Hein Gericke, Oxford – Update

December 11, 2010

As promised in this post, here is a update on the new Hein Gericke store opening near Oxford on the A40 at the Eynsham roundabout.. It’s open 😀

Here are their contact details,


Hein Gericke Oxford, Eynsham Roundabout, Eynsham, Oxford. OX29 4EN

TEL. 01865 883307

E.mail oxford@hg-shop.com


Being located where it is, it has brilliant access and apparently has excellent parking facilities.  I shall have to pop down there sometime soon and have a nose round 😀

Here’s an online copy of their latest catalogue, just in case you fancy a nose.. (well, Christmas is just round the corner!!!)

Oh and talking of Christmas, they even do a Christmas Wish List you can print off and give to those closest to you 😀

Carole Nash Motorcycle Live 2010 – Grand Finale

December 7, 2010

Here is the last video in the series from Motorcycle Live  for the 2010 show 😦

Carole Nash Motorcycle Live 2010 – Day 6

December 3, 2010

Here we go with the video of day 6, courtesy of MCN.

We’re going back up for another look around tomorrow, and we’re hoping to meet up with some of the UK members from Custom Fighters for a bit of a chin wag and a coffee 🙂


Carole Nash Motorcycle Live 2010 – Day 5

December 2, 2010

Here we are with Day 5 from the Carole Nash Show.. Boy the week is really going by fast!!!!

Lowering The Ride Height On A CBR900 Fireblade

March 15, 2010

As previously reported I had my first ride out on my Fireblade but there was one small problem :-0  I was on tiptoes on a flat surface and when pulling up at some traffic lights my foot was flailing around trying to find the ground before me and my new bike fell over in a rather undiginfied heap 😦

This photo illustrates how much of my foot touched the floor with the bike as standard

On my ride home I was wondering how I could lower the ride height, but without physically lowering the whole machine, as I knew that growing longer legs overnight wasn’t really an option 😉  but I still needed to get my bum closer to the floor..

And then I had a brainwave 🙂

In the garage we had a spare seat from another Blade which wasn’t needed anymore, so as soon as I was home I was set up on my dining room table with the sharpest knives from my kitchen and the spare seat.   I was going to reshape the seat and carve some of the height out of it.

I very quickly removed the cover from the seat and soon had the sections of foam I needed to remove marked out

Sections of foam to be removed marked up

I then started carefully carving the foam away in strips

Shaving off the slices

This is the seat with most of the surplus foam shaved off..

Basics almost done

Now it’s time to tidy things up a little.. So with VERY careful knife cuts I trimmed and neatened the foam so that it was as smooth as possible.  This was the end result 🙂

All neatened up

The finished foam

This photo shows the seat as it was on the bike

This photo shows the stock seat height

and this one shows the seat once I had carved some of the foam out..

The new seat height

The next thing to do was to receover the seat so I don’t get a soggy bottom if it rains 😉

I tried fitting the original seat cover but it was designed to go on a flat seat and I couldn’t get it to fit properly round the new curves so a trip to my local haberdashery shop was called for.   70cm of vinyl fabric (£7.00) later and after digging my staple gun out of the shed I was ready to go 🙂

Fitting the vinyl was a bit of a barsteward as it’s quite stiff to begin with but as you start working it, it starts to soften up and give a little.  I also fitted it on the bias so that would also help the fabric stretch into the curves better.  A short time (and quite a bit of swearing) later I was done 🙂 and the newly covered seat was ready to be fitted to my bike 🙂

And this is what it looks like 🙂

My newly reshaped and recovered seat on my bike

The end result… This is how much of my foot I can get on the floor now 🙂

The end result 🙂

Once I was sat on my bike on Sunday it felt soooo much better and I’m sure it will make all the difference to my confidance riding the Blade.  I’m pretty much flat footed on the left side and even though it was a bit of a hassle doing it, it was well worth it to me 🙂

I’m not kidding when I say that pretty much anyone could do this to a bike seat, you just have to be careful and take your time ESPECIALLY when cutting into the foam.  If you don’t want to mess up the seat on your bike you could always buy a second one cheaply from somewhere like ebay and then modify it.  It’s definately going to be cheaper and easier than physically lowering a bike.

If anyone reading this needs any further advice, just drop me a message and I’ll do my best to help 🙂

Bike Photos From Our Get Together!

June 2, 2009

Following on from yesterdays post about my weekend get together, I thought I’d show you some of the bike photos I took 🙂

Bucko's Blade

Bucko’s 2003 954 Fireblade

h2olo's Blade

H2olo’s 2008 Fireblade

Kiwiboys Blade

Kiwiboys 2009 CBR1000RR

Loopy's BabyBlade, Kiwiboys Blade and SSB's Duke

My CBR400RR And Kiwiboys 2009 CBR1000RR And The Duke

In The Background

Bucko's, SunRider's and Vex's Blades

The Bikes Chained Up In the Car Park!

Vex's Trusty Steed

Vex’s 1999 Fireblade

SunRider's Repsol

SunRiders 2009 Repsol

Chipping Norton

A Quick Smoke Break At Chipping Norton

Stratford Bike Park 3

In The Bike Park At Stratford-Upon Avon

London Motorcycle Show – 2 All Day Tickets For £20

January 18, 2009


I came across this offer today for the London Motorcycle Show.  You can but 2 all day tickets for just £20, and all day parking for just £10*, but only if you book before Monday 19th January.  This brilliant limited offer, available to Busters customers, is sure to run out soon so don’t delay and get on the phone to 0844 581 0752, or or log on to the London Motorcycle Show website straight away and quote reference LMS331. 


* Based on standard adult daytime gate ticket prices and all day parking. Ticket offer limited to car parking for 4,000 spaces Thursday and Friday, 4,500 spaces for Saturday and Sunday of the show. See our website for terms and conditions. Motorcycle parking is free at ExCeL.