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Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-17-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,260
Posted By the Pheasant
Commuting from the suburbs to central London, a...

Commuting from the suburbs to central London, a cage is not a practical option during rush hour. Even off-peak, I would take 1.5 hours from Sutton in a car compared to 40 mins on moto and 50 mins on...
Forum: Road warriors 01-02-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,457
Posted By the Pheasant
Going by the lack of visible damage I'd suggest...

Going by the lack of visible damage I'd suggest it is unlikely your camchain was slipping at all, let alone badly. More likely it was making a worrying noise, in which case a new tensioner, manual or...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-02-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,825
Posted By the Pheasant
This may well be true, but I don't care, and not...

This may well be true, but I don't care, and not least because I don't have it on my current ride.

I might end up with ABS in the future but don't ever intend to add the pre-meditated action to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-01-2014, 06:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,306
Posted By the Pheasant
That's why. Second this. With...

That's why.



Second this. With practice you will learn and retain the required skill of steadily increasing front brake pressure over the course of perhaps half a second after gentle initial...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-21-2013, 03:22 PM
Replies: 1,296
Views: 94,388
Posted By the Pheasant
Yup, the thread that keeps on giving. Seems...

Yup, the thread that keeps on giving.

Seems to me there are a few people missing its point. Which is not to convince unbelievers that countersteering is fact, but to point out that learning to...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-18-2013, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6,385
Views: 349,372
Posted By the Pheasant
True, this... Like their right to progress...

True, this... Like their right to progress without hindrance is the only thing that counts
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 06-03-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 372
Views: 39,653
Posted By the Pheasant
Note a couple of things from these darkside...

Note a couple of things from these darkside threads: first, nobody advises putting a car tyre on the front of a moto. Not sure what this means but I suspect that it has been tried and found wanting....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-24-2013, 05:54 AM
Replies: 487
Views: 40,113
Posted By the Pheasant
Agreed

Agreed
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-23-2013, 03:55 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 40,113
Posted By the Pheasant
I'm with Zerk on this. Some stuff just can't be...

I'm with Zerk on this. Some stuff just can't be predicted. I have done over 750k miles, eight years of London courier work, Police Advanced Riding Course etc and have yet to suffer a worse injury...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2013, 05:57 AM
Replies: 6,385
Views: 349,372
Posted By the Pheasant
'We are never angrier than when we are angry at...

'We are never angrier than when we are angry at ourselves' - Daniel Dennett
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-21-2013, 05:53 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,675
Posted By the Pheasant
Cross-plane Yamaha R1? Or one of the spicier...

Cross-plane Yamaha R1? Or one of the spicier Triumph triples ( I had a Sprint RS that sounded pretty good) with optional Triumph can, which must count as stock 'cos it's a manufacturer's fitment
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 05-16-2013, 10:52 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,962
Posted By the Pheasant
Poor old zero-zero... If worried about trapping...

Poor old zero-zero... If worried about trapping fingers under the lever, try bleeding your brakes. I did have to mod the front brake lever of my Triumph Sprint RS to move it away from the bar at...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-27-2013, 03:04 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,769
Posted By the Pheasant
Have to say, I love the confidence of those on...

Have to say, I love the confidence of those on this thread who berate those of us who admit to having 'layed er down'.

I don't see any account here of doing so that states or even implies that...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-19-2013, 11:04 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,795
Posted By the Pheasant
Good call... The European buzzard is...

Good call...



The European buzzard is about 1.5 - 2kg and one of the most common birds of prey in the UK. It mostly takes rabbits and some carrion.



Should say I was cycling at the time -...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-18-2013, 01:43 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,795
Posted By the Pheasant
Fair point and one I originally assumed myself....

Fair point and one I originally assumed myself. However, there have been instances in that area of buzzards dive-bombing cyclists and their behaviour is more of a flapping attack from the front...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-16-2013, 08:57 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,795
Posted By the Pheasant
Excellent. Copped a blow to the helmet from...

Excellent.

Copped a blow to the helmet from a pigeon once in south London as it took off. Even at only 30mph it was a hefty if muffled impact.

Was attacked by a buzzard a few years back while...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-11-2013, 02:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,025
Posted By the Pheasant
Yep, use it often. Still prefer it to the new...

Yep, use it often. Still prefer it to the new bridge. It often gets shut due to high winds. I was crossing it once with my wife riding pillion on a GPZ900 in a crosswind that obliged me to lean hard....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-11-2013, 02:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,125
Posted By the Pheasant
Wot they all said... But I'd add this: don't...

Wot they all said...
But I'd add this: don't pull in the clutch and coast around the corner 'cos you will likely go straight on.
And dare I mention countersteering? That is, learn to use it...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-09-2013, 12:05 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,769
Posted By the Pheasant
'I was going along a street in Chelsea in the...

'I was going along a street in Chelsea in the rain in a bit of a daydream'... I call that an admission of inattention. Of course the whole thing was my fault. Not sure I claimed that I used the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-09-2013, 11:37 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 14,441
Posted By the Pheasant
Too many times to be funny. Most recent was to...

Too many times to be funny. Most recent was to view an Aprilia Tuareg advertised on eBay. Looked great and had glowing description but was in Yorkshire, about a five hour drive away, so I messaged...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-09-2013, 11:26 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,769
Posted By the Pheasant
Just the once

About 30 years ago on an MZ TS125. The drum front brake and Teflon-coated Pneumant tyre made the bike a bit of a menace, although the ovality of the front drum acted as a kind of primitive anti-lock....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 04-09-2013, 11:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,238
Posted By the Pheasant
As above. Also, depends on the descent. If it's...

As above. Also, depends on the descent. If it's that steep that using the front brake will/may cause a front endo, don't use it. But get used to the power and feel of the front brake 'cos in the...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-11-2013, 07:16 AM
Replies: 1,296
Views: 94,388
Posted By the Pheasant
Just a thought

Since my last post on this thread I have been playing around at countersteering - plenty of opportunity; I'm currently working as a moto courier - and found I was doing the following:

I regularly...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-01-2013, 04:28 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 39,448
Posted By the Pheasant
My own favourite

Back in about 1989 I fitted a 24 litre Acerbis plastic fuel tank to my Kawa KLR 600, which was hampered by its 12 litre or so standard tank. At the time, it was illegal to use on the road a vehicle...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 03-01-2013, 03:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,410
Posted By the Pheasant
I assume 'rode it out' means 'came to halt...

I assume 'rode it out' means 'came to halt without falling off'...

Which I managed to do last time I had a riding flat. 80+mph in heavy traffic at dusk - poor visibility - on the M4 past Reading....
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2013, 02:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,924
Posted By the Pheasant
Terribly sad news. I met him briefly; great guy,...

Terribly sad news. I met him briefly; great guy, great journo, great motorcyclist. RIP Kev
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-23-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 1,296
Views: 94,388
Posted By the Pheasant
There's trolling... and there's incomprehension

There's trolling... and there's incomprehension
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-02-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 1,296
Views: 94,388
Posted By the Pheasant
Maybe so, but the funny thing about two wheels in...

Maybe so, but the funny thing about two wheels in one track is how hard it is to fall off with intent to do do so.

Anyone 'trying' deliberate countersteering for the first time will find it an...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 01-02-2013, 12:23 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 10,522
Posted By the Pheasant
Was tootling along Haydon's Road in SW London...

Was tootling along Haydon's Road in SW London recently when I was passed closely and at speed by a scooter rider on a mission. His top box lid was flapping and as he climbed the railway bridge near...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-20-2012, 05:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,344
Posted By the Pheasant
There are effectively three AT models: the 650cc...

There are effectively three AT models: the 650cc RD03, the 750cc RD04 based on it and the redesigned 750cc RD07. I owned a 650 AT which I rode off-road in the Italian Dolomites and on which I rode...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-11-2012, 10:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,739
Posted By the Pheasant
Eight cylinders right now... and 18 fitted pedals

Eight cylinders right now... and 18 fitted pedals
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 12-11-2012, 10:54 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 14,568
Posted By the Pheasant
Learn to use it

In general riding, the harder I brake, the less rear brake I use. Sometimes I use no rear brake at all. If the road is wet, I use more rear. Only when filtering through traffic at low speed or if I...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-27-2012, 09:13 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 17,809
Posted By the Pheasant
I saw the excess as an unsolicited gift... I...

I saw the excess as an unsolicited gift... I certainly didn't want it - at that point in the ride...

But I believe my mate felt he got his money's worth
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-21-2012, 10:40 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 17,809
Posted By the Pheasant
Generous to a fault

Many years ago I was on a three-day off-road ride in France; road-book navigation, run by Chris Evans of TBM mag fame, great fun etc. My steed that year was a 34L Yamaha Tenere - the first model,...
Forum: Road warriors 11-21-2012, 04:35 AM
Replies: 935
Views: 182,598
Posted By the Pheasant
I guess. The RS would do it but it was oddly...

I guess. The RS would do it but it was oddly rumbly (not in a worn-out kind of way) as if each power pulse could be felt. There was an exact engine speed, IIRC around 2,900 rpm, where it would...
Forum: Road warriors 11-21-2012, 02:36 AM
Replies: 935
Views: 182,598
Posted By the Pheasant
My current Yam 900 Diversion will do it. Most...

My current Yam 900 Diversion will do it. Most 'fours' will, even if they are sluggish there. The reason I might is that I live on the edge of London and it's 13 miles to the centre, almost all of...
Forum: Road warriors 11-20-2012, 10:43 AM
Replies: 935
Views: 182,598
Posted By the Pheasant
Yam FZ6 Fazer... So much to like: fast, smooth,...

Yam FZ6 Fazer... So much to like: fast, smooth, decent-looking, comfortable riding position, well-equipped including centrestand, underseat pipes, good finish... But it camber-steered thanks to the...
Forum: Road warriors 11-20-2012, 09:58 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 17,987
Posted By the Pheasant
I'v never ridden a Harley... But I have seen a...

I'v never ridden a Harley... But I have seen a few of them going very nicely along motorways, including a no-screen Sportster (otherwise unidentifiable in the rain and darkness) on the M25 west of...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-20-2012, 09:53 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,954
Posted By the Pheasant
Done that plenty although only ever to make space...

Done that plenty although only ever to make space for my own bike. Luckily, scooters are easy to lift and shift.
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 11-13-2012, 10:34 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,399
Posted By the Pheasant
Inspired by this thread, I checked the rubber on...

Inspired by this thread, I checked the rubber on my Yam 900 Diversion - Bridgestone Battlax BT021s. The rear says that maximum load is (x) lb at 42psi, which ties in with what has been noted here...
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