Eifel Mountains 2019

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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by Richzx6r » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:55 pm

Last time I got 165 miles to reserve.....i was gobsmacked iv never got that much from a zx6r :scratch:
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by The GOAT » Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:05 am

Richzx6r wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:55 pm
Last time I got 165 miles to reserve.....i was gobsmacked iv never got that much from a zx6r :scratch:
Good effort from a sportsbike!

My Hp4 could return 150 ish miles.

The GSA has managed 400 miles on a tank providing I don't break 74 mph.
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by Gerontious » Mon Sep 16, 2019 6:10 am

The 150 mile per tank 'rule' may seem arbitrary, but it isnt. A tank range of 100 miles is fine for the ride across, but once we arrive its very restrictive, It means every rest stop has to be tied in with a fuel stop (or rapidly followed by one) and that isn't always possible and would mean constantly going 'off route' to find a petrol station. These aren't endurance rides but sometimes that can happen especially when we are on a mission to get back to the hotel at the end of the day. Our Hotels location is perfect, however the nearest 24hr fuel is in Luxembourg a 30 mile round trip or diversion. There isn't a garage closer than that, that is open after 6pm, they simply cannot compete with the significantly lower tax regime in Lux.

Whenever I have asked someone if they want to come along, I have always asked first if their bike can carry a bit of luggage. The second question (if i don't already know the answer) is: what is your tank range to reserve? Its important. 150 miles is easy.. much less than that isnt.
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by Marino » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:57 am

The GOAT wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:05 am
Richzx6r wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:55 pm
Last time I got 165 miles to reserve.....i was gobsmacked iv never got that much from a zx6r :scratch:
Good effort from a sportsbike!

My Hp4 could return 150 ish miles.

The GSA has managed 400 miles on a tank providing I don't break 74 mph.
400 miles, that’s fantastic range, you forget when last time you filed it up

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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by bonio » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:44 am

Marino wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:57 am
400 miles, that’s fantastic range, you forget when last time you filed it up
and it explains why the bike is the size of an oil tanker :wink:
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by Gerontious » Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:29 am

bonio wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:44 am
Marino wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:57 am
400 miles, that’s fantastic range, you forget when last time you filed it up
and it explains why the bike is the size of an oil tanker :wink:
Made my bike look almost svelte. :mrgreen:
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by Marino » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:19 pm

bonio wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:44 am
Marino wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:57 am
400 miles, that’s fantastic range, you forget when last time you filed it up
and it explains why the bike is the size of an oil tanker :wink:
Oil tanker, so in risk of being sequestered, must be careful where is going

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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by Richzx6r » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:52 pm

Gerontious wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 11:29 am
bonio wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:44 am
Marino wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:57 am
400 miles, that’s fantastic range, you forget when last time you filed it up
and it explains why the bike is the size of an oil tanker :wink:
Made my bike look almost svelte. :mrgreen:

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Bloody hell you must look and feel like you are doing yoga with your legs needing to be so wide apart to fit around the tank
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by Pie man » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:13 pm

They look very similar in the picture, however the AT looks like its been to the gym and is all toned up, the GS looks like twiggy from the Royal Family and cant be arsed going to the gym. :shock:

I'm probably going to try the little MT07 for touring next year (that's if a don't trade in the GS and succumb to the AT-DCT next year), anyhow Yamaha reckon 207 miles from a tank full, I have only managed about 160 so far :mrgreen: However my rest stops will become fuel stops and vise versa, it might end up being a fill up at every opportunity :scratch:

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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by Snod Blatter » Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:45 pm

Gerontious wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:21 pm
Yamaha TRX750
I beg your pardon?? I think you'll find it's a full-on red-blooded 850, not some girly 750. Also there was a VFR400 that came once upon a time.. And a K100RS.. And the VFRs were 800s..

Where's everyone pictures then? Guess I'll start, psh. Start as you mean to go on, wee time:
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Germany, it's quite spaced out..
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A bit like the knobber who owns this VFR. Ah look the seat is off!
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And a bit more besides..
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Further testing revealed it actually wasn't any of the wiring in there or anything, just the front brake light switch was duffed which happened to coincide with the rear brake light switch and the horn also being duffed. Bizarre. Anyway, this was also spotted and a picture was obviously required:
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As discussed, every time is lie down time:
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A picture taken of a picture being taken because I have pictures of this from 2012 and various points after..
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Every time is smoke time. The eagle eyed among you may notice the Mosel is at the bottom.
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Rare evidence of the 'frowne standing up:
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It was a wet morning, no point in lying..
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"Oh good, time to eat again!"
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Or was it just time to take the seat off again..? (Piles of food were soon ingested, hnnnggg)
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After eating the sun came out and it was time to get the seat off again.
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Every time is lie down time.
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Every time is smoke time.
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Every time is lie down time.
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At the tunnel for the return there were 3 125s loaded up with kit, turned out they'd been to the Nurburgring and had stayed not far from Neuerburg! Nice to see some proper machinery in use, reminds me of my CB250 :cry:

Overall yet another excellent year though looking back it lacked a little jeopardy - no one broke down, the trains ran on time getting there and coming back, I didn't have the sat nav on so I wasn't constantly stressing about it falling off.. It's all a bit too easy?? I knew I shouldn't have changed that rear tyre :mrgreen:

Also people who have been on this trip before may enjoy this post more than most 8-)
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by skyrider » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:06 pm

there must have been something really interesting under that seat :wink:
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by Bungleaio » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:07 pm

I remember lie down time but I don't remember smoke time, is that new?

Great photos though, I wish I was there.
You can't beat a nice bit of faff

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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by bonio » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:27 pm

Awesome pics Snod. Some familar scenes there... including the workshop...
The vertical frowne was a great spot, though.
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by Snod Blatter » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:33 pm

Smoke time is actually quite old-skool though it's usually more surreptitious.

Hmm, highlights..
-Watching blue smoke pour out of the VFR750's exhaust on overrun after definitely not racing
-Watching a VFR750 get taken to bits in the shade on the pavement (reminds me of Spain)
-Easily outpacing a VFR750 and being able to call the owner a little girl with actual legitimacy while he desperately adjusted tyre pressures
-Larger than average cake intake
-Much larger than average schnitzel intake
-Putting 140 on the clock on the autobahn (I didn't think she had it in her!)
-Getting home to find a text from The Big Man saying he was headed for the Blackwall tunnel (big lols)

Lowlights:
-Being laughed at by some awful VFR750 owner while I faff about putting on my oversuit
-Being laughed at by some awful VFR750 owner while the TRX refused to start first thing Saturday morning (eeeeep, she went eventually thank goodness)
-Losing a fairing bolt on the French motorway somewhere
-Knowing the fully synthetic 10w60 was a waste of money because it disappeared almost as fast as the cheap stuff

Right, how much prep do I need to do to make it ready for 10 days. I've seen a mention of a filter I've never cleaned, that should be a good faff.
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Re: Eifel Mountains 2019

Post by The GOAT » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:40 pm

This picture killed me :mrgreen:
the big man pushing a kiddie trolly around the local supermarket with beer in it :cheers:
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