More tour stories
Although I loved the article on readers’ tours on ‘classic’ sportsbikes last month, it does seem a bit easy to do it on these modern sportsbikes. Back in 1984 my friends and I all did our first continental tour on our CB400/4S. We had no credit cards, no breakdown insurance and a Michelin map that had all of France on one page.
We’d wanted an adventure and had never been outside the UK before; my 1976 400F1 had 76,000 miles on the clock but never missed a beat. We rode through France, Germany and Switzerland, scratching through the Black Forest and camping next to Swiss lakes – so few Brits were driving in France back then you would get a flash of lights and a wave from every Gb-plated car you passed.
I remember on our way home we stopped to fill up in a small petrol station only to find we had crossed from France into Holland, and pre-euro had no Dutch currency and no credit cards. Such great memories on great old bikes on a continent that seemed much bigger then.
I love the mag, love the bikes and all the stories you feature – keep up the good work guys. How about some features on all those bikes that never made it to these shores from Spain, Italy, Japan and Asia?