Road trips in foreign lands and tales thereof appeal to most riders. I was no exception but never did many, only in 3 countries. My first, 2nd and last foreign rides were on pre unit Triumphs of the 50s and 60s, 48 years between the first and the last – 1956 to 2004.
1st was to Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island on my ’55 Triumph T110 and my pal on a borrowed rigid Matchless 500 single.
2nd was 1957 riding the T110 around the USA with another life long pal on his ’49 Harley. We ventured into Tiajuna for a day – couldn’t leave fast enough.
The 3rd was northern Scotland in 2004. An Inn keeper near Balmoral Castle ran a rental service with classic bikes and guides. We grabbed the chance and rode a ’61 T110 all along the Whiskey Trail. A great 4 days, some rain, fog each day. We were the only guests -our guides, the roads, scenery and people were all terrific. Being Scotland, of course the food was mediocre and the Scotch great. Riding narrow roads along bucolic streams, then popping up into empty spaces of the Highlands, sampling our way along thru the distilleries, it did seem like the 1950′s for sure. Unique. Now I really understood why of the classic British bike design.