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2016 UK Tour

Posted by pre31 on September 29, 2016

 

 

After riding the Manali to Leh Highway in India Carl M traveled onto London where he meet Rebekah M (wife) and then then toured the UK and Ireland over a period of 8 weeks. The tour pretty much covered a large part of the UK coast as well as Ireland.

Lands End to John O Groats (the 2 extremes of the UK mainland) is 847 miles (1,363 km) apart via the most direct route via road – during the 8 weeks over 5,200 miles were travelled in a car and over 700 miles on a vintage motorcycle – all up almost 6,000 miles or around 9,500 km.

Spot tracker of most of the route taken (but with some missed days)

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On the way around the following museums were visited:

Brookland’s, The Morgan 3 Wheeler Museum, Beaulieu Museum, Cotswold Motoring Museum, Lakeland Motor Museum as well as a Steam Traction Engine Display in Cornwall.

Most of the UK’s/Ireland’s main National Parks were visited and explored including:

South Downs, New Forest, Exmoor, Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia, Peak District, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Northumberland, Loch Lomond,  Killarney National Park, Connemara National Park, Ballycroy National Park and Glenveagh National Park.

 

 

 

This is a short video of the manual turn table ferry operating between
Glenelg to Kylerhea in Scotland – it is the only ferry of its type still operating in the world.

Some photos of the tour:

 

 

 

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2016 Manali to Leh Highway (India)

Posted by pre31 on September 28, 2016

These are the spot tracker records of the trip                                    

 

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Delhi to Manali to Leh and return

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Manali to Leh and return

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 Manali to Leh Highway (India)

Posted by pre31 on September 28, 2016

The 2015 Manali to Leh Highway trip was rescheduled to 2016 and this year it all came together as planned.

In June/July John W was touring the UK and after the tour travelled to Delhi, Carl M travelled direct to Delhi to meet John on Monday 11th July.  The evening of the 11th was a 12-14 hour bus journey to Manali arriving Tuesday morning. Two hired Enfield motorcycles were picked up and pre-tripped and packed on Tuesday with an overnight stay in Manali and then start the Manali to Leh Highway ride on Wednesday as follows:

Wednesday – Manali to Keylong (including Rotang Pass at 3,980 m)
Thursday – Keylong to Sarchu (including Baralacha Pass at 4,890 m)
Friday – Sarchu to Leh (including Lachunglang La Pass and Taglang La Pass at 5,079 m and 5,360 m)
Saturday – Leh to Khardung La Pass and back to Leh (Khardung La Pass 5,602 m )
Sunday Leh to Karu to Chang La Pass to Kuru and then onto Satchu (Chang La Pass at 5,391 m and Lachunglang La Pass at 5,079 m and Taglang La Pass at 5,360 m )
Monday Sarchu to Keylong (including Baralacha Pass at 4,890 m)
Tuesday Keylong to Solong Vally (including Rotang Pass at 3,980 m)
Wednesday Solong Valley to Manail, de-hire bikes and overnight bus to Delhi.

So:
Rotang Pass at 3,980 m was ridden twice
Baralacha Pass at 4,890 m was ridden twice
Lachunglang La Pass at 5,079 m was ridden twice
Taglang La Pass at 5,360 m was ridden twice
Khardung La Pass at 5,602 m was ridden once (by push bike)
Chang La Pass at 5,391 m was ridden once

The locals claim that Khardung La Pass, Taglang La Pass and Chang La Pass and the 3 highest motor-able passes in the World and there does seem to be a some dispute about this but the passes are nevertheless extremely high and somewhat challenging.

John W stayed a few more days in India touring Jaipur and then traveled back to Perth.

Carl M traveled onto the UK to tour the UK/Ireland for 8 weeks and enter the 50th Irish National Motorcycle Rally.

This is a you tube video of the highlights it is condensed down from over 7 hours to 28 minutes, it gives a overview of the range of road conditions, scenery and difficulty of the ride. Included is a tricky water crossing due to a damaged bridge. 

Manali to Leh Highway and back on two Enfield motorcycles with detours to Khardung La Pass and Chang La Pass:

 

This is a video of the highlights, it is condensed down from over 7 hours to 28 minutes.

It gives an overview of the range of road conditions, scenery and difficulty of the ride.

Included are highlights of a tricky water crossing due to a damaged bridge.

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Riding down the lower part of Khardung La Pass by Push Bike,

Khardung La Pass is claimed to be 5,602 meters high and is around 40 km from Leh (@ 3,500 m).

The upper part of the road was about 14 km of rough dirt and we felt too rough to mount the GoPro. The last 36 km was mainly sealed and able to be videoed.

It snowed at the top and then when about 1/3 down it changed to rain so it was cold and wet.

BTW John and Carl didn’t ride the bikes up, they were trucked up and ridden down.

John and Carl were part of a group of 4 riders (there were had two Indians accompanying them), one of the Indians lost it on a corner, came down hard and badly broke his leg.

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2016 Manali to Leh Highway – John and Carl were on their return trip just before Sarchu and came across a damaged bridge and the traffic was having to try to cross the river upstream.

A car had become stuck and a truck tried to assist but also became stuck, eventually an excavator got the truck moving and some cars were able to get through.

John was able to successfully ride his bike through at around 9.00 minutes on this video.

By the time Carl was ready to have a try, a minibus had blocked the main path and Carl tried to forge a new path upstream and immediately hung the bike up on submerged rocks blocking both wheels. Eventually the bike was manhandled over the rocks and able to progress bit further on,. At this stage (and at a height of around 4,300 meters) the effort that had been used by Carl required a mid crossing 5 minute break (edited out) to allow his breathing to drop back to manageable levels (and avoid vomiting up a lung) and his heart rate to drop back below 200 bpm and the feeling of an imminent heart attack to dissipate a little.

If it was easy there would be no challenge.

A few photos of the trip:

 

 

 

 

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5th VMCC of WA Roaring Twenties Ride

Posted by pre31 on July 7, 2016

Ken V. arranged another fantastic VMCC of WA Roaring Twenties ride around Nannup in SW of Western Australia.

A great 2 day ride with a Gopro video some photos of the bikes below:

 

 

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2015 MotoGP / Philip Island Tour

Posted by pre31 on July 7, 2016

After completing the 10th National Veteran Motorcycle Rally, a couple of riders intended on winding their way through Victoria and NSW from Ararat to Philip Island and then return via the long way. One rider couldn’t make it so Carl M. pushed ahead by himself riding a 1983 Honda CX650E.

The route was:

Ararat to Tumut via the “avoid all main roads option”

Tumut to Jindabyne via the Snowy Mountain Highway then onto Khancoban (via Alpine Way with a Perisher Valley/Charlotte Pass side track). Still snow at the Ski Fields but plenty of parking

Khancoban to Wangaratta via the Murray River Highway. then through to Omeo via the Great Alpine Road with detours to Mt Beauty and Falls Creek (and return as the High Road was still closed)

From Omeo up the Omeo Highway to Mitta Mitta and return – just because

Then from Omeo down to Bairnsdale and down to Tidal River (Wilsons Promontory)

Wilsons Promontory onto Philip Island for the racing and then back to Ararat via the Great Ocean Road and the Grampians

All up around 2,500 km to travel around 700 km

 

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10th National Veteran Motorcycle Rally – Ararat 2015

Posted by pre31 on July 7, 2016

The 10th National Veteran Motorcycle Rally was held in Ararat Victoria in October 2015 with around 120 entries over 20 of which had traveled across from Western Australia. Some of the bikes at the rally:

 

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1930 Sunbeam riding through the “Lake District” – England 2015

Posted by pre31 on July 7, 2016

After completing the 49th Irish Rally,  Dave A. Eric A and Carl M. rode around the passes of The Lake District for a day.

 

 

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1930 Sunbeam and 1929 Matchless riding through the Yorkshire Dales – England 2015

Posted by pre31 on July 7, 2016

After completing the 49th Irish Rally,  Dave A. and Carl M. rode around the Yorkshire Dales.

 

 

 

 

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2015 IOM Classic Races

Posted by pre31 on July 7, 2016

After completing the 49th Irish Motorcycle Rally Dave A. John W. and Carl M. traveled up to Belfast and then across to the IOM to watch the last week of the IOM Classic Races and enter a couple of events with the IOM VMCC.

 

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49th Irish Motorcyle Rally – Videos

Posted by pre31 on July 7, 2016

Some GoPro videos taken on the 49th Irish Motorcycle Rally

 

 

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