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Title: Motorbikes
Post by: J.R. Darewood on July 17, 2018, 09:50:45 AM
Thanks all spent the day looking at broken bike working out how its going to get me round Holland in a couple of days time   :( Apart from that a good day will be celebrating in a couple of weeks time too much going on at the moment.

What kind of bike is it?
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Post by: Rostum on July 17, 2018, 10:37:10 AM
http://databikes.com/infophoto/yamaha/xj600s-1998.html (http://databikes.com/infophoto/yamaha/xj600s-1998.html)

One of those.

Old and rattly like its owner. It decided to destroy a chain a sprockets over the last week the cause was the nut holding the front sprocket has stripped its thread and was allowing more movement than it should. Part arrived a few minutes ago so I should have it sorted today.
Title: Re: Re: Member birthday calendar
Post by: J.R. Darewood on July 17, 2018, 11:06:15 AM
http://databikes.com/infophoto/yamaha/xj600s-1998.html (http://databikes.com/infophoto/yamaha/xj600s-1998.html)

One of those.

Old and rattly like its owner. It decided to destroy a chain a sprockets over the last week the cause was the nut holding the front sprocket has stripped its thread and was allowing more movement than it should. Part arrived a few minutes ago so I should have it sorted today.

Nice!!! My best buddy in school had a Yamaha-- his was a shiny red R1 tho and he had a whole matching red outfit topped with a sparkly red helmet. Until this girl called him a power ranger then he got a black jacket.

I started on a 1983 Honda then moved up to a new SV-650 back in 06.


(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8159/7505527058_365a594931_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Member birthday calendar
Post by: Rostum on July 17, 2018, 02:58:33 PM
Tend to have older bikes and use them up although something new and eye candy has appeal at the moment as a toy as i no longer do 300+ miles a week, which is why I have a succession of old bikes with low mileage I use up every 2-4 years and get another.
I only ride so I need reliable,fuel efficient and easy to work on and the XJ is all of that. I have taken 2 of them over 100k miles before moving on to another bike.

The SV is a cracking bike done a couple of thousand miles on a friends while she was broken.

In the garage I have a MUZ Skorpion

http://moto.zombdrive.com/images1280_/muz-660-skorpion-tour-1997-1.jpg (http://moto.zombdrive.com/images1280_/muz-660-skorpion-tour-1997-1.jpg)

Weird that photo is actually my bike taken in a driveway in Essex at a party not sure how it is on motorcycle DB.

A Moto Morini Sport not as pretty as this one

http://onlymotorbikes.com/public/01/moto-morini-3-12-sport-1978-moto.jpeg (http://onlymotorbikes.com/public/01/moto-morini-3-12-sport-1978-moto.jpeg)

a Ducati mach2 with a Triumph 5TA engine fitted  and a couple of BSA Bantums in various states of disrepair.

Title: Re: Re: Member birthday calendar
Post by: J.R. Darewood on July 17, 2018, 08:13:09 PM


Weird that photo is actually my bike taken in a driveway in Essex at a party not sure how it is on motorcycle DB.



Ha!!!


I've always wanted a black and gold Triumph Triple, but it's expensive af to get one over here and I don't have 10k. Got the Honda for 600$ back in the early 2000s
Title: Re: Re: Member birthday calendar
Post by: Rostum on July 17, 2018, 09:04:13 PM
if i build another bike it will be a triumph tiger with a smart car diesel engine in it 110mph and 120mpg has appeal.
Title: Re: Re: Member birthday calendar
Post by: J.R. Darewood on July 17, 2018, 10:29:36 PM
I think the fastest I've ever gone was 115 and I blew out a tire
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: ScarletBea on July 18, 2018, 08:08:55 AM
I split these posts from the Birthday thread - there might be other people wanting to chat about bikes ;D
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on July 18, 2018, 10:47:19 AM
Thanks Bea and apologies for the hijack
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: ScarletBea on July 18, 2018, 12:08:50 PM
Oh, no need to apologise!
It's quite a normal thing hehe

I like the pretty pictures ;D

(the only time I rode a motorbike was when my elder cousin was 30 and got one - it felt really good hehe)
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on July 27, 2018, 12:34:05 PM
well my 20 year old divvy took me nearly 1000 miles through the UK and Holland in stupendously hot temperatures without a murmur after a little love and attention. It made it all the was back into Gloucestershire and blew all the instrument lights so couldn't see the speedo or tacho for the last few miles. Just need it to cool down enough to drop the fairing and swap the bulbs out.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on July 28, 2018, 12:13:42 PM
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(the only time I rode a motorbike was when my elder cousin was 30 and got one - it felt really good hehe)

Well the option is always there for a quick spin Bea next time we are at the same event, but its more fun to ride than to hang on the back and maybe you should consider a bike as your mid life crisis  ;D
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on September 10, 2018, 05:33:07 PM
was parked next to one of these today. Such a cute little bike,

(http://www.bikingdirect.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Bullit-Spirit-125-125-Race-Green.jpg)

Oh and I am buying one of these next week

(http://www.larevueautomobile.com/images/Triumph/Tiger-800/Exterieur/Triumph_Tiger_800_012.jpg)
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: J.R. Darewood on September 10, 2018, 10:44:47 PM
So jealous!!!!
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on September 19, 2018, 09:46:56 AM
Collected the tiger yesterday a very capable bike if lacking in all the characteristics that make biking fun. Everything is effortless.

(https://image.ibb.co/neJh1K/Tig1.jpg)
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 12, 2018, 03:44:33 AM
How's your Triumph running???

(JR salivates)
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on November 12, 2018, 05:27:09 AM
Well it would seem that everyone has ragged it at some point!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/clouddrive/share/ILKpgYFx0RqIGsf3LNQsndiazwYyTuatXoGt3duU1WQ (https://www.amazon.co.uk/clouddrive/share/ILKpgYFx0RqIGsf3LNQsndiazwYyTuatXoGt3duU1WQ)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/clouddrive/share/W6W249iJHh7IZT8PLmiPOIhq5fekqzPs1xaVaSCerGn (https://www.amazon.co.uk/clouddrive/share/W6W249iJHh7IZT8PLmiPOIhq5fekqzPs1xaVaSCerGn)


but it is still pretty much spotless and remarkably capable bike. It will go away for the winter soon and come back out in the spring when I will need to do a little run to the Pyrenees or say Austria just to make it worth having. For what I paid I can ride it next summer and sell it on at no or a minimal loss. I have had bikes that a lot more fun but this one is more about getting there with luggage.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 13, 2018, 07:34:35 AM
Well it would seem that everyone has ragged it at some point!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/clouddrive/share/ILKpgYFx0RqIGsf3LNQsndiazwYyTuatXoGt3duU1WQ (https://www.amazon.co.uk/clouddrive/share/ILKpgYFx0RqIGsf3LNQsndiazwYyTuatXoGt3duU1WQ)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/clouddrive/share/W6W249iJHh7IZT8PLmiPOIhq5fekqzPs1xaVaSCerGn (https://www.amazon.co.uk/clouddrive/share/W6W249iJHh7IZT8PLmiPOIhq5fekqzPs1xaVaSCerGn)


but it is still pretty much spotless and remarkably capable bike. It will go away for the winter soon and come back out in the spring when I will need to do a little run to the Pyrenees or say Austria just to make it worth having. For what I paid I can ride it next summer and sell it on at no or a minimal loss. I have had bikes that a lot more fun but this one is more about getting there with luggage.

I'm super jealous! Of the bike and the fact that you can just go to the Pyrenees in the spring b/c you feel like it! Those pictures look great!!!

I miss my SV650!!!
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on November 13, 2018, 03:25:59 PM
I am guessing you don't follow WSB? That's Leon Haslam leaning on my bike.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 13, 2018, 11:53:54 PM
What's WSB and who is Leon Haslam?
Are you secretly famous hobnobbing with celebrities I've never heard of?
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on November 14, 2018, 03:54:23 PM
https://www.motorcyclenews.com/sport/world-superbikes/ (https://www.motorcyclenews.com/sport/world-superbikes/)

BTW This is not like the world series this is actually a worldwide competition

http://www.leonhaslam.com/news.cfm (http://www.leonhaslam.com/news.cfm)

I am not secretly famous I sometimes get to hobnob with peeps from the bike world as I know some racers and classic collectors, but these pictures were taken by the previous owner who is a blood biker.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on August 08, 2019, 02:48:19 AM
Ahh so since the end of May I have managed to make all three of my bikes unfit for the road.

My pretty triumph caught fire and is being worked on to get it back to being what it should be.
My diversion siezed its oil filter which then collapsed and has to be cut away a nerve wraking job as get it wrong and the engine is useless.
My Skorpion was run over on a roundabout yesterday by a little old lady who turned left despite being in the right hand lane and me being in her way and is being collected by the insurance agents tomorrow for repair or more likely to be written off.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: ScarletBea on August 08, 2019, 07:58:41 AM
Oh no!
Poor you, I'm so sorry...
Are you ok, after the "being run over" bit?!
I hate drivers who don't look and do stupid things >:(

(and how can a bike catch fire? :o)
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on August 08, 2019, 06:18:55 PM
I am ok if a little sore. Thanks for asking. It was all at fairly low speed and despite the minimal damage to the bike I believe they will write it off.

Some bright spark at triumph decided that building the main fuse into the starter solanoid and putting them in a plastic bucket beneath the battery was sensible design so wet electrics and the fuse burnt out destroying the starter and giving me a small fire under the battery and fuel tank. The bike stopping working  was all very sedate and could have been a lot worse.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Bender on August 09, 2019, 02:51:57 AM
Hard luck, but you're still lucky to ride a bike. I had to trade to a car after marriage. Tried to get a Harley or a Triumph, but then, other priorities....

Riding a bike is a therapy.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: J.R. Darewood on August 09, 2019, 03:53:14 AM
Ahh so since the end of May I have managed to make all three of my bikes unfit for the road.

My pretty triumph caught fire and is being worked on to get it back to being what it should be.
My diversion siezed its oil filter which then collapsed and has to be cut away a nerve wraking job as get it wrong and the engine is useless.
My Skorpion was run over on a roundabout yesterday by a little old lady who turned left despite being in the right hand lane and me being in her way and is being collected by the insurance agents tomorrow for repair or more likely to be written off.

I'm very sorry for your loss.

(http://www.corylus-urbs.demon.co.uk/funeral%20ringwreath.JPG)
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: isos81 on August 09, 2019, 01:28:59 PM
I wanna buy a chopper but my wife is scared and she doesn't allow me :(
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on August 09, 2019, 08:49:12 PM
Thanks @J.R. Darewood I needed that. First decent laugh in far too long. I am pretty sure they will write it off and I will buy it back and rebuild it. I am having to make do with a brand new SV650 for the moment.


@Bender yes it is and plan for this to return to your life. You know it makes sense.

@isos81 I wish you well with resolving tht one.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on September 08, 2019, 05:27:20 PM
Update.

My MuZ Skorpion was written off by the insurers and I was low balled on the insurance for the bike. The reason is they are rare enough for none to have been sold in the 60 days prior to the accident (this is how long Ebay keeps sold information now) on Ebay, Auto Trader, GumTree et al. So I got about 2/3 of what I was expecting. As a low end Glasses guide price was used.

 My legal cover employed by my insurers are uninterested in resolving this and my insurers are saying not our problem so I guess I am out of pocket there. I have bought the bike back and will rebuild it although the bike shop that is the only supplier of parts has seen what I am after and can source about half of it. Note to self chase em up Tomorrow.

I went for a medical today relating to the crash and the doctor believes I have cracked my  right fibula, X-rays to follow. Kinda makes sense as I stopped a care with that leg.

I went for a short ride after and went back across the same roundabout I was hit at a little disconcerting but manageable. I pulled into the local Mc Donalds and had a taxi cut me up then try and back over me. Things got a little heated at that point but there were bike cops and a Police van in the garage opposite as well as two bikers taking an interest at a table 3 meters away so he got back in his taxi and went away.
This is the first time I have actually been back on a bike for no reason and it was really strange.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: ScarletBea on September 08, 2019, 05:35:20 PM
Wow. I think 'customer support' and 'common sense' is something that doesn't exist anymore, it's always "computer says this or that, yes or not", "process is this and we can't change".
I wish we could just abandon those companies, and in enough numbers to make a difference.

I'm glad you're riding again, and nothing more serious happened.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: JMack on September 08, 2019, 09:47:04 PM
Be careful out there on the big mopeds, folks.

Mrs. JMack’s sister (Jmacksisterlaw?) related the story of her boyfriend’s wife’s motorcycle accident that happened recently. (Yes, the boyfriend has a wife, you didn’t misread that.) She recently recovered enough that they could put the missing piece of her skull back on.

@Rostum, can you get some compensation for the fibula, at least to cover the bike? (See? I understand some priorities.  ;) )
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Bender on September 08, 2019, 10:15:17 PM
Wrong thread...
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on September 08, 2019, 10:34:29 PM
Really sorry to hear of the wifes injury and hope the recovery continues. First thought is was she wearing a helmet? Every accident is a different set of errors ad circumstance. Mine was likely caused by following a sat nav as a set of instructions and not as a guide. These devices are the biggest setback to road safety after mobile phones.

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@Rostum, can you get some compensation for the fibula, at least to cover the bike? (See? I understand some priorities.  ;) )

Yes I am bringing an uninsured loss claim for damaged clothing, injury and financial loss for missed work. I doubt they (the other parties insurers) will contest it. In 18 months to 2 years I may receive a cheque.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: J.R. Darewood on September 11, 2019, 04:41:02 AM
Update.

My MuZ Skorpion was written off by the insurers and I was low balled on the insurance for the bike. The reason is they are rare enough for none to have been sold in the 60 days prior to the accident (this is how long Ebay keeps sold information now) on Ebay, Auto Trader, GumTree et al. So I got about 2/3 of what I was expecting. As a low end Glasses guide price was used.

 My legal cover employed by my insurers are uninterested in resolving this and my insurers are saying not our problem so I guess I am out of pocket there. I have bought the bike back and will rebuild it although the bike shop that is the only supplier of parts has seen what I am after and can source about half of it. Note to self chase em up Tomorrow.

I went for a medical today relating to the crash and the doctor believes I have cracked my  right fibula, X-rays to follow. Kinda makes sense as I stopped a care with that leg.

I went for a short ride after and went back across the same roundabout I was hit at a little disconcerting but manageable. I pulled into the local Mc Donalds and had a taxi cut me up then try and back over me. Things got a little heated at that point but there were bike cops and a Police van in the garage opposite as well as two bikers taking an interest at a table 3 meters away so he got back in his taxi and went away.
This is the first time I have actually been back on a bike for no reason and it was really strange.

@Rostum sorry man!!! That's awful.  I hope your x-rays come back with nothing worse than a bruise.  Crossing fingers here.

Meanwhile, Ebay just doesn't sound like the most professional way to make an assessment. What about KBB? (Kelley Blue Book)  I'd put some more pressure on and see what happens.  A roommate's friend who had been lent my car while I was out of town got into a fight with a trucker in a parking lot and the guy just drove into my car and totalled it. They wouldn't cover it until i got into town and raised some hell.

Also, re: the McDonalds thing.... drivers are an extra sort of crazy.  Being surrounded by metal just brings out the a-hole in people. A friend once saw a motorcyclist almost get run over by a reckless driver, and then the motorcycle chased the car down to start kicking their door angrily while riding high speed on the freeway....

Anyway, take care and I hope your leg recovers and your pocketbook recovers too.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Bender on September 11, 2019, 03:55:02 PM
Mrs. JMack’s sister (Jmacksisterlaw?) related the story of her boyfriend’s wife’s motorcycle accident that happened recently. (Yes, the boyfriend has a wife, you didn’t misread that.)

Wait, what?  :o
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on September 11, 2019, 04:52:40 PM
@J.R.Darewood The problem with the bike and using ebay as a source of actual value is that it is so rare in the UK (9 left registered, most were unregistered and raced) So none sold in the kept history of any tat bazaars so they reverted to Glass's guide, which I guess is the equivilent of KBB and valued at the low mark.

Wow your car write off sounds crazy. Surely criminal charges should have determined fault on that one.

I had no issue real concern with the taxi driver beyond him running me over. If he wanted to throw hands in front of police and bikers his bad choices would have led to bad outcomes.

@Bender there are a number of reasons that is a valid situation, give it some thought.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on September 25, 2019, 11:50:27 AM
I have a 23 year old 600 diversion as a hack. Tis a great bike for commuting and general use and if it gets bashed crashed or stolen its not the end of the world. When I was commuting 300 miles a week it was a necessity as it gives 60mpg and is comfortable enough to ride all day and surprisingly fun for a workhorse. They do have a few niggles, weak rear shock, usually replaced with a hagon a fantastic set of down pipes and end cans joined by chrome coloured tissue paper in the middle and a really weak arm on the centrestand.

As part of sorting mine back out I fitted a second hand one after the arm inevitably snapped on the previous one.
This I rust treated, undercoated and painted up. Then used resin on the feet to protect the paint. All good half a dozen uses later and the arm has bent down. I guess I will be going through the same process again just to get back to where I was.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: J.R. Darewood on September 25, 2019, 05:13:43 PM
If it makes you feel better, a friend of mine (an engineering student) was working on putting together a new bike from the pieces of others, for like 2 years  He was emptying out the gasoline tank (into the driveway) and his roommate lit an empty can on fire with a match and was kicking it around, which ultimately caught the trail of gasoline, and lit the whole bike on fire, which he wheeled out of his garage and ran back and forth from inside to throw water on it with a bowl.

He also dropped my bike every time I lent it to him, so there's that.

Sorry to hear you're having so many problems!!! I feel pretty accomplished. I fixed the hydrolic system on a tractor yesterday (zero mechanical prowess here, just brute force and the observation that my uncle had completely ignored the color coding of the tubes), but now i have hydrolic splatter permanently in the crotch of my shorts.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on September 25, 2019, 09:29:04 PM
Engineers are qualified beyond practical application It's safer for everyone if they remove their thumbs when they graduate. As a student your mate proved the point.

Gotta watch hydraulic juice mate it comes in anywhere from corrosive to downright dangerous depending on application, bleached shorts suggests you got off lightly.

Don't lend bikes to people who always drop them. I did watch someone leave their girlfriend as security on a test drive of a bike he was looking at buying(my she was pissed off) and having recklessly endangered his relationship got rearended on a roundabout wound up out of pocket and out of luck.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on November 01, 2019, 12:23:11 AM
Well the Triumph got it's MOT today (Roadworthyness certificate) and the Divvie which was my only working bike needs some tlc tomorrow to keep it on the road. I am a slave to my vehicles.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: ScarletBea on November 01, 2019, 07:54:25 AM
Is it worth a "wahey"? You can ride it again?
 :D
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on November 01, 2019, 04:14:41 PM
It's actually a bit scary as I have to learn the bike again. The riding position and set up do not feel natural after 6 months not riding it.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: J.R. Darewood on November 26, 2019, 07:32:47 PM
It's actually a bit scary as I have to learn the bike again. The riding position and set up do not feel natural after 6 months not riding it.

It'll come back! Glad to hear you and your bike are all in one piece.
Title: Re: Motorbikes
Post by: Rostum on November 27, 2019, 08:57:35 PM
Yes ahey is a great description. I am much happier with a choice of bikes.

And I thank you sir!