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» Base layer - Hot & cold
Mar 04, 2021 - 11:35 PM - by R.M
Is there such thing as a base layers that keep you cool in hot weather & keep in the heat on cold weather.

The missus got me an Umbro top for Xmas & wore it today for first time. I only wore my textile jacket (with liner in)over it & TBH was feeling the cold.

Presume I should have wore another layer between both.

Anyway, question is....do these garments provide cooling in hot weather & some heat loss prevention in the colder weather?

Looking to get some bottoms & spotted some Oxford one for little money.

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» Speedo PCB repair - anybody in Ireland still doing it ?
Mar 04, 2021 - 6:54 PM - by -alan-
Apologies, Im sure it's been asked many times... but I finally got fed up not being able to toggle through the menus on the Daytona to see the fuel-level reading, and pulled the clocks out, and took them apart.

The circuit board has a few dodgy looking connections alright, and one of the little toggle button is showing signs of corrosion as well.

Is there anybody round Dubland direction still in business who repairs stuff like this ?
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» LED headlights
Mar 04, 2021 - 4:04 PM - by 2shea
Well lads anyone using LED headlights and dips?

From talking to people some say they are great and others say they are not suitable for bikes due to overheating etc.

There is h7 full led set ups on Aliexpress with good reviews for about Ä30 with fans calling system.

Give the LEDs a try or just fit better bulbs osram night breakers/ Philip's Extreem?

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» Quad Lock
Mar 04, 2021 - 3:55 PM - by 2shea
Are the Quad Lock mounting kits the best option for mounting the phone to your handle bars for using Google maps etc?

Wheres the best place to buy as kit?

Any better solutions for mounts out there?
10 Replies | 150 Views
» New toy
Mar 04, 2021 - 10:52 AM - by shellier46
2016 gsxr 1000
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» Spongy front brake
Mar 04, 2021 - 8:34 AM - by Technician
So the travel at the lever is quite long, even on the hardest setting. Not quite all the way back to the bar but not far from it, on setting #1 from 4.

Brake performance is pretty bad - up with chopper yesterday and the caliper was gummed up and the pads not engaging properly, also the pads are shite so they're being replaced. Even with new pads though I'm not sure I'm going to feel much pressure at the lever and I prefer it, irrespective of the braking force being applied.

There are steel lines into the caliper and there hasn't been a lot of miles on since the upgrade. Rear brake by comparison is nice and strong.

Where should I be looking next?
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» TT Dates 2022 - Provisional......
Mar 03, 2021 - 10:04 AM - by Sleazy Rider
[ Duke promo pic removed - just like they've been claiming copyright and removing all historic TT races from youtube ]

The Isle of Man TT Race Schedule 29th May to Friday 10th June 2022.


Qualifying 1 - Sunday 29th May 2022
13:00 Roads Close
13:30 Newcomer's Speed Control Laps
13:50 Superbike / Superstock / Supersport Qualifying
15:30 Supersport / Lightweight Qualifying
16:30 Sidecar Qualifying

Qualifying 2 - Monday 30th May 2022
18:00 Roads Close
18:20 Superbike / Superstock / Supersport Qualifying
20:05 Sidecar Qualifying

Qualifying 3 - Tuesday 31st May 2022
18:00 Roads Close
18:20 Superbike / Superstock /... [Read More]
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» Swiss bike to Ireland vat and duty
Mar 02, 2021 - 9:32 PM - by menapia dude
Folks do u pay vat and duty from Switzerland to Ireland on vintage bikes ?
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» Uk imports March 2021 WTF ?
Mar 02, 2021 - 12:18 AM - by Sugule Ali
Well boys and if there are any girls left.
I tried to search here to see the craic with bringing a bike in, to no avail.

Q1 has anyone brought in a yoke since 1/1/2021 is there vat and vrt, if so how fakin much are they riding us for

Q2 I heard form my wives husbands cousins Aunty John joe, if you import from the north of Ireland it’s only Vrt, NO, Vat, is that true or bullshit ?
And if it’s true, does a bike have to be on an NOI reg and not a mainland UK reg ?

Looking at importing something with 6001 miles. On the clock maybe 4/5 years old. Am I gonna get Vat and Vrt and two fingers in the arse ?
And if so, where and when do I pay Vat, import duty whatever cunting names they put on it, at the NCT centre where paying... [Read More]
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» Airbag vests.
Feb 28, 2021 - 8:38 PM - by Chickenhawk
Decent explanation of airbag vest types by the you-tube channel Fortnine.


You can't put a price on your health but having never looked at them before all I can say is wow they are pricey for the latest models.

370 euro for the older helite model on fc moto site which I suppose isn't too bad considering it replaces front/back and neck brace.

Not in the market for it atm but might suit some.
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» Finding correct year of bike from frame number
Feb 28, 2021 - 7:40 PM - by menapia dude
folks its sorted thanks
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» Weird noises K5 gsxr 1000
Feb 28, 2021 - 11:58 AM - by Chipped rim
Was doing a "hard" pull from 2nd gear 100 km/h to 200 km/h and this noise suddenly appeared. I know these bikes come with automatic cam chain tensioners so why it would make such a noise if it is supposed to adjust itself automatically? The noise increases with RPMs and sometimes disappears at idle.

I am thinking it may be either the valves, rods or bearings or possibly cam chain. Anyway, someone maybe has experience with this and could recognize it from the sound. I have added a video of the sound during startup.

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» Mehole owes me a Yuasa
Feb 27, 2021 - 12:52 PM - by christyg
Bought a new battery after first lockdown, looks like I need another new one now. And before anyone says it, I donít have private parking so canít use a charger/tender.
8 Replies | 369 Views
» Bike testing :-(
Feb 27, 2021 - 8:32 AM - by chopper
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» Recomend me a machine shop nearby
Feb 26, 2021 - 8:11 PM - by Frankkilty

Not a bike related post but the tools are the same. Can anyone recommend an engineering shop on Dublin southside - Sandyford area, that could drill two 12 mm holes and put a 45 degree bevel into a hard plastic? I could attack it with my Aldi cordless drill but I've only one shot at this and google is not being the most helpful. A bench drill, the correct bit and whatever is used to bevel a hole is all that is needed! A mate in the UK said he could do it in 60 seconds and that includes putting the drill bit in!

Any suggestions? thankyou
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» Bike testing
Feb 26, 2021 - 6:42 PM - by 2shea
Painful if the bike has to be tested too. I think bikers here keep their bikes in good shape.

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» Tyre pressure - rule of thumbL hot v cold ?
Feb 26, 2021 - 4:31 PM - by -alan-
(Not sure if Ive asked this before, if I have apologies)

Read this a while back:

Bike Tyre Pressure Setting - 10% rule

MY manual recommends 32 PSI front solo. I run 36. I found this out by testing as follows:

Inflate tire to cold pressure.
Run the bike a minimum of 20 minutes.
Check hot pressure. It should increase 10%.
If its less you need less air.
If its more you need more air.

Do this in 2 lb increments.

I presume the pressure rise when hot comes from friction between the tyre and the road, and a degree of flexing of the carcass itself. Based on the above, it would look like you can gauge whether the tyre is working properly by the temp/pressure rise between... [Read More]
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» Bike dryer
Feb 25, 2021 - 9:52 PM - by rubble
Bought a bike dryer in 2018 for €70 online and has lasted me well up till today. Its actually a pet dryer but does the same job and has heat control too.

Noticed the power fluctuate and a smell of burning 🔥 🤦🏼*♂️ So switched it off and gazed at it hoping it would fix it. Flicked it back on but same thing.

Probably a silly question but is it fooked or is there any way to salvage it.?
18 Replies | 402 Views
» R.I.P. Fausto Gresini
Feb 24, 2021 - 1:21 PM - by bushman
5 Replies | 219 Views
» We're gonna need a bigger boat (shed)
Feb 24, 2021 - 10:19 AM - by pedrosixfour
I ran outta space with the first one!

31 Replies | 471 Views
» Wife being weird
Feb 23, 2021 - 10:35 AM - by Scythe
Went to get the bike (Ducati Scrambler) ready to go to itís new home and the lcd on the Wife isnít working properly.
All lights are fine, bike starts fine but either no characters are displayed on the Wife or random ones will appear.
Knowing that the bike needs the Wife to do checks and give the ok for the bike to start, it doesnít seem like an issue with the Wife itself and most likely dampness after getting into a connection somewhere.
Has anyone had something similar happen in the past before and been able to sort it without replacing the full Wife?
Any tips for drying out contacts? There is wiring at the side of the tank that Iím thinking might be where the issue is located but didnít spot anything.

Also, I did take off battery tender... [Read More]
15 Replies | 463 Views
» Battery being weird
Feb 22, 2021 - 4:00 PM - by Ianasauras
Hi guys, haven't used the bike since before Xmas so battery dead. Went to charge the battery both on and off the bike and 2 different charges are giving me short circuit/no battery errors. What's going on?
Is it just so dead it won't charge at all?
8 Replies | 263 Views
» Temp gauge not working
Feb 22, 2021 - 1:32 PM - by Technician
So my temp gauge isn't working. A few places to look for the problem I think but looking for opinions...

Fuse - do single gauges have individual fuses? I don't have a fuse box diagram so I'm flying blind.

Coolant sensor - as it's an old girl I'm sure this sensor is well beyond its best days. Not having any luck finding one online and I'm wondering if the sensor was shared across a number of models - mine is an '89 ZX1000B, it's possible the same component was used in a number of Kwack models around that time - GPZ900, GPZ1000, ZZR1100 etc.

Thermostat? How would I test it?
4 Replies | 154 Views
» best bike lift ?
Feb 21, 2021 - 7:20 PM - by HEATZ
right lads im in the market for a bike lift but want a good strong one

so im looking at the sealey MC454


or the unicraft MHB 455


anyone got eather of these ? or any other options ?
21 Replies | 531 Views
» Sunflower Trophy - 1989, Kirkistown
Feb 20, 2021 - 1:50 PM - by -alan-
What happens when you put Ron Haslam and Eddie Laycock on works 500GP Hondas, Roger Burnett & Brian Morrison on RC30s, Steve Cull on a Norton Rotary (Fogarty supposed to be on another - but his engine calved, Philip McCallen on something else ... and Gary Cowan on a TZ250 - and then flag them off for 10 laps of Kirkistown..


I'm sure it's been posted before, but there are worse ways to kill 15 mins on a wet afternoon.. :)

Part 2

4 Replies | 145 Views
» RE Interceptor
Feb 19, 2021 - 2:29 PM - by Technician
Who's got one and what do you love about it? Share a pic and let me see one being used.

Pros/cons vs the Continental GT?
24 Replies | 556 Views
» We're Dooomed!
Feb 19, 2021 - 1:56 PM - by evok
Looks like this lockdown is going on till May.
what a fucking drag ..............my one release after the grind of working week is the spin out for a coffee or brekkie at the weekends

first world problems I know but a pain in the nuts
31 Replies | 1,143 Views
» Himalayan
Feb 18, 2021 - 9:39 PM - by jcool
Anyone on here have a Royal Enfield Himalayan. Thinking of getting one as a second bike. Thanks in advance.
0 Replies | 3 Views
» Free Motorbike High Visibility Vest
Feb 18, 2021 - 8:56 PM - by bandittom
Get your free Motorbike High Visibility Vest. Here is the link https://www.rsaorders.ie/orders-online/

or go to RSA.ie and order your free vest and free postage

I could not post this on the Buying and Selling page may be someone may add it.

10 Replies | 274 Views
» Wanted, rear shocks. for xjr
Feb 18, 2021 - 11:10 AM - by pokermac
Looking for a set of rear shocks for an xjr 400, 320 mm eye center to eye center
1 Reply | 55 Views
» Zinc plating..Shannon
Feb 16, 2021 - 9:51 AM - by Jack stowage
Anyone use IMF for zinc plating nuts bolts etc...any good, price..???
8 Replies | 264 Views
» Anyone bring in a bike from the UK yet?
Feb 15, 2021 - 4:59 PM - by Harley Riders Love A Reacharound
Has anyone braved bringing in a bike from the UK in the last few weeks? Been eyeing up a few Multistrad4 1260's from over but it looks like I'll be landed with a humongous clearance fee. Wonder with me being VAT registered could I buy a VAT qualifying bike over since I'll be paying VAT anyway when it lands here?
Its a total shit fest at the minute
37 Replies | 1,307 Views


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