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Time Out - General Chat / Xmas greetings.
« on: December 11, 2020, 05:07:16 am »
  On behalf of my wife and myself I'd like to wish all members the very best for Xmas and the New Year. May 2021 bring a lot more cheer than 2020. Ride safe over the festive season and look forward to all your news in the New Year. Cheers.  :821: :028: :158:

Tyres and Wheels / Low pressure reading on TPMS.
« on: October 07, 2020, 10:30:55 am »
 Wondering if someone might know at what pressure does the TPMS show a low reading on the dash. Is it for argument's sake, 40PSI, 38PSI, 36PSI or is it lower or higher than these readings. Just wondering. Thanks in advance. Cheers.  :821: :158:

Modifications and Appearance / Fitting air horns to the Trophy.
« on: September 08, 2020, 01:59:36 am »
I had purchased a set of air horns quite some time back, the plan being to fit them to the Trophy. Set consisted of compressor, two trumpets, relay and a length of hose. I'm sorry there are no photos, so please don't ask for them. These are the same as I had fitted to my Toyota tray back 4WD purchased in 2005. I can say that they are "VERY" loud.
  I'd been delaying this fitment because of my concern re the removal of the LED driving lights fitted below the rear view mirrors. Anyway with plenty of time because of the restrictions in the Covid lock-down I removed the right side fairing and associated bits to get access to the original horn, and give me a better look at possible fitting locations.
   It's amazing how long you can sit and look at the bare engine right hand side trying to see a fitment point. I decided that the compressor could fit alongside the top of the right [sitting on the bike] side of the radiator. With a small bracket I attached it with the relay below it.
   Next came the trumpets. Where the R & G Crash Bar brackets come off the engine there appeared to be enough room. I joined the two trumpets together with a small flat piece of steel. Then by moving the shorter of the two trumpets lower so that the bell mouth on the shorter was level with the bell mouth of the longer trumpet i was able to slide the piece of joining metal between the two crash bar supports, to a point where they could go no further in.
   This just left me with tying both bell mouths rigid by a couple of cable ties. The larger bell mouth round the mesh support to the bottom of the radiator [page 11.2 of the cooling section in the workshop manual], the shorter to the right fan bracket. Both were nice and tight. My only concern might be the heat generated by the engines to the plastic trumpets. I would have to check this on a long ride when I can get out.
    Next stop was to my local auto electrical mechanic [ sorry Digital my expertise with all things wiring, falls well short of yours]. A short while later [couple of hours] and I got the call to come and pick up the bike, all done.
   I ran the bike up to fan engagement temperature and both trumpets remained cool enough. Whether this would be the same with the fairing fitted remains to be seen.
   Back home to fit the fairing and ancillary bits and pieces. Everything went back together OK. The horns fit behind the mesh on the side of the fairing with plenty of room. I might add that the fairing and infill piece beside the radiator had been put in place [not secured] many times to make sure everything fitted prior to the wiring being completed.
  As on my 4WD Toyota these horns are "BLOODY LOUD". Ear piecing loud. That's what I wanted. Now I'm waiting to be allowed out to go riding [Covid lockdown] with the "HOPE" that I can use these ear piecing loud horns to let some car driver know not to intrude into my "SPACE" again.
  I probably won't ever get the chance to use the horn in anger. But as my good wife says. "It's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it". Cheers.  :821: :158:

Ride Reports and Touring / SS1600 IBA ride.
« on: June 12, 2020, 02:21:03 am »
Going to be doing an IBA SS1600 ride this Sunday coming. Will be doing it with a regular riding friend, he on a BMW R1200RT. The interesting part being that because our State borders aren't reopened yet we will do it all in Victoria. 1631 kilometres in 18 hours, starting at 3 am., finishing 10.45 pm. including 6 fuel stops. Should be a "CHILLY" start but warming up slightly as the day progresses. I'll give a report after we have completed it.  :821: :158:

Ride Reports and Touring / FarRide to Goolgowi NSW Australia
« on: February 16, 2020, 09:38:29 am »
From previous posts some of you will probably know that I'm a member of the FarRiders, an Australian long distance riding group. Well yesterday the 2020 FarRiding season started with the first one to Goolgowi in central New South Wales.
  I received my start docket from the local Trafalgar ATM at 02.56 am. then headed to Berwick about 100 kilometres towards Melbourne to meet another FarRider, Michael. Our plan was to bypass the suburbs of Melbourne to the east, before settling into a run up the Hume Highway before turning onto the Goulburn Valley Highway.
   Light misty rain [nuisance rain] fell on me on my ride down to Berwick, maybe a sign of worse weather to follow. After 80 kilometres on the Goulburn Hwy. we made a detour to the east of Shepparton before a more direct route to Yarroweyah, for fuel and breakfast.
   Crossing the Murray River into NSW and north up the Newell Hwy. through Finley, Jerilderie, then left onto the Kidman Way and Griffith, home to a major wine producing area.
   From Griffith it was only 50 kilometres to Goolgowi and the Ex-Services Club, our FarRide venue. Many parts of the eastern area of Australia have been hit with terrible bush fires creating extreme loss of homes, stock and great areas of forest. Though the central part of NSW hasn't endured these fires, they have suffered through lack of rain, creating a loss of farming/production wealth. 
   This small, volunteer based club welcomed us with open arms. The money put over the bar [drinks and meals] from the 50 attendees to us seemed small, to the club it was a large infusion of desperately needed funds.
    I spent some time talking to one of the gents cooking the steaks and sausages regarding FarRide principles. He was amazed that we had come from as far away as Queensland and South Australia, with the majority from NSW and Victoria. I also mentioned that it might take a few years before we ever return to past destinations. He commented that the welcome mat was always out for us. 
    Our [Michael and myself] return ride took us west to Hay before south through Deniliquin and Echuca to recross the Murray River back into Victoria. With Echuca and Elmore behind us we stopped in Heathcote for fuel and a break before continuing south to Melbourne and home.
     I arrived home after filling the tank at about 08.45 pm. My total kilometres for the day was a relaxing 1261 kilometres. By the way, that misty rain that started the day turned into 33 degrees centigrade for the rest of the day, warm, but bearable.
     Another good start to my longer rides for 2020. Can't wait for the next one. Cheers.

Time Out - General Chat / New Year.
« on: December 30, 2019, 11:33:32 pm »
    From my wife and myself all the very best for 2020. May your roads always be dry with fair winds blowing. May all your destinations welcome you with open arms. For those not in good old England, may your beer always be cold and frothy.  :821: :028:
    Stay safe  :169: and we'll see you next year.  :158:

Time Out - General Chat / It seems appropriate.
« on: December 13, 2019, 11:53:07 pm »
It seems appropriate at this time of the year to send Xmas wishes to all members. Also the very best for holidays and riding season.  :028: :821: :158:

Ride Reports and Touring / FarRide to Cape Jervis, South Australia.
« on: October 20, 2019, 12:10:19 pm »
Just got home from a little day ride for another FarRide. This time to Cape Jervis, South Australia. The idea of a FarRide is to do 1,000 or 1,200 kilometres in a twenty four hour time frame. In this case I started at 12.30 pm. from my home town Trafalgar, Victoria.
   I rode to Tailem Bend in South Australia via Geelong, Casterton, Penola, Naracoorte and Keith giving me 828 klms. for the Friday. Reached Tailem Bend about 10 pm. Into a motel for the night.
   Saturday was an easy 172 klms. to Cape Jervis for lunch. I crossed the Murray River via ferry at Wellington then onto Langhorne Creek [famous wine growing area], Strathalbyn, Goolwa, Victor Harbour and Dalamere. Finishing with 1,000.7 klms. [enough] for the ride.
    Lunch, then back to Horsham in Victoria for the night with a friend, before getting home this afternoon in time to watch the Moto GP from Japan.
    All up an easy 1,049 klms. for the two days riding time. Guess the next chore will be to wash the bike and gear.
     Anyway a small price to pay for an enjoyable two days. Cheers.  :821: :158:

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