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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-24-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,439
Posted By Johann
Riding a motorbike is dangerous. All the figures...

Riding a motorbike is dangerous. All the figures I have seen suggest the accident rate is somewhere around 30 times that of a cage driver. I would also expect any change in accident rates in a given...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-24-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,094
Posted By Johann
It varies from engine to engine. All diesels in a...

It varies from engine to engine. All diesels in a working environment thrive on being used under load, it is an act of cruelty not to make them work. For a 4 srt petrol engine, the more cylinders it...
Forum: GS Boxers 12-21-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 980
Posted By Johann
Im very far from being a money expert but have...

Im very far from being a money expert but have been keeping a very close eye on Sterling and Euro variations for the last 12 months.

The Euro is very likely to weaken against the Dollar in the...
Forum: Old's Cool 12-19-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,693
Posted By Johann
Id try the solenoid first. If you do...

Id try the solenoid first.

If you do need to replace the sprag clutch springs it isnt that bad a job.The shaft can be pulled out from the left (gearchange) side. You need to take the clutch...
Forum: Hacks 12-19-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 2,880
Views: 493,985
Posted By Johann
More training is a very good idea. I live in a...

More training is a very good idea. I live in a rural area of Portugal so motorcycle dealers are few and far between, let alone Ural dealers. Luckily the roads here are largely devoid of traffic and...
Forum: Road warriors 12-18-2014, 03:20 PM
Replies: 3,072
Views: 904,077
Posted By Johann
Gilera Saturno

First saw this at the Olympia Bike Show, London, and been in lust ever since.....

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c278/zed66/Gilera20Saturno205002088.jpg
Forum: Hacks 12-18-2014, 01:19 PM
Replies: 2,880
Views: 493,985
Posted By Johann
How long to adjust to sidecar idiosyncracies

Ive had the "itch" to get an outfit, preferably a Russian factory outfit about the last five years. I think you would have to have lead running through your veins rather than blood if you dont ...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-11-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,073
Posted By Johann
By putting the wider bars on you have improved...

By putting the wider bars on you have improved the leverage you can apply when turning. Low speed turning in restricted spaces (car parks etc) will be much easier. Initiating low and medium speed...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-09-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,856
Posted By Johann
I liked Renthals (or more accurately cheaper...

I liked Renthals (or more accurately cheaper replica bars) on a Bandit. Very big improvement in leverage for low to mid speed turns but made traffic work more difficult and an increased sense of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-07-2014, 03:24 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 27,574
Posted By Johann
^^^^^ That is riding like an utter...

^^^^^

That is riding like an utter cockmuppet, completely irrelevant to any discussion on lane splitting.

A long time ago, in a distant galaxy I used to work as a dispatch rider in a city...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-05-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,039
Posted By Johann
From my limited experience in the UK, I would...

From my limited experience in the UK, I would also add......if you do get pulled over the Officer that stopped you is looking for an acknowledgement that you know why you have been stopped and if you...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-29-2014, 04:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,693
Posted By Johann
Owned a twin shock GPZ750R1.It had a reputation...

Owned a twin shock GPZ750R1.It had a reputation for bad handling but I thought it was great. Engine was liquid smooth when carbs were synched, slight clutch clatter at tickler when they weren't. Felt...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-29-2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,245
Posted By Johann
I had a Hagon monoshock on a 1200 Bandit dump all...

I had a Hagon monoshock on a 1200 Bandit dump all fluids 200 miles into a European tour. Shock had only seen about 2K road miles. Managed to get around Europe by winding preload top the extent that I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-28-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,134
Posted By Johann
I remember reading an article where the parts...

I remember reading an article where the parts for a typical Japanese bike costing somewhere around 6K UKP if ordered as individual items from the fiche totalled something like 17K UKP. Restoring a...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 7,444
Posted By Johann
I like middleweight bikes because I'm slow and...

I like middleweight bikes because I'm slow and cheap. Getting good mileage is more important to me than outright performance. Small, cheaper tyres which last longer and 20k plus miles out of chains....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-15-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 11,454
Posted By Johann
European driving standards vary greatly from...

European driving standards vary greatly from country to country, it is such a mix of cultures that it is far from being a homogenous entity. UK, Netherlands, Belgium are quite safe and predictable...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-11-2014, 01:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,366
Posted By Johann
It was called Aquarius, it was nowhere near as...

It was called Aquarius, it was nowhere near as attractive or shapely as your acquisition, just a bog standard early 90s trad with short swims. Is that a Betamarine engine in the back, looks like good...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-09-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,363
Posted By Johann
Simple answer don't. I don't know what the...

Simple answer don't. I don't know what the weather is like where you live but in the UK a sub zero snap (celsius) would typically last about a fortnight. Take public transport, get a banger car, take...
Forum: Old's Cool 11-08-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,366
Posted By Johann
Have you tried taking your barge into Newbury...

Have you tried taking your barge into Newbury town lock with the river Kennett running yet? I never failed to get through but had some very close calls with a 35hp Kubota engine pushing 18 tons. I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-08-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,898
Posted By Johann
I think it is all relative. If the last bike I...

I think it is all relative. If the last bike I owned had "character" but left me on the side of the road on more than one occasion, or limping home praying to the gods of mechanico-electricketty that...
Forum: Road warriors 11-08-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,203
Posted By Johann
I don't know what the used market is like in the...

I don't know what the used market is like in the USA but in the UK older K series bikes are cheap, having been around since '84. Not unusual to see immaculate low mileage K's in the 1500-2000 range....
Forum: Old's Cool 11-07-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,366
Posted By Johann
That barge looks very familiar, there was one...

That barge looks very familiar, there was one very similar moored on the offside above Ham lock on the K&A when I was living there. I had an offside mooring above Newbury town lock at West Mills...
Forum: Road warriors 11-05-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,203
Posted By Johann
The only dyno charts I could find for the K75...

The only dyno charts I could find for the K75 were the ones published by Don Eilenberger and you were right, showing just over 50hp at the rear wheel. Being incredibly generous to BMW I suppose this...
Forum: Road warriors 11-05-2014, 09:12 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,203
Posted By Johann
Thinking about it the power delivery and torque...

Thinking about it the power delivery and torque on a '12 650 strom felt very similar to the K75. Both bikes made somewhere in the regiin of 75hp, in both bikes the most rewarding speed to ride was in...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-03-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 9,846
Posted By Johann
Adding to a subject that has already been done to...

Adding to a subject that has already been done to death but here is my take for what its worth......

As a rider you have a margin of safety. Ride within the limits of your bike and the road...
Forum: Road warriors 11-02-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,203
Posted By Johann
K75s like high revs, I've owned three and they...

K75s like high revs, I've owned three and they spent the majority of their lives in the higher end of the rev band.

I owned a 2v K100RS in Motosport colours, and an R80GS. Also despatched an R80RT...
Forum: Europe 10-30-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,063
Posted By Johann
The registration document is known as a V5. In...

The registration document is known as a V5. In the UK vehicle documents are dealt with by the DVLA Driver Vehicle and Licenceing Agency based just outside Swansea. All UK cities have ANPR cameras...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-22-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,288
Posted By Johann
Without knowing your bike I would be very...

Without knowing your bike I would be very surprised if the oil filter wasnt a spin on type filter. Find a car supply shop, show them the filter and tell them you need a socket type wrench fit the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-22-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,898
Posted By Johann
There are no right or wrongs, its all...

There are no right or wrongs, its all subjective. I rode an F650 BMW single (CS?) and was very impressed with it as an engineering exercise, exceptionally smooth for a single, but found it a bit...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-22-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,288
Posted By Johann
Bikes vary a lot in how user friendly they are to...

Bikes vary a lot in how user friendly they are to maintain. Bikes which are potentially high performance can be great for home mechanics, Id put all GSXR and Bandit Suzukis in this category. Screw...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-20-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,371
Posted By Johann
Has there ever been any positive confirmation...

Has there ever been any positive confirmation from Harley on the naming of the Fat Boy? As far as I am aware it has always been strenuously denied that there is any connection with Fat Man and Little...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-19-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,997
Posted By Johann
GSF1200K5 (2nd gen Bandit) regularly returned...

GSF1200K5 (2nd gen Bandit) regularly returned 50mpg if kept below 80mph. That went down to 30mpg with a Stage 1 Dynojet kit for only a slight increase in low speed drive so was soon reversed.

3...
Forum: Road warriors 10-11-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,285
Posted By Johann
Im glad to see Japanese manufacturers getting...

Im glad to see Japanese manufacturers getting serious about fuel economy again. Id personally never buy an NC700 but glad to see a bike that regularly turns in 70mpg or more. Not an insignificant...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 10-11-2014, 04:21 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,175
Posted By Johann
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Forum: Europe 10-09-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 731
Posted By Johann
UK Riding

Fairly obviously the quality of riding in the UK will vary greatly depending on where you are located. There are some truly great roads in the UK, especially in Scotland, Wales and SW England....
Forum: Europe 05-23-2007, 06:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 513
Posted By Johann
There's a camping municipal in Menton- it's on a...

There's a camping municipal in Menton- it's on a hill overlooking town next to the youth hostel, signposted (but not very well) from one of the streets running parallel to the seafront.

For...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-18-2007, 04:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,773
Posted By Johann
I'll let you know what they're like once I've got...

I'll let you know what they're like once I've got them fitted and get them scrubbed in.

What bike have you got? Do a search for recent threads on Wudo 5th gears, lots of in depth discussions on...
Forum: Europe 05-17-2007, 01:16 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 34,689
Posted By Johann
Most Scenic Campsite in Europe?

If it's jaw droppingly beautiful scenery you're after hard to beat the campsite at Lescun in the Western Pyrenees.

http://perso.orange.fr/bernard.bohn/html_montagne/lescun_panorama.htm
...
Forum: Old's Cool 05-17-2007, 12:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,773
Posted By Johann
Got a pair of Roadrider AM26s on order (90/90 21...

Got a pair of Roadrider AM26s on order (90/90 21 and 130/80 17) for next week. Distanzias lasted 12,000 front, rear still going strong.Not a badtyre but weird sawtooth profile on the front with wear...
Forum: Europe 05-17-2007, 12:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 536
Posted By Johann
There are two or three campsites next to each...

There are two or three campsites next to each other at Colico on the NE side of Lake Como. Right on the banks of the lake with good views.You need to follow the backroad next to the lake to pick them...
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