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No lights- how do you plan to license it for the road?
Also, according to the manufacturer's website; there is going to release a full dual sport version with lights and indicators at some point in the near future.
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Re: Perfect yacht bike!

The fx bikes look pretty legit. Write a review after you get it!
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The fx bikes look pretty legit. Write a review after you get it!
Will do!
Although it will be sometime next year sadly, still looking at 12 months for delivery of the first bikes
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Re: Perfect yacht bike!

why not just buy a whizzer, or a power pack to install on a dual suspension disc brake mountain bike and have what you want for less, right now?

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Re: Perfect yacht bike!

I wouldn't go with that FWIW. Looks like a lightweight play bike, not good for transporting goods, no passenger possible. Gimmicks are great, but for a tender to a boat, I'd go reliable, well known and predicatable. Especially if travelling out of the country. Few things appeal to me less than the idea of arguing why a border guard should understand that my piece of paper makes a not originally road legal bike road legal in a language I don't speak well.

CT110 or Yamaha 125 would be my choice. or a light small 250 if you can afford the space/weight. Something with an actual dealer network, common parts and known reliably. If you really want to go lighter still, a 50CC 2 stroke scooter upgraded to 70CC scooter would work well as well. That FX strikes me as the worst of both worlds; The motorcycle equivalent to a jetski. I once upon a time considered a similar bike as a cool alternative, I thought, a GASGAS with a hotted up WR250F engine in it.
I am very grateful I didn't. Expensive and frequent servicing, constant demand for parts and hard to find. As a on boat motorbike I'd think toughness and reliability would be priorities.
I have a WR250R insetad, which shares little in common enginewise, tough, reasonably light, 42, 000 km valve service intervals(vs 300, not a typo, for the GasGas).


Something that is commonly known and predictable and tough would be better in my books.

EDIT: This is a rider I met along the road, I think he's in Albania in the picture. If he can ride this all over the world, you can use it as a tender reliably I think. Fuel injected, reliable, used as delivery bikes worldwide.
EDIT2; BL, I wouldn't want one of those on my boat! Can't take it on the road around here, and could get you in a lot of hot water just about anywhere.



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I wouldn't go with that FWIW. Looks like a lightweight play bike, not good for transporting goods, no passenger possible. Gimmicks are great, but for a tender to a boat, I'd go reliable, well known and predicatable. Especially if travelling out of the country. Few things appeal to me less than the idea of arguing why a border guard should understand that my piece of paper makes a not originally road legal bike road legal in a language I don't speak well.

CT110 or Yamaha 125 would be my choice. or a light small 250 if you can afford the space/weight. Something with an actual dealer network, common parts and known reliably. If you really want to go lighter still, a 50CC 2 stroke scooter upgraded to 70CC scooter would work well as well. That FX strikes me as the worst of both worlds; The motorcycle equivalent to a jetski. I once upon a time considered a similar bike as a cool alternative, I thought, a GASGAS with a hotted up WR250F engine in it.
I am very grateful I didn't. Expensive and frequent servicing, constant demand for parts and hard to find. As a on boat motorbike I'd think toughness and reliability would be priorities.
I have a WR250R insetad, which shares little in common enginewise, tough, reasonably light, 42, 000 km valve service intervals(vs 300, not a typo, for the GasGas).


Something that is commonly known and predictable and tough would be better in my books.

EDIT: This is a rider I met along the road, I think he's in Albania in the picture. If he can ride this all over the world, you can use it as a tender reliably I think. Fuel injected, reliable, used as delivery bikes worldwide.
EDIT2; BL, I wouldn't want one of those on my boat! Can't take it on the road around here, and could get you in a lot of hot water just about anywhere.



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Obviously those are more substantial bikes but do any of them weigh 125 Lbs and fit in a typical dinghy? A Honda Cub weighs almost twice that (200 Lbs)
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Re: Perfect yacht bike!

The WR250F is one of the best dirt-bikes available & is on my shopping list, but will be kept in my brother's garage to ride with him when back home.

But at it's heart, it is a competition bike capable of landing 30/40/50ft jumps etc and as such needs to be very tough, that toughness comes at a cost... weight! Ok, yes its less than 100kg (220lb) dry weight but that is too heavy to think about keeping on a small boat and you would need to crane it on and off etc

The little FX is light enough that it could be lifted onto the dockside without a crane, and (i think) put onto a tender safely, as long as some care was taken to protect the tender.

Any use abroad is going throw up problems regardless of what you were to take with you.
as long is the FX is properly road legal then it shouldn't (in theory) be a big problem.

Initially however it will be used as a commuter tool and play thing around the UK, if for example I decided to sail up to Scotland and explore some of the Scottish islands then I can do so on the little FX without needing to hire a car etc.

Here is a picture of the 'paps of Jura' for you all to enjoy, I lived on the west coast of Scotland in 2010 and fully intend to go back that way sooner or later and explore some of those waters in my little boat...
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Re: Perfect yacht bike!

What registration problems might you run into trying to use the roads in foreign countries with a motorized bike of any sort? It's difficult enough getting my bike to shore in a lot of places. You can easily pedal 20 miles or so with a regular bike to get supplies in a backpack. Anything farther than that and it's time to rent something with a motor ashore, get a taxi, a bus, or bum a ride.
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Re: Perfect yacht bike!

Hey, if you have to ride, you have to ride. I get that, I have a couple of bikes myself. Go for it, if you must.

However, I'm quite suspicious of dead lifting 125lbs into a dinghy. I'm trying to envision my wife, just lying on the dock, while I am sitting in the dinghy and trying to pick her up and put her aboard. Not quite the same, but that would be hard. Now I'm trying to imagine getting it off the sailboat at anchor. Not gunna happen for me.

Naturally, you're going to have to wait for pipes to cool down when you return as well.
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However, I'm quite suspicious of dead lifting 125lbs into a dinghy. I'm trying to envision my wife, just lying on the dock, while I am sitting in the dinghy and trying to pick her up and put her aboard. Not quite the same, but that would be hard. Now I'm trying to imagine getting it off the sailboat at anchor.
I think for the most part you could use the boom as a make shift crane, with a little ingenuity I think this could be done easily enough.

The only scenario I can see that it might be an issue is if the boat is tied up along side another. Then it may be a taxi ride instead.

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Naturally, you're going to have to wait for pipes to cool down when you return as well.
Good point!
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