Classic Bike Guide
Hope you’re enjoying getting out and about!
Gy y , n n ! I writing this morning with the door of the office closed. You see, one of the few benefits of old buildings is they never warm up – so on a hot day like today, you can stay cool! It also means that when my bookshelf decides that enough is enough and collapses, like it just has, it’s even louder…
I hope you’ve all been out and about. Seen lots of bikes out, the local meeting points (got a letter recently calling me a moron because they are not ‘bike meets’ but ‘bike meetings’, apparently) have seen some great machines, recently restored or seldom seen. And with the August village fetes and dog shows, the steam rollers decided to put in an appearance. Luckily, no dogs left the day feeling flat and it’s always great to see these leviathans on the road at 3mph, reminding us of times past.
We also had a ‘Railway at War’ weekend held, but alas no Norton 16H or BSA M20s this year. We did have a smart Bedford QL lorry, and those involved really know their history. Their attention to detail with the kit collections and vehicles is superb; they are only too happy to help younger generations understand the recent and less recent history of the world. And the blank-firing Sten and Bren guns were something you don’t hear too often in Norfolk, even when the tourists get too many! Thanks, guys!
Many thanks for all your kind words for our good friend Dodge Baker, who had a great send-off last month. More than
100 bikes followed him on his final ride and it was great to see a great church full with friends... though bikers aren’t good at singing hymns, it seems, and the B31 decided to be a pain starting, which would have made Dodge laugh! Goodbye, my friend, and thanks for reminding us to make the most of every day.
The BMW has had an enforced time of R&R this month (helped by the fact I’ve lost the swingarm pivots), as I have had to get our family Morris Minor on the road for a certain date. And, as always, there’s more to do than you think. They are so similar to work on than bikes, except there’s more of everything and it’s all bigger and heavier. Still, it’s nearly there now.
We also had Boy’s seventh birthday to celebrate, so fish and chips, cake and a trip on the Hunstanton Wash Monster was in order. This year will be his first trial with Norwich Vikings MC, though he still needs to follow the markings – something his dad is no good at, either.
Oli looks at using acid to help rid rust this month. If you have any great ideas that others may find useful, let us know and we will share. And we’re always happy to receive stories of restorations or trips you may have had – if it’s interesting or of use to others, get in touch.
Right, hope you enjoy the mag this month. I’ve heard the weather’s good for at least another week or two, so let’s go!
All my best,