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by DaveCon
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:23 pm
Forum: BIKES
Topic: Which Bike
Replies: 23
Views: 3118

Re: Which Bike

I agree with going to see/try them. I'm at that point myself looking for a new bike, having narrowed the field down to 3 or 4 to make it a manageable exercise. I noticed all your choices are big bikes. Big is not necessarily better. There are some good and capable 600's as well as the 800 mentioned ...
by DaveCon
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: TRAVEL
Topic: Spain/Pyrenees/South of France - Things to see, roads to ride
Replies: 41
Views: 5282

Re: Spain/Pyrenees/South of France - Things to see, roads to ride

Add my name to the fans of N260/N240. It's marked as a main route but varies between fast A road to intricate B road. One thing to note, my Spanish friend warned me that northern Spain gets a lot of rain especially from Santander to Pamplona. I can testify to that. I was completely drowned out from ...
by DaveCon
Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:22 am
Forum: TECHNICAL
Topic: There's something wrong with the starter or or the top end
Replies: 64
Views: 5589

Re: There's something wrong with the starter or or the top end

I think the cause looks like the stripped gear. Why they would put a plastic gear on something as important as an oil pump is beyond me. I suppose the argument may be the best lubricated and therefore the most free running part of an engine is the oil pump itself :laugh: It does seem a bit penny pin...
by DaveCon
Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:48 pm
Forum: THE PUB
Topic: Is this a bit tight? Or is it just me?
Replies: 27
Views: 3288

Re: Is this a bit tight? Or is it just me?

I get it. It's not the cost, it's the attitude behind it. If you're spending £10K on a bike and regularly £500 on servicing/parts per year, what's £2.50 to BMW. You want (and I think deserve) a bit of recognition and to feel "valued" as a customer, not a "cash cow". This sort of thing makes me more ...
by DaveCon
Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:32 pm
Forum: TECHNICAL
Topic: There's something wrong with the starter or or the top end
Replies: 64
Views: 5589

Re: There's something wrong with the starter or or the top end

I'm not familiar with this particular engine, but certainly on old British bikes if there is a problem with crankcase breathing (basically removing gasses and vapours from underneath the piston) huge oily smoke finds its way out of anywhere as pressure builds. Just a though, good luck ;)
by DaveCon
Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: THE PUB
Topic: Is this a bit tight? Or is it just me?
Replies: 27
Views: 3288

Re: Is this a bit tight? Or is it just me?

Strikes me as tight charging you for 3 6mm bolts in the first place. Especially if you are known to them. Mind you I once got charged for a photocopy of a cooling system arrangement by a Honda dealer :angry: Nothing's free. Were the bolts a special design that you needed to get them from BMW and not...
by DaveCon
Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: HOW TO..........
Topic: Start Renovating a bike
Replies: 27
Views: 4549

Re: Start Renovating a bike

I've renovated plenty of old bikes and cars in my time. Here's what I'd suggest (just my opinions of course): - 1. Make sure you have somewhere to do the work. You'll need room to work on it and room to store it in bits while you're doing the work. 2. For a first timer, get a project that's complete...
by DaveCon
Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:49 pm
Forum: THE PUB
Topic: My Favorite Gadgets that work, whats yours ?
Replies: 24
Views: 3405

Re: My Favorite Gadgets that work, whats yours ?

1. Heated grips! Out yesterday in freezing fog and felt nothing. How did we survive without them. 2. Camping towel. What a space saver; folds to the size of a (ok big) sausage roll but is big enough to dry a burly bloke like me, and dries quickly in fresh air. 3. Tank bag. I was amazed how useful th...
by DaveCon
Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: TRAVEL
Topic: Lake District Suggestions.
Replies: 17
Views: 2916

Re: Lake District Suggestions.

Some years ago we stopped at Quiet Site close to Ullswater. Had its own bar with open fire; very cosy, very relaxing. Site was ok too, but a bit expensive. It's still there winning awards but don't know if the bar arrangement survives ;)
by DaveCon
Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: BIKES
Topic: bmw 800 or yam 660
Replies: 38
Views: 6180

Re: bmw 800 or yam 660

I've heard the Tigers are heavy and thirsty (a bit like my good self :) ). I'm also a bit put off by the accesibility of the engine (ie tank off for plug changes etc). I had a Sprint and found it a pain during maintenance/fault finding. One "fault" ended up being because I turned the ignition on whi...

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