Sunday, 7 April 2019

Huntygowks 2019

A tad wet and cold for this years first meeting of the Tay Valley Norton owners club, our regular visit to the excellent Tullybannocher cafe at Comrie can be a bit wet normally but as we extricate ourselves from a pretty good winter this year the weather has gone backwards a bit along with the temperatures so as I dragged our Nortons out today I knew they'd be needing a good clean when we got back. We encountered Jake and Dennis in a layby at the side of the road so stopped to offer assistance, Jake's exhaust had fallen off his Falcone but it was all in hand so we offered some light hearted abuse instead. Unusually Fiona and I arrived at the cafe first closely followed by Dennis on his AJS  and Jake on the mighty Guzzi. A reasonable turnout for such a dreich day with the surprise of the day being an old school pal I hadn't seen since I left High school, David Ross turned up with Martin on a brace of 961 cafe sports. The roads were greasy and quite dirty and the standard of driving from the obviously retarded car drivers was shocking, obviously Sunday mornings are best left to people who would struggle to pass a cycling proficiency test let alone a car driving test.
A braw day oot as they say in these parts, lets hope the sun creeps out soon and the thermometer starts heading north. Thanks to all that turned up to make it an interesting day.
Clean Nortons ready to go
Jake still smiling after his stop for "adjustments"
Honest, its fine 
Nice turnout of old and new
A herd of Nortons
Davids designer seat
Nice Rocket 3
David Ross's 961
Slim waist large top end on the tank!
OK I'll admit it is pretty
And finally I asked on behalf of a twitter friend Jeff from Canada who has a Hi Rider what peoples opinion was of that model (Tongue in cheek of course)

Monday, 4 March 2019

Early Wee Smokey

Eric, organiser extraordinaire called the right move when he mooted an early wee smokey classic gathering, apart from the winds it was largely a nice day for this regular event in Arbroath.
We took our sidecar in the hope of tempting a potential buyer (we haven't yet) , arriving just after 11am the car park was awash with bikes, plenty used Classics and a smattering of modern stuff also. The usual time spent drinking tea, eating bacon rolls and talking nonsense, great to catch up with all our friends and just savour the atmosphere, as it was windy I let Fiona pilot the chair home whilst I sheltered in the tub, I'm good that way, see you on the road sometime!

Fellow TVNOC member Hector had his ride to work Triumph, nice Patina and he claims the most reliable bike he's had!
A10 plunger
Panther looked well used
Not sure exactly what this is but worth a photo
Small bikes team
Nice SP650 Guzzi
Vincent single ridden down from Aberdeen I believe
Very well used Condor
Early RD250
Ariel , clean and a regular attender 
Well restored R90s
Pretty but..........

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Capper Rally

February as always brings the Capper Rally, a meeting of like minded lunatics who don't mind camping in February, funnily enough this year it was almost tropical. We took the sidecar down with a for sale sign in an effort to advertise it and of course because its great fun, a pit stop at South Queensferry for lunch at "The Picnic Cafe" owned by nice Italians, we had to explain why we'd been missing for a while due to our house move and the fact its now a 100 mile round trip and not on particularly interesting roads. In the year since we last visited it has now got a real Italian theme and is highly recommended, still sells bacon rolls wi broon sauce if you don't fancy going Mediterranean.
Down to the rally site just south of Edinburgh and sad to say none of our usual drinking companions were there but it gave us a chance to blether and get to know new people, even managed a great chat with John a fellow Commando owner so we passed a while moaning about the same things. Geoff Mumford made a surprise but brief appearance on his newly rebuilt Harris Suzuki but refused to be drawn into alcohol. A great night just talking bike nonsense with like minded people, what else would you do on a Saturday night.
Stunning morning on Sunday, I sat outside my dry tent drinking tea and reflecting on the meaning of life, I concluded most of it revolved around two wheels, another surprise visit from Bert and Laurenne for a brief chat before we headed back home, as we got to the bypass it started raining a bit and the wind got up but neither of us really cared it was a braw weekend.

Sidecar at an iconic bridge site
After the bacon roll, did i mention the outfit is for sale? 
Fiona looking pleased with herself
Fellow bike mados
Final checks to our hoose for the night
well used BMW
Who is this mystery man?
Geoff Mumford esquire, tea drinker and sober person
Kevin grabbing 5
Steve obviously talking nonsense as Joanne laughs
Kevin recovered from his nap..

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Sidecar back in service

So once again we have decided to try and sell the sidecar, we both really enjoy it but as I found out last Friday at its yearly MOT we only did 400 miles in it last year. The winter hasn't been too bad and its allowed us to get out on the solos, even the Norton has been out a few times this winter. Last Friday we were both off so popped up to Cherrybank garage for its MOT, the rain couldn't be coming down any harder which as any motorcyclist will testify is normal when you take your clean bike out for its annual test! The good thing is its probably a 4 mile round trip now as opposed to the 100 + mile round trip when we lived in Edinburgh.
Monday we both had the day off also and despite the temperatures being just above zero it was dry and sunny so we headed down to Rait to give it a short outing, a brunch stop at the Tufted duck was as usual excellent, it's great when you find a cafe that sells good food with a smile, a hearty welcome and at reasonable prices and more importantly thats consistently open even during the winter months.
A splendid wobble back amongst Perthshire's fine small roads, the surface still white with frost would have had you steering with the cheeks of your backside but on the outfit was great fun. We had an appointment later in the afternoon so our run was by necessity short, however what a lift to the spirits.
The days are starting to stretch out now so looking forward to enjoying wearing out even more motorcycles, we have a rally (a camping weekend) coming up, really looking forward to getting back to camping even if it is still winter. I suppose thats the great thing about being a motorcyclist, it gets you through the long dark days just planning sunny (and even wet) trips in your head.
Apologies for the distinct lack of blog updates recently but I'm pretty sure you don't want to read about my latest hairstyle, what I had for my dinner or what colour I painted the bedroom.
Some exiting news is that we are currently planning an epic 6 months trip in 2020 all going to plan so next year there should be no end of nonsense to blog about..... stay tuned

Sidecar in Perthshire
For Sale, the sidecar not Fiona
The Fair City
Upon the hill, there stood a Coo
Artistic by Fiona
The view from the Tufted Duck

Monday, 14 January 2019

Happy New Year

What an incredible winter it's been so far, motorcycling most weekends with temperatures almost as good as some summers I remember. The roads are quiet at this time of year making motorcycling so much more enjoyable. I keep thinking that the development of heated clothing has made winter my favourite time for riding a motorcycle (unless it's icy or snowing that is).
According to the doom merchants the weather is about to take a turn for the worse but you know even if it snows for a month I think myself lucky to have had such a great winter so far.
Work in the workshop continues apace, good progress being made on the Norton front with all 7 Commando's ready for the Spring (apart from a couple of very minor jobs) and even the Dommi was almost finished last Friday, however a gentle kick revealed no sparks from the Magneto so its now in bits again, I've got the Magneto off which is a right PITA, now I just need to buy a box of sparks and that'll be that.
Some pics from a wonderful Scottish winter.

Drinking tea in the great outdoors
Hair colour now matches my suit
The sma Glen
And again
Tea (again) at Rait
Falls of Dochart
Falls of Dochart 2
Loch Tay, magnificent
Dommi almost finished (Now its not!)
Norton at rest
Ford at Little Glenshee
Sunday Lunch with number 2 son at the Norton Club meeting place