KTM Duke 790 with Guadalest resevoir in the backgroundAfter months of hot sunny weather, today was supposed to be filled with rain and thunderstorms, although I only found this out once I'd posted a ride for our Facebook Page users.  Fingers were crossed and weather reports checked until late on Saturday the ride was called off as most of us would rather not get wet if we don't have to.  Waking up this morning to beautiful blue skies, with an odd cloud was something of a surprise after the forecast, but the weather can change here.

Parcent, village in the early morning sun.

Whenever I post a ride in the Bikers España facebook group I never know what to expect, sometimes it's me and one other person, occasionally just me on my own which is fine as we all have family and work commitments to fit our hobbies around, but occasionally there are a few of us that go out and have a great day.  Sunday 29th September was one of these occasions.

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.

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