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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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Amulree n a’ That —

It seems most of the talk today concerns Rabbie Burns .. hence the title —

It’s unusual to get this much sunshine in January —

so I’m making the most of it …

That looks like the road into Glen Quaich in the background ,,,

and the hill above Amulree ,,,

Yes my old luggage .. bought from Oxford Products for a road trip to Dubrovnik twenty years ago on my XJR1300 ,, still looks the part and ready for touring on the RE350 Classic 👍

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2023 in out and about

 

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Norton 860 Classic —

a winner in Croatia —

Virtually unbeatable in Classic races at the old GP circuit of Grobnik in the capable hands of my good friend Cabro (pronounced Zabro) from Zagreb —

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2023 in out and about

 

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Comrie Wakens this Morning —

All except me —

I overslept after a rough night with my knee —

but Helen and Loki were out walking as the sun rose over the hills to the south —

and shared some of their walk with you and me —

Magic!
 
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Posted by on January 24, 2023 in out and about

 

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