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Ham-fisted Idiot

That’ll be me, then.

First time on a motorbike for four weeks, and I’d forgotten that the roads have got colder, the tyres were cold, and the Falco’s just a little bit more powerful than the Elefant…

At least I got out of our street. Just.

Picked it up, restarted, rode back to the house, and taped up the indicator so it wasn’t flapping around. One of our neighbours was leaving for work just as I got back to the house; I still managed to beat her into Newcastle. 🙂

As well as the pictures, I snapped the end off the rear brake lever too, but I hardly ever use it so I’m not too worried…

Doesn't appear to be leaking, but that could be expensive.

Doesn’t appear to be leaking, but that could be expensive.

A bit of polish, that'll be fine.

A bit of polish, that’ll be fine.

Most of that will T-Cut out... maybe. The bottom bit will barely be noticeable once it gets some dirt on it.

Most of that will T-Cut out… maybe. The bottom bit will barely be noticeable once it gets some dirt on it.

Sacrificial end of the brake lever did its job.

Sacrificial end of the brake lever did its job.

Repaired with gaffa tape, for now.

Repaired with gaffa tape, for now.

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Posted by on Wednesday 11 September 2013 in Motorbikes

 

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Ventura Rack and the Fast Fasteners

I’ve got to say something about the quality of service from Inox Fasteners

I’m trying to fit a set of second-hand Ventura L-brackets to my Aprilia Falco. Ventura were good enough to supply a set of fitting instructions, but I’ve got a feeling that they’re for a later revision of the L-brackets than the ones that I’ve got.

The instructions say that the centre bracket, which fits under the pillion seat between the grab handles, has threaded bosses to accept the original grab handle bolts… the one I’ve got doesn’t. I’m guessing that there should be some longer bolts for the grab handles, to go through the un-threaded bosses, with a nut on the end.

So, late last night (actually, early this morning), I placed an order via Inox’s website for some suitable bolts, expecting to get a confirmation and payment request before lunchtime today. Sometime after lunch, I realised that I hadn’t heard anything, so I sent an email expressing my concern, with the hope that I could get the parts tomorrow.

I was slightly horrified at myself when I got a response apologising for the delay due to a family bereavement… and then a further message saying that the bolts had been put in the post without waiting for payment! The normal payment confirmation email didn’t turn up until this evening, and I’m fully confident that I’ll get the bolts tomorrow and the Ventura rack will be nice and secure, well before the weekend.

So, for all your stainless steel fasteners requisites: Inox Fasteners.

 
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Posted by on Tuesday 13 April 2010 in Motorbikes

 

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