Twinkly Dave – Mud splattered bicycle and pizza enthusiast Growing old disgracefully

March 10, 2009


Filed under: bikes,that damn car — dgpowell @ 6:31 pm

ride was nice, even though it was silly windy. my power is down, handling skills are way down, flem is very much ‘up’ 😐 , still dropped a few people riding over from rivi to belmont though, so that cheered me up

car failed MOT though 🙁
apparently I’ve “done a rich”* and snapped the driveside front suspension coil (it was blindingly obvious when he pointed it out to me) and it’s going to cost me over £300 (yes, three hundred) quid to get it fixed (including the normal MOT price)

snapped suspension spring


scariest thing was when he pointed at the metal cup just above the wheel where the snapped spring was sitting and said “early models didn’t have that cup and when the suspension snapped… (apparenly it “has been known to happen before”…)
…the spring just shot through the tyre and caused a big crash”


i drove home remarkably carefully, all the time looking out for fivers stuck in hedges

*rich spent a medium sized fortune getting his car engine sorted, only to find out, come MOT day, that he’d done the suspension in and had to shell out loads and loads more for it to pass…so much more that he could probably have just bought a newer, betterer car instead of having all the works done to the old one. It was funny (at the time, when it wasn’t happening to me), it isn’t quite so funny now.


  1. that sucks dude 🙁

    Comment by Wayne — March 10, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

  2. it certainly does 🙁

    i think i know when it happened too – travelling up to the strathpuffer (with the silly heavily loaded boot) there was a loud, metallic BANG from somewhere towards the front of the car, while I was overtaking someone on the A9, immediately following which the fuel cut off switch decided an accident was happening and cut off the engine…must have been the spring snapping

    and if that is the case it goes to show just how awesome the car’s handling really is – two months and over 1000 miles driving on bust suspension without even noticing! 😀

    Comment by dgpowell — March 10, 2009 @ 8:59 pm

  3. Funny how snapped springs and 24 hour racing goes together. Did in the rear passengers spring on my escort on the way to relentless 2 years ago.

    i have MOT , TAX 4 new tires and some sort of bike to fund ….and i will have no money when i get home(but i have a job) 🙁 …..we all know what comes first on that list dont we ?

    Comment by terry — March 11, 2009 @ 3:13 am

  4. well if you don’t have a bike then there’s no point in having a car cos it’s easy enough to travel everywhere by bus/train. If you don’t have a car you don’t pay tax on it, that lack of tax could damage the economy during this period of recession

    so you should firstly get a (nice) bike to keep the economy afloat, help out the poor buggers on the dole and let some random old woman have a seat on the bus

    Comment by dgpowell — March 11, 2009 @ 9:58 am

  5. Cars are crap. Guess what, I heard some funny noises coming from my engine this morning, then the same engine light came on, that appeared last time I spent a fortune.

    I should suggest to Gordon Brown, that bankers bonuses should be increased not reduced, as the only thing they would be spent on is supporting the car industry.

    Comment by Rich — March 12, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

  6. do you want to buy a berlingo 😉

    when i grow up i want to be a car mechanic, as they must earn MILLIONS, considering how expensive the labour charges are…it’s a safe industry too, as the monre money you need, the more things you would “advise” your gullible fools customers have done

    Comment by dgpowell — March 12, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

  7. You need to find your self a mate whos a car mechanic …

    I got a timing belt changed for 90 quid “mates rates” … i couldnt even buy the parts from the motor factor for 90 quid….. the garages get a good deal on the parts as they buy so much…

    another local garage quoted me 200 quid for the same job.

    Comment by terry — March 13, 2009 @ 12:44 am

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