Yesterday we picked up the bike, a blue Triumph Bonneville America. This was in Swindon, at Blade Triumph. We really must say a special thanks to Steve who was excellent throughout the purchase and made sure everything needed for the trip to Greece was in place. A +1 to Steve for excellent customer service. We were given a good send off, some photos were taken, hopefully we will get copy in due course.
The ride to London was not the greatest. Come on England, it’s September not November, it was a chilly 15C at best and with fine drizzle. It was the sort of drizzle that doesn’t make you wet but the continual forced evaporation adds greatly to the chill factor, so by the time we’d got to Dartford we were well chilled and not in the best sense of that word.
The bike handles really well. It’s noticably lighter than the Softail so does get blown about a bit more. It’s got quite long wheel base wise but this is fine. I like the quick release wind shield, it does the job very well. The ride position is low, I like that a lot. The floorboards are fine, the controls all good, it feels and rides very good. So yes, I’m happy. It looks pretty good as well.
We’ve been commuting into London by train, dealing with family matters. Mostly stressful but now it is all done. Dartford is good because hotels are inexpensive, the commute is easy and for tomorrow, it’s an easy road trip to Folkestone. Everything else now done, including hi viz vests for France, a bit of retail therapy, and a bottle of very nice looking Bordeaux for when we get to St. Agnan en Vercors which will not be tomorrow.
So in the morning we’ll grab a hotel breakfast, coffee and something light and then after packing the bike we hit the road. Going to do the Shuttle because it is fast and convenient, so all going well we should be in Calais by 12.00 or so. We shall see how far into France we get, south of Troyes is the plan – weather permitting and the weather looks good.