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ThunderGuts
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PostPosted: 10:58 - 10 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

So wanted to do a few hours on the Cub this morning, one of my normal “link” roads was shut though, so looked on the OS map and spotted a lane that would bypass the closure. Partly parked as a BOAT but I’m fairly sure I cycled it before and it was just narrow so figured it’d be fine. Well, turns out it’s a fairly technical off road route. Fortunately despite having never done any off road motorcycling before, it seems not that far removed from mountain biking so I went for it. Turns out the C90 is an absolutely hoot on such ground. I took it easy as I didn’t want to bash it (and managed to both avoid that and dropping it) but it was still absolutely ace. Probably not something to make a habit of on that particular bike as it’s a bit nice for that really but still good fun on this occasion. One photo after the trickier ascent (where I was able to stop easily) and then a photo at the end.
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PostPosted: 18:00 - 10 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking for somewhere interesting to visit locally I was thinking about going to the RSPB reserve at Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire; somewhere I’ve been before. Then I noticed on Google Maps that the Fowlmere Airfield Museum was close by and open today. It’s a single Nissen Hut on slightly more than a farm strip insofar as there were several light aircraft across the way and in a hangar, but it’s still a grass runway. Not much activity. The site was a WW1 airstrip, then farmland, then a satellite station for nearby Duxford (and Bolton Paul Defiants) before the Americans moved in with Mustangs.

Most interestingly, post war it became a camp for Polish soldiers returning from Italy, and their families, not having anything to go back to at that time. Apparently there were 40 Polish camps across the UK (not to mention the Czechs, etc which I assume were also accommodated elsewhere). When I say ‘camp’ they had a school (before attending a local primary school) and a place of worship, it was basically a Polish village, albeit meagre like much of England at that time. I was even guided by a nice chap who was brought up in said camp. Nice local history and tales of heroism, local artefacts, original cine film. Highly recommended.

Apparently there is also a museum at nearby Nuthampstead which stationed the USAF B17 Flying Fortress and the P38 Lighting, which I’ll be seeking out next.

No photos, but I was slightly entertained by the story of the relatively elderly but left-field fellow (forgotten his name Embarassed ) who engineered his way onto the site post-WW2 to address any issues and was successful, but incidentally commandeered a bright green motorcycle from the local motor pool (having been offered a jeep). I like to think the visit of my lime green Kawasaki would please him.
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PostPosted: 21:06 - 10 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Visited the Triumph Factory and the National Motorcycle Museum a couple of weeks ago. Both worth a visit, though we couldn't do the proper factory tour at Triumph as they're refitting.

Forgot to take any pictures at Triumph, but there's some pics of some of the weird bikes at the NMM here - https://imgur.com/a/SbWR1FE
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PostPosted: 17:12 - 16 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took the 800 Viffer for a bimble, it was feeling unloved as I've been on the Fireblade for commuting duties in this weather. Went over Eclusham Mountain, through the ford at Worlds End and then back via the Horseshoe pass to open her up a bit.

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PostPosted: 19:20 - 16 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dom's Bike Stop just outside Leominster for the first Meteor Shower meet up. First night's camping since the 2017 OMGWTFBCFBBQ.
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PostPosted: 19:55 - 17 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Bridge Café .. everywhere seemed quiet today Question
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PostPosted: 22:27 - 17 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

A wee run out to Kylesku and seen this orange beast, thought it looked cool as my backup vehicle lol. Destroyed these tyres on the granite roads.
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PostPosted: 13:07 - 18 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

On Saturday I did an Airfield Riding day at the local RAF station. I've been with the club for a while now, and so they've decided I belong in the fast group... It was a bit scary but it seems my pace does justify it, which is nice. Their overall pace is not the same as a No Limits or something, but it's reasonable.

I had a crash at Cadwell Park in may and sprained my left foot among other injuries. I can't walk properly still and I am still not quite 100% on driving a car (because of the clutch). I can, it seems, still ride though, and managed to make a decent account of myself on the airfield day despite my trackbike being a little mashed - I used my newly serviced Street Triple instead and it was a lot of fun. I miss the quickshifter off of the track bike, and I'd definitely prefer clip ons and a touch more front end feel, but considering the circumstances it was a lot of fun.

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PostPosted: 15:56 - 20 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

To the BMW Dealership for a service of Frau.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52229729875_8017c630bb_c.jpg

Made the most of the journey up there and back. It's only 30 miles each way but there are some nice lanes if you stay off the A roads.

£190 including VAT. Not bad really. Well, I thought it wasn't, until I realised that they've charged £56 plus VAT for 4 litres of BMW's special magic 15w40 oil, that burns off in the boxer in no time at all Laughing

Still, I'm old and rollin' in cash so it's worth it to keep the value of the bike up. Nobody buys a bike like this unless it's got the stamps. True story.
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PostPosted: 22:36 - 20 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beaulieu classic bike event-

https://i.imgur.com/aqEdItT.jpg
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a few cars on show too.
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and just for those who like backless chaps...
https://i.imgur.com/j8MknX9.jpg
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https://i.imgur.com/GrHy2Yn.jpg
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a rather pretty Vincent Rapide...
https://i.imgur.com/xr01OmF.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/vokTdO4.jpg

an odd looking Norton...
https://i.imgur.com/63fsxfy.jpg

some Italian exotica...
https://i.imgur.com/7CeZkek.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/cp9xVA8.jpg
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Mike Hailwoods 1961 IOM TT/world championship winning 250
this bike was fired up and revved. it hurt my ears it was so loud!
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Bsa super rocket...
https://i.imgur.com/fTi8i4Y.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/xTPz4Or.jpg

and finally a modded RE Continental GT650...
https://i.imgur.com/2TA6PQy.jpg
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PostPosted: 18:17 - 22 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

I seem to remember seeing one of Hailwood's bikes up at Brackley years ago.
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Kawasaki Jimbo
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PostPosted: 21:04 - 23 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Short trip to the reed beds and board walks of RSPB Fowlmere south-west of Cambridge, partly inspired by this blog. Lovely hot day, white clouds and blue skies. Unexpectedly I had several brief, friendly conversations with knowledgeable visitors, one of whom put me onto an app called BirdNET which sits nicely alongside PlantNet for putting names to what you see and hear. Dragonflies, butterflies, marsh harrier and little egret, peewit, heron… lovely. ”Stabiliser” cattle too, standing ankle deep in the water.

On arrival there was an F15 jet tearing up the sky not far away, and later from the Reed Bed Hide I could hear and then see two P51 Mustangs aerobatting, and nearby Duxford’s B17 bomber ‘Sally-B’ rumbling along in the distance. It was ‘American Flying Day’ at the airfield’s working museum which I hadn’t been aware of despite being a member. That was my next destination, and since it was sold out I watched from local lanes for half an hour or so. The day was mostly about enjoying the bike though. 67k miles and it’s as good as ever; a swooping, screaming, roaring joy, like owning a pet dragon.

Poor photographs from Fowlmere because my compact camera was through maximum optical zoom and into digital zoom. I didn’t take many anyway. I’ll post one of a heron, plus the Kawasaki in the lanes.

https://i.postimg.cc/X78yj1Fd/D5-DEBDF6-0-A8-A-4-FC4-BBD0-F217-E3-CD325-B.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/4xxHmvbM/A0044-D8-E-3-ECA-465-D-BD80-3-B1561-F23906.jpg

A good day. I wish it could always be summer.


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PostPosted: 21:09 - 23 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kawasaki Jimbo wrote:


Love that
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PostPosted: 13:05 - 25 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found another picture of me at the Airfield day...

https://www.bikechatforums.com/files/chinookcornersmall.jpg
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PostPosted: 21:41 - 25 Jul 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went to the Isle of Wight for the weekend, on pretty much a whim.

Ferry across:
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52240128802_150ac3ffe7_c.jpg

Hired a hammock at a campsite just outside Yarmouth, which made the whole camping thing a bit easier but also quite rustic/authentic:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52240127872_d850d3793f_c.jpg

Rode the coast road a good few times for the lols:

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Saw some other sight-seeing stuff - Carisbrook Castle, for example:

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And the steam railways:

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Went off to the Needles, got the chairlift, and then the rib out to see them close up:

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And found some cool places to eat along the coast - some really good food with lots of local crab:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52241114388_c710ac0fd2_c.jpg


~500 miles all told. Excellent weekend on me toddies.
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PostPosted: 04:15 - 03 Aug 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I went to my mom in the other town and I had to ride for 2 hours to reach her. It was rainy and I was afraid to ride in the rain but luckily I am a caring rider) Mom made me the best coffee with the creamer I have ever tasted, it is delicious. When I'll done my job I would visit her more often. Try to make some photos in the next trip, the road is amazing
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PostPosted: 17:23 - 07 Aug 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

To the MotoGP at Silverstone. It was ok but I think I enjoyed the ride there and back more. Still I’m looking forward to watching it on ITV tomorrow evening so I’ll know what was going on. Amazing speeds and noise, mind.

I was surprised how much of the grounds were covered with loose grey rubble like something off a slag heap. Uncomfortable to walk on and to ride a bike across to park.

It was so hot I didn’t want to walk far so I loitered around the Wellington Straight, Brooklands, Luffield and Woodcote, which was also where the trade stands and BMX jumps were.

Being tight I only stumped up the £80 (+VAT) for ‘general admission’ and £10 for a programme. Without a grandstand ticket you’re limited in what you can see and the best views are obscured by the same grandstands or the fencing. I felt a bit short-changed to be frank. Nice to say I’ve been though.

Edit: best of a crap short series of photos, because ‘to v or not to v’ pointed out this is a picture thread.

https://i.postimg.cc/0NT2HBp0/66-E8-F86-F-2022-40-AF-8-E21-95-D50-E7-CCFC7.jpg


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PostPosted: 18:16 - 07 Aug 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Being tight I only stumped up the £80 (+VAT) for ‘general admission’ and £10 for a programme. Without a grandstand ticket you’re limited in what you can see and the best views are obscured by the same grandstands or the fencing. I felt a bit short-changed to be frank.


Yeah, even if I was in the money and following it all closely, I wouldn't pay that.
Last race I attended was at Donington many years ago, that seemed to offer some good viewpoints, but I was mug enough to pay to cross the bridge to the infield, where there was nothing going on, and no decent views.
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PostPosted: 18:20 - 07 Aug 2022    Post subject: Reply with quote

Silverstone is a great circuit but a pretty poor venue. Having been to Abu Dhabi for the F1 on a couple of occasions, the circuit and the entertainment make it worth taking a punt on what's generally quite an average race.
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