OK, OK! I admit it. I’ve been slacking on the spannering front. Not entirely idle, but certainly slacking. I have given myself a verbal warning about this. After two more I shall sack myself. Which is easier said than done, but I know I deserve punishment. Why? Because I’ve been having an utterly ace summer time riding around all over the place in sunshine (and thunderstorms) instead of locking myself away in The Shed and sweating over a hot Thor hammer.

What a summer. What. A. Stunner.

At the risk of introducing personal nonsense into a magazine story read by a couple of million total strangers who don’t care at all, I will reveal that this is a special summer. This is the summer in the middle of which – before you read this, in fact – I shall hit that magic age when the government starts to pay me simply to be alive. What a great thing. What a surprise.

Which is a slightly insane way of revealing that I decided to make an old-age resolution: if I’ve some spare time, instead of diving into The Shed and immersing myself in the grubby fascinations of the BSA A65T, I shall drag out a motorcycle which actually works and head for the hills. The Welsh hills. And this is what I’ve done.

It is not a new thing, by the way. I make this resolution every year. It is however unusual, mostly because in all previous years, by some mysterious cosmic force, whenever

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from RealClassic

RealClassic5 min read
Bonus Electrical Pub! Bonus Electrical Pub!
In recent issues of RC a number of correspondents have queried Neil Cairns’ article on fitting an ‘Easycap’ to his magneto, which apparently restored easy hot starting. Quite rightly they ask whether the internal capacitor (the more modern term for t
RealClassic8 min read
Inspired, I was. Completely inspired. I was on a mission – being a man on a mission is just so exciting! And the reason for this unusual intensity? I’d been reading a lengthy thread online which had started off groaning, moaning and grumbling that th
RealClassic3 min read
From The Front
I’d had another great idea. These are not entirely infrequent here at RCHQ Bude, as you may know – and if you do already know, you are immediately forgiven for moving swiftly on to the next page! The great idea? Instead of whining piteously about my