Bummer man - sucks if you went over to watch practice week. Still I bet the pubs are heaving...
Best to check and lubricate your chain regularly.
New Hagon shocks arrived to replace the bust Tec Bike Parts piggyback shocks. Well packed and look decent, albeit not super bling. They're definitely porky. I can imagine the weight is on par with the stock ones.
No idea when I'll manage to replace them, but took a quick pic.
Hoping the non-piggyback will be more OEM looking, and not fall apart randomly like the tec ones. Although surprised by how visually dominant the chrome is.
Current view of the Mountain
Looks like its a lovely day
Glad no one was seriously hurt, but sweet Jesus does all sense seem to evaporate from a lot of people when open throttles are allowed.
Right, Anyone with expertise bleeding systems?
I can bleed whatever bicycle system you throw at me, but I'm struggling here.
Tokiko calipers with an R6 Brembo MC. Even before this the brakes were spongy at best. I thought new MC would change things.
Nothing. Even bought a vaccum bleeder, but the nearside caliper seems to barely let any liquid go. I've done maybe two dozen bleeds so far and nothing.
Spongy galore, what am I missing here, full caliper rebuild?
Vacuum blender should have done the job.
What a knob. Prime reason why I hate riding in groups.
Utterly stumped man. I've tried every approach apart from removing the whole system and hanging it from a bike stand or something. It feels like there's a giant bubble stuck somewhere and no amount of pressure removes it.
Really want to sort this out before the track day or it's all out of the window.
I'd get the caliper above master and then vacuum again. Give it all a good shake to promote bubbles up.
If that fails strip the caliper.
Good shout - give all the lines a check for bulges etc, check the master cylinder is pumping properly too. You can submerge the union in a jar of brake fluid and check it isn’t blowing bubbles to do that.
Assume the right size master cylinder? Too small and it will be super spongy no matter what. I’ve done that before swapping different model master cylinders between bikes.
Back to wanting a hike again- what’s the recommended route into a fun machine when you passed your car test years ago- CBT and buy a 125, then pass test and buy whatever?
I think so, although sure someone will be along soon to confirm. Just doing the CBT is a fun day out even in the unlikely event you decide not to take it any further.
Unless you want to ride around on a 125 for a while, I'd skip it and spend the money on a direct access course and decent gear. Cycling plus driving gives a solid base to work from in terms of using roads safely, so after that it's just mastering the controls and big bikes are quite different feeling.
@Dammit pretty much.
Depends on your age, youngsters do an A2 and have a restricted power licence for 2 years, or if old enough go straight to Direct Access A1, pass your test on a large bike then get whatever 200mph machines you fancy.
I actually did Direct Access, then after trying a few fast bikes went back to a 250 thumper as way more fun. Test and training used to be cheaper on 125 and restricted, that may have changed.
Yes. Or any of the other similar.
BMW do one with a bike at the end.
What does “with a bike at the end” mean in this context?
Yes. CBT first, and theory test. Then direct access. I did it in 3 days and I suspect you’re probably a more skilled driver and bike rider than me.
Better to do CBT and theory test independently and then book a direct access course?
I love this thing.
Custom rear wheel to match his drift car
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