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12th April 2005


Newsflash!

It's all happening: Son of Sam rides again; a truly brilliant biking book is back in print, and booking are being taken for a classic bike tour of Maquis country...

Brilliant Biking Book Back In Print

If the unlikely adventures of two chaps travelling the world on modern BMWs failed to inspire, then you definitely need a healthy dose of Danny Liska's Two Wheels To Adventure. This massive tome has been out of print and hard to come by in recent years, but it's recently been re-published. And it's a cracker (hey; it's so good that FW chose it as his Best Book for the site's original selection).

Danny Liska's utterly stunning Two Wheels To AdventureDanny Liska rode his BMW R60 from Alaska to Argentina, single-handed and without the aid of a safety net. He was the first person to complete the overland route, riding over 95,000 miles between the Arctic Circle and the tip of South America, and then the northernmost point in Scandinavia to the southern tip of Africa.

This 755-page book is more than a simple recounting of each episode or a traditional travelogue about the Pan-American ride. It's an epic journey with motorcycling at its core which reveals the characters, customs and cultures of the people and places along the route of Liska's 1960's adventure. The BMW doesn't always feature in the text, and several legs of the journey are completed on foot or by truck, bus or boat.

There are moments, however, when it takes centre stage, as in Tierra del Fuego near journey's end;

'I chopped out the frozen mud beneath the motorcycle's fenders, wired and taped up once more the torn ends of my throttle and clutch cables, cranked up the motor and struck off over the hard, frozen ground. I slipped and fell at least fifty times, constantly cursing the unwieldy BMW for the side-torque of its horizontal motor and the Earles front fork which lacked the rigidity required to maintain one's balance and dignity when crossing slippery surfaces...'

This second edition hardback contains over 800 photographs and illustrations, as did the original. Almost every page has a picture on it, to accompany the detailed and frequently eyebrow-raising text. Copies of the first edition have sold at auction for $500 and more; the second edition costs around $60 plus shipping from the US.

Two Wheels to Adventure by Danny Liska is published by Bigfoot Publishing Co in hardback, ISBN 0 9762203-0 X. Available from the American Amazon site for $59.95

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Son Of Sam Rides Again At Beezumph

Tony Page, regular contributor to RealClassic magazine and stalwart of the TR3OC, has been on the blower to remind us to mention Beezumph 14 again. Always delighted to oblige, etc. This year's event is on Friday and Saturday 22 / 23 July at Cadwell Park, and Tony reckons it's once again shaping up to be a superb event.

'We've sold a ton of track tickets over all the classes, including our Entry Level group. That the Entry Level option has caught on (last year was the first time we offered this) is gratifying - it shows that we are adhering to our maxim of "encouraging the use of Triples" as many of this year's Entry Level entrants are on Triples. At 22.50 for two marshal controlled 15-minute sessions on the Full Circuit, it offers an ideal introduction to the track day experience for classic riders.

A Triumph Triple at Snetterton yesterday. Really.

'As usual, Friday's track sessions (107.50) are open to any Brit, Euro or XR750/XR1000, KR Harley Davidson machine (of any age), with Saturday (100) restricted to pre-1987 Brits only. All track tickets are pre-book only.

'The theme for Beezumph this year is the T160 Trident, as 2005 is the 30th anniversary of this machine. In keeping with this, we have the famous Son of Sam race machine out on the track, as well as various other T160 derivatives, including George Pooley's unbelievable T160-4.'

AHA! That'll be the same Son of Sam which has already been roadtested by one of the RealClassic Crew, and which will be appearing in RC14, the April 2005 edition? Yup, the very same. Sorry for the interruption Tony - get back to Beezumph...

'The Beezumph Rally always attracts a large number of interesting machines, including an impressive display by the London Motorcycle Museum who always bring their OHC Rocket 3s.

'With the now famous Beezumph BBQ on the Saturday evening, in addition to entry to the event, the 18.50 Rally Ticket gives a B14 Badge, entry to the Band, and too much to eat. Rally Tickets are pre-book only. Day Tickets at 12 give entry to the circuit and are available at the gate from Thursday noon and are valid right through.'

Don't mention ze war...
Random Rocket 3 Stuff on eBay.co.uk

You'll get further information and/or encouragement from Tony Page himself at beezumph@tr3oc.co.uk or see www.tr3oc.co.uk. Ticket application forms are available from B14, 6 Beechnut Drive, Darby Green, Camberley Surrey GU17 0DJ (send an SAE for a rapid response!)

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New Tour Explores Maquis Country On Old Bikes

Classic Bike Provence have recently added a French Resistance Tour to their calendar of classic bike tours for the summer of 2005, from August 11th to 16th. You may normally associate Provence with its deep blue skies, stunning scenery and great riding roads, but 60 years ago the French Resistance forces were highly active in this region. It was partly due to their disruptive influence that the landings in Normandy in June 1944 were so successful. The expanse of the countryside and the varied landscape, gave ideal hiding places for the 'maquis' fighter of the French resistance.

'Our Resistance Tour takes you to see these memorable sites and pay homage to the brave men and women of this era,' explains Neil Thomas of CBP. 'We have arranged a four day trip to show you some of the most important landmarks and allow you to take time to visit one or two of the small museums in the area, and to visit the coast where the allied forces landed on August 15th 1944.'

An extra-special highlight of the tour, will be an evening with the 'veterans' in Ventabren, some of whom were in the Resistance themselves. 'You will be able to question them directly' confirms Neil, offering his services as an interpreter 'should your French prove a little rusty!'

The CBP French Resistance Tour offers four days classic motorcycling including the bike (chosen from the CBP stable), five nights' dinner, bed & breakfast, third party bike insurance and transfers from Marseille/Nimes airport or Aix TGV station.

More info from www.ClassicBikeProvence.com or phone 00 33 442 287610 or email info@classicbikeprovence.com

'Fromage!'

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