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by mark vb
Sun Jul 14, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: ADVENTURE BIKE RIDER
Topic: New Tenere 700
Replies: 76
Views: 8065

Re: New Tenere 700

As above re. my blind deposit put down a while ago :) As luck would have it, I'm now away for all of September, so the lovely T7 will have to wait till October unless by some unlikely stroke of good fortune it arrives sometime in August. At least the month away is being spent riding the outfit somew...
by mark vb
Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: THE PUB
Topic: eBikes next
Replies: 52
Views: 1858

Re: eBikes next

I can avoid getting involved as my right knee has decided that cycling, battery assisted or not, is not a good idea. The principle of them is great though and my wife and I would have been tempted otherwise. No way to riding on the roads though...super scary round here. Maybe get an electric tandem...
by mark vb
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: RIDE REPORTS
Topic: Where has your Transalp carried you?
Replies: 9
Views: 423

Re: Where has your Transalp carried you?

mark vb wrote:
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:58 am
I don't have a TA but I would suggest it's one of the most reliable, robust and fixable bikes to take on proper travelling. I currently have the opportunity to buy a 1999 'Anniversary' TA with around 3k miles on it, and it's proving hard to resist!
by mark vb
Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: RIDE REPORTS
Topic: Where has your Transalp carried you?
Replies: 9
Views: 423

Re: Where has your Transalp carried you?

I don't have a TA but I would suggest it's one of the most reliable, robust and fixable bikes to take on proper travelling I currently have the opportunity to buy a 1999 'Anniversary' TA with around 3k miles on it, and it's proving hard to resist!
by mark vb
Wed May 29, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: ADVENTURE BIKE RIDER
Topic: New Tenere 700
Replies: 76
Views: 8065

Re: New Tenere 700

One thing I do know having owned a Tracer 700 for 10,000 miles is that the engine in lovely. Paul, yes, I clearly remember you saying how good the Tracer's motor was. I think it was when we met-up at H's for a bacon sandwich shortly before you set off for Aus. TBH, there's no other new bike which i...
by mark vb
Tue May 28, 2019 8:40 pm
Forum: ADVENTURE BIKE RIDER
Topic: New Tenere 700
Replies: 76
Views: 8065

Re: New Tenere 700

Well, the deed's done.... after reading some of the recent Spanish test reports, I have 'reserved' a competition white T700 on-line. I have never before bought a bike untried/untested like this, but I just know the T700 will be right for me. No modes, no traction control, no flash dash, switch-offab...
by mark vb
Wed May 22, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: RIDE REPORTS
Topic: South America, Blowing The Kids’ Inheritence
Replies: 42
Views: 2247

Re: South America, Blowing The Kids’ Inheritence

Graham, nice photos.....and quite well preserved for 60 I'd say!
by mark vb
Mon May 13, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: RIDE REPORTS
Topic: South America, Blowing The Kids’ Inheritence
Replies: 42
Views: 2247

Re: South America, Blowing The Kids’ Inheritence

Hi Graham,
great Patagonia photos, makes me so want to return. Looks like you rode the Route of the Seven Lakes, and is that Volcan Villaricca in Chile? Where are you now? We crossed back into Chile after Bariloche, possibly on the same route as you did! And those monkey puzzles......
by mark vb
Sun May 12, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: TRAVEL
Topic: North America, First and Second.
Replies: 133
Views: 2884

Re: North America, First and Second.

Hey Paul,
great to see you're now in N. America, and I hope all is good with you both. We'll be watching & looking with much interest as this is also our next plan, in the not-too-distant future :) I may well have a few questions to ask when you return! Ride safe.
by mark vb
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:35 pm
Forum: ACCESSORIES
Topic: Flip-up helmet advice...
Replies: 13
Views: 1027

Re: Flip-up helmet advice...

I've had a Shoei Multitec for a long time. Matt black of course! It's comfy and reasonably quiet, and I'd certainly get another. The flip bit can be kept open up to around 40mph, above that it's best shut. However, I prefer my Bell Riot open lid with hinged visor, at least for 3 season riding, altho...

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