Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Monday, 10 October 2016
Monday, 26 September 2016
Missed the DGR yesterday as I had a really bad dose of man-flu. Felt bad most of the day until late afternoon when I pulled Pepe out for a short run around the edge of the Marsh
Down to Dymchurch and New Romney then back up towards Ashford and across the top of the Downs back home. Altogether 25 miles.
Monday, 29 August 2016
|Selfie before the off|
Friday, 26 August 2016
I have been back a few days now.
Overall the Rocket and I did over 1730 miles.
There were some really long days using the Czech roads off-motorway routes. But rewarding to see the countryside.
The Burgenstrasse in Germany was a nice route but sadly most of the castles weren't easily accessible for the killer bike and building photo.
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Well. Mostly packed. Just sponge bag and the new pocket atlas to go out and be stuffed into the Saddlemen bag.
It's a bit full as I wanted to save the panniers.
The left one contains my Kent Fire Brigade "Biker Down" first aid kit and... two bottles of English white wine from Chapel Down Vineyard (never call it a winery!) That's about 15 miles from home. Both bottles wrapped in bubble wrap and then on a travel blanket.
The right one has my Triumph waterproof over jacket and trousers. Plus a lock and a bag for race day.
I was going to manage without my tank bag, but I need somewhere for my passport and spectacle cases!
Now I have to decide on what to wear. Vented jacket obviously but it looks like Hood jeans over leathers.
So. It's nearly 1030pm and I have to be up early to be on the train to France at 8.50am.
Monday, 8 August 2016
Monday, 25 July 2016
Saturday, 9 July 2016
Just a short run today. A week since we got back from the Somme and Pepe needed a wash'n'brush up.
I togged up and with a plasttic bottle of cleaner bungeed on the rack I headed for the jet wash.
The idea was to get the worst of the French crud off from under the engine, mudguards and if course the easy-corrode wheels that Triumph preferred to fit.
The wash machine has changed and takes £1 coins and you get three minutes. There are six options from jet to wax and rinsing.
In the end and £2 later it all looked good. Ten minutes later I knew I had to do it by hand again when it was cold! At least the mud and crud was gone.
As it was sunny the wax rinse dried in streaks. I had a ride to Tesco to fill up with their 3p a litre cheaper 95 unleaded, then a tour around Folkestone to check out the football ground for the next home game and then home along the coast drive.
It was some two hours later when I went out with a bucket and some Simoniz suds to clean the exhausts and the streaky bits.
Then after a mere 13 miles today, Pepe went back to bed. Hopefully I can get out tomorrow.
Sunday, 3 July 2016
Profligate that I am I decided the used bag wasn't going to work properly as it is simply too soft and doesn't hold its shape.
Looked at a few Saddlemen options and with my refund from British Airways I bought a new bag.
The quality is instantly evident. It came from a UK Harley dealer and luckily isn't badged HD at all.
It had its first outing on the Somme trip and was perfect it swallowed all our "duds" for the Ceremony and more.
The bright yellow waterproof cover came in handy in some terrible weather and no water got in. The cover is big enough to fit over the main bag and the top back. It looks a bit flimsy but worked well.
At £138 inc taxes and delivery it's not cheap but you'd gave to pay more for hard luggage and a rack to mount it.
The standard setup was the right size for my sissy bar pad and I used two other supplied straps to keep it tightly in place on the little rack, should it try to get off on its own!
The Rocket is so heavy and planted on the road it didn't cause any handling problems as it was probably at the 20lbs capacity and it us behind the rear axle.
I saw a couple of Harleys with no racks with bags not too disimilar mounted the other way around, so the bag was on the back seat. I don't think that will work on the Rocket.