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Phil West  says:

Staff blog: Garage blues

As you’ll all, no doubt, have noticed, winter has arrived. And as you’ll all equally no doubt know, winter is a time for garages. Though I’m planning to run the Tiger Sport through as much of this year’s cold and slime as possible, there’s no getting away from the fact that, for a fair proportion of this winter the Triumph will...

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Sep 12

Posts: 207

domster says:

Garage Blues

 Had one of those doors fall off its runners onto a Pantah once, luckily only minor damage, just before next door's collapsed completely around her Mini in the '87 storm!

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Apr 10

Posts: 74

exceledsteve says:

Top of the list

 Of my criteria for finding a house when I moved a few years ago. If it didn't have a garage I didn't want to consider it. Why do so many people 'convert' it to provide extra space inside the house that often doesn't gel with the rest of the house and is cold? They **** up the best facility of the house. Fools.

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Sep 09

Posts: 887

Rogerborg says:

Ask an estate agent

They'll tell you that a garage conversion will at best add nothing to the value of a house, and may well reduce it.  We do like our Man Caves.

I still miss the magic roller shutter on my last garage.  Good times.

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Jun 13

Posts: 5

nitrospiggy says:

Why won't it do the whole winter?

Well, why won't it? My 2002 Daytona (with the crappy quality finish) is now on it's 11th winter and will do the whole thing unless there's 6" of snow just as it usually does. I simply put on the old Rickman muffs and switch on the heated grips and away we go. Am I mad??

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Feb 12

Posts: 153

plumber01 says:


Phil I had a Tiger 1050 for 3 years, it ran through winter, got cleaned about every other month if it was lucky, it was covered in salt and general road shite, you would wash it and everything came up sparkling, I can honestly say its the best finshed bike I ever had for taking a pounding from the elements, I rode it for 14 hours non stop one day and I and it were fine. Great engine but could have done with about 20% more power.

Hows yours ? the faults were, chain guard was too short, and shite and oil flew up onto passenger, luggage, and bodywork. The rear suspension was knackered after 10,000 miles,and  it didnt like neutral at traffice lights, but generally a great bike.


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Sep 09

Posts: 397


With no space at the side of the house for a garage, just a metal gate but wide enough to get a bike through. I had a company build a 22 foot x 11 foot concrete sectional garage with metal roof and heavy doors.

Its so nice in there we did at one stage consider letting it out because of the chronic housing shortage. With carefull planning we could get nine bunk beds in there for cheap labourers.

But at the moment its bikes only and the gym equipment. Oh errr.....and a fridge and filter coffee machine and CD radio unit.

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Oct 05

Posts: 22

Big_Boomer says:

 Mine is only a single but has a decent fan heater, carpet (with underlay), an old PC for music/manuals/internet access, 3 bikes, lots of tools, lots of spares and running water.
The carpet is wonderful for my knees but does absorb oil which gives it character.



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Sep 09

Posts: 397



The carpet is a good idea and I got some of that new but cheap corded carpet to do mine and I put those "hall runner" carpets under the bikes.

Painted the inside of the walls in white bathroom emulsion paint to help stop condensation and it also improves the lighting levels in there by using reflected light from the white walls.

Its "my space" and its bloody nice in there ! A few bike posters and bike models dotted around the place. My little lady even made some nice curtains for the windows.

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