Today we are reunited with ‘Streak’ & ‘Storm’. It has been 10 months since we drove away leaving two dirty motorcycles for cleaning and storage. As we travel through the rain to the storage facility I have both excitement and nervousness, what will we feel when we see the motorbikes, will we want to ride? what will it feel like? will we cope? All emotions we expected but they are now real.
We enter the storage facility and pass a couple of motorbikes that Anne notices look like ours, they are ours!! We did not recognise them after all this time! Our panniers and clothing are stored separately and as I unload the shelves I am struck by the worn nature of the clothing and panniers and think of all the memories that have been woven into them. I have new Klim Latitude trousers which look so new compared with my similarly coloured Klim Badlands jacket.
We are dressed as we were for 14 months and set out in light rain to get a Ministry of Transport (MOT) roadworthiness test, required annually as ‘Streak’ & ‘Storm’ are now over three years old. I had to look up the definition of ‘MOT’ as the Ministry of Transport disappeared many decades ago, but the name lives on.
We fire up the engines and cautiously head down the lane to the main road. Water drips down off the trees splashing on the windscreen, we are riding again. Confidence grows and as we ride through the New Forest, we hardly notice the rain as the smiles grow on our faces, it’s good to be back in the saddle.
Yes, as you can see from the photo, it was a wet dreary day, again, but it felt great!!! Most importantly, Anthony’s ankle held up. Changing gears was painful as expected but what we hadn’t thought of was the difficulty of pushing off the side stand – that was tricky and painful. But manageable, we can work around that. That will not stop us from doing our next bike trip, through France and Spain in under 2 weeks’ time. The bikes passed their MOT, we have new wet weather pants and we can’t wait to get back on the road again soon.
– Anne & Anthony