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  2. Front sprocket

    Honda designed it that way. Takes side loading out of the chain or something. Andy
  3. much as I love my kids letting them chose a vehicle on if its "cool" or not is the sign of an over indulgent grandad. i suppose you let them decide if they should go to school or not,when bedtime is and if they want to eat their greens or just live on Nutella sandwiches? Time to man up!
  4. Honda heated grips

    I put a set of Grip puppies over the stock heated grips on the RS when the grips started to get thin.
  5. Honda heated grips

    No loss of heat eh? Assuming you really mean temperature, how are you getting around the laws of physics then, and specifically Fourier's law of heat transfer?
  6. An unusual 250

    It looks like a fridge on wheels! And folk have the cheek to call modern bikes 'appliances'.
  7. Honda heated grips

    The porridge must make one hell of a mess of the inside of your gloves though!
  8. Honda heated grips

    I have indeed and from this point on been converted by your subtle arguments and gone and bought a set of Grip Puppies, I will proceed to fit them after a cup of tea. Are they really called Ooh Missus? Weird brand name if you ask me.
  9. Front brake.

    I have a pretty strong grip and can pull the lever almost to the bar, that should lock the front wheel as per the ole 7 Sisters BMW off road training on those bloody rotax engine things! Whatever I do I cannot lock the front wheel ipso facto, lettuce n tomato, the ABS is working! pretty easy test really.
  10. Front brake.

    If you want a lesson in "my hand pull wasn't strong enough" try having a 19 year old lad casually walk out in front of you in a city center doing 30 on a Himalayan. Now THAT is a soft brake, I think I'd probably have left clench marks on the seat had I not been enraged when said moron starting shouting at me for riding through a red light - only to look up and notice it was in fact green (for me). I would hastily suggest most of us who've ridden non-ABS bikes are always a touch nervous to grab a fist full and really squeeze for braking - but truthfully the bike will almost always outbrake you.
  11. Grandkids overrule car choice !!

    Ah, that is where my ancient 3.2S Porsche Boxster score as it is a 2003 version so the road tax is half of yours. If it was a year younger I would be paying a much higher road tax!
  12. Front brake.

    My first test ride on a NC700, approaching a roundabout too fast (deceptive little buggers). Hard as I can on the brake and there was some abs action as I hit a gravel patch but then it pulled me up - just. You could see the pucker marks on the saddle that my bum had made though.
  13. Front brake.

    IF one 'grabs the front brake in an emergency, then the ABS should kick in. IF it is applied progressively, then it should be possible to stand the bike on its nose with the rear wheel airborne. I've very little experience of your model of bike other than a test ride, but I know as I get older my strength is diminishing so appreciate your problem!
  14. New Bike to sort back pain?

    Because I am an X-Adv owner You may think I am being funny by suggesting one. However my reasons are that with the optional footpegs added, this bike offers a variety of seating positions. You mention being comfortable on a Harley. The X-Adv can almost replicate the Harley riding position because You can put your feet completely forward. The seat on the X-Adv (hereafter referred to as the X) is substantial and long, thereby facilitating moving around. I sometimes find the feet forward position a little achey on my back over long periods so that is when I pop down the footpegs which bring my feet completely back almost like rearsets. That then places me leaning forwards towards the bars and my back angle is changed substantially. On really rough roads I stand on those pegs and the standing position on this bike ie one of the best of all. It is way better than my 250 CRF which probably needs risers. All of the above mean that the X is the bike that I most use. Long trips, short trips, tours abroad, it does them all. I suggest getting a spin on one, preferably with the footpegs mounted so You can also get to try out that aspect. Only downside of the bike is that the seat height is quite tall. I am only 5'8" but I have kangaroo legs at 32" inseam so not a problem for me.
  15. An unusual 250

    Thought so, thanks. Rarest of the rare. (But I would still prefer a MAC or MSS)!
  16. It’s gotta go!

    For me a major issue is the seat tilt, so like many I've modified the front mechanism to lift it, just used a few washers and made a big difference. For comfort after a riding buddy recommended it I splashed out £12 for one of these Turkish taxi driver mods.
  17. It’s gotta go!

    I used Viking (Ash nr Brands Hatch ) for must be 30 years Lee makes a good job ! He may be doing my seat or I may go shad as I have an account with a wholesaler :-) Sort of looking for a spare riders seat so I can play my current is cut down 20+mm (short previous owner) I have an Airhawk but it was not good on the cut-down seat was Great on Fazer and on my Grom
  18. Honda heated grips

    +1 Same here and works well
  19. Front sprocket

    after spending the afternoon on my 2017 750X replacing both tyres and putting on a new chain, (original tyres,battlewings and chain lasting 15,000 klm) I noticed the front sprocket is not a tight fit on the output shaft, it has about .005" endfloat and has movement on the splines. Both sprockets show nil signs of tooth wear. being used to ducati's triumph's and yamaha's all of which have very tight front sprockets I found this unusual. My question to the collective is is this normal or do I have an issue, And what is the tension of the 14mm bolt that holds the sprocket on . Thanks in advance
  20. after spending the afternoon on my 2017 750X replacing both tyres and putting on a new chain, (original tyres,battlewings and chain lasting 15,000 klm) I noticed the front sprocket is not a tight fit on the output shaft, it has about .005" endfloat and has movement on the splines. Both sprockets show nil signs of tooth wear. being used to ducati's triumph's and yamaha's all of which have very tight front sprockets I found this unusual. My question to the collective is is this normal or do I have an issue, And what is the tension of the 14mm bolt that holds the sprocket on . Thanks in advance
  21. 16k service prices

    Thanks, appreciate the update, for some reason MG ownership is an itch that needs to be scratched, may need to do it so I can say 'been here, done that'
  22. 16k service prices

    Yes I thought quite reasonable as well. I used them as they're only half hour from me (in middle of lovely countryside so great ride there) and have been supporting MG for longer than I've been riding and, in my experience, know their stuff and do a decent job. Enjoying it so far thanks; it's easy to ride, enough of everything (brakes very good for what is is), ABS and ASR don't intrude and it looks nice (IMO). Longest continuous ride so far has been just over a couple of hours (which is about limit of fuel range before light comes one) and it was very comfortable for that. I find solo A road cruising speed 60 - 70 is just right with a little (not a lot) in reserve, it's doing about 57/58 mpg ridden like that. Two up it's more like 55-65 mph and gentler throttle use gives 65mpg+ which is nice. The exhaust sound is very un-Guzzi like but I'm reluctant to swap the silencers without hearing (live, not online) the ones I want to swap to as I don't want it too loud just a bit noisier than the chuffy fart noise it makes now. I also need to add a pillion back rest as my backside still takes up too much room to make the pillion comfortably roomy enough for Mrs Smith. I want one that's easily removable though so will probably need to get one made up. Loading it into the van to use in Cornwall next week, that's usually Enfield duty so will be interesting to see how it compares.
  23. 16k service prices

    I had the same on my V7, one so close I didn't bother to adjust, the other a little more out but not much. The Griso needed a small adjustment on one side after just over 8k miles but this was over 3 years and did include a couple of IAM track sessions which probably saw more 'high rev' use than the rest of it's miles put together. Be interesting to see what the V9 is like as it as 'new' engine for Moto Guzzi, I suspect very much the same
  24. Honda heated grips

    Yeah but mine already had the Honda ones fitted when I bought it 2nd hand, I like the Oxford Adventure grips, the budget ones such as scooter and small bike less so. I believe Outrunner may have provided the answer with his strange attraction to Hush Puppies.... Sorry Grip Puppies!
  25. Honda heated grips

    When I bought my 750X the dealer recommended Oxford over the Honda ones, saying they were not that good, and expensive. I had the Oxford intelligent controller ones fitted and find them very good. Good control and excellent warmth for my year round riding.
  26. Honda heated grips

    Sir, I believe you have mentioned Grip Puppies before in another post, which makes me believe you either have a strange fetish for them or you sell them...
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