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Post  MichaelS on Mon Apr 06 2020, 14:52

Unfortunately I didn't take too many photos with the bike in them, but I got the beginning and the end at least.
I took 5 days, about 350 miles a day.  

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My last view of England, as a biker at least.

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Looking towards Spain from close to the France / Spain border.
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Post  MichaelS on Mon Apr 06 2020, 14:55

Arrival at Portugal

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Arrival at new home for me and the bike.

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Post  Tee-Forty on Thu Apr 23 2020, 00:19

Have you emigrated to Portugal or is this your holiday home ?
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Post  yamahamad on Thu Apr 23 2020, 08:02

Tee forty i was thinking the same thing, thats a right trip plenty of miles. Did the bike behave itself?
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Post  MichaelS on Thu Apr 23 2020, 11:35

Apologies for my delayed reply.
It is both mine and the bike's new home. It was a 1 way trip as we've sold up in the UK and moved to the Algarve. My wife flew out a couple of weeks later. She has more sense than me.
The bike was faultless, it's always been well looked after and now has about 28k on the clock. It had 6k miles when I got it.
The only fault that I've ever had was needing a new fuel pump, and that's only because of the winter riding in the UK doing North West Blood Bikes runs, the salt ate it.
I'm very glad that I made the trip but I wouldn't do it again unless I had lots more time and money to make it more leisurely and take a longer more scenic route with more bends. I did approx 350 miles a day for 5 days. Most of it was 80ish mph on motorways and dual carriageways, which gets a bit boring for 8 hours a day, because I had to get there in 5 days to meet the shipping container, which I loaded in the UK the day before I set off. Also, despite making myself stop every hour or so, I could hardly raise my arms when I got there. A very stocky Ukrainian physio guy beat me up a couple of times to sort me out when I got here, probably not helped by me being 47 years old. I did consider fitting some raised bars for the journey but I couldn't bring myself to do this to my bike.
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Post  Tee-Forty on Fri Apr 24 2020, 01:01

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I did approx 350 miles a day for 5 days.

I bet it seemed a lot easier when you looked at the map, but in reality...

A Suzuki Hayabusa would have gobbled up those miles, but at least you and the 'cat arrived safely and in one piece.
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Post  yamahamad on Sat Apr 25 2020, 09:26

Glad you & the bike got there without drama, just aches & pains. How is the dreaded covid 19 affecting things over there? This time last year i was on holiday there, lovely part of the world.
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Post  MichaelS on Sun Apr 26 2020, 09:17

We are very lucky with regards to the covid-19 situation ( as much as we can be) , not only being in Portugal but also being down here in the Algarve. It was being taken seriously here way before the UK did anything and people were exercising polite measures a week before the official lockdown. On the whole people really are behaving and sticking to the rules. I think the rules are similar to the UK, we are allowed out for shopping, short exercise.

At this point i have a bike confession to make; I still haven't managed to get my Thundercat registered as Portuguese, and until I do I can't ride it, it seems that I've chosen a bad lawyer to deal with it, so in the meantime I've bought a 29 year old Suzuki GN 250, with a whopping 22bhp, which turns out is perfect for the small bumpy roads around the area where we live. My shopping trips usually involve a big detour around the countryside.

I'm hoping to have the Thundercat on the road for next winter to do some touring around Portugal and possibly Spain. It's a bit too hot here in the Summer months but winter is perfect for me.
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Post  Radar on Thu Apr 30 2020, 00:37

The Thundercat is a great distance bike, done a couple of euro tours on mine
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