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nab301 said :-
Quote"I mentioned at the end of last year that I had a car petrol tank like the Tardis at the last fill"

Correct Ian ,I did mention car, see above...
@ Ren, my 1.0 L Seat Arosa , normal fill with low petrol light on = 27/28 litres , previous fill was over 37 L 270miles=33mpg and last fill was 17.35 L 230 miles 60.52mpg although I've just averaged out the last two fills and it's coming in around the normal average mpg of 42/43 mpg, I'm totally confused now!
Nigel

20/01/2023 20:16:03 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
You're confused Nigel?!?

20/01/2023 22:57:15 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Those whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.

21/01/2023 10:12:04 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Now that's funny.
I love a chuckle....

21/01/2023 10:25:43 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Last year I paid £60 to insure the 125 third party only. This year's renewal came in at... £171!! It costs me less to insure the 500 fully comp. Called to Swinton ready to cancel but young "James" got me down to £67 with third party fire and theft. Having had similar results from the various GoMeerkatBennettConfused.coms it would appear third party fire and theft is cheaper than third party only.

Poor James is required by regulation to inform me of various excesses and limitations and potential pitfalls. If the bike is stolen close to home but not locked in the shed my excess could be £500! There's a £150 excess anyway...
"Yes my motorcycle's been stolen I'd like to make a claim"
"We have valued your 2009 98,750 miles dirty clapped out motorcycle at £100. The excess is £150. YOU owe US £50"
"Forget it..."

24/01/2023 10:11:37 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
In fact, comprehensive is sometimes cheaper still. But then it's even better to have old bikes. My annual premium for the Norton and Honda with total agreed value of £10,000 (so there would be no quibble should I claim) is £88. And that includes riding other bikes and breakdown cover (UK & EU).



https://www.rhspecialistinsurance.co.uk/motorbike-insurance...

24/01/2023 10:39:19 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
That sounds very reasonable Ian.
Do they restrict the mileage on that rate?

24/01/2023 14:45:05 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
I have a self-specidied limit of 3,000 which I accept would be low for many her. But it may well be worth talking to RH to see whether they can offer you anything. The people I've spoken to seem to know what they're about.

24/01/2023 15:55:35 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Fitted my panniers.
Upt'North.

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28/01/2023 17:01:04 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Looking good. What a tidy garage!

29/01/2023 09:52:24 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Don't get Ren started. That is indeed the tidy side, where the bike normally sits it's a tip. Well not so much a tip but by the time you've parked your mowers, strimmers, generator, chainsaw, bike, bench, paint, and not forgetting Woolers best wine cellar.....well it's pretty full.
Er'Indoors motor normally sits where the bike was through the winter, mainly becauee VAG can't manufacture a handbrake that doesn't stick on if left outside for more than two hours!
Upt'North.


29/01/2023 12:55:09 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
The garlics good too.
Which reminds me, I need to get some planted ASAP.


29/01/2023 12:56:16 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
You've got it all wrong. You have one garage for the bikes / workshop, another for the junk like mowers etc, and a shed for the gardener in the family. Cars are waterproof so stay outside. I can't remember the last time I used a handbrake except for MoTs.....

29/01/2023 14:17:07 UTC
nab301 said :-
Upt , those panniers are looking good.
On the car I'm guessing its an electric handbrake where it's not possible to leave it switched off ? I have to leave my rear drum braked Seat Arosa parked with the hand brake off for the same reason , the shoes stick to the drum.
Nigel

29/01/2023 19:31:05 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
As a young mechanic I was always taught to not use the handbrake as they stick on. My car only gets used once in a blue moon and is a prime candidate for a heavy "THUNK" when setting off for the first time. Problem is it becomes a habit to leave the car in gear... which has caused Sharon a few lairy moments if I've used her car.

Good point re the electric handbrake nab301 - Mrs North may not even have a choice.

That garage needs a damn good oil stain on that clean concrete Upt'. Get kettle on lad, I'll soon having it looking just right when I park the 125 there.

29/01/2023 20:42:09 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Nigel,
No it's manual, nowt posh, but Eddie the Eagle could use the drive for a ski jump.
So no choice, it's either the garage in the winter or black tyre marks up the street.
Ren,
I sincerely hope your dripping, smoky, dirty little thing never parks in my garage, it'd never get back out and up the drive. I might allow you to park on the road, I might not.
Nigel,
I suspect our rear drums are probably your rear drums, I've tried all the tricks, including different makes of shoes but nothing works. Blummin Germans.
Upt'North.

29/01/2023 23:58:26 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
A brick under a tyre?

I've had automatic cars for the last 15 years or so and wouldn't go back to manual. The Park position engages a positive sprag so is as effective if not more so than a conventional handbrake. In fact on the odd occasions when I've used the handbrake I can't remember how the (electric) thing works.....

30/01/2023 10:07:05 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I'm wondering - if the shoes are sticking to the drum would it not help to grease the shoes? Just wondering...

(please don't try this)

30/01/2023 13:59:57 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
The grease didn't work Ed, perhaps I should have used 60% Moly Paste?
Upt'North.

30/01/2023 15:25:53 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I'm suspicious... I'm presuming Mrs North has a life policy that you're looking to cash in on Upt'?

30/01/2023 20:37:13 UTC

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