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  1. 32 points
    Please allow me to relate to everyone a little tale which should give you a little emotional lift. I Had been corresponding with a forum member prior to and after the purchase of my new bike. He had offered valuable advise and a solution to my dislike of spoked wheels and tubed tyres. He had changed the wheels on his T100 for cast wheels from a Street Twin. Great fix but was looking a tad expensive and being a “tight Macam” was causing me much sucking of air through the teeth as I tried to find some. Said forum member contacted me to say he had found some on a well-known auction site that were definitely worth a punt, how jolly nice of him so give them a punt we did and low and behold we won them at a bargain price. Things then started to go a little wrong at this point. The wheels were originally advertised as being able to have a courier arranged but on contacting the seller he said he had changed the ad to collect only. As I live up in the North Pennines and the wheels were located where they eat things like jellied eels and pie and mash I smelled a big rat and thought the seller was trying to back out due to the bargain price I had achieved, as it turned out I was wrong and the problems were mainly down to his communication skills. I contacted my friendly forum member who without any hesitation said “don’t worry I will collect them for you” I was absolutely astounded. So as not to drag this out let me tell you briefly how this now went. This gentleman did a round trip of over 100 miles to collect these wheels, he was kept waiting at the seller's house for a considerable time. He then arranged a courier, packed the wheels very carefully and dropped them off at the courier, they have just been delivered to my house. This show of kindness and pure generosity of spirit has had a huge effect on me and restored my somewhat jaded view of human nature. Now every time when I go out on my bike I will be constantly reminded of this wonderful act (will be a lot less likely to move this one on as it does have a special meaning now). Who was this man I hear you ask, TEX, that's who. If I may I would like to use this very friendly forum to publicly thank Tex for this truly outstanding help and assistance. I have never met him a probably never will, that is indeed my loss. Geoff.
  2. 29 points
    Collected Victor early this morning due to rain forecast later in the day. Got it home in the dry except for the couple of miles. Still a few farkles to be transferred from the NC
  3. 26 points
    Only pic of the new to me AT, did about 120 miles on it yesterday, most of that two up and very pleased with it so far. Feels similar to my NC700X DCT but better in every way, apart from no frunk. Obviously performance is significantly better but other than that it's the suspension that really sets them apart almost immediately, so much more subtle yet communicative. I'll try to remember to post some thoughts once I've put a few more miles on it but, first impressions are good
  4. 25 points
    Well the Integra swingarm is installed on my 2016 750X and I think it looks loads better than the original steel one. It went straight on without any problems. If anyone else is tempted to do the same bear in mind you also need the Integra wheel spindle and chainguard, everything else (shock, linkage, brake caliper etc) fits just fine.
  5. 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?!
  6. 23 points
    After what seems an eternity without a bike, after trading in the previous bike some time ago, I finally collected the new one this morning. I was originally going to change from a GS to the RS which is a little sportier and much less commonly seen on the roads than the GS, which for some reason seems to have a bit of an image problem amongst riders of other bikes. However BMW changed production of the new RS, which will have the same electronic suspension and other options as the GS and also the same improved engine, from March until September without any real explanation of the reason. It would have been much more expensive to change in September because my old bike had already done a relatively high mileage, so I decided to go for another GS. I have to say, despite the rants by Andy about the suited lizards in BMW dealerships, I have nothing but praise for the guys at Pidcocks in Nottingham, and in particular Mark, the salesman who looked after me. After the initial offer, I asked him to see if he could improve it to get the price to change a bit lower, and with a bit more on my trade-in and a bit more off the list price he got to what I felt was a good deal, so I ordered an RS. Then we had all the hassle of the RS no longer being available for March, and after some discussion of options I decided to see if another GS would be feasible bearing in mind that it is a more expensive bike than the RS. Mark was very helpful in getting me a deal which minimised the difference in price and made it feasible for me to go for another GS, so here it is - looking very similar to the old one! Oh and by the way - and nobody in Pidcocks wears a suit, and this was also true of Balderstons where I bought the last bike! I have only done a few miles so far, but I'm already impressed with the new 1250 engine with the ShiftCam technology which physically slides the camshaft to select between two different cam profiles, one optimised for low speed/low power outputs and the other for maximum power at higher revs. This seems to have cured the one thing I disliked about the old engine, which was its very sudden pick up of power from low revs, which could make slow speed manoeuvres at best difficult and at times downright iffy. I'm still a bit disappointed not to have the RS which I had set my heart on, but after I complained to BMW about the hassle and extra expense their delay in RS production has caused me, they have discussed this with Pidcocks and are prepared to make some sort of, as yet unspecified, goodwill contribution should I want to switch to an RS once it is available. After initially being keen on the idea, the reality of all the hassle of switching has made me think twice about doing it all again so soon, so I may stay with the GS for a while, especially as all the BMWs now have three years warranty.
  7. 23 points
    Kent M/Cs delivered Sue's new bike this afternoon. I'm ;looking forward to hear her opinion on how it feels to ride when weather permitting she takes it out for the first time tomorrow. Not sure what happened with the middle picture but if you click on it it should open in the proper size
  8. 21 points
    This last week has been a decent one, not least because my dear old GT 750 has passed its 32nd MOT in a row. Passed without comment to, not bad for a 34 year old. I took this pic to celebrate
  9. 21 points
    Well the GS is now at the dealers - and I'm temporarily bikeless, sob, sob! Thanks for all your support and understanding of the process whereby another change of bike starts off as vague musings and, after some serious agonising over the finances, progresses through to all out new bike lust! I notice none of you tried to stop me, but maybe I'm just regarded as a lost cause due to my past history! The picture below is the same as the new RS I am getting. My existing Shad luggage will fit on without any mods required, and the bike is a little lower and lighter than the GS, and to my mind quite a bit better looking. The fact that I will no longer be in the seemingly despised GS rider fraternity, and will hopefully be a little more anonymous on a much less commonly seen bike, is another bonus!
  10. 21 points
    So, in the last 10,000 miles on the little CRF, what's happened, what went well and what's gone wrong. During the first winter, after the rear tyre was all but worn out (3500 miles), I removed both the standard tyres,and replaced them with Heidenau K60's. These are a 50/50 tyre (road/trail) and I have to say I'm very pleased with them. Good consistent grip and stability on the road, with enough bite for a bit of light trail riding. Not great in mud, something more specialised is required for that, but for Road and mountain tracks, wet or dry they are excellent for me. I am now on my second rear, the first having worn down to 2mm in the centre after 6500 miles. At just over £70 a tyre they are good value. The front is less than 1/3 worn. Mechanically, nothing has gone wrong. From slogging along trails to buzzing up the motorway at an indicated 75, (really 68) it's proved to be solid and reliable. It's not fast, but is very capable of keeping up with traffic and taking sensible overtaking opportunities. Being a small engine you re up and down the 'box a bit, but it's a pleasure to use and one of the slickest I've ever used. The engine is reasonably smooth, and definitely improved as the miles increased. It's a single so you know it's running, but for me it's not intrusive and that's after a few 450 to 500 mile days. It's best between 4000 and 8500 rpm. It will run as low as 3000, but you need a gentle throttle hand to avoid engine 'shunt'. It runs up to 10500 rpm but it's not necessary unless you want to avoid a gear change during an overtake. The first (8000 mile) service was £89:00, it's just an oil change. I have had a new front brake disc under warranty, but that might have a bit (ok a lot) to do with me whizzing round mountain twisties in France in the company of some sports bikes. The disc was blue 😉. You could argue it should be able to cope, but I put it down to self inflicted injury. Oh and the ABS is excellent and works well. In terms of consumables I've gone through two rear tyres and one front, brake pads are still fine, but I did pay extra for new fronts when the disc was changed at 8000 miles. The originals were about 1/2 worn. I've fitted a new chain and sprocket set at 9500 miles, which I'm a bit surprised at, but there's no Cush drive on the rear wheel and singles give chains a harder time of it. It will be interesting to see how long the top quality DID chain will last compared to the OEM one. Over the period it's averaged between 85 to 90 mpg. I can get 190 miles out of a tank and there's still a bit over a litre left in it. Comfort wise, it's no Goldwing, but is ok for about 120 to 150 miles now I've fitted the sheepskin seat cover to it. Certainly the ergonomics are excellent for me (6'1" 84kg 34" inside leg), but the seat is an inch taller than that on an Africa twin, so it's not for everyone. The suspension is soft but well damped and it just glides over road imperfections and speed bumps. Ideal for the state of our current roads. It's no KTM though and responds best to gentle riding off road and can get in a bit of a knot if you try belting along. The fairing and screen are also very effective, and mine's been improved further by the addition of an adjustable air blade at the top. Overall, an excellent lightweight bike that has served me well over long distances (2800 miles over 17 days in France), can carry all my kit easily for camping weekends and hotelling (is that a word🤔) over longer periods. I have a simple rack on the back from Honda Thailand and a tank bag system I made myself. Finally, the quality of finish seems very good, and is holding up well, despite what I've thrown at it and occasionally thrown it at on a trail😳. (There're are two sorts of trail riders, those that have fallen down, and those that are about to😁). And you can pick it up easily. A good, solid, old school traillie, that can tour, scratch, nip to the shops and bounce along off road fairly well while revealing it's and the riders limited abilities.😂 And it's very cheap to run, I'm still enjoying it.
  11. 20 points
    After lots of deliberation and soul searching I have finally made up my mind and ordered a new white CB500X today. It is coming with the following extras fitted Genuine Honda Light bar Lights knuckle guards smoke screen tank pad Givi carrier R&G crash bungs R&G rad guard fenda extenda The following to be transferred from my Crossrunner Givi top box Satnav powered cradle SW- Motec footrests Once again I got a very fair deal from Kent M/Cs
  12. 20 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 20 points
    Today we went to Kent M/Cs to see Sue's new bike which is awaiting PDI. The great news is that when Sue tried it for size she found that the slimmer frame than her current 650 meant that she doesn't need to have it lowered. Here are a couple of photos but sadly due to my phone camera not being too good and the poor lighting in the workshop means that the Denim Blue colour has come out looking black.
  15. 19 points
    Sue picked this new CB650F up yesteday. Unfortunately the photos don't do the metalic colour justice
  16. 18 points
    The Burgervan is here:- Collected it yesterday, stayed overnight at our son's house and rode home today using backroads so as to gently increase and constantly vary the load on the engine knocking up 250 miles in 7 hours including celebratory fish and chips at Wetwang and a few coffee stops along the way. First impressions, oh why did I not do this earlier. The comfort is fantastic, no fatigue at all. It is just so relaxing and intuitive to ride. Bend swinging is a hoot and induces singing in the helmet. Mixed weather condition, no problem. This is not just "new toy syndrome". Fuel consumption, don't care. more to follow. Geoff.
  17. 18 points
    New bike now collected. Just need to wait for the extras to arrive
  18. 18 points
    Hello red beauty
  19. 18 points
    Today Sue ordered the new CB650R in blue subject to it being able to be lowered . They are due in the dealers in January apparently and Kent M/Cs have put her name against the first blue one in. The good thing is once she gets it that will make it my turn for a new one.😀😀
  20. 18 points
    Ok, ok I know... But having tried really hard to make it work for us the Kawasaki Vulcan 900 is going. You're all aware of the numerous ergo issues we've had, we thought we'd got it sussed but on longer rides we're struggling. Tis why I've been a little quiet of late. We've suffered considerable financial loss but we've just done a fantastic deal with a "proper" manufacturer who cares about our plight. Here it is then, we get it next Thursday and are really stoked Harley Davidson FXDL Dyna Low Rider
  21. 18 points
    As Mark says, always a topic of debate and everyone has an opinion. Opinions are like ar$eholes, everyone has one but you don't usually want to hear it. Here's mine. Octane rating of itself doesn't mean much in this context. It is a rating for the resistance to "knock" (or pinking etc). In the broadest terms providing the fuel you use meets the minimum required by the engine it is satisfactory (in the case of the NC it's 91RON, regular unleaded in Europe is 95RON, super usually 97-99Ron ballpark). Normal combustion is a gradual process, the spark starts it off and the mixture burns progressively across the cylinder in a controlled manner, it depends on speed/load but the burn might take around 45deg of crank rotation. Knock is when the last part of the mixture in the chamber, which is exposed to increasing temperature and pressure as the rest burns, spontaneously reacts before the flame front reaches it. The mixture undergoes chemical changes which turn it into stuff which will just react on its own without the need for an ionisation source (flame). This results in a significant amount of mixture all reacting at once which gives a very high rate of pressure rise and the sound of a knock (or a tinkling rattling sort of sound, hence the term "pinking"). Out of interest this is typically 6kHz or harmonics, 12kHz etc due to typical dimensions in combustion chambers. Mild or trace knock is not really damaging, it's more an annoyance if you can hear it. Heavy knock can cause damage due to fatigue, it will pit the alum pistons and in extreme will break ring lands. Also it tends to upset the boundary layer of gas resulting in higher heat transfer to the piston and head, which of itself can lead to other more serious and dramatic problems. Octane rating is how resistant the fuel is to doing this, if it doesn't knock then it doesn't knock. there are different ways to test the fuel to arrive at this rating, different speed/load/temperature conditions used in a specific test engine by the fuel companies, and these methods arrive at different numbers, the one we see here in Europe is Research Octane Number (RON), the other common one is Motor Octane Number (MON) and in the USA they refer to the average of these , (RON+MON)/2. Ron is usually 7 or 8 numbers higher than MON so 91RON will be typically 87 (R+M)/2, so be aware when reading stuff from USA writers. The rating actually is a comparison to a theoretical mixture of 2 specific hydrocarbons, iso-octane which is a straight chain molecule and quite resistant to knock (defined as 100 Octane), and n-heptane which is branched and will very easily knock (defined as zero octane). Thus 95RON behaves like a mixture of 95% iso-octane and 5% n-heptane (it isn't a mixture of these, but it behaves like it). Higher octane fuel allows the engine designers to use higher compression ratios (in simplest terms) in order to get better efficiency (fuel economy and/or power). Using a higher rating fuel doesn't per se give any significant benefits, but it doesn't cause any harm. An incidental aspect however is that the formulation of hydrocarbons which make it less prone to knock happen to make it very slightly denser and very slightly higher calorific value (the energy content per kg). This means that your litre of 98RON will offer a little more energy than a litre of 95RON, but differences are small, typically perhaps 43.5MJ/kg instead of 42.7MJ/kg, so 2 or 3% more energy per litre. This may just about offset the oncost of the fuel per litre. What you do often notice (if you're tuned in to such things) is the higher octane fuels respond slightly better to transients, and with carb engines it tends to be less prone to icing. Transient response is a very engine dependent factor, some engines are quite sensitive but others you can't tell any difference, it just depends how good the combustion system is. This is where iridium plugs also can influence things, it all affects how consistently the combustion is initiated, the first 5-10% of the mass burned. It is often the case that the higher RON fuels have somewhat more effective additive packs for cleaning and anti-oxidation etc, so they can be useful in system maintenance. I always recommend you try some. You may notice some difference, maybe not. You may measure a couple of percent better fuel economy but maybe not. If you like it then fine, otherwise just use 95RON. Personally I find the NC doesn't respond to the RON in any noticeable way, but I have found some tank fills have been "nicer" than others though not related particularly to RON. I do have a Suzuki Cappuccino (650cc turbo) car which definitely responds nicely to V-Power. You pays your money ..................................
  22. 17 points
    Just thought I would drop my own experience of the 16K service in here. The price I was quoted by a Honda dealer was £488 for the 16K service on a DCT 2016 NC750X. This prompted me to look at doing it myself. I ordered the oil and filters online and had them delivered for around £60. A quick google video search uncovered some great clips showing how to change the oil and filters (DCT, so two filters needed). A separate video showed the air filter change (which was the biggest faff by far). In total I spent around an hour doing these jobs. Sure I also spent some time trawling this forum for advice (which was invaluable) and finding videos...but now I have the knowledge, I can do the next one in less time. Whilst I was at it I changed both tyres and the front pads, again I was able to see a video of changing the pads. This took me around 2 hours. I've changed plenty of tyres before, but had never changed pads. The pads turned out to be more straightforward than I had previously imagined. I know some people don't like getting their hands dirty, that's fair enough. I also realise that some people are too scared to tackle these jobs and prefer a 'professional' to do it. That's fair enough too, as is the convenience of paying someone else to do it. Personally I enjoyed doing the job myself and I enjoyed saving my hard earned cash too. My main driver is the satisfaction of doing it myself and knowing that it has been done properly. I also got my son to help me, he is just starting out in his motorcycle career and has recently bought his first 125. The videos give you confidence in what you are doing. I have yet to tackle the valve clearances, but looking at yet another video of this it looks very straightforward...more so than changing the air filter in fact. I'll change the coolant at the same time as the radiator needs to be removed to make the valve clearance check easier. At 17K I'm on my third back tyre, second front tyre, second set of front brake pads and second chain. I had one back tyre changed by a local mechanic who has sadly retired now. That prompted me to change the second tyre myself, particularly as my Honda dealer could only do it in 2 weeks time unless I took the back wheel in. If I have to take the back wheel out and drive to the Dealer's place in my car then I may as well source the tyre myself and change it myself and save money at the same time. I guess I should thank them for not being able to complete a simple job in under 2 weeks as that single failure has given me the confidence to tackle it myself and save a fortune too! Once I did one tyre I thought that I may as well do the rest myself too. For the record I found that Michelin tyres go on more easily than either Dunlop or Pirelli.
  23. 17 points
    The voltmeter that I ordered from Chinaland arrived today and, after a few minutes with soldering iron and wire crimpers, here it is fitted to the Enfield. I'm pretty chuffed with the installation as I wanted something that looks like OE and I think I've nailed it. Eat your heart out Fred
  24. 17 points
    Passenger side leccy window in the car stopped working after going to Tesco (I don't blame Tesco for that, just most other things). Checking fuses etc drew a blank and was resigning myself to taking door cards off, real pain. But first, let's check t'interweb. Toyota forum pops up with "passenger window not working" topic, excellent. About the second post says "Have you accidentally pushed the button which disables the passenger window?" Ermmmmmm, what button? I've owned the car 18yrs and don't remember a button. Go out to car...………………………… who the f*** put that button there? I'm sure it's never been there before. Push it once, and passenger window works. Miracle. Hangs head in shame
  25. 17 points
    Well, its done. I have ordered a Matt Cynos Grey Metallic 2018 model SH300i. With screen & colour matched top box. It does appear that after many years of denial, I am a Scooterist at heart. If I get on well with it the Suzuki Address will also go Probably be in around mid December. I will have an original Honda NCX rear rack and top box to sell somewhere as I PX'd the NC without it. Also an original short screen. I was offered such a good price for my NC and free accessories on the new SH, I couldn't say no. Still going to hang about here and annoy you lot at the meets if you will allow a plastic pig to share the same piece of tarmac
  26. 17 points
    For the members who have a nervous disposition to scooters please don't not read any further---------Yesterday afternoon off from doing jobs--so even though it was spitting rain--I went to the Big City of Preston Del Sol-- Yamaha Agents !!! "hang on a sec"-- having trouble getting leg over --the same as several other members of this forum-- it time for looking/test riding a scooter--No J300 in stock so went for a now pouring down test ride--the paperwork took ages and ages--did you know you can only test ride up to 70 years of age !!! I was shown the keyless ignition--shown all the relevant bits--yes beer goes under seat--fags go in here--then I gave the demo bike a good check over before riding--always do this safety check--yes kicked both tyres for exact pressure--set of slowly--But after just a few yards--the scooter devil comes out in me --I'm off weaving here --filtering there--breaking speed limits--overtaking on pavements--pomping horns--leaning forward and head down--just like all the proper scooter riders do--it was quite exciting--I couldn't see for most of the time because of steamed up visor--but never mind --not important--got back to garage--absolutely soaked through and through--like a drowned rat--walked in like John Wayne after getting off his horse--the seat on scooter is so wide--stopping at lights--very unsafe--could just about touch the floor on tiptoes--that was the only thing I could fault the scooter on for me--and I'm 6'6"--sorry 5'9". A stupid low price offered for my bike--so no point in part exchanging--£9635 otr asking price--£500 deposit £41.71 month 36 months--seems ok --- but not for me. Will give you a ring when we get the J300 in to test ride--ok thanks--- hit all the works traffic getting home--crazy drivers--huge puddles everywhere--cars swerving around them it was chaos--but I was glad to back on my NC750S to be able to put both feet firmly on the ground--and ride properly --sensibly like all good motorbikers should. Home took all wet rags off outside --neighbours are used to seeing me nacked by now--the kids just throw stone at me and shout abuse--but the wobbly old woman will not let me in-house until naked as a jaybird---- just got in the lovely hot shower and my mobile phone rang--she answered it--shouted up it's Chris--who's ****** Chris? The ****** Chris wants to know why you did not leave the keyless ignition--key thingy you put safely in the top pocket of jacket!!! how would I ??remember that--so do you--ME--want to take it back now his manager is going apeshit not leaving it?? ****** No-- I will bring it back tomorrow --so I think I may be banned from yet another bike shop--never mind still a few unguarded and unaware ones left for me to play with.
  27. 16 points
    After helping someone at work vinyl wrap their old Suzuki this year, I thought I would start to get rid of some of the silver on my 2014 NC750X. I did this last night. The top of the frunk and the scoops on either side. I might keep the silver panels, as they don’t look so bad when there is only that much.
  28. 16 points
    Went to Kent M/Cs for lunch today which turned into a 100 mile ride meaning I have now done 220 miles. Not bad considering I only picked it up late Friday afternoon and couldn’t go riding Sunday due to it being Mothering Sunday. That mileage has been enough to convince me that despite the fact that I will miss several aspects of the Crossrunner ( OK who called out the motor) I have done the sensible thing. For example when I first got it home I went to push it into the garage which mean getting over a lip in the drive and using the amount of force that I had to use to get the Crossrunner in I nearly threw the CB the length of the garage. As well as moving it about I find getting on and off the CB much easier and confidence inspiring. I was concerned about the handling with the 19” front wheel but it’s fine and only slightly noticble when doing tight turns such as into the drive. The suspension whilst obviously not as good as the Crossrunner is more than acceptable for a budget bike. The riding position is comfortable with seat certainly superior to the NC but not unite as good as the Crossrunner. The engine feels smoother than my previous two CB500Xs and the extra torque certainly shows when accelerating. Something I find really nice is the really light clutch ( for those that can remember them) as in 1 finger operation. when riding it’s much easier to get round tight bends and more confidence inspiring when I have to come to a stop. One big consideration is of course running cost such as insurance fuel tyres servicing and so on. There’s no way that I’m say that the Crossrunner isn’t a great bike and that I won’t miss it but the CB is as much fun but in an entirely different way and I must say at the risk of upsetting some people on here I personally find it more fun than I ever did either of my NCs I got the footrestschanged over today and I’m looking forward to the rest of the accessories to arrive but of course being a new model they are not immediately available. Here’s hoping for some decent weather so that I can add to those miles.
  29. 16 points
    As many of you know I have been trying to find a suitable bike as a contingency plan for when the Crossrunner gets too much for me. My first choice is the 2019 CB500X my only concern being the increased seat height. Today I saw one for the first time and really liked the look of it especially in the white. I was really happy when I found I could get on and off easily . I could also put one foot flat on the ground or both feet down with the fronts touching.. With a lowering fitted it should be ideal. When the time comes to change which I'm afraid may be sooner rather than later I think I have found the replacement. I know I will miss the V4 motor both for it's sound and performance but I'm finding the bike harder to manhandle not that it's getting heavier but I'm feeling weaker due to a combination of age health and injury. All this is making me feel less confident.At least having the Crossrunner I proved to myself that I could still ride a reasonably big bike . Having said that I now feel it is becoming time to be sensible in the way that some other members feel resulting in them buying scooters.
  30. 16 points
    Farewell Ting Tong, Hello ? Please bare with me whilst I relate a little tale which I suspect some on here may relate to in totality or a least in part. For the last 50+ years I have been blessed in the circumstance both in health and financial to partake and thoroughly enjoy the way of life that is motorcycling. I have changed bike on a regular, too regular basis but have no regrets whatsoever in doing so. I have been privileged to own all types of bikes and a smattering of scooters thrown in for good measure. Just under a year ago whilst out for a days riding I popped into my local Triumph dealer to kick a few tyres. Sitting astride a T100 I glanced at the reflection in the showroom window and immediately it was 1969 again, ok let's get the age related smart remarks out of the way now. Anyway a few weeks and not so few beer tokens latter there on the drive stood a beautiful Triumph T100 Black. Over the next few days I showered our sons inheritance on this thing of beauty until the dream of a spotty 16 year old stood before a somewhat less spotty but much more follically challenged 66 year old. As time progressed testaments of undying love and fidelity were made to this manifestation of a youthful dream and you know what the promise was reciprocated I think on or about the 3rd of September 2018 when the temperature was 20 degrees C, there was no wind, the roads were clear and clean and physically I was having a really good day with age and past injury related aches and pains at a minimum. However on most other occasion things were less than perfect. The slide down hill was slow but inexorable, the compromises became more difficult to reconcile until Ting Tong became the motorcycling equivalent of a “Trophy Wife” wonderfull to look at but of little practical value and very expensive in both time, effort and money to maintain those all important looks. But soldier on I will as this was the realisation of my dream. This was all starting to go abit, don’t meet your heroes. It got to the stage of just becoming too much effort to take the thing out and instead on being the object of unbridled joy it was in fact becoming a source of irritation but I must soldier on as this is my dream. By now I have gone from a +10,00 mile a year rider to hardly riding at all thanks to a combination of several factors not least deteriorating skeletal issues, the ergos of the bike, the static weight, the climate, I could go on but I sense that I’m losing you again. A few years ago I had a Suzuki Burgman 400, now if Parker Knoll made motorcycles this would be it, comfortable beyond belief, low centre of gravity, Cvt, I’m losing you again. Can't do anything about it though, as this is my dream. Really feeling unhappy at this stage as we are at a crossroads and my dream and reality are drifting further and further apart by the day. Look into ways of resolving this ridiculous situation but rule it out as financially irresponsible. Keep mulling things over and using rationals such as, no pockets in a shroud and you can’t take it with you, I start to justify it but not quite. Just happen to get a call from a good friend where we used to live some distance away who coincidentally owns a Suzuki dealership and he comes up with a more than acceptable deal on a Burgman 400 great, but I can’t as this is my dream. I nip outside to give Ting Tong a love affirming glance and you know what, Nothing, nothing at all, no warm cosy feeling, no, I can’t part with this emotion, nothing. I contact a friend on here (you know who you are) for an objective view and receive the balanced opinion which is greatly appreciated. Sleep on it. Dash out the next morning for a renewal of my dream, nothing, nothing at all. I call my friend and do the deal. This bit’s going to be difficult as I start to remove some minor parts to be retained, always a little emotional. Not this time, take to the task with joy in my heart. Not worrying anymore as the realisation that the dream of a 16-year-old and the reality of a 66-year-old are some distance apart. As the van trundles off down south I feel no sadness only anticipation to the ship arriving from Hamamatsu in early April. To be continued :- Geoff.
  31. 16 points
    Came across this sexy thing at Whiteways. Standing next to it (my NCS) is Sam with her new Forza Very nice machine that Forza. Sam gave it some beans between Loomies and Whiteways. Also saw something very strange at Loomies, a Harley DCT......well actually an auto gear changer mechanism for a guy that had a prosthetic leg. Not a bad day for a ride, dry but the wind was getting up.
  32. 16 points
    Scooty McScoot Face
  33. 16 points
    Finally got out on the Himalayan today, couldn't make it yeserday as planned due to last minute pressures of work ......... what is the world coming to! As the sales guy had given me a provisional decent price for my V7 I thought I would ride that the 30+ miles over to Moto Corsa in Gillingham Dorset and let him have a look at it while I hack the Himalayan around and see what I think. The demo bike was in white and fitted with ali sandwich boxes but they didn't interfere much with getting my leg over, deffo would not be on my list of add ons though. Sitting on the bike first impressions are good if a little confusing, really low seat height, nice and light, surpisingly modern dash, slick if basic handlebar controls, weird round mirrors and slightly too straight handlebars. The bike had literally just come back from another demo ride (the chap, a Fazer 600 owner wasn't impressed) so didn't need warming up, it started instantly on the button and settled to a quiet tickover, no noticeable vibes and quiet but pleasant burble from the exhaust. After the usual run through the controls from the dealer guy I had a quick feel for where the clutch bit, adjusted the mirrors and headed off. On the move, second impression was rather disspaointing for me, it hasn't really got any of the Enfield character that I know from my efi 500, no real thump, not even as much as my old MT660 single. It's actually pretty vibe free, pulls okay but feels much more linear in terms of where it makes power. Let's get performance out of the way first; this bike ain't quick! in fact I wouldn't think it's got any more outright performance than my 500 efi (the efi actually has a higher quoted hp and torques), as an example, just after I left the bike shop I was following a car at about 50/55 on a decent A road and wasn't confident enough to go for an overtake even though the road was clear. A few miles later I had gotten familair enough to believe that I would probably have been okay as it's quite happy at 60+ ish but there isn't a a huge amount of acceleration past that. I did about 6 miles on the dual carriageway A300 and saw 80mph on a downhill section but it dropped to 65mph on a fairly steep uphill and U had to go down to 4th to get it back to 70 and. At least is felt planted and the motor reasonably smooth during this, 65/70 on a long dual carriageway stint would be boring but fine. Handling seemed fine, I obviously didn't push it but the Pirelli M60 tyres gave me no funny moments whether on fast (relatively!) sweepers or the many back lane hairpins. The weather was dry but an early drizzle had left some roads damp however, apart from being careful on a few of the lanes with moss down the middle, the H handled well at all times. I did have one slightly strange moment when going into a 40 mph slightly tight corner, the toe of my boot touched down. I wasn't riding with my toes on the pegs but was no way pushing on, it's just because the pegs are so low for 'trail' bike, part of the reason why the riding position is so roomy even for me at 6ft. I doubt it would be an issue in normal use unless you were desperately trying to hang onto the tail of a well ridden 125! Brakes are a tale of two halves; the rear is one of the best levers I've used. Nice large pedal area, positioned under my foot perfectly and bags of feel and stopping power, perfect for me as I prefer to use the rear rather than the front when not pushing on. The front is hilarious! I tend to take magazine reviews with a pinch of salt, particularly when reviewing less fashinable bikes, however all I read mentioned the front brake and they're not worng. The first time I gave it my usual two finger gentle squeeze to shave off a couple of mph I actually thought I must have thought about using the brake and then not bothered, nothing happened, even the front end barely dipped! Once I got used to using all four fingers and giving a proper squeeze it wasn't too bad, it seemed to have a decent amount of feel but always harder to meter out braking force when you have to use a full handful rather than a couple of little digits. No idea why RE decided to make the brake significantly worse than on my efi but take it from me, it is. As a comparison, when I rode off on my Guzzi V7 after the test ride, I dipped the brake with two fingers at the first set of lights and it felt like I was prodding a fearsome sportsbike set up in comparison. Comfort was really good although I was on it for less than an hour, about 35 miles. I did feel that the seat locks me a bit in one position which may become uncomfortable on longer trips but absolutely no issue on this short ride. The suspension is quite soft without being wallowy or bottoming out and handled pot holes and rough roads nicely. I hated the screen, I was wearing an open face helmet and got full buffet smack bang in the face, I much prefer a naked bike and had way less noise and buffeting on my way over on the V7 at 60/75 than on the Himalayan at 50/55. Really not needed on something with this power and would be the first thing to go if I get one. I think a few agree as I saw two parked up out front when I got back that had both had screens removed and neat little number plates tacked on in front of the clocks. The bars to me seemed a slight odd angle as well, a little straight compared to the slightly swept back Guzzi and other nakeds I've ridden but probably something I would get used to and seemed ok for the tiny bit of standing I tried. On that subject, the only 'off road' I managed was to negotiate a couple of grass verge/islands on deserted T junctions. Ground clearance seemed ok but it did stall several times at very low rpm, rider error as I was expecting/hoping for the RE thud thud cement mixer type plod that is almost impossible to stall. It always restarted instantly on the button and a whiff of revs and slip the very light clutch and it was fine, I would like to try one on a gentle green lane as I think it will be fun. Other bits worth mentioning; the rear seat comes off by using the key and then the front seat can also be simply popped off as well, no bolts to undo as teh AT and many other two seat bikes. A proper tool kit under the rear seat and a bit of room under front for thin waterproofs, etc. The bike even comes with a can of touch up spray paint! The digital compass is another bit of fun, for some reason it shows 'initialising' until the fuel guage gets down to 3/4 full, I was warned of this by the dealer chap and sure enough, as the guage ran down the compass came on line, just in time to help me navigate out of the wilds of Dorset .... not. The rear rack and tank mounted side racks would be enough for me to carry a weeks worth of kit and the metal tank makes a magnetic tank bag a doddle. Concluding; The dealer offered me £4k for the V7 and I was actually going to swap it + £199 for a brand new Himalayan but; a} the ride over on the V7 reminded me that I do like it after all ........ and it really does look pretty b} although the H is actually a bit better than I thought (in almost every aspect) it, for me at least, is missing the Enfield character that I like. I'm sure it's one of those bikes that the more you ride it, the more you like it and, when I get one, I think it will probably be my 'go to bike' for winter and dodgy weather rides but for now I'll jsut think about it. So I didn't go for it this time but may well in the not too distant future. In fact it may be the very first bike to ever tempt me to buy brand new, I mean at £4199 on the road how much can you lose
  34. 16 points
    By the way here's a pic of mine the other evening when we had a nice sunset up in the north east. Mike
  35. 16 points
    Finally got the insurance sorted and now the Monkey has arrived. Now we just need some dry weather to try it out. Seat looks really comfortable take screen shot
  36. 16 points
    This morning my 1992 Yamaha FJ1200 passed 100,000 miles. I bought the bike in 2004 on 15,000 miles. The engine has only ever had routine maintenance and the bike has never failed on me. I've not used the bike for a couple of years but thought I had to get it back on the road. These days I mostly ride my 2006 Suzuki SV650 which is a lot lighter and just a quick in the real world. But the FJ is comfortable, smooth, fast and a real torque monster - an effortless high speed long distance machine.
  37. 16 points
    and this one while I'm trying to work out how to fit them all back in the garage
  38. 16 points
    It started, as expensive things sometimes do, as a way to make a small improvement. The improvement in question? To convert Percy the T100 to full tubeless operation. He had tubeless tyres on ‘tubeless type’ rims, but the spokes meant that inner tubes were required. Inner tubes, while not, exactly, the ‘work of the devil’ are not my favourite things. They belong in history books and museums, along with carburettors and contact breakers, or on classic race bikes.. groan. There were a number of ways of consigning the tubes to their rightful place in the re-cycling centre including, my first thought, a pair of new Alpina wheels. Traditional spoked rims, but with seals fitted to make them airtight. They’re gorgeous, but have got horribly expensive post Brexit and now come out at over £2K. The thought of Christmas in hospital when Mrs T saw the credit card bill put me off those. Next up was one of the ‘sealing kits’ that exist. Affordable and effective it’s what I would do if I really wanted to keep my original rims. Like if I had an Affy Twin, for example. A bit of a chore to fit, but anecdotal evidence suggests they’re reliable enough. A definite ‘contender’. The third option was to change to more ‘modern’ cast wheels. Research suggested that the wheels from a 900 Street Twin would fit and I became interested. Further research showed an eye watering price tag of over £1k. Far cough, Mr Triumph! Then Lady Luck dealt me a winning hand (for once) and I found a pair of almost new (200 miles, only) wheels on an auction site. The ‘starting bid’ was really low and yet had attracted not one single potential buyer. They became mine. A pair of ‘good as new’ wheels for £150? Surely even Mrs T would think that was cheap? Better not ask her though. That sort of money can slip under her radar.. They needed to be picked up from near Heathrow and, two days after I bought them, the works van was passing that way. Lady Luck was truly riding on my pillion on this deal. The Pirelli tyres that Triumph fit are nothing to write home (or here!) about, so some of the money I had ‘saved’ was splashed out on a pair of Avon Spirit ST radials. The stage was nearly set. Right from the first ride I had thought Percy could easily pull another tooth on the gearbox sprocket, but no one sold an 18T front sprocket. In the end, the guys who make the sprockets for the ‘team bikes’ made me a 39T (instead of 41T) rear. As soon as I lifted the wheels out of the box I became excited because it was obvious that a, previously unconsidered, side effect was going to be losing a big chunk of unsprung weight. An impressive 8lbs lost from the rear wheel and 6 from the front. That’s 14lbs of unsprung, rotational mass. To put that in perspective - a friend paid £2.3k for some lightweight wheels for his BMW S1000 and saved under 7 lbs the pair. I think the ‘new look’ rather suits Percy.. The silencers have been left off for a reason, btw, I’m about to re-locate the cat.
  39. 16 points
    Percy the T100 went in for his first service yesterday and I had the choice of loan bikes. Hmm, SH300i (tempting), an Affy Twin DCT (bloody tempting) or the CB1100RS. I chose the CB. Mean looking in black, with gold shocks and plenty of 'bling'. How was it? Very nice! Honda have given it different valve timing on cylinders 1&3 to 2&4 in an effort to give it some 'character' and, on first start up, you're left thinking it has a misfire! The feeling soon goes and it's a model of civility and usability. Plenty of smooth power and enough 'urge' to see you locked up. Engine is a winner. Brilliant to see a good, old fashioned, air cooled lump too. Unrivalled accessibility from that layout, not that you're going to need to get at it very often. The RS comes with a lower handlebar, wide (17") wheels and some very cool piggy back shocks from Showa. This is the 'sporty' retro, then. Those of us old enough to remember when Japanese suspension (and tyres) were just a joke in bad taste will struggle with these shocks. Living proof that Showa are at the very top level now. The brakes, too, are awesome. Plenty of power, and easy to use. Just like the engine then. it's a very low bike (roughly the same as the Triumph, I would guess) and wheeling it about is no problem at all. It carries it's weight well and is as user friendly as a bike can ever be. Would I buy one? If I wasn't totally smitten by the T100 I would certainly think about it - although I think the 'ordinary' CB1100EX is probably even nicer and even more usable. Cheaper too. If you get a chance - try one.
  40. 16 points
    Last year when on a tour I was thinking about the NC tools in the toolkit, and slotted the 2 ring spanners and the oval tube together to be able to tackle the rear wheel spindle if necessary. However when loose they can easily slip apart and you'll end up losing knuckles and will swear a lot. I finally got round to drilling some holes for M6 bolts to be able to fix the 3 parts together securely into a useful length tool. I drilled 6mm holes at the centre of the radiused ends of the spanners, and 30mm from the ends of the oval tube. You can fit them together in compact form for packing in the tool bag. Always handy to have a spare M6 nut and bolt anyway. Cheap and cheerful.
  41. 15 points
    Why thank you Spindizzy...oh wait you meant your NCS not me... Well Freddie has made an impact...no, no, no I have not hit another car! I left home at 6:30 this morning absolutely bricking it at the thought of getting on a bike. Even after I had my photo taken (must have looked terrified as they haven't posted it to their social media), it took me a while to get on board and actually ride away. Totally different animal to both the Vespa and the NCS. It leans. It feels like it leans an awful lot! The first right hand turn was Whoaaaaaaaa!! I reach junctions feeling like I have forgotten something (that would be the clutch and gear changes) and panic I am going to stall, no I am not. It is really easy to ride, to coast, to crawl in traffic - didn't do much of that admittedly I am already overtaking tractors, cars, filtering to the front of lights and pulling away. It was a twisty turning muddy lane ride back to the house thanks to Sat Nav's idea of a laugh: oh so you don't want a motorway? Right I am going to take you down every farm track I can, and turned in a tight circle outside the house that I wouldn't dare do on the NC. Got a bit confused by the lack of ignition and couldn't start it outside the house. Consulted Pg50 of the manual that pointed me to the side stand... oh right. Didn't have one on the Vespa so hadn't realised this would be an auto cut out. Spindizzy pinged a message so it was a quick fuel up then off to Loomies (where I overtook the tractor and the car that would not pass it). I got off and went to push it backwards whilst on the incline that everyone hates - an absolute breeze even for my injured shoulder. it is only 40kgs lighter but what a difference. Then introduced Spindizzy to Freddie who he mistook to be the gent next to me so we had a bit of a giggle with him. We had a bit of a faff putting the helmet in but eventually sussed it so I could eat and juggle my tea. We rode off with me up front heading to Whiteways although I did warn Spindizzy it was pretty to view it from the front lit up. I may have almost overcooked a few corners with enthusiasm after dealer told me to keep it at 50mph for 600 miles, but Spindizzy and the manual told me otherwise, so had a little fun. Up the A3 then across to South Harting, Spindizzy took the lead and we ended up some lovely routes around Goodwood racecourse then back to the A27 and up my favourite road to Whiteways. I didn't feel I had any issue keeping up with him. Into Whiteways for a snackette while the wind started to creep up. I had had one wind buffet from the side but to be fair the bike held firm and I didn't really notice it and my neck wasn't hurting like it would on the NC as I had the screen. We then headed our separate ways so I went up through Fittleworth, a right hand at the Weldiggers Arms, Egdean brings me up on the Petworth Road. I reached the A3 and may have seen a certain speed indicated, the bike still felt it had more but I am not going to push it at the moment. Decided not to go home but carry on up to the inlaws with the excuse "I want to see what the lights do in the dark". They weren't in, so headed to M&S at Weybridge who didn't have the food I wanted so I left. I got very confused as bike would not unlock but eventually I managed. Note to self, always carry mobile on ones person incase bike doesn't want to let you open it. 165 miles covered today, 84mpg showing, it had fuel in when I picked it up from the dealers but had 2 bars left it took £11 to fill it, it showed 227mile range when filled, and it now is showing 130mile range and half a tank left. Storage, haven't really tried it, put a few bits in there but not tried the shopping. it fits my Shoei with it's comms attached at the back, we couldn't get it in the front. Front cubby to the left might hold a small bottle of water, but you wouldn't want to put anything small in there i.e. change, you won't reach it as it drops down. I put the Sat Nav cable in there (its where the 12v is) it will close on the cable - I don't hardwire mine as I don't use it that often. Wheels - small but coped fine. Tyres plenty of grip, it was damp and greasy in parts. Height gives great visibility over cars. The whole body shapes gives more presence on the road and a lot of bikes nodded back then looked confused. Lights, apparently very visible from the front and Spindizzy said the brake lights were very bright (well I was concerned about that hedgerow). Coming home tonight it appeared to light the road well. It races away with you so you have to keep an eye on the speedo to remain within legal limits. Brakes aren't perhaps as sharp as they were on the NC but appear adequate. Seat...ahhh...comfy. Weather protection, didn't feel cold, went through a light shower that hit the screen, didn't reach my visor. Right hand only started to get numb on the run from Arundel to Weybridge via Hersham - it's quite a long stretch. legs - no numbness. I thought I would hate it after Harriet and had already mentally traded it in but actually I had a blast today (thanks Spindizzy!) it does the speeds, it accelerates well, it is comfortable it is fun. It does everything I need it to. Photos to follow....
  42. 15 points
    Finally got all 4 bikes out for cleaning photoupload
  43. 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.
  44. 15 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."
  45. 15 points
    OK. Latest acquisition. A Yamaha Tracer 700. Been hanging my nose over this bike for a month now. A combination of a good price offered for the NCS (which we bought at exactly the right price) and this three month old ex demo Tracer with just 1500 miles on it for £1500 less than new meant it was a deal too good to miss and has made up for recent finincial losses quite a bit. What's it like? It's incredible to be honest. Lively cross plane motor with torque everywhere and very, very light (twenty whole bags of sugar lighter than the NC). After recent bikes it's like riding a souped up 125 - except for the power obviously. Little bit taller than the NCS but no issue at all due to the (lack of) weight. Very good pillion provision including decently low passenger footpegs. Good (one finger) brakes. And the suspension is surprisingly good. Decent screen for 5'4" me and quite good weather protection. Here she is then.
  46. 15 points
    Colleagues! Yesterday I traded my NC against a different bike. I felt I should say it was "with regret", but of course it wasn't as otherwise I wouldn't have done it. You may recall from previous threads that I'd been very impressed by the BMW F800GT and wanted to try out a VFR800F, but it turned out to be a real problem. No dealer has any demonstrators - all that Honda is interested in providing demonstrators for are the whole of the new CB range and the Africa Twins (plus one other model I can't remember). Apparently the VFR is such a well established model that everybody already knows whether they want one or not. There are a good number around second-hand, but dealers basically don't want people just taking them for a joyride to see whether they like it or not, because it's just putting miles on the clock and each time it comes back it needs another valet. I see their point. I had the same experience at Pidcock Triumph in Nottingham yesterday morning (the VFR was a trade-in, presumably) - they basically won't let you ride it until you are ready to shake hands on the deal. Anyway, I did get a good look at it and sat on it (don't worry, I didn't make engine noises). In the end I decided against the VFR this time (but not forever) for the simple reason that the BMW seems to fit my body better. The handlebars weren't quite right for me on the Honda, although of course there are aftermarket risers and stuff for both bikes (all bikes), so none of this stuff is a show-stopper. I was also hoping for a ride on the Crossrunner, but again there isn't a demonstrator available locally, although my local Honda dealer (Vertu Nottingham) was willing to ship a second hand one over from another branch. In the end I decided not to pursue that route because of time pressure, although that only means not this time - see my thoughts on that next. Yesterday I realised something, which I should have realised at the beginning: none of this is that important, because whatever I buy I can swap it again next year. Meanwhile I'm certain to enjoy it, whether it's an MZ125 or an FJ1300. Also, and importantly, I'm aware that I'm pushing things a bit for the "sweet spot" to move on my existing bikes, with biking being such a seasonal pastime these days (they've depreciated £25 each since last week). So, I bought the F800GT from Pidcock BMW in Nottingham. It's a 2017 model, 5000 miles on the clock, fully loaded (comfort pack, dynamic pack, pannier boxes), two-year BMW warranty (identical to a new bike), and a Givi screen. The cost to me was my two bikes (NC and Versys) plus £2.2k, which is £200 above my budget, but sod it. I already know I'll like it, and if I find something else I like more (like a Crossrunner, Africa Twin or VRF800F?), I'll swap it again next year. The "clean" trade-in price for the NC is terrible: I think mine cost me about £7,800 new in 2016, with all the extras, and the dealers all offered me the same money for it: £3,900. When it comes to value you can ignore the accessories, so let's say it has depreciated from £7,100 to £3,900 in less than two years. Yes, I realise I could probably get a bit more if I sold it privately, but that still feels like a shocking rate of depreciation. The ten-year-old Versys did surprisingly well - £1,900. I would have thought nearer £1,200, but there you go. I very much intend to stick around (if you'll have me), having made some great online friendships and I find this place to be an oasis of reasonableness, good manners, tolerance, modesty and good humour (although it does go downhill a bit when I'm online). Oh, and expertise, too; we have access to people who actually know what they're talking about - what a rare delight on t'internet!
  47. 15 points
    Test ride ridden. Deal done. Two very happy people here 📯 Here she is - Ethel Done all the appropriate research as much as we could. Just two bikes on the shortlist in the end. Triumph T120 and the Honda. Test ride on the T120 this morning and I should really post my review on here when I get a chance as it might help others. Excellent bike the T120 but it was an easy decision in the end. Financially too, Honda were well ahead with their part exchange. So it's lovely to say, Kels and I are now back in the Honda fold
  48. 15 points
    this minter is living in the house, the wife is well chuffed.
  49. 15 points
    I actually think this forum is quite unique as it appears to have attracted 'normal' ordinary folk who are not hung up on their own egos or out to impress us as to how tough they are. Certain forums seem to revolve around macho boasting and what I call 'internet' hero's. We just don't see it here and it is highly refreshing. The addictive pleasure of choosing, buying and then playing with our bikes (should I say Toys) is what seems to suffice and the completely non 'facebook' style positive social interaction through the forum and when we meet is just another plus.
  50. 15 points
    Well past month the ride of my NC750x has been a little rougher / hard, and I had noticed the chain had gone from 1 to 3 tight spots in about a week - chain has done 18,500 miles however. Using my bike every day and ~28-30k a year I order spares in advance so when I saw the first tight link I ordered another DID VX2 520 (112) Endless chain (Gold of course....) and put it with my dwindling pile of new tyres (down to my last rear spare PR4 now). Planned to change the chain probably next weekend but given the miles I do I like to eak out as much as I can.... to a limit. Coming home Monday night however the ride was rougher and by the time I got within 1 mile of my house I could hear a noise (sort of a click noise you get as you bend metal and it springs). Got home and noticed the chain was loose... odd as only had service week before and was fine then, tightened it to spec, span the wheel and still had the click noise. Took the front sprocket cover off to see if it was coming from a tight link going around the smaller front sprocket.... only to notice that as i rotated the rear wheel, even on the center stand the chain was going from very loose to rock hard tight.... So im the space of a week the chain went from a tight link or two, to begin totally shot. The rough ride therefore coming from the chain limiting the sock movement on the swing arm arc as the chain tightens So with the train strikes on Tue, no other option at 11.30pm at night but to bite the bullet and change the chain. Begin an Endless chain that meant, exhaust can off, wheel off, bottom suspension link off, bottom bolt from shock out, both side foot peg hanger plates off, swingarm bolt out to be able to move the swingarm out of position to get the chain in. Replaced both the front and rear sprocket as I has a spare pair, but did notice almost zero wear in 18.5k miles..... Put it all back together, and had the laser out at 1am as the final step to get the wheel and chain straight. Start to finish 1.5hrs,l but would not recommend starting a job like this at 11:30pm after a long day at work ;-)
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