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Suzuki "Vanvan In The Valleys" Wales

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by K44rll, Apr 26, 2010.

  1. K44rll

    K44rll Been here awhile

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    Friday

    With the sun shining we all met in Ludlow Shropshire just before 3pm

    Travelling up from Putney nr London were Staib, Useitright, Paulie and Hamwick and they were joined en-route by Trigg who had come over on the 7.30am ferry from the Isle of White

    Next to join us were Tweeky and Kitesurfer from South Wales and last but not least Welshxpress from Albrighton in Shropshire

    After a quick check in to the Travelodge and refueling the bikes we set off for the Friday evening ride out and North onto the Long Myndd...

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    Courtesy of the National Trust we found these helmet holder's a great idea...:evil

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    Then it was off over the first of many green lanes we would encounter this weekend...

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    Low flying glider over the LongMyndd...

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    After a visit to Bishops Castle we then crossed the ford at Kempton, first in was Phill (Useitright) ...

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    Followed by Paulie...

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    A big splash by Trigg...

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    And Welshxpress...

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    Saturday

    9am start and joined by Ort Dunlo it was up to Whitcliffe and a view over the castle in Ludlow...

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    A few miles further and we were crossing into Wales...

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    After a conversation in the bar the previous evening about OKO tyre sealants with Trigg , 2 miles out of Knighton who should be struck by a puncture.....yes Trigg :eek1

    A temporary repair with a Holts tyre weld we managed to limp into Knighton and luckily found a Tyre dealer who could repair the puncture...

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    For not not installing the OKO Trigg was awarded a special award...

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    While the tube was repaired the lads parked up and had a late breakfast in Knighton...

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    Altho Welshxpress was not with us today we did feel he was there watching over us eating breakfast...

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    With the tyre fixed it was out of Knighton and up onto the right of way above Monaughty with Phill leading the way...

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    Paulie...

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    Nick prior to the second Vanvan disaster of the day...

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    And here is said failure......a lost number plate bolt :rofl ...

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    A quick fix thanks to Phill's magic bag of spares and we were back on the road heading over the moors towards Llanbister...

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    Next stop after Bwlch-y-Sarnau and the Gilfach nature reserve was ET James in Rhayader to refuel the bikes...

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    And then a park up in Rhayader high street to pick up lunch from Ty Morgans bakery...

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    Elan Valley and the fantastic roads around the many reservoirs were next...

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    Craig Goch reservoir...

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    Phill...

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    Nick...

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    Martyn...

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    Ian...

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    Trigg...

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    Paulie...

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    Mark...

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    Reenactment of the 1940's International Six Days Trial Stage with road now surfaced...

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    Cwmystwyth Lead mines...

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    Phill being helped by Paulie after testing his tip over switch :lol: ...

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    A quick road trip via Devils Bridge and Ponterwyd we headed up the A44 and turned off towards the wind farm at Llywenog...

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    Little did they know what this sign had in store for them...

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    The following pictures do not show in the slightest how steep this hill is, Ian who has been part of the RAF motorcycle display team and competed regularly in motorcycle enduro's described it as "Hardcore Off Roading!"...

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    Never have i seen such a varied approach to descending this hill from Ystumtuen to the Rheidol valley, many of them in a cloud of dust as they gathered momentum, me and Nick stood halfway down and dived for cover at one point and spent watching the rest of the descents in tears of laughter...

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    A little helpfull tuition from Martyn and Mark was down safe and sound...

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    Paulie looking cool half way down...

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    A well deserved al-fresco lunch stop was next with spectacular scenery...

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    Back on the road, Nick overlooking the weir down river from the Rheidol power station...

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    Aberystwyth was the next port of call...

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    Of course a trip to the coast is not complete without an ice cream...

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    (excuse the dirty fingernails, that was from fitting Triggs rear wheel earlier)

    Phill on the other hand appeared to be nodding off hence the coffee...

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    Following the coast road via Clarach Bay this is the view down over Borth and the dunes at Ynslas...

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    And Ynslas is where you can ride/drive on the beach...

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    Next we headed East up into the hill's towards Nant-y-Moch and another right of way and more gated roads and water crossings...

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    Dropping down to the river crossing at Afon Diliw towards Llangurig...

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    No this wasn't Phill aboard a JetSki but a VanVan under all that water...

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    Then it was a blast back to the Travelodge, quick shower and in the restaurant for food drinks and awards for the weekend

    Furthest travelled was Trigg from the Isle Of White...


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    Best Vanvan award went to Nick and his Devil enhanced K9...

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    And spirit of the event went to Paulie having only passed his full bike test last week...

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    Congratulations to all :freaky

    Sunday

    After such good weather and great company an impromptu 3rd ride out of the weekend was agreed on with another 9am start...

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    Travelling towards Much Wenlock we cut across Wilderhope Manor...

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    And then a trip up and down one of the special stages used on the Clee Hill classic trial...

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    Starting our route south following the River Severn we visited Ironbridge...

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    ...altho Ian's light guard mounting was getting more interest than one of the great symbols of the Industrial Revolution :rofl

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    After the morning chill Phill was finding it a bit warm in his waterproof's, little did he know more water crossings were to come (see Video)...

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    Brunch was taken care of at the Quatt cafe on the A442 between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, a popular bike meet on a sunny day...

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    A few more green lanes and we were heading into Bewdley and a look around the Severn Valley Railway...

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    I was also lucky enough at this point to try out some of Givi's new retro range of luggage.....cheers lads!! :thumb

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    And finally we arrived at Worcester where we split to make our way home, most down towards London, Trigg to catch the 5.30 IOW ferry, Ian back to South Wales and myself a short run up to the Midlands

    Video's Here...

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    Thanks to everyone that attended, great weekend, great weather and best of all a great bunch of lad's to ride with

    Karl
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  2. EvilClown

    EvilClown Standing by to standby for a possible disregard Super Moderator

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    That's good stuff right there!:clap :clap :clap
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  3. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    Looks like great fun...............
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  4. Bowes

    Bowes Oman Dirty Biker

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    That was very entertaining thanks:thumb Wales still holds it's top spot for some of the best biking counrty in the world:evil
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  5. mrgizmow

    mrgizmow Been here awhile

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    What great pictures, thank you. The Van-Van looks a bit longer than the Yamaha Tw, at least the swingarm does. I have done a bit of ridding and have taken a few pictures, could certainly tell, that desent was on the steep side. Thanks again. Gerry
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  6. kootenaymule

    kootenaymule mulerider

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    Looks like a great ride and fun had by all....... maybe we need to do a house and bike swap!
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  7. rocks

    rocks Been here awhile

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    Looks like you guys had a great time out.
    Thanks for posting.
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  8. GZPainter

    GZPainter A Scouser from Crete

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    Nice Ride guys...I wrote the places that you visited in order to visit them also when I ride towards that area....thanks again...I usually go till Abersomething...
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  9. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer Super Supporter

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    Great ride, and I'm in lust for a Vanvan.
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  10. Roguester

    Roguester Adventurer

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    :freakyI have never heard of a Suzuki VanVan before today, There are too cool and not available in the USA.
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  11. Bury_Dave

    Bury_Dave Adventurer

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    Great report - as are all your reports.

    Wish i had as good a bunch of biking mates as you have where i live !

    Keep riding and keep reporting.

    Dave
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  12. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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    For not not installing the OKO Trigg was awarded a special award...

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    That is rather impressive. I would have needed to point it a lot lower.:huh
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  13. Pricey

    Pricey n00b

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    Good effort Boyo's, glad the weather was with you:D:D
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  14. vander

    vander full-time dreamer

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    Suzuki, please: just do a 350VanVan. :nod
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  15. grizz

    grizz Been here awhile

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    Cool ride report, enough to inspire someone to go out and buy one.
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  16. Norry

    Norry A Great Bloke

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    Thanks for the RR,I have never heard of a Van Van either, at a guess they maybe called "Across" here in Oz.

    Grizz wrote: "Cool ride report, enough to inspire someone to go out and buy one."
    Grizz, maaate !!!
    If someone rings with a foreign accent trying to sell you a ride report tell them to stick it ! ride reports are free buddy!
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  17. K44rll

    K44rll Been here awhile

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    Glad you enjoyed the ride report :thumb

    I dont believe they were imported to Oz altho a few were imported to NZ in 2002/3

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    Karl
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  18. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa AA Zoom Baby

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    Me too :D
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  19. PinkPillion

    PinkPillion Husqy pilot too...

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    I love this report!!
    Maybe it is because my husband is 1/2 Welsh, and I have never seen the countryside--or maybe it is because you guys just take those things everywhere.
    Seriously awesome!
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  20. Mercenary

    Mercenary Mindless Savage

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    I've got to admit that I like the looks of the Vanvan as well. Such a classic style IMO.

    Mind you, I'm partial to the Triumph Bonnies and Scramblers too :D
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