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    Anyone get out today?

    It was glorious in the Cotswolds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Anyone get out today?

    It was glorious in the Cotswolds.
    Unfortunately not. Maybe tomorrow.

    Do you still want those panniers, btw?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Anyone get out today?

    It was glorious in the Cotswolds.
    Yes, I took myself over to the Original Tea Hut in Epping Forest, which has been around since 1930 and has a history as a bikers hang-out. Lots of interesting bikes and superb sausages to boot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Yes, I took myself over to the Original Tea Hut in Epping Forest, which has been around since 1930 and has a history as a bikers hang-out. Lots of interesting bikes and superb sausages to boot.
    I shall have to go one day.

    I had a cream tea served in a cardboard box sitting outside in Bibury,very nice it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Going to beat this week's forecast of rain from tomorrow by taking a ride out to The Original Tea Hut in Epping Forest later this morning. If anyone else fancies it ping me a quick PM
    I havenít been there for about 20 years Tony, used to really enjoy a ride out there for a cuppa, Iíd actually even forgotten all about it. There was always a really good mix of bikes there, a bit of something for everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craizeehair View Post
    I havenít been there for about 20 years Tony, used to really enjoy a ride out there for a cuppa, Iíd actually even forgotten all about it. There was always a really good mix of bikes there, a bit of something for everyone.
    Iíll be organising a ride there at some point soon, Greg. Have you got a decent bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Anyone ever had a wasp squeeze through a slight gap between visor and chin guard whilst you're riding? Not recommended at all.
    Yup. My best emergency stop ever. How I managed to stop and undo the chin strap at the same time I don't know. But feck me it was scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Iíll be organising a ride there at some point soon, Greg. Have you got a decent bike?
    Funnily enough...

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    New bike lift arrived yesterday.. luckily for me, my mate had called around for me to do a little welding job for him.

    Good job too, the lift weighs almost 300kg and was on a pallet. No way would I have got it positioned on my own.. Itís a beast of a thing.






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    I rarely get jealous, but this time I am what a great bit of kit.

    does the plate come out for oil changes or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Since owning the Ducati, itís always been a 2 person job to remove the rear wheel.

    The nut is tightened to 230Nm and it requires the wife to sit on the bike, apply front and rear brakes whilst I use a 55mm socket with 3/4 drive breaker bar and a piece of scaffolding pole for extra leverage.

    Doing the nut up is ok, 230Nm isnít that much, but it requires around 375Nm to loosen...

    Enter my new toy. A Dewalt DCF894 impact gun, itís a beast of a gun rated at 447Nm but breakaway torque for undoing stuff is rated at a massive 813Nm.

    I have this tools smaller version which is great for car lug nuts and the like, but wasnít up to the Ducati wheel nut.

    I charged the battery, fitted the socket and it spins the rear nut off in seconds. So easy.

    You canít beat an impact gun! I bought my mains powered one from Lidl as an impulse buy. Itís one of the best purchases Iíve ever made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    I rarely get jealous, but this time I am what a great bit of kit.

    does the plate come out for oil changes or something?
    No... the plate is for that rare thing now days. A centre stand.

    There is a drop down hatch at the rear for rear wheel removal though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    New bike lift arrived yesterday.. luckily for me, my mate had called around for me to do a little welding job for him.

    Good job too, the lift weighs almost 300kg and was on a pallet. No way would I have got it positioned on my own.. Itís a beast of a thing.

    ..................................
    Wow, that's a seriously good bit of kit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Wow, that's a seriously good bit of kit.
    I saw them on a YouTube video in the Thornton 100 workshop... he had 3 of em and one had a rocket 3 on it, so I knew itíd be up to the job.

    Not the cheapest, but I did get a discount by ringing up and chatting to one of the sales guys. Itís definitely an extravagance, but itíll get plenty of use.

    Iíve told all my mates my labour charges have now gone up from a breakfast fry up, to a fry up and lunch...🤪🤪

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    I saw them on a YouTube video in the Thornton 100 workshop... he had 3 of em and one had a rocket 3 on it, so I knew itíd be up to the job.

    Not the cheapest, but I did get a discount by ringing up and chatting to one of the sales guys. Itís definitely an extravagance, but itíll get plenty of use.

    Iíve told all my mates my labour charges have now gone up from a breakfast fry up, to a fry up and lunch...浪浪
    Ha ha, sounds like a bargain labour rate but watch your waistline!!
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    Liking this a lot! Aesthetic balance just right. And comfort too.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    I saw them on a YouTube video in the Thornton 100 workshop... he had 3 of em and one had a rocket 3 on it, so I knew itíd be up to the job.

    Not the cheapest, but I did get a discount by ringing up and chatting to one of the sales guys. Itís definitely an extravagance, but itíll get plenty of use.

    Iíve told all my mates my labour charges have now gone up from a breakfast fry up, to a fry up and lunch...浪浪
    Very nice setup.
    Your labour rate is still very reasonable - I'd even throw in a pint :

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanford View Post
    Very nice setup.
    Your labour rate is still very reasonable - I'd even throw in a pint :
    For a pint Iíd even clean the bike when Iím done🥃🥃

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    Quote Originally Posted by spareparts View Post
    Liking this a lot! Aesthetic balance just right. And comfort too.




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    That looks a LOT better than the Trident!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadeOfCheese View Post
    That looks a LOT better than the Trident!
    It does but by the time you've bought the Speed Twin, the kit and the Hattech exhaust it will cost a LOT more than the Trident too.

    (and that's before you've paid Enoch a breakfast, a pint and a pack of chocolate digestives to swap it over)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeColdplayHistory View Post
    It does but by the time you've bought the Speed Twin, the kit and the Hattech exhaust it will cost a LOT more than the Trident too.

    (and that's before you've paid Enoch a breakfast, a pint and a pack of chocolate digestives to swap it over)
    True enough. The cost of supplies is gonna mount up :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeColdplayHistory View Post
    It does but by the time you've bought the Speed Twin, the kit and the Hattech exhaust it will cost a LOT more than the Trident too.

    (and that's before you've paid Enoch a breakfast, a pint and a pack of chocolate digestives to swap it over)
    If chocolate digestives are included in the deal, can I volunteer to run Enochís South East franchise?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    New bike lift arrived yesterday.. luckily for me, my mate had called around for me to do a little welding job for him.

    Good job too, the lift weighs almost 300kg and was on a pallet. No way would I have got it positioned on my own.. It’s a beast of a thing.






    I've got the electric version. Had it more than 10 years now, no other lift comes close to the quality. . Plus a scissor lift bench doesn't need as much room as a cantilever type bench.
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    Quote Originally Posted by steptoe View Post
    I've got the electric version. Had it more than 10 years now, no other lift comes close to the quality. . Plus a scissor lift bench doesn't need as much room as a cantilever type bench.
    This one is electric too👍 I hope Iím still around in 10 years time to enjoy it🤔🤔

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    Well, looks like my runs into Wales are scuppered for the foreseeable. To be honest though, with the weather as it is now I aint fussed as the bikes cleaned and tucked away on the trickler. Suppose its a wait and see now what happens with further lockdowns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinnabull View Post
    Well, looks like my runs into Wales are scuppered for the foreseeable. To be honest though, with the weather as it is now I aint fussed as the bikes cleaned and tucked away on the trickler. Suppose its a wait and see now what happens with further lockdowns.

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    just warmer days for me from now on as well.

    probably shorter journeys as well as I dont feel safe in cafes to warm up now everything is kicking off.

    Thats if I can fix my bikes gear change,I could do with a bike lift,as it is I have to lie on the floor outside to get to it,happy days

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeColdplayHistory View Post
    It does but by the time you've bought the Speed Twin, the kit and the Hattech exhaust it will cost a LOT more than the Trident too.

    (and that's before you've paid Enoch a breakfast, a pint and a pack of chocolate digestives to swap it over)
    Ah but what about if you already have the Speed Twin and a packet of choccie digestives in the cupboard!

    In all honesty, I do like the fairing and belly pan but not sure how that would work with stock bars, wouldn't want to go clip-ons. The rest I can leave.

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    A couple of videos to bore you all with whilst eating a chocolate digestive.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    A couple of videos to bore you all with whilst eating a chocolate digestive.
    Excellent videos

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    Posted a little 500-mile review of the thruxton, for anyone bored interested


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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Posted a little 500-mile review of the thruxton, for anyone bored interested

    Great video as always Tony. It's funny though after watching it earlier this morning I thought to myself......I bet Tony is thinking about putting a screen/fairing on the bike. Now much later I've just been on the 'other forum' and who should I see asking about fairings.........I had to laugh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skmark View Post
    Great video as always Tony. It's funny though after watching it earlier this morning I thought to myself......I bet Tony is thinking about putting a screen/fairing on the bike. Now much later I've just been on the 'other forum' and who should I see asking about fairings.........I had to laugh.
    Haha - I know, but that Puig is perfect in terms of style... definitely more of a fairing than a screen but nice and compact. Iím very tempted, the only thing stopping me at the moment being that itís a universal fit rather than bike-specific.

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    So I promised my other half that I would not go mad on the new bike, well after 50 miles it is the garage for the following on my new softail

    New mini LED front and rear indicators
    Replace awful silver derby cover with a black one
    Gear levers replaced with black ones
    Black front fork covers
    Black flush filler cap
    Black headlight trim

    With the stage 1, short shots exhausts and handlebars, I think I will be good for now, but replacing the rear fender with a shorter one is getting high on the wish list.

    It looks like I have gone from watches to bikes and BBQ...OCD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavham View Post
    So I promised my other half that I would not go mad on the new bike, well after 50 miles it is the garage for the following on my new softail

    New mini LED front and rear indicators
    Replace awful silver derby cover with a black one
    Gear levers replaced with black ones
    Black front fork covers
    Black flush filler cap
    Black headlight trim

    With the stage 1, short shots exhausts and handlebars, I think I will be good for now, but replacing the rear fender with a shorter one is getting high on the wish list.

    It looks like I have gone from watches to bikes and BBQ...OCD
    I know the feeling. Having sworn I wasn't going to farkle my bike any further I've spent the last hour looking at Pazzo (and various other) brake & clutch levers. Hmmm, gold (to match the forks) or black...

    And that was after spending the previous hour looking at flyscreen/fairing options!

    As for watches, I barely think about them having immersed myself fully in the whole biking thing. Not sure it's any less expensive, though.
    Last edited by learningtofly; 23rd October 2020 at 15:04.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    I know the feeling. Having sworn I wasn't going to farkle my bike any further I've spent the last hour looking at Pazzo (and various other) brake & clutch levers. Hmmm, gold (to match the forks) or black...

    And that was after spending the previous hour looking at flyscreen/fairing options!

    As for watches, I barely think about them having immersed myself fully in the whole biking thing. Not sure it's any less expensive, though.
    Watches?? Ah yes now I remember.......that's what led us all here in the first place

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    SOTC

    No, not posted in wrong section of the forum, been quite a busy 6 months or so with various ins and outs, so bit of an updateÖ

    Out Honda RVF400



    Little pocket rocket from 1994 I retrieved from the sellers shed in various pieces a few miles from where I live, in a bit of a state and needed completely going through. Had a couple of summers road use and did around 2000 miles, great fun and can rev it out on the road but a little cramped for the mature gentleman. Good ones with original body work are now over £5K.

    Out Honda Fireblade 1999



    Last of the carbed versions and was to be a keeper as pretty original, that was until it fell off the side stand overnight due to a rear tyre puncture picked up close to home that I was unaware of and mega dinged the tank on another bike. Required a repaint and non-original decals as they are discontinued by Honda.

    Out Honda CBR600RR


    Cracking track bike I had for 8 years, never missed a beat and way better then me, but part traded for the ďinĒ 2013 Fireblade below. Both bikes from the same local bike builder who also does the paint.

    Out Honda Firestorm


    Real good value V twin for the road, this one was in as good condition as I have seen but canít keep them all..

    Pending out Honda XR600R



    Currently on eBay, not had long and a hoot on the road having changed the gearing, but I have joined the local Trail Riders group and it would be a bit of a handful for me off road. Also kick start only which is a doddle when fresh and on the tarmac, not so sure when knackered and in the middle of a stream!

    In Honda CBR1000RR


    2013 model but converted to track bike with daytime MOT. Managed to do Oulton and Croft this year and getting to grips with it, but nowhere near using its full potential. Day time MOT is handy for a quick spin before track days to make sure all is ok, but its not really a good idea without mirrors, indicators etc.

    In Honda XL 1000 Varadero



    A sensible bike at last! Loved the firestorm and this bike uses the same engine, detuned a bit for touring. Comfy and more appropriate to my advancing years and hoping to get across to Europe next year and if not will probably do the NC500 up in Scotland again.

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    What, not a Honda ? Well, broke my rule of many years as all the pointers I got from my new trail riding buddies was that this is the one to go for. Iíve gone Orange, pick it up on Monday and a whole new world of biking awaits!

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    Nice to get a bike-related visit from bwest76 today.

    Didn't actually get to ride bikes, but we did point at bikes and talk rubbish which in the end is what it's all about.

    ... and it's always nice for someone to leave with lift envy :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    This one is electric too I hope Iím still around in 10 years time to enjoy it樂樂
    Bugger, from your photo I thought it was connected to your compressor and that got me thinking about modifying mine (foot-lever hydraulic).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluetinfloor View Post

    In Honda CBR1000RR


    2013 model but converted to track bike with daytime MOT. Managed to do Oulton and Croft this year and getting to grips with it, but nowhere near using its full potential. Day time MOT is handy for a quick spin before track days to make sure all is ok, but its not really a good idea without mirrors, indicators etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    As for watches, I barely think about them having immersed myself fully in the whole biking thing. Not sure it's any less expensive, though.
    I think I've topped out on my changes to the R9T ... been costly, but worth it. (according to usual man maths rules!)

    Quote Originally Posted by skmark View Post
    Watches?? Ah yes now I remember.......that's what led us all here in the first place
    I completely agree ... watches having dropped down the list of my priorities as well.
    Having used to daydream about what's the next watch it's now more a case of can I fit another bike in the garage/what would I swap to next?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    I know the feeling. Having sworn I wasn't going to farkle my bike any further I've spent the last hour looking at Pazzo (and various other) brake & clutch levers. Hmmm, gold (to match the forks) or black...

    And that was after spending the previous hour looking at flyscreen/fairing options!

    As for watches, I barely think about them having immersed myself fully in the whole biking thing. Not sure it's any less expensive, though.
    You can justify the Pazzo levers as they give very good adjustment,I hated the shortys preffering the long ones.
    eBay copyís are not as good,people will argue they are.black with gold adjusters maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Nice to get a bike-related visit from bwest76 today.

    Didn't actually get to ride bikes, but we did point at bikes and talk rubbish which in the end is what it's all about.

    ... and it's always nice for someone to leave with lift envy :-)


    Lift envy,big garage envy,lots of bikes envy the list goes on

    I kept meaning to ask what watch you where wearing,I put on a decent watch as I was visiting you but bikes take precedence and we didnít mention them.

    Thanks once again for the panniers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Lift envy,big garage envy,lots of bikes envy the list goes on

    I kept meaning to ask what watch you where wearing,I put on a decent watch as I was visiting you but bikes take precedence and we didnít mention them.

    Thanks once again for the panniers.
    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    I kept meaning to ask what watch you where wearing,I put on a decent watch as I was visiting you but bikes take precedence and we didnít mention them.
    PRS18Q on Eddie's orange nylon/deployant today.

    You?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    PRS18Q on Eddie's orange nylon/deployant today.

    You?
    Zenith Tipo,normally a Casio out of the house in these times as I can wash it under the tap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    Zenith Tipo.
    Oh, shame we talked bikes so much, of have liked to have seen that

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    My bike insurance costs are becoming ridiculous

    My premium is now £69.44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    You can justify the Pazzo levers as they give very good adjustment,I hated the shortys preffering the long ones.
    eBay copyís are not as good,people will argue they are.black with gold adjusters maybe?
    Iím thinking shorties as I want to try to get used to two-finger operation and my existing levers hit my other fingers when I do it.

    Not sure yet about the gold & black/black & gold conundrum. If I knew that the Pazzo gold was a match for the Showa forks Iíd definitely go bling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    My bike insurance costs are becoming ridiculous

    My premium is now £69.44.
    Bastard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Bastard.
    And the old girl sailed through the mot yet again...


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