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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Agreed on the booster; I've not tried the decat.

    What is the impact, legally, of the decat, if any ?

    What about emissions on the MOT ?



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    Emissions on bikes are not tested at an MOT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Have you tried the booster plug on any of your triumphs ??? ( I often refer to it as the other type of plug by mistake).

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    I did a decat, and a booster plug on my Bobber, and did the same on my mates Thruxton R.... both bikes run much better..

    Before the booster plug the bottom end felt quite flat and unresponsive, especially in traffic. After the mod the throttle response on both bikes is much improved...




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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    Emissions on bikes are not tested at an MOT

    Every day's a school day.

    Love it - sounds a bit counterintuitive with all this global warming don't you think.

    So CAT removal has no impact legally - wow!

    I shall bear that in mind.

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    Why do they fit them then ? Legislation I guess but with no MOT feedback loops - a bit numptyish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Every day's a school day.

    Love it - sounds a bit counterintuitive with all this global warming don't you think.

    So CAT removal has no impact legally - wow!

    I shall bear that in mind.

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    Why do they fit them then ? Legislation I guess but with no MOT feedback loops - a bit numptyish
    The legislation covers what manufacturers need to provide on their motorbike in order to sell them and Euro 3 (2005) tightened the permissible limits on carbon monoxide/hydrocarbons/nitrogen oxides within the exhaust gas to the point that catalytic converters were needed.

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    Hey Hey its a Monkey!

    Well screaming two stroke sold last week so I decided to replace my nine year old Suzuki Van Van with a bit of Honda fun.

    10 hp, 185 mpg, 27” seat height. And best of all the IMU out of a 2016 Fireblade to control the ABS ( front wheel only) and prevent all 100 kgs doing a stoppie!

    3444727B-4153-452D-AEAF-E196FF7FF8F1 by Steve Hughes, on Flickr

    FF906CDC-A3BF-4EB6-B216-4B49AC9CA492 by Steve Hughes, on Flickr
    Last edited by higham5; 18th June 2019 at 20:05.

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    They just look fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    They just look fun.
    You are spot on, it feels like a normal bike stability wise, it only has four gears so its lazy through the box, but its soooo agile. It turns on a sixpence and at 105 kgs is just thrums along. 40 miles from new and Im still smiling!

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    I like the old Honda styling,I just wouldnít fit on it at my size

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Well screaming two stroke sold last week so I decided to replace my nine year old Suzuki Van Van with a bit of Honda fun.

    10 hp, 185 mpg, 27Ē seat height. And best of all the IMU out of a 2016 Fireblade to control the ABS ( front wheel only) and prevent all 100 kgs doing a stoppie!

    3444727B-4153-452D-AEAF-E196FF7FF8F1 by Steve Hughes, on Flickr

    FF906CDC-A3BF-4EB6-B216-4B49AC9CA492 by Steve Hughes, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Well screaming two stroke sold last week so I decided to replace my nine year old Suzuki Van Van with a bit of Honda fun.

    10 hp, 185 mpg, 27Ē seat height. And best of all the IMU out of a 2016 Fireblade to control the ABS ( front wheel only) and prevent all 100 kgs doing a stoppie!

    3444727B-4153-452D-AEAF-E196FF7FF8F1 by Steve Hughes, on Flickr

    FF906CDC-A3BF-4EB6-B216-4B49AC9CA492 by Steve Hughes, on Flickr
    Thereís a classic bike restoration workshop near me where they also buy the Chinese ones and fit a 20bhp, 150cc kit.

    They sell them at about £1500; thatís a lot of fun for not much money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    You are spot on, it feels like a normal bike stability wise, it only has four gears so its lazy through the box, but its soooo agile. It turns on a sixpence and at 105 kgs is just thrums along. 40 miles from new and Im still smiling!
    Definitely looks fun .. so what's the plan ? European Tour? Or shops and back? Or .... ????
    Could be interesting filtering in traffic ... ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by I a n View Post
    Definitely looks fun .. so what's the plan ? European Tour? Or shops and back? Or .... ????
    Could be interesting filtering in traffic ... ?
    Royal Jordanian seems to filter on his without too much difficulty

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Royal Jordanian seems to filter on his without too much difficulty
    Yeah but RJ is not "normal" in the way everyone helps him filter through London ... :-)

    https://youtu.be/lMphb6cNScM?t=86

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    Quote Originally Posted by I a n View Post
    Definitely looks fun .. so what's the plan ? European Tour? Or shops and back? Or .... ????
    Could be interesting filtering in traffic ... ?
    Did a European tour on my F700GS last year. Looking at mid week rides around the Dales probably no more than 100 miles. Plus to and from the shops as a beer taxi :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint-Just View Post
    Will you name it ĎDavy Jonesí?
    I had to Google that, well done Ha Ha, at first it went right over my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8500 View Post
    Just fitted the Akra can I picked up (thanks spareparts!):

    Wahaay Matt! Glad it fitted and looks well on your bike.



    Just got back from the Ardennes, Eifel and Nurburgring where the 1250 performed faultlessly (other than a punctured tyre that was thankfully replaced by a very efficient BMW dealer). Super conditions and could not have asked for better roads...

    Pausing along one of the many Eifel Mountain roads we rode every day (approx 220miles a day)


    Outside of the Grun Holle at the Nurburgring


    Stopped by Spa where they were running a bike trackday


    Overlooking Cochem along the Mosel river

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    Nice photos Spareparts, its nice to see riders doing sensible distances. When we tour Europe on the bike or the missus MX5 we aim for 220/250 per day.

    Doing that there is plenty of time to stop and appreciate the places you travel through.

    A pal of mine did an Alaska guided ride with BMW , some of the days were 600 milers!

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    To be fair you can easily do 600 miles in Alaska and the scenery will be exactly the same!


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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Nice photos Spareparts, its nice to see riders doing sensible distances. When we tour Europe on the bike or the missus MX5 we aim for 220/250 per day.

    Doing that there is plenty of time to stop and appreciate the places you travel through.
    I used to equate monster miles with a good day's riding (I've done Lands End to John O'Groats in one go twice) but now a day out riding on interesting roads, appreciating the views with a couple of tea stops seems to work well.

    Mind you, telling the BMW Nav VI to route using "curvy roads" means that I spend a lot of gravel strewn single carriageways with grass up the middle, so even a long day in the saddle won't result in massive distances



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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Every day's a school day.

    Love it - sounds a bit counterintuitive with all this global warming don't you think.

    So CAT removal has no impact legally - wow!

    I shall bear that in mind.

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    Why do they fit them then ? Legislation I guess but with no MOT feedback loops - a bit numptyish

    But would you need to inform your insurance company? Isn't there normally a presumption that all modifications should be notified, whether or not there is a subsequent alteration in premium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Nice photos Spareparts, its nice to see riders doing sensible distances. When we tour Europe on the bike or the missus MX5 we aim for 220/250 per day.

    Doing that there is plenty of time to stop and appreciate the places you travel through.

    A pal of mine did an Alaska guided ride with BMW , some of the days were 600 milers!
    Absolutely - I do not do motorways at all, so 220-250 is spot on to enjoy a full day riding plus always enjoy a proper lunch somewhere nice. Passing through villages and small towns is always a pleasure to see real life going on. I can never understand why some bikers sit on motorways in a straight line, sometimes paying extra toll money for the privilege, watching petrol service stations go by!

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    Went to my local meet last night, and saw this airbrush work on a Bobber....








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    Glad you had a good time Spareparts! Loving the can. Totally agree that 250 miles a day is about right to really enjoy it and avoid boring roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch View Post
    Went to my local meet last night, and saw this airbrush work on a Bobber....







    They could have ironed it.

    Pondo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Well screaming two stroke sold last week so I decided to replace my nine year old Suzuki Van Van with a bit of Honda fun.

    10 hp, 185 mpg, 27” seat height. And best of all the IMU out of a 2016 Fireblade to control the ABS ( front wheel only) and prevent all 100 kgs doing a stoppie!

    3444727B-4153-452D-AEAF-E196FF7FF8F1 by Steve Hughes, on Flickr

    FF906CDC-A3BF-4EB6-B216-4B49AC9CA492 by Steve Hughes, on Flickr

    I've got an original 1970 Monkey bike, one of the very early low exhaust models.. use it quite a lot around central London, always makes everyone smile.




    It has fold down handlebars so it fits in the back of my car.

    Last edited by steptoe; 19th June 2019 at 11:42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steptoe View Post
    I've got an original 1970 Monkey bike, one of the very early low exhaust models.. use it quite a lot around central London, always makes everyone smile.




    It has fold down handlebars so it fits in the back of my car.

    Quite rare with the low pipe Neil. Always thought they looked more balanced like that. The latter cross frame zorsts like mine have a function of warming your right leg, but thats about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    They could have ironed it.

    Pondo?
    Yup

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    Quote Originally Posted by steptoe View Post
    I've got an original 1970 Monkey bike, one of the very early low exhaust models.. use it quite a lot around central London, always makes everyone smile.
    They go quite well with an 85cc big bore kit fitted -


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynam0humm View Post
    They go quite well with an 85cc big bore kit fitted -

    Blooming heck. Hardly surprising he has a cast on his arm.
    Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

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    Fresh MOT on my Harley with no speedo today. No advisories


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    Quote Originally Posted by oldoakknives View Post
    Blooming heck. Hardly surprising he has a cast on his arm.
    My thoughts exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James.uk View Post
    Fresh MOT on my Harley with no speedo today. No advisories


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    (I don't rush about on mine so a calendar would probably do instead of a speedo anyway!)
    Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.

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    I have some idea of my speed by revs in case the speedo breaks.

    Top gear 4,000 revs spot on an indicated 70mph.

    Iíve got speed on the TomTom but canít see it when I am riding so I have set red speed warnings on screen.

    No annoying blue tooth I glance down.

    Iíve also used Tip ex on my speedo housing to indicate 30,40,60 and 70mph.

    Ah the joys of old analogue instruments with poor close sight.

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    Old and new.

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    I really need to tidy the garage

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    Yep, then you could probs squeeze another bike in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tifa View Post
    Yep, then you could probs squeeze another bike in there.
    Nature abhors a vacuum

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    You may even get more than you expected for the EU3 Akra as the EU4 doesn't have removable baffles and seems quite pointless imho.

    I love the sound of the Akra and commute in central London so would keep it on the next bike but if you don't already these are very worthwhile. I use the 'filtered plugs'.

    https://www.ultimateear.com/categories/motorcyclist
    So... i missed the sound too! Having sold my last Akra to Matt, I picked up another EU3 Akra and fitted it just yesterday. The bass has returned! I also did not appreciate until fitting it how much better it looks as it matches the finish of the front alu panel...


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    Quote Originally Posted by spareparts View Post
    So... i missed the sound too! Having sold my last Akra to Matt, I picked up another EU3 Akra and fitted it just yesterday. The bass has returned! I also did not appreciate until fitting it how much better it looks as it matches the finish of the front alu panel...

    Brilliant, that didnít last long ! Does look lovely against that colour scheme.

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    Just about to commence the biggest DIY job I'll have done so far - removing the exhaust link pipe containing the flapper valve, and then removing the associated servo/actuator; and replacing it all with a flapper delete pipe and servo eliminator (and replacing the silencers, obviously ). First time I'll have put a bike with a single-sided swing arm on a stand, too.

    Slowly and carefully...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8500 View Post
    Brilliant, that didnít last long ! Does look lovely against that colour scheme.
    Thanks - the Akra really is the best zorst option for the GS. There was an independent German article I saw a while back that tested a range of different 3rd party zorst options for the GS, and only the Akra came out with a performance advantage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Just about to commence the biggest DIY job I'll have done so far - removing the exhaust link pipe containing the flapper valve, and then removing the associated servo/actuator; and replacing it all with a flapper delete pipe and servo eliminator (and replacing the silencers, obviously ). First time I'll have put a bike with a single-sided swing arm on a stand, too.

    Slowly and carefully...
    Tony, what are you changing to? Is it a full system youíre changing to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by spareparts View Post
    Tony, what are you changing to? Is it a full system youíre changing to?
    No, Iím replacing the stock exhaust for now - just removing the flapper. Iíll be changing the end can too, though, probably for an SC Project.

    Your bike looks lovely, btw!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonRA View Post
    But would you need to inform your insurance company? Isn't there normally a presumption that all modifications should be notified, whether or not there is a subsequent alteration in premium?
    I do - and get them to confirm back in writing - and I strongly recommend others to do the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Just about to commence the biggest DIY job I'll have done so far - removing the exhaust link pipe containing the flapper valve, and then removing the associated servo/actuator; and replacing it all with a flapper delete pipe and servo eliminator (and replacing the silencers, obviously ). First time I'll have put a bike with a single-sided swing arm on a stand, too.

    Slowly and carefully...
    Can you not just modify the flapper valve actuator to keep the flap permanently open?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    I really need to tidy the garage

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    I'm thinking about a motorcycle lift and that one looks nice. Any advice on what to look for? My heaviest bike is a T120 Bonneville @250kgs but I also have a couple lighter bikes with side stand only (XL250+TR6R).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphy View Post
    Can you not just modify the flapper valve actuator to keep the flap permanently open?

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    Yes, by disconnecting it and using a servo eliminator to avoid false display warning lights and ECU faults - that would be even more reason to get rid of it though, as itís an ugly thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gurmot View Post
    I'm thinking about a motorcycle lift and that one looks nice. Any advice on what to look for? My heaviest bike is a T120 Bonneville @250kgs but I also have a couple lighter bikes with side stand only (XL250+TR6R).
    My advice having bought one a couple of years ago, is buy the longest one you can find.
    Mine is too short really; I can just about get it on the centre stand but couldnít use a paddock stand (which youíll need for the ones without a centre stand).

    Iím contemplating putting a longer top on it but then that just adds to the weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Yes, by disconnecting it and using a servo eliminator to avoid false display warning lights and ECU faults - that would be even more reason to get rid of it though, as itís an ugly thing.
    I was thinking disconnect the linkage from the servo to the flap shaft, so the servo still operates and the ECU is fooled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralphy View Post
    I was thinking disconnect the linkage from the servo to the flap shaft, so the servo still operates and the ECU is fooled.

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    Oh, probably but it would still be an ugly and unnecessary lump of plastic.

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