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12 days around France.. Sept 2010

Hi all.. I'm a newbie K1200R Sport owner but a regular Euro tourer. Just back from a 2-up 2500ml run thru France and thought I'd share a few pics.. Bike was faultless (particularly the luggage systems). Encountered rain/dry, hot/freezing, autoroute/twisties & just about everything else.. Maps already out for next year!!
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 2010, 5:03 pm
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Thanks for sharing the pictures!

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Holiday on YouTube!..

Hi, all..

Winter has arrived in Lincolnshire, so I've had some time to complete a labour of love & edit several hours of movie footage of my recent French holiday down to 11 bite-size chunks & upload them onto YouTube..

Much to my surprise they've turned out pretty well!

There all 11 movies ranging from 3mins to 10 mins.
They're best viewed on full-screen & thru a good sound system if possible.
(Oddly, due I guess to the soundtrack & copyright issues, most of them have been blocked in Germany (WTF??) and one is blocked in the US)

This is my first attempt at this stuff so please be gentle!! :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnTcU...eature=related

(This is the first episode & the others are ...part2, part3, etc..)

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The photo of the Tiger at Vimoutiers made me smile,I have a selection of photos of me with that thing spanning 35 years!!,we normally pass one way or the other on the way to Le-Mans for the 24 hour,e'r thats bikes not cars!!for the Americans on here some history.

It had been in a ditch for many years till the local village realised that it should be displayed better.

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Same here, Chris..

I've dug out photos of myself & friends climbing over the Vimoutiers Tiger going back to 1982, also on the annual April pilgrimage to the Le Mans 24hs bike races.
Happy memories!.. Racing Guzzis, boxer BMWs, standard new GPZ900s & FJ1100s & a even a chain driven GL1000 GoldWing! Team BIKE on a standard looking Honda VF750 (but with an ex-Joey Dunlop 850cc HRC works engine) overtaking the Rothmans Honda France machine.. Priceless!!

I guess I must've been to most of the Le Mans races in the 80s before graduating to the Bol d'Or 24hr events at Paul Ricard until 1999.

So, we must've been at a number of the same events?
Which ferry did you use?.. I was on the Portsmouth-Le Havre crossing.


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Blimey a bit frightening reading your thread,because we most certainely have crossed paths as some time,I actually went to a couple of Bol d' Ors when it was still at Le-Mans in the seventies,and when asked why the hell do we still go answered by 'Anything else to do in april'!!.

Untill P+O bailed out of the Portsmouth/Le-Havre route thats the way we've always gone,over the bridge at the Pont deTancarville and then it's gung ho,through Lisieux/Vimoutiers coming out onto the Rouen/Alencon road at Gace and stop at the bikers relay at Sees.

We now go Brittainy Portsmouth/St Malo and have found a back roads run to Sees,last year they produced a camera crew as they couldn't beleave we go out of our way for the coffee and cake,although we are now informed they have tea for the Roast Beef !!

I'm not in love with Magny Cours,we also went to the last Bol at the Ricard,having been at the Assen WSB the week before and then went on to Valencia for the very first GP,I digress!! and hence flatly refuse to go to the Bol till it's back at the Ricard,we may have a wait!!.

Next year will be interesting as all the dates have been swapped about, Le-Mans 24 in september,doesn't sound right e'h,but before all the hotels worked out what was going on,the folk we meet in the same hotel every year clued us up and we managed to beat the system and book before they put the price up.

If your still interested in that kind of thing,check the dates,first weekend in July is the Spa Classic which includes a 4 hour endurance race for pre 1990 bikes(it's serious),along with demo's of other vintage stuff,we went this year it's very special,would you beleave best pre 90 endurance bike is a Guzzi

If you ever saw a guy on a green Goldwing,flat bars/race seat/mag wheels and 4/1,KOP3P

My earliest photo on the Tiger 1973 on a 750 H2 two stroke striple on the way down to Rodez,it took 16 hours,my backside has never been the same since

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Hey Chris, you must be much older than me!..

My earliest channel crossing wasn't 'til 1980 (on my shiny new SuzukiGS550)
I really think your description of the green GL1000 requires a photo!

After a very dreary visit to Magny Cours for an early World Superbike round, I also promised not to go back to the Bol until it returned to Paul Ricard.. For a while Ricard was only an upmarket test facility but I'm sure I read recently that there are car & bike race events being held there again.
Maybe there's hope?

The 'Spa Classic 4hr' sounds excellent.. This year on the 1/2/3rd of July. already got a couple of friends interested in the trip & will almost certainly be there.
Still makes the hairs on my neck stand up thinking of the Godier-Genoud Kawasakis & Loen/Chemerin Hondas, etc..
(I know there's normally a very seriously competetive Bol d'Or Classic at Magny in early April but I'm not as 'rufty-tufty' as I used to be & July sounds much better.)

A top excuse for a weekend with the lads!



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Yes I am older

I'd have to dig a photo out of an album(remember those!)

We actually took bikes to the Spa Classic,here are two of them.



And yes that is a watercooled Kawasaki!!



These are some of the bikes from the endurance race.







And a couple of parade bikes.


Yes that is a V4 Jawa


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I'll be there!!!..

Those bikes are beautiful.. (Did the TZ last 4hrs??)

Are you involved with a competing team this year too?

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The TZ and the KR and the RG in the background were parade bikes,I use the word advisedly,seeing Steve Baker and Christian Sarron going for for it on their respective TZ's anything but.

What I didn't say,apart from when the endurance race is on,you have complete access to anywhere,no passes needed,and yes we'll be there with more parade bikes.

What is odd about Spa,it has two sets of pits and garages,if you see the endurance bikes they are in the new one's,the parade bikes were in the old,so there is a lot to see.
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