|I am glad its red at the top, it reminds me of the R1|
|Bye Bye R1, Thanks for all the fun we had.|
First ride of 2014
I wanted to take the bike for a good run on its first ride, so suggested to Col we had a trip to Dom's. I woke up to a sunny morning and the forecast said Spring had arrived. Col informed me that on Facebook it said Dom's was closed, so last minute we changed the route and headed to the cafe at crossgates and the A483. Good plan!
We met Steve and Louise and then 2 other guys and made our way over there.
I thought the Fireblade felt great. The suspension felt good, with just a possible tweak required, the power was a definite increase from the R1 and grip felt good. I seem to have gone backwards when cornering around right hand corners though, I am not sure why that is. I just don't seem to be able to lean into them like I could at the end of last year. This has been a problem I have had before and hope its just me getting used to the new bike. The seat was much harder than the R1 which became noticeable after an hours riding but it wasn't uncomfortable.
We left Steve and Louise at the cafe as they wanted to head of to the coast and made our way back home.
Col has had the bottom of his bike painted black, it looks great.
Rich has took his ZX636 out for its first ride of the year. After the winter his battery was flat, but the run did it good and its running fine now.
Jons GXR is in bits in the garage it has a buckled wheel and brake problem. He is having Mark check it over before taking it on the first ride of 2014. This first ride will probably be the trip we have organised in July!
Planned Rides for 2014
Newtown A483 - A481 - A489
Other NewsThe A483 is to be altered to make way for a by-pass around Newtown. For the towns folk this is a much needed route and will relieve traffic congestion. Believe me I have witnessed this congestion first hand in my days driving a truck.
However from looking at the 2 maps below, as a bike rider it looks like we will loose a short section of about 4 of the tight twisty corners towards the start, but gain a better access road from the A489.
Work has been pushed back to start in 2015.
See below the planned routes