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by nickst4
Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:18 pm
Forum: Riders + Rides
Topic: New 650 Raptor rider in France
Replies: 6
Views: 146

Re: New 650 Raptor rider in France

Well, it's 'fess-up time: I've never got on with Monsters despite being a Ducati enthusiast. I had an exquisite M750 dripping with carbon but it was too manic and the suspension never suited me despite much expenditure. This time last year, I got an immaculate S4R, and it never matched my expectatio...
by nickst4
Sun Feb 21, 2021 10:20 pm
Forum: Riders + Rides
Topic: New 650 Raptor rider in France
Replies: 6
Views: 146

Re: New 650 Raptor rider in France

Welcome indeed! The 650 is a lot of fun, with a very eager motor that spins up nicely through the gears. Given the availability of the 1000cc versions, I could never see the point of the 650 until I got one for the Missus, but now realise it has a delightful character all of its own. :nod: As with a...
by nickst4
Sat Feb 13, 2021 12:54 pm
Forum: Navigator
Topic: Re home of an abused Navi?
Replies: 2
Views: 97

Re: Re home of an abused Navi?

Sorry to hear that age and infirmity is forcing a change. I don't know yet whether a back problem is going to restrict my biking activities this year but it better not, 'else there could be a shedful for sale! In the meantime, my ongoing relationship with the Gran Canyon precludes a dalliance with a...
by nickst4
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A sad case?
Replies: 4
Views: 474

A sad case?

Is there anyone else who just sits on their bikes in the shed/garage and dreams of the pleasure of riding them when the mucky winter weather relents? Our two Raptors are ready to go and need no servicing and I feel bad about ignoring them, so I give them a metaphorical cuddle every now and then... :...
by nickst4
Sun Jan 31, 2021 10:00 pm
Forum: Raptor 1000
Topic: Platform Boots
Replies: 5
Views: 483

Re: Platform Boots

Sidrat old bean, If you've raised your bike by that much, do be careful with the chain adjustment. I'm guessing that the swingarm is now sitting at quite an angle to the horizontal, and if you adjust the chain slack as per standard, it will go really tight when you load the bike and hit a bump and m...
by nickst4
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:58 pm
Forum: Raptor 1000
Topic: Work Over Christmas
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Work Over Christmas

Hi Shebs, Funny you should mention mixed-craft accoms as just today I've been trying to find a bit of space in the dirty workshop for Dianne to try wood-carving again. She was good at it years ago before her career got in the way. I've promised I won't get angry if there's wood chips everywhere! It'...
by nickst4
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Godet Egli Vincent
Replies: 1
Views: 520

Re: Godet Egli Vincent

That's a good video! They always said Vincents sounded like a gas-stove being dragged down the road (or something like that) and it seems the replica motors are faithful to that. And that's a 650 Raptor parked next to it, I think. :happyhappy:

Nick
by nickst4
Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:46 am
Forum: Raptor 650
Topic: KPH speedo needed for Raptor 650
Replies: 5
Views: 1292

Re: KPH speedo needed for Raptor 650

I'm pretty sure on the 650 you could switch from mph to kph somehow. Try holding down the trip reset button while you turn on the ignition. That doesn't work on my 650ie, insofar as the dash still says 'mph'. I'm not about to ride it through the layers of mud on the local road to find out if the nu...
by nickst4
Sat Dec 12, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Raptor 650
Topic: KPH speedo needed for Raptor 650
Replies: 5
Views: 1292

Re: KPH speedo needed for Raptor 650

I second AussieJoe's opinion. Of course, the speedo will still tell you it's in mph despite the numerical correction, but that's no big deal*. In fact the speedo on my Raptor 1K has always told me the correct numbers are actually in kph, despite it being a proper UK-registered bike. Not really worth...
by nickst4
Fri Dec 04, 2020 8:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Aussie Cagiva Owners Get Together
Replies: 6
Views: 730

Re: Aussie Cagiva Owners Get Together

Well, naturally Shebee will be organising a contingent from the UK, bikes included, so long as you can guarantee no snow.You may not have encountered frozen rain before, if any rain at all, and I can tell you it's pretty scary! :nod:

Nick
by nickst4
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Scotland Trip Part One
Replies: 5
Views: 489

Re: Scotland Trip Part One

I think Scottish people must be very thick-skinned! Of course, they've had to live conjoined with the the rest of the UK for a very long time, so it would be no surprise. Midges are the main reason that Scots have Scotland largely to themselves. :nod:

Nick
by nickst4
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: First Ride for me
Replies: 18
Views: 2618

Re: First Ride for me

Maybe you found my post on the subject? :wink: The original shocks have thin steel top mounts, and every alternative shock I've tried on a Raptor has had an alloy top mount that is just too thick-walled to fit the chassis. Relieving metal on the top of the mount doesn't weaken it significantly IMO, ...
by nickst4
Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: General Technical
Topic: Braking bad, braking better...
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: Braking bad, braking better...

Thanks for your comments, Andy. My write-up was a bit long-winded, but I did say the calipers had only just been assembled to the highest standards by Powerhouse, albeit with new small-piston seals that were rather tight. That was why the pads weren't applying themselves evenly to the discs, until t...
by nickst4
Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Old Newby
Replies: 3
Views: 415

Re: Old Newby

There does seem to be a theme here as it's happened before. Memo to self: don't ditch the Raptor! Welcome Marky, and I hope you found a decent one. The very first Raptor I saw was a V-Raptor painted in flip purple/green. It was definitely a bit strong for me, but I do wonder where it went to from a ...
by nickst4
Wed Nov 18, 2020 8:31 am
Forum: Raptor 650
Topic: ECU Same as Suzuki SV650?
Replies: 5
Views: 387

Re: ECU Same as Suzuki SV650?

Was that what Sheebs told us about?

I must check our 650...

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