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A winters tale

Post by deadgrass. » Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:11 pm

you know how sometimes these things start,

you're sat round a campfire or in the pub and the discussion starts what you up to next?,

If i'm honest i cant remember how me and geoffbarnett decided we would leave the comfort of our warm homes to spend a week on the road to attend the invite only Tauerntreffen [at this point we had no invite, no real idea of what was required and little time to plan with about 2 months notice],

luckily we had one ace to play, Mr Ellrider,

after a chat and a few emails mark did on our behalf we were in [big thanks Mark],

now reality had started to dawn and talk of minus double figures a regular occurrence,normal tent pegs of no use,bmw engines seized due to cranks sat in cold oil,the locals using the climb to the camp as a toboggan run, use of snow chains essential etc etc,

first and quiet big problem was neither of us had snow chains ,no time to order specifically built chains or any idea of how to make our own,

Geoff was first out of the traps and after a bit of research order a pair of car chains, I swiftly followed [ÂŁ13.99 a bargain ?],

while we await the chains to arrive the mz owners rally at rattlinghope just before Christmas was the opportunity to test some kit,

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a picture paints a thousand words [my gortex bike gear failed and no room in tent to dry, certainly not acceptable in below zero conditions its now 21st December we leave January 20th],

anyhow the chains finally arrive in the busy Christmas post and we set to work approaching the task in similar but different ways,

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had to change the 130 rear wheel for standard size for clearance,

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along with a bigger tent progress was at last being made,

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as a little treat i made myself a snow rake,

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also color and sharpen some big nails [tent pegs],

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with the cold oil playing on my mind i gave the bike a oil change service using thinner oil 5w 40 fully synthetic before rattlighope only to discover the leaking base gasket i was trying to ignore was getting worse so a decision was made to swap the engine from my offroad bike,

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checking the file info from this picture its January 6th only 14 days to go,

more to follow,

Dave.
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Re: A winters tale

Post by twmtomos1 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:36 pm

did all go well after all the preperation ,nice bit of reading ,well done Dave
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Re: A winters tale

Post by Wirralman » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:03 pm

Great description of the first part of your adventure. Can't wait for the next installment !
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Re: A winters tale

Post by mt bandit » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:17 pm

Good luck Dave .looking forward to some pictures
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Re: A winters tale

Post by Laurence » Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:19 pm

Nice one Dave, looking good :)
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Re: A winters tale

Post by ellrider » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:26 am

You forgot the main thing you need........a bloody sidecar.
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Re: A winters tale

Post by Wirralman » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:01 am

ellrider wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:26 am
You forgot the main thing you need........a bloody sidecar.
You do have the advantage there ! Years ago someone posted a link to Norwegian ? army bikes with outrigger and skis both sides to keep them upright

For this event you'll probably also need the sidecar to carry a dram ot two ! ( For medicinal purposes of course)
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Re: A winters tale

Post by deadgrass. » Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:51 pm

Part Zwei,

once the new engine was in with new thin oil, filter and cam belt a few road tests showed nothing wrong,
but its always a worry to do a big trip on a newly altered bike ,

time was surely passing by so camping equipment was next,
this lot was coming with me,

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I manage to get it all on,
whichever way you looked at it it was heavy,

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so heavy i weighed it [with a full xl tank],
front 110kg rear 140kg plus me,

so the day to leave finally dawned,
we were booked on the Yorkshire to Rotterdam overnight ferry and as i had to work that day had the bike ready to jump on and go the night before,
the rendezvous time was 1700hrs [rush hour in deepest hull],
filtering with a fully loaded bike was err interesting,
I arrived more or less on time with Geoff already waiting [there,s something quiet comforting meeting up with your travelling buddies],

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with the bikes strapped down we found our cabin then the bar[we bask in our achievement so far]
our lass had made us a nice cheese and pickle sandwich for supper but the bar won,

in the morning we had a lovely breakfast of cheese and pickle,

once off the boat and through passport control we hit the road in heavy fog and mist,
with enough fuel in the bikes we covered several before finding a fuel station just off the motorway[a gps is great for this]
it was cold but i didn't realize how cold until i tried wiping the mist off the visor ,
it was ice,

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after a quick cup of tea we set the sat nav for Wurzburg [370 miles from europort rotterdam],

we rode on in the mist until we hit the German border and all of a sudden the mist cleared and out came the sun,
our spirits were immediately lifted,
the downside was we were now on the autobahn and cruising at a gps indicated 65 mph needed concentration,

we arrived at our cheap hotel just before dark got cleaned up and went in search of sustenance,
this is where a smart phone and google is your friend,
once full of Italian cuisine we searched for beer,
this is where we found our first gem of the trip a snooker/pool establishment [very friendly,good music and good beer],
Wurzburg working mans club as we called it,

In the morning we set the nav for our next meeting point Selzthal [320 miles],
here we were to meet the welsh experts Mark,Mike and Simon,

by chance we met them at a fuel station a bit before and rode to the hotel together,
we were now five,

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We bask in our achievement so far,

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Tomorrow we leave for camp,

more to follow,

Dave.
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Re: A winters tale

Post by arceye » Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:07 pm

I like the modified panniers Dave. Absolutely useless to put anything in except I presume your feet ? :roll:
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Re: A winters tale

Post by deadgrass. » Thu Jan 30, 2020 10:21 pm

yes Phil,
lost some storage [top third still works as storage with new timber base],
but the weather protection and stretch out foot positions for my old builders knees are invaluable on a journey like this,
I kept swapping from footrest to box en-route,

Dave.
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