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done absolutely nothing with the bike as bloody garage up and over door is playing up and I can only raise it about a third way.

Going to have to close it up and strip the cable bo bins off it and see if that works.  Bloody nuisance keeping the tension on the spring, but mole clamps help
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I hope the moles don't get the upper hand while the clamps are otherwise employed ...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cugsy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Aug 2019 at 14:17
Image result for motorcycle tubeless tyre valvesmore like this 'un here....if it loads
Due to italian electrickery I am saying nowt. Still stuck with the bloody Honda
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote George S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Aug 2019 at 21:45
Returned 1000s to my son after borrowing it for a month. My old bones are telling me that clip ons and rear sets will be for short journeys in future. 
Back on the Nevada so comfortable. 300 mile journey with no aches or pains
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Nice ride around Essex with the Guzzi, with a nice pint of IPA thrown in the mix....
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Not a lot just given it a clean from being in the rain yesterday .
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Back from a week touring Ireland topped off with 3 days in Belfast to take in the Ulster GP.

Brilliant racing and Hickman was a sight to behold.
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Share a lap with Mr Hickman on YouTube.
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Disassembled my original Shock yesterday.
The Body is approx 1mm larger diameter than the S1000R Shock I have fitted, which means it should be a fairly simple job to transfer the Hydraulic Pre-Load Adjuster, and the Spring, to it.

The BMW S1000R Shock had too soft a Spring on it.

S1000R is a lighter Bike, plus there's slight Shock Linkage Geometry differences no doubt.

It handled OK-ish, but needed the pre-load almost fully wound up.

I also missed the easy-to-adjust Hydraulic Pre-load from the Stelvio Shock, so I wanted to fit it to the BMW Shock.

Pre-Load adjuster from the Stelvio Shock Dropped straight onto the BMW Shock.
Just needed a bit of Mylar Tape round the Shock Body to make it a nice snug fit.


Stelvio Spring fits nicely too, only had to take a small amount off the Spacer Collar I'd made for the BM Spring to Pre-Load it by 15mm.
It's sandwiched here between the original BM Spring Retainer and Spacer.


Pre-Load Knob sits perfectly on the left by the Pillion Footpeg Strut.



Found that the upper Shock Bolt is bent.
The top of the Shock has a narrower Bush than the Stelvio one, so I made Delrin Spacers to fill the gap each side.
Seems that's too much unsupported length for the Bolt to cope with.

I'll machine up some Alloy Spacers, and make them to press over the two Bosses on the Mounting Lugs.


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Went for a 110 mile ride given the Met Office said it would be a rain free day. Bloody liars! Got soaked going over Woodhead and then again in Glossop and Buxton. Stopped at my usual haunt - High Peak Bookstore and glanced at the bike. Oh Lord! It was filthy! That’s the downside of black bikes - they always look minging when dirty. At least it isn’t swathed in Chrome like my ex T120.

So much for summer, 11c in Ashbourne plus wind chill. No wonder I was shivering! Consoled myself by buying some books and then a stop over at Litton for a cup of tea. I’ve given Monsal Head a big miss since it has become plagued with car tourists and parking fees.

Gave the little devil a rinse over when I got home. The real cleaning can start tomorrow.

My days of cold riding are over. Too many years of riding to and from work everyday across the wilds of Derbyshire in all weathers.

Oh and this. Realised there is little room on the MG V7 III Carbon for luggage. There is a small carrier available but limited to carrying 2-3 kilos. Useless!  My chain and lock weighs 10 kilos. Time to improvise. Looked at some seat packs but most were too big or expensive and not sure of the quality. And so I have been mooching in the local charity shops for a handbag! As luck would have it, after waiting weeks, I found a black leather handbag/satchel that was large enough to take the chain and lock and a few extras. I cut off the strap - didn’t want to look girly - and it fits the back seat perfectly. It looks classy. All I need now are two Rok-Straps and I’m away. Cost £4.99 Had it the Guzzi stamp on, it would cost £200.00

Take Care. Enjoy the rain!

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Ride over to A&D motorcycles in Denbigh to test ride the V85tt, weather conditions ideal in North Wales not too hot but dry. Haven't made my mind up about the V85 yet, I will need to have a pillion test with SWMBO anyway because it is the comfort rating of the pillion seat that decides if the savings account can be raided apparentlyConfused. This was the model with the more off road biased tyres and I wasn't keen on them. Rear suspension set on the lowest preload and not as plush as my everyday V Strom either.  Given that I will be 99% on the tarmac, I wonder if the ride would be more comfortable with the road biased tyres and the standard suspension of the cheaper model, anyone tried both I wonder?
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After a few minor tweeks, I ventured out on the 1000SP. Much better with rear suspension
It now appears to be a usable bike, although it still wants to jump over the hedge on take off It's not looking bad, either.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote George S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Aug 2019 at 10:08
After 2 months wait at last received Reg document from DVLA for restored Zigolo. Rode 15 miles round local roads waiting for something to go wrong.
 It behaved, most impressed with this little machine. Will go on longer ride when it stops raining 
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Originally posted by V7Chris V7Chris wrote:

Ride over to A&D motorcycles in Denbigh to test ride the V85tt, weather conditions ideal in North Wales not too hot but dry. Haven't made my mind up about the V85 yet, I will need to have a pillion test with SWMBO anyway because it is the comfort rating of the pillion seat that decides if the savings account can be raided apparentlyConfused. This was the model with the more off road biased tyres and I wasn't keen on them. Rear suspension set on the lowest preload and not as plush as my everyday V Strom either.  Given that I will be 99% on the tarmac, I wonder if the ride would be more comfortable with the road biased tyres and the standard suspension of the cheaper model, anyone tried both I wonder?

The Tourance tyres on the plain bike are really excellent.  Up there with Pilot Road 5s.  I don't think there's any difference in the suspension set up.
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Finally got my Airone Sport on the road. Couple of shakedown rides in and nothing has broken or fallen off. Still getting used to right hand change etc. and the lack of power but it's already put a big smile on my face. Looking forward to many more miles/smiles.

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