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pdlouche

Member since Nov 2014 • Last active Jul 2020

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    @DethBeard yes indeed. That first half hour of power (rain) is the danger zone.

    @Yukirin totally. That’s what I thought too, about a heavier bike, then I realised I couldn’t bare moving one around. It’s the strong winds on dual carriageways that have me beat. I couldn’t bare the lack of power head-on, and feeling of the bike pushed sideways in the cross wind. Felt scarier than on a bicycle.

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    By the way, no matter how many times people poopoo it or sigh because it’s cheese, have you watched A Twist Of The Wrist? Rewatch it.

    Even with the little bike I watched it three or four times and found it helped keep fresh about survival reactions and stuff. Might watch it again before long.

    Also worth sleeping with the books near the bed, Twist 1 & 2 and the Motorcycle Roadcraft: Police Rider’s Handbook.

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    Different guys but excellent name

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    I have been forcing myself to go out in the damp on the GN125.

    My experience since November:

    Better/new tyres help confidence (psychologically more than physically I guess).

    Diesel is everywhere.

    Even big bikes take road naps sometimes.

    Get consistent braking distance down to centimetres in the dry, and accept it is miles long in the wet.

    Keeping loose is key.

    Keeping loose is especially important when the rear decides to fishtail. Mostly learned this forgetting that my stopping distance needed to be miles not centimetres/diesel patches, and applying a tiny bit more rear brake than I wanted, since I wasn’t slowing down enough in the distance I had.

    Still no offs so far and still enough wet days to come.

    Saw a guy with his big bike on the side of the road in wet weather, having come off (not sure if crashed, crashed into, diesel etc). It still happens to the big bikes.

    I actually quite liked riding with the roads totally flooded with water. Preferred it to that awkward rainy slippy thin layer.

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    Ah sure. I was looking at different exhausts for the DR350, and the choice was limited to pot-luck on ebay, waiting for Italians to decide if it fits, or a UK company that makes full systems from good steel. Maybe it’s the same guys, as the ones I tried apparently their lead time is double the usual.

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    Sounds like it went to the right people. I had a little cry that it won’t be me popping wheelies at 100 around corners, then I remembered that even an accidental wheelie at 20mph is exciting enough.

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    Great! Hope you got a good offer!

    I did pine after it but definitely was the wrong time to buy a track weapon.

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    Would love to see spoked wheels on that. But mostly would love to be part of the Guzzi Gang.

    Went for a couple hours on the stupid little bike, something like an hour solid on green lanes, nothing too technical, same old trails between Wroughton and Avebury via Broad Hinton. Be nice if the entire Ridgeway was open, but still spoiled for choice with alternatives. Will take some grabs from the gopro once it transfer.

    Was nice to have a bitter shandy break before retracing the route.

    Edit: btw funny to think my piece of shit has the same Hagons as your V50

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    The flying Millyard is a madman. Nobody so softly spoken can create such monsters and still be sane.

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