On Saturday morning there was not chance for having a lie-in. We booked a time with Janne in Arboga at Italian Bike Center for the Red Lady, also known as Signorina Pasolina. Read more about her and her owner on their blog.
Warming up the 4-wheeled vehicle…
On the road!
Freezing at about 8 Celsius minus. Nothing an Italian lady prefers…
… not even with a pretty white coat…
Thankfully she was allowed to enter the warm garage shortly after that. A warm garage and good company of quite a few other Ducatis and a Laverda awaited her.
Will they exchange stories with each other? Well, if so, us human beings will never know. We just hope to get her back in a week or two, and that the stories she shared with the fellow patients at Janne will give her sweet dreams which help her getting through the winter under her blanket in our rather cold garage.
Oh yes, she needs to get a proper service, including overhauling her clutch system which is kind of behaving a bit strange. In case you wondered.
Here in Sweden it is getting November cold and wet by now. OK – you can get the bikes still out, with the right equipment and providing you (and your bike) have a lot of will power. The summer here is not worth mentioning, not sure if it even qualifies as summer, coming to think of all that rain coming down on us. But hey, that’s life. Anyway, my beauties are now safely stored in the warm garage, carbs emptied, batteries charged and wheels given the right amount of air. Time to see what needs to be checked and replaced until the season starts again next May. The first garage session of the autumn/ winter season we had today, quite therapeutic, means nice and quiet.
Now that I uploaded a few clips from yesterday’s first race day at Gelleråsen, Karlskoga, Sweden, I thought you might like to watch them, too. Here we go.
Start of the first heat!
Today is Classic Racing at Gelleråsen, Karlskoga. Always an exceptional experience!
Soon it is time again for the Sidecar World Championship again. Mark the 20th of July in your calendar or bookmark this page. Watch FIM’s promotion video in order to get an idea. Why I am that interested? Well, I think sidecars of any kind are somehow odd and cool vehicles, not at last very practical in some circumstances. So obviously racing sidecars is somewhat special! The second reason is that we actually crossed Schleizer Dreieck 2 years ago on our way down to Italy. At some point I’d like to go back there and watch a race!