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46 minutes ago, ReggiePezza said:

And some more fun from yesterday dinner time, post front wheel bearing revelation. To be fair, the front wheel bearings were the only ones I left alone when I rebuilt the thing a few years ago, everything else got swapped - but I had replaced the rear stub needle bearings with a cheaper, but not quite the same, alternative to Honda-san's. I remembered that I'd promised myself that I would definitely take it apart after a year (or 4) to check to see if there was any grease left on the needles. The Honda bearing had an inner rubber seal to keep grease in, whereas my cheaper one only had the usual metal lip.

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Looks fine enough.

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Yep, all seems greasy. Slop some more in though for good feelings.

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Learning my Ray Mears string bending techniques is paying off already. 3 turnbuckles and a quarter granny knot kept the rear brake on to torque the stub nut to almost 200Nm, most handy.

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Again, sorry, but I can't help get the dog in shot.

Don't you find the lower bars put a lot of pressure on your wrists on long trips though?

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3 minutes ago, XTreme said:

Don't you find the lower bars put a lot of pressure on your wrists on long trips though?

Hmm sorry not sure what you mean. The handlebars are the standard clip ons, but yeah they could be bit higher really for comfort. VFRs seem to get classed as a sports tourer, but the comfort part of a touring motorcycle has probably (hopefully) improved since 1991. The "flat bar" I mentioned was just a bit of crap I used to make that hideous spoiler/lashing point at the back. 

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One last thing to do to the bike then. Oil and filter.

Oil

Yamalube? I'm asking for trouble and probably a slipping clutch. But it was given to me (by some heathen step dad), so I'm not allowed to complain.

Then off for one last shakedown run to South Leverton with a bunch of loons.

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That was my burger he's got his grubby mitts and gob round.

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Cooked by this gent. Plenty of onions please, and curry sauce.

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I liked the look of this yellow one, and I put plenty of it on the burger for a nose bending sensation.

I should probably make a separate post for such an adventure really.

Look at my bike gleaming in the overcast light:

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Oh wait, no. It was further along.

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fortunately I have ear plugs at the ready. think I might need them both on and off the bike.

Im virtually set and ready to start packing, kinda. sorta. ready-ish. just collecting the stuff I think I might need and then whittling that down to what is actually essential.

Looks very much like a fine weekend for the run down to Austria. plenty of sun and warm all weekend and into next week.

which is more than can be said for the Grossglockner.. where its pretty horrible today after a fair amount of snow fall last nigh!!

Pity any poor fools who had today earmarked for a ride up there.

.2c and awful visibility.

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1 hour ago, ReggiePezza said:

One last thing to do to the bike then. Oil and filter.

Oil

Yamalube? I'm asking for trouble and probably a slipping clutch. But it was given to me (by some heathen step dad), so I'm not allowed to complain.

Then off for one last shakedown run to South Leverton with a bunch of loons.

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That was my burger he's got his grubby mitts and gob round.

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Cooked by this gent. Plenty of onions please, and curry sauce.

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I liked the look of this yellow one, and I put plenty of it on the burger for a nose bending sensation.

I should probably make a separate post for such an adventure really.

Look at my bike gleaming in the overcast light:

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Oh wait, no. It was further along.

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Nice shots Reggie........haven't seen a CJ250T for years!

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Well. We're in Belgium, but I've had a disaster as soon as I got to Ashford. I bent the key for my panniers, now it's hanging on by a thread. The spare I brought only fits one of them, it turns out it's not the right spare. Even managed to find a French locksmith on a Saturday but I don't think he tried hard enough to find a blank really. Nevermind. Onwards. 

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1 hour ago, ReggiePezza said:

Well. We're in Belgium, but I've had a disaster as soon as I got to Ashford. I bent the key for my panniers, now it's hanging on by a thread. The spare I brought only fits one of them, it turns out it's not the right spare. Even managed to find a French locksmith on a Saturday but I don't think he tried hard enough to find a blank really. Nevermind. Onwards. 

That's good going Reggie.....let's see some pics! 

Not of the key obviously! :classic_laugh:

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I'm being gentle. 

Right mare South of Luxembourg city. Hot and sweaty round and round, fan on, fan off, fan on.... 

Didn't get as far as planned but the digs are alright. 

 

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Municipal camping in France somewhere near the Luxembourg and German border. I'm not sure it's France, it's somewhere over there. Gate shut but greeted by a gent wearing an apron and riding a 600 transalp. Camping un nui bitte. Tent erected afore dark. Sorted. No good pictures really, too much slogging to get through Belgium. 

As promised though, Folkestone slab. Busier than I remembered, a bit slower getting through all the checks and we were already late having had a big breakfast instead of being punctual. 

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3 minutes ago, XTreme said:

Love the train shot!

Sadly the driver with big beard just ducked inside as I wrestled with the camera app. 

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Well, it gets more interesting. I've just been accosted by an ungent with a penchant for penis (not that there's anything wrong with that). He won't take nein for an answer. Is this how the other half live? Unnerving.

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15 minutes ago, ReggiePezza said:

Well, it gets more interesting. I've just been accosted by an ungent with a penchant for penis (not that there's anything wrong with that). He won't take nein for an answer. Is this how the other half live? Unnerving.

Where are you......a truckstop? 

I bet that wasn't on @Motobiker's itinerary!

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It's camping municipal with lots of kids around. Obviously that didn't stop this german twat taking me to the lake edge and showing me his little peepee. I'll sleep clutching my hammer just in case he's had some Dutch courage. 

Edit. Under no circumstances can he break my remaining pannier key. 

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Not many pictures today. Nothing much happened today, just more slogging it out. No black forest. The mirror on the vfr needs nipping up when I can be bothered, it moves at 90mph, which seems to be our cruising speed. Big wobbly mess above 120mph in its current configuration as well, the bike that is. Weaves all over. Other than that, it was just a case of getting from one meal to another. 7.50 each for last night. 

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Breakfast.

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With cake. But don't be too jealous, it tasted of old feet. 

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Dinner on the motorway towards Munich. Not many service stations, and it was dear. 

We were flagging at about 5 so gave up the next 80miles and camped up in 20 instead. Good spot this one, but then so was last night, it depends who comes out in the dark of night. 

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Supper. 

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2 minutes ago, ReggiePezza said:

Not many pictures today. Nothing much happened today, just more slogging it out. No black forest. The mirror on the vfr needs nipping up when I can be bothered, it moves at 90mph, which seems to be our cruising speed. Big wobbly mess above 120mph in its current configuration as well, the bike that is. Weaves all over. Other than that, it was just a case of getting from one meal to another. 7.50 each for last night. 

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Breakfast.

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With cake. But don't be too jealous, it tasted of old feet. 

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Dinner on the motorway towards Munich. Not many service stations, and it was dear. 

We were flagging at about 5 so gave up the next 80miles and camped up in 20 instead. Good spot this one, but then so was last night, it depends who comes out in the dark of night. 

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Supper. 

Nobody exposing their dicks today Reggie?

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52 minutes ago, ReggiePezza said:

Not many pictures today. Nothing much happened today, just more slogging it out. No black forest. The mirror on the vfr needs nipping up when I can be bothered, it moves at 90mph, which seems to be our cruising speed. Big wobbly mess above 120mph in its current configuration as well, the bike that is. Weaves all over. Other than that, it was just a case of getting from one meal to another. 7.50 each for last night. 

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Breakfast.

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With cake. But don't be too jealous, it tasted of old feet. 

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Dinner on the motorway towards Munich. Not many service stations, and it was dear. 

We were flagging at about 5 so gave up the next 80miles and camped up in 20 instead. Good spot this one, but then so was last night, it depends who comes out in the dark of night. 

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Supper. 

@Motobiker Hows your bum on the Africa Twin Seat i'm starting to squirm about 150 miles on mine

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10 minutes ago, Sir Fallsalot said:

Hows your bum on the Africa Twin Seat i'm starting to squirm about 150 miles on mine

It's @Motobiker that's got the AT.

I'm waiting for his updates on here!

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14 minutes ago, ReggiePezza said:

Rain. Packed up and heading for sun, Italy.

 

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Shit! How far you riding today Reggie?

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I'm not sure but we're not stopping until it's 30° or more. Now in Austria, over the Fernpass, a nice easy one in the wet. 

Brunch. 

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Can see some proper jaggedy type mountains now, well, when the cloud fucks off. 

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15 minutes ago, ReggiePezza said:

I'm not sure but we're not stopping until it's 30° or more. Now in Austria, over the Fernpass, a nice easy one in the wet. 

Brunch. 

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Can see some proper jaggedy type mountains now, well, when the cloud fucks off. 

Tell Tony to update this thread with the update on the condition of his ass..... @Sir Fallsalot needs to know this information! :classic_unsure:

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