UKRM Run 2010

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Cab, May 2, 2010.

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    Cab Guest

    Oh, I'm back. Well, I've been back home for the last 90 mins or so, but reality
    caught up with me, so I couldn't do the traditional first back home post
    straight away.

    As usual, a great run (albeit quieter than previous runs. I think people are
    getting old [1]). Thanks go to TOG for sorting it all out. We thought it may be
    his last trip, but because he's bought land in an earthquake zone, it looks
    like it was actually his penultimate trip.

    The food in the hotel was really not bad at all. I think that the owners must
    have got wind of the reputation of UKRM, 'cos all the wine in the restaurant
    had to be settled up front (mind you, they were a little more relaxed last

    'twas great to see all the faces again (I won't begin to list them all, as I'm
    sure I'd forget one or two names), although I don't think that there were any
    new ones this year. No break downs on this trip, but TOG did decide that he
    didn't like his RHS pannier and ripped it off with the assistance of a refuse
    lorry (bang went his camera, amongst other things. Again). Apparently he'd
    sourced another pannier before leaving the docks!

    Niall got nicked right before arriving at the hotel and was escorted to the
    cash machine to hand over 90 euros (I believe the Gendarmes didn't have change
    for a 100 euro note). Having twittered this, ogden replied that it doesn't
    count unless there was an armed roadblock. :)

    Saturday was a nice relaxed day, with most of us heading up to Epernay to
    visit some of the Champagne caves. The Mercier one was quite popular and very,
    very impressive in size [2]. Colin found another local producer with the name
    of, er, well, Colin.

    Andy decided to corrupt Kiran and break into an abandoned race track and I
    think Kiran got quite a buzz out of it. Apparently houses and posh appartments
    are next on Kiran's list.

    The weather held out for most of the weekend, with a few spots on Saturday
    night. It rained last night and was looking distinctly dodgy this morning.
    Much fresher that the last couple of days.

    Higgins had to do a scouting reccy for our resident cloggie because said
    cloggie forgot to fill up yesterday and was on reserve this morning. The
    scouting tour failed, as the road to the nearest petrol station was closed
    for a cycling race. So they parted this morning with me "twittering" that we
    may be awarding a petrol muppet award quite shortly. Watch this space.

    On my quick and pretty uneventful trip home, I could see the blue sky on either
    side of the motorway with the grey stuff in the middle. As I approached the
    grey bit, I was hit with torrential rain, which lasted about half a minute.
    Right after this, I was hit with hailstones the size of half a smartie for
    about a minute. By God, did it hurt. It was like I'd been shot with a machine
    gun air rifle. When it stopped, I breathed a sigh of relief, only to get
    battered again about 10 minutes down the road. Thankfully this was a shorter
    episode. My trusty Sidi's of 10 years have given up the ghost as they let in
    water quicker than it takes for Brown to call Duffy a bigot. Any
    recommendations for new boots?

    Looking forward to next year's trip, although this _may_ be Colin doing the
    DFV'ing as he volunteered (or was it press-ganged?) into doing it (After
    a light hearted lunch on Sat, I volunteered to do the hotel bit, whilst
    Colin does the ferries).

    Oh, and I do know who Crystal Tips is now.

    Ta TOG. Looking forward to next years run already.

    [1] Most buggers had gone to bed by 1am!
    [2] Over 30 million bottles in this cave alone!
    Cab, May 2, 2010
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  2. As long as he doesn't use my whisky as fuel replacement.
    doetnietcomputeren, May 2, 2010
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    Cab Guest

    That's not a bad idea at all. :)
    Cab, May 2, 2010
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    platypus Guest

    It's a bit disappointing to find oneself among the last few survivors
    at such an early hour, especially as so many of the lightweights were

    I'm still on the way home, having stopped for lunch in Laon.
    platypus, May 2, 2010
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    Nige Guest

    I'll be there next year, so we'll get utterly mullered :)
    Nige, May 2, 2010
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    zymurgy Guest

    Me too, what a bloody awful run back, and was *cold* for the last 30
    miles or so after the jacket dried out.

    Me, Adie and Andy did a bit of spirited riding in the pissing rain, me
    particularly in the filtering bits. I'll not say where as my NIP might
    already be in the post :)

    zymurgy, May 2, 2010
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    Spete Guest


    Luckily I have a trigger-happy fuel light. I had a bit spare before we
    filled up. I did sweat a bit and you rooting for a PM number didn't
    help.... much.

    The ride back was...interesting. We were also pelted with rain and
    hail. Went to the European Space Center. Nice to see a life size model
    of the Space Shuttle, but aart from that, it seemed like a Belgian
    Insecurity Fix. I forgot to count how many times Belgian astronauts
    were mentioned (yes, they have some), but it was a lot.

    Higgins: since you didn't react to my waving my arms, I hope you
    gathered I took to the road to Liege and aren't searching ditches for
    cloggie bits :) Thanks for the ride, was a nice road we took.

    ToG: thanks for organising and herding the cats. I do have one favour
    to ask though: can next year's staff be a bit happier? This lot was a
    bit moody, although, the guy cracked a smile at Linda saturdaynight.

    Scraggy: thanks for the nice ride Saturday (as well as Mr. and Mrs. SD
    and Mr. and Mrs Tim)

    Finally: thanks go out to anyone who was there: great to see faces again.
    Spete, May 2, 2010
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    Tim Guest

    Very nice weekend as Cab noted. Home and drying off kit which didn't
    leak, thanks HG. The M20 from Dover to Maidstone was fun if you like
    horizontal rain.
    Tim, May 2, 2010
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    Higgins Guest

    I stuck me leg out. Gone native, you see.

    It was good apart from the moment of sheer panic when the fuel gauge
    went from four bars to none, in an instant. Flicking to the distance to
    empty only showed three dashes, i.e. out of range. Clearly something
    wasn't right but the question was, which reading was correct: the four
    bars or no bars.

    A quick Ctrl-Alt-Del with the ignition key seemed to sort things out.
    Higgins, May 2, 2010
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    Salad Dodger Guest

    Linda said it was raining, but I didn't notice :)
    Salad Dodger, May 2, 2010
  11. I have to say the K keeps a lot of the rain off as long as you're moving
    at 40+, and shrugs off sidewinds.

    I got wetter waiting in the interminable queue for passport control at
    The Older Gentleman, May 2, 2010
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    Cab Guest

    On Sun, 2 May 2010 19:53:46 +0200, Spete wibbled:
    That was after he received his tip, eh?
    Cab, May 2, 2010
  13. Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, The Older
    There was a queue? You should have been there earlier.
    Wicked Uncle Nigel, May 2, 2010
  14. We caught the 3.30pm boat. We were going to autoroute it all the way,
    but as the weather wasn't bad at all, we stuck to main roads, until we
    got a bit mislaid near Arras, and then took the autoroute.

    And half an hour away from Calais, the heavens opened.

    Enjoyable few days' riding, all the same. The K managed a best of 55mpg
    (gentle pootling around on Saturday) and a worst of 40mpg (two-up into
    the howling sodden sodding headwind outside Calais).

    It likes smooth bends, and I managed to scrape it on one left-hander.
    Throw some bumps in, thought, and it does start to move about a bit.
    Still, for a 17 year-old tourer, it does bloody well. But I hear that
    Triumph is working on a new Trophy model....
    The Older Gentleman, May 2, 2010
  15. Using the patented Mavis Beacon "Hunt&Peck" Technique, The Older
    The GTR is distressingly thirsty when pressing on. I filled up near St
    Quentin, and got the low fuel light as I approached the port.
    Wicked Uncle Nigel, May 2, 2010
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    TMack Guest

    Ditto with the ST3. Filled up near St Quentin, fuel light on the way into
    the port at Calais. It died just as I was parking it on the ferry, which
    gave me visions of having to push it off at the other end. However, it
    turned out I had just stalled it. I made it to a garage in Dover with no
    TMack, May 2, 2010
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    TMack Guest

    My ST3 does something similar - goes from 3 bars to orange light in next to
    no time.
    TMack, May 2, 2010
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    Salad Dodger Guest

    I hate you. The run down on Friday (at an average 85mph) returned just
    shy of 30mpg.
    Blimey. We filled up at the St Quentin Motorway services, and rode all
    the way home on it.

    Low point was the impromptu tour of Reims roadworks, deviations, and
    tram network construction project, which is why we ended up on the
    autoroute after all.
    Salad Dodger, May 2, 2010
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    Nige Guest

    I came VERY close the first FR i did, my BMW spluttered into the
    services & my arse was like a fucking insideout banana.
    Nige, May 2, 2010
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    Nige Guest

    Use the forks, Luke..
    Nige, May 2, 2010
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