What can I say about the MCN show,well for a start it is billed as a festival of motorcycling and that is exactly what it was this year, the Ducati roadshow was there so you could demo new bikes, not only that but a truck full of X Diavel was there from Italy to be taken out, fine English roads on Italian number plates, what could possibly go wrong !!
The DRE Enduro set up from the factory was also there with a field with a few obstacles set up to get a feel for stood up off road riding, the club had a ride out Saturday evening with a nice tour of Futland water, nothing too fast as I had Theo on the back of a brand new Monster 796′ kindly loaned to me by Ducati Peterbrough, thanks guys. Speedway Saturday night, live music entertainment at night, what more could you ask for, thanks to Steve Gooch, Colin Darlow for helping to organise the event and to Steve Benn our barbecuer.
It now seems more than a few weeks ago that we were at the Severn Valley rally, a great week end away, I went on my Paso, I don’t know why but the roads around there and having to lug a heavy rucksack make the bike perfect for it, when it is running !! I set off to meet Tim and Nix along with Peter at Whitchurch, all done with no drama and in lovely sunshine, a few miles down the road the bike banged a lot as the ignition went off and on, a stop to find the problem, I was not happy especially as I was causing delay for the others, as luck would have it a prod at one connection and ignition lights came on !! I had cleaned it with the panels off a few days before but it had been fine, a few more miles and bang bang, it was doing it again. I resisted the urge to drop kick my helmet into a hedge …. a prod and away it went again, never to return.
The party was in full swing when we arrived an drinks and food were quickly ordered, huge portions, a few drinks and I was off to bed, I had been up early working, my excuse.
Out at 10 the next morning for the ride, we ended up in deepest darkest Wales, the Paso did not miss a beat which is more than can be said for a few ST’s, the owners shall remain nameless, here anyway ……
more good food and yes a few more drinks saw us making merry until the small hours, this may have been the last Severn Valley rally, we shall see…..