- Time to dust the motorbike off ….
I’m going to have a spin this weekend. Just bought a new Shoei Qwest helmet (£260!) and I’m looking forward to trying it out (sad, or what!). I’m hoping it will be substantially quieter than my current Arai. Next purchase will have to be a back tyre, then oil and filter, then an MOT. I can’t really afford to run a bike, but I’m going to hang on to it as long as I can.Posted 7 years agoBigButSlimmerBlokeMember
dust the motorbike offtake the front wheel off, remove the suspension, get the crack in the aluminium mounting bit welded, have it x-rayed (just not really confident about aluminium wwelding), get the bike MoT’ed, put the fork back on the bike, wheels back on, check it’s all ok and ride off into them thar hills
there FIFM – Fixed It For MePosted 7 years agoBustaspokeSubscriber
I’ve just took my roadbike off the turbo trainer,not been outside on it since October.Posted 7 years ago
Been using my old XT600 for falling off in the snow & sunday afternoon rides all winter,my “classic” FZ750 has been hibernating,think I might put it back on the road early April,thing is it’s gonna need a new battery,a couple of tyres,tax &mot before it goes anywhere…rockhopperbikeSubscriber
Thought I’d clean mine (f800gs), put it on centre stand and something sounded odd, got the wheels in the air, and brill- both set of wheel bearings are knackerred, – out in Spain and my proper jobs tools are in Blighty, – may have a go anyway – thats riding off the menu for a couple of weeks……
always park on loose gravel- never noticed the wheels before 😳Posted 7 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
This is the first year I’ve not had to commute all through winter and it’s been great, people get a bit full-on about “fair weather bikers” but riding through snow and freezing fog is just grim, makes me forget what I like about motorbikes, so this year it’ll be nice to just ride for fun I reckon. Won’t put as many miles on but they should all be good miles.Posted 7 years agotomasoSubscriber
The salt has been washed off the roads and I’ve wheeled the old RGV250 out the garage a couple of times. Ring a ding ding.
Euphoria of spring was quickly dampened by the shock of filling her up with petrol £19+ for a tank full!!!! And at best I’ll squeeze 90 miles from a tank.Posted 7 years agosolariderSubscriber
Welcome to the world of the living after your hibernation.
As an all year round biker (BMW R1200GS Adventure), I really don’t know what the fuss is about winter riding. Heated grips, a decent set of warm waterproofs and you feel quite cosy in yer helmet. Only off the bike for 3 days this year when the snow hit in early December. Despite the grim weather, I always look forward to the commute more than I used to in the car.
Nevertheless, I do sometimes look at my bike despite ACF50 and a religious washing routine throughout the winter and wish she was garaged for 6 months of the year. I love the smell of GT85 in the morning!
Tomaso – you want to fill a BMW Adventure tank. Nearly £50 now. Ouch!
BTW Ox – WTF is that?! Each to his own I guess.Posted 7 years agoTNMember
Found the battery on my VTR 1000 had died over winter so bought a new one but the alarm needs recoding. Not a problem until I realise the guy I bought it from (many years ago)didn’t give me the red tag with the code on, so need to get the alarm stripped and replaced before I’m going anywhere.Posted 7 years ago
dibs i had a duke 690 and i changed out the front sprocket from a 17t to a 16t (or vice versa) and it took away the juddery feeling at slow speeds and made it into a perfect town bike. Light & nimble.
Ha ha, no thanks I’d rather keep it as it is, (brilliant on the open road) and just avoid going into town. 😀Posted 7 years ago
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