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  2. Should I..?

    Sorry Andy I should have included this.
  3. Another kit on the table

    Rocker covers are facing the wrong way?
  4. Another kit on the table

    Oh so close. The pipes are shown as copper in the distractions so I painted black and dry brushed the copper over the top.
  5. Ciaran...you have distinguished taste 👍. ...I had the 600...T353YNU....loved it to bits....I had it for about 14 years....as I've said before I wish I had never sold it. I've just checked the dvla database...last motd a year ago....hopefully it's undergoing a full nut and bolt resto.....yes that'll be it👍...
  6. Wheel (im)balance

    I replaced those in December when I bought the bike and after tyre fitters had put the originals back incorrectly so they shouldn’t be a problem. I did a quick check on the bearings but I believe these were replaced about 6k miles ago so hopefully also ok. Both good points and I will keep an eye on these things too. Cheers, Will
  7. My first bike, CB250N DCA728X. I bought it brand new in 1981 for around £700. Never ridden before, I was crapping myself, but managed to get it home. A week later I rode from Manchester to Plymouth on A roads. That's how I learnt to ride. The bike eventually went to pot as at the time I knew zero about maintenance, which I didn't care about, cos at that age looking cool was the priority.
  8. Monkey & Friend visit UK's only desert

    We originally bought the CB125F as a practical machine to use for local errands to save getting the big bikes out of the garage hence the top box. We then discovered that it was good fun for riding the country roads. However this meant only one could go out at a time. When I walked into Kent M/Cs and saw the Monkey for the first time I knew it had to be the ideal partner for the CB. Since buying the Monkey the CB has doubled its mileage that it had clocked up in the 2 previous years.
  9. Years ago we went to a bike show at Chatham Dock Yard where we saw the 550 Zephyr that I traded in for a 750 Triumph Trident. I had spent a fair bit of money on it with loads of stainless steel and anodised bits as were the fashion of the day. It also had braided brake lines and most of all a personalised number plate with my 3 letter surname on it. The deal on the Trident was so tight I couldn’t afford to transfer the plate.. I was really upset when I saw the state of the Zephyr which was rusting and had loads of corrosion despite the fact that it still wasn’t that old. Sue had to drag me away from wanting to wait and speak with the owner.
  10. Ongoing accident repairs

    So, after all that effort to paint the swingarm I gave up on the hand painting with Hammerite (this paint is the consistency of cheese and won't last five minutes on the swingarm). I have instead got it shot blasted and powder coated at Triple-s in Bingley. Cost £83.35. Results are well worth the cost. Just got to fit the new labels, re grease the bearings and fit new seals (and the chain plastics/gubbins) over the next day or so. Then I will refit it to the bike.
  11. Wheel (im)balance

    and damper rubbers
  12. Monkey & Friend visit UK's only desert

    My cbt steed was a CG125....followed by a Suzuki GS500 for direct access....I loved the CG....there's something great about a wee 125....Just really enjoyable.
  13. Not sure this is the future

    So is that Honda's long awaited competitor for the Harley Springer? Asking for a friend 😎
  14. Been there done that. I bought a Triumph Trident 750 in 1996, absolutely loved it, took me to work every day for three years as well as trips to France and Scotland. I sold it after a good friend was killed on his bike and I didn't ride for a couple of years. Anyway, long story short 10 years later I saw it advertised in a dealership in Northampton, and with my best rose tinted specs on, I bought it back. It had only one other owner between me and me. Sadly it was suffering a bit from poor maintenance. Especially the carbs , which were missing a fair few bits. After six months I got it running reasonably well, but it was a lot of work. Then my wife said "you're always working on that thing, you'd have been better of getting a new bike" My man-hearing must have filtered the message, because all I heard was ".........get....... a new bike". That next weekend I was the proud owner of a new 2006 Triumph 900 Thruxton. And that's another story. The trouble with rose tinted specs is their unreliable.
  15. Monkey & Friend visit UK's only desert

    Driving home yesterday I passed a CBF125 which was holding 70 on the A27. That’s pretty good for an air cooled 125 and practical. They aren’t small. It’s fun ‘condensed’
  16. Wheel (im)balance

    Might be worth checking the wheel bearings if the vibration persists.
  17. Wheel (im)balance

    When fitting a tyre, car or bike. Feel inside the tyre for the ridge (bulge) where the ply's overlap. Fit this opposite the valve and you'll often do away with the need for any weights at all. Despite what any coloured dots may suggest....
  18. Not sure this is the future

    The Megola is pretty logical. With the technology of 1910 one valve per cylinder, total loss oiled rotary piston engines had the highest power to weight ratio and simple maintenance. All those Sopwiths worked well enough. The fact this was fifteen years past its best when launched wasn't the best move. The spring wheel is some back street version of what the tyre makers are looking at. This design must have an interesting version of tyre creep under braking or hard cornering! The Michelin version uses complicated lattices of metal rubber and carbon fibre. Andy
  19. Did you ever come across a bike you sold years ago?

    That'll teach me to speed reply on my phone
  20. Damn. Where can I buy a test? How much does it cost? Anything, not to have to ride those bloody hairpin bends with the examiner sitting behind me.
  21. Should I..?

    I would say the exact opposite. Fifty diverse opinions, with the reasons why they reached their conclusion are far more useful than how it used to be done: one bloke scratching a lot of dead wood pulp after the manufacturer handed him his free bottle of Whisky, his free central London club lunch, had a quick dig about how the last bloke is unemployed because no one in the industry wants negative reviews and their order for another year's worth of full page ads. I think Steve/Foxy has it so far. Does what you need it to well so long as you plan the fill-up's or stay off roads that lack frequent opportunities. Andy
  22. Should I..?

    Perhaps it is misguided to expect sensible if you are using the internet.
  23. Did you ever come across a bike you sold years ago?

    I also had a Suzuki GS 850 at one time and then sold it to buy a Honda CB750FB. Not much later I attended the report of a burnt out motor cycle found in the woods on the outskirts of town One GS 850 that I had spent a lot of time and money on and the new owner hadn't had it for long. On a different note Ciaran you mention the kit to drop the horsepower. Of course back in the dark old ages we didn't have to do that and could ride pretty much anything. As I said above my learner was a 150cc Lambretta so not exactly a rocket ship. I think Yamaha's LC250 was the death knell for learners on rockets. Jeez those thing used to fly. I cannot imagine riding a large bike with restricted power but understand why it is a good idea in theory. I guess the fact that you can hurt yourself very badly at low speed never entered the minds of the powers that be. I do wonder though how many were derestricted very quickly in the hope that no one ever noticed.
  24. Downshifting gears

    Is it because you have a DCT😉
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  26. Wheel (im)balance

    Good call
  27. Not sure this is the future

    That reminded me of the Megola …………………….. a bonkers idea if ever there was one.
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