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What a start to 2015
#578949 01/01/15 11:24 am
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So this is 2015 is it..? The day started all dank and drizzly, not cold, I'd guess around 39f ish, in fact just PERFICK for the West Kent section of the VMCC's New Years Day run. So out with the FORTY INCHER, this'll be it's 22nd run, or is it the 23rd..? Who cares..? All I know is, it started by the power of thought again, it REALLY is THAT easy after me fettling, and Yoda sitting there watching...

Down to the petrol station to top up, and then over to Baza57 to wish him HAPPY NEW YEAR, and also to follow him on that Matchless, to the meeting point. The Train station at Borough Green, where we met up with Guzzi Keith, and the rest of the lads, and THIS year, the Hairy Mong was there on his Sports Touring Norton...

Look here's a few of the lads now...

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Keith's lovely Police T5 Guzzi...

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More of the lads...

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And STILL they kept coming...

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The Hairy Mong keeps moaning at me, for not showing y'all his Sports Tourer, so to keep him off me back, here it is, in ALL it's Glory...

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Now a look at a couple of other lesser makes...

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I thought this was LOVELY...

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Then all of a sudden, THIS showed up, a Diesel bike, how marvellous it sounded too, and I wager he only has to fill the tank once in a Blue Moon...

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Then before I knew what as going on, we were off, out into them wintry lanes of Kent, I overtook the leader, in a lapse of thinking, so I thought I'd best point the way at the next roundabout...

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Then the Mong and Baza came along...

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The back marker came along, and so we hit them lanes again, and as it wasn't too cold out there, we wasn't slipping and sliding on ice or anything silly, but BOY was them lanes dirty, mud and dead leaves. AND a pile of that stuff that falls out of the back of Horses, but soon enough it was time to point the way again...

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Kent Shaun #578950 01/01/15 11:25 am
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Baza took this opportunity to...Well...

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The Mong was helping with point duty as well...

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Once the back marker showed up we were off, out into even more lanes...

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And so after a wonderful ride, all cold and damp, we got to the Pied Bull, for a warming cup of Leek & Potato soup, and a Bacon roll...

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Along with a few others...

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Now for a quick mooch...

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Just a quick mooch, for there was Ale to be quaffed, and yarns to be spun, y'all know what it's like.. wink

So after all that fun, and a ride home, which involved a salt covered road or three, the FORTY INCHER looked like this...

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Nothing a bucket of water, and some Christmas soapy suds couldn't shift, and now we're all set for the on coming year, BRING IT ON.. grin


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Re: What a start to 2015
Kent Shaun #578951 01/01/15 11:42 am
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Nice lad.

What engine is in the diesel bike?
And do not respond a diesel engine please... grin


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Re: What a start to 2015
Kent Shaun #578952 01/01/15 11:44 am
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And a Happy New Years to you and yours!
Fantastic, inspirational, you are a happy man.
Continue with the tale... clap

Don in Nipomo

Re: What a start to 2015
Kent Shaun #578954 01/01/15 11:48 am
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Another great tale and pictures. Thank you Shaun. And a safe and happy 2015 to you out on those English country lanes.
Don


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Re: What a start to 2015
Don Leaming #578959 01/01/15 12:25 pm
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And do not respond a diesel engine please...


Ger lad, it was a Gasoil engine then... laughing grin

Sorry lad, never had a chance to talk to the lad, then once we got to the pub... Well... I'm sure you know how that goes lad.. beerchug

2015 SHOULD be a good year, well for me anyway, I've got some great rides coming up this year, and we were speaking today about one near the end of it, what an adventure it'll all be. Happy Daze are here again... :bigt

Just got a bit of snow to get through first, I KNOW we'll get it, we had some in France t'other day, 6 inches of it there was, all over the place. Thought the truck might get stuck, and was worried I'd miss out on me Old Year's Night. But I never, missed it cos of the snow, I missed it cos I was knackered.. mad

Still not too worry, today's run made up for all that... smile


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Re: What a start to 2015
Kent Shaun #578965 01/01/15 1:36 pm
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you know how that goes lad... beerchug

I know how that goes lad... beerchug

Many happy and safe miles to you lad. Both on two and above ... however many truck wheels.


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Re: What a start to 2015
Ger B #578975 01/01/15 2:25 pm
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Now, just WHAT was that tool left under the Mong's bike???

HAPPY NEW YEAR, ONE AND ALL!!!

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Re: What a start to 2015
Rickman #578984 01/01/15 3:10 pm
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Good picy-tures these. Hmmmm

(Happy New Year all)

Re: What a start to 2015
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Originally Posted by Ger B
Nice lad.

What engine is in the diesel bike?
And do not respond a diesel engine please... grin


Ger lad, its a kubota industrial engine. crazy

Re: What a start to 2015
Ger B #578995 01/01/15 4:07 pm
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Originally Posted by Ger B
Nice lad.

What engine is in the diesel bike?
And do not respond a diesel engine please... grin


Found this on www.dieselbike.net May be the same bike, in an earlier guise. Says the engine is a Kubota Z482. There is a pic of the other side as well, go to the site and its under British Rallys, 2014

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Re: What a start to 2015
Kent Shaun #579003 01/01/15 4:50 pm
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Looks like a fun day out, and BOY !! Look at all them biker types at the Pied Bull!
Whee.


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Re: What a start to 2015
Kent Shaun #579005 01/01/15 4:58 pm
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That's what I like about the English bike scene.

When you say "Biker Types", it means old guys in full kit, wet gear, day-glo vests, and old bikes crusted with mud and salt, out riding on New Year's Day.

It does NOT mean a bunch of outlaw-themed, beanie-helmeted Bad Ass Boys in their carefully-selected non-conformist uniforms on identical chrome barges, carefully cleaned and dried and polished, constantly scanning their smart-teddy-bear-phones to see if it might rain this week .....

YES!

Lannis


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Re: What a start to 2015
Kent Shaun #579007 01/01/15 5:16 pm
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Ger lad, its a kubota industrial engine
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Found this

Thank you Baza and Tbird.


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Re: What a start to 2015
Ger B #579008 01/01/15 5:19 pm
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Shaun,

Man I love that you guys Ride em and don't Hide em

Good on ya


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Re: What a start to 2015
Alan_nc #579046 01/02/15 1:21 am
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Ger B: This was posted on the INOAlist about 4 years ago. I thought it might be of interest to you. www.nytimes.com/2008/02/24/automobiles/24KAWASAKI.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

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Interesting read, Franko. Thanks.
96 miles a gallon...


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Re: What a start to 2015
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Hey Rickman...that ain't no tool left under my big 4 ! Its an old stick of wood or something...though it is possible it is some form of plant life that's been growin on the old girl as I don't tend to spend too much time polishing . In which case...if it had been growing. ...it is a genuine Norton part thats dropped off. By the way...me big 4 is also known as the LST now. Thats Luxury Sports Tourer. . As I won the World Famous Snowman hill climb in 2014 'Sports'..and toured Holland last year too !!
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Re: What a start to 2015
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Hey Rickman...that ain't no tool left under my big 4 ! Its an old stick of wood or something...though it is possible it is some form of plant life that's been growin on the old girl as I don't tend to spend too much time polishing . In which case...if it had been growing. ...it is a genuine Norton part thats dropped off. By the way...me big 4 is also known as the LST now. Thats Luxury Sports Tourer. . As I won the World Famous Snowman hill climb in 2014 'Sports'..and toured Holland last year too !!
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Re: What a start to 2015
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Could you 'splain to me what the little brass bell is for? Over here blokes mount a deer whistle, but not seen nary a brass bell!
Cheers
Don
PS. Wish we could get Doom Bar over here, no one's heard of it at the local retail suppliers or pubs.


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Re: What a start to 2015
Kent Shaun #579409 01/04/15 2:32 pm
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The bell is strictly a Harley thing here, nearly all of them have one. I've never bothered to ask what their purpose is though.


When given the choice between two evils I picked the one I haven't tried before
Re: What a start to 2015
Don Leaming #579410 01/04/15 2:39 pm
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Originally Posted by Don Leaming
Shaun Lad
Could you 'splain to me what the little brass bell is for?
Cheers
Don.


Yo man, I got this.
The little brass bell is a Spirit Bell.
The concept is that the bell sounds chase away the mischievous spirit demons who would seek to impose their evil will upon motorcyclists and their machines. You cannot buy yourself a bell- it can only be bestowed upon you by a well wisher, to be effective in its purpose.

Also known as Guardian Bells...

Legend Of The Bell

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Re: What a start to 2015
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Tom Bro dude, now I need a bell for me bell... shocked

WHY..? I hear ya shouting, well lad, some mischievous spirit demon has stolen the Clanger from that very bell, and it don't DING-A-LING any more... cry

And Y'all KNOW how I LOVE to play with my Ding-a-ling.. grin


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Originally Posted by Kent Shaun
Tom Bro dude, now I need a bell for me bell... shocked

WHY..? I hear ya shouting, well lad, some mischievous spirit demon has stolen the Clanger from that very bell, and it don't DING-A-LING any more... cry

And Y'all KNOW how I LOVE to play with my Ding-a-ling.. grin


UH OH! We better fix that for you and QUICK.


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