19 February 2019
The first is my DR800SL in May 1992. I had been made redundant in December 1991 but to get our payoffs we had to stay until then. I trained to Teach English as a Foreign Language to Adults (CTEFLA) and was looking for jobs. The Czech Republic was a good choice.
I went to the Invader Rally in Chudčice near Brno. Taking the overnight ferry from Felixstowe to Zeebrugge I rode non-stop on rhe A4 route via Dresden and Prague. When I say nonstop that included petrol stops. When I got to Pod Horkou I could barely get off tbe bike.
All the photos are taken from the galleries of the Czech Centre SOC.
We move forward to 1998. A group of us went together. I was on a relatively new to me GSXR750.
I hadn't had it long and had traded my 90000 mile Yamaha XJ900F for it. I had been working at SIMS in Bedford and wanted something newer. By May 1998 I had moved to my current employment in Islington. The ride into London was a strain on my wrists.
The bike was superb on the open road, but in town it was simply the wrong bike for commuting.
Not long after I got back it went in part exchange for the TDM850.
17 February 2019
Yes. They are pre-shaped.
It's not that I have deformed arms and have bent them into that shape. Looking back through the blog I was surprised to see that I had bought them back in November 2017!
Worn for the first time for a whole ride today. They are the most expensive gloves I have ever bought and they were warm and very comfortable.
Until today they have been either in the cupboard with my other gear or In the pannier "just in case".
Had it rained; I am sure the Goretex liner would have ensured dry hands.
Updates to follow.
14 February 2019
They were shooting on the Ranges over the coast road and driving Reggie mad.
Once off. First stop McDonalds for a sausage and egg mcmuffin. Once before they put the second patty in a box rather than on the bun for Reggie. No luck this time.
I drove and parked by The Grand on the Leas and we had breakfast. McMuffin for me and the extra sausage patty for Reggie.
Once finished we had a walk along The Leas towards the bandstand before he turned around and decided he'd had enough.
Mundane shopping for bird feeders and a visit to Pets at Home for Reggie to browse their latest wares.
13 February 2019
10 February 2019
8 February 2019
7 February 2019
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
6 February 2019
I estimate that this jacket has easily done 50000 miles plus. And all for £99.99 less 20% discount... Ten and a half years later. Still waterproof.
I have to chuckle when a guy says his £825 Rukka Armaxis was superb for four years.
5 February 2019
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2 February 2019
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