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Up bright and early this morning and my bathroom was occupied by one of my two live inn HM service Au pairs.. Anyway I thought what can I do to keep happy pre meds? What do I really luv doing? Kylie immediately cum to mind ( singing obv) so I picked up my guitar and off I went.. Little did Noodles with a cold bunging up his nose know, but Au pair 2 or 1 had snuck up to the top floor of Noodle Towers , level 3, my room, and planted a phone there, hence recording me..
Anyway because my Twitter do-da thingy is ... #im’happy&idontgiveafuckwhoknowsit
I thought I will post it and dedicate it to my/our, but more mine than yours, DB for her luv support and endless help..
The bad news is yes, U2 can hear it, that’s, you too and not U2 you too, anyways, you can hear it also.. the even more slightly worse news is? there’s more, if your lugs can handle it.. Everything from James Morrison to Pink,,
Please note .. I jam along with my acoustic Guitar while youtube plays on my Apple Mac in the...
I finally clicked with the bike after doing half a dozen trackdays last year. It’s an ‘08 848 and came to me a bit track ready (fairings, EVR slipper clutch, quickshifter, rearsets and a couple of other little bits and bobs).
It was great but felt a bit slow to turn. Taking sage advice (experienced friend rode it and said it was ‘like a plank’) I decided to get the suspension done. I’ve never had suspension set up for my weight and always wanted to try it. Spoke to the helpful guys at HM Racing and decided on fork service with new pistons, springs and a new shock.
That was the start of the slippery slope. I’d been somewhat unnerved by flapping bars over the rise after Surtees at Brands, so wanted a steering damper. But that’s not straightforward on the first 848s, there’s no thread in the headstock or mount on the frame (and I don’t like those ones that mount on the fork top). But if you spend enough time on the internet.. you can find and import a special bracket from the US and...
I hope the link works, its a video of my father flying a glider in the Pyrenees at jaca spain. My father is my friend and business partner, he has his ppl as well as being a glider pilot, he was also the cfi in n ireland. I buried dad today, it has been the hardest couple of days in my life. Enjoy the video.
Looking back at this bike which has been known on the forum for 2 or 3 years now, most of the previous pictures that Ash34 posted in his build thread have disappeared (due to being links to photo hosting sites), so thanks go to Ash for providing a catalogue of pictures when I purchased the bike from him last month.
I have put this together from the pictures supplied...
This bike at the price offered made me come out of my bike buying retirement for one final time, so thank for the deal Ash...
Just watched a brilliant tribute by Hammond on today’s grand tour via Amazon.. really showed especially the younger generation just how incredibly talented the son of a Scottish Shepard was.. He had his Lotus dancing over the tarmac with such balance and to think he won the Indy 500 first time out by an astounding 2 minutes! And all at a time as Hammond and co said when a trip to race in Australia meant about 8 seperate flights without, in flight entertainment etc.. A truly modest, legend of a champion and a true Gentleman at that.. x
Over the winter I fitted a quickshifter to my non-S Supersport to help my left hand which is recovering from Tendon damage. I had been grumbling about having to take it a 200 mile round trip to the only dealer to get it activated in the dash.
Then I had an unexpected call from Ducati Glasgow's service manager today. He told me they had a job marked for my bike. I said "Ah, that'll be the recall for the gear pedal, I won't be bringing it down until the weather picks up, probably late March or early April." Then he went on to tell me that they have a bike to pick up in Perth next week, that's 30 miles from me, and they could pick up my bike at the same time do the recall and bring it back after the work. Great! So I asked about getting the quickshift activated at the same time. No problem he said
So that's 2 birds with one stone and great customer service. They had been getting a bad press for service problems and delays recently so it's good to see them make an effort and go out of...
Well it's not actually my Birthday but I did treat myself.
I have just bought my first ever top drawer helmet.
An Arai Chaser X. I think the style is called Finish red.
It suits the bike nicely.
While I was in the shop I also somehow managed to talk myself into a new pair of Alpinestars SMX Plus boots. So much more comfortable compared than my RSTs.
So it’s been the 2nd winter that I’ve had the pleasure of owning my 998. I actually love this bike and I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of modifying! Started life as a std 998, not an S, or an r as I just couldn’t afford them at the time. So, I’ve gone about increasing the spec to my own taste which I think is turning out well. Mods this winter are, full carbon fairing, painted to my take on an r version but to also match the std 998 tank decal, black wheels, new exact start battery leads, new billet corse sprocket flange, nos magnesium clutch casing, new EVR 48t clutch, carbon belt covers, rear hub re zinc plated, Ti bolts to be added and I think that’s it! Roll on next winter
Free BikeTrac and 15% of Ducati Insurance premium when purchasing a new Panigale V4
Free 3-month BikeTrac subscription when purchasing a Ducati or Scrambler
Customers purchasing a Panigale V4, V4S or V4 Corse are now eligible for a free BikeTrac with 12 months subscription and a 15% discount off their insurance premium.
BikeTrac is a discreet motorcycle tracker that monitors the movements of your Ducati in real-time, allowing you to view status and journey history 24/7 with notification of unauthorised movements.
This added level of security enables Ducati Insurance to offer a 15% discount on your insurance premium dependent on eligibility and terms and conditions. The offer excludes V4R Panigale and V4R Speciale and only applies to new and un-registered bikes and UK residents only (includes Channel Islands).
For customers wishing to purchase other Ducati and Scrambler models, Ducati Insurance are also offering a 15% discount when a BikeTrac unit is fitted. On this occasion the...
just got my 2010 f4 1000r Agusta back having been serviced and valve clearances checked and also having the suspension changed , I bought quite a few items from someone who had a 2011 f4 RR which had been written off due to someone leaving a small screwdriver in the air box and it going into the engine when bike was doing 80ish , anyway the rr has full ohlins suspension whereas mine has Marzocchi forks and Sachs rear shock, I bought quite a few spares off him as the RR is very similar just a sort of upgraded version of the r , the ohlins forks weren’t a direct swap but luckily the bits which were different I had already bought off the written off rr , items needed to fit the forks on mine were the rr front wheel spindle and the rr top yoke and also the handlebars needed to be changed , the ohlins look amazing on the Mv , I love the cnc’ing on the ends and the gold on them ,
This guys and girls was our most ambitious and complex project undertaken.
Vehicle arrived under cover of darkness in a covered transporter - our end task was to apply paint protection film to the entire vehicle if we were able.
We are XPEL certified and ONLY use this film as it is the worlds best self healing films available currently.
Applied XPEL Ultimate PLUS to all the gloss areas and XPEL STEALTH to all the satin carbon areas....100% total coverage in paint protection film....a huge and complex undertaking but well worth the effort and cost given the HUGE value and end use of the vehicle.
Hope you enjoy the images...
Will we see Exiges Exracers
But seriously wow!
My father died a year ago and I decided to have his 1970s Ransomes Marquis lawnmower restored, so that I can use and admire it and remember him when I'm mowing.
I didn't do it myself for all sorts of good reasons:
I wouldn't know how to do much of it
I wouldn't be able to get the bits
I wouldn't have the time
I don't really have anywhere to do it
I found someone who can do a much better job than me - The Old Lawnmower Company.
I know this forum likes a good rebuild thread, even if the motor is a BSA rather than a Ducati, so rather than copy everything I have already written about it with all sorts of photos, just see it all on my blog. It's in a couple of parts:
Happy lawnmower restoration reading!
Well it is that time of year again folks... 2018 proved to be another great year where the Lincolnshire Ride Out's and Meets thread was pretty popular and there were many successful meets and ride out's arranged through it in 2018 too (let's not mention the less successful ones where a certain Panigale and 1098R played funny buggers!)
I have decided to extend this year's thread to include Yorkshire as it appears our neighbouring county counterparts also like getting in on the action each year and also organising/hosting some great meets and rides out too
The 1198 is remaining in semi-retirement for the time being and I've decided to have another season on the Tricolore this year. Both the Panigale and Monster are currently at Italia Moto having a good once over, serviced and a couple of other little bits we wanted doing to each too...
There are a couple more bits and pieces I want to get sorted before the new season gets under way properly but everything looks like it's on...
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