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Bol D'Or

Post by Richard » Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:23 am

Hi All,
off to the Bol next week and managed to get a Ventura rack and tail pack fitted as the standard panniers are not big enough for two people for two weeks. The new KTM rack at about £200 is not available in UK until mid September so too late. The Ventura Rack frames go on very easily, 1 bolt under the rear foot peg hanger and a circular clip around the rear seat frames but I'm a little concerned about all the screwed together joints, 3 off each side, on the actual rack coming loose over time. Hopefully the locitite will work.

On the subject of the panniers has anyone worked out how to get a pillion on the bike, whilst retaining any sense of dignity, when they are fitted. My long suffering wife, Fiona, asked if I could load the bike up with panniers and tail pack so she could see how easy it was to get on at the weekend. Fiona has been riding herself and as pillion for about 30 years so not new to getting on and off motorcycles.

Suffice to say it was not easy, some of the contortions being attempted would have shamed a few gymnasts and also provided much hilarity (and subsequent pain) for myself. We ended up with her getting on first with the bike on the side stand and me second. Not idea but the stand seemed OK. Maybe we should have planned to take two bikes or kept the 990 Adventure!!!

I'll try to post some pictures of the trip

Cheers Richard
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Re: Bol D'Or

Post by mick shere » Mon Sep 04, 2017 4:41 pm

Have a great trip :-)
When we had the busa with 52 litre pannier on my missus used to stand on my peg and step over the bike, she hasn't been on the gt yet... watch this space :lol:

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Post by DaveNZ » Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:11 pm

My wife has trouble also getting on the GT with the panniers fitted, she can't put her foot on her foot peg to get up, so she uses the riders foot peg, not ideal, but it works-just. i take her mainly on the Multistrada, and use the GT for my own solo touring trips.
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Re: Bol D'Or

Post by Richard » Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:40 pm

Hi All, just back from the Bol Dor and a few days in France.
Trip started well with a good run to Newcastle and then a 23 hour crossing due to storm Aileen in to Ijmuiden
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We docked at around 4pm instead of 9am and then hit the rain fro a 350 mile journey to Troyes. Always take a clear visor I reminded myself as it got dark and the rain lashed down. I wish I had listened to myself as mine was sitting on a table in Aberdeen. With the truck spray there were time I could not see.
We got to Troyes at 11pm, but the nice leady at reception had cold beer and some bread and cheese so all in all not so bad.
I was impressed by the bike, not a slip and believe me it was biblical rain. I had not considered the Pirelli road Angels to be that good in the wet as my Tiger 1050 used to slide around in the rain when I lived in Malaysia so these are either a good set or the traction control works well.

Onto Grenoble, it rained a bit and then the sun came out for the next two weeks, Now the fun bit, over the Alps to Sygnes near Castellette about 7 miles from the Paul Ricard circuit. On with sport mode everything and some hairpin bends. Great ride. Hotel was ready and again cold beer and a very good steak in the terrace where they let me park.
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Now to the race, I have no idea how people can race for 24 hours, hero's every one of them.
The race started with Randy DuPuniet on the works Kawasaki leaving everyone for dead, 5 second lead in 7 laps, then at 34 minutes into a 24 hour race the bike died and he rolled into the garage. The mechanics worked and worked and then realization that it was terminal, the team were in bits , real man tears. It must be heartbreaking to work for 2 to 3 months to get this rocket ready and then have it expire so early. I felt very sorry for them. The works Yamaha was doing well until the Japanese rider fell off and had push it back a short way, he then realized he had crashed and collapsed. I hope he was Ok as I did not se him again and my French is not up to the commentary.
The works Suzuki threw its chain at about 2am and had to be pushed back about 2km, came 5th in the end so good effort.
We had some short circuit stuff between the works Honda and a semi private BMW ridden by a very quick German lady called Katya. Katya was doing very well until the French, not so, gentleman trapped her behind some back markers. Boo! Hiss! not the sort of thing a gentleman does to a young lady. Katya came 4th.
The race was won by the Yamaha GMT 94 team, great set up and very successful. Just do their job well and had less incidents along the way.
If you have not done a 24 hour race, please do, its amazing.
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Im going to send the next section as a sparate email as the pictures are playing up

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Re: Bol D'Or

Post by Richard » Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:50 pm

Part two
Before we leave the circuit Fiona decided she liked the BMW
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Now we are off to St Aygulf, I took my now wife Fiona here 31 years ago on our first holiday, this time I paid for the hotel and not a tent. about 60 miles but it took 1.5 hours due to traffic
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Enough of this beach stuff, some more roads on the way to GAP and then Chamonix. My Sat Nav has a wonderful sense of direction. I think it must has a find the bendyist road thing in its selection critieria. I overtook a large number of cyclists on a section of the Tour De France. While I will admit some admiration for their fitness, I think these roads are better suited to bikes with an engine.
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Castellane for breakfast
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Time for section 3
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Post by Richard » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:04 pm

Section 3
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Chamonix
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Chamonix
Great hotel in Chamonix was found, near the center of the town. and Free beer in the price (only 2 though)
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The top of Mont Blanc was a little cold, and people were climbing it. The air is a bit thin at this altitude as well. Don't run up the stairs I reminded myself between gaping for breath.
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The day did clear up and its stunning scenery when it does
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And now to Beaune. Best wine region in France in my opinion, in between Dijon and Lyon. More motorway this time and a bit boring but hey, wine to drink as a reward!!

Picture is too large so you will have to imagine me with a glass (bottle) of wine.

Now to Nancy, last stop before the boat home. Nice enough city, but the traffic is awful and the local government have decided they don't want vehicles in the city so have made it very difficult to drive in. Go by train.

Part 4 to come

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Re: Bol D'Or

Post by Richard » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:08 pm

Part 4
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Back at the boat to Newcastle
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it used to say Angel here!!

And another successful conquering of France.

Hope you enjoyed my story.

Cheers Richard
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Post by mick shere » Fri Sep 29, 2017 2:44 pm

Great write up. 😎

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Post by DaveNZ » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:28 am

Excellent Richard, i enjoyed reading and your pics.
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Post by mick shere » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:04 pm

What rack is that? Looks like the grab bar can stay on, ideal for when we go travelling

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Post by Aussie Dave » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:03 am

Hey Mick, I was just enjoying Richards pics and story...... he is using is a Ventura rack and bag system (I spotted that in the first post..... :lol: ).

I've seen Ventura's on many bikes over the years.....will be interested to hear how it went - they do rely on screws to hold sections together, but are light and easy to fit. The standard passenger grab rail is retained unlike my SW Motec rack.....no grab rail with that set-up. ;)
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Post by mick shere » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:50 am

Ta :D

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Re: Bol D'Or

Post by Richard » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:31 am

Hi Guys,
Yes its a Ventura rack. It fits on very easily with the side rails located by two bolts on the rear foot peg to frame bracket and a circular clip around the rear frame rails. I was worried about the actual rack which is held in place by effectively two grub screws. No need to worry though we did about 3000 miles, sometimes at above the recommended speed limit of 130km and its still tight.
The tail pack is actually an old Oxford one which has two flaps which fitted under the rack and lock together with a clip. The bag also has built in bungees and a couple of large rigid side loops so these went to the fitting uprights which the rack fastens to.
One bungee off the bag side loops under the rack and that was it.

Ventura were very helpful when I called then and the rack turned up quickly.

I did originally order a Motec rack but the one that arrived would not fit. No problems with the return, but no explanation either.

Cheers Richard

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Post by mick shere » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:20 pm

which one is it?

https://www.ventura-bike.co.uk/fitments ... ke_gt.aspx

It looks like a great solution and not to intrusive on the eye ;)

What sort of weight were you carrying, When abroad I usually use the top box area for bulky but light stuff ie half empty (or full) bottles of wine :D oh and running kit for the morning apres

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Re: Bol D'Or

Post by Richard » Tue Oct 03, 2017 7:35 am

Hi Mick,
about 7 kg in the tail pack and about 10Kg in each of the panniers. Two pair of trainers for the morning (or afternoon depending upon the night before) run (I'm told I have become a bit obsessive with this), two pairs of flip flops (thongs for antipodeans out there), pair of canvas shoes for the posh dinners!, video camera, toiletries, two pairs of glasses (age does not come alone), small first aid kit, complete change of clothes for two, map incase the sat nav dies, cargo straps for the boat, I got used to not trusting the vessel supplied ones but the DFDS equipment was new and worked well, and the all important teddy bear went in the tail pack.
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Post by Aussie Dave » Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:36 am

mick shere wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:20 pm
which one is it?

https://www.ventura-bike.co.uk/fitments ... ke_gt.aspx

It looks like a great solution and not to intrusive on the eye ;)

What sort of weight were you carrying, When abroad I usually use the top box area for bulky but light stuff ie half empty (or full) bottles of wine :D oh and running kit for the morning apres

8-) ......I just clicked on this link for curiosity...and saw the rear stand holding the GT upright with all the Ventura options........wow, that stand has to be a whole lot easier to use than the one armed wrestler I have (ie like the KTM s/s stand tho mine is the cheaper grey version.... ;) ).......... :lol: Ah well, my headlight protector cover has arrived so that'll take my mind off rear stands for a while..... ;)
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Re: Bol D'Or

Post by Richard » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:01 pm

Hi Mick,
I missed your first question
These are the parts I ordered.

Description Part Number Additional Info Quantity Price
Evo-Rack ER30/B KTM 1290 SuperDuke GT 1 77.99
L-Brackets KT018.1/B KTM 1290 SuperDuke GT 1 116.00
Shipping £8.22
TOTAL £202.21

Aussie Dave,
I have a ABBA Superbike stand which fits a multitude of bikes, has bobbins which fit into both sides and then fit into the swinging arm pivot at the frame. I do however need to order bobbins for the KTM as none of the others I have fit

http://abbastands.co.uk

Cheers Richard

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Re: Bol D'Or

Post by mick shere » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:29 pm

Cheers Richard you are very helpful much appreciated mate

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