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Well with the weather closing in for the autumn it seems silly not to make the most if the sun shines. An shine it did this weekend, so it was all hands on deck for a Royal visit somewhere.

I persuaded my neighbour that a tour of the Welsh National Botanical Gardens  was in order as he had never visited before. A bit late in the season for glorious shows of colour but still plenty of interest.

Here is a link to the album,

 

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Me mates bike is a Yamaha Vulcan 900 a bit big and shiny when viewed next the Royal,

 

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An arty shot,

 

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Water snake !

 

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Steel + wool and welsh imagination produced this fine beast. That would be the bull not the biker.

 

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The lake must have a leak as we have had plenty of rain lately.

 

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Entrance to the largest largest single-span great glasshouse in the world. The two pictures were taken moments apart but the lighting is way different.

 

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The start of the water snake.

 

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The end of the water snake.

 

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Or maybe it is the beginning as the water is pumped back up the hill.

 

Enjoy folks.

 

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All the pictures were taken walk,stop,click, with just a couple that had a little more thought behind them. If you download individual pictures from Imgur you get a load more detail as I uploaded as , 4928x3264 size.

 

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Had a ride out on me birthday a couple of months ago. View is from somewhere near Tafarn Sinc. Luverly dry roads and pretty warm considering the time of year. Did not stop for a pint, can't even remember if it was open due to covid.

 

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Took a ride out yesterday. White frost was still in evidence in many places even though it was three o'clock in the afternoon. Riding home in the gloaming was slightly tricky but very pretty.
 

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Photo location a couple of miles from Cenarth Falls. On a good day you can see the sun glint of the sea at Fishguard over to the right in the pictures.That is on a good day :lol:
 
Darn I'll have to figure out how to get rid of the watermark, it is spoiling my professional quality arty shots 🤣
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Man! That is some beautiful scenery. I'd like to ride those roads with you some day... on the bucket list! :)

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On 12/7/2020 at 1:49 PM, V.T. Eric Layton said:

Man! That is some beautiful scenery. I'd like to ride those roads with you some day... on the bucket list! :)

 

You had better be quick then as time is running out for us old gits. 🤪

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Well it had been raining for almost a month non stop here in sunny Pembrokeshire until Dec 24th which turned out to be a nice sunny rain free day. Unfortunately I was doing the driving thing so could not get out on the Royal.
Still it was nice and sunny on Christmas day so I took a ride out to Tenby. Had a most enjoyable ride along the Ridgeway and stopped half a dozen times to enjoy the views of the coast on my right and views across the valleys to the Beacons in the distance on my left.
I thought that was going to be the last ride out for the year.
However I had planned on a ride out on New Years day to start of the hopefully better new year. Then I remembered I might be riding with an empty tank.
So I decided to take a short ride on New Years Eve to fill up. Great I thought when I woke up on the day, sun and blue sky's at eight o'clock. Too early to ride out I took my breakfast and spent a couple of hours catching up on events on the net. Surfaced and looked out of the window and, blimey there was a scattering of snow on the ground and grey cloudy sky's. Hmm what to do I thought as it started to drizzle. Having an early lunch seemed a good idea. Whilst preparing and eating said lunch I noticed that it was not steady rain but more like short sharp showers with clear spells in between and they seemed to be getting wider apart. I suited up during a shower and waited for the clear spell to arrive. As the rain stopped I made my move and fired up the Royal and made a dash for the petrol station, card payments at the pump only, so covid safe. Pulling my gloves back on it seemed to me that there were less clouds in the sky with patches of blue peeking through what were almost white fluffy clouds. Hmmm does not look like rain for at least half an hour, maybe I'll just go for a short sprint across the bridge and round By Johnston and Milford Haven. Luck was with me and after a short but rain free ride I made it back to a warm welcoming home. A decent way to end the year I thought.
New Years day greeted me with blue sky sun and white frost covering everything. As I ate a leisurely breakfast the white turned to green apart from in the hedge bottoms. Tenby seemed a good choice again by the main roads as the back roads might have pockets of frost still lingering. Would the two floods blocking the way have receded I wondered, the road was impassable on New Years Eve. No matter if they were as it would give me a longer ride out in the sun and joy of joys almost dry tarmac. I fired up the Royal and roared of on my first ride out of the New Year. An hour later I arrived home to warm up with a welcoming mulled wine. A great start to the year.
Whilst out I it occurred to me that you all might like to see a picture of me on the Royal, so here you are folks a crazy barbarian out riding in the deepest days of winter.

 

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I finally found the setting to get rid of the watermark on my phone pictures and found settings to set a picture size and one for a panoramic view. So changed from 4x3 to 16.9 and set to panorama as I thought that might get me better ppics when out riding the Royal.
so here are some shots from my first 2021 ride out.

 

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All shots are from Tenby looking right and left along the coast. Not sure if that panorama setting gives a better picture that just the ordinary one. :cool:
Despite the sun it was darn clod so I did not hang around, helmet and gloves of fired of the shots and gloved and helmeted up as quick as possible. Have no idea why that last shot is long and thin. 🥳

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On 1/2/2021 at 4:32 PM, V.T. Eric Layton said:

Beautiful scenery!

 

Here is some more then.

 

It was sunny again today.

 

Tenby yet again but from nob hill. Oh to be able to afford to live up here.

 

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The rest are from Saundersfoot just a short way down the coast. An I even persuaded my neighbour to ride out.

 

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15 hours ago, V.T. Eric Layton said:

Looks a bit cool out there.

 

Brass monkey weather but I am from ooooop norf so I'm tough as old nails. 😂

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Yet another ride out today (Tuesday5th). This was 100% legal as I was taking my end of month expense claim forms into Withybush ambulance office. I had filled them in and found that I did not have a stamp an decided that standing in a queue at the Post Office was not as safe as traveling to Withybush.

 

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Stopped at the view point at the Milford Haven Bridge to take a couple of shots. By gum it were cold the poor old Royal being air cooled and a single cylinder took quite some time to warm up.  🥶

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Doing well this year. Had another ride out last week but seem to have lost the photos.

 

Had a ride out on the 23rd as we had blue sky and no rain for a change. Took a circuitous route to Tenby and then back along the coast to end up at Angle then backtracked home.

 

I am heading (right>left)toward Angle which is a dead end almost at the mouth of Milford Haven. This pic shows the ferry on its way to Ireland and in the background you can see the snow tipped mountains of Snowdonia. Well I could see them when I took the picture but they do not show up very well in the photograph.😋

 

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Down on the beach I was hoping to get a shot of the ferry as it passed bu tit was too cold to hang about.

 

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Apparently it was snowing with sub zero temperatures ooop norf in the UK. 😋

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I heard that there was snow around so I jumped on the Royal and went hunting. No snow near home but only five miles away there was snow on the roads and in the fields. Looking over to the Preseli Hills some twenty miles away the snow looked pretty indeed. Too far and too cold for me to get closer though. 😋

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Well I was going to post my wonderful modification to the standard rear carries.

 

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that I was going to use with these wonderful waterproof bags

 

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The Large Motorcycle Adventure Pannier Dry Bags are a rugged, durable pannier system designed specifically with the adventure bike market in mind. These soft panniers are both rugged and waterproof and capable of keeping even the heaviest of rain out.

 

here are the modifications

 

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As you can see I have added a couple of extra flat bars to the frames. These take advantage of the extra webbing on the back of the Lomo bags and provide a quick and easy way to put the bags on the bike. With no fartin around with straps and such like. I even added a padlock so that they could be left on the bike whilst stopping for coffee and such like.

 

I would have shown some pictures of them on the bike. An I would have shown some pictures of the stainless steel front wheel rim rebuild and powdercoated wheel hub.Along with the shiny new disc brake and caliper and steel braided brake hose. All fitted to make my mega trip to the Lake District after lock down was relaxed here in the UK.

So I decided to make a few trips, all eager like to build up some stamina in the old creaky body and forgot to take any shots of the rebuild in all its glory.

First trip out of 50 miles went ok.

The second trip of 120 miles is were it all went pear shaped.

 

Date of accident 26-04-2021.

 

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It is no good asking  me what happened as my mind is a blank. One minute I am ambling along a straight road and the next I am waking up at the side of the vehicle pretty badly busted up.

Not too badly injured as it turns out. I am lucky to be alive really.

 

These are pretty gruesome so do not view if of a sensitive disposition

I'll carry the tale on later on.

 Needless to say the Lake District trip was a washout 🤕

 

 

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Well, I was going to ask a couple questions about your rack modification, but as I scrolled down further in the above post, I completely forgot about that.

 

How IN THE H3LL did your bike end up under the rear end of that car? Did they back into you? Did you not see them in time and laid the bike down into a slide? My guess is the latter.

 

After all the work and waiting to get your currently-now-bruised arse on the road again, it's just a cryin' shame. :( In all my years of riding, I've had a few bumps and scrapes, and I've also seen some seriously bad accidents (fatalities), so yes... feel fortunate. You're a bit black and blue at the moment; nothing a Viking should be whining about. Evidently, Odin doesn't have your chamber set up in Valhalla just yet. No rush.

 

Keep us posted on the recovery... of you and the bike. I'm pretty sure you'll heal up much faster than the bike, though.

 

Stay UPRIGHT, brother!

 

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That's sad happenings there, bro. Heal up fast!

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He's old like me. He won't heal up fast, but he will heal up... eventually. ;)

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He's old like me. He won't heal up fast, but he will heal up... eventually. ;)

 

I'll be 68 this year.

 

Me right wrist is cracked and in a plaster cast up to the elbow which comes of in ten days time. The left side of me chest had a good deal of muscle tearing and though there were no ribs broken several had small hairline fractures.

That made shaving, going to the toilet  and almost everything else really difficult.

I could not lie down for five weeks and had to cat nap on several chairs dosed up with liquid morphine. I eventually went on to 5 mg morphine tablets twice a day to wean meself of the liquid stuff. Drifting in and out of reality was nice but I have things to do so am now of the tablets altogether.

The right leg from top to bottom was twice the size of the left leg and although in the main a lot of the swelling has gone down there are several areas that are still badly swollen.

I went for me first drive and shopping trip today. I know I probably shouldn't have but I had to get out of the house for a change.

Managed to sleep in me bed the last three nights, not exactly pain free but bearable and that will get better over the next few weeks.

The doc was dead impressed with me recovery rate and the way the bruising has almost fully gone. Just shows what a daily application of arnica can do.

So I am on the mend slowly. Once the plaster cast is of I will start to do some serious getting fit stuff. I just hope that me right leg improves and gets back to normal.🤕

 

Meanwhile I have several Captain Harlock anime series to watch along with two movies. 😋

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Be glad you didn't bust up any ribs. I've been there, done that. It's NOT any sort of fun.

 

By the way, how is it we're not hearing about any of this till now?

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16 hours ago, V.T. Eric Layton said:

By the way, how is it we're not hearing about any of this till now?

 

Well I was seriously drugged up on liquid morphine for four weeks. Then I was coming down with the 5 mg tablets. An now I am sort of back to normal. Besides it is really hard to type with me right arm in a plaster cast.I live on me own so just doing the daily stuff was wearing me out. Ten minute shave taking half an hour, ten minute shower taking half an hour etc etc.

Just old age mate, hard knocks take the stuffing out of you and it is harder to bounce back. 😎

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Yeah, some of you may remember my fall in '02 when I slid through a wet intersection in north Tampa and laid that BIG HD Heritage Softail down. Fortunately, it was a rental & insured. Unfortunately, though... when my fat arse high-sided off that bike, I landed on my left upper shoulder and my clavicle slammed into the top to ribs fracturing them. I was in pretty bad shape for about 13 weeks, as you can probably imagine.

 

So, I KNOW what you're talking about. :)

 

By the way, I had NO pain killers except aspirin. It wasn't fun. Now, when I see these Chuck Norris and Schwarzenegger movies where they bust up their ribs and keep kickin' arse and takin' names, I KNOW that's just pure bull feces. Busted ribs are SEVERELY PAINFUL! You can't move. You can't breath right. And OH... don't dare cough or sneeze. I coughed once the second day after this happened and came about 1" away from passing out from the pain.

 

Ah... the memories. :)

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On 6/5/2021 at 8:58 AM, abarbarian said:

One minute I am ambling along a straight road and the next I am waking up at the side of the vehicle pretty badly busted up.

Sorry to hear this. Best wishes for a quick and complete recovery!

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Plaster cast has been of for a week now. Almost have full use of my hand again. A tad weak and still stiff so some work todo.

Legs are coming along too but it will be a while before they are fully operational. Managing to drive which is good though am taking it slow and careful.

Good news is the bike insurers will write of the Royal and give me £2500. Or give me back the bike and £950.

Still thinking about it but will most likely get the bike back and rebuild.

I love me Royal. 😋

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