New speedo cable fitted to the BMW R1100RS

My old R1100RS is just over 44,000 miles old now and I just completed fitting a new speedometer cable. I ordered it the day after (Thursday) the old one broke and the part arrived this morning from Sherlocks. The old cable broke about 30mm from the wheel end.

It is easy enough to fit, turn the key in the ignition to undo the steering lock, and use this to make access to the removal of the two side panels by the dashboard easier. There is a small screw on each side down the opening around the steering – this mounts into the top end of the fuel tank so on my bike one is spinning away the captive screw. The panels have another two long screws at the top of each panel, then they slide out. If you have slim fingers then you can get to the back of the speedo from this stage, but to make it easier I removed the two rubber mounted 10mm bolts either side of the instruments. Note the routing of the existing cable (I forgot one bit) it goes down from the back of the speedometer, goes through a wee hoop on the front mudgard then goes to the drive from the front wheel.

Undo the knurled wheel on the back of the speedometer, and undo the screw holding the clamp at the other end. Fit the new one, putting it through the wee hoop and fitting the splines around the flat drive at the wheel end. Screw the clamp in, and spin the wheel to check the other end turns. In my case it did! Then screw the other end finger tight. I spun the wheel to see if anything would happen, but it didn’t, so I’ll be leaving the proper test to tomorrow when it isn’t as windy.

Speedo cable broke on the BMW

I’ve been back at our offices this week and taking advantage of the more flexible dress code by taking my motorbike to work. All fine and dandy coming home tonight, then looked down to check my speed and the speedometer had stopped working.

Checked the cable when I got home and right enough it is broken. Not expensive or difficult to replace, just means I won’t be on the bike until I replace the cable.

Euan McGregor and Charley Boorman on the Long Way Down

I’ve been watching out for news of Messrs McGregor and Boorman heading out on their latest trip, and signed up to their emailing list. I haven’t had anything through the email, but I spotted an article on the BBC saying that they had popped in to the Veteran’s Erskine home on Sunday. That places them in Bishopton on Sunday 13th May 2007.

They have rather strange jackets on in the picture on the BBC Site, and I see no mention of the bikes they are on.

Sixteenth Ride to Advanced

Had a good run yesterday, though the weather closed down at the end it was dry for most of the run. Bob, the observer who normally accompanies me, was out on a mock test with another associate, so I went on a run with Dave.

We headed across town past longstone, near slateford, then over to Corstorphine, the Drumbrae roundabout and stopped just before the top of the hill. Then out on the A90, up the slip road before the bridge, then a short stop, before heading out to Linlithgow.

Points to work on included better observations and not getting sucked into overtakes because of a limit change. I’ve had this a couple of times where I target fixate. Watching out for getting boxed in i.e. to make progress staying out in the right hand lane if there isn’t traffic getting held up is ok. And not to bother too much about getting up to a limit on a Dual Carriageway if there is an big obvious 30 limit approaching 800 yards away.

So overtaking needs work, and keep working on the system.

Windows 2000 Track exams scheduled for 2008 Retiral

Microsoft have announced the retiral in 2008 of a batch of Microsoft Certified Professional exams. The retiral page features a list of exams to retire on 31st March 2008, mostly coming from the Windows 2000 Server MCSE and MCSA exam tracks, plus an NT4 exam for good measure.

Looking at the list pop up some old “favourites” or what I would call one-off anomalies like the rather strange Commerce Server 2000 exam (70-234) which didn’t even merit a simulation exam from Transcender, but was a credit to MCSD.

And they are retiring my recent pass, 70-215 Putting Windows 2000 Server on a box and making it work.