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Offline Swarfcut

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Who Are You?
« on: 17.06. 2019 08:13 »
 One of the interesting aspects of this forum is the names members choose. Looking at the users on a daily basis, there are some truly novel and entertaining monikers.

 So, in my introduction I decided to be "Swarfcut", because I have a large scar on the back of my right hand, from a lack of respect in my youth for the truly maiming properties of the stuff.

    I can understand "Greybeard", we even have a picture of him and his bike, plus recently I have noticed his identity appear. (Don't know if this is intentional or a mistake, or even if it's a good idea).

" Berger" I thought was a fella in Switzerland, climbing those Big Bergs.....

 "Triton Thrasher"... I like that, TT, says it all.

 So, anyone feel inclined to give us a few back stories as a diversion from the usual mechanical maladies, and explain how they chose their alter ego......?

 Swarfy.

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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #1 on: 17.06. 2019 08:56 »
recently I have noticed his identity appear. (Don't know if this is intentional or a mistake, or even if it's a good idea).
Hmm, good point.

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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #2 on: 17.06. 2019 09:04 »
I have logged in on another forum as "Dick Long"........

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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #3 on: 17.06. 2019 09:57 »
I have logged in on another forum as "Dick Long"........

Boasting again *shh*

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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #4 on: 17.06. 2019 11:49 »
swarfy I didn't choose mine it was forced on me *bash*, all the time to being about 32yrs old I was just plain kirky. one hot day outside a very good spit and sawdust pub in chesterfield I was very stnd and incapable having consumed many stellas and stuff. my head on a bench full of empties the landlady asked if I was ok, my reply was that I was bergerd. she went inside and told the lads what I had said and bobs ya berger its stuck ever since, everyone thinks I eat maccy's *eek* so I tell them only burger KING mate *whistle*

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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #5 on: 17.06. 2019 20:38 »
G'day fellas.
I got my name Muskrat (Musky for short) 40 years ago. I had just joined a bike club (Sydney Tourers now called United Tourers). On one of my 1st rides we stopped at Gunning pub for the night. The publican was an ex member so we could help ourselves, just keep a log (yer right). I drank the pub dry of my favourite fortified wine muscat (3 bottles) and went to bed on the pool table. As I was already known as a rat rider the President christened me Muskrat. Most people I know don't know me by any other name. These days I limit myself to one bottle on special occasions like Saturday nights *ex*
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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #6 on: 17.06. 2019 20:39 »
Don’t I know it. Swarf can be bloody dangerous, especially coming off a large machine. Cut a thumb badly just a few days ago when pulling some stainless swarf from the lathe. Only small stuff, but it got caught and slipped through my hand like cheese wire …..

When looking for a ‘handle’ it’s usually difficult to find something relative to the subject that isn’t already in use.
I started my working life in the tool room of a local engineering firm specialising in pressure die-casting alloy components. I then moved to a government establishment working on transmission design. Following that I went into the garage trade, firstly a ‘we do everything’ outfit and later one specialising in up-market cars. Even main dealers sent stuff to us that they couldn’t fix. During that job I also ran a mechanical repair businesses of my own then, in ’75 I left and ran my own firm full-time – some vehicle servicing but mainly mechanical engineering and engine rebuilding. My work kept me in contact with other local engineers and inventors and one day I was consulted on a German transmission patent, as one of those inventors wanted to use it in their latest project. It was with a deal of sadness that I had to advise it wouldn’t work; not because they’d have to find an alternative, but because the German patent holder was very elderly and that was probably his last chance to make money out of it.
Naturally, I was designing and building myself – and so RDfella was born out of ‘research and development’.
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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #7 on: 17.06. 2019 21:49 »
I just was lucky enough to get into this forum when numbers were much fewer than today, otherwise my monica would have been snapped up by one of the many Williams with a beeza
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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #8 on: 18.06. 2019 02:59 »
I have logged in on another forum as "Dick Long"........

Boasting again *shh*

"Long" is the middle name. Mr. Richard Gone is well known in WA for BSA motorcycles and stationing sheep.  ;) ;D

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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #9 on: 18.06. 2019 09:00 »
My moniker is really self explanatory I am Bob and ilke to own and ride BSA bikes. However whilst owning and riding 2 BSA's I have a passion for all British classic bikes, but have no interest in anything modern or foreign, will stop and look at anything foreign that is as old as our BSA.s.

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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #10 on: 18.06. 2019 14:44 »
..... no interest in anything modern or foreign, will stop and look at anything foreign that is as old as our BSA.s.
So a modern BSA will not interest you?

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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #11 on: 18.06. 2019 15:11 »
well mine was chosen by my Daughter .  I'm rubbish at choosing names for this sort of thing ,She'd just bought me a Jamie Oliver mug for Fathers day and she said use that it's perfect so that was that , infact this is the only forum I've ever used and enjoyed for any length of time and certainly the only place I'd bother putting a name to,so cheers you lot ! *beer*
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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #12 on: 18.06. 2019 16:06 »
Why "Lawnmowerman".
Ten years back I moved from the outskirts of London to the wilds of Kent. I had a mid terraced Victorian house with a 60ft garden and now live in a detached bungalow in about five acres, three acres is woodland and the other two acres is meadow.
When I moved in the PO left an old Flymo behind which worked after a fashion but took most of the day to cut the grass. A neighbour then gave me a walk behind petrol mower which was more reliable and easier to start.
I then got hold of a ride on Westwood with a rotten cutting deck at an auction and spent about a day plating it. This has lasted well but has needed Easystart recently to wake it up.
I also have two 350cc twin water cooled Honda hydrodrive lawn tractors with the cutter decks removed which are great for towing around a small trailer for logs, garden rubbish etc and handy with a 8ft x 4ft pallet on top as a mobile workbench. Rarely a day goes by when I am not using it for something - I even used it to wrangle five horses back through a hole in the fence to their adjacent field last week when all other means failed!
My latest aquisition is a Stiga mower - 725cc horizontal V twin with 4WD and cruise control!
I actually enjoy cutting the grass now and it only takes about an hour and I can remove the grass cutting deck, fit the flail deck and tackle brambles and saplings in the woods.
So you can see why I am called Lawnmowerman - I think I have more lawnmowers than bikes and I seem to spend almost as long working on them.

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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #13 on: 18.06. 2019 21:24 »
Fairly obvious I guess where “morris” comes from. When buying my first BSA the wife was worried I was going to abandon the Isis which she loved so much but I told her “hey sweetheart, it’s not because I have a girlfriend that I abandoned you no?” *shh*
After having said that I didn’t have much options left besides choosing morris as nickname... *whistle*
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Re: Who Are You?
« Reply #14 on: 20.06. 2019 15:49 »
I presume Greybeard that you are refering to the guy who has bought the name and that BSA,s are going to be  made again. Well I will not be interested in ever owniing one they will be a modern bike with the name BSA. As far as I am concerned BSA motorcycles ceased production in 1973 and any modern version purporting to be a BSA will be just trying to cash in on the name. I did call into a modern dealership in Newcastle the other day walked straight past all the new modern bikes to the back of the shop where they had 3 pristine BSA bikes a B31 plunger A65 Lightning and a replica Rocket Goldstar also 2 Nortons and an Ariel. Did stop for a moment to look at the Royal Enfield stand the modern Bullet does at least resemble the old Enfields but the new Twin does not even resemble the old twins like the Constellation that I owned in the sixties, sorry but I am living in the past and am too old to change.