|Rich trying the CBR for size|
|Great to see Pauls H1 out and about again.|
|The new owner of Gasoline Alley (on the left)|
|Ian thrashes this little beauty, and it comes back for more!|
|Terrys Honda Interstate|
|Bruces latest purchase a Honda CBR600. Its a keeper!|
|And I thought the KH was bad on gas|
|Sir Als nice shiny and fast Kawasaki A7 A little ripper!|
|The ever faithful Yamaha XJ750. Underrated, but not by those in the know!|
|Richies mighty Titan|
|Imagine if there had been another generation of two strokes!|
|Great being able to support these rural businesses|
|Great rural pub ambiance|
The publican at the Kimbolten Hotel was expressing a view shared by many of us in the Blue Haze/VJMC Club. We had just finished chomping our way through a wonderful array of burgers, chips and fish bites washed down with an assortment of refreshments. The Biker Burger was popular and it was wonderful being in an establishment that appreciated some of the things we value in our lives. The publican continued the conversation with:
"I used to have a GT550 back in the day. I loved it. I had to sell it as I went everywhere at full throttle and the speeding tickets were getting expensive. I probably would have killed myself if I had kept it any longer"
Many of us can probably relate to these words. We look back at our youth and sometimes wonder why we are still here! Whilst we often talk about the machinery and our exploits it is the people who were a part of our lives at the time that were just as important. Its the same today. Sitting in the Kimbolten Hotel with a like minded bunch of people was just as rewarding as all those years ago doing the same sort of thing. The conversations were of a similar nature but tinged with thirty years of wisdom from life experiences. (We would like to think it is wisdom!) It is this camaraderie that we nurture and value through our love of what are essentially old pieces of plastic and metal. Man has always been a curious and social creature. So this keen interest in motorcycles is all quite natural and whilst the publican had given up on motorcycles he and his wife drew our attention to the photos on the walls. They showed that this interest in metal and plastics was a hard one to break as we were surrounded by photos of he and his sons racing success in stock cars!