Trikes and Bikes
Interest in motorbikes or trikes of any sort
started by knibbd (19 September 2008)
8 January 2009
It’s not really been biking weather at all, has it? I must confess mine has been sitting with it’s cover firmly on and the battery in the warm and dry of the flat on the charger. Apart from icy roads - always a no-no on the bike, I think - below 5C my hands just freeze after a while, even with winter gloves. Trains it is, then.
30 January 2009
Hello everyone!!...thought I would drop in and boot this thread again as its been expiring quietly in the corner…Well…as for me, am gradually picking out which rallies/festivals that we will hopefully paying homage to this year…thinking of having a word with the Met Office about some nicer weather for 2009…mind I reckon the totem pole that Steve is building in the lounge will be a safer bet…maybe doing a sun dance or two…lol…Hope you guys all doing good…Anyone else looking at the 2009 rally scene??...If so would be cool to meet up for a beer or ten!!...Anyway ride safe y’all…Big hugz xx
4 February 2009
Things are still a bit of a mess here… although the main roads are clear, our side road in Kensington is still an icy skating rink, and the pavements are pretty lethal in places too. Most of the bikes here still have 3 or 4 inches of snow on top of them, although today it seems to be melting fast. (See pic on http://westlondonblogger.blogspot.com )
My other half has been marooned in Brighton and is trying to come up today - trains are still in a mess in South London.
dmj1962 edited this post 5 February 2009
4 February 2009
Hope you not too medically restrained knibbd…lol…right now with the snow and all rallies DO seem a far away dream I must admit..lol..
Ouch dmj…mind, I quite like Brighton…lol…hope u reunited soon…We’ve got off lightly compared 2 some…snows all gone but forcast more en route so…batten down the hatches Captain!!!!!
11 March 2009
My mate Si turned up today on his R1 streetfighter - GIT!!
I thought I’d seen Nirvana when I saw a GPZ9 hardtail, but this thing was a work of art, quite literally.
Carved gear pedal cover, engraved frame, custom clocks, dump valve warning light. This piece of art will soon be in the pages of a periodical close to my heart or my name ain’t arehl*.
Actually it really will be in print soon.
Look out for “Is this the new Kat”
4 July 2009
Well, I find myself here again, at a loose end at 3 O’Clock in the morning.
I have owned over 25 motorcycles and, I was 25 years old before I realised that you could sell them to anyone else but breakers.
Contrary to what another contributor states in another thread, the greatest (let’s call 'em bikes from now on) bike ever is the GPZ 900.
Before GPZ9 all bikes had a hinge in their frame. Afterwards, they all had To come up to GPZ9s standards and, in general they did, but as far as I’m concerned there has never been an engine to match the 9.
They’ve tried but failed to reproduce an engine that will do 150mph+ and pull from 30mph in 5th.
I don’t own an R1 and don’t want to. I did own an EXUP and did 184mph (indicated) on the M5 (Tewksbury junction to M50 junction) on a Saturday morning, and it was very boring. I got my EXUP after I’d had my 9 and I hated it.
I hated it cos it didn’t give me any warning when it was going to let go.
The most fun bike I’ve owned was a GSX750ET (pre fairing bike). It used to buck and cuss when you gave it sht (top speed probably 125mph). It didn’t wait till you weren’t looking and then kick you in the ass. My EXUP (for EXUP read R1) gave absolutely no warning when it was going to let go.
I got my EXUP when I was still dipatching, and my dispatch bike was a GSX 750 ES.
My greatest day as a rider (on my GSX 750ES) was when I scratched both pegs on the rondabout going into work - IN THE WET - Fk geting your knee down, that’s easy if you go round a roundabout at 8am on a Sunday morning or try often enough on a track day.
I also had a race that topped 150mph with another EXUP on normal roads, and slight bends turned into hairpins.
I now think I’m sounding like the worst kind of bike prck so I’ll end this now.
28 August 2012
been riding bikes since I reached 17…sometime back in the stone age..
always hated the idea of driving a car – too claustraphobic slow and from what I could see always someone wanting a lift somewhere…never bothered with a car licence as I wouldn’t use it….love flying small planes and Gliders though – if only I was born rich….learned to fly in the ATC.
so started on a little Yamaha 100cc – makes me laugh now….actually used it to travel from Loughton (just north of London) up to RAF Debden (Cambs Border) so I could fly gliders…used to take forever.
went through the usual 250s – managed to get a free one from York University when I was there as it had been abandoned. That ran for about 3 years after I had got it going again.
had a Yamaha XS 750 US custom that was a lovely bike….bought an old XS 750 C and still have that locked away as a project bike.
In 2004 I got a Triumph Bonneville (Hinckley) but that was stolen.
Now riding around on a 2001 Triumph Sprint RS in Triumph racing yellow – I try to keep top the speed limits but it’s hard.It’s great for photographing my airfields – pull into the side of the road and never in anyone’s way.
will upload a photo.
any other M/C nutters out there
28 August 2012
Hello again y’all!…I have not been around on here of late as I am mostly in fields 80% of the year nowadays….I am the Lincolnshire representative for the National Association for Bikers with a disability or NABD – as most peeps know us! http://www.nabd.org.uk/ I have been in post since June 2009 and love it! I take my info stall all over the country to bike rallies and help put the ability into disability for disabled bikers by assisting them to apply for a grant to enable them to carry on riding their machines & continue to be among the biking community. It’s great to see this thread revived and to see some new posts…Chris – I have a XS1100 in my garage as a project…And a Z1300 that is currently being triked but taking forever as I am never at home…lol…
Keep the posts coming folks!…Luv & peace….Kat…xxx :-)