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The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Garage Door Advice Request
« on: Today at 03:46:28 pm »
For £1600 if I lived next door I'd come and open it for you on command.  :)

There are so many fun life-enhancing things you can do with £1600.

For £1,600 I wouldn't touch it. It fell on the head of the previous owner twice before she had it 'professionally repaired' by a local chappy. Two big wood screws through the head rail into bare mortar in the brick above...

And having an auto garage door is one of the many fun life-enhancing things you can do with £1,600.

And, even if I paid you to open it, the vets bills for your head would be massive and it still wouldn't be secure, or warm, or draughtproof or even automatic while you were in intensive care 8)

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: K1300S Review - Ride Magazine
« on: Today at 03:40:56 pm »
On that particular journey, the morning train was delayed for half an hour because some cows got out of a field and one head-butted the previous train which was 'on it' at the time and well over 100mph.

On the way home after a tedious day in someone else's office, my train hit a cow, apparently from the same herd, but at a much more reasonable speed, about 70 according to the driver. The result was the same; one dead cow, one very delayed train and lots of very sick and screaming passengers in First Class as they sat and watched milk, beef mince and intestines drip down their carriage's side windows.

'Burgers and milk shakes anyone' went up the cry from the bar steward...

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Garage Door Advice Request
« on: Yesterday at 09:09:47 pm »
The Secure by Design website is here...

...with the Aluroll page here...

I'll measure my joist height on Saturday and let you know how much you need above the top of the door opening.

Here... the standard height of the housing 'box' that goes above the door. 360mm is the tallestbut you don't say how tall your door opening is but you can work out if you have enough clearance from the table half-way down the page.

Changed the start relay he said...for £270  :o

Euro K Club Events / Re: Wrinklies Chasing The Sun 5. 3rd-5th June 2019
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:37:06 pm »
OK Tom. I'll bring the Honda 250 and see how you cope with 25 bhp  8)

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Front shock leak. Alternatives?
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:35:44 pm »
North Oxford send their customer's shocks to Firefox for refurb...ask me how I know  8)

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Plans for 2019
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:34:02 pm »
Aluroll Classic Roller...

...with plip opening, alarm and anti-jack mechanism.

Fully fitted by Paul's Doors of Hereford, £1,600. Old door and frame removed and disposed of, piers made good, mechanism fitted on inside face etc. etc.

It has a safety edge on the bottom so if it hits you or the bike (mine did when I forgot I hadn't put it away) it stops and reverses slightly. This is much better than the radio wave 'mesh' system that stops the door if you try to get out while it is closing.

This is one of Aluroll's 'Secure by Design' doors which counts for a lot in the security world.

Of course, it doesn't stop the tea leaves taking the new garage roof off and shimmying in that way; that's what the alarm system is for  8)

I was going to get an ebay special, fitted for £700, but when the guy came and showed me what you get, I decided I needed their £1,200 version. When Paul came round and showed me the Aluroll and gave me the quote for £1,600 I ripped his arm off. Then I had to  lend him a hand to install boom!

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Replacement Battery
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:15:24 am »
Sorry Matt - that was way too predictable.

David - ten gold house points for thinking outside the battery box  8)

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Batman addition to K1300S
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:13:41 am »
We went wayyyyy down this track a year or so ago with a renowned Carbon fabricator making a prototype only to lose interest and stop communicating with us.

However, I have a small UK carbon fabricator doing small runs of bespoke skid plates and fairing protectors for my off-road bike so we shall see what we shall see... :)

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Plans for 2019
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:10:18 am »
Love an automated garage feel like batman if you can set it off as you pull towards it ...

...and feel like a complete twonk next morning when you realise you didn't hit the close button as you walked away from it and your crown jewels have been on full view to one and all, all night long  :o

I've only done it about a dozen times since it was installed this time last year.

Not exactly a big deal in my dark and dingy neck of the woods but in Reading... 8)

So, this year I plan on rigging up a simple micro-switch and LED so I can see from indoors whether the garage door is secure or not.

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Replacement Battery
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:15:43 pm »
Battery wantage....


Otherwise, very interesting  8)

Oh yeah! Not knocking the service at this point and if it really is just a start relay you should be getting off lightly in the wallet department to boot  8)

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Front shock leak. Alternatives?
« on: January 15, 2019, 04:40:58 pm »
When I sent my ESA units to MCT for a rebuild they discovered, having got the shocks, that they didn't have the unique US-made Schrader-type valve they need to re-gas the shocks and the importer had no stock and no forecast for delivery.

Firefox had loads, but wouldn't sell a couple to MCT to do the job. I had no option but to have MCT send the shocks to Firefox. They refused to let me pay for this delivery...

I told Firefox what I wanted and they assured me that the springs would be stripped and re-painted as part of the service.

Four days later, MCT rang to ask what they wanted me to do with my shocks...

Woddyermean? Firefox had sent them back to MCT instead of to me so I drove all the way to MCT to collect them. They were gobsmacked at the state of the shocks from Firefox and even more horrified when I told them the cost.

MCT's workshop was cleaner than a high-end restaurant's kitchen, all stainless steel and full of very expensive tooling. They were up to their armpits in Ohlins, Showa, White Power etc. and their standard of service was excellent.

It's good to see that they are keeping up to date with their skills and knowledge by going on training courses.

It might be worth getting a quote from Firefox as a comparison.


First time I've heard of a stater relay causing a bike to not STOP rather than not START  8)

Microsoft START button anyone... :o

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Front shock leak. Alternatives?
« on: January 15, 2019, 11:32:08 am »
Any decent shock workshop should be able to rebuild them for you I'm sure.

Both MCT in Stowemarket (tel:01449777161) and Firefox in Keighley, West Yorks (tel:01535606200) do rebuilds of the ESA shock so must be able to do the simpler stock shock.

I have used MCT and they are excellent. I was also forced to use Firefox and was less than impressed with their service, the work done and their prices. Twice as much as MCT for the same work.

Give em a call...

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