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BSA International Rally 2019

Post by b50root » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:30 pm

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Anyone going? Anyone who could lend me a bike there?

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Re: BSA International Rally 2019

Post by minetymenace » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:41 pm

I'm sure we can sort you out some trapsnort Rickard....
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Re: BSA International Rally 2019

Post by Ian Hingley » Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:26 pm

Hey Rickard

I live about 70 miles from the site and about 10 miles from Bristol airport...

Could offer you either the infamous BSA Victor IHO IHOSMILE or my 1972 A65 Lightning.

Wasn't intending to go for the week, but was considering just riding out for the occasional day.

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Re: BSA International Rally 2019

Post by b50root » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:26 pm

Ian Hingley wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:26 pm
Hey Rickard

I live about 70 miles from the site and about 10 miles from Bristol airport...

Could offer you either the infamous BSA Victor IHO IHOSMILE or my 1972 A65 Lightning.

Wasn't intending to go for the week, but was considering just riding out for the occasional day.

Cheers

Ian
Thanks Ian. Bristol is not a good airport to travel from Copenhagen. Quite cheap but on the way out takes one change.


I will look into more flights.

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you get to LHR, Rickad, and I'll deliver you to Brizzol....
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Re: BSA International Rally 2019

Post by Ian Hingley » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:24 pm

Hi Rickard

But Copenhagen isn't even in Sweden...

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Re: BSA International Rally 2019

Post by b50root » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:40 pm

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Hi Rickard

But Copenhagen isn't even in Sweden...

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Copenhagen Airport ( Kastrup ) is just 30 minutes from my door ;-) by train and that inqludes a 10 minute walk,

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Re: BSA International Rally 2019

Post by b50root » Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:28 pm

<218 Sad to say, But I can´t go this year even if I would love to.

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Re: BSA International Rally 2019

Post by Ian Hingley » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:22 pm

Hi all

I ended up lending my BSA Lightning to Marty Sabba of the New York County branch of the BSAOC. Only met him and his wife Annie once, 18 years ago,but we've kept in touch and we're all part of the big BSA family.

They arrived in Bristol on Thursday. It became apparent Annie didn't fancy driving the hired SUV to the venue in Moreton in Marsh and Marty didn't fancy riding the Lightning for 75 miles on unfamiliar roads either. Luckily I have a trailer and was more than willing to help them out.

Saturday dawned very wet. We loaded up the trailer and off we set, with the Americans following in the hire car. About 20 miles in, one of the trailer straps loosened off allowing the bike to fall over/off the trailer! Calamity. Dented tank, bent footrest, bent silencer bracket, petrol tap sheared off at the tank and was now pouring 15 litres of fuel over all and sundry. We struggled to get the bike back upright and back in its channel on the trailer. Really struggled. Some stout branches from nearby trees gave us a bit of extra leverage and eventually things were ship shape again. The persistent rain just further dampened my gloomy spirits.

Arrived at the rally site without further drama, unloaded the bike and made sure it started. First kick! This old beeza may have been down, but was certainly not out. Marty and Annie checked in, Mandy and I grabbed a quick coffee. Despite not being an active member of the BSAOC, it was good to put some faces to names.

The drive back to Bristol with the empty trailer was trouble-free, though still raining.

Up early Sunday morning for guess what? A 75-mile motorbike ride back to the rally site at Moreton-in-Marsh. It was the open day when members not attending the whole week could just turn up.

A nice gallop up there on the old Victor IHO. No sooner had I arrived and phoned Mandy (she does worry, bless her!) than I met another B50.org member. He lives overseas and I'd not seen him since 40 years of CCM event I was involved in back in 2011. He asked me not to let people know he was in the country, so I can't mention his name.

I had to juggle my time between my brother (now a B50 owner!) and his Cheshire BSAOC mates, Marty and Annie from the States and the aforementioned international man of mystery!

So many B50s and unit singles there! I know I have an eye for them, but they seemed to be everywhere. Wish I had some B50.org calling cards I could have left on the seats. Didn't see any of the owners to talk to though.

A spot of lunch and a wander around the bikes. Quite uplifting to see 400 BSAs all in one place! There was photo shoot arranged for 3pm but with an hour to go the skies turned jet black and a downpour was imminent. Having got drenched the day before, I decided to head off south westwards whilst it was still dry. Just managed to keep in front of the rain all the way home. So a 150-mile day on the Victor without touching the spanners. All good.

Guess what I'm doing tomorrow (Saturday)? Yep, another trip to Moreton-in-Marsh and back, with the trailer to collect the Lightning and say farewell to Marty and Annie before they fly home.

A few photos taken on the phone. Battery was nearly flat and some didn't turn out, but it gives a flavour. Ah, forgot, need to resize them. Sigh. I'll do that tomorrow...

Cheers

Ian
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My Victor near the back of this line.
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