The Laverda Whisky Run – Oldies on Tour

| 9/26/2012 3:01:43 PM

Bladnoch 16-year-old single malt Scotch whiskey 
The inspiration: Bladnoch Distillery 16-year-old single malt Scotch. 

It was the middle of probably the worst winter for years. I was sitting in front of a roaring open fire, the Laverda safely wrapped up warm in her garage, a glass of a suitable chilled Bordeaux Blanc in hand when I was jolted back to reality remembering an email I had received earlier in the day. 

It was from one of my oldest friends (yes, I do have more than one) and we go back nearly 50 years. He was suggesting a ride to Scotland in late May when the weather would be good. It was such a long way off that without hesitation I sent my reply in the affirmative.  

The ride was to visit Bladnoch Distillery, a tiny distillery in Wigtown, South West Scotland. My usual tipple is good wine and good ale. It seems that my old friend David Minton has acquired a taste for Lowland whiskies, in particular Bladnoch whisky. The initial plan was for me to meet David and four of his friends from Herefordshire at the Kendall services on the M6. I believe the combined age of the gathered oldies would have been in excess of 400 years, hence the sub title. 

Over the next four months, four of the six dropped out, leaving David on his 3CL and me on my RGS. So now it was a Laverda run. 

Bladnoch run, Laverdas resting 
The motivation: A fine pair of Laverdas, in 180- and 120-degree versions. 

Gerald Estes III
10/11/2012 9:21:34 PM

fantastic fuel economy! into the wind and all that. i really liked the story. the tempo was ok - even the maze of roadways, villages and aquaintances didnt distract. nice photos. thanks.

Tony Carlos
10/11/2012 3:18:45 PM

Love seeing bikes loaded with luggage and obviously aimed at real miles. Sure track days can be fun, but there is nothing like cross-country.