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Tim in Yorkshire
20-04-2009, 10:42 AM
The GSX-R's First Outing

After a couple of trips in the little Pug it was time to take the GSX-R to the Ring for itís first outing, the insurance documents had come through, the only issue was the incorrect sized rear due to my local bike shop. So Saturday morning the bike went in for a quick tyre change, and was sson fitted with a 180/55.

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As I hadnít had the GSX-R on any twisties (the roads are carp here in the Swamp) I decided Iíd ride it down and get accustomed to it on the B258, so I left from a sunny Haarlem full of enthusiasm.

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I was soon in some great Dutch traffic jams, in which I found the 4 way flashers (how novel on a bike) and mirror mounted indicators ideal to aid filtering, after some roads works and the odd diversion I made it the long way into Germany and set about for Aachen. As the roads were fast and traffic free it appeared that the rain gods or Karl decided to thwart me and the going got a little on the damp side, although the GSX-R did a good job of high speed cruising. Finally I joined the B258, the rain had stopped but the road was damp, it was still a fair bit better than anything Holland has to offer. I bumped into a Kiwi I knew en route so stopped for a quick coffee before pressing on. The GSX-R was a revelation compared to my old SV, no surprise, 130bhp claimed vs 69 bhp claimed was always going to be a bit of a Quantum leap. I found that 3rd gear has a pretty good top endÖÖ

Soon Iíd reached Brenís place, met the others and had a beer before heading to the comfy corner for some good food and beer.

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The next morning it was a steady start with a nice fry up courtesy of Bren. The roads were still damp so after watching the first half of the F1 GP I decided to head off and went down to Breidscheid to inspect the state of the track. The roads were damp in places on the way there, but the track appeared dry. After seeing a few bikes head round I headed up to the car park and started lapping at about 11 am, there were still a few damp patches but as I was taking it easy on the new bike.

Again on track it was a completely different beast to the old SV so I took it gently and came in after two. I then met some of the others from Bren and showed a couple of new guys (Xavier and Millsy?) round for a lap.

My bike in the car park:

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Plobís (Dan) Urban Cammo/Desert Storm R1:

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Xavierís Ninja 600:

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Milsyís (sp??) GSX-R 600:

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And the lads getting some helpful tips from Andy C:

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It was then more lapping , slowly getting in the groove, getting put off by Ross taking photos at Wehrseifen, amazed at the phenomenon of power wheelies (Ex-Muhle and the exit of Streilstrecke) and taking the crest before Schwadenkreuz at speeds of well over 230 km/h, Kesselchen became a whole new world too.

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So after 12.5 laps and a few closures I headed back to Brenís to pick up my bag and head back to Haarlem, a nice evening ride along the 258 with Xavier in tow before hitting the great dutch motorway network with too many speed cameras and roadworks.

So another great weekend with a great bike, Iím sure itís got a lot more to give and should allow me to develop my riding nicely, good to meet some of the same old faces and some new ones, Plob, Xavier, Millsy (?). Also thanks to Andy for the tips, Iíll hopefully get a couple of laps with you next time.

Dan Germain
23-04-2009, 02:53 PM
some good pictures there :thumb:

a good weekend (although too brief!), great to be back out there after a year of trying.

enjoyed meeting some people for the first time and catching up with bren, suz, ross and andy (thanks for advice etc...). first time at the comfy corner, i have honestly not laughed like that for ages. :D

SimonP
23-04-2009, 05:57 PM
Nice bike Tim, I hope there are no chicken strips left on that new tyre :whistle:

m3tom
23-04-2009, 07:35 PM
Lovely bike mate and great pics :thumb:

slidersguesthouse
23-04-2009, 07:42 PM
Originally posted by Bigend@Apr 23 2009, 06:57 PM
Nice bike Tim, I hope there are no chicken strips left on that new tyre :whistle:
no.. he let Suz take it down the 258 ;) :whistle: :lol:

Tim in Yorkshire
24-04-2009, 06:41 AM
Originally posted by slidersguesthouse@Apr 23 2009, 07:42 PM
no.. he let Suz take it down the 258 ;) :whistle: :lol:
No chicken strips left I'm pleased to say.

Suz can try it next time, although I'm afraid it could be gone for some time if she does...