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Post  terry lees on Fri Jul 19 2013, 15:51

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All this fabulous weather and to dangerous to get out. Don't know what its like where you are, but around here the hot weather has seriously melted the road surface. Was out on Wed. and could feel the bike moving around. Stopped for a closer inspection, yup, soft guey tar. Not happy.
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Post  Stu on Sat Jul 20 2013, 22:36

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Was out for a ride in the Cotswolds today.  On plenty of roads it was a choice between slick melting tar on the wheel tracks and the loose gravelly bit in between - it seriously detunes your cornering enthusiasm on roads like the Charlbury TT. Shocked 


Ah I didn't know you did the Charbury TT great little loop , just a short ride from me to!


I quite often end up Chippy way, have seen signs for Charlbury but not been through there yet, will have to give it a try. What points make up your route?

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thats the route I use stu, maybe we could have a wee small rideout of those local to it, do a few laps sometime

Thanks for that Dave. Was down that way today but went from Woodstock to Charlbury  which is a good road then on to chippy.
Only bad bit was the surface dressing on the way back to Banbury.
The wee small rideout sounds like a good idea.

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Post  Wooster on Sat Jul 20 2013, 22:41

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Well... about a month ago we had quite extreme heat here in Germany and it caused serious accidents on a couple of motorways. One motorcyclist was killed when the concrete road surface bulged up in front of him basically turning the road into a ramp.

Here's an English article about it...
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Post  bobh on Mon Jul 22 2013, 21:57

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:bloody cyclists
To  be honest i hate  them  law to  them self traffic  lights  mean  nothing  to  them   or  junctions  

There speaks a man from Nottingham, one-time home of the British bicycle industry!

The fact is, cyclists have just as much right on the roads as cars or motorcycles. If they (or we) break the rules of the road then they (or we) can't complain if we get done, though the lack of real human enforcement, rather than just cameras, does mean that it's too easy to get away with it.

We have to learn to live together and share the road ("Partagez la route" as the signs say in France).
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Post  bobh on Mon Jul 22 2013, 22:08

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Well the fazer 8 normally sits at 72 degrees engine temp from 60mph+. Now, reads 86 degrees and its cooking my legs. Feel sorry for it when I get stuck in traffic on the M1 and cars ain't letting me filter on times (ars&@) and the poor fan is working over time almost.
Now that I've given it a good clean, to good for a building site so will try the R1 on Monday and see how I cook on her.

Roads seem to be fine near us though. Good grip (really good) from the bridestone 023's on the R1 but the 021's on the fazer, still can not trust them fully as they have a mind of there own. scratch 

Same problem with mine. I have a radiator shield on mine, but I think I'll have to ditch it while this weather continues - it's getting up to over 100 deg and the fan's cutting in at traffic lights.

I also agree about the OEM BT021's. Lasting well (over 5K miles and still plenty left) but not the most confidence-inspiring. I'll probably go for Roadsmarts next - they seem to work really well, with good life, on the FZ6.
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Post  OhJay on Tue Jul 23 2013, 09:13

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Post  SteveCat on Tue Jul 23 2013, 09:43

Some of the roads not far from me are in a terrible condition - potholes everywhere. There has been a start to resurface some of them, but in this weather the tar is sticky and holding onto lots of stone chippings, one of which found its way in to my rear tyre - a real nasty flint.
At the tyre place last Saturday getting it hot vulcanised and there must have been about 20 cars come in all but 2 with punctures.

last night getting those 'cheap' brake pads, I could smell tar and diesel all over the place
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Post  0ldcat on Tue Jul 23 2013, 11:08

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Post  bobh on Sun Jul 28 2013, 22:31

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Do we have the basis for a Cotswold ride out?

Well, I think I've got the makings of a route for a Cotswold ride-out, probably starting somewhere on the outskirts of Swindon (i.e accessible via M4/A419).

Just a question of finding a date. I can only do 11th, 24th or 31st Aug or 1st Sept. 7-8th Sept is ToL and after that I'm committed every weekend until 12-13th Oct. So do we go for sooner, or wait until the autumn?

I'll start a topic in "Ride Outs" for feedback.
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Post  bobh on Tue Jul 30 2013, 23:28

Went out to do a recce for a Cotswold ride this afternoon. No more melted tar - the rain has seen to that. Instead there are great piles of gravel in unexpected places, usually just where you want to be in a corner. Caused a few buttock-clenching moments, I can tell you.

See "Ride Outs" for more info on proposed route, and please feedback there on preferred dates.
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