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Anyone else out in the Matlock area on Sunday? I've never seen so many fuzz: checking, stopping, and generally littering the place!

Rider on a 'Fizzer' got pulled over just after overtaking me on the way into Matlock Bath (70ish mph) - Thanks mate (whoever you are), you probably saved me a ticket.

Hundreds (no exaggeration) at Matlock Bath - Could not find a space in the 'fishpond' or even on the main street! So, continued through to Matlock (had a meal at the 'Ship'), then on to Bakewell and back home down the 515 / 511 / 14 (did not see any more Police - Must all have been around Matlock and the 'Cat'). Paced along with 2 Honda riders and an Aprilla from just south of Bakewell up to the A50.

All-in-all a great day out - Roll on Summer!



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I went to Matlock on Sunday with three mates, there were a load of plod about, but you would expect that. I had a good day of it...

A cracking days riding started out with 2 of us on a chilly morning run from Kidderminster over to a mates' over in North Birmingham. 30 not particularly exciting miles as the only real fun was providied by the twiddly bits of the A456 on the way up to J3 of the M5.

We were welcomed with the compulasory cuppa while he dragged his Triumph Tiger from his garage.

The temp was rising slowly and the sun had already burnt of the last vestiges of morning mist. The good A515 to Ashbourne was the chosen route, and this is a lovely road. However a mixture of traffic and speed traps meant the ride didn't always flow. Still great fun though and with the sun on our backs the temperature continuing to rise it felt great just to be out there enjoying my bike. Up front on the guy on the Tiger was pushing the giant trailie along at a decent rate and we were having fun picking off the traffic in his wake.

Ashbourne soon loomed up and it was time for a cuppa. We were about to get going going again when a load of Harleys rumbled into town, like a posse from a wild west film...I don't get the Harley thing, but they are certainly impressive when they role in en-masse.


At Ashbourne


Suddenly there were more Harleys than an accountant's convention...



This BSA added a touch of British class to the rather brash proceedings...

Another mate called me at this point and he was already in Matlock, so we quickly sped over to join him via the B5035 a really good piece of road that goes past Carsington Water, before joining the the A6 for the last couple of miles into Mattlock Bath itself.

On a bright sunny day loads of bikers had made the run and the place was packed. Breakfast was consumed (I had a light salad as usual) and we wondered about the bikes, as usual this was like a free bike show and there was evertything on display from trick sports-bikes, trike, rats and Jap classics: Brilliant


Our bikes: Tiger, CBR600F and my Thundercat at Matlock


Beautifully restored 1964 Honda dirtbike, love those exhausts...


Usual trike shot...


MZ250 semi-rat, note the gas mask, bullet holes in the tank and the latest thing in soft luggage!


My friend's TT07 colours Gixxer1000


Buell going to the Rats. Underneath was a stock 2005 bike, is this truly in the spirit of rat-biking??


Mint GT750 Kettle, the pics don't do the paintwork justice


The lads


That is the biggest top-box I have ever seen


Yamaha 250LC...just like the one I had in 1985...'memories may be beautiful, and yet...'

The day was rounded off with a brisk blat back to North Brum once more retracing our steps. A good quick run, but again the pace had to be a bit up and down due to the vagaries of traffic, tractors, other bikes, unmarked police cars etc. The Gixxer thou was with his now and the roar from the pipe on GSXR was combining with the rumble from the Tiger to ensure we were treated to an evoctive sound track as we tucked in behind on the CBr and YZF.

Back home, nearly 300km covered and superb days riding.

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we quickly sped over to join him via the B5035 a really good piece of road that goes past Carsington Water,


Lovely bit of road. When I was learning my instructor took us down their a couple of times. Put a grin on my face their and still does now... Was also the first time I heard the words "What's the speed limit Steven" in my ear.... :lol: :lol:

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i went as well to meet up with 2 pals, they set of early on i left later i followed the misses and kids in car and made a day of it only bits i didnt like was the numb butt i got lol and on the way out sitting in traffic watching others filter past but i was sticking with the misses. It was my first time there, brill roads very nice day for it and plenty of nods and hand signals, plenty of plod about saw a tranny van no markings but had one blank door and one glass top door think it was a camera not sure as it was for outbound and i was on my way in. next time i go am gona have a rest stop me butts still numb.

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