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As far as I am aware it's one law for the UK.

I use a legal tinted visor, they have always been available, so I can't get nicked.

I also found that unlike in the car my reaction lens glasses work under the visor, in fact the visor holds em back a bit and they work just nice during the summer months.  Unlike in general use were all summer they just go super dark as soon as you step out doors no matter what the weather and simply refuse to do anything all winter even when the sun comes out.  Finally found a use for em.

General / Re: it's completely legal to filter?
« on: 04 June 2013, 05:57:48 PM »
It always has been completely legal.

I don't see that anything has changed.

What you need is, as usual, is witnesses.   

General / Re: Looking for a new set of leathers
« on: 30 May 2013, 10:38:10 PM »
Scott Leathers -

You can get em made to measure if required.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: exhaust show us yours
« on: 28 May 2013, 06:17:36 PM »
I think some of you Foccers have OCD.....some beautiful machines, but really guys its like" STEP AWAY FROM THE POLISH"!

Here's some exhaust filth fae ye then;

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Crashed my fazer
« on: 26 May 2013, 02:19:10 PM »
Nae luck.  Sounds like you had a lucky escape.  Hope you get things sorted. 

Was up walking Buachaille Etive Mor yesterday.  Heading up the gully you could hear bike after bike going full tilt across Rannoch Moor then into Glencoe.    God knows what speed they were doing, certainly holding it wide open for a considerable length of time.

At the end of the day during the short dodgy walk along side the road back to the car, and getting myself sorted out once back at the car (in a lay by at the side of the road), loads of bikes went passed, most of em riding reasonably and yeah some of em going pretty quick, but I also saw plenty of total tossers.

And heading past Bridge of Orchy, after picking up a couple of hitch hikers, yup I had the inevitable suicide pass performed in front of me by some power ranger sports bike rider dude.  No wonder the police are doing mass pull overs again etc.

And surprise surprise, the speed cameras vans were oot again. 

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Backfiring on overrun
« on: 24 May 2013, 06:17:23 PM »
Is it backfiring or just popping.  Big difference.

General / Re: hashtag bloody cyclist
« on: 22 May 2013, 08:25:50 PM »
Unlikely the car could turn left on to you.

There are car drivers that just hate bikers and for that matter cyclists.  The car can push you into the kerb.  There are some mad Psycho car drivers out here.

Many bikers get run over at the lights - so stats say it is not always wise to be in front either. 

Are you sure?  Driver intentionally runs into the back of big motorcycle when the lights go green and tries to keep going?

There is a psychological factor to sitting right in front of them or across the front of them, it's like you've closed the door on them.  It also means if they go for it, well they can't deny it (sorry I didn't see you on my left side - sorry I didn't see you sitting bang in front of me blocking my view of the road ahead - see what I mean)

But yeah there are psychos out there, then there are the sort of run you over, get out the car repeatedly stab you with the big knife they keep in the door pocket, drag you out the way and drive off sort of psychos too.  I'm not sure there is much you can do about the latter, just hope you don't encounter them where ever you are or what ever you are doing. 

Anyway if I can't get right to the front and preform a complete block - if you like - I'll find a wee gap somewhere and squeeze over a bit, look round at the driver, make eye contact give em a wee wave.  Just a little bit of simple human contact calms the angry psycho cager that lurks in many an otherwise sane ordinary person. 

General / Re: Short leathers
« on: 22 May 2013, 06:51:02 PM »
I've got made to measure Scott leathers.  A lot cheaper than much of the fancy designer Italian stuff and much much better quality.

If you pop over to the Irish Road races, or any of the track races in the UK you'll see loads of racers sporting Scott leathers.

The two things I'd say about Scott Leathers, they are heavy duty so take a good bit of breaking in, plus can be bit warm on those rare occasions we get summer weather.  The other thing is if you get measured up (best to get measured by them?) be clear about what you want.  Most of the made to measure stuff they do is one piece racing leathers - I kept saying things like - maybe add a wee bit on there - I do wanna get a base layer and a thick fleece under there remember.    Race cuts are neat, for road use make sure you get comfortable not neat.

Got mine in 2009, should last many many years yet.

General / Re: hashtag bloody cyclist
« on: 22 May 2013, 06:39:54 PM »
the lights were red and I slowly filtered my way to the front - various routes so to speak but finished on the left, between the kerb and the lead car

That doesn't sound like a good place to be to me.  I try to never sit anywhere a car can turn on me.  If I filter to the front (always on the right hand side or between cars if there is space, but never between car and kerb) I will generally just about always stop right in front or partially across the lead car.  If that means I'm touch over the junction line, or onto a cycle box so be it.  I've had to many cars turn on me, and I don't mean just to take a turn some have intentionally tried to run me into oncoming traffic.

General / Re: Short leathers
« on: 20 May 2013, 05:58:55 PM »
Ask about should be a tailor somewhere that can modify or repair leathers.
Try the web or ask in bike shops etc.

Or get em made to measure - have a made to measure service.

General / Re: Management bolloxspeak
« on: 17 May 2013, 06:55:50 PM »
I suggest you make sure you are flying ahead of the plane on this one.

General / Re: So why are Pubs closing all over London?
« on: 14 May 2013, 09:45:53 PM »
Falling incomes.  Private companies also pushing people towards lower pay and poorer conditions etc.

People stuck with big mortgages, or you have rising rates cos folks can't get mortgages.  Higher levels of unemployment.  Student debt. 

Triple dip recession.

Apparently we are drinking more than ever though.  Cheap supermarket booze, it's never been cheaper.  And of course supermarkets use drink as a loss leader.  I mean I can pick up a bottle of decent whisky for a tenner from Morrisons, gotta be a loss leader.

If a pub wants to survive it needs to look at it's market, and changing tastes.  A lot of white indigenous folks want more from their pub than just somewhere to get pissed on crap beer.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Bearing down
« on: 13 May 2013, 01:32:06 PM »
As you say, could be the dampness from the garage?
Dampness getting past the seal?  Not likely.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Bearing down
« on: 13 May 2013, 01:30:33 PM »
I've never used a pressure washer, always leave the bike on the centre stand when laid up ect, rarely ever ride two up etc.

It's just yer luck.  Can fail at 10,000 miles or 100,000 miles.

My rear bearing collapsed at about 18,000 miles on my Gen1 thou.

The front wheel bearings on my 99 Fazer 600 failed at 20,000 miles.

General / Re: Rucksack
« on: 12 May 2013, 12:41:04 PM »
52ltr top box for me.  I stick my Berghaus 30ltr rucksack in there, so for carrying odds and ends it offers a bit of protection and padding, but if I pop to the supermarket for a shop I can fill the top box and throw the extra in my rucksack and bingo I've now got 82ltrs of carrying capacity. 

You might notice the top box at first but you soon get used to it.  Which is a thought if you don't like the weight high up panniers might be the way to go.  And for certain items like cameras, laptops etc they sit better and more secure in the panniers.

General / Re: So who would you ban from using the NHS?
« on: 10 May 2013, 02:42:56 PM »
We could stop giving em tax cuts.

Remove the pesnions, that are basically now state subsidised, from the bankers that screwed us all.

Perhaps make big companies that make millions or billions in profit pay their taxes instead of paying none?

We could force the big companies that we subsidise by paying their full time workers benifits perhaps pay their employees a working wage.  Can you imagine that, stinking rich companies actually having to pay people what they are worth.  Foc me!  Can you imagine what that would do the economy?  I mean if you don't pay folks your economy will shrink.  Doh!

So here we are getting screwed big time, I mean everybody (apart from the wealthy dudes at the top), billions upon billions upon billions of our money robbed from us day in, day out.  And what do you foccing lot do, well you fight over the pennies.

General / Re: Omg road tax
« on: 10 May 2013, 02:35:53 PM »
What was all that about?

Couple of things annoy me about road tax, I bought my used 2002 VW in 2005 just before they introduced the new system.  And what did they do, they introduced it retrospectively.  So I bought an ordinary car, knowing how much it would cost me to buy a tax disc, then they reworked the road tax system and wacked my tax right up.  How can that be fair?

Then I've got my bike, of which again I have to pay road tax if I wanna use it.  Funny thing is I can only use one at a time, so why am I paying road tax twice over, same for third party insurance.

Scrap The Road Tax and stick it on fuel.  That way the more you use, the more you pay.  Fair for everybody, and yup it's gonna make my think when it comes time to change the car.

General / Re: So who would you ban from using the NHS?
« on: 09 May 2013, 06:49:38 PM »
You gotta laugh when a bunch of bikers start discussion the end of universal health care in this country, and who should then in turn be allowed health care under what was known as the NHS and who should not.

Like I said it's Tory bait, such discussions, getting the proles to fight each other is just feeding us bait so we never really get a clear vision of what is really going on.

And the great bit about this, is that once you exclude one group, you look for the next, exclude them, then see what or who else you suck in, leave it for a wee while then throw the bait out again. 

Start down this path and I guarantee that it will not be long before those who choose to take risks and have an accident will be responsibly for the cost of their own health care - ie you - a biker.

So you now have two directions, exclusion and the introduction of partial insurance for those who take risks.  So having done the exclusions we can then work on extending the need for insurance.

Then of course who's gonna decide when it comes to the crunch who's gonna get health care amd who's gonna be shown the door having been told that they are not worth of care and that they can now fuck off and die.

That's quite helpful actually, as if you think about, if you wanna scrap universal health care and the NHS, well inevitably at some point the doctors and consultants will need to decide who they will help and who they tell to fuck off and die.  So the downsizing in staff will start to happen naturally after a while as all the smart people move out of health care and probably out of our sick little small minded backwards thinking stupid country.

General / Re: Omg road tax
« on: 09 May 2013, 06:31:06 PM »
Just bought a tax disc for my car.  260 quid!

General / Re: So who would you ban from using the NHS?
« on: 08 May 2013, 09:22:10 PM »
Scottish people,not permanently , just for a while to see how much can be saved.

Well the NHS in Scotland is a devolved matter.  In England it's currently being privatised bit by bit, but in Scotland the bulk of it is still firmly in public hands.   So England could in the long run find the NHS has all but disappeared.  I guess we can probably expand our NHS to incorporate pay up front services for English folks, it's gonna be chaeper and better than the private crap your gonna end up with doon sooth and a nice wee earner for us up here!

But this thread is just another example of where the Tory Party would like to push you all.  It's all about envy, oooo look what they are getting, why does so and so get that for nothing and I've gotta pay for it.   Why should public service workers get a good pension when it's my tax that pays for it and I've gotta find my own scheme, and so forth.

It's magic, cos while our millionaire Eton educated in orbit around the moon cabinet get us all fighting each other over a few quid, them and their buddies, the bankers, the fatcats, the shareholders are all screwing you and running off with billions of your cash, and they ain't even paying any foccing tax on it.

This is just more Tory bait and plenty of you are dumb enougth to bite on it.

General / Re: silly season,its started
« on: 07 May 2013, 06:30:43 PM »
If it keeps one biker out of A&E then yes, protective clothing must be compulsory, it's subsidized anyway. The truth is that a small off will put you in the hospital if you have no protective clothing, why wouldn't you wear it?

I mean why not just ban bikes, everybody knows cars are safer.

They day they make protective clothing compulsory (with the exception of hats) is the day I'm up for the under pants and hat go slow through our cities.

General / Re: Bloody cyclists always get in the way!
« on: 04 May 2013, 11:41:59 AM »
I did mine over 25 years ago, but remember when you had to salon thought the cones this is where riders should be picking the the idea and feel for countersteering

 When riding at low speed, like manoeuvring through the cones on the old part 1, you keep the bike upright and turn the wheel in the direction in which you wish to go.  This is low speed control. 
At what speed do you start to cunter steer?  I dunno, one doesn't think about positioning your bike when you are riding it, not once you have the hang of it anyway.  But 15mph, 20mph maybe 25mph, by that time you need to counter steer.
 And once at speed, with all the gyroscopic forces involved, the only way you will make the bike turn is to kick that front wheel out a wee bit.  Everything else you try is, unless you take your hands of the bars, still counter steering.  And I think we all know that if you try to get about without placing your hands on the bars you probably won't get far.
It's frustrating that when there is only one way to make a bike change direction, only one method of being in control, that it is still seen as something worthy of debate or even controversial to some.
Any of the young lads, or now young lassies at work getting into bikes, it's something I always mention to em.  Yup it sounds weird when you have just started riding, but I suggest they try what Grahamm has suggested.  It's easy, and of course you were doing it anyway.

General / Re: Bloody cyclists always get in the way!
« on: 04 May 2013, 11:26:14 AM »
You can demonstrate it with a stationary bicycle.  Sit the bike straight up, turn the front wheel, now guess which way it will fall.  Then imagine it at speed.  In fact it works on a bicycle at speed, or at load speed in an exaggerated fashion - say when avoiding somebody who has just opened their car door on you.

In fact after realising in the early 90's how to make my bike turn direction, I also realised that I had first read about this and practised it, after reading the old cyclists bible Richard's Bicycle book in which he describes counter steering as a method to avoid collisions.

As for thinking about it, you do that for a few weeks maybe, then it's second nature.  You can push or pull, or both. 

The old way of making a bike turn is still counter steering.  They told you to lean, so what happens, you put more weight on one bar than the other.  Sit up, and what are you doing, putting weight on the other bar and the bike magically sits up.

Counter steering is the only way to make your bike turn direction.

Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: Gen 1 headlights
« on: 04 May 2013, 11:08:14 AM »
Philips X-Treme H4


OSRAM Night Breaker H4

Don't fit any of the higher wattage lamps, stick to 60/55w lamps.

General / Re: Bloody cyclists always get in the way!
« on: 03 May 2013, 07:01:48 PM »
looks like an inexperienced biker ,he travels from centre of road to the edge to get the cyclists. Road position totally wrong to see through the bend and he seems not to have the confidence to hit a greater lean angle and hit the throttle to duck round them.

You know, you look at it and think, that fella doesn't have control of his motorcycle. 

I passed my test in 1987, so I've no idea what is involved today.  Must ask some of the young lads at work.  But do they actually teach folks how to steer their bike yet?  And I have to admit I was riding about for quite some time with no real idea of how to turn my bike.  It was only by chance I read an article in the early 90's in, I think, Motorcycle News and Sport, on how you actually make a bike turn.  And I'll bet folks are still debating, as they have done on the net for years, as to how you actually make a bike change direction.

So the accident is the fellas fault.  But then again, if he had training, and that training was not adequate......well I kinda sympathise with him. 

So somebody please please tell me that you have to have training before you go on the road, and part of the course is to teach you how to change direction whenever you fancy.  That video footage looks like a classic - I need to change direction aaaagh why isn't it turning - bang. 

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