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Paddock Days - Part 1 - Getting mobile on mopeds in the 70's

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This series of articles was originally published at http://www.realclassic.co.uk/
The cartoons are from my FS1E's owners manual.
Let’s face it, bikers tend to congregate, and in every town there is a natural meeting place where tyres will be kicked, friends made, deals done and adventures planned.Ours was known as ’The Paddock’, and was a place of myth and legend long before I finally got my Fizzie onto the road.It’s long gone now, sacrificed on the altar of increased town centre parking.As Joni Mitchell said, “They paved paradise……..”, except in this case the Council took one parking lot that had character and significance for at least a few residents, and filled in the space between the piers with rubble to make a huge innocuous tarmac slab.Oh well.

On day one of my road legality, the rain poured as a saturated wretch, too broke from buying the bike to have afforded waterproofs, rode falteringly into this lion’s den before courage failed me and I promptly wobbled out again.I could …

Welcome to Old Ireland.

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Welcome to Old Ireland.
My initial idea for this site was to cover only classic vehicles, but since classicireland.ie was already taken and the best alternative I could find was this one, my thoughts for the site began to broaden.A lot of the inspiration for this comes from the few magazines for which I have written articles.Let’s get these mentioned early, because you should not be surprised to see a little of their influence here.Real Classic is subscription only in print, but also has an excellent site at https://www.real-classic.co.uk/, where Frank, Rowena and a host of writers entertain and inspire.Then there is Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly, formerly in print monthly, but now only on line at http://mnmotorcycle.com/.MMM’s archives could keep you reading happily for months, and the like it or not truths told by Thomas Day (Geezer with a grudge: see his own site at http://geezerwithagrudge.blogspot.com/), should make everyone on two wheels pause for thought.If you have time on the …