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Old 04-19-2014, 05:43 AM   #1
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Leaving an oily trail around the Isle of Man

I'm spending a few days on the Isle of Man, and I know that a lot of you have a soft spot for "the island". I am doing the family thing, so will only be getting out on the bike occasionally, for a for a change I thought I'd bring along my old BSA.

I got the ferry from Belfast in glorious spring sunshine for the 2 3/4 hour trip to the IOM.

This is short video clip of the Manannan Ferry at about 40 knots. This is what you get if you take 4 x Cat 3618 diesels and stick them in the water!

I recently changed the old girl onto this stuff...

So will hopefully leaving small puddles of it around the Island in the coming days, heading out now, so more pics to follow.....
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:35 AM   #2
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Looking forward to it, take lots of pictures....
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Old 04-19-2014, 08:49 AM   #3
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First off, headed for one of the landmarks of the circuit, the famous Creg ny baa.

Then looking up to Kates Cottage from the Creg (apparently it was actually called Tates Cottage, but someone miscalled it Kates, and it stuck.)

and of course, down the hill from the Creg towards Hillberry. I think this is one of the fastest parts of the circuit. The speed trap is on Sulby straight, but this bit is downhill.

It is only a few miles from here to the start/finish, where I stopped for a couple more pics. The pit lane was closed, but they had kindly left a small BSA sized small gate open at the side

As any of you who ride old bikes will know, any stop usually results in an interview. The old gent on the left was telling me about the B31 rigid and Norton ES2 he used to own.

Douglas bay with the tide out.

Sailers refuge at the entrance to the harbour, apparently you can walk to this a few times a year when the tide is particularly low.

Douglas bay from the other end,

Finally for today a couple of pics of marine drive, this scenic coast road used to lead down towards the south of the Island, but was closed due to subsidence.

This picture is taken just before the spot where the road is closed, you can see the twin towers from the first pic in the distance.

That was as far as I got today, sorry if the quality of the photography is a bit crap. I will hopefully get a bit further afield tomorrow, but have a couple of other things to take care of tonight....
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Old 04-19-2014, 09:39 AM   #4
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Beautiful bike, and it seems like it's right at home on the Isle. I'm jealous.
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Old 04-19-2014, 10:53 AM   #5
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I remember walking out to the little castle as a youngster many years ago.It was full of empty Newcastle Brown Ale bottles in wooden crates.

That is a nice Beeza,do you know where the saddle came from?I would like one just like it for my old Triumph.

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Old 04-19-2014, 05:30 PM   #6
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Nice I guess if it's not leaking there is no oil in it...........but you just pour more in and go.
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Old 04-20-2014, 03:30 AM   #7
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Got up nice and early while everyone else was still and bed and went around the coast to Laxey. I have many favourite places on the Isle of Man, but I think Laxey must come at the top of the pile, and here is why. Within 5 minutes I saw......

The worlds largest working waterwheel

A working traction engine,

A nice old Foden truck

Nice to see I wasn't the only one leaving my mark

And lots of trains from the Manx electric railway.

I then returned home via the Mountain Section of the TT circuit. It is hard to explain the feeling you get riding across this piece of tarmac on a quiet sunny Sunday morning, hundreds of competitors and spectators/public have died up here, but it is difficult to imagine the violence involved on a morning like this.

The highest corner on the circuit

and the windiest corner on the circuit

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Thanks for posting.
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Old 04-20-2014, 08:07 AM   #9
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Great photos of a great place. Thanks.
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Thanks for the ride around the Isle of Man. Oh by the way, great bike!
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Old 04-21-2014, 12:15 PM   #11
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Awesome pictures, thanks for that..........
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Old 04-21-2014, 01:28 PM   #12
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Oh, this makes me want to go back.

Gotta check to see if there are any recent cancellations...
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Old 04-21-2014, 06:40 PM   #13
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Very cool! The racers there have brass balls! I would love to take a casual ride around the track though.
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