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Events and Meets / stafford show oct 2017
« on: September 30, 2017, 08:03:40 pm »
anyone going to the stafford show 14th/15th october,

Owners Lounge / 99 pence starting price, should i risc a fiver
« on: May 09, 2017, 07:39:00 pm »
this guys bike room  :o :o :o is more tidy than my house..

eBay auction: #122487102571

VF1000 / Boldor fan direction
« on: May 07, 2017, 10:57:20 am »
After the recent scotish trip in noticed that my boldor fan blows air forward through the radiator, which seems strange as my fe,ff and rf all pull air through the  rad and over the the engine... is this correct ?

Events and Meets / hulme end 2017
« on: March 23, 2017, 01:55:18 am »
i know august is a long time off and we havent even got scotland out of the way yet but, after having a conversation with martin who unfortunatly has missed the last 2 meet's i thought i would post the usual dates up to gauge interest.
so normal dates are august 25 and 26th, thats friday and saturday, return home sunday.


Forum Picture Gallery / vf1000r
« on: March 02, 2017, 07:50:13 pm »
finally managed to get my grubby paws on an R, sadly though i think it means im going to have to let my zzr11 go,

Owners Lounge / troublesome trumpets
« on: January 02, 2017, 08:25:41 pm »
for anyone who has had the dubious pleasure of stripping and rebuilding the vf carbs knows just what a fiddly job they can be, especialy when the trumpets have shrunk away, last year when i rebuilt the ff/fe carbs i placed the trumpets in boiling water for about 5 mins then threaded them onto a piece of 50mm steel tube, left them for a few days and they reset them selves to the size of the tube,
on opening the ff/fe carbs today the trumpets show no signs of trying to shrink away from there seating,

Owners Lounge / rant rant rant... again
« on: December 07, 2016, 08:47:16 am »
well... i just cant believe how difficult it is to get any kind of forward progress on the bold'or,  the yys suspension unit ended up lost in the post because someone didnt put the house number on the parcel, it eventually arrived after about 2 weeks, now the spring needs altering, the 60x180x200 spring is too stiff for my 12.5/13 stone, in all fairness i have been intouch with firefox, they will change it for me but the suspension guy is away untill next week.
Then all the bussiness with the avon tyres..... and now just to peeve me off even more the sprocket set i bought off ebay 152166050155 is not up to standard, the "techcorps" rear sprocket is a poor fit on the sprocket carrier, the center hole is bigger than the center boss of the sprocket carrier, it has about a 1.5mm of sideways movement in it making it impossible to center the sprocket, and to be honest is probably dangerous to try use it as i feel it will want to move on acceleration...
So.. "bits for bikes" ebay trader has an email waiting for him this morning, see what happens.

Owners Lounge / no no no... your not listening
« on: December 05, 2016, 11:25:47 pm »
Do you ever get that feeling the person on the other end of the phone just isn't listening, well thats just how i felt the other day after phoning Bike tyres leeds, having already spent a week or so searching through all the popular tyre manufacturers web sites  looking for a nice set of matched tyres for the bold'or.
After much diliberation i decided to go for the Avon Storm 3D-XM's, in the 110x80zr18 front and 150x70zr17 rear,
so thats what i asked for on the phone, only to be told they couldnt get the 18 inch front in 110, it had to be 100 width, they had the rear in stock but not the 18 inch front, they had a 19 inch front, now at times i am a little thick but even i dont think that one will hold air  :)
anyway, another voice from inside the office shouts down the phone, "what bikes it for", so i tells them vf1000f2.. "oh you want Avon RoadRiders, thats the correct tyres for your bike".... well, im thinking to myself... no i dont want roadriders, i want storm 3D-XM's, Road riders may be good tyres but, for the vf sizes you end up with what is listed as a "universal tyre" now call me picky, but i want a back or front tyre thats designed to be either a back or a front tyre and not something thats designed to be both..
At this point the conversation was drying up, there was little interest in getting the Storms in for me, but they were happy to fit me some road riders, so i decided to leave it and try somewhere else.. It was disapointing as i have been well pleased with the service i have recieved from them in the past, they have fitted a few of my vf's with tyres before.
So.. plan "B", i googled motorcycle tyre fitters in yorkshire and "A18 motorcycle tyres" came up, situated near sandtoft, doncaster... i emailed them the tyres and sizes i required and received a prompt reply saying no problem we can have those in for tomorrow, so i ordered them..
Now, ive got to say i have never delt with or even heard of this firm before, but i thought ill give them a go, I was a little shocked when i arrived at the satnav location, a private house in the country side with a modest workshop in the garden... thoughts of "what on earth have i let myself in for" soon disapeared when i entered the workshop, he was all kitted out with a tyre machine, balancing was done on stands and rollers, and to be honest the guy took more care removing and fitting the tyres than anyone ive seen.
After talking to the guy, it turns out he bought the tyre machine for his own use some years ago after having some wheels damaged, then started fitting his mates tyres, then mates mates tyres, he now rebuilds spoke wheels, and even does a comstar/spoke conversion along with bike servicing etc....
Its a refreshing change to see someone who is a motorcycle enthusiast who has just sort of drifted into running his own "cottage industry" rarther than the bigger businesses that have just jumped on the motorcycle bandwagon to make money.... theres one thing for sure, my next set of tyres will be fitted at A18 motorcycle tyres.

Avon Storm 3D-XM's... 110x80zr18 and 150x70zr17

Owners Lounge / singing the prases... not
« on: November 02, 2016, 10:57:46 pm »
i suppose this is going to end up being a bit of a moan, 2 weeks ago i contacted Firefox racing regaurding a vf1000f2 YSS rear shock they had listed on ebay, I was asked how long the susspension was, to which i replied 410mm, after about ten minutes the guy returned to the phone saying that they had it in stock
and that they would do it a little cheaper as there was some marks on the lower mounting where they had "test fitted it" to a vf.
As i live about 30 miles from there shop i decided to call and collect it, so off i goes, an hour and half later i arrived at the shop eager to get things sorted and be on my way, they guy comes out from the back and puts the shock on the counter, i took one look at it and said "sorry mate, theres a problem with
that shock.. it wont fit", it was only one of those shocks with the spring wound all the way down to the bottom, as featured in another recent posting.
The guy replied, "oh, you must have one of the other models"... "no" i replied "i have 4 vf1000's and that shock wont fit any of them, nor will it fit any of the other models i dont have.
After a brief discussion in which i told him all the models, years of manufacture and shock lengths i think he sort of realised that i did know a little  of what i was talking about.. It did slip out in conversation that a customer had had problems fitting the shock and returned it, but they assumed his bike  wasn't standard... at this point i wasnt at all p'sd off, anyone can make a mistake.
Anyway, the guy assured me that he had the correct shock in his store (which wasn't on the premises) and that he would mail me it out on the monday and i would have it by thursday, if there were any problems he would ring me... thursday came and went, no phone call, no shock.
So on the saturday i rang them, to be informed that my shock had been posted friday and it would be with me on monday.... well monday, tuesday and wednesday have been and gone, still no shock, or phone call.
In the past i have held Firefox racing in high regaurd, but they have gone down a few notches in my estimations,
Whats realy p'sing me off now is they have lied to me, if they hadn't got it in stock they should say so, so i could choose to have a refund or wait, 
they have the "R" shock listed on ebay, buy it now, recieve it in a couple of days... im assuming this is what they will end up sending me, with a modified top mount.
I hope tomorrow i can come on here and say, my shock has arrived, all is well in the world.

VF1000 / boldor colour confusion
« on: October 23, 2016, 10:03:15 pm »
Having just been on the RS bike paints website to check out the colours for the boldor, i find myself more confused now than than i was before, apparantly there are 2 colour options on the red bol,

(option 1) bike colour...candy alamoana red  plus base coat
                 bike colour...magnum silver metalic

(option 2) bike colour.. candy alamoana red plus base coat
                 bike colour.. starlight silver metalic.

does any one know which option was used on UK bikes ?


VF1000 / boldor decals
« on: October 01, 2016, 09:49:10 am »
I dont seem to be having much success in my search for a decal set for the red f2f boldor, has anyone ever had these reproduced or know of anyone who has them ?
Also, does anyone know if the honda decal on the red and silver ff is the same size and colour as the boldor ?
any help will be much appreciated


Forum Picture Gallery / Operation Boldor
« on: September 18, 2016, 02:22:40 am »
I bought this 1987 boldor a few months ago from jnj in liecester, he had initially bought it as a non running project and was planning a front end and swing arm swap, but due to another project coming his way he decided not to continue with it,
My plans are to rebuild it pretty much as standard except for a linked braking system.(dont ask me why  :o)
The bike runs and sounds ok and has decent compression so im not planning on any major engine work, initially it had some electrical gremlins, it would run for about 10 seconds then blow the main fuse. on inspection i could see that the wireing harness had had a number of alterations and repairs, so i decided to change it along with the rectifier which seems to have cured the problem.
Bif has kindly sorted me 99% of the fairing panals,
So, other than a rear shock, wing mirrors and a few other odd's and ends its mostly cosmetic's...


Owners Lounge / When is a boldor an "R"
« on: August 08, 2016, 07:01:00 am »
After a conversation I had with a member a few weeks ago who was at the TT the year that Geoff Johnson won the production class  on the boldor, a suggestion was made that the boldor was fitted with a "R" engine for the race,  and that there were a number of wisperings going around the paddock at the time....
I didn't think much of this at the time but yesterday I was looking at the photo on Geoff riding the vf to victory on the front of the Web site... has anyone noticed that the gear linkage is on the wrong way up.... you would only fit it that way if you either like to go up the gear box by pressing down on the shifter, or its an "R" engine..
Now I'm not in anyway trying to diminish the achievements of Geoff or honda. After all hurling one of these beasts around the Isle of Man is some feat... but it makes you think though .

Forum Picture Gallery / red/white canadian vf
« on: July 17, 2016, 08:38:36 pm »
Think ive probably seen one of the nicest vf's in years, the red/white canadian intercepter recently added to the gallary, stunning,

Sales and Wants / f2 plastics
« on: April 15, 2016, 07:01:31 am »
Looking for  f2 plastics...Would prefer ones without cracks but.would concider damaged ones...any colour ...if anyone has any they want to part with let me know...

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