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  • Offline Hartley   england

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    First Long day on the DCT
    on: Apr 10, 2017, 10.43 pm
    Apr 10, 2017, 10.43 pm
    As some of you will know I've recently gone from a manual CT to a DCT. With the bike having had its first service, this weekend I got the opportunity to put some real miles on it and open up a little bit. I had the day to myself and the forecast looking good I decided to head to my favourite playground, Wales.

    Leaving home at 7am I decided to take the quickest route into North Wales, i could take the A5 but thats just as dull, but takes ages.

    The temperature gauge was showing just 2° as I left which was obviously too cold for the heated grips to get up.  Honestly, I really do you think Honda may be breaking some laws by calling these heated grips. I could genuinely not feel any warmth from them whatsoever.

    Anyway,  as the sun climbed higher in the sky this became less of an issue and by 9 o'clock I was enjoying a coffee at the Pondarosa.

    From there I headed towards Denbigh and then back down towards Betsw-y-coed when I decided to take a side road I'd never been down before. What a  great decision that proved to be. Not only was the road great, Llyn Brenig was lovely.

    From there I back tracked back towarded and onto Capel Curig, a particular favourite of mine. I road up and down Llanberis and onto Beddgelert. Criccieth,  Llyn Ceyn, Bala , lake Vymwy, Welshpool, Ludlow,Worcester and then across country back top Northampton, stopping a mile or two from home to stick a Chinese Takeaway in the top box.


    About 460 miles all in and i have say I had a brilliant day. It Was the first really long day ive had on the DCT and im converted, i cannot think of any point where i wished id had a manual 'box.  I liked my old manual CT "Big Red" but i have to say the DCT really suits me.

    Think it looks the dogs danglies too.

    Last Edit: Apr 10, 2017, 10.54 pm by Hartley

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    Re: First Long day on the DCT
    Reply #1 on: Apr 10, 2017, 11.02 pm
    Apr 10, 2017, 11.02 pm
    Nice one Paul.  Looks like you had a great day. My favourite riding area too, lots of great roads and scenery.


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    Re: First Long day on the DCT
    Reply #2 on: Apr 10, 2017, 11.23 pm
    Apr 10, 2017, 11.23 pm
     :0461: , great miles to do in a day as well, some lovely roads and we will probably be going over a few of them in 11 sleeps time.  :005:
    Looks like you hit all the spots too.  :047:
    I was in stinky old work.  :007:
    keep it shiny side up !!!

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    Re: First Long day on the DCT
    Reply #3 on: Apr 10, 2017, 11.50 pm
    Apr 10, 2017, 11.50 pm
    Great ride report!  Thanks for sharing.  Beautiful country to drive through!
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    Re: First Long day on the DCT
    Reply #4 on: Apr 11, 2017, 08.24 am
    Apr 11, 2017, 08.24 am
    Sounds like an awesome day and just everything coming right. The perfect length to prove the value of DCT.
    However,  I am sure the day would have been a failure without Mr Honda providing the means to pick up that takeaway  :169: everything in perspective.
    Look forward to seeing you for the long ride shortly  :152:
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    Re: First Long day on the DCT
    Reply #5 on: Apr 11, 2017, 08.38 am
    Apr 11, 2017, 08.38 am
    looks like a great day for it, and nice photos. Well done:)
    What do you mean it's raining....get ootside and ride the thing.

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    Re: First Long day on the DCT
    Reply #6 on: Apr 11, 2017, 09.26 am
    Apr 11, 2017, 09.26 am
    Hartley, can you say where piccy # 8 (down from the top) is please, thanks.

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    Re: First Long day on the DCT
    Reply #7 on: Apr 11, 2017, 09.30 am
    Apr 11, 2017, 09.30 am
    That's what it's all about.  Envious of such a day out on the bike.  Weather has been gray and rainy where I live and work is keeping me hard at it.  Need to get out for a day like this soon!

    Do you have a fender extender on the rear of the bike or do the UK machines come like that?