Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:54 am

I'm losing track of the days. Tonenburg is a fantastic venue for a rally. Everything was very relaxed.
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Weather was perfect, no rain. I even managged to pack away my tent dry! Don't think I've ever done that.
A ferry we crossed on our Tuesday run, only I seemed to do it in the wrong direction :D
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At the end of the run some needed some extra help to get back, Bruce was very grateful for the photo! NOT.

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Myself and Bob stopped on our ride on Monday and got a decent picture of Peter and Chris swinging by. I didn't think it came out but it actually doesn't look too bad.
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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Paul Slootheer » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:09 am

Great photographs Steven, have a safe ride! :)
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Sep 13, 2018 9:11 am

I'm heading back to Amsterdam now, we had a drop of rain heading to our halfway stop over in Germany but now the suns out in Holland. I've a coffee and cake and all well with the world.
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Thu Sep 13, 2018 12:20 pm

A view of the camp site as we arrived
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:59 pm

Whilst I'm sure there was an odd problem or two with some of the old stuff at the rallies the modern bikes wasn't immune from a snag or three :D

These three looked very puzzled with Tonys modern bike. Scotts ringing a friend, but where's the back wheel? :D
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When we arrived at Amsterdam all Ariels to have a drip tray :D
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:05 pm

Our ride around Saturdays route was great, I didn't realise that the countryside around Amsterdam was so great. And only a short ride from the campsite.
I saw this cafe from a distance and thought it would make a good coffee stop but as I got closer I could see the Canal in the way, I need a ferry I thought, then there was one :)
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Huge barges passed by the camp site constantly. Made an impressive site.
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But It all came to an end in a bit of a hurry for me. We had a break in at home, nothing taken just the back fence beaten up a bit. Our dogs earnt thier dinner the next day as they probably scared them away.
The German and Dutch rallies were just great. Thanks to everyone who helped organise them.

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:58 pm

One thing I'd conveniently forgot to mention yesterday. A small slight, non event of a breakdown :oops: I do have to congratulate and thank my Ariel for looking after me in my embarrassment. She died completely on the M25 just after Clacket Lane services. Here there are 4 lanes with no hard shoulder. My Huntmaster waited to die till it could see one of those safety refuges for me to coast into. I got busy as I'm supposed to ring for help. Fortunately I quickly found a wire had snapped behind my light switch. I need to use a wire that can take a little vibration as it had simply snapped and the connection.


Back to reality, 3 jobs today, one up at Bulford Army Camp then back to Portsmouth and then a School in Southampton. We always get quite a few Schools in late September and early October. Mostly new boilers that should have been finished before the kids return back from thier summer breaks.

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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:04 pm

Awfully weekend of weather didn't encourage me out but by Sunday afternoon things improved. Before I left for a run to see my friend in Farnham I did an oil and filter change and topped up the gearbox on my Cyclone. It's always a good idea to have oil in the gearbox, isn't it Adrie :D :D I also had it my head that the belt primary drive was a bit tight so I adjusted it and the rear drive chain.
I got as far as Winchester when all of a sudden things went very bad, it felt like the belt was jumping over the pulley. But I didn't have the correct tools and the rain had come on bad again so carefully I retreated back home.
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I did get it fixed and set off again this time in the sunshine. Maybe my bike just wanted to wait for better weather :D
Moral. If it ain't broke don't............
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Re: Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Steven.Carter » Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:06 pm

This morning I had a job in Basingstoke. First chilly day for a while now. Also no pictures as I'd left my phone at home. My bike though cooperated with my problem and didn't breakdown.

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Re: Daily Fixing and Riding Diary on a mainly Ariel 2018

Postby Keith.owen » Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:44 am

Hi Steve,
I'd value your opinion on something. You have a belt drive fitted to your cyclone - question is if they are worth the expense and are sufficiently reliable. I was thinking about belt drive in context of my Commando (Yes I know this is sacrilege, mustn't mention the 'N' word on the Ariel forum).

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