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BrickMan

Member since Oct 2010 • Last active Aug 2019

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    Probably worth it though, tyre monkies are the worst.

    New tyres recently fitted by local tyre garage (they are as bad as each other), lasted a week before 60-66 mph was impossible due to the shaking, swapped f+r tyres about so I could stomach driving it for a few more days until could get it back to them. Took it in on Friday, asked if they could have a go at balancing them, different staff, different attitude, got it back perfectly balanced, however they put in
    'who the fuck fitted these, weights are on literally the opposite side of wheel to where they are supposed to be a full 180 degrees out, please could you tell us who fitted these'
    You did mate, last week. (well the garage did, not those particular people).
    Drives as it should now.
    Probably going to get my own tyre machine + balancer, used they aren't a lot of money.

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    Got a new rear tyre, horrible. Almost worse than my last square one.

    Its a k60 so fairly nobbly, great in damp sand, grass and chunky gravel, but in fine gravel (forest road stuff) and on tarmac its a liability. Might be something to do with width/profile compared to the rim. Its a 4" DID rim (I think) with a 5.1" tyre on it (130mm/80% approx), so as factory recommends, but the body of the rear tyre just sits flat and then falls away very steeply. So as you enter a corner it tips in fast, and then just falls to nothing no support. Maybe should go up a size which might force the tyre into a more rounded shape?
    Might also have a swing arm problem, no play with arm or any pivot when on centre stand but I suspect it has some movement mid stroke, thing will stop wiggling down the road regardless of camber or how smooth, will have to drop shock out and have a wiggle (annoying as did all the bearings only a year ago).
    Today ran without panniers and junk (30-40kg probably) but same tyre pressure (38psi in rear), so much better. Maybe these new tyres (tube type with a tube rather than tubeless with a tube) are much more supple in the sidewall, so need another 5 psi in them, they are no PS4's but certainly better.

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    DR350 dirty cheap simples

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    Been on two of these things and wouldn't bother again, just take your own car to a track day. Having to be told to up shift at 4k to 5k on every car gets old very quick. Great if you've never driven something with more than 200hp and or been on a track though

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    They do that automatically too
    Miles of semi knobble vague handling hell, all totally worth it, my spot for the night is totally silent apart from some otters catching and killing some things. Semi knobbies got me down some gravelly tracks and then onto a Marsh/beach area miles away from anyone

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    Think I got my monies worth out of last tyre, properly thin down the centre, don't think it would have made a burnout send off lol.
    Also fixed my bikes new auto start feature, every time you turn right it would start itself, very handy feature missing from modern bikes.

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    See if you can insert an ebay baffle directly into the pipe, allows you to start up and ride away from where you live, then remove (maybe take pliers) when you get somewhere more fun.
    I kinda prefer running silent, those that don't notice a mc or hear one wouldn't see or hear a freight train running into them so find it doesn't make much differnce on open road (around town filtering though yes to noise).
    Starting to be more police on roads round here, so silently running up helps avoid alittle attention

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    If you are after a mad efficient car we are about to sell our polo bluemotion, its a bms engined 2009, only 120k which is very low (make a good motorway car), pretty much impossible to get it under 65mpg,normally 70-85mpg depending how much you like sitting at speed limit on a roads.

  • in Bikes & Bits
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    Yeah just call in one day, it's http://www.glasgowbikehive.com for all the details of where we are.

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