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PostSubject: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 07:36

A quick look and it would appear that Meldrew is our oldest member (and rider) at 95. Poor old bugger still goes to work so must have had a crap pension plan!

All credit to you.

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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 08:22

I changed my age to 95 a couple of weeks ago and I wondered how long it would take anyone to notice it. Smile

I worked my last day on Friday and officially retire at the end of the month on my 62nd birthday, I decided to retire three years early.

As for my pension plan, I'm glad nearly all of it was tied up in a company pension scheme before Gordon came along in 2008 and generally screwed things up for everyone.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 08:30

Was thinking if it was a misprint . Suspect
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 09:19

Hello Meldrew,

Enjoy the retirement, you'll soon wonder how you managed to fit going to work in with all the other things you have to do.

I've been retired seven years and have never had a day off!

Think if all that time you will have to farkle your Silverwing!

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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 09:50

I genuinely thought he was 95!!!!!! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 10:40

I don't think I'll be spending time farkling, I've done the essentials and I'm happy with them. There's no way I'll be fitting HyperPro fork springs or expensive go faster bits I don't want or need. I tried a few simple recommended add ons, Grip Puppies were rubbish, LED pilot bulbs a waste of time and you're forever fishing them out of the headlight reflector if you try to remove them, I junked them and went back to the stock bulbs last week. The Go Cruise throttle control has sat in my top box since I got it because I don't really need it. It's the same with the Airhawk seat cushion I bought a few years ago, and even my Dennis B sat nav mount is ideally placed to catch the sun on the screen of my TomTom Rider and I had to fit a Glare Buster.

The one exception to the rule is mirror extenders, once you give the mirror bolts a good smear of thread lock.

Farkling is just old men putting expensive junk on their scooters for the sake of it. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 10:48

So did I Waspie... So did I, as I have done for quite some time.LOL

Sorry Meldrew, but........................................................
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 10:52

You're officially old when you sprout your first grey pubic hair, and you learn never trust a fart, walk past a toilet/restroom, or waste an erection! Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 11:03

In this country we shave, so the pubic hair is gone before we have a chance to see what color it is.

We also wasted 2 erections in this country. We erected Obama twice.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 13:04

Meldrew, congratulations on your retirement. I look forward to mine like in 10-12 years. Enjoy.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 14:01

Thank you, let's hope your government doesn't up the retirement age in the next few years, ours is going up from 65 to 67.


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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 14:25

Meldrew wrote:
ours is going up from 65 to 67.

And there's a word for that isn't there children! Wink

And it isn't a nice word either! Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 14:56

Meldrew,

Glad you're able to retire.
Now you can really start to rack some miles on your Silverwing .
I've got about three to five years left before I can retire ( depending on
what happens to the economy and whether I go off the deep end before
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 15:34

I don't mind racking up the miles as long as it's to somewhere that interests me, going out on Sundays to meet with others for a ride and a bacon sandwich in a greasy spoon café doesn't do it for me. Neutral
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 21:07

Friday, 11/16 will be my 80th birthday. Was 78 when I took the motorcycle safety course to get my license.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sun 11 Nov 2012, 21:57

I retired early in September on the premise that I could do all the jobs around the home that I had put aside for "later". Now I realise WHY I put them away for later.

Australia has already gone from 65 to 67, but age dependant so I can still apply for the pension when I'm 65.
Politicians, irrespective of brand, are all liars and con artists.



Meldrew, I hope you have a happy retirement, get out of bed when you want to and all your dreams and plans come to fruition.

Keep the black stuff down and never say never.


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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Mon 12 Nov 2012, 00:37

Thanks mate, Over the years I've had retired old boys I knew from work stopping me in the street to say "There isn't enough hours in the day now that I've retired” with a strange look in their eyes. That's always translated to me as 'the wife's put me out of the house again because I'm getting under her feet', or simply twice the husband, half the money. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Tue 13 Nov 2012, 01:11

I've been retired for the past five years and find it suits me to a T. I don't have to be nice to anyone I don't want to and I don't wear a watch any more. There are lots of things I've put off and a goodly part of them are still put off. I finally realized that all things don't have to be done. I work on my Jeep and SW, go shooting at my club, go riding on the scooter and take the jeep up into the mountains, corrupt my grandkids and generally have a good life. I probably have another 15 good years if all goes well with my and the wife's health so it's unlikely we'll go broke. Life is good.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Tue 13 Nov 2012, 02:50

I've been retired for the past 3 months and find it suits me to a T. I don't have to be nice to anyone I don't want to and I don't wear a watch any more. There are lots of things I've put off and a goodly part of them are still put off. I finally realized that all things don't have to be done. I work on my 4WD Delica and SW, go riding on the scooter and take the Deli out into the outback, corrupt my grandkids and generally have a good life. I probably have another 15-20 good years if all goes well with both the wife's and my health so it's unlikely we'll go broke. Life is good.

I like that so much exavid, I'm going to use it again and again

Smile Smile Smile


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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Tue 13 Nov 2012, 04:51

Meldrew wrote:
Thanks mate, Over the years I've had retired old boys I knew from work stopping me in the street to say "There isn't enough hours in the day now that I've retired” with a strange look in their eyes. That's always translated to me as 'the wife's put me out of the house again because I'm getting under her feet', or simply twice the husband, half the money. Wink

I don't have anyone nagging me or telling me to get from under her feet so the translation doesn't apply to me. Smile
I do what I want to do when I want to do it, if i don't want to do something then a simple 'Bugger it!' suffices.

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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Tue 13 Nov 2012, 07:48

If you want to ride on the wild side , don't ware any under pants. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Tue 13 Nov 2012, 17:19

congratulations Mildew! On Your Retirement and Your new Age! It's a shame You are couped up on such a little Island,but hopefully Yoy can still get in a lot of riding! I'm 86,come New Years Day...been riding since April '46.Widdowed since ' 83 retired from the Coal Mines since '89 still put about 12 k miles on bikes each year( Big Island ) I got My new BMW Scooter last Friday,and have put 196 miles on it this past week-end. I had a Yamaha Majesty before and loved it! 21k troublefree miles! Hope this C 650 GT will do as well. Give My Regards to the Queen. Ray Mac.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Tue 13 Nov 2012, 21:38

Good point Ray, did you know they alternate riding clockwise then anticlockwise on a fortnight rotation around that lil' ol' island. This system was also introduced in Tasmania to stop the locals getting bored looking at the same view year in, year out.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Tue 13 Nov 2012, 23:36

Actually it was to allow the folks to unwind.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 00:30

applause rolling laughter chickendance
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 02:17

Yes indeed, I just installed a Coocase with and electronic fob to lock and unlock it and set and turn off a motion alarm. It's also got four LEDs on the back that operate as an alarm blinker as well as brake lights. The alarm siren is pretty loud. I installed a bracket and wiring for my Gerbings jacket liner and gloves, and a bracket for my GPS. I should have a Givi Airflow arriving tomorrow to install. After that I'm planning on a brake light and headlight modulator, air horn(s), and an electronic cruise control, and saddle bags. That load ought to break something for sure. One way or another I'm going to get some of the amenities on this scooter that I had on my Goldwing.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 04:06

Meldrew wrote:
Farkling is just old men putting expensive junk on their scooters for the sake of it. Smile

See what I mean! Smile Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 05:32

Quote "One way or another I'm going to get some of the amenities on this scooter that I had on my Goldwing."

Wow Exie, your Goldwing had a PortaPottie?

As in the words of a world famous American, Slim Pickens,"Don't thet beat awll?"
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 06:49

Maybe only a small island but we can visit three countries without having to get our feet wet. You in Oz and Yankeeland can't even say you live on an island! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 07:41

But we do live on a continent
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 07:49

Or incontinent!! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 12:33

Farkling my younger friend is like putting conchos on your saddle, adding chrome doo-dads, or other stuff to decorate your bike like a Phillipine Jeepney. Adding equipment to make the scooter more comfortable on long trips isn't farkling. I'm a great believer in modulated headlights in the US. The most common fatal accident for riders here in the US is caused by on coming cars turning left in front of the bike and declaring they didn't see you. I know at least twice when a cage was about to pull in front of me from a side road it was the modulator that caught their eye. I know these aren't legal in the UK but they are legal in all US states and all Canadian Provinces. A better windshield is well worth having, much better than a stuffed animal stuck on the bike. The top case is well worth having and one with a built in alarm is just a bit of icing on the cake.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 13:48

yamascooter wrote:
congratulations Mildew! On Your Retirement and Your new Age! It's a shame You are couped up on such a little Island,but hopefully Yoy can still get in a lot of riding!

Now there you are calling me Mildew again Dad! Wink this little island we're cooped up on isn't so bad you know, if we get a bit stir crazy we can get ferries to Ireland, France, the Channel Islands, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, and Spain. Until they stopped a few years ago there were also ferry routes to Germany, Norway and Sweden too. Smile





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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 15:44

That's one of the great things about this forum, no matter who you are you can come here and feel young.

Who is the actual oldest member, since the 95 year-old turned out to be a hoax?
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 15:48

Yeah, but we are on a continental shelf which by virtue of being a shelf has got to be higher than a mere continent. Anyway our continent is the best as it is older than either of the penal colonies you yanks or aussies inhabit. (I was going to say 'live on' but can you really call it 'living' in what are in reality 'derelict penal colonies'.

Gooday and youll come back now ya hear.

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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 15:49

Yamascooter must be in the running for oldest member still riding.

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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Wed 14 Nov 2012, 16:31

Meldrew wrote:
yamascooter wrote:
congratulations Mildew! On Your Retirement and Your new Age! It's a shame You are couped up on such a little Island,but hopefully Yoy can still get in a lot of riding!

Now there you are calling me Mildew again Dad! Wink this little island we're cooped up on isn't so bad you know, if we get a bit stir crazy we can get ferries to Ireland, France, the Channel Islands, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, and Spain. Until they stopped a few years ago there were also ferry routes to Germany, Norway and Sweden too. Smile

Just kidding You Meldrew! Also about Your "Island".I'm just pleased that we are able to converse with People in Your part of the world about Scooters and riding things.We here in America have never really learned about Scooters,because most of us live in the wide open spaces and have been stuck in cars and big "lard a**" bikes all our life. I think things are changing fast,in that catagory here.Like I have said before,I have been riding since April 1946,and I'm just now really enjoying it! I started out on a '46 Knucklehead Harley which was OK back then...no choices! Since I lost My Wife to Lukemia in '83,and My retirement in'89 I've been riding all over this Great Land here! Now that I have "discovered" Scooters ,it is much morae fun! I have a '46 Knucklehead with a side car and also an '04 Harley V-Rod but they are 80% effort and 20% fun.I find the Scooter to be just the opposite! I wish You could come over here and ride the Western States sometime! You would be 'astounded' at the beauty! Have a good Day and ride safe!....Ray Mac.






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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Thu 15 Nov 2012, 06:17

Unfortunately Tarmacburner you must be living in fantasy land.
The continents are all the same age as is the rest of the planet. The oldest rocks on earth are the meteorites that are scattered all over. Unlike the other continents, Oz is the flattest and most erroded because relatively speaking the other continents have major volcanic activity which as we all know is constantly renewing and changing the outlook.

There are newer landmasses eg volcanic islands.

Remember this next time iceland ships over a large cconsignment of dust. chickendance chickendance chickendance chickendance chickendance chickendance chickendance chickendance
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Thu 15 Nov 2012, 15:16

Hello Kurt,
'Higher' in the order of things not 'higher' as in height. Sorry but Oz is still a derelict penal colony. At least now you are retired you'll have more time visting the arid wasteland you call the outback. If you want a really interesting ride take the Eyre Highway with it's 90 mile straight road!!

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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Thu 15 Nov 2012, 17:21

The speed limit is 85 MPH on I-10 in west Texas. One could peg 90 MPH for hours just trying to keep up with the flow of traffic.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Thu 15 Nov 2012, 18:38

Papa Johns,

I think you may have mis-read my post. I wasn't saying 90 mph but there is a piece of road that makes up the Eyre Highway that is a 90 mile straight road. Boring or what!! Who said the Romans didn't get as far as Oz.

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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Thu 15 Nov 2012, 20:56

I would say that my Irish ancestors had the good sense to leave and come to the New World before the Limeys had a chance to pack them off to
Australia . Even then , they would have been better off than staying behind
under "benevolent" English rule.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Thu 15 Nov 2012, 22:54

Thank god for that Surly We got more than our share of Irish especially in Melbourne.

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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Fri 16 Nov 2012, 04:53

Surlybiker58’s remarks about the "benevolent" English rule in Ireland, probably get more exaggerated for each generation. In contrast we remember the last few decades of the 20th century when large numbers of British soldiers, RUC officers, and civilians were killed and maimed in "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland by IRA terrorists, largely funded by donations from "Irish” American communities.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Fri 16 Nov 2012, 06:04

Just for you Surly.
Hope you find it interesting. Yes the Overlords were overbearing at this time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catalpa_rescue

Brutal Times, Brutal people, Brutal governent
Transportation:
Shameful behaviour by the upper classes so they did not have to smell the poor in the streets
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Fri 16 Nov 2012, 06:17

No wonder we Brits are loved and admired in whatever part of the World we have previously been involved with.

Now lets get this thread back on a humourous track please.

By the way I find it really annoying that the americanised spell checker cant spell simple words like 'humour' and 'favourite'!

Cheers,
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Fri 16 Nov 2012, 06:24

Dammit I thought I was being humourous.

OOh I just read back thru it and must admit it was a little bit heavy. Maybe I should put sox on it.

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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Fri 16 Nov 2012, 06:37

No problems Kurt, you're an Aussie, we don't expect subtlety Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Fri 16 Nov 2012, 19:27

Since this isn't the proper forum to debate the travails of Anglo-Irish
history, I'll conclude my two cents with wishing those of you who have
managed to retire, a happy of prosperous retirement with many miles
of travel on your Silverwings
I myself have a few years to go before I can attempt blissful retirement
(unless I hit the lottery) but in the meanwhile I keep adding items to
my "Bucket List"
One of them is to visit Australia and travel the 90 mile straight that Kurt
mentioned in another post.
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PostSubject: Re: Oldest Member   Sat 17 Nov 2012, 02:27

This 90-mile straight sounds like a good idea when I get round to visiting Oz but I can't figure out whether the Roo bars clamp onto the frame or the forks... confused
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