Disadvantage Of Just Riding A Bike!

November 23, 2009

Oh hell..

I think I’ve discovered the disadvantage of just riding a bike and not having a car licence too..

I’ve got a flippin’ great tooth abscess and as my face is so swollen (think John Merricks twin sister 😦 and you will get the picture) I cannot get my crash helmet on to be able to get to work.

The evil tooth started aching a bit Thursday evening and I thought it would stop after a day or so.. How wrong I was 😦

My first look in the mirror on Saturday morning showed me the image of the kind of monster you normally see in old horror movies 😮 and the pain level was off any kind of scale I’ve ever known, and yes that did include having my kids!!!

One emergancy dentist visit later I’m on 2 kinds of antibiotics and codeine which makes me fall asleep all the time :-S

The result?  I’m off work, after having last week as holiday (boy do I feel guilty about that!) until such times as my face shrinks enough to be able to get my crash helmet back on..

The tooth will be sorted out as soon as the antibiotics are finished.. Flippin thing!!

Friday The 13th Strikes Again!

November 13, 2009

I was wandering out of work practically dancing for joy as I have a week off to relax and chill after a hectic few months, so I go to my bike parked in the car park.. I start her up to get the engine warm, put on my crash helmet and my gloves and on I get..

I grab hold of the bars and go to paddle her backwards out of my parking space… and nothing…. She’s not moving at all…

So I push a little harder… Still nothing… No movement at all..

WTF!!! I think to myself…

I get off thinking there’s summat preventing one or other of the wheels moving and notice I’ve got a flippin flat tyre 😦

I go back to work, swearing my head off (as you do on occasions such as this!) and announce that I’m not going anywhere.. My boss very kindly offers me a lift home, via Kings at Kidlington to pick up my boyfriends birthday present and I make it home..

When my boyfriend goes back to the office to pick a few things up later he takes a look at my tyre and notices I have a rusty screw poking a good 2″ out of my tyre!

So now I’m at home, my bike is 20 miles away in the garage at the yard and now I have to somehow get her home to our local shop to get the tyre sorted out..

I’m not impressed..

Bloody Friday the 13ths!!

I flippin hate them!!!

Brrrr.. It’s Getting Colder Out There!

November 12, 2009

It’s definately getting colder out there now and some mornings my poor fingers are so cold after the 20 mile run into work that they ache.

So my sweetie of a boyfriend bought me a set of the Oxford Sport Heated Grips for my bike, and they arrived in the post yesterday.

Woohoo! I can’t wait for the weekend so I can get them fitted.

Oxford Hot Grips - Sport

I’ll let you know how I get on with both fitting and using them.

Traffic Lights On Amber, What do you do?

November 7, 2009

Amber Traffic Light


To the majority of road users the sight of this in front of them means the light is going to turn red, which means to slow down and prepare to stop, right?

I can’t believe the number of people who will simply put their foot down and gun it to get through the light, which is normally red by the time they go past it!  I see it happen every day on my journey to and from work, in fact I saw the driver with a bus full of passengers do it yesterday on my way home!!!! The light was red when he went through, not even amber anymore!!

How come nothing is done about drivers who do this?  We see the police and cameras targeting speeding motorists but how often have you see any kind of presence at traffic lights where the red lights are being jumped? Probably as often as I do….. NEVER!!!




Italian Guzzi Rider Gets 383mph Speeding Ticket!

November 6, 2009

Turina and 383mph speeding fine

Imagine this……..

There you are, eating your breakfast in the morning when the post pops through your letter box. You pick it up and when you see a letter containing a speeding ticket your automatic reaction is “Oh Bu**er!”

You open the envelope and immediately burst into hysterical laughter!!!

Well that would have been my reaction to this speeding fine 🙂

Apparently Paolo Turina, 26, has been charged with doing 383mph, yes you did read that right 383mph on his unfaired Moto Guzzi!

As you can imagine he is appealing the charge claiming the camera must have been defective, and he is also disputing the £200 fine the police have issued.

He says

"If I could go that fast I’d enter my bike in the MotoGP world championships. Valentino Rossi would not stand a chance. What did they think they were clocking – a jet fighter?"

"If the court rules the fine will stand then I’m going to send it to the Guinness Book of Records – after all if the court says its true then I should get the credit for this remarkable feat."

The bike he was riding has a top speed of about 115mph, which is nowhere near the 383mph claimed by the police.  The Italian Police say they suspect a ‘clerical error’ is to blame for the outlandish charge and Paolo Turina is awaiting the appeal courts decision on the matter…

Now, where can I get me one of those 383mph bikes 😉

Yamaha Motorcycles – Owners Manuals

November 5, 2009

2010 Yamaha XJ6 Diversion

This is a bit of a handy find for those of you who own a Yamaha bike released since 2000.  The Yamaha website has a page where you can download the owners manual.  They are available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch & Portuguese.

Here is the LINK for the page.