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On Any Sonday. 7 years, 5 months ago #6013

Some days are good and others great, and yesterday falls firmly into the latter.
So as per the header.....


I've rode countless road miles with my son Ben, but never any trails; that was changed in yesterdays little outing when we took to the dirt with him aboard the XR and myself on the DR.
Bens off road experience amounts to almost nil, (that is apart from clandestine rides on my bike on nearby byways that I wasn't supposed to know about).
So with everything ready we were ready for the off.



The Steve McQueen lookalike on the left is me, OB1 should recognize the Storm Trooper on the right.

In order to get something other than tarmac under his tyres as soon as possible we hit a short trail a few miles from home.
I must admit that the first few moments were of mixed feelings, happy that he's out on the trail, but anxious incase he overcooked it and took a tumble as he still isn't fully recovered from last years RTC; but I was soon nice and calm as he blatted back and forth taking his time and feeling his way in.


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When he pulled up I could see that he was enjoying himself in this new world of unpredictable traction and sub motorway speeds.

A few miles further on and another trail, the funny thing is that on this one he lived within a stones throw from it and never knew that it existed.
The conditions were firm, but very cut up in places from 4X4 traffic, however elswhere we noticed that the grass is starting to grow a treat perhaps it might be spring after all?





Me getting a couple of passes in for the camera.


A handsome bugger isn't it?
Not Ben the XR!

I couldn't resist a pic using the self timer so......


The wonders of modern engineering, next they'll have flashes built into the cameras, and film instead of those cumbersome glass plates.

Another couple of miles and another track, this one opened out into wide fire trails, which seemed to go on forever.
It's funny the things that cross ones mind while out on these rides; I had missed the company of another machine either in front or in this case behind me, to hear the bark of another exhaust is wonderful, and looking around to see your riding buddy makes it very good indeed.
At one stage we came up to a couple of hundred metres or so of soft slippery track punctuated with a couple of deep muddy ruts, which in trail riding terms equals an invitation to get dirty.


This realy put a smile on Bens face, getiing himself and the XR nice and dirty.


Happier than the proverbial porcine in excrement, I love it.
Another thing to cross my mind, or rather had many happy memories come flooding back was invoked by the smell of mud on the hot engines.

So far so good, we were having a blast, and I'd stopped for another photo, when I noticed something quite important missing from the back of the XR...


The number plate had gone AWOL.

There was nothing else to do but try and retrace our steps, so off we set at little more than tick over, but to no avail.
We turned around and started back from where we came, I even thought that I'd found it at one stage, but when I dismounted and took a look it belonged to another vehicle, either another bike or a 4X4, Ben at this stage had put a good 1/2 mile gap between us, I could see his white crash helmet away in the distance, then a hundred or so meters further down the trail I saw the familliar shape that I was searching for, lying face down in the mud; I stashed it away and hurried down to catch Ben up and pulled over for a bush repair.
The plate is an aluminium one, and had sheared away from the mounting bracket; the way that it was mounted left the face clean with no bolt holes, so only one thing for it create some.
Demounting the now useless original bracket left two holes in the mudguard so I offered up the plate and scribed the rear through the holes.
Using my multi tool I was able to semi drill / gouge out the new mounting holes, filed them up to deburr both them and the sheared edge and remounted the plate.


Nothing left to do but paint the screws yellow when I got home (now done)

Sadly time was pressing on, so to was my hunger, so we headed for home, but not without a last picture of the tarmac ending and the trails beginning, or this that visa versa?



That was great fun with great company, and I'm looking forward to the next Sunday or is that Sonday?

Thanks Ben.
THE END OF THE ROAD IS THE START OF THE FUN
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Re: On Any Sonday. 7 years, 5 months ago #6014

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Thank you!
I enjoyed it loads more than I thought I would, so thank you for opening my eyes to what I would otherwise have not tried...
I look forwards to the next time getting out on a trail bike, hopefully getting the bright white boots a bit more used looking too
Can't wait for the Safari now though
We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time.

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Re: On Any Sonday. 7 years, 5 months ago #6015

You're welcome mate, so glad that you enjoyed it.
Now you can have a nice new avitar.
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Re: On Any Sonday. 7 years, 5 months ago #6016

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We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time.

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Re: On Any Sonday. 7 years, 5 months ago #6018

Err no it's not.
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Re: On Any Sonday. 7 years, 5 months ago #6023





Now i get it
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Re: On Any Sonday. 7 years, 5 months ago #6025

It is my all time favourite film.
Thanks for posting the trailers.
When the first one finishes, look up the Steve McQueen Malcome Smith cow trailing, and the Steve McQueen riding a Honda Elsinor 250, those were the days.
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Re: On Any Sonday. 7 years, 4 months ago #6048

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top job lads jeez its dried out since I was out last

At least there was some mud to slide about in and pose for the camera

Really good enjoyed your report

Hornet
Id rather be cleaning my very muddy bike than driving a car

Get riding or get dying
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Re: On Any Sonday. 7 years, 4 months ago #6049

Good to hear from you mate.
Any plans for rides during the Summer?
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Re: On Any Sonday. 7 years, 4 months ago #6057

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I normally only ride trails when its like bog snorkling but who knows. Ive probably run as many miles in the last year as ive ridden on my drz on lanes so probably time I changed that.

Mike G

I'll post up if a rideout is on the cards
Id rather be cleaning my very muddy bike than driving a car

Get riding or get dying
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Re: On Any Sonday. 7 years, 4 months ago #6059

Thanks mate,
I'll keep an eye out for you.
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Re: On Any Sonday. 4 years, 5 months ago #11368

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Three years ago today, this ride out was. Time flies!
We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time.

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Re: On Any Sonday. 4 years, 5 months ago #11370

I remember it like it was yesterday.
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Re: On Any Sonday. 4 years, 5 months ago #11379

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Me too! awesome day. the first of many on the dirt
We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time.

My Mum is running the Peterborough 5k Race for life for forum member Trevor Pastrami (Dad) Donate Here>>> www.justgiving.com/dottyhagerty <<<

Re: On Any Sonday. 4 years, 4 months ago #11390

A quick question, as I seem to come from an era when analog was King, and not all this digital malarky I have no clue as to where the attendant RR pictures have gone?
So could someone kindly point me in the right direction?
Ta TP.
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