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What did you do to your bike today?

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by edd1e, 3 May 2012.

  1. Draeger

    Capodecina

    Joined: 4 Feb 2004

    Posts: 12,872

    Location: Falkirk, Scotland

    Yes m8. I'm in the bottom photo on the right. Watch Commander and local lead instructor for the courses. This is our second year running them and they have been received in a hugely positive manner. It also promotes partnership working between all collaborative blue light services. :cool:
     
  2. MowyTone

    Mobster

    Joined: 4 May 2009

    Posts: 3,366

    Location: Southampton

    Nice :)

    I agree we dont need a like button for the reasons already stated

    I've done nothing to my bike today apart from ride it. Rear tyre is getting a bit low though
     
  3. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 13 Jul 2004

    Posts: 43,174

    Location: /* */

    I don't think I've ridden my road bike since June. I'll probably sell it next year.
     
  4. khemist

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Nov 2006

    Posts: 5,273

    Location: Scotland

    [​IMG]

    Handguards installed.
     
  5. *Rich*

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jan 2012

    Posts: 1,649

    Location: Pontefract, UK

    Had a new tyre fitted to my MT10, last one was a S21 Bridgestone, had no problems with it, so moved onto the new generation S22.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. InvaderGIR

    Capodecina

    Joined: 14 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,615

    Location: Bristol

    I popped down to Fowlers in Bristol today to look at and sit on some bikes....so many shiny things!

    Really quite tempted by the 2019 CB650R with a couple of options...however I suspect insurance will be horrific in my area so might have to get something cheap and nasty. :(
     
  7. chaparral

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 22,665

    Location: Guernsey

    Where I live it completely crap for riding :(:mad: but at least the insurance is cheap (£174 for my MT10 sp )
     
  8. InvaderGIR

    Capodecina

    Joined: 14 Jul 2005

    Posts: 17,615

    Location: Bristol

    I did some quotes...£1200ish was the best quote I got...not bad really I guess considering it's a for a brand new bike in my area and 0 NCD / experience on bikes and with having had my license since Jan last year.

    However a ~£2k 10 year old bike is under £600 to insure so I think, sensibly, I should get an older bike for a year to build up experience, NCD and also move to somewhere nicer (that's being planned anyway :p ).

    Whatever I get will be my first bike and used for commuting and various trips throughout the year, so the sensible option is an older bike...I just like the shiny new ones!

    Also I realise this is probably the wrong thread, 'chat' thread is probably more apt. :D
     
  9. Scythe

    Soldato

    Joined: 23 Jun 2005

    Posts: 5,326

    Great choice. If I were to say anything... get the S22 on the front too. I had S22's in April on my road bike (ZX6R) and they feel better than any track-biased tyre ever did on my track bike. The feedback and out-right grip off the front is phenomenal, especially at large lean angles. My only criticism is that they're that good that it can encourage you to ride those corners a little bit faster than you ever have on the road before...

    In the end I had to take my road bike on it's first ever track day at Anglesey. I dropped 4 seconds off my PB on my track bike (a GSXR750) and by the end of the day was sliding the bike on corner exit predictably - something I'd never dreamt of before.

    https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.ne...=f0aa18cd5376297e6d6f01a99593c34b&oe=5DF1A9F2
     
  10. Malt_Vinegar

    Don

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,446

    Location: In a house

    Could not get the rear brake to bleed on the NC23, so stuck a new generic master cylinder on, fits perfectly, and bled in a heartbeat. I now have working brakes front and back, MOT soon :D
     
  11. CGrieves

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,980

    Location: Sarf Lahndahn

    Post-crash rebuild complete. Rearsets, new can, replacement bars, clock mounts, levers, tail tidy, flyscreen and various other bits and pieces. And while I was in there, I installed a second, hidden tracker unit. A few scratches and a small dent in the tank remain, but it's a commuter so it's fine. Total budget so far- under £300!

    Next, a s/h ZX-6 shock will be going in, then it'll be booked into Steve Jordan for a Woolich remap with quickshifter/blipper. And I'll still have a fair amount left over from the payout. Win!

    Feels great to be back on it, the loan bike (NC750X) was pleasant enough, but dull. New (£40!) can sounds superb....

    [​IMG]
     
  12. Minibiker

    Soldato

    Joined: 27 Mar 2016

    Posts: 6,426

    Location: Bristolian living in Swindon

    @CGrieves stunning bike mate, I've always wanted one but not got round to getting one :( one day maybe
     
  13. CGrieves

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,980

    Location: Sarf Lahndahn

    Cheers buddy, they are great fun, but test ride one before you buy as they're not for everyone. They're very.... raw is the best word I can think of. My S1000RR is a way more relaxing and pleasant bike to ride, especially over distance despite being way more powerful, which might seem counterintuitive. The MT is always ON IT if you know what I mean!
     
  14. *Rich*

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 5 Jan 2012

    Posts: 1,649

    Location: Pontefract, UK

    Thanks for the feedback, i've done a few hundred on these tyres now, but not in any 'warm' conditions, so probably next year before i find out just how good they are. I found the s21's were quite good to be honest, never gave any real concern. We just need some good weather to get out more, but it's that time of year whgen the rain keeps falling.

    Great photo by the way. :)
     
  15. chaparral

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 22,665

    Location: Guernsey

    Was hoping to take it out for quick ride

    Went outside took the cover off it and started it up and ran it for 5 minutes to warm her up
    But it looked like it was going too rain again so I turned her off and put the cover back on :(:mad:

    And Yes it started raining about 10minutes later
     
  16. chaparral

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 22,665

    Location: Guernsey

    It stopped raining for a little bit this afternoon so took the bike out for a spin

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Thomas. PLease.

    Soldato

    Joined: 5 Jul 2007

    Posts: 5,352

    Location: London

    Looks great that. Where was the photo taken?
     
  18. chaparral

    Capodecina

    Joined: 27 Nov 2005

    Posts: 22,665

    Location: Guernsey

    I live in guernsey :o
     
  19. Karl

    Mobster

    Joined: 23 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,300

    Location: UK

    Had to do a few things in prep for some winter riding.

    I noticed the clutch cable looked like it had started to fray, so ordered a Triumph replacement, and when I took it apart, it'd actually frayed significantly. I think it was the original cable from new (the bike is 2001), so it's had a bloody long life.

    Got a local mobile chap to put 2 new tyres on, and picked Michelin Road 5s as I'd heard good things, plus I know I'm going to be doing the winter miles this year, so decided to splurge. I've never put new tyres on this bike up to now, and as it turns out, the new tyres were rubbing against my rear hugger.

    Took the rear hugger off, and after some counting, it turns out that the chain is 2 links shorter than it should be, resulting in the wheel being much farther forward on the adjusters than it should be. The hugger's off in the meantime, until I need a new chain & sprockets, when I'll order the correct length chain, and will re-add the hugger. The inside of the hugger is full of scrape marks that look like the previous owner was happy to just let his rear tyre rub a hole in the hugger until it was no longer a problem. :eek:

    Had a look at the coolant reservoir, and realised there was a ring of rust around it, so flushed the coolant with 10L of distilled water and re-added fresh coolant. The resulting bike temperature is exactly the same, but another little job out of the way.

    Can now feel a slight clunk when pulling away, and another thing we noticed when the rear wheel came off was that the drive cush rubbers are knackered, so that'll be the next thing to sort, and it's overdue a valve clearance check...
     
  20. MowyTone

    Mobster

    Joined: 4 May 2009

    Posts: 3,366

    Location: Southampton

    If you are going to change the cush drive rubbers you might as well change the wheel bearings at the same time.