The 2019 Cardiff Classic & Contemporary Show – The Write Up

So a nice local show for us that normally kicks off the season and gives the winter projects a benchmark to hit. Knowing we had 14 bikes on the stand there was a lot of logistics to sort prior to getting to the show but thanks to Martyn’s work we were set for a great show. The Majority of people tend to drop off the bikes on the Friday night so a good portion of the stand prep is done then. Thanks for all those whole helped out.

It always comes together very quickly on the Saturday and with a great selection and high standards of the machines on display it makes you wonder where they all come from. We had a cracking range of bikes on the stand as you can see.

As always at these bike events the car park is as much of a show as anything.

And of course a lovely selection of bikes in the show:

It takes a lot of energy to man the stand for both days so a big thank you to those who lend a hand and we gained 4 members at the show so a success all round. But the icing on the cake:

A cracking weekend and to take home the Best Club Stand was a lovely bonus thanks to all the members efforts all round.

Swansea Museum’s Classic Motorcycle Show – Write Up

Our esteemed member turned roving reporter Alan Robinson attended the Swansea Museum’s Classic Motorcycle Show here is his write up:

The Swansea Classic Motorcycle Show returned from a brief vacation to a new site on Winch Wen Industrial Estate. Being undercover made it all the better even though the weather was fine and dry that weekend.
Situated inside the Swansea Bus Museum along side some fine examples of Routemasters a broad range of motorcycles were on display, although some couldn’t really be called “classic” pictured are a few that caught my eye (I want that yellow Commando!).
Hopefully, this show will establish itself on the circuit in the coming years.

Saint Angeau to Caen

Well we woke up to frost on the bikes so the European warm dream is over. Today was cold like proper winter cold. Not ideal when you have a cloudy dull ride of 375 miles.

Danny and I are full up with cold and sneezing in your motorcycle helmet at 70mph is not fun. The ride was boring to be honest and the weather made it all the worse but with more layers than the Michelin man we made good progress.

So the jury is out on the methodology of a two day France leg this late in the year. That’s not so say we haven’t enjoyed it but it’s definitely not the preferred method Danny and Martin would reccomend unless you had to (for getting to and from the Moto Piston rally) And if you had to, take 3 days to get through France. I imagine they would reccomend a van. However they hadn’t ridden it until this one either so it was an option/trial they had to try to scratch the itch on. Even tho its my first time riding in Europe and attending the Moto Piston rally I would agree it may not be the best method this time of year.

However as far as the Moto Piston Rally is concerned it was superb! what an event in a spectacular location and I know I will be back for sure. Just maybe not riding down again and leaving the riding for the glorious roads down there.

Santander to Saint Angeau

So we said our sad goodbyes and hit the road to a much colder windy weather front and even a few spit spots but thankfully the weather held out. Mainly motorway and endless tolls on this one the pleasure cruise is over today we had to do miles, about 375 in total and as you imagine sore bottoms and some rider fatigue thrown in mixed with long boring motorways just meant we just pushed on.

So not a lot to report today and about the same milage on the cards for tommorow. But our ferry is not until 23.00 so lots of time. Very pleased to see a good turn out for the DGR tho yesterday so well done to all that made it!

Sunday Sadness

So today the vibe was certainly somber as many were either packed up or packing. There was noticeably less people around and out on the ride. A casual 100 miles. Unfortunately we left a little late by 30 seconds and got stuck behind a rolling road block for a cycling event.

So we had to divert via the back side streets until we got back on track. Still some lovely roads tho the bbq was a bit of a disappointment. One sausage in a bit of bread does not a bbq make.

We stopped for lots of pics along the way.

We then made our way to the Moto Piston Club House and what a setup!

And now its all over and tommorow the journey back begins!