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    Quote Originally Posted by The Nutty GSER View Post
    I spent most of Saturday in your neck of the woods, and went via Burford, Stow, Bourton, Bibury & Fairford, along with loads of small villages, all on nadgery roads. A great part of the country.

    As to the heat ‘issue’, I’ve got the PP carbon frame covers, which do a good job of reducing the heat. It still gets hotter than the GS, but not so much to be an issue.
    Nice part of the world really. Except Clarkson lives around there somewhere...you can't have everything.

    I made some cardboard box panels that covered the area the PP covers cover and the panel next to it too. It does help. I haven't ridden a perfect motorbike yet (although the Tuono is as near perfection as it comes) so there are just things you have to live with I guess. The GSA isn't perfect either though, but there's no question it's more developed than the 1290. Some may disagree but they'd be wrong...obviously

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisA View Post
    Nice part of the world really. Except Clarkson lives around there somewhere...you can't have everything.
    I am right on the edge of the Cotswolds so potter around them a fair bit, stick to the unclassified roads and traffic is very light, get on the main roads between the tourist traps and it can quickly become frustrating - so frustrating I had to give up sportsbikes a decade ago when it become no longer worth owning one.

    A couple of weekends ago we went to Wales, much better roads and less traffic on the more flowing A roads than I am used to, and the minor roads were fairly empty....

    ...or at least they seemed that was until I went to the Ardennes and Luxembourg over the Bank Holiday.

    This is all building up to our France / Alps trip which will make Luxembourg look a bit dull, but I like ramping up like this, the only problem is once coming home the local roads hold little appeal for a while, but I can pass hot weekends in the garden burning food over flames and drinking beer, bu Autumn I will fancy riding locally again.

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    Another fine day!


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    I'm camping down this way in about 3 weeks....near Bourton on the Water. I'll be in the 'big' tent with the girlfriend, and we're coming down in the car.

    Any highlights in the tourist traps and any other hidden gems?

    Please PM with any inside info if you can advise, in order not to pollute this thread I guess, likewise, if you're ever in Scotland...

    cheers

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    All of the famous places are tourist traps, Burford, Bourton, Bibury etc. so just except prices will be hiked.

    Bourton on the water is quite nice, we tend to pop in now and again off season as it is a short run (just enough to get the oil around the engine nicely) either for Sunday Lunch or tea and cake. A bit to do there including an small motor museum.

    Lots of pretty little villages, mainly off the beaten track slightly such as the Barringtons, you might prefer the more authentic local pubs in these kind of places, and the prices will probably be lower, and if not then the quality will probably be higher.

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    Lunch with an Orange friend :-)


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    Question is....which colour is best? Orange?


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    Oh...And thus was lunch. Delicious.


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    Where was that? I'm always looking for new lunch stops in the Cotswolds

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Nutty GSER View Post
    Where was that? I'm always looking for new lunch stops in the Cotswolds
    Nick Marshall country

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    TODAY....A MOMENT IN TIME!

    Up The Mynd again. Can't beat it on a nice day. Did some of the off-road trails on the top. Then Newtown, Cross Gates, Abergavenny, home. Last hour very tired and tedious traffic. The rest....KTM awesomeness.






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    TODAY....A MOMENT IN TIME!

    I think this has quickly become some sort of blog of Chris. Where are your pics/routes?

    Mate had the idea to record footy and ride this eve. Bang on! So Mrs A jumped on the bike (well, more of a hike) and we set off 7:15. Roads had a post apocalyptic feel. B-Rilliant. Ciren, Burford, Chipping Norton, Stow, home. Gorgeous skies, sun, girly.

    Yet again the GSA stayed in the garage. Great bike and perfect reliability apart from fork seal issue (both replaced) So I'm going to sell it on now. If anyone wants a "fully loaded" 14 plate, 3 miles since Cotswold service, Hilltop tuned (of course), HP Akra, Professionally Hybrid-X coated, rad gaurds, side covers, quickshift/blipper, loud horns!, Factory lowered model in white, let me know. I'll get an advert up at some point.

    I don't think the 1290 is a better bike than the GSA, not at all, it's just that I find the Kato more engaging. It has superior low speed manners two up than the GS too and is a little faster real world....not much, but.... Maybe the new GS will be much better. It needs to be now there's competition.



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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisA View Post
    I think this has quickly become some sort of blog of Chris. Where are your pics/routes?

    Mate had the idea to record footy and ride this eve. Bang on! So Mrs A jumped on the bike (well, more of a hike) and we set off 7:15. Roads had a post apocalyptic feel. B-Rilliant. Ciren, Burford, Chipping Norton, Stow, home. Gorgeous skies, sun, girly.

    Yet again the GSA stayed in the garage. Great bike and perfect reliability apart from fork seal issue (both replaced) So I'm going to sell it on now. If anyone wants a "fully loaded" 14 plate, 3 miles since Cotswold service, Hilltop tuned (of course), HP Akra, Professionally Hybrid-X coated, rad gaurds, side covers, quickshift/blipper, loud horns!, Factory lowered model in white, let me know. I'll get an advert up at some point.

    I don't think the 1290 is a better bike than the GSA, not at all, it's just that I find the Kato more engaging. It has superior low speed manners two up than the GS too and is a little faster real world....not much, but.... Maybe the new GS will be much better. It needs to be now there's competition.



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    Yep, now you see why I sold my GS and kept the 1290

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Nutty GSER View Post
    Yep, now you see why I sold my GS and kept the 1290
    Out again today while the boys kicked a ball about. Brilliant, just brilliant. Video'd the game but when I got home my wife looked all sad and said do I want to know the score? Quite a few miserable looking people as we rode (Wales) so I assumed the worse and said 'go on then, hit me with it'..........you can guess the rest. Well, it saved me watching some of the boring bits and we really did have a blast on almost deserted roads. Role on the semi-final...they'll be even less cars about for that.

    However, much as I might wish to sell the GSA at some point as it's not getting used, the heat that came of the 1290 today was simply unbearable, even with side panels. Lost count of how many times a stood up doing a fast pace to cool the seat and jeans down. So if I do a Euro trip, as it stands, there's no way I'd take the 1290. I'm ordering the insulated rear manifold pipe, some under seat insulation and, if I have too, the wings side covers. At this rate it'll be the GSA and a new 790 Adv replacing the 1290 for next year.

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