Trial voor klassiekers in Mons

Niet te missen: 12 & 13 november 2017

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Meer info bij de Royal Mons Auto-Moto Club

Lubricating the old Bullet 350

  1. Engine: 2,25 Lt SAE 20W50
  2. Primary drive/clutch : 0,4 Lt SAE 20W40 (use a motorbike oil suitable for “wet” clutch!)
  3. gear box:  SAE 20W50. Open the overflow plug on the back side of the gearbox and the filler plug on the topside Fill through the fill plug in the topside of the gearbox until the oil flows out of the overflow opening on the backside.
  4. Neutral finder : Grease NLGI class “00” (a jelly kind of grease to be fed into the grease nipple on the top of the gearbox (orange arrow)
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Overflow plug
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Filler plug and grease nipple

     

Buy lubricants from a known manufacturer. If you make a regular lubricant change, a standard mineral oil suits well. If you dare to go overtime with the oil exchange, use a synthetic oil.

Balade Henri – 26 Juin 2016

Une balade-moto relax de 150km à partir de Mettet pour une boucle vers le sud, la France et retour sur Mettet via Maredsous et la vallée de la Molignée.
Il n’y a pas d’arrêt programmé à Maredsous car, un dimanche, il risque d’y avoir trop de monde.

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En plus, vous devez savoir qu’il est prévus dans les 150 km de prendre une route dégradée de 3-4km entre Le Mesnil et Fépin mais le jeux en vaut la chandelle (the game is worth the candle).
 

 

 

 

Voulez-vous bien confirmer votre présence, s’il vous plait?
Henri : +32 (0) 495 21 05 68 henrifalisse@hotmail.com
Quand : dimanche 26 juin (si météo ok)  arrivez quand vous voulez,
Rendez-vous : Chez Henri: Rue Bonne espérance, 39  à 5640 Mettet (Belgique)
Café et collation du matin offerte par henri et son épouse, avant le départ
Départ:  11:00 h.
(picnic-midi à prévoir par chacun)

Oil drip stop.(English)

Gaskets in an engine are sealing by the swelling of the material.

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For static gaskets (like the o-ring on the oil filter cap), the gasket is clamped between the two surfaces. The engine oil coming in contact with the gasket makes it swell (mostly 10-15%). In this way, the gasket fits itself tightly between the surfaces to seal. (always watt a new gasket with some of the oil, so it can start swelling once assembled)

With dynamic gaskets (like at the kick-start-shaft coming out of the crankcase), it works in the same way. But here, the moving surfaces are not completely even, round or straight. The gasket needs an assured flexibility to follow the movement.

By time, the gasket material gets hard and so less flexible. The original swell might also be suppressed by subsequent compressing of the gasket (thermal expansion, pressure,…). The result is a small but steady oil leak.

Of course, to solve this problem it is clear that a new gasket has to be mounted. However stripping the engine might be time consuming and might not fit in our schedule at the moment.

You can try to save the situation by adding an additive to the engine oil: an “oil drip stop”. This product contains a so called softener. This chemical influences the hardness of polymers. It will make the gasket material flexible again. By increasing the flexibility, the gasket material will also be capable of taking up more of the oil and will swell again.

Be careful these additives are not miracle products! You can use it once. If it doesn’t solve the problem, you will have to strip the engine anyhow. Never use it twice as the product will make the polymers too “soft” and subject to extreme wear. Even if it solves the problem, consider this is only a temporarily measure.

Advice: Use an “oil drip stop” only once, for temporarily stopping an oil leak.

From Gent to De Panne

Day 1 – 4 april 2016 – From Gent to De Panne

By: Nikol Salen (English arrangement: Dirk Devreese)

Ready to go:

DSC00374Fully packed, we leave Gent with a light but wetting rainfall.

Already after about 15 km, in the village of Drongen we had to make a turn around: road works.

As you might already have experienced yourselves, the only thing a man can do in this situation is following the arrows. We end up in Bachte-Maria-Leerne. Not so bad, as the pre-ride-research learned us there is a cosy “brasserie ‘t Lusthof”. Time for a coffee. Sounds promising, but the place is closed on a Monday morning.

Although present, other coffee shops seem to be member of the same union as ‘t Lusthof: closed. Not a good start. Just hope this ride will not follow the saying: “from the frying pan into the fire”.

 

We find relief in the city of Deinze. Café ‘Gentlemen’ serves a good coffee. Funny, all those English hats on the wall…but beside the hats, there is not much “gentlemen” to experience. We look to the other side of the window. Rainfall did stop! What has been predicted becomes a reality: dry as from 11:00 h. It can’t go wrong anymore now!

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We stand before the church of Ardooie. Searching for the “star of fame” dedicated to Mathias Sercu, Belgian actor and Royal Enfield rider. Hoho, not that shiny anymore! With a big portion of goodwill and a magnifying glass, one can still discover two letters of his name. Never mind Mathias, even without this star you will shine!

A sandwich bar provides all what’s needed to still our hunger under Ardooie’s church-tower
In the afternoon, the sun comes brightening our day. The route becomes more and more beautiful.
We ride along Houthulst and have a stop in Merkem at a Royal Enfield dealer, organizer of events like Triple-M. A bit further we arrive at Driegrachten.

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Plenty of choice…but what direction to follow?

We just follow the water, simple. There is no need to make it more difficult is there?

Good choice it seems. We can follow the water till Veurne.

Adorable it is, the landscape. And quiet, the environment!

 

 

Veurne will be the last stop for today. We visit the museum dedicated to the first World War.  The folder promises: “Visit the experience-center ‘Free homeland, life behind the front line. Discover the stories about education, nursery, judgement,…during the first World War.”

We gaze on pictures of people running away from the war. It is impossible not to think about all the refugees from war-area, trying to find a life. Not that far from here, just across the border with France, today some of them are . . . in pure misery.

The end of the exhibition allows the visitor to give a comment. Nikol leaves a message on refugees: we during the World War and them . . . now.
OUT! We leave the images of horrible misery behind us. Back into our holiday!

Up to De Panne! We booked a night in advance as we were sure to sleep here. The start of our tour along the Belgian borders: “The Rim of Belgium”

After a delight shower, we go for a walk on the promenade. We have an aperitif with view on the sea, to round the day. We are ready to start our ride tomorrow.

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