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The Aussie, well if I met you in the street and not heard an accent, I would have suspected your origin. Dunno why just the look (though the laid back appearance could be also mistaken for Dutch - all the Nederlanders that I have met seem to be chilled!)
Not sure why the MasterC would mistake Mara for a male, I would have always said female. Though I do think that MasterC needs to lose the rig (uniform) get some tattoos, bike leathers and the Aussie's beard (maybe a chainsaw dripping with blood or a large truck).
The trickykid and finegan are bloody barking mad!!!!
Would have never guessed isajera's sex/status/age/whatever.
It feels comforting that I am not the only "old git" (late 30's) on this thread, and it's excellent to have an idea what some of you look like, because I would imagine that we all have mental images of people that reply to our posts!
As for local knowledge, I am just outside Brighton. We have a former Royal Palace (Queen Victoria sold it off as Brighton had become too vulgar! the silly old moo had her seaside pad on the Isle of Wright). It is quite a diverse place, not well represented ethnically, though apparently has the largest gay population in Europe - don't know I'm straight. It also has quite a large population of B and C list celeb's (with a few A's thrown into the bargain) Paul Macartney has a place just along the coast a bit, Roger Daltrey is just back up into east sussex a bit, for the more contemporary rock fans, at least one of the Coombes brothers of Supergrass fame lives here and of the luvvies (actors), until his death, Sir Laurence Olivier.
Our local football team, though not doing too well at the moment, has the coolest sponsor in Uk football. For those of you who are au fait with dance/club music, that would be Skint Records and Fat Boy Slim (I suppose he must be quite good at his thing, his recent gig on the beach had an audience of an estimated 250000).
What else, oh yes, the IRA nearly did that nutty old cow Margaret Thatcher when they blew up her hotel in 1984.
And it's cheaper than London to go on the piss (only just).
Last and not least, we've had a piece of "classic" literature written about the town (they like to call it a city now) in Grahame Greene's Brighton Rock (and not just the sticky minty tooth rotting crap either!) - we also have our own thugs in that until recently, the man who was reputed to be Britains worst slum landlord Mr Nicholas Van Hoogstraaten (now banged up on some kind of murder related charge)(actually, he's in a song too, you would have to surf for "Carter USM" and the tracks called Sheriff Fatman).
Any other local knowledge claims to fame?????????
p.s. I don't suppose any of you know anything about motorcycle electrics? I can't sus out what is causing the intermittent ignition fault that I get going too work, the bike (yam fj1200) runs fine until I get to about 5000 revs (85 mph) then it will momentarily loose power to the engine sometimes followed by a back fire and flames from the exhaust!
College: UCR (university of california riverside)
Job: besides college a ralphs (food store chain) courtesy clerk (bag boy)
Shoe size: 14
Pets: a cat a brother (7) and a sister (16 i think, yeah probably)
Hair: spikey and short
Turn ons: brunetts
Turn offs: guys named bob (or anything for that matter) and uh.... injustice... yeah that sounds good
Drew, I think he is referring to your new hardware setup via the kneecap Curteousy of Fin
John, I know little about your bike, but am currently building my own engine in an 83 Chevy Camaro Z28, so if you could give me a few specs on how the bike is setup (fuel injected? And such) I might be able to help a bit. That and my brother is a motorcycle supergeek, and works with an even bigger one, so I am sure I could at least figure it out via the grapevine for ya.
That's me just after boot. I got the tatoo about 2 weeks before going into boot. If it's not too clear in the photo to you, it's taz, wearing a white sailor cap (dog dish probably as you know it John) and bending an anchor. On the end of the anchor is the initial USN. Oh yeah, I am cliched` to the maxx!
Do you know that in the 4 or 5 times I have visited the US, I was always on a mission to get some of the "good stuff" i.e. the supposed excellent coffee. It was an impossible task because everyone outside the US knows that some of the best coffee is actually made (not grown) in France and Italy.
But from finegans "Boston" pic, he must have been just using the "Dunkin Donuts" cup for coffee that had been made somewhere near "three mile island" (all the coffee that I've ever had from either dunkin donuts or macdonalds for that matter has always tasted like week old cat piss).
Before I move on to the bike, a friend once had a curious language student staying with his family, the student was a Turkish industrial chemist called Ishmael. He had even brought his own "ibrik" (Turkish coffee pot) with him for his studies. He made me what can only be described as the smallest, strongest, sweetest cup of Arabic (aka Turkish) coffee, I have ever tried. I had to use super-glue for a week to keep my eyelids closed to sleep!!!!!
The bike, is a 1990 Yamaha FJ1200 (scruffy/rusty - sea air/salt) pre "ABS" normally aspirated and not fuel injected.
Thus far, I have changed the spark plugs, fitted a K&N air filter, fitted new plug caps and checked the coils with a test meter (the readings where not quite my "Haynes book of lies manual said but the readings where the same - and the man at the Yam dealer in Worthing said that should be OK) and have made the "mixture" slightly richer. I am hoping that it isn't the ignition control box (the igniter in yam speak) because that would be over 300 quid (450 to 500 $$$ US) to replace (it could also do with new exhausts but i've got round that with Clare's' dad's stick welder).
The symptoms of the fault are that when I get it up to 5k revs or about 85 mph, the momentary loss of power causes it to splutter and jerk just for a second then it comes back to normal (the battery etc is OK cos the headlight doesn't drop any brightness) with an occasional backfire/flames from the exhaust (the explosive damage to the rust of the exhaust suggests that it happens within both pipes - hence my ignition diagnosis) I am going to start checking all the connections for poor contact and verdigris but don't really know which wires to start with.
The only thing I could think of would be to go leaner rather than richer. Too much fuel could easily cause a backfire and sputter. I have beamed off an email to the Bike gurus quoting you, and will let you know as soon as I get an answer. I have linked them here, so they might respond directly.
Ok, so I hear it might be your timing if you haven't tweaked that a bit yet. Especially after increasing the fuel to run a bit richer, you'd efinitely wanna tweak the timing. Also, run a higher octane fuel, and change the filters there as well.
I would still say to tune it a bit leaner, but one of the bike gurus says it's totally timing.