Technical and tyres
Hi all bikers,
I have a Yamaha Rxs100 two stroke, it starts first kick when cold but struggles to tick over, go a few miles up the road then engine dies, have to let engine cool for a few mins and she starts sometimes with choke out, engine comes back on full power then dies again?
Have replaced airfilter and cleaned carb + fitted a fuel filter adjusted mixture/idle screws. made no difference!. have the crank seals gone?
We've used Shad panniers and top box on three different bikes. Same boxes but new fitting kits for each bike. I suppose the boxes are around 3 years old now. They've survived several European trips and a few rallies as well. The inner straps work well when someone (not me!) forgot to close a pannier properly recently. I was expecting to get the contents hurled at me, following behind, but everything stayed put.
When I first saw them I thought they looked a bit flimsy compared to some of the more expensive makes but so far they've been really good and seem to be waterproof too, as no leaks so far.
I am currently in my final year of my honours product design engineering degree and for my Industrial project i am aiming to improve the safety for motorcycle riders. I am currently in the market and user research stage in order to identify and define my problem area.
I am contacting you Riders with a short survey with the hope you can spare ten minutes in order to help me with my project, there is a section at the end of the survey where if you include your email address i will keep you up to date with the progress of the project!
Thanks for taking the time to read this and i hope you enjoy the survey:
@Colonial-Piglet will you please be more careful , motorsport is dangerous ( as if you didn't know ) we often have signs around our racetracks telling us motorsport is dangerous and not take copy it on the public road when you leave , spoil sports .
BSB & TT
I take your point about Shakey, It's just that sometimes he runs his mouth off. In the past he scathed about the showdown format, Well after his Oulton Park "Performance" last month it sure worked out for him this year. Don't like Ducati in Production racing (and never have tbh) as they have always bent/manipulated the rules to suit themselves.
Legal and insurance
Thought I'd share my experience of bike insurance for a trip involving non-eu countries in 2016.
Research before the trip suggested Green Cards were no longer needed/available and border insurance should be available at the borders. However I eventually purchased a green card in UK from "Tour Insure" based in Germany and my mate decided to chance it, as it wasn't cheap 208 euro for 1 month.
Our trip eventually took us though Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina. On the first border crossing from Romania into Serbia on the E-70 directly south of Timisoara, my friend was unable to buy any insurance at the border but the border staff let him in anyway. The second non-eu border was from Serbia to Bosnia (Bosut/Velino Selo), where he was not allowed to enter Bosnia before purchasing some insurance which was possible at the border, they accepted my Green Card without question.
If you're interested in the trip, check it out here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH_LR3eSezzFwe8aLesPG2hcRaAekz-vY the border crossings are in part 2 and 3.
Hope this helps others like me who was a bit confused pre trip what the score was.
Buying and selling
Hi MCN members.
First things first, I don't wanna see any reactions like "you need bigger" "don't keep this small" etc.
I'm 6' 2 (and a bit) my inseam is 33" I don't know what average driver size is that bike companies use but I'm above average.
I'm looking for a cruiser type bike, my driving style suits the cruiser class so don't advice sport, dirt or anything else.
I'm know that a 125 maybe small for my size, that's true with a regal raptor or honda rebel, I tried scooters and none fit me, even maxi scooters are a bit to small.
Most 125 cruiser topics say honda shadow, suzuki intruder or yamaha virago.
Couple of notes, my knee angle can't be smaller then 100°, any sharper and I lose feeling in them.
Bikes that I know should fit me are the Hyosung Aquila GV125 and Honda Shadow VT125, how do they compair to each other.
Both are reliable and reviews I read are good and bad for both, honda is japanese and reliable, hyosung is korean but from 2003 and older it use suzuki engines, also reliable.
What I realy wanna know is this: wich suzuki bike does the aquila share it's engine with before 2003, wich looks biggest (I know the aquila 125 shares everything with the 250 model, apart from the engine itself)
Do both these bikes have enough oempf to pull me around (don't care about highway so do they have enough usable torque for getting up to speed)
And wich is easy to maintain, don't have any bike shops close to me.
For those that don't know the Hyosung, here's a link of a couple of pictures: http://www.streetbikerider.us/SP/61761
PS: I wanna buy a 125 to KEEP, not just to learn, reason to keep is that they are just cheap as chips for insurance and on parts due to light weight compaired to bigger bikes.