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Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
If you consider how many BAT readers are less than "tall" is it not at all possible the lanky ones are in fact the odd ones, the interlopers? At least we correctly dimensioned folks fit on bikes or inside cars. Tents and sleeping bags are cavernous not cramped. Our size reduces our impact on the environment and we consume less.

In fact the short people shall inherit the earth! Once we've headbutted all the "talls" in the knees and brought them down to (our) size

12/05/2022 20:06:31 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Ed, me little duck, have you ever noticed in polite society how tallness is considered an acceptable subject of conversation.
As in, "oh you're tall, aren't you"? Or even, "I bet you don't need a ladder to paint a ceiling"?
But again, in polite society....
Would you ever hear.....
"God you've eaten some pies"!
"Have you got turnups on your undercrackers"?
"You need a good tatty dinner"?
"Good god, everyone has a right to be ugly, but"?
Know what I mean? Strange innit?
It must be that being taller than average is seen as a positive by those that aren't. If they'd ever banged their short arse head on a low beam they may not think of it that way.
So it's OK to be tall height'est but not short height'est, fatt'est or skinny'est.
Or am I wrong?
I usually am.

13/05/2022 08:13:57 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
Upt' I know where to camp now when I am in Northumberland. You will never see me and my bivvy camping in your rhubarb patch.
I did not realize for years that tall people had problems with bikes, untill I was speaking to a guy on the same bike as myself outside of a cafe. We were both on Kawasaki KR1 250s. My legs fitted perfectly inside the fairing, but as a taller rider he had to place his knees outside the fairing.

13/05/2022 08:52:34 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Yes Rod, being tall isn't easy. Although much better than being small obviously.....
On the Pan my knees rest on the inner fairing panels. Even the BeaST can seem small at times. Although after doing probably around 150,000 miles on Pan's I've got used to it. Your knees don't half get blummin hot though. But who doesn't like hot knees?
Just found out I can adjust the TC on the VStrom. I haven't got a clue why I would.

13/05/2022 10:29:57 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Just put RideOn in the Beast's tyres. I was aiming for 180....320....f and r. I think I ended up about 175....325. That's ml's.

13/05/2022 10:31:57 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
325 ml - that's very nearly an armful - seems a lot. I take it this is a combined leakstopper and balancer - let us know how the latter (and the former if possible!) work.

13/05/2022 13:57:57 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Yes Ian I agree, although they don't help with the instructions.
You get the bottle in ml and the dosage rate in ounces, and I think American fuid ounces, don't know if they're different or not to ours. Thankfully their Dutch site has the amounts in ml.
I think the rear could have been anywhere between 300 and 370. The front was at about 180 at the low end.
So 325, 175 sounds about right. The bottles are 250 ml each.
I didn't take the weights off as they were already balanced, couldn't see the point and I think the larger dosage rates probably refer to where extra balancing is required.
I hope I never find out if it works or not but with a foreign trip coming up I thought I would give it a whirl.

13/05/2022 16:07:12 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
I think the US fluid ounces are 16 to the US pint which is approximately the same as ours (20 to the Imperial pint). Oddly enough a US quart is as near as dammit to a litre.

14/05/2022 16:19:26 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
That's the problem with the colonies, you gave them a decent language and decent measurements and they bugger it up.
Been out on the BeaST and B today.
The BeaST took us to Peebles, quite simply splendiferous. Then as we were togged up we took B out to the Running Fox Caff at Longframlington. Our initial impressions are what a really nice "little" bike. The engine which I believe is out of the Gladys is a peach. Smooth, powerful, economical and it makes Er'Indoors say, slow down you ba.....
I can't believe how easy it is to ride, 6th gear at 45 and ride the torque. You only have to think about turning and it's done it.
Er'Indoors did miss the reassurance of being surrounded by luggage and I felt I was sitting a little low. I probably overdid the preload and rebound too, but early days.

14/05/2022 18:37:53 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Careful Upt' you'll be downsizing to a 125 before you know it.

15/05/2022 10:04:30 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
I wonder if Ed would sell me his.

15/05/2022 12:36:23 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
Just think how much you would save in petrol costs. Ohh wait a minute!
Just think how much it would cost in oil consumption.
Maybe you would be better asking Sharon if she would sell her 125.

15/05/2022 14:25:04 UTC
Borsuk said :-
Fitted a new top yoke to the interceptor yesterday. I snapped one side overtightening after I dropped the front a cm a while back. Was easier than I thought it would be. Hardest part was getting the screws for the ignition assembly back in. Then went out on a test run with No 1 stepson today. Nice little route around Snowdonia. Of course my tracking app crashed soon into it so no record so I can do it again myself some day.

15/05/2022 18:41:12 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Sharon's 125 is a tad on the small size even for me as an ordinarily sized bloke. For Upt' I think he'd look like he's stolen a child's bicycle.

Borsuk - how much was a new yoke? For my Honda you'd probably be looking at several hundred quid.

16/05/2022 09:16:23 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Borsuk - it would worry me a bit of the yoke broke before the bolt stripped. Mind you, if I remember correctly your day job is on massive marine diesels.....

17/05/2022 12:15:18 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Yes likewise Borsuk, how many Weetabix did you have.
Obviously don't pick an argument with Borsuk the Gorilla.

17/05/2022 16:52:20 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Took these off The B. Put the standards on which came with the bike.
They just felt wrong. Plus they'd been fitted by an idiot. No not you Ed.

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17/05/2022 16:54:08 UTC
Borsuk said :-
The yokes are aluminium, use a big enough hex key and they will snap due to the leverage I think.
A new yoke from MotoGB was £80. You can get cheaper on the internet but I wanted the oem part and they are the importer. Cheap addons I will do but not when they are part of an essential system.
I am not an engineer, I am one of the guys who tells the engineers to start the engines. Saying that though a lot of my departments equipment requires large flogging spanners and lump hammers to be used when fixing things. The engineers don’t consider us technically minded enough to be allowed torque wrenches so we just pound bit’s of metal till they fit.

18/05/2022 06:31:35 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Is it the bars or the levers you've changed Upt'? I'm currently having a little tussle with the baby Honda. The front brake felt very wooden and I noted the master cylinder was 5/8" diameter (kindly embossed on the casting). I had success with a smaller diameter one on the Guzzi so thought I'd do the same here. Found a 1/2" diameter (why on earth not metric dimensions?) from a CB500R and fitted it only to find huge lever travel. What I hadn't twigged was that as well as different bores the pivot distances were different as well - 25mm for the original, 20mm for the replacement. So adding a further 25% to mechanical advantage / travel. The lever doesn't quite come back to the bar but I haven't dared try it in real life so far.

Had a jolly jaunt out on the Norton yesterday but it was spoiled by horrendous traffic and roadworks everywhere so only stayed out for an hour or so.

18/05/2022 10:19:59 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
The levers Ian.
The bars are standard Ian but on risers, the jury's still out on the risers.

18/05/2022 13:30:35 UTC

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