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MTO Rally #618763
09/23/15 12:53 pm
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Sorry if y'all been waiting for this yarn, been fettling because of it... shocked

BUT, more of THAT later, best I get this thing started, or it'll run into me next overseas trip, and that would never do...

Dragged out the FORTY INCHER and she fired right up, no worries there then, on with the lights, for it was a tad early. And off to meet the others at the meeting point, me being me, I got there nice and early, can't do that *Wade* thing, and always be late, it's just not in me. So there I was waiting, then the sound of another BSA twin and more bikes showed up till we were many...

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Then it was about a 40 mile ride to Dover and the ferry, got one of the lads to get a mortgage out to pay for a coffee, how do they have the cheek to charge THAT...

Then on the ferry we did ride, strapped the bikes to the deck...

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My plan of action was to NOT have the Full Monty on board, but to leave plenty of room for me Mussels, been looking forward to them for weeks. And Belgium is KNOWN for it's mussels and fries with Mayo. So I just sat there with me mouth dripping, but one of the lads forced me to eat a bacon & mushroom sarnie. Just as well as it turned out...

Got off the ferry and up to Veurne, parked the bikes...

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And off to get me Mussels, in here...

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Only to find out they didn't HAVE any... shocked

My Flabber was never so Ghasted, as sick as a pig was I, had to make do with a mushroom omelette and fries with mayo, I cried into em as I munched away. So a Quest was on, to get me some mussels...

Got to Oostende and booked into the hotel, HOTEL..? I hear y'all cry, YES indeed, this is a proper American style rally.. laughing

Showered and off to the Chinese, to get the weekend off as it should be...

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What a feast that was, then off to one of the many bars for some light refreshments, THIS place had a bit of entertainment, but more of that later...

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We quaffed Ale into the wee small hours, next morning, to clear me Ed, I went for a mooch along the front, think they call this Art.. crazy

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We had a couple of lads with us, that have never been on the rally, or indeed to Oostende before, and we thought a trip to Ypres would be good, so off we set after a breakfast that would kill an Elephant...

On the way the FORTY INCHER started to vibrate, then the bloody dynamo packed up charging, then I noticed 2 of the 3 big bolts on the front of the Primary chaincase had jumped ship, so stopping we found some Metric twigs, to force into the Imperial holes, thus, me boots didn't get covered in oil...

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Did the Ypres thing, and had a meal, once AGAIN no bloody Mussels, a pair of Americans had the last lot..!

So we buggered off to the Tyne Cot war cemetery...

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To pay our respects and say thanks to the lads buried there, never forget that we couldn't do what we do, without what they did...

Then once we done that we hit the road back, but halfway there, we lost a few. So we pulled over at one of them *Biker* club houses, you know the sort, the Hard Ass Harley rider types, that will kill you for looking at em. Hope we don't have to wait here too long, thought I, then the owner came out, nice and pie he was, so in we went for a beer. Nicest people on the planet, they were, marvellous stuff. And the reason we had to wait..?

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Bloody Harley that was with us broke down, BUT if it wasn't for him, we'd never had been here...

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And I wouldn't have me a FREE Beer waiting in the pipe, for the next time I'm on MY Harley, and pull into that bar.. :bigt

As we'd been out for over 100 miles today, we thought it best to fill the tanks for the Ride Sunday, so pulled into the petrol station. Here is how to confuse a typical Brit Abroad, simply have a petrol station that only takes cards, they were all scratching their heads, it was all confusing for em. So once I took this, I walked over and showed em how its done... laughing

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Next time, the actual run, and the reason we were there in the first place, also a yarn about me Broken Baz-Nav.. frown




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Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619177
09/26/15 1:34 am
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Sunday came with an eat as much as you can breakfast, then out with the bikes, and down to the town square to be greeted by hundreds, paid the entry fee. Then had me a mooch...

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We'd all parked in line, but the spaces soon filled up...

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And loads more people started to pay their fees...

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This was BEAUTIFUL...

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Back soon...


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Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619199
09/26/15 3:05 am
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All the time that September Sun was shining away, warming up the air...

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When you pay your entry, they hand over tickets, and these are used for various food & drinks, the first was a coffee. So a walk along the road to the Marion Hotel, hand over the ticket, and get me coffee, I turns around to see where I can sit. And bugger me if I don't see two of me Belgium BSAOC chums sitting there, Riggo and Mario, missed them this year as I never did the John Bull. So good to catch up with them, then it was time to leave, and fire up the bike, and hit the road. Always a confusing time, first you can't hear if the bikes running, cos of all the other bikes starting, then you fear you MIGHT miss the MTO signs pointing the way. But no such fear THIS year, I was following me Baz-Nav, look that's him in front...

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Plenty of others behind doing the same as me...

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Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619200
09/26/15 3:05 am
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It's BOUND to go wrong, as it always does, but that will be revealed later dudes... wink


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Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619206
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Great post, KS. Good pics of lots of nice bikes. Sounds like a good expedition.

Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619235
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Interesting mix of bikes, some I've never seen before, what's a Honda?


When given the choice between two evils I picked the one I haven't tried before
Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619236
09/26/15 10:54 am
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Wow!

Now THAT'S a combination of bikes worth crossing The Water to go see!

I'm just afraid that after seeing all those neat motorcycles, and all of them on the road and being ridden, the Barber Museum might be a bit of a disappointment? There's nothing like actually seeing these old nails on the road, hot and oily .....

Are Belgians famous for mussels? What's different about them? Seems you can get mussels lots of different places, a little place near here has "all you can eat" mussels almost every day?

Maybe they're like those "queenies" on the IOM? I couldn't go 'em, way too much garlic for me, but I'll take another trip over for one of those plump juicy Manx kippers.

Those primary case screws on the A10 are a bugger, once they're out, the crankcase is wide open to the world and out comes the oil .... I might start carrying a couple spares on mine to avoid the twig treatment .... !

Lannis


I stopped believing for a little while this morning. Journey is really going to be upset.
Re: MTO Rally [Re: shel] #619237
09/26/15 11:00 am
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that Honda is a self built special,built by a Belgium marine engineer for his girlfriend using a 125 engine,homebuilt girders/frame etc the seat spring is a valve spring!

Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619239
09/26/15 11:06 am
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Shaun lad, if you're e're in the land of mints and julips, I'll buy ye a plate o' muskels. And if they're out, a pint at least instead.

Wonderful post and ride. The "art" photo in a wonky way made me thinks I was looking at a phone box breaker yard. Odd how "good" art does that, eh? >snicker<

Ingenious idea and wonderfully lucky to have found just the correct metric twig to slot into the 'ole! My own luck would have had me searching for 'ours to locate just the right one. You're a lucky one, mate!! I wonder sometimes if I need to shine my stars to make them more lucky as I couldn't have that luck in a million stars. grin

You've made me want to smell the hot oil and cool breeze again. The Lovely Rose bought me a smoker for me turning older. I suppose it's a celebration that I've made it another year? I'll toss on some ribs in your honor as the day ends today.

Cheers, mate. Great riding! And eatin'!

Richard


1977 T-140V
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Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619280
09/26/15 2:50 pm
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The event organisers place MTO pointers at all the junctions, so you look out for these little Yellow pointers, and follow them. Nice and simple, well it is if your eyes are working. SOME, not any of us I hasten to add, missed them, and buggered off into the Belgium countryside. WE, on the other hand, had Baz-nav showing us the way. It's like a Satnav, but instead of electric to power it, a Baz-Nav runs on BEER.. laughing

Look here it is working...

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And there we were all happy, why even Tony Baza's young Bruvver was smiling...

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Happy as Larry we were, flitting about the countryside like Butterflies...

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Hither and Yon we flitted, then we came to the lunch stop, and my Flabber has never been so Ghasted, we got there FIRST.. shocked
NEVER before in over 20yrs of doing this Rally, has anyone in our party been to the Lunch stop FIRST, look here's a photo to prove it...

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So we got out the lunch ticket, handed it over to the lady, and got a sausage thingy and fries with Mayo, sat in the warm Sun and scoffed the lot down. Then this lot showed up...

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That's the queue we USUALLY end up at the back of, and that got me thinking that me Baz-Nav is broken, we even went around the road works at one point. Not over them, or through them, or indeed across them, we went AROUND them. And not once did we take the wrong turning, so SOMETHING is wrong... laughing

To take the worry off me mind, I had me a look see at the FORTY INCHER, and I discovered the bit of metric wood had fallen out, lucky Baza found a bit of Whitworth wood, so I put that in the hole...

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Once I'd sealed the leak, we were off once more, the vibration on the bike was getting worse, but sod it, I'm having too much fun to worry. Then we came to the beer stop, where they have speeches and the like, Yoda told me about a cake shop he disapears too when they're talking, so off I went and found this...

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That bugger had been going there for years, and only just told me about it. So it's a new *Tradition* now, not to be missed ever again, and the speeches kept on...

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While the people mooched...

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Here I FINALLY got to see the Brough Superior I'd heard about, look here it is...

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The lad bought it a couple of weeks before the Rally, and... I hope you're sitting down for this..? He paid... Wait for it... He handed over, in Her Majesty's Pound Notes, he handed over ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND English pounds.. shocked

Work that out in your money, BLIMEY eh..?

Well it's ONLY money I suppose, can't take it with you, so why not enjoy life with it. And that's exactly what he was doing, so good on him...

After the beer had been quaffed, we hit the road for the final part, off to the fish halls, where the fisherman have their club, and we get all the trophies and stuff, like for the Oldest rider, the Oldest bike, long distance, that sort of stuff. We have beer here, and don't pay much attention to it all, we never win anything anyway. And in your tickets, you'll find your run number, which they use as a sort of raffle number. Guess what..? I'd only gone and WON, a nice bottle of Red wine, BLIMEY..!

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Then it was back to the hotel, and the last big beer session, popped over to the casino and lost €50, well it's only money.. cry

Monday morn, we woke, had as much breakfast we we could eat, then a nice ride to the ferry. That vibration was doing me head in, terrible it was now, once home I found out that the top engine brackets, then two that fit in the rocker boxes, had both broke. The vibration has made them Primary cover bolts shake out, and killed me dynamo. Investigations are afoot to find out how to fix everything, for there be another Overseas Rally coming along, THAT yarn will be on a screen near y'all soon. Come back y'hear... grin



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Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619385
09/27/15 12:16 pm
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BLIMEY... shocked

I forgot to show you what I had INSTEAD of the mussels I couldn't get, well, feast your peepers on this little lot...

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It took me a while, but I had the lot.. :bigt beerchug


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Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619396
09/27/15 12:55 pm
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Dang Shaun, now THAT is a serious seafood platter! What's that on the very top?


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What's that on the very top

Extremities of a dead animal most likely. grin

Crab claws?

Shaun, why did you not ride the A65?
Did you not want that one ready for Belgium?


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Re: MTO Rally [Re: Ger B] #619402
09/27/15 1:20 pm
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Like Ger said, it's Crab's claws, the other things are langosteins (think that's how you spell it) then Razor fish, Brown Shrimps, Winkles, Whelks, Oysters, and a bunch of other stuff. The Yellow thing is a bit of Lemon.. :bigt

Ger lad, didn't take the Thunderbolt, cos it's an unknown bike as yet, didn't want to take a risk, not only that, the A10 was on a shakedown run. Needed to make sure it was OK for Next Week's Spanish trip, which it wasn't, so good job I DID take it. It's all OK now lad, so look out for THAT yarn, it'll be a good un I wager... wink

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which it wasn't,

I read about the head stay's

Make sure the head stay on the A65 is tight.
It connects to the rocker cover.
I experienced loose bolts there, effecting the vibration patern.

Ride safe.


Ger B

Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619414
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Sean, are you doing the Moto Piston Rally in Santander, Or the Indianos one in Colombres? Riding down or ferry?



Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619425
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WOW!!! some serious motorbikes bikes thanks for sharing!!
Too bad about the Sportster they are pretty reliable (EVO wise)
all though the later rubber mount ones do have some issues!!!

Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619447
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"The lad bought it a couple of weeks before the Rally, and... I hope you're sitting down for this..? He paid... Wait for it... He handed over, in Her Majesty's Pound Notes, he handed over ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND English pounds.. shocked"

Shut the front door! that's crazy>>>>and who is Larry?

good stuff Shaun….thanx for taking us along>>>>again!


Brian
Re: MTO Rally [Re: tbird649] #619468
09/28/15 12:56 am
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Tbird649 lad, don't know what Sean is doing...? But we're doing the old Colombres Rally, as I've never done it before I don't know what the difference is, I think its the Moto Piston one....

Me and the Hairy Mong will be on the Tuesday night ferry, a few bottles of Red and some nose bag, sod paying their prices, bloody rip off merchants them lot.. wink

SHAUN.... eek


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Re: MTO Rally [Re: Kent Shaun] #619473
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Sorry Shaun, fat fingers, no glasses, predictive text!
Moto Piston rally is this week, based in Santander. Indianos club is formed from the Hoteliers etc that lost out when Moto Piston moved from Colombres in 2011 because the Rally got too big for Colombres. Their Rally is next week, based in Colombres, just a smaller version, how it was 5 or so years ago. They are both excellent, you will love it.



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Great pics. Notice the engine in the Brough Superior SS 100. MATCHLESS.


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