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Steve_M last won the day on April 24

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    BMW R1200GS, VFR800fi
  • Location
    Somewhere north of Hadrian’s Wall

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    DIY (retirement project is restoring a 400+ yr old farmhouse), Judo, Gardening
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  1. Getting the tank full on the GS is a trial of patience. A trait I lack… Oh, and today I had to get a puncture repaired … this short break hasn’t really gone well.
  2. I sprayed (E10) fuel all over the bike. The screen is now opaque and needs replacing.
  3. That’s a fun journey <sarcasm alert>. I lived in Norwich until 2 yrs ago, and my mum lives just outside Walsall (my daughter lives near Lichfield) so it was a fairly frequent trip for me. Look on the bright side, you don’t have to get stuck in the traffic queue at Elvedon nowadays (the A11 was all single carriageway and the A14 didn’t exist when I used to commute weekly from Solihull to Norwich!).
  4. My approach was that the rider should be a “thinking rider”. I would rarely prescribe any course of action - much better for the associate to assess. I’ve been on group rides with a number of different groups now and can say that I’m not impressed with some. The Norfolk groups, both IAM and RoSPA, have the best approach that I’ve encountered. All rides have a designated observer / tutor organising. Meeting times, location and route published in advance, groups of no more than four, with debrief stops at suitable safe locations. The debrief is a short assessment of how the ride is going and any feedback is welcomed by all. It finished as a designated cafe for refreshments.
  5. Is that the one at Old Buckingham? I recall seeing one there when I went for Two Wheel Tuesday.
  6. With my “observer” hat on, I agree with your point about not overtaking in the situation you outline, for much the same reason. I have discussed this point with other observers on observer training days and I can only think of one who disagreed with that view.
  7. Never read them. I wish there was a box to decline receipt. And they can’t even be composted.
  8. I have been a member of either IAM and RoSPA since 1992 , and have been an observer / tutor respectively. I’m pleased to hear you found it useful. The tutors are generally decent people who just want to help.
  9. I washed it. Mostly because it got a bit grubby as I meandered around Cumbria, Scottish Borders and Northumberland.
  10. Fingers crossed all is well with your lungs and the longer term effects.
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    Thanks. Some of that sounds familiar from using booking dot com for hotels - we once worried that we wouldn’t get into the hotel at Fuentes De as it only showed two rooms available. There was us and one other couple… the hotel was otherwise empty.
  12. I’ll have a look at that.
  13. Join your local IAM or RoSPA group and work towards your test (no need to take it, but the guidance you get will clarify those points).
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    Has anyone used Pitchup? I usually tour with my good lady, so hotels are the order of the day, but I’m considering taking a long weekend away soon. So I’m considering taking my tent…
  15. 1) Gardening - making a vegetable garden 2) House renovating - removing plaster off the walls 3) Dog minding for my daughter. 4) Trying to work out why I’m so knackered.
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