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    Quote Originally Posted by MadeOfCheese View Post
    Excellent news - well done Gyp minor!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    Yep I forgot how complicated getting a full license is these days, best feeling ever as a biker getting to throw the L plates away, a great right of passage for a young guy
    Looking back, the realisation that at 17 I went from never having ridden a motorbike to full licence holder able to ride anything I wanted to in less than 6 months is quite terrifying. That in an era when jumping on a 100mph 2-stroke 250 with L plates was the norm. It was only financial constraints that meant I didn't get a litre bike for a couple of years.

    As much as it's an expensive hassle, having a tiered licencing system does seem like a sensible thing to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adge View Post
    Any mechanically minded members out there who might be able to shed some insight to my latest hiccup?

    I have a 1990 BMW K100 which on the way home over the weekend started spewing white fumes and began to run quite rough.

    Upon looking down at the gauges I realized I had no electrics (but engine was still running), for I don't know how long.

    Seems a very slim chance both these would happen randomly at the same time, so one must have caused the other.

    Any thoughts would help!

    Looks like I got a busy (and greasy) weekend coming up
    Ping Steptoe on here, he knows a thing or two about flying bricks and will be best placed to point you in the right direction

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    Congratulations to the young man...I remember passing my bike test in 1982...such a great feeling...hope he has many years of pleasure on two wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adge View Post
    Any mechanically minded members out there who might be able to shed some insight to my latest hiccup?

    I have a 1990 BMW K100 which on the way home over the weekend started spewing white fumes and began to run quite rough.

    Upon looking down at the gauges I realized I had no electrics (but engine was still running), for I don't know how long.

    Seems a very slim chance both these would happen randomly at the same time, so one must have caused the other.

    Any thoughts would help!

    Looks like I got a busy (and greasy) weekend coming up
    I work on these for a living, have done for 34 years.... need more info. Are the electrics working now ? what do you mean by "no electrics" ? instruments, starting/turning over ?.... you must have had some electrics, even with the engine running rough otherwise it would stop dead as the fuel injection, fuel pump, ignition etc all need electrics.
    Remove coolant cap and engine oil filler cap and look for a mayonnaise type of gunk.
    How many miles on the engine ? Does the engine rattle and rumble ? could be the output shaft rivets are loose or a couple have disappeared.

    I've a couple of low mileage K100 engines if needed, 38/45K miles.

    Worn starter motor brushes can cause all sorts of electrical problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Looking back, the realisation that at 17 I went from never having ridden a motorbike to full licence holder able to ride anything I wanted to in less than 6 months is quite terrifying. That in an era when jumping on a 100mph 2-stroke 250 with L plates was the norm. It was only financial constraints that meant I didn't get a litre bike for a couple of years.

    As much as it's an expensive hassle, having a tiered licencing system does seem like a sensible thing to do.
    Agreed it's definitely a smarter idea to let people rise the ranks of bhp gradually

    I remember when sticking a sidewinder with L plates on any bike legally transformed it into a Trike and you could ride a 1000cc bike on a provisional license, to make matters worse the sidewinder made the bike an absolute death trap, I remember people running a bungee cord to lift the wheel up so it was never in contact with the ground when riding upright.

    Amazing this many of us survived the 80's really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    Agreed it's definitely a smarter idea to let people rise the ranks of bhp gradually

    I remember when sticking a sidewinder with L plates on any bike legally transformed it into a Trike and you could ride a 1000cc bike on a provisional license, to make matters worse the sidewinder made the bike an absolute death trap, I remember people running a bungee cord to lift the wheel up so it was never in contact with the ground when riding upright.

    Amazing this many of us survived the 80's really.
    I started with a Garelli Tiger Cross, Greaves 250 super sport, Suzuki GT250(not ram air)
    Then Suzuki GS1000S and a BMW R100RS
    My mate (R.I.P) Pete Key. Had a moped, passed his bike test. Got a Norton & wrote it off, got a Kawasaki 750 wrote it off. Then can’t remember what he had but he wrote that off coming into to Sheffield from Derbyshire at horrible speed, went into Gilders Car Showroom writing off the showroom window, cars, his bike and himself.
    He never learnt. Sad.


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    I'm sure we've all got stories about bikers who really shouldn't have been and every Biker I know without exception has friends who aren't with us any more. Knowing your limitations is part of being a good rider. Any sports bike is more capable than the rider in most cases. For me the other road users are more of a problem than the bikers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    Agreed it's definitely a smarter idea to let people rise the ranks of bhp gradually

    I remember when sticking a sidewinder with L plates on any bike legally transformed it into a Trike and you could ride a 1000cc bike on a provisional license, to make matters worse the sidewinder made the bike an absolute death trap, I remember people running a bungee cord to lift the wheel up so it was never in contact with the ground when riding upright.

    Amazing this many of us survived the 80's really.

    I think that not starting at the end of your teens - is the answer……….

    Don’t mix motorcycles with the teenage feeling of invincibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    I think that not starting at the end of your teens - is the answer……….

    Don’t mix motorcycles with the teenage feeling of invincibility.
    A lot of us did and, by hook or by crook, are still here to tell the tale!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    A lot of us did and, by hook or by crook, are still here to tell the tale!
    The others - are strangely silent…………………

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    Going to look at this as a replacement for my 749s...Long drive from Bristol to Doncaster on Sunday but having spoken with the current owner he feels it will be worthwhile..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Steve View Post
    Going to look at this as a replacement for my 749s...Long drive from Bristol to Doncaster on Sunday but having spoken with the current owner he feels it will be worthwhile..
    Looks rather lovely in the advert.

    Ohlins disks?

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    Still miss my rsv factory, you’ll really enjoy it after the duke I’m sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Looks rather lovely in the advert.

    Ohlins disks?
    Thanks, yes I think so too. Ohlins forks, and rear shock..Not sure if the discs are OEM or aftermarket. The chap selling it is fairly mature (60) and has owned it for 10 years. The MOT history all stacks up and he's got a huge file of paperwork to go with it too.

    He's had a Power Commander fitted and stuck it on a rolling road to have it set up for better low to midrange torque which suits my style of riding down to the ground...

    The seller reckons it's wanted for nothing in the 10 years he's had it (2nd owner) and speaking to him I get a good feeling hence the 7 hour round trip on Sunday..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt8500 View Post
    Still miss my rsv factory, you’ll really enjoy it after the duke I’m sure
    Thanks Matt. The insurance company £'s have hit my account and I've been considering several alternatives. Bang for your buck this is too good not to consider, and I think it looks superb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Steve View Post
    The seller reckons it's wanted for nothing in the 10 years he's had it (2nd owner) and speaking to him I get a good feeling hence the 7 hour round trip on Sunday..
    I mention the disks as it says Ohlins disks in the ad but I didn't think Ohlins made disks

    Whatever, it does look rather splendid.

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    Those are phenomenal open-road bikes.

    (your neighbours will appreciate it if you leave for a run - mid-morning at the earliest)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    I mention the disks as it says Ohlins disks in the ad but I didn't think Ohlins made disks

    Whatever, it does look rather splendid.
    Yes, just seen that now...don't think they do (or did) so maybe a typo? I'll have a good look on Sunday but I do get a good feeling when talking to the owner that it's been really well looked after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    Those are phenomenal open-road bikes.

    (your neighbours will appreciate it if you leave for a run - mid-morning at the earliest)
    Yes, I think for me and my riding preference this has more than enough performance that I'll ever need. Very few if any electronic aids/modes etc so maintenance and servicing should be reasonable too (for an Italian super bike).

    I'm 6' 4" and think I'll fit this quite well as it's quite a large bike.
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    What happened re the 1098 that ground rush has for sale?

    Whilst the Aprilia is a lovely bike, I think you’ll end up regretting not buying the Duke!

    I’ve recently sold my older RSV in favour of an XJR1300.



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    Quote Originally Posted by blackal View Post
    (your neighbours will appreciate it if you leave for a run - mid-morning at the earliest)
    Haha, i was thinking exactly that as i woke up a huge, rumbling, angry, shaking V-twin on the Buell this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Steve View Post
    Going to look at this as a replacement for my 749s...Long drive from Bristol to Doncaster on Sunday but having spoken with the current owner he feels it will be worthwhile..

    Loved my Aprilia (the company and dealerships less so)
    Fantastic bikes if you're the 'hands on' type.
    If not...good luck, not many decent dealerships tbh.
    Unquestionably the best repairs & servicing in the UK is Griff Wooley at Aprilia Performance. 10/10
    Superb on line forums/advice/knowledge/resources available.
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    I went with a few like-minded DOCGB members to visit the Ogri exhibition. Such a talented illustrator Paul Sample is - much of his material is remarkably topical even decades after he started the cartoon strip.

    https://theblackshedgallery.org.uk/virtual-spaces,

    Followed by the obligatory brew and butty at a nearby favourite stop:


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    Thanks for all the help and recommendations with the flying brick. It has helped me narrow it down. Steptoe has been a great help also! Fingers crossed she's back on the road again soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanford View Post
    I went with a few like-minded DOCGB members to visit the Ogri exhibition. Such a talented illustrator Paul Sample is - much of his material is remarkably topical even decades after he started the cartoon strip.

    https://theblackshedgallery.org.uk/virtual-spaces,

    Followed by the obligatory brew and butty at a nearby favourite stop:

    I recognise that cafe but had no clue about the Ogri exhibition. Thanks for the heads up, I’ll be heading down to Robertsbridge pretty soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    What happened re the 1098 that ground rush has for sale?

    Whilst the Aprilia is a lovely bike, I think you’ll end up regretting not buying the Duke!

    I’ve recently sold my older RSV in favour of an XJR1300.
    To be honest Dave, I just fancied a bit of a change. I still have another Duke in the garage and having had a 748, a Pantah and the recent 749, thought I'd try something different, albeit another Italian V Twin. Dave's 1098 listed on SC is a lovely bike, but to be honest, probably a bit too much for me and the riding I do. That's why I like the 749 so much as it was quick enough without frightening me to death.

    The RSV whilst still a fast bike retains the engine characteristics I like..apparently it's quite a lazy, torque friendly motor. There's also a considerable cost difference which appealed to my wife, of around £3k and for a bike that would only get minimal use during 6 -7 months of the year, spending anymore didn't really make sense.

    I'm seeing the bike on Saturday so may make a decision over the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Steve View Post
    To be honest Dave, I just fancied a bit of a change. I still have another Duke in the garage and having had a 748, a Pantah and the recent 749, thought I'd try something different
    I've realised that I've had BMW, Triumph, Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Harley Davidson, BSA & Peugeot motorcycles, but nothing from Italy or Austria. I will have to remedy that at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Steve View Post
    To be honest Dave, I just fancied a bit of a change. I still have another Duke in the garage and having had a 748, a Pantah and the recent 749, thought I'd try something different, albeit another Italian V Twin. Dave's 1098 listed on SC is a lovely bike, but to be honest, probably a bit too much for me and the riding I do. That's why I like the 749 so much as it was quick enough without frightening me to death.

    The RSV whilst still a fast bike retains the engine characteristics I like..apparently it's quite a lazy, torque friendly motor. There's also a considerable cost difference which appealed to my wife, of around £3k and for a bike that would only get minimal use during 6 -7 months of the year, spending anymore didn't really make sense.

    I'm seeing the bike on Saturday so may make a decision over the weekend.
    I think the 1098 is a more 'lithe' bike, but the Mille is still a very satisfying bike for a weekend blast or overnighter.

    Both fall into the category of "when you park it up and walk away......... you look back over your shoulder"

    At the money - it would seem to be a good choice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    I've realised that I've had BMW, Triumph, Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Harley Davidson, BSA & Peugeot motorcycles, but nothing from Italy or Austria. I will have to remedy that at some point.
    Like car drivers and Alfa’s, every “biker” needs to have experienced something Italian.

    Mine came with a sticker on the battery stating “when starting in cold weather it will necessary to warm the battery before starting...”

    It doesn’t even click if it’s below 5°C...

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    My RSV was much more temperamental than I remember either of my Ducatis being; if it didn’t start after a couple of seconds, it would flatten the battery and not even turn over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    My RSV was much more temperamental than I remember either of my Ducatis being; if it didn’t start after a couple of seconds, it would flatten the battery and not even turn over.
    Hahahaaa......yep.
    Zero throttle required on the GenI's...just a little choke.
    Battery needs to be 100%
    Get it wrong too often and it's spragaggedon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Looking back, the realisation that at 17 I went from never having ridden a motorbike to full licence holder able to ride anything I wanted to in less than 6 months is quite terrifying. That in an era when jumping on a 100mph 2-stroke 250 with L plates was the norm. It was only financial constraints that meant I didn't get a litre bike for a couple of years.

    As much as it's an expensive hassle, having a tiered licencing system does seem like a sensible thing to do.
    Did the same, Tiger Cub then 250 Honda k4. Bike test with examiner walking around the block (and jumping out from behind a tree for the emergency stop, I knew he was there and eased off the brakes to pretend I was surprised) Then Z650 and Z1 here we come.

    Didn't worry me at the time but scares the hell out of me when I think back how easy it was. I think taking an RAC/ACU course when I got the Z650 probably saved a lot of trouble. The instructor was a police motorcyclist, and he showed how safe could be fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    My RSV was much more temperamental than I remember either of my Ducatis being; if it didn’t start after a couple of seconds, it would flatten the battery and not even turn over.
    I've had 2 RSV Factories, great bikes. My mate also had one that was always very low mileage, every time you disconnected the battery the mileage reset to zero, a known fault on some of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by boundary546 View Post
    I've had 2 RSV Factories, great bikes. My mate also had one that was always very low mileage, every time you disconnected the battery the mileage reset to zero, a known fault on some of them
    Yes, I was made aware of this and have checked the MOT history on-line and have seen a lot of service paperwork too. I did look at another one that was being sold by a dealer in Newcastle where the mileage had gone backwards a couple of times....I gave that one a miss.

    I've also spoken to AP Workshops, an Aprilia specialist in Tamworth. They gave me a lot of advice for things to look at and also ask the owner..this includes getting the engine number which can help to determine if it will have a well know issue with the stator which can cost £1k to fix...again the bike I'm looking at is fine.
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    I`ve got my mates Buell Ulysses here at the moment after i fixed a problem on it.
    I took it on my local byway today to continue with the `testing`.

    Adventure/off road bike? My arse!

    Just prior to taking these pics on the gravelly bit there was a deeply-rutted section full of slippery mud and gloopy water that the 4x4`s had churned up and piloting a near-200kg motorbicycle with lumpy engine power delivery, on/off clutch action, road tyres and a seat height way too high for my stumpy little legs made for a rather nervous couple of minutes riding. Eric Buells oft-touted `mass centralisation`did not seem to help, and it`s no wonder Ewan and Charlie were often picking dropped bikes up every 100 yards on their little offroad adventures if this is anything like a fully-loaded GSA...





    It does however make a most excellent road bike, the grunt, torque, effortless speed/accelleration aided by huge globs of V-twin thump (...and a rather fruity exhaust note) are addictive.

    Immediately after getting back home i took my DR800 for a little spin to compare.
    It was WEIRD, and felt like a 125.....

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    If anyone is out and about in Sussex on Sunday for a ride I'd be up for it. Will do Bacon butties as well at mine if it happens!

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    Weather looking good for tomorrow. Myself and a couple of other lads should be out round N Wales. Enoch, if you’re out and about be good to see you pal…

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    Going through a pile of old hard drives to get everything I want off of them before I clear and recycle them.

    To make the most of the scorching summer sunshine, a group of us took our Harley Sportsters to John O'Groats for the Summer Solstice (2004)



    Race-prepared GSXR-1000, very un-race prepared rider, Donington Park (2005)



    First trip out with the boy on 2-wheels (2006)



    My beautiful 'busa (2010)



    Mid-way through assembling the outfit (1999?)


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    Three hours in the sunshine today and a bbq and beer this evening . Really good day. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by manganr View Post
    Three hours in the sunshine today and a bbq and beer this evening . Really good day. :D

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    Some of us still remember that you owe us a BBQ, Ray, having been spared as a consequence of COVID

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    Some of us still remember that you owe us a BBQ, Ray, having been spared as a consequence of COVID
    Every cloud has a silver lining eh Tony......:D

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    More bike related stuff

    I met up with a few mates yesterday for a long awaited Tour Of Duty to North Wales. There were 2 Street Triples, incl mine, 2 Duc V4 Streetfighters, a V4 Tuono Factory and a plethora of Multistradas out. Left Warrington around 9.45 ish and stopped at Rhug estate bike stop for a brew n burger. Then a run into Barmouth. Stopped for a cheeky Ice Cream on the front, along with a stretch and relax. It was busy as can be expected given the weather. Homeward bound via Blaneau and Betwys. If you can resist the temptation to exercise your right wrist on the A470 road between Blaneau and Betwys, then its time to give up your bike. SIMPLES. That stretch of road has quite simply been designed by the Biking Gods with one thing in mind. Quick stop at Betwys for refreshments, where we saw an amazing Arial Atom, basically a ridiculously fast street legal go kart, it was awesome. back home for 5, and a few drinks with the kids. Top weather, super bikes, brilliant tarmac and fantastic company. If there has ever been a better day, well, someone has hid it very well cos I aint never seen it !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cinnabull View Post
    I met up with a few mates yesterday for a long awaited Tour Of Duty to North Wales. There were 2 Street Triples, incl mine, 2 Duc V4 Streetfighters, a V4 Tuono Factory and a plethora of Multistradas out. Left Warrington around 9.45 ish and stopped at Rhug estate bike stop for a brew n burger. Then a run into Barmouth. Stopped for a cheeky Ice Cream on the front, along with a stretch and relax. It was busy as can be expected given the weather. Homeward bound via Blaneau and Betwys. If you can resist the temptation to exercise your right wrist on the A470 road between Blaneau and Betwys, then its time to give up your bike. SIMPLES. That stretch of road has quite simply been designed by the Biking Gods with one thing in mind. Quick stop at Betwys for refreshments, where we saw an amazing Arial Atom, basically a ridiculously fast street legal go kart, it was awesome. back home for 5, and a few drinks with the kids. Top weather, super bikes, brilliant tarmac and fantastic company. If there has ever been a better day, well, someone has hid it very well cos I aint never seen it !!



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    Stuart great ride report and I bet you went past my front door, I also have family in and around Blaenau / Portmadog so great roads.

    . Re the Ariel I did a trackday in one 4 years ago. At the end of the session you could pay a further £15 to be a passenger in one of two supercharged Ariel Atoms dog fighting around the track. The acceleration even by bike standards was brutal :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by higham5 View Post
    Stuart great ride report and I bet you went past my front door, I also have family in and around Blaenau / Portmadog so great roads.

    . Re the Ariel I did a trackday in one 4 years ago. At the end of the session you could pay a further £15 to be a passenger in one of two supercharged Ariel Atoms dog fighting around the track. The acceleration even by bike standards was brutal :)

    Steve
    Hey Steve, I regret not taking more pics of that Atom tbh. It was covered in trick bits and carbon, they are trick as hell anyway but this was another level. I’d hate to think what that rear wing must have cost. Yeah, Blaneau area has some really top biking roads, not just biking, the scenery and backdrops are to die for. We’ll give you a knock next time we’re passing, brews on Steve guys

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    Gloucester to Aberystwyth and back today.

    250 miles. 10 hours. Excellent!






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    First ride out this evening on the Bonnie that I picked up last week. Last of the carb’d models, behaved impeccably well.
    The wife reliably informs me that it is far more comfortable on her rear compared to the pillion pad on my Speedmaster... so I guess that’s the Speedmaster only going to be on solo duties from now on !!

    I’ve got a set of TORS heading my way for the Bonnie, the previous owner fitted brand new pipes just 300 miles ago but it’s just far too quiet for my liking.
    Gratuitous pics as follows





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    Quote Originally Posted by Gyp View Post
    Gloucester to Aberystwyth and back today.

    250 miles. 10 hours. Excellent!
    Looks like the mountain road from Rhayader to Devils bridge?

    I went over there a couple of weeks ago. It’s always a good journey.


    Here’s a picture taken by my mate. He’s not quite grasped the whole depth of field thing…


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    Quote Originally Posted by downer View Post
    Here’s a picture taken by my mate...

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    Quote Originally Posted by downer View Post
    Looks like the mountain road from Rhayader to Devils bridge?

    I went over there a couple of weeks ago. It’s always a good journey.


    Here’s a picture taken by my mate. He loves photographing his bike …
    There you go fixed it for you

    Steve

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