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09 July 2015 - 09:48 PMMy mate passed his test a couple of weeks ago and bought himself a CBR600F last week and wanted to go out for a ride with someone to get some experience on his new steed, so today with the weather forecast looking good, I got the old Goldwing out and we went for a ride.
Started in Wakefield and a short ride to Squires Cafe in Sherburn-in-Elmet for an early stop and chat to see how he got on, and the obligatory coffee. Then it was off through the backroads towards Elvington, then on to Seaways Cafe at Fridaythorpe for a can of pop and a buttie. Then from there we went up through Malton and on to Helmsley. A quick breath of fresh air there then it was over to Thirsk via Sutton Bank (which for someone who has just passed their test I would say is a bit of a challenge), then down to York, Tadcaster, and then backroads back home to Wakefield. 145 miles all in all.
I was very impressed with how my mate did for his first proper ride out. I was also very impressed with how the old Goldwing performed even when I was throwing it in to the corners enthusiastically. For a 33 year old big heavy bike it really was enjoyable. And to top it off I filled up when we set off and after 145 miles the gauge said I even still had half a tank left.
But what I realised is that was the longest road ride I have done in probably 3 years or so, since I started the kit car build. Since then its been either green laning days or just short trips from work to home etc on the Goldwing since I got it. I right enjoyed it :thumbsu:
01 May 2015 - 10:27 PMAs I have been buying and selling quite a few bikes over the last couple of years, plus taking my own green laning bikes around to ride, and with the recent upgrade of my van to a RWD Transit instead of the old FWD, I decided it was time to get a proper ramp fitted rather than using the portable thin steel ramps I used previously. Not only because they can only take a certain amount of weight (wouldn't have managed with the Goldwing I just bought), but also with the RWD Transit the load bed is a few inches higher than the FWD which makes the slope of the ramps steeper and makes it a little dangerous loading and unloading.
So here are some photos of the new ramp. As we I a registered and fully insured private courier then please bear me in mind for any bike moving requirements you may have as a couple of others have previously:
At 3m long when extended and 1m wide, it makes it easy to just ride bikes in to the van which is what I did with the Goldwing you can see in the last photo.
24 April 2015 - 07:37 PMLooks like I might be back on the biking / bike ownership / riding road again by the end of next week.
Have been thinking for a while about starting a little project and really fancied getting an old Goldwing and stripping it right back and making it a bit of a custom brat bike. So I have been searching and searching for weeks for a suitable donor candidate. But then an already rebuilt and converted bike has come up for sale at reasonable money (or at least I think so) so I took the plunge and agreed to buy it, thinking I will just make a few changes to make the style how I wanted it, but at least it has already had a whole host of mechanicals done.
So there ya go. Something very different to the previous bikes I have had. Something to plod about on and look cool. Not sure how long I will keep it. Will just have to see what its like actually using it. May have to sell some of the other bikes I have acquired over the last few months though :whistle:
22 March 2015 - 08:44 PMThings are a little quiet on here so though I would try stir some conversation by putting up some old photos I have from forum meets / rides. Some faces are still on here and you may recognise then. Some have unfortunately disappeared over the years. Nevertheless I just thought it might be a giggle.......
Not all rideouts were in the nice sunny weather:
20 March 2015 - 08:20 AMAnybody watch Bike World on the telly box last night and see the review they did and the new Kawasaki H2 and H2R? :blink: WOWZERS!!!
Looks like an awesome piece of kit, both of them. Even the guy reviewing it seemed totally speechless by it. Very much doubt I will ever get to experience one though :(