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Title: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:32 - 14 May, 2016
Well, I'm all exited now.
Two new things happening today.
I'm starting my first ever Blog (Ta Da) and uploading my first Video to You tube.
Never really been a fan of recording bike rides but I was reading an article about a guy who couldn't understand why people ride bikes instead of using a car if money wasn't the overriding factor.
It got me to thinking about why I do it, and I found I couldn't really put it into words so I figured a video would be the next best thing.
In case anyone questions the validity of this video, yes I can get home quicker and safer on the motorway and do when the weather is bad, but this route only adds fifteen minutes to the journey and is soooo much more fun that I take it at least three times a week.
It's a bit boring up to about 29 minutes but then it's all country lanes.

https://youtu.be/zxvhIXghqDs
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 23:18 - 14 May, 2016
I shall look forward to the video - will you be wearing a steel soled boot and backing it in speedway stylee?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 23:38 - 14 May, 2016
Nah, but I will be converting some of my old VHS of my grasstracking from when I was a kid and a little bit of off season practice on the beach and hopefully some old photos too.
FFS it's taking about 3 hrs to upload and process.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 08:04 - 15 May, 2016
At last.

https://youtu.be/zxvhIXghqDs
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 10:14 - 15 May, 2016
Got me going ......am off out on me bike now  .......will finish of watching it later  :D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 21:13 - 15 May, 2016
What's with the endless double white lines!?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:34 - 15 May, 2016
Tell me about it, that's quite new though.
It's not illegal if you don't get caught I say.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 22:40 - 15 May, 2016
Yeah, looked new coz you can see the dashed line still there! And then it stops and goes back to dashed when you have less visibility than the double whites. Removes the meaning of white lining that does...solid white should not be safer to cross than a dashed line!



Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 23:40 - 15 May, 2016
Tru dat
Leads me to think that they intend to put them all the way along there.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:09 - 16 May, 2016
Annoying calming measures innit. Nothing to do with safe overtaking.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 18:31 - 16 May, 2016
The dog looked pleased to see you pulling up!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 18:33 - 16 May, 2016
By the way, me and a mate may be going to Weston Bike Night on Thursday. Let me know if you fancy it.

http://westonbikenight.rblr.co.uk/?page=events
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:08 - 16 May, 2016
Yeh that's the neighbors dog.
Might take you up on that, what time are you leaving.?

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 20:56 - 16 May, 2016
Not sure on a time, depends on when I can get home from work and my mate will only go if it's dry as he doesn't want to dirty his newly restored Transalp
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 10:03 - 17 May, 2016
Would he let me borrow it for a week?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 17:33 - 17 May, 2016
I would suspect not. :D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 11:41 - 20 May, 2016
Nice fish'n'chips CB. Got soaked coming home, should have worn my waterproof trousers.

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: storm on 12:20 - 20 May, 2016
did you burn your hands on the chips  :D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 20:43 - 20 May, 2016
Burned my hands on the price of them... £9.50 for cod & chips!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 18:01 - 22 May, 2016
You look like you've witnessed someone drop a pie Al.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 06:01 - 31 May, 2016

You look like you've witnessed someone drop a pie Al.

Nah, I'm like a springer spaniel if any food gets dropped. It'll never hit the ground when I'm around!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 13:05 - 29 January, 2017
Well as you all probably know by now the tdm is in a coma until the summer so I bought a fazer 8.
I have always wanted one since they first came out as they seem like a good compromise between the 600 and the 1000.
I had a 600 for a couple of weeks (the first of the fox eye) on loan and loved it but it was hard work commuting on it but I never wanted the thou because it was too common but when the 8 came out it looked better than the other two and you don't see many of them around.
When I saw it in the dealers I knew I was going to buy it regardless so didn't bother with a test ride. Got the usual sales crap, always serviced on time by the dealer, one owner, some nice mods, plenty of life left in the tyres, almost new c&s etc.
Don't know why they bother, they know me there and know better than to give me shit, let's address the previous bullet points.
Serviced yes, but with only 12000 on the clock what they mean is it’s had three oil changes.
One owner yes, what they didn't know was that that one owner was fond of wheelies and low gear hard acceleration.
The clutch isn't shagged but the basket is badly grooved and is taking a lot of work to get it back to smooth operation.
The mods consisted of heated grips, tail tidy and renthal ultra low bars (another indicator of a wheelie bike).
The grips work but are wired directly to the battery, who the duck does that any more, I've flattened the battery three times already so will have to fit a relay when I get chance.
The bars had to go and renthal sport low bars fitted, they are about 20mm higher and sweep back a little more.
I also changed the tail tidy for an oem rear end as apart from from keeping the crap off my back and top box I actually like the look of modern rear ends.
The tyres lasted two weeks(1000 miles), I guess plenty of life left depends on your point of view.
Chain and sprockets were just plain shagged as is the cush drive (wheelies again), but fortunately the rubbers from my spare tdm wheel are virtually new and are the same part number.
This might sound like a lot of worn out stuff but to be honest if you consider most riders the information wasn't exactly misleading it's just that with my mileage things that would normally take months to wear out like tyres, c&s, brake pads etc are fairly short lived for me.
The tyres were replaced with PR3’s and the c&s with a DID xhd and renthal sprockets.
As with all my bikes, the first thing to do was get that Silkolene out of the engine and get some Castrol in there with a new filter.
Raised the seat by 10mm and put a comfort gel insert in there, raised the rear end by 25mm and fitted a Nitron rear shock.
Finally I fitted Carbone Lorraine brake pads all round.
I managed to pick up a Scorpion carbon fibre slip on as well so that got fitted because carbon fiber.
Future projects still to do are hid or led headlights a set of spot lights and a laser line rear light ( don’t know whether to make it brake, fog or running light yet).
Once this shite weather is over and I get a dry day, I’ll give the bike a good wash and a soaking in ACF 50. I currently use FS365 it’s way cheaper than ACF50 but it needs a respray every time you wash so it  doesn’t work out cheaper in the long run.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 16:27 - 29 January, 2017
I tried reading that as a poem but it doesn't quite work.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 17:16 - 29 January, 2017
It sort of works in a Alan Bennet voice.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 18:55 - 29 January, 2017
(http://www.jonrb.com/emoticons/e-needpics.gif)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 19:10 - 29 January, 2017
:eatpie

CB...you spend a lot of time buying after market shocks  Where do you recommend for a good price on Nitron?

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:19 - 29 January, 2017
TBH they're the same price everywhere, because they are made to order.
I bought mine from brookesuspension because it was advertised at last year's price and that's what I paid.
The last one I got was ready in two weeks, I've been waiting four for this one.
I've got a feeling that Brook discovered their error and didn't place the order with nitron and are stringing me along for a while then will blame nitron and give me a refund.
If that happens I will not be happy and will make sure nitron know about it.
If you want a basic one with just pre load and rebound you can get them for under 450 but the mid range one (much better and recommended)  runs at nearly 660

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 22:47 - 29 January, 2017
Mainly wear & tear items then - upgrading to your favourite stuff as you go
Fazers are good bikes .........I love my FZS1000 .......and one day may get around to fitting a decent replacement rear shock & those R1 forks I got off Coxy 

Still, no hurry  8)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 09:40 - 30 January, 2017
Did you do anything to the front end CB or does it balance well enough with the Nitron?

(asked in the voice of Alan Bennett)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 13:36 - 30 January, 2017
The shock turned up today so will be fitting it this week.
The front of the tdm already had race tech gold valves in them and worker very well with the nitron.
If I have to I'll stick gold valves in this too

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 16:20 - 30 January, 2017
Bet you'll have to sit down with a nice coconut macaroon after all of that hard work.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 10:47 - 31 January, 2017
lol
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 11:19 - 2 February, 2017
I'd have thought bikers were more inclined to the complicated cake, more like your Eccles Cake or Cherry Bakewell, I'm not sure a coconut macaroon is substantially complex. Mind you it is Steve so a ketchup sarnie might do it.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 13:34 - 2 February, 2017
Have you ever made a coconut macarooooooooon?
It's not easy.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 15:51 - 2 February, 2017
1. Preheat oven to 160C/fan. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and then the rice paper

2. Mix the dessicated coconut, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla extract and egg whites together in a bowl. The mixture should be 'gloopy' and sticky.

3. Spoon the mixture into rounded 'dollops' onto the rice paper and cook in the oven, on the middle shelf, for 14-16 minutes until the macaroons are lightly golden brown. Allow to cool.


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Not easy you say?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 15:57 - 2 February, 2017
Haven't made those for years, might have to give them a go again  :)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: ChrisG on 18:13 - 2 February, 2017
The main downside of a coconut macaroon of course being that they taste of coconut.  Make yourself some nice chocolate brownies instead.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:05 - 3 February, 2017
Macaroons for me.  :D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 06:29 - 3 February, 2017
1. Preheat oven to 160C/fan. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and then the rice paper

2. Mix the dessicated coconut, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla extract and egg whites together in a bowl. The mixture should be 'gloopy' and sticky.

3. Spoon the mixture into rounded 'dollops' onto the rice paper and cook in the oven, on the middle shelf, for 14-16 minutes until the macaroons are lightly golden brown. Allow to cool.


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Not easy you say?

So the answer is no, but you've googled the recipe.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:31 - 4 February, 2017
Thinking of getting some fairing lowers for the faz, wadda ya think?

(http://www.motoxpricambi.com/public/carene%20dx%20sx%20fz8.jpg)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 19:45 - 4 February, 2017
Nice !

I got some for mine up in the loft - need a repaint to get 'em to match though........one of my 'pending' projects  :D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:00 - 4 February, 2017
You could fit them at the same time as you fit the forks
 

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:10 - 5 February, 2017
Needs lower bars.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 09:43 - 5 February, 2017
Handle bars?
You'd be surprised how low the standard bars are in relation to the seating position.
I've actually put higher bars on mine already.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 10:56 - 5 February, 2017
You could fit them at the same time as you fit the forks
 

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Yup, I could - but I've got the perfect excuse at the moment - Fazer is a thousand miles away sat in the warm & dry in Southern France  ;D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 23:44 - 5 February, 2017
Thinking of getting some fairing lowers for the faz, wadda ya think?

(http://www.motoxpricambi.com/public/carene%20dx%20sx%20fz8.jpg)

very nice. I always liked the gen 2 fairing lowers
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 06:45 - 6 February, 2017
I have lowers on mine, finish the bike off nicely.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 21:30 - 7 February, 2017
For on the track? Why, how much faster it gonna make you coxy?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 08:53 - 8 February, 2017
As it looks a bit more like an R1 I'd say it's worth an extra 5mph corner exit speed
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 14:50 - 9 February, 2017
For on the track? Why, how much faster it gonna make you coxy?

I just like the look of them. they really suit the gen 2 fazer.  they wouldnt make any difference on the track, apart from it would cost more if you binned it.

To be honest it makes a mockery of all sports bikes and upgrades when you have some tool making everyone look like a chump going round the outside on his beat up CB500!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 17:21 - 9 February, 2017
Lol, I used to see a guy on his CB500 commuting into London outriding the sports bikes.

I'm amazed we haven't seen it in MotoGP, after a few laps Rossi would look over his shoulder and see a courier on a CB500 come round his outside with the topbox scraping the tarmac :)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 17:30 - 9 February, 2017
The No Limits trackday instructors on CB500's ?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 19:30 - 9 February, 2017
I must admit, I wonder if Mr Rossi jumped on one of our bikes..well mine is of special interest of course...,how fast he could make it go around a track with the standard shocks and tyres etc...I bet it would be eye opening.  :o
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 22:48 - 9 February, 2017
The No Limits trackday instructors on CB500's ?

Them's the ones i am referring to Ready!

ridiculous. I was talking to one of them,  6 foot 2 unit as well, was saying the lap record for cadwell on a cb500 was something like 1:42... i was flat out on my 2012 fireblade and manged 1:50.  quite humbling really!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:35 - 10 February, 2017
You probably looked better though.  :-*
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 06:18 - 10 February, 2017
Bet that wasnt on street tyres!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 12:56 - 10 February, 2017
Saw a few CB500 Cup races back in the day and they were bloody good, James Tosserland started in them I think, amongst others I suppose. The CB is the only bike I've ever felt truly at home on, lean it way over and feel totes comfs with it even on the backroads of Abridge. I did once come belting around a bend and had to apply all anchors as a Ambulance was around the bend with the back doors open but no scene lights. Anyway, used to love it. My mate was on it when we went to Burnham Bends and we chanced upon a sprots bike rider getting off the seat and everything but going about 20mph... Les was right behind him doing the same and not before long all five of us was in a line behind him taking the piss sliding off the seat. But Les also got on with it really well and it was just a really nice ride out of the box - Until it got stolen from outside his house. I swear I'd still have it now for that. 
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 13:08 - 10 February, 2017
It's easier to drive a slow thing fast than a fast thing fast.

Thing is, a fast thing slow, is not far off a fast thing slow.

All relatively speaking of course.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 13:43 - 10 February, 2017
It's easier to drive a slow thing fast

More fun I reckon too.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 14:03 - 10 February, 2017
viva le Reliant Robin!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 14:04 - 10 February, 2017
...and the Vespa actually.  That was fun.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 14:15 - 10 February, 2017
It's easier to drive a slow thing fast

More fun I reckon too.

Different fun I reckons. IMHO of course!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 14:15 - 10 February, 2017
...and the Vespa actually.  That was gay.

Certainly was.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 14:19 - 10 February, 2017
It was funny doing 80 parsecs along the A12, people waved and smiled (Seriously different reaction when filtering too) quite a revelation.  Bikers are loathed, whereas, no one feels threatened by a gay boy Vespa
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 14:24 - 10 February, 2017
It is funny doing "normal" speeds on certain bikes can be great fun.

I still remember my old GPZ305 leant over with tyres sliding coming out of a roundabout in the 90's feeling like I was in World Superbikes.

I think I was only doing 30mph  :-X
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 00:05 - 11 February, 2017
feel totes comfs

you didnt just say that though   :-X
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:27 - 11 February, 2017
It's easier to drive a slow thing fast than a fast thing fast.

Thing is, a fast thing slow, is not far off a fast thing slow.

All relatively speaking of course.

It's more comforting to run out of performance than talent.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 09:29 - 12 February, 2017
Zippy says " that is so true"...and I have to concur
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 11:47 - 26 March, 2017

After finally getting the dry weather suspension settings right on the Faz this is the first good ride.
Not bad but struggling with entry speed after putting my back out two days earlier, could really do with getting the Adriani fork internals  (https://www.omniaracing.net/images/products/sospensioni/cartucce-forcella/Cartucciel.jpg)fitted at some point, hopefully I'll get it done before Snowjoke, it'll just help to keep the front a bit more stable under weight transfer, both braking -> acceleration and fast left -> right direction changes.
Anyway, enough excuses.

https://youtu.be/rWmUxUbwkXw
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 21:46 - 3 April, 2017
Great vid on the road but some tw@t has put a load of old hippy music all over it. Was expecting you to ride past that bloke playing his flute on one leg. Even the Bass Down Low was by some pretenders... And Paramore, what are you some sort of teenage emo?

I subscribed :)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 22:45 - 3 April, 2017
I couldn't decide what music to use so decided the first random songs from my library.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 08:50 - 4 April, 2017
So are you enjoying the fazer now then?

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 08:58 - 4 April, 2017
Yeh, much better now.
New muscle groups stopped hurting, back realigned and ar5e [filtered] re calibrated.
Can't waiter for snow joke now.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 09:16 - 4 April, 2017
You can have a quick go on the FZ1 if you want, see if it rides any different.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 10:40 - 4 April, 2017
Only if you try the 8

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 11:09 - 4 April, 2017
Only if you try the 8

Yeah could do a quick swappsie if you like  :)

I'd be keen to see if the 8 is actually more 'usable' on the road.  I've heard people on the Fazer forum mention it's better suited for road riding whereas the 1 is based too much on the R1 and more a top end blaster.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 14:43 - 4 April, 2017
Guess it depends on how you ride it or set it up.
I put 3 extra teeth on the the tdm because I wanted punch and torque.
Re gearing can change the whole way the bike behaves.
If you don't needs to run at 150mph then why great it for that.


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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 14:50 - 4 April, 2017
I had a 1 tooth smaller gearbox sprocket on the Faz at the last SJ, but I didn't find it helped the feel of the bike and simply drank more fuel, so have put the original back on.

Don't get me wrong, I like the FZ1, but would be interesting to see how they feel side by side.

Think I just miss the low punch of a twin, which is why I took Kylie on as a bit of a project as am enjoying the old girls bottom end  ;)

The Faz is great for touring though, would like to bring Kylie to SJ for a laugh, but the Faz is the sensible option, especially with the longer route this year and Kylie being topless.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 14:58 - 4 April, 2017
Again, depends on riding style. Took me a month to stop trying to punch the faz and use the revs.
Keep it above 5 grand and it works. Try to use low revs and you start bogging down.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 21:03 - 6 April, 2017
Can't be arsed with flying revs. I do on the SV when I want to progress a bit but it's all too spinny.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:12 - 6 April, 2017
Reminds me of my two stroke days.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:15 - 6 April, 2017
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 07:46 - 7 April, 2017
Can't be arsed with flying revs. I do on the SV when I want to progress a bit but it's all too spinny.
I think that's my issue these days.  I used to enjoy flying around the gearbox of a 600 getting the most out of the power, but I spent a good few years on the TDM and then Tiger 8 which both have great pull from low and think I've maybe outgrown the high rev madness.  That said I had a good laugh on the FZ at the weekend, it's still a great bike, i've just got to accept the engines character is what it is, and now I have a TDM back is nice to have the two types of character.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 12:42 - 7 April, 2017
is nice to have the two types of character.

That's scary.


MT-09 enjine is nice from that perspective, pulls right across the range, very forgiving - Mind you I loved my TDM, very laid back ride (and the GS too - that was very progressive)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 23:31 - 30 April, 2017
Gots a noo tyre today, that was 8000 miles from the old one. I only got 6000 max from the TDM so I'll save 150 quid a year there but on the down side it's gonna cost me an extra 450 quid in fuel. Ho hum, don't tell the wife eh?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 22:54 - 3 June, 2017
Well, due to recent management changes my local bike shop now need 12 weeks notice to book in for a tyre change  :o f  :censored ck that.
Time I sorted out a workshop at home anyway so I bought some benches and a few other things but was still bristling over having to pay someone 30 quid to fit a tyre for me.
Now I still have my tyre levers but didn't relish the idea of crawling around on the floor with the wheel wobbling around on a couple of bits of wood so I looked for an alternative and came across the manual tyre changer machine.
After procrastinating for a week I took the plunge and am so glad that I did, this is the one I got.

Dirty pro tyre machine (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Manual-Motorcycle-Mini-Tyre-Changer-Bike-Motorbike-Go-Kart-ATV-up-to-21/331888486303?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D555018%26algo%3DPL.SIM%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D43781%26meid%3Dfa05b418df004fd8b4a54c27bded7eee%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D382109483975)

(http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/xf8AAOSwOVpXapxC/s-l1600.jpg)

From the top, price was good and delivery was on time (and I mean to the minute), it was well packed in a wooden crate and weighs about 28 kilos.
The only tools needed for assembly are two adjustable spanners. It's worth noting that although this product can be used free standing I would recommend securing it to the floor as per instructions.
Without writing out the instructions here lets just say once the wheel is clamped in place it takes less than three minutes to remove the old tyre and install the new one, less than ten minutes from start to finish.
In short it's a breeze to use and I wish I'd bought one years ago.
As a bonus, for all those coming to Snowjoke, if any of you need a tyre doing, have it delivered to me and I'll do it for you on Thursday evening or Friday on your way to the campsite. :-*
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 23:49 - 3 June, 2017
Ate you gonna try a cage tyre with it? Be interested to see how you fund it? I'd probably get a proper motorised one in a heartbeat if I had the space!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 23:53 - 3 June, 2017
Looks great.  I fess that I paid someone too change the tracer tyres last time, as I just didn't want to damage the rims getting the old tyres off.

I'll be interested in how you get on with it.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 06:31 - 4 June, 2017
Doing kylies tyres with levers and then being left with the old ones to take to the dump made me think I'd rather just pay someone, but that looks a nice little  tool for DIY'ing.

You just need to move closer now so it's even more handy ;)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 07:34 - 4 June, 2017
Ate you gonna try a cage tyre with it? Be interested to see how you fund it? I'd probably get a proper motorised one in a heartbeat if I had the space!
Yeh, can do up to 21 inch wheels, if anything cage tyres will be easier.
I thought of getting a motorised one, they're cheap enough these days, you can pick one up for under 600 quid but I don't think Swmbo would have appreciated it.
Besides which I'm an engineer if I can't work out a way to make it better (add a motor) then I should hang my head in shame.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 08:40 - 4 June, 2017
Cool.
I use a local Newport guy to change my tyres, he's quick and cheap, and also mobile... and he disposes of the old ones. 
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 14:30 - 6 June, 2017
I would be interested in one of those, the amount of tyres I go through in a season of track days is just stupid
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:59 - 24 June, 2017
Roight, finally got around to fitting the fork upgrades, here's the forks coming apart.
(http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb310/celticbiker/Fazer%208%20forks/th_20170624_094408_zpsixzbj289.jpg) (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/celticbiker/media/Fazer%208%20forks/20170624_094408_zpsixzbj289.jpg.html)

 (http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb310/celticbiker/Fazer%208%20forks/th_20170624_095653_zpsa7v2yjqf.jpg) (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/celticbiker/media/Fazer%208%20forks/20170624_095653_zpsa7v2yjqf.jpg.html)
 (http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb310/celticbiker/Fazer%208%20forks/th_20170624_101229_zpsxutnejsq.jpg) (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/celticbiker/media/Fazer%208%20forks/20170624_101229_zpsxutnejsq.jpg.html)

And the old oil, ewww
(http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb310/celticbiker/Fazer%208%20forks/th_20170624_101238_zpssvxpypyg.jpg) (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/celticbiker/media/Fazer%208%20forks/20170624_101238_zpssvxpypyg.jpg.html)

And the sminky new bits.

(http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb310/celticbiker/Fazer%208%20forks/th_20170601_184026_zpserq43vft.jpg) (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/celticbiker/media/Fazer%208%20forks/20170601_184026_zpserq43vft.jpg.html)

(http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb310/celticbiker/Fazer%208%20forks/th_20170601_184058_zpsd2qzjitn.jpg) (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/celticbiker/media/Fazer%208%20forks/20170601_184058_zpsd2qzjitn.jpg.html)

(http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb310/celticbiker/Fazer%208%20forks/th_20170601_184329_zpsp39yoy9v.jpg) (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/celticbiker/media/Fazer%208%20forks/20170601_184329_zpsp39yoy9v.jpg.html)

(http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb310/celticbiker/Fazer%208%20forks/th_20170601_184311_zpsgflfsusy.jpg) (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/celticbiker/media/Fazer%208%20forks/20170601_184311_zpsgflfsusy.jpg.html)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:03 - 24 June, 2017
Also had a go at cleaning the zorsts too.
From this

(http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb310/celticbiker/Fazer%208%20forks/20170624_155829_zpsbyfgwgse.jpg) (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/celticbiker/media/Fazer%208%20forks/20170624_155829_zpsbyfgwgse.jpg.html)

To this

(http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb310/celticbiker/Fazer%208%20forks/20170624_162447_zpszzrh3vgd.jpg) (http://s207.photobucket.com/user/celticbiker/media/Fazer%208%20forks/20170624_162447_zpszzrh3vgd.jpg.html)

In about ten minutes, I'll give them a bit of autosol too before SJ.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 20:10 - 24 June, 2017
Those rubber brake hoses offend me  ;)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:27 - 24 June, 2017
Yeh me too but because it's an ABS it's a pain in the ar5e [filtered] to change them for braided as they are crimped onto a splitter block.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 22:10 - 26 June, 2017
Well, I'm getting sick of this, once you start spending you just can't stop, to go with the new suspension I found a cheap set of tyres, that is to say that an Irish bike shop was having a promotion and I got (there's still some left) a pair of pilot power 3 for 155 squids.
But there's more so there is.
They're not normal pp 3's, they're a pair of the limited edition Michelin moto gp promotional run, only made 5000 of each size apparently so I'll try to get them on for the weekend.
Talking of which, last call if anyone wants tyres fitting Friday.
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 08:24 - 27 June, 2017
They're not normal pp 3's, they're a pair of the limited edition Michelin moto gp promotional run,

What does this mean? Is it just some logo's and letters on the sidewall? I had some tour de france tyres like that...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 11:41 - 27 June, 2017
I thought that too but apparently the compounds are (as an example) 3 and 2 rather than the regular 4 and 3.
Don't expect them to last long but should be fun while they do.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 16:05 - 15 July, 2017
Well, just got back from holiday and got the bike out and look what happened to the rear.
Bloody heat cycling and oil leaching on the softer compound, I'll have to scrub that off tomorrow.
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 16:15 - 15 July, 2017
Looks cool though.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 17:33 - 20 August, 2017
Hmm, it appears Mr Yamahas  R&D department seems to have a handle on this engine tuning malarky.
Since SJ I've been playing around with silencers and DB killers and baffle plates etc.
For SJ I removed the DB killer and it was great, so long as you kept it above 5500 rpm. Drop below that and the engine was flat, ok to ride but no real torque when you opened it up unless you dropped a gear or two.
Since then I have been playing around with different silencers and DB killers and baffle plates etc. Baffle plates were fiddly and not easy to fine tune, silencers as a whole are damned expensive but DBK's are cheap enough to replace and can be modified or un modified quite easily.
To cut a long story short, putting the DBK back in increased the back pressure and returned the low end torque but at the expense of top end acceleration. To cure this I added an extra 15 holes near the outlet to relieve the pressure build up at higher revs so I've kept most of the torque and just got a little bit more at the top end and as I don't really use the top end that's ok for me.
The reason I think the back pressure is so important on the 8 is that it runs a dual butterfly set up in the throttle bodies like this

(http://www.gsxr-suzuki.it/en/gsxr-k1/gsxr-750/gsxr750_valve.jpg)

The second butterfly is controlled by the ecu on a preset table (like a fuel map) to increase or decrease the size of the inlet port to create a venturi type of effect. Similar to the principals of the exup valve.
I think that because the butterfly's are on a preset table if you reduce the back pressure in the exhaust then you don't get the correct air flow rates on the valve overlap at lower revs thus increasing the amount of exhaust gasses left in the cylinder with the fresh charge coming in and even a 2% reduction in incoming fuel air will make a huge difference to the performance at lower revs.
I think to get optimum performance you would need to remap the butterfly table to suit a free flowing exhaust.
Never mind. Next on the cards is project quickshifter.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 19:19 - 20 August, 2017
Yeah i did a lot of reading up on this when i was playing with the FZ1.  The secondary flies basically reduce the inlet size and therefore increase inlet velocity which is good for cylinder filling at lower revs and boosting low end.  Then simply opening up at higher revs so you have as much unrestricted flow as possible.  Along with the exhaust valve to do the same in the exhaust which increases scavenging, they've got a better lower end torque. I removed the flies and put a Fuel silencer on which removed the exup which has knocked the low torque a fair bit but boosted the top end a lot.  The secondary flies aren't needed if you know what they do as you can simply do this yourself with the throttle butterfly anyway and simply not go WOT at low revs.

The problem is I want the torque as low as possible, which means I'd be better off going back to stock, but it's taken me a lot of messing around and playing with settings to realise Mr Yamaha knows a lot more about tuning than the guys on the Fazer forum who offer lots of advice on 'improving' the bike without knowing the repercussions.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:33 - 20 August, 2017
True dat, while I have the greatest respect for other peoples opinions I am currently being shouted down for suggesting that a bespoke shock will work better on an fz1 than one taken from an r6.
An improvement is very much a matter of opinion too. Someone might be able to say "I've improved my fz1 because it now puts out 220 bhp and 100ftlb of torque"
The figures might be accurate but it's not much of an improvement of they are only reachable above 9000 rpm.
Mine was fun on the open road but a pain in city traffic and the extra wear incurred from slipping the clutch was starting to bother me.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 19:55 - 20 August, 2017
Yeah that's hit the nail on the head, lots of posts quoting these big power figures and how to get them, but don't explain the detriment to the torque curve low down.

I've really got into a YouTube guy recently called The Workshop, he's a mechanical engineer by trade and posts a lot of stuff on bike engines.  This is his explanation of the secondary butterfly (he's quite sweary but a good laugh):
https://youtu.be/hdj1QMSl3OI
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 19:57 - 20 August, 2017
These days with the CAN networks, ever more sensors and bits of hardware being controlled, if you change something, you really do need to tweak the ecu to optimize and make use of this. There must be an element of self learning if your tweaks are within factory parameters - but it looks like everything is being made with less overheads these days - so there's less of that too now. (http://emoticons.datahamster.com/popcorn.gif)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:23 - 20 August, 2017
Been following Matt for ages.
Seems to have something against waterless coolant though for some reason.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 20:26 - 20 August, 2017
Lol, yeah I liked watching through all that, the whole Delboy issue got a bit petty at times but amusing all the same.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:27 - 20 August, 2017
Has he f :censored ked [filtered] of back to Yorkshire yet?

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 20:33 - 20 August, 2017
Seems to have something against waterless coolant though for some reason.

I don't trust it either tbh - rather I didn't have stuff that inherently runs hotter...
I'd expect OEMs to use it if there was a genuine benefit.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:48 - 20 August, 2017
Seems to have something against waterless coolant though for some reason.

I don't trust it either tbh - rather I didn't have stuff that inherently runs hotter...
I'd expect OEMs to use it if there was a genuine benefit.
And that's the start and end of it.
I bet it doesn't taste as nice as the standard stuff either.
There's additives for all sorts out there,the most common is for oil, zx1,  slick 50 etc.
The way I see it is if they really worked as well as they say then big oil companies would already include it.
The other argument is that they don't so you have to change oil more often and engines wear out this creating more jobs.
Depends on how paranoid you are.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 21:07 - 20 August, 2017
Has he f :censored ked [filtered] of back to Yorkshire yet?

Nah he's still in Cambridge.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 21:40 - 20 August, 2017
He must have been watching this thread:

https://youtu.be/Bd4AKg31CyY
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 22:12 - 20 August, 2017
He must have been watching this thread:

https://youtu.be/Bd4AKg31CyY

For that video - it sounds like the secondary throttle butterfly is an e-throttle and the main one is a cable operated one?

The secondary flies aren't needed if you know what they do as you can simply do this yourself with the throttle butterfly anyway and simply not go WOT at low revs.

Er yeah - exactly? You can't just open your throttle 100% - you feed it don't you! Unless your mr stomp stomp at controls....
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 08:54 - 21 August, 2017
For that video - it sounds like the secondary throttle butterfly is an e-throttle and the main one is a cable operated one?

Yeah pretty much.  You control the main one via cable and then the ECU sits and monitors what's going on from your throttle position compared to revs etc etc and then adjusts the ECU controlled butterfly for optimum inlet at the current revs.  So when the engine is running slowly and air flow isn't optimal, the ECU keeps the butterfly closed slightly, so that regardless of what the rider is doing, the flow will be optimised to keep air speed high and decent torque outside of the powerband.  With a fly by wire throttle it can intercept your signal and do it to just the main butterfly of course and not need a second one.

The Faz was the first bike I've had with this and I don't mind admitting that I didn't realise this a few years ago and got suckered along with the forum "experts" saying how removing the 'flies would release power that the manufacturer was withholding due to this new fangled mechanism that's just for emissions  :-X

That said, if the bike then has a Power Commander etc on it to change the fueling accordingly, it's not such a big deal and I did that to mine.  That said, I did notice a drop in low end torque and thought it was more to do with putting the silencer on it.  It does pick up quicker from a standstill though, I think the ECU butterfly is a little behind when pulling off and removing them did help with low speed hesitation, but other than that I didn't see a benefit.

I had been thinking for a while of "resetting" a few of the mods back to stock when I get some free time and this will be one of them on the list.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 09:21 - 21 August, 2017
I don't get it, why don't they just for an e throttle and be done with it? Must be more to it....
I understand flaps to vary air flow lengths etc, but that's on the manifold and sends air a different route to alter intske tract length.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 09:38 - 21 August, 2017
It's a stepping stone.  Things are moving to fly by wire throttles and many new bikes have them as standard, this is basically an intermediate of being able to add an ECU controlled throttle into a standard throttle body where the rider still controls the main butterfly.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 10:31 - 21 August, 2017
I took the secondary Butterflies off the KTM, and the result was far smoother low end (gone was all the on/off/on/off neutral throttle at low revs - filtering in traffic queues)  Can't say I really noticed any other changes elsewhere (I suspect the sensors were compensating everything else).
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 12:45 - 21 August, 2017
Beware of the Butterfly Effect.

You may have caused a hurricane on the other side of the world.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 17:28 - 21 August, 2017
That's their problem  :P
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 13:10 - 30 September, 2017
Been struggling with spongy brakes this last two weeks and thought I'd have to strip the calipers and there's been an annoying clonk coming from the fairing too. Turns out they are related, it's a worn front wheel bearing.
That's my weekend sorted then.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 17:13 - 30 September, 2017
I had a series of annoying clonks this week unfortunately they all work in my office and I can't just replace them when they go a bit wobbly.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 17:17 - 30 September, 2017
Clonks?
I thought those were called c :censored nts.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 17:36 - 30 September, 2017
Yeah, my mistake ;)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 18:46 - 24 November, 2017
WTF is going on in the world.
Someone has asked that Sleeping Beauty is removed from her child's school reading list because the prince kisses her without her consent.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 18:50 - 24 November, 2017
Little Red Riding Hood comes home to find a wolf awaiting her in her granny's bed - there's been no GILF porn based on that and Weinstein doesn't seem to have yet produced anything on the subject.

The Sleeping Beauty story might be:
a) Russian Trolls fu  :censored ing with maleable western minds again
b) Reichwingers misunderstanding that sexual assault is a crime and flagging a false form of "political correctness" to protect their paranoid fantasies
c) Gary is playing the Prince in this Christmas panto season
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:01 - 8 December, 2017
Well, earlier this year or possibly sometime last year, I talked myself out of a slipper clutch for road use (might revisit it next year though)
Today's topic of interest is a quickshifter.
Now theres no reason not to use one on the road unlike the aforementioned clutch.
No, the question here is one of mechanical sympathy, using the clutch is the designed and correct way to change gear but having raced in the 80's I grew up with rev matching and it does work but then you don't expect a race box to last more than a couple of hundred miles before a rebuild.
With rev matching you still get a huge impact on the drive dogs when you snap the throttle open and I was wondering if this is eliminated with the use of a quickshifter as the short amount of time the power is off should keep everything spinning in time with rear wheel.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 21:51 - 8 December, 2017
Go for it CB - the quick shifter on my S1000 is bloody brilliant  8)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 12:14 - 9 December, 2017
Yeh but you didn't have to fit it.
Do you use it much or only if you're 'making progress' ?

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 15:04 - 9 December, 2017
Use it all the time now - hardly ever use the clutch

Downshift is impressive  - auto blip & everything ......sounds good too  8)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:29 - 7 January, 2018
Well it's a year since I got the Fazer and I've covered 22000 miles so thought I'd give it a little review.
Given my usage of this or any other bike then consumables are quite high on the priority list of cost.
Tyres being the biggest cost in terms of outlay are always a concern, I once had a bike with such a bad balance and damping setup that it would use a rear tyre in 3500 miles. Fortunatly the Fazer is a bit better than that, I've used 1 full set of PR4's a set of PP3's and half a set of PR3's. The reason for the longevity though (I think) is partly down to the basic modern chassis design and technology and partly due to the suspension upgrades (more about that later) allowing more of the tyre to be used without excessive squaring off. You see, I have this theory that tyre design and bike design go hand in hand. While modern tyres are stickier and give a better ride, older bikes tend to tear up the centre regardless of how you ride but stick an Avon roadrunner (remember those?) on and you'll get 10000 miles out of it, not because it was hard but because they were designed to work with the bikes of the time.
Next up is brakes. Most reiews will tell you how good the brakes are and how you can stand it on the front wheel with 2 fingers but how often do you find the need to do that? For me brakes aren’t about stopping power, that is taken as read, it’s what they are designed to do and within reason there’s not a huge difference between manufacturers standard setups. You can however change the way the brakes behave by choosing the correct pads to suit your requirements and riding style.
When I got the bike the brakes were useless but it turned out that the pistons were sticky, and as it happened I had a half used set of Goldfren pads (same ones as the tdm) lying around so I put those in. To save a lot of writing I’ve done a little chart of on a scale from 1 to 10.


                           Bite   Braking efficiency    Fade    Longevity    Price
Goldren                  5                7                   3            6           £23
Carbon Lorraine      7                 8                   2            5           £61
EBC                       8                 7                   5            5           £40


If you plan ahead or ride in the rain then you don’t need or want that snappy bite, in heavy rain it could see you locking the front in an emergency, for that reason I choose to use the the Goldfren. They’ve got a bit less initial bite but in the wet that allows a bit more time to get that weight transferred to the front before you start the slowing process. Without doubt the others will stop you quicker in the wet and the dry but in the real world given the price difference it’s not worth worrying about.
You can’t talk about consumables without mentioning the dreaded chain and sprockets. Most people I know have owned bikes their entire adult lives and never replaced either because they sell or trade their bikes with 10000 or less miles on them. If you own a bike for long enough though you will end up doing this job and cost aside, the actual job itself needs to be considered.
Believe it or not it is something that I look at and research before buying a bike. Mostly the principal is the same but there are some model specific peculiarities out there. For example the Triumph Daytona (iirc) has to have the oil drained because you have to remove a crankcase cover to get at the front sprocket.
The Fazer is actually quite easy and with the front sprocket nut being staked on it saves the hassle of a tab washer although the front sprocket and output shaft splines are the same as the tdm 900 so you could add one if you wanted to.
As a preference I use DID gold and black XVM and renthal sprockets they can be had for £118ish and easily las me 12 months, I only change them then because I want to, I’ve seen 35000 miles from this set up before so 25000 is well within limits of wear.
Now back to tyre wear via the suspension upgrades. It’s no secret that the suspension on the Fazer 8 was God awful, it’s well documented on the web and elsewhere so the first job was to replace the rear shock then find a reasonable solution for the front.
The rear shock was a no brainer, having used Nitron before they were always going to be used again, without writing a full review here suffice it to say that they are a superb unit at a reasonable price with good adjustability.
The front was another matter though. Having used Race tech gold valves in a previous bike I was going to use them in this on as they do a good job but they do have their limitations.
The problem is that you have to dismantle the forks and remove them to make any changes. While it’s doable it’s still a pain in the ar5e [filtered], especially if like me you ride in the rain or the cold and want to make adjustments on the fly as it were.
As standard the FZ8 and Fazer 8 originally came with no adjustments up front so rather than just replace the springs I thought I’d look for a complete upgrade option.
First place I looked was Nitron to see if they had anything to match the rear and they did but at the best part of £800 even I had to wonder whether it was worth it but with a little research I found a company called Omnia racing and they were selling a full cartridge and spring kit with compression rebound and preload adjustment for £450 so in they went. I'll write a suspension review and link it here later.
Now back to the tyres. Having put decent suspension on the bike it meant the tyres actually stayed on the road most of the time which brings other benefits apart from better handling. One thing that most people don’t consider is prolonged chain and sprocket life. Because the tyre tracks the road over bumps you don't get the shock loading to the drive train thus mostly eliminating sprocket hooking and uneven chain wear. The main benefit though is tyre life. In a large part it’s for the same reasons as the reduced chain wear but there is something else too. You can make adjustments to the damping and effect tyre wear in a very short time frame. If the rear is squaring off then back off the compression a bit ride a few twisty roads (100 ish miles) and bring it back to profile, same up front, if it’s getting a little peaky add a bit of compression and within 100 ish miles it’ll come back to profile. In this way you can use the tyre for much longer than you normally would be able to even though there is lots of tread left on it..
Reliability wise I’ve had a starter relay wear out (£6) and a wheel sensor break which is being replaced under the lifetime warranty.
Another consumable I forgot to mention is oil. The change intervals are the normal 6000 miles but it only takes 2.9L and 3.1 with a filter so keeping costs down there too.
That’s about it for now but any questions or comments feel free to ask.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 09:30 - 8 January, 2018
That’s about it for now but any questions or comments feel free to ask.
How fast does it go mister?

Would you go back to a ‘TDM style’ upright bike?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 10:05 - 8 January, 2018
TBH it's fast as Fook if you want it to be.
That's an interesting question. I guess the answer would be yes, if I could find one that handler as well as this one but that's unlikely.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 10:56 - 8 January, 2018
Multistrada or Beemer s1000xr maybe?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 13:39 - 8 January, 2018
A friend of mine has a Multistrada - about 3/4 years old and loves it.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 16:29 - 8 January, 2018
Stovepipe Steve has one and it's a really nice ride. I'll send CB the vid of me on it and the others where road drivers are seriously twatty.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 16:38 - 8 January, 2018
A friend of mine has a Multistrada - about 3/4 years old and loves it.
How does he get his feet on the floor at that tender age?

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 07:02 - 11 January, 2018
One of my mates has just swapped his Tuono for an older Multistrada. He loves it.
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 08:45 - 11 January, 2018
That styling has aged quite badly.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 09:01 - 11 January, 2018
Your old TDM is leading a very sheltered and pampered life these days.

I planned on pulling the engine out and putting it into my TRX but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. The character of the bike won me over on a few rides and its got so many nice mods to the engine and suspension i decided it was going to brought back up to pristine condition.

I bet I haven't done a thousand miles since I bought it off you, and its had a full top to bottom shake down. Only thing I haven't done really is took the engine apart, but it pulls really nice so I might just leave that.

Its now sitting there, fully serviced, nice and clean in a warm garage waiting for the salt to disappear.

It may get some paint at some point but for now its going to have a nice trip round Scotland this year and a few leisurely commutes.

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 09:02 - 11 January, 2018
One of my mates has just swapped his Tuono for an older Multistrada. He loves it.
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its only the headlight part that looks gash, I think the rest is good.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 11:34 - 11 January, 2018
Your old TDM is leading a very sheltered and pampered life these days.

I planned on pulling the engine out and putting it into my TRX but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. The character of the bike won me over on a few rides and its got so many nice mods to the engine and suspension i decided it was going to brought back up to pristine condition.

I bet I haven't done a thousand miles since I bought it off you, and its had a full top to bottom shake down. Only thing I haven't done really is took the engine apart, but it pulls really nice so I might just leave that.

Its now sitting there, fully serviced, nice and clean in a warm garage waiting for the salt to disappear.

It may get some paint at some point but for now its going to have a nice trip round Scotland this year and a few leisurely commutes.
Really glad to hear that she's being looked after and pampered.


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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:14 - 12 January, 2018
One of my mates has just swapped his Tuono for an older Multistrada. He loves it.
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180111/1e9c6c47da3df6a5d757b4a168435c89.jpg)

Bizarre. But strangely cool in a robocop kinda way.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 08:11 - 12 January, 2018
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you have 14 seconds to comply
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 10:01 - 12 January, 2018
FPMSL

That's uncanny!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 19:45 - 12 January, 2018
Yah I looked at a red one when they first brought them out.  Bit Marmite IMHO.  I wasn't convinced by the turny screen.   Looks better in silver than red though.  But yah.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 21:06 - 12 January, 2018
I like it, it’s different...

As for Marmite, it’s ok I suppose...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:22 - 12 January, 2018
Would you take it for a ride up the Marmite motorway?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 22:36 - 12 January, 2018
Maybe...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:43 - 12 January, 2018
Would anything in particular swing it for you?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 22:46 - 12 January, 2018
A swing.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 16:01 - 18 January, 2018
A noose?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 18:46 - 18 January, 2018
Wel fek me sideways, a week ago the EML came on and I lost the speedo and ABS. Took it back to the dealers (I've had it a year don't forget) and they said they would replace the wheel sensors free of charge under the 'lifetime warranty'.
While I was taking it in today it developed an awful misfire so they agreed to look at it while they were doing the other job and it turned out that #4 COP had broken down and was arcing inside the head (confirming my suspicion of a cop or plug).
They agreed to replace the COP with no labour costs but I agreed to pay for the COP as it's a consumable item in my mind. I also said if #4 has gone I'd expect #1 to go soon too as they both get a good soaking in the rain so to replace that one at the same time.
Didn't ask for a price as I have to have them and would rather in this case get genuine yam ones, expecting them to come in at about £300.
Aftermarket ones are around £65 each so will get a couple to keep in stock for the future.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 15:38 - 22 January, 2018
It's a fair cop.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 16:21 - 22 January, 2018
Quote
It's a fair cop.

christ they dont get any better do they
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 23:08 - 25 January, 2018
Well as some of you know I am a huge gamer and love my Xbox and fpsrpg's and mmorpg's.
But this week I've made a foray into vr and vr gaming. I've only dipped a toe in the water using a gear vr with my smart phone and so far I've got to say I'm very impressed. I think if I can get Gill into I'll buy the oculus rift later in the year.
If anyone wants to have a look Anna's hasn't by then, I'll be bringing it along to sj.
BTW, only because I was asked at work about it, I had a look at vr adult content.
Trust me, you will never want to watch it on a monitor or screen ever again.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 08:02 - 26 January, 2018
VR adult entertainment?
Wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper to do the real thing?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 08:25 - 26 January, 2018
you ever play starcraft CB?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 13:20 - 26 January, 2018
VR adult entertainment?
Wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper to do the real thing?
A vr headset is around 400 sovs a decent hooker is double that so no.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 13:21 - 26 January, 2018
you ever play starcraft CB?
No, should I?

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 13:22 - 26 January, 2018
A vr headset is around 400 sovs a decent hooker is double that so no.

But you need a bionic fleshlight as well for the full experience.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 13:24 - 26 January, 2018
A vr headset is around 400 sovs a decent hooker is double that so no.

But you need a bionic fleshlight as well for the full experience.
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bwaaahaha class
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 18:40 - 26 January, 2018
Or a water melon and a doughnut.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 19:51 - 27 January, 2018
Vanilla custard donut?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 20:52 - 27 January, 2018
Nut custard?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 00:09 - 28 January, 2018
Vanilla custard donut?
I knew a girl like that once. Turned out to be a mild yeast infection.
Didn't taste like vanilla custard though.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 08:11 - 28 January, 2018
Sardine custard doughnut?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 19:21 - 29 January, 2018
Well as some of you know I am a huge gamer and love my Xbox and fpsrpg's and mmorpg's.
But this week I've made a foray into vr and vr gaming. I've only dipped a toe in the water using a gear vr with my smart phone and so far I've got to say I'm very impressed. I think if I can get Gill into I'll buy the oculus rift later in the year.
If anyone wants to have a look Anna's hasn't by then, I'll be bringing it along to sj.
BTW, only because I was asked at work about it, I had a look at vr adult content.
Trust me, you will never want to watch it on a monitor or screen ever again.

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VR adult entertainment ::) .  Pfffff.  Sex robots is where it's at!  8)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 09:48 - 26 February, 2018
Well I just read back through the last few posts and this one is going to seem more seedy than it is.
Yesterday I mostly spent the day trying on leather suits.
I remember now why I wear textiles.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 10:21 - 26 February, 2018
whats your thoughts on the protecetion provided by textiles as opposed to cow?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 12:34 - 26 February, 2018
TBH as far as abrasion is concerned I'm happy to trust textiles. Speedway riders use Kevlar suits and gravel rash is a thing of the past there.
The only down side is that the armour can move around so an armoured vest and pants or suit underneath would be a must for racing and Kevlar only weighs a fraction of leather.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 21:00 - 26 February, 2018
What size are you ?  I've got a couple of old pairs of two piece leathers kicking around if you just need some track day kit
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:21 - 26 February, 2018
48/50 in a jacket so am guessing the same in jeans.
One thing for sure, the numbers don't reflect normal clothing sizes.
Believe it or not, not only did swmbo come with me but was urging me from the relatively cheap (550£) rst  kit towards the dainese and alpinestar stuff.
Getting an agv k5 to top off the ensemble.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 19:12 - 27 February, 2018
I'd be inclined to cow on track - but only decent cow. Cheap leather (and stitching ...there is a ratio of number of stitches per inch and strength) and many different types of leather, with different abrasion resistance and tear resistance.  I did a lot of research into this a few years back, and the results were surprising...but nor can I remember enough detail to be too useful here.

ie decent textiles are better than cheap leathers, and chap leathers are definitely not the thing; but decent leathers are better than textiles. And be aware that brands like Alpine Stars and Dainese (and probs the rest too) do different grades to meet price points.  I suspect the leathers used in MotoGP are not the same as £900 set from a run of the mill dealer.  Not saying the £900 is going to be rubbish, just not as good as £900+

I suspect you get what you pay for generally. (oh and kangaroo leather (had some Held gloves that were roo skin) is allegedly 4 times more abrasion resistant than hide).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leather

http://www.all-about-leather.co.uk/what-is-leather/leather-types.htm

http://www.chuckhawks.com/motorcycle_leather.htm




Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:01 - 1 March, 2018
Well that was an interesting ride home, think I might take the car tomorrow.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:07 - 1 March, 2018
Lol
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:50 - 1 March, 2018
Well done CB pretty crap out there

If textiles were any good they’d be racing in them by now - having crashed hard on the road it’s leather all the way for me no question
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 08:15 - 2 March, 2018
it’s leather all the way for me no question

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 10:10 - 2 March, 2018
that suit has had a lot of thought put into it, good use of breathable vented areas incorporated into it
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 11:16 - 2 March, 2018
That's
That is Mark. Why have you got that picture to hand.?

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 11:52 - 2 March, 2018
He keeps sending them to my phone.

I've asked him to stop but he says something about the squirrels making him do it.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 12:51 - 2 March, 2018
Fekin snow. I only just put my spring tyres on too.
To stiff and not enough tread for this weather.
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 15:15 - 4 March, 2018
Has it been snowing?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:51 - 18 March, 2018
There are few things that annoy me to the point of wanting to comment on them but today I found something that made me want to call shenanigans on "the man".
I went to buy some blades for my Gillette fusion five power, hanging on the rack was a pack of four for 15 quid.
That price for four blades is annoying enough but hanging next to them are the blades for the fusion five non powered for 10 quid, with an engineers curiosity I determined that the blades are identical so was going to get the four for a tenner but then on the bottom shelf I spotted a large card with a fusion five non powered with 12 blades for 20 quid.
That's a price down from 3.75/blade to 1.66/blade and a free non powered body.
Just shows how easy it is to get ripped off if you allow the psychology of sales to influence you in the supermarkets.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 20:54 - 18 March, 2018
Bloody crazy prices for blades.

That's why I went for an electric years ago. Works out loads cheaper over the life of the shaver.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:58 - 18 March, 2018
Yeh, got a few of those but I always get terrible razor rash from them.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 21:10 - 18 March, 2018
Why don't you just grow one of those cheep'n'cheerful Hipster beards?

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:18 - 18 March, 2018
I just use a traditional DIN razor
(https://www.traditionalshaving.co.uk/3375-thickbox_default/Edwin-Jagger-DE-Razor-Black-DE86.jpg)

https://www.traditionalshaving.co.uk/edwin-jagger/4265052-Edwin-Jagger-DE-Razor-Black-DE86.html

Yes you do get as close a shave as 5 bladed extortion blades

£23 for the razor....million an one brands of blades to choose from,  but frankly the Gillette ones are okay.. pack of 5 for £3
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 23:18 - 18 March, 2018
Use one of those too, they are great but I tend to flay myself when I'm in a hurry.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 08:51 - 19 March, 2018
Use one of those too, they are great but I tend to flay myself when I'm in a hurry.

Yeah I tried one many years ago, gave a great shave and felt good and 'manly' putting proper blades in something your about to wipe across your face, but then I ended up with bits of tissue paper stuck all over my mush and needing a pint of blood.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 14:00 - 19 March, 2018
If any of you wwere real men you'd use an open razor like they did back in the day.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 14:12 - 19 March, 2018
Blow torch?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 14:18 - 19 March, 2018
Half a pint of 4* and a match.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 16:47 - 19 March, 2018
Honestly I'm building up to a straight razor but I'm not ready for the big boy pants just yet.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 17:00 - 19 March, 2018
Why don't you just grow one of those cheep'n'cheerful Hipster beards?

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LMFAO!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 11:31 - 3 April, 2018
i am sure laser treatment would work out cheaper in the long run.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:43 - 3 April, 2018
I couldn't wait for the laser, I used a rusty spoon to gouge out my eyes when I saw that.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 14:53 - 18 April, 2018
Well, here's an interesting project.
Customer came in and asked if I fancied making this for him.
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 15:01 - 18 April, 2018
Out of matchsticks?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 15:30 - 18 April, 2018
definitely wouldn't want to stack that!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 15:38 - 18 April, 2018
Out of matchsticks?
lol

mid engined?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 15:47 - 18 April, 2018
No, rear actually, that's why there's a removable cross bar. Currently going through stress analysis but very likely to change the design slightly before final build. Weaknesses are apparent even without computer model testing.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 15:49 - 18 April, 2018
No, rear actually, that's why there's a removable cross bar. Currently going through stress analysis but very likely to change the design slightly before final build. Weaknesses are apparent even without computer model testing.

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Rear? so the engine is going to be behind the rear axle? madness!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 15:54 - 18 April, 2018
BEFORE


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AFTER

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 17:01 - 18 April, 2018
Lol, certainly looks like it could take the shell.

Forget stress testing, just weld the pipes up and have a laugh like Master Milo on Youtube?  It's in Dutch but he subtitles it and he's quite a fan of the old cut and shut:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tvt1-RjWws0&t

Actually that plan could easily turn into this:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5JgLVFIqV4
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 17:07 - 18 April, 2018
and have a laugh like Master Milo on Youtube?

This geeza is ace  ;D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 17:30 - 18 April, 2018
and have a laugh like Master Milo on Youtube?

This geeza is ace  ;D

Yeah he has some pretty good projects, proper back yard stuff but on a big scale.  His dog (called Diesel) is mental and usually just runs around with a big block of wood in his mouth.

He's another one of these guys that's a nice antidote to the health and safety police :)

This was a good one he did - amazed the passengers never threw up https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-zA_eicikM
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:18 - 18 April, 2018
No, rear actually, that's why there's a removable cross bar. Currently going through stress analysis but very likely to change the design slightly before final build. Weaknesses are apparent even without computer model testing.

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Rear? so the engine is going to be behind the rear axle? madness!
Actually right over the rear axle.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:17 - 18 April, 2018
Reliant Porche init  8)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 09:20 - 19 April, 2018
Interesting project CB, but you have to ask why?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 09:23 - 19 April, 2018
why not
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 09:46 - 19 April, 2018
Just buy a dune buggy. I dunno what the customer wants it for but to design a frame and get it typed just seems a waste when you could go and buy something that'll do the job just as well for half the money.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 11:55 - 19 April, 2018
There's a tuned 2 litre ztech engine going in it. Some sort of time trial slalom course thingy.
From what I can gather it's like a gymkana for cats.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 12:14 - 19 April, 2018
Sounds like he's building a "locost".

Could be really good fun if it's done well - basically a rear engined kit car  :)

I'd look for an ecoboost though to be honest if he could find one for a decent price.  Zetec don't make amazing power for the capacity compared to recent ecoboosts.

Ford have really got some poke out of their recent engines and really impressive tuning capabilities.  If he stuck the 1.6 from a Fiesta ST in and mapped it, he could easily get 300 bhp from what is a relatively small engine.

That said, a zetec probably is a fraction of the cost so would probably be a big factor in choice.

I'd even consider going for a bike engine - whack a hayabusa or ZZR14 engine in it with a turbo  ;D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 12:19 - 19 April, 2018
Big thing about ecoboost is all the paraphernalia/design to go with the fact it's DI when going kit/homebrew car. Or that's what I've read anyway.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 13:37 - 19 April, 2018
There's a tuned 2 litre ztech engine going in it. Some sort of time trial slalom course thingy.
From what I can gather it's like a gymkana for cats.

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It makes sense now :)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:42 - 19 April, 2018
Fekin auto correct.
That should be cars

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:14 - 20 April, 2018
Are you sure?  ;D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 05:42 - 20 April, 2018
I'm not sure of anything anymore. 

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 20:28 - 28 April, 2018
I'm not sure of anything anymore. 
Are you sure of that?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 08:23 - 29 April, 2018
I wouldn’t be so sure
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 09:37 - 2 May, 2018
I'm pretty sure I'm not sure.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 00:14 - 8 May, 2018
As a biker and commuter you learn to stay calm.
Getting angry and childish name calling just ruins your day but today I lost my usual cool calm demeanor.
After an unexpected Hemet/bee interface that made me jump I turned around, lifted my visor and called that bee a c :censored t.
That would have been an end to it but for the muscly tattooed guy who happened to be in my line of sight and who took great offence at being shouted at for no apparent reason by an angry biker in front of his beautiful girlfriend and young daughter.
This didn't get any better when the lights changed to red and the old woman on the crossing heard me say "hurry the f  :censored ck up before someone gets their face smashed in", yes I had forgotten my visor was up but I was talking about myself because a quick glance in the mirror was all it took to see tattoo guy shaking if his better half and start barreling towards me with what can only be described as a murderous look on his face.
Fortunately the goddess Cloecina smiled on me and the lights changed. Bwarrp, gone, but I swear I felt his hand brush my arm as I set off.
Won't be going home that way for a while.
To sum up, stay frosty out there, even the bees are trying to ruin your day.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 08:20 - 8 May, 2018
Lol, could you imagine if it had escalated and police called and you have to make a statement.

"Well officer, a bee attacked my helmet so I called it a c :censored t when I just happened to be looking at that big angry guy".
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 09:25 - 8 May, 2018
PMSL... Wise words, we were only talking about this Sunday night actually and I was saying I think I'm lucky I hadn't had my face punched in. Chill is good. I didn't swear at someone today who pulled out in front of me, boomshanka.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 09:49 - 8 May, 2018
Boomshanka; thought that was Neil’s post for a moment?

I don’t get angry at anyone or anything anymore; apart from animal cruelty (including helmet bees - but not wasps, wasps are c :censored nts) and a blind obedience to a political party.
My blood pressure doesn’t need it and it doesn’t help anyone.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 12:34 - 8 May, 2018
wasps are c :censored nts

(https://jokideo.com/wp-content/uploads/meme/2015/01/Bee-vs-wasp---meme.jpg)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 17:27 - 8 May, 2018
Yeah. f  :censored ck YOU Waspy!

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 22:18 - 8 May, 2018
That's not very nice !
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 23:07 - 8 May, 2018
Wasps get a bad press as they help by eating crop pests. I’ve watched a hornet catch a wasp in mid flight and Kill it. Asian hornets have a fondness for attacking bee hives and commiting mass slaughter before making off with the honey. Right proper c :censored nts.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 05:59 - 9 May, 2018
Live n let live tbh. If I have an insect grudge its mozzies not wasps
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 07:22 - 9 May, 2018
Got 3 mozzie bites at the weekend, right on my ankle.

It's swollen up like a right mofo.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 08:56 - 9 May, 2018
I have a friction burn from the weekend.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 11:04 - 9 May, 2018
I have a friction bum from the weekend.

TMI young man!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 12:19 - 9 May, 2018
It was actually due to rubber spinning too fast against my leg when I fell on my side, legs not quite where I'd liked them to have been...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 13:01 - 9 May, 2018
On your hips?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 14:29 - 9 May, 2018
Inside of my knee.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 14:34 - 9 May, 2018
"legs not quite where I'd liked them to have been..."
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 15:20 - 9 May, 2018
oh right, i meant wrapped round by spinning bicycle wheel.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 18:38 - 9 May, 2018
Is that what you call her?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:12 - 9 May, 2018
Her?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 10:24 - 10 May, 2018
oh right, i meant wrapped round by spinning bicycle wheel.

Is that a euphemism for getting your nob trapped in a blender?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 10:38 - 10 May, 2018
No. I fell off my bike, was all fine, except getting my leg caught against a spinning wheel...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 15:46 - 10 May, 2018
It's like they say on the 'do up yer house' program; Lubrication, lubrication, lubrication.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 00:03 - 11 May, 2018
Libation libation libation
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:28 - 6 June, 2018
God dammit
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:23 - 6 June, 2018
At least it's the right colour
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 22:47 - 6 June, 2018
phonnnne hoooommme
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 23:02 - 6 June, 2018
I tells ya them trees are vindictive buggers and they hold a grudge, that's a paper cut is that. It finally got it's revenge from beyond the grave.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 09:14 - 7 June, 2018
thought everyone had paperless office these days.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 09:17 - 7 June, 2018
I cut my finger a few weeks ago on the edge of a cardboard box weirdly enough, hurt like feck as I did it and bled like that.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 16:21 - 7 June, 2018
I can't see the pics but I remember ignoring the advice to not to be tempted to clean the inside of the spun alternator rotor, nearly severed my finger! Never be tempted to clean the spun rotor cover on a TDM.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 17:09 - 7 June, 2018
All I can see is this.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180607/f0bad9171d7689491497a47be3dbab41.jpg)

I’ll assume that you’ve gone through with the op and we now need to call you Stephanie.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:21 - 8 June, 2018
It's all bloody and sausage like.  :-\
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 07:57 - 8 June, 2018
Thanks for texting the pics last night... just as I was eating jam on toast.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 08:00 - 8 June, 2018
Thanks for texting the pics last night... just as I was eating jam on toast.
Is that a euphemism and you're saying you should really have waited till next week?

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 08:08 - 8 June, 2018
No. The painters aren’t due this week.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 20:58 - 9 June, 2018
Nutella
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:12 - 15 June, 2018
Mutta feker.
I was wondering what tyres to wear for Snowjoke this year.
The rear Contimotion is only 1000 miles old but the front is just about shot.
Do I put a conti on the front or change both for PR3's, decisions decisions.
My mind was made up for me today though, a 15mm long by 12mm wide shard of glass went right up to the hilt in the rear. made me clench let me tell ya.
As an aside, M and P have a pair deal on pr3's atm, £170/pair
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180615/234b1ecd83da43d8754dd3fed09ba9c7.jpg)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:22 - 16 June, 2018
A picture of it inserted would've been more entertaining.  :o
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 00:40 - 16 June, 2018
Nice timber backgound - Beech?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 08:01 - 16 June, 2018
He's not at the seaside  ::)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 18:50 - 16 June, 2018
Well that's the tyres changed.
180 squid next day delivered and an hours work.
That's another 100 quid saved.
That is another years subscription to brazzers and porn hub.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 22:11 - 16 June, 2018
Got an annoying slow puncture on the the front tyre of my GS, takes about 4 days to go completely flat - had the wheel off looking & found nowt -  my local tyre man has tried as well, even put a new valve on - he reckons the tyre might be porous.
Tyre's only got about a thousand miles on it, so I reckon I'll be taking the pump with me on Snowjoke  :(
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 21:52 - 17 June, 2018
Is it worth filling it with slime?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 22:30 - 17 June, 2018
Maybe - there's plenty of life left in the tyre
I don't know how slime will affect the tyre pressure sensor though, will have to check first
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:44 - 17 June, 2018
This could be the first all wheelie tour of SJ to limit tyre use
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 09:21 - 18 June, 2018
Maybe - there's plenty of life left in the tyre
I don't know how slime will affect the tyre pressure sensor though, will have to check first
Hmmm... didn’t think about the sensors. Only used it on my sensor-free Mk2 850. I guess that’ll be one for the GS forum.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 20:10 - 18 June, 2018
Maybe - there's plenty of life left in the tyre
I don't know how slime will affect the tyre pressure sensor though, will have to check first

The tpms safe sealant will be OK

https://www.slime.com/uk/products/auto/sealants/tire-sensor-safe.php
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 14:30 - 21 June, 2018
I know others on here have got problems of their own at the moment and I don't want to belittle those but fek me yesterday afternoon was a bit stressful.
Guy at work damn near tore his finger off on a radial arm drill. 4 hours in surgery and they think they'll still have to amputate it at a later date.
Should have got some pictures for training purposes but was too busy trying to stem the blood flow without pulling the finger off completely.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 15:51 - 21 June, 2018
that sounds grim.

in other news did you book up for cadwell on the 30th and 1st july?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 17:47 - 21 June, 2018
No, like I said, it's going to prove almost impossible to get there. I might do one layer in the year or maybe next year.
It'll give me time to prep the bike a bit more, still haven't fitted the quick shifter  yet. It'll give me a bit more time to work on my fitness too.
Not happy with technique yet either, still struggling with knee to knee and hip flick in short distance fast direction change chicanes and as a result putting to much weight through the bars and unsettling the rear at the apex of the second bend and therefore exit speed and drive, don't want someone who's got it right running in the back of me.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 08:35 - 22 June, 2018
fair enough, it took me a long time to be able to perform fast direction changes and not upset the bike.  I reckon for someone who has had racing experience a couple of sessions on the track with sort all that out.

I wouldn't worry about someone running into the back of you, I can guarantee there will be people a lot slower than you on track. Some people are so deluded they try to put themselves straight into the fast group and they are riding like they are on the road 25+ seconds a lap slower.

Its my one criticism of the organisation. they don't really pick people out who don't belong in the group they have booked in and move them. They should.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:32 - 15 July, 2018
Well, it's been fun and games around here this weekend.
For all of you who live in a concrete jungle, this is what happens when it gets a bit too dry.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180715/558234a6b8e1497faf6b5b4de0e8ee0d.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180715/91bf352673c44c054a340de68a535426.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180715/8ed4b98c56a63415ee57564e84c0b72e.jpg)

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:30 - 16 July, 2018
Somebody lights a fire?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 07:09 - 16 July, 2018
Not sure, can't imagine it around here.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 08:24 - 16 July, 2018
We can see Twmbarlum from our house, it’s been burning all weekend. Tinder dry grass and a careless fag-end is all that’s needed.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 10:44 - 16 July, 2018
Wrong sort of smoke.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 12:22 - 16 July, 2018
Wrong sort of smoke.

Can you explain that to the fire?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 14:16 - 16 July, 2018
Wanstead Flats is also alight in the big shitty... Well nearly. 200+ Firefighters, 40 pumps.

Within the story on my phone there's adverts for the Homefire range of superior solid fuels... Canny advertising that.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:16 - 16 July, 2018
It's do dry everywhere.  Except Jim's garden. He's got green grass there. But it's been months since we've  had any rain here at all...no sign in the coming week either...although othger places may finally get a bit.

Everywhere getting dangerous for potential fires.

Not good
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 09:13 - 18 July, 2018
Up in the north east we got utterly drenched not last night but the night before.
I left the dogs bowl outside and it was nearly full of water. It was certainly needed.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 13:12 - 18 July, 2018
Nothing here yet
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 14:19 - 18 July, 2018
peasants
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:38 - 19 July, 2018
Why do they say it’s  Raining cats and Dodd?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 06:52 - 21 July, 2018
I don't know...Why do they say it’s  Raining cats and Dodd?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 23:01 - 21 July, 2018
RIP Ken
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 10:57 - 23 July, 2018
RIP Ken
Barbie must be devastated.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:02 - 23 July, 2018
Nah, she bought a new outfit and is fine now
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 15:01 - 30 July, 2018
Turned his scrotum in to a clutch bag. I heard it on Fox News.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:20 - 30 July, 2018
Telly telly?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 09:01 - 7 August, 2018
Telly telly?
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180807/cfe26750fb7b5ef7ae474fd9d5e2f689.jpg)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 23:05 - 25 September, 2018
Been meaning to do this for a couple of years now but seeing Coxy's post about his lads first forays into biking has got me off my ar5e [filtered]. To start at the beginning I was born and my first mode of transport had four wheels and I was not impressed.
(https://i.imgur.com/Zpa23as.jpg)

So while I waited for my language skills to grow I took some time out to spend with the family.

(https://i.imgur.com/KqxpDmY.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/3uGdMAG.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/L6qvx2n.jpg)

Finally I had enough vocabulary to be able to request a bike for my second birthday and happy I was too

(https://i.imgur.com/hlqAtXV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/L7KsvRt.jpg)

And a couple of years later I was off roading

(https://i.imgur.com/Stw7Vep.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/3WY0vcp.jpg)

But as we all know a taste is never enough and so on my sixth birthday I moved on to the hard stuff.

(https://i.imgur.com/Y8XKt9m.jpg)

Then onto gears

(https://i.imgur.com/VCk3ryL.jpg)

And my leather fetish was not far behind.

(https://i.imgur.com/5vRQGHD.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/FnCKnKX.jpg)

Trophies started coming.

(https://i.imgur.com/zyUvTVV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/qoDgQPQ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/n1VZpOk.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/eH5lkHt.jpg)

And by age 8 it started to get out of hand

(https://i.imgur.com/1ivR1OX.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/n86tIIb.jpg)

Its getting late so I'll finish this tomorrow.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 15:17 - 26 September, 2018
Off roading in short trousers - now that's hardcore ;)

Great pictures fella, funny to see the 60's/70's wallpaper etc - we have some from when I was a kid with horrific design wallpaper and we had one wall I remember that was painted bright orange.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 15:52 - 26 September, 2018
I was still on stabilisers when I was two!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 16:14 - 26 September, 2018
brilliant!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 16:34 - 26 September, 2018
I was still on stabilisers when I was two!
I was on tranquilizers when you were two
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 23:05 - 26 September, 2018
Pic 6 is junior Hannibal Lecter?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 08:54 - 27 September, 2018
Pic 6 is junior Hannibal Lecter?

I thought it was a Hitler emoji.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 12:21 - 27 September, 2018
on the first picture, is that a light reflection or do you have snot streaming off your face?

you looked very confident as a nipper.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 16:40 - 27 September, 2018
Pic 6 is junior Hannibal Lecter?

I thought it was a Hitler emoji.
Or a very bad stick-on Santa beard.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 23:04 - 27 September, 2018
Pic 6 is junior Hannibal Lecter?
It was called a monkey mask thank you very much and very proud I was of it too.

on the first picture, is that a light reflection or do you have snot streaming off your face?

you looked very confident as a nipper.

On reflection I'm not so sure, so to preserve my fragile ego I'll say it was a trick of the light.
With all the sincerity I can muster I have to say I owe that confidence to my parents. They were nothing but supportive, helpful and full of great advice.
Not that you need telling I'm sure but it looks like you're doing a great job with yours and I'm sure they'll have great memories of their childhood and dear old dad when they look back.
Anyway, back to the job at hand.

As sponsorship came along the bikes got better

(https://i.imgur.com/3J2tGdO.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/v9p3f2X.jpg)

And national championships called

(https://i.imgur.com/GuD8571.jpg)

On advice from those who were older and wiser I still had an education to take care of too.

(https://i.imgur.com/qZgJLjD.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/2SeleHo.jpg)

Between school, bike prep, training and family there wasn't much time for socialising, so my friends and peer group were these reprobates and their families.

(https://i.imgur.com/C4x5tfU.jpg)

So onwards and upwards as they say.
It comes to pass for all of us that we must learn it's not all sunshine and flowers.


(https://i.imgur.com/qvgXtF3.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/utAMz56.jpg)

It's worth it for the bling though

(https://i.imgur.com/qSRZOVT.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/mcIm2wW.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/DAeIHsi.jpg)

But the more you ride in those conditions the greater the confidence.

(https://i.imgur.com/AGTucHX.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/KU9VGyJ.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/ieP6AXI.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/SpE6otl.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/nFOyrbm.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/KFH1Lfu.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/tsAria2.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/iQSvHQr.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/rk4wAZm.jpg)

But be under no illusions. I'ts hard. The above pictures were carefully chosen. The first eight cover a period of about five years and in that time I broke both legs (at the same time(still pinned and plated)) both arms (separately) the same collar bone twice and a cheekbone and eye socket (still held together with a staple).
The last one is a grim reminder to me how precious life is and how quickly it can be ended. Less than an hour after that was taken I was in a coma, for two weeks!
But four weeks after the big sleep and some new kit I was back to the job I loved.


(https://i.imgur.com/Qx4iBjL.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/8tfABsV.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/TrpoOSj.jpg)

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:18 - 28 September, 2018
Awesome.  :D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 09:06 - 28 September, 2018
I broke both legs (at the same time(still pinned and plated)) both arms (separately) the same collar bone twice and a cheekbone and eye socket (still held together with a staple).
The last one is a grim reminder to me how precious life is and how quickly it can be ended. Less than an hour after that was taken I was in a coma, for two weeks!
But four weeks after the big sleep and some new kit I was back to the job I loved.

(https://www.mememaker.net/api/bucket?path=static/img/memes/full/2016/May/30/7/you-sir-are-a-legend9.jpg)

Hats off fella.  I know you raced from talking at SJ etc, but hadn't fully appreciated that you basically lived and breathed it from a nipper  8).
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 09:16 - 28 September, 2018
christ, thats tough.

you look cool as fcuk though.


Apart from this picture, you look like you are being groomed.
(https://i.imgur.com/qSRZOVT.jpg)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 10:02 - 29 September, 2018
christ, thats tough.

you look cool as fcuk though.


Apart from this picture, you look like you are being groomed.
(https://i.imgur.com/qSRZOVT.jpg)
LMFAO!

Is the guy with the leather trousers arousing himself?

Great bit of history there Steve. And as Nog said, I knew that you’d done ‘some racing’ but didn’t realise how much you understated your success.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 22:43 - 30 September, 2018
Thanks for taking the time to read this guys and for your kind words.
A lot of people don't realise the amount of commitment it takes to do this. You're on the road for 5-6 months of the year living in a van and nursing a broken something or other. I do have some video somewhere but when I had a look for it I couldn't find it, I hope to God it hasn't gone missing.
I'm hoping next year the track day dates fall better cos I still want to do that and I'd still love for you guys to come and play my game sometime. When Guy Martin says speedway riders are 'bloody mad' it makes me wonder what normal people think.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 02:26 - 1 October, 2018
That’s quite a demonstration of commitment.

I hadn’t realised you’d benn banging away so hard at it battering your helmet each  week - and that was just the male stripping.

Where are the speedway trackdays?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 07:44 - 1 October, 2018
Lol.
They do one down at kings Lynn,  could make for a fun long weekend.
I'll look a few up and post them.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 21:03 - 1 October, 2018
speedway trackdays  :o :o :o

i'm out!

At any point it looks like the launch point of a highside, whilst funny to watch if we all tried that I suspect not many of us would make back with all 4 limbs still attached :D

we should definitely look at doing a meeting  on a track day somewhere next year they are great fun.

I am starting to get into the offroad riding also, I dont know how many of you have off road bikes, but maybe a trip up to drum clog for the weekend exploring the 1200 acre off road centre would be a lot of fun with a bit less pressure to perform
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:10 - 1 October, 2018
I haven’t saved enough for my off-roader yet

I know I’m scared but I’m up for doing a speedway session - what’s the worst that could happen...?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 22:19 - 1 October, 2018
Boo, boo.
I thought you said you fancied having a go.
There's nothing more fun than knowing you out rode the reaper.
You learn new things about bike control too when you're doing 80mph with no brakes and have to take avoiding action.
Another thing you learn is that adrenalin is brown and after your first time, aloe infused four ply is a must.
Joking aside it's really good for learning bike control in adverse conditions. It'd be great if we could get a few of us together for this.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:24 - 1 October, 2018
I do fancy having a go, I’m scared (not enough to pass any fear into my undercrackers - I think) but I’ll have a go
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:27 - 1 October, 2018
All my off roaders  float in water these days (http://www.songofthepaddle.co.uk/forum/images/smilies/canoe.gif)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:32 - 1 October, 2018
Lay off the rice cakes
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 08:25 - 2 October, 2018
I frequently off road without an engine...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 12:22 - 2 October, 2018
I am mildly interested but to be honest it would terrify me.

The offroading is a bit of a half way house at the moment, just getting used to having a bike moving around me and 'searching for grip'

never say never though, I love the thought of eating soup through a straw for 6 month  :D :D :D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 13:54 - 2 October, 2018
Not taking the piss here but how can this terrify you but you be OK with doing 150 plus on a track day
You're going to have a bad day if it goes wrong either way.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 16:16 - 2 October, 2018
2 main points, what I do has brakes, and generally both wheels stay inline!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 16:31 - 2 October, 2018
generally both wheels stay inline!

I hear what yaw saying!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 17:38 - 2 October, 2018
Yeah you dont want fall off on rocks. That could hurt. PLUS. People may think you're a moron.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 09:28 - 9 October, 2018
I think I've found some rare footage of CB off roading back in the 80's  ;)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSZ60sT9tXQ
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 09:39 - 9 October, 2018
kickstart was a classic.

getting clattered in the pods is an occupational hazard for bikes - did you see Tommy Bridewell at Assen?

brings tears to your eyes  :o
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 10:08 - 9 October, 2018
Yeah was watching the highlights at the weekend, looked like he had a good voice for a school choir for a week or so.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 12:16 - 9 October, 2018
That wasn't me but keep looking cos I was on it. Got interviewed by Peter Purvis and everything.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 13:04 - 17 October, 2018
We gotta find that V-J-O team!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 16:05 - 27 October, 2018
Well, we thought we'd spend the weekend in Warwick and visit the castle . What a miserable day it's been so far, it's fekin rained all day.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 17:14 - 27 October, 2018
Yeah I'm just up the road visiting the family in Brum, bloody cold and wet. Heading back South soon to get back to the golden sun drenched Essex countryside.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 17:33 - 27 October, 2018
Been dry here all day so far. Washing has been outside, been under the car most of the day.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 20:43 - 27 October, 2018
been under Carl most of the day.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 13:33 - 28 October, 2018
Well, we thought we'd spend the weekend in Warwick and visit the castle . What a miserable day it's been so far, it's fekin rained all day.

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Leave the rain there please. It’s nice down here!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 16:25 - 28 October, 2018
That's just fekin great, rained all day yesterday soaking wet and freezing cold walking around the the castle.
Coming home today bright sun and bone dry. I've got to be due some luck soon.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 18:40 - 28 October, 2018
I was washing my car in hailstones today if it makes you feel better?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:23 - 28 October, 2018
I'd have used water.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 21:20 - 28 October, 2018
Two lovely days here - bright sunshine but cold for a walk up the hillfort with some freinds and their dog and today was out with the youngster on the scooter and DIY in the garden
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:27 - 29 October, 2018
When it rains it pours around here.
Told by a customer today that their draughtsman died on the weekend.
Car indicated left and turned into a side road,  as he approached the car swing out of the side road to make a u turn and t boned bones him. He went down and got run over by a van coming the other way.
Come home to find my neighbours wife is in hospital with an aneurysm. So we've got this guy for the night(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181029/b4c098d28105fa6e290e0fe87b2dcb93.jpg)

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 22:20 - 29 October, 2018
Christ its horrible to hear things like that :(

I remember that fellow though. doesnt he just invite himself in most days anyway!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 23:25 - 29 October, 2018
Shit news CB
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 23:43 - 29 October, 2018
Thanx guys. It was a surprise for sure.
But don't let his misfortune be in vain, let's all remember this lesson when we're out.

Yes coxy that's the chap,likes to make himself at home

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 09:12 - 30 October, 2018
Sad news.

At least that fella has a good place to get his head down, looks pretty settled there.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:20 - 30 October, 2018
Lazy f :censored cker should be out hearding sheep
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 09:25 - 31 October, 2018
Lol, don't hold back fella ;)

Funnily enough I was chatting a my boss at work about how the term 'it's a dogs life' has changed.

Originally it was about hardship as they were working animals, out in all weathers etc.

Now it's about being pampered and doing sweet Fanny Adams in front of the fire all day.  My dog now even looks like it's an issue if she has to share "her" sofa with me or the missus.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 14:50 - 31 October, 2018
Yup, same here. We are allowed to sit on his furniture, and most mornings he’s found asleep on someone’s bed.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 20:41 - 31 October, 2018
Sorry to hear the bad news  :(

Our Stella is a working dog. Her job is to sleep under my desk and keep me company. She's a diligent hard working girl.

Maybe a similar role for your canine friend would work?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 14:26 - 3 November, 2018
Got my first Chrissy prezzie today, swmbo bought me a wheel balancer for car wheels and it arrived today.
Guess what I'll be doing it the next few days.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 19:38 - 4 November, 2018
Talking to Zippy about cars?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:38 - 4 November, 2018
True romance.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 21:15 - 5 November, 2018
Love Actually
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 11:00 - 16 November, 2018
ARRRRGGGGGHHHH,
Got cut up this morning. Managed to avoid hitting the van but mounted the kerb and damaged the front wheel, the rear too but that's useable. Cant find a front ABS wheel anywhere, does anyone know if a wheel from something else will fit?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 11:08 - 16 November, 2018
that is a nightmare, but glad you are ok.

can the abs ring be removed from the wheel? I was fairly certain they could?  in which case you just need any old R6 5 spoke set of wheels
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 11:23 - 16 November, 2018
Yes it can be removed but I'd like to keep the abs if possible and I'm not sure if it's the front or rear that runs the speedo. Got a feeling it's the rear though.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 11:38 - 16 November, 2018
Been repairing the plastics this morning, will get the wheel out tomorrow and have a look at it with a blowtorch and a hammer. It's not destroyed but bent enough to to leak a little.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 12:07 - 16 November, 2018
Glad you saved it fella - the wheels are a pain but better than the other possibilities I guess.

I'd be tempted to replace than repair that wheel.  Although that section could be hit back, you may have distorted the wheel elsewhere.  I thought my ZX7R years ago had warped discs and found out the entire wheel was very slightly twisted, probably the previous owner doing something similar.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 12:17 - 16 November, 2018
What I meant was to remove the abs ring from your knackered wheel, and fitted it to your new non abs wheel, hence converting it to an abs unit. definitely dont remove the ABS system, that would be a nightmare.

I am certain they just bolt in at the same point as the brake discs. 
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 12:25 - 16 November, 2018
I do intend to replace it, just having trouble finding one Rob.
The ABS ring is actually a ferro ring recessed in the wheel hub with a sensor housing that sits down inside the recess.
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 12:37 - 16 November, 2018
woah. that is new to me that. Never seen (or noticed at least) a setup like that.

I thought the abs rings were all of this design
(https://www.yamaha-motor.ca/images/pages/products/units/MC/medium/2018-YZF-R6-blue_1.png)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 12:53 - 16 November, 2018
They are now so that the same wheels can be used on both abs and non abs.
PITA to be honest
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 14:19 - 16 November, 2018
could you not retrofit the newer style?

I suppose the only bit you will need to sort out is how the newer style abs sensor mounts.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 14:34 - 16 November, 2018
That is an option I guess but it also depends on the pulses per second relative to the rear and what the ecu is expecting to see.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 16:21 - 16 November, 2018
I doubt a newer setup would have less pulses per cycle, only the same or more. In which case you could lop a few off...🤔
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 16:56 - 16 November, 2018
Lol.
Just dropped the hammer on a brand new one from the dealer. 550 with bearings.
Should have been 650 but they like me there.
Will be here Wednesday.  Not happy but I'd rather it's right.
Coxy, do you have a fork spring compressor?

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 18:53 - 16 November, 2018
Well just glad you're okay. Wheels you can get around to fixing
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 07:53 - 18 November, 2018
Well just glad you're okay. Wheels you can get around to fixing
Agree. A new arm, leg or head is a bit more expensive to source.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 18:17 - 18 November, 2018
Imagine having to colour match replacement body parts to the orange of Trump
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 19:03 - 18 November, 2018
A bloke on the XR forum recommended these people for wheel straightening

http://www.motoliner.com/motorcycle-wheel-straightening.php
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 19:28 - 18 November, 2018
They've straightened my black Strumpet twice and my Yamaha

Excellent service

Pay their prices for quality work - they do not mess about and "repair", they properly check and align for safety and peace of mind.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 15:01 - 25 November, 2018
When I've got the new wheels in I'll strip mine and send them up for repair then see if I can get them powder coated gold for free through work.
Rear wheel is ready for the tyre when they arrive and also got new discs for front and rear but putting them on after the tyres.
Front wheel is here too, looks nice, never seen a new one before but I don't think it's worth 500 squid.
Bought new m8 Stainless bolts to fit all the new discs but it turns out the fronts are m6 shouldered bolts, bugger.
Also got to get more rim decals.
Got 3 weeks off over Christmas so will be stripping the forks (got to make a spring compressor first though) for new seals and bushes.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 15:24 - 25 November, 2018
then see if I can get them powder coated gold for free through work.

I'm never sure about powdercoating wheels. I know a lot of these fly by night wheel refurb places do it, and many people say it's fine, but I'm unsure about the putting the heat into the wheels during the process...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 16:18 - 25 November, 2018
That's a very good point, and having been straightened  they will already be under stress that might well be relieved when heated.
Mind made up.
Repaired, shot blast and wet paint.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 18:36 - 25 November, 2018
Ask Motoliner?

£500 would buy a lightweight wheel on Fleabay?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:10 - 25 November, 2018
Yes you're mostly right Mark but because of the odd set up of the abs system most wheels that fit won't take the abs arrangement.
Yes, I could make other arrangements but I need my bike on the road and want to keep it as standard as possible as far as replacement parts are concerned.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 07:53 - 26 November, 2018
Gold wheels would look nice on a blue bike.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 14:52 - 26 November, 2018
Yeh, gonna do them with gold textured hammerite anna brush.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 16:20 - 26 November, 2018
Put some saw dust in there for a wood chip look - it's going to be all the rage in 2019 ;)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 19:42 - 26 November, 2018
Lolz
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:22 - 26 November, 2018
Gold wheels would look nice on a blue bike.
very Essex bling
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:24 - 27 November, 2018
Gold's for winners innit.  :D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 10:36 - 27 November, 2018
Put some saw dust in there for a wood chip look - it's going to be all the rage in 2019 ;)
LMFAO!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:46 - 27 November, 2018
I remember wood chip wall paper and flock.
Takes me back to my yoof, creme and burgundy flock wallpaper.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 12:19 - 2 December, 2018
Douchbag, couldn't be arsed to park in a bay that was 20 ft away so he parked in the bike bay. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181202/de8793da6544fc8cc3c84025ffa52f12.jpg)

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 15:53 - 2 December, 2018
Park in car space then... there's one about 29 yds away... allegedly.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 07:02 - 5 December, 2018
Grrrrnnnnkkk.
Changed my suspension to winter settings yesterday, should have done it six weeks ago made a huge difference to turn in and braking and feels more planted accelerating in the wet.


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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 07:36 - 5 December, 2018
I spent summer changing my body to winter settings, got a lot more cushioning at the rear and more insulation for the core.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 09:20 - 5 December, 2018
Do you do anything with tyres pressures over winter CB? I've found a tiny bit softer (both on the peddly and the cars) makes a bit of a difference - but depends on the grime on the roads...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 10:06 - 5 December, 2018
I spent summer changing my body to winter settings, got a lot more cushioning at the rear and more insulation for the core.
Lol, not just me then!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:38 - 5 December, 2018
Do you do anything with tyres pressures over winter CB? I've found a tiny bit softer (both on the peddly and the cars) makes a bit of a difference - but depends on the grime on the roads...
Yeh, I dropped the pressures by 5psi on the car but it made no difference to the way the bike handles.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 21:02 - 5 December, 2018
LOL, strange that  ;D
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 18:18 - 6 December, 2018
It can help riding in snow on traile tyres.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:42 - 6 December, 2018
f  :censored ck f  :censored ck f  :censored ck  mother f :censored cker.
You tut to do someone a favour and karma kicks you in the bo :censored locks.
Stopped to push a a broken down van or of the way in rush hour traffic, no f :censored cker else helped and bang, either a broken leg,  torn muscle or torn tendon.
On the way to a and e now to find out.
Had to ride 10 miles home with it too, gear changes were painful and had to phone the neighbour to come help me get off the bike and into the house.
On the up side, I get typo spend the night looking at young nurses.
Great now I have to quickly do something before I go.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 21:14 - 6 December, 2018
Karma-my-car-me-a-limb

Karma Chameleon

I'll get my coat

Hope it's not too bad whatever it is
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:43 - 7 December, 2018
Blinkin' 'eck!  :o
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 01:51 - 7 December, 2018
Well it's 2 am and I'm waiting to see a surgeon. Turns out I've snapped the Achilles tendon and might need surgery to reattach it. 

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 05:51 - 7 December, 2018
Blimey fella, break a leg er, good luck.

Hope its all goes ok.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 10:32 - 7 December, 2018
Oh shit, not good.

Hope it all ends up ok!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 10:38 - 7 December, 2018
whoops.

You'd think someone with a cage could help with a tow more easily.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 15:21 - 7 December, 2018
You'd think but everyone was just ignoring him.
Well it's all been done and I'm now immobilized for a while. Does anyone know where you get those special bike boots that go over a cast?
As we are E friends and rarely see each other, would you guys mind signing/ writing a message on a piece of paper and sending me a photo so I can print it out and stick it to the cast?
They reckon it'll be 6 to 8 weeks with the cast on but I'm hoping to be back riding before that.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 15:31 - 7 December, 2018
Guess you could paint an Alpinestars logo on the cast so it just likes the good old white boots we all love ;)

(https://www.maciag-offroad.de/shop/artikelbilder/normal/57603/alpinestars_motocrossstiefel1_1453803632.jpeg)

Hope you're up and running around soon though fella, an excuse for a brief bit of pampering surely though.

GWS.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 16:06 - 7 December, 2018
Cool had been a start and will continue to be for the next 8 weeks I'm sure so I've just bought her tickets to go see a Brian Cox lecture in Cardiff.
Unfortunately the cast is blue not white but I might be able to do something like that though.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 16:16 - 7 December, 2018
By the way, was the van that you tried to push the one that was parked in a bike bay on an earlier post?

I’ll call in for a cuppa at some point. Text me your address and next time I’m working in Ebbw V (our closest site to you I think) I’ll bring some cake.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 23:30 - 7 December, 2018
Sorry to hear that CB. PM me your address and I’ll send you something to stick on your boot
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 09:59 - 8 December, 2018
Bored already, can't do anything. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181208/69971c32c799d2f895613a7a284e71bb.jpg)

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 10:08 - 8 December, 2018
Internet boredom and a credit card are a bad combination during the run up to Christmas.
Out of the quagmire of kitsch stocking filters though there was one nugget of gold.
I managed to score tickets for a lecture with professor Brian Cox, Gill and I have wanted to see him for a while.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 23:04 - 8 December, 2018
 :o ouch.


Stick your addy in in the contacts bit,  or pm me. 
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 15:14 - 9 December, 2018
Internet and a credit card is limited by hydration and palm skin depth?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 12:23 - 10 December, 2018
Internet boredom and a credit card are a bad combination during the run up to Christmas.
Out of the quagmire of kitsch stocking filters though there was one nugget of gold.
I managed to score tickets for a lecture with professor Brian Cox, Gill and I have wanted to see him for a while.

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You'll enjoy Brian Cox  - we went to see him in October at our Gravity Fields Festival.......held in Grantham every 2 years to commemorate Isaac Newton
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 08:49 - 14 December, 2018
Thanx for the prezzies guys. That bike is fiddly as fook.
I've got two of them now.
Thanx for the beers Rob, I'll try them when I get off the meds.


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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 22:26 - 17 December, 2018
how you getting on with the recovery CB?

weirdly 3 people I know have snapped their achilies within the same week - what is that all about!

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 08:19 - 18 December, 2018
Back to the hospital on Friday. Think they will be putting a boot and a rocker on it so at least I'll be mobile.
It was a complete surprise to me too, I've always had strong calfs / tendons, that said so do wright lifters and this happens to them all the time.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 08:36 - 18 December, 2018
I think its just one of those random things. 

SO did they operate or have they gone with the it will heal itself if immobilised approach?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 09:25 - 18 December, 2018
When the results came in I was all for surgery,  it's not the first time I've had this problem (shoulder in my teens) and surgery worked well.
The consultant however furnished me (on request) with study data that shows immobilise and rest is just as good/quick as surgery and carries less risk of nerve damage and infection.
He said he would only recommend surgery for top level athletes.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 20:27 - 18 December, 2018
He said he would only recommend surgery for top level athletes.

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no chance of surgery for you then. ;)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:32 - 18 December, 2018
I work out every day.
I work out how much I can eat without feeling guilty.



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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 16:15 - 19 December, 2018
Finally got it done.
Thanx guys, I'll do the other one over Christmas and have them as centre pieces for the table.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 16:58 - 19 December, 2018
Be careful on that, you don't want to fall off and damage the other leg  ;)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 19:28 - 19 December, 2018
Is that a wooden version of your Kylie transformation?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 13:32 - 21 December, 2018
All booted up now. Wish I'd kept the cast on, because they are stretching the tendon and muscle it's fekin painful now but if at least take the boot off at night. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181221/84f5db0847cece4ce6e4c381c6d6c8c8.jpg)

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 14:28 - 21 December, 2018
Paint it red and gold and pretend you're Iron Man ;)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 16:39 - 21 December, 2018
Unfortunately it has to be returned so that can't happen but on the upside I've had it apart and re engineered some parts and redesigned the wedges inside and it's more comfortable and the pain has all but gone.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 16:57 - 21 December, 2018
All booted up now. Wish I'd kept the cast on, because they are stretching the tendon and muscle it's fekin painful now but if at least take the boot off at night. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20181221/84f5db0847cece4ce6e4c381c6d6c8c8.jpg)

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Looks like one of Neil’s bike boots...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 18:03 - 21 December, 2018
Is that an anti-theft tag on it or a tub of cream cheese?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 19:24 - 21 December, 2018
Air freshener?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 07:18 - 22 December, 2018
Surprised that nobody has mentioned the discarded tissue... been watching Brokeback Mounting?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 10:25 - 22 December, 2018
I am extremely offended that you should think me an iron hoof.
I was actually watching the goat whisperer

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 19:59 - 22 December, 2018
Did you eat the goats cheese?

Have you not got a Christmas stocking to slip over the boot?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:21 - 22 December, 2018
 Christmas stocking
Pmsl
The consultant reckoned it'll be three months of the boot before I can walk on it.
I have to squeeze that into 2 weeks. The principal is simple, now it's started knitting I have to tear and stretch every day to get the tendon back to full length.
Too many painkillers and lots of being shouted at by swmbo, it's working but everytime it tears it bleeds and I'm on anti coagulants so this happens.

Truth is though, I need to be fit to ride by the 7th.
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:21 - 22 December, 2018
That really is a shit thing to happen.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 23:39 - 22 December, 2018
What happens on the 7th?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 07:50 - 23 December, 2018
What happens on the 7th?
What happens on the 7th stays on the 7th.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 12:18 - 23 December, 2018
Doing an enduro day.
Lol, no, just back to work then but I wanted to be able to ride the bike.
I don't think any of us here are the kinds of person to sit around for 3 months with a boot on just because the doctor said to.
Marquez had his shoulder repaired(have you seen the photos? ) and the doctor said he'll be ready to start testing again in 2 weeks.
I know I'm not him but there's no reason an accelerated recuperation regime can't be used.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 17:25 - 23 December, 2018
You’ll be putting your right foot down at stops and using the front brake and presumably dismounting off of the right of the bike after putting the side stand down - just thinking of the twist and weight on the tendon?

When Cadwell’s Gooseneck broke my collarbone I started riding my old Yam before I was supposed to, the doctor was unimpressed when the X-ray showed it hadn’t healed a month later. The tw@t took the train for the next month.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Sidestand on 23:05 - 23 December, 2018
Just goes to show that I should read these threads from the start !
I didn't spot you had dine your Achilles tendon in Steve - I should pay more attention

Shit thing to happen when you're doing the good Samaritan bit - but glad you're on the mend

Just be careful getting back on the bike too quick - we're all of a certain age these days & you can do more harm than good rushing things
Keep at the physic though - it pays off
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 23:30 - 23 December, 2018
Absolute right Mr Sidey.. proper rehab at our your age.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 12:28 - 25 December, 2018
We had our neighbours around for drinks last night as their daughter is same age as ours but parents are 15 years younger than us. I particularly like “mum” but her husband would definitely send me to an extended period of rehab!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 15:06 - 30 December, 2018
Look what I found.
Got him today and the sheepdog tomorrow.
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 16:21 - 30 December, 2018
Nice, looks like he's settled in already :)

That Rubik's cube been keeping you busy with your foot up?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 17:02 - 30 December, 2018
Haven't had my foot up. Fitted a new front door on yesterday, got to build the new wheels and fit new tyres and put them on the bike tomorrow.
Mobility is getting better every day. I can walk up and down the stairs OK now but it's surprising how quickly you forget how to walk when you don't do it.
I keep the boot on all day and take it off about 9pm but I'm even losing strength and coordination is my other leg.
They reckoned it would be three months in the boot then four to six months physio to be able to walk properly again.
Fek that. I've gone with the intensive therapy and fist fulls of painkillers method.
I might end up with a limp but walking is a necessity rather than a pastime for me so I'm fine with that.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 19:33 - 30 December, 2018
Be careful about prolonged use of Ibuprofen
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:58 - 30 December, 2018
Why's that then?

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 21:25 - 30 December, 2018
Mainly gut problems and kidney issues, but there's also apparently increased risks of heart attacks and stroke with heavy long term use.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 20:38 - 31 December, 2018
Handsome doggy
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 18:13 - 1 January, 2019
Fancy some dogging

 :o
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 22:24 - 7 January, 2019
So, did CB go back to work today?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 04:44 - 8 January, 2019
Yep, but I'm using the car,  got to get up at 0300 as I'm in at 6 until I get back on the bike.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 14:51 - 27 January, 2019
Well I've been out of the boot for four days now.
Tendon is strong but my calf muscle is non existent. Using the tread Mill daily so hopefully will be strong enough by next weekend to ride again.
This time out has made me more determined than ever to shed some weight.
Want to get four stone off by the summer.
Any tips?

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 15:24 - 27 January, 2019
Any tips?



Eat less  :P
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 16:12 - 27 January, 2019
Yes. I've just lost 10kg from June

1. Eat regularly

2. Eat as much as you need to not feel hungry

3. Don't eat until you feel full.

4. Avoid processed foods...even savory stuff has sugar and other crap.

5. Eat properly. Lots of veg.

6. Weigh yourself every morning. <Most important, because it becomes a subconscious reminder that u no longer wish to be a fat git.>

Not only will you lose weight, but you'll get to enjoy subtle foods and natural flavour...I seriously struggle with almost all processed foods, they are just not nice anymore. More trace elements, healthier in everything, less susceptible to colds and illness.  Etc. Kind
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Post by: celticbiker on 16:15 - 27 January, 2019
There is that I suppose.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 17:16 - 27 January, 2019
I've been losing since New year. Not a resolution or any of that bo :censored locks, just to lose a lot of flab I've put on last year.

Lost 3/4 of a stone in January already.

The missus has found some great recipes that aren't a 'diet', but simply healthy food that fills you up. I've found you need to fundamentally feel full, and upping the protein does that.

Don't go all Atkins diet, but a 3 egg omlette or scrambled egg etc for breakfast is great for feeling full longer and being good for weight loss.  As ET says, cut the crap out, no question. Carbs are fine in moderation but no refined sugars or processed rubbish.

Also (and I thought this would be hard) is cut down booze. I've not had a drink since New year's Eve and feel fine for it. Had the odd evening thinking a beer would be nice but wasn't hard to go without.

I've got a treadmill and rowing machine and go on them for 20-30 minutes 3 times a week as a minimum with some weights after which has sorted a few aches and pains I'd developed.

None of it is revolutionary or really that difficult, just need that little switch in the old noggin to click into action to keep motivation.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 21:28 - 27 January, 2019
Want to get four stone off by the summer.
Any tips?
Amputate a few limbs would be a quick way?

Agree with what’s been said about processed food plus plenty of water between meals, and would like to add exercise. Don’t need to join a gym, just walk or cycle briskly for a couple of miles every evening.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:52 - 27 January, 2019
I'm starting to see a common thread here and possibly the reason I've put this off so many times before.
Sitting around over Christmas with the foot up has done me no good at all and I want to do something now before things get out of hand.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:32 - 27 January, 2019
Agree with all above. Yes exercise, of course I walk, and actually run a bit now, with the dog, then the kayaking and canoeing. I stand all day to work (standing desk), just sitting very occasionallyif im looking at drawings (i have sitting desk too)..but I use a bar stool no back rest.

But I don't do any formal exercise, apart from 20 press ups every morning with my feet up on  the side of our bath tub to make it a bit harder, that's only because my pecs never get that much exercise in comparison to everything else.

I'm in 30" waist jeans now, (that's 4" down from last year). It means literally I have nothing that fits me , all my suits, decent expensive jeans, chinos, about 14 pairs of (expensive) undies, none of my walking trousers, fit me any more... That's actually made it quite expensive. I only have two chinos and two jeans that fit me...and they're from Sainsbury's!...I hate buying clothes!  (Still 40-42 chest wise though, so jackets and shirts are okay).

Be warned.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 21:23 - 28 January, 2019
Motocross or enduro or trail bike
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 17:14 - 1 February, 2019
I'm a 34, sent all your shit to me
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 18:51 - 1 February, 2019
Cor lummy, it's been a while since I saw 34.


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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 19:12 - 1 February, 2019
Er, are we talking waist sizes?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:29 - 1 February, 2019
I hope so.
If it's anything else, I'll be blaming the cold weather.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 20:08 - 1 February, 2019
Do you blame Greggs for your waistline? 
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:30 - 1 February, 2019
Naturally


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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:56 - 1 February, 2019
That’s not a Gregg that’s an Alistair
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 11:17 - 23 February, 2019
Anyone want any part with tyres?
Should throw them away when I take them off really. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190223/b7e7b4e19b49288955dc84623be7ffba.jpg)

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 12:55 - 23 February, 2019
I've got 3 waiting to go to the tip.

You should advertise them to dog owners as large play hoops.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 20:16 - 23 February, 2019
Or somewhere to put their dog shit other than the pavement, park and other public spaces
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:01 - 24 February, 2019
Loads of tread on some of them, drop 'em round.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 08:26 - 24 February, 2019
In all seriousness if anyone wants them you can have them.  Where are you  Vu ja Dave

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:02 - 25 February, 2019
Hayle. Quite far from everywhere except the Atlantic.  8)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 19:33 - 26 February, 2019
As in Cornwall? My bruv lives down there (mevagissy) so I'll be down at some point. ..
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:21 - 26 February, 2019
How's about I tie them together like a raft and float them down the coast.
You can fish them out on their way past.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 20:24 - 26 February, 2019
It’s £5 per tyre to dispose of here, bung ET £20 for the fuel and he’ll detour to deliver door to door?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 21:23 - 26 February, 2019
It’s £5 per tyre to dispose of here,

We can take them to our local tip.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 03:47 - 27 February, 2019
I've seen tyres at our local tip but haven't tried taking any yet.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 08:51 - 27 February, 2019
Yeah our local tip is fine with them too.

If you took a van full of them they'd probably have something to say but just chucking a couple at a time in isn't a problem.
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Post by: E.T. on 19:00 - 27 February, 2019
I paid £2.50 for disposal last Friday.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 21:41 - 27 February, 2019
Chuck them over a speedcam and set light to them, that seems to be a popular pastime in some areas.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:55 - 27 February, 2019
Only the ones that you frequent Gary

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 20:20 - 28 February, 2019
Oh… On another subject, I got a Drift Ghost... Then it broke. Then I got another Drift Ghost and that broke, I had some good video on it as well but lost both.

The second one has been sent back to Drift to do something or the other with it, but I'm at the stage of getting another one when the refund comes through or something else. The Ghost has a 5 hour battery though, it's pretty good but not very reliable. You had a Sony didn't you Steve, how was that?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:27 - 28 February, 2019
Excellent video quality but crap sound. battery life is only 2 hours but it's good for what it is.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 20:46 - 28 February, 2019
I've got a sony, battery life is great at about 3-4 hours.

I find sound no worse than drift, but in it's waterproof housing it's basically mute.

I do think drift ate great when they work, but it seems their reliability is definitely their downfall.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 22:10 - 28 February, 2019
Spotted Gaz on the North Circular

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 03:54 - 1 March, 2019
Pmsl

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 21:09 - 5 March, 2019
LOL... I've gone old school

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 04:34 - 19 March, 2019
Advertisers aren't real people right?
Surely someone proof reads this stuff.
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 07:32 - 19 March, 2019
What's wrong with a deep anal bum party exactly?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 07:40 - 19 March, 2019
Well nothing at sj but I wouldn't expect to see it anywhere else.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 09:14 - 19 March, 2019
Took me a while to get the German one, cracked up when I spotted it  :) :hitler
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 13:54 - 19 March, 2019
Didn't Susan Boyle have a big anal bum party?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 18:30 - 19 March, 2019
Didn't Susan Boyle have a big anal bum party?
if she did. I wasn't invited  :blush
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 19:28 - 19 March, 2019
Didn't Susan Boyle have a big anal bum party?
Big anal bum party: Do they have a candidate standing in the Newport West by-election?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:16 - 20 March, 2019
Didn't Susan Boyle have a big anal bum party?
Big anal bum party: Do they have a candidate standing in the Newport West by-election?

They do but he can't take the seat.  :booty
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 06:06 - 20 March, 2019
Didn't Susan Boyle have a big anal bum party?
Big anal bum party: Do they have a candidate standing in the Newport West by-election?

They do but he can't take the seat.  :booty
boom boom bum bum
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 20:24 - 20 March, 2019
 :bp
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 12:39 - 23 March, 2019
Well, having spoken of heated grips recently, I've had mine on for less than a year and the top most blue led, the 90% one, has died.
Can't anyone make anything that lasts for more than five fekin minutes these days.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 15:41 - 23 March, 2019
Give Oxford a bell, they might replace the controller for you.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 08:47 - 24 March, 2019
I have the same on and my 50% blue led went after 5 month and something like 4 rides...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 09:08 - 30 March, 2019
Hey, UK government, could you repair the roads you tax me to build so I don't f  :censored ck up the vehicles you tax me annually to drive that I've paid for with money I earned which is taxed and design the layout better so I'm not wasting fuel I pay tax on sitting in traffic jams.

Thanx

Every UK citizen.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 19:03 - 30 March, 2019
Hey, UK government, could you repair the roads you tax me to build so I don't f  :censored ck up the vehicles you tax me annually to drive that I've paid for with money I earned which is taxed and design the layout better so I'm not wasting fuel I pay tax on sitting in traffic jams.

Thanx

Every UK citizen.

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it sounds like you drive a taxi
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 23:20 - 30 March, 2019
Haven’t you heard of filtering CB?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 07:31 - 31 March, 2019
Yeh, it's more about the car than anything else, because I've used it a fair bit since Christmas, I see just how bad things have got.  I don't really notice on the bike.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 11:19 - 6 April, 2019
JR really fecked that up. Wonder what he'll complain about now.
I think Sykes would have been higher up if he hadn't run wide on the last corner.
Can't wait to see how that bike performs when they get the engine upgrades in four weeks time.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 21:19 - 6 April, 2019
I'm calling BS on him fu  :censored ing his timing up on his flying laps.

Sykes was incredible. I always thought he was a bit of whiner but i have to say hes been the model professional on that bike and how quick is the man over 1 lap. incredible.


starting to look ominous now with the potential all ducati podium there.  The bike will be hamstrung shortly, although that will probably reduce bautistas winning margine from 20 seconds to 10.  I think davis and laverty are making bautista look good. The bike is clearly an awesome machine and bautista is getting the most out of it. I think its only a matter of time before davis and laverty are starting to clear off away from the field too.

stoked for lowes, he did so well. I am always rooting for him, and the r1 is starting to perform. its still not as quick as the kwak in a straight line despite what the commentators say but its definitely closer.

see what tomorrow brings, these sprint races have been fun
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:21 - 7 April, 2019
Never realised WSB had started.  :hmm
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 08:20 - 7 April, 2019
And you call yourself a biker

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 14:13 - 8 April, 2019
Never realised WSB had started.  :hmm

World Sausage Beating has started!?!?!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 15:05 - 8 April, 2019
Never realised WSB had started.  :hmm

World Sausage Beating has started!?!?!
Didn’t know it had stopped!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:30 - 8 April, 2019
So you got a great start on the rest of us this year then Al

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Title: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 10:39 - 9 April, 2019
Oh yes!

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 22:45 - 9 April, 2019
No news on the balancing rules that were supposed to be implemented by today?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 12:56 - 10 April, 2019
World Sausage Balancing?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 19:20 - 10 April, 2019
Watched the highlights on ITV4 last night, disappointed that I didn’t see a single sausage. Racing was good though...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:53 - 10 April, 2019
If nobody minds I'd like to bring this back to biking as opposed to penoos problems.

It's about that time of year to replace chain and sprockets but there's virtually no wear on the chain, doesn't lift off the rear sprocket no stiff links no more lateral movement than you'd expect.
Here's the rub, 30000 miles on the chain and the front sprocket is hooked and clonks well when you spin the wheel.
I'm a big believer in replacing all three at the same time but now I'm wondering if maybe I should just change the front.

Wadda you guys think?

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Post by: AlunL on 20:02 - 10 April, 2019
I’ve always changed the 3 together.... but I’m not always right.
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Post by: Rob the Nog on 20:28 - 10 April, 2019
If the chain is fine as you say, I'd just change the front. Cheap enough to then still change all 3 next time around.
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Post by: Zippy on 20:37 - 10 April, 2019

Wadda you guys think?


Drivetrain wear is a big thing for me on the peddly, when I cycle north of 6k miles a year and a chain + sprockets will last 3k miles typically...then everything I can do to make it last a bit longer and be more economical I do. I've experimented with swapping chains every other week, and running stuff till it's waaay past sensible etc.

So on the peddly, front sprocket is larger. You typically change the chain and cassette as the front sprocket will normally wear over a few chain changes. I bought a stainless front chainring and it's done waaaay loads of chains. The thing which affected chain wear the most was grit and contaminants - it's noticeably accelerated chainwear over winter (and all other bearings get a pasting - I'm looking at you bottom bracket). I've managed to eek about 6k miles out of my most recent chain+sprockets by periodically ultrasonically cleaning it, and then placing it in heated paraffin wax that's liquid so I get far more lubrication everywhere.

It's probably slightly different on the motorbike as you'll get a reasonable contribution of wear from drive load (although proportional to size, peddly chain does stack up), but the wear mechanism is the chain wears fastest (picks up contaminants is my theory), that in turn with the chain "stretch" wears the sprockets. Both sprockets theoretically see the same load, but the smaller sprocket;s individual teeth gets more of a hammering as there is less of them to spread the work out amongst them, so this then wears faster. If you catch it at the right time, you can get away with changing just chain and the worn sprockets, rather than the whole lot, as they'll all mesh together. Go too far and then only that chain will mesh with that set of sprockets as they've worn together.

Hope none of that includes too much sucking eggs, but the bottom line is, if you do it early enough (which it sounds like it is at the moment), then I'd say go for it. It might be a tiny bit rough to begin with as the chain wears in/beds in to you slightly worn rear sprocket, but it should all mesh ok - you'll be able to see it visually quick enough - and feel it when you ride.

That's my 10 penneth.
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Post by: E.T. on 22:05 - 10 April, 2019
I’ve always changed the 3 together.... but I’m not always right.
ditto...only once on the tdm at 33k... I haven't had anything else long enough  :bag
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Post by: celticbiker on 06:21 - 11 April, 2019
Well, they've gone and done it,  Ducati have received a 250 rpm penalty but more importantly Honda and Yamaha have received a 500 rpm increase

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Post by: CoxyLaad on 09:02 - 11 April, 2019
Yamaha have?  I didn't hear that.
I head honda and Bmw had the rpm increase. Which is funny as the engines probably can't rev that high. Certainly the honda
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Post by: celticbiker on 10:58 - 11 April, 2019
News report

crash.net: Ducati hit with rev limit drop, Honda handed increase.
https://www.crash.net/wsbk/news/917365/1/ducati-hit-rev-limit-drop-honda-handed-increase

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Post by: CoxyLaad on 12:20 - 12 April, 2019
Yamaha granted one upgrade part that must be made available to all yamahas on the grid - turbo?  :badge
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Post by: Zippy on 16:31 - 13 April, 2019
Drivetrain wear is a big thing for me on the peddly,

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 17:25 - 13 April, 2019
Is there not a scottoiler for bio powered vehicles?
I think on motos a lot of the reason that it works is because it washes the dirt away rather than allowing it to become a paste.

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Post by: E.T. on 20:07 - 13 April, 2019
Yeah but it's weight is greater than 1g so therefore incompatible with Mr Snob-cyclist
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Post by: celticbiker on 20:10 - 13 April, 2019
Don't they do a carbon fibre version?

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Post by: celticbiker on 20:07 - 17 April, 2019
Ahem , I bought the wrong gearbox sprocket, 15 instead of 16.
Anyone want a renthal front sprocket for a tdm900,  yzf r1 2015>, mt07/09/10, xsr 700/900.
Twenty squid delivered

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 20:40 - 17 April, 2019
Don't you want a wheelie machine? :icon_biggrin:
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Post by: celticbiker on 20:55 - 17 April, 2019
As fun as it might be, if I was going to go that way I'd go up 2 at the back and shorten the wheel base instead of lengthening it.

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Post by: celticbiker on 14:40 - 27 April, 2019
Finally got around to the tyre changing video.

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https://youtu.be/hun05YrvKmY
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Post by: Rob the Nog on 16:32 - 27 April, 2019
Nice vid, I might have to see if I can one of those rod things for mine, it's ok using spoons but that makes it so much easier :thumb
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Post by: E.T. on 07:40 - 28 April, 2019
Good tool that. Lot less hassle than levers.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 12:28 - 29 April, 2019
It doesn't take the old tyre off as well does it?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 12:55 - 29 April, 2019
It doesn't take the old tyre off as well does it?

Yeah, he sneaks it at the very end  :thumb

Looking at one on ebay now - a guys got a sealey one second hand, I've thrown him an offer as that looks like it takes all the puffing and panting out of the job with the spoons.
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Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 12:59 - 29 April, 2019
The ones in the garage have a 'fin' on that they stick under the bead and flip the tyre off like a cowboy opening a tin of beans in one smooth action, I didn't see it on the end of Steve's pole. I missed the end, I'll go back and have a look :)
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Post by: Rob the Nog on 13:07 - 29 April, 2019
Steve's pole has a big ball on the end, he showed me at SJ.
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Post by: E.T. on 14:33 - 29 April, 2019
Two little wheels actually
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Post by: Rob the Nog on 14:41 - 29 April, 2019
Ah, he showed you the other end then  ;)
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Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 16:22 - 29 April, 2019
Who did he show the middle to?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 10:27 - 4 May, 2019
Well that was easier than I expected.
I've had an intermittent leaking fork seal (when I typed that, predictive text made it read intermittent leaking girl seat) most of the year and I haven't changed it cos I was not looking forward to doing it.
What a breeze it was in the end. Much easier on USD forks than traditional ones. The seals even came out from the leg with no problem. I've got all the right tools but it was still easier than expected.
The seal that came out was shot. Lip was OK but the spring had broken inside and there was loads of dirt and rust behind the lip which I think was the culprit for the leak more than anything.
Not that anyone on here needs it but I might do another video when I do the other seal.

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Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:29 - 5 May, 2019
 :icon_cheers:
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Post by: celticbiker on 19:13 - 5 May, 2019
Done a couple of outstanding jobs this morning, stripped, cleaned, broke,  fixed and lubed the suspension linkage and changed the front sprocket.
Just as well really.

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Post by: AlunL on 19:29 - 5 May, 2019
What’s your rear sprocket like?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:40 - 5 May, 2019
A little bit worn and will be changed when I do the tyres but it's not bad.
I've always changed chain and sprockets at the same time but there is no perceptible wear in the chain, doesn't lift off the sprocket, no lateral movement, no tight spots and no stiff links. I'll measure it up properly when I've got my verniers to hand tomorrow. New front sprocket has stopped all that noise though

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 22:42 - 5 May, 2019
wow look at those teeth. how many miles on that ? (sorry if youve already said)
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Post by: celticbiker on 22:44 - 5 May, 2019
Around 30000. But as I said, the chain seems fine.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 09:08 - 6 May, 2019
Do you run a scott oiler on it?
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Post by: celticbiker on 09:37 - 6 May, 2019
Yes, a scottoiler with genuine blue oil and clean every week and use muc off extreme (purple) chain lube once a week.
It's the reason you found so much caked on grease and muck when you stripped old blue

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 06:54 - 14 May, 2019
How do y'all keep your blacks clean?
More precisely the fork lowers.

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Post by: Zippy on 06:59 - 14 May, 2019
Blacks? As in the colour black?
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Post by: celticbiker on 07:08 - 14 May, 2019
Yes.

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Post by: Zippy on 09:19 - 14 May, 2019
In which case - the same as I clean any other bit of paintwork. The issue is gloss black leaves/shows smears and swirls easily - so a removing watermarks is a must, and a polish/wax. If it's a matt finish, you have to be a bit careful with what finish you use on it, some waxes don't go well with it.

If it's plastic that's going a bit off, then tyre dressing seems to work well - but it does wear off. I have some gtechniq stronger tyre gel stuff which lasts better. Longer term you can use their trim restorer.

I do fine black you need to make sure you do more than just the clean the dirt off, you need to "finish" it with a wax etc. just to remove the final water spotting and restore clarity etc.

I expect detailingworld has loads, but this is my experience based on time/cost/effort compromise.
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Post by: Rob the Nog on 09:38 - 14 May, 2019
Quick wipe with WD40 on a rag after cleaning  :thumb
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Post by: AlunL on 11:51 - 14 May, 2019
Quick wipe with WD40 on a rag after cleaning  :thumb
I’ll second that. WD40 is good for black plastics and metal.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 18:10 - 14 May, 2019
If you want to be posh acf50 brings up black plastic really well and doesn't tend to dry off.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 18:54 - 14 May, 2019
I use acf 50 anyway but was wondering if there was anything that would restored the bottoms of the fork legs rather than cover it up.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 10:33 - 16 May, 2019
Show us a photo. Is it black paint? Is it discolouration due to UV, or lost it's finish due to stone chips and/or corrosion from the stone chips starting to appear?
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Post by: Rob the Nog on 10:39 - 16 May, 2019
The fork lowers would be painted of powder coated (guessing painted).

If the finish is actually worn I'd maybe give them a buff with a fine cutting polish to restore the finish and then protect with ACF.
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Post by: CoxyLaad on 13:32 - 16 May, 2019
polish them up to a mirror finish
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Post by: celticbiker on 19:50 - 28 May, 2019
Well, I'll know more in the morning but I managed to do a 20 minute run on the tread mill tonight and the leg feels good so if all is OK in the morning I can start getting some of the weight off and hopefully still get a track day in this year.

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Post by: CoxyLaad on 08:33 - 30 May, 2019
 :hello2 :hello2 :hello2

i bet you are stiff as fook today  :ohyeah
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Post by: celticbiker on 11:54 - 30 May, 2019
Not too bad to be honest.
Decided to do every other day for a month just in case.

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Post by: E.T. on 17:32 - 30 May, 2019
Not too bad to be honest.
Decided to do every other day for a month just in case.

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Watch porn and run at the same time that could improve the stiffness.  :teach
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Post by: celticbiker on 19:49 - 30 May, 2019
The only reason I watch porn these days is to stop me rolling out bed at night.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:12 - 6 June, 2019
Run 3k tonight, pleased with that.
On another topic entirely, think I'm going to spend some windfall.
So the question is.......
Quickshifter or power commander?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 21:15 - 6 June, 2019
Not bad going. I've been doing it since New Year and try and do a 5k at least once a week now, with a few 3k's thrown in throughout the week. Going well and not too painful anymore.

Anyway, is this for the FZ? I'd go quick shifter. Power Commanders don't do much IMO without the mods for the mapping changes, and on the FZ1 the effect was limited to top end with possibly reduced bottom end. Preferred it when I took them all off.
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Post by: CoxyLaad on 23:38 - 6 June, 2019
Does the bikes ECU support a quicksifter? I would get it flashed not a power commander then you get the better fueling and ignition, and possibly a quick shifter as well
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Post by: celticbiker on 14:15 - 7 June, 2019
Yes, I believe it does but a flash is permanent whereas with the PC I can turn it off and with the latest ones I can have multi maps and switch cos I don't want full power when I'm riding in snow in the winter.

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Post by: Rob the Nog on 15:04 - 7 June, 2019
Yep tried that too.  Had a switch to flick between my 'power' map i'd set up with the autotune and a 'cruising' map with much leaner set up.

May have just been my setup but I found it did little to change much.  You can smooth out certain area's but because it's only tweaking the stock ECU map rather than dramatically changing the mapping, it doesn't change the character that much.  I found it a bit of waste of money if I'm brutally honest.

You may find it works for you though.
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Post by: CoxyLaad on 22:40 - 7 June, 2019
Unless you have ride by wire throttle bodies all a low power map will do is make the engine run poorly.

Just use the throttle
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Post by: celticbiker on 21:12 - 8 June, 2019
Ah, let me restate that.
Power delivery is restricted in first and second, primarily to protect the gears i suspect but it is useful to me in the rain and snow during the winter and wouldn't want that to be removed with a flash so a pcv would have a power map and a cleaned up standard map so is it worth it for that?
On the other hand the i have reservations with the quickshifter with regards to damaging the dogs over time as my bikes do do a lot of miles.
Thoughts?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 23:00 - 8 June, 2019
I would still get the reflash, you are easily proficient enough to manage the bike in all conditions, let the engine run how it should.

if you get the quickshifter sorted as part of that then its a no brainer
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Post by: Readmarx on 19:17 - 9 June, 2019
Early S10's had 2nd gear failure a lot. Nothing to do with power. Shit gear sector and sloppy dogs
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 07:37 - 10 June, 2019
Great, set off for work today, ten miles in, hole in radiator.
FFS.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 16:39 - 10 June, 2019
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Post by: Zippy on 19:39 - 11 June, 2019
What caused it?
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Post by: AlunL on 20:04 - 11 June, 2019
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Do you know anyone who can extract the holy smoke?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:11 - 11 June, 2019
Dunno yet, looks like one of the fins had split but til I get it off and pressurise it I won't really know. Got a lovely fabricated HD one coming. Just got to get the right coolant now.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 20:46 - 11 June, 2019
where are you getting that made from?

I wouldnt mind having one made up for the trx but gmx were quoting me upwards of 400 quid for one!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:05 - 11 June, 2019
It's actually for an fz1 but the oem part numbers are the same.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F183013818076



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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 21:55 - 11 June, 2019
Yummy !
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 22:03 - 11 June, 2019
It is isn't it.
An oem has more finesse I must say but I've got some black radiator specific paint to tart it up a bit.

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Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 19:18 - 12 June, 2019
I like that... £120 is that right?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:43 - 12 June, 2019
Yeh, couldn't believe it myself.
Considering an oem is the thick end of 450 squid.
I found an oem brand new in Germany for 150 delivered but had to wait 2 weeks to get it so went for that one instead.
Also got some specialist radiator paint to just to black it up a bit.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 10:17 - 15 June, 2019
Well I've got it, it's actually polished and laquered so not sure if I want to paint it or not or even if I can. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190615/777c83770930358e6485681328ae2544.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190615/8d051e797d0ccddd4aae938dc362741c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190615/7e63a7b2c6ed9ea67f194cabd860b63a.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190615/d2587a89ddb3052f386263196ef52d8d.jpg)

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 13:21 - 15 June, 2019
I'd leave it silver, looks sminky :)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 13:46 - 15 June, 2019
Well that was short lived,, it's got way too much of a curve to it and the fan assembly cannot be installed.
Contacted the seller and bought a used oem at least that will fit.
Could have got a pattern from elsewhere but as they are listed for the fz1 as well as the 8 I don't have a great amount of confidence that they will fit either.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 22:36 - 16 June, 2019
whats the dimensions of it?

might work with my setup
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 22:55 - 16 June, 2019
Did think of that if the the seller was awkward but he's taking it back.
Got a used oem one for 150 delivered.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 23:56 - 16 June, 2019
I ran my XTZ750 without a fan for ten years. New rad would be fine. Unless you sit in traffic...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 06:39 - 17 June, 2019
Unfortunately I do a lot of slow traffic work and the fans come on regular.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 08:03 - 18 June, 2019
I guess it’s a mechanical water pump too? Traffic is a bit of a killer from a cooling perspective isn’t it! Lower revs so less water pumping, more heat soak, less airflow...just killer in all respects.
Whilst my electric water pump on my beemer is expensive (silly so if you get from bmw direct!) and a known failure point (although I changed mine a 1805k miles as preventative maintenance), it certainly has it’s benefits!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 08:14 - 18 June, 2019
Depends how you look at it I guess, slower moving coolant means it gets more time to absorb and carry away more heat and then longer to lose the heat at the radiator.  You get an initial heat soak, but once the fans are kicking in, the system gets to an equilibrium again.  Pro's and con's to both.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 09:41 - 18 June, 2019
yeah, on balance i think i would prefer a mechanical one.

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 11:00 - 18 June, 2019
Depends how you look at it I guess, slower moving coolant means it gets more time to absorb and carry away more heat and then longer to lose the heat at the radiator. 

Ermm, not quite! The flow has to match what you want it to do. The electric ones have all clever maps to change the temperature of the block for max efficiency and max power etc.

Read up on: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton%27s_law_of_cooling#Heat_transfer_version_of_the_law

In brief, maintaining high rates of cooling water always promotes cooling: heat energy carried off per unit of time is increased.  :teach

Electrical ones can also work when the engine is not running  ;)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 11:26 - 18 June, 2019
I'll take your word for it ;)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 11:35 - 18 June, 2019
I let Derek get on with it.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 20:14 - 18 June, 2019
Engines are hot. Unless they are not. Where's my fu  :censored ing Nobel prize for science?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 23:36 - 18 June, 2019
In the oven
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 09:58 - 19 June, 2019
do any bikes come with electric water pumps?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 10:20 - 19 June, 2019
Don't know if the latest BMW's do, knowing them they've probably thrown something extremely expensive to repair in there.

In such a compact engine on a bike, a mechanical pump seems the most obvious and simple solution though, especially in normal road bikes.  In big capacity race bikes then I guess electric would be the better choice, but on the road when bike engines can even be air / oil cooled, a mechanical pump seems fine to me.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 13:38 - 19 June, 2019
I'd relate it back to the days of the Rallye Car era. And yes you do have to spell it like that or a pair of Weber 45 DCOE Carburettor's die.

Yeah, so back in the days of the Lotus Twin Cam headed 2000cc Ford Escort, along with roll cages, bucket seats, battery cut-out switches and fire extinguishers (calm down ET!) the electric fuel pump was one of the first things you'd buy because those Weber's could drink petrol. Don't forget back in the day the XR3's and Escorts all came with mechanical pumps.

But with your Twin Cam Escort and Webers it generated a lot of heat so the next thing to do was either fit an electric water assist pump and leave all the pulleys and belts as standard or fiddle with that lot and fit an electric pump all on it's own. An assist pump was about twice the price of a single fit electric pump but they sold those more because you could leave the old mechanical one in there, easier.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 18:32 - 19 June, 2019
I'd relate it back to the days of the Rallye Car era. And yes you do have to spell it like that or a pair of Weber 45 DCOE Carburettor's die.

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Zippy on 18:45 - 19 June, 2019
do any bikes come with electric water pumps?

It does seem to be an aftermarket thing for both cars and bikes (although easier with cars as you can pick up car packaged/rated OE ones, to reduce parasitic losses and standalone maps for it blah blah blah
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 17:09 - 20 June, 2019
Engines are hot. Unless they are not. Where's my fu  :censored ing Nobel prize for science?
Yeah, I found that out on the TDM, what I thought was a heated grab rail once, was an exhaust pipe.  :teach

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:21 - 8 July, 2019
Well, just had my first ride on the power rs's and I've got to say, they are phenomenal.
The grip levels are high as you'd expect but the profile is something else too.
Turn in is completely neutral and stays neutral right to the edge of the tyre, even heavy braking to an apex doesn't load the steering excessively, a quick flick on the bars and your over on the other side.
I've only done 100 miles on them today so they won't be fully scrubbed and tempered till the weekend, got some rain mid week too so will give them a good hard ride then too and see how they hang on and how quick they get up to temperature.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 14:39 - 9 July, 2019
What are power arses?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 15:12 - 9 July, 2019
Michelins pilot power 4th gen.
Similar to the road 5 but a bit sharper on the steering and less sipes in the tread area.
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 10:20 - 10 July, 2019
Ah yes, they look nice and not too expensive.

There are Pilot Road 5's on the Faz and I don't like the turn in, it feels like it's | great, / ok, but then if you go a bit further it feels like it's going to go _ very fast! I have no problem rubbing the elephant's nose (that's not a euphemism).

What did you have on the faz before the Power Arses?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 10:22 - 10 July, 2019
I always liked PR3's, but not sure you can get them anymore  :sad
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 11:34 - 10 July, 2019
I always like the Avon Storm tyres on the TDM but I think they were for heavier bikes really. I might have to look at tyres for the lighter bike, mind you, my pie quota is quite high anyway.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 19:55 - 10 July, 2019
What are power arses?
it's what dogs get after eating Brussel sprouts
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 21:10 - 10 July, 2019
Ah yes, they look nice and not too expensive.

There are Pilot Road 5's on the Faz and I don't like the turn in, it feels like it's | great, / ok, but then if you go a bit further it feels like it's going to go _ very fast! I have no problem rubbing the elephant's nose (that's not a euphemism).

What did you have on the faz before the Power Arses?
Well, what I found is that Amy of the power series seriously benefit from you hanging off the bike and riding hard.
They are race developed and benefit from being used in that way. I had road 4's on for the winter and got 12000 miles out of them. They worked better if you stayed sitting on the seat but made the steering heavy if you tried to get off the side even slightly. You can really tell the difference between the road oriented and race bred tyres.
With the road 5's try dropping the pressures by 2psi.
At the point you feel it's starting to drop, gas it,  they will bite.  I'll try to get a video of the front and rear tyres during a hard ride.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 17:34 - 11 July, 2019
Look Steve, I'm kinda in to my middle age now (stop laughing at the back!) and I'm not hanging off of anything except my stomach hangs over my belt. I'm also not riding hard as it sticks in to the tank and I have to go to the doctors with yet another red swelling.

You might have a point with the pressures, I usually run mine high, 40 p's of the i's so I might give it a go. Gassing the faz cranked over is not something I'd be confident in doing, not on the road anyhow, I'd fill my pants with everything (like when Readie took us all over the mountains with loose gravel and I think everyone lost a modicum more than just traction).

Maybe I should just get some Harley tires and just go in straight lines?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Vu Ja Dave on 00:34 - 12 July, 2019
40 seems high to me.  I generally range somewhere between 28 and 35 ideally 30-32 in good weather.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 06:37 - 12 July, 2019
36/42 is the pressure manufacturers universally accepted as standard for road tyres some years ago.
This apparently gives the best compromise between grip and longevity.
The same tyres are generally run about 30 to 32 psi  on the track and give way more grip but get torn up in no time.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 09:01 - 12 July, 2019
i concur.

I run 36 front 42 rear on the roads, on the track I run 31 front 26 rear.

point to note, the road pressures are taken cold, and the track pressures are hot. Cold track tyre pressures would relate to somewhere between 25 front and 21 rear. really low.

The feel of road tyres is completely different to track tyres. road tyres feel much harder and have a lot of stiffness in the tyre wall, where as track tyres don't seem to have any self support in the tyre wall, and rely on tyre pressures to retain their shape.

The profile of the tyres are completely different too, with the road tyres being a lot rounder in their profile than the pointy track tyres. This gives a lot of stability in a straight line but resists turning compared to the 'pointy' profile of the track tyres. I've rode with track tyres on the roads, and its not very nice to be honest.

I'mm not sure where I'm going with this to be honest, I think I am just trying to avoid doing any work  :booty
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 21:09 - 12 July, 2019
Displacement therapy is very good for you in limited amounts!

Agree with what you say on track tyres on the road, not good.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:37 - 21 July, 2019
Does anyone remember the race buggy project from last year?
Well it's finally underway, hopefully it will be finished and ready to race next year.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190721/3d659bd42a49bd05e5d22bc36d6d23e6.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190721/7651cf2bba152c4bf94fd36a6f1f4702.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190721/90317002a274c4c89b5a08c12aae4041.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190721/bcac0ef2fe124115344e0c0eed31728a.jpg)

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 19:56 - 21 July, 2019
That looks a good laugh, what engine you going for?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 21:31 - 21 July, 2019
very cool!

the cardboard roof is temporary right?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 22:19 - 21 July, 2019
Fully worked 2 litre ztech apparently.
I have an open ended invitation to drive it when it's finished.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:27 - 21 July, 2019
It would be easier to build if you put it on the floor, rather than hanging on the wall to build it.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 23:20 - 21 July, 2019
He likes a challenge!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 23:25 - 21 July, 2019
Lol, don't know why they uploaded like that

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 10:31 - 22 July, 2019
It looks good :) I dolike an old school chassis.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 13:58 - 22 July, 2019
I'd like the old chassis I had in school too.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 15:29 - 22 July, 2019
on a slight tangent, and complete thread hijack because, why not, does anyone take a scientific approach to what they eat or does everyone just ram food down the mush when they get hungry?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 19:14 - 22 July, 2019
We're pretty fastidious here. More like 10-15 a day. Very little processed food. One bag of sugar lasts 6 months plus.


I haven't seen a doctor since 2011 and that was for jabs prior to going to Iraq.

You are what you eat.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 19:39 - 22 July, 2019
Tonight for example

Aubergine
Potato
Onion
Celery
Green peppers
Carrot s
Peas
Tomato
Cod
Chorizo

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 19:57 - 22 July, 2019
Now we're on to afters...

An orange

And home made Josterberry (from the garden) and apple crumble... Crumble is home made using flour, butter and ground almonds.


So that's pretty typical sort of dinner here.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 20:13 - 22 July, 2019
shove it in. Yeah I know you're all surprised but I do.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:16 - 22 July, 2019
If we're talking calorie counting, then no.
I do try to eat healthy though, cereal for breakfast with a pint of natural Greek yoghurt drink at 0600.
I usually don't eat through the day but have chicken breast or pork (occasionally steak) with rice and veg followed by a flavoured yoghurt and fruit around 1900 and a slice of brown bread toast with honey (for the hay fever dontcherknow) at around 2200.
As far as exercise goes, now the leg is mended I'm back to running 3k at 8kph five days a week.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 21:27 - 22 July, 2019
I'm back to running 3k at 8kph five days a week.

I find 8kph a nice jogging speed and I was building up to 10kph to do a 30 minute 5k, but pulled my hamstring a month or so ago and the bugger won't heal. Shit at this age, 10-20 years ago would be fine a couple of days later, now it's out of action for weeks :(
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:12 - 22 July, 2019
I've got a dog. Saves me having to run.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 22:25 - 22 July, 2019
I'm back to running 3k at 8kph five days a week.

I find 8kph a nice jogging speed and I was building up to 10kph to do a 30 minute 5k, but pulled my hamstring a month or so ago and the bugger won't heal. Shit at this age, 10-20 years ago would be fine a couple of days later, now it's out of action for weeks :(
Tell me about it, took the best part of 20 weeks before I could run after tearing the tendon.
I remember being back racing 15 days after having my legs pinned following a double break.
These days I can put my back out if I fart too hard.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 12:47 - 23 July, 2019
I'm back to running 3k at 8kph five days a week.

These days I can put my back out if I fart too hard.


Amen to that, Brother of the Gas.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 08:37 - 24 July, 2019
So the dieting thing was a leading question. I dont want to spoil your thread so I will create a new one.

Hows your ankle doing anyways?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:44 - 25 July, 2019
Ankle is good, like I said I can run on it with no problem. At a push I can do 5k but for daily repetition I stick to 3.
The hardest part was the tear stretch tear stretch cycle to ensure it didn't heal short but the fact I can ruin on it after 7 months process the worth of the pain.
Short term suffering for long term benefits. I know a couple of people who have done this and still walk with a pronounced limp 2 or 3 years later because *it hurts if I try to walk normally or exercise*
Did you find out if you're  insured with bennetts?

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 14:14 - 27 July, 2019
Hmm,  been and looked at an mt10 today, very nice.
9600 gbp 2017 with 4000 on the clock and the usual lifetime warranty.
But rather than spend 9600 on another bike, I reckon I can lift mine for way less.
Major service - 400 ish (needs doing anyway)
Pcv or flash - 400 ish
Quickshifter - 250 ish

Wouldn't mind another 30 ponies but that ain't coming cheap however it's done.



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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 22:54 - 27 July, 2019
I didnt CB sorry, I am know I am insured with someone  :dontknow:

there was an MT10 on the track with me on thursday, it had some thrust on the straights. that would be a good 'road and track' bike if you wanted one bike to do it all.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 08:55 - 28 July, 2019
Does the MT10 use a detuned R1 engine, like the FZ1 did?

Did fancy one, but lack of practicality moved me more to the tracer.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 09:20 - 28 July, 2019
It's actually quite odd.
Both bikes were very comfy.  The mt10 being more sporty than the tracer but neither were as extreme as the fz8. The 8 has higher pegs and lower bars (even though I've put higher bars on).
The only thing that let them down, like all yams is the under sprung under damped suspension.
Even the new tracer at full adjustment (I've always got tools in my pocket) had very little rebound damping, to the point of being able to feel the thunk as it topped out.
Like I said though, if I'm spending over 9 grand I can make my bike way better than an mt10, after all it has got an r1 motor.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 11:30 - 7 August, 2019
The FZ8 has an R1 motor?
Does it?


I think most bikes you buy you may as well budget in suspension work. unless you are buying something high end or italian (they seem to put a lot of money into suspension on their bikes)

the MT10 has the cross plane R1 engine in it, apparently its an animal, supposed to be a bit too much of an animal for the road if you wanted to get lairy on it.

was got on the track, though I did manage to show it a clean pair of heels  :gay
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 12:00 - 7 August, 2019
The FZ8 has an R1 motor?
Does it?

Yeah I think they just reduced the bore.  Guess it makes sense to keep production costs down and utilise one engine 'template'.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 12:06 - 7 August, 2019
crossplane or older one?

I see a simple solution for more power here...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 12:56 - 7 August, 2019
Think it's the standard old one but iirc there were some other changes the head and cams and I think the fly wheel too but as a shell, the r1 motor should fit the frame if that's where you are heading.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 13:15 - 7 August, 2019
thats exactly where I am heading!


do it! you know you want to. mind you would it not be more cost effective to go an buy an FZ1?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 00:00 - 10 August, 2019
It's not anyways about money though is it.
Sometimes you just think,   I wonder if I can.....
12 months and 5 grand later you have your answer.
Imagine that, 180 ponies in an fz8

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 00:55 - 11 August, 2019
I'm imagining! Get on it!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 01:41 - 11 August, 2019
I’d like to see that!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 07:40 - 11 August, 2019
Even the FZ1 engine is detuned so a full on R1 engine would be very interesting :)
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 09:54 - 11 August, 2019
Remember the old favourites...? The GSXR7-11, ZX7-9R, YZF750-1000Exup...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 12:48 - 11 August, 2019
I still miss the ZX7R, if it wasnt for doing my knees in these days I'd get another one.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 18:19 - 21 August, 2019
Well, guess what I did today.

I had to drop the Fazer off for a top end service today so I used the opportunity to take the Niken out for a ride.
Got to say I was pleasantly surprised.
Throwing a leg over for the first time revealed that the seat height is quite low and the bars and cockpit are a little higher than expected but ergonomically is very comfy for my 6ft frame.
So ABS on, TCS on and mode 3 (eco) engaged, clutch in, step on the gear lever and...., where's the clunk? Non existent (this was from cold too) just snik and its in. The clutch is very light too for a cable jobbie, so off we go.
Having ridden the Faz for 2 and a half years now I've got used to that bogging down you get from IL4's just as you pull off but the MT09 triple power plant in this bike has bags of torque at the 2-3.5k revs just where you need it for quick pull offs from lights or roundabouts but it can catch you out if it's wet and you don't have the TCS engaged, but more on that later.
Bridgestone battleaxe tyres are not the best in the world so they seem like a strange choice for this bike but as there is only 900 miles on it I can only assume they are original fitment. Out of the estate and onto the main road and that torque makes itself known. Two miles of weaving and 4 roundabouts later and everything is warmed up. Onto the M4 then the M48. The 48 was clear so plenty of opportunity to try out a few of the toys. Top gear roll on in any of the modes is not much different but if you set off in a low gear and pull hard up through the box then that’s where you will feel it. On that score I’d like to say that it’s silky smoothe but honestly it’s not, cruising and gentle roll ons is fine but accelerating and cruising at about 80/90 sends some serious vibes through the pegs that would become intrusive after more than an hour.
So after 20 minutes a quick fuel stop and a look over the bike it seems very well put together with nothing unnecessary but also nothing missing either. At the rear there is a convenient remote preload and easily accessible rebound adjuster but couldn’t see compression damping adjuster. Also noticed it has a quickshifter fitted, will have to put that through its paces later.
The front was a little different (obvs) couldn’t see any preload adjustment and found the compression damping on the lower rear of the front fork leg of both sides. Couldn't see the rebound adjuster but have a suspicion it was up inside the bottom of the same legs.
Coming back from Chepstow I took a mountain road that I know very well so could use as a comparison against my bike.
A zip tie on the fork leg, a gentle 2 miles of twisties to warm things up again and then onto the push, this is where it starts to fall apart though. From a standing start and if you lift it up out of a corner and squirt it, it digs in and drives well but for me that’s where the praise ends. Now I am fully aware that the following issues could well be the tyres or suspension set up but it’s still not acceptable on a demonstrator.
Testing the brakes (on a specially designed track and not the public highway of course), braking from 80 to a stop in a straight line is fine and the stopping distance is good but could be better and the ABS when forced on gravel is almost indiscernible. Having got a feel for the brakes I started to push and it pushed back. Braking hard and tipping in had the front end skipping, coming off the bakes and accelerating to the apex either had the front tucking or the rear sliding (see why they have TCS now) and trying to get the power down when it’s on the side of the tyre just had it spinning up, After 20 minutes of this I stopped to have a look at the set up and to be honest I think the front is either over sprung or got too much oil ( not enough air gap) in them. Having given the front some abuse, checking the zip tie showed only about 60% of the travel had been used and I think this was causing all the problems, there just wasn’t enough weight transfer to the front.
Now that quickshifter. It works well, generally speaking, upshifts are slick but the whole ECU control interferes with the power delivery. You see, not only does it cut the ignition but it reduces power momentarily  so as not to shock load the drive train. Great idea guys. They could have linked it to the lean angle sensor so it is data dependant but no, if you are leaned over and upshift the power reduction is enough to get the bike yoyoing as the weight moves forward then back again, very unsettling.
On the last leg of the err test track I had the chance to get up some speed and anything over 105mph had it weaving quite alarmingly, not a tank slapper just a weave.
So, would I buy/ recommend one?
Actually yes, for most people who like to go out for a ride on the weekends with their mates, it's probably going to be fine. Good tyres and careful suspension set up will greatly help the handling and ride comfort it good enough to be able to ride all day.
Only 2 things that are a deal breaker, while filtering is possible it’s still not as agile as a two wheeler (maneuverability and turn in is sluggish, think MPV compared to an M3), and then of course there's the price £12,500 for the GT model. For that money you could get a lot more bike either new or second hand.

CB out
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 18:36 - 21 August, 2019
Interesting write up.

I've chatted to a few people who've ridden them and all gushed about how impressed they were, but the cost puts them off.

The MT09 power plant is a really nice engine, really flexible and like you say bags of torque pretty much from the off.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 20:03 - 21 August, 2019
 :stupid

And yes I love the MT09 engine..  such a contrast to those old agricultural Moto Guzzi engines.   :whistle

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 08:45 - 22 August, 2019
I too can attest to the MT09 powerplant being a gem.

works so well on the track, especially coming out of really slow corners
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 09:00 - 22 August, 2019
Good write-up CB, but think you’ve missed the point.
It’s not aimed at people like you who push the boundaries on sports bikes on testing roads, but more at commuters (so the filtering comments is relevant) and tourers who like to cover long distances on motorways.

Interestingly, I know loads of people who’ve had a demo bike, but none have bought one. I’m assuming that they have all been sold to dealers and may be sold off cheaply when they’re discontinued...
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 09:16 - 22 August, 2019
Sounds like the tyres are a poor choice for it too.

I have to say, having used the Tracer for a good while now, I really like those Avon Trailriders that ET put on.  Haven't had any issue with grip in the slightest and they handle really well.  I was put off Avon's many years ago but I really like these AV54's.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 09:53 - 22 August, 2019
Good write-up CB, but think you’ve missed the point.
It’s not aimed at people like you who push the boundaries on sports bikes on testing roads, but more at commuters (so the filtering comments is relevant) and tourers who like to cover long distances on motorways.

Interestingly, I know loads of people who’ve had a demo bike, but none have bought one. I’m assuming that they have all been sold to dealers and may be sold off cheaply when they’re discontinued...
I completely agree Alun, and for those people it will be an excellent bike but according to the sales guys and all the write ups in the press it's got better grip and handling than a conventional set up. To this end I wanted to test it against my bike as a known quantity and found it wanting. For me it also shines a spotlight of doubt on what the journo's write about any bike.
Anyways, when I pick mine up I'm taking an MT10 out, if one of the best bikes on the market can't make hard I'll call my shrink.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 10:08 - 22 August, 2019
Yeah every review I've read has said how the front is so planted (due to two contact patches) that you could really push it harder than a normal 2 wheeler.

I did read one though where they pointed out the additional weight at the front due to double the suspension, wheel etc sort of reduced the effectiveness when pushing on.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 10:12 - 22 August, 2019
counteract that with a bigger engine
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 10:28 - 22 August, 2019
counteract that with a bigger engine
And then you end up with a Can-Am Spyder...

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 10:30 - 22 August, 2019
Think I'd go for a Morgan over that if I was going 3 wheeler.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 11:50 - 22 August, 2019
I wooden mind a Morgan!
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:43 - 23 August, 2019
Piers or Freeman?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 06:59 - 24 August, 2019
Chesty
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 17:06 - 3 October, 2019
FFS, WTF is wrong with people

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 17:42 - 3 October, 2019
Awesome
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 17:54 - 3 October, 2019
Pulled a muscle, otherwise I'd be up there like a rat up a drainpipe   :lipseal
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 17:58 - 3 October, 2019
I could do that... if the ramp was flattened and laid out on the floor. And the bumpy bits removed.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:59 - 11 October, 2019
Take away, Pepsi and a credit card are a really bad combination.
Found myself browsing the more niche corners of the internet last night and ended up spending too much money on rubber gear and chains.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 15:20 - 16 October, 2019
Are you still sniffing the Pepsi?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 15:25 - 16 October, 2019
And who's sniffing Shirlie?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 15:32 - 16 October, 2019
I'd give her a sniff.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: AlunL on 16:00 - 16 October, 2019
I always preferred Pepsi & Shirley with the sound turned down.


https://youtu.be/sgPdC4rSzes
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 16:55 - 16 October, 2019
 :dontknow:  :stars
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 19:20 - 16 October, 2019
Salt-n-pepa for me
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 19:44 - 16 October, 2019
Peaches and herb for me
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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:00 - 26 October, 2019
I went out for a ride today in that torrential rain cos A, I was bored and B,  I am putting new tyres on tomorrow and wanted to see how hard the power rs's could be pushed in heavy rain. I fully expected to be losing front and rear given that they have over six thousand miles on them.
Difficult handling from degraded profile aside, consider me impressed.
60 to 80 mph on fast twisty A roads from Abbergaveny to Aberystwyth, no problem. Yes I have winter settings on and attention paid to weight transfer for braking and acceleration but can someone tell me how a tyre with this tread pattern or frankly lack of same can maintain grip through standing water and leaves and white lines.
I understand the science of silica compound etc to get mechanical grip but these things are creating a spray pattern on the motorway that covers both lanes at the sides of me and leaving dry lines in their wake.
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I'm replacing them with pr4's (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191026/edc49e59baa436279bcf331f7d600f22.jpg) (but not the gt version,  never again), I was going to go for the road 5's  (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191026/bff95d48d53459088c5542f57b8fc666.jpg) as they are almost identical to the power rs's with some extra sipes. As I ride in snow and slush though I wanted something with enough tread pattern to cut through it.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 23:22 - 26 October, 2019
what do you do for keeping warm when you are riding in the cold and wet?
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 15:12 - 29 October, 2019
A carbohydrate rich breakfast about an hour before going out.
Good thermal base layer including socks.
Gortex bonded textiles with thermal liners. Gortex boots.
In my experience bike gear is one of the the few areas left where you really do get what you pay for. Sure you can get a set of textiles for 300 quid but they won't be anywhere near as good as a 2000 pound set of  Rukka gear.
As most of my riding is generally not more than 2-3 hours at a time I went for a 700 pound suit and boots this time but only expect them to last 2 years at most.
I also have a waterproof over suit for extreme rain or if the temperature gets below minus 10 ish as it acts as an outer wind blocker.
I don't use the back protector in the jacket I have a separate Knox back and chest protector, I believe this helps as an extra draft excluder.
A really good pair of thermal/waterproof gloves are essential too, if you can't keep your hands warm you'll never feel warm anywhere else.
Something to keep the wind off your neck and some kind of thermal head and face covering.
As for the bike, if you are going to ride through winter choose the right one, something with at least upper body protection, and heated grips are a absolute must.
Riding style helps too, you are never going to generate any body heat if you just sit there like a sack of spuds, moving around just as much as I do in the dry generates a good amount of heat on twisty roads.
I also think that if you enjoy something you can ignore a lot too, and the truth is that I really enjoy riding in the wet.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 16:43 - 29 October, 2019
what do you do for keeping warm when you are riding in the cold and wet?

I bought some of these on the off-chance at Screwfix for £6.49.  I'm impressed in my wellies (too bulky to fit in my bike boots*) https://www.screwfix.com/p/sock-shop-heat-holders-thermal-socks-black-size-6-11-pair/79877 (https://www.screwfix.com/p/sock-shop-heat-holders-thermal-socks-black-size-6-11-pair/79877) (https://media.screwfix.com/is/image//ae235?src=ae235/79877_P&$prodImageMedium$)







*because Altberg made them too small, despite driving up, staying overnight specifically so they could measure me up.  Nor would they take them back because they were custom made, so I ended up taking the innersoles out to give me 'just enough' space with thin socks. £240 + Fuel and Accommodation. c :censored nts. :rocket
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 10:33 - 30 October, 2019
That's why I got rid of mine, they come up too tight.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: CoxyLaad on 08:49 - 1 November, 2019
i like my Altberg boots, once I got used to the really chunky sole catching on everything. I am still in the breaking them in phase but I do like them.

Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 20:08 - 4 November, 2019
Lol(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191104/0c2c898668ed0b55826ab5bd8ca42670.jpg)

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Rob the Nog on 21:02 - 4 November, 2019
Bit of a mucky rear end there.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 22:28 - 5 November, 2019
Plate’s clear enough for plod to be happy

I passed a fella out riding in wellies the other week when it was lashing down. I thought people stopped that in. 1983
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 12:04 - 6 November, 2019
I remember that courier in London who used to wear wellies and had leg guards made of pipes or something and a flat bit of plexiglass as a windshield, always made me laugh seeing him on that.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: Readmarx on 13:51 - 6 November, 2019
Sounds like an early road test for a Suzuki V Strom
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: celticbiker on 08:24 - 10 November, 2019
Well just fekin great.
Got a new car for Gill on Wednesday a Hyundai Tucson.
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Come back from shopping yesterday with a deep scratch on the front bumper.

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Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: E.T. on 22:27 - 10 November, 2019
Always happens to new cars... Without fail.   Bummer.
Title: Re: CB's Bloglett FWIW
Post by: BashplateAlAssad on 12:48 - 11 November, 2019
People don't give a shit these days.