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England On A BMW R1200GS

Aidy has a new R1200GS, what else is there to do except get some miles under the wheels?
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Early Morning Frost

The last leg of the trip was a returning to Weymouth to catch the ferry home. Apart from it being exceedingly cold at 7am on a clear February morning, the journey was pretty uneventful. Once again I was glad of the heated grips and for the thermal base-layer that we’d invested in before going on holiday. I think I may have also annoyed a lorry driver as...

Motorways, Cotswolds & Mendips

Wednesday to Thursday we took a trip up to Cheltenham to visit my Aunt & Uncle. This was my first test of riding the bike for any distance on a motorway. Not knowing how long it would take to get from Tiverton to Cheltenham I decided to stick on the motorway for most of the journey. Before setting off I wondered if the lack of fairing on the 1200GS might...

Exmoor and a river crossing

Tuesday was the day we had planned to explore north Devon, or at least some of it. The plan was to head north from Tiverton to Dunster, Minehead across to Porlock and then zigzag our way back across Exmoor. As for the whole holiday, the weather was gloriously sunny but cold. The change in temperature from hill-top to valley bottom was quite noticeable, and...

Packing & First Leg at Night

The first part of the holiday was actually at home doing the packing. Having finally got my bike back from the garage the night before and a new helmet that lunch time, I was to get away. As this was my first trip on the bike I was surprised by just how much you can pack into the standard BMW panniers. We easily manager to pack clothes for two people for a...