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  1. 20 points
    I know we all love pictures. Taken at Hassop Station, can recommend the food if you're biking in the peak district.
  2. 15 points
    Can you imagine trying to sell this on some Victorian version of the apprentice? What have you got there lads? It's an infernal combustion engine Mr. Brunel, going to replace both steam and horses. How does it work? We fastened a rod to a cannon ball and when it fires it turns this shaft. Doesn't it stop after three turns? No, we reload and fire again 10000 times a minute. How do you get the powder in? We use a liquid fuel. There is a pool of it in a tin can the engine sucks up through an orifice we worked out the size of to give exactly the right ratio to burn. Doesn't that change as it turns faster? Yes, we copied a valve from that Crapper bloke to set the level of the pool and we are fitting three different sized orifices for different speeds. I'm out. If you can't load the powder fast enough, what about the percussion caps? Well Professor Faraday, we've gone electrical on that. Fitted a switch on the shaft that makes a spark every turn. You have the same problem changing that with engine speed. Yes, we put the switch on a couple of weights that spin out and move the point the switch closes at. So long as you bung a fag paper in the gap once a month it works well enough. I'm out. Isn't the fuel dangerous? Well Ms. Nightingale, it's explosive and carcinogenic and we think adding lead will make it work better, but apart from that it seems OK. I'm out. ..... Andy
  3. 11 points
    If carbs are a love/hate thing and you hate working on them when do you actually love them? Poxy things belong in the history books along with contact points, dynamos and (yes, you guessed it ) inner tubes.
  4. 11 points
    Following Glendon's infatuation with his mini Kawasaki Versys, I've gone for it's brash, sporty brother (or is it sister). The Africa Twin stays for longer journeys but this is for commuting and a bit of twisty road fun. My local dealer made me an offer that I simply couldn't refuse. It might take a while before I get to really like it, as I'm restricted to 4000rpm for 600 miles.
  5. 11 points
    Don't think I'll get one - Exhaust looks far too smoky.. :-)
  6. 10 points
    Been done and bought a R1200RT SE MU (anyone know what MU stands for, probably something in German no doubt). 2011 with 14K and full dealer service history. I got fed up doing long motorway trips on the NC which I'm keeping as its such a great bike.
  7. 10 points
    In many ways I detest the carbs on the CL350. You have to do this To get at this Which is gunked up with a millimetric bit of black ooze and thus explains why it will run at 7000 rpm and 1500 rpm but is not happy between. There is however a certain satisfaction in peashootering said microcrap into next doors garden and knowing the surgery wasn't just for sightseeing. I've told Karen the ultrasonic cleaner that's coming is for jewellery and will save her ten quid a go at the jewellers 😂😁😅😁😂🤣😳😁 Andy
  8. 9 points
    VMCC "Early Motor Bicycle" run in Kirkcudbright yesterday. You have to admire those who maintain and ride 100 year old bikes. More in my blog https://fjstuart.blogspot.com/2019/10/oldies-at-kirkcudbright.html
  9. 9 points
    I tried the left-footed technique ... help!
  10. 9 points
    Mind you, it's not much worse than other hairbrained ideas. So Mr.Stephenson, what is your idea? Well, we have a carriage which is propelled by steam, we have a large pot of water at above boiling temperature held under immense pressure with a coal fire going under it. Isn't that a bit, ermmm, dangerous? Only a bit, if it explodes the water instantly boils and it kills everyone around. I'm out. …… and Mr.Stephenson, how does this carriage get from, what shall we say, London to Edinburgh? We level out the ground along the 350 miles, lay a large piece of timber every couple of feet or so, and nail two lengths of iron which we will call "rails" at exactly 4' 81/2" apart all the way along the pieces of timber. The carriage then runs along these iron rails. For 350 miles? Yes I'm out. NEXT! Now then Messrs Wright, Orville and Wilbur I believe, what is your idea?
  11. 9 points
    With the exception of a few accessories I intend to keep my Monkey as standard however if I were to customise this would be the sort of retro look that I would like.
  12. 9 points
    The new Triumph Rocket looks like someone kicked it up the arse and it eyes are poppin out
  13. 8 points
    The reliability thing reminds me of an apocryphal story regarding a manufacturer who was moving the supply of certain parts from a German company to a Japanese one. The purchasing department said to the Japanese company that the previous supplier had a failure rate of just 1% and they wanted the Japanese company to equal this. After a short pause, the Japanese supplier said OK, but they would have to specify when they wanted the failures delivered so that they could schedule the manufacturing process to produce them, otherwise it would interfere with normal production.
  14. 8 points
    Welcome to the BMW section. Lovely bike, I've always loved my BMWs, they are a bit of a Marmite thing for some people but as far as I'm concerned they give me everything I want to make riding any distance a real joy and you simply can't put a price on buttock comfort.
  15. 8 points
    Some of you may have already come across this but I read about it in a German bike magazine on my way back from the Frankfurt Auto Salon. I can’t afford the Porsche Taycan I was invited to see, so maybe I’ll have to settle for this. It actually looks like fun. https://newatlas.com/citroen-jumper-biker-camper-van/55892/ Any takers?
  16. 8 points
    This is true...... The single most useful 2 wheel transport I ever owned. Peanuts to run, easy and cheap to service yourself. Mine just passed 5000 miles, passed its MOT. Never had a single issue with it (famous last words). Got the Givi screen, works really well and less than half the price of an OEM one. Mines been abused since day one, carrying SWMBO plus a weeks shopping. I always get 55mph out of mine 2 up. On my own it will just creep north of 60 indicated. Doesnt burn oil, starts every time (has a kickstart as well if you want to feel old school). Checked valves twice (2500 mile servicing) no adjustment needed so wont bother at the next one. I may decide to splash out on a new spark plug....treat the poor thing. Other than the fuel injection its all old school. Newer ones have linked brakes I think. So nimble and light, brakes are fine one up, bit less so two up. Its just makes me smile riding it. Only thing worth upgrading maybe is the tyres, fine in the dry........too much fun in the wet.
  17. 7 points
    You say “Touring bike, over 1000cc with low centre of gravity” and you could just type “BMW RT” and save your fingers..
  18. 7 points
    Hi Decided to give the shad seat a go! Concerned about fit problems I phoned shad UK, they said: it will fit the 2019 750x but the tank (frunk) shape (2017 onward) has been altered slightly so there might be a small gap. Ordered direct from shad.co.uk Easy to fit, rear seat catch works. I think it looks good, the fit at the front is better than expected. More concerned with the light grey on the rear (but they all have that). Have not been for a ride yet and wont get chance for a few days, but it seems better to sit on. I have high hopes, time will tell... Here are a few pics so you can judge for yourselves.
  19. 7 points
    Before After Andy
  20. 7 points
    Never say no to a shaft...
  21. 7 points
    Yes he was one of my favourite X men :0)
  22. 7 points
    I’m absolutely 100% with Ciaran. Never put my left foot on a stand in all my life. Don’t think I have seen anyone else do it either, even my mates who are left handed.
  23. 7 points
    It is an excellent way for a young man to learn that motorcycling is fun, especially if you keep off the light blue bits, however I concede that being "time poor" is a valued "excuse" however sticking it in the back of a 'van is not quite the same as the overpriced camper option😉 A litany of excuses dear boy, none of which I find greatly compelling. I do concede the time constraints however. Maybe it would be better to leave one of you're many bikes on site as t'were. Obviously not an option for those of us who are "Bike poor" rather than time poor😂 Again the van/over priced camper comparison is not strictly valid😁 Words fail me, or at least the ones Ted will let me get away with😎 One hopes you are never afflicted with the polishing bug, it's only one step from collecting train numbers.........💀
  24. 7 points
    Brian dear boy, that may be alright in the world of limitless time that you, and a fair chunk of this esteemed forum inhabit, but for us mere tax payers, often that just ain't the case. I bought my shiny brown Citroen Dispatch (other hideously overpriced German badged vans are available) specifically for carting about bikes when riding them to a destination doesn't make sense. Case study 1: 8 days to ride NW of Scotland, my lad on his CBF 125, me on Enfield Bullet back in 2017 where the aim was to spend more time riding the roads of NW Scotland than the light blue bits on the way there and back. I know you like to take your red spindly, springy thing all over this fair planet but I hope even you would agree that riding a 125 to Scotland and back isn't anyway to persuade a young man that motorcycling is fun. Case study 2: we have a caravan thingy on the edge of England right down at the pointy, sticky out bit on the left. The Enfield is perfect for the steep, narrow lanes down there but less so for the 213 mile (if you go by A30 dual carriageway, 9,139 miles by back road) trip down. Even less so if you have Mrs Smith with you, a weekend's kit, change of bedding for 'the luxury villa' and only 48 hours to get there, unpack, eat your own body weight in pasties, pack up and get back. Case study 3: you have been polishing your bike for two weeks solid and you want to get to the local bike meet ten miles away to show it off but don't want a speck of dust, dirt or fly poo to mark it or your Raybans. Simply pop it in the back of the van, drive to a convenient lay by 200 yards from said bike meet, wheel your steed out, a last shine of the teeth and away you go. This last one hasn't happened for me yet but will do as soon as I get a bike worth polishing
  25. 6 points
    I have just sold my Triumph T20SH tiger cub and BMW R1100RT on that auction site. I got a reasonable price for both of them. Old BMW oil heads dont sell well because of the ABS issues apparently ( I didnt have any which i couldnt fix myself). I was looking for a lighter commuter than the beamer but something with a centre stand. NC was in the equation but I just didnt like the power deficit. I looked at the Yamaha xj6 but although its a light weight it seemed a bit too small for me ( spoilt by a Beamer) So I have snagged a low mileage last of the bandit 650s (2012). Power to weight ratio is better than the Beamer because , although it is slightly less powerful, it is considerably lighter. The Suzuki also has ABS and has the ability to keep going past 100,000 miles just like the R1100. The R11000 handled extremely well which is one reason why i am getting rid of it. I was catching the stands on the floor on a daily basis which, as we all know, is going to end in disaster when the frront wheel finds diesel. I decided that i need something a little more skitish, lively, something to be more cautious about so that i dont fall into that false sense of security which i have made mistakes with on previous occasions. Most of all , I wanted something which i can pick up on my own should the rather unfortunate need arise. We'll see if the change pays off.
  26. 6 points
    My 21 year old son is riding a CBR500R on an A2 licence at the moment. I recently bought a CB650R, partly for me and partly to encourage him to pass his full A licence. He's frothing at the mouth at the prospect of riding it... his dream bike. Fairly ordinary but very competent and lovely to ride. Perhaps your son would like one. They're reasonably priced too!
  27. 6 points
    oooh now you really shouldn't have asked that ......
  28. 6 points
  29. 6 points
    I rode home on the SH tonight in pouring rain... the kind that finds its way in no matter what you're wearing, but my lower 2 thirds was dry inside the outer layer, which would normally let it in after a short soaking. Why? I was tucked inside the Tucano Urbano Termascud, including having the strap round the back of my neck to keep it against my chest like the apron it's meant to be. Dry from the chest down. Even my feet were dry and I was only wearing shoes. The Termascud is amazing, especially with the strap.
  30. 6 points
    The main 'new' thing about the 'new' AT will be the world 'new'
  31. 6 points
    Just getting the SH300i ready for the colder days to come... Tucano Urbano Termoscud fitted and Puig screen now on. http://postimg.cc/zL4CpVxg http://postimg.cc/Z9vYPR92 Although it's still warm during the day the mornings are starting to feel chilly. The screen and scooter skirt make a massive difference to comfort. I'll wait a few more weeks before the handle bar muffs go on... November probably. Apologies to the non-scooter fanciers on the forum.
  32. 5 points
    Fans of irony will appreciate the global sales map of Honda's Africa Twin 🙃
  33. 5 points
    Aah! the Busa.. i ran one in for my local dealer when they first came out ( full power ) Then i was asked did i want to deliver it to the customer! In Spain all expenses paid... When you get used to the motor it was a fantastic machine and very comfy for long distance work, I just had a soft bag on the pillion seat and an air ticket home 10 days later...The owner was a great bloke a biker all his life and had come into some money i stayed with them for 4 days and then came home, dealer met me at Manchester Airport...I also got £200 pocket money,,,so what's not to like about the Busa.....Ow! it needed a new rear tyre when it got to Spain and a think they do every 1000 miles... or so and a chain every 2thou..
  34. 5 points
    Choosing/suggesting bikes for someone else quite is fun and potentially less expensive!
  35. 5 points
    SV650? - light, fast, great brakes & handling, fantastic engine. Lots about and inexpensive. I'd look for a Gen 2 (2003-08) naked - the Sport has too sporty a riding position for this old guy. My SV goes touring.
  36. 5 points
  37. 5 points
    These turned out OK though Andy
  38. 5 points
    It must be difficult to forget if you ever stripped one down. They eyepatch and missing fingers will remind you. Andy
  39. 5 points
    I wore it this morning, love the fur lining so warm!! (Goes round me. Doesn't attach to the bike) I gave up with style on a bike a long time ago, its comfort first!
  40. 5 points
    Listen up! If the most senior Supreme Court Judge can wear a broach that looks like a Tarantula sprayed in silver metalflake, I believe a pair of Mikuni 36mm flatside carburetors, cleaned and polished up, mounted on earrings would make any wife happy and proud to wear! Is there a reason I'm not married?
  41. 5 points
    No it's not, and I ride a GS. When I decided that the NC was never going to be comfortable for me on long rides the first bike I test rode was the AT and there is no doubt that it's a fantastic bike. My reasons for not buying one were personal ones, I wanted cruise control and heated grips and while the AT is perfectly happy on the tarmac my view is that it's far more off road biased than the GS. I seriously doubt I'll ever take my bike properly off road, maybe the occasional green lane but I'm getting a bit long in the tooth and I was never very good at it when I was younger. If I was going off road I'd get something a lot lighter than either the GS or the AT as I'm the one who'd have to keep picking the thing up. Also never having owned an AT before I wasn't sure that I'd find it as comfortable as it would need to be on longer trips. On the other hand I've owned BMWs before and know I can ride them all day without any discomfort so I went for the 'safe' option. The best bike, without exception, is the one you're riding.
  42. 5 points
    Well sir, we've been looking at how birds fly and we think that if you forget the flapping thing the wings are actually a device for creating upward lift so if you can make a sort of wood and canvass bird and make it go forward by some means of propulsion then it should fly.. "And how will you propel it?" Well, Cody tried a steam engine but we reckon an infernal combustion engine attached to a great big ships propellor made of wood should do the trick. "I'm out. Nurse, fetch the strait jackets".
  43. 5 points
    Mr Thomson? I'll gi'e ye twa guineas, five and sixpence for thirty percent o' the company. But only if ye agree tae use ma rubber tyres oan yer contraption! Nae that radge, Dunlop's.
  44. 5 points
  45. 5 points
    from Republican Party Reptile: "Some people say a front-engine car handles best, some people say a rear-engine car handles best. I say a rented car handles best."
  46. 5 points
    I view my AT (2016 version) as a tourer really .. but it has capability for the odd forest trail. If I really go off road I have a TTR for that. Perhaps I am the exception but I find the AT very comfy for long distances (Perpignan to Amsterdam with one stop or Edinburgh to Norwich in a day for example). The thing doesn't like side winds for sure but since I fitted a screen extender (the Rugged Roads version) and stopped using a peak I don't experience the buffeting everyone complains about. Ok .. its tall and heavy but it is brilliant for the pothole infested roads in East Lothian where I live. It will get replaced in the next couple of years but that will be thanks to my physical ability to get on and off it as I get older .. but all in all the AT is about the best bike I have ever owned for sensible everyday use. Do miss my Ducatis however (but not the bills!).
  47. 4 points
    Sounds like a good plan to me. If you keep your current 700 much longer it will become, effectively, worthless. As I see it you only have two options, go for the change now while you can or keep the 700 until it’s done roughly double it’s mileage and then chuck it away. But that leaves you with a massive jump back into a new bike again. I actually have no doubt that your present model will easily see 150-200k if you carry on looking after it. But at what cost? And the very fact that you’re looking at all suggests, to me, that a newer machine is called for. Good luck.
  48. 4 points
    Green landing just became a lot more fun.
  49. 4 points
    It's just a bit of banter old chap, it's what keeps some of us sane. Of course the AT is a fine machine, like the GS, which is frankly much better, but if we all went round taking ourselves seriously, what a very dull world it would be.😉😁
  50. 4 points
    Ah the lesser spotted biking meerkat, I'm guessing someone over the next dune has taken the lid off their Starbucks cup.......😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣
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