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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeColdplayHistory View Post
    Well I finished my jobs early today and the forecast showers stayed away so I nipped out for an hour or so...
    Pictures are not visible - to me at least.

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    totally un related I am in the process of buying a VFR1200f if anyone has experience with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by downer View Post
    Pictures are not visible - to me at least.
    Messing about with Flickr instead of Google Photos. Can you see them now?

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    More bike related stuff

    Quote Originally Posted by MakeColdplayHistory View Post
    Messing about with Flickr instead of Google Photos. Can you see them now?
    Yes. Excellent pictures. I like those roads around Jodrell Bank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    totally un related I am in the process of buying a VFR1200f if anyone has experience with them?
    No experience but itís a Honda VFR, enough said!

    I also recall a magazine testing it around a track and comparing it to different years super sports bikes. It was quicker than everything up to about 2005.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    totally un related I am in the process of buying a VFR1200f if anyone has experience with them?
    Very nice. Photos of intended purchase?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Was it a tube type tyre?
    Yep.
    Was a while ago, but it taught me a lesson.
    Replace the inners regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    totally un related I am in the process of buying a VFR1200f if anyone has experience with them?
    Amazing bike, superb engine, excellent build quality, generally very reliable.
    Only downside, they're a wee bit heavy.
    Go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Yep.
    Was a while ago, but it taught me a lesson.
    Replace the inners regularly.
    I've seen it recommended that inners should be replaced at every tyre change which probably makes sense.

    The only rapid deflation I've had has also been on a tubed tyre, but as it was the rear of my 1974 Peugeot step through moped, I was probably only doing about 40

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    Not been on much over the last few days, so catching up.

    Just on the subject of 2 finger braking - I always use this technique & can easily lock the brakes on my track bike with slicks (no ABS) and trigger the ABS on the S1000RR with 2 fingers. I also believe it's easier to modulate the braking force with 2 fingers too.

    Pretty sure most racers would agree.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    You really haven't lived until you've experienced a rapid tyre deflation (at speed) on a bike....
    AMHIK.
    Happened to me once at (cough) a tad over the legal limit. Rear tyre blow out caused by a wood screw, whilst leant over round a fast sweeping bend on a dual carriageway.

    Not entirely sure how I made it to the hard shoulder without crashing or messing my underwear.
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    Just renewed my bike insurance through Carole Nash and this was included in the paperwork. Never seen that before but seems helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Very nice. Photos of intended purchase?
    Its this model in this colour,with full luggage.
    It has a few scratches,but recent service and MOT.
    For very boring reasons I can only ride a DCT or equivalent at the moment.
    The most practicable bike on the planet the NC750 is as dull as earl grey tea and I was scared on the cross tourer so as you can see I am very limited in choice.
    Most of the DCTs seem to be up north with dealers.




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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Just renewed my bike insurance through Carole Nash and this was included in the paperwork. Never seen that before but seems helpful.

    Well that's rather sensible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Well that's rather sensible!
    I recon I have 2/3rds of the list on my bike. Tony ( learningtofly) probably takes up 2x A4 with his list.

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    i would not even count most of those as 'modifications' that would make any difference to the bikes performance -just shows that the insurance companies try to get away with anything except paying out - 'sorry sir you had a sticker on the tank and did not inform us' .

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugster View Post
    i would not even count most of those as 'modifications' that would make any difference to the bikes performance -just shows that the insurance companies try to get away with anything except paying out - 'sorry sir you had a sticker on the tank and did not inform us' .
    Absolutely , my GB sticker , well that's a deal breaker sir!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    I've seen it recommended that inners should be replaced at every tyre change which probably makes sense.

    The only rapid deflation I've had has also been on a tubed tyre, but as it was the rear of my 1974 Peugeot step through moped, I was probably only doing about 20

    FTFY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pugster View Post
    i would not even count most of those as 'modifications' that would make any difference to the bikes performance -just shows that the insurance companies try to get away with anything except paying out - 'sorry sir you had a sticker on the tank and did not inform us' .
    If you look at some of the farkles that some have bought for their bikes - it certainly boosts the value of the insured asset, and may also increase the chance of theft.

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    Did 250kms yesterday on a 700GS. It was lovely to get out and around.

    The North Shore


    Eastern mountains


    And heading to the south shore through the Eucalyptus trees to catch the sunset



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    ^^^^^^^^^^ Is that Croydon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Well, I had no idea that the mention of short levers would cause such a stir.
    Let`s just hope no one ever posts a `what oil should i use` thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_2_Right-Force View Post
    ^^^^^^^^^^ Is that Croydon?
    Close. A bit further south.









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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    For very boring reasons I can only ride a DCT or equivalent at the moment.
    If you can still operate the clutch you can buy an electronic shifter and fit it to almost any bike you like.

    https://www.flatshifter.com/flatshif...-selector-kit/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynam0humm View Post
    If you can still operate the clutch you can buy an electronic shifter and fit it to almost any bike you like.

    https://www.flatshifter.com/flatshif...-selector-kit/
    I was having a first service and quick shifter Fitted to the Rocket yesterday, and the dealership had a Speedmaster with the that shifter fitted. It was for a customer that had lost his lower leg..

    The set up looked really good, and one of the mechanics told me he’d ridden the bike and it was pretty good

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    Quote Originally Posted by E_2_Right-Force View Post
    Let`s just hope no one ever posts a `what oil should i use` thread...
    You forgot to mention tyre pressures....

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    Damn Richy Vida...

    I want one now!


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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    I want one now!

    Iím loving mine❤️

    Just had Triumph Shift assist fitted and itís brilliant, clutchless up and down gear changes, with a throttle blip on the down shift. Just makes me smile.

    Got a faulty front wheel though🙁 since ownership Iíve noticed a very slight vibration from the front end, I put it down to an out of balance front wheel, but wasnít to bothered because I also ordered TPMS To be fitted At the first service, so thought theyíll be taking the tyre off and rebalancing anyway.

    I mentioned the vibration to the mechanic when I dropped the bike off and he said heíd check it out. Turns out the front wheel is slightly out of true. The runout is outside of spec.

    So itís getting a new wheel, discs and pads under warranty. 👍

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    You forgot to mention tyre pressures....
    Do they matter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeColdplayHistory View Post
    Do they matter?


    Well.......and since you're mentioning it..................................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Well.......and since you're mentioning it..................................
    My new TPMS tells me on the dash👍👍😎

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    My new TPMS tells me on the dash
    Mine tells me on my phone so i know if I'll need to pump up before getting out of bed

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    I think I'm a bit in love.



    Anyone know where this is?

    Edit: That's too difficult, but it's here - one of our regular haunts when I was in my teens and twenties as i grew up just down the road in Golders Green...



    Remember the music hall song “Down at the Old Bull and Bush” made famous by Florrie Forde in the early years of the 20th century?

    Come, come, come and make eyes at me
    Down at the Old Bull and Bush,
    Come, come, drink some port wine with me,
    Down at the Old Bull and Bush,
    Hear the little German Band,
    Just let me hold your hand dear,
    Do, do come and have a drink or two
    Down at the Old Bull and Bush, Bush, Bush
    Come, come, come and make eyes at me

    Here's a shot from a 1906 bank holiday...



    And another from 1949, looking very much the same as it does today...



    See?

    Last edited by learningtofly; 28th October 2020 at 17:13.

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    I picked up my VFR1200FD yesterday after a scary wet and windy,car drivers not looking test ride.

    It accelerates like a rocket,I doubt I will go anywhere near the top speed even on the Autobahn.
    I didnt push it round corners as its new to me and I dont like Dunlop tyres but it felt steady.
    Ive been checking it over today front tyre was way over inflated and it has some extras I didnt notice like hot grips.
    I have decided to fit some BT023s my friends getting me a price,big 190 rear boot on it.
    The DCT is nothing short of a delight it will make my life much easier,though I will use it in manual mode D was to soft and S to revvy.
    Summers on its way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Mine tells me on my phone so i know if I'll need to pump up before getting out of bed
    Now thatís high Tec. I can just about send a text on my phone🤪

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Mine tells me on my phone so i know if I'll need to pump up before getting out of bed
    Are we still talking about tyres?

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Are we still talking about tyres?
    Mostly

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    I picked up my VFR1200FD yesterday after a scary wet and windy,car drivers not looking test ride.

    It accelerates like a rocket,I doubt I will go anywhere near the top speed even on the Autobahn.
    I didnt push it round corners as its new to me and I dont like Dunlop tyres but it felt steady.
    Ive been checking it over today front tyre was way over inflated and it has some extras I didnt notice like hot grips.
    I have decided to fit some BT023s my friends getting me a price,big 190 rear boot on it.
    The DCT is nothing short of a delight it will make my life much easier,though I will use it in manual mode D was to soft and S to revvy.
    Summers on its way
    Thatís a quality bike
    Had 2 DCT bikes and agree, itís the way forward...well it would have been before electric bikes became 100% the way forward. Either way, gear and clutch skills will be very much advance/retard for my grandkids.

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    Had a day of trail riding on a Honda CRF250. It was very wet and so conditions were quite challenging (muddy, very slippery and quite deeply rutted), the upside being that a lot of the ground was soft...but the trees were still quite tough.
    Apart from some basic trials (not trail) riding training a few years ago this was the first time I'd ridden such a variety of terrains for donkeys years. Needless to say I was well and truly out of practice (and fitness) but ended the day more or less intact and well and truly knackered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    I didnt push it round corners as its new to me and I dont like Dunlop tyres but it felt steady.
    Congrats on the new Viffer....brilliant bikes.

    I bought a low milage, (2500 miles) 13 year old bike a few years back.
    Riding it home, it started to rain. It was like riding on ice...very skittish.
    Got home, checked the tyres and they were of course the OE's it had left the factory with...14 years old.
    Rubber was as hard as nails, with no give.
    A new set transformed the handling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Congrats on the new Viffer....brilliant bikes.

    I bought a low milage, (2500 miles) 13 year old bike a few years back.
    Riding it home, it started to rain. It was like riding on ice...very skittish.
    Got home, checked the tyres and they were of course the OE's it had left the factory with...14 years old.
    Rubber was as hard as nails, with no give.
    A new set transformed the handling.
    My friend is fitting me Bridgestone BT023 GTs for heavier bikes when the weathers better.

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    Made a video of a ride out to The Original Tea Hut in Epping Forest with another YouTuber.



    If anyone fancies popping over there the sausages are bloody lovely!
    Last edited by learningtofly; 30th October 2020 at 16:52.

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    your videos are high quality productions,mine in contrast are press and play,mostly noisy, out of focus and boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    your videos are high quality productions, mine in contrast are press and play, mostly noisy, out of focus and boring.
    That's very kind of you, but I suspect there are more similarities than differences

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    Something to watch when itís raining or lockdown.






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    ^^^I love that film, it`s a real feel-good watch.

    However, i always have a slight sense of frustration after viewing it - the Americans are so lucky in having all that open space to play in. Forests, deserts, beaches, no-one seems to mind you having fun over there.
    The beach scene at the end looks fantastic fun - imagine trying to do that in the UK with all our bye laws, restrictions and trespass acts.
    Sigh....

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    Why do I keep looking at Harley baggers?

    I love my Triumph. I have no intention of parting with my Triumph. So why did I find myself in the local dealership yesterday sitting on a Road King?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Why do I keep looking at Harley baggers?
    I love my Triumph. I have no intention of parting with my Triumph. So why did I find myself in the local dealership yesterday sitting on a Road King?
    Well if nothing else it looks like a comfy place to sit.

    Is it against the law to have a Triumph and a Harley?

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    Quad Lock vs SP Moto?
    At the risk of everyone just recommending what they use, what are the pros/cons?

    I've been using my 'phone' in my jacket pocket for SatNav and music while riding but would like to try having the screen visible for the SatNav. The bike has a padded handlebar brace so that limits mounting choices a bit. In fact, without having tried it, the best mounting my actually be on the brace next to the padding using one of their mirror mounts - I guess I'll have to measure the diameter of the brace.

    Another consideration is that I won't be using it much of the time. I often plan a route on roads I already know. Either that or just go out exploring so I don't mind getting a bit lost. So it would be a big advantage to me if it was unobtrusive when not in use. In fact something that was completely removeable (easy (and tool-less) to put on and off) while being completely secure in use would be ideal but may not exist.

    edit: I think Quad Lock may have won it as SP don't have a case for my phone (Pixel 3 XL).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MakeColdplayHistory View Post
    Well if nothing else it looks like a comfy place to sit.

    Is it against the law to have a Triumph and a Harley?
    Not at all, and if I were to buy one it would replace the BMWs so the Triumph would stay.

    Man logic suggests Triumph for pottering around the lanes, especially those with grass and gravel up the middle and Harley for longer distances and touring.

    Man logic then has to ignore that the Triumph has 112 litres of luggage space whereas the Harley as 53 litres and there's little point in a tourer if I can't go anywhere.

    The key thing that the Triumph has made me realise over the last couple of years is that I don't have to go fast to enjoy the ride, as long as the bike is designed to be ridden that way

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    The key thing that the Triumph has made me realise over the last couple of years is that I don't have to go fast to enjoy the ride, as long as the bike is designed to be ridden that way.




    thats a very good way of putting.

    I dream of one day riding an old British single up in the Alps.

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