Baxter Cycle

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Month: July 2015

A Dream Ride in the U.K.

Riding in the Lake District

Tuesday eve here, about 530pm. I have not rode more than 350 miles in 2 days but it has been an interesting 350 miles…

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My plans, desire, need to visit the Isle of Man has been circumvented. Basically I fudged up n realise too late that I need to plan further in advance for this. I can catch the Ferry over on the date I want, but not back when I need. Hotels are pretty booked out and my plan of just rocking up and getting a room, where I want, is not happening.

So this will be where I am riding over the next couple days. Based out of Westmorland I have some 600 miles of good terrain to ride through, enjoy and write about…

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And all is indeed very, very good

Another Dream Rides Submission from Australia

Just back…. a total of 83 hours, will calculate the distance soon, some 40 hours of total ride time, 3 hotels, numerous coffee shops, bakeries and pubs…

My hat goes off to Gary and Graeme who are tremendous riders. I like their style. I do though think Gary should invest in a GPS. Turning around, and around, and around to find the most scenic route is fun but my “racer” don;t do tight turns very well.

Adrian is now a bone fide road warrior. His first big. long, hard and demanding ride.

And what a ride it was! I’ll write it all up soon. But for now enjoy this as a tickler…

Thurxton dressed n ready to ride

night 1 of the pigletts unleashed

Graeme with a, still in the crate, 67 bonnie

x 75 Hurricane... mine looks nicer

Adrian with one of 12 Y2K machines built...

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Graeme's sweet, sweet 2009, Bonneville 50th special edition. 1 of 650 made

QLD NSW boarder, 2

QLD NSW boarder

Hemp Embassy in Nimbin

night 3

night 2

off the beaten track in NSW

National Motorcycle Museum, 2

National Motorcycle Museum

wild pigletts on the road

wild pigletts on the road: l-r, Adrian, Gary, Graeme

Ditry, tired, but happi, and at home


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Review of a 2014 Triumph Thruxton

Thanks Mike for the review of your 2014 Triumph Thruxton!

Day 5 in the saddle behind me. Let’s see… It’s my best “distance-day” yet. As a ol style Cafe Racer I do indeed rejoice…

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546 miles from 630am to 330pm. 9 hours of effort, I’d say a total of 7 hours riding giving 2 hours to refuelling, breakfast at Emma Jean’s in Walnut, drink n pee stops. A bit under 80 mph average. A good, good ride.

I am thinking that I can simply do another “big” day tomorrow n see where it puts me…

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The Thruxton is so easy to ride. It is so comfortable and light that once you learn how to ride this bike, you will ride more, ride better and get that long distance-rider bug. Most people believe these mid-weight bikes are too light for cruising. And I may agree if “cruising” means riding with more than 10/12kgs or 20/ 25 lbs… I’d say the Thruxton is not a cruiser, but rather it is a mid weight ride. . The Thruxton is not a fun ride if you strap a tent to her arse. Last year I rode heavier by a good 10kgs. This year I feel I have over packed.

And the bike is still performing so well. I can drop a couple kgs and be even better.

Note: The heavier the bike is loaded the more the rider works do “ride” the machine.

I can’t say enough about Triumph’s 900cc engine. I find that the gearbox has a nice range of power and, strangely, 5th gear has a long-legged and responsive power bandwidth. I find that 5th gear does a lot of work for me. This is revision of my earlier comment per the Thruxton’s gearing. As it stands, now, as a package: I would not change much on the Thruxton. I will modify the exhaust and maybe change the rear brake. I want to look at stretching my ride further backwards, but anything else I’d change would simply be cosmetic.

I stated earlier that the front brakes were brembo. I am wrong.

 Brakes – Front, Single 320mm floating disc, 2 piston caliper
• Rake/27º Trail/97mm                  Rear,  Single 255mm disc, 2 piston caliper

I was inspecting the brakes before I took off today and find the rear to be nice n new and the front is used but not abused.

As a package the Thruxton is my current, favourite ride. It is a great, sweet, majestic, sexy and fun, fun, fun ride.

I can compare to the 2013 Tesi 3D: 3d copy

Which is a 160kgs with 130hp vs the Thruxton’s 220kgs with 70hp. And it is an interesting ride but I cannot do 2hours on it without feeling, used, abused and a tad bit foolish. It is nice, nice, nice for a quick hour or plus up through the ridges. If I ride it on weekends I shock all the light n sporty ducattti and honda and other such types. Few have seen and even fewer have ridden a 3D. And it ain’t for the faint of heart.

I can compare the 2014 Thruxton to the 2014 BMW R NINE T…

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The R9T is a sweet ride but I prefer the Thruxton. I have said before that I find the stock handle bars and foot pegs to be not quite right to suit my needs.

I think I am going to tank to Carpy about moving the Thruxton’s rear pegs back. I want to stretch out even more… Do you remember… ??? ….

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If he had a tank bag he’d be running very similar to how I ride.

My brother, Monk, just bought a classic Bonneville…

IMG_1330Very pretty bike. very pretty…

But the Thruxton (in the background) is my choice. I like the idea that I am a minority. either you be or not.

I am -still- a cafe racer. I am riding a sweet, sweet cafe racer…

And I feel great.

More later

Another New Section of our Website

Be sure to checkout the newest section of our website.

Dream Rides

This page is dedicated to our customers and the amazing rides that they have been on!

If you have an Awesome Bike Ride that you want to have featured in our Customer Bikes section, please use either our Dream Rides Upload Section or email us at

If you can, Please include any photos and information about the ride.

Highway 1 in California

I want to Thank Mike Hemmer for this contribution to our new “Dream Rides” section of our website.

Highway 1 offers so much. It goes from overloaded with hazard and risk to being down right boring. And after the first couple hours of riding I was happy to welcome the boring… The first jump this morn was pretty intense… I was on the road basically alone and still only averaged about 30mph over my first 80-some miles.

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It does not look like much but the 80-some miles took me 2.5 hours and had me breathing hard and stilling my beating heart. It is a terrific, demanding, hard, frightening, beautiful, and fun-filled ride… I found this online…

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It is 80 miles of switchbacks, steep up n down hill runs, and dangerous traffic.

The roads are pretty good, indeed, very good. Lots of traffic entering from the sides and the roads, even the straightaways are hillock prone so you seldom, rarely see what is coming up on you. My eyes are looking as far ahead as I can see. Which is not very far in some places…

A nice, snakey down hill run into a 15mph right hand turn. Down fast, drop 2 gear, pop the clutch and rev the engine and lean in one fluid motion. Speed has been spilt off and I am into the tight-right where I accelerate, up hill, over a hillock which almost raises my front wheel as I accelerate into a 30mph left hander. I am probably hitting 50mph, uphill, and just picking my line and leaning into the leftie… All I see ahead of me is blue sky and a bank of clouds, down on the water, about 800 feet below. I’ll use what camber there is and lean the bike into right tire track of the road… and I see it. The massive chrome bumper and the huge chrome grill. All attached to a fire-engine red PeterBuilt, pulling a 40 foot long load of logs… down hill, with steaming brakes, halfway into my lane, as he turns his nose downhill… yep, a shot of adrenaline is useful… I snatched the front brake giving it two quick pulls, dropped down a gear, popped the clutch then hit another lower gear, as I stood the bike up, out of the curve and bled speed as I almost went onto the very small shoulder which is attached to the 800 foot sharp decent…

I rode out of that at probably 25mph. it was not a drastic encounter, but it could have been. I saw the truck first. Then I saw the bus sized mobile home and the 12 cars behind the truck. All itching at the brakes and frustrated by the truck.

There is so much to mention… the high, winding switchbacks, visible into the distance, above the fog and clouds hundreds of feet below, on the water. The small and interesting looking towns… Manchester, Guhulala, Sea Ranch… so many sights, so many smells, so many fleeting visuals.

And its the fleeting visuals thats gonna get you in trouble… the vehicles coming in from the side are the worse… You see them, they act like they’ll stop then “DAD” gooses his minivan in an effort to hit 60mph within the 2.3 seconds he has before you get to the intersection. Its only after you brake hard, stare Dad in the eye, so that he hangs his head in shame for being so impatient… The log trucks are so, so dangerous… because they are so, so big… And the local buses… these guys know the roads and drive “too fast”. Follow them closely at your peril. Anything with lights, any official vehicles should be well watched. I was cranking on 101 yesterday, doing 75mph in a 65; I was passed by a big-arsed cop, on a big white hog, passing me at speed. They think they own the road. There is lots to watch out for… old men in fancy cars… and even worse… old women in fancy cars… I love the huge mobile-homes with the car and the boat hitched behind… going down hill you can feel the heat from their breaks. I’ll write this all up later as it is an important part of my riding, but…

HWY 1…wow… what a ride! After Bodega Bay is mellows out but from Leggett to Bodega Bay… gotta be one of the top rid’n/ driv’n roads on the planet. I shall come back, again and again.

From Jenner I shot to Petaluma, across the golden Gate Bridge, through SanFran and down to Monterey.

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The HWY1 here is a bit different. Different scenery, flora and fauna. More agriculture. more traffic, more bugs and bad drivers.

So sitting in a fancy place in Monterey. Have been emailing with Andy and his gang and they are going to join me for supper tonight. Hope they get here soon. I am going to be poor company after this next beer. I am fading quickly. But I shall survive… not much to do in the morn, no… Only another 7 hours in the saddle…


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