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Title: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 22.06. 2019 16:34
Next Friday  I'm off to to the south West Wales weekend, near Carmarthen and the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Google maps show routes of 170 to 180 miles from home. I've booked two nights in a local hostelry. This means I don't need to load the bike up with all my camping gear and that I'll have a comfortable night.

Can I encourage anyone who can make it to come along, at least for the Saturday ride-out. BSAOC branches are not stuffy about non-members attending, as long as they are riding a BSA.

Ask me if you need more details of the location etc.

I'll be staying at the Abadan Arms in Porthyrhyd: http://bit.ly/2Y4GIfF
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: BigJim on 23.06. 2019 00:17
If possible i'll go. Work and family permitting. Lots on and have to be somewhere on the Sunday but need to get loose and have some fun!
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 23.06. 2019 11:10
If possible i'll go. Work and family permitting. Lots on and have to be somewhere on the Sunday but need to get loose and have some fun!

It would be great if you can make it. Picture of bike to aid recognition.

Set off for the ride-out on Sunday will be 10:30ish.

Where will you be coming from? UPDATE, just noticed your location is Bristol.

The location of the start is here http://bit.ly/2ZJVnO2

Sunday, the organiser has agreed to enter some machines to a local vehicle show; giving us free entry. I am coming home on Sunday, so I may not stay all day for that.
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: BigJim on 27.06. 2019 22:58
Hi GB. Have booked a room at Abadam for Sat night. Is the ride out Sat or Sun, It will be quite an achievement for me just to get there on the Sat, am currently having issues with hot running at the mo. Have just got carb off and will be fettling/swearing tom eve. All being well look forward to letting you buy me a pint Sat eve.
 *bright idea* *bash* *good3* *beer* *beer* *beer* *countdown*
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Swarfcut on 28.06. 2019 08:15
GB Bessie Beeza aka Emily looking very good today. All the best to you and Jimbo, looks as if you will all have good weather for once.

 Swarfy.
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 28.06. 2019 08:56
BigJim, Saturday, (10:30) ride-out. Sunday, bikes can go to be shown at a local vehicle show.

I hope to be able to buy you a pint.

Last year, after the ride, the gang went to the other pub, opposite the Abadan Arms, for a booze-up, so look in there if you arrive late.
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: cyclobutch on 28.06. 2019 09:27
Have a good one folks.
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 28.06. 2019 13:10
I have stopped for human fuel near Monmouth. Great ride so far; the weather is glorious.
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 28.06. 2019 19:40
The second half of my journey became more like a bad dream. My satnav stopped working. Seems like everybody stops work mid day Friday. I found myself trying to keep the bike moving through stationary traffic in Cardiff and Swansea. The air temperature was hot. The clutch was slipping. The carb was farting about vaporising fuel; nightmare!
Anyway, I'm at my friendly pub B&B. I've showered and changed and I'm tucking in to a chicken curry and slurping beer.
The bike ran fabulously when on the open road. She is still running nice and quiet, even when red hot!
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 28.06. 2019 20:25
It amazes me that in our tiny island there is a region that is truly bi-lingual. The pub is full of people chattering in Welsh. I can only understand the words that don't have a Welsh version, eg., 'WiFi'
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 28.06. 2019 20:49
GB Bessie Beeza aka Emily looking very good today.
This was taken yesterday after cleaning and polishing with Mir.
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: muskrat on 28.06. 2019 21:14
 *yeah* Blinded by the bling!
That seat looks comfy.
Cheers
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: RichardL on 28.06. 2019 22:31
Neil,

Your bike is gorgeous.

Richard L
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: BigJim on 28.06. 2019 22:33
Am soaked in sweat and very cross! Bike is currently a non starter! Have stripped and cleaned carb twice and still not a cough! Will try again in the morning when it and i am cooler! The swear words have been removed!
 *pull hair out* *pull hair out* *bash* *bash* *countdown*
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: duTch on 28.06. 2019 22:48
 
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....... The pub is full of people chattering in Welsh. I can only understand the words that don't have a Welsh version, eg., 'WiFi'

 I've worked a lot with a guy from Wales, and I had to ask 15 times what he said...every time, and that was face to face- over a two-way was extra fun *conf2*
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 29.06. 2019 09:10
Am soaked in sweat and very cross! Bike is currently a non starter! Have stripped and cleaned carb twice and still not a cough! Will try again in the morning when it and i am cooler! The swear words have been removed!
 *pull hair out* *pull hair out* *bash* *bash* *countdown*
Sorry to hear that BigJim. I was also swearing quite a lot yesterday.
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: BigJim on 29.06. 2019 10:07
Hope the bike runs well for you today GB. Am back in from the garage, hot and cross again. Will start a new post on details when calmer. Will not be riding my A10 to Wales today.
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 29.06. 2019 17:26
Hope the bike runs well for you today GB. Am back in from the garage, hot and cross again. Will start a new post on details when calmer. Will not be riding my A10 to Wales today.
What a shame. We had a glorious ride through the Black Mountains. https://www.dangerousroads.org/europe/wales/4952-black-mountain-road-a4069.html

We stopped on the way back for a group photo at the sign for the village of Bethlehem!
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlehem,_Carmarthenshire
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 30.06. 2019 16:49
362 miles since Friday morning.

My ride home was perfect. Buzzing along country roads at 55mph, the engine ran like a sowing sewing machine. I am once again reminded how grateful I am to everyone who helped me with my cam follower saga. The bike is still quiet.

I stopped on the way to fill the petrol tank. I parked the bike, bought a coffee and a Snickers bar and sat on a kerb to consume my snack. There were a group of modern 'Crotch Rocket' bike riders doing the same thing. They were all wearing leather race style suits. Eventually one of them came over and I braced myself for the usual admiration of the classic BSA. This time, it was different; he opened the conversation with; "An antique riding an antique, eh?" Ignoring the jibe, I told him how old the bike was and my own age. He told me he was born in 1939, he looked pretty fit for an 80 year-old!
The bloke started to tell me how crap old bikes were compared to modern machines. I was willing to admit that his brakes were certainly a lot better than mine. I asked him if he thought his bike would still be on the road when it is 64 years old!  *evil*

He seemed amazed when I told him I was on a 150 mile trip back to home. "On that!", he said. End of conversation.
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: BigJim on 30.06. 2019 17:24
Hi GB. Did you get to the bike show?
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 30.06. 2019 18:30
Hi GB. Did you get to the bike show?
No Big Jim, I set off for home soon after breakfast. Maybe you will be able to come to another BSAOC meeting. My next should be Hampshire July 26-28. The International rally is in the UK this year. The fire service training school in Chipping Campden is booked for the week August 10-17.
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: berger on 30.06. 2019 19:27
well done greybeard a marathon on a marathon *good3*
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 30.06. 2019 20:19
well done greybeard a marathon on a marathon *good3*
*smile*
Snickers, the chocolate bar formally known as Marathon
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: duTch on 30.06. 2019 20:42
 
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...... Buzzing along country roads at 55mph, the engine ran like a sowing machine. ...........

 I wonder what'll grow, given your Flash is a bit more agricultural than the sewing machine that the old upstart was probably on  *roll* ?

 Good it went well with no dramas *wink2*
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Greybeard on 30.06. 2019 22:17
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...... Buzzing along country roads at 55mph, the engine ran like a sowing machine. ...........

 I wonder what'll grow, given your Flash is a bit more agricultural than the sewing machine that the old upstart was probably on  *roll* ?

 Good it went well with no dramas *wink2*
Yep, SEWING machine, you are right!
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: duTch on 30.06. 2019 22:40

 
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  Yep, SEWING machine, you are right! 

 Yes but 'sowing machine' makes sense too- not that I ever heard of one, those kind of things had other names on the farm..... not ever seeing the term written made me think I had it wrong all this time, just like 'hare- brained'
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: bsa-bill on 01.07. 2019 10:18
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the engine ran like a sowing machine

tell me I'm wrong but did Singer not make a bike or something transport wise
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: berger on 01.07. 2019 12:46
BSA Bill I once had a singer car - very much the deluxe version of a Hillman imp, think  it was called a singer chamy--- don't know how to spell chami chamei????  *conf2*
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: bsa-bill on 01.07. 2019 14:15
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it was called a singer chamy

oh now I do remember that, think it was Chamois (French ) kind of deer or Antilope, in days of yore you could wash your Chammy with a chammy leather
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: Topdad on 02.07. 2019 11:13
Singer became part of the old Route group , Hillman being there stalwat brand Singers and Sunbeams there more luxury/sportier versions
Title: Re: BSAOC South West Wales weekend?
Post by: berger on 02.07. 2019 14:53
its all coming back to me now when I had the chamois my mate had the sunbeam stiletto, both very similar to the Hillman imp