So I have recently become the happy owner of a shiny new Piaggio BV 350 (Beverly) scooter. She is an absolute JOY to ride, but will cover more of that in a future post.
For the time being we are here do discuss petrol. As I am planning a trip through country NSW and country Victoria here in Australia in a few months, I have been researching what petrol I am likely to have access to. Unfortunately however, for the Australian BV 350s, the manual only specifies 95 RON/octane (premium) petrol, which is often not available in country towns.
Therefore I had to contact the local importer for a bit more detail. I thought I would share what they have said so that hopefully it may help others figure out their options when they are unable to source 95 RON petrol.
Thanks for your message. 95 RON is the recommended minimum octane rating. Most fuels identified as “premium” are 95 RON and are widely available. Higher grades such as any 98 RON Vpower / Ultimate / Vortex etc. are perfectly fine and fuel with some ethanol is even acceptable provided it has no more than 10%. You can use 91 RON if that’s all there is provided the bike is not too heavily loaded, however you should top up with premium as soon as it’s available. Prolonged use of fuel with an octane rating below the recommended level can damage the engine, particular in hot conditions, and/or when the engine load is high.
Also remember to check your coolant and oil level regularly when travelling long distances. The oil level check must be made with the bike on the centre stand after the engine has been stopped for 5-10 minutes. The correct level is seen when the stick is screwed all the way in. Do not over-fill. The level must be between the upper and lower marks on the stick.
So 🙂 I hope this helps someone else out, obviously if you are international I would always recommend you check with your local importer *JUST* to be safe (haha have to cover myself there).
Protecting yourself against Australia’s new data retention laws
Personally, I think this is bollux. I do not do anything illegal on the internet, but letting people trawl through what I do… is not something that I think any Australian citizen should ever have to worry about.
Therefore, if you haven’t got yourself a VPN as of yet… it is high time you do. I have done a review on my personal favourite Torguard. I have asked the team if they would be willing to give me a coupon to share given the current state of play, and they have agreed… so for a limited time you can get 20% off any Torguard plan by heading over to Torguard and using the following coupon “AnonymousVPN”. #youAreWelcome!
There are a few others around Australia that offer Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane servers (the closer a server is to you, the less likely you are to see an impact to your speed, so this is a vast improvement over connecting to a US server for example). However from what I have experienced, Torguard has exceptional support, is willing to go the extra mile, has more servers than you can poke a stick at ANDDD most importantly… doesn’t STORE…. LOGS!!!
+1 to technology for getting around laws that invade our privacy!
@StuartCRyan I started using @TorGuard earlier this year – nothing but respect and good things to say about the service.
Last Updated: October 3, 2015 10:00 AM (latest updates at the bottom of this article, it looks like it may now be resolved)
Since shortly after the release of the iPhone 6s a number of Telstra customers have been experiencing widespread issues with downloading anything from the Apple network (including Apple Music, App Stores etc) both on mobile and home broadband connections.
Thus far, we have not seen any formal recognition or ownership of the issue from Telstra (especially surrounding internal communications outlining the issue), it does appear that at least some members of the social media team know about it now, therefore I have put together the following video to ACTUALLY demonstrate the issue. Over the last four days however, some Telstra reps were responding that there may be an issue, while others seemed to have no idea.
If you want to get around the issue, some people have had success with changing DNS servers, but the most reliable way I have found is to use a VPN provider, TorGuard is my favourite (as they have Australian servers which are a lot faster for us Aussies). You can read my review on them here if you are so inclined.
Parameters of the experiment:
Connect to Telstra Network (proven with IP address, showing WiFi disconnected, showing that app greater than 100MB will not download.
Showed SpeedTest demonstrating true available connection speed.
Demonstrated attempt to download on 4G (extremely slow for 22MB download)
UPDATE, 11.38am: A Telstra spokesperson has issued Fairfax Media with the following statement: “We’re aware some customers may be experiencing slow service when using mobile devices to download or update apps, or stream music. We’re investigating the issue and we will provide an update as soon as we have more information to share with you.”
A Telstra spokesperson has issued Fairfax Media with an updated statement: “We are experiencing issues with an undersea cable connecting Australia with Singapore. As a result, some customers are experiencing slow service when using mobile devices to download or update apps, or stream music from some providers. “We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible, including utilising alternative paths while repairs are undertaken. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and as soon as we have an update on the current situation we will let our customers know.”
Update October 2, 2015 3:29 PM
I have seen evidence (unconfirmed by Telstra) that potentially this is due to a SeaMeWe-3 cut:
“We are experiencing issues with an undersea cable connecting Australia with Singapore. As a result, some customers are experiencing slow service when using mobile devices to download or update apps or stream music from some providers,” a Telstra spokesperson told ZDNet in a statement.
“We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible, including utilising alternative paths while repairs are undertaken. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and as soon as we have an update on the current situation we will let our customers know.”
Still no ETA till resolution tho *sigh*
Update October 2, 2015 8:32 PM
It looks like we have some progress people 🙂 tweet me on @StuartCRyan if you find you are still having issues:
Update: At 5:55 pm on a Friday afternoon, Telstra e-mailed The Register to say: “Arrangements have been made to re-route traffic away from the affected subsea cable and as a result the immediate issues impacting customers have been addressed. We will continue to work to ensure the impact does not return. We thank our customers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused.” ®