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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2020

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:04 am

One ride this week on my Ariel to Tilehurst, all was fine till the ride home and a missfire started, hmmm, got home ok. Convinced it was electricity I checked everything was done up tight and changed the plugs, no change, still missfired, so I changed the coil and found a problem, great I thought..... one of the spade connectors fell out of my coil, still misfired ;) :evil:

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So it must be fuel, cleaned the carburetor and even made a new throttle cable, still misfired :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

So thats where I am now, I'll get back at it later today.

I rode my Honda to Kent yesterday but wow, was it hot. Seemed much hotter to ride then my Ariel even with the fairing.
My feet were on fire, desperate measures were deployed.

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2020

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:35 pm

My saga of the misfire continues, another look about my electrics finds this, now I'm excited, looks like I've found my problem. A bus bar screw had fallen out, it was still electrically connected but by gravity only.
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Took her for a run, still misfires, now I've come to the conclusion it's my new coil, maybe I've fitted a faulty one. I had another spare coil so fitted that, successful at last but I still had electrical problems, stupid thunder storm, got soaked :D

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2020

Postby Steven.Carter » Sat Aug 22, 2020 8:53 am

After finaly fixing my misfire but not screwing things down tightly enough afterwards my battery strap did a runner. Its on the A303 between Basingstoke and Andover if anyone sees it :D
Didn't loose the battery top though, gravity did its job. Just the strap.
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I was heading over to John Humes place from my Job at Guildford university. Hes off to look at a bike in Salisbury so I joined him in his quest. As a mature gentleman his next two wheel bike will probably be a scooter, he's considering a SYM 250.
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They had some Benelli Motorcycles on show for sale, think they are Chinese made but look nice, this one is a 400 single

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2020

Postby Steven.Carter » Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:08 am

This is the weekend of the Annual rally that didn't happen, so lets look at the weather we would have had.

Yesterday Friday we had 50mph winds blowing through Hampshire. Putting up tents would have been fun NOT, a few trees down but the roads with all the trees in full leaf have left them realy dangerous. Wednesday's weather was rain all day but Thursday was nice. Now today (Saturday) I'm looking out my window at home and its pouring, only a passing shower but sill windy. Should brighten up a bit. At the moment tomorrow's weather isn't looking too bad but if you had left Sunday evening for your ride home it looks wet.
Here's a thought, would the weather this weekend be different if lockdowns had not happened? I mean for 6 months there have been very little flights, less traffic on the roads, would that have changed the weather patterns! Certainly if we would have had this weather for the Annual it wouldn't have been half as good as last year's weather in Pershore.
If next years weather turns out lovely I hope I don't get blamed for the pandemic :D

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2020

Postby paul.jameson » Sat Aug 22, 2020 9:21 pm

I had been thinking along the same lines, wondering whether 2020 would have been worse than the 1992 Annual Rally at Wymeswold when we nearly lost the marquee on the Sunday morning due to the gale blowing. A team of us with sledgehammers borrowed from a farmer and a scout group camping nearby had to go round and re-secure all the guy ropes - about two full re-secure hammering in of each steel stake as I remember. The whole marquee moved about 4 feet downwind during the process.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2020

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:46 pm

I've been away for a couple of weeks, self isolating on Bere Island. :D
I was busy back in March building a shed in kit form to bring to Bere Island, all built ready to go, even loaded up the van. Then lockdown happened. It started in Ireland a little earlier. Anyway I finally got away in the teeth of storm Francis in late August. I was suprised the ferry sailed.



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My mate Tilly said Ive just the one thing to do to finsh it. Fill it with rubbish :D :D

The shed had got on so well , I had some time to start getting a roof on the old cow shed.
Just needed a special delivery of timber Bere Island style :D
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I had a warning that the power steering didn't work, i was lucky the wheels were touching the ground :D



Two days later

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If manage to get back this year I'll finish the last part of the cow shed.

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2020

Postby Eero.Korhonen » Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:54 am

You have been seriously busy, I can see that.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2020

Postby adrie.degraaff » Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:53 am

Nice work, you need to keep occupied during this 5 ? year covid.

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2020

Postby Steven.Carter » Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:37 am

adrie.degraaff wrote:Nice work, you need to keep occupied during this 5 ? year covid.


True, this could last along time.

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2020

Postby Steven.Carter » Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:07 am

Ahh, new normal, coffee and a face mask :D

Ohh dear, just got my Cheval. :roll:
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