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  1. Just a short 40 miles ride as I needed to be back home by 11.00 am. So the first thing I needed to get used to was riding a bike with a 19'' front wheel again, once I got used to that it was plain sailing. It has decent power for an air-cooled 803cc twin, brakes are adequate, suspension is firm without being harsh and the handling is sublime. I'd heard about problems finding neutral but I didn't have any great problem, the bars are a bit of a reach so I've pulled them back slightly and I may add a one inch riser. It must have been re-mapped by the previous owner to match the Leo Vince silencer (cat is gone) but fuckmine is it loud Anyway, I did a variety of roads and a very short bit of motorway and I like it. It has attitude (definitely isn't boring) and It's drop dead gorgeous imo. and a coffee at the Portishead marina on the way home ..........
    10 points
  2. Now bear in mind I'm no journo like Mawsley, and I have zero mechanical knowledge.....so all I can go on is how I felt on it. First off, just because it's only 500CC it's quite capable of picking up a bit of pace when you get the revs up. If anybody gets left behind on one of these under normal riding environments it ain't down to the bike. There's no power band, the power delivery is very linear......and it pulls well even from a standing start. It's physically small, and feels lighter than the 650GS even though it's a couple of kgs heavier. Like @Tango said, I'm not too convinced with these Dunlop tyres. They seem a bit vague to me and the turn in seems to be slow. They'll be replaced with Tourance when their time's up. Brakes are decent enough, suspension is fine, and it's very comfortable. Perfect fit for me really. Now the engine......it's fucking brilliant. I've never known such a smooth and quiet engine.....it just sort of burbles away and I never encountered any vibration. And the clutch and gearbox is even better! Apparently it's got a slipper clutch and there's literally no effort needed on the clutch lever. You don't even feel any jerk or loss of momentum as you switch between gears either. It's incredible. But it ain't for everybody! If you're used to big bikes with a lot of grunt then this is not for you. For the riding I do, and the roads I ride on it's perfect. And I also did a few miles at 120kph and it was showing around 5750 revs. It was no struggle, and I've no doubt that it could maintain it all day. No vibration and no buffeting from the screen either. Apparently they're amazing on fuel as well.....but I'll find that out as time goes on. To sum up, and as you can probably tell.....I think this bike is superb. It's far exceeded my expectations. By a very long way! Here's a short vid and a couple of pics in a few different riding environments!
    10 points
  3. One of our frogs visiting King Louie in his plant pot this morning
    9 points
  4. Went to the medieval city of Carcassonne today for a visit. On the way round we passed the arena where bands are playing at the music festival there. I sent a photo of the arena to my eldest son and told him that Deep Purple are playing there tomorrow night. I couldn't get tickets. He messaged me back asking if we were still there, but we're back home now. He spoke to a good friend (ex-girlfriend) who is Don Airey's granddaughter and she said that she could have got us backstage passes and side of stage seats for the gig, but they are actually playing tonight!! So, there was no way that we could get back there in time! Gutted!!
    9 points
  5. The view from site as I left for the Hotel last night Looking out over the Irish sea
    9 points
  6. The epic ride with refurbished shocks will happen, I ran into a problem last weekend with draining one of the shocks but after a major feat of engineering involving a guitar string and my Mityvac I got it done. I’m hoping to get a bank loan so I can fill the tank and escape this puerile existence, Sunday looks so I will be heading off after church.
    9 points
  7. It´ll be similar to this
    9 points
  8. This is better than varnishing doors. Nice sea breeze here. Stopped one short of the turning. Meant to be down there Found the only sliver of shade I could, can’t imagine battery bikes like being fried in the sun. It’s a bit steep, didn’t cross my mind I’d need a handbrake, couldn’t find it, hopefully it still be upright when I get back to it Way too hot for a cup of tea. Nice icey drink and a view of the Brizzle channel and the Severn crossing. Now just need to waste enough time that theres no point starting on varnishing, question is will there be enough charge for that?
    8 points
  9. Flint Castle before I left work for the hotel tonight
    8 points
  10. How about a photo someone took of me today
    8 points
  11. A little rough play with Costa, followed by chilling with a glass of wine outside don’t know if I’ll ride on the weekend, but I will for sure go on a few days on the bike not long from now, maybe next weekend.
    8 points
  12. I had a free pass today and the weather was looking ok so a chance to get out on the Sled for a decent ride. I wasn't really feeling fit enough to go yomping up hills to look at the reamains of castle's or towers but while perusing a map online last night I noticed a Donkey Sanctuary in Devon. So, off we got at 08.00 am and down through Cheddar Gorge before the hordes decsend........... Arty farty shot of my new lid, and no @Buckster it doesn't signify wanker, the 'W' is for Wobert Down across the levels in glorious sunshine and a quick stop for a coffee by the river Isle near Muchelney Abbey............. Now there was a lot of guessing on todays route as I haven't set up a GPS on the Sled yet so it was more a case of 'follow your nose'. Anyway I found the sanctuary and big bonus it was free to get in............ Donkey's were smoothed and gawped at for the next hour before it got to hot to stay outside in heavy biking gear................ So I went inside to their excellent resturant and had a Caeser salad and possibly the best chocolate milkshake I've ever tasted. I started the journey back home but around the Baltonsborough triangle I realised why I love a good GPS as I managed to spend 45 minutes going around in a big circle. I realised this when I passed the same parked car twice as it had a big 'for sale £2200' sign on it which made me think 'in your fucking dreams' Anyway, normal service was resumed when I found my way back to the A37 and one last coffee stop at one of my favourite trails............... #
    8 points
  13. I asked my daughter to pass me the telephone directory. She laughed at me, said i was a dinosaur and handed me her I-phone. well the spider’s dead but the I-phone’s fucked and my daughter is furious.
    8 points
  14. Off I went in the searing heat for run north in search of cooler climes, I headed over the Forth road bridge into the Kingdom of Fife and onto Perth and across to Dundee and headed towards Aberdeen before cutting across to Montrose and picking up the coast road North, my first stop was at Dunnottar Castle after 122 miles of riding, just south of Stonehaven, they do a good Aberdeen Angus burger and chips here for a reasonable £7 so it was my planned lunch stop. They also have dedicated motorcycle parking. I was going to head up to the monument and sacrifice a sheep but it is Aberdeenshire so non of the sheep are virgins and I had more places to see. I then headed North then west towards the Cairngorms and the National Park. Continuing my journey I stopped off at Balmoral for a break and a cigar, the estate was closed as it was after 5pm so I gave that a miss. While I was there another Harley turned up, a Sportster 883 ridden by a female naturally, all the way from Lincolnshire. I then headed off to make my way home past various villages and mountains and even ski lifts and through the most dramatic countryside you could imagine. I even found a special “friend” for Pete. By the time I got home I had covered 294 miles. The refurbished shocks performed very well and I played around with the air pressure, running them a lot lower than previously and will reduce them a little more on the next ride.
    8 points
  15. She’s in the van
    8 points
  16. Ahead of the game there……..it’s a thing of beauty
    8 points
  17. He will have to change his name to @Plumbbob..
    8 points
  18. Dropped the z750 at the dealers in Alicante to have the tank issue sorted and took the opportunity for a bit of grub and a couple of beers whilst waiting for my chauffeur.
    8 points
  19. In perce Quebec... Gaspe..
    8 points
  20. She’s done, all clean and ready to go. I have to say that it’s a pleasure working on a bike that hasn’t been ploughing through shit and mud
    8 points
  21. Show us the bike Pete... You fucking cunt...
    8 points
  22. Ive read the bylaws and section 6.11.7 states that if an outstanding candidate is identified prior to the official voting period the current MOTY may bestow said crown on the individual when they see fit. Ive had a look a Marcel and Im happy.. to pass the crown onto Clive immediately.
    7 points
  23. Post the fucken video you cunt...
    7 points
  24. I wrote something touching and nice but it disappeared when a notification of another replay came up and I clicked it without thinking, so it's gone forever. I hold you responsible for that!! But the highlights were that:- I gave up pets early on in life because of having a few put to sleep and not wanting to do that any more. Being present as moral support when an old very sick cat was being put to sleep a year or so ago, I couldn't wish for a better way to go, going slowly to sleep whilst being stroked and talked to lovingly. If only humans could have that. The vet looked as upset as the owner, you forget that most are in the trade because they are animal lovers as well. You've done your best by them, no one could ask for more.
    7 points
  25. Spending the weekend at a small lake. My favourite time is first thing in the morning when the mist is floating across it.
    7 points
  26. Sure stand still…..always happy to help…
    7 points
  27. 7 points
  28. I had to survey some abandoned shit in work today so Just for you Pete i took a video
    7 points
  29. I just realised when i left school at 16 i was 135 pounds fit and healthy always outdoors walking and cycling then i had a motorcycle and discovered booze soared to 231 pounds almost doubled my weight fucking motorbikes and booze less than that now though but need to get lower and it ain't going to happen if i keep eating this tub of Carte DOR choc chip mint ice cream i have in my hand right now
    7 points
  30. One called it a 'hairdryer " ...I mean, come on, what use do I have for a hairdryer
    7 points
  31. Yes everyone except Pete, he's really sick in the head keeps on posting his photo of his m***e (not allowed to say the word in case it brings on another attack) hes left them all over the forum like land mines so watch where your stepping
    7 points
  32. Dady seagull doing a flyby as i got close to his rock.
    7 points
  33. Just had a call telling me to stop driving my car immediately cos the brakes may fail! This is the third vehicle I've had with brake problems recently. The Mutts rear brake is seized so it failed it MOT. The Himalayan had to have a new rear brake cylinder which I feckin paid to have done and then got a recall letter for it the day after where it would have been fixed for free. Must be serious cos they're coming here to do the inspection and will have it recovered to the garage if its faulty! Does anyone have any relatives they'd like topping? I can come over and touch their vehicle, some imminent brake failure will follow...
    7 points
  34. But if he goes anywhere near a building site he'll be used and abused to make sure everything is true and level, could be funny to watch though
    7 points
  35. Bob, Reading your balance thingy on another thread. I fall over backwards if I look up at tall buildings for too long, an age thing I reckon. Same with riding the bike, some days I have excellent balance and other days I can do nothing right. Anyway, screw a little plastic spirit level on to one of you legs, I think you know which one, you've always struck me as the sensible sort. Now you'll always know by looking down if you're leaning to one side without having to rely on your own in built balance.
    7 points
  36. It's worse for you coming from a country that is arctic in the winter and floods in the summer. Wasn't it that Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert who said he had to drive to Bristol to buy sunglasses for his holiday?
    7 points
  37. I rode out on Saturday lunchtime to join a minibus full of people going to an open air music thing and then I rode home again last night just before it got dark. I left the main road due to a combine harvester doing 10 mph and taking up the whole road and took to the back narrow lanes near my house to get ahead of it. I was just coming up to a 3 way junction when what I initially I thought was a small deer was running across the road ahead. Then I saw the ears! Jesus, how big do hares get????? I've only ever seen them as a distance in the middle of ploughed fields before where there is nothing to scale them against.
    7 points
  38. Had a walk into hay on wye today along the river wye in scorching heat also took a walk around the castle which was free I couldn’t believe it they normally charge you to look at crumbling stones, ended up walking about 7 miles bloody feet are killing me now so chilling out with a few beers Just looking through my photos and I must have been well oiled last night as there were loads photos of me trying to get a photo of the moon I don’t remember taking only one sort of came out ok
    7 points
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