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by The Spin Doctor
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Mechanics, spanners, twiddling and twirling tools
Topic: Found a spanner/race shop in hungerford
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Found a spanner/race shop in hungerford

Perfect - that's no great distance at all!

The stupid thing is I remember them from my despatch riding days, but had completely forgotten!

I need a bit of work done over the winter, so I'll give 'em a call.
by The Spin Doctor
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:43 am
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: SMARTening motorways
Replies: 11
Views: 89

Re: SMARTening motorways

“However, there are individual risks within their operation that could be further reduced to improve safety and public confidence. We are determined to do all we can to make our roads as safe as possible, and we will take forward the measures set out by DfT ,” said the annual report.[/i] Luckily, t...
by The Spin Doctor
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: SMARTening motorways
Replies: 11
Views: 89

Re: SMARTening motorways

More lanes = more opportunities to pass obstructions? What a lovely simplistic model. Have a think about these issues: 1) If we assume* that the break-down rate is equal on dual carriageways and motorways and that ALL vehicles that brake down actually come to a halt on the carriageway itself, then ...
by The Spin Doctor
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Chain oiler
Replies: 20
Views: 197

Re: Chain oiler

Skub wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:17 pm
People do such a thing in this civilised day and age? :shock:
Yep. Bike trainers and commuters for example.

I prefer to work in dry weather - everyone learns better - but I can't entirely avoid a rainy day.
by The Spin Doctor
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: 60 mph motorway trial
Replies: 4
Views: 48

Re: 60 mph motorway trial

I live near junction 36 of the M1, that 34-32 section is very heavily cameraed. It's gonna make someone a shed load of cash. If people already know the cameras are there - and judging by the number of cars I see braking to 70 in just the right place - then how so? Won't they just do exactly the sam...
by The Spin Doctor
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: SMARTening motorways
Replies: 11
Views: 89

Re: SMARTening motorways

There's nothing there that would encourage me to use a smart motorway. How many more dead do there have to be before they are seen as utterly ridiculous and beyond sense? Do you ever travel on dual carriageways, the ones with a mix of traffic from cyclists and tractors up to HGVs and cars, no refug...
by The Spin Doctor
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: SMARTening motorways
Replies: 11
Views: 89

Re: SMARTening motorways

Horse wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:24 pm in ‘most ways’, smart motorways are at least as safe as, or safer than, the conventional motorways they replaced.
The implication is that in some ways they must therefore be less safe.
by The Spin Doctor
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Projects, Owners Bikes, Updates
Topic: Moto Guzzi V85TT
Replies: 62
Views: 1757

Re: Moto Guzzi V85TT

Realistically, how many punctures do you ever get? I've been riding on the road for about 40 years and probably had 10 puncture tops? It really depends where you ride. I only had a couple when I was back in Kent but now I'm in London again, I've had 4 in the last two years, including one in a brand...
by The Spin Doctor
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Chain oiler
Replies: 20
Views: 197

Re: Chain oiler

Skub wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:52 pm
Having said all that,unless you are doing big miles or touring,a chain oiler is a bit non essential.I just clean and drop a bit of oil on my chain now and again,but I like cleaning stuff anyway. 8-)
Or riding in the rain.
by The Spin Doctor
Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Chain oiler
Replies: 20
Views: 197

Re: Chain oiler

Taipan wrote: Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:48 am Never had any luck with scottoilers. I liked the loobman for its simplicity, but the tutoro was the best I've had and probably the only one i'd buy again.

https://www.tutorochainoiler.com/
Bloody hell, they've gone up a bit...
by The Spin Doctor
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Mechanics, spanners, twiddling and twirling tools
Topic: Found a spanner/race shop in hungerford
Replies: 5
Views: 111

Re: Found a spanner/race shop in hungerford

weeksy wrote: Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:07 pm https://m.facebook.com/Innocentengineering/

I know the guy through another forum, but wasn't aware he was based there

I can see me using him for stuff
Got any recommendations in NW London?
by The Spin Doctor
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Mechanics, spanners, twiddling and twirling tools
Topic: Wheel/chain alignment, tools, tips, tricks.
Replies: 15
Views: 258

Re: Wheel/chain alignment, tools, tips, tricks.

The only time I had the rear wheel alignment adjusted with a proper tool, the bike didn't ride in a straight line afterwards. :?: Rider error :( :roll: I can ride in a straight line... well, usually. I had a dodgy back so took the bike in for a rear wheel removal / new tyre. They made a big thing a...
by The Spin Doctor
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Electric bikes, the next step
Replies: 12
Views: 204

Re: Electric bikes, the next step

I talked about this platform concept on my Elevenses webcast back on 5 September.

I've actually spent quite a lot of time looking at electric bikes - there are some rather interesting utility bikes around, which have some modular elements such as luggage racks.

by The Spin Doctor
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Mechanics, spanners, twiddling and twirling tools
Topic: Wheel/chain alignment, tools, tips, tricks.
Replies: 15
Views: 258

Re: Wheel/chain alignment, tools, tips, tricks.

The only time I had the rear wheel alignment adjusted with a proper tool, the bike didn't ride in a straight line afterwards.
:?:
by The Spin Doctor
Sat Sep 12, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: CBT - advice :)
Replies: 16
Views: 184

Re: CBT - advice :)

Hi I'm hoping you can throw some advice at me :) I'm a car driver - I did attempt to get a bike licence a long time ago - I rode for around a year - before life got in the way and I had to give up! I've decided i'm going to try again - how likely am I to remember what I was doing ?? If you were in ...
by The Spin Doctor
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Middleweight class to be reborn? Italian goodness
Replies: 64
Views: 472

Re: Middleweight class to be reborn? Italian goodness

Yorick wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 6:21 pm
Harry wrote: Fri Sep 11, 2020 10:52 am As a track bike then maybe, but as a road bike for any of us?

Fifty year old blokes with pot bellies on race reps looks so naff it's embarrassing.
Not as naff as a young kid who can't ride the fucker ;) :mrgreen:
Particularly when the young kid also has a pot belly ;)
by The Spin Doctor
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Middleweight class to be reborn? Italian goodness
Replies: 64
Views: 472

Re: Middleweight class to be reborn? Italian goodness

It's aimed at the same market as the R6, and I haven't seen one of those on the road for a long time, the CBR650 is more road biased and I haven't seen many of those on the road, most bikes I see on the road these days are adventure tourers, I think the race replica market has died. CBR650? Had a t...
by The Spin Doctor
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Motorbike chat
Topic: Main Stealer rip offs
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Main Stealer rip offs

When RiDE was still doing something akin to investigative journalism, they had an annual 'best dealer' item, where they took a carefully doctored bike in for a service, then checked what had been done against what was billed. Wasn't unusual to find that the valves hadn't been touched, but were bille...
by The Spin Doctor
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:47 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: BBC Highway Code Quiz
Replies: 22
Views: 285

Re: BBC Highway Code Quiz

Thats a cyclist going round a marked parking bay. With the driver hidden by the headrest. Why? It's empty. It is from the beyond the viewpoint what's to the immediate left of the viewer? If you took a left turn from that far out on a motorcycle test, you'd get a driving fault... ...unless someone t...
by The Spin Doctor
Sat Sep 12, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Staying Alive
Topic: Helmet and gloves
Replies: 19
Views: 173

Re: Helmet and gloves

Another vote for Helmet City... I've been to the Biggin Hill branch a couple of times, from Canterbury and from NW London to buy new helmets and they were helpful unboxing stock from the store both times. One store lost interest almost as soon as I didn't buy the first one out of the store room. Som...