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Yamaha TY80 —

My boy James on his first bike – probably coming up for eight years old in a field below the Black Mount on Rannoch Moor – while dad was off across the river having fun riding in the Achalder trial —

There’s fresh air under that front tyre – I reckon it’s his first wheelie — 👍🙂

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2023 in out and about

 

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Looking South —

from Braco Roman Camp —

towards the Ochills —

It just get’s better —

and better —

but remember to bring your wellies —

and wear something —

Warrm!
 
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Posted by on January 29, 2023 in out and about

 

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Innerpeffary Library —

which lies a few miles east of Crieff was the first lending library to be created in Scotland —

Originally formed in the attic of St Mary’s Chapel – built on a knoll on the banks of the River Earn near a ford used by the Roman Legions 2,000 years ago – the library now occupies the whole building —

With views over Crieff to Glen Turret and Ben Chonzie just part of a 360 degree sweep of the eye —

even now in mid-winter while the chapel itself is closed till spring

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2023 in out and about

 

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500cc ROC Yamaha —

Yep – this rare pic has the 4 cylinder two-stroke GP bike as ridden by a very young Neil Hodgson in 1995 – he would go on to become World Superbike Champion on a Ducati —

I worked with the team in 1995 at Jerez for pre-season testing and later for the Spanish GP proper – plus the early fly-away races in Australia – Malaysia and Japan —
 
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Posted by on January 28, 2023 in out and about

 

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NC30 at the NW200 —

This time it’s the ex-Jim Moodie VFR400 – I bought it from Jim after he had ‘run it in’ at the 1990 TT —

Only to have him borrow it back for the following year’s North West 200 when Jim was in his psychedelic pink period – apparently it showed up better on the telly —

Jim in action on the wee Honda – photo courtesy of TT pics —

My old trials riding buddy Robbie Allan had been trying to persuade me to go Classic racing at that time but I didn’t fancy the auld bikes.

When I saw Jim riding that VFR400 at the TT I thought ‘I could do that’ – promptly bought the bike and set about getting my race licence and writing another chapter in my ‘book of life’ 🙄

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2023 in out and about

 

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Tenere 660Z —

If I’m not careful this big blue fella will be taking over from the red XJR1300SP as my favourite bike – even if long days criss-crossing Europe in it’s unforgiving saddle eventually put me under the surgeon’s knife —

It was loads of fun up to that point but a word of warning – never trust a South African from the Orange Free State with a scalpel – they still think they are fighting the Boer Ear 🤠

One of my favourite stops on the A75 between Newton Stewart and Stranraer – the arch was probably the first bridge – my bike is on the one that followed it and the latest bridge carrying the many trucks heading to and from Cairnryan for the NI ferries is behind me as I take the pic —
Deep in Old Heritage country south-west of Hawick where the young Hizzy first learned to ride a bike —
 
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Posted by on January 26, 2023 in out and about

 

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Lots of Shiny Bits —

on the RE350 Classic – but it’s anyone’s guess just how long they will stay like that if I insist on winter riding on our salt laden roads —

All I can do is continue with my wash down process after every ride —

and not become too precious about a bike that cost just over four grand new 🤠👍

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2023 in out and about

 

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That Lovely Feeling —

when you are down for an early ferry – watching the town come awake —

This time it’s Oban – heading to Tiree for the very first time —

In late summer the thought can be better than the reality – next time I would pack a tent 🤠

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2023 in out and about

 

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BMW 1100GS —

1995 – passing through Galicia on my way to the most westerly point on the Spanish mainland —

Cape Finistere – so the ijit could stand on a rock and pretend to look for America — 😵‍💫

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2023 in out and about

 

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Who needs a truck —

when they have two wheels —

and a little ingenuity 👍🤠

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2023 in out and about

 

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