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    Modern + Motorcycle= zzzzzzz
  • Birthday 02/10/1971

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    Yamaha Dt175mx (81) owned 32yrs TDR250 (88) CB175T (71) 1200Vmax (98)

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    Middle of middle England
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    Anything mechanical, from static steam engines to Rc helicopters......

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  1. Wishing you all the luck in the world. Looks like your missus may have balls just the same as you do but brass. My lot threw in the towel and have started putting us off pro rata with work available, we have to be ready to be called back but could be off for weeks. At least the official pay out is better than expected. I understood it to be 80% of basic, its not its 80% of your normal pay so im a lot better off than I thought I was. Have to say after living through a near fatal pneumonia years back im glad to be at home. It is something I will never forget. The feeling of breathing but getting very little, the internal panic that builds up in your head as you realise you cannot breathe will never leave me. Covid victims have my deepest sympathies. The useless selfish scuts that are leaving masks and gloves in shopping trollies and car parks need fking though. As do all the people that have self isolated due to 'symptoms' that are a fabrication to stay home. Cowardice in my book. Plane old ww1 LOMF.
  2. There is a Yamaha owners club facebook page, search Yamaha Owners Club uk. Photos easiest there. Tricky one, the 125/175 models are for the same model year almost identical bar cc, number of cyl head nuts and an extra clutch plate in I think the same clutch basket. So if its the right age from a 6v bike it should fit fine.
  3. 1F9 is the prefix for a dt125 twin shock, basically an AT2 bar some detail differences. The frame number is stamped pretty deep it should show still even if its just shadows in the bare metal.
  4. 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.
  5. Don't forget the oil light comes on with the neutral light as a way of showing the bulb works properly.
  6. 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).
  7. Yep, Cynic, realist, pragmatic. Some of my finer points.
  8. Cynic

    xs400

    Meh, not so sure, they were lacking a little in hp but they could match the smoker for brakes and cornering. Certainly more forgiving in the wrong gear. Probably the best of the XS twins if you ask me, the 650 and 750 just shook your teeth out and really didn't have much more real world go.(the 1100 don't count).
  9. Why? its true there are too many of us. We keep fixing the things nature controlled our numbers with. Dysentery, TB, polio, the flu, we have corralled most of it to the point of irrelevance to the greater population. To not think something else would be coming along is very short sighted. The planet, our very species exists because of genetic/biological switch ups. Sometimes the dice don't go our way. Black death, Spanish flu etc.
  10. My missus is working harder than ever. The flour mill she works at has increased its grain intake by 250 tonnes A DAY. I'm still trucking. Not a great deal out there to truck at the moment though. Aside from food. Lot of trucks parked already.
  11. Suppose it will have to. I find it embarrassing, China, Italy and spain are dealing with more death and infection. Have they had people mugged for bog roll, have the shelves been stripped. No. Im afraid im ashamed to live in this country at this moment.
  12. Counter shaft? Do you mean output shaft? I would count off the teeth on the sprockets you have. Often as not people up gear off road type bikes thinking they will get some more road speed. There are also limits to what that little 250 is good for. its not a massive leap from the 125, maybe 8hp. You may have to settle for what you have on the 'big' hills.
  13. You don't say what country your in. DT175 here (uk) means up to 1981ish If your in India, Australia etc then it means upto around 2002 (I think) The uk bikes are in stock form all but flat out at 55-60mph. You wont keep it up for long distances as the tank will dry up in 40 or 50 miles at those speeds. I understand the later versions in Australia etc got some further refinements and have better performance, 55 mph may be quite achievable as a cruising speed on those.
  14. 7 months, bad fuel. you need to drain out the fuel in the bike and switch it for some fresh.
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