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On Two Wheels - Bikers Chat / Re: Motorcycle Museum's
« on: Today at 08:25:53 AM »
Very nice,....I were thinking the other day, is there a country that doesn't have some kind of motoring museum?

I do enjoy going to them but I kind of feel sad when I leave, knowing that they all just sit there on display rather than being used like they were intended to be. :012:

Tyres and Wheels / Re: TPMS Battery low
« on: Today at 08:17:34 AM »
Is there a way of telling if you have the newer or older type just by looking at the valve whilst the tyre is still on the wheel? The dust caps on mine look like the valve on the right of that picture for example,....obviously a dust cap could have been just been swapped over etc so can't rely on that if that were the only tell tell sign from the outside.

Tyres and Wheels / Re: TPMS Battery low
« on: Yesterday at 08:32:03 AM »
*Originally Posted by 1215 [+]
I simply used CR2032 without the tags on (cheap as chips) NOT specifically motherboard batts and soldered two short wires on to replace tags, (HOT iron with fine point both tinned and short contact, no overheat!).
Set that are on my TTSE are now 14 months and still reading OK.
After doing the fix on 4 sets of TPMS (all triumphs) I shall be changing the battery probably every time tyres are off.
Shall be doing the added replaceable holder as in video next time in there!

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Tyres and Wheels / Re: TPMS Battery low
« on: March 16, 2019, 09:00:05 PM »
*Originally Posted by 1215 [+]
Just drifted on here after a long break and can not be bothered to read all 15 pages, suffice to say the batteries are replaceable.... WITH CARE (when tyres being changed for example).
I have done 4 sets of TPMS at only the cost of the batteries 2032 (couple of quid).
Followed links from Kawasaki concours 14 TPMS battery change,  same type of wheel sensor.
I used plain batteries and soldered wire tails on to attach to strips but further new searches have come up with a guy 'curtis konie' on you tube who has taken our type of TPMS and added a reusable battery holder.

This is the video I take it, the comments I see that using a motherboard battery with wires already attached is mentioned but aren't all these rechargeable types? If they are I wonder how long one would last in this application??
Just a thought if anyone is going to go down that route. :002: 

Tyres and Wheels / Continental Road Attack 2 tyres
« on: March 15, 2019, 09:12:01 PM »
Anyone got any experience of these tyres on a Trophy?

What do you think of them in general and what sort of mileage have you got out of them?

On Two Wheels - Bikers Chat / Get you home 'bodge' jobs/quick fixes.
« on: March 15, 2019, 07:37:56 PM »

Just read the above, good idea if you are really caught out in the middle of nowhere I thought. :002:

Feel free to add any other such 'MacGyver' ideas/bodges that result in getting a vehicle moving again. :002:

If they were going to check/adjust the camshaft timing and valves, lubricate the headstock bearings etc, that price wouldn't be so bad I guess. Personally I don't trust any of them to do a proper job, most mechanics are pressed for time, bikes like this one needs a lot of stripping before you even get to some items.

*Originally Posted by ZShyster [+]

I may be the only one on this forum that does this, but I change mine out, (both brake and shifter) with a new one each oil change.  This may sound excessive but the two of them cost less than an oil filter and the cost of repair for one braking on the road is astronomical.

My background is in aviation where some parts are recognized as life limited, i.e., you replace before they fail.  I look at these two bolts the same way.  Since I do my own oil changes, the labor cost is only an hour of my time.

Ride Safe,


That does sound excessive to me but more to the point, if the bike were to go down, whatever bolt is in the thread at the time, chances are it's going to snap, depending on how it hits the ground etc.

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