Posts Tagged ‘John Bull’

So how do I start this little yarn, well like this I guess, I love the John Bull rally, I love Belgium, it may not be everybody’s cup of earl grey, but it suits me just fine, the little back lanes, the smoked eel and mackerel from the market stall,  the fine beer, cheese, bread , chocolate frogs and cream cakes, you can find it all with a cheery smile in Belgium. So as you can imagine, I was looking forward to the rally, and hanging with some mates, and this year being an old bike and British bike rally I had spent weeks preparing my 1973 Guzzi Eldorado for the trip.

Rally Ready

Rally Ready

The bike was all ready, infact I had fettled it beyond the call of duty, it had even had run in miles, and had the heads all re torqued just as it says in the manual, it was ready. So with a day off work on Thursday, I loaded up and headed out, the bike running great, the sun shining, all was good in the world. But, twenty mile in I had a loss of power, and a small back fire, but as I was adjacent to an exit on the motorway, I pulled off and turned back for home, but the bike was again running great, and I though that maybe it was just some dirt in the carb and it had flushed through, so I again turned around and headed back towards Kent, 140 miles away. Again the bike was running great, but another twenty or so miles later, as I sat on the infamous M25, it again lost power, and as I was near a services, I pulled off and gave the bike a good look over, but I could find nothing wrong, I had recently fitted a new coil, condenser, plugs, leads, etc, fresh fuel, new fuel lines, I had been through everything, and after a coffee, the started right up and sat ticking over like a good swiss watch. So I again hit the road, another twenty miles, and repeat, this went on for the next four hours all the way to Kent, where I called MrEd out to give me a hand. Ed bought out a compression tester, and both cylinders had an identical reading, we again fitted another condenser, and new plugs, but this made no difference, it was still playing up, only now I was only getting a mile at a time . Eventually we made it to Ed’s house, let the bike cool down, and I again went through everything, but could not find anything wrong, I played with the carbs a little, and rode it around the block, and it seemed better, so we left it for the night, and headed out for a curry.

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Ed’s place

Early next morning and we pulled the bikes out for the run to the ferry, and the Guzzi was running great, paling strong, and all was good with the world, but twenty miles in it all started again, loss of power, little backfire, pull to the side of the road, leave it ticking over, pull away and all is fine, two miles later it does it again, repeat above and it does it again, this time I call it in and wait to be recovered, and Ed heads for the ferry and Belgium, I sit and wait for the truck.

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Recovery Time

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The John Bull Rally, 2017…

Posted: January 2, 2017 in Just Me
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Looking forward to this rally already, I try to make it every year, the BSAOC Belgium always do it just right. If you have an old bike why not come along.

jb2017

John Bull 2017

John Bull Rally, Belgium 2016…

Posted: October 27, 2015 in Just Me
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Ok then here is one for your diary.

I love going to the John Bull rally, the Belgian hosts are a real friendly bunch, and always pleased to see you.

John Bull 2016

John Bull 2016

Last weekend, myself and a friend “Ed” attended the John Bull Rally over in Belgium, hosted by the BSAOC of Belgium, the rally was situated just off a quiet road within walking distance of the Tyne Cott war  graves.

ferry ride

ferry ride

The journey there and back was to the most part uneventful, but I got soaked through on the way to Ramsgate with heavy rain for the whole journey down, but then if you didn’t like getting wet occasionaly, you would never ride Motorcycles over here in the UK.

On getting to France we opted to take all minor small roads to get to the rally site, great roads and almost no traffic, and an hour or so later we were close enough to stop for coffee, and grab a picture or two.

Windmill

Windmill

After a coffee at a small Cafe under this Windmill, and some supplies from a local shop,  we were once again on the road, and a few miles later at the rally site to set up camp for the weekend.

Triumph

Triumph

Home for the weekend

Home for the weekend

Vincent Comet

Vincent Comet

Kent Shaun on "Uncle Albert"

Kent Shaun on “Uncle Albert”

I have now booked myself in for the John Bull Rally over in Belgium at the end of the month, hopefully I will be on my Moto Guzzi, but if not it will be with my trusty old R80st. So if you see an old guy with a shaved head, and a camera glued to his hand, that will be me,  so stop me and say hello.

John Bull Rally, details can be found here…..  https://backstreetthunder.wordpress.com/tag/john-bull-rally/

I always have a camera with me, I never leave home without it, so I always have some odd pictures kicking about the hard drive of my PC, nothing fancy, just shots I take as and when I get the chance.  But the thing is, I always intend to use the pictures, but as I take so many, they soon start to add up, and often get forgotten about. Such is the case with these next few…

BSA Bantams

BSA Bantams

Bantam

Bantam

BSA Bantam

BSA Bantam

Getting Out There…

Posted: May 8, 2011 in Just Me
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As April drew to a close, and May came a knocking,  and all that coinsiding with a bank holiday, and an extended one at that due to a Royal wedding, and it being the same weekend of the John Bull rally in Belgium, and the Fleet lions rally in well Fleet, the weekend looked busy, and so it was.

Margate, Kent.

 So with the BMW loaded up, it was time to head for Kent, where I would spend the night ready for the 8am ferry from Dover the next morning.  After a night of beer and Chinese food at a friends house we headed out to meet up with a few more at the ferry port.

Ready for the off.

Pretty soon we were in Belgium having lunch at the town of Lo.

Lunch in Lo.

 and then on to the rally site, were the weather and company were fantastic. While here we also visited Ipres, and the Tyn Cot cemetery, a very sombre place.  but well worth a visit.

Tyn Cot