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Month: September 2016

Panonnia Race Circuit, the 2nd

OMG,

img_20160926_070100yesterday 10 hours riding and today at  5:45 am I am already on my way down to hungary – again.

 

This time with my transporter. Its simply easier to carry all the racing stuff, water, and the heating is a plus too, as this early morning is freezing cold….

 

Naturally, my navi cheased to work right behind the border (i traveled via Közseg) and so my brain had to recollect meomories from my last trip from Ostffyasszonyfa – what a name, but easy to remember – to find my way down to the panonnia race circuit  🙂

Iimg_20160926_145614 arrived at 7:45, at the circuit, registered, listened to the drivers instructions, let my bike check for the technical approval (naturally all lamps, even blinker had to be coverd, naturally the rear foot pegs had to be fixated addtionally, naturally the mirrors have to be removed, , but the temporarely fixed front fender didn’t matter  😉 …..

Oh, well I must not understand this, do I?

At last, I did put the transponder (15,- €) unter my seat. Right in time for the first start of the day with the rookies group.

Fortunatelly ,the dressing went easier than the last time, maybe the great food during the WIMA Week didn’t help the last time?  😉

The first round was real fun, and so I wanted more , already 2 Seconds faster than last time. 2:45:xy

During the break I met  Beate Kloda – from the Austrian Motorrad Magazin and Isabella El-Mohr – from the Safebike event.

img_20160926_094520Its fantastic to feel Beate’s  enjoyment growing from minute to minute. She was certainly born for this and her test bike, a Suzuki GSX-S 1000  looks real bad ass too! :-0

Isabella wasn’t quite as pursuing, but between all this testosterone  guys and rookies its hard to concentrate on the own track without beeing stopped cold, by some crazy rider :-/

From my point of view, fun is everywere. As my Versys is clearly not the right bike – oh the looks of the guys – for this kind of a game, its even more relaxing to know, that i can only win.  😉

At the break I also had time to take some photos

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The mood in the camp is really relaxed and all the “mechanics” screwing on their bikes are feeling themselves as kind of small MotoGP for sure.

Finally, its our turn again and this time I try hard to keep pace with Beate and follow her track as much as possible. Its easy in the warm up round, but after this, she is up and away. So fast i couldn’t even blink, so fast this can happen 😉 .

At least, I still remember the most important part: Try to corner as late as possible (same with brakes), keep the corner tight and start soon to accelerate again.

I tried this procedure for the next rounds, and yeah again 2 sec. better than the last turn.  img_20160926_145559Ok, with this pace, its only further 15 turns to go, to achieve a time around 2:11?   😉                                                                     And my tire looks good too

lol, theoretical statistics are really clever…….

But, the next turn, after the break was surprisingly better, but this mostly due to some additional motivation:

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img_20160926_114528I started behind the two Ducati Monster riders, and, as I had refilled my Versys oil reservoir with nothing else as my available diesel engine motor oil, I wasn’t so shure if I should rev as high as before.

😉  But from round to round the Monsters accelerated more and more, and I kept pace.

Finally I wanted to overtake them, but a breaking mistake from my side brought me back to the roots again. and now, I was really motivated!  🙂

From there on the racing was incredibly motivating and overtaking took place a lot after the first long takle with the monster.

My time isn’t so good still,  2:38:xy, the line of track not perfekt at all, but the pure fun was totally worth it and I learned a lot.

eg. even stripped foot pegs can scratch….. 😉

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after this I decided, I should stop when its finest and so I packed my gear and the Versys back into the transporter and started my way home, still a smile on the face. Seeing you next year again, for sure…

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Ride4Hope

On September 25th, one of the Austrians MC the   Kärntner Kradreiter    initiated the very first Ride4Hope in Austria for the childrens cancer organisation.

Who was with them? Me! I did wear my WIMA shirt, as I did on all charity occasions so far.

I met with Olpo (from the 1000PS Forum) at  8 Am at Purkersdorf. only 7 to 8° put my fingers and body into a slightly chilly state.  😉

Olpo had his Big Enduro, not a bad choice , considering that we would have to travel over short passages of gravel road too.  …

We waited for a short period, but as nobody else arrived we started our journey via Grub, Mayerling, Weissenbach, Steinwandklamm, Pernitz, Klostertal, Semmering, Pfaffensattel (bad road condition) in direction to Birkfeld.

Unfortunately Olpos carburetor cheased to work properly, kind of my Enduro  (Construction site) long, long ago.

Olpo stayed behind trying to fix the carburetor, and I tried to regain some time on my further way to Bruck/Mur via Birkfeld and Strassegg. Not even a street parade of a local music group could stop me for long. img_20160925_114225

and so I arrived right in time at Bruck/Mur.

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There I did met Martin (whom I did know from my 1000PS Week) and a lot of other fellow bikers.

the sun was shining plesantly, temperatures had risen too, so we waited there in a coffee bar for the event to start.

After some time Olpo arrived!

He really had removed the tank on his bike, disassembled the carburetor, cleaned it, reassembled and attached it again, – and, as he already had access to the engine now, also adjusted the valves too – all this, aside the road. A real Genius!

And so we together, started in a convoi to Leoben, where we were greeted by a representant of the local child cancer organisation to hand over our collected money.

img_20160925_135536 ride4hope2Due to the success of this first ride it will now be done on a yearly base. More here

After this official part, we splitted from the main group and traveled to the city center of Leoben (i travel through every year on my way to the iron mountain, but never had time to visit the center).

finally, after a glance on the clock, we mounted our bikes again and started our trip home. Only with a few modifications of the track.

img_20160925_192236At 7 pm, we did split at the border of Vienna, and at 7:30 pm I finally was at home.  A 12 hour bike day, with 10 hours riding was over.

 

Tomorrow morning I will have to leave early for the Panonnia race circuit. So sleep well!

Shattered

I went in the bank,

kotflugelI leave the bank ->

 

OMG, come on! A small bus had smashed the front fender on my Versys in the meantime.

Tomorrow is  the  Ride4Hope  event in Bruck/Mur ans on monday I had booked a track day at Pannoniaring

At least, I do have a solution for tomorrow, lets see if it stays in place the whole way down and up again.

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Bin gespannt, ob das bis Bruck und retour hält.

Black & White

Since our WIMA wine county tour, M. and I are determined to go on a one day ride somewhere within Austria.

It wasn’t easy to schedule a common date, but – and this is a big BUT – in the meantime she bought a Versys too. A cute 2010 model in white. She did pimp it a little bit (lower gel seat, rim stripes, etc..)
I must say, I never thought a white bike could look so cool!

Ok, but now there has to be a date, such an opportunity couldn’t be missed.

Finally, we found one! And as I like to have a mot(t)o for a ride, and our bikes are black & white we decided to name it: WIMA Black&White Ride.  YES!!
And, we event took it further, as M dressed up in her new leather racing gear b/w, and me dressed in my completely black standard leather riding gear.

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After our separate approach to the meeting point in Krems, we met right at the point at 9:30.
We first filled up our tanks buw11and headed over the Danube to the Dunkelsteiner Wald and through Loosdorf we entered the pre Alps region in a very short time. We had choosen narrow winding roads, but they were built for our bikes and so, kilometres went by very fast. Traffic was low at this time of the day, so we went on flying over the route through Mank, Wastl/Wald, Scheibbs, Puchenstuben, Erlaufsee, Göstling, Weyer, St. Gallen and finally Admont.

We had decided to stop only if necessary to cherish the riding to the max, but unfortunately close to Mariazell we were stopped in a police motorcycle mass control. buw10

So we had time to refresh our water level and walk a little bit, while we were spectators to the drama unfolding. Some manipulated mufflers, wrong mounted licence plates, run down tires, etc…  later we had the pleasure to be next in the queue.
We were glad to hear, that our bikes were in a completely certified state, and so we were allowed to  proceed shortly afterwards without any penalties.
No surprise there, as our Versys are built for this type of Austrian roads, why should we tune them?  😉

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On the way down south we met a lot of motorbike riders and –groups, and, as it come, we had the opportunity to overtake quite all of them. As one of our famous motorcycle magazines in Austria like to call it: We judged them….

On the other hand, the opposite only happened once, or twice, if I count the two male riders each (licence marked with W and BA) overtaking us – and the car column in front of us – within a hairpin bend , admist heavy rain, and opposite traffic, at the steep roads of  Josefsberg.

Thanks, but that’s not even my stile….., I pass for good and overtake later. (for sure  😉  )

But,  its their life, so let’s proceed with the report:
At our arrival in Admont (a little after noon) the small town was crowded with bikes from all over Austria. So we went in a small aside restaurant without garden seats to rest a little bit, before we would head back.

This was fortunate, as shortly after heavy rain started to fall and we had time to lunch and talk a lot.

After some time, we wanted to start the engines again, to proceed with our return leg, but the rain was still pouring down, so we had to put on our rain gear and after paying for the meal and drinks we mounted our bikes once again and started our return journey.

It started close to Admont with the Gesäuse, a narrow road between tall mountains, winding along the stone walls and over bridges. As this road is operated under bad weather conditions, the tarmac wasn’t too good at all, and the wet surface did even worsen it.
So we slowed down a little bit until the rain started to cease more and more. As it was still hot, the road soon tried and we, once again, proceeded with our standard speed back to Mariazell.

buw6swUnfortunately parts of the leg were torn up for repairs and therefore only gravel roads, but, at least, thanks to the rain, it wasn’t dusty at all and so we could experience Australian road feeling admits Austria  😉

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We arrived in Mariazell in heavy rain, the gas station was already crowded with Bikers seeking shelter under the roof, and for the first time refilled our gas.
It was strange, that my old Versys took 12.5 litres and M’s Versys, despite a quite younger model, needed 14.2 litres for the same leg. I suppose it’s due to my bigger wind screen, but otherwise this wouldn’t be logical, wouldn’t it?

This means calculated 5.3l for 100km, not to bad considering our pace and more than 10000m up and down during our 300km trip so far.
Together we went on, with increasing homing car traffic – the bikes where more or less all gone. We had a few kilomters on the same track, we rode before on our south leg, but soon the tracks seperated again and we went on over Annaberg and the nice hairpin bends on the up and even more at the down part, but unfortunately again in heavy rain and car columns in front of us.

At one of the last bends there was an unfortunate Gold Wing Biker surrounded by police, fire squad and ambulance who seemed to be injured as his bike laid aside the tarmac out of the bend. Yes, the roads were very slippery there. Best wishes from us!

At the end of the downhill section, we managed to overtake the cars in front of us, and proceed again in a faster pace back to Lilienfeld (were the rain stopped finally) further on to Traisen, were we parted. M to the North and me to the East.

As the sun already started to set, it was time to check out a new app I found recently:  Calimoto. it promises to find as much as possible curves on a leg between A to B and that was, what I needed now.  Still approx 60km to go, so lets see.

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buw3As it found a really nice and winding route back home, I think I will try it on a longer route too, next time.

 

Maybe together with the other two Versys from WIMA?

Not in black&white then, but colorful could be fun too, don’t you think? 😉

 

What if all hurts and rain is coming

So what?
You guess right: Versya goes for the ride
As everything has to go fast, the first leg is done  via highway to the south of Vienna, into the Rosalia mountains, also called the  hillock county (Bucklige Welt)
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Not without a reason, as you can see.

 

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The long and winding road ends, where?

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Still good weather at Kirchberg

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Thunderstorm and rain over the Wechsel area

 

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Back to  Wöllersdorf, everyone has packed and run.

 

But, I managed the tour down to the Lockenhaus area and back without any harm, lossened my bones and muscles and, did come back only with a few drops , well done…       🙂

Touch Down with ouch

Or: Who wants to to fly at higher Game, can easily drop deep.

In my case, approx: 3,5 m Hang
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My intention was only to climb a little steeper uphill with my EXC, then the last time, I swear!

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Ouch, that hurts!
And, despite the protectors, covered with bruises:

Schulter Popsch Knie

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