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Kit Reviews / Not a review....yet!
« on: July 29, 2018, 11:34:16 am »
A number of folks have been asking about pillion/rear rack bags for touring and this one popped into my inbox from NN and I thought it worth putting the link in here...

If anyone does try it, make sure to review it  ;D

Gripes, Bitches and Whinges! / Bears in the air...
« on: July 10, 2018, 08:34:20 pm »
Anyone seen or heard of the chopper coppers checking on speeders recently?

It used to be a real pain/urban myth that they did this way back.

One has just spent an infuriating half hour (for me, not him) zooming madly up and down the road through the village, following every twist and turn, then turning and zooming madly back the other way just as a car speeds past.

I'm not complaining about them clocking speeders through MY village mind. I just don't want to get nicked in someone else's village is all... ::)

Gripes, Bitches and Whinges! / Is it just me that hates the dark?
« on: July 08, 2018, 03:15:04 pm »
For someone who craves total darkness for my star-gazing activities, I am pathologically averse to the dark when driving or riding. Give me a 12volt sun on the front of my car or bike and I am a very happy bunny; with a dip of course... ::)

So what is it with almost every car I encounter in the dark and dead of night when they NEVER, EVER go to main beam. Unless they are coming toward me of course...

When a vehicle come t'other way I dip just before their lights become visible (ish) and go back to main beam somewhere between the front of their vehicle and the back of it, passing me.

But I can drive for miles wondering where the road goes, behind some eejit who must think, as in the old days, that using main beam actually costs you money. Of course, on the bike it is less of a problem but even so....

We had a wee chat about camera vans at Dom's yesterday. Er, no, there were no camera vans at Dom's yesterday,

I'll start again.

At Dom's yesterday, we had a wee chat about camera vans. Mick had come across a van festooned with camers and almost died. But it turned out it was an Apple Maps camera van. I was amazed he didn't have a database to warn him of the real thing.

So, for those who use Garmin or Tom Tom devices, or even Androids, one of the best databases is from Pocket GPS World...

It costs £20 a year but is way, way cheaper than a fine or three points.

It covers the whole of Europe, is crowd-sourced by the users on a constantly updated basis with a year's free membership for the first person to spot a new one or a deleted one (and this includes those constantly moving ones on mororway road works which seem to pop up and change every few days).

With new database releases every week, you are never more than a week at risk. No charge for downloading, do it as often as you like and you can use it on up to three devices from memory.

I have never spotted one that wasn't already in the database cos the bloody commuters and reps spot them all first.

It gives all fixed Gatsos, average speed camers and all declared camera van sites (including those on bridges over motorways and Dual-carriageways like the one that 'might' have got me last week cos I was too stupid to tell the difference between the Garmin telling me I was speeding and the Garmin telling me I was speeding toward a camera van site that did actually have an active van in operation).

You can download the European database with or without the French and Swiss sites and it is available for virtually every device out there.

There is also a weekly newsletter on all things to do with sat nags, from the serious like the UK's version of the Euro satellite constellation to the ridiculous, like the inventor of an inflatable Gatso, called Fakeso, who was threatened with 7 years in the clink.

There are other subscription services around but having used PGPSW for the last ten years or so and still, perhaps, with a clean licence, I never go anywhere quickly without it, irritating as it is at times, constantly bonging at you.

Short Notice Ride Outs / Tomorrow, Saturday 23 June 2018
« on: June 22, 2018, 06:40:35 pm »
Dom's Bike Stop, Leominster (if it isn't windy  ::) ) that's Lemster to you Brits...

Meeting with Mike (sutty) to laugh at his leaning tower of K on its obviously buggered stand  ;D

Be there at 11am in the morning (and I can't believe I am even thping that) or miss the show.

The Euro K Club Lounge / Shit happens....
« on: May 30, 2018, 04:32:10 pm »
Let this be a warning to those who don't ride all the time...

About a year ago, just before the Wrinklies trip, the hook fastener on the waist of my BMW textile trousers gave up fighting the flab and half of it was later found in my right boot, painful and stupid.

Never mind, the nice folks at BM hid a little placky bag with spare hooky thing and eyelet thing in the swing tag wotsit when I bought the suit, complete with rivetty things. How kind. Now, how many folk do you know who still have all the spare buttons and fasteners for every shirt and jacket they have ever bouht? Meet the squirrel...

However, my house had just been packed in a big cardboard box ready for the impending move to the country on my return and there was no way on god's little green earth that I could remember exactly which box the bag was in.

So, last year's Wrinklies was a case of mind over matter and needed some careful 'packaging' every time I got the trews on.

And then of course, when I arrived here in the sticks just about the last thing I was doing was enjoying riding; too busy painting, decorating, digging holes, filling in holes, building and generally having a whale of a time.

And of course, I forgot all about the rivetty things.

So yesterday's shake down ride not only got me stuck in my Airflow jacket with my belly hanging out, but it also resulted in the other half of the hooky thingy giving way as I struggled to get out of the bloody jacket...

So, this morning I set about locating the rivetty things and found them in the top pocket of the winter jacket. S'obvious really...

Now, where are rivetting punches and mandrels? The thought of having to head off to the local bike shop to get me kecks sorted was beyond even my imaginings and so, after teaching the baby swallows in the garage roof some new swear words, the punches and mandrels appeared as if by magic.

A couple of smacks with a very small hammer later and they are as good as new. How's that for service.

Now then, with the temperatures soaring for next weeks ride and my hands not liking summer temps behind my Barkbuster hand guards, it is time to whip them off and fit the normal ends.

So, can anyone tell me where I left the normal bar ends that the Barkbusters replaced when I eventually found the Barkbusters last winter?

A large beer to the first correct answer.

Announcements / Bloody GDPR - again!
« on: May 25, 2018, 07:24:40 pm »
No doubt you have all been inundated with e-mails begging you to give various nefarious organisations express permission to do all sorts of nasty things with your most intimate details even though they promise they never will.

Well, this is another one; sort of.

In the light of the General Data Protection Regulations we felt that it was appropriate that we make a statement about what data we, the administrators and moderators of EuroKClub, hold and what we do with the data you give when you apply for membership of the forum.

Our contact with members:

As a forum, the organisers, and I use that term loosely, are not in the business of contacting our members, either en-masse or individually and are not even sure that the General Data Protection Regulations apply to forums in any case. (If you are a member and are also an expert on the innermost workings of GDPR and think differently, we would love to hear from you.)

The one exception to this rule is mass mails we may send to members informing them of unplanned and extraordinary loss of service of the forum. You cannot opt out of this mailing except by requesting an account deletion and leaving the forum and by remaining a member you are, in effect, agreeing to us contacting you in this way.

The data we hold on members:

As well as the details you give when you apply for membership of the forum, the software used to generate the forum (SMF by Simple Machines) also provides information about your use of the forum such as the last time you were active in the forum, the number of posts you have made and the number of posts per day as an average.

The information EuroKClub has about members is shown in each member's profile and can be viewed by the member at any time.

In the case of guests to the forum, we have and keep no data other than the number of them who visit the forum.

What we do with the data held on members:

- essentially nothing, (we are motorcyclists, not entrepreneurs)
- we don't use your data for marketing (we don't do any), pass it on to any 3rd party (most of us don't know any 3rd parties) and will never sell it (we should be so lucky)
- you won't be asked to 'opt in' (you already did that by joining the forum)

Where is member's data held:

- backups of the forum are kept securely by Natty Web Developments Ltd. (who host and maintain the forum) for the purposes of, well, maintaining and re-populating the forum in the case of corruption (no, not that sort ) and also by at least one of the administrators (in case Natty Web Developments Ltd. are abducted by aliens or win the lottery)
- there are no personal data held that cannot be seen by a member (so no member need make any request for a full copy of the data held on them).

What to do if you do not want your data held by us:

- you can request a complete account deletion by emailing
- however, if you decide that you want your posts deleted, you will need to do that yourself BEFORE you request an account deletion  ::)

In a nutshell, which it obviously isn't, that's it!

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)

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