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  1. 11 points
    Just finished making this for her first birthday, it's not until August but wanted to make use of the crap winter weather.. Although the design is mostly mine, I did pinch the idea from a Canadian web site and used his method of putting it togerther but of course I had to make it as a v twin. It's made from 3 sheets of 2' X 4' plywood cut out with a router and then glued/pinned/screwed/dowelled together, the forks are made out of a bit of scrap 2" X 4".that I shaped with my router and a home made jig and the headlight is made from a wood furniture foot bought from the bay of fleas. I must say that I am quite pleased with it and hope that she will enjoy playing on it.
  2. 10 points
    About 3yrs after our last dog was put to sleep we have succumbed to the lure of another. We have rehomed this beauty from Guide dogs Scotland. Just need to get the cats onside now.
  3. 7 points
    I'm back! Ended up in Cornwall - what can I say, I like the place! I left a rainy Manchester on Friday, but the weather cleared up as I neared Birmingham. Anyway, 300 miles later and I hit Cornwall after sunset. The wind had really picked up and it was throwing it down again. Struggled in places as the wind was blowing me off course. Put it this way, I used to struggle with cross winds on my little YBR as it didn't have the weight, but after 6000 miles on the Tiger, this is the first time I found it a real issue. Anyway, because I was running behind, I really didn't fancy pitching a tent in the dark and so checked into a hotel for the night. A good opportunity to dry off my bike gear. Bright and early start on Saturday - took a scenic route to a supermarket for food supplies then made my way to the campsite. Needless to say, the campsite was incredibly lonely...! Just me in fact, plus the owners were in France. So definitely peaceful... Tent pitched (in the wind and rain), items dropped off, and I was back out again for a general ride-about. It had cleared up again at this point, so was really nice taking in some fantastic roads. Got back to my tent before darkness, which is where it got interesting. Sure you can imagine just how saturated the fields were with all the rain of late, even walking on the grass was ripping it up and showing just mud. I took it slow and made it to my tent, popped into neutral. Right foot was already on the ground. I went to put my left foot down as I needed to dig out my side stand puck and that's where it went wrong - my foot just slid on the ground and the bike reached the point of no return - uh-oh...! I couldn't support it and so had no choice but to guide it to the floor. This is the first time I've dropped a bike so went into immediate panic - my pride and joy! Anyway, off with engine (as it was still running) and then began the mental will-power to bring a 210kg bike back upright. That wasn't easy I can tell you... But I did it , and the bike fired up first time (after I remembered I had flicked the kill-switch, durr...!) However, I was so relieved to see that the bike had zero damage on it, not even a scratch - suppose thats a good thing about dropping it on soft ground! Well after that I tucked into the whiskey I'd bought in a hip flask. I had to cook in my tent as winds were reaching 30mph. One of the reasons I'd bought myself a tent with a large vestibule. Despite the weather the tent remained fully intact and I was more than warm. I'm also glad I had ear plugs to drown out the wind. Slept really well despite the elements - must have been the whiskey...! Sunday wasn't very fun at times, the gusts were just crazy and if you encountered a road running parallel with the wind it was just immense. But it's all good practice for me, so can't complain. Anyway, I made my way home this morning, left at 1.30am as this was when the winds had died down and would remain calm until much later. Pretty uneventful ride home, I wanted to make good time so just stuck to motorways and was back at my house by 6.30am. Despite the weather and my (embarrassing) drop, I really enjoyed myself! It's my intention to make the most of 2014 - with my first trip over the Channel via bike, completing an Iron Butt endurance ride, and as many UK camping trips as I can squeeze into the year. So all-in-all this was really good practice for me. It's allowing me to build up my stamina on a bike and get used to things like carrying luggage etc. I know it isn't a Yammy, but I really can't fault the Tiger. Sure, it has some niggles (don't they all), but it really does swallow up the miles whilst effortlessly carrying luggage. I even used the in-build power adaptor for the first time to charge my phone - handy thing to have on camping trips.
  4. 6 points
    So, spent the evening in Guildford hospital getting checked out after a hit-and-run on a roundabout knocked me off the bike. Thankfully it was at very low speed (<10mph) but my left shoulder/collarbone is injured - nothing broken, but damage to cartilage and ligament. The massive cunt in the black merc who caused this will be sad to hear that several witnesses saw what happened and got his/her license plate number. The police are keen to prosecute, as am I, and I believe a lawsuit on top of that may be in order.I'd like to offer huge thanks to the people who stopped and took care of me while i was prostrate on the ground, the ambulance crew who turned up in two minutes (just happened to be passing - err, thanks, Universe!), who treated me at the scene, the lovely people at the hospital, the entire NHS and police services, and lastly but by no means leastly, to my mate who was kind enough to drive all the way out to Guildford to take me home in southeast London. All-in-all, it could have been *much* worse.
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    I don't know if its because I do more pleasure riding these days rather than commuting, but I have noticed over the last couple of years that here in Surrey there seems to be a lot more vintage British bikes on the road, some of them beautifully restored. At one of my local bike haunts there are nearly always at least a couple turn up. I wasn't disappointed yesterday morning when these two showed up.
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  8. 6 points
    Cynic suggested a regular drawing for the forum, this is the first, it was promted by membership of a motorbike club I once used to go to and some of the (almost unkind/unfeeling) comments I used to hear there although it's quite funny looking back...maybe this will promt a few comments from forum members, I hope so
  9. 5 points
    Hi there peeps. The day has finally come, i have handed in my notice and in 12 months or so my military career will be at an end, it is with giddy anticipation that i prepare for life 'outside the wire'... So after (what will by then be) 8 years of employment i feel i am no longer gaining the same satisfaction with my job and employer as i once did and the time has come to cut loose Parts of it have been fun, i've been drunk in some weird and wonderful place, and on the flip-side i've found myself in some right utter shit-holes, easy come easy go i suppose. as to what i will do after, who knows?. Something engineering based almost definitely but probably not in the aviation industry, might end up living on a boat and hunting for aliens and stuff, i haven't decided yet. this has been a happy day
  10. 5 points
    I just spent the day clearing/tidying out my shed getting ready to stick the bikes back in for their winter rest. Got around to pulling apart my tool chest and fixed the runners (2 of the drawers were hanging off). Some small tinkering on my auld Speedtwin and generally feeling all is good in the world. Shed therapy......Well recommended
  11. 5 points
    The best day in the meat family for .. well years. My eldest and his wife after spending 7 days in hospital, after several years of heartace a beautiful baby girl here is me a very happy but nervious grandad as this is the first time I have had a one day old baby in my arms for over 26 years
  12. 5 points
    I googled it and here it is, very comfortable
  13. 5 points
    Well good news folks, I was successful in acquiring my Iron Butt UK membership. My certificate arrived in the post this morning!
  14. 5 points
    I got into riding after years of riding as a pillion. Then again I'm a woman so clearly it's acceptable to spread my legs for others...
  15. 5 points
    the trick id to get the same colour. Then the missus only sees a "red bike"
  16. 4 points
    You are all officially warned, CBT dispatched with a glowing report from the instructor siting words like level headed, good instincts, complemented on her riding kit. Insurance finally came via bikesure, 270quid. Bare bones 3PO policy but when they value the bike at 400quid and want a 500 quid excess on tpft for an extra 150 quid seems little point. Anyho, another lady biker is on the road.
  17. 4 points
    Just wanted to give a big thanks to the firm in Northampton that made my spacers. Fitted perfectly with my apalling draftmanship and didnt charge for fixing my 7mm cock up. Stephil (pronounced stefil) Engineering. Dunster street. Northampton 01604 630508 Old skool turners. Costs around £20/h plus material for any one off parts. 4 one off top hat spacers and some minor remachining of my sprocket carrier cost me 35quid. Real nice pair of blokes in a tiny unit that could talk the balls of a brass elephant. Reccomended.
  18. 4 points
    Spent most of yesterday evening dismantling my carbs you wouldn't believe what a job it is just to remove and get them back on the bike. After the usual removal of the tank & seat I need to take the battery the ICU & reg off, take off all the fixing bolts from the airbox then this is the good bit cos I used to struggle for over an hour to get the carbs in out until I realised I can get an extra inch space if I remove 2 bolts from the rear mudguard. So why am I telling you all this boring stuff! because as I reassembled it, I pushed one of the air box bolts in and hear the nut drop inside so l opened it up as it three screws I didn't need to touch to remove the fixing bolts and there it was a f#ckin rag, first of all I'm scratching my head thinking how the f#ck did I leave that in there, then I realized it had been sucked in from under the seat through the air intake. If only I had checked it first, I wouldn't have had to take the f#ckin carbs off! But then if the nut hadn't fell inside, around now I would be thinking I'll have to get them carbs off again, I've missed something
  19. 4 points
    LooKs like I get exactly what I deserve for Christmas. LMAO Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  21. 4 points
    there's days when you need to just shut the garage door ands walk away. No matter what you do, it not happening. As Monty would day, Always look onthe bright side of life
  22. 4 points
    You bet slice, proud as punch thats a 2010 Gladius 650 blackie the same as she took her test on, not the reason she bought it but at least its a bike she's used to. To true bipps but she must take after mrs meat, she rode bikes until the kids came alone, in fact it was mrs meat that got me back on bikes but sadly only got the chance to ride pillion with me a few times.
  23. 4 points
    Valuable tips there Bipp (and others) thanks. Fortunately the riding position on the FJ is fairly comfortable & good wind protection and at the high speeds I'm generally doing there will be no chance of boredom. It's just that the seat is fairly low for my 6ft (lower than my XJ-650) and my legs are in such a position that my toes are always on the pegs with my heels not supported. Hey, I may just stuff a thin cushion in my leathers for added comfyness Note to self : do some squats & sit-ups over the next 2 weeks to loosen the old frame a bit. Now lets hope for decent weather on the 31st.
  24. 4 points
    I just love how much more fun I have in day to day riding around. If me and my friends go somewhere and I ride, I can be leaning my pile of rust as far as I dare with the needle touching the red, and the guys who went in the car, moving at the same speed, are bored. Sometimes it pays to have a slow pile of junk bike.
  25. 4 points
    Ok, i cannot contain myself. 2x 1987 FZR750RT 2 of 500 homogation specials, One will be totally bone stock, right down to orginal grips and windshield shortly ..................the other one, not so simple, has a blown 3rd pinion and wheel gears, and they are one year only model specific. lve ridden the rider a bit, its a blast. lts the magic of my 700 quid trailer that does it. The hunt begins
  26. 4 points
    Nah, its what my old man fancied painting it at the time, the wheels were gold when he got it too? Tis all original though, except the front muddy (Actually CL175 the CB one has a cross brace each side), and the paint. Anyway I really don't like the paint on the wheels, a set of stainless spokes will do the trick there, will be asking for tips on that one, and depending on cost I would like it to be the proper gold. If I'm honest i would prefer its original blue, it really pops as a colour but with due respect to my old man, it was gifted after all I will probably go with the proper honda gold which was an option at the time with the blue and a red. Like I say rattle cans or professional depends on beer tokens. No I'm not selling, I will put a bloody sight more miles on it than he did though. So mint showroom look is not wanted, more appreciated classic like my TDR.
  27. 4 points
    Thanks for all the compliments guys and gals , they're appreciated . John are you doing the fizzy thing at Blackpool, if you are I could intercept you on route , and if bippo plays here cards right she can sit on it !!!! Not the bike though :-) .
  28. 4 points
    Had something similar with a GSXR750. Really annoying tocking sound. Turned out the previous owner had put a conker in the air box to ward off nesting spiders!
  29. 4 points
    I've added a YBR125 to the garage and am busily practicing for the Module 1 and 2 tests, This is Esme, my XVS650 Drag star trike. I'll have to upload the picture of the YBR125 to another post.
  30. 4 points
    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahaha Me too, i thought ''l wonder what classic Yam ladies look like'' , goes to show the first port of call for the male mind, LMFAO
  31. 4 points
    hi all . long time rider here sinced 1981.... first bike was a 1980 yamaha rx 125 so i guess it was the bike that changed my life as i had never ridden a motorcycle since then..... i have others listed, but currently restoring a yamaha rx 125 exactly the same as my new bike which is coming along well and hopefully should have it on club rego by XMAS ????
  32. 4 points
    Just a quick update on the FJR, through the winter it's had a bit of a spruce up, new set of exhausts new set of S/S brake lines front and rear new S/S clutch line, rebuilt the front and rear brake calipers (new seals) plus brake pads, I bought a Rear wheel hugger for it as well, didn't need it but I thought it looked the dogs. Did a full service as well, Christ the price of filters is daft on these things, fitted a front headlight protector to it as well, I thought that it might save me £600 if it protects it from a friendly rock, bought a new Chinese radiator for it from good old ebay (£150) really quite astonished how good it is compared to the original OE part which costs a staggering £600 as well plus a few other bits and bob's like fender extenders and S/S radiator protector, also fitted a new (old stock) rear MONO shock to it, again from ebay for a third of the price of a new one, taken from a French police bike which they uprate on arrival from Japan. So most of it done now just need to replace the fork seals and head stock bearings, next winter will see that sorted cos it's time to get my leg over the seat and see what's out there. A few photos to show off the shiny bit's Hope your all ready for the spring and summer madness.
  33. 4 points
    Maybe it's an age thing, or a job thing, but if I get cut up, or have a near miss or whatever, I put it behind me and concentrate on whats in front. So much easier / safer to focus on whats happening rather than dwell on what happened
  34. 4 points
    Just got the latest mag and guess who's in it? Our one and only foams going on about his dt50 well done Steve
  35. 4 points
    Well bugger me, out on sunday, found this place ,,,360mils over the weekend on DT,
  36. 4 points
    Some footage of my run on the new bike.
  37. 4 points
    Sorry but any body who sounds so much like Fozzy bear, from the muppets cannot be taken seriously
  38. 4 points
    You know you are old when ..... A Man holding a vinyl LP. Kid: What’s that? Man: It’s a record. It’s what we had before CDs. Kid: What’s a CD?
  39. 4 points
    FJR was just too good all-round, so decided to get rid and get back to basics with an old school beast. 1981 XS1100 Midnight Special. Bought her from an enthusiast who looked after her very well. I hope to do him justice, but at the same time this bike is going to get RIDDEN.
  40. 4 points
    Oh deer maybe they where going on a stag night! glad your OK meatloaf ​ love the way you got the meatloaf song in there
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  42. 4 points
    Am not sayin the Missus is an ugly monster but, she's just been next door to ask the neighbours to keep the noise down and she came back wiv 3 packets of Haribo and a set o jelly teeth...
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  45. 4 points
    Sure thing Toutsuite. One thing I'll begin by saying is that this is the nicest forum I'm on, and reading the responses to this particular thread it's nice to see that you guys think along the same line as me. Here's what I wrote on another forum, I hope it summarises my own opinion (which isn't too different from you guys). I felt the need to write this because of some of the responses I was seeing to the video... Shocking quote frankly. I don't really like to participate in discussions like this, due to too many differing opinions, and the virtual medium in which it's conducted. However... I'll begin with saying that I believe it's right the driver suffers some degree of conviction. At the end of the day, it helps sets a precedence and sends a message to others that everyone is responsible on the road. Aside from that, I've watched three different edits of this video now. This one, one that shows more of him riding prior to the accident, and one that sadly shows him ending up on the ground. All that rattles through my mind is: A. why was he going THAT fast down a road like that, and; B. would he have died if he was doing the speed limit. I know there are many other variables, which are ultimately too hard to fully establish, quantify and understand when just relying on single footage, but I can't help but think that the rider was the cause of his own death. Harsh I know, but he has as much responsibility on the road as the car driver. Granted the car driver caused the accident, but perhaps the biker could have either avoided it, or come away with injury (to whatever degree). Finally, I'll just end by saying that I feel terrible for the rider and his family, but also the car driver. I personally applaud the bikers' family decision to share this recording. For me it helps to keep me grounded. I, as most of you, will understand how easy it is to get carried away on a bike, so even if this video hammers home a message to just a handful of road users out there, me included, then I'm happy.
  46. 4 points
    Just thought you might like to see it.
  47. 4 points
    A very pleasant run to work this morning, stopped at the bottom of my road to watch the sun come up, 0440hrs and one sans bike
  48. 4 points
    Had a good run out this after noon and best fun I've had in a while, the wind whipped me out at one point but other than that it's brilliant, doctors should honestly prescribe bikes for depression it's just brilliant Took a few photos of mine and then dad's Vespa Also met some Harley guys at the coffee shop and had a good chat, gotta love bikers! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  49. 4 points
    Well done mate, have fun and stay safe If you need advice on running it in, I'm sure grouchy can help you
  50. 4 points
    Must be about 32C out there... It's not the temperature, next door's 18 year old daughter has begun topless sunbathing in her garden.
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