The adventures of Michel's C3 Picasso and Yamaha MT-09

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Is it still looking that clean now ? :-D
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bobins wrote:
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Is it still looking that clean now ? :-D
Pretty much, despite 45 manky winter road miles!
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Why did you get rid of the ZZR? I'm going (and getting) older now and am looking for a GEEP9, or possibly a ZX10 to keep the ST company. Having said that a mate had an MT, sold it and the prices went up, he's now got a Hardley Ferguson???
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He hasn't (yet, if ever).
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moizeau wrote:
05 Dec 2019, 19:15
Why did you get rid of the ZZR? I'm going (and getting) older now and am looking for a GEEP9, or possibly a ZX10 to keep the ST company. Having said that a mate had an MT, sold it and the prices went up, he's now got a Hardley Ferguson???
I've not got rid of it yet. Probably because it's the wrong time of year for selling motorbikes. I'll keep it and use it to commute on and keep the MT away from salt. The ZZR is just wrong for country lanes and filtering, but brilliant at all else.
Rightgear motorcycles who do jobs on the ZZR for me, rebuild GPZ900s with ZZR-1100 engines and swingarm, with updated suspension and brakes. Looks like the real thing, goes rather better.
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bobins wrote:
07 Oct 2019, 13:33
How's her confidence ? Will she get back on a bike ? Car occupants only shaken but ok, I hope ?
We did a good 110 miles today, her first real ride out since the crash. No problems at all. A little tense at first but that's only to be expected!
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Her new helmet is brilliant! It's got a full photochromatic visor! No need for sunglasses or an annoying internal sunvisor!

Fat chap with his new toy. Newlands corner on the way back from Boxhill.
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moizeau wrote:
05 Dec 2019, 19:15
Why did you get rid of the ZZR? I'm going (and getting) older now and am looking for a GEEP9, or possibly a ZX10 to keep the ST company. Having said that a mate had an MT, sold it and the prices went up, he's now got a Hardley Ferguson???
I've got to say, the MT-09 is hilarious fun, it can be ridden like a Supersports 600 and cranked right over if you're in the mood - loads of grip too, same rear tyre as the ZZR-1100, but 60kgs lighter and only 20bhp shy of the ZZR-1100 too. It wheelies like a beast too, if you're in the mood, erm, so I'm told. It's also a great commuter bike. I love it.
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Well, for the 3rd time in the last 4 years, I've bought a car on new year's day. This one is more for Mrs. Michel.

It's a 2011 C3 Picasso 1.4 16v petrol in black
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47k miles, one owner and in really nice nick. All the things work as they should. I only really went to drive it because I said I would, wasn't expecting to like it much, and Mrs. Michel is away. Well, honestly I was impressed. Quiet, very smooth inside and oddly massive, while being tiny. I could sit comfortably in the back upright clever boot arrangement etc. It has no parking sensors, and herself likes them, so they're fitting some for me before I pick it up next Tuesday.
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Well, not really anything at all to report from vehicles over the last 12 months since my last update. The C3 Pic still works and the Xsara Picasso I had dropped off at mine “for a couple of weeks to sort out” back in May 2018, which is still here, passed it’s MOT this morning with just the usual advisories for rear axle corrosion and an iffy front exhaust mount..
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Last night we went to Silverstone “Lap Land”. I’d always harboured childhood dreams of lining up on the grid, but never thought it’d be in a diesel Citroen...



Much fun was had by all, a lap of the track, a great laser light show and some grub at the drive-in cinema while we watched The Snowman at the end of it.
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Magic 😎😃
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I bought myself a new helmet back in January, a Bell Qualifier DLX on special offer (it’s handy having a massive head!) - £99. It has a transitions/photochromic visor, the best invention ever with regards to helmets.

But... the visors don’t come with pinlock pins fitted like nearly every other visor does. A pinlock insert is like “double glazing” and stops the visor misting up. I have them on both my other helmets. For this reason, I’ve not really been able to use the Bell helmet much.

So, I bought the Pinlock insert for the Qualifier that does have pins fitted. I bought the pins. I bought a 5mm HSS drill bit and...
My helmet
My helmet
Bloody nerve wracking drilling holes in a visor that costs more to replace than the entire helmet cost me.. got it done though, and sat in the garden with it shut for half an hour, and no steaming up. Well pleased with that.
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Save you buying masks too :)
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myglaren wrote:
17 Dec 2020, 00:07
Save you buying masks too :)
After having had the Covids a month ago, and having to isolate from my family, in a small house for 10 days.. while they isolated for 14.. I shall be wearing a mask, oh yes.

They keep your face warm in the cold outside too!
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My 2nd cousin in the States also died yesterday from the Covids. Early 60s. They waited to turn her ventilator off so her brothers could fly up to Ohio from Mississippi to say goodbye...

Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stay safe.