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Forum: Epic Ride Reports Yesterday, 11:01 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,596
Posted By Mad Cow
The Lake District has a bit of a cultural split,...

The Lake District has a bit of a cultural split, north to south what is now Cumbria used to be Westmorland and Cumberland so the accents are a bit different although both "Northern" (so don't ask...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports Yesterday, 05:54 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,596
Posted By Mad Cow
Discovering good pubs can be tricky, whilst the...

Discovering good pubs can be tricky, whilst the "tied houses" i.e. those owned by the large brewery corporations can be good, they can also be dire! Quite hard to tell until you've tried a few...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 07-02-2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,596
Posted By Mad Cow
Beware the fact that most British Cops will know...

Beware the fact that most British Cops will know that the USA still uses miles per hour like us, and saying something like...

"Well gee, I thought you used kilobytes like the rest of Europe?"
...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 07-02-2015, 12:18 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,596
Posted By Mad Cow
Susan You also have another defence...

Susan

You also have another defence mechanism, your American accent!

If stopped by the Police, just act "dumb American" and apologise a lot, it should work fine :D

And to be honest, it's...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 07-01-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,596
Posted By Mad Cow
On yes I should also mention that U turns are...

On yes I should also mention that U turns are perfectly legal in the UK, unless there is a sign specifically banning them.

In fact you have to do one on your motorbike test here (and in the rest...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 07-01-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 7,596
Posted By Mad Cow
Glad to see you are enjoying our little Islands! ...

Glad to see you are enjoying our little Islands!

Very interesting to read the impressions of a visitor of things we find quite normal and mundane.

I did a trip round the Republic of Ireland in...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 06-26-2015, 05:20 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 12,692
Posted By Mad Cow
I'm 6' 1" and 90kg (200 lbs) and my 500X fits me...

I'm 6' 1" and 90kg (200 lbs) and my 500X fits me fine.

Mind you it does feel weird every time I swap from my 990 Adventure, like the ground suddenly got too close :D
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-22-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 8,029
Views: 1,470,294
Posted By Mad Cow
Well I've had the X for a whole week now so I...

Well I've had the X for a whole week now so I thought you might like an update.

Just done 300 miles so it's loosening up nicely, apart from a ride out on the first day, the mileage has consisted...
Forum: Vendors 05-22-2015, 05:00 AM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 166,859
Posted By Mad Cow
Cruz Good job you had the TKC80s, I'd hate...

Cruz

Good job you had the TKC80s, I'd hate to think what that'd be like on the OEM tyres :D
Forum: Vendors 05-21-2015, 05:30 AM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 166,859
Posted By Mad Cow
Took my new X for a play on a byway* near to work...

Took my new X for a play on a byway* near to work yesterday.

The Level 3 kit is starting to make a lot of sense!
...
Forum: Vendors 05-20-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 166,859
Posted By Mad Cow
I should have read a bit further, Paul's...

I should have read a bit further, Paul's (Roadscum) answer is there:
Forum: Vendors 05-20-2015, 03:54 PM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 166,859
Posted By Mad Cow
Paul Take a look at...

Paul

Take a look at http://www.cb500xadventure.com/#!faqs/c1enu

Yes the uprated suspension/standard wheels option (Level 2 kit) increases the suspension travel so I guess the centre stand won't...
Forum: Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan 05-19-2015, 04:26 AM
Replies: 8,029
Views: 1,470,294
Posted By Mad Cow
I had similar ideas with the WP forks, yokes, 21"...

I had similar ideas with the WP forks, yokes, 21" front wheel etc from my old CCM. But I don't think the clearance is there and although the longer forks would give more clearance, the radiator...
Forum: Vendors 05-19-2015, 04:15 AM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 166,859
Posted By Mad Cow
Nothing wrong with Morad rims, I raced my CCM...

Nothing wrong with Morad rims, I raced my CCM 604e on Morads in three years of the UK All Terrain Rally Challenge and never had a single issue.

Managed to put a huge ding in my Excel front rim on...
Forum: Vendors 05-10-2015, 11:26 AM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 166,859
Posted By Mad Cow
Looking good! I ordered my new CB500X...

Looking good!

I ordered my new CB500X yesterday, picking it up next Saturday.

A 2014MY in White, It's coming with the Honda top box and panniers and main stand as they are thrown in for free,...
Forum: Racing 05-06-2015, 06:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,387
Posted By Mad Cow
7Badv check out Corky's 2015 Dakar here: ...

7Badv check out Corky's 2015 Dakar here:

http://carryoncorky.blogspot.co.uk/ (http://carryoncorky.blogspot.co.uk/)

And his preparation for 2016 here:

http://corkydakar2016.blogspot.co.uk/...
Forum: Racing 05-04-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,387
Posted By Mad Cow
Corky It'd be no fun if it all went to plan!

Corky

It'd be no fun if it all went to plan!
Forum: Racing 05-02-2015, 03:26 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,387
Posted By Mad Cow
Corky Have a great trip and good luck on the...

Corky

Have a great trip and good luck on the rally

Say hi to Manu for me (from the other Nomad Racing)!

Tony
Forum: Racing 04-30-2015, 02:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 717
Posted By Mad Cow
Not all Countries require a carnet, for instance...

Not all Countries require a carnet, for instance they are only recommended in South America (which answers the Dakar question):

This is from the RAC here in the UK:
Forum: Racing 04-28-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 12,260
Posted By Mad Cow
Forza Neduro! Great news Ned, I'll look...

Forza Neduro!

Great news Ned, I'll look forward to the updates :D
Forum: Vendors 04-21-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 1,099
Views: 166,859
Posted By Mad Cow
Saw the bike on Saturday at Torque Racing and I...

Saw the bike on Saturday at Torque Racing and I was really impressed.

I had been thinking of changing my 990 Adventure as I'm doing too many commuting miles on it but the cost of change for...
Forum: Racing 04-19-2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 8,815
Posted By Mad Cow
Well as the huskys on sale to the public now are...

Well as the huskys on sale to the public now are like the (KTM) Husabergs; basically white KTMs with higher spec suspension, will the Rally bikes be even better than 450RRs????

And therefore more...
Forum: Racing 04-17-2015, 02:56 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,557
Posted By Mad Cow
I did pretty much the same as Mike the other...

I did pretty much the same as Mike the other week, although my 450 isn't geared to go quite as fast!

We were on the Tuareg Rallye and what Mike didn't say it was also 30-35 degrees C most days...
Forum: Racing 04-16-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 8,815
Posted By Mad Cow
This is the only news I've seen ...

This is the only news I've seen

http://www.enduro21.com/index.php/enduro21/item/2718-helder-rodrigues-leaves-hrc-for-yamaha...
Forum: Racing 04-16-2015, 02:23 AM
Replies: 6,413
Views: 828,939
Posted By Mad Cow
But will the ASO use it on the Dakar? After all...

But will the ASO use it on the Dakar? After all it's not part of the cross country world championship and there's always the chance the rule won't survive through to 2016 if it's unpopular with the...
Forum: Racing 04-15-2015, 02:10 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 9,557
Posted By Mad Cow
I've treated myself to one of these, makes it...

I've treated myself to one of these, makes it soooo easy (OK I'm not quite down to three minutes yet but can easily change a tyre and mousse in under ten)
...
Forum: Racing 04-14-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,197
Posted By Mad Cow
And now Helder going to Yamaha. All is not...

And now Helder going to Yamaha.

All is not good in the Honda camp methinks!
Forum: Racing 04-10-2015, 02:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,793
Posted By Mad Cow
The ones from Decathlon are the correct ones at...

The ones from Decathlon are the correct ones at 80cm x 45cm x 35cm and currently in stock in the UK at 64.99

They are sold as Horse Tack storage boxes?
Forum: Racing 04-09-2015, 02:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,842
Posted By Mad Cow
And if you are wondering who the "other" sponsor...

And if you are wondering who the "other" sponsor on my fairing is?

Bernard White was my late Father in Law, it was money from his will that paid for a substantial part of my costs. Adding his...
Forum: Racing 04-09-2015, 02:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,842
Posted By Mad Cow
As well as looking to "traditional" sponsorship...

As well as looking to "traditional" sponsorship don't forget to look to your friends and regular suppliers.

For the Tuareg Rally this year I was lucky enough to be offered "free" transport to...
Forum: Racing 04-09-2015, 01:51 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 15,662
Posted By Mad Cow
Absolutely spot on Jenny! I very much...

Absolutely spot on Jenny!

I very much consider myself an amateur and until someone actually pays me to do this lark (like that'll ever happen) I'm happy to be an amateur!

I am involved in...
Forum: Racing 04-08-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 15,662
Posted By Mad Cow
Why would I want to do that? I struggled in the...

Why would I want to do that? I struggled in the dunes in Moto amateur so why would I want to inflict more suffering on myself :D

Funnily lots of people were asking me after day one if I was going...
Forum: Racing 04-04-2015, 03:42 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 15,662
Posted By Mad Cow
Day Seven: FINAL DAY! Zagora to Ouarzazate ...

Day Seven: FINAL DAY! Zagora to Ouarzazate

Yes, woken up by those annoying German buggers yet again!

A relatively easy day, or so we are promised but still a healthy distance as even by road,...
Forum: Racing 04-04-2015, 11:46 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 15,662
Posted By Mad Cow
Only one more day to go..... Working on it!

Only one more day to go..... Working on it!
Forum: Racing 04-01-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 15,662
Posted By Mad Cow
Race Day Six: Zagora Erg Cheggaga -...

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So we went to bed thinking that at least we...
Forum: Racing 03-31-2015, 04:19 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 15,662
Posted By Mad Cow
John agreed with Hertz that when the spare key...

John agreed with Hertz that when the spare key turned up from Casablanca (we still don't know when it actually did) they would remove the two crates from the boot (trunk) and store them at the Hertz...
Forum: Racing 03-30-2015, 02:33 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 15,662
Posted By Mad Cow
Thursday Race day five Merzouga to...

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Woken up by those bloody noisy Germans...
Forum: Racing 03-30-2015, 02:13 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 15,662
Posted By Mad Cow
John managed to negotiate a replacement car at no...

John managed to negotiate a replacement car at no extra cost on the Sunday night, OK there was still the small matter of the 600 fine for loosing the key but at the time of writing, that still...
Forum: Racing 03-30-2015, 12:37 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 15,662
Posted By Mad Cow
Mike I had a great time despite all the...

Mike

I had a great time despite all the little dramas, the bike just kept plugging away! It went through the week without the oil and filter change I had planned (oil and filters were in the hire...
Forum: Racing 03-26-2015, 07:06 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 15,662
Posted By Mad Cow
Wednesday (Race Day 4) The Dune...

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Woken again in the middle of the night by Rammstein,...
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