Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:16 pm

Longer ride today to the Isle of Grain. A gas storage facility that can supply up to 20% of our gas needs.
No pictures for obvious reasons, we are replacing all the covers. Got to be carefull, its warm under the old covers which makes ideal winter hibernation conditions for Hornets. I survived the insects but a rogue broken heat trace cable of 240 volts bit me instead :o
Coming home I had a small job in Epsom. Riding there I passed the racecourse. Lovely views looking right over London.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby paul.jameson » Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:52 pm

The last (and only) time I was at Epsom racecourse was at the start of the 2002 London to Brighton ride. I rode the AOMCC Club Veteran on the last occasion it did this run. I have happy memories of going under the runway at Gatwick whilst furiously tightening the nuts holding the petrol tank on by hand. I must have been doing about 45mph at the time and in no danger at all of being able to stop. Later in the run I was approaching a roundabout and keeping a close eye out for a car approaching from the opposite direction. I decided I had plenty of time to go round the roundabout before the car got there but some fool on a Panther saw fit to stop in front of me. Swerving round and missing him was the most tricky piece of riding that day. But I did get to Brighton in one piece and I have no plans whatsoever to do it again.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:49 pm

Veteran's must be very entertaining for sure Paul :D
My day started good with an uneventful ride to Harlow. Rye Mead sewerage works. All the usual smells and wild tomato plants. But I was puzzled by the golf balls under the filter screens. How did they get there :D
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I had another job at Chelmsford Sewerage works then I headed home.
The M25 was remarkably traffic free, all was going great till a slight misfire near Heathrow airport , followed by many more. I pulled into the hard shoulder and the bike died. Right I thought I'll get my emergency AA batteries out but couldn't find them. Frantically I searched my bags still nothing. Just as I was about to phone rescue I found them stuck onto the inside of my tool box lid. Those AA batteries got me the 60 miles home.
I was convinced I had a flat battery but all I found behind my timing cover was a very loose chain for my alternator. The battery wasn't flat either, it had a full charge. My previous excursion in to the hard shoulder last year was caused by a snapped wire from the ignition switch, and it was the same again. Bit silly I didn't do a better repair last time but it did at least prompt me to check my alternator drive chain.


My saviour batteries :D
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:02 pm

My belt primary drive has been prety much trouble free for the past 4 years or so, so thats a good few miles. The ball bearing race that lives between the inner and outer baskets have now worn very badly. Over the last month or so it has felt a bit jerky as I pulled off.
I spoke with Bob Newby who makes these clutches and he can refurbish the worn part for me. I recently bought a spare clutch from him so I can do a swap whilst he makes good my old clutch.
Heres my old clutch before taking it apart.
I did need a bit of extra space for my 30mm wide belt so I made an extra thick gasket from leather
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Heres the alterations I had to make to the outer primary cover so that the clutch fits. I actualy didn't have to do much cutting out of my cover as it had been previously owned by someone who did scrambles, apparently scrambles riders often did this so they can swap the engine sprocket without having to takethe clutch out.
There are a few lines cut into the cover by the belt when I first fitted it. A thicker gasket fixed that.
I had to grind a small area around the back of chain inspection screw cap to make more room for the belt.
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Heres my new clutch fitted onto my gearbox. The new cluch just slides on without any spacers behind it but does need one behind the clutch nut. The large thick nut in the picture is the spacer :D
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All finished, all went back on fine. I fitted a new belt but the old one still looked fine. I'll keep it as a spare.
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Here's a video showing the slack needed in the belt. Probably more then you'd think. But this gives the smoothest ride.

https://youtu.be/6SiDgEQyXE4

Heres my worn old clutch.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:13 pm

My new clutch is working great so celebrated with a trip aroundthe Isle of Wight on Sunday. Great weather for February .
We got the ferry from Southampton which is a longer crossing but cheaper. Its an hour into East Cowes

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Southampton water is very popular and full of boats of all sorts but these certainly got my attention. They were going as fast as the ferry till the wind blew in a different direction then over they went.
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We managed a route all the way around the island which was around 70 miles.

Nice coffee and cake in Ventnor.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:41 pm

Back to work with a job at Larkhill Barracks. They are building accommodation blocks for troops coming home from duty abroad. They look very smart, I'm sure much better then our soldiers had many years ago.
The church near the main road at Larkhill had this monument built alongside. It took my eye so took these pictures.

Copied this from the internet.

27 May 2016 · 2016 marks the Tercentenary of the formation of the Royal Artillery when, on 26 May 1716, by Royal Warrant of King George 1, two companies of artillery were formed at Woolwich in London



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After Larkhill Basingstoke was my next job. Got an unexpected soaking on my way then back down to Hythe near Southampton.

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:03 pm

We've lovely weather, record tempertures for February, 20c in Wales and I've nowhere to go except the workshop :( my only machine is of the sewing variety.
I had a short ride up to Barton Stacey today of only a few miles. But thats all I've got this week but next weekend looks promising. Its the Iron Horse rally again up in Dentdale then after that I'm heading down to Birkenhead and the ferry for Belfast to measure three gas sites around Northern Ireland.

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:31 am

The worlds gone mad. Wild fires have broken out in Yorkshire, its February and its 20 degrees outside, all feels very strange with no leaves on the trees and all this unseasonably warm weather. And to cap it all the petrol station I've stopped at for coffee is selling Christmas Crackers :D
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby fpassmore » Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:25 pm

Hell, we woke up to -20 this morning, most years I would have been out a few times by now but not this winter! We are actually breaking weather records for the coldest February ever.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Fri Mar 01, 2019 5:32 am

I suppose if we get some heat someone has to pay, wow thats cold Frank

Its still fairly warm here for Feb but the real nice weather has broken. I'm leaving early this morning for the Iron Horse, its a camping weekend so some mild tempertures will be welcome. Looks wet for tonight but I'll have my tent up by then, looking forward to a pleasent evening in the pub. I've cheated with my tent. I sent it up direct to the camp site. Just hope its arrived :D


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