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General / Re: Word Association
« on: Today at 09:24:38 AM »

General / Re: Word Association
« on: 22 February 2019, 10:42:56 PM »

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 20 February 2019, 06:08:10 PM »
Finally got the undertray back from the painters. Don't think I'll be using him again. Had a bit of fabricating to do in order to prevent it cracking like the last one. Next task, a change of chain and sprockets, followed by a quick caliper overhaul, exup maintenance, and oil and filter change. Then all set for another season. :thumbup

General / Re: Word Association
« on: 18 February 2019, 05:36:13 PM »

General / Re: Word Association
« on: 18 February 2019, 12:27:49 PM »

General / Re: Word Association
« on: 16 February 2019, 01:00:59 PM »

Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / Re: Dragon Rally 2019
« on: 13 February 2019, 10:29:05 PM »
Tickets go on sale early October (Conwy Motorcycle Club). It's a pre-book only event, 2 sae's required, one to receive your ticket after payment received, the other sent out a few weeks before the event to give details of where to go to find out where the venue is. Enjoy :) .

General / Re: Three word story
« on: 13 February 2019, 10:57:37 AM »
dildo shaped GoPro

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: mct tommorrer..
« on: 13 February 2019, 10:54:30 AM »
Oh ok, that's understandable as you're getting a proper custom job to suit your requirements/riding style etc etc. Thanks for your reply. :thumbup

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: mct tommorrer..
« on: 12 February 2019, 10:21:05 PM »
Hi ogri,
What springs and oil weight are you using. A job I've got to do in the next month or so.

General / Re: Word Association
« on: 12 February 2019, 09:23:08 PM »

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Coolant change
« on: 12 February 2019, 08:48:04 PM »
So I rang the support line written on the side of the container. (Went through to Mobil i think)
Their view was that the green coolant would have been  OAT based anyway.
He reckoned all was

{Jeez when did i get so bloody needy!!! :o }

I think that nowadays there's so much more info out there, we read more, query what we're about to do, sometimes rightly, but most of the time just wind ourselves up about nothing. The bottom line I suppose, is better to be safe than sorry. :thumbup

General / Re: What did you do with whatever else you've got?
« on: 12 February 2019, 01:42:54 PM »
Thanks Mr.Red.  One of those events you look forward to going to, then say "never again" when you've been[size=78%], but promptly book a ticket as soon as they go on sale the following year.[/size]

[/size]Dopey hats are almost compulsory by the way.

General / Re: What did you do with whatever else you've got?
« on: 11 February 2019, 10:25:47 PM »
Got my tent, sleeping bag etc loaded onto the Speed Triple late on Friday, ready for an early start the next day. Woke up to rain, as expected, on Saturday morning, and after meeting up with my pal on his 1050 Tiger, we left South London at 06.45. After battling quite high winds on the Reading section of the M4, we pulled up for our breakfast stop at Dotty's cafe, in Swindon Old Town. Suitably fed, we togged up and set off proper for our first destination, Betwys y Coed, North Wales, where we would receive the whereabouts of the camp ground for this years Dragon Rally. This rally is always held on this weekend due to being historically the worst weekends weather of the year. A poor mans Elephant Rally in fact, having first started in 1962.
We departed on drying A and B roads taking in the Cotswolds, skirting Worcester to the south, before picking up the A44 to Leominster, and finally the A5 north and then west. We stopped at our traditional coffee and cake stop, just outside Corwen, before rolling into the hotel carpark at Betwys where we would obtain our wrist band, sticker for the bike, and importantly, directions to the camp ground, which fortunately was only a few miles further down the A5 at Capel Curig.
On arrival, the number of bikes parked on the pavement outside the field, gave a fair indication that the camp area would be muddy to say the least. Many people camp locally on the Friday in order to bag the better camping areas first thing Saturday morning. With 298 miles on the clock, we certainly would not be spoilt for choice as regards where to pitch a tent. After plenty of wheelspin and pushing and pulling by the marshals we were ushered, somewhat involuntarily, to our parking spot. Then it was a matter of finding a patch of suitable real estate for two tents.,That done, tents up, a quick change of clothes, and off to the marquee to get our rally badges and traditional commemorative Welsh slate drinks coasters. A quick catch up with a few regular attendees, then it was off to the bar at the other end of the marquee to sample some of the local Welsh beers. The marquee soon filled up with people, driven inside by a tremendous cloudburst. A good selection of heavy metal biker music was played whilst the band set up. Personally I'd have preferred the DJ to have carried on, but I'm sure that's more of an age thing/ taste in music on my part.
We drew the line at seven pints, as neither fancied the idea of a banging head in the morning, and just before the band's finale, made our way back to the tents. However in total darkness other than headtorches, the tents seemed to have moved. Our landmarks were a huge frame tent near to the portaloos, a dark red Goldwing and a yellow Suzuki. All of which looked totally different in the dark. Eventually we found "home", and cranked up the stove to get the kettle on.
After turning in, the nights sleep was punctuated between torrential rain hammering on the tent, and a fellow camper who snored like a sawmill. I must have dropped off at some point as was surprised how late it was when I woke at eight. The moment the stove was fired up, was the signal for the hailstones to put in an appearance. It's the Dragon Rally for God's sake, what do you expect.
We put off digging out the bikes for long enough. We needed to get them turned round in their muddy parking spot, and then slip and slide onto some firmer, more level ground. A guy on his own had the same task, so between the three of us we got the Speedie turned round and fired up. My trail riding/enduro days came in handy negotiating the muck and mire to get to the hard standing. Unfortunately, my pal was not aware of what a muddy roostertail can do if you're too close, as he'd followed on foot in case I lost momentum. He got filled in from head to toe, fortunately still wearing the disposable clothes from the previous night. He took it in good spirit, sorry matey. Eventually all three bikes were parked on firm ground ready to be loaded up. The hailstones managed to put in one last appearance just before the last Rok strap was clipped home. Then, it was A5 east bound.
The first few miles were taken very easily in order to clean the mud from the tyres,before getting our heads down, destination,the Lazy Kettle transport cafe at Chirk. It must have been around elevenish when we got there. The full Sunday lunch looked very appealing, but settled for the all day breakfast. After a quick spray up with chain lube and the tanks brimmed, it was down the A5 heading for home. Our good progress came to a halt as the A44 to Stow on the Wold was closed. We carried on down the A46 until the first garage where coffee and a scan of the map was called for. One of the two girls running the garage rode a bike and put us on a good B road up to Stow to get us back on track. Thanks for that Debbie.We made use of the very light traffic and pressed on. Another fuel stop just after Lechlade and we were on the M4 heading east. Almost immediately coming across a Mercedes happy to cruise around the 85 mark, so that was our pacer sorted until he turned off at the junction before ours. The M3/M25 junction was a carpark, but managed to filter through, and it was soon behind us.
My pal and I said our goodbyes at a set of lights in Morden, and 25 minutes later I was rolling onto my drive with 595 miles on the clock for the weekend. The old Triumph,25 years old next month, never missed a beat.
This was no doubt my last Dragon Rally, my knees are too old and creaky for  rough camping where you need to set up/take down quickly. They've all been great fun in a twisted,macabre brutal sort of way. Maybe next year I'll just do the ride to get the badge, like last year when there wasn't a blade of grass left, that wasn't under water, so we just rode back home. That was something like 620 miles all in the rain, but was quite rewarding in a warped sort of a way. Thinking about it ,it would save having to sort out all the camping stuff. Mmm there's a thought.

General / Re: Laws / rules for riding in France
« on: 07 February 2019, 03:44:33 PM »
Although it's illegal in France, motorists usually go out of there way to give you an overtaking opportunity, and are very bike aware mainly, especially truckers. Sometimes wagon drivers will warn of danger with the left indicator to hold you back until it's safe.
As already said, Germans are known to turn into when filtering, happened to me several times last summer in the Black Forest area. They are so law abiding it's ridiculous.

General / Re: Word Association
« on: 06 February 2019, 09:40:35 AM »

General / Re: Skid lids
« on: 05 February 2019, 08:47:28 PM »
Great deal there, especially with the pinlock and tint. Well done,enjoy :thumbup

General / Re: Skid lids
« on: 05 February 2019, 07:44:36 PM »

The RX7-V is a top helmet, but so is the price.

I had to grit my teeth buying the QV Pro a year ago and that was in the sale. It is/was the model below the RX7-V and shares the same shell I believe.
Take your point about the price. Just checked gearchangeonline, who are usually quite competitive pricewise, and they're £190 dearer than when I bought mine. The Excel show is next week, often  bargains to be had.

General / Re: Skid lids
« on: 05 February 2019, 04:54:20 PM »
The latest Arai RX7-V, which has been out for maybe 3 years now, has removable sidepods. You now align the visor visually, rather than endure the expensive sounding noises with the older system, which just needed a bit of confidence, as you think somethings going to break. Arai all day long for me. :thumbup

General / Re: Fowlers/Bristol/ cb1000r
« on: 05 February 2019, 12:44:07 PM »
If it's of any interest, the March edition of Ride magazine has a back to back article on the MT10 v CB1000R.

General / Re: Laws / rules for riding in France
« on: 04 February 2019, 08:19:16 PM »
If you haven't got enough in your account, they'll confiscate your bike and take your license. A few years back my pal got chased by an Impreza police car, license taken and fined around £600.  We all had agreed to knock the speed off when we'd got above Troyes, but this must have slipped his mind.This was in early September and got his license returned via British consul in December. He also had to arrange for a white van man to take his bike to Calais from Reims. More expense. The days of flat out off the ferry are in the past now. It was great while it lasted though :lol .

General / Re: Skid lids
« on: 04 February 2019, 07:05:45 PM »
Arai visor system is foccin crap.
In what way?. The latest with the removable sidepods is even easier.

General / Re: Word Association
« on: 04 February 2019, 10:04:11 AM »

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: How much is your FZS 1000 worth?
« on: 03 February 2019, 11:03:12 AM »
My pal is a dyed in the wool Laverda/BSA fanatic, having several of both. He was on the waiting list when Slaters were bringing in a limited number of SFC's, in the early 80's. Initially he lost out when the bikes were allocated to those on the list, but someone higher up the list cancelled, and my pal was first reserve so to speak. The dilemma then became, if I ride the bike as I want to, it will depreciate in value. If I don't ride it, what's the point of owning it. In the late 90's it financed a new Speed Triple, when the single swing arm model came out.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: ULEZ BREAKING NEWS
« on: 03 February 2019, 10:43:20 AM »
Like others have already posted, I too have no need to ride into London now, but would have prior to retiring. Members on here are very appreciative of the steps you've taken to hopefully achieve CoC status for our Gen 1's. They, and I, would like to contribute in some way as a token of  appreciation of your efforts. This is very refreshing in a world with an attitude of "sit back and let someone else do the legwork".
If you turn down the offer of contributions, then there's an awful lot of breakfasts you're going to have to chow down :lol .
Well done fellah :thumbup .

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