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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-24-2019, 05:46 AM Thread Starter
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Recent new Rivale owner from Africa!

Greetings to all!

My name is Wesley and I am based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Managed to purchase a 2014 MV Agusta Rivale 800 early December, 2018. Luckily enough the previous owner had already fixed the starter sprag clutch issue.

Loving the Rivale so far as I had a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R 600 prior. My daily commutes are now way more convenient and much more enjoyable compared to the sport bike. I'm 5'5 and weigh in at 50kgs, I used to flat foot on my sport bike and now I have to tip toe on my Rivale. Surprisingly enough, I have learnt to handle and manoeuvre the bike with ease over the few weeks of ownership.

Unfortunately the Rivale didn't come with the side mirrors as the previous owner broke them too lol. I ended up buying some Chinese foldable bar-ends (considering new OEM mirrors cost me about $200 EACH shipped to my location) however one side became floppy and the other became stiff (stopped folding) within 2 weeks... I made the decision to remove the side mirrors and make a Reevu helmet purchase, as bikes look best without side mirrors anyways hehe

I have attached some snaps of my old GSXR and my Rivale below

Looking forward to joining this big family!!

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Hello and welcome,

Congrats on your purchase, the rivale is suppose to be a supermoto kind of bike, thats why its seat position is higher.

I've heard about that helmet before, how is the experience with the mirror in the helmet?
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Welcome to the family !!!! I would love to hear your review of the helmet as well....
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Hello and welcome,

Congrats on your purchase, the rivale is suppose to be a supermoto kind of bike, thats why its seat position is higher.

I've heard about that helmet before, how is the experience with the mirror in the helmet?
Hello Black_Gold_Saw, thank you very much! I really like and enjoy the aggressive seating position on the Rivale, when I first laid eyes on the Rivale I thought I would never be able to handle such a high seating position but I've now gotten used to it I am still waiting on the helmet to arrive, I will be sure to give some feedback and a small review about the Reevu MSX1 once I get my hands on it!!

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Welcome to the family !!!! I would love to hear your review of the helmet as well....
Hi esq'z me, I have seen some of your valuable inputs while browsing around the forums looking for information and knowledge!! Thank you for the warm welcome, I am actually waiting for the helmet to arrive. I will be sure to share my experience with it as well as a small review!
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Gidday Wes

Welcome from an Aussie. This is a fascinating forum, have a squiz around a bit, a good bunch and some really good advice and conversations to be had. I for one would be intersted to know what life in Tanzania is like, as a motorcyclist and as a citizen.

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Welcome and a great bike - like others I'd be interested in your thoughts of the helmet too. Bar end mirrors are something that I have never had and nor do I think make much sense either. Height is something that you can accommodate with experience .... just look at videos of people on the KTM 1290 a change in technique.I can just about flat foot my Stradale on both sides but my voice goes up a little at the same time!
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Gidday Wes

Welcome from an Aussie. This is a fascinating forum, have a squiz around a bit, a good bunch and some really good advice and conversations to be had. I for one would be intersted to know what life in Tanzania is like, as a motorcyclist and as a citizen.

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Hi MacRoyWallace, thank you!! Indeed this is a fascinating forum. Great helpful inputs from the community and little to no hostility as majority of other forums are! I am actually an expat in Tanzania. For one, I love the people! They love to see nice bikes, always shouting, whistling and waving their arms high in the air trying to hype the riders up to pop a wheelie or give them a quick rev haha!! Drop me a PM if you have more questions you'd like to ask!

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Welcome and a great bike - like others I'd be interested in your thoughts of the helmet too. Bar end mirrors are something that I have never had and nor do I think make much sense either. Height is something that you can accommodate with experience .... just look at videos of people on the KTM 1290 a change in technique.I can just about flat foot my Stradale on both sides but my voice goes up a little at the same time!
Hi Manic! Thank you, I will be sure to post a thorough review on it once I get to try it out! Regarding bar end mirrors, even though the mounting positions can be considered impractical however I see it as a major improvement compared to having to turn your head 180 degrees to see what is behind you and lose those few seconds of visibility ahead Hahaha during the first two weeks of owning my Rivale I could feel my toes about to give me a muscle spasm however I am confident enough now to say that my toes are much, much stronger than before

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