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  • If you don't get in or out early/late enough, it stresses you out enough to make the rest of journey pretty shit.

  • Yea it’s been all year since I was last actually in London, so it was a trial by fire in many ways.

    Hopefully I didn’t any speeding tickets......!

  • Next on the agenda is get rid of the GN125 and make space in the shed, and make some panniers. Side bags would have been so much more convenient than the dry bag lashed on top.

    No noticeable handling issues with the bags on top, but zero space to fidget. In 50mph zones it was nice for leaning back on though.

    Took the A2/M25/M3/M4 home. Motorways are such a strange experience.

    Motorbike will get to 90mph at a push - definitely not a a stable feeling though. Sits at 70 in 6th with loads of room to squirt up to 80 for passing big vehicles quickly. Absolutely knackered when I got home though.

    Also, heated grip wraps, plus merino liners inside winter gloves are a win. Relatively toasty hands for the ride.

    Someone took a sneaky photo of me while I was setting the gps.

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  • is it me or are those tyres the wrong way round ? the grooves look like they funnel the water into the centre of the tyre as opposed to pushing it out, is there a direction indicator on them ? i am probably wrong but it just looks incorrect

    we are the mods we are the mods,. could smell these guys long before i overtook them

  • I've had the Avon's on my R80 for 15 years. They do like they're the wrong way round when fitted properly but there's an arrow to reassure you every time you think about it!

  • Yep exactly as @Airhead says. They look the wrong way around but they are directional.

    I’m glad the mechanics fitted them though - definitely competition offroad wheels with two rear rimlocks and a front rimlock too. Should have got the knobblies on this set.

    In other news, advertised the GN, and the shitshow begins.

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  • Even better. Facepalm.

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  • Bike plans have been delayed due to covid/work situation. Will have to wait till next year now. Been getting a bit obsessed with the Trans European Trail posted upthread. I may join you @pdlouche in the drz crew.

  • Well whatever you do, don’t drop it in a thigh-deep river like I did yesterday.

    Immediate remedial (carb drain, air filter off, bike front in the air and turn rear wheel in gear to check for hydro-lock, followed by shitloads of choke idling, and then a very long very cold very miserable ride home), and next-day (carb off, full clean, airbox clean, new oil on air filter, full oil drain) is more work than I would have wanted for a jolly in the woods.

    To be fair, the front wheel just got totally stuck in glue, and as I put my feet down to rescue the situation, my boot disappeared and I realised I was more than thigh deep, and the bike was already going over.

    Last week I sat on the local mechanic’s DRZ400, it felt taller and rock-hard compared to my DR350. Immediately apparent it’s more MX-style than dual sport.

    With the bike-swim aside, green lanes and hellish rutted uphills and downhills are insane fun. Would recommend.

  • Mild off road is fun, just keep an eye on where you are, really easy to twist and ankle which might make it hard to get back to civilisation on your own.
    Managed to smash off a pannier on a fun green lane, flipped up a small log at just the wrong angle. Made the many hundred mile journey the next day much more intense.
    Metal boxes super useful for regular touring, but offroad, soft luggage all the way if for nothing else no risk of ripping a leg off

  • Ha top work fella. I've never managed to do that, though water crossings are in short supply near me. Going straight over the bars in deep sand is probably the closest...

    By the by, the DRZ400 is nothing like an MX Bike. Trust me. It's as dual sport as it gets!

    Have a go on any CR/RM/YZ250 (or 450 equivalent) for confirmation. They are a completely different world of violent.... :)

  • @BrickMan yea for sure. The rear rack itself was useful to lean and lift the bike, but I only had a rolltop drybag on top. Sod ever having hard cases.

    @Jung well, the lanes were pretty gnarly til then, and the shallow water crossings had been easy. My bad for sure. The front stuck like it was in quicksand or something, so you can imagine!

    I have it all on gopro, but it’s so depressing to watch I haven’t had the heart to upload it yet.

    Well, the DRZ is definitely gonna be harsher than the DR350. All the same still bloody heavy to lift out of a river.

  • This is the only photo Pete sent me, of the first/easy river crossing.

    Kept the feet on the pegs on the way back in the other direction, would have made a much better photo.

    Gotta sort an adv helmet too. The road helmet is heavy and hot.

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  • In typical British bike affair, the Tiger has either spat out or consumed pretty much all of the oil in about two months.

    Let the saga begin.

  • Ah grim....are they known to be oil burners? How many miles?

  • British bikes always had the reputation of leaving apatch of oil anywhere they went. My R80 was the same for many years. Eventually I went round and fixed all the leaks. If I leave mine on the side stand oil leaks into the left barrel resulting in a cloud of burnt oil when I start it.

  • I changed all the driveside seals on my Triumph just after I got it, and it was concerning just how little interference was involved with the interference fit. Maybe that's why they demand that the rider drain the oil before just about any maintenance task: it's usually already drained anyway

  • Very often, neutral switch, oil pressure switch should be simple fixes but they require dismantling half the bike to be able to get a spanner on them.

  • Damn, and I thought I had it tough removing 4 bolts on a sump guard to get to the in-line gauze oil filter. Ha!

  • In fairness a lot of the procedures look worse written down but you would struggle to work them out without a manual.

  • No photos but I was up til late yesterday, as my master/caliper rebuild kits and amazing purple Hel Performance braided lines arrived.

    Stripped and cleaned the rear caliper but didn’t rebuild the master yet. Waiting on a different o-ring for the caliper as they sent the wrong size before I break everything apart again. Front got the full whack.

    Plus, while I had it off I also stripped down the sticky near-impossible killswitch button. It will kill the engine but was impossible to un-kill as it would stick in place.

    Now it has the cleanest most satisfying click of all the clicky things. Just gotta hope I never have to use it again.

    Went for a 120 mile test ride to make sure the brakes were working. Feels much lighter action on both than before, almost disconcerting. Definitely stop the bike though!

  • Just going out for a test ride, be back Tuesday :)

  • Ha - made me chuckle too.

  • Most of my early riding experience was going to get parts from breakers yards.

    Need a part, go to breakers, get part, come home, fit part, test ride, something breaks. Repeat....

  • If only breakers were local enough to make it worthwhile for moto stuff. One scrapyard has been my go-to for mtb/bmx, but the good stuff hasn’t been coming in of late.

    But yes I went to get a quick coffee in town centre and test the brakes, and came home via Avebury, Devizes, Stonehenge, Salisbury, Warminster, and Chippenham.

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Motorcycle and Scooter appreciation

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