The National Motorcycle Museum visit…

Haven’t been out much on the bike recently, with Paula poorly and work …anyway, off to The National Motorcycle Museum this Sunday (28th Sept) with some of the guys & girls from the Triumph Cruisers Facebook group, the weather looks reasonable which is good as its a early start and a good 2 hour run for me through the Cotswolds picking a few up on the way

Looking forward to seeing everyone and looking round the museum, as well as the ride up of course !

A cheeky weekend in Cornwall.

We thought a little cheeky weekend away was in order as my birthday has just gone but because Paula is still recovering post op and she’s unable to get on the bike we went in Paula’s car, her Smartie.

Smartie in Cornwall
Paula’s Smartie at Fistral Beach, Newquay

Not quite a bike but as close as your gonna get without being on 2 wheels, Paula found a lovely place just outside Liskeard, Pencubitt Country House

Pencubitt Country House, Liskeard
Pencubitt Country House

After a drive across Dartmoor and seeing loads of bikes out too its somewhere we’ll be revisiting on 2 wheels I’m sure, we arrived at Pencubitt House, Pat and Julie couldn’t be any more welcoming, showed us to our room before leaving us to relax before dinner, dinner has to be booked 24 hours in advance but what a dinner it was ! All cooked by Pats fair hand ( with help from Julie I’m sure) 3 stunning courses, healthy portions and at a very reasonable cost, if you stay here you simply must eat in house, at least once….

…..after a good nights sleep it was down for breakfast, a full English for me of course and poached eggs for Paula and plenty of fresh coffee.
The Eden Project was our first stop for the day with clear blue skies it was an amazing place, if you ever get chance go see it, just awesome.

The Eden Project, Cornwall
The Eden Project

Then a drive up from the south coast to the north coast and Newquay, the kiss me quick and surfing capital of Cornwall, following the coast road we headed to Padstow along some great roads, we’ll be back on the bike for sure, but the Smartie will have to do this time.
On arriving in Padstow we found out it was Harbour Day, think county fair by the sea, Fish and chips to be had of course, eaten on the harbour wall.

Padstow Harbour, Cornwall
Padstow Harbour

The next morning it was time to check out, after another good breakfast from Pat of course !

On our way back we decided to go the long way, I guess something you get from riding motorcycles ! so via Fowey, a coffee and  picking up some pasties…….

Fowey Harbour, Cornwall
Fowey Harbour.

……and then on to Paignton Zoo, great to see some of the animals we don’t get to see at our lovely Bristol Zoo but a little disappointed in the grounds….

Giraffe at Paignton Zoo
Elephant at Paignton Zoo


Before too long we were back on the motorway heading north…see you soon Cornwall, promise it we won’t leave it so long next time….

Thunderbird heated grip improvement ?

Had the new grip in the post the other day following the heated grip fail, see previous post here, during the install which is relativity  straight forward, I thought it looked different. I checked it and the lug that breaks is thicker….a whole millimetre thicker !


The standard grip, this one has done about 2,000 miles..





This one is the heated grip that had failed, this one had done about 14,000 miles..




This is the new heated grip…


As you can see the new grip lug is certainly 1 mm thicker, I checked it quite a few times to make sure before I took the photos.

lets hope this fixes the problem, only time will tell, although I think I’ll still carry a spare grip with me !


Dom’s Bike Stop.

As Paula was still recovering from her recent op I decided to give the Bonnie a little run out and after a quick check to see who was out and about it Rudy suggested a trip to Dom’s Biker Stop for breakfast was in order, so with a few local to me to pick up along the way I headed off just after 8.00 to pick up Tom and then on to get Allan before the heading to the meet up point just outside Tewkesbury where Rudy and the rest of the group was.
A steady bimble up to Dom’s and a good breakfast, you can never say Dom’s is fast food but a great place to sit and talk sprockets and gearboxes, as Paula would say….
After a much needed stop for fuel we headed back stopping for a ‘corrected’ coffee in Gloucester Docks, thanks to Rudy, after Allan, Tom and I had a spirited run back home.
Good day all round !

A video of the day…

The map shows our approximate route although because I had nothing to do with planning this run so I’m not 100% sure !

Triumph Thunderbird Service Manual

Here’s a copy of the Thunderbird service manual, Part Number 3850700 issue 1, 07.2009, with all the torque settings, Triumph tool numbers and service schedules…

Thunderbird Service Manual