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  1. After typing my bikes registration into google out of pure curiosity, I fell down the rabbit hole of Rantmachine's tribulations with it. I have to say all the hard work you've done is really paying off for me In all honesty though, I've spent around £1000 in parts and tools, majority of which in the first year of owning it fixing problems caused by neglect, but since then it's been nearly completely trouble free. The worst problem I've had is getting the swingarm pivot out, after a week of it lying down in a shed hitting it with a sledge hammer and blasting with impact wrenches I finally pulled out the angle grinder and carved the entire swingarm out piece by piece. The swingarm bearings were completely rust welded to the shaft and even out of the bike they wouldnt come apart, luckily a new swingarm and pivot on ebay with good condition bearings only cost £60 I've owned it for nearly two and a half years now and I don't think I'll be selling it any time soon (not that anyone on this forum would be interested ) A happy 11th registered owner
    9 points
  2. This weekend if the patron saint of seamen is up to the job I should be on a plane from Israel to the UK. My relief is currently in bound so looking hopeful.
    8 points
  3. Heres the latest. Never sounded so good !!! Thanks @oldgrump!!!
    7 points
  4. I used Bank transfer when I bought the Harley . I got the seller to take me to a bank . Hand over debit card , say " Please give this bloke £4,200 " Seller hands over debit card . I get a bit of paper and that's it . Well almost ..........Then the seller says in a horrible mock foreign accent so all the bank can hear " Very good , now I release your family " Great .
    7 points
  5. Cleaned up the Z500 for Bike Fest, Stamford Bridge on Saturday 10-4pm and York Vintage show at the racecourse on Sunday. Took a pic of the bike in the same spot as in Sept 1980. here they are. Bike fest is free but you have to pay to get into the York show. 1980 2021
    7 points
  6. Ha! Sitting in an airport with a beer or 3. Waiting for covid test but looking like me and a couple of guys are home free. Good beer too -Goldstar, 4.9 %
    6 points
  7. 5 points
  8. And a bloody good morning it is too! Home at last and now I just have to wait a week to reclaim my bike. Wife booked a week's holiday starting tomorrow so no chance to collect it or ride tbh.
    5 points
  9. Took a trip out with the wife to the top of the Clee Hills lovely clear day, could see across to Herefordshire and we'll into Wales, Brecon the black mountains etc. Making the best of these lovely days before autumn arrives!
    4 points
  10. My moggy came back last night with feathers hanging from its mouth. Apparently its hunting at the local pond and caught something. It's now a duck filled fatty puss
    4 points
  11. Haha, no they're pretty new tyres despite how worn they look, I think one of the previous owners left it sitting outside for a long time, I was told by the guy I bought it off that the rear brakes were completely siezed when he bought it, and a lot of the electrics were acting wonky from corrosion after I'd been driving it for a couple months. It's in pretty good shape now, glad to let you know how it's going, I always wonder what happened to things I used to own.
    4 points
  12. The update is long overdue but the bike is in the capable hands of @oldgrumpwho has been doing an amazing job. She sounds amazing now and im so freaking excited. Today it feels real that im actually going to be able to ride it in the not so distant future !!!
    4 points
  13. Well.... Its definitely blue sort of tinge. I'm now drinking gin. Scared to phone r lass. I will wait.... Worse part is. I bought the dye whilst sober, thus pre medicated. I may do time for this.
    4 points
  14. We're going on holiday in the campervan today for a week! first 2 nights are at a cider farm in Somerset
    4 points
  15. I've never understood why (even legit) people are shady about bank details. Having a sort code and account number doesn't give you access to anyone's bank, loads of customer services reps at your utility companies have your details anyway.
    4 points
  16. I bought my first bike against my dad's will. It was a 1970s kx125 when the saw it he got the hump and proceeded go get on it and start it, it shot out from between his legs...he went arse over it the bike smashed into the garden fence and he looked over at me and said " see I told you things are bloody dangerous".
    3 points
  17. The 70's were certainly different. For example you could bring a hand grenade into your physics class without getting expelled or the media going mad. It was the only time we saw the physics teacher move with any speed. The hand grenade was one of six found in a shoe box in a shed. They were handed in over the counter at the local police station. Five turned out to be live and were taken away to be blown up. A nice policeman brought the sixth one back as it was a dud. I can't see that happening today.
    3 points
  18. Will you get as far as 3rd night after a start like that.?
    3 points
  19. haaaa I googled the motorbike show camera and clicked the first result without really looking at the site name...and its this bloody place But it totally answered the question so thanks @KiwiBob
    3 points
  20. Nice bike but the dog shit brown dolly is a real show stopper.
    3 points
  21. Here you go . https://youtu.be/ch-BF2QXAQU
    2 points
  22. 2 points
  23. Ha, small trailers & light cars can call chaos - As a nipper I remember my Dad was towing our garden trailer with his Austin 1100 on the way back from the tip - unfortunately he’d forgotten to fasten the box onto the trailer after shovelling all the crap out at the tip - it chose the middle of Bromsgrove high street ( before it was pedestrianised ) on a Saturday afternoon to detach its self - I had to help my Dad get it back on, I was cringing in embarrassment in case someone I knew saw us, so it went back on bloody quickly.
    2 points
  24. Now basking in Lyne Regis. Went via a really traditional cider mill - if you like cider but are squeamish about health and safety never ever visit a cider mill when they are processing the crop!. I'm not and have a fridge full of good swag plus some Somerset Cider Brandy.
    2 points
  25. Having had bowel cancer and losing my large bowel I now have to use a colostomy bag. I am now finding it hard to get into my bike leathers due to said bag. My HG leathers are the right waist size, but they squash the bag, which sits in the abdomen area. Anyone else on here have a bag, and if so have you found leathers to accommodate the bag or another way around it? I appreciate this being a personal thing that you may not want to share on a forum so please PM me if you prefer. PS, I am OK with textiles, but do not want to have to use them all the time
    2 points
  26. I must not comment. I must not comment
    2 points
  27. The Internet assures me scooters can carry a lot more than you think but seriously a training school out there will want your money and will figure something out!!
    2 points
  28. Got my second jab at a walk in clinic in Bath. See how it goes.
    2 points
  29. Thank you it really means a lot what u have said, I have always liked bikes and now after overcoming the worst of my depression I want to actually get out and ride one and hopfully work upto a bigger bike too!! Thank you I will remember what u said
    2 points
  30. Every day is a bad day
    2 points
  31. I have just taken me mam n dad out for my dads birthday. Drank lager Come home. Dyed Grace's hair..... Lisa is at the coast. I am now worried.
    2 points
  32. Ooh has @Stu had a bad day at work? Cheers Ian
    2 points
  33. Hi all, First post here. Did my CBT the other week with a school in Morecambe (bit of a trek from mine, but weekend availability so..) Very good experience, those of us who had ridden before did most of it on 650cc bikes which made the day a bit more interesting. Good bunch of lads, would have liked to go back for the mod1/2, but will be doing those locally. MOD1 on Wednesday...
    2 points
  34. I know what you mean . I did it years ago on my first GSXR 1100 which was not the ideal bike . This was before the days when we preview everything on YouTube . In fact I'd never heard of it . I just decided to take a left turn at the bottom to see where the road went . Not only did I find myself in a white out but it was raining cats and dogs at the top and blowing a gale . At one point the rain was going up on one side of the road and down on the other . Fighting to stay on the road and stay upright , I stopped briefly to consider the options . And then in my white , howling , buffeting , rain lashed little world I burst out laughing at the sheer stupidity of my situation . I made it to Applecross in the end but it was very dicey . Applecross bay was a mass of huge grey breakers and the wind was roaring through the trees in a terrifying fashion . I spent an anxious night in a tent that was blown flat by the strongest gusts but in the morning all was calm and the sun was out . That's Scotland for you . By the way , have you read about what happened up there this year ?
    2 points
  35. Nice bit of weather to
    2 points
  36. I can be a bit slow at times . I've just realised that this idiot has put the L plate and the angling sticker right in his line of vision !
    2 points
  37. Do you have a relative in Coventry ? It was the fishing sticker that made me think of it .
    2 points
  38. Been out in N Wales this morning. Lovely weather at the moment. Bala is one of our regular stops.
    2 points
  39. I'm in the doghouse. The better half was getting ready to go out. She stood in the doorway, twirled round and said "does my bum look big in this"? All I said was "to be fair your bum would look big in an aircraft hangar"
    2 points
  40. First time I've seen this nice Triumph Thruxton at Fimber today. Just a personal thing but not keen on that fly screen.
    1 point
  41. Good on you for rolling your sleeves up and fixing it.
    1 point
  42. Nowt to feel silly about. Clear and calm head will sort all the riding tense issues. Practice deep breathing exercises before the road section and be careful what you eat and drink.
    1 point
  43. If you have access to a regular fixed address (family/friend ) that you can leave the bike at ,you can try explain to the insurance company that whilst your address may change regularly the bike will be kept at x address when not in use .see what they say/suggest
    1 point
  44. @Tiggiewon't be on till next Thurs, bigger fish to fry, @Stu how's parking in the hedge going
    1 point
  45. Can't be real BMW tools, if it was they'd have massive logos on covering the whole thing
    1 point
  46. What's orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot
    1 point
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