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Mon Oct 26, 2020 6:29 am quote
fledermaus wrote:
Touring300 wrote:
Enjoying finding uses for my mini clamps I bought from a local store. They only cost €5.00 for a pack of 4. The picture shows one I used to clamp a glued repair to a crack I found in one of the headlight cover attachment points of my GTS.
Nice! I sometimes have the flipside of trying to find a way to clamp irregular shapes.

BTW, what's your adhesive of choice?
The clamps are handy things to have in your toolbox. The glue was just ordinary super glue, it seems to bond plastic well enough. I hate all the plastic tabs on the headlight assembly, they break so easily and of course as they age they become more brittle.
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Fri Nov 06, 2020 9:04 am quote
Got to the stage I could start my scooter after moderately intensive maintenance work....AND EVERYTHING WORKED!

I fancy myself a fairly competent mechanic, but I have to admit that I'm just a bit nervous after buttoning everything up, and not completely relaxed until it functions without anything flying off or hemorrhaging all over the floor.
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Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:59 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
Got to the stage I could start my scooter after moderately intensive maintenance work....AND EVERYTHING WORKED!

I fancy myself a fairly competent mechanic, but I have to admit that I'm just a bit nervous after buttoning everything up, and not completely relaxed until it functions without anything flying off or hemorrhaging all over the floor.
What do you do with the leftover bolts and screws?
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:17 am quote
mpfrank wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
Got to the stage I could start my scooter after moderately intensive maintenance work....AND EVERYTHING WORKED!

I fancy myself a fairly competent mechanic, but I have to admit that I'm just a bit nervous after buttoning everything up, and not completely relaxed until it functions without anything flying off or hemorrhaging all over the floor.
What do you do with the leftover bolts and screws?
Lol...HAVE YOU BEEN PEEKING IN MY GARAGE?!?!

After putting some tools away and looking around, I have a small can with a bunch of body screws in....thought they were for the headset, but then realized I'd labeled and taped those. I swear I was careful about reinstalling everything. I suspect that most or all will be needed yet, but not quite sure. Any leftovers will be labelled "nonessential" and go into a baggie labelled with the scooter for next time.
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:24 pm quote
What's cheering me up today? Hmm, Let's see. I guess the same thing that is cheering up about 75,000,000 Americans.
Hooked
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:47 pm quote
fergy wrote:
What's cheering me up today? Hmm, Let's see. I guess the same thing that is cheering up about 75,000,000 Americans.
You got rid of your orange button, we still got our blonde buffon this side of the pond. 😊
Molto Verboso
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 4:12 pm quote
grahamlml wrote:
fergy wrote:
What's cheering me up today? Hmm, Let's see. I guess the same thing that is cheering up about 75,000,000 Americans.
You got rid of your orange button, we still got our blonde buffon this side of the pond. 😊
This forum is sadly becoming a bit too political. Not good...
Let's get back to scooters folks..

Bob
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 5:24 pm quote
Best day of 2020.

Besides all that, this weather is allowing me to finish some outdoor work I really wanted to button up before winter. And I still should have time for a ride tomorrow!
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Sat Nov 07, 2020 5:27 pm quote
BVBob wrote:
grahamlml wrote:
fergy wrote:
What's cheering me up today? Hmm, Let's see. I guess the same thing that is cheering up about 75,000,000 Americans.
You got rid of your orange button, we still got our blonde buffon this side of the pond. 😊
This forum is sadly becoming a bit too political. Not good...
Let's get back to scooters folks..

Bob
Noted - we're keeping an eye on it.
Molto Verboso
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Sun Nov 08, 2020 2:42 am quote
'm nt llwd t sy wht's chrng m p tdy n ths frm bcs t's pltcl.

I will say that it's a relief to not have to compulsively check the results every few minutes.*


*Apolitical statement. Doesn't say what my preferred outcome was.
MV Santa
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Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:09 am quote
mpfrank wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
Got to the stage I could start my scooter after moderately intensive maintenance work....AND EVERYTHING WORKED!

I fancy myself a fairly competent mechanic, but I have to admit that I'm just a bit nervous after buttoning everything up, and not completely relaxed until it functions without anything flying off or hemorrhaging all over the floor.
What do you do with the leftover bolts and screws?
There is a theory that if you disassemble and reassemble a scooter enough times there will, eventually be enough parts left over to build another one.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:57 am quote
vintage red matthew wrote:
mpfrank wrote:
fledermaus wrote:
Got to the stage I could start my scooter after moderately intensive maintenance work....AND EVERYTHING WORKED!

I fancy myself a fairly competent mechanic, but I have to admit that I'm just a bit nervous after buttoning everything up, and not completely relaxed until it functions without anything flying off or hemorrhaging all over the floor.
What do you do with the leftover bolts and screws?
There is a theory that if you disassemble and reassemble a scooter enough times there will, eventually be enough parts left over to build another one.
On my way!

OTOH, by the time I get there Ill be too old to ride it.
Hooked
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Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:18 pm quote
grahamlml wrote:
You got rid of your orange button, we still got our blonde buffon this side of the pond. 😊
lol, the blonde buffon actually congratulated our new Uncle ASAP. Totally shocked.

Cheering me up: I successfully filled up the bv350 TWICE in a row without spilling a drop. Was shocked, frankly. First time in 4(?) years since I've owned it.
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Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:19 pm quote
First Service
Looking forward to having my BV 350's first 625 mile service. Forecast is Sunny. The icing on the cake would be to get my Top Case installed. Have been waiting 2 months for it to come in. Also looking forward to riding on the interstate to cut my 78 mile commute down by an hour.
Molto Verboso
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Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:40 pm quote
Rusty J wrote:
'm nt llwd t sy wht's chrng m p tdy n ths frm bcs t's pltcl.
All the vowels on your keyboard are sticking?

I.. o... a--o-e... o... a... a... ee-i... e... u... o... o.. i... o-u... e-au-e... i... o-i-i.

Insert where appropriate...
Molto Verboso
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Sun Nov 08, 2020 10:28 pm quote
Fudmucker wrote:
Rusty J wrote:
'm nt llwd t sy wht's chrng m p tdy n ths frm bcs t's pltcl.
All the vowels on your keyboard are sticking?

I.. o... a--o-e... o... a... a... ee-i... e... u... o... o.. i... o-u... e-au-e... i... o-i-i.

Insert where appropriate...
It was a failed attempt at a joke premised on having the vowels stripped out of the statement due to its political content. Something the moderators wouldn't have actually done -- I'd expect it to have been deleted entirely if it was unacceptable. As you noticed, it was intentional (the rest of the comment not being disemvoweled should have given that away).

And, it's a milestone -- my first post in 11 years to earn a net negative rating.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:54 am quote
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Mon Nov 09, 2020 10:03 am quote
Rusty J wrote:
Fudmucker wrote:
Rusty J wrote:
'm nt llwd t sy wht's chrng m p tdy n ths frm bcs t's pltcl.
All the vowels on your keyboard are sticking?

I.. o... a--o-e... o... a... a... ee-i... e... u... o... o.. i... o-u... e-au-e... i... o-i-i.

Insert where appropriate...
It was a failed attempt at a joke premised on having the vowels stripped out of the statement due to its political content. Something the moderators wouldn't have actually done -- I'd expect it to have been deleted entirely if it was unacceptable. As you noticed, it was intentional (the rest of the comment not being disemvoweled should have given that away).

And, it's a milestone -- my first post in 11 years to earn a net negative rating.
Ah, been a while since we've had a good public disemvowelment here!

But when they happen, the whole post gets it...
Molto Verboso
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Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:44 pm quote
That it was 75 degrees with pure sunshine in N.E. Ohio the past few days! Unheard of. Got in 24 miles this morning on the bicycle and about 70 on the scooter. Mid Fall country ride on a scooter in this part of America is something to behold.

One more day tomorrow. I'm hoping to almost repeat my riding except in a different direction on the scoot.

Bob
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Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:05 pm quote
Disemvowelment...

I love that word!
Molto Verboso
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Wed Nov 11, 2020 8:46 pm quote
I'm off on a 300km ride to the mountains today.
I'll be back on Sunday and will post pix.




(PS: Try not to change POTUSA while I am away...?)
Addicted
GTS 300ie Touring - Signora D'argento
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Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:16 pm quote
Fudmucker wrote:
I'm off on a 300km ride to the mountains today.
I'll be back on Sunday and will post pix.




(PS: Try not to change POTUSA while I am away...?)
Ride safe, will look forward to the pictures.
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Thu Nov 12, 2020 6:26 pm quote
Went up to Cincy and test rode a couple of Zero motorcycles. I like the idea of the Vespa Elettrica, but it seems too slow and limited for the cost. The Zeros are fast af and seem to have pretty good range, at least for my riding style. I had a big SEG on the whole ride, planning to add one to the stable, I'll post pix in a week or so!
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Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:02 am quote
wmak wrote:
Went up to Cincy and test rode a couple of Zero motorcycles. I like the idea of the Vespa Elettrica, but it seems too slow and limited for the cost. The Zeros are fast af and seem to have pretty good range, at least for my riding style. I had a big SEG on the whole ride, planning to add one to the stable, I'll post pix in a week or so!
Dang. You're going to have to add on to the garage!

That grin can get expensive.
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Fri Nov 13, 2020 9:43 am quote
It is my granddaughter's first birthday today.
Molto Verboso
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Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:24 pm quote
Touring300 wrote:
Ride safe, will look forward to the pictures.
We are back from the ride...!

Clarens in the Free State province is about 300kms from where I live.
The mountains are some of the oldest on Earth, having been underwater for millions of years before being lifted up by changes in the Earth's crust, probably caused by the Vredefort meteor strike.

The town was a sleepy hollow until the construction of the Katse Dam in neighbouring country Lesotho. The water is carried through a tunnel through the mountains and exits into a river, from where it runs to the Vaal Dam and provides water to the Gauteng metropolitan areas. The construction brought an influx of workers and many houses were built. When the project finished, the houses were sold off and the town became a fashionable tourist attraction.

Arrival Photo shot.jpg

Clarens Brewery Lunch.jpg

Fudmucker on the tour.jpg

Molto Verboso
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Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:32 pm quote
Some Scenic shots...

...and me.

Aerial Viewpoint.jpg

Aerial drone landscape.jpg

Fud in Golden Gate.jpg

Molto Verboso
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Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:35 pm quote
The place we stayed at also has an oxwagon* camp that is quite popular...


*similar to prairie wagons

Oxwagon Camp.jpg

Molto Verboso
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Sun Nov 15, 2020 12:39 pm quote
We had some talented photographers along on the ride...

Vespas at Brewery.jpg

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Sun Nov 15, 2020 2:28 pm quote
Looks like a great place to ride!
Cool bunch to ride with.
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GTS 300ie Touring - Signora D'argento
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Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:24 pm quote
Great pictures, looks like you had a good time. It's interesting that you all have chosen to fit a windscreen of varying styles and sizes.
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Sun Dec 06, 2020 6:33 pm quote
My new, old screwdriver:

My dad had a couple of old forged shaft screwdrivers in his shop forever, which I think came with the farm that they moved to in the '40s. God knows how old it is. Not sure of the style, but perhaps a good century? Must be pretty tough, as I'm sure the steel of the handle got hammered on more than once. The wood handle was banged up badly, so I decided to replace it with some black walnut I had around....my first attempt cracked one of the handle pieces as I was banging a rivet together...used as is for a while, but after putting it to use this weekend decided to repair it again. Not perfect, but close to its original splendor.

So, fresh off a coat of linseed oil.

screwdriver.jpg

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Sun Dec 06, 2020 7:48 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
My new, old screwdriver:

My dad had a couple of old forged shaft screwdrivers in his shop forever, which I think came with the farm that they moved to in the '40s. God knows how old it is. Not sure of the style, but perhaps a good century? Must be pretty tough, as I'm sure the steel of the handle got hammered on more than once. The wood handle was banged up badly, so I decided to replace it with some black walnut I had around....my first attempt cracked one of the handle pieces as I was banging a rivet together...used as is for a while, but after putting it to use this weekend decided to repair it again. Not perfect, but close to its original splendor.

So, fresh off a coat of linseed oil.
Beautiful.

And a tool you can honor by continuing to use it.
Molto Verboso
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Mon Dec 07, 2020 4:40 am quote
Old tools often seemed to be built and designed almost as much for their looks as for how they worked. Same with many mechanical things!

Even something as basic as a pulley where a simple straight spoke would work they often were cast with graceful curves.
Molto Verboso
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Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:41 am quote
Great Photos from Republiek Van Suid-Afrika
Fud,

At age 72, I will regrettably not get the opportunity to visit South Africa.
I appreciate the photos into your world.

Looks like a super riding group. You look very distinguished on your Vespa.

Bob Copeland
Minnesota USA
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Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:57 am quote
Old Tools
Dave,

Definitely a time gone by. Everyone had a complete set of tools and a work bench in their garage. My family, off the farms of North Dakota, would never think of hiring someone to fix something they could do.

My Grampa (Gustav Weber) had that exact screw driver. Unfortunately, most of those tools have been discarded.

Thanks for the memories.

Bob Copeland
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Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:45 pm quote
Re: Old Tools
Bob Copeland wrote:
Unfortunately, most of those tools have been discarded.
Bob Copeland
Nothing discarded in my dad's family unless it wore out. If it got broke, it usually got fixed. Great Depression left scars. Some interesting old things around the farm shop... The blacksmith post vise on the workbench is a relic as well.
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Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:56 pm quote
This twitter submission...

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Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:53 pm quote
Now that China is not buying Aussie stuff, the local seafood industry has arranged with a supermarket chain to sell 35 ton of cooked crayfish around the country for $20 each, half the price they were last Christmas.

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Thu Dec 31, 2020 1:35 pm quote
Indian women learning to ride scooters for indepenence rather than relying on men.
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