Here is a list of all the postings John MC has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion|
I had forgotten about the Himalayan, bit of a disaster that one and a good example of an overweight motorcycle, I stand corrected.
I'm told there is a European company making big bore conversions for the twin (and Himalayan), RE are sure to know about. Still think 650 to 850 is a step to far.
The "problem" if it can be called that, with the early Hinckley Triumphs was that the engines were designed by guys whose experience was with car engines. They did not realise just how compact a motorcycle engine is and it showed. They soon realised and set about correcting along with the mechanical noise problem. The overbuilt reputation was probably nurtured to cover this up.
On the subject of weight saving and the new unitised RE Bullet engine. The RE stylists decided to take their styling Cues from an existing popular brand of motorcycle. In doing this the cylinder head gained some 1.5kg in weight just to make it look like they wanted. Other parts suffered the same. Attempts were made to dissuade them from doing this. Unsuccessfully as it turns out.
|Thread: Not sure what tomakeof this ?|
Surely just a poor choice of words? Did they mean they are going to sedate the patient so as to put them on a ventilator?
|Thread: It would happen now!|
The price quoted to the OP is in ground source heat pump territory, price seems to be dropping steadily as the system becomes more popular. Although not in the market for a replacement at the moment it will be my next heating system, probably won't get a choice!
I presently use solid fuel, fed up with unreliable gas boilers.
|Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion|
If the rumour is true (I would doubt it) about the engine, that it is capable of being stretched to 850cc and double the power then no wonder its so heavy!
There is always scope to reduce weight. The Interceptor is the RE companies first effort at designing a bike from scratch. A good effort I think that bodes well for the future. Triumph's (Hinkley) first efforts were some rather heavy and mechanically noisy bikes, they worked steadily to address these problems to become successful.
The main reason was to reduce the load induced by the chain pull on the gearbox bearings. The Japanese used the indirect type so they could use a forward rotating engine and geared primary drive. Ducati, on their early V-twins (1970's-80's) with a backward rotating engine, gear primary drive, used a combination of the two, bit of a mess really, still used 6 "dog" (3 full height/3 half height) gears when the Brits had given up on that idea in the 1950's.
As for modern bikes being heavier and the excuses for that, electric starting, higher power outputs, balance shafts, ABS and so, the design challenge with a motorcycle is to keep the weight down. Technology has moved on since the last mass produced British motorcycle (Triumph accepted). The aim should be to include all the modern stuff in a package no heavier than the equivalent bike of, say, 50 years ago. Clearly a point missed by Triumph (Hinkley) with the present Bonneville model that I found disappointing. Having said that, they have done a pretty good job weight wise with the Street Triple. In fact many manufacturers have done remarkable things with bikes, Bikes that weigh similar to a 1970's Norton with 3 times the power
Suzuki Burgman scooters, I bought a 400cc model last year. two reasons, one being curiosity as to how well the CVT system works. And work it does, very well for what is a very unsophisticated system by modern standards.
The other reason for buying it was to get Mrs MC back on a bike, as a passenger. not got around to doing that yet and not in the immediate future due to C-19.
|Thread: Arceurotrade milling cutter sharpening machine|
I considered buying one of these. First impression was that its a triumph of styling over design, not a good starting point! Having said that reports at that time suggested it did a good job on the ends of the cutter. But what about the sides of the cutter? This machine only does half a job. I was hoping it would replace my Clarkson T&C grinder but, as I mentioned, it doesn't do the complete job.
I've stuck with the Clarkson, its a real pain to use, probably because I have a sharpening session once or twice a year and need to re-learn the machine each time.
|Thread: Motorcycle General Discussion|
I was rather disappointed by the new RE Interceptor. My local RE dealer was most insistent that I ride their demo bike knowing my connection with the Indian RE company. My impression was exactly the same as it was and is for the (Hinckley) Triumph Bonneville, a very average motorcycle. The one thing that stood out is the weight, much too heavy for what it is. I really hope that future development of the Interceptor involves some significant weight reduction, it has been mentioned....
|Thread: The Workshop Progress Thread 2020|
You have that the wrong way around, Mg is lighter than Al.
|Thread: Agent million considered essantial travel by N S & I.|
A long time ago someone at work set up a premium bond syndicate rather than with the more common football pools. The advantage(?) being that we would always have our stake money, accepting inflation would reduce its worth. Still an advantage over the lotteries.
When it was time to disband came we were pleasantly surprised with what we had accumulated. We won £25 now and again, hardly seemed worth it at the time.
On disbandment I kept my share as bonds and added to it regularly to the point where I had to start buying in my partners name. The frequency of wins was such that the return averaged out at ~8% over a 25 year period. The return reduced significantly during the last recession but has recovered somewhat, the last few years has seen an ~2.5% return. Not going to complain about that.
I suppose I really should have looked for better investments, not to sure of the risks.
|Thread: Mot grace|
Woohoo I thought when the MOT news was announced, I won't need to get the motorbike MOT'd in May. Then reality kicked, MOT or not, when am I going to use it?
Interesting article in a newspaper recently that suggested the virus has been in the UK for a while, possibly since early January. Got me thinking about how many may have been ill already with C-19 without realising it, and now presumably immune?
Late February I felt a little unwell for a couple of days, lingering dry cough, basically the symptoms of C-19. Could I have already had it?
|Thread: What are you reading?|
Recently finished Sir Miles Thomas's biography, BOAC chairman along with many other jobs, a good read remembering that he has written it himself.
Now reading "John Wilkinson, King of the Ironmasters". Disappointing so far. Nothing to say why he was the "King of the Ironmasters". I'm hoping there will be some explanation later in the book otherwise its going to be a very dull read.
My local radio presenter was, frankly, boasting about his panic buying, 5 of this, 6 of that and so on. Then said most of it will sit in a cupboard, not used or eaten and get thrown away. That had me shouting at the radio!
What was nice though was a young couple who recently moved in to to a nearby house knocking on the door and letting us know if we needed any help in the C-19 crisis, give them a call. I, naturally, offered to reciprocate.
Brought back to earth by Mrs JohnMC, they must think you look old......
|Thread: Solar panel surprise|
I use an "Immersun", think thats how its spelt, to divert power to the immersion heater. Two attempts to get one that worked properly, couldn't set the time on the first one, otherwise its been good.
Tesla's Powerwall, is it worth it?
|Thread: Amadeal Lathe failed - customer service appalling!|
Worn out bearings straight out of the box? A friend bought one of those Clarke combo machines, same sort of problem. Not worn, it was brand new! Problem was adjustment, soon sorted, much easier than the hassle of returning it. The worse thing about this machine was the gearing to get the drive up in to the milling head, noisy, but my friend soon learned to live with it.
|Thread: Speedometer Ratios|
That looks like a chronometric rather than a magnetic instrument, could be wrong. Have a look at Gaggs speedo website, might help.
|Thread: Mystery forging|
Looks like an investment casting to me. Also looks like a Brompton hinge but looking at the picture of the unmachined hinge, they look like sand castings. As for material, my money is on malleable iron.
|Thread: 15/64x48 tap|
Metric? M6 x 0.5 possibly.
|Thread: What a sad day for the British motorcycle industry.|
It is a sad but inevitable that Norton should be finishing again. I think it was the most successful (long lasting?) attempt at resurrecting the name.
I say inevitable because what did the bikes have to offer at the selling price? Plenty of other bikes as good as and often better are available at considerably less cost.
No doubt the Administrators will sell the Norton name. Who will buy it? Seems to me that the name has become tainted by repeated and unsuccessful attempts to resurrect the brand.
I can see the new Brough Superior going the same way, if it does I hope its in an honest way.
Best wishes for the future to employees and customers who have been affected by this sad business.
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