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jambon

Member since Jun 2009 • Last active Oct 2021

On 29 May 1965, Tom Simpson rode in the London–Holyhead race, the longest unpaced one-day race, with a distance of 265 miles he won in a bunch sprint. Simpson set a record of ten hours and twenty-nine minutes and with an average speed of 25 mph.

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    Maybe you're right, might just be something I need to get used to. The bike squirming around under me felt slightly more normal as the day went on. Was rewarding noticing how much more comfortable I was on loose surfaces going home, when the slippy mud finished I almost relaxed compared riding on gravel. Certainly felt like progress. Have a feeling I might need to lean forward more when standing though, to get into 'the attack position'. Would thoroughly recommend to anyone ever wondering about riding offroad.

    Think we need more 2 stroke photos in this thread!

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    Spent a couple of hours getting back onto the local green lanes, was a lot wetter after last night's downpour. Slowly getting used to the rear and front wheels sliding around, and both at the same time on a couple of occasions. Didn't come off but some emergency dabbing of the feet and feel like I've found the limit of these dual purpose tyres. Wow wet grass is slidy. Tried to train myself to stand for a lot of it gripping the tank with my thighs, did help but feeling tired now. Lots of deep puddles too, first time I've actively ridden through them which for a sports bike rider was liberating.

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    Looks like a great space you've got, quite jealous of that window. Started working on the workbench this afternoon then ran out of wallplugs so that was that. Shouldn't take much longer when I pull my finger out.

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    @hugo7 yeah I cut mine with a jigsaw as the left side was butting up to an angled wall. I worried alot about not making a clean cut but it was totally fine with a guide clamped on to give me a straight finish. The most import thing was finding the right blade with enough teeth and you also want them cutting on the down stroke so the wood doesn't splinter on the way up. Think you'll be okay as the side you cut can go against the fall to hide any imperfections. If you really mess up then can always put a baton of wood at the back, I'm still thinking of adding this on mine just to tart it up.

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    It really is a classic series and seems like they've done very well out of it too. Just wish they'd do more of the recent modifying videos, especially the SRAD, but they're busy lads so will let them off.

    The desire for metal full wrap around handguards is mainly for protection when dropping the thing. Never had a bike this new and with so little miles I'm keen to protect it if possible. No doubt it'll seen a few dirt naps in the next few months. Will see how i get on comfort wise with the Acerbis ones fitted and think about what you've said, thanks!

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    The kitchen worktop feels like it makes a much slicker finish for not much more money. I used batons on the rear and left wall to take the majority of the weight, those brackets were to attach the uprights. As expected the worktop is crazy heavy being solid wood. Any other questions just shout.

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    Yep did lots of standing up today, was amazed how much putting weight on either footpeg affected the handling. For better or worse I often cover the front brake when accelerating and my wrist didn't like this when standing so will have to train myself not to do it. Got to 40mph (off road) which felt fast, but sure I'll build up to this feeling normal. Did think about trying to loose traction on the rear but then thoughts of A&E came to mind. Looking forward to learning though. Was amazed how much the front and rear moved around with the bike taking it all in its stride, like you say momentum seemed to be my friend in those instances. Thanks for all the tips, the bike felt happy enough doing 70mph on the road but unsurprisingly on the trails it really shined.

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    and the joblot of flannel shirts

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    Thanks for all the help, will get signed up to the local TRF too when I decide between West Anglia and Hertfordshire as I'm bang in the middle. Leaning towards Herts because of the Chilterns but will do some research. I've currently got Acerbis hand guards but they're just plastic, quite like the insurance of metal ones with the barkbusters. Good point re seat concepts, another negative is the price. Looking forward to learning lots the next few months.

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