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#698922 - 06/18/17 3:49 pm A super Father’s day treat  
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There I was, lurking in my kitchen enjoying an early morning cuppa tea when two denizens of Britbike.com turned up. It was Graham and Ed . “Come on Grandad, get your Tiger 90 out, We’re taking you out for your father’s day treat! “ chortled Graham, who was riding his recently refurbished 1947 Speedtwin “Daisy”. Ed was on his BMW.
The weather was glorious, ideal for shirt-sleeve riding (rare indeed in the UK) so I didn’t need much convincing. Graham had decided that our route would take us right round the north coast of The Isle of Thanet and then we would cut across country to the village of Wingham where the Ranch café does a fine “choose your own menu” breakfast. As we passed through the various seaside resorts we could see the populace enjoying the scorching sunshine. Here’s a couple of shots taken around the coast:
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On eventually arriving at The Ranch our breakfasts were enjoyed mightily to the sound of distant village church bells mixed with the noise of various motorcycle engines belonging to the frequently arriving motorcycles.
I could not resist taking this photo of Graham’s battered old nail in front of this “unfortunate” advert!
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I thought this banner was worth a picture as well:
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It was then that trouble loomed. As we kick-started our bikes to head for home a horrid noise could be heard emerging from the clutch of Ed’s BMW. We normally part company and head home in opposite directions because Ed Lives in the seaside town of Whitstable (some 20 miles along the coast from where we live) but the noise from his clutch was so alarming we decided to escort him home. Fortunately all went well and Ed got home OK.
One last unfortunate event occurred on the way home when a wasp got trapped in Graham’s shirt and stung him four times on the chest, otherwise it was a great father’s day surprise!

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#698958 - 06/18/17 9:24 pm Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: Grandad]  
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Damn you have to feel sorry for that wasp!


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#698960 - 06/18/17 9:29 pm Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: Grandad]  
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I too had a bike related problem this weekend, the Guzzi is fighting me every step of the way. I had decided to adjust the valve clearances, but this is what awaited me when I removed the right hand rocker cover ( I have not moved anything)

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#698969 - 06/19/17 12:53 am Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: Grandad]  
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Grandad, looks like a fine morning out! I'm just guessing but I'll bet that water is colder than the North Pole .... ! Sorry Mr. Ed's having trouble with a BMW clutch, if you get any deeper into the bike than that, you start coming out the other side ....

Kev., looks like someone left that in there the last time the covers were off. Better to find it there than wrapped around a main bearing or something ...

When I did the first service on my Guzzi Stelvio and went to adjust the valves, I found that the locknut for one of the eight valves was AWOL, although the valve wasn't far out of adjustment even without it.

Since the dealer was the last one in there, BACK it went to the dealer and they found the errant nut down in the sump, with one or two little bite marks on it. Nothing else appeared to be damaged and that was 50,000 miles ago, so I think I got away with it.

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#698977 - 06/19/17 1:48 am Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: Grandad]  
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Grandad, Excellent post!!! I would love to see that coastline in person!!! Brian


Is that opening in the cliff natural?

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#698996 - 06/19/17 6:44 am Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: royaloilfield]  
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Hi Brian,

Yes the 'arch' is natural and there was, until recently, a much more impressive one just round the headland in a place called Botany Bay. They form by the action of the sea on the soft chalk cliffs. Unfortunately, the Botany Bay one collapsed a few years back!

Grandad


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#699035 - 06/19/17 4:35 pm Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: Lannis]  
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Originally Posted by Lannis


Kev., looks like someone left that in there the last time the covers were off. Better to find it there than wrapped around a main bearing or something ...

Lannis


Lannis lad, I think you have not noticed the broken head stud below the rocker gear, and the broken part still protruding from the nut then? These wee all torqued to factory spec by myself when I did the barrel swap, not sure why this one failed. New replacement parts on order and may even get it back up and running at the weekend.. I do hope so as I have a Triumph rally to attend in a couple of weeks, and I would hate to have to attend on a Triumph.


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#699043 - 06/19/17 5:01 pm Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: Grandad]  
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I do hope so as I have a Triumph rally to attend in a couple of weeks, and I would hate to have to attend on a Triumph.

At least a Triumph would get you there !!!!


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#699044 - 06/19/17 5:14 pm Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: Tribsauk]  
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Originally Posted by Tribsauk

At least a Triumph would get you there !!!!


Of course it will, it was made in the far east


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#699046 - 06/19/17 5:16 pm Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: Kev.]  
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Originally Posted by Kev.
Originally Posted by Lannis


Kev., looks like someone left that in there the last time the covers were off. Better to find it there than wrapped around a main bearing or something ...

Lannis


Lannis lad, I think you have not noticed the broken head stud below the rocker gear, and the broken part still protruding from the nut then? These wee all torqued to factory spec by myself when I did the barrel swap, not sure why this one failed. New replacement parts on order and may even get it back up and running at the weekend.. I do hope so as I have a Triumph rally to attend in a couple of weeks, and I would hate to have to attend on a Triumph.



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#699054 - 06/19/17 7:22 pm Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: Grandad]  
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Grandad,

Looks like a fun day out! Any sunny day spent riding is a day not gone to waste.
In my own humble opinion.

The famous chalky white cliffs of Dover are really stunning to behold.
Somewhat less stunning is the chalky white skin of the beach-goers! laughing

Happy belated Father's Day to yourself, sir, and to all
My Fine Fatherly Friends at bb.com.

Tom,
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#699066 - 06/19/17 9:41 pm Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: ricochetrider]  
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Thanks for that Tom.

Now you need to explain why you are posting from 40,000 ft up in the air!!

As for your comment about us Brits looking almost as chalky white as the cliffs - well you've been over here and know that our normal habitat is wind, rain and more rain. However, this June has been very hot and sunny, so much so that some of us are beginning to wish conditions would go back to our normal unpredictable bouts of chilly drizzle. Riding a motorbike in shirtsleeves and shorts is grand until a patch of gravel in a twisty lane makes you wish you were wearing a bit more protective gear!

regards
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#699068 - 06/19/17 9:50 pm Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: Grandad]  
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Enjoyed the ride, Grandad! Happy Father's Day to you!

That dropping S curve is one I frown on. Reason being is I'd likes to be looking at the white cliffs but then I have a diving right, left turn? Wow! I'd wind up in the brush off to the side of the roadway. laughing Need a skip? Aye!

Thanks for the ride along! Wonderful photos!

Cheers

Rich


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#699104 - 06/20/17 5:01 am Re: A super Father’s day treat [Re: Grandad]  
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Grandad,
I sweet talked my way into a feee hour of wifi on a flight from Los Angeles California to New York City, so was mucking about on my phone in flight! Wifi on airplanes is a relatively new concept and not it's NOT cheap!

I thought the airline had a promotional code for in-flight wifi so I contacted an agent of the wifi company, "GoGoInFlight" via chat, and without hesitation the rep offered a free hour of service!

So just to kill some time on an otherwise dreary, 4.5 hour flight.....


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