XS650: Yamaha 650 Twin Club, Nederland, 25th Birthday   1 comment

I kept last weekend free. No distractions. Took off to Balkbrug, Holland. The Netherlands XS650 Club celebrated their 25th birthday. Weather was a little broken. Had booked a bed so no need to carry a tent. A big help.

Took the ‘romantic route’. Stayed more or less clear of the autobahns. Followed the Rhein north to Arnhem. Successfully dodged several heavy showers. Got caught by several more.

stopped under a bridge … hiding from the rain … taking a leak … 1227km on that seat-took me a while to dismount

Had a coffee stop in Zwolle. Pulled over just short of  ‘home’ with blown rear lights. A torch and red lens got me the rest of the way.

happy birthday … thanxs for the foto fred


finally there


welcome … foto also from fred

Lots of nice bikes. Good people.

green XS1 … another foto from fred


yellow XS1B


red/white XS2


kool TX650


More Heritage Specials than I’ve ever seen in 1 place. And a nice mix of modifieds – been seriously considering gettting a second residence here in the Netherlands – no problems getting modifieds street legal … not at all like Germany.

After a great breakfast we headed off to Gramsbergen for the 10th TT Classic Road Races .. 50, 125, 250, 350, 500cc bikes and sidecars from the oldtimer classes. I got sidetracked here and missed the Highland Games program back at the campground. Did manage to find an old-fashioned petrol station that still sold mundane things like light bulbs, fuses and spark plugs.

Also found a few nice solutions …

interesting rack


bobber rack


guard mount – hand grip


as a confirmed sidecar rider i liked this


and yes I did wear my club colours … no naked dash for me


I had a great time. Enjoyed the atmosphere, the bands, the food, the company … bought 5 raffle tickets and walked off with 2 prizes.

To the organisers – Thanxs from me. A job well done!!

All in all I rode 1227km. Got wet and blow dried. More than once.


Posted June 26, 2013 by xscafe in General

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One response to “XS650: Yamaha 650 Twin Club, Nederland, 25th Birthday

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  1. Nice to see our club members out there having fun.

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