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First post lockdown run

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Today I went for the first longish ride since the ridiculous lockdown began over six weeks ago. I like my Goldwing but it isn’t built for small winding country roads. This is really the first proper ride of the season and I have got used to my Suzuki V-Strom which handles like a dream. I found myself having to really work to get it round the tight bends. I am a bit of a lazy rider and I really should use the gearbox more but the Wing has such magnificent torque so it tends to stay in 5th most of the time.

I visited the small village of Aldbrough (pronounced Auldborra) and inspected its delightful 11 Century church. Alas, places of worship are still closed so I couldn’t go inside. Most English country churches are left open in the day time and I like to go in and sit in the silence but not today. So I had to content myself by wandering around the graveyard which in this church is unusual as most of it is on the North side. All Anglican and Catholic churches (in England at least) are always aligned West to East, with the chancel – the place where the alter is, at the East end of the church. Thus when you stand in the church facing the chancel, the South wall is on your right – which is the favoured side, and so the main burial ground is nearly always on the right side of the church grounds. In the old days, the left side burial ground was for ne'er-do-wells and sadly, sometimes, unbaptised children.

The old gravestones fascinate me and also bring home just how fortunate we are today. There were so many there for children and young adults. The more difficult to read stone reads,

“In memory of Jane and Sarah. Daughters of Anthony and Sarah Chambers. Jane departed this life in the first year of her age in 1784 and Sarah in the eighth year of her age in 1783.

Here lie two innocents resigned to their Almighty Maker's will; A place in Heaven they're sure to find. And seats above were born to fill.”




Aldbrough is now a sleepy village near the coast but 80 years ago it was bustling with soldiers awaiting a German invasion. Most the the defensive works have now been washed away by the sea, the picture shows the extent of coastal erosion. They clearly didn’t make a good job of clearing up after themselves judging by the warning signs.






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The old gravestones fascinate me and also bring home just how fortunate we are today. There were so many there for children and young adults.
And that is the main reason that life expectancy was so much shorter back then - not because the average person didn't live as long, but rather there were a lot more infants and young children dying...
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I went for a ride on Friday, nice ride up to Applegate Dam, round trip is about 125 miles.

My wife and I like to visit old cemeteries, we have one a few miles from us at Jacksonville. I kind find it sad when you find the gravestones of children from one family that died just days apart, makes one wonder what they died from, my bet would be the flu. A lot of these grave date back to the early settlement of Oregon, the mid 1800's.
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makes one wonder what they died from
I guess we will never know. There were lots of killer diseases back then, things which we never really consider much nowadays; measles,scarlet fever, tuberculosis, simple infections which got out of hand etc, and of course there were very few vaccines and no antibiotics. A lot of medical interventions were things which probably did more harm than good, bleeding and purging etc.

The gravestones in the church only represent the financially well off - stones were expensive and few could afford them. Most people were buried with a simple wooden cross which has long gone.
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brettchallenger wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 2:49 pm
Today I went for the first longish ride since the ridiculous lockdown began over six weeks ago. I like my Goldwing but it isn’t built for small winding country roads. This is really the first proper ride of the season and I have got used to my Suzuki V-Strom which handles like a dream. I found myself having to really work to get it round the tight bends. I am a bit of a lazy rider and I really should use the gearbox more but the Wing has such magnificent torque so it tends to stay in 5th most of the time.
I have to disagree - I absolutely love throwing my 1500 around the tight bends on the back roads!!



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I do quite enjoy riding through bends on the GL1500 but later when I did the same road on my Suzuki it felt so much better. And if I lean the Goldwing too far, it grounds which I find very disconcerting. Going out on these roads on Sunday after lockdown was perhaps with hindsight, not a good idea. The roads, which tend to be not as wide and a bit twistier here, were also full of pedestrians, cars, cyclists and not shown in this clip, horses.



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I maintain that although the 1500 is a very capable machine it is as FAR from a sport bike as you can get! :lol:

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I have to disagree - I absolutely love throwing my 1500 around the tight bends on the back roads!!


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Me too! But what WingAdmin shows in his video is more like the main roads in this corner of New Jersey.
Our backroads are very much like what Brett shows in the video he posted. After all, this area was
settled by the British and many of the roads are very narrow and very twisty, just like in England.
But Brett! BRETT!!! You're gonna kill someone driving on the wrong side of the road like that!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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But Brett! BRETT!!! You're gonna kill someone driving on the wrong side of the road like that!!! :lol: :lol:
I have had a couple of close calls in France and spain. Unlike cars (well hire cars), there are no visual clues on my bike to remind me to drive on the right. When I hire a car in Europe the steering wheel is on the wrong side ie the left, which serves as a good prompt. The most dangerous times are when I rejoin the road after a stop at a cafe, it is so easy to pull out on to the wrong side of the road.
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Soooo,... do Brit bikes have the throttle on the left handle?
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Soooo,... do Brit bikes have the throttle on the left handle?
Nope, bikes are exactly the same as any other country. But obviously cars/trucks etc have the steering wheel on the right side - you change gear with your left hand (they are mainly stick shift). The pedals are the same, just on the right side of the car.
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DenverWinger wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 5:52 am
I maintain that although the 1500 is a very capable machine it is as FAR from a sport bike as you can get! :lol:

Enjoyed the video..... 8-)
Oh, come now, I'm sure we can come up with a few Harley's that are further. :mrgreen:
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offcenter wrote:
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WingAdmin wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 1:23 pm
I have to disagree - I absolutely love throwing my 1500 around the tight bends on the back roads!!


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Me too! But what WingAdmin shows in his video is more like the main roads in this corner of New Jersey.
Our backroads are very much like what Brett shows in the video he posted. After all, this area was
settled by the British and many of the roads are very narrow and very twisty, just like in England.
But Brett! BRETT!!! You're gonna kill someone driving on the wrong side of the road like that!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
Have a look at that video starting at around the 17:00 minute mark - there were plenty of narrow, twisty roads on that ride! :)



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