Think spring is finally here…thank goodness!

Is spring finally here?  I bloomin hope so.  It seems like this winter has gone on forever. 

The worst and possibly most stupid trip I made by motorcycle was last year in December on my trusty old GSX1400.  I was off to Austria and had to get to Stanstead airport.  So like any man that wants to save £40.00 on a car park I thought I would make use of the free bike parking.  I say this was a sensible idea despite being told I was stupid in light of the time of year.

Now it was minus 6 when I set off for the 70 odd mile trip.  I had on about 5 layers of clothing as well as my own natural insulation through the consumption of much pie eating over the years.  Despite the cold the trip over was pretty uneventful and I parked up and trundled off on my flight.

Now by the time I got to Austria and saw the TV in the evening the big freeze had hit the UK and pretty much the whole country came to a standstill. Oh dear.  But hey ho – I was on holiday.  The snow would be gone by the time I got home…wouldn’t it?  It always melted within about two hours when I was a kid and wanted to go sledging.  However I was so wrong… so so wrong!

A few days later I returned to find the UK had not thawed; that Stanstead was about the only airport open; and that my bike was in a car park with about a foot of the white stuff on it.  It was only appropriate that I take a photograph before setting off… for a scary ride home!!!

That seems a world away compared to my ride in today in the glorious sunshine on my new addition the ZZR1400.  I shall blog some details of the new bike later!

Andrew Prendergast aka Chef

Posted by Andrew Prendergast. Posted on: March 24, 2011 at 12:00 am

Andrew has been riding motorcycles since he was 10 years old and currently rides a GSX1400 as his daily commuter whether it is sunny or snowing. In addition, he is currently restoring an old Honda CB750 K1. Andrew practices across all areas of motorcycle law, with his practice involving both civil claims and motoring defence work.