Technical and tyres
In the storms of the weekend my r1200 GS was blown off its centre stand, snapping the r/h indicator and cancel switches from the handlebar. They look easy to replace but I can't find anywhere I can buy just the switches. I can buy the whole unit for a ton but it's only the plastic switches I need.
Any help much appreciated
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Once again no report on the Supersport race in this weeks paper. Considering it was an historical occasion with the local brothers coming first and fifth.
Now if the winning bikes had been Triumph's, I'm sure it would have been headline news
Please MCN there are other races just as interesting as the GP, WSB and BSB, lets have coverage of the WSS as well
Touring & travel
April 16th will see the start of a budget 30day tour of Morocco down to the Western Sahara Desert, the Aim is to cover a 200km Stretch of the last 2008 Dakar Rally. Part of a team of 5 unless the BMW GS drops out then 4 definite bikes will turn out.
With a limited budget of £1100 we'll wild camp where ever we can and travel 4500mile through Spain/Morocco down to a southern point of Laayoune.
On paper a 2001 Honda CB500 and the St1100 are probably the most inappropriate bikes to take of road, never mind trail riding across the Atlas Mountains and riding for 3 days over the Sahara Desert.
Filmed over the 30 days using HD camera's Rod (the organiser) will film the Adventure," without support and aid of a back up team" He'll follow the challenge of the Honda CB500,St1100 and the African Twin on his Yamaha XT600 and document the heroic drops, punctures and mishaps on the way.
Without any aid or sponsorship from any Honda dealers, Yamaha's Infinity Motorcycles have stepped in and supplied us with some real goodies. We'll sleep under tarps/Tents or any unused Building on the way, till our return to the UK on the 18th May.
The Adventure is based on a " Take what you have & Use what you've got" Austin Vince at it's best, regardless of equipment or motorcycle you have, we're trying to prove you don't need the latest dual sports bike or up to date kit to do this type of adventure.
Rod and a cool guy "SNIPER" in 2014 under went a trip like this from UK to Turkey in 30 days with a budget of £900 !!!!!!!!!!. Things went well, until Sniper lost or had his passport/money/V5/Insurance stolen in Bulgaria.....
This year the film will be Edited and released on YOUTUBE around July. If you would like a taste of last years Boobs. SHAW2SHORE is his video channel. It is hoped the full write up of the Adventure will be published in the MCN.
Watching and learning the body language of cars around you and you`ll soon pick up the little tell tale signs that they are looking at or about to make a manouver. Or even just not concentrating.
If you see a car looking to pull out onto the road you are on, watch the front wheels to see if they start rotating. Good clue they might be pulling out or just not concentrating. and creeping forward.
Golden rules are worth learning or making your own.
Like: Never ever asssume a driver has seen you.
Do the life saver observations over your shoudlers, I do it even in the car. Its a good habit to adopt.
Learn to trust your sixth senses, if you want to wind the throttle in hard and blast it, buit something is just holding you back, then don't nail it ! Hold back and wait and see. Life saver. Listen to your instincts.
Must be loads more others can add?
Buying and selling
I second the welcome and training however I would gone step further regarding training. If you have never taken a formal motorcycle training class such as the MSF Basic Rider Course or in your case it has been 20 years I would recommend starting on the first step of the ladder. Good motorcyclist are not born, they are trained. Practice makes Permanent and only Perfect practice makes Perfect
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