Speedmachine - continuously under repair

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Re: Speedmachine - continuously under repair

Postby squeaker » 9 Jul 2020, 6:01pm

belgiangoth wrote:Won't that affect the handling?
The Rapto was so 'engaging' to ride that I never really explored the effects of water (mass) damping :lol: The bottle cage was still there when I sold it in 2013, so the effect can't have been that noticeable...
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Re: Speedmachine - continuously under repair

Postby [XAP]Bob » 10 Jul 2020, 12:50pm

I never quite got to the point where I could ride the rapto no handed, but even just a finger on the tiller was generally enough. I wouldn't expect the mass of water to make a significant difference, even with some lateral "sloshing" (technical term that one).

They are, as was alluded to above, an engaging ride - I would happily ride one handed for long periods, but then I had a pair of thumb lever brakes, so could do either/both brakes with one thumb if I needed to.

One slight regret I have is not having had the opportunity to go round Silverstone on it (had to take the trike instead)
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Re: Speedmachine - continuously under repair

Postby squeaker » 10 Jul 2020, 8:14pm

Off at a tangent, but I didn't mean to diss the Rapto. Ultimately it was the wheel slip up steep wet hills that was the deciding factor to sell but, given a bigger garage, it would still be there now ;)
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Re: Speedmachine - continuously under repair

Postby belgiangoth » 16 Jul 2020, 5:29pm

Another high end fix today - the headrest is too far back and not adjustabe. I think an ICE headrest is just the thing, but at ~25% of the price I spent on the bike highly unlikely.
So in a flash of inspiration I rolled up a pair of socks to increase the depth of padding. Apparently "two rolled up socks" is exactly the requisite change.

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Re: Speedmachine - continuously under development

Postby squeaker » 17 Jul 2020, 9:06am

belgiangoth wrote:Another high end fix today - the headrest is too far back and not adjustabe. I think an ICE headrest is just the thing, but at ~25% of the price I spent on the bike highly unlikely.
So in a flash of inspiration I rolled up a pair of socks to increase the depth of padding. Apparently "two rolled up socks" is exactly the requisite change.

Clearly you have past a milestone :D

Time to change the thread title to '.....continuously under development' :lol:
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Re: Speedmachine - continuously under repair

Postby belgiangoth » 17 Jul 2020, 10:07am

I can change the topic when I have a working rear brake!
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