October 3, 2007 - 3.0
As Panhandle says there were two bikes fitted with cameras that we used to show the ride over the Torr Head road. We were quite gentle, and behaved, more in an effort to show the difficulties that this type of road can throw up:
But it is the sort of road that if you tried to take it on in a more deliberate manner; would, and has bitten back!
You may also hear us talking, that is because most of our machines are equipped with Bike to Bike communications. I am just hoping that we didnt use naughty words.
Panhandle was also fitted with a camera, and I am sure if you ask him nicely he will add one of his Road Safety clips.
Just to explain the stills pictures. The line of bikes is just after our Torr Head run. We stopped in a quiet village for some great food.
The photo of the rustic cottages, is our very comfortable accomodation. All Mod cons and modern inside; Great for chilling-out after a long day riding the twistys.
The final 2 pics are the guys and girls getting ready to head out on another days blat. This time over into Southern Ireland, Donegal, Malin Head to be exact.
This area were the bikes are parked at night, is very secure with a large horse, and a couple of friendly dogs to protect them.
The other Pic is the guys and girls having a nice relaxing time, without their machinery. Taxiss were the order of the day for this evenings entertainment, and the talk was all about; Did you see that! and Good lord that was a hairy road, or your positioning could have been a bit better for that bend. (That one was usually for me!) ha! ha!
But over the 5 days in Northern Ireland, i think we all had a fantastic time, what with the good laughs, the friendship, the locals we met, and most importantly the challenges that all the roads threw up at us. Remember if you do go over, dont just ride the A.2. venture off onto the b roads that criss-cross the A.2..You wont get lost! Honest. There are roads that will suit all riders, all you have to do is find them, and thats part of the fun!
If you havent done it, forget about what you saw back in the 80s. Northern Ireland has, is changing, for the better i may add. Its vibrant, friendly, great biking roads, great people, and a big plus is that its BIKE FRIENDLY! A good time to go over is around the North West 200 Road Races. But book early for that one. Its the biggest Road Race outside the Isle of Man.
We have did it this year, some of us for the second time. I would hazard a guess, that it will not be our last either