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Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By TassieMark
Thanks for small mercies

At a stand still on the motorway, traffic banked up for miles, pouring rain, on our way to see Stonehenge, I thank the sun god we're not on the bike, Mina would never forgive me. When Stonehenge...
Forum: Ride reports 08-11-2014, 05:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By TassieMark
How much?

Frugal is my second name, it should have been my first. How much did you say? Could you repeat that please. A hundred and forty pounds madam. Mina could not believe it, and either could I. And that...
Forum: Ride reports 08-11-2014, 04:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By TassieMark
Beautiful weather here

Hi Brian,
beautiful weather here, I think all that talk about crap English weather is just a myth, fingers crossed.
Cheers,
Mark
Forum: Ride reports 07-31-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By TassieMark
Back on deck

We have arrived in sunny England. My recovery is going well, tramping around London has been good walking therapy, and I can recommend a visit to the Cabinet War Rooms in Westminster, if you are...
Forum: Americas 07-22-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 305
Posted By TassieMark
Thanks

Hi Sam,
I will be heading south on the Cassiar in September. Thanks for the advice about the air horn, it wasn't on my list but is now, I was going to go with bangers and spray. I'm a solo...
Forum: Americas 07-21-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,670
Posted By TassieMark
Thanks

This is music to my ears, I too have been delayed and will fly into Anchorage on Sept 3rd. There are no guarantees regarding the weather, but it is re-assuring to know that it's not a ridiculous...
Forum: Americas 07-14-2014, 06:02 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,714
Posted By TassieMark
Gotta gun?

Taking a rest on my trans USA trip, I was sitting in a Tennessee Maccas taking advantage of their free wifi and an old guy comes up to me and offers me a piece of cake. How friendly is that I...
Forum: Ride reports 07-13-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,379
Posted By TassieMark
Living on borrowed time

I get the feeling that Chris the gnome is living on borrowed time. Have a heart, please don't abandon your mate.
Cheers,
Mark
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 07-12-2014, 10:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,245
Posted By TassieMark
Seldovia

Being a visitor, I was impressed with the effort local folks made in celebrating 4th July in Seldovia AK. We had a great day, friendly people, a great breakfast of pancakes and blueberries at the...
Forum: EMEA 06-30-2014, 05:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 371
Posted By TassieMark
Itinerary?

Hi Milan,
What areas do you intend to visit in Iran? When you apply for a visa you will be required to submit an itinerary. When I crossed Iran in 2010 I was forced to have an escort from the...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 06-21-2014, 01:26 AM
Replies: 268
Views: 49,007
Posted By TassieMark
Popular tourist attraction

Puffin Billy at Gembrook
http://p1.bikepics.com/2013/10/11/bikepics-2605249-800.jpg
Forum: Old's Cool 06-18-2014, 02:06 AM
Replies: 7,170
Views: 3,285,065
Posted By TassieMark
Sorry?

What's with the animosity shown in the above threads? Are we supposed to say sorry to have an interest in a particular type of bike? I'm interested and that's that. I've got an old Suzuki Intruder...
Forum: Ride reports 06-12-2014, 04:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,808
Posted By TassieMark
Bears?

Hi, I'm enjoying your videos. I notice your reference to bears. Do you think they are more prevalent in British Columbia compared to Alaska, especially along the Cassiar? I camp in the wild, take the...
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2014, 09:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,945
Posted By TassieMark
Thanks

Thanks for posting, I get the TT vibe from your RR, I was all set but ill health intervened. Wall to wall motorbikes for 2 weeks with lots of interesting bikes. It's certainly a unique event. I've...
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 15,184
Posted By TassieMark
Happy travels

Enjoy your travels and post plenty of pics. SWMBO. I'm pleased you have you priorities sorted. Are you a Rumpole Of The Bailey fan too.
Cheers,
Mark
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,154
Posted By TassieMark
Congratulations

Well done in joining your husband. I've been encouraging my wife to come with me with limited success. We had a trip planned together this June, but ill health intervened. Perhaps next year. Enjoy...
Forum: Ride reports 06-08-2014, 02:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,597
Posted By TassieMark
Something like this?

Apologies to the Troggs.
I feel it in my fingers
I feel it in my toes
Love is all around me
the bike has got to go
I just want to love you
And so the feeling grows
Forum: Ride reports 06-07-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,597
Posted By TassieMark
Congratulations.

A good man struck down by love. Ain't it grand. Not the first and not the last. Riding a bike sure got to come second to that. Congratulations and long may it last.
Cheers,
Mark
Forum: Ride reports 05-29-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 21,091
Posted By TassieMark
All the best

Hi, great to hear you are off on a trip with your father while you both still can, I'm sure you will enjoy it and will create great memories. I had prostate cancer too, but was lucky enough to have...
Forum: Europe 05-26-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 284
Posted By TassieMark
Donor bike or parts?

I'm looking for parts to covert my Suzuki Intruder VS1400 into something cool. You could say that it's an impossible task but I'm an optimist. I like the look of the petrol tank on the 1970's...
Forum: Europe 05-26-2014, 02:51 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,152
Posted By TassieMark
Rent a canal boat

So you want to meet friendly people, have a beer here and there, relax and see the country. Well, bugger the car, rent a narrow boat instead. Experience of a lifetime guaranteed.
Cheers,
Mark
Forum: Ride reports 05-25-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 336
Views: 35,691
Posted By TassieMark
Do yourself a favour

Hi Dog,
I'm loving your RR, it's great to see people having fun. But do yourself a favour, get a Guzzi if you are sick of oiling the chain.
Cheers,
Mark
Forum: Racing 05-18-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 15,424
Posted By TassieMark
I was going

But I had a stroke instead, so I will be watching on the internet instead. I think the result depends on if Michael Dunlop can fine tune the BMW for the course in their 1st year together, it...
Forum: Trip Planning 05-14-2014, 10:39 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 20,192
Posted By TassieMark
Whatever you decide, make sure it's secure. I saw...

Whatever you decide, make sure it's secure. I saw several bags and containers on the road, a trucker even stopped on the Dempster and gave me one that he had picked up. I had bought a 5 litre...
Forum: Ride reports 05-13-2014, 09:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By TassieMark
, Thanks for the best wishes Brent. A tentative...

, Thanks for the best wishes Brent. A tentative discharge date from hospital had been set at May 26th, but I declared that I'm being discharged this Friday May 16th, my progress is booming.
The...
Forum: Ride reports 05-11-2014, 03:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By TassieMark
Hi Brent, thanks for your best wishes. Yes, I...

Hi Brent,
thanks for your best wishes. Yes, I knew what was happening, I had been there before. In 1996 and 2003 I had a TIA, a transient ischaemic attack. That is a mini stroke that clears itself,...
Forum: Ride reports 05-11-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By TassieMark
Starting point

Thanks everyone for the best wishes. Just for my own memory I will document the starting point of my recovery. The next day after the stroke I was as bad as this episode was going to get. For some...
Forum: New Zealand 05-11-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,245
Posted By TassieMark
Smart move. You've just saved 10 years of your...

Smart move. You've just saved 10 years of your lifespan, unless you thrive on stress and hassles. Freighting bikes is something to be avoided, plus you saved a whole heap of cash. I hope you enjoy...
Forum: Ride reports 05-10-2014, 02:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By TassieMark
What's the plan?

The original trip was to spend a few days in London with my wife and then make our way to the Isle Of Man to pick up my Suzuki Intruder, do a bit of sight seeing on the island and then return to...
Forum: Ride reports 05-10-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By TassieMark
Thanks

Thanks for the best wishes and encouragement. I'm sure my family thinks I should not be encouraged, but it's much appreciated.
Cheers,
Mark
Forum: Ride reports 05-09-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By TassieMark
Life and other plans‏

Just for a laugh I thought I might submit this ride report in real time. Feel free to come along with me and together we will see what happens.
Living in the southern hemisphere and being an avid...
Forum: EMEA 05-06-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,046
Posted By TassieMark
Lots of spots

There are lots of spots to view the racing right around the 37 mile course. I try and find a different spot each time. I like Ginger Hall, Gooseneck is good to see Michael Dunlop on the very edge...
Forum: Americas 05-06-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,063
Posted By TassieMark
Thanks

Thanks for the best wishes. I'm making good progress, it certainly is a new experience. Lots of physio ahead, but I think I'm going to be ok. My left side is most affected, but I can now move my...
Forum: Americas 05-03-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,063
Posted By TassieMark
The plans of mice and men

Instead of ripping across the mountain on the IOM and tearing across the Bonneville flats, I'm stretched out on a hospital bed. I've just had a bloody stroke. But it could have been worse, the bloke...
Forum: Americas 04-27-2014, 04:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,063
Posted By TassieMark
Thanks for the tip

Thanks for the tip about traction Herb. I will do a recce and suss it out before giving it a blast.
The trip this year is a bit like last year, first Europe, then North America. When you're on a...
Forum: Americas 04-27-2014, 03:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,063
Posted By TassieMark
That's my method

Hey, that's my navigation method. It works pretty well too, except on a cloudy day, I've been known to go 100 miles in the opposite direction in pouring rain. Bugger a GPS, you have a lot more...
Forum: Americas 04-27-2014, 03:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,063
Posted By TassieMark
Bravo

Bravo for the video Mundo. It's great to see people having fun and a laugh. And thanks for the tip about WD40. I will give the bike a good spray before and after.
Cheers,
Mark
Forum: EMEA 04-25-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 370
Posted By TassieMark
1 way trip?

Have you considered the possibility that you might enjoy this trip so much that this touring caper becomes a habit. Perhaps buying a good second hand bike and storing it ready for the next trip is...
Forum: Americas 04-25-2014, 12:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,063
Posted By TassieMark
Thanks Herb

Thanks for the info Herb, that's good news. I will be there early July. I've got a Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport and I'm keen to see what it will do. Regarding the salt, it will wash off, I might even wash...
Forum: Americas 04-24-2014, 06:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,063
Posted By TassieMark
Bonneville salt flats

Whats the go at the Bonneville salt flats. Can anyone have a blast, like on a quiet day during the week if no one is around? The Fastest Indian is one of my favourite movies.
Cheers,
Mark.
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