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Thanks for turning up chaps....and for a great evening's entertainment :thumb:
So there we were, Mucky Helmet (David) and meself first...all ready for a bit of civilised fun when :rolleyes: we heard a certain honorable gennelman yelling 'TOSSERS!!' from the pub.........lo and behold Judge and Dave were standing there taking the pee :D
(sadly, Judge was ...er...washing his hair...no, re-arranging his album collection in alphabetical order......no, sorry, he'd forgotten to turn the oven off.......er........well i'm sure he had a good reason for not coming out to play.........:rolleyes: :D )
One by one they rolled in.......
Dirk and one of his two mates who joined us...one on a tart's handbag and the other on some jap thing ;)
After much piss taking, the venerable gennelman actually deigned to get his feet wet........
PS please note a certain MR Masters in the background taking the dry route :rolleyes: :D
That's better Greg!!!!!
Sadly I missed Speggo (Steve) and Squadron Leader (Phil) cleaning their bikes, and as I'm crap with names I'm afraid I cant remember Dirk's rather big mates name.......the chap on the Honda was N.T....Entee.....er.........sorry!
But anyway, the gang assembled and we got off nicely at 6.30............
(sorry Andy...kind of shot of there...please accept a late in the day 'seeya later tosser :D )
Eynsford is a good meeting point....easy to find and a photogenic ford.......from there we went off south towards Otford and turned left onto the Pilgrim's way......
Being a bit of a newb at that sort of thing I must admit I cocked up on the route a tad......right in the middle of two sections of legal stuff is 500 metres or so of Bridleway (damn..oops!!!! sorry chaps) .....bloody stupid though, that bit is actually far better suited to being a BOAT or RUPP than a section a mile further on that was a crumbling foot wide rut......
Ah well, I'll be much more carefull next time.......
We followed the PIlgrim's way tracks through to Cuxton and the seth effricans had to leave us...nice meeting you guys and hope you'll come out to play again :D
OI SPEGGO YOU NIT!!!
YOU CAN'T GET A FRIGGIN GREAT BIG GS THROUGH THERE!!!! :D
Well actually ....he did..........
Much respect to Steve actually.......and the others on GS's.....that wasn't a place they were designed to go.........
We missed the best photo op of the ride though.....all but Mucky Helmet met at the end of that bit of track and we waited for the red pogo stick to join us.....and waited.....and waited.......
Ooooops, we'd better go back and find him :D
Right where that pic of Speggo was is a crumbly washed-out bit....poor old David had spun his back wheel out and ended up a few feet below the level of the track down a ditch........but a bit of heave-oh got him out :D:D
Heading up towards Meopham on another route, we found a nice valley .......I shot off down and got the camera out..a nice easy ride down and a chance for a bit of showing off for the boys......
And down they came.......
Go On Speggo.....pull a wheely!!!!!
Now I don't believe you meant to do that!!!
:hapybnce: :hapybnce: :hapybnce:
No harm done:D ...and a cheer from the champ!
So in time-honored GSer tradition, we find a pub.......nice little place on Meopham Green......
After his heroics on the big beasty, Speggo thought he was deserving of a good pint........er.....
Steve.....you're sposed to use the door mate........:rolleyes:
And taking the bike in tends to be frowned on ;)
So that was it......started at 6ish, left the pub at 9 for the rides home, a few miles of fun and a good laugh.....
Thanks again guys......and as we said, we should do it again very soon :thumb:
Looks like a bit of fun.
Couldn't you find a tea shop open ??
...I believe they call it target fixation. If I'd thought about it I could have taken a piccy of the "XR in Fence" meself.
Anyhow, here's the man himself in the ford.....
First of the 'Boks
Last of 'em..
I CLAIM THE BIGGEST SPLOSH!!!!!
A good evening on our pogo sticks and much respect to those who rode their GS's or Africa Twin.
Cheers Bill for sorting - I'll get the maps marked up and work a route for recce.
Told myself it is time to take the old GS off road with the boys and managed to convince Louis to take the Africa Twin and join me in the Pilgrim ride.<br><p>
So sweet talk the boss at work to let me free before 17:00 and meet up with Hentie and Louis in central London. Before we even set off some delivery dude reverse without looking straigt into Hentie's bike. Luckilly the GS is stronger than the van and after
quick inspection we set off confinced the GS is fine and the van came off second best.<br><p>
An hour later working our way through London traffic we arrive at Eyensford and take the GS for a quick swim in the ford<br><p>
Not long before Judge arrives on the airhead and even takes the Marrakash Express for a quick wash & dry in the cool ford waters.
All jokes and laughs as we get ready to set off on the offroad session, not often in London you get the opertunity to see some dirt and actually ride in the bushes and on gravel. This is only the second time in the UK I managed to go offroad and very excited about the prospect of getting the bike dirty and testing my dreamy off road wannabe skills<br><p>
Looking at these more acceptable off road machinery I do wonder if the GS is suitable for ruts and mud at 240kg's with me a mere
84kg lightweight trying to manhandle the beast.<br><p>
Some time later dirt, ruts, mud and bushes that kept my wits refreshed and the nerves in peak condition. A sight of relieve and satisfaction comes over me when I realised that there was a few tense moments where I just had to let go of the iron grip on the handlebars and let the GS steer it's own way. Easier said than done when it gets hairy with this big bike picking his own route through the ruts. Something I realise soon is to look well ahead of me and drive to points instead of focusing down at my front wheel which got the better of my confidence.<br><p>
Louis looked relaxed on the Africa Twin and Hentie sure got the better of his 1150 well away from delivery vans. I followed the Africa Twin and all the time it looked so natural offroad but due to my negative mindset about the bike did not realise how well it performed untill later.<br><p>
Phil and Greg swapping some offroad tips perhaps or dicussing the madness of actually taking a GS offroad to start with. They sure did seem to handle things much easier and relaxed on the lighter offroad bikes.<br><p>
Bill our offroad tour guide for the day on his Suzi and Steve who managed to drop his Adventurer only 3 times. Luckilly no damage and he was the only one starting off with a GS and finishing with one. I swapped 1/2 way through for the Africa Twin.<br><p>
Myself on the GS and Louis on the Honda, a great afternoon and as I am wrinting this feeling very tired but very happy.
Untill next time and keep it out of the hegdes:)
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Kin ell it's Mad Max :D
Looks more like Mad Maxine from that shot ;) :D
Tell ya what tho whatton...what?
That Dainese suit is frikkin good...it's dead comfy, fits really well and doesnt obstruct anything in any way.......and it just feels soooo much more secure than any other armoured stuff I've got........plus it's not hot or anything.....I'm going to take out the armour from my other jackets I think and wear thatthing underneath them......
It's the mutt's nutts!!!!:thumb :thumb
Tell you what guys, for all those guys that could have come out, they missed a really good evening. Far better thsan just vegging out in front of the box.
Everyone enjoyed themselves, and well done to Bill for setting up an alternative off-roading trip during the evening. We really must make the effort to do it again. It was amusing to watch the GSers getting "down & dirty", it looked like it was hard work, but hats off to 'em, they did it, (unlike someone who only turned up on theirs to clean their old Pig Iron bike in the ford!):rolleyes:
Just to say thanks to Fanum for setting it up. I had a great time and anyone who has ridden with me offroad before will vouch for that fact that it is customary for me to drop the bike in the first half mile. I find it gets it over with and then I can relax and enjoy the ride!
Dumping the GS during the photoshoot down the long track was almost inevitable. It's all mind over matter. I was coming down thinking "I mustn't drop itt....I mustn't drop it.......I mustn't drop it....." Guess what?
Think I might dust off the XT225 for the next one though......
Top pics ! Nice to see some GSs in there too :rolleyes: that looked a really good crack. Far too much fun - should be banned ! ;)
Thanx chaps, it was great fun. Cant wait for the next one. Sorry that I had to miss the pints afterwards, but next time I will be there.
Thanks to everybody who helped orginizing it and for the working out the route.
Originally posted by Phil Reynolds
(unlike someone who only turned up on theirs to clean their old Pig Iron bike in the ford!):rolleyes:
I thought Andy was actually coming on the ride!!
Cheers, Bill, great evening!!
Well, Maverick possibly made my excuses, that I was dropping SWMBO at the airport early-ish Thursday, as she is of to the islands for two weeks, I chose to spend time with her (she decided on monday to buy lo-price ticket, and go....
In retrospect, the fun you guys got to have, was worth the WRATH I would have faced.... lesson learned.
Either bike next time.... been a few (2 years) years since I played dirty.... Need to get dirty again.
Originally posted by Grizz
Well, Maverick possibly made my excuses
Ermmm ohh yes guys Grizz is not coming...:)
I think I did note that to the leader.
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