On yer bike 2012
This was going to be a ride report I was going to start at the beginning of 2012 and continuously update as the year progressed, but like most things in my life I never got around to it.
Apologies in advance as I have a nasty habit of taking pictures then I have no idea about who, where or what the photos is about. I need to start taking notes :wink:.
So I'll start at the tail end of 2011. Christmas been and gone and I got a new camera. A Fujifilm Finepix T200, its a small point and shoot, fits in my pocket perfect, just what I need for the year ahead.
Looking for an excuse to use it I take a visit to the Glasgow Transport Museum.
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Its a fantastic building, open and spacious. Free entry too although there is a donations box which it certainly is worthy of. Here I think is a BSA Bantam in GPO livery, I like the idea of the tray under the bike to catch the leaking oil.
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This was a small part of a giant wall of motorbikes.
A wall of cars.
This next one really made me think of my late papa, he was a real petrol head owning countless amounts of MG's and motorbikes. He has an MG engraved of his gravestone.
This was one of my favourtire displays, the late great Colin McRae's champoinship winning Subaru.
Some efficient and so not so efficient engines.
Fast forward to April and my bike has just had some new chain and sprockets, tires and a new MOT certificate. :clap
The bike is a 2008 Suzuki Bandit 650. I added some rim tape and a radiator guard to the bike which I had picked up at the Scottish Bike Show in March.
At the end of April I decided to take a trip to Applecross. I'd heard so many nice things about the place so I thought it was woth a visit.
View from the A82.
A82 again at Glencoe. One of my favourite bends.
Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge
The wreaths were laid to commemorate 30 years since the Falklands War. :devildog
Eilean Donan Castle
Obligatory photo at the Applecross signpost.
I camped on Applecross Farm, £6 for the night, me and another cyclist had the field to ourselves.
Making some dinner.
Applecross petrol station. There's a sign asking visitors to fill up while in Applecross to support the running costs.
A fantastic way to finish the day.
The next day after a cold nights sleep I headed home pretty much following the same route. What a ride. I will be back in 2013.
The end of April also brought an end to the two year restriction period on my license. My bike was booked in for some recall work so I took it to the dealer to have the restrictor removed.
£87.50 I was charged to have it fitted to the bike and about £30 to have it removed, someone's making a lot of money out of these :deal. Once the restrictor was removed it was amazing, it was like riding a completely different bike.
Fast forward to June and it was time to go see the Olympic Torch. I was going to be at work when I passed my house so I decided to head up to the Green Welly at Tyndrum. Me and another couple got talking to this bike cop he was part of the team escorting the Torch the 8000 miles around the UK and getting paid for it!
The Torch soon followed. It was being carried by John McNiven a former Bronze medallist in the 1974 and '77 Commonwealth Games. He still actively participates in the sport!!
July brought me two weeks off work. I had been planning a tour around Europe and couldn't wait. :clap
Here's the setup.
I was heading for Folkstone to catch the train. Rather than do the full journey in one go, as I done the year before, I decided to stop at Lancaster with some family. I headed from Falkirk following the M80/M74/M6 until Carlisle where I took to the Lake District.
The next day was I was heading for Folkstone. I was going to visit the National Memorial Arboretum on the way south, it wasn't far from the motorway and would help break up the journey.
I had lunch here then hit the road. This was going to be a slog with mile after mile of motorway, I just buried my head and got on with it. Later that day I checked in to a campsite I had prebooked just outside Folkstone.
The next morning I was on the train.
Thirty minutes later I was in France and heading for Germany. I rode throught Belguim, passed Spa racetrack where I briefly watched some racing then I arrived at my first stop for the night.
This was one of the best campsites I have ever stayed at, so modern and clean and it was only thirty minutes or so from the Nurburgring. I booked in for two nights, next day I headed for the ring minus luggage.
I took a walk around the visitor centre then watched some racing.
Back at the campsite there was some sort of party going on in the village.
The next morning I awoke to blue skies. Three German guys on three BMWs arrived the previous night and setup next to me.
Today I was heading for Baden-Baden, nothing particularly interesting happened that day, just a bit of Autobahn :evil.
The following day I am heading for Konstanz via the senic B500.
Stopping for a break
I found a campsite early afternoon, it was scorching, I pitched my tent then worked on my tan :deal.
The next day was going to be a long one, I was heading for Italy via Switzerland then the Stelvio Pass.
Taking a break.
I had my GoPro with me, heres a few shot from the road.
Lots of hairpins.
This next one made it into Ride magazine.
I found a little campsite later that evening, the the following day it was off to Lake Como.
Great pictures. Thanks for posting and Happy Hogmanay for tomorrow. :freaky
Happy Near Year folks!
I spent two day's at Lake Como, it really is as nice as they say but It was time to head north past Lake Lugano and into Switzerland.
Just had to do this, from Goldfinger.
My favourite picture.
Later that day I arrived in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and found a great little camp-site. I took the next day off, explored Chamonix and went on the Brevent ski lift to try and get a decent view of Mt Blanc, for some reason I don't have any photos?
Sunday I was heading for Rheims, the previous night there was some unbelievable weather, massive forks of lightning and torrential rain. I threw the tent in my bag and set off. No pictures from that day, just mile after mile of motorway.
That night I arrived at a camp-site near Epernay, just outside Rheims and stayed in the towns municipal camp-site. The weather was hot and it was great to get the tent up and let it dry out.
Monday was going to be a relaxed 150 mile ride to somewhere near Calais and find a camp-site. I stopped here and ate some lunch.
Later on I found a camp-site 10 minuets from the Euro-tunnel.
This was the last picture I took on my holiday. From here I headed to London for a day to meet with my sister, the Olympics were on and it was a great time to visit.
August brought me a new bike.
I've always loved these, this one came up one owner low mileage.:deal
Beautiful pictures. And nice bikes too.
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