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    Quote Originally Posted by Santa-2512 View Post
    Santa goes to Princetown,
    When is the book out?
    Bounce

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bounce View Post
    When is the book out?
    Might make it a trilogy, Princetown, Dent & TBC

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    Onto episode 6, quite enjoying it.

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    Tough Rides

    They also made a follow up - Tough Rides, India.

    Things aren't any better and they don't seem to have learnt much.

    On new Royal Enfields this time

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    I am delighted! But, all the same, on a BMW X5 to travel more convenient

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    got to episode two and now bored.

    support vehicle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnHellas View Post
    I don’t know, I wouldn’t. I was just saying bikes running don’t normally flatten their batteries, unless there’s another problem.
    yes they can ,
    try checking current draw ( with an inline shunt , shows current draw plus or minus ) almost any bike will not keep up at tickover . most bikes don't start charging til they are doing more than 2k rpm . most charging systems barely keep up in low speed traffic .

    come and drive a bike in London in rush hour , in the winter, with lights on all the time, doing lots of stop/start traffic.

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    They are patronising and annoying, but for those of us who will may never get the chance to ride outside Europe it gives an insight into RTW type travel. It’s far better than Corrie.

    I was a big fan of Charley and Ewan’s Long way round and thought Charley a bit of a PITA, I’ve since met him and changed my mind. He is one of the nice guys.

    I for one will watch these series and gain some enjoyment, well not the Grand Tour, because I suspect it’s too silly for words.
    Edited because I cannot type

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    it's worked out ok for chummie, he's a regular presenter on Discovery channel is sponsored by glasshuette watches as a brand ambassador.... gets stuff given to him for free and paid to travel about.... so all in all he's done ok...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OnHellas View Post
    Surely with the bikes running the batteries wouldn’t go flat? You can’t turn the lights off anyway.
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeS View Post
    But why leave the bikes running?
    Quote Originally Posted by OnHellas View Post
    I don’t know, I wouldn’t. I was just saying bikes running don’t normally flatten their batteries, unless there’s another problem.
    Quote Originally Posted by JJH View Post
    Bikes don’t flatten battery while running with lights on. In fact you can’t turn them Off !!! JJH
    I think batteries don't charge under low rpm such as ticking over;

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    isn't also to do with the inverter used, alternator rating and power curve produced..? the cheap shit ones are that... and the nice ones are eye watering expensive...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ymfb View Post
    It’s far better than Corrie.
    I feel your being a little disingenuous to Corrie there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snelly View Post
    I think batteries don't charge under low rpm such as ticking over;
    I had reason to check this out on my RE Himalayan and found that at idle the voltage displayed on my meter at the battery was around 14.6 volts, this of course with all the lights on.
    Switch main beam on and it dropped a shade to 14.3 volts, still charging then. Put the heated grips on and it showed around 14 volts, still charging. Put heated jacket on as well and it
    came down to about 13.8 so, still inputting charge to the battery. My 1200 TC GS is much the same in that all the load is balanced out by the alternator at idle. Just my findings that's
    all, other people may find different.

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