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    I did my 154 Test ride from the Brugha in 2008. I know exactly how well the bikes are maintained (I did the test on a 1989 ex EoH GT550).
    I kave no issue with a sweeper following the escort, but this time it was so close it was almost part of it.
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    I spotted on the web that one of the Cav units have managed to purchase some Proper off road motorcycles off the shelf.
    Has anyone had a closer look?
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmitÃ* View Post
    I spotted on the web that one of the Cav units have managed to purchase some Proper off road motorcycles off the shelf.
    Has anyone had a closer look?
    Looked, but no touch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ODIN View Post
    Looked, but no touch.
    Yep Honda CRF 250s, not sure how many they got

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    Quote Originally Posted by UniSol View Post
    Yep Honda CRF 250s, not sure how many they got
    Good choice. Not a KTM 450 Rally, but its better than a bandit.
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    Tender out for 48 new EoH bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    Tender out for 48 new EoH bikes
    Do they have a "wartime" role, or purely for EoH?
    'He died who loved to live,' they'll say,
    'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
    Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
    He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
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    Supply & Delivery of forty-eight (48) Escort of Honour Motorcycles to the Defence Forces to replace existing fleet. Delivery no later that end of November 2019

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamingo View Post
    Do they have a "wartime" role, or purely for EoH?
    EoH only

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    I don't know, things can get fairly nasty over in that corner of the brugha when the truckers start taking over parking spaces.

    The good news is, 2020 will see 48 or so mint 2009 Deauvilles appear on the second hand market.
    Must reactivate my etenders login.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    I don't know, things can get fairly nasty over in that corner of the brugha when the truckers start taking over parking spaces.

    The good news is, 2020 will see 48 or so mint 2009 Deauvilles appear on the second hand market.
    Must reactivate my etenders login.
    It will be the same story as when the blue '98 Deauvilles were boarded, the green ones will start cropping up in Honda dealerships who'll ask mad money for them

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    I'd be happy to pay. A well maintained bike with under 5000 genuine km on the clock? Given that Honda stopped making them in 2014 they'll be snapped up. If I didnt already have one with 50000 miles on it, I would consider.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    I'd be happy to pay. A well maintained bike with under 5000 genuine km on the clock? Given that Honda stopped making them in 2014 they'll be snapped up. If I didnt already have one with 50000 miles on it, I would consider.
    Why are they being got rid of?
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    'Unselfishly so we might have today!'
    Like hell! He fought because he had to fight;
    He died that's all. It was his unlucky night.
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    Just had a glance at the specs. Quite vague (compared to the recent Garda Tender) however one or two things do jump out.
    • The old Deauvilles must be taken by the successful bidder as Trade in. Nobody but honda will want to do this.
    • No heavier than 250KG (plenty of options)
    • Fully laden minimum ground clearance of 130mm (rules out many makes)
    • Liquid Cooled 600 to 800cc no greater than 55kw. (this narrows the field even more)
    • Large seat and full length mudguards (no enduro style, no mention of screen)
    • Minimum fuel capacity of 10 litres (an even narrower field)
    • Tyres can be changed with onboard toolkit (you'd be surprised who this rules out)
    • Demonstrators will be expected by Monday next.


    My money is on the NC750 in some version. MPs already use them. Ugly as sin. Chain drive.
    BMW in any shape is ruled out. F800 GT is too powerful, likewise F750GS (coming soon to a garda station near you) which also lacks the full mudguards.
    Yamaha Tracer 700 is an outsider, if they consider the tail piece makes a sufficient mudguard. Nothing worse than the escort throwing road crud onto the windscreen of a visiting VIP limo during an irish summer.
    Suzuki Bandits are just over the weight limit. V-Strom, could make the grade, but none of them are designed to plod about at 30-40km/h.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    Just had a glance at the specs. Quite vague (compared to the recent Garda Tender) however one or two things do jump out.
    • The old Deauvilles must be taken by the successful bidder as Trade in. Nobody but honda will want to do this.
    • No heavier than 250KG (plenty of options)
    • Fully laden minimum ground clearance of 130mm (rules out many makes)
    • Liquid Cooled 600 to 800cc no greater than 55kw. (this narrows the field even more)
    • Large seat and full length mudguards (no enduro style, no mention of screen)
    • Minimum fuel capacity of 10 litres (an even narrower field)
    • Tyres can be changed with onboard toolkit (you'd be surprised who this rules out)
    • Demonstrators will be expected by Monday next.


    My money is on the NC750 in some version. MPs already use them. Ugly as sin. Chain drive.
    BMW in any shape is ruled out. F800 GT is too powerful, likewise F750GS (coming soon to a garda station near you) which also lacks the full mudguards.
    Yamaha Tracer 700 is an outsider, if they consider the tail piece makes a sufficient mudguard. Nothing worse than the escort throwing road crud onto the windscreen of a visiting VIP limo during an irish summer.
    Suzuki Bandits are just over the weight limit. V-Strom, could make the grade, but none of them are designed to plod about at 30-40km/h.
    They take the toolkits/owners manuals out of the bikes when they arrive so the "Tyres can be changed with onboard toolkit" makes no sense to me, cant see a DR removing a wheel and tyre on the side of the N81 when he/she wont have a spare with them

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    Quote Originally Posted by UniSol View Post
    They take the toolkits/owners manuals out of the bikes when they arrive so the "Tyres can be changed with onboard toolkit" makes no sense to me, cant see a DR removing a wheel and tyre on the side of the N81 when he/she wont have a spare with them
    These aren’t DR bikes (that would be carrying paperwork etc) these are the Escort of Honour bikes

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    I would think unison would be aware of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    I would think unison would be aware of that.
    Indeed I am! Spare bikes are brought along on every EOH so the need to change a wheel on the fly outside the Aras isnt going to come up too often

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeV View Post
    These aren’t DR bikes (that would be carrying paperwork etc) these are the Escort of Honour bikes
    The EOH bikes aren't only used for escorts, I've been out of them solo countless times

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    Quote Originally Posted by UniSol View Post
    The EOH bikes aren't only used for escorts, I've been out of them solo countless times
    Thanks and not knowing who you are I wouldn’t know that

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    When I did my 154 test, one of the bikes used was an EoH bike. They seemed to rotate bikes out for other duties to keep them fresh. Worst thing you can do to a low mileage bike is not use it regularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    When I did my 154 test, one of the bikes used was an EoH bike. They seemed to rotate bikes out for other duties to keep them fresh. Worst thing you can do to a low mileage bike is not use it regularly.
    Did my course on 1990 GT550s and the occasional Bandit from the Sigs/PAs and got one of the '98 Deauvilles for the day of the test

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    I stand corrected..... I’m surprised they let them out apart from training and ceremonial

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    Last official outing for the 2 Cav deauvilles today?
    Did anyone hear or see what demonstrators arrived for evaluation?
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    Quote Originally Posted by na grohmiti View Post
    Last official outing for the 2 Cav deauvilles today?
    Did anyone hear or see what demonstrators arrived for evaluation?
    New bikes aren't expected until November I believe so plenty of time to squeeze a few EOHs out of them between then and now. After that you'll see them popping up in bike shops all over the place

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