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AUTONOMOUS CARS - THE CASE FOR RESTRICTIONS FOR PEDESTRIANS, CYCLISTS & MOTORCYCLISTS

IAMRoadsmart has been asked to comment on a Government Green Paper on Autonomous vehicles that aims at restricting the use of cycles and motorbikes on some public highways and seeks to make jaywalk- ing a criminal offence with draconian fines.

Many will have read that autonomous vehicles are programmed to stop when encountering hazards such as pedestrians or other road users. The manufacturers of autonomous cars admit they haven’t been able to reliably programme for the “random movement of cyclists and motorcyclists”. They say that even 5G might not offer enough bandwidth to cope with cycles and filtering motorbikes.

Traffic experts predict the flow of urban traffic will be severely hampered by people stepping out to cross the road in the knowledge that autonomous car will automatically stop and not run them over. The Gov- ernment has recently published research on two options; the first is for extensive use of 1200mm high anti pedestrian barriers and the other is to force pedestrians to cross the road at designated points eg pelican crossings. Planners and urban designers have argued against barriers as that will have a detri- mental effect on the urban landscape particularly in historic city centres. A Government spokesman said “we need a strong stick to prevent unauthorized road crossing by pedestrians”. The Green Paper outlines a new criminal offence for jaywalking with fines of £500 if these proposals are adopted.

Furthermore, the Government intends to launch three pilot studies in August 2020.
The first will be to ban motorbikes from motorways. The motorway network will be the first road system that will be able to manage autonomous vehicles on a significant scale. This idea has already gained sup- port from both RoSPA and the IAMRoadsmart.

The second area is covered by London’s congestion charge zone. Cyclists will have to restrict their pedal- ling to designated cycle routes whilst motorbikes will see a complete ban. The London Mayor has instigat- ed feasibility studies for the creation of motorbike parking around the perimeter of the congestion zone in the following locations: Regent’s Park, Paddington, Pimlico, Kennington, Elephant and Castle, Bermond- sey, Whitechapel, Old Street, The Angel, and St Pancras.

The third and most controversial pilot will be in Milton Keynes. Designed in the 1970’s with a non- hierarchical road grid with segregation of cars and push bikes, the city is an ideal test bed for the intro- duction of autonomous vehicles. As a concession motorbikes will be allowed to use the cycle routes. This follows a precedent from the Netherlands where low powered motorbikes called ‘bromfietsenas’ can use cycle lanes. A 20mph speed limit will be enforced.

IAMRoadsmart applauds this initiative; a spokesman said “It will definitely save lives.”

Comments to the usual address on the back of an old fiver... 8)

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The Euro K Club Lounge / Over 70?
« on: May 22, 2019, 12:30:17 pm »
Sign up in my local doctor's surgery...

'Driver refresher assessment for the over 70's. £10'

D'ya think the assessor is ready?

It might be worth spending a tenner for the look on his face... :)

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The Euro K Club Lounge / Old dog etc
« on: May 16, 2019, 04:30:50 pm »
When I passed my test in 1964, motorcycles might have been a complete mystery to me but I had been riding cycles on the road for donkeys years so the frame, wheels and brake systems were easily understood.

Chain adjustment and wheel alignment was just one of those things you did every so often because your dad told you to and because bikes were expensive.

And so, the first couple of decades of bike ownership went hand in hand with car ownership and the steep learning curve of engines, gearboxes and the dreaded electrics and I hated chain adjustment and wheel alignment as much as the next guy or guyess.

After a hiatus of a few years when life got in the way, I came back to biking out of necessity and swore I would never have another chain as long as I had breath etc. and so my R1150GS came into my life and hours spent in hotel car parks on foreign holidays trying to get the bloody chain adjusted were now a thing of the past. And almost everyone I rode with also had BM's sans chain and so my knowledge of the black art faded into history apart from keeping on top of the mountain bike chain.

Fast forward a few decades and I end up with a wee Honda adventure bike which, as is the way, has a bloody chain. Just when I thought my days of lying prostrate in the drive fiddling with things that need at least three hands to accomplish were long over, here I am struggling to get it right once more, the job made all the more difficult by the fitting of a negative chain adjustment bolt, rather than a positive one i.e. the adjustment bolt does not push the axle forward from behind, but rather acts as a stop in front of the axle which has to be heaved, bashed or otherwise cajoled into position.

The job of getting the rear wheel in line with the front (which it wasn't when the bike was delivered to me, new) is made all the harder because of the off-set nature of the knobbles on the outer edge of the tyres and bits of string and sealing wax just got in the way.

It was only whilst seeking a simpler, more modern way (LED's, LASER's, computerised wotnots, apps, something, anything, please) that I came across this...

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F253878936403

...and all was suddenly revealed to me, despite my inate stupidity which wouldn't allow me to understand how something clamped to the rear sprocket could possibly help me get my rear wheel in line with my front!

How could I be a septuagenarian, riding and maintaining my own cars and bikes for over 60 years and not know that the whole purpose is NOT to get the rear wheel aligned with the front wheel?

How could I NOT know that it has nothing to do with 'tracking'?

I blame my long-dead Dad, who taught me most things I have ever needed to know to survive this long. I blame him for not telling me. I blame him for not knowing...

That the whole bloody purpose of aligning the rear wheel is not to get it in line with the front, or with the centre-line of the bike, but rather to get the rear sprocket directly in line with the front sprocket.

It is so obvious I still can't believe that someone who has blown up, stripped down, re-built, tuned, replaced and re-built yet again, everything from engines to gearboxes and differentials and everything in between, wasn't savvy enough to realise that two sprockets out of alignment would lead to increased power loss, wear and cost. How? How is it possible?

Answers on the label of a decent scotch to the usual address  ::)

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K1200 / K1300 Forum / Side-stand mounting...
« on: May 14, 2019, 02:22:59 pm »
Just cleaning up after giving the dog-bone and associated needle-roller bearings a good greasing (I have no idea where it goes to, it was done two years ago which is only a couple of thousand miles!) and as I folded the side-stand back up I was horrified by the amount of lateral play in the mount!

Pushing the side-stand 'in' and 'out' (with it on the centre stand), there must be almost an inch of play at the tip. I did it with the stand retracted and it was the same.

There are a couple of suspiciously worn (and very rusty looking) washers between the stand and the frame and one wonders if these need replacing.

The play allows the side-stand switch to wobble around and as this is a known failure on some BM models I'm a little bit concerned.

So, how much play has yours got?

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This incident turned into a fatality and police are appealing for witnesses to both the incident and the manner of riding prior to it.

Under the circumstances, I deleted the previous posts on this topic and offer my sympathies to family and friends who were not involved.

Anyone with information, please contact the police.

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The Euro K Club Lounge / So you can ride fast then...
« on: April 18, 2019, 01:32:39 pm »
...but can you ride slow?

I mean, we can all ride slow. In traffic, filling stations etc. but what about doing the stuff in the mod 1 bike test?

Those of us who have been riding since you only needed a bike and the ability to find the test centre to pass and get your licence before spending your dad's money on a big fast bike and trying to kill yourself by going ever faster, never really had to bother about going slow. There were no supermarkets so no huge car parks to meander around in and if you went to the shops you just parked on the road.

The era of LC wotnots for kids to act like hooligans on still hadn't dawned and if it was less than 650 you was a wuss. With the advent of my green-laning era the need to ride slowly is something of a hinderance, hence the off-road training day looming large on my horizon.
 
In preparation for the humiliation, I have been poring over Youtube videos so I am an expert come the day  ::)

Also, for those of us who live by the doctrine of counter-steering as espoused by the Keith Code lot, the following video (with subtitles in English, badly translated from the original French) may come as something of a revelation.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cgtmuS8WFLU

PS This isn't a video about how to ride slowly by the way  8)

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Announcements / Parts Discounts
« on: April 10, 2019, 10:48:11 am »
Discounts for vehicle parts are now available to all forum members from Parts-Online.co.uk

Details can be found here...

https://eurokclub.bike/index.php?board=13.0

Enjoy  :D

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Online-Parts.co.uk offer discounts for members of recognised clubs and this now extends to members of this forum.

To qualify for a discount, you must:

Set up an online account here...

https://www.online-parts.co.uk/oem-catalogs/login.php

Then call them on tel: 01926 333 8880 and tell them you are a member of EuroKClub.bike

They will then mark your account as qualifying for a discount.

Then buy lots of parts and send me the savings...

Below is the e-mail confirmation of the discount applying to EuroKClub

RE: Contact BMW bike

Hi Brian,
 
We do offer discount, we offer it for BMW Car Club members, but any customers that you can point in our direction get them to say they are from your forum and I will set their account to qualify for the discount when they have set it up.
 
I just need to know the name of your forum so I can look at it and so I know the name/link when people say where they are from.
 
Kind regards,
 
Anthony Bradshaw
Parts Advisor
Rybrook Warwick
Heathcote Lane
Warwick
CV34 6SP
Phone - 01926 333888
Fax Number - 01926 333841
Email Address: abradshaw@rybrookbmw.co.uk
Dealer Code - 33180 - BMW
Web: www.rybrookbmw.co.uk
Online Parts Store: https://www.online-parts.co.uk/
Ebay store: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/rybrookbmw

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The satellites that provide the GPS signals for our sat nags is coming to one of its crunch points.

The clocks on board the sats have a limited number of fields for holding the week number data.

At midnight tonight, the fields will get full as the clock rolls over to 99999 whatever.

This means that at midnight tomorrow, Saturday, the clocks will roll-over, like an old-fashioned mechanical mileometer to 000001 whatever.

Now, here's the fun bit (pun intended) because older gadgets that use the GPS signal 'may' not be able to cope with Week Number Roll-Over. This roll-over happens every 21 years from memory (might jave been 19) but the last one was in the eighties. My tlescopes e.g. may well never find the heavens in the right place again as they were both made after the last roll-over so I don't know if they 'proofed' against it. Meade, who make the scopes, are burying their heads in the stars.

Some chip manufacturers ensured their devices could cope with the WNRO but others, and older ones, may not have done.

So, all sorts of things may or may not work come Sunday morning, the US air force may bomb Nevada, UK subs may fire Tridents willy-nilly at anything that doesn't move, older 747's may land on the M4. So, Y2K all over again  ::)

Unsurprisingly, Garmin are totally ignoring this event and have cast their older devices to the devil!

More surprisingly and even more unexpectedly, TomTom have issued a one-time update for most of their old and no longer supported gizmos, so if you get an e-mail about it, don't ignore it as a late April 1st jape.

You can check your devices at the TomTom website and much kudos to them for doing the right thing.

Brian (who 'may' never be able to find his way home again  ::) )

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The Euro K Club Lounge / Digital vernier caliper...
« on: March 19, 2019, 02:48:44 pm »
...in Aldi NOW!


£7.99!!!!!

Good quality, multi-function (e.g. displays circumference of a bar or pipe from the diameter, mm/inch (whatever an inch is), imcludes batteries and a case.

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Nowhere else to put this so it is here...

I have two Drift cameras, a Ghost and a Stealth which I run in whichever vehicle I happen to be using. The Ghost is 'normally' in the car and the smaller Stealth on the bike helmet.

However, both are too complicated for my needs (read 'for my pea-like brain') and neither seems to work well when in charging mode with a 12v to USB charger unit. Also, the Stealth has a limited battery life and even when plugged in, the Ghost stills runs its battery down and then starts acting oddly.

I’m looking for a 12v unit to run permanently on the bikes and maybe also in the car. Well, permanent with ignition, even I don't want Gigabytes of footage of the inside of my garage door   ::)

Finding one that runs and over-write records while on 12v is easy but most are not waterproof.

So, I want...

NOT a Go-Pro sized or form-factor'd brick.
Preferably a 'bullet' cam.
12v feed (not via a USB charger unit)
'Car mode' where it simply over-writes older files.
On with ignition OR no current draw when OFF.
At least shower-proof for the bike ones which will be mounted behind the screen.

My cameras are for safety reasons, I’m not into posting footage of my mis-deeds on soshal meedya.

So, what are you, our esteemed and wise members, using. Go-Pro and Drift advocates need not apply.

Big membership subscription discounts for the best suggestions  8)

Brian (who doesn't mind his footage being used against him as long as it can be used for him  ::) )

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The Euro K Club Lounge / Nippy Norman is at it again...
« on: January 31, 2019, 01:33:19 pm »
...for anyone in the market for a new Optimate, here is an offer too silly to ignore...

Stuff it, worked for me when I posted it! Just follow Richard's link instead  8)

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The Euro K Club Lounge / Festivities and all that...
« on: December 24, 2018, 05:36:51 pm »
OK, so it is finally Xmas eve and, having put the 'bah-humbug' away for a few days, we are now all officially allowed to wish one another a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year without fear of getting banned.

So Merry Christmas and a Happy and safe New Year to one and all.

And for those of you who've been here long enough to remember the original EuroKClub, if it all goes arse over tit between now and 2019, it'll be for real, not me buggering around for a giggle... ::)

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Fit one of these to your R or big K...

https://mailchi.mp/570041992cf1/unlock-adventure-this-black-friday-1914357?e=48b47467b3

...and customise your stuff till your eyes bleed; I can see one coming toward me now looking like a cross between an ice-cream van and an laser disco  >:(

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