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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Stolen bike

Saw this post by a German visitor who's bike was stolen. Please keep a look out for it.

Hello. My name is Heiner, I'm from Germany and my motorcycle is in the night of 05.08. was stolen from the Oxford Carpark in Newcastle Upon Tyne on 06.08.2018 while I slept in the hotel next door to take the ferry to Amsterdam. I had some nice days in England and Scotland before and unfortunately this trip had to end like this. Would it be possible to start a witness call, if someone has noticed something or if someone has my dull white BMW R 1150 GS or vllt the German license plate EL VG 14 has seen. It would also help if I could find the case that was still on the back. it is a black BMW suitcase. thanks a lot for your efforts

Owner can be contacted via Facebook here, or I can forward a message on to him.

Feel free to copy and post this message.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Saturday, 4 August 2018

GoPro found

Saw this posted on Facebook. A GoPro camera was found in Dornoch, Scotland. If anyone knows who's it is, contact me and I'll put them in contact with the poster.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Friday bike (haven't had one of these for a while!)

Harley Davidson 1250 Pan American

Yes - A 1250cc watercooled  adventure sport bike from HD. They say it'll be available from 2020.

No doubt some of you will have some comments to make!

Sunday, 29 July 2018

The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2018

Once again I'll be taking part in the Glasgow ride of The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride. This is a world wide event held in numerous cities to raise funds for prostate cancer research and men's mental health.
I took part in last year's ride, hopefully it'll be a bit drier this time!

If you want to sponsor me my fundraising page is here.

Even better, dress up and take part in a ride yourself! 

Ride Dapper!

More about the ride here, and a list of rides here.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

I'm still here!

Sorry I've been very quiet recently but I've been very busy going to bike events, etc, so haven't had time to post. Will post a catch up soon.
Big news is that I retired last Friday and started a new job on Monday! More later...
I've also bought a new scooter, Honda Forza 300, as the commute to my new job is a bit too much for my PCX 125.

Watch this space!

Honda Forza 300

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Another day in the garage

Have managed a bit more work on my 1972 Honda CL350 'project'.
I'd put my saddle into a local company called Baillie Car Trimmers and got it back a couple of weeks ago. They had done a wonderful job, copying as closely as they could the original design.

The original Honda cover had cast on 'stitching', but Baillies duplicated the pattern with 'real' stitching.

They also fitted standard looking studs round the edge, and where the original saddle had the word Honda stencilled on the back, Baillies embroidered it on.

The cover is of very high quality vinyl, and the fit is superb. They normally do mostly car upholstery, but have done a lot of custom bikes. Price for the job was a reasonable £160.

Today I spent a day in the garage working on the bike. First job was replacing the swingarm bushes. When I'd put the swingarm back in following painting, I could feel there was some movement indicating worn bushes. I bought some pattern bushes from a company that makes parts for racing CB350s that appear to be made from some kind of phosphor or sintered bronze (Original Hnda bushes seemed to me made of cast iron). These were fitted along with some pattern inner sleeves, (the spindle was in good enough condition to reuse).

You can see the difference between new and old!

Old bushes came out easily enough.

And new ones were tapped in with a rubber mallet.

Whole job from wheel out to wheel back in only took about half an hour, and that included stopping to clean my hands so I could take photos.

Rest of the day was spent doing lots of small but time consuming jobs. Footrest bar was painted and refitted, oil filter cover had some scratches polished out and refitted, and the rear brake lever and rod went back in as well.

Saddle has been stored in the house to keep it clean, and there's plenty more small jobs still to be done.
At last it feels like this project is moving forwards at last, although there's still plenty to do!