The adventures of Michel's C3 Picasso and Yamaha MT-09

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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by Michel » 01 Jun 2019, 07:02

A pic of me near a classic roadsign
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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by Michel » 01 Jun 2019, 07:14

I have no car news, French or otherwise. The Xsara Picasso just goes (It's being used by my neighbour while I fix her reliable German Passat) and my Skoda Octavia just goes.

We rode up to Stratford-upon-avon a few weeks ago on our motorbikes. We didn't know there was a car show on in the town.... here's a few pics..
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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by myglaren » 01 Jun 2019, 08:12

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I had an acquaintance in Sweden back in the 70's with one of those - diesel!
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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by moizeau » 01 Jun 2019, 10:36

Nice, any of the older 90's superbikes are ridiculously cheap now. Smiles per £, it's a no brainer.
I've gone I bit older....
As I found it a month ago
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And as of this morning
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Not been used for 10 years, brakes, forks, yokes and carbs overhauled. Rusty tank replaced.
I bet it's cost more than yours with the replacement parts! Loads of smiles ahead though.
Enjoy Michel

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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by Michel » 01 Jun 2019, 11:19

I paid £950 for mine as it only had 4 days MOT left. A quick check of it before I bought it had me guessing it needed fork seals and a set of rear pads.

It failed the MOT on.. fork seals and rear pads :) Cost me all of £125 all in to have that lot sorted and a fresh MOT.

It needs a few little jobs - valve clearances (or timing chain tensioner), a new coat of paint on the clutch cover casing (as per all 90s Kwaks) and.. er that's about it. I'm going to give it a full service this afternoon which seems to mainly be taking fairings off. I'm also putting LED headlight bulbs in it as the lamps aren't wonderful on unlit roads.

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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by moizeau » 01 Jun 2019, 12:03

That's one hell of a machine for just shy of 1100 quid with a full ticket. Mine cost 800 euros, 200 for another tank, 100 for a front master cylinder and caliper repair kits, then add fork seals and oil, oil and filter, brake pads all round and it will need new brake lines. Just balanced the carbs this morning and the tickover is spot on. My plan is to ride it and enjoy it then in the winter it gets stripped, painted and the ally bits mopped. Never going to be a concours bike but as long as it's mechanically sound and tidy I'll be happy.

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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by Michel » 08 Jun 2019, 14:45

Imaginary old Japanese proverb say...

Never underestimate fat middle-aged man on old Japanese motorbike...
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Because he is....
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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by Michel » 08 Jun 2019, 14:46

Why the hell one is duplicated and they're both upside down (on my iPhone at least) is a mystery.

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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by GiveMeABreak » 08 Jun 2019, 15:00

I've fixed your images Mike as you were doing an upside down levitation number.

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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by Michel » 08 Jun 2019, 15:02

GiveMeABreak wrote:
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I've fixed your images Mike as you were doing an upside down levitation number.


Thanks Marc. I must stop that upside down thing. It's hard work at my age.

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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by moizeau » 08 Jun 2019, 15:09

Your first part of the proverb reminds me of a ride out with some mates years back. One had a Busa. Just after he'd done a 'flyby' we pulled up at the lights.
"Not bad for a big fat ugly thing" I said, closely followed by "and the bike's not bad either!"

Still waiting on my front pads to arrive.....the rest is ready for a play.

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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by Michel » 15 Jun 2019, 23:43

After a tiring week, I went out for a ride with my mate Zuzanna. Weird day, lots of traffic even out in the countryside despite the weather being sh1te.

Only managed 121 miles. It's usually nearer 240-250!
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A woman who checks her own tyres!
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Nothing much car wise has happened. James Hellrazor came round and washed his bits in my kitchen sink much to my wife's chagrin. I've got next door's 2007 in pieces with a broken electronic steering lock - column out, lock removed and sent for repair. My Skoda mostly works apart from a growling rear wheel bearing that I must get sorted soon as we are off to Poland in it in six weeks!
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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 16 Jun 2019, 16:26

And you DELIGHTED in telling her (when she got home) that I had been washing it out in that sink! :D

I didn't know Zuzanna had a Peugeot 2007! :D

I have, in amongst my other tools, a hub puller.

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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by Michel » 27 Jul 2019, 14:02

I wonder how long it will take Mrs. Michel to complain she can't walk down the path..I appear to have acquired another ZZR-1100.
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Re: French car fatigue and a Japanese crotch rocket.

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 27 Jul 2019, 14:08

They are BREEDING!