Picked up my T160 from GrinTriumph today following the top end overhaul. Engine looks and sounds great, but bucketing of rain here, so straight in the shed with it. Video and photos to follow
This made me smile! Sounds lovely!Still heavy rain showers here, but desperate to hear it again.
C/head overhauled, new +20 pistons and rebore. Carbs set up with gantry drilled to take fitments for vacuum gauges if and when required.
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I shall be in North Wales next Wednesday for 3 nights staying at Wrexham. A brief car tour with my wife, boy and partner. Probably take a ride up Snowdon on the train if its running.At last. A warm sunny day worthy of being associated what we hope will be the summer of 2021.
A simple 56 mile potter around the south Cheshire lanes on my Daytona. Had an early diversion when the road bridge over the Llangollen branch canal off the Shropshire Union was being raised as I arrived, with a queue of canal boats waiting to pass so it was going to be a 10 minute wait. Not wanting to risk sitting at idle for that long, or stopping the engine and having to kick it back to life, I diverted and went the other way around my usual loop. Arriving back at the bridge some 10 miles later it was just coming down again so was able to cross straight over.
The fields at this time of year are either lush green with grass awaiting either making into hay, or making into silage for winter cattle feed, contrasting with the bright yellow seas of oil seed r*pe. The English Oaks are all in leaf and the ash trees are not far behind. Oak before the ash, we are in for a splash. Ash before the oak, we are in for a soak. So, hopefully, not to be a wet summer.
On to Farndon and the old sandstone bridge over the river Dee, dating from 1339.
Parked up for a photo to entertain you all and was engaged in conversation by a chap in a car, who turned out to be the owner of a number of Hinckley Triumphs, but no real ones. Had a long conversation about the restoration, reliability etc. Said it had made his day! Was stationary for about 40 minutes and the warm re-start was easy.
Had to have a photo:
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The river here has eroded a small cliff in our local Permian sandstone (about 275 million years old). These sands were laid down in a desert, or a shallow sea, a bit like the present day Arabian Gulf. The curved shapes and sloping lines in the rocks were formed by moving dunes, or sand waves in the sea:
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From Farndon, on another 10 miles upstream along the river to Bangor on Dee and other old sandstone bridge, from about 1660.
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This time only stopped for about 10 minutes as was very warm in my new Speedwear wax jacket and the re-start was more tricky. Needed 2 sets of tickles before it would run smoothly and then idle, so although I was hoping for an ice cream in the village shop, the thought of a third hot start put me off and saved my waistline from further abuse.
On to home, 56 miles and out for 2hrs 30. Quite tiring keeping the Daytona on the boil, up and down the gears and the rev range, and had a nap in the sun once home.
If you feel like saying hi and want to drop by, I'm only 10 mins from Bangor on Dee. Send me a conversation message and I'll tell you where live.I shall be in North Wales next Wednesday for 3 nights staying at Wrexham. A brief car tour with my wife, boy and partner. Probably take a ride up Snowdon on the train if its running.
I appreciate the invitation Andy, but due to the 4 of us having only 2 days for a brief tour, it will be a rush. I would also welcome a visit if you were ever coming to Exmouth area. This year, our annual rides are going to be running again. I expect the journey might be to far for a comfortable ride down this way. I will be on some and put up a few pictures of the excellent local bikes. Cheers Andy.If you feel like saying hi and want to drop by, I'm only 10 mins from Bangor on Dee. Send me a conversation message and I'll tell you where live.
Might look down to Aberfan on the way home Saturday. I was there when that coal heap slid and it was on my Birthday 21.October. On holiday with my parents as a teenager. Remember seeing all the vehicles attending. Been there about 3 times since and always visit that cemetery where the child victims are buried. 3 years ago, i read all the stories and the enquiry report.No problem. Hope the weather is as good as forecast, Snowdonia should look good at this time of year. My youngest daughter lives between Beddgelert and Caernarfon and loves the cycling and the climbing that gives her.