Fourth One Ton Ride Sunday 28 March 2010
Friday, May 21, 2010 7:19:42 PM
This was my second run (the one ton ride is available to you when you and your bike’s age added together are 100 years or more) and the fourth run by the Cape Vintage Motorcycle Club.
The day before the run my best mate, Don (see Blog of 31-05-09 on this site), and I were working in my garage, as we seem to do quite often, when in discussion, we realised that if he, who is 72, were to ride my 1978 BMW R 80/7, he would qualify. He has a 1984 Moto Guzzi, so that's not old enough . Just to make sure Don was ok on the BMW he took it for a quick spin and gave it the thumbs up.
So we arranged that Don would come to us, by the way us is June, my wife and I, yes she trust me and rides pillion (so long as we are not going to far) we would all leave together.
I would ride my 1972 BSA A65 Lightning, I am to young to ride my BMW, I make 103 with my BSA, you work it out!
Don dully arrived and we got the bikes out and I put my top box on the BMW and of we went, I led and Don took the rear.
As we approached the bridge over the motorway I noticed some diesel spilt on the road, so after getting onto the motorway I took it very easy. About 3-4 kilometres on the way to Cape Town I could not see Don in my rear-view mirror, so slowed down and could still not see him, now wondering if he had picked up some of the spilt diesel and come off, I turned around at the next off ramp
Slowly driving back we eventually saw Don heading towards Cape Town, so he had not come off. We took the next off ramp and caught him up.
As we drew up he said, “YOUR TOP BOX FELL OF”, but I was so thankful that he had not come off. Unfortunately the top box had June’s camera amongst some other items, that's why the following pictures are not so good, they were taken with my cell phone.
Any way, we dully arrived and saw many bikes assembled at Ratanger Junction car park
All the bikes set off from Ratanga Junction, going on 3 different routes and distances, 16 Klm. 34 Klm and 90 Klm to arrive back at the club house, where a briaa and prize giving was held
The next day I had to go to Italy for my company, but to my surprise, in the hotel where I stayed, was a old but new Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500, with only 90 Klm on the clock, built in 1973 for the Italian army and purchased by Andrea, the son of the hotel owner, in 1999. It was one of 7 of these bikes, all purchased by Andrea and some friends
And unbelievable, on the last day of my stay,whilst I was waiting for the Italian driver, I spotted an old BMW drive around to the rear of the hotel, on following, I could not stop my self from taking the following pictures.