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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 .

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  :)

For Sale & Wanted / For Sale: Givi Wingrack 2 Monokey Frame
« on: 09 November 2017, 06:16:42 PM »
Givi Wingrack 2 with indicators suitable for monokey panniers, universal fitting kit but no topbox plate £30 plus postage.

Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / Ride of Respect this Sunday 12th.
« on: 07 November 2017, 06:48:55 PM »
Just a headsup. Ring of Red M25 this Sunday.

For Sale & Wanted / For Sale: Givi V46 Topbox
« on: 04 November 2017, 03:51:52 PM »
Givi V46 Monokey. Had very little use. Black with red reflector panel. £65.

For Sale & Wanted / WANTED: Givi Monokey Pannier Rack for 2005 FZS1000
« on: 04 November 2017, 03:48:51 PM »
As the title. I believe the Givi part number is PL349.

Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / LOFO whizz to Loomies this Sunday.
« on: 13 October 2017, 05:10:49 PM »
Just a heads up. Anyone fancying a whizz down to Loomies this Sunday(15th),I'll be at Box Hill Rykas around 10ish, to leave at 10:30. Weather forecast dry and a bit cloudy.

Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / Dragon Rally 2018
« on: 02 October 2017, 05:17:20 PM »
Just a heads up for anyone thinking of doing this rally, the tickets are now on sale and usually sells out pretty quick.A quick google to Dragon Rally 2018 will give all the necessary info.

General / What a Difference a Week Makes
« on: 02 October 2017, 09:54:05 AM »
Just over a week ago I was enjoying a trip to the South of France on the Fazer.Each day just make it up as you go along and trust in your own resourcefulness if a problem arises.Fast forward to today.Came away to Tenerife on Saturday,staying in a 5 star hotel that my wife and I always promised ourselves we'd stay in one day when renting apartments across the road.The 5 star occasion being our 50th wedding anniversary in a few days time, and my 71st birthday today.What a great way to start the day finding out that Monarch,our airline, have gone down the swanee.
Personally I'll worry about it next week when we're due home, but my missus is well upset about it, which I hope isn't going to spoil the rest of our stay.
Give me a puncture in the pouring rain any day,at least I know I'll get it sorted one way or another. :lol

General / The Bol and back.
« on: 27 September 2017, 09:59:38 PM »

Riding off the Shuttle at Calais, it became evident that the weather conditions were worse than those my pal Rick and I had left at Folkestone 35 mins earlier. Driving rain and gusts to 50mph made progress down the A26 to Reims more than "interesting", with foliage and debris littering the lanes. Despite my best efforts to keep my wallet, phone etc dry, by using ziplock bags, trying to insert notes in  the peage machine in the pissing rain, and keep them dry, is certainly a challenge.
Reims and Troyes were dealt with, the next town on the route being Auxerre. However a rear puncture about 4kms before the town stopped progress. My first thought was why didn't I find room for my 12volt pump, as I only had space for sparklets. There was no nail/screw evident, and after wasting a couple of sparklets I was no nearer locating the puncture, so slowly rode into town. Rick scouted ahead like Tonto,  on his GS1200, on the hunt for a garage with an airline, and came back with good news. After inflating the tyre a Y shaped hole revealed itself, so the plugger kit that Dazza recommended, was pressed in to service and did a sterling job, but unfortunately I was left with a slow puncture no doubt due to the awkward shape of the damaged area. Not keen on using a tyreweld type of product I decided to buy a 12 v pump and just keep an eye on the pressure throughout the rest of the trip, which resulted in it losing about 1.5 ft/lbs a day.
Our target destination was well and truly out of the window now due to time lost, so after a quick bite, pressed on to Nevers in search of a campsite. The rain had stopped as we neared town, thank goodness, so with the site found, tents up, showered and changed, we walked back over the bridge to the nearest bar. Two pints of Kronenbourg........18're having a laugh. With the poor exchange rate at present that worked out at 8 quid odd a pint. I was hoping to do this trip on 700 euros and had made a dent in it on day one, as peage 98 octane was 1.64 euros a litre, with no 95 available other than with the E10 additive. Walking back to the tents it started raining, oh deep joy. The rain didn't stop until mid morning the following day, delaying our departure. However sunshine puts a different spin on things and rolled into Le Puy-En-Velay absolutely sweating. A quick visit to the supermarket for beer and we were back heading south for another 30 or so miles, before setting up camp on quite a remote site costing 9 euros for us both. Bargain. The owner said we'd need the heavy blankets that she offered us, and she wasn't wrong as the tents and grass were white with frost when we woke in the morning.
After a good ride through the Ardeche it was peage time again, but being the Friday before the race weekend it was free to bikes, as it has been for a few decades now. Another provisions stop at Gemenos and we were at the track, but struggled to find a space for our tents. The original plan had been to get there early Friday morning rather than mid afternoon, but eventually tents were up and ring pulls were being pulled. The weekend starts now. After buying the obligatory event T shirt it was off to find the merguez and frittes guy. With beers in the rucksack along with a couple of free programmes we took our seats to watch the night time leg of the classic endurance race. This series has the likes of Harris Suzukis,Martin Hondas, Kawa 750 ZXRR's, RC30's,Z1's all great to see in their night time glory. They race for 2 hours in the dark, then a further 2 hours the following morning as part of the pre 24 hour race entertainment.
Saturday dawned and after a nice breakfast, bagged some good seats on the startline. After the 2nd leg of the classic race, it was time for the stunt riders to do their thing. Eventually 3 o'clock came, the riders sprinted across the track, start buttons were pressed and the Bol d'Or 2017 was underway. There were trials and tribulations for several of the fancied teams, but GMT94 (R1 Yamaha), who I've followed from their early days, ran like clockwork and won by a handsome margin.
A hurried pack up had us on our way by about 4.30pm, trusting the satnav to get us north across country to Digne les Bains, where we were to stay for 4 nights. The next 3 days were spent riding up to Alpe d'Huez, marvelling at the determination of the Tour de France riders, having pics taken in the snow on top of Col de la Bonette, although the final walk to the top in the thin high altitude air was a bit of a killer for me. The last day was spent on the twisties down to Grasse, even finding a roadside snack bar that I last visited about 16 years ago. We couldn't resist a few beers sipped in the sun sat overlooking the coastal area of Cannes, Antibes and Nice.
The following day we had a spirited ride west back to Le Puy, although our arrival coincided with 5 o'clock rush hour, which, coupled with 28c heat , the mighty thou spewed some of its coolant, but was topped up with some of Evians finest.
Having been caught out previously by 2 serious diversions due to roadworks, the easy run up to Calais on the last day, was to be punctuated with yet another diversion. By the time we were back on track we needed to make some serious progress to get us to Reims. However in my haste I managed to fly by a rather insignificant exit, which was ours, with no way off for another 20 kms. What a twat. After gassing up at the next exit, we headed north on very rural roads with a good smooth surface, so easily managed to match the 130kph of the peage that was off to our left. The chance of speed cameras in the sticks was very low as well, even though the Garmin had proved to be very useful on several occasions. Reims loomed into view, peage ticket stuffed into the tankbag, and now just 2 hours of boredom, mile munching our way up to Calais.
After a wet and miserable start, the trip turned out to be an enjoyable adventure. The thou never missed a beat, used no oil and proved to be the great all rounder that it is. Despite the puncture the Metz Roadtec 01's handled everything that was thrown at them, drama free.

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