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Forum: Vendors 03-22-2015, 12:21 PM
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Posted By Chris S
This woman was at a guess 5' 6"

This woman was at a guess 5' 6"
Forum: Vendors 03-22-2015, 12:05 PM
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Views: 83,706
Posted By Chris S
Here's one. Gotta say, to look at the bike...

Here's one.
Gotta say, to look at the bike appears just right. Let's hope it rides as well.
Normal size and seat height for an all-roader - and all in great proportion so it looks spot on.
A lot...
Forum: Ride reports 03-14-2015, 12:59 PM
Replies: 409
Views: 143,452
Posted By Chris S
Old time Brit couriers might like to know there's...

Old time Brit couriers might like to know there's a feature on despatching's 1980s heyday in the new April issue of Practical Sportsbike mag.

Warning: image below contains CX500
Forum: Ride reports 02-27-2015, 02:23 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 56,642
Posted By Chris S
a crowd gathers round the XT. On the far left...

a crowd gathers round the XT.
On the far left adv film maker Austin Vince is flogging his Mondo Sahara vid: Mauritania with XR400s.
People asked me whether I'd buy back the XT but I have to admit...
Forum: Ride reports 02-27-2015, 02:12 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 56,642
Posted By Chris S
Reunited

The XT at the London Bike Show a couple of weeks back.
They say the show hit record audiences as the popularity of biking recovers in the UK, but even then I was amazed at the interest in the...
Forum: Vendors 02-24-2015, 06:40 AM
Replies: 634
Views: 83,706
Posted By Chris S
I say great idea. As you know I mentioned that...

I say great idea. As you know I mentioned that Hot Rod BMW X-bike rack a few pages back which followed a similar idea (I prefer bent tube to plate - less nasty edges and something to grab when stuck...
Forum: Ride reports 02-12-2015, 02:57 PM
Replies: 409
Views: 143,452
Posted By Chris S
It was insane. I just happened to be reunited...

It was insane. I just happened to be reunited with my '78 XT500 from 1981 (I was 21 then) for London Bike Show this weekend and realised it was my 22nd bike! But it is half the weight of some of the...
Forum: Ride reports 02-12-2015, 12:00 AM
Replies: 409
Views: 143,452
Posted By Chris S
Drae, glad you enjoyed it. Pbob: paperback...

Drae, glad you enjoyed it.

Pbob: paperback only on my website for the moment.
Sends to US right here (http://adventuresinmotorcycling.com/paperback-edition/)
Forum: Vendors 02-04-2015, 02:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,395
Posted By Chris S
Thanks jf - my firstborn is in the post. ...

Thanks jf - my firstborn is in the post.

there's a new one too - same 80s era but set during the London messenger boom. See sig right.
Forum: Ride reports 02-04-2015, 04:23 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 56,642
Posted By Chris S
33 years later

Had an interview in a bike mag the other day and as a result the current owner of 'UDP' got in touch to say my XT was still around these last 33 years.
It was his mate who bought if off me in 1982,...
Forum: Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports 01-03-2015, 05:48 AM
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Posted By Chris S
Great thread idea about my kind of bike. Thanks...

Great thread idea about my kind of bike. Thanks John A.
Smoother than a big single, lighter than the currently fashionable tanks, better performance than a CRF250L (ran one in SWUSA) so enough power...
Forum: Thumpers 12-17-2014, 06:11 AM
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Views: 9,326,077
Posted By Chris S
Only sold on request now, Mendo. PM sent.

Only sold on request now, Mendo.
PM sent.
Forum: Vendors 12-17-2014, 03:02 AM
Replies: 634
Views: 83,706
Posted By Chris S
Well explained J. A convincing explanation to...

Well explained J. A convincing explanation to this wheel-size business.
It will never be a WR nor an R1 but for me 19" is the optimal do-it-all size from a travel bike front end.
Forum: Thumpers 12-16-2014, 03:49 PM
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Posted By Chris S
Tanks came from the dungeons at Acerbis Castle....

Tanks came from the dungeons at Acerbis Castle. The very last we were told.
Originally made for Paris-Dak XR600s but we made them fit with hot spoons or other tricks.

Next time I'd carry a couple...
Forum: Thumpers 12-16-2014, 03:42 PM
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Posted By Chris S
It's yours Alv. Enjoy.

It's yours Alv. Enjoy.
Forum: Thumpers 12-16-2014, 03:13 PM
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Posted By Chris S
Desert Riders: XR650L in the Sahara

XRL Owners, you're in luck. I've come over all Christmasy.
A free dvd of our epic 2003 XRL ride in the Sahara (as seen on NG Channel) to the first person to PM me with an address. It's gone.

More...
Forum: Thumpers 12-16-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 9,754
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Posted By Chris S
C-M, if you mean my 10k impressions, it's...

C-M, if you mean my 10k impressions, it's whatever Wordpress does, on the 'random - tiled mosaic' setting

Just realised 'Adv Ride Report...
Forum: Thumpers 12-16-2014, 06:13 AM
Replies: 9,754
Views: 1,514,364
Posted By Chris S
Just sold my Xco after 10,000 miles. My...

Just sold my Xco after 10,000 miles.

My long-term impressions here (http://adventure-motorcyclingh.com/2014/12/16/bmw-g650-xcountry-10000-mile-report/)

Adv Ride Report here...
Forum: Road warriors 12-11-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 261,529
Posted By Chris S
Took one out for a spin yesterday. Chilly day,...

Took one out for a spin yesterday. Chilly day, damp country lanes, wet leaves.
But the moment the guy at the shop pressed the starter a smile crept across my face. Like this :raabia

Motor:...
Forum: Ride reports 12-09-2014, 01:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,511
Posted By Chris S
Yes, plenty of snow up there now since last week....

Yes, plenty of snow up there now since last week.
But the Tichka gets ploughed, afaik.



I agree. Map by Dave W.
...
Forum: Ride reports 12-09-2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,511
Posted By Chris S
https://deserttravels.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/...

https://deserttravels.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/mt2-01.jpg?w=666

Aware of their civic duty, the crew volunteer with the road repairs.
Careful with that pick axe!

...
Forum: Vendors 12-07-2014, 09:48 AM
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Posted By Chris S
If we're talking racks another thing I'd like to...

If we're talking racks another thing I'd like to see (or plan to do) is an Xrack-style back rack like Hot Rod Eric (http://www.hotrodwelding.nl/product.php?id=8) builds for the BMW X bikes in NL (to...
Forum: Ride reports 11-28-2014, 03:35 PM
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Views: 4,511
Posted By Chris S
Now you know how lucky you were, Steve! I drank...

Now you know how lucky you were, Steve! I drank 10x more water on your tour.

Making a dash for Tangier tomorrow before the next front rolls in.

Ch
Forum: Ride reports 11-28-2014, 03:31 PM
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Views: 3,446
Posted By Chris S
You did all that in 10 days? I think you...

You did all that in 10 days?

I think you need a holiday ;-)

Great report. Some tracks I know, some for next time.

Ch
Forum: Ride reports 11-28-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,511
Posted By Chris S
"I told ya we shoulda gone to Baja!"

It's happening again only worse, Ard.
Lashing down in Marrakech right now.

The Oued Draa (long desert river on the Algerian border) has reached the sea for the first time in 32 years.

Here...
Forum: Ride reports 11-28-2014, 08:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,511
Posted By Chris S
Of course that last pic was a giveaway. I get...

Of course that last pic was a giveaway.
I get across on the XCo but I'm shaking on the other side.
You have to steer hard against the flow, but it's deep on the upstream side
which risks a...
Forum: Ride reports 11-28-2014, 07:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,511
Posted By Chris S
Anything, anytime, anywhere

https://saharaoverland.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/t2-011.jpg?w=666

Ten days ago Group Two fired up four XRs and we rode up into the hills.
Very windy which was odd for this time of year,...
Forum: Ride reports 11-28-2014, 03:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,511
Posted By Chris S
Group two heads for the hills

Right now it's pelting down in Marrakech and has been for most of the night.
What it's like on the slopes of the High Atlas I can't imagine.
But how did we get here?
...
Forum: Road warriors 11-22-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 261,529
Posted By Chris S
Good on you beardothebeardo. It'll be an...

Good on you beardothebeardo. It'll be an adventure. Send in some shots.

After all, what were the Triumph dirt bikes from the 60s? Any Tenere-ised 07 will weigh more.

Plan to try one out when I...
Forum: Ride reports 11-19-2014, 01:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,511
Posted By Chris S
Hi Nic, yes I admit that the XR650L was a bit of...

Hi Nic, yes I admit that the XR650L was a bit of a turkey for D Riders (tho it was better than the Teneres of the time, especially suspension wise). But on that trip we needed bombproof Honda...
Forum: Ride reports 11-18-2014, 02:20 PM
Replies: 409
Views: 143,452
Posted By Chris S
Great stories. Sounds like something out of...

Great stories. Sounds like something out of Withnail & topbox & I ;-)

I have a soft spot for Purley. Or should that be sore spot?
That's where I wrote off the 900SS in 1979.
But a side benefit...
Forum: Vendors 11-18-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 634
Views: 83,706
Posted By Chris S
All sounds good Jen. I have to say I am a fan of...

All sounds good Jen. I have to say I am a fan of the old school tubular 'sheep rack' rear carrier rather than these CNC cut plates which seem fashionable.
The rack which Walter C designed and got...
Forum: Vendors 11-18-2014, 03:48 AM
Replies: 634
Views: 83,706
Posted By Chris S
While I'm on and full of such brilliant ideas, if...

While I'm on and full of such brilliant ideas, if there is talk of a pipe, I would be pleased to see a smaller, lighter more compact can of course.
One that slips onto the OE exhaust so if it's...
Forum: Vendors 11-18-2014, 03:13 AM
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Views: 83,706
Posted By Chris S
Jud - you sound like some kind of Brit ;-) ...

Jud - you sound like some kind of Brit ;-)

Have to say I've always regarded buying a side stand prop as another bit of adv bling. As Jud says they are easy enough to make - or even just find a...
Forum: Ride reports 11-18-2014, 01:11 AM
Replies: 409
Views: 143,452
Posted By Chris S
Someone call Security!

Just got sent this: Security Despatchers circa 1978 or 79. A grubby bunch of moto renegades.
I'm in there somewhere and so is some guy called Barry Sheene.

Note a Dave 'behind bars'. Nice guy,...
Forum: Ride reports 11-17-2014, 11:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,511
Posted By Chris S
Nice shots Nic. I must try one of these Kay Tee...

Nice shots Nic. I must try one of these Kay Tee Emms one of these days ;-)
Forum: Ride reports 11-17-2014, 10:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,511
Posted By Chris S
Hi Nic, I've been told not to talk about the...

Hi Nic, I've been told not to talk about the Hidden Valley ;-)

Nothing's changed since last year and I get the feeling all the road building is completed. The way in from the south dips in and out...
Forum: Vendors 11-17-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 594
Posted By Chris S
'Hey babe - watch this (and hang on)!'

Hi Mog, I suppose that's one way to impress the g/f ;-)

I do name a few in the despatching chapter and now I come to think of it there was an outfit that supplied BMs which would have been quite...
Forum: Ride reports 11-17-2014, 05:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,511
Posted By Chris S
http://adventuremotorcyclinghandbook.files.wordpre...

http://adventuremotorcyclinghandbook.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/mkt142.jpg?w=777
Back at the hotel, another round of pizzas then on the road towards Agdz.
Steve at the beck here won the...
Forum: Ride reports 11-16-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,511
Posted By Chris S
Esdrard: The Seven Stages of Motorcycle Adventuring

Thanks for your interest JM

https://adventuremotorcyclinghandbook.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/mkt123.jpg?w=777
Dawn creeps over Aguinan oasis.


Last year...
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