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Introduction / Re: New to Forum - Hi chaps and chapesses !
« on: 13 November 2012, 02:55:10 PM »
Never too late mate. Doesn't cost much. Easy for you - met a bunch of bikers from Plymouth in Brittany. Take the Roscoff boat and disappear for a few days. La Rochelle is only 4 hours down the coast. :)
 

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Introduction / Re: New to Forum - Hi chaps and chapesses !
« on: 09 November 2012, 10:59:53 AM »
Cheers for that, DeeDub. Was planning something along those lines next time. I have to take in Sisteron (mum lives there) and that's not so far from that route.
 
Yeah, I did loosely plan the route (streetview is great for having a look to see what sort of roads you're contemplating) and had a fair idea of the area I was likely to be get to each day. I printed off details of the municipal campsites in that rough area, so I had alternatives to hand. The Muncipal campsites were great - Euro 5.90 per night (£4!) and were fine (though I generally saved some of my ablutions for a decent service station!) The only commercial site I stayed on was on Isle de Re off La Rochelle, and that was Euro 18.00 - quite a difference when your beer money is on a budget.

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Fazer 1000/FZ1 corner / Re: FZS 1000
« on: 08 November 2012, 11:56:59 AM »
When you get the chance, buy the Fazer. I've not had a bike for a few years, and was offered the chance to buy a cheap low mileage Gen 1 FZS1000. I too was a little worried that it would be a bit too much for me, until I discovered it's an absolute pussycat to ride. I live in Jersey, and the roads are crap here, slippy and narrow. Oh, and the speed limit is 40mph! I commute every day, and it's like riding a 250, very stable and forgiving. Recently went across France and got the chance to open her up, and that too was a joy. My only suggestion is make sure it's got newish rubber on - mine came with the original (worn) Metzelers, and the handling was awful - I thought it was just me until I put some new Pirelli boots on. Totally different bike since then :)
 

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Introduction / Re: New to Forum - Hi chaps and chapesses !
« on: 08 November 2012, 09:08:43 AM »
Thanks for the nice comments, guys! Yep, the trip was pretty special, it was the realisation of a lifelong ambition to ride to the South of France. Quite glad I did it on my own, although there were some moments when you're having a fag on the top of a mountain pass during a great day's riding and you think "I wish someone else was here to share the moment with!" I'll try to find a way to post a map of the trip on here at some point.
 
Highlights for me were riding across the Ardeche National Park on the way there, and the Cevennes and d'Auvergne National Parks on the way back (that was a mammoth six hour 350 mile ride along some of the best roads I've ever experienced! It was also 32 degrees, and there was hardly any traffic  8) )
 
Campsites were good, weather was great, the bike didn't miss a beat, and the beer at the end of each day was cold. What can I say? Didn't get nicked either  :D   Already planning the next one... got the bug now. Have persuaded the Mrs the first week in September each year is MINE! WEHEY!

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Introduction / Re: New to Forum - Hi chaps and chapesses !
« on: 07 November 2012, 02:53:44 PM »
My Rosie  :)

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Introduction / Re: New to Forum - Hi chaps and chapesses !
« on: 07 November 2012, 02:52:01 PM »
Pont de St. Nazaire, September 2011  :)

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Introduction / New to Forum - Hi chaps and chapesses !
« on: 07 November 2012, 02:00:00 PM »
Hi people,
 
Bought a gen 1 FZS1000 last year, 2002 reg, 6,500 miles on clock, nearly showroom condition. Couple of grand, snapped his hands off  :D  Not had a bike for a few years (prev Sprint ST955, VFR750 etc) so I'm still getting gently back into it. My Rosie's an absolute peach, rode her 1650 miles to southern alps and back in september, just me, the bike and a tent, and had an absolute ball.
 
She's totally standard, so a couple of mods will be on the horizon (a slightly rortier pipe being the priority!)
 
Nice to join the club  :)
 
Pete

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