going seeing about..

Started by: laughing gravy (6220)

one of thesetomorrow

Started: 7th Aug 2020 at 21:16

Posted by: tonker (21865) 

Will you ride it, or sit it on the coffee table in your lounge?

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 22:24

Posted by: firefox (2165)

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 22:25

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

tonker please bet me a £1000 i wont get one..

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 22:28

Posted by: tonker (21865) 

You bet Me £1,000 you WILL !

And I only asked if you would ride it or sit it on your coffee table.
In your lounge!

Replied: 7th Aug 2020 at 22:30

Posted by: Billinge Biker (393)

Going big time there LG!! Friend of mine has one.. Top spec cost him 26.000...rode it twice... Now in storage to sell in later years.. BTW he is a millionaire!

Replied: 8th Aug 2020 at 09:31

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

Well deposit paid..hopefully she'll be here this time next week..

Replied: 8th Aug 2020 at 11:47

Posted by: Stardelta (7865)

What insurance group is that LG?.......its gotta be around an 18

Replied: 8th Aug 2020 at 12:00

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (5322)


Will yoo give us a go on it

Replied: 8th Aug 2020 at 12:17

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

SD yeah it will be but I won't need insurance lol tonker was closer than he thinks it's going in a mates garage never to go on the road lol it's 2013 with only 527 mile on the clock I kept looking for a low milage one an it popped up,if anybody doubts me and they will lol go to kjm superbikes it's the one with sold on screen..

Replied: 8th Aug 2020 at 12:20

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (5322)

Go on,,,, gives us a go on it

Replied: 8th Aug 2020 at 12:37

Posted by: tonker (21865) 

kjm superbikes ???????????? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Replied: 8th Aug 2020 at 16:54

Posted by: Stardelta (7865)

Dont need insurance LG?

Not to sure I would be comfortable leaving what equates to £10k+ in my mates garage. Have you not considered lay-up insurance.......I would if I were you

Replied: 8th Aug 2020 at 17:23

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

thanks sd i'll check that out.

Replied: 8th Aug 2020 at 20:57

Posted by: tonker (21865) 

If you're doing a deal with KJM Superbikes, you should insure yourself against it!

Replied: 8th Aug 2020 at 21:10

Posted by: tomplum (6505) 

Or, as tonker first suggested, keep it in your house/flat under the contents insurance as a £12K ornament , that way you can enjoy the view and know its still there, whereas, if it gets stolen from your mates garage, He might not notice for a while,
Plus you could set up a TV screen in front with youtubes videos of the isle of man TT races and with a little imagination, some leathers, a piss pot hat and develope a george Formby accent and shout Ohh Mother as the cyber moments wizzes past in your dream, ,

and let tommy 2 stokes have a go too,

Replied: 8th Aug 2020 at 21:36
Last edited by tomplum: 8th Aug 2020 at 21:38:18

Posted by: chatty (7739) 

Not buying it to get to work then?

Replied: 8th Aug 2020 at 23:57

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

i'm surprised it took him so long jealousy raises its ugly head again i see, i should not have to explain but as chatty well knows my mother died 2 years ago me my brother and 2 sisters were left a couple of 1000 each,she also owned her own house which my brother now owns after paying us 3 off!

tonker i too have read bad and good things about kjm i've checked the mot history 3 mots and the milage is confirmed it had only done 30 mile last year..also you can see its immaculate kjm pointed out the only marks i had'nt noticed which were 2 scuffs on the screen caused when the previous owner used to fold the mirrors in and there only minor..

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 07:28
Last edited by laughing gravy: 9th Aug 2020 at 07:30:37

Posted by: FAT MICK (1550) 

It makes me wonder why anybody would want to buy something and not use it, and why the previous owner only rode it for 30 miles and then got shut of it.

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 07:59

Posted by: chatty (7739) 

No jealousy on my part, just like to keep abreast of what's going on in the world, I know you like to give us an insight into yours from time to time.
And you are quite right you don't have to explain yourself to anyone.

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 08:10
Last edited by chatty: 9th Aug 2020 at 08:25:25

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

mick you never being in love with bikes you will never understand, ducati's are works of art the above pics do not do them justice, i can and have looked lovingly at plenty of bikes for hours.. but ducatid's are a different breed,plenty bikers buy ducati's for that reason alone hence the very low miles some dothey are ferrari's two wheeled equal,also buying this saves me whittling money down with nothing to show,which had started happening..

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 08:31

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

chatty me telling folk about things in my life is not to brag or gloativ'e been potless and struggled with the best of um on many many occasion,i'm 60 this year and the only really good thing that happend was being a father only onceyou and many others have had that feeling many timesi live life behind a painted smile and go home to a life of solitude, but for the grace of god go you eh..

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 08:49

Posted by: WN1 Standisher (59)

A thing of beauty LG, surely you're tempted to have a scutch just the once :)

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 11:20

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (5322)

Hi Sledge !

He won't gi mi a go on it

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 11:45

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

standisher i would not be able get on it lol mi poor legs wont lift high enough... thats why i now ride a low cruiser..

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 13:45

Posted by: tonker (21865) 

Assets like that are a far better investment than money in a bank. An added bonus comes with "them men" not knowing how much you've got!
They can shove their Isas, Peps and Tessas up their arse!

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 14:02

Posted by: FAT MICK (1550) 

They might be a good investment, for the rich who have there own house and a big garage to store them in.
Our technology shares have been doing very well lately.

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 14:19

Posted by: peebee (458) 

Fat Mick ,I'm afraid you and people like you will never understand why some one would buy something from the heart instead of financially. In 2015 I bought a 961 Norton Commando and at that time it was a lot of bloody money for me, but like LG we came into some inheritance dosh and ever since seeing this bike at the NEC motorbike show I have lusted after one. Five years later my chance came and my heart said GET IT, so I did and yes I ride it regularly but five years on I still sit in the shed just looking and drooling over it and of course polishing it.

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 14:58

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

peebee if only they knew..

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 15:02

Posted by: chatty (7739) 

Sounds like you was sat in your shed drooling and polishing it even before you'd got the bike.

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 16:00

Posted by: FAT MICK (1550) 

I would rather spend my hard earned money and luxury holidays to the other side of the world, I dont have a shed just a conservatory

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 16:10

Posted by: tonker (21865) 

I'm surprised it's not an "orangery", Mick. After all, you DO live in Shevington!

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 19:10

Posted by: tomplum (6505) 

Let Tommy 2 strokes have a go on it, he's geet a bike licence and he's a good driver, just watch he does't put diesel n't tank

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 20:53

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

iv'e done that misel beforewent to wrightington petrol station filled up with what i thowt was petrol,on a vtr1000 went flying past thospital and poof all i could see was white smoke, phoned a mate poured all diesel out refilled with petrol cleaned plugs and she were fine lol

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 21:03
Last edited by laughing gravy: 9th Aug 2020 at 21:04:14

Posted by: tomplum (6505) 

ha ha, I wonder, Is there any diesel bikes ? I've never heard of any, and why not, shirly some of the big harleys, Indians, Arials could benefit,

one for tonker that, he knows more than google,

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 21:18

Posted by: Stardelta (7865)

Diesel engines are heavy and slow good for bikes but and `bout google I think Royal Enfield did one

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 21:30

Posted by: peebee (458) 

Ever seen a cement mixer with a diesel engine jumping up and down in one place all day, digging it's own grave, that's one reason there will never be a mass produced 'Smokey Joe' bike.
Several people have tried to make a diesel bike but they come and go but don't stay long. I once saw someone fill a dozer with petrol instead of diesel, and for around two minutes it would push over mountains , and then BANG, ! followed by a deathly silence and a foreman incandescent with rage throwing a massive paddy fit.

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 22:20

Posted by: tonker (21865) 

Harley Davidson have made a start, by making their bikes sound like, and perform like, diesels !

Replied: 9th Aug 2020 at 22:24

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

i pick her up friday..

Replied: 10th Aug 2020 at 15:51

Posted by: basil brush (14462)

Nice one, LG

Replied: 10th Aug 2020 at 15:57

Posted by: WN1 Standisher (59)

I'm green. Stick some piccy's on when you've got the keys LG :). If you want a volunteer test pilot before all the fluids come out, i'll join the queue

Replied: 10th Aug 2020 at 16:11

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

will do standishthanks basil..

Replied: 10th Aug 2020 at 16:20

Posted by: Billinge Biker (393)

Nice one LG.... Now you know the only person you could ever trust to ride the beasty is a person who has passed the police advanced driving and motorcycle tests also S. E. G, (Special Esciurt Group) Oh That's ME!! !!!!!

Replied: 10th Aug 2020 at 18:14

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

billinge salesman pushed it out today and said here start it up! jesus its fast revving..

Replied: 10th Aug 2020 at 18:39

Posted by: Billinge Biker (393)

Exocet on wheels

Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 08:57

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (5322)


Gee us a go on it

Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 09:01

Posted by: WN1 Standisher (59)

I did pass the civilian advanced bike test and always fancied a crack at the police version. Would that have been possible Billinge or is that only reserved for serving officers. That's got to be the hardest bike test in the country

Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 10:53

Posted by: Billinge Biker (393)

Unfortunately police only.. The reason being at times the speed limits were exceeded to reflect a persuit situation etc. 6 weeks of non stop razzing.. 3 students to an instructor.. Changing places at the front every 15 minutes. Enjoyed it.. But it was a grueller... Kept me in good stead all these years by sticking to what I was taught. The No1 rule of many


Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 11:59

Posted by: WN1 Standisher (59)

Sound advice. On my test around Preston we covered all different types of road and conditions. It rained all test and I remember being instructed to use a country road, no traffic about, wet through and full of cow s..t. Instruction is, as you know, make reasonable progress where safe to do so. Got back to the start point to be told I'd passed. The instructor said I'd given him the best ride ( ? ) all afternoon. Massive smile on my face all the way home. The Ducati may be a little too quick for me now, wouldn't mind a ride round the block on it though :)

Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 12:50

Posted by: tonker (21865) 

I have a friend who was a police motorcyclist in gmp. He too has passed all the tests. He raced bikes in the same classes as I did for 15 or so years.
He managed a 92 mph lap of the Isle of Man.
However, regardless of the police tests he passed, he always finished a long way behind me in the results.

It’s clear that I should have a go on lg’s Duke before anyone else. ????

Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 13:03

Posted by: Stardelta (7865)

I am not a trained police biker.

I have never raced at the IOM

More importantly have never ridden a on that basis I should be first

Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 13:52

Posted by: FAT MICK (1550) 

When I did my car advanced driving test they told to always expect to meet to yourself coming around the next bend

Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 14:18

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

billinge do you remember the police rider killed training on the M58 five or six years ago ran into wagon,i wonder what went wrong there?

Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 14:45

Posted by: Stardelta (7865)

I remember that LG but it was around 15years ago, not 5. They were using pan-euros and if I recall at one stage they suspected there may have been an issue with the bike.

Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 16:05

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

Times going too fast as lol

Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 16:53

Posted by: Domin0 (46)

I did my IAM test in Preston in 1979,you had to do a commentary then, when I was learning in Wigan there was a bobby there most sundays, he was a character, fast forward some 20 odd years and I was in Darby Lane garage having a job done, and a police motor cyclist came in, he spotted the iam badge and we had a chat and I asked him about the bobby who used to come to Wigan, he knew him and told me his name, and said he ended up with a top job with traffic police, could the bobby that day have been BB?

Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 18:54

Posted by: TerryW (4790)

Alan Shaw from Ashton was killed on his police bike on a training run escorting VIP convoys at Astley Bridge. I think those Honda ST1300s got withdrawn after.

Replied: 11th Aug 2020 at 19:13

Posted by: WN1 Standisher (59)

Best riding advice I got, before setting off on my sports moped on my 16th birthday " treat every other road user as an idiot until they prove otherwise". Stood me in good stead, never forgot it.

Replied: 12th Aug 2020 at 09:12

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

went to shop again today they've polished her ready for friday shes gleaming absolutely beautiful she isalso just paid £500 for a chain with 25mm thick links..each link weighs 2 kilo chain is 1.8m long..

Replied: 12th Aug 2020 at 15:05
Last edited by laughing gravy: 12th Aug 2020 at 15:08:02

Posted by: peebee (458) 

The 'old girl' down at the factory two days before I picked her up and brought her cuddle..
I hope you mean a security chain LG , I have her chained down to a ground anchor in the garage and unshackle her every so often to stretch my legs.

Replied: 12th Aug 2020 at 16:23

Posted by: peebee (458) 

Me in Australia forty five years ago on mi XL 250, a great little bike for going through the 'bush'

Replied: 12th Aug 2020 at 16:26

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

yes peebee its a almax chain the best security chains you can buy i have also bought a ground anchor with internals that spin round so it cant be grinded..nice norton btw

Replied: 12th Aug 2020 at 17:42

Posted by: WN1 Standisher (59)

Nice looking bike Peebee the Norton. Like the retro look reverse cone megaphones. Bet that sounds nice. A mint XL250 would be worth a few bob today too. A mate of mine had a Fantic Chopper moped in the 70's, paid about 300 quid for it. Saw one on E bay the other month......12k !!

Replied: 12th Aug 2020 at 18:53

Posted by: Billinge Biker (393)

Yes LG... the M58 accident was caused by a collapse on the rear suspension.
The other at Astley Bridge. Was rider error... Hit the junction too fast.. A hump in that road made him slightly airborne.. On landing lost control colliding with a stationary vehicle... Remember both incidents well.... Wasn't me Domino... I a too thick for promotion.

Replied: 13th Aug 2020 at 07:33

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (5322)


On about your Honda XL250 I have a Honda 250 K4 1973 vintage awaiting renovation, and in the 1970s Honda seemed to take a funny direction, the bike after mine was the Honda 250 G5 but after that they mucked about with the design, producing in my opinion an eyesore like the CJ 250 T with that horrible exhaust system, but then they introduced the 250 Super Dream

Replied: 13th Aug 2020 at 10:35

Posted by: Domin0 (46)

Hi BB,
I meant was you the bobby who I was talking to in Darby Lane garage, he had come in for a brew, but it mustn't have been you.

Replied: 13th Aug 2020 at 19:12

Posted by: Stardelta (7865)

Before the Super Dream there was the Dream, in both 250 and 400 flavours. The 400 Dream was unique in that it was available as an automatic.

A much softer and rounded design rather than the angular lines of the Dreams and reminiscent of the CX.

Replied: 13th Aug 2020 at 20:39

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

they were also known as nightmares the honda matic 400 had 2 horrble numbers in the rev counter housing that clicked over horrible looking bikes they were..

Replied: 13th Aug 2020 at 21:44

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (5322)

I don't remember a Dream only, after the G5 there was the horrible CJ250T and then the Super Dream came along, maybe Millers and Tom Halls didn't selling it .....

Hang on a minute though !

Laughing Gwavy

Did yoo have a Honda 250n Dream

Replied: 13th Aug 2020 at 21:50

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

nope rd 350 me

Replied: 13th Aug 2020 at 21:53

Posted by: laughing gravy (6220)

WOOHOO geet her today shes pristine conditin..

Replied: 14th Aug 2020 at 16:27


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