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Old 08-23-2014, 01:02 PM   #1
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Gromming round the English Lake District - Many pictures

Not sure if this should go in Day tripping or not, but meh.

Took the MSX (as the grom is known over here) to the English Lake district.

260 miles, and one very sore arse later, I have some pictures.

The view towards the lake district (top left) from the top of the Heartside pass. Normally its heaving with sports bikes here, but forecast rain meant there were only 5 or 6 bikes


Into the lake district, by the shore of Lake Ullswater


The kirkstone pass is between Ullswater and Windermere, this is the view down towards Windermere


and again a little further down


on the way up the Wrynose Pass


looking down the other side of the pass, towards the Hardknot pass in the distance


and a little further along, at the bottom of the Hardknot pass


Fuuuuuu. That looks steep


The camera is definitely level here


From near the top of Hardknott, looking towards the Irish sea in the distance. The BMW half way up wasn't impressed by the hill clearly.


Cheese!


At the far side, the warnings signs for heading back over.


The light went a bit sucky after then, so not many pictures on the way back
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:42 PM   #2
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Beautiful countryside. Have you ridden scooters? I can imagine that a scooter would be a lot more comfortable than a Grom. I sat on a Grom a few weeks ago, and literally didn't fit. Yet I fit fine on a 125 scooter. For an area like that, the Grom definitely has an advantage with it's manual transmission.
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:04 PM   #3
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Beautiful countryside. Have you ridden scooters? I can imagine that a scooter would be a lot more comfortable than a Grom. I sat on a Grom a few weeks ago, and literally didn't fit. Yet I fit fine on a 125 scooter. For an area like that, the Grom definitely has an advantage with it's manual transmission.
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Old 08-23-2014, 06:07 PM   #4
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Looks like some fantastic roads to ride!
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Old 08-23-2014, 06:23 PM   #5
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Wow, beautiful.

Also, looks like the perfect bike for that ride...
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Old 08-24-2014, 07:23 AM   #6
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That looks great! Is the Honda able to keep it's speed on the hills?
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Old 08-24-2014, 03:28 PM   #7
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Looks like some great roads and scenery around there. You mentioned only 5 or 6 sportbikes due to the forecast for rain. Isn't it forecast to rain most days there?

Thanks for posting this.
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Old 08-25-2014, 12:01 AM   #8
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That looks great! Is the Honda able to keep it's speed on the hills?
It has a big step between 1st and 2nd, so I was using 1st and revving up a lot of the really steep bits.

On the switchbacks, I didn't need any more speed, but on the more open roads, which we're still steep, I'd have liked a little more than the 11hp I had, but driving about on little bikes just seems more fun

I got a few annoyed glances from bmw gs drivers who had driven their huge bikes up over the hills, and we're stopping to look at the view, only to see a guy on a stupid toy bike ride past

It's not really ideal, the roads are rougher that they look, and the surface is rough in places. The little wheels managed to make every bump seem bigger than it was
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Looks like some great roads and scenery around there. You mentioned only 5 or 6 sportbikes due to the forecast for rain. Isn't it forecast to rain most days there?

Thanks for posting this.


Not most says :) just fairly frequently.

I managed to miss the rain all day, but hit some wet roads on the way home. On a sunny day, there can be hundreds of bikes parked up at the heart side pass cafe
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A long day on the little Grom- impressive for sure.

Great photos! Looks like an excellent area to ride. Thanks for posting.
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:56 AM   #11
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Beautiful countryside. Have you ridden scooters? I can imagine that a scooter would be a lot more comfortable than a Grom. I sat on a Grom a few weeks ago, and literally didn't fit. Yet I fit fine on a 125 scooter. For an area like that, the Grom definitely has an advantage with it's manual transmission.
I've ridden all the good roads and passes in Cumbria and bordering areas on a Honda PCX125 and it never felt like it was struggling - 120-140 mpg while I was doing it too
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Looks like a beautiful area to ride!
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My favourite place to bike, I am also a Geordie, I also had a white msx in Newcastle and part ran the msx uk page on facebook, regular to the wetlands then sold the msx when I finished my dax build, ya cant miss it lol!
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Old 08-28-2014, 04:03 AM   #14
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Oh and here is my old scoot, my blinged up TMAX at hartside café!
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