Tuesday, May 31, 2011
31 May, 2011 I arrived in the IOM today and checked out the 1911 Indian I will ride in the Parade. It's beautiful, but need some fettling yet. I met up with Lennon Rodgers and his MIT crew who have built an electric race bike for the TTXGP. They're after a special cash prize put up by the IOM government to the highest finishing University built electric bike.
photos by Amy Roper
29 May, 2011 Steve Rossi hosted a Tiddler Tour from his house in East Haddam, Ct. About 20 bikes participated, a few of them being non-Tiddlers. This included Steve himself, who rode his Nuevo Falcone after first his 124 Gilera, then his 175 Benelli let him down. We had three Moto Guzzi Airone Sports (my '53, John Harris' '55, and Bill Burke's '56). It was a 75 mile route through beautiful back road (some dirt) on a beautiful day. Pretty close to perfect. Harry Elliot's 118 Suzuki, the smallest bike on the Tour, died at the lunch stop after being totally trouble free on several previous TTs. An extra bonus on Steve's TTs is checking out his evolving pile of bikes, cars and stuff, a magnificent personal museum. Next Tiddler Tour is July 4th in Haddam, Ct., hosted by my brother and his wife.
The next morning, I took off on my daily beater, a '90 Honda VTR 250, in the rain for my house in Hicksville, N.Y. to unpack and pack and head for JFK to fly to the IOM. About 40 miles into the trip as the rain is starting to abate, the motor died. It would start and idle, but opening the throttle at all or putting it in gear would cause it to die. I called my good friend Carlos Escudero, owner of Solo Moto, and he had nothing better to do on Memorial Day than drive up from Greenwich with his van and pick me up. This added a bit of tension to the day but I still made my flight with plenty of time. I'm posting this from the Dublin airport as I wait for my flight to the IOM
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7 May, 2011 I went dirt bike riding for the first time in many years. Dave Flach organized a trail ride on his and adjacent property in Coeymans Hollow, N.Y., near Albany. About 60 riders showed up to ride a 15-16mi loop in the woods on everything from a '69 T100 Triumph to the latest Honda and KTM 450s, with probably about 2/3s on vintage bikes. Dave generously loaned me a mid '70's Ossa SuperPioneer 250. He also offered me a modern KTM, but I chose the Ossa as I had owned a '71 Pioneer back in my youth. There was another fellow on a borrowed '71 Pioneer and he, like me, hadn't been on an Ossa in at least 30 years. He said it wasn't like he remembered it. Flach's Ossa was much better than I remembered mine. I've done a smattering of motocross, trials, and hare scrambles over the years but, to me, the most fun one can have on a dirt bike is a trail ride through the woods with some friends. Someone commented that a 50 year old guy on a 30 year old bike equals 80 years of fun. In my case, it was pushing 100 years of fun. After the ride, Larry Speifogel put on a feed bag of burgers and sausages. A near perfect day, especially considering that, against all odds, I managed to avoid hurting myself prior of the great IOM Indian adventure.