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« Reply #735 on: August 15, 2020, 09:31:06 AM »
I tightened my chain yesterday and it took all of 3 minutes probably. The axle is nowhere near all the way extended.

But I do need a new chain as it happens as I said there is a tight spot in it.

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« Reply #736 on: August 15, 2020, 09:40:12 AM »
Have you tried chain wax go loosen it? Or is it an issue with the pin?

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« Reply #737 on: August 15, 2020, 01:12:51 PM »
Have you tried chain wax go loosen it? Or is it an issue with the pin?

Well I grease my chain (stop giggling at the back!) quite regularly so I doubt it's that.

It's worse when the chain is tight so I leave it a little bit loose. It's stretching quite quickly now compared to new - so I'll probably order a new one soon.

The trouble is - I don't ride in the winter at all unless I have to - and my job finishes in October so maybe i'll just wait.

Or get a 15 chain just to get me to next spring instead of the 50 that lasts a lot longer but i won't be using much come Autumn.

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« Reply #738 on: August 15, 2020, 05:12:18 PM »
Have you tried chain wax go loosen it? Or is it an issue with the pin?

Well I grease my chain (stop giggling at the back!) quite regularly so I doubt it's that.

It's worse when the chain is tight so I leave it a little bit loose. It's stretching quite quickly now compared to new - so I'll probably order a new one soon.

The trouble is - I don't ride in the winter at all unless I have to - and my job finishes in October so maybe i'll just wait.

Or get a 15 chain just to get me to next spring instead of the 50 that lasts a lot longer but i won't be using much come Autumn.

So do you mind me asking what model Zontes you have? I was doing a some research on the bike.

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« Reply #739 on: August 16, 2020, 11:32:32 AM »
It's a Tiger 125cc

I've ridden well over 30,000 miles on it in 3 years and it's only had one major problem in that time.

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« Reply #740 on: August 16, 2020, 12:45:31 PM »
It's a Tiger 125cc

I've ridden well over 30,000 miles on it in 3 years and it's only had one major problem in that time.

Curious question - what are the laws regarding licensing vs. size of motorcycle? I thought that some places across the pond had pretty hard restrictions.

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« Reply #741 on: August 16, 2020, 02:35:13 PM »
I have to do a CBT ( compulsory basic training ) every 2 years. It costs around 150 which is fine as that pays for the whole day.

You basically just prove you are competent and confident on the road and can control the bike and do all the basic and emergency manoeuvres.

For that you need a provisional driving license - which means you can only ride a 125cc motorbike with L plates on.

Which does not bother me one iota since my Tiger can go 80 on a good day and the speed limit is 60.

I never hold anyone up behind me and I can keep up with traffic.

I've tried my Dad's 600cc Yamaha Diversion and I don't feel safe on big bikes at all.

Plus the amount of times people on superbikes have overtaken me on a hairpin bend is ridiculous. You have no idea if anything is coming - and if it is - you're fucked.

I basically don't want that ability in my quiver so to speak.

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« Reply #742 on: August 17, 2020, 07:19:07 AM »
Ok so doing some more planning I came across this: https://www.cascadeloop.com/ I think I'm going to book the tickets to Seattle today or tomorrow. Prices for next year June are $266 round trip and Seattle has a lot more motorcycle rental options than portland, not to mention this ride looks amazing.

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« Reply #743 on: August 17, 2020, 09:04:54 AM »
Ok so doing some more planning I came across this: https://www.cascadeloop.com/ I think I'm going to book the tickets to Seattle today or tomorrow. Prices for next year June are $266 round trip and Seattle has a lot more motorcycle rental options than portland, not to mention this ride looks amazing.

That looks awesome. Do you have an idea of what bike you would want to rent when you get there?

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« Reply #744 on: August 17, 2020, 09:25:40 AM »
I have to do a CBT ( compulsory basic training ) every 2 years. It costs around 150 which is fine as that pays for the whole day.

You basically just prove you are competent and confident on the road and can control the bike and do all the basic and emergency manoeuvres.

For that you need a provisional driving license - which means you can only ride a 125cc motorbike with L plates on.

Which does not bother me one iota since my Tiger can go 80 on a good day and the speed limit is 60.

I never hold anyone up behind me and I can keep up with traffic.

I've tried my Dad's 600cc Yamaha Diversion and I don't feel safe on big bikes at all.

Plus the amount of times people on superbikes have overtaken me on a hairpin bend is ridiculous. You have no idea if anything is coming - and if it is - you're fucked.

I basically don't want that ability in my quiver so to speak.

So if you want to go to a bigger bike, do the requirements differ? I thought I heard that Germany requires you start on a lower cc bike for so many years and then you can go to the next size and of course pay more money. Here in the States you just have to pass the written and riding test and you can get as big of a bike that you want. It's not uncommon to hear of new riders crashing after buying their first bike.

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« Reply #745 on: August 17, 2020, 09:32:43 AM »
Ok so doing some more planning I came across this: https://www.cascadeloop.com/ I think I'm going to book the tickets to Seattle today or tomorrow. Prices for next year June are $266 round trip and Seattle has a lot more motorcycle rental options than portland, not to mention this ride looks amazing.

That looks awesome. Do you have an idea of what bike you would want to rent when you get there?

Note sure, eagleride has a bunch of bikes for rent. They have a BMW 1200GS for rent and I've always wanted to ride one. If you go here https://www.eaglerider.com/ you can see what's avaiable. The Yamaha Super Tenere looks neat and they have a few Harley's. I'm sure after doing roadtrips on my R6 anything will be more comfortable.

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« Reply #746 on: August 17, 2020, 10:36:17 AM »
Ok so doing some more planning I came across this: https://www.cascadeloop.com/ I think I'm going to book the tickets to Seattle today or tomorrow. Prices for next year June are $266 round trip and Seattle has a lot more motorcycle rental options than portland, not to mention this ride looks amazing.

That looks awesome. Do you have an idea of what bike you would want to rent when you get there?

Sweet! When the time is right, you should start a new thread and keep it updated ride vicariously through you.   ;D
Note sure, eagleride has a bunch of bikes for rent. They have a BMW 1200GS for rent and I've always wanted to ride one. If you go here https://www.eaglerider.com/ you can see what's avaiable. The Yamaha Super Tenere looks neat and they have a few Harley's. I'm sure after doing roadtrips on my R6 anything will be more comfortable.

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« Reply #747 on: August 17, 2020, 11:49:23 AM »

Note sure, eagleride has a bunch of bikes for rent. They have a BMW 1200GS for rent and I've always wanted to ride one. If you go here https://www.eaglerider.com/ you can see what's avaiable. The Yamaha Super Tenere looks neat and they have a few Harley's. I'm sure after doing roadtrips on my R6 anything will be more comfortable.

No doubt

and speaking of supersports, I took the CBR out for the first since February today. I found a place that did oil changes/inspections that is 25mins away and I can use all beautiful backroads to get there. When I got on the CBR, I was like "damn, I actually used to take this thing on day trips?  :lol"

Made me really appreciate the comfort of the Harley.


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« Reply #748 on: August 17, 2020, 06:11:01 PM »

So if you want to go to a bigger bike, do the requirements differ? I thought I heard that Germany requires you start on a lower cc bike for so many years and then you can go to the next size and of course pay more money. Here in the States you just have to pass the written and riding test and you can get as big of a bike that you want. It's not uncommon to hear of new riders crashing after buying their first bike.

Yes. You need to do another test - and I asked about the test I could do to ride my 125cc without L plates, take a passenger or go on motorways and it was stupid money.

Even more reason to stick to the CBT.

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Re: Motorcycle Thread
« Reply #749 on: September 11, 2020, 01:25:38 PM »
Just got new hard mounted saddlebags and a backrest/luggage rack installed and they are working out great. I feel very comfortable going super long distance with this set up.




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Re: Motorcycle Thread
« Reply #750 on: September 11, 2020, 04:04:31 PM »
Looks great! How many highway miles does a tank get you?

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« Reply #751 on: September 11, 2020, 04:58:24 PM »
If I can be extra careful when filling and get the gas filled totally to the top, it will go 210 miles on one tank, which works fantastic.

And on a side note, at some point in the next few months I'm gonna try and do the Stage II Harley upgrade which would add new Cams and its supposed to have a nice boost in power.
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« Reply #752 on: September 11, 2020, 05:46:40 PM »
I have a 15 litre tank I think...

If I fill the tank to brimming I can do around 350kilometres or 210 miles and that's around 15.

Work is 32 km away so 64 km a day. I need to fill up around once a week.

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« Reply #753 on: September 12, 2020, 07:46:06 AM »
Bike looks great!

You know, Harley's are very reliable machines but it's when you get beyond the Stage 1 kits and start messing the cams that people run into reliability issues. I had a friend that used to declare that we should be buying CVOs for all the money we put into the bikes after we get them.