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    Post Army Motorcycles

    Saw a pair of new Suzuki Bandit 250's bearing sigs badges down the Brugha yesterday. I reckon they got them for courier work. It's the first time I've seen bikes with sigs markings, the only bikes I've seen have been the cav's.

    I wonder what will become of the cav's Kawasaki 550's? They were retained for the dispatch riders when the cav got the Deauville for the Presidenal escort.
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    That was the intention, I remember reading about it at the time.

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    I have seen the Kawasakis about town the odd time.

    I wonder who'll be doing the deliveries now? Cav or sigs?
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    Shame they won't fork out for a diesel powered "nato" standard type like the KLR 250
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    Signals have always had motorcycles!!

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    Bring back the "SANDBLASTERS", Vroooom!!!
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    KLR 250 is pretty much Petrol you'll find...I didnt realise that the Bandit in 250 form was being imported officially.Could it have been the 600 model?Seems a Bit flashy for the Defence Forces..


    Diesel motorcycles are still pretty much an oddity rather than commonplace. The yanks have one,while the Brits done a mad thing and replaced their MT500 Rotax engined thumpers(a certain LT in 3 Cav used to have 1) for Harley davidson built offroaders

    ...Prior to that the only diesel bikes out there was the primative Enfield..

    The GT550 is a bit of a handful for just bringing envelopes from Parkgate to cathal Brughafine tho if you are going from Parkgate to brugha ia clonmel though...the MPs seem to be getting a few of them(they look just like garda bikes..:confused .Had one myself for a while,great for distance,pretty good about town,everyone pulls over for you(specially if you dress"appropriately" with a white Arai Helmet and Yellow sambrowne),but bloody useless offroad..if she goes over,you wont get her offye!

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    Ah the Enfield, (sniff sniff) sure even the S&T had one or two of them back in the day as outriders. I have a pic of myself age 4 holding me nads sitting on the back of one at my brother's passing out parade.....
    Meh.

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    I didn't get a close look, but I'm pretty sure it had a 250 decal on it. Makes sense, the Kawasakis are a bit on the big side for jamming around town. I'd say the riders are happy, I know I would :D

    Ex-soldier, the sigs might have always had bikes but I've never seen them. In fact, all the guys I've seen doing dispatch around town have been troopers.
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    When the 6FD MPs ran bike courses on the super sandblasters (I did three of them) we had a few bods from the 11th Sigs and Cav, even a PDF guy at one stage. Never actually saw a signaller on a bike after that.

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    Forgive my rare demonstration of non knowledge of such things,but what are these "sandblasters" that you are referring to?
    While talking of 2 wheeled things,I notice the PSNI are using Big traillies these days for patrolling around town. Looked like a Honda Dominator ,Transalp or suchlike.

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    Sanglas (Spanish for piece of shit) were bikes purchased by some genius despite the fact they did not start in the wet, had a tendancy to go on fire while in use and for bits to fall off. I once drove from the Brugha to Cork with the kick-start pedal (not sure what the correct term is) in my pocket. But their best trick was when you had to use the kick-start a few times (the electric start never worked) was to build up such pressure on the kick-start pedal that you pushed it down hard the recoil would send you airborne.

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    FMolloy,

    I've seen a few of those Suzukis around, the ones I've seen were all very definitely 600s (in blue). The looked very much like civvy spec bikes with army/sig plates just bolted on.

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    ahem...sorry to dissapoint but the3rd have had there own offroad bikes for the last two years.I 350 and a pair of 250s .the former came from 1 cav while the latter came from 2 Cav.Us ed in the DR role very handy especilly when we have a very enthusiastic transport officer who has his own HD offroad bike and has participated in the Paris Dakar rally.

    Incidentley he is responsible for founding the defence forces motor cycle club which had its first off road event in kilworth 3 weeks ago with a large participatio both within and outside of military circles....nice one Philip...
    Time for another break I think......

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    no........you wouldn't apply for the last course for a 154.......hang on I'll ask the cheif of staff can the CAV school relocate to suit you....
    Time for another break I think......

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    is there a branch of the DF motorcycle club in cork?????????????????????????????????????????????? ????????
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    I don't know but I'll find out as soon as I can!
    Time for another break I think......

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    good man good man!!!!!
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    Here is the Sanglas:


    The pic is from Ben Halligan's site - http://homepage.tinet.ie/~benhalligan/
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    MP Motorcycles

    Does anyone know about the nice new machines ,complete with lollupop stick and strobes They Look Like suzuki Bandits..but in the same blue ars the dullvilles of the presidential excort. Why did they not select the same model?
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    They are indeed Bandit 600's. There's a thread about this somewhere on the board.
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    while on the PSO exercise one of the PAs took a dislike to being stopped at a checkpoint by an RDF trooper. when he attempted to move to the front of the column at speed one of his rear paniers clipped the rear of his colleagues machine and he was propelled through the air without his machine which followed soon after wards and he then ingested a diet of humble pie.The whole episode was caught on video by the troop officer himself a motorcyclist of unquantifiable expierince......wait for it.....also a DF qualifield DR instructor and afounding member of the defence Forces MotorCycle club.........wounder how long it is before the individual involved is back on barrier duty on Rockall
    Time for another break I think......

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    What kind of bikes do the Army & the GS use?

    Does the Army maintain off-road capable motorcycles?

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    Unsure about the Garda bikes - I think the current ones are Hondas
    Pan European is written on them, whether this is a special edition of a model
    I don't know.

    The Army have the Honda Deauville as the current motorcycle in the
    Presidential Escort - very stylish machine, as seen below

    Click here...

    Am unsure about offroad capable motorbikes....
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    The Gardai Use the following Bikes.
    Honda ST1100 PanEuropean
    BMW R1150RT
    Honda Deauville 650

    There are also a number of older models still on the road including
    Kawasaki GT550
    Honda CBX750 Police Special

    THe military police used to use the Kawasaki GT550,but now use the Suzuki GSF600 Bandit(with blue strobes,lollipop stick and massive pannier boxes)

    Various off road models are in use by the Army,most are not pure off roaders, such as the Suzuki DR350

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