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Needed a little snooze earlier.....

so put F1 practice on the Red button, worked a treat.

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Ask expert fellow riders about anything to do with setting up, fixing or improving your bike
help identifiying year of my bike ?

@spondonste said:

The 10th digit in the 17 digit VIN number identifies the year of manufacture. If it's '2' then it was manufactured in 2002, 3 means 2003, 4 means 2004 etc. Your VIN number identifies the bike as being manufactured in 2003 (Looks like it was the dealers store for a little time before it was sold).

You were 0ne ring out.............:smirk:

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Find out here what's worth spending your money on and what to avoid like the plague
Sat nav by Iphone

Being Old and Stupid.......can someone please tell me what the hell you're all talking about...........

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The place to chat about your new lid, or to find out which gloves you should go for next time
pros and cons of helmet types

I use a full face shoei helmet at about £170 is a good price as i cant afford to spend £400 on an arai. I use to use mx lids in the summer on my old bike.
when my lid is past it i my do the hammer test ie hit the top of the lid with a lump hammer and see what happens then cut off the straps before i bin iit.

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Discuss the latest developments in MotoGP and its support classes here.
About time we had a BTSport coverage poll

@ianh said:

I was most aggrieved to received an email from BT yesterday.
Whilst the sums involved are relatively modest (for now) it still means i will have to pay £60 per year that i had not expected.

I have advised Ofcom of my concerns, whilst they dont deal with individual cases, i do think that their widespread and prolonged advertising of "free" motogp coverage was misleading could be seen as obtaining money by deception, ie tountamount to fraud.
Complaints now sent to BT and Ofcom and letter to MCN editor. Doubt it will get anywhere but good to vent!

From what I can tell, IF there is "small print" that facilitates this change, the term itself would fall under the UNFAIR CONTRACT TERMS ACT <- doubtless plenty of info on the WWW on this... And if the term is unfair/a contravention of Contract Law, the resulting advantage certainly is!!
( See above: I cut an paste the reply I had from CAB in this thread ^^^)

Good to see that you've escalated your own case; for my part, I've contacted Trading Standards (via CAB) - but I will take a pointer from you and refer to OfCom too!

The more people that voice their opinions on this, the better!

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Discuss the latest developments in World Superbikes and World Supersport here
Boring WSB

Managed to watch the races on telly last night.. Tom Sykes and Jonny Rea battling and bashing was fooking brilliant.. There were only 31,000 at Donington this weekend .. not very good.:worried:

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The place to talk about anything related to domestic racing champtionships
"Where are they now ?"

I remember Chris guy and graham wood. great riders who could run with the best of them. my late brother in law Bob smith used to race with them in the late seventies Early eighties. often wonder what happened To them.

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Know where there's a 'safety camera team' in action. Share the joy here
Overloading & Insurance

all the motorcycle luggage i've bought tells you how much weight is safe and also what max. speed they reccomend.
not that most of us really stick to it. and what happens if the rider is vastly overweight or super-skinny? i don't think there's much they can do about it but they will ask what you were carrying when you had an accident, or at least my insurance company has just asked me that question. luckily i could put my hand on my heart and tell them with a clear conscience. I was sad enough to weigh my tail pack and tank bag before i put them on the bike.

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Motorail

Another option is using the new service www.bikeshuttle.co.uk which takes your bike, leathers and helmet from the UK to Geneva while you fly out to meet it. Saves all that motorway riding through France and works out cheaper and takes less time.

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Loads of great tips for new riders and the chance to get together with other like minded bikers
New Rider with Questions

@NJC1984 10-15 miles of Dual Carriageway is fine for any naked up to the 70 limit........... it's only when you are trying to keep above 170 that it starts to get a bit painful ......unless you have a tailwind ........... in which case 186 is probably the limit.

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How to get the best deal on a new bike

I agree with most of the tips that have been already mentioned here. Though, I don't think crying is for me. Before I had what I think has not been covered yet, I would re-inforce, get knowledgeable about the bike specifications and accessories (including prices) and its competitions (usually another brand, the bike but the accessories). The competition of your bike, may not be straight competition, it could simply be your second or third choice. Knowledge is power: You will be taken seriously, you will discover strength and weaknesses of the bikes you are looking at.
Here is what I think has not yet been covered ...

When you walk in the dealer for the first time, start rich, like you could buy the place and do not care about money. Then be more and more careful about money as you go along in the negociations. Through the knowledge of the bike, you want to give back a fair assessment about the bike: Why you like it, but highlight bluntly its weaknesses, the points you do not like esepcially those that the competition (i.e. 2nd or 3rd choice) do better. In Northern Europe, never buy a bike in the spring or summer. This is not when the best deals are on. Find out when is the financial year end for the bike manufacturers you are considering. Everybody in sales needs to make their numbers or exceed their targets. Start negociations a couple of months before year end and make sure you are ready to part with your cash just before then. Do not negociate with only one dealer of the same brand but 2 or 3. Because the last question you will ask, if the deal they propose if the same, is "Why should I buy from you and not ...?"
Depending on brands you are contemplating, this tip may have various degrees of efficiency. But all combined, the deal you'll get will be difficult to match.

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The Great Brain Ride 2015 - 18th July

MMMmmmmm,
Not sure might do see what the diary says particularly if o/h is occupied with daughter. Think I'll phone our kidda see if he going.

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