After a great Thursday night racing and the weather being exceptionally kind, Saturday rolled up. When I left the house it was glorious! So sunny it was almost hazy. I had to stop half way there to put my waterproofs on as it looked like it was going to chuck it down, and by the time I arrived although it hadn’t rained it looked like it was going to, big time! It was dark and there was some proper big ass black clouds floating menacingly over head. It did not take long for them to burst! And so began the theme for the day, sunny, windy, cloudy, raining, heavy ass raining, sunny, warm, windy, cloudy… and repeat!
The first race of the day had to be cancelled after a couple of restarts but from about 1.30 -2.00PM we did get some more continuous according to plan racing, it even looked like, for a short while, that the road closure contingencies would be used to get the final race in however as the winds had picked up again the riders and management decided against that.
So all in all it was a great days racing and thankfully, ultimately no one was fatally injured. A rider was critically injured as was a spectator when a bike left the track and hit her in a garden, a tragic freak accident, however thankfully and mercifully all involved and injured people are now well on the mend, and all are expected to make a full recovery.
See you next year! Onto the TT!
This year I took myself over to Birmingham for what is meant to be one the best Motorcycle Shows in the UK. It was my first time over and without doubt I will be booking my tickets ASAP for the 2015 Show.
With a great variety of manufacturers present along with pretty much all the accessories you could safely carry away the show has a lot to see and do.
This year the show piece, in fact the show stopper was the Kawasaki H2 and H2R, and when the track ready version was put on the dyne the show literally did stop! The ear defenders they were handing out were actually a requirement, if you had any sense! This bike is deafening, more importantly this bike is impressive!
You can check out my YouTube Video of it on the Dyno below or click here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lX_8unMifs&list=UUESG0Ppfxruj–1Gzs7Esog
Here is a Gallery showcasing some of the other outstanding machines on display – and check out that Honda ‘Prototype’ – is this the new soon to be released Africa Twin! Hell I hope so!
I recently changed my bike, however prior to getting rid of my old one I did make a few final modifications, 3 of them successfully and one not so much.
The BMW G650GS is the baby of the GS range from BMW, but regardless of the fact that it is the smallest it is still a great all round machine. It will go pretty much anywhere and with its punchy 650cc single cylinder engine it is snappy enough, however it goes lack in top end power.
The weight of the bike (in that it is very light – a wet weight of 191kg) means that it is easily managed and thrown about the B-Class roads.
However with it being classed as a dual-action or adventure style bike it doesn’t come with many add ons that other bikes higher up the range take for granted. For me a taller screen and some wide pegs were an absolute must and they came courtesy of eBay.
The screen costing a mere £55, and the pegs costing a whopping c. £25! When you consider ‘branded’ wide pegs come in at around the £200 mark, and a screen being at least £120, these were two absolute bargains and can not be more simple to fit.
The 3rd successful add-on and another ridiculously easy modification to add was some tank guards, with one purpose only – to protect the tank paintwork and plastics.
Unscrew -> Remove -> Screw back on -> Job done!
First of all we will have a look at the high screen :
The Standard OE BMW Screen :
Simply Unscrew, Replace and Screw!
The New Screen :
Following the successful and obviously simply installation of the Screen I replaced the OE Footpegs with some new Wide Pegs :
Simply undo one nut and bolt, carefully reeve the spring and replace in the reverse order – job done!
Then we have the Tank Pads from Wunderlich – Peel off the 3m sticky pads, line them up and slap them down!
So as far as I am concerned these 3 simple modifications made a huge difference to the bike. The tank guards did just that no more needs to be said, the wide pegs make long days on the bike so much more comfortable, if if you have to go standing, much much safer and of course stable and more comfortable. In fact if you intend to do any riding whilst standing on the pegs, wide pegs are a necessity, it is that simple! Finally the screen – a great job, long days on the bike become so much easier. Buffeting is dramatically decreased and passing a lorry or bus on the motorway becomes much less of a worry.
As can be seen from the gear I bought it doesn’t have to cost the Earth to preform these simple modifications, and the question I got asked most re the pegs was do they feel sturdy and strong. Take it from me as a big biker, the pegs are fine, they held me without issue, and if they hold me at about 17-18st I’m sure they will hold you too!
Unfortunately however all was not plain sailing. I also bought some Rigid Industries Dually Auxillary Lights, just to make night time riding a little more tolerable. I did a lot of research on which lights to buy and came to the conclusion that these were the lights I was looking for. User reviews consistently rate them highly, all across the world, and no one who I spoke with that had a set could speak badly off them. They are extremely bright, extremely durable and extremely tough, and by all accounts plug and play simplicity sets them up. Unfortunately I never got that far!
For me the issue was where to mount them. The G650GS is a reasonably small dual purpose bike, there simply isn’t much spare room kicking about on it. That means mounting options are very limited. I was reduced to the option of mounting them on the crash bars.
Initially I went for the side of the bars, it was then, rightly, pointed out to me that in the event of a spill you could be forcing the lights into the engine. And the fact that these things are so tough you will do damage to the engine of they go crashing into it.
Unfortunately thats where the story of the lights ends, I never got them fitted, and then changed my bike. The new bike having aux lights my Rigid Industries Dually Lights became surplus to requirements and I sold them on. Just prior to that I was looking at getting a custom mount made but that never developed.
If you are the owner of a G650GS with Rigid Industries Dually lights fitted get in touch as I would love to see them fitted and get an opinion from an owner as to how they work for them.
Anyway that concludes my G650GS story and as I have said I have changed the bike and will be adding more info in relation to it soon, as well as doing a little bit of Moto Vlogging, so stay tuned for that, and thanks for reading!
If you follow me on twitter (@tomboyni) you will see that every Saturday I do a couple of massive odd accumulators on the day’s football.
If not I though I would post today’s on the blog as the odds are so huge it would be rude not to share.
These are only small stakes bets for a bit of entertainment whilst watching the greatest TV show in the world…Gillette Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports News.
Make sure you follow me on twitter and here is today’s absolute Monster!
Well it is international night in the footballing world. A time when teams are fighting to qualify for the next World Cup. A truly great night of international football awaits us and here are my selections for a little 4/1 accumulator. Five results needed to quadruple your money!
Good luck everyone.
Having had a little look at today’s football I have picked a little six timer accumulator. It pays out at nearly 8/1 on the best odds and is a good one for a little Saturday afternoon entertainment.
Don’t go made on it though. Just a little flutter for watching Jeff and the rest of the boys on Sky Sports from 3pm!
It’s Friday night so lets make this one a biggie. Eight teams, all to win, no handicaps, coming in at just over 9/1.
Nuff said – Get on it and good luck!
(odds correct at c23:15hrs on bet365.com) – Oh and I am currently ten out of eleven!
And again I fancy the NY Knicks too, but I have left them out of this one, at +3 they are coming at at 4/5 which I think is an awesome price and would effectively double any winners, worth it maybe if you are breaking up the bet!