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A Snowy Royal Enfield Ride

….by Ed Quayle

IMG_1208Well, seeing as there was snow on the ground and the temperature was zero degrees, it was time for another “daft ride” as I like to do.

I had recently done a 60 mile ride on the smallest roads I have ever been on, led by a friend who has been a cyclist all his life and discovered motorcycling at the age of 65!

All of his route was what he had done as a cyclist and he got me lost several times in an area I thought I knew.

IMG_1195As some of you know, if there is a small road that looks a challenge – or cycle path if you count France (oops, sorry, Annecy) – I am interested in riding it.

I had a first today though in my many years of motorcycling and that was actually breaking puddles that were frozen over. Entertaining, as some were deeper than others!

Although it doesn’t look it, this road runs alongside a farmer’s field and starts off as tarmac with a gate at one end. I would love to see the recovery man find me if I got stuck.

IMG_1193But all the hazards are not on the road surface – I spotted this branch as I was only doing about 20mph, but it’s not what you normally expect is it?

Road surfaces today were not too bad. As you can see from the pictures, they’re mainly clear but I did get a few bits of frozen snow which is hard to tell from slush….. you do know though when you try to ride through it!

Why do I do it?? One reason is because I am an idiot, but mainly for some weird reason – this kind of thing appeals to me as you see so many different things when riding/sliding.

I pick roads with little traffic if I can, so I don’t get in the way of the 4×4’s that seem to appear whenever there is a sprinkling of snow.

IMG_1213Look at the light in some of these pictures – I struggle to capture it with a camera but everything is so crisp and sharp.

The frost on the branches stands out, the untouched snow in the fields….. and all that stuff that poets seem to like.

These types of rides stay in your head for a long time as well because they are so unusual.

It’s like riding in the rain when you get caught out – you remember the ride for the conditions, whilst the sunny ones just blur together.

IMG_1219The Ponderosa had plenty of motorcycle parking available….. as there was only me there!  Their car park was probably the slippiest part of the trip, even though they had cleared most of it.

IMG_12305 minutes after my hot chocolate arrived the cold was soon forgotten and a bloke came up to me who I had waved by in his car several miles before.

He had said to his wife: “I bet he is going to the Ponderosa”. He was a fellow biker, but had common sense.

IMG_1201Would I do it on a GoldWing?? Not really – and that is only because the GoldWing is so heavy I would not be relaxed for fear of dropping it.

My Royal Enfield Bullet is a 2003 model but shares many parts with a 1950 model and people commuted on them a lot in those days – as they had to – so I am doing nothing special. It’s just a mind set that stops us these days.

IMG_1197Although my bike gets filthy, I did a lot to it to protect it before the bad weather came, so when winter has gone it should all clean up nicely.

Having a second bike to do this sort of thing on is really beneficial as I have written before in another blog post on here when I went out in the floods.

You can do it on any size bike – and the smaller the better. How about the bike you had in your youth that made you feel a hero, independent, grown up, mod, rocker, etc.

So, if you ever fancy a ride, check the weather….. and if its going to be crap, give me a call!!



  1. It’s official, he is bonkers xxx

    Comment by Col — December 29, 2014 @ 9:30 am

  2. I’m not sure he needs encouragement! He’s totally mad 😉

    Comment by Joanna Mackintosh — December 29, 2014 @ 12:23 pm

  3. Yes it’s official, my husband is bonkers! But it gets him out of my hair, while I get things done 😉 xx

    Comment by Ann Quayle (Q) — December 29, 2014 @ 9:10 pm

  4. I must be just as mad, I was out in the snow on my brand new Bullet Electra EFI a week or so back, I used to go out in all conditions on my old 250 Crusader Sports when I was 16 had to for work, even used to go up the mountains in thick snow with my tools in a rucksack on my back.

    Comment by Phil — December 17, 2015 @ 8:58 pm

  5. I have a Royal Enfield Bullet and go out in all weathers just like I did on my Crusader Sports back in the 60’s

    I live in North Wales

    Comment by Phil Roberts — February 6, 2016 @ 9:35 pm

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