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Sep 06 2005

New Parts Ordered

Published by under GSF600 (Bandit)

For those of you that are not in the know, whilst I was in Norway I had a minor accident on my motorbike. I say minor but it resulted in the front forks being bent and my front wheel collapsing. After the whole fiasco with the RAC returning my bike (I promise to post a full writeup) I have finally found a breakers yard with spare parts for my bike and have ordered them. Hopefully they should be dispatched tomorrow to arrive in the island by Friday afternoon.

If all goes well and I can get into the garage where my bike is being stored I may even be able to get my bike back on the roads this weekend!!!

For all the trouble that the RAC put my through, I would like to thank them for paying for my spare parts… their “compensation” really came in useful!

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Aug 10 2005

The Motorcycle Was Invented By….

Published by under GSF600 (Bandit),GSX-R750

I just read about an interesting feature on Google in which you can get Google to “fill in the blanks”. You simply type in a sentance and put an asterisk where you want the blank filled in. I found this out from the Google blog and the example query they give is “The parachute was invented by *“.

SO I thought that I would give it a go and tried searching for “the motorcycle was invented by *“. As luck would have it this not only tells you who invented the motorcycle, it is also a perfect example of why information found on the internet should be taken with a pinch of salt. Apparently the motorcycle was invented by the following people:

  • Gottlieb Daimler in Germany in 1885
  • Sylvester H. Roper in 1869
  • Howard Roper in 1867

This feature of Google is also pretty good for looking up jokes, such as “how many * does it take to change a light bulb“. However, I’m not sure how many people will find the second result very funny!

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Jul 04 2005

Return From Norway

Published by under GSF600 (Bandit),Holiday

I’m back from my three week holiday to Norway but my bike isn’t!

It’s a long story so I’ll fill you in about it later.

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Jun 08 2005

Hows That List Going?

Published by under GSF600 (Bandit),Holiday

Whilst writing the previous post I came across my list of stuff to do for my holiday to Norway. So lets see how I’m doing so far:

  • Plan route (I’m leaving this one to dad)
  • Buy Guernsey->UK tickets
  • Buy UK->Norway tickets
  • Buy new motorcycle helmet
  • Buy intercom unit
  • Buy bike luggage
  • Service bike
  • Install intercom unit & bike alarm
  • Locate possible over-night stops (again I’m leaving this one to dad)
  • Acquire tent for emergencies
  • Purchase riding clothing (trousers & new gloves)
  • Find & buy cigarette lighter for motorbike (to charge phone & iPod)
  • Buy iPod (either Mini or Shuffle)

Looks like I’m not doing too bad… there have been a few other things I’ve had to do but I don’t have the time to add those to the list at the moment.

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Jun 08 2005

Free Service

Published by under GSF600 (Bandit)

I was a little supprised this morning. I went to Duques Garage in Guernsey to collect my bike which had been taken in for its first service prior to my touring holliday to Norway. When I asked if there was a charge for the service I was told “No, it’s the first service.”

Those that are enlightened will know why this supprised me. For those that have yet to see the light, I am sorry but at this time I am unable to say explicitly why I was supprised… lets just say I was expecting to have to pay!!!

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Jun 07 2005

When Does A Journey Begin?

Published by under GSF600 (Bandit),Holiday

Most people will answer this with a simple “When you’ve packed your bags and are walking out of the door!”. But is that really the answer? Maybe the question I’m asking is a bit more metaphysical or rhtorical.

For me, my current journey started some time earlier this year when I decided to embark on a motorcycle touring holiday to Norway this summer. Since February/March I have been plotting and planning every last detail I can think of in order to make this journey as smooth and simple as possible and at last the final details are falling into place.

My bike is in the garage having its final service, I’ve got a pile of after-market parts to put on the bike when I get it back, I’ve got a tailpack waiting to be collected from Riders, I’ve removed my intercom and alarm from my old bike ready to be fitted to the new bike, all by important documents have been copied in triplicate (one copy to take with me, one copy for my sister to take and one copy to leave at home) and all my clothes are washed and ready to be packed (thanks mum!).

So when does a journey begin? It doesn’t! At least it doesn’t have one definative start… but it does have a finish to the start and thats when you’ve packed your bags and close the door behind you.

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Jun 03 2005

New Bike For A New Adventure

Published by under GSF600 (Bandit)

Suzuki Bandit
As you may, or may not, I have recently splashed out on a new bike. Yes I finally hung up my gixxer keys for the last time and can now been seen riding around the island of Guernsey on a Suzuki GSF600-K3 Bandit.

The bike in question is a 2003 model Bandit that was original purchased in 2004 by a friend of my sister. The original purchaser found the bike was too big for her and so it has been sat in a garage for that past year with only 200 miles on the clock.

The bike is in absolutely mint condition and was being sold at a price that I couldn’t refuse. Plus I wasn’t sure that my old gixxer would be up to touring holiday in Norway so this bike was a bit of a god send in that respect.

I’ve had to buy a few parts for the bike, in order to get it ready for the trip, such as a screen and rear hugger but I’ll post more about those latter.

So here’s to a new bike for a new adventure. I’ll be leaving Guernsey on the 11th June and hopefully I’ll be keeping my blog up to date as I make my way to the north of Norway and back.

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Apr 26 2005

More Repairs Required

Published by under GSX-R750

Once again my bike is in the garage being fixed. This time it is the oil return pipe that has given up the ghost. Friday even I noticed that it was leaving oil marks on the wet road but assumed this was because the heavy rain was washing some of the old oil off the engine block. After riding it Saturday morning I noticed that the occasional drip had become more frequent, so I called the Millard & Co. for some advice (and to order some new tyres).

I was advised to take the bike there immediately to be checked out. Upon arriving at Millards I was greated with a “How the hell didn’t you come off your bike?!?!?”. It seems that the dripping of oil hard turned into a torrent and the engine must have been running virtually dry.

It turns out that the Header Cooler Oil Hose had split meaning that the oil that should have been going to the top of the cylinder headers to cool the engine was in fact spewing out over the engine which isn’t so effective for cooling. Not only that, but the oil that the bike had been loosing was also all over the back tyre (luckily I’m getting new tyres) which could have resulted in a nastey accident.

I have decided that following my trip to Norway this summer I shall be selling my bike and getting a new one, I’m thinking either a street bike like a Bandit or a big (200cc) vespa scooter. If anyone is interested in buying my GSX-R I’m open to offers and can be got at aidy at gringod dot com.

Update: I found out that a friend of my sister is selling her bike for 2500 for a (I think) 2004 bike. I may ask if I can have a look at it as that is in my post-Norway budget range for a new bike.

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Apr 01 2005

Holiday Snaps

Published by under Export,GSX-R750,Holiday,Photos

When I went on holiday last weekend I took my camera with my, fully intending to stop as often as possible to take pictures of the scenery from the seat of my bike. These are the results:

Waiting for the boat in Guernsey

My route guide

Locked up in Poole

As you can probably tell, the joy of riding got the better of me. The result being that I was so in awe of my bike I only took pictures of that when I could finally drag myself off the seat.

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Mar 30 2005

Damn Pesky Kids

Published by under Export,GSX-R750,Holiday

Continuing from earlier… when I arrived at Poole harbour on Monday afternoon I was tired and hungry as I’d been riding all morning and hadn’t eat since breakfast as I was unable to get to Bucklers Hard in the New Forest. All I wanted was to be able to sit down and have something to eat.

That wasn’t to be though, as soon as I had parked up my bike I and was removing my helmet I was confronted by a kid with a barrage of questions about my bike and how cool it looked and how he ha a bike. At first I thought he was about 16 or 17 and so I thought I’d humour him a bit. Only he started going on about how he’d got an old GT500 that he used for drag racing (or something) and he also had a GSX in bits that he was going to be rebuilding and his mate “Dobbo” was gonna do it for free but his mate “Smiffy” at school didn’t believe him so he got a contract from “Dobbo” saying that he was going to do it for free and so “Smiffy”… and it went on and on and on. It was sometime during this rant that he let slip that he was only 13.

At this point I completely blanked him and walked off to buy my lunch in the hope that he would ignore me. It was also at the moment that the checkin gates opened so he had to go back to his parents car… Lady Luck can be a wonderful at times.

So anyway, I ate my lunch and went through checkin and into customs… where I was stopped and searched. It wasn’t just me, they searched all the first lot of vehicles that went through and being a motorcyclist I was one of the first.

After customs I met up with a couple of other bikers who were also on the boat. One was heading back to Jersey and the other was heading to Guernsey with a very nice 2002(?) R1 that he’d just bought, and I mean VERY nice. We started off chatting about where we’d come from, about the bikes and then the conversation moved onto other subjects (the whole world doesn’t revolve around bikes). Unfortunately that kid showed up again. Only this time his age and immaturity really shone through! No matter how much we ignored him he kept butting in with random comments and questions about bikes and which one was the best bike there… OMG GROW UP!!!!

After a while the Condor ferry appeared out of the mist at which point the kid said “why don’t you start your engine up and have a revving contest with the ferry!!!”…. you what?!?!? that’s the sort of comment I’d expect from a four year old!!!

At this point I decided to play my final trump card. Having realised that he had never been on the wavepiercer before I told him the story about what would happen if the ferry hit a container that had fallen from a cargo ship. At this point he turned a most wonderful shade of green and disappeared back to his parents car and I never heard from him again… thank god!

NB. If you’re wondering what would happen if the wavepiercer hit a container the answer is… the container would win. An there’s a whole lot of containers that have been lost in the English Channel!!!

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