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A little ride out for dinner in the Pennines
« on: May 19, 2013, 06:00:53 PM »
Just got back from the Packhorse inn in Widdop, great ride but a few scary hairpins.  :191:
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Re: A little ride out for dinner in the Pennines
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2013, 08:15:55 PM »
hi David ,
Going to Switzerland in Sept so need to pratice some hairpins is it worth comming up and riding them ?


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Re: A little ride out for dinner in the Pennines
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2013, 08:43:46 PM »
From my experience of european hairpins they tend to be quite long and sweeping, the ones in the pennines are short and very steep, I was in 1st gear most of the time and as the roads were only single track I was terrified of meeting a car coming the opposite way as I think if I had stopped I wouldn't have been able to hold it due to camber and pillion. Luckily that didn't happen. The other problem was visibility, as the bends were short I couldn't see very far ahead, I don't think this is the same in Switzerland.  :033: :033:
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Re: A little ride out for dinner in the Pennines
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2013, 09:12:50 PM »
ta David I hope so as you have listed my concerns ie very tight bends and oncomming traffice and worst the fear of being fully aladen two up and dropiing the beast .
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Re: A little ride out for dinner in the Pennines
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2013, 01:16:28 AM »
Here is a photo from Google Earth
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Re: A little ride out for dinner in the Pennines
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2013, 08:02:37 PM »
No Trophys at Squires yesterday, only mine.
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Re: A little ride out for dinner in the Pennines
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2013, 11:35:44 AM »
Loads of ... Not trying to be a smartass  or tell anyone how to suck eggs , or ride bikes ,, but  we do a lot of riding  in tight bend situations like that , and  the main thing is , pick your line ,  don't slow down too much , and USE YOUR BACK BRAKE , this will help you stay up .. This advice was told to me and then shown too me by a far better rider than myself , when he noticed me struggling on my rocket tourer , when fully loaded with the wife on the back , doing these types of turns ,,
it was bike 395 kilo
 myself  103 kilo
 wife 80 kilo
  luggage  approx 40 kilo ,,,,  a lot of weight to balance on two wheels but  ,  throttle and back break worked perfect ,, go to carparks and try it,  figure eights and u turns .

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Re: A little ride out for dinner in the Pennines
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2013, 07:35:09 PM »
Just been to a classic bike meeting and seen my first other blue trophy. Had to laugh when the owner of the other one tried to open my bikes pannier. I don't think he noticed the lack of top box!  :745:
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