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CALLING ALL BIKERS.

Started by: Billinge Biker (626)

Time to come out of the closet and reveal yourself. How many members out there are riding bikes ? Any interest at a future date to meet up for a chin-wag and possibly arrange a ride out ? Not my intention to form a club or anything like that.If you can post your info it will give us all a general insight. I will start us off.
1. "Billinge Biker" (Ian)
2. Live in Billinge Higher End.
3. Kawasaki GTR 1400.
4. Advanced motorcycle rider (Police)

Over to you. Not restricted to riders..anyone who would like to ride pillion more than welcome (where applicable)

Started: 18th Apr 2020 at 16:46

Posted by: peebee (540) 

peebee, (pete).
Kewyed living in Blackpool.
961 Norton Commando 690 KTM duke.
Advanced in years but not in sense.

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Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Joe Maplin no bike at the moment
All sorts from Fizzy to FJR1300

I'll be back

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 18:42

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Thats a good start 👍

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Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Advanced in years peebee ? I am nearly 62 legally but 25 in the yed !! I can skutch with the best of em ! 👍

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 18:59

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Joe....that would not be the Yamaha FS1E by chance !!

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:02

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

That's the one BB

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Posted by: firefox (3239)

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Posted by: broady (16700) 

The 17 year old Father of three has since passed away. R.I.P.

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:17

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Tonker - Kawasaki ZZR1200, Honda GL1000, Honda NSR250 MC18, Yamaha XT400 Enduro
Past bikes, lost count!

Looking to buy a Yamaha YR5 or RD350, if anybody knows of one going at the right price?

I'm in the process of clearing my garages at the moment, finding allsorts of bits!

After this lockdown, a ride over to Mora on t'ZZR is on t'cards. 1200 miles plus. I might leave the bike there and drive back in t'4x4!

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:25

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Neh,that is a scutch Tonker 1200 miles,
should rename your sen iron arse

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:28

Posted by: 0 years (inactive)

That's awful, God bless him, no age. I feel for his family.

Sorry to impose, I never had a motor bike but all my mates had them, (being a John Bull very regular).

When I was 17 my mate had a Suzuki 50 and let me have a go, I accidentally pulled an impressive wheelie, got off it and gave it him back......haven't been on one since, frightened me to death it did.

I love looking at them though, some of them are works of art. Lot's of my friends are still bikers, one has an old Vincent amongst other bikes (do I sound like I know what I am talking about? ). I go to a lot of classic car meets (cars are my thing) and there are always lots of nice bikes, I can see the appeal.

What is a skutch?

Also, what is it about bikers keeping them in their living rooms?

Sorry to waffle on but it's what I do on here Ian.

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:33
Last edited by 0 years: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:37:39

Posted by: dougie (4612) 

Good meet on a Monday night at St-Annes Blackpool, been many times but not as a biker but love the atmosphere and the Chips & fish of course always be made welcome just looking and having a chat, BB only ever been on the back of a big bike once the first and last time, you may know him comes from Bryn always at lills cafe 1960s

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:33

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

The ZZR is a lot more comfortable than that R1 that made my arse and wrists "comfortably numb"!
I've put 22mm bar risers on it, and it's got a proper seat too.

It'll not be that bad, actually, because it'll be done in three goes with stopovers in Orleons and Vielha!

I do need a speed camera detector though, or else I'll end up with a list of fines when I get back.
I've seen the Tom-Tom Rider400. Any reports, or suggestions?

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:36
Last edited by tonker: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:39:06

Posted by: firefox (3239)

This is tonker taking a short cut.

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:40

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Tonker,hes got a 350 on old rd near leisure centre..daft money,but cheeky offer maybe?

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:43

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Thanks one and all for your input...keep it coming thanks Ian.

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:50

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

O years..sorry...a skutch on a bike is basically...doing what you shouldn't do on a bike..be it breaking speed limits..moments of madness.but keeping safe at the same time.

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 19:55

Posted by: 0 years (inactive)

Cheers, in that case I've been prone to the odd skutch in my "weekend" car in days gone by.









Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 20:02
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Posted by: tomplum (7276) 



I don't motor bike anymore I'm a cyclist now but, thats my Bonnie and thats me with my back to the camera in about 1973 marriage and kids came in 1978 and the bikes got shelved, and the advancement in bikes would mean suicide to get on one now, so I'll stick with cycles

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Posted by: tonker (23304) 



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Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Duplicate

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Posted by: firefox (3239)

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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

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Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Tonker,did you see that rd 350 at classic bikes northwest on old road nr leisure centre?

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 22:17
Last edited by Joe Maplin: 18th Apr 2020 at 22:20:32

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Yes, I'd seen that RD before, on their website. It's far too expensive for what I need one for.
There's one in Bolton, same model, a third that price, but it's still too much.

I only want frame, engine and, if available, a TLS front drum.

Ones I've missed =
£395 -
£370 etc.

Parts'll do! I'm going to build a TR3 replica, Like John Bottomley's!

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 23:07

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Reet oh ..keep me eyes peeled

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 23:17

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6845)

Tonker

So yoo have gotten a Goldwing

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 23:19

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

1977 GL1000, in Candy Apple Red! Just sold it to a chap from Anderton. Had it since 1992.

I'm a two stroke fan myself!

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 23:39
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Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6845)

I always fancied from that era one of these



Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 23:44

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Had a red CBX for a couple of years before the GL1000. Sold it on a whim, to a lad in Wirral.

Replied: 18th Apr 2020 at 23:55

Posted by: stevejmac14 (634) 

Steve
Yamaha FZ1-S 1000
Live just off Poolstock
Back to biking after a long time away from it
Previous bike Honda VFR 750 many moons ago!

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 11:40

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

pey
current bikes honda vtx 1800 and a sorned honda blackbird

past bikes
ducati 916sp
gilera 125runner
honda ss50
honda vtr1000
kawasaki zrx1100
suzuki gt250
suzuki gt380
suzuki gt550
suzuki sv1000
yamaha fs1e
yamaha dt125
yamaha rd125lc
yamaha rd200
yamaha rd250
yamaha rd350a
yamaha rd350b
yamaha rd350lc
yamaha mt03
yamaha trx850
yamaha r1


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Posted by: basil brush (16322)

Did you not have an ss50, 😮

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 12:52

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

yes basil its on the list

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 12:54

Posted by: basil brush (16322)

Oops, and a fizz as well 👍

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 12:56

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

yes basil its on the list yamaha fs1e..

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 12:57

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

dream bike ducati panigale v4r

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 12:58

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

All the classic 70s stuff there LG

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 12:59

Posted by: basil brush (16322)

Was the Suzuki moped just called s50?

Ye, saw it, what color was your fiz?

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:00

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

yes joe loved the RD350s..

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:00

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

basil suzuki was the ap50 i had the best colour fizzy kenny roberts yellow and black..

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:03

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

An we all wore the right protective gear,wrangler jacket
and a pair of green flash pumps

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:04

Posted by: basil brush (16322)

Remember them well, lg 👍

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Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

did any of you go down millers? i was there when the preston wild cats turned up! (scooter club) loads of the buggers

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:16

Posted by: basil brush (16322)

Did they do an RD in white with red writing?

Or have I dreamt that.

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:22

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

yes they did them were yamaha europe colours

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:26

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

Got Gilara 150 about 75/76 wasn't keen but was alright for a while, then an RD 250 which didn't end well for me but a great bike.

Gilera was called a Strada I think back then?

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:26

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Them RDs were mustard at the time,bet its like riding a shopping trolley compared to the new
stuff.But boy,did it put a smile on my face

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:32

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

Mine took the smile off mine. Marus Bridge roundabout 1976.

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:33

Posted by: basil brush (16322)

A lot of them round here use to wear, in the 70s wrangler jacket, jeans and docs, when riding bikes.

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Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

sadly i know 2 lads killed on the rd250s

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:36

Posted by: TerryW (6276)

Used to chat with a lad from Goose Green who had an RD 250 at Millers. Was told he passed away of some sort of illness some years ago. Funny how memories come up in't it?

It wasn't an RD it was a GT 550 he had.

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Posted by: basil brush (16322)

There was a lad, I think it was den Hilton use to ride round norley with no shirt on, 😮😮😮😮😮

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:43

Posted by: peter48 (2751)

First bike in 1966 was a bantam had various bikes since
One I had was a NSU Supermax way back in the late 60s
Now ridiing a Yamaha dragstar xvs650
Lovely little cruiser

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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

I got killed on an RD400 in 1979. Beat that!

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 13:55

Posted by: peebee (540) 

Tonker, I think you will find that speed camera detectors are illegal in France.

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 14:26

Posted by: peebee (540) 

Tonker, that's nowt I got beamed up by Aliens, fully probed and dumped back in Daisy Hill with my memory wiped so I can't remember a thing about it.

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 14:29

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Tonker,did it hurt

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 14:30

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

lad who used to go down millers geet knocked of his bike by howard kendall in ashton..

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 14:39

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6845)

Laughing Gravy

Did your dad own a motorcycle shop

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 14:54

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

no tommy wish he did,you could pick the 2 stroke bikes up cheap in the 70s and early 80s i geet the rd250 for 50 quid and the gt250 for a tenner sold it for twenty lol worth 1000s now..

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 15:09

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

PeeBee - I was under the impression that speed camera detectors are illegal 'to use' anywhere, UK included?

As per L.G., yes, RD's were that popular in the seventies, everybody and his dog had one. So, they were going for a song! I bought several myself. I once bought an RD125, 1975 on a 'N' plate, for £100. A woman in St.Helens said her son had left it in the shed when he moved out and she just wanted it gone!
There's one mon in Haydock who has quite a few RDs. He says they're his 'pension fund' and won't sell any. Yet.

Joe Maplin - it gave me some nasty headaches I can tell you!

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 15:31

Posted by: peebee (540) 

They are legal to use in the UK but a lot of foreign countries don't like em. Most new cars come with a static camera alert system as does my Qashqai.

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 15:54

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

I believe they (them men) tried to get them legally wiped off sat-navs?

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 15:57

Posted by: peebee (540) 

I remember when the hand held ones first came out I was coming home from work and overtook a car above the limit, then glanced to my left and saw a copper with a camera in his hand crouched down, hiding at the front of his minivan. Waited and waited but never heard a thing about it, must have been the car blocking his signal (my lucky day)

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 16:13

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Marvelous response chaps...keep it coming..did a bit of radar in my time..worst one ever was a boy racer on lily lane platt bridge heading towards ashton...96mph in a 30 zone...6 months ban and 8 points.

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 17:29

Posted by: peebee (540) 

it's no wonder we bikers get bad press, there's a pi**ock riding around South Shore on a scrambler(old age)with an open pipe just taunting the police. I don't wish any harm to come to any two wheeled machine but I could gladly poke a 3x2 in his front wheel.

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 17:47

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Billinge Biker - I don't know how long ago you were a bobby, or which area, but I had three driving bans before the age of 19. We didn't get 'points' in them days, it was 'endorsements'. Get three and you're banned for a year. I had loads! That's what got me taking it to the tracks in 1978. I thought (we ALL thought) that we were fast!
And what a surprise I got when I had to ride round with 39 other loonies, all trying to get to the front!

But I loved it, and still do!

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 18:10

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Retired over 20yrs now Tonks...bobby in platt bridge 1980 - 1990..then onto bikes and later Traffic...you must have been a rebel in the day 😁

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 18:39

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

0 years to answer your question in 2009 i bought a brand new big bang yamaha r1 called big bang because of its firing order for £10,000 i kept it unregistered in my up stairs flat,in the living room,why you asked well if youve never loved bikes you will never understand,but i can sit stareing lovingly at a bike forever,im saving up for another now to look atbut at £25,000 i dont know if i'll make it...
as a side note some one on here once said i was lying about having a brand new r1 in my flat..i never lie

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 18:47

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Now as "RoyCastle" used to say...That's dedication 👍

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 19:09

Posted by: 0 years (inactive)

I wouldn't think you are lying LG, I've known enough bikers to know how odd you lot are! One bloke I know has a Harley in his hallway and bits of other bikes strewn throughout his house. Needless to say he isn't married.

After your reply I realised that I am just as daft, I recently had a room converted, attached to my house which houses my car, it's carpeted, centrally heated, insulated, etc with a glass door so I can keep an eye. People think I am mad too but having one in your lounge is pushing it.

I think I am as daft (obsessed) as you lot, but I do get it.

I had to google R1, it looks fast stood still!

I am amazed that there are so many bikers on this site.

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 19:13
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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

One lad, who's 3rd floor flat I visited in the 80's, to pick up some clutch plates, had a TZ350 on a coffee table in his lounge! I have a friend, lives in Sale, who keeps bikes in the house. Lounge, office, hallway, kitchen, there they are.
Obviously, he's a single chap!

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 19:17

Posted by: peebee (540) 

Goes without saying.

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 19:32

Posted by: peebee (540) 

By gum LG you must be t.richest bloke on WW.

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 19:35

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

do you know why there so many single bikers? they love their bikes more than any woman.. theres only two people i would give bikes up for my daughter and granddaughter..

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 19:37

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

peebee not richest but probably daftest..

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Posted by: peebee (540) 

I was told many years ago when I had a Triumph Tiger cub that "If it has wheels or tits sooner or later it will give you trouble".

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 19:47

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

0-years - what's your classic car?

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 19:57

Posted by: 0 years (inactive)

It's not a "classic" car in the true sense of the word (age wise) but it's a Morgan.

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 20:01
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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

A Morgan, eh.? Nice! There used to be a Morgan dealer in a back-street in Southport. They never had many in. I always said, "I'll have one of them, one-day", but I never did!
My favourite marque is Porsche, but my "I want one" is the Ford Escort Van. It got so bad, a few years ago, that my wife banned them from the premises!
The best one I had was an ex-British Telecom 1.8D, in pale grey. Magic! We're all a bit wierd on here, you know!
I have a Porsche 993 Carrera now.

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 20:14

Posted by: 0 years (inactive)

Lifes Motors Southport-The oldest Morgan dealer in the world, well it was until they went out of business a few months ago. When I was a young man I used to press my nose up against two windows, Lifes in Southport and Ian Anthony in Bury. I always liked the retro look of Morgans but when I came to buy my first "always wanted" car I ended up at Ian Anthony. Nothing in the class of a 993 Carrera mind, they are a stunning car, and I remained loyal to the marque for quite a few years.

Morgans are for old gits, and as a result.....

As an aside...I did a lot of "courting" in an escort van as a lad! it was my Dad's that he used for work and I used it in the evenings. Happy memories.

Sorry bikers for the topic drift.....as you were.

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Posted by: tomplum (7276) 

LG, you said above you never lie, ok I'm not going to ruin a good thread by mentioning anything about Kelly and her Dad, but that is a very impressive collection of bikes you have had,
I gave mine up for a wife and kids and I've never regretted it , perhaps you never met the right Mrs Gravy,

I made a good swap

Replied: 19th Apr 2020 at 22:03

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

tomplum i've been through the kellysdad thing umpteen times,i denied being kellysdad to chatty because i did not want him telling tales,i'm not saying he would have but i did not want to own up at that time..

Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 09:07

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

0 years...under every stone...there's a biker lurking great response from the members. Many a true tale will be revealed in time. And great rideout experiences. I have a static van in Bolton-Le-Sands..my favourite rideout up there is Milnthorpe to Bowness through the Lyth Valley...anybody else done that route ?.

Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 09:53

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

yes billinge a few times beltin road thatmy favourite haunts are the lakes and dales,though iv'e got the NC 500 on my bucket list

Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 10:00

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Aye its a cracker...winding country road...little used...and brings you out virtually in Bowness town centre.

Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 11:00

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

i only found it by accident,i was riding out of bowness and noticed the dirty old lancaster this way sign and thought i would give it a try,its my go to lakes in and out road now

Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 11:07

Posted by: tomplum (7276) 

One of my best experiences was in Europe, we Saled from Norwich to hook of Holland, then into Belgium, through Germany into Switzerland into France then through France back north to Holland in 2 weeks, Whilst in Switzerland we were staying overnight in a camp site and got talking to a motor cyclist, he asked were we were headed, he adviced us to follow him through the Swizz valleys, What a ride that was, Most miss it because the Swizz tunnelled through the mountains and built motorways, going through the old roads was an eye opener, At one point the was an aircraft below us landing in a Valley and you had cable cars going into the clouds, breathtakeing views, We'd have missed all that only for that biker,

Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 11:13

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

"Aye its a cracker...winding country road...little used..."

Be aware of cow-slap!

Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 11:38

Posted by: peebee (540) 

Aye and loose gravel after a rainy session usually on the bends just as you have picked your line.It's one of those roads that if you travel east to west, then turn around and go west to east you wouldn't think it was the same road.
The road from Slaidburn to High Bentham over the moors is the same.

Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 12:00

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6845)

I think the bike thing depends on what age you are, in that us circa 60yr olds were part of the 'ped' generation, that was because the British motor cycle scene, post war and up until the Japanese started to sell their bikes in this country in the 1960s was very different to what emerged in the 1970s

First of all I think that British bikes of the 1950s and 60s and what was left of them in the 1970s were horrible, they were noisy, hard to ride, the brakes were crap, they were unreliable, expensive etc, and they looked horrible, and you would meet British bikers with their foot in plaster, when as they would say I was kicking me bike up, and it kicked me back
But yoo had the die hard British bikers, they hated the Jap bikes with a passion.

Also in 1960s and 70s they brought in new regulations, in 1971 they raised from 16 to 17 the age you had to be, to be able to ride a motorcycle, but remember that before that the choice of bikes those 16yr old had was limited to those horrible British bikes.


So the Japanese entered the British market in the 1960s and by the 1970s they were manufacturing beautiful bikes, they were eye candy, and far far more advanced than British bikes, and the new age restrictions meant that 16yr olds could only drive mopeds, so the Japanese bent the moped regulations as far has they could, and made the 'super peds' amusing to older bikers, but heaven for 16yr olds

In 1977 the government bent the regulations back, and limited 'peds' to 30mph and that killed off the peds

The Jap bikes were getting faster and faster, and the first true 100mph 250 emerged in the late 1970s the Suzuki X7 and a lot of the 'ped' generation had grown up into the 250 generation, they had never bothered to have motorcycle training and take their tests, there was back then the RAC-ACU training scheme, but what happened was that these 250 riders on L-Plates started getting killed, because of the lack of motorcycle training, and the increase in speed of the 250s and so there was a drastic change in the way that motorcycle riders were licensed, and the way they had to take a test within a period of time, and they halved the capacity of the bikes they could ride down to 125cc and I think that these new regulations killed off a lot of the motorcycle riding in the early 1980s the young uns learned to drive a car instead

Motor Cycle Regulation History

Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 12:14

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Done all them peebee..especially when enroute to Hawes 👍very informative T.T.S. lost a few friends in the early years to lack of training.

Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 12:31

Posted by: thaknows (472)

Send her an invite virago Best viewed in full screen You can thank me later

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Posted by: tomplum (7276) 

she would't have made our club, we had to kick start ours, and if that failed, you bumped it,

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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Is that why 60's bikers had one calf bigger than the other?

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Posted by: tomplum (7276) 

don't now nowt about keeping cows Tonker

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Posted by: dougie (4612) 

Remember this April 2011 going to the Cat and Fidel

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Posted by: wigandiver (301)

Castro ?

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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Did you have a Cuba Libre when you got there, Dougie?

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Posted by: dougie (4612) 

I remember asking you at the time why the bikers were parked in lay-bys with a man with a clip board letting them go one a time, I think the answer came off you that they had introduced average time marker posts to recorded the speed from one post to the next giving them your speed between the two posts and booking you if speeding, so just before the second post the bikers parked up if he knew he had been speeding, telling the Boardman exactly the time he had passed the first post, so he had to wait his time out till the Boardman said O.K to go

Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 19:15

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

You got it, Dougie, it's called Average Speed Check.

Replied: 20th Apr 2020 at 22:32

Posted by: mollie m (6382) 

{{Brag}} {{Boast}}

Well, gentlemen, back in 1966 me dad bought me a lilac Triumph Tina 100cc 2-stroke automatic!

Okay, I'll get me coat, but I really do love old vehicles be they motor bikes, cars, anything with an engine.

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 06:28

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

Trouble is when bikers crash they always come worst off, this video is dedicated to the passing Doctor and the off duty paramedic who fought hard to save his life.

Link

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 06:58

Posted by: thaknows (472)

Thats brutal, be careful out there.

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 10:18

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6845)

Molly

So your dad bought yoo a scooter

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 11:10

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Hey! Woooaaaahhhh! TommyTwoStroke!!

Can you keep it clean, please? No bad language! This is a family bikers thread!!

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 12:06

Posted by: peebee (540) 

F/M All bikers know the risks involved it's a sad fact that it can be a blood sport but we do it because we just love biking and the feelings we get, such as freedom,sights , smells exhilaration, and yes speed .A pilot once told me that it was the closest thing to flying you can get, and I'm sure you have had some near misses with idiots in cars but you still get enjoyment out of your pushy/leccy.
Just before I went out for the first time on my mobike mi dad said "I will give you some advice that will stay with you the rest of your life,Don't trust anyone, treat all other drivers like they are out to kill you , stay on your guard at all times", even now 54 years later I can hear him saying that.
There may be old bikers, there may be bold bikers, but there aint many old bold bikers.

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 16:14
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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

I'm old, and I'm a nutter!

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 17:11

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

spot on peebee when one of the lads i knew got killed one of the neighbours asked my mum why does she let me have a bike,my mum said "if he did'nt ride his own he would only ride someone elses" she knew how much i loved bikes,people who have never rode will never understand,like peebee says the fun outweighs the risk..

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 17:19

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

Bikers might know the risks involved, but why should they be allowed to spoil nice days out for other road users just because they want to fly around the country lane on a sunny day.

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 17:24

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

cyclists spoil the nice days not bikers!,bikers dont ride 2 abreasr in packs of 20 or more...

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 17:30

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Fat Mick...I will be the 1st to agree with you about the few and not the many...you fly around country lanes at your own peril. I see it often...nearly 62 and still doing it...must be doing something right...good road manners will always see you through..Out in all weathers with her indoors. Only needs a few numpty's to spoil it for one and all.. Cyclists...nothing really against them..they are vulnerable..but when you do get a gaggle of them 2 or 3 abreast....makes you think 😁

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 17:45

Posted by: peebee (540) 

F/M I have watched your videos and you are a major danger to pedestrians and dog walkers, obviously not getting older and wiser. This is a biker thread with a simple theme ' Calling all bikers' not a slanging match between pedal and motors, if you don't like motorbikes fair enough , you've given your opinion and it has been duly noted.

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 17:49

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

I know I am the stinky new boy on the site but the response and content of all members points and opinions is great...keep it up 👍

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 17:55

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Let's see if we can beat The St.Helensers at their own game!

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 17:59

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Why do we want a do wit "skon yeds" ?

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 18:05

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Well, they've almost taken over this site with their "Ex-Downall Greeners" threads. Let's see if we can beat their record of 10 pages!

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 18:08

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

I see. Tonks..from your scratching days...do you remember a lad called Tony Cook ? Came from Orrell...ended up a airline pilot but sadly killed himself some years ago?

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 18:15

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Just to add..he would now be 64/65. Now.I used to follow him around...3 sisters...Aintree..for some reason unknown as a succesful pilot he did away with himself...On a Bike
..deliberately into a brick wall at mawdesley/croston way. Must be 10 yrs ago now.

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 18:25

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Worked in Weaverham Light Transport Motorcycle shop, in Earlestown and held a ppl, married to Lyn who I knew from my teenage years. Yes, I knew Tony. He crashed into that white house when it ran out in front of him.

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 18:28

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Yes a sad do.
(Tonks I am a bit thick on these hurdy gurdy computery things) between me and you...how do I keep track of my contribution to different threads..I am up and down looking for me name all O'rt place. Keep it between us 👍

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 18:53

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

Cyclist are advised to ride two abreast, so that anything over taking them will have to do it as though they are over taking a car.
Nobody complains about police officers riding two abreast.

Its the noise these bikers make when they come up on you doing well over the roads speed limit ,that can shock a motorist into swerving away from them and ending up crashing

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 18:57

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Fat Mick..I was a Police Motorcyclist (In a previous life) never ever rode 2 abreast..I did all the Royal Escorts..VIP'S from all over the world. Numerous Cat 'A' escorts etc etc..I said previously a minority get us all tarred with the same brush...another marvellous invention is the interior mirror/wing mirrors.Trouble is some drivers dont use them. The average biker will have his headlamps on to announce his arrival. Too many drivers are oblivious to their surroundings. I always respect the cyclist and give them a wide berth.

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 19:33

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Just a snippet...Tony used to flash the landing lights of his aircraft when he passed over wigan area to let his family know he was on his way home. Priceless.

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 19:48

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Why would Tony ever fly over Wigan? Anyway, yes, Life just wouldn't be the same without a far-fetched story or two!

I think I have a photo of Tony and Lyn stood speccying at Aintree in the 80's!

Here's a story, I was in a race at Aintree probably 1983 or 1984. Anyroadup, we pulled away from the grid and nearly all 40 of us arrived at Country Corner at the same time, as it was.
I was, probably, one of the first 8 or 10 when one of the lads up front came off. Well, I couldn't move out of the way quick enough and ran clean over his legs, which threw me off as well!

Quickly picking myself up and running to the outside of the track, the first thing I saw was Tony, leaning over the railing, pointing his finger directly at me and laughing his head off. Needless to say, he got the two fingered salute immediately!

Tony was about the same age as me, or a year younger. Did you know him well? What about the rest of the crew from round your area, like Dave Dean, Steve Hodgson, Ronnie Penk, Simon Anderson?

Do you remember Glen Leyland, from Gantley?

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 21:21

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Re cyclists...I have never had to get
out of the way of a motorbike on the footpath!

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 21:33

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Well not so far anyway

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 21:35

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

I missed out Horses

Nobody complains about police officers riding two abreast on Horses

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 22:25

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

I complain about anything I don't agree with. I don't agree with lots of things.

Replied: 21st Apr 2020 at 23:28

Posted by: uncle joe (699)

Does someone like me that first rode a bike during Easter 1965, and still rides and owns two count as a biker?

Tonker: Do you remember a racer about the time you mentioned called Bob Smith? Originally from St. Helens, then moved to Upholland.

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 07:39

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

obviously joe, if you didnt ride youd be a ex biker

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 08:17

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

A load of Bikers leaving the Irish Ferry in Dublin,

Link

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 08:45

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Sorry Fat mick ..there you have a valid point. Tonks. You wont believe this ..Glen.. known as "chippy Glen" lived opposite me in Gantley Avenue for 28yrs..pain in the backside. He lived with his dad in latter years until his dads death a couple of years ago. He is now in his own flat in that home near the halfway house Pemberton..not seen him since.

Dave Dean...Penky not seen for years .

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 09:48
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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Glen died a few years ago. He's putting the bins out on the great bin-round in the sky! An old mate of mine, Tom, owns the chippy. Melissa, florist? Margaret, lollipop lady? Do you know Joe Gormally, lived next to the Unicorn, with the hairdressers shop?
Dave lives on Upholland Road, near the ambulance station.

Uncle Joe, yes I knew Bob. He came from Fleet Lane in Parr, moved to Billinge. He was killed at Scarborough in 1983.
Here he is, number 3, leading Grant and Sheene! and sponsored by Majestic Aluminium (Orrell) and Hughes and Porter (Billinge).

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 10:39
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Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

Its funny nobody remembers my old work mate John Swingler from Nottingham, because he used to race with David Dean

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 11:08

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

I don't remember that name, Mick.

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 11:12

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Tonks . Again you wont believe this. When I moved from Gantley ave 8yrs ago I moved a short distance to upholland rd..directly opposite Joe Gormally !!! He died 2 / 3 yrs ago now..his misses still lives there. SMALL AND WEIRD WORLD 👍

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 13:19

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6845)

I thought that Joe Gormley lived in Shevington with posh Mick, and he was Whupsy's boss

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 13:33

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

This was a different Joe, TTS. Gormally, as opposed to Gormley.

BB - you MUST've known Margaret Lollipop then, and her daughters? You must also remember Andy, the bobby, who was a short-arsed-shithouse?

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 13:57

Posted by: uncle joe (699)

Does anyone remember the bike shop that was on Bryn Road for a short time? On the left going towards Bryn.

I was told that they had bought all of their stock from Ste Crompton who used to sell used parts from the old Co-op in Golborne. Anyone know what happened to him? He was quite a character!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 14:03

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Do you mean Trevor Duckett? He was in the shop which is now Bargain (not!) Booze!

PitStop used to be in Golborne!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 14:46
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Posted by: uncle joe (699)

Never knew who owned the bike shop on Bryn Road. It might have been called Phoenix Motorcycles. Wasnt there very long.

Never even heard of PitStop in Golborne, must have been after my time….and its years since I've even been in the area.

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 15:02

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Billinge Biker - For a picture of an old mate of yours, Click Here!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 15:18

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Phoenix Motorcycles sold Cossacks in the 70s
Motorcycles that is

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 15:58

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

joe i didnt think cossacks would go to bryn to buy motorcycles

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 16:01

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Jeez...how could I forget.. dont think he has died though..his sisters would have let me know.
Lollipop lady - Margaret Frodsham. Had five or six daughters and a son...margaret died about 8yrs ago..her eldest daughter Ann died on the operating table about 7yrs ago.

Andy the bobby No idea !!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 16:02

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 16:04

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

They were Urals. The Cossack badge was put on at Carnaby, in a unit near where we used to race.

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 16:08

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Well,didn't know that Tonker.Just took it
at face value.....you cornt trust anyone
Laaaaike


Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 16:14

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Raaaaight!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 16:16

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Remember them having a Fantic chopper in at
one time(ooh er missus)
Believe they change hands for daft money now

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 16:22

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

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Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Is this yours Tonker?
Reg plate seems familiar

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 18:10
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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Yes, it was mine, SJP 271N. I got it for my 16th birthday, from Millers. In Pemberton!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 18:22

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

I too got one like this,funnily enough,sold it to a Yicker..

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 18:25

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Pemberton raaaaight

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 18:26

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Do you remember the name of the Yicker you sold it to?
I part ex'd mine for an RD200 from Tom Collins's!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 18:51

Posted by: Joe Maplin (401) 

Sorry mate,best part of 45 years ago..

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 19:00

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

I'm t'same!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 19:20

Posted by: peebee (540) 

Mmm Tom Collins that name rang a bell but I couldn't place it until someone mentioned St Helens. Over fifty years ago when I had my DBD34 Goldie I needed some new bearings for the magdyno and some one suggested Tom Collins. Living in Westhoughton then and having no sat navs it took me a while to find it, but as I remember it was only a small old fashioned place with Methuselah behind the counter, anyway he twizzled round,reached into a drawer and bugger me dead he pulled out two brand new O.S bearings wrapped in grease proof paper.
I was over the moon and couldn't wait to get back home to fix the old girl. Now here is my question, is my mind playing tricks after all these years or was there two T.C.in St Helens.?

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 20:12
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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

There was two Tom Collins's in St.Helens. They were both in Eccleston, one on Boundary Road / Knowsley Road junction and the other a bit further up in a side street on the right. And he also had a workshop a bit further. Old buildings the last two were and I think they've gone now. The first one was a showroom.

There was another, called Fred Hartley's, not far from Tom Collins's. And there was Dingsdales, in Duke Street which, ironically, is where Geoff Duke came from. Not Dingsdales, Duke street!

I reckon Tom Collins's had the same old wooden drawers and shelves when it shut as when you got your Goldie bearings from him. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he still had some!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 20:59

Posted by: spacebar (539)

Billinge Biker, after all the name dropping, I suspect your name initials are I S. If so, we worked together at Ashton occasionally, when Cyril Gee was my sergeant! No names, no pack drill!!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 21:54

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

You don't need to 'suspect' Ian's initials. He's already told us all them in his profile!

You bobbies, are always 'suspecting' something!

Hello?, Hello?, Hello?

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 21:59

Posted by: spacebar (539)

Well aren’t I the clever one then, tonker, working it out without seeing his profile! Should have been a detective!!

Replied: 22nd Apr 2020 at 22:03

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Hello Spacebar !! Cyril (R.I.P) Was also my Sgt when I was Ashton Area Constable...you have got me thinking now..I will use my crap detective skills to ponder

Replied: 23rd Apr 2020 at 09:54

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Robert Duff, anybody?

Replied: 23rd Apr 2020 at 10:22

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Know Bob very well...still lives marus bridge way. Another coincidence Tonks..his ex wife lynne remarried..they had a daughter who...is a teacher at my school !!

Replied: 23rd Apr 2020 at 11:27

Posted by: uncle joe (699)

Tonker: Am I correct in thinking that the photo of Bob/Mick/Barry you posted was taken at Scarborough?

Replied: 24th Apr 2020 at 06:48

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Broke the beast out this morning for work . Then onto Pharmacy at pem for my prescription..No Queue ! Glad I dont pay any more...the cost has just risen to £9.15p Per Item !!
Diverted myself (nautily) on my return trip..M6 (N) off at standish..Appley Bridge..Lees lane..Dalton..Upholland..home..what a Joy 👍

Replied: 24th Apr 2020 at 10:04

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Newfold Primary.

Yes, Oliver's Mount.

Replied: 24th Apr 2020 at 10:16
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Posted by: PeterP (8429)

Billinge Biker at the top right of each message board there is a line which shows " click on this to veiw threads started my me" Also if you type into the search box "billinge biker" it will show also your input to a thread but you will still need to scroll down to find your name

Replied: 24th Apr 2020 at 11:37

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

billinge i went the opposite way went to orrell, up holland over the beacon, parbold hill,appley bridge,shevy and back home to marsh green..

Replied: 24th Apr 2020 at 13:09

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Peterp thanks for that...Tonks..aye Newfold..Olivers mount Scarborough..what a twisty spectator friendly track...LG nice little ride that...had a day off here yesterday grafting in back garden..just catching up on the threads..to you LG..nothing but admiration..a heavy burden to carry...there also seems to be one or two threads which have been started that could have been added to this one...some good info missed...Now Tonks wants to beat the Downa greenerz record !! Better showing them here I think..(stinky new boy) 😁

Replied: 26th Apr 2020 at 09:35

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

PeterP ..just tried it...marvellous technology for us I.T. dinosaurs 👍

Replied: 26th Apr 2020 at 09:39

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

I got the ZZR1200 out on Friday and went for a ride up to my mate's house in Westhoughton. After an hour or so's chatting, about nowt in particular, like you do, I got back on the bike to come back home the long way round.
And guess what I did?
I bloody well fell off while turning round outside his house!
A bit of damage to the bike, but nothing that won't fix. A graze to me elbow and knee!

What a knob-head!! First fall-off since 1989!

Replied: 26th Apr 2020 at 12:38

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

Glad only your pride was damaged Tonker.

Replied: 26th Apr 2020 at 12:41

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

When I got home and told my wife what I'd done, she promptly said, "Well, I told you that bike was too big"!

They know everything, them wifes.

Replied: 26th Apr 2020 at 12:48

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Ouch ! We can stand the pain..but to scratch the bike Aaarrrghh (like the world has just ended?) Glad you are ok.👍

Replied: 26th Apr 2020 at 13:36

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

billinge thank you tonker when they go past the point of no return just let it drop theres no way of keeping them up lol,i got bit by the disc lock outsiide asda cafe window once

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 16:08
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Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

Billinge Biker do you see Joe Berry about in Orrell, I used to notice him a lot because of his name on his van but I dont suppose he will be driving a van anymore

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 16:47

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Yes he is still knocking around..lives off St. James Rd. Orrell ..his lad Neil Berry has built an house at the back of my school. His daughter runs her own busi
ness Holly Tree Nursery for pre school and after school clubs..they are all doing well.

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 18:06

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Picking your brains..my bike is out of MOT early May...whats the current position...or do you know any MOT stations still active ?

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 18:09

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Dave at D&K in Leigh. I took mine last week, before I fell off!



Dave - he's a very nice man. A very, very, very nice man!

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 18:14
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Posted by: firefox (3239)

He does some galivanting that Tonker!

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 18:21

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

No. I'm on lockdown me!

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 18:23

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

billinge mines due 15th may extended till 15 nov..

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 18:34
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Posted by: firefox (3239)

Any of you going to go out like this?

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 18:57

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

been to a few biker funerals sadly,but when i go its a cardboard coffin for me cheaper funeral the better, dont want my daughter payin a fortune..

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 19:06

Posted by: firefox (3239)

You can get cheap funerals now, less than 2k for a basic.
Or tell her to say you were estranged and or can't affpord to pay towards the funeral then she can apply for a Paupers funeral

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 19:09

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

firefox paupers will do just finemy mum got £3500 from her policy which was more than enough,but my sister jumped in and went to middleton and woods over £6000 for a cremation! i went mad.

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 19:15

Posted by: firefox (3239)

Not surprised.

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 19:16

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

A cremation is only six hundred and odd pound. Other disbursements might take it over a grand. The rest is the undertakers 'fee'!

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 19:21

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

LG..thats what I am trying to Suss..where does it say 6 months grace etc ?

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 19:47

Posted by: firefox (3239)

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Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

I'm obliged 👍

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 19:55

Posted by: firefox (3239)

I added the link for you.

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 19:57

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

It's the 'Missing' link!

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 21:35

Posted by: firefox (3239)

That's on a different thread, you posted on it. 😀

Replied: 27th Apr 2020 at 22:55

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Just jad a toot on the site..the CV19 info is good re MOT's etc 👍

Replied: 28th Apr 2020 at 13:30

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Replied: 28th Apr 2020 at 14:10

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Thats a big one Tonks !!

Replied: 28th Apr 2020 at 16:50

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

They all say that!

Replied: 28th Apr 2020 at 17:51

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Even your Men ?? 😁

Replied: 29th Apr 2020 at 09:56

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Tonks..are you married to a girl "Janet" ?

Replied: 29th Apr 2020 at 19:35

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

I'm married to a girl, yes. Well, a woman, she's 60. And she's not called Janet.

Replied: 29th Apr 2020 at 19:51

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Told you my detective skills were defective !!

Replied: 30th Apr 2020 at 09:21

Posted by: firefox (3239)

So you aren't married to a boy "Janet" either then.
We are narrowing it down here.

Replied: 30th Apr 2020 at 10:13

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Going back to a previous life...on my first posting to the bike wing at Plant Hill..near Heaton Park..Manchester...I inherited (As the stinky new boy) a clapped out BMW R80..I think it was..same day I had to mount same and make my way to see new boss on T'other side of manchester. I got there to see my brand new boots full of oil and petrol..stunk like a refinery...needless to say it was a quick welcome and goodbye..when I transferred to Castle St. Bolton I got a brand new Klt 100..did many a happy mile on that one...but buy a BMW..yer avin a laff.

Replied: 30th Apr 2020 at 18:36

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

On the motorcycles, in your previous life, did you ever meet up with a lad called Martin Gilbody?

Replied: 30th Apr 2020 at 19:05

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

No Tonks...not a name I know or recall.

Replied: 30th Apr 2020 at 19:20

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Firefox...just been on the DVLA website..check my MOT which runs out this sunday 3rd may...extended by DVLA already to 2nd Nov 2020....signed up for an e-mail reminder too..good service.

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Posted by: firefox (3239)

Excellent. My MOT's run out on June and July respectively. Hope I get the extra Months.

Replied: 1st May 2020 at 12:09

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

No reason why not...from what I read the extension is put in place 3 days before expiry. 👍

Replied: 1st May 2020 at 12:22

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

In real terms, you're not getting any 'extra months'. You're only getting a delay on paying.

AND, the reason for that 'delay'??????

Well, the government make no money on MoT test fees. So the six months delay costs them nothing.

Think of all the people who are in 'lockdown', who's MoT test falls due and they also have to tax their cars but can't, due to having no MoT.
They might say, "we can't go out, so I'd may as well s.o.r.n. it".
The result of that is, the government loses money. So the government delay the MoT for six months, solely to enable all those who need to pay their road tax will have to do so.

They're 'giving' nothing!

Replied: 1st May 2020 at 12:52

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Obviously Tonks...Personally I would rather have it MOT'D as a matter of safety..rather than be given 6mths grace.

Replied: 1st May 2020 at 13:21

Posted by: firefox (3239)

Delay in paying is, in effect, extra months. 18 months for the price of 12.

Replied: 1st May 2020 at 13:27

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

billinge safety? you could get mot'd today your brakes could still lock up tomorrow!

Replied: 1st May 2020 at 13:50

Posted by: firefox (3239)

Vehicle checks!

Replied: 1st May 2020 at 13:51

Posted by: firefox (3239)

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Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Indeed...In the last 6 months I have replaced both tyres for Dunlop 5's..had new pads all round...always check the beast all round before gallavanting. I am not the most mechanically minded in the world..I leave that to people who know what they are doing..neither do I maul with Gas..Lekky or water...other than the very basics. 😁

Replied: 1st May 2020 at 18:04
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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

I do mechanics, engine rebuilds etc.. I do gas, electric and water. I can also do groundwork, build houses and put roofs on. I know how to run a petrol station and how to sell beer, wines and spirits.
Accounts are easy, it's basic arithmatic.

I'd never make a policeman!

Replied: 1st May 2020 at 18:21

Posted by: firefox (3239)

Not even with enough wool?

Replied: 1st May 2020 at 18:31

Posted by: broady (16700) 

Has a motor cyclist ever won/ been nominated for Sportsview Personality of the Year?

Replied: 1st May 2020 at 18:32

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

It's Sunny! Get t'baaaaike ouyt!

Replied: 2nd May 2020 at 18:03

Posted by: uncle joe (699)

No motorcyclist has ever won, but Barry Briggs (Speedway) came second twice, and Sheene came in third place once. If the worl was just, Hailwood should have won it several times...

Replied: 2nd May 2020 at 18:37

Posted by: broady (16700) 

uncle joe,
I didn’t expect you to be the answer so I will refrain with my retort. However I noticed earlier in the week there was two stroke oil on my bedside table every day I woke up.

Replied: 2nd May 2020 at 19:11

Posted by: firefox (3239)

Two strokes oil, Broady?

Replied: 2nd May 2020 at 19:18

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

You could run a book on Broady's number of 'strokes', at his age!

Replied: 2nd May 2020 at 19:28

Posted by: broady (16700) 

Do they not use that on motorbikes or is it my mower?

Replied: 2nd May 2020 at 19:32

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Policeman Tonks..!!..I was no rocket scientist...left school with basic grades..joined Royal Navy at 16yrs..Only reason I got in G.M.P. is that I was ex - R.N. (Service's).
The three qualities of a Policeman...in my time...
1. A good sense of humour.
2. Common sense.
3. A little compassion.

Nothing else was required.

Replied: 2nd May 2020 at 21:06

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

That post I put, up there ^^^^, reminded me of that Polish bloke in Bob Hill's "claim to fame" film on You Tube!

Bob's Claim to Fame Film!

Replied: 3rd May 2020 at 00:12

Posted by: firefox (3239)

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Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

When this doom and gloom is over..how many fellow bikers are up for a little jaunt to Bowness via The Lyth valley ? A nice little ride...about 70 mls there. There is a good bikers parking spot opposite the lake. . .
Could meet at the mount car park for J26 M6..do a little bit on the new Lancaster by-pass...up the A6 for milnthorpe then Lyth Valley to Bowness 👍

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 09:05

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

Can I tag along in my comfortable car.

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 09:13

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Ha ha...I fear we may lose sight of you in our wing-mirrors..especially if the occasional "Skutch" takes place !!

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 09:24

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

I saw on the news that the North Yorkshire Bobby's fined and sent back home two bikers who had rode from Bury to Whitby just to buy some Fish & Chips

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 11:20

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

I'll definitely come! And, I'd bet, that Mac of Wigan Rejects would come too!
He'll have to be contacted, because he isn't on here anymore after that Sledge chased him off!!

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 11:23
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Posted by: Anne (3892) 

Can I come as pillion. I have all the gear, it may be several sizes too big, it's my sons. Also I may need to a carry a short ladder.
Seriously, I have done a lot of pillion riding and in the mists of time long ago rode a Bantam.

Only joking of course. The last time I was pillion was about four years ago and that was in Singapore, so quite a different ride to what you are proposing.

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Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

count me in billinge

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 12:33

Posted by: peebee (540) 

sounds good to me

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 13:04

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

I feel a posse coming on 👍

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 13:27

Posted by: firefox (3239)
Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Firefox...we cant cater for brain deads mate 😁

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 19:08

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Mac won't be coming. He's swapped his bike for a box of bird food!

Replied: 5th May 2020 at 19:39

Posted by: firefox (3239)

I hope his bird appreciates it.

Replied: 6th May 2020 at 10:13

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

A.C.M.E.?

Replied: 6th May 2020 at 10:53

Posted by: Reditus (377)


^

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Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

I can hear the "Beast" calling me from the garage...wonder if her indoors needs any essential shopping ? Owd on a bit..my Cider stash is low....Be off in a bit 😁

Replied: 8th May 2020 at 12:46

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Boris says.. from wednesday we can travel a bit more...time to stretch the bikes legs. Common sense should still apply...these N'eer-do-well's who continue to give 2 fingers to the state are having their fines increased....Flog e'm in public I say...in fact give me the whip I will do it for him.....free of charge 👍

Replied: 10th May 2020 at 19:52

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

hopefully i will be eytin yorkshire fish n chips for mi tea soon

Replied: 10th May 2020 at 20:53

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Hang on ter yer Gonads lads..the Posse outing is getting closer 👍

Replied: 11th May 2020 at 18:26

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Replied: 12th May 2020 at 16:20

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Ye God's. A few bobs worth of RD'S there Tonks

Replied: 12th May 2020 at 16:29

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Better than money in the bank. By far!

Replied: 12th May 2020 at 16:37

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

had the maroon rd350 and the silver and black rd350b

Replied: 12th May 2020 at 17:36

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Had a look on T'internet...the RD 500 V4 'S 1985 models are going from 7 - 10 Grand !!.

Replied: 13th May 2020 at 09:37

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

" 7 - 10 Grand !!!" .... ????

.... and the rest! I've seen them up for over £20k at the Stafford Show. A customer of a friend of mine, who had a bike shop over in Spain, managed to pick a damaged one up for €1000 from Barcelona. Jaques got the job of creating a YZR500 race replica out of it. It turned out a fantastic job!
I'll see if I can find the you-tube film of the test of it at Calafat.

Replied: 13th May 2020 at 15:04

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

H-O-W M-U-C-H

Replied: 13th May 2020 at 16:21

Posted by: peebee (540) 

Peanuts, how about laying out £175,000 for this and then spending another £50,000 on restoring it.

Replied: 14th May 2020 at 00:18
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Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

brough superior ss100

Replied: 14th May 2020 at 06:20

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

W.T.F....wouldnt give it scrap money..is it one of them Harley's ? Neer liked em...ugly noisy articles....some will say best bikes ever !! Not for me 😁

Replied: 14th May 2020 at 09:14

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

billinge my above says what it is lawrence of arabia was killed on one avoiding two kids..

Replied: 14th May 2020 at 09:30

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

fun fact after the death of lawrence people were calling for headgear to be worn on motorcycles so his death has probably contributed to why we wear helmets today..

Replied: 14th May 2020 at 10:10
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Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6845)

Laughing Gravy

Did your dad own Rogersons

Replied: 14th May 2020 at 10:34

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

no tommy i wish he did,are you thinking of stey rogerson?

Replied: 14th May 2020 at 10:48

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Oh aye....can't see for looking...silly boy 😁

Replied: 14th May 2020 at 11:15

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

We're like-minded about Harley's. Absolute Crud!

One mon I know, comes from South Africa, lives in Westhoughton, bought himself one, brand new. Twelve months later, he declared it the biggest waste of money ever!
Loads of corrosion and failed welds on the frame.
He told me they were made in China!

Replied: 14th May 2020 at 12:36

Posted by: 0 years (inactive)

Fancy a cup of coffee Tonker?

https://www.motor1.com/news/419893/porsche-993-911-espresso-maker/

Sorry, I can't do links.

Replied: 15th May 2020 at 22:31

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

0 Year's Link


No. I'm not a coffee drinker and I prefer the Real Thing!

Replied: 15th May 2020 at 22:53
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Posted by: First Mate (244)

Posted by: tonker (21188) View tonker's page10,000+ View blog Report abuse

We're like-minded about Harley's. Absolute Crud!

One mon I know, comes from South Africa, lives in Westhoughton, bought himself one, brand new. Twelve months later, he declared it the biggest waste of money ever!
Loads of corrosion and failed welds on the frame.
He told me they were made in China!

Replied: 14th May 2020 at 12:36

Wihch part of South Africa? It;s a big place. Not liaaaaakm Haaadock
Ass

Replied: 15th May 2020 at 23:26

Posted by: 0 years (inactive)

Very nice,

It looks fast stood still does that.

Replied: 15th May 2020 at 23:34

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

Halfway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, apparently.

Replied: 15th May 2020 at 23:48

Posted by: Stardelta (8121)

Allen Millyard has been posting regularly on his YouTube channel during lockdown. I have followed his work for years now. Any bikers out there who don't know who he is or what he does really should check him out.

MIllyard

Replied: 16th May 2020 at 06:00

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

sd iv'e been watching him a lot lately a very clever bloke..

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Posted by: tonker (23304) 

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Posted by: chatty (8146) 

I thought you was sick?

Replied: 16th May 2020 at 22:49

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

I'm not myself, but I'm not dead yet!

Replied: 16th May 2020 at 23:03

Posted by: chatty (8146) 

You're not the first on these boards not to be themself
I just hope when you get better we still recognise you

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Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Right that's it...The beast is calling...her indoors has agreed to a "Local" ride out this afternoon. .where we get to...not known yet...let you know later...Yahooooo !

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 10:27

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

rivvys shut,went earlier gate was locked..

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 11:53

Posted by: Stardelta (8121)

Good turn out in the trough yesterday, and at Glasson Dock. Nowhere to get a brew though.

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 12:13

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

sd have you geet a bike?..

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 13:30

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Her indoors had more layers on than an onion...Billinge-Roby Mill-Appley Bridge-Over Parbold-Bickerstaffe-Southport-Churchtown-M58 for a scutch...Orrell-Home. 14 degs but felt a bit nippy with that crosswind....Marvellous 👍

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 14:26

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Done more "Noddin" today than a 1960's Nodding dog...loads of bikes out there today...lots if them 2 up like mysel 👍

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 16:02

Posted by: Stardelta (8121)

I am presently on a SV650k8 LG, the one when they just went over to 4 plugs. I am not a particularly enthusiastic motorcyclist and because I work away from home a lot I don't use it a great deal, in fact I have done less than 1500 miles in the last 2 years. However now that we have been granted some liberty with regard to personal travel the mood took me and I decided to blow some cobwebs away.

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 16:04

Posted by: Stardelta (8121)

Funnily enough LG Allen Millyard has just posted his latest video on YouTube. Took his homebrew Z1 900 6cyl out for the first time.

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 16:18

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

yeah watched it earlier

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 17:02

Posted by: peebee (540) 

You took a while to join in S/D, it doesn't matter how many miles you cover it's just the enjoyment of being out there..the freedom and at peace with the yourself, maybe not with thi missus but for a short while all is well and the world it's a lovely place to be.
Every year I do the Welsh National Rally and at the end of a very very long day with more than 390 miles under mi belt that's more than enough for me; it's off to a b+b and another 120 miles home in the morning.
eEven that is nothing to the 'Iron Butt' brigade with a thousand miles done in 24 hours.!

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 18:50

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

".... the 'Iron Butt' brigade with a thousand miles done in 24 hours.!"

I remember reading, probably in MCN, four of the editorial team rode the 'top' sports bikes of the time (R1, GSXR, Ninja, 996?), from Peterborough to somewhere in Italy, non-stop! They mustn't've been hanging about, as they had to have new tyres before they rode home again!

They must be the 'Iron Wrists' and 'Ceramic Butt' brigade?



Replied: 17th May 2020 at 19:17

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

sd you being a biker is a pleasant surprise i would never have guessed.. glad you've come out of the closet..

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 19:39

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

I can't wait to tell Mac, off Wigan Rejects! He'll probably invite you out on a ride?

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 19:43

Posted by: derek (391) 

Had about 60 bikes all sorts of stuff from a pedal moped to a Honda CB900F. At the moment have a 1960 Raleigh Roma scooter a 1960 250 Francis Barnett / James project special, a 1965 Honda 305 Dream. and just bought a 1961 Triumph Tiger 100 to restore I made a 160cc cycletrike last year. Short of somewhere to ride to that's not too far for a ride out around Wigan. Dose anyone remember or go to Lewis's in Hindley around 1964 or remember Barry's bike shop in Platt Bridge around 1964 we bought a Velo Viper off him.

Replied: 17th May 2020 at 20:07

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

When I was a lad, and being a 'rocker' was 'all the go', I remember them having such things as - Triton - Tribsa - Norbsa - Norvin - Yick Rockers etc., painted on their backs in white emulsion!

All wore steel-capped boots with the toes polished up, and studded belts. Not all wore a helmet, although several did, in black. One wore a Nazi helmet. Regular visitors were the Horseshoe Rockers, from Parr. Their helmets were open-face, no peak, in red with yellow stripe round the rim. I think they were the first to switch to riding Jap Crap!
Crackpots they were!

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Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Why do I have to scroll down 3000yds to see the latest post ? Can it not be paged etc ?? I dont know I'm the stinky new boy. Perhaps Sir Tonks will enlighten me..he knows everything else 😁😁

Replied: 19th May 2020 at 18:37

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

Have you not got an 'END' key on your keyboard? (Usually located under the home key.)

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Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Techno Dinosaur here..do all this bafoonery on mi phone...dont have laptop.computers..i'pads etc. Cant be doing with em....so its probably my fault..thank you 👍

Replied: 19th May 2020 at 18:59

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

Can't help you there. Long since given up using on-screen keyboards wherever possible, I just found them to be too much faffing about.

Replied: 19th May 2020 at 19:05

Posted by: tonker (23304) 

St.Helensers manage it on their site! They're up to 'page 12'!

Replied: 19th May 2020 at 19:19

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

By gum its all quiet on here !! Whats happened to yon mon called Stonker or summat 😁😁😁 Laryngitus or Nowtiness 😁😁😁.

Replied: 24th May 2020 at 10:13

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

lakes bound today me....

Replied: 25th May 2020 at 06:53

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

lakes bound today me....

Replied: 25th May 2020 at 06:53

Posted by: 0 years (inactive)

Nice and short open topped drive out today through Chorley/Brinscall/Belmont/over the top to Rivington then Adlington and back to civilisation.

Only a sprinkling of motor bikes but plenty of mamils.

It was like visiting another country after not being out of Wigan for months!

Replied: 25th May 2020 at 15:48

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

How did you go on L.G. ? Any public conveniences open ? Bugger all else is 😁😁😁

Replied: 25th May 2020 at 19:24

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

billing nowt open and it was dead only about 3 bikes at bowness,and very very few people it was a nice change from being crowded..

Replied: 25th May 2020 at 19:29

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Did you do Lyth Valley ?

Replied: 25th May 2020 at 19:37

Posted by: laughing gravy (7134)

yes in and out..

Replied: 25th May 2020 at 19:49

Posted by: WN1 Standisher (163)

Nice one. Stay safe and well ( especially when scutching ).I've had bikes in one form or another since I was 12 but don't own one at the moment. But when we can mingle again, who knows. I was toying with the idea of buying another and doing blood biking about 12 months ago and I've not written this off yet. Hope you all enjoy the ride outs after all this. I'm sure you'll have a great time in some brilliant locations.

Replied: 28th May 2020 at 11:52

Posted by: Billinge Biker (626)

Any new stuff Please post on bikers 2 created by Tonker thanks 👍

Replied: 29th May 2020 at 09:06

 

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