The minor adventures of a motorcycle courier

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by JoeyBones, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Reynaldo

    Reynaldo Adventurer

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    Sounds like a CX to me. Starts off on the A3 from Putney Hill going down to Wandsworth, over the bridge, right into Townmead, dodge the barrier into Chelsea wharf (oh yes! Many times), and works his way to 'U' turning on Cromwell Rd, up to Launceston Pl. where he seems to stop.

    It always looks faster than it actually is when you watch videos, though he's clearly pushing it a bit. You get on a roll when things go well, quite a buzz.

    Memories eh?

    PS: I did something similar going the other way on a 400/4 when I first started in '76. Hacked through Wandsworth, up West Hill and down past Tippet's on the A3 when another bike pulls alongside. It's a copper, and he stops me at the entrance to Putney Vale Cemetery.

    "That's a nice pair of mirrors you've got on your motorcycle" says he, "It's a pity you don't use them". He'd tagged me all the way up West Hill, but was prepared to listen to my story. Seems he was quite impressed by the fact that whilst I had been doing 50 in a thirty, I'd slowed at every junction - and was his reason for letting me off - with a warning of course!

    I watched my mirrors a bit more after that.
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  2. philipbarrett

    philipbarrett Been here awhile Supporter

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    Back in London for business 2 weeks ago & spotted this, Liverpool St. Station! The spirit is alive...

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  3. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    Holy Frankenbike!!
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    philipbarrett Been here awhile Supporter

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  5. insomnia

    insomnia Been here awhile

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    I was watching youtube yesterday and a channel by some moto vlogger twat came up there he was yap yap yap fucking yap and he stopped at a T junction to turn right keeping right a courier came up behind him got through the gap out past the bike box and was gone before the green blog boy was calling him names by the time he came around the corner the courier was well gone . I got a giggle out of it .
  6. Reynaldo

    Reynaldo Adventurer

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    Might have been Bill, or his reincarnation . . .
    Nice one.
  7. aspieman

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    Pukka...

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  8. Twofridges

    Twofridges I ain't finished yet!

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    @MoBill if you are still around here, took to heart your last comment to me and I finally got back on two proper wheels, a 2004 F650GS Dakar. After 17 years without a bike, just a little scooter, the first ten miles was hairy, it feels huge but was a real memory trip. I am so happy it's pathetic. :)

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  9. JoeyBones

    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    I've been away from this thread (and the forum in general) for a few years and it was good to catch up on the last couple off pages that I had missed. I was in Boston last week on business and I saw a guy on a naked sport bike with a cobbled up top rack and he just had that LOOK, the look of a guy on a mission, running something somewhere.

    Thanks again to all who added to these stories. Was good to catch up.
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  10. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    Hey brother, I have to say the same as you’re opener...if you’re still around—I appreciate the comment. I really do. I was in a bad way last year and haven’t been on much.

    Hey Joey, one of my favoritest threads on ADV. Good to see you. I just sold a K1200S that I hooned around on in a different way than you and your gents, but just as fun. I’ll never forget that bike, but it was going to kill me. :)
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  11. Cro59

    Cro59 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the stories. Great thread.
  12. Twofridges

    Twofridges I ain't finished yet!

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    Well here we are again, years later. I'm still here, pushing the GS around and having lots of fun on it too. MoBill, I'm very sorry to hear of your hard times, hope everything is now ok with you?
  13. MoBill

    MoBill Smiles when says dat

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    Hello my friend :) just as things do on the road, things have turned around here. All is truly well. I sold the K1200S and am only on the XR...single dads should not be riding Teutonic ICBMs. :)

    All is great. Divorced, new homeowner, have the kiddos and 50% of my money! My current joke is that if it had a heartbeat I got it (dog, cats, kids) and if it was money or stuff she got it. Not even a remotely even equation
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    money and stuff are replaceable
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  15. Chris S

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    I can't be the only one who must be thinking that, apart from the risk of contagion, traffic-wise this must be a brilliant time to be despatcing in London – and probably most cities of the world right now. Traffic like it was in the Fifties.
    Except perhaps Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, where I read it's business as usual.
    No reported cases and even mentioning the C-word has been outlawed.
    Perhaps that's the cure that's been staring us in the face all along.

    To help pass the time until things get back to normal, I've made my 1980s Street Riding Years book a free raw pdf.
    Given away more in a week than got sold in the last year.
    Help yourselves ;-)

    More about the book here.

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  16. MaNDan

    MaNDan 'Old Japanese cycles & '26Chevy truck

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    I'm in. Just downloaded your book. Thank you.
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  17. DesertRatliff

    DesertRatliff Tinker Tinker Ride Ride

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    I purchased and read the print copy some years ago but have plans to re-read the electronic copy. Thanks!
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    Chris, thanks for that generous offer! I bought the book a couple years ago after getting hooked on this thread, wowed and impressed by the dedication of my rising predecessors.

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  19. DesertRatliff

    DesertRatliff Tinker Tinker Ride Ride

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    My wife needed me to pick up some paperwork from her school (she's a teacher) and my buddy needed brake fluid from the auto parts store, so I got despatched today. I made sure to ride on as many sidewalks, down stairs and to double the speed limit as much as possible to pay homage to you, the moto currier.
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  20. Grimly

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    Mine never quite got there, but the handlebar fairing was fibreglassed together, and leg shields made out of sheet fibreglass from some structural
    cladding. I think he's used a wheely bin in sections.
    You do whatever you need to keep the weather off.
    My GS today is wearing a proper fairing, which it would have back then if I could have found one.