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A bit of fun in Wales
« on: August 01, 2011, 12:03:29 pm »
Lets get the priorities right - a week after we booked our flights back to the UK, and my friend convinced me to do a weekend Yamaha riding course with him in Wales...how could I resist.  He recently bought the Super Ten, and got a day introductory day with Yamaha to take it offroad.

We had a choice of a few bikes to use over the weekend.  The Super ten, Tenere 660, and my personal favourite the WR250R.  This is a bit different to the enduro WR250F.  The 250R is a road version - suspension is a bit different, engine performance and gearing too.  All I can say that it's an awesome 'little' bike.  I spent about an hour on the 660, and only about 20 min on the Super Ten, and the rest of the time on the WR250.  I just don't enjoy the big bikes on dirt.  It's good for touring but that's about it in my opinion.

We had very good instructors for the weekend - top of the range so to speak.  The business is run by a family and all of them extremely experienced endure champs.  Dylan Jones (one of the sons) spent the first day with us.  he was runner up in the 125 Brutish enduro champs and in the top 6 Enduro E1 Champs.

The second day was with the local legend, his father Geraint Jones, 10 British Enduro Championships and 8 ISDE gold medals.  So all in all, we were in good hands.

Just a quick disclaimer - thanks to Shaun of Yamaha Australia for all the photos.  Shaun was there to see what the experience was all about and to potentially do something like it in Australia.

Photo1 - The WR250R and some of the other bikes
Photo 2 - Myself(right) with one of the other instructors
Photo 3 - Dylan Jones
Photo4 - me on 660
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2011, 12:04:59 pm »
Photo1 - me on WR250
Photo2 - some of the tracks and Welsh countryside
Photo 3 - a very deceiving corner...very slippery and steep
Photo4 - Dylan and John with a few tips
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2011, 12:06:02 pm »
Photo1 - some of the older racing bikes (we also went to a classic scrambler race that was held on the weekend, some real gems in the mix)
Photo2 - Welsh countryside
Photo 3 - running a bit wide, was in the wrong gear and my line for the steep climb ahead was a bit dodgy...
Photo 4 - slow and steady on the slippery slate
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2011, 12:06:58 pm »
Photo1 - Geraint Jones
Photo2 - me, after some dust and sweat
Photo 3 - some local old Triumphs
Photo4 - welsh countryside
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2011, 12:08:32 pm »
Photo1 - this was a nice and tricky bit of track - steep and rutted with a bit of mud here and there
Photo2 and 3 - some of the guys had problems picking there lines, but the did very well with the big bikes.  It was a breeze on the WR250R though.
Photo4 - more countryside
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2011, 12:09:28 pm »
Photo 1 - The stand-off...Yamaha vs BMW.  At least we had dirty Yamahas... :peepwall:
Photo 2, 3 and 4 - The classic racers...There were really nice looking bikes.  BSAs, Triumphs, and some classic 80s two strokes.  The pack a punch, that's for sure
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2011, 12:10:55 pm »
Photo 1 and 2 - some more old racers
Photo 3 - my friend Craig having a bit of trouble getting up a big rock ledge
Photo 4 - me
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2011, 12:20:11 pm »
Pumba,
Where were you, Lake Vyrnwy area? looks very familiar 8)
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2011, 12:24:12 pm »
Schweet, looks like fun was had by all. So, do I see a Yamaha in your future???  :pot:

Had to chuckle at the pic with the BM's. They're spotless and the Yammies are covered in dirt  :D
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2011, 12:34:34 pm »
Pumba,
Where were you, Lake Vyrnwy area? looks very familiar 8)

We were close to Llaniloes (sp?? - not sure if it needs a few more L's :mwink: in there) (Newtown area).  Really awesome area
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2011, 12:39:59 pm »
Schweet, looks like fun was had by all. So, do I see a Yamaha in your future???  :pot:

Had to chuckle at the pic with the BM's. They're spotless and the Yammies are covered in dirt  :D

I definitely don't mind Yamaha - my friend who asked me to join him is a big Yamaha fan though (not like 2SD though :bueller:)

I wouldn't mind the WR250F, but KTM seems to be very popular here (so parts and servicing might be a bit easier on the wallet)
I might go and ride the KTM250 2 stroke SOON...

One thing is for sure, the WR250R (road version) is an awesome bike.  It's got 6 gears, so can easily cruise at 120-140.  I took it up to about 110 on some of the tar roads and it was a very comfortable ride.  I thought it would be very vibey, but was all good.  Do you get the 250R in SA?  I don't remember seeing it there
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2011, 12:45:58 pm »
Pumba,
Where were you, Lake Vyrnwy area? looks very familiar 8)

We were close to Llaniloes (sp?? - not sure if it needs a few more L's :mwink: in there) (Newtown area).  Really awesome area

Llanidloes, I was dragged up around there, Welshpool/Trallwyng , I know the area well, used to race in Enduro's there in the 1970,s 8)
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2011, 12:49:59 pm »
Pumba,
Where were you, Lake Vyrnwy area? looks very familiar 8)

We were close to Llaniloes (sp?? - not sure if it needs a few more L's :mwink: in there) (Newtown area).  Really awesome area

Llanidloes, I was dragged up around there, Welshpool/Trallwyng , I know the area well, used to race in Enduro's there in the 1970,s 8)

So I'm sure you know Geraint then...
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2011, 08:38:51 pm »
Pumba,
Where were you, Lake Vyrnwy area? looks very familiar 8)

We were close to Llaniloes (sp?? - not sure if it needs a few more L's :mwink: in there) (Newtown area).  Really awesome area

Llanidloes, I was dragged up around there, Welshpool/Trallwyng , I know the area well, used to race in Enduro's there in the 1970,s 8)

So I'm sure you know Geraint then...

Probably, and the "Zembruski" brothers who used to race out of that area, you were probably above Carno on the hills, my "family" is still around there, the "Godsell" family was "known" in all the wrong places :biggrin:
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Re: A bit of fun in Wales
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