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  1. 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.
    6 points
  2. Hey guys - long post alert, but for those not interested in reading it, there's a link at the end to some photos. So I’m finally getting around to posting up about my Europe trip. A rough plan for the trip was conceived before I had the Tiger 1200, but I won’t lie at being relieved with the prospect of doing it on a far more comfortable bike! Anyway, the core principles were to be on the move pretty much every day, to camp every night, and to be as self-sufficient as possible. In total I was away for 16 days and clocked up 4,000 miles. For the first couple of days I actually c
    6 points
  3. Oh Slice... owned twice in one thread! [emoji1787]
    5 points
  4. Well its been the shittiest summer i can remember,,, But" 25 degrees forecast this weekend,, and were off to a classic rally, up North, first this year,,,,,,am on a different ride too ,,,its blue,,,,,
    4 points
  5. First post, I can't believe I have never been on this site before, I have had XS's for 17 years. Current bike XS 850 with a rebuild XS 850 just started, I bought it 12 years ago as someone's stalled project, for spares or rebuild and has been virtually untouched since. Lockdown has prompted a relook at it. This will be an 'economy' rebuild, I live in the far north of Scotland so don't get to many meetings although I did go to the Yorkshire Pudding Rally in 2017. Round trip of 930 miles, I was the only XS triple there. The highlight of my weekend was getting the bus into York for some 'c
    4 points
  6. 4 points
  7. Hi just joined
    4 points
  8. Well I’m back home now, safe and sound - after 16 nights camping, I’m looking forward to a proper bed (and decent shower...!) I’ll sort through some photos / footage over the next week or so and share a general update with you all.
    4 points
  9. I’m in the Black Forest now, Drewps [emoji846] heading off the the Alps tomorrow. Camping the whole way.
    4 points
  10. 550 jason " ,,Ram air,, i did 418 miles , 50mpg, and exactly 1 litre of 2T oil, 47 year old bike , elecy start, runs great,,
    3 points
  11. I’ve decided to go for the refund and find a new bike. I’ll keep an eye on that breaker for future smaller jobs.
    3 points
  12. Ok, spoke to the tyre man today, function wins out over form this time, the pirelli looks prettier but he said the latest pr5 is one of those (big step) moments. The 5 is supposedly at half worn, as good as the outgoing pr4 brand new. Time will tell. Will be fitted Thursday. 300 quid fitted and balanced to loose wheels.
    3 points
  13. My mate has been drinking brake fluid, I asked him if he was addicted? he said no he could stop anytime!
    3 points
  14. My mate drinks battery acid, I told him he'll need to watch he doesn't get charged My other mate eats black wire. I asked if he is depressed, he said no he feels really positive after eating. I asked if it is a recent habit, he said no he'd been doing it for ions
    3 points
  15. STOP DOING THIS SHIT! In your house its ok if you want or where no one sees them but not in a restaurant. It is a public place devoted to food consumption. The truth is I don't agree, I don't know what you think, but it makes me sick. I know that many will come out to defend it, and they will say a lot of things in their favor, but they won't even change my mind about this act. It's a bad habit. You can tell what's been instilled in her house and it looks like it's normal for her, as if nothings happened, but...STOP putting your dirty flipping flip flops on top of the table. It isn't
    3 points
  16. Crikey what a pain in the arse, had a leaky rocker cover gasket on the vmax, finally got to sorting it today after waiting for weeeeeeks for the damn thing to show up. What a thing to fit, officially you take off the seat, airbox, carbs, fuel pump, drain coolant, header tank......continue till dead. So like any good home mechanic I cheated. If you whip the seat off (4 bolts) you can get at everything but you have to change the gasket without taking the cover off, just lifting it maybe 15mm. Its fiddly, and a few strategic blobs of yamabond (or red hylomar) to make it behave. But it i
    3 points
  17. TDM is a bit SHORT!. Im 6"1 and I thought it was spot on. I nearly bought a 850 back in the stone age. Green one as I recall but no matter. How is the 1300 better if the tdm is small, or are we just talking numbers? You need to get him on some bikes so he realises just how fast bikes are so he realises just how slow his 535 was in the motorcycle universe. In his mind 1300 is big numbers so fast, 900 is smaller and slower. The real world difference, with the bodywork you can ride the tdm considerably faster and for longer than the 1300. My vmax has a ton of horsepower, needs a subtle exper
    3 points
  18. Aw! Thanks man! Did you miss me... and my schoolmarmy ways?
    3 points
  19. cant you drill the old nipple out? you can buy nipples with 0.5 oversize for this reason. You can also buy bleedable banjos, they replace the existing banjo but have a bleed nipple built in - i have fitted one and as long as you orientate the caliper correctly you can bleed them out. They look like this: if you must replace the caliper, do you know the bolt spacing? There are a number of yamahas with the same ~(i think) 83mm calipers.
    3 points
  20. 3 points
  21. When I have been that way in June. Yes. I would argue the toss in January. Esp with a good blow on. Christ on a stick the wind of the Clyde could cut glass this time of year.
    3 points
  22. Don't care where we go, after all the work I have done on the bike I just want to go! Give me a map reference and I will meet you there.
    3 points
  23. I’m currently sat under a tarp near Mont Blanc - I’m camping at the foot of a glacier in fact, and there’s a silent thunderstorm going on around me. So it feels like a suitable time to admit something to you guys... Not long after our Wales weekend I found myself on a rare mid-week rideout on a very hot day. I had always planned a Europe tour for this year (currently on it), and by all intents and purposes I was doing it on my F800GT. The mid-week ride was to focus my mind and think about what I’d need to comfortably execute my 16 day camp trip in a self-sufficient manner. So anyway, I wheel
    3 points
  24. An eye-watering $1500 (and I'll also have the aforementioned tax...) but the 'bike is worth every penny. IF I come to sell it (I shan't - it'll be passed to my son) I could even make a couple of grand. But that's not what this is about - I'm livin' the dream !!
    3 points
  25. The purpose of the "wiggly ring" is to keep the lower ring central, taking up the free space (regardless of how much space you perceive there to be!) and keeps the ring central and equi-distant all around. Just because the original rings don't have them is no basis to leave them out. You may find that the original ring is a little wider in its cross section thereby not needing them, whereas the newer ring may be that little bit smaller to enable the 'wiggly ring to sit behind it!! Manufacturers don't include them for fun or as an 'optional extra' after all their R&D. Whe
    3 points
  26. I've had a look at the facebook sites, Can't say I'm over impressed by them, posts tend to be 'look where I've been' photos and no obvious threads to follow about bike maintenance etc. I'll stick with the forum thanks even if the activity has died down.
    3 points
  27. She's back. Picked her up today and all is sweet. Finally got an as good as new FJ-1200 in the garage with 16.5K on the clock. Carbs done, valve clearances done, tune-up done. Parted with a few shekels to get her right but I'm sure the love will come back again soon.
    3 points
  28. I think you mean you're Hahahahahahahaha
    3 points
  29. Probably succumbed to some sort of stress related disease by now
    3 points
  30. It's different. It's the torque. Makes anything seem peaky. Any time, any gear, any rpm yank it's chain and it fucks off. It's not subtle like an in line 4 either. It's old school angry gsxr type shove. You got to respect it. Coming from peaky 600's and 10 years of 2 stroke quite honestly it's hard to get your head round. I feel like I'm 16years old again when I start it.
    3 points
  31. Yep pics coming when I remember how.... Mot'd her Saturday. Now christened Trigger as from what we can figure the only parts of the original bike are the loom and frame. Oh. I have ridden some quick stuff in my time, a 1260 bandit, an 08 blade, couple of gsxr 750's. It's not the same. Sweets mercy this thing (considering it's from 1985, mines a 98). Just re writes the word fast. It really is ridiculous. The way it accelerates takes your breath away. I'm in love.
    3 points
  32. If you like touring or just an overnighter. This vid is handy for making clothes really small for packing
    2 points
  33. I'm in. Bar anymore of this years weirdness I will be free to arrive anytime Friday. Fucking A......
    2 points
  34. I just bought a Niken! Even around my locale the handling feels amazing.
    2 points
  35. Welcomen" member jimmy has a great affection for the XS 250. maybe he can offer some Advise
    2 points
  36. that's smoking in the gloaming
    2 points
  37. Some pics on the pic page mate, but will put them here
    2 points
  38. Originally Dublin. Via Kerry (Right down south of the country), Leitrim (This side of the border), Armagh (T'other side of the border), Wicklow (Mountains south of Dublin) and then Dublin again.. Been this side of the water about 17 years now.. Yeah, cosmetic wise I'm not too fussy tbh, but as you said - mechanically, I can't stand an unreliable bike and rather not take the chance of getting stranded.. Reckon I'll start with overhauling the brakes and carb.. There were charging issues, so I've picked up a new stator, reg/rec and battery. Everything else (so far) see
    2 points
  39. Would love to see pics of the G7S. I’m hoping to get mine back one day.
    2 points
  40. Standard practice, the headlight is ac. There is sometimes a resistor mounted on the frame (somewhere it will get some cooling) that acts as a load sink to keep the power down. In some cases the load on the system was carefully matched to the charging/lighting load so the was no need for the resistor but leaves you with a system with no spare capacity. No problem in theory until your components age, you can see losing 10% efficiency due to age/ corrosion, will give issues. Normally with the indicators. An arch villan of the 6v universe. Later (late 70's) tec moved on and they were
    2 points
  41. Bit of time on my hands ,,,So, 400f -
    2 points
  42. 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
    2 points
  43. I've just been trawling through a few piston ring manufactures websites AE , Hastings, Nevlock, MI, and found an answer to the question of the spring ring behind: ..." It is their to apply additional radial pressure to the piston ring. This increases the unit pressure applied at the cylinder wall. " So there you go.!
    2 points
  44. Yes but no one gave a fuk about you being a cripple.
    2 points
  45. Hi mate, welcome back, glad you took the time to come and see us again! All we need now is for GROUCH to turn up and it's old home week.
    2 points
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