Looking across to the snow capped alpine mountains seen from the back seat of a motorcycle

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Henrik said :-
I also love the peacefull and traffic free roads here in the forest just outside my door, some smaller ofroad-tracks also obviously, its been a good day,... :-)


21/4/2019 10:01:48 PM UTC
Jim said :-
I too have been out and about this weekend. Two minutes from my door at CBF125 pace. A beautiful day, saw a few cars but nothing to spoil the run.


22/4/2019 8:11:46 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Ooooooh you lot a just plain mean!! I do have access to "nice" places nearby but then so does Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Blackpool, Leeds and Bradford. This country seems to be Londoncentric but there's a lot of cloth cap wearing weasel down the pants folks oooop norf too tha knows. So when the sun comes out these "nice" places are frankly inundated. Them southern folks don't know that oooop norf we too have horseless carriages which people use to go into the countryside.


23/4/2019 6:29:22 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
First ride of the year. Felt so good.
Upt'North.


23/4/2019 8:47:07 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
So much better than this.



23/4/2019 8:50:26 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Which biker's hangout is that Upt'North?
23/4/2019 12:55:11 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Not always full of bikes but usually two or three there normally, it's St.Mary's Loch near Selkirk yesterday. It was mainly an English crowd as it wasn't a BH North of the border. I can recommend the ride from Moffat to Selkirk using this as a tea/food stop. There's actually a better caff for food nearer to Selkirk but this is right on the Loch.
Upt'North.
23/4/2019 4:35:17 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Or...... The other one is my garage with almost naked Pan in it. Bike Porn. Honestly.
Upt'North.
23/4/2019 4:37:15 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I've ridden the road north out of Moffat heading to Peebles but not the north-easterly one I presume you're referring too. The A701 I've ridden is a splendid slab of blacktop so I'm figuring the A708 is too. I guess this is yet another one of those areas of the UK I've overlooked. Maybe I don't need to go abroad just yet, there's still too much of my home country to see.

As for naked Pan pictures - this is a family friendly website and such levels of debauchery ought not to be tolerated. But, errrr, if you could send me a few private pictures that would be smashing.
23/4/2019 9:02:57 PM UTC
Ian Soady said :-
My sister lives in Melrose in the borders and there are some gorgeous motorcycling roads in the area. A bit far for a day out for me though.....
24/4/2019 11:09:42 AM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Melrose is a nice afternoon jaunt for us when you have that urge to do a few miles and eat ice cream. Very interesting Roman history too. Fancy that, they didn't stop at Hadrians wall afterall.

24/4/2019 5:03:19 PM UTC
Bob said :-
Do you worry about how much money you have invested in motorcycles?
I've got a lot of KLX250s, I got them because I ride a lot (about 15K a year) and there isn't a currently available model that I could replace them with, notwithstanding the CRF250L but that is heavier and has ABS- PAH!
So here I am with enough KLX250 to see me past retirement, but what about legislation? We hear all the time about tighter emissions controls, the end of petrol vehicle sale and all that. Also, what about spares? What if the big K stop selling whichever vital widget I need to keep the KLX running?
I look on it as insuring my continued enjoyment of the KLX, there's nothing else I want to own and ride and I have enough bikes and spares to cover any eventuality and I haven't spent money I don't have, they were all bought and paid for but now I worry I may have gone too far and all the money tied up represents a financial liability (if they become valueless due to legislation for example).

Just "spitballing" - I'd welcome your thoughts.

24/4/2019 6:11:12 PM UTC
Bob said :-
Do you worry about how much money you have invested in motorcycles?
I've got a lot of KLX250s, I got them because I ride a lot (about 15K a year) and there isn't a currently available model that I could replace them with, notwithstanding the CRF250L but that is heavier and has ABS- PAH!
So here I am with enough KLX250 to see me past retirement, but what about legislation? We hear all the time about tighter emissions controls, the end of petrol vehicle sale and all that. Also, what about spares? What if the big K stop selling whichever vital widget I need to keep the KLX running?
I look on it as insuring my continued enjoyment of the KLX, there's nothing else I want to own and ride and I have enough bikes and spares to cover any eventuality and I haven't spent money I don't have, they were all bought and paid for but now I worry I may have gone too far and all the money tied up represents a financial liability (if they become valueless due to legislation for example).

Just "spitballing" - I'd welcome your thoughts.

24/4/2019 6:11:13 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Bob, hmmmmmm, how can they be valueless when they obviously mean the world to you. That's got to be the most prized possession on earth. You keep riding and enjoying them, just think how much someone is going to lose in depreciation this year alone when they buy the new BMKTYAUKI adventure bike and add 5K's worth of extras too. I think you have a bargain friend and if some suit wearing pillock decides it not (Kawasaki) green enough somewhere down the line, so what, carpe diem friend, carpe diem.
P. S. CAN I HAVE A GO OF ONE.
Upt'North.
24/4/2019 7:19:56 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I don't know how old you are Bob. 15k per year? I'm doing about 20 on the 2 bikes I have but I don't plan on keeping either of them FOREVER! As and when the 125 moves on to the great winding road in the sky I'm seriously considering a small electric motorcycle. I'd want something equivalent to a 125 performance wise - but they presently seem to be equivalent to 50cc mopeds at "expensive but do-able" prices or equivalent to 500cc plus at extortionate prices.

I'd use the leccy bike for commuting and the like, and the 500 for my trips.

As for legislation. I still think we're a fair ways off the demise of petrol but then I am aware things move very fast indeed these days. Imagine a 25 year old Ren. He's heard of this internet thing and mobile phones. If you'd said we'd have hand held devices connected to the internet, the internet would be entirely and deeply entrenched into all our lives and I'd be running a small online magazine type thing then I'd have laughed you out of the room.


24/4/2019 8:43:40 PM UTC
Bob said :-
I'm in my late 40's Ren, the thing is since I got the KLX my milage has increased 50% or so - I just keep Riding and riding them! If I set out from the house for "a quick blast" I'll be out for 80 miles or so at least.
I think we're still a ways off from a practical electric motorcycle, but I am planning on building a long range electric bicycle. 250W legal motor but with 2KWH of battery should be good enough for 100 miles - the speed doesn't matter because it's a push-bike.
Upt'North - you're welcome to take a KLX out and see what you think of the nodded cam timing.

24/4/2019 9:51:43 PM UTC
Upt'North said :-
Bob, interesting point about the "pushbike". I can't comment on how environmentally clean one would be because I think it would depend greatly on how they are manufactured and subsequently charged and used. But I'm no different to millions of others that use vehicles "occasionally" for short journeys that could be catered for by an electric bicycle. The beauty of an electric bicycle for me would be the ability to hop on and go to the co-op with nothing more than a pair of bicycle clips. No lycra required. Now I'm not the sharpest knife in the box when it comes to electrics and electronics but I would have thought there would be an economic argument for good quality aftermarket electrification of existing bikes that seem to litter Gumtree. I seem to remember many moons ago they supplied kits to motorise bicycles, probably pre 2nd WW. I'm sure something must already be available out there but if not then some bright young thing should get onto it pronto; I thought about Ed, but perhaps Sharon should be the brains of the operation.
Upt'North.
25/4/2019 8:23:07 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
You mean like the link Upt'North?

Electric bicycles are damn handy, and surprisingly effective too. I look after the website for an electric bike shop in Bolton and I've had a play. You have to pedal but only gently even when you're going up a steep hill. It always feels like you're riding downhill. Subject to the restrictions that keep them as bicycles and not electric motorcycles they don't need to be taxed, insured, MOT'd, you don't need a licence and while you CAN be done for "furious cycling" you're not likely to get a speeding ticket.

They're certainly not as cheap as a typical basic bicycle they're still a damn site cheaper than the cheapest electric motorcycles. Hmmmm. Bikes And Travels could take a whole new direction...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9rRpyo1Ik4...
25/4/2019 8:56:07 AM UTC
Steve S. said :-
All is true.I own an electric bike and they are as Ren said, very handy. Although limited to around 15 mph to remain legal.And no compulsory helmet required either.
Great fun and not too costly.No petrol needed too as a bonus.!
25/4/2019 9:30:07 AM UTC
Ian Soady said :-
"I would have thought there would be an economic argument for good quality aftermarket electrification of existing bikes that seem to litter Gumtree."

You can still get them - hub motors, battery etc for £3 - £400. In fact it's a project I have lurking at the back of my mind to convert my own bike.....
https://www.cyclotricity.com/uk/custom/mix-match-your-own-conversion-kit.html...
25/4/2019 11:18:17 AM UTC

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