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    Everyone new well in advance that that there would be some pogos Timpo posted this up in plenty of time.

    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showpos...3&postcount=24

    There were only 2 lanes where we advised not to take the big bikes and we given the directions around them.

    Sid says
    Second section was chaos with group split up and various bikes going in different directions. Three of us went to bottom of steep drop only to find it was a dead end. One of the many riders on pogos flew down and told us we had to turn around and ride back to top. 1150 rider promptly dropped his bike trying to turn it around at bottom. By the time we got back on possible route, all the gates had been close again as nobody seemed to have any idea of how many bikes were in front or behind. Never seen such a badly disorganised ride.
    That was my own stupid fault going down that track i took the wrong turn and it was me that dropped my bike No harm done little dent in the tank couple of scrapes that's to be expected when out trail riding SORRY NO PHOTOS

    What we could do next year is give all the pogo riders a weight penalty 50kgs of potatoes srapped to their bikes

    Hope you don't stop leading rides because of this Timpo i had an excellent day can't wait to get down again

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    sounds familiar

    having spent a few years doing enduros these comments sound a lot like some i've heard before.
    you get some who think it was all to easy, some think it stupidy hard and some just get on and enjoy the day.

    i didn't do the off road event did the fords in my truck instead but from the photo's id have taken my 12adv without question. in fact i'd have had a bash in the truck as well
    I'D Rather be a live hasbeen than a dead Wanabee....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sid Horman View Post

    No doubt everyone else will slag me off and say the fault lay in my lack of riding ability. I ridden off road for 30 years having had trials bikes from age 14 to now and have covered many miles off road on GSers from R80G/S to current R1100GS. If I were a novice off road (as some other participants in the ride may have been), then it would have been even less suitable as an offroad ride. Usually, before a ride, I would expect the ride leader to enquire about the experience and abilities of the participants and tailor a ride to suit. No chance of that here.
    I think I'm a novice, I rode an 1150 and found the ride fantastic... The Rocky downhill was brilliant it's a shame you didn't stick with it.

    Timbo... that was a day to remember for many years, thank you

    Thanks to the group and the regular help picking my bike up
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wreford Miles View Post
    I think I'm a novice, I rode an 1150 and found the ride fantastic... The Rocky downhill was brilliant it's a shame you didn't stick with it.

    Timbo... that was a day to remember for many years, thank you

    Thanks to the group and the regular help picking my bike up
    Didn't realise that was you Wreford that was a muddy track i really enjoyed it nothing was to difficult only downside was lack of fag and coffee breaks.

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    Thank you for all the balanced constructive replies. To be honest I was expecting worse. Special thanks for the offers of rides in the future. I was just giving my opinion as I saw it on the day and I'm genuinely pleased that everyone else had a great enjoyable day.

    With hindsight I probably should have persevered and stuck it out. I was a bit under the weather both from alcohol intake the night before and not being well all week.

    I still think there are improvements that could be made for others in the future. That was part of the reason for my post, if everyone thinks everything was perfect then there is no room for improvement.

    Firstly, I still feel there should have been some sort of pre ride briefing if only to introduce the ride leader and back marker and give a rough overview of the type of terrain. As I wasn't feeling 100% I might have opted for the fords ride instead.

    Secondly, I of course accept that my bike might get some damage off road. That's why I ride a scruffy old 1100 and not a new fancy 1200 Adv Some of the guys such as Spout, Trippy and Johnny Boxer have ridden off-road with me before and can hopefully confirm that I am not a novice off road when I'm in the best of health. However, I think there is a difference between accepting a general risk of dropping the bike (which I expect to do at least once on an all day off-road ride) and the severe conditions of the steep rocky downhill. It could be that my bike was the least suitable. It still has tired original suspension and probably the least ground clearance.

    Thirdly, I was not aware of any drop off system in operation. If that had been the case there would have been less confusion and easier access through the gates etc.

    From my limited experience of the days ride, I found it more suited to the light weight trail bikes than the large GSers. From what has been posted here and from the photos it appears that it got a lot easier as the day progressed. Obviously if I had been made aware of that I could have chosen to stay on.

    Thanks again for the constructive comments. They really are appreciated.

    Sid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wreford Miles View Post
    I think I'm a novice, I rode an 1150 and found the ride fantastic... The Rocky downhill was brilliant it's a shame you didn't stick with it.

    Timbo... that was a day to remember for many years, thank you

    Thanks to the group and the regular help picking my bike up
    Conclusive proof from that photo that huggers work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Armstrong View Post
    Conclusive proof from that photo that huggers work.
    Unfortunately, the hugger gave up the ghost sometime in the afternoon
    '06 HP2 E...................2006 - 2016
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    '01 F650 GS Dakar.......2001 - 2004
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    '81 R80 G/S...............1982 - 1985

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    Come on post the rest of photos i'm sure there should be some more

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    Pics

    I'll try to get some of my photos up tomorow. Not done it before so Nigel is coming to the shopto show me how!!
    Thanks again Timpo, Still buzzing two days later

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    Despite Sid Horman's well advised second post I believe him to be well out of order in making such negative comments about a days adventurous riding. A ride which had been prepared by an expert rider and leader of rides for the sole purpose of having fun.

    If on the day Sid Horman was 'under the weather' then I guess he did the right thing and left the ride, the last thing anyone wants along is either a liability or a whinger.

    Although not suprised, I am disappointed to see a moderator, who had nothing at all to do with the ride, air his opinion via inaccurate heresay

    But feck ya!! the rest of us had a fantastic day
    and you don't have to do a fords ride to get wet as Forry shows
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    Yes, unfortunately there is a rider in the foliage under his bike
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    Hoping the back end doesn't step out
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    The weather was perfect for a day in the hills
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    Spout looking cool
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    Just don't stall it here at the 'Bombhole', but Spout going for it
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    A 650 Dakar doesn't hang around
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