Wednesday, 30 June 2010
I left BlackBob with Richi Foss in Inverness, hes making a new set of hi level pipes for me and a pair of stainless meggas to match. I dropped in to see him this morning and had a gander at the work in progress, hes tacked it all together for me to ok, still need to trim the ends for length and make up rear mounts and hangers, so the pipes will sit a bit higher at the rear and run parallel. Richi's got it exactly how i wanted it, curving the pipes in and over the primary to give me some more legroom while still keeping the pipes running together. I just ordered a set of exhaust to cylinder head sealing rings/olives to make sure there are no leaks at the head.
work in progress
Flew into Pisa on the Saturday, picked up a hire car, Fiat Panda (classy eh??) and packed the four of us and all our bags in for the trip to Montefegatesi, in the hills??mountains north of Lucca - we arrived at our villa in the dark, in a thunderstorm after a very exciting drive up a 5000ft mountain on single track then dirt road - I now have the utmost respect for Fiat Pandas, perfect cars for Italian roads!!
Small Fiats, Piaggio 3 wheel pick ups and scooters seem to be the main players on Tuscan roads, didnt see that many bikes, a few HD Sportsters and the odd Duke but every where you looked there would be a scooter of some sort.
A week of mixed weather, great food and wine and a taste for Italian roads, cant wait for another trip, next time I think I'll hire a bike 8-)
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Monday, 14 June 2010
I just traded the Kawasaki for a bit of Italian speed, the ZX9R is gone ....... Vive Aprilia!
Celebrated with a ride west to Achnasheen ........ wow! ....... handles like nothing I have ever ridden before, and plenty of V twin power on tap to keep the wheels spinning 8-)
oh aye some detail , its an RSV Mille R Troy Corser rep, for those who have a clue wot that means ????
Sunday, 13 June 2010
I took Blackbob along to the LNR this morning, it was a bit of a washout weather wise with it raining all day. BB doesnt like a lot of rain, the Hunt mag seems to mis at low revs so it needs to be kept on the boil, not great for trying to sneak by the Northern Constabulary's HQ with open pipes ;-D
Once at the venue, I spent an hour or two wandering round the bikes, in amongst the usual gaggle of t120's and T140's polished to within an inch of their lives, a few BSA singles, a couple of Fanny B's and some restored flattankers there were a few gems, a really nicely patinated flattank Sunbeam racer shone and being the true star - I would love to have it in my lock up
I was asked if i would judge the Specials class, which was an easy task, there were only three entries, a very tidy t110 engined Triton with some neat mods, a morini 3 1/2 fitted with a nice ally tank and a Honda CX500, which I didnt even notice!