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My favourite stretch of road

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  1. Peter Burridge

    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    I was taking a IAM Associate (advanced riding trainee) up to Hartside Cafe via the pass the other day (ignore the date) for his final session. I got to thinking, is it my favourite bit of road? Yes it is, definitely. The balance of being reasonably quick while being safe make it challenging. I also had a new rear tyre on the rear and the edges were virgin rubber. Quite a few folk get it wrong :)

    So I grabbed the footage from my evidence camera and via iMovie you can have a look if you don't know it. Basically it goes up the Pennine ridge to Alston, Cumbria, the highest market town in England. The camera is sited under the nose of the fairing.

    If anyone is ever in the area I'm happy to show them around.

    A few years back I came down to see one of my very best friends lying in the road with bits of bike, car, oil and petrol all over the place. A local driver cut across the blind corner and my friend (who has more qualifications and experience than most can dream of), stood no chance. He's still with us and riding thankfully. His bike was written off.

    Oh my associate got to the top a little later, all training stopped at the bottom :)


     
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  2. Grumpy Goat

    Grumpy Goat Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Nice road ... not very straight is it ... ;)

    What bike was that shot on? I notice the video was almost 3 years old based on the timestamp and the sound does not appear to be a BMW boxer's ...
     
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    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Hehe, it was only 2 days ago Wayne. So it was the RS. I think that the camera picks up some odd noises being sited under the nose of the fairing. I have to connect the camera to the computer to set the time and for some reason it didn't do the date too. Since corrected.

    Peter
     
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    Grumpy Goat Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Ahhhh ... that explains it. As for the sound of the bike ... it is probably because of the hard mount to plastic resonating through into the on-board microphone of the camera. :)
     
  5. Peter Burridge

    Peter Burridge Well-Known Member Contributor

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    Indeed :)
     
  6. Leon.P.

    Leon.P. Well-Known Member

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    Nice 1 Peter.:)
     
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  7. James Bagley

    James Bagley Well-Known Member

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    That's a beautiful stretch of road, Peter.
     
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    I found myself leaning with you as I watched! Nice
     
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    That road certainly had a lot of warning signs. o_O When do you get the time to read them? ;)
     
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    My favourite stretch of road, filmed on my previous bike (a GTR1400) back in April. Camera mounted on the LHS crash bobbin.
    The original "soundtrack" was just pure wind-noise, so I added some music. I also cut out the boring 30mph sections through the villages. Enjoy :)



    Cheers

    Paul B.
     
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  11. Grumpy Goat

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    What warning signs ...? :D Good point though.

    I once (note I said once) approached a certain 15 mph corner at probably closer to 60 mph, having not seen the sign. This was on the previous Honda CBR500RA. By the time I got "on top of the corner" I realized "Shit it is a right hand corner and there is gravel on the road!!!" Suffice it to say that I did not overshoot but managed to make it around safely, swearing profusely at myself and riding very slowly after that for a few seconds. Now, that corner is etched forever on my mind and I always look for that 15 mph sign and smile.

    Oh, and for those ABS naysayers ... I have a corner for you to approach at 60 mph .... I'll watch and learn how to handle it like a "man" ... ;)
     
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    and to think I live 200 yards from this road, oh I do have a tough life!!!
     
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    It was good to catch up today Graham
     
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  14. Peter Burridge

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    I find most advisory signs here are very conservative. I do use the signs to make me think about what's coming and to prompt a check of what's following but I find that identifying the limit point and monitoring how it is moving relative to yourself is a much better indication of what the corner is doing. It works everywhere, even in tightening radius curves.

    This road I know pretty well though and I've been up it at least 20 times.
     
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    I hope you boys are not speeding when you are doing those Videos . We never speed down under.;);):):):rolleyes::rolleyes::D:D
     
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    Speeding? Who me? All in the best possible taste :)
     
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    i think we call it making progress up North in the UK
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  18. Grumpy Goat

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    Agreed. Its the exception to that norm that causes problems. Since there is apparently no standard in placing a 15 mph sigh on a given curve, I have ridden through so-called 15 mph curves at 40 mph with no issues.

    But not the one I referred to in the previous post - right angle + gravel and narrow. Even without the gravel one can't do it at anything much above 15 mph. It is not even a blind corner too ... the whole thing is there in the middle of wide open farmland.
     
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    But GG, those bastard corners give you the memories!
     
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    True, if you are still alive. :)
     
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