a tour of the UK

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  1. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    so I think I might come to blighty w/ one of the guys I teach the safety course with.
    loose plan is to rent, maybe from Raceways in London, and go for a tour.
    maybe something like this:

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    couple questions:
    Raceways any good? I know on the continent most of the dealers rent as well as sell, but it doesn't seem like that in the UK.

    we thought to hit the Cheddar Gorge, a bit of Wales, and see the Peak District, Lake District, maybe the Yorkshire Dales? If time permits onwards towards Scotland?

    any of you UK based ADV'ers have some suggestions? Perhaps even some Garmin files?

    That'd be super. Hell, I'd even go so far as to stand you a pint if our paths cross.

    cheers!
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  2. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    Hi Greg

    What kind of bike are you thinking of renting? What time of year are you coming over? I live in Leeds which is in Yorkshire, be sure to give me a shout and I'll take you to some good places in and around Yorkshire.

    All the best.

    DG
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  3. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    welp.....

    I think we'll just get some VStrom 650's or similar. They seem pretty reasonable price-wise. Plan is to fly over maybe 29 June, and stay until 9 July.

    I know where Leeds is, been there once upon a time. My mum & dad were from Scunthorpe :D, but last time I was there (not counting connecting through Heathrow) was 1970!

    when plans are final I will be sure to shoot you a note.

    :thumb
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  4. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Don't listen to him Greg...he's from Yorkshire :lol3

    You never have to ask a Yorkshireman for his opinion....he'll tell you anyway :D

    Some great riding in the Dales :thumb
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  6. Bone UK

    Bone UK Adventurer

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    Fuel $8.20 UK gallon.
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  7. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    hence our thought not to get bikes w/ too big a displacement :D
    is that a real gallon, or a US gallon?

    :rofl
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  8. Bone UK

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    UK gall, it works out at just under $7 for US gall.
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  9. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    ah... cheap as chips then :D
    it was almost $5 / (US) gal here for a while, but back under $3.00 again... I know, hate us now!

    it's 99% go at this moment, so Monday likely book flights & bikes :thumb
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  10. Milimut1

    Milimut1 I am the GPS

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    http://andorina.co.uk/
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    We stayed here on our end of year jaunt last year, its on the Caledonian Canal so looks like its sort of on your route

    http://www.hostel-scotland.co.uk/

    The above link is a good starting point for affordable accommodation.

    Fuel gets a bit more expensive the further north you go its gonna cost you way up North but the scenery is well worth it.

    Castle of Mey in Caithness has a good coffee shop and cakes to die for.

    Hope you make it to Scotland, our roads are just the best.
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  11. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Have fun Greg! I lived in England for a little while, but didn't have a motorcycle there and wasn't allowed to rent one (weird study abroad rules). Luckily they didn't think to include airplanes on the list of prohibited activities :evil

    If you happen though Oxford hit up Turf Tavern - its quite historic and interesting - also supposedly the location where a certain US president was careful not to inhale anything. Its super hard to find, but there'll be plenty of college students that can direct you.
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  12. Schtum

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    I wouldn't bother with England. It's overcrowded, there are too many stupid car drivers on the roads and too many speed restrictions and speed cameras. For the most part, the roads and scenery are uninspiring.

    Fly into Glasgow or Edinburgh, rent a bike locally and head up the West Coast. Take in some of the islands if you have time.
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  13. Avispao

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    There are many RRs about going to Scotland which you can use. One of them is mine, and i made a tour like that more or less.
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  14. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    :rofl

    Greg knows better :lol3
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  15. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    great link, and I remember reading your trip report when you first posted :thumb
    perhaps that was part of my inspiration.
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  16. Schtum

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    Probably best for him to resume his medication then. There is no "better" riding in the UK than here in Scotland.
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  17. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Oh please :rolleyes

    Listen, he's asking for advice on a trip he wants to do around Britain, NOT just Scotland. If you have nothing useful to add, might I suggest not polluting the thread :dunno
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  18. Schtum

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    It's the most useful advice that's been offered. There's a better time to be had riding a motorcycle in Scotland than there is in England. Now that may not suit your Anglocentric point of view but it's the truth.

    HTH
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  19. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Go away, you're adding nothing to the thread :thumb
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  20. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    well, the point of the trip is to see the UK... not just Scotland.
    we have plenty of time, and we like to see stuff.
    hell, if it was just about the riding it'd be screw the UK, and we'd be back to the Dolomites

    :thumb
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