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Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by Bikesnoopy, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Bikesnoopy

    Bikesnoopy Senior Member

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    Joined the forum at the weekend, but despite asking a couple of questions in "Technical", have only just got around to introducing myself.

    Ive recently bought a lovely black 2003 A210 Evoloution for my wife (she thinks its a bog standard A140...).
    Its the first Merc ive owned since a C200 about ten years ago, as Saabs are my real passion (I have 3...).

    Im a Service Advisor for a Vauxhall/Suzuki/Kia main dealer & we also have Range Rover/Land Rover, Renault & Mazda in the group.

    Really love motorbikes & own a lovely pair of Triumphs at the moment.

    I live near Bristol Airport & work in Barnstaple, N Devon, so will be using the A210 for commuting along with the bike (i stay in Devon during the week, so only commute on Mondays & Fridays).

    Well, that me then. . . :D
     
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    Hello and welcome - nice to have another person with 2 wheeled interests as well as 4 :)
     
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    Hello and welcome from me too. Sounds a lovely part of the country that you are in :D
     
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    Ive always preferred two wheels to four.
    You simply cant get the rush in a car that you do on a bike. Cars accellerate so slowly in comparason to a bike - a concept that most drivers of "fast" cars cant comprehend. . .


    Had my first motorbike at the age of 4. . . am 55 now & have owned well over 150 different bikes. Probably as many cars, too, although i didn't learn to drive a car until i was 5!

    My mum & dad said i should've been born with wheels instead of legs! :D
     
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    Thanks for the friendly welcomes :D
     
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    Hello and welcome

    Mic
     
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    richyba Active Senior Members

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    Welcome I have a 1999 Kawasaki W650 as well as my erm fleet, love it but its safely in the garage at the moment its b*st*rd freezing here, fickle I know! My W210 needs pads so I borrowed the boss' SLK for a spin to stealership this morning - oh it was toasty!:cool:
     
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    Thats quite a fleet Rich!

    We only have the one Merc. . .
    . . .along with 3 Saabs, a Mazda Bongo camper, a Corsa & the bikes - 2002 Daytona 955i & 2005 Sprint RS 955i.
    Also a few other bikes in various states of assembly/dis-assembly. . . :D
     
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    Hello and welcome. Also a fellow biker, ZZR 1400 in hibernation at the mo :D
     
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    Oooh nice. Just about THE fastest accellerating production vehicle on the planet. . . !

    My Daytona's "sorn'ed" for the winter, but use the Sprint RS for my weekly 400 odd mile commute - although i didn't last week due to the floods. . . !
     
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    Hi and welcome:) What Saabs do you have as I too am a huge fan. Have had the pleasure of owning a lovely classic 900 T16s, a 9000 aero (slightly modified;)) both which I miss dearly and a 99 turbo for a short while. Also a few standard 9000CD's and have broken a couple of 9k Carlssons (which I got a lot of stick for over on the Saab forums:lol:)

    Currently have a 9-5 along with the Merc and my weekend toy a Porsche 951.
    Would love to get another T16S!!

    Zahid
     
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    I currently have a 2001 9-3 full pressure 5 door turbo, which is my daily driver, a 1999 9-3 light pressure turbo convertible & my pride & joy is a 2001 9-3 Aero Coupe with the High Output Turbo engine. Its been remapped by Noob & has an adjustable boost valve, lowered suspension with Koni's etc & lots of other mods.

    I sold a 1988 T16 in the summer. Fab car, but only have room for so many toys. . .

    Also had other 9-3s, 900s & a couple of 9-5s :D
     
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    Sounds like you might be able to share some useful insights into dealership motivation/behaviour :D
     
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    Yes, 0 - 150 mph in under 10 secs. Top speed restricted at 186 mph! Insane. Have not maxed out mine yet though did max out my ZX 12 and ZZR 11

    Youre a braver man than me riding through winter! :shock:

    I havent sorn mine as I do enjoy the odd winter sunny day blat

    Not owned a Triumph, the Daytona looks amazing :)
     
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    So 1 of each, nice:cool: My aero had all the mods, MapTun Stage 3 with lots of other engine/suspension upgrades. However 300+ bhp through the front wheels wasn't always great. V Max'd it on the autobahn on the way to the Nordschleife, easy 155mph+ :shock:

    Wouldn't have the bottle to do it again now.

    Anyway's, this might interest you, I'm tempted!

    http://www.hughes-group.net/saab/af...12/Genuine-Saab-Alloys-at-Unbelievable-Prices
     
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    Will have to post some pics when i figure out how. . . :Oops:

    I think the fastest bike ive ever owned would be my modified Blackbird - also restricted to 186. It was one of the earlier carbed ones with stage 3 Dynojet, full Akrapovic, K&N, ign advancer to name a few mods.
    I also had a modified GSXR1100WP on which i achieved a timed 191mph over a measured mile. Thats the fastest "genuine" speed ive ever been on a bike.

    The Triumphs are great. Ive done the Japanese hyperbikes & litre sportsbike thing for years & to be honest, theyre a total waste of time on our badly surfaced, congested roads. You can never use one anywhere anymore, so theyre pretty hopeless.

    I like musclebikes. Ive had several ZRX1100s & am a founder member of the ZRXOC.

    Sorry for rambling. . . :lol:
     
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    Nice :D

    My Aero ran 276bhp on the Dyno when the map was set up. Totally driveable & docile too. . . & i even get high 20s mpg on a run. . .
    Also far too much power for a front wheel drive car though . . . wheelspin in third when overtaking is always a problem. . . & 300+ must've been er... entertaining through the front wheels!
     
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    I used to wonder why bikes were restricted to 186 mph till I found out it equated to 300 kph . . . . . which sounds faster! :D

    Though I rarely use my bike's power I enjoy riding it for its shear 'presence', especially with it's twin Yoshis :D

    Roll on summer I say. Bike out, roof down on SLK. Oh Yeah! :D
     
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    Yep there were a few grip the wheel tight moments but you get used to them and the characteristics of the car over time.

    I have to say as an all rounder the 9000 aero was definitely up there with the best of them. Great performance, very comfortable especially with those massive front seats and a great load lugger all in one. One of the let downs however I feel was the quality of the dash plastics and the accompanying creaking. Remedied however with a bespoke strut brace;)

    I also had a bespoke intercooler made up from Allards. Fantastic bit of kit and much bigger and more capable then the standard one. Made a huge difference. As did getting rid of the CAT:lol:

    I could go on..............

    BTW I love the bike talk, would loved to have taken lessons etc, may still do.
     

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