22 December 2016
19 November 2016
31 October 2016
27 October 2016
Before then there a few rides where I can make thew odometer look a little more respectable.
11 October 2016
26 September 2016
Missed the DGR yesterday as I had a really bad dose of man-flu. Felt bad most of the day until late afternoon when I pulled Pepe out for a short run around the edge of the Marsh
Down to Dymchurch and New Romney then back up towards Ashford and across the top of the Downs back home. Altogether 25 miles.
29 August 2016
|Selfie before the off|
26 August 2016
16 August 2016
Well. Mostly packed. Just sponge bag and the new pocket atlas to go out and be stuffed into the Saddlemen bag.
It's a bit full as I wanted to save the panniers.
The left one contains my Kent Fire Brigade "Biker Down" first aid kit and... two bottles of English white wine from Chapel Down Vineyard (never call it a winery!) That's about 15 miles from home. Both bottles wrapped in bubble wrap and then on a travel blanket.
The right one has my Triumph waterproof over jacket and trousers. Plus a lock and a bag for race day.
I was going to manage without my tank bag, but I need somewhere for my passport and spectacle cases!
Now I have to decide on what to wear. Vented jacket obviously but it looks like Hood jeans over leathers.
So. It's nearly 1030pm and I have to be up early to be on the train to France at 8.50am.
8 August 2016
25 July 2016
9 July 2016
Just a short run today. A week since we got back from the Somme and Pepe needed a wash'n'brush up.
I togged up and with a plasttic bottle of cleaner bungeed on the rack I headed for the jet wash.
The idea was to get the worst of the French crud off from under the engine, mudguards and if course the easy-corrode wheels that Triumph preferred to fit.
The wash machine has changed and takes £1 coins and you get three minutes. There are six options from jet to wax and rinsing.
In the end and £2 later it all looked good. Ten minutes later I knew I had to do it by hand again when it was cold! At least the mud and crud was gone.
As it was sunny the wax rinse dried in streaks. I had a ride to Tesco to fill up with their 3p a litre cheaper 95 unleaded, then a tour around Folkestone to check out the football ground for the next home game and then home along the coast drive.
It was some two hours later when I went out with a bucket and some Simoniz suds to clean the exhausts and the streaky bits.
Then after a mere 13 miles today, Pepe went back to bed. Hopefully I can get out tomorrow.
4 July 2016
3 July 2016
Profligate that I am I decided the used bag wasn't going to work properly as it is simply too soft and doesn't hold its shape.
Looked at a few Saddlemen options and with my refund from British Airways I bought a new bag.
The quality is instantly evident. It came from a UK Harley dealer and luckily isn't badged HD at all.
It had its first outing on the Somme trip and was perfect it swallowed all our "duds" for the Ceremony and more.
The bright yellow waterproof cover came in handy in some terrible weather and no water got in. The cover is big enough to fit over the main bag and the top back. It looks a bit flimsy but worked well.
At £138 inc taxes and delivery it's not cheap but you'd gave to pay more for hard luggage and a rack to mount it.
The standard setup was the right size for my sissy bar pad and I used two other supplied straps to keep it tightly in place on the little rack, should it try to get off on its own!
The Rocket is so heavy and planted on the road it didn't cause any handling problems as it was probably at the 20lbs capacity and it us behind the rear axle.
I saw a couple of Harleys with no racks with bags not too disimilar mounted the other way around, so the bag was on the back seat. I don't think that will work on the Rocket.
19 June 2016
Had two rides out today and probably added 35 miles to the odometer!
Firstly to the Blue & White to meet the Meldrew's and possibly the largest turnout since records began.
Lively chat about the Somme trip in less than a fortnight. At least we have an idea who is going where and when.
The second was only to Folkestone to see how Claire gets on with the bike and the seating position. She has hip problems again and my large butt means she has her thighs wider apart. This causes some discomfort.
We had a gelato and a slow ride back home.
17 June 2016
8 May 2016
|The Gresham Flyer. I had one in dark blue back in the early 60's.|
|Yes, you are seeing a four cylinder Kwak two-stroke!|
|Yes, that is my finger!|
|Modern Enfield Bullet|
20 April 2016
19 April 2016
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