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  1. New Member Introductions
    Greetings from a cold, wet, damp, snowy Wales! Arrived in November last year after a 3 month ride through Europe on my Dakar to settle in wales for a while. Got lots of pics and stories from years of riding and camping through Africa, (dodging all the wildlife) so watch my threads for some great...
  2. New Member Introductions
    Hi all - im a late starter - nearly 50 and just passed test - now riding a f650gs 2000 for fun - and to keep up with my sons who have bikes - trying to resolve problem with speedo not working - will check and clean sensor this wkend - i just like to plod along with the traffic - keep safe - and...
  3. New Member Introductions
    Hello All, I have just bought my pride and joy a BMW F650GS Dakar 2004 after 16 years of when I last rode and owned a bike. Great that i found this forum as my wife moans I talk to much bike, Greekgeeza from North London
  4. Discounts and deals for forum members
    I'm just cross posting this from the XRV forum as it's such a good price for anyone wanting a new tent. Anyone looking for a new tent ? Biker Flexidome from the home of great value camping equipment I have one and paid about £140 for mine earlier in the year and I'm well happy with mine...
  5. Chatter
    My daughter Lianne is entered in the Llangollen Motorcycle Show 2010 Biker Babe competition. Please please please vote at the bottom of the page and ask family and friends to all vote for her too :) North Wales Biker Babe 2010 for a more biker pose see
  6. Chatter
    MCN recently carried an item on group riding which is reproduced below. This may have serious implications for all bikers and I would urge you all to read the article and sign the on-line petition - the link is below Thanks, Jonathan http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Lead-Biker-Fined/...
  7. F650 Single Discussion
    Hello, my bike arrived today to Lockmaria-Plouzané, near Brest, from Cagnes-sur-Mer, via MotobyCase, 1455 km, door to door for 400€, not bad, very good service, no problems, recommended. I put gas on the bike and after two turns of the engine, started right up, ans sat there iddling on the...
  8. F650 Single Discussion
    Hi all I have asked Ian Porter to put some B&B detail in the 'Resources' link... The details are for a B&B I often use when I go to North Wales this is just on the outside of Llanberis next to Snowdon... For more information please go to the resources link and under the category Holidays and...
  9. Get-Togethers, Meets and Ride-Outs
    I think we are sorted for our 2009 Annual Rally (Hay-on-Wye) but the Thumper club is looking for ideas as to where to hold future events. In essence these would need to be biker friendly (obviously) but also with decent facilities (showers, toilets etc) and with good access to great riding roads...
  10. F650 Single Discussion
    Passed my test a week ago. Bought the bike (a 2001 GS ABS, 21,000miles) the next day. Gave it a good going over during the week between getting out and about riding it. Last stamped service was 2 years and 6000 miles ago so have been doing a bit of DIY... So far: Oil and filter change -...
  11. Get-Togethers, Meets and Ride-Outs
    If any of you fancy a tootle out over the hills to Holmfirth in West Yorks you will get a friendly welcome at the 'Corner house cafe' its affiliated with the BMF and makes a cracking fry up!! Always plenty of bikes there Sunday mornings, John.
  12. F650 Single Discussion
    Hi Everyone, I'm a 'late in life' convert to biking but tomorrow I take delivery of a 650 GS; one of the last of the single cylinder ones I believe. Yes, I know about the new 2008 models but I wanted something tried and tested and this seems to fit the bill as a pretty good all-rounder which is...
  13. F650 Single Discussion
    Okay - the motorcycle salute! When I ride round my home town, us bikers give each other a knowing 'nod'. It's great. I have a variety of different nods for the occasion and all get their chance to shine. ;) The thing is that I spent the last two days bombing around France on my F650-GS and...
  14. F650 Single Discussion
    You know when you're going on a decent run out, you jam a spud wrapped in tinfoil in the front exit curve of the F650 exhaust? You'd think now summer's here they wouldn't take so long, but mine are getting less and less well-cooked as time goes on. Southampton - Exeter @ 5000 rpm last month...
  15. F650 Single Discussion
    Next Thursday (I think) sees the return of the cheap biking gear at LIDL's. The selection includes jackets, trousers, helmets, boots, gloves, tank bags and baclavas (turkish desert I think!) all at very good prices. All items are shown on their website, so take a look if your still paying off...
  16. F650 Single Discussion
    Well Ive finally done it. After 8 years of riding Ive had my first off. Luckily I was off road at the time razzing along a muddy track on salisbury plain. I was getting too cocky and lost the front at 30 mph. I was fine but the bike slid along on its side acting like a plough. After digging all...
  17. Get-Togethers, Meets and Ride-Outs
    Having recently bought my first F650 (CS), this London biker chick is looking for fellow two-wheeled warriors to explore the world beyond the M25. Anyone up for winding country lanes (and possible sea views at the end) on a Sunday in June?
  18. F650 Single Discussion
    Bit of a sad biking day for me :-( Not strictly 'F650' but I would like to think I'm one of the clan, and no one where I am here 'does bikes'. Parted with my '79 GT185 today. Had it since new, although 'retired' at the back of a garage for a while now. Many Happy biking memories :riding...
  19. F650 Single Discussion
    Hi All, I have recently relocated from Glasgow to work in Nottingham. I've been doing a daily commute from Southwell to Nottingham for the last few weeks and have been left a feeling a bit of a twat nodding to fellow bikers only to be blanked completely? Is it just me or is this commonplace in...
  20. F650 Single Discussion
    hello everybody I passed my test about a month ago after buying a "P" reg, '97 i think, F650 becuase i like the look of it (but hate Funduro) it seems that i have been very lucky with the choice of first bike. After looking around this site i have a couple of questions: What is thie v.10.1 up...
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