October 2018 I have been offered a free luggauge rack for Green. Fingers crossed it turns up soon, and is OK? I'm thinking of getting a top case to go on it for shopping then remove it for trail riding.

September 2018 Another ride on Green in the sunshine, and this time no puncture, breakdown, or crash!

Blue is being naughty as she starts, but won't idle. I assume it is just a blocked idle jet, but have not got around to looking into it yet.

September 2018 I was having another lovely ride on Green, but then got a puncture!

September 2018 I had a lovely ride on Green all around Santa Pod... I thoroughly enjoyed my holiday, but I am back at work now.

September 2018 I had an enjoyable trail ride on Green, and a quick one on Blue. However, Blue is being naughty as I cannot get the petrol cap off, and therefore cannot add fuel AND she won't idle. I assume the pilot jet is blocked, or maybe she is just low on fuel? Update I managed to get the petrol cap off then added some fuel, but she still won't idle so I assume the idle jet is indeed blocked. Another job to add to the list!

July 2018 Both Serow have been for service, and I have been trail riding on Green several times without breaking down! Don't appear to be using Blue much maybe I should sell?

June 2018 I had a little ride on Green, and didn't need recovery to get us home! See left, and a few more here.

Both
Green and Blue passed the MOT (UK safety test.)


May 2018 Making slow progress with Green. I bought a pattern regulator / rectifier and fitted it but the bike is still not charging the battery. Green is booked in next week for a professional to have a look at it. Update It was just corroded wiring, and fixed in under an hour! Plus the number plate was cracking so I ordered, and fitted a new one. This one is metal so should be a bit more robust! As usual Blue is running fine.


April 2018 Not enjoyable was breaking down on Green, and waiting ages for recovery. I think the regulator / rectifier may have failed, or the stator as the bike is not charging the battery!

Flat tire now has new heavy duty inner tube, and noticed horn not always working so replaced it.

March 2018 Short trail ride on Blue just did a couple of the local lanes, and went into town for coffee. A few snaps here.

March 2018 Not much to report I've been riding Blue occasionally, but just into town...

January 2018 Green has been naughty again, and has a minor electrical fault I can't find, which started after I jet washed it? I should have left it muddy!!!

December 2017 Not ridden much recently, but I did have a little chug about on Green, and gave her a quick jet wash. See left before, and after.

November 2017 I popped down to see the HAV Airlander 10 in the sunshine on Green.

I replaced the clutch switch on Green as it was not working. A bit fiddly, but was able to do this myself. I have a wish list to do on both Serow over the winter. They may get done, or not? No panic as both bikes are ready to ride.

October 2017 Me and my chum took out both Serow for a chug about. See left.

September 2017 I had a pleasant ride about with the TRF before my local lanes get shut for the winter on Green.

August 2017 Recently out on Green for a solo trail ride. Snaps here.

August 2017 Previously, I had a short, but enjoyed trail ride with my mate M on Green.

July 2017 I had a short but enjoyable ride on Blue recently.

July 2017 I had a short but enjoyable ride on Blue. A few snaps here.

June 2017  Both Serow passed the MOT (UK safety check) this week. The only work required was that Green needed a new tail light bulb, which I sourced, & fixed myself.

I rode
Green to a free entry charity event at the Shuttleworth Collection. See left & snaps here.

May 2017 Trail riding on Green today in the sunshine (see left.)


Last weekend I went to the Super Sausage Café on
Green to have breakfast, and a chat with chums snaps here.

An enjoyable trail ride on Blue see near left, and a few snaps here.

April 2017 Green is all back together, and I have been riding all the bikes. On the left a little trail ride on Green. A few more snaps here.

March 2017 I got Green out to ride, but it had a punctured front tyre so as I had some spare time I took the front wheel off, and have dropped it off to get some duff spokes fixed, and a new inner tube. Plus I took the front calliper off, and sent that away for rebuilding as it had been dragging. Just waiting for all the bits to come back, and refit them.

I took Blue to Torque Racing where Martin fitted a new rear tyre, and some bar risers. I have been riding all the bikes when the weather has been mild. A few more snaps here.

October 2016 I had a trail ride on Blue and my mate K rode Green for his first day trail riding plus another friend M on his Beta in the late October sunshine.

I had a ride out on
Green around the Ashwell green roads with M on his Beta (see left.) A few snaps here.

A couple of days later I got cancelled at work so took the chance to have a solo trail ride on
Blue around Whitwell snaps here.

October 2016 I've ridden both bikes in the last three days mostly just about town, but I did ride Green on trail on Monday on trails I know well. I hope I can get out on the bikes some more this Autumn before I go into hibernation mode.

September 2016 I attended the Super Sausage Classic Suzuki Sunday but I snuck in on Green, which is a Yamaha! Snaps here.

August 2016
I visited the Baldock Bike Bash (see left) riding Green. Some snaps .

August 2016 I had a little ride about Bedfordshire on Green (see left.)

Blue
has been out and about to, but just into town...

August 2016 I've been down to see the HAV Airlander 10 several times including a visit on Green. A few snaps here.

I've been to the Blisworth Canal Festival for the first time
riding Blue.


August 2016 I have been riding the bikes just nothing interesting to report apart from Green is now starting OK fingers crossed! I bought some contact cleaner spray, and went through every connector block I could find and gave it a spray.

July 2016 Gree n is back from a service, and I thought was running great so I went on a TRF midweek ride today. I had a little off, and she let me down not starting when hot :( I need to get to the bottom of this! A few snaps here.

June 2016
Blue & Green both passed the MOT. Green has gone for a service, and the road tax, and insurance are all due soon expensive few weeks!

May 2016 I had a trail ride on Green with a few of the local TRF members. Snaps here.

Blue has had a service, and I've paid the road tax and the insurance for another year. Just need to take her down for the MOT, which she should pass. Then the same again on Green next month!

May 2016 I have been riding all the bikes as we have finally had some warm dry weather in the UK. A few pictures of trail riding today here, and last Tuesday here.

April 2016 I had a nice morning trail riding on Green on Tuesday, and lunch stop at Emily's Tea Shop in Whitwell, but then got a puncture, and wasted most of the afternoon sorting out a new inner tube... Some snaps here.

I've been out on
Green around Benington, Ardley, Datchworth ... to check out some lanes most of which I had never been on before. Some snaps here.

April 2016 Riding Blue in the sunshine. I had some bits, & bobs to do in town then Flitwick Motorcycles to buy some new Weise trousers, and a bit of a trail ride to. A few snaps here.

March 2016 I have been out on both bikes! Two trips were just into town for shopping, coffee... but then a trail ride (see left) on Green. A few snaps here.

December 2015 It has been mild if at times wet, and windy so far this winter in the UK so I have been able to get out on all the bikes at times, although nothing photo worthy.

November 2015 I went to Kimbolton Castle for first time to have a little look around. Interesting place where Catherine of Aragon (Henry VIII's first wife) lived out her days under house arrest... Afterwards a short trail ride on Blue. I took some snaps, and you can see them here.


October 2015 Another trail ride on Green this time with a couple of mates around North Bedfordshire, & Cambridgeshire in the sunshine. I'm getting used to the new Maxxis IT tyres, but Greenis still being naughty, and not starting first time on the button every time, although with patience it will start eventually fingers crossed.

Ridden
Green this time to get the Maxxis IT fitted at Torque Racing Services then tried a few green lanes in that area I had not tried before plus Ashwell Street, which I know well.

October 2015 I have been out riding Green on trail (see left,) and I went to Torque Racing Services open day where I ordered some new Maxxis IT tyres. I took some snaps, which you can see here.

I refitted the front wheel to
Blue, and had a short ride on her Monday. I still need to fix the heated grips but no rush.


October 2015 I hadn't ridden Blue for over a week so thought I would ride it to work, and another puncture! This time the front, but I was close to home so was able to wobble back. I took it into Bedford Wheels, and they found a thorn had gone through tyre, and inner tube so that is fixed now. Just got to put the wheel back in the bike. Oh and I noticed the heated grips are not working so that needs looking into. Hopefully just a lose connection?

Recently, I had a busy day in the sunshine with a short trail ride on
Green (see left) followed by watching the last ever Avro Vulcan flying display...


September 2015 Last week I had a trail ride on Blue in the sunshine, and fingers crossed I have now fixed Green.


September 2015 I have been on a ride on Blue to Village at War event at Stoke Bruerne, but got a puncture on the way home so will be sorting that this week, and Green is still waiting for a new starter relay. Update Blue has a new inner tube, and is running fine.

Green
is still waiting for a new starter relay. I got bored of waiting for a UK supplier that was promising much, but sadly didn't have the part so have now ordered from the USA, and the part is on the way. I hope to have it this week, and will install it. Update Green has a new relay, but still will not start. I have got the battery on charge overnight as the bike has not been started for several weeks now, but I'm not confident this is the problem.


August 2015 Blue is running fine but Green has been naughty not starting so I bought a new battery, which I fitted, and the bike still does not start. I'm going to try a new starter relay next as the one in the bike is very corroded.

July 2015
I had my first trail ride on Green some snaps here. Still happy with it, although it would not start until the battery had a quick charge so that will need replacing at some point. The seller did tell me he had not changed it so no surprise really.

July 2015 I went to the Oakley Carnival on Green. Still happy with Green, although I have noticed that one indicator does not work. It will need to be fixed some time.


July 2015 I have bought another Yamaha Serow this time a 2007 250cc bike built in Japan. I have had a few short rides on it, and am happy with it. It is very tatty, but was cheap for the UK, and appears to be running fine fingers crossed. I will sell Blue eventually, but no rush. I'm going to be predictable and call this one Green .

Also I have been out trail riding on Blue a couple of times in the sunshine.


June 2015 I volunteered to help out at an event at the College Equestrian Centre near Keysoe. This was arranged through the TRF as a bit of bridge building... I only did the afternoon but had fun riding around the cross country track picking up score cards and dropping them off at the main centre. It is all private land, and an area I would not normally be allowed on to especially on the bike!


June 2015 Blue passed the annual MOT (UK safety check.) I took her to DoubleO Motorcycles for the first time as I had a cut price coupon.

I had a trail ride on
Blue plus a first visit to Hitchin Lavender for a coffee. I didn't have a look around the lavender fields as they were only just starting to colour, but think I will have another look sometime soon.


June 2015 I went on a trail ride with the TRF, which I enjoyed. Picked up a couple of lanes I had not ridden before. On the way back I did this lane on my own that I have ridden only once before. It is a dead end due to the footbridge over the railway.

May 2015 Big news from now on at my request I'm only working 4 days/week, which makes me happy. More days off for fun in the sun, and typically it is raining today! Oh well gives me time to update this, Facebook, and push the Dyson round the house... I might go mad and actually "cook" something today!

I have been out on Blue for another easy trail ride in the sunshine (see left.) S ome more snaps here.


May 2015 Recently I had a quick look at the Rushden Cavalcade followed by a solo trail ride on Blue.

April 2015 Recently I rode Blue to a local free bike show, and took a few pic's, which you can see here. Then I went for a short trail ride, and later a coffee in town with friends. Blue is now running fine with a new front Pirelli MT21 Rallycross plus a new inner tube.


April 2015 I got Blue out for a ride on Easter Monday, and the front tire was flat. As it was a bank holiday there was not much I could do about it, but I dropped it off at Bedford Wheels . Some of the knobblies look worn down so I'm getting a new Pirelli MT21 Rallycross to match the rear.

March 2015
Not much to report a few short trips on Blue to work, into town for shopping, and/or coffee... It starts first time on the button when I want to ride it. As the days warm up, and with the extra daylight I plan to ride it more.

January 2015
I have been starting Blue up every week, and today I actually went for a short ride, and a coffee with chums in town.


December 2014 I paid Jamie at Two Wheels Better to fit the Keis heated grips I got ages ago to Blue. I've only had one brief test ride since but happy with them so far.

November 2014
I went to Motorcyclelive, which was good with lots to see and do. I took over 300 snaps some of which you can see here. I didn't buy anything for Blue , but did have a look for some off road boots, and bits and bobs...


November 2014 I have not ridden Blue much recently but did ride it around town for a few jobs, and then to work. Plus one day the week before that I rode it to work. However, it is running fine and starting first time.

October 2014
I had a short ride on Blue recently into town to La Piazza for coffee, and chat in the sunshine. Also I have ridden to work a few times as the weather has been very mild in the UK this Autumn so far, but not much to report.

September 2014
I had another trail ride on Blue on trails that I know well. The lanes where in good condition with hardly any mud as it has been dry recently, but most of my local lanes now close until May next year. On the left is Hangman's Lane near Keysoe.


September 2014 I had a trail ride on Blue mostly on lanes I know, and I tried a couple of others that were closed, but then did get on three easy trails I had not ridden before. On the left I didn't take much notice of the sign, which says something about the trail being 1.25 miles but pedestrians, and cyclists only after 1 mile. As a result after 1 mile I came to a footbridge over a railway line, and had to turn back.

I took the tax disc holder off as we no longer need to display them in the UK.

September 2014 I went on a trail ride with the TRF a bit of a slow start to the day, but once we got going I much enjoyed the day. Lots of trails new to me as we were riding in an area I don't know that well. Blue was faultless as usual.

On the left we have stopped to let a horse and rider go by. I took a few photo's which you can see here.

August 2014 Today I went for a little trail ride on Blue, which I much enjoyed. It was mostly on trails I know, but I did discover an extra one I must have missed previously. I stopped at the Silver Ball Café for a cup of tea. I took a few snaps, which you can see here.


July 2014 Recently I went for a trail ride on Blue, which I much enjoyed. We just rode the local lanes, but it was good to be out and about again in the sunshine. On the left think we are discussing where we are going next?

Since then I have adjusted and lubricated the chain on Blue. Not done much else news worthy. I have been riding Blue, but just work...


July 2014 I have been riding Blue, but nothing "exciting" just work, shopping... However, I am going trail riding on Tuesday so should be some pic's to upload after that. The bike is certainly starting better with the new battery. Even after a week or so it fires up first time.

June 2014
I gave Blue a mini maintenance session, which was just knocking some of the mud off, adjusting and oiling the chain, plus a very quick check over and a short jet wash. She then had her annual service with Jamie at Two Wheels Better. I took her for her MOT (UK safety check) and she passed. I've also paid out for road tax, and insurance so all good to go for another year now. I was a bit surprised I had only done 1500 miles on her in the last year when I did about 3000 the year before. I know I have not done much trail riding, but I do use her on the roads as well.

I fitted the new maintenance free battery and connected the terminals the correct way around this time then she started first time. I've only ridden her a few times since to work, the public library, and the
Oakley Motorcycle Club ...


June 2014 Last weekend I rode Bluedown to La Piazza where I had coffee, and met up with a few other bikers for a chug around the Bedfordshire back roads. Only did about 30 miles all on tarmac, but it was a nice sunny day so all good. We stopped at The Jackal for a drink, comfort break, and more chat. Plus I've ridden Blue to work a couple of times, into town, and the Oakley Motorcycle Club once as I got off work early one Thursday.


May 2014 Recently I rode Blue for another trail ride with my mate Mark, and another guy Paul. We have stopped for coffee at the Market Café in St. Neots. Generally good ride although Mark and I somehow managed to have synchronised crashes on an easy trail, but nobody hurt or anything broken so no problem. There's a video of our crashes here.

April 2014 I rode Blue, which is now fixed, for a trail ride with my mate Mark on his Honda. We rode almost 100 miles of which maybe 10 was off tarmac? See left and some more pictures here. It took a new front tube (the old one had perished,) plus a new fuse, and all was well again, & not too expensive either.

Things have not been so good with
Blue as she would not start again this week I ordered a new battery, which arrived quickly. I went for a maintenance free version, but when I got Blue out to fit it I noticed she had a flat tyre. I'm working on getting that fixed, but anyway I installed the new battery. However, I didn't notice the positive and negative terminals were reversed on the new battery and so have damaged the electrics on Blue . I hope this won't be too time consuming, and expensive to fix!

March 2014 On another lovely day in England I had a coffee at La Piazza in Bedford then a B roads ride to Wollaston BMW for a free coffee and a test ride of the R nineT, which I enjoyed, but not enough to order one. Some snaps here.

March 2014 Last Sunday on the best day of the year so far for weather I had a coffee at La Piazza in Bedford followed by a trail ride with a mate over towards Royston, and we had a tea break at the Silver Ball. We went on trails I knew apart from one short trail I'd not been on previously. Several of the trails were new to my mate. On the left we are heading back towards home on the Icknield Way near Ashwell village. Some snaps here.

I think the battery has had it on
Blue she runs OK, and will start on the button when warm, but from cold I have to jump start her even though I keep her on a trickle charger (when I remember to turn it on!) I've bought a cheap multimeter to do some basic checks, but basically the battery is 3 years or more old, and I think it needs changing?

February 2014 I rode Blue for a bit of a B road ride around North Bedfordshire in early February. She started first time, and was faultless including riding twice through 6 inches of water on The Causeway between Carlton, and Harrold villages.


January 2014 I have ridden Blue a couple of times recently, but only into town, work, or a coffee. Typical winter weather here in the UK either mild and wet or cold and dry.

November 2013
I have ridden Blue to a Herts Beds and Bucks fun day at the Old Sugar Loaf pub in Dunstable, and on the way back I had a short ride on a byway near Steppingley.

Blue started first time, and was faultless. I was reminded how much better this bike is off tarmac with the knobblies. I've ridden this short trail with the Avon Distenzas on and it was like a wet dog on lino, but with the Pirelli MT21 Rallycross so easy.


November 2013 I bought but have not yet fitted a couple of lever covers. Also I might get heated grips as well? I need some warmer weather so that I can ride over to see the guy and get them fitted, or maybe wait until the spring?


October 2013 I have ridden Blue into town and to work a couple of times recently as it has been mild between the showers, and rain other than that I still appear to be riding Red more. Anyway most of the local green lanes are now shut until 1st May so will not be much to report for awhile?

September 2013
Recently on BlueI had a chug about on road with P riding her bike in the sunshine to the Quarryman's Rest Café at Irchester Country Park. I've not ridden Blue much recently partly as it would not start one day when I wanted to ride. It turned out the battery was low again, my fault, and partly I've just been riding Red more when I have spare time. I would like to get some trail riding in before the local lanes close for the winter, but time is fast running out.


August 2013 Thursday I rode Blue to "Yamaha Night" at the Oakley Motorcycle Club.

I tested the sat nav on my Nokia Lumia which was educational. I knew the speedo was way out on
Blue especially since I had the knobblies fitted, but ridding through town with 25 MPH showing on the speedo the sat nav showed 31MPH, and on the A6 when the road opened up 55 MPH on the speedo was about 69 MPH on the sat nav! Also I played with the sat nav in the dark for the first time on the ride home, which worked well. It's OK on dull days, but hard to read in bright sunlight.


August 2013 I've treated myself to a white Strada Sting helmet. It's an off road style helmet that I have worn for trail riding last week, and I'm happy with it. Riding Blue it was a bit slippery as we have had a couple of weeks of great weather in the UK, but it rained the night before our trail ride.

July 2013 I went on Blueto Ton Up Day at Jacks Hill Cafe. I enjoyed that but it was very hot so then went for a little ride around Silverstone where they had European F3 car racing, but we didn't stop long. After a bit more cruising around we had a drink at Box End Park then home. Pic's here.


July 2013 The previous Friday I had a ride about on Blue to the Yamaha dealer in Northants first so that M could get his bike serviced. While we were waiting we walked over to Northants V Twin to have a look and a cuppa. When M's bike was ready we rode over to Sywell Aerodrome for a coffee. They had the UK Acrobatics championship on so we could watch the planes making great moves in the sky. Next we went to the J&S Outlet near Finedon to look at the gear, but didn't buy any then home. I think we did about 90 miles including getting lost looking for the J&S Outlet as I'd never been there before.

June 2013 Recently I rode Blue on a trail ride with my buddy Mark around Cambridgeshire, Northants, & North Beds in the sunshine. We were out and about for 5 hours and did about 90 miles. We did stop for a coffee in Oundle, and I had a cream tea at The Kiosk on the way home. A few snaps here. We spotted loads of red kites in particular around the Oundle area which appears to be a hot spot for them for some reason.


June 2013 Recently I had another ride with M on Blue where we rode around a lot of B roads over towards Colmworth, Eaton Socon... Then a coffee stop at Danish Camp, which surprisingly I've never been to before even though it is not far from my home. Whilst over near Blunham we had a good view of a red kite.

In the afternoon I took
Blue for her annual MOT (safety check) which she passed. Previously I had a ride on Blue with M to Stoke Bruerne for coffee plus cake break then back via the Marston Vale Forest Centre. I guess today was the hottest day of the year so far? We rode out via various villages and B roads then back by main roads. I think we went down a couple of roads I've never been down before?


June 2013 I went to Motorama local charity car and bike show at Olney . I've been to this before so had seen some of the cars in the past, but still plenty to see. I've loaded loads of snaps here. As a bonus there was a drive in of almost 50 model T Fords. Whilst there I had a coffee in Beans and also had a first look around The Cowper and Newton Museum.

Then I went to Sywell Aerodrome where it was a bit quiet but there was a gathering of TVR cars, and a few of the Ford Model Ts showed up. The sun had come out and I had an ice cream before riding home.


June 2013 I had another ride about on Blue with M where we had a coffee at Dunstable Downs Visitor Centre, and then a quick stop at the Triumph dealer in Woburn before work and in the sunshine.

Recently I was out again on
Blue in the sunshine. I had another ride with new rider M, and we rounded up a few other people for a ride to Ken's Diner for a break then back via a different route. Also we met some other people there. I think we did about 60 miles. I thought it was going to be one of those days when within half a mile of starting our ride "Captain Volvo" came cruising up the wrong side of the road! With 5 other bikes behind me I was a bit worried, but everybody noticed him coming and went around him. I'm in a right hand turn lane, indicating right, then I have to dodge to my left to miss him. You can see it here in this short video plus a cyclist right at the start run a red light! On the way back we had a good view of a red kite. I did miss one turn on the way home but it only lead to a small detour and OK with that.


I got the month off to a good start with a B road ride on Blue before work that included a stop for coffee at Tea-Zels Café at Harrold-Odell Country Park. I have been to the park a few times but don't think I've been in the very pleasant café before? This was with the new rider M I've mentioned before.


May 2013 On Bank Holiday Monday I went for another trail ride on Blue mostly on trails I know, but I did go on one I've been trying to get on for three years, but it has always been closed for "repairs." Anyway cracking little trail and I was pleased to see a couple of deer.

I had a coffee at The Heath in Royston in the sunshine, and later another at the Surfin Café in Biggleswade, which I had not been to before. There's a few pic's here including some of a steam lorry I chanced upon when riding back. I have seen the lorry before at the Stotfold Working Steam Fair, but this time it was in steam ready to go.


May 2013 I have been out and about on Blueduring the UK Bank holiday weekend as for once I was on rest days & the weather was good!

On Bank holiday Sunday I met up with a mate to go trail riding, which was good fun. Didn't go that far, and I did have a low speed tumble, but nothing bruised or broken. Then we had a cake break at Miss MoMo's Tea Shop at Biddenham Village Hall. On the way home I popped in on the Bedford International Kite Festival. Really good day out without spending much.


May 2013 On Bank Holiday Saturday I went to Sywell Aerodrome, and had a look in the Museum, which I've not done before. It's free, but I did make a small donation. Then I had a look at the Piper vintage aircraft that were having a fly in. I had a coffee and cake in the Pilots' Mess. Then I went to the Robin Hood pub in Clifton Reynes near Olney for a local bike and car show (a few pic's here,) and finally another local bike show at the Swan With Two Nicks pub in Sharnbrook (a few more pic's here.) Not a huge amount to see, but it was a nice day, and I had not been to either pub before.


May 2013 Recently I went for a B road ride about on Blue with one of the guys from work. He has just got a 125cc bike and is learning to ride. Bit of a grey morning but we had a nice ride of about 40 miles including a stop for coffee at Jordans Mill. I'd not been there before, and we sat inside as it was a bit chilly for sitting by the water. Anyway very nice new visitor centre and café, which I'm sure I will visit again soon. You can also pay a small charge to have a tour of the mill building, although I didn't this time.

Yesterday as I finished work early I had a bonus trip on Blue to the
Oakley Motorcycle Club where it was a Honda themed evening, and there were also some T.T. racers present. I had a very nice pint of Ale Fresco outdoors whilst talking bike stuff to some of the club members.


May 2013 I had a trail ride on Blue with a mate. We arranged it awhile back but when I noticed the weather forecast was for a "monsoon" I nearly cancelled but the rain held off until after lunch. We stopped at Grafham Water for a cuppa when randomly about 8 police riders turned up.


May 2013 Good day last Thursday where I had a trail ride on Blue in the sunshine including good views of a red kite. I even got a blurry photo of it. I uploaded a few snaps of my ride here. Blue performed how I imagined with the new gearing. It is even easier in town and on trail and on faster roads my top speed has dropped but the bike picks up speed and holds top speed easier. On open roads the engine sounds busy as it is doing more rev's for any given speed but also it sounds like it is not labouring.


May 2013 Blue is back from Jamie now and running well. He did a service plus he refitted the tool thing I took off when I fitted the rack and also changed the screws on the final drive cover for allen keys so that I can get them off at the roadside if I need to plus a regular service, new chain & sprockets... I still need to find somewhere to refit the helmet lock but it's not a priority. If I pop into town I can put the helmet in the top box, but when I ride off tarmac I take the top box off and that is when a helmet lock would be useful.

I went to Ride Free on Red as
Blue was not back from Jamie in time. Not a huge amount to see but it was free entry and just nice to be outside chatting with other bikers. Part of the event was the Steve Colley trials show which was impressive. I took a few snaps which I uploaded here.


April 2013 I've worn my new Akito motorcycle trousers a couple of times now and for what I paid I'm happy with them. They were marked up @ over £100 but I paid less than half that.
Blue is in for a service with Jamie at Two Wheels Better but I hope to have her back in time for Ride Free.

I purchased a pair of Akito motorcycle trousers, which were very affordable in a sale. What caught my eye about them apart from the price was that they were advertised as short leg so the knee pads are in the right place and not half way down my shins!

I had a little trail ride with my buddy who has a newish Honda CRF250L. Most of my local lanes are closed until 1st May but we managed to find a couple that were open. We took a few snaps which you can see here.

Blue
appears to be starting OK now. I eventually noticed she was low on fuel so she has had a top up with fresh fuel and been ridden over 50 miles so fingers crossed that is the end of her playing up? Also the battery needed topping up so I doubt that helped!


April 2013 I ordered a new chain and both sprockets to be fitted when the bike has a service at the end of this month, and they have arrived. I decided to change from a 15 tooth front sprocket to a 14 to lower the gearing a bit. I find that since I fitted the knobblies the bike struggles to hit and hold top speed. I'm not sure if this is because the knobblies have a larger radius than the street tyres I had before, or maybe the knobblies have a higher rolling resistance, or a bit of each? I understand the top speed of the bike will drop but I should be able to hit and hold a decent number of rev's in 6th gear on the tarmac plus it will have a bit more go in each gear.

I bought a new pair of silk under gloves from fleabag that were cheap, arrived quickly, and I'm happy with.


I was going into town recently to collect my new glasses & Blue would not start so I went on Red. Since then another day it would not start but last Sunday it fired up first time so I'm not sure what is going on? It may need a new battery, or maybe one of my trickle chargers is playing up, or stale fuel, or does it just need to be ridden more? Update added some fresh fuel from a can, and it started. So it was either stale fuel, or maybe it was just low on fuel?

March 2013 I've booked a service for Blue with Jamie at Two Wheels Better for the end of April ready for the local green lanes to open on 1st May. Well I hope they open but as it has been so wet I would not be surprised if they local authority T.R.O. (Temporary Road Order) many of them.


The local Ride Free event due for Sunday has been cancelled due to the weather. It should be rescheduled in about 6 weeks time. I was planning to attend but it is predicted to be only just above freezing and maybe some snow so I was having second thoughts even before I heard it was off and I got injured.

I've treated myself to some new summer gloves for when I'm off tarmac. My old ones were looking very tatty. They are nothing special just RST gloves but should do the job.

I got
Blue out to pop into town yesterday and again she would not start. Think I need to have a proper look at my trickle chargers or maybe it just needs a new battery? All I did last time was swap the trickle charger cables over and leave it a day then it started first time. The battery is not flat but does not have enough juice to turn the engine over when the bike has been standing for several weeks.


February 2013 I got Blue out to pop round to a mate's house last weekend on a lovely sunny mild day and she would not start. After some investigation it turned out the battery was not charging from the trickle charger. All sorted now and she is running again but today it is cloudy and only just above freezing.

I've signed up for a half price Bikesafe course but it is not until June.

January 2013 First ride of the year on Blue to Sywell Country Park, which I had not been to before. It's an old reservoir and water treatment works no longer in use, and it has been turned into a park. I enjoyed that and then went to the nearby Sywell Aerodrome for a coffee. After that I was ridding about some B roads and came across a byway that was open and I'd only been on once before so thought I would have a little look, but turned back after a couple of hundred yards as it was a mud bath and also I was not sure of the route and did not have a map with me. I've uploaded a few snaps here.






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