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]

My first blog post

Click this link for my very first post and some context on my introduction to motorcycling including the relevance of these two pictures. The RD Yamaha (below) and my mum and dad in the paddock at Silloth Circuut with the Manx Norton 350 race bike (above).

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Evening Spin up Norwood Edge with the Go Pro

Norwood Edge is infamous locally with the road cycling fraternity myself included. Short and steep to begin with as you leave the reservoir behind and then alpine, of a fashion, until it reaches the tops at Norwood. Cycling down it can be great fun for the confident cyclist, swooping turns and some serious speed (for a push bike). Riding up it, for an (ahem) larger gentleman like myself, can be nothing short of purgatory.

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It takes on a whole other dimension on a motorbike though, far less tiring. To get there you take in Farnley lane from either the Otley or Pool side, which in itself is a beautiful ride, up to and over the reservoir. On a sunny and warm day there are few better spots, especially first or last thing when the traffic is often non existent.

So it seemed a fitting spot for me to test out my new Go Pro. I’m a complete newcomer to action cameras however the Go Pro seems to make getting started simple enough and, after opting for a mount on top of my old helmet (didn’t fancy mucking up my new Shark Spartan), I was off and on my way. A circumnavigation of Harrogate and Spofforth to get warmed up and then over to Pool in Wharfedale to head up Farnley Lane towards the reservoir.

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It was just starting to spot with rain, so I took it pretty steady however it was still pretty enjoyable all the same. If you are in the area and fancy a short sharp ride in beautiful terrain, why not give this one a go, I promise you it’s worth it.

If you’d like to watch the footage click on this link or on the video below (and don’t forget to subscribe to my channel)

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