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Old 03-15-2015, 02:05 PM   #21
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As for the Honda 400/4, I had one some years ago (I used to play with the spanners and race an old English hybrid Triumph 650 twin in a Norton featherbed frame before works teams priced me out). So I guess I'm just a recycled teenager at heart !
Rustybarge, does the name mean you have an old CIE barge ?
We'll be passing down the Shannon from Belturbet en route to Dunkirk in the 3rd week in June, if your around you'll be welcome to come and say Hello, our boats name is Snow Mouse, it's an ex Emerald star Broom 42.
I'll start a new thread to cover the trip.


Looked at the Worksman, great bikes but didn't see what would be most suitable for our cruising style/area.
I'm in Athlone on a self built barge: you'll see my little cat moored up beside it when you pass underneath the white railway bridge, so please drop in. I think you've already met Richard of trans Atlantic fame: he came up from Waterford and dropped in a couple of weeks ago for lunch and a chat. Very entertaining and interesting person. More guts than I will ever have!

It's a very very small world: I had a 350ta Triumph on narrow Norton frame and roadholder front forks. Cafe racer road bike, I bought it in Dublin for 180 and sold it 15 years later for 280..... Now it's worth 4k. Damn.

I'm sure you've cruised the lough Erne's; gorgeous countryside. I was telling Richard to get his boat up here for a spring cruise.
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Old 03-15-2015, 04:56 PM   #22
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Unfortunately Richards boat's air draught is too high and my boats being worked on to be ready for the trip to Dunkirk or I'd give it him for a couple of weeks to look around.
I suppose you'd know the oul Iron Lung ?
We'll drop in on the way past to say 'Hello' on the way down past you.
Ah ! old memories of the bikes, they were great craic before all the rules, regulations and 'elf n safety crap but at least we were sensible with it and only drunk 4 or 5 pints before we rode home !
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:13 PM   #23
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Unfortunately Richards boat's air draught is too high and my boats being worked on to be ready for the trip to Dunkirk or I'd give it him for a couple of weeks to look around.
I suppose you'd know the oul Iron Lung ?
We'll drop in on the way past to say 'Hello' on the way down past you.
Ah ! old memories of the bikes, they were great craic before all the rules, regulations and 'elf n safety crap but at least we were sensible with it and only drunk 4 or 5 pints before we rode home !
The handling on the little sky bubbly 125 is 'interesting ' to say the least. The tiny wheels make it as twitchy as hell, you have keep a good look out for potholes. It's a nightmare in the wet, as you have to keep the power on through the corner or it weaves all over the road.

I don't fancy being catapulted over the handlebars much.
Could be embarrassing on a tiny monkey bike, and hurt lots.

Ps: my son rode it down to Clifden and back and got over 100mpg! He said he got it up to 60 mph while being sucked along by a truck on the motorway.
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Old 03-15-2015, 05:58 PM   #24
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Irish R. I was thinking the Worksman Ice Cream vending bicycle would be good for cruisers. When you hit a new town, sell some ice cream, buy some more fuel. Actually their folding bikes are nicer to ride than the others I've ridden and I think would be good cruisers bikes.
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:15 PM   #25
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... Markpierce the boat pictured in your post would be a great post in interesting boats.
A common sight on the Rhine River.
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:05 PM   #26
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GoCycle is pretty sweet. Lithium powered folding bicycle. Goes about 15 mph and weighs around 35#. I saw it at the MIBS. Only problem is they want ~$4.5K for one right now.
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OK so I can't bring a car on board but we have a small motorcycle (large scooter?) weighing in at around 250 lbs. Anyone on here carry anything more than a bicycle for cruising around port when you get there? If so, how do you store/load/unload it?

Hello Gabe n Em,
We cruise around with two 50cc scooters, and we love 'em
They've justified the maintenance & cost - every time, as transport is readily available at the other end,,, It's liberating.
We have a 1500 lb hydraulic davit which gets them to the quayside. Sometimes we are looking over our shoulder during unloading/loading but we haven't had any negative feedback yet. In fact it can become an ice-breaker in a new location, as cruisers wonder over (often with a spare beer) and we discuss the oddity. Anyway, we're sold. So good so far.
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:58 PM   #28
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I used to bring a Batavas 50cc moped with me when I was island hopping around the San Juans and Gulf Islands. I think it weighed around 100 lbs and a top speed of 30mph. Loaded it with the mast and boom and strapped it to the railing on the stern deck. Haven't done it in years, but it was nice transportation for around town and on the islands without bus or taxi service.
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OK so I can't bring a car on board but we have a small motorcycle (large scooter?) weighing in at around 250 lbs. Anyone on here carry anything more than a bicycle for cruising around port when you get there? If so, how do you store/load/unload it?
I am presently designing a small hydraulic crane to lift and service the generator as well as load and unload my Harley. I am planning a trip to Florida and would like to bring the bike along. I'll let you know how we make out.
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The Honda Uni-Cub is an interesting concept. This video does a pretty good job of showing it's capabilities. Oh yeah, catchy tune goes with it.
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:10 AM   #32
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I am presently designing a small hydraulic crane to lift and service the generator as well as load and unload my Harley. I am planning a trip to Florida and would like to bring the bike along. I'll let you know how we make out.
Be careful where you locate all that weight, in case your boat tips over!
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Being a motorcyclist for over 40 years now I think a scooter on the boat makes perfect sense. I bought the new Honda GROM and it would be perfect for the boat application but you would need a dingy crane to unload it. Great little bike I might ad.

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Being a motorcyclist for over 40 years now I think a scooter on the boat makes perfect sense. I bought the new Honda GROM and it would be perfect for the boat application but you would need a dingy crane to unload it. Great little bike I might ad.

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Looks cool; a new version of the Honda monkey bike.

Yours weighs 225 lbs, mine is Sky 'bubbly' 165 lbs.

Drag race!!! Mine Max's out at 55mph........(down hill, following wind)

....and yours?
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Hah, I can hit 55 on the flats and that's luggin' around my 6ft, 225 lb frame I have half dozen bikes in the garage and this is the one I ride the most, by the way it is a 4 speed manual, that's right... A real clutch
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Hah, I can hit 55 on the flats and that's luggin' around my 6ft, 225 lb frame I have half dozen bikes in the garage and this is the one I ride the most, by the way it is a 4 speed manual, that's right... A real clutch
Whoa up a minute.

I have 4 gears and mech clutch too, But can you move off in 2nd gear?
The bubbly 125cc has stump pulling torque.

...and mine has a low fuel warning light!
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but I put Race Tech suspension under the front and an Ohlins shock on the rear along with steel braided brake lines and a yosh carbon fiber pipe....now it only cost 5 grand

....sorry for taking this thread off topic, just having a bit of fun
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Being a motorcyclist for over 40 years now I think a scooter on the boat makes perfect sense. I bought the new Honda GROM and it would be perfect for the boat application but you would need a dingy crane to unload it. Great little bike I might ad.

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Just had a look at this bike - I like it!
Last month I mentioned to Julie that it would be nice if one of the bikes was better able to go on the motorways (Highways) 2-up. That would probably do it.
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Some cool looking mini bikes..



Or if you like a more vintage feel:

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Lol. I guess you could or should be able to load anything if you spend that much. My sons weld shop is designing one made from aluminum tubing and a manual hydraulic jack. The simplicity makes it practical and it goes together with quick pins in minutes. Since we replaced the rear deck with 1/4" aluminum plate last year the anchor rings are already there. The lift was originally planned just for the generator but since that time we decided to alter it to handle the Harley. Complete cost estimate is about $500. Labour is free. My kids owe the old man. Lol
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