The French Connection.

 

While over in the Isle-Of-Man this year, 2014, for the Manx Classic two day trial.

 

This chap is actually Irish...

 But What a shot, and shows what the Isle-Of-Man is really like...

 

I met a Happy group of French Guy's riding their "BSA Otter" type bikes,

the way you should, really enjoying the day out on the machines, and also enjoying the Glorious Manx scenery.

I even guided them to their refuelling guy, after I unmistakeably had sent him away from where they had arranged to fuel up, thinking they had already left the group of sections I was walking back from. 

But low and behold they caught me up, and I had to try and explain with hand gestures, that the fuelling guy had gone to the next sections. All was well though because he had not found them, and was returning on the same road.. Panic over...

 

 

 Below, are the photos I shot of the guy's,

that made that trial their own..

enjoy... 

 

 

This is Philippe Fabre,

Aboard his  BSA B40...

 

 

Number 71 is Andre Marmier...

and 72 is Philippe Serradeu...

 

 

This is the Ariel type frame on Andre's, BSA C15

engined machine.

 

 

 Philippe Serradeu's bike that is very much in the "BSA Otter" guise.

 

Note: The seat tubes have been pulled in like an Ariel HT.

 

 

Here's a better photo, of the swinging arm set up on that machine.

 

Shame that the Manx rock's had taken a liking to the  cylinder head fins on the bike at some stage of the trial....

 

 

It really was a glorious Autumnal day in the Island,

and a joy to be out in the mountain air...

 

 

A trilogy of French BSA's, or should it be a tricolour?

 

Photos Otterman 2014...

Off to the refueling stop...

 

 

The Isle-Of-Man has, Rocks, Streams, muddy plantations, you name it, they have got it...

 

 

More than just-a trial, and experience...

 

 

 

Not only BSA power but NSU too...

 

 

And a BSA from Italy?

 

 

This Manx Classic Trial is truly International, with competitors from the far reaches of the globe...

 

 

This BSA and Royal Enfield are from Sweden...

 

 

This BSA machine and rider, had a very good result in the Scottish trial the same year...

 

 

Enjoying the same sort of rocks here...

 

 

Another Frenchman this time aboard a French Terrot machine...

 

 

What a good shot, of a not so well known make of trials machine, this side of the water...

 

 

And our old friend from Ireland.. On this superb old machine...

 His brother is at the top of the page aboard his Norton...

 

 

And a competitor riding a Triumph Cub that I also think came from France...

 

More later...

 

And from the 2007 Manx Classic Trial...

 

 

Photo Courtesy Lee Prescott...

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A shot from the same trial but in 2007 another Frenchman on his Motobecane...

 

The story about the French MotoBecane trials motorcycles, has a page on the site now...

 

 Just look at the scenery below,from the Isle-Of-Man, stunning and perfect.

 

 

Magnifique Scenery!!!

 

 

 

What a superb tree this is...

 

 

If you look closely, you can see the Manx Classic Trial competitors in the back ground of the tree.. Where else could you get this...

 2014... 

Updat2021...

More later.