15:28
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Do you require a full licence to ride those now?






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  Reply # 2059424 20-Jul-2018 16:22
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Just got an X3 for my partner and baby to run around in. Replaced my E39.

 

 

 


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  Reply # 2059443 20-Jul-2018 16:33
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NZTA calls it a "car":

 

 

My mates have slightly less-polite names for it...


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  Reply # 2059556 20-Jul-2018 18:18
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Geektastic:

 

Do you require a full licence to ride those now?

 

 

They're all still registered as 50cc mopeds, the Aprilia is still stock standard. I doubt any official is going to bother stripping the engine down to prove that there's an extra 20cc in the Peugeot & Aerox so I'm just going to leave it like that. 

 

 


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  Reply # 2062555 25-Jul-2018 20:18
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The last motorcycle I owned.  This was a 1988 model - I sold it in 1993.

 

A little unusual in that AFAIK very few were blue colour - almost all were red.  The Le Mans not really suitable for taller riders - you'd have trouble tucking your knees up behind the fairing. The front fairing not a brilliant idea - fork mounted it could lead to a bit of wobble/turbulence when over about 100mph - not serious - but you could notice it. These came with dual pumper Dellortos (36mm?), twin 12" drilled Brembos.  Compression ratio was about 10:5:1 - quite high for the day, it really needed a 50:50 avgas/premium mix to avoid pinking at low RPM.  90 degree vee twin about 900cc, there was some vibration at low RPM, but really very smooth at cruising speed.  Quite loud - there wasn't much muffling going on in those pipes - but as they say, what's behind you isn't important.  Performance and  "feel" was very similar to Ducati 900ss (hey - but they were relatively common - that Guzzi wasn't - I think it was the only Mk II in NZ at the time), really nice handling for the time (Marzocchi forks / rear adjustable gas shocks).  Not a cruising bike - with the seating position and low clip-on bars, it didn't feel right until you were doing at least 80 mph.  Claimed top speed was 140 mph.  Yes - some japanese bikes were definitely faster and only cost half as much if that - but naaah,  no soul. I did manage to get over 140mph indicated on the speedo (was an MPH speedo) on the Cant'y plains one day.  I rode it one day from Kaikoura to Chch, average speed just a tad over 90mph - most of the time I was sitting on about 120mph.  When I got home, I parked it in the garage, then when the adrenaline faded, I decided that what I'd done was completely nuts - and I'd definitely die riding it.  I sold it a week or so later - for $1000 more than I paid for it.  I wonder if it's still around.


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  Reply # 2062574 25-Jul-2018 20:42
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My second most favourite vehicle I've owned.  1972 VW Westfalia camper.  This is at Bonneville salt flats in Utah.  On a speed run on the flats (illegal and unofficial), according to the probably inaccurate speedo, 65mph, several MPH above what we could achieve consistently on US freeways.  Purchased for US$1500 in Santa Barbara, sold 5 months and 18,000 miles later to some Mexicans heading South of LA for $1200 cash.

 


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  Reply # 2062587 25-Jul-2018 21:09
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Haha - Kawasaki S3 when I was a teenager. That thing really sucked gas. I had to pixellate the girl's face for privacy reasons.  Her father hated me with a vengeance - the only thing he hated worse than me was motorcycles - he never knew I owned one.  She loved motorcycles.  I'd have to pick her up from her place in my dad's or mom's car, then we'd go back to my folks place in Akl to get the bike.  IIRC this photo was taken on a ride around the "backyard" - I think this was Hahei and back for a quick afternoon trip. 
That bike nearly killed me. 

 


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  Reply # 2062588 25-Jul-2018 21:11
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Is the girl rather small or is the bike rather big?





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  Reply # 2062593 25-Jul-2018 21:31
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Batman:

 

Is the girl rather small or is the bike rather big?

 

 

Was only a 400cc bike - quite small. Hmmm - she was quite small - an ideal size pillion passenger really - on a 400cc motorcycle.  IIRC she was 16 - still at school (I'd just left school).


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  Reply # 2062723 26-Jul-2018 03:42
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My second most favourite vehicle I've owned.  1972 VW Westfalia camper.  This is at Bonneville salt flats in Utah.  On a speed run on the flats (illegal and unofficial), according to the probably inaccurate speedo, 65mph, several MPH above what we could achieve consistently on US freeways.  Purchased for US$1500 in Santa Barbara, sold 5 months and 18,000 miles later to some Mexicans heading South of LA for $1200 cash.

 

 

 

If you’d kept it you’d have a rapidly-appreciating investment asset by now. A reasonable condition Westfalia commands $US30k+ today.

 

Not quite the same as Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s Ferrari 250GTO, bought for £37,000 in 1977, current value £52,000,000 but not the same maintenance bills either. & still a nice ROI.


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