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(Jan - Apr) 2024

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Here are photos from different events and visits during the year
sent in by our members.

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Time for a Service

Winter time isn’t always the best time to work in the garage but it’s the best time to service your bike.  This year I (Stephen) decided to take the plunge and change my air filter as well as plugs, filters and oils.  I also checked brake fluids and had to replace that!!!  Anyway, everyone will tell you what a mare of a job it is to change the air filter, and if you have the GL1800 A model with airbag and ABS then its even more complicated.  I stripped off the obvious panels and then took a while to find the two little plastic plugs that hold the little side panels in for the airbag straps.  It took a few hours to strip down to expose the airbag unit and then I got stuck because whoever had put in the Torx bolts that hold the airbag unit, must have used a hammer drill.  It defeated my impact screwdriver and broke my one and only torx bit.  So Amazon to the rescue and I ordered new bits and an adapter for my torque wrench.  Kitted with the new equipment. The bolts came out and I finally got down to the air filter unit.  My bike is a 2009 model and I don’t think the air filter has ever been changed.  So I think this was a good idea to do it this year (15 years later !!).  You can see from the photo that it was about time for a change.  Then I had to put it all back together and – yes – you guessed it, I had two bolts left over.  Fortunately, I worked out where they came from and popped them back into place.

Next I decided to change the rear axle oil.  A simple task you might think.  However, someone had replaced the filler cap using dynamite or something and it would not budge.  So now, starting from the front I had to remove all of the bottom panels so that I could remove the silencer to get a proper socket on the job.  Success.  Then I had to put it all back together again.  Well, the rest of the service went okay and the bike is now fit and back on the road awaiting the Hunstanton Light parade in March.  

Pictures and story by Stephen

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Christmas Party -13 Jan 2024

Lincs wingers decided to enjoy a late Christmas Party on 13 January.  We booked in for bed and breakfast at the Premier Inn, Canwick Hill, Lincoln, which is just over the road from the Bomber Command Memorial Centre.  Our party kicked off at 6.30 pm in the Beefeater Restaurant attached to the hotel.  Present were Sandy/Jayne, Mark/Debbie, Doug/Sue, Trev/Marion, Mick/Helen,  Dave/Katie and Stephen/Lynne.  The nice lady serving us explained that there was a special meal deal to be had for residents of the hotel to include our evening meal, a drink of our choice and breakfast.  To access this kind offer we (the men with wallets that is) all trouped back to reception where we paid for the deal before returning to our wives and loved ones.  The meals were most generous (apparently the meal deal allowed you to order extras with the set menu).  So we all had a most convivial evening, plenty to drink, and followed by a pleasant nights sleep.  The morning was topped off with a yummy cooked breakfast before we made our way back home.

    Our next regular meeting will be held at Market Rasen Cricket Club on Sunday 4th February starting at 10.30. 

Sorry there are no photos of us being blitzed by drink and merriment but we were all too busy enjoying ourselves.  Better luck next time. 

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