A Great Trip
EASTSIDE TOUR (August 2016)
I took the Goldie down to Bavaria to ride in this tour accompanied by
Neil with his Rudge and riding with 46 others. A German friend I met on
one of the French tours organises this event bi-annually.
The riders were form 6 countries and mainly on old bikes, BSA, Rudge,
Norton, Vincent, NSU, BMW, DKW, Gilera, Moto Guzzi, Terrot, the oldest
being a Norton of 1925 vintage ridden by a Swiss guy. The route took us
from Bavaria into Czech, thence via Austria into Slovakia, a day riding
through Poland, before a return to Slovakia. Then into Austria and
Vienna before a final ride through Austria into Bavaria for the finish.
Highlights for me were the Forests in Czech, the Tatra mountains, the
50 mile ride along the Danube, the viennese Winestube with waltz music
and of course the Czech and Slovak beer is second to none. Some days we
rode back and forth across borders so often we had to remind ourselves
where we were at the day’s end.
In all the Goldie did about 1200+ miles in 7 days of riding with no
troubles. It took me to countries I haven’t visited before and possibly
won’t again, very enjoyable and wearying.
Sid 2nd run Photo here
Traditionally on the day before the Scottish 2 day Pre 65 Trial there is a road run for older bikes starting in Kinlochleven and using the Coram ferry does a circuit of the Ardnamurchan/Moidart Peninsula, about 110 miles. This year the Kendal club organised another run 2 days previous at Killin about 50 miles west of Stirling in the Grampians, and it seemed best to ride both.
I went up and took my Honda SLR 650 together with a friend Neil who rode a XT 500, we met up with chairman Vic riding his lovely NSU/Greeves plus Bob from Edinburgh on a tidy CRF 230. All seemed OK for the first run except the weather forecast for Snow after a sunny start, and so it proved with two heavy storms causing treacherous conditions, in the first, over Schiehallion, Bob lost all vision so turned back with Vic accompanying him. Neil and I were ahead and persevered until it cleared, but after the lunch stop at Rannoch Station it returned even heavier and when it started to settle on the road I began to worry somewhat as we still had 50 miles to the finish. Then as we turned south it cleared and we had a good romp back home, about 130 miles in total.
The forecast for the Moidart was worse so we elected to get away early to try and beat the snow. On the ferry about 30 bikes were trying to get off first but Vic reckoned we got the best of the “Motocross Start” and I was first on the road followed by Vic and Neil! But all to no avail as we were soon in it again, it cleared at Glenfinnan only to return worse after. The single carriage roads were very slippy and twisty and the vision poor almost a white out at one point, but we made it to the lunch stop where the frozen snow on our kit melted and left the floor like one giant puddle. Unanimously we said lets get back to the ferry before the next storm, so Vic lead and as you know he doesn’t hang about! So we had a good ride back and all felt that it had been an “Experience” certainly one not to forget.
The day after Neil and I went for a tour around the Isle of Mull and the weather was the opposite, blue skies, strong sunlight, snow all over but the roads all dry and clear. Marvellous riding, and another day to remember. Thoroughly recommended.
Club Night 1st Thursday of each month at the Woodman Pub, Ashtead, Surrey