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Steptoe 03-12-2008 08:24 AM

A Country for Old men and their bikes
A Sunday in England.
Every year in march, thereís a run from Epsom racecourse ( outskirts of London) to Brighton, a ride of about 50 miles, for pre 1914 motorcycles. Itís called the Pioneer run. And usually attracts an entry of about 350 bikes.
And itís good to see, hear and smell such old motorcycles being used on the road, instead of just looking at them on show in a museum.
The first start off at 8am in the morning, the last leave at approx 9am. I enjoy riding alongside them on the way down, along with hundreds of other bikes. Quiet a few donít make it, you pass them on the way, pointless trying to offer help, theyíre way beyond anything you usually find broken down. There are even a couple of steam driven bikes ! .
Iíll let the pictures do the talking -enjoy. The pictures were taken one handed while riding alongside the bikes, very easy as the top speed on most is 10- 25 mph

It all slows up when going through the small villages, onlookers and bikes old and new. The old relics donít like being stationery, so end up being pushed through the hold-ups so they donít breakdown.

And then itís back onto the open road.

Youíll like this one - Itís a Harley, and he wasnít hanging about. Unlike todayís Harleys, this one is fast

Thatís enough excitement for one day, back to the old plodders.

This is the arrival point - Brighton, with a nice traditional pier.
In the distance you can see what remains of the West pier, burnt down a few years ago, then finished off by neglect and storms, so only a section of the frame remains.
And it has the obligatory funfair
Back to the event.
The signing off point. Very appropriate considering the age of some of the riders.
And another old Harley, unrestored.
And the Harley that I passed on the way down.
An Indian, nicely aged.
And what could be an original condition bike.
And then the over restored examples. Nice. But no character what so ever. I want to be able to feel every owner when I look at a bike so old.
All types of makes, Iíve never heard of most of them.

Front wheel drive
And a few of the people involved.

MaddBrit 03-12-2008 08:36 AM


By jove, that looks like FUN!!!

Thanks for sharing. I hope you bought back some Brighton rock..

FlagRS 03-12-2008 08:38 AM

WOW :clap

Very cool, love the gear. Bloody well done!


word1 03-12-2008 08:41 AM


Thanks for posting - I really enjoyed that visit.


Horndog7 03-12-2008 08:42 AM

Wow, that's fantastic! That can't help but put a smile on your face, eh? Great photographs! I think you have just given me a new life's ambition.:ricky

Rio_Janeiro_1967 03-12-2008 08:53 AM

Thank you for sharing!

celticgent 03-12-2008 09:07 AM




thank you so much for sharing these photos.
simply AMAZING!:clap :clap :clap

AngryScot 03-12-2008 09:25 AM

Thank for the pics! very cool! :thumb

Hoseman 03-12-2008 09:40 AM

That is just uber cool! :clap

It reminds me of the report about the guy who rode his 1914 indian from Atlanta to Charlette(sp?).

Thanks for the pics!

Bill the Duck 03-12-2008 10:03 AM

Very cool. As hobbies go it beats the hell out of Civil War Reenactment. :lol3

Rellik 03-12-2008 10:05 AM

Coooolio! Love the vintage gear too!:clap

starsvw 03-12-2008 11:21 AM

thanks for posting it up. Great to see so many old bikes still running!

grizzzly 03-12-2008 11:21 AM

Cool event:clap is it sponsored by a club? And how does one get on there mailing list for these rides

Misery Goat 03-12-2008 11:33 AM

Nice. :bow

drrags 03-12-2008 11:34 AM

This was COOL, thanks! :clap

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