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Post by Steady Eddy on Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:28 pm

As said in a previouse post we have applied to down size from a three bedroom semi to a two bedroom bungalow , so are gull of busy trying to sort out all the junk we have collected over the years ( god ehere did it all come from ?? )I have stuff in the garage that I brought with us when we moved here 42 years ago thinking I might need it some day , well that some day never came so its off to the scrap man this time , and as much as I love riding the little stinker she is going to have to be sold I will be keeping the Old Girl the Honda ST 1100 Pan Euro and I will be taking the little Honda C90 Cub restoration project ( a man has to have something to tinker with ) I hope the summer comes soon her in doors is throwing or packing all my clothes till there is very little left to wear , we have seen a bungalow we are hoping we will get but will have to wait and see how it goes we have no idea how long it will take , am getting all stessed out wanting to know if we can have the one we want or not , I think it looks as if we should bbut who knows , grrr patence is not one of my strong points , hope you are both ok over by yonder
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Post by Smilodon on Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:56 am

Nice to hear from you and glad to see you are keeping a hand in with the cub. Hope the bungalow has some place to store the Pan and tinker with the cub.

OK at this end, but been a bit of a slog. Both my and the wife's jobs are keeping us too busy, leaving less time for other stuff than I would like.

Been slowing teaching my wife to ride her new Grom. We were hoping to make it for Bike Week, but not sure she'll be comfortable enough to mingle with the the Harleys on Main street. No need to rush.

Work stuff might mean not much Bike Week anyhow. Planning on going over to the west coast of Florida to watch an Indy car race next week. So that's a little get away if not bike related.

Was planning on coming over for the NW200, but as the date draws closer, and me having done nothing in the way of planning, it seems less likely.
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Post by Steady Eddy on Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:52 am

I will be keeping the Pan at a mates about a mile away , and hope to keep the cub in a shed in the back garden till it gets done , that work thing is over rated , dont know how I ever had time for it , we have never done the NW 200 , keep saying we should but it wont be this year , we because of the impending move are trying to save oyr money till we know we have all we need, to have the new place as we want it , would you be allowed to the Bike week on propper bikes ?? I thought you had to be tractor mounted ??
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Post by Smilodon on Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:25 am

Of course you were always welcome at the track with anything (in the old days, it was a lot like the TT bike-wise in the infield of the track).  Out in the usual Harley hang-outs, less welcome was generally how it's been.  Now a-days it is a little more tolerant, but you still have mostly "cruisers" (not all Harleys these days) so it still is a tractor fest for the most part.

But fun to be had by anyone on any bike, and you'll see just about anything in the minority, which still numbers in the tens of thousands.  Still hard to find in the hundreds of thousands of Harleys (and Harley-a-likes).
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Post by j.p. on Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:28 am

Great minds think alike, Eddie... Retirement of some kind is still looming in my near future. There is no way we could sell the current house we built. Not if we wanted to replace it anyways. Things have gotten so expensive in the last decade and I don't think I could do it all myself anymore. So we're slowly looking at ways of cutting back.
Mind you, I still am looking at the new Versys X, but that is another story.
That does mean that overseas trips are on hold for me too. Work schedules are not worked out yet for time off, we have a wedding for one of the rotten little kids this fall, new grandchild last week, rental property to dispose of... life just keeps commin' at yah...

Interesting topic in the meantime on the only other Forum I have time to check with...


http://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,96386.0.html#.WLhtI3-d5QB

Changing times??
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Post by Smilodon on Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:57 am

It's always changing times. People are already starting to tire of the original social media sites, so I'm sure eventually we'll be saying "I remember when Facebook was big".

I don't think it is a drop in motorcycle sales thing, I definitely think it is a social media thing.

If Facebook were less commercial and privacy killing, I'd be more interested. But even if that were the case I dislike the general way it operates. Maybe something else will come along...
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Post by j.p. on Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:03 am

Yup. Facebook has just about burned it's bridges with me... I've got more 'un-friended' contacts than 'friends' and it is STILL too much crap to follow. It is habit-forming though, and you can always create a private group and follow along a bit more in control. I think there is a Flying Sparks Facebook somewhere... And now I've spent the whole afternoon wasting time on various social media things that did not exist a decade ago... Times are a-changing! Time for supper... to Hell with this, eh?
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Post by Steady Eddy on Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:57 am

Well the family put me on FB when I was in hospital for the bypass op just to keep in touch as it was a bit far for some of them to visit , and I have to admit to some times spendinv too much time on it , as for the old forums which I much prefered I am left with two this one and one that has a few more people on it Between-the-Hedges.com/forum I think we are down to about eight or 10 of us , we do a count down for the TT on there where we put a picture up of a bike with a race number corisponding with how many days to the start of the TT , I like that but then it can get a bit quiet after that , talking of which it is time to go and put my offering of todays number , be good or I might get gealouse
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Post by j.p. on Mon Mar 13, 2017 10:47 am

Yup... I was on Between the Hedges for a bit... Hard to break in to some sites when you have no experience with what they are on about... Might as well post some pictures here to keep youz guys abreast of what's up.

This is driving home in one of the latest snowstorms. I did post this one on Facebook. Atlantic ocean is about 50' on the left in the mist...



Our lane up to the house. You can get up a pretty good head of steam on the KLR, but you have to watch for deer and pheasants and the like...



One of the patrolling duck armadas on the lake before freeze-up...



View from the neighbour's deck after freeze-up. Looking past our place. Dog doing face-plants...



Looking the other way out to the ocean. More or less directly at Ireland on the far left...



New grand-daughter from February. All are doing well...



..and the playground under construction in the woods. To keep me busy and to keep the kids amused when they visit. The dog is not sure what it is all about...



A few of the structures dotted about the place. Good for pirates or fairies or gnomes... Ewoks, if you are a StarWars fan...



Just as an aside, When I was a regular poster on multiple forums, I had over a hundred pictures per year on file-sharing platforms, last year? ... 30. These are the first for me in 2017. Maybe when I get more retired later on this fall I'll get more social again!
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Post by Steady Eddy on Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:57 pm

The hedges forum was started as a general TT biker site much like this one and then when the TTMA decided to do away with their site they offered to give the marshals a section on their site but like this site it all but died out , then when the official IOMTT.COM forum was folded by the manx government because they didnt like been told the truth a few drifted on and most went on to Malcolms IOMTT WEB site forum but he is such a contoll freek that many just stopped posting and another couple followed on to the Hedges , following some grumpy Old Yorkshire git cant remember his name but he seams to be the last to leave these forums , but as you say they are all falling by the wayside
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Post by Steady Eddy on Tue Mar 14, 2017 7:52 am

Some great shots there JP but that is as close to that white stuff as I want to be , the grand daughter is cute I am very lucky on that score and am like putty in their tiny little mitts with six Grand kids and three great grand kids to keep me going
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Post by Smilodon on Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:52 am

Nice pics... Pretty, but makes me glad to be here where it is warm right now.

This week is "Bike Week" in Daytona, but won't have much time away from work to enjoy. Did manage to have a long weekend last weekend to attend an Indy Car race through the streets of St. Petersburg FL.

It was pretty fun, I'll try and post a few pictures. I know there isn't activity here, but still always nice to hear from folks every now and again. Suppose we could just send e-mails at this point, though!
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Post by j.p. on Thu Mar 16, 2017 12:28 am

Haven't followed Indy cars for a while, but I believe a French Canadian driver won this year in Florida... Might as well toot a horn when I can. I'm always amazed at the truckloads of money that are shipped around with those cars. Almost as bad as pro football (both kinds!).
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Post by Smilodon on Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:14 am

Well, Sébastien Bourdais is French by birth (LeMans of all places). Not sure where he calls home now, but "French Canadian" might be a stretch. I definitely don't want to jump into that cultural situation as a total ignoramus on the subject (I did spend a few days in Montreal though!)

I'm not a big Indy car follower, that was only my second race (the other was the first race at a little bullring built at Walt Disney World). Just like racing, and St. Pete is a cool place to visit, and street circuits are pretty cool too.

That said, I could get more interested. If F1 continues to be a snooze fest (other than off-track politics) that might push me that way.

Actually, the Pirelli challenge stuff was intriguing, might follow that a bit more.

There is no doubt a fair amount of money at these, but nothing compared to a "world" series (F1, MotoGP, etc.). Indy does seem to make a real attempt to control costs compared to the lip service of other series. It does come at the loss of a lot of super cool engineering though (the cars are basically all the same).

Real approachable/friendly racing series though. Nice fan experience.
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Post by Smilodon on Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:54 am

In the spirit of posting pictures, here are a couple from the St. Pete GP Indy race and Bike Week in Daytona...


Indy Car Guts



The Penske Tent



Stadium Trucks Put on a Great Exhibition Race... Amazing!


At my Perch Watching the Races


Monster in the Midway



Nice Honda Near the Honda Tent



Dinner on Beach Street
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Post by j.p. on Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:22 pm

Wowsers! Am I ever out of it. I did not recognize any of that Indy car guts. Things are changing! I DO have a little drill like that though (nestled in the suspension bits). You're right in the 'friendlier access' though. You would not have got anywhere near that close in F1. I remember back in the 'old' CanAm days when you could walk right up to the mechanics and watch them pulling things apart standing right behind them (and in the way - no doubt). Good to see the Monster out being used. Hope it didn't get infected by HD disease being in that close a proximity to the things...
T-shirts and shorts, eh? Still too soon here...



Pretty and all... but spring isn't sprung yet...



Even though some of the blooms are out...

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Post by Smilodon on Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:41 am

Looks pretty in spite of the cold I'll have to admit.  What is the little treehouse/turret?  

Well, IndyCar is more or less a "spec" series now (one chassis, a choice of engines), but with the big teams, their "spec" car is a little better in 100 minor ways.  This street circuit isn't really a great passing track, but they do produce exciting racing on "real" tracks.

I tried to park close to a few Hondas to avoid Harley disease (in the dinner pic there is even one of Eddy's Pans next to me!).  Hopefully, whatever I catch from the Hondas will at least make the Ducati more dependable!
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Post by Steady Eddy on Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:20 am

Hoping to get the Pan out tomorrow for her first run of the year , the move to a bungalow has fallen by the way side so it is do some decorating a new stair carpet get a bath lift for the boss and stay where we are , cant say i am that sorry , I do like having my man cave and to be fair it did get me in the mood to have a clear out of a load of junk that i have not got round to using in the last 45 years , same in the house bags and bags of stuff going to the charity shops, wbich reminds me there is another two boxes and couple of bags of stuff ready to take to them , so onward and upward , new matresses in the bugilow and some alterations to do , two track days booked for my mate next month the 14th and the 21st then 22 away to do the NC 500 , round Jock Scotch Land , but first have to go for a load of tests have lost over a stone in weight with out any reason and the musles are doing a runner , musle wastage so the tests are to try and see whats going on , but now there is no move on we are looking at what we can do so it looks like NC 500 then over to the IOM fod the Southern 100 again and a run in to Welsh Wales Scarborough races in between and before you know it it will be timevto put the Santa suit on again
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Whom 'dem?

Post by j.p. on Sun Mar 26, 2017 7:36 am

I follow another forum...

http://www.sport-touring.net/forums/index.php/topic,73336.2580.html#.WNbQNKLauUk

Logged on pretty much same time as the old Flying Sparks...
It's amazing how small the world is really... One of the most popular post is the one I linked to. The Couple have been riding all round the world for three years now, and the journey is absolutely fascinating. They have a blog that is easier to follow if you're starting from the beginning, but you'll need HOURS to work your way through...

http://www.ridedot.com/rtw/

ANYWAYS.... They happen to be wandering England in the current posts, and they posted a shot of a random bunch of bikers they met near Tynemouth... I glanced at the picture and then did a double take!




Everybody is connected pretty closely these days, and it is only a matter of time before you cross paths! I'm going to track down the Sparkie list and give them a poke! Long time no see!
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Post by Steady Eddy on Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:45 pm

I joined the Sparks site not that long before the break up so didn't know that many pity , but as we all know forums cb radios mobile phones texting and the rest are passing trends I often wonder what will be the next fad to cost me a fotune I haven't got
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