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  1. Since I’ve been on here for over a week, I thought it was probably about time I posted something vaguely bike-related by way of introduction. My first biking experience was when I was 13 or 14, herding cows on a friend’s farm with an old 125 of some description. As much as I would have loved a bike at 17, a car was the only practical option for a gigging bass-player, so my biking career was put on hold for the next 20+ years. My wife and I actually took our tests together and spent a year or so happily tootling around on a couple of ZZR600s until I got bored by the gutlessness of the thing and switched up to a ZZR1200. I absolutely loved that bike and covered a lot of miles on it, especially after I started using it for all my European business trips. I hate the hassle of flying, and of having to rush back to the airport when the meeting you’ve been sitting in all day is just starting to get interesting. On the bike I can do as I please – just turn up at the Channel Tunnel vaguely at the booked time and pay a bit extra if I’m much too early or too late. I don’t think I’ve ever had to wait more than 45 minutes for a crossing. The furthest I’ve ever ridden in a day was on that bike - from Basel to Harrogate, which seemed like a good idea at breakfast in the hotel when I decided to see if I could get home in time for tea. By Cambridge the novelty had very much worn off, and by the time I hit Yorkshire I was properly fed up with the whole idiotic enterprise. With road closures and diversions it ended up being just shy of 1,000 miles. I hung on to the 1200 as long as was practical, but in the end it started to get too unreliable. Roadside repairs are one thing and I certainly did my fair share of those, but when bits started falling off it on the motorway I realised it had to go. The final straw was when it caught fire on the E19 around Antwerp. I’m still not quite sure what happened next. I’d hired an Electra Glide in California a couple of years earlier, and no description I gave anybody of the experience ever rose above the excremental: the engine was shit, the gearbox was shit, the brakes were shit, the handling was shit. It was like the Rickenbacker bass – iconic, but fundamentally a turd. And yet… there is something about that engine that gets under your skin. And so it was that when the mighty 1200 had to go, a faecal-brown Electra Glide is what I replaced it with. I had taken the new Fat Boy out for a spin first and liked it far better, but I didn’t fancy riding an un-faired bike across Europe on a regular basis. The first thing that struck me about it (other than the size) was just how comfortable it was - perfect for those long European trips. Sadly, the first thing that struck my wife about it was its overt homosexuality. I endured months of goading before things finally came to a head when I took it on a trip to Germany. No sooner had I got onto the A1 for the long slog south than I discovered that she had replaced everything on my iPod with The Village People. Let's just say that cruising though Mainz with ‘YMCA’ blaring out of the stereo is not exactly the most heterosexual I’ve ever felt. It also introduced me to another new experience, which was being overtaken by cars – even really crappy ones. Something clearly had to be done, so I replaced it with a K1600GT. Now that was an astonishing bike in almost every respect – silky smooth, incredibly comfortable, totally unflappable in the corners thanks to its fancy front suspension and obscenely quick – but as strange as it sounds it didn’t excite me. The ZZR and the Harley both had character – they were a more visceral experience that left you in no doubt that you were riding them, whereas the BMW was refined to the point that it felt like I was just gliding down the road on a magic carpet, completely detached from the sensation of riding. It took me a good while to realise that it wasn’t the bike for me, at which point I switched to the R1200GSA that I still have now. So, that’s my biking history in a nutshell. Well – almost. On holiday in France about ten years ago I conducted a spectacularly self-destructive experiment with the local cider and then went onto Ebay in a state of totally diminished responsibility. I awoke the next morning to a flurry of emails congratulating me on being the proud owner of a life-size Dalek, an aquarium with an assortment of mechanical fish, an industrial quantity of plastic dinosaurs, and a Honda ST1300A. I bought it as a barely-running restoration project, and after ten years it is now a non-running reminder of the dangers of Ebaying under the influence. Every now and then a couple of bike enthusiast down the road come to look at it over a mug of tea, so with any luck I’ll get shot of the damn thing before much longer…
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  2. Yes but its at least a foot and a half away from his shorter stump
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  3. This dude is really digging it
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  4. Well, that took longer than I expected! My eldest did his work experience placement in our lab last year, and we took this photograph for his journal of him working on some novel biological weapons in one of our gloveboxes. It’s taken his Placement Liaison Officer at the school a full 12 months to come back and say “Err… are you sure this was safe?” Yes, quite sure - there’s nothing that dangerous about fluorescent paint powder. Still, nice to know they're on the ball...
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  5. This is the coolest coffee cup ever ….
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  6. went for a walk with a mate and his dog this morn. Stopped off at a car show which was full of American garbage so hit the pub for a shifty and sandwich. No pics coz I made it up.
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  7. Told you i didn't want it mentioned you fucking twat... but thanks anyway
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  8. If he does a runner with it your fucked
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  9. Is it time to put you all out of your misery?
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  10. I wouldn't fancy riding on the dirt with that front tyre after the weather we've been having Bob i would describe it as gay as the tyres Pete would fit
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  12. And Rich to teach you how to ride them.
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  13. Yes for a couple of years. Found it tall but fine while riding. I was more used to a Xl250 and 500r. DRZs lots faster and lighter, but tall. Very capable and reliable if you can find a good one. When I talk about falling off that's something I'm good at, never real hurt other than pride.
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  14. Just a few pieces of my art work i have pulled from my gallery ... i will add more when opportunities arise...
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  15. Reminds me of what we used to have stuck to the fridge that the kids brought home from school.... I never went to Art School, but created this later after 1 boring history class in high school....
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  16. My stump isn't in my nether regions and it's not covered in pubes ............
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  17. I think he's playing another of his games! Not post for a few days and he's expecting people to ask where he is......like I've banned him or something. Then he turns up again like a returning war hero to save the day!
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  18. No wonder we haven't got any female members when the owner just flaunts his nether regions like he's cut his thumb or something ...............
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  19. I'm glad you are better Pete but couldn't you just have told us rather than another old man groin shot. You're a sick puppy.
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  20. So, you mugged the kebab delivery lad and now you're trying to flog his bike? Is business that slow?
    7 points
  21. Come come @Buckster - you were perfectly happy to bang on endlessly about 'science' when you were blatantly misrepresenting it to Marcel. It's only since you got your pants pulled down by a real scientist that you've gone quiet on the subject.
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  22. no news on the Audi.... another loan car for @busabeast
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  23. We did an experiment in physics which involved us kicking a football as hard as we could over a given distance to see how fast it travelled . I had the fastest speed but obviously I had two legs back then
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  24. I am getting older though, Pete. Obviously not quite as decrepit as you yet, but..............
    7 points
  25. Do you want me to move this to the jokes thread?
    7 points
  26. Maybe someone should monitor Pete's obvious closet Exhibitionism?
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  27. Stuffing it in the van basically!
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  28. There is some truly exceptional work here @Six30. Sadly, many great artists such as yourself remain undiscovered because they allow the work to speak for itself rather than dressing it up with the sort of meaningless bollocks that art collectors respond to. I've knocked this up for you, for when you submit your collection to the Tate: "My work centres on the underlying universality of our biological makeup, where the object is neither the object of objectification nor the art-object; it is an oblique parody of the futility of mortality, where the colour palette is insinuated but never leant on."
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  29. Performance is a bit different on the dirt to the road, i had a mate that was a full on racer thought he was the fastest around he used to ride R1's and Ducatis as fast as he could on the road. One day he announced he was buying a CRF450 i mentioned it might be a bit too powerful for him to learn to ride off road on as it has pretty harsh fueling and throttle response but he dismissed me and got it anyway. I was talking to him in the pub the night after he got it and he leaned over to me and said smugly it's not too fast Fred, i said where have you been on it and he had only ridden it home from blunder road in Bridgend which was about 20 miles mostly motorway. He started riding off road with a few friends of mine and after a month he sold it told me it wasn't for him wasn't what he was into. A few months after that i bumped into the friends he'd been riding with, well he hadn't told me the full story had he apparently he spent more time on the floor than riding it falling off on the flat going up hill down hill in ruts you name it he'd fallen off on it and they all took the piss out of him, but he was the kind that couldn't take a bit of banter so the one day they were out after a bit of piss taking he disappeared. They waited for him for a while and when he didn't show up they started getting worried and went looking for him, spent a couple of hours riding around the forestry but no sign of him so they went to his house to see if his missus had heard from him before they called the emergency services and the fucker was there, he got pissed off and went home sulking and that's when he sold the bike and never mentioned it again to me. It wasn't the bike that was the problem though it was him he was too pig headed to take any advise because he thought he was the best at everything. That was another episode from dead Phil's short life. Oh that 350 will have plenty of power just don't expect to be tearing around at 80mph everywhere on it, your probably looking at 50 to 60 mph as a comfortable speed but it will get there pretty quick
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  30. Think yourself lucky that Moose Boy isn't here to demonstrate the superiority of his groin!
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  31. Just been out for lesson 4 with my youngest. She is getting better, no spills, no stalls and pulled up smoothly and safely every time. She is chuffed with the progress. Kept the lesson down to 40 minutes which for her seems to be the sweet spot in terms of her concentration at the moment. Did some figures of eight both ways as well big loops but I am more chuffed with the controlled stops. Next steps will be using 2nd gear but I want her to be totally comfortable before we move on. All seems to be snails pace but it is all about confidence with this one. From my point of view I have spent quite a lot of time on the CB125F the last couple of weeks and have to say it is a thoroughly pleasant little thing to live with. Dog slow but that comes with the territory for a bike this size. It does haul our combined weights (over 20 stone) around competently and it's no chore to take her out on the thing.
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  32. the mileage on his Audi
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  33. im considering doing a thread purely containing my art work that i have done on this forum over the years... thoughts
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  34. He is the guy who cut the wires to the warning lights on your Audi.
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  35. Look mate if it is a genuine attempt at an apology I would say thanks but there is no need, we all behave like dicks now and again we all just need to smile and move on. I certainly don't hold any ill will towards you. But I have this feeling you are still playing a game, and hey ho I don't care much about that either but won't be sucked into anymore silliness.
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