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POLL : Are you a Sap Biker ?

Former Member
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Hello all,

It's late and I will call it a day, taking my bike to come back home.

It makes me wandering if there are a lot of fellow SAP forumers who are also riding mortorcycles.

I'm a basis admin and I've always seen that technical guys are often also bikers.

So for the fun of it, if you ride a bike answer this poll !

SAP job

Country

Motorcycles owned, brand and model

Previous bikes

Bike usage

Of course, I begin :

SAP job : Basis admin (R/3, CRM, SRM, PI)

Country : France

Motorcycles owned, brand and model : 1 BMW 1150 GS

Previous bikes : Yamaha 125 DTMX, Honda Transalp 600, Yamaha TDM 850

Bike usage : Commuting everyday (35 minutes instead of 1h30 mn by car)

Traveling during vacations

Cheers,

Olivier

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Former Member
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I hope I could use a bike to go to my job place, it takes me more than three and a half hours to get here only for 60 Kms, People here drives like in a dirt race where everybody tries to hit the other so using a bike here is like playing with a gun. Of course there are bikers in my country but most of them do it because they cannot buy a car, not because they love ridding in a bike.

Job: Basis Admin ( or trying to be one)

Country: Venezuela (the place with the cheapest gasoline on earth)

Previos Bikes: Yamaha 125 (only bike owned in my life because I was young and crazy

I love Bikes, some day I´ll go crazy and buy another one 😮

amit_khare
Active Contributor
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SAP job : SAP-ABAP Consultant

Country : India

Motorcycles owned, brand and model : Bajaj Discover 125 CC

Previous bikes : Suzuki 100 CC, Kawasaki 125 CC

Bike usage: Daily Commuting

I love my bike...but can do high on CC due to Traffic issues.

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Hi, Amit,

I've never heard of a Bajav brand. Is it an Indian brand built locally ?

I will try to google it.

Cheers,

Olivier

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> I've never heard of a Bajav brand.

Even i never heard of Bajav brand.

Is it an Indian brand built locally ?

Perhaps yes.

Might be Roads and streets of France not developed much as India. So there is no reason to manufacture the Bajaj Bikes in France:-)

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Yeah, that's a leading Indian Automobile making company.

http://www.bajajauto.com/1024/index.asp

They also built Car engines for certain leading car makers in the world. Their R&D laboratory is state-of-art research center and consider to be one of the best in the industry world wide.

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OK, found it :

[http://www.bajajauto.com/1024/vehicle/discover.asp?vehicle=BAJAJ%20DISCOVER]

Nice little bike !

It is strange for an European like me to see so much different but very similar CC for nearly the same bikes : 100, 110, 125, 135 and 150 CC.

Is there a tax or a driving license reason for all these different capacities ?

Olivier

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>Is there a tax or a driving license reason for all these different capacities ?

No,

Mostly Indian Women (Babes) loves the hang around on little bikes with Guys. Perhaps this could be the reason.

Edited by: Julius Bussche on Jan 13, 2009 9:30 PM

Code tags removed again in the CC... final warning before you owe me a beer for each time!

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No these Variations are given keeping in mind the different requirements of consumers. Top Priority is Price Utilization ofcourse.

e.g. 100 CC bikes are Fuel Efficient ones in compare to higher CCs.

Then difference in engine & body designs create more variations.

Baja Pulsar is a altogether a fron runner for new genre of bikes. It was later imitated in South amerca (As GULSAR) and later in China & other South East Asian countries in their local names.

Bajaj is planning for Patent on this design now.

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A note on cultural differences:

A bike in North America => Bicycle.

A bike in India => Motorbike

Is there a tax or a driving license reason for all these different capacities?

Officially, teens in the age group of 15-18 are supposed to riding not more than a 125 CC bike. But hey, what heck, who cares for such rules in India(which is notorious for its traffic sense)

pk

former_member181995
Active Contributor
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SAP job : Enduser

Country: Ghana

Cycles owned, brand and model: Hero, Without CC, 24",Gents Cycle

Previous cycles: Electric One, at the age of 4

cycles usage: Twice in a day, sometimes thrice or more

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Hi Amit,

>Cycles owned, brand and model: Hero, Without CC, 24",Gents Cycle

Do you mean a bicycle ?

Olivier

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>

> Do you mean a bicycle ?

Yes.

Than please don't R(e)ward me until my bicycle is not relevant to your Bike

Cheers,

Amit.

Former Member
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SAP job: Netweaver/Workflow

Country Australia

Motorcycles owned, brand and model

Honda CT110

Suzuki XN85

Honda CB900F2

Honda CX500

Honda CB250K

Honda CB250N

Suzuki GSX750ES

Suzuki TS250

Honda CT90

Previous bikes

Bike usage

These days use for sheep mustering, fence checking (CT110) etc. On the look out for a Ducati ST2.

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Hi Gareth,

Nice to meet you here

Seems you are crazy for bikes!!

Cheers,

Amit.

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Hi Amit

Great to be here. I have a 80km commute through the country each day.

No better way to do it.

What are the roads like in Ghana?

Gareth

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Hi Gareth,

>Honda CT110

>Suzuki XN85

>Honda CB900F2

>Honda CX500

>Honda CB250K

>Honda CB250N

>Suzuki GSX750ES

>Suzuki TS250

>Honda CT90

Do you really own all these bikes together ? You must have a huge garage !

Do you pay an insurance for each of these bikes ? It would be awfully expensive here in France...

Olivier

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@Olivier

Yes, It is mandatory in almost all Metro cities of india to wear helmet. But still people do not tend to follow the rules.

Well here goes Mine...I am a very big bike enthusiast

SAP job : ABAP

Country: India

Motorcycles owned, brand and model: Yamaha YZF R15. Its india's first mini sports bike with 150cc engine. Infact fasted Indian made bike with topspeed of 145kmph as per speedometer.

Previous bikes: Hero Honda CBZ Xtreme (My first bike, Sold it after my crash )

Bike usage: Commuting for 32kms and weekend rides.

In India Super Bikes are difficult to use because of infrastructre and people are more oriented towards FUEL economy . And they are very expensive. YZF R1 Cost 11.65 Lacs ($ 23755), Because of 110% import dutuy by indian government. So its double the cost. And 400cc, 600cc bikes are not to be sold legally in India.

Edited by: Riaz on Jan 13, 2009 1:53 PM

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Hi Riaz,

>110% import dutuy by indian government

Ouch !!!

>400cc, 600cc bikes are not to be sold legally in India

I heard about 500 cc from Royal Enfield ?

Olivier

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Yes There are Royal Enfields 350cc and 500cc bikes avaialble. But they are manufratured in India itself.

I must hav been more precise in my reply :-D,

Non-Indian made 400cc, 600cc bikes are not to be legally sold by their manufracturers in india. But Now bikes with more than 800cc capacity are legally sold at 110% import duty. I dont know what kind of wierd law is this

Recently launched super bikes in India are Yamaha YZF R1, Yamaha MT 01 and Suzuki Hayabusa. Honda is yet to launch it Fireblade series.

Edited by: Riaz on Jan 13, 2009 2:09 PM

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Hi,

SAP job : SAP-ABAP Consultant

Country : India

Motorcycles owned, brand and model : YAMAHA Libero 106CC

Previous bikes : None

Bike usage : It's @ home in Chennai and am at Mumbai

I love my bike !! Saved me from many crashes !!

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The Indian Mortorcycle market seems very specific.

We don't know all these Honda or Yamaha models in Europe.

Are there any SAP bikers in Europe or North and South Americas ?

Olivier

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You insisted!!... hehehe

A couple of years ago I got a job in the middle of town in Dublin and there was no parking around the area, so i got myself a moped (meaning a 50cc scooter) which did a brilliant job for a couple of years , why a moped? because you don't need a motorcycle license for it (At least here... full car driver license do).

Job: SAP Basis.

Bike: Yamaha Katana 50cc

years ago my brother had a Honda XR250 (off-roader but street legal) which i got a bit of an accident on (nothing serious)... so i dropped bikes for a long time.

Juan

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Hi Juan,

Thanks for coming in the Coffe Corner Bikers club !

I don't know if 50cc qualifies for the biker certification !

Olivier

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.... why? mine use to top 60kph (downhill)....

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with the engine running dead you mean

pk

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well... 60kph is quite fast when the road is completely stopped by traffic...

Now a days I just sit in the traffic with the A/C on and some music and enjoy the rush hour.

Juan

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>mine use to top 60kph

You would have been illegal in France : 50 cc are limited by law up to 45 km/h !

Olivier

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60kph is quite fast when the road is completely stopped by traffic

You got to come to Caracas Venezuela to watch motorcycles in heavy traffic going at that speed.... doing weelies

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Talking of Royal enfield 500 CC, my flatmate has one...Its an awesome machine... nothing to be compared of and as names states ROYAL :).

At times I use to sneak in and run away with his keys leaving my bike for him.

Truely living to its name.

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Hi Amit,

And guess what : the Royal Enfield is imported in France.

People buy it as a classical "British" motorbike.

Olivier

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Good to hear that.

you can simply fall in love with the images of this bike - http://www.royalenfield.com/

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Yes and No.

I have a 71 Triumph Tiger in my garage.

Have not ridden it since Nina was born.

Las month we unfortunately saw with our own eyes a biker loosing control and falling under the back wheel of a big pickup truck: It was a traffic jam, the pickup truck took a left turn through waiting cars, the biker came from the other side lane splitting on the right of the cars. It was just getting dark and I think he saw the truck too late, tried to make a turn in the direction of where the truck was going, hit the front brake to hard, lost balance and fell just in time to land in front of the back wheel of the car. It could not have been worse.

Made one realize how fast that your luck can turn.

It will be a while before I bike again, and I miss driving on Skyline and Highway 1.

Drive safe out there. If you do, may be time for a safety refresher course, Mark.

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Much the same here.

I started with a Vespa in the late 80's, but it only lasted a month. My shoulder still hurts a bit when it is cold.

I then did a shadow bike license in an obscure country and bought a 600cc Honda Shadow which I drove for a year. That was great times.

Then I met my wife, and she gave me an ultimatum: "It's either me, or "her". You have 1 week to sell the bike."

Now I have 3 "Vespas" as well. I also listen to the radio with the a/c on, and sometimes break while going uphill too fast ("bergaufbremser"). But I find that quite cool, enjoy the views of the Swiss Alps and let the other's pass...

What was great about bikes back then was overtaking. No amount of horsepower can make up for that.

Cheers,

Julius

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Mark, I know what you feel, I have seem bikers flying over cars, hitting cars from behind, hitting anothers bikes, the other day I saw two guys loose control during a rainy day but inside a tunnel, the bike driver try to make a turn and the Chinesse made motorcycle didn´t want to turn with slippery pavement the two guys hit the dirt and the car next to my almost pass over one of them (thanks to antilock brakes). It is something that I can´t forget every time I go trough that tunnel.

I have a 5 years child and think about that incident every time I spend 3 hours in traffic and feel tempted to buy a bike.

Edited by: AC on Jan 13, 2009 10:05 PM

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Thats actually sad.

I am driving 2 wheelers since last 15 years and 4 wheeler since last 12 years.

What I feel, its upto the individuals how they want to drive and how they want their life.

In this 15 years of my driving, I never drove without a helmet or never got any tickets (Not even have to pay to cops ).

I believe traffic rules are their for pur safety so one should follow them also, we can monitor ourselves but can't expect same from others so be cautious while driving, even the best driver can loose his control.

About accidents, no one knows hwen it happens or with what it happens... (you are sitting inside the houase and roof may come down). So, due to some fear don't keep yourself away from the things you like to do. Just do it carefully.

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Hi Oliver

Being technical I did not read the entire spec.

Still have the TS250, CT110, CT90. The rest have sadly passed into other hands. But will be getting the ST2 this year.

I also had an RL250 trials bike for a while - it could climb up a ladder... well almost.

Rode a Royal Enfield 350 last year. it is like a mobile time machine. Very cool.

PS I have an enormous garage - 14 x 8 metres.

Gareth

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Hi Mark,

Yes, riding a mortorcycle is dangerous but life is dangerous.

If you don't do nice things in life because they are dangerous, it's not worth living.

But of course, it's necessary to be as cautious as possible.

I've been riding for 20 years and nearly 300 000 km without big problems and I still enjoy it very much.

I may have been lucky but I intend to stay "lucky".

Ps : Don't sleep too much : statistics show that much more people die in a bed than riding. The bed is so obviously very dangerous !

Olivier

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Hi Gareth,

>I have an enormous garage - 14 x 8 metres.

Whoa ! This would be nearly impossible in the Paris area because of land price....

Olivier

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Hi again Gareth,

>I also had an RL250 trials bike for a while - it could climb up a ladder... well almost.

I've also ridden trials bikes a little bit. The only motor sport where speed is not involved.

It could only be invented by the British ! Awsome !

Olivier