Only 4 more sleeps to go before we set off on our 4,200 mile Nordic adventure for Em’s Charity.
Both the Ulysses and Jane’s Guzzi Breva 750 are good to go with fresh oils and filters etc. and the Ulysses has also had a new rear tyre and SKF rear wheel bearings fitted. The bearings were an optional replacement, the tyre had approx. 1,000 miles life left on it so there’s no way it would have lasted the trip. We’re taking a good selection of imperial and metric tools with us plus a few critical spares and a couple of litres of Buell and Guzzi engine oil. This leaves me enough room in my panniers for 1 clean T-shirt and 2 pairs of underwotsits for 16 days
I’ve tentatively entered the 21st Century and succumbed to technology, over the weekend I fitted a Garmin GPS unit to the Ulysses*. After 40 years of motorcycle touring getting from A to B has never been a problem but arriving at ‘B’ has sometimes proved troublesome as I’ve struggled to find exact locations. On this trip we have 13 different accommodations booked, some out in the sticks and some in towns. If it’s been an arduous days riding the last thing we want to do is go round in circles trying to find our digs. We’ll see how helpful the Garmin is but I’ll continue to enjoy using my trusty Michelin maps; the GPS unit won’t replace them.* Someone in Louth has just fallen off his chair ……
We’ve created a separate Just Giving web page for this event – please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Christopher-Jessop/
To date we’ve raised over £700 in offline donations and pledges from family and colleagues. With help from the wider Buell community we hope to reach our target of £1000. All the money raised from this year’s UKBEG Buell Nordkapp Challenge will go to Em’s Charity, the Papworth Hospital Cystic Fibrosis Unit.
If everything goes according to plan we’ll fly our Buell banner at the Nordkapp on Saturday 4th July. We will post regular updates on this topic as we travel around Scandinavia.
Chris & Jane Jessop
Founders of UKBEG April 1998www.ukbuellgroup.co.uk