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Re: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?

Postby John Marshall » Sun May 17, 2020 7:08 pm

Went on my R60/7 today on a click and collect mission as it has been unused for a couple of months or thereabouts and encountered speeding traffic, cars in the right hand lane even though the left hand lane was empty, an approaching camper van thing over the central line for no reason and followed a car which nearly came to a halt at every green light, then went through a red, all this within 5 miles.
Another biker down yesterday too.
I was unaware that crap driving was one of the side effects of coronavirus.

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Re: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?

Postby gogs01 » Sun May 17, 2020 8:03 pm

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I think you'll find that crap driving is also a pandemic, but entirely unrelated to the Corona Virus. :shock: . :grin:
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Postby Rob Frankhamr » Mon May 18, 2020 11:57 am

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I think you'll find that crap driving is also a pandemic, but entirely unrelated to the Corona Virus. :shock: . :grin:
You could also say that it's endemic...

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Postby gogs01 » Mon May 18, 2020 4:24 pm

You could also say that it's endemic...

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I wouldn't disagree, but I've seen examples of crap driving in every country I've visited, so I'm sticking with pandemic ! :grin:
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Re: So what are you up to during this enforced hobby time?

Postby tigcraft » Mon May 18, 2020 5:38 pm

Well, since I’ve time I’ve managed to make my ‘oilhead’ panniers fit my F8GT perfectly but I daren’t say how long it took!

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Postby Mjolinor » Mon May 18, 2020 5:59 pm

So, sold the milling machine and have a wodge of cash to blow on something. Time to start on the lathe now, that should give me a bigger lump to blow.

There are a couple of pre-unit Triumphs up for auction on the 10th of June. Maybe with luck the lathe will be sold by then and I can buy them. :)

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Postby Mike D » Mon May 18, 2020 7:02 pm

That could be a two edged sword, as having sold the milling machine and lathe what are you going to use to make bits for the Triumph :smile:

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Postby Mark Esposito » Mon May 18, 2020 7:12 pm

I've been testing out a old tgb scooter today it was one my kids long since forgotten bikes, so far I've found a broken kickstart spring, a electrical fault , dead battery and front brake master cylinder faulty.
Not sure if it's worth spending the money on but I'll give it a go, if I can sort the electrical fault I'll spend money on the other stuff .


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Postby Mjolinor » Mon May 18, 2020 8:10 pm

That could be a two edged sword, as having sold the milling machine and lathe what are you going to use to make bits for the Triumph :smile:

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I have another mill exactly the same and the lathe is too big to fit in my loft, I already have a cellar lathe that is suitable for bigger stuff.

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Postby John Marshall » Mon May 18, 2020 8:38 pm

I keep getting an urge to get a Panther. I just cannot face getting oil on the drive though.

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Postby Old Foxy » Mon May 18, 2020 9:45 pm

John,

Panthers don't leak oil (much!) if put together properly. You always get a dribble from behind the Primary Chaincase, as there is no seal for the gearbox Mainshaft. I keep a bit of old towelling handy to slip under it, after a good, hard ride (anything over 50 mph is a hard ride, for a Panther!).

This is my 1953 M100 - note no oil on the road under it (and yes, it has oil in the sump, gearbox and PC!).

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Postby george baker » Tue May 19, 2020 10:10 am

Hi Foxy
unfortunately mine never resembled that image
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Postby Ruralman » Wed May 20, 2020 9:06 am

Had a 1952 Panther 600 with a sidecar when I was 16....
Wish I had it now....
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Postby Mjolinor » Wed May 20, 2020 10:23 am

Hmm, spent two days building a drone out of bits I had lying about. GPS, sonar, barometer, magnetometer, all the bells and whistles to make it easy to fly. Finished assembling it and took it outside, what a FAIL. It's too heavy to get off the ground. It does hovercraft around the lawn quite efficiently though. :)

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Postby Ruralman » Wed May 20, 2020 11:38 am

Hmm, spent two days building a drone out of bits I had lying about. GPS, sonar, barometer, magnetometer, all the bells and whistles to make it easy to fly. Finished assembling it and took it outside, what a FAIL. It's too heavy to get off the ground. It does hovercraft around the lawn quite efficiently though. :)
Maybe you could turn it into a lawn mower...

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Postby DEEP DIVER » Wed May 20, 2020 11:56 am

Hmm, spent two days building a drone out of bits I had lying about. GPS, sonar, barometer, magnetometer, all the bells and whistles to make it easy to fly. Finished assembling it and took it outside, what a FAIL. It's too heavy to get off the ground. It does hovercraft around the lawn quite efficiently though. :)
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Postby DEEP DIVER » Wed May 20, 2020 11:57 am

Sat in the garden last night burning loads of rotting wood and other rubbish, with the sounds of bikes along the roads till it was dark.
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Postby King Herald » Wed May 20, 2020 12:47 pm

Sat in the garden last night burning loads of rotting wood and other rubbish, with the sounds of bikes along the roads till it was dark.
Same in my sleepy little village, I can hear the sounds of bikes winding it on hard down the surrounding roads. None of them are hanging about.

I went out myself yesterday, steady 50 mile plod to visit my dad, 5 miles away, lovely day for a ride. :grin:
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Postby Tincan3 » Wed May 20, 2020 2:32 pm

Finally, today, sorted a mystery that had been ongoing for the last few months. Long ago, in the mists of time (2016?), I rewired my sidecar to bike connection with a fancy, super waterproof, six pin connector. All was sweetness and light. The lights in particular worked - main and dip on the sidecar headlight. Then, unexpectedly, two or three months ago the sidecar dip stopped working. I puzzled and fiddled, checked and re-checked bulbs and continuity and came and went from trying to find the fault. Sidecar main beam and bright, LED sidelight were OK so the dip on that side wasn't absolutely essential. Yesterday and today I tried again and finally discovered that I had connected the dip to the earth connection at the bike headlight. I re-soldered and all was sweetness and light (everywhere) again. Now the mystery is - why did it work at all the other way for so long or has the melted main beam connector block in the sidecar got something to do with it??

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Postby John Marshall » Thu May 21, 2020 7:47 pm

That Panther picture is not helping me loose the urge you know.
Today No2 son turned up with his pushbike that was not rideable. Within the hour it had the chain sorted, the free hub sorted, the loose rear mudguard sorted and air in the tyres.
We then set off for an easy ride along the river, unlike around my area which is full of steep roads.
My reward for this...a rear puncture after about 5 miles. Had to walk back , there was a fair bit of rolling resistance, all uphill, wearing cleats.New tube and whilst at it a new gator skin tyre.Adjusted brake toe-in to stop the rear squealing.
Windy tomorrow I gather........

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Postby Rob Frankhamr » Thu May 21, 2020 9:23 pm

Today, I was mostly cutting lawns - five and a half hours with a ride on tractor mower and that doesn't include edge clipping or strimming :-({|= Lovely fday out in the sunshine but it wikk be raining tomorrow, and Saturday... and Sunday... so it had to be done.

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Postby windmill john » Fri May 22, 2020 7:46 am

Today, I was mostly cutting lawns - five and a half hours with a ride on tractor mower and that doesn't include edge clipping or strimming

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Postby Rob Frankhamr » Fri May 22, 2020 10:17 am

Today, I was mostly cutting lawns - five and a half hours with a ride on tractor mower and that doesn't include edge clipping or strimming

Rob

Cor my wife would have a horse on something that size!


No horse... quite often deer, sometimes as many as 20 head... occasionally a few Houdini sheep but no horse...

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Postby vmx1200 » Fri May 22, 2020 4:13 pm

I had to go to the pharmacy today so took the RS, started first turn and ran like a dream; what I cannot understand it how it can be nearly 30 miles to the pharmacy and only two miles back :lol:
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Postby Rob Frankhamr » Fri May 22, 2020 4:50 pm

What did you do, go via Dorking?

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