|Took off the side pod to replace the old exhaust mount, which has cracked.|
|Fabricated a new mount from steel and painted it. Even this one might need some bracing but I'll make another spare one and get a brace welded to that just in case. This seems strong enough for now and I'd rather be driving than waiting for a welding job to get done.|
|I also stuck some heat reflective mat to the passenger front panels as these seem to get very hot from the exhaust heat radiated onto them.|
I'm also going to cover the battery as it has signs of getting warm.
My elder brother has got his Striker running again, with a new Crossflow engine and it should be MOT'd and legally on the road later this month.
Painted a few chips on the chassis, stuck some heat reflective mat on the exposed side of the battery, put the side pod back on and went out for a quick drive.
These are my nsurance renewal quotes, based upon me as the only driver, 3000 miles limited policy, car is garaged, clean license and accident history, £200 excess, 1 years NCD (it's a third car) and I'm 41
|Adrian Flux , Tel. 08700 777888|
|Renewal was £297.77 but, they guarantee to beat any other quote and came back with £230 in the end.|
|Backford Bloor & Co. , Tel. 0151 356 8776|
|Caithness & Co. , Tel. 020 8549 8011|
|Heavy loading for bike-engined cars, hence best quote of £342.|
|Footman James , Tel. 0845 458 4356|
|Best they could do was £294 but, that includes European cover for 35 days, UK breakdown cover and a £100 excess|
|Graham Sykes , Tel. 0845 1300 231|
|They are quite specific on their on-line quote system about model and engine but don't list Yamaha R1 engine so had to phone them. They can't get below £300.|
|Performance Direct , Tel. 0870 420 3896|
|Broker that referred me to Adrian Flux and Footman James. Waste of time.|
|Sureterm , Tel. 0800 999 2030|
|Quoted £242 over the phone.|
Bought a Maplin Temperature Module . This is a -40°C to 50°C temperature display with a sensor on the end of a 3m lead.
The plan is to measure how warm the air is under the bonnet and specifically the air going into the air filter. This way I can be sure that any ducting or airbox I add will be helping to get cooler air into the engine and thus helping to increase power. More power is good
Pretty much all of the air going through the front grille passes through the radiator first. I've added vents in the sides of the bonnet to improve airflow through the engine bay but I want to know if it is worth adding an airbox and ducting.
The cost of my tax disc went up in the budget from £115 to £120. Having a 998cc engine has some advantages.
First sunny day in ages. A rather large motorbike reminded me that I'm not the quickest thing on the road. Filled up with fuel and a quick check shows I averaged nearly 26mpg over the last 120 odd miles. This is a new record and I really must try harder.