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Wednesday, July 13, 2016



The End to End is over! It was a fantastic success and there will be a full report in the next issue of The Airhead. I'l be adding photos shortly but not everyone is home yet and I haven't had chance to take the pics off my camera. Despite sat nav problems and a couple of punctures the trip was a great success and it was fantastic to see large numbers of Airheads on the roads together. All the bikes - from 1955 250cc R25 upto the later 1000cc RT's performed superbly and no-one could have asked more of them on what for most people was a 2250 mile round trip.
 
More to follow when I get time.
Peter

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Bill  says
13.07.16 21:41

Hello Peter,
Many thanks for all your efforts in organising the event, I enjoyed it so much!
I knew a couple of the riders from previous times and places, but most of us started as strangers to each other and we all finished as friends. The camaraderie amongst motorcyclists is well known but this trip for me was very special.

When I decided to have a try at covering the run, it was not without a fair degree of trepidation. It was wintertime, some health issues and even the cost for a octogenarian pensioner travelling solo created a fair degree of anxiety and apprehension.

In finality I arrived home after more than 2000 miles with a sense of high achievement and some wonderful memories of the generosity of others I met along the route.

The new to me 1981 R65LS on which I had only covered short rides till then performed magnificently and did everything required without fuss. I surprised myself at covering the final 420 plus miles to home on the last day with a feeling of I could have done it all again.
As my children used to say "Where are we going to next?"

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I'm Peter Ardron, British, and if my Father had had his way I would have been reared on oil, not milk. My dad rode Speedway and was obsessed with all types of motorbikes. He made me my first motorbike almost as soon as I could ride without stabilizers. Surprisingly I only ever broke a collar bone once whilst careering around the farm on a bike (often without brakes) throughout my childhood and teens.

Father also believed you weren't a real man unless you could strip and rebuild an engine at the roadside. Even as a young kid I often had to 'earn' my spending money by diagnosing faults he'd deliberately built into engines, or by stripping carbs, re-timing ignitions etc etc.

I loved it, but my wife says it's the reason I turned out so bloody odd!

I've been addicted to Airheads since my early teens and, though I've owned and loved K's, and had one or two other makes, there's rarely been a time in the past 40 years that I've not had an Airhead in the garage.

I started 'The Airhead' ezine because I think the provision for classic BMW riders in the U.K. is awful. There are thousands on the roads but no-one seems interested in catering for them.

So on the basis that, if others won't do it for us ,we'll just have to do it it for ourselves, 'The Airhead' was born!

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