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. . . When I did my CBT the guy running proudly stated that he drives everywhere with his full beam on day or night. When I questioned him he simply said that other people will see him 馃槀馃槀
Probably not the most responsible piece of information that a licenced tester could offer a student.:rolleyes:
 

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Here in Australia Motorcyclists are known as "Temporary Australians"! The governments encourage this! But have to be seen to be Humanitarian so introduce safety rules for Bikers (Bikies)!
First, do away with front number plates! Because they decapitate pedestrians!!??:unsure:
Then make TAs have their headlight on, cos it was realised car "Drivers" were not noticing TAs and killing them!:eek:
Apparently this sort of worked (Maybe?) as in NSW they decided that all cars should have their headlights on as that would help car "Drivers" notice each other! Oh and TAs should wear Fluro stuff so they stand out from all the headlights......:rolleyes:
Speed limit 100kmph (62mph) 110 (68) on "motorways" if your lucky! Brisbane to Sydney 909km apparently 9.5hrs non stop! Brisbane to Roma 479k apparently 5hrs 21min! That's 1/3 (30%) of the way across QLD! It's about 2 to 3 hrs from Miles to Roma, 4 hrs from Dalby to Roma! Miles is basically a crossroads with a pub but Dalby is a town. So the cops drive 1.5 to 2 hrs out of Dalby to set up speed traps in the middle of nowhere on dead straight roads where in deserted grain silo villages the speed limit drops to 60kmph for 200 to 500 metres! Hilarious at 11o'clock at night! Thought Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker were having a fight in the road!:love:
Admit I've done Sydney to Brisbane twice in 10hrs on BMW R1200GSWs, second time it pissed down the whole way, monsoon stuff that is!
 

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Probably not the most responsible piece of information that a licenced tester could offer a student.:rolleyes:
Probably not but I got the gyst of the message. If you have lights then use them 馃憤馃憤

JBBOZ - England is a small country compared to Oz. I've done 600 miles in a day delivering and collecting motorbikes. Thats leaving my house at 6am in North Yorkshire and returning to my house for circa 10pm. Managed 2 drops in London, a collection in Croydon just south of London before heading down to Bristol and then home again. That was for work though but I am the sort of person who if he has a destination to get too likes to get there in the shortest time possible 馃槀馃槀

Under the watchful eye of one of the mechanics at work I got the coolant and oil changed and the new oil filter in. Reconnected the tank and fired her up which after sucking some fuel through it did. It's only running on 3 cylinders though, number 3 being the culprit. It was suggested to me that the carbs probably need cleaning, a task I'm reluctant to undertake myself due to my lack of knowledge. Carbs are supposed to be quite fiddly and important so I'd rather it was done by a professional. After all your advise JBBOZ the rear shock went in via the most unorthodox technique. After loosening the top bolt and the top bolt on the linkage, mechanic hoisted the bike onto it's side and I got the old Showa unit out and the new YSS unit in. Bit of a twat getting the bolt holes lined up but managed it and that was that 馃槀馃槀馃槀
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I'm on holiday this week. I say holiday, it's actually just time off from work. The only thing I want to do with bikes this week is ride them. My little Aprilia is feeling somewhat unloved at the minute. It's been about 3 weeks since I last got out on it.

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. . . I've done 600 miles in a day delivering and collecting motorbikes. Thats leaving my house at 6am in North Yorkshire and returning to my house for circa 10pm. . . I am the sort of person who if he has a destination to get too likes to get there in the shortest time possible 馃槀馃槀. . .
Done similar myself making a (long) day trip from Stratford-upon-Avon to Glasgow (630 miles return) to view an MV F4. Fortunately the trip was worthwhile: I bought it :love: :
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Oh Dear!
You obviously missed the word KENT! Shame that.
The instructions weren't a hint. They were how to do stuff if you want to live a long life! And have have working safe motorcycle!
After what you said I wouldn't let those guys clean a bike of mine let alone put a tool near it!
That's probably why I am still alive!
Lived in UK from birth until 1991!
Raced there for 8 years until 1980-81!
The week that decided the move to OZ we lived in Melton Mowbray, Monday was Dover by 08:00 so out of house buy 04:00am real fog all the way to Dover! Got Home about 21:00pm
Tuesday Aggreco, 1hr north of Edinburgh Out at 05:00am Home 21:00pm! Wednesday Sheringham Norfolk, out at 05:00 home at 21:00ish.
Thursday was at the Royal Mint in Wales, again out at 04:00 home 21:00! Friday I thought I'd get an early mark so out at 06:00 to be in Nottingham Office for 07:00 manager came in at 08:00 and sent me to a job in Derby which I finished by 18:30 to be home again for 21:00!
One race wegend was, Friday after work Drive Kent to Cadwell Park, Raced there Sat & Sun drove home Sunday night, drove to Lydden Monday Did British championship round, 10th that day in 1000cc Nat championship round on my GS750 daily road bike! Rode it to work Tuesday! After putting the lights back on etc!
Have Done Kent to Bad Breisieg to Switzerland to Brindisi to Athens to Kos on a GPZ1100 and back after 10 days!
Anyway! well over proving myself to people who don't listen. This is supposed to be a forum for helpful info!
Try not to kill yourself to soon and try to find some real mechanics!
Rubber Down Bubble Up!
 

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Done similar myself making a (long) day trip from Stratford-upon-Avon to Glasgow (630 miles return) to view an MV F4. Fortunately the trip was worthwhile: I bought it :love: :
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馃槏馃槏馃槏 that MV is gorgeous. It really is a timeless design that looks as good today as it did when it was released. We've had about half a dozen different MV models in at work. F4, F3, Brutale and a Veloce. My favourite was the Dragster RR. It was simply stunning with a full titanium exhaust with the cleanest welds you've ever seen 馃憣馃憣
 

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Oh Dear!
You obviously missed the word KENT! Shame that.
The instructions weren't a hint. They were how to do stuff if you want to live a long life! And have have working safe motorcycle!
After what you said I wouldn't let those guys clean a bike of mine let alone put a tool near it!
That's probably why I am still alive!
Lived in UK from birth until 1991!
Raced there for 8 years until 1980-81!
The week that decided the move to OZ we lived in Melton Mowbray, Monday was Dover by 08:00 so out of house buy 04:00am real fog all the way to Dover! Got Home about 21:00pm
Tuesday Aggreco, 1hr north of Edinburgh Out at 05:00am Home 21:00pm! Wednesday Sheringham Norfolk, out at 05:00 home at 21:00ish.
Thursday was at the Royal Mint in Wales, again out at 04:00 home 21:00! Friday I thought I'd get an early mark so out at 06:00 to be in Nottingham Office for 07:00 manager came in at 08:00 and sent me to a job in Derby which I finished by 18:30 to be home again for 21:00!
One race wegend was, Friday after work Drive Kent to Cadwell Park, Raced there Sat & Sun drove home Sunday night, drove to Lydden Monday Did British championship round, 10th that day in 1000cc Nat championship round on my GS750 daily road bike! Rode it to work Tuesday! After putting the lights back on etc!
Have Done Kent to Bad Breisieg to Switzerland to Brindisi to Athens to Kos on a GPZ1100 and back after 10 days!
Anyway! well over proving myself to people who don't listen. This is supposed to be a forum for helpful info!
Try not to kill yourself to soon and try to find some real mechanics!
Rubber Down Bubble Up!
You a factory certified mechanic??
 

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Oh Dear!
In a word NO!
Unfortunately totally over Qualified and Experienced for that!
A TRUE Motorcycle Mechanic or Car Mechanic is a rare thing today!
Most are just Parts Fitters. The big Manufacturers have specialists that visit Certified workshops to do proper (Warranty) work! Or the unit is returned to importer for that work!
Cowboys that do work like mentioned are those that have given True Mechanics a bad name.
Not just my opinion, otherwise I would not share it.
 

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Well then I have found two real mechanics and your opinions are those of an unqualified amateur. I never asked for your opinion you just felt the need to give it which is typical of the internet in the 21st Century. It's funny, I had found this site friendly, warm and informative until you piped up. But at 13 posts over 10 years I realise you are a nobody here. By all means your welcome to pipe up with more posts about the logistics of your last day in England or the distances from here to Canberra or your highly unspectacular racing career but I for one will be ignoring you from now on and I suggest you slink off back into the darkness where you can watch from the sidelines and reminisce on your glory days
 

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Oh Dear!
Wont name drop here about those who can confirm my Professionalism
It obviously is not worth it!
Shame cos you will miss out on a lot of Proffesional Knowledge!
Live Long & Prosper!
 

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No updates on Project Day Tripper. I've pencilled in Saturday afternoon to remove the carbs and begin the process of cleaning them. It'll be under the watchful eye of one of the guys at work. As I mentioned earlier, I'm reluctant to do the actual cleaning of the carbs. I'm a bit hamfisted with small fiddly things but I'm all for learning how to take them off.

In other news, back at work after a week off. First bike I got to machine polish was a 2019 Fireblade SP with a stubby Leo Vince end can on it 馃榾馃榾 Happy day!!! I also had my rider assessment for my mod 1 and Mod 2 which are booked for 19th and 25th November respectively. I get to ride some right weapons at work cos we are on private land. Litre bikes, sports bikes, cruisers and so on but today was the first time I've ridden a bike bigger than a 125cc on the public road. My steed was a Z650 and it's easy to see why people turn them into mini twins 馃槀馃槀 Thing was rapids. Got some positive feedback from the instructor so roll on Mod 1 and 2 馃憤馃憤
 

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Yeah. I've just done it the long way via 18 months on a CBT. It made absolute sense, to me anyway, to learn the craft on something small before moving onto something bigger. My time aboard the Aprilia has taught me 2 things;

1) grin factor doesn't care about engine size or power
2) 600cc, 1000cc or 125cc, you come off it all hurts the same
 

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So the carbs were cleaned on Friday night after work. I'd love to tell you that I managed to do it myself but the mechanic lending me a hand basically did it for me while talking me through what each part does and how it all fits together. According to him the parts all look in good condition. Everything cleaned he put them all back together and we fitted them back to the bike. Connected a fuel source to the bike and after sucking fuel in she fired on all 4 cylinders. They still need setting up which he'll show me how to do on Monday after work Also ordered the chain kit for the bike and some new rear pads. Should be with me Monday hopefully.
 
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