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Euro K Club Events / Marker / Second Man System Explained
« on: March 16, 2019, 10:34:30 am »
The Marker or Second Man Drop Off System

This is a system commonly used in group rides. Understanding the system is important, as everyone needs to do their part to avoid anyone getting lost.
One rider, the “Leader”, will stay at the front and is responsible for navigating the route.
Another rider, “Tail End Charlie”, will stay at the back in last position. These are the only two riders who remain in their position in the group.

At every junction, the rider immediately behind the leader (Second Man/Marker) stops and marks the junction and indicates the route which the other members should follow. All other riders pass the marker. The marker then re-joins the group in front of “Tail End Charlie”.

This approach involves the entire group, and the marker gets rotated from front to back and gradually moves up to the front again. The method works provided everyone does their bit and doesn’t forget they are in the No.2 position, when it is their turn to mark. If you see a junction that should have been marked, pull over and mark it, you cannot over mark. Nobody other than “Tail End Charlie” should be riding last for any reason.
If traffic conditions force “Tail End Charlie” in front of the marker, overtake “Tail End Charlie” when safe to do so, he will be slowing to facilitate the overtake.

A roundabout should be marked by parking in a safe visible position on the exit.

When going straight through at a crossroads where you don’t have right of way, you may mark it, if you wish. The default action in such a case is to continue straight through. Therefore, if there is no marker when you arrive at the junction you should proceed straight on. If you do decide to mark such a junction you should do so by stopping in a safe visible position on the far side of the crossroads.
When you are marking a junction, make sure you park in a position not to obstruct other road users. If necessary point in the direction that riders arriving at the junction should proceed.

There is no need when using the drop off system to keep the rider behind you in your mirrors. There is no need to play catch up. With the drop off system there will be a marker waiting for you at the next junction.

When you are the marker, wait for “Tail End Charlie” to arrive, even if this takes a long time as there may be traffic problems further back. If you are unsure whether to mark a junction, do it anyway. Ride your own ride, don’t allow yourself to be pulled or pushed along. Enjoy yourself at your own pace. Overtaking is allowed so feel free to overtake slower riders. This just means you will be Second Man sooner.
If you overtake the Leader, you are on your own.  ;D ;D

Here are a few diagrams to illustrate marker positioning.

Right Turn

Left Turn



Ride Out Reports / Wales for a few days
« on: March 15, 2019, 03:06:05 pm »
I am off to Dollgelau on Monday for a few days with a couple of mates. I have had my weather mojo working overtime to abate the winds and it seems it might just have worked in time for our Monday morning departure. We are staying at the Royal Ship Monday and Tuesday and coming home Wednesday. If anyone is in the area let me know and we could meet up for a coffee.

Here is a tip to get you out of trouble if you have a corrupted SD card. I was transferring some routes to my Tomtom 550, I keep all of my routes on a micro SD card so that they are safe in the event of a factory reset.
So, the other day plugged in the Tomtom to the computer and the SD card that was definitely in the Tomtom was not showing up on the PC. I took the card out and put it directly into the PC and there it was working fine. For some reason the Tomtom would not recognise the card. Sometimes the cards get corrupted when taking them in and out. I tried formatting it on the PC put it back in the Tomtom and no dice. I was about to order a new card when I had a light bulb moment, there is obviously something on the card that the PC likes and Tomtom doesn't, having already formatted the card a few times with no luck, I thought I'll put it through the shredder (not a physical shredder), a PC file shredder. I set the shredder to maximum shred to completely wipe the card then reformatted the card again on the PC and Bob's your uncle all was working again.
So if you have a corrupted card or memory stick try the shredding trick first before you dump it.

The Euro K Club Lounge / Twin Set?
« on: February 07, 2019, 06:09:43 pm »
I saw this headline on the MCN website
Honda Africa Twin set to evolve for 2020

I don't know about you but I think they could have worded this headline much better, I associate "Twin Sets" with ladies of a certain age.  ;D

The Euro K Club Lounge / Some winter sun for the Sewells
« on: January 23, 2019, 01:28:01 pm »
I am whisking Melanie off to Malaga for a few days (flying not biking) as a birthday treat. We will be leaving the cold behind us for a few days.
I'll be thinking of you while sipping cocktails on the beach  ;D

The Euro K Club Lounge / Is this a GS 911 alternative
« on: January 23, 2019, 11:46:32 am »

The Euro K Club Lounge / The Invisible Motorcyclist
« on: January 10, 2019, 12:37:43 pm »

The Euro K Club Lounge / I bet he'll think twice next time
« on: January 09, 2019, 09:21:10 am »

Not the outcome he was thinking of  :D

I have bought one of these

which give much more flexibility than the standard RAM Arm. It's a bit on the expensive side, but there are no pockets in a shroud.  ;)

The Euro K Club Lounge / Greetings of the season
« on: December 21, 2018, 01:47:56 pm »
I had been waiting to see if anyone was going to start the ball rolling, but it seems no.
So here I am wishing all our forum members a very merry Christmas and a happy new year, just to show we are not really all miserable bar stewards  ;D

The Euro K Club Lounge / A turn up for the books
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:59:52 pm »
I hope this is a sign of things to come, I have just had my subscription to PocketGPSWorld extended until September 2020
Weh hey. An early Christmas present.  ;D

Euro K Club Events / Wrinklies Chasing The Sun 5. 3rd-5th June 2019
« on: November 23, 2018, 05:44:50 pm »
Hello peeps, with about six months to go, it’s time to start planning next years Wrinklies trip.
All the information you will need will be updated here in post #1

This time we start in Southport stop over in Melton Mowbray and carry on to Clacton.
Route 1

Route 1 Click Here

Route 2

Route 2 Click Here

On route 1 we take in some of the UKs best biking roads, namely, Snake Pass and the Cat and Fiddle.

Monday 3rd June 2019
Travel Lodge Southport 1 night no breakfast (Wetherspoons a few yards down the road)
Click Here for Travel Lodge

Tuesday 4th June 2019
Premier Inn Melton Mowbray 1 night book breakfast, the meal deal is also good value
Click Here for Premier Inn Melton Mowbray

Wednesday 5th June 2019
Premier Inn Clacton Seafront 1 night book breakfast
Click Here for Premier Inn Clacton Seafront

So to kick off, who is interested?

Interested so far                             Bike
Rae             raesewell       (booked)    Yamaha FJR 1300
Tom            TomK1300s    (booked)     BMW R1200GS             
Bob            (Toms mate)   (booked)     BMW R1200GS
Richard        Richtea         (booked)     BMW K1300S
Matt            Matt              (booked)     BMW K1300S
Brian           Phmode                           BMW K1300S
Ady             Ady00       (booked Wed)   BMW K1300R
Glen            Bruno            (booked)     BMW R1200GS
Terry          (Glens mate)   (booked)     KTM 1290 S

Route Download links
Click Here for Tomtom Routes

Click Here for Garmin Routes

I have aligned the routes so that Tomtom and Garmin should follow the same route. Set your device to avoid motorways.

I think the routes are pretty much finalised so feel free to download and take a look. To be on the safe side in case I make any last minute changes download again closer to the event.

Tuesday 4th
9.00am      Set off from Southport with a full tank please. (Morrisons supermarket right behind the Travel Lodge with petrol station)
11.30am   Holmfirth coffee stop 30 mins stop. Where you can find Sids Café of Last of the Summer Wine fame
12.00pm   Set off from Holmfirth
1.45pm   Bollington pub lunch 1 hour stop.
2.45pm   Set off from Bollington.
4.30pm   Ilkeston, McDonalds coffee stop 30 mins stop.
5.00pm   Set off from McDonalds.
5.40pm   Arrive Premier Inn Meltom Mowbray.

This route is a bit longer than our normal but I think it's worth it  ;)
Merriment and frivolity to follow.   ;D

Wednesday 5th
9.00am    Set off from Melton Mowbray
11.10am  March Wetherspoons coffee stop 30 mins stop.
11.40am  Set off from March.
1.25pm    Long Melford Lunch 1 hour stop.
2.25pm    Set off from Long Melford.
3.45pm    Arrive Premier Inn Clacton Seafront

More merriment and frivolity.  ;D
Timings are approximate, obviously  ;)

The Plan
Monday 3rd turn up at Southport any time after 3.00pm when we can meet and greet and eat and drink. Wetherspoons is just a few yards along the road from the Travel Lodge and would make a good place to gather. There is an archway next to the Travel Lodge entrance and through the archway is a paved area where bikes can be snuck in.

Ride Out Reports / Sewells in France and Belgium 2018
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:55:47 pm »
After some trying times recently Melanie and I are off for a well deserved holiday in France and Belgium, we had this originally planned for September but we had to cancel and re-book. We leave home on Saturday staying over in Market Harborough before a leisurely dash for the tunnel on Sunday morning. Our first French destination is Le Touquet (one of my favourite places). Monday morning sees us off to Reims for a couple of days. Dinant is our next destination for another couple of days before heading to Ypres where we will be meeting up with Sudolea and his wife for some eats and drinks.  :D Heading back to the UK on Saturday morning.
I'll try to remember to take some photos, but as you already know, sometimes I forget  :-[

For the Sena users amongst us, Sena have just released a significant firmware update.

The Euro K Club Lounge / For those with TPM
« on: October 03, 2018, 08:37:09 am »
A question for those of you with the tyre pressure monitoring systems, does the pressure on the monitors rise with temperature or do they compensate?

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