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Good com­pany, good scenery and at the end ex­cel­lent food and wine… wel­come to the Bur­gundy Two Day Tro­phy.

Classic Dirtbike - - Contents - Words and pics: Fran­cois Bernard Trans­la­tion: Mau­reen Pico

A se­lec­tion of events to brighten your win­ter from Brit bikes in Ja­pan and France to tra­di­tional events in the UK. We went there, where were you?

The re­gion of Beaune and Nuits-saint Ge­orges is fa­mous all over the world (well al­most) for the ex­cep­tional qual­ity of its wines. The vines are planted on the slopes ex­posed to the sun and you can reach them by stony trails, whereas at the top of the hills you go through shel­tered shady paths in the woody un­der­growth.

The Bur­gundy Clas­sic team, who are all mad about clas­sic mo­tor­bikes, had the idea of let­ting other clas­sic mo­tor­bike en­thu­si­asts get a taste for their re­gion. The aim of the week­end is to al­low not only French en­thu­si­asts but also Ital­ian and Bri­tish to get to­gether.

Un­for­tu­nately, our transalpine friends were not able to come for the 2016 edi­tion... but they’ll make up for it in the 2017 one.

The course, which cov­ers a va­ri­ety of ter­rain and is rem­i­nis­cent of the Six­ties events, means ev­ery­one can have fun and en­joy them­selves what­ever their ma­chine or tech­ni­cal level.

From the 500 Cheney-tri­umph to the sprung-hub TR5 Tro­phy as well as the 125Moto Morini Re­go­larita, all man­aged to cover the 160km with­out a hitch. How­ever, the cri­te­ria for ma­chine se­lec­tion was strict: no ma­chines af­ter 1973 (year of launch of the ma­chine, not that of its doc­u­ments). The week­end wasn’t at all a com­pe­ti­tion but more a pleas­ant ride with friends. It was pos­si­ble for the whole fam­ily to make the most of the week­end as all the tourists spots, the places you could taste wine and food and the pic­nic spots were eas­ily reach­able by road and were men­tioned in the road book given out to all the par­tic­i­pants... the youngest of which was just un­der two years old. A van pulling a trailer was ready to deal with any break­downs, and even car­ried some spare mo­tor­bikes. Pic­nics and qual­ity din­ners al­lowed ev­ery­one to dis­cover and ap­pre­ci­ate the Bur­gundy cui­sine and the lo­cal cheeses de­lighted the most gourmet. The wine tast­ings (six in all), were greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by the par­tic­i­pants.

What a place for a pic c eh? Riders in the 2016 6 Bur­gundy Two Day Tro­phy.

It wasn’t just a gen­tle trail ride y’know, there was fun stuff too!

Quite a se­lec­tion of ma­chin­ery.

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