Hi from Wigan

Andy131

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Manchester UK
Welcome to the forum, now the fun begins, you don't have to be going around at twice the speed limit to enjoy the ride.
Shame you just missed out on the RE ride out - last weekend, from Preston to Glasson Dock, lots of RE with Fish & Chips thrown in.

Bought my Himalayan and Interceptor from your local dealer, Wigan Motorcycles - been very helpful
 

Morgan60

Well travelled
Location
NW USA
Hello and welcome the forum. Congratulations on the new Classic 350. What color did you get?

Amazing how much better it is on a litter weight bike. You can go into the corner faster and come out the other side faster as well. Low power? No worries, that’s why RE gave it a 5 speed gearbox. Little bikes are a blast and they will make a better rider of you in the end. Again welcome!
Hi All,
Just bought a new 350 Classic. I've done 400 miles and loving it. I can't believe how much fun such a low powered bike can be. Handles great, brakes are good, especially the rear, Can't fault it so far.
 

Stig57

Getting there...
Location
Wigan
It's a Halcyon Black. Spent a lot of time in the Trough of Bowland. Perfect roads for running any bike in and hardly any traffic. Pity I missed the trip to Glasson Dock. Love chips and gravy from the caff there.
 

fatal

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Location
Lancashire UK
Welcome 'Pie Eater' :D from a Scouser not far from St Helens.
I'm often up in Bowland, usually about once a week. I frequent the Riverside tea room at Slaidburn, but also often ride over to Glasson Dock and Knott End. The chippy at Knott End is often a lunch stop.
 

Stig57

Getting there...
Location
Wigan
I know Slaidburn fairly well but never been to Knott End - I had to look it up. Might see you up that end one day.

Would that be a real Scouser or a Placcy one ? My 2nd (late) wife was a Leeds girl so as much as I'd like to support Saints tomorrow I can't.
My parents, grandparents and other assorted deceased relatives would turn in their graves if I did in any case :)
 

fatal

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Location
Lancashire UK
Both parents Scousers, I was born in Ormskirk, but grew up in Liverpool, and moved out to woolyback land when I was 17. It was hard to integrate and understand the language :D
 

Stig57

Getting there...
Location
Wigan
I had similar problems as a student in Liverpool. Couldn't understand bugger all. Scran !!! I nearly starved to death :)
 

fatal

Well travelled
Location
Lancashire UK
I remember meeting one of our new neighbours in St Helens for the first time, an old chap complete with flat cap, he said to me 'ahreet cock'. I was totally non plussed, I just said 'eh? what?', he said 'ahhhs thay doin cocker', me: 'come again', him 'oohhhh more bloody scousers'. He turned out to be a lovely neighbour and great family friend despite the language barrier :D
 

Stig57

Getting there...
Location
Wigan
The different accents around the country and different names for the same thing has always intrigued me. When I first moved to Dunstable I went into a pub and asked 'fer a pint o'bit-ter'. The Irish barmaid gave me a vodka and bitter lemon. We ended up best mates ! Funnily enough I found Dunstable to be the nearest to a Northern town I lived in 'darn sarf'. Everyone was really friendly and welcoming. I had almost the opposite in Rochester. Glasgow, Leicester and Norwich were fine though there were some dodgy bits in those places. Never had any problems in my 3 years in Liverpool though getting called a Woolly back all the time sort of grated 'cos that's what we called anyone Welsh.
 

Andy131

Well travelled
Location
Manchester UK
Bit of a history lesson - from a Leyther.
When Lancashire was a coal mining region workers had to carry sacks of coal on their backs, so they would wear a sheep skin as a protector, obviously with the wool still attached. Woolly side was to the carriers back - hence the term "Woolly back". Don't get me started on the history of the origins for Wigan "Pie Eaters" - the Leythers version is not for print in a friendly forum :eek:

For our readers from across the Atlantic, Wigan and Leigh (Leythers) are towns that are next door neighbors - and as usual with neighbors there is a long history of misunderstanding and good humored banter between the two towns.
 

RTD

Well travelled
Location
Baltimore
As an ignorant American with ancestral ties to Lancashire, I’ve been fascinated by the dynamics between villages & towns up there. A visit (and ride) is long overdue.

Several years ago, had a brief opportunity to visit Newcastle where (I was repeatedly warned) they speak the most difficult accent of all the UK varieties. Geordie/English joke phrasebooks on sale everywhere, etc. After some time at the pub, the chatter at neighboring tables became more clear with each pint. So clearly that’s the secret: the local bitter, in heroic quantities...
 

Stig57

Getting there...
Location
Wigan
Just to continue the banter. Leythers are called Lobby Gobblers by folk who don't actually live in Leigh :)
If you think Geordie is hard to understand you really need a trip to Glasgow !
 
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