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    I said I would post a few pics of the trip for anyone interested so here we are: Crossed over the Seine on the Tancarville bridge just for old times sake as that was the route on my first ever bike trip to France. Pleased to say it was free for bikes as was the new and much bigger Pont de Normandie on the return trip. The hotel in Dinard, only 2 star, but an excellent room and nice mixture of modern and restored older decor. It is run by a nice young couple who spoke English and were very helpful. The parking bays on the road are nearly always full, but they told me I could park on the pavement just outside the hotel, where I could see the bike from my window. A few pics of a day trip over the bay to St Malo, when it was so hot that I went for a swim in the sea, resorting to pretending my underpants were swimming trunks, which meant I had to go commando for the rest of the day! Moved on from Dinard to Perros Guirac and then circled back to Dinard via Morlaix to drop Anne off at Dinard Airport, staying at a couple of good hotels along the way, particularly the last one called Chateau De Beaussais which has an excellent restaurant and accommodation in little stone cottages in the grounds. Would have stayed there longer if we could. Morlaix Lunch stop
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    Have you lot got at my wife? I was just presented with this Prize at some raffle ! The warning about a risk of choking was correct, just not in the way they expected! Andy
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    When it comes to modifications I can understand that suspension can be a clear benefit over OEM shocks/forks being built to a budget. I also understand fitting accessories to personal taste. However I cannot understand fiddling with engine tuning or air filters etc that are specifically designed to work with the engine to provide reliability and stock performance. I got berated by an individual for wondering why amateur tuners (tinkerers) felt they could improve on Hondas wealth of experience. Again if it ain't broke don't fix it.
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    Last Friday I happened to drop into my local Ducati dealer, and got to see the new Scrambler CafΓ© racer. I've spent the time since considering selling the NC and my car as well as draining the building society account. I've been nagging the wife, like a kid just before Christmas. This morning I woke up and decided, that as it can't carry my lunchbox (that's not a euphuism) nor has a centre stand, then the NC can stay a bit longer. Still nice to look at though. At least I think so.
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    A young lady in the high street yesterday pulling her small boy along, her plastic shopping bag caught a litter bin and two items fell out, so she swung around and bawled the little boy out worse than a Sgt Major , jeffin and effin. Little boy just stood waiting obviously use to it. I grew up in a different age and was taught men didn't swear in front of women or kids. Never spit in the street, or raise a hand in anger to a woman. When I met Mrs Mac she wouldn't go into a public house on her own. Different days. Nice to see Rufios is a gentleman.
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    I picked up a 700 Deauville today at noon in Strabane, rode the Inishowen 100 in Donegal which is part of the Wild Atlantic Way and arrived home at 8.30 tonight. The scenery was stunning and I enjoyed a great days riding with all but the last 50 miles in the dry. Good weather protection on the Deauville. This one is called "The Silver Machine 2," and is my third Deauville. Silver Machine 1 was a Pan European.
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    I had a turd brown Reliant Super Van 3 (if ever a vehicle was mis-named) for a few months when I was 17, before Del Boy made them cool! Bought it off my mate for a pint (yes really) as he had stuffed it into a hedge smashing the front up and the motor was on the way out. Repaired the front end with fibre glass matting and galvanised tin sheets pop rivetted on, left it to cure overnight propped on two milk crates but was a bit out with the alignment and headlights were all over the place. Ran it for a few weeks until the motor (700cc) finally wouldn't get me up the hill out of my village even in 1st, when I stripped the thing it only had two pistons left!! Bought a second hand 850cc motor for Β£25 (nearly a weeks wages) and scared myself and everyone who rode in it silly as it was way to quick (about 70 top wack) for awful suspension and tyres. Rolled it onto it's side countless times, if a corner was okay at 40 in a Escort or similar it was 25 absolute max in the Reliant and even then you were puckering. Me and my mates didn't bother with car tests for a couple of years so the SuperVan was pressed into use when hissing down or if one of us had a bike off the road (which happened frequently with LC's and X7's ridden by idiots) or if somehow a girl stumbled into our tiny world of two stroke, football and beer ...... (which didn't happen frequently!) I won't bore you with the countless stories of near death (or at least severe bruising) accidents, various mechanical mishaps (I recall both wipers flew off at the same time one rainy evening), pub crawls crammed with passengers (I think we had all eight of the darts team in it one night) or the local bobbie's attempts to curtail it's action (PC Purnell "do you know you have 3 different size tyres on your 'car'?" - Me "yes officer, they're supposed to be different as front takes twice the weight and the inside one steers a bit like e side car" PC Purnell "reallllllly?") Oops, I said I wouldn't bore you ........ Suffice to say it's gone down in local legend, by far and away the very worse car, or even vehicle, I have ever, ever owned but I genuinely don't recall one journey that was nothing other than an absolute hoot. It finally succumbed when the fake purple fur covering the dash (don't ask!) caught fire when the carb backfired and we all had to bail PDQ in our local pub car park. The landlord managed to put it out with his long reach flowering basket hose (our hero ) but too much damage had been done and even if it had been worth anything the insurers wouldn't do the 'Fire' part of TPFT on plastic pigs. Consolation free pints from the landlord and towed off by a mate and his tractor to be used as a particularly crappy hen coop, it may even still be in that field. Anyway, the dry'ish transport me to do my car test and move onto my first 'real' car ...... which I promptly crashed on the way home from passing my test ........ but that's another story. Okay, you lost me, what's all that got to do with bikes? I'll get my coat ...........
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    Due to a very busy last few weeks (no 1 Daughters wedding organisation, supporting Dad through his poor health and running the business), I've not ridden a bike for nearly three weeks, the longest time I can remember for about 20 years. I basically got back from France (about 1500 mile round trip on the AT), cleaned it (sort of) and, apart from using it to go to work and back one day, my two wheeled kit hasn't moved. After a weekend of wedding (on Friday) and Son's 21st (Saturday) I got back from dropping him at the station Sunday evening and my wife said let's pop out on the bike for a couple of hours. As usual when we only want to chill on a bike the Enfield was the 'weapon' of choice and off we pottered happily thrumming, bouncing, and chugging our way around the edge of the New Forest and down to the the beach at New Milton for a sunset coffee - very relaxing. On the way home however I took the back road I know very well past Matchams Moto X circuit, lots of crests, dips and some nice corners, and was 'making progress' when I noticed a single headlight someway back. I slowed to a bit nearer the 40 speed limit (I was on an Enfield so didn't have much to scrub off!) until I could clock it as faired sort of semi-sports thing and then opened up the mighty Enfield. The chap stayed behind me on the twisty bits (I was using a lot of the road ) and then blasted past on a longish straight, looked like a Z750 or faired Bandit and although the Ennie did us proud by chugging up to an indicated 75 he was long gone by the end of the straight. After the straight are two or three miles of more corners, drops and crests and I bowled the Ennie along in a vain attempt to catch sight of the other bike and although I didn't catch him it reminded me (and my wife) that even a slow bike can be fun on the right road. Left the Ennie parked up in the garage, gently ticking to itself and dripping oil from the stripped drain plug, really must fix that ........ Have fun people, whatever you ride
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    Hi Mike, I can stick it in a jiffy bag and send it to you, please PM me your postal address. I'm not looking for anything for it, but was thinking - once you receive it and prove that it works ok, why don't you make a donation to the Just Giving page for Dentonlad. The money will then go to a good cause.
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    Did you mean to say that?! One bike has to be enough for me (sadly). I still miss my Tiger 800 from time to time though. But if I hadn't changed it for the NC I would never have found this excellent forum or the friends I have made here.
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    Ok so a. I am a newbie b. I wouldn't have a clue what to do with a tyre repair kit c. have you seen my nails?! It's not going to happen... I picked up a puncture on my way home, thankfully got home safely and completely unaware, this morning flat as a dodo. Ever tried pushing 240kilos on a flat rear tyre? It was a challenge, but I had to move it to get my car out to go to work (also had flats, also needed air, and is booked in for her little booties to be replaced on Saturday morning Googled around and found a company based in Northern Surrey called Simply Tyres. Had really good reviews. Called him told him what tyre I needed. He called me back said he would visit my bike outside my house tomorrow while I was at work, I didn't need to take time off to be there he would pop his invoice through my door and as it was the rear tyre I wouldn't need to remove steering lock or disc lock, just as long as the bike wasn't shackled to anything and he could freely access the rear tyre. Just got another message from him. His delivery arrived and my tyre is there (was expected tomorrow) so he can be with me at 8pm tonight to fit it so I am not without the bike tomorrow - how good is that for service?! And only a little bit over what Honda quoted me for replacing it a few months back. So far impressed...
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    Hopped out his van and said "man Woking is a long way!" I said if I had known you did car tyres you could have fitted those too. He said no, don't call me for your car, I only came out this far because it was for a bike and we are bikers. He said we came down some great riding roads, his mate chirps up "lots of ditches". Both mad as hatter bikers, one more risk adverse then his mate. Left saying "see you up at Rykas!" Good job, upgraded tyre (his suppliers fault) no move in cost. Chain tension checked, wheel balanced and alignment done. Would use again but think he would only only be willing if I was up in Richmond rather than at home! reslly impressed with the same day service.
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    Good news bike is fixed. Collecting sometime during the week when weather gets a tad better. New oil filter oil change and full clutch.
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    Well, Rufio's manner is a model of how to behave in a crisis. So laid back. Not an expletive or feather spat anywhere. I salute you. Now if that had of been me ...........
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    Now can we get back to DCT vs manual? Hate these interruptions!
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    Got a puncture when I went to leave work in Tonbridge late one night and the RAC sent out a guy with a huge American truck. It was covered in lights which made it look like something from a fairground and when I climbed into the cab I felt as though I should be wearing an oxygen mask😊 It was an interesting experiance but as it was left hand drive I was sitting on the off side which for someone who is not keen on riding in cars at the best of times was a bit unnerving when we overtook Anyang.
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    Having read Mike's post and others, it is clear that "innovation" to most people means minor tweaks to layout or features, utilising no new technology and pushing forward the boundaries of progress not one bit. Someone mentioned using only one disc on the front as innovative, or risk-taking. Seriously? You are that easily impressed? For me, I want much more than that. And here is where Rocker66 has me to a tee: it has to be something the buying public will accept. And that is why bikes all look the same and function much the same - because we buyers are astonishingly conservative, change-resistant and risk-averse. I say "we", but obviously that doesn't include me! I am so BORED with bikes all being so similar! Every bike you can buy (with the exception of the odd moped, etc) uses telescopic forks. Petrol engines. Swing-arm rear suspension. Almost all use a six-speed manual gearbox. Almost all bikes (all "serious" ones) sit you on top. The layout options are so limited: why is it only scooters that enclose the rear wheel? And then we have to live with all the stupid styling shit that has no function or a negative effect. Why does every modern bike have to have an arse that sticks up in the air like a wasp sting, so the passenger needs stilts but there's 18 inches of empty air above the back wheel? Why the f**k does Honda and everybody else put that stupid "beak" above the front wheel, as it it were some kind of motocross bike? Why does every manufacturer bar one fit front mudguards that simply don't work and no back mudguards at all? Why does no manufacturer fully enclose the chain, for ch****s sake? Why can't I buy a bike with hub-centre steering? Why can't I buy a diesel bike? Or a hybrid bike? Why are bikes with a transmission that's not a six-speed manual so rare? Why can't I buy a bike which uses stainless steel fastenings and parts everywhere, so I can ride it through the winter without worrying about corrosion? Why can't I buy a bike with a constant-speed petrol engine coupled to a series hybrid drive train for some serious economy? And while we're at it, let's have a dual-link hub-centre-steering front end in order to release the area above the front wheel for storage, or electronics, or whatever. Anyway, I don't really want you to answer each of these questions! (We could all come up with an answer, or an exception, to each of them.) I'm just using that format to illustrate my frustration at the astonishing lack of variety and true innovation in the motorcycle market. And yes, I know I'm in a minority of one! Genuinely.
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    Still trugging along at 160K miles Had best mpg this week of 87mpg with a 'controlled run' to Liverpool - still beat the sat nav ...Lol
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    So here she is Now off to fit the Heed bunker crashbars...
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    Guys I just chanced upon a couple of articles on K&N air filters that I thought might be of use. I fitted a K&N pod filter to my old Norton restoration and it was heaps better than nothing - which is how it came from Norton - but these days a STD filter is appreciably more efficient than a K&N. In the past I've mentioned my research of a couple of years ago when I discovered the poor performance of K&N filters and have been challenged to produce data and then not been able to go back and find it. I finally found some so I thought I'd share it. This one is a comparison of several air filters and is very illuminating:~ https://www.bobistheoilguy.com/airfilter/airtest3.htm This one is also a comparison but is rather more technical and in depth:~ http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/kn-vs-oem-filter.html K&N gives more flow but more flow = more dirt in the oil with probably only a gain in induction moan to show on the positive side of the equation if you like a bit more noise. These are the kind of answers I found when I was looking to fit a K&N on my 700. I really wanted them to work, but in the end I decided the STD filter was just fine.
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    Come off it. You can barely sit on a seat like that, let alone sleep on it.
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    Yep all completely true,,,my finger are there to be burnt. .but you know what I want,,I can afford,,,so sod it I,m having it !!!!
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    I just discover this beauty and is looking so tempting that i will probably say bye to my NC.
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    Who ever described a fish as 'man's best friend'? (apart from someone who sells chips!). Diesel, the Staffie cross, is the best thing that's happened to me in years. I'm so grateful he chose me to be his human.
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    Hi James, glad you enjoyed the AT. I'm nether a fan or a naysayer of the AT. But I do wonder at the price of it for what it is mostly used for. Social domestic and pleasure ( That will stir things up 😁) All the NC range share the same "platform" wheel size , fork rake , suspension and engine power. The NC750s and X can be ear holed through corners hard as they corner very well. I have tried the Integra and that is also a good handling bike, but you don't have the false tank to give the feeling of being sat on and " in " the machine. So cornering will feel a little remote, all scooters feel like this and we don't notice it. But it is only when you get on a motorcycle do you notice how "handy" a tank is when honking a bike through bends. (Which is why they put a small tank on the Vespa 90 racers). Larger wheels slow the steering somewhat, smaller wheels turn in faster so in theory the NC 750X should corner quicker than the AT unless the rake on the AT forks is at a keener angle. ? The tyre width shouldn't make much difference but the extra power of the AT is useful on occasion. However the extra money the AT costs would for me warranty serious touring, loaded up to the hilt and often, doing two up work, or climbing the Alps all day. May I suggest taking the 2017 NC 750x out for a test. As by the sound of it the 750x would tick most of your boxes the seat height and style of the bike gives the same commanding view in traffic, the cornering is excellent, the power is increased over the 700, you get the handy storage area, the dash is in my view better laid out and it won't dent your wallet so much. Yours, Practical Sam, the Frugal man . 😁
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    They are both rubbish CVT...thats the transmission of the future
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    When the sump plug fell out of my Honda and dumped it's oil on the tarmac The recovery company sent a local recovery van to collect me. A small Peugeot van turned up " that's no good mate we won't get the PC 800 in the back of that." He just smiled opened the back doors and used a hand held controller. This big yellow thing got out of the back of the van by its self laid it's self on the floor and all he did was pop two small wheels on the stub axels. Then it winched my heavy bike into its back and he tied the bike off with three rachet straps and we was ready to go. It was like something from Transformers. Rockers story reminded me of when we was thinking of renting the house out and Mrs Mac and I was going to go travelling. As it would be mostly on the continent I bought a LHD American RV it was 8feet wide and 32 feet long. First time I took it out on the local lanes where we live , Mrs Mac unbuckled her seat belt and went to the back of the coach and sat on the bed. I must admit I use to be a bus driver but that RV was far too big for Cornish roads. It was a bit tight in places. We never got to go abroad so the Chevy got sold within nine months. Luckily I didn't lose any money on it. Mrs Mac wouldn't sit in the passenger's seat it petrified her when a lorry came in the opposite direction. 😁
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    Sorry, is this going to be the 'five minute' argument? Or the full 'half hour'?
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    There's not much a twin can do that a triple can't do better - just sayin'
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    I'm a firm believer in what goes around comes around, ( karma ) . Do good things and good things come to you . Do bad and expect to pay the price one day. Sounds like hippy nonsense ? . But life has shown me it holds true. I have met some smashing people and I've met some very dark minded individuals. I've learned to recognise the two and steer towards the former. Leave the dark souls to themselves, they will find other like-minded people to hang out with. πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™Š
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    Did that with a 700 Transalp in France when with a bunch of mates. You'd think they'd have forgotten some 12 years later.....🀑 MPG didn't improve by the way....
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    True petrolhead to be excited about the truck you are being loaded on to! Only once I was loaded on to a low loader and my only concern was how the hell I was going to manoeuvre the car with no power assisted steering into a tight space. The follwing time a low loader appeared to my driveway it was met with my tears as I felt the gravitas of my husband's car accident with full force. He was fine but looking at the vehicle we all questioned how he got out. It was a relief when the insurers picked it up and got rid of it. Safe journey Rufio and Mrs Rufio
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    Back when the AA introduced plugs for tubeless tyres to their patrol force we all had to do an 'introduction' course before being issued the kit. I was towards the end of the second day. The process was explained and I was given a CBR600 front wheel and tyre for my practice run. It looked like a porcupine. Dozens of little rubber 'spines' sticking out. So many it was hard to find a 'clean' area to drill a hole to plug! The trainer said 'These things really work, Si, I put 36 psi in that tyre when I went home last night and it was still perfect when I came in this morning!' The AA used to tell customers not to exceed 60 mph with a repair in place and to get a tyre company to make a permanent repair ASAP. But that's just covering the company arse ( in case some silly sod does a track day or something..). So, what am I saying? If the puncture is in the centre two thirds of the tyre, plug the hole (useful practice for when you have to do it for 'real' in the dark, halfway up a mountain) and ride it while you research and decide on new tyres. Good luck.
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    So basically if your NC suspension is too hard eat more pies . I like it .😁
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    No. I agree. To be honest, I like the 'different'. I applaud folks like Vetter, Newell and Creasy who think outside the box. Absolutely. The trouble comes (for me) in the 'real world' of actually riding something. I got on OK with the Integra, but was never comfortable 'going for it' with my feet stuck out in front of me. I ended up fitting some 'rearset' pegs to get my feet back where (I felt) they should be. Quasars (and that kind of thing) wouldn't allow me to do that. I never considered buying one then, and wouldn't consider it now. Old dogs and new tricks I suppose. But the world would be a poorer place without those guys and the bikes they built - and the folks who bought and rode them. I'm totally convinced of that.
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    When I left to go to work today there was an old Morgan three wheeler parked outside the village pub. Green with wire wheels and that big v-twin on the front. Lovely.
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    Absolutely! One of the best things about this forum is we were all doing the same stupid things on two, three or four wheels and (firstly) lived to tell the tale and (secondly) have now met up to share those tales. My initiation into the dark world of three wheelers came via a friend in a Bond Bug. He drove it like an absolute maniac and delighted in scaring his passengers half to death. Something I was unaware of when I accepted a lift..
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    You should be able to tell the supplies your intended use (two up) and they can fit the most suitable springs. I went silly and bought Ohlins, but my needs were quite specific and I wasn't on a tight budget. Hiding the credit card statement from Mrs Tex was the hardest part.. Here they are on Percy, any excuse to post a pic of the handsome little chap.
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    The ideal screen is no screen at all. That'll be Β£70 pounds please for my specialist screen consultancy fee.
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    Have you checked the drive chain tension? Sounds like they've used the wrong oil to me, you mentioned the dealer had said "going from a mineral to a thicker synthetic oil" This set alarm bells off in my head, its almost as if the dealer doesn't have a clue....
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    I put on my Borat dayglo Mankini and pink wig, took the NC up to a ton on the bypass but had to back off when the nether regions experienced severe aerodynamic oscillation. Not really, but you knew that
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    I'm sure there's a little orchestra hidden in this bike somewhere because of the tremendous and varying sounds that escape from it.
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    22k miles wouldn't put me off one. It's a Honda, after all. Price seems right. It's the sort of thing you're going to need to keep for a looong time though. It's probably easier to get rid of AIDS than one of those. Take a good test ride before deciding.
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    So it was you, was it? I came in from having a nice relax in the garden because I thought I'd heard thunder!
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    Glad you enjoyed them. Those sausages were great, and so nicely presented in what was just a little back street cafe - all the more enjoyable as it seems like you can't get a decent sausage in this country anymore. Regarding the "pants" incident - I did find a very deserted stretch of beach, so no locals were harmed in the name of cooling myself down! Anne says this is the best bike I have had for pillion comfort, and that is including the Trophy, so yes definitely a result.
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    This is the UK model CB400AT (in the same colour 'mine' was). The U.S. market ones had a subtly different fuel tank shape.. It was a smashing little commuter/town bike. The acceleration away from a red light was up with the best. I won many a traffic light drag race (frequently by pretending to fiddle with my helmet chin strap with my left hand - then gassing it! The inner child lives on..
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    Here you are.. I'm indebted to Alan Sykes (Sykospain) for the full wording of the procedure for the early bikes.. Document title: "Honda Double Clutch Transmission system reboot – different to ECU reset" document text:- - Get aboard the bike and start the motor. - With the transmission key in N for neutral, switch-off the ignition to stop the motor. - With the ignition off, press AND HOLD the switch into β€˜D’. - Switch the ignition on but DON’T START THE MOTOR. - Wait until you see in the dashboard display the yellow symbol for the motor disappearing, then let go of the D key that you've been pressing. - Now the tricky bit: as fast as you can, press the sequence: D D N D N. - In the dashboard display, BOTH the letters D and S should appear. - Turn on the motor, but don’t touch the throttle. - After a few seconds, the letters D and S extinguish. - Select β€œN” and turn off the ignition key. Done.
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    I try in my Wshop to do a service as if it's my bike probably the reason for not having a lot of money in my business account !
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