A few photos from a camping weekend with my Royal Enfield

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Tarka, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. Tarka

    Tarka Strangely strange. Oddly normal.

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    I`ll start with an apology as this doesn`t really contain enough 'meat' to be a proper Ride Report.

    However,I thought some of you guys might enjoy the photos,so I hope the Mods will allow this post.

    This weekend I went to the Ogri MCC clubhouse at Kemble Airfield near Cirencester for Bab`s 50th Birthday Party.

    There`s lots of photos from the event but I won`t post them as it was a private occasion.
    However,I thought some of you may like to see some of the others I took en route.

    I decided to go on my recently bought Royal Enfield Woodsman as it still needs running-in and the trip there and back would be a good way of getting some miles on it and getting to know the bike.

    Loading it up with camping gear and a change of clothes was my first adventure :D
    Saying that,it was quite fun working out how to load it,and attaching a `58 Pattern Army 'pannier' on the side that doesn`t have the high level exhaust.

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    It`s far too easy and boring when you just lob everything into a couple of panniers and a topbox ! :evil


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    GPS ??? :eek1

    We don`t need no stinking GPS !! :rofl

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    Instead of the horribly busy A417 from Gloucester to Cirencester I take the A46 Stroud road then turn off at Sheepscombe and go cross country to Kemble via Miserdon,Edgeworth,Sapperton and Coates.

    Here`s one reason why I like the route I take....


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    And here`s another reason.....most excellent !! :clap


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    The party went really well...a great time was had. :freaky

    On the return route,I went on reserve.
    I left Chateau Tarka on the Wirral with a full tank,and went on reserve after 240 miles.
    It only took 11 litres to refill the tank !! :huh

    Another thing happened on the way home.

    Unleash the BEAST !!

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    There you go....as I said,not really enough for a Ride Report...but I thought someone may enjoy my photos.

    :deal
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  2. Bar None

    Bar None Long timer Supporter

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    Very nice photos and a proper motorbike. We can't get the Woodsman's here in the USA.
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  3. foster

    foster Huh?

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    beautiful motorcycle :thumb
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    What a modern classic in the British design school.
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  5. zadok

    zadok Long timer

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    Nice one. What a great bike for a trip like that.:clap:D
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  6. Tarka

    Tarka Strangely strange. Oddly normal.

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    Hey guys..thanks for the compliments !

    I`m glad you like my new bike and my photos.

    Here`s a few more I forgot to post earlier.

    One of my favourite villages en route is a place called 'Dymock' near to Gloucester.
    And this is one of my favourite houses in Dymock....well,a cottage,to be exact.


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    On the cross country bit after the Stroud road there are several 1 in 6 and 1 in 5 gradients....quite an effort when trying not to over rev or overload an engine you`re running-in !
    (Excuse my gloved finger intruding on the right :cry )

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    And here`s the Enfield looking at its best...parked on grass at the site.
    Just like old aeroplanes,old bikes (or new old looking bikes) seem to look at their best when on grass or rough ground rather than tarmac.
    I think it`ll look even better when I fit some old style 'tall profile' tyres to it....the tyre/mudguard gap doesn`t look quite right at the moment.

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    I`m very happy with the Enfield...it travelled fairly comfortably and handled superbly even loaded up.
    It`s my new friend in the garage.
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  7. cyclewizard

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    x2 I love the looks of that bike.......
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  8. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Very nice!

    :thumb

    I used to live just outside Cirencester (Fairford). Beautiful part of the world.
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  9. banshee

    banshee hi

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    pretty bike!
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  10. FotoTEX

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    Beautiful bike. I have a UK friend who lives close to Kimble at Kimble Mill. His dad restores those kind of bikes as a hobby. The Cotswolds must be nice to ride through on a true English Classic Motorcycle.
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  11. Dang Dawg

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    Seems to me that a Royal Enfield is all the meat you need.
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    And that neutral light! I can never see mine in the daylight on my 2007 500 Bullet Classic (iron engine). At first, I thought it was burned out.No---just dim.

    Jon in Puyallup, Wa. USA
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  13. gatling

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    Great photos. And, that is one beautiful motorcycle.
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  14. JMead11

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    beautiful machine....especially appealing to my eyes in black.
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    jfdirtybiker Roads are to explore

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    Really enjoy seeing those on the road. Nice pics
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  17. Trippy

    Trippy Been here awhile

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    Nice photos Tarka, the bike looks good with the assorted soft luggage.
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  18. Chanderjeet

    Chanderjeet IndiYeah !!

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    What a great bike. I share your enthusiasm for Royal Enfields.
    I have some questions
    What exhaust is that?
    Are those 19" tires?
    Tell us more about that underplate.
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  20. penn&earth

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    and the color. Looks best in black!
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