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Forum: Europe Yesterday, 01:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 208
Posted By Johann
Just ordinary toll booth, cash or there is a lane...

Just ordinary toll booth, cash or there is a lane that takes cards. In Portugal the few times I have used toll motorways I have paid in cash at machines after the exit. There is always a well...
Forum: Road warriors 04-18-2015, 02:16 AM
Replies: 3,682
Views: 1,010,651
Posted By Johann
The prototype models had a glued frame but the...

The prototype models had a glued frame but the production models were welded. I don't think there was enough time to test the design before release even though it was based on tried and tested...
Forum: Road warriors 04-17-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 3,682
Views: 1,010,651
Posted By Johann
Given some of the bikes posted in this thread I...

Given some of the bikes posted in this thread I think this one deserves a place. MZ Skorpion Sport. Designed by Seymour Powell, who also designed the Noton F1 and earlier Norton rotary Police bikes....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-11-2015, 03:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,375
Posted By Johann
I was told by somebody who used to steal bikes...

I was told by somebody who used to steal bikes that the biggest deterrent was the number of locks.He could get through anything but more locks equals more time and noise. He said he would not bother...
Forum: EMEA 04-09-2015, 01:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By Johann
Doing 3-400 miles on well surfaced French...

Doing 3-400 miles on well surfaced French motorways is not difficult. The biggest challenge is the boredom factor. Keep the speed down for the first 50-100 miles when you roll off the ferry/leave the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-09-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,666
Posted By Johann
This. You do not have handlebars you have a...

This. You do not have handlebars you have a tiller steering system that happens to have two separate handgrips. Until you change the bars there is no way to judge the handling of the bike.
Forum: EMEA 04-08-2015, 07:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,114
Posted By Johann
Not one Chinese city showed up in that list which...

Not one Chinese city showed up in that list which shows just how bad the urban air quality is in India. Just because there are cities with shocking levels of air pollution isnīt a reason for European...
Forum: EMEA 04-07-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 243
Posted By Johann
Iīve used "International" prepaid SIMs in Europe...

Iīve used "International" prepaid SIMs in Europe before. You preorder the SIM with say 30 Euros of credit. No roaming charges for voice calls and low call charges. Plenty of companies out there like...
Forum: EMEA 04-07-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 243
Posted By Johann
Is your current phone unlocked, will it accept...

Is your current phone unlocked, will it accept SIMs from different networks? If it is Tri-band and unlocked take it with you and buy a cheapo SIM. A basic smartphone would be useful. Turn off mobile...
Forum: Old's Cool 04-06-2015, 03:02 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,445
Posted By Johann
Would it be possible to convert the GN400 to...

Would it be possible to convert the GN400 to points? The SP370 used points and many parts are interchangeable between SP370/SP400/GN400.

The only schematics I can find for GN400s all show...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-04-2015, 03:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,919
Posted By Johann
Wee Stroms seem to be very gentle on chains. I...

Wee Stroms seem to be very gentle on chains. I had a friend with a 1st gen got 25k miles out of her first OEM chain and sprockets and that was all high speed commuting and no Scottoiler. At 6K I...
Forum: The Garage 03-31-2015, 05:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,617
Posted By Johann
Never had problems with a bike engine 5/10%...

Never had problems with a bike engine 5/10% biofuels in the UK or Europe but where it has caused chaos is with diesels, specifically diesels in applications where the fuel is not turned over...
Forum: Old's Cool 03-28-2015, 03:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 579
Posted By Johann
Battery is the first thing Iīd check. Is there a...

Battery is the first thing Iīd check. Is there a sticker on the battery indicating age/date of manufacture. Can you try jumping the bike from another vehicle when it is warm? If it turns over and...
Forum: EMEA 03-24-2015, 05:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 552
Posted By Johann
Most of NW Europe is good tank country, ie; very...

Most of NW Europe is good tank country, ie; very flat. You will find it easy to do more than 300 miles a day until you get somewhere interesting. Top speed is not important, even cruising at 75mph...
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,072
Posted By Johann
To kill any rust stone dead before priming I used...

To kill any rust stone dead before priming I used to use a product called Fertan. The active ingredient is Tannic acid, which apparently can be bought cheaply by itself. It turns rust black, you can...
Forum: The Garage 03-23-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 673
Posted By Johann
Look behind the sidestand for a small switch with...

Look behind the sidestand for a small switch with a plunger sticking out. There will be two wires which may or not be covered in heatshrink/additional insulation. If you follow the wiring it should...
Forum: Europe 03-23-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 408
Posted By Johann
PM sent

PM sent
Forum: EMEA 03-23-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,825
Posted By Johann
You will see B&B signs hanging outside private...

You will see B&B signs hanging outside private houses everywhere you go. Try booking.com for accommodation in your local area. A lot of campsites in Scotland now have wooden bothies (basically pimped...
Forum: EMEA 03-23-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,114
Posted By Johann
And this is why the French are taking action.. ...

And this is why the French are taking action..

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/23/paris-smog-pollution-emergency-measures-traffic

Paris (http://www.theguardian.com/world/paris)...
Forum: Road warriors 03-22-2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 7,249
Posted By Johann
More towards the commuter/tourer side of the...

More towards the commuter/tourer side of the spectrum than sports but the NT700 Deauville would do the job, be 100% reliable, offer luggage as standard (54L), good weather protection and shaft drive....
Forum: Old's Cool 03-21-2015, 03:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 703
Posted By Johann
General bodges that I have used on four cylinder...

General bodges that I have used on four cylinder UJMs......

To get the carbs off look under the seat to see where the airbox is mounted at the back. If you are lucky it will be bolted to either...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-18-2015, 03:44 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,614
Posted By Johann
You know what you have to do....... <iframe...

You know what you have to do.......

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Forum: GS Boxers 03-18-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,213
Posted By Johann
Good point, it makes more sense to use 14V than...

Good point, it makes more sense to use 14V than 12V when guesstimating max output of alternator. So an alternator rated at 580W gives you 41A to play with at highway speeds. I think it would be more...
Forum: GS Boxers 03-16-2015, 06:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,213
Posted By Johann
What works for me on bikes/boats/cars is doing a...

What works for me on bikes/boats/cars is doing a power audit on all your accessories then you can determine if you are using more power than your alternator is generating.

Watts = Volts x Amps....
Forum: Road warriors 03-15-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,870
Posted By Johann
I donīt see any problem with people choosing to...

I donīt see any problem with people choosing to use their bikes for long distance road use, and the GS is the perfect choice for the job. Why does there have to be a right and wrong way to use a...
Forum: Road warriors 03-15-2015, 03:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,870
Posted By Johann
Longer travel suspension makes a big difference...

Longer travel suspension makes a big difference on badly maintained roads, which is lets face it most of the UK. You donīt realise how crap a lot of the roads are until you roll off the ferry after...
Forum: Road warriors 03-15-2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 12,862
Posted By Johann
They already made them but emissions regs have...

They already made them but emissions regs have killed them off. TZR250 50hp (OK so probably 45ish rwhp), just over 300lbs wet, accelerates like a scalded whippet. KR1S 55hp/139mph in a road test....
Forum: Europe 03-15-2015, 02:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,207
Posted By Johann
Hardknott and Wrynose passes are worth a detour....

Hardknott and Wrynose passes are worth a detour. Tiny compared to Alpine passes but still very scenic. Hardknott is probably difficult in a family car because of the gradient for a short period but...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-12-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,014
Posted By Johann
Is what I was trying to say!

Is what I was trying to say!
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-12-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,014
Posted By Johann
It doesnīt matter who is at fault, it doesnīt...

It doesnīt matter who is at fault, it doesnīt matter who is liable, what is important is not having the accident in the first place. An example: You are riding along a completely straight section of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-12-2015, 04:26 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,014
Posted By Johann
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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-12-2015, 04:15 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,014
Posted By Johann
I hope for their continued existence both the...

I hope for their continued existence both the rider and the Atom driver learnt their lesson. Very lucky combination of circumstances, no oncoming traffic, no pedestrians or car passengers standing by...
Forum: Road warriors 03-11-2015, 06:45 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 12,862
Posted By Johann
I canīt help thinking the Japanese were building...

I canīt help thinking the Japanese were building much more interesting bikes in the 400cc class in the late eighties until the mid nineties. The NC30, GSXR400, FZR400, ZXR400 etc were all fully...
Forum: Europe 03-11-2015, 05:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 892
Posted By Johann
Info put on duplicate thread in Trip...

Info put on duplicate thread in Trip Planning/EMEA

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1049164
Forum: EMEA 03-11-2015, 05:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 597
Posted By Johann
On the history front there is the Imperial War...

On the history front there is the Imperial War Museum in London (free entry)

http://www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-london

Duxford in Cambridgeshire has more hangars and aircraft than you can...
Forum: Road warriors 03-10-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,294
Posted By Johann
I put a Stage 1 Dynojet kit on a K5 1200 Bandit....

I put a Stage 1 Dynojet kit on a K5 1200 Bandit. Very slight improvement on low speed driveability ( tbh it wasnīt bad before). Fuel economy bombed from 50mpg (European 4.545 ltrs) to 30 mpg. Put it...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-10-2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,754
Posted By Johann
Itīs a slippery slope, Iīve seen it before, you...

Itīs a slippery slope, Iīve seen it before, you get a hooped bivvy "just in case", next thing you find yourself looking at Helsport Varangers and Tentipis wondering if you could ever rationalise...
Forum: Trip Planning 03-10-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,754
Posted By Johann
Unless youīre riding a moped there is little...

Unless youīre riding a moped there is little benefit in going the tarp/bivvy route on a motorbike. Plenty of ultra lightweight 1/2 person tents will give you lots of room without the whole sleeping...
Forum: Road warriors 03-10-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,800
Posted By Johann
I have heard a theory that I find compelling...

I have heard a theory that I find compelling regarding taste and fashion. At some point your tastes tend to coalesce and everything after that point is in some way inferior aesthetically infereior to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-05-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 933
Views: 78,157
Posted By Johann
I used to own a CB250N Wetdream with Avon...

I used to own a CB250N Wetdream with Avon Speedmasters (or Deathmasters as they were more commonly known). About as close to a car tyre as I have ever seen sold as a motorcycle tyre. They actually...
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