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What did you do to your bike today?

Discussion in 'Biker's Cafe' started by edd1e, May 3, 2012.

  1. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,280

    I charged the battery, ready for end of feb... It's snowing so I somehow doubt i'll get to ride much end of feb but one can hope! Battery was pretty low 13ish and took a whole day to get to 14.1, hopefully that's not a sign it's gone, only replaced it a year and a bit ago.
     
  2. SPARC

    Mobster

    Joined: Jun 7, 2010

    Posts: 2,722

    Location: Scotland

    Haven't been on the bike in ages. Today was MOT and a little blast.

    It was a little damp on the roads from yesterdays rain but the temperature was fine.

    Got back home at lunch time, took one look at the bike, sighed and dragged out the pressure washer .... the roads are still disgusting.
     
  3. CGrieves

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 25, 2002

    Posts: 1,822

    Location: Clapham Junction

    Nah, 13V is fine, especially if it's been sitting for more than a few days. Most chargers will take a while to top up the last few volts to avoid gassing.
     
  4. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,755

    Location: Kent

    Yeah so long as a 12v battery holds at least 12.6v when it's been off the charger you're good - each cell (x6) holds 2.1v.
     
  5. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,280

    Good to know, when it comes to batteries I'm a bit on the paranoid side! It's been sitting in the cold for a while and saddly got no way to tether it in the underground (shared) garage. Will try keep it indoors and charged for a while longer :)
     
  6. CGrieves

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 25, 2002

    Posts: 1,822

    Location: Clapham Junction

    Just a thought- £100 or so will get you a solar rig with enough juice to keep a couple of bikes topped up.
     
  7. arfoll

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jan 25, 2011

    Posts: 1,280

    My apartment has a large shared underground parking underneath it. Not much sunlight comes in ;-) I've thought about it before especially as my cover has a hole/slot for a solar panel.
     
  8. Scratchy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 1, 2005

    Posts: 1,369

    I've also just charged my battery getting it ready to be traded in for something new the end of March probably, just trying to decide on what to go for next now.
     
  9. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jul 13, 2004

    Posts: 41,831

    Location: /* */

    What are you looking for in a new bike?
     
  10. Scratchy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 1, 2005

    Posts: 1,369

    I'm into naked bikes mainly, I haven't been riding all that long (about 2 years) I'd class myself as a fair weather rider :D So mainly road riding, I live in the northwest so day trips into Wales, Peak District, Lake District are my go to at weekends though I'm also not to far from Oulton Park so have looked at maybe trying out some track days to gain more riding experience. Also thought of doing some light touring of Scotland this year possibly the NC500.

    I've been looking at an Mt-09 or a Street Triple RS, I know the RS is by far the better bike and a better comparison would be the R or MT-09 SP which are more road focused bikes of a similar price but I look at what you get for the extra £1000 on the RS and I'm just drawn more towards it.

    No decisions made yet though.
     
  11. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

    Joined: Jul 13, 2004

    Posts: 41,831

    Location: /* */

    An older street triple 675R is leagues ahead of the MT-09. Even the SP model is lacking in suspension as the front forks are the same as the standard model.

    The street triple rs is lacking in the electronics for the new price but the suspension, chassis, brakes, power to weight ratio, and character are flawless. I nearly bought one instead of the MT-10 for £7600 with 9000 km.
     
  12. CGrieves

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Oct 25, 2002

    Posts: 1,822

    Location: Clapham Junction

    The MT-09SP addresses the main problem (the shock) with an Ohlins, and the forks are also new and fully adjustable. Having said all that, I'd still buy the base model instead and sort it.

    Having owned a 675 (and tried the 765), I'd consider one over the MT if it was going to be my only bike, especially if it involved track work, but I'd always be missing the MT-09's torque (especially against the 675) and sheer silliness. Oh, and the flames :D

    Ride both.
     
  13. Scratchy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Dec 1, 2005

    Posts: 1,369

    I did ride an MT-09 a few months ago and really enjoyed it, just seemed like a really fun bike, I'd also go for the base model as I don't like the colour scheme of the SP model.

    As for the RS I've not ridden one yet but plan on changing that once we get some better weather, I haven't considered the 675R because honestly I don't like the look of it, I really prefer the look of the newer model.

    I think if I went for the MT I'd have it for a couple of years before changing it but if I went for the RS I'd plan on keeping it for a long time.
     
  14. Kreeeee

    Man of Honour

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    All the reports I've seen say the front forks are not an improvement. I haven't personally tried the SP though.

    I completely get the sheer silliness aspect :)
     
  15. helpimcrap

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 13, 2004

    Posts: 12,345

    Location: Leicestershire

    MOTed my CBR600FX.

    Need to strip the panels off ideally, clean the bike and reattach the fairing correctly as some bolts are missing. It was a job that I was going to do over the winter but no heating or light in the garage turned out to be rather restricting. I'll wait until summer when I no longer have uni.
     
  16. MowyTone

    Mobster

    Joined: May 4, 2009

    Posts: 3,359

    Location: Southampton

    You can get a bolt replacement kit on ebay. has really come in handy with my CBR
     
  17. ShakenNstirred

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jun 5, 2003

    Posts: 8,853

    Location: sawley/ long eaton

    Changed a frayed throttle cable on my Trials bike, got a trial tomorrow.
     
  18. uksoldierboy

    Mobster

    Joined: Aug 6, 2009

    Posts: 4,122

    Location: Wales

    Spent the day fitting some Brembo GP4s and RCS MC to the R1, literally transformed the bike, loads more feel, the stopping power is just savage and they look good too.

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  19. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,755

    Location: Kent

    It hasn't moved from the garage yesterday or today, and probably won't all week, we've had 6 inches of snow and more to come later today...

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  20. IC3

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Dec 3, 2011

    Posts: 9,220

    Bruv dat insta filter is overkill...

    The 2012+ Street looks better than MT09, but only with the little screen and bellypan. Without it... just No. :o

    This with a racefit stubby would look ace, black doesn't look too bad either. :cool:
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