Saturday, 7 September 2013

Altered dynamics and my favourite teashop in the whole world...

It is quite surprising how much, even with a bike as heavy as my Triumph, carrying luggage can completely alter the dynamics of the ride. I really noticed it today because I took my rucksack containing laptop and some paperwork the ten miles to my Dad's house. After dropping it off and having a quick chat I was back on the bike within minutes. The difference was really noticeable. I had strapped the rucksack, which weighed about 25 lbs, to the rear of the seat as far back as it would safely go allowing me plenty of room and therefore putting the additional weight directly over the rear wheel. The bike is fairly top-heavy any way and I could really feel the additional weight when cornering. Without the rucksack the bike handled with much greater agility. I guess I must have raised the centre of gravity quite a bit.

Anyhow, after leaving my Dad's it was much too nice to be heading straight back home so I took to some of the windy/twisty back roads to the north of York and ended up in Easingwold, which just happens to be where my favourite teashop in the whole world is. Now, in the context of my whole life I have travelled quite a bit and spent several years living, working and playing in continental Europe. So, when I say something is my favourite in the whole world it does have some meaning.

TeaHee in Easingwold Market Place is a place I keep going back to. I don't do it very often because it is a real treat and I want it to remain so. This was the first time I had visited on the bike and it made it all the more enjoyable. It's a great place with great coffee, great food and a great buzz. Today's bacon buttie was a proper door-step. But don't think for a second this is anything like the tea vans I have previously blogged about, this is at the other end of the scale and operates as a deli and cheesemonger also. A true delight! http://www.teahee.co.uk/

My thanks to the lady at whom I thrust my phone asking her to
take a photo. She mastered it so quickly I didn't have time to smile.


5 comments:

  1. It always takes me some time to get used to the extra weight of a passenger and/or luggage. Just have to remember it takes longer to stop and the bike is much more top-heavy.

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    1. Yes, I reckon it's going to be interesting the first time I take a pillion passenger.

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  2. Great picture. So nice to have a favorite place to go.

    With carrying heavy things on the bike I think that is why saddle bags are usually hanging down lower than the seat to try and lower that center of gravity of the extra weight a bit. Of course I have a top case so all my extra weight is up high. Luckily I haven't had anything heavy in it yet so I don't notice it is there.

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    1. Yes, when I eventually get the Harley I'll get some goos saddle bags and keep it all nice and low. Glad you liked the pic. I need to get some more with me and bike together.

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