DO A RIDICU­LOUS ROADTRIP

A long trip on a com­edy bike is some­thing you’ll never for­get

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature - Si­mon Relph, Se­nior De­signer

I sure I’m not the only one who comes up with mad ideas while un­der the af­flu­ence of in­co­hol. “How about rid­ing round the D-day land­ings in Nor­mandy?” I said. “But do it on mopeds?”

“Bril­liant idea” said every­one else. It seemed so in the pub.

The pre-trip meet-up was hilarious. I have never seen such an eclec­tic mix of peds, I could do noth­ing but smile. big blokes on lit­tle bikes meant the power to weight ra­tio was go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing.

Fi­nally in France with the aid of Brit­tany Fer­ries (www.brit­tany­fer­ries.com) we were head­ing for the beaches, bom­barded with break­downs, but thanks to our Dunkirk spirit, every­one chipped in with the re­pairs and we sol­diered on.

We hit the seafront and en­joyed chips and ice cream. With plenty to see and do all along the Nor­mandy coast line, a moped is the per­fect way to get around. I spent most of the time wip­ing the tears from my eyes. I re­mem­ber mates strug­gling up steep hills with more than a lit­tle light pedal as­sis­tance, sweat­ing pro­fusely by the top. Then there were the var­i­ous races that then en­sued on the way down. All you need is a bunch of mates on aw­ful bikes to have a lu­di­crous laugh.

Evenings of fine food, beers and the odd re­pair added to the ex­pe­ri­ence. The high­light was one of peds be­ing fired up on the din­ing room ta­ble. We had to apol­o­gise to the land­lady for the scorch­marks on her table­cloth!

A dif­fer­ent type of Nor­mandy in­va­sion

Add up the bhp for each bike and IQ for each rider and you get 74

Now that’s what a din­ing ta­ble is for

Relph and his 50cc KTM Comet

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