Author: Rig

Replacement Blackbird Radiator

Replacement Radiator on Honda CBR1100 Super Blackbird

Today has been a day that has been coming for a while, it was time to replace the ancient, crumbling excuse for a radiator that I had fitted on the Blackbird. Replacing the radiator seems to be a common issue

Steve’s TMBF 2015 Challenge 100

Cock Inn

For the second year running both Steve and Rig are both taking part in The Motorbike Forum UK Challenge 100 which is organised by the splendid fellows over at www.themotorbikeforum.co.uk. The challenge consists of visiting 100 locations that are divided

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Hanging Around

Do the words of Hugh Alan Cornwell et al. “There Just Hanging Around” apply to your biking gear? Yes? then you need to get them sorted, “hang about” you say “how can they be sorted?” Flimsy coat hangers don’t last

Ray’s New Ride

Today’s Rigsville collective ride out was to celebrate Ray’s purchase of a brand spanking new Kawasaki Z1000SX and to get some miles in Ray picked a meeting point of Shobdon Airfield Cafe. In addition to the first viewing of Ray’s

Ray’s Kawasaki Z1000SX

After a number of years enjoying his Honda’s Ray decided to try something new and has gone and got himself a brand new Kawasaki Z1000SX

Lincolnshire Marathon

This was the second attempt at this planned rideout to complete the Northeast tags of the motorbike forum challenge 100, the first effort being cut short when squadron leader Rig picked up a puncture before the meet-up point on the

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Shobdon Cafe & Fowlers Motorcycles

With the Met Office predicting the warmest day of the year so far, it was decided that an early start to the days proceedings would be prudent, so it was that at 8:30, a reduced gathering of the group left

Jo’s Place & Bourton-on-the-Water

Unusually for an English Bank holiday weekend the weather was due to make it a good ‘un. Saturday morning arrived and, in accordance with the Met Office instructions, the day started off cold but sunny and the promise of continued

Shobdon & Aberystwyth

Shobdon Cafe was again the chosen destination for breakfast and meet up with our Cymry Motorbeicywr contingent. Bob only needs a few more visits to qualify for the Jet A1 discount fuel card. What swung this one was the promise

Squires Bikers Cafe

A well known and well loved bikers cafe just off the A1(m) near leeds.

Hotspur Cafe at Shobdon Airfield

Shobdon airfield was opened in 1940 as a response to the needs of the war office to fight off the invasion plans. The airfield was originally called Pembridge Landing Ground and one of the first aircraft to be based there was the trusty Westland Lysander and it is this iconic Army support aircraft that the cafe’s list topping breakfast option is named after.

Barmouth

Arriving at Bob’s gaff at the usual time, it was a quick turnaround, Bob was already on his way out of the door, he was a man on a mission, there was nothing going to stop him reaching the Bringsty

Imperial War Museum Duxford

After meeting up at Bob’s house for our customary cup of tea we decided to start the day the best way known to mankind that doesn’t include gaffa tape, a mop and a left-handed can opener. Breakfast at the Touchdown

Steel Horse Cafe, Abergavenny

Steel Horse Cafe is located just outside of Abergavenny at the junction of the B4598 on the road to Usk. The place has a great, friendly atmosphere, serve great food including some amazing muffins and coffee and has loads of easy parking.

Rig’s TMBF 2014 Challenge 100

Most bikers like to talk and when we are at home or work and need our daily fix of anything motorbike related there are a growing number of us that frequent on on-line motorcycle forum or 2 or 3 or

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B3212 – Exeter to Yelverton

The B3212 starts just to the West of Exeter and passes under the A30 and then past Moretonhampstead until after 30 miles it reaches it’s end at Yelverton. Check out the B3212 page over at SABRE for loads of useful

Motorcycle Live 2013 at the NEC

It’s nearly the end of another fantastic biking year and as usual we have had our ups and downs, some of us haven’t been out on the bikes as often as they would have hoped, some of us ate too

Ultimate Addons Mobile Phone Mounting Kit

Like many people these days I have a ‘smartphone’ these are fantastic devices as you can use them not only to text your loved ones that you’re OK, telephone your mates to let them know you’re running late, posting your

A701 – Devil’s Beef Tub

Starting in Moffat, follow the signs for Edinburgh A701, the road soon opens up to some fantastic scenery, including the infamous Devil’s Beef Tub, a large hollow that is formed by four hills.

B4077 – Stow on the Wold to Toddington

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The Royal Enfield Pub, Redditch

The famous Royal Enfield motorcycles were made in Redditch until 1967, when the factory closed. The brand survives, but the bikes are made in India. When J D Wetherspoons decided to convert the former Danilo Cinema into a pub, they decided

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Malcolm Uphill Plaque, Caerphilly

The Malcolm Uphill plaque in Caerphilly is a plaque to honour legendary motorcyclist Malcolm Uphill who was first man to average over 100 mph for a lap of the Isle of Man TT on a production motorcycle with a Triumph Bonneville

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Village Farm Cafe, Pyle

Village Farm Cafe, Pyle

If you’re ever travelling along the M4 in Wales and fancy a cuppa, a sandwich or even (our favorite) a Full English breakfast, consider coming off at junction 37 and heading the 1 mile north into Pyle and you will find one of the hidden gems in the area, Village Farm Cafe.

The Triumph Monument

The Triumph Monument is located on the B4104 in Meriden at the site of the old Triumph factory and was made by Frances Firth. Websites: Grim Riders Web Site Grim Riders Motorcycle History Trail Google Map

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Anglesey Transport Museum

Tacla Taid, the Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum, is the largest of its kind in Wales. It features displays of cars, motorbikes, commercial and farm vehicles and static engines. Websites: Grim Riders Web Site Grim Riders Motorcycle History Trail Google

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Llangollen Motor Museum

The Llangollen Motor Museum is hard to find, but well worth the effort. The museum has a collection of motoring memorabilia which includes more than sixty cars and motorcycles. Websites: Grim Riders Web Site Grim Riders Motorcycle History Trail Google

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The Lone Rider

The Lone Rider is a sculpture that depicts a motorcycle and rider in a Futurist style, elements of the sculpture give the impression of speed. The Lone Rider took approximately seven months to make, and was carved out of a

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National Motorcycle Museum

The National Motorcycle Museum occupies an 8-acre (32,000 m2) site in Bickenhill, Solihull, England and holds the world’s largest collection of British motorcycles. Websites: Grim Riders Web Site Grim Riders Motorcycle History Trail Google Map National Motorcycle Museum

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Coventry Transport Museum

The Coventry Transport Museum (formerly known as the Museum of British Road Transport) houses a collection of British-made road transport, the reason it’s located in Coventry because the city was previously the centre of the British car industry. There are

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Cotswold Motoring Museum

It’s March 2013 already but unfortunately due to the poor weather we having been having this is the first time we have managed to get out and bag our first location in this year’s Grim Riders charity motorcycle challenge, the

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