Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby dave.owen » Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:57 pm

Yep, Friday and Sunday rain forecast.

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Bob.Murphy » Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:05 pm

dave.owen wrote:Yep, Friday and Sunday rain forecast.


Well, it wouldn't be the usual slog down the M74 and M6 without rain!

Unfortunately, my VH isn't complete as I've spent far too much time fixing cars so I'll be on the 30-year-old BMW R100GS again, I'm feeling rather embarrassed about that (but its a much easier run on the Motorways!).

See you all on Friday ;) .

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:12 pm

I've been suffering from a leaky head on my VH which has been gradually getting worse. The push rod seals were the culprit.
I've a friend riding it with me on my Huntmaster this weekend to the LDR so I better not let the side down with a incontinent Ariel :D
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby robjameson » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:52 pm

Have you tried the trick of swapping them for some alloy inserts and Viton o rings?
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:54 pm

I haven't Rob. But sounds like what I should do next time

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Leejm » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:16 am

I've just done that very thing on my vha Steve
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:39 am

I had a slight snag this LDR weekend My friend Stan from Canada was due to arrive. I wonder if he fancies the trip to Ross on Wye. Well thankfully he did and so far at least is having a great time. It's been quite a challenge for him battling the weather yesterday , first time with a right foot gear change and of course riding on the left.


My mate Andrew was leading us and I kept behind Stan in front of me but we hadn't got far when I could see him looking down at the engine! he pulled over to say the engine has an awful rattle. I could see the problem straight away! All the cylinder base nuts were loose. The barrel was jumping up and down with the piston. Stan said he knew something was up when his foot kept slipping off the oily peg. Anyway in the pouring rain we tightened most of them up and waited for cover for the other hard to get at nuts.

We kept our stops on route confined to petrol stations as it gave our bikes some cover from the elements. Andy had a decent ring spanner which got at those last two tricky barrel base nuts. We managed the rest of the journey without mishap.
No oil leaking from the head though. That at least worked.

It's after 6 now but I must go down to the bike and check the rest of it to see if I've left anything else loose.
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:57 am

Just remembered I must fix the de-compression leaver.

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby nevhunter » Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:41 am

What's a compression LEAVER? Where does he/she leave it? I need some. You aren't the first person to have a cylinder dancing around either. A paper/ cardboard gasket does take a few settling down retensionings .. Nev

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:47 am

:D not sure Nev but it works now.


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