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Old 12-07-21, 02:49 PM   #9841
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Nothing to do with Brexit then ?!
Change of rules following Brexit.

And the whole Brexit thing has been done to death, at the end of the day we live in a democracy and the Majority chose to leave so that's that (democracy has it's faults but it's better than living in anarchy or a police state or a dictatorship where people vanish in the middle of the night never to be seen again imho)
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Old 12-07-21, 03:06 PM   #9842
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Change of rules following Brexit.

And the whole Brexit thing has been done to death, at the end of the day we live in a democracy and the Majority chose to leave so that's that (democracy has it's faults but it's better than living in anarchy or a police state or a dictatorship where people vanish in the middle of the night never to be seen again imho)
We are still finding out the effects of Brexit (or the c*ck ups the government is making of it !) and it has nothing to do with anarchy or living in a police state.
Whatever way you feel about it, we are still allowed to comment.
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Old 12-07-21, 03:33 PM   #9843
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Italian player not being given red card for diabolical foul on Grealish.
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Old 12-07-21, 04:00 PM   #9844
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Always happy to talk about brexit.
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Old 12-07-21, 06:44 PM   #9845
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It's almost as if some dealers are using Covid as an excuse for doing less work - hopefully people will get the message and just go elsewhere.
This is very true, and not limited to bikes. With the culls that all manufacturers have had over the last ten years I have to travel at least 20 miles to find a Honda dealer, and then they're sniffy...

Bit like a disappointing trip to my local garden machinery store on Saturday. Local indie shop, pukka kit, where the forestry trade go, good service. Usually. Right now they're closed on Saturdays until further notice "due to covid". Rubbish! They have a huge showroom with no distancing issues at all, and half the site is outdoors. If they open five days a week they can still do Saturday mornings for those of us that actually, you know, have a job!
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Old 12-07-21, 10:31 PM   #9846
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This is very true, and not limited to bikes. With the culls that all manufacturers have had over the last ten years I have to travel at least 20 miles to find a Honda dealer, and then they're sniffy...

Bit like a disappointing trip to my local garden machinery store on Saturday. Local indie shop, pukka kit, where the forestry trade go, good service. Usually. Right now they're closed on Saturdays until further notice "due to covid". Rubbish! They have a huge showroom with no distancing issues at all, and half the site is outdoors. If they open five days a week they can still do Saturday mornings for those of us that actually, you know, have a job!
I was surprised by the number of cafes, apart from fish and chip shops, still closed at the coast, Whitby in particular.
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Going to motorbike shop that I’d taken my sons Chinese piece of crap to a month ago for other work, told he could look at it this week, load bike in van, take it to bike shop, unload bike, told he won’t work on it because it’s Chinese!

Guess the 850GS, the SV, the Tiger 800 or the VFR400 won’t be going back there!
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Old 14-07-21, 10:23 PM   #9848
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Going to motorbike shop that Id taken my sons Chinese piece of crap to a month ago for other work, told he could look at it this week, load bike in van, take it to bike shop, unload bike, told he wont work on it because its Chinese!

Guess the 850GS, the SV, the Tiger 800 or the VFR400 wont be going back there!
Can you say what Chinese make it is ? A lot of things are now made in China of course, aren't Benelli now Chinese for example?
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Can you say what Chinese make it is ? A lot of things are now made in China of course, aren't Benelli now Chinese for example?
Yeh Benelli are Chinese. Some triumphs and even BMWs are made in China too apparently. The bike is a Sinnis. They are based in Portslade, not a million miles away from wemoto. Which is handy as both on my doorstep. The bike is based on a Yamaha ybr, and is very similar. The previous owner has even changed the stock exhaust for a ybr one. Its not a bad bike really, certainly better to ride than the Yamaha 125 I did my cbt on but that was 20 years ago! Nuts and bolts like to fall out, they are not put together particularly well, but if you go round them with a bit of thread lock and keep them maintained they are ok for the price.

My problem was the clutch cable, it had frayed and wouldnt work so got a new cable direct from sinnis but couldnt get it to adjust up. Previous owner had bodged the old one. New one had correct part number printed on the outer sheath. Bloke I took it to a month ago suddenly decided he wont work on Chinese bikes. Luckily there is another bike place half a mile down the road. Took it straight there and they took it straight in and on the bench. They said the cable is too long and they didnt have a solderless nipple to shorten it.
I have a bike shop 50yds from my doorstep but he wont work on anything that isnt Italian. Hes happy to look and give me guidance but wont touch it, and gave me a solderless nipple for the cable, so I had it fixed in half hour.
Neither these last two bike shops charged me for their time.

Just a bit miffed that the first bloke had worked on and knew the bike, Id told him what the problem was and he said he wouldnt be able to look at it until Tuesday, so on the Tuesday I load the van up and take it there and he wouldnt do the work.
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Yeh Benelli* are Chinese. Some triumphs** and even BMWs*** are made in China too apparently
* correct: owned by Geely (Volvo, London black cabs and many more)

**Thailand - 3 factories.

*** engines and some engine parts. Also have plants in Brazil, Thailand and India
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