Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

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Re: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

Postby Steven.Carter » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:28 pm

Popped up to Andover to see young John Hulme
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Re: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:39 pm

Got an awful clacking sound from my bike as I was heading up to London this morning. I could even feel it through the foot pegs. I was taking a slip road for the A31 of the M3, so I pulled over and took a look. Couldn't see anything but guessing it must be my drive chain hitting something on the ferc. I checked the link was OK and kept going, slightly nervously. But nervousness keeps you warm! Anyway after a few miles the clacking went away, then I got cold.

The job was near Trinity Buoy wharf
Lovely view here over to the Millennium Dome and Canary Wharf
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Re: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

Postby johnwalsh » Mon Jan 18, 2016 2:26 pm

You're lucky to have footpegs, you do get about on that bike thoughgood on yer!
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Re: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:28 pm

I lost one years ago on the M3 near Hook if you fancy your chances John :D

It's been one of those days, the clack returned for a short while and then on the M25 she died into the hard shoulder.
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Everything worked but no sparks.I got at it for awhile, but gave up after an hour and got recovery. Two bikers stopped to check me out, that warmed my heart even though I was freezing. But I couldn't leave it alone and kept checking wires and eventually I found a corroded connection to the coil just as the the recovery guy came. Anyway he'd did a fix for me and I was away.
I stopped at my mate Andrew's place on the way home and fixed a few more suspect wires. There's something of the Italian in me when it comes electrickery.
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Bristol tomorrow, what could possibly go wrong :D

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Re: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

Postby steve.clarke » Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:51 pm

Horrible feeling when you bike dies beneath you my Vh started to cough and splutter as I was coming off the bypass on the way home from work today just about made it up the slip road fuel starvation put it on reserve takes a long time for those mono bloc float bowls to fill up the old girl just kept rolling by the skin of her teeth went from no power wobble to full bore in oh minutes nearly took me by surprise still now I know the low fuel level in the tank.
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Re: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:34 pm

I haven't a reserve on any of my bikes, so I have to trust a feeling! Hasn't always worked though. I ought to fit one
You can't have been that far from me, would have been a proper coincidence if we'd both spluttered to a halt togeather :)
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Re: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

Postby steve.clarke » Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:28 am

Two Ariels by the side of the road! no the shame of it I would have had to pump it along with the kick-starter ....... :D
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Re: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

Postby Vincent.vanGinneke » Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:29 pm

Ahum,,, summarising it: a clacking noise coming and going indicates a corroded wire ........ O.K. !?

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Re: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

Postby BUNNERS » Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:01 pm

I very much doubt if the clacking or lack of spark are in any way connected. I once had a similar clacking sound on my BSA Super Rocket and it turned out to be one of the quick release hub nuts had loosened and was making contact with the head of the lower shock bolt.

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Re: Daily Riding Diary on an Ariel

Postby Steven.Carter » Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:03 pm

Ah ha yes poor writing on my part, the two problems were unrelated. Here's the offending plug
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I've forgiven the bike, no problems at all. It can be a lovely ride to Bristol but didn't fancy side roads in the frost so stuck to the M4 going but coming home after my Job at a retirement home I came home via Cheddar to pick up some leather.
Very good bacon bap here before I got to Cheddar
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Absolutely cracking ride home, sun behind me where it belongs and the views were to die for.
Cheddar Gorge
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