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  1. The downsides of cheap air travel?

    BBC News - Naked urinating Manchester Airport passenger Tasered
  2. Snow? let's go !!

    Ride Reports and Pictures
    There are many downsides to having just a part-time job but there are also advantages, today I took advantage of not working today and went out for a ride in the snow. The worst part was getting out of Bristol as there was carnage of nearly every hill but eventually I got out to the good...
  3. Small lightweight Tent

    Im in the process of slowly upgrading my kit. Im after smaller and more lightweight than Ive already got. I currently have the Vango Banshee 300 3 man tent. It has served me well and was bought because of the small pack size and weight only 2.5KG. The only downsides is that it doesnt have a...
  4. Which cheap smartphone?

    OK techeads. Debbie wants a smartphone. we are happy on Asdals pay and go so are after a sim free jobby. Looking at a Samsung Galaxy Y or Huawei Blaze which look good for her needs at around £100. any other suggestions and are there any downsides to going for a pay and go with a£10 topup and...
  5. XL700V & crampbusters: questions

    I'm thinking of buying either the crampbuster or the scottoiler equivalent for my dad as a gift, especially as we will shortly be doing a stack of miles to and in Poland. So firstly, do they actually work? Any downsides to them (especially safety issues)? Is there is a performance difference...
  6. BMF post AGM statement

    Now in its 50th year, delegates to the bmf’s AGM on Saturday heard that while the bmf finds itself operating in difficult times, the structure is sound and measures are now in place for a bright future. Held at the Burton Caribbean Association, Burton-On-Trent, chairman Anna Zee said of all...
  7. Becoming all too familiar

    Africa Twin
    This was 41.6 miles into my 10 day touring trip around wales and the lake districts that I've oh so desperately been awaiting. Out of the 4 trips on this bike longer than 100 miles, it's come home in a van/AA 3 of those times :rolleyes: Pulled over in a country lane, as I put it on the stand...
  8. Halfords Professional Torque Wrench 8-60Nm

    Product Reviews
    This is a replacement wrench following my purchase of a which turned out to be an extremely poor piece of kit so I wasn't going to take any chances so went for the quality end of the spectrum this...
  9. Caponord - how good is it then???

    Decided to keep the XL650 for fun trips so now looking for a reasonably priced s/h bike which will be good for long trips and eat the motorway miles. A Caponord turned up locally (low miles/reasonable price) and it looks stunning. Can it do the biz on long trips/all day in the saddle? Emphasis...
  10. ABS off road

    Mechanical Advice
    There seems to be a bit of a consensus that ABS is a "bad thing" when riding off-road but I have to admit can't really understand why. Now I know there may be times when you may wish to lock up the back wheel if going down hill covered in loose stuff and build up a wedge of muck in-front of it...
  11. The ALP as gone

    As a regular lurker and a very very occasional contributor i am leaving the fold, the ALP as gone! I owned her for 25 months and done 11,700 miles (total 15,400).She as never let me down (punctures excluded). The ALP was 1year old with 3,700 miles when i bought from Thunder Road Bridgend in...
  12. Airhawk Cruiser Seat Pad

    Product Reviews
    I originally bought my Airhawk for the Africa Twin, but just as I ordered it I decided to change to a BMW GS so my Airhawk has been installed on my BMW 1150GS for the last few years. So what's it like..... well it's outstanding. In my opinion of course. I'm well aware that no everyone get's on...
  13. Honda Top Box

    Africa Twin
    David Silver Spares are selling the oem Africa Twin top box for a reasonable price (compared to Givi, Zega, etc.). Currently I don't have a top box in a bid to try and avoid loading weight high up and that far back. However the extra dry luggage capacity and the comfort of a back pad might help...