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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by Stu » Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:27 pm

rob m wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:10 pm
Little tip for those who don't have access to a hosepipe (I live in a flat).

I use one of these, £15 from Argos. Sure, it's never going to be as powerful as a Karcher but it's enough to rinse the bike off after washing. Small enough to put in a cupboard after use too.

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I know someone who lived in a town house so garage at the bottom and first floor was where the first available tap was! And no way to get a outside tap fitted

They used to run a hose pipe out the window

They had an old water butt so I told them to just fill it up then connect the pressure washer to that. They used to get a about 4 washes out of it per fill

Just another idea if you have somewhere for one
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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by rob m » Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:48 pm

Stu wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:27 pm
rob m wrote:
Sat Sep 12, 2020 1:10 pm
Little tip for those who don't have access to a hosepipe (I live in a flat).

I use one of these, £15 from Argos. Sure, it's never going to be as powerful as a Karcher but it's enough to rinse the bike off after washing. Small enough to put in a cupboard after use too.

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I know someone who lived in a town house so garage at the bottom and first floor was where the first available tap was! And no way to get a outside tap fitted

They used to run a hose pipe out the window

They had an old water butt so I told them to just fill it up then connect the pressure washer to that. They used to get a about 4 washes out of it per fill

Just another idea if you have somewhere for one
Sure is a great idea, unfortunately I don't have access or room for one. Bugger.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by GiorgioG » Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:03 pm

Went for a short ride to a very hilly area not too far from where I live.

I still need to get confident in slow speed handling, so I practise quite sharp turns uphill and downhill.

Happy about it :)

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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by Mawsley » Sat Sep 12, 2020 4:56 pm

Went back to watching the Spitfire and Tiger Moth play.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by Throttled » Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:21 pm

TimR wrote:
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Wtf is this talk of heated/ winter gear ?
Some of us are still riding in full mesh jacket ( yes has liner in ) and leather trousers.
Ffs Northern nambies .
Of course, as soon as I went out, the storm ended, so winter gloves stayed off.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by SometimesSansEngine » Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:35 pm

Just fitted up the Optimate solar in (and on I guess) the shed.

The only faff in the whole thing was siting it so that the lead could easily reach both bikes without having to buy an extension cable.

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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by Richzx6r » Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:12 pm

Went out for a bimble with some local lads, went morpeth and across country to keilder forest then back the pretty way giving the bike a good thrashing in the process
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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by Mawsley » Sun Sep 13, 2020 3:13 pm

Went to look at some pretty art and hang about illegally on military property.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by DJP » Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:12 pm

I changed the spark plugs and air filter yesterday, went for a long ride along the south coast today and then changed the oil & filter on my return.

That's the bike serviced for winter. :thumb:

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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by S-Westerly » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:25 pm

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Went out for a bimble with some local lads, went morpeth and across country to keilder forest then back the pretty way giving the bike a good thrashing in the process 20200913_132000.jpg
The road from Kielder dam up to the village is pretty good as is the (narrow) road from the village over to Newcastleton. Happy memories of it.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by XTreme » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:33 pm

It's not what I did......it's what the bike did!

Going into a left hander this morning and the bike threw a wobbler going into a left hand bend.

When it happened I initially thought a puncture or diesel on the road. But there was no puncture, and when I rode back to check the bend it was clear.

However, looking at the video it seems more like a sort of head shake because you can see the screen moving.

Tyres and pressures are fine, no play in wheel bearings, steering head bearings are moving freely......there's literally nothing I can pinpoint.

I've had plenty of back end slides before on bikes, but on each occasion I knew what had caused it......usually me too heavy on the footbrake. But this time I didn't touch the brake!

This one's a mystery to me......here it is.....


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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by Richzx6r » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:44 pm

XTreme wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:33 pm
It's not what I did......it's what the bike did!

Going into a left hander this morning and the bike threw a wobbler going into a left hand bend.

When it happened I initially thought a puncture or diesel on the road. But there was no puncture, and when I rode back to check the bend it was clear.

However, looking at the video it seems more like a sort of head shake because you can see the screen moving.

Tyres and pressures are fine, no play in wheel bearings, steering head bearings are moving freely......there's literally nothing I can pinpoint.

I've had plenty of back end slides before on bikes, but on each occasion I knew what had caused it......usually me too heavy on the footbrake. But this time I didn't touch the brake!

This one's a mystery to me......here it is.....

Its almost like the bike just stood itself up mid corner and looked like the front wheel wasn't very happy about something :scratch:

Were there any loose stones or shite on the road surface though looking through the video a few times I cant see anything

Tis a strange one
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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by S-Westerly » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:48 pm

Deffo an odd one, you weren't going that fast and the bend wasn't exactly tight. Weird.
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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by Richzx6r » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:50 pm

Though you saying that I kept on having the feeling that the front tyre was down on pressure even though I put 36 psi in it at the petrol station before we left for our ride so I know it wasnt down to pressure, it was likely all in my noggin that it was low and I may have been tense on the bars without realizing it, I know at a few times on the ride when getting abit of a wriggle on I had to actually out loud tell myself to relax on the bars and trust the bike knew what it was doing :scratch:

Was a strange ride at points as when we were just having a bit more of a gentle ride through the twisty bits the bike felt all over the shop but when I was give it some whelly the bike felt like it was together and working like it should and I was actually able to trust it.

Not sure I should have to ride so quickly to get the feeling of trust in the bike
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Re: What did you do to your bike today?

Post by Richzx6r » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:52 pm

XTreme wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:33 pm
It's not what I did......it's what the bike did!

Going into a left hander this morning and the bike threw a wobbler going into a left hand bend.

When it happened I initially thought a puncture or diesel on the road. But there was no puncture, and when I rode back to check the bend it was clear.

However, looking at the video it seems more like a sort of head shake because you can see the screen moving.

Tyres and pressures are fine, no play in wheel bearings, steering head bearings are moving freely......there's literally nothing I can pinpoint.

I've had plenty of back end slides before on bikes, but on each occasion I knew what had caused it......usually me too heavy on the footbrake. But this time I didn't touch the brake!

This one's a mystery to me......here it is.....

So just been watching it through and I have noticed at around 4 or 5 seconds in theres a slight change in road surface which looks slightly horrible could that have been the problem?
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