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Another event to aim for.....

Suzuki T & GT Club Nederlands

Another target that might be more achievable than the Coupes Moto Legende in May 2021 might by the Suzuki TandGT Club Nederland Treffen at the beginning of June.

As with many events it was supposed to have taken place in 2020 as the 20th Anniversary rally but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. So now it is the 21st Anniversary Treffen!

Claire and I went many years ago and it would be nice to have another trip over there. The timing looks quite good as the week that it starts is when I am on half-term holiday. I doubt that Claire will want to go on the bike but once it is back from Dr Phil she might change her mind.

The last time we went ex-GP racer Wil Hartog was the main guest and he led the ride-out. I have a photo of Claire and him together. This would have been 2003 I think and the rally was held at Bosschenhoofd. This was a reasonably short run of about 211 miles from home.

Claire and Wil

Claire and Wil

The rally this year is to be held a bit further away from UK than the last time we went. it looks to be about 320 miles from home. Might be a good shakedown for the Kettle. In the Wasserbueffel Club magazine it was shown for 2020 to be at a riding club in Luttenberg. This is a town somewhere between Zwolle and the German border.

A quick look on MyRouteApp shows it to be around 290 miles from the Shuttle terminal in Calais Coquelles.

Nederlands Rally No Toll route

Nederlands Rally No Toll route

Until the bike comes back with it's newly rebuilt engine and overhauled carburetors I have no idea what mileage I will get to a tank. So I can't really plan too much this far in advance. What planning I have done on the MyRouteApp is to look for petrol stations along or nearby the computer mapped route and at intervals of 75 miles! On the Rocket I'd be looking at twice that! Maybe as part of my luggage I'll be carrying a jerrycan!

Only time will tell.

Posted by InvictaMoto 12:48 Archived in Netherlands Tagged luttenberg bosschenhoofd Comments (0)

Not quite ready to travel!

The pandemic is one thing and it looks as though most of Western Europe will be under Covid-19 Lockdown again. In England we are going to enter a month of lockdown from 0001 on November 5th. The Government haven't ruled out extending it is the virus continues to

From where I live France is visible on the horizon most days as it is around 23 miles from my house and about 22.5 miles from the nearest beach. France is about to enter another month long lockdown and so we won't be crossing the Channel any time soon.

Not that the GT (aka Kettle) will not be going there for a while in any case. To move under its own power it needs to have an engine as one of the important component.

Mine is still in pieces.

Not going anywhere soon....

Not going anywhere soon....

The crankshaft came back from a rebuilder in Essex a week or so ago. Nicely bagged up and sporting new lots of things, too many to list but mostly crankshaft oil seals and bearings. Please don't ask what the bill for that was!

Restored Crankshaft

Restored Crankshaft

Once the engine is put together, as an internal combustion engine (ICE) is needs fuel. In the 1970's this meant carburetors. These have also had to be rebuilt as they were really in need of some work after 43 years.

Refurbished carburetors

Refurbished carburetors

Refurbished carburetors

Refurbished carburetors

The brakes have been cleaned and repaired with new pistons and seals. They look just like new now.

Front brakes refurbished

Front brakes refurbished

The plan is to have the Kettle back on the road in time for the start of the riding season in 2021. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

Posted by InvictaMoto 06:54 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged suzuki_gt750a Comments (2)

Imported Blogs

This will probably be viewed as a "useless" or "stub" blog entry and maybe it is. It is aimed at setting the stage for the future.

The GT750A in question is a two-stroke, three cylinder, liquid cooled, Suzuki motorcycle built in the 1970's. I have owned it since 1984. Currently it is being rebuilt pretty much from the wheels up after some years of neglect and having languished in the back of my garage for a number of years.

It has already featured in a few of my other blogs.... and I will link them to save you hunting about. That's obviously if anyone cares what other bloggers blog about?

Austria - Mars Moto 1993
Jasna 1992
Austria - Wasserbueffel Rally 1999
Off to Dr Phil
Coupes Moto Legende 2001
Coming Home 1993
Wasserbuffel Treffen 1993

Posted by InvictaMoto 05:34 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged suzuki_gt750a Comments (0)

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