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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Jun 2021

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    Just borrowed a family members 3.5 year old decent spec polo, has 12k on it, no gas left in ac system! Put obd11 on it to find it all leaked out when it was less than a year old. Been for 2 vw service since then, most recent would have been a pollen filter change and check of ac, not surprised they've missed it tbh. Never had any main line vag dealer run the actual service list on a car.

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    Had this that bad about 5 years ago, was akin to what I imagine if someone just blew chili powder into your face.

    I think sometimes you just get bad timing in a certain place, every plant/tree is dropping its load right into your eyes and its to much.

    Have heard of a few folk this last week getting hit with it, that have never in their life suffered before, our dog included! Poor thing struggled for a few daya before been given ok from vet on what anti histamine to take

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    You might see it on photo, but have some tortec bike pannier stays holding the windscreen a variable distance away. So that clear screen (the best of at least 6 I've tried) is meant to mount direct to the black plastic. At that distance it literally makes bike impossible to ride above 35 to 40mph.
    Can move it around quite a lot, gets near vertical, supported at the base by some screws linked by some old fuel hose, allows adjustment in angle but doesn't flop about.
    Up till last year had some abs plastic wing lets that I just riveted on down the side in that cutaway bit above indicator. Between all that makes it really well protected upto 55mph, with good view at ground. Keeps the worst of winter and wind off. But above 55 is just a pita.

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    Back in business. Rides best it ever has been, rear swing arm bearings been on the way out for donkies, makes a huge difference to confidence, though actual handling still the same! It's a bit low in the ass as still has original shock, tried a longer body shock to raise it, but raised too far, felt amazing on tracks, but the rest of the time was a total pita. Braking into corners you get actively jacked forward.

    Just in time for the really good weather. Screen coming off it, fed up of buffeting problems, nothing really makes it go away

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    Just gonna stick with my old Volvo TBH unless something that I want comes up. F11/31 530d in M or Lux spec with the comfort seats, a nice colour and a sunroof with under 100k on it for under £10k. Shouldn't be asking the world, but honestly you ask some dealers/traders and they look at you like you've just asked for the world on a stick.

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    Was trying to buy a customers G11/31 530d, originally after a F11/31 age but I know the guy and the car and its in real nice shape. Had a price given to him early 2020 for trading in at BMW, got a slightly better price at that place. Offered it to me at last years price minus an extra £1k as he reckoned thats what it had depreciated in the extra 15 months (not used though! as he's already got new car).
    Nope, WBAC had put £2k extra on top of 15 month ago price, so he's dropped it in with them. Damn. Was already spending too much on a car that'll probably barely do 10k a year anyway so might have just saved myself some money

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    Seen loads of that on social media, obv targetted by big social as I am defo at risk of riding offroad and having fun..

    Think the UK is really on a knife-edge (Could argue it has been for 20 years) in regard to legal and acceptable places to play of road. The only one near me in Scotland (where there is effectively ZERO legal offroad locations for road registered bikes) is Drumclog, a big farm with many tracks, mostly for proper MX bikes, few little bits you can do on road orientated bikes, only £20 a day which is incredibly fair, but its rarely open now, mostly for special organised mud bogging type events.

    Seen plenty of folk on youtube that I would normally respect, but in the last year during C19 have been off wrecking all the MTB and walkers trails in various forestry sites around, then dumb enough to post online.

    Byeways in England are really under threat, the easily accessible ones for park + play types with proper MX bikes are massively over-used, and technically illegal as they aren't road registered, when police then get involved it brings negativity down on all users of BOATS/green lanes

    In the USA + canada its quite common in some states to have giant pay + park + play type centres, private and some public (Arizona, Oregan and Utah) to keep the masses from the national parks I guess. In the UK hard to do as every bit of land belongs to someone. Family once nearly bought an old pub next to a disused quarry that during the purchase process was bought by a group to use for a pro MX course. Didn't buy it in the end, but was going to have a 'Sunday only' usage limit on it by council which I thought was fine, others hated anything that made any noise.

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    Found that mad gasket for the Funduro. Good folks at Motorworks (inde BMW parts place for decaying bikes) had some on order from months ago and just happened to turn up the day after I rang to ask about them, might be they had them in the goods in part and hadn't got round to putting them on the parts catalogue yet. £18 and we're back in business.

    Gave me an excuse to sand off the decades worth of road and grit, then polish up the pipes. Insert name of magic toilet cleaning bleach with mild acid in it, takes the tarnish off stainless as well as that name brand stainless cleaner, for £1 a bottle*

    *Also cleans your toilet.

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    My mate just bought an ok bandit for a grand and he was extremely stoked. Confused as good ones are always a small amount of money. He's rigging ti sell it for £2800 after basically washing it and putting new batt and some leads /plugs

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