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Upt'North ¹ said :-
That's not a tank bag, it's a dwelling.
It should have its own post code!

27/06/2024 09:07:37 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
I bet Sharon could stand up in that.

27/06/2024 09:08:27 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
When the weather is cold and wet and miserable - as it oft times is in the UK - we have discussed Sharon riding in my top box. Maybe fit a window and a heater and a TV she'd be as happy as larry.

27/06/2024 12:54:03 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
Or alternatively just use the car!

27/06/2024 16:40:19 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Steady on ROD! We'll not be having such language used here, good heavens, where will it end? Before you know it you'll be suggesting "heating" and "comfort" and "luggage space". This terrible thinking only leads to one thing - becoming a fair weather leisure motorcyclist.

27/06/2024 16:50:51 UTC
ROD¹ said :-
I think you already mentioned a heater Ren, along with a window and a TV. Such items surely lead to transport with four wheels.

27/06/2024 18:34:58 UTC
nab301 said :-
There is , or was, always the BMW C1...

28/06/2024 13:53:48 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
The new owner of my Norton ES2 rode off into the sunset with it yesterday. A very nice chap, gave me a reasonable price so I hope he enjoys the bike. He's new to British machines so has a bit of a learning curve although he did manage to start it twice so I'm sure he'll be OK. And only a mile away if all else fails.

He later sent me a very nice email - text below.

"Hi Ian
I really really enjoyed my little ride on it, exactly what i wanted.
I was reading the booklet last night and coincidentally the registration is on my Birthday!
Perhaps meant to be.
Fingers crossed the sun shines on the weekend and a little ride out is in order.
Thanks for everything really happy."

Who said civility was dead?

05/07/2024 09:58:59 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
That is most civilised isn't it. You know, the vast vast majority of people in the world are varying degrees of "alright". There's a lot of people I might not want to spend an evening with but they're not bad people - just not my kinda people.

More importantly Ian - what's next on the workshop list? I get the notion the troublesome Yammy has been spannered into submittance so is there much to do on The Electra?

08/07/2024 07:52:55 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
Yes, I have to admit I was a bit suspicious at first as the Norton had been on ebay with no bids but he got in touch after the auction closed. We eventually managed to work out a way of sending phone numbers through ebay messages - they usually block them. Think of the top row of keys on the keyboard and substitute symbols for numbers!

Anyway, when he arrived he was a very nice bloke, gave me £500 more than I'd started the auction at and everything went very smoothly.

Next on the list? I think the Yam is OK now but various things have got in the way of trying it out - not least my reluctance to arrange yet another trip in the big white van. The Bouzouki (which is my new name for the BSA/Suzuki) is pretty much there bar a few details.

The Electra is providing plenty of thought and action. It's cosmetically excellent and the mechanics etc seem OK but haven't had it running although I have had the engine turning over using the elctric start and a slave battery / booster cables. I've spent the last couple of days fitting a Kawasaki (yes!) prop stand. These fit very easily and I had one on the ES2. At around £15 and almost a bolt-on job they can't be beaten especially as a genuine (read repro) one is £150! The only problem was persuading the mounting stud through an assembly of flattened tubes, lugs, sheet steel and spacers while lying on the ground uner it.

I've decided to give it a complete rewire as what is there is a rat's nest of frayed and corroded cables. Luckily I have a local electrical supplier who has all the cable, connectors etc I need. It also needs new control cables which I'll be making in due course. So it's looking good but as usual there will no doubt be further problems to address.

08/07/2024 10:23:27 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
The Kawasaki (ZZR1100 if memory serves) stand. What worries me is all those Kwakker owners suddenly having their bikes fall over....

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08/07/2024 15:23:46 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Wouldn't fancy picking up a ZZR1100 after you've half-inched the side stand off it Ian, bad boy.

Thanks for the update and we all wait in antici...pation of your next adventure and subsequent recovery in "the big white van". Perhaps you should just ride each machine around the block for a couple of hours, slowly building up the confidence to reach the edge of town before departing on a huge adventure to, say, Alcester.

We were supposed to be in that neck of the woods later this week, returning from father's place. Alas there's been complications with the trip. Both Sharon and I could have come to bother you, fear not, you're safe for now.

08/07/2024 19:39:48 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
With the current state of my machinery Alcester would be a huge adventure for me! Complications? When does this thing we call life ever deliver anything else?

09/07/2024 16:27:03 UTC
nab301 said :-
Just for Ren! , although not in use I give my shed bound MZ301 a biannual fire up and although it shouldn't ( it is a reliable two stroke after all) it never ceases to amaze me how it always fires up second kick after months of slumber (obviously carb drained when not in use) I can smell the 2 stroke again just by looking at the photo. I kept running to a minimum yesterday as I have new neighbours on both sides and though I better acclimatise them to the music of Em Zed...
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09/07/2024 17:30:59 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I was a little frustrated at my neighbour playing loud music yesterday but your actions nab301 put this into perspective. I have nightmares about people like you and your "ding-a-ding-a-ding-ding" engines. I'd be calling the environment agency too with that smell.

C'mon Ian Soady, you need to gerr'em out there and ride 'em so you can break 'em so you can fix 'em. Oh wait, yeah, they're already broke.

10/07/2024 07:24:07 UTC
nab301 said :-
Ren , for balance I fired up the Enfield Bullet afterwards and to be fair I didn't complain when they spent a day with a strimmer and hedge trimmer using a scorched earth policy on the previous occupants long established garden specimens!

12/07/2024 13:09:40 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I love it when England get into the finals... the roads are empty and it's a pleasure to ride the bike in peaceful surroundings.

14/07/2024 21:25:25 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Just as night follows day, disappointment follows hope.

15/07/2024 08:48:57 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
You've lead a very hard life haven't you Upt'.

15/07/2024 13:04:34 UTC
Upt'North ¹ said :-
Grim at times Ed, but you just have to push through until the next pension cheque arrives.
I feel better now.

15/07/2024 13:11:53 UTC

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