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>> No. 2371 Anonymous
25th January 2013
Friday 9:45 am
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Recently bought a mini bike-pump (pic related). Tires aren't super flat just want to get them a bit firmer. Anyway, I can't seem to attach the damn thing to the tire valve. My bike has schrader valves and I've turned the inside bit round to fit schraders, but the problem is that it has screw treads on the pump as if your meant to screw it on, even though this is clearly impossible what with the spokes and all that. Looked up a couple of videos but they all show someone just sticking the pump straight on. Am I missing something obvious or should I just get another pump?
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>> No. 2391 Anonymous
6th February 2013
Wednesday 1:37 am
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Cheers for the advice, but unfortunately, my bikes already got slicks on it (although admittedly pretty old ones), and I like my tires pumped up good.

I guess for now I will have to assume the position to catch her!
But do you think a nice light hybrid or racer could be noticeably faster than my steel mountain bike, or do you think there wouldn't really be that much in it?
I thought the slimmer tyres on the larger rims were making the difference, or the weight of the bike itself.

I'd try riding hers but it's too small for me.
>> No. 2392 Anonymous
6th February 2013
Wednesday 2:27 am
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It wouldn't be significantly faster, to be honest. If anything, a lighter weight bike is going to make you even slower downhill, gravity is your friend here.

As said, I'm betting your problem is aerodynamics. Unless you're spinning out at high speeds, then maybe some tougher gears would be in order.

I wouldn't worry too much, care about how fast you can get UP a hill!
>> No. 2393 Anonymous
6th February 2013
Wednesday 2:14 pm
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Weight counts for remarkably little, people pay it far too much attention because you can measure it easily. A light bike feels faster because it's easier to accelerate from a stop, but what limits the speed of a bicycle is wind resistance. I ride a semi-faired recumbent that weighs the best part of 15kg, but the aerodynamics are so good that I can easily overtake groups of racing cyclists on bikes that weigh half as much. At any real speed, most of your pedal effort is used in pushing air out of the way.
>> No. 2394 Anonymous
6th February 2013
Wednesday 5:37 pm
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Cheers lads.

That helps to clear it up. I am a tall guy, and my saddle is stuck in a high position, so I imagine my aerodynamics have been way off, especially when riding upright.
Looking forward to some better weather so I can enjoy getting more riding done.
It's surprising how attached you can get to your bikes, I've had mine since my paper round when I was 14, I'm now 28 :)
>> No. 2395 Anonymous
6th February 2013
Wednesday 6:35 pm
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>It's surprising how attached you can get to your bikes

True that. The first real mountain bike I bought was a Specialized Hardrock, when I was sixteen. £350, it came with all the mod cons, like cable-operated disk brakes!

Over the years I've swapped out every single part in it, save for the frame. I'm looking to put a Niner frame and wheels on it soon, but it will still be that first bike that I bought, damn it.

It works the other way too, though, I decided to splash out on a new Bianchi for the road, it gets half as much use as it should as I'm terrified of dropping it and chipping that lovely paint.

>> No. 2250 Anonymous
24th November 2012
Saturday 5:43 pm
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>aren't allowed to go faster than 28mph
As if the traffic in London wasn't bad enough already.
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>> No. 2363 Anonymous
15th January 2013
Tuesday 7:23 pm
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What a pathetic fag-mobile. £10,000, what a fucking joke, just wait until you're 17, buy a shitbox for £1000 that will be way faster and more stylish than that fart can, and get on your parents insurance.
>> No. 2364 Anonymous
15th January 2013
Tuesday 7:35 pm
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So get your parents to buy you a car, pay for you to be added to the insurance and then break the terms of that insurance?
>> No. 2370 Anonymous
25th January 2013
Friday 2:45 am
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16 = Moped
17 = 125

Sorted, what else do kids realistically need?
>> No. 2375 Anonymous
25th January 2013
Friday 9:31 pm
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A lot of parents are justifiably nervy about putting their reckless teenager on a bike. 50cc riders are the highest-risk group of powered two-wheeler users, because most 16-year-olds are gormless and fearless.
>> No. 2382 Anonymous
1st February 2013
Friday 1:01 am
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>Sorted, what else do kids realistically need?

A back seat to shag your bird

>> No. 2378 Anonymous
31st January 2013
Thursday 12:27 pm
2378 SORN
Right, so I declared my Bike SORN after I moved and changed address (I have a slip stamped by post office that you keep when you send your logbook off to change address) but neither of them seems to have gone through. I only realise this now as some scratty debt collection agency is chasing me for not declaring SORN.

Anyone know how I can get out of this? I definitely sent off the change of address and they've apparently been sending letters to the old one (including the logbook apparently as I don't seem to have that either, presuming I never received it after I sent it off but then I didn't take any notice as the bike was SORN).
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>> No. 2380 Anonymous
31st January 2013
Thursday 10:09 pm
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You're probably shagged, but ring the DVLA anyway to dispute it.

>> No. 2354 Anonymous
10th January 2013
Thursday 1:40 pm
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Right, lads. It's that time of year again. However, I've found over the last 18 months that when I use real details on the comparison sites, my current insurer picks me up straight away, and when trying to beat the renewal refuses to provide a "new customer" quote.

What details can I legitimately change to prevent them from identifying me or the car while still generating an accurate quote?

>> No. 1801 Anonymous
11th May 2012
Friday 5:40 pm
1801 Low battery
So my car won't start. I was aware this my happen and it was only yesterday that I started it (every few days I turn it on).

I'm considering a push start if I can get some help. Failing that, I'll need some jumper cables. I don't know much about cars so I don't know which to buy. E.g 200, 600 Amps.
What would you suggest?

I have a 2005 petrol Toyota Corolla.

Also I have no breakdown cover, so that's not an option
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>> No. 2330 Anonymous
30th December 2012
Sunday 4:46 pm
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Enough to start an engine? Maybe, but why wouldn't you leave the jump leads attached while starting?
Note that a fully flat (car) battery is a damaged battery. It'll likely never be nearly as good again, if it's been flat for more than a few hours. Try very hard to avoid that.
You'll also get a much better charge from a running car than one that's not. (13.8V and oodles of current, instead of 12ishV and flattening the donor battery)
>> No. 2333 Anonymous
2nd January 2013
Wednesday 4:17 am
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Careful with jump leads lads, a lot of modern car electrics are properly sensitive and it's easy to fuck things up. Check the owner's manual.
>> No. 2334 Anonymous
2nd January 2013
Wednesday 9:18 am
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Do you have evidence of this sensitivity (on modern cars)? (or do you regard cars from the 1980s as modern?).
It's just that things I've designed for automotive use in the last decade, I've been forced to make them really quite bulletproof.
It's still easy to be a fuckwit with jump leads, but the worst I can envisage are fires and exploding batteries, not damaged electronics. Well, electronics damaged by fire, maybe.

How not to be a fuckwit:
>> No. 2335 Anonymous
2nd January 2013
Wednesday 10:25 am
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That's the link I think you meant to post.
>> No. 2336 Anonymous
2nd January 2013
Wednesday 11:28 am
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Thanks. Nice to know I've got my obligatory fuckwittery out of the way so early in the week.

>> No. 2327 Anonymous
28th December 2012
Friday 11:16 am
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when the bloody hell do the breakers yards open up again?
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>> No. 2328 Anonymous
28th December 2012
Friday 7:13 pm
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When they can be arsed. If you need something in a hurry, you want a parts distributor.

>> No. 2212 Anonymous
30th September 2012
Sunday 1:43 am
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Anyone done any motorcycle touring abroad?
Is it expensive?
would you recommend it?
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>> No. 2217 Anonymous
30th September 2012
Sunday 1:44 pm
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Exactly. You might want to purchase some luggage, but thats about it. Get on it and ride a long way is the only rule.
>> No. 2220 Anonymous
30th September 2012
Sunday 7:46 pm
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Thanks. What about the technicalities like insurance and other red tape?
>> No. 2221 Anonymous
1st October 2012
Monday 12:49 am
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As long as you're on a full license, your insurance automatically includes third-party insurance for the whole of the EU, as mandated by European law. If you're going further afield, you need to inform your insurer, but it shouldn't be particularly expensive to get cover. Travel insurance is a good idea in a lot of places and you'll need to pay extra to cover you to ride a motorbike. The EHIC will cover you for basic healthcare costs in Europe, but it won't cover the cost of repatriating you to Britain.

Motoring law varies from country to country. Most countries have their own little quirks - for example, France gives the right of way to drivers merging onto a road rather than drivers already on the road, which can be a bit of a shock on roundabouts. These days it's trivially easy to find out what you need to know, so you've only yourself to blame if you get nicked for something daft.
>> No. 2268 Anonymous
3rd December 2012
Monday 5:44 pm
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Came off my bike today lads. Not sure whether it's broken, fractured or just bruised ribs because the nurses aren't allowed to do X-rays, but she couldn't hear bone crunching so apparently it doesn't warrant one.

Be careful on the roads yeah?
>> No. 2269 Anonymous
3rd December 2012
Monday 9:24 pm
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Oh lad.

>> No. 2136 Anonymous
11th September 2012
Tuesday 7:05 am
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why is car culture in britain so unlike car culture in the states?

and why is american top gear such shit compared to the original?
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>> No. 2167 Anonymous
13th September 2012
Thursday 9:55 pm
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Isn't that more of a capitalism-bash than a Yankee bash, specifically?
>> No. 2168 Anonymous
13th September 2012
Thursday 11:51 pm
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If you can't afford the treatment, what's the point of a diagnosis?


For some inexplicable reason, a certain strata of poor American is ideologically opposed to anything that might improve his lot. What's that Steinbeck quote? "Poor Americans see themselves not as poor, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires"?
>> No. 2170 Anonymous
14th September 2012
Friday 3:36 am
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>in general, if the job you're working isn't absolute shit, your employer sponsors your health insurance.

Good for them. That leaves, what, the seven unemployed Americans, and the fifteen with crap jobs? Or is it closer to fifty million?
>> No. 2230 Anonymous
4th October 2012
Thursday 11:29 am
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I can better that, my first car was a 1992 Metro 1.1S. It was also red (and very rusty) with a cassette player and cost me the princely sum of £650. Surprisingly nippy, probably due to it not weighing much more than a bag of cement, but I doubt it would've beaten a Corvette down the quarter mile.

The reason car culture's so different over here compared to the states is mainly the sheer size of the place. The only places a car isn't really practical are the metropolitan areas of New York and San Francisco. Everywhere else you need a car in order to get around, sometimes even just to get to the local grocery shop. How many places in the UK can you say that about?

Another huge factor is their diabolical public transport. Apart from the afore mentioned cities, public transport is pretty hopeless and the realm of the very poor lower classes. Trains aren't really viable outside of a few parts of the east and west coast and buses can be downright disgusting and dangerous.

Also, as mentioned, the running costs of a car over there have always been miniscule compared to most other parts of the world. In the last couple of years they've been up in arms because fuel has started to creep up in price but it's still nearly half what we're paying here.
>> No. 2237 Anonymous
23rd October 2012
Tuesday 8:26 pm
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I have a friend who moved over to the states about 6 years ago and recently they were whining on Facebook about paying $4 a gallon for petrol. When I replied that it's about £6 a gallon over here, they said they wouldn't be able to afford to keep driving his 3 litre pick up if fuel was that price in the states. When they lived over here they drove a Fiat Panda and paid a more to insure it than it cost ot actually buy the bloody thing.

That's why most boy racers only have little cars that they spend their money on adding body kits and sound systems to their cars. Insurance and cars over here are so expensive, then you have to add on MOTs, road tax so to buy and run a large car you need a massive amount of money. In the states it's very easy to have a large engined car, with very small runniong costs. Lots of states don't have their own version of an MOT either so that cuts down on running costs even more.

>> No. 2117 Anonymous
6th September 2012
Thursday 7:40 pm
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EU rules could mean modified cars could fail MOT. Even for tow bar and stereo upgrades. Cars with any kind of modification could fail an MoT if new EU rules get the green light from member states, a motoring group is warning.

The Association of Car Enthusiasts (ACE) says even aftermarket wheels or stereos would bring a fail, and mean cars would have to undergo costly, time-consuming vehicle approval testing before they could be considered roadworthy.

It’s all down to an EU proposal to change the definition of the roadworthiness test so that “components of the vehicle must comply with characteristics at the time of first registration” – effectively outlawing any deviation from factory spec. ACE’s Barry Cornes told Auto Express that under the current wording, “potentially something as minor as changing the stereo could result in an MoT failure”.


The EU isn't this stupid... is it?
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>> No. 2232 Anonymous
4th October 2012
Thursday 11:25 pm
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But that's still dreadful in comparison to cars when you think about it. A BMW 5 series diesel will do 50+mpg and still be fast, if almost impossibly boring. Hell, my 10 year old petrol shitroen does 50+mpg on the motorway with a 3 pax and a boot full of dead hookers stuff
>> No. 2233 Anonymous
5th October 2012
Friday 3:18 am
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A 520d ED will do 62mpg. A full-on M5 with the 560hp V8 will still manage 28mpg, which is no worse than most litre bikes. Bikes sacrifice an enormous amount of efficiency to get a lot of power out of a small engine and are about as aerodynamic as a housebrick. Honda know which way the wind is blowing - their key bike platform for the future is the NC700 series, which uses half of the four-cylinder block out of a Jazz, reconfigured as a parallel twin.
>> No. 2234 Anonymous
10th October 2012
Wednesday 9:41 pm
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Yeah there's such a big difference between the super economical 125s and your average 500/600 bike in terms of fuel efficiency.

From what I can see, unless your after the thrill of speed, the 250 class is probably the best compromise between usable speed and fuel economy. I believe something like 70/80mpg for a bike which could do round about 70mph and get up there a bit quicker than a 125.

Problem is, there's not really that many around in comparison to those bigger bikes.
>> No. 2235 Anonymous
10th October 2012
Wednesday 11:22 pm
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Fortunately the new EU licensing rules will improve things - they'll make it harder to transition from a 125 to a big bike and many new riders will be limited to 47bhp for several years. The manufacturers are starting to recognise that there's a big market for mid-capacity bikes with economical engines and they've all got sensible bikes in the pipeline.

There's now the Honda CBR250, the Kawasaki Ninja 300, the Yamaha YBF250 and the excellent Suzuki Inayuma. Scooterists are spoiled for choice - off the top of my head I can think of the Kymco Downtown 300, several 300s from Piaggio/Vespa and the Honda SH300. All will do 80mpg and 80mph.

The big hope would be that an Indian maker like Hero or Bajaj would start exporting to the UK - they've got tons of excellent bikes in the 125 to 250 category, all tuned hard for economy.
>> No. 2236 Anonymous
11th October 2012
Thursday 5:30 am
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Depends on the Cylinders and setup. An average single cylinder four stroke of any engine size is going to have a better economy than that of a twin/two/v-x cylinder bike.

TBH if I want a lugger I'll get a 250 or an old single cylinder, if I want to commute I'll use a 125 and if I want a toy I'll get a sports bike. The same way you do with cars really.

>> No. 2176 Anonymous
18th September 2012
Tuesday 7:05 pm
2176 McLaren P1
Images like this make me glad to be a capitalist.
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>> No. 2222 Anonymous
2nd October 2012
Tuesday 11:23 pm
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M1 (E26).jpg
I agree.
>> No. 2223 Anonymous
2nd October 2012
Tuesday 11:44 pm
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>> No. 2224 Anonymous
3rd October 2012
Wednesday 2:09 am
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That just looks like a child's drawing of an E-Type.


Looks like it was designed by Amstrad.
>> No. 2228 Anonymous
4th October 2012
Thursday 11:22 am
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Just found this rather splendid creation based on the Citroen DS.
>> No. 2229 Anonymous
4th October 2012
Thursday 11:22 am
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Which is itself quite pretty.

>> No. 2172 Anonymous
15th September 2012
Saturday 9:43 pm
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Had this conversation last year on a car forum I frequent, and pic related is what I said.


So is there any truth in the horror stories of insurance companies not paying out due undeclared modified mirrors or single wiper conversions and the like?
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>> No. 2173 Anonymous
15th September 2012
Saturday 11:45 pm
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>> No. 2174 Anonymous
15th September 2012
Saturday 11:46 pm
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>> No. 2175 Anonymous
15th September 2012
Saturday 11:49 pm
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> The insurance Ombudsman has recently received a number of complaints from motorists who have seen insurance claims rejected on the grounds of failing to declare in-car modifications.

>> No. 2146 Anonymous
12th September 2012
Wednesday 12:18 pm
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I need to cancel my car insurance in a week or so. Should I tell them in advance or do it on the day?

Does it make any difference?
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>> No. 2147 Anonymous
12th September 2012
Wednesday 9:32 pm
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Doesn't matter.
>> No. 2148 Anonymous
12th September 2012
Wednesday 9:34 pm
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Do they let you do this? I've been wondering for ages because i only want a couple of months insurance, what happens if you cancel a contract midway through?
>> No. 2159 Anonymous
13th September 2012
Thursday 9:33 am
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There's a cancellation fee but you get most of it back.
>> No. 2161 Anonymous
13th September 2012
Thursday 11:15 am
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If you tell them in advance they might be able to send you your cheque a bit quicker.

You get less back than you might think. You can also get insurance monthly, it works out more expensive over a full year but is a better idea for a shorter period of time

>> No. 2118 Anonymous
7th September 2012
Friday 1:59 am
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I have meet a Instructor that seems a great guy for me to learn with, he has good reconditions, a good price and easy to get along with.

But he wants me to take the theory test before he starts to teach me to drive. Is that ok way about doing it?

Another note he is English which is rare for driving schools and Instructor for my area
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>> No. 2131 Anonymous
8th September 2012
Saturday 8:09 pm
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Its 2 years now, so the website says which is good.

I was wondering what sort of books or DVD test should I get, the green cross code
>> No. 2132 Anonymous
8th September 2012
Saturday 10:07 pm
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The DSA publish a guide themselves, called "The Official DSA Theory Test Kit", which is as good as anything else.
>> No. 2133 Anonymous
9th September 2012
Sunday 1:48 am
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Ok cool. I wasn't too sure if that was the best one or if there was a different that maybe better.

Thank you for the help
>> No. 2134 Anonymous
9th September 2012
Sunday 5:58 pm
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All the instructors I've ever met have definitely been English. But I suppose I do live in Surrey...
>> No. 2135 Anonymous
10th September 2012
Monday 1:33 am
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Living in Surrey helps. Come to East London and you will meet dave the Indian who also works as a cabie at night

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>> No. 2013 Anonymous
7th July 2012
Saturday 1:13 am
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A question for any motorcyclists here.

How does temperature control work when riding. Do you have to plan what you wear based on how fast you'll be going for windchill. What if you wear full leathers and it's sunny. Or is there simply a lot of "putting up with it" when the weather changes?
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>> No. 2114 Anonymous
4th September 2012
Tuesday 5:09 pm
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While we're on the topic, they don't seem particularly popular over here but I can thoroughly recommend a decent kidney belt for keeping warm, especially if your jacket doesn't zip or velcro to your trousers. When it gets a bit nippy it makes things quite a bit more comfortable.

It's not the first bit of kit I'd think about getting, of course, but once you've got the basics down it's a nice and not too expensive addition to your gear.
>> No. 2115 Anonymous
4th September 2012
Tuesday 5:59 pm
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>What kind of mileage does a 250 get?

Can vary massively. Some horrible cruiser style ones get around 50, whilst more sporty styled ones can get over 80. Aerodynamics, what the engine is tuned for and how morbidly obese you are all have significant effects.
>> No. 2123 Anonymous
7th September 2012
Friday 2:59 am
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Speed and acceleration are also important - the difference between 60mph and 70mph is often as much as 40% fuel economy. Motorbikes are about as aerodynamic as a housebrick, so it takes a lot of work to push them through the air.
>> No. 2129 Anonymous
8th September 2012
Saturday 7:15 am
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>commuting to university
>the majority of the commute was spent nearby a motorcyclist
>starts to drizzle
>see the clothes of the motorcyclist slowly saturate
>starts pouring in an unwavering fashion
>45 minutes later he makes an opposite turn of me, as wet as can be

It wasn't particularly nice out either, I mean, he must have been miserable.. I had a small amount of joy from shifting around in my crisp and dry clothes
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8th September 2012
Saturday 2:19 pm
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The fact that his clothes are wet doesn't mean that he's wet. All of my riding gear is waterproof, so rain just doesn't bother me. The collar of my jacket reaches up to my helmet and my gloves have long gauntlet cuffs, so even in the pouring rain I stay bone dry. If it's very hot I'll wear some amount of mesh clothing, but I keep a rainsuit in my underseat compartment just in case.

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