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

...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  >:(

The video is a must. Had me smiling all the way through, and I almost burst out laughing in the last 20s.
Such a useful bit of kit. How would he have manage without, it I don't know:

I don't get it?  :-[

Why not just have a normal top box to put the brief case in and then take it out when you travel -  :-[ :-X

But of course...……..there is no weight restriction for carry on luggage in a private jet  8)


You have obviously never tried to put a 17” laptop in a 'normal' topbox, or a briefcase that will hold a 17” laptop in there either.

Of course, in this day and age, tablets have rendered a lot of this redundant but globe-trotting heavyweight project managers and consultants will understand the problem well.

The Givi Business Case (now out of production but once sold by BM dealers for their well-heeled clients [as opposed to us mere customers]) had enough space for a laptop, files (of either the paper or Bastard type), a couple of spare shirts and underwear and you were set for a short business trip with one grab and go bag on your bike. And for those mad dashes to gate 2,478 at the airport, the funky trundle seems to be tha answer.

I can't find a price, but Kappa (the budget end of Givi) do one too...probably comes with off-road treaded tyres on the wheels  ::)

I did say 'used to travel'. This was back in the hedonistic late seventies, early eighties. You could just roll up outside the terminal and there were about four, five at a pinch, spaces for bikes, right under the nose of the security guards. No markings, no restrictions, no charges.

As you say, these days you'd be shot simply for stopping.

I'm not saying it's not a good idea, it's just that top boxes are a bit bulky and the wrong shape to be regular luggage. Not to mention the weight.

Rae, my Givi Business Case is a low-profile topbox just like a large'ish briefcase. Designed exactly for the biking businessman. A funky trundle is just what it needed for all those years.

And a regular topbox like my E360 is, I imagine, as light as feather when it is being towed on wheels.

You don't like it, that's fine, the post was intended for the biking exec.

You've obviously never done regular airline business commuting Rae.

When I used to travel to the US a couple of times a month and take the red-eye to Scotland a couple of times a week and bike parking was free right next to the entrance to the terminal at Heathrow, it would have been a Godsend. Helmet and trousers in a PacSafe net on the bike and wheel all the gubbins straight onto the plane? What's not to love and I can see nothing impractical in it.

As it was, I was regularly lugging my (admittedly slimline but still the weight of a topbox) Givi Business Case all the way through the airport and the bloody red-eye to Ayr used to be parked at what felt like Isleworth by the time you had schlepped all the way there.

I missed the very last Givi Flight Bag in existence by two minutes and I was so pissed I almost cried in BykeBitz.

If I was still in harmess I would snap up this bargain as it is well over a hundred everywhere else.

In fact... ::)

The Euro K Club Lounge / For those biker globe-trotting execs out there...
« on: December 09, 2018, 06:19:42 pm »
Givi 'used' to make a 'carry-on' flight bag with wheels and a handle that fitted Monokey racks, but no more...

However, this might be the next best thing for those globe-trotting execs among you...

...and perhaps even for the weekly shopping haul.

Gripes, Bitches and Whinges! / F850 GS recall in US...
« on: December 09, 2018, 02:54:10 pm »

K Club Humour / Re: The Post Office
« on: December 07, 2018, 08:20:10 pm »
If my smileys were working it would have got a whole bunch of 'em... ::)

Kit Reviews / Re: Oxford HotGrips
« on: December 07, 2018, 10:11:02 am »
You may find many elephants in previous posts, 'battling the elephants', 'against the elephants', 'no fairing to keep the elephants at bay'...

It was a genuine Malapropism ( ) by a colleague many years ago and it just kind of stuck. Especially appropriate for the sort of elephants we had on the Wrinklies Trip two years ago on our way down to Swansea.

Doesn't do much for the Periodic Table of Elephants though  ::)

Kit Reviews / Re: Oxford HotGrips
« on: December 06, 2018, 10:16:47 pm »
We do indeed adorn Christmas trees although these days we have probably regressed to 'decorating' or 'dressing' the tree.

Normally, adorn is used to suggest that the decoration or the dressing leads to a more 'attractive' (to the beholder) subject. Traditionally, women adorn themselves with jewellery and make-up (to make themselves more atteactive to others). These days anything, by anyone and anything.

So, putting Oxford gripe on your K would not 'adorn' it although, if it didn,t have heated grips and you had cold hands, then it would sure make it more attractive.

Also, I am rather confused by your use of the term 'off topic'. We have topics?

Kit Reviews / Re: Oxford HotGrips
« on: December 06, 2018, 07:26:52 pm »
But he clearly doesn't know what 'Adorn' means...

Kit Reviews / Re: Oxford HotGrips
« on: December 06, 2018, 06:52:43 pm »
k13 has heated grips and i now get cramp on long runs...but i guess that shows i'm not getting away enough!!

Grip Puppies are what you need my friend. I have them on my K13S and had hem on the K12S.

I hate thin grips and the extra 4 or 5mm thickness not only helps with bad vibes but also helps to stop you over-gripping the bars and also makes the twistgrip 'gearing' slightly slower which I find extremely useful.

These Oxford grips are as far from the old wrap-round types as it is possible to get. They are built on a steel tube with the heating elephants in the rubber. The steel tube is split longitudinally so that it can expand slightly to take bar tolerances into account. They look way more classy than the OEM ones on the K and despite buying the 'Sports' model (they also do Adventure and Touring grips) Postman Pat was more than impressed and rushed off to buy a set for his KTM and he is very picky about his grips.

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: A turn up for the books
« on: December 06, 2018, 06:33:25 pm »
Mine was extended last year just out of the blue...

Kit Reviews / Oxford HotGrips
« on: December 05, 2018, 11:45:18 pm »
Not the sort of thing to adorn your K but for those other bikes lurking in your man-shed these might just be the best thing you could ever fit.

My wee Honda has many endearing features, go anywhere plodability, reasonable speed for a 250, good weather protection with the screen and the handguards and of course, legendary Honda reliability.

However, those handguards were made of ticky-tacky and were rapidly binned to be replaced by Barkbuster Jets with a solid, two-point fixing, aluminium backbone that will probably withstand a nuclear attack but they are not big enough to force the icy winter blast over the back of your hands, rather letting it hit them. Not cool; in fact bloody chilly. So, the first thing was to fit plastic spoilers to the top of the guards to effect better air-flow.

This was much better in the grim and grime but it is only when you sit behind a different set of bars that you realise just how amazing is the fairing on the K as it manages to chuck all that blast away from your pinkies, at least, on the S and GT.

I don't do wet and I don't do cold so I decided I needed some heated grips on the Honda, bearing in mind that I don't really know how to turn them on on the K.

I could have spent £80 on the latest Oxford UK-spec HotGrips with 9 heat settings(?) and waterproof, screw-together plugs and sockets. Or, I could spend £50 on the original grips with a mere(?) 5 settings and boring old non-weatherproof jobbies as found on old-fashioned Optimates.

So, I just spent a happy hour or so freezing my nuts off in my fog-bound man-cave ripping off the old, brand new grips and fitting the Oxfords. It was all going so well until that inevitable 'oh shit' moment but more of that anon...

The old grips came off with a Stanley knife and a quick tug and the left bar grip went on with the help of a few well aimed blows from my mallet. The twistgrip was another thing altogether.

Sure enough, just as the included Polish and German instructions warned, the twistgrip slider was replete with blobs and bobbles moulded into the outer surface. So, having spent an hour slicing and chiselling them all off, the right grip was ready to slip on. I slipped it half way on and then drizzled a little of the supplied Superglue on the inner end of the slider and inside the outer end of the HotGrip.

And here is the 'oh shit' I reached for the mallet to tap it into place, I realised that the superglue in the grip was, (because I am a twonk and had the bars on full left lock, meaning that the right bar was pointing UP) now dripping inexorably DOWN and to my horror coating not only the grip and the outer of the slider, but also oozing between the inside of the slider and the bar itself.

This was not a good thing!

In a second or two the grip was going to be welded half on and half off and the twistgrip would never, well, twist again. One hand grabbed the grip and began to work it open and closed manically while t'other bashed the grip on with the mallet. Open-closed-open-closed-open-closed etc. etc.

My third hand managed to unbolt the switch block and get the twistgrip off before the Superglue set like concrete, open-closed-open-closed etc. etc.

Another pot of tea and an hour with a half-round file inside the slider and some very rough sandpaper round the bar and it was all back to being a twisty twistgrip.

A handful of cable ties and bolting the fused leads across the battery (so, so simple) had the installation complete and ready for testing.

Wow! Wow, wow, wow! These heated grips are HOT.

They are thicker than the originals, by about the few millimetres thickness of the Grip Puppies I had on there before and so I haven't bothered to re-fit the foam padded covers but even so, there is a serious amount of heat coming from the Oxfords. My infra-red thermometer measured the lowest setting, marked as 30%, giving off 20 degrees of warmth and the maximum setting (100%, doh) being a pinkie-toasting 40 degrees, more than enough for me I am sure.

The totally sealed, bar-mounted controller has two raised buttons (so easy to find with cold fingers with gloves on in the dark), marked + and - . A single press of the + button makes the grips spring into life on the lowest setting with a green LED showing. A long press on the + button from 'off' brings the grips on at full with a nice warm red LED showing. The three mid-positions are 40, 50 and 75% respectively. A long press on the - button switches the unit off.

This controller has a couple of neat tricks up its insulated cable sleeve. Firstly, it has a second, separate, green LED in the centre of the unit which denotes when the controller is in Battery Saving Mode. This mode is user selectable (with a permanent memory so it stays in the mode you select even when off) and when it is ON it will turn the heat off if the battery voltage falls below 11.5v and back on again when it rises.

AND, miraculously, it also turns the unit off (well, into standby where it draws 76 micro-amps) after 2 minutes when there is no 'noise' on the 12v line; so, if you turn the bike off and forget to turn off the grips of if you leave the bike running to warm up the grips and it happens to stall. So, you either come back to an idling motor and toasty grips or cold grips but with your battery still in one piece.

Overall I am very pleased with the quality, fit and operation of the whole set up and am blown away by the heat produced.

Now I need to start carrying a fire extinguisher as well as the kitchen sink... ::)

Other (K) Bikes or anything else! / Re: Today's steed (S1000R Sport)
« on: December 05, 2018, 09:51:58 pm »
What's wrong with you Rich, you never even mentioned the blingy red rim tapes... ::)

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