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  1. I had a low speed off way back when with the girlfriend on the back. No big deal and it didn't put her off marrying me but... My biggest fright was as a puny 18yrs apprentice shipwright, I was coming home from my birds house when I saw one of my workmates staggering home drunk. I stopped and asked if he wanted a lift (always seemed to carry a spare lid then). Big Stan gets on the back. Now, I was 5'8 and about 11stone, Big Stan was about 6' 8 and around 20 stone, extremely drunk and wobbling all over the place. Never came off, but the worst 5 mile pillion ride I've ever done.
    5 points
  2. About twenty years ago coming back from Clevedon in Somerset on the M5 Northbound after watching our local football team play away to Clevedon with my son on the back of my Divvy 600 he decided to fall asleep going across the Avonmouth bridge in Bristol. My mistake was to shout his name and ask him if he was OK. What I should have done was to pull into the emergency lane and woke him up. But since that experience I've learned that is a common occurrence. (frightening) But the most frightening time was coming back from Poole in Dorset again watching our local team play and as luck had it I en
    4 points
  3. I was riding through Copenhagen with the Mrs on the back, and there were these huge tabletop speed bumps all down this road. The kind that wouldn't be out of place on a bmx track. So I had the bright idea of standing up on the pegs and hitting one at ramming speed forgetting she was there. As we came down off it she slid forward onto the riders seat as I simultaneously went to sit back down on her lap. I stood straight back up and got punched in the arse for my trouble
    4 points
  4. Just found Tommy's ride and slide photo
    4 points
  5. I've been the pillion in a situation. Was at a friend of a friends at about age 15 and he offered to take me home on his RD350LC, but like most things, it had to be NOW! So there I am, climbing on the back whilst trying to zip my leather up and his girlfriend had kicked one peg up but not the other... So now I'm trying to zip my jacket up AND kick the peg down at the same time. Him, thinking I was on, takes off. I don't... Next thing I know, I'm laying on my back in the middle of the road and everyone comes to to see if I'm ok. I'm fine, just slightly confused about what happen
    3 points
  6. All fixed... Not sure when, but after a little smoke, the main fuse on the side of the starter relay had fried. Cleaned up the various terminals on the starter relay and replaced the fuse. It works, instantly... NO idea WHY the fuse has gone, so this may not be over, but for now, everything's good!
    2 points
  7. Had this taking a mate of mine to Margate to pick his bike up from his in laws. Dopey bastard fell asleep, that in its self wasn't the issue the issue was him waking up mid roundabout and leaning in like he was pilot. Waiting for the punchline??? I was 11 stone sopping wet and he was chasing 20 so you can imagine the scene, we decked everything, my knee (with sliders, that stopped us going down i think) pegs, exhaust, centre stand, it must have looked like the forth of July. He then realises his sleepy mistake and decides as I'm fighting to lift the bike..... To lean the other way at whi
    2 points
  8. There are some decent good people about Mike and glad it turned out alright. Has anybody had any pillion 'mishaps'? well yes, only the once, fortunately it all turned out 'ok' albiet a very frightening experience. it was also about twenty years ago, when I offered to take a nurse colleague out on my 400/4, as she'd never been on a bike before and admired my bike parked outside. I took the bike out through the countryside of West Sussex and ended up about to join a straight stretch of dual carriageway along towards Chichester. It's a T junction and the road is clear both ways sa
    2 points
  9. Hi, returning here after a long break without a Yamaha but have recently bought a rough XT 350, 1993 and hoping to go green laning on it around North Wales and further a field after lockdown. The wiring is a bit dodgy and has been messed with in the past. Trying to find an accurate wiring diagram online as the manuals I have don't appear to match my bike. Is it possible to get hold of one , do you have it in your resources or know where to access? I also need to strip the top end to find out why its smoking and back firing, the mouse living in the airbox and his seed store possibly didn't hel
    1 point
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  11. I've heard this before Cynic. when babies and drunks fall over they don't hurt themselves. I remember about twenty odd years ago I was exiting a roundabout and got up to about 45 MPH and had a rear tyre blowout and although it happened in a nanosecond it seemed to go in slow motion and to this day I remember just relaxing knowing I was going to come off and literally got away with a couple of bruises. Mike.
    1 point
  12. One of my dads mates (now passed) used to always bring up a story about them going on the piss and my dad falling asleep on the back of his goldie, whats funny about that, he dosed off alright, right off the back. Tumbled like a rag doll apparently and got up with little more than scratches. He is convinced to this day being asleep AND pissed up save him from breaking anything.
    1 point
  13. I’m pretty sure that’s my problem. It makes sense now, I assumed the oil found its way through oil passageways. Will drain and check it out tomorrow. Thanks again for your help as the photos. i remember when I joined this club, you were helpful then. Cheers Graham
    1 point
  14. Hi Graham There may be nothing wrong. the Simplest reason might be that although you have it on the engine stand , it may not be replicating the angle when on the bike. If its front end is elevated then the dipstick will be in the oil prematurely as its pools in the corner so to speak. Having said that, there are a couple of things to consider, bear in mind the engine is merely two boxes, in one box is the gears in the other box is the clutch. The same oil sits in both boxes. The oil will fill both sides via the open bearings. How much oil did you drain out? Is the dipstick
    1 point
  15. Strange one that! I wouldn't let it stop you carrying on with the build, just keep an eye on it once the bike is on the road. I had a similar thing once before after I'd stripped my clutch etc to fit a kick-start. I just filled with the amount stamped on the case, then it spat a load out of the breather once I'd ridden it so I had to drain some.
    1 point
  16. I've been coming across this message thread so many times over the last couple of years (I got myself an ancient 73 or 74 ag175 from a shed deep in the inner NSW) and i have long been planning to restore it. Unfortunately i've had a lack of time, experience and money as well as a semblance of a garage or workshop space but I think that is slowly changing and I'm hoping to restore it this year. I might hit you up with questions once I'm done reading this massive 8 page thread. Unfortunately I only have the one bike but at least (last I started it half a year ago) it was still starti
    1 point
  17. Enjoying Caroline again then Mike? I stumbled across it about two years ago, and have it on most days. I like the fact that there's no adverts and minimal DJ chat, having said I don't mind if it's longer chat, at least it's not mundane chat and it is about the music! Unlike a lot of radio stations they don't play the same records over and over again, although you can hear the same ones often. All the DJ shows last 2 hours and the same show is repeated in the week (hence hearing the same records). weekends are varied but there's Dave Fosters retro chart show at 12. Never worked out how t
    1 point
  18. Wasn't it something like. If you want it, "come and get it"
    1 point
  19. If it turns over its not a short in the loom its a component issue, either the solenoid or the motor.
    1 point
  20. i know it was, hence the emoticon it was shrek
    1 point
  21. Switch ? on handlebar, And " jimmy bet you wish you XS250 Had a short back in the 70"s and went on fire,, ==
    1 point
  22. Is it just when you try to turn it over, or when you turn on the ignition If it is just on the turn over via the electric foot, does it blow fuses with the kickstarter. You will have a short somewhere, so you'll need to start isolating the different circuits and going through everything bit by bit. To save fuses, you can wire in a bulb, and run each wire you're testing through that. The bulb will light up if the circuit is complete indicating the short.
    1 point
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