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...It's about bikes...and travels...mostly on bikes!

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What's New?

Wandering Home From Shell Island Do hot water bottles work in sleeping bags? Will the dynamic muppets ever get off the island and back home? No-one really cares.
Blasted Brake Reservoir Bolts What do you call an ape with a Dremel, a sharpened screwdriver and a hammer next to a motorcycle? Ren, you call it Ren.
Z250SL And CB500X Brake Fluid Change Whether or not the brake fluid needs changing it is getting changed on Sharon's Kwak and Ren's Honda. More mechanical malevolence
Weird 125 Oil Usage Old engines use oil, it's inevitable. What is puzzling Ren is the ever changing amount of oil the long suffering CBF is burning.
Pack Neatly Or Lob It In Is it better to be all neat and tidy when packing clothes for a trip or to just lob them in and squish them down? Ren is doing real science to find out conclusively.
Dartmouth, Slapton and Salcombe South of Brixham the coastal landscape is proving to be quite rural and enjoyable for Sharon and Ren.
Shivering At Shell Island It may be cold but it's a beautiful autumnal day to be riding through North Wales' finest scenery. There's warmth to be found in the evening too.
Shell Island Shenanigans It may be cold but North Wales is beautiful in Autumn
Cornwall To Say See Ya It's a long way to Cornwall, well it is if you're a saddle sore lightweight like Ren at least. There might be free food on offer so he must make the ride.
The Good, The Bad And The Musty It's a day of confusing emotions for Sharon, but life is for living. Will this evening's accommodation be as luxurious as the previous evening's?

Latest Posts

CB300R Test Ride Review Jammy said :-
One of my cub riding (he actually has several bikes) friends had just taken delivery of said brand new cub....he’s stashed it away for winter! Bit pricey too in my opinion
15/11/2018 20:03:39 UTC
Blasted Brake Reservoir Bolts TED said :-
SS nuts n Bolts etc...

EFS Wisbech (Where's Wisbech?) is where I get most of mine.

No, until about 11 years ago I didn't have a clue either.

Engineering Factory Supplies. Algores Way, PE13 2TQ

01945 466644

Probably not local enough for most of the contributors here to just pop in to, but as they are only about 6 miles up the road in town I usually phone ahead to one of the nice ladies who makes up the orders, ask them how busy they are and see what time I can collect.
I have never bothered setting up an account there and always pay cash.

As printed on American bank notes.

All others must pay cash!

Anyway, you can find them on FaceBook, or a quick google search.

Not saying they will be any cheaper than EBAY Suppliers.
But this works for me.

Cap head/Allen key heads, usually a bit of blue tack
(other brands are available) seems to stay put if the head is at the top.

They can supply various metric diameters of "normal" hex head bolts.
They do nice variations (outside diameter) of S/S "Repair washers" also

They also seem to have ROCOL lubricants if you want to get stuff Off, and LOCTITIE if you don't ;-:

Plenty of tools in stock, the TENG brand ain't too bad either.

Costs nothing to ask them.

Happy engineering all


15/11/2018 12:08:44 UTC
Blasted Brake Reservoir Bolts said :-
Did you add some anti sieze as you replaced them, makes a big difference.
An impact driver can be a handy way to start that first turn as well.
15/11/2018 09:07:41 UTC
KTM Duke 125 Review jammy said :-
Small singles do sound nice with a louder pipe, my cub has a home made one and you can see car drivers notice it when i'm filtering through the traffic...its not silly loud, just enough.
15/11/2018 00:15:26 UTC
Putting A Motorcycle Onto The Centre Stand said :-

14/11/2018 21:36:46 UTC
Weird 125 Oil Usage Ren - The Ed said :-
Did you just utter a rude word at me Mr Soady? Go and wash your mouth out young man.

While it may have been popular in the 1920's I don't believe my 125 or Jammy's C90 were ever actually designed to be total loss. I guess in this day and age total loss is not really a good thing, environmental reasons and all that.
14/11/2018 20:18:02 UTC
Z250SL And CB500X Brake Fluid Change Ren - The Ed said :-
I had read about corrosion while researching this. Of course on my older non ABS bikes the master and slave cylinders were alloy and the pipes all rubber so if there were water in the system I'd never likely have known. I really must learn the actual how an ABS works rather than the principle.
14/11/2018 20:13:00 UTC
KTM Duke 125 Review Ian Soady said :-
Why do you think you need a louder pipe?
14/11/2018 14:32:39 UTC
KTM Duke 125 Review Jammy said :-
I love it, good mix of performance and economy, does a huge 174 mpg on my commute, closer to 150mpg at A road speeds (regularly do 200 mile round trips to Torquay visiting mum) and lowest was 90mpg! That was a 60 mile test throttle pinned up the motorway against a friends c70 (with home made 148cc engine fitted). The fuel gauge lies though, don’t fill up when it says empty because it ain’t! The only thing I’m unsure of is it has an oxygen censor fitted halfway down the exhaust pipe, and would like to put a louder pipe on it. Bits are a bit pricey compared to the in anf but service is only plug/air filter/oil filter. And the leg shields are more style than substance, cannot keep the cold/rain off like the cubs. I also put it away when they start gritting the roads and just use the cub daily.
14/11/2018 13:19:48 UTC
Weird 125 Oil Usage Ian Soady said :-
It's called total loss Ren - very popular in the 1920s. You set the pump so there was a drip every few seconds - the oil was just dumped in the crankcase where the flywheel flung it about and oiled everything, with the excess being burnt. Most had a pump so that the rider could add a bit more oil when working the engine hard.

Or even - though I hesitate to mention it - petroil in a 2 stroke.......
14/11/2018 10:21:22 UTC

Latest Chit-Chat

Go To Chit-Chat Upt'North said :-
Please say the words, sunny, warm, sun, summer as often as you darn well please. Been on a ride today to North Berwick, East Lothian.
It was sunny, passably warm and a hoot.
Ta very much my Southern Good Luck Charm.
Although I have admitted defeat after seeing the forecast and it was filled up with non Bioethanol superunleaded on the way back and will have a splash of Honda Pro Fuel Stabiliser over the weekend for the winter lay up.
Boo Hiss.

15/11/2018 18:34:42 UTC
jammy said :-
guilty, i'm darn sarf just outside sunny bournemouth...
15/11/2018 00:19:25 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Maybe Jammy is from that there daaaaan saaaaaf. I believe they know what "dry land" is. Up here in WaterWorld our bikes are fitted with propellers (as in boat not aircraft).
14/11/2018 20:21:35 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Jammy, where is this warm dry day you speak of?
But yes, no tread is best on dry perfect tarmac.
But, where is this dry perfect tarmac?
Life's a conundrum.
14/11/2018 18:21:29 UTC
Jammy said :-
Yes tyres are very much rider preference. On the Honda cub chat board some rave about conti tyres best thing since sliced bread! I don’t like them have had slides in the wet. I’ve had cst (Chinese I think) tyres on the cub And loved them in all weathers, a right bugger to fit though as very thick and stiff. But yes any old tyre will grip on a warm dry day.
14/11/2018 14:10:31 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Wow! I made it onto the CB500X forum! That's it now, I don't need you folks. I'll be getting calls from Honda wanting to sponsor the website and provide me with a stream of development bikes for me to test and advise on. Mechanics will wonder at my awesome skills. Heck I'm expecting a call too from TouraTech to work on their next generation hand guards! I've ARRIVED!!

Laters - suckers!
13/11/2018 09:07:49 UTC
Ross said :-
Fame at last eh, Ren!?,7900.0.html,7900.0.html ...
13/11/2018 08:33:18 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
While our country and our way of life is far far far from perfect we can gripe and complain freely, hopefully steering it ever so slowly towards becoming a better place. I'm free to moan about screwdriver fittings, allen bolts, brexit, privatisation, environmental problems or the laws of my land. There are many places that don't enjoy that privilege. My vote is but one, my voice is tiny, but I have it.

Ren and thousands of other motorcyclists at the Ring Of Red memorial ride out
12/11/2018 09:01:58 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Seems apt to post a picture from our summer trip to Europe. Hope it loads.
After all they gave their all so we could ride today.

11/11/2018 10:25:36 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
M&S, Mud and Snow - aaah right I did wonder. I do find myself thinking that Germany and Italy are to all intents and purpose off limits in winter for Brit Bikers because I still cannot find any definitive answer as to WHICH tyres are approved for winter.
08/11/2018 08:41:06 UTC

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