Surprise! I felt sheer happiness as I, standing with an empty gas tank at the gas station, had to recognise, that my tank lock had been glued. 🙁 Obviously not at home, as the bikes of my boys were completely unharmed, as I found out later. So, it must have happened somewhere else. But with 400km on one tank fill, its hard to say where it might have happened.
Needless to say, that I tried to get this fixed at site, and, thanks to regulary maintenance, some thin oil film prevented the glue to completely stuck with the lock. I took my emergency tool – swiss knife – out and started to remove the layers around and within the lock.
And after approx 1 hour I managed to turn the lock again under some strain.
I filled up the gas for the minimum and then returned home for further repairs, without closing the lock completely. At home I removed the lock and disassembled it as much as possible. Then I bathed it in acteon and with this I got rid of the remnants of the glue. For restoring it completly I treated it with WD 40 Oil and graphite powder, now it works like a charm. Even better than before. 🙂
There are so many stories about the wine county in Lower Austria. Wima decided to add another one. How? Naturally with a bike tour, what else? As abbreviations are hipp, we called our tour the WDD. Wtf? It stands for Wima Duke Duett (or Wine County, Duke Duett) and therefore fits perfect. There are 3 Duke 390 within Wima Austria, so we should consider to organise a WDT (Wima Duke Triple) as soon as possible too!
Why to the wine county? As we travel without consuming alcohol during our rides (not afterwards, thats quite a different thing!), the target of our trip might be slightly strange, but as Nina – our new prospect – lives in the northern part of Vienna, and I do know this area from my Enduro trips, a tour to the north was a logic consequence. Our ride started on friday, afternoon, at the northern border of Vienna and led us through the lovely parts of the Kreuttal (herbs valley) and over the tangled roads of the Leiser mountains directly to the gallows hill in Wildenduernbach (Lower Austrias most beautiful wine celler assembly!) After a short stop – no, not for drinking – we proceeded further to Laa/Thaya where we paused to relish the ice-cream and the beautiful view at the main place with the majors house.
Refreshed we started south again, via – naturally – KTM distributer Kaudela in Unterstinkenbrunn, then further on to Stronsdorf, Nursch, Maisbirbaum, Niederhollabrunn to Korneuburg, where our ways parted.
The whole ride carried us through the soft hills of the wine county, between fields of pumpkins, sun flowers and corn, and, yes, some wine yards, too. Additional refreshment, despite the weather wasn’t hot at all, came from sections through forrests, which were already relatively cold. Summed up, a very nice tour-mix. The weather was even more astouning, as with my start in the afternoon, there where some irritating black clouds down in the south, but my rain app was right, not even a drop up in the north of lower austria.
As we had choosen mostly minor roads we hadn’t much traffic with other cars or bikes so we could choose our pace and our stops freely. Whith this conditions Nina was able to keep the pace very well, despite the fact, that she didn’t know the area (and roads) at all. 4 hours pleasant ride, well done!
Normally the ride would only last 2 hours, but due to the heavy rain and strong sidewinds it was a 5 hour long, exhausting ride. I was really glad to arrive at the circuit.
Originaly I had the intention to camp in the tent, but I had decided otherwise, as I was wet and cold, and greatful for a warm, cosy room and a bed.
I was greatful for the space I received, so I could spread all my wet equip all over the (bath)room.
Thankfully, the racing gear I brought with me was watertight packed!!
I went to bed early, without dinner, I was so tired from the exhausting drive here.
So I got up early. And went over to the restaurant for breakfast. There was a fine buffet, but I was so nervous, i barely could eat 2 small slices of bred with butter and marmelade, and black tee.
After breakfast I simply errected the tent, to let it dry and put all the wet stuff beneath, so it could dry too, as the wind was still blowing heavily.
Fortunatelly the rain had stopped and the wind had dried the tarmac.
The temperature had also risen to 17°, so it would be a very well day on the track.
I fetched my my registration number from the Honda race truck (office) and attached it on the bike. Then I dismounted all the touring gear, turned the mirrors down (as this should minimise the distraction and the following racer would have to care for himself 😉 ) and changed into the racing gear (The same I had for my drift training)
As I was in the beginners group, we got a short introduction
into the does and dont’s of racing
So be kind to your fellow racers, if to fast dont brake, lean more :-0, if you want to leave the track raise your left hand and leave the track at the entrance of the box alley. Never went against the general direction (clockwise)!! I think, that sums it up!
Ah, yes, on further thing:Ttry to start slow, you will be fast enough soon 😉
Oh, well, I think I will skip this part 😉
And then off we go, always in 20min turns and a 40 min break for two other, more experienced groups.
The pictures are from the first 2 turns.
i think, not to bad for a rookie? 😉
We also had one accident in our group, one fellow rider managed to achive a high sider with his (i suppose) Ducati Pannigale, but for my knowledge without major damage to him or his bike.
I found It quite inspiring to race against men, more expiring though, when I managed to overtake them 🙂 And I did. Huurraaaayyy
Maybe I should look for a Ring bike? My Versys is perfect for the small turns, but on the long sprints clearly underpowered, and I do not want to ruin my trusted bike with racing, as well.
But, for this I will first have to scrape some money, an impossible thing at the moment, with a new job, and an appartment to renovate.
Winter is coming! Time of games and thrones, but also of bike bargains , so lets see…… 🙂
After the arrival at the Rally and me returning from Hungary, I tried as much as possible to keep updated on news and events, as well as pictures from the Rally. Thanks to my kind Wima friends, and WhatsApp 😉 From this perspective, I will try to write this report, despite my absence. (Naturally approved by our whole week participants)
Monday was registration and get to know, get in touch day. The first, and only one, weak spot of this week surfaced at the breakfast buffet: coffee was a rare and precious good for the whole time. But fortunately, Elsbeth, our Swiss friend, managed to put a smile on our faces, thanks to her own-brewed coffee that she kindly offered to us.
During the day, all participants arrived and settled down on the camping ground and bungalows, and then registered with the “Wima Office” on site. As a gift all received a full bag with T-Shirt, chain spray, visor cleaning fluid, folders about Esztergom and Hungary and 2 small sacks of paprika powder – spicy) The weather was hot, so the swimming pool was well used to get some refreshment. In the meantime Lily and Birgit arrived with their van, and erected their tipi in the gap of our tent circle, so now our camp was fully established. Anneliese was staying in the bungalows as accommodation. Heidi, Manuela and Simone, our German “Wima-Austria branch” also arrived and pitched their tents in one of the many german corners of the camping ground.
In the evening hours, we were all invited to the welcome dinner, and our experience showed that Hungarians are real gourmets and gourmands as well. The food was really good and the portions available were huge.
But our Hungarian colleagues know what’s necessary to compensate the food. The evenening and the night ended with music and disco sound. J
Tuesday Naturally, we woke up late, but an irresistible smell wandered over the camp site. It was like wood coal and barbecue and so we were attracted by the smell and ended up around this huge Ox roast- Jep, this week will not be the best for vegetarians 😉
But, there is another kind of distraction. The tree within our tent circle seemeds to host a million Mealy bugs. And now, unfortunately, they decided to leave the tree and enter our tents. They were all over the luggage, in every gap, brrrr.
We fought back with insecticide and this helped a lot, but still they were falling. :-/
The afternoon was well spent with the pool and party, and so the night was a little bit longer then the last one.
Wednesday Its Rally day! Over the night it rained heavily. Our bikes’ side stands had sunk into the soft ground and were falling over. Berti’s bike even droppped on to her tent, but it could have been worse with her lying at that spot and rain poored into the tent, and her boots were now filled up to the top. No big damage to the bikes though, only one mirror on Berti’s bike was bent, but still worked. After this adventurous night the rally started in the morning and some clouds were still in the sky, so we went prepared for the worst. But, the day got quite a pleasant twist. The rally was carefully prepared and so we get to know the surroundings of Esztergom.
The rally ended at the local HQ of the Hungarian Police (Rendörség). As a remembrance to killed motorcycle riders , Wima representatives placed a wreath at the site.
After the ceremony we headed back to camp where we recovered from the challenges of the rally, because the evening challenge is quite as tough. The prison band gives a live concert at the main tent and the vibes are hot and high. They even treated their music instruments in a really bad manner. 😉 And so, this evening ended, for some of us, really late too.
Thursday In the morning, it was quite the same situation as yesterday. The clouds were thick, but it’s only raining occasionally and feeble. So we started for our parade to Budapest, the capital of Hungary. As our parade was under the auspices of the breast cancer prevention organisation, we all carried a pink ribbon. One Hungarian tv station was also present and they are interviewed Claudia Fehrer (our international president) and Emese Melicher (The national Hungarian president) Report from 21:05 minutes
Guarded by a really impressive police escort the large column of motorbikes set in motion and we headed to Budapest. Our police colleagues did a very good job in guiding us through half of Budapest until we arrived to a central square, where the campaigns donations were handed over to the responsible Hungarian representatives. After the ceremony we headed back to Esztergom, always surrounded by Hungarian police officers on bikes. I think, the Budapest car drivers will remember this day with some horror 😉
We were back at the camp in the late afternoon, and so we tried to get some food and something to drink.
In the evening there was the Wima president’s dinner for the national Wima presidents, where they discuss national and international issues, which are more or less strictly confidential, so we cannot post them here in public. 😉
The dinner was followed with the occasional night pleasure: Disco, and as always the night is too short .
Friday Budapest, wait weren’t we there yesterday? Kind of, but as we were surrounded by so many police bikes, we hadn’t the possibility to check out the city, itself. 😉 So we crammed together in a few busses to Budapest, there we got a lot of information from the guide, shortly afterward we were transferred to a boat on the river Danube, to visit the riverside as well. And, afterwards back into the bus for further rounds through Budapest. It was hot and there was no time to consume some drinks, or to eat a snack, so we were really glad when we arrived back in the camp in the late afternoon to revive our spirits.
I had arrived in the meantime and already got aquainted with the Mealy bugs and their accompanying earwigs 😉 and I tested the pool, as it was a hot day.
As the others arrived late, there was not enough time to freshen up and pretty ourselves. All others do had the same problem, as nobody was at the main tent. So we easily sat at our favourite table (as far as possible away from the loudspeakers) once again.
Then the whole ceremony started, all the official announcements, the thanks to our hosts (Wima Hungary) and the introduction video from Wima Estonia for the Rally 2017 in Jäneda (pronounced Joohnada, or so 😉 ) is shown.
This all lasted a long time, and we were really hungry now.
Finally Emese announced that the buffet is open and the queue started to grow.
But, as always, there was enough for all of us and we got fed more than enough. The selection was fabulous And it all tasted excellent!
Luckily the disco started and we were glad to do some moves, after all the sitting in the bus and the heavy food load J
A colourful sun set finished the day as night fells in.
It fitted very well to the melancholic mood we were all in, as a wonderful, inspiring and entertaining week was now over, and we will have to wait a year, to meet again.
Due our early departure in the morning we went to bed early. At midnight we all had finished our bed time routine. Good night Anneliese, sleep well Su, Good night Birgit, sleep well Chris, Good night Berti, Good night Renate, sleep well Michaela, Good night Lily, …… :-0
Saturday Ouch, rain started to poor down during the night. It started with a harmonic rhythm, but now it was heavy rain and the dark clouds to the north were not looking promising. Nevertheless we enjoy our last breakfast, then all paniers are packed up, and the wet tents are folded and mounted on the bikes to.
Birgit and Lily are the fastest, no wonder, as the can use the whole space of their bus. They kindly offer to take the bigger parts with them. And soon after they are leaving the camp.
They are followed by Su, Michaela, Berti and Renate, this group is heading back to Vienna
They are facing heavy rain and strong wind, as all Wima groups heading north. Thank gods, they all arrived safely.
Anneliese was still waiting for her partner and so did I too, as I will join them on the first part of their holiday journey. Finally, at 12 pm, Michi arrived at the camp (Border controls and weather were really bad) and so we start into the west in direction to Szombathely. Anneliese will then proceed further to Slovenia for Holidays, I to the Pannonia Race Circuit for my first race training – as it seems, I cannot get enough of riding!!!! This tour is quite uncomfortable too, 12° temperature, heavy rain and strong side winds are accompanying us over 5 hours the whole way. We are glad as the we approach our tragets. In Jánosháza we parted and proceed on the final section of our day’s trip. Finally, we arrive wet but without any harm at ourdesignated targets. But that is quite another story 😉