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Easter weekend

Easter weekend

This Easter has been quite cold (in my opinion) Easter Sunday we headed up to Arbroath home to the Smokie and to Eric who organised the 6th Smokie meeting. I have one complaint, he promised me sunshine and warmth, we got rain and cold! There was though warmth in the...
Pleasant weather

Pleasant weather

We seem to have had a spell of reasonable weather lately, it happens every so often but as always it’s no guarantee it’ll last so best to make hay while the sun shines or in my world burn petrol. Saturday a fine ride around the borders taking in a stop in the Meldons...
Another full weekend

Another full weekend

Saturday was kind weather wise so a trip up to see Sandy to have a wee play on the farm with the trials bikes, we must be getting better as we didn’t fall off as much as usual or maybe we just picked an easier route as our trip to Nepal is only five weeks away....
General Motorcycling

General Motorcycling

Its been a busy couple of weeks, last weekend we attended a motorcycle Enduro practice day (for novices!) Enduro is a bit like motocross, same type of bikes but through forests normally which means there are more things to hit! Lindsay Barrie had put in an immense...
Guzzi & Norton servicing

Guzzi & Norton servicing

A weekend in the garage trying to get a couple of bikes ready for the MOT test. The two bikes in question weren’t used last year so first job for both was a oil and filter change. The Mk3 Le mans was first on the bench, rear brake overhauled, electrics sorted...
Dragon Rally 2017

Dragon Rally 2017

After the Elefanttreffen last year our new friend Joe Kuhnie from Stuttgart said he’d be interested in attending the Dragon Rally in Wales, Fi and I have never been so we said ok, we’ll organise tickets. The Dragon Rally is a motorcycle camping rally held annually...
More mud, no tarmac

More mud, no tarmac

The last couple of weekends have been devoted to garage time and trials time. Getting the sidecar ready for the forthcoming Dragon Rally in Wales in a couple of weeks, getting the T3 Guzzi ready for an MOT and looking at the parts for MVD in preparation for the...
Back to off road

Back to off road

I finished off the holidays by organising powder coating of some parts from MVD that are salvageable and ordering new parts that aren’t. Just the wait now before the rebuild commences! Meanwhile after an absence of about 20 months we made a return to Drumcarrow...
MVD stripped

MVD stripped

The main job this week apart from heralding in 2017 was to strip and hopefully start putting my old Norton Commando back together, the stripping was the easy part but I realise now it’ll take a bit longer to rebuild. Parts have to be cleaned (amazing how much...
A Guid new Year to ane and awe

A Guid new Year to ane and awe

First I hope you all have a prosperous healthy and great 2017, secondly apologies for the lack of blogging but recent events have been more partying rather than motorcycling (sometimes both) and I wasn’t sure if the readers were interested in photos of our...
December weather ok so far

December weather ok so far

Saturday spent in the garage fettling the trials bikes, almost there so realistically early January we should be back getting muddy (too much partying beforehand)! The sun this morning was streaming through the window so we got the chair out again and headed to one of...
Sidecarring

Sidecarring

A wee while since the last posting but the weather is turning wintry, the sidecar has been getting a bit of use though with the two of us sharing the riding. A trip to Coldstream today on a mix of small roads and even smaller roads, a nice but volume lacking cup of...
Guzzi club meeting

Guzzi club meeting

Less motorcycling of late, not sure why, just seems to be the way it is however after a run in the car yesterday to pick up Fi’s new Halvarssons suit from Perth motorcycles (always good service and a friendly smile) I managed to get along to the Guzzi club...
Tay Valley Norton Club Tullybannocher day oot

Tay Valley Norton Club Tullybannocher day oot

A great turn out at Comrie today for our end of season meeting, well it’s end of season for the sensible but for the crazy one amongst us the riding continues throughout the winter. A bit of rain here and there but the Wormit boys who came mob handed with a big...
Italy and France, no bike though

Italy and France, no bike though

So a visit back to my roots (again) with my sister and brother in law, a first visit to her birthplace since she left for Scotland’s weather and food several decades ago. We flew to Nice with Easyjet (nice flight, no problems) picked up our what was to be crap...
Scottish Classic club Autumn meet

Scottish Classic club Autumn meet

A cloudy but dry start to the day and quite warm for this time of year which was good. Our run two up to St Fillans on the T3 Guzzi was enjoyable, dry roads and not too many lunatics. I like St Fillans, looking out over or riding along the side of Loch Earn always...
Town Yetholm Norton meeting

Town Yetholm Norton meeting

So the annual meeting starring the mighty Tay Valley, Edinburgh and Northumbria branches has come around again so it must be September, unbelievable its been a year since the last one. We set off after work on Friday only to be confronted with rain, wind and crazy...