Not really motorcycle related, but definitely London related; here’s some snaps from a recent mini adventure I had up to the top of the London Shard to check out the view across London.
Thankfully, the weather was top notch and the view stunning. Could pinpoint landmarks for miles around. Tickets aren’t cheap at £25 a pop, but you won’t get a view like this anywhere else. Definitely worth checking out if you’re in town.
HMS Belfast, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Docklands.
London Eye and the West End
The City, Tower 42 (Gerkin)
London Shard from the ground.
So many of the things we do in life carry unique benefits and dangers and motorcycle riding is certainly no exception. While we savor the freedom that comes with our motorcycles, we must be mindful of the risks we take every time we strap on our helmet. Consider these risks and then please consider the ways that are suggested to make the riding experience safer.
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Head over to this site and grab yourself a 5p off fuel voucher for Shell. Do note, it’s not all Shell garages that are participating, I’m guessing excluded are those that are already pretty cheap for their area…
Eeek! Just got repair quote to get bike all sorted. Come to just over £1600! Mostly a replacement front cowling. They did however factor in a new Givi top box as it was scratched. Sure a lot of it is just fixing cosmetic damage and not essential to run the bike, but the claim is to return the bike to its previous condition.
However at that price, I suspect the insurance will want to write off the bike… Not what I need. 🙁
The other night on the way home from work I had an off. Thankfully at very low speed and just a slight clip, so no injuries or serious damage.
I was approaching a red light junction with two lanes to turn right. The first of these had two stationary cars, the second was clear. So I took the second clear lane and prepared to pull up at lights. However a car on the left suddenly pulls out into the second lane, causing me to swerve, just touching his car and come off.
Bike now has some cosmetic damage, cracked and scuffed faring and a crumpled bust belly pan. Indicator was bashed in, but thankfully has a rubber mount, so just clipped in. Bike still rides fine, just looks a mess.
However, the other party was very reluctant to exchange insurance details. Firstly, he promptly moved his car around the corner away from the traffic, then insisted he wasn’t to blame and as there was no damage to his car, there was no need to pass on his details. What a wanker. In the end, it wasn’t until I started calling the police did he dig out his insurance details. He did eventually concede he changed lanes without indicating and ‘just didn’t see me’ – didn’t check his blind spot. He has a big scuff mark in the dirt on his door, where I clipped him (which I photographed)
Insurance claim is under way, just hoping the other chap doesn’t spout some bullshit to his insurance firm and leave me to fight this one out. Going to try put off any repairs and costs from the insurance until blame has been assigned, I don’t want to be left out of pocket if the other chap is an arse.
Hein Gericke are kicking off their loyalty card club again. To help get your arse into gear and join it, they’re giving away £10 for free. Sign up here and you’ll get a new card through the post with 1000 points on it (£10). You can redeem anything over 500 points, so that’s a tenner to spend straight away. Sorted.
Haynes manuals are currently running a great competition to win Gold or Silver VIP Moto GP 2013 passes (for two people). Pop over there now and get your entry in. Best of luck!
Enter the competition here.
The first issue of my Ride magazine subscription arrived today. Excellent Christmas present from my wife. I had picked up the odd issue previously and found it a very good read, with loads of great articles. Not just reviews or new bikes I can’t afford, but decent riding tips, maintenance info etc.
This month they have several pages dedicated to bike security to help prevent theft. The subscription also had a free gift, some Oxford heated grips, potentially very useful. Not sure I’ll use them myself since I have heated gloves. However my wife is keen to get her own bike and fancies them for that… 🙂
Currently playing around with a new header image for the site. Gone for a collage of bike pics and London landmarks. Would be interested in your feedback, let us know what you reckon.
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