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wr6133
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PostPosted: 15:06 - 12 Nov 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Playing on the Plain again.

Made a new friend
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View from the top of the Transit Route looking toward Chirton
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In my mind the Pilot is going "BOGEYS!", "DAKADAKADAKADAKADAKADAKADAKA".
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Exercise Cerberus is on so lots of Military traffic. Notable absence of heavy armour though, guess we can't afford to run them anymore Laughing I find it best to pull over and let the convoys past, they have a habit of veering about as the drivers fall asleep/wake up.
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Had a stab at riding through woodblocks, requires a bit more concentration watching for low branches. The dry looking leaf litter can also be covering slippery mud.
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Managed to not fall off today, despite yesterdays torrential rain making everything a bit slippery. Was running a lower pressure in the rear than last time, it seemed to help.
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PostPosted: 14:58 - 19 Nov 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seem to have some luck when it comes to weather and days off. I headed to a much smaller bit of the plain between Shipton Bellinger and Tidworth today, the area is small but there are alot of tracks to explore and most are not metaled so a bit more challenging.

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I think I may have strayed on to a Bridleway here, it wasn't posted as such though. Killed the engine when I encountered horses and the riders smiled and waved so no harm.
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My previous thoughts that compacted clay/chalk/flint is the worst surface known to man have changed. The mud was very slippery and the rocks stick up lots more than the picture really shows. 1/2 a mile of this and 2 involuntary dismounts where the rear lost it, slid on to the rocky stuff to the left, caught the bashplate and down I went.
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In comparison this stuff was great! Though someone needs to trim their Christmas tree it almost took my eye out.
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PostPosted: 14:09 - 29 Nov 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Up with the crows today, I had an urge to ford a small river so off across the plain I went.

This was the small river I wanted to try fording, typical the day I want to have a go the army remember to lock the gates! The guy in the VW in the background had a driver and bucket of golf balls, guess it's cheaper than the driving range!
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FV432, poor buggers must be snapped on exercise at 0830 on a Sunday. Suprised the old turds are still in service they are ancient. They had modernised them over a decade ago when I was in and they were still crap then.
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You can find lots of little forward operating bases constructed from HESCO in unexpected places on the plain. This is a sangar which means it's a post from which young Privates have to sit pretending to watch for a pretend enemy while freezing their balls off and listening to people in the area behind it eating, smoking and snoring.
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My attempt at being "Arty".
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Finally a race I can win!
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PostPosted: 00:44 - 06 Dec 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Watching the sun going down.

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PostPosted: 00:50 - 06 Dec 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

wr6133 wrote:
FV432, poor buggers must be snapped on exercise at 0830 on a Sunday. Suprised the old turds are still in service they are ancient. They had modernised them over a decade ago when I was in and they were still crap then.
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Does that one have an accelerator pedal + L/R brake for the tracks? I think I may have driven one Smile
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PostPosted: 07:28 - 06 Dec 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy-X wrote:

Does that one have an accelerator pedal + L/R brake for the tracks? I think I may have driven one Smile


Yes, accelerator, gear range selector and 2 sticks that brake the corresponding track to steer. If you do a "Drive a tank" day they usually use these. A few years back you could buy one for under 10k, you need Category H on your licence to drive one on the road.

The upgraded Bulldog variant has a yoke (like a steering wheel), and brake + accelerator pedal (as does Warrior and Challenger 2) making it all much easier but you won't find them in Civvy hands yet.

We used to call them 43-poo or 43-skip, as an armoured infantry battalion we were largely Warrior based but had a load of these things as C&C vehicles, med vehicles, mortar carriers and other roles outside of the rifle sections. Not well regarded as they were clapped out old turds that broke down a lot and don't stand a chance against modern weapons. In Iraq in '07 when it got rather shooty we didn't even use our allocated skips and were purely Warrior based, though some mechanised units were using them but they didn't have to go get blown to hell every night.
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PostPosted: 07:46 - 25 Dec 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

Made it out yesterday. Bitter wind, winter has definitely come. New shocks behaved, much comfier. Merry Christmas all.

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PostPosted: 11:13 - 25 Dec 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

wr6133 wrote:
Made it out yesterday. Bitter wind, winter has definitely come. New shocks behaved, much comfier. Merry Christmas all.


Merry Christmas mate.


What shocks did you go with?
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PostPosted: 06:57 - 26 Dec 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

arry wrote:
What shocks did you go with?


I ended up using 330mm Hagons (courtesy of Easy-X they started out on his DT project). I have some 320's too (stock 300mm) but figured try the biggest 1st. Steering has changed alot, sharper, more precise feeling. Probably less stable at speed but it can't do speed Laughing . Nicer ride now off road the old ones were too firm.

Ali rear mudguard next but that involves cutting and drilling and so maybe/maybe not this week.
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PostPosted: 18:59 - 30 Dec 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

First time I'd made it out for a while and by golly it was cold. Didn't mind that so much but having not ridden for a few months and with the roads through the villages flooding out nicely, everything seemed a bit sketchy today.

So naturally, I decided to go to somewhere I haven't been in as long as I can remember Laughing

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Epping Tea Hut.

Was quite busy round there; given we're at absolute megadeath with the Rona I was expecting it a bit quieter but nope, the forest was heaving.

Got chatting to a nice fella that owned this oddity:

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He'd owned it 30+ years and had sorted out most of its 'foibles'. Was a nice chat given I've not spoken to anyone for months really.
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PostPosted: 20:12 - 30 Dec 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

^ Wtf is that sprawling, wonky shack thing?! What happened to the neat little tea hut that once was there? Looks like pikeys have moved in! Is it still Bradley running the place?
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PostPosted: 20:28 - 30 Dec 2020    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:
^ Wtf is that sprawling, wonky shack thing?! What happened to the neat little tea hut that once was there? Looks like pikeys have moved in!


It got BrexiCovid19 when Sleepy Joe got elected.

chickenstrip wrote:
Is it still Bradley running the place?


No idea mate. I had no idea who ran it last time I was there and more I come to think of it, I can't remember the last time I was there to such a point that I'm debating I'd ever been there. So, err, I'm Sleepy Joe in disguise Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 12:14 - 04 Jan 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll polish out
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This one needs some T-Cut though
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Extra couple of inches on the mudguard paid off, my tailpack didn't get plastered in muck.
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PostPosted: 07:49 - 18 Jan 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw an advert. 20 Hotwings for 5.99. At this price it becomes essential shopping, so made an essential journey to my nearest KFC (about 9 miles over Byways). This bike is great in Drive-Thru's, the exhaust exits pointing at the window, blipped the throttle and watched the guy taking payment jump about 3 foot in the air Laughing

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Below 2 are taken from the the West side of Bulford Ranges in the far distance the buildings are the Airfield and HQ at Netheravon.
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I'm mostly where I want to be with the bike now. Long term I need to improve the footpegs and probably rebuild the gearbox with trials gears but that can wait. Also seat needs some sheepskin, those saddles need a layer of padding to be comfy.

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First use of a new helmet. I wanted something with a peak, sunvisor and a central tab on the main visor to make it easy to operate with either hand. It's an LS2 MX436 Pioneer Evo, I think they usually retail around a ton but I got this for 55 on sale. Comfortable, comes with a chin skirt to keep your chin hairs warm, visor is pinned for a max vision pinlock (pinlock not included), easy to use and operate. It's loud though, not so much issue on a slow bike but at real speed I think the wind noise in this lid would be really bad. It's more practical off road than than my other road biased helmets, anyone after a cheap but decently specced ADV/Dual sport lid could do alot worse.
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PostPosted: 13:02 - 24 Jan 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

Essential shopping/playing in the snow Laughing

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PostPosted: 15:56 - 24 Jan 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

so hang on a sec - what's that red bike up there?
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PostPosted: 16:30 - 24 Jan 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

trevor saxe-coburg-gotha wrote:
so hang on a sec - what's that red bike up there?


Sanglas 500...
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PostPosted: 16:31 - 24 Jan 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

wr6133 wrote:
Essential shopping/playing in the snow Laughing


Yes mate Cool

Just been miserable rain over this side of Londinium Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: 08:10 - 25 Jan 2021    Post subject: Reply with quote

arry wrote:
Just been miserable rain over this side of Londinium Rolling Eyes


It mostly has here, suddenly stopped on Saturday morning though and then on Sunday this happened. No more snow overnight though so what's there has now compacted and it's an ice rink outside.

There much of a Byway network around Essex?
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