Friday, 10 December 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Also we had Oliver in the south of France (Marseille) wanting one of our new Twinshock GNC frames too , so put it all together and we have a 2400 MILE European trip in my Racing Red Vivaro Van !
So the route goes - avoid France all the way there (as they have been having fuel blockades all week !) and go Winchester- Dover - Tunnel - France - Belgium - Luxembourg - Switzerland - south of France - Italy . Deliver bobber , eat Italian get back on the road - round the Fabuolous coast past Monaco - Genova etc to Marseille . Deliver GNC Frame and parts then crack back across France hoping i won't need the 50 liters of Diesel i hid in the back of the Van !
The trip went well averaging 80/90 MPH on the autoroutes and not having any tolls all the way to Switzerland - who then charged me 40 euros just for entering the country ! Hotels are'nt cheap there either but i paid and hit the hay , up and out bright and early on thru france and some Tolls to Italy . Then Major Traffic problems on the A4 past Milano , there had been 5days of storm rain and the autoroute was closed , so i'm in a traffic queue coming off the road and thinking it's a crash - i hit "shortest route " on the sat nav , and we're off across country , but pretty soon i realise the flood damage and am diverted thru a very old town centre with 2 inches of clay on the roads and on grip - then i realise i'm following the traffic into some tight old streets and then i relise i'm gonna be stuck ! a right angle turn downhill into some ancient town buildings that the clio in front just makes ! Damn it , cars behind and wheelspin in reverse makes it a bit tense but i think we can slide the van sideways into the gap on the wet clay , and that's what we do ! Phew , close .
And so on till Padova , where i meet Mirco and show him the T140 Black Bobber , which he loves - Bellisimo he keeps saying - and i tell you after that trip , it's just what you need to hear !
He's a great guy with a nice collection of bikes too ! Then his Brother and girlfriend turn up - more exitement (and Bellisimo's !) nice folk ! and we whizz off for a meal at a local eatery traditional Italian food , which i like , then back in the van and head for a Hotel in Firenze(Florence) cos the A4's blocked still . Although i end up sleeping in the van as there's no parking anywhere in Florence that i can find (and i'm not leaving the van and contents alone ) then the satnav won't work in the tall ancient streets so i follow my nose outta town and hit the autoroute for 2 hrs and sleep in a garage forecourt , mmmm the sweet smell of Diesel !
Next morning up at the crack of a sparrows fart and down the wonderful coast thru all the tunnels to Marseille, where- due to a cock up in communication somewhere i don't meet Oliver at his garage and sit around for two hours trying to contact him on his mates number . Doh . Anyway the Police (la pig al police ) move me on twice and tell me there is no parking anywhere ! So reluctantly i get on the autoroute again flat oot and at 99 miles - the phone rings ! - and it's Oliver - wondering where i am ! brief explanations out of the way and i pull into a truck stop and he agrees to come and meet me , giving me a 2hr rest stop (good job i had Sideburn to read !).
Anyway Oliver turns up and is also a great guy - on my wavelength , and i regret not seeing his workshop immediately , but ce la vie - here we are . He loves the frame and is building a show bike (Steettracker) for a big show next year (hope he keeps me up to date with the pics).
From then on it's one big autoroute to the coast , hoping the fuel holds out ! Stopped in Riems for a lunch stop in a layby that was like a landscaped country garden and hopped on the tunnel train for the run back home . Sweet (tues day to Friday night all in ).
To tired to do the Flatrack practice on Saturday , but great trip meeting nice people makes it worth the cost ! Got some nice pics outta the van window too !
Jams , Clay , floods , waiting , seeing 147 miles to next exit on satnav etc .
smiling faces , Bellisimo , new friends , great views , sense of achievement , not breaking down !
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Monday, 18 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
This is an e-mail with about 20 pics with it from my mate from Harley land , demon Drag Racer Ian Turboville .
Adventure Riders to the hilt back in the 1950s. Sunday rides were the thing for these guys. Introducing the riders here after filling up for gas somewhere near Fort Collins, CO, from left to right:
Jerry Francis, 1950 Harley 74Mike Sadusky, 1950 Harley 74Warren Weber, 1950 Harley 74Wendell Rea, 1942 Harley 45 CI. Notice the front knobby!The 1950 Harley 74 was king.Here's the 'usual group' again taking a morning break on a nice Sunday ride.One Sunday ride took 'em to the top of Mount Evans , elevation 14,264. This was back in the day before it was paved all the way to the top. It was, however, paved here if it hadn't been for the snow, and remember the FOOT CLUTCH!!! Yikes!Yet another 1952 Sunday ride ventured up Arapahoe Pass - it's near Eldora , Colorado .They headed out from Wheat Ridge which is a stone's throw from Golden, CO. They headed to Boulder , CO and followed the nice, twisty and scenic Boulder Canyon to Nederland . From there they headed through the town of Eldora and up Arapahoe pass.Now some things never change. There's always that one person in the group that either insists that they absolutely positively know where to go, or that its "not that bad". In this case, the group ended up venturing down this:Turned out that this the wrong way. The Harley guys actually let the English bike riders be guinea pigs on this part of the ride. Must've been one of those hot-headed British riding know-it-alls that suggested it in the first place...After some back tracking and de-mudding operations, they finally found the right trail and made it to the top at 11905 feet elevation. Nice day!I also think these guys could've invented the "No Fear" logo. I have fear when it associates a 750 lb hard tail with a stream crossing on a trail. These guys really deserve some respect for being able to pull this off. Or they deserve to be taken away in straight jackets, I'm not really sure.Not that they didn't dab once or twice. OK, maybe they dabbed about 100 times, but they still made it across. Now it's time to take a break and dry out.A portrait of Warren Weber 1951, just before the start of a nice ride. Notice the cool stylish apparel. Helmet? I don't need no stinking helmet! Of course, this was pre-head injury days....These guys also had a lot of fun just playin around. Imagine getting a couple feet (OR MORE!) of air on a 750 HARD-TAIL Harley! This makes the GS-jumpers look like whimps, with your fancy rear suspension and all.But the most insane member of the group in the area of piloting a Harley 74(7) through the air was a fellow named Kenny Erie. If Kenny was alive today and about 50 years younger, Im sure hed be one of the top names in freestyle!These guys weren't shy of riding on a bit of snow, either. Here's Mike Sadusky on his 50 Harley. Mike had long legs and used to drape his legs over the handle bars to stretch on those long road trips. Who needs hiway pegs?Youd think these guys would know when to stop. Apparently notGood thing Mike has those long legs...These were taken up by Mt Thorodin. Wanna park, but you're too lazy to put the side stand down? Just cram it in a snow bank and leave it. Mike and Kenny are in the process of parking.These guys were never short of play time. Once again, Mike's extra long legs save the day. Well, almost.And again...Youre not a real rider unless you can power slide .
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
SHORT CLIP OF US AT THIS YEARS HOTROD HAYRIDE !
THAT'S CALVIN ON HIS IRON SPORTY TRACKER , RACH ON HER T100 PRE-UNIT TRUMPET AND ME ON REDMAX'S W650 KWACKER TRACKER .
MORE PICS HERE (15) WILL ADD RACH'S 150 PIC'S LATER TOO !http://www.flickr.com/photos/redmaxspeedshop/sets/72157624643642632/