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  2. I"v got plenty to occupy me,, dismantelling old land rovers,, loads of space around me with walks and trees, take the bike to to shopping, [ if it aint cold,], fone stopped ringing ,so its bliss, no towns for 3 miles ,, real isolation ,,
  3. Im supposed to be a key worker...….. Officially from HM government direct. But no different to a normal day except, most places are shut so im spending half my day driving to places empty then driving back because they are closed. Our useless office staff (most 'working' from home) are not ringing ahead. No unit allocation so every day im in a different truck. As best I can figure (driving to nowhere worthwhile and back) the 10 day maturing period of the virus would see all of the current drivers infected from one without seeing symptom's so that's the families too. Most of us are around 50 or over so that's at least a few in a pine box. Everybody keeps rattling on we are key workers so keep going, if you saw the crap I have carried and the reactions of people when I arrive (at the few that are open) its not essential. 2000 coffee machines that were put straight onto a stand trailer as 'We aint touching them any time soon.' For example? The final insult, the boss boss is 'working from home during the crisis'. He is also managing through his busy schedule to post a 60 mile a day average on Strava apparently. Safe to say I feel very expendable and exploited right now not the slightest fucking bit essential.
  4. It's utterly unprecedented. Like Drew i go out for some decent exercise everyday. I was planning to go to Spain on my Kwak next week - good job i never booked anything.
  5. Working from home so that keeps me plenty busy. I am operations/procurement superintendent for a marine towage & salvage company. Since shipping is classed as an essential industry I can have some movement to tend to our boats and I have to be in the office once a week to sort through courier deliveries in and send them on their way to where the boats are or will be. So once a week I can at least look forward to a trip to Brixham and back same day, 165 mile round trip. So I look at the forecast and pick the best day for on the bike. The situation is pretty weird to say the least and I'm afraid it will only get worse before it gets better. Stay safe & healthy peeps.
  6. I had a 535. got it cheap because the carbs were sticky. Remove the diaphram caps and check that the vacuum operated slides are freely moving. Unlike most bikes they are led on their sides and need ptfe spray to keep them free. Change the plugs if you havent yet done that, as that improves performance under load. If these dont cure it then check air filter and carb jets.
  7. and you slice, i'm managing to get out every day to exercise which is something. I also have PLex on my Roku which has all the latest films and programmes. take care of yourselves and each other
  8. So here we are my usual first day of getting out there and trying not to die. And I'm like you all stuck indoors, my MOT guy is not working so no MOT yet and it looks like I will have to get it taxed then MOT it later in the year, but it is frustrating . I hope you have all been well and not had this bloody virus, it really is not something to take lightly, I don't object to dying per-se just not drowning in my own juices in a hospital bed. I'm sure this madness will end in the not too distant future but please take care of yourselves and families. Perhaps we can have a get together much later in the year to swap stories about how we passed the time while imprisoned indoors. My wife has turned into a Dettol ninja, just about everything I touch is wiped down after I touch it, I've starting to hold my hand's over my crotch after a piss to tell the truth!!! They say some of the symptoms of this virus is that you can loose you sense of smell or taste I can only smell Dettol at the moment pretty sure I will taste it in my food before long? Anyway people take care and stay safe see you soon.
  9. I have a 89 virago 535 it will start and idle fine but when i give it throttle it dies. Unless i hold the start button in. Someone please give me some suggestions on what the problem may be.
  10. Last week
  11. I've had a look on the csmnl website for your bike, and I cant see any indication of a seal or sealant for the joints. On all the bikes I've had similar parts off in the past, I've never found or used a sealant there, so I'm guessing a previous owner was just trying to be doubly sure of sealing
  12. Hi Guys I've been (very) slowly stripping my 2001 XVS650A Dragstar Classic down to component parts and re-building her. Everything's coming off, being cleaned, polished, repainted, or replaced - now only engine and final drive left on the frame. On taking the air box apart this evening, I noticed that the 2 rubber elbows that sit inside the air box and attach to the top of the carbs have a semi-solid brownish "seal" around them, underneath the green metal retaining plate. (Turn your air box over, and you'll see the plate). Doesn't look to me like a proper seal - more like something's leaked around the rubbers and sorta solidified. Or someone's put some adhesive around the rubbers when they've been installed and it's squeezed out. It's sticky, and string/stretches when pulled apart. I've got a Haynes manual, nothing mentioned about any sealant/adhesive. Anyone able to confirm whether there's supposed to be any sealant/adhesive around these parts, and if so, what to replace it with? Gut feeling says to put the rubbers back in the air box and let the rubber form the seal, but I'd like to see if I can find confirmation of what is supposed to be there. I've cleaned most of the gunk off of the rubber parts, but I'm linking to photo's of the parts I'm referring to, and what's left of the material: My Google Photos Album Any confirmation or suggestions would be welcomed. Cheers
  13. Hi everyone.Could you please help me with convicing my brother to not drive as he do and tell him that he won't end well if he does not stop with his reckless driving?This what I mean.... please help me thaks a lot!
  14. Don't forget the oil light comes on with the neutral light as a way of showing the bulb works properly.
  15. Afternoon guys, just joined the forum but read a few posts on here. I'm on the cusp of buying myself a 1975 DT175 and, I know you get this a lot but, I had one as a lad and remember it quite fondly. Sadly, this virus has stopped me going and collecting the thing. Thought I'd join the forum and see about some advice for a newbie to the 2t world. I ride bikes a lot and have had quite a few in my time but never had a 2t for the road or as an adult. Always old yamahas or hondas as field bikes as a lad. I'll stick questions on in good time but thought I'd introduce myself first. And the screen name is the name of my little company that makes things like oil drum chairs and other such nonsense. Cheers
  16. The neutral an oil light share both share a wire but I m not sure if its An earth ( black ) or a live ( brown ) From what I can work out this wire comes from either the kill switch or front brake light switch ( on a DTR) Trouble is I ve replaced some wires an now I have a random black wire with brown tracer stripe that's not on the Diagrams So I need to know the correct colour wire the two warning lights share ? An where it should come from
  17. blackhat250

    V5

    As long as the number is from your bike,, i inherited a Z900, inboxes ,had a plate, tried to register it ,turns out is was from another Zed. resulting in an inspection from DVLA,,
  18. Hi del " seen you on the DT forum ,,
  19. clarke

    V5

    https://www.gov.uk/vehicle-log-book?step-by-step-nav=58fad183-27f5-4dd9-b51e-696c992373d7 You need to follow the link above to go through the the DVLA's guidance on getting a new one.
  20. Cheers bud Welcome to the forum
  21. drewpy

    xs400

    my xs could shift if I rode it right. but then could just bimble too. Took me to southwest 200. 80 mph all the way in shit weather. never missed a beat. I do look after my bike though and try to improve them in anyway I can
  22. Sorry haven't commented on this earlier. I've been looking at trying to get a good way of automating posts from here to Facebook, currently I haven't really found a nice way of doing it without spamming everyone. There's a new version launching int he next few weeks which should make this possible. You're right it's Facebook, our traffic significantly dropped once shortly after they launched their groups functionality. Compared to a forum it's pretty useless in regards to searching and usability etc. However it's there immediately in your hand where most people are checking all the time. We'll have an app coming out soon with alerting functionality, hopefully it's going to help!
  23. Cynic

    xs400

    Took you a month to hate it, only ever rode a 250 twin round the block that was enough. I had been drawn to the dark side though, had the use of a full power RDZ 125, even now it should be a bucket list item if you have never tried one. 25 odd horsepower in a sporty(ish) chassis with stonking brakes weighing about the same as a bag of chips. How I survived being 17 I will never know. (don't tell my mum that).
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