Tuesday 31 July 2012


I came across these tonight while shopping for groceries.

I think that I prefer these to the ones we usually get in Scotland over the summer months.

American Moped

Here is another little known American machine.

Not exactly what the mind conjures up when you hear the words Harley-Davidson, is it?

It was also in the museum in Niagara with the Harley scooter that  I mentioned in an earlier post.

Friday 27 July 2012

Rocky Road

This is as unusual a Statue/Roundabout of the Week entry as I think we'll get.

I spotted the statue below while on holiday in New Zealand a couple of years ago. We had stopped in the town of Hamilton for lunch, and afterwards we went for a bit of a wander around. The statue does rather grab your attention, as it’s not often you’ll see a life-size one of a bloke in tights with a ray gun. At least, not where I come from.

An explanation

If you’re familiar with the Rocky Horror Picture Show you’ll find it rather amusing. If not, this might be a bit too disturbing and you might want to look away now.

Too late! That's you been corrupted now as well.

Perhaps he got some of his ideas for the costumes from walking to work as we passed a row of sex shops about half a block from the statue. I was rather taken with this one below.

Nuns On The Run

Wednesday 25 July 2012

Tuesday 24 July 2012

Highland Twin

What I think is a Norton Dominator at Applecross last weekend.

Applecross 2012

Well, the weekend at Applecross passed without incident, although a special mention must be made of the weather. Beautifully sunny and warm on the Friday, grey and overcast on the Saturday and then starting wet and misty on Sunday morning. Ah, the joys of a British Summer. 

Triumph & Tepee
This was the first outing for my new tent and sleeping bag, and both passed with flying colours. The tent, a Vango 'Peace Tepee 300' is supposed to be a 3-man, but I found that it was just the right size for myself and all my gear. How they reckon that 3 folk can fit in this I don't know. 

The sleeping bag, a Gelert Sleeping Pod, is just a regular sleeping bag but scaled large enough that you can actually turn around inside it. I find most sleeping bags are rather constricing and a bit claustrophobic. This, on the other hand, is much better and very warm too. The only downside is that, even in its compression-sack, it's quite bulky and took up almost an entire pannier on its own.

I was going to add a lot more, but Norman has pretty much covered it on his blog. Only thing of note was that while we had the opportunity to attend the Lochcarron Highland Games about 15 miles away, but we were too lazy to saddle up and make the effort. So, I’m afraid that there are no pictures of men in kilts throwing telegraph poles about with bagpipes being played in the background.

Two MZ Skorpions & a Kawasaki KLE500
Since it was pretty overcast for much of the weekend the camera stayed in its case for most of the time and I didn’t take many shots of the fantastic scenery around that part of the world (you can see some from last year’s trip here if you’re interested).  You’ll have to settle for some shots of the Nortons which turned up on the campsite instead.

well-travelled Commando
towing hitch on above bike
neat little home-made trailer

this pair came from Essex over 600 miles away

There are also some pictures to be had on fjstuart’s blog and Gino has a write up of his Norton weekend on his.

Thursday 19 July 2012

Winged Scourge

Off to Applecross in Wester Ross this weekend for a few days away. As it's been raining almost non-stop since the beginning of the month I predict that we will encounter the dreaded Highland Midge, scourge of all who venture out during the hours of daylight (and of darkness, too).

I guess that we'll just have to shelter in the pub all weekend. Shame!

Monday 16 July 2012


Just for Bodger, here's the real deal. 

BSA Rocket 3 at the National Motorcycle Museum

Thursday 12 July 2012


This is how they used to advertise motorcycles in the 1970s.

The bike is an IZH Jupiter 3, a 350cc two-stroke twin sold under the Cossack brand name by SATRA in the UK.

Tuesday 10 July 2012

Red & Blue

MZ Skorpion & Triumph Sprint ST
 Both of my bikes, out for a bit of an airing after the recent inclement weather.

Sunday 8 July 2012