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Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2021
« Last post by Walt_M. on August 28, 2021, 05:11:33 PM »
Pol Espargaro, Bagnaia and Quartararo on the front row. there have been several crashes due to cold tires, don't know what the weather there will be tomorrow.
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Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2021
« Last post by fret not on August 28, 2021, 12:41:21 AM »
Nobody knows what will happen on Sunday when they line up, but it looks like Quartararo(Yamaha) will have the pole position, . . . so far.  The grid positions will be set tomorrow in Q2 (qualifying).  The talk among the riders is that the track has huge grip, so managing tires will be important.  More than one race has been lost while leading because the tires wore out.  Better to be close to the front at the end of the race and still have a bit of grip and drive for a final charge to the checkered flag than to be leading and not have anything left when someone comes by at the end.
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Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2021
« Last post by fret not on August 26, 2021, 01:06:18 PM »
AUG 29 RACE at Silverstone UK, so I am watching for reports from the practice sessions that should be happening now.   8)
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Your Other Ride(s) / Re: New (to me) CBR1000R
« Last post by MikeScoot on August 16, 2021, 08:38:36 AM »
UPDATE
Now have a good 'hack' bike. It's a 1998 Suzuki 'Freewind' 650 single cylinder enduro-type thingy. Motor is basically a DR650 motor but with a different head that sports 2x32mm carbs. Has a half-arsed "fairing' (lots of shiny bloody plastic) around the headlight and top of the plastic tank, and quite a lot of other plastic - but is basically a DR650 slightly adapted for 'adventure' riding (on and off-road use).

The XZ is certainly not forgotten. It sits there, patiently, until I get around to painstakingly removing the crappy paintwork I did off and getting it professionally sprayed.

In the meantime, the XF 650 Freewind Suzuki is a lot of fun and a pretty good 'allrounder'.

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Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2021 - Caution; spoilers be here
« Last post by MikeScoot on August 16, 2021, 08:16:43 AM »
What a great race! Exciting from start to finish with a HUGE surprise at the end!
When God pisses on a race it sure makes for fun!
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Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2021
« Last post by MikeScoot on August 16, 2021, 08:14:18 AM »
Ha ha ha! That was great! Ha ha ha! I can't get the smile off my face :-) :-) :-) Brilliant- with a good bit of luck. :-) :-) :-)
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Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2021
« Last post by Walt_M. on August 16, 2021, 07:46:48 AM »
Well, that was a goat rodeo! No narrative just watch if you get a chance.
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Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2021
« Last post by fret not on August 14, 2021, 02:55:47 PM »
Ducati, Yamaha, Ducati, (first row)
Ducati, Honda, Ducati, (second row)

then the rest of the pack.  It looks like anyone of the 'usual suspects' could win this one.  We will know tomorrow! 8)
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Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2021
« Last post by Walt_M. on August 12, 2021, 05:27:57 PM »
After another last place finish and unusual rider input on the bike after the end of the race, he was hitting the rev limiter coming down pit lane. Maverick Vinales will not be participating at this weekend's race in Austria.
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Off Topic / Re: MotoGP 2021 - Caution; spoilers be here
« Last post by MikeScoot on August 11, 2021, 04:47:26 AM »
Six weeks was a long time to wait but over now and Styria was an exciting race. We get another next week too!
Walt and Fret Not have summed the race up well.
But also of interest was to see "Peddles" Pedrosa in there as a wild-card, and he did pretty well for a fella who hasn't really raced for quite some time.

Very off-topic now but we went into a lockdown thingo here a few day ago. Can't really go bike riding so I was glad to pick up an order of neck bearings and fork seals to go on an XF650 Suzi 'Freewind' I use to play around with (read; learn what goes wrong and how to stop it going wrong) for multi-angle camera-work. The bike was OK when I got it but had been ridden its 60,000K's on dead-straight roads over in Western Australia before being shipped here to the East Coast. Needless to say, the steering was centre-notchy as blazes. I finished fitting the new bits today and fixed both of its broken plastic headlight adjusters using that super-useful epoxy putty stuff. I'll bolt everything back together tomorrow.
 It's a bit of an oddball bike, being Suzuki's quick response to the first BMW 650 GS. Has a DR650 mill but with a twin 32mm carb head. Goes well, but not really the ideal bike for camerawork because of the HUGE engine vibrations from the big single motor. Those (the vibrations) have been the biggest problem but by mounting cams on nothing but the frame I'm managing to get decent footage now - which is kinda contrary to what I had expected. Have also tried a single-axis gyro (like some of the the MotoGP cams) and that kinda works, but it gets a bit confused sometimes.
 I'll try to find a way (other than 3rd party providers) to serve some footage up for you folks soon.

 And on another off-topc topic;
 The authorititties here include alcoholic drinks as 'essentials' - things you can go out and buy in a 'lockdown'. So I bought a few 'essential' boxes of beer yesterday and am enjoying some 'essential' drinking as I write this. Now all I have to do is convince them that riding motorcycles is also 'essential'!
 
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