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PostSubject: 250kms for lunch   Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:56 pm

Still enjoying the Silverwing, and the plan was to ride across to the lavender fields near Valensole but spent too much time partying with friends last night, so decided to cut it down a bit. Rode across to Carces, which is around 80kms (50 miles) from us.
Wife still loves going on the back, so it was an easy job to convince her we didnt want to take the car.
Been surprised with the economy of the scoot, as we average 4 litres/100 kilometres, or 59MPG for USA members, or just over 70MPG for UK readers, not too shabby. The speed limits on the 'national' roads in France has been reduced to 80kph or 50mph recently, and the bike seems to relish this speed sitting at 4000rpm.
Definitely need to move the backrest back a bit or remove it though, but the allen screws seem to have been put in by Arnie Shwarzenegger,

Some photos here

https://photos.app.goo.gl/hnAxd9YBW1e15t9c6
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PostSubject: Re: 250kms for lunch   Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:08 pm

After seeing the photo of your lunch on a previous ride I'm sure a few here are curious to see what's on the menu for this trip.
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PostSubject: Re: 250kms for lunch   Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:14 pm

Sounds like you had a good time. I went for a little over a 100 mile ride and you couldn't ask for better weather.
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PostSubject: Re: 250kms for lunch   Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:00 pm

The weeks of hot dry sunny weather ended just before the weekend and we've had lot's of thunderstorms and rain. So one day I'm out on the Silver Wing in hot weather wearing a cool vest and vented mesh suit round rural North Yorkshire.

A couple of days later I'm riding a new 2018 BMW C650 GT from the BMW Motorrad Roadshow demonstrator fleet round fast A roads and narrow country lanes in cold weather, blustery winds, and rain showers.

I found the BMW rather disappointing, it was comfortable enough, but there was a lot of wind noise and turbulence from the adjustable electric screen which didn't impress. Cross winds affected it more than my Silver Wing, and I felt cold draughts on my legs, and had water splashes on my boots after the ride.

None of which I was really aware of riding the Silver Wing to and from the venue in similar conditions.

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PostSubject: Re: 250kms for lunch   Mon Jul 30, 2018 12:47 am

Cosmic_Jumper wrote:
After seeing the photo of your lunch on a previous ride I'm sure a few here are curious to see what's on the menu for this trip.

Haha, well as luck would have it, I often take pictures of meals, so we can remember what we ate more than anything else. Starter (wife's) was Caillette or thick pate, which was lovely, I had the buffet start which was delicious, but not so photgenic :-)

My main course was a steak tartare XXL, which is basically raw beef of excellent quality chopped by hand, not minced, then worcestershire sauce and a dot of ketchup added. Most of my pals back in Scotland think I'm mental eating this, but if you do get to Carces in Provence, and go to La Guingette du Lac, I'd highly recommend trying it :D



Wife opted for tarte tatin which was ordinary looking and I was fascinated by my chilled Tiramisu which again, was sublime.



I think I'll start a little blog for you guys, "Days out in Provence on a Silverwing, eating fantastic food" hahaha

Oh can't forget the tipple, we shared a bottle of Rose, which if you pick it up at the vineyard locally, near the ancient abbey at Le Thoronet, it's a very reasonable 5.70EUR Domaine de Sainte-Croix le Manuelle

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PostSubject: Re: 250kms for lunch   Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:19 am

While I don't find the thought of raw meat exciting, that sure looks more appealing than stopping for a burger & fries. But, "What, eating lunch with a fork?" Shocked , why that's positively un-American. Our Mister Donald might not approve. Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: 250kms for lunch   Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:55 am

Cosmic_Jumper wrote:
While I don't find the thought of raw meat exciting, that sure looks more appealing than stopping for a burger & fries. But, "What, eating lunch with a fork?" Shocked , why that's positively un-American. Our Mister Donald might not approve. Rolling Eyes

Really? I thought everyone ate lunch with a fork? I'm deffo un-American, being Scottish, and living in France :-) I'm not anti-American though, I've got loads of pals from over yonder I love you
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