Heading out of London. Slowly. Very slowly.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Sableye, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. Sableye

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    Hello ADV

    I have been riding motorbikes for a few years now. Had some nice sporty bikes in the past, but I live in a super high motorbike theft area, and the bike fairies took my nice bikes away in the night. Got a new bike intended for commuting in London last year.

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    Sinnis Trackstar.

    Anywhos, this year I realized, after all my biking, I know no other bikers, and I have never just gone for a ride out for the fun of it. Always very practical, to work and back only. So this year I have decided to exit London, albeit rather slowly, and head to biker cafes, get lost down some back roads, go to trials events, racing, motocross, and generally have fun on the bike. I wanna take some pictures too. I dont know what of yet, but if I find anything interesting, ill be sure to share :D

    All the Uxbridge motorcyclists park about this church, was however rather early when I went past mind, I expect to be nipping about there a lot.

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    Headed off to explore Black Park first. I havent been there for nearly 20 years... Its been a long time scince I stepped out of London.

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    The roads got smaller.

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    Ahhh an NSL road. Glad nobodys about, my bike doesnt like going over 50 mph

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    Found my way back to Black Park.

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    Checked my watch and realized I had been on the go 6 hours or so, time to head home too the pups, Sally quite happily post for a home time shot too :thumb

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    Better pictures will come. New to this bikes & pictures business ^^
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  2. IslandMonkey

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    I really enjoyed that and will look out for more additions when you get round to it. Subscribed.
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  3. stamp

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    Excellent stuff nice looking bike, I have just got a 1998 sr125 to have a play on and for the ride to work picked it up from London today have to say I love it good excuse to get the open face helmet out, send me a pm if u come down Ashford way :deal
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    I love traveling on small motorcycle :clap
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    You have my attention!
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  6. Sableye

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    Thankyou ADV'ers :D

    @stamp : Got a few weeks events and routes to play with, next weekend though going down to Brighton from Ace Cafe on a big ride out. Closest I am getting to Ashford on any of them ^^

    http://www.ace-cafe-london.com Linky
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  7. Sableye

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    Part 2 - In which Frogs are seeked, and a bendy road is encountered.

    First day trip out of London was fun, but I did stick to some rather straight roads. So this time I thought I would head for some little wiggly lanes, and try to find a road I had heard of called Froggy Lane. No particular reason, just like froggys :)

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    That was a straight road. Not wiggly, and no frogs.

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    Might find a froggy in that puddle.... We can do better and the roads still not bendy enough though...

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    Fun ahead - closed :cry

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    Oooo! A wiggley road!

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    I want that house.... I want the address '1 Froggy Lane'! :clap

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    A trip down Froggy Lane and then home. I had found a road with bends, and the fabled Froggy Lane.

    I notice my pictures are all somewhat the same (West of London in the spring ^^) So next day trip will be finding different things to picture.

    Home time dog shot!

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    Hamish. A bouncy happy 15 year old Retriever that doesn’t know he is meant to be 15 years old yet ^^
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  8. conchscooter

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    Nice pictures and great looking, all important, dogs.

    I'd love to see some picture of your route out of the city.
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  9. Sableye

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    Ill try for some city pics next week. Its a bit dull and rather grey I am afraid. I live in a very uninteresting part of town. Not much to see except the Hoover building. Oh and odd drunks. :1drink

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  10. Sableye

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    That said, couple of still in the city pics here...

    Part 3 - In which a duck quacks and a tractor is spotted.

    Weve had a silly amount of cold and rain despite my previous pics, so screen, top box, and hand guards went back on bikey.

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    Grand Union canal. I want to live on a boat on these canals some day. Runs from the Thames right up to Birmingham. I didnt go that far, but I did find a butterfly along the canal. Was a bit soggy out but cleared up a bit as I rode out.

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    Was aiming for a picture of the butterfly, but got a nicely colour canal shot. I stuck on the canal until Uxbridge.

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    Where I got quacked at. So I left town and headed for Harefield. Where I found this...

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    Had to take some more pictures :clap

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    Rain returned with a sodding vengeance and didnt stop for rest of the day. Went home soggy after that.

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    Sally dog shot!
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  11. Rango

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    What a lovely thread. And nice photos too. :clap

    Intriged by the Sinnis Trackstar. Can you tell a little more?

    Looking forward to more explorer's reports. :deal

    we will boo the fairies
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  13. Sableye

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    The review posted above covers most of it :D

    Its a nippy little bike. Absolutely teensy, stupidly small turning circle (even a nub like me can U-Turn in a single parking bay 6-7 ft across?), lightweight, engines fine, gets 125mpg on Shell V-Power. I self service it every 2000km, change oil regularly. The only issues are the welds look messy (doesn’t feel like its going to fall apart, but looks rough), and its a bit slow. About this :

    Max speed during running in : 30mph?
    Max speed the bike feels unstrained : 40mph-45mph
    Max speed the bike goes : 60mph-65mph
    Max speed the bike goes off a cliff : Maybe 85mph-95mph – Untested


    Bikes nothing to be excited about. Always reminds me of a Jack Russel to be honest. Can imagine it wagging its top box was a daft expression on its face. Is a perfect commuter though. :D
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  14. Rango

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    Yes indeed, that is a rather unusual benevolent report. And rider comments support it too.

    The mileage is excellent, 100 mpg and you even manage 125 mpg. I am willing to believe this is indeed the first chinese motorcycle that will hold its own.:thumb

    Have you also noticed about the Irish man doing a RTW on the Apache variant? Here is the link for the interested: http://www.youtube.com/user/Sinnisify
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  15. jmcg

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    Great pics and reports.

    Thanks,

    JM.
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  16. Sableye

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    He made it in the end. Was a couple of years ago, and he never really publicized it as much as he should have. Would have been interesting to see how the bike coped all the way along. :)

    Part 4 - In which I go in search of spring

    Still quite cold in UK, and we are lacking colour around here

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    Never mind! Lets head to the local forest! Bound to find green there!

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    No greens. Did find some lovely carvings on a bridge though!

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    I did find love!

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    Couldnt find spring off the beaten track though....

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    After a nice but chilly ride, I went home and edited in spring...

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    Thanks Pixlr Express! You gave my day some colour! :D
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  17. _cy_

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    very nice glimpse of rural London....
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  18. Rutabaga

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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    Wow. Drop your day job, ride, publish, and care for the dogs. Or whatever it takes to continue this thread. You have it nailed.
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  19. Rango

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    Very inviting for getting a rub-off.

    It's been hard to go back into winter set after the promising start of March's initial weeks.
    So spring 's around the corner? As soon as our baskets are filled with eggs? Should be, shouldn't it? :gdog

    Happy Easter and
    on another year of exploration
    a toast
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  20. PhillipsMetal

    PhillipsMetal Been here awhile

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    Nice report. That is a nice looking bike. Glad you are having fun on it.
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