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Old 07-26-2012, 02:54 PM   #2491
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These are great photos, lovely spot, just said to the wife that we have to get to Scotland sometime soon...our daughter has been in London since late last year & has been complaining about how cold it is.

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Cheers Terry.... I hope you and the wife do make it here .... and tour round by bike.....Just don't come in winter, not if you don't like riding in sub 14C temps lol!
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:00 PM   #2492
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Kam you will never ride in south of France. 35 degrees it is a normal temperature. i come from south...
HaHa you are so right!

I have actually ridden in the south of France on several occasions .... We used to ride to Paul Ricard near Bandol for the MotoGp's when they used to be held there many year's ago... happy days. But yes, I know what you mean - it is not nice 35 C and leathers! ... It's bearable as long as you keep moving, but sitting at traffic lights is uuugh!
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:03 PM   #2493
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What a beautifull place
It is ... and only 30 mins from Glasgow..... This wee church is just a down the road from the above pics ..on the outskirts of Aberfoyle in the shadow of the Trossachs....

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Old 07-26-2012, 03:14 PM   #2494
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It is ... and only 30 mins from Glasgow..... This wee church is just a down the road from the above pics ..on the outskirts of Aberfoyle in the shadow of the Trossachs....

So nice, i really would like to ride with you
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:16 PM   #2495
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HaHa you are so right!

I have actually ridden in the south of France on several occasions .... We used to ride to Paul Ricard near Bandol for the MotoGp's when they used to be held there many year's ago... happy days. But yes, I know what you mean - it is not nice 35 C and leathers! ... It's bearable as long as you keep moving, but sitting at traffic lights is uuugh!
I have done a track day on the Ricard. I did my studies at Toulon. And i am from Avignon...

But ride with safety leather is a suicide!!!
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Old 07-26-2012, 03:37 PM   #2496
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I think in those temps ..and if riding in town traffic it must be tempting to dump the leathers and ride in a T-shirt. I know many would consider this reckless but I noticed when riding in the south of France that the motorcycle cops ride in short sleeve shirts!
They do here as well. Always reminds me of Jon and Ponch from CHiPs.
Seriously, I find it pretty unacceptable.
In Germany the motorcycle cops always wear leather... And ride beemers mostly. Hehe.
Here they have all kinds of bikes - FJRs, beemers, Multistradas, even some R1s.
Not setting a good example though.

I don't consider riding in anything but the leathers. Been riding in T-shirt exactly once in my life - on my way to the Dune du Pyla near Bordeaux. It was 40°C or more that day and not a wee bit of shadow anywhere.
Still, I'd never do it again. I spent the whole ride imagining what would happen if I crashed...
I even hate riding in Jeans and leather jacket. Not feeling complete without the full leathers, boots, gloves and helmet.
Most people call me crazy, though.
During the summer you'll not see many bikers NOT riding in shirt and shorts around here. I wish I'll never have to pick one of them up from the road after an off.

Each for his own, but for me the good old "ATFGATFT" counts!

Oh, and just as a wee side note: Belgium is setting some really great examples. I wish other countries would have the guts to follow them.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:37 AM   #2497
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I think in those temps ..and if riding in town traffic it must be tempting to dump the leathers and ride in a T-shirt. I know many would consider this reckless but I noticed when riding in the south of France that the motorcycle cops ride in short sleeve shirts!
It's is very tempting to ride in a T-shirt but I still wear a jacket, the bike cops ride in a shirt in the warm weather & that has to be a OH&S issue.

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Old 07-27-2012, 03:55 AM   #2498
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It's is very tempting to ride in a T-shirt but I still wear a jacket, the bike cops ride in a shirt in the warm weather & that has to be a OH&S issue.

Terry

In France it's different...

Cops are soldiers and they have winter clothes and summer clothes. They must wear the good ones. It's the governement who decide what cops must wear...

But cops are so silly, they never revolt against that
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Old 07-27-2012, 05:11 AM   #2499
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In France it's different...

Cops are soldiers and they have winter clothes and summer clothes. They must wear the good ones. It's the governement who decide what cops must wear...

But cops are so silly, they never revolt against that
When we were in Paris a few years ago we saw plenty of cops on scooters, now that looks funny

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Old 07-27-2012, 07:15 AM   #2500
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When we were in Paris a few years ago we saw plenty of cops on scooters, now that looks funny

Terry
And again - we have them here as well! They are even on e-scooters.
And on mountainbikes, of course.
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:37 AM   #2501
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And again - we have them here as well! They are even on e-scooters.
And on mountainbikes, of course.
The "e-systems", the stupidity, i explain.

For the France it's different cause we have a lot of nuclear power plant, but in other countries, it use lot of petrol to produce electricity. And after you must carry it and put in on battery. You have some lost at each stage... So put directly petrol on car...

Thanks "Lavoisier"
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:28 PM   #2502
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We were down in England yesterday, rode down to Cumbria to Devil's Bridge (a popular biker's stop) to meet a few friends from down south. We did get rained on several times during the 300 mile trip and there are no onboard pics as we went two up on one bike as it was mostly motorway. But a few pics from the bridge....



The bridge itself....


For many years it has been a kind of tradition for folk to jump from the bridge into the river below ..although you have to get it right if you are not going to get injured!




You are no longer allowed to jump...


The reason why..... another recent fatality...
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Some more of the bikes ....


Quite a few Harleys ....


One of several showers ...
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:10 PM   #2504
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Seems you had a nice and eventful wee trip there!
Always great to get on the bike with the purpose to ride somewhere, ain't it?


Tonight, on the way home from work, I saw something funny. Especially as it is the eve of the Swiss national holiday (well, by the time I post this it's probably not only the eve any longer... ).

And as the thread-starter not only is English but also likes boats, I took some pictures:

What about a "British pub" on a beautiful boat on Lake Geneva?




It did look pretty cool. Although it would have done with a few less Union Jacks...




And of course the viffer had to sneak in as well...





The boat is the "MS Helvétie". It has been built in 1926 as one of the big paddle wheel steamers to tour Lake Geneva. In the 1970's it was revised and got a Diesel-electric engine for the wheels. The original steam machine went into a museum. It's more than 75m in length and has a capacity of 1400 people. In 2002 it had to be stopped due to a lack of money to restore it. Since then it's been sitting in the shipyard in Lausanne-Ouchy, waiting for the 10-12 million CHF that are needed to put an original steam engine back in. Cause that's what they wanna do. Hope it will work out one day.
Now, for the Olympic games they took her out and placed her directly in front of the Olympic museum. As you can see it's all British now.
There's actually a London double-decker selling pancakes and a fish&chips shop in front of it as well. Pretty funny.
There's also a big screen showing th Olympic games 24/7.
As I said, directly in front of the Olympic museum with the Olympic parc where the IOC headquarters are. Worth a visit btw.

Alright, just thought, I'd quickly post that up.

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The VFR is doing really good, btw. I love her! Really getting used to the bike now. First week is over - more than 1000 km done already.
I'll need new tyres soon unfortunately....


Alright - as I said, past midnight! So here's to 721 years of the Confederatio Helvetica!!
Hop Suisse!
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Seems you had a nice and eventful wee trip there!
Always great to get on the bike with the purpose to ride somewhere, ain't it?


Tonight, on the way home from work, I saw something funny. Especially as it is the eve of the Swiss national holiday (well, by the time I post this it's probably not only the eve any longer... ).

And as the thread-starter not only is English but also likes boats, I took some pictures:

What about a "British pub" on a beautiful boat on Lake Geneva?
It did look pretty cool. Although it would have done with a few less Union Jacks...

And of course the viffer had to sneak in as well...




The boat is the "MS Helvétie". It has been built in 1926 as one of the big paddle wheel steamers to tour Lake Geneva. In the 1970's it was revised and got a Diesel-electric engine for the wheels. The original steam machine went into a museum. It's more than 75m in length and has a capacity of 1400 people. In 2002 it had to be stopped due to a lack of money to restore it. Since then it's been sitting in the shipyard in Lausanne-Ouchy, waiting for the 10-12 million CHF that are needed to put an original steam engine back in. Cause that's what they wanna do. Hope it will work out one day.
Now, for the Olympic games they took her out and placed her directly in front of the Olympic museum. As you can see it's all British now.
There's actually a London double-decker selling pancakes and a fish&chips shop in front of it as well. Pretty funny.
There's also a big screen showing th Olympic games 24/7.
As I said, directly in front of the Olympic museum with the Olympic parc where the IOC headquarters are. Worth a visit btw.

Alright, just thought, I'd quickly post that up.

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The VFR is doing really good, btw. I love her! Really getting used to the bike now. First week is over - more than 1000 km done already.
I'll need new tyres soon unfortunately....


Alright - as I said, past midnight! So here's to 721 years of the Confederatio Helvetica!!
Hop Suisse!


Thanks for the pics and info mate. Lovely boat! I do hope they get her fully restored.
As for the flags.... your viffer matches them well - with it's red/white/blue Union Jack colour scheme! Good choice!
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