Saturday's Kentish Bimble

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by BGN, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. BGN

    BGN Guest

    Starring Robbo, WC, JackH and myself. With a special guest appearance
    from Muck & Prawn.

    New things that I have learned:

    1. "Agressive" filtering.
    2. Police don't mind "agressive" filtering on busy roundabouts.
    3. My bike could lean over that far.
    4. How bendy unfamiliar bends can be. See 3.
    5. A gear can be so wrong that one can hear each piston firing
    on unexpected bend without a stall. See 3.
    6. That one can change gears in panic mode. See 3.
    7. One can defy the laws of gravity. See 3.

    Fucking great day out.

    Where did your journey end? It's a shame I had to leave Rye early,
    but I had a long standing appointment relating to dogs (I won £1.40
    and lost £14) and work to attend. I left Rye at about 16:30 and was
    in Folkestone half an hour later, after putting some of that
    "agressive" filtering in place through New Romney, Dymchurch and
    Hythe.

    Dog Racing went 'well' - arrived back home a few minutes ago <yawn>
    and now Zebedee is calling me for bed.
     
    BGN, Aug 21, 2005
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    9. CIDER
     
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  3. In uk.rec.motorcycles, BGN amazed us all with this pearl of wisdom:
    You did ok, mate :)
    You can go further ;)
    Yes, fancy another go at that hairpin? I'd like another crack at it
    without Robbo in the way ;o))
    My journey ended at home.
    We left just after you.
    I was knackered when I got back, fell straight asleep on the couch and
    then woke up at 11.30. Went to "Zebedee" and just woke up about an hour
    ago.

    Lovely.
     
    Whinging Courier, Aug 21, 2005
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  4. BGN

    BGN Guest

    I forgot how sharp it was and ended up having to lean over that far.
    Forcing myself not to fixate on something right in front of me and
    resisting the urge to give it a handful of front brake. Which is
    good!
    That's why I've got engine bars.
    Of course. From memory, it's quite a busy road normally, so cars are
    an issue. It's patrolled by police, but one wouldn' dream of breaking
    the speed limit on THOSE bends.

    I think these are the two bends in question: Hairpin at the top, and
    the one that caught me out at the bottom. (West to Hastings, East to
    Rye)

    <http://hayn.gotadsl.co.uk/bendy.gif>
     
    BGN, Aug 21, 2005
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  5. BGN

    R obbo Guest

    1 & 2
    You can get away with it 'cos they are sorting out more important things.
    He certainly did.
    Only if the Tarmac needs to talk to him.
    I wasn't in the way !...........I was in Panic Mode when the bend decided to
    tighten up further than I realised so :p
    Mine too
    I lost you somewhere around Tenterden...........Fall off then?

    It was a great day our with short stops, chats and ale (Small quantities)


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    Dan L Guest

    Silly question Nick, but do you get any odd feelings when you ride the route
    where you binned it?

    Just curious like.

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  7. In uk.rec.motorcycles, BGN amazed us all with this pearl of wisdom:
    "THOSE bends"... LOL
    "Oh bother number 2" Hahahaha!
     
    Whinging Courier, Aug 21, 2005
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  8. In uk.rec.motorcycles, R obbo amazed us all with this pearl of wisdom:
    Heh, I saw that bend coming and decided I wasn't going to follow you
    right round and slowed down to a near stop about 100 yards before it so
    I could at least go round at a semi-respectable speed ;)
    Where did you go? I got stuck behind that fucking flea circus for about
    2 miles.
    No, see above. I lost sight of you somewhere before the M25 turnoff.
    Indeed.

    I learnt something that day, too. Drinking one pint of 3.5% ale every
    couple of hours is better than 2 pints of the "good" stuff.
     
    Whinging Courier, Aug 21, 2005
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  9. BGN

    BGN Guest

    Yes. I'm wary of that particular part of road, but I still go on it
    almost every day to/from work to play with the twisties.

    After a few months zooming along it again and again, even though it
    doesn't look like a bad piece of road on a map it has a very
    restricted view. Even when I'm coming home from work now I notice how
    restricted the view is on that hill.

    /me pins it on a map to help explanation.

    <http://hayn.gotadsl.co.uk/er51.jpg>

    Lovely straight road...

    <http://hayn.gotadsl.co.uk/er52.jpg>

    ....That slopes away and is at the top of a small hill, meaning one
    can't fixate on anything in the distance at all - you cannot see what
    the road is like in front of you until you are just going down the
    hill and find that there's a *slight* bend with a crap surface.

    The road has now been resurfaced.
     
    BGN, Aug 21, 2005
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  10. In uk.rec.motorcycles, prawn amazed us all with this pearl of wisdom:
    Sweet. I'd really forgotten how much fun a bike can be.

    Those are the sort of roads that are worthy of learning; the best
    twisties within 10 miles of here are roundabouts and they've got traffic
    lights on them and a good, healthy fear of diesel.
     
    Whinging Courier, Aug 21, 2005
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  11. BGN

    BGN Guest

    ....After Rye continue to New Romney on either the A259 and/or the Lydd
    Road (both have a staggering number of BIG twisties) then pop to Hythe
    via Dymchurch, up through Saltwood to the A20. A20 becomes M20 for
    one junction, then continue on A20 through the tunnels towards Dover.
    Take first exit, hop off first roundabout towards Folkestone, turn
    left almost right away (after going over motorway bridge) then at the
    roundabout don't go back on to the A20, but follow the signs to the
    Alkham Valley and have ten minutes of fantastic riding before The End
    of the World.
     
    BGN, Aug 21, 2005
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    Muck Guest

    It was good to see you lot again. You're all welcome to pop round for a
    coffee and some air. :)
     
    Muck, Aug 21, 2005
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    R obbo Guest

    7. One can defy the laws of gravity. See 3.
    The bit that threw me was Jack Hackett leaning hois Pan over at a
    ridiculaous angle sliding his arse off the seat and strugglibg to make it.
    Brain/Hand interface was telling me grab the brakes as road was dissapearing
    to my left faster than my eyes could follow it.

    A *real* Flea circus !

    Not for indoor use near animals one would assume. :)

    Ah!
    Assertive filtering and redlining without a misfire for once.
    Agreed, under the limit, safe with small quantities of food, rests and time
    to enjoy the ride.
    Was good.

    My cornering "technique" needs some work, but I blame not using the bike as
    much as I was before and not relaxing enough to enjoy it fully.

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    It has a certain charm about it... more than I expected it to have, anyway.
    ;-)

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    BGN Guest

    It got laughed at by a group of Germans at Clacket Lane.
     
    BGN, Aug 21, 2005
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    R obbo Guest

    8. The rat is a thing of beauty.
    It got photographed too!

    Probably for them to discuss at dinner later on....

    "Zat stoopid inglish pikey had zis bike zat waz worse than a mekano set !"


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  18. In uk.rec.motorcycles, R obbo amazed us all with this pearl of wisdom:
    That's why I backed off before the corner, if I was going to lose it,
    better one only than take you (two) off as well :)
    Indeed. It took ages to get past that bloody thing.
    Did you see the Insect circus, too? I was reminded of days out in
    Brighton when I saw that but this looked to be the real deal, not some
    electrically operated stuff that has you believing you'd been conned.
    Goes alright, your bike.
    AOL but the relaxing thing is not being used to roads like that. I don't
    think I saw a pothole all day!
     
    Whinging Courier, Aug 21, 2005
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    JackH Guest

    I'll have you know my arse was still quite firmly attached to the seat (did
    my 'bum look big in this', btw?)...

    Not really a struggle, anyway... more, I was exploring the benefits of
    dragging the back brake on something with linked brakes.

    The first time I've used the Pan to hustle through stuff quite like that,
    and 'no arse cheeks were harmed by being clenched, in this production.

    For a barge that weighs getting for 50% more than most of the stuff I've had
    that's gone before it, it's actually a bloody good bike when you decide its
    time to push on a bit.

    I'm still going to test ride a 'blade in the very near future though, and a
    Fazer 1000, if what my 600 was like to ride, appeals in extremis. :)

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    JackH, Aug 21, 2005
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  20. In uk.rec.motorcycles, R obbo amazed us all with this pearl of wisdom:
    I think they felt a bit put out that I didn't talk to them about it.

    Trouble is, there's only so many times you can talk to people about it
    before you run out of things to say without trotting out the same lines
    over and over again.

    "Zat iggorant Eengleesh Peeg"
     
    Whinging Courier, Aug 21, 2005
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