Jun 11

Trevors in the Rough

Trevors are noted for their aversion to inclement weather. The winter months, therefore, represent a low
period in the Trevor calendar with rare outings often restricted to a quick dash (well, tootle really) to the Temeside.
Both rider and machine look forward eagerly to the arrival of spring and the prospect of longer and more
adventurous expeditions. One of the first this season was a trip via Little Hereford, Lower Berrington and
St Michael’s to The Fountain at Tenbury. T2 and T3 were the only motorized two wheeled representatives on this
occasion; the ever expanding pedal section was very well represented. A slight impediment appeared at the St
Michael’s end of Oldwood Common – the entire length of the road across the Common (a good half mile) was
completely closed due to resurfacing. Undaunted by this challenge, and in true Trevor spirit, T2 and T3 set forth
across the Common itself to the accompaniment of encouraging cheers (and laughter) from the workmen.
Thankfully, the weather had been unseasonably dry and, apart from a good deal of bouncing and the dextrous
avoidance of boggy bits, the intrepid Trevors reached the far side of the Common and the safety of the Fountain
car park without major incident.
Fortunately, there were no adverse consequences to this off-roading episode except that it did exacerbate
T3’s headlamp problem. The headlamp was secured to the steering column by a right angle bracket that was
showing distinct signs of metal fatigue. And after Oldwood Common the headlamp did adopt a very noticeable
droop. Henceforward, T3 decided it would be prudent to take his emergency headlamp repair and catching kit on
every trip – a Tesco’s’ carrier bag complete with some bubble wrap and a commercial grade elastic band. The
curious practices of the moped MOT have been mentioned in a previous article. Being ‘spring’ it was time to
undergo this strange ritual once more and T3 was a little concerned about the insecure nature of his headlamp.
On arrival at the Centre, the bike engine was kept running so that the engineer could check the lights, as was his
usual custom. He seemed fascinated by the fact that the headlamp had a dipped and full beam facility –
apparently very unusual for this age of machine (it did, however, pose the question as to why this advanced
functionality had not been spotted on previous visits). To T3’s horror, the Engineer then grasped the headlamp
unit firmly in both hands and attempted to adjust the alignment of the lamp. The precariously small amount of
metal still connecting the lamp to the bike withstood this unexpected assault with fortitude and thankfully didn’t
break. At length the Engineer decided that, although drooping, the headlamp on full beam was probably
acceptable for dipped. T3 passed his MOT with flying colours yet again.
Don’t miss next month’s exciting continuation: A Trevor in the Dark