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1Back to top Go down   Scotland Trip Empty Scotland Trip on Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:42 pm

Dvfine

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i'm planning a trip to and around Scotland from Folkestone in Kent but wanted your thoughts on whether a 30yr old bike would be up to such a trip. I was going to get it serviced before taking the trip as I have already notched up a few thousand miles in a relatively short time.
The bike was well serviced before I owned it and had only done 43,000 miles and its runs like a Dream. The only issue with it is a clunky gear change, is this normal? There are no oil leaks and it doesn't use water.
Since I bought it I have noticed a knocking noise from the front of the bike when going over bumps, there doesn't seem to be any movement in the steering head bearing. 
On this trip we are taking small tents, has anyone here camped out around Scotland? Do you Need to find sites or can we just find a quiet spot and pitch up for the night?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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2Back to top Go down   Scotland Trip Empty Re: Scotland Trip on Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:21 pm

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Many bikes would not be up to that at 15 years but a K at 30 years, I wouldn't even hesitate and only 43000miles about 10% of its expected life.


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3Back to top Go down   Scotland Trip Empty Re: Scotland Trip on Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:52 pm

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@Dvfine wrote:Since I bought it I have noticed a knocking noise from the front of the bike when going over bumps, there doesn't seem to be any movement in the steering head bearing. 

If you have a early model (-83 -85).....these was known for a noisy fork.
The noise was from the damper valve....everytime changing direction up/down
and vice versa.

Not exactly a knocking noise.......the noise have been described as hitting a water
surface with the inside of a open hand.

It was rebuild sets available for the old forks...£££...if you can live with it
it isn't any problem.


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4Back to top Go down   Scotland Trip Empty Re: Scotland Trip on Sat Jan 10, 2015 8:06 pm

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At 9.30 pm on a day last May I had my 25yr old  K100 stripped to the flywheel. I replaced the o ring, lubed the splines, stuck it back together and left for France the next day. 

I did do an oil & filter change but not the timing chain and the oil/water pump seal as was planned (it was weeping slightly); I simply ran out of time. I rolled off the boat and we did 1800 or so kilometers in the following week without a hitch. The K will do that again and again and again.

Who knows I might even do the pump and timing for this may, time permitting of course. Very Happy


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Scotland only 8 hours up the road from kent Rolling Eyes

    

6Back to top Go down   Scotland Trip Empty Re: Scotland Trip on Mon Jan 12, 2015 12:07 am

92KK 84WW Olaf

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88KE wrote:At 9.30 pm on a day last May I had my 25yr old  K100 stripped to the flywheel. I replaced the o ring, lubed the splines, stuck it back together and left for France the next day. 

I did do an oil & filter change but not the timing chain and the oil/water pump seal as was planned (it was weeping slightly); I simply ran out of time. I rolled off the boat and we did 1800 or so kilometers in the following week without a hitch. The K will do that again and again and again.

Who knows I might even do the pump and timing for this may, time permitting of course. Very Happy

I met 88KE at 1pm the next day at Rosslare ferry port for lunch and our ferry to France. I was shocked when eventually shown the photos......A testament to the K and of course 88KEs skills.

Both bikes made the trip without missing a beat and we are off again on May 30th for another one, on the same bikes.

Condition, not age is the deciding factor. I took an 18 year old car with 153,000 miles on it for a round trip to Budapest, 3,000 miles in 8 days when all was done. It didn't let me down. But a Merc I had managed to break down twice on foreign trips at under 4 years old. A Skoda at home was towed at less than 3 years old. My advice any day is an older motor that is proven and one you know is good is a much more reliable steed.

Red the forum here, keep a good eye on the things you should do and the K will go forever. And if it doesn't there is a lot of knowledge and expertise here that's way ahead of what main dealer for a newer vehicle could offer.

Don't be afraid to travel. Come over this way, at least you know there are plenty of us around if things did go wrong.


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1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now 98,780 miles
1983 K100RS 0011171 Fricka 29,495 miles Damn K Pox Its a Bat outta Hell No 32,600 miles
    

7Back to top Go down   Scotland Trip Empty Where to stay - Lochinver on Mon Jan 12, 2015 10:34 am

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Hi

If you need a break from camping, I recommend the seaman's mission at Lochinver.

http://www.lochinvermission.org.uk/

It has been recently rebuilt with lottery money and has the best sea food in the town. The locals go there to eat. It is a BYOB restraunt.

In summer you may need to book in advance as some organisations have found it out.

A trip to Scotland is nothing for a K.  Very Happy

    

8Back to top Go down   Scotland Trip Empty Re: Scotland Trip on Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:34 pm

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Planned my trip and leaving in a weeks time. 😊
Booked a few pitches and staying one night at The Bunk House on the Isle of Skye. The bike flew through its Mot with a new Bridgestone rear tyre, I just need to change the oil tomorrow and check the water etc. I suffer sleep apnoea so bought a burglar alarm battery which fits perfectly behind the rear light, I wired it so that during the day I can charge the battery.
Got all my gear together but my concern is that my mate dropped out and I am now going on my own which makes security of my gear a bit of an issue at services on the way there and back. Any suggestions?

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9Back to top Go down   Scotland Trip Empty Re: Scotland Trip on Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:44 pm

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Don't worry. Riding a brick will make you look a bit eccentric anyway and the thieves will probably give you a wide berth in case you are carrying body parts in your luggage.
I'd be more worried about the midges if you are camping in Scotland. They are man eaters!
Relax and enjoy the trip. Motorcycling is Scotland is terrific. (when it's not raining)


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10Back to top Go down   Scotland Trip Empty Re: Scotland Trip on Sat Jun 13, 2015 12:58 am

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I use a CPAP and run it off the 24AH battery of the bike without any problems. I have run it for 3 nights without charging and it started the bike without a problem from the previous 30AH battery.


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"Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."   Dalai Lama


Bikes 1993 K1100 LT, 1998 K1100 LT, 1993 K75 RT, 1996 K75RT, 1986 K75 GS, 1979 Z1300 Kawasaki X 2 for now
    

11Back to top Go down   Scotland Trip Empty Re: Scotland Trip on Sat Jun 13, 2015 4:05 am

92KK 84WW Olaf

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I never camp without a supply of citronella candles or citronella nightlights. You also get bigger 'Zip' ones as well in a three pack in most supermarkets. A few of those lit up in the evening or when you are stopped will do the business and keep the midges at bay. Store them open inside the tent and they will keep the midges out of the tent too.

Enjoy the trip!!


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Alaska Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now 98,780 miles
1983 K100RS 0011171 Fricka 29,495 miles Damn K Pox Its a Bat outta Hell No 32,600 miles
    

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