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Offline kwackboy

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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #120 on: November 20, 2023, 19:27:11 »
Fan-tastic ..!!
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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #121 on: November 20, 2023, 19:32:41 »
 :GRR: :icon_batterup:

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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #122 on: November 20, 2023, 20:00:21 »
 lol
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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #123 on: November 21, 2023, 16:49:24 »
We had a dentist appointment on the other side of town today then, on the way to order the meat for Christmas we called into Powerslide, Derby to have another look at the 800RE.
When we called there a few weeks ago it was still in the crate, today I could sit on it.
I gave her one job to do & she misses my head off. Deliberate? Probably!!  :roll:
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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #124 on: November 21, 2023, 17:01:53 »
Christmas meat is one thing ,but did you get the sprouts on. :whistle:

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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #125 on: November 21, 2023, 17:04:47 »
Nigel, the sprouts are still growing down at the allotment, waiting for a bit of frost to sweeten them up.  :icon_wink:
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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #126 on: November 21, 2023, 17:39:07 »
Well now I am torn, do I wish for sweet sprouts or salt free roads?.......I'm going to have to bow to the inevitable I reckon and go for the sprouts.
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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #127 on: November 21, 2023, 20:26:36 »
 4 hour return journey to Surrey and met a very nice Italian gentleman with a blue Vespa PX200.
(Well you did ask... :grin:)
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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #128 on: November 21, 2023, 20:34:00 »
Went to MCL. Test rode an 800RE. Overall a nice bike, seemed a bit smaller than my 650 when sat on it (fuel tank is a slightly different design to the 650s), felt a bit more nimble. Seat height was an advantage too (apparently just due to the wheels on it, the DE is only higher seat height due to the different wheels). The dash was nice too, clear, colour coded, didn't play with any of the riding modes / abs / traction (although set the traction off once playing with the quick shifter - not to my taste, very harsh, apparently there is a learning curve!).

However, low down torque seems to be reduced compared to my trusty 650, and the engine / exhaust note was a bit disappointing... I'll stick with my trusty steed for the time being!

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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #129 on: November 21, 2023, 20:43:38 »
BM, it appears the front looks low, like the clocks are where you'd expect them on a sportbike. The seat looks good, especially the pillion perch.
Them sprouts need to be on soon, they'll never be sulphurous and black unless you crack on with them.
PBU, interesting you prefer your 650, nice write up, especially the points on the engine.
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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #130 on: November 21, 2023, 21:18:16 »
Upt North, yes the display did appear to be a little lower than the 650 & there was a bigger space between the bars & the screen but didn't seem too bad. The bars are lower & narrower too. (I do have risers on the 650 though)
Regarding the seat, as we only sat on it today it's difficult to say but the first thing Deb noticed was that the pillion pegs seemed higher & her knees were more bent than on the 650. (knackered ligaments in her left knee can cause her problems after a few hours riding)
It is lower, by a fraction, than the 650, but I don't know where the rear pre-load was set, it could have been wound right off?
We're waiting for the luggage to arrive before having a road test, as we do ride a lot of miles with it fitted & we need to know how it sits on the bike. Although the rider can 'cope', the pillion has to be comfortable.
I'll be watching out for after market stuff to fit as well just in case it gives more room.
I reckon it'll be spring before we take it out now anyway so plenty of time to think about it.  :thumb: 
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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #131 on: November 24, 2023, 22:47:53 »
This is a true story and only the language has been left out to protect delicate ears.                The day started badly when I saw the lavatory seat cover was cracked. Better get that changed as Grandson is coming over for the weekend. Went to local DIY shop and bought a new soft closing seat. While fitting the seat I saw a drip from the base of the cistern. Oh! what... it's leaking. Apply WD 40 to stopcock and spend 30 minutes freeing it enough to shut off the water. Operate the flush and use a sponge to empty the cistern.  Removed the top,  and undo the bolts to remove the cistern. Nah! the cistern fixing bolts are rusty and swollen with crud. So they broke rather than undo. Use hacksaw and then use a number of drills increasing in size until the bolts are removed. Go 35 miles find a Wickes and buy a cistern fixing kit, a cistern to pan seal, a combined bottom feed inlet and level float and a flushing valve/ actuator.  Go another 25 miles to collect grandson. and then drive 55 miles home via the evening nightmare also known as the A12 roadworks. Get home and put 2 pizzas in the oven. Help grandson to unpack. Eat pizzas. Settle grandson in the lounge to set up his playstation while I spend the next hour or so assembling the cistern and installing it with the kit I bought. Trial a number of flushes and check for leaks. All good so far.   
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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #132 on: November 25, 2023, 05:14:47 »
Phew,
You got a full quota of "movement" there. :thumb:

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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #133 on: December 01, 2023, 15:30:36 »
Today, we had the first 'proper' snow of winter with a pleasant 2" covering of the stuff. It motivated me to take a couple of pictures of the pristine snow -

It's pronounced 'twenty-one-twelve'

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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #134 on: December 01, 2023, 21:06:25 »
Dropped into Robinsons foundry Canterbury fir their 55yr Suzuki anniversary.
Found a 800RE outside as we went to leave. I can get on the RE and not the DE.
Bar position felt good, very similar to Tracer 9.
Felt similar in length to a Glee, a little lower and seemed easier to move about.
Shall have to test ride next year...I.e. when it's warmer...
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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #135 on: December 05, 2023, 16:48:28 »
Following on from our very recent kitchen refurbishment it's the turn of the utility room (or plant room as it should be called due to the number of inverters etc). Tim the kitchen fitter is finished, so it's over to us for painting (featuring a LOT of masking off), the continuation of the kitchen floor to go down and a new back door to be fitted. Then it's new downlights and extractor fan as the mrs like to dry clothes in there on an 'old school' airer. No rest for the wicked and I even put the Christmas lights up today too -
It's pronounced 'twenty-one-twelve'

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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #136 on: December 08, 2023, 10:58:32 »
I managed to get a picture of the new front door that was fitted yesterday now it's stopped bucketing down. It's a bit wider than normal and centralised (we had two standard size doors previously, one opening, one fixed). It lets loads of extra light into the hallway. It's got a swanky high security lock fitted, after jumping through a vast number of security 'hoops' I managed to order another two keys at a rather hefty £23 each. They also turned up with a new back door too, but they measured it wrong and it was 10cm out. A rather expensive mistake for them oops...
It's pronounced 'twenty-one-twelve'

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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #137 on: December 08, 2023, 12:54:02 »
Dark Strom.
Either your 8' tall, or that 800 is tiny?
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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #138 on: December 11, 2023, 21:31:40 »
Booked bikers campsite for next August bank holiday... 23rd to 26th - Bank holiday on the Monday?  :lala:

Hopefully I've booked a pod for 2 people for 3 nights... but with past experience of being called a buffoon I could very well have booked the whole site... it'll be a very quiet weekend then  lol



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Re: What have you done today
« Reply #139 on: December 12, 2023, 13:44:50 »
Blimey Diver, that's some impressive forward planning! Good work!