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Gas up - Let's Go!

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  1. Hi Tuscan.... Wow! small world really. I have a screen to fit that bike.............
  2. I thought it,,,, but I'm still under a sentence with no hope of parole......... Early release is very expensive
  3. Sorry,, ^that^ means nothing to me, you need someone with a TomTom although towards the end,, I see voices.....
  4. Test - Simples. It's an investment in your future. That will soon pass....... You'll get better, honest There are a good few SuperMotards about now, and with a restricted licence the 600 range is excellent as you don't loose too much of the power. My favourite SM is Dorsoduro.. But it's a bit of an animal and like other Italian bikes can be a little, erm,,, interesting! The XT660X would be a good move for you too, rides like the 125 but with more smiles-per-mile than the others. Of course there is the Austrian stuff, but I won't mention anything Orange here... The Dora (Triumph Explorer) would be a bike to stay clear of for a few years. They are a big lump to haul around and a different riding attitude, the 800 Tiger's are much more flexible (ahem!), like this one: or, you might consider something that rides great on the twisty roads, is a good commuter, has a massive tank range, can tour or take on the rough roads => Once you pass your test,, the world is there for the taking, You choice of bike becomes less important as to what you want to do with it, choose a bike that does everything you want and you'll get more out of biking (a bike just becomes a tool to see the world). I hope this has been of some help to you, if not, no worries, even bad advice is still useful.
  5. It's horses and courses. If you want a simple to use, get me from A to B on roads, then the TameTom is a good piece of kit. It's a great entry level navigation tool that's easy to use. If you want to setup your own route, plan on a PC with detailed mapping/TOPO, add in stop offs, have an accurate estimate of journey time/distance, ride on roads that are not in the mapping, ride off-piste, plan visits by Lat/Long co-ords or any other mapping protocol, track and record your journey or upload the trip for others to follow then you need a Garmin. I've used the Rider2 against a Zumo500 for many things - The TT is the best GIU, but the Zumo has a better range of features, has better base maps and a more accurate receiver. However you do pay for this, it's double the cost of a Rider2. If you ride roads, and just want to get somewhere (and as long as the software knows the place you are going) the Rider2 is a good investment. If you are a little more adventurous - Garmin. As I say, horses and courses, but I've never seen a traveller (the sort who country hops, overland) use a TomTom, but I've seen Garmins in use all over the world.. I must apologise though, been back five minutes and I've taken a thread totally
  6. Going to Kendal today..... it's like the badlands! The Tiger is more for 2up travel, the Tenere is still the solo bike, and there are some thoughts in the pipeline for Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Maybe take the Tiger for a Battlefield Tour in the spring to give it a shakedown. Africa has always been in my sights, but to be honest it's just a bit to unpredictable at the moment, blimey I considered Syria 18 months ago!! The world is a little too unstable to plan anything too far in the future, and when you have other commitments it makes long distance stuff very difficult.
  7. Well, Triumph claim they don't do such a thing,, but I can tell you the bike I rode home was not the same bike I took in, some 2 hours before ! Running IN,,yes Apparently so. With that warranty thing for 2 years, it won't be my problem
  8. out of the box new.... Had her 500 mile first service today, the one where Triumph don't replace the 'running on' ECU map with a proper one
  9. HELLO !!!! Been away for a while, so here I am again, saying hello. Still got the trusty Tenere, still riding her in lots of rough and dirty place, but alas the TT600RE has a new owner, or at least once the bikes gets to ,,,, New Zealand !!! A couple of weeks ago I picked up another bike to replace the TT600RE, a Triumph Tiger 800xc, and here she is: She's not as good as the Tenere in the twisty narrow lanes of the Lakes, and can't touch the Tenere on dirt, but Mrs GULG will be happier to sit on the back of the Tiger.
  10. Not so sure about the 'smart',,,, The answer is yes,, and no Yes it might work for a while, or forever. No, because it is illegal. End users never own any software, they own a license to use it, one license.... so give it to someone else and they could take you to court. In 25 years in IT, I cannot recall a single individual being perused for such an offence But to be honest, if it works, and you don't connect your GPS to the web (or via your PC to the web) then no-one will find out
  11. Off road tyres always wear like that, it shows you are using your front brake!! I've had tyres worse than that that have passed inspection by the police and VOSA - the VOSA man commented on it, but in his own words, he wasn't sure of the law in such cases. His line was, as long as the tread patter hits the road in compliance with the regulations (it's a ratio split between gap and tread on an off-road tyre that makes it legal or not, among other things) and the hight of the top of the tread is within limits then he was happy. What you will find is the bike gets gradually worse at corners, requiring more and more input from the bars. Some people turn the tyres, but in my experience it feels properly horrible. (Hi Cynic - just popped back for a quick look around.....)
  12. Why thank you.... or do you mean modifications !
  13. The HT lead sucks on these bikes...... check both ends are firmly connected and not loose. That happens on mine now and then, but it does live in a wet place,, with lots of mud and crap !
  14. It was a great weekend, very few cages around, but then it's normally like that up there. If anyone hasn't been, the Pass of the Cattle that takes you to Applecross is the highest road in the UK. It is the true home of the dualsports bike, I've been up it dozens of times and I've never been beaten by anything with more than 2 pistons......
  15. some more picts... Just thought you might like to see where we were....
  16. Godd eve to you all..... Over the weekend I took a little road trip up to Skye, around the Applecross Peninsular, down Beinn Eighe through Glenn Carron and a ride home. Friday was a ride up north to a little hotel (www.whiteheather.co.uk) for an overnight. On Saturday we did a little run out, and headed home on Sunday. The weekend matched up with the Twisted Pistons Rally in Kyleakin, so there were lots and lots of bikes about in the area, and lot of intoxicated riders! (without bikes) So, here are some photes from the weekend ->
  17. Yep. Me too. Personally, I never support any charity that goes outside of the UK, ever. A charity needs to clear three criteria; 1) Must be exclusive to UK/Uk citizens 2) Must be transparent, and not spend on crap (like monthly 'letters' from Tibby the dead Dodo) 3) It has to have some effect, or be of potential use to me or my family. So, (putting his heart on his sleve as it were..) Great North Air Ambulance, I'm a biker, when I merge with the tarmac I want this still flying so I can get to hospital quick. Childline, worked with them for years, but my daughter is now 17 so I think thier days are numbered..... PDSA, They opened a local hospital, so I'll support them as long as it's there. If it closes, the donations stop. I did once support the RSPCA, but then decided that if they could spend on adverts and pay collectors that they had enough money. I have supported the RSPB, only because they gave me some books which we were going to buy, after I'd paid enough into the charity to cover the costs of the books (and a bit more for the setup costs) I stopped. I don't mind charities, some do a great job but some have far too much waste. I absolutaly object to the God botherers collecting envelopes at the door. Recently I have taken to sending charity bags (that come through the door) back in stampless envelopes with a note reminding them I have to pay to dispose of their crap - it doesn't stop them putting them through though. Help For Heroes - I support this where I can, it's the only charity I will give to on the street. Like the Air Ambulance, these are charities we shouldn't have, in that, these services should be provided by the country/government as a basic right to those that need it.
  18. Spain is awesome. Personally I prefer the north around the Picos, where you can experience 'real' spain, but the Sierra Nevada's are great too. For really great roads, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania are, erm, invigorating! Aslo the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia & Lithuanina) should be on your list. A trip to the Arctic should also be on your list, if ou've never rode in Sweden then you've never seen roads where you cannot see the end before.... I'm starting to get withdrawal symptoms these days, perhaps it's time to put some distance between blighty and the bike again........
  19. There is a moral though..... A couple of years ago me and some mates rode up to Skye, I was on a 660 single, they were on a 1400GSxR and a 1200 Bandit. After laughing at me for choosing such a stupid bike to ride 300 miles there was a challenge, and they offered to wait for me when they go there. I got there half an hour before them. Why? Longer range in the tank (less stops) Comfy (didn't 'need' to stop) and I'm a better (read safer & smoother with good observation and anticipation) rider. I was also the only one walking normally to the pub that night.
  20. Yes, a little more detail please... Is this 'backlash', through the whole drive chain ? have you looked at the freeplay at the rear wheel ? At 14k the Cush rubbers will be a melted lump of goo, so if you've never changed them this would account for free play between the wheel and the sproket. Just chucking in some possibilities, it could be anything from your description. Also, if the chain is loose these bikes clunk loudly when you put them into gear. There have been occasions when the internals have self destructed, but these are very rare, so I'd check the easy stuff first.
  21. A 'Walloon', Brilliant. I need to use that term next time I'm speaking to my counterpart (he to is a French speaking Belgium). I'd like to say welcome, but I've been here so little lately I feel I should make a new introduction myself !! Great bike and nice intro.
  22. OK, so I'm a bit late (story of my life these days!), but,,,, Forget the M74, it's boring boring boring and there are alternatives; <heading south> From J11, Lesmahagow, (north of that is a little, 'towny') there is the B7078 that runs along side the M74 down to Abington. From Abington the A702 to J14, From J14 there is the B7076 that runs along side the M74 all the way to Gretna. The B7076 is a great road and takes in a few small villages and is a much nicer ride, adding maybe 10 or 15 minutes to the motorway run. There is very little traffic.
  23. Thats a start. Mud, water and rubber footpegs don't mix. These Wide Footpegs fit straight on to the TTR (and the XT660Z too) and double the size of the peg area. I have them on mine and they are the best value footpegs around. Not the best quality as they are cast and a bit rough, the paint isn't great either, but with PivotPegz at over £100, they are very good value. They do take an age to come, so don't expect fast delivery. The very same pegs are used on the Tenere, and lots of the guys (on xt660.com) have them fitted rather than the OE ones without rubber. They make standing up on the bike much easier on the old legs and feet!
  24. Yep, one piece, two bolts (under the rear) to remove, and one on each side. You need to remove it to get to the battery but it takes about 37 seconds to take it all off. These bikes are built for easy maintenance - you can do an oil change and a brake serive in under 30 minutes, and 20 of that is running the engine to fill the oil tank (dry sump)) The pre-load is up a couple of notches, that all.
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