Yamaha BT1100 Bulldog (2002-current) Motorbike Review MCN

2 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Yamaha BT1100 Bulldog (2002-current) Motorbike Review MCN
Yamaha BT 1100

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2002: Yamaha BT1100 Bulldog introduced.

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The Faithful Bulldog

You have to live with one for a while to understand it. It is not a sports bike, and people like my self who own one didn’t buy it for track days or to blat along the motorway at 150mph. I think comments about the handling on big right hand leans only confirms that the rider was a die-hard sports bike rider, testing it on a track; not a real world environment where it performs very well and at a brisk pace, AB roads and twisty country lanes.

Some of the roads I like to ride on I have never seen a sports bike ride on, the roads are probably to rough and bumpy for them (yes the Bully soaks up the odd pot hole nicely, if you let it). It does not mean I think sports bikes are rubbish, maybe just a little unpractical for what I want to do. On my income to do what I needed to do, the Bulldog (in the real world) commuting, leisure, and touring ticked all the boxes for me without the cost of three bikes.

We can’t all afford the latest R1, and by no means are many riders skilled enough to ride around the world on one, not everyone is a god on two wheels (although I get the feeling that certain types of people think that their bike will make them so).

I’ve had my Bully for 3 years, bought it second hand with less than a 1000 miles on the clock and stuck another 29000 miles on it. Low maintenance which means more riding time than fixing, stick a pair of after-market cans on, and the already great sounding V-twin engine becomes a heavenly roar that will make you grin every time you open her up. Admittedly it has no top end, bottoms out at 120mph but I have pissed over Blades and Gixer’s from the lights.

Torque takes it up to speed in an instant, and because of the forward (V-lump) weight you can pull full throttle without sending the dog back over your head, sending you rocketing forward. But you have to flick up the gears bloody quick as it red lines quickly through 1st and 2nd. Unless I go on a motorway I wouldn’t need to go over 120mph and quite honestly how often are you going to go that speed anyway.

In the real world (not on the track or 3am in the morning on your favourite bit of open road!) not only will you lose your licence you will eventually kill yourself or someone else. Another good reason for me to stick with my Bully! I have ridden a diverse range of bikes to come to the conclusion that this is the bike for me.

It may not be my dream machine but it makes me happy.

Anyone who has ridden with me will vouch that the Bulldog is no slouch. In the right environment, in the right hands as with any motorcycle there is plenty of fun to be had. If you are smiling now you know what I mean and that is what biking is really about!

I’ve stood on my box and said my bit, happy riding everyone!

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