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