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On 18/04/2023 at 19:06, groovylee said:

I managed to find an upgrade stator, so that is all sorted, in conjunction with an LED headlight bulb, so the smoke shouldn't be escaping from the wiring any more. 

As the next event isn't till October, I'm taking the opportunity to go through everything with a fine tooth comb. First up, change the fork oil.

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Pretty sure it's not supposed to be that colour!

Fork seals must be a bit ropey, let's take a look...

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yep. They're knackered. And here's why 😳

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New stanchions, seals, bushes and scraper seals (NLA so had to pay £24 for a pair from some robber on fleabay 🙄)

Once this is done, I'll test them out, then I need to build an engine cradle and whip the top end off for a good look see. From what I've found so far I'm expecting a wooden piston and a con rod made of Meccano 🤣

 

Don’t fancy coming to cornwall next weekend for the flora trial then ? I’m doing it in the other half’s CT90 😂

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11 hours ago, Dave_Q said:

Any recommendations for good grinder proof chains?

Had bike stolen from outside my house again, been able to recover it due to tracker but pretty negged out about the whole situation.

Is there anything in terms of security that will put the scruffs off for a bike parked outside?

Sorry to hear that, it's a horrible feeling and it generally puts you off having nice things.

What about filling the fabric covering of the chain with stone chippings, sewing the ends tight then wrapping barbed wire around the outside?  Unpleasant to use and not foolproof but should slow the cunts down a bit and hopefully do them some damage if they do try.

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Went out on the Hyosung first thing this morning for 60-miler.

Changed the spark plugs the other evening and put an OEM end-can on [the thing it came with was ridiculously loud and even a db-killer had no effect].

Really enjoy riding it, it's got decent handling and is very sure on the B-roads up to Abergavenny. A lot of bike for £2000. The oem can allows the nice tones of the v-twin to be heard, but not deafen everyone within a 2 mile radius.

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52 minutes ago, 808 Estate said:

 

@808 Estate that is a handsome specimen and not a marque I had heard of (O.D. - which stands for Ostner Dresden).  The tank badge confused me for a while because it looked similar to that of an Indian. The front mounted muffler also threw me until I found other photos showing different views of the same bike. Nice one.

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Well, I went to work on the Zero for the first time last week. Dry, but cold (7°C) and very windy - two factors which will affect the range. I took the shortest possible route (86 miles round trip) which covers all types of roads; I went at a steady pace, but not slow. So did I make it there and back, or did I have to push it for the last x miles?

Spoiler

Yes I blinkin' well did make it, with 34 miles range and 31% of the battery to spare. Which was nice. Warmer, calmer weather will increase the range and I can then take my favourite route, about 95 miles round trip, with ease.

The longer trip did reveal one characteristic which should have been obvious - it is so calm and smooth. Every previous motorbike I've owned has a 'sweet spot' where the right combination of speed and gear allows it to glide along serenely - unfortunately this often falls at an inappropriate speed, the opposite often occurs at say 60mph when one gear is too low, the next too high leading to unnecessary noise and vibration or labouring  just at the point when you don't need it. The Zero is calm and serene and will happily run along at whatever speed you want and then accelerate to the next without fuss.

I'll have to meddle with the suspension adjustments though as it's comfortable enough on faster roads but can be a bit harsh over the appalling urban roads we suffer from nowadays.

 

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After a brief high of 24, the Aprilia, a LexMoto and the BSA departed for pastures new, leaving (obvs) just 21. Time to even that up again, this evening...

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Natch it's a shit one. By email it's just packed up, he hadn't tried to get it going and nobody had looked at it. When I got there it transpires the AA came out and said they think it's low on compression. It does still turn over, but it sounds like a car when the cam belt has snapped. There was some  compression trying to bump start it though, which was a bit weird.

Bloody nice looking little bikes these, imho.

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Got out on my GSX-S1000 - From home to Stamford, then Grantham onto Lincoln with a good 90 minute lunch stop and walk up to the old quarter/castle/cathedral, onto Matlock Bath [rammed as expected] and back home. Just the final part on the motorway. About 420 miles, mostly on trunk roads. A decent bank holiday blast.

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35 minutes ago, pilninggas said:

I picked up a nail yesterday - a clout - luckily for me my rear tyre is worn out so not really an issue.

Hard to judge, but could that be repaired with a shroom or with some strings?

Have had good results with both. Have also chucked tubes in hopeless tubeless tyres too. And put bigger screws in to replace the one that punctured. Wouldn’t say the fact it worked made it a great idea though a fix is a fix if it holds All the strings I’ve put in have lasted the life of the tyre. 

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2 hours ago, pilninggas said:

I picked up a nail yesterday - a clout - luckily for me my rear tyre is worn out so not really an issue.

Hard to judge, but could that be repaired with a shroom or with some strings?

No, it's a big gash that looks like it's been scooped out with  a knife.  Cords showing but no loss of pressure. Euro tour next month so new tyre needed, £165 less for my holiday 😌.

People seem to rave about these Road 5s, but lm not convinced... 

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17 hours ago, Barry Cade said:

No, it's a big gash that looks like it's been scooped out with  a knife.  Cords showing but no loss of pressure. Euro tour next month so new tyre needed, £165 less for my holiday 😌.

People seem to rave about these Road 5s, but lm not convinced... 

What's the itinerary?

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4 hours ago, pilninggas said:

What's the itinerary?

*plans are subject to change... weather and funds dependent . 

 

Fife to Newhaven in 1 hit. Kip on Ferry then off at Dieppe. Head towards Luxembourg, over to Rügen, into Poland and ride down through Poland, through Czech, across past Lake Constance, Vosges, then Dieppe, Newhaven and home. 10 days. Camping as cheap as possible, if I find somewhere I like I'll have a couple of days, otherwise 3- 500 miles a day. 

Want to see the Nazi holiday camp on Rügen, the glass factory in Dresden, maybe pop past family in Visselhovede, the eagles nest in berechtsgaden, ride the roads in the Vosges.. who knows. 

 

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