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Post  Andy_2005R1 on Wed May 11 2011, 14:11

How do!

Not really a newbie, more of a returning member looking to return to the fold, if you'll let me?

Some of you will remember me in my previous Unlucky Alf incarnation when I was pootling around on my trusty 2003 burgundy Thundercat. Well lots has happened since then and hopefully water has well passed under the bridge and moved on...

Where am I at now I hear no-one ask?!? Well unfortunately the trusty Cat finally gave up the ghost last year after 45,000 miles (all them my own!) of quite amazing service but with her spending her life outside, being ridden every day in the rain, grime, salt and sea air plus various trips down the road without me, plus a memorable blast round Donnington before the bulldozers moved in kind of took the toll on her. To her full credit, the thing that actually did for her was the meta alarm rotting away and taking half the wiring loom with it. Mechanically she was still running sweet as (including good old carb icing, but we love that Wynns Dry Fuel!), but the cost to take the loom apart and try and fix what had gone was rather large, so it was time to bide her a fond farewell.

To replace her, I splashed out on a 2005 R1 in... yup, burgundy! A quite outstanding machine and huge grin inducing motor on her that helps relieve all sorts of work frustrations on dinner time blasts round the local roads. I'm lucky enough to have Devil's Bridge a mere 20 miles up the road from work, so trips to there help bring a grin to my face. Managed to get three track days on her already, Oulton, Rockingham and Cadwell. 3 fairly different circuits, each showing how good the bike is and how exceptionally limited my ability on it is, even with some tyres that my mate uses in the National Superstock 1000 series on her.

Good to see so many of the old names still on here and still active and that the infamous rideouts are still going strong!

Keep safe,

Andy
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Post  SteveCat on Wed May 11 2011, 14:34

Hi Andy

Sorry to hear about the 'Cat, you didn't move the mudguard to the R1 did you? (sorry couldn't help myself Very Happy )
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Post  Andy_2005R1 on Wed May 11 2011, 14:42

pmsl nope, that stay'd where it was! Although, perhaps I should look out for one for the R1???!?! Mad
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Post  littlecat on Wed May 11 2011, 16:36

hi, new here myself, welcome back Very Happy
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Post  furball on Wed May 11 2011, 17:46

Nice to hear you are still around Andy, we were just talking about you the other week @ the WeeMac wondering what had happend to ya..

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Post  terry lees on Wed May 11 2011, 18:13

Hi Andy, I'm only about 40 mins away from devils bridge myself, but the other way (Leyburn) often get there on a Sunday morning, we could perhaps have a meet up some time? You might be able to meet up with us for S&T in september. Tes
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Post  firemaster on Wed May 11 2011, 19:27

welcome back
you know it makes sense ;-) great
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Post  Rosco on Wed May 11 2011, 23:40

Hi Andy

Sorry to hear about your cat - bike alarms are evil.

First time I met you was at the very first Surf and Turf...........all I can remember was THAT mudguard Embarassed

Sorry to say but it must be the worst add-on I've ever seen on any Thundercat. Do you have any photos?
I thought you were banned from here just for having it on.

Tell us you haven't bastardized the R1 with similar wares Crying or Very sad
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Post  Wild-Kat-Wolf on Thu May 12 2011, 00:13

Welcome back andy, nice to see you've still got the R1. Safe riding, maybe you'll catch up with some of the gang on a rideout sometime.

Fi girl_witch xx
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Post  Andy_2005R1 on Thu May 12 2011, 09:36

Rosco wrote:
Tell us you haven't bastardized the R1 with similar wares Crying or Very sad

Haha, nope Rosco, the R1 is totally unsullied, as standard as when it rolled out of the factory! Although to be picky, I think the first time that addition made the light of day, it was on a TOL rideout Shocked
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Post  SteveCat on Thu May 12 2011, 10:07

Andy_2005R1 wrote: I think the first time that addition made the light of day, it was on a TOL rideout Shocked

My first sighting was at the first Wee Mac in Blairgowrie


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Post  Andy_2005R1 on Thu May 12 2011, 10:10

Oh the mudguard, I'd forgot about that! I thought you were both talking about the front mudguard, fender carbon thing!

In my defence, that was how the bike came, that wasn't an addition by me!
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Post  Ezzy's Mum! on Wed May 25 2011, 23:26

yo Alfie ...

:o)

good to have you back

Suze x
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Post  yamahamad on Thu May 26 2011, 12:49

Hi & welcome back.
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Post  stretchie_ on Thu May 26 2011, 13:28

Hello.

I'm miles away from Devils bridge myself, 253 miles away, but have been a visitor a few times, theres also a Devils Bridge at the Aberystwyth end of the Elan Valley, get thee down there if you can lovley bit of riding.

P.S. Hi

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Post  ellie on Thu May 26 2011, 16:54

Devils Bridge at the Aberystwyth end of the Elan Valley,


What a gorgeous part of the world it is too!!
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Post  SteveCat on Thu May 26 2011, 17:36

Heard about Devils Bridge, so went looking for it in Wales, saw this - wondered what all the fuss was about - roads very nice about there mind.
Then I realised there was another Devil's Bridge wall


img_2995.jpg by stevephi, on Flickr
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Post  Rosco on Thu May 26 2011, 18:09

Is that where Auld Nick goes for a dump?
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Post  robertcains on Thu May 26 2011, 18:18

Stevecat, we went right through Devils Bridge in Wales on BC2, It was after your two man (one man one woman) jaunt into Herefordshire pmsl
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Post  ellie on Thu May 26 2011, 22:13

I loved Herefordshire. Pity everyone else was still in Wales!
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Post  SteveCat on Thu May 26 2011, 23:07

robertcains wrote:Stevecat, we went right through Devils Bridge in Wales on BC2, It was after your two man (one man one woman) jaunt into Herefordshire pmsl

Maybe I took my Tail end Charlie role a tad too seriously Very Happy

I remember going through Devils Bridge on BC2, even though a sneeze you would have missed it. Was just after this Cool (HD in full screen Rolling Eyes )



You don't know what you started Andy !! Wink
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Post  ellie on Thu May 26 2011, 23:41

And that's the reason I can't be trusted with routes, leading or tail end charlies lol, I'm sure I should have been born blonde!!



I can feel more 'numpty' points winging their way :-(
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Post  Rosco on Fri May 27 2011, 00:31

By eck that were fast......Are you sure that bike was derestricted?
Or are you a time lord Steve?
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Post  ellie on Fri May 27 2011, 06:52

No it was still restricted then Ross, I had to speed up, there was some crazy fool
following me!!!! green smile


Needs a wide load sticker does that ar5e!!! Embarassed
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Post  Guest on Sat May 28 2011, 00:29

Un Lucky Alf ?!!!! The ledgend lives on lo welcome back Very Happy
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