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General / Re: Whoever posts last is best
« on: 17 September 2020, 10:54:51 PM »
Its as if it was my wife logging in under an assumed name................ :eek :eek :eek

How do you think she got access to my account...?  :D

General / Re: Whoever posts last is best
« on: 16 September 2020, 12:27:13 PM »
And ”Squaring the circle”. What’s that all about?

It's a mathematical conundrum, involving creating a square that has the same area as a circle.

Since the area of a circle is measured by pi * r^2 and pi is an irrational number (it never ends) it's impossible to precisely measure the area of a circle.

It's a metaphor for other impossible tasks...

General / Re: Whoever posts last is best
« on: 16 September 2020, 12:20:33 PM »
If you understand
Why pizza is made round
Packed in a square box
And eaten in triangles.
Then,my friend
You understand women :rollin :rollin :rollin

Pizza is round because traditionally you "spin" the dough to stretch it.

Boxes are square because they're easier to make that way.

It's cut in triangles because cutting across the diameter of a circle is the easiest way to divide it up evenly.

If you understand this, you'll understand how sexist (and ignorant) the original author of that was being...

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 15 September 2020, 07:14:06 PM »
Got a replacement rear tyre (Bridgestone T31) from Russ Tyres' and went on a nice 70 mile run to scrub it in :thumbup

(I checked my records, the old one had done 12k miles! Wear markers? What are those...?  :eek )

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 15 September 2020, 11:26:26 AM »
What's getting my goat right now?

People using this thread to grind personal axes...  :rolleyes

Front page / Re: Yamaha Motorcycles UK: contact number change
« on: 14 September 2020, 05:35:14 PM »
Well that's a bugger :(

Just occasionally it was very helpful to be able to speak to someone with many years of experience in dealing with Yam bikes when all else had failed...

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 14 September 2020, 11:13:52 AM »
So yet another misguided waste of public money, lowering speed limits in the name of pollution reduction (NO2) -

If they don't have any cameras, people will ignore the limit. If they have gantry cameras, people will do 80 and then slam on their brakes just before each one. If they have average speed cameras for the whole motorway, people may well start looking for alternative routes instead eg A Roads, just moving the pollution elsewhere

Also, for example, the M27 is currently being upgraded to a "Smart" (not really) motorway with long sections being 50mph with average speed cameras.

Trying to keep to a constant 50mph or lower on a virtually empty road on my motorbike for mile after mile of straight road is actually very difficult and it's very easy for the concentration to drift. I've seen other vehicles sometimes start to veer across lanes and then suddenly swerve back as the driver's brain catches up with what's happening.

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 13 September 2020, 06:37:47 PM »
I was up that way this afternoon :)

A32 to West Meon, then cut across to the A272 via East Meon.

Out to the Cowdray Farm Cafe at Easebourne, then south on the A286

Pick up the B2141 for a fun ride back to the A272, then stopping off at Loomies.

I then carried on west on the A272 to get to the Park and Ride at Winchester South to practice some slow speed stuff, but it was barriered off (which I've never actually seen before!)

So I headed back via the Morestead Road, A32, B2150 and then down through World's End :thumbup

Unfortunately I also found that my rear tyre was down on the wear markers, so I need to get that replaced for the MoT... :(

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 12 September 2020, 05:26:02 PM »
I'm amazed people want go on holiday there. It sounds like just about one of the last places I'd wish to go to. I'm guessing it's because it's cheap.

Because of places like these:

For the same reason people go to London to see Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, the museums etc, not some of the less salubrious areas...

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 11 September 2020, 05:50:46 PM »
India has some very serious figures right now.

Obviously they have a massive population in comparison, but their curve is skyrocketing.

They also have much higher population density and less ability for people to self-isolate.

General / Re: Head gasket busted?
« on: 09 September 2020, 12:44:23 AM »
I have read on other forums that the Fazer has a rep for a slight rattle in the engine and that it's normally nothing to worry about?

The cam chain "tick" is a well known feature of the FZ6. Some people take it out and replace it with a manual one, but unless you've been running it with almost no oil or it's done a *lot* of miles, it shouldn't be a problem.

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 06 September 2020, 05:50:24 PM »
I've posted a longer version of this in the FZ6 forum, but I finally got hold of a set of spacers for the front forks that I could cut down by 5mm to reduce the preload.

I went for a 130 mile ride to the Weyhill Fair pub over a whole variety of different roads and the Hyperpro fork springs, plus the YSS rear shock make the FZ6 even more fun than it was originally :thumbup

I finally got hold of a set of spacers for the front forks that I could cut down by 5mm (I didn't want to cut down the OEM ones just in case I screwed something up entirely!)

After swapping them over with original ones, I went out for a ride and WOW this small change made a BIG difference!!

The ride was much smoother, no juddering over bumps, the Hyperpro springs took everything that the road could chuck at them and the bike felt nicely planted whether it was a pot-holed piece of tarmac in town or when I was [ahem] making progress down the Morestead Road  :D

Those, plus the YSS rear shock make the FZ6 even more fun than it was originally :thumbup

General / Re: tyre disposal
« on: 03 September 2020, 10:27:59 PM »
So, fridge now sat in my front garden

If it's in working order, look for a local version of Freegle.

Or look for a local second hand place that supplies stuff to students. They often take old white goods to fix up.

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 01 September 2020, 01:13:36 PM »
Most days there is rush hour traffic so it doesn't affect you too much, but riding at 20mph on a clear road just feels wrong.

In the past I've come out of London on the A3 and there's a long 40mph section.

That's fair enough if it's busy, but trundling along at 40 on an empty road at 2am is ridiculous :(

As I've said many a time before, speed limits are such a blunt instrument and often the people who were the cause of them being imposed in the first place are going to ignore them *after* they were imposed, knowing there's virtually no chance of them being caught or punished for doing so...

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 31 August 2020, 10:14:24 PM »
The section I was talking about is the A272 from the A32 lights to the A31, just north of Winchester.

Ah, ok, got you now.

I was thinking of the run north on the A32 from Loomies to the roundabout on the A31 where you turn right, then take the A339 north to Basingstoke :thumbup

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 31 August 2020, 11:54:30 AM »
My local parish council does that, never understood the logic behind that other than its a cheap albeit shit road surface. WIll ping my local counciler for an explanasion.

"its a cheap [...] road surface."

You've already answered your own question.

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 31 August 2020, 11:48:41 AM »
Or worse yet when they 'resurface' them by scrapping off the tarmac and throwing loose stones everywhere. The amount of my favorite back roads I've had to avoid recently down to that.... absolutely boils my piss because its so dangerous to bikers 🤬🤬

Oh gods, yes :(

I didn't mention that, but there was a section of the B2150 around Hambledon that had had bloody tar and chip top dressing done recently.

What really pi$$es me off is that they just leave the chippings there to be pressed into the tar or swept to the side of the road by vehicle tyres, except, of course, they also end up in the middle of the lane and the carriageway, right where a bike often wants to be...

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 31 August 2020, 11:44:35 AM »
After exploring a network of B roads

Got any recommendations? As mentioned above, a couple of my favourites have been spoiled with 40mph limits :(

down the A272 as far as Winchester

When were you on the 272? I was going east from Loomies to Petworth some time between 2-3pm.

The A272 from Loomies to the A31 had been closed on the way down.

Last time I checked, that was the A32... ;)

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 31 August 2020, 12:50:34 AM »
Good biking roads being spoiled by arbitrarily sticking 40mph limits on them  :foc

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 30 August 2020, 09:07:40 PM »
Had a nice ride up to Ryka's Cafe at Box Hill and back :thumbup

Although it started off a bit iffy as, when I switched the alarm off, I noticed that my right rear indicator wasn't coming on. After taking off the cover and checking with a multi-meter I found the bulb was ok, so then I had to start checking the wires.

Eventually I found that one of the connectors that I'd added to extend the wires for the Givi top box rack had corroded, so a bit of spraying with contact cleaner got it working ok.

Now I need to put some Duck Oil on to stop it happening again!

Also, annoyingly, I've found that big sections of the B2146 and 2147 have been made 40 limit, spoiling what were very nice riding roads :(

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 30 August 2020, 08:46:42 PM »
According to this article he Sunflower Lanyard scheme started at Gatwick Aiport in 2016 so staff could identify passengers with special needs that weren't physically obvious.

Various charities have been supporting this and they've got eg a Facebook page etc, however unless you're in touch with those organisations, there hasn't been much covering in national media to make everyone else aware of it :(

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 30 August 2020, 12:15:28 AM »
What really annoys me now is people coming into shops with no masks on--FFS the world is really full of flockingbankers

My GF has severe asthma.

Today she was going to visit her sister and had to pop into Asda to pick up some stuff. She was wearing her mask *and* a Sunflower Lanyard meaning that she has a hidden disability.

There were many idiots not wearing masks and some, when she asked them to Social Distance from her were abusive, swore at her or even *deliberately* moved closer to her!

The utter selfishness and disrespect for others that some people have is beyond belief  :wall

General / Re: Today's "What Gets My Goat" - NO POLITICS!
« on: 28 August 2020, 12:37:01 PM »
Post I saw - 'wearing a mask on your chin, is like wearing a condom on your bollocks'

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 27 August 2020, 01:14:53 PM »
I've left them with a cable tie around the front brake lever and hope to get out to give them a proper check in the next few days
Thats all you needed to do, Ive done that on my 1200 and 1250.

Doing the cable tie trick just compresses the air and forces it into the fluid, but, if left, it will slowly bubble out again.

That's fine if it's only a tiny amount of air, but, because of the layout of pipes on the ABS system, I think the air had collected in the "loop" above the front wheel and you can't necessarily bleed enough fluid out to get it before you have to shut the bleed valve again.

That's why I hung the calipers up, so the air would flow up to the caliper and then I could get it out of the bleed valve without it just bubbling back up to the top of the loop.

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