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Snow snow, quick quick, snow!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Pictures' started by Steve T, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. Steve T

    Steve T Well-Known Member

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    I was out towards Tomintoul with work during the week and the Cairngorms were white with a decent first winter blanket of snow, so thats where I was headed, seeing as Fridays now belong to me and not the man!

    Big Bird & the Alp have both been SORN’d, Big Bird for the winter and the Alp for just a month whilst I give it a little bit of TLC. So now the F8GS gets to come out to play.

    Scenic route along the banks of the Spey towards Grantown, then Lecht bound and into the ever lowering clouds. Had planned to brew up around here, but the clouds were kinda wet, so just took a photie and moved on . . .
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    The low clouds obscured any chance of a scenic snowy scene being captured . . . but even without the clouds I'd have lucked out - all the snow had gone! So off on a tangent I headed :D

    Wandered a little way up this track the other month, but today, seeing as I was on a K60 Scout shod bike, I thought I’d venture a bit further up the hill

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    It went downhill after this point at quite an angle . . .

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    Didn’t get the kettle on till I got home, some 100+ miles later. Chilly on the pinkies, slippery under the tyres, but still a great way to spend a Friday morning :rolleyes: :) :D

    Steve T

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    Nice one Steve. Looks ace. My Friday was spent out beating up in the hills of Bowland in miserable drizzle. Not nice and no snow thank god.

    Picking the MG up tomorrow after the rugby. Just a change of breather in the bevel drive I believe.
     
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    Steve T Well-Known Member

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    Is that all the problem was, a blocked breather?

    Simple fix - I like simple :rolleyes:

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    It seems to be down to the Bevel Drive box being slightly overfilled at the factory. MG have also apparently reduced the refill volume from 180ml to 160ml. There have also been reports of a seal failing as well. The Bevel Drive is shared across a few MGs where the breather problem is not unknown. Time will tell.
     
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    On Big Blocks, if you add more than three litres to the engine they will eject the excess. In the early days of the Eldorado the drive box level hole was too low which led to some failures and the company had to adjust its position. It seems that they do some of this stuff by trial and error (sometimes the latter). Always stay below any upper fill marks - they don't like too much.
     
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    Just got back home after a filthy wet misty murky ride across the Yorkshire Dales. The bike is filthy, I am filthy and heated handgrips are the next accessory going on the bike.

    The dealers replaced the breather valve in the bevel box as apparently it is prone to sticking in the open position. A service update has been issued by MG to the dealers to ensure the ball bearing and spring that make up the valve move freely on PDI, at first service and each subsequent service. That combined with a slightly too full bevel box is what causes it. The guy at Teasdales was very confident it is sorted now.

    According to the manual Oil level in the bevel box is to the threads on the fill hole. It could well be this is too much hence the advice to refill with 160ml.
     
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    Went ot this morning and eventually found a little snow up on the Cairngorms, after a little visit to Grantown . . .

    River Spey at Grantown
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    The Cairngorms with a little snow just visible to the right of the bike
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    The old bridge over the river Avon near Tomintoul
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    Bridge of Avon Brew
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    Steve T

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