What an adventure! We survived our debut run on the Milano Taranto 2018. Thanks mostly to the support we received from our biking comrades Mark Mezey and Loek Tuinman.
The event will be written up in full in this year’s book Auto Addicts – Volume Two (due out in the Autumn) but the above images give a taster of the amazing scenery we had the pleasure of passing through.
Out of our four man team, riding BSA Hornet, Triumph T100, Moto Guzzi Condor and Gilera Saturno, you’ll be surprised to hear only the BSA Hornet made it all the way 2500 km to the finish. The Triumph died on Day 2 after eating through a rack of batteries. The Gilera rattled itself to pieces being ridden flat-out most of the way by Marc, in fairness he had no stand, and no kick-start, so stopping was more of an issue than going. But the hard suspension and rough roads finally paid its toll braking more bits than we could fix in the car-park by melting down parts of the bike trailer. The Moto Guzzi Condor worked well but it was a buckled wheel which finally ceased its progress. So the mighty BSA Hornet led the way, leaving a trail of oil the length of Italy – the only adjustments it needed was some clutch and throttle cable care, oh and lots of oil. We made some great new friends, saw some fabulous scenery and learned to love classic biking.