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  • in reply to: 2018 TT #15898
    rainbowrider
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    There is a useful website/forum= https://www.ttwebsite.com/forums that should be worth looking through. Sadly all the best accommodation is booked up the year before but here you will get notice of any cancellations for rooms and ferries too. It is worth placing a wanted message on there as well. A lot happens about the end of February when the ferry has to paid for in full. This always triggers the re selling of houses/apartments/rooms etc for those who can’t make it over. It’s a bit of a lottery but my best suggestion is to avoid staying in Douglas if you can. It’s great if you want to live on kebab and chips and like your beer cheap and so cold you can’t taste it, but apart from that…
    (theory tested this year) 🙄 I’ll stick with the MGP/Southern100 at least until my Grandson wants to do his first TT.

    in reply to: New Scott Website #12123
    rainbowrider
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    Well I just had a quick look and it seems there is a load of interesting stuff there already. I can see I will be investigating further!
    Good work Richard, thankyou!

    in reply to: Insurance #12029
    rainbowrider
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    Atreyu, sounds familiar in a jampot kind of way…I have my bikes with Peter James and will echo the comments above about how good they are. Happily I haven’t had to put them to the test with a claim but have always found them very easy to contact and deal with. Other people I know have tested them and been happy. (ok, I admit to trying out the recovery service last year-it worked fine-just as a test you understand 🙄 You always get through to a human being on the phone, they never take long to find the answers to queries so will soon be able to tell you yes or no. 23? I thought I was a younger member at 57! Ahh well, just one more illusion shattered. My Granddaughter doesn’t think much of my dancing either, that was another shattering moment this weekend 🙁

    in reply to: Eastern Section June meeting #11042
    rainbowrider
    Participant

    Brian, sorry I still haven’t made it to a meeting, I still have to work on Sundays 🙁 I did however join you in spirit as I rode my Scott to work at 04.30hrs and back home again about 17.00hrs. It was nice and quiet in the morning but warmer in the afternoon. I didn’t get 70mph though, only a measly 60 odd, but then the engine is running with what can only be described as ‘generous’ tolerances. Think I’ll do it all again Monday morning, so if anyone is woken by the distant Yowl it may not be just a dream 😉

    in reply to: Headstock Bearings #10602
    rainbowrider
    Participant

    I was up against the same thing a couple of years ago. I bought a pair of adapter cups to fit available ball race bearings from another member which I still have, unused. Nothing wrong with them but I decided to try taper rollers again rather than convert to ball races. In the end mine was fixed using new taper rollers in a fairly common size close to the originals, with a simple sleeve turned up on a friends lathe to adapt them. The only problem is I can’t remember whether the adapter sleeves were for the inside or outside races!
    The races should be easily drifted out of the frame-I can’t remember any difficulty there-but if there is no room to get the drift on the races, and they are going to be scrapped anyway, I would consider welding a disc or bolt or other lump of scrap metal inside the race and drifting that out.
    I got my taper roller replacements from Simply Bearings. They have an easy to use website and a good range and service, in my experience.
    Hope that helps, Steve.

    in reply to: FREE GEARBOX OIL AT THE RALLY !! #10170
    rainbowrider
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    Hello Brian, I won’t be able to go to Abbotsholme as I will be working. I would like to help you with your oil surplus though, could I pop over again sometime in the next couple of weeks, perhaps?

    in reply to: Hello #10169
    rainbowrider
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    I’d like to echo the advice about joining the club before buying a bike. I’d had that advice and still ignored it! So, I ended up buying the first bike that fell within my budget and paid royally for the privelege 🙄 I now have a rideable, reasonably presentable bike that has taken me a lot of work, money and help from knowledgeable friends and this clubs very own spares scheme to acheive. It probably stands me at twice the current value. I won’t ever buy a bike that way again, but I also really enjoy my Scott-bitsa that it is-and can see myself becoming a long term Scott rider now.
    So alls well that ends well-best get saving fast as they aren’t getting any cheaper.
    One day I’ll get to a local section meeting (East Midlands) but I still have to work on Sundays to pay for my bikes!

    in reply to: Access to this Forum from June 2012 – please read #9777
    rainbowrider
    Participant

    This decision really surprises me, I’ve read the committees reasons for it and still think it very odd. I’d go along with the idea of the spares scheme being members only, but the forum? That would hardly encourage new members, I think. It sounds a little like those club stands you see at shows where the folk staffing it are safely behind trestle tables and avoiding conversation with the hoi-poloi, till they have signed up and done 25 yrs service!
    I will join in with the chorus asking for the decision to be turned round.

    in reply to: Off Topic: Matchless #8331
    rainbowrider
    Participant

    Yes, I am. I bet there are more than a few others too, perhaps the majority without internet access? Are you going to ask the question on the Jampot site?

    in reply to: Replacing taper head bearings #8207
    rainbowrider
    Participant

    Hi Chris and thanks for the offer of help. I’m well on the way with this one now. When I stripped the front end to do the bearings, I found the frame was broken, so concentrated on that first. The frame repair is now done, and I’m re-assembling the bike simultaneously with other projects I started thinking the frame would be away for months on end. I’ll spill the beans on how and why it was done so quickly later if anyone is interested. But don’t get excited! I haven’t found a super fast frame shop-it was done as a favour by a sympathetic friend who has enough to do in his proper business.
    Thanks to everyone who gave me leads for the traditional frame specialists, I tried them all. All had long waiting lists, which was expected, but a not very keen attitude put me off the most of them. And I was expecting to pay 2009 rates-cost wasn’t the problem.
    Back on the road before spring anyway! 😀

    in reply to: you may or may not be aware..not scott related #8251
    rainbowrider
    Participant

    That’s funny, I took almost the same shots! By the time we arrived though, the light was poor. (that’s my excuse anyway) I have a pic or two of your bike as well as the other vintagents. My Matchless G80 was parked just to the left of your bike in the pic above.
    Sorry I didn’t meet you, I was trying not to talk Scotts too much, my companions say it’s getting too much 😳 But what do they know?

    Steve Brown

    in reply to: frame repairs anyone? #8219
    rainbowrider
    Participant

    Thanks Richard,
    good advice, I only wish I could do this myself! I hadn’t thought of Spondon and they are quite local too. As for other damage or stresses, the only signs I see at present are on the same two down tubes-one seems to be a tiny bit bent when viewed from the right angle. I wonder if that is ancient accident damage or sidecar work perhaps? Regarding costs, I am already resigned to a few months of overtime to fund a thorough check and repair/re-align/repaint and all the incidental thread repairs, fastener replacements. I bet I can’t resist looking inside the engine too 🙄 Still, it’ll all be worth it in the end, won’t it? I love the way it goes and handles 😯 ?! the radiator was bridging the fracture, maybe that explains some of the leaks too?

    Per ardua ad astra I suppose.

    Steve

    in reply to: Star washer for brake plate fitted in Brampton fork #8209
    rainbowrider
    Participant

    Hi Martin, thanks for the tip. I’ll look into it and post the result here.

    Steve Brown

    in reply to: Replacing taper head bearings #8205
    rainbowrider
    Participant

    Thanks for the speedy reply Brian, got your number from Yowl, will give you a call tomorrow p.m. It’s past my bedtime now, I have to be up for work at 4 am 😥

    Steve.

    in reply to: New member/owner, puzzled already. #8148
    rainbowrider
    Participant

    Hello Jan, Lewis and Erik. Thanks for your replies and welcomes. As soon as I’d posted that I wandered off to the Scott technicalities again and read further. I soon realised the typical ‘new bloke’ trap I was falling in to! After only an hour or so I got the gist of why a dripper system is desirable, that mine is exactly that and functioning too.
    I will look back at the 2008 posts too, but in the meantime I await my SOC membership and first copy of Yowl with excited anticipation!
    Happily the bike is taxed and tested and running quite well. The clutch was giving me some worries but I think I have it beaten now. I will/already have queries brewing, but will have a good scout round the corners you all suggest. Thanks for the tip off about handook on your site, Erik. I have been there already a few times but missed that! Nice site though, and your video on you tube made me smile as well 🙂

    Best regards all, Steve.

    Edit 9-08-09

    Sorry Erik, the video I saw was on Franks site, but you probably guessed that anyway. Hot verdomme. 😳

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