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  1. tcbandituk

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    Prepping the Street for 4 days on track in Andalucia in a few weeks time.
    Fitted a track seat unit, shift lights and a c/f exhaust hangar.
    Just cleaning and checking to do now :)

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  3. tcbandituk

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    Still got it, just not got the chance to sort it out properly before Spain.
    Tried to test it to sort it out twice this year, one trackday cancelled for weather and the second one cancelled after only one session due to an accident.
    Found a few minor issues in that one session, but it looks like it'll be next year now before I can try it again.: unamused:
    That said, I suspect I'll still prefer the Street :)
     
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  4. Sandi T

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  5. tcbandituk

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    Thanks.
    There will be plenty of photos, the TD organiser provides them for free :)
    Here's one from last time in March with them.

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  6. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    That's a terrific milestone, @FellZebra. Congrats to you and your Triumph Explorer. Glad you've enjoyed each and every mile! I am curious about you using miles as your measurement metric vs. kilometers.
     
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  7. Sandi T

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    Thanks for the feedback, @Marco Wikstrom! Interestingly, a number of those roads you recommended are roads that my hubby and I love, too! That "South 14" route including the "Turuquoise Trail" part through Madrid is among our favorites and we like to stop in Mountainaire at Alpine Alley. We just did that road this past August on our ride home from the Sturgis rally. We also typically stop for a bite at The Holler in Madrid when we go through there around lunchtime.

    We also love the roads between Tres Piedras all the way through Chama and on to Pagosa Springs and Durango. This past summer in June, a group of four of us spent three nights in Santa Fe and then three nights in Durango and did day trip rides. We haven't yet done the Jemez Mountains route you described but that's next up when we go back to Santa Fe...which we seem to do nearly every year at least once. In fact, my hubby, Steve, and I rode our motorcycles with a small group of friends to Santa Fe where we got married at The Loretto Chapel back in 2015. This year we rode over to Las Vegas, New Mexico to check out The Plaza Hotel and the Casteneda Hotel. The next day we rode up to Los Alamos to check out the place we'd all been reading about. When in Durango, we spent one of our two days there riding the entire loop around the San Juans through Silverton, Ouray, Ridgeway, Telluride (where we've stayed multiple times before) then over Lizard Head Pass through Dolores and back to Durango through Mancos. I think we've done the Million Dollar Highway at least a half a dozen times and hope to do it many more times before we have to hang up our riding jackets and retire our bikes.

    The High Road to Taos is also a favorite. However, my hubby and riding buddies have never done the Enchanted Loop and I've only done it by bicycle but not on a motorcycle. We were going to do it last year but that areas nearby were still on fire when we had our trip planned. In fact, we were booked at The Plaza in Las Vegas and they e-mailed asking that we give up our rooms since they were housing and feeding firefighters.

    We were just in Silver City a week ago from this past weekend and love that area. We also know Reserve and used to stop for green chili cheese fries at Carmen's which I think is (sadly) closed now. We really enjoy riding north-northwest up 180 from Silver City to go to Alpine and then wherever we choose in the White Mountains. We've yet to do 191 because we hear so many negative things about the road quality and that it has become downright dangerous for bikes. Is that the case??

    We definitely need to ride up the Sandia Crest Road one of these days. I've never been up there at all, even in a car. My ex-in-laws lived in Albuquerque so I spent a fair amount in that city but that was before I started riding motorcycles. I appreciate the info about that road and you've helped put it on our New Mexico rides bucket list....that and DEFINITELY the Jemez Loop which several people raved about when we were in Santa Fe in June.

    We have a wonderful mountain route right here in Tucson called Mt. Lemmon. I've posted about that ride here (among others that we've talked about) and it's a beloved route among motorcyclists, cyclists, drivers, and hikers alike. It starts at 2,500 feet and goes 25 miles up to just shy of 9,000 feet with beautiful pavement. And it goes through five biological life zones!

    There are lots of terrific rides near Tucson and in Arizona in general so if you're going to be in my neck of the woods, let me know specifically where and I can return the ride recommendation favor. I've posted threads about a lot of them so if you have any interest you could look for threads I've posted that have been "Featured" to see some pics and read some stories.

    Take care and thank again for all the fantastic recommendations, Marco! :):kissing_heart:
     
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  8. FellZebra

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    Thanks @Sandi T , yes very satisfying to have clicked over another mileage milestone. Only downside is that if I were to trade it in or sell it then I'm not going to get much for it:(. Don't think anyone wants to buy a bike with 60k on it!
    As for the measurement metric, miles is the norm for us in the UK, it's mainland europe that uses km. When travelling in Europe, just reset the clocks to the km setting and good to go.
     
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  9. Sandi T

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    Yep, those miles definitely don't help at trade in. Multiple folks in my riding circle have either been trading in bikes or looking to do that so mileage and trade in values has been a hot topic of conversation.

    Thanks for the info on miles vs. kilometers. Sorry for being a dunce on the norm metric for the UK. I learn something new everyday! And often here on the forum. :)
     
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    I once worked with a bloke who came to work every day on a Honda 125 (or chinese copy) come rain or shine and without fail. I noted I hadn't seen it for a while so the next time I saw him I asked what had happened.
    He stated it was poorly and I probably wouldn't see it again as he'd retired it?
    Naturally I had to ask why, he went on to explain that at 80,000 miles he didn't think it was worth repairing any longer!

    80,000 miles on a 125 o_O

    Don't worry @FellZebra yours is a mere bairn ;)
     
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  11. Wessa

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    Got up early today to ride down to Tilstock to get my tiger professionally treated with ACF50. The weather was bloody awful with rain of biblical proportions :(.
    Anyway when I got there Barrie the guy doing the job said it would be better if we rearranged as if he did the bike by the time I got home the bike would be very dirty again lol.
    Rebooked for the 19th October. Barrie said if it was bad weather on the 19th he will do the bike and then transport my bike home in his van. Top block, considering I have never met him before today.
    This is his website
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    Got up early today to ride down to Tilstock to get my tiger professionally treated with ACF50. The weather was bloody awful with rain of biblical proportions :(.
    Anyway when I got there Barrie the guy doing the job said it would be better if we rearranged as if he did the bike by the time I got home the bike would be very dirty again lol.
    Rebooked for the 19th October. Barrie said if it was bad weather on the 19th he will do the bike and then transport my bike home in his van. Top block, considering I have never met him before today.
    This is his website
    https://premiermotorcyclecare.co.uk/
     
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  13. Iceman

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    Well what a day yesterday, went for a ride and it hammered it down with rain, it was sunny when I set off, however 12 miles into the ride and it started, the twisties turned into a mud bath because of all the tractors depositing mud that had dried, come rain and as said it turned to mud, anyway in for a penny in for a pound, so I pressed on to my destination, I only ever ride in 1 piece leathers and these became somewhat rather heavier, I was impressed with my Alpinstars race boots, they held a full 2 inches of water in and none came out. Back home safe albeit with some interesting slides on the ride and not through choice, the Metzeler RRs coped well given the sheer volume of rain. The bike looks like it has been sprayed by muck spreader, and my kit will take about a week drying it out slowly. What genuinely impresses me with most machines is how they cope with that amount of water on the electrics and still keep going. It keeps the skill level up though riding in different conditions, especially in these climate changing times. Ride safe all from an ageing Rocker.
     
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  14. Sandi T

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    That is GOOD service, @Wessa! Smart service, too, to recommend that you reschedule. :)
     
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    Yikes! What a day, @Iceman. I did LMAO at your comment about your Alpinstars boots holding 2 inches of water and none coming out. ;):joy: Glad you made it home safe and sound! And you're right about how our machines can cope with that much water and the electronics keep on going.
     
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    I was laughing when I got home at my wife's reaction, OMG she said it wasn't raining that hard here, anyway you have to see the funny side and a bonus that the Racetorx gear support I recently fitted worked a treat.
     
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    Thanks for your recommendations as well!

    I don't think 191 is very treacherous - some rough patches and gravel in places, but it's fabulous for an experienced rider. I've had the most fun using a dual sport with street tires (last time I rode 191 on knobbies), but it isn't a problem with a sportbike with softer suspension settings - I've done it on dual sports, touring bikes, and sportbikes. -- Ride according to the conditions. It's a remote area, so help could take time if there's a problem, so that's something to consider. No more challenging than the Italian Dolomites, Slovenia, and Croatia that I rode last month. It's certainly not the Darien Gap or North Yungas!
     
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  18. Sandi T

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    Today I took my Speed Triple RS out for a little solo spin. He was looking a bit forlorn because I've mainly been riding my new Low Rider ST for the past few weeks at the expense of my Triumph and my other Harley. I must say, it felt great to be back out on Speedy! I also wanted to get out on each of my bikes for at least a short ride this week because Steve and I will be in Mexico all next week to do some scuba diving. Ellie, the Boxer, will get a week with her favorite dog sitter. :) But the bikes will be on their own. ;)

    It was a gorgeous day today. Our infernal (more like inferno) desert temperatures are finally dropping somewhat. The highest I saw today was 80ºF and I was out at the warmest part of the day. Thanks to our low humidity, it usually feels about 10ºF less than the actual temperature.

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    Off I rode to the master-planned community of Saddlebrooke which is on the back side of the Catalina Mountains about 15 miles from Tucson. My first stop, a quick one, was in Catalina State Park about five miles to the south of Saddlebrooke. This photo was taken in the parking lot just before going into the park through the admission gate.

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    From there I meandered along a back road into Saddlebrooke. These next three photos were taken at the stop sign at the road that puts you on the big loop that encircles the massive development and golf course.

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    Looking towards the mountains across one of the golf greens about halfway around the loop

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    After the loop and on the way out of Saddlebrooke there's a Minit Market (yes, they spell minute Minit) where I often stop for a snack when I ride this route. Here was today's "healthy" pit stop. ;):joy:

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    Golf "cars" are one of the most common forms of transportation in Saddlebrooke. The vast majority of residents here are retirees and many of them play golf. But even many of the non-golfers elect to drive these vehicles.

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    Back home with 56 miles on the afternoon and a big, contented smile on my face :)

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    You can't beat a bag of "Ringo's" for a healthy snack :joy:

    Some nice views and write up there, thanks.
     
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  20. Wessa

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    Great ride report @Sandi T . You are so lucky to be able to ride in such lovely conditions and beautiful locations.
    I’m sat in my lounge looking out at the pouring rain here in the North West of England and hoping for some respite from the rain. In contrast my last ride was Wednesday this week in rain of biblical conditions. lol
     
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