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Post  Hew on Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:31 am

Mounting the GoPro on top of the helmet does tend to smooth out the terrain a bit
There is no secret, just looking far enough ahead and going just fast enough to get momentum over the rocks and steps to keep going forward. nice

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Post  TRooPER on Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:51 pm

always nice to ride in Wales,

i've been out there a few times during MMR 2010-2011. one of the cloggies Very Happy
used to go on my 640adv , but now it's time to do it again on the BRP

hopefully next year I can join the MMR without too much snow

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Post  Hew on Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:51 pm

TRooPER wrote:always nice to ride in Wales,

i've been out there a few times during MMR 2010-2011. one of the cloggies Very Happy
used to go on my 640adv , but now it's time to do it again on the BRP

hopefully next year I can join the MMR without too much snow

It's always nice to meet the Cloggies. The March Moons always have a great feel to them.
This year the area had one of its worst snow falls in living memory over the Friday and Saturday night which really knocked the riding.
Even low level trails had deep drifting snow and no chance of getting into the mountains.
I blew the water pump seal on my Husaberg when it boiled on a long steep hill.

I bet you find the XR much smoother than the vibrator 640ADV.
Look forward to meeting you at the next one if not sooner naughty
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Post  Hew on Tue Jun 18, 2013 10:35 am

I've not been out on the XR for about 6 months as I have been doing a lot of trials and doing virtually trail riding other than a Husaberg weekend at the beginning of May.
So I treated myself during the recent good weather to a Thursday and Sunday ride on the BRP.
I must admit to being totally fecked at one point on the Sunday as we cleared a load of fallen trees at various points

The big red Honda is once again the rose amongst the orange thorns. best viewed full screen 1080 setting, add your own music

Thursdays ride



Sundays ride

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Re: Trail Riding Wales UK

Post  Mauser on Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:18 pm

lol where on earth did you find a M12/M14 fine thread bolt from.....9mins 30ish first video ?.....don't tell me you found 1 on the side of the road which just happend to fit ?.

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Post  Hew on Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:41 am

Well very lucky I suppose. I had been standing on the pegs until we hit tarmac.
When I went to take off I could not place my foot on the peg.
The rear bolt had sheared some time ago by the looks but the downward pressure held it in.
At some time on the last track the front screw had come loose.
The rear stub stayed in whilst I was standing on the peg but as soon as I stopped it fell out.

The temporary repair was to recover the stub which was on floor where I had first stopped.
Push it back in the hole. Tighten up the front bolt. Cable/zip tie the rear bolt in position.

This lasted the rest of the day. Once home the broken off stub had to be drilled out.

There's plenty written on the web about these bolts breaking. What a Face
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Post  Hew on Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:41 pm

Well forgive me as it has been nearly 3 years since my last video post but I reacently had a great couple of days out on the XR
Saturdays ride


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Post  Mad Frosty on Fri Apr 08, 2016 11:06 pm

Good to see that the old girl still runs well nice
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Re: Trail Riding Wales UK

Post  Hew on Wed Apr 27, 2016 4:19 pm

Lastest ride 170mile Loop
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Re: Trail Riding Wales UK

Post  appleseed on Mon May 16, 2016 10:53 pm

Wow, looks like we need to get to wales some time/how...
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Re: Trail Riding Wales UK

Post  appleseed on Sun Aug 07, 2016 7:46 pm

Hey Hew, any chance of showing me a an AT rider around some of these trail before winter rolls in?
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Post  Hew on Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:15 am

appleseed wrote:Hey Hew, any chance of showing me a an AT rider around some of these trail before winter rolls in?

I take it the AT stands for Africa Twin. Most of the trails would be a real challenge on one of them even with enduro tyres but not impossible for a good rider with a bit of effort.
If you are keen to give it a go I will try to sort something out for you.
Not sure when as I do a lot of trials as well.
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Post  appleseed on Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:53 am

ok, ill would be on my xr but the other bloke only has a new AT and is fairly competent and only struggles when its muddy but maybe he can use his wifes crf250 if its hard to do on the AT.
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Re: Trail Riding Wales UK

Post  Hew on Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:45 am

Couple more to add.
A ride in September






and one last Sunday

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Post  Mauser on Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:01 am

What's up with the foot bridge 8:45 ?.....Indiana Jones would have made it razz

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Re: Trail Riding Wales UK

Post  Hew on Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:24 am

Mauser wrote:What's up with the foot bridge 8:45 ?.....Indiana Jones would have made it razz

No girls on this trip, they usually use the bridges asking for it
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Re: Trail Riding Wales UK

Post  BuRP on Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:38 pm

Hew,

I've never seen such narrow tracks/paths (never been to Blighty yet) - how do they get there, what makes them, what are they for (never mind bikes use them now)?
Gorgeous landscape so btw!
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Post  Hew on Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:42 pm

BuRP wrote:Hew,

I've never seen such narrow tracks/paths (never been to Blighty yet) - how do they get there, what makes them, what are they for (never mind bikes use them now)?
Gorgeous landscape so btw!

Any tracks you see in my videos will be old roads or byways. That is in the 1950's UK councils decided which roads that they were going to tarmac/metal. The tracks you see in the films are the ones that they decided not to bother with. They still maintain vehicle rights to use them although they may not be suitable for a normal family car or even a pucker 4x4 in some cases.
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Re: Trail Riding Wales UK

Post  BuRP on Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:42 am

[quote="Hew"]
BuRP wrote:They still maintain vehicle rights to use them although they may not be suitable for a normal family car or even a pucker 4x4 in some cases.


Hmm, who's the lucky sods then eh?
Great to have those, I'd also venture on them Bump
Nice to know, thanks!
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Post  Hew on Wed Nov 02, 2016 10:52 am

BuRP wrote:
Hew wrote:
BuRP wrote:They still maintain vehicle rights to use them although they may not be suitable for a normal family car or even a pucker 4x4 in some cases.


Hmm, who's the lucky sods then eh?
Great to have those, I'd also venture on them Bump
Nice to know, thanks!

What is it like in South Africa. I take it there are vast areas that only have dirt roads but are you also able to ride across open land or is access restricted. For example in Romania you can ride across any land as long as it does not have a crop. In the uk we are restricted to these old unsurfaced roads but still better off than Germany where they have no access.
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Post  Hew on Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:29 pm

Latest one
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Post  BuRP on Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:36 am

Hew wrote:What is it like in South Africa. I take it there are vast areas that only have dirt roads but are you also able to ride across open land or is access restricted. For example in Romania you can ride across any land as long as it does not have a crop. In the uk we are restricted to these old unsurfaced roads but still better off than Germany where they have no access.

SA's got space Hew, plenty of it.
No tight tracks like those I asked about, and mind very little of the lush greenery also, you'd have to go to the few forested areas: Lowveld, Natal and the Cape.
Indeed some vast areas here in which some you really can get lost, however mostly fenced, either farming, game reserves or nature reserves. Sure, some 'open' areas exist but going off-track isn't wise, plenty of rock here but also, one would screw up nature's fine balance due to very little rainfall in arid areas (= most of the country).

If you chaps (Mauser?) ever think of coming here then holler please, I'll show you Lesotho (high mountains) which is awesome riding in an awesome landscape! Come in our winter and you may even see some snow.... but then again you dudes see that often enough Bump
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Post  Hew on Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:10 pm

That's a great offer BuRP Thanks.
Knowing my luck I would miss our one and only sunny summers day whilst I was riding in South African snow.
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Post  BuRP on Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:08 am

Easy-peasy - come over December/January*, mid-summer here then: you'll leave with a tan so you can brag to all the girls that the skiing in Saint Moritz was a bit shitty but hell, you had fracking good weather! BRP smile
Seriously though, if any of you want to come here lemme know - sterling hospitality's a given, you'll eat like a carnivore and any riding will be awesome Bump



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Post  Hew on Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:52 am

Right on cue the first taste of snow this winter, not much but........
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Post  Hew on Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:04 am

Decembers little ride out. First one with the CRF forks. It was meant to be a beginners ride allowing me to do some tweaking but they all did OK.
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