What have you done to your XS today?

Moved Taffy to a new lock up location; together with my tool armoury.
Finally got some proper space to set up my workshop.
Will need a portable generator to provide power source; I'll buy new for a few hundred of His Majesty's finest ££££
The Brat will be moved to this location also in a week or two
Have to say the 'Storage' game is a right earner; 160sq/ft shipping container £185 per month!
Pictures to follow.
My Happy Place

Pleased to report my 'new' workshop space is taking shape.
All mechanics tools currently owned have moved to the new site. Taffy is now in residence; The Brat will follow.
Workbench to be assembled, and shelving to be installed. I have decided to invest in a Hiplok AX1000 Ground Anchor & D-Lock; Both of which are angle grinder ressistant.
This unit is £110.00 per month to rent.

Good points are:
CCTV is everywhere, both in and outside the bulding. Electric gate with keypad entry. Electric roller door. Clean and dry enviroment. No ramp needed at the entry (Unlike a container).

Bad points:
At 148 Sq/Ft its a tad small. No electric mains power. No water supply. Outdoor beer/wine cooler dont work!

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HIPLOK AX 1000 GROUND ANCHOR SYSTEM
Review here: https://www.bennetts.co.uk/bikesoci...ty/hiplok-ax1000-review-ground-anchor-package

Now that I am renting a workshop / storage unit I thought some additional security would be a wise investment.
The review above fully explains the quality of the products, and tests the units to destruction; very interesting.
They are not cheap at £599.00 for the pair, but worth it for peace of mind. They are availible seperatly.
I had a good search of various products on the inter-web and have settled on the followin items:
HIPLOK AX1000 SERIES GROUND ANCHOR & D-LOCK

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No electric mains power. No water supply. Outdoor beer/wine cooler dont work!

Really, not even with the neighbor? Surely he has a tip box and you have a cable drum : )

No, seriously, a good friend has the same problem and he was able to solve it this way with a neighboring small company :thumbsup:
 
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Really, not even with the neighbor? Surely he has a tip box and you have a cable drum : )

No, seriously, a good friend has the same problem and he was able to solve it this way with a neighboring small company :thumbsup:
Its a good idea, and one I may persue in a few weeks when I get to know the nieghbours. Most of my tools are battery operated Milwaukee kit; so I should be OK. I may also consider a portable petrol generator for a few hundred £££; provided its a quiet running one?
 
provided its a quiet running one?

Well, that's the big price question. The Honda models are relatively quiet, but can still be a bit annoying if you want to work in a relaxed manner. If you already have many cordless tools, the only thing missing is lighting ... and of course the most important one: cold beer :whistle: 😁 For that you could also put a nice big 12V battery in your car and charge it at home : )
 
Just order the paint & stuff for the bike. I was thinking about having a crack at it myself, but it's a bit expensive if I stuff it up, so I'll drop it to the paint shop we use for work. I can blame them if it looks crap!🏍️
Just epoxy primed all the bits today & will start sanding on Sunday
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I like your paint booth! 😃
My mate built it himself, a plumber by trade but he's one of those people who can do anything very well, except electrics:laughing:
I feel a bit guilty asking him to help as he's always busy but I couldn't justify the amount of money spray painters wanted even with me supplying the materials. I am doing the sanding down to make me feel like I'm helping & it should turn out OK under his instructions.
Trying to have it back together for a Historic demonstration at Broadford race circuit during Easter
 
Its a good idea, and one I may persue in a few weeks when I get to know the nieghbours. Most of my tools are battery operated Milwaukee kit; so I should be OK. I may also consider a portable petrol generator for a few hundred £££; provided its a quiet running one?
For no more power than you'll need Adam, maybe look into a portable power station? Granted, they ain't cheep, but bein' able to charge it at home and use it in the "shop" has some pretty good advantages.

No idea what's available on your side of the pond... just snagged this one off the web as an example.


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For no more power than you'll need Adam, maybe look into a portable power station? Granted, they ain't cheep, but bein' able to charge it at home and use it in the "shop" has some pretty good advantages.

No idea what's available on your side of the pond... just snagged this one off the web as an example.


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Great bit of kit Jim; and yes it’s a bit spendy 🙄
Had a good root around the facility today; found a plant room for the installed lift and other computer equipment…… door ain’t locked and power sockets are within. For occasional use it could be a solution, with an extension cable.
 
My mate built it himself, a plumber by trade but he's one of those people who can do anything very well, except electrics:laughing:
I feel a bit guilty asking him to help as he's always busy but I couldn't justify the amount of money spray painters wanted even with me supplying the materials. I am doing the sanding down to make me feel like I'm helping & it should turn out OK under his instructions.
Trying to have it back together for a Historic demonstration at Broadford race circuit during Easter
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All sanded & ready for painting tomorrow night
 
I just finished up a 102 mile ride returning from Elefantreffen Rally 2024! What a great time! If you get the chance, make the trip! The XS650 was a hit at the event. Many people gave the engine rave reviews. It gave me new memories, and brought back old one for bikers that cut their teeth on one back in the day...Yomama! Rode Hard! Rode Fast!
 

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