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General Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical / Re: changing cogs, front or back
« Last post by Rev Ken on 08 August, 2019, 07:47:54 PM »
*Originally Posted by Westoneboy [+]
Maybe it's because I have riden a blackbird for the last 14 years . I do love my CBF but it is slow on the overtake  compared to most 1 litre machines but if fast enough for you fare comment.
I now understand! My son has a (Tuned!) Blackbird and now has my CBF1000 which he refers to as his 'moped'. However it is ridden a lot more than the Blackbird, and often two up, something the Blackbird isn't as practical. Horses for courses! :031:
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CBF1000 - General Discussion / Re: Tyre inflaters
« Last post by raYzerman on 08 August, 2019, 01:14:09 PM »
One should be prepared for a flat and it is (mostly) easy to get back on the road... you don't have to spend very much money, nor carry bulky items, and yes, a phone and a credit card/roadside assistance provider are handy for the bigger emergencies.  Discussed lots on motorcycle forums... most universal repair kit is "sticky strings" kit with reamer and install tool (cheap, packs small).  A small inflator (many out there) such as this by Slime https://shop.slime.com/collections/12-volt-tire-inflators/products/tire-inflator-jr?variant=12720254648386 doesn't take up much space.  Cigar sockets are mostly junk/bulky, so convert the inflator to a more compact SAE plug that plugs into your battery maintainer harness (you should have one, if you don't, battery is easily accessible on a Biffer to temporarily attach "alligator clips" with short lead to an SAE plug).  This handy SAE outlet can be used for many things (they have a plug-in voltmeter, e.g.).  Many chargers have all this included in the package. http://products.batterytender.com/Accessories/
If your rear tire goes flat, CO2 cartridges aren't enough and you'll need a lot of them (why bother, inflator is cheaper, takes up less space).  Lots of talk about using Slime sealant, but I never have found the need.  I also have TPMS to alert me to tire pressure drops, has saved me a few times.  With my kit, I have rescued a few others I've ridden with.
Basically saying it's cheap and easy, and it works when you're out in the middle of nowhere.
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CBF1000 - General Discussion / Re: Tyre inflaters
« Last post by Crispy on 08 August, 2019, 12:31:17 PM »
I suppose prevention is better than cure, has anyone tried the Slime tyre sealant that seals any punctures that occur?

https://www.sportsbikeshop.co.uk/motorcycle_parts/content_prod/2689

Should be enough to get you to the next garage to top up the air pressure.

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CBF1000 - General Discussion / Re: Tyre inflaters
« Last post by wesley on 08 August, 2019, 07:50:13 AM »
Got the breakdown cover.

Once had a flat in the middle of nowhere near Limeick.  Try explaining where your at over the phone   Took a local to give directions to
someone in England,
Also had those tyre traffic light system monitiors one of which deflated the tyre at  high speed on the motorway
near Dundalk.  Was able on that bike to re inflate the tyre and limp home without waiting as that bike had one in the box.

Just trying to find a handy way to keep going.

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General Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical / Re: changing cogs, front or back
« Last post by Westoneboy on 07 August, 2019, 10:19:15 PM »
Maybe it's because I have riden a blackbird for the last 14 years . I do love my CBF but it is slow on the overtake  compared to most 1 litre machines but if fast enough for you fare comment.
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CBF1000 - General Discussion / Re: Iím in love.
« Last post by Longside on 07 August, 2019, 10:18:30 PM »
The Palmer brackets have made a great improvement for me. Didnít think so when first fitted, until I got the right position for me.
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CBF1000 - General Discussion / Re: Tyre inflaters
« Last post by wesley on 07 August, 2019, 09:52:06 PM »
I m far from an expert but doing this would be the same almost as fitting a cig lighter plug which would take the standard tyre inflater.
Also the first one on Amazon is £100
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CBF1000 - General Discussion / Re: Tyre inflaters
« Last post by NJD on 07 August, 2019, 09:46:05 PM »
From what I gather the real question here is "I'd like to prepare for a flat tyre while out on the road and wonder what I should take with me daily to ensure I'm best equipped to deal with such a situation?"

- Mobile phone with enough charge and credit
- A breakdown number on zed phone and a membership with them

Less than that, and to save waiting for the above:

- A tyre repair kit (this one seems the best I've seen on the market: https://www.amazon.co.uk/STOP-POCKET-TYRE-PLUGGER-KIT/dp/B003VE0ZL6)

As above, and to expand on that, I'd imagine it boils down to noticing there's something in the tyre versus something piercing the tyre and falling out (the first you could use the Co2 canisters and tools, and the second you could plug the tyre but would need a fair bit of life to do fully).

I've never done a single job at home and not needed to run to the toolbox to get something else. Lesson learned here? Simple: the phone and breakdown cover are far more important than a heavy toolkit that would probably not contain exactly what you need, but I wouldn't feel comfortable riding without a few little bits to bodge a limp ride home should something occur.
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General Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical / Re: changing cogs, front or back
« Last post by Rev Ken on 07 August, 2019, 07:32:47 PM »
*Originally Posted by Westoneboy [+]
I can see the idea behind changing the gearing but would it not suffer on acceleration ie for overtaking. I feel it is slow enough
Compared to other bikes without reducing it more. I am kicking down at least two gears to overtake at present but if changed the gearing as suggested I would probably be kicking down 3 to overtake from about 50mph.I suppose you could change it pre tour and change it back again for every day use.Just my opinion.
I found the torque in almost any gear and speed plenty enough to overtake - unless I was pushing my safety margins. My BMW F800GT does need to drop a couple of gears as it doesn't have the same spread of torque and is higher geared - something I had to get used to as I tended to stall when moving off. Interestingly It pulls the same revs in 5th gear as my CBF in top.
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General Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical / Re: changing cogs, front or back
« Last post by Westoneboy on 07 August, 2019, 05:49:17 PM »
I can see the idea behind changing the gearing but would it not suffer on acceleration ie for overtaking. I feel it is slow enough
Compared to other bikes without reducing it more. I am kicking down at least two gears to overtake at present but if changed the gearing as suggested I would probably be kicking down 3 to overtake from about 50mph.I suppose you could change it pre tour and change it back again for every day use.Just my opinion.
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