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I have often looked at the approach to the Hindhead Tunnel and thought that it looks a bit like Telly Tubby Hill, especially before shrubs had started maturing. This, of course, now causes a problem in that I seem to have admitted that I know what Telly Tubby Hill looks like. I blame that on […]

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I was out riding last weekend and inadvertently got to find out what the maximum lean angle is on a BMW R1200 GSA. I habitually have the camera on the bike, as I use it when commuting “just in case” I am part of a SMIDSY moment. It is mounted on the right hand crash […]

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One of the big issues with the trike, when I first got it, was the lack of dampening on the steering. With both hands on the bars, all was good and there was no noticeable wobble. However, as soon as I took one hand off things would start getting tricky. Under 30 mph the wobble […]

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Grip Puppies

One of the things that I noticed about the new bike (R1200 GSA) was that the grips seemed really skinny. I don’t think I have really massive hands, but they really did just seem small. Generally, I do not get the feeling of leaning on the handlebars, but with the small/thin grips I was beginning […]

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The ST1100 has left the garage

It is with some sadness that I said goodbye to the ST1100 (The Pan) last Saturday. The bike was perfect as a commuter. Yes it is heavy, but as soon as it gets moving it really is quite nimble. At no time did I feel the weight would get the better of me. It also […]

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There is a new bike in the garage

For many years I have had a hankering to get one of the big BMW traillie bikes, but have never been able to justify the cost. I did also have some worries about not only being being branded as a “BMW Owner” and the associated prejudices, but also as a Charlie Boorman wannabe. Over the […]

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I am a very tolerant person, well I think I am. Anyways, if anyone disagrees they can bugger off ๐Ÿ˜‰ I started work on the the third engine for the trike and almost immediately it started to fight back. The first job was to remove the exhaust manifolds, to get it ready for swapping out […]

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Pop goes the rear tyre

I have never had a blow out before and I have to confess that it is quite an exciting experience. I had just left work, in Farnham, and was heading down the A31. As I was passing Bentley I began to overtake a car, at a spirited pace. As I moved out the backend had […]

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Third Engine Lucky

I now have a third engine for the trike. This one came from ebay, and included a video of it running in a landrover chassis. The deal was done and it was off down to Swindon to pick it up. Today’s task was to get the replacement lump off the trailer and into the garage. […]

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2056 Some of you may remember a year or so ago I brought a trike. It is based on a 3.5l Rover V8 with a Borg and Warner 3 speed automatic gearbox, fitted to a XJS rear axle. It also happens to be dual fuel. I did run it for a few months, but the […]

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