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Old 6 Jul 2008
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Ripley 2008

Hi all just got back from the meet, wet all the way, wouldn't be the same if it wasn't.

Just a quick post to say thanks to all the organizers, presenters and helpers at this years meet, a sterling job as always.

It was great to catch up with old friends and make some new one's. So be safe everyone and will see you on the road or at a meet somewhere.


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Yup... sure was a good one. It goes far too fast though !!

Some brilliant meetings and it was great to meet up with people id met on the road in South America..

Problem is, now i've got a seed planted for a Liverpool to Capetown trip in 2 years...

It starts again......................
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Yeah, thanks all!!!

A great weekend, friday weather was superb - went on the off road outing (if anyone has any pics, PM me) which was great.

Thanks to all the organisers, presenters and trip leaders.

Best wishes to the rider who got hit.

jim (and almost certainly jasper as well)

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Got back safe! Great to meet everyone.

Thank you to all who made it a great weekend

Julie and Ruth
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Me to. This was my first HUM but I'm back next year. I loved the atmosphere of the meet, the laid back but efficient organisation, the presentations, people and the location. Many many thanks to all who contributed to the weekend.

I had a scary time getting of the camping field (wet grass and road tyres don't get on to well) but managed OK, then endured rain all the way back to Northumberland where the sun was shining

Once again, many thanks to all involved for a fantastic weekend.


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I would like to agree with all the comments, this was my first HU meeting and I was very impressed with the organisation

A big thanks to all the people that made this a great weekend, and cheers to the new friends that made the event so enjoyable.

I have unpacked and put my dirty stuff, in the wash, and have started getting clean stuff together for my next weekend in Kelso

Some day soon I will be going a little further :-)
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Definitely - a top-notch weekend!

T'was my first HU meeting and the ever-present urge to plan the next big trip was seriously encouraged by your stories and photos. Thanks to all the presenters, HUBBers, and above all Grant and Susan for making this a weekend to remember. Oh - Austin and Jasper - haven't laughed that hard in ages, thank you.

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Bionic Adventure Biker


I'm the Jim from jaspers presentation (Martin Scorsese to his Marlon Brando, if you like .

Anyway, I've stitched the videos together with a few slides from his actual presentation and bunged them on youtube - 18 mins in total.

Part 1 - YouTube - Building the Bionic Adventure Biker - Part 1
Part 2 - YouTube - Building the Bionic Adventure Biker - Part 2


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Thanks for posting that, sorry I missed the real thing
"Never have a stupid argument with an idiot - he gets a lot more practice than you"
there I go again
not too hard really
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Thumbs up Ripley 2008

Hiya Everyone!

GRRRRRRRREAT!!!! Weekend and to meet up with fellow travellers, especialy "REGGIE" and his "SEROW" (i think thats spelt right) what a character, more people were interested in that guys bike than the meet , he could of sold a 100 of them, nice to meet you Ted aswell, Thanks to Lois for the signed book Bronwen says thanks Oh! Reg your "DESPARADO'S are on order let me know a barrel or bottles, hope you all made it home safe and the guy who got hit near the chippie on sunday morning is ok, sun burn is calming down and i finally have dried out after the thunder back ere in Manc, thanks to all the organisers for a job well done.

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Great weekend, and my 30 year old tent is still waterproof

Met lots of new friends and caught up with some I met last year.

The presentations were great, with some amazing photos and tales of adventure, even if the "Road Kill" got a bit too real for some
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Just wanted to add my thanks to Grant & Susan for masterminding the meet, Glynn for organising it and Sam for working me like a slave... ..er.. I mean organising the volunteers so well.

A big thanks also to Dennis and to Bill for offering their laptops at the 11th hour so that presenters could do their thing. We've already put steps in place for next year to make this easier for everyone.

Apologies to all those who I started conversations with and didn't get to finish them as the radio called me away.

I'd also like to say a special thanks to Johan and Charmaine for taking the time out of their trip to come and talk to us and inspire us as well as providing us with what must have been a very stressful 'masterclass' in 1150 GS final drive bearing replacement.

Glad you managed to get back on the road and I hope you found some good waterproofs before visiting Scotland.

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Thanks to all for a great weekend this was my first HU meet and it exeeded all my expectations, good people advice and inspiration.And all in a small green field.Get well soon the fellow who took a tumble and my best wishes to you all.......mel
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Mornin' Chaps & Chapesses,

great meeting, fabulous people, interesting bikes, awesome booze and a real insight into the mindset of adventure riders.

Roy, Baz & the crew

made for great food,

fabulous dress sense,

awesome booze,

no need for yoga techniques when you relax so naturally,

a fine line up of Serows,

Others provided interesting paint schemes

gentle opening techniques for crayfish eh Angela!

Great old bikes

and new ones as well

So thanks to everyone who made the event a real success and a special thanks to Lois for just being herself and to Austin for being a true individual!

Finally Roy, take a guess who was stopped by the Police whilst riding home? Yep me! And the reason, well the WPC wanted to know what the cute little bike was that I was riding! See you don't need to have the looks of Brad Pitt, just get yourself a Serow!

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Smile Top do again!

Thanks to Glynn, Grant and Susan for organising it all.

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