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» Classic bike parts
Sep 26, 2020 - 10:34 AM - by valkeire
Interesting to see the range of prices reached for so many classic spares. Hope people got the parts they were looking for.

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» Great morning for a........
Sep 26, 2020 - 9:41 AM - by Japcati
......slice of caramel slice......or even a slice of Millionaire Shortbread.....
Weather ain't bad either.......

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» Quartararo shoulder down.....
Sep 26, 2020 - 8:18 AM - by Japcati
.....in FP yesterday.

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» A wee spin to........
Sep 25, 2020 - 11:00 AM - by Japcati
......the brand new socially isolated Insomnia Coffee Shop up on Howth Summit.
Dont worry though,face,hand protection and sanitizer was used and applied at all times........for the few concerned folk here.....

... [Read More]
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» Freebies
Sep 24, 2020 - 1:01 PM - by ENGLISH
Honda CB500/500S 1990s twin - Owners Booklet - Free

Suzuki GN250 - Service and Repair manual on disk - Free

If anybody wants either before I bin them.
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» What to disconnect before welding?
Sep 24, 2020 - 8:52 AM - by Robbie N
Need to weld something on my '78 Yamaha DT175. I assume I need to disconnect the battery? What else should I disconnect? Thanks for the help,
23 Replies | 395 Views
» For fun what 3 bikes would you buy if you had 10K to spend?
Sep 23, 2020 - 7:49 PM - by ninky_nonk
Not looking for tips as I don't have 10K but just for fun what 3 used bikes would you buy if you had 10K to spend.


decent CBR 600 2,500 as soon they will be impossible to find in good nick
SV650 for some fun, 2,000

a nice tourer for the photorally, maybe a versys 650 with luggage 4,000 or a decent Pan 1300 or something bigger like a CB1300.

if any dosh left over I'd spend the rest on new tyres, pads and stuff.
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» Return to biking
Sep 23, 2020 - 6:56 PM - by ninky_nonk
After a 3 year + break from the bikes, I'm back. Picked up a CG125 cafe racer last week. Its loads of fun going for spins around south Kilkenny. Every spin feels and sounds like Mondello or Faugheen. First job was to replace the monstrous sized air filter. As its a 1989 bike, no VRT. Next job new battery tray (Johnnymax is on the job there) and maybe fork gaiters to tidy up the look. Probably as close as I'll get to the RXS 100 of my youth without the 2T power.

(Please don't put me in the prison with Cecil as the back of the cage with a trailer doesn't count)
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» Hjc rhpa 90s
Sep 22, 2020 - 6:36 PM - by scorpy
Just bought 2 of these lids to replace my ancient Nitro Tattoo. Wanted something a bit more comfortable and seeing as it was going to be 2 up on the FJR, the most important consideration was not only safety, but usability for both my wife and daughter.

And they are very usable. 1550g is much lighter than I expected, the suspension head harness works well (screws up everyones hair, but how bad), actually feels like there is ventilation when the vents are open and the face plate controls are easy to use, even on the move.

Surprisingly noise free with the bar up, normal rumble with it down at speed. Turbulence is negligible with the bar up, even up to 100kph. There is no noticeable lift if you look up. It has the PJ homologation cert that allows use on the move... [Read More]
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» VRT procedure
Sep 22, 2020 - 2:24 PM - by ENGLISH
I brought a 1988 EX500 for its VRT registration this afternoon and the chap checked the frame number and went inside to process the paperwork.

Everything was spot on,except that the model was '' not in their system' .

He handed me back all the paperwork and said I would be contacted soon.

I guess Revenue have to create a code for this model and then I have to go back to the VRT center and pay what is due.

I presume that I will not have to bring the bike again.Just the paperwork.

Am I correct in thinking that ?
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» Difference between oldish and newer bikes
Sep 22, 2020 - 11:15 AM - by strontium_dog
I'm wondering if I'm completely missing out here.

I've got a couple of bikes around the 06-07 vintage. well maintained and lowish mileage so the suspension is good and the disks aren't wafer thin. I'm not doing big mileage but I do the odd trackday and ride all year round. To me they seem good, handle well and both stop and go.

If I bought a newer bike, say 15-18 what would be the biggest improvement I would see? I don't honestly know as I haven't ridden something that new but in 10 years stuff must have improved a fair bit you would think.

(I remember owning a slab sided GSXR (86) and then buying a SRAD (97) and there was no comparison at all. It was like night and day, more even.)
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» Wee spin to Estoril and Portimao
Sep 22, 2020 - 6:44 AM - by Japcati
A great 9 days away in Portugal with No Limits.
Estoril,an awesome track to learn and ride on. That last corner goes on for ages too. Savage track. Theres also an uphill corkscrew to try and master. Thursday was a rest day and a 2.5 hour drive down to the southern seaside town of Portimao
On Friday we got to scrub in the brand new Portimao tarmac surface for Rossi and the rest of the MotoGP boys too. Took them only 10 days to entirely strip off the old surface,and then resurface the Portimao track with new tarmac. Only finished last Thursday night,then 10am Friday morning we were on it putting down the tyre rubber on it,we were the guinea pigs in 1 way....lol
Very slippy at 1st but the track grip just got better and better over the following 3 days.
Weather... [Read More]
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» Kids taking interest
Sep 21, 2020 - 6:54 PM - by Beard-Face
My eldest is six and is glued to my heels in the garage. Asking lots of questions about my bike, taking an interest in working on it with me and likes to sit on it and give it a bit of a rev.

I'm sure theres plenty of members on here whose kids have taken on their mammy amd daddys biking habits so I'm wondering what they may have started out on, what machines are good. Naturally I'd like to start her on two wheels even if she needed stabilisers for a bit. I think a quad might be the better route to go with her for now as she is a bit of a gentle soul and with most new things she takes on, baby steps are the way to go.

Looking for whatever stories or advice you might like to impart on how you got yours started.

Thanks in advance

... [Read More]
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» Dungdeal, wtf.
Sep 21, 2020 - 4:28 PM - by allsorts&oddjobs

Some people have great neck in fairness, an old bicycle with a lawnmower engine is now a vintage motorbike, and worth a fortune lol.
13 Replies | 370 Views
» WSB and BSB on Quest today
Sep 19, 2020 - 11:06 AM - by gipi
Quest, a free to air satellite channel, are showing BSB and WSB today - programme just starting.

Useful for those of us who don't have Skyyyy!

Quest can also be seen live via the dPlay app - available for Android in play store don't know about Apple.
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» Bugatti up for sale
Sep 18, 2020 - 9:03 PM - by sprockets
Looks like VW are selling the family silver. Maybe Ducati will sold too along with some other brands.


There's been a lot of "creativity" in the motor industry over the past few decades. Cobid19 could be the driver for the start of some consolidation.
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» MotoGP. New Yamaha exhaust...
Sep 18, 2020 - 7:27 PM - by Alex>

This must have been their inspiration:

1 Reply | 135 Views
» Looking for a sport bike
Sep 16, 2020 - 6:19 PM - by dukeboy2
I'm in the market for a sport bike. I'll mostly use it for track days but I'd like to keep it road legal so I can drive it to/from Mondello and take it for the occasional weekend spin.

Budget is around 10k

Ideally, I'd like something that has ABS + traction control. Currently I'm considering the likes of

2015ish BMW S1000RR
2013ish Big Bang R1 (I prefer the 2016 model, but a little too pricy). I have a 2007 R1 now.

I've seen a couple of CBR1000rr in the 2014/2015 for good money but I don't think they have TC (it's not a deal breaker, but I'd prefer a bike with TC)

What else should I be looking at?
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» Order Custom Tailored Leathers in Ireland
Sep 14, 2020 - 8:25 PM - by The Road Runner
I put up a post about Dublin Leather.Com a few weeks back to see if anyone had dealt with them.
I phoned them about a week later and spoke to a nice lad in Drogheda .....and he was so helpful i decided to place an order with them, I got the measurement charts sent shortly after............so i returned my measurements and the order was put into action.

I received my leathers about three weeks later, and im delighted with the finished product , a very high standard of fit, finish and design ......way better fit and finish than i received from SCOTT LEATHERS UK.....

I would highly recommend to biker.ie members ... [Read More]
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» Tax Disc & Holder found .
Sep 14, 2020 - 5:00 PM - by Nux
Hey lads ,
Found a tax disc and holder from a Harley colour red , reg 10lh12746 . Found near the Tipperary roundabout in Limerick . Expires 04-21 . If by chance anyone knows the owner give me a shout .
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» Dt 175
Sep 14, 2020 - 3:41 PM - by Robbie N
Hi All, just got a Yamaha DT175 from 1978, The Clutch is slipping, moreso in higher gears I think. What should I check?
Also the kick start is not gripping on the spindle?, so it it keeps slipping around despite tightening. Any tips on how to prevent this?

24 Replies | 431 Views
» 99blade radiator
Sep 11, 2020 - 9:12 PM - by shellier46
Lads I need a radiator for a 1999 honda cbr fireblade, any going
0 Replies | 5 Views
» Jacks got a ride.
Sep 11, 2020 - 5:47 PM - by roroliam
RAF reserves, good team.
10 Replies | 294 Views
» 1993 kwak kh100e frok tubes
Sep 11, 2020 - 7:24 AM - by menapia dude
folks the fork tubes are well banjaxed on the kh100,

the size is 27mm dia by 512mm long where can i get them ?, tried plenty online cant seem to find any, would other makes and models of bikes be the same ?
7 Replies | 163 Views
» CBF125 "Kangarooing" issue
Sep 11, 2020 - 2:00 AM - by Ianik
Alright lads, I had recently bought a used CBF 125 2009 with a bit of miles on it. The bike was running fine when I was inspecting it but when I rode the bike home it was cutting off then turning back on, I found that a bit weird, I searched it up online and it seems like a very common issue with the CBF's. Some people say to replace the fuel pump, while others suggest putting a heat shield between the tank and the engine. Did anyone around here faced this issue and how did you resolve it? And if you have any idea on how to check for a faulty fuel pump or another possible reason that would cause the issue please let me know! Thank you for looking
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» Chain link in the Kingdom?
Sep 10, 2020 - 2:47 PM - by custom900
Is there anywhere in or near South kerry where I could get a 525 o ring rivet link?
Got one in cotters the other day but I didn't know DID pins were thicker than others
7 Replies | 241 Views
» 1993 Kawasaki kh100 taxbook
Sep 10, 2020 - 8:30 AM - by menapia dude
folks we have an issue, the bro inlaw bought his old bike with taxbook lost

he done a reg check online and it said the bike has been written off , is there anyway to get this bike back on the road ?
13 Replies | 233 Views
» Black and Blue..........
Sep 09, 2020 - 3:59 PM - by Japcati
Just fancied a change from the auld black visor.
Perfect fit and works like it should.

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» Arc welder on 13A Supply
Sep 09, 2020 - 3:55 PM - by cb400sf
Lads, I want to buy an Inverter Arc Welder for home use. I will be using a standard domestic 13A supply socket. What Amps could I expect to be able to weld at without blowing the fuse? Should I be able to weld say 5mm thick plate and use 3.2mm rods without blowing fuses all the time? Also any suggestions of good Inverter Arc Welders, make/models?
6 Replies | 197 Views
» gsx 100 efe 1984
Sep 09, 2020 - 11:52 AM - by menapia dude
folks i have the chance to buy a clean efe from england, vrt says its free to bring in, only issue is the bike is from holland with all the paperwork, what will i need here to sort it ?
5 Replies | 142 Views
» 1993 kawasaki kh 100
Sep 09, 2020 - 10:57 AM - by menapia dude
well folks my bro inlaw just found a 1993 kh 100 kwak, he bought the bike new in 93, and it came up on dd last week small money so he took a punt,

he is asking are there any other models with the same motor as he is missing the r/h side casings from the engine, he wants to buy fork tubes also any help be great folks thanks
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» FZS600 manual wanted
Sep 08, 2020 - 12:20 AM - by sidegrinder
bought a 99 fazer do'er upper and trying to lay my hands on a proper yamaha workshop manual for it if anyone has one under a pile of stuff in the corner? thought I'd check here before going on the bay ...ta vm..
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