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First ride this year.

Bill Thomas

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Nice day for a ride, My lovely Comet was the choice, Don't feel strong enough for a Twin today,
The Comet is very forgiving !!, Never get rid of your Comet !!.
But don't expect to find Toilets !!, When you get there, What are these people thinking of, Lucky for me I had a thought
that would be the case and did not go far :) .
 

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Bill Thomas

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I must be getting OLD !, Funny the rear suspension is not so bad if you do some mod's
like we talked about the other day, Just make sure everything can move and a bit of lube on the lower seat fittings, We don't need any damping if you have a damper between the springs.
I have followed some Vin's and they are almost rigid !.
 

kerry

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Yesterday, Sunny Sunday, 5 of us had a ride out, first to Shuttleworth to try and support them, no chance, still closed, so off to Jordans Mill near Biggleswade, very welcoming, cafe open, got our orders and sat by the river and mill, many folk admiring Gerry's 1924 V Twin AJS and even more liked the locally made Black Prince ! then back on the Prince for its first longish run in 15 years or so, very nice bike and a very first proper ride out since the lock down for us, soft ride on the Vinnie too with it's Avo rear end.
 

BigEd

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Yesterday, Sunny Sunday, 5 of us had a ride out, first to Shuttleworth to try and support them, no chance, still closed, so off to Jordans Mill near Biggleswade, very welcoming, cafe open, got our orders and sat by the river and mill, many folk admiring Gerry's 1924 V Twin AJS and even more liked the locally made Black Prince ! then back on the Prince for its first longish run in 15 years or so, very nice bike and a very first proper ride out since the lock down for us, soft ride on the Vinnie too with it's Avo rear end.
Sounds idyllic. Let us hope we can all be out and about soon without restrictions to enjoy those "Sunny Sundays".
 

vibrac

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Yes I called in Shuttleworth a few days ago cafe not open, note from 2/7/2020 buried in web site 'not open'
 

kerry

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It is a shame they don't get the restaurant and the staff back to work, it's those nice people I feel sorry for, Shuttleworth has so much space with many outdoor tables too, Jordan's mill were doing their best without as much space as Shuttleworth and were welcoming too, Not sure if you know but we also have 'Old bikes at the old George' (Ickleford) Wednesday evenings if the weather is good, should have started last week but too wet, after the shutdown I would like to support them too because they really have struggled.
 

Bill Thomas

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Sorry to hear that Martyn, I was a bit afraid that will be the case here,
I was not really well enough to go out, But I had to !, Just for an hour.
If you saw what people left on our beaches, Because there were NO Toilets, There will be something much worse than Covid ??.
 

Vincent Brake

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First rally done in Germany.
Next week for france.

You lot must have had a real bad time.

Company Orders are picking up as well.
Only my Chinese customes are not allowed in EU....
 

kerry

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I just spotted Martyn's 'Black Bikes Matter' brilliant, well done Aussie friends, sorry about your continual lockdown and soiled beaches, I thought we were the only Country with such Ignorance............
 

kerry

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Nice ride out again, second time this week, , on my own today, C Shadow, it's first time out this year, behaved very nicely, even started second kick. very smooth engine with not a hint of vibration. Pictured here today at RAF Henlow. WP_20200714_13_53_56_Pro.jpg
 

Comet Rider

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Hi Kerry,
You're not far from me, so if you fancy a longer run then let me know and I'll put the kettle on :D

Neil
 

kerry

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Hi Neil, Tomorrow it's 'old bikes at the old George' would be nice to meet there ? I intend to be 6.45 ish on
(Ickleford).
 

A_HRD

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A nice Hawker Hunter in the background. First flight (prototype) 20 July 1951 (69 years ago!). Retired from military service July 2014 - not a bad record! And Henlow was where I started my military service! Thanks for the memory. Nice practical Shadow too Kerry...
Peter B
 

Bill Thomas

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First ride of the year on the beastie, From above !, More support with a standard seat, Than the Honda one.
Started well and still goes like stink !, Too fast for owner :D .
 

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kerry

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Nice looking bike Bill, I am just checking tyre pressures for tonight's 'Old Bikes at the old George' 100 bikes last week, Good job I checked, pressures both were down to 15psi ! I changed valves but as others say must be poor inner tubes.
 

Bill Thomas

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Thanks Kerry, It's my Old Racer, With lights and alternator.
My rear tyre is the same, Been scaring me for about 3 years, I nearly took it off in the early days,
To see if I nipped it :) , Pretty sure I hadn't, My luck I would have nipped it the second time,
Funny how they don't all do it, Some more than the others.
I always use the best tube I can get.
Have Fun tonight.
 

bmetcalf

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Bill, you've probably told me twice already, but what is the black item on the lower Girdraulic leg?
 

Bill Thomas

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Hello Bruce , It holds the pick up for the magnetic speedo, "Bicycle type", It goes up to 99.8 mph then stops !.
Don't ask me how I know :)
Funny someone on here said he thought he was going well, Thought he was going faster :D ,
He will never know !.
You can set them for KPH, There are better ones now, But I am happy .
Also tells you average speed , Highest speed , Clock etc.
But if you are pulled up by the FUZZ reset it quick !!.
Was thinking of gluing it, Might be neater, But I have just fitted a "D" stand and Standard seat, So that's enough for now, Other jobs to do, Must do the 560.
 

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