A loop of north wales

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prooney377
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A loop of north wales

Post by prooney377 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:07 pm

When I woke up on Sunday the weather was forecast for light cloud but no rain. As it turned out, even though I woke early to make the most of the day it was drizzly, and that fine drizzle that gets you wet through :( . Anyway, as I was up I thought f**k it I'll go out anyway. No sooner had I made the decision than the sun did in deed come out. No particular plan but my internal compass seemed to be drawing me to North Wales. The only loose plan was to steer clear of the motorways. Heading from Skem I crossed the Runcorn Bridge
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Then headed on past Frodsham, Chester, Wrexham and Ruthin before ending up at Betws Y Coed for a nice coffee and a read of the round up of last weekends sport in the MCN.
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After me brew I headed along the A5 through Snowdonia NP north towards Conwy. (I know there is a better route but I wanted to ride through the park). I happened upon a nice photo opportunity along the way.
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Onwards and upwards to Conwy and another photo opportunity or two in front of the castle.
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Unfortunately by this time it was time for me to head home. Been a while since I have done North Wales but weather permitting I'll be heading back soon.

Made a short video of the day too, hope you enjoy

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Re: A loop of north wales

Post by LargeWayRound » Thu Sep 06, 2012 12:29 pm

Excellent report , and very good video , Thanks for posting .

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Re: A loop of north wales

Post by magnum pi » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:15 pm

great vid and pics! .Whats your honest opinion of the ktm990smt what kind of mpg do you get and whats it like for all day riding. cheers

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Re: A loop of north wales

Post by prooney377 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:05 pm

magnum pi wrote:great vid and pics! .Whats your honest opinion of the ktm990smt what kind of mpg do you get and whats it like for all day riding. cheers
Thanks for the comments.

I may sound a bit biased but I can honestly see no other bike that I fancy over the SMt. It has the same engine as the Adventure but is a little bit different and quirky. You don't see too many of them about. Fuel wise a full tank (19 litres) on the back roads will get me 150 miles before the fuel light comes on. At this point there are two litres left in the tank. Taking it easy on the motorway It'll get past 180 before the light comes on meaning over 200 miles is possible. Comfort wise I do a round trip of 500 miles at least once a month to see my daughter down south and the seat becomes a bit hard for the last hour or so. The gel seat is reasonably priced but I have never tried it. The hand guards make a difference in the cold and I have also fitted heated grips.

Of course it's not all good news. I recommend getting the taller screen for long miles as wind noise from the smaller one gets a bit much. The only other mod I felt needed doing was that I changed the engine bolts for stainless ones as some of the originals were starting to rust after a winter of using it.

Hope this helps

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Re: A loop of north wales

Post by Road2Manchester » Thu Sep 06, 2012 7:28 pm

Great quality vid, GOPRO I guess, pray tell... :silly:
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Re: A loop of north wales

Post by prooney377 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:05 pm

Road2Manchester wrote:Great quality vid, GOPRO I guess, pray tell... :silly:
Afraid not, Drift HD. I like the small LCD screen for setting up and the fact that is is small enough to be inconspicuous when you leave it on the side of the road to do a ride by. This was shot in 720p at 60fps (good for times when you want to do slow motion) but you can up that to 1080p at 30fps in the settings menu.
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Re: A loop of north wales

Post by Flintlock » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:10 pm

Nice pics nice bike nice vid. Thanks

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Re: A loop of north wales

Post by magnum pi » Thu Sep 06, 2012 8:39 pm

Thanks for your opinion on the smt i think its going to be my next bike

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Re: A loop of north wales

Post by prooney377 » Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:09 pm

magnum pi wrote:Thanks for your opinion on the smt i think its going to be my next bike
Great choice and I don't think you will be sorry.
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Re: A loop of north wales

Post by Tyrant68 » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:39 am

Enjoyed that Prooney,thanks :)
One of my favourite bands too.
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