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   Old Thread  #165 1 Oct 2019 at 2.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fancied a holiday there myself, a drive around , but predominantly down the Atlantic coast, either by bike or car
Or even motor home

I have a fishing pal, fluff chucker, who goes over there regular, tells me some amazing stories about watching fish coming out of the sea up the rivers. Would like a look myself
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   Old Thread  #164 30 Sept 2019 at 9.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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when we drove down to the south of france , a couple of my mates had Hyabusa's and we were sling shotting each other at 140 and riding at 100 after a while felt like walking pace...utter madness really and like you say we had to stop for fuel every 80 to 100 miles, I think we re-traced the Fast Bikes video Colin Schiller did with Shakey Byrne and Frosty called Carnage-Calais to Cannes, if you ever get a chance to watch it, they were all a right bunch of nutters!
I never forget pulling into St Tropez all on bikes with loud pipes, parking up and sitting in a cafť on the front drinking coffee watching the so called 'beautiful people' walking past...we definitely attracted some attention....like I say I miss it a lot!
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   Old Thread  #163 30 Sept 2019 at 9.24pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ha ha ha that's funny cos I remember going to Ireland on my Bandit long before the roads were as good as they are now, rode over to Connemarra and spent a lot of the time riding on the pegs as it was a nightmare sitting down with the state the roads were in back then, I used to think all the Paddy road workers were over here and there own roads were shyteÖ.no longer the case as I drive over twice a year these days and the roads are great...all with our money on the EU!
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   Old Thread  #162 30 Sept 2019 at 8.50pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Mates and I have been all over Europe and in the past it was always sports bikes but we were younger then and too daft to realise it would be more enjoyable on tourers and stopping every 90 to 100 miles for fuel adds huge amounts of time to journeys. Modern adventure bikes are as comfortable as tourers and with 150+ hp they are capable of keeping up with most sports bike riders over distance.
Some of the guys we ride with are in their seventies and been riding all their lives and are still capable of riding at a good pace for eight to ten hours a day so long as there a shower, a good meal and a few beers at the end of the day.
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   Old Thread  #161 30 Sept 2019 at 8.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Really sorry to hear that pal. I get your point though, dizzy spells and bikes are not ideal.

TBH l love bikes with a passion but they can be bloody dangerous, couple this with idiot car drivers and you are safer without one really
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   Old Thread  #160 30 Sept 2019 at 8.04pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Im hitting 52 this year Chris and live with with serious tinnitus no thanks to meningitis in my early 30s..I tried getting back on my Moto x bikes after coming out of hospital but it was no good..me mother told me sell or she would smash them up..after dark I even walk like I'm drunk..did think about a road legal quad bike but thought best not..going to treat myself to the quater race in march..the ball and chain has even agreed to come along..
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   Old Thread  #159 30 Sept 2019 at 8.02pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Nice one pal

A lad who I work with now has just bought a blackbird in red, itís is MINT too, stunning for the year.

Another one has just been round Ireland on his 600 bandit about 3 months ago, bullet proof, uses it for track days at Caldwell too

Same lad also has a 1200 bandit with a turbo on, home made jobby, mental lol
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   Old Thread  #158 30 Sept 2019 at 7.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I rode to Switzerland on a 600 Bandit years ago, god knows what I was thinking but great memories none the less, got snowed in for three days in a place called Lauenen near Gstaad
Also rode a Blackbird down to the South of France, we went down on the A75, stunning rd in parts apart from it was while they were building the Millau viaduct so on that part the traffic was horrendous...even on a bike, other parts were like a race track and another obstacle were the nutty French yoofs in their zooped up motors wanting to race anything fast down the mountain parts of the roads, we were warned about them before we went and it was bang on, the temptation to race with them was strong though
I remember riding back up from Nice to Troyes about 420 miles in one day and thinking nothing of it back then but I bought another Blackbird in 2008 and went to Silverstone for the Moto GP race and on the ride home to south east London my knees were shot and that was only 120 miles, that was when I realised that my days of riding anything near to a sportsbike were well and truly over...sadly, i still miss those sort of trips to this day
A work colleague has bought himself a BMW GS and loves it but they're not cheap, especially if its kitted out, i was tempted but cant get it down my side alley to the back of the house and don't really want twelve grands worth of bike sitting out the front....poxy cylinder heads!
Oh and i meant to add that i was one of the fizzy brigade, mine was a purple version crashed it after spunking my wages in a bookies! luckily i saw sense and that life is long in the past now...the dangers of gambling hey!. And back then another mate had an RD 250 which you could ride with L plates on a provisional licence....can you believe it?!!!!
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   Old Thread  #157 30 Sept 2019 at 6.38pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The right bike you could do it mate easily

Some do it on sports bikes, absolutely crackers. I know a lad who I used to knock around with, passed away now bless him, he used to go to Spain on his with some of his mates
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   Old Thread  #156 30 Sept 2019 at 6.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I spoke to several English guys who had rode from the uk to Italy for the Misano race. they said they had a right good ride down..would love to do it but sadly I cant ride roads.. bit to old and the ol balance isn't to good..
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   Old Thread  #155 30 Sept 2019 at 6.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Might take you up on your offer then you would surprised

Started a new job just over 12 months ago, the previous place there were a few lads with adventure bikes, me been a sports bike nob I didnít go with them, they did Croatia, stunning ride, places and pictures etc. They did France and Belgium and the war stuff too, missed out on a couple of real life experiences there if Iím honest. I love my bike and bikes but like I say, if I get another next year it will be something along the lines of a sport tourer, just need to find one that I really like thatís all

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   Old Thread  #154 29 Sept 2019 at 10.48pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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The 500 goes through the Highlands, we did sky via the ferry as well. May go back again same time next year.
Looking at Istanbul in may via tunnel down to Ancona night ferry to split. Back up through Bosnia, Croatia, Switzerland and France.
Get a comfortable bike and come along.
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   Old Thread  #153 29 Sept 2019 at 8.36am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Dropped on with the weather then. Think I might do it myself next year or the Scottish highlands, sky etc. Beautiful country, used to go up the west coast for holidays a lot when I was a kid with my parents, simply stunning, on a bike, something else
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   Old Thread  #152 28 Sept 2019 at 10.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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We left on Saturday morning in sunshine and had good weather and only saw a shower on Wednesday and two Thursday but two more heavier ones Friday on way home and told it has been bad down south. The roads were great and very little traffic, the food was great and dirt cheap compared with the rip off south.
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   Old Thread  #151 28 Sept 2019 at 11.55am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sounds like a great experience mate. Nice one
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