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Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Oh what fun it is to ride....


.....a classic motorbike! I did a bit of shed prep last Saturday, didn't really get anywhere, just moved more stuff round in circles, then on Sunday I met a couple of fine chaps from Blairgowrie way, Shorty Stan the Man and Bullet Bill for a bike test. It was Bill's 350 RE that was up for comparison with my modern 500 Bullet, and it's a very fine little bike I must say. I also had the privilege of riding Shorty's Suzuki back from the test to the lunch stop. It's a bike we chuckle at, I don't know why, (honest) 'cos it's actually quite nice. It started on the button, clicked into gear nicely and it's got a funky digital gear display for those who can't count. It's quite low, and everything is on the 'correct' side making it easy to hop on and ride away, oh and it's a bit nippy too. Stan's winter hack, perhaps? I reckon it's too good for that - he won a couple of prizes with it at the Cairn this year.

Numpty here ran out of petrol on the way home, and had great fun trying to start the 500 in front of a garage full of spectators! Although one guy was impressed and was asking me all about the bike, as his son has just bought a Royal Enfield 500. I couldn't really be sure if it was an old one or the modern version as there was a bit of a language barrier going on, but he did say it needed a bit of a work doing to it, and that his son has yet to even sit his test. Either way I made sure he knew about the GCMCC so we might see him along sometime.

A while ago I received a DVD from the organisers of the Shetland show. For various reasons I've only just got round to watching it, and what a brilliant vid! I have my 5 seconds of fame, as does my fellow club member Davie Wilson. It covers all aspects of the show, from the arrival of particiapants, to the setting out of the vehicles in the displays, to the scenic run around the island. The weather was varied, some scenes show sheeting rain, but on the Sunday the sun shone from dawn til dusk (well that's how I remember it, I even got a bit of a tan!). They only have a show every two years, and 2008 is the next one so I suggest you make a date in your diary for 6-9th June.....I have.

The other DVD in my collection is a recording of the 2005 Lucas Rally in Norway. That was a good watch too, fine weather, loads of bikes and lots of nice Norwegians, not to mention one little GBC making a fool of herself...

I'm truly amazed that this blog, little old GBC's blog, is doing so well. Since last Thursday it has had over 100 hits - haven't you lot got anything better to do!!! Seriously though I never thought it would take off like this, so thanks for reading......

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi GBC,

Do you have an estimate date of publication for the modern RE500 in CBG? Love the blog,

Dave in NYC

Gorgeous Biker Chick said...

Hi Dave, not exactly sure yet as I'm still running the RE for a day-to-day 'living with' article. I'll pop a note on here when I've submitted the articles so that you know when to look out for them!
Have you got one / are you thinking of getting one?
Thanks for reading...GBC

Anonymous said...

Thinking about getting one next year - probably the Electra since it's the only model with the front disc brake, although I could certainly do without the electric starter. It seems so wrong for a bike of this type, but I'm sure it's an important feature for many folks.

Anyway, looking forward to your CBG articles.

Dave

John said...

BC, ur blog is a regular daily stop off to see what yer up to ... look forward to it same way I look forward to a Mr Whippy 99 .... lol.
How can you run out of petrol on a bike that does a zillion mile to the gallon ...?? You know they have those gas station thingies just everywhere these days ...

Camping this weekend ...?? brrrrr, dont forget yer wolly drawers girly .........

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