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Who's Who? / Re: Hello
« on: Yesterday at 10:06:31 pm »
Test reply!

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Breakdown recommendations? (inc Europe)
« on: July 19, 2024, 05:52:13 pm »
The breakdown service was the only reason I joined the Civil Service Motoring Association, who owned the Britannia service back in the day.

I was a little miffed to say the least when they sold it to LV, but so far the service has been excellent.

Who's Who? / Re: New member from Croatia
« on: July 17, 2024, 08:15:30 am »
Hi Igor, and welcome to the madhouse that is EuroKClub!

Yes, if only Matt had known about the speed camera situation and no speed limit for bikes he would probably have still been there going up and down and up and down...

We're glad you found our little K outpost here in the ether and hope you have many enjoyable times talking about your favourite bike. Regards, Brian

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: Breakdown recommendations? (inc Europe)
« on: July 16, 2024, 05:28:41 pm »
What's stopping you taking it off them and taking it to NOG?

Kit Reviews / Re: CE Level 2 gloves
« on: July 15, 2024, 09:30:51 pm »
Knox were the first to develop the scaphoid protection system and my Knox winter gloves have it (as do all of their gloves) as standard. Unfortunately mine also have the relatively awful Boa fastening system which is a pain to do up when wearing winter gloves but it does give you a great clam-shell cuff 'gauntlet' with many sliders.

The only thing it doesn't have, which is usually a must for me, is the pinky-linky between the little and ring fingers.

I'm not too sure about the slider at the base of the thumb, the Knox has it as well as at the heel of the hand, but my everyday Alpinestars (with pinky-linky) only have it on the heel of the hand and the outside edge of the little finger.

I know all the videos show the hand being palm down when you land and claim that that is what causes the scaphoid injury, but I'm not sure. I mean, yes it would, of course. If you trip or slip while walking, then for sure you put your hands out in front of you and palm plant as you land. But on a bike, you normally land on your side in a low side with the outside edge of the hand, wrist and forearm contacting the tarmac first. In a high side it is anyone's guess and in a head-on, you have have more serious things to worry about breaking than your scaphoid; like your neck. I've only ever come off at anything above walking speed, off road and definitely landed on the side of my hand so fast you couldn't react to do anything else.

I guess the perfect glove doesn't exist. Yet!

Kit Reviews / Re: CE Level 2 gloves
« on: July 14, 2024, 09:43:05 am »
I have gloves going back decades which have great and very hard scaphoid protection but they are not level2. A doctor friend began to explain the consequences of scaphoid damage to me years ago and I ran away and threw away all my old gloves which didn't have it.

Doesn't guarantee anything of course, but it makes the bike 11% faster!

K1200 / K1300 Forum / Re: A55 North Wales Speed Cameras
« on: July 14, 2024, 09:39:16 am »
Vans on a dual-carriageway limited to 60? Maybe as a lower limit... :blank:

Maybe I need to read the bits in the Highway Code other than just the bits for horse riders!

No one, apart from Tony, ever reads the exclusion clauses to the end. It's like Apple T's&C's, no one reads them, they just tick the box and Apple knows that. A friend who had a contract which required him to read Apple's stuff waded through all 40 pages and when he called Apple for some clarification, no one there knew what he was talking about.

Which?'s point is EXACTLY what Rae's point is, burying stuff so deep you never get there. It would be easy to have a question that asked about modes of travel. Travel insurance covers you from your front door back to your front door. The question should be 'How are you getting from your front door to your destination and back again?'.

I don't consider motorcycling to be a hazardous activity. There are no more hazards when I ride than when I drive the car. The consequences of some of those hazards might well be different and more severe when I ride, but there are no more hazards.

At the moment, it seems that going on a large roller-coaster is more hazardous and increasingly more likely to cause problems than, say, sky-diving, which I would suggest has a far safer record than road travel.

Not that da yoof bother with travel insurance, but I doubt there are exclusion clauses about getting pissed and falling down a flight of stairs. Not that that particular hazard is limited to da yoof...


Rae didn't quite get away without a little extra work.

Which? happened to have sent me an e-mail the day after Rae's story came to light. They were having a hissy fit about exactly the sort of thing that Rae fell foul of, insurers hiding exclusion clauses (page 84 in Rae's case if I remember correctly) with the express intention of never having to pay out and asking for readers' examples of same. I seem to remember a tall tale from the Old Gits of someone being asked to prove that they actually boarded a ferry to cross the channel. They went, they had cause to claim, they claimed but couldn't 'prove' they boarded the ferry...or somesuch!

So, after some bludgeoning from me, Rae did actually tell Which? his sorry tale. No one is complaining about the legality of what they do, rather the immorality of it and Which? are on it. We'll see what if anything happens.

Kit Reviews / Re: CE Level 2 gloves
« on: July 13, 2024, 03:45:37 pm »
For a biker, scaphoid protection is vital. I would never ride with short gloves. If it doesn't have a 'gauntlet' then it isn't worth spit to me.

And from a practical standpoint, try keeping your gloves dry inside on a typical English summer ride if you can't tuck them under your jacket cuffs when the rain starts. No way JosÄ—  8)

Other (K) Bikes or anything else! / Re: MCN K1 article
« on: July 13, 2024, 10:27:08 am »
Methinks you are overthinking thingies...

Other (K) Bikes or anything else! / Re: MCN K1 article
« on: July 12, 2024, 08:51:40 pm »
Or in my case PressReader!

And it just shows how up to date I am with my readingritingandrithmetricles  8)

I had Ass you me'd it was an old copy of the rag.

Now I have a copy too.

Other (K) Bikes or anything else! / Re: MCN K1 article
« on: July 12, 2024, 04:23:09 pm »
Nice article. I assume the paper is yours...

Other (K) Bikes or anything else! / Re: My R80RS
« on: July 10, 2024, 08:26:50 pm »
Lovely. Same colour scheme as my R100RS. I doubt mine has had its first oil change at less than 10,000 miles.

Just called Admiral to enquire about taking out a travel insurance policy for Europe, travelling by motorcycle.

'Certainly sir, may I ask what cc the motorcycle is?'

'Take your pick from...'

'OK, you will be covered but you will need to pay a small additional premium which will be advised at the quotation stage. You will need to add to the quotation that you are taking part in a hazardous activity.'

It seems to me that they are conflating an activity with the act of travelling. I guess as we bikers as a group have more 'medical and repatriation needs' than your average car traveller, the extra premium is not unreasonable. However, I bet they don't specifically ask if you are travelling by bike during the quotation process, which is probably where you fell into their trap Rae.

Ho hum!

Blue Bear were always my preferred insurer for foreign travel but I think they disappeared long ago, which shows how long it is since I was abroad.

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