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What did you do to your bike today?

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

  1. Malt_Vinegar

    Don

    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

    Posts: 15,609

    Location: In a house

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    Fitted a little volt meter to keep an eye on the reg/rec :)
     
  2. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 26 Dec 2003

    Posts: 27,838

    Location: Shropshire

    I need to book a day off in the week now the weather is getting better and get over into Wales, lake Vyrnwy is a nice little blast away.
     
  3. Captain

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Dec 2011

    Posts: 19,507

    Location:

    Really surprising how quiet the roads were, made good time too.

    86.6 miles in 1 hour 45 with no motorway.
     
  4. Smok3y

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 6 Dec 2002

    Posts: 1,344

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    Fitted new DID chain and JT sprockets to the ZX6R at the weekend. Got som Metzeller M9RR's to go on as well. Might have a run up Matlock Bath tomorrow evening for chippy tea if stays warm enough, I don't like the cold getting old now. I also got my new Quad Lock case for my S21 so I can mount it to my bike.
     
  5. volt9291

    Hitman

    Joined: 2 Feb 2006

    Posts: 616

    First MOT on the 765 RS today. £28. No issues.
    It due a service now...
     
  6. SkodaMart

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Jul 2009

    Posts: 4,270

    Location: Manchester

    We often visit Matlock Bath, nice run out.
    Make it weekend and I could possibly join you (weather permitting).
     
  7. jcr

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 May 2011

    Posts: 1,366

    Location: southampton

    had a pair of Michelin pilots fitted. bike tyres are blooming expensive!
     
  8. khemist

    Soldato

    Joined: 9 Nov 2006

    Posts: 5,388

    Location: Scotland

    I'll be going for those next.
     
  9. Maccapacca

    Don

    Joined: 13 Apr 2010

    Posts: 17,843

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Bugger, went to the bike storage place, started the R1 up all good got leathers on. Excited to run it up to Box Hill with a mates GPZ and there’s fuel streaming out the fuel tap.

    24 year old rubber failed :(

    Had to take the 1250 GS boring but true. I can ride he GS more confidently and faster. The R1 scares the willies out of me :cry:
     
  10. Snaggle

    Mobster

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 3,334

    Location: Northants

    If you have the posh s21 with the fancy camera.. make sure you have the anti vibration mount as the fixed ones eats cameras
     
  11. jcr

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 May 2011

    Posts: 1,366

    Location: southampton

    loosened off the rear shock preload a couple of turns. not really sure what im doing, but im getting jolted off the seat by bumps and thought it would be a good place to start.
     
  12. mattup

    Hitman

    Joined: 10 Jan 2006

    Posts: 820

    Location: Reading

    Preload will adjust ride height. if you can, back the rebound and compression off a little, just make a note of how much so you know where it was.

    Matt
     
  13. jcr

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 May 2011

    Posts: 1,366

    Location: southampton

    thanks for the tip. i came across a few tube videos mentioning static sag, which is what i was trying to set up.
     
  14. CGrieves

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 25 Oct 2002

    Posts: 2,007

    Location: Sarf Lahndahn

    Static sag is where to start. Don't twiddle anything else until you've got that set correctly- if your sag is too low you'll be getting closer to the bump stop (and that will definitely launch you out of the seat).

    Once static sag is set, if you're being jolted off the seat by the bump itself and you only have one compression adjuster, you may find it won't do much as it'll only control low-speed damping. A spring better suited for you will probably be the solution. on the other hand, if you're being "sprung" out of the seat after a bump, then you'll need to add rebound damping to attempt to make the shock return more slowly.

    Remember in decreasing order of importance, suspension comes from 1) Tyres, 2) The spring, and a distant 3) Damping adjustment.
     
  15. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 26 Dec 2003

    Posts: 27,838

    Location: Shropshire

    It's definitely worth finding your local suspension guy and chucking them £30 for a setup. They'll also be able to advise if you need more suitable springs.

    I get mine done by a local guy everytime I get a new bike and it transforms them. @Fireskull might know of someone down that end of the county.
     
  16. Draeger

    Capodecina

    Joined: 4 Feb 2004

    Posts: 12,893

    Location: Falkirk, Scotland

    I'm having a bit of a carbon wrap thing at the moment, protects the scratchy plastic though and I think it looks good on the big K :cool:

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  17. IC3

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 3 Dec 2011

    Posts: 9,569

    Not today, but yesterday... SOLD it :D
     
  18. Draeger

    Capodecina

    Joined: 4 Feb 2004

    Posts: 12,893

    Location: Falkirk, Scotland

    Out for a spin this morning, roads around the local beauty spots were chockka with cars though. Still managed to collect a fly/bug cemetery on the fron fairing and screen so a wash and polish was required upon my return :cool:

    [​IMG]
     
  19. SkodaMart

    Mobster

    Joined: 27 Jul 2009

    Posts: 4,270

    Location: Manchester

    Been to Matlock Bath today.
    Great day out.
    Love the cars & the bikes
     
  20. jcr

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 29 May 2011

    Posts: 1,366

    Location: southampton

    thanks for the suspension tips folks. went for a ride this evening and the bike was a lot more comfortable.