I'm not sure if you remember a few months back I popped up on this forum looking for advice on making my Lightning as reliable as possible for a big trip to visit my sister who was working in Val d'Isere over the winter. Well after a few adjustments and shakedowns, on April the 12th I departed home, alone, aiming the Lightning towards the French Ski resort.
I would take 4 days travelling to the resort, travelling via the Chunnel and French back roads. I stopped at Reims, Dole, Aix-les-Bains and then onto Val. The ace bars took a little while for my body to adjust to as i hadn't long put them on the bike before the trip, however, after a couple of hundred miles i felt perfectly at home hunched over the Lightning's tank. The bike ran faultlessly apart from a fuel tap which wouldn't stop leaking fuel onto the engine. This was solved with a large amount of cling film kindly donated by the catering team at the Folkstone Channel Tunnel terminal.
I finally arrived in Val and was lucky enough to be able to leave the bike in one of the heated underground car parks which belonged to the chalet my sister was working in and spent a week snowboarding and celebrating my birthday before making my way back to the UK afterwards.
The way home wasn't quite as pleasurable as i had managed to pick up a pretty severe stomach bug which meant i couldn't eat or drink for essentially 3 days, the bike however barreled on with no issues, despite myself giving her a harder time than she deserved pushing the cruising speeds higher and higher as i just wanted to get to the next stop for the night and sleep.
All in all i covered about 1600miles and apart from the normal topping up of fluids and the leaking fuel tap, she didn't skip a beat. It just goes to show what these bikes are capable of if they're looked after well and a bit of mechanical sympathy is applied during riding.
Shell be treated with a strip down and freshen up over this winter hopefully, well deserved!
I've attached an album of photos from the trip, unfortunately the last photos of the trip are just before i reached the resort as my sister took the photos of me arriving, nevertheless you get the idea!