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  1. Kitchen utensils which can also be employed in the garage

    Tools
    In a quest for efficiency in financial outlay and tool storage in my household there has always been potential for developing a range of multi-purpose tools suitable for the kitchen and garage. Previous success stories include the turkey baster/brake fluid extractor, and the controversial...
  2. Looking to buy a Transalp

    Transalp
    New member here. This is not a wanted ad. I am planning on selling off my PanEuropean barge and get something a bit smaller. I am a boring old thing and want a sensible reliable bike that i can do my own maintenance on. I am also hoping to go and invade the Picos De Europa next year. The...
  3. Sounds familiar!!!!!...read till the bottom

    Chatter
    If you wanted to understand how it happened, read on…. Stavros is the proprietor of a bar in Greece. He realises that virtually all of his customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronise his bar. To solve this problem, he comes up with new marketing plan...
  4. Just found a brilliant DIY TV channel

    Mechanical Advice
    This is great - I need to buy a compressor now Ep 16: DIY soda blasting – build your own rig! at Garage Night The one on prepping aluminium is going to be employed on my wheels...
  5. Wemoto Bad experience

    Recommended Dealers/Service Providers/Campsites
    Unfortunately I have just become an ex-customer or Wemoto. There is nothing wrong with the firm itself but they are using FedEx to deliver and this is proving a nightmare. FedEx just told me, as if it is a fair excuse, that they pay their self-employed drivers £1.60 per item to deliver them and...
  6. I too am going to have to pull out

    The Longest Day
    Folks, I'm almost certainly not going to be able to make the TLD ride this year. Work has been looking less perminant for a while now and unfortunately I will now not be employed at the time of the TLD - thus not able to afford to go :( Wish everyone a safe and fun journey, I will...
  7. Tools explained

    Tools
    Unashamedly ripped off from another forum, but entertaining none the less:thumbup: Tools Explained: DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting...
  8. Minsters to scrap hated L-test for bikers

    News
    Road safety minister Mike Penning has sounded the death knell for the unpopular and widely criticised swerve test for learner bikers wanting to get a full licence. Announcing the results of the review of the test launched earlier this year he said a the altered driving exam would include "a new...
  9. 1906 'lost' film...San Francisco...

    Chatter
    San Francisco, 1906. (Music by Air - La Femme D'Argent) Turn up the volume and travel back in time! This film was "lost" for many years. It was the first 35mm film ever. It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car. The number of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Notice...
  10. Anyone awake?

    Chatter
    I was worrying about work at 0230 so couldn't sleep. It's now 0530 and I'm quite enjoying reading stuff for later today. My father used to do the same. Anyone else work like this? (Mind you, it helps that I am and he was self-employed)
  11. For Sale: 2002 Africa Twin (RWB)

    Bikes For Sale / Wanted
    SOLD - 2002 Africa Twin (RWB) After being made redundant and going self-employed in March last year my faithful old RWB AT has done less than 100 miles (hence my long absence from this forum). So, rather than letting it sit any longer gathering dust, I feel it’s time it was found a new home...
  12. For Sale: TA700 08plate 28.5k

    For Sale / Wanted
    HI All, Im trading in my current alp for another so I can have another 4 years on it as im going self employed so wont get finance til then.. I always change every 3/4 years. Great nic and fully serviced by dealer (to 12k) and me for all others. Will come with new exhaust under warranty...
  13. New TA700 or F800GS used?

    Transalp
    Big debate to post here but here goes. I've done 30k on my 08 TA700 and loved every moment. I've dealt with the usual warranty issues with an exhaust upgrade awaiting me at my dealers. I've added all the accessories I could need/use within limits. I've commuted daily in all weathers and...
  14. Budget could save 40% on new bikes

    News
    The campaign to encourage biking, Get On, says changes in Alistair Darling’s budget mean the self-employed buying a motorcycle for work can put the whole cost against tax. For higher rate taxpayers with could result in savings of 40% of the cost of a new bike. It would still wipe off more...
  15. Motorcycle Instructor?

    Chatter
    Would I look silly applying for a self employed motorcycle instructors job? Im 63 and have been riding 43 yrs now. I need to do something when I retire next year. What do you lot think? I have a Transalp XL700VA I need to keep it in petrol and oil see. DD:)
  16. Techy one for Bikesure

    Insurance
    Meesh is lending me her DR350 for about a month. I can ride it on my policy but third party only. My broker, Carole Nash, says the alternative is for Meesh to put me on her insurance and me pay the difference. But my policy covers me for work use - to and from places of work (I am...
  17. What Hope do the Unemployed now have??

    Chatter
    BLIMEY! No wonder I can't get a job!! Who will they be employing next to save money??!!! YouTube - Cleaning Cat uses iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. :D
  18. E-Mail chain

    Charity Events
    Normally email chain letters get binned before I read them but this one is closer to my heart Thanks for reading The average British soldier is 19 years old…..he is a short haired, well built lad who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry...
  19. OLD DOG... New Tricks! It is possible!

    Chatter
    OK, I'm an XRV OLD DOG (some say Dirty Old Dog!!) So why has it taken me all this time to discover the XRV Arcade????? Alright, so I'm unemployed at the moment, but this couldn't have been discovered at a worse time. I have played Space Invaders all afternoon and am in real danger of...
  20. Anybody miss me?

    Chatter
    Nah, didn't think so :D Been having some personal stuff going on since the National (I blame it all on the ford - I drowned my brains, I think!), leading to not really riding the bike for a couple months, and then deciding on where (& who) I wanted to be. A few months of counselling helped...
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