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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. 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?!
  4. 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
  5. 22 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 18 points
    Hello red beauty
  13. 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.😀😀
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 16 points
    Scooty McScoot Face
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 16 points
    and this one while I'm trying to work out how to fit them all back in the garage
  26. 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....
  27. 15 points
    Finally got all 4 bikes out for cleaning photoupload
  28. 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.
  29. 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."
  30. 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.
  31. 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!
  32. 14 points
    I picked up my first RC truck Thursday evening, once home I found it impossible to hand over to the missus for wrapping, so I had to pull rank as a 49 year old kid and say bugger to Xmas, I'm having it now. 👍 As Ive waited months and months, the missus doesn't mind. Result. Ive had a go around the local park and I love it, even as it is out of the box. Ive just lined the inner shell with duct tape where the tyres rub and around the post holes, and added a few of the decals included. Ive also cleaned yesterday's crap off and give all the relevant parts a mist of silicone spray. I know I should've done this before using it but I just had to try it out. It's electric but has On Board Audio, speakers and a control box wired into the speed controller giving a raw recording of a 900 HP short course truck engine and I have to say it sounds bloody awesome. Anyway, here it is, my new Slash 2WD OBA And I managed to get it in the colour scheme that I wanted 😃 And now im off round a local gravel car park for some more fun. 
  33. 14 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.
  34. 14 points
    That was one of the reasons I advised to make your claim directly against the TP insurer. If 4D are messing your witness about I am happy to meet with him to obtain a Court compliant statement of truth. Just PM me the contact details and I will do it before they upset him and he decides to go away. Once you have that signed statement you will find the TP insurer will look to pay out. There is no ‘property’ or ownership of an independent witness so no issue with me getting a statement from him for you. Your policy will still be running and you can put a new bike on it. Provided you have not claimed against it for the total loss. 4D will want to slow this down as much as possible to extend your credit hire bike use as long as possible. The process should be to put you where you were before the incident and to compensate you for your bodily injury. It’s not about making out of it or screwing the insurers. That is a crazy idea that ends up with us paying the inflated bike premiums that we have to. 4D and the like are just out to slow it all down to make profit. I am not saying you want to profit from it but some of the knee jerk comments of other contributors are ridiculous. Let’s get you back on ,the road on a bike of your choosing and your injuries treated properly. 4D should have already referred you to a solicitor for your injuries and you should start chasing them to refer you to physio ASAP. I am happy to help out. You have my number.
  35. 14 points
    I've jus ordered one of these in an attempt to get my lazy self cycling in and out to work: I need a large frame so delivery won't be until the end of Januay but the bike dealer is taking my Giant Revolt 2 in px and is giving me a bit of discount and changing the tyres for puncture resistant ones. The Cycle to Work scheme lets me spread a fair chunk of it over 12 months almost tax free which, with the px, means I only need to find a few hundred pounds to fund it. Hopefully it will help me make the 26 - 28 mile ride in under an hour and half and allow me to build up stamina and lose weight. .... well that's the idea at least I wanted the super cool looking MTB version but a test ride confirmed suspension too soft and, more importantly, the gearing was just too low for what I'm actually aiming to use it for which is 100% road commuting. Despite looking like my old geography teachers bike, the Explore does come with full mudguards (hands off Andy), lights that are powered by the drive battery and have built in cotrols on the handlebar, a sturdyrack and even a side stand, most of which I would have to add on top of the price of the MTB. Doesn't look as cool though
  36. 14 points
    *not a bike post alert* The temptation to post several selfies with a Leaf I’d collected after it’s fallen from trees near the office was quite high but you’ll be pleased to know I’ve not done so. Just making sure the inevitable puns are all covered off. My old man’s unfortunately been shipped off to Indonesia for some high stakes drama between the Navy and the Foreign office or something leaving my mam alone with the dogs for a while. They’ve not really been separated for any lengthy period of time since he came off the Campbeltown nearly 25 years ago so I spent some time with her over the weekend. Off for shopping trips and a lunch, she offered me the keys to her pride and joy, a 66-plate Nissan Leaf Acenta. I love all things wheeled and the gub’mint is determined that cars like the Leaf will, one day, be our inevitable future. I couldn’t turn it down could I? Stupidly I failed to take any actual pictures of it however a quick google for a Gun Metal Grey Leaf will give you an idea. Beyond the fact it has Zero Emissions plastered along the door sides and on the boot, it looks relatively...well. Normal. Yes, it has an unconventional bulbous shape rather than the very chiselled, angular thing most C segment cars go for nowadays but otherwise little betrays it’s special powertrain on the outside. It feels roughly the same size as most of the cars in it’s cars, perhaps a teeny bit longer than some, but no biggy. The inside, from looks alone, isn’t that unconventional either. Actually it all feels slightly retro. Big digital dashboards, two of them, and a centre console raised from the flush surface and covered in piano black plastic. The Fit and Finish is excellent, as you would expect from a Japanese manufacturer. There is an abundance of slightly hard scratchy plastics in places but it all feels solid. The seats are covered in this strange, artificial velour type material and you sink into them like armchairs. I once had the pleasure/displeasure of being carted around in an old Citroen CX, the leviathan cheese wedge shaped barges from the 80s, and the seats feel remarkably similar. Luxuriously comfy, very much likely. The battery pack fits somewhere along the floor space under the rear seat which inevitably leaves rear legroom compromised. I’m only 5ft 5 and I found my 29” legs folded up very high, uncomfortably so for any lengthy journey. Shoulder space is excellent; you could happily fit 3 Tolkein dwarves in there with no issues at all. For anyone in the heady 6ft regions you’re going to struggle, maiming might be your only option. Strangely the battery doesn’t compromise the boot which feels pretty sizable. Beyond having a bag to fit your charging wire in, it’s a nice deep square shape. Humongous loading lip so dogs might struggle but perhaps you could put them in the backseat while your >6ft passenger goes in the boot? Legalities aside it’s probably more comfortable for everyone involved. It’s only when you turn it on that immediately things get different. It’s keyless entry as standard which is lovely, foot on the break and push the starter button. Nothing. Well, that’s a lie. No engine noise, the car comes to life in abject mechanical silence. What it does do is produce a little jingle of some form sort of like house phones from the 90s. Rather starship like displays all kick into life with the upper dashboard having a digital speedo, eco meter, clock and external temp gauge. The lower display has your battery meter, battery temperature gauge, cruise control/limiter, mileage and diagnostic screen. Fully charged with 6,000 on the clock, this particular example read 87miles till she’s running empty. This is a MY2016 with the larger 30kWh battery. It’s important to note that this figure is built of a great many bits of information and is not necessarily accurate from the moment you pull away. The car knew that the electric fan heater is on which mullers the battery life, the car was not in “eco” mode which dampens the throttle response and so it predicts it will use more battery in normal driving. It constantly assesses your driving and electrical usage to give an accurate prediction of range and there is a great many things you can do to extend the range. For example, disabling the heater and switching on Eco mode put that almost immediately up to over 100 miles of range. The eco indicator is rather sweet as you build a little infographic “tree” as you continue to drive ecologically; it makes careful driving become a game of sorts. Actually driving it is curiously liberating. Flicking the little selector into “D” and pulling away in absolute silence is a strangely eerie feeling but you quickly get used to it. This is one seriously refined and relaxing thing to be in. It glides over almost any imperfection in the road and wind noise is almost non-existent. The only real noise is from the tyres but even then that’s a distant rumble rather than anything intrusive. In eco mode the throttle response is kinda like driving a hybrid; there’s a noticeable hesitancy under the pedal but with a decent shove it moves along pretty smartly. The advantage of electric is 100% torque at standstill so even in the supposedly eco friendly mode it happily romps away from traffic with a liberal application of your right foot. Take it out of eco mood and despite the fancy electric transmission there is enough torque to get the front’s spinning. The throttle response immediately feels more urgent, so much so it’s almost a little challenging to control when you’re stuck behind Dorris in a 20 year old Micra. It’s enormously satisfying to outdrag a 330d or some other executive car off the line as it’s bogged down by it’s transmission. Course it’ll catch up eventually but no one seems to expect a dowdy hatchback to be a silent rocket. Something to note is the savage engine breaking. It’s actually a KERS like system that recovers thermal energy under braking or throttle less rolling which it then shoves back in the battery. It’s a clever system by rather aggressive, especially when going up hill. I wonder whether the brake lights should show... Despite the range being pretty short on these things it’s remarkably capable on the motorway. Supposedly it’s only capable of 90 odd mph but there’s some left over for overtaking at 70. Certainly it feels just as quick and flexible as say a small eco-diesel until you’re above 80. At those sorts of speeds you’re going to be sapping battery at a frankly ridiculous rate so 70mph is the comfortable cruising speed. We travelled from Gosport to Southampton on the motorway and it didn’t feel out of its depth at all. It handles reasonably well too. Certainly the tires Nissan fit to it are more than a match for the components underneath them. I did have a slightly hairbrained moment hooning it onto a slip road into the outside lane where it simply understeered onto the rumble strips but that was more my own loutishness than anything. It does roll quite a lot in reasonably speedy corners but it never feels uncontrolled. Just floppy. Like a St Bernard with wheels. Around town and in car parking centres etc the power steering feels very very fluid, very light and easy to use. Parking it is a dream especially as the mid range models up have parking sensors and a reversing camera. I mirror park any car I’m not familiar with and that was easy enough. However, this does neatly segue into the key downside of Electric Car ownership; Charging it. The Leaf’s charging point, much like most of the lower end of the EV market, is mounted under the badge on the bonnet meaning you have to frontwards park if you intend to charge it with a pod while you’re oot and aboot. To my shame it’s the only element of driving in which I am utterly hopeless at. Parallel or Reverse parking, no problem. Frontwards? Rubbish. Took me about 3 attempts to get it vaguely straight confounded by the auto transmission which has quite a quick rolling function. The car has two charging connections on it; one is the Type 2 standard which appears to be pretty much ubiquitous and deals with slower and mid speed charging while the other is a CHAdeMO port for fast charging. The car comes, as standard, only with the slower speed charging lead. I think a lot of the fast charging pods have cables built in for supporting the speedy charging. Actually working out how to use the damn thing might as well require an engineering degree. Plugging it into the car is easy and it locks in place to stop someone nicking your cable which is great. The pods, however, are universally completely incomprehensible. The first we tried with Podpoint requires a little contactless card thing which was supplied with the home charger that came with the car. Could we get it to work? Could ever. No indication its actually doing anything at all until the car itself starts flashing on the dashboard to say it’s charging. Working out how to unlock the port on the pod was a nightmare and, once we got back, it took us nearly half an hour in the pouring rain to work out how to release the cable. Podpoint were then adamant that we’d paid for the charging despite it showing as a nil charge which was patently not true. After all that it’d only actually gained about 10 miles of range for the hour and a half we were there. Some shopping centres now come with entirely free charging points which West Quay does. That was much easier than the Podpoints at Whiteley. But it’s still a complete faff; with an ICE car the format and methodology behind putting the blow-up juice in is universal. I counted 3 different charging point providers when we were out and about and all of them accepted payment for the charging in different ways, none of them cross compatible. For something like a Tesla or a Renault Zoe that has theoretic ranges in excess of 200 miles on a charge its less of an issue but with the MY2016 Leaf it becomes rather prohibitive. It’s worth noting that repeated rapid charging can make the battery rather hot which will inevitably ruin the battery’s life. The pay back is cost. This car covers approximately 250 miles a month which costs around £15 in electricity or so. The car before it, a 2015 Corsa, would be spending nearly £45 in petrol to do that journey. Road tax is free, congestion charges (if applicable) don’t apply to EVs, the Itchen Bridge is free. I believe there is a consultation to even open bus lanes to EVs. While parking it and charging it is a pain, special parking reserved only for EVs is actually quite common now and usually really close to shopping centres. If you can stomach the initial outlay or, as mam did, buy a demonstrator as the residual values are appalling then as a second car it makes absolute sense. There’s a wider issue that has me hesitating as well. How ecologically friendly are they? The materials required to manufacture the batteries which have an effective life of 10 years at best are particularly unfriendly to the environment to mine and manufacture. There is an argument that EVs and Hybrids have covered so many CO2 “miles” before they even reach their recipient that the actual CO2 impact of one compared to a Ford Focus or similar is virtually the same. It also depends on the national grid which varies in its ecological friendliness from country to country. For me, any car that’ll be virtually worthless and likely at the end of its effective life after 10 years just isn’t worth it. It’s proof if there ever was proof needed that we have a long way to go before we’re ready for that. EVs have their place but until they become convenient, long range, long life prospects then they’re nothing more than a second car novelty. I think I’d rather have a thumping motorbike between my legs.
  37. 14 points
    Honda couldn’t supply a red Crossrunner until next month but a few calls to other dealers by Kent M/Cs means I pick mine up next Saturday the 15th. Top box lights and Sat nav being transferred over. Shad seat sold to a member of this forum. Trade in bras in excess of retail price shown in Glass’s guide. My thoughts on the 2 bikes as follows. Please remember whilst some are obviously facts others are my personal views Crossrunners negatives compared with NC 1) Price 2)Servicing costs 3) Fuel consumption 4)weight 5) Less desirable colour options. Crossrunner positives compared with NC 1) Acceleration 2) Comfort seat is as good as a NC with Shad seat. 3)Heated grips as standard 4) Accesory lead as standard. 5) Self cancelling indicators 6) Front indicators act as running lights. 7) For me it has the FUN factor that I didn’t find in the NC. 8) I feel that I shall be able to get more involvement with it. Im sure others may well disagree with me
  38. 14 points
    Had test ride today and ended up bringing the demo home. A deal involving trading the NCl for a new one has been agreed in principle subject to me being able to push the bike backwards down our drive and out onto the road with too much difficulty
  39. 13 points
    I have made a few changes to my Hetty ( my 2013 NC700X moto), I have given her two new tyres the Mich PR4s, have lowered the rear suspension using the LUST 40mm dog bones and lowered the front suspension by 10mm, shortened the kick stand by 30mm by cutting just below the spring peg and providing a liner then welding it back up. The main stand is now a bit of a problem I may lower that at a later date as it is a bit of a heave to use it. But, what a wonderful enormous difference, if I had had this done by a garage I would have returned it to them saying that they had given me the wrong machine as it was so completely different. The tyres feel superb, much quieter than the Bridgestones and the feel and response from them is amazing and they will get better after they are properly scrubbed in, they give you a real feeling of security and confidence that the moto will do exactly what you want it to, some how the suspension also has a softer feel non of the jarring that I used to get when riding over a bad road surface. The turn in to corners has also improved particularly the slower hairpins corners which there are so many here where I live and also the pitching forward on the seat has also stopped, in fact it has become even more of a delight to ride. I have always done my wheel alignment using the "string method" which unless you have someone to assist you can be very time consuming but I have now purchased one of the ABN Chain Alignment Tools, so easy and quick to use and from what I can see it is possibly far more accurate as it removes so many of the physical variables of other methods. All together a couple of very very enjoyable days work, money well spent and the moto sooo easy to work on. I cannot wait for some winter sunshine to get into the mountains and really enjoy myself.
  40. 13 points
    My new baby !( Bloody big baby ) is here , triumph rocket111 , to add to my ever growing list of bikes , lucky I've got trade insurance which covers multiple vehicles , got to give a bit of a service and check over before she is let loose , cant wait
  41. 13 points
    After a number of delivery extensions from ordering, I take delivery of my baby BMW next week. F850GS Sport. The last few weeks have been productive. I sold both my VFR1200F DCT and my Tiger 800. Both for full asking price. Even the weather next week looks to be playing ball. I might book it's first service for next week when I collect it. I tried a lot of similar machines before putting my deposit down. I still wish shaft drive had been an option on the bike.
  42. 13 points
    Hi while browsing the US forums (I browse many different forooms) I came across this very handy piece of info for when your bike is stuck in gear. This chap was giving advice to someone's daughter who was stuck somewhere in the USA. 'Have her start the engine. If it is not in neutral when she turns on the ignition, apply the front brake (pull the lever) while pressing the starter button. The brake overrides the safety feature of the trans not being in neutral, after the engine starts it should downshift to 1st on its own.' Ray Nofear2trek
  43. 13 points
    Quite popular today. Loads of stuff here. Lots more than last year - are we having a two stroke renaissance like the gramophone record I wonder?
  44. 13 points
    There you go, market for a new product. Some sort of dispenser built in with Grecian 2000/boot polish/ dodgy hormones off the interweb. The lid goes on Kojak and comes off Bobby Moore. I do not have this trouble #1 all over. Story on this though, I used to have SB&S, #3 on top but got fed up of the barbers taking a whole afternoon with appointments running late and trying to sell stuff I didn't want. I bought the clippers and did #2. The wife wasn't impressed. Then I slipped and took a lump out so the only solution was #1 all over. She's now really not happy and says I look like a convict. It'll grow back says I. Only 3 years later it hadn't, (mostly due to a weekly top off). One night over dinner she says " Isn't it funny how your hair used to grow like mad and now it doesn't". I did actually manage to mumble some sort agreement to this and not launch soup through my nostrils. Andy
  45. 13 points
    Can I just chip in my two penneth on the CB500 range, I have for the past 50 years been a serial "bike changer" sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Never kept a bike longer than a year so if you do the arithmetic and factor in the fact that some bikes never even made the year mark and by some considerable distance then the numbers are quite frightening. The CB500X is just coming up to 1 year old and try as I may I cannot find anything that I would like to replace it with, ok I have tailored it to meet my requirements (Heated grips, gear position indicator, grip puppies, fenda extenda, tank protector, Michelin PR4's with "Tyre seal installed", shaved seat, rack and Givi Blade top box, rear hugger, sidestand plate, center stand, Hawk accessory bar with spotlights, Daneli mini soundbomb, Givi XS319 tanklock bag, loobman oiler, Evotech radiator guard, Fuel Micro Mini minus baffle and a liberal coating of Acf50 oh and a detachable sheepskin seat pad, lovely.) but I can think of only two reasons for arriving at this point. 1) The 500X is the perfect, and I use the word with due consideration, motorcycle for my requirements and or 2)I have eventually "wised up" to what really matters with regard to a motorcycle (may be one and the same thing thinking about it). I have test ridden all sorts of very diverse bikes over the last month but nothing for me come close to the packaged delivered by the budget, A2 little Honda. I really don't know whether to rejoice or worry. Geoff.
  46. 12 points
    Well, I’ve started my next project, a Messerschmitt 109E-4 So far the pilot, cockpit and engine are done, all the internal bits painted. This is the first aircraft kit I’ve built where the pilot can actually hold the joystick. Normally the arms are nowhere near. Bigger surprise, the feet touch the rudder pedals.
  47. 12 points
    Having spent quite a bit on suspension upgrades and other useful mods I've had to accept the NC750XA isn't right for me. I'm collecting a CBF100FA on Friday to replace the NC. I have serious multiple orthopaedic problems following a couple of life changing [non fault] accidents in the last 28 years so I can't really blame the NC as I'm quite demanding and have specific needs. Fingers crossed this is a good move! All the best to all you remaining NC owners...
  48. 12 points
    I want this.
  49. 12 points
  50. 12 points
    Well, spent an hour or so looking for the "safe place" i'd stored the optimate lead........ Then, I remembered I'd loaned it to a work colleague! Spent the remainder of the morning routing the satnav power cable and arranging a location above the clocks.
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