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Upt'North said :-
Please say the words, sunny, warm, sun, summer as often as you darn well please. Been on a ride today to North Berwick, East Lothian.
It was sunny, passably warm and a hoot.
Ta very much my Southern Good Luck Charm.
Although I have admitted defeat after seeing the forecast and it was filled up with non Bioethanol superunleaded on the way back and will have a splash of Honda Pro Fuel Stabiliser over the weekend for the winter lay up.
Boo Hiss.

15/11/2018 18:34:42 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Ahh Bournemouth. I have passed through once or twice but I can't say as I know it well.

Winter lay up Upt'North? Wassat then? I must admit I tend to curtail my longer rides in the darkest parts of the year yet save for proper snow the bikes will be in regular use. I wonder, do I have a peculiar fetch to see my manhood shrivelled up after a long cold and/or wet ride?

Was North Berwick nice today? I haven't deeply explored that are either.
15/11/2018 22:17:20 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Yes I know I'm a wuss for parking it up. But I have no use for everyday transport and these old bent broken bones aren't fond of the cold. I've done my share over the years though, enough to know warm is king.
North Berwick. Yes it's a lovely wee Scottish coastal area. Riding from England to Scotland yesterday up the Great North Road or A1 was as pretty as the PCH, Pacific Coast Highway. I will try to post picture, if I fail I will try again later.

16/11/2018 10:12:43 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Is that The Pacific Coast Highway or North Berwick? It's hard to imagine comparing the 2 but I must remind myself that we do live in a stunningly beautiful country.
16/11/2018 16:33:17 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Firstly I apologise for the piccie as it doesn't do the area justice, but yes that's North Berwick looking out towards the Bass, an area of SSI owing to the gannet colony. So what you are looking at is the Firth of Forth, hope I've got that the right way round. I'm guessing, again, but I'd say it's about 15 miles east of Edinburgh. The phone camera doesn't show it but the North shore was also visible. I've ridden, or driven this route many times but yesterday was special, the clear November air really opened up the views. You catch views of the coast on many occasions from Berwick-upon-Tweed upto North Berwick which must be about 30 miles or so. I know I'm fortunate to have this on my doorstep. It takes about an hour to get to North Berwick. Surprisingly there were lots of bikes out too for a Thursday.
16/11/2018 18:34:46 UTC
Ross said :-
I like the look of these but don't know if they'll come to the UK. Nice low seat height and the red bike looks like it's got sensible mudguards (shock!), possibly could do with a bit more power and the build quality might be 'iffy'! ...
17/11/2018 10:49:35 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Upt'North, your image is very good so stop apologising. I've added a star to North Berwick on my google maps and I'll see if I/we can get up there to see for ourselves. Yes you are lucky. Mind you, bet it's a bit grim up there in the deepest darkest winter.

Jawa brings forth images of Eastern Bloc 2 strokes looking similar to MZs but somehow with their own (even more) quirky style, prone to breaking down yet always very easily fixed. I've not done any research but these images make me think of India buying the brand and setting out to compete with Enfield? I'd need to research. Power is fine with 27bhp matching Sharon's 250 and that's more than enough. Build quality - that will be in the hands of the manufacturers. My CBF125 was made in India and the build quality there is fine. Interesting link thanks.
17/11/2018 15:47:29 UTC
Jim said :-
East coast of Scotland is underrated sometimes. Early yesterday morning at St Andrews.

18/11/2018 07:21:35 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
That looks very early Jim. It's another splendid picture and that's a proper helmet colour.
18/11/2018 10:08:54 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Nice piccie Jim.
We are hoping to spend some time riding further North in Scotland next year.
We haven't been much further North than Perthshire for a number of years so it's about time we did. Although strangely since someone decided to name the NC500 it is less attractive. I'm told that the route around the top of Scotland is getting quite busy, it must be 20 years since I was up in Tongue and even in the summer it was very quiet.
Thanks again Jim.
18/11/2018 10:10:17 UTC
jammy said :-
Back in 2010 lived in the Scottish Borders for a year, WOW only working 3 days a week left plenty of riding time. I was inbetween Galashiels and Peebles. I used to do regular 100 mile rides in a loop south taking in Talla Water/St Marys loch/Meggit water nearly all on quite B roads/single track roads, some places I'd ride without my helmet. Somewhere in there is a Budhest temple you can stop at and look around, the roads perfect for cub speeds...It was so scenic I even did this regularly in the winter...Seem to have lost of me pics though
18/11/2018 16:34:28 UTC
Jim said :-
Thanks for the replies, folks. Ren, the helmet was the only one the Honda dealer had for my xxxl head that didn’t cost more than the bike (nearly, anyway). That said, I’m rather enjoying being conspicuous - combined with my hi-vis green jacket the effect must be startling, and there’s no harm in being seen.

Upt’North - just for interest, I passed through Wooler today on my way home from Leeds. I’ve travelled the A697 four or five times a year since 1966, first - obviously - as a passenger in my parents car, and later when visiting them. Always stop at the cafe at Millfield, it’s looking pretty quiet these days, which is a shame.

Jammy, I know the temple you’re talking about, on the Ettrick to Langholm Road. Some of the finest roads anywhere to be found in that locale - the Newcastleton to Hawick road is amazing, winding switchbacks, humpback bridges and beautiful scenery - with the added bonus of the Whitrope railway heritage centre halfway along.
18/11/2018 21:02:00 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Jammy, look familiar?
Jim, small world. The cafe doesn't do too bad during the tourist/riding season. Not unusual to see the car park full of German/Dutch GS's.

18/11/2018 23:04:25 UTC
Borsuk said :-
Can you confirm Sharon is back in the UK. You haven't left here here in Spain by any chance.
Got back home on Thursday and it has rained every day just about.
21/11/2018 09:03:52 UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Ahhh, that explains a lot. You see Sharon has been thinking and talking about Spain a lot so maybe she no longer actually needs to be physically in a place to bring the rain. Maybe her just thinking about a place is enough to cause a deluge.

If I encourage her to think about California maybe she can stop the wildfires they've been enduring recently. Hmmmmm...
21/11/2018 16:53:36 UTC
NigelS said :-
As I bought Benny (see Bike Reviews (Benelli TnT125) specifically as my winter ride and to save the floor on my Vespa GTV250 which is prone to rotting badly when exposed to salt, wet roads etc, I thought I'd better put the scoot away for the duration (and it'll save on tax and ins). For those new to PTWs (DVLA speak for 'Powered Two Wheelers' or bikes to the rest of us) there are a couple of tips here you might find useful. Firstly put a few litres of Esso Supreme into a fairly empty tank and run it at least 30 miles so that it draws through the carb/fuel injection system. I'll come back to this later. Secondly, clean the bike well, removing any mud/road filth from chrome/wheels/discs and dry it well, and lastly disconnect or remove the battery which should be bench charged once a month and the electrolyte level checked. Back to the petrol bit. All 91RON petrol in the UK is EO10 (10% bioethanol) almost all >95RON petrol is EO5 but Esso Supreme 97RON is the only petrol in the UK which is completely bioethanol free . . . unless you live in the SW (Devon, Cornwall, some of Somerset) which is served by the Fawley refinery, or the North East (Northumberland, North Yorkshire) which is served by the Middlesborough refinery because I'm afraid Esso do put EO5 or 5% bioethanol in the output of these two refineries. Every other area in the UK is free from bioethanol in Esso Supreme. The importance of this is that bioethanol a truly horrid substance, it is hygroscopic (takes up water from the atmosphere) which turns to an acid and attacks plastics and metals and which after 10 weeks sitting in your tank has degraded to such an extent that it will block small orifices (no, not them your dirty boy, the jets and other little 'oles in the carb body), it will rust any metal parts, it attacks brass and plastic (fuel lines etc). It also can coagulate into a green jelly substance that has the look and constituency of what would come out of a Gorilla's nose when he's got a bad cold and it is impossible to clean out of fuel lines and get the bike going again in the Spring. Hope someone finds that of use . . . . . More tips next week. Oh, just a quick one before I go - don't slam the car door on a grandchild's hand when collecting them from school, they squeal like hell and the other parents stare at you as though you did it on purpose.
22/11/2018 16:56:10 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Interesting and well written Nigel. Mine was Esso from Coldstream, Scottish Borders, haven't got a clue which depot that would come from. I naively thought all super unleaded was bio free, think I read it somewhere. Probably on a forum, they can't be trusted!
But I do supplement with Honda Pro Fuel Stabiliser for the winter, which I have now done. As an aside my ST runs much smoother after a couple of tanks of Super Unleaded, don't think it will be the Octane as much as the cleaning properties. Damn expensive though.
Thanks again.
23/11/2018 10:25:51 UTC
Snod said :-
Where can I find 91RON in the UK? Is it cheaper than 95RON?
23/11/2018 19:51:40 UTC
Borsuk said :-
Don't think anyone sells 91 RON in the UK any more.
23/11/2018 20:05:12 UTC
NigelS said :-
Snod, Borsuk you're right of course, I wrote the article for Mortons a few years ago before all Regular was standardised at 95RON and just did a 'cut 'n paste' but I did check recently with Esso to see if it was still the case that Supreme is E0 and this was confirmed. I'm afraid Op'tNorth the Borders Region is supplied from Middlesbrough. You can check wherever you fill up what the bioethanol content is because the supplier is required by law to have the information either at the pump or in the kiosk where customers can view it.
24/11/2018 08:38:49 UTC
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