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General / New licence changes in 2013
« on: 13 May 2012, 08:51:58 PM »
I hope my eldest sorts his test out before the end of this year or he will have to wait another year before he can try!

General / Test rides with restricted licence
« on: 09 April 2012, 08:50:39 PM »
My eldest is convinced he will pass his bike test this summer. At 17 he can only do he restricted (125) test and be limited for two years to 33bhp. He is also convinced he wants a bigger bike with a restrictor kit. How would he get a test ride though on a bike as the dealers would not fit  a restrictor kit just or a test ride. That's if hey let a 17yr old out at all!

General / University open days
« on: 26 March 2012, 01:49:22 PM »
The eldest son is nearly half way through his A levels now :eek and is now contemplating which Uni's he would like to attend to study Marine Biology and/or Oceanography. It seems the better ones at the moment are
Plymouth - feccin midweek open day and only 250 miles from home
Portsmouth - another midweek open day but only 60 miles from home
Southampton - Friday open day
Bangor (I know it is in feccin Wales!) 300 miles from home.
Trouble with all of these is they are all within a 2 week period with Southampton and Bangor on consecutive bloody days. Looks like my car (and credit card) are going to get a bashing in early July then. Just hope the start/finish times each day are not too early/late. The journeys themselves I dont mind, the longest trek is about 300 miles (about 1200 in total) but I would like to get some sleep as I still have to work on the other days :pokefun

General / Are there windows in your garage?
« on: 21 March 2012, 01:20:50 PM »
If it has, it is classed as keeping the bike on the driveway!
At least thats what HastingsDirect are saying!!!!!!!

General / Mobile phones
« on: 02 March 2012, 02:08:55 PM »
I have the Samsung Galaxy S at the moment. Phone works well most of the time apart from teh occasional lock up which is probably more related to keeping it in my pocket. The problem is network coverage. I am with 3 and most of the time this is OK but I stay regularly at a hotel in Huntingdon where there is fec all signal on 3 (my phone) or Orange (works phone) so looking to move to O2 (vodafone on works dongle is crap too).
Should I just go for a SIM only contract and keep the Galaxy S or get a new phone?
Been looking at the Galaxy S2, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S but cant make up my mind. I do use the Wifi Hotspot thing for laptop/iPad access that the Android phones have so if iPhones dont do this, they are out of the mix. Any suggestions?

General / Sony Stores
« on: 23 February 2012, 03:44:33 PM »
I have heard a rumour that after Saturday, all the Sony stores are closing so if you have anything on order with them, now is the time to run in and pick it up!

General / iPad software, DVD rippers and Mp4 downloads.
« on: 31 December 2011, 02:32:11 PM »
I got myself an ipad for christmas and am not looking to make the most of it. Being a tight git though, I dont like paying for software etc if I can avoid it. so some questions for you knowledgeable bunch of foccers.
Can anyone recommend some good (useful) free apps to download?
Does anyone know of a good free DVD ripper?
Does anyone know of a reliable place to download MP4 movies for free?

General / Learner Insurance pi$$ take
« on: 10 December 2011, 11:18:16 AM »
£1000 to insure an £800 YBR125  :rollin
I know he is only 17 yada yada yada but his car insurance cost that much and bikes are meant to be cheap transport!

General / New navy
« on: 03 December 2011, 09:01:32 PM »
The Royal Navy is proud of its new fleet of Type 45 destroyers. Having initially named the first two ships HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless, the Naming Committee has, after intensive pressure from Brussels, renamed them HMS Cautious and HMS Prudence. The next five ships are to be named HMS Empathy, HMS Circumspect, HMS Nervous, HMS Timorous and HMS Apologist.  Costing £850 million each, they meet the needs of the 21st century and comply with the very latest employment, equality, health & safety and human rights laws.  The new user-friendly crow's nest comes equipped with wheelchair access. Live ammunition has been replaced with paintballs to reduce the risk of anyone getting hurt and to cut down on the number of compensation claims. Stress counsellors and lawyers will be on duty 24hrs a day and each ship will have its on-board industrial tribunal.  The crew will be 50/50 men and women, and balanced in accordance with the latest Home Office directives on race, gender, sexuality and disability. Sailors will only have to work a maximum of 37hrs per week in line with Brussels Health & Safety rules, even in wartime! All the vessels will come equipped with a maternity ward and nursery, situated on the same deck as the Gay Disco.  Tobacco will be banned throughout the ship, but cannabis will be allowed in the wardroom and messes. The Royal Navy is eager to shed its traditional reputation for; "Rum, sodomy and the lash"; so out has gone the occasional rum ration which is to be replaced by sparkling water. Although sodomy remains, it has now been extended to include all ratings under 18. The lash will still be available but only on request. Condoms can be obtained from the Bosun in a variety of flavours, except Capstan Full Strength.  Saluting officers has been abolished because it is deemed elitist and is to be replaced by the more informal, "Hello Sailor". All information on notices boards will be printed in 37 different languages and Braille. Crew members will now no longer be required to ask permission to grow beards or moustaches - this applies equally to women crew members.  The MoD is working on a new "non-specific" flag because the White Ensign is considered to be offensive to minorities. The Union Flag had already been discarded.  The newly re-named HMS Cautious is due to be commissioned soon in a ceremony conducted by Captain Hook from the Finsbury Park Mosque who will break a petrol bomb over the hull. She will gently slide into the water as the Royal Marines Band plays "In the Navy" by the Village People. Her first deployment will be to escort boat loads of illegal immigrants across the channel to ports on England's south coast.  The Prime Minister said, "While these ships reflect the very latest in modern thinking, they are also capable of being up-graded to comply with any new legislation coming out of Brussels."  His final words were, "Britannia waives the rules!"

General / DVLA shocker!
« on: 25 November 2011, 12:06:13 PM »
My photocard was due to expire in a couple of weeks so I used the Post Office service to renew it on Monday and then went away for work for a few days.
When I got home last night my replacement licence had arrived! Not only that, but they managed to keep all the groups on there that I had before too!

General / YBR125
« on: 29 October 2011, 03:07:15 PM »
I have a YBR125 that has stood for a few years since the last owner had a car/bike interface issue. I have rebuilt most of it now ready for my son when he turns 17 in just over a months time but I have a problem with the way it runs.
It will start on the button using the choke, and once it warms up (but not before) it will rev OK but it wont idle or start when off of choke.
Using the theory that it was running OK before the previous owner bent a few bits, I suspect that the carb settigns are OK and there would just be crud in the idle jet from where it has been standing. Unfortunately, despite cleaning the jets out with an air line, it still has the problem.

General / Oops!
« on: 19 October 2011, 07:51:57 AM »

General / Found the link at last
« on: 30 June 2011, 06:09:37 PM »
Do any of the Admin types have access to to redirect the forum link on there to here?

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