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General / Re: England will win the 2018 football world cup
« on: 12 July 2018, 07:27:18 PM »
They think it's all over - it is now!

General / Re: England will win the 2018 football world cup
« on: 11 July 2018, 06:38:50 PM »
Could be Englands great moment of glory before they destroy the UK with BREXIT.
Good luck to England tonight.  The manager seems a decent fella, good young down to earth team, but,
God help the rest of us if youse bring it hame :eek

General / Re: Tips for long distance comfort
« on: 27 June 2018, 06:26:08 PM »
 The OE seat is fine when new, but after a few years the foam sags and bum ache quickly sets in.
I got mine upgraded and recovered many years ago by P&P seating ltd.  So long ago in fact that it could do wi being recovered again.  Anyway, they upgraded it by using one of their gel packs which doesn’t sag like foam, so many years later it’s still comfy mile after mile, except;
At the mo it’s too hot tae ride to work in full leathers, so just got my jeans on.  I get to work and then the bike sits outside all day in the sun.  So that gel pack has all day to absorb the heat from the sun.  My arse gets foccing toasted on the ride back hame. 

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Cam chain life
« on: 19 June 2018, 10:13:32 PM »
As you've got a manual tensioner, you might get premature wear if you don't get the tension right.Mine still has the original tensioner, but she's only done 35,000 miles.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Chain & Sprockets
« on: 27 May 2018, 07:43:52 PM »
 I believe DID ZVM is the OE chain for the FZS1000.
I use a Scottoiler, after 17,000 miles with a new ZVM chain I can’t detect any measurable stretch in it, no tight spots either.  Popped a new Renthal front sprocket in, so should be good for another 17,000 miles.
The only other thing I’d say is that if you are replacing an OE spec front sprocket with a third-party sprocket expect a good bit more transmission noise.  The Yamaha OE sprocket was silly money last time I checked. 

General / Re: Varifocal glasses.
« on: 21 May 2018, 06:50:10 PM »
 Had them since I started wearing glasses 8 years ago.
Brilliant.  Though you get what you pay for.  It’s worthwhile paying for the higher quality ones which will give you the decent peripheral vison that you seek.  My day to day glasses are top quality, but my safety glasses at work have cheap lenses, I get by with them but the difference is clear.
You do have to work them, and at first you might find em a pain, but if you stick with it it’ll become second nature.  I think they are brilliant.
I do have separate reading glasses for reading books etc – it’s just more pleasant.
Also keep my original reading glasses from 8 years ago for photo work on the computer – they now make ideal short to mid distance glasses – ie ideal for working at a screen.
And a pair of 3 quid, slightly more powerful than my reading glasses for hill walking – great for getting the detail of maps, and no need to worry aboot them getting squashed in ma pocket.

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat"
« on: 05 May 2018, 10:48:50 AM »
I think it very unlikely she was going to rob you  :)

Nope just doing her job serving all customers, including racists and bigots.

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 26 April 2018, 02:48:54 PM »
Just given the thou her annual service.

Was a bit puzzled when my oil arrived.  Lube Cube.  98% recyclable packaging.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: New battery
« on: 24 April 2018, 06:01:34 PM »
 For a variety of reasons, I’ve not had much use out of my bike the last few years, and I don’t tend to ride in winter.

I think my current battery is about 4 years old and still OK.  I think it’s a Yuasa gel pack type.  It sits in the bike over winter (no alarm or immobiliser) and I take it out and give it a charge 30 or 40 mins on a basic cheapo Draper charger every other month. 

I think your immobilizer is probably killing your battery.  You could measure the current drain using a basic multi-meter.

But if you ain’t using the bike over winter, take the battery out and just give it a charge now and again and you should get a good few years’ service out of it.  If you don’t give it a wee charge now and again, even sitting on the bench it will eventually go flat.

General / Re: About time
« on: 23 April 2018, 06:29:47 PM »
I have to say as we are surrounded by countries that drive on the right, well, why the heck are we driving on the left?

Doh.  Stupid.

General / Re: fazer under attack !!!!!!!
« on: 16 April 2018, 08:37:33 PM »
I then brought those linked to in Toolstation and they do work very well but as has been said the mouse gets soaked in pis and sh1t and all of that then gets stuck in the mechanism which is then a disgusting mess to clean before you can re use it. 

 I just used a bucket of warm soapy water and a toothbrush.  Pish and shit cleaned up nae bother, but the peanut butter took a bit of scrubbing.
Just make sure you clean your toothbrush thoroughly afterwards before brushing yer teeth.

General / Re: fazer under attack !!!!!!!
« on: 15 April 2018, 05:16:02 PM »
 Simpler version of Tommy’s trap. 

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A beer can would be ideal.  If you don’t want to drown em you still need a little water to reduce their ability to jump, they are really good jumpers when they need to be.
As for traditional mouse traps, these are good as the bait pot is recessed, so they gotta stick their nose in, and the trap gets em on the heid or neck every time (so I’m told!).
Be careful with your traps, they break yer fingers. 

General / Re: fazer under attack !!!!!!!
« on: 15 April 2018, 05:06:36 PM »
Talking of bait.... :lol :lol :lol

General / Re: fazer under attack !!!!!!!
« on: 15 April 2018, 10:46:04 AM »
You could use a 'humane' trap.

 Having said that I caught mine during a cold snap.   They seemed a little slow in the morning, looked to be soaking in their own sweat and piss - must be distressing to be stuck in a trap for hours.  Then got dumped in a field in the middle of nowhere.  Lots of folks said, they’ll be fine, but I dunno.

 Traditional trap is cheap, quick and effective.

For real sadists there are the various versions of the DIY water trap.  Though you can make a ‘humane’ version with just enough water to stop em jumping out of the bucket but not enough to drown em.

General / Re: fazer under attack !!!!!!!
« on: 14 April 2018, 09:56:40 PM »
 They came into my house under the floor boards during the cold weather this winter.  Heard them one night.  Got some traps and peanut butter the next day.  Caught two in humane traps and released some distance away, one other got snared in a conventional trap.  All sorted in under 48hrs.

General / Re: Gender discrimination
« on: 02 April 2018, 03:41:35 PM »

General / Re: Gender discrimination
« on: 02 April 2018, 03:20:18 PM »
So come on then -everything is all our fault for voting for our government. So please can you tell me who I should vote for next time. What is your answer to the worlds problems the WE have created by constantly voting for the wrong government. And if you say "we get the government we deserve" I swear I am going to throw my focing computer out the window.
Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, our support of Israel.  Our allies, the IS supporting and funding Saudi’s.   Our arms trade – we’ll sell to pretty much anybody. 

The UK in so many ways is a pretty shitty country.  Our government rightly condemns terrorism, but fails to acknowledge it’s own export of terrorism. 

And don’t start me on Brexit.  I know why people voted to leave the EU, it’s because they feel cheated, and they have been cheated, cheated by the last 30 years neo-liberal politics.  But that’s not the fault of the EU – it’s our collective fault.  (BREXIT - did I just say BREXIT  :rolleyes )

Taxation and austerity.  Our failure, or our governments failure, to collect corporation taxes, and now talk of further rising personal taxation to save our NHS.  This is a rich country, but the devide between rich and poor continues to grow and grow and grow.

How to change things?  Well don’t wait for the next vote.   

General / Re: Gender discrimination
« on: 02 April 2018, 03:07:43 PM »
I don't have the answer.  Now throw the phone.

General / Re: Gender discrimination
« on: 02 April 2018, 02:58:40 PM »
Go on, throw the phone after it.  Just do it.

General / Re: Gender discrimination
« on: 02 April 2018, 02:33:04 PM »
The people have the government they deserve.
The people will get the government they deserve. :lol

General / Re: Gender discrimination
« on: 02 April 2018, 01:33:54 PM »
I think you will find there are far more recent refugees in Germany than the UK

And Europes refugee issue is nothing compared some middle eastern countries refugee issues.


population - 6 million.

No. of Syrian refugees in Lebannon - 1.1 million
No. of Palestian refugees in Lebannon - 350,000

Of course we, along with the US and others, back the Islamic fundamentalist groups trying to overthrow Assad. 
Putin's Russia backs Assad.  Anybody in the way gets killed.

Total deaths in Syrian war estimated at over 500,000
6 million internally displaced.
5 million externally displaced.

General / Re: Gender discrimination
« on: 02 April 2018, 12:17:19 AM »
How many reverse gears do you have? You shoot your mouth off and then back away saying you were only having a bit of fun, mild sarcasm.

No Tommy.  Not me, the cab driver.  The fucking cab driver, he ripped the pish out of you, pulled your leg.   You still don't get it.  Foc me.

he laughed and said that not all Muslims are extremist and fundamentalists and that a lot of second generation Muslims were very moderate.

Or maybe you did make that up.  I know I don't meet people and say, hey you look asian, are you a muslim?  When I ask a person for help in the street, or jump in a cab, I don't give a shit what colour people's skin is, whether they are religious or not, what religion if any they follow etc etc.

General / Re: Gender discrimination
« on: 01 April 2018, 11:14:45 PM »
Anyway, the cab driver was probably worried about driving you to the Bullring, because last time it was blown up by white terrorists.....

Talking of white, I'll bet if he was white Tommy would have insisted on paying his fare  :lol :lol

General / Re: Gender discrimination
« on: 01 April 2018, 10:45:27 PM »
First you say it was all a lie,then you say he was 'Ripping the shit out of me' how was he ripping the shit out of me? The guy went out of his way to help me with no cost to me at all, but it had a cost to him. I don't understand your thinking.

You are over thinking it Tommy.  Ripping the shit out of you, pulling your leg, as in humour, maybe a wee bit of mild scarcasm.  Suttle humour mocking your
prejudice, but it sailed right over the top of your heid.

Talking of marijuana, have a smoke man, chill out.

General / Re: Gender discrimination
« on: 01 April 2018, 10:26:31 PM »
My hair is now short, but when I was in early 20s, it was long - and it grew like Bob Marley's - literally, all curves and upwards. On a Montenegrin seaside resort, I was stopped two nights in a row and searched for drugs by the police - along with an also long haired (male) friend.

 In 2006 I was in Albania for a week.  I had long blonde hair, hadn’t had a haircut in ten years, tied back in a pony tail.  The first morning there I got up early.  Nobody else I was with was up, so I headed out for a walk, carrying my SLR camera.  The hotel was pretty nice, but the busy street outside had no tarmac.  But what I found was everybody stared at me, I mean really fucking stared.  It was pretty unnerving and I stuffed my camera under my jacket fearing the worst.  After just over half an hour I headed back to the hotel.  One of the folks I was with explained, that well obviously I looked different (very white – long blonde hair) and that in the Balkans it’s generally not considered rude to stare.  He told me just to smile and say hello.  Then the scary menacing starring people started smiling and saying hello back. 

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