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August 12, 2016

A Close-Up Peek At A Honda Birdwing…

Following yesterday’s post, we are gazing in awe at an amazing selection of motocycles at the Burg Satzvey castle in Mechernich, as  the Honda Goldwing Road Riders Association members arrive here for a large weekend gathering. As with many of my posts, there is pleasure in both the broader picture and the detail, the later is where we are going now….

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Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

August 11, 2016

How To Be A SKI’er On A Motorbike…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The courtyard area of the Burg Satzvey castle in Mechernich, is not the only place that we have been seeing the bikes from the Honda Goldwing Road Riders Association.

They are gathering in ever greater numbers all inside the main entrance too.

We go to have a better look and are blown away how large the bikes are and how many variations on a theme are possible if you take one Honda Goldwing and add… stuff, in some cases even rather literally also the kitchen sink!

Soon our mouths are hanging open, these people are more than just serious about their machines.

I mull over the thought that several retirement funds are sitting here, people who have worked hard all their lives preferring to be known as “SKI’ers” (“SKI” standing for “Spending Kids Inheritance), taking off around Europe and maybe even the world on their luxurious machines and enjoying to the full every single day of their retirements. As per earlier, photographs are most welcome so I get busy, fully enjoying each new arriving vehicles and wondering what on earth can be coming around the corner next.

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August 10, 2016

A Castle Courtyard Filled To Over-Flowing With Magnificent Beasts…

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When we entered the inner courtyard of the Burg Satzvey castle in Mechernich, the first thing we saw were the imposing buildings around us.

The second thing was that the courtyard was filled with motorbikes.

It becomes apparent that this weekend the Honda Goldwing Road Riders Association (District Germany) are holding a large meeting, and that the Burg Satzvey castle is hosting them on this occasion.

The bikes are fascinating, not just because there are so many of them, but also because all are in gleaming, immaculate condition, and they are large, imposing but still beautiful machines.

All of us start looking in awe, some of the owners are around and the moment we show a polite interest in looking from a distance they come over to tell us about their machines to assure us that is fine to come closer and take any photographs we want. I didn’t waste the invitation and together we learned that the group is made up of all ages, they come from a very large area, around Germany to attend, there is even someone from the UK somewhere in the group and that a few international members travels from abroad regularly to join in with the bigger meets.

They are very quick to say that they are a “bike touring group” and not “bikers / Bikies” in the gang sense,  but that is of course obvious… clearly they have had to put people at ease on many occasions before. Himself hates the thought of motorbikes (he’s really a car enthusiast) but even he is impressed by the beauty and size of these machines. There is a brilliant sense of travelling in style when you look at these beauties.

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 Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

August 4, 2016

Burg Satzvey: Not Just The Castle Boasting An Impressive Entrance…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Last summer whilst on holiday, family Kiwidutch and a young guest visited the small town of  Mechernich in order to visit the moated castle of  “Burg Satzvey”.

The weather was excellent (for a change, this trip) and after the car journey we are all eager to have a good look around.

The castle has what seems to be a large walled area around it but the grounds are large and judging by the people marshalling traffic in the small street leading to the castle entrance, some sort of event appears to be going on.

Himself drops me off and finds a car park close by, and all of a sudden we hear the loud noise of multiple engines and begin to get an idea of the event that’s being hosted here…

…The roaring sound increases as one motorcycle after another comes into view.

I ask if it is ok to take photographs of the bikes and their proud owners can not be happier that some foreign stranger is looking admiringly at their gleaming machines. It becomes apparent that some of the group are about to leave again, apparently they will be back after they have guided yet more of their contingent back here… it leaves us wondering just how many there are going to be here in total then? Both tourist and locals stand and stare as they depart for the moment with a roar of engines.

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Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

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