Four days, three countries, two extremes of weather and one big grin - day 4

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Post by SimonW » Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:47 am

Day 4 : Val d’Isère to Vers Pont du Gard via Col d’Iseran, Oulx, Briançon, Gap, Nyons. A fabulous first half to the day’s ride. The rain started gently at first on the descent from Col d’Iseran. By Briançon the lightening was filling the sky and the raindrops were getting bigger. After a quick fuel stop and a change of gloves, I gritted my teeth and headed for home, knowing that it was not going to be the most comfortable ride ever. I was right. The gear held up well to the torrential rain for about an hour, but by Gap I was soaked through. The last 3 hours were a bit of an ordeal, but I made it home in one piece – cold, wet but very satisfied after a good trip.
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21.Col d'Iseran.JPG
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I would like to say that the GS was faultless … but it blew a headlight bulb on day 3. Otherwise, yes, it was faultless, and great fun. What a very capable motorcycle! kneedown :D



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Post by yorkie » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:47 am

Its a great run and fab views.

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Post by Cornishman » Sat Aug 11, 2018 7:55 am

Some lovely places to ride and visit. It’s been a few years since I was in the alps but a return trip us on my to do list.
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Post by divimike » Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:46 am

Thanks Simon. Enjoyed your photos and will be looking at something similar for next year. We have friends living in Switzerland and have been invited a few times. I think your report makes it compulsory to go. I am slightly relieved to hear that your kit did not survive the really heavy rain. I thought it was just mine. Wet all through does take away some of the fun.

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Post by 2cvandy » Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:37 pm

divimike wrote:
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:46 am
I am slightly relieved to hear that your kit did not survive the really heavy rain. I thought it was just mine.
:D
I bought new water proofs for our recent trip to Spain,
3 days of torrential rain at the start of the trip and the new kit was 100% water proof,,,,,,,,,,,
for the first day,,,,,,,,,,,,,
by day 3 I was soaked to the skin,,,,,,,,
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Post by ChrisD » Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:17 pm

Great report and pics Simon, much appreciated.
I don't believe any bike gear is waterproof if it rains (and you ride) all day (except perhaps for a bin bag).
Can't believe a beemer blew a bulb, must have been a Chinese replacement.
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Post by yorkie » Sun Aug 12, 2018 8:25 am

I bought an all in one coverall from Carrefours motorbike section a few years ago. It was not easy to put on over my bike gear, but it was 100% waterproof. I did over 550 kms in torrential rain, on the motorway at over 110kph on my TDM without a drop getting in. My waterproof boots and gloves were useless. Regrettably a few days later when the rain had stopped I opened up the velcro and zip to let some air in. At 130kph the wind got in and the whole thing opened up like a drouge parachute!

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Post by SimonW » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:10 am

Yup ... the 'boil-in-a-bag' solution works well in lower temperatures. At higher temperatures, I tend to get wet from the inside even if there are no leaks! In my experience, 'waterproof' gloves never stay that way for long. As for boots, my Sidi Rains are still waterproof after about 4 years of use ... but when the rain starts trickling down your leg (inside the suit) and into your boots, there's not much you can do about it!

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Post by Dragon » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:03 pm

Nice one Simon, and thanks for going to the trouble of posting it on here, icon_clap
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