Metzeler Tourance : Long Term Review

Metzeler Tourence Long Term Review
Metzeler Tourance Long Term Review

When I got my 2010 BWM R1200GS Adventure (in September 2016) it came with the stock tyres (I believe they were an optional extra – but they were fitted by BMW Motorrad) – a pair of Continental TKC80. Basically they are ‘knobblies.’

That’s fine, ‘knobblies’ have a very real purpose, but let’s be honest most R1200GSA riders don’t need them – note I said most. If we are being even more honest I also think it is safe to presume that most customers who put these on their R1200GSA are doing so cosmetically – they look cool. Again, note I said most.

I hated them.

They were noisy, bumpy and (for me) I felt they really lacked grip which meant I lacked confidence on the tarmac. I have no doubt if you were on something a little less solid than road worthy tarmac then they would excel, but for mainly road use – they simply were not for me.

I concede that they look cool, but I am well past the stage of wanting a tyre that looks cool – I just want it to stick really nicely to what is underneath that tyre – for me that is 95% tarmac.

So the first thing I did was change them and I opted for a set of Metzeler Tourance.

Continental TKC80 v Metzeler Tourence on a BMW R1200GSA
Continental TKC80 v Metzeler Tourance on a BMW R1200GSA

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2019 Cookstown 100 Photos (Race Day)

Derek McGee looking for another win at the 2019 Cookstown 100
Derek McGee looking for another win at the 2019 Cookstown 100

The 2019 Cookstown 100 was a cracking’ event, even though the weather didn’t play nice.

Next up is the 2019 Tandragee 100 – practice and qualifying starts tomorrow – followed by Race Day on Saturday (04/05/2019).

So to wet your appetite and have a quick look back at last week, here are a few images from the 2019 Cookstown 100.  (Apologies – the quality could be better but due to other commitments I was restricted to just using my camera phone .

See you in Tandragee!

The full results of the 2019 Cookstown 100 can be found here :

2019 Cookstown 100 Friday Results : 26/04/2019

2019 Cookstown 100 Results

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Change your PSN Username (PS4)

PSN Username Changes Now Available
PSN Username Changes Now Available

Today, finally you can now change your PSN (PS4) username.  So for all of us gamers that have been rocking a username that we have had from our youth we can now mature it up a touch.

However, be warned, it all isn’t good news.  The first change is free, but subsequent changes will cost you.

A PSN+ Member will be charged £3.99 for each change after the first.

A Non-PSN+ Member will be charged £7.99 for each change after the first.

Not only that, the changes will only work on PS4 :

PS3, PS Vita and PS/TV games and apps do not support the online ID change feature

Then the really bad news.  Some games will simply not play nicely with username changes – a few of particular note are Grand Theft Auto V, Little Big Planet 3 and Just Dance 2017.

“All PS4 games originally published on or after April 1, 2018 have been developed to support the online ID change feature. However, since they have not all been specifically tested with the feature, we cannot guarantee that they will support it. For more details and information, we encourage you to refer to the list of tested games before making a change to your online ID. Do keep in mind that the large majority of most actively played PS4 games support the feature.”

Before you change anything you really should have a look at this post from Sony which details all known issues, ranging from minor to ‘critical.’  Eek!

https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/get-help/help-library/my-account/access-and-details/change-online-id-games/

Warning…Warning…Warning

Some of the issues that can arise include losing “progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress towards Trophies”, your previous Online ID remaining visible to you and other players, parts of games not functioning properly “both online and offline”.

Sony says that you also “may lose access to content (including paid-for content) that you may have acquired for your games including content like add-ons and virtual currency”.

However, the company claims that that reverting back to your old ID should resolve most issues that arise.

So how do I do it?

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2019 Isle of Man TT Race Winners’ Payout

2019 Isle of Man TT Prize Breakdown
2019 Isle of Man TT Winners’ Payouts

The 2019 Isle of Man TT is quickly approaching and it is now only a couple of months of away.

The TT Races are often described as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ – which then leads to the question ‘how much does this greatest show pay its winners?’

Since 2017 I have been asking and answering this question on this blog – each year I manage to gather a little more information to pass around and this year is no different.

But one of the most discussed topics is how much do these guys / girls get for winning the TT?  You might be surprised, but one thing that is very important; for the majority – if not all the competitiors – it isn’t about the cash – it’s about the prestige.

This year I bring you everything – it all – every bit of information made available to the competitors in the Regulations Handbook.

Have a read – it is full of really interesting information, but if all you came here for is the TT Races Prize Breakdown I can bring you that straight away…

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SPAM Alert : CIA Porn Email Scam – Do not worry – Do not react!

A new email is doing the rounds trying to scam people out of thousands of pounds / dollars / Euro… whatever.

The crux of it is that the CIA are about to arrest 2000 people for downloading dodgy stuff off the internet – and guess what?  You are one of them!

CIA Porn Email Scam

CIA Porn Email Scam
CIA Porn Email Scam

Oh no!

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2018 Skerries 100 Results

WilliamDunlop6
WilliamDunlop6

After the tragic death of William Dunlop on Saturday 7th July 2018 the 2018 Skerries 100 was a very somber, respectful and reflective meeting : 

A STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF LOUGHSHINNY MOTORCYCLE SUPPORTERS CLUB LTD

Issued  21:30pm on 7th July 2018.

“Following discussion with the family, their sponsors and fellow riders, the Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club Ltd have taken the decision to continue with the Skerries 100 on the8th July.   The club with the riders permission have decide to race with the entire prize fund to go to William’s Family.  It will be a non-championship meeting and the club hope everyone will consider this a fitting tribute to William and his previous race performance and results at the Skerries 100

The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop’s family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time.”

Susan Plunkett, Clerk of Course of the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club Ltd.

A STATEMENT ISSUED ON BEHALF LOUGHSHINNY MOTORCYCLE SUPPORTERS CLUB LTD

Issued  8pm on 8th July 2018.

Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club Ltd as planned, continued their Skerries 100 event today 8th July 2018.

“With the blessing of our racing family and support from all our officials and marshals, the riders took to the grid to complete the demanding 10 race programme, in fine good sunny weather.  The spectators were treated to some superb racing from our incredibly talented riders with only one rider in mind, William Dunlop, a fitting tribute to their fellow fallen rider.   This non-championship races were held on the 2.92 mile circuit, and catered for all classes from 125cc up to Superbikes 1000cc.   

The Loughshinny Motorcycle Supporters Club extends their heartfelt sympathy to William Dunlop’s family and friends and we are continuing to support them over this very difficult time and the club would ask that the privacy of the family be respected at this time. “

Susan Plunkett, Clerk of Course of the Loughshinny Motor Cycle Supporters Club Ltd

William Dunlop
William Dunlop

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Netflix Secret Content Codes : Find Exactly What You are Looking For – Quickly

Netflix Secret Content Codes :

Ever wondered what to watch on Netflix and got lost in a trailer loop or just got even more confused when presented with their recommendations?

Or have you ever sat down thinking I really fancy watching a ‘Social and Cultural Documentary’ this evening – but haven’t known where to start looking?

Well things are about to get a whole lot easier to find such specific shows genres that maybe just don’t appear in your timeline.

By making a small tweak to the Netflix URL, you will be able to unlock hyper-specific genres such as ‘mockumentories’ or Asian Action Movies and Screwball comedies.

To manually explore these categories usually hidden away by Netflix, simply enter the following URL:

http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/INSERTNUMBER

Then replace the “INSERTNUMBER” component of the URL with one of these codes to access the alternative genres :

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Raspberry Pi – Retro Gaming Set up – Step 1

Raspberry Pi Logo
Raspberry Pi Logo

As a child of the 80’s I have been a gamer since – well forever.  That makes Retro Gaming a part of my very core!

I started off on a Commodore +4, then moved to a Commodore 64, then an Amiga 1200, in 1992 I got my first Windows based PC, a Pentium III – DX2 66MHz (with about 500Mb of HDD space) if I remember rightly.

From there I started building PCs and then I moved to Mac and I am still here.  As the same time I was also playing with consoles.  Of course I had a Gameboy, but I was more of a Sega fanboy, Mega Drive, Saturn, then I moved to Playstation, 1 -> 2 -> 3 and now 4.

Playstation was my system of choice but I still have had xBox, xBox 360, and currently xBox One.

The amount of games I had for each system was criminal, however what is more criminal is the fact that the majority of them got traded in.  If only I was wise then I’d still have every one of them displayed in my games room, insetead I imagine they are long since in a land fill somewhere.  Devastating!

Along the way I have also picked up a NES, SNES, N64, 2DS, Neo-Geo Pocket, a Master System, a Game Gear and an Atari Lynx along with a really nice Atari 2600 and a few other random systems I have picked up along the way.

I love how gaming has progressed – I love gaming.  I’m still at on the PS4, and I have the XB1 for Microsoft exclusives – and Fifa, but I love retro gaming.  So I have finally decided to try out some old skool memories using a Raspberry Pi.

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Isle of Man Southern 100 2017 Results : Thursday 13th July 2017

Southern 100 Logo
Southern 100 Logo

Full results from the 2017 Isle of Man Southern 100 Races – Thursday 13th July 2017 Session.  The results are formatted in the following manner :

Race No | Rider | Motorcycle | Laps Completed | Total Time | Average Speed for Race | Fastest Lap | Average Speed of Fastest Lap

For the results from Tusday 11th July 2107 Click Here

For the results from Wednesday 12th July 2017 Click Here

Souther 100 Champion Dean Harrison
Southern 100 Champion Dean Harrison

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