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#1 drewpy

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:05 pm

2nd go at posting, using IMGUR this time



little Drewps all ready for the off



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5 of us in all went, me on the TDM, 3 other mates on XJR1300 and 1 on a Triumph thruxton Ace special.

Took the Portsmouth Ferry to Bilbao where I picked up a screw in the back tyre so we got that fixed and had a drinky poos whilst waiting. The guy was 2014 24hr winner at Catalunya for Suzuki and his dad a champ in the 70's riding Montessa's.



first stop was Pamplona and the Albret Hotel. typical city centre hotel, but they had underground parking which was a bonus.

having a Leffe in an "Irish" pub


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day 2 took us from Pamplona to castejon de sos, this was an amazing place, a little village and the best ride coming down the N260 at 9pm as the light faded, through this ravene, with the sound of the bikes echoing down was one of the many highlights of the trip.



this was the best place to stay IMHO Hotel PLaza, very traditional and great hosts. there was a fiesta going on and the small village was packed with guitar trio singin traditional spanish songs. great watch the senoras and senoritas dancing and the men doing those clapping beats



the next stop was to Viella which was a large ski town and again a fiesta was on, but not as personal as the last place.



here's some photos


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it was a bit hot too, 45'C
 
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Got a bit lost and pulled into a petrol station only to find this sign where you couldn't exit there anyway :D


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bike struggled at 2000metres due to lack of air, ran very rich and had to keep revs at 4k which made thwe switchbacks erm, interesting



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It was like being on top of the world though

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so from Viella we did a round trip to Andorra, yes it was awful down in the main city but get up into the mountains and this is what greets you



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it was a long day, 12 hours riding but it was worth it and had plenty of stops on the way.



aparently this was in top gear



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sharing a joke
 
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so from Viella we went into france and visited lourdes. we all agreed the french are rude and self centred. they don't give a S**T about motorbikes and trhe only saving grace was a lovely girl who styed and got us pizzas when the shop was closing. she couldn't speak english so i got by with my O level french

we were joined by a solo rider from Keswick, David, who never saw an English plate till now.

So we had a chat and bought him a coke


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found this place ontop of the hill,
 


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into france and made it to Lourdes


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back into Pamplona and knackered.
 
Visited La Guardia on the way to Santander
 
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overlooking the Rioja Valley
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next was to Santander and this "lovely" Hotel.


Imagine visiting your 80 yr old aunt and that musty smell in the house with furniture that is well past its sell by date

the adams family springs to mind



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mm, blue loo
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we also did the "pots and Pans" in the Picos.

refreshment at the top

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waiting for the slow coaches

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we aslo called into san Vincente do Baquetta, a lovely seaside town near Santander

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after 8 days of riding, it was all over, waiting for the ferry

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final view of spain

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on the way back from Plymouth, we called into Weston bike night as it was a thursday, it was rude not to wink.gif

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nice gt750 there with a 3 into 1 pipe which sounded great but I know they strangle the power

and also called into Tintern Abbey

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and a slight detoar to Ponderosa in North Wales

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I think this sums up the riding in Spain for me
 
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2000 miles of smiles and fantastic roads and people, what more could you want from a holiday?

loads more photos here, knock yourself out

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:39 pm

Ahhh, the pair o knees and Peekholes. :)  Looks like you had a dry tour, and a bloody hot one !   Thanks for sharing Drewps. :good:


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 06:47 pm

:good: :good: :drinks:



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 07:22 pm

Looked like a great choice drewpy, great photo's, so you booked for next year yet then :good:


Bigred mk1 R1 Calipers- Braided lines- Givi wing rack-Crash bungs- Hi vis bullets-PR2's- and a hoot to ride.

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 07:48 pm

its the NC500 next year, just the week

 

the missus is a bit peeved with me ATM and I need to put a new bathroom in first :sorry:


"As I Lay Rubber down to street, I pray for traction I can keep. But if I skid and begin to slide, please dear god protect my ride"

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Posted 21 August 2017 - 08:53 pm

:good:



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Posted 21 August 2017 - 09:18 pm

its the NC500 next year, just the week

 

the missus is a bit peeved with me ATM and I need to put a new bathroom in first :sorry:

 

She did'nt think you were just going for a loaf of bread did she !! :)

 

Off back to Spain next year meself, bit to expensive every year..


Bigred mk1 R1 Calipers- Braided lines- Givi wing rack-Crash bungs- Hi vis bullets-PR2's- and a hoot to ride.

Quad 900 Silver Laser duo tech pipes-Scott oiler-Engine crash bars- Radiator mounted see me ring LED's-Datatool system 3 alarm -Centre stand- Extender fender-Renthal bars-Handle bar risers-Mirror extenders-BMW GS Handgaurds-Acumen uprated horn & Nautilus-Stainless steel Radiator guard-Givi wing rack-OEM screen-Yammy touring screen-MRA Vario-MRA Double bubble cut down for fast as fk riding-Tiger screen-Tank protector-Stomp grip panels-Optimate lead

 

1991 MK1 in need of some TLC watch this space  :) Sorted and on the Road Mick :P :P it's the bike that Jack built ;)


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Posted 21 August 2017 - 09:19 pm

just watching la Vuelta and reliving the area again :)


"As I Lay Rubber down to street, I pray for traction I can keep. But if I skid and begin to slide, please dear god protect my ride"

Mods; Oil pressure switch, neoprene rear inner mudguard, scottoiler, highway pegs,  fenda extenda, silicone airbox connectors, 15w fork oil, later clutch springs, LED lamps, Metmachex swingarm, Hagon Shock, Oxford heated grips, USB, 4 way fused accessory Bus, R6 electric fuel pump (5EB, kept seizing), 17" 3CV front wheel, Michellin R5 tyres, EXUP speedo.



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