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by macplaxton
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: MOT Exemption Changes
Replies: 30
Views: 1124

Re: MOT Exemption Changes

The no insurance thing is a red herring - there's no MOT here on the Isle of Man, but we are still insured.... Yes. There is no periodic roadworthiness testing of motorcycles in Ireland and I'm still insured to roam around the EU. Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Malta, Netherlands, Norwa...
by macplaxton
Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: MOT Exemption Changes
Replies: 30
Views: 1124

Re: MOT Exemption Changes

Carole Nash have already added a standard requirement on their policies that an MOT is required, regardless of the age of the vehicle, Reading their Jan 2017 T&Cs (and given that MOT-exemption for pre-1960 vehicles has been in effect since 2012), I would counter that the above statement is lacking ...
by macplaxton
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Gone and done it again.
Replies: 28
Views: 1279

Re: Gone and done it again.

If your horn itself works, you shouldn't need to replace it. It's a wiring issue. Having looked at the diagrams, the 60/6 earths the horn out at the switch when it is pressed. Power > Horn > Horn switch (which completes the circuit to ground when pressed) On the 60/7 it goes Power > Horn switch (whi...
by macplaxton
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: R60/6 horn failure
Replies: 29
Views: 1031

Re: R60/6 horn failure

Pete, it might be simpler just to keep to the one thread.
by macplaxton
Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Dirty forks
Replies: 10
Views: 543

Re: Dirty forks

Fork oil capacity 0.47 litre" (I take this to be per fork tube?).
You take that right:

From the BMW Service Manual: "Fill quantity in each fork leg - 0.470L (0.827 Imp. pints)"
by macplaxton
Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:55 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: Tire fitting
Replies: 30
Views: 1258

Re: Tire fitting

Ratchet strap?
by macplaxton
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:37 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Bit the bullet and gone to windows 10
Replies: 26
Views: 1336

Re: Bit the bullet and gone to windows 10

Do I gather from the OP that its possible to install Win10 on a separate SSD connected by USB cable? Or did I get that wrong? Official Microsoft answer: No. Unless you have Windows 10 Enterprise edition then you can use Windows To Go to provision a USB drive with a complete and managed Windows 10 s...
by macplaxton
Sun Nov 05, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: General Off Topic Chat
Topic: Bit the bullet and gone to windows 10
Replies: 26
Views: 1336

Re: Bit the bullet and gone to windows 10

Wife has Mint 18.1 with a Cinnamon desktop. Had to update the kernel to 4.8 though as her computer has a too new Intel wi-fi card for 4.4. It's an Intel NUC7i3BNH with 16GB and a 250GB Samsung 960 Evo M2 SSD. My ears aren't sore, so it can't be flaky. ;-) Having said that, I did have a few troubles ...
by macplaxton
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Engine Oil
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: Engine Oil

Call me a skinflint..... You skinflint Pete! :grin: How about just buying 20/25L at a time? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/302255248661 works out at 12 quid / 5L. API SL isn't a problem with no wet clutches involved (made that mistake years back shoving some Castrol Magnatex that I had lying around in ...
by macplaxton
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Engine Oil
Replies: 9
Views: 562

Re: Engine Oil

Millers ZSS 20W50 semi-synthetic. Previous time was some Motul 10W40 I had bought as local motorcycle shop only had 20W50 in 1L containers, but when quite warm it was sounded bit tappetty (100k+ miles), so decided to stick with 20W50 from now one having found somewhere that had it in bigger containe...
by macplaxton
Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: First Time Airhead Owner - 1983 R80 with RS Fairing
Replies: 24
Views: 1291

Re: First Time Airhead Owner - 1983 R80 with RS Fairing

I keep nearly forgetting not to add Castol valvemaster
Do Castrol still do Valvemaster? I haven't looked into it recently, but I heard elsewhere that they may have stopped supplying it.
by macplaxton
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Hexhead (R1200) Q&A's
Topic: warning signs when buying a 2009 r1200rt
Replies: 38
Views: 1600

Re: warning signs when buying a 2009 r1200rt

what does the ECE mean?
For quiz players:

Economic Commission for Europe.
by macplaxton
Mon Oct 23, 2017 9:53 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: Slim spark plug socket
Replies: 1
Views: 220

Slim spark plug socket

I know there are various slim spark plug sockets out there to make life easier reaching oilhead spark plugs, but being a tool tart :king: I would like to report back on this particular one. Koken 3300C-180/16 Spark plug socket with Spring Clips. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4506/37856445092_84ee7b...
by macplaxton
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: First Time Airhead Owner - 1983 R80 with RS Fairing
Replies: 24
Views: 1291

Re: First Time Airhead Owner - 1983 R80 with RS Fairing

you need a fuel additive for that, but you can't actually get them with lead in any more (inevitably).
Can you not? I thought TetraBOOST was the fuel additive that actually was tetraethyl-lead?
by macplaxton
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:25 am
Forum: Sidecar Chat
Topic: Ferries - Fares for chairs/trikes
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Re: Ferries - Fares for chairs/trikes

Thanks for that Keith, I had a look at the fare breakdown for that operator/route. Very little discount as such for being on two wheels as a solo motorcycle is £21 less each way compared to a car. Solo m/c + trailer = Combo = Trike = Car Rate Combo + trailer = Trike + trailer = Car + trailer = +£49....
by macplaxton
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:59 am
Forum: Sidecar Chat
Topic: Ferries - Fares for chairs/trikes
Replies: 2
Views: 355

Ferries - Fares for chairs/trikes

Thought I'd best split this off from my other thread regarding family saloons. I wouldn't bank on cheaper ferries. Some companies seem to charge as much as for a car. Name and shame these "rogue" ferry operators! I'm thinking primarily of the "cartel" on the Irish Sea rather than the Channel ones. S...
by macplaxton
Sat Oct 14, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Sidecar Chat
Topic: Family saloons
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Family saloons

For many years (even before I was married) I've fancied a bit on the side. Just like unicycling though, I've never got round to it, but I fancy attaching some sort of gargantuan dead weight to (perhaps an additional) oilhead RT. I'm motivated by not having tried it out and also the carrot of cheaper...
by macplaxton
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Airhead Q&A's
Topic: LED replacement for H4 main light bulb
Replies: 13
Views: 1226

Re: LED replacement for H4 main light bulb

Hi ts:
Give this site a look over
http://www.norbsa02.freeuk.com
He seems to know his stuff and also does loads of other lighting stuff for bike both 6v and 12v
He know's his stuff. I used to pour pints for him on a Tuesday night when the local MAG were meeting. :wink:
by macplaxton
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: LIDL Thursday 21/09/2017 - Car Essentials
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: LIDL Thursday 21/09/2017 - Car Essentials

I've probably said this before on here but I've bought 2 of the car battery chargers over the years. The first failed after 3 years the 2nd failed after about 2 and of course by then had lost the receipt (both were used very infrequently). Maybe I was just unlucky but did not buy a third and bought...
by macplaxton
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: WiFi Borescope
Replies: 7
Views: 568

Re: WiFi Borescope

A WiFi one is a bit pointless IMO, You still need to get it inside places, so it might as well be the cable.

Now where can I find a 6mm clear petrol-proof plastic disc and some petrol-proof glue? I want to cloak mine in a nylon tube and seal the end of the nylon tube for petrol tank exploration.
by macplaxton
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:00 am
Forum: General Motorcycle Chat
Topic: WiFi Borescope
Replies: 7
Views: 568

Re: WiFi Borescope

This is similar to the one I got, but mine does not work on Android: I've got one similar and it works on both Android phones I've tested it on. However, on my Android phone (Oukitel K10000, MTK chip, Android 6.0), it only works with CameraFi set at very low res, something like 178 x 124. On wife's...
by macplaxton
Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Sidecar Chat
Topic: numberplate - three row?
Replies: 13
Views: 905

Re: numberplate - three row?

You may well be leaving yourself wide open with that plate, your bike was first registered in November 2015 That's an old blog quote there, and anyway, we're in Sept 2017 now. Non-reflective plates are aligned to the tax status. Looks wrong, but the unintended result of fiddling with legislation. N...
by macplaxton
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Your Travel Tales
Topic: A little jaunt round Wales.
Replies: 20
Views: 1005

Re: A little jaunt round Wales.

Are these permanent repairs, would you run at 80 mph on them all day? None of these are permanent repairs and will have 80km/h disclaimers, etc. (I have ignored this in the past and left Rema Tip-Top plugs** into until due a tyre change) Is a small hand bicycle pump, 10" long, enough to inflate the...
by macplaxton
Sat Aug 26, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Your Travel Tales
Topic: A little jaunt round Wales.
Replies: 20
Views: 1005

Re: A little jaunt round Wales.

Hella plugs are easy to obtain, being common in lorries. http://i.ebayimg.com/10/!Bki71YQB2k~$(KGrHqEH-EEEs92wUJf)BLY!sqUTNw~~_12.JPG http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/9YMAAOSwPCVX5S0k/s-l800.jpg ( http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/360229842138 ) Lighter socket to Hella plug is easy too such as the Hella 8KA 00...
by macplaxton
Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Oilhead (R1100/1150/Cruiser) Q&A's
Topic: External fuel pump.
Replies: 12
Views: 862

Re: External fuel pump.

3) Any external pump will prefer to be as near to the tank as possible, e.g. they are better at pushing rather than pulling.

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