New Year 2017.

Sorry I haven’t been around much lately but there’s not been much to report. Some time ago, The Racing Rhino was cleaned, polished, sprayed with ACF50 and put away until the Local Council stop putting salt on the roads. The Fire Bike is still being ridden now and again. That way there’s only one bike to keep clean.

I’ve only done 986 miles on my V7Sport this year (actually from February to October).

There’s been a little change to the workshop in that I bought a massive, floor-standing Pollard Corona drill. It was 3-phase but it’s now running off the domestic supply. It was also built as a high speed drill so a new pulley was made to slow it down (the new motor was half the speed of the old one as well which helped) and I’ve successfully drilled a 13mm hole in steel with it as a test. As it’s floor-standing I had to change the work bench arrangements and that then led to more fiddling about. I’ll make some repairs to the drilling table soon then give it all a coat of paint.


My personal injury claim following the accident in September 2014, which led to the demise of the S3, is still unresolved. Hopefully it won’t be too long now. I’ve got used to having daily issues with my right wrist and hand plus the constant need to change the way I do things. However, I’m noticing more aches and pains.

I’m not one for making resolutions. I expect things will just carry on as usual. However, I do have a few plans for the year ahead;

  • To get to more rallies and events.
  • Make some modifications to The Fire Bike’s generator mount.
  • Design and build a tow hitch for The Racing Rhino… I know, I know.
  • Hold some sort of camp around my 60th birthday in August.
  • I’d like to get a lathe (will have to be cheap) and learn how to use it.

It’s not much of a list but it’s all I can think of for now. Like everyone, my bike stuff has to be fitted around the rest of family life – being a husband, dad, grandad, having aging parents, owning and maintaining the house and just getting on with enjoying life.

So, happy New Year and I hope 2017 treats you well.


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