Monday, 4 May 2015

Moto Guzzi Rally

If its May bank holiday it also has to be the Scottish Guzzi Rally, we rode up on Saturday with Fi on the outfit and me on the T3, it was bloody cold, too cold for May. Tent up, catch up with friends, great to see the regulars working hard to make sure it was an enjoyable event for all that attended. As always a fantastic weekend well organised and friendly. The bands on the Saturday and Sunday night were excellent as well so that ensured a wee boogie was in order. The weather was terrible, the poor people who rode home on the Sunday must have got a right soaking, luckily it cleared up today for the ride home. The outfit has now done 177 miles since we got it so just to make sure it keeps BMW's record as Broken Motorcycles worldwide the new starter I fitted 2 weeks ago has chucked it. I reckon its been used about 12 times, shocking quality control or what? I note that if I pay a bit extra I can get one that's made in Japan, guess I'll be paying the extra, with some of my old bikes I accept issues cropping up at times, this is a newish bike with little miles on it and as far as I know this will be the 4th starter I'm about to put on it. The 650's meanwhile have developed a sticky switch for the heated grips, they have felt rubbish since day one, manufactured I believe in China for BMW, I just checked and a second hand switch is £28 !! I can't see a price for a new one. We moan sometimes about the quality of parts for our old Nortons but BMW have managed to surpass themselves, get crap parts made in a Chinese sweat shop , ship them to Europe and charge Gold plated prices for them, who's the mug? We are of course, for sure the next newish bike I buy will not have the Broken Motorcycles emblem on it!

Our bikes next to Ronnie's Breva
T3 seems to be leaking less oil, maybe I should check its still got some left
I keep saying I'm going to drag my Mk1 Le Mans out but seeing this has made me think I should get it ready for next years rally, another deadline to hit 
Guzzi flag flying despite the rain
one of my favourite bits of road is now a beer!!!
Aww Liz and Ewen posing for a shot
Band had people wobbling around on the dance floor
Organising Sunday Brekkie, Cold and very wet
Kates V7 was taking the piss but eventually started to the assembled crowd's cheers
I liked this theme, modern meets old
Look I'm not going sidecar mad but I liked this
This is allegedly the smallest purpose built masonic lodge in the UK
Sunday night rockabilly
Fi and Ali in deep discussion about advance angles on the modern Guzzi's
most excellent event organiser Russell, getting the dregs from the barrel
Suitable drowned, not to be outdone Derek had a go as well!

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