Wednesday 30 October 2013

Tales from the Road: Landmarks Challenge 2013

fjstuart has completed this year's Landmarks Photo Challenge.

Full details at: Tales from the Road: Landmarks Challenge 2013:

Biker Barbie

Whenever you think you've seen it all

Product Information:
Gift your baby girl the Harley-Davidson #4 2000 Barbie and instill in her the feel of the outgoing confident woman right from her childhood. This Harley-Davidson Barbie doll stands 11 inches tall, with a slender figure making her look gorgeous. This Harley-Davidson barbie wears a black and orange jacket and a black and white tee with emblazoned official Harley-Davidson logo. The Harley Davidson print scarf, motorcycle helmet and black motorcycle boots make this Harley-Davidson Barbie doll look like a perfect rider. The motorcycle helmet, backpack and cool black wrap-around sunglasses add to the rugged look of this Harley-Davidson barbie. The Harley-Davidson #4 2000 Barbie's silvery hoop earrings add a dash of sexiness to her attire.

(Spotted on eBay)

Ancient Electrickery


Lego Series 10 Biker Mechanic Minifigure

Friday 25 October 2013

First Time

Our first time on the Isle of Man for the TT (1993) on a borrowed MZ ETZ251.

Halloween Freebie

While looking for something else I found a number of unused Isle of Man postcards that I must have bought while over for the TT or the Southern 100 races in years gone by and not used.

Rather than hang onto them, or throw them out, I’ll send one selected at random to the first seven followers who email their name & postal address to “mike dot thistledown at gmail dot com” (I have two of postcard no. 6 in case you're wondering). 

If you're not a follower, yet, then all you have to do is sign up and send me your details.

I’ll even stick them in an envelope so that they can still be used and you can pretend to your friends that you’ve actually been to the Island yourself.

Call it a Halloween treat, or an early for Xmas present.

Monday 14 October 2013


Meditation Motorcycling involves sitting fairly still in an odd position for prolonged periods, while emptying your mind of trivial thoughts.

Sunday 13 October 2013

Spirit of Adventure II

Many years ago BBC journalist, author, and keen motorcyclist Tom Morton made a trip around all the remaining whisky distilleries in Scotland. That journey spawned first a book, then a radio show, and then finally a television series.

I first read the book years ago and was pleased to discover that Amazon had released an updated version on Kindle format. If you’re interested it can be found here. I thoroughly recommend it to you, especially so as it's retailing at just over a pound (Sterling).

The success of the book led to the TV show, of interest to those of us who rode bikes for the appearance of a ratty old MZ ETZ250 sidecar outfit on prime time television. Tom Morton even joined the MZ Riders Club on the back of his experiences, and later on was the owner of one of the first MZ Skorpions sold in the UK.

The TV show was, as far as I am aware, only shown in Scotland and has never been repeated (I do have a bootleg copy on DVD somewhere should anyone be interested).

As a postscript, the actual sidecar outfit passed through many hands and ended up being owned by a friend of mine who lived near Stirling.

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. 

poem by Robert Frost