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The Euro K Club Lounge / SHOCK HORROR...
« on: May 09, 2018, 08:43:51 pm »
......BMW forced to recall thousands

Oh well, at least it's a start.

Arrogant sods. Huge recall in the States. No action in UK till they were forced into it.

Oh, and an ex-soldier had to die to get them to act.

So, a section of the A55 in Denbighshire, the North Wales 'Expressway', is to get speed camers to...

'improve the safety of the travelling public, help cut the amount (sic) of collisions in the area and strengthen the resilience of the A55'...according to someone no one has ever heard of who is now the minister for making money from speeders.

So, these cameras are going to make the eejits pay more attention and stop nattering and texting at the wheel are they?

And how cameras can possibly cut the number (NOT amount!) of accidents is beyond me.

And what the chuckling hell does the last phrase mean? Strengthen the resilience of the A55!

Some amazing pieces of technology these cameras must be...

This is an 'almost' motorway standard dual carriageway which, at this point, bypasses a village.

No mention of accident statistics note. No mention of deaths or injuries.

Speeding is up so we must make some more money 🙄

The Euro K Club Lounge / You snivelling bastard!
« on: April 29, 2018, 04:49:08 pm »

Nuff said.

Should have checked my link guys, should have checked my link! I wondered why the story got no response...🙄

The Euro K Club Lounge / Courtesy lights?
« on: April 08, 2018, 10:42:11 am »
One of things that has always pee'ed me off about bikes is that they are crap in the dark until you fire them up.

You park up somewhere and when you come back its gone dark and they only way you find your bike is either plipping the alarm or falling over the bloody thing.

And even when you find it the ignition barrel is a total mystery in the dark with fumbling and cursing and then you have to take the key out or use your spare to open the panniers to get your kit out and then you can't find the bloody ignition again......

Why can't bikes have courtesy lights that come on when you plip to show you what you are doing? Cars have had these things since the dawn of prog rock so why not bikes?

Rant was brought on by seeing this lovely little idea from Wunderlich via Nippy Normans...

...which goes some way to solving the problem, though at their usual high prices I doubt many will be taking one home  8)

The Whiskey Barrel / Something, er, different for the weekend sir?
« on: March 17, 2018, 05:22:29 pm »
So, much to my surprise, 'er indoors, who has conservative and normally impeccable taste, said she was feeling adventurous and wanted to try something different this weekend...

With this, she produced a half bottle of Jack Daniel's old no. 7 and smiling, said 'I've always wanted to try this!'.

Now, far be it from me to disappoint a lady, so two glasses were poured and tasting began. Now, I have drunk JD before, like many decades ago when a Canadian girlfriend (who was an Air Mattress in the RAF) used to smuggle cases of all sorts of alcoholic nonesense through what passed for customs, but I wouldn't say I took much notice of it or even noticed it at all. It was simply a way to get her out of her uniform faster than normal.

So, having taken some small notice of it today, here are my tasting notes... ::)

Very strong on the nose, not unpleasant, but 'effin' strong. Reminded me of a Canadian girl I once knew but also of an oily chemical something or other; turps? white spirit? lighter fluid?

Neat, it had a real 'kick' to it and although not what I would normally drink, it was at least acceptable, i.e. I didn't spit it out but I had to force myself to swallow. It also had a real vanilla after taste to it, perhaps the last vestiges of the sugar maple charcoal used to fish the deal insects out of it.

Mixed 50/50 with Stones on a cold winter afternoon as a Jack Mac, it was exceedingly warming and not unpleasant. But that could be said of sparking up a glass of lighter fluid too.

She ('er indoors, not the Canadian) said that while she quite liked it and will probably finish it (thank God she only bought a 1/2 bottle) she wouldn't swap it for a real whisky, or even a real whiskey, single or blended.


The Euro K Club Lounge / A sensible idea!
« on: March 04, 2018, 03:23:57 pm »
Just spotted this on Nippy's site...

...and thought it worth posting.

Four season's hand guards. Gotta love the idea...

The Euro K Club Lounge / Solution for floppy Fender Extenders?
« on: February 18, 2018, 09:52:09 am »
So, Norman, with whom I don't communicate on a regular basis  :o sent me this interesting link for a Wunderlich fender extender for an R1200 wateva...

...and whilst this obviously won't fit the K12/13/16 range, the idea has to be adaptable to stop fender extenders (and even the stock mudguard in the case of the K12/13) from flapping in the breeze and eventually cracking like the cheapo plastic it is.

Over to the tinkerers and engineers out there....  8)

The Euro K Club Lounge / Petition to make roads safer for bikers.
« on: February 15, 2018, 05:37:46 pm »
There is a petition on by the mother of a young biker who lost his life in a SMIDSY 'T'-bone incident which we have all experienced or witnessed.

She is petitioning the government to introduce more awareness training in the driving test about other road users and awareness.

The petition can be found here...

...and despite the relative ineffectiveness of such things I felt compelled to support it. Perhaps you might too.

I do hope that the photo of the young lad on his bike with a bunch of flowers for his mum clutched in his brake hand is not how he used to ride  :o

Either way, a worthy cause in my opinion.

Brian (who is also guilty of riding wih something clutched madly in his brake hand, but it is his brake lever  8) )

The Euro K Club Lounge / Sun warning!
« on: February 13, 2018, 02:08:50 pm »
For those who have been looking forward to longer and possibly even sunnier days ahead, I do have to issue the following sun warning...

There won't be any!

How do I know this?

I just squandered this week's beer money on a new dark tint sun visor for the Schuberth  8)

When I was riding home into the setting sun back before Xmas and flipped the internal visor down, I was amazed to find it wasn't there  :o

Then I remembered that after the Wrinklies trip last June, the bike and all its accoutrements went into deep storage until after the then impending house move. This included the now sun-visor'less helmet as it had parted company with me somewhere in the torrential downpour that was Swansea and the hot-start issue that brought the trip to a sudden, very wet and premature end.

That was the first failure of the rather fragile clip system but at least it was the visor that broke rather than the flimsy and awkward to fit helmet mounted clips.

So, no more sun for us then  >:(

So, plumbing new taps in bathroom. So far so good.

Discover pipework has no serviceman valves. Grrrr!

Shut off main to cold and isolate hot with stop-cock in airing cupboard. So far so good.

Remove rubbish tap and waste. So far so good.

Install new Bristan mixer tap and waste, bought 25 years ago for £27 instrad of £87. So far so good.

Cut old pipework to fit. So far so good.

Fit serviceman valves to hot and cold pipework. Now here's thing; why the effin' 'eck do they not put a pair of flats on the body of the serviceman valve so you can tighten one end with ease. Oh no! Too bloody easy. Seven-year-olds! I hate 'em. Use pipe grips and adjustable to tighten valves. Test valves, leave off and go to bed.

This morning, find pipe-bender in the dumping ground which my garage has become, salvage scraps of copper pipe from last job and head upstairs. So far so good.

Bend and cut pipe, fit to serviceman valves and tap tails. Reach for two adjustables. Now then, here's the other thing. With an adjustable in each hand my brain gets easily confused between 'righty tighty' in my right hand and 'righty tighty' in my left hand. Stop for sip of tea. So far so good. Pick up adjustables and my brain goes into meltdown. 'Righty tighty' has now become 'lefty loosy'. More tea needed.

Bring spaniards into view and stare at these devil's creations. Why the £¥(|< does the worm on one adjustable turn clockwise to tighten the jaws while the other one turns counter-clockwise to tighten the jaws. Isn't there some sort of universal law against this sort of thing? Some sort BS/EN/ISO Norm for this? There is for just about everything else on the planet.

So, as well as a million other things, I have now added a new set of matching adjustables in every conceivable size to my shopping list.

Is it just me?

Any road up, time to test the taps. Now obviously after 25 years in my junk pile, there was no way the glands were correctly adjusted and they peed merrily all over the place. Pick up adjustable spaniard and adjust (with great care and concentration) to fit the gland-nut. These are hightly polished chrome so I don't want to bugger the finish. Close gland-nut two flats. Slide spanner off flats and move it round two flats.

Now, here's the next bloody thing! Why on God's little green earth is it not possible to make a high-end piece of kit like a Bristan tap gland-nut so that the distance across the flats is the same for each pair of flats? This was obviously tendered out to the 9-year-olds, even 7-year-olds wouldn't do that.

The only upside to this is that I don't often use adjustables on the bike. And the new tap looks fabulous; I knew you were curious.

Rant over....for now!

The Euro K Club Lounge / Blackbird humour!
« on: January 14, 2018, 04:08:38 pm »
No silly, not that sort of Blackbird. Nor that one!

As a long time fan of the SR71, (toppest, baddest of the top and the bad) but not neccesarily a fan of US 'humour', I found this rather gentle story by a Blackbird pilot to be more than funny and probably oh-so true. I really can just picture it  8)

The Euro K Club Lounge / Over 70's only!
« on: January 10, 2018, 08:17:30 pm »
Oi! I said over 70's only. Sod off...

Now that we have got rid of the children I have a question for you.

Assuming that a) you are still over 70, b) you had a full, car driving licence obtained sometime in your younger years and c) you are not a professional truck or bus driver, when the time came to renew your licence at age 70, did you opt to retain your entitlement to drive big'ish stuff and kill lots of OAP'S/school kids at one time? In other words, your C1 and D1 entitlement.

I haven't driven a seven and a half tonner for some years but nearly needed to last summer and have never driven a full-size bus since I left the RAF in the late ‘70’s.

However, the thought of giving up an entitlement fills me with dread. Firstly because it means I am getting old. Secondly because you just never know. Thirdly it is an ENTITLEMENT!

Just wonderin'  8)

The Euro K Club Lounge / Armed Forces Pensions!
« on: January 07, 2018, 11:09:14 am »
I have no idea how many ex-Forces folk we have in here (UK armed forces Costas, so you can stand easy  8) ) but we have at least one.

The one in question is on many (broken) records bemoaning the fact that he served for 14 years and gets no pension at all from the RAF. The minimum pensionable service back when Pontius was a Pilot was 22 years. Bitch, moan whinge!!

We were all promised something called 'Preserved Pension Rights' but back when I left there was no record and no knowledge and the nascent t'internet was full of other old boys moaning and whinging, as is their wont.

So, over a pint in the local on Christmas eve with my naval officer (retd.) neighbour, we got round to finances and I assumed he was in receipt of a full Navy pension. Not so. Turned out he left at the same time as me, and in his case a mere 2 years short of a pension.

'But I get the Preserved Pension same as you!'

'Eh? What?'

A little more digging on Google and it turns out that this is the best kept secret in these green and pleasant lands. Preserved Pension Rights do exist for ex-military non-pensionable chaps and chapesses; but no one bothers to tell you about it.

If you don't go looking and claim it at age 60, you don't get it. So, for the past nine years I have been sipping whisky and wondering what that faint tinkling sound was in the background. Turns out it was money swirling down the drain...

So, if you or any of your friends or relatives have served in the UK armed forces and can satisfy the following conditions (article stolen unashamedly from an OldBoys website) speak to one of the lovely Scottish ladies (Kathy in my case) on the number below and many drinking tokens will be sent your way.

“Have you served in the military since 1975?
It is possible that you have earned a preserved pension payable at age 60 for AFPS 75 or 65 if in AFPS 05. Read the following to see if you qualify and follow the links for the application forms if you do.


There are currently 2 Armed Forces Pension Schemes (AFPS) available to service leavers; AFPS 75 and AFPS 05.

AFPS 75 pension benefits are based on rank and length of Service. All personnel serving between 6 April 1975 and 6 April 2005 will have served under the AFPS 75 scheme.

AFPS 05 pension benefits are based on length of Service and final salary and personnel who joined after 6 April 2005 will be serving under the AFPS 05 scheme.

However, personnel serving between July 2005 and March 2006 were given the option to move to the AFPS 05 as part of the Offer to Transfer process.

There are some fundamental differences between the schemes that cover both retired benefits and dependents benefits. To find out what benefits personnel are entitled to, click on the link below (not working) and download the booklets that are applicable to the AFPS that you/your spouse are/were serving under.

Service Preserved Pensions

Prior to 06 April 1975 there was no provision for a preservation of pension benefits and service personnel who left the Armed Forces had to have completed 16 years from age 21 (Officers) or 22 years from age 18 (Other ranks). Those who left before that date without completing the above criteria, lost all pension entitlement.

The rules changed on 06 April 1975 to provide for pensions to be preserved for payment at age 60 for all those discharged over the age of 26 with a minimum of 5 years service. On 06 April 1988, the qualifying period was reduced from 5 to 2 years and the age criterion was dropped. Preserved pensions have to be claimed at age 60 (or at age 65 if your service began after 5 April 2006). However, you can claim your preserved pension sooner if you become permanently incapacitated.


Service pensions are administered by the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA). Pension payments are made by Xafinity Paymaster (1836) Ltd, the paying authority for the Armed Forces pension Schemes (AFPS).”

Contact Details:
JPAC Enquiry Centre,
Mail Point 403,
Kentigern House,
65 Brown Street,
G2 8EX

Freephone 0800 085 3600

One phone call was all it took to establish that I am due some money (at long, bloody last) and 'the claim forms are in the post, sonny!'

I can't be the only dumb-ass out here, so get your friends and rellies who served to make contact and get their 'entitlement' cos if they don't, you hear that faint tinkling sound...

PS Feel free to post the Italicised article in other relevant forums as you deem fit?

The Euro K Club Lounge / Back to the future - on a self-riding bike...
« on: January 06, 2018, 06:34:57 pm »
At CES 2018 Yamaha intends to demo a self-driving motorcycle prototype racing at speeds above 120mph...

...and a retrofittable brake light for your helmet, (again  ::) ) and accessory flashing handlebars to tell you which way to turn to follow a pre-planned route...

Form an orderly queue here....

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