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

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

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:05 pm

Keith.owen wrote:
On the subject of the head races, what I wonder is if there is an easy way to make sure the bearings are lubricated other than by squirting grease in to the nipples since I can't see how grease squirted into the upper nipple is going to work it's may upwards against gravity and past the small gap between the head stock and the bearing outer race?

Keith

Hmm I wonder, there was a big blob of grease but not where it was needed. Could something be fitted to the large top washer under the two nuts?

My job today was on a small tug boat with two big engines , guess that's what's needed.

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

Postby Steven.Carter » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:59 pm

Up in London yesterday at an office block . Nice views of the city.
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I took my VH for a spin, went realy well. Stan used it for the LDR, he seems to have broken it in nicely.
I parked very close to the job and locked it with a cover.
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Then back down to Slough and Basingstoke to finish the day.

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

Postby Steven.Carter » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:53 pm

The day started fairly normally with another sewerage works in Tangmere. Part of the site still has a small part of the WW2 RAF airfield within its boundary.

On Wednesday lunchtimes a local pub has a classic bike meet and as my mate Tilly was thinking of going he got in touch so we both rode over. Beautiful day, lovely beer great bikes. I was even thinking to myself that this could be what retirement is like when the phone rang. Could I do a job in Micheldever. Turned out it was at Ducan Hamilton racing cars. He must be buying a few more cars as he needs a new shed, hmmm

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I didn't dare park too close to his new garage as Agnes's incontinence can be embarrassing so I parked outside here.Tilly couldn't resist the photo op :D

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Clearly very prophetic!
I went home via Winchester and a petrol station. Agnes though had had enough. She just wouldn't start. She never starts that well hot suggesting magneto trouble. I cleaned the plug, kicked, kicked and kicked, 30 minutes later still nothing. I checked the points all seemed ok so I took the plug out again and wire brushed it this time borrowed from the garage next door. This is a good old fashioned garrage. Brilliant she started second kick, so I quickly got my hat and gloves on ready to get home. As I pushed her off her rear stand she died! I'd forgotten to put the points cover back on which allowed the cam ring to fall out. That took another 20 minutes to work out how the thing went back in. Finally she started again but not before back fireing, the poor woman in the petrol station had a terrible fright and came running out. :D

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

Postby Keith.owen » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:36 am

Steve,
I can almost picture this in my mind.................Agnes getting her own back and showing that she has attitude!!

It's a good job you are 'handy' and were able to get her running again. It's not much fun fighting with the kick start - pushing bikes in the heat though.

I always enjoy reading about your antics; keep it up!!

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

Postby Eero.Korhonen » Thu Jun 07, 2018 11:17 am

Maybe Agnes is too old to work? :lol:
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:37 pm

Poor thing,. Well I've temporarily fixed her difficult starting. I've borrowed the Thorspark ignition off my 51 VH. So she's running off a battery. I'll investigate the magneto during the winter.

Sunday one of our Hampshire members invited us to a "Tea in the Park" splendid afternoon in the sun. Here's a few pictures.
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:15 pm

Working locally again on a boat near Marchwood Southampton. Coming home I passed by Ealing tide mill.

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

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:15 am

With a job I had yesterday in Cambridge I saw the opportunity to check out my Yamaha that I'd left at Cork Airport. Stanstead is close and a return flight just cost me 39.00 so after finishing my job I made my way down to Stanstead. I killed bit of time with a visit to the Air Museum in Duxford.
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Motorcycle parking at Stanstead isn't so friendly though. The website says motorcycles have to pre pay by telephone which entitles you to half price of a car.£30 for two days The motorcycle signs on the approach to the airport indicate that you have to go to orange car park. The gates are set up to read your front number plates!! So I pressed the button and waited 5 minutes whilst a queue formed behind me only to be told I had to go to the blue car park! So I off I went to the blue car park to make anther queue, and this time I managed to snag a bus. He wasn't very happy but I was able to appolige as he was the driver who took me back to the terminal
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Bob.Murphy » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:28 am

Oh yes . . I love the DH 84 'Dragon', proper old school flying :D .

That B29 is a beast (remember 'Enola Gay' !).

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

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:35 am

It looked very sweet Bob.
When I got to Cork I was wondering a bit if the yammy was still OK. I'd left it around 3 weeks ago on the 3rd level. I ran up the 3 flights of stairs and walked across to where I'd parked it,, nothing. I did start to panic a bit till I realised I was on the 4th floor, the first floor was below me when I hit the stairs :oops: Anyway I managed to get down to Bere Island and on the ferry my 8:30
Got a good soaking though, today though is lovely.
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