Amazingly, when we unloaded it from the delivery man's van it looked even better than I hoped. Nice and clean. Right, need to start planning some nice long rides ........
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Sunday, 19 February 2017
This year's show seemed better than ever, all the major manufacturers were there with large displays, plus some new small ones, custom corner, classic bikes, even a couple of auction houses with a large selection of 'interesting' bikes. Plus of course plenty of clothing and accessory stands. A nice day out. Here's some photos.
|Nice pair of Nortons|
|Custom scrambler based on new SC950 - you'd need to have a really long right leg to ride it though!|
|Belonged to some racer - Rossi|
|Suzuki had a selection of Barry Sheene's machines on show|
|We wondered how you get this thing to go round corners|
|The Kid tries the new Thruxton R for size|
|Just to prove Triumph don't always get it right! A bobber with ape-hangers.|
|El D tries scrambler - felt like I was on a moped|
|Ducati just looked EVIL|
|Started making these again|
|I didn't know they'd started making these again|
|Not sure if exhaust will melt rear light - looks cool though|
|This machine was based on a triumph and had incredible details - see also 2 pics above|
|Beautifully detailed - looked a bit weird though|
|Not sure if this Custom entry was built by Disney|
|Wonderful hand crafted Ally body panels|
Friday, 3 February 2017
Before I left England I bought a snorkel mask fitted with prescription lenses, and a new Nikon camera that could be used underwater - just in case ;)
So after hanging around in Buga for a few days, I decided to head over to the Caribbean coast, maybe visit Cartagena - however, reading Lonely Planet book it mentioned that Colombia owned a couple of islands up near the coast with Nicaragua; San Andres and Providencia. Now Providencia was occupied by the British for a couple of hundred years, the famous old pirate Henry Morgan using it as his base for attacking Spanish galleons and his treasure was reputedly still buried somewhere on the island - ha, maybe that snorkel mask would come in useful after all!
I flew to San Andres, which was an absolute shit-hole, could not wait to get away! Next day caught a little 20-seater 'plane across to Providencia, saw the coral reef from the plane window - that looks nice.
|First glimpse of reef from 'plane window|
The island is described as 'unspoilt' which means no hotels, just basic cabins on the beach for rent. I managed to get a room in a house by the beach with very friendly owners; due to the history of the island everyone speaks English and Spanish so it was really easy to get by. Unfortunately, seafood and beer are the staple diet of the islanders, so this teetotal vegan was in a bit of trouble, Luckily my hosts offered to cook for me every day - beans rice and fried plantains were great the first day, by day ten I was totally sick of them!!!!!!
|Empty beaches - every day|
|Always wanted a 4-wheel drive pick-up, just thought it would be bigger!|
|Swimming with turtle|
|View from the Peak|
|That perfect deserted beach again|