Daily Archives: March 7, 2012

Tenere gets Heated Grips

I toook a gallop over the back roads to the workshops after lunch. And I mean back roads! Around here farmers treat them as part of their fields and the big 4 wheel drive tractors drag the soil onto the roads keeping things interesting. We did well catching a bit of sunshine for our ride on Sunday cos today took me back to wintry conditions.

I had a few bits of bodywork to take off to get at an electrical connection under the big tank of the Tenere but luckily I managed without having to take the fuel tank off altogether. It didn’t take long to sort the replacement  wiring out for the heated grips and I dallied awhile afterwards to catch up with events.

The new billet yokes for the Wes Cooley Special were being picked up this afternoon so there should be progress made on that bike soon. The big push was on completing a batch of petrol tanks for a Wayne Gardner Honda that’s being built by A.N.Other. The tanks had that dual filler system used by the Endurance Racers so it might have been a batch of Wayne’s Susuka Eight Hour bikes that are coming together. There was a new frame for the Honda sitting there to make sure the tanks fitted and it looked good.

You will just have to put up with pics of my Tenere covered in road dirt cos I didn’t take much in the way of photos in the shop today.

It’s early days I know but I’m really enjoying the Tenere this year and not only does the new 140 section rear tyre fill that enormous gap under the seat better than the OE 130 but it works better as well. Must remember to order a front tyre tomorrow cos it’s worn more than I thought. And a cush drive rubber as well when I’m in the ordering mood before the current one breaks up completely. Oh no! Rear brake pads too – that’s because I used to trail the rear brake into bends for the first 10000 miles on my Euro-tour in an effort to keep the ‘Lurch’ out of the ride when I accelerated out of corners. Rear wheel braking instead of engine braking helped to keep the top run of the chain tight ready for coming on the throttle early and a smoother transition to drive.

Subsequent mods I’ve made to the suspension mean I’ve got rid of the ‘Lurch’ effect and I don’t have to do this trail braking into bends any more so less wear on the pads and disc. A result! The next set of pads should last forever 🙂

And before anyone asks – she’s not on a bombing run! That little red cannister hung on the lower engine bars contains my toolkit. The original pouch clipped into the rear of the fuel tank and once you had taken it out it was almost impossible to fit it back in even if it did only contain a miserable selection of tools from Mr Yamaha.

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Aldi Biker Gear test

A few weeks ago I tested rump steak from Aldi and was left depressed by the whole experience. No worries – I’m still shopping at Aldi’s for my main stuff but going next door to Sainsboro’s for my red meat, fish and fowl.

While I was raking through the store on Monday trying to find something non-edible – apart from their rump steak – I found a motorcycle section! Usually I would just walk past cos I’m not wearing that cheap stuff on the bike! But – after hearing good things about Lidl’s biker range I admit I did give Aldi’s a second look.

Do my feet look big in these 🙂

They come with full instructions on the pack but unfortunately I have a habit of binning instructions before I read them! Hell – it’s only a pair of socks! I’ve been wearing socks virtually all my life although there was a time as a snotty nosed bairn I would run barefoot in the forests and fields all summer untill it was time to go back to school.

They are colour coded and I remember the pack had arrows pointing to the different colour patches explaining what each area did. The blue bits on front of the leg are obviously shin guards – not sure what the grey bits are for on top of each foot but that must the gear change cushion on the left bunion marked ‘L’.

OK – I’ve got them on my feet the correct way round. They were comfy in the boots if non too warm but to be kind it was just above freezing and trying to snow when I was out.. Every gear change went like a knife through butter and wait for it — unlike some over-priced one-size-fits-all walking socks these fellas were sized in groups. Being an above average size male I selected 9-11 and found them a perfect fit. And – again compared with walking socks – these chaps are a steal at £3.49.

There was more bumf on the pack about ergonomic ankle inserts and there’s colour coded bars on the soles that presumably fit you onto the pegs – I mean they cannot be serious – can they? It’s been my experience that Germans don’t have that much humour so perhaps they are and these things will be compulsory in euro-land by next year 😦

I kinda overdone it in Aldi and bought one of their neck-warmers as well. Considering outdoor shops charge eleven quid for the Buff equivelant the Aldi version has to be a value at £2.99.

OK – you’re not getting an action shot of me testing the neck-warmer thingy cos they exagerate my double chins and I’m the vain type but take it from me it’s made of summer weight material. Much as their gloves are made of! I picked up one of them and chucked it back! I doubt if I’d even wear them in bed!

So there you go – Aldi Biker Gear passed it’s wearer test with flying colours – good value so far. I just hope the socks don’t shrink to size seven and half when I wash ’em 🙂

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