More tour sto­ries

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Reader Restoration -

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?

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