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