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Snod said :-
I've looked at these army surplus overmitts before and dismissed them as they look a bit awkward compared to my thin Spada ones, but I had no idea they were so massive and had grippy bobbles on the inside! The Spada ones only last a year or so before the water starts getting in, while my army surplus overtrousers have been some of the best biking kit I've ever had..

12/07/2021 14:01:56 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Ta me duck. Mitts ordered. I'm thinkin they may negate the need for a spare pair of gloves on tours (remember them)?
Can I suggest as the clientele is going rather upmarket you acquire (shoplift) a tin of M and S mango slices for measurement postings. You do let yourself down young Ed, Aldi indeed.
Ta muchly, you're a good egg.
I should also up my spelling gome, hopfully new corected.

12/07/2021 14:35:21 UTC
Bill said :-
Using mine on stone flagged floor just need to be careful going forward as if a wheel catches the bike can roll off centrestand always pull backwards with grab handle or push sideways. I did go for the model with double wheel casters.Axminster would be an issue though Ian and yes the steps can be an issue more coming up than down, it takes three ramps to get from shed level to street level.one to get to the steps in picture and another outside the gate as a foot drop to pavement. Luckily the bikes are toys so not an everyday occurrence.

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12/07/2021 14:57:19 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Ian - I could use the overmitts as a sleeping bag for Sharon.

Upt' - I'll have you know there's nowt wrong with a tin of Aldi's ravioli - subject to adding some herbs and spices to provide "flavour". I am curious if Lordhenry is indeed a real lord or perhaps just a humble pleb like myself with a posh moniker. After all I call myself "Ren - The Ed" as though I'm chief editor of some well known motorcycling journal as opposed to a random blog wherein I'm regularly abused by my limited readership. I'm gonna be sorry aren't I if Lordhenry turns out to be a genuine peer of the realm. I coulda bin sumfink!!

HOLY COW Bill!!! Here's me thinking I'm badly done to with my tin shed and back yard. I take my hat off to you and your determination to ride a motorcycle at all costs. I think we ought to stop calling you Bill and rename you Dougie Lampkin if you're riding up and down those steps each time you venture out.

12/07/2021 17:13:01 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Hat off from me as well Bill. I suspect my bikes would never see the light of day if I had to negotiate that set of steps.

I shall have to rename myself Feeble of Redditch.

13/07/2021 10:07:53 UTC
Borsuk said :-
I would not like to try moving my bike up and down those stairs. Guaranteed at some point the bike would end up on top of me and 450 pounds of iron is not my idea of a light weight.

14/07/2021 13:19:54 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
He did say he had a ramp but even so......

14/07/2021 16:48:20 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
As the rain stopped we thought we'd have a little trundle.
Got down to Amble for Chippies and stopped at the most scenic shiniest trash can in Northumberland on the way back for chocolate ice cream.
The Spirit ST's are scrubbed and after the wheels were reinstalled by yours truly the wobble appears to have gone. Although we were two up today so I'll have to see if it's gone with just me on the BeaST.

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14/07/2021 18:17:35 UTC
Bill said :-
No I wouldn't attempt that either borsuk, the heaviest of my bikes is 140kg and I use ramps with an eye bolt and hook so they stay in place.if I am tired I have a remote control winch to pull the bike up. Going down is easy, just have to watch for pedestrians as pavement outside gate.From floor level at shed to pavement is 260cm (8.5ft) but were there's a will there's a way as they say.

14/07/2021 22:26:59 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Have you been giving/selling packing tips Ed.

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19/07/2021 13:23:11 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
This could be badged a BSA 500 when/if it arrives here. Jawa in its home market.

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19/07/2021 13:25:09 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
They've arrived Ed.
Madame du Soleil's sleeping bags.

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19/07/2021 18:43:06 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Packing? He's barely trying, room for another 4 boxes there.
More details on the Jawa/BSA500 please?
Are they big enough then for your delicate pinkies?

19/07/2021 21:04:06 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
It's a little complicated but it seems they own the BSA brand amongst others.
Over mitts are all good, they're certainly not medium in the real world. I've put them in the pannier so it'll never rain again. Until next time.

19/07/2021 23:11:07 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
You'll get a chance to test them out this weekend Upt' according to the BBC. I imagine they are large to go over other gloves, probably winter mitts made by sticking your hand inside a still warm rabbit carcass, Bear Grylls style.

I always thought Jawa was eastern European? I figure much like Enfield in India and Benelli in China the Jawa name is now owned by an Indian mega-manufacturer. It must be nigh-on impossible for a small company to compete. If you make 5,000 motors annually or 500,000 you still need the same tooling etc, the economy of scale.

We shall have to wait and see if the Jawa/BSA/Bristol 500 makes it to these shores and then judge it in the flesh. The article mentions similarity in the motor with Honda's CB500X/CBR500/CBF500 and looking as closely as the images allow, it is very similar indeed. I wonder just how similar it is internally too.

20/07/2021 08:39:16 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Great, I'm off to do a rain dance and find a couple of bunnies.
Which hole do you put your hands in?

20/07/2021 13:19:53 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I refuse to contemplate the bunny question. You'll have to do some research of your own there but I would strongly recommend against googling such queries. There are some things that you just cannot unsee.

20/07/2021 15:23:20 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
First proper day ride yesterday, 260 miles of lovely Northumberland and Fife dispatched with aplomb.
Just for interest value we got up to St.Andrews then came back down the coast road. Despite Edinburgh being its normal busy self all was well. In short, so far so good, the conditions were bone dry and warm/hot. They are proving more accurate than the Bridgestone T31's and a little more compliant. They are very stable in fast corners on and off the throttle. They are probably a little more squiggly over tarmac joins and centre lines.
Only piccie from the ride is attached, this was served on a dinner plate.
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22/07/2021 09:20:56 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Oooooh that looks lovely. The Avons are to your liking so far then. Next we need to know what they're like in the wet and/or cold and finally how long they last.

Ice cream. Hmmmmmm.

22/07/2021 14:59:16 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
If Covid goes on like this, probably about 10 years!
Wet and Cold!!!!!!!? I'm sure they'll cope alright parked in the garage.
Although the ride back from Hartlepool proved they won't kill you in the wet.

22/07/2021 16:16:10 UTC

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