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Got an early start on the first day of summer. 

Theres been regular storms so pretty green but no water laying around stuck to the tighter tracks did 90ks in five hours a great morning 

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Was out with the wife on the pushbike this morning, was 31c when we got back to the car. Out on the WRR tomorrow the TTR is out of rego

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Sounds like a good plan enjoy the ride 



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Being at opposite ends of the earth it was far from being like the first day of summer here in Devon, UK, Les biggrin

Four of us went on a bimble around the lanes in East Devon following on from recent storms and very heavy and persistent rain.

My mate Jim organised the run and was lucky to have found the one dry day in between weeks of nasty wet and windy weather. 

He asked me to organise a route and to lead the run so that he could be TEC (Tail End Charlie) to look after our newbie John on his chunky Kwacker KLE600. I planned the route (using the wonderful Memory Map software) avoiding all the lanes with fords or where they run along river beds but it was still going to be pot luck as to what we found!

The sun was out for quite a bit of the time which, whilst lovely, did cause a few issues as it is very low at this time of year and caused glare from the wet road surfaces.

As expected, the lanes were wet, muddy and very slippery - brilliant in fact biggrinbiggrin

Apart from one cross-rutting incident (which made John decide he needed a lighter bike!) everyone stayed sunny side up although we all experienced some hairy moments where our front wheels washed away or the rear end fish tailed after just a whiff too much throttle no

As run leader, there were a few worrying moments when coming across long stretches of standing water and trusting that they weren't going to be deep enough to drown the TTR!

Anyways up, we all made it safely (although a bit later than intended) to our lunch stop for some hot cuppas and all-day full English breakfast fry ups  hungry.gif

We did 35 miles and rode 33 lanes in 2hrs 52 minutes according to the tracklog. But we spent another couple of hours in the cafe talking motorbike bollox biggrin

Good to get out but I am definitely not bike fit. I was absolutely knackered when I got home and still feeling a bit old this morning disbelief

I never manage to take many photos when run leader but these are what I have:

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Looks like a good day brian . You might feel a bit second hand but its well worth it 



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Cor, well done Brian if you missed the rain.

Looks as if you passed chez nous on your run. I'd have put the kettle on for the lot of you if you'd called.

I was out on my steed around the Otter and got persistently soaked.

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If im ever over your way martyn im keen for a cup of tea . Didnt drop below 37deg today so had a cuppa with the motherinlaw 

I do intend getting over but not in the imediate future .however my son heads over to england  for a visit in a few days no riding planned 



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You would be welcome anytime Les - and tell your son to drop in with or without a bike also.

In fact if Brian Sussex, brother and friends can drop in then anyone would be welcome.

Mrs Cubber makes lovely flapjack too.

My old primary/junior school friend of the 50s, Brian Hobson, emigrated to Goolgong in 1968 and he's been over with his missus and family quite a few times.

Just let me know and I'll PM my address and contact details for a chinwag and get together round the old camp fire.

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Might just happen the missus is keen to head over your way some day 

Thanks mate 



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ttboof wrote:

Sounds like a good plan enjoy the ride 



-- Edited by ttboof on Saturday 1st of December 2018 07:31:10 AM


 Had a good ride today, 2 x WRR, 1 x WR450F, 1 x DRZ400, 1 x KTM690 & 1 x KLX450

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Looks a bit dry a bit of dust? 

Good to see some  blue out there 



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I'm just thinking of swapping from the summer wheels ie mountain Ebike it was a very wet muddy loop round this weekend and the TTr has only been used for a work commute 1-2 days a week for the last 3-4 months next weekend maybe if we have more rain



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what ebike you got i would like one but not too expensive

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After looking at what was on offer and the prices and a test rides I went down the build it myself path a kit of parts from a uk seller that I could have got off Ebay lots cheaper if I had known what I was doing then. As with everything you want a little more power so 250w turns the wheels but 2000w turns them faster 36v gives it torque but 60v gives you wheelies and the need to pedal far less or not at all so the bike now as it stands has a

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Shock works forks

2000w motor

60v 18amp battery

45 amp 18 fret controller 60amp shunt mod

This lots gives the bike 20-25 min of full power ie pulling 50-60 amps with a on the flat speed of 40-45mph a ride round the lanes pedalling as well 40-50 mile trip is about what it can do. on the road back in the summer I did a 82 mile trip but had to pedal the last 5 miles and the bikes bloody heavy with all this bolted on it an no power left. If you are tempted to Ebike the battery is the key bigger is better volts and Amps a 18 Amp battery is 18 Amp hour so it can give you that for an hour use 36 Amps out of it and you get half an hour full power Well built battery's cost this ones covered near a 1000 miles charges to 69.8 volts been charged about 40 times and the bikes been on the road a year burnt out one Controller and stands me in about a grand £600 of that is the battery   

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Good read on the ebike it would open up a lot more places to ride .also good fun to build it too 

 

 



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We have a good number of lanes that you can ride motorbike wise hear in Devon but ad on the cyclepaths horse only and public foot paths and is a hole new ball game. The walkers seem ok not hostile like with motorbikes but the Horse riders can be very hostile they dont like Mountain bikes on there paths. And to them that know Devon and simms hill she made it up over the hill back in the summer with my 16 stone pasty eating ass on it but coming down went bad and i took a tumble front wheel just went out did the last 20 feet on my head sorry no pics. but i do tend to stay clear of the open to all lanes on it and do the places you cant take the motorbike

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ttboof wrote:

Looks a bit dry a bit of dust? 

Good to see some  blue out there 


 We had a fair bit of rain late Sat. So the summer tracks were pretty good, not much dust & grip was good but the gravel roads were slippery as

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ttboof wrote:

Looks a bit dry a bit of dust? 

Good to see some  blue out there 


 We had a fair bit of rain late Sat. So the summer tracks were pretty good, not much dust & grip was good but the gravel roads were slippery as

Cheers Terry


 Nice when the dirt has a bit of rain the grip is great  



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No more summer here, but we're still praying for snow and some real winter. We got enough of a storm in the northwest to shut down riding above 4000 feet, but the drought persists.  If you saw news about the "Camp Fire" it wasn't a campfire, and it was too close to comfort, if the winds had been west that would have consumed a good portion of the land of Plumas.

Check the retro RT180, my buddy (with the brewski) dug it out of the garage not too long ago, carb clean and some fork seals and its 2-smoking up the trails.

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