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Steep hills and hardy grasses on a narrow lane at The Mull Of Kintyre

It's summertime now and the rain has gotten warmer. Where are you planning to explore then huh?

What's New?

Accidents Happen Part 3 Pocketpete is heading in the right direction after his motorcycle crash, but it is still far from plain sailing.
Envy Screen Extender Sharon's wind issues are improving with the aid of the new screen. Thing is she's suffering from turbulence instead. Can Cap'n Bodgit n Scarper help?
Z250SL Tank Rubber Issue Sharon has a wobbly tank. It's an easy fix but the reason behind the problem is a curious mystery.
Effective Average Speed Cameras Average Speed Cameras are spreading. Ren thinks they're doing what they're meant to do too.
Sharon's Shed Sharon has a shiny new shed. But why! It's time for a tale of love, tragedy, pain and survival.
Reaction Tester Ren's really simple reaction tester. Is age catching you up or are you still as sharp as a yoof?
Fruitless Overtaking Is persistent overtaking the only way to make good progress or just an unnecessary additional hassle that offers very little gain?
Puig Screen For Kawasaki Z250SL Review Sharon has been suffering from wind. Hopefully Puig has a screen that can help. But will it be pretty as well as purposeful?
A long Way Up for a Tartan Sausage Upt'North has the regrettable task of riding around the Scottish Highlands in glorious sunshine and having to eat sausages. It's a dirty job but someone has to do it.
Summer Holidays Commuting Bliss Even the curmudgeon that is Ren has unwittingly enjoyed a brief moment of the summer holidays. Is there hope or is this just a hiatus?
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Latest Posts

Benelli TnT125 Owner's Review said :-

21/9/2019 10:13:07 PM UTC
Benelli TnT125 Owner's Review said :-

21/9/2019 10:12:38 PM UTC
Accidents Happen Part 3 Ross said :-
Hey...I resemble that comment!

Glad to see things seem to be going in the right direction for you, Pete!
21/9/2019 9:03:55 PM UTC
CCM Spitfire First Look Peter A said :-
I had to wait but it rides even better than it looks. Not subtle and after the stage 1 tune, that single punches the 145kg sky wards with a wiff of gas. Its like a full on super moto and can embarrass sports bikes on tight roads. Ccm make off race bikes, it shows. I am riding this more than my Daytona, i get the giggles at a lower speed. Sound, feather weight handling, does not matter what fashion victims think, ride it and giggle. Park it and look at the attention to detail, then ride it more. Down side is i got 1400 miles and needed a new rear tyre. Love it, its the antidote to electronics and 200bhp egos. Not for those wanting a gentle ride though.
20/9/2019 7:39:40 PM UTC
Accidents Happen Part 3 Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Dirty old men.
20/9/2019 8:53:38 AM UTC
Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
They are good chaps. Purchased an NTV650 Revere from them years and years ago and as my friend used to live nearby he dealt with them a lot. Mind you, I think Richmond is a nicer area than Radcliffe.
20/9/2019 8:52:45 AM UTC
Accidents Happen Part 3 Borsuk said :-
Greetings Pete.

Glad to see you are finally beginning to mend. Dog stroking seems to be more therapeutic than I ever thought it could be. I also have a sudden desire to be arrested for some unfathomable reason.
19/9/2019 11:07:19 PM UTC
Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review creed87 said :-
I know the area well, used to live in Walshaw, Bury; my parents still do. Live in North Yorkshire now, started of in Bedale but close to Richmond currently.

My first moped was a Peugeot and at the time Speedwells were a dealer. The early Peugeots were good machines, I had a few different ones and so had a few parts here and there. They are decent guys at Speedwells.
19/9/2019 8:53:20 PM UTC
Accidents Happen Part 3 Snod said :-
Ah yes that dog picture is just lovely.
19/9/2019 8:26:20 PM UTC
Long Term Honda CBF 125 Review Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Speedwell Motorcycles? Are you from the Radcliffe area creed87?
19/9/2019 11:04:38 AM UTC
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Latest Chit-Chat

Go To Chit-Chat Upt'North said :-
Jim, sorry only just read this.
I'm back home having ridden from Elgin through Braemar, Perth today. Strangely or not, I thought about you when we entered Fife on the A9 or M something or other.
Maybe next time, and yes the weather has been fabulous for our short three day 650 miler.
21/9/2019 6:35:52 PM UTC
Jim said :-
Upt' North - Saturday looks like a cracking day for a run. If you're coming to Scotland let me know, our routes might co-inside at some point.


19/9/2019 11:14:29 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
PEDANTS!! Yes yes yes I meant 28-29 Sept.

We spent a pleasant afternoon at my father's place then left at 0940 the next day. Good trip? The usual traffic including a few jams. The usual sore ass. The usual boredom. It's not a trip I relish I'm afraid but it serves a purpose. It was successful without serious issue and that is what matters though. We are both home and safe.

Frustratingly we rode past Stratford Upon Avon. If only my planning was better...

I'd invite you down here Upt' but I fear it may be something of an anticlimax compared to Scotland. I could take you on a tour of potholes down back streets? I could show you the few remaining chimneys that Fred Dibnah did not take down? Fine dining at the greasy spoon chuck wagon on't thill? How about a car boot sale in a muddy field in Chorley? I'm sure Mrs North would like a tour of "affordable" housing in Oldham? Bury Market for some godawful Black Pudding? It's all going on here you know.

18/9/2019 6:44:41 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Just seen the weather forecast for the next few days, this could be a good excuse for a Scotland trip. Where's my map.
18/9/2019 4:53:21 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Be careful Ross, he'll put you on the naughty step.
18/9/2019 4:52:02 PM UTC
Ross said :-
"Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Hey, if anyone does want to say Hello I'll be at Adventure Overland in Stratford Upon Avon 28-28 this month..."

So, all day then!? ;)

Did you have a good trip back t'north?
18/9/2019 4:34:45 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I do have feelings you know! Hey, if anyone does want to say Hello I'll be at Adventure Overland in Stratford Upon Avon 28-28 this month...
18/9/2019 8:41:30 AM UTC
Ian Soady said :-
I haven't had the pleasure of meeting Sharon but have met Ren. Not sure whether that was the better option.....
17/9/2019 9:46:19 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I think I'm being stitched up here!!!
16/9/2019 7:25:26 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Yes bet it was a pleasure to meet Sharon.........
16/9/2019 5:01:17 PM UTC

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