Stuff!

 

Focussing on the positive - the kitchen is warm thanks to the Rayburn.
Briefly mentioning the negative - the lounge is still not finished.
Realising the important - We have our health, a warm home, a great family and wonderful friends, many reading this!

Happy New Year!

KTM 200 Duke

200 Duke: Lightness rediscovered. Maximum riding fun, powerful propulsion and optimum user value thanks to thoroughbred motorcycle technology. Featherweight chassis with high-quality components and first-class brakes. Precisely what you'd expect from a genuine KTM.

19 kW (25 hp) Power and an unladen weight of only 126 kg guarantee tremendous, fleet-footed riding fun with the 200 Duke. The 200 Duke's high-quality upside-down fork from WP Suspension has the same 43 mm outer tube diameter as the RC8 R – in other words, real racing equipment that guarantees highest levels of stability and precision.

The new 200 Duke's lightweight, high-quality, die-cast swingarm is designed and produced according to the same principle as the 690 Duke. With the powerful, outstandingly controllable brake system developed by KTM in collaboration with Brembo® and the perfect grip of the wide tyres, the rider always has the lightweight motorcycle under control. At the front, a radial four-piston brake caliper bites onto a 280 mm brake disc.

No minor development: Based on the state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder four-stroke engine of the 125 Duke, the 200 Duke's power unit has been changed substantially to generate 60 % more displacement and correspondingly fully developed power. Large contact surfaces ensure optimum control and perfect feedback.

The shapely 11 l fuel tank on the 200 Duke not only provides the rider with perfect knee contact, but also with a range of many kilometres, even when ridden hard, thanks to the economical engine.

At the front, a radial four-piston brake caliper bites onto a 280 mm brake disc.
The intricate engine design, state-of-the-art injection electronics and the close-ratio, six-speed transmission not only help the 200 Duke to achieve impressive performance, but also moderate fuel consumption. Thanks to the regulated catalytic converter, it produces only minimal emissions

KTM 200 Duke Specs
  • Price (Estimated)    (US$2443 to US$2819)
  • L/W/H     2002/873/1274 mm (78.8/34.3/50.1 in.)
  • Wheelbase     1367mm (53.8 in.)
  • Curb Weight     136 kg (300 lbs)
  • Engine Layout     Single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, four-stroke
  • Displacement     199.5cc
  • Power     25 bhp at 10,000 rpm
  • Torque     1.94 kgm (14 ft. lbs) at 8000 rpm
  • Gearbox     6-speed
  • Fuel Economy (estimated)     30kpl (70.5 mpg)
  • Front Suspension     WP inverted fork
  • Rear Suspension     Monoshock, alloy swingarm
  • Front Brake     280mm disc
  • Rear Brake     230mm disc
  • Tire Size (front/rear)     110/70-17; 150/60-17

X marks the spot!

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Ella certainly loved the hamper Jon’s sister bought him for Christmas!

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We have had a great Christmas – great family do and yesterday a great afternoon with friends. Today we decided to go out for a drive so we headed over to Scarborough.
The roads seemed fairly quiet though the view of the North Sea didn’t exactly warm us up!

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Knowing it was ABC Wednesday I decided to go in search of an X – and I found one as we drove into Scarborough!

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The sales were on so we popped in to a few shops – coming away with 12 cans of cat food, some dog food and a greyhound calendar for my MIL – the calendar that is, not the pet food! lol!
We came home over Blakey Ridge and decided to have lunch at the Lion Inn. The fog was thickening by the minute as you can see from the photo I took of the road home.


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Once we reached the road home from the Moor Road the weather cleared and the fog lifted.


The next few days will be quiet, New Year’s Eve will be the next event – we are holding an “At Home” for neighbours and friends – our neighbours are doing the same, so we will be popping in and out of each other’s homes during the course of the night.
We have had a delay with the lounge progress, but we should be back on track over the next couple of days. Working with colours of Brassica (purple) and brilliant white means there can be no grey areas (no pun intended) and the margins have to be spot on. As we were not at home on Christmas Day this was not a problem. Having one of your best friends as a carpet fitter is a joy I can tell you. The minute we are ready spud will be over and carpet fitted. I have waited this long – we can wait a few days more.
Watch this space!
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So much to tell you, but right now - have a good one. From moi, Jon, Elsie, Freida, Ella, Ernest, Olwyn, Mabel, Eva, May, Bev & Margy.

xxxxx





A week to go!


Well we seem to have escaped the snow (will I eat these words?) so far at least but as we approach the next few days leading up to Christmas I feel quite in control of matters. I do not like driving in the bad weather - fortunately Jon has a strange enjoyment of off road driving so if we do get snow he will be chomping at the bit to get out there and have some sort of adventure. Friday seemed to be threatening snow but our visit to friends for dinner on the moors went without event  (well travelwise anyway) and my anxiety over driving was soon put to rest as the roads were only wet.
Saturday brought about a rare but treasured meeting up of life long friends - normally scattered over Europe and America, we were all in one place at one time - so a lunch was called for!



Dorothy and Keith are over from France and Steph is spending time here at home away from a hectic time over the pond. It was a great 2 hours spent in Guisborough - brought to a close as Maria had to attend to a washing machine incident at her holiday cottage! Oh how domestic matters bring us all back to earth!
Dorothy gave me a lift home and I will share with you later the wonderful gift she and keith gave us for our lounge!
Talking of the lounge - a bit more tidying here and there required but looking good. A final push will see leaps of progress - watch this space!

Despite being  a lady (well almost) who lunches - I still have a few jobs to do before next Sunday - it is the village Carol Service on Saturday in our church. The organ is not working so it is down to me and my guitar - so a polishing up on my skills is required - yes a good job I have a few days! We are having Christmas Dinner with family, at my MIL's - the other Mrs Nesbitt as our house was in bomb zone moment - however I will still be making a few dishes to take along to share the tasks. All presents are more or less sorted - just some wrapping to do.

Enjoy!

V is for Vanilla Slice!


I have been thinking about one of these all day! As many of you know, I am allergic to chocolate and do not really enjoy sweet things but when I do decide to have a treat it has to be one of these. The true name is a Vanilla Slice but in my book it has to be made from proper custard, Birds, the type I had as a child. Many vanilla slices are made of confectioner's cream - not a patch on the traditional custard in my opinion!
I have good days and bad days with the Shingles - and the house progress gets me down - I am helpless, so as a treat I made myself a small bowl of custard and ate the lot! Awesome!
Comfort food favourite.....what's yours?

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Being married to an engineer!

It is a good job I am married to an engineer! After months of smooth operations the Rayburn just was NOT playing ball. Jon dismantled various bits to uncover this.......


An hour later the same part looked like this......


The main chamber did look like this.....




eventually looking like this....




Ofcourse it goes without saying to say that during the whole operation I was cold, very cold but all seems to be working well now. It had been a build up of creosote from the logs - who would have thought it? Towards the end of last week I was not able to  feel warm and i kept putting it down to Shingles - when all along it was the Rayburn. Jon had to practically dismantle it - fortunately this is the type of thing he strangely enjoys!!!! Not so much the dirt and discomfort - but finding out why something is not working to it's expectations. Now it is all sorted we have a warm house.

I must admit things seemed to crash around me on Saturday and I felt everything was getting on top of me - the house was in a state of mess whilst the decorating is in progress - the washing was building up as the weather was dreadful and the house was cold - but I know we are not having everybody round this Christmas Day - which took pressure off. It is amazing the difference a nice warm house makes! Having had a little panic life can now continue as normal!

The 2011 Ducati Diavel

The Diavel is a Ducati, born from a passion for motorcycling and designed to deliver authentic Ducati performance in every respect. ”Ducati has created something truly magic.

It will be called DIAVEL and will arrive at the new Ducati EICMA dreamWhile waiting for the official presentation of Ducati also comes the anticipation of the name of this great news that, inspired by an expression in the dialect of Bologna, will be called DIAVEL, or devil.

As for Monster, the name DIAVEL then becomes the expression of that unique, passionate, further characterized by high technology and a unique design distinguishes every Ducati motorcycle produced.The new Ducati DIAVEL be extremely accurate in every detail, carved in every muscle, comfortable and innovative.

2011 Ducati Diavel Specifications

Engine
Testastretta 11°, L-Twin cylinder, 4 valve per cylinder, Desmodromic, liquid cooled Displacement
1198.4cc
Bore x Stroke
106 x 67.9mm
Compression ratio
11.5:1
Power
162hp (119kW) @ 9500rpm
Torque
94lb-ft (127.5Nm) @ 8000rpm
Fuel injection
Mitsubishi electronic fuel injection system, Mikuni elliptical throttle bodies with RbW
Exhaust
Lightweight 2-1-2 system with catalytic converter and two lambda probes. Twin aluminium mufflers

Transmission
Gearbox
6 speed
Ratio
1=37/15 2=30/17 3=27/20 4=24/22 5=23/24 6=22/25
Primary drive
Straight cut gears, ratio 1.84:1
Final drive
Front sprocket 15; Rear sprocket 43
Clutch
Light action, wet, multiplate clutch with hydraulic control. Self-servo action on drive, slipper action on over-run.

Chassis
Frame
Tubular steel Trellis frame
Wheelbase
1590mm (62.6in)
Rake
28°
Front suspension
Marzocchi 50mm fully adjustable usd forks
Front wheel travel
120mm (4.7in)
Front wheel
14-spoke in light alloy 3.50 x 17
Front Tyre
120/70 ZR 17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Rear suspension
Progressive linkage with fully adjustable Sachs monoshock. Aluminium single-sided swingarm
Rear wheel travel
120mm (4.7in)
Rear wheel
14-spoke in light alloy 8.00 x 17
Rear tyre
240/45 ZR17 Pirelli Diablo Rosso II
Front brake
2 x 320mm semi-floating discs, radially mounted Monobloc Brembo callipers, 4-piston with ABS
Rear brake
265mm disc, 2-piston floating calliper with ABS
Fuel tank capacity
17l - (5.3 US gal)
Dry weight
210kg (463lb) 

Suzuki Boulevard M109R Limited Edition

 
Triton Blue

The Suzuki Boulevard M109R Limited Edition combines unique styling and exhilarating performance. The M109R Limited Edition features a sporty racing stripe, custom gauges and tailight, and a uniquely styled seat.

For 2012 the M109R Limited is availabe in new Metallic Triton Blue/Glass Splash White and Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Max Orange. 

2012 Boulevard M109R Limited Edition Specifications:

Chassis
  • Overall Length 2450 mm (96.5 in) 
  • Overall Width 875 mm (34.4 in) 
  • Wheelbase 1710 mm (67.3 in) 
  • Ground Clearance 130 mm (5.1 in) 
  • Seat Height 705 mm (27.8 in) 
  • Curb Weight 347 kg (764 lbs) 
  • Transmission 5-speed constant mesh 
  • Final Drive Shaft drive
  • Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped 
  • Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped 
  • Brakes Front Disc brake, twin 
  • Brakes Rear Disc brake 
  • Tires Front 130/70R18 M/C 63V tubeless 
  • Tires Rear 240/40R18 M/C 79V tubeless 
  • Fuel Tank Capacity CA 18.5 L (4.9 US gallons) 
  • Color Metallic Triton Blue/Glass Splash White 
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Glass Splash White

Engine
  • Displacement 1783cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 54° V-twin 
  • Fuel System Suzuki fuel injection 
  • Starter Electric
  • Ignition Electronic ignition (transistorized)

Too busy for stuff like this!!!!

Some time ago I detected an irriitation in my back. Put it down to the skirt I was wearing - elastic waistband matters.
Fast forward to Wednesday - Slimming World to be precise ( oh another 2.5lb loss and Slimmer of the week award!) sorry I am rambling........so as I was bending over my fleece crept up to reveal some flesh! (too much information!) my pal Jill commented on a rash on my back. Well as I can't really see my back I wasn't alarmed - certainly couldn't feel any discomfort! A couple of other people commented too. A worried text later urged me to go to the doctor........turns out I have Shingles! I explained to the doctor I wasn't stressed, worried or such like and was too busy to take things easy.....but there you go!

CB50 caferacer

A bike I built, rode and then sold. Sometimes I miss it, it rode really nice, pretty comfortable, quick and it looked pretty cool.
Very retro 80's caferacer with magnesium wheels that just about everybody in the dutch 4-stroke community hated. I think they were just accustomed to the spoked wheels of the SS50's.

this is pretty much how I bought it and rode it for a while, the only modification by me were the sporty handlebars. It came with the giuliari seat.


Starting the transformation, this is a picture of one of the first complete mock-up's
When I bought the bike, it came with a lot of extra parts, including the tank with Bultaco stickers, I originally planned on riding it like this, just to piss people off with my "bultaco"


And the endresult, I changed the exhaust endcan later on, so the bike could breathe better, but I have no nice pictures of that.



some specs:
-ktm magnesium wheels
-CB750k1/6 front brake caliper and master
-50cc (still a legal moped)
-5speed xr80 gearbox
-CB50F camshaft
-16mm kei-hin carb
-slightly ported head and rounded valves
-adjustable clipons
-Ducati seat
-homebuilt rearsets with 10mm spanner as shifterpedal

U is for Underlay


Nimbus Cloud 9 underlay to be precise!
It is very fortunate having a close friend who is a carpet fitter! Some years ago our friend Spud (Martin) told us about this gem of an underlay. Without a doubt it is like "Walking on air" (cue song!) and really makes any carpet feel luxurious under the feet.
Our underlay arrived today - now awaiting the carpet.
Today (Tuesday) the lounge will have the final tidy up and de-clutter ready for Wednesday's arrival of the decorator, Steve. He will be here Thursday as well..........
then it will be time to call Spud - he is waiting in the wings, Stanley knife poised ready to come in and work his magic.
By the weekend the carpet will be down, the room completed.
Nobody guessed the colour.........not even close!

Any ideas?
Watch this space!

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Meet the Neighbours!

Each month I receive my allocated church magazines which I deliver to the our neighbours. It was lovely to see the wreaths my neighbours had made at my Craft Class last week. I think it was one of the most enjoyable sessions to date.





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Country Living eat your heart out!



Tonight at my workshop we will be making a wreath for our own houses - this is mine. Am quite pleased - everything was from our garden or from round the home. Cost of oasis £3. Now I wonder how much they would cost if featured in Country Living?

Oh and by the way!


Don't mention my diet much - but HAD to share my news - lost 4.5 lb (2.04116 kg)  this week! Well pleased!

Ok back to DIY ...........
Dx

The Hunt for the Battered Haggis Unicorn


Its been a wee while since I posted anything, due to traveling for the past month or so, across England, Scotland and Spain.  It has been an absolutely blast to say the least! After a hectic few days before the jump sorting out the new kitchen and finishing off a few deadline. I managed to pack and get my travel documents together than heading off to catch the train up North England where my 1st stop was to be. 

Where do I begin with my travel... I walked the highlands, ran through torrential rain, break danced, drunk 6 bottles of wine to try forget some old memories, let loose lego shaped dance moves, ate colossal battered haggis's and savaged an octopus sandwich.  

Documenting my travels via camera, drawings in my journal, notepad and app Instagram, if any of you have it follow me to witness it all. 




Here are some pages from my journal and have many more but will be saving them for another post others wise this will end up being as long as a dissertation. Below is a photo of this amazing wee vegetarian place id recommend to eat if your in the mood for jacket potato in Edinburgh. I ate veggie haggis with spicy hummus and it tasted delicious after a wee visit in Dundee.  


Trust the scottish to have a Gin and Tonic Fund tip jar at a wee cafe i went to during the day. Was really nice to have a break from walking all over the place on my own, running up and down the many stairs in Edinburgh. Took that moment to draw a few people drinking coffee and nibbling on there cinnamon bread. In the evening i went to a party with 6 bottles of white wine and ended up eating lots of hummus and olives not realizing how much I've drunk. Which lead me to create conceptual art in the toilet with a found cigarette in a wibbly wobbly state.




I went to a typical wee Glaswegian pub on one of the nights there and was literally the only none white person in there and there was 1 woman in there, every body being proper Glaswegian . 'You look as rough as a badgers asshole' was one of the quotes I heard, wrote a few others in my wee journal and will be illustrating them in the next month or so. This carnage later lead to battered chips, battered haggis, battered black pudding, normal chips with white buttered bread. Nearly having a heart attack from all the battered stuff despite it tasting pretty amazing in small dose!


Sterling castle which was gorgeous but was so very cold the higher you walked but guess you cant expect anything less from being in Scotland. At the castle there was a wee exhibition 'The Hunt of the Unicorn', often referred to as the Unicorn Tapestries, is a series of seven tapestries dating from 1495–1505. These colossal tapestries show a group of noblemen and hunters in pursuit of a unicorn. It is believed the tapestries were made in the Southern Netherlands. Couldn't get any photos of it so heres a sneaky image from an online source to give you an idea what these looked like. 




My mate ended up in A&E so heres another new experience for me never being in one in the UK alone, so witnessing one in Glasgow was a first, The man sat next to me looked so badly with open cuts all over his face/head and dry blood on his hands. I tried not to make eye contact but when you see someone like that makes one wonder where he came from. Guess I will never know. 





Made a few things while i was there and pasted up a hand on a wall in a building and walked out since Im sneaky like that. The hand was made from this sticky coloured paper which was so lovely to cut through and made me life super fast to bosh it out and out i went. Also visited Kelvingrove Museum a few times too while I was in Glasgow and drew few of the sculptures there. I fell in love with a few of the paintings there so a re-visit was a must the next day. 






Cyprus Duck, didnt see no shifty looking ducks!


I wrote a review on my experience at the Hunterian Museum (London) a few months back that can be read here.  So when i saw there was a Glasgow Hunterian Museum my wee socks got all excited and without hesitation i walked in for a closer gander. Once again you were not allowed to take photos inside but I manage to snap a sneaky few but not as many as I would liked. Here is a baby fawn's, two bodies, one heart and one head, Madness!! Along with a cyclopes piglet to company the wee fella. Was all very fascinating to witness and a lovely experience wishing I had company for.




Loved these bikes in the Riverside Museum: Scotland's Museum of transport and travel.


Met some of the protesters on the edge of Kelvingrove Park and had a chat with what they were camping for in the freezing cold while making a mess with litter. I drew some of them chilling on there mickey mouse made chairs while they drunk warm whisky and coffee. Will show all these drawings in the next month once I have executed a few unfinished ones.  



I documented a lot more photos as you can imaging having been in York, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow for like 2 weeks but its getting really late and I should sleep. Back to work in the morning and time to get into my usual routine in the big smoke. I will be posting very soon about my trip to Spain, so many stories and fun moments I don't know where to begin. Hopefully I will know when that comes to that point,  also my updated website will be going live this monday which is pretty exciting since its been meaning to have an update for some time now. 

All the best and speak to you all very soon.
Robert.