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Rules on moving bikes through the EU in a van.

 In 2023 we didn't have a road trip on the bikes. Partly due to the situation that Brexit has caused. 

Since leaving the EU some of the European Agencies see moving motorbikes in the back of a van as moving goods, this requires a Carnet, which is a load of unnecessary paperwork and of course this extra paperwork has a cost... quotes I have seen are around £350 per bike.

It seems there is not a definitive rule about this and it can depend on luck once you get to the other side of the channel.  Being caught without the Carnet could have your bike taken away and scrapped if you don't pay the fine which will be more than the Carnet.   I have recently read about some cyclists who were hit with a £7k bill for transporting around £60k of bicycles in a van. For us at the moment its most off putting.

For now we are playing it safe and sticking to the UK. With the luggage we can carry on the sports bikes, realistically its only big enough for a few days away if you want some sort of normality and not live in your leathers. Travelling to Spain and Portugal which is where we would like to be, means journeys of 8 nights away and we just cant carry that amount of clothes in 1 oxford saddle bag.  
To do that it would be better to use a bike dedicated to that kind of a journey such as a tourer/adventure bike with 3 fixed luggage containers and a more comfortable riding position. 

When we go into Europe we like to base ourselves at a hotel, have 3 or 4 days for exploring that area, and find a road for our ultimate road list. Having the van there means comfort for the long journey there and back, security, more space to carry a suitcase and basic tools, and we have our own breakdown recovery vehicle if its needed. 

 Plus factoring in the fatigue on this style of bike, the cost of a set of tyres, the extra mileage and break down cover for 20 year old bikes, makes the riding the bikes from home to Spain and back more of a test of endurance than a trip to look forward to.  

Another option is to fly to a destination and hire bikes to use when you are there. It would probably work out similar to hiring a van, paying to get the van over on the ferry and paying the tolls to get to where you are going. 

With that in mind 2024's road trip is still in the planning stage.

Triumph Heated Grips Issue

 My new Triumph arrived in the middle of a heat wave, as you can imagine there is no need for heated grips in July and August, other than pressing the button and seeing the little light come on on the dash I hadn't tried to see how hot they got. 

 It went for a service at 1000 miles in August and a new patch was added to the computer.

On my bike this patch has affected the heated grips. The dealer was made aware of the problem in September when I discovered it, they had the bike and couldn't fix the problem, they told me the grips were faulty so ordered a new set. 2 weeks later they fitted them and the new ones didn't work either. 

The symptom is, you press the button on the handle grip to switch them on, the light illuminates on the dash to say its working but the bike fails to send the power to the grips to make them go warm. 

The dealer says Triumph are aware of the problem and are working on a fix for this which should be available by end of October. At the end of October the fix was not included in their latest update so now its looking like the end of November 2022 and for me another month of cold hands.

At the moment these grips are a £200 option which is an OEM part. I did contact Triumph about this problem myself to see if they had an estimated time for this to be corrected, but unfortunately Triumph did not respond.  The dealer has been very helpful though so cant fault them.

I have posted this as I cant find any reference to it on the internet, and the dealer says other customers are also experiencing the same problem.


As its now early December 2022 I have contacted Triumph again about this issue and this is what I have been told:-

The Factory are aware of the concern and have been actively working on a software update to the instruments in order to reinstate the functionality of the heated grips.  The cause of the issue was more complex than we first realised which has resulted in the fix taking longer than we would have liked. 
 I am pleased to inform you that we have an expected release date of the 12th December when we aim to release the revised software to our dealer network for them to update their customers' bike that require it. This will of course be carried out free of charge under warranty.

Fingers crossed I will be riding with warm hands in the next few weeks..

Test Ride Triumph Street Triple RS

 While my Triumph Trident was away having its 1st service, I was given a loan bike to use, the Triumph Speed Triple RS.

 I was told to be careful as the power was much different to the Trident.....

The Speed Triple has a very similar ride position to the Trident which I liked, instantly you could feel the difference in the initial grunt from the 121bhp 765cc engine when pulling away. Its not a massive difference to be fare but it is noticeable compared to the 81bhp 660cc engine in the Trident.  On a ride you can leave it in the gears longer when accelerating and has a higher rev range which means you might get to 60mph in 2nd rather than 3rd on the Trident, and the sound it makes is very nice indeed. This bike had the quickshift fitted which felt smooth and gives that great sound as it changes gear. 

 The bike costs a lot more than the Trident starting from about £11,000 compared to the £7,400 for the Trident. This means you get some better equipment as standard, such as adjustable front forks and a bit of space under the back seat... I am sure there's other things too...you'll have to look for them.

Handling wise I thought it felt very similar to the Trident, both bikes score good points here, braking felt good going in and holding a line when cornering, the suspension definitely felt firmer than the Trident, if I liked that better though I am not sure?

The speedo has a lot of info on it, not over cluttered but lots on the screen at once, I didn't like it as much as the speedo on the trident though.

Now my personal view is it felt an awesome tool to ride, but its looks are of the type only a mother could love.  I struggled to find a good angle to get a photo of it, as you can see. The headlights are definitely the love or hate item of this bike, and as you might have guessed they don't look good to me.  The test bike I used was in black with green stickers here ant there, currently on the Triumph website you get the choice of just 1 colour which is black.  I do like the number plate position and the wheels though.  Infact if you could put the Speedo and head light from the Trident and smarten the plastic below the seat I might have gone for one of these next time, but never say never.

If you are interested in this type of bike, book a test ride, you wont be disappointed I am sure.


My Triumph Trident 660


As much as I like my Fireblade there comes a time where you want something easier to live with so with that in mind I have been looking at other styles of bike. After a while I've narrowed it down to the Honda CB650r or the Triumph Trident 660.  I love the look of this style of bike, always have since I first had a ride on a Suzuki bandit 600 back in the late 1990s and my very first bike was a Yamaha RD50 with a single round headlight.

  I took a test ride on the Triumph and loved it. I've always wanted to own a Triumph, so paid my deposit ordering a brand new one in white and added a few bits via the configurator, selecting the heated grips, the lower fairing, the quick shift and a couple of other bits that are cosmetic.  Also added a short screen above the headlight, swapped the mirrors for bar end ones and changed the brake levers for adjustable black ones.

 We have completed over 1500 miles together which means its fully run in, and now its time to share some of my thoughts and findings.  I do like sports style bikes, its all I have ever owned for the last 25 years so can only compare it to those when ridden on the roads.

Coming from a 1000cc bike with 145bhp to a bike with 660cc and 81bhp was a bit risky as I didn't know if it would be powerful enough to be interesting. So lets deal with that first.  The Trident is definitely no slouch, from 0 - 60mph is plenty fast enough, the figures say its about 4 seconds, following Col he is a fraction quicker up to road speeds and beyond but its not massively different if you want to keep your licence. It runs out of revs through the gears quicker than I am used to when getting up to 60 but the quickshift helps out in that area. The Trident comes with traction control and 2 modes, 1 for rain and one for.... when its not raining...

The handling however, I do prefer over the Fireblade's, the Trident feels so easy to ride, you can change your line around a corner, lean it in more and the power delivery works with the handling, Triumph really have got the mix of power and handling balanced perfectly. 

 The bikes built to a price, so no adjustable front forks which is a shame, but the ones fitted do work fine, and the brakes have plenty of stopping power, even ABS is included.  The rear shock is adjustable in case you are heavier or have a passenger. 

Mine has quick shift, it does make the bike for me, you only need the clutch when you pull away or stop, it will change up the box under power and down when you are off the power, just by pressing your foot up or down. It just keeps the power to the wheel when accelerating, no drop of power between the gears. 

Mine is showing an average MPG of 66.9 I cant quite get it to 67, but this is riding the same as I would ride the Fireblade, not taking it easy. When I fill up Col tends to put about 4 pounds more than me for each tank full for the same journey, so owning this bike is saving me a little money in fuel. 

The TFT is very easy to read and use, it has a number of "trays" Triumphs word for screens and you can set these up how you want them. It always shows which gear is selected which I find quite useful. When you get it you can enter your name, theres a big section on how to do it in the manual, but after the update it cant do it, the dealer couldnt explain it either, but that is not really a concern at all.

The seat is softer than the race bikes I have owned and the handle bars higher, this makes long rides so much more comfortable. I don't suffer with any of the complaints that I have done over the last 10 years, such as knee and leg ache, neck ache, wrist ache and hand ache, infact when Col has had enough I could do the same ride again.  Its rekindled my love for biking it really has.  

The lights are all Led and give a nice bright light, there is also self cancelling indicators, how I have longed for such a thing. There is 1 missing button, the flash button, you have to press the main beam button twice to flash, but that's nothing major.

Not everything is perfect, the throttle is fly by wire and has a small amount of lag when you first pull away, it makes me think of an automatic scooter I once road. There is no storage space under the seat, it would have been nice to get enough room for a disk lock, I have managed to get a smaller disk lock which will just fit on top of the battery. And the bit where the number plate lives is a love it or loath it part. It seems a lot of brands are building new bikes with a similar feature, I do quite like it but I can see it might look better with the number plate fitted under the seat, however, for now its staying as is. One thing that has improved it is to paint the back of the number plate black as it doesn't stand out so much.

It had heated grips as one of the options I ticked. They didn't work for 6 months, even though the light came on to say they were working. However, It was Triumphs fault, to do with a problematic update. Its fixed now.  The grips get luke warm at best. Compared to the Oxford ones on the Fireblade, they are about like 50% so the faster you go the more useless they become.  If I had of known I would have had Oxford ones and not worried about having the light on the dash. 

The sound from the 3 cylinder engine is nice, and the exhaust is not loud at all when you are riding it.  I do think about changing that but having seen the alternatives so far, they dont sound that great. If they could make it sound more like the street triple rs it would be more my thing.

 Overall if you are after this style and size of bike, I would recommend you take one for a test ride. I enjoy mine and it makes me smile when I see it. Its more fun and comfortable than the bikes I have been used too and costs less to maintain too.

Road Trip 2022 Peak District and Snowdonia

  Col and I don't live that far from the Peak district to our North. It's the kind of distance you could do easily in 1 day, but the journey to get there is kind of boring. Its either through the built up areas or along the Motorway and its a few hours before you get there. 

 The Peak district does however have the Cat and Fiddle road or as its correctly know the A537.  We have often heard of this road mentioned in pubs and magazines so decided it should be on our places to visit list.

 This was the first ride for my new bike, the Triumph Trident 660, I had only picked it up 2 days before. (there will be a review on that soon

 Day 1, Our first night was booked at Buxton in the Premier Inn. On the way we tried to avoid the motorways as I was running the bike in and we just didn't want to go via them, so picked a route around Wolverhampton and Stafford, through Uttoxeter, Ashbourne and on to Matlock Bath for some dinner. We found a chip shop with parking in front and sat in the street eating our chips. Col spotted 5 other chip shops from where we sat, they must eat a lot of chips up there!  

After dinner we headed north west towards Lady Bower, the reservoir is there so we stopped to take a rest and watch the world go by for a while.  There is a road called Snake Road (A57) to the north of the reservoir I had spotted this when looking for places to stay, its twisty so I thought perfect for us. It didn't disappoint and was the best road of the day. Eventually we found our destination which was perfect, the bikes were hidden and were undercover which was good as it rained through the night. While having a pint in the bar we commented about the amount of our route that had 50mph limits, nearly all of them North of Wolverhampton, which was handy as 50mph was about as fast as I could go before the rev counter flashed in annoyance for over revving during the 1st 250 miles of the bikes existence. 

 Day 2, we planned to go to North Wales to spend 2 nights in the Premier Inn at Llandudno Junction. We loaded the bikes up with our luggage and head of to the A537 and the Cat and Fiddle for a coffee. It was only about 10 minutes from the hotel, the road was fun but has a 50mph limit on it and average speed check cameras. 

  We picked our way West on lots of roads with 50mph speed limits, via Macclesfield then Crewe, eventually finding our way to the Ponderosa cafĂ© on the horseshoe pass near Llangollen. From there its West along the A5 and the A470. This was another fun road, which again, over a pint we decided was the best road of the day.

 The hotel was fine for what we wanted it for, comfy room and the bikes hidden from the road. As the weather had been very good when we got to Wales we decided to get some chips in town, then take a ride to the top of the Great Orm and then follow the coastal road down around the back of the hill which was very picturesque.

Day 3,  The route we took started by going back up the A470 until it meets the A5, then along the A5 to Capel Curig, staying on the A5 until it meets the A4244 following the signs for Llanberis, where we stopped for dinner,  then continue along until it meets the A4086 and eventually meeting the A5 again.  Then its back to the hotel. We fell lucky not getting caught in any rain, but missing it by minutes by the look of the wet roads.


Day 4, The long ride home.  We came home via Bala, where there is another of our favourite places to get a coffee. By now Col was beginning to feel the problems that touring on a Supersports bike delivers. Stiffness in his legs and hands and an uncomfortable seat. Although Bala is only 90 minutes from home he needed a few stops to stretch his legs. I on the other hand was very comfortable on the Trident. 

All in all we had a great time, we commented that we need not travel hundreds of miles to find some great rides, when just 2 hours away is the Snowdonia National Park with its beautiful scenery and look forward to heading this way again.

    Date:- July 2022
    Weather:- 4 Days 22-24 degrees
    Hotel:- Premier Inn Buxton - Premier Inn Llandudno junction
    Miles:-600 approx, all on bikes
    Fuel Cost:- 1.89 approx
    EDSBK Riders:- Phill, Col
    Aim:- To ride in the Peak District and the Snowdonia National Park