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General / Weather window of opportunity.
« on: 09 June 2019, 06:25:44 PM »
Have been keeping an eye on the weather for the northern section of Scotland, above Inverness, for the last week, and it's quite good, or dry at least. After a rushed couple of days getting stuff together, I set off this morning at 4am, taking an hour to get to the A1, catching almost every red traffic light. Good job I put the liner back in my jacket, shame I hadn't included my heated glove wiring, as it was quite cold.
It soon became apparent that most of the roadside caffs that I used to use, are now gone, so it's Costa,KFC,Burger King etc, or nothing. With just under 170 miles on the trip I had to settle for a toasted sandwich and coffee, surrounded by a coachload of screaming kids.
With me and the bike fuelled up, the day took on a rosier glow, and was soon past Scotch Corner preparing to take the A68 via Jedburgh to Edinburgh. What a hoot this road turned out to be. It was a 40 odd mile long roller coaster. Petrol became an issue, and although there's a "last English caff", there's not a "last English petrol station". I rolled into the Jedburgh Shell station with 193.8 on the trip. Gassed up, I headed for South Queensgate to get some pics of the bridges, then on to Stirling to pick up the A811 which took me to the southern end of Loch Lomond and my campsite for the night. No pub unfortunately, or rather, can't be arsed with the long walk to the village pub. Will no doubt sleep well tonight without the aid of a few beers. Found the campsite first time, well almost, as blasted past the access road due to poor signage :lol . Got checked in and the tent up by around 3.30pm, with 477 miles on the trip. I've earned a pint and can't get one. :'(

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Diesels and Lawnmowers (Bike racing n things) / Mugello MotoGp
« on: 02 June 2019, 01:48:38 PM »
If you like your bike racing, try and watch this before you read/hear the result. :thumbup

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For Sale & Wanted / For Sale: Tail tidy.
« on: 31 May 2019, 08:43:56 PM »
Brand new universal tail tidy. Takes various sized numberplates and allows for indicator adjustment. Change of plan, so not required.
£15 posted

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Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / Lee Rigby Memorial Ride 22 May
« on: 20 May 2019, 11:24:22 PM »
This leaves The Oakdene on the A20 at 09:45, so plenty of time to grab some breakfast. This culminates with a ride past the memorial at Woolwich barracks at 11:45, and ending at the Meridian Sports Club.

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This fault first occurred last November. Performing an overtake the bike felt like it had hit the limiter, but with only 6000rpm on the clock. A tad disconcerting to say the least. My first thought was a blocked tank breather, but popping the filler cap didn't solve the problem. I searched through the forum posts and only came across one with very similar/same symptoms. Sadly that bike didn't get fixed over a 6 month period, and the owner gave up on Fazer ownership. I did the relevant TPS checks which proved ok. Although the Pipercross air filter was only 2 years old I replaced it with a new one, a spare is always handy. On riding the bike, the fault was gone.
Wind the clock forward to last Sunday on a breakfast run, full tank of my usual 97 octane, about 30 miles into the ride the bikes pulling like a train. Accelerating out of a roundabout onto a dual carriageway.......the faults back, 6000rpm the involuntary limiter is hit, change up runs fine to 6k then same again. Pull into first layby, pop the tank cap, no rush of air. The fault persists all the way home, even after an hours stop. Change the fuel filter and check that nothings been sucked into the air filter. A quick whizz up the road, bike runs ok, Today did just over 150  miles of mixed riding, with plenty at high revs, bike ran perfectly. I'm not convinced the fuel filter was the culprit as cutting the old one in half revealed nothing untoward.
When the fault manifests itself it happens bang on 6000rpm in any gear, but revs as it should with the clutch in or in neutral. I was told the ability to rev freely in neutral proves the TPS is ok, but don't know if this is true. Obviously no rev counter fault codes are displayed. Naturally a degree of lack of confidence in overtake situations now exists. The one thing that I will try if/when there's a next time, is to not touch the bike, just ride it the following day to see if the fault persists which might prove if it's possibly heat related. Thinking caps on people, answers on a postcard to......  .Thanks in anticipation of some suggestions.

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The FIM technical director Scott Smart has decided that the four Ducati Panigale V4R's will get a 250rpm restriction for this weekends racing at Assen. This will affect Bautista, Davies, Laverty and Rinaldi, their rev limit now being 16,100. At the other end of the scale Honda have been awarded a 500 rpm increase in an attempt to give Leon Camier some much needed help. Maybe Honda's fortune would have been a lot better if they had stayed with Ten Kate. Can't wait for Friday practise.

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General / Stud extractor recommendations.
« on: 02 April 2019, 08:37:28 PM »
In the next week or so I'll need to replace the exhaust studs on my Triumph. The nuts will be a nightmare to get off, having been in place for over 20 years. The stud threads are corroded so figured on changing them all, whilst the exhaust is being repaired. A Beta 8mm roller stud extractor has caught my eye. Does anyone have any experience of this type of tool or any success stories with any alternative. Thanks in advance.

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Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / 80th Pioneer Run Sunday 24th March
« on: 19 March 2019, 10:06:29 AM »
Just a heads up for anyone at a loose end on Sunday. Bikes start to leave Tattenham Corner on Epsom Downs Surrey at 8am. This is for pre-1915 bikes and usually attracts between 200 to 300 entrants. Currently the weather forecast is good for Sunday both at Epsom and the destination which is Brighton.

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Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / Dragon Rally 2019
« on: 15 January 2019, 06:50:21 PM »
Just got the control rendezvous details today. Any foccers going, or just me, again :lol .

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General / Happy New Year.
« on: 31 December 2018, 11:57:10 PM »
Happy New Year you foccers. Ride safe in 2019.

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General / Changes to Cat A motorcycle test.
« on: 29 November 2018, 05:57:01 PM »
As from December 31st, there will be a minimum kerb weight and increase in power for bikes used to gain a full category A motorcycle license. The weight minimum will be 180 kilos and the power output raised from 40 to 50kw (67.1 bhp).
This will rule out the eligibility of a lot of bikes currently used by riding schools.

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Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / LOFO's: Whitstable Toy Run December 2nd
« on: 17 November 2018, 10:13:38 AM »
Just a heads up. It's the Toy Run to QEQM Hospital in Margate on Sunday Dec 2nd. Meeting in Tankerton Road car park (Gorrell Tank), leaving at 13:30. Let's hope it stays dry.

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Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / Dragon Rally 2019
« on: 17 October 2018, 09:16:55 PM »
Tickets on sale now, usually sell out by early November. Might even be dry next year :lol


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The Laboratory ! / Just testing
« on: 10 September 2018, 10:00:41 AM »
My Fazer outside the Blue and White caff on A20.

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Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / Ace Cafe Reunion Brighton Sunday Sept 9th
« on: 03 September 2018, 09:42:07 AM »
Anyone going?.

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Losing coolant in very hot conditions.
« on: 25 July 2018, 10:08:43 AM »
On my recent trip to the Spa Classic and the Black Forest, there were two occasions when some coolant was lost via the header tank overflow. Both times on hot sunny days stuck in traffic and limited to low speeds. I'm hoping the culprit is the radiator cap which has been ordered. However, although the fan operates within a few minutes on tick over from start up, as it should, is there a way of easily proving it would come on via the thermo switch in high heat conditions.
I know the manual suggests testing the resistance of the thermo switch  in a pan of water at various temperatures, but wondered if there's a simpler way.

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Spent the day packing the car up for a long weekend at Brands. Should be hot on and off the track. Good tribute bands on Saturday night to Led Zep, The Who and Madness. Got the gas powered coolbox fired up now on max with 36 cans on the go. Can't wait.

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For Sale & Wanted / For sale. Alpinestars GP Plus gloves.
« on: 10 July 2018, 04:29:34 PM »
Size Large in White/red/black. Only worn 4 times but just a tad too tight for me. Should have gone for XL. £60 posted.

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General / German speed limits.
« on: 04 July 2018, 01:24:01 PM »
All Germans seem to rigidly adhere to 30 50 70 and 90kph limits. Is the whole country wired for radar.I know the UK gives euro countries speeding drivers details, just wondering how much mail is going to drop on the mat.

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For Sale & Wanted / For Sale: Garmin Zumo 340 LM
« on: 02 April 2018, 12:18:19 PM »
Dedicated bike satnav. Lifetime maps, just updated to the latest 2018.30 Western Europe edition. Only selling as upgraded to a 395LM. Boxed with all fittings. £115 posted.

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For Sale & Wanted / Anyone looking for a low mileage Box Eye
« on: 30 March 2018, 03:30:37 PM »
Came across an ad on another forum. A one owner blue 2001 box eye, 7794 miles, on ebay ref no. 132559611445.

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Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / MARCH 18th A busy Sunday for LOFO's.
« on: 21 February 2018, 11:56:41 AM »
March 18th is the date for both the 79th Pioneer Run from Epsom Downs, bikes start leaving at 8am I believe. Also the Whitstable Egg Run from Gorrell Tank carpark leaves at 2pm going to a school in Canterbury. Expect I'll do both.

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General / Givi rack arms...What are they made of.
« on: 13 January 2018, 08:11:53 AM »
I want to get some extra brackets welded to one of my bikes (FZS1000) givi rack arms. However looking at the oval profile I'm wondering if they are cast . Anyone know for sure what they're made of.

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For Sale & Wanted / WANTED: FZS 1000 Givi top box arms (348 FZ)part code
« on: 06 January 2018, 06:28:26 PM »
Pair of Givi arms for 05 FZS1000. Condition not important as long as not bent. Really I only need the right hand one to make some alterations to. ( on the off chance that someone might only have a right hand one for whatever reason).Thanks for looking.

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Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / XMAS Toy Run in LOFOland
« on: 17 November 2017, 05:57:49 PM »
Just a heads up for anyone at a loose end on Sunday 10 December. It's the annual Christmas toy run from Whitstable (Gorrell Tank carpark CT5 1LB) to QEQM hospital in Margate. Departs at 2:00pm.  :)

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