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The Covid Thread
« on: March 23, 2020, 06:47:17 AM »
As we move inexorably towards lockdown here in the UK (some of you in other countries may already be locked down), I thought we should have a general chat thread.

We’re not Facebook so can’t do instant messaging or chat (other social media products are available) but I look forwards to reading all your posts every day and would hate to see the volume drop as we all hunker down.

So, jokes, pictures, notes, thanks welcome.

Anything goes (except blatant politics please)

Keep safe.

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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2020, 06:48:03 AM »
I will sticky those thread. Can’t do it on my phone in bed though!


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The Covid Thread
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2020, 06:57:17 AM »
I’ll start.

I’ve had Triumphs for the last 15 years.
Daytona 900
Trident Sprint
Trophy 900 (not for long…)
Sprint ST 955 (four of them)
Tiger 1050
Tiger 800 (two)

I’ve never owned a new bike but had a bit of a tax windfall last summer (years of overpaying by a little = “free” cash from HMRC).

The Tiger 800 is probably the best of the bunch, just missing a bit of low down grunt from the 1050 and the awesome sound of the 955.

I have watched the development of the new Tiger 900 with interest. It seems that they have listened to the likes of me when designing their new model:
Less weight
More torque
Flat power curve
Backlit switches (makes a huge difference at night)
LED lights
Etc

After the London Bike Show, I went to my local dealer and ordered one.

It arrives on Wednesday

This was Saturday in the workshop:




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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2020, 08:41:46 AM »
Nice looking toy Steve.hope you enjoy it.
Had only one modern Triumph, 9551 Speed triple. Loved it and only changed it as one of my riding buddies could not get on with his Ninja 7R. Had a few of the older ones in my time as well. restored a 71 oil tank Bonny and only sold it as someone offered silly money.
These days its a 500 four and a Suzuki T350 Rebel. Plus an MGB. All from 70's. The rose coloured specs effect.

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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2020, 08:57:28 AM »
That’s great Steve,
I think the top of the range model even had a seat  :)

I just took delivery of a new C125 Super Cub - only done about 80 Orkney miles so far but love it - apart from the elbow viewing system installed instead of proper mirrors.

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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2020, 09:34:43 AM »
Forget disc brakes, trick suspension and led lighting, the greatest overall improvement I've seen over 50 odd years of motorcycling is the tyres. Took the 500 four out for a test ride yesterday and the handling and general feel of the bike was so much better than I had expected or remembered from back in the day. Seeing as the bike is basically stock the only reason I can think of for such a change is the Bridgestone BT45 tyres. Just my two penceworth. :)

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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2020, 09:51:55 AM »
Forget disc brakes, trick suspension and led lighting, the greatest overall improvement I've seen over 50 odd years of motorcycling is the tyres. Took the 500 four out for a test ride yesterday and the handling and general feel of the bike was so much better than I had expected or remembered from back in the day. Seeing as the bike is basically stock the only reason I can think of for such a change is the Bridgestone BT45 tyres. Just my two penceworth. :)

Bridgestone now do a BT46, better in the wet apparently: https://www.bridgestone.com/corporate/news/2020012803.html
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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2020, 09:52:53 AM »
At home bored as wife had temp and cough last tuesday, web site said stay home so thats it till next week.

Homelife is fraught, 67, type 2 diabetic, stent 18 months ago puts me in high risk; wife has ME with all the asociated problems plus bad ibs; stepson has crohns so on imunosuppresants------our houshold is a joy!!!!!.

Spent many years in dealerships on the spanners, firstbike RE 250 Crusader then pre unit Triumphs then Hondas from 500 to GL.

Spend a lot of time on here and US site, at least the UK people seem to listen! Also Goldwing site as working on best mates 1500 trike and that is a whole new novel all on its own!
At moment parralel building 2 500's one is No 36 the other i will sell to finance a "sleeper" 500 and maybe 1 more then whatever is left not sure of.

All the Best to everyone, good luck and hopefully health. Lets do our best to stay sane(ish)

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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2020, 09:56:10 AM »
As we move inexorably towards lockdown here in the UK (some of you in other countries may already be locked down), I thought we should have a general chat thread.

We’re not Facebook so can’t do instant messaging or chat (other social media products are available) but I look forwards to reading all your posts every day and would hate to see the volume drop as we all hunker down.

So, jokes, pictures, notes, thanks welcome.

Anything goes (except blatant politics please)

Keep safe.

Steve


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I think if anything the forum traffic will rise as we fill the spare time - anyway, I'm protected from Covid-19 as I use McAfee daily.......
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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2020, 10:13:55 AM »
I started a new job last Monday assigning where the engineers go, ordering parts, technical queries etc.  Because of my back injury, I can't do the heavy stuff any more, so I'm a like a fish out of water working in an orifice.  On Tuesday,  work started drying up due to some virus or other.  Then I was told not to turn up for the foreseeable.
I've got more than a few bike jobs to do, which if I take my time,  will last me a few weeks.
With no bike events on the horizon,  We'll probably go on ride outs, taking a flask of coffee and some sarnies once we get the good weather
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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2020, 10:33:29 AM »
Mike, make sure you have the proper face mask to eat the sarnies through

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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2020, 10:51:53 AM »
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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2020, 11:19:22 AM »

I think the top of the range model even had a seat  :)


He is downloading the software. It takes about 30 minutes from scratch apparently.

I jokingly asked if it ran on Windows. He said yes but I think he meant the laptop


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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2020, 11:22:10 AM »
This is my project for the next while.



Replace the scabby old grass with paving and gravel.

I have nearly completed the strip down and consigned all the used parts to the woods behind.

The rebuild will start once I have cleaned up and straightened all the mating surfaces.


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Re: The Covid Thread
« Reply #14 on: March 23, 2020, 11:40:04 AM »
Got to have a look at the shower later.   It's been slow for ages.
I'll go up the attic, turn off the hot and cold feeds, disconnect the pipes from the taps,  turn the shower on to empty the pipes,  fill the pipes with descale and leave for a few hours.   I hope that works because changing the shower is going to be a right ball ache.
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