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Sharon said :-
Really sorry you are not with us Pete. Really gutted for you.

Healing vibes dispatched for that foot of yours.

Here are a couple of pics of us setting off and arriving at our first campsite The Heads of Ayr.

12/5/2019 8:39:56 PM UTC
Sharon said :-

12/5/2019 8:40:47 PM UTC
Pocketpete said :-
Sorry about you having to buy the drinks I knew there was an reason you wanted me there but Sharon's only little one gin she would be full.

Nice picture of my bike for you.

13/5/2019 1:50:52 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Pete, you might need a new gasket on that silencer before the Mot.
13/5/2019 4:04:18 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
That little lady has just troughed her weight in pasta! Followed by a couple of penguins. The biscuits not the bird kind.

It'll polish out that dent Pocketpete.
13/5/2019 6:54:36 PM UTC
David said :-
Hey Sharon, how do you do it? Travelling long distance on our small bike the Z250?
Also I see you have luggage, how did you do that?

(I'm adding a picture of my beaut so I can prove my love for her.)

14/5/2019 7:26:36 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
David, now you've gone and done it. Is 250 small, the debate begins......again.
I think the best advice on any luggage is buy small and pack small, you'll fill every litre with nothing more than, well, nothing. Nothing you need anyway. That's unless you're our Ed of course who seems to be transporting most of a Manchester suburb. Scotland might just sink with all that on it.
14/5/2019 8:54:41 AM UTC
Pocketpete said :-
It might just fail its mot. I'm sure ren can bodge it. Wish I had a picture of the tank the handlebar has impaled the tank gone straight through lol.
14/5/2019 1:50:36 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
David, just ride. It needs not be any more complicated than that. People tour on bicycles so 250 is huge!!

Admittedly luggage is awkward for the Z250SL. I'll get Sharon to offer her experience.

Upt'North, most of my luggage is make up, looking this good doesn't come easily you know.

Pocketpete, I'm kind of glad you don't have the images. Scary stuff.
14/5/2019 4:38:07 PM UTC
Sharon said :-
Hi David,

Nice photo of your Z250SL.
How do I do distance on the Kawasaki Z250SL? I just get on it and ride. I have been to Scotland on my Keeway 125cc and taken that same bike around the Netherlands. Smaller cc bikes can do the same distance as bigger cc bikes, just a bit slower in the case of the 125cc. So I have ever toured on small bikes.
The Z250SL I find more than capable at maintaining motorway speeds with ease with plenty left so I find it a breeze to tour with. That is apart from the luggage problem.

If you read my various blogs about the Kawasaki Z250SL you will see I bought it originally believing that there was a luggage rack made specifically for the bike. This was unfortunately not the case.
Eventually I came across Kriega luggage. This is the solution I have used on my bike since. Below is the link with more details all about the Kriega luggage. It is not cheap but it has worked well for me.

Go out and have some great adventures on your Kawasaki Z250SL, they are a lot of fun to ride.
14/5/2019 9:45:55 PM UTC
David said :-
Upt'North, I don't believe 250 is small, just not as big as most cruising bikes. Believe it or not I can't fit anything at all in the bike itself, I keep some wet wipes and a tire gauge in the luggage compartment. Using a tank bag and backpack for anything larger.

Sharon, thank you for the link and the compliment. I can't really afford anything extra right now seeing as I just spent an insane amount on repairs. Besides that I'll just have to start doing some trips around the place I guess!
16/5/2019 9:25:38 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
David, your point about room on bikes is a valid one. Compared to Scooters the are abysmal. I'm fortunate because as standard mine came with about 70 litres of space, two panniers, two fairing pockets and room under the seat for compressor, puncture plugs, tool kit etc.
I suppose Honda have gone some way to address it with the NC range.
16/5/2019 2:43:48 PM UTC
said :-
Hope this works Ed, you'll love this guy, but just watch the first and last two minutes.
Inspirational or what.
Quasimotard - Bing video...
17/5/2019 7:18:11 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
If at first you don't succeed, throw the tablet out of the window.
17/5/2019 10:51:32 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I'll have to watch that when I get home... I'll be flat before the end otherwise. We've had some charging "issues" on this trip which you'll be able to read about in the near future. I'm interested in his solar rig though.

Home soon as long as the wee beasties don't eat me first.

18/5/2019 7:48:09 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Do you wear a hair net so you look perfect for Sharon when you wake up Ed.
If it's Midgies........they're early, but so are our Northumberland variety this year.
18/5/2019 10:49:55 AM UTC
Henrik said :-
Marstarnd 2019 ,.. quick-camp ,.. we return later this year with kayaks on top of the car ;-)

18/5/2019 11:48:59 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Thanks for posting Henrik, nice pictures. Southern Sweden?
18/5/2019 2:14:28 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Thanks for posting Henrik, nice pictures. Southern Sweden?
18/5/2019 2:14:39 PM UTC
Henrik said :-
Yes, southern Sweeden, westcoast, right over Goteborg, I made a typo, the name is MARSTRAND, historic place also as,..
18/5/2019 7:57:52 PM UTC

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