Sunday Sept. 2nd
Dear Family & Friends,
This is my last blog from this trip, so your safe for awhile..
It has been an amazing three months. So many adventures and good times with family and friends… I have enjoyed it all but I am also ready to get home.
Friday I left the Isle of Man at 5:30am for the long ride back to my friends in London. Luckily it all went smoothly and I am back in London and relieved to be off the bike for a while.
I left the Isle of Man with a little sadness thinking this may be my last trip there. It is a magical place in an oddly good and bad way.
If you love motorcycles this is an amazing week. Beautiful classics everywhere, blisteringly fast modern bikes, a charming island and you meet so many people from all over the world with a common interest.
The island is magic but it also has a dark side. So much danger and so many tragedies there. I have been involved in some form of racing all my life and this is the first time it frightened me. So little room for error and such a catastrophic price to pay for any error. You can crash a car, total the car, and walk away from it.. I know from experience. The man that was killed while we were there was 62 years old and had been racing there for the last 39 years. He just gambled against the odds a bit too long.
This island, the races, speed, and danger are almost addictive. Men come back here year after year to tempt fate. Some make it and some don’t.
One of the royal families of TT racing on the IoM is Joey Dunlop. He was won 23 TT races here. He has a brother who races here, his brother has two sons that race here.. So far they have all been killed except one of the sons.. What a terrible price to pay for this addiction. And the families they leave behind must suffer too.
Yet racers will keep coming to beat the odds. I hope I can come back again too.
So here I am back in London. Three months on a motorcycle, hiking and walking all over Europe and not a scratch.. Yesterday I got out of bed and twisted my knee and I was hobbling in great pain all day.. Never tempt fate, sleeping is dangerous!!
Today I pack up my motorcycle for shipping, tomorrow it leaves and Wednesday I am off to SLO to hug my wonderful wife, see my coffee friends, play in my garage, and deal with my restoration shop. (My shop manger just gave notice so if you know anyone that wants to run a restoration business see me!)
There were so many motorcycle shows and museums all over the Isle of Man this final blog is just lots of photos of the events and museums.
A classic motorcycle show at the harbor front in the town of Peel. During this week there are classic motorcycles and motorcycle shows everywhere!
There are lots of motorcycles I never heard of. This one is called a DOT, surely a marketing genius idea for a dramatic motorcycle name
Not sure what this was all about.. A late model Triumph Cafe Racer with a supercharger and knobby off road tires?
This bike had an interesting story. I talked to the owner and it is a one of built motorcycle using a Vincent 1000c twin His father built it back in the 1960s and it has been in the family ever since.. Beautifully done and ran perfect.
I really like this hybrid, a Sportster motor in a Norton frame but done so perfectly it looks like a factory built it.. I really appreciate craftsmanship.
A small collection behind a store in Peel. Motorcycles are EVERYWHERE on the Isle of Man.. IMG_3572
We visited this private collection one day.. I had been reading about this gentlemen for a few years. A wealthy business man who retired to the Isle of Man, bought this estate and spent his retirement years collecting and restoring motorcycles.. Works for me! Of all the things he had the only thing I was jealous of was the water to keep everything so green!
His “workshop” where he has restored all these bikes.
In his front yard was this solid granite carving of a racing motorcycle.
Helping a friend buy a new toy….
I’m pretty proud of my sticker collection on my BMW from all the places I have been but this guy has me beat hands down! Stickers from all over Africa, South America, Middle East, Europe, etc. A true world traveller.
The official Isle of Man car and motorcycle museum. GIANT.
Even here they have a Tesla charging station..
A fine collection of broken parts.. I have that.
Who doesn’t like electric trains??
Oh boy, a rusty E Type!!! I haven’t seen one of these in a few months… IMG_3572
5:30am and all packed and leaving for my trip from the Isle of Man to London.. I think I may have bought a few too many souvenirs…. The bike was a bit tail heavy that day.