I’ve been in Sydney for work pretty much all week, and as a result, I haven’t done any riding.
I did spend a morning at Aprilia talking about the new Caponord Rally.
I’ll ride one in a couple of weeks, and I’m looking forward to it. I’m not a traditionalist when it comes to considering Italian bikes automatically the last word in exotica, but there’s no doubt the company makes some bikes that are right at the top of the wish list for any serious rider. The Tuono is a front-runner, for instance. So I have high hopes for the Caponord Rally. It’s up there with the big guns in price – around $23,000, I think – so it should be a serious bit of kit.
I also met Vincent Tesoriero for the first time.
I’d spoken to him on the phone several times, but it was the first face-to-face meeting, and I admit I was a little starstruck. If I’d known I’d run into him I’d’ve taken my copy of Stone and asked him to autograph it. I’m not a big fan of autographs in general, but this was Vincent Tesoriero! And of course, I don’t have a Mr Motocross trophy I could ask him to sign. A DVD copy of Stone is as near as I get.
If you don’t know who I’m talking about, run a search on Google. Among other things, Tesoriero was behind RAT clothing, Mr Motocross, The Castrol Six Hour and a stack of other motorcycle events that had a huge impact on the 1970s and ’80s. For those familiar with the film Stone, he also drove the sidecar in the iconic ‘funeral ride’ in the 1974 Australian movie. He did a heap of stunt riding for the film, and it was amazing to listen to him recount how things were done in the days before Occupational Health And Safety had a say in things.
But that run to Sydney pretty much soaked up my week, and I don’t have anything of great interest to report for me personally.
While I was wasting the days away doing office work, Dave Ramsay looks like he’s signed up a stack of riders for the Horse’s Birthday Bash ride on August 1 and 2. From what I can see the accom is pretty much booked out, and it’s especially great to see a new name, Andrew Hunter, keen to join in. Andrew might have to think about a set of tyres with a little more bite than he’s used to, but he seems keen. Make him welcome if he elects to come along, okay? Don’t be stingy with the ANZAC bikkies, and don’t put him in a room with Marty.
Speaking of Marty, he’s off on what seems a dream ride. As I understand it, he’s heading out with ADB magazine, and they’re giving him a BMW for the ride.
Holy German measles, Batman! How amazing is that?
Good work by Marty. I’m not sure whether he’s writing a story for them or what’s going on (at this juncture I don’t know if he’s sure, either), but that has to be a lifelong ambition achieved.
I’ve entered – as I have done for the last few years, but I haven’t made it to the ride since about 2005 – and I’m not sure how I want to approach it. If anyone is keen to go for a lap, let me know. If we can get a few people interested I’d enjoy meeting up and making a weekend of it. It’s a road ride, so a lot of people won’t be keen, but they often have a not-very-adventurous adventure loop. Even if they don’t, it’s a really nice atmosphere. A summer run through places like Adaminaby, Dalgety, Berridale, Jindabyne, Cooma, Bombala, Charlotte Pass and Thredbo is fairly glorious, and there’s heaps of coffee shops and fabulous scenery. There’s no set schedule. Riders can do as much or as little as they like, and in whatever direction they like. There’s usually a stinking-big shindig on the Saturday night at Thredbo with bands and all the usual carrying on, including the drawing of the raffle winners. Every entry goes in the barrel for a chance to win, last year, one of two Hondas.
We could make a ride of it on the way down and back…or something. I haven’t decided anything much yet. If no-one’s keen I might just make a decision the day before. I haven’t been able to get there for the last few years, so my chances are pretty slim again this year, I guess.
No word on work’s Triumph yet. Gulp.
More next week.