Sunday, 11 June 2017

Moto Cycles

(Via: AgeofDiesel)

White Wall

(Spotted at MCN Festival of Motorcycling)

Festival of Motorcycling

As mentioned in an earlier post, I went down to the MCN Festival of Motorcycling at Peterborough again this year. It’s a chance to see all the new machines from the main manufacturers, although many were also present at the Scottish show earlier in the year.

On the bike front, I tried a couple for size. I am still strangely drawn to an Indian Scout, but also liked Suzuki’s V-Strom 1000XT, Triumph’s Tigers and the Ducati Scrambler, although the Ducati would be pretty rubbish for touring on. 

I also tried sitting on the Suzuki Intruder M1800BZ. It’s huge. This is a ridiculously large machine built for someone significantly bigger than me, and I’m no shrinking violet.

The Ducati Diavel, that rarity, an ugly Italian machine
Indian Brave, 250cc manufactured in UK by Brockhouse Engineering
The club stands at the show are always good value, and I had an interesting talk with the owner of a ‘Flexit’ leaning sidecar. 

I’d heard of them, but never encountered one before. The owner was more than happy to explain how it worked and give a small demonstration to an interested audience. Certainly different.

Usually I end up leaving big shows like this empty-handed. Either there’s loads that I want but can’t afford, or I have loads of money and can’t find anything that I want. This time, I picked up a lightweight jacket with armour in, some summer gloves, and a few other small bits and pieces that will definitely come in handy.

So, all in all, a successful trip.

Thursday, 11 May 2017


I'll be in Peterborough this weekend hoping to try out a few bikes for size and pick up a few bits and pieces. Pictures will doubtless follow.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Mr Ambassador

Lovely old Moto Guzzi 750 Ambassador

(Spotted at Vintage Fair, Edinburgh)

Shiny Alloy

(Spotted at Vintage Fair, Edinburgh)

All Tooled Up

Ural M67 650 complete with mounted Soviet DP28 machine-gun

(Spotted at Vintage Fair, Edinburgh)

Vintage Veritas

On Sunday I wandered along to a small vintage fair held in the heart of Edinburgh. The main attraction was the advertised car and motorcycle show. I'd gone along to the inaugural event last year which had just cars. This year there were to be bikes too.

I got there quite early and, although, it was obvious that a few of the exhibitors hadn’t arrived yet there was a nice selection of bikes on show from old Brit bikes, through custom and cafĂ© racers, to more modern affairs. 

There were a few old cars on display too, mostly old MGs, but I really liked the wee Austin 7 and the tricked out VW camper van.

I wandered around taking some pictures and had a natter with one or two of the exhibitors. 

The owner of the green trike you can see was keen to extol the virtues of three wheels to me, not that I needed much persuasion. Although I've never ridden one I'd quite like to have a try some time.

The chap you can see in the tartan suit was signing up participants for this year’s DistinguishedGentleman’s Ride, and there were a number of other ‘dapper’ chaps keen to do so. Also, a large contingent from a local patch club added their own 'colour' to the afternoon’s proceedings.

As well as the vehicles there were stalls selling antiques, old books, vintage clothing and the usual assortment of food stalls. Later on there would be music and dance as well. It's a pleasantly 'local' event and very low-key.

As it gets quite busy after lunchtime I didn't stay long, I made a few small purchases and headed home.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Flying Along

MZ ES250/2 & Superelastik sidecar

A photo cmbining three of my favourite things: vintage motorcycles, East German MZ motorcycles and sidecars.

(Via: Roger Lovell on MZ Riders Group on Facebook)