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Tullybannocher Norton Meeting

Tullybannocher Norton Meeting

A real surprise, none of the storms and pestilence that had been forecast, we still packed the waterproofs just in case but for probably the first time since May they were not needed. A splendid run on the Norton up to Comrie, the Autumn colours were outstanding in...
Italia (again)

Italia (again)

A weekend in Italy, no bikes this time but 3 days is suffer able without the bikes, a great weekend catching up with friends and relations and some sight seeing. Last night we were both seriously trying to work out if we had to come back to the UK, we were spoiled...
A mixed weekend

A mixed weekend

Saturday morning saw a fine opportunity to get the oil circulating on the 750 Drum brake roadster, it was a pleasant morning, sun shining and almost warm. I had been abandoned by my dear wife as she was at a Yoga class probably learning the best position to kick start...
Yetholm Norton weekend

Yetholm Norton weekend

Another splendid weekend in good company, thanks to David for the organisation. We left after work on Friday for the shortish run down to the borders, traffic was hell on the Edinburgh bypass but to be fair most people made way for us so we could filter up the middle....
Hoolets

Hoolets

That time of the year again, Bert & Laurennes party, as always much talking and drinking, acting the goat and plenty motorbikes. For some reason again BMW’s seemed to be the bike of choice, our usual OiC of the BBQ Gus couldn’t make it this year but a...
Wet wet and even more wet!!

Wet wet and even more wet!!

Our annual Applecross Norton trip this weekend, We left just after 6.30am Friday to meet Mickey our friend from Ireland at Lochcarron at 1 pm. The first 8 miles were dry then the rain started and never stopped much for the run up, real Scottish rain not the namby...
Busy and some motorcycling

Busy and some motorcycling

Its been a busy week, picked up the Mk3 Commando from one of my storage locations and my cylinder head from Derek at Engine Resource in Dundee, work started immediately to get the Mk3 ready for an MOT, a service, clean and a check over took until Thursday, some work...
Progress but slow

Progress but slow

So progress continues in the garage albeit slower than i’d like, problem is 44 years of dirt and oil accumulating in places you can’t normally reach means everything takes an age to clean. I’m doubting now given the current pace of work if MVD will...
Ardnamurchan Norton weekend

Ardnamurchan Norton weekend

The 23rd of June is a special day, not only did the battle of Bannockburn start on this day but its also the anniversary of my 21st birthday so what better way to spend it but in company of friends and the Norton Club in Ardnamurchan. A wet and windy run most of the...
Grand day oot

Grand day oot

Surprisingly warm today and no rain, a most unusual kind of weather for us here in Scotland, Martin visited us this morning and I was surprised to see he hadn’t brought the West coast rain with him. Off we set for a bimble around the borders, Fi riding the...
On the road again

On the road again

Fi spotted a link on Faceboak for a cafe racer meeting at South Queensferry on Friday so we went along to see what the fuss was about, en route we met a guy on a nice Suzuki cafe racer who asked if we were going, hmmm I thought , this could be busy. In the end it...
Nepal again, more video

Nepal again, more video

Those of you that commented on the video of the road back into Kathmandu seemed to enjoy it albeit in a scary way so here is just under 30 minutes to give you some idea of how the “roads” were Enjoy and try not to have...
Ireland

Ireland

Barely got my breath back from the return from Nepal and we were off to Ireland for the “Norton” meet at the Beara peninsula in the deep South West. I opted for the T3 in the hope of hassle free riding, that proved half right! Alex and I left on Wednesday,...
The ride into Khathmandu

The ride into Khathmandu

I do intend doing a video of the trip however that’ll take a while and since i may have the attention of the good people who look at my drivel I thought i’d post 16 minutes of Footage from the run into the City last Friday. For the full effect watch it...
GoPro shots from a hard day

GoPro shots from a hard day

Now back home and time to reflect. these stills I lifted from some gopro footage, all taken from the Marpha – Muktinath-Marpha Tatopani day, its hard to convey but these give an idea I think of the conditions and what we did that day. Always water Ropey bridge...
Marpha – Mukinath- Pokhara

Marpha – Mukinath- Pokhara

A quick blog update, yesterday we left Marpha at 7am to head to Muktinath the higest point on uor journey at a mere 3700M, the roads were hell to begin with then for the last 15km they were good gravel. After a visit to the temple (of course) we set off back to...
Pokhara to Marpha

Pokhara to Marpha

We left Pokhara at 8.30 and headed out of town, not as crazy as Khathmandu but you still need to keep your wits about you. We headed on a scenic road to Beni for lunch, the few km’s before Beni the road started to break up, an indication of what lay ahead. The road...
Chitwan to Tansen then Pokhara

Chitwan to Tansen then Pokhara

We left Chitwan feeling a bit rough, the delights of Nepalese cooking aren’t going well with us at the moment, the first 50 or so Km’s were busy congested and polluted then it got greener and straighter which although boring made me feel like we were...