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'We will have stay in a bit more' wife says!
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FrankG
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March 19, 2020 - 11:04 pm
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Sprung Chicken said

not henpecked said

every time the words "Iv'e been thinking" are uttered by my wife..... 

Its the 3 words every married man dreads...  

And because it only takes them a couple of minutes to think about it they you can do a couple of day work in that time.

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March 20, 2020 - 7:08 pm
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Hi All

Last night she did utter those three little words "Iv'e been thinking" so today we went for a 6 mile walk with the dog around the grounds of Caulke Abbey not far from Ashby de la Zouch. Did I mind - no - cos I like to go for a long walk - and it was dry - a bonus!

B175, on the road. Honda XBR 500, and ....... Suzuki Burgman 200 scoot! Nicknamed "The hair dryer" - by me I hasten to add; & great storage under the seat when you get to your destination.

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March 21, 2020 - 1:16 pm
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One may wish to turn the requests around, I find that "just hold this" are the three little words sometimes required in my workshop....

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March 22, 2020 - 12:21 pm
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Well, the latest example : I was lining up my `58 T20`s pushrods under the rocker arms while my good woman lowered the head. Somewhere among my kit is a simple tool for the job, but could I find it ! Got there in the end though  🙂

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March 22, 2020 - 12:40 pm
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Blue Heeler said
 "while my good woman lowered the head"

Raunchy stuff, indeed. You don't happen to have optimum compression test figures for a T20 do you, Blue? My '59 is feeling a bit slack in barrel but can't find figures to compare?

 '55 D3 Battery; '58 Square Four (project); '59 D1 direct lighting plunger; '59 Tiger Cub; '60 5TA;  '76 FS1-E; '91 GTR 1000;  '97 Honda Sky SGX50.

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March 22, 2020 - 1:41 pm
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Stoo63 said
You don't happen to have optimum compression test figures for a T20 do you, Blue? My '59 is feeling a bit slack in barrel but can't find figures to compare?  

Hi Stoo, don`t remember ever doing a test on a Cub. Have you done the oil down the cylinder trick to compare. Valves seating ok?

The figures were on USA Steve`s forum, but he closed it down a good few year`s back, it was his baby so no copy exists to my knowledge, which is a great shame. I can`t find much Cub info on the Internet nowadays. Couldn`t find Compression Test/Cylinder Compression in the index of my copy of Mike`s Bible, but may be in there somewhere...although it`s not a manual. Doubt whether my Haynes manual has anything on the subject, I`ll look later and report back if I strike lucky. Should be penciled in if not.

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Cheers Blue. Cant find owt in Haynes or trumf Oracle discs... Just dragged the bike from back of garage just now. Will report back.

 '55 D3 Battery; '58 Square Four (project); '59 D1 direct lighting plunger; '59 Tiger Cub; '60 5TA;  '76 FS1-E; '91 GTR 1000;  '97 Honda Sky SGX50.

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March 28, 2020 - 5:15 pm
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Well, over here, the sun is shining, birds singing and insects buzzing - I've even had some good news! Added to which I had a short run out this morning on the little Peugeot 100 step through scooter (to buy essential seed potatoes and onion sets, even had my certificate with me in case I was stopped). Not a car on the road and the little 2 stroke didn't miss a beat. Our lock-down has been extended to mid April now, but I have plenty to do to keep me occupied.

Keep safe all.

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March 28, 2020 - 7:39 pm
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cocorico said
Well, over here, the sun is shining, birds singing and insects buzzing - I've even had some good news! Added to which I had a short run out this morning on the little Peugeot 100 step through scooter (to buy essential seed potatoes and onion sets, even had my certificate with me in case I was stopped). Not a car on the road and the little 2 stroke didn't miss a beat. Our lock-down has been extended to mid April now, but I have plenty to do to keep me occupied.

Keep safe all.  

We have had a nice sunny week and we had to stop in! but between jobs the wife thought of, clean the flags (paving stones) , paint the fence, put some pebbles down I am getting on with projects, if you just watch the news you would be very depressed, hope you all stay safe.

Riding a D1 springer with a D3 engine, 2 x more D1's being built from bits one will be a GPO lookalike the other I am just collecting bits for at the moment

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April 6, 2020 - 11:29 pm
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Hope everyone is keeping safe. Some folk may have already made their own makeshift masks for a trip to the bank, sorry, supermarket etc. I don`t subscribe to any particular news outlet, but stumbled upon this article. Good use of a football shirt?....

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Ha! just had a message from the bank, they will kindly give me 0.01% interest on my savings...They have a new mask, too. images.jpeg

Much easier mask here

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All in jest - of course.

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I have been out painting a window frame, jetwashing the fungus off the drive and, in between, trying to sneak in some maintenance on the bikes. 

Have managed, so far,  to service my D7 whilst scratching my head trying to fathom out how that Atom unit actually recognises where the correct timing point is - a real mystery but it does it !!!  I was wondering...... if it truely is that clever then why can we not use that technology to set the timing on a bike in the first place  ??    

Have also managed to disable the A10 by trying to fix (improve) things that were not broken in the first place.  Doing this work under the wifes radar scanners involves sitting on a cold concrete floor trying to line up a primary chaincase gasket by candlelight - result (two ripped gaskets and no further forward), problem - where to get another gasket - also took the original BSA fitment, sump plate off to find that the fancy new magnetic drain plug thing isn't correct - result bike VOR awaiting new parts and manufacturers response with oil slowly dripping out of its bottom end - there was absolutely nothing wrong with it before I started on it and it certainly did not leak.       

Long overdue straightforward re-build on the B175 engine ( needs new oil seals), leads to discovery that it actually has a D14/4 crankshaft in it.  Not really an issue as it has a good big-end and main bearings but one of the rivets has jumped out of the flywheel side plate and was residing in the bottom of the crankcase - miraculously no other damage, except to the chewed up rivet and now explains the strange rattle I have heard on certain throttle openings. Very lucky.  Now stuck trying to work out how to get that crankshaft to somebody who can fix (spot weld) it.

Result - 3 bikes - 2 VOR and one I don't trust because I don't understand it !!

Onwards and upwards

Sponge          

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April 12, 2020 - 2:22 pm
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Good news from France - here in 'le Berry', generations of enthusiastic artisans have been working on a universal cure.

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And it's available from a good friend in the village!

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April 12, 2020 - 3:41 pm
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No comment  😉

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Re. Izal - there was a small and select (hem, hem!) group of eccentrics who were very sorry to see Izal vanishing from the shelves, and who stockpiled all the remaining boxes in Britain - but not for use in the khazi . . .

Historical re-enactors used it for making up powder charges for our matchlocks, flintlocks, and percussion rifles, for which purpose it was as ideal as it was useless for wiping your nether regions.  Finding a tolerable replacement for Izal took us months, and even then it wasn't as good grr

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JackE said
Re. Izal - there was a small and select (hem, hem!) group of eccentrics who were very sorry to see Izal vanishing from the shelves, and who stockpiled all the remaining boxes in Britain - but not for use in the khazi . . .

Historical re-enactors used it for making up powder charges for our matchlocks, flintlocks, and percussion rifles, for which purpose it was as ideal as it was useless for wiping your nether regions.  Finding a tolerable replacement for Izal took us months, and even then it wasn't as good grr

JackE  

There must be a couple of 'flash in the pan' jokes in there somewhere!

Larry

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larryc said

There must be a couple of 'flash in the pan' jokes in there somewhere!

Larry  

Well, to paraphrase Basil Brush - " Bum, bum!"

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