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Forum: The Garage Today, 07:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,639
Posted By The Bigfella
This one is a 3/4 inch thick, 4 foot diameter...

This one is a 3/4 inch thick, 4 foot diameter setup table, on adjustable legs. Its under an awning outside. The holes are threaded, allowing me to set stuff up and hold it there for welding, etc. ...
Forum: Orange Crush Yesterday, 07:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,456
Posted By The Bigfella
I had three weeks to get the bike (and me) ready...

I had three weeks to get the bike (and me) ready to go... it went from 14,000km to 41,000 before I shipped it home... having bought a 525 to ride around in the Asian mud.

I was certainly less...
Forum: Orange Crush Yesterday, 05:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 817
Posted By The Bigfella
I like a raw (OK, tanned) sheep skin... with...

I like a raw (OK, tanned) sheep skin... with decent length wool on it.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Cape%20and%20Asia/photo-3.jpg...
Forum: Orange Crush Yesterday, 04:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,456
Posted By The Bigfella
I went a different direction. I decided to keep...

I went a different direction. I decided to keep the weight off the subframe. This lot is being carried a bit high, but it worked for me... for the better part of a couple of years up through Oz and...
Forum: Australia 09-29-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 9,652
Posted By The Bigfella
I don't commute... but I love it whenever I'm on...

I don't commute... but I love it whenever I'm on the bike near a set of lights... haven't had a single issue with car drivers
Forum: Australia 09-29-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 560
Posted By The Bigfella
Yeah, I bought one in Qld and rode it home. ...

Yeah, I bought one in Qld and rode it home. Cancelled it here and put it on NSW rego. It didn't have long to run anyhow. That was a great trip actually... my youngest was on L plates... and the...
Forum: Australia 09-28-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 7,975
Posted By The Bigfella
IIRC he's got over 500,000 miles on that /5...

IIRC he's got over 500,000 miles on that /5 too.... or was it 450,000?

He sent me a postcard from Iceland recently... rode it on a rented Beemer. Says its bucketlist material
Forum: Australia 09-28-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 999
Posted By The Bigfella
Yeah... about double - or more - what you'd pay...

Yeah... about double - or more - what you'd pay in the US.

I've been buying bearings by the bucketload after this
...
Forum: Australia 09-28-2014, 08:11 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 7,975
Posted By The Bigfella
Well, you help some people out and it never...

Well, you help some people out and it never ends..... :eek1

Some (many) on here will know Henning. I met him in early '78, when I pulled over to see if he was OK... he was stopped near Bell, on...
Forum: Australia 09-27-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 7,975
Posted By The Bigfella
Helping has its own rewards. How could you not...

Helping has its own rewards. How could you not feel good with smiles like these as a reward?

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Cambodia/rescued_zps1a0be659.jpg...
Forum: Australia 09-23-2014, 12:58 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 18,724
Posted By The Bigfella
It must be spring... I've been working on the SE...

It must be spring... I've been working on the SE today... pulled the carbies off and dropped their bowls. All good.

I've got a couple of fuel lines to replace, give her a new tyre and it might be...
Forum: Australia 09-22-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,416
Posted By The Bigfella
Not if he was laying there with the tomahawk...

Not if he was laying there with the tomahawk still in his hand (or nearby with his fingerprints all over it).

My wife knew someone who knew his wife btw... he'd done it before... chopped up the...
Forum: Australia 09-22-2014, 05:29 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 18,724
Posted By The Bigfella
I've got a kevlar bash plate that I was building...

I've got a kevlar bash plate that I was building a few years back... ran out of time to finish the mounts before I left Sydney for Cape York and Asia. I might have a go at finishing it off some time...
Forum: Australia 09-19-2014, 12:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,416
Posted By The Bigfella
Should've kicked him in the guts :D I had a...

Should've kicked him in the guts :D

I had a druggie who used to live nearby pull a tomahawk on me once - and raise it over my head while he was at my front door. I pushed him off the verandah and...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-18-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 552
Views: 77,603
Posted By The Bigfella
I take it you've seen this site...

I take it you've seen this site (http://www.wdnorton.nl/Contents_page.htm), maintained by a Dutch enthusiast?

He's got lots of detail on there.

My bike has two numbers on it... the Norton frame...
Forum: Ride reports 09-18-2014, 02:33 AM
Replies: 3,819
Views: 1,765,672
Posted By The Bigfella
Great stuff, thanks Noah. Bromo is just great,...

Great stuff, thanks Noah. Bromo is just great, eh? I had great fun there, but pissed off a few snooty tourists when I rode the Super Enduro (two up) up the active volcano.... they seemed to think...
Forum: Old's Cool 09-17-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 552
Views: 77,603
Posted By The Bigfella
Oh, excellent. I picked up a 1938 16H that...

Oh, excellent.

I picked up a 1938 16H that is ex-Indian Air Force

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Northern%20Thailand/031-3.jpg...
Forum: Ride reports 09-15-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 3,819
Views: 1,765,672
Posted By The Bigfella
Good video. Thanks Noah. Incidentally, on...

Good video. Thanks Noah.

Incidentally, on the subject of needing multiple bikes.... yeah, I bought a couple more up in Asia too (shhh...). I picked up a scooter for around town use in the base...
Forum: Ride reports 09-15-2014, 06:15 AM
Replies: 3,819
Views: 1,765,672
Posted By The Bigfella
I like the letter, but would question whether the...

I like the letter, but would question whether the long oil change interval is really that important?

Sure... if you want to do multiple 1000 km days in a row.... but that isn't happening that...
Forum: Australia 09-14-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,239
Posted By The Bigfella
Pffft... what's wrong with a bit of dirt in the...

Pffft... what's wrong with a bit of dirt in the oil anyhow? Its when the balls fall out of the mains that you have to worry :freaky
...
Forum: Australia 09-14-2014, 06:34 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,239
Posted By The Bigfella
Speaking of useless.... I just pulled the Brembo...

Speaking of useless.... I just pulled the Brembo disks off my old M5... went to throw them in the panniers for the Funduro so I could take them somewhere to get skimmed and they won't friggin' fit. ...
Forum: Australia 09-14-2014, 04:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,239
Posted By The Bigfella
I had a good look at Noah's bike in Northern...

I had a good look at Noah's bike in Northern Thailand. It struck me as too heavy for the riding I wanted to do in that region
...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-12-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 2,058
Views: 552,645
Posted By The Bigfella
A few from the trip before last in Asia (just...

A few from the trip before last in Asia (just before Christmas '13).

A photo by teamftb of Harry and I filling up in northern Cambodia
...
Forum: Australia 09-11-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,747
Posted By The Bigfella
I did a lap of Cambodia late last year with Harry...

I did a lap of Cambodia late last year with Harry the Finn, who has gone from XR600s to the Berg. Good bike, but it was quick to boil and it had no fuel range. Other bike in the trio was a KTM 500.
...
Forum: Australia 09-10-2014, 10:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,747
Posted By The Bigfella
I'm over 6'5" and far too heavy (119kg at...

I'm over 6'5" and far too heavy (119kg at present, ughh)

I've got a Super Enduro which I rode to Cape York and then up to the China border and so on. Whilst up in Asia, I bought a 525 because the...
Forum: Orange Crush 09-10-2014, 12:22 AM
Replies: 10,669
Views: 2,235,997
Posted By The Bigfella
Ooh, that was a nasty looking sprocket. ...

Ooh, that was a nasty looking sprocket.

Here's something that could have caused me some problems.

A KTM pretzel, cleverly disguised as a tool
...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 09-01-2014, 11:06 PM
Replies: 1,128
Views: 189,946
Posted By The Bigfella
Lake Toba, Sumatra ...

Lake Toba, Sumatra

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Last%20Java%20and%20Sumatra/LakeToba_zps981fdc08.jpg...
Forum: Australia 08-31-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,550
Posted By The Bigfella
Now that the statute of limitations has...

Now that the statute of limitations has expired... a roo tale....

I used to weekend commute up to Cadia, near Orange every weekend.

Coming back, there was my favourite corner on the Bells...
Forum: Australia 08-31-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,550
Posted By The Bigfella
I bought 4 x those round 3 LED 28w spots from...

I bought 4 x those round 3 LED 28w spots from Hong Kong years back. Some random mob on ebay (sorry, don't have the details any more). Paid around $50 or was it $55 ea for them. Bloody great. ...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 08-21-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 1,937
Views: 1,073,393
Posted By The Bigfella
One from Laos, very close to Vietnam. Came out...

One from Laos, very close to Vietnam. Came out of an area I shouldn't have been in, it seems. Plod (plain clothes) and the soldier went right through my passport, then copied everything in it down...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 08-21-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 612
Views: 117,771
Posted By The Bigfella
Laos ...

Laos

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Fourth/katoom_zps3dc4990d.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Fourth/katoom_zps3dc4990d.jpg.html)
Forum: Airheads 08-21-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,818
Posted By The Bigfella
Hell yeah... even in the tropics. Makes a great...

Hell yeah... even in the tropics. Makes a great pillow too, provided you don't fart on it too much during the day

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Cape%20and%20Asia/b1.jpg...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-18-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 5,580
Views: 1,717,186
Posted By The Bigfella
Just spotted the photos of the beefed-up Promoto...

Just spotted the photos of the beefed-up Promoto Billet bracket... one of many repairs. The guys in Darwin who did this were a mining engineering business... and the boss there is an inmate.
...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-17-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 5,580
Views: 1,717,186
Posted By The Bigfella
I've still got some remnants of the Promoto one...

I've still got some remnants of the Promoto one on the bike. It went through numerous repair efforts in Cairns, Darwin and Chiang Mai as my trip continued. Sometimes I had a stand, sometimes I...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-17-2014, 04:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,018
Posted By The Bigfella
Yeah... have the BJ Squadron, with dimmer on my...

Yeah... have the BJ Squadron, with dimmer on my 525 in SE Asia. Run it on the road.... no real worries. Light is great at night.
...
Forum: Orange Crush 08-17-2014, 03:14 AM
Replies: 5,580
Views: 1,717,186
Posted By The Bigfella
Here's a photo of my Promoto Billet sidestand all...

Here's a photo of my Promoto Billet sidestand all folded up :D

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Thailand/008-2.jpg...
Forum: Australia 08-14-2014, 05:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,484
Posted By The Bigfella
You'd reckon Toyota Thailand would have a bit of...

You'd reckon Toyota Thailand would have a bit of an idea.... unless they drive around up there with their eyes closed
...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-12-2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,868
Posted By The Bigfella
E34 M5. Might have something to do with...

E34 M5. Might have something to do with over-exuberant use of ripple strips at the track the weekend before. Fortunately though, the wife was driving it when it fell out. "It went bang and...
Forum: GS Boxers 08-12-2014, 03:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,868
Posted By The Bigfella
Oh boy... I'm liking my KTMs (I've got 3...

Oh boy... I'm liking my KTMs

(I've got 3 different BMWs too..... fingers crossed - but one of them, the car, had the diff rip out of the body)
Forum: Australia 08-11-2014, 12:15 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,240
Posted By The Bigfella
I carry a SPOT 2 and a phone. I also use a...

I carry a SPOT 2 and a phone. I also use a Garmin Montana.

I have a satphone, but don't carry it very often now. I probably should, as I often ride alone, but I try to minimise weight carried.
...
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