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92KK 84WW Olaf

92KK 84WW Olaf
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Amazing how the time of year comes about so fast.

Yesterday evening I was chatting to 88 [Will] as I rode past Stradbally Fayre and said we must sort dates for this years Brunch.

So, now posting. Christmas being Tuesday are we looking at 27 Thursday, 28 Friday, 29 Saturday, 30 Sunday? Just adding the Sunday although we have never really met on a Sunday.

Usual rules apply, come any way you can, bike or car if weather not great, 11am meet up to allow travel in daylight and everyone gets home in daylight or for family commitments.

Expressions of interest below, puddings are in the making and some are already made.

Updated on 21st December: Looking good for 27th.....weather is looking good too.

BAE
Ringfad [Simon]
Olaf
88 [Will]
Playlikewedream
Corkboy
Ciaran [2]
Trapper
Cluain Si
EdmundF
Comberjohn
Markzz?



Last edited by 92KK 84WW Olaf on Fri Dec 21, 2018 12:41 pm; edited 10 times in total


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Alaska Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now 90,575 miles
1983 K100RS 0011175 Fricka 29,000 miles Damn K Pox
    

Ringfad

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You won't get anyone from the North on a Sunday :-)


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   ;BMW; K100RS Style Black 1987 105K Km     ;BMW; K1 Black 1993 51K Km     ;BMW; K1100RS Red 1993 70k miles  ;BMW; K100 16V Black (ex ElectricMonk)
    

Dai

Dai
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Working, working, sleeping, on-call. No change there then. Smile


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'83 K100 upgraded to K100RS spec
Others...
'78 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, '79 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,'93 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California,
'03 Suzuki Blandit GSF600SK3 (NFS any more because wifey has claimed it)
    

92KK 84WW Olaf

92KK 84WW Olaf
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Ok a little suggestion.

We have used the Thursday quite a few times so how about we go for Thursday 27th?

I know that no matter what day we put in we can't get everyone in.

Given the diversity of media I will pop it up on the FB KFest/K100 and email it.

Olaf


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Alaska Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now 90,575 miles
1983 K100RS 0011175 Fricka 29,000 miles Damn K Pox
    

Ringfad

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Hi Olaf

Thursday sounds good and maybe Will can bring some Tu'ron after his epic Portuguese trip.


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   ;BMW; K100RS Style Black 1987 105K Km     ;BMW; K1 Black 1993 51K Km     ;BMW; K1100RS Red 1993 70k miles  ;BMW; K100 16V Black (ex ElectricMonk)
    

92KK 84WW Olaf

92KK 84WW Olaf
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@Ringfad wrote:Hi Olaf

Thursday sounds good and maybe Will can bring some Tu'ron after his epic Portuguese trip.

If he comes back...seems to be enjoying it there......!


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Alaska Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now 90,575 miles
1983 K100RS 0011175 Fricka 29,000 miles Damn K Pox
    

Corkboy

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Thursday or Friday suits me (Friday maybe better )

It's up in the air a bit, but there's time yet.


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Regards,

Corkboy '87 K100RS SE (The black one - one of the two bikes I'm sorry I sold)
             '87 K100RS 0140995 (Gone)
             '97 K1100LT 0188024 (Gone)
             '08 K1200GT Wedge - but still a K
             '08 Transalp 700
    

Born Again Eccentric

Born Again Eccentric
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When you settle on a date...

I haven't been over since the Christmas gathering in Dec 16 having missed St Pats (Mar 17 & Mar 18), last Christmas (Dec 17) and the Norn Iron Sep 18 gatherings. But, as a bonus, I did get to see a good selection of the Irish Eccentrics at KFest in May 18. 

I really must try harder...before the eejits put the border back up.


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                              Paul  

"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurance write-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red)  (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike).   June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

Ringfad

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BAE There should be bed for you here in Dublin if you want (assuming you have forgiven me for not staying with you earlier this year :-))

Here is a picture from your last visit


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   ;BMW; K100RS Style Black 1987 105K Km     ;BMW; K1 Black 1993 51K Km     ;BMW; K1100RS Red 1993 70k miles  ;BMW; K100 16V Black (ex ElectricMonk)
    

Born Again Eccentric

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@Ringfad wrote:BAE There should be bed for you here in Dublin if you want (assuming you have forgiven me for not staying with you earlier this year :-))
Very kind of you Simon and, no, I don't bear grudges - an offer of shelter, a warm meal and a beer or wee dram is always open to forum members and their immediate family or riding companions who may be passing through my neighbourhood. It is just that though, an offer, not a requirement and I am not offended by people making other choices that suit them and their circumstances better.

The 27 Dec would probably work best for me for the gathering as my girls should be away with their mother 24-29 Dec and I have a family gathering on 29 Dec. Stena offering 25% off in their "Black Friday" sale too, if I book before 27 Nov - how did Black Friday suddenly become a thing in the UK?


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                              Paul  

"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurance write-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red)  (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike).   June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

92KK 84WW Olaf

92KK 84WW Olaf
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27th looks like the date. I have a few other confirmations and have amended the first post. Olaf


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Alaska Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now 90,575 miles
1983 K100RS 0011175 Fricka 29,000 miles Damn K Pox
    

Born Again Eccentric

Born Again Eccentric
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@92KK 84WW Olaf wrote:27th looks like the date. I have a few other confirmations and have amended the first post. Olaf
Thanks Olaf. 

I took advantage of the Stena 25% discount, but hedged my bets by opting for flexible tickets - it costs a little more (£14 per crossing) but given the uncertainty of the date and vagaries of the weather, thought it wise precaution on this occasion. Good news, is, if I couldn't make it for the brunch, then I would have to come back sometime in the next 12 months. 

Stop Press: Lucky I did - I just checked the eTicket for the sailing/arrival times and realised I'd booked the 23:45 sailing over on 27th rather than the 26th! All corrected now (eejit).

Planning on getting the Fishguard to Rosslare ferry over, arriving on 27 Dec at 04:00 and then go back home via Dublin on 28 Dec (14:50 sailing). 

If that offer of a bed is still good and providing Mrs Ringfad doesn't mind me dragging you out into Dublin town for a couple of real Guinness's (again), Simon, I would appreciate it. If not, no worries.


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                              Paul  

"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurance write-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red)  (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike).   June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

92KK 84WW Olaf

92KK 84WW Olaf
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We might provide Mrs Ringfad with a pudding of her own to soften the blow......


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Alaska Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now 90,575 miles
1983 K100RS 0011175 Fricka 29,000 miles Damn K Pox
    

Ringfad

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@92KK 84WW Olaf wrote:We might provide Mrs Ringfad with a pudding of her own to soften the blow......

Not sure if I want my wife in the pudding club :-) Having 4 k's is enough for me.

"If that offer of a bed is still good and providing Mrs Ringfad doesn't mind me dragging you out into Dublin town for a couple of real Guinness's (again), Simon, I would appreciate it. If not, no worries."

Offer still stands, I do believe we might have some Guinness for you, I can nearly smell it being made from where I live.


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   ;BMW; K100RS Style Black 1987 105K Km     ;BMW; K1 Black 1993 51K Km     ;BMW; K1100RS Red 1993 70k miles  ;BMW; K100 16V Black (ex ElectricMonk)
    

Born Again Eccentric

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@Ringfad wrote:Offer still stands, I do believe we might have some Guinness for you, I can nearly smell it being made from where I live.
Cheers Simon, book me in!
Big thumb 
 
Ferry all sorted, now just hoping for some agreeable weather. 
santa santa santa santa


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                              Paul  

"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurance write-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red)  (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike).   June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

16Back to top Go down    eccentrics meeting on Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:53 am

playlikewedream

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Hi guys
27th looks good for me, so hopefully see you all there.


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;BMW; K1 1990 Laguna Blue and Yellow ;BMW;
;BMW; K1100RS 1997 Sedien Blue.;BMW;

Its not about the journey or the destination, it's about the friends you make on the way.
    

92KK 84WW Olaf

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@playlikewedream wrote:Hi guys
27th looks good for me, so hopefully see you all there.

Gluten free pudding on menu too.....!!


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Alaska Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now 90,575 miles
1983 K100RS 0011175 Fricka 29,000 miles Damn K Pox
    

playlikewedream

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Excellent.


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;BMW; K1 1990 Laguna Blue and Yellow ;BMW;
;BMW; K1100RS 1997 Sedien Blue.;BMW;

Its not about the journey or the destination, it's about the friends you make on the way.
    

Corkboy

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Looking good for me too.

Hoping it is above freezing so I can take the bike.

I still remember taking the Transalp last year and driving across Mother Hubbards forecourt before realising it was a sheet of ice   Shocked


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Regards,

Corkboy '87 K100RS SE (The black one - one of the two bikes I'm sorry I sold)
             '87 K100RS 0140995 (Gone)
             '97 K1100LT 0188024 (Gone)
             '08 K1200GT Wedge - but still a K
             '08 Transalp 700
    

Dai

Dai
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@Corkboy wrote:I still remember taking the Transalp last year and driving across Mother Hubbards forecourt before realising it was a sheet of ice   Shocked
Yes, well; if you'd known beforehand you'd have fallen off. Laughing


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'83 K100 upgraded to K100RS spec
Others...
'78 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, '79 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,'93 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California,
'03 Suzuki Blandit GSF600SK3 (NFS any more because wifey has claimed it)
    

92KK 84WW Olaf

92KK 84WW Olaf
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@Corkboy wrote:Looking good for me too.

Hoping it is above freezing so I can take the bike.

I still remember taking the Transalp last year and driving across Mother Hubbards forecourt before realising it was a sheet of ice   Shocked

Memory fault there......

It was 2 years ago I believe........
Memory fault can be cured by adding a K bike...


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Alaska Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now 90,575 miles
1983 K100RS 0011175 Fricka 29,000 miles Damn K Pox
    

22Back to top Go down    Stradbally meet. on Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:56 pm

Ciaran

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Hello everyone, looking forward to Meeting up in Stradbally on the 27th.

    

88

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Great you can make it!


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88....May contain nuts!

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." - St. Augustine from 1600 years ago & still true!

Bike: K100LT 1988. 0172363. AKA the Bullion Brick! Mods: k1100 screen and stands.
K1: 1990. 6374189. Custom Stealth Black paint.
    

Trapper

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Hope to be there too on the 27th!


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K1 Red & Yellow 1990 111.000 Kms & BMW K1 Red & Yellow 1991 22.000 Kms



 
    

Cluain Sí

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I'm in.
will bring the Brandy Butter

    

Corkboy

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Will the Cork contingent meet up at the Dunkettle roundabout, and catch up with the Limerick crowd at Mother Hubbards?

(weather dependent of course).

What time does it suit as a set-off from Dunkettle?


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Regards,

Corkboy '87 K100RS SE (The black one - one of the two bikes I'm sorry I sold)
             '87 K100RS 0140995 (Gone)
             '97 K1100LT 0188024 (Gone)
             '08 K1200GT Wedge - but still a K
             '08 Transalp 700
    

Ciaran

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I'm traveling from Dungarvan, I can meet any where from Cahir/Cashel on. I think we  meet at Lee Honda a few weeks back?
santa


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Life is not a rehearsal so live it!  
BMW K1100LT(Betty the Beamer)  year 1996.
Purchased in Jun 2018 with 23400 miles on the clock.
    

Corkboy

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@Ciaran wrote:I'm traveling from Dungarvan, I can meet any where from Cahir/Cashel on. I think we  meet at Lee Honda a few weeks back?
santa
 We certainly did!

We normally meet up with Cluan Si and Tom at Mother Hubbards in Cashel. I presume that suits.

A few of us meet up at the Dunkettle roundabout, Olaf, me, Pat, Richard, depending on who's going.

So, working  back from 11am in Stradbally, probably 8:30 in Dunkettle, 9:30 in Mother Hubbards (might have a warming cup of tea there.).

Ciaran, you'll meet Cluan Si there I'd expect.

Olaf, does that sound about right?


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Regards,

Corkboy '87 K100RS SE (The black one - one of the two bikes I'm sorry I sold)
             '87 K100RS 0140995 (Gone)
             '97 K1100LT 0188024 (Gone)
             '08 K1200GT Wedge - but still a K
             '08 Transalp 700
    

92KK 84WW Olaf

92KK 84WW Olaf
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Fintan, that sounds good....


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Alaska Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now 90,575 miles
1983 K100RS 0011175 Fricka 29,000 miles Damn K Pox
    

92KK 84WW Olaf

92KK 84WW Olaf
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Weather check shows good weather for 27th.......just to let ya all know!

www.met.ie


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1992 K100LT 0193214 Bertha Alaska Blue 101,000 miles
1984 K100RT 0022575 Brutus Baja Red bought 36,000 now 89,150 miles
1997 K1100LT 0188024 Wotan Mystic Red 58,645 now 90,575 miles
1983 K100RS 0011175 Fricka 29,000 miles Damn K Pox
    

Corkboy

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Bad news for me I'm afraid.
A friends father has just died, and the funeral is on the 27th @ 10am.

So that's me out for Stradbally.

Have a good one, and see you all in the new year.


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Regards,

Corkboy '87 K100RS SE (The black one - one of the two bikes I'm sorry I sold)
             '87 K100RS 0140995 (Gone)
             '97 K1100LT 0188024 (Gone)
             '08 K1200GT Wedge - but still a K
             '08 Transalp 700
    

Trapper

Trapper
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Hi Ciaran,

Great to meet you today in Wexford. Hope you had a safe trip home.


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K1 Red & Yellow 1990 111.000 Kms & BMW K1 Red & Yellow 1991 22.000 Kms



 
    

Dai

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Hi Olaf!!

Christmas puds arrived today  I'll drop John's off tomorrow.

-Dai


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'83 K100 upgraded to K100RS spec
Others...
'78 Moto Guzzi 850-T3, '79 Moto Guzzi 850-T3 California,'93 Moto Guzzi 1100ie California,
'03 Suzuki Blandit GSF600SK3 (NFS any more because wifey has claimed it)
    

electric_monk

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If youse don't mind a Honda too much, I should be able to get up.

    

35Back to top Go down    Look who I met. on Sat Dec 22, 2018 7:31 pm

Ciaran

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Life is not a rehearsal so live it!  
BMW K1100LT(Betty the Beamer)  year 1996.
Purchased in Jun 2018 with 23400 miles on the clock.
    

Ciaran

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@Trapper wrote:Hi Ciaran,

Great to meet you today in Wexford. Hope you had a safe trip home.
Its a small world. Really made my day, tour, bikes and Irish history. 
Great bumping into you both and thanks again.


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Life is not a rehearsal so live it!  
BMW K1100LT(Betty the Beamer)  year 1996.
Purchased in Jun 2018 with 23400 miles on the clock.
    

Ringfad

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@electric_monk wrote:If youse don't mind a Honda too much, I should be able to get up.

All welcome, I might even bring your old bike (if it is dry) :-)


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   ;BMW; K100RS Style Black 1987 105K Km     ;BMW; K1 Black 1993 51K Km     ;BMW; K1100RS Red 1993 70k miles  ;BMW; K100 16V Black (ex ElectricMonk)
    

electric_monk

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May be tempted to make an offer on it......Ringfad wrote:
@electric_monk wrote:If youse don't mind a Honda too much, I should be able to get up.

All welcome, I might even bring your old bike (if it is dry) :-)

    

ARbiker

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Well feck it i wasnt keeping an eye on the forum page only saw today is the stradbally run
ENJOY it Knutters

Sent from Topic'it App

    

Ciaran

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Thanks for a good day. Great bunch of guys and a great spin home. Have to go to see Saint Nicholas tomb in the future.  Wink Razz


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Life is not a rehearsal so live it!  
BMW K1100LT(Betty the Beamer)  year 1996.
Purchased in Jun 2018 with 23400 miles on the clock.
    

Born Again Eccentric

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Just a quick ride report (for a change).

Left home on Boxing Day evening (26 Dec 18) and blasted along the motorway and main routes to the ferry port at Fishguard. The dark, dry roads, little traffic and an unseasonably warm 9 deg C made for an eventless ride. The last time i joined the Irish Eccentrics for their Christmas Brunch was 2 years previously - then I was sporting recent wrist injuries and the weather was somewhat cooler and it was an uncomfortable ride (but psychologically important). Boarded the ferry early, but noted that the Stena Line company had reduced their staff and, apart from being told where to park, I was left to my own devices to strap down my bike and secure it for sea. I was the only bike onboard. We departed on time at 23:45 and a flat sea and light wind made for a smooth, calm crossing. I found a quiet place and a reclining seat in the Stena plus lounge (there weren't any cabins available) and settled down for a restless sleep. Rudely awoken by the tannoy announcing our imminent arrival into Rosslare at 03:30, there was enough time to revive myself with a strong, black coffee before heading down to the car deck access stairwell. Again, the lack of staff was evident - the tannoy informed us that we were permitted to access the car deck, but no crew member came to remove the stairwell barriers. As I and my fellow passengers stood around like sheep, I opted for some self help and removed the barrier myself. I was parked right at the stern and was last to exit the ferry. Previously, Stena have always got the bikes on first and, positioned for a quick get away, have allowed us off first too. Still, I was in no hurry, I had 7 hours to ride the 75 miles to Stradbally Fayre for the meet up at 11:00.

I had loaded a longer route into my GPS which took me, as far as possible along the South East coastal route, but whilst there is a certain challenge and amount of enjoyment to be had with riding strange and unknown twisty roads in the dark, there is little scenery to enjoy. The temperature had remained at about 8.5 Dec C but the weather had turned drizzly and the roads were damp. I stopped briefly at the harbour at Ballycotton, just to the east of Cork to stretch my legs and peer out across the dark, cold water. The local fishing boats, deserted and lifeless, remained tied to the jetty, fidgeting and groaning as the gentle swell made them strain against their mooring lines - a stale smell of fish and brine hung heavily on the early morning air. I was alone with just the odd seagull mewing mournfully in its indignation at being disturbed from it's slumbers. I continued west on damp, empty roads, but the dawn remained elusive as the damp blanket of night continues to wrap itself tightly around me and refused to lift. I reached Roches Point on the Eastern headland of Cork Harbour and turned the bike around in a tight spot at the end of the road. The bright white light from the lighthouse (not open to visitors) projected its dazzling beam across the harbour, silently warning mariners to keep well clear of the rough, jagged rocks on the headland. At about 08:10, the dawn finally began to win as night slowly gave way to a cool, grey cloudy morning. I back tracked and then followed the road as it hugged the eastern edge of Cork Harbour until reaching the main road (N25). I had intended to rendezvous (RV) with the Cork Fraternity at the Dunkettle roundabout (08:30), but was running behind schedule so opted for the coffee stop and 2nd RV at Mother Hubbards in Cashell (09:30). The easiest way there was to blast straight up the M8 motorway, which I duly did, making up for lost time easily as my K100LT munched up the miles effortlessly. The day brightened a little, the clouds became less grey and the rain/drizzle dried up - so that was nice.

Just as I left the M8 at Cashell, I heard an almighty great noise, seemingly coming from the rear of the bike. It sounded like high pressure air escaping and my first thought was that I had picked up a puncture. However, the noise subsided and then came back as loud as ever. My next thought was that the exhaust muffler had blown out or that it was the noise of some dreadful mechanical failure heralding an imminent catastrophe, but the tone didn't change as I reduced revs and changed down through the gears. I gingerly rode the bike to the Mother Hubbards Cafe and pulled up just past the assembled K bikes parked outside the front door. I killed the engine - what the F? - the noise was still there! It then dawned on me that it was nothing more that white noise coming from my bluetooth headset! I hadn't had the radio or media player turned on and was just listening to GPS instructions over the headset. I guess that I must have inadvertently activated the voice command to turn on the FM radio and, not being tuned to any local stations in that part of the world, all I got was a deafening hiss of static. I turned the headset off and removed my helmet - ah, the beautiful sound of silence again! Eejit!!

Somewhat relieved, I went into the cafe and ordered a much needed black coffee. Inside, Olaf, Cluain Si, Ciaran and Sean(?) were seated at a nearby table tucking into a pre-breakfast breakfast. After a suitable break, it was back on the bike and, in company now (and without any disconcerting noises), rode the final hour on to Stradbally Fayre, arriving at 11:10.

There must have been a dozen or so of us there, mostly on K bikes although the K1 fraternity (Trapper, Ringfad and Playlikewedream) had all opted to leave their precious K1's at home and come on other K bikes or by other means (too much dampness around). A hearty full Irish breakfast, washed down with coffee and accompanied by chatter with friends old and new was followed by a double dose of Olaf's Christmas puddings topped off with Cluain Si's brandy butter (I had to have two helpings so that I could see if there was any notable difference between the full fat and the gluten free pudding variants - there wasn't). Yum! A group picture was taken, but I haven't seen the evidence yet. We even got to speak to Crazy Frog via the wonders of FaceTime/Skype and Will's phone!!  Unusually, my camera remained in my pocket throughout and I didn't get a single picture of the gathering or the ride - just too busy eating and talking! 

Brunch done, at about 14:30, we then all started to drift away in different directions. I was to ride on with Ringfad to partake of a couple of festive Guinness's in Dublins fair city. Well, it would be rude to go all that way and not! We slogged up the now busy motorways towards Dublin - an easy and eventless ride, arriving at Ringfads house just before 16:00. A few Guinness's and a take-away Chinese meal later, I was definitely ready for bed! Sleep

I had opted for the afternoon ferry from Dublin across to Holyhead (the early ferry makes for a slightly antisocial departure), so whiled away the morning in chat with the Ringfad family. The time passed quickly and I was soon on my bike and headed for Dublin port. A lot of cars and trucks were already assembled awaiting boarding, but I was pleased to be put in a special lane, right at the front. My pleasure was short lived however, as there I sat while truck, vans and cars were all called forward and I sat there like a lemon in my own special lane. Finally, with boarding nearly complete, I was called forward and parked right at the stern of the ferry in a small space behind all the trucks. Once again, I was the only bike on the crossing. At least someone was there to secure the bike for sea. Insult was added to injury as I made my way to the Stena plus lounge where I had paid extra for a "Stena Plus seat". "Experience even higher levels of luxury and comfort in our exclusive Stena Plus lounge" is how they encourage you to part with your money. Well what a crock of sh1t! The lounge on the super fast ferry was nothing more than a busy cafe, with cafe style seating and tables. I was not happy and certainly not comfortable. Thankfully, it was only a 3 hour grumble crossing.

By the time we arrived in Holyhead (18:30) it was already dark. I managed to prise the bike out of her tight little parking slot and tuck myself in behind a long queue of cars - at least I wouldn't be stuck behind all the trucks. However, I needed fuel, so having disembarked, followed the GPS to the nearby Tesco supermarket petrol station. It was then full speed ahead as I blasted down through Anglesea, across the North Welsh coast and joined the M6 motorway to the west of Manchester. There is nothing like going fast on dark, dry roads to blow away all the grumbles and discontent of the previous few hours. The motorway was dull and boring, of course, but a means to an end. Normally, I would chose to take the shorter, more scenic but slower route down through Wales - but there is little scenery to be seen after dark. On the motorways, I ate up the miles quickly albeit slowed by the long stretches of roadworks with 50mph speed limits overseen by the evil spectres of the "average speed cameras". I noted, with irony, that one roadside sign was proudly proclaiming that there were 408 people currently working on one particular stretch of road works around Birmingham - they were well hidden or very small people as I didn't see anyone actually doing anything. 

In another section of road works, my bulb monitoring light suddenly glowed brightly. It had been exhibiting an occasional dull background glow earlier and I suspected that the tail light connections were in need of a clean. I pulled off at the next servo and sure enough the tail light had gone out. One quick disassembly and clean up later and the tail light was burning brightly again (well, as brightly as the K100 tail lamp glows). The distance from Holyhead to home was just under 260 miles, so I knew I couldn't make it on a single tank. While stopped at the servo, I took the opportunity to refill the tank - taking immense pleasure at the hiked up prices and being stung >20p/litre more for the petrol at the motorway services. Clearly Dick Turpin and all the other notorious highwaymen from days of yore gave up robbing stage coaches in favour of robbing motorists from the comfort of their own servos. Buggers! Anyway, fuelled up and all systems go, it was back on the road and thundering south again amidst the busy holiday traffic. Away from the roadworks, both speedo and rev meters needles were set vertical and the bike ran steadily and flawlessly all the way home. I rolled up at home at 22:30 after a satisfying but otherwise uninteresting 4 hour ride.

My total trip was 756 miles (and 7 hours on ferries) - I rode about 370 miles further than I needed to, but making a journey out of a trip and riding the roads less travelled is mostly responsible for that. Unfortunately a lot of those miles were done in the dark, but the weather was mild and mostly dry, so no complaints on that score. A long way to go for breakfast/brunch perhaps, but nothing compared with nipping down to NSW for a weekend's ride!

As ever, it was great to meet up familiar faces again and meet some new people too (finally got to meet Electric Monk). Special thanks to Olaf for organising the Christmas Brunch and for providing the Christmas puds and a huge thank you to Ringfad (Simon) and his family for putting me up over night and for plying me with Guinness in Dublin.

A great end to 2018...now I wonder what treats 2019 will bring.
Wishing a Happy new Year to you all.
drinking-wine



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                              Paul  

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"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurance write-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red)  (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike).   June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

Stan

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Thank you Paul for your report of the "little" excursion. It certainly reads as a cold, damp trip, but made very warm by the company. Once again a brilliant piece of writing.


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Hi Paul

As always a great report and you are always welcome.

I also did not get many pictures but did get these. It looks like if you own a k1 you enjoy pudding !!




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Hi Paul it was a pity to miss your visit
When you passed through my neighbourhood( en route to ballycotton&roches point) as i hail from near Midleton you would be welcome to stopover for a little local hospitality (possibly involving a certain local produce)
Maybe it was safer you passed through
Regards Richard

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92KK 84WW Olaf

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Back at the desk and back on here.....and a good day at Stradbally Fayre.

Great too to see some new faces and seems like a red K1100LT is the thing to be going for just now.

We have one large size pudding left, we used one for 10 of us at Stradbally, so it may serve for a Patricks Day meet up.....


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Born Again Eccentric

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@ARbiker wrote:Hi Paul it was a pity to miss your visit
When you passed through my neighbourhood( en route to  ballycotton&roches point) as i hail from near Midleton you would be welcome to stopover for a little local hospitality (possibly involving a certain local produce)
Maybe it was safer you passed through
Regards Richard

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Richard - yes, it was a pity you missed the gathering.

Thanks for the offer - always open to enjoying a "little local hospitality", but I don't think I would have been particularly welcome quite that early in the morning on this latest visit. I didn't get to see much of the SE locality due to the endless darkness, so will need to come back and see it all in daylight.


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                              Paul  

"Heidi" K100LT 1991 (Grey) (VIN 0190172 Engine No. 104EB 2590 2213) - 5th owner. January 2014 (34,000 - 61,000 miles and counting....)
"Gretel" K100LT 1989 (Silver Grey) (VIN 0177324 Engine No. 104EA 2789 2211) - 4th+ owner. September 2015 (58,500miles and counting....). Cat C Insurance write-off rebuild Feb 17
"Donor" K100LT 1990 (Red)  (VIN 0178091 Engine No. 4489 2024) - 6th & final owner (crash write-off now donor bike).   June 2012 (73,000 miles) to November 2013 (89,500 miles)
    

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