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Borsuk said :-
In fact I can probably throw in bacon pieces and copious amounts of tea as well.
12/2//2019 10:28:49 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Why you little temptress you!! Tease. Yeah I'd like to have a ride on that Borsuk. The only problem is if I ride it and I don't like it... what's the review gonna look like! Hehe.
13/2//2019 9:26:46 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Ed, with all due respect, you'd lie for bacon.
Who wouldn't?
13/2//2019 11:05:15 AM UTC
Borsuk said :-
All reviews are subjective, none of them are truly objective as every one`s personal preferences come to the front at some point, so if you don´t like her then it isn`t going to reduce my enjoyment of her.
It`s like reviewing girl friends. I would probably give Sharon a bad review as she is apparently cruel and vicious, not my thing but you apparently enjoy that so for you she is a good girlfriend.

I am so dead the next time I meet her aren`t I.
13/2//2019 11:31:08 AM UTC
Pocketpete said :-
The interceptor has certainly caught my eye. It looks pretty damn good much nicer than the Himalayan.
Its side view reminds me of a 400 superdream I had. It's the only royal Enfield that I actually wouldn't mind owning.
13/2//2019 10:02:52 PM UTC
Rod said :-
I believe that I read somewhere that the interceptor was designed in the UK by ex Triumph engineers, But as always I may be wrong!!!!
14/2//2019 8:07:51 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Borsuk. I don't think Spain is far enough. I'd suggest you remain in Brazil. Sharon isn't cruel and vicious. At least that's what she tells me to say as she's pulling out my fingernails. I have tried to escape but she always finds me. Bit like Liam Neeson "I have special skills, I will hunt you down and I will kill you..."

14/2//2019 9:03:29 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Rod, wait for it, I think you're right. Drum roll, symbols.
RE bought Harris Performance and have built their own R and D facility somewhere in the depths of Leicestershire. They employ lots of BYT's ( come on ED, bright young things) that they have poached from where they can and some must have come from nearby Triumph. They also have a US headquarters in Milwaukee.
Come to think of it it's a bit of a coup d'etat for Leicestershire, Norton, Triumph and RE. Doesn't have quite the same ring to it as Meridan though.
I personally think the motorcycle industry does need a shake up by an upstart that refuses to follow the normal path, RE's were slow oddballs in the overseas markets ridden by a certain, nice, eccentric clientele who forgave anything in their goal to be different, the new RE is different, in one fowl swoop it's produced the coolest retro in years. Now all they've got to do is produce a motorcycle that starts when you hit the button and keep the prices where they are.
Then what they've got to do is make a touring version with a longer sub frame and seat, lower pillion pegs, an extra 20 bhp, good luggage included and oh yes, to please ED, it'll have to do around 150 mpg. When I say "cool", I do realise I haven't got a clue what that means.
14/2//2019 9:49:28 AM UTC
Borsuk said :-
I know they tested the bikes in the UK at the same airfield Top Gear uses, I believe the Harris Design (Royal Enfield UK Technology Center) building is in that area as well.
The design was a collaboration between the UK and the Chennai design team and apparently one of the specs was the bike can reach 100 mph, not necessarily cruise at it but reach it.
I have nearly 2000 km in on the Himalayan and so far it seems a sweet bike, to my limited experience. Rumbles a bit if your revs are too low but if you keep them above 2500 she´s as sweet as anything. So far I am returning around 80 mpg but I am not going above 4000 rpm very often, driving mostly on twisty roads with the occasional stretch of motorway at 50.
I remember Sharon asking what gear she should be in for taking bends in a post somewhere, I´d say the one that keeps your revs in the middle of your power band is probably the best.
14/2//2019 11:31:43 AM UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Harris Design actually continued production of the Meriden Triumph twins for a number of years as well as making the Matchless G80 which had a Rotax 500cc engine and (apart from the left hand kickstart) was a very attractive bike.

I suspect however that few of the original team are still with the company. It was based down in the south west somewhere - Christchurch in Dorset if I remember correctly (which I probably don't).
15/2//2019 10:40:07 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Anybody bought US PRO branded tools?
Just wondering about the quality.
Thanks in advance.
16/2//2019 4:58:27 PM UTC
Pocketpete said :-
They used to do big tool holding cabinets for bae systems really nice storage systems on wheels really well made massive boxes could be electrically powered to move them about. But the tools were all from cincinnati tool and die.
The machines we used were all made by cincinati milacron.

Didnt even know they still existed.
17/2//2019 12:41:47 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Thanks Pete, I'm after a few deep metric quarter inch drive sockets to get into my nether regions. They're on Ebay amongst other sites and seem OK and the feedback seems positive. Thanks for your insight.
I was thinking maybe might be worth paying the extra for Facom or Proto but the prices are a bit daft for sockets that are really only for just incase moments. Can't order anything for a day or two yet anyway so I will ponder a little longer.........I'm starting to sound like the Ed.
17/2//2019 1:18:44 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I've been very impressed with my Halfords Professional tools. I don't know how they compare price wise with the US Pro stuff though.
18/2//2019 9:54:18 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Ta Ed,I'll take a look at them. I've got a Snap On AF quarter inch socket set I've had for about 40 years but can't justify their prices for DIY occasional use. They were tools that made me money so it was an easy decision. Just need some metric sockets so I can use that on the bike. Might look for some quarter inch JIS bits too. Ta again.
18/2//2019 11:16:23 AM UTC
Ian Soady said :-
I have a snap-on 1/2" ratchet that I bought about 40 years ago when I was temporarily flush. A couple of years ago the ratchet drive became a bit erratic. I bumped into a snap-on van outside a tyre fitters and spoke to the driver and he came round to my house and replaced the ratchet drive for me. Completely FOC. The lifetime guarantee means what it says on these tools.

That ratchet, although it's had a hard life, still looks and performs beautifully. The Yanks do know how to make tools, although some of the old British ones I still have (Williams superslim, Snail, King Dick and Shelley) are still working well.

Like you however I couldn't justify the cost for what I now use tools for.
18/2//2019 2:29:27 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Yes Ian the warranty always justified the price but not for home use. I have never had a problem getting repairs to Snap On kit either.
But on a different note. What a peach.

18/2//2019 4:08:37 PM UTC
Bill said :-
US pro and Bergen are both Chinese manufacture with names trying to sound like somewhere else.
That's why the are cheap and favourites on market stalls. You get what you pay for but for occasional home use could be OK for the price.
18/2//2019 7:36:55 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
That Bullet is sweet. It is rather like the BMW R9-T and the CCM Spitfire, lovely to look at but nowhere for luggage!!
18/2//2019 8:58:41 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Thanks Bill, I didn't think they would be made anywhere else. I've seen the Bergen too.
Ed, sweet, peachy, hmmm hmmmmmm, but practical no. But then again if we wanted practical we'd sell our 2 wheeled beauties and buy diesel Ford's. But obviously not drive them because they'll destroy the planet, apparently.
Which sort of goes full circle because just about everything we buy is made in China with coal burnt power.

18/2//2019 11:41:08 PM UTC

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