15th July Crash Bars!

We had wind and heavy rain through the night and when we woke this morning it was still raining heavy. Just what you want when going on a bike ride to Inverness.

We were booked in at the motorbike dealers to have our new crash bars fitted. They are designed to minimise/save damage to the bodywork, indicators and clutch/gear lever if the bike were to be dropped.

I also noticed a nail in the rear tyre so asked the dealer to sort it for me. The nail turned out to be 2” long and the tyre was repaired rather than replaced which saved us a bit of money.

After a coffee and couple of hours later we set off again in the rain although not quite as heavy.

I have not ridden a big motorbike since passing my test in the Army back in 1984 so riding in the rain was a learning curve. To help me become a better rider I have ordered a book called “The police rider’s handbook to better motorcycling” and a DVD called “Police Advanced Riding Techniques” all I need to do now is get out there and practice and what better place could you get for riding than up here in the NW Highlands of Scotland.

Crash bars!      P1180177

About Dean

Angela and I decided that there was more to life than working hard to keep up the payments on the mortgage, to pay the gas, electric, phone bills etc. etc. SO............ In 2008 we sold our house, I initially took a year off (Unpaid) and Angela handed in her notice! We bought a motorhome and set off for a year of travelling! This was the best thing we had done in our lives (Apart from getting married) and we have no regrets. During the year I managed to secure a redundancy package which felt very strange. Almost sad as I had worked for the same company for 19 years (BT). It was always our plan to have a whole year off before thinking about the 'W' word. We began applying to the Camping and Caravanning Club (CCC) for the position of Holiday site assistants in August 2009. After the interview, work experience and induction we were finally given a contract at the CCC site in Inverewe (Scotland). Our plan is to work through the summer in the UK then head to Europe to overwinter before coming back to work the following summer season. Hopefully these few words and our blog will inspire others to get off the hamsters wheel and see that there is more to live than having a house and material things. A cliche I know but this is not a rehearsal, life is too short!!! Since our first contract in Scotland we have worked a winter contract in Oxford (never again!) not Oxford but a winter contract. Hereford for two years, living in a yurt for one! And Cornwall. In between our working we have also travelled a bit. Hopefully this website will give you an insight into our alternative lifestyle. Get out there and live the dream!
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1 Response to 15th July Crash Bars!

  1. Nigel Stokes says:

    Hi Dean, might be worth checking out the local police tpt dept, they sometimes run a 2 day course, I did it 2 years ago with Gwent police it is called BikeSafe, try googling it for your area. Really worth while doing it they take you out for the 2 days and really improve your road awareness and speed, never riden at 90 mph on a A road with a copper on my tail that is not going to pull me.
    bike is looking good are you enjoying it?

    Regards

    Nigel

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