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post #1 of 37 Old 01-01-2019, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Show us your FROTY (First Ride Of The Year)

New Year's Day and with the weather as good as it gets in the British winter I managed to find a spare hour before my sister and her family were due to visit.
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Nice day you had down south, Keith. It has been dull and damp here in Anglesey but I got in my last ride of the year in yesterday so not so bad.
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Rainy and constantly overcast here...ah well, I couldn't ride my bike until March anyway as I have it only registered and insured for a season from March till November.
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Maybe later today, on the dirt bike.


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OK, I'm heading out to the bank this morning.

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New Years ride

Iím stuck in town watching the wifeís kittyís, but I did take a short grocery ride. I havenít been on since my password was changed last year. I only have dial up internet at home and itís so slow I could never get it straightened out. Our daughter got a new iPad from her husband for Christmas, so I got hers for Christmas.😀 Iím still learning how to use it, but so far its great!

The little 250 Is still doing great, with 125,431 mileís on it. I would never have thought a little 250 would make that many miles without mechanical work. I check the valves every 10,000 miles, but have only had to change a shim on the exhaust valves a few times. Have never had to change a shim on the intakeís, but at the 120,000 mile check, both intakes were at .009Ē, so something has happened. The intakes have always been right on .007Ē until now. I ran short on time, so had to let it be for now, but I suspect a worn rocker arm bearing, since they both changed the same. The cam looked good, Iíll keep you informed when I get back to it. Iím still riding it every day, so it would be my fault if something goes bad, Iíve just been short on time.

The steering head bearings are quite notchy, have been for a long time, so Iím gonna have to tend to them too. Iím just too old and slow to keep up nowadays 😕 Iíll be 81 next month. I did do a foolish thing, but I just couldnít resist it, in January of last year I saw an ad on Craigslist, for a 2014 NC700x for $4,000, with 4,151 miles on it and I had to have it. I knew it was too heavy for me, but I just couldnít pass it up, Iím scared every time I ride it, but it sure is sweet😀 I passed the 16,000 mile mark, so Iíve checked the valves, no change, still at factory settings. Much easier to do than the 250 and only 1 throttle body, so no syncing to do.

I live in Julian CA and if itís threatening rain or snow, I take the 250, I feel much safer on it! I wonít tell you how many mpg Iím getting, I donít wanna make you sick😊

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125,431 miles sure is impressive.o_O

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Hi Schroeder, yes thatís a lot of miles for a little 250 and not a single mechanical problem! My last BMW, a650 single, the CS, the belt drive one, went 222,000 miles before I sold it, but it wasnít trouble free, although nothing really serious. The headlight Assembly would fall apart regularly, a $300 dollar unit, I had two replaced under warranty and after that I just kept patching them together.

The water pump seals would fail between 15 & 50,000 miles, Rotax used lip seals on both the oil side and the coolant side and of course the coolant side wore out in no time! The single side swing arm double row ball bearing failed regularly @ 70,000 miles. Other than those few things, it was a great bike, always got about 70 to 75 mpg. I replaced 3 belts & 1 rear sprocket in those miles, not too bad. I only had to replace 1 shim in all those miles and it was very easy to do, that engine used shim over bucket. All in all it was a very good bike.

In 1963 I rode a 50cc Kriedler Floret from Chicago to the west coast and down throughout Mexico, with no problems, 10,576 miles. I used a box of 8 spark plugs and had to decarbon the head, cylinder and muffler a number of times, no other problems! I had a brand new Bonneville at that time and I knew it wouldnít make it!😀 Sad!
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Too bad Kreidler is now a Chinese company...

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In 1963 I rode a 50cc Kriedler Floret from Chicago to the west coast and down throughout Mexico, with no problems, 10,576 miles. I used a box of 8 spark plugs and had to decarbon the head, cylinder and muffler a number of times, no other problems! I had a brand new Bonneville at that time and I knew it wouldnít make it!😀 Sad!
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Amazing!

Way before my time (I was born in '63), but stories of trips like that on tiny cycles always make me wish I'd been riding during those days. Peter Egan (of Cycle World fame) has stories like that of riding a small bike (either a S90 or CB160 I think) cross country.

Something most of us can't imagine doing today.

I wish Kreidler was still around (and still German). I loved their road racing and LSR bikes from back in the day.
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