The delights of riding lightweight old bikes are, it seems, sweeping the nation as a passion for pip-squeak machines gather momentum…
Three years ago, the Glasgow section of the VMCC introduced a riding event exclusively for small and inexpensive classic motorcycles. Such is the success of the Pip Squeak Run that it returns on 14 April 2019. Last year, more than 40 riders zipped along on their small-capacity classics, making the most of what their mopeds (and other machines of up to 100cc) can provide. Speed limits are generally safe – laughter limits might be exceeded!
As before, the organisers will plan a route suitable for low-powered old bikes on interesting roads around Ayrshire – with a few minor challenges thrown in to keep the riders on their toes (or possibly on their pedals, if so equipped). Entries are open to all riders of small bikes, VMCC member or not.
The Pip Squeak Run attracts riders from all over Scotland and beyond, and has inspired other VMCC sections to organise similar events. The Reivers Section are running their version in Northumberland on 28 April 2019 and the Central Scottish section will be laying on their version around south Tayside towards the end of September.
Entry details and more information on all these events are available from Gordon via firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you need further encouragement to experiment with the lightweight delights, make sure to grab a copy of the January issue of RealClassic when it comes out. Editor Westworth gets to grips with the mighty power of a Puch – and survives!