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Ren - The Ed¹ said :-

Flagellation is not good enough for you, boy!
20/11/2019 10:33:24 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Oops. I will be driving my four wheeled vehicle to deliver my new to me seat for the BeaST to South Shield tomorrow. A company by the name of Saddle Craft Seating are to be entrusted with the gel seat inserts and the recover. I'll let you know how it goes.
20/11/2019 5:42:51 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I thought you'd take the bike! Oh, hang on... wait a minute, ahhh, right.
21/11/2019 6:34:15 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Seat delivered, spoke to the owner, I think, nice chap who told me they do all the OEM's for Norton and CCM to pay the bills and then all the interesting custom work to stop the boredom setting in.
I will report back in about 4 weeks with the result. It was a reassuringly back street type of place and he knew the seat was off a Pan without me telling him.
Time will tell.

22/11/2019 10:08:14 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
It's that dirty time of year again. Great! I get to work on the "patina" of my motorcycles.
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26/11/2019 1:09:49 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
A little fresh outside this morning.
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29/11/2019 3:28:45 PM UTC
Jim said :-
In Aberdeen this weekend delivering food parcels to Student son number 1. Properly freezing here. Almost brought the bike but the cold and icy roads got the better of me. Heading up Deeside shortly for a stroll around Loch Muick (beneath Lochnagar).
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1/12/2019 8:35:23 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Jim, I thought you Scots were muckle tough, not wee southern softies?
And don't refer to your Er'Indoors as a food parcel.
My BeaST was moved to the redundant part of the garage yesterday after running it up to temp and ensuring the tank was filled with super Unleaded and Honda Pro Stabiliser, sad, but there's too much crud, ice and horribleness out there for me. Roll on Spring.
Never know it might come early.
1/12/2019 10:22:06 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-

Because of this, brrrrrrrrrrr.

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1/12/2019 1:24:28 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
This, call me a wuss if you want, I can hear it now, "Wussy, Wussy, Wuss, Wuss", no you all wouldn't be that childish, would ya?
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1/12/2019 1:26:50 PM UTC
ROD said :-
Just back from a Sunday afternoon ride. The bike is almost as dirty as Ren's bike!
Not as cold down here, but lots of crud about, and the roads were being salted when I was on my way back.
1/12/2019 5:06:20 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
I believe you probably exaggerate Rod, there can only be one bike that colour.
1/12/2019 5:15:58 PM UTC
ROD said :-
Yes Upt' You are of course correct.
Its just that I normally clean the worst off the bike when I get back, but it was getting dark so I will have to leave it until tomorrow.
I did say almost as dirty as Ren's bike.
1/12/2019 5:53:35 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
By 'eck Jim that looks PROPER cold there! How did the walk go? Chilly toes?

Rod - remind me where you are. And no, it takes years of special dedication to achieve the "finish" of my 125 that you're all so envious of.

Upt' - how pristine is your garage? And yes you are a big Wussy, Wussy, Wuss, Wuss and I am more than that childish.
1/12/2019 8:55:01 PM UTC
Jim said :-
Walk was terrific, thanks Ren. Great wildlife, loads of deer, golden eagle, but this was my favourite.
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1/12/2019 10:26:23 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
That's like one of them wildlife calendar pictures Jim, good shot squire. Not too many of the red squirrels left around here, I believe they're a little more populous in Scotland?
2/12/2019 3:24:46 PM UTC
ROD said :-
Ren, I am firmly based in the southern softy belt of Northamptonshire.
I have no intention of trying to compete with your years of dedication to the fine art of achieving that perfect light brown patina.
3/12/2019 4:27:49 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Northamptonshire? You're not tooo far from Motolug, the take-apartable trailers people. Might be down there soon. I've passed through Northamptonshire many times but it's not a place I've explored. Is it worth a few days around there to look around? Recommendations? I don't mean museums and fine art galleries, I mean good roads and splendid scenery.

Light brown patina? Are we talking about my subtle sun tan or the inside of the 125's engine? I'm afraid it's not a sun tan, much like the inside of the 125 it's years and years of baked on used engine oil. If we're talking of the patina the outside of the 125 has achieved then that's mostly dirt, salt and oil coloured.
4/12/2019 8:32:33 AM UTC
Snod said :-
Recommendations for Northamptonshire? The B664 to Uppingham and then use the B6047 to come back down.. Or maybe don't and just stay away from it :D
4/12/2019 8:38:25 PM UTC
ROD said :-
Yes Snod, The B664 to Uppingham and on to Melton Mowbray is one of the best roads, but then much of better parts of the road are in Leicestershire.
So although Northamptonshire has some nice countryside the roads are not that inspiring.

The best thing about Northamptonshire is that most places in England and Wales are in easy reach.
I am about 90 miles from the east coast, about 150 miles from the Brecon Beacons, 200 miles from the Lakes, 260 miles from Cornwall, and 150 Miles from Dover or Portsmouth.

The Motolug area of the Cotswolds is much nicer and is around 60 miles away.

The "Light brown patina" I referred to is the colour of the rust..

5/12/2019 1:43:50 PM UTC

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