Monday, 28 December 2009


A few days before Christmas, I joined my mates the Trincats ( to go to the "Taboo" show at the Sala Apolo in Barcelona. The show is a homage to '50s burlesque cabaret shows and takes place once a month. The next show will be on January 21st. Click here for a few photos of the show (all photos: © V. Conejos).

© V. Conejos - Dec. 2009

Friday, 4 December 2009

Beginner's mistake? HA!!!

Feckity-feckit-feck!!! Somebody hand me that dunce cap please!

After 19 years of riding bikes day in and day out, I'd have thought I wouldn't do it, but I did: I forgot to take the fecking disck lock off before riding away! Result: one Thruxton on the ground, broken bar-end mirror, bent shifter and shifter linkage (by the way if anybody has those parts lying around at home and is feeling in the Christmas spirit, I'll be very grateful... just leave a comment and I'll get back to you). Luckily for me, I didn't damage the brake disc, caliper or caliper mounting points, and I was able to turn a right hand mirror into a left-hand one. And the shifter & linkage still work so that's OK. Ah well, it's Friday so I'm going to crack open a beer and get comfortably numb... Have a good weekend!

Thursday, 3 December 2009

The 59 Club, Rockers, and motorcycles in England

Isn't it nice to be able to do sweet effay for once! Noseying around the wonderful and often bizarre world of YouTube, I came across this little video:

Normal service will be resumed shortly...

At last, I have a bit of time to devote to the Thruxtonian! Since I returned from Corsica towards the end of October, I've been stretched from pillar to post job-wise, and I have had absolutely no time whatsoever to update the blog. However, this weekend I will attempt to post some photos of my trip to Corsica. But of course, now that I've said that, all my clients are going to call up at once to send me work! One should also bear in mind that I'm a technological numpty...

Anyway, while I get my act together, here's some light entertainment:


Thursday, 15 October 2009

Corsica Tour 2009

Ready for the off...

At long last, my Corsica Tour 2009 is under way! The bike's ready: full tank of petrol, tyre pressures are OK, the Scottoiler is full, the old girl is nice and clean (important to hit the road with a clean bike!). I'm ready: the bags are packed and I only have a few odds and sods to chuck into my rucksack. Wa-heey!! I can't wait! I feel like Bilbo Baggins, off on one of his travels!

My first stop will be in Nîmes, where I'll spend the night at a friend's place. Then it'll be on to Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where I'll meet up with my travelling companions, before heading to Marseilles, from where we'll be sailing at 7pm. I hope the sea won't be too rough!

So this is my last post until I get back on the 25th. 

One more sleep!!!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Corsica Tour 2009

In the starting blocks...

Things could not be better! The insurance company have finally made good their blunder and I now have all the necessary documents proving that I'm properly insured - that is a weight off my mind. And the seamen's trades unions have calmed down and called off their strike, so we should all be sailing to Corsica in a ferry, rather than having to commandeer a couple of fishing boats! Result! (...)

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Airbox Elimination

This video was posted by a mate on a Spanish forum. It just so happens that another friend of mine offered me a pair pair of K&N pod airfilters, so I might treat my bike to this (minus sweaty "Sexy Boris"!) during the winter, when the urge to ride isn't as strong. 

Group order to British Customs, anybody?

Monday, 12 October 2009

Corsica Tour 2009

"Be prepared..."

Right, so the battery is charging. And bloody lucky I checked it: minimum charge level! As  the bike will be minus its battery tomorrow, I might make the most of it and fit the Nology spark plug cables that are waiting in the lock-up. As that means removing the petrol tank, I might even go as far as fitting the AIS blanking kit that has been sitting on my desk for two-and-a-half years!! I'll only have to take it off in 18 months' time for the MOT!! While I'm at it I might try to blag a couple of NGK iridium spark plugs (unless that means having to go all the way to Barcelona and back).

Right then, three more sleeps... Mahalo... 

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Corsica Tour 2009

Four more Sleeps...

Once again it's October, which means that I'm off to Corsica for a one-week motorcycling holiday. this year however, things aren't off to the best of starts. Firstly, I have just discovered that my insurance company have cocked up pretty badly: I am insured - they confirmed that to me by 'phone the other day - but I have no documents to prove that I'm insured. That means no green card, no insurance certificate, no bank certificate proving that I've paid my insurance (which is necessary here in Spain). And it's been like this since the beginning of July; since then I've been blasting around northern Spain and southern & central France. Thank f**k that the only time I got pulled by Plod they didn't see anything out of the ordinary. More to the point, I'm bloody lucky that I wasn't involved in an accident... Anyway, on Tuesday I'll go to the bank to sort out the bank certificate, the insurance will be couriering the green card to me... and damn, if the G.C. doesn't turn up by Thursday, I'll ride off with just the bank certificate and the old green card.

A brief word from our sponsor...

I've been thinking about starting a blog for some time, which is strange, because I've never been the type to keep a diary. But my upcoming trip to Corsica, which is not as glitch-free as I would have hoped - more anon - has made me decide to give it a go. So bear with me and I hope it'll be entertaining and interesting.