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up the mountain and back, and along the hills
August 15, 2013
10:03 am
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stewart
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I make no apologies for posting these clips which are not new.
Being able to enjoy such outings, albeit short, is one of the main reasons why I own a Zero.
You might notice the traffic volumes here in rural Western Spain; they rarely, if ever exceed those in the clips.

The first trip starts at our finca at five hundred and fifty metres above sea level, passes through our village of Jarandilla de la Vera, gets a bit interesting at about min 4:30, then climbs to the turning point after about ten minutes at eight hundred and sixty metres in the main square of the local mountain village of Guijo de Santa Barbara. The mountains above rise to just over two thousand metres.
So, this run has a three hundred metres increase in altitude in six kilometres distance, in ten minutes.
The return trip covers the same route and time runs out passing through our village on the way home.
Great fun, but care needed.
The road is narrow in places and poorly sighted on most bends.
And yes, some of the hairpins are virtually full lock.
In many places, to the left on the way up and the right coming down, where there appears to be woodland, the trees are in fact on a near vertical drop of several hundred feet down the side of the mountain and there are barriers only in a couple of places. I managed to lock up briefly approaching one hairpin.

This earlier clip was with the camera mounted on the roll over bar so the sound is hopeless in the air flow.
The wide road from our village to the next is part of the EX203 which many bikers clubs (mainly tourers) have on their "must visit" list.

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August 15, 2013
10:47 am
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Hi Stewart,

Welcome along mate!! I will have a proper look at the vids (once my crappy internet connection improves) long time since I have heard from you.

I take it the car is going well then??

John

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August 15, 2013
11:16 am
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Zorro is wonderful.
Believe it or not the weather this year has restricted use; how crazy is that for this location - spring did not exist and was the wettest on record, so we are told and fizzled out in May, to be immediately folowed by a heatwave that is still here.
Rain, I do not do in the Zero; no wet weather gear and no intention of getting any! Frown
Quickly discovered that when air temp is over 30C and road temp over 40C, the footwells are like putting ones legs in a pizza oven; so Zorro has been languishing under the shelter for months. Yell
Roll on a "normal" autumn which should mean outings right up to Christmas or beyond. Cool

Oh, and as for [email protected] internet connection, I can do that - no fixed line here in the country so a Vodafone USB 3G modem, which goes up and down like a whore's drawers. Embarassed

Just checked current temps - in shade of porch on East side of house 38C; car park concrete 50C.
Not fired up Zorro to see how cosy it is!
Not exceptional; been like this for a couple of months now.

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September 29, 2013
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Stewart, excellent work. I had to chance to ride the N403 between Avila and Toledo some years back and it must have been designed by a motorcyclist.
Have you been that way? Looks like an ideal drive for a Zero. Over to Avila, down the N403, right to Talavera and back over on the N502.
Interesting to hear your operating conditions, so the Zero with only bonnet louvres was not overheating, yet guys in the M25 shuffle in summer are getting high temps.
What is your secret? Best regards hombre GH

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September 30, 2013
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We are utterly spoilt for scenic and "testing" roads round here.
Living at approx 550 metres altitude, in the foot-hills of the Sierra De Gredos I can head along the range or up or down, with excellent roads and very little traffic.
I personally find much of Castilla La Mancha a little featureless, but then with my Extremadura bias I would say that.
Castilla y Leon is a different matter but the Sierra de Guadarrama is a little way away and we have so much so close by.
Where my daughter and family live, to the North of Madrid is close to the Guadarrama and I enjoy driving around there but don't take the Zero.
Below us, about ten kms away is a large river plain with straight roads linked with sharp bends, but all with good visibility.
I don´t need a track day, just watch out for Trafico (cops).
The Zero will exceed 180 kph easily and very quickly, or so I believe, if you understand what I mean!
Braking and down through the gears for the corners then away again down the next straight is exhilarating.
I will admit that heading up to the higher roads does mean the fifth gear is a little redundant.
Did a run once including a bit of Autovia (Motorway) and at a steady 130-ish it was boring with no traffic, except for the occasional HGV going to or from Portugal, to blat past.
So we use the "old man" Pug 407 motor with cruise control and all the gizmos for long haul.
And as an indication of what the motorways here can be like, a few years ago heading back North from hols on the Med, we used the then new (not adopted but open) AP36, an Autopista toll road.
We were four up with luggage in our ageing Mondeo estate, which we still have and use to transport up to half a ton of crops, and in one stint between Albacete and nearly Toledo the old girl lifted her skirts and stuck at 160 kph for over an hour.
My son was not amused when I told him as he had a Clio 200 as his everyday motor and spent much time at a crawl on the UK motorway system.
Our local run-about is the wife's cheeky new 500C in Ferrari red, so the Zero is just for fun and when the weather is just right.
At the other end of the scale, my Linhai ATV 4x4 (quad) shifts 40kilo sacks up and down the eight levels on our land but will struggle to make 50kph on the road.
It is also an absolute pig to drive/ride!

Operating conditions, as you call them, this year have been [email protected]
We have been cooking from May until mid Sept.
Went to Benidorm for ten days with local pensioners on their annual outing (DON'T ASK!) and returned to torrential rain and storms and wind; honest!
Good job we are still well stocked with the 2012 plonk, and 650 litres of the 2013 fermenting away in time for Crimble.
Living in the shadow of a mountain range can be interesting, weatherwise.
Oh, and the good cooling of the Zero is down to the guys at GBS and my spec.
Along with louvred bonnet, it has large fan and oil cooler.
Also, "traffic" is what happens Friday evening heading out of Madrid and Sunday evening going in.
Don't do either of those silly things in any of the vehicles if I can help it, so never held up long enough to get hot.
Having been here for eight years, the shock gets greater each time we arrive at Gatwick and attack the M23.
Wife says it is the quietest I ever am, except for the expletives.

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