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Dave Weller




PostSubject: Touring on a small bike.   Sat Jun 26, 2010 1:13 pm

The YBR is now ready for a long ride.
The plan is, setting off Thursday 3.30am, via Humber bridge to The Transporter bridge at Middlesbrough, then via the Forth and Tay Bridges to JoG's. Back via the great Glen, to the Erskine Bridge and Home.
Hopefully i will be making a long stop at Skipton to see my Brothers family.
Other stops will be making use of the tent and kit I have packed away in the soft panniers, tail pack and 45l Givi box.
Just hope the weather holds and the Midges stay away from the East coast.
Of course anyone can come along with me, it was something I was planning during that very long hard winter.
Get out and enjoy this weather if you can.
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PostSubject: Re: Touring on a small bike.   Sat Jun 26, 2010 4:03 pm

Have a great ride Dave and enjoy.
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PostSubject: Re: Touring on a small bike.   Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:40 am

Enjoy Dave,

I couldn't ride a rocking horse at the moment.

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PostSubject: Re: Touring on a small bike.   Sun Jun 27, 2010 3:05 am

Sounds like a great trip, Dave. Don't forget your camera! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Touring on a small bike.   Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:05 am

Enjoy your ride, we were riding up there a couple of weeks ago and it is a beautiful area.

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PostSubject: Re: Touring on a small bike.   Tue Jun 29, 2010 3:38 am

Looking forward to reading your account of the trip when you get back, Dave!

Enjoy!


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PostSubject: Re: Touring on a small bike.   Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:00 pm

Good luck Dave, I did all my major touring on an MZ 250 and enjoyed every moment of it. Quite a challenge when you can only cruise at around 55mph with all your camping gear on board. The trips included, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. The trip to Germany was to the MZ factory where they used to have a great rally every year, sadly it is not now the same. There was also one visit to the Elephant Rally in the snow.

Those were the days!

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PostSubject: Re: Touring on a small bike.   Mon Jul 05, 2010 10:59 am

I got into Scotland at about 2pm on the A1, stopped to figure out why my Caberg Visor was locked down, it turned out to be the seal sticking solid to the plastic after it had rained.. I could not go further like this, through Edinburgh and beyond, it would just not be safe. It was raining most of the time and I always have to open the lid to frequently adjust the glasses that I wear..
I decided that I would spend the rest of the day touring Northumberland and making my way south for an overnight stay in a pub somewhere and then home.
Finding accommodation was not easy, I tried many places on the way back to Thirsk, all were full. Many pubs and Guest Houses have now closed down, so what’s left gets booked up quickly methinks.

However, what I did was fun, setting off at 04.30 in daylight was easy, by 08.30 I was over the Humber Bridge (toll £1.20 bikes, 2.40 cars), and soon after, filled the bike with about 10 litres of fuel.
That’s about ½ gallon per hour at an average speed of 45mph.

I went on the Transporter Bridge at Middlesbrough. It runs every 15mins, it was a very smooth crossing, although a fellow biker tells me the ‘gondola’ can sway in the wind and you should sit on the bike when it‘s moving..

I went through the Tyne Tunnel, the notice advised maintaining 30mph through it, any less and the fumes could overcome you. The tunnel is worse then the Blackwall Tunnel in London.

My route from the Boarder with Scotland took me to Duns, Greenlaw Coldstream, Wooler, the A697 to Wall and Hexham,
Finding no lodging were available I carried on to Thirsk
I completed 588 miles on Thursday and 245 miles on Friday

Arrived home at 14.00 in time to see Murray lose in Straight sets to Nedal,
The YBR 250 does make a good touring bike, I carried my camping stuff which I did not get to use, in soft panniers, the screen and satnav worked well.
It returned over 90mpg during the trip
lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Touring on a small bike.   Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:44 am

Quite few bum aching miles there Dave.

Shame about the weather, YHA's may have been able to accommodate.

I wanted to use the transporter bridge on my coast ride but it wasn't open while I was there.

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PostSubject: Re: Touring on a small bike.   Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:51 am

The Yam is a peach, isn't it? To be able to endure nearly 600 miles in one day says a lot about your resilience and also the bike's tourability. Good show, young man! The spirit of adventure is alive and living in Chatham!

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PostSubject: Re: Touring on a small bike.   Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:54 am

Epic adventrue Dave! Smile

I made a similar journey many years ago now (or thats how it feels) on a Yammmy RXS2 100 Stoker. I rode all the way from Colchester to Camberley in Surrey (on 'L' plates) to attend a training course. Up until the only other experience I had of riding anywhere further than my girlfriends place in town, was a trip across the Fens to my parents place the summer before on a fabulous Honda C90, which had a top speed of 49mph - up hill and down dale; no more, no less!

Anyway, I got sent on a months course at Camberley and rather than use the train, I opted to use my bike thinking that at the very least it would be quicker Rolling Eyes So having loaded ALL my gear for a month onto the bike, I set off early in the morning - heading southish....... Fairly soon, it occured that I should know where I was heading and pulled into a garage to buy a map book (I said I was young didn't I - and very green!! No No ). Having figured the next stage of my route, which lead me via Grays I think, I soon found myself panicking as I realised at some point I was going to have to cross the Dartford Tunnel and I was convinced this was on a motorway affraid I duly arrived at said crossing and made it through with little problems apart from the crappy 6v headlight that just about iluminated the front mudguard........

The rest of the journey stirs very little in the way of memorys, other than I remember being cold and finding that if I stuffed the map book down my front it kept the wind off and I warmed up considerably Idea

The return, a month later was a considerably more laid back event, as I felt I was a true long distance rider now, equal to any courier Twisted Evil Twisted Evil !!! Anyway, my return saw me taking the A31 Hogsback, for what reason I can't remember..... But there it was. The day I left was a Saturday and the roads were reasonably quiet, the weather was cold and damp, with the treat of rain in the air. It was dank and gloomy on the Hogs Back with a very, very strong headwind - robbing me of anything near the heady 65mph top speed of the bike. So I trundled on, riding around the pot holes and contemplating seeing my girlfriend for the first time in a month (I wondered if her parents were going out that evening Twisted Evil Twisted Evil ). Suddenly, through my drifting thoughts, I became aware of a car horn??? I swiftly checked myself and my road position and wondered what all the fuss was (there wasn't any), but the guy in the Renault 5 Turbo seemed to think that I shouldn't be there and gesticulated as such as he over took me. Okay, I wasn't exaclty going ballistic but neither was I going snails pace either, and I wasn't riding on the white line between the two lanes either! 'T#sser' I thought as he blasted past me, 'whats his problem with bikers'??

I carried on a couple of miles and rounded a bend in the road......... There he was; all forlorn, looking at the remains of his car!! From what I could tell as I rode past, he had attempted to exit the road and enter a property down a short gravel driveway. Either side of the entrance to the property where two bloody great big concrete gate posts, easily 10 feet high capped with a large ball. Except that now the right hand gate post had a Renault buried in it and the ball was resting in a very large depression in the roof of the car - I think the driver knew he might have had a problem when his 'turbo' appeared next to him LOL! As I closed on the scene matey look up contemptously and I beep, beeped my little 6v horn and gestured that I thought he was a 'city banker', I rode on sniggering........

I eventually arrived back in Colchester with the oil warning light lit, so I pulled into a service station to buy some, only to discover I was short on funds - the smallest bottle of two stroke cost 99p I think and I only had 78 pence to my name, fortuantely the cashier had a brother in the forces and she very kindly offered to put the rest in the till I love you (I did go back and repay her eventually). After that I swore I'd never get caught out like that again and never again bought a stoker (until I could afford to carry a spare bottle of oil with me) Very Happy Very Happy Cool

How times have changed, going anywhere in those days was a real adventure, today I have to push a bit further a field to get the same buzz, but there again life is a hell of a lot easier on a bigger bike Suspect
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