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  1. 24 points
    Went into Dobles for a look then got out my credit card..... NSS300A Blue, 19 plate take delivery 2nd March So what shall we call it?!
  2. 20 points
    It’s only taken 6 years, mainly because other stuff has got in the way, but having had a lot of time on my hands recently being off work, I thought I should complete it. And just because I can’t resist a challenge, navigation and landing lights.
  3. 16 points
    Scooty McScoot Face
  4. 15 points
    I've been busy the last couple of weeks on and off. I was going to buy a pannier rack for my CRF250 Rally. It turned out the only one currently available comes from the states and by the time I'd paid the taxes and postage it was going to cost me around £300 to £350. I reckoned I could make them myself from 15mm diameter 1.5mm wall thickness tube and some 2mm thick plate. The steel I used was a mild steel, Stainless Is more prone to fracture use to vibration, in case you wondered why I didn't use that. I also don't have a welder, and can't justify the expenditure on a TIG unit just for this. So I've used rivets, made of stainless steel and pulled up with my air riveter I just happened to have. I've tried to design the joints to be robust. There are four or five rivets, well spaced in each. The sharp eyed among you might be able to see them. finally they are not bolted to the rear mudguard, there is a steel tube I made with a long bolt to compress it all together for rigidity and load sharing. They dont need to take the full full weight of panniers as I will be using my throw over "Moto Fizz" set I've used for years. The rack in the middle is from Honda Thailand. Anyway, I finished today, but it still needs to be powder coated. Hopefully I can get that done next week. here's the pictures.
  5. 11 points
    That's what years in a corrosive environment will do. Glad I left my ex when I did.
  6. 10 points
    Last time I was on here I was looking at buying an Integra for my summer tours. Eventually ended up with a Forza last September and very pleased with the whole package. None of my previous bikes gave me this kind of comfort over long distance, nor the practicality, and I've found that the performance is more than adequate for real-life riding. Having that wonderful electric screen on a 5 grand bike is a real bonus and the lightweight 180kg gives just the right balance between stability and ease of moving around. I've nearly always owned bikes in the 235kg/300kg category but couldn't go back now. Mind you, there's a distinct lack of thrills on a maxi scoot but you don't just have to own one bike. However, as an all rounder, it's just about perfect.
  7. 9 points
    A more youthful Tex with the Thruxton Bonnie ridden by Ken Buckmaster and George Collis. Poor ‘Gentleman George’ was killed before I could meet him, but I got to know Ken quite well. Lovely fella with a lovely family. It’s great when your heroes turn out to be decent folks!
  8. 9 points
    Trev, use either a cable tie or an elastic band to apply the front brake and leave overnight. The brake fairies will recognise that as a cry for help and sort it out for you by morning.
  9. 9 points
    So decided to utilise the ‘ridge’ of plastic that sits behind the rear wheel. bought a stock scooter mud guard that comes with fixing bracket and costs 3.99 scissors are fine to cut it into a shape that sits just on the frame but that is too short to be rubbed by the wheel. the bracket is also soft aluminium and I cut it down to 11cm again with some scissors. Drilled a couple more holes then used it as a template against the ridge. no need to remove anything as the ride height easily accommodates the drill. Drilled through the ridge to accommodate the bolts that come with the mudguard. I just took the chain guard off for photos. Wiped some ACF on the bracket just to keep the rust away. it’s just a solution on the cheap as came in under a fiver.
  10. 9 points
    Nothing will actually stop them. However, they are lazy. If they weren't they'd get a job and not risk what I'll get twenty years for doing if I catch one. By making my bike a fraction harder to steal than yours or increasing the risk, they leave mine alone. It's like being chased by a Tiger, you only have to run faster than the slowest bloke. Andy
  11. 9 points
    Yeah, nothing is made in the U.K. anymore. I bought a new TV and it had a sticker saying ‘Built-in Antenna’. Never ever heard of the place..
  12. 9 points
    Nancy Not An N C
  13. 9 points
    A rostered day off work today cos I'm working Sunday instead so got my calor gas heaters going in the garage to do a couple of jobs on my bike trailer........ Whilst I had a nice warm fug in there I did what might be the last "mod" to the bike for a while. I've already fitted an R & G shock tube, but to satisfy my OCD I thought I'd block off the gap above the swing arm with a bit of industrial rubber matting. It was going to be a nice gloss black Powerbronze hugger, but I can't bring myself to pay over a hundred quid for a bit of bendy plastic..... .
  14. 9 points
    An exhausting day of ‘Hokey Kokey’, Monday. You put the camshaft in, you take the camshaft out, in, out, in, out and shake.. The job isn’t difficult, it just requires a calm, methodical approach. But when the best ‘engine man’ in Classic Racing has offered his help it reaches a whole other level. Uncle Albert (because of a certain resemblance to the ‘OnlyFools’ character) doesn’t believe in ‘fine’ or ‘good’, he believes in ‘perfect’. And only when a task is microscopically, forensically 100% perfect do you move on. Thoughts from the job that might help others? Allow plenty of time. Thinking you’re going to knock it off on a Sunday morning before taking the wife to the pub for lunch will leave you frustrated. And hungry. Do it when you’re not wanting to use the bike and (again) allow plenty of time. Even if you’re not changing the cam a pattern is emerging that the LC twins from Triumph tighten the valve clearance in service (mine were all too tight at just 3.5k miles) and I would certainly do them/have them done at 5k miles rather than wait for the 10k service. Shim kits are currently available on the auction site for £54 (202 shims) and I paid £12 for six.. If the bike is to be a ‘keeper’ then it’s no more than the cost of 4 litres of good oil and a filter (maybe split the cost with a friend and share the kit?). The cam locking tool isn’t necessary (BTW) and I actually slipped the cam out and torqued it up on the bench - much easier. What was fun was seeing the reaction of the hard bitten ‘crew’ to the Triumph design. The boys at Hinckley have put a lot of thought into long service life and ease of maintenance. And it’s appreciated. We had a visitor (a good engineer who restores veteran cars - and is currently converting his DBD34 to electric start) and the boss said ‘Come and look at this Triumph, it’s really clever..’ But, yes, this is a Honda forum so I will shut up now.
  15. 8 points
    Dry weather abounds in the West of Scotland at the moment...very odd😅...so while out and about I popped into my not so local Honda dealer in Ayr...I asked if they had a Forza300 demo...they didn't (nor a 125)...but ended up making the mistake of checking out the clothing section upstairs and buying one of the new fangled Oxford Mondial laminated waterproof jackets as my 18 or so year old Hein Gericke jackets waterproof membrane had worn through...still a great jacket though. I have to say the new Mondial is quite lightweight and I felt at home in it straight away....the saleswoman was more than happy for me to wear it out to the bike and try it sitting on the CB....time will tell if it's as good as the reviews say it is...I'll report back after my first drenching😅...shouldn't be too long...I've held off buying the trousers at the moment to see how the jacket performs.
  16. 8 points
    On my way back from buying my Oxford Mondial jacket(see other post) I decided to scratch my scooter itch and popped into Mcs Yamaha Kilmarnock to see if I could blag a test ride on an Xmax300...they had a demo and after a quick check of the tyre pressures I was good to go. I have to say the guys there were dead helpful and even though I made it clear I wouldn't be buying at the moment it was no hassle to get the test ride at a moments notice. It's much the same size as the Forza as is the storage...without getting a tape measure out. I had a quick demo of the controls from the salesman, reset the trip computer and off I went....this , at 48 years old was my first proper shot on a scooter with a £500 excess😅...no pressure then. I turned out of the dealership and put my dangling feet where they should be and I have to say I was instantly impressed...any vibes at idle were gone and the cvt was as smooth as you like....first roundabout negotiated and I felt like I'd been riding it for ages....very intuitive this twist and go thingy. I did some 30/40mph stuff over the uneven road surfaces and this has to be my first black mark....I don't know if this applies to all scoots but any significant imperfections and I found them jolting through the seat ...maybe it's the smaller wheels but defo not as comy as the Cb500....to the dual Carriageway. ..deceptively quick is all I can say and very smooth...you have to keep your eye on the speedo...with no gears to go through I found it harder to keep the speed in check...maybe something I'd get used to. Stuck to 60/70...and there's more to give definitely. ..so no issues overtaking. ... I found the buffeting from the screen really bad...no bubble of calm for me I'm afraid but to be fair I've never found a screen that works...it probably won't be the same for everyone. A few miles more and I had to head back.....I parked up and checked the fuel consumption. ..96mpg....so it wouldn't be far from the truth. I have to say I'm really impressed with the scooter...crashy suspension aside...and that was only over the worst surfaces....I'd need a run on the Forza 300 for comparison. I'm not ready to buy right at this moment but I would definately consider one in the future....I can't see how anyone buying one of these two scoots would be dissapointed...I'm sure the Forza is a similar experience. If I was in the hunt for a new set of wheels at the moment and didn't have the Cb500x I'd have one in my garage no problem. We need pics or it didn't happen..right😅 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Git3XgWPAYYKNJRFKhrTZJ9trUjHacS3/view?usp=drivesdk
  17. 8 points
    £9,799 plus 20% seems awfully steep to me. £9,799 is still more than I'd pay for one, even the RS. Now £9,799 minus 20% would have me running to the Honda shop. I'd still come out with a 300 Forza, probably. No I wouldn't. Yes I would. No.... dammit, Geoff I'm going to join you and Tex in the darkroom for a lie down.
  18. 8 points
    Definitely doing its job
  19. 8 points
    UPDATE......... Tracker activated at 01.49hrs...Saturday 2 Feb,Vodaphone/Tracking just phoned me at 03.22 hrs.....4 arrests,my tmax + 2 other stolen bikes and a Van......he said probably best to wait an hour until i phone the police on the 101 number......as to the condition of my Tmax,i’ll just have to wait and see :?: i guess the fact that Max had a tracker has got the other two bike owners their bikes back!!!!!!! I’ll update you later......still really f@#£&*+ off though Steve
  20. 8 points
    I've had lots of Maxi-Scoots, I'm settled with my Honda 2010 FJS600 Silverwing, a twin cylinder engine mounted in the frame CVT auto. I have no problems filtering, cornering or stopping on it. It could take 2 helmets under the seat, plenty of storage space, it came to me with a Givi Vario screen, legshield wind deflectors and top box. its a very simple DIY scoot to maintain. I do notice other 300 to 400cc scoots struggle to keep up if I fancy winding it up, probably on a homeward ride. There are still some good ones available, they stopped making them in 2012 after a ten year run. Before that I had a Beverly ST350 and a Burgman 400, some real bikers don't like them, but over the years many have come over to the dark side. I love them, easy to clean, good shopping trolleys and great tourers.
  21. 8 points
    Went into ny local Yamaha dealer to look at the Xmax. They can let me have their 149 mile 400cc demo for the same price as the 300cc new. A grand saving. Unfortunately as I walked in there was a Triumph 675 Triple and a T100 side by side. I admit I spent more time looking at them then the xmax. "Go on have a seat!".... I ran!
  22. 8 points
    Thanks for all the sympathy guys, first world problems I know, but still bloody annoying, and very disappointing. Anyway, I've been to see the dealer who has been very helpful given the circumstances which are not even their fault. The end result is that I am having a new R1250GS, and ended up only paying about half the normal difference in price between GS and RS, so I think that is a good deal. Getting a good discount off list price of a more expensive bike which has the new engine should stand me in good stead should I decide to swap to an RS in a year or two. Game on!
  23. 8 points
  24. 8 points
    Since I retired I seem to have adopted the “Australian” attitude to work.. Spanish singer Julio Iglesias was Anne Diamond’s chat show (ITV, I think) and he used the word "manãna" (pronounced "munyana"). Anne asked him to explain what it meant. He said that the term means: "Maybe the job will be done tomorrow; maybe the next day; maybe the day after that; or perhaps next week; next month; next year. Who really cares?" Anne turned to Albert Yatapingu from the Gumbaingeri Tribe (aboriginal) who was also on the show. She asked him if there was an equivalent term in his native language. "Nah" he replied. "In Australia we don't have a word to describe that degree of urgency."
  25. 7 points
    Saw the Rally in it's 2019 co;ours today. It made me think what a difference a colour scheme can make to the appearance of a bike. Unfoutunately due to its position in the showroom it wasn't possible to get a photo from a decent angle.
  26. 7 points
    Now that I've upgraded the stopping power of the Ennie by adding a braided hose and refurbushing the front caliper (at least 1.8% increase in brake performance ) it's time to add a Dynojet Power Commander. to add even more power to the 0.9 bhp that the exhaust and K&N has already added This evening I removed the seat & tank and located all the electrical connectors, degunked them (the Ennie does puff out a lovely oil mist all over the electrics), ran the Power Commander wiring and test connected it up. Once earthed to the battery negative and tank rested back on and fuel line connected it fired up straight away and settled immediatel to a nice tickover. Tomorrow evening I'll cable tie everything in place and put everything back together but I can already tell, just by how it ticks over, that the PC has added a huge amount of power I hope I'll be able to keep the front wheel down when I get it out for a test ride on Saturday.
  27. 7 points
    Work continues on my, seemingly endless, quest for mechanical excellence for Percy. There have been some reports of a simple SAD causing damage to the gear selectors a poor piece of design means the shift shaft is not positively located at it’s inner end and a knock on the gear lever can cause the selector mechanism to bend. Unacceptable. I mulled over a couple of possibilities including machining a groove into the gear lever to make it ‘sacrificial’ - the downside of that is the potential to be stranded once the sacrifice has happened! And, in the event, I settled on turning up a nylon spacer to remove any excess end float. Another little victory for common sense over penny pinching (to duplicate this at the factory would cost Triumph tuppence a bike).
  28. 7 points
    Ok, Got sorted all the things now and to list , i went on to the DVLA website and put my number plate, it came as taxed and MOT untill next year. So nothing to worry about them. Called my insurance and told the bike has now passed MOT. They requested for a copy of MOT certificate (not needed as they can check on DVLA website), sent and they called back and said i can use until my insurance runs out without any extra payment. Happy days.
  29. 7 points
    Not sure it really matters to anyone on this forum, we seem to change bikes more often than our underpants.
  30. 7 points
    I forgot which forum i was on and quickly looked at this, oh the dissapointment.........
  31. 7 points
    Help... I'm nearly there with this 2010 one owner, 4000 mls 60th anniversary limited edition, should hold its value too? https://www.totalmotorcycle.com/photos/2010models/2010-Triumph-Bonneville60-Sixty-1960AnniversaryEdition
  32. 7 points
    I was out on my Foza yesterday, high seat lets you see ahead, electric screen makes cold winter winds a lot more acceptable, me and the wife (pillion) went out for an hour which turned into 3 hours. I made the same progress as I would on my last NC, 79.8 MPG (same as the NC), light comfy and lots of fun.
  33. 7 points
  34. 7 points
    That the sort of thing I tell people when they ask why I bought the Monkey. It’s giving me more pleasure than I ever thought a 125 could. Now I just need to get the bits I had as Christmas presents fitted.
  35. 7 points
    Absloutely! One of my best friends thinks I’m bonkers for messing about lifting the power of my Bonnie from ‘hardly any’ to ‘not very much’. While I think he’s equally bonkers for spending a fortune on the 160 bhp BMW S1000R. His bike could probably match the top speed of mine without leaving second gear! But so what? We’re both getting good value for our money (I am, anyway. His tyre bill would bankrupt me!! ) and we’re both happy. Who are we hurting?
  36. 7 points
    2 wheels and an engine is 2 wheels and an engine, still a biker chick to me.
  37. 7 points
    You are right in that it could be repaired but in their eyes it is uneconomically viable, and I don't want the hassle of a £5,500 repair bill from Honda and issues when I want to sell it / insure it, the Cat N category will be there forever. I am not happy riding a bike at the moment and my longer commute means I want more comfort so I am absonding to my inner Mod, mirrors and lights galore. It may only be for 10 months, it maybe for a few years, but the plan is to get another S in the future and return to Biker Chick mode!
  38. 7 points
    Affording one would be your biggest problem. Reliability is fine if just used as a ‘hobby’ bike (2 hours spent fettling for every hour spent riding) but one wouldn’t be my first choice to ride to work.. Any of the Hinckley models are great. I like the later (2016 onwards) liquid cooled models, for both looks and easy servicing, but any of them will be a cool (and fun) play bike. As a personal preference I would go for an alloy wheel (tubeless) model, but you may not be bothered.
  39. 7 points
    I'll be happy with being able to overtake tractors
  40. 7 points
    That Enfield is gonna kick arse :0)
  41. 7 points
    Hello .........Hello .... is anybody there ? I’m looking for the nc owners forum ! Shush you’ll wake him up and he’ll start talking about mileage again. :0)
  42. 6 points
    Anyone running old Brit iron will know the phenomenon of parts healing. When something is worn you get a replacement part, often used, and put the old worn one on the shelf "to heal". At some point in the future you can be sure that it will be in better condition than the one which is now on the bike, so gets swapped around again. I have boxes of old Brit bike parts healing away merrily.
  43. 6 points
    Don't see a reason for me to want to swap my 'original' AT for this, flashier dash, few trinkets, different stripes but same (?) power and no doubt same weight or even heavier. I'm not one for hankering after 'the very latest' just because. If they came out with one 20kg lighter then I might be interested. ..... and of course tubeless tyres
  44. 6 points
    Hmmm. Now I feel dirty. Never done this. Never thought of doing this. I just wash my head sometimes instead.
  45. 6 points
  46. 6 points
    I googled mounting a satnav on Honda Forza 300 and after google got over the shock of me asking about a scooter it came up with some useful links.
  47. 6 points
    Keeping a bike alone in the garage is cruel !!!. that's why when we move this year there will be a kymco in the garage to keep the X company, Bit like having a horse in a field alone that's why you often see a donkey with it ..! !
  48. 6 points
    SH300i or Forza 300 I have owned the SH300i and a couple on here own or are soon to own a Forza. Yamaha also do a good offering on the Xmax 300/400. There is the Tmax if you are wealthy. Any of the above are good. I am 6'2" and fitted the SH300i just fine, I am a little cramped on the others. None of the above have a chain, excellent weather protection and decent commuting performance on any road.
  49. 6 points
    Congratulations on passing your final engineers exam! The phalange doowop was stuck (we had to take a claw hammer to it). The cat-flap wouldn't open (we had to take a claw hammer to it). The toaster wouldn't pop (we had to take a claw hammer to it). Mother had constipation (we had to take a claw hammer to it).
  50. 6 points
    Right, I’m (by no means) an expert on the theory. I’m a humble spanner twirling labourer but here’s how I see it. When you lift the clutch you actually disconnect the engine from the drive. The engagement dogs are free to mesh and your gearbox will last 100 years. Cool. Clutchless shifts (as practiced by a number of us) are nearly as kind. You nod the throttle off to reduce the load and ‘feel’ the gears in with your foot. Doing it right is an absolute joy and your gearbox will last 90 years. A quick shift momentarily reduces the load but the gears are slammed into place whether they like it or not. And mostly they don’t. Your gearbox will last the warranty period or six laps of the TT whichever is the shorter.. Looking at a race bike box always shows wear or bruising to the engagement dogs, damage caused by the great ‘God of speed’ that many worship at all (or any) costs.
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