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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Salut on: September 15, 2017, 11:32:34 AM
Hey Peter,

Hopefully getting immersed in the scene there wil allow you to make quicker progress in aclimatising! You are welcome to write to me in French, I can always use the practice too!

Best wishes on getting the Trump of your dreams, please, no pun intended in any shape, way, or fashion!

Enjoy Dijon, and the intervening countryside!
Ben
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Bumper cars anyone? on: September 15, 2017, 11:26:51 AM
Ha, I get it! Andy, were bumper cars standard fare in Scotland when you were a kid? The fellow in that film appears to be a Brit, so I was wondering if they were also popular in the UK.
They existed here in the old amusement parks when I was young, but even then seemed to be fading out. I don't believe I have ever seen them in France, although go karts are  big.
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Bumper cars anyone? on: September 14, 2017, 05:21:40 PM
A prime example of "niche"?? I guess there is no real answer for why?
4  General Category / Pictures and Videos / Re: European Motorcycle Day at Lars Andersen 2017 on: September 12, 2017, 05:44:12 PM
Thanks Andy, that Zundap is my favorite!
5  General Category / Pictures and Videos / Re: Breakdown of lane splitting crash on: September 11, 2017, 06:47:11 AM
I believe in the freedom to do what one feels best maintains safety while riding. Passing on a double yellow line judiciously when the person in front of you rides their brakes is one example. My personal feeling is that lane splitting is dangerous, and only employ it in places like effin SoCal, where the 100 degree temp and ridiculous traffic make you feel that you are hurting your bike just by running it. I do feel it should be legal to do so with rider discretion, knowing full well that the rider always takes responsibilty for their actions, whether successful or not.
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Much preferred! on: September 09, 2017, 08:42:48 AM
The alps are calling to me too Andy. Last week I rode to Andorra and Catalonia, across the Pyrenees on the smallest roads my GPS could find. Although there was little other human traffic, almost every other bike I saw was a decked out Beemer GS. I was on my dear friend, an old r1100rs. One other rider passed me and caught my attention. I later found her name to be Anny Deim, from Austria. In my estimation, and I no longer consider myself either strong or a strong rider, a dual purpose bike is not necessary to enjoy the alpine terrain. I frequently take my GSXR into the high Basque country, on gravel and dirt shepard's paths, and it is not too difficult, albeit requiring care. One doesn't want to ride top fast or too aggressively up high for twp reasons, IMHO. First, there is too much to look at, the scenery is magnificent, and one feels on top of the world. Secondly, and more importantly perhaps, if you hurt yourself up there, even though I carry a portable phone, keeping track of distinguishing and communicable landmarks to help guide a rescue team is tough. Signage is very limited, GPS, if accurate is probably best.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Much preferred! on: September 07, 2017, 06:20:22 PM
Rather than saying goodbye to an important member of this forum as he prepares his departure tomorrow, I prefer greatly to think about the forum's latest international subscriber from Grenoble. Best wishes and safe travels, Peter!
8  General Category / Events / Re: Owl's Head Vintage Motorcycle Festival September 2-3 2017 on: September 06, 2017, 05:24:24 PM
Thanks so much for the great reportage and cool photos! I have also never seen a Laverda 1200cc bike and will do a litrle research on it. What is that Virago frame, very cool!

Thanks again!
Ben
9  Selling and Buying / Sellers Remorse / Re: Mortgage material? on: September 02, 2017, 02:31:42 AM
He appears to be a high end german vintage dealer, so his personal collection, as you say, is probably very interesting, if he is not so jaded by having all these beauties pass through, that he now nothing! Grin
10  Selling and Buying / Sellers Remorse / Mortgage material? on: September 01, 2017, 07:05:27 AM
https://m.classic-trader.com/uk/motorcycle/listing/egli-honda/cb-750-four/1980/100339
11  General Category / Pictures and Videos / Old Knucklehead in Bayonne on: August 26, 2017, 06:26:46 AM
Yes, I was in Bayonne yesterday too, but my title is supposed to describe the photo, not myself!

Er, that's not Bayonne NJ either.
12  General Category / Pictures and Videos / Re: Vintage races today on: August 24, 2017, 12:56:58 PM
With pleasure! Has Eric gone upnto Lowell yet?
13  General Category / Pictures and Videos / Re: Vintage races today on: August 24, 2017, 03:38:19 AM
I sure hope we will go somewhere together again Peter, perhaps to these places!

We have had a really nice day here, as Maylis became engaged while visiting, our celebratory dinner witnessed by several empty champagne bottles!
14  General Category / Events / Re: Britt Jam 2017 on: August 24, 2017, 03:06:29 AM
Sorry I missed it too. I love to look at old Brit bikes, the history of the sport is right there! I appreciate them, but have ridden them infrequently as I was never comfortable with the right side shifter. I guess that hasn't been true since the late 70s, so it's been a while since I tried!

Thanks and all best Rob, glad you were able yo get out for a Sunday ride!
15  General Category / Pictures and Videos / Re: Vintage races today on: August 23, 2017, 04:35:55 AM
I agree concerning the fiberglass body design, but I love the frame, which like the Egli, uses the engine as a stressed member, having no tubing to support the engine underneath.
Looking forward to my trip to the Viaduct at Millau, and Andora next week. Hope the weather cooperates!
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