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Looks good crack that Lee!

Coming back from Manchester I decided to detour slightly home so had a great run out around Ullswater, over Kirkstone Pass and into Ambleside via The Struggle - great time of year to go when it's still quiet too. Looking forward to the lakes run out :D

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Chilling, took pooch for a walk, picked up some antique quarry tiles for free, managed to get them into Bertie in two trips, 5 square metres of them. Who needs coil overs for that lowered look, just fill your boot full of quarry tiles!!

Now watching scotland vs italy then waiting for the england match. Should be able to hear my mum shouting for england at twickenham from home, she may be little but she has a good set of lungs on her!!

Sun is shining, tea is in oven cooking, life is good. Whatever you are up to, today guys, have a good one. Miff x

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'Chillin' after first rideout of 2014 on my XJR. Id organised a ride to CMC Chesterfield, a Yamaha dealership for the XJR club I'm a member of. Heres my write up :-


Now then


I set off from home about 07:10, down to Tesco's and filled her up with Premium unleaded. The morning was coming alive and the light started to increase as I made my way onto the A1 at Dishforth. It was dry but there was a fine spray/mist off the vehicles as overnight rain had left it's mark. The sun appeared over the horizon as I made my way south and gently rose as it blinded everyone, it was very big and very bright. I had my winter gloves and inners on but as normal my hands suffered but not bad, I've gotta say, for a February day. I just kept resting my hands on the engine, as I rode along, alternating between left and right, to give them some relief ;-) I met Filo at the Doncaster junction and after a quick chat we were on our way, back on the A1, M18 then onto the M1 and into 50mph road works :wacko: bastard things. Still in the roadworks we pulled off into Woodall services where we were to meet Lampy and Ryan.






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We stood at the top of the steps above the car park near the entrance to the services front door and enjoyed the sunshine. There was a few footy fans around on their way to watch their various teams, alot were full of drink already 08:30 and some were enjoying a 'special smoke' too :drunk: Ryan arrived first and Lampy followed soon after.






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After Lampy had his fag we rode back into the roadworks and then off at junc 29 to Chesterfield. It was 30 and 40 mph all the way to CMC :( and after I made one wrong turn :oops: we were soon inside the cafe at CMC and tucking into our breakfasts, toast and hot drinks. A new member who had signed up recently popped in. His site name is dougal1 and he lives 5 miles up the road from Claycross. He'd seen my thread for today and decided to come have a look. He had turned up at the Classic bike show at Donnington recently and joined the site shortly afterwards. He was a nice guy and should be a good addition to the club. Oh, and wait till you see what he has to take camping gear with him on the bike. Unusual to say the least ( eat your heart out Dalton :lol: ) Get a picture put on dougal1 for everyone to see ( or should I say, get your lad to put a picture on :giggle: ) MickSP turned up next and we 'chewed the cud' before have a walk round the accessories and bikes in the shop. There was a two stroke display in the middle of the shop and it was great to see some 70's bikes in immaculate condition






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L to R:- dougal1, Ryan1983, Filo, Lampy and MickSP





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None of us bought anything from the extensive range in the shop as far as I could tell and after another drink and some bike related tales were swapped we headed off. Filo went home to give the dog relief and Lampy went to get a new screen on his mobile so Dougal, Mick and Ryan followed me to Matlock Bath. We followed an RG500 for a mile or two and the smell of two stroke was fantastic for those of us of a certain age :applause1:


The sun was beating down and doing it's best to make it like a spring day. It was busy but we managed to get a parking space all together, albeit a bit tight :D






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We walked along the road a bit and bagged a table outside a fish & chip cafe and had a bite to eat. No jackets were required because it was so warm in the sunshine and we found out all about Ryan's house, which is in a compound, in a bit of a ruff area apparently :wickedgrin:

Ryan headed back to Manchester, Mick and dougal headed south and I headed north as we said our goodbyes. The day was a success and the sunshine made it sooo much better 8)


Thanx for making the effort guy's, for our first bike meet oop north for 2014, it was well worth it :respekt:

See you all next time :thumbs:

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Just put my sound system back in got proper chooons again


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Just put my sound system back in got proper chooons again


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looks good that, especially where it is :D

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Getting a bit excited for our weekend at Wembley :nx:

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Playing with a mini at work today,2007 cooper 64,000 miles excessive use of oil,smoked like mad after idling for a while then rev'd,took it all to bits today and found on cylinder 1 and 3 the valve stem seals and guides are goosed...you have any like this when you where at mini si? My freinds has similar Symptoms so thinking could be a few out there! :)

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Wow never saw the valve guides die like that! I can only imagine the fueling has caused that for sure. Are the small oil VVT valves blocked up too?


Good news Paul...get some pics up when you can :)

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first day back at work after holidays. another 1k miles on the MINI. A kick in the pants off 119k now :blink:

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