unicorn beer

made from unicorn bone marrow i believe... made for a good last night or the run anyhows

shovs alive

well - i fixed the shovel this weekend.

i filled with fuel about 40 miles from home on the way to the tipple run pre-night shindig. pulled out onto the road, round the roundabout and the bike crapped itself. running awful, wouldnt idle, nigh on impossible to kick [enter stage left the magic of extra compression when breaking down]. fuel issue or what? how? damnit!

well - it turns out it was entirely my fault... so all the swearing/sweet talking i did at the bike was aimed in the wrong direction.

the weekend before the run i did the final re-torquing of the head/base bolts after its engine rebuild this year. well i thought id do a good job to make sure all's dandy for the run. pulled the carb and pushrods to do the job and obviously had my mind elsewhere coz on re-assemble i didnt tighten the lock nuts on either exhaust pushrod... they both had loosened off so the valves werent opening hardly at all - a little time at home and not on a road side thinking it through and it was a quick easy fix [and free which is nice]

so my stropy mood on the run was my fault, riding all the roads on the sporty wishing i was on the shov. at least its sorted and back on the road again

2010 pics

the link is up for pics now

most are in there - it was a good time - thanks all


As the not so observant amongst you will see - there will be a Tipple Run 2011.

I'm getting help on the planning side this time round and the plan is welsh bound. More news as it develops.

2010 pics

tom actually used the camera he took with him - unlike me...

he's sending me a disk so ill get them uploaded when i get it

we salute you

thanks to all who came and rode - it was a good time

if you took pics which i didnt...] please email them me and i will sort a photo-dump like i have in previous years - send to vintagechop@gmail.com

drizzle run

looks like we might be doing some storm dodging but if the forecast is right [which they never are] we might be in line for a pretty good run weather wise. bits of drizzle but nothing like year 1 hopefully. looks like we are following some bad weather, and theres some behind us, fingers crossed we keep in the middle of em and it will be glorious [although i havent completely ruled out putting a screen on the shovel just yet]


all is solved - heres the full itinerary

8th Sept
Pre-run nightcaps all round, early to bed early to rise... they serve a lovely pint - catch me for a free patch and stickers.

9th Sept - 170 miles
Roll out at 9.30am - if you arent camping and are late, know the route and catch us up. breakfast stop about 20 miles down the road in Marlborough. Bikes will be easy to spot on the main drag through
Melksham - Sudbury

10th Sept - 220 miles
Sudbury - Skegness
this is booked for everyone already so no need to call. we will just sort out paying on the day when they see how far se spread out/how many tents. they have helped out at the last minute and i was specifically asked if we are "well behaved" to which the answer was obviously a yes... as you would expect form a group of vintage motorcyclists. this is the only non-pub campsite but there is the Kings Arms about 200yards down the road

11th Sept - 200 miles
Skegness - Buxton
Im guaranteed to get lost around the bottom of Sheffield because i always do - anyone... feel free to take the pole position

12th Sept - home
depending on weather a little jaunt in the Peak District before lunch then homeward bound for all

Google map link - you know the drill - be self sufficient print and take a map so if you get lost you can find your way to the sites.

joy of joys

i managed to get hold of the friday site - they have decided since i visited that they dont want a group of bikes rolling in and camping / drinking

i am franticly looking for a replacement site in the area - waiting on a few return calls etc but i wont get chance to see the site - pot luck time...

long range forecast

get your wet weather gear together - long range forecast looks like it might be a wet one... happy days

nearly all in the details

links below for camping arrangements - cost vary but are between £5 and £10

get them rung up and booked then they know where they are at [you never know they might even put extra bar staff on if they have a full campsite - we can live in hope]

the site on the 10th seems to have changed their number or something so i cant get in touch with them but will update as soon as possible

pre-night shindig 8th - the Three Magpies

9th sept - the White Horse

10th sept -

pre-run pre-ran

so i got back yesterday, the pre-run is now all pre-ran. to be perfectly honest it was all a bit farcical.

i set off on friday night and i got about 8 miles and the sat-nav took a dump. now i dont generally like relying on these things but when you have 500 miles of unknown roads to navigate they save a TON of time. i had paper maps in the bags too but not ideal at all.... i rode something that loosely resembles the days 2 and 3 route based on memory, instinct and stopping every now and then to look at the iphone to see exactly where i was... made for a fun trip.

to top it all off when i got home last night i plugged in the "waterproof" camera and it had got wet and wont turn on - inbuilt flash drive so no picys for you to see either.

digging through my bag on the last night i pulled out my go-pro camera that has been lost since the last trip [yup - i put it somewhere "safe" in a side pocket...] so i took a couple of little vids i will see if they are any good later on tonight.

when i got home i noticed the sporty sounded louder than normal - to top it off i now have a blowing exhaust

ill get map updated and campsites listed later in the week - see you all there


just got the stickers in today, arent they beautiful...

its hard to show just how offensive they are in a pic, but its that stuff that you get on little kid barbie stickers

Riding the crap so you don't have to

a big thanks to adam and shaun for coming along on the first stretch of the pre-running. as ever for pre-running, modern bikes were order of the day. fazer, thundercat and pan-euro

we got the first day mapped out and messed with - i will sort a map later on when i get a chance but in the mean time....

got to the THREE MAGPIES on saturday night
its a proper old little country boozer with a lovely atmosphere and they keep a really nice selection of beers/ ciders to match your choice tipple. a few beers were partaken in and then camping inthe site round the back. it is primarily a caravan site but they take tents at £8 per tent. they also do food in the pub. there are small but sound shower toilet facilities on the site

got on the road for 8am on sunday and killed some miles. about 40 minutes in we found a lovely cafe that we'll be using on the run. full english fry set us up for the day. then back on the road.
then everything stops for tea. a nice pot of tea and cakes all round - oh we are badass bikers indeed

the first 130 or so miles were great. after that things started going a bit astray with the route hitting too many little villages etc so after battling with it for a couple of hours we abandoned the route and backtracked and sorted a much more pleasing section out. but thats why we pre-run this stuff - so you dont have to [we really are too good to you sometimes]

day 1 is a pretty long days ride - we were on modern bikes with only 1 fuel stop, 1 food stop, and 1 cake stop and were still on the move for 7 hours. with the new route this will drop a little but still - its a good leg stretch.

fun time had and now onto the rest of the pre-run.


things are settling down again here at tipple run central, and pre-run is due on again [yea - 60 days to go is cutting it finer than i like for sorting the route out]

been doing some map doodlings and heres the plan until we find its junk/crap roads/too far/not far enough

heres the idea of order of proceedings

8th september

night camping in devises - nice pub site we stumbled across on last years pre-run

day 1

rolling out 9.30am sharp for anyone not making the pre-night drinky meet n greet. miss that time and twist your throttle to catch us up - we wont be waiting

devizes - sudbury: aprox 180 miles [roughly 6 or 7 hours all told]

day 2

sudbury - skegness: aprox 210 miles [roughly 7 hours]

day 3

skegness - buxton: aprox 200 miles [roughly 6 hours]

so its looking like a 600 mile run plus get yourself to devises and home from buxton. so yes - its a good leg stretch but its doable - previous years have been between 4 and 600 miles and havent been crippling.

A Lame Excuse

The pre-run was booked in again for this weekend coming - well... i knocked a set of forks off a shelf and they landed square on my foot and looks like ive broken it [the foot that is - the forks came out of the ordeal just fine]. riding is painful to say the least so pre-run is postponed again. i'll keep you posted

Still rumbling on

It's not gone away. We are quietly working away on this thing - no new info yet. We are nailing down sites at the minute and sorting the pre-run. Then we'll have some nice pics [probably raining or snowing if the last 2 months have been anything to go on] and finalised sites.

Keep the faith and spread the good word.

Tipple Run Flyer

Propaganda wheels in motion

Print it out, hand em out, stick it on your notice board.
Spread the good word.

Tipple Run Patches

Tyler over at lowbrow customs is hooking me up with the patches for the tipple run this year. he just sent me over a scan of the sample. looking pretty good in my book. now i just need to finish oranising the run itself...

It's ON


Sharpen your pencil and get it in your diary out.

9th - 12th Sept 2010

There will be a pre-night camping on the 8th somewhere, and last days riding on Saturday 11th with camp at the end. Same format as last year, it worked for me.

We will be doing a pre-run in probably March at a guess, the route below is a rough plan, more of a core route for us to pre-run and expand out on. looking at about 5/600 miles so not crazy miles but enough on old clunkers

Patches this year

So I don't have to deal with sizes of shirts this year we are going with patches. Its me being lazy to be fair but it means i can concentrate more on the map/run side of things. keep your eyes peeled for further info on the pretty soon