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by King Herald
Sat Aug 08, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Short Ride Through Paris
Replies: 7
Views: 90

Re: Short Ride Through Paris

Hey, I'm sure my buddy will appreciate the free feedback. Will help for the next ones! Thanks gents. It's a wonderful city, but I've only ridden through it once, as I found it frankly terrifying at end of day rush hour. Been back to visit on foot though, and travelled around on the tourist bus.Ther...
by King Herald
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:17 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: New member offering tyre advice
Replies: 7
Views: 146

Re: New member offering tyre advice

Hi all, my name's Ben and I run a motorcycle tyre shop in London called Two Tyres. I'm here to offer advice to anyone with any tyre questions. I won't post loads of links to the stuff we're selling but I'll hopefully be able to share with you what's popular, any discounts and deals and answer quest...
by King Herald
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:09 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: inexperience and not reading road
Replies: 18
Views: 279

Re: inexperience and not reading road

I have never been on any of these roads on a bike. I went to Andorra in a mini some years ago and that had some pretty steep roads and hairpins. The thing is that they do not seem that sharp to me or that onerous. None of them seem anywhere near as tight or steep as these close to my home and they ...
by King Herald
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: inexperience and not reading road
Replies: 18
Views: 279

Re: inexperience and not reading road

I remember going over the St. Gotthard Pass. We were going to Mandela De Lario, Guzzi World Day. The weather was awful, but still wanted to do the pass. Once we got up there we had no choice but to carry on. Visibility was zilch, rain lashing down. Still..... much better than the return when we cam...
by King Herald
Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: inexperience and not reading road
Replies: 18
Views: 279

Re: inexperience and not reading road

Hi short on experience and confidence... Speed becomes very slow and balance becomes more and more difficult, going up or down. That's me, I just never seem to understand what to do on hairpins, especially on the R, the K usually seems easier I would welcome advice. George All the gear, no idea. If...
by King Herald
Thu Jul 23, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Worn sprocket by hook or by crook
Replies: 5
Views: 147

Re: Worn sprocket by hook or by crook

Found a row of sharks on my Transalp yesterday. Don’t worry, I’ll soon be ordering a chain and sprocket set. But... what plays with my mind is I would have thought the hooking would go the other way! I’d have thought applying power would wear them to lean the other way! You may well be aware, but a...
by King Herald
Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Horses, swords, The French and side stands.
Replies: 12
Views: 244

Re: Horses, swords, The French and side stands.

Didn’t the USA come out with some law saying all gear shifts have to be on the left, so a rider at the side of the road has his right leg to the side of the road, shortly before pulling away, and passing vehicles wouldn’t run his foot over. Or some other such super sensible idea..... No idea why we ...
by King Herald
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Jump start
Replies: 8
Views: 224

Re: Jump start

Well now you have done it you can guarantee you’ll never need to use it. Sod’s law. :grin:

I can actually reach the + battery terminal on my 1100r. Not very well, but it can be done.
by King Herald
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Numb fingers
Replies: 14
Views: 615

Re: Numb fingers

It would be interesting to mount an oil head motor in a gimble and see what it did at idle. It would probably look horrendous. I always had an annoying vibration at 70 mph, 4000 rpm, which unfortunately was the speed I liked to cruise at. But it’s not the vibrations that caused my numbness, as it ha...
by King Herald
Fri Jul 17, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Raising R1100RS
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Re: Raising R1100RS

Sounds like you need a stronger and/or longer rear shocker. Also bear in mind that you side stand will be too short if you raise the rear.
by King Herald
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Windshield
Replies: 66
Views: 3665

Re: Windshield

One of the screen attchments on the Pullman was broken, and the PO had made a quick fix that was bugging me (including the regular racket at 3000 rpm). As it was quite difficult (and risky) to try to reinstall a new set of brackets with the windshield on the bike, I had postponed it until today. An...
by King Herald
Sat Jul 11, 2020 12:32 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: This is worrying
Replies: 4
Views: 359

Re: This is worrying

Guy came through my quiet little village last night, about 9.30pm, getting towards dark, I heard him from probably a mile away, continous monotone drone of a hellish loud piped small four stroke. He came into view, doing 50+ in a 30, some sort of scooter moped thing, no lights on, all in black, over...
by King Herald
Fri Jul 10, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Screeching gearbox in 4 and 5
Replies: 24
Views: 1163

Re: Screeching gearbox in 4 and 5

Filled the oils, took it for a run, all quiet. Went about 35 miles, cruised 50 plus, tried 70, all quiet. Will drain and check gearbox after a few more runs. Regards Back in the seventies I owned a Reliant Regal 3 wheeler car, as I only had a bike license but was fed up of getting cold all winter. ...
by King Herald
Mon Jul 06, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Numb fingers
Replies: 14
Views: 615

Re: Numb fingers

Lighten your grip? I’ve suffered carpal tunnel syndrome for decades, and had the operation on my left hand, but still always had problems with numb fingers when riding any distance. I thought it was vibration, on several bikes, and swapped and changed grips and rubber mounts etc. After several year...
by King Herald
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Gearbox Issue Explained
Replies: 18
Views: 495

Re: Gearbox Issue Explained

I have never owned a Japanese four stroke other than very briefly a 450 Kawasaki and a few Honda generators. That would be why I have never (knowingly) seen a bike that has the clutch running in the same oil as the engine. It is strange how Japanese has come to mean "All", clever marketing that. :)...
by King Herald
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Gearbox Issue Explained
Replies: 18
Views: 495

Re: Gearbox Issue Explained

I have never seen a wet clutch that runs in the engine oil. Ehm All motorcycle "Wet" clutch run in the engine oil No they do not. All the ones I have seen run in the primary chain case oil. I am not saying that there are none that run in the engine oil but I have never seen one. If it is now common...
by King Herald
Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: Gearbox Issue Explained
Replies: 18
Views: 495

Re: Gearbox Issue Explained

I had an SR500 for 20+ years, and the clutch always slipped at higher rpm, and stuck up if left to stand for a few days. It wasn't until the latter years of me owning the bike that someone pointed out I should be using proper motorcycle oil in the bike, not just the 20/50 I always used in my V8 car ...
by King Herald
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:37 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: 98 R1100RT side stand extension
Replies: 13
Views: 480

Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

Thanks for the feedback and suggestions. Every little bit helps. This morning, with the bike on the center stand, I lowered the side stand and from the ground to the bottom of the side stand pad it was 3.75" or 9.5cm. I'm curious how that correlates to what others have. I've had a lot of bikes and ...
by King Herald
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:01 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: 98 R1100RT side stand extension
Replies: 13
Views: 480

Re: 98 R1100RT side stand extension

I cut a larger footprint for mine, from 2mm steel, and welded it on with some small stitch welds so it can be removed if ever I decide to. It's about 5/8" (16mm) bigger all the way round. I put the bike on the stand, on the patch, before I welded it, so it definitely sat flat to the ground when in u...
by King Herald
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: tyre pressure
Replies: 7
Views: 390

Re: tyre pressure

Thanks guys all makes sense Rob. So it seems 36 front and 42 rear is a good way to go. many thanks. Dave. What happens to the 36/42 tyre pressures if a lone rider then adds a large passenger, and the almost obligatory giant alloy 5’ wide boxes and suchforth? How much extra tyre pressure do you add?...
by King Herald
Wed Jun 24, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: Hexhead (R1200) Q&A's
Topic: R1200RT Loss of Power - Repeat incident
Replies: 7
Views: 1038

Re: R1200RT Loss of Power - Repeat incident

Evening all. 20th June. Decided to change the alternator belt! Looking back through the service history it was last changed in 2012. Bike has covered around 11K since the change. On removal the old belt was larger than the new replacement so I'm sure the belt was occasionally slipping when it hrd w...
by King Herald
Thu Jun 18, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Drinking Time
Replies: 78
Views: 7703

Re: Drinking Time

I had several bottles of Old Speckled Hen last night, chased down with several bottles of Doom Bar. Shouldn't have had quite so many, my head tells me today.... :sad:
by King Herald
Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:05 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Time for a new battery?
Replies: 12
Views: 750

Re: Time for a new battery?

My car has always warned me ‘low battery’ if I leave the radio on for even a few minutes with engine off. I assume it drops below a certain set voltage and starts screaming for help. It’s never had a problem starting, in three years and 20,000 miles though. When I bought my Oilhead 3 years ago the v...
by King Herald
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: MOT extension - a word of warning...
Replies: 33
Views: 1084

Re: MOT extension - a word of warning...

The thing is that your vehicle should pass the MOT at any time and if there is anything at all that would fail the vehicle should not be on the road anyway. I am sure we all do that of course. :angel: We wouldn’t need an MOT inspection if we were all skilled and honest enough to know our vehicle we...
by King Herald
Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:11 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: MOT extension - a word of warning...
Replies: 33
Views: 1084

Re: MOT extension - a word of warning...

Even in normal times, if you take your vehicle to MOT early and it fails, it is then not MOT’d, you have to fix it or take it off the road. It’s not like the old days, when you were still covered until 12 months ran out.

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