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Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
'Twere a bit nippy on the bike yesterday on route to Sharon's gaff. Coming back home today it's definitely a lot milder but far from warm. I think claiming spring is in the air is somewhat premature, maybe, just maybe you could argue it's around the corner.
14/02/2021 07:15:19 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Bob - a question I have pondered too. This requires citations and disclaimers but here's my opinions from limited hearsay.

A brief internet search suggests horses were normally mounted from the left to protect the horse from a soldier's sword, worn on the left. Also the Romans used to "drive" on the left. Let's face it driving on the left is the obvious choice and the rest of the world is stupid. Our NZ cousin KiwiJeff would likely agree.

Somehow I assume the motorcycle was seen as an iron horse (cue soulful guitar music) and it was assumed you'd get on from the left. After all, it would be a lot harder to get on from the right with your cutlass or rapier in the way. I never leave home without a giant pocket knife. So lean the bike to the left.

I learned that this has "issues" in the parts of the world where they drive on the wrong side of the road. As you say the camber can leave a bike virtually upright if not entirely unparkable. And you have to stand in the traffic flow to get on. I find waving my claymore vigorously helps keep drivers away.

If BMW have to fit shorter side stands to allow for the "wrong" camber this merely proves the point. It's about time those ruffians like Americans and Europeans and Russians and Mexicans and Brazilians and Sudanese and Mongolians... swapped sides.
16/02/2021 07:26:10 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Blinkin 'eck, bloomin Nora. I'm merely 49 years old and yet, for some random reason, I'm off for THE jab on Tuesday. Bit worried though, I'll have to cross the main road to get to the jab place.
18/02/2021 03:03:54 UTC
Ross said :-
Blimey! Who'd you have to sleep with to get that!

A bit late, but sorry to hear about the job...anything new on the horizon?
19/02/2021 11:43:30 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
HJe's probably getting the Tizer vaccine, specially for people who live in Bolton. It doesn't do anything for Covid but gives you a nice fizzy feeling in your arm......
19/02/2021 11:55:52 UTC
Upt'North said :-
Ian and Ross.
I needed a giggle today.
Cheers chums.
19/02/2021 01:41:19 UTC
nab301 said :-
"Blinkin 'eck, bloomin Nora. I'm merely 49 years old and yet, for some random reason, I'm off for THE jab on Tuesday."

Ren , maybe you're older and possibly wiser than you think you are, good luck on Tuesday ! Does that mean when you sign in on here after the jab that you'll be signing in as Ren-The Ed² ?
19/02/2021 08:23:37 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
Ross - I can only assume there was a clerical error as I've not slept with anyone from government or the NHS... recently. As for the job, so far I've restarted my self-employment and been busy working for, ahem, the company that's just made me redundant and the parent company that pulled the plug. I think I need to look up the definition of "redundant".

Ian "cheeky swine" Soady - It's not the Tizer jab it's the AstraCelica jab here. Doesn't do anything for Covid but it causes us to put green sun-strips across our 1990s GTE's and GT4's windscreens that say things like "Andy & Suzie" or "One Life - Live It". No, wait, the last one is the GlaxoLandRover flu jab.

nab301 - Maybe I've misread my birth certificate and I'm actually 65? I'm definitely not wiser, there's enough evidence on this website to prove that. I'll still be Ren - The Ed¹ but I can rest easy knowing that Bill Gates is tracking my every move, our Lizard Overlords have everything under control and 5G won't cause all the trees to spontaneously combust.
20/02/2021 10:13:08 UTC
nab301 said :-
Our Lizard overlords , brings back memories of the TV series "V" ! Ren, lettuce us know if you grow 2 heads or develop a fetish for mice ....
Maybe our overlords are here already , and this unusual cloud formation spotted at home a couple of years ago was actually an alien spaceship in disguise...
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20/02/2021 02:25:40 UTC
ROD said :-
I had my first Jab today.
Every thing seems OK, but I my Apple i-pad will not work, my Android phone has stopped working, but my lap top is working fine on Windows?
20/02/2021 09:15:18 UTC
ROD said :-
nab301, Do you have an indicator problem when using your many bikes?

When I have been riding the 125 I settle in fairly quickly to using the conventional indicator set up, but when I get onto the BM it takes me ages to adjust to the old BM set up.

Do others have this problem, or is it just my advancing years?

The M.O.T. ran out on the BM the end of January, and with the lockdown restrictions I do not intend renewing it until lockdown is lifted. So the longer this goes on, and I am not riding the BM the more likely the problem will get worse with the indicators.

Maybe I could get a lockdown exemption?
20/02/2021 09:34:28 UTC
Ian Soady¹ said :-
That's nowt. Try changing back & forth between "modern" bikes with left foot gearchange and right foot brake to the other way round for old Brit models - and there you have Triumph down for down and most others up for down...

The Sunbeam I restored a few years ago, apart from having a hand gear change, left the factory with the front brake on the left bar and the clutch on the right. I didn't rebuild it like that, struggling enough with the hand change....
21/02/2021 02:05:44 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
nab301 - I remember "V". I was but a mere yoof when that was on, it was quite terrifying. As for your cloud formation, yes of course it was our intergalactic brethren monitoring your every move. As to why they chose YOU in particular remains to be discovered. Why would any inquisitive aliens always choose to go to Amurica first like in the movies?

ROD - when the mind control microbots kick in you'll be thankful they chose windows and not Apple. As for indicators the 500 has the indicator switch below the horn, the 125 above. For quite a while I was "BEEP"ing to turn left.

Ian Soady - I cannot imagine a hand gear change but in the safety of a large open empty car park I'd be curious to try. I fancy a dabble with a "suicide shifter" too with the clutch on the large hand operated gear lever. Not on public roads though, I struggle as it is.

Is it just habit and experience or is there some merit to the modern current set-up? Left side for gears, right side for faster/slower. My only frustration is when I'm off road and pooping myself coming down a steep slippery slope it's reassuring to have my feet out if needs be. Only problem - no rear brake if my feet are off the pegs and it's the rear brake I want. This is where an eleccy motorcycle should, like most rev-n-rip scoots, have the rear brake on the left hand like a bicycle.

21/02/2021 06:37:15 UTC
ROD said :-
Ian, I can imagine the problem is even greater with the gear change / brake set up.

Bake in the 1970s I changed from a Norton to a Suzuki, but I seemed to adapt fairly quickly, but I was not constantly changing between bikes as you are Ian.
I also remember riding a 350 flat tank BSA with a hand change, and did not seem to have a problem with this.

This is why I ask the question "is it my advancing years".

I once attended a meeting where the speaker demonstrated how we get set in our ways, and the thought behind the statement that "you can't teach an old dog new tricks".
He requested that we all stand up and take off our jackets, and then put them on again. We all followed his request.
Then he asked us to take of our jackets and instead of putting on our jackets as normal to put the other arm in first.
The younger members in the meeting did not have a problem, but the older members all had difficulty.
21/02/2021 08:01:09 UTC
nab301 said :-
@ Rod "Do others have this problem, or is it just my advancing years?"
I had a big problem with my BM back in the day with the indicator switch set up below the horn, so much so that approaching junctions on my left where a vehicle was edging out I was indicating left instead of sounding the horn.
I ended up reversing the micro switches inside the switch housing , the levers are now marked incorrectly but I never hit the wrong button , well not until I got my CB125 F which has the same (incorrect!) setup. I even bought a couple of conventional second hand switch assemblies to see if i could modify it but it looks difficult to do.
I just can't get used to it when switching between bikes so much so that I think it will influence any further purchases I make unless I can convert the switch gear.. I took a CB500X for a test ride but it has the same set up as the 125, my Suzuki is conventional and my Bullet 65 has a left hand gearchange with 1 down 4 up. However back in the noughties i had a 350 Enfield with R/H gearchange 1 up 3 down ... It was grand for one off trips or spins but if I used it for any length of time I got totally messed up so much so that I had to ride it with my boot over the gearlever to stop me changing down when overtaking other vehicles even though that was a pretty rare event on an Enfield.... then when I swopped back to conventional bikes it was more drama and sometimes I could just lapse into the wrong mode randomly.

@ Ren , I'm not sure why they chose me maybe they wanted a good looking manly chap to clone ( Oblivion)

21/02/2021 08:33:14 UTC
nab301 said :-
@Rod "I once attended a meeting where the speaker demonstrated how we get set in our ways,"
I mentioned on here before where I took an electric scooter out for a test ride and everytime I approached a junction I was blipping the throttle and grabbing the rear brake... so definitely an element of set in my ways there!!

21/02/2021 08:43:50 UTC
Ross said :-
Ren Said;
"...so far I've restarted my self-employment and been busy working for, ahem, the company that's just made me redundant and the parent company that pulled the plug. I think I need to look up the definition of "redundant"."

Heh, seems to be a 'thing' these days, my other-half was made redundant several years ago, set up her own company as a contractor and has spent most of her time back where she was made redundant from! If you can work direct by using your contacts it's better than going through an agency that'll just take some of your money as a fee. If you haven't been contracting for some time, watch out for the HMRC IR35 changes coming in the new financial year, it looks like it'll move the goalposts for a lot of firms and contractors!

23/02/2021 10:27:43 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
From what I can glean it's about deciding if you are self employed or really ought to be an employee. When I was despatching many moons ago most riders were self employed but could only work for one company. Today that would be at best frowned upon, more likely illegal. To be self employed you should be working for a range of clients, if you only have one client then the client should give you a proper job with proper rights. I aim to have more than one client... but what I achieve is another matter.

What I really need is a huge sum of money so I don't need to concern myself with such frivolous nonsense as, urgh, working.
23/02/2021 01:26:35 UTC
Ross said :-
The Euro millions lottery's a big one this week...HTH! :)
23/02/2021 02:32:39 UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
I've made a fortune on the lottery Ross - by never buying a ticket.
24/02/2021 10:05:26 UTC

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