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The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Speed Limit repeater signs
« on: March 16, 2019, 10:39:40 am »
Reporting potholes is easy and usually quite effective and you don't even need to know which county you are in. And, as motorcyclists (and some-time cyclists) it is in our interests to report every one because once it is reported a council cannot say they didn't know about it and reject a claim from the next bikeist to break something.

Go here... what it says and they send it to the correct local authority for you. You get an acknowledgement from the local authority and can see what they are going about it on the map.


K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Don't forget to adjust your chain.
« on: March 16, 2019, 10:31:42 am »
Well, strictly speaking, the 'dog-bone' link is the dog-bone shaped link that is hanging down vertically in the first picture. Looking at the arrangement when it is on the bike it is the bit that is difficult to spot...

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Best anti-fog solution?
« on: March 15, 2019, 08:25:50 pm »
Do you have your through-flow air vents open?

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Best anti-fog solution?
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:44:57 pm »
My pinlock didn't really do it for me, even though I fitted it quite carefully.

So what other options are there that work for you?
And for spectacles too, if possible?


My old open face helmets never fogged up...

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Speed Limit repeater signs
« on: March 15, 2019, 06:43:54 pm »
Try the A417 north from Gloucester...

This afternoon I followed (too much opposing traffic for an overtake) a woman into a 50 limit from the 60 we were in as I came up behind her. She was, as is the habit in my neck of the woods, driving at 40mph.

As we entered the 50 she accelerated up to 50 and stayed there till the end of the 50 at which point she slowed down to 40 again, now in a 60 limit area once more ???

Obviously, speed limit signs must denote a safe speed to drive at whereas a NSL sign means 'DANGER!'.

You could make it up, but no one would believe you  8)

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Speed Limit repeater signs
« on: March 15, 2019, 02:54:39 pm »

13.3 Similarly, the requirement to place at least one repeater sign along a speed limit has been removed. The onus is on the traffic authority to determine the appropriate provision of speed limit repeaters having regard to existing guidance. In deciding this, it is strongly recommended that consideration is given to the potential for challenge to the enforcement of the speed limit.

13.9 Traffic authorities have a duty to place traffic signs to indicate the effect of a traffic order, including speed limit orders. Road users should not be placed in the situation where they do not know what restrictions are in place. For speed limits this means erecting signs, prescribed in TSRGD 2016, at the start of a restriction (terminal signs) and for reminding road users of the restriction in place along the length of road to which it applies (repeater signs).

N.B. The bolding is mine...

So, apart from the rules and signs changing by country in the UK (assuming we still are the UK) they will now change by county.

Brian (who says happy motoring chappies and chappess who already has different rules and signs to contend with  ::) )

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Speed Limit repeater signs
« on: March 15, 2019, 11:30:12 am »
What? How did this little gem slip past everyone unnoticed?

With irrelevant and useless 50 limits popping in and out of the NSL areas around here like named storms popping up off the west coast, it is only a matter of time before I fall foul because a) everyone else drives at 40'ish forcing overtakes and b) I ignore all 50’s on principle because they are aren't 'real' speed limits, just the figment of some local authority's power mad mail boy.

How come there wasn’t' an outcry?

Mind you, not knowing the speed limit is just about defensible  ::)

Not seeing a camera van is a hangin' offence round these parts  8)

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: The Wonderful Clutch.......l
« on: March 14, 2019, 02:14:21 pm »
 ;D ;D

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Job anyone ;)
« on: March 14, 2019, 02:13:50 pm »
I would be tempted to retire and take the Falmouth job if it weren't for the quite startling turnover of some very good people (and a couple of duds) including managers. Not sure what it is but something or someone is obviously not easy to get on with.

It can happen to the best.

This time last year I was in the pricess of changing the car and ended up having to have major work done by my long-time (17 years) Audi dealer in Swindon on a car supplied by a non-Audi dealer.

Both swimbo and I had had many Audi's from them and serviced by them and generally I could never fault them. At the time, the entire, virtually new dealership building was having to be re-roofed due to a major design flaw that caused a similar building to collapse on the showroom and workshop cars!!!

So, I was making allowance for the fact that the staff had to come in an hour before opening time in their scruff gear, clean the dust and debris made by the builders who were working night shifts and then get washed and changed ready for the customer stampede.

My experience was a catalogue of disasters from the very first contact; second contact actually, the first, on a crowded Saturday morning, was faultless and efficient.

When all was finally finished, 6 weeks later, and I got my car back, I wrote a scathing report to the head of business listing the disasterous handling of my repairs and complaints together with those of other irate customers whose stories were garnered from the hours spent sitting in the waiting room chatting to them.

I received a very nice e-mail suggesting I popped in when I was next in town as he didn't want to discuss the report over the phone and thought e-mail rather a fob-off. As I was test-driving another car on the morrow (with the intention of getting rid of my current, recently acquired and repaired ex-track day car asap) we agreed to have a chat.

I was welcomed, brought coffee and made comfortable and after a few pleasantries he stunned me by saying he had resigned his position. What, because of my report? Well, not quite but rather because my report summed up every single thing that he 'knew' was going wrong in the dealership. And others in the group as it happened. I used to do this sort of audit and report thing as a living so I was fairly sure I knew where the blame lay.

Now this guy was in his late forties, had never worked anywhere else but the top end of the motor trade and thought he knew how to run a very successful business. And with some justification I would add. So, what had gone wrong.

The Inchcape Group, who own his business, had decided that they knew better than him and his colleagues and started taking his well-oiled machine apart.

Out went the immaculate, mature, impeccably dressed and stunningly polite ladies of a certain age who manned reception and controlled the showroom with ruthless efficiently and beguiling smiles.
In came a nervous, callow yoof of a girl who didnt' know how to smile at all, let alone beguilingly.

Out went half of the service advisors and in came the start of my problems.

Out went the Customer Care Manager who dealt with me so efficiently on my first visit with the problem car and she was forced to go back to being just one of the service advisors. She left within the week for a major competitor across town at a much higher salary with a remit to do for them what had been doing for Swindon Audi.

Out went the workshop running at 85% capacity so they had spare for drop-ins, accidents and emergencies.
In came 100% capacity and a flood of complaints about waiting times, technical problems and a distinct lack of customer care.

Out went all the trivial identity stuff such as Swindon Audi key fobs, document wallets and number plate advertising.
In came Inchcape branding with no differentiation between Inchcape's Audi, Jaguar, Porsche, Land Rover or other marques.

And so it went on. And on. And on.

The top man is now top man at a BMW dealership in Cardiff, is given free reign to manage his business how he likes, to achieve his group's goals and looks back on his departure from Inchcape with relief.

Of course, the guy who took his place soon realised that he wasn't running the show and started making noises about leaving also.

How to ruin a great business model by letting the bean-counters and top dogs loose on the 'How' of the business instead of them concentrating on the 'What'.

Who's Who? / Re: Joined to help in my quest for a K1300
« on: March 14, 2019, 01:28:55 pm »
I'm not...I’ll read it with my eyes tightly closed  8)

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: Don't forget to adjust your chain.
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:15:49 pm »
 ;D ;D ;D

Who's Who? / Re: Joined to help in my quest for a K1300
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:14:54 pm »
I don't have the warranty and so far am 3 year's worth of premiums in hand.

I have, however, only done 17 miles since I bought it and all of those have been to and from the MoT test station  :o

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: The Wonderful Clutch.......l
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:12:22 pm »
Bastard file on its edge?

For Sale / Wanted / Re: Helibars
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:11:38 pm »
Your symptoms are all too familiar. Most of us put it down to old age and a mis-spent yoof  8)

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Job anyone ;)
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:09:49 pm »
I once had a short dalliance with a lovely young lady. Turned out she wasn't a lady but more of the company bike.

In my defence, she was lovely and I was new in them that parts  ::)

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