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Old 13-02-24, 02:06 PM   #2781
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Fitted a cheap tyre pressure monitor to the TA. It has a rechargeable battery so no need to wire it into the bike. Seems to work ok.


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Just wondering how this is faring John, after a month and a bit on the Honda.
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Old 13-02-24, 04:26 PM   #2782
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Just wondering how this is faring John, after a month and a bit on the Honda.
The bike hasn't moved since I installed it so not had a chance to see how it performs on the road. It seems to keep it's charge okay helped by turning it off when I've not been doing other jobs on the bike. Tyre pressures are still the same but it's picked up the varying temperatures over the last few weeks.

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Old 29-02-24, 03:49 PM   #2783
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Prepping the bike for a new riding season. Front and rear brakes removed to treat with anti corrosion measures. Red grease around the pistons to protect them. Bolts and pad retention pins covered with copper slip to stop them seizing. I cleaned the rear chain with paraffin before I garaged the bike and I should have then oiled it then but forgot, so it's now got some minor surface rust. So cleaned it again and oiled.

Next job was being mugged DVLA for road tax....£111.... What a joke.

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Old 29-02-24, 04:00 PM   #2784
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I pay my Road Tax monthly. I don't feel so much then

I've changed to using dielectric grease as an anti-seize on bolts as recommended by Boat builders and Aircraft mechs . Anywhere where there's vibrations Blue-Thread lock which contrary to common belief actually protects bolts and thread from seizing.

I never use anything like paraffin on chains unless on a rag as I don't want the possibility of the pre-packed grease to be removed. I use GT85 on a rag and then spray the chains and sprockets. I got a good 18,000 miles on my last kit and I reckon I could have got another 10,000 but decided to treat the old gal to a new kit with one of those rubber dampened front sprockets. Haven't really noticed any difference from stock but it was about the same price anyway

I spray all my control/gear/clutch lever joints with GT85 every couple of months as routine and use it to re-waterproof my Gloves/Boots and Jacket as well ( only do it outside as although I like the smell it is very pervasive until it evaporates ) :O
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Old 29-02-24, 05:05 PM   #2785
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Good point about the paraffin. It's the first time I've used it on a motorcycle as the chain was covered in grit and grime due to the sticky nature of the grease on the chain put there by Honda. I won't be using chain lube as I've got a chain oiler fitted, as I had done on my previous three bikes. My VFR had done 20k miles on the last chain I fitted, similar on my two SV's.

I might have some Tamiya dielectric grease in the garage. It's used to lubricate the mechanical speed controller without restricting electricity.

As for road tax, I pay for a year but SORN the bike on October 31st and get a refund. I then tax again on March 1st.

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Old 03-03-24, 04:05 PM   #2786
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re: tyre pressure sensor gadget, Just wondering how this is fairing John, after a month and a bit on the Honda.
First test ride today. It worked fine and it's was interesting to note how the pressures vary as the tyres heat up. It shows the temp too. The downside is that the display isn't bright enough to cope with bright daylight. It looks like it has light sensor in the top of the frame but it doesn't seem to do much when you cover it, maybe it's faulty? For the price I can't complain though.

Update , I've just discovered that pushing the power button cycles through different brightness levels

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Old 29-03-24, 05:59 PM   #2787
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Making some ethanol free petrol for the new two stroke. I’m fortunate to have a wife who just laughs and shakes her head. Her parting shot was “Don’t set yourself on fire. Again”




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Old 29-03-24, 06:18 PM   #2788
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“Don’t set yourself on fire. Again”
I think we'd all rather you didn't Tam! But if you do.....



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Old 30-03-24, 05:48 PM   #2789
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I took Hugh's gearshift off today to move it up a notch, as I was struggling to get my new boots under the lever to upshift. Bit disappointed to find it was as high as it can go without fouling on the engine case... Ah well, I'll get used to it.
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Old 30-03-24, 06:24 PM   #2790
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I took Hugh's gearshift off today to move it up a notch, as I was struggling to get my new boots under the lever to upshift. Bit disappointed to find it was as high as it can go without fouling on the engine case... Ah well, I'll get used to it.

The only thing you can do is lower the footpeg... Or crank the lever out a bit
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