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  1. Thank you Mark, and everyone involved. I know it's difficult keeping everyone happy, so your efforts really are very much appreciated. It's kind of ironic that I had my most successful year this year, and only did one hill - Gurston - and that was my worst score, as I've previously preferred hills. I'm not planning on chasing the championship next year (I say that now ) so I'm looking to do events I've not done for a long time, or have never visited, rather than going after points. Looking forward to it
  2. Howard

    (SOLD) Carbon and foam boot panel

    Yes please!
  3. Howard

    Peak District Sun 21st October

    Thank you Julie, and indeed everyone, for a great day out. And thank you for showing me some new parts of the Peak District - I'm sure there are plenty more still to be discovered. Great write-up too.
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    Peak District Sun 21st October

    Aw, give over Just fancy a trip into the Peaks with some like-minded individuals. Been meaning to tag along for a while now. See you tomorrow.
  5. Howard

    Peak District Sun 21st October

    Mind if I join you?
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    Aeroscreen? Should you wear a crash helmet?

    I wear Wiley X SG-1 goggles on the road as I like the wind in what's left of my hair. I think I'd find my full-face helmet would be too claustrophobic in traffic in a car. Never had that problem on motorbikes though. I guess being strapped into a car limits your movement. I have been thinking about an open face helmet with a visor though. That would give facial protection, be less claustrophobic and help reduce wind noise. Always meant to get some custom made ear plugs but not got around to it. On the bird-strike stories - years ago on my Moto Guzzi I was riding past some hedges close to the road at, shall we say, a good rate when a blackbird flew out. I ducked but it was too late and the bird hit me square in the face. I was wearing an open face helmet and goggles instead of my usual full-face helmet, and the impact felt like a cricket ball fresh off the bat. Blood and guts all down the front of my jacket and across my face. Didn't stop as I was late for meeting up with friends but I found out later it had split my nostril. And that was just a blackbird. A pheasant or buzzard doesn't bear thinking about. Edit to add- it also loosened two teeth, so my not wearing a helmet is probably flying in the face of experience
  7. Howard

    Speed Series 2018

    Thanks everyone! I knew I had a chance but didn't expect it to become a reality.
  8. have a good one mate


  9. Howard

    Blyton 5 Sept only £119

    Good grief! That's 10mph faster than I've ever managed at that point - and you're two-up.
  10. Howard

    type 9 and gear lever extension

    That could well be the difference between success and failure I was using the standard Ford lever.
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    type 9 and gear lever extension

    There may well be plenty of people satisfied with theirs, and may have got theirs working better than I did. I can only comment on my own experience: I had the Westfield supplied one for a few years and although it worked "ok" I always felt the operation was not as crisp as I'd like. Had a few selection issues, mainly when sprinting, and yes, they do need careful setting up with washers/shims underneath the gear lever. In the end, I went to great lengths to move the engine back as far as I could do do away with the extension. I have a bend in the lever and prefer this to the extension. Another factor, not entirely unrelated is that the extensions only seem available for Type 9 gearboxes, and I changed to a 4-speed Rocket box.
  12. Howard

    Weight loss diet.

    Having just done this very swap (steel AVOs to alloy Protechs) 0.5kg per damper.
  13. Howard

    Hethel Results 5/8/18

    Just seen the results on the Borough 19 website. Looking at the times it suggests that it was the short course. The target times on our site indicated that it was the long course. Had I known it was the short course I would have entered. I realise that maybe I should have looked at the B19 Supplementary Regs for the event regardless, but if our TT indicated a particular layout, why would you look further. Lesson learned perhaps, but not happy

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