Scotland bash 2019

Looking well Graham, just needs some paint on the fairing, looks like your panniers are all packed up ready for Scotland, see you on Friday matey.
Well, today is D Day for the R, I have the carbs back off trying to cure the petrol/vent pipe issue, been fighting a persistent oil leak all week, water pump failure just to make matters worse, if it ain running right by Monday evening I will be doing Scotland on the bolder again, catch you all on Friday.

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Looks like we all have our problems,went to start the R yesterday and nothing.Battery dead as a nit.Its never been on a charger even over winter and has never given any problems.I charged it for a while and the bike fired up fine,put the meter on it and found no charge going into it.long story short the reg rec was fried,so much so that it had melted the mounting plate.I replaced the regulator and she’s charging fine.Weird one as it’s done this overnight

Looks good Graham, did you get fork seals done? Cant wait till Friday, how many of us are going this year bif?

Looking forward to Friday. Unfortunately I will be on my other V4 as my bol is back in bits.:anguished:

There are at least six of us Gary,hoping that it’s seven

Right guys, I will be at McDonalds at carlisle from 10.45 on the morning of 10/5/19. Hope to see you there.

See you there John, did a 50 mile shakedown run yesterday to make sure fuel pump etc working and all went well so Scotland here I come!

Garyb

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Yep, see you all at Carlisle in morning,

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well, another great Scottish trip completed, four days of good weather, great roads and company, even a little bit of culture this year, big thank you to all who participated and made this weekend a real hoot, your a great bunch of lads, these trips just wouldn’t be the same without you
big thank you to bif for all his hard work organising it all so we can just turn up, ride the roads and drink the beer.

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Best bike trip since IoM TT 1985!!! Lovely weather, incredible roads, great laughs and mind blowing scenery. Bike never missed a beat, I think I clocked up around 1200 miles and when we split at Carlisle I headed off to the Hartside pass, Alston, Hawes, Leyburn and Ripon before heading home. That was probably a bad idea as my knees were agony the last 30 miles. Really looking forward to the next trip, cheers chaps.

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I’m really pleased everyone had a good time,that was our fourth trip and although we covered less miles than last year,having a few more stops each day and a bit of culture thrown in too,made it all the more enjoyable.Thanks Johnboy for taking point and getting everyone to and from the border.
I will be better organised next year and get the whole trip with you all.
My thanks to all who made the effort to be there
Best regards Bif

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Here’s a couple of my cultural pics.20190512_100927 20190512_172948

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What a handsome bunch of men! I will post the photos I’ve got soon.

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mainly from cafe on route to fort William, last two on final day. thought i had taken more!

Garyb

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Yes ,all in all it was a great trip! The roads and weather were outstanding as was the craic in the bar!
Unfortunately I was unable to enjoy riding my Bol d’Or as it is still in bits but that should be remedied very soon.
A huge thanks to everyone for turning up and putting up with my sometimes inept navigational skills as well as Bif for organising it all in the first place.
I really enjoyed the ride on Bifs R! I know Gary tried it too but I have to say it is the finest handling VF I have ridden. I know we tend to look at power gains as the way to go but in real terms the suspension and wheels mods provide more usable improvement.
All I can do now is look forward to the next trip.
It was nice to meet Andy and renew the older aquaintances.
Hope to see some of you on the 26th at Moffat and maybe we could arrange a Yorkshire rideout shortly?
Cheers lads.

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Couldn’t agree more John, sorting out the handling allows you to go much faster than any performance mods, after riding bifs bike I’m now concentrating on the suspension though I’m unlikely to find a pair of wheels like that!

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I would hold off going down the mag wheel route Gary,they can be problematic.
I went to wheel the R out of the garage for a much needed wash only to find it had a flat rear tyre.
No puncture on the tyre but a 3/4" crack in a spoke to rim joint.
Maybe the slightly heavier CBR wheels (+2kg) are a safer option
:rage: Bif

Oh no! Cbr wheels it is then. Going to do forks first, springs and emulators should be here Monday so will fit them and see how that feels. Any tips on fitting will be much appreciated, from reading the blurb on the website it sounds like you only do left fork if you want to keep the rebound damping, what have people done in the past fitted one or lost rebound damping by fitting two, don’t think the original rebound was much good anyway and wondered if it could be set and then remove the adjuster and fit emulator?

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Losing the rebound damping is no big deal as the 15wt oil seems to control it very well.Leaving the bleed hole open on the damping tube would effect the compression damping that the emulator is designed to control.
Rear wheel heading off to a specialist near York for investigation and possible repair,reverting to the CBR option to keep me mobile.Going to take a bit of time,I’ve fitted the set up on the rear of my project so have two to strip out and tyres to swap as well.
It’s all fun and games Bif

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Have read the instructions now instead of just skimming over them, it looks like I may be off the road for a week or so as I need to take damping rods to work to braze rebound holes and drill new compression ones. Good luck with wheel, I’m having no luck with replacement speedo and may have to get one from USA as any in UK seem to cost ridiculous amounts.

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