Best Drive ever ?

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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby szola on Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:34 pm

FreeWheeling wrote:That would be some journey in that part of the world
The road of bones also to Magadan ! , would you then go across to the States ?


I'm still some way off having the skills needed to even consider a trip to the Altai Mountains or Mongolia on two wheels. With family and work obligations, I'll need to do a Japanese-tourist version of this trip, if I want to make the ride within ten years time. The idea would be to either fly into Ulaanbataar and rent something local, or fly the bike to Astana/Novosibirsk/Omsk.

I really love what they do to the seats :)
And the bike look the Bee's
Probably perfect handling for the terrain as well

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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby Samba on Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:50 pm

Would love to drive/ride through Monument Valley, one day.
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby Tenbury on Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:14 pm

Never been over the pond (too scared of planes ) so I 'vs missed out of most of the great rides.
Did set off to see my Godmother in Hamilton late ' 78 on an XT 500 ,but having spent too much time and cash in Corfu ( back then we camped on the beach for free alongside endless lovelies from round the world) I only got as far as Islamabad, which was quite like Birmingham...turns out I'd travelled ,unknowingly, there and back through Iran while the revolution was kicking off. Anyhow, went back to Corfu, flogged the XT and eventually got paid to bring an expat's Merc back to London to get the annual Tax/mot/insurance sorted.back in blighty.
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Me + a mate on 2 CX500s (with no back up )went Lands End > John O Groats and back in 3 days for a bet (Nov 91 ). We made it with a couple of hours to spare as Neil got a puncture at Bristol on the way back. We both rode for a living back then, so it was no big deal
But
The best ride(s) ever? ..... Bought an old Bantam D7 ,with a crappy 3 speed gearbox, when I was still 15, used to ride from my Dad's up into North Wales along the A5 into Snowdonia. If I got right down over the tank and put my feet on the pillion footrests, it would do ( an indicated ) 60mph!!!!! ..
....Never been happier before or since.
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby chigwells finest on Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:38 am

just thinking about this , i'd love to do a round trip of the uk , around the coast edge , would probably take ages

but i just fancy it , must be the weather
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby Patito on Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:31 am

Samba wrote:Would love to drive/ride through Monument Valley, one day.


Have done this (as a passenger) and it's incredible. Stayed in Monument Valley for a few days and went to a drive-in cinema. Watching a western in the open-air surrounded by that landscape was just surreal.
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby Tenbury on Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:30 am

chigwells finest wrote:just thinking about this , i'd love to do a round trip of the uk , around the coast edge , would probably take ages

but i just fancy it , must be the weather


That's my retirement plan, with an old campervan ,wild camping , and visiting every RSPB reserve in the UK.
There's too much GB I haven't seen, and far,far too many places I haven't fished.
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby szola on Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:43 am

Tenbury wrote:late ' 78 on an XT 500 ,I only got as far as Islamabad, turns out I'd travelled ,unknowingly, there and back through Iran while the revolution was kicking off.


What a time to be alive :) Not knowing if a revolution had kicked off or not.

Fantastic bike!
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby yonni on Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:53 pm

4x4 up Nemrut Dağı in Turkey. This was about 30 years ago so the road may be better now but we had to follow river beds for some of it. Slept near the top in mud huts and got up early to climb to the ruins and watch the sunrise over Syria and Iraq.
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:11 pm

someone just sent me a link to this...

never heard of it but it might trump all the preceding


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5-0nTiymSk

KARAKORAM HIGHWAY

8th wonder of the world....
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby szola on Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:33 pm

Did a stretch on the Karakoram Highway 20 years ago. Islamabad to Gilgit and then weering off to Chitral near the Afghan border.

Wonderful mountains, lush green valleys.
Would love to revisit some day.
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby Tenbury on Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:27 am

szola wrote:
Fantastic bike!
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Think that's a yank one, minor differences, decals, paint job etc. but that's the one. Later on had an SR,( same engine in a road bike) always liked big singles, even bought a Dr. Big ( DR 800 Suzuki ) but the XT was better.
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby Cityfaninpeace on Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:45 pm

a couple of good ones if you ever get into Idaho, Montana region
Bear Toothe pass from Cooke City to Red Lodge
Chief Joseph Highway from Cooke city to Cody Wy
highway 93 from Stanley Id to Canadian border
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby WCpete on Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:07 pm

Johnny Byrne's Boots wrote:Down the Pacific Coast Highway past Big Sur in a convertible.


Used to be. Tourist drivers using selfie sticks make it a terrifying prospect now. I'm not exaggerating when I say the last 3 times I've driven down Hwy 1 there have been as many or more drivers photographing themselves on the 200' curves dangling over the Pacific than drivers just driving. Actually, Hwy 1 only recently reopened after Image

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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby Johnny Byrne's Boots on Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:28 pm

That's a real shame. We did the drive about ten years ago while staying with my sister in St. Helena. Early start down through San Francisco, overnight stop at Carmel (very nice, and I took a walk along the sand and sneaked a look at Pebble Beach golf course) then on to lunch in a restaurant overhanging the coast at Big Sur. We were looking down on cloud and sadly didn't see any condors. Unforgettable nevertheless.
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby Whitters on Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:18 pm

Samba wrote:Would love to drive/ride through Monument Valley, one day.


Did this a few years ago and it was even better than I imagined. The drive towards it is spectacular (coming from the Northern side), and then we stayed in the hotel run by the local native americans directly overlooking the famous pillars - at sunset it was incredible in particular.

The next day we went on a 4x4 tour through the valley and to some of the famous viewpoints, again escorted by the locals.

In fact the whole drive - Vegas - Zion Canyon - Bryce Canyon - Monument Valley - Grand Canyon - Vegas (again) - Death Valley - Yosemite - San Francisco was one of the best things I've ever done and I'd do it again tomorrow in a heartbeat.
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:16 pm

^^^^^

on my bucket list Whitters..

wanted to do the Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Bryce, The Arches, Zion, Monument Valley (doesn't Utah it seems have the top 4 or 5 or thereabouts) in the U.S. ? and maybe pop over to Bisti Badlands (I think New Mexico or include that coming back from Arizona...)

doubtful I'll ever get closer than the SmugMug photo forum...

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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby Denzil on Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:36 am

Drove from Dunoon up to and around Loch Lomand earlier this week. Spectacular. A truly stunning part of the world.
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby wivenhoetim on Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:59 pm

Denzil wrote:Drove from Dunoon up to and around Loch Lomand earlier this week. Spectacular. A truly stunning part of the world.


Agree Denzil. Just spent a week driving through Loch Lomand area, onto Oban, Mull, Skye and Harris. Absoulutely stunning places.Would highly recommend the driving, ...but not the weather !!!
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Re: Best Drive ever ?

Postby Johnny Byrne's Boots on Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:30 pm

... or the midges
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