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Discussion in 'Hacks' started by brstar, Dec 26, 2010.
Nice view, and not that far from good riding country.
Good to see the DL pulling its weight.
From the balcony
So we did a braking test today.
Running with the mob South on the freeway at close to 110kph.
Which I suppose is not fast to some.
That is till everyone in front decides stop immediately and all at once.
I think I had glanced left at an inappropriate moment.
Good thing there was nothing to see.
Been down that road before.
So there was possiblly a little left in the front brakes and I was a touch heavy on the rear.
(the rear not quite locking)
But overall it pulled up very straight without the sidecar pushing it around at all.
Only the bike had brakes with none on the chair wheel.
Even better there was nobody close behind me.
I guess because the sidecar wheel is just tracking straight then it seems to keep the whole plot a little more stable.
Even if the rig is a leaner.
Stopped with a little room to spare, a nice feeling.
I'm outta popcorn...
Any updates? Got the new shed sorted?
Working in town at the moment staying at the Narrogin motel.
Very much injoying country town life to.
Been laying a few blocks. it was 12 yrs since the last time and have they gotten heavy (85KG).
Picked up a mixer for my mate (not going to get one permanently for me) for $150.
Some clown had done a repair to the lead and this is what I found after pealing the electrical tape of.
Is it the brown that is active or the blue? I can never remember just wire the plugs according to the pictures on the packaging.
I do know the Brown and or the blue should never be in part let alone full contact with the Earth wire.
240volts for our US friends and not the weeny 120.
I wondered why the 1st time I plugged it in it took out one block of the motel and some fuses on the main building.
The car in the driveway is where the lady pulled up to deliver something to the house next door.
Just hopped out and left it there. Gotta love country thinking.
Sadly the shed has been put aside for the Motel works. ( it pays the bills)
I keep telling Brian I may not have another 25 yrs to fluff around.
The stuff that legends are made of. They'll be talking about that for years
We hung a few bits in the sky last Thursday, it was the only wind/rainless day in a month.... Oh and there was a yellow thing in the sky as well.
Scenery while in the boom or scissor lifts was very nice.
Bluff Knoll is the sloping flat top to the right, about as high as it gets in Western Australia at a 1000 m, had snow while I was there... Nippy.
Oh the little knob to the far right is Ellen peak.
Took a walk from my fathers farm one day a few decades ago, which is a little more to the right.
Walked to the top of Ellens peak via that long ridge.
Thought I would have all that wilderness to myself seeing as there was no sign at all of any foot traffic,
(had to force my way through tiny vines at some points) .
Not two minutes latter three bokes arrived from the other direction.
It was Allen Carpenter and a couple of doggy mates (Parker i think was one)
Allen did a stint as state premiers a few years on, and I have an idea his mates were in or involved in politics as well.
Its a small world some days.
Just to keep this a little motorcycle related.
Somewhere between the column on the right and Ellens peak behind is a claypan/saltlake about 4.5 klm long.
My mate and I did some speed runs across it when an XS750 and a GS750 were new. There XS750D had ignition issues (3 sets of points on the one timing plate) so we took it in turns on the GS.
The GS would run consistently at 9250 rpm in top gear. Redline was 9000. Speedo read 215 kph.
Much fun till I realised I was running on a 1/2 inch or so of water.
Something else dumb I got away with, it was a case of stay with the programme and no sudden moves.
Pretty much how I left them with it. Needed to get back to the Narrogin job.
And visit home after 6 weeks.
Yes and went for a ride on the sidecar..
At least I used the word sidecar, ( twice).
Z lap purlins, you're not missing out on much
Four parts on the main may be a bit of overkill.
Thanks for the pic's, and the yarn.
The bike has been feeling a bit neglected so I had to fit a new battery. This one only lasted a year. The last one went 4 !/4 yrs.
So picked up a roof rack for the 4by today and a wet suite.
Out bloody standing, sir!
...didjja have'n escort/pilot vehicular thing in front?
You never cease to amaze me.
Signs of mentality.
I should have a matched pair of the old style over length/over with signs.
Have not found the other one yet.
Bit concerned about that.
Hmm shooda kept the chiang chair maybe?
Not much suspension travel but some can fix that.
This looks cool though.
Ohdlydidyumdums I been lookin and a mate sent me a link to this!!!
Would it keep up with a Ural???
Um... not if the Ural has tubeless tyres.
So, you gonna buy it?
I'm feeling it is being irresponsible but I have a little monies coming to me in the near future and it seems I need to do something "I" like.
Of course as with many the likes are a multitude.
Amongst the sub catorgories are muddlecycles with attachments.
So listed below are some options and thoughts to go with.
1/Ural. Its done as is.
Its also slow and may or may not be reliable along with self servicing requirements.
Honda African twin. A good jigga in need of a chair and a bunch of mod$$.
Close to what I started with (XS650) a little cheaper just modern and reliable with old school looks.
Needs chair and mod$$.
Bonneville T120 black as above with more to go.
Bonneville bobber. Dam fine looker but no suspenders and still needs attachment and mod$$ Plus extra fuel capacity.
Ducati scrambler lead sled.
I likes the look but still needs mod$ etc.
Of course I already have an under utilised tripody thing so why not just keep modding it?
I have not rung about the Max yet but may tomorrow.
For those that don't live in WA, the reason for the excitement is the market here is so tiny that when something good comes along pants tend to dampen.
even if it is 20yr old Vmax.
May not do any of the above but maybe others share the dilema.
Vmax in second gear sideways rear tyre smokin...........
It's a hooligan outfit. Buy it, take a big photo and hang it on your nursing home wall many years from now.
You'll grin a little bit every time you look at it.
Had it in mind to squiz at the Vmax n chariot aside this weekend.
Finnished up having to deal with people most of Saturday and cutting up a tree for the annual council pickup Sunday along with a whole bunch of mine site inductions online.
Flying to Tropicana gold mine in the AM. (1160 odd KLM by road)
Good thing we fly direct, got to love the distances in WA.
Be back next weekend hopefully.
OK now a special quiz for the all knowing ones.
OK I think Lukedeluke reckons they are a bit to electwikerwie over much.
And I can see that.
Any major shortcomings?
Apart from silly prices here?
Link below to a dodgy suspect.
https://www.bikesales.com.au/dealer...ype=[Private used bikes]))&pso=60&pss=Premium
If it floats your boat, buy it.