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Matt Mac said :-
Dear Editor,my wife has just went on a short cruise, to Scotland .She is going to see her sister in Great Harwood ,that's in you guys part of the world . When Eileen heads of I can do as I want . If I ever get the Honda taxed and I visit my sister in law I could buy you a cup of tea .

18/10/2017 20:49:39 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Great Harwood? I knew it well. When I were but a young pup I used to live on Harwood Road in Rishton, the road lead to Great Harwood.

Great Harwood is about 3/4 hours ride from my place. I don't know of any cafes in Harwood but around 10 miles from there is Winfields of Haslingden. It's a shoe/camping/nick nacks shop with a cafe filled with vintage motorcycles.

Be good to meet up and have a brew.
19/10/2017 09:54:56 UTC
Matt Mac said :-
Dear Editor, Hi all, just got the tax and book back for the little Innova,so hopefully get some use out of it at long last.My wife and I have visited a fair few towns and villages in around Yorkshire and Lancashire,great scenery. Kindest regards to all .
02/11/2017 19:32:39 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Enjoy your riding Matt Mac. Don't you go terrorising the locals with your wheelies and burnouts!
03/11/2017 09:31:08 UTC
Borsuk said :-
Ren. You can dine at my table anytime your passing and I'm home or in the UK, herself has a place near Wrexham we have been overhauling. You can wear a tuxedo if you insist but seems a bit much for bacon rolls and a pot of tea if you ask me.

Is the tuxedo part of the uniform of a tent slave. Does Sharon have you dressed up to pass her a mug of tea in a properly sophisticated manner.
09/11/2017 23:19:18 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Sharon insists on a butler outfit with no ass in the pants. She's strange like that. One must also address her correctly - either "Your Ladyship" or "Ma'am".
10/11/2017 20:19:21 UTC
Sharon said :-
WHAT!!! I wish to make it clear I have no clue what you Ren are talking about. I like slaves in combats and a vest. Something maybe to do with loving Miss Siagon at the theatre or my youthful heavy metal days.
22/11/2017 22:42:36 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Small bikes for adventure?

I thought you lot would like this (link below). A lot of sense however I would cavil at his use of the term "small" to refer to 650cc bikes!

Some of his other videos look interesting although I wish he'd stop pointing his finger.....

www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsO1L5VujfA ...
24/11/2017 12:39:48 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I've come across this chap in the past. I agree with most of his thinking but I find it hard to listen to him for a long time, something about his delivery style.

Yeah, small 600-650! Relative to a 1200 maybe but relative to a 125 it's huge! My personal gut feeling is 250 is the ideal capacity, I suspect that might be due to me running a 125 and a 500 at this moment in time.
26/11/2017 07:51:11 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
I agree if I was into "real" adventure touring a 250 would give everything you need. Even an MZ if you're that way inclined.

And I think we've discussed the bloke who does mammoth trips on a C90 before.
26/11/2017 10:43:58 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
It seems these days that mammoth touring on a C90 is de rigueur. In typical human fashion we've swung from the sublime to the ridiculous, C90s are fetching top dollar these days too.

It's getting a bit parky out there these days. Frost and even ice on the roads are making for a treacherous ride to work in the mornings. Thankfully tomorrow I will be walking to a customer's place.

30/11/2017 17:39:13 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Ice this morning. I think I'll do some website work while it thaws out a little.
01/12/2017 10:37:41 UTC
Borsuk said :-
I was worried about ice here at work this morning as the temperature had dropped down to 22°c during the night, fortunately there was nothing to worry about.

I know. I am evil.
02/12/2017 20:20:39 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Yeah that's great that Borsuk. 22 degrees huh, how awful, I bet you had to break out a jumper.

Meanwhile here in blighty the conditions have returned to dull, grey and slightly wet. Normal service has been resumed.
05/12/2017 13:14:55 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Snow this weekend apparently. Hopefully nothing too serious but it could rather mess with my plans. Despite years of motorcycling I still haven't worked out how to ride on snow while the bike is fitted with regular road tyres.
06/12/2017 12:18:03 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Always managed with TT1000s on the Commando even during the winter of 1980-81. I have to admit it was scary going downhill being tailgated by a 10 ton truck however.
07/12/2017 10:19:59 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
That of course should be TT100s.......
07/12/2017 10:20:22 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
If I can barely walk on the footpaths I figure I'll struggle on an icy road.
11/12/2017 07:17:37 UTC
Ted said :-
My old mate Phil reckons that although this might be a bit heavy, and seriously under powered (He don't pedal that fast)

This could be his next winter bike.

11/12/2017 07:59:20 UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Snow, especially when it's fresh isn't too much of a problem until it gets packed under the mudguards and stops the wheels rotating. But black ice is definitely the time to leave the bike in the garage.

Again on the Commando in that same winter: a sudden frost after rain had washed the salt away left the road surface like glass. Came to a pelican crossing which turned red as I was approaching and the merest touch on the brakes had me & the Norton sliding along gracefully. I couldn't actually stand up and had to crawl into the gutter where a couple of kind souls helped me and the bike up so I could gingerly continue on my way home.

At the time (in fact for about 10 years) I had no alternative form of transport and if I hadn't made it to work I'd have been sacked.

The next week I bought a cheap Yamaha DT125 which was much better for the conditions.
11/12/2017 10:25:06 UTC

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