Thursday, 29 September 2011
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
Monday, 26 September 2011
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Thursday already and not a minute wasted, recovering the Applecross bikes back into A1 condition and servicing them all. The fastback was first, as well as a service I had to call on Alex to weld the chainguard which was splitting, then replace the fork gaiter (and then I discovered someone in the dark and distant past had a fork seal in the wrong way round! Never seen that before and it wasn’t leaking that badly actually. Anyway its all back ready to go again. A visit to Mr Bloy to offer assistance with his latest Commando rebuild and then he helped me strip the chrome bits from my 88ss (pictured) and send them away for re chroming. The Roadster got my attention next, a service, fix the carb which caused problems at Applecross, a new Camshaft oil seal to stop the annoying oil leak and then because i’d disturbed the pick ups for the ignition one coil in the pick up wen’t open circuit, I replaced it with a spare but not before I renewed the wires as they were hard and brittle from years of living in a hot engine.
Having a small bike collection is nice but if you use them, they wear out, this creates work and profits for the Norton suppliers, sometimes I think I’m keeping them all in business single handed.
The Roadster ready to enjoy once again
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Sunday, 11 September 2011
Saturday, 10 September 2011
Well last night went true to form with a big party at Tomas's house. So a bit of a dull head this morning for the run up to Hilversum. The hotel we're staying in is almost twice as expensive as normal seemingly because of a big golf tournament here so guess who else is on my hate list. Good run today. Plenty sun and warm and dry all the way.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
Passes in the process. The Swiss took 35 euro each for the privilege of doing 100 miles on their crap motorway. The alternative on the small roads would have taken too long, as it was we were in the saddle 6 hours to do just over 200 miles. So now i'm glad to be in germany, on lake constance and we've opted for a hotel.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
We left Rocchetta this morning in blazing sun and headed along the autostrada del fiori towards Genoa the med shimmering blue on our right hand side before turning north inland toward Milan. The climb as you head up through the mountains meant we were in the clouds and dropping 10 degrees, but soon enough we were back in the heat. Milan was as always a nightmare with crazy driving and roadworks through to monza but now were in mandello del lario so a day tomorrow chilling with a ferry across lake Como to get a coffee in Bellagio and then a visit to the Guzzi factory. Not a bad life.
Monday, 5 September 2011
Sunday, 4 September 2011
We had it all today 28 degrees sun and torrential rain. In order to save time we took the toll roads, past Marseille, St Tropez (where the rain was heaviest ) Cannes, Nice, Monaco and then into Italy at Ventimiglia from there instead of going the way I know to my village I took the gps route. This took us over a very small mountain road which I remembered half way over. Parts of it make the road to applecross look like a main road and the height at the highest point according to the gps was just over 3000 ft. And very little barriers if you run wide on the hairpins. Interesting end to todays riding and in the wet.