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Friday, May 19, 2017

Honda Varadero 2001 - 12 Months MOT - For Sale!!

My Honda Varadero is I'm afraid up for sale! £2500 ono

She has been sitting in the garage since I bought the Ural, so the sensible thing is to sell her on to some one who will appreciate her!

So below is the transcript from ebay and from gumtree where she will be listed later today.

By all means please feel free to contact me directly at joolsmauro@gmail.com if you are interested! Pictures right at the very end!

It's time to say goodbye to my trusty Honda Varadero, had some great trips on her and has been ultra reliable since I sorted her out.

I bought her and quickly found she was tall, so I had a lowering kit put on, which dropped her down a little. I'm 5ft 8in if you are shorter than that, this is not the bike for you.

She is a big bike and with short legs stopping on a sloping camber can cause you problems. I still have the standard links if you wish to convert back to original spec but Ill be honest unless your 6ft 6in plus I would not bother. I'm still on tip toes with her lowered!

Gear changes are smooth and the engine purrs like a Honda engine should do.

When I first got her I had a new rear Hagon shocker fitted which improved the ride considerably, it is fully adjustable and I have it on it's softest setting to try and get her just a bit lower.

I also had a new fuel pump fitted as the old one played up, since it's been fitted I have had no further issues.

Brakes have been overhauled both front and rear and new pads fitted.

I had fitted a 12v power supply which takes a traditional 12v plug and a USB plug for charging all those bits of kit you need when travelling.

Also wired in is Oxford wrap around grip warmers. These are brilliant and on full blast actually dry out wet gloves! The wiring is in place, the wrap arounds I've removed for the summer and take seconds to put on.

A new battery was fitted along with a new rectifier just to make sure that all things were covered.

Also included in the sale are brand new throttle cables (they come in 2 parts) and a new clutch cable. Always good to have spares when travelling.

A new rear tyre was put on less than 1000 miles ago.

Two ignition keys and the V5 is in my name.

I've just put her through her MOT and she has just one advisory. The headstock bearings have a very slight notch so at some point this will need looking at. Not a big or expensive job at all.

Now take a close look at the pictures, the crash bars are scratched where I have unfortunately dropped her, each time I have been stationary but it's surprising the amount of scratching that can occur!

Also the faring has been stitched as shown in the photograph. This was as a result of being stationary and putting my foot down to find no road, so over we went and well the pictures speak for themselves.

She is a big heavy bike, not for the faint hearted. But if you want a big adventure style bike that will get you through Europe in the blink of an eye this is the bike for you.

The seat is like an arm chair and I found it to be comfortable even after 10 plus hours in the saddle!

A rear Givi luggage rack is fitted to take Givi clip on panniers.

She will do approx 180 miles to the tank before the light comes on, I've never gone past this point so not sure how accurate the light is.

There is also a Scotoiler fitted with a reservoir behind the rear number plate, it works when it wants to! 

I must admit to loving this bike, if I had room I would keep her, the power for such a big bike is amazing.

However, I own a couple of other bikes and have my eye on a custom bobber so something has to go. Lucky for you it's the Varadero.

She is worth every penny so please no stupid offers, this is an honest bike. I could of painted over the scratches but preferred to leave them as it is so you can see her at her worst.

If you need a commuter or touring bike this one can eat the miles and get you there in comfort.

Usual stuff now, cash in my hand and she is yours and you get to ride her, no cash no ride - it really is that simple. The price you pay me is the price you agree to here. I've been honest about the bike so no haggling once your here.

I hope you treat her well!











Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cossack Beard Oil - All Systems Go!

Well, just thought I would bring you up to date with what is going on!

Things have been a little quiet on the travel side, mainly due to having no time.

And at the moment the Ural is off the road with an electrical problem, which is most frustrating to say the least!

I had a go at fixing it myself, but gave up in the end, the task was bigger than my capability!

However, some exciting news regarding my beard oil.

As you may be aware by looking at some of my pictures I sport a rather bushy beard. To keep it up together requires some maintenance in the use of beard oils. These tend to be rather expensive, so around a year ago I started to make my own.

This planted a seed into my head about how I could make money from selling them, so I set about creating a product and a unique angle to be able to break into the market.

So I have made up a fictional character called Uri Brezhnev, who is the mastermind behind it.

Below is a description of Uri and how it all came about. Please take a quick look at my new website, the link can be found below.

Cossack Beard Oil

What’s It All About?

My name is Major (Retd) Uri Brezhnev - ex KGB. On finding out that my cover was blown, I found myself having to lay low for several decades waiting for the dust to settle.

I lived in the Far East of my country, where I felt safe, trapping fur and living off the land.

Recently I felt it was safe enough to venture out into the world once more, but now I must do so as a normal citizen.

Well, as normal as I can be!

On being discharged from the KGB with a new identity but not losing any of my old skills of mixing chemicals to sufficient poisonous strengths to kill a Black Bear with the tip of my umbrella, I decided to put these same skills to good use for once and invented my range of “Cossack Beard Oils”

I emigrated to Great Britain and now reside in the New Forest on the South Coast where I can often be seen riding round on my trusty Soviet Stead a Ural motorcycle and sidecar.

My range of Cossack Beard Oils are a reminder of the Motherland, where my beard first took shape.

Whilst some men like my dear old friend Vladimir went on to build a legacy, through fate, I decided to grow mine.

Beard Oils Available:

Freshly Dug Grave
Hazelnut and Jojoba oils blended with subtle tones of White Musk, Carrot, Juniper and Sandalwood giving an earthy smell of a freshly dug grave. A smell to die for!

Black Sea
Hazelnut and Jojoba oils blended with subtle tones of White Musk, Sandalwood and Sea Spray, reminding me of those carefree days by the Black Sea waiting for my next assignment.

Citrus Mask
Hazelnut and Jojoba oils blended with subtle tones of White Musk, Rosewood with a hint of Cut Grass giving a zesty citrus smell, ideal to mask the smell of death. Ideal in my old profession.

For further information please take a look at our website at www.cossackbeardoil.com

Contact Uri on 07480 211001 or email uri@cossackbeardoil.com

I hope that all is well for you all and that 2017 will be full of travel and adventure!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas Is Coming - Bah Humbug!

I have to say that Christmas is probably my least favourite time of year!

It's not that I'm a total Bah Humbug, but there are a number of reasons why I feel this way.

Firstly I'm not religious in any way shape or form, personally I think they (Religion) are very much the fault of why we as a society are the way we are today - No one can dispute that as a society we are all pretty much messed up!

The true meaning of Christmas has been totally lost, all wrapped up (excuse the pun) in a splurge of commercialism that almost makes me physically sick!

This time of year, people spend too much money, that they don't necessarily have, on people who they don't necessarily like, on items the recipient either doesn't want or dislikes!

It's all a bit of a recipe for disaster!

Anyway, why wait till Christmas? I am of the opinion that if you want something now, then I will buy it now, (as long as I can afford it).

Christmas seems to start mid October, this year I saw a pub in August advertising it's Christmas menu! Bloody ridiculous!

In general I find that people on the run up to Christmas are short tempered, stressed out completely because that can't find the right scarf for Uncle Bill. The fact that Uncle Bill has 10 scarfs all ready, has nothing to do with it. He is in a nursing home, rarely goes out and to be honest would rather like a set of bibs as his dentures don't fit that good anymore and he tends to dribble his tea!

Christmas cards! Another great waste of time, money and natural resources! Yes it's nice to hear from Aunty Beryl, but you only saw her last Thursday and she wished you Happy Christmas then! The fact that another couple of hundred hectares of forest have been destroyed to make the amount of cards we send each year is immaterial!

Just to redress the balance a bit as it sounds that I am a real Grinch over Christmas I got my step daughter to decorate my Ural - I would like to think when people see me now at least they may stop, smile, point and say - look at that fat bloke on the motorbike!

If I can make just one person smile a day as a result of looking daft, then I feel I have done my bit to lighten the mood.


The journey continues..........

Thursday, December 1, 2016

1st December Ride Out On The Ural

With a day off today and with the prospect of having to paint the bathroom ceiling later on what was needed was an hour on the Ural!

I had to go into Lymington on an errand, so decided to take the scenic route along the coast.

We really are blessed with some amazing scenery in this part of the world.

However, it did not take long before someone decided to pull out of a junction right in front of me. I narrowly missed him, but had to hit the brakes pretty hard to avoid a collision.

I reckon that if I was on two wheels instead of three I may well of been off at that point as the roads were still slippery from the heavy frost we had over night.

Leaving New Milton and heading for Milford and some fine views across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight I could see up ahead a couple walking on the pavement and they had a dog with them.

As I was about to pass them the dog decided to take a leap at me, the owner not being in control of his dog by having it on a long lead could do nothing to stop it.

I swerved and thought I was going over but managed to hang on, I also thought I had hit the dog as I heard a knock as I passed. I immediately pulled over, I was shaking like a leaf.

I switched the engine off and looked back to see that the dog appeared to be fine, the woman came running up to me and asked if I was ok, where I pointed out to her in no uncertain terms that they could of killed me!

She did apologise, but the bloke who had been holding the dog and who's fault it was said nothing, so I'm afraid I ripped into the pair of them for being so irresponsible.

I rode off and had to pull over in the next car park where I sat for a few minutes gathering my thoughts, it shook me up.

Into Lymington, jobs done, (unsuccessfully) then decided to head home via Keyhaven.

The sun was shining brightly but the air temperature was only just above zero.




The tide was just on it's way in and was about to creep over the road, another hour and the road would be impassable.

Home, where the painting started, but at least I had a blast out on the Ural.

The journey continues........

Monday, November 21, 2016

Baguettes On The Beach - Secret Spot!

A couple of Sundays ago the weather was looking promising, the kids were away and so we thought we would spend a couple of hours out on the Ural.

So me and my monkey/ballast/3bags/Kiera set off for a little ride around the New Forest which we are lucky enough to live in.

I was heading for a particular spot which is not that well known, but a great spot to to look out across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight.

The sun was shining but the there was a keen wind that took any warmth right out of the day, so we had to wrap up well.

Once there I set up the field kitchen straight off the back of the Ural, and started to fry up onions and sausages to go into the Baguettes.

The smell was amazing, with plenty of walkers going by and looking envious of our grub!

We spent a good hour or more there, but as it was a tad exposed the wind was biting, even with all the layers on.






A great spot, no more than 30 minutes from our house, obviously I cant tell you where it is or it wont be secret anymore!

The journey continues!!!

Dartmoor Mini Adventure Day 3 - Beating Storm Angus November 2016

After a rubbish night's sleep due to Storm Angus, I was rather glad to see that things weather wise were looking up!

But I had survived a bad storm, lots of people on my facebook page cannot understand why I do this, thinking I have lost the plot.

I have asked myself the same question and so I will try and explain the best I can why I feel the need to get away, especially during the winter!

I have always liked a challenge, I guess I would not of joined the Army if that was not the case. As I've got older (50 next year) I still feel the need to prove myself. I like being different, I also like being slightly eccentric. Doing things that not everyone would or could do is part of the fun. Kiera seems to think that some are actually envious, not sure about that as that would be mad!

But, if I was totally honest I really don't know why I need to do these things, it's a combination of escapism, enjoyment, challenging, and maybe, just because I can and that I have the full support and backing from Kiera makes a big difference.

Anyway after looking at the weather online I had decided that I would head home today, as the weather for Monday looked terrible with high winds and rain again! I was also missing Kiera, soppy bugger aren't I!

So I packed up, brewed up and ate breakfast.

It was back out across the Moor's with the sun shining, but bitterly cold. The views were amazing.



There was so much debris on the road, in places it looked as if whole banks of gravel had been deposited on the road, branches down and lots of standing water. On two wheels it would not of been a fun ride, but with three, I was loving it!

The Ural for me is the perfect bike, I can carry loads of gear, it is able to go anywhere and cope with all sorts of conditions and is fun to ride. I so wish I had taken my test years ago!

I travelled back the same way as I came, apart from Exeter, here I went through a totally different set of roads!

I was going to stop in Lyme Regis for lunch, but for a motorbike I found no where to park! No parking down at the Cobb or the little car park at the bottom of the high street. Unfortunately Lyme Regis you lost out on my money as I just carried on!

I finally made it back around 1540, tired and hungry. Kiera was cooking a roast, there were cold beers in the fridge and a hot shower awaited me. Happy days!

Where to next?

The journey continues..........................

Dartmoor Mini Adventure Day 2 - Beating Storm Angus November 2016

I woke a little chilly and badly needing a wee! Not a good way to start the day, but it was sub zero and I was on Dartmoor!

So once I had sorted myself out and made a note to bring in my (bottle to pee in bottle) for the next night I got myself up and had some breakfast!


The sun was shining, but was hidden by the trees, breakfast had to be down at the bike which was situated in the car park below the camping field.



I'm glad I had put the cover on last night! Once I had shook all the ice off I set up the kitchen, brewed up and made my breakfast which came straight out of a can! It consisted of baked beans, some meat in the shape of a sausage and some potatoes. Nothing much to look at but with some black pepper tasty and filling, but above all hot!


Today I was going to explore some wild camping spots, and generally just ride around. I knew that my time today would be limited due to the fact that Storm Angus was on it's way and was supposed to hit my location by 1400hrs.

I set off to hunt down the locations that I had ear marked, but to be honest I had all ready decided that I would spend another night at the Plume of Feathers camp site. It had every thing I needed, especially if I were to get into trouble with this storm.

I rode past the track that I had to turn off on, but it looked well rutted anyway, so just decided to carry on and enjoy the scenery. 

If I was in the camper van, there are literally loads of places where you could pull over and stay for the night, I've done it in the old Pajero, and if you were on foot, you could find some great spots, but with the bike, that's a bit different, so reckon I will stick with the camp sites.

There are some great views to be had from on top of the Moors.



After riding around a bit and getting lost I decided to head out to find some fuel, the nearest place according to Google Maps was Ashburton.

It was a great ride out through some spectacular scenery, with some hair raising hills and descents, covered in stone debris and leaves. So glad I now have three wheels on my wagon!

On my way back from refuelling, (the tank holds 19 litres and I carry a 10 litre jerry can) I could see in the distance some rather angry black clouds. There was no way I could out run them so as soon as I caught it up and took shelter in some toilets conveniently placed next to the river Dart.




As soon as it stopped I took these pictures but by the time I had geared back up again, the heavens opened up for real and it chucked it down! Back into the toilets!

As soon as it let off, I headed off, I only had 12 miles to get back to Princetown, but it threw it down a few more times.


Having a bad beard day!


Princetown is not only known for being the centre of the Moor, but also for it's prison. Construction started in 1805 and is still in use today. To say it looks grim is an understatement.


If there was ever a good incentive not to get into trouble - looking at this place should convince you to stay straight!

I got back to the pub, just after 1400hrs and decided I needed a sandwich and a brew.


They do a rather good steak baguette and don't mind you dripping all over the place and creating puddles either!

As my riding for the day was over, it was just too wet, I covered the bike up and at 1530 settled down for an extended period in my tent!

I was still full from my late lunch but a few brews took place from the confines of my tent!


For this trip I had bought a new sleeping mat, my vango self inflating was only 3/4 length so I thought as it's winter I should get something with insulating.


The Thermarest Ridgerest Classics insulating qualities are second to none, it was brilliant, you could actually feel your own body heat coming back off the matt, but I still lack comfort, being a fat bloke doesn't help in this matter so I may have to splash some cash!

Keeping an eye on the weather, it was as predicted - torrential rain, there was no chance of me going out in that. The only thing that was missing now was the high wind.

I kept checking the tent for water ingress but found none! The Vango Banshee 200 truly is an awesome tent.

I was woken around 0300hrs by the lightening, it was if someone had set a flash gun off right in front of my eyes! - seconds later an almighty crash shook the ground! A few choice words were said, as old habits that are still to die kicked in and I was looking for cover!

Not long after this the rain finally eased off, but only to be replaced by Gail force winds hell bent on blowing me from one side of the Moor to the other!

This lasted for a couple of hours, once more my little tent took everything that was thrown at it.

Finally everything eased off and for the first time in over 15 hrs things were silent.

The journey continues............................