Anecdotes and Ramblings (July 2022 onwards)

Nice season opener today with a day trip to France on the bikes, with Monza and Andy
 
Monza on his Z900RS, Andy on his Panigale V4S Corse, and myself on my ZZR1400…
 
Very mild for this time of year, but blustery at times. However, with all things considered, we were fortunate and the weather kind
 
Ultimate destination was the Vimy Ridge Memorial close to Lens and Arras, and which honours the memory of all Canadians who fought during World War 1
 
Monza led his pre-planned semi rural route, around 145 miles on French soil and taking in a coffee stop at a Cafe Tabac in Blendecques, and a very good lunch at an Italian Trattoria in Lievin
 
An excellent day 😁
 
 
 
 

January 2024

Panigale 1199 Tricolore S..Major work ????
 
…nope, just a spark plug change. Looks worse than it is, but radiator off and wheel out makes the job a lot easier and is a good opportunity for coolant flush and fill with Motul Organic..
 
Nevertheless, this is one of the trickiest and involved plug changes I’ve had to do 😀
 
Apparently some dealers book this at 6 hours, and in fairness with a methodical approach and the opportunity for some hidden cleaning, it is definitely in that region
 
 

December 2023

Good blast up to The Pied Bull in Farningham this morning on the big zed…
 
Weather mild and dry, ensuring a fantastic turnout with a truly eclectic mix of motorcycles
 
Unfortunately missed my friend Ron by a few minutes, but did bump into the legend that is Cosmo, so all was not lost 😀
 
Took main roads up as just couldn’t resist the opportunity to ‘pick off’ everything in sight 🤪 thanks to the ZZR’s sublime powerplant, with a more typical rural route back
 
Enjoyable run, and good to be back on a ‘big’ bike following mainly SuperMoto exploits in recent weeks…
 
 

November 2023

Great ride on our SuperMoto ‘winter’ bikes today…

Chris in excellent form and providing a brilliant route with plenty of suitably rural, muddy and sometimes slippery lanes
 
Plenty of noise made by the six bikes (particularly Wesley ‘s 250 2 stroke 🙂) and resultantly gloriously filthy, just as they should be and used as intended 👍
 
PS. If you like a decent portion of beans with your beans on toast then The Airport Cafe is the place to be. Very nice x (see pic)
 
 

October 2023

A brace of Black Beauties…
 
Our 2017 FPM375 Focus RS Mk3 nestles against our recently acquired 2004 Maserati Gransport…
 
Ballpark similar bhp and £££ value, but oh so different
😉
 
 

September 2023

Ride of the Ruperts 2023 has taken place last Sunday, and truly goes from strength to strength..
 
Conceived and managed tirelessly by Stefano Morrelli (Steve) and his wonderful wife Agata, this registered charity raises money for https://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/ whom provide motorised wheelchairs for young people, ultimately transforming their independence and quality of life
 
The ride itself is the signature event for Ride of the Ruperts, but is actually just one part of the overall fundraising that goes on throughout the year, with other rides including The Hop Run in Kent, and Ride of the Wellingtons in Belgium, a sponsored 10km winter walk, and numerous raffles for some truly fabulous prizes including Sarah‘s magnificent hand made bears and beautiful watches from sponsors Tesouro Timepiece
 
For my part, I only became a part of the Rupert ‘family’ during 2022, and since then have met so many wonderful people, and made new friends. The icing on the cake was The Ride of the Wellingtons in Belgium during July 2023, where an utterly brilliant time was had by all
 
My wife Noreen has also recently joined the family, and has been made to feel so welcome by all, and we thank everyone for that
 
Remarkably Ride of the Ruperts has raised £31000 this year from it’s varied activities, and this sum when added to previously raised amounts now means that the charity has donated over £100000 to https://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/
 
2024 will surely be bigger and better – Get involved….

 

August 2023
 
We had a truly enjoyable 3 days in Snowdonia last week…
 
Our BMW R1200 RS was a wonderful companion, and for us, for this type of riding it is hard to imagine a better bike to be on
 
It offers grunty performance, excellent comfort and ergonomics, but is such a capable and enjoyable bike when ridden in a more ‘enthusiastic’ manner
 
Real best of all worlds stuff
 
Just brilliant
🙂


 
July 2023
 
I was very fortunate to be a part of this fabulous ‘Ride of the Wellingtons’ four day trip to the Wallonia region of Belgium with 30+ other bikes and riders from the UK…
 
The scenery in parts was nothing less than stunning and the roads in The Ardennes among the best I have personally ridden
 
The group camaraderie was something to behold and many new friendships made for all
 
The Belgian Tourist Office Wallonia filmed and photographed the trip as part of their future marketing strategy for this beautiful region 😀
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
June 2023
 
Busy Summer Solstice for us yesterday…
 
A 1.30am start, 655miles, and 12 hours in our faithful Transit Custom resulted in these two absolutely beautiful KTMs being collected from Penryn and Whitemoor in Cornwall, and returned to base
 
1290 SuperDuke GT and 890 Duke GP await photography in the warm summer sunshine this morning
 
We were well past Stonehenge before the druids and pagans arrived for sunrise, and missed them on the way back too 🙂
 

 
May 2023
 

A most satisfactory couple of hours spent cleaning, fettling, checking and the obligatory oil change on our little ex Bemsee Thunderbike Sport Yamaha R6 5SL…

Brands GP beckons at the end of June and she is now all ready other than a new set of tyres that will go on in the next week or so…

 
 

 
 
April 2023
 
An excellent ride yesterday on the RIDE FOR UKRAINE fundraiser…
 
The event ably organised by Dominic Santana with assistance from Bob Lock, Neil Westoby, Paul Sacha @ Stefano Morrelli whom ensured that the large group of bikes all ended up in the right place !
 
The group convened initally at Shoreham Airport and winged (no pun intended) along the A259 through all the seaside towns, with two stops, prior to arriving at Goodwood for around midday, whereupon photographs of the group were taken on the start/finish straight
 
Around £3000 raised in total, and so a worthwhile effort by all 😁
 
Picture shows myself, along with Stefano, Daniel, Grahame and Bob leaving Goodwood at the end of the day
 
 

March 2023
 
This beautiful Yamaha XSR900 Abarth arrives into stock. The second of these special little bikes we have had…
 
Just 695 of these were produced, all with a numbered plaque, with this one being no. 357
 
With only 1320 miles covered, it is about as close to a new bike as a used one can be, pristine and original
 
Sold within one day, and delivered to it’s new keeper in Inverness by our trusted couriers ‘The Bike Bus’
 
 

 
February 2023
 
Quite busy with deliveries in our faithful Transit Custom this month…
 
Saturday saw us to Ashton Under Lyne near Manchester, Wednesday to Swansea, Saturday to Sheffield, and then Monday to Tintagel in Cornwall, 2200 odd miles in total
 

 

January 2023
 
All loaded for early start tomorrow…
 
T500 should be in Northwich, Cheshire by 7.30am, and CB1000R dropped off at Purfleet maybe around 11.30am..
 
 

December 2022
 
A good day today on The 31st Christmas Toy Run in aid of Golden Lion Children’s Trust…
 
A very good turn out, and a nice ride via Cuckfield, Balcombe, Worth Corner and Tinsley Green leaving from The Motorcycle Workshop premises in Bolney, to The Gatwick Manor Hotel in Lowfield Heath where a most decent amount of toys were deposited along with many cash donations
 
Our good friend Peter and myself decided to take the scenic route back to the Hastings area with a planned stop at the delightful Gallipot public house in Hartfield
 
Alas, Peter suffered a puncture near Turners Hill and after an unsuccessful attempt to plug it, the beleaguered 765 RS was limped to my sister’s home in Copthorne, whereupon it will be collected by van this week
 
And so it was, that Peter and I rode the 50 miles home two up on the very pretty VFR, complete with tinsel and lights..It must have looked like Pride on 2 wheels
 
😀
 
 
 
 
 
 

November 2022
 
The Bike Buying Legend that is Bob has returned again for his 9th purchase 😍
 
Now knocking on the door of 79 years, Bob had decided that his last purchase, a 2018 150bhp Suzuki GSX-S1000F just wasn’t quick enough 😁
 
..and so, he has returned and bought one of our own personal bikes from us, a lovely Suzuki GSX-R1000 ZL3 Million Edition which will be replaced in our own collection by the 2016 GSX-R1000 30th Anniversary Edition shown with Bob and his new bike in the photograph
 
Bikes Bob has purchased from us are a Fireblade 954, GSX-R1000 K6, R1 5VY, GSX-R1000 K9, CBR1000RR-C, RC8, S1000RR, the afforementioned GSX-S1000F, and now the GSXR1000 ZL3 Million ☺️
 
Bob, we salute you 👏

October 2022

 
A great day’s riding in Devon and Cornwall on this K1300S 30th Anniversary…
 
BMW collected near Exeter on our way to our holiday base in Combe Martin, North Devon…
 
270 miles round trip covered from Combe Martin to Lands End…
 
Temperature 16 to 18 degrees celsius all day long…
 
Big BMW awesome bike for this ride, very powerful and beautifully stable through the long fast sweepers on the A39…
 
Literally 100s of cars overtaken, picked off all the way along on our brusquely ridden route….
 
Great fun 😁😁


October 2022

A pleasure to meet octogenarian John this morning, along with his wife Joyce, and two labradors Harley and Monte, at their home in Walderslade…
 
John had purchased our Enfield 535 GT, to go alongside his Bullet 350, Bantam 175 and Harley Sportster 883, amongst others…
 
Two particular points of interest in his garage were a 1932 BSA Sloper engine, and a remarkably clean and original 1982 Jaguar XJ6 4.2…
 
The Jag had been owned from new by John’s friend for the first 30 years of it’s life, and subsequently by John. All original, with excellent ownership provenance, and a genuine 56000 miles; would not easily be found elsewhere…
 
 

September 2022

A great day was had on the other side of the English Channel on our ‘new’ BMW R1200 RS SE Sport complete with BMW’s Navigator Vl
 
Solo riding, as one of our riding partners is suffering from a leg injury and the consensus was to put this day trip back a couple of weeks
 
Eager to properly put the BMW through it’s paces, and indeed to see how the Navigator Vl performed, we cracked on nonetheless and went anyway 👍
 
Primary destination was Ypres in Belgium, but via a route advised by our friend Monza Paul (the one with the gammy leg 😃) that passed through Watten, Cassel and Poperingue on the outward bound route, and back via Staden, Veurne and Dunkerque inward bound
 
Road between Watten and Cassel was notably nice to ride, in contrast to the cobblestoned streets of Cassel, beautiful nevertheless 😉
 
A coffee stop in Poperinge preceded a decent lunch in Ypres, and a later stop in Dunkerque
 
All BMW equipment performed faultlessly. Correct tools for the job, and will surely see many more days like this 😁
 
All in all around 140 miles covered in France and Belgium…
 
 
 
 
 

September 2022

A magnificent day was had on our astonishingly period looking Kawasaki W650 at The Ride of the Ruperts Ride of the Ruperts 2022, the 4th time now that the event has been run…
 
Meticulously organised and carried through to great effect, this event is essentially down to the efforts of one man Stefano Morrelli
 
This year, around £20000 has been raised for the charity Whizz Kidz, which dedicates itself to providing wheelchairs, and other mobility aids to disabled children. A wonderful cause…
 
The ride itself involves around 250 riders, each of whom have paid a fee, which goes directly to the charity, to take part, winging themselves around 65 miles through the Sussex countryside in a most convoluted and scenic route, commencing in Rudgwick West Sussex, and culminating on Golden Cross near Hailsham, in East Sussex…
 
Traditionally, a ‘Rupert’ will wear his/her finery, often tweed, as seen in some of the pictures here 😃
 
Up to 40 riders are employed as drop off riders, ensuring that no one gets lost en route, and for the most part this works very well 😉
 
All-in all, a brilliant event, and a fabulous day, with a real worthwhile outcome and benefit to the charity and it’s young people…
 
A big congratulations to all involved, but particularly the organisers, and very specifically to Stefano 👍

 


August 2022

A brace of Ducati 1098s in the sun today…

Our 2007 Tricolore S, and 2008 R..

The R has just been MOTd, and a running issue with the Tricolore S now resolved, resultantly a cam timing problem on the vertical cylinder inlet camshaft, completely transforming it’s power delivery…

 


July 2022

Bit of an MOT day at Moton today…
 
The ‘3 Rs’ and an ‘S’
 
Triumph Thruxton 1200 R, Triumph Speed Triple 94 R, Ducati 999 R, and Ducati 998 S…