Got lots of Birthday Wishes from the XJR Owners Club today – never thought I would reach seventy so I’ll look for a few photos from the XJRs I have owned and ridden over the past twelve years —
My first XJR1300SP – bought new from Stumpy & Grumpy in Church Stretton in 2000 —
We were waiting for the boys on an early Elan Valley Run down in mid-Wales.
With the same bike the year before outside Javier’s house in Madrid.
I prefer the ‘playing the fool pic’ —
OK – here’s Javier and Bainzie on the King’s Chair – the rock the king sat on while his palace was being built in the distance —
Then there was this serious pic on the bank at Ravenglass when Mad Mick and I were planning the route for Oli’s Memorial run —
There had been three of us the year before but young Oli Mills was killed when a motorists ‘didn’t see him’ and pulled out on him a couple of days after this next pic was taken —
That had been a happy day. We met near Skipton and rode over the Fells to Lancaster then by Kendal and Ambleside before doing the Wrynose and Hardknott Passes on the way to Ravenglass for lunch.
Sorry – didn’t mean to go back there but there’s lots of memories in my libraries.
Including these from the KrKra National Park near Skradin in Croatia on my Alps, Adriatic and Alcohol ride —