Well, I'd be the first to admit, that this isolation thing is starting to get to me. It's not so much being stuck here in my workshop ( I can think of worse places), but it's the not being able to ride that is getting me. I sit here and look at the Guzzi, stalled in the build because I can't get to the auto electricians, and the BMW with less than a 1000 k's on it, just taunting me. I've done 14 kilometers in the last 4 weeks, 14!!!!!! It's bugging me intensely. So I thought I may as well sit down and get this installment done. The net is alive with bikes at the moment, lots of builds going on and lots of people dredging through their old images and posting. Some of this has been very good, it has to be said. I'm certainly not lacking from quantity, and some of it has bought back memories from the past of bikes that I used to own, rides that I have done, places that I have been to, so from that aspect it's been good. It's also reminded me of things that I had forgotten. I miss a whole bunch of that, like riding with the Wellington team, all on adventure bikes and all having a great laugh around the islands both on and off road. They are a committed lot that's for sure. I also miss riding with my current group too, the Lizards. Facebook is a bitch at reminding you that this time 4 years ago you were here, or 3 years ago there and you look at the images and smile. The people you met, some great, some good and some, well I guess they can find their own way. Turning up to your motel or pub for the night, getting changed, hitting the bar, soaking in the atmosphere and the fire, tucking into a great big pub meal and laughing all night about the ride that day, going through each minute in detail. And that's the point I suppose, we have to give a little now, to take a lot later, and I for one can't wait to get back out there and start some new adventures. So, here we all are stuck at home, enjoy the blog, take some time, and just realise how fucking lucky we are.
Another lizard doing it back in the day Dallas Rankin on his Kawasaki at Manfield.
My first outing on my brand spanking new 900SS. Flat slides, full floating brembos, conti race system, it was a shit load of fun
And finally a thought for the boys who laid down their lives so we could have ours