Discussion in 'General' started by RTT, 24 Feb 2009.
What a wondrous noise
I still think (from my sage position of knowing nothing at all about motorbikes) that the CB1300 Super Four is where it's at:
I don't know a single technical thing about it - only that it's very, very pretty and sounds very, very sexy. Oh and it's Japanese or something I guess?
It's still the RSV4 for me:
Exhaust I'm gonna get if I ever manage to save some money
Final corner from Thruxton BSB this weekend just gone
Brookes takes the double by Polarity Photo, on Flickr
Went to view a speed four last night; never seen one in the flesh, and thought that it was at the right price, so why not.
Headed to the chaps house, he'd only had it for a couple of months; he said in the listing that the bike had 8500 miles and a full service history.
So I looked around the bike, all seemed well, went out on a test ride; definatley an interesting bike to say the least, fast, slightly uncomfortable, and I can't flat foot it despite being 5'11'', since the seat is really wide.
Anyway, got back to his house, had a look at the service history and it went something like this
The MOT's mirrored this fact. Apparently he didn't know about the service history being like that. I promptly counted my deposit and walked to the station. I was really pissed, but couldn't say anything to him really, since he had about 6'' and 30kg on me!
"He'd only had it a couple of months"
At best, it sounds like he was swindled initially, and he's hoping to pass the hot potato - at worst, fraud. Either way - ****.
Yeah I'd say he knew about it.
Speed fours are ugly as sin IMO so I wouldn't worry about it.
Saw this at a local steam rally today which has cars, bikes etc, the bike is a Model 15 1927 Raleigh and it's absolutely original, it belonged to a women called Eileen Johnson (shown in the pictures, note the reg number) who rode it in road trials for years and according to the tax disc was last on the road in 1960.
It still runs and the guy who now owns it, rode it around the parade ring when all the bikes at the show did their lap of honour, a great piece of biking, mechanical history, it's 87 years old, wonder how many modern bikes will survive that long?
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Over the weekend I picked up a new bike!
A 2008 Honda Hornet! Loving it- bloody quick thing.
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Smell akin to burning plastic coming out the exhause, also having difficulty starting and idling too high. Suspect it's the battery causing ignition issues, but is there snything else I should check?
It doesn't have manual choke, does it?
I once got the choke on/off positions the wrong way round on a bike and spent two days embarrassing myself, taking it to a local mechanic (who, not knowing the model and not having the manual, perpetuated my misunderstanding and couldn't work out why it was running so badly). I have never forgiven myself for overlooking something so goddamn obvious, but it happens.
Other than that, the condition/colour of your spark plugs might be informative, they always say to check that first for clues.
So yeah. This guy is both the luckiest and coolest guy ever! Sheeesh! If you're going to crash, crash in style!
I'm not convinced, even Randy Mamola who was the King of Saves couldn't have landed on the roof
You never lose raw talent and you sure needed it to ride the TZ750, I've always liked the American flat track racing but never seen much of it, it makes speedway look a bit tame and IIRC some races had a jump in the lap as well.
After a straight line thrash, my bike smells a little like burning clutch.
I'm thinking it's either clutch material floating round in hot, old oil, or brake pads.
Any other suggestions?
n00b question: where do i go to get my tyres changed.
* dedicated bike tyre places
* bike garage (dealership, independents, whatever...)
* mobile tyre guys (van + man + tyre fitting equipment) - expect a call-out charge
Generally speaking, if you turn up on the bike you'll be charged to have the wheel removed and re-fitted to the bike. If you can take just the wheel along yourself, you'll generally only be charged for the tyre - fitting and balancing is usually free.
Alternatively you can source the tyres wherever you like (black circles on ebay, for example, or national bike tyres) and just rock up to a tyre place / garage and pay to have them fitted to your rims
Bottom line - there's plenty of choice
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