Saturday, 3 April 2010


This is an event that happened to Ian many years ago and I hope will act as a reminder to anyone getting their motorcycle out of hibernation right now.

Upon returning from our first Cornish rally, Ian parked the Guzzi on the drive for half an hour to unpack and get a drink before returning it to his shed at his father's. The drive is so steep that he is thinking of building a small funicular railway to aid assent.

Refreshed he swung a leg over the Guzzi, started the engine, went a few inches....and stalled. Thinking he needed more revs, the Guzzi was restarted, more revs added, forward motion, followed by an almighty thud. This was the result.

It is a good idea to remove the disc lock before trying to set off!

When the weekend was over the follow conversation ensued:

Ian: Have you got a disc for a Calli in stock?

Storeman: Trying to set off with a disc lock on have we sir?

Ian: Yeah. How did you guess?

Storeman: We used to keep only one in stock, we now have to keep five.

Cost of this lapse in concentration? A mere £130 + VAT and postage.

For some reason, Ian now uses a long chain that threads through the rear wheel and the lock sits on the pillion seat.

All this has got me thinking as to what I can do with the above disc. Can it be used like an old horseshoe on the front door at Ted Towers? Your ideas are very much welcomed.