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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    I like you ride a GS albeit only a small 700. I dont think heated grips are just for the winter months. I find I use mine probably 10 months out of 12. So definitely get them either oem , or oxford plus hidden “brick”

    Why , because yep at this time of year you will use heated gloves. But say a lovely day out on the coast in May 16/20 deg C . Riding home, sun goes down temps drop to 8 to 10. Heated gloves tucked up in a drawer at home. Thats when , do I chose 1,2 or full fat heating on the grips. Lastly when its peeing down I switch my gloves on just to feel good !

    You make a persuasive argument! :D

    I do think some grips would let me make more use of the CB, so I'll probably go that way somehow.

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    Cool A Day in N Wales

    It was 1 degree C when I set off this morning.


    As still as a millpond.


    Damn traffic






    Fisn n Chips in Barmouth


    2 horsepower just came off the beach..






    Bala



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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    It was 1 degree C when I set off this morning.
    Nice pictures. Looks like you almost had the whole place to yourself.

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    Nice pics, Enoch. Thinking of a little trip into Wales myself - perhaps tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanford View Post
    Nice pictures. Looks like you almost had the whole place to yourself.
    Pretty much... did about 130 miles and overtook maybe 5 or 6 cars, and a bus.👍👍

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    Great pictures, was nearly tempted to get mine out today!
    It's just democracy.

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    Enoch , Those car parks look chocka full!

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Enoch , Those car parks look chocka full!
    It was a struggle to find a spot🤡🤡

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    Thanks for the pictures. Got me thinking about a 2nd bike now haha

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    Yesterday evening during a pre-gale bimble!






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    More bike related stuff

    Can I join in..

    Last edited by joe narvey; 9th February 2020 at 11:06. Reason: Still wrong photo, fat fingers..

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Yesterday evening during a pre-gale bimble!





    Cracking photos....... what effects did you use on your phone (presuming, of course).

    (must look back and see if your current bike, or similar - was ever on the recommendations when you passed your test)

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    Cracking photos....... what effects did you use on your phone (presuming, of course).

    (must look back and see if your current bike, or similar - was ever on the recommendations when you passed your test)
    Haha... I believe it was pretty early on

    These were indeed shot on my phone, but Apple’s native editing suite is pretty good these days... just about everything can be adjusted, and there are some nice presets as well.
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    Slightly more mundane bike related activity for me this morning, cleaning the brakes on my GS. They have been a bit neglected and were starting to bind.

    The before and after pictures don't look particularly different but the impact of a bit of elbow grease is quite dramatic.


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    Managed to lose my Indian key on its first trip to work on Friday.

    Train/taxi/spare key/taxi/train joy.

    Living the dream.

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    Tiger on the prowl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plake View Post
    Managed to lose my Indian key on its first trip to work on Friday.

    Train/taxi/spare key/taxi/train joy.

    Living the dream.
    Ouch, what a pain! Once had to break open the petrol cap on a bike to refuel when the key bounced out of the ignition miles from home...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8500 View Post
    Ouch, what a pain! Once had to break open the petrol cap on a bike to refuel when the key bounced out of the ignition miles from home...
    Amazingly, somebody has found it and posted this evening on the town Facebook group with a photo of it!!

    I’m meeting him tomorrow morning to pick it up and give him a thank you card with enough in it for a few drinks.

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    When I bought the Bonneville that I customised, it was a stolen/recovered from the insurance disposal people, Copart.
    As such, it's ignition barrel had been ripped out to hotwire it, and one of the first decisions I made was to convert it to RFID keyless ignition, rather than replace the barrel. It seemed like an upgrade and cost about the same (£115 for RFID from Motogadget, and a new barrel and keys from Triumph was £125).
    Now I simply wave the RF key at the right part of the bodywork and I am on my way, with the key firmly zipped into a pocket.
    What's more, because most of the relays and such are now hidden deep under the tank, my bike would be almost impossible to hotwire now, unless you ripped all the body and tank off to find the right bits to twist together.
    Keyless entry is a genuine bonus that I shall retrofit to every bike I will own now, it is so much better.

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    Recent ride... original genre creator and new kid on the block.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sweets View Post
    When I bought the Bonneville that I customised, it was a stolen/recovered from the insurance disposal people, Copart.
    As such, it's ignition barrel had been ripped out to hotwire it, and one of the first decisions I made was to convert it to RFID keyless ignition, rather than replace the barrel. It seemed like an upgrade and cost about the same (£115 for RFID from Motogadget, and a new barrel and keys from Triumph was £125).
    Now I simply wave the RF key at the right part of the bodywork and I am on my way, with the key firmly zipped into a pocket.
    What's more, because most of the relays and such are now hidden deep under the tank, my bike would be almost impossible to hotwire now, unless you ripped all the body and tank off to find the right bits to twist together.
    Keyless entry is a genuine bonus that I shall retrofit to every bike I will own now, it is so much better.

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    Interesting, never heard of this!!
    Harder to justify on a brand new bike under warranty but I do see some significant advantages on a basic machine like mine with no fancy chipped keys etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuck View Post
    Recent ride... original genre creator and new kid on the block.

    Is the bike on the left a keeway tx 125?

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    Quote Originally Posted by canuck View Post
    Recent ride... original genre creator and new kid on the block.

    Nice R80 GS there. Many years ago I visited BAMW and nearly bought a “basic” of him. Short legs put pay to the dream though.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond View Post
    Is the bike on the left a keeway tx 125?

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    Close! It’s the new ktm690 enduro. Lovely piece of me machinery. This one has been totally submerged, water drained plugs taken out turned over, put back together and finished the hour long ride home. I’d have never believed it could happen with a new bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Nice R80 GS there. Many years ago I visited BAMW and nearly bought a “basic” of him. Short legs put pay to the dream though.

    Steve
    Ah yes he turns out some real sparklers. I have two Moorespeeds to put together in the garage... kinda wish I had just bought a completed one from Gary at times. Imagine taking a basic then adding a few more centimetres via longer front forks, extended swing arm and longer rear shock. However on the upside I don’t feel cramped!

    To give you an idea...


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    A really lovely video (just 15 minutes) but if you're into both camping and motorbikes I'm sure you'll be feeling it by the end.


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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    A really lovely video (just 15 minutes) but if you're into both camping and motorbikes I'm sure you'll be feeling it by the end.

    You been at the yellow Lebanese?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanford View Post
    You been at the yellow Lebanese?
    I wish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by downer View Post
    Slightly more mundane bike related activity for me this morning, cleaning the brakes on my GS. They have been a bit neglected and were starting to bind.

    The before and after pictures don't look particularly different but the impact of a bit of elbow grease is quite dramatic.

    Great job!!

    Prevention is ALWAYS better than cure.
    I do this at least a few times a year to all my bikes.

    A good quality copperslip grease on the reverse of the pads.

    Then use this stuff on the piston seals.
    Unlike copperslip, this high temperature grease won't cause the seals to swell or degrade.



    Absolutely brilliant stuff, about £20 a tube which will last forever. (Mines 1989!!)_

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    A really lovely video (just 15 minutes) but if you're into both camping and motorbikes I'm sure you'll be feeling it by the end.

    Very arty.
    But more camping than biking.

    Try the Dragon for the real thing.
    Or the Elephant if you're crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Great job!!

    Prevention is ALWAYS better than cure.
    I do this at least a few times a year to all my bikes.

    A good quality copperslip grease on the reverse of the pads.

    Then use this stuff on the piston seals.
    Unlike copperslip, this high temperature grease won't cause the seals to swell or degrade.



    Absolutely brilliant stuff, about £20 a tube which will last forever. (Mines 1989!!)_
    Cheers. I'll look out for some of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Then use this stuff on the piston seals.
    Unlike copperslip, this high temperature grease won't cause the seals to swell or degrade.



    Absolutely brilliant stuff, about £20 a tube which will last forever. (Mines 1989!!)_


    In my (ex) professional opinion that's not such a great idea. Brake piston seals rely on flex to pull the piston back in after the brakes have been released. If the seal slips because you greased it you run the risk of the brakes not releasing properly. Plus grease is a grit magnet and nothing wrecks seals faster than grit ingress. YMMV

    I just remove the pads and pump out the pistons a little, then clean the lot with a toothbrush and brake cleaner. Squeeze the pistons all the way back in and reassemble. I would never grease brake pistons except with red rubber grease when I'm rebuilding the thing with new seals, even then I'd preferably use brake fluid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Groundrush View Post
    In my (ex) professional opinion that's not such a great idea. Brake piston seals rely on flex to pull the piston back in after the brakes have been released. If the seal slips because you greased it you run the risk of the brakes not releasing properly. Plus grease is a grit magnet and nothing wrecks seals faster than grit ingress. YMMV

    I just remove the pads and pump out the pistons a little, then clean the lot with a toothbrush and brake cleaner. Squeeze the pistons all the way back in and reassemble. I would never grease brake pistons except with red rubber grease when I'm rebuilding the thing with new seals, even then I'd preferably use brake fluid.

    Interesting that you would use brake fluid as when rebuilding the caliper with new piston seals. BMW have experienced huge problems on the 2018 onward 1250 GS with the new Hayes front calipers. Reportedly these were assembled by Hayes using brake fluid to assemble and insert the pistons and seals, result, the brake fluid crystalised, damaged the seals and has caused the calipers to weep brake fluid.

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    New mod/accessory for you Tony
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B8fB_aXnihK/

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    New mod/accessory for you Tony
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B8fB_aXnihK/
    Grrrrrr...

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    I could do with another bike in the garage, anyone selling anything interesting ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Just needed a Buff....or should that be Ruff


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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Grrrrrr...
    No idea if they're custom or what but I think they'd actually be really useful. Spare gloves and visor, two disc locks, bottle of water etc. No doubt they're stupid money though.

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    I booked a trackday at Brands Hatch for this Saturday... Now storm Dennis seems to be on the way!!

    Will head over to Brands regardless but judging by the forecast I don't think it will be a day for lots of knee down action!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100thmonkey View Post
    I could do with another bike in the garage, anyone selling anything interesting ?
    What counts as interesting? 1971 Triumph Tiger 650 twin?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Gurmot View Post
    What counts as interesting? 1971 Triumph Tiger 650 twin?



    Lovely.
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    Just been offered a choice of Street Triple 765RS or the latest Speed Triple as a courtesy bike when I’m getting mine serviced next week. Pleased to say the least. Will be taking the Speed, always fancied a go and have already tried the RS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    Lovely.
    You know you need one.
    It's just democracy.

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    I do.

    But I need to sell my Spitfire first
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    Memento Mori

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    My GS is in the dealers for warranty work and the loaner is this S1000XR:



    Without doubt, a bit of a weapon which certainly encourages the inner hooligan as the acceleration (and noise) is a bit addictive - to say the least.

    I found myself wanting to change up out of 6th gear all the time and I'm not sure I'd want one as an only bike but I have to say I love riding it.

    Spec-wise, it has almost double the horsepower of my own four cylinder motor...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    I do.

    But I need to sell my Spitfire first
    Extend the garage!
    It's just democracy.

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    Well, I thought I should update this thread as - for a good while, at least - I'm finished with the mods. Some Oberon Performance bar ends went on today as well as a Sargent seat pod, and all I really want to do now is upgrade the rear shock; however, I'll probably try to get a good summer of riding in first and then make a decision. I've also decided to keep the rear subframe on, at least until after the Matlock trip planned for May. It was disappointing to learn that the bike without the subframe will only take 8kg of luggage on the rear seat, and I don't really want to faff of removing/replacing it repeatedly.


    Anyway, the aggregated list of mods now looks as follows (I'm far too scared to add up what I've spent):


    • BMW DWA alarm system
    • BMW heated grips
    • Custom black/orange Scrambler seat
    • Dart windshield
    • Evotech oil cooler guard
    • MachineArt X Heads engine covers
    • Oberon Performance bar end mirrors
    • Puig front fender extender
    • Puig rear hugger
    • R&G tail tidy
    • Rizoma fork sliders
    • Rizoma swing arm license plate holder
    • Sargent seat pod
    • Unit Garage rear rack (removed for now)
    • Unit Garage slip-on exhaust
    • V-Trec brake and clutch levers
    • Wunderlich sidestand extender
    • Wunderlich tank pad set


    A few photos...












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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Extend the garage!
    Unfortunately, end of terrace house. No really, I need to sell the Spitfire anyway, but a Tiger is high on the list of how I'll use the money.
    Memento Mori

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    Unfortunately, end of terrace house. No really, I need to sell the Spitfire anyway, but a Tiger is high on the list of how I'll use the money.
    The new Tiger 900 looks absolutely fantastic.👍👍

    Uses a very clever firing order to give it the low end characteristics of a twin, and the high end performance of a 4...

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