Remember, remember, the 5th of November

What a frustrating weekend it’s been so far, bonfires aside. Not only has it been absolutely brassic, it’s been raining lots too here in Harrogate.

Saturday was supposed to be dry however showers in the late morning / early afternoon put paid to my initial biking plans. I eventually got out late afternoon by when it was super cold and the back roads weren’t for drying. Managed about 30 miles on the Street Triple either side of a cheeky McDonalds at Knaresborough business park (I was hank marvin).

The Street Triple continues to perform faultlessly and my riding is improving each time I go out, although my confidence was a little knocked on the back roads between Boroughbridge and Knaresborough with all the leaves and residual dampness limiting my building enthusiasm for retaining cornering speed.

I guess we’ve been lucky so far this winter with October being relatively mild. I even managed to do my first commute into Leeds last Monday which was great – being able to filter through the queues from Scott Hall Road up to the Ring Road was a revelation.

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I had hoped to get out again today (Sunday) however every time it looked like the roads were drying the heavens opened again and I breathed a deep sigh. Still, it’s given me more time to spend looking at and researching bikes on the t’interweb so truly ‘every cloud’ does have a silver lining so to speak.

Well that’s it for now, bikes tucked up for another weekend. Lets hope the mild spell returns in time for next weekend.

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The freedom of the road

I’ve been a four wheeled family man for so long now that I’d completely forgotten the sheer unadulterated pleasure of just driving/riding for the sake of it.

Jumped on the Street Triple late morning and meandered over towards Skipton via Grassington and Stump Cross Caverns and then just kept on going to Colne, Haworth, Keighley and back into Skipton where I decided to stop and grab an all day breakfast at the Dalesway Cafe Bar on the A59.

Full breakfast, toast and tea for a fiver – just what the doctor ordered.

The great news being that the Street Triple (nicknamed Tom by the kids) has now done the first 300 of its compulsory running in miles so on the way back I can up the revs from a rather miserly 5000 rpm (only good for 60 mph in 6th) to 6,000. Its still a long way to the 14k red line however that will come soon enough.

Got to go for now, my breakfast is getting cold. More later

[Post Script – Suitably refreshed I decided to head back towards Harrogate. The extra revs aren’t yet life changing in terms of performance however it does make overtaking more comfortable and is now good for 70 mph in 6th]