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HISS 5 years, 11 months ago #9239

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Just got back from the HISS trip to the Spanish Pyrenees on the little NX400, 5 days of mountain trail riding around Tremp along with some sublime roads also sampled and enjoyed.

Effectively 3 days there, 2.5 back and after 11 days in the saddle, mostly 6-7 hrs minimum, and some hot and tough trail work, my body is feeling like it wants a full service... Bring on the masseuse.

I had always thought the Dolomites were the pinnacle (sorry) of mountain road riding, I was wrong.... Just cannot wait to go back again next year even if the novelty factor has reduced. I pondered long and hard on the way back what would be MY ideal road bike out there, bike and it reckon it would be a supermoto or a trailie with a bit more power than my NX.

However on saying that, I managed to reach the edge of my rear trail tyre on more than one occasion, hero bumps now gone!!! Those Heidenau Scouts really are damned good!

I'll put a few pics up for you to get jealous about later
Steve
Last Edit: 5 years, 11 months ago by steveR.
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Glad that you had a good time Steve, looking forward to the pix.
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Sounds great, I've been thinking for a while about the Pyrenees. And as someone who's done serious miles including the Alps on my TTR600 single, I take my hat off to you as I know what 3 8 hour days in a row feels like!
I'll be putting K60's on the GS soon.
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Twintec wrote:
Sounds great, I've been thinking for a while about the Pyrenees. And as someone who's done serious miles including the Alps on my TTR600 single, I take my hat off to you as I know what 3 8 hour days in a row feels like!
I'll be putting K60's on the GS soon.


Do the Pyrenees if you can and even better, come to next years HISS event. 600km of legal trails properly mapped and described as well as more "off piste" routes, but these can be problematic, as my colleage and I found to our cost... A story for another day!! This year there were 5 distinct regions/terrain to cover, I particularly liked the route described as "High Anxiety"! The route was not over challenging, but you needed VERY good head for heights with vertical precipices 1m from you front wheel on a gravel surface. No high speed stuff there...

I also loved a stretch very similar to Welsh forest roads, then going out onto a high peak trail running along the top of a mountain range for 4-5km. Again, interesting drops on either side at times...

The NX looked very different when I set off to when it was christened off road at Banham!!

I had further work done to the seat to raise it 2", I also ran an Airhawk as well as a gel cusion, the gel seat was for more height. Pegs changed to Chinese specials (after much modding in the workshop to get em to fit), bar risers, a small flyscreen was brilliant even if it increased wind noise. Grip Puppies for the handlebar vibes, tool tube fitted and a small rear footrest carrier frame.

I cannot recommend the K60 enough, OK some say they are poor in the wet, but to be honest, this was not a factor and they are after all, an all terrain tyre!! I ran TKC on the front which was quite safe and predictable at stupid angles of lean. The guys running TKC on the rears, were weeping to see them shagged after 2K miles.
Steve
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Trevor Pastrami wrote:
Glad that you had a good time Steve, looking forward to the pix.


Gotta get and d/l them to the PC this w/e.... Too much work going on
Steve
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