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  1. PASSED MY BLOODY MOD2!!!! Time to go shopping. PS. sorry for shouting, I'm just happy
    15 points
  2. OK, a couple of months ago I decided to give up off road riding. I sold my off roaders (one really good one and an old nail of a bike), plus a load of parts for it and my off road gear. Afterwards I said to the wife "the garage looks empty" So I decided to have a look around for a bike I could have a bit of fun on. I have my Tracer, which is my work horse, but I wanted something a bit sportier, something I missed after getting rid of my MT10. After much looking, and much deliberation, I found a 2016 BMW S1000RR and absolutely love it! Took it out on two test rides, read a shit load of online reviews, it's only done just under 6k miles, totally immaculate and the price was right. The ride and handling on this bike is absolutely outstanding. So, I'm now looking forward to Saturday when I pick it up. Got that "I'm getting a new bike" feeling again, yet again I find myself wishing my life away wanting Saturday to be hear quicker.....I'll post pictures when I get it and do a review once I've had it for a few months so I can make the review meaningful.
    12 points
  3. Passed my Mod 1 in the pissy rain
    11 points
  4. Our craft room/ garage is nearly finished and is now usable. It's been going on for years we had to take the roof off and the builders shafted us for thousands but it's eventually dry and has electricity. Still needs finishing off inside.
    10 points
  5. Hi Guys Please indulge me it has been a long time coming but today I was finally able to reunite all 3 of my road going girls in one place. Due to a change in personal circumstances I have waited over a year to be able to take these pics and I am like a little kid at xmas. Apart from a slightly flat battery and the Suzuki needing a jump they all run beautifully ! Cheer Ian
    10 points
  6. A man shouldn't have a motorbike after fifty! ............fifty bikes are enough for any man. (or woman)
    10 points
  7. Got my official degree results today - I did alright.
    10 points
  8. 360 days since my first Full licence lesson and passed at last. Been a long journey with a lot of hurdles but made it ! Almost doesn't seem real
    9 points
  9. Well made it to Wales! 230 miles on pretty decent quiet roads and not a bad view from the hotel
    9 points
  10. A nice long run today to the Norfolk HD Club Sportster day . I took the A14 which is one of the most boring roads imaginable so I came back on the A47 for the sake of variety . Not too many Sportsters there but it was a very pleasant afternoon . I even won a rosette for the exceptional condition of my bike .
    9 points
  11. Thank you all again. It would have been his 20th next Thursday he was looking forward to a BBQ. Rain or shine I'll be dusting mine off and make sure we have a bloody good night !
    9 points
  12. The usual Thursday night ride ended up at Scarborough so I dragged my mate to Olivers mount seen as though he has never been before Scary road to ride around so god knows what its like racing it Although when racing at least everything is going the same way
    8 points
  13. Took my Mod 1 at Gillingham this morning. Conditions was wet and lite rain. So I got started with the manual handling then onto the slalom and figure 8 (which I screwed up last time with a foot down on the second loop). All went well as the bike engine was still fairly cold so on high idle for most of it. Then onto the controlled, emergancy and avoidance stops, all went to plan with speeds for the emergancy being 51 and avoidance with 53. With that all finished I was asked to exit the test area and right up until I finished, turned the engine off and kick stand down I treated it like I was still being tested. So shoulder checks aand all the other stuff. Now just waiting for the 8th July for the Mod 2. Fish
    8 points
  14. Picked up the new bike on Saturday, Brilliant bike, awesome ride and handling .... On the road Saturday and part of Sunday, and today! .... I've got the rear wheel off, nail in the tyre .... FFS Plus having to hunt round and try to find a 34mm socket to remove the rear axle! Ended up loaning one from a local garage.
    7 points
  15. It's about time I wrote up this year's trip to Scotland . In order to cut out the really shitty part I set off from Coventry and headed north into Staffordshire via Lichfield and Uttoxeter then across to the M6 near Stone . Traffic was lighter than expected so I just droned on up past Manchester and Lancaster as far as Carnforth before peeling off to find the A6 . I stuck to the A6 right up through Kendal and Shap as far as Penrith . This was a beautiful section of road through gorgeous open countryside with hardly any traffic at all . At Penrith I nipped back onto the remainder of the M6 to get beyond Carlisle then came off again at Gretna to pick up the B7076 / B7078 . For those who don't know , this road is largely made up of remnants of the old A74 and runs parallel to the M74 all the way to Glasgow . It is not unusual to ride this entire road and only see half a dozen other vehicles . Great fun and really relaxing to ride . I made camp at my secret location between Crawford and Abington where I had a very peaceful nights sleep . Up in the morning and off again . I joined the M74 at Lesmahagow , flew through Glasgow , across the Erskine Bridge and up Loch Lomond to Tarbet where there is a great picnic area and cafe with a wide view down the Loch . Onwards to Fort William over Rannoch Moor and through Glen Coe , in the dry ! I deliberately got petrol before Fort William so that I could ride straight through without stopping at this loathsome place . I took the Road to the Isles out to Mallaig , got more petrol and doubled back to the silver sands of the Morar Estuary where I enjoyed another great night of free camping next to the beach . Day three , back to Fort William because I hadn't booked the ferry , up to Loch Ness and then another brilliant ride from Invergary to the Kyle of Lochalsh then up around Lochcarron where I enjoyed a lovely cream tea at the local golf course . The weather was absolutely glorious so I carried on over the mountains to the turn off for the notorious Bealach Na Ba pass . I wasn't going to do this but the sun was shining and the clouds were high up so I went for it . The Harley took the whole thing in its stride as if it was built for it . I pulled over into the viewing area at the summit where there was a group of bikers who seemed to be in a great hurry to leave . As soon as they had all roared off I found out why . There was a drunken Scotsman bellowing vile abuse at me . At first I thought he was having a laugh but it quickly turned really nasty . " f**k off back te England ye fat c**t and tak yer faggot bike wi ye , go awn , f**k right off noo , ye have no right coming here every f**kin' year ye bast*rds ye ! " Etc etc . Well what was I going to do ? Here I was alone at 2,000 feet with a raving lunatic . Who knows what weaponry he had in his van ? I decided to leave him to his ranting and headed down into Applecross . To be continued ......
    7 points
  16. Out all day today , warm and no rain .
    7 points
  17. Sold the CG. It's been really good for the past few years but now I've finished uni I don't need it any more. The guy said his mate was helping him with a lend of his trailer. I think he might have gone a bit overkill.
    7 points
  18. Good evening. A warm day has been spent in the garden covering the polytunnel. We finished the day on the patio, admiring our handiwork while partaking of a refreshing G&T each. Today was a good day.
    7 points
  19. This is one of my favourite pics and it just so happens to be in a lay-by. I had passed my test 5 months before this was taken. As it was new to me I would ride almost all year round at the time. It was bloody cold that day, but hey, I got a great photo.
    6 points
  20. That's only because you shit yourself when I walk in and you're busy doing something and you don't realise I'm there
    6 points
  21. PART TWO ... Putting the angry wee man behind me , I made my way down into Applecross . This road is longer and more scenic than the Bealach Na Ba with amazing views of the Isle of Skye across the water. Cup of tea at Applecross then onwards round the coast to Sheildaig .I was planning to stay at the free campsite there but it has been totally transformed into a posh fee paying site for camper vans . No worries , it was a beautiful evening so I carried on up to Gairloch . Nothing doing at the Sands campsite , totally packed out with seemingly hundreds of camper vans . Ok , onwards again . Up to Torridon , through the glorious Glen Torridon to Kinlochewe where thankfully the petrol station is now automated . Onwards a bit more to Poolewe . Poolewe is at the corner of the vast sea loch of Loch Ewe . In the last war this is where hundreds of merchant ships and escorting naval vessels assembled before setting out as arctic convoys to Russia . Time for reflection on the bravery of the hundreds of ordinary men who set out into the unknown with extraordinary determination many of whom never returned . There are still lots of concrete gun emplacements and observation posts dotted around the coast . It was getting late now with the makings of a beautiful sunset so I headed off down the southern shore of the loch and finally found an amazing camping spot . A lovely piece of bouncy ground next to a concrete pill box that even had a hard standing for the bike . A peaceful nights sleep and in the morning I was awakened by the heat of the sun on the tent . A nice coffee made from stream water while sitting on top of the pill box and watching a little boat dropping lobster pots far down below . Off again back to Poolewe for some breakfast . Sitting in a little park that overlooks the torrent where the River Ewe meets the sea , I observed that someone with a modicum of artistic talent had drawn a cock on the back of the bus shelter . It's nice to know that I'm not the only person from Coventry to have visited this pretty village . Up the coast along stunning roads to Ullapool . Ate a massive portion of the finest fish and chips from the Seaforth restaurant . Next , I headed north out of Ullapool past the site of my catastrophic crash of nearly twenty years ago . The vegetation has all changed now so I'm never able to decide exactly where or how it happened but the place still gives me an uneasy feeling . To be continued ...
    6 points
  22. it would need to be , they set off 2 years ago.
    6 points
  23. Took the Cruiser out, but not that kind - over Bowness on Windermere and Blackpool
    6 points
  24. If I had got a Desmond I might have cried. Although being such a tough guy, I've not cried since 1987 when the boy up the road nicked my micro machines. Sand or something might have come out of my tear ducts instead. I got a first.
    6 points
  25. Blue skies, scorching sun and what did we do? Dug out subsoil and wheelbarrowed several tonnes of soil into raised beds, including inside the new polytunnel. And there’s more today. Mind, the tan’s coming along nicely.
    6 points
  26. Seen on a recent visit…
    6 points
  27. Handed the nc23 over to @oldgrump who has very kindly offered to undo all the things ive done wrong and get her going again. Thank you so much you absolute legend. Getting a bit boring free wheeling it out the shed and down the drive....
    6 points
  28. Which is all you can ask for at your time of life
    6 points
  29. How are you insured ? Am sure you're policy will state that you must hold the Correct Licence for the insured vehicle . Which you currently don't so technically voiding your insurance which is worth 6 points and then your riding otherwise in accordance to a licence which can carry 3-6points . So if your licence us relatively new you have lost it already not to mention the fines . Shall i continue ?
    6 points
  30. Where are all the bikes, cracking day to be out
    5 points
  31. Some day the happiest day off your life is the day you buy your boat and the day you sell her... What a load of crap, I am sad I have lost a friend I have had for near a decade... First day I owned her she nearly killed me, she has soaked roasted me frozen me. She has reduced my partner to tears and put the biggest grin on her face I have ever seen... Now I am just miserable... There is a pin pick of light on the horizon but it seems so far away... Next weekend.....
    5 points
  32. Rode it. First time since the op. Over to Old Buckenham. Glorious ride home with everywhere glowing under the setting sun. Nice to be back on two wheels.
    5 points
  33. Me and the wife took a trip to Wales for 4 nights and as usual we had fantastic roads and fantastic scenery And to top it off awesome weather We booked pretty much last minute which meant we was pretty much struggling for accommodation! We usually head to Betwys-Y-Coed as a base then have a few ride outs from there I could not get the 4 nights I wanted so ended up settling at a place 7 miles up the road and while the hotel was OK it wasn't great for the price we was paying but beggars couldn't be choosers. We usually like a bit of a walk on a night too but we couldn't even do that as we was stuck on a main road! I was supposed to be route planning on the weekend run up to us going but the mother in law decided to do a number on herself and ended up in A&E for near enough 12 hours! so as a result I had no routes whatsoever! Not a huge problem to be honest but still I like to have some sort of plan. I quickly put a route together for going and even though it took me about 10 minutes it was a cracking route there so I re created it for the return journey Once in Wales we just toddled about on the local roads taking in the scenery with a trip up to Ponderosa and down to cardigan bay and grabbed a few tags along the way. The weather was fantastic and the road was pretty quiet too. It was also the first decent trip on the new bike with the wife so she was a little nervous! which soon passed once we got going. the bike never missed a beat and was fantastic all the way there and back and covered just over 880 miles. Although I had some power issues with the sat nav which I need to look at but its not bike related Overall it was a great trip and well overdue! we figured out that it been 2 years since we had been away due to covid Heres some pics including the tags too
    5 points
  34. Lay-bys , where’s the challenge … parking in the middle of the road is the way to go …
    5 points
  35. Couple more dogging sites err I mean laybys
    5 points
  36. It's been perfect and I even found the odd layby.................
    5 points
  37. Evening all Back from my little trip to Wales! It was a very warm ride home!!
    5 points
  38. Applecross trip 460 miles, give or take. Leaving home early (7am) hoping to arrive late evening after 12 hours ride
    5 points
  39. Off to Scotland tomorrow. All hotels booked New front tyre fitted will probably need a new back tyre when I get back. Fresh oil & filter in. Alarm set for 3am on the road by 4am weather looks ok will do circa 2000 miles over a week "You dont need an adventure bike to have an adventure"
    5 points
  40. Made a effort to stop in a layby on the moors the other evening .
    5 points
  41. Post your number right here - that'll change things.
    5 points
  42. Stripped it of it's Chinese fairings... ...and fitted OEM. It's taken many years to track down a few good condition used (and reasonably priced) panels but it looks so much better!
    5 points
  43. Just tried the first batch of this year's mead, made last year of course but conditioned for several months. A very satisfying pop when the bottle is opened and a hint of sparkle to it. It's rather wonderful, but way more powerful than I'd intended.
    5 points
  44. im on tour next week ....
    5 points
  45. Lesson #1: Not falling off the bike... Sorted. What do you reckon for lesson #2? Ripping a wheelie or getting your knee down?
    5 points
  46. This is true not many things worse than having a little dribble when you think you have finished and put your tools away
    5 points
  47. Over Lake Windermere - Knocked Wales on the head...Decided to head Norf instead. South Lakes Peninsular to Coniston - Bluebird Cafe - then on to Kirkby Lonsdale and Home. Total 210 miles.
    5 points
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