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Title: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on January 24, 2021, 01:27:17 PM
As some of you may know, I name all of my vehicles, starting with my first car, a 1.6 Ford Capri, registered MGP 686P. I named her Midge.

So, meet Tallulah (Tiger) Lily.

She%u2019s a 2006 Tiger 955i, first registered in June 2006. I bought her in July 2018, sight unseen from eBay. In fact, I was in the Canaries when it first came up for sale and put a cheeky bid on her while still on holiday. I was the only bidder so got her for what I consider was a good price. She has a modest 63,600 miles on the clock.

The story I got from the previous owner was that he used her for touring, mostly in Europe but had replaced her with a Tiger 1050. He said the first owner was the BBC who used her for filming cycle races. I don%u2019t know how true that is as there was no paperwork or history other than an engine change in 2009 for an engine with 2000 miles less than the clock suggests. I'm told the head gasket went on the original and once the gasket was replaced, there was no compression, so he swapped the engine out. The original came with her but I've since passed it on. So if the mileage on the replaced engine is true, she%u2019s actually only done 61,600 miles.

Lots has been spent on her in my ownership on repairs and maintenance, mostly small jobs like bearings, chain & sprocket, tyres and general servicing. She%u2019s only let me down once and to be fair, that was because I dropped the alarm remote and the battery fell out. Not sure where it went and after 15 minutes searching, I phoned up the Mrs to bring the spare alarm dongle out to me. I was only 3 miles from home, so didn%u2019t have to wait long before I was on my way. Every other issue I've had, I've spotterd when doing the usual maintenance checks, so she's never left me stranded by mechanical or electrical breakdown. Having said that, there was an electrical issue just after Xmas, but I was able to ride home and fix it in the relative warmth of the Man Cave.

Over the past 12 months, I haven%u2019t had much chance to get out on her aside from some volunteer runs for Volunteer Riders UK (VRUK) who deliver PPE made by volunteers to where it%u2019s needed. During this exceptional 12 months, where we%u2019ve been in lockdown longer than free to roam, I%u2019ve still managed 2,530 miles.

I was going to take her out for another 130 mile run last week but sadly I noticed the rear wheel bearing had gone. I replaced them all yesterday so Tallulah is now ready and waiting in the Man Cave for action.

I'll add to Tallulah's diary as things happen, whether good or bad, maintenance or repair, riding or sitting in the Man Cave with a coffee, staring at a pile of broken parts, just to see what it's like living with a 14 year old Tiger.

Has she lost her claws? - have I lost my marbles?

Probably yes to at least one of those questions.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on January 24, 2021, 05:08:00 PM
Beautiful bike.
Interesting claim that she was used by the BBC in the past. If so, you should be able to trace her pedigree based on old cycling photographs. The bikes are always around the packs of riders and seldom escape either being filmed or photographed. It would be cool to see her there. ;)


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Late addition. I looked at the highlights out of the prologue and the 3rd stage of the Tour of Britain 2007. I did not see a girly in that footage. ;) Might have been that those were its two days off, but wouldn't count on it. Perhaps Triumph can help you uncover who was the first owner? Or even writing in to the BBC. ;)
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on January 24, 2021, 06:47:29 PM
I did ask Triumph who said there were only two registered owners on their database for my vin, not including me.

The guy I bought it from said he was told the story from who he bought it from, so it was probably the first owner telling stories.

I did take a look at a couple of UK bikeraces on YouTube from 2006/7 when I bought her but couldn't verify the claim. It just adds to the mystery of her past though.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on January 24, 2021, 06:51:24 PM
But due to privacy rules Triumph couldn't tell you?

Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on January 24, 2021, 09:58:50 PM
Couldn't tell me who but the reason it came up was because I was telling the bloke behind the parts desk the story just after I got her. He registered me on their database &at the same time same there was no reference to the BBC..

I suspect I'll never know for sure, but it's a nice story. :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on January 25, 2021, 03:00:12 AM
It could have been registered to a sub contractor to the BEEb which would make it a bit trickier, got any contacts in the biking community that might be able to point you in the right direction?

I do remember seeing a Girly camera bike during sports news coverage of a UK event when it came in shot from another camera and me commenting to the wife at the time, can't remember what the event was or when which is no help  :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Tiger-G on January 25, 2021, 10:53:44 AM
her "lady garden" needs a trim  :bug_eye
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: London_Phil on January 25, 2021, 03:40:10 PM
I do remember seeing an episode of a program where a silver Girly with full luggage is "ridden" from somewhere in the UK to possibly Scotland.
Buggered if I can remember what program, I watched a lot of telly.......
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on February 06, 2021, 02:37:14 PM
Wandered in to the garage this morning as there was a slight possibility I may need Tallulah tomorrow (transporting PPE for Volunteer Riders UK), just to give her the once over.

Bearing in mind I haven't tried to start her for almost two weeks, she started first time. Ok, the engine was a little slow to turn over but she started. I ran her up to temperature while I dug my old solar battery charger out, switched toe engine off & checked the battery charge, 12.37V.

I usualy have her on the battery optimiser, but last weekend, the electrics in the garage blew & I've yet to find the fault.

As soon as I'd connected up the solar charger, I got a message that the run tomorrow was cancelled, so the charger is now sitting on the car (whose battery was so low, I couldn't even unlock it without using the key (2.5v). well, it had been sitting outside unused for over 2 months, I guess, a little like Girlies, the alarm was bleeding the battery dry.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: London_Phil on February 06, 2021, 05:43:43 PM
Got a call from the daughter today, to say her car wouldn't start... Got in my people carrier with the intention of popping over, and it wouldn't start either. Neither had been sitting that long, but the cold and wet has  not helped. Bought an Audew 2000a battery pack thing last year, and its been bloody amazing. Now have two dead cars on the drive, attached by extension leads, with auto chargers attached to each. Always something...
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on February 06, 2021, 05:53:07 PM
Late December last year, Mrs L's car wouldn't start, been sitting on the drive, unused for almost a month. Had to take the battery out to charge it. That day, we had to walk a 3 mile round trip to the supermarket to get something for dinner, which apparently was my fault - I didn't have any jump leads.

What do I get for Xmas, a Noco boost GB40. which I was quite pleased about. to be fair, I was expecting jump leads, which probably wouldn't have worked anyway, as my car had been standing since the begining of November (actually, that's 3 months, no wonder the battery was flat).

The Noco was what started my car today, started a 3.2l petrol car with ease.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Bixxer Bob on February 06, 2021, 07:24:42 PM
My 2.2 diesel Honda CRV was sounding a bit tired with the onset of cold weather so bought a new Yuesa with 4 yr guarrantee.  Sorted.  Even on the coldest mornings it's a lot more perky that of late.

I've never understood wringing the last out of batteries when they're about the same price as a tank of fuel.  Car or bike, a weak battery can cause so many problems - some of them expensive - that it's just not worth it.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on February 07, 2021, 12:31:33 PM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210207/10d981bde75bf693ad95c5cd30b52699.jpg)

When I find my Mini under here, I’m sure it’ll start just fine. (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji12.png)


On the other hand, the '18 Citroen Jumpy van has not missed a beat. Ever. It's been a joy to own so far. The Mini did request a new battery last year when I got it. Then, as COVID started, I left it sitting in the street for a month and a half, draining the battery completely. That annoyed me for a bit. Then I decided to just fit another new (and much bigger) one in November to solve the starting problems. It is much better now. Drove fine last week, so I am full of confidence. ;)
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on March 03, 2021, 11:01:46 AM
Tallulah sees the light of day for the first time this year. I volunteered for a run  (part of a relay) delivering visors to a school in the south of England somewhere & I got the job of moving the PPE across my patch. I was told there were three good sized parcels, so loaded up Tallulah with panniers, top box and, just to be on the safe side, tank bag in case I had to split one of the parcels. Only had to do this once but you never know. besides, I had some lunch and a flask of coffee in the tank bag.

Off I went, filling up with Premium on the way & she performed faultlessly. I'd forgotten how good the old 955i can be. A few twisties on the way to the pick up point & it didn't take me long to get back in to the swing of things.

Much of the 120 mile run was done on the A1 so not so twisty but she still purred along at a steady 70mph (honest!). A good run, despite the temperature being around 5c. Glad I fitted my R&G heated grips when the original ones failed a few years ago.

Did I need to take panniers, topbox & Tank bag? No not really, all three packages could have fitted in the top box with room to spare.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on March 03, 2021, 04:32:23 PM
Adventure!

Well, at least one of us got out on the bike today. And for a good cause!
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on March 03, 2021, 05:33:04 PM
 :rrr brilliant  :notworthy
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on March 20, 2021, 06:53:17 PM
Out on another volunteer run yesterday. Weather was wet, roads were muddy in places and I got stuck behind a truck in the twisties, so kept my distance & enjoyed the ride instead of trying to overtake.

It was a nice steady 120 mile run but when I got home, you could have planted crops on the swingarm, panniers, front of the engine, in fact you could have probably got a whole crop rotation thing going.

Spent this afternoon cleaning her off, followed by hosing the mud off the drive and althgough the drive is not that clean, Tallulah is  :thumbsup
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on March 20, 2021, 09:58:46 PM
Pity, you won't get the fallow field payment  ;)
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on April 05, 2021, 01:18:36 PM
Took Tallulah out for a short 50 mile run yesterday, first time I've had the chance to ride just for the hell of it. Some fast sweeping roads, some slow twisty. Not pushing it, just taking my time.

Odd thing though, I had one car pull out of a side turning while I was some distance away and still in a 30 limit, at least far enough for it to accelerate away, but it didn't, it stayed at 30, even though we were now in a 60 limit. I just overtook and was off up the road.

Some time later, another car moved to pull out of a junction but stoped after about 2-3 feet. I assumed he saw me at the last minute.

Just before I got back home, I caught up with a 1980 registered Ducati. I followed him for about 4 miles, making a series of turns, not actually following him, I was just going in the same direction, using a series of back roads on my way home. After a while, and at an unexpected point he accelerated away, making some odd riding choices, overtaking when I wouldn't have risked it, & not slowing going through a villaige wih a 30 limit. A bit odd I thought.

Anyway, I pulled up on to my drive & as I approached the garage door, I noticed not only did I have my fog lights on (I usually only use them at night), but oddly, they were set to the strobe setting.  :icon_eek:

Not sure how as I don't usually switch them on - I can only think I must have caught the switch when getting the bike out of the garage, but even then you usually have to switch then on and off three times to get them to strobe, which I know is illegal on UK roads.

Still, it was good to get out for a while.  :wheel
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on April 05, 2021, 04:19:42 PM
 :mut
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on April 13, 2021, 03:31:42 PM
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Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on April 19, 2021, 11:07:14 AM
Tallulah's got a new can...

Yes, after trying a TOR exhaust last year & deciding I couldn't live with the constant drone following me around, I put the original can back on & got rid of the TOR can. But last week, I spotted a post if the Sale section for a Haynes manual - didn't want a Haynes as I have the official Triumph service manual, but the seller (Paul) also had a few other goodies, among them was a Blueflame exhaust, complete with link pipe.

How could I refuse!

The can turned up Sunday afternoon via Hermes (who knew they delivered on a Sunday?) and after 15 minutes I'd swapped the exhausts over.

Fired her up & the sound was a really nice burble, not that much louder than the original can with the baffle in, but a nicer sound. I haven't tried it with the baffles out yet as my circlip pliers aren't man enough for the job.

Before |i took her out I thought I'd try putting the panniers back on. Just as well I did as the bottom of the can fouled the cut away in the pannier, not by much, about 5mm, so another 15 minutes loosening off all the fittings, a few adjustments then tighten everything back up again as all was good.

A quick 25 mile run around the local roads and she certainly feels better, smoother acceleration & power delivery. I didn't reset the ECU but as I'm running the TOR map and the ECU adapts after time, I didn't see the need. For the first time since I've owned her, I had the front wheel off the ground accidentally.  :bug_eye,

I also checked the inside of the pannier to make sure it wasn't getting hot as the gap between the can & the pannier is probably less than 5mm and there was no appreciable heat transfer, so all is good.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on April 19, 2021, 11:15:55 AM
Win win result  :thumbsup

I expect you've already considered putting some alloy flashing tape on the cut out just in case (no pun) you get stuck in traffic in the middle of a Roman summer  :XXsunsmile
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on April 19, 2021, 11:20:36 AM
Now you know we want pics with the new can. ;)


And I agree with @Sin_Tiger here. That tape could be a pretty good thing to do. Especially in summer.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on April 19, 2021, 03:33:22 PM
Photos can be posted up later, I'm on my work PC at the moment & my photos aren't.

As for the tape, good call. I'll go get some when time allows.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on April 20, 2021, 07:37:29 PM
A couple of pics of the Blueflame exhaust.

Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on April 20, 2021, 07:38:36 PM
That's weird, if you click on the images they open the right way around.   :icon_scratch:
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on April 20, 2021, 07:52:15 PM
I guess the thumb in the post is the Australian version... ;)

Looks good though. But I like it rubber side down better.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on May 26, 2021, 10:11:11 AM
New battery time.

Over the past year, with not much riding going on, I've kept the battery of my trusty Cat on an optimiser, but mid winter, I blew the electrics in the garage. Still haven't got around to calling in the electrician, but I've isolated the garage power feed & it appears the problem is with the fuse box in the house.

Anyway, back to the reason for this post. 2 years ago, I replaced the battery the bike came with, with a Motobatt AGM battery. I was never really happy with it as from fitting it, the engine turned over a little slow, even though it's a 14 aH battery. It really was no different to the original lead acid battery it failed, except that it held the charge longer. As I didn't pay for the battery, its history was an unknown but I had no reason to disbelieve who generously gave it to me to replace the almost dead Yuasa one the bike came with, that it was unused. He apparently bought it for his bike a few days before it was written off, so it sat in its box on a shelf for 8 months. I'd heard Motobatt batteries were the dogs danglies so after charging it, figured all was as it should have been.

For the past 7 months, if I leave the bike for more than a week, off comes the battery so I can bring it in to the house to charge it, but even fully charged, it doesn't seem to have sufficient power to confidently turn the engine when starting. Don't get me wrong, it does start and aside form the one time I left the heated grips on for 5 minutes without the engine running, it's only failed once, unfortunately, when I took her for an MOT last year.

I've had a multi meter on all the charging circuit and once I'd cleaned up all the connectors, that's all good.

Finally, after having to put it on charge again last weekend before going for a ride, I bit the bullet & ordered a new lead acid battery, a BS 12 aH Battery, apparently the official sponsor of Fabio Quartararo (Moto GP Pilot #20 according to the BS Battery flyer that came with the battery), not that I've ever heard of either the make or the rider.

Put the new battery in last night & WOW, what a difference. I didn't realise how worn out the old Motobatt one was. First touch of the button & the big Cat bursts in to life. I don't think the engine has ever turned over so quick, at least not since I've owned it.

Now to get the garage electrics sorted...
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on May 26, 2021, 03:17:14 PM
I've not been so impressed with the several Motobatt's I've had over the years. They don't seem last as long if they are kept on "conditioners" (and I use C-Tek's) for long periods, I don't have technical data to back that statement up but I do know that when they start to go, unlike wet batteries, they just fall off the edge of a cliff. They do push them hard in sales outlets and they're competitively priced but aside from that, the only advantage are that they don't require initial filling and are non positional as far as mounting goes.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on May 26, 2021, 09:26:54 PM
I still use regular old-style batteries on my bikes and keep them conditioned with C-Tek's and they haven't really failed me yet. And at that price, it is easy to change them out when they go doubtful. ;)
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on June 01, 2021, 06:59:03 PM
Out & about today, 24c and the fan was on pretty much every time I dropped below 40mph. Glad I changed the battery when I did - absolutely no problems restarting each time I stopped for fuel for either me or Tallulah.

Only 114 miles but it was good to get out.

Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on June 02, 2021, 02:00:20 AM
 :XXsunsmile :wheel
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Bixxer Bob on June 03, 2021, 10:59:35 PM
Ditto Sin.....
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Chris Canning on June 21, 2021, 10:52:22 PM
Dug mine out from the back of the garage today still runs like a good’un.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on June 23, 2021, 10:58:42 AM
Know what you mean, not touched mine since the begining of June as I've been getting Tabitha running or taking Mrs L out in the SLK.

Pulled Tallulah out yesterday, started at the first touch of the button.

Still didn't take her anywhere though & got Mrs L's car to service today  :icon_sad:
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on October 06, 2021, 04:08:38 PM
A long time since I've done anything to Tallulah except ride her. Lots of little jobs to do but as I've been riding Tabitha recently, I'm afraid I've been neglecting Tallulah.

Over the past few months I've been working towards my advanced motorcycle test & while I've been doing the basic checks, tyres, chain & lights, I've done little else.

I have an assessment ride this evening so pulled her out of the back of the garage, hit the start button and she was a little slow to turn over to say the least. She had a new battery around 6 months ago but she's been sitting in ther garage, unused for the past 4 weeks apart from starting her up to move her back in again whenever I've had to move her out into the sunshine.

Just in case, I checked the reg/rec and all is well, so it's just no riding but starting & stopping the engine a few times since my last good ride.

I also checked the tyre pressures 36/42 which were down a couple of PSI each. that may be something to do with the last time I checked them it was 20c + and today its barely hitting 12c.

For a while, the fuel cap has been loose, not the ring that attaches it to the tank but the hinge itaelf. It can make it a little difficult to close occasionally. I took the whole fuel filler off the tank & had it apart but it seems there's no way to tighten up the hinge so I'll have to live with it or buy a bew fuel filler & change the locks.

While the filler cap was off I thought I'd check the drain holes too. I have a piece of strimmer line that I used last week to unblock the sunroof drain on my car & it's just the right tool for this job too.

So, tyres checked, electrics checked, chain oiled, fuel tank vent & drain checked and battery charged.

Looks like I'm all ready to go - if I can find somewhere to buy fuel.

 :occasion14
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on October 07, 2021, 01:15:05 AM
I haven't seen a queue at a petrol station yet but I have only been out of the house once in the last 10 days  :icon_lol:

It's supposed to be 20C up here tomorrow  :icon_scratch: better check my tyres aren't about to burst as it was 8C yesterday  :icon_rolleyes:
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Bixxer Bob on October 08, 2021, 05:18:31 AM


It's supposed to be 20C up here tomorrow  :icon_scratch: better check my tyres aren't about to burst as it was 8C yesterday  :icon_rolleyes:

So that'll be WARM rain then?  :*&*
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on October 08, 2021, 03:03:05 PM
So that'll be WARM rain then?  :*&*

 :nod

How was it after having ridden the Trophy?
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on October 08, 2021, 11:14:17 PM
Odd to say the least. The power delivery & lower centre of gravity of the Trophy was leading me to ride a bit quicker, so it took a good 1/2 hour to readjust.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on October 10, 2021, 01:41:36 PM
It is so funny how different bikes can feel. I had that when I got on the Ducati. That really does take quite some time to adjust to in comparison to the Tiger or the GS.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on October 10, 2021, 06:15:38 PM
At one point, I had two Tigers, my silver 06 and a blue 05. there was around 60,000 miles difference between the two and the blue (126,000 miles) one had road tyres compared to Tallulah that has 90/10 tyres. I rode them back to back just the once before I sold the blue one and there was a marked difference between the two.

Even with 100% road tyres, the blue one didn't inspire that much confidence, felt far more 'loose' on corners, the suspension was bouncier, on the back and there was more dive on the front. I rebuilt the brakes & changed all the fluids & the brakes were the only thing that was about the same. the blue one even felt lower. I suspect the shot suspension had a lot to do with that.

So even two supposedly identical bikes can feel & ride differently
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on October 11, 2021, 01:50:07 AM
Steamers are no different, please don't ask me how I can say that, it's embarrassing  :icon_redface:
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on October 20, 2021, 04:15:04 PM
The day dawned to the sound of falling rain lightly tapping at the window. Outside it was still dark, the darkness interrupted every now & then by a car driving past the house, it's unknown occupant on their way to another days work.

I stirred, turned over & heard the Yowling of my deaf cat downstairs. Clearly it was time to get up, feed her & make myself some breakfast.

Even though it was raining, the forecast was for rain to clear by midday. This was good as I had Tallulah booked in for her annual checkup.

The day before I had pulled her out of the garage and conducted my usual pre-MOT checks, lights, brakes - pads and operation, bearings etc. I'd checked the tyre pressures, adjusted the chain and then out came the bucket & sponge to give her the clean a 15 year old Tiger deserves to keep her looking pretty.

I glanced at the forecast again, Tallulah had her appointment at 13.45 and things were looking good. the sky was clearing and as the warmth of the sun touched the roads, there was a whisp of steam visible, rising into the morning air.

13.05 and it was time to get ready and it was time to get myself ready for the 15 minute ride to destiny.

From out of nowhere, there was a rumble from outside, usually I would put this down to a tractor thundering past the house, but something inside me said 'NOT THIS TIME SONNY' I looked out of the window to be rewarded by a bright flash, another rumble, this time much louder and the accompanying hail bouncing off the drive.

Bugger :BangHead

In the past year, I've MOT'd 3 bikes and every time the weather has been horrendous. I thought today might be different but no, p1$$ing down out there and it started almost the same time I styepped out of the door to get Tallulah out of the garage.

This was not going to stop me, I mounted Tallualah (ooh er!) & set off for the MOT station.

As I turned in to the yard, I felt a slight drag - Talluylah didn't seem quite as responsive as she usually is after not missing a beat on the 6 mile trip, but she was still running. I had visions of her breaking down, something she's only done once since I've owned her. Oddly, that was at last year's MOT when the battery gave out & we had to use a battery pack to get her going again.

Could lightening strike twice?

The answer to that question is yes! They say there's no excuse for a bike failing an MOT as long as you keep up with maintenance.

The rear brake was binding. It wasn't when I set off, it wasn't on the journey to the MOT station and the two 'Mud on road' signs outside a couple of farms I passed were without incident, except for a small slide from the rear wheel, not much, just enough to feel it but not enough time for me to react. Tallulah sorted that one out without my input.

So, MOT failed and she's now back home awaiting some TLC before I take her back within the next couple of days for a retest.

On the plus side, by the time I got the the MOT station, it had stopped raining, the sun came out again and the ride home was completed in a little more comfort than the journey out.  :*
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on October 20, 2021, 05:02:27 PM
Oh man, that is terrible. And a binding rear brake can be anything… Hope this is going to be an easy solution.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on October 20, 2021, 06:46:42 PM
Yep, fairly easy solution, the dust seal on one piston has perished, so a new seal kit has been ordered & I'll strip & rebuild the caliper when they've arrived. The pistons look in good order so they only needed a clean.

Until then Tabitha will have to accompany me on my outings  :icon_biggrin:
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on October 20, 2021, 06:55:40 PM
 :XXsunsmile was an omen.

Still, could have been more expensive, you'll know it's not going to get a fail and the fuel savings should pay for the seals within a few miles  :thumbsup
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on October 26, 2021, 06:29:30 PM
Guess who dropped a caloper piston on the concrete floor & buggered it up?

Yep, that was me!  :BangHead

So, two new caliper pistons, one seal kit & a fresh pot of brake fluid & all done, she has a MOT for another year.

I also bought some Grip Puppies as I've been getting pins & needles in my left hand recently & someone recommended these. First impressions are they're a bit chunky - maybe I'll get used to them, maybe I won't.

Next up, oil & filter change, but that can wait until I've had Tabitha. on the dyno next week.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on October 26, 2021, 09:05:59 PM
Still, could have been more expensive,

 :BangHead sometimes trying to be cheery and positive backfires  :augie
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on October 26, 2021, 09:24:41 PM
Good to hear you got the MOT sorted. Well done.

On the grip puppies, it does take time to get used to bigger grips. I used to have something similar on my Transalp and I really needed to get to grips (pun intended) with smaller grips on newer bikes. When I did my test rides a couple of months ago, I rode an Africa Twin with thicker grips again and though it took a bit of getting used to, I did pick it up quite quickly again. You’ll manage. ;)
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on November 11, 2021, 12:13:51 PM
As some of you may know, I've been working towards my advanced motorcycle test in recent weeks, so Tallulah has been ridden harder for longer & done more miles than usual. While I was working, I would get out at weekends for a couple of hours once or twice a month but that was about it. Since August, though I've been out a couple of times a week & while I've been checking the basics, oil, tyres, brakes electrics etc. I haven't yet done her annual service which was due at the begining of October.

I have my test coming up so as soon as that's done, Tallulah is going in to my workshop for some TLC. As well as the general service, I'm going to do a complete fluid change, oil, brake fluid and coolant.

I've noticed in recent weeks, that even with temperatures around 10oC the fan is coming on almost as soon as I reduce my speed to 30mph. I'm fairly sure that it never used to heat up quite that quickly - then I remember I've had her for just over 3 years and I never got around to replacing the coolant. That could be something to do with it.

I've also noticed that after a little over 7000 miles, the tyres are getting a little low, still legal and still nice & grippy in the autumn weather but they won't last the winter.

I'm not going to go around the houses with tyre choice as everyone has their own opinions as to what tyres are 'best'. Everyone rides differently, in differing conditions & road surfaces, expects different performance from their tyres, so I'm not going to ask.

Tallualh has Tourance tyres at the moment and despite a lot of negative comments, I've had no issues with them and I'm probably pushing them harder now than I have since they've been on the bike.

So', I'm down to a choice of two, Tourance Next or Road 5 Trails. we'll see which ones I can get hold of at the end of the month.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Sin_Tiger on November 11, 2021, 09:26:57 PM
Good luck with the test and finding tyres at a sensible price, they seem to be settling down again after the post Brexit hike.
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on November 11, 2021, 09:46:56 PM
Good luck on the test! When is the day?
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: Lee337 on November 19, 2021, 09:13:58 PM
Today was Tallulah's annual service, oil & filter mainly but took the opportunity to flush the coolant & replace it. Don't know when it was last done, certainly not during my ownership. The pink stuff that came out was somewhat cloudy & the cr8p that came out of the expansion tank needed to be seen to be believed.

Flushed it 3 times & refilled with some fluorescent organic Putoline stuff & topped up the expansion tank to between min & max. Just need to run it up to temp & keep an eye on the level now.

Note to self: next time I'm planning to remove the fuel tank, don't fill it up on the way home  :BangHead
Title: Re: Tallulah's Diary
Post by: ghulst on November 19, 2021, 10:40:10 PM
Hahahaha, been there. Though not planned. I had just fueled up and ridden home, when the ignition on my Steamer packed in. That thing was a pain to lift off. ;)
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