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The Euro K Club Lounge / Torque - In the real world
« on: May 23, 2022, 10:33:56 am »
As I'm sure we all have, I've had a number of conversations around the fact that torque is what is needed on a road bike (not power) and that more torque is always welcome. But, I think that is too simplistic a presentation of what is best, as it's not actually the headline figure of the engine torque that is really important, but the "thrust" that the back wheel provides when you open the throttle. To get to the back wheel, the crank torque has to go through the gearbox, whose job it is to effectively change the torque, increase or decrease, before it gets to the rear wheel.

[nerd mode]
So that I could actually compare the real "thrust" at the rear wheel, and while in a really boring meeting, I put together a spreadsheet that calculates the thrust at the wheel value from a given engine through the attached gearbox to the wheel. This gives (near) real world comparison figures between different bikes.

There are inevitably a large number of assumptions in the calculations including that losses through the gearbox and final drive will be the same across all bikes, that the diameter of the rear wheel is the same and that no account is taken for the weight of the bike as it takes more to move a heavier bike.

I found it interesting and, for the bikes I’ve actually ridden, similar to the results form the “seat of the pants” dyno.

[/nerd mode]

Gripes, Bitches and Whinges! / Would you trust a bike deler who ...
« on: March 18, 2022, 11:16:24 am »
... can't get the model of the bike right? It even says, very clearly in the picture, K1300GT and not K1300S!

A good friend of mine, Mark, is from Australia and, after over 11 years in the UK, is planned to return to Aus, for good. He has, in the past borrowed both my Aprilia Futura and then my K1200S to join in on the Old Gits trips, enjoying them so much, he actually bought his own K1300S MotorSport.

As he well be returning to a land where great mountain roads are best described as "in short supply", and where speed enforcement is both enthusiastic and rigorous, a small group of Old Gits though we'd give him a final Euro-tour he'd remember.

The full route is defined here:  but the image for the back of the trip tee shirts we had made up says it al:

So, on Friday 10th Sept, we set off on the tunnel.

stopping overnight in Bethune (bikes tucked up safely at the hotel):

before we did a 500 mile across France and into Germany on Saturday. The Autobahns were fun: :D

Sunday was through Austria and into Italy. The sun shining all the way.

with some serious fun being had.

Monday was Italy then into Switzerland via a number of passes including Stelvio






Tuesday had Mark and I looking for somewhere to fit a new tyre to his bike (forward planning it wasn't!!!) before heading back into Italy

Wednesday morning in Aosta and, for the first time on the trip, it was raining, and raining quite hard. The weather slightly reduced the fun as we ran over into France then started down the Route des Grande Alpes.

However, the rain eased towards the end of the day and the final run of the day up the Col de l'izoard was done at significant pace in the company of a Lotus Exige 380 Sport. :D For those that don't know, it's 1100kg, 375bhp and f**king quick! He had me on the slightly damp bends but I pulled him back on the short straights. Very childish, but great fun. We both stopped at the top of the Col and thanked each other for a good ride/drive. I'm not sure his passenger enjoyed it quite as much as he did!

That night we were witness to a fantastic lightening show with accompanying thunderous rain.

Thursday was again wet (rain and waterproofs tend reduce both the opportunities and the interest in taking pictures but I did manage to get one at the very top of the Col de Bonnette

before we headed down for the Med coast and our overnight stop. As it happens, once we'd parked the bikes ad checked into the hotel, the rain stopped and the sun came out!

Friday was a ride up the Route Napoleon. The sun was back and it was warm and dry again.

With another change to have some fun

A stop for lunch in Gap had us reminiscing over previous Old Gits trips

Saturday arrived and it was time to think about heading for home, but not before some more fun and stunning roads

Sunday morning was dry again as we did our 200 mile dash to the ferry

Then the run home

It was a superb trip, enjoyed by all but, most importantly, enjoyed by Mark.


The Euro K Club Lounge / New GSX-S1000GT - A K1300S replacement?
« on: September 22, 2021, 10:47:25 am »
I think this looks very interesting ...

Euro K Club Events / Old Gits 2022 - Northern Spain - June 2022
« on: June 03, 2021, 09:45:26 am »
OK - Third time lucky I hope!!! After COVID cancelled the 2020 and the 2021 trips to Northern Spain we're going to give it another go in 2022. Hopefully by June 2022 we'll all have been jabbed and Spain will be a fully green, visit as you please, country.

Brittany Ferries have been very good and transferred over the 2021 bookings to 2022 so the dates are confirmed as departing Portsmouth at 21:30 on Friday 10th June to arrive in Santander on Sunday 12th, then depart Bilbao on Saturday 18th June to return to Portsmouth on Sunday 19th at 18:30.

The ferry crossings are £756 each. That allows for bike, and rider in a single occupancy cabin, both ways. We've not booked the hotels yet but the outline plan remains that we will do a 2 center trip with a move of hotel mid week. Hotels will be 3* or 4* and each room will be booked for single occupancy. The estimated hotel cost for the 6 nights is £450.

Beyond those costs you'll have your own food, drink, fuel etc.

At the moment we have 13 people booked on the ferry crossing and another 3 who plan to travel overland and meet us in Spain.

TomL and myself from this site are already booked on the trip and a few others from here have been on previous Old Gits trips so can comment on what happens. If you're interested in joining the 2022 trip then please PM me and let me know.

Just to answer a few of the FAQs from those thinking about their 1st Old Gits trip.

This is not the sort of trip where we all ride in a big long line, blocking the traffic and generally going slower than the speed of the slowest to keep the group together. We're all booked on the same ferries and in the same hotels but beyond that, it's your trip. Small groups tend to organically form (normally at breakfast) when discussions identify who's doing what that day. We recommend that a maximum of 4 people ride in a group so as not to cause problems with local traffic. However, if you want to do your own thing then that's totally fine too.

There is no tour guide with an umbrella guiding you around the local sites and making up a history for them. (If you'd like that job then feel free to volunteer! :D  )

The hotels are always chosen with a bar and restaurant but the evenings, like the days, are totally up to you. Again, groups tend to form to visit local bars and restaurants but you do what you want.

I do all the bookings and don't make any money from it. All bills are divided equally across those on the trip. As such you share the benefits of group discounts (estimated at around 10% to 15%) for ferry and hotels but likewise, you are tied to the times, locations, terms and conditions associated with the group booking.

Some pictures from previous trips to Northern Spain so you have an idea what you might be letting yourself in for.

A friend of mine took the low seat (1 slash) he bought off his old K1300S to sell it only to buy a replacement bike with only a low seat fitted. He now has 2 low seats and no standard seat (2 slashes). Does anyone want to straight swap of their standard seat for a low seat?

PM me for any further details.

Whilst a VERY limited sample, I though the results were interesting ...

Euro K Club Events / Old Gits 2021 - Norther Spain
« on: February 24, 2021, 11:12:10 am »
To go ahead assuming the COVID rules allow. Currently fully booked but happy to take details of people who'd be OK to go on the stand-by list in case there is any drop out.

Euro K Club Events / Old Gits 2021 - Northern Spain - June 2021
« on: September 14, 2020, 09:14:29 am »
    Old Gits 2021 – Northern Spain – 10/Jun/21 to 20/Jun/21

    The planning for the Old Gits 2021 trip is well underway and assumes that the challenges of COVID-19 travel restrictions will be a thing of the past.

    In 2021 we’re planning to return to Northern Spain for a week riding the roads of the Westerns Pyrenees and the Picos. If you’ve never been, the roads are superb, the weather in June is generally really good and the locals are friendly and welcoming.

    The Itinerary is as follows:

    Thursday 10th June 22:15 Portsmouth to Santander ferry, arriving 08:00 on Saturday 12th June. Single occupancy cabin.

    The hotel NH Pamplona Iruña Park in Pamplona for 3 nights as a base to explore the Western Pyrenees.
    Tuesday 15th June, move to Oviedo in the Picos for 4 nights, giving time to explore the Picos.
    All hotel rooms are single occupancy and include breakfast. Twin rooms are available for any who would prefer to share.
    Hotel bookings include secure parking for bikes within the hotels secured car park. (2 bikes per car space.)

    Saturday 19th June 15:00 Santander to Portsmouth ferry, arriving 20:00 on Sunday 20th June[/li][/list]

    The costs for the above are:
    Ferry - £653.40
    Hotels - £503.70

    If you are interested in joining us in Spain next year, or would like to know more about the trip, then please contact me ASAP as we need to confirm exact numbers by the end of next week. (Fri 25th Sept.) Booking a space will require payment for the ferry as we need to confirm our exact group numbers before the end of September.

    UPDATE 08/Oct/20

    All spaces are currently booked but if there is enough "serious" interest I'll go back to the ferry company and hotels to see if I can get more space.

    Another recommend hotel from an Old Gits trip.  This was the 2019 trip base and was excellent.  A really friendly bunch of staff, nice rooms in a building with loads of character. It's a great base for exploring the wonderful roads of the Dolomites.  It has a secure underground car park and is walking distance to the local town.

    Due to COVID-19

    I'm currently finalising the Old Gits 2020 trip to Northern Spain. Our plan is to leave Portsmouth on the afternoon of Friday 12th June, spend 4 nights in Pamplona then 3 nights in Ojedo before getting the ferry back to Portsmouth for the evening of Sunday 21st June.

    Details are available on the Old Gits website at

    We have 20 places reserved on the ferries and have allocated 15 now 16 of them. Anyone interested in taking one of the remaining places should PM me as soon as possible.

    For Sale / Wanted / K1300S MotorSport Front Wheel
    « on: September 23, 2019, 02:27:34 pm »
    K1300S MotorSport Front Wheel

    Used but in good condition. Low miles. No disks or tyre but includes bearings.


    Collection preferred (includes coffee and a biscuit) but can post - postage costs not included in price.

    PM me if you want to know more.

    The Euro K Club Lounge / Start planning for your "bike for life"
    « on: March 27, 2019, 08:21:59 am »
    It would appear that even Brexit won't save us  :(

    I expect bike sales in early 2022, of 2021 models, will be brisk and that those bikes will remain with their owners for a very long time!

    Drop me a PM if you’re interested. Include your mobile number if you’d like more pictures of anything.

    Low Seat

    Fork Stem RAM Sat Nav Mount

    Sat Nav/Accessory Power Cable (3 wire – Fits BMW plug.)

    BMW K1200S Full Length Tank Bag With Mounting Kit

    ABBA Stand With Front Lifter for K1300S.

    K1300S MotorSport Front Wheel
    Used but in good condition. No disks or tyre but includes bearings.
    Moved to own separate post

    Sports Pannier Inner Bags
    Official BMW inner bags.
    Destroyed by a bloody mouse in my shed!!

    Baglux Tank Cover – White and Black
    Well used but everything still works. Great as a tank protector as well as for fitting any of the Baglux tank bags to. (I used the Alpha with great success.)

    Can be seen here fitted to my Motorsport
    Free/Cost of postage

    Collection preferred and includes a free tea/coffee, biscuit and chat. :D
    I can deliver in Suffolk/South Norfolk/North Essex area or in central London/City/South Bank area.
    I can post with P&P costs to be added to prices above.

    black-k1's Bikes / Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
    « on: March 03, 2019, 03:41:52 pm »
    Collected yesterday - 02/Mar/19 :D

    Well, after 6 years of K1300S ownership (3 years on a Sport and 3 years on a MotorSport), preceded by 5 years of K1200S ownership, I've finally stepped away from riding a BMW. As many will have read I was disappointed that BMW did not offer a replacement for the K1300S and felt there was nothing else on the market that could do what the K1300S could do. That was, until I tried the H2 SX!

    I'm now the proud owner of a Ninja H2 SX SE Performance Tourer (to give it its full model designation), and what a bike it is. Pretty much everything the K1300S did well (which was a lot!) the H2 SX does slightly better. It feels lighter (though it's not), goes quicker, is just as comfortable and has more luggage space.

    I'll update this thread as time goes on to see if living with it is as easy as living with a K1300S. Fingers crossed. :D

    Shame about the weather today. :(

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