March 8, 2019 at 3:38 am #29106
So I’ve sold the house, left the job, and left the country for a while for a bit of a tour.
I’ve taken the DR with me but it shrunk a bit going through customs 🙂
First stop was Changi airport
On the mean streets of London I saw my first Honda X-ADV in the flesh. It sounded just like an Africa Twin when it took of. I’ve seen quite a few people commuting on @’s also.
As I run into interesting motorcycle stuff on my travels I’ll post up about it.
Attachments:March 22, 2019 at 9:35 am #29194
I was at Bletchley Park yesterday, home of the Enigma Code Breakers in WWII and as seen in the movie The Imitation Game.
There were a number of displays about the role motorcycle despatch riders played in getting information to and from Bletchley Park. Reading the conditions these guys and gals were operating under makes modern adventure riding seem easy.
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Trying out the Benelli TRX502
The UK has this ongoing fascination with 125cc bikes, I’m not sure if this is to do with their learner license rules or something else, but there were a number of brands offering 125 models in all sorts of styles.
This scrambler is being marketed under resurrected classic marque, Mondial.
ThE current exchange rate is near enough to $2GBP = $1NZD
Attachments:March 24, 2019 at 9:29 am #29224
Next up was the KTM stand where the new 790 and 690 were all on display.
KTM 790 Adventure
KTM 790 Adventure R
Both bikes were nice to sit on, good ergonomics and lots of space to move about. For those who like to stick a foot out on corners the low bulbous petrol tanks don’t seem to get in the way and didn’t look like they stick out any further than your boot. I thought the standard seat was more comfortable than on the R models, the standard bike is a 2 piece affair while the R is one single unit and is definately firmer.
Those of average height and riding aggressiveness will be pleased with the standard bike I think, I could comfortably flat foot on one side without hanging off the bike at odd angles. If you wanted to commute on your 790 and end up sitting at traffic lights a lot it would be an easy machine to ride.
The new 1290 Super Adventure was also there, it felt much smaller than I remember my 950 being.
The 2019 690 felt pretty tiny, it’s very narrow! It’s also the first bike I’ve seen to come from the factory with Mitas E-07 tyres fitted.
Attachments:March 24, 2019 at 10:02 am #29231
CCM were present with lots of examples of their new street scrambler chassis, but no sign of the rumoured 600cc GP450 replacement.
The street scrambler’s specs and no frills style make it look like a fun machine.
The TRF – Trail Riders Fellowship is the closest thing I am aware of in the UK to Adventure Riding NZ in regards to a community promoting and sharing knowledge of adventure riding. The TRF are much more structured however due to the legal and political environment in the UK regarding accessing tracks.
Once upon a time Harley Davidson supplied motorcycles to the UK military forces. I don’t know if Harley really made these or if they are rebranded from something else.
This ER was freshly restored just in time for the show by a member of a classic Suzuki 2-stroke trail bike Facebook group I belong to. It was good to meet a UK member. The internet can make the world a smaller place.
Attachments:March 24, 2019 at 10:18 am #29238
Ian Coates has been a few places on his Africa Twin, which has done 300,000 MILES now.
Honey, I’m just going for a ride…..
Attachments:March 24, 2019 at 10:30 am #29244
Bedtime now, More pics coming tomorrow.March 24, 2019 at 7:23 pm #29245
Rank: 1200cc RiderMarch 25, 2019 at 6:19 am #29246March 25, 2019 at 6:35 am #29253April 14, 2019 at 5:41 am #29406
- Bike: CT110, Husky TE 250, DRZ250, CB500X
Last ones from the Manchester Motorcycle Show
Attachments:April 14, 2019 at 7:45 am #29411
Later on we visited the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.
They have a display for Top Gear on at the moment with a lot of the project cars on display.
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The indestructable Hilux
There was also a few other interesting things and a pile of motorcycles.
The original Trotter mobile
Mr Bean’s Mini.
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