Having ridden through France we crossed into Spain yesterday and our first stop was a motorway services….. we have to say not typical of those found in the UK – a three course lunch would set you back €10 and the place was spotless and the staff friendly (probably because one of the waiters rode a Kawasaki Ninja 650 and was admiring our bikes !!) We left there well fed and raring to go on the open roads under azure blue skies into the province of Burgos for an overnight stay.
Today we headed west with ever changing landscapes but one static theme…. no traffic!!! Mind you one thing you don’t expect to see is a jet fighter in the middle of nowhere but that is exactly what we came across 🙂 Both are awesome machines but we know which one we prefer!!
Our Versys 1000 SE GT has now passed its first 1,000 miles and is proving a treat to ride on the Spanish roads. Admittedly the smooth surface helps and there have been plenty of curves to enjoy, the cornering of the machine is like going round on rails and the electronic suspension setting has been perfect given that we are fully luggaged up.
As this is a research trip we do sometimes go off the beaten track to either rule in or out certain roads and routes and today was no exception. We headed up a mountain road in the Province of Zamora, looked spectacular on the map and yes the views from 1,800 metres were superb but it proved not to be such a great road surface, however, both bikes handled the rather bumpy route no problem and again the suspension on the SE GT came into its own. (Sadly as good as the views were we shall not be including this in any future tours!).
More blue skies are promised for tomorrow when we head across the border to try out some of the roads in Portugal – watch this space to see how we get on 🙂