Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Keith.owen » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:10 am

Hi Steve,
Good to hear from you again; I was beginning to wonder what was up!

Safe riding!

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:44 am

Yep, I'm still around. I've been a slave to my sewing machine rather then riding.
Anyway I'm back on sunny Bere Island, I've taken the Honda as I'll be leaving it at Dublin airport for a couple of weeks or so.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:20 am

Turned out fairly easy to park the Honda at Dublin airport, managed to find a spot where I could lock it to a post.

The builders have been going great guns and will nearly be finished. We are very lucky on Bere Island as one of our locals is a civil engineer with all the gear. He cuts through rock like I do with leather.
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Back to reality though this morning. I've a job in Reading so jumped on my Huntmaster pulled in my clutch and pulled the nipple of the cable. Hmmm
Out with the trusty VH

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Bob.Murphy » Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:41 am

That's quite a transformation in the house 8-) .

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:24 am

Yep, from this.
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When I visited as a kid upstairs never had any lights. As I'd just learnt some basic electrical stuff with batteries and bulbs I thought I would have go at wiring an upstairs light.
I bought some wire, bulb holder, switch and a round pin plug. I fed the wire up the stairs, wired it all up put the plug in the only socket downstairs and flipped the switch. The light downstairs went out! Hmmm I thought, must have blew a fuse. In the fuse box on the wall it had little porcelain bottle shaped fuses but when I unscrewed the fuse holder a wood screw fell out!! That didn't blow. Then our neighbour came down and asked if our power was out as hers had just gone. Ahhh. Turned out I managed plunge half the island into darkness. On a bank holiday weekend :oops: still can't live that one down. A little knowledge is a dangerous thing :D

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Keith.owen » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:47 am

Wow Steve,
What a difference ................it must have been boiling in summer and freezing in winter with the corrugated roof!

Glad your' out and about on the bikes again!

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:42 pm

Keith.owen wrote:Wow Steve,
What a difference ................it must have been boiling in summer and freezing in winter with the corrugated roof!

Glad your' out and about on the bikes again!

Keith :mrgreen:

It was Keith, and what a racket the rain made and when seaagulls bad landings.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby MBolton » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:08 pm

Bere Island is a beautiful spot, it will be worth it when its done. nipples of cables is just an ordinary event on an old British bike! Out on my VH tomorrow round the Cotswolds. At least it should be dry.

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Vincent.vanGinneke » Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:24 pm

Yep, wonderfull house! and with heritage on top of it, well done.

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on an Ariel 2019

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:26 pm

Hope you had a good ride today Mike and cheers Vincent. Yes, fantastic heritage, I should try and work out how many people were brought up in that house.
All my great grandads children emigrated to Boston Massachusetts from that house. A few of the brothers that settled there ran a bar. Probably something they knew best!. :D
Anyway the eldest son of his my Grandad came back when he died and married a close neighbour and had 8 children the youngest of which was my Mum.
One of my Grandads sisters had a vaguely famous actor son called Dick Wesson. He co starred in Calamity Jane.
One funny story I was told by the publican on Bere island. One brother of my Grandad sent some money back from Boston to the bar man on Bere island. Go buy every one a drink on me he said, but not my brother!. They must have had one big row before he left for home :D



Had a long ride today, Norwich and back to another water treatment works. Left a 4am but managed to get there for just after 7am. Even the M25 was nearly enjoyable with no traffic. I've another job tomorrow in Avonmouth near Bristol.


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