Playing with the chair

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  1. wairau

    wairau get in behind!

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    I have been between jobs before but never had uncertainty like that for a long time now. Congrats with the new direction forward.

    After working through the holiday period, my 5 week summer holiday starts today. May this fine spell we're having last a while yet.

    edit I see flights to Wellies this arvo have been upset with mist and low cloud :lol3
  2. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    I hope you weren't trying to wet someone in the tub....?
  3. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    Looks like we are finally heading into summer. The mist has arrived...

    Actually the last three days have been fine. Saturday was mint (but I think in town got the mist), Sunday had drizzle & mist in the early morning & then cleared, today was a scorcher....
    She says to tell you that '(she) didn't get a drop on (her), & that (she) enjoyed it'. It's a giggle doing fords - unless you miscalculate & get stuck.
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  4. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    MAINTENANCE 2nd FEB 2020 - 263,818 Kms

    RHS Top Spark Plug Thread Repair:
    For a wee while the RHS spark plug has been tight to access/ replace, & a few checks ago I got a bit of swarf out with the plug (oh-oh). The RHS top plug has also been running hotter than the others, & I have been watching this to try to figure out why this might be.

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    Unfortunately the last time I pulled the plug was the final time I was able to replace it. When I went to tighten it, it spun. I managed to limp into work for the last week (semi expecting the spark plug would be launched at passing traffic). Fortunately it's held together.

    The internet has a few horror stories of the Helicoil solution to this issue. You Tube also has a few repair guides, mainly for cars. Often the repairer didn't even bother to pull the head. The swarf from the tapping process has been managed by blowing it out with compressed air, or trapped it with grease on the tap. However I preferred to take a safer approach to this than that. And today I pulled the head to repair the thread. It also gave me an opportunity to re-seal the barrel base, which had been leaking since the
    Carvan of Foods Tour.

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    I used a Repco Spark Plug repair kit, which was on clearance. This contained 2 taps - a 14.0 x 1.25mm tap & another at 15.9 x 1.25mm. The larger tap has a 14 x 1.25 mm tip, which allows you to use residual threads in the head as a pilot for the oversized tap.

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    The inserts in this kits are solid, & appear to be brass copies of the Timesert inserts. Tests with a magnet show they are actually steel under a coating. They have a small flare at the top, so that there is depth control / something to allow the insert to be torqued down. The kit also includes a tool to counter sink the top of the hole to accommodate the insert flare, & also the insertion tool, which allow the inserts to be threaded into the freshly enlarged hole.


    The insert is held in place with a combo of torque, & Loctite 272, which is a high temp high strength thread locker. The thread locker takes 24 hrs to fully cure.

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    A reasonable amount of swarf from the process, as shown above. I'd prefer that wasn't in my motor.

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    Top End Inspection:
    While the head was off, I also pulled the RHS barrel, which had leaked since the Carvan of Foods Tour. I took the opportunity to disassemble/inspect/reassemble the valves, springs & collets, & to inspect the guides, the value seats, the barrel, & the cam followers.

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    Exhaust & inlet sides

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    Barrel top & base. Note the hone marks are worn away, particularly on the base. I had considered replacing these with fresher barrels from the RT motor, but have decided to continue to run these for the meantime.

    The cam followers - wasn't expecting any issues. But the cam followers can start to shed their hardening - which can destroy a motor. The original R80 G/S motor is a good example of that

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    The spots on the RHS follower are from the rag I wiped the oil film off with.

    Once I'd looked over everything, I started reassembly.

    Re-sealing the RHS Barrel & New Pushrod Tube Seals:
    Re-sealed the leaking barrel base using fresh barrel o'rings (2 small & 1 large) & a light smear of Loctite 518. Also replaced the RHS pushrod seals (which weren't leaking), & of course installed a new head gasket.

    Replacement for the Motor Tractionator GPS:
    With the engine reassembled, I changed out the rear tyre, which was just at legal thread depth 1.5mm (down from 10mm). I have a long weekend away coming up, & decided I would prefer not to worry about tyres during that. The GPS did 5,168 kms, not as many as anticipated, but it was given a hard time during the Carvan of Foods Tour, sliding through a good proportion of gravel corners.

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    The photo makes it look like there was more life left in it than there actually is. There was also no grip. Great for sliding...

    It's been replaced with a Michelin Anakee 2 Radial (another used 'price is right' tyre gifted to me by a good friend). Radials are reported not to be great for sidecars (less sidewall strength). We'll see. I mounted that the wrong way round on the 1st attempt, & had to have another go. Then I couldn't get it to bead. Took probably 7 or 8 attempts. It's likely to be a shit to remove. 7.5mm centre tread.

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    Front Brake Disc Mounts:
    I've had another go at getting a smooth front brake. There is a small pulse at present at slow speed. The disc appears straight (tested on a glass plate). I could see on the disc wear pattern where the high & low points were. I've filed a small amount from some of the 5 mount 'feet' that hold the disc to the wheel hub to even out these. I'm still to test the result. The default is to send the wheel/hub to be machined. But I should be able to achieve similar results (if I'm careful) with hand tools.

    Mosko Moto HDPE Pannier Mounts:
    I noticed a wee while ago that the plastic wedges the panniers mount to were cracking. This is a known issue with the pannier wedges & has been resolved in later iterations with a different material used (nylon/glass fibre). But the new wedges are spendy, so I've attempted to repair what I already have. I've had a go at plastic welding the cracks (the wedges are HDPE, so relatively easy to do this). I've also made up some aluminium plates to spread the load across a wider area, in an attempt to resolve the underlying cause of the cracks. The plates will be painted black shortly.

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    One thing occurs to me. If the plastic welding uses a soldering iron, should I really be calling it plastic welding - or is it plastic soldering instead?

    Auxilliary Idiot light Cluster:
    I've also started setting up an auxiliary idiot light cluster. First step was to make a the bracket to hold these, which is mounted off the handlebar brace. It's there because I didn't want to drill more holes in my headlight - a bolt up seems a better bet. This will be rattle canned black once it's completed

    This was originally for:
    • A Sparkbright LED charge light. The first Sparkbright LED charge light has failed. The new one is smaller & doesn't fit in the Trailtech dash, so needs to be mounted elsewhere;
    • An indicator idiot light, so I don't leave my blinkers on. This involves a single idiot light with diodes to prevent back feed, i.e. so that when I turn on the left indicator the idiot light isn't a path to set the right side off as well.
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    But now I've got this far, I've decided to shift the indicator idiot light back into the Vapor Dash. So I'll make a smaller V5.0 of the bracket.

    NEWS!
    I have been successful in obtaining a new role within the same organisation doing almost the same work as the redundant role, but within a different division. There is some project work which 2 other team members & I have been retained for - and this isn't ready to go yet. In the interim there isn't sufficient work for us all. So I started the new job last Monday, & by Thursday lunchtime went on leave for a week and a bit. Hopefully there has been some progress by the time I get back...

    So this week has been tinkering, & then this Thurs I'll head across to the Wairarapa for some sidecar camping.
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  5. Manakau.KTM

    Manakau.KTM Been here awhile

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    Congrats on the job front Steve. I passed your usual parking place the other day and noticed there was no Beemer. Had a look at the Enfield but thought hmm perhaps not...
  6. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    Nice tidy repair job on the Helicoil. I wouldn't trust grease to hold the debris...
    You might consider the Koso speedo unit like I used on my bike, there are still 2 or 3 spare idiot lights that I can use for various purposes. I must hook up my LED light bar to the spare lamp for aux lights... I prefer the Koso to the Trail tech that I had, it doesn't leak and fog up for a start like my trail tech would do when it rained.
    Good to hear there is light in the tunnel of work.:clap
  7. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    Carterton Again: 6th-9th Feb 2020.

    A late decision to have a long weekend away. Unfortunately most of the affordable accommodation in the Wairarapa was already booked. Initially I thought we’d try a DoC camp for a night or so. After all, the price is right, & they tend to be scenic. But Mrs Box’a’bits had issues with the lack of showers, & after consideration I thought the long drops might be humming after the Christmas/early summer campers had been through. Mrs Box.a.bits enjoyed her stay at Carterton a few months ago, & it was a known quantity with regards facilities. So she thought we should give it another go, but tenting this time round (cabins were already gone). We have three tents, so decided we could take the mid sized one (a 4 man) to allow a bit of comfort. Given the high temperatures that the Masterton area was ‘enjoying’, I also thought we’d better get some shade. Fortunately Bivouac was specialling off a bivy tarp (2x3m) for $34, so got one of those in. Liberated some poles from the family tent that’s been sitting in the rafters for 10 years or so, & we were set.

    The thing with sidecars is you’ve got way more room to pack – but weight is still the enemy. So there was some negotiation required as to what we might also pack. Lets just leave that there...

    A good friend of ours (Michael Taylor) was keen to ride across to Martinborough with us (he has a Triumph Thruxton solo). He wanted to bring his mate Dean, on his Harley. He hoped to leave his place at about 9.30 am. There were two potential issues with that:
    • We were likely to be slower than they expected, and;
    • Mrs Box.a.bits doesn’t like working to definite schedules, & has known issues with time management. No way would we meet the 9.30am meet time.
    This turned out to an entirely accurate forecast. And to compound things, by the time we did leave J’ville, & because it was Waitangi holiday, every man & his dog was also on the road. We ended up stuck in traffic. From about Manor Park up.

    We actually saw Michael returning from his ride, once we finally got over into the Wairarapa. I guess we were a little late.

    First stop was at Martinborough for lunch (was supposed to be Brunch, but, you know, slippage). The Village Cafe ‘holiday menu’ didn’t impress, Medici was shut, so we ended up at the Martinborough Hotel. Healthy Tuna, Quinoa & Avocado Salad for Madam, Wagu Burger & Fries for Sir (much more on that later), eaten outside under the Veranda.

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    Then Carterton via Longbush Rd & Gladstone.

    Carterton Holiday Park had more trees in the tent spaces than I remembered, & only one other tent. That was next to an ST1100 - obviously a rider of taste & discernment. So we were able to set up quite comfortably.

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    Friday morning I wasn’t feeling quite so chipper. So was happy to have an unstructured day, & let Mrs Box’a’bits loose on the bustling metropolis of Greytown. Was impressed with the Blackwell & Sons cycle shop. A Tourist Destination in itself. Lends itself well to the Distinguished Gentlemens style. Loved their picnic baskets (but not the prices). They have an online shop if you'd like a taste of what they offer...

    After a coffee at Mr Kiwi’s recommended cafe, Cahoots, I wobbled off back to the camp. Leaving Mrs Box.a.bits rummaging through the Carterton Op Shops. I needed an afternoon sleep.

    Chilli & corn chips for dinner, made on the camp stove, by me. Excellent (as always). Especially when one’s gut is feeling ... less than stable.

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    Saturday was supposed to be an explore day, but the weather didn’t cooperate. It was a toss up as to whether we went to Riversdale / Castlepoint, or Pongoroa / Puketoi & Pori Rds. Given the wind was coming up, I decided it’d be best to shelter in the valleys away from the coast. WRONG. We abandoned that coming out of Daggs Rd. Decided to head for Eketahuna instead. Saw some impressive dust devils on the gravel roads, & a few branches down from some of the trees.

    Lunch at the Lazy Graze at Eketahuna. That let some of the worst of the weather blow across.

    Then back down to the Pukeha National Wildlife Reserve.

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    Finally got to see the Takahe (from the cafe), & got some very close up interaction with a Kaka, who was intent on stealing our scone.

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    Back to camp before the worst of the rain came in. A good thing for Carterton. They need the water. But less so when you are tenting. Watched the ‘Danish Girl’ on the Maori Channel with Mrs Box.a.bits. A good (if uncomfortable at times) watch.

    Home Sunday morning, collecting a 2.25kg box of mixed flat & button mushrooms at Parkvale on the way, & a coffee & herb and cheese muffin at the Village Cafe at Martinborough.
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  8. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    Rain... What is that? we need some so I can wash the dust off the bike...

    Nice ride report. That Kaka looks a bit too close for comfort...
  9. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    Heart Kids Charity Ride 16th Feb 2020

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    We’ve done this a few times now. As you may be aware, my daughter Katherine has heart issues (ironically enough caused by Kawasaki’s disease), & so we have had a lot to do with Heart Kids over the last couple decades. Good to attend this event & raise a bit of profile for the organisation, & fund raise to support other Heart Kids families.

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    Organised by BRONZ. Sponsored by Muzzy’s Tee Shirts, TSS Motorcycles, The Petone Working Mens Club, Waitomo, Howard Material Handling, Full Throttle Notorcycles, Waiwhetu Auto Services, Triking Tours & others. Started registration 9.00am (we arrive much later) & left from the Avalon Duck Pond at 11.00am. Ran round Upper Hutt, SH58, Whitby, & back down SH1 to the Petone Working Mens Club. Excellent traffic management by Certified Escort Riders

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  10. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    PNth & Pori Rd - 19th Mar 19
    I have taken the last couple of days off work.
    • Mrs Box.a.bits wanted to go up to her mum’s before there was any (potential) lockdown. And realistically, I wanted to see my mum & dad too. They all live in Palmerston North;
    • I’ve been trying to get Mrs Box.a.bits to ride her scooter up. It’s part of a scheme to increase her mobility independence. Given the current situation, I wasn't keen on her using the Loser Cruiser. The scooter is easily capable of the trip. But Mrs Box.a.bits hasn’t felt confident enough to do it. I agreed to accompany her, to deal with any ‘issues’ (breakdowns, flats etc), but then caved (following some persistence on her part) & agreed to take her in the sidecar;
    • I’ve bought a set of Cardo Freecom 4+ intercoms, & I wanted to see how those would go. That’s another scheme to get Mrs Box.a.bits more involved in my riding. Specifically purchased so that she is more comfortable on longer trips. I notice that she’s better if there is music, & she is inclined to want to chatter, so...


    Not an early start. Mrs Box.a.bits had originally mooted 9.00 or 9.30am, but we didn’t get away until 11.00.

    Pretty gusty going North, so we were trolling along in 4th for much of the trip (Gus needs a final drive change. Under 100kms sits below 4000 rpm, & the fatter part of the torque curve is a bit higher than that). Just a light sprinkle of rain towards Opiki. We had a few stops along the way, to fine tune the Cardo units.

    I bought those particular units because:
    • The voice commands looked a lot easier for Mrs Box.a.bits to get her head around (as compared to press this button here, in conjunction with that button there, to achieve this result);
    • The Cardo Connect Ap makes fine tuning the unit really easy;
    • I don’t ride with a lot of people that have intercoms, & therefore the mesh portion of the upgraded (more expensive) units won’t work for me at present;
    • Cardo is waterproof. Sena is water resistant...
    • The headphones are reputed to be better than anything out there (with the exception of JBL upgrades to some of the more expensive Cardo units);
    • I thought it’d be pleasant to listen to music commuting, or on long trips.
    My timing may have been a little off for that last bit. We are working from home next week, & I'm wondering if/when we'll be hit with a lockdown.

    My initial impressions have been:
    • The headphones don’t fit well with my Shoei Hornet (or I have big ears). I may need to sculpt out the helmet lining to get a more comfortable fit;
    • The headphones work better when I’m wearing earplugs, as that diminishes the wind roar;
    • The voice commands need more fine tuning. These need to be fairly deliberate;
    • As I have fine tuned things, the unit & sound has got better & better. I’m sold;
    • I really really need to buy a new helmet. This one is fairly tired.
    Stopped at the Museum Cafe just past Levin to get a quick lunch & coffee. Not many people there, & some of the staff were already heading home early. Not a good sign for the business, but I’m guessing in line with the business slowdowns as a result of the Covid 19 crisis.

    Arrived at mum & dads retirement home to find the place in lockdown. Apparently the first day of that. But that was okay, they weren’t there anyways. Turns out mum had an appointment with a hospital specialist. I may catch them Sunday (when I go to pick Mrs Box.a.bits up), or we’ll skype. Mum has some lung issues, so I’m keen she is squestered.

    So round to Mrs Box.a.bits mums place, who didn’t have any such restrictions, for a quick catch-up, a drink, & a bit more to eat. Then I headed off again, to eventually head back to J'ville, but first a wee detour...

    Over the Pahiatua Track (some ongoing roadworks, widening the road), then onto Tararua Road for the first of the slides (gravel). Assisted by a little Aerosmith.



    After Pahiatua, onto the Pahiatua-Pongoroa Rd – sealed curves.

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    Turn off at Pori Rd. Photo at the 1st Bridge, & the second just after the summit. Photos are out of the cellphone.

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    Onto SH52, then headed thru towards Eketahuna after Alfredton. Took a left at Barton’s Line for more gravel goodness until that intersected with SH52 again, & rode that thru to Masterton. At Masterton I got an email to say the Sidecar Rally (Easter) has been cancelled. :2cry Hmmm.

    Home at about 6.30pm, about 350kms for the day.


    Maintenance - 265,717 kms:
    • Front Tyre - Swapped the front Heidenau K60 for another part used Bridgestone Trailwing TW18 100/90 18. This one has circa 5.5mm centre tread. The Heidenau K60 110/90 18 had 3.00mm left, but I'd had a few front end slides with it, which indicated the grip was starting to go away. I'll finish that up that on the tub wheel once the current tyre is done. The K60 has done 7,067 kms since it was fitted, so 1,177kms/mm wear rate
    • Sidecar Tyre - I've swapped in another TW18 with a minimal 1.5-2.0mm centre tread depth, to replace the current TW18, which was done (bald).
    • Sidecar Hub - I also replaced the (6204 2RSK) 20x47x14 bearing in the sidecar wheel hub. The new bearing has been packed with additional grease to keep the water at bay. The more expensive FAG 20x47x20.6 bearing shows no real play, so I've left that in the meantime. I'd have to special order that in anyways.

    Sunday 22nd March:

    The last couple of times I've used the sidecar, it has been a reluctant starter. Washed the sidecar of the Pori Rd dust Saturday, & it really wasn't happy to fire up again. I was scheduled to pick Mrs Box'a'bits up Sunday morning. Stepped out to the sidecar. It fired once & then the starter just clicked at me. Given past experience & a not so old battery, I diagnosed this as the valeo starter losing its magnets again, & stripped that out & replaced it with the rebuilt Bosch I have as a spare. That was also slow, & didn't start the bike.

    Pulled the Valeo starter to bits & gave it an inspection, clean & lube. This looks quite new, & the magnet housing is the clipped variety, so even if the epoxy lets go, the magnets will stay in place. So no issue with that.

    Ok, so it must be the battery. Pulled the battery & put the big 30 amp hr Motobatt on charge. I noted in passing that it was quickly 'fully charged' according to the charger. Put in the Panasonic from the G/S, & it still wasn't keen. It should be noted here that that battery is only 20 amp hrs, & has been sitting idle for a wee while, so wasn't fully charged. While swapping the batteries I could see that the cable from the rectifier & starter to the positive terminal of the Motobatt was quite corroded. Light bulb moment. The LED charge light had been acting up since during the 'Carvan of Food Tour'. I'd replaced that, but the misbehaviour had still persisted.

    Replaced the valeo starter & the Motobatt battery. Cleaned up the corroded cable & the battery terminals. The sidecar fired right up.
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  11. Zebedee

    Zebedee Been here awhile

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    Why have you got Big Ears, is Noddy refusing to pay the ransom ... I'll get my coat ... :hide

    Seriously though, I've got really unusually shaped ear canals, or so I was told the last time I had an "impression" taken for custom ear plugs. That means that I can't wear the typical range of ear buds that you get with phones. and the like.

    I know of a couple of companies who make up custom in ear speakers, with all the flavours of wired, wireless, bluetooth, noise cancelling, etc, etc, and after using a pair that I got from https://www.ultimateear.com/product-category/motorcycle-ear-plugs/ in 2004, I'd be really keen to get something similar. Yeah, I know the price is up there, but you've only got one pair of ear-'oles, and noise cancelling means you can listen to your desired soundtrack a moderate volume instead of damaging your ears even more.

    So, simple question, anybody know if there's anyone in NZ who is making anything similar?
  12. EVLED

    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    Yep, sound from my Sena is far better with plugs in. I had a bash making some from a cheap DIY kit the other day: https://banditrider.blogspot.com/2020/02/diy-ear-plugs.html. I'd probably make a better job next time out. But, they're fine for spares given I stumbled across another pair I had stashed somewhere...
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  13. Zebedee

    Zebedee Been here awhile

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    Part of the attraction of the Ultimate Ear plugs, is that they come with the speakers / monitors cast in, which would be a mission to do as a diy project, but as plain old custom ear plugs they look great, thanks.

    One comment after the fitting for the Ultimate ears, is that they insert something best described as a "tiny tampon", so you could grab the mouse tail to extract the plugs once the silicone has hardened. It might come in handy if you felt like making another pair ... :thumb
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  14. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    LOCKDOWN
    Had to go grocery shopping. Unfortunately Mrs Box.a.bits made a stuff up with Click & Collect, which meant I needed to go into town to collect things from Chaffers New World. We still don't have a car, so I was forced to take the sidecar.

    Motorway down the Ngauranga Gorge. Aotea off ramp was shut, so I had to take a more circuitous route to get to New World. No one much out & about in town, very hard not to speed.

    No queues outside the supermarket, the collect & collect people were very well organised in the underground car park.

    Coming home I went via Kaiwaharwhara, up Onslow Road & the back ways into J'ville. It was lovely. Way more people moving about in the 'burbs.

    So I've had my riding fix for the day :-). Beats trying to make a path round the yard....
  15. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    Indeed. Besides you would struggle to get the outfit through the gates everyone else seems to be riding through.
    There's some guy near me who must run out of stuff twice a day as i can hear his HD going up and down the main road from a couple of blocks away...
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  16. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    R100GS / M72 sidecar subframe:
    At the time I bought the M72 sidecar, I had to temporarily abandon the subframe that ‘Better Boxer Co’ had engineered up for me only nine months prior. This was because this was tailored to the Velorex 562 sidecar clevis mounting system, & it couldn't easily be adapted to accommodate the wider spacing & the ball and collet mount system used by the M72 sidecar. The M72 sidecar purchase was opportunitistic, & I hadn't really anticipated changing from the Velorex.

    To get the M72 sidecar up & running I re-used the ‘subframe’ the previous owner had used to mount the sidecar to his G/S. These mounts had several issues, and were really only supposed to be a short term solution. Unfortunately ‘short term’ lasted nearly a year.

    I’ve been fortunate enough that Better Boxer Co has been able to remake the orginal subframe for me to fit the M72. The major adjustments were:

    • A longer main spar to match the wider spacing between the M72 sidecar mounts;
    • Shortening the front upright (rising from the main spar), to accommodate the HPN tank. This now clamps to the main frame. Originally this tied to the front top mount, but the tank precluded this.

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    The blue tape is temporary to hold wiring, pending relocation of one of the two Fiam horns.
    • A new dog leg stay was made up to connect the sidecar to the rear bottom subframe mount. This replaced the rear stock M72 swan neck, which was set up for the ball & collet mounts;

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    • The front bottom sidecar mount had two machined steel inserts made up to accept a new bolt up clevis mount, to replace the stock ball & collet mount.
    • Strengthening the front top mount. This clamps to the two top main frame braces, between the two front downtubes. The revised mount is the reverse of the PO mounts, & is somewhat beefed up

    The ball & collet bottom mounts were replaced because the existing cast ball mounts could not be re-used. Importing new engineered ball mounts (from F2 in the UK) seemed problematic due to potential delivery delays (as a result of COVID restrictions), & expense (circa NZD400+GST).

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    Subframe during paint. Note this is right way up for the bike, but the photo is upside down. Note the front most mount is unused for this application - it's a left over from the Velorex mounts

    The subframe is now tied to the main frame ½ way down the front down tube - clamped onto Gus's main frame, bolted at the two engine mounts, bolted at the bottom of the bike subframe, & clamped to the bike main frame, near the top bike subframe/main frame mounts. Note that this area retains a frame brace across the top of the battery to the right shock mount that Better Boxer Co made for the Velorex subframe.

    The sidecar wheel track is reduced circa 20mm with the new subframe, & the new subframe has allowed the sidecar to be levelled – the previous mounts has the sidecar frame somewhat nose up.

    A carry over from the Velorex set up is a modified short throw gear change, which I now find better than stock.

    Very pleased.

    Test ride:
    Took Mrs Box’a’bits for a run out to Makara today. A very pleasant run along a fairly tight road. And got to use the Cardo Freedom 4+ intercoms, with Mrs Box.a.bits happily chatting away, pointing out things I really couldn't turn my head to look at...

    Very nearly got stuck in the gravel at the beach front when I got a bit ambitious as to where we'd leave Gus (Mrs Box.a.bits got to push again). But had a very nice walk along the coastline.

    Fortunately (though it threatened a few times) we largely managed to avoid the rain. That came in about an hr after we got home.

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  17. dazzadm

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    Nice grey circles...
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  18. Box'a'bits

    Box'a'bits In need of repair Supporter

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    Hopefully fixed...
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    EVLED Bike riding nutter!

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    Yup!
  20. dazzadm

    dazzadm Long timer

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    What, no picture of GUS on the beach?:-)

    The sub frame looks good. Have you noticed any difference using it?