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These two pho­tos were taken in 1965 when I was 21, tour­ing Scot­land on my Yamaha YDS3. The first is camp­ing on Loch Oich, the sec­ond is at Wick with the bike loaded up with two bat­tered old suit­cases, a bowl, camp­ing Gaz, tent, sleep­ing bag and bed. I can’t imag­ine what was in the kit bag, as I rarely got changed in those days (my wife will say that’s still the case). All went well un­til I filled up at Thurso (a sin­gle hand-cranked pump in those days – and prob­a­bly still is, for all I know). When I got go­ing, I thought the en­gine was knack­ered and rode gin­gerly un­til I had used the petrol. Brian Thomp­son

BE­LOW: Pan­niers? Who needed ’em back in the ’60s? Not Brian on his Scot­tish tour

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