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My XJR Ride Out 2-5th May 2014 - write up

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My XJR Ride Out 2-5th May 2014 - write up

Post by JT on Wed 07 May 2014, 06:22

Now then

Fri 2nd May

Finished work and I nipped to the pub for a couple of ‘soakers’ with some Mates before getting the train home, not far, it takes longer to walk from our pub to the station than to travel from Northallerton to Thirsk on the train and I didn’t pay ! and when I got home Bob (Bob600) and Tracey had already arrived on their Yellow XJR. They had travelled up from Harlow in decent weather after finishing work. We had scampi, spicey wedges and peas for tea and caught up on all the happenings in our lives since we last met. Scot who we met at the TT in the IOM last year arrived next. He got to ours about 20:30 in his van which he had just got back after having had the interior changed to be like a motorhome. Only thing missing was a ‘bog’ and sink. He had brought his Blade in the van so he could do my ride out on Sunday.
We introduced Scot, Bob & Tracey to each other and then we had a drink or two and chatted the night away. Scot would sleep in his van to try the bed out so we gave hima key to use the loo and Bob & Tracey were sleeping in our house. The sky was ‘as clear as a clear thing’ late on, plenty of stars on show and the temperature had dropped just as the weather forecast had said.

Sat 3rd May

The frost was thick on the car windscreens in the street as I peered out of the bedroom window and I was up and showered as Scot came in. “How was it last night” I asked. “I was visited by a Polar Bear and a Penguin last night and I had to fight them off nicking my sleeping bag it was that cold” That made me laugh and he soon warmed up with a coffee. It was still before 8 am so I said shall we go out in the Porsche for a breakfast run, Scot was up for that so out she came, roof down, jackets, hats and gloves were ‘donned’ and we set off. I took him on the A167 from ours to Northallerton at a brisk pace then up to Great Smeaton and across back roads to the A19. It was now twenty past eight and we hadn’t got to anywhere for breaky so I said we better head home cause the others will be up by the time we get back and we can breakfast there. Down the A19 to Thirsk and I popped into the Lithuanian car wash before heading home. They do a great job including power rinse, de-greaser spray, snow foam, wash, power rinse, leather off and tyre dressing, for £6 for the Boxster. They open the doors and dry the door sills too and the time and effort they take to clean the ingrained files off the bonnet/front bumper and windscreen is excellent.

Lesley, Bob & Tracey had eaten so I made me and Scot a cooked breakfast. The sun was shining bright now and warm too. 

Bob & Tracey decided to make the most of the good weather and set off on the bike to visit the Yorkshire Dales. I hung around because people would start ‘landing’ before long and I wanted to greet them. Gary (Zigzag) turned up on his Yellow XJR with his standard tank on, so that made three Yellow XJR’s and a Blade so far. We were sat on the back patio and soaking up the sun as Gavin and Georgia walked down the drive. Scot was introduced to them all and we unloaded Gavin’s Triumph Speed Triple and brought it down the drive. 

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Gary popped up to the Vale to book in and un-pack and Gavin, Scot and me had a drive to Halfords in Northallerton to get Gavin some oil for his Diesel van. We had a right laugh ‘zinging’ along in the Cooper ‘S’. She never ceases to amaze me, even carrying weight she can still surprise with her acceleration and handling. 46 stone between the three of us is not a light weight to add to a small car. 
We got back and it wasn’t long before Ryan (ryan1983) was on the scene. He had booked into the Vale, parked his Blue XJR around the back of the pub and had sneaked a pint before walking down to ours. We oiled and adjusted Gavin’s chain and he took the right bar cluster apart because he’d been having issues with it not starting every push of the ‘go’ button. 

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The news came in that Sunderland had beaten Man Utd away from home, unbelievable, that put me on cloud nine I’ve got to say. As the guy’s messed with that I took Ryan for a spin in the Boxster. We went to Northallerton on the South Otterington road then came back on the A168. We pulled up at the ‘T’ junction in Thirsk Market Place and the guy on the Aprilia came alongside, we ‘slapped’ each other’s backs, without touching each other, in mutual respect and as he pulled off, that’s when the ‘tw#t of a bus driver ‘stoved’ the rear offside quarter of the Boxster in :- ( (see my other thread ‘Pished Off’)
I wasn’t in the best mood when we got home but Al (Wee Al) and Hazel were just parking up outside our neighbours, the vehicles were piling up now lol and Bob & Tracey were back from their ride out to the Dales. I reported the accident to my insurance company

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and then began to chill out and was able to start sinking some alchohol and celebrate not only Sunderlands brilliant win but my friends being around for the weekend. Nick Loftus on his black T reg XJR and his brother Simon on his Yam XT500 were the next to arrive from Hampshire. Again they booked into the Vale and had walked down to ours. 

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Nick had been on holiday with Jane to Egypt and for some unknown reason, he's had his toe nails painted, 'Gay as a Lord' but he liked them  

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The drink and chat was flowing well and we all ordered Chinese and or Pizza for tea. Lesley, Hazel and Scot went into town to pick the grub up while the rest of us carried on ‘supping’. 

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The ‘take away’s were ‘scoffed’ and more alcohol consumed as the tunes rang out from the stereo in my garage. 

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We laughed our way through the next three hours and those booked into the Vale walked back to the pub and Scot in his van and Gavin & Georgia, Al & Hazel, Bob & Tracey and Lesley and myself got our heads down in our house. The weather forecast had changed since Wednesday, from dry and some sunshine to rain all day, then about 10 pm it changed again to a light shower in the morning then dry and possible sunshine throughout the ride out, happy days.

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My bike(s) : 01 Yamaha XJR1300SP
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Re: My XJR Ride Out 2-5th May 2014 - write up

Post by JT on Thu 08 May 2014, 21:59


Sun 4th May
I was up and about at 6am and I was happy to see it was dry outside. We then had a light shower but it didn’t amount to much and everyone started to appear one by one. 

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Breakfasts were eaten while last night was relived and before we knew it, it was time to go. Lesley, Georgia and Hazel were having a Girlie day and waved Myself, Gavin, Bob, Tracey and Scot away. 

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We rode into town for petrol and were in the Vale car park for 09:45. Everyone had arrived who said they were comin and we set off for 10:00. There was :-

XJR club;
Bob & Tracey
Mates and locals;
Dave and Sara

20 bikes in total which was a great turn out. My plan was to do more scenic back roads this year. I’d done a ‘recky’ a few weeks ago and was happy with the route. I headed to Topcliffe in damp rather than wet conditions, then Asenby, Helperby, Raskelf and over the A19 into Easingwold by which time the roads were dry and we could ‘crack on’. The roads were interesting, narrow and tight in places and bumpy in others but entertaining too, not the best for those on sports bikes but hey ho. North out of Easingwold through Oulston then into Coxwold. Turn right just to the west of Coxwold and down into Kilburn with the White Horse lookin down on us. To be fair, it was grey rather than white this morning but still a great sight. Up White Horse bank which is a 1 in 4 with a couple of hairpins and some gravel in the road to keep you awake. Up over the top and three mates on MTB’s recognised me and waved as we all shot by going in the opposite direction. We turned left on A170 and as I rode past the car park at the top of Sutton Bank a traffic cop appeared, leaving the car park. Down Sutton Bank, which was quiet and over the next hill, on lovely dry roads, with the odd lump and dip, to work the suspension. Into Sutton under Whitestonecliffe, past the pub and ‘hang’ a right onto unclassified roads for the next 22 miles. It was bumpy, with damp patches aplenty and with ‘crap’ in the middle of the road but so entertaining, you had to keep your wit’s about you to keep sunnyside up. Through the lovely, small, picturesque, English country villages of Felixkirk then Boltby where we entered the N York Moors National Park and up ‘Sneck Yate’, a 1 in 4 narrow back road which lifts you back onto the top of the Hambleton Hills. 
Stright over the ‘Drovers Road’ (which is an ancient highway that is thought to be prehistoric and where they used to drive cattle down from Scotland to the South of England. A bit of light reading about it here if you want a bit more) ; 

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and onto Peak Scar where I realised everyone wasn’t with us so I pulled over and we had a smoke and toilet stop. Tom arrived shortly after we had stopped and he said Gavin had been ‘pulled’ by the copper from the top of the bank, bugger and that Dave had waited for Gavin to show him the way, Gavin not being local. 

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It wasn’t long before they both turned up and it turns out the copper had ‘pulled’ Gavin because of his number plate, which was fair enough and that he could give him a £100 quid fine which was non endorsable, but after a brief chat and Gavin telling him he was in the process of designing a way to put a larger plate on the back of the bike, he let Gavin go, brilliant result.

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We were off again, down the steep Murton Bank into Hawnby, another lovely English village and then out northwards towards Osmotherley. The road changes every now and again along this part, riding over heather covered moors as far as the eye can see at one point and dropping steeply into ‘nadgery’ ‘s’ bends, over narrow stone bridges, then out again. High dry stone walls, close to the road leaving a small ‘grass cam’, line a lot of the route and this makes for blind bends and poor forward viewing but I love this type of road, your senses are working overtime and the concentration levels are sky high as self preservation ‘kicks in’. Over several cattle grids on this stretch and ewe’s and lambs kept our speed legal. Into Osmotherley, which is on the Western edge of the Moors National Park and on the 110 mile National trail which is the Cleveland Way and out of the village, past what must’ve been a bus trip of families walking towards us, I took us along the side of the reservoir and past the ‘sheep wash’ at the end where there are always day visitors parked up having picnics and enjoying the scenery and today was no different. Onward to Swainby then a short blast along the busy A172 and right into Carlton in Cleveland and up the steep Carlton Bank. The amazing views to the left, over the lowlands of Cleveland with the ‘shark fin’ of Roseberry Topping smack bang in the middle, takes your breath away as you approach the top of the bank and then just over the top we dove into our lunch stop. Lordstones is a cafe built in the hillside which has a new owner who has spent a fortune on it and it’s ground and was the perfect midway point of my route for our lunch. 

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I had pre booked a selection of sarnies for 22, so we didn’t have to que and they had reserved tables in the cafe for us but it was nice enough now to sit outside with the sun threatening to show itself so that’s what we did. They came and took our drinks order and brought them with sandwiches, salad and crisps outside to us. 

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They did us proud with the sarnies, proper thick bread with home cooked ham and English mustard, thick lumps of chicken breast with salad and a thick egg mayonnaise. Everyone had their fill and were ready to go again in the now broken sunshine.

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Male Age : 54
Location : Thirsk
My bike(s) : 01 Yamaha XJR1300SP
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