December 2013 Just had our Christmas Lunch meeting, 14 of us sat down to lunch. It was good to see that Richard was able to make it following his stroke earlier in the year. A very convivial time was had over a traditional Christmas lunch provided by the Cross Keys where we meet each month. Our best wishes to everyone for a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.
Reduced numbers this month, never the less 8 of us met at the Cross Keys for lunch before 6 of us made our way to Lower Stondon Transport Museum where after a cup of tea in the cafe we had an enjoyable meander around the museum. Some may have got caught out in the showers though on the way home, no doubt we will find out when we next meet!
Really splendid weather for the July meeting. After lunch at the Cross Keys we all had a superb ride led by Tony to Ashridge monument where we had ‘tea & cakes’
February, March, April, May. 2013
The fact that the weather was mostly awful for the meeting dates meant that we stayed in the pub. Most of us went by car in Feb & March. In April we did manage a short ride out to Codicote Garden Centre. In May with the threat of rain most people again went by car and a convivial time was had at the Cross Keys. There were 15 of us from the club who attended the Veteran Vespa Club Spring Meeting at Lowestoft, a good turn out. The weather was a bit ‘iffy’ but I think I can say a good time was had by all.
Normally we would not expect to be able to ride the scoots in January, but for our first meet of 2013 we were blessed with unusually mild weather. It was even warm enough to persuade Lesley onto the bike. Pete Mesiano was unable to attend as he was going up to Manchester to see Watford get thrashed by Man City (3 goals to nil DOH!).
We had a great turn out with 7 scooters being ridden. It was great to see Fred again after a long absence, alas he is suffering from a back problem so may struggle to ride much this year. Paul brought his friend Bob along who rides a Gilera runner SP180, but has recently acquired a Vespa small frame, so hopefully he will become a regular. The last time I rode to Gustard Wood my PX decided to leak petrol everywhere and I had to return home and pick up my trailer to recover the bike. Would you believe it, it happened again! We came back to the bike, turned the fuel on and the bike decided to have a wee in public, have you no shame I cried J. This time I called Carole Nash recovery, they were great, I was picked up within the hour and taken home.
The next day I took the tank out to investigate. I had fitted a new fuel pipe following the previous incident. The new pipe had turned rather cloudy but I could not find a hole, and it had not detached itself from the tank as I had suspected. I put some fuel in and turned the tap back and forth but could not replicate the leak. I fitted a new pipe, one that was printed with “compatible with unleaded fuel” and put the whole thing back together, added petrol and waited for a leak. No leak, turned the fuel on and off, no leak, left the fuel on overnight, no leak, puzzled, you bet. It could only be a random fault with the tap, I have left it in the on position and won’t touch it unless I need to. This problem has only happened twice, both a Gustard Wood, the first was a split tube, this one who knows? Maybe my scoot does have feelings and just threw a hissy fit to draw my attention away from my new Rally 200. Can metal have a soul, sometimes it feels like it J.