April 08th, 2014
My mate Dave called me last night to see if I fancied a ride out this afternoon. The weather looked good on the forecast and well, Dave has recently picked up an 1198 so it seemed like a good enough excuse to me. Riding out of London I met him just off the A406 and we headed off to ride, what he referred to as the Charlbury TT, a network of roads in and Bucks, Beds and parts of Oxfordshire. When we got off the bigger A roads, it was pretty clear to me that my suspension is still set up way to hard, but despite being knocked about in the seat, it was still a great afternoon to spend on the bike on some really good twisty roads. There's still a bit to much dust and crap from the fields on the road, but it was dry, so it wasn't too bad, however when we stopped for fuel, I noticed this on my belly pan.
Its builders paint. Some idiot has dropped a can of white paint all over the road and I thought that I managed to miss it, clearly and more annoyingly I was wrong. Thankfully though and I don't know why, but the paint didn't really stick, instead it had turned to a powder and was therefore pretty easy to remove. Which was a good thing as it made its way on to my rear wheel and up onto my exhaust as well. All in all a greats days riding, but did I mention, I had to fill up three times today?
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My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.