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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #60 on: 04.10. 2015 22:01 »
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next thing we need to get straight is: a "METER", is an instrument or device for MEASURING increments of stuff....
 a "METRE", is a measure of distance.... *ex* *ex* *ex*...OK.

 Same goes for "Litre" ok?...I don't know what a 'Liter' is; maybe something for burning stuff *conf*..or not as heavy  *dunno2*
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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #61 on: 05.10. 2015 03:54 »
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next thing we need to get straight is: a "METER", is an instrument or device for MEASURING increments of stuff....
 a "METRE", is a measure of distance.... *ex* *ex* *ex*...OK.

 Same goes for "Litre" ok?...I don't know what a 'Liter' is; maybe something for burning stuff *conf*..or not as heavy  *dunno2*

I use a "Liter" to start the charcoal grill.  Sounds reasonable to me.

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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #62 on: 05.10. 2015 08:12 »
The unit Foot

Historically the "foot" was a part of many local systems of units, including the Greek, Roman, Chinese, French, and English systems. It varied in length from country to country, from city to city, and sometimes from trade to trade. Its length was usually between 250 mm and 335 mm and was generally, but not always, subdivided into 12 inches or 16 digits.

The United States is the only industrialized nation that uses the international foot and the survey foot (a customary unit of length) in preference to the meter in its commercial, engineering, and standards activities

The problem with this unit, is it different lengths in various parts of the word:¨

1 Russian foot (English foot, borrowed from Peter the Great) = 12 inches = 1/7 Russian sazhen = 0.3047 m.
1 French foot (pied du roi) = 12 pouces = 0.32484 m.
1 Amsterdam foot( voet) = 0.2831 m.
1 Rotterdam foot = 0.296 m.
1 Venetian foot = 0.34773 m.
1 Danish foot (after 1835) = 0.3138535 m.
1 Norwegian foot (after 1824) = 0.31375 m.
1 Swedish foot = 12 inches (tum) = 0.2969 m.
1 Portuguese foot = 0.3285 m.
1 Spanish foot (-1752) (Pie de Ribera/de Rey) = 12 Pulgadas = 0.287342 m.
1 Spanish foot (1752 -1765) (Pie de Burgos/Castellano) = 0.278635 m.
1 Spanish foot (1765-) (Pie de Rey) = 12 Pulgadas = 0.32483 m.
1 Greek foot - 0,3205 m (192,3 m = 600 Greek foot).
600 Greek feet was the lengths of the Olympic stadium (in Olympia: 192,3 m)

It makes the world a lot more easy when measurements is not a fixed units.  
Countries which have officially adopted the metric system: The entire world, except:
Countries which have not officially adopted the metric system (United States, Burma and Liberia)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metric_system


Umm nice liga: United States, Burma and Liberia

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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #63 on: 05.10. 2015 10:09 »
It is not easy for a nation to change from imperial to metric, it takes time, but over one or two generations the UK is full metric....

UK went to metric money 34 years ago; I've never understood why we haven't metricated road speed in all of that time; by now it would be the norm.

Being old school does have advantages though: When I'm DIY'ing I just use the side of my tape, (tape measures here have metric and imperial) that most nearly matches a length; so I may measure a piece of wood at 12 inches and the next bit at 104mm. Then again, I may just make a mark on the edge of my handsaw; or even use a handy piece of string!

BTW: Don't you think this discussion should be moved to its own topic?

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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #64 on: 05.10. 2015 10:56 »
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BTW: Don't you think this discussion should be moved to its own topic?

would that be from do the ton to do the tonne *smiley4*
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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #65 on: 05.10. 2015 14:05 »
You can say what you want.
You are all Metric, Geezers Congratulation 

Except for our Yank members.....

So you better get ready to do the 200
(200 km/h)

A bit “wild” on an old plunger bike.
But possible on af RGS  :-)

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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #66 on: 05.10. 2015 14:53 »
The fact is, the UK still uses a mixup of imperial and metric and I reckon that is true of numerous countries including the US (slowly).

If the "Ton" becomes 200 kph I guess it would be fair to say "Metric kills".

For now, and probably the rest of the time I have left, I'm sticking with Imperial except when necessary. That way, I feel I can stand on my own two 30.48 centimetres.

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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #67 on: 06.10. 2015 00:02 »

 
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That way, I feel I can stand on my own two 30.48 centimetres.
Even that gets tricky when buying a pair of imported boots..UK/US/Urow *smile*
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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #68 on: 06.10. 2015 13:56 »
Do the Ton was a big ting 50 years ago.

Today a bike is not a propper bike, if it can´t do the "1/4"

(The 1/4 is a 1/4 K = 250 km/h)

PS. what is KPH  ?   
A pub ?
http://thekph.com/

In 1988 the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration promulgated a rule stating that "MPH and/or km/h" were to be used in speedometer displays. On May 15, 2000 this was clarified to read "MPH, or MPH and km/h


So I don´t know what KPH is  *smile*

It cruising the Ton all day long is a must, buy a new Triumph Throxton

And spare the Historic BSA from the Torture
Evan the late Norton Comm. “Cuffed up blood” if pushed to do the Ton+ all day long on the “autobahn”

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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #69 on: 06.10. 2015 14:14 »
See, metric IS dead.

(OK, thanks for the correction. Bear in mind that I don't spend all my driving staring into a km/h speedo, including, of course, on my A10.

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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #70 on: 06.10. 2015 14:24 »
I drive my BSA all day long with the imperial units on the odo.

I can easy obey the speed limits.

50 In urban arears 

80 on the open roads  

That is what the signs says, and the speedo reads   *smile*

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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #71 on: 06.03. 2016 05:33 »
Sept 1999 .
(CNN) -- NASA lost a $125 million Mars orbiter because a Lockheed Martin engineering team used English units of measurement while the agency's team used the more conventional metric system for a key spacecraft operation, according to a review finding released Thursday.

The units mismatch prevented navigation information from transferring between the Mars Climate Orbiter spacecraft team in at Lockheed Martin in Denver and the flight team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Lockheed Martin helped build, develop and operate the spacecraft for NASA. Its engineers provided navigation commands for Climate Orbiter's thrusters in English units although NASA has been using the metric system predominantly since at least 1990.

Oops!

 I reckon it was doing about 300 Ton when it shot past Mars...

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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #72 on: 06.03. 2016 09:57 »
considering motorcycle manufacturers and other auto makers used inches for wheels and MM for cylinder bores from way back, mixing the two systems is not that problematic.
UK adoption of the metric system was quite easy I thought, and a hell of a lot easier to calculate with.
Just the thought that it was old Bonaparte who gets the credit will still wrankle some.
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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #73 on: 06.03. 2016 19:41 »
Did the Ton yesterday on the cafe. Still had about 1000rpm to go. Gee it felt good.
Unfortunately I can't ride her far anymore (100 miles max) since the 3 vertebra fusion and now the hip is giving way.
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Re: Do the Ton.
« Reply #74 on: 06.03. 2016 19:46 »
Unfortunately I can't ride her far anymore (100 miles max) since the 3 vertebra fusion and now the hip is giving way.
That's a bloody shame!