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Old 04-04-2013, 05:55 PM   #284
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Originally Posted by Platinumgrit View Post
Stunning pics, and beautiful weather.

A few things I've found *really* useful for day/weekend trips have been the following:

1. HVMP Heavy bar ends. Riding my Honda Bros 650 (same engine as your Deauville) or my CBR600RR for 600 k's on a day trip often left my hands tingling from the vibration. These heavy / extra heavy bar ends are a God send, the first time I installed them on my Bros I could not believe how much better my hands felt after long trips. They made a huge difference to the vibration on my CBR too.

2. Charging my cameras & phones whilst riding. I often found on a weekend away ride, that my iPhone would run out of juice before the end of the day. Also if I took a lot of pics the old camera I had would be spent. This solved that problem:

a) Hard wire charging kit:
This hooks up to your battery, and the great thing about it is you can plug charging cables on for anything - iPhone, Satnav, Mini USB, Micro USB, (GoPro Hero3!) etc etc.

b) Y cable:
not so necessary, but, it's nice to be able to charge friends' GoPro's/cameras/phones/MP3 players whilst charging my iPhone at the same time. I can swap on different cables to charge just about anything, all whilst the devices sit safely in my tank bag or tail pack, and my iphone is charging in my jacket pocket. Word of warning though - for the love of God when you pull up to a petrol station, and your phone is in your jacket charging, unplug your phone first!! I swung off the bike before unplugging my iphone in my pocket, got tangled in the cable and almost ripped the whole thing out.

c) Here's a list of all the cables & motorcycle cradles/accessories that can plug onto the hard-wire charger:
You can get cables and cradles for almost any device you can imagine.
Lots of good, helpful info in there. The ability to charge stuff on the move is definitely something I'll need to have. Thanks!

Originally Posted by M1tch View Post
Matt, France is easy from Plymouth. About a 7 hour trip across to Roscoff. I have done a few trips across and a couple of times have gone through France to Switzerland, then back into France, over the Pyrenees to Spain and caught the ferry from Santander back to Plymouth.

Brittany ferries is the company if you ever think of trying it. A trip like that above would cost about 350 if you have a cabin each way like I do.About 100 less if no cabin.
Sounds easier to get to France than Scotland! Aye France and Spain would be great. Not sure I'll ever manage to get to see every country I want to visit in my lifetime. Ireland is definitely next for the bike but I still have plenty of Scotland to see first.
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