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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #30 on: 26.09. 2016 22:34 »
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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #31 on: 26.09. 2016 23:14 »
Are you sure that was post ride; you look too smart and too dry?

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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #32 on: 27.09. 2016 12:25 »
Firstly my apologises for being late posting this  but on Sunday I was without internet after my ipad went u/s and yesterday SWMBO had an appointment to sort her eyes ,cataracts , so was hors de combat for the day.
The Liverpool run ,strangely, started across the river Mersey in Eastham village   *dunno* at the " tap room" . I enjoyed a fine quick run and having left at 9am got there via the old Mersey tunnel  9-30 am the bike never missed a beat and made a fine sound in the tunnel ,I'd drained and refilled the front forks with the correct amount of oil and what a difference absolutely spot on handling and had a stupid grin on my face and a  cuppa in my hand by 9-30am.
It was all very easy going ,sadly lacking in classics, 2 old RE 500's ,a royal Star ,2 Honda 500 4'S and mine were it ,although they got looked at far more than the newer stuff !!
On the instruction " Gentlemen start your engines " we were off at a very sedate rate and we raised more than a few smiles going through the village with car drivers giving way on 2 junctions ! A short hop to Raby of about 8 miles brought to a pub where some more joined ,just before this my gear change return spring went ping ,lever stuck and I pulled up at the pub thinking the ride was over b4 it had started ,fortuneatly a bit of twiddling got it free and I was able to continue going down fine upwards needed the lever raising after 2nd but kept up ,we passed clatterbridge hosp the biggest cancer hosp in the area and went into Birkenhead and again used the old tunnel to central Liverpool down dale st to the Strand and our first stop at the Albert dock ,we had to ride through the dock which was full of tourists and lots of pictures were taken to our area just by the river ,here we were approached by lots of people who wanted to know what was going on ,I struck up a conversation with a guy from Nevada who had just got an A10 but was having trouble with the clutch , finding out it was a 6 springer my fix involved throwing it into a bin and buying a Triumph or SRM unit , He was convinced we were all mad and thought we rode every day in DJ's and or tweeds etc once we'd explained he was a little more convinced of our sanity ! We may have a new member.
We had to move after 30 mins as we were in front of the building housing the Labour conference but the Police were great one of 'em is a biker and will be joining us next year, I will post a picture, lots , tomorrow including the copper with "thumbs up ".
We moved to the rear ,riverside , of the Liver buildings for a final chat and group picture which was arranged with the help of a passing tourist ,very helpful. I decided that  I wasn't pushing my luck by going back to the tap run so after passing on my thanks to the guy who did the organising and collecting numbers for the pictures I was off .
I must confess as to not being in tweed or DJ's as were the Triumph/Harley group simply with an eye to the weather and the fact I don't bounce as well as when younger I had my normal coat on ,but with smart shirt and tie plus a new pair of grey cords PLUS polished boots !! made me feel I'd entered into the spirit of the event which I will be doing next year .The wonderful bike was much admired by riders and civilians alike and I really got a buzz from it but the event needs some polishing including some advertising ie local papers and local TV news ,61 riders started plus a few more on the run ,no injuries or problems so far this ride as raised well over £3000 and increasing ,personal amount £110 in the forum team £10 personal with abit  more to come ,thanks to anyone who kindly donated something from the forum ,DGR as a  bloody useless website my Son's tried 3 times to donate still nothing taken .Hope this hasn't been to boring for everyone cheers, Bob
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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #33 on: 27.09. 2016 13:01 »
Are you sure that was post ride; you look too smart and too dry?

Yeah had a pleasantly sunny ride after some earlier cloud cover - no rain. And the Nimbus is pleasingly non leaky, whilst being steady enough that any flies you hit can pick themselves up and continue on their way.
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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #34 on: 27.09. 2016 14:55 »
I posted a comment on facebook that has raised a couple of hackles. Oh well you can't keep all the people happy all of the time etc.

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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #35 on: 27.09. 2016 15:00 »
I don't know if this link can be shared with non members of the DGR Oxford Facebook pages. Someone has posted over 600 photos of the Oxford UK GDR: https://goo.gl/wqRhl7

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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #36 on: 27.09. 2016 15:15 »
Here's forum member Paul

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« Reply #37 on: 27.09. 2016 15:16 »
Here I am

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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #38 on: 27.09. 2016 15:35 »
Neil, seems you hit that idiot wipes tender spot , ignore , as it only takes one accident to ruin everything
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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #39 on: 27.09. 2016 15:53 »
Hello all,

After the strip-down to re-shim the crank that took place starting two Saturday's before the ride, I did the post-shimming test ride at 9:00 PM on the 24th. (Must inject here that I have corrected the typo that said "teat ride".) As I've mentioned, started first kick, so I was feeling good. I had not dismantled the timing case. On the test ride my suspicion that I might have adjusted the clutch with too light a grip was immediately confirmed. Slipping was obvious but ease into neutral and clunk-free entry into first was great. [I had set the clutch with a dial indicator after tearing my hair out (in addition to some grinding and pounding of clutch parts) trying to figure out why my 6-spring clutch basket suddenly no longer fit on the hub. Oh, the things that can be forgotten between builds! Turned out I missed the fact that the chain wheel was slipping over the first row of ball bearings but not the second.] Anyway, I decided I had to do the ride with the amount of slippage that was there.

Moving on to departing home on DGR-Day, bike again started first kick, wife took some pics and I was on my way. On surface streets the slipping clutch was not a big problem, but the Interstate Highway was a challenge to ease up to 55 MPH while having to accelerate at imperceptible increments. I made it the 30 miles into Chicago, missing my turn-off in the city and getting a little bonus ride on Michigan Ave. (The Miracle Mile) for my mistake. No problem, I had left plenty of time to get to the start point. I should point out that this was the first time I have actually ridden in the city of Chicago since finishing the restoration in 2007.

Now, at the start point, I arrived to hundreds of parked bikes, too many to look at each one. There were a couple of A65s but no other A7s or A10s (as far as I saw). All was good. I enjoyed a big buffet breakfast for a mere $8.00. Things changed when it came time to take off for the ride. I went to kick over and nothing. Compression felt mushy. Kicked and kicked and nothing. Further, when you're having trouble starting, hearing what's happening is important. Of course, I could not hear anything over all the other bikes. 400 bikes left and I was still kicking. With everyone gone, a couple of guys offered to give me a push. Uhhh, great, but the lack of a decent clutch made that useless. I finally got her to start up. There was one guy there who had arrived late and we left together to try to catch up with the pack, which we did at the halfway beer stop. I bought the beer, thankful for having someone to ride with who had a GPS. Being pretty sure I would again have trouble starting, I made a point of doing it when I thought it was 10 minutes before departure from the way point. Yep, it was tough, but I got her going, however, it turned out it was actually going to be about 30 minutes before departure. Not wanting to shut down again, I cruised around that part of Chicago for a while to kill time and see that area I had not seen before. When back at the stop I idled a while and got quite a bit of appreciation for my bike (Ahhh yes! It was all worthwhile.) When we finally left the stop it was exciting to ride with such a pack that was not wearing wallets with chains and tattered denim vests, as is the case when I go on the mostly Harley rides. Surprisingly, I ended up riding aside my new buddy from the first leg.

Arriving at the end point, I was immediately greeted by my daughter and her friend who, together, had recently taken an apartment in Chicago not too far away from the bar. That was a extreme high point. I also met one of the guys on an A65 who does not live far from me. We exchanged info and may ride together some time. After lunch with my daughter and a beer raised in honor of my extreme thirst and my forum teammates, I knew I was again facing the tough start, but confident it would eventually get going. The ride home (another 30 miles, of course) was another study in nursing the slipping clutch but I made it. WHEW!

Despite or because of all of the above, I had a great time and definitely plan to participate next year. Between the two forum teams we did manage to raise a bit more than the $1000 goal I had set. Great efforts and generosity on the part of the teams and sponsors! I sorta doubt that many members who did not ride have read this far in a long story. If you did not ride, you missed out and should try to join-in next year.

So, yesterday I got to wondering about the mushy compression and very hard starting. I've not completely confirmed it yet, but I think my right cylinder may have ridiculously low compression. I probably did not pick up on the impact of this on performance since the clutch did not allow use of serious power. I have suspicions why, but for another post.

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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #40 on: 27.09. 2016 15:58 »
Richard you look splendid! Is that your real moustache?
Sorry about the bike starting problem; I hope you soon get her sorted out. *smile*

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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #41 on: 27.09. 2016 16:01 »
Rather than modify the long story, I want to add that the ride through Chicago involved going through many red lights and stop signs while the escort riders held traffic. I don't know if this was pre-approved or winked at by Chicago police. Before we set off on the ride, stickers were handed out for covering a couple of numbers on our license plates so that tickets would not be automatically issued for intersections with red-light photo monitoring.

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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #42 on: 27.09. 2016 16:04 »
Richard you look splendid! Is that your real moustache?
Sorry about the bike starting problem; I hope you soon get her sorted out. *smile*

Thank you. That is my real moustache. I've been training it long and wide for the last month in prep for the dapper criteria. I've been with my wife for 35 years and she has never seen me without a moustache. Should I run up to the bathroom and shave it off right now? No promises.

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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #43 on: 27.09. 2016 16:05 »
Neil, seems you hit that idiot wipes tender spot , ignore , as it only takes one accident to ruin everything
I imagine he was the chap that rode on the pavement.

The marshalls undoubtedly had a hard job but blocking non DGR traffic at junctions and even pedestrian crossings without any authority or even a hi-viz waistcoat is a bit dodgy in my opinion and riding on the footway is not good.

I'm not sure I'll go to the Oxford DGR next year; I'll probably try Coventry which is much closer for me.

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Re: Distinguished Gentlemen's Ride Team
« Reply #44 on: 27.09. 2016 16:10 »
That is my real moustache. I've been training it long and wide for the last month in prep for the dapper criteria. I've been with my wife for 35 years and she has never seen me without a moustache. Should I run up to the bathroom and shave it off right now? No promises.
If you want a divorce, yes!

There were a lot of fake moustaches; I was just wondering; no offense meant!  *smiley4*