As it’s such a beautiful Autumn day, we decided to take a ride on Feisty across the border into Poland, into the Magura national park. I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I heard about the bears crossing over. The area is beautiful with many old wooden houses still lived in. There are signs warning of wolves and bears and this just adds to the feeling of riding a motorcycle around twisty, hilly roads.
We’ll definitely be going back.
Today was the first chance I’ve had in over a month to do some repairs to my Aprilia Pegaso 650, Feisty. It had taken me months to find a replacement rubber intake manifold for my carb and I’d been preparing for visitors, plus the weather has been awful. Despite the freezing temperatures and it taking almost an hour to get her started, I took Feisty to a friend of mine in a remote village where he and his father could help me change the part.
I dressed in full leathers and Long Johns and it was still cold. The road there was stunning, with autumn colours, winding Carpathian single roads around forested hillsides – through bear country. Erik and his father spent all day taking her apart, replacing the manifold and doing some maintenance in preparation for winter. I’m extremely grateful to them for giving up their Saturday, again, to help with my bike. Why Italians make their bikes so complicated I’ve no idea – even the smallest task becomes an arduous feat.
I then rode on the backroads to my house with the sun shining and the icy wind biting my extremities. Feisty can now, finally, go up to 6000 revs and I could feel the huge difference in power, acceleration and speed, and it made me feel good to be alive. Back in black and on the bike. Sometimes life just makes you grin….
This is my beloved Feisty, a Mk1 Aprilia Pegaso single cylinder 650 thumper. Commuting on her on bush roads, through hills and around Lake Domasa is an amazing experience, although I can’t sit down for a day afterwards…
This shot was taken beneath Cicva Castle in Slovakia just before we embarked on our ride into the Zakarpaty region of the Ukraine on Friday 6th June, 2014