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Ross said :-
Thanks for your thoughts Upt' & Ian...I think your right, there's doesn't seem to be a big demand for them. Flogging them off in one's and two's would take forever so I really need to find someone who would take a 'job lot'!

I'm just outside Ashford in Kent if you fancy a trip out to the Garden of England, Ian! :)
5/11/2019 5:19:43 PM UTC
Keith m said :-
Thanks Ian for posting that. Made good reading. I thought trials was easy until I tried it.
5/11/2019 10:27:31 PM UTC
Jim said :-
Upt'North - I'm just about to have a similar operation carried out on the Bandit's seat. I need a lower seat, and the traction enhancer needs the angle of her perch altered so that she doesn't slide forward so easily under even moderate braking. Hadn't thought of changing the material to anti slip though - maybe Velcro trousers are the answer!
6/11/2019 7:24:10 AM UTC
Jim said :-
Upt'North - What kind of tyres are those? Looks similar to the Road Angel GTs I have on my bike. What mileage are you expecting from them? Mine have started to square off after about 6000 miles.
6/11/2019 7:28:41 AM UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Hi Ross.

Kent a bit far to come from Brum.....

I got rid of about 30 years' worth of Motorcycle Sport plus some club magazines by giving them to someone (CrazyFrog) who was going to take them to his local club meeting. It's a shame to chuck these things away but you just end up knee deep in stuff.

A few years ago I bought almost the full run of Classic Bike and Classic Motorcycle for £40 - mostly because I happened to be going on holiday near where the seller lived. I spent weeks going through them cutting out possible useful articles but they've just sat untouched since.

I gave the rest away via my local Freegle / Freecycle but even then there was only one potential taker.
6/11/2019 11:28:09 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Jim,
It's running Bridgestone T31's, non GT varietal.
They are the best wearing and recommended tyre I can find for the Pan.
I got about 7000 out of the last rear but changed it a little early to accommodate a forthcoming trip. That tyre must be coming up to 5000 miles.
Front and rears wear well with little cupping on the front.
Remember I think the BeaST will be harder on tyres because of its weight and nearly all two up touring mileage.
Previous Bridgestones have not worn so well with sets totally destroyed over 4000 miles.
I was thinking of putting double sided tape on Er'Indoors arris but she isn't too keen.
Upt'North.
6/11/2019 1:45:56 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Ian,
Thanks for posting your articles, most enlightening.
Upt'North.
6/11/2019 1:46:54 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Question...
Does anyone know the difference between a bulb marketed as a motorcycle bulb and one as a general automotive bulb, that's besides the 100% mark up. Are they more robust?
Upt'North.
7/11/2019 10:22:08 AM UTC
Ian Soady said :-
No.....

Things sold for any "niche" activity always attract a markup because the people flogging them know that the customers rae actually interested in what they're doing rather than just looking for the cheapest article.

And thanks for the kind words.
7/11/2019 11:13:51 AM UTC
Ross said :-
Thanks for posting the magazine articles, Ian, I thoroughly enjoyed the Norton trip! I was trying to work out when that trip was made...late 80's/early 90's?

As for my magazine collection, when I get a quiet day I'll get them all together and work out exactly what I've got and try some job-lots on local Gumtree or similar...perhaps try the Real Classic collection in the magazine's free ad's.
8/11/2019 8:45:00 AM UTC
Ian Soady said :-
Early 90s Ross - seems a long time ago now.....
8/11/2019 9:50:54 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Early 90's.
Wow makes you think.
I was getting paid to drive a very garish XJ6 along the M6 and M54.
Rode a 78 CB750f2 through most of the 90's and into the mid 00's. Wished I still had it. I can still hear that camshaft sizzling.
Thanks for the memories, the dementia can't be as bad as I thought. Maybe.
Upt'North.

8/11/2019 11:13:34 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Please forgive a sombre note, a moment of remembrance.
From Ulster Tower to the Somme, June 2018 en-route to Italy.
The horror was unmistakable even in the beauty.
Upt'North.
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10/11/2019 9:58:28 AM UTC
Ian Soady said :-
One extra reason I avoid the Pas de Calais / Picardie etc. I find the memorials and the thoughts they provoke unbearable.

I've also never had any desire to visit Oradour sur Glaine. I know what happened there (and in many other villages across Europe, not least Greece). Visiting them does nothing but distress me and make me feel hopeless. Striving to counter racism in all or any of its forms may have some positive effect.
10/11/2019 1:54:45 PM UTC
Jim said :-
Cracking sunny day today, so we sallied forth. Excellent grub, (cheap too, Ren will be glad to hear) at the St Fillans Cafe before running along the banks of Loch Earn. The cafe has a memorial bench for bikers outside, depressing really. Then down through the Trossachs to Callander and Stirling before turning East for home. Stopped at the Powmill Milk Bar for a tea top-up. Only bit of us that suffered was the backs of fingers, not even heated grips helped. Need to make a pair of Ren's DIY handlebar deflectors.
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17/11/2019 5:25:32 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Is that snow on the hills Jim.
Brrrrrrrr.
Upt'North.
17/11/2019 5:41:30 PM UTC
Jim said :-
Certainly was, Upt'North. Beautiful but freezing.
17/11/2019 7:07:59 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed¹ said :-
GOSH DARN IT!! I am moving to Scotland. Where can I buy a small house with a big garage up there for less than 50k? Lovely pic Jim, ya geet.

As for the handlebar deflectors you must remember there is a patent upon them. You can make your own for a small patent licence fee of £470. Per side.
18/11/2019 9:53:55 AM UTC
Jim said :-
No shortage of properties like that here in Fife, Ren.

https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-75449020.html

You could use the change to build a nice shed.
18/11/2019 5:15:13 PM UTC
ROD said :-
Jim, I have used a pair of handlebar muffs for many years (must be over 25 years), which have been on many bikes, and work very well at keeping your hands warm and dry.
I fit them at the end of October and take them off for Summer around April/May.
They are not the best looking accessory, but they work. We are back to the fashion vs function problem.
However I have encountered a problem this year. The BMW has low set mirrors which work great, bur when the handlebar muffs are fitted they block the view of the mirrors. I have had to spend money (£5.80)! for handlebar mirrors so I can see what is following.
I know the weather is kinder in this part of the UK, but I am still in Summer unlined leather gloves, and I have not used the heated grips yet.
18/11/2019 6:40:17 PM UTC

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