At the Museum on Monday and another international experience with visitors from California and Philadelphia the rest of the week was quite quiet with preparations for a ride on the Buell with the ROG’s (Retired Old Gits) and Saturday at a fund raising event for organ donation in Assam. Sunday was due to be Classic British Bike day at the Ace Cafe but not wanting to get me or the LE wet I have stayed at home to get my adventures for the week written down. We have a new Norton on display a late fifties Dominator looking in show room condition and must be seen.
The week was a blurr of DIY and avoiding rain, getting another posting done and some planning for a bike ride that would visit Hive Beach and Sammy Millers in Dorset. Thursday arrived with a fine warm day meeting at Ryka’s then a short trip of only 50 miles to Finchdean and the George pub for lunch. I had an all day breakfast and couldn’t finish it neither did another fella. Mega sized sandwiches were just too deep to get your mouth around but someone tried.
I’ve got that pub on my list to revisit and they have a good selection of real ales too! Ending the day at Billy’s, a biker cafe on the A29 with a nice mug of tea before setting off home completing 176 miles for the day. A good start to my biking season.
You may ask what the Zublee foundation is all about and where does it fit in with biking then read on. The foundation was set up to get an organ donation established in India. There are a lot of people in India and you would have thought there would have been a surfit of spare organs, more than enough to go around. Not the case, it seems even in death, the owners want to hang on to them and the relatives want to keep them too! It is all about education. At the launching of this Charity a bike rally was organised in Guwahati in Assam, North East India.
A ride around the city promoting the Foundation. This was in 2014 and, as in most cases, bikers will do almost anything to ride their bikes. India is no different and I have included some pictures of that event. As to the fund raising event two of the most famous Assamese pop artists were there to entertain us Zubeen and Zublee. Singing for hours popular songs from many eras. Last year Zubeen had a massive hit from a song that was used in a Bollywood movie. Zublee, also a successful singer, started the foundation for organ donation and gave an address at the end of the show to gather more support.
The web site is www.zubleefoundation.com
I am already a registered organ donor but as I am planning a ride in India next year I may as well join the other Indian bikers in support of a good cause.
From saving lives to a sadder occasion with the passing away of one of our Great British Motorcycling Legends, John Surtees, who won both 350cc and 500cc World Championships before moving on to motor racing and becoming F1 Champion. He was an ambassador for motorcycling and we remember him in a video that we run everyday “The Power and the Glory” as he presents some of the iconic British motorcycles of the fifties.