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Re: The NVM committee in action
« Reply #60 on: Jun 06, 2019, 05:48 PM »
*Originally Posted by Manchester1970 [+]
Perfect.  Iím 30 mins from Liverpool here, but will go to other ports if better crossing.

Definitely meet up with you (and others) en route, much more fun riding with others

Will plan nearer the time, once ferry plans are in place :)

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Re: The NVM committee in action
« Reply #61 on: Jun 11, 2019, 08:05 AM »
*Originally Posted by NIVersysOwner [+]
Probably staying up Coleraine area and then doing the coast road in the morning.
Then mountain roads in afternoon.

Havenít really got a plan as yet but chatting to a few other bike groups to see whatís best. Meeting some on Sunday and will know more then.

Jay
It's a beautiful area. I've been there by car before, but never by motorbike. I guess the Giant Causeway you will plan. A tour in the Bushmills distillery rather not.

I already announce my appearance to the NVM in North Ireland. My government (my wife) has already approved it.

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Re: The NVM committee in action
« Reply #62 on: Jul 13, 2019, 04:52 AM »
Just been killing a bit of time at work tonight by having a look at possible route to take.

I aim to avoid motorways and others are more than welcome to meet me on route.

At the moment, it looks like a two night stop.

Day 1 from London / SE corner (Dartford) to Bakewell, on the edge of the Peak District. VIA Stratford-Upon-Avon, Rugby and then Nottingham.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Sidcup/Rugby/Nottingham/Bakewell/@52.3492029,-0.5917153,8z/data=!4m59!4m58!1m10!1m1!1s0x47d8a9343780a7a9:0x2c313ce242546dff!2m2!1d0.1009392!2d51.4264863!3m4!1m2!1d-1.3880085!2d52.2229651!3s0x48773060fc045fcf:0x842054cdcd79b360!1m30!1m1!1s0x4877155fc08c57e9:0x1bcfbdbca9e41c3!2m2!1d-1.265032!2d52.370878!3m4!1m2!1d-1.208887!2d52.5194124!3s0x487742c9963640d5:0x6cfec1874932f8fe!3m4!1m2!1d-1.3702571!2d52.616173!3s0x487759f6f3e55bfb:0xa7761fd870b821d8!3m4!1m2!1d-1.3854404!2d52.7691015!3s0x4879e34e23f990a9:0x8e20e6d42b8478a9!3m4!1m2!1d-1.2680094!2d52.8014688!3s0x4879e6c0650076bf:0x367da45c4d30a2b8!3m4!1m2!1d-1.2269681!2d52.8305298!3s0x4879e7a419804ebf:0x6902a672df71df8e!1m5!1m1!1s0x487832d2390779cd:0x108063201919db15!2m2!1d-1.1581086!2d52.9547832!1m5!1m1!1s0x487987749f9846c1:0x474111f1604dd076!2m2!1d-1.676171!2d53.215207!2m1!1b1!3e0!4e1

Day 2 From Bakewll, finishing in Carlisle. Travelling through the Peak District to Rochdale and Burnley, onto Bowland Forest and into Kendal, with a final push through the Lake District.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Bakewell/Uppermill,+Oldham/Carlisle/@54.6449755,-3.1236111,10z/data=!4m53!4m52!1m10!1m1!1s0x487987749f9846c1:0x474111f1604dd076!2m2!1d-1.676171!2d53.215207!3m4!1m2!1d-1.8101715!2d53.5609976!3s0x487bda8ff502efb7:0x8316981ff2641b98!1m30!1m1!1s0x487bc89d359165a5:0x651d4cfad494cfd3!2m2!1d-2.008277!2d53.551691!3m4!1m2!1d-2.1030755!2d53.7191898!3s0x487b95602cb11b25:0xd413d346145f39cf!3m4!1m2!1d-2.3031506!2d53.7972828!3s0x487b99f9ecccf03d:0xce8d3965b9158feb!3m4!1m2!1d-2.4236858!2d53.9015472!3s0x487b8344f850b24b:0x833cc99e671fa3f5!3m4!1m2!1d-2.5051621!2d54.1031427!3s0x487c7fb570a7b139:0x8066c1bdb7f9349c!3m4!1m2!1d-3.1829264!2d54.632983!3s0x487cdbb782584b4f:0x1ea62579796371ec!1m5!1m1!1s0x487ce1df3eee6b0f:0x5c0a43b6ba15682d!2m2!1d-2.932931!2d54.892473!2m1!1b1!3e0!4e1

Day 3 Fairly straight forward From Carlisle to the NVM 2020 Coleraine! Taking the Cairnryan to Larne ferry. Direct route to Coleraine planned, so as not to spoil any of the days riding already planned for us as part of the NVM.
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Carlisle/Coleraine/@54.8402021,-6.2361708,11z/data=!4m27!4m26!1m15!1m1!1s0x487ce1df3eee6b0f:0x5c0a43b6ba15682d!2m2!1d-2.932931!2d54.892473!3m4!1m2!1d-3.7449438!2d54.9934273!3s0x4862c6009e693885:0xb9a69167753ed0fb!3m4!1m2!1d-3.9757253!2d54.8650543!3s0x4862e796d42700e1:0x421252429b0b94c8!1m5!1m1!1s0x48601557891517bd:0xa047e722d79b876b!2m2!1d-6.6646103!2d55.1325802!2m1!1b1!3e0!4e1

I always try and limit myself to around 200 miles per day when touring, as I've found this allows for a more enjoyable days ride, and arrive with enough time to get settled in and have a beer at the end of the day.

Day 1 is a bit longer, just to get some miles under my belt and therefore day 2 is a bit shorter, allowing room to change the plan a bit. Day 3 at the moment looks good but more planning will be needed around ferry timings, etc...  :lostit:

Thought it might be nice to post this early, just so anybody interested in coming along can have a look at where they might like to join in.  :028:

I'll look at where anyone wanting to join is coming from, and plan lunch/coffee stops from there. Sounds a bit military, but it's really relaxed and I'll no doubt get lost at some point in reality  :whistle: :008:

These are all really rough ideas s so far, and will change closer to the time, I just wanted to give myself an idea of how the route could be done and how long to allow. The return journey will be based around those travelling back with me (if any  :019:) but will be mostly different roads.

Obviously, Jay has said that people are arriving Friday, so with that in mind, I plan to leave early(ish) Wednesday and arrive Friday in time to say hello and enjoy a pint or two with anyone already there.

Hope this helps anyone planning to come along and I'm open to any suggestions of places to meet or where to go  :37:
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Re: The NVM committee in action
« Reply #63 on: Jul 13, 2019, 10:57 AM »
Keep an eye on your speed whilst on the A26 in the Ballymoney area
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Re: The NVM committee in action
« Reply #64 on: Jul 13, 2019, 11:16 AM »
*Originally Posted by TYKE [+]
Keep an eye on your speed whilst on the A26 in the Ballymoney area

I second this!!! Bloody gits got my mate last week lol.
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Re: The NVM committee in action
« Reply #65 on: Jul 13, 2019, 11:23 AM »
Shandy days 3 of your trip is all I can comment on as Iím already over here, but it looks good so far!
I appreciate that you are taking a direct route through N.Ireland so as not to spoil any enjoyment of planned routes. The coast road is of course on the route we will be taking.

I have been talking with a lot of other bikers and bike groups trying to find the best route.
I have even been out testing some of these to make sure they are doable (especially for those of us that arenít Rossi!) lol.

So far (Iím not going to share the route just yet) I have twisty technical corners, long sweeping bends, tight narrow roads, a small almost off-roadish (gravel-like) section (necessary as the views are amazing! And the road is easy to ride one!), steep hills and lastly maybe a small ferry ride over to Donegal if at all possible.

Hope this gives you all the same excitement it is giving me... 😁

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Re: The NVM committee in action
« Reply #66 on: Jul 13, 2019, 12:45 PM »
Some of us old duffers thrive on single track stuff with grass growing down the middle  :152:.

You can throw whatever you like at me, and it will be fine.  From your description above it sounds like a great mix, and a bit of something for everyone. And if you are getting help from your biking buddies it should be terrific.     

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Re: The NVM committee in action
« Reply #67 on: Jul 13, 2019, 07:50 PM »
*Originally Posted by NIVersysOwner [+]
Shandy days 3 of your trip is all I can comment on as Iím already over here, but it looks good so far!
I appreciate that you are taking a direct route through N.Ireland so as not to spoil any enjoyment of planned routes. The coast road is of course on the route we will be taking.

I have been talking with a lot of other bikers and bike groups trying to find the best route.
I have even been out testing some of these to make sure they are doable (especially for those of us that arenít Rossi!) lol.

So far (Iím not going to share the route just yet) I have twisty technical corners, long sweeping bends, tight narrow roads, a small almost off-roadish (gravel-like) section (necessary as the views are amazing! And the road is easy to ride one!), steep hills and lastly maybe a small ferry ride over to Donegal if at all possible.

Hope this gives you all the same excitement it is giving me... 😁

Jay

Sounds amazing, I was looking at the coast road on Google and it looks like a bikers paradise road, can't wait!!  :celebrate:

Not sure about the gravel roads, I don't like single track stuff really, but I'm not one to shy away  :5: variety is always good!

My route is still very much in it's infancy and will be subject to change probably many times before we go. I'm keen to keep it fun but make progress at the same time.

I use a website called 'Best Biking Roads .com' https://www.bestbikingroads.com/motorcycle-roads/country/united-kingdom as a base guide, it's a peer to peer route sharing website.

And for more detailed planning I combine that with a book called Bikers Britian, produced by the former Deputy Editor of RiDE mag: Theres a newer version and it's now spiral bound for ease of use! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bikers-Britain-Great-Motorbike-Rides/dp/0749577363/ref=sr_1_4?crid=1XZTR3OLC9E8S&keywords=biking+britain&qid=1563043577&s=gateway&sprefix=biking+br%2Caps%2C126&sr=8-4

But there's no substitute for local knowledge, so looking forward to what you have in store for us Jay  :7:
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Re: The NVM committee in action
« Reply #68 on: Jul 13, 2019, 10:45 PM »
I have just done the route (so far) there today! A great ride and some fantastic roads.
Only thing that spoilt it for me was learning of a zx10 going down and rider being air lifted to H! Not sure of his injuries just yet but my prayers are with him.
Other than that today was a huge success.
The base route is planned (subject to minor changes) and just need to figure out best stops and viewpoints along the way.

Sneak peek...





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Re: The NVM committee in action
« Reply #69 on: Jul 14, 2019, 12:13 AM »
Looks stunning!  :152:

Views made even better by the lovely Versys in it, I really like that Green, this years green was pretty drab so I went for the black.

Lets hope we get similar weather next year!

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