|10-28-2010, 02:26 AM||#1|
Tigers R great.
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: St.Leonards on Sea, England.
Triumph Scrambler go off road in Spain.
Having gone to Spain for a few days trail riding on our Triumph Scramblers
Yes, we had to ride up that..... That day wore us out. At one stage we thought we were in the shit and would have to make camp over night.
The scenery was stunning....
So, we were now stuck in Figueres, north east Spain, by the French fuel blockade. We had a ferry booked from Cherbourg but it was too far with fuel the supply being dodgy. So, we hatched a plan, in the bar, to buy fuel canisters to carry an extra 30 litres of petrol each and head to Geneva, 400 miles away, where we could refill and continue up to Luxembourg for another refill and then onwards to Calais for a ferry to Dover.
We set off from our hotel in Figueres on a chilly Wednesday morning
on the Autoroutes at a steady 60mph to conserve fuel. After about 100 miles we saw a petrol station open for business so we topped off our tanks and were able to up the cruising speed to around 75mph which got us to Annecy for an overnight stop.
The next morning was really frosty and we got moving at 09:30 and rode into Geneva with 10 litres of fuel to spare thanks to the top up on the Autoroute. After filling everything we had and taking the obligatory photo at the famous fountain
we headed north over the “Col de la Faucille” @ 1323 metres, which had a covering of snow.
The ride on the north side, down from the peak was treacherous with icy patches but the views with the frost in the trees were stunning.
Because of the conditions, we abandoned plans to ride the “Route de Cretes” in the east of France and diverted toward Dole and then north towards Luxembourg along some lovely “D” roads. We got as far as Chaumont before we were frozen so we found a hotel there.
Another frosty morning made us slow to start off but we got going around 09:30 after bump starting my bike because the heated grips and heated jacket liner has drained the battery too far. We continued to Luxembourg on very pretty back roads. Refilling everything there, we set off for Chimay for an hotel and some beer but couldn’t find one single hotel in the town. This is a town with an Abbey brewery and a race circuit with no hotels??!! Surely a missed opportunity. So the Garmin Zumo came in handy and routed us to an Ibis in Maubeuge for our final night in this saga.
Next morning was more of the frosty same but with rain forecast. Our route took us through Cambrai, Arras, Frevent, Hesdin, Desvres, and Guines to Calais where we were robbed of €62 for a one way ferry crossing. Dave and I went our separate ways off the M20. Job done.
Message to the French :- We don’t need or want your petrol! Get back to work you lazy B#*@^"ds.
LINKS TO VIDEO:-
2002 black Tiger955i, 71000 miles.
2012 black Tiger800XC, 26000 miles.
Bike history [(N) = bought new] :- YAS1, RD350B(N), XS750(N), XT500, XJ650(N), XJ900S(N), CBX750, XL185S, XR250RF, XR600, KTM600LC4, TDR250, R100GS, TS200R, Tiger955i(N), Scrambler900efi, Tiger800XC(N)...
|10-28-2010, 09:42 AM||#4|
Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Dirty North Joisey
Or were they "off-the-shelf" so to speak? How did they perform on the trails? I'm hoping your videos will clearly show that. Any problems with the Scramblers? I've a soft spot for that bike. Thanks.
|10-28-2010, 11:25 AM||#5|
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: S W France my little bit of paradise
Looks a great trip guys living here in France we've not had a problem with petrol .....its diesel that running out !!! about 80% of the vehicles run off the stuff ....both of ours so all i can do is play out on the bike
I,M HERE FOR A GOOD TIME NOT ALONG TIME
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