Where to enter the city of London.

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by halflive, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. Agent Wayward

    Agent Wayward Been here awhile

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    If this is helpful, you can leave your sidecar with me at Motopodd in Weston Turville, it will be looked after, safe and happy!

    We are outside the M25, but not by far, NW of London, the postcode is HP225RQ if you want to check.

    There is a quick train into London from here, it takes about 45 minutes to Marylebone Station.

    We are halfway between London and Oxford, it's a 25 minute ride to Oxford from here.

    I can give you a good route to Stonehenge and Sammy Millers, both places I have been to a lot over the years. :)

    Cheers,

    Rod
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  2. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    Thanks Rod, nice offer.
    For now the idea is to camp at Brixton, as Hensmen suggested. That way further inside the M25 as i originally wanted, but i can leave the bike at the campsite for the whole day. Saving me to drive wearing all the gear to a parking spot and then take public transport.
    I'll take your address with me. Oxford is on the visit list, we might come by your shop and have a taste of your coffee. Or i drop the girls somewhere and come to talk sidecar with you.
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  3. Rocket Rob

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    Halflive.....I live and work in the Tower of London. I also ride a right hand continental 2wd Gear Up and keep it here in the Tower with me.

    I ride through London alot and its not that bad......car drivers do give you some respect on a sidecar. If you decide to come into London then I can offer you secure parking for your rig........it doesn't come more secure than the Tower of London! Of course you will able to visit the Tower as my guests too.

    Cheers

    Rob
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  4. Sidecarjohn

    Sidecarjohn Been here awhile

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    Well,
    I reckon that trumps the other offers.

    Anyways, Rocket Rob, which entrance to the Tower should we head for ?
    :lol3
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  5. Rocket Rob

    Rocket Rob Adventurer

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    John........the Westgate entrance if travelling on foot or Eastgate if on 3 wheels!

    Regards

    Rob
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  6. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    Now you have got me in doubt :rofl
    The reason i didn't wanted to enter London on three wheels is because i don trust myself. After a life long looking left, than right, then crossing, i know it is very hard to do it the other way round. I've encountered busy cities before, surrounded by idiots. But always coming from the side i expected them to.

    But this offer is to great to ignore. I think i will accept the challenge, ignoring all my fears. I still think we will camp at Brixton, but parking inside the tower is a once in a lifetime experience. :clap
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  7. hensmen

    hensmen Been here awhile

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    That`s so cool, thumb up halflive and hand clapping for the inmates, they are one off the last communities.
    I am proud to be part off it.
    Driving in London is a pleasure, iff the people are only half friendly as i found in the rest off the UK.
    And pictures!!!!!!!
    Have a realy nice trip, what about the snow?! still going on?
    Grüsse von Hans
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  8. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    Yes, i'm still going in the snow. Monday the gas cable of my solo R1100GS played up, it froze during the drive to work. Tuesday morning it was frozen solid. So i took the R100/Dnepr to work. It was the first real snow this year so i promised myself a fun drive. Unfortunately the snow caused a bit of a mess on the road. it took me almost 2 hours to complete the first 10 kilometers to my work. More standing idle than driving. with another 25 kilometers to go i called my colleague and returned home at the first junction.
    Snow is great, but not in an overcrowded area where i live and thousands of people with cars congesting the roads. I hope there will be some more snow, but i won't make the mistake of driving a sidecar to work.

    And of course, i will post pictures of England, an maybe some Wales.:deal
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  9. hensmen

    hensmen Been here awhile

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    We only have a Kangoo 4X4, driving my wife and for me, only the hack.
    Today returned the winter in south germany
    Hans,
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  10. Rocket Rob

    Rocket Rob Adventurer

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    Halflive

    Look forward to meeting you. I will pm you with my mobile number and directions as required.


    Cheers


    Rob
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  11. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    Like to meet you too.:freaky when we know what the planning will be i will tell you our plans. It will be somewhere in the first weeks of august.
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  12. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    We have made reservations.
    Our boat is sailing fron Dunkerque at the afternoon of monday the 5th of august.
    Arriving in Dover around two o clock we expect to find the Cristal Palace caravaning site around dinner.
    The plan is to do the city the next day by train.
    Rocket Rob, are you at work on Wednesday? I will PM you with my mobile phone number. We will also take our modern communication stuff with us. So mailing or contact via this forum is also possible.
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  13. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    Been there.
    We found the camping the Hensman reccomended (soaken wet) And whe had the greatest tour through the Tpwer of London. Greater than expectet:clap:clap
    Also got a swing over the Tower bridge in the right direction, thanks, Rob. Still a week to go and make the rest of England unsafe, but London was amazing with the bike.
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  14. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    Nice photo's!
    :lol3
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  15. NitroMax

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    I'm with stupid :lol3

    Have fun :1drink
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  16. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    And home again. London was great. Talking to other Brits made me recognise what an amazing job you have, Rob :thumb
    We never expected that the Tower would hold so much history and artefacts, Thanks! If you ever want to come over, you are always welcome.

    Entering London with a sidecar is something I would recommend to my worst enemy. The pavement is a mixture of manholes. potholes, repair patches and some strips of bitumen. With a right hand sidecar it is impossable to avoid het bumps and holes. Even when the passenger is constantly shouting to take her from the opposite lane. The traffic is a complete mess. London is designed for horses and carriages, nowadays everything moves with that speed. Drivers are very patient, having a sidecar generates a lot of positive reactions and gestures. It is doable, But you won't enjoy it.

    And yes, we have pictures. But I do not have an Smugmug account. Once i have that sorted, I will post pictures of Londan and England.
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  17. halflive

    halflive Been here awhile

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    Crossing a certain bridge in a certain town. My escort is riding behind me on the Ural. Thanks Rob, we made it to Greenwich. We checked and the begin of the planet is still there.

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    Two sidecars parked in the kazemattes of the Tower. Probably the safest place in the UK.
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    This is the other side of the wall. This is not an amusement park, this is one of the oldest pieces of English history, with amazing queues.

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    The rest of the pictures are common touristic pictures. white cliffs, red phone boxes, Stonhenge, lands end.


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    Sammy Miller museum:

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    I do not know these people, apparently they are from Ipswich. The post belongs to a commercial photographer.

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  18. Hellracer.nl

    Hellracer.nl What the hack???

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    Mmmmm, breakfast!
    :dg
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