Rather than enjoying the delights of the lunchtime news, thought I’d do a quick circuit of the lanes around home
So the Pampera was fired up and found some overtrousers and some bike kit and set of. Off via Kingstone and then up through Vowchurch and Turnastone (which still has the petrol pumps outside the house) and up to the start of Hermit’s Lane.
Despite the ‘road legal ?’ knobblies the bike handles okay on the tarmac and buzzes along like all good 2-strokes should. No working speedo, so not sure the mph, but nothing too quick, around the 40 mph on the B-road.
Hermit’s is about 1/2 mile long and from the start drops down to a waterfall then up into the lane itself. Plenty (see piccie) of water coming down the lane and a sporting start across the ford.
The lane is used as part of the Trevor Hunt Trophy trial and the Pampera may short work of most of it, despite the mouldy leaves and rock steps exposed by the water. I didn’t clean it, but didn’t get stuck. A 3, but not a 5. What you notice is how light the bike is when you’ve got to move it around (I lined it up to take the step in the ford). That was enjoyable and wouldn’t fancy anything like an XR400 on it.
Back round via Newton St Margarets and Abbey Dore, all within an hour. Maybe Hill Lane for my next work from home lunch break 🙂
No real problems with the Pampera, though the rear brake disappeared whilst descending the hill into Abbey Dore (flapping pedal) only to re-appear a couple of minutes later. Interesting feature.