Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Of four thousand miles, a Breakout and riding in the winter.....

Well, once again it's been a rather large gap since my last posting. Same old excuse; life's been busy, work, ministry blah blah blah. Y'know how it goes. Add in to the fact that having moved the dog cage into my office there's no room to work in there. So, I finally wrested my laptop from the ever growing piles of junk and dusted it off (literally!). I don't really use it very much as I'm either using my smart phone or my tablet. (Hey aren't I Mr Gadget!)

Since getting the Harley ten or so months ago I've put in excess of 4000 miles on it. I would say trouble free except for one cable retaining bolt going missing. Turned out the bolt had at some time been overtightened and it had sheered off inside the casing. So, I had to have it drilled out. Took the opportunity to have the saddlebag bars removed too as I use a roll bag when tripping away. I prefer the bare look.

Anyhow, with the bike in the workshop at Leeds HD for a few hours, they loaned me this beauty:...                                                                                                                                                                                        
                              A Softail Breakout...

...which, if you remember from earlier posts...
                                                              ...was top of my list to buy.

         Of course I jumped at the chance to have a Breakout for a few hours. They were actually going to give me a choice but that was top of the list and they needed not go any further.                                                                                                                            First impressions were very good. There's no doubt it's a stunning looking machine and the colour scheme is tops.                                                                                                                               It felt great pulling out of Leeds HD on to the main road and as I opened it up the bike felt responsive and stable. What I did notice very quickly though was that I was having to reach forward rather a lot and that put a noticeable strain on my lower back. A set of slightly swept back bars would easily improve that.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Breakout sits a bit lower than the Fatbob and that was most noticeable when cornering. It took little lean to hear the peg feelers scraping. That, I'm afraid, rather disappointed me as a number of articles I had read put the Breakout ahead on handling. In all honesty, as lovely as the bike is, I was glad to get my Fatbob back and I now honestly feel I made a good choice. The Fatbob is a much more comfortable proposition for longer journeys and it can corner much harder and faster.                          
There's no doubt though, the Breakout is on hell of a posing machine!

Of course I have been trying to instil into my grandchildren an interest in bikes. As you can tell it's not been a hard task so far...

Fortunately the winter has not been too bad to date, no snow in York, and as I don't live near the city centre the floods had no direct effect on us. Also, with unseasonably warm temperatures and financial cutbacks, the local authority has not been spreading salt on the roads. So, I've been wrapping up and getting out on the bike.

Once the salt goes down I'll break out the Triumph. It's got barely any chrome to destroy, so it'll be a good winter hack.

Fatbob's in for its 10,000 mile service and a pair of new tyres in early February. I'll have to give some thought about what bike I may want to borrow.

That's about it for now, except to say I'm still deaf and probably getting deafer, and the tinnitus is screaming just as loudly as ever. Sometimes it is extremely difficult to live with along with the other problems I'm left with, but family and riding a bike make it all bearable and often joyful.

I promise I won't leave it so long to the next post. Keep the shiny side up and may God bless you and yours.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

It's been a while.....

Well it has been rather a while since I last posted. That's because life has been busy, work, ministry and of course spending as much time as possible on the Harley.

I will try to post more regularly, but in the meantime here's a few self indulgent photos...
 Pre ride

 Ready for off

Relaxing post ride

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Y'ere 'tis!.....

A few days later than promised, but here are some decent definition photos of the Harley.....

I can't even begin to explain what the buzz feels like
when I'm riding. My face aches from smiling so much! 

The back end of the exhaust is definately after-sales. 
The sound is great.

There's something of a colour theme going on here. 
Well, as Henry Ford is credited as saying, 
'You can have any colour you want so long as it's black'. 

One day I'll get round to actually tidying the garage.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

The first vid and a cool new helmet.....

Yesterday morning I had a ride out to call on my life long best mate. Here's the short vid his daughter took on her phone. Best mate is the one holding his grandaughter. Hey! Check out the new helmet, a Shark Raw Kurtz. I love it!
The best bit, of course, is the bike itself! 

Friday, 6 March 2015

I have Harley!!!!!.....

Well, it's been a long time coming, just over four years, or just over 46 years if you count the fact that I've actually wanted a Harley since I was 11, but today was the day when I took possession of my own Harley Davidson.

Those of you who have followed this blog from the beginning will know I changed my mind on what model I wanted a few times and I finally seemed to settle on a Softail Breakout. The idea was to buy a brand new one.

Well, after four years of legal wrangling I did get a large sum of compo but not as much as I would really consider fair. I could still have bought the brand new Breakout, but with my eldest daughter announcing that she is getting married in May 2016 I had to have a bit of a financial rethink. Upshot is I have bought a 2010 Fat Bob with a little over 5K miles on the clock. Collected from Leeds Harley Davidson today, and I couldn't be happier. What a lovely machine.

Here's a couple of photos to be going on with, I'm afraid they were taken using my steam driven mobile phone so quality is not brill. I'll use my camera tomorrow and post some better ones.

Me and my Harley at Leeds HD moments after I became the owner

And I managed to fit it in! 

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Triumph repaired and Harley to be collected this coming week

Well it really has been much too long since I last posted. Sorry about that. The Triumph with its busted head gasket was garaged over the winter and I was stuck on four wheels. Misery doesn't come near describing how it's been.

The legal crap ground on but finally we got done. Upshot is the Triumph has spent the last few days at A1 Triumph in York getting fixed AND last Thursday I test rode the Harley I'm buying. I will be collecting it from Leeds HD later this coming week. I won't give any more details now, you'll have to wait for the post with photos.

There'll be a general catch up too.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Still busted, a breezy walk on the beach and light at the end of a long,dark and very noisy tunnel.....

Well, the old Triumph is still sitting sickly idle in the garage and it makes me more peed off by the day. Apart from a long walk by the sea on Filey beach last Saturday, having no working bike has meant no escape from the wretched monster that is my tinnitus (the sound of the sea, like the sound of the bike cuts through it wonderfully).

 Filey Beach
Although it doesn't look it, it was 
surprisingly mild, but pretty breezy.
The way out...

No this is not some random stranger I met on the beach, this is 
my good lady wife. It's not the breeze that takes my breath away!

...the way back.

Still, there may be light at the end of this horrible nearly four year long tunnel as my solicitor has sent off our offer to the defendants. I guess there's still going to be some negotiation but the whole thing could be over in weeks rather than months (or am I being a tad optimistic?). Even so, I'll be surprised if I make that successful trip to HD Leeds (or wherever is going to give me the best deal on a Breakout!) before Christmas. Hmmm.....'Dear Santa.......'