29 August 2016

Back from Czech (2)

It's almost a week since I got home and I have just got around to checking the exact mileage and calculating the overall fuel consumption rates, what we call mpg. A bit lazy I know. 

The return trip from home to home worked out at 1767.3 miles on Trip 2.

Mpg ranged from 44.09 to 54.52.  I haven't sorted them in date order only lowest to highest. But at a quick glance at dates the highest consumption was on the way out in the middle of the trip.

Getting 54.52 mpg on a 2300cc cruiser is pretty decent I think.

The cross country sections in Bavaria and Czech were frustrating in parts due to traffic, trucks in the main,  but apart from a few miles the surface was better than anything we have locally in Kent or anywhere in the UK. So much smooth tarmac perfectly made for bikes. And at moderate speeds the mpg went up.

On the way back, one section, when we had to detour off S19 north of Pisek due to the Ždákovský most (bridge) being closed,  was cobbled. Not just by the edge of the Vltava but for miles until we eventually made our own way to the S4 after reprogramming TomTom. Bone shaking and a detour that cost us about 50 minutes.

It would have been nice had the local authorities bothered to signpost a detour! Once we got to the other side. There were diversions posted to Tabor, where we had come from!!!

Once we arrived at Plzen it was motorway mostly all the way to the stop at Leidersbach and a really superb guest house called Zum Grünen Baum.

For €30 a night each, we got en-suite single rooms. Superb place to stay and not too far off the autobahn. The food was excellent and the beer? German purity law standard means it tastes good. 

Wherever you are.  But here it was easily a euro a glass cheaper than our earlier stops.

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Selfie before the off

26 August 2016

Back from Czech (1)

I have been back a few days now. 
Overall the Rocket and I did over 1730 miles.
There were some really long days using the Czech roads off-motorway routes.  But rewarding to see the countryside.
The Burgenstrasse in Germany was a nice route but sadly most of the castles weren't easily accessible for the killer bike and building photo.

16 August 2016

Packed and Ready

Well. Mostly packed. Just sponge bag and the new pocket atlas to go out and be stuffed into the Saddlemen bag.

It's a bit full as I wanted to save the panniers.

The left one contains my Kent Fire Brigade "Biker Down" first aid kit and... two bottles of English white wine from Chapel Down Vineyard (never call it a winery!) That's about 15 miles from home.  Both bottles wrapped in bubble wrap and then on a travel blanket.

The right one has my Triumph waterproof over jacket and trousers.  Plus a lock and a bag for race day.

I was going to manage without my tank bag, but I need somewhere for my passport and spectacle cases! 

Now I have to decide on what to wear. Vented jacket obviously but it looks like Hood jeans over leathers.

So. It's nearly 1030pm and I have to be up early to be on the train to France at 8.50am.

8 August 2016

Short Ride

Sunday. A short run out this afternoon.

I checked the oil and topped up the tank.
The Rocket has a dry sump system with a car like filler cap on top of the oil tank on the left side below the fuel tank.  Luckily it comes with a dip stick attached to the cap. The Hi and Lo marks are quite close together and Pepe only needed a few drops to get it back to the upper level.

The tyres are another weekly check. With no centrestand it is hard to get both valves where you can get to them without moving the bike back and forth.

The rear wheel is so huge, getting a hand past the disc to the valve is quite hard. Getting a digital gauge in is even harder.
In the end I set off for the air pump at Stop 24. It's 50p for three minutes of air.

The front was about 6lbs down and it went up to 34psi and the rear was down to 36 when it should be 40psi.

That done I set off to see what difference it had made. Er. None. None noticeable anyway. 

Obviously the right pressure in tyres is important for handling and wear.

With the vague memory that we needed some cream to go with the strawberries we had bought. So as it was after 4pm  and Sunday opening means most shops and supermarkets close at 4pm. I remembered that Tesco Extra at Dymchurch was open a little later. 

I had a bumpy ride across the marsh to get there. The marsh roads are generally narrow and bumpy.  More suited to adventure bikes than cruisers.

I was hoping to find some Cornish Clotted Cream but had to made do with own brand double cream.

The small sissy bar bag I have fitted was pressed into service and it took the cream easily and I got it home unharmed.

The ride also was the first where I could test my new LS2 Metro helmet. It needs putting on carefully to make sure my ears slip into the recesses and the microphone os positioned correctly.

It is very comfortable and the inner dark visor worked really well in bright sunlight.
The only problem is getting my spectacle arms to fit between my head and the helmet lining.

A little jiggling about gets that sorted and then it is all okay.  Maybe I should have had that laser surgery last year after all.

Just over a week to the Czech trip and I have a working relationship between LS2 and TomTom. My phone is already on a BFF footing with TomTom.

All systems green.

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