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The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: How many miles has your K done?
« on: Yesterday at 04:25:42 pm »
Funny that because I was always concerned that an over-oiled chain would pee itself all over the rear tyre and have me off... :(

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: How many miles has your K done?
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:25:44 pm »
Ouch. Serves you right though for going against the laws of nature and standing on your head for so long...

The Euro K Club Lounge / Re: How many miles has your K done?
« on: December 10, 2018, 10:12:34 pm »
I thought you had a thread all about 'laying it up'. Was that just for a holiday?

I did say 'your R or big K...'  ::)

Ah, I see. That looks like a small 'executive' briefcase but that could be because it is in a cavernous black hole...

My 'regular' briefcase was (still is but isn't in current use) 500mm x 380mm x 140mm.

However, either way, the pain of having to live with a bike as big as my car means that your topbox is a total non-starter and anyway, it really isn't the sort of thing I would want to carry through an international airport every couple of days just to get my laptop, files, fresh shirts, socks and duty-free on board.

Fit one of these to your R or big K...

...and customise your stuff till your eyes bleed; I can see one coming toward me now looking like a cross between an ice-cream van and an laser disco  >:(

The video is a must. Had me smiling all the way through, and I almost burst out laughing in the last 20s.
Such a useful bit of kit. How would he have manage without, it I don't know:

I don't get it?  :-[

Why not just have a normal top box to put the brief case in and then take it out when you travel -  :-[ :-X

But of course...……..there is no weight restriction for carry on luggage in a private jet  8)


You have obviously never tried to put a 17” laptop in a 'normal' topbox, or a briefcase that will hold a 17” laptop in there either.

Of course, in this day and age, tablets have rendered a lot of this redundant but globe-trotting heavyweight project managers and consultants will understand the problem well.

The Givi Business Case (now out of production but once sold by BM dealers for their well-heeled clients [as opposed to us mere customers]) had enough space for a laptop, files (of either the paper or Bastard type), a couple of spare shirts and underwear and you were set for a short business trip with one grab and go bag on your bike. And for those mad dashes to gate 2,478 at the airport, the funky trundle seems to be tha answer.

I can't find a price, but Kappa (the budget end of Givi) do one too...probably comes with off-road treaded tyres on the wheels  ::)

I did say 'used to travel'. This was back in the hedonistic late seventies, early eighties. You could just roll up outside the terminal and there were about four, five at a pinch, spaces for bikes, right under the nose of the security guards. No markings, no restrictions, no charges.

As you say, these days you'd be shot simply for stopping.

I'm not saying it's not a good idea, it's just that top boxes are a bit bulky and the wrong shape to be regular luggage. Not to mention the weight.

Rae, my Givi Business Case is a low-profile topbox just like a large'ish briefcase. Designed exactly for the biking businessman. A funky trundle is just what it needed for all those years.

And a regular topbox like my E360 is, I imagine, as light as feather when it is being towed on wheels.

You don't like it, that's fine, the post was intended for the biking exec.

You've obviously never done regular airline business commuting Rae.

When I used to travel to the US a couple of times a month and take the red-eye to Scotland a couple of times a week and bike parking was free right next to the entrance to the terminal at Heathrow, it would have been a Godsend. Helmet and trousers in a PacSafe net on the bike and wheel all the gubbins straight onto the plane? What's not to love and I can see nothing impractical in it.

As it was, I was regularly lugging my (admittedly slimline but still the weight of a topbox) Givi Business Case all the way through the airport and the bloody red-eye to Ayr used to be parked at what felt like Isleworth by the time you had schlepped all the way there.

I missed the very last Givi Flight Bag in existence by two minutes and I was so pissed I almost cried in BykeBitz.

If I was still in harmess I would snap up this bargain as it is well over a hundred everywhere else.

In fact... ::)

The Euro K Club Lounge / For those biker globe-trotting execs out there...
« on: December 09, 2018, 06:19:42 pm »
Givi 'used' to make a 'carry-on' flight bag with wheels and a handle that fitted Monokey racks, but no more...

However, this might be the next best thing for those globe-trotting execs among you...

...and perhaps even for the weekly shopping haul.

Gripes, Bitches and Whinges! / F850 GS recall in US...
« on: December 09, 2018, 02:54:10 pm »

K Club Humour / Re: The Post Office
« on: December 07, 2018, 08:20:10 pm »
If my smileys were working it would have got a whole bunch of 'em... ::)

Kit Reviews / Re: Oxford HotGrips
« on: December 07, 2018, 10:11:02 am »
You may find many elephants in previous posts, 'battling the elephants', 'against the elephants', 'no fairing to keep the elephants at bay'...

It was a genuine Malapropism ( ) by a colleague many years ago and it just kind of stuck. Especially appropriate for the sort of elephants we had on the Wrinklies Trip two years ago on our way down to Swansea.

Doesn't do much for the Periodic Table of Elephants though  ::)

Kit Reviews / Re: Oxford HotGrips
« on: December 06, 2018, 10:16:47 pm »
We do indeed adorn Christmas trees although these days we have probably regressed to 'decorating' or 'dressing' the tree.

Normally, adorn is used to suggest that the decoration or the dressing leads to a more 'attractive' (to the beholder) subject. Traditionally, women adorn themselves with jewellery and make-up (to make themselves more atteactive to others). These days anything, by anyone and anything.

So, putting Oxford gripe on your K would not 'adorn' it although, if it didn,t have heated grips and you had cold hands, then it would sure make it more attractive.

Also, I am rather confused by your use of the term 'off topic'. We have topics?

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