Sunday, June 12, 2011

A RIDE FROM TOULOUSE...


After so much talking about, thinking about, and writing about motorcycles, I think its time for a ride.  Can we go for a ride now?  Let's go for a ride.

Motorcycles are for riding...

Okay, let's go, how about a big loop from Toulouse, with a bunch of characters, the usual kind who bring all sorts of crazy bikes, and who make you laugh all day, one way or another.

Thanks to the Southsiders M.C. for organizing two days of fun in the south of France, to Vincent Prat for loaning his beautifully-sorted Norton Commando, to Derek at Lewis Leathers for the loan of one of his 'archive' jackets from '62, and Jérome Coste of Ruby for the loan of one of his fantastic (and super-light) helmets.

The Friday Ride:  Toulouse to St. Ferréal to Saissac to La-Louviére Lauragais, 185km.
After-party in Toulouse center; Blitz cycles arrive.
What a pair!  A new French custom (which looked rideable), and an icon of modern design...
Polo Garat, photographer.
David from El Solitario M.C.
Nice Triumph Daytona; not with our group!
Hugo from Blitz
El Solitario drives el Invisible
Shadowed by a black 'Vette, slithering its way along the unlined country roads, and having big fun...
Olivier of Digital Milk tries the 'Vette for size...
Clearly, Spring has arrived.
I've had that kind of relationship to a motorcycle...
Valeria of El Solitario, who rode from the very tip of Spain to join us!
Nice Brough Superior patch, Hugo.
The oldest bar in Toulouse

The Saturday Ride:  Toulouse to Castlenau to S. Antonin Noble-Val to the middle of Nowhere and back, 320km.

I'd just told the Blitz boys they looked like a beer ad.


The bridge at Cahors







Christophe of Eastside in Toulouse, who hosted our Friday after-party
Das Kleine Wunsche?  Le garcon de réve...
DAV from le Container


Fred from Blitz Cycles





Artist Mark Woodhatch and his very loooow H-D



The modern era; iPhone trouble light...
Knights of the evening...




How to feed 30 hungry bikers; in style...


Momo and his original Dave Mann-style jacket, of the bike...

...he is riding!  Old school Kawasaki chopper.





Lovely Motobecane 175cc








Botticelli angel with pony; as it should be.












Mowing the grass with a Kawasaki...








Ride organizer Vincent Prat collecting lunch money in a Ruby helmet...
See you next time!  Thanks for the ride!

18 comments:

matt machine said...

you bastards.

Fashion Serial Killer said...

beautiful scenery, beautiful bikes, and beautiful MEN! I need to move to France!! Looked like a great time indeed.

Anonymous said...

Have to tell you, I look forward to every one of your articles, the absolute best pixs and motorcycle reading on the Internet.
Just had to say thank you for showing the overhead shot of the Commando with the beautiful scenery in the background. Why can't Minnesota USA look like that.
The picture of the bike reinforces the re-purchase of my 75 MIII Commando that was used in the August 95 issue of Vanity Fair upon which Keanu Reeves is perched.

Keep up the great work, Love it!
Jeff

Geordie Biker said...

Paul, beautiful countryside, gorgeous bikes; looked like a good crowd to be with. Thanks for your ongoing worldwide escapades with the old classic machinery!

Blissed Out said...

The motobecane 175cc has just stolen my heart.


http://blissed.bigcartel.com/

trent reker said...

what matt wrote. looks like it was a blast.

occhiolungo said...

hi Paul. It looks like a fun ride. As you know, our own riding season is in full swing back at home. When do you get back to SF? there is a ride on Saturday if you can make it.

jourden said...

Hi Paul,
Thanks to your post, it is so easy to re-live this magical moment shared with you and SouthSiders'crew in Toulouse.
Such a perfect moment!!!
And such beautiful pictures, knowing you've been shooting most of them while riding in the wonderful curves of the area of France, full of f****ng gravels !
You're my hero :)
Fred (Blitz Motorcycles).

George said...

Nice photo guys,I can tell you that I feel a little bit jealous about you and the good time you had.
thank you for sharing all this with us.

George said...

Nice pics.

Andrew Macpherson said...

Wonderful ride photo essay, looks like you had much nicer weather than we did at the F1 in Montreal. Love to see more of that Guzzi sport, very nive looking in the two shots.

VC Slim said...

Thanks for taking us along on your picturesque ride.

GuitarSlinger said...

The ONLY thing that could of made this ride better ( perfect actually ) for me would be if it'd stopped off at a Classic Airplane , Steam Locomotive museum and a bicycle factory along the way .

Yes I'm a GearHead in the most serious way

Anonymous said...

Hello Paul:

I trust this note finds you well. Great imagery from the Toulouse run. Wow.

Greg

James said...

The Bonnie/Tiger mix thing... the grey one! A - beautiful bike. B - I'm desperate to relocate my speedo and ignition to clear up my bars on my old Bonnie... no chance you know who's bike it might be? Would love to be able to pick their brains!

This post and the last one have made me literally green with envy - such beautiful machines in such a stunning part of the world!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Is that white line just for decoration?, you guys seem to be all over the road.
JD

The Vintagent said...

If painted lines and colored lights govern a man's soul, he is surely lost...

Anonymous said...

You are a great artist !
Jérome A.