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Old 04-23-2013, 12:14 PM   #2926
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How did you like the S1000RR ?
Well, it's certainly a mean machine.
A bike like that would only work as a second bike for me anyway. So if I had the choice, I'd probably go for an R1 or a gixxer to be honest.
The S1000RR has got 1kg/hp, which is amazing and it really has a lot of grunt. But it is SO controlled. You never feel like riding a 200hp bike, even with the great sound. Not that anybody would need a 200hp bike, especially in Switzerland, but come on! If I have one, I wanna feel it all the way. And that's not mentioning how dangerous this all is for inexperienced riders...
It's just not happening with the beemer. Other than that - supreme engine, incredible brakes, fantastic look. Handling is ok, it's pretty comfy for a sportsbike.
So yeah, it was fun riding around, but I'd never pay that much for her.

BTW, I already put 2600 km on the viffer - since 31st March.
Most of it in gruesome weather, but oh well.

Good to see you guys and your beauties back on track! Here's hoping for a glorious (and accident-free) season!
I hope I'll make it up there at some point this year. We'll see.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:19 PM   #2927
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whit about this tae get ye`s all in the mood fur this years riding. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK3BlCvmJKY
This is a spiffing wee video, mate! Cheers for posting this up.
If only all French were so cool.
(No offense, bubu! )
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:57 PM   #2928
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Well, it's certainly a mean machine.
A bike like that would only work as a second bike for me anyway. So if I had the choice, I'd probably go for an R1 or a gixxer to be honest.
The S1000RR has got 1kg/hp, which is amazing and it really has a lot of grunt. But it is SO controlled. You never feel like riding a 200hp bike, even with the great sound. Not that anybody would need a 200hp bike, especially in Switzerland, but come on! If I have one, I wanna feel it all the way. And that's not mentioning how dangerous this all is for inexperienced riders...
It's just not happening with the beemer. Other than that - supreme engine, incredible brakes, fantastic look. Handling is ok, it's pretty comfy for a sportsbike.
So yeah, it was fun riding around, but I'd never pay that much for her.

BTW, I already put 2600 km on the viffer - since 31st March.
Most of it in gruesome weather, but oh well.

Good to see you guys and your beauties back on track! Here's hoping for a glorious (and accident-free) season!
I hope I'll make it up there at some point this year. We'll see.

Interesting that we both had similar feelings about the S1000RR ..... great bike ..but felt slightly 'soul less' ...and, for me, it didn't justify the extra 3,000 over the price of the gixxer.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:04 PM   #2929
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Some more from Saturday...












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Old 04-23-2013, 01:38 PM   #2930
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Where's the last one from?
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:05 PM   #2931
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Where's the last one from?

Hi Matt

It's the A85 heading west along the side of Loch Awe (Tyndrum to Oban road)
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:52 PM   #2932
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I'm looking at that road on a map and thinking that I've been on every road in that area apart from that very stretch!
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:33 AM   #2933
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It's the A85 heading west along the side of Loch Awe (Tyndrum to Oban road)
Right past the Hollow Mountain, Ben Cruachan! :-)
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:08 AM   #2934
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I'm looking at that road on a map and thinking that I've been on every road in that area apart from that very stretch!

It's definitely one to put on your list ......The village of Loch Awe is very picturesque with some great views over the ruins of Kilchurn Castle across the Loch......as you head west along the A85 the scenery gets more dramatic as the loch narrows and the hills on either side get steeper and steeper.

Plenty of great photo opportunities......unfortunately, on the sportsbikes, we tend to go whizzing past it all too often .
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:11 AM   #2935
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Right past the Hollow Mountain, Ben Cruachan! :-)

Yep, - and the falls of Cruachan ........

famous (ish) for the train derailment a couple of year's back ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1284513/Glasgow-Oban-train-derailment-leaves-carriages-hanging-embankment.html?ito=feeds-newsxml
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:21 AM   #2936
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I had a look back through my ride reports as I was sure I had to have been that way at some point and it turns out I've been on it once, heading from Oban to Inveraray. I remember nothing of it though which seems like more than reason enough to get back up there soon.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:22 AM   #2937
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More from Sat ....Oban bound....




Smiling in Oban ..it's good to be back...



It's a small world ..whilst sitting on the harbourside enjoying some fine Selkirk Bannock from the shop across the road we were interrupted by the call of 'Right, which on of you is Kamchat'!......a fellow ADV member had recognised our bikes from this thread and come over to say Hi! ...... It was 'chain driven' on his VFR.......Good to meet you on Saturday mate, thanks again for coming over to say 'Hi'.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:27 AM   #2938
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I had a look back through my ride reports as I was sure I had to have been that way at some point and it turns out I've been on it once, heading from Oban to Inveraray. I remember nothing of it though which seems like more than reason enough to get back up there soon.

Aaah....I think the views are better heading west 'towards' Oban on this stretch.... So yes, good reason to re-visit....apart from which it's a great road no matter how many times you do it.

This is the same stretch of road, from Sat, heading east this time on our way back ...the Loch is just over the wall.....you can see how steep the hillside gets at the other side of the water on this narrow stretch..

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Old 04-24-2013, 05:41 AM   #2939
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Waiting to regroup at the turn-off south to Inveraray (A819)......





Time to roll....



15 bendy miles later in Inveraray..third fill up of the day ..it's not cheap having fun...



Btw.... heads up to those riding these roads ...the 'powers that be' have extended a new 40 mph limit for a couple of miles up the A819 from Inveraray ...so be aware.

Time for a brew...



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Old 04-24-2013, 06:42 AM   #2940
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Interesting that we both had similar feelings about the S1000RR ..... great bike ..but felt slightly 'soul less' ...and, for me, it didn't justify the extra 3,000 over the price of the gixxer.
That's indeed intruiging!
I guess we must be right then.
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