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Peak District Trail Ride #703006 07/27/17 5:58 pm
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Just had a fabulous couple of days riding the Green Lanes, Trails and minor roads of the Peak District National Park, in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Better than work smile

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Re: Peak District Trail Ride [Re: tbird649] #703076 07/28/17 6:52 am
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That looks like a lot of fun

Re: Peak District Trail Ride [Re: tbird649] #703091 07/28/17 9:23 am
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Neat stuff there!
Thanks for posting.


"It is no measure of health, to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."

Re: Peak District Trail Ride [Re: tbird649] #703105 07/28/17 1:13 pm
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Always amazing to me that in a highly-regulated country like the UK, where the MOT inspections are like tax audits, with every little thing on the bike being scrutinized, and SORN and DLVA rules out the ying-yang ....

you're allowed to license a bike for daylight-only use on the highways that has NO lights!

We have 50 different states with 50 different sets of rules, some of them REALLY slack, no state inspection or titles or anything ... but in NONE of them can you ride a bike on the street with no lights at all.

I'm sure that historical differences are the cause, so take advantage of it while you can!

Lannis


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Re: Peak District Trail Ride [Re: tbird649] #703134 07/28/17 4:45 pm
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Actually, and I am not sure of the wisdom of it, and am amazed it happened, not many years ago the government relaxed the MOT rules so that anything built before 1960 no longer requires an annual MOT test. Also, there is a rolling 40 year rule on road tax, so this year any vehicle from 1977 gets free road tax, next year 1978 etc. You still have to be insured, MOT'd if required, fill in the form or SORN the same, but you do not have to pay. And as far as lights are concerned, there are certain rules pertaining to years, say if it has lights, it must have a brake light etc, and generally if it is fitted with lights they must all work, but if you have no lights at all, that is OK, although it would be against the law to ride in poor visibility without them, so if it gets foggy etc ???? Same with the horn, before a certain year you can have a bulb horn, after that year, you cant.



Re: Peak District Trail Ride [Re: tbird649] #703234 07/29/17 12:16 pm
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I have fond memories of green-laneing with the Trail Riders Fellowship in the early 1970's, never got to Derbyshire, though. My main machine was 1957 BSA A10 with an Enduro type chair. No battery, so lights only good if the motor was running and the light varied with engine speed, strangely, although the rear lights were standard dual-filament bulbs, there was no switch assembly to make them glow but it passed MOT's like that, I did fit the switch out of a sense of self preservation. A bulb horn was fitted, again no problem. Fun times.


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Re: Peak District Trail Ride [Re: tbird649] #703589 08/01/17 6:22 pm
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In the countryside on a UK road legal competition bike

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Re: Peak District Trail Ride [Re: tbird649] #704042 08/05/17 3:37 pm
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Short (1 minute) video of a the river crossing in one of my pictures in the original post. Only a small river, but I'm told it is twinned with the Amazon.

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Re: Peak District Trail Ride [Re: tbird649] #704053 08/05/17 5:00 pm
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We spent sometime in 2008 after we left the Isle Of Man and the BSA international, road riding in the Derbyshire dales, Cat & Fiddle et al. Also went up into the North Yorkshire Moors, which was equally fabulous.
I can only imagine getting off the roads and into the back country of each place. England is a beautiful country and these large national parks are just wonderful. Popped into Matlock Bath on a Sunday for ice cream too while we were at it.


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Re: Peak District Trail Ride [Re: tbird649] #704067 08/05/17 7:18 pm
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Totally agree that England is a beautiful country, even in the crowded South, where I live, not far off the main roads are lovely small villages etc, I think we sometimes take our local areas for granted, I live near the South Downs, a range of hills that stretches from Hampshire along to Kent, recently acquired National park staus. Unfortunately, West Sussex, my county downgraded all of the Green Lanes back in 2006, so no off road opportunities immediately round me, but Surrey and Hampshire have quite a few, although the Ramblers Association are trying to close them all to powered vehicles, they are not content with the 98% or so that they can walk on, they want the whole lot. Looking forward to tomorrow, riding in the Sussex Weald Long Distance Trial, in East Sussex, 100 miles of Green Lanes , small lanes, 20 odd observed sections, free food and tea/coffee etc half way round, all in all the BEST way to spend a Sunday.



Re: Peak District Trail Ride [Re: ricochetrider] #704144 08/06/17 5:50 pm
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Unfortunately, the UK has changed in nine years, many "green lanes" are closed to bikes and four wheeled vehicles, and motorcyclists even have to pay to park in Matlock Bath http://www.matlockmercury.co.uk/news/50p-parking-charge-will-kill-matlock-bath-1-7892502


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