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Forum: Battle scooters 01-29-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,024
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
My father rode the Yamaha version last month. It...

My father rode the Yamaha version last month. It weighs a lot more than a 125, but only has 125 power, which wasn't really enough.

It's built to exploit a licence loophole in the euro rules.
...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-29-2015, 03:42 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
put a dab of Loctite on the bolts before you put...

put a dab of Loctite on the bolts before you put them in, to stop them vibrating loose
Forum: Battle scooters 01-28-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 833
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
It's been snowing today. The kind of just over...

It's been snowing today. The kind of just over freezing soggy sleety snow that gets you wet and cold.

It's made me re-consider this plan. I think the car may have to stay.

The bigger...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-27-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 833
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
Getting rid of the car

My car is on it's last legs, and with insurance time coming up, I'm thinking of sending it to the great scrapyard in the sky.

Mrs NM has a small car (a yaris) but needs her car for work, and...
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-27-2015, 12:25 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,107
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
3600 miles is definitely must try harder :)...

3600 miles is definitely must try harder :) that's less than 10 miles a day
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-27-2015, 12:23 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,107
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
Yes, you do 1 days basic training, then You can...

Yes, you do 1 days basic training, then You can ride a bike up to 125cc with a L plate. You then pass your test and can ride bigger bikes. It's why there are so many 125cc bikes in Europe
Forum: Battle scooters 01-26-2015, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 684
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
In England, if you passed your car test before...

In England, if you passed your car test before 2011 you can drive a trike with no further test.

Honda will be marketing this at people who can't, or won't go and pass their bike test.

This...
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-26-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,107
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
Enfield is in the garage over winter. It's joined...

Enfield is in the garage over winter. It's joined by an NC750x, and an MSX125 which is in the picture
Forum: Day Trippin' 01-26-2015, 06:14 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,107
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
It's a little while since I posted in this...

It's a little while since I posted in this thread, but I thought that maybe this picture was worth sharing.

The causeway to Holy Island in Northumberland, taken yesterday
...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-25-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
The Holy Island of Lindisfarne (to give it it's...

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne (to give it it's full name) was settled by a bunch of monks in the late 7th century. It's been a religious place for a smidge over 1300 years now.

Bamburgh was...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-25-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
After going to Holy Island, I kept going North,...

After going to Holy Island, I kept going North, into Edinbugh, and stopping for a Maccy Ds, then over the firth of Forth, to North Queensferry.

This is the Forth Railway Bridge, build 1882 to 1890...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-25-2015, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
I've done a few miles today... Firstly to...

I've done a few miles today...

Firstly to Holy island, across the causeway at low tide

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v284/geoffhill/01E7AFC3-88D7-4F6E-9891-2A29140D7CEB_zpsmkob7x4h.jpg
...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-24-2015, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
Wow, this is awesome.

Wow, this is awesome.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-24-2015, 02:43 PM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
It looks a little warmer over there than here,...

It looks a little warmer over there than here, but I did manage to get out and about on the little MSX for a few miles today. Here is Mrs NM and grommet the msx at St Mary's Lighthouse

...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-24-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
Have you tried heated gloves? They heat your...

Have you tried heated gloves? They heat your fingers instead of the palms of your hands
Forum: Battle scooters 01-24-2015, 03:15 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
a 16mm chain is thinnest chain that can't be cut...

a 16mm chain is thinnest chain that can't be cut using bolt croppers. If you want your bike un-stolen, fix it to something immovable with a 16mm chain
Forum: Battle scooters 01-23-2015, 04:52 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,374
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
Thats a lot of typing... Have you tried a grom....

Thats a lot of typing... Have you tried a grom. It's not very practical, you can't carry much crap, but the short wheel base and small wheels means that it turns very quickly and easily. It's got a 4...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-21-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
There are traffic lights coming up, which you...

There are traffic lights coming up, which you can't quite see in the video,

His plan was to jump on the sidewalk to get past the traffic.
Forum: Battle scooters 01-21-2015, 04:03 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
Just a little video from my bike yesterday of...

Just a little video from my bike yesterday of someone falling over :rofl

http://youtu.be/5UCZHInffBs
Forum: Battle scooters 01-19-2015, 12:50 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
No riding bikes today in En-ger-land ...

No riding bikes today in En-ger-land

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v284/geoffhill/87A6E5B1-40AA-48B1-8212-C558959CB6F5_zpsjzyhfev1.jpg
Forum: Battle scooters 01-19-2015, 12:32 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 249,456
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
Not got any of the top box, and as it was...

Not got any of the top box, and as it was snowing this morning, I took the car to work.

The rack at the back has a standard givi monolock plate attached, so I just click on the top box when I'm...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-18-2015, 03:17 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 249,456
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
I've fitted a rear rack to mine, so I can click a...

I've fitted a rear rack to mine, so I can click a top box on. This makes it just mostly impractical, rather than completely impractical.

I ride it to work most days,
Forum: Battle scooters 01-17-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
If it makes you feel better about your cold...

If it makes you feel better about your cold weather, this was from my ride to work this morning

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v284/geoffhill/32_zps51a681ab.jpg

You can see the frost...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-07-2015, 09:23 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
I have winter tyres on the MSX. They're michelin...

I have winter tyres on the MSX. They're michelin Citygrip winter, which are M+S marked. They're got a lot of grooves in them compared to a normal bike tyre, and are a lot better when it's slippy.
...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-04-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
It's a bit more difficult to ride south to Mexico...

It's a bit more difficult to ride south to Mexico from England than it is from Arizona :)

Hopefully I'll get a chance to head south for a few weeks on the bike in a few months time
Forum: Battle scooters 01-04-2015, 08:00 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
You can get a lifan 140cc engine that would bold...

You can get a lifan 140cc engine that would bold straight onto the trail, and probably get it up to 60mph. If it's your main form of transport, it may be worth upgrading.

I suspect something...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-04-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 647
Views: 39,842
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
I didn't set a date, because how old is old...

I didn't set a date, because how old is old depends on where you live :) I wanted a tag that anyone could get
Forum: Battle scooters 01-04-2015, 07:20 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
Been out and about for the first proper ride this...

Been out and about for the first proper ride this year. It was just above freezing up in Northumberland, cold enough for my fingers and toes to hurt after an hour. I think I need some thicker socks....
Forum: Battle scooters 01-04-2015, 06:13 AM
Replies: 647
Views: 39,842
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
Next tag, scoot to an old church (or other old...

Next tag, scoot to an old church (or other old religious building)

This church in Edlingham is roughly 900 years old

...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-04-2015, 06:08 AM
Replies: 647
Views: 39,842
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
It's difficult to see that this lake is iced over...

It's difficult to see that this lake is iced over from a distance, but it is.

It's actually a dammed lake, created at Cragside house, in Northumberland. The lake was created to make...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-04-2015, 02:19 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
My last boring gear post before I bore everyone...

My last boring gear post before I bore everyone silly.

About 1/3 of helmet impacts are on the chin bar. IME, there is no difference in protection between an expensive and a cheap full face...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-03-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
Cheap helmets are often just as safe as expensive...

Cheap helmets are often just as safe as expensive ones, however, expensive helmets normally have better features, are more comfortable, and are made better. The important bits of a helmet are an...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-02-2015, 03:29 AM
Replies: 647
Views: 39,842
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
There used to be the Newcastle Brown Ale brewery....

There used to be the Newcastle Brown Ale brewery. Unfortunately it's now been squashed and made into a high tech business park
Forum: Battle scooters 01-02-2015, 03:14 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
If you allow the core of your body to get cold,...

If you allow the core of your body to get cold, then the blood supply to the extremities is reduced, meaning your hands get cold.

If you can keep your head and body warm then you'll keep your...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2015, 03:39 PM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
If you're going to ride in the cold, you need to...

If you're going to ride in the cold, you need to cover your neck and face a bit more, otherwise you'll freeze even with 5 layers :)

the view looks wonderful though. Much more interesting than...
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2015, 05:22 AM
Replies: 647
Views: 39,842
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
Next tag. Parked up with a view that makes you go...

Next tag. Parked up with a view that makes you go 'oooh' (deliberately vague tag)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v284/geoffhill/5E8974CC-D3E1-421C-B3A1-F0B5079479EE_zps3mlyrebl.jpg
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2015, 05:20 AM
Replies: 647
Views: 39,842
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
I can get the easy ones :) This is my Grom...

I can get the easy ones :)

This is my Grom parked up outside work.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v284/geoffhill/25B696E7-915A-49BF-AF0A-7B8F4BA809C0_zpsqzetlqnt.jpg
Forum: Battle scooters 01-01-2015, 04:20 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
1st ride of 2015! Although it was only to...

1st ride of 2015!

Although it was only to the office. No rest for the wicked

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v284/geoffhill/25B696E7-915A-49BF-AF0A-7B8F4BA809C0_zpsqzetlqnt.jpg
Forum: Battle scooters 12-31-2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 5,303
Views: 229,087
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
My little msx is the closest I've got to a...

My little msx is the closest I've got to a scooter. Not a proper bike, not a scooter, somewhere in void between the two.

It's currently fitted with a little screen for winter

...
Forum: Battle scooters 12-31-2014, 03:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,067
Posted By TheNorthernMonkey
8 miles each way and about 40F this morning. ...

8 miles each way and about 40F this morning.

Honda Grom, mostly 30 zones, but a short stretch of 70
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