Thought it might be fun to have a thread about our most memorable rides.
Would be good to post pics if you have them. Can be on your RC51 or another bike, doesn't matter.
22 years ago, a friend & I decided for our summer break we'd ride our big single trials bikes from UK to Greece & back, using only back roads. This is a memory of one day's ride, on our 2nd day in the South of France, close to the Alpine roads.
It's one road I'll never forget, perhaps aptly called the D911. Both of us were single and fearless if not foolish. Each bike was loaded with tent, sleeping bag, satchel with our belongings, spares, etc. My friend's was an XT600E, mine - a Honda of course, an NX650 (Dominator), both shod with sticky semi off-road tyres. It was a warm morning and the road was empty except for the two of us. What was meant to be a brisk pace had turned into a race of sorts. I was in front, trying to widen the gap between us and he was behind saying "No way he's losing me!". Tarmac was smooth and recently laid and footpegs of our over-laiden bikes were scraping the ground regularly but no matter how hard we tried to beat the other the gap stayed much the same. 3rd gear sweeping corners just kept coming one after another for what seemed hours and it was sweet we were so evenly matched.
Eventually as we reached a small town we stopped and realised there were muscles in our legs we didn't even know existed that were now aching from all the braking & gearchanges we'd been doing. As students we didn't have much money, so our diet was fresh baguettes, cheese, tomatoes - and to drink, water from our plastic jerry cans, but we treated ourselves to a bath in a fast flowing river before putting on all of our clothes and heading for the highest point we could find on the map, to pitch our tent.
After riding around 400 miles a day - Each night we'd do this, often camping on empty fields, or wealthy people's back gardens (No cars & no lights meant there was nobody home!
) and the sights that would be before us each morning were often breathtaking. In a month we toured about 7 of the Cyclades Islands, before returning to the UK with many adventures & discoveries in between, but that morning's racing through the french D911 will always stay firmly and fondly in my mind.
Euro RC51 SP2: HRC WSB Ti Hi-Level, T1 Airbox & Snorkel, PCIII, Dymag CA5 Carbon Wheels, Ti64 Spindles (F, R & Swing Arm), Mori Link, Maxton GP7 Shock & Ohlins 832 Forks, Brembo GP Calipers & SBK narrow track (F), Braketech Disc (R), Brembo billet Underslung x 2 Brembo RCS, Tyga Triple, 7075 Stem, Probolt Titanium all over, Babyface rearsets, MR Complete Carbon Lineup, Custom Undertail & CBR 1000 LED, Watsen LED Indicators, Harris Brace, Giles clip-ons, Corbin seat, etc. 2013 BOTY.