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docandy

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  1. Thanks for that, guys. I've eventually managed to get a couple of 32mm seals on ebay from www,scooterandbikes.co.uk. I fitted them this morning and it has then taken the rest of the day to bleed the bugger! In the end I resorted to getting a big syringe and sucking the fluid through the bleed screw, filling the reservoir frequently as the level would drop quite quickly. This got most of the air out and then a bit of conventional bleeding has got the lever nice and tight. Hopefully back on the road tomorrow!
  2. Riding home from my first decent trip on my XT 125R last weekend and the front brake started causing problems, then gave up the ghost completely. Made it home very carefully with a good (recently rebuilt) rear brake to find the front disc covered in a black layer of mainly brake fluid and crap. OK, so no big deal, I'll get a rebuild kit and we'll be back on the road.....or so I thought. I've now gone through two kits with seals and pistons, both of which are rubbish. The first one was too small. I contacted the supplier, who told me he'd checked all the other kits on his shelf and they've all been wrongly labelled by the manufacturer and are 31.8mm diameter and not 32mm, which is what I need and he happily refunded me. Oredered a second kit from elsewhere and the pistons are only just over 31.8mm with seals that have an internal diameter of just under 31mm. No way was the piston going to go through them and applying a bit of force has just torn the seals, which I discovered when I tried to bleed them and found fluid dripping out of the caliper all over the disc and new pads. Has anyone had problems with poor quality brake parts like this? I'd expect better with a hugely safety critical area like brakes. Can anyone recommend where I can get a decent set of seals. The pistons are 32x13mm and the old pistons look fine, so just a couple of circles of rubber is all I need!
  3. I started riding just over a year ago on a Moped, insured with Bennetts. I recently wanted to add another bike and thought that a joint policy would be best - I mean, I can only ride one at a time and I'm the only named rider! On the phone they quoted me not much short of £300 for a 2 bike policy. Now I paid £91 last year for the moped and I'd already found quotes for the secobd bike at under £100 so I politely declined. Onto a comparison website and I was quoted £87 for basic insurance and £129 including injury, gear, legal help etc. with...... Bennetts! Has anyone found a multibike policy that actually works out cheaper?
  4. Hi there and at the age of nearly 65 I'm very new to biking. Having never ridden a motorbike in my life (5 minutes on my brother-in-law's old honda 40 years ago barely counts!) I bought myself a Moped a year ago, a Yamaha Neos 50. It had been off the road for many years, so I took it apart and rebuilt it with the help of various internet sites and got it through an MOT. It was great fun riding it around and my son-in-law, who is a mad keen biker told me I'd soon be hooked. He wasn't wrong and in July my grandson and I did our CBT, very pleased to pass. He has a Yamaha YS and I've now got the son-in-law's old Yamaha XT 125R, which, again, needed a lot of fixing to get it running after being laid up for a while. So. yes, I'm hooked and looking forward to a whol load of fun in the future.
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