Went for a short spin with South Birmingham SC last night to the Farm Inn in Monkspath. Very nice. Left on my own in the dark and got lost several times as I tried to make my way home down the dark country lanes with the most rubbish headlight in the world. Really enjoyed it!
After getting the scooter back on Saturday from Chas Mann’s (30 minutes effort for Darren who knows what he’s doing as opposed to me) it was off to Coventry to catch up with some mates to ride to Stratford-Upon-Avon. We also rode to Bedworth to meet up with Bedworth Saints.
We then rode with them down the Fosse Way to Stratford. There must have been 25-30 scooters I guess. Now while riding in a big group is fun, it’s fun for about 10 minutes. Then it becomes a bit of a pain. Modern automatics and learner riders and a large group just doesn’t lend itself to speed. We rode at probably an average 30 mph to Wellesbourne where we had a break at a pub. My crowd of six got a bit bored with waiting for everybody else to get started so took off. More like an average speed of 50+ for the final four miles.
Stratford was really busy with scooters, holiday-makers and day trippers. The Bulldog Bash motorbike weekend was just down the road so a load of bikers making their way back through Stratford added to the road chaos. A quick pint and then I left the group I was with and rode home. A thoroughly enjoyable round trip of 110 miles. Sadly for the Coventry crowd a holed piston on the way home caused them some grief.
Spent a happy few hours at this event on Sunday. Was going to chuck it down so no camping for me and the missus. Some good bands – Blank Generation did some old-school covers and Ruder Than U did ska covers as well as their own material. Family-friendly Rally so lots of kids, lots of non-scooter people so a large and mixed crowd.