Isle of Man Southern 100 2017 Results : Thursday 13th July 2017

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Full results from the 2017 Isle of Man Southern 100 Races – Thursday 13th July 2017 Session.  The results are formatted in the following manner :

Race No | Rider | Motorcycle | Laps Completed | Total Time | Average Speed for Race | Fastest Lap | Average Speed of Fastest Lap

For the results from Tusday 11th July 2107 Click Here

For the results from Wednesday 12th July 2017 Click Here

Souther 100 Champion Dean Harrison
Southern 100 Champion Dean Harrison

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Motorcycle Winter Protection – ACF50, FS365 or WD40

Before going any further please read the following post :

https://tbni.blog/2017/03/01/the-ultimate-motorcycle-protection-acf50-v-xcp-rust-blocker/

The above covers the ACF50 product and its current number one condenter for the title of ultimate motorcycle protectant XCP Professional Rust Blocker.

So if that post holds the ‘considered’ top two products, why then the need for this post?  Simply some people havent heard of the products above or have been fed mis-information on the use (or usefulness) of these others.

A few points from my own experience:

  1.  WD40 is brilliant, but not as a winter protection product for a motorcycle, please don’t be using it as that!
  2. FS365 is a good product for frequent use, and by frequent I mean after ever ride, which can be quite costly.
  3. Personally, I use ACF-50 and between applications or after a particularly wet ride out I then cold rinse the bike and give it a good liberal dose of FS365.  I don’t know how necessary that is or isn’t but me me it has left my bikes spotless, winter after winter.

So the this test then is ACF50 v Scott Oiler FS365 and WD40, it was carried out by F2MCLTD who have kindly allowed me to link to their original experiment and findings :

http://f2mcltd.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/winter-salt-protection-acf50-fs365-or.html

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The Ultimate Motorcycle Protection? ACF50 v XCP Rust Blocker

As I have mentioned, demonstrated (and used) I am a huge fan of ACF50 as the main protectant for my motorcycles.  I have been using it for many years and the results still impress me, and make sure any time I am asked ‘what should I use’ I can give and honestly mean a hearty recommendation to ACF50.

https://tbni.blog/2016/10/21/winter-is-coming-time-to-protect-your-motorcycle-acf50-the-answer-to-all-your-needs/

https://tbni.blog/2013/02/06/how-to-acf-50-application-video-guide/

However, like all things, products can be improved upon (or worsen with revisions), can be changed, even new products can take an undisputed crown, and for that reason it is important to stay on top of any new developments in the market and keep an eye open for anything new that is making waves.

One such product at the moment seems to be… XCP PRofessional Rust Blocker.

XCP Porfessional Rust Blocker
XCP Rust Blocker

So the big question is, ‘Is this the product to throw ACF50 of its throne?

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#NC500In2Days : FREE Pannier Message Slots Available NOW!

Last year for my #WAWIn1Week challenge I offered slots on my panniers to Companies to advertise their products / brand whilst I travelled along the length of the World’s Longest Dedicated Coastal Route in a record breaking 6 days*  The uptake was great as was the feedback!

I have decided to do the same again this year and offer out my panniers for you guys to patch your brand onto the side of my bike as it travels round the coast line of Scotland in another time limited (and in my eyes record breaking)challenge of 2 days!

So what’s the catch?  There isn’t one, however I do have to want to support your brand.  It is my decision on what I put on my boxes.  It is also free!  

All you have to do is contact me, telling me a little about your brand (a website reference will do) and if I like what your are doing / about I will contact you back.  Then you just have to get the sticker made up and sent to me.  I will add it to my panniers and boom, there you have it, free advertising for you (whilst on the trip and in the subsequent photos and videos across FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube) and awesome looking panniers for me!

Charities are also welcome.

*I don’t know if it was actually record breaking but as I haven’t heard any difference let’s just pretend it was!

2016 #NC500In2Days Pannier Message Space Availability
2016 #NC500In2Days Pannier Message Space Availability

Sticky Post : New Site Section : Motorcycling…

Like motorcycling?  You are in for a treat!

If you take a quick look up to the top of the site you will see some separate sub sections such as ‘About’, ‘Events’ and so on…

Look a little closer and you will see the latest one – ‘Motorcycling’ 

As this is such a big section of the site and let’s be honest there are some epic biking posts contained in here I decided it needed its own dedicated section.  That means the site will stay dynamic with newest posts going to the main page which won’t therefore get filled with ‘Sticky’ Posts so the new stuff keeps appearing but the epic bike stuff remains ridiculously easy to find too… WIN WIN!

Now what are you waiting for, go on click it… ‘Motorcycling.’

 

Coming Soon : The Game of Thrones Locations : Motorcycle Tour

With the pretty huge success my WAWIn1Week posts received and the great feedback that came with it I just thought I would let you know that I have another dedicated motorcycle post coming soon.

With the massive current popularity of Game of Thrones, and the fact that I live in the country where so much filming of it happens I took the opportunity this summer to follow the Northern Ireland Tourist’s Board Map of Game of Thrones Filming Locations.

From this I have put together some nice photographs of the locations themselves and then for the bike fans, some pics of these locations with my bike, combining scenery and machinery!

I will post up the Galleries in the coming weeks so please feel free to subscribe to this blog, or follow me on Twitter or Instagram (@TomBoyNI) for regular updates.

For further information on the locations themselves here is a handy link :

https://www.discovernorthernireland.com/gameofthrones/

(There are plenty of Tours in action in relation to these locations, however if an organised Tour isn’t your thing, just remember this.  Northern Ireland is in itself a small country.  Nothing is too hard to find or too far away, a good sat nav will easily take you to all of these locations, I will add specific addresses etc to each posting to make it even easier).  Half the fun is exploring yourself so don’t be afraid to take yourself, in fact I recommend it!  And even if you do get lost you are never to far away from a pub, or local shop to stop in for a coffee and some sound free local advice!)

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Game of Thrones Filming Locations – Northern Ireland

#WAWIn1Week : Wild Atlantic Way In 1 Week : Day 5 – Sligo to Letterkenny.

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Friday 31st July 2015 takes me onto the penultimate day of my Wild Atlantic Way adventure.  I mentioned previously that by Day 4 I was really enjoying myself and after a long day yesterday, and a night in a great hotel I am thinking I need to get back here and do this whole thing a whole lot more slowly.  I remember the few things that were annoying me over the first couple of days and now realise they weren’t really that annoying, just a fact of travelling on a tourist route growing in popularity.

I take a look over the map, the route taking me from Sligo to Letterkenny, and it looks like it is another long day, but then I look at the weather.  Oh dear.  This does not look too promising, there is a yellow warning for rain!  I’m going to get wet!  Also my initial and completely inaccurate distance calculations have me travelling 186 miles today.  So I’m definitely more than that!

Leaving the hotel and things are dry, however the sky is very dark, grey and ominous and it doesn’t take too long for the skies to open and boy they open!  I got wet on my journey down to the start of the WAW, and that only took me 4 hours, today I’m sure I have 10 -12 hours of it it looks like the only question will be how will the gear hold out?

WAWIn1Week – Sligo to Letterkenny – Day 5
WAWIn1Week – Sligo to Letterkenny – Day 5

Three more Signature Points to visit today (Downpatrick Head is the most Southerly Signature Point on the map, however it was visited yesterday).  Today’s points are :

  1.  Mullaghmore Head.
  2. Sliabh Liag.
  3. Fannad Head.

(The other point on the map above between Sliabh Liag and Fannad Head is Donegal Airport – a small airport with services Dublin with two daily flights.)

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#WAWIn1Week : Wild Atlantic Way In 1 Week : Day 4 – Clifden to Sligo.

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Thursday 30th July 2015 and we have safely arrived at Day 4 of the #WAWIn1Week Challenge, and at this stage of the game I am really enjoying myself.  The niggles I had over too much traffic and what can only be described as piss poor driving are still there but only so very slightly.  I am much more in tune with it, I know what to expect and to ‘get out and round’ as soon as possible and when ‘they’ are holding me up, to just relax and take in the breathtaking scenery.  All is good as we commence Day 4 and I am now finding it all going a little too quickly, when you look at the map this journey is not too far away from being completed and that’s actually a little sad.  So best get enjoying it!

Today the journey takes me from Clifton, Co. Galway to Sligo, Co. Sligo.  My panning stages have me to be believing this section of the route to be about 250 miles but if I have learnt one big thing from planning this trip is that I have always under estimated.  Normally by a good amount, Day 4 was actually closer to 300 miles, it was a long day and that was the greatest downfall of the day.

This is also the Day that instead of booking into a B&B I got a cracking deal on a hotel and stayed at the Yeats Country Hotel at Rosses Point, Sligo.  This is where the long day fell foul, this hotel is lovely and I would have loved to have factored in an earlier finish so I could have relaxed and enjoyed their facilities.  The bar looked great, there was a brilliant fitness centre and the restaurant as I was arriving was closing but the place smelled great!

I ended up with a curry chip from the only take-away in the town, a Chinese that was getting ready to close as well.  As I say that is the only disappointment and it was self made, I didn’t get enough time to enjoy this brilliant spot!

WAWIn1Week – Clifden to Sligo – Day 4
WAWIn1Week – Clifden to Sligo – Day 4

Although from the route above it looks like there are four signature points shown on this section there are again 3, the one closest to the bottom is just before Clifden and it was done the previous day (Derrigimlagh).

  1.  Killary Harbour.
  2. Keem Bay.
  3. Downpatrick Head.

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#WAWIn1Week : Wild Atlantic Way In 1 Week : Day 3– Ballybunion to Clifden.

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Wednesday 29th July 2015 and we are at Day 3 of the #WAWIn1Week. Today’s route takes me from Ballybunion, Co. Kerry to Clifden, Co. Galway. My initial planning had worked today out to be somewhere around 205 miles, however again I underestimated a bit and it clocked up at closer to 270 miles.

WAWIn1Week - Ballybunion to Clifden - Day 3
WAWIn1Week – Ballybunion to Clifden – Day 3

One thing that makes this leg a little different is that you have the option of getting on a boat, this is a good idea as it will keep you away from Limerick, which is big, busy and is going to take up a good bit of time to pass through, either of the ferries will keep you motoring on and keep you on track staying on the coast.

Wild Atlantic Way - Farewell Co. Kerry
Wild Atlantic Way – Farewell Co. Kerry

It was another long day in the saddle, with few breaks, other than at the signature points, of which there were three today, namely :

  1.  Loop Head.
  2. Cliffs of Moher.
  3. Derrigimlagh.

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Subaru Impreza (Turbo) Oil Pressure Guide :

Subaru Impreza WRX STI Oil Pressure Guide

I found this useful little guide when clearing out some junk and thought I would post it up here for ease of reference for both me and anyone else looking for such vital information :

Subaru Impreza Oil Pressures:

When first started : 5 to 5.5 bar
When warn on idle : 1 to 2 bar
When driving normal : 3 to 3.5 bar
When driving hard : 5 to 5.5 bar

Cold idle : 90 – 100 psi
Warm idle : 35 – 40 psi
Driving when warm – 1500 – 2500 : 50 – 60 psi
Driving when warm 3000+ : 80 psi
Driving when cold : 100 psi