What an excellent weekend, so far

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Oldbloke, Aug 29, 2004.

  1. Oldbloke

    Oldbloke Guest

    Life doesn't really get much better:

    Saturday AM bimble to Onyerbike, purchase 8 new plugs for the Zephyr.
    Saturday PM change plugs and generally fiddle with bike
    Saturday nite Pixiefest, excellent evening, good company, many thanks to Pip
    and Elly et al.
    Sunday AM Bimble to the Pixiedrome
    Sunday PM much hoonage with good company in the wilds of Bedfordshire.

    My cup seriously runneth over.

    Dan L (Oldbloke)
    My bike 1996 Kawasaki ZR1100 Zephyr
    M'boy's current bike 1990 Suzuki TS50X (Heavily fortified)
    M'boys NEW bike 2003 Honda NSR125R
    Oldbloke, Aug 29, 2004
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    Molly Guest

    Aye, top hosts them Pixies.
    Molly, Aug 29, 2004
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    Oldbloke Guest


    Didn't get the chance to properly speak to you last night, are you EOSM-ing?

    Dan L (Oldbloke)
    My bike 1996 Kawasaki ZR1100 Zephyr
    M'boy's current bike 1990 Suzuki TS50X (Heavily fortified)
    M'boys NEW bike 2003 Honda NSR125R
    Oldbloke, Aug 29, 2004
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    Molly Guest


    I don't really know yet but if I did I'd probably change my mind.
    Molly, Aug 29, 2004
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    Muck Guest


    It was my first ukrm ride out.
    Muck, Aug 29, 2004
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    Gyp Guest

    As I'm crap at introducing myself what with being shy & all, are you the
    lanky blerk with the cartoon hair that I spent most of Saturday thinking
    "who the **** is that"?
    Gyp, Aug 29, 2004
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    Salad Dodger Guest

    I hope it does.

    Offloaded serious wedge yesterday morning for a new rear tyre for the
    Wing, spent all afternoon refitting the wheel.

    What happens? The bloody thing rubs on the swing-arm.

    Bimble to Pixietown for a cracking evening. Missed HAGM on the Yellow
    Hippo. Still trying to get over the crime that has been perpetrated on
    a perfectly good CBR1000.

    Decided to set off home early to remedy the tyre issue. Picked up the
    Bedfordshire landmark, thanks to Nidge[1] for the clue.

    Got home just as the in-laws were moving out. :)

    Fell asleep on the sofa, and woke up around seven. I guess I'll be
    playing with spanners tomorrow, then.

    [1] The look on Nidge's face when Molly appeared will stay with me for
    years. :)
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    |_\_____/_| ..69339../..16127.../..3180./.19406
    (>|_|_|<) TPPFATUICG#7 DIAABTCOD#9 YTC#4 PM#5
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    \ |^| / IbW#0 & KotIbW# BotTOS#6 GP#4
    \|^|/ ANORAK#17
    '^' RBR-Visited:74 Pts:1630 Miles:5400
    Salad Dodger, Aug 29, 2004
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    Muck Guest

    Spot on description there. :eek:))
    Muck, Aug 29, 2004
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    Muck Guest

    I think it improved things a lot, and spent the time thnking about how
    to build, or grow, a mad max stylee one for myself.

    Muck, Aug 29, 2004
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    platypus Guest

    platypus, Aug 29, 2004
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    Gyp Guest

    Gyp, Aug 29, 2004
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    Molly Guest

    I missed that. Poor lad.
    Molly, Aug 29, 2004
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    Gyp Guest

    This is really a case of beauty being in the eye of etc.

    I think the CB(R?)1000 is a stunning looking bike and a seriously
    competent tool too. To do what was done was to my eye a serious act of
    vandalism and wanton destruction.

    But in a perverse voyeuristic way I enjoyed watching it.

    This doesn't undermine the Pixies skill with angle grinder and welder
    which as someone unskilled in those disciplines leaves me in awe, but I
    feel they were as it were "only following orders".

    I for one think that Damien Hurst's sheep in formaldehyde isn't art,
    it's a waste of a kebab opportunity.

    If the work turned a black heap into something approaching Mupp's CB(R?)
    then I'd have hailed it a victory. In this case, the end result was
    oddly pleasing to the eye, but was significantly lessened as I knew the
    starting point.

    I always thought that true rats were evolved as a result of
    under-maintained bikes failing their MOTs (due to genuine hardship of
    the owner) and being bodged together to pass, and, over a period of
    years, this composting effect leading to a true rat, a bike that has
    remained on the road due to the skill and ingenuity of the owner (or
    Pixie bitch) rather than their financial security..

    Taking a perfectly serviceable bike in, it has to be said, excellent
    condition and turning it into a designer rat does nothing for me and is
    IMO painfully wasteful of an excellent motorcycle.

    But then as I said, in a perverse voyeuristic way I enjoyed watching it,
    and the end result.
    Gyp, Aug 29, 2004
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    Muck Guest

    Hmm.. I just see that as a sheep that has been cut in half.
    Mups fat blade is good too, in it's own right... It's a quick bike, that
    looks mostly like any other fat blade. It just doesn't have the same
    effect as a rat on people though. Like Marmite, people either love them
    or hate them.
    In that case, I've already got a rat bike in my Bandit? Each bit that
    fails gets replaced with a bit off another random Suzuki bike. I don't,
    however, think of my Bandit as a rat.
    I thought it was a fun thing to do to a motorcycle, besides, all the
    important things are still ok, like the engine and running gear. It's
    still an excellent motorcycle, but now there's less bling stuff on it.
    but you will never own or want to own one?
    Muck, Aug 29, 2004
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    Gyp Guest

    I seem to recall the point of the rat was that it made people act with
    revulsion and want to get out of the way. I don't know art is but I know
    revulsion isn't it.
    Your Bandit just needs a wash.
    It was an interesting exercise, but one I'd rather involved resurrecting
    an accident damaged heap rather than a nearly pristine bike
    Well, the bike I turned up on had suffered 15 years of only me servicing
    and maintaining it. Despite my interest in the rat, I'm glad I left on
    my own bike.

    But perhaps I'm just getting old and turning into my own Dad; not
    wanting someone to destroy something of intrinsic value.
    Gyp, Aug 30, 2004
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    Nigel Eaton Guest

    Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, Gyp
    And very nice it was too. Thanks for the HAGM. It's just so bloody
    Nigel Eaton, Aug 30, 2004
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    Gyp Guest

    The Sportster will feel minuscule if you thought the R80 was little
    Gyp, Aug 30, 2004
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    Muck Guest

    Why? It's not very dirty. I do try to clean it sometimes, mostly when
    MOT time is here again and I've been riding on muddy roads. Even then, I
    just tend to hose off the loose bits.
    That would be interesting too.
    Likewise, I wouldn't like to get rid of my Bandit for anything else or
    my CG125 infact.
    For me, a high value bike is one that does it's job. A non working bike,
    or one that doesn't get used has no value for me.
    Muck, Aug 30, 2004
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    platypus Guest

    You should have taken the Z200 out for a blat.
    platypus, Aug 30, 2004
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    Nigel Eaton Guest

    Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, platypus
    I should have done. But I found it quite some time after I found the
    Nigel Eaton, Aug 30, 2004
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