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General / Home Insurance - garage contents
« on: 11 September 2018, 08:12:34 PM »
It's home insurance renewal time again for VNA.My renewal price is up again.  But it does offer decent cover for my garage contents..
So I've just wasted well over an hour phoning insurance companies.You have to sit through all the pre-recorded crap etc etc - you know how it goes.First question I ask is, what is your contents cover for garages.Standard answer is 5000 quid.  I say thanks, but no thanks, and move on to the next insurance firm.
The AA - a motoring organisation said £3000  Umm no thanks.

So where do I get decent home insurance that includes realistic cover for my garage contents?


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General / Test rides
« on: 21 July 2018, 07:35:31 PM »
 Took the old bike for it’s MOT today.  Passed nae bother.


While it was being MOTed I wandered doon tae the Honda dealer a few streets away.  The new CB1000R looks smashing.  They had a demo model too.


So after my MOT, I thought I’d have a sniff around another dealer or two.  Wandered into the new Triumph dealer just outside Glasgow (no signs of austerity here - focs sake!).  I’m taken with the street triple rs.  I mean it looks good, it’s seriously light, I mean seriously light, the riding position seems easy going enough and the figures suggest it should have plenty of poke.  One wonders if this bike is trying to make litre and litre plus nakeds redundant.


Anyway sales person came over.  Next thing I know he’s offering me a test ride, but he needed my NI number as well as my license apparently – so was no go today.  Seeing as I almost ended up on a test ride I thought I’d ask about the insurance position.  He said we check your license, if it’s valid and you’ve been riding over a year, you got a valid NI number, then off you go insured by us.  OK says I, what about the excess – noting this information wasn’t automatically offered – 2 grand he says.  2 foccing grand! Foc me.


So just wondering – is that typical.  What’s the going rate?


Anyway bikes I’m drooling over, and in order of preference;
CB1000R
Street Triple RS  (though comes with silly track day tyres)
MT10
 

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General / Yamaha Price Increases
« on: 24 July 2017, 08:40:48 PM »
Looks like BREXIT has struck again. :rolleyes   Don’t know if this is across the whole range but Yamaha have certainly increased the list price of the MT10.

MT10 is now £10,999 – that’s up a grand in one year. :eek
MT10 SP is now £13,699 (up 300 quid on it’s launch just a few months ago)

It can only get worse.

Also it seems the Bank of England is getting increasing nervous of the credit bubble, and in particular the PCP credit bubble.  Will we see an increase in the base rate before the end of the year?
 
 

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General / New Boots
« on: 01 July 2017, 03:48:03 PM »
I got new boots.  Same as the old ones.

Old and new photo.



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General / Android texts to PC backup
« on: 30 December 2015, 06:56:59 PM »
Does anybody know of a good way to back-up text messages to my PC?

I have an S4 mini phone running android.  My PC runs Vista 64

Need to backup some important text messages.

Any help would be very much appreciated.

VNA

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General / Dementia and Hotpoint cookers
« on: 08 September 2015, 07:20:38 PM »
Wondering if any foccer can help;

This is a bit of a long shot.
Wondering if anybody has a electric or for that matter dual fuel HOTPOINT cooker with a minute timer,
ie like models DSC60 or HUE61

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/household-appliances/cooking/cookers/hotpoint-ultima-hue61ps-electric-ceramic-cooker-white-10127659-pdt.html

It's for my mother who lives at home by herself and suffers dementia.  She likes to use the oven to heat up Wiltshire Farm Foods (WFF) meals.
At the moment she has a well used HOTPOINT HUE62 which has a multi-function multi programmable oven.  She switches the cooker on and back off at the wall (ie the dual pole isolator) - a good thing I think for somebody with dementia.

However when she switches on the HUE62, first it wants to know the time.  This confuses my Mum as she just wants the oven on.  Eventually it stops asking for the time.  But though the oven is on the same setting that it was when she switched it off, well the oven won't come on till you move the rotary selection switch (this has settings for fan, conventional, meat roasting, fish, bread etc etc).  So she has to bump that one way and then back the other, then select the temperature with the little knob next to the digital display.

The problem I have is sometimes she selects the meat roasting setting.  This incinerates a WFF meal, and frankly is a fire risk.  So I have to make sure at the mo that I am there every dinner time for her putting the oven on.

Oh, no she won't use a micro-wave and I wouldn't be able to teach her how to use one now.

So I'm wondering if anybody has a HOTPOINT DSC60 or HUE61 or similar.

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/household-appliances/cooking/cookers/hotpoint-ultima-hue61ps-electric-ceramic-cooker-white-10127659-pdt.html

If you do - would you be able to tell me;
If the cooker main oven is on and say set to 140 degrees C (WFF meal temp).  If you then knock it off at the isolator.  Well what happens when you switch it back on?

I've tried HOTPOINT technical support, but you get a guy who tries to help, but can only send an e-mail to the engineering dept, and well I haven't really got an answer to the question I was trying to ask.  Lost in translation I think.

I know this is a long shot, but I don't want to spend 400 quid on a cooker my mother cannae use.  But the one she has right now is no longer really safe for her.  But there is usually some foccer that knows something about anything.


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General / Dead mobile - help!
« on: 24 February 2015, 07:08:00 PM »
Hopefully you folks are more clued up than I.

Anyway - Fully charged my Samsung S2 last night.  Found it dead this morning.

Charged it but it wasn't really taking charge and was getting a bit hot and bothered.
Picked up a new battery from the local fix unlock mobile phones shop.  Well it just did the same thing to the new battery and phone is dead again.

So assuming the phone has a fault.  I can get it to run with the charger plugged in, but I don't want to risk frying the sim or memory card.  It gets really hot.

Just hoping you smart folks will be able to tell me;
Is it just a matter of buying a new Android phone and sticking my sim and memory card in and away I go again as if not a lot has happened.  Oh I am on a Sim only contract.

Really need my phone right now due to situation with elderly parents.

Thinking of getting an S4 (300quid to pick up in store) as I liked the S2.  Just want something that is nice and easy to use like the S2.  Or am I better looking at other androids, I can I do better for less?


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General / Abba or eazyrizer lifts - any users
« on: 04 October 2014, 12:43:57 PM »
Sorry for the second thread on bike lifts.

I was thinking of a traditional work bench lift, but now I'm starting to think maybe an Abba or eazyrizer lift might be better.

Pros - easier one person operation.  Takes up less space.  Can do stuff like get both wheels off, swing arm out etc easy peasy.

Cons - lifting from one side can restrict access to lift side.  Are the lifting kits really 100% secure and don't stress the bike in any way?  Compatibility with bike relies on comprehensive range of lifting mounts?

Would love to hear from any users of either of these lifts - or any other such types.

Comments very much appreciated. 

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General / Bike Lift
« on: 03 October 2014, 03:19:32 PM »
Promised myself no tool chest or bike lift till I'd built a wood store or two to get all the stove fuel out of the garage.  Job done, so......

In the market for a bike lift.

Thinking of the usual table lift.  Want one wide enougth to take a paddock stand.  Also must be able to easily get the bike on and secured myself.  Any lifts that need two folks to get the bike safely onto are nae use to me.

So many out there, dunno what to choose.

Thinking of;

https://www.machinemart.co.uk/shop/product/details/cml3-hydraulic-motorcylce-lift/brand/x-5-star-products

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General / Brand new old bike?
« on: 13 July 2014, 09:44:40 PM »
Saw this on ebay - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/APRILIA-SL1000-FALCO/151352342798?_trksid=p2050601.c100103.m2451&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140211150826%26meid%3D8293093725246756012%26pid%3D100103%26prg%3D20140211150826%26rkt%3D4%26clkid%3D8293096496855655979&_qi=RTM1793571 

First thought - I want I want I want.  500 miles!   Asking price isn't too silly considering (if it's your thing), well it's just about brand  new.

But.........are there any draw backs to a ten year old bike that hasn't even been fully run in?
Is it basically a new bike, or could there be issues relating to never having been used for years.
Most bikes for sale at least see a few days out each year.

Pluses - bog standard, nae tasteless mods.  Should be spotless.  has baglux tank cover thingy

Negatives - duff battery?  needs tasteful cans (gotta hear that big twin).  side stand issue, rear shock supposed to be pants.  If I was buying it's 240 miles away.

Anyway just wondering if anybody has any thoughts on bikes being laid up for a long time.



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General / Visor
« on: 29 June 2014, 01:59:59 PM »
I think my 5 year old Arai needs a new visor (shite visor system on the Arai by the way)

Was out yesterday, what with all the insect life (seems to be a heck o a lot of it this year), then the rain showers.  Well I stopped and took off my glasses to help me see where I was going :eek .  Yup my visor has seen better days.

Question 1.  Genuine or aftermarket?

Question 2.  Any online suppliers recommended for visors. 

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General / Supermarket Parking
« on: 27 June 2014, 08:21:30 PM »
 Just wondering if anybody else has had issues parking at a supermarket or any views on supermarket parking.
Had the old Fazer oot fae a wee run last Saturday, popped doon tae the Mull of Galloway.  Had a late lunch but was feeling hungry on the ride hame.  So stopped at the new Sainsbury's in Irvine to buy some scran fae ma din dins.
Looked around for bike bays - none - car park was quiet but I still don't like parking in car bays.  So I find a quiet spot on a walk way stuffing it neatly behind an advert sign on said walkway. 
I only just get in the store when some busy body jobs worth supervisor is on me.  I won't bore you with the full conversation, but I do ask her several times if they have bike bays, why do they not have bike bays, and explain that if they don't have bike bays bikers  will park their bikes anywhere they can (in my opinion) out of the road of cars rather than risk having their bike knocked over by a car.
I didn't get through to her.  But didn't move the bike either.  Won't rush back there.
Anyway I've only once before had an issue parking at a supermarket.  If there are good motorcycle bays I use em, failing that I often park with the cyclists (if there are pedal bike bays) or anywhere out of the road.
 

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Foccing Punctures
« on: 07 August 2013, 08:01:39 PM »
Got a bit wet on the way to work this morning.
Fairly uneventful day at work.
16:30 and I'm finished, nice warm sunny afternoon, walk out to the car park - surely not?  Look for the culprit - what? - you gotta be joking!  A bloody stone chip embedded side on into my tyre.
Call RAC, got back bike home. 
Of course I live miles away from any bike shop - pain in the butt time.

What's the going rate for PR3's (off to search the web)

If anybody knows anybody fitting tyres in North Ayrshire please post details.


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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / TAX DISC - Where do you put it?
« on: 02 August 2013, 07:46:21 PM »
When I got the bike new in 2004, it came with the tax disc mounted to the chain guard.

The original tax disc holder fell apart of after a while.  I got a replacement from a bike shop a few years back, but it's really shagged now.

I did try a stick on holder that I bought from another bike shop.  You just peel the paper off and stick it and the tax disc to your screen.  They said it would stay there for ever and a day.  The following day it fell off.  So back to the shagged out one.

Just bought a new one off the web, one of those cylinder ones where you roll up yer disc and stuff it in.  But it's just going to get a kicking mounted on the chain guard plus the screw ain't long enougth anyway.

Any suggestions.  Photos would be great.

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F1, which is run by billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, made a net contribution of £945,663 ($1,468,000) in corporation tax in 2011 on revenues of £980m ($1.5bn) – even though the majority of its commercial operations are based in the UK.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/exclusive-formula-one-pays-just-1million-corporation-tax-on-300million-profit-8728928.html?origin=internalSearch

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 Project restore old damp garage.
I moved house just over 18mnths ago, and I now have my first home with a garage.  Yeah!
However there's some issues, or rather an issue, dampness and water ingress.
The garage is fairly old and possibly as old as the house (built 1932).
It appears to be built on top of a concrete base, is single brick (big soft old boys) and has a slate roof.
It's been built into the lie of the land (moderately steep slope) and unfortunately has been filled in.
So I have a damp issue, and when it rains heavy I get pools of water here and there inside the garage.
I've had a roofer check the roof, and a builder look at the general structure.  Both are generally sound.  The garage is in character with the house and a good size, so I wanna save it.
After thinking about it for a long time, I've decided to start digging it out - must be the first part of the solution - eh?
Meanwhile I'm scratching my head, talking to folks and reading stuff on the internet.
So any builders, architects, structural experts etc on the forum?
I'm currently thinking of one of two solutions.
1.  Dig a drainage channel down just below the bottom of the concrete base round the garage, install drainage pipework, connect up to drains at the front of the garage.  Tank the garage walls and back fill with suitable gravel.  Maybe slab on top.  Job done.
 
2.   Or, create an air gap ie by digging out right round the garage.  Dig down to bottom of concrete base and fill the bottom of my trench with concrete.  Brick up my trench right round.
My worries;
1.  If solution 1 develops a problem, I'll have to dig it out.  I never want to dig this out again - not even if it's just gravel - never ever again!
2.  Am I creating a safety hazard?  A bricked up trench 1 to 1 and a 1/2 feet.  But surely if I bring the brick wall 2 or 3 feet above the ground level I've nothing to worry about.  I know I'll have to clean it out now and again.
Anyway any advice from those that ken will be very much appreciated.
See if I can get some photos up so you can see what I'm on about.

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Front Brake Pads
« on: 15 March 2012, 07:06:19 PM »
It's time to start getting my 2004 Gen1 sorted for the summer again.

Sorry if this has been done to death already!

Had the bike from new, and have always fitted OE pads.

But the last time I fitted a new set it was about 70 quid, and I doubt it's got any better.

So what's the best third party option?  What feels nearest to the excellent OE pads (anybody know who the OE maker is?) without eating my OE discs which still have plenty of life left in em.

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