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PostPosted: 16:23 - 21 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Usual short circuit in the Lake District to a couple of favourite spots:

https://i.postimg.cc/BnPZwyKZ/DSCN1168.jpg

Honister Pass:

https://i.postimg.cc/zBx6Szpd/DSCN1173.jpg

Buttermere and Haystacks:

https://i.postimg.cc/yY2qbNKt/DSCN1174.jpg

Parked up at the top of the Newlands Pass, had to clamber at least some way up something. From the flanks of Robinson:

https://i.postimg.cc/HkbNv4B8/DSCN1183.jpg

Would have gone a bit higher, but it was getting a bit too steep and scrambly considering I only had one hand free, jacket under my other arm.

I thought it would be busier than it was, so had my bimble head on, but wasn't that bad traffic-wise actually. Had some fun on the main road coming home, but even there, it was just nice to be on a bike again, so wasn't caning it. Like a shot of oxygen after months of near suffocation.
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PostPosted: 16:26 - 21 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pigeon wrote:
Guildford to Penshurst Place (Tonbridge, Kent) on Gixxer - 130 miles


I've still got some photos of Penshurst Place from when I went years ago on my SV. One of my first such trips of exploration, the kind of thing that gave me the touring bug.
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PostPosted: 18:46 - 21 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

No pictures unfortunately

But did a little tour around Kent and East Sussex, stopped off for lunch at Route 1066 Caf then on to Bexhill on Sea for an ice cream and a sprawl on the beach in the sun. Not too many miles but it blew away some cobwebs and I think I have a little sunburn.

Top day!
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PostPosted: 21:55 - 21 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guildford to Climping and Elmer on Gixxer - 90 miles.

Twiddled the bouncy bits a little more and with very limited traffic on the road, the ride home was really good.

Where were all the people?

https://i.imgur.com/2OGU4uI.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/GkH9e1T.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/E0Uva1p.jpg

Swept out to sea by the looks of it.


Scampi and chips, sun burn on a UK bank holiday and a spirited ride home. Spot on. Thumbs Up
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PostPosted: 15:12 - 22 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Small B4391 run to show up any loose/forgotten ends. Went with a mate on his Crossrunner - 87 miles.

Top of Llangynog pass.
https://i.imgur.com/KscsEIsl.jpg

Coffe stop at the Bryntirion Inn
https://i.imgur.com/eymv8Qzl.jpg

Went onto Bala lake for a quick look at what's about, then A494>A5 home. Filtered at least half of the A494 between Bala and the A5, mental traffic, fuck being in a car.
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PostPosted: 18:44 - 22 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was supposed to be a quick blast to Hartside Top and back ended up a bit longer due to a road closed diversion which took me a very long way round.

Don't know the name of this place, looked interesting, some parts surely medieval, private estate I think:

https://i.postimg.cc/zGBQf9rC/DSCN1194.jpg

Another one, this one a hotel/restaurant. There was a sign inviting people to come in and look around, but since I didn't get out till well past lunchtime, I didn't bother. Maybe another time:

https://i.postimg.cc/mkjdLSpp/DSCN1196.jpg

Nice, peaceful spot to stop for a fag break:

https://i.postimg.cc/5NGBwGzq/DSCN1200.jpg

Dunno, some churches are just photogenic:

https://i.postimg.cc/XvgBDDrP/DSCN1201.jpg

Stopped for a coffee at the petrol station in Alston, loads of bikes coming and going.

Up on Hartside; never been much of an old Brit-iron fan, but always liked these, T160(?) Trident, sleek-looking thing:

https://i.postimg.cc/X7w5CJV3/DSCN1204.jpg

Owner said it was on its second engine, but the chassis had covered 328,000 miles since he bought it new for 1200 44 years ago. Truly pristine example.

Then it was down through Melmerby, A66 to Keswick for a cuppa, where this was parked up, and I've made up my mind now:

https://i.postimg.cc/tgLRk35c/DSCN1206.jpg

It took seeing one out and about to convince me, they do look very nice.
About 130 miles all in.
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PostPosted: 19:12 - 22 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw a new Z900 in Cream/Brown in Bala today. I'm still uncertain.
They're nice, but I'm still "meh" over inline 4's. Sound plays a huge part in my decision on bikes. I'm a picky fucker though.
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PostPosted: 19:20 - 22 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

chickenstrip wrote:

About 130 miles all in.

Great castley shots, what's going on at Hartside is there a catering van?
It's a good place to stop for views over to the Lakes even with nothing there.
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PostPosted: 20:16 - 22 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was just an ice cream van up there this afternoon.
Nothing been started on the ruins of the old cafe.
Views were really hazy today.

It's just a nice ride up and back even without the cafe, and somewhere at a convenient distance to stop for a break. I like to stop quite often, especially if there's something interesting to nose around with the camera, and I thought there might be something interesting bike or car-wise up there on such a nice day.

ThatDippyTwat wrote:
Saw a new Z900 in Cream/Brown in Bala today. I'm still uncertain.
They're nice, but I'm still "meh" over inline 4's. Sound plays a huge part in my decision on bikes. I'm a picky fucker though.


I think the pipe on it was standard, but it didn't sound bad when it pulled away despite that. Obviously could sound better with something aftermarket and more open, but I actually thought of the old Z1s when I heard it. Certainly looked striking in the green.
IL4s? I like em. Well, quite a few of them anyway. Just what I grew up with.
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PostPosted: 20:34 - 22 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Decent ~170 mile run on the Interceptor today, covering a variety of roads, ranging from motorways to unnamed/b-roads. See the attached screenshot. Obviously, had to get the obligatory photo at Ellesmere😂

https://cdn.bcf.44bytes.net/files/royal_enfield_650_interceptor_2019_20190422_02_ellesmere_1.jpg

https://cdn.bcf.44bytes.net/files/royal_enfield_650_interceptor_2019_20190422_01_spurstow_1.jpg

https://cdn.bcf.44bytes.net/files/runout_20190422.png
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PostPosted: 11:28 - 23 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went for a run around the fens today - went to Springfields in Spalding but despite finding loads of barriered car parks and riding up and down more times than I care to remember, there was nowhere for parking bikes - so I just put it on the edge of the precinct and left these Mallards looking after it...

https://i.postimg.cc/brxPKZ87/Springfields.jpg

They thought I was quackers! Rolling Eyes

Fekkin typical, though - lost count of how many times I've had frustrated discussions with overzealous "security" wallahs over putting my bike in an obscure, out of the way place when they try to give a lecture about why you can't park it there - sometimes to come back later and some other bike (probably his mate) is parked there.

Mind you, G4S are the worst - always finding the twats parked on the bike bay in town.
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PostPosted: 11:53 - 23 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is that a Box flip-front lid? Inb4 it jammed shut, had to call the fire brigade to cut me out Laughing
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PostPosted: 13:50 - 23 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it's my 2nd - liked the first one a lot, but the chord broke and left it locked, but I was able to work it off my bonce and bodged it until I got this one.

Won't get another one, though, now find it too cold in my fisog due to draughts around the visor.

ps: looking to get an open helmet next - yeah, I know it's just a mite colder than a closed one Laughing but I will then dress accordingly. I've grown to detest closed lids in warm weather.
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PostPosted: 14:15 - 23 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used to work in the returns department of the UK Box distributor. We got dozens of those back, all because the release cable stretched, locking them shut. At one time, when the management decided we ought to do something other than bin them (some of them locked shut after just a couple of times used), we had a pallet stacked high with them, awaiting a decision. Fortunately, considering their price, the management finally came to their senses and said to get rid of them. There was something very satisfying about destroying such crap lids, ridding the world of what should never have been Laughing
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PostPosted: 18:18 - 23 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, so that's why they were binned. I got the last one in my size when they were being sold off at Sportsbikeshop - which is about 2 miles from my home. They only had one more in a smaller size.

I liked them because they were snug enough round my lugs not to require ear protectors, even on a windy day (this has worn off now, though and I do need lug plugs), I liked the double-glazing and of course, the flip is useful.

Not exactly light, but then, as a flip-lid I don't expect it to be - and for that money deffo not. I tried on a top flip-up at J&B and it was like a velvet glove for my bonce - but at 600 there was no way I was getting one.

The Shoei rep's advice was to get a cheap one that was comfy (regardless of make). Why spend all that money for the same level of protection? He prosed - as in all having to be up to the same industry standard. Same level of protection, yes, but what difference in comfort.
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PostPosted: 14:18 - 24 Apr 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Burghley House/Park

https://i.postimg.cc/cHMK6Khm/Burghley-House.jpg
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PostPosted: 14:03 - 01 May 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice, leisurely 80 mile trip round the central Lincolnshire area today - stopping at Webbs in Lincoln to slavver over the latest Trumpets and Yammys and check my bike in for it's next biggie service.

Stopped at the BBMF - nothing out today....

https://i.postimg.cc/RVJ0YqkF/Bbmf.jpg


Tattershall Castle - covered by trees in every direction!

https://i.postimg.cc/fWrL5Ygp/Tatty-Castle.jpg

...and Lincoln Cathedral, coming from the East - looked much more clear with the mince pies...

https://i.postimg.cc/VkyNPmwF/Lcn-Cathedral.jpg

I came from the direction of Bardney, only to find the bridge was closed to traffic - but the foreman told me I could push my bike over if I wanrted - fekk me, it's bluddy evvy uphill!! Was knackered after the 200 yard push. Confused
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PostPosted: 22:19 - 15 May 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harpenden

TRF Ride Leaders training evening

https://i.postimg.cc/BnXQcVHK/20190515-180104.jpg
https://i.postimg.cc/BQhnF0L3/20190515-193147.jpg
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PostPosted: 22:31 - 25 May 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peak district to Horseshoe pass

https://puu.sh/DxgA5.jpg

https://puu.sh/DxgAd.jpg
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PostPosted: 00:36 - 26 May 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

thx1138 wrote:
Harpenden


Funny little town, I've done some work for a few of the pubs there. They shot a scene for Black Mirror outside the Oddfellows Arms Smile
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PostPosted: 20:56 - 27 May 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 21:28 - 27 May 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guildford to Climping and back. 110 miles on Gixxer.

Wonderfully sunny and limited traffic return journey.

In stark contrast to the queues on the way down and force 10 gale that sucked the oxygen out of your lungs if you dared open your mouth to speak.


https://i.imgur.com/K6hM2Jy.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/okacsn4.jpg


Not sure the message is period correct for these anti-tank defences. But I like to think it was just typically British. No entry Hitler, its a private road.

https://i.imgur.com/liyNmhb.jpg

A sea of calm when all around you its 50mph winds

https://i.imgur.com/lzYzjpW.jpg

Twiddled the rear preload 10 times on the way back to stop pushing the front.
Have used slightly too thick oil front (10w) and back (7.5w) too (currently running zero comp and rebound damping at the front and 1/6 comp on rear). But it will wait until Winter. It's nearly June after all. Enough time spent in the garage not riding Smile
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PostPosted: 21:40 - 01 Jun 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guildford to Horsham, Haywards Heath and Uckfield. 110 miles on Striple.

Did not see thousands of Hells Angels or Police and the people didn't seem to be hiding indoors.
Sweaty balls and queues of traffic. Summer is here Smile


First stop, Borde Hill Gardens. Very nice place, similar to Nymans in that its easy to get lost in relatively small space.

https://i.imgur.com/pZdkRZF.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/9tmqsLi.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/UuFgkD7.jpg


Then it was Sheffield Park and Gardens. A massive park that's primarily large Rhododendron and ponds. Loved it.

https://i.imgur.com/ip3QNZ5.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/c5Uvs2d.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/bLs7DYT.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/z9HDkCw.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/HpxwvOQ.jpg

And some big trees

https://i.imgur.com/RkTzs7A.jpg
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PostPosted: 05:53 - 02 Jun 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 07:33 - 02 Jun 2019    Post subject: Reply with quote

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