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Author Topic: The other Group Ride 10/06/2012
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Post The other Group Ride 10/06/2012
on: June 10, 2012, 19:02

Getting up at 05.30am was rewarded with a lovely sunny start to the day.

The early start was for the renowned C J Ball Breakfast Run.

The group consisted of Al, Tony, Kevin, Derek, Gary, David, Paul, Russ and yours truly. The ride was led most of the way (!) by Chris, with son Alex as tail end Charlie.

The bikes lined up on the starting grid (only kidding!) were (in no particular order) CBR600FA, Fireblade, NC700, Crosstourer, Crossrunner, GSXR1000, GSXR750, GSXR600, 650 V-Strom, Hyabusa, and .... another one that I can't remember! 😕

I started on the CBR600FA - smooth, quiet, strong performance and sweet handling.

At the change over at Hales I got on the Fireblade - I just lurv the Blade, so unnecessary for the public roads, but such good fun to ride! It just does everything sooooo well.

Next came the Crossrunner (at Blythburgh) - When I've tried this recently, I've compared it to my pre-Vtec VFR800 and found it a bit bland, but it seemed to have a bit more get up and go this morning. Maybe it was the sunshine! A nice bike, just not sure what purpose it's intended for.

Next swap, somewhere along the B1120, no one wanted the Blade (too small, not very comfy, bad back, moan, whine, whinge! 😉 ) so I got to enjoy it again on some more nice twisties - just awesome!

Somewhere along the way we managed to lose the stragglers at the back of the group so Chris went back to find the lost sheep and I led the group to The Old Ram on the A140.

Then came the highlight of the morning - full english breakfast!! Thank you Chris.

After the inevitable 'well I dont mind which bike I have, which one do you want' etc etc, I got to ride the GSXR750 back to C J Ball. Another lovely sports bike, abundant power and nimble handling (probably, as the A140 doesn't have that many bends - but plenty of overtakes). I'd experienced the gixxer growl on the Open Weekend rides. It does sound nice but I think it might wear thin after a while, and I'd start wondering if there was something wrong with the engine 😯 🙂 .

A very enjoyable morning riding lots of different bikes in the sunshine, with breakfast thrown in for good measure.

Thank you Chris and Alex for organising it. 😎

P.S. Perhaps others on this ride might like to add their thoughts and remind me of the bike I've forgotten. 😀

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