wandering around England

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by g®eg, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner Supporter

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    glad this thread was "dug up"
    awesome rr
    great pictures and text
    thanks for taking us along with you
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  2. TrevorHeath

    TrevorHeath Roaming the World

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    Great - nostalgic ride report

    I dig your Phil Read replica helmet.

    That JAP grass track bike at the Sammy Miller museum had a special motor (More special than a standard JAP motor I mean).

    Do you recall what the narrative said about it?

    Thanks

    TH
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  3. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    sadly no
    looking at the original res pic I can see "500 cc double overhead cam long tracker (grass track bike)"

    sorry...

    oh, and the Phil read seemed apropos for a UK tour :thumb
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  4. AZ_ADV_RIDER

    AZ_ADV_RIDER Demons In My Helmet

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    Your black Versys looks GREAT!
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  5. TrevorHeath

    TrevorHeath Roaming the World

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    "Double overhead cam" Wow...well that is what is special about it

    1970....amazing. I must find out more as I thought the first Grass/Speedway bikes with DOHC motors did not evolve until 1974 and then not the JAP motor.

    Thanks....

    TH
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  6. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    not 1970.. it was 1979....
    still pretty cool
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  7. BillySugger

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    Cool trip. You pretty much passed my house.

    If you're going to come over to these isles again I'd advise you to hire your bikes from someone in Dublin and ride north west up to Donegal, head east around the north coast of Ireland and south down the east coast to a port called Larne. If you went around mid-May you could go to this - http://www.northwest200.org/ - which is a top, top way to spend a week.

    From there it's a short hop across to Cairnryan. Stick to the west coast of Scotland, up to the isle of Skye. Head as far north as you've time to do, just make sure to come back down to Cairnryan through the Cairngorms towards the east of Scotland. Back on the boat and the (relatively) boring part of the trip back south to Dublin.

    The west coast of Ireland is absolutely gorgeous too. The ring of Kerry outside of Killarney is as good as anywhere I've ridden. You've just got to allow for the roads in the south of Ireland which are at best inconsistent. If you like to walk into a bar, drink the nicest pint of Guiness, have the craic with some of the coolest people and listen to quality strumming and fiddling in pretty much every bar you enter go to Galway.

    If you go to Spain you've got to do this road, the GI-682 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6ynyjYxgy8 It's just a ribbon, no other word for it. This vid's not mine. I did it about 5 years back on an 03 Aprilia RSV. Had forearms like Popeye hooked on masturbation. Riding your bike through Barcelona is pretty cool too.

    I love this site.
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  8. bonzodg

    bonzodg 24/7 B-road hooner

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    Good one - excellent plan to keep Yorkshire's roads empty! WOOHOO
    . . .or could that be seen as a tad cynical I wonder?

    Echo the Hardnott/Wrynose comment.
    Then up to Penrith and down the A6 and into heaven!

    Not that I'm biased y'know

    Then there's Northumberland...............
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  9. Cloud9

    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    Nice report! I really enjoyed all the pictures, gives a wonderful feeling of the area and all the simple things which are so different from where I live.

    Thanks for the ride! :thumb
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  10. Malcolmlovesbikes

    Malcolmlovesbikes Adventurer

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    Hi loved the RR
    Was out around the Hartside and the Lakes last Sunday, Heres a couple of pics
    first the Hartside just after dinner time
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    this is the sign on the way to the Hardnott Pass, yes it really is 30%
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    and the view back up the Hardnott from the east

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  11. Edmond Dantès

    Edmond Dantès The Kanto Pain

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    Fantastic RR:clap

    Was rather disappointed you missed Thomas Hardy when you were in Dorest.

    Here is the link to Hardy's Cottage:

    http://www.touruk.co.uk/houses/housedor_hardy.htm#text

    There he wrote 'Under The Greenwood Tree'

    And his later home of Max Gate:

    http://www.thomas-hardy.connectfree.co.uk/

    Just some references for you for your next visit to the U.K.

    Some wonderful photographs in your RR. Good to see the empty B-Roads that are comparatively traffic free.
    Really looks like you got 'Far From The Madding Crowd'.:clap
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  12. tekebird

    tekebird Been here awhile

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    did England Wales and Scotland a couple years ago...have some great routes and places to stay
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  13. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    ah very cool
    I think we had jumped on the A35 to get to a bank in Dorchester and missed that.

    Next time!
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  14. BigJaffa

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    Glad you enjoyed the ride around our country fellas, just take it easy on the beer, we want to keep it for ourselves:1drink
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  15. David Lee

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    Glad you mentioned about covering distance here in the UK. I think its a ratio of 1:5 when compared to the USA.

    Great report and I am glad you enjoyed our crowded little country (especially the bit around London )
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  16. DanielR

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  17. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    :D

    you could do it as a picture I think

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    or there may be a way to share the data via Google maps (but I am not 100% sure how).

    thanks for the bump... I wish I was headed to the UK right now! I could go for a real ale!
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  18. g®eg

    g®eg Canadian living in exile

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    gone too soon...
    Rest In Peace buddy.. you'll be missed :cry:cry:cry

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  19. boristhebold

    boristhebold Been here awhile

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    The loss of your buddy has led me to read this trip report.
    Thank you both for the trip (and report), sorry for your loss.
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