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Biker's Cafe Chatroom

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by IC3, 3 Feb 2016.

  1. Captain

    Capodecina

    Joined: 1 Dec 2011

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    I went for the evotech one, hopefully it'll be delivered today as it was posted yesterday by royal mail special delivery.
     
  2. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 26 Dec 2003

    Posts: 28,252

    Location: Shropshire

    I've never had any issues with them before and I've spent far too much money with them.

    We'll see how it turns out.
     
  3. tom_e

    Man of Honour

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    Location: Shropshire

    I'd imagine so. As soon as you accept a pay out they'll just wash their hands of it.
     
  4. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: 24 Mar 2011

    Posts: 6,412

    Location: Kent

    Got myself a proper snow foam lance so will give it a go later, I know you're supposed to foam onto a dry vehicle, but I think I'll do sdoc100 gel on the low dirty bits, rinse off, then foam. If I had a nice bike I'd then do a 2 bucket wash, clay bar and then carnuba wax, but it's my commuter CB400... so sdoc100 and foam will do! :D
     
  5. phil675

    Mobster

    Joined: 15 Jan 2005

    Posts: 4,530

    Location: UK

    Hmm I would do the foam first to get the loose dirt off then the S-Doc for the stuck on grime. Not an expert though :p
     
  6. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: 24 Mar 2011

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    Location: Kent

    Sdoc has to go onto a dry bike though, foam is a pre wash and sdoc100 is a prewash degreaser effectively :)

    All done, the autoglym detergent I used was ok, didn't stay put for very long on the bike or my dad's car though, so may look into getting some better stuff.
     
  7. Captain

    Capodecina

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    Did you cover the whole bike including the dash?
     
  8. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: 24 Mar 2011

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    With the foam? yeah, obviously the sdoc100 I only used on the grimey parts - swingarm, front calipers, and some underside areas. Then rinsed that off and covered the whole bike with snowfoam - it only lasted around 5 minutes before it had nearly disappeared though, so I'll look at getting some stuff more suited to being used as snowfoam.
     
  9. ConTRo13R

    Mobster

    Joined: 3 Mar 2008

    Posts: 3,147

    Location: Canterbury, Kent

    My firestorm goes into commuting duty next week, 80 miles a day, Basically I have to fill the tank every single day. Maybe my choice of bike was wrong hehe
     
  10. Scooby_WR1

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 20 May 2007

    Posts: 1,031

    Location: Stoke-on-Trent

    Went and fetched some accessories for the triple today, will hopefully be fitting them tomorrow.

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  11. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: 24 Mar 2011

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    Location: Kent

    Every day?! Sod that! More than once a week is too much for me! :D
     
  12. ConTRo13R

    Mobster

    Joined: 3 Mar 2008

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    Location: Canterbury, Kent

    Yep 5 days a week! My once 'fun' bike with its 12 mile commute to work and the rest for pleasure is no more. I'm thinking about selling her but I have put far too much money into her for this. Although the Ohlins rear and 954 Fireblade front end will fetch enough to buy a commuter....
     
  13. tom_e

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 26 Dec 2003

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    Location: Shropshire

    I bet your bank balance hates you now Scooby!

    Spent my day cleaning and lubing my throttle body pivots, cleaning excess filter oil out of my air box obviously got a bit over excited oiling my k&n, fishing a lost screwdriver out of my tail fairing and fitting a new seat lock so all my locks match again.

    The throttle body clean and lube has made a massive difference everything was obviously getting a bit grubby and sticky which was causing my revs to stutter during fast idle and generally take a bit of pep out of the bike during acceleration which is now back and everything feels much smoother and punchier :D
     
  14. Craig321

    Capodecina

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  15. Captain

    Capodecina

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    I've been looking for a decent snow foam too, I want one that sticks to the bike for a good 4-5 minutes. Is it OK going on the chain too?

    Any recommendations on a good tank bag? I'd like a magnetic one, not too big, it'll only carry a drink, maybe some food if I can't stop, my phone and wallet will be kept in my pocket as normal.
     
  16. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

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    Well we used autoglym pressure wash, which wasn't great. Although we did realise just how little product it takes - I put about an inch, maybe a little over - in the bottom of a litre foam bottle, the rest warm water and that did my bike and a vauxhall insignia country tourer (aka BIG estate car).

    This was almost identical to how it looked/lasted:


    Not great, it's quite thin and not that foamy. Only lasts 5 minutes maximum (enough time to coat the car after doing the bike) before it had almost dissappeared.

    So, I'm going to pick some Magifoam, this stuff :D


    Seems to get good reviews and is a lot thinker and stays on a lot longer. I reckon if you're just doing one bike you only need 300ml total, that's probably a cm of the foam wash in the bottle.

    It's no different to other shampoos so won't be harmful, it's just in a foam format rather than being applied by hand. It took a little chain lube off but not much so can't see it being harmful at all.

    As for a tank bag, why not get a givi tank lock or similar? No damage to pain and they're a lot easier to take off when you need to fill up!
     
  17. TripleT

    Sgarrista

    Joined: 24 Oct 2002

    Posts: 9,536

    Location: Manchester City Centre

    Find out what the guys at All Year Biker use? My bike covered in foam below (in spoiler tags as it's massive and I'm on my phone and CBA changing sorry :p). Was covered for ages.

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  18. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

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    Location: Kent

    Yeah mine was the same when i got it done back in January 2015

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  19. Craig321

    Capodecina

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    Givi tanklock bag.

    I've got the XS307 and it's perfect.
     
  20. Captain

    Capodecina

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    Thats foam looks good, I'll have a look now and see how expensive it is, my bike is filthy, I haven't washed it for 2 months!

    I hadn't thought about the locking bag, I've always liked the magnetic one for ease.