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ACHTUNG!!!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MaxPete, Sep 10, 2020.

  1. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    My centrestand is OK (a bit of heave - but I'm pretty sure it is all there) - it is really the sidestand that is the major PITA.

    Pete
     
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  2. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi Pete,
    to put your Prussian Princess on it's side stand, get off the bike on it's left side, hold it up by the 'bars,
    hook the side stand down and hold it down with your toe as you lean the bike over so the bike's weight
    comes onto the stand to keep it down.
    and yes, you shouldn't have to piss around like that, eh?
     
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2020
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  3. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Ahhhh....I knew there had to be a trick.

    Thanks Fred!

    p
     
  4. fredintoon

    fredintoon Fred Hill, S'toon. Top Contributor

    Hi Pete,
    De Nada, hafta pass these little tricks on before I forget 'em.
     
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  5. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    as I said in another thread....don’t we all!
     
  6. Grimly

    Grimly XS650 Addict

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    On a windy day in Edinburgh I parked up on the sidestand to do a drop in an office block.
    As I was coming back out of the building I saw the wind pick the bike off the sidestand, heard it retract with a clang, and watched as the bike laid itself down for a rest.
     
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  7. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Yup - I can see how that could happen and that is why I have a Browns side stand on the way.
    Many thanks all!
     
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  8. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Guten abend mein Herren!

    Lakeview, TotalFool and I went for a little boot on the weekend and Gretel performed like a champ. She really is a "gentleman's express" sort of a bike on which you can belt along at a pretty good clip in a remarkably unruffled fashion.

    I left Windsor at about 9:30 AM and picked up Lakeview at his country estate an hour later and then we rode to a place between London and Chatham, ON called Park's Blueberries where we met TotalFool who had ridden west from his home in London (not THAT London, the other one). Park's is a sort of a combo country market, massive fruit stand and really good diner - plus they sell THE BEST butter tarts anywhere. After a delicious and healthy ;) lunch, we all went for a ride on what is about the only twisty road in this part of Ontario along the banks of the muddy Thames (no - not THAT Thames, the other one).

    Unfortunately, I only took one photo (bad Pete - bad!!) but everyone's bike ran great and Gretel was comfy and smooth the whole 285 km. Lakeview was riding his new '77 blue XS650D and it looked and sounded just great with a really nice bark from the exhausts and reliable starter performance, and TotalFool was on his 2011 Yamaha V-Star XVS650 which he is really enjoying too - after many years away from bikes.

    On Sept. 26, TotalFool and I are going on the CVMG Trunk of the Elephant ride around Essex and Kent counties. It is a sort of 140 km timed rally where you lose points for being too fast or too slow and you must have a photo of you and your bike at three waypoints on the route. The name of the event comes from the odd appearance of a map of this part of Canada which resembles an elephant and his trunk.

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    Unfortunately, Lakeview will be in the shop for some minor repairs, but we hope he will turn up for lunch.

    Cheers,

    Pete

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    Last edited: Sep 16, 2020
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  9. Mailman

    Mailman Hardly a Guru Top Contributor

    Looking good Pete! Happy to hear your bike is meeting your expectations! ;)
     
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  10. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    She really is Bob. Until I got her, I had only ever sat on three R100RSs and I had never ridden one or even heard one start-up:
    • one back in 1977 when I was a grubby, long-haired, bearded student in a Queen's University leather jacket (it took about 5 seconds for the salesclown to get me off the bike and eject me from the dealership showroom)
    • the second bike about a week prior to buying Gretel - and that bike was beautiful but then my daughter lost her job and the money pool suddenly got a lot shallower
    • then I found Gretel and I juuuussst managed to get Senior Management approval for the expenditure.
    It just goes to show ya - live your dream.
    Pete
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2020
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