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  1. clarke

    Tyres...

    I had Dunlop Roadsmart 3s on my 650 V-Strom. They were good tyres in all weather. The rear lasted just over 19,000 miles (I changed the front at the same time). I ended up with Road 5s due to cost, but only put 200 miles on them before lockdown (the bike is in bits now for maintenance)
  2. Fowlers lists the front caliper/seals kit but they're not in stock so have to be ordered from Japan (I think) but you can buy them. Alternatively, it might be worth asking Powerhouse ([email protected]) if they have any kits as they are a brake refurb specialist. Good luck
  3. Take care folks. My wife (respiratory nurse) came down with it two weeks ago and it's taken its toll on her. The fever lasted 4 days, but the tightness in her chest is still persisting. She's ended up with antibiotics for a secondary infection (which I understand from my doctor friend is common) and she's still not 100%. If you get it and it continues to bother you in week two, seek help sooner than later as this may prevent you going into hospital. Out of the two of us, I thought it would be me that gets it worst, as she never gets ill and is one of the healthiest people I know (long distance runner), whereas I get ill if I speak to someone on the phone who has a cold... but me and the kids seem to have dodged this one so far (fingers crossed). Stay indoors and stay safe folks
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    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.
  5. Metriccruisers.co.uk or CustomCruisers.co.uk may be able to sort you out
  6. Late reply, but you'd be best to speak to a tyre fitter... whilst it might fit you'll be changing the profile of the tyre which may impact handling/braking etc. You also need to be mindful of the insurance implications of fitting a non-standard tyre size to the bike.
  7. clarke

    Biker down course

    Ah, I didn't mean LHS of my lane, but rather it was suggested I could ride on the other side or the road, where appropriate, to give me an observational advantage or help me go straight/progress, rather than staying in my lane. Completely agree about riding being the best way to improve your skills
  8. clarke

    Biker down course

    I did a Bikesafe course a couple of years ago, was a great day. An hour or so based in the classroom, followed by an observed ride out and decent feedback. I was told I'm a safe/cautious rider, but could improve my riding and observations by not staying to the left hand side of the road as much (as appropriate). I keep meaning to do IAM or similar when I find time.
  9. If the rest of the bike is in excellent condition then I'd dispute any environmental factors and supply appropriate pictures of other parts of the bike to show that it is a manufacturing defect rather than any storage issues. I had some webbing on the front forks of my XVS/V-Star 1300 but the dealer took photos of the rest of the bike and close-ups of the chrome etc which was perfect so Yamaha replaced the forks under warranty.
  10. clarke

    A MERRY CHRISTMAS

    I really need to get out more this year. My bike hasn't moved over Christmas, and most of my riding this year was up and down the motorways for work I'm going to see if I can sneak out on Saturday...
  11. clarke

    A MERRY CHRISTMAS

    Hope all had a great Christmas & may 2019 give plenty of great riding weather
  12. Great read. Pleased the bikes performed flawlessly and you had a great time. Makes me want to head to Ireland...
  13. Yamaha UK seem to show that colour as a 2018 model only (not on the 2016 & they don't list 2017 to compare)
  14. If it was me, I'd end up replacing the lot only to find it was none of the above, and eventually be just a loose connection somewhere in the loom ? Fortunately you don't have my luck, so am sure you'll be sorted soon ?
  15. It is good. He looks absolutely knackered & his mate is really sympathetic to him struggling
  16. clarke

    BT1100

    As above the TPS tells the ECU the throttle position. The ECU uses this info to change fuelling etc. Here's two videos of the TPS on my V-Strom. In the first the TPS was slightly out, the bar next to the C00 was in this _ position at idle whereas it should have been in this position - These positions are linked to rev range and your workshop manual will tell you these. The second video shows the TPS adjusted to the correct position. The sensor is very sensitive and only requires the slightest touch to change it. (On the Strom the TPS is held with a Torx security bolt).
  17. I'm sorry I missed this again... been meaning to make it for years but something always seems to come up. If you do come back to Squires I'll happily guide you around some different routes in the area. Of course I'm likely to be on the Suzuki V-Strom but don't hold that against me... (Will try harder to make next year's even if elsewhere)
  18. MotoGP.com says he had surgery to fix it... http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2017/09/01/rossi-on-racing-in-2017-before-the-injury/238703 Not looking good for the rest of the season.
  19. Great news . Well done
  20. It's taken me two days to get passed that authentication screen (Android not-so-smartphone) as it didn't display correctly, so couldn't view it properly. As above I assumed it was a hack and ignored it...
  21. clarke

    stolen husqvarna wr

    Agreed, complete bastards! Will also keep an eye out. Lets hope it's recovered with no damage.
  22. clarke

    First proper ride.

    Sounds like a great day out Cynic, even with the senior moment with the wallet...!! (the missus & I once did it in a pub having had lunch so she had to sit there having another cider whilst I jogged home and back...) Blackhat, who's is the Strom? (Ask them if they're on the v-strom forum)
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