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Wheels: Things that go *!CRASH!*
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WHEELSMsg # 1 of 88                    Date: Thu  6/11/1997, 10:22 pm

From: RASPUTIN                   Read: 22 times

     To: GURU
Subject: bike selection...

4-stroke vs. 2-stroke
I'm mainly thinking on-road here, and XLNC, please add your stuff
to this for Guru.

Most riders who start off on 2-stroke pocket rockets end up
maturing to preferring 4-strokes. I still prefer 2-poke, tho starting
to like 4-poke more...

Engine braking: 4-strokes a clear winner, tho offroad the 2-stroke
can provide this when needed for gentle braking downhill by hitting
the kill switch and opening up the throttle to full.

Reliability: 4-stroke, more reliable starting and running, though
costlier & more to learn when it breaks down (`tappets', timing
chain...)

Maintenance: 2-stroke easier, though needs more frequent (minor)
attention.

Rideability: 4-stroke, as the 2-stroke is less even, and its revs
creep up and down cyclicly. Funny when cruising... Smile

Power: 2-stroke! 250 2-stroke = 500 4-stroke (especially with power
to weight ratio factored in)(rough generalisation).
Also, power = revs X torque, and 2-strokes rev out more.

Economy: 4-stroke.. 1/2 the firings per cycle.

Safety: power, weight, skill, cars, weather, conditions, ...

Noise: 4-strokes quieter.

Cost: ???

Best: 2-stroke, as acceleration is everything!! :>>>

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WHEELSMsg # 2 of 88                    Date: Sat  8/11/1997,  5:54 pm
From: GURU                       Read: 15 times

     To: All
Subject: Bad day

Had to work J'ville and Porirua today... thats an 18k cycle each way from my
place... not too bad EXCEPT

The slow leak got worse. It got faster. Instead of being fine to ride on, I
had to pump it up far more times than I particularly enjoyed, and had a
slight lack of rear-wheel control on fast corners. On the plus side, half
the time I was cycling into the wind, so I wasn't going too fast round a lot
of those corners anyway   Smile

The brakes got worse. All that dirt shite on the road got kicked up by the
tyres and stuck in the brakes... 'cos the silly weather couldn't decide if
it was wet or dry, so it averaged out and I got gritty brakes. Every time
pull brake levers, this horrible sound erupts from my wheels, and I imagine
huge tracks being left in the sides of my nice new rear wheel.
  Funny thing. I get home, examine wheel, and theres nice big tracks in it.
I spend 10 mins digging little silver bits of wheel out of my brake pads...

The gear cable got worse. Its been threatening to snap for a while. It
snapped...  "uh... as long as it doesn't decide to change down into lowest
register I'll be OK..."  WHUMP! It changes down almost immediately, leaving
me with about 7k to cycle in VERY low gears. Can't pedal at all if I'm going
faster than 20kph... d'oh... its a long way to roll...

Oh well, I've finally cleaned the brake pads and wheel, patched the leak,
and done an XLNC solder job (aka Jono's clutch Smile on a shortened version of
the gear cable... ho hum... another day, another of life's little problems

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WHEELSMsg # 3 of 88                    Date: Mon 10/11/1997, 12:16 am
From: GURU                       Read: 14 times

     To: All
Subject: Bad day #2

Follow-up to bad Saturday... guess who got a puncture halfway between
Pamemata and Porirua  Smile   Slow leak thinks me, pump it up im Porirua, cycle
on... pump it up 3k down the road... cycle on... pump it up another 2k down
the road... cycle on... try to pump it up, give up, not getting anywhere.
Can't find damn hole to patch up tho, and stupid me doesn't have a spare
tube! Argh! 8 sodding k of trudging with lead-weight bike on shoulders.

  Hey, I guess I'd better pay you guys for the psychotherapy eh?  Smile

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WHEELSMsg # 4 of 88                    Date: Sun 26/10/1997, 10:03 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 19 times

     To: All                     Fwd From: :    Weird occurrences from Zosimos
Subject: Road Rabbits


On the subject of killing bunnies, Road Kill and such like...

On was on my way into Wellington today with a friend and saw the sickest bit
of road kill I have ever seen.
On the Petone overbridge, coming from the Foreshore, I spotted two rabbit
ears protruding from the road surfice.
As we got closer I could see that it was in fact 1/2 a rabbit head `glued'
to the road. The face was intact, as was the ears and it seemed to be
staring at the approaching traffic like it had sunken into the road.

Just what exactly happened to the rest of the body I have no idea! It was
nowhere to be seen.

Yuk!

Sorry for sharing that wih you, I have no life.  Wink

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WHEELSMsg # 5 of 88                    Date: Wed 19/11/1997, 12:18 pm
From: RASPUTIN                   Read: 16 times

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: Bikes

>>I need a spring-loaded telescopic scratchy thing in handlebars
>
>You usually get that when you run into the back of a car or into
>a wall or somthing... Oh u mean some other springloaded scratchy thing...
>q8)

I think I did... not sure now... Oh the joys of being clueless:
       See the happy moron,
       He doesn't give a damn.
       I wish I was a moron,
       My God, pherhaps I am.

I saw a bike with sidecover protectors on it, they were alloy rectangle,
bracket bolted to downtubes, bent around to sidecovers. Easy done, neat
idea. The bike was a Kxx750ES, I think KSR750ES... wot wassit?\nmo

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WHEELSMsg # 6 of 88                    Date: Tue 25/11/1997,  1:52 pm
From: GURU                       Read: 15 times  [1 Reply]

     To: All
Subject: Cornering

Had a read + think about countersteering. For everyone who is not Rasputin
or XLNC this means turning the wheel of a bike the wrong way to turn quickly
 Smile

Was trying to work out what I do when I'm riding the cycle. At first I
thought I just leant over, chucking my weight to one side turning the bike
suddenly. But, on further observation, I'm forced to admit that Geof is
right (D'oH! Foiled again Smile  -  a little twitch to the left, then pull
handlebars back to straight and off ya go to the right, around the thing
you're trying to avoid. Kewel.

Still forgot to try out defferent methods of cornering tho. Leaning out,
leaning in, etc... can't remember which is which, but I guess you know what
I mean  Smile

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WHEELSMsg # 7 of 88                    Date: Thu 27/11/1997, 10:59 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 15 times

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: Cornering

>Was trying to work out what I do when I'm riding the cycle. At first I
>thought I just leant over, chucking my weight to one side turning the bike
>suddenly. But, on further observation, I'm forced to admit that Geof is
>right (D'oH! Foiled again Smile  -  a little twitch to the left, then pull
>handlebars back to straight and off ya go to the right, around the thing
>you're trying to avoid. Kewel.

On a roadbike, theres a couple a ways to run a corner...
Basically all of them follow a simple rule...
start the corner out as far as u can...
Go deep into the corner breaking before turning...
turn cutting thru the apex of the corner and out to the outside of the road
on the run away from the corner...
If u brake later, and turn sharper u can get on the gas quicker
out the other side, and u have more room to go wide...
If u turn early, your aiming across the road coming out of it and can
end up going over the center line...
Anyways back to the courning technique...
U can just sit on the bike and lean the whole thing over...
   Fine for modern tyres, (funny thing but when the bike is on its side
   the rear tyre diameter is reduced, basically giving u a lower gear...
   125 racers use this to get a bit more grunt leavin a corner az they
   are low on power...
U can get off the inside of the bike (b 4 the corner) and drag a knee
   round. Fine for fast riders who know what they r doin, but shifting
   weight in a courner can put u in a ditch...
u can sit normally but point with a knee...
   I do this with the 750 mainly coz if I need to get off the side to pull
   the big slug down into a corner, im ready 4 it, and it the front wheel
   gives out on a slippery patch, my legs ready for a quick kick to the
   ground which can give u a fraction of a second more time upright which
   is often all the front needs to recover from a slide..

Course repeating my self for the millionth time...
Break upright, and Dont use the rear breaks in a corner!...

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WHEELSMsg # 8 of 88                    Date: Sat 29/11/1997,  4:41 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 20 times

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: Suzuki...

>>Sure, Got a FFM helmet and full roadbike gloves (Not little short things
>>like u use on a trailbike)

>Awesome... forever in your debt   Smile
>  Ras pointed out that the guy who is running the course (Allan Kirk) is the
>same as wrote that cornering book he lent me. Which, BTW, I have now read
>all the way through and now think I'm ready for my first highspeed crash...

Koul, u can show him how u have lern't not to wimper while falling off
at high speed...

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WHEELSMsg # 9 of 88                    Date: Thu  4/12/1997, 12:09 pm
From: GURU                       Read: 15 times

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: Suzuki ridin

>So Guru...
>Tell us all what u thought about the little spin round the coast in the
>Jeep waz like...
>(And he didnt Roll it when I let him have a shot either!)  q8)

Smile   Quote of the day goes to XLNC:
"Turn! Turn! Turn! Turn! Turn! Turn!..."

Yeah, we went around Red Rocks coast, out as far as some beach which had the
dubious honor of having the Karori Sewage dump pipe going into (applications
for the name of this beach should be submitted in writing to someone,
somewhere, sometime, somehow). Strangely enuf Devil's Gate* was not
too scary (tho I'm sure it woulda been a whole lot more interesting if me or
Jono were driving Smile
  Aforementioned bit that I wuz driving was not too much of a wory, 'cos
'twas only flat stuff around the coast a bit. Which is cool, since as soon
as we got onto not-so-nice gravel/mud mix (near the gate), managed to stall
the poor thing several times in a row (OK, I suck at 3 point turns. So sue
me).

  Spent about 10 mins digging away at a dirt mound that XLNC managed to
bottom the jeep on as we went over it. 'Course, since we'd leveled it off,
he turned the jeep around as we went back over it just for the record...
Smile

  Basically really really cool. Think bikes sound better, but considering
the weather, the jeep was prolly a better choice for that day  Smile


* For those that havn't been out that way, Devil's Gate is this big
mutha of a speedbump (a few metres up/down each side), prolly at about a 30
degree slope (?) with nice big potholes in the middle of it just for good
measure...

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WHEELSMsg # 10 of 88                   Date: Sun  7/12/1997, 11:22 am
From: GURU                       Read: 16 times

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: Suzuki ridin

>>Spent about 10 mins digging away at a dirt mound that XLNC managed to
>>bottom the jeep on as we went over it. 'Course, since we'd leveled it off,
>>he turned the jeep around as we went back over it just for the record...
>>  Smile
>
>I dont like to b 1up'ed by no steenkin mound of dirt hehehe...
>like that big gravel hill we had a few shotz at till we got it ryte
>Now U can have a go at convincin Aimee that u survived it, she might too

Smile   Yeah, tho next time YOU get so sit in the back while we go over that
bump at the bottom. Gottoverhill in the end tho

Okey Aimee, this is Guru here (just making sure you know I'm not actually
XLNC just posting messages 'cos hes guilty about that little 'accident' that
involved me flying through the windscre... uh. I've said enuf). Seriously,
its smoother than cycling (shock absorbers y'see). Slightly more comfortable
seats. Easier. Faster. Warmer... so you've got no excuse for not going for a
spin... I mean a drive   Smile
  And if you're really nice Geof'll let you have a drive  Smile
MUHAHAHAhahaha

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WHEELSMsg # 11 of 88                   Date: Wed  7/01/1998,  9:08 pm
From: RASPUTIN                   Read: 16 times

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: Crunch

>So tell us all about f*** up #2...      Smile
>I understand this one involved a slightly more sentient problem than a bank?

Well...  (cough cough, #3 actually):
Day after xmas, buy new front brake lever, take 10mm spanner just in case,
lube chain, top up oil, fill tank, take off.
Traffic going less than 45 km/h even way past paekakariki, but the bike
doesn't care, it's an easy 80 km/h all the way. Traffic thins out, open road
speeds... "The road is mine!"
... Ooh, at Otaki already ... approaching roundabout, spirit of idiocy
possesses rider, prompting reckless maneuvre, and as I draw up to his
right-rear taillight, he bigins to cut across me to the right, and THEN
indicates after beginning to turn. Evasive maneuvre lasts a quarter way
round the roundabout before my left footfeg buries itself in his right sill
(below door), my foot (solid footwear protected) dents his driver door, and
I scratch his right-rear door. Dropping breaks the front-brake lever,
replaced only a few hours before.

Damage: -Bike: $10, +minor cosmetic alterations (headlight & fairing shifted
               an inch to the right)
        -Rider: A week and the knee stops its burning feeling.
        -Car: $800! (approx.)

And I'd only just completed paying off my first crash from 3 years ago
that month!

It's my lot, i guess, the fates will have me eternally poor!

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WHEELSMsg # 12 of 88                   Date: Sun 25/01/1998, 11:25 pm
From: THE FLASH                  Read: 23 times

     To: All
Subject: Devils

Any device that falls over when it stops moving is dangerous and should
be banned by law. I want a nice car thing with airconditioning electric
foot warmers and super sized cup holders. It also needs to have a 360
degree blind spot and a stereo that wakes the dead. A tuff set of fat
tires so it won't fall over and a loud exhaust so the meek are afraid
would be ideal. A HUGE V8 engine that gets 10 mpg and a dash board
covered with dead animal fur to top it all off!

Ps. You need to wear dark glasses at night in a car this cool.

PPs. You need to wear tight leather pants and cowboy boots while
chewing tobbacco when you drive to be truly cool!

---
 þ SLMR 2.1a þ Kiss my arse - You may learn to like it!

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WHEELSMsg # 13 of 88                   Date: Mon 26/01/1998,  4:10 pm
From: GURU                       Read: 14 times

     To: All
Subject: Woo hoo!

Yehar, apparently I can now officially ride a motorbike. Not allowed to
yet - just ABLE to  Smile
  So now I got the Basic Handling Skills thingi I'm going to get the
Learner's licence on Wednesday (yeah! Only two days wait. Lucky or what?!)
  I'd like to thank Satan for providing a good selection of souls to choose
from, the Angel of Death for looking the other way for 10 minutes while
doing emergency braking, and XLNC for actually teaching me how to ride. Ta
heaps   Smile

___ Blue Wave/386 v2.30 [NR]

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WHEELSMsg # 14 of 88                   Date: Sun  1/02/1998, 12:12 am
From: XLNC                       Read: 15 times

     To: All
Subject: Another fine day.

Well I started the day with a bit of work on the Garage roof...
Ok so Sunburnt neck out of the way, I went for a spin round the
coast followin Jono on his trailbike in the Jeep.

Made it to Long Beach (10k from nowhere before his bike gave up hehe.

While we sat and contemplated Zen and the 2 stroke motor, we watched
a Chrysler Jeep race along the beach, and strate into a washout in the
sand (Musta forgot what Eyes are for).
He hit the ditch at a good enough speed to break his front axle,
crack both sides of the Chassis and put a hole in the Sump.
He wasn't wearing his seatbelt, and said he was this close " c "
to goin thru the windscreen, hiz girlfriend was wearing a belt
but collected the side panel with her hip on the recoil and bruised
her fenders...
Anywayz I helped get the Jeep outa the hole.
Then After a call from another helpers Cellphone we got a mate to
come round the coast with a duel axle trailor. Then winched hiz
jeep onboard...
Nice power watchin a V8 suzuki pull a trailor fully laden across a
sandy beach... Then up and over a 30ft rocky track (Devils Gate)
Impressive. (Oh and az for the bike another passer by and friend ov the V8
let us throw it on the back ov hiz Landcruiser, so that fixed that.

Anywayz, I love helpin people out. Gives ya somthing different to
do, and Makes ya feel useful.

So wot'd every 1 else get upto with their Saturday...
I think I'll go for a swim tomorro 4 the Hell ov it.

-
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WHEELSMsg # 15 of 88                   Date: Sat  7/03/1998,  2:56 pm

From: GURU                       Read: 11 times  [1 Reply]

     To: All
Subject: XLNC talk

For anyone who, up until now, thought they were pretty much sane,
let me just quote (with minor alteration Smile   the words of XLNC:


We're now driving on the hard stuff, which is fast. When you drive
over the hard stuff you've got to go slow because it is hard. Hard
is good, because its fun, and its a lot more interesting than driving
on the hard bits because then there's nothing much to worry about.

___ Blue Wave/386 v2.30 [NR]

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WHEELSMsg # 16 of 88                   Date: Sat  7/03/1998,  9:31 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 11 times

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: XLNC talk

>For anyone who, up until now, thought they were pretty much sane,
>let me just quote (with minor alteration Smile   the words of XLNC:
>We're now driving on the hard stuff, which is fast. When you drive
>over the hard stuff you've got to go slow because it is hard. Hard
>is good, because its fun, and its a lot more interesting than driving
>on the hard bits because then there's nothing much to worry about.

NO No you got it all wrong... I said...
You can go fast on the Hard parts because thats the easy stuf. The hard stuf
is really the soft stuf which is hard to go fast on.
If you can go Fast over the real hard bits that can be real fun but
if its too hard you stand the chance of running into somthing harder and
less moveable than your vehicle. This too can be concidered fun.. Unless
your going soft...

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WHEELSMsg # 17 of 88                   Date: Sun 15/03/1998,  4:03 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 11 times

     To: RASPUTIN
Subject: Re: Devils

>I haven't heard back from that Insurance agency about that silly crash
>the day after xmas.

What about the even sillier crash last week!!!

Rasputin goes head to head with a courier driver and wins!

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WHEELSMsg # 18 of 88                   Date: Sat 11/04/1998, 10:08 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 17 times

     To: All
Subject: The Gold of Terewhiti

In case u hadn't deduced, Guru and I are on a little tour de force
of the Wellington Goldfields.

Most of the valleys west of Island Bay were mined for Gold over 100 years
ago (Including intensive mining of the Karori Resivoir.

There are many mine shafts in the far Sth west corner of Wellington
and a few of them are still accessable and even explorable.

Anywayz we visited the Albion Battery this friday, Its the site of the
steam driven gold crusher, and most of the old crusher is still there.

A little rusty ans weathered after it was built circa 1881.

Now all we need to do is find the mines...
Were using a Library book we were told of called "The Gold of Terawhiti"
which is a little vague and dated, but were working on it...
We'll let u know when we find a Mine..


In the meantime, I may upgrade the Cyan Suzi Jeep for a Brown one
with a whole 300cc bigger engine when weve finished with it... and a roll
cage (For the comfort of those who have been on a coastline tour with me u
may sigh some form of relief... or if u think about it, now I can do more
sillier things hehehe

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WHEELSMsg # 19 of 88                   Date: Tue 14/04/1998, 10:10 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 22 times

     To: ALL
Subject: Thar's Gold in them thar hills

Well we found our first abandoned Gold Mine in the weekend...

About an Hours drive round the coast from Owhiro Bay to the site
of of wellingtons first major gold diggings, we found a mine that
dosn't seem to be mentioned in a definitive book on the mining of
the area called The Gold of Terawhiti...

Ras, you'll find the spot on Wellington map R27... hmm no actually
its off that on Q27...
Lesee its at 174.39E longtitude, 41'19.2 Sth Lat, or thereaboots in a
valley called Waiariki.


Anyhooze, the mine appears to be 6' high by about 4' wide.
At the moment the mouth is blocked by creek wash rubble as its right
down at water level, and behind the rubble it appears to have damed
the seepage up so we're goin to clear the mouth and drain it b 4 having
a proper look.
It will probably be no more than 100 ft long but its curved so we can
only see a bus length b 4 its out of site of the mouth.

Should b fun.
(BTW it is carved out of solid quarts rock and so far has lasted 100+
years so we don't see it caving in on us wanderin in.)

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WHEELSMsg # 20 of 88                   Date: Sat 18/04/1998,  7:12 pm
From: GURU                       Read: 16 times

     To: All
Subject: Vroommmm... putt...

Motorcycle vs. Guru
Round 1

The unmoving motorcycle
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Well as you probably know having read my exctatic post, I got a
motorbike with XLNC's help.
  And it went, and it cornered, and it felt as free as a bird. And
it did require much work, which Guru and XLNC saw was bad. So XLNC
said unto Guru "let us fix those front brakes, that they may work,
and that they may perform a more useful function than making funny
squidgy sounds" (actual words may vary. Action figurines sold
seperately).
  And it was so.
  And the fuel leak also was fixed. And the motorbike did ride
for several days the back streets of Wellington. And it did go unto
Porirua, and Happy Valley, and all the places inbetween. And it
did overtake many cars. And Guru saw that it was good.

  And then, the motorbike did not start. Guru tried all manner of
things, using the throttle, and the choke, and the starter switch -
for it had an electric starter - and it would not go. And Guru tried
in vain to examine the spark plugs, but could not. And still it
would not go.
  This was the first heartbreak.

  And then, on a prayer, an angel descended from EDS in the Hutt,
with a GSX750 toolkit and a knowledge of all things on two wheels.
And he said unto Guru "this wiring sucks", and Guru looked, and
was not well pleased by the sight. And they did use all manner of
tools - yea, even a soldering iron. And the wiring was fixed. And
the motorcycle was started.
  This was the resurection.

___ Blue Wave/386 v2.30 [NR]

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WHEELSMsg # 21 of 88                   Date: Sat 18/04/1998,  7:47 pm
From: GURU                       Read: 16 times

     To: All
Subject: Vroom... slide!

Guru vs. road
Round 1

The paint markings
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  Well whatd'ya know. When people say the paint markings are slippy
they really mean it   Smile    After we got the bike running again and
XLNC had left I took the bike out for a quick (10min or so) spin
to the next suburb. Coming home, pulled into the turning lane, waited
for a gap in the traffic, accelerate and turn toward the home
straight...
  ...umm... OK. A split second later my right foot in on the ground
holding the bike up and the rear wheel has slid the length of the
bike along a painted direction arrow on the road, so I'm 90 degrees
to where I started, facing the way I wanted to go but having turned
just about on the spot. Kewel...

  Round 1 to Guru   Smile

___ Blue Wave/386 v2.30 [NR]

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WHEELSMsg # 22 of 88                   Date: Sat 18/04/1998,  7:51 pm
From: GURU                       Read: 16 times

     To: All
Subject: Vroom... crunch!

Road vs. motorcycle
Round 1

The curb
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  *sob* *sob*  I f'd up. Gave a couple of mates who hadn't ridden
bikes before a go on the bike. If you get into trouble, I said, pull
in the clutch, pull on the front brake.
  Silly me. Explained a lot, still assumed too much. Assumed that they
wouldn't take it at any more than about 5k or so, and assumed they
wouldn't pull the brake too hard.
  The second guy corners, not leaning enough for the speed he's doing,
he's going to hit the curb. Pulls in the clutch. Pulls on the front
brake. The front wheel locks. Bike does a Flash Special   Smile
  Whole thing goes down and the front wheel smacks into the curb.
Thankfully the guy was OK, tho it didn't look like a graceful landing.
The bike is a mess.
  Indicator lights (just recently straightened too, I might add!)
smashed, chain seems to make a funny noise, neutral light doesn't
work. Oh yeah, and the little metal sticker on the motor fell off.
And a few scratches here and there. And a very warped front wheel.

  Round 1 of motorcycle vs. road goes to the road.
(hey. Where did those round girls get to...?)

___ Blue Wave/386 v2.30 [NR]

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WHEELSMsg # 23 of 88                   Date: Sun 19/04/1998,  9:27 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 17 times

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: Heads!

>You realise that, since you'll be able to do higher speeds, you'll
>have to yell 'heads!' a whole .1 second earlier so that people
>have just the right amount of time to think "oh sh"
>WHUMP!
><Jeep goes over a bump at high speed>
><Head of person in back of jeep stops suddenly upon collision with
>the roof>

At least I try to warns ya.. Unlike tony...
Brrrrrrrrrrrrr....   WHUMP!...   (Snigger sniger)
He tony theres 3 large lumps here I didnt slow enu..
WHUMP WHOMP KRUNCH!!!!!  (Snigger snigger)

Meanwhile in the back, all that is heard is...
"Oh Shi..." <CRUNCH>
"Not anoth..." <CRUNCH>
"Oh FAAAAAR!!..." <WHUMP THWACK>
(feeble wimper)
Hows it going in the back there Jono
%#%^$#@^%#^$##@^%$#&^ #@$#!@ Your *%#$#$  &)@#% SELF!
He's still kickin tony, must be ok...

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WHEELSMsg # 24 of 88                   Date: Mon 20/04/1998,  7:48 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 18 times

     To: AIMEE
Subject: Re: Thar's Gold in them thar

>>>>*gasp*
>>>>She speaks...
>>>She does indeed.  Not often, but sometimes :>
>>
>>SHE certainly would never dream of chatting to a person that was on at the
>>same time as her that for sure!  Sad  <sulk>
>
>Excuse me?!

OK but it was the first time in yonks!  Twas good though!  :>

Zos's note...
  After writing the comment above about her not ever chatting, Aimee
proceeded to go into chat mode and make a liar of me.  Smile

( I think I'll try that trick again sometime )

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WHEELSMsg # 25 of 88                   Date: Thu 23/04/1998, 12:13 am
From: GURU                       Read: 15 times  [1 Reply]

     To: XLNC
Subject: Vroommmm... putt...

 Xl> And the angel faltered in his duty, and the clouds did darken and
 Xl> the rains will come, fore the Angel did forget to redress one of
 Xl> the 10 sacred commandments...
 Xl> Foresaid he regrets, for the few seconds betook to utter the sentance
 Xl> "Thout shalt not be lending of, ones new toy to those who do not
 Xl> follow in the learnings of good riding practice"
 Xl> and Judice made his preasence felt unto Guru...
 Xl> And the rain did fall harder yet,
 Xl> tho not harder than the bike...

Too true. For is it not written - Wipeout 17:4:
  And the lord sayeth unto the owners of the two-wheeled machines of
the world - fear not excessive speed; nor fear ye noise, nor fuel
consumption. But be wary, for the son of perdition is amonskt you,
and he will tempt those who ride upon thine bike to drop it unto the
earth. And there will be much unhapiness and gnashing of teeth, and
many visits unto the motorcycle wreckers.

  On a different subject to motorised transport: now that the motorbike
is dead I've been back to riding the pushbike again, and nearly been
knocked off twice. Today some bastard saw fit to accelerate THROUGH me
at an intersection, and I would stuck my foot onto his paintwork except
I was too busy getting the !@#$ outa the way and he was going too fast.
And on Monday coming back from Paremata a car decided to overtake me
and then park, cutting across my front. I saw what he was doing and
tried just being aggressive and keeping on riding where I was going.
But once my front wheel was actually rubbing the side of his car and
I was really struggling to keep the bike from falling over I thought
I'd better pull on the brakes and turn. !@#$ing bastards the lot of
them.

___ Blue Wave/386 v2.30 [NR]

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WHEELSMsg # 26 of 88                   Date: Thu 23/04/1998,  9:45 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 14 times

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: Vroommmm... putt...

>And on Monday coming back from Paremata a car decided to overtake me
>and then park, cutting across my front.

My mate Tony aka " Fiend " from the Druggy subbie...
was accelerating down main road lowerhutt city in among the buildings..
a lady in front was parked and just started moving out...
She stopped like she was waiting for him to pass... but instead did a Uturn
in the middle of city traffic... and him.

A passer by was most impressed and gave tony a 9.6 for the vault and
dismount... but only a 3 for the landing as he crumpled into a heap
on the other side of the car, landing sideways putting a knee out so
bad that he recons it was 45 degrees out to one side...
Luckilly the passerby was a Sports medic, and checked him over quickly
before popping the leg back into joint.

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WHEELSMsg # 27 of 88                   Date: Sat 25/04/1998, 10:27 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 15 times

     To: All
Subject: Jeep n nasty

Well I have 2 Jeeps now...
Took em both for a spin round the quarry today...
(Ok so "I" didnt take em both, I got Jono to drive one...

Anyway we went to the goldmine and started the draining of the trapped water
behind the cave mouth. A nice little water channel has drained about 1/3 of
the water, hopefully I'll finish the job on Sunday.

The latest Jeep is a little down on power compared to the Cyan one but
im sure that kan be rectified when I track down a 1300cc engine for it.
And it has a seat in the back too (Whoo Whoo)

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WHEELSMsg # 28 of 88                   Date: Tue  5/05/1998,  2:45 pm
From: GURU                       Read: 19 times

     To: All
Subject: Oops

I work for Coca Cola. Basically supermarket work, higher payed, and
in different supermarkets so you don't get toooo bored   Smile   Monday
and Thursday mornings I merchandise New World out in Paremata, stocking
up or changing their displays and shelves.
  The ride out there is wonderful. I leave about 6:30am, heading out
north so there's hardly any traffic. Get out onto the motorway, there's
already a stack of cars trying to get into town, and noone behind or
infront of you going your way. Its cool, the light is that pre-dawn
gloom that casts everything in shades of grey. Its an effect, an
atmosphere, that makes getting up so bluddy early very worthwhile.

  Returning home I take the motorway back to Johnsonville, then head
along the back roads back to my place. Theres a really good backroad
into Johnsonville if you get off the motorway about 6km earlier,
but at that time its got too many cars to make it worthwhile. Through
Johnsonville, you head along a road called Burma. A long stretch of
nothingness, limited to 50kph, which people love to speed along and
cops love to catch people on. I'm aways really careful not to
speed along that bit, but I usually get a big backlog of cars behind
me which bug me. The sit right on your arse, but if you pull to the
side they still just sit there and don't overtake. So they just annoy
you and don't go away.

  Down off the Burma road is a hill which is great if you're on a
pushbike. My top cycle speed of 69kph, which was a personal record
for quite some time (current record is only 1kph faster than that)
was gotten on this downhill. It goes straight downhill for about 200
metres, then flattens out and pulls around to the right in a sweeping
corner which is quite a bit sharper than it looks. But having reached
almost 70kph on a pushbike, buggered if I was ever going to touch the
brakes and loose that speed so quickly.

  Yesterday I followed this same stretch of road, watching with
annoyance at the backlog of cars behind my motorbike on the Burma
Road. Down the hill I thought I'd start to leave them behind. Roads
were wet so I didn't push it too hard. 60kph at the bottom of the
hill, pull the bike down to the right, open the throttle to
accelerate out of the corner.

  The back started to slide out. This has happened several times
already to me. Mostly at slower speeds on white road lines -
pedestrian crossings and the like - but also around corners
occasionally. This has always just about caused me a heart attack,
but never really been a problem. This time I think I did something
silly. My best two guesses are:-
 (1) Closed the throttle as a reaction to sliding;
 (2) Tried to correct with the front steering for the back moving,
which lent over for the corner.

  Either way, the result was that the front decided that it, too,
was going to have a bit of fun. Next thing I know, I hit the ground
sideways. I managed to get over so that I was facing forwards,
hands behind me on the ground, feet on the ground in front of me,
sliding down the road at 60kph. Looking back I guess if I was going
to crash it was better that the road was wet, 'cos I just slid along
happily (actually I could get to like sliding like that as much as
riding the bike Smile for quite some time. Watching the motorbike slide
along next to me, not slowing down at all, and producing a shower
of sparks from the road to rival any pyrotechnic display I've seen.

  As I watched the curb come closer I thought about a message I'd
read quite some time ago about how Ras was woried about hitting
curbs and leaving his spine behind and all sorts of nice things like
that. My encounter with the curb was no worse than a small bruise on
my hip, a moment of imbalance, and then I was standing upright. And
wondering how much it was going to cost to fix the bike.

  The bike stopped about 20 metres down the road against the
curb, surrounded with a nice pool of fuel leaking from the top of
the tank through the fuel cap. No real problem there. The battery
had fallen out, cracked in one part of it, and severed a few wire
connections on its way. And the front brake lever had snapped.
Other than that everything seemed OK.

  Except for the fact that I had to push the thing the 4km or so
the rest of the way home.




  Post-crash analysis:
----------------------
New battery      } $100 for both. As a sidenote, the bike starts a
New brake lever  }  whole lot easier now than it ever did and I
                    replaced a lot of dodgy wire connections while
                    I was at it...

$40 pair of trousers written off. And I bought them less than a week
ago   Sad

Ego written off. Thats been around for a while, but I don't think I
insured it so I'll have to fork out for a new one. Maybe I'll have a
look in the Trade & Exchange to see if anyone is giving one away...

___ Blue Wave/386 v2.30 [NR]
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WHEELSMsg # 29 of 88                   Date: Sun 10/05/1998, 12:49 pm

From: GURU                       Read: 16 times

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: Oops

>Go on, tell em the rest... "AND another trip to XLNC's to fix the
>rest of the bits (Tho u did very well with the rest...)
>The bent forks are gona be a little bit harder to fix...

Yeah... that too:
"Oh, the handlebars are bent down..."
<XLNC bangs away with the trusty mallet for a few minutes>
"next problem?"
"uh... the handlebars are bent back aswell"
<XLNC takes to the handlebars again>
"anything else?"
"umm... oh yeah. Look at the foot-pegs"
<bang> <crunch> <whack!>
"is that all?"
"yeah I think its all fixed now..."
Smile

Except for the front forks that is... even the rubber mallet couldn't solve
that problem   Sad

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WHEELSMsg # 30 of 88                   Date: Thu 21/05/1998,  8:26 pm
From: GURU                       Read: 15 times

     To: All
Subject: Smokey the GSX

Woe is me. And, come to think of it, woe is XLNC when he discovers
I'm going to rope him into fixing my bike again   Smile

  Imagine early morning, the beginning of a beautiful day. The sun
has been up for a little while, its cool but not freezing cold. There's
hardly any traffic on the motorway as you speed north overtaking the
odd car that you do meet.

  And then the bike looses power. All the cars you overtook overtake
you back again, and you feel very silly. You're now putting along
and the bike is strugling to do 60. Something is very wrong. Pull over
to the side of the road.

  To discover oil all over your shoes, and the legs of your trousers,
and the engine, and the road where you stopped. Oh shit.

  I rode the bike to Porirua in the breakdown lane. Managed to get up
to 40kph on a downhill bit on the motorway. Worse than cycling,
because you know that everyone who passes you is expecting you to
be going fast and is laughing because you can't and you're smoking
like your bike is running on turpentine. I took the thing all the way
to Paremata and then back (via the backroads) home. About 40km,
traveling at about 30kph on average. I stopped to refil the oil
several times. The bike finally just completely gave up at the bottom
of my street, deciding it just didn't want to have enough power to
go up the hill. So I pushed it the last hundred metres or so, and
put it in the garage with a cardboard box and lots of rags underneath
it.

  God only knows what the actual problem is. Some sorta o-ring or
something somewhere. Its leaked oil and burned oil a bit too ever
since I bought the thing...

  Oh, and by the way XLNC. I think there might be a little bit of
truth to what Tony says about maintenance. "Oh she's burning oil
is she" I seem to recall you saying. Heh. That'll teach me to ignore
little problems and assume they'll get better or at least not get
any worse...    Smile     'course this may not be related to the
excessive-oil-sonsumption problem I experienced, but I recon it prolly
is...

  Just as an afterthought: I started riding the pushbike as of
Monday. Wey hey, I'd forgotten how much fun that can be! And how
much the seat hurts  Sad

  And now the pushbike is locked up at varsity 'cos I got a puncture
and forgot to take all the tools with me so I had to catch the train
home. My bro recently crashed HIS mountain bike into a car and
stuffed up the wheels on that. All in all I think there's a curse
over my family concerning two wheeled vehicles. Considering my sister
stacked the van into the side of the road and then stuffed the
gearbox a short while later, maybe this curse extends to all vehicles
in general...



  Hey, Zosi... can I have a go in your car?   Smile

___ Blue Wave/386 v2.30 [NR]

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WHEELSMsg # 31 of 88                   Date: Mon 22/06/1998,  5:21 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 16 times

     To: ALL YOU TRIPPERS
Subject: The Toy Jeep...

errhmm...
Long story cut short, I cooked m jeep in the weekend...

Short story lengthend..
Went for a sunday spin round the coast and had the radiator hose spring a
leak.
Fixed that and ... hehehe (Blush) decided "She'll be right" so went
further round the coast.
Comming back we noticed it was startin to fume up (Nothing new with
this jeep, exhaust used to face back into the body...)
then It ran out of fuel so we decided to investigate the smell
(And a noticeably more rattly motor...)

To those who know motors, what does a very cold motor, lots of steamy oil
leaks and the sound "Tink, tink...   tink tink tink      tink...."

30 minutes later after hand sprinkling water on the head to cool it without
cracking it, we were able to fix the hose again...
(Who did it up too tight and cut through it Jono)

Surprisingly... it still runs ok... A little smokier tho...

Guess its time to find that Corolla 1500 motor to throw into it...

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WHEELSMsg # 32 of 88                   Date: Sat 15/08/1998, 10:00 pm
From: GURU                       Read: 13 times

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: The Mighty byke

Yeah, OK. When I log on, alright?   Smile

So as y'all might gather I have a bike once more. A bike. Not a two (or one
as it was for a time) wheeled expensive piece of junk in XLNC's garage   Smile
Complete with new piston (one without a hole in it!), honed cylinders, oil
change, new head (oops, I wonder who stuffed the old one) base gasket,
(this one still leaks oil as you drive along. But its only a few drips every
time I ride it, compared to a litre or so every half an hour), new tyre,
repainted exhaust, and a rear brake light switch.
  After putting it all together, futzing around with cleaning up some
of the indicator switches and the like, we poured some 2-stroke mix into the
tank and... it started! Left it running for a little while and it didn't
explode.

  OK, so it was smoking quite a bit but that was probably just the oil in
the fuel tank compments of the 2-stoke mix, right XLNC? So, thanks to the
awesome efforts of the EDS Motorcycle Support Centre, I had a bike once
again.

  A few days later, time to get a WOF and actually make it legal to ride the
thing again. Had to get a front light since the old one terminally stuffed,
and spent ages going around in circles in Wellington's one-way street
system trying to get to some electrical place XLNC recommded. In the mean
time the tachometer stopped working, so I raced back home to take a look at
it. Uh oh, seems the cable wound itself into two cables, worm style.
Whack everything back together, head back into town. Park the bike on the
footpath outside this Ford shop - put the kickstand down, put the bike on
the kickstand, realise I havn't put the kickstand down properly. Bike keeps
going down. Gravity is only thwarted by the existance of a large concrete
block, so the bike is only at a 45 degree angle or so. No damage done -
its fall was cushoned. By my leg. I spend the next minute with my leg
trapped between two very painful objects trying to maneuver into a position
that I can actually get the bike upright. Meanwhile lots of traffic
streams past on the road, and every one of them is probably laughing
like shit. The mechanic at the Ford place had a straight face, but I'll
bet he had a good story to tell when I buggered off.

  Anyway, I limp my around town collecting motorcycle bits, finally make
it to Boyle Kawasaki. Give the bike a good wipedown with a cloth to
remove any trace of oil which may incriminate me when it drips on their
shop floor. Walk in there, ask for a WOF, spend the next 20 minutes
stressing about all the problems that I hope they won't find. Still can't
believe it actually passed!

  Anyway, other than the oil leak(s)... it smokes like a big smokey thing,
especially when its cold or when I ride past the police station in town.
But its certainly improved in terms of performance. Like I can actually
go up Ngauranga Gorge at the speed limit instead of slowly loosing speed
the higher I get  Smile    Wey hey! Life is good.
z

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WHEELSMsg # 33 of 88                   Date: Sat 15/08/1998, 10:00 pm
From: GURU                       Read: 13 times

     To: All
Subject: Argh!

Since I got the bike (umm, dunno how long ago now Smile I've ridden it around,
and the only REAL problem/danger has been myself. All of a sudden, in the
past two days, cars have decided that maybe I'm not going to kill myself
fast enough and they might add themselves to the equation. Imagine that: NO
problems for months, then three cars in two days do stupid things.

#1. Lady in car traveling around corner. Street about 1.5 car widths wide -
HEAPS of room for a bike and a car to pass each other. But no. This lady
wants to dive right up the middle so I have nowhere to go. She stops. I
stop. We look at each other for 20 seconds or so. I get bored with waiting
for her to turn the steering wheel and move 1 foot to her left, and squish
myself against a bank while getting around the stupid sod.

#2. Car pulls out of side street, crossing across my path. With no traffic
in my lane or the lane that the car is pulling into, the car stops dead. I
pull to a stop. Look at driver, swear at him a bit. Driver looks back for a
while, puts his foot down, drives off...

#3. Coming back from XLNC's place, at the lights a taxi looks like its going
to try to turn in front of me when the lights change rather than let me have
the right of way. The lights change, the taxi pulls around. I seriously
consider buying a shotgun...

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WHEELSMsg # 34 of 88                   Date: Mon 17/08/1998, 11:29 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 11 times  [1 Reply]

     To: XLNC
Subject: Bloody nice cops out there lately


I got pulled over by a mufti cop on saturday night. I was on my way to a
party with Kris when she realised that we did'nt know the address.
I turned around and shot back up the motorway towards Haywards. I scanned
the number plates of the cars that I passed (old habit from my youth)
checking for familiar mufti-cop plates.
I passed a new Falcon with the plate XD something, and two ariels.
I slowed down to 120k and watched to see if he was going to pull out and
follow me. He did'nt so I sped off again. Next thing I know he's right up
behind me with his lights on.

I told him why I was zipping back home (to Kris's) and he said "Well thats
the most unusual excuse I've heard in a while" and he told me to keep the
speed down and take it easy.  What a guy!  Smile

Then tonight I was again driving up to Haywards, I floored it away from the
lights at Kelson and left the other cars well behind me. Then I noticed that
one of the cars behind me was matching my speed. I sat on 140k for a while
and then he came flying up behind me and ...yup you guessed it! he put his
lights on and hit the siren.
This guy was not so friendly as the last one. He asked me to "exit the car,
and stand at the rear of the vehicle". He asked to see my licence and then
asked if I knew how fast I was going?.
I said "no not really, I was just matching the speed of the cars in front
and behind, which was you!".
He grunted something about a big fine and lots of demerit points, handed me
back my licence and told me to "slow down and take it easy".
He got back in his car and took off at much the sort of speed that he was
berating me for!.

I'm now starting to get thoroughly paranoid! I think I'll start driving at
the old speeds that I used to cruise at. At least I was going so fast then
that I never gave the cops a chance to come up behind me. Wink

I think I'll need to put those new shocks and springs in first though!  ;>

Zos.

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WHEELSMsg # 35 of 88                   Date: Wed 19/08/1998,  4:49 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 14 times  [1 Reply]

     To: ZOSIMOS
Subject: Re: Bloody nice cops out there lately

>I got pulled over by a mufti cop on saturday night.

Lessee... 2 speeding tickets,
110k in a 50 (120 actually officer...), err yes that is a restricted
licence, thanx for ignoring the passenger bit...
Next day, Yes same officer I forgot I wasn't supposed to be carryin
passengers, thanx for lettin me off for that again...
(Shame yesterdays ticket cost me licence 6 mnths...

140 on the motorway.. (Err 160 officer?) (Arrg $300) and my mate stopped
with me gets a court appearance for restricted L with Passenger and gets $80
(Wonder what the Lawyer cost...)

Unsteady ridin on the bike with pillion... err yes provisional again...
thanx officer, just praktisin...
Pillion without a helmet, Thanx officer Im sure im lucky that
youve just been called away.. (Tho I herd the radio too and I think you
just can't b bothered...)
No wof/reg on the 550, Sure officer, tommorrow some time.. thanx...
No wof/reg on the 750, Sure officer, tommorrow some time.. thanx...
ditto on the 750... thanx again...
Ditto on it yet again.... well it took u guys long enough...
And yet again the next day (Hey no fare.... showd the prev ticket. thanx)
And then an officer trys to sell me a harley for doing a big standin smokey
in front of them waitin for the lights... (Err yeah I'll call you...)
(Lucky he didnt stop my friend on my 550 in front az well as she was
without a licence at all...)

so lessee 2 speedin, 2 no wof (One I got outa by gettin the wof in a week.)

And nothing since I had the car... Guess Ive mellowed az well...
Or mabee im more sneaky...

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WHEELSMsg # 36 of 88                   Date: Wed 19/08/1998,  6:05 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 13 times

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: Bloody nice cops out there lately

>>I got pulled over by a mufti cop on saturday night.
>
>Lessee... 2 speeding tickets,
>110k in a 50 (120 actually officer...), err yes that is a restricted
>licence, thanx for ignoring the passenger bit...

I've had so many tickets (mainly when I was younger) that I could'nt
possibly count them. Maybe twenty or so.
But what I really like is the way that I have developed the art of getting
off tickets. I would say that out of the last ten or so times that I have
been pulled over I would have been ticketed only twice.
All would have been for speeding.

Rule one. Never admit to speeding. Thats what they want you to do.
 When asked "why the hurry" deny that you are in one. They are looking for
a confession, not an excuse.
If the guy looks like a softie just come out and apologise straight away.
Don't let him get into his stride. Say something like.." I'm sorry, I don't
usually speed, I know I was PROBABLY going a little faster than I should,
but my dog has just died and I'm quite anxious to get home and bury it"
(what ever)  Wink

Rule two. If the cops really pissed at you and looks like he just wants you
to confess, he probably did'nt get a radar reading on you. Deny that you
were speeding at all. State that you had been watching your speedo just
before he pulled you over and it definately said 100kph (or whatever).
 No matter how much he tries to get you to own up, stick to your guns.
He needs you to acknowledge that you were speeding for the case to be
sealed.

Rule three. Don't speed.

Zos Smile

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WHEELSMsg # 37 of 88                   Date: Wed 26/08/1998,  8:53 am
From: GURU                       Read: 11 times

     To: All
Subject: South Island tour

Wish me luck, I'm going to need more than just a pocketful. Tonight (1.30am
tommorow technically I s'pose) I'm heading off down south on the ferry.
Here's the plan:

  Find a nice comfy dry park bench and go to sleep until its actually a
godly hour of the morning
  Head off down to Christchurch. This alone could be interesting - Furthest
I've ridden before is about 130km or so... hmm, could be interesting. Hey
XLNC, I hope this bike is reliable!   Smile
  Hop in a car, with 7 other people, and head off down to Dunedin in the
Undie500 cheapo car race. The plan is for everyone to don viking costume,
and hopefully Phil has done the car up with a viking theme. There's also
roumour of attempting to stop at every pub on the way, but since we're also
planning to get back on Saturday I dunno if that'll work!
  Forget the hangover, hop on bike, go to visit some friends on the West
Coast. I sure hope they're not recommending chains on vehicles going over
the Lewis Pass at the moment...

  I've got my fingers crossed that the weather is OK, that it doesn't snow
on the pass, that the motorbike doesn't give up on me, that I don't end up
too tired to do half the stuff I've got planned, and that this damn cold
goes away in the next 15 hours or so! OK peoples, I've got an assignment
I've got to do, so I'll cacha on Wednesday after I get back into Wellytown.
That, or they'll be scraping me off the front of on of those InterLink
buses somewhere. Either way, see you in hell!    Smile

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WHEELSMsg # 38 of 88                   Date: Thu 27/08/1998,  1:32 am
From: DIZZY                      Read: 14 times  [1 Reply]

     To: ZOSIMOS
Subject: Computers & Cars

-=> Quoting Zosimos to Guru <=-

 >Whats this 'automotive' side of the business? Not too many computer stores
 >I know of offer free WOF checks with every purchace...   Smile

 Zo> Oh I don't know.. I've fixed more than a few of my customers
 Zo> computers! Funny thing is, most people are really surprised that a
 Zo> mechanic knows about computers. Its like they think that becuase I get
 Zo> my hands dirty for a living, I must not be very bright.
 Zo> With an IQ of 136 they could'nt be further from the truth.  Smile

What exactly is your business? It sounds very similar to the setup
Phillip is doing here...

He has a workshop which he was going to open for automotive engineering
and is now concentrating on opening the computer workshop/showroom first
which is in the same building.  Once that is up and running he will be
busy cleaning up the rest of the building so it can be fully opened for
the automotive side of his business.

We are always coming across that 'what does a mechanic know about
computers' thingi too...  One of our accounts was terminated by a
computer dealer because their head office said that they didn't deal
with garages (RPM Technical Services (the computer side of the business)
is a division of RPM Automotive Engineering Limited) and another declined
our application completely for the same reason.  We are now looking at
having to change the company name.

The other drawback is that I can see me having to man the workshop so
that customers dont get put off by the sight of a mechanic making a
beeline to serve them when they are purchasing computer equipment!  Just
as well he cleans up when going to install networks etc! (well, semi
cleanup anyway  ...got him a razor for Christmas and think he has
trouble figuring out how to use it!) :>

Anyway, it'll be interesting to see how similar (or not) your business
ventures are.  Maybe if you are over this side of the hill sometime the
two of you can get together and swap notes.  I know you were both
yabbering together for hours at one of the bbqs...
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WHEELSMsg # 39 of 88                   Date: Thu 27/08/1998,  8:27 pm

From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 14 times

     To: DIZZY
Subject: Re: Computers & Cars

>What exactly is your business? It sounds very similar to the setup
>Phillip is doing here...

Its a small to medium sized Automotive workshop specialising in Under-car
servicing. I don't do any computer stuff through the bussiness but I do
offer to fix my customers pc's if the topic comes up.

>Anyway, it'll be interesting to see how similar (or not) your business
>ventures are.  Maybe if you are over this side of the hill sometime the
>two of you can get together and swap notes.  I know you were both
>yabbering together for hours at one of the bbqs...

It sounds like he's doing something that I would love to do... combine my
hobbies and my daytime job into one. I will be very interested in seeing
just which side of your venture becomes the dominant side.
I have a feeling that it could either way Wink
One thing I learnt about starting out with a new venture is that things are
never quite what you plan...

When I started Total Performance 10 years ago, I thought that it would be a
lot smaller than it is. I never dreamed that with two years I would be the
largest customer of most of my suppliers.
Come to think of it, neither did they! I remember Lucas would'nt give me any
more than a 20% discount on Shock Absorbers when I approached them.
I went to Repco and they were more generous. After a year or two we bought
so much product that we were the first company to go "direct" with them.
Which meant that we no longer had to deal with the local branch but ordered
our stock directly from the warehouse in Auckland.

Things have changed a lot since then too. We no longer deal with them at
all. But have split our eggs into several baskets. That way we can buy the
best products at the best price, and offer our customers a better choice.

Although I'm talking about the automotive side of things here I think It
would apply to almost any type of bussiness.
Yeah... maybe I should drop in for a chat.... Wink


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WHEELSMsg # 40 of 88                   Date: Fri  4/09/1998, 10:54 am
From: GURU                       Read: 18 times

     To: All
Subject: SI tour - non-petrol-head version

Ahh... I'm about to head down to the ferry terminal to hang around in a
queue to get on the damn boat, and the weather is anything but nice and
threatening to get worse. Clad in about 20 layers of clothing, with tramping
overtrousers and a funny-looking orange poncho I get on the bike and
discover that riding with a full backpack on my back is a little...
wobbly... to say the least. Get down to the terminal, spend a minute by the
counter digging through layers of clothing to find my ticket, and severely
overheating because I'm wearing too much to be sitting still! Ah, live and
learn I guess.

  Picton, two hours sleep and an hour of thumb twiddling later, and the
weather is still crappy. Its 4.30am, so I leave the bike at the side of the
road and wander off to find the porch of the Maratime Museum to get  bit
more sleep. Lots of layers of clothing becomes extremely useful in padding
out the concrete! 6.30am, hop back on the bike and head off down the coast
to Christchurch. At about 70kph in case the bike decides to play nasty
tricks again.

  Beautiful ride! Kaikoura did its usual trick of being mist and sea-spray
shrouded and looking really cool. The rest of the way was damp road and
semi-cloudy sky. The alps have a tonne of snow on them, and they look
incredible when you first see them when you turn in from the coast. Kiakoura
did try to send me to meet my maker at one point... oil slick on the inside
of a nice sweeping corner sent me and the bike snaking out right across my
side of the road to the centre line - back goes, front goes, everything
settles down a metre or so to the right, I straighten up out of the corner,
and then the concious brain takes over and I think "holy SHIT!".

  Other than that... Never got to do the Undie 500 as planned  Sad   Too many
people pulled out at the last moment, which would have left me and two
others to foot the bill of WOF, REG, and petrol down to Dunedin and back.
Change of plan, we just went to the start, saw some cool cars (eg. an Austin
Powers van   Smile   and bummed around in Christchurch. Went to a great party
on Saturday night - two flats next to each other... the people had removed
the fence between them and were holding this big party between both flats.
Woo hoo. They even had a room for 80's dance music!

  Never made it over to see my friends on the west coast. More on that in
the petrol-head version... basically we ended up hanging around Christchurch
some more, and racing to catch the ferry on Tuesday. Cool.

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WHEELSMsg # 41 of 88                   Date: Fri  4/09/1998, 11:07 am
From: GURU                       Read: 14 times

     To: All
Subject: SI tour - petrol-head version

My bike had this problem. I'd be racing along, overtaking cars at about 130
(scoff if you will Zosi), and then the bike would decide it didn't want to
do any more than about 70kph and just loose power. It did this for some
time, then one day it pissed oil everywhere, smoked like hell, and didn't
want to go faster than 20kph. The bike was duly taken around to XLNC's,
worked on for quite some time, and a piston with a hole in it discovered.
Piston replaced, lots of problems with the air intake and the carbs fixed.
Everything should run great.

  I get my restricted licence. Decide "wahoo! Now I'm allowed to go 100kph
(legally), lets take it for a burn on the motorway". I'm just hitting 100
when the bike starts loosing power. Uh oh. Seen this before. But the ferry
is booked, I'm off south in a week. No time for fixing bike now. Just take
it carefully. Low revs, low speed. She'll be right. Famous last words.

  In an effort to keep the revs low, I'm changing up gears earlier than I
usually did. About Blenheim the bike does its nasty loosing-power trick.
Just after I changed into 5th gear. Aha! thinks me. The problem is that
gear! I would have used to change into 5th at about 100, so thats the
problem. I just keep it in 4th and it'll be alright. It was alright! No
problems, I still kept it at about 80 most of the way. Got bored and went
100 between Kaikoura and North Canterbury. Back down to 80 when I'm nearing
Christchurch. Heading along toward Christchurch on the motorway, maybe 20 or
30km to go. Bike severely looses power. Argh damn !@#$ etc etc I havn't
changed gear or done anything whats wrong?!

  Stop  by the roadside, go to sleep for half an hour or so to let it cool
down. Get back on. ahhhh bugger. Its not smoking, but otherwise, its done
its old trick of "no faster than 20kph thanks" again. Pull off the motorway,
leave the bike, hitch a ride into Christchurch, and come back later to tow
the bike to the flat I'm staying at. Holy ____! Towing a motorbike is NOT
fun. I never want to do that again!

  Anyway, I spend the next while rushing around trying to find a way to get
home. Find another bike (VT250) which is in great condition for $950, so a
quich student loan drawdown later, I've got a new bike. Me and Phil are
heading north on Sunday to go over to the west coast. And his bike starts
loosing power. Argh this is not good. Maybe its just running hot. We wait.
We start it up. It idles OK... twist the throttle... theres this big CRACK
and we decide that turning off the ignition would be a good idea.

  Back in Christchurch, we recon maybe the bike just overheated and blew a
head gasket. OK, no problem. We've got a day to whip the head off and
replace the gasket. Ah, but no, life cannot be that easy. One of his valves
has a bloody great chip out of it. OK, there's a GSX sitting right next to
the one we're working on (ie. my on) which has a head which XLNC just
cleaned up. We'll whip that one off and use it. I take a look inside my bike
while we're doing that and discover a hold through the piston in my bike.
Same piston, same place. ARGH!!!!! Help! I want to get out of here!

  12pm on the day we're supposed to be catching a ferry home. Phil's bike is
back together but it won't start and we're running up and down the street
trying to crash start it. He rushes off to buy a bike aswell (gee Phil.
Don't be too original and buy a VT eh? Smile  and off we go to catch a ferry
leaving two not going GSXs in Christchurch and two VTs which seem to be
going extremely well geading north.

  So. the moral of the story: don't trust Suzuki?   Smile

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WHEELSMsg # 42 of 88                   Date: Sun 13/09/1998,  7:09 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 10 times

     To: All
Subject: Xlnc at the Helm

I went for a spin in the jeeps on Saturday.
Took a couple of friends up to the Mineshaft n back...

We did a couple of firsts...
One was the first time we had a creek send a wave over the bonnet
that filled the dash/glovebox/ my shoes with water...
and the other first... well there was this trip that I did with Guru and
"Her Omnipresantness" Aimee.
We drove across a field and into the unknown (With the comments comming from
the cheap seats.. "HOLEY...!" as the night trip headlight lit ground
dissapeared from view...
The first we did this weekend was the same thing...
At twice the speed...
Err so rather than drive quickly down a sharp slope it err well
flew out... then landed (Perfectly I must say) on all 4 wheelz.

Unfortunately for the cheap seat passenger this time, he wasn't holding on
well and glanced his head off the roll cage, then beat the hell out of the
poor rear seat with his Butt... knocking the wind out of him..
Sorta funny watching him sit, gasp a bit, with this far away look on his
face untill about 2 minutes later managing to get a half breath.. hehehe.

I was looking for some way we could dump him and deny he was on the trip
(Don't want to ruin my safety record...)   q8)

Oh and on a previous trip I ran down a 6' bank where a bulldoser had dug
out a cliff.
That was fine but on the attempt to get back up I got it in an excellent
wheelie but on landing back down on the lip like a seesaw it bent a few
bits... Ahh well thats what I bought it to do.

q8>

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WHEELSMsg # 43 of 88                   Date: Mon 14/09/1998, 12:08 am
From: RASPUTIN                   Read: 10 times

     To: All
Subject: Suzi TS185 4 sale: rough, going, as is..

My bro brought down a Suzuki TS185 and his XL250 to sell on behalf.
I told him I'd sell the TS, but not the XL, as that would be a loss..
He rang a few days later to change his mind, & get a new engine for the XL.
I would've bought it off him otherwise anyway.

The  TS185 is going, rough.
- wheel bearings, swingarm: wobbly, when i rode it round the block.
- sprockets & chain worn (haven't looked yet)
- tank not really suitable (full lock may eventually pucture plastic tank)
- It's very low geared (for farm use), & has high compression (160+ PSI!).
- I'm thinking of $200 (or $175) as bottom dollar.
Should I advertise it in T&E for $300 ono?

When it sells, I'll look for an XL250R ('84) engine.
Current one has 4 cracks in head, wrong size helicoil, and more...
amounting to $400+ worth to fix it.
I'm told XL engines are $150 - 200. Is this right? Anything special to
check when I buy another engine?
So far I guess I:
- check it's compression roughly (kickstart),
- look for cracks/leaks.
- check condition of oil (fresh is suspicious)
- if I like it, suggest removing head:
   - if they say no, then be suspicious,
   - if no scratches, dents... then buy it.

Does this sound right?  Do I pay for gasket if I don't buy? Or would that
need to be done anyway...?  Do you have an XL250R engine+g/box?

My back hurts... g'nite

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WHEELSMsg # 44 of 88                   Date: Fri 18/09/1998,  9:01 am
From: GURU                       Read: 12 times  [1 Reply]

     To: All
Subject: Speed cameras

From The Norwester, Wed Sep 16, 1998:

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The controversial speed camera in the southbound lane of Ngauranga Gorge is
now in place, but motorists have a little time to get used to it before it
starts snapping speedsters.
  Inspector Hugh Flower of Wellington police says there is already a lower
limit in the gorge and surveys to work out what the 85th percentile (the
speed at which 85 percent of vehicles are travelling at) have to be
undertaken first. Only motorists travelling in the top 15 percent of speeds
are ticketed.
  He says the actual start date for the camera will depend on when these
surveys can be carried out.
  Mr Flower says motorists should start keeping a close watch on their speed
as the speed camera will be up and running in the not too distant future.
  "I can't give you a date when it will be operational," he says.
  - By Faye Lougher.
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I propose the following to combat the speed camera problem: When a new
camera is put in place (such as the Ngauranga Gorge one in the article
above, we force all vehicles travelling through the area to go no slower
than 140kph. This will mean that the 'top 15 percent' of vehicles surveyed
will be travelling at least this speed, hopefully considerably more (Zosi,
XLNC... we could use you for this Smile   . Thus when the camera is put into
operation, it will never actually catch anyone doing less than about 150kph.

An alternative solution would be to provide all passengers in vehicles with
shotguns, for the express purpose of blowing away said speed camera as we
speed (speed officer? I was doing 100, honest) past. Of course, in the case
of motorbikes, if the camera were situated on a corner, the kick from the
gun might pose some interesting control problems for the rider. But hey,
thats what makes life interesting, eh?

Alternative #2 that comes to mind would be to cluster bomb the entire
Newlands area. Strangely enough this is a very appealing option...

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WHEELSMsg # 45 of 88                   Date: Fri 18/09/1998,  7:59 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 12 times

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: Speed cameras

>
>----------------------
>The controversial speed camera in the southbound lane of Ngauranga Gorge is
>now in place, but motorists have a little time to get used to it before it
>starts snapping speedsters.
............

I have been doing a roaring trade selling those reflectorised plates.
They really do work well!  :>

I got snapped the other night in the rain, that causes a few problems..
The window wiper blade covers my rego sticker usually, except when they are
on!  Doh!

I found a quick fix though, I have folded a corner of the tag over on itself
ti cover the rego plate details, If a cop queries it, I can just say that it
must have gotten folded over when It was placed in the holder.  :>

Zosi.

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WHEELSMsg # 46 of 88                   Date: Wed 21/10/1998,  8:29 pm
From: LINT                       Read: 10 times

     To: All
Subject: Worst car I ever owned

I don't know if this has been done before, or done to death, but i thought
it would be interesting to share stories of the worst car/bike/moon-hopper
that you've owned.
Mine happened to be a lovely vauxhall viva that I happened to own for a few
years while at tech... I don't think that there was anything that didn't go
wrong with it, and it even managed to make other things around it fall
apart.
Once in a short time of 1 week, it ... caught fire (the airfilter after a
burnt valve caused a backfire, and the air filter case had a desent air/fuel
mix in it from the blow by). Lost 3rd gear... although this didn't get fixed
for a few months. My tool box fell out of the boot... because a 1ft square
section fell out of rust. I got a flatty, went to change the tire and broke
one of the wheel studs. An oil leak had caused the rubber engine mount to go
soft and break, causing the fan to go through the radiator... eventually it
was replaced... by a Morris Marina, a purple one, which had gained the nick
name of "The Marooner".

Look forward to seeing if there is actually anyone in the world who was less
fortunate than I Smile


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WHEELSMsg # 47 of 88                   Date: Sat 19/12/1998,  1:12 am
From: RAS                        Read: 10 times  [2 Retorts]

     To: XLNC
Subject: What's a clutch for?

>>And I just gotta practice trying to find neutral... geeze.. the buggers hid
>>it in the weirdest spot!
>
>No real need I recon. If you want the bike to idle, pull the clutch in. If
>you want the bike to stop, let go of the clutch. Neutral doesn't need to
>come into the picture   Smile

A question...
Is there any harm in changing gear _without_ the clutch?
Do the revs need rough matching to avoid straining the synchromesh?
A mate reckons that clutches on bikes are only for engaging first.

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WHEELSMsg # 48 of 88                   Date: Wed 23/12/1998, 11:07 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 10 times

     To: RAS
Subject: Re: What's a clutch for?

>A question...
>Is there any harm in changing gear _without_ the clutch?
>Do the revs need rough matching to avoid straining the synchromesh?
>A mate reckons that clutches on bikes are only for engaging first.

If ya really good (Like me) you can get away without clutching BUT...
A motorbike is a Non synchromeshed DOG gear setup, the 2 gears that attempt
to push together are slid together like a battery on an old uniden brick
cellphone... if the speed isn't rifhr you can take the edge off the gear..
Actually the biggest problem is usually the hard surface of a gear
delaminating from overuse with under oil... once through the hardening the
teeth break and get eaten by the rest of the gears...
All this from a guy who used to thrash his gsx550 through to 3rd then dump
it back into 1st, dump the clutch and lock up the rear with a bouncing
squeeling slide upto a courner where some poor pedestrian decided to step
out and wait in the gutter.
Allways got a good responce sliding round street corners.

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WHEELSMsg # 49 of 88                   Date: Thu 24/12/1998,  2:16 am
From: GURU                       Read: 11 times  [1 Reply]

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: SI tour - petrol-head ver

>Nahh, Ive got plenty of compression, I'll use some from my sodastream.
>I could do with a larger power band, a pot of propeller pitch etc.

Actually I was thinking about what the next thing to buy for my bike would
be... I thought I'd head into the bike store and see if I could get a female
pillion passenger. What do you think? What make and model should I go for? I
think I'd better go for an off-the-shelf item rather than look for
second(or more)-hand ones in the T&E...

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WHEELSMsg # 50 of 88                   Date: Sun  3/01/1999,  4:58 pm
From: AIMEE                      Read: 14 times  [1 Reply]

     To: RAS
Subject: Re: What's a clutch for?

>A question...
>Is there any harm in changing gear _without_ the clutch?
>Do the revs need rough matching to avoid straining the synchromesh?
>A mate reckons that clutches on bikes are only for engaging first.

From Col:  "What do you mean, you need the clutch for first gear..."
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WHEELSMsg # 51 of 88                   Date: Sun  3/01/1999,  4:59 pm

From: AIMEE                      Read: 13 times

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: SI tour - petrol-head ver

>Actually I was thinking about what the next thing to buy for my bike would
>be... I thought I'd head into the bike store and see if I could get a female
>pillion passenger. What do you think? What make and model should I go for? I
>think I'd better go for an off-the-shelf item rather than look for
>second(or more)-hand ones in the T&E...

Better watch out!  Col's ex advertises herself as a pillion in the T&E...

The problem would be that if you don't have at least an 1100 you'll be
standing still most of the time wondering where the power's gone ;>

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WHEELSMsg # 52 of 88                   Date: Tue  5/01/1999, 12:18 am
From: RAS                        Read: 13 times

     To: AIMEE
Subject: Re: What's a clutch for?

>>A question...
>>Is there any harm in changing gear _without_ the clutch?
>>Do the revs need rough matching to avoid straining the synchromesh?
>>A mate reckons that clutches on bikes are only for engaging first.
>
>From Col:  "What do you mean, you need the clutch for first gear..."

My bro recently explained how the dogs work
(I won't need that ASCII diagram now, XLNC Smile
& I see that generally the clutch is a Good_idea™, esp. engaging first.
My understanding is that, eg. no clutch, matched revs & a gentle change
is fine, but a hard change, even with clutch, can round the ends of the
pins unnecessarily.  And one day it'll skip outta gear under load...

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WHEELSMsg # 53 of 88                   Date: Tue  5/01/1999,  2:27 pm
From: AIMEE                      Read: 12 times  [2 Retorts]

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: SI tour - petrol-head ver

>  Hmm, thats something to look for with my T&E pillion I guess then... lots
>of money and likes spending it. On me. Yeah right.

You gotta know how to advertise :>

There was some guy advertising on the Newtown noticeboard for a 'petite
pillion' for weekend rides... I wonder if he noticed that he missed out what
sex they should be? ;>

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WHEELSMsg # 54 of 88                   Date: Thu  7/01/1999,  2:04 am
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 13 times

     To: AIMEE
Subject: Re: SI tour - petrol-head ver

>>  Hmm, thats something to look for with my T&E pillion I guess then... lots
>>of money and likes spending it. On me. Yeah right.
>
>You gotta know how to advertise :>
>
>There was some guy advertising on the Newtown noticeboard for a 'petite
>pillion' for weekend rides... I wonder if he noticed that he missed out what
>sex they should be? ;>

Did Collin reply to the ad ??  Wink

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WHEELSMsg # 55 of 88                   Date: Sat  9/01/1999, 10:25 am
From: XLNC                       Read: 12 times

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: SI tour - petrol-head ver

>I've been pillioning my mate Phil around a fair bit recently (shuddup Ras, I
>know what it says on my licence) and its not thaaaat bad...

If you want to make him a better pillion sit up staeight and let him
gently lean left n right to steer you round some slight bends.
Once he gets used to the effects he should be able to smooth out the feel
from the back.
(Note if the pillion holds onto the bike it makes the bike feel real
heavy... course no Guy wants to bee seen with another guy holding on to him
so get a femaile pillion...
Course you don't want to damage a female pillion so... get a female pillion
and go on long walks...
History has proven this approach.

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WHEELSMsg # 56 of 88                   Date: Sat  9/01/1999,  1:54 pm
From: RAS                        Read: 13 times

     To: AIMEE
Subject: Re: SI tour - petrol-head ver

>>  Hmm, thats something to look for with my T&E pillion I guess then... lots
>>of money and likes spending it. On me. Yeah right.
>
>You gotta know how to advertise :>
>
>There was some guy advertising on the Newtown noticeboard for a 'petite
>pillion' for weekend rides... I wonder if he noticed that he missed out what
>sex they should be? ;>

Hey - there's hope for me yet. Oh, it was a GUY advertising Sad
Knowing my luck, if there was an ad by a woman wanting a guy pillion,
she'd be one butch mama, with her arse cheeks hanging down each side of the
saddle like panniers. shudder.

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WHEELSMsg # 57 of 88                   Date: Sat  9/01/1999,  1:59 pm
From: RAS                        Read: 15 times

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: What's a clutch for?

>>>>A question...
>>>>Is there any harm in changing gear _without_ the clutch?
>>>If ya really good (Like me) you can get away without clutching BUT...
>>>A motorbike is a Non synchromeshed DOG gear setup,
>
>>Could you explain a dog gear setup?
>>That's not like some sprockets meshing to help the actuel set mesh is it?n
>
> the sprocket has fingers on the side that intermesh with fingers on the
>side of the gear next to it.
>If the gears were coins, the fingers are where the writing is and they
>interlock when slid together on the same shaft.
>

Thanks, my bro had explained it too. Speaking of dogs, reminds me of
what some of my ex's friends supposedly call me: The Dingo, because I
'stole' her baby. I considered 'Dingo' for an email name, but it sounded too
australian. (I _was_ born in the year of the dog, tho).

___ Dingo Dave

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WHEELSMsg # 58 of 88                   Date: Thu 14/01/1999,  1:37 pm
From: AIMEE                      Read: 10 times

     To: RAS
Subject: Re: SI tour - petrol-head ver

>>>(Note if the pillion holds onto the bike it makes the bike feel real
>>>heavy... course no Guy wants to bee seen with another guy holding on to hi
>>>so get a femaile pillion...
>>
>>... Or they can hang onto the tank... much easier for both of you.
>
>I'd've thought this'd be an interesting position for the female pillion.
>It'd improve aerodynamics, and she'd be securely held in place Smile

It's the only way to hang on when you're behind someone that's a diddy wee
fella :>

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WHEELSMsg # 59 of 88                   Date: Sat 23/01/1999,  6:45 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 13 times  [1 Reply]

     To: XLNC                    Fwd From: *ShitLink:  Chat to Other Boards   
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...


>>>>I have a few of Aimee on a yacht scantily dressed.. any interest?? :>
>>>Scantily dressed Yachts don't do any thing for me either..
>>...hmmm OK how about something on two wheels and a full skirt ?
>
>A scantily clad Ironside?...
>

I bought myself a Yamaha FZR400 a week or two back,  Chosen by non other
than Madam Sysop herself.. So it has to be good, Right?  <gulp>.. hehe

Actually Collin found it for me, Aimee approved it, and I loved it.  Havent
dropped it yet!!   Wink

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WHEELSMsg # 60 of 88                   Date: Fri 29/01/1999,  5:36 pm
From: GURU                       Read: 13 times  [3 Retorts]

     To: ZOSIMOS
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>I bought myself a Yamaha FZR400 a week or two back,  Chosen by non other
>than Madam Sysop herself.. So it has to be good, Right?  <gulp>.. hehe
>
>Actually Collin found it for me, Aimee approved it, and I loved it.  Havent
>dropped it yet!!   Wink

How about now?



And I seem to recall a message a year or two ago from someone (can't think
of who it could have been, Zosi) saying how terrible vehicles with two
wheels were...

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WHEELSMsg # 61 of 88                   Date: Fri 29/01/1999,  7:24 pm
From: AIMEE                      Read: 15 times  [1 Reply]

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>>I bought myself a Yamaha FZR400 a week or two back,  Chosen by non other
>>than Madam Sysop herself.. So it has to be good, Right?  <gulp>.. hehe
>>
>>Actually Collin found it for me, Aimee approved it, and I loved it.  Havent
>>dropped it yet!!   Wink
>
>How about now?
>And I seem to recall a message a year or two ago from someone (can't think
>of who it could have been, Zosi) saying how terrible vehicles with two
>wheels were...

My leather fetish is rubbing off Big Grin

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WHEELSMsg # 62 of 88                   Date: Sat 30/01/1999,  3:30 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 14 times

     To: AIMEE
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>>>I bought myself a Yamaha FZR400 a week or two back,  Chosen by non other
>>>than Madam Sysop herself.. So it has to be good, Right?  <gulp>.. hehe

>>And I seem to recall a message a year or two ago from someone (can't think
>>of who it could have been, Zosi) saying how terrible vehicles with two
>>wheels were...

>My leather fetish is rubbing off Big Grin

Rub faster Aimee !!  faster, faster...  :>

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WHEELSMsg # 63 of 88                   Date: Sun 31/01/1999, 11:34 pm
From: RAS                        Read: 15 times

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>>I bought myself a Yamaha FZR400 a week or two back,  Chosen by non other
>>than Madam Sysop herself.. So it has to be good, Right?  <gulp>.. hehe
>>
>>Actually Collin found it for me, Aimee approved it, and I loved it.  Havent
>>dropped it yet!!   Wink
>
>How about now?
>
>And I seem to recall a message a year or two ago from someone (can't think
>of who it could have been, Zosi) saying how terrible vehicles with two
>wheels were...

Records Check in WHEELS subbie, Aim‚e - price check in aisle 3..


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WHEELSMsg # 64 of 88                   Date: Mon  1/02/1999, 10:52 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 16 times  [1 Reply]

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

 Been a while since I talked to myself so I thought I'd remind me what I
got up to this weekend...


Went home on Friday, got my pack n Mountainbike,
Got a lift to Kaitoke with 6 others and did the Rimutaka incline track in
50mins (Nice paced 16 kmh stuff.

Pitched tent in under 10 mins (New record).

Slept from 11pm till the 3 kids (Banished to my tent so we had the leg room
in the larger tent) started yelling about a weta in the tent..
6am... Ahhhh theres a weta in the tent...
7am... Kill him kill him...
8am... Pick it up... No its gonna get me... ahhhhh
9am... HIt it Hit it....        SQESHSSIK.!
10am...
err spose we better be getin goin....

Packed and adjusted for the tunnel and downhill to Fetherston...
Get halfway through the top tunnel and Bang... there goes my seat bolt.
Hmmm Looooong way to goes... no seat....

16mins later at the bottom of the hill...
Well that was an interesting bit of downhill standing up stuff...

Get a "Floggle Toggle" jibboard bolt from a biker gettin ready to go up from
the lakeside, get seat "Sort of" back on bike..

South end of lake heading for Lake Ferry (Which is not the name of the lake
but the name of the small settlement on the other side so I guess that we
wern't really headed there....)
Anyways, southend... "Sort of" sort of didn't anymore...
Rebolted seat with version 2 of the same bolt, made it to the Wairarapa
coast for 1.30 lunch
2.30 off again over a small hill
circa 4pm made it over the small hill (So we walked up it OK...)

1 dam made during a "Rest" break, releaved to start riding on my once again
wobbly seat...

1 puncture on others bike, 40 min rest (I would have just put on the new
tube we had...)

more small hill stuff, another 2 hrs later we're halfway along the coast
back toward Wanganui....
Its 7pm...
its barren wasteland...
were all stuffed...

Lets go on cry the ones that have been holding us up.
(I think madness has crept in as I longfully look at possably the last patch
of flat grass on the coast with a stream & shelter....)

Speaking of water... we just ran out... Still approx 10-20 k from wanganui.

Mostly gravel track or shingle slide with the odd sand trap and im shure I
can remember at least 4 german bunkers we had to conqure...
Did i mention the sun was still out...

Found a creek, Water refilled as last drips of freash and apples are
downed...

Wondering if Vampirism is an excusable crime when suffering heat exhaustion.

Others also out of water... I have a Giadia filter straw so have no probs
with stream water (Infact were the other wimps not with me I wouldn't have
batted an eye at the stream b 4 stickin my face in.. theres no bugs in the
water there anyways.... Just ask that purple lemon laughing at me from his
chrystal pallace...

Oh forgot to mention... Seat failed again way back at the 7pm spot...
and my spot was somewhat the worse for wear (So to speak)

9pm, light goes out almost at the drop of a hat when the sun hides behind
the Sth Island.... Luckily we just made to to the Wainui Road...

Hmmmmm A gate.... Bikes with panniers (Now I'm finally happy Ive been riding
with a 10kg pack on my back putting extra weight on my nether regions, coz
at least I can lift the bike over, others take 4 of us in our condition to
get 1 bike over...

10ish pm, another gate over the lower wainui stream to where we're planning
to die... Infact I dont want to climb over the gate. If im going to die, I
may as well die this side of it...

Find a campsite by Braile.. fumble fumble.. Rock... Fumble stumble ...
Thorns... wobble ache... Sheep checquers...

Tent up... too sick to eat for a while, fowl aspro clear without water...

Can of b/beans and sasauges... I knew that extra weight would b worth it.
Life flows back. Appetite ensues... rest of Peanut slabs follow. Mr W's...
hmmm no food left 4 me... Sleep.

One vigilant biker sits boiling water... 11.30pm...
1am... after many naps vigilant biker realises he isn't really Florence
nitengale and goes to sleep inside the tent instead of the 20 times he fell
asleep boing the water.

6am .... zzzz (no weta's this time heheh)
7am .... zzz.. Rain... ahh welll mabeee the extra effort was worth it...

8...
9...
10... mabee we should do somthing other than rest, sit up... Rain stops.

11:30 set off for Rimutaka forest park,
11:31 AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.... Oh thats right... 6hrs of riding a bike with a
stuffed seat yesterday... Surprising how pain can numb itself out... able to
ride properly in a couple of mins...  Smile

12 noon sunday.... Made it to the park shop...

Buy the shop out of Coke and pies.

Picked up by initial transport and head home, recover quickly...

Today I'm suffering no aches, no cramps, even saddle sore expectations were
dismissed sunday night...

I think my muscles might thow me a hissy fit on tuesday once I think im
safe...



Anyone else do anything.... ?

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WHEELSMsg # 65 of 88                   Date: Tue  2/02/1999,  6:09 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 14 times

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

> Been a while since I talked to myself so I thought I'd remind me what I
>got up to this weekend...
>Went home on Friday, got my pack n Mountainbike,
>Got a lift to Kaitoke with 6 others and did the Rimutaka incline track in
>50mins (Nice paced 16 kmh stuff.
>Packed and adjusted for the tunnel and downhill to Fetherston...
>11:30 set off for Rimutaka forest park,
>Picked up by initial transport and head home, recover quickly...
>Anyone else do anything.... ?

Went home on Friday and opened the door to my room, turning the handle in a
clockwise direction. I entered the room only to remember I had'nt shut the
front door behind me. Shut that, and was pleased to find that the door frame
was an exact fit for the door.

Sat on bed, removed boots and socks (left, followed by right)
Removed blue "John Bull" brand over-alls, and placed them on the floor.

I travelled at a brisk 8kph walk to the bathroom (due north from my room)
where apon I wondered if I should go the extra distance and visit the toilet
while in the vincinity.

Decide to just shower instead.  Turned on tap, and warmed the shower up to a
temperature of approx 32degs celcius.

I undressed and proceeded into the shower unit (naked).  I got wet.
I washed all my bits, (including the wobbly bits) using a cake of "Knights
Castle" branded soap.

Upon removing myself from the shower, I dryed myself. And proceeded to my
room.  Where apon I dressed in clean clothes. (a pair of jeans, a blue shirt
and black shoes).

I then combed my hair, shaved my face, and returned to the bathroom to brush
my teeth (having forgotten on the previous journey).

I gathered up my keys, phone and some cash from my desk, and proceeded in a
South-easterly direction towards the front door and my ultimate goal..  my
car. ( a white with silver trim 1986 model Mazda 323 DOHC Turbo, the model
without the interior light in the boot, or the rear passenger ash-trays)

I entered the vehicle and sat down, I engaged the clutch and started the
engine. My left hand was placed on the gear selector level and I selected
reverse gear.

At that point my Mobile phone (Nokia 252 model, with long life battery pack
and Mugan leather cover) stared to emit a loud ringing sound, and I deducted
that I may have an incoming telephonic communication request imminant.

I pushed the "send" button and a womans voice could clearly be heard over
the sound of the engine.

.......To be continued next week.....  Wink

(Just winding ya up XLNC)  Smile  <grin>
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WHEELSMsg # 66 of 88                   Date: Tue  2/02/1999,  6:49 pm

From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 14 times  [1 Reply]

     To: GURU
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...


>>Actually Collin found it for me, Aimee approved it, and I loved it.  Havent
>>dropped it yet!!   Wink
>
>How about now?

YUP Smile !!  .. Last night I was being a hoon..  I opened it up in my
workshop and wheelspun it down to the rear of the building. Whereapon I hit
the brakes and promptly ran over an oil patch, the front wheel went out from
under me and I dropped like a stone, skidded along on my side, under the
bike. I did absolutely no damage to the bike. Im a bit sore today from the
fall. ..oh and the floor got a lovely shine on it from my Jeans/jacket. Wink


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WHEELSMsg # 67 of 88                   Date: Wed  3/02/1999, 11:06 am
From: AIMEE                      Read: 12 times  [1 Reply]

     To: ZOSIMOS
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>>>Actually Collin found it for me, Aimee approved it, and I loved it.  Haven
>>>dropped it yet!!   Wink
>>How about now?
>
>YUP Smile !!  .. Last night I was being a hoon..  I opened it up in my
>workshop and wheelspun it down to the rear of the building. Whereapon I hit
>the brakes and promptly ran over an oil patch, the front wheel went out from
>under me and I dropped like a stone, skidded along on my side, under the
>bike. I did absolutely no damage to the bike. Im a bit sore today from the
>fall. ..oh and the floor got a lovely shine on it from my Jeans/jacket. Wink

Ahh... not a virgin any longer ;>

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WHEELSMsg # 68 of 88                   Date: Wed  3/02/1999,  7:00 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 12 times  [1 Reply]

     To: AIMEE
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>>>>dropped it yet!!   Wink

>>YUP Smile !!  .. Last night I was being a hoon..  I opened it up in my
>>workshop and wheelspun it down to the rear of the building. Whereapon I hit
>>the brakes and promptly ran over an oil patch, the front wheel went out fro
>>under me and I dropped like a stone, skidded along on my side, under the
>>bike. I did absolutely no damage to the bike. Im a bit sore today from the
>>fall. ..oh and the floor got a lovely shine on it from my Jeans/jacket. Wink

>Ahh... not a virgin any longer ;>

I have a feeling that was more of a "first Kiss" .



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WHEELSMsg # 69 of 88                   Date: Sat  6/02/1999, 11:52 am
From: AIMEE                      Read: 12 times  [2 Retorts]

     To: ZOSIMOS
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>>Ahh... not a virgin any longer ;>
>
>I have a feeling that was more of a "first Kiss" .

Ahh bike foreplay :>  Have you named her yet?

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WHEELSMsg # 70 of 88                   Date: Sun  7/02/1999, 12:27 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 13 times

     To: AIMEE
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>>>Ahh... not a virgin any longer ;>
>>
>>I have a feeling that was more of a "first Kiss" .
>
>Ahh bike foreplay :>  Have you named her yet?

No...  Not yet anyways..   Hmmm have to think of something..

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WHEELSMsg # 71 of 88                   Date: Sun  7/02/1999, 12:27 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 12 times

     To: AIMEE
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>>>Ahh... not a virgin any longer ;>
>>
>>I have a feeling that was more of a "first Kiss" .
>
>Ahh bike foreplay :>  Have you named her yet?

hehe..  reminds me..
I was in town the other night and Murray and I had parked the bikes in
Courtenay place and we walked over to the Ballroom. Murray spotted another
bike over the road and he went over to look at it.
I said I could'nt go and look at another bike, it would'nt be fair on mine.
(I'm a one bike kinda guy)  Anyway he explained that it was OK to look but I
was wasnt allowed to ride it.  ;>

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WHEELSMsg # 72 of 88                   Date: Wed 10/02/1999,  9:33 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 12 times

     To: LINT
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>>(I'm a one bike kinda guy)  Anyway he explained that it was OK to look but 
>>was wasnt allowed to ride it.  ;>
>
>I bet one that grabbed your attention like that had been around the block a
>few times.
>(nothing worse than getting a new one and finding it had been used for a lot
>of test rides)

Yeah, I hate that !  You see them on the street, all dressed up, nice skirt,
sleek looking curves.. Looking horny as. But when you get them home you find
the ride was'nt all it was cracked up to be and your'e left with stiff arms
and a sore butt.

:>

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WHEELSMsg # 73 of 88                   Date: Tue 23/02/1999,  5:22 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 11 times  [1 Reply]

     To: LINT
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>>Yeah, I hate that !  You see them on the street, all dressed up, nice skirt
>
>Yeah, just the type to have worn bores and give you a bit of piston slap Smile

Mate told me just such a beast he encountered..  Loose rear end, saggy seat,
had been handled really rough and the only way you could get it to really
turn on was to slap it down and give it a good fistfull.
It came on strong then, would leave you feeling like you'd been tank-
slapped by a FatBoy.

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WHEELSMsg # 74 of 88                   Date: Tue  2/03/1999,  5:44 pm
From: LINT                       Read: 13 times  [2 Retorts]

     To: ZOSIMOS
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>Mate told me just such a beast he encountered..  Loose rear end, saggy seat,

Aye, they just need someone to take the time and give them a good boring
out, makeing sure the rings well tensioned and the lubrication system works
well, and if she's only a two stroker make sure there's no vanes sticking
out.

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WHEELSMsg # 75 of 88                   Date: Wed  3/03/1999,  1:19 am
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 11 times

     To: LINT
Subject: e: A funny thing happened...

>>Mate told me just such a beast he encountered..  Loose rear end, saggy seat
>
>Aye, they just need someone to take the time and give them a good boring
>out, makeing sure the rings well tensioned and the lubrication system works
>well, and if she's only a two stroker make sure there's no vanes sticking
>out.

OUCH !!!  :>

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WHEELSMsg # 76 of 88                   Date: Thu  4/03/1999,  1:00 pm
From: AIMEE                      Read: 11 times

     To: LINT
Subject: Re: A funny thing happened...

>>Mate told me just such a beast he encountered..  Loose rear end, saggy seat
>
>Aye, they just need someone to take the time and give them a good boring
>out, makeing sure the rings well tensioned and the lubrication system works
>well, and if she's only a two stroker make sure there's no vanes sticking
>out.

It sounds like it's time to redo your purity test ;>

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WHEELSMsg # 77 of 88                   Date: Wed  7/04/1999,  7:15 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 19 times  [1 Reply]

     To: All                     Fwd From: :    Weird occurrences from Zosimos
Subject: Easter 99 Southern tour Smile


I've been planning to hit the roads of the South Island on my Motorbike for
some time now, Easter seemed like the perfect time.
The Goldrush Hillclimb was on In Queenstown/Wanaka and it gave me an excuse
to get away from the stress of work and failed relationships.

I thought it was all decided that myself and my friend Murray would both hit
the road Thursday night on our bikes, catch the ferry to Picton and get an
early start Friday. No such luck !!  Murray looked like pulling out at the
last minute and I was seriuosly considering doing the 2000km trip alone.
At the last minute he found some spare cash, we booked our sailing and hit
the road (after picking up Collin's tent from Aimee's).

I spent 6 hours the night before making and modifying a pack frame for my
motorcycle, and it looked and worked perfectly with my new pack and sleeping
bag Smile

Thursday night we slept in the yacht at Picton that we had spent a few days
on over summer. We got on board quite late and hit the sack straight away.
I slept in the forward sleeping compartment, same cabin I'd shared with
Aimee over the Xmas break, somehow it just wasn't the same without her cute
little snores to listen to..  Wink

We hit the road to Christchurch early Friday Morning, stopping in Blenheim
for Bacon and egg McMuffin's and coffee. The weather was perfect and we sat
on about 160kph most of the way. We got to Christchurch at about lunch time
and had lunch at "Sticky Fingers" Cafe, chatted to the locals and got all
the goss on the nitelife for our big night out to follow..

We spent most of the day visiting friends and family and then stayed at my
sisters place for dinner, made ourselves at home and then caught a taxi into
the City. Well talk about dead !!!  all the clubs were open but no-one had
bothered to tell the locals and it just didn't go off. We spent hours
roaming the streets in search of a good time, and failed miserably.
We caught another taxi home and hit the sack.

Saturday morning we got up early and headed South again, this time to
Queenstown. Highlights included riding the road that follows the Hydro canal
to Twizel. Its a private road, no speed limits to be enforced here :>
We met up with another biker and the three of us sat on 180kph along the
endless straights and the perfect constant radius corners..  One of the
biggest thrills I've had in ages..

Saturday night in Queenstown, we are absolutely stuffed and I managed to
convince Murray that we should stay at the Gardens Parkroyal for the night.
We hit the town again after a shower and a long soak in the Spa bath.
This time we meet up with a couple of lovely ladies that not only wanted to
share a drink with us but they also had spare "Gold Pass" tickets to the
motor-racing we had traveled so far to watch. :>  They sell for $195 each
and we now had one each for the price of a beer !!  yahooo!!!!
We left our friends to boogie on into the night and we headed back to our
Hotel room for some well needed sleep.

Sunday, we head for Wanaka and the Gold-rush hillclimb. We found a motel
room, one of the last left in town, and headed off to watch "the race to the
sky". Highlights included..  studying the layout and desigh of the 1000 HP
hill climb cars of Monster Tajima and Rod Millan. Unlimited food, beer and
wine thanks to our Gold passes courtesy of Heather and Collett. (Never did
see them again). Witnessing Possum Bourne autograph one female fans breast,
and then blowing the doors off a Subaru Legacy Turbo on the ride back to the
Motel.

That night we went in search of entertainment again, and found very little
happining despite being told by the locals which pubs were the ones to
visit.
On the way back to our room I took a wrong turn and ended up in the wrong
street. We could hear a live band playing somewhere and we follwed the
sound. There tucked away in a shopping arcade we found an Irish pub, packed
with the locals. We managed to secure a table with 4 seats, and the two of
us guarded our two spare seats jealously. After about an hour of drinking
copious Bourbon and cokes and fighting off dozens of people wanting our
spare chairs, they came..  as we knew they surely would..

Enter the room, two very attractive Swiss tourists in search of a table to
sit at :>  and guess which two likely lads had the only spare seats in the
whole pub ??  Unfortunately only one of them spoke English, she was a real
outgoing sort, very friendly and wanted to dance straight away. The other
was shy and didn't speak english at all well..  Oh well at least we wern't
sitting alone anymore.

Like true gentlemen that we are, we offered them a place to stay as they
told us that there were no spare rooms left in Wanaka, and they were having
to spend the night in a tent. They declined. Sad   <grin>

Monday we hit the road down the West Coast for the longest ride of the whole
trip. We travelled 700km's that day.. ouch !!!
Highlights included..  wearing out both our front tyres on the winding
roads. Sliding across the road on a corner while travelling at 140kph.
Having my headlight broken by a stone kicked up by Murray's bike. Riding in
the dark with visors so covered in bugs that it was all but impossible to
see out.

We stopped for the night in Murchison, and secured a room at the local
hotel. The locals beat us at pool after I sank the white off the black.
But not before I had cleared the table in an amazing display of Pool
playing prowness. <grin>

The next day we rode to Picton in the misty rain. The long straigts leading
into Blenheim from Nelson Lakes gave us a last chance to sit on 190kph for
the rest of the trip.
The ferry trip was spent talking to an American and his Australian wife, a
very interesting conversation.. but maybe another time...

Night..  Zosman

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WHEELSMsg # 78 of 88                   Date: Mon 26/04/1999,  9:45 am
From: XLNC                       Read: 12 times  [1 Reply]

     To: ZOSIMOS                 Fwd From: :    Weird occurrences from Zosimos
Subject: Re: Easter 99 Southern tour Smile

>I've been planning to hit the roads of the South Island on my Motorbike for
>some time now, Easter seemed like the perfect time.
>The Goldrush Hillclimb was on In Queenstown/Wanaka and it gave me an excuse
>to get away from the stress of work and failed relationships.
...

Now your getting into the flow of things..
All you need to do now is learn to cruze at 200k, take out fords (Stream
crossings not cortina's) at 160 by mistake, and have a bird strike on the
helmet an you can trueley be ushered into the annels of motorcycly history
as.. "One o' the ladz".
y' shoulda come back via the west coast (Arthurs pass etc) to make a round
trip of it..
I havn't been past chch m'self yet.

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WHEELSMsg # 79 of 88                   Date: Sat  1/05/1999,  7:40 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 12 times  [1 Reply]

     To: XLNC                    Fwd From: :    Weird occurrences from Zosimos
Subject: Re: Easter 99 Southern tour Smile

>Now your getting into the flow of things..
>All you need to do now is learn to cruze at 200k, take out fords (Stream
>crossings not cortina's) at 160 by mistake, and have a bird strike on the
>helmet an you can trueley be ushered into the annels of motorcycly history
>as.. "One o' the ladz".
>y' shoulda come back via the west coast (Arthurs pass etc) to make a round
>trip of it..
>I havn't been past chch m'self yet.

We did come back via the west coast  Smile

Its a bloody long ride !!
I managed to duck as a rock flew past my head, had my head smashed by
another one.  We cruised at 190k as my engine shuts down at 191  Wink

..Zos
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WHEELSMsg # 80 of 88                   Date: Sun  9/05/1999,  5:34 pm

From: XLNC                       Read: 12 times  [1 Reply]

     To: ZOSIMOS                 Fwd From: :    Weird occurrences from Zosimos
Subject: Re: Easter 99 Southern tour Smile

>We did come back via the west coast  Smile
>Its a bloody long ride !!
>I managed to duck as a rock flew past my head, had my head smashed by
>another one.  We cruised at 190k as my engine shuts down at 191  Wink

I didn't reallt treat my bike with too much respect so it dosn't like to
go above 180 itself... (Though a lot of that is self preservation as the cam
chain is starting to sound like a honda... which is fine for a honda, but
tooooo loose for a suzi.

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WHEELSMsg # 81 of 88                   Date: Sat 15/05/1999,  7:22 pm
From: ZOSIMOS                    Read: 8 times  [1 Reply]

     To: XLNC                    Fwd From: :    Weird occurrences from Zosimos
Subject: Re: Easter 99 Southern tour Smile

>>We did come back via the west coast  Smile
>>Its a bloody long ride !!
>>I managed to duck as a rock flew past my head, had my head smashed by
>>another one.  We cruised at 190k as my engine shuts down at 191  Wink
>
>I didn't reallt treat my bike with too much respect so it dosn't like to
>go above 180 itself... (Though a lot of that is self preservation as the cam
>chain is starting to sound like a honda... which is fine for a honda, but
>tooooo loose for a suzi.

Aaaah I seee..   Oh that was my headlight that got smashed..  not my head!!
<grin>

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WHEELSMsg # 82 of 88                   Date: Sun 16/05/1999,  1:54 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 7 times

     To: ZOSIMOS                 Fwd From: :    Weird occurrences from Zosimos
Subject: Re: Easter 99 Southern tour Smile

>>I didn't really treat my bike with too much respect so it dosnt like to
>>go above 180 itself... (Though a lot of that is self preservation as the
>>cam chain is starting to sound like a honda... which is fine for a honda,
>>but tooooo loose for a suzi.

>Aaaah I seee..   Oh that was my headlight that got smashed..  not my head!!
><grin>

I'm sure somone would have noticed the difference...

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WHEELSMsg # 83 of 88                   Date: Mon  7/06/1999,  8:33 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 6 times  [1 Reply]

     To: All
Subject: Small planz.. plain.. filght things

Hanz up thoze who have had a flight in a light aeroplane...
(Pick me Pick Me)
I have never flown in anything smaller than a Frendship..

Anyhooz I went for a flight down to picton this weekend...

For about $50 and a free taxi back into picton city/Waikawa it was a great
choice... Took only 25 mins in the air.

I went on the Soundsair plane.. seats about 20. If your lucky you get to sin
in the Co-Pilot seat. (I sat behind it...  :-(

Odd how your perception of scale gets shot to hell at great height...
I was imagining what the size of our 30ft yacht would be when somthing of
about the same visual size hove into view....
The ferry...
Ok so the yacht might look a little smaller.


The one thing that I did find a little funny was the twin analogue
instrument panels... especially the Altitude..
When we landed one showed we were at 20ft above err (Sealevel I guess)
and the other.... 10Ft below....

Err Pilot.... can I have a snorkel and a ladder... just incase either is
true...

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WHEELSMsg # 84 of 88                   Date: Tue  8/06/1999, 11:44 am
From: AIMEE                      Read: 6 times  [1 Reply]

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: Small planz.. plain.. filght things

>Hanz up thoze who have had a flight in a light aeroplane...
>(Pick me Pick Me)
>I have never flown in anything smaller than a Frendship..

I've been in a Friendship.. during a storm.  Doors were crashing open,
things were rolling down the isles, and NO COFFEE!

>I went on the Soundsair plane.. seats about 20. If your lucky you get to sin
>in the Co-Pilot seat. (I sat behind it...  :-(

Fraudian slip, m'dere?  ;>

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WHEELSMsg # 85 of 88                   Date: Thu 17/06/1999,  6:12 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 4 times  [1 Reply]

     To: AIMEE
Subject: Re: Small planz.. plain.. filght things

>>I went on the Soundsair plane.. seats about 20. If your lucky you get
>>to sin in the Co-Pilot seat. 

>Fraudian slip, m'dere?  ;>

Tickets please... Mile high club.. That'll do nicely sir..

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WHEELSMsg # 86 of 88                   Date: Fri 18/06/1999,  4:49 pm
From: AIMEE                      Read: 4 times  [1 Reply]

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: Small planz.. plain.. filght things

>>>I went on the Soundsair plane.. seats about 20. If your lucky you get
>>>to sin in the Co-Pilot seat. 
>
>>Fraudian slip, m'dere?  ;>
>
>Tickets please... Mile high club.. That'll do nicely sir..

In the US, if you're caught joining the club there's a little badge you can
earn :>

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WHEELSMsg # 87 of 88                   Date: Tue 22/06/1999,  9:58 pm
From: XLNC                       Read: 3 times  [1 Reply]

     To: AIMEE
Subject: Re: Small planz.. plain.. filght things

>>Tickets please... Mile high club.. That'll do nicely sir..

>In the US, if you're caught joining the club there's a little badge you can
>earn :>

In most places if they catch you they give you a record...
And sometimes a stay at one of her majesty's holiday resorts...

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WHEELSMsg # 88 of 88                   Date: Thu 24/06/1999, 11:40 am
From: AIMEE                      Read: 2 times

     To: XLNC
Subject: Re: Small planz.. plain.. filght things

>>>Tickets please... Mile high club.. That'll do nicely sir..
>
>>In the US, if you're caught joining the club there's a little badge you can
>>earn :>
>
>In most places if they catch you they give you a record...
>And sometimes a stay at one of her majesty's holiday resorts...

Temporary insanity can't be claimed?  :>
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