Been back a few hours now, and just catching up with stuff.
I'd like to say a big thank you to all the guys and gals who organised this years Treffen. It was nice to meet up with everyone again, and catch up with things.
For those that didn't go, the weather wasn't brilliant. It was quite heavy a few times, and going through Germany back to Rotterdam, it was so bad, the cars slowed to 30mph/50 kph on the autobahn and you couldn't see 10metres.
The rideout was quite twisty, bumpy & narrow in places through beautiful wooded scenery, which you'd sort of expect in a National Park. The roads tested a few of the riders... it was obvious who didn't get out a lot from year to year.
The bike was faultless used a litre of oil in 1450 miles, and it might have used less if I'd changed the oil and filter before, but I ran out of time prepping the bike. I did get a puncture, hence the comments re the run flat capability of Pirelli Angel STs in a previous post.
The revised gearing was much better, but I'll be lengthening it further, as 16/39 could be taller still, and there is a possible 17/38 option I'll be exploring. I found the panniers (47L) a bit of a drag!, but the bike did manage 145mph/230kph on a several stretches, even sustained cruising of 110mph/180kph would hold off most other traffic.
I think 85mph/130kph was around 5,000 rpm, which lowered the fuel consumption. The best I managed was about 160 miles/ 260 kms on 16.5 litres/ 2.5 gallons with the throttle virtually unmoved the whole time, much to Stephanie's discomfort...no stops for 160 miles.
Next year I will have to do a gel seat and adjust the back shock/dog bones as fully loaded with the missus and panniers I could not swing the sidestand round without leaning the bike out. In fact I think I will resurrect the black bike, as the touring option, but first I'll check out the gearing some more.
So thanks again Martin
and the unnamed others
, it was wet, but well worth doing. Looking forward to next year.
PS I have a few pics I will post later