Get out there and have fun!

Classic Motorcycle Mechanics - - CONTENTS - Ber­tie Sim­monds

It’s a ob­vi­ous truth about our favourite hobby, but of­ten it’s a sin­gu­lar one. Think of the amount of times you’ve worked alone in your shed or your garage. Some­times for hours at a time. It’s per­haps a ‘bloke’ thing (apolo­gies to the ladies read­ing) but we of­ten like to in­dulge in things that may re­sult in us hav­ing hours alone to come up with a fin­ished prod­uct, be it a bike or home­brew! Sure, the clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cle scene is thriv­ing and it is full of friends, groups, fo­rums where we can hook up and meet like-minded in­di­vid­u­als. And then there’s the in­ter­net which makes the whole world – and there­fore the peo­ple in it – feel closer to­gether. Even when you go for a ride, of­ten it’s alone on the bike, shut off from the re­al­i­ties and pres­sures of life, Ber­tie Sim­monds en­cased in hel­met and rid­ing gear. I guess it’s just how I’m see­ing things fol­low­ing the most ex­cel­lent Welsh Clas­sic Fes­ti­val at the end of May. For too many months I’ve been around bikes on my tod. Not be­cause I’m billy-no-biker-mates, but just be­cause – as a sin­gle par­ent – my time to fet­tle, fid­dle and clean my steeds nor­mally comes when the pre­co­cious daugh­ter is asleep or ‘not be­ing un­der­stood’ by me. Yup, the Welsh week­end was a win­ner. I had a great time rid­ing, chat­ting and drink­ing with like-minded mates. I guess we all need to get the bal­ance in life right, but I re­alise I need to get out there on two-wheels more of­ten and have some fun! Jon Bent­man Chris Moss

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