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by nickst4
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:01 pm
Forum: Raptor 650
Topic: Rear wheel bearings
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Re: Rear wheel bearings

Ah; another thing learned today is that it DOES matter which way you put in the long spacer between the bearings! :oops: The end with the spigot that locates within the bearing must be on the sprocket side, otherwise the outer clamping spacers, which are not the same, won't fit. Just as well that I ...
by nickst4
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:25 am
Forum: Raptor 650
Topic: Rear wheel bearings
Replies: 2
Views: 82

Rear wheel bearings

When I got the 650ie, I had to replace almost all the bearings in the shock linkage. Once that was sorted, it was back in with the wheel and go!! Except not, because the wheel was so difficult to fit between the arms of the swing-arm that I even attempted to stretch them apart mechanically. Fortunat...
by nickst4
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Virtual Bar
Topic: lets go dutch
Replies: 3
Views: 51

Re: lets go dutch

Welcome too! Yes, it's a pain to get the 650ie tank off until you find where the bolts are. Hopefully, you saw the pic I posted. Probably because the tank swells, the clearance for the rubber cover closes up and nothing seems to give. Definitely worth trimming the rubber before you replace it becaus...
by nickst4
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Virtual Bar
Topic: Nearly there.... scrambled
Replies: 6
Views: 110

Re: Nearly there.... scrambled

Glad to hear the 1100 is hitting the spot, Sheebs! As regards the Ducati dry clutch rattle/knock, be aware that it is not a benign sound but is the cause of wear on the plates and clutch drum that eventually require replacement before the friction linings are anywhere near worn out. Can't imagine wh...
by nickst4
Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 650ie: so far, so good but...
Replies: 1
Views: 114

650ie: so far, so good but...

Having sorted the shock linkage, serviced the forks, got the seat re-upholstered and fitted LED bulbs in various places, I've been riding the little blue job prior to letting Dianne loose on it. The motor is very good, as are the brakes, but I found myself strangely bothered by its low-speed handlin...
by nickst4
Fri Mar 20, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Classified Ads
Topic: 650 aftermarket exhaust cans anyone?
Replies: 1
Views: 721

Re: 650 aftermarket exhaust cans anyone?

Just a refresher for this ad, and to say these cans come with both the link pipes and now also the db-killers to fit if the sound is a little more than you'd like. You'd still benefit from the light weight (and the kudos!), and I'm told by the previous owner that the fueling didn't need adjustment f...
by nickst4
Tue Mar 17, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Raptor 650
Topic: Round black jobbies
Replies: 1
Views: 139

Round black jobbies

I went for the first longish ride on the 650ie in the last few days. The new seat was a help but I'd love to soften the suspension more. Performance-wise, the motor is great, but the handling wasn't confidence-inspiring, especially on slow corners and starting from a standstill, where I'd wobble jus...
by nickst4
Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Will it / Won't it
Replies: 5
Views: 207

Re: Will it / Won't it

80/20 I put on the last few miles today before the 600 mile service tomorrow ... the roads really are shite round here! Oh and the scrambler guards are useless! i had to wash the headlight, and indicators all round this morning before i took her out... . And now they need doing again now :shock: Ye...
by nickst4
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Pristine ladies riding kit!
Replies: 1
Views: 117

Pristine ladies riding kit!

Probably should be under Classified, but there's a twist to this, in that the gear is listed on the UK Monster forum, which I frequent. I have no financial interest in this but can liaise, if necessary.

http://www.ukmonster.co.uk/monster/show ... post573387

Nick
by nickst4
Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Raptor 650
Topic: Seat upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Re: Seat upgrade

Just to report that the seat upgrade was definitely worthwhile. Personally, I'd still like a more-compliant suspension, especially at the back, but Dianne, who'll mostly ride the bike, says she never notices these shortcomings so I'll probably leave it as it is. I remain mightily-impressed with the ...
by nickst4
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Riders + Rides
Topic: The rusty work hoss.
Replies: 133
Views: 11450

Re: The rusty work hoss.

Craigfell,

Nifty way to get the sleeves for the suspension links sorted! Given they are ground to size and sufficiently hard to take the needle rollers, that could be a nice little earner for you and/or the engineer cos the originals are definitely extinct. :nod:

Nick
by nickst4
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Riders + Rides
Topic: The rusty work hoss.
Replies: 133
Views: 11450

Re: The rusty work hoss.

For me, ProGrip 714 Enduro grips are the default. Very grippy, with a slight barrel-shape that fits the hand much better than straight-sided and enhances throttle control while reducing cramp. Must have bought dozens of sets...

Nick
by nickst4
Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: Raptor 650
Topic: Seat upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Re: Seat upgrade

How come the Scrambler seat doesn't fit? Is it too high? Presumably your knees are/will be having an easier time? We do need a review of The Beast, even if it ain't a Raptor! Anyway, the seat refurb cost £165, including all the comfy bits and a new cover. If you are looking for lower/narrower, you m...
by nickst4
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:55 pm
Forum: Raptor 650
Topic: Seat upgrade
Replies: 4
Views: 251

Seat upgrade

While the seat on the 1K Raptor is fine, especially with new suspension beneath it, that on the 650 is hard and appreciably narrower at the section where I feel comfortable with the riding position. Now, however, Alistair Else at ElseMade in Wisbech has reworked it with gel and memory foam, making i...
by nickst4
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: Virtual Bar
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 3
Views: 551

Re: Newbie

Welcome! Do you suppose the Raptor is going to be able to breathe, living in a fug of 2T exhaust? :D

Definitely going to be a big difference in the riding experience! :nod:

Nick, fully-paid-up Cagiva enthusiast, with five four-strokes and one two-stroke Planet :happyhappy: