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Fly said :-
Thanks for the advice Ren and Upt'North.

I don't have a problem with riding solo, in fact it's my preference. I'm able to stop when and wherever I want, and whatever speed I want, without any pressure. But it's nice to exchange stories now and again in 'Real Life' with like-minded souls. I'll put my feelers out!

All the best.
8/1//2019 8:44:13 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Ay up me ducks.
Don't know how many of you live in the North Midlands area, but whilst visiting my o'd mum yesterday I popped in to Bargain Biker Brands in Chesterton which is near to Newcastle under Lyme. Excellent little shop and great January offers at the moment. I bought a pair of Weise Montana 120 winter gloves, which are probably more like 3 season gloves, which is what I wanted for 30 squid. They are up at sale price of 70 squid online at MCN!
They do post out too.
I can well recommend visiting and perusing, I can't recommend setting off from Southwaite services for wom to find the Scuffers have closed the A69, AGAIN!!!
12/1//2019 4:52:07 PM UTC
Pocketpete said :-
Dot 4 brake fluid.....

Just getting the final bits into place for my mega service. Just having a look at brake fluid. Is there a particular brand that I should use or are we in the same ball park as oil. If it's dot4 then that's good enough or should I purchase Hondas own brand there seems to be a big range in price from £ 3.90 wilko to £ 14.99 for castrol super copper.

Does it matter?
13/1//2019 6:46:21 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
P.P. I have experienced brake failure, rear only thank the lord, due to contaminated fluid or poor quality or stored to long etc. I wouldn't worry too much about the make as much as regular changes and correct storage controls. I wouldn't personally splash out on genuine Honda fluid, after all Honda don't make brake fluid. But I would buy a decent brand, Bel-Ray, Castrol, Comma etc. It shouldn't cost much more than the Wilko special. All products like this have to achieve a minimum standard hopefully a known brand will provide slightly higher than minimum. Although, I realise Wilko don't make brake fluid either. I think I bought Motul last and changed brake and clutch fluid for less than a tenner.
Hope it helps and be careful with your nipples.
13/1//2019 10:59:39 PM UTC
Pocketpete said :-
Cheers I think the castrol was on offer at £ 9.99 at halfords. I will get a bottle of that it will match the castrol oil I purchased. I read somewhere to check the bottle is properly sealed and in good condition.

By the way hopefully Ren will be the one playing with my nipples.....hope Sharon doesn't object.??
14/1//2019 7:20:11 AM UTC
Pocketpete said :-

Just how bad could that oil be....
14/1//2019 8:04:04 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I have no opinion on brake fluid. Simply because I have no detailed knowledge of it that is all. All I will say is that if you're spending £4 on a bottle of unknown fluid might it not be worth shelling out a little more for a brand you at least recognise? It is perfectly possible it's the same fluid from the same factory but without any knowledge or evidence I'd be more inclined to get a "brand".
14/1//2019 8:16:08 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I'll be happy to play with your nipples Pocketpete. Just bear in mind these will be your BLEED nipples so it might be a little painful.
14/1//2019 8:17:26 AM UTC
Rod said :-
I have used Comma brake fluid for years without any problems.
I will add that I always buy the small bottle now, because I always seemed to throw fluid away after it had been sitting on the shelf for a couple of years.
My thinking is that the amount used to top up at interim services is negligible, and the fluid left over in the bottle is as old as the fluid being changed on the major services, so a large bottle is a waste of money.
14/1//2019 6:59:49 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I must say I've used Comma and Hafords own brand in the past without issues. And yeah, a big bottle is typically a waste of time for motorcycles unless you're running a brake workshop!
14/1//2019 7:59:47 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
The more I test the less confident I am...
15/1//2019 12:48:32 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Well it's positively miserable outside. I was sat here wishing I was in Ullapool but then I saw an image from The Isle of Harris where the snow is getting thick. I wish I was in summer.

16/1//2019 9:14:05 PM UTC
Jim said :-
Shetland Islands in January has a lot to recommend it!

18/1//2019 7:55:39 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Dammit Jim!! I'm really miserable now. Mind you I reckon today would be, well, frankly bloody freezing up there.

Anyhow here's an image of Glencoe in winter. Brrrrrrr!

18/1//2019 9:14:44 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I have a cheap leather case to protect my phone when it's in the tank bag or what not. Then last week it disappeared. This week I've been making do with a bubble wrap postage back cut down to fit...

18/1//2019 3:53:04 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Then this afternoon in a totally unrelated incident I took the seat off the 500, I needed some 12v goodness. Look what I found. DOH!!!

18/1//2019 3:54:37 PM UTC
Pocketpete said :-
I have been using my bike since 1st Jan to commute to work. Yes I have actually got a part time job. Got to pay for my daughter's house. I've been cleaning it using Sharon's method. No acf50 for me. I came home today the bike is covered in salt. So how do I clean it.

Wash with muc off then rinse off and clean with Williams wash and was. Then mc94 ptfe spray. I usually rinse off with the hosepipe. Is this going to create a rush making brine.

What's the best way to get rid of salt?
18/1//2019 7:19:58 PM UTC
Borsuk said :-
I have many memories of climbing and camping at Glencoe in mid winter, usually just freezing rain but sometimes there was deep snow.
And my friends wonder why I moved to Southern Spain.
18/1//2019 10:55:55 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
I've seen Glencoe in all seasons and it's nearly always looked like that. Although when you see it in all its glory, well, amazing. I was up there with Er'Indoors probably around 2009 on the CBF1000, we'd just set off from the King House (?) after a slap up breakfast and parked up shortly after in the piper's lay by and Er'Indoors was reduced to tears by its beauty. I told her to pull herself together, there were pegs to scrape.
Ren, do you know there's a leatherish thing under your seat?
18/1//2019 11:17:43 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Pocketpete - I'd need to think about this more but. Hosing the bike down thoroughly should provide enough water to remove the salt and not simply create a briny solution which would be worse for rusting than dry salt.

That said it has been my experience that a thoroughly dirty bike provides a layer of protective gunk. My bikes do suffer surface layer rust but not deep damaging rust as I've seen on some regularly cleaned bikes. This is a whole can of worms and I'm sure there are a million opinions.

Upt'North - I recall my first motorcycling visit to Scotland and my first time as an adult. I came through Glencoe and I too was stunned. As an experienced Highlands rider now I'm also aware there are even more breathtaking views to be found. Glencoe is just the doorway.

Thanks for the tip on the leatherish thing under my seat. You're a star you really are.
19/1//2019 8:08:18 AM UTC

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