Get out there and have fun!
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