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Everything posted by Iano

  1. Does anyone know of a good upholsterer/trimmer at all please. somewhere not too far from Oxford would be good. ta
  2. apologies to those not into sheds, thought bikes/sheds go together like this one with the two sheds stitched into the side of a garage, nice little den
  3. smart READY TO RIDE AWAY? front mudguard to be legal?
  4. Arthur 'Two Sheds' Jackson
  5. made early 80's I think
  6. Worcester was the scene of the end of the English Civil War, Charles finally defeated there in 1651, Parliamentarians captured a fortification the Royalists built on high ground just outside the city to defend the town Parliamentarians then turned the Royalists' own cannon on the town, game over. Charles's army was mostly Scots, survivors deported to America.
  7. 34 images, go to right and click through...sheds sigh http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningpicturegalleries/8926077/Shed-love-a-selection-of-images-of-readers-sheds-and-sheds-of-the-famous.html
  8. I'm not alone then - having done that myself now think sod the gearbox and use that to check as much speed as possible. Gravel is another matter, dangerous stuff.
  9. just to say City of Worcester was good today - got there early, while waiting for my friend went in a cafe, some female teachers in there (usual good, bad and ugly combination) discussing the emerging middle classes in China - bit much at 10.00 am. Where I work, Aylesbury, half the shops have closed down, not so Worcester. Fab ride, now I've got that far the next step is Wales.
  10. been to 9 of those - don't overdo it, good to have a plan, you will have to hide Mrs Nitrous's mobile
  11. When you think there is a huge variation of motorbikes to suit all tastes, crusiers, commuters, tourers, racers, muscle and enduro so bikers aren't going to agree on everything as we all have preferences. My friend has a CCM R40 600 single but I don't personally like the V look in profile, no doubt he finds my choices odd but heyho we all like the ride and really it doesn't make much odds what bike, what you do to it or too much what it looks like. Having said that I felt a tad uncomfortable on an IAM ride out surrounded by newer and bigger machines some with top boxes most without but I kept up - thick skin needed in incidents of adverse observations I find.
  12. We moved office a month ago, hardly worth going in as the computers are full of unresoved glitches, somebody said a certain word came to mind when he thought of IT (information technology) and one of those words had IT in it. Don't get me wrong, my brother is an IT manager but he works for a top German bank so they are more on the ball.
  13. any plans? Me I tend to fritter time off recovering!!
  14. nice hedge to - like a good hedge me.
  15. thanks for asking - previously interested in a gsx750w which is the naked version but realised how competitively priced the faired ones are now, in fact generally cheaper than the naked which seems wrong. Anyway hadn't appreciated how low the seat is on the faired version which results in too cramped a position for me to sustain on a longer run (getting old is a terrible thing). Bike was in nice nick although the tickover was poor, guy said he had had the tank off and must have trapped/kinked a tube - don't know quite what to make of that but it pulled alright. You just have to eliminate the possibilities don't you, my old dog didn't seem so bad after.
  16. Plastered with all manner of insects today, maybe it's to do with all these floods, at one point a fly got in my helmet, horrible had to stop. wonder if it's my high viz attracting the little (and not so little) blighters.
  17. i'm guilty of that Stue - it's laziness I'm afraid. I turned up for an IAM training session recently and the 'tutor observer' said, you off to Peru then? Took me a moment to realise he was referring to all the ludgage. The top box is so handy for workstuff as it stands a chance of remaining dry, the rest is mainly for breakdowns, all the tools needed to dismantle a few key components plus spare oil as mine uses a bit and would you believe a tyre pump as one of the tyres goes down slowly! Oh yes a few waterproof clothes, spare gloves, maps and visor/mirror cleaning stuff.
  18. Went there today to look at a Suzuki GS750F for sale (you know the one Mansod) went down there cross country and got frustrated by a key road closure so used the A34 (vitually a motorway) on return. My bike isn't in the best of health but it can still manage a fair turn of speed, went maximum at one point to get past a load of congestion. Just got by when a black car started pressing from behind (going some the way it came up relatively quickly), moved to let it pass - it was a young woman with a baby in the back driving a newish vauxhall corsa! it must have been the 1.3 CDTi judging by the speed. After something like 130 miles of no incidents, get back to my home town around four - a guy pulls out in front from an industrial premises followed by a car going straight across a roundabout without slowing. That must be going home time then.
  19. that's interesting - have you heard the expression, keep your powder dry? Don't know the precise derivative however the idea behind cavity walls that we have commonly since, well let's say mid C20, goes back to the period around the Napoleonic Wars when there was a threat of invasion. The military ports were protected by forts with cannon. Problem was that dampness meant gun powerd could be rendered useless so twin leaf construction was developed for the powder storage areas in order to prevent the transmission of external damp. It took quite a while to catch on for domestic purposed though didn't it.
  20. star trek comes to mind - no its fine, practicality has a place. I think it's ok really especially with a rider on the bike, funny enough after a while you just don't give them a thought in terms of the looks that is.
  21. well done, can understand the 'horrible' comments, I'm doing IAM stuff, don't much like the 'back to school' and toe the line stance you are forced to adopt.
  22. - after reading this case I'm keeping well over on right handers even if it compromises the best line etc. We are far to vulnerable to other peoples errors.
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