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  2. Fitting Autocom to NC750S

    Has anyone already done this and got any tips. Haven't found anything by searching the forum other than someone trying to fix with lego which didn't work. Things I'm puzzling over are where to mount and how to get the rider and passenger leads accessible without drilling lots of holes in the frunk.
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  4. Did you ever come across a bike you sold years ago?

    Many of them have knackered seats of course by now. I understand rust inside the tank is a big problem as well. I looked on Fleabay yesterday and there are far more than there used to be including Euros and turbos. No cheap bargains though. Strange out of the bikes I have owned and there aren't that many compared to some on here I am sure the Maggot is the only one I still have a fondness for. Good luck with your test ride.
  5. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    “As useful as a ventilated condom”. 🤣🤣🤣
  6. Garmin zumo 595LM v 396LM

    I've got the 595 mounted on my Integra, but that's a slightly different animal with the cover for the handlebar. I fitted a mount through the cover which bolts to the bracket which is part of the actual bars. On an X the equivalent would be a mount off the bar clamp plate. On mine it sits just below the sight-line to the instruments, but again that'll be different for the X. One slight gripe is the huge bundle of cabling attached to the mount. I used to detach the 550 mount with just 2 connections (power and phono out), the 595 mount has so much junk attached it has really to be permanently left on the bike with the spare cabling wrapped up and tucked out of sight. As far as use is concerned, I have to say the 595 has been a huge improvement over my old 550, the only issue I've had to sort is the common one of getting the battery connector to make good contact so it will fully charge. Once sorted that seems to be fine. It has loads more knobs and whistles than I'll ever use, the connectivity and potential to interact with a phone alone is pretty daunting. It has a lot of stuff which could be useful, things like being able to set a fuel tank range and then it will come up with fuel stops on/near your route at the appropriate time automatically. It's nice to be able to pin certain selectable short cut tabs to the screen or have them on a quickly accessible menu, or you can easily clear them and have a full map screen, I have the music player one up most of the time. I find the screen pretty good in bright sunlight, and the touch-screen works well with gloves. I've just done an update, which seemed to go without any sort of hitch, and Garmin Express (the updater software) has just had an update too. Basecamp is a bit of a mixed bag (route planner software). It's easy enough to do straightforward routes and transfer them across from PC to Zumo, but I find unless I use Basecamp regularly I forget how to do stuff, it's not very intuitive, some folk hate it. For example IIRC you have to set it so that you can use Ctrl+left hold to drag routes to reshape them, which makes it easy but I think it has to be selected, it's not there as default (just an example of not remembering if it is or not). It's an expensive piece of hardware, but in my experience does work well.
  7. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    I happened across that fort 9 video two nights ago and nearly posted about it. So from now on, cleaner, WD39 +1. Lubricant, smidge of gear oil. Or buy the plastic maggot!
  8. Black Maggot, 82,000 miles and ratty. Top end sounded like a bag of nails but...they just kept on going. All this talk has encouraged me to look and test ride this (red) maggot that a fellow I met last Saturday is selling. Has one of those king and queen seats on it though, need a standard one from fleabay. I will report my findings, probably go there Saturday if not hissing it down. Didn't realise just how many people here held them in such nostalgic affection.
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  10. Should I..?

    That would be great. We really need to,arrange a meet at the 1066 or somewhere.
  11. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    A lot of people like to think they are doing something right and positive to support their bikes maintenance. But I am happy to admit that chain spray (tacky type) is worse than doing nothing imho. Dribble of oil now and again does no harm and probably does some good. I don't mind a little rust on my chain, its not pitted or weakened and wont ever fail because of some surface stuff. Will wear out before its an issue.
  12. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    Reminds me of a (lifelong) Vincent enthusiast I used to know. He was telling me of the pitfalls of buying one (they had been out of production for 20 years at that time) and it went something like “They’ve all been taken apart at least once now. And always by some tw@t who works behind the bacon counter at Sainsbury’s or as a pox doctor’s clerk and is convinced they know better than the factory”.
  13. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    Quite possibly. The shifts are so smooth it, very likely, reduces snatching on the chain. Somewhere on YouTube is a video of a DCT bike on a rolling road and it’s impossible to tell when the shift points are by looking at the chain. Went a long way towards selling me the Integra that did.
  14. Should I..?

    More than happy to loan you the first two.
  15. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    Well my 2016XDCT is now on 9000 miles on its original DID chain. The only treatment it gets is scot oil applied with a tooth brush and occasionally sprayed with wd40 to wash off the dirt then a dry off then scot oil applied with a toothbrush At the moment I have not adjusted the chain as it doesn't need it Now, does the DCT have anything to do with reducing chain wear? Cheers
  16. Did you ever come across a bike you sold years ago?

    When I was looking for a bike, I looked on fleabay. If the plate was shown, I'd check the mot history on the gov website. Saw a potential Fazer, the mileage advertised was less than the previous mot. Great care had been taken to mask the plate, but they photographed the documents and failed to mask out the plate on the docs
  17. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    That's the fundamental problem. Most people know f**k all about tribology, but are happy to give advice with the authority of a career expert. It's the same with almost all other disciplines. For example, did you notice how the day after Grenfell we suddenly had 60 million fire safety experts in the UK? Advice is given so readily because it makes the adviser feel cool and knowledgeable as he/she basks in your admiration and gratitude. Verbalising their own beliefs to a "novice" reaffirms those beliefs, which also feels gratifying. If you're going to listen to advice, make sure to satisfy yourself that the adviser really is worth listening to. Be very selective. (Which probably discounts this advice.)
  18. Should I..?

    I will certainly have to look out for those books.
  19. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    Just checked online....Scott Oil: £7.49 for half a litre seems the going rate. Yesterday in Sainsbury's I paid £3.60 for a whole litre of extra virgin olive oil. I'm thinking I might give it a go.
  20. Should I..?

    I have Leanings and Leanings 2. Didn’t know there was a third. One of my absolute all time favourite motorcycle writers. Thanks!
  21. Flashing problem.

    Hello Outrunner, I have a750 Integra which demonstrated this problem. I concluded that I was starting the 'bike before the start up diagnostics were complete, so, switch on, take a pause 'till the dashboard settles down, and start up the beast. Hope this helps.
  22. Should I..?

    Don't know if there are any Peter Egan of Cycle World fans out there? His book Leanings 3 is full of bite size biking chapters that we can all relate to, such as messy oil changes, regret of selling, bike desire, etc. One such chapter entitled The Accessibility Factor goes some way to explaining the continued success of Harley Davidson and the Sportster. Love Harley's or hate them i guarantee every biker who reads this book will enjoy it. Look it up.
  23. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    Well, A lubeman costs £20, Gear oil, can't remember it's that long since I bought any, Half an egg cup full every 700 miles, if that,. You get a nice clean looking oily chain. I'm quite happy with that.
  24. I Looked up a previous bike on the MOT history site, I had sold it with 70,000 miles on the clock, it's first MOT mileage was 6,379. Someone currently thinks they have a bike with 22,816 miles on it when its actually over 99,000.
  25. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    I used a Scott Oiler on my VFR 800 when I was instructing. It spewed oil all over the rear tyre on the track at Cadwell when I was instructing for the courses Roger Burnett held with Ride magazine. Soon got rid of it. Had another one on the VFR vtec but it never worked anyway. Pleased to have a shaft drive but now back on a chain I find all the stuff both interesting and confusing. I will oil mine infrequently but keep and eye on it and see if it needs oiling or cleaning rather than just do it whether it does or not.
  26. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    Can't imagine an un-lubed chain running as cool as a lubed chain.
  27. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    I've had varying advice on this from all walks of life. Lube ever 500 miles and clean every 1000 was the last advice I had, using spray lube and a WD40 chain cleaner material. Grandpa never really bothered on old brit bikes he used to have but didnt know if it was different. I've never had a chain bike that's done the mileage to really worry about, the only bike I did real miles on was Shaft. In the interests of clarity what would people recommend being the best...regime I guess to keep the chain in decent nick?
  28. Do you really need to lube your chain?

    I would rather not oil than use canned spray. It only protects from rust and does not lube imo. Oil, gear oil or engine, keeps chain clean and the fling is so much easier to clean with a dry rag than the gummy stuff of the canned sprays. Am a convert to automatic oilers but have used the brush/sponge/rag method in the past.
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