Sunday, September 24, 2006

Anybody who doesn't cut his speed at the sight of a police car is probably parked

OK, bike talk...

Picked it up on Tuesday, and of course after days of clear dry weather the bus journey between the house and the dealer was all the time it took to cloud over and start to pour. Hmph, biking in Scotland is a proper journey of highs and lows. I'd really wanted to try to keep it looking nice, for a day at least, but so it goes.

Once all the pesky money side had been seen to I was able to ride it away. The dealer's forecourt is cobbled, mossy and uphill - not a delightful surface when you are wobbling away, in the rain, terrified to open the throttle for fear of enjoying your first powerslide in front of an audience of salesmen. And then knocking all the other bikes over like dominoes...

I needn't have worried because my perfect throttle control and precision steering allowed me to get home before locking the bike away. Two immobilisers, an alarm, a large chunk of U-shaped metal and a purpose built steel garage are all I can offer to prevent the bike ever wandering off in the middle of the night.

On Thursday I rode the bike to Glasgow, only restrained by the 6000rpm ceiling I have to stick to for the first 600 miles. Frustrating, though it allowed me 90mph in top which was fine, but on the M8 still leaves you being overtaken by cars, buses, caravans and lorries. I was able to lock it to a railing outside the car park attendants hut (thanks guys) and was delighted to find it waiting for me afterwards.

It's been cleaned twice which gives me the ideal opportunity to admire its lines and curves.

So, a summary to date...
It's uncomfortable, cramped, has a tiny range, no storage for locks or such like, expensive to insure, makes me permanently worry that it's being loaded into the back of some tea-leaf's van, requires great restaint to ride slowly......I love it to bits.


  1. Fantastic mate. I personally would have bought two could you decide on the colour scheme? Both are ace.
    I rode the last model (K6???) and it was an EXCELLENT wheelie machine. Once I get bored with this flying lark I need to get back into some biking stuff. Well done mate. Shiny side up and all the rest of that CMS nonsense.



  2. Cheers - I agree the new white-faced blue one looks excellent too, but black it is. The only downside is that you can't tell it's a 2007 whereas with the blue you would have been able to.

    I can't imagine you getting bored with flying, so you'll just need to do both.

    CMS have a lot to answer for...

  3. Mum - not yours25/9/06 09:27

    wooooooooow lovely lovely, what more can I say! The bikes nice toox

  4. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH (he said in a mincey voice)!!!

    But the wheelbarrow and the pink sheet in the background are not very rock n' roll, is it?

  5. The pink sheet used to be manly burgandy but is now sun-bleached. The wheelbarrow is actually now more of a birdbath.

    So, no, not very rock and roll...

  6. I just bought a superbike :
    the MTT Turbine SUPERBIKE. The critically acclaimed SUPERBIKE is the world's first turbine powered street legal motorcycle in its class, and has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the "Most Powerful Motorcycle Ever to Enter Series Production" and the "Most Expensive Production Motorcycle". Powered by a Rolls Royce Allison gas turbine engine, the SUPERBIKE has demonstrated over 300 hp and 425 ft/lbs of torque on the Dyno Jet 200.
    So there.

  7. Why are all motorcyclists so intimidating anyway? Without exception, every one of them is a nutter. And why do they all hang out/drive around in packs?

    And can you take a motorcyle on a train?

  8. Mum - Yours4/10/06 13:32

    I think you can take a motor cyle on the train, but you never really get out of first gear because the corridors are so narrow!

  9. Mum - not yours4/10/06 16:26

    sorry done it again, last comment should have read

  10. It's alright, Pauline, we understand.

    If I had given birth to Mark and Kane, I would be in denial as well. I would tell the world that the wonderful Lee was my son.

  11. Mum - not yours5/10/06 10:21

    Tee hee........I know, but there is never a dull moment!

  12. Can I call you "mummy"?

  13. Mum - not yours9/10/06 11:24