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Washing Bikers España's KTM 790 Duke and GSXR750YAnother early start to avoid the heat, this time with long term Bikers España follower and friend Roger The Fast Fontanero (retired).  After posting a ride on the Bikers España FB group I wasn't sure how many would turn up, however, it is the end of July and far too hot for most.  There are a few people I can rely on though who will turn up if at all possible and Roger is one of them.

KTM 790 Duke near Tarbena, Costa Blanca, SpainSometimes it's nice to just get out with a couple of friends for a shortish ride and a bit of a chat to catch up with what is going on.  This was the scenario for the KTM's first proper ride out on the 21st July.

Meeting up with Roger and John, a couple of local biking friends, at the bar in Tormos for a quick coffee before the off, I was filled with a bit of trepidation, it would be my first proper ride out on the new bike and the first time anybody had seen it, most people didn't even know I had bought it.

It had been a hot week, not only in Spain but all across Europe with 40-degree temperatures across France and many other areas.  Taking this into consideration an early start was called for to get some long-awaited biking in.  Waking in the early light at 05:30, setting off on a bike ride was the last thing on my mind however I had promised myself that after a couple of months off it was about time to get back on the horse so to speak.

Saturdays are usually full of work and family stuff and rarely anything motorcycle related.  This week would be no exception, with an hour or so of work in my workshop, cleaning the swimming pool, then a shopping trip, followed by more work and finally a late lunch.  At around 4 pm though it was all done and the GSXR started to call me.

I can't quite believe it has taken me so long to get out on the bike this year, its the 13th of January, I must try harder.  It's not for the want of trying though, but family and work often get in the way, thankfully as I don't live in the UK anymore, (17 years in Spain) the weather generally has little to do with it.

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