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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BobV7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Jul 2020 at 16:26
Took a run on the Honda from home near Bognor to Loomis cafe in the Meon Valley to meet up with an old friend. These old bikes may be light compared with modern bikes but I find the rather heavy controls make mine surprisingly tiring to ride, or maybe I've just got old! Time to look at a smaller, newer bike? Cry
V7 Classic Black and gold is the best colour but green & black is nice too!
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I rode the new Tiger 900 recently Bob, and it was exactly the opposite of what you describe.
Extremely easy to ride, I'm sure I could have ridden all day long without any problem. The shop wanted it back though...

You have a 500-Four don't you?  If so that takes me back, I had one when I was young (19). It guzzled fuel I seem to remember which was a problem for long trips on an apprentice's salary :-(
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jim Mac Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 Jul 2020 at 17:05
Up and our into some morning mist and headed north. Up through the Trossachs, Green Welly for a sausage sandwich, up over the Rannoch Moor and down into Glencoe. Onward towards Appin and stopped off at the Castle Stalker cafe - stunning views over the castle and loch ( of Month Python and the Holy Grail  fame)  over a single track road to Bonawe and then back to Tyndrum.  Had to stop at Callander as I was far too hot, coffee and scone sorted me out, then home

Hardly any traffic either than bikes, like swarms of midges, no buses and only a couple of caravans

Now sitting in garden having a Guiness or two,  first official retirement day has gone well

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That's got to be one of the best riding routes in the UK. Glencoe in the sun, a rare treat.
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Tried to get the air out of the rear caller on my V7 111.
I thought I'd be clever and change the brake fluid after 2 years, but seemed to finish up with a spongy pedal!!
After sucking it , pumping it , doing every b-------y thing, still soggy.
Finished up removing the rear caliper from the carrier, undoing all the hydraulic hose clips, and elevating the caliper up onto the seat. 
Then, pumping open , closed, up down . Etc
Stuck a piece of wood between the pads to hold the pistons back. 
I seem to have a pedal now
Phew.
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I've heard that using a syringe to draw fluid through the bleed nipple using vacuum works better than pressure bleeding, but I've not tried it myself (yet).
Like you it took me ages to get a good firm pedal, a right faff.
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Had me scratching my head for sure to find a solution for this air lock.
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Nigel the Nail.

Practically new rear (just had to be, didn't it) still got a few worms. Local tyre company will repair, but not take the wheel off.

What a fking work up it is to get the Baby Breva rear wheel off. No centre stand, no clearance, grrrr...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Richard Hyatt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Aug 2020 at 14:18
I changed the rear tyre on the v7 111 recently, job !
I fitted a centre stand when I bought it 3 years back , but even with that and silencer off it wouldn't clear .
Finished up with 2 little blocks of wood under the stand feet , now safely in the top box.
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Had the mighty Francis Barnett delivered yesterday and started it up today. What a racket!


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Richard Hyatt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Aug 2020 at 15:54
The villiers engines especially those, make quite a pop.
The silencers should fall into trade descriptions!
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I think it's missing a baffle from inside the "silencer"....

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Richard Hyatt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Aug 2020 at 16:33
Thank you for the thought.
I do have a vacuum pump which usually works well, it was a stubborn blob of air that moved back and forth , beat it in the end.

I had a FB Plover with a similar silencer,  from memory the outlet was a sort of slot underneath the rear pipe with a threaded arrangement in the end
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote iansoady Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Aug 2020 at 10:04
Thanks Richard.

Having now dismantled the silencer - it is indeed as you described, with a baffle tube inside the bigger diameter portion. However, somebody had packed the tube with fibreglass wadding rendering it ineffective. Strange people!
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Now with that sorted and nice new modern synthetic oil , it'll be clean as anything, run super smooth
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