søndag 2. juni 2013

Looking back at May & The Castle Run

I am actually sitting down at the moment, in a chair in front of the computer. Have not been to much time for that in the month that have passed.
Bessie let me down on her first ride, those coming by this blog regularly will remember.

To get her back up running involved some good help, Swede and master mechanic Anders Karling made me new inlet valves and a local company working with engine building repaired my valve seats and inlet guides.
Why the inlet valve on the rear cyl scored in its guide was more complicated than just a tight fit. The main reason for this was due to a pair of rocker arms with a geometry not matching the criteria.
Will get back to how I solved this in a later post.

How the postal system manage to use a month in carrying a pair of head gaskets from Holland to Norway is one of those mysteries we will never understand.
Luckily I found gaskets with a local Harley supplier, Twin Thunder in Lyngdal the former Norwegian Harley importer.

There was desperation in the air when I finally had Bessie all back in one piece, only three days before the ferry I was booked were to leave for Denmark and the Castle run.
Managed to get ridden some 200km`s before entering the ferry port at Kristiansand harbour, not much time to learn Bessies whims.
Leaving ol Norway in god weather was; signed and my better half Øyunn on her trusty Beemer and Peggy on her chopped Sportster (now wit a luggage rack and a front mudguard that would be appreciated on the trip).
Having spent two and a half hour eating breakfast on the ferry we arrived in Hirtsals - Denmark. IT rained, pouring down, a rain whose strength took biblical proportions, we only missed Noa`s Ark and the scene would have been complete. And it rained like this for a steady 400km`s all the way down to Copenhagen where we would start our journey by visiting James the fame from Jamesville, the Killer Bobbers gang, their friends and the Dice issue 50 release party to be held at Motorius.
When entering the city limits of Cph the rain started taking its toll on both riders and machines, Bessie was reluctant in being a two cylindered machine if rev`s came below crescendo level, not too easy with no sight and traffic lights at every corner. Solved this by paying a local taxi driver to lead us to Motorius`s locations. When I asked the driver to buy his dry socks he was more reluctant, a shame I really needed them socks (got Jakob Ole`s later in the evening, thanks mate).
To arrive at Motorius was as getting home, Lau and Kasper, bikes, parts, atmosphere, friends you didnt even know you had, old friends came by, a place under roof to park our bikes and location for soaked motorcycle gear.
All off a sudden we had passed midnight with more than a hour talking and drinking when we finally got to our hotel in walking distance from Engehave vej - Cph, the most biker friendly place ever for anyone interested in old motorcycles in general and old US made cicles in particular.

Thursday, great weather, what a relief for exhausted motorcycle riders.
Started the day getting served an excelent breakfast by Kim in the workshop he share with his mates. Kim is well known of those that have been following the biker scene on the www for many years as he toured Japan and US on his bobbed Nimbus. Another person of certain bike fame sharing the garage with Kim is Mads the creator of Alma 4, now building a Big Bertha engined Super X from drawings only.
Having finished the breakfast at Kims place we walked by most of the Killer bobbers workshops under his guidance. All garages showed up with hectic activity, obviously there were still issues to be solved prior to their leave for the Castle run.
Spent the rest of Thursday morning with Bessie, dried out her coil, spark plug cables and changed oil on the engine. Thanks a lot for being allowed to wrench in the Motorius garage.
The Dice issue 50 release party!
And what a party, held in Motorius brick layered back yard where green leafs made a natural roof over the scene. Rockabilly music with Hammond organs and Leslie speakers, beer served from the garage and a crowd of friendly people steadily growing from 12 noon to well after midnight.
Thanks to all, making this event to such a great party.
Friday, the ride out!
We were supposed to gather at Motorius to ride out for the Castle run at 1200. The road captain Jakob Ole delayed the departure to 1 o`clock, a wise act.
The waiting time we spent at Allan & Jakob Oles Coffe-shop, what a great job they did in creating this place.
A crowd of approx. 50 bikes split the Cph. traffic heading for the highway to get us out of town, cool. 
The ride down to Krenkerup at Lolland where the castle is located took some three hours including gas and food at organized stops.
Arriving at the castle we were greeted by Patrick at the gates, Patrick being the only one I know that can state “my home is my castle”, and it`s true!

All bikes were parked at a green field next to the stables, which was transformed to dance hall, restaurant and more. Krenkerup`s own beer was served and we jumped right on to a pint of “Høst” to chill down. Got the tent raised at the camp behind the stables and Friday went by in a haze, talking and checking out bikes, an excellent dinner served and all accompanied by great music and Krenkerup`s beer.

Saturday morning, rain but we could see the better coming.

While enjoying the breakfast and tea we could see weather change and in time for the ride out to investigate Krenkerups surroundings sun was back on. The ride out started as a slow ride at small roads, even loads of curves (didn’t know they existed in Denmark), the slow ride was soon to change its phase and my mind got me to think of another island frequently visited by bikes at speed, this one in Ireland tough.
A Knucklehead well dug into the dirt in a field (it didn’t manage the curve) brought the speed back to decent levels and we did all arrive back to the castle in one piece to see more bikes and people arrive.
To summarize Saturday;
More great meals, beer, talking to old and new friends, cheking out bikes, music and more alike. Thanks to Patrick, James and their staff off helpers for gathering such a great bunch of lads and girls from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, US, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Germany and any whom I might have forgotten.

Names, I`m hopeless with such but I mention some from the top of my head;

Allan, Niklas, Martin, Morten, Jakob Ole, James, Paulie, Rowan,, Renshaw the Sinners; Totte and Per, Dean and his great dad, Lau, Kasper, Karsten, Jimmy, Gareth and Bedwer, Cay, Lee Beef, Greasy and many many more.
Time for wake up clock, had to leave before breakfast to get the ferry from Lolland to main land. As our ferry back to Norway was due to leave afternoon we had no time to spill. But faith is not always fare to the winning team. All off a sudden Peggy and her Sportster was out of my mirror just when riding onto the highway E45 in Middelfart. Damned, had to ride a couple of km`s to find a safe place to stop to wait for her calling. Having got her call I had to lend Øyunns Beemer to rescue her, my main tool brought beeing a pair of Danish pliers gently lent by a Danish panhead owner from nearby Fredrikshavn (you will get them back, true). Peggy`s gear shifter had broken off and was off no use. Got the Sporty set in fourth by means of the pliers and with some additional clutch wear she rode the following 300 Km`s in one gear. We missed the ferry tough, not due to old Bessie but rather the new Harley in the team. I did hear a hum hum from Bessie when riding the Higway north, the old ones might not be the worst after all!!
Luckily we managed to get on to another ferry later in the evening and we were home early in the morning Monday, exhausted of joy and a 1000 Km`s ride. The human brain is funny, the rain is now forgotten, as is the technical mishaps. All there is left is great memories from Cph. and Castle run 2013.

Da photos!
I`ve had a hard time selecting photos able to tell what a great time we had on Our trip to the Castle run, here is bunch.

Our ride down;

Breakfast at Kim`s and friends Place;

Tour by the Killer bobber`s garage`s & Jamesville;


Engehave Cafe;

Dice party;

Ride out from Motorius;

Castle Run 2013;


There should or could have been so many more pics from this great event, still those shown do tell what Castle Run 2013 was all about, friendship & motorcycles!

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