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Robbo no mates  :D

Shame you're the only one that makes the event these days.

LOFO just ain't what it was back in the day.

Best wishes from Suffolk Norfolk Borders.

Hi gentlemen,

I'm on for a weekend of debauchery, only dates between now and September are next week (touring France and Germany) and Sunday 2nd July.

Any other dates are fine with me, cos I'm a sad single cnut. :lol :lol

Nice to dive into here and see you geezers doing what you do best "I'm on for a weekend of debauchery".

It's a pity I'm not nearer  :D

General / Re: Exupnut Pete
« on: 19 February 2019, 05:30:18 pm »
Life in the countryside is getting back to normal. I moved last July from my large six bed mansion in Suffolk to a two bed bachelor bungalow in Norfolk.


General / Re: Exupnut Pete
« on: 19 February 2019, 04:59:08 pm »
Hi Dazza
Hows it going fella? Long time no see.
Are the London FOCU's still meeting up?

General / Exupnut Pete
« on: 19 February 2019, 04:51:08 pm »
Yo Foccers. Long time no see.
Does anyone know if Pete Exupnut is still on here?
He's not coming up in any searches and I need to contact him.

General / Re: I don't beleive it !
« on: 11 October 2016, 07:52:36 pm »
Where's the Hobgoblin one?

General / Re: vid of my brothers race the other weekend
« on: 11 October 2016, 06:36:29 pm »
Nice tussle and a good race but if I know Terry, and I know him very well,  ;) he was playing about.

That's not to take anything away from your brother who obviously has the balls to have a go.

Good on him. And in those damp conditions as well. Respect.


General / The case of the disappearing picture, Windows 8.1
« on: 11 October 2016, 06:22:40 pm »

Need a bit of help please.

This evening I opened up a photo in Photoshop (PS) to make a quick edit. I did the edit but it wouldn't let me save the changes and said I didn't have permission... Hold on a mo... I am the Administrator and was logged on as Admin..

I closed the file in PS without saving and went to the picture in the Windows folder and checked the file properties to see if it was locked... The file was not locked but in the Security tab it said I did not have permission to change anything?

I opened up the picture again no problem and then closed it, went back to check properties and still could not change anything. I hummed for a bit and restarted my puter thinking I'd out whit this box of electronic data and parts.

Then tried again. Still no joy. I then tried to copy and paste the file in windows and a pop up box said I did not have permission... Bollox!

Then the picture icon / file just vanished in front of my eyes  :eek WTF

Doing a search it will find a short cut but is unable to file the original file. It's not in the bin. So my question are:

Where has the file gone and how the fuck can I get it back please?

General / Re: What Fazer did you spot today?
« on: 01 August 2016, 10:53:11 pm »
Red foxeye, rider wearing hi-vis followed me up the A140 towards Diss while I was in the Merc.

General / Re: what did you do with your fazer today ?
« on: 31 July 2016, 11:42:13 pm »
Took me Julie up north on a Fazer gathering. See events section.

Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / Re: Midlands's meet up
« on: 31 July 2016, 11:39:14 pm »
Oooow look. I can see my Julie in the picture.  :lol

You must have just missed us Fazersharp.

328 mile round trip for me Red... I win.

Would have been shorter mileage but Northampton wouldn't let me out.

Events, Meets, Ride outs etc / Re: Midlands's meet up
« on: 31 July 2016, 05:43:53 pm »
You either got there to early or to late.  :lol

Good to meet up with old faces and some new ones.

Hope everybody got home safe.

General / Re: What Fazer did you spot today?
« on: 25 July 2016, 04:16:46 pm »
Friday 22nd. Followed blue gen1 leaving Diss, Norfolk on the B1077 to the A143 then another coming up the Stuston Road in the opposite direction.

Then Sat 23rd black gen1 in Diss Shell filling station.

General / Re: Motor sport calender
« on: 15 February 2016, 01:09:29 pm »
Don't forget this one for all you London Foccers.

General / Re: XJR 1300
« on: 21 December 2015, 01:01:13 pm »
Had the 1200. Bullet proof. You will need to upgrade the shocks front and back as they are saggy as ninety tear old tits.

General / Re: Spyball immobilizer/fob not working
« on: 17 December 2015, 08:44:22 pm »
As mentioned above Spyballs go in to deep sleep mode to save battery. What I used to do is move the bike about until it started bleeping or alarm went off, then pressed the key fob to turn off the alarm. That seemed to wake it up. Can't advise more than that as I no longer have the bike it was fitted to.

General / Re: prostate cancer,
« on: 24 November 2015, 09:08:44 pm »
All the best fella.

General / Re: lawnmowers
« on: 24 November 2015, 11:27:35 am »
 :lol :lol

That Flymo won't cut the grass.

General / Re: If You Like Watches
« on: 24 November 2015, 11:07:26 am »
I'll stick with my Rolex.

I like the look of that, and it's cheap, but I've got the feeling it'll stop working after 6 months and all the light will go out.

General / Re: lawnmowers
« on: 24 November 2015, 11:02:25 am »
In my experience (I serviced and repaired mowers and other arb machinery for best part of six years) a mower with an ally deck will out live one with a steel deck. Also consider Viking (made by Stihl) or Etisia with a plactic deck. I've seen plenty steel mowers scrapped that still have good engines. Cheap mowers tend to fall apart. The B&S Quantum and Sprint engine mowers are basic industry standard and go for decades. Biggest starting problem is stale petrol. The Sprint (with the carb mounted on top the petrol tank) has a pump diaphragm between the carb and tank and may need changing if left with stale fuel in the tank or every few years depending on use. There is a correct procedure that needs to be followed when fitting this pump or the engine will hunt or not start.

Avoid anything with a Tecumseh engine. Engines are prone to falling apart from vibration, are a pain to self service and repair in terms of strip down and rebuild... They are pretty shit. Some of the smaller Honda engines (GCV models) have plastic cambelts. I have known these to jump. You won't smash valves up but they are a pain to re-time.

Mower wise depends on budget and how big your lawn is. Do you want stripes, width of cut etc?... Do want a hover? If you do get a steel deck clean the crap from the underneath before storing away. Masport and Honda branded mowers are some of the best steel deck mowers in terms of lasting but Honda are mostly good solid plastic or ally decks. I know lots of contractors that use Masport, Rover, Hayter and Lawnflite Pro. They are totally abused but the ones with the cheaper service and repair bills are the ones with the Masport and the Rover. Masports and Rovers have swing tip blades to stop damage to the crankshafts.

A cylinder mower will give a better cut than a rotary mower.

With Husqvarna, yes you are paying for the name but when I was in the workshop they rarely came in as breakdowns.

Hayter used to be very robust but are now over engineered. Some newer models have ally top deck with shit loads of plastic underneath. This will be reflected in your service costs when smashed plastic parts need replacing.

Not mentioning your cheep Argos, Tesco budget mower... too many to mention but remember you get what you pay for. If you want one that will last here's a few makes.
Briggs and Stratton Quantum Engine on...
Viking (Stihl)
Honda with GXV, HR, HRX engine.
Briggs and Stratton Quantum Engine on...
anything that doesn't look like it's made of chocolate. If it feels cheep and flexible in build it is chocolate and will brake in a few seasons.

Do not buy anything with a Tecumseh engine and stay well away from the Lawnflight Pro 553HRS

General / Re: foc u photo thread
« on: 17 November 2015, 10:30:42 am »
A few pics from my out and about travels over the last month or so.

IMG_20151112_081914209_HDR by Adrian Barnard. Trackart, on Flickr

IMG_20151112_081852297_HDR by Adrian Barnard. Trackart, on Flickr

IMG_20151112_081637433 by Adrian Barnard. Trackart, on Flickr

ALB_6487 by Adrian Barnard. Trackart, on Flickr

ALB_6478 by Adrian Barnard. Trackart, on Flickr

General / Re: Latest Range Of Camouflage Bike Gear
« on: 13 November 2015, 08:36:44 pm »

General / Re: moto3
« on: 08 November 2015, 02:43:10 pm »
 :thumbup I'll second that.

General / Re: Where can i learn to brake in corners...
« on: 01 November 2015, 07:23:56 pm »
Braking in corners or trail braking is an art in itself. Rule of thumb is get your speed right before hitting the corner as maximum grip is had with neutral and constant power. If you need to brake in a corner the back brake is best as a rear skid or loss of traction skid is easier to control than a front wheel skid. With a front wheel skid in a corner you are more or less out control until your tyre regains grip. Also with the the use of the front brake your weight is transfered forward further adding to the chance of a front wheel wash out because the grip is on the side wall of the tyre and not the centre.

Rear brake should be used gently so as not to cause loss of grip. Also consider changing gear and using engine braking. This should also be done with caution when engaging the clutch after the gear change.

Introduction / Re: newbie
« on: 01 November 2015, 09:34:54 am »
Hi Steve,

Don't usually dive into this section but seeing as it's you. Welcome Buddy.

Let the modding begin as you start to enjoy Yamaha's best kept secret.  ;)

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