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    Burning oil

    Hetty has started to use a bit of oil too, she's over 50K now and I find it either vapours out from the engine breather pipe when the engine gets a bit hot trolling along filtering etc, or more likely I find traces of oil on the bottoms of the panniers and the back of the number plate - nothing major but it has increased slightly over the years! I think some excessive wear was induce during a long drag around Holland a few years ago and I had to put nearly a litre and half in the following morning! I changed from Mineral to Semi after last years attack by the green goo monster and haven't had to many problems since - mind you haven't done a lot of riding either.......
  2. Lin

    Burning oil

    Hetty has started to use a bit of oil too, she's over 50K now and I find it either vapours out from the engine breather pipe when the engine gets a bit hot trolling along filtering etc, or more likely I find traces of oil on the bottoms of the panniers and the back of the number plate - nothing major but it has increased slightly over the years! I think some excessive wear was induce during a long drag around Holland a few years ago and I had to put nearly a litre and half in the following morning! I changed from Mineral to Semi after last years attack by the green goo monster and haven't had to many problems since - mind you haven't done a lot of riding either.......
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    Dutch / Vechta

    Things are looking up! I might just make it to SJK this year with the Kids!! I can't make the National Rally due to commitments in York but have been talking to Ben & Laura about going to Holland, which they both seem quite keen on Anyway, will have to make our minds up very soon and get the ferry booked - they live about an hour from Harwich so obviously (despite my deep loathing of ferries) we will be going Harwich to the Hook - last time I did that was with Trev H. (Good times with great friends, sadly missed). Lin.
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    controversy

    Sad to say me to John - was a time when if the PC was on then the club site was open, must be while since I last logged in..... Regards Lin. P.S. Didn't one of the London lads run his bike with no coolant in the rad for about a year or more??
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    controversy

    Sad to say me to John - was a time when if the PC was on then the club site was open, must be while since I last logged in..... Regards Lin. P.S. Didn't one of the London lads run his bike with no coolant in the rad for about a year or more??
  6. Lin

    Dark Dark Side

    I had an Enfield bullet 500 a few years ago, it was 'unusual' to ride, probably because it was the only modern 5 speed bike at the time with a right hand gear lever! I retro modified it so I could ride it without having to fit a Klicktronic gear changer I was after something different to buz through town to college - it was great for that sort of work and because it was a factory special it came with a mid-level pipe and a huge Amal carb! It started just about first time every time, even though it had a wiring loom that resembled a rats nest. It had high level bars and a single seat and was meant to be a nod towards a 60's style street scrambler and I really liked it despite the fact it let me down once or twice..... Sadly I had to move to another college 25 miles up the motorway and the M5 (or any other modern motorway) is not the preserve of an Enfield Bullet! I sold it on to a chap from Wiltshire who I am told uses it ride around an airfield as well as to and from work............Plenty of others have come and gone over the years, a BMW K100, a plethora of CX's, a CZ250 (Czech Fireblade lol), a KLR650 (great bike), a Kwak Drifter (really wish I had that now) a 600 Silverwing Scooter and a few others, however Hetty (my 650) has always remained, which is really odd as I only bought her as a winter hack in 1998! There are two Kwaks sitting in the garage at the moment, both will be finished soon I hope (I really hope) and will be on their ways to new owners shortly after that. Like Eric I've had a nosey at the Honda NCX700 which has an auto box, but tbh really would like to find a low mileage DN-01; in hindsight I should've bitten the bullet years ago an bought one, prices have stayed the same pretty much. Over the years, esp when I worked at the Paint Shop, I tried unsuccessfully to convince myself that I needed a Harley, I took out a 1998 Heritage Softail - neither of us like that at all, the a few years later I took a spin on a 1200 Sporter Sport and nearly dropped it! The brakes caught me out - they worked, rather well! After that we took another test ride on a 'Road King' and I very nearly did commit myself to buying, then Sal spotted the CVO electroglide(s) and the whole deal changed (like 'no way am I paying 25k for a bike' ). Anyway, I still have the 650 and no Harley - maybe I should have another look as I really like belt drive (or a shaft) Regards all. Lin.
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    Dark Dark Side

    I had an Enfield bullet 500 a few years ago, it was 'unusual' to ride, probably because it was the only modern 5 speed bike at the time with a right hand gear lever! I retro modified it so I could ride it without having to fit a Klicktronic gear changer I was after something different to buz through town to college - it was great for that sort of work and because it was a factory special it came with a mid-level pipe and a huge Amal carb! It started just about first time every time, even though it had a wiring loom that resembled a rats nest. It had high level bars and a single seat and was meant to be a nod towards a 60's style street scrambler and I really liked it despite the fact it let me down once or twice..... Sadly I had to move to another college 25 miles up the motorway and the M5 (or any other modern motorway) is not the preserve of an Enfield Bullet! I sold it on to a chap from Wiltshire who I am told uses it ride around an airfield as well as to and from work............Plenty of others have come and gone over the years, a BMW K100, a plethora of CX's, a CZ250 (Czech Fireblade lol), a KLR650 (great bike), a Kwak Drifter (really wish I had that now) a 600 Silverwing Scooter and a few others, however Hetty (my 650) has always remained, which is really odd as I only bought her as a winter hack in 1998! There are two Kwaks sitting in the garage at the moment, both will be finished soon I hope (I really hope) and will be on their ways to new owners shortly after that. Like Eric I've had a nosey at the Honda NCX700 which has an auto box, but tbh really would like to find a low mileage DN-01; in hindsight I should've bitten the bullet years ago an bought one, prices have stayed the same pretty much. Over the years, esp when I worked at the Paint Shop, I tried unsuccessfully to convince myself that I needed a Harley, I took out a 1998 Heritage Softail - neither of us like that at all, the a few years later I took a spin on a 1200 Sporter Sport and nearly dropped it! The brakes caught me out - they worked, rather well! After that we took another test ride on a 'Road King' and I very nearly did commit myself to buying, then Sal spotted the CVO electroglide(s) and the whole deal changed (like 'no way am I paying 25k for a bike' ). Anyway, I still have the 650 and no Harley - maybe I should have another look as I really like belt drive (or a shaft) Regards all. Lin.
  8. Have I been totally blind or missed a link to the page where I can get tickets for this years National Rally Please?? Thanks Lin.
  9. Have I been totally blind or missed a link to the page where I can get tickets for this years National Rally Please?? Thanks Lin.
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    Dutch / Vechta

    Considering dragging my ass over to Holland again this year - I can't remember when I did the Vechta run but it must be 10 years ago ! It would be nice to get to both
  11. Lin

    Paint for engine

    Only get your engine blasted if you are prepared to remove all the internals and blank every hole off with ply wood or ally bungs. I did this once on an engine that had been left on a scrap heap for years and was in a very poor state. I filled the coolant pathways with cheap 'cola' and left it for a week or so and then blew the lot out with an air line (phew - what a stinking mess that was) and then gutted the engine completely, reassembling it without gaskets. I then handed it over to friend of mine, whom I've mentioned before here, and asked him to blast and then etch prime the whole thing. I then ordered some paint from House of Kolor in the US, code number HH1, which is a one pack, self etching matt finish black paint. Result, a reasonably hard wearing finish that lasted a good long time. However, inspired by 'Mythbusters' I decided to test the properties of 'Load bed' paint! Its bloody great!!! Comes in numerous colours including Silver and Black, dries to a semi-matt finish and sticks like sh#t to a blanket! I painted one of the Kwak engines with it as a test having had it soda blasted and its absolutely rock solid, the only thing to be wary of is the fact that the paint comes with a proportion of 'grit' in it to make it grippy, but if you leave the can for a day or two and let it settle, you can with care get a seriously decent finish with little or no 'bits' in the finish, it also dries very quickly too. I haven't has chance to spray it yet as, for obvious reasons, its not designed for use in a gun. Regards all. Lin.
  12. Lin

    Guellepumpe Newsletter - Big Trev

    Very decent, I'm sure he will be missed!
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    Guellepumpe Newsletter - Big Trev

    Very decent, I'm sure he will be missed!
  14. Lin

    Which Oil?

    All I can say (from dreadful experience) is do NoT use Mineral Oil with Silicate Free Coolant. I attended 'Ride To The Wall' this year and ended up coming home via the AA! The story starts some while ago, in fact in May. I went to the Paignton Bike Festival on Hetty (my 650 SWing) and noted on the ride down - approx 20 miles - that the bike got hot, and stayed hot. A check the following morning, when the bike was cold revealed a lack of coolant. As I'd had the bike off the road for over two years, I assumed, due to visible evidence, that a percentage of coolant had leaked away from around the thermostat. So I topped it up and didn't give it a second thought (as you do). A while later I took the bike out for a ride and noted all was not well with the beastie. Further investigation led me to a failed mech seal.......... The seal, along with the cam chain and the oil seal was replaced forthwith, the bike was then test ridden and all seemed well. A short while later I, and pillion, plus luggage made the trek up to Burton On Trent for RTTW. An hour or so after arrival I went to move the bike and the oil pressure light stayed on. I left the bike until the next morning as the light had gone. Inspection the next day showed the sump was full of goo, nasty horrible goo. It would appear that my earlier attempts to remove 'mayo' created by the mech seal had not been successful or stringent enough and when remnants of said mayo combined with the fresh Mineral oil I ended up with what can only be described as Green Jelly in the bottom half of the engine block! As far as I am aware nobody else in the MCC has ever seen this before and tbh I hope nobody else does, getting it out was a real messy job! (A video can be seen on the CX-GL Fans Facebook Page). From now on, I run my bike on semi synthetic oil. Thankfully she's none the worse for the experience, but having to be relayed home by the AA is not something I want to do again any time soon. Thankfully my pillion maintained a sense of humour throughout and I have to say the five AA mechs who got me home were, for the most part, really good dudes. RGDS Lin.
  15. Lin

    Which Oil?

    All I can say (from dreadful experience) is do NoT use Mineral Oil with Silicate Free Coolant. I attended 'Ride To The Wall' this year and ended up coming home via the AA! The story starts some while ago, in fact in May. I went to the Paignton Bike Festival on Hetty (my 650 SWing) and noted on the ride down - approx 20 miles - that the bike got hot, and stayed hot. A check the following morning, when the bike was cold revealed a lack of coolant. As I'd had the bike off the road for over two years, I assumed, due to visible evidence, that a percentage of coolant had leaked away from around the thermostat. So I topped it up and didn't give it a second thought (as you do). A while later I took the bike out for a ride and noted all was not well with the beastie. Further investigation led me to a failed mech seal.......... The seal, along with the cam chain and the oil seal was replaced forthwith, the bike was then test ridden and all seemed well. A short while later I, and pillion, plus luggage made the trek up to Burton On Trent for RTTW. An hour or so after arrival I went to move the bike and the oil pressure light stayed on. I left the bike until the next morning as the light had gone. Inspection the next day showed the sump was full of goo, nasty horrible goo. It would appear that my earlier attempts to remove 'mayo' created by the mech seal had not been successful or stringent enough and when remnants of said mayo combined with the fresh Mineral oil I ended up with what can only be described as Green Jelly in the bottom half of the engine block! As far as I am aware nobody else in the MCC has ever seen this before and tbh I hope nobody else does, getting it out was a real messy job! (A video can be seen on the CX-GL Fans Facebook Page). From now on, I run my bike on semi synthetic oil. Thankfully she's none the worse for the experience, but having to be relayed home by the AA is not something I want to do again any time soon. Thankfully my pillion maintained a sense of humour throughout and I have to say the five AA mechs who got me home were, for the most part, really good dudes. RGDS Lin.

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