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    Posted: 11 May 2019 at 12:05
Coming up soon, Italian Bike Day at The Red Lion Cassington.

Hosted by (Oxford) British Motorcycle Riders Club: Italian Bike Day, Red Lion Cassington - https://bmrco.wordpress.com/activities-events-2019/

Quite a small event this, but a good Guzzi turn out last year. Blazing weather last year, so bring a knotted handkerchief. And your camera.

A few weeks later, Monday 24th June, The Red Lion is also the focal point for The Big One: Cassington Bike Night, at which you can see (at least one of) every bike you ever heard of, and more than a few which you never knew existed.  And a handful which probably shouldn't exist. Think Ramsey Bike Night (but without the seaside) and you'll get the idea. Classic and otherwise interesting bikes are marshalled onto the central village green, others directed to park (where they can) in other village locations, but literally anything and everything is welcome. Free, but bucket donations encouraged for local causes, so bring a pocketful of shrapnel.

A bit later in the year, same location, the Norton Owner's Club hold a 'Café Racer Day' at which anything with clip ons, (or bars which are fitted in such a way that your hands are below the top yoke) are welcomed. And, frankly, anything which is just plain interesting. Good Guzzi turn out at the past few events - can't find any specifics for 2019, but will add them if and when I discover them.
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I'll miss the Italian Day I'm afraid Barry.  That really is a nice event, but I'm on holiday.  Should make the Bike night though.  Thanks for the heads up.
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Originally posted by Glawster Glawster wrote:

I'll miss the Italian Day I'm afraid Barry. 


That's a shame, Derek - your V7 was much looked at. Never mind, leave the garage open and I'll come ride it over for you. No need to thank me.

As for the big night, I'll be doing my usual and planning to arrive 3:30'ish, at which time the only bikes on the village green re a Norman Nippy, that Dakota-engined special, 32 of Lawrence of Arabia's Broughs, and yet another bloody Vincent Black Prince. So, space to park and you can actually buy a beer and sit down. (o: 
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Is that the technique.  That explains why the Green is usually full of CX500s, Indian Enfields and Harleys!  All the interesting stuff is pushed into the car parks!

Whilst I'm being grumpy, is the Italian day worth going to? I've been to the Triumph day twice and found it a complete waste of time. Just half a dozen bikes at the back of the pub and a group of people sitting tight, talking to themselves!  first time I blamed it on bad weather but it was much the same second time.

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Good plan for early arrival Barry, I'll do the same.
I thought the Italian Day was great.  OK, maybe a bit low key, but the back garden was full of bikes.  Here's a reason you might want to attend Stephen!


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Well now we're talking!  Seeing as mine is booked onto the Morini Riders Club trackday at Cadwell in July I need to get some miles in . . .

Mind you, mine isn't anywhere near that shiny so might have to sit in the corner!
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Hey @Bondequipe - the 'form' with Cassington Bike Night is that the village green is (or has traditionally been) reserved for the rides of the (Oxford) British Motorcycle Riders Club (https://bmrco.wordpress.com/) around whom the event has grown (they used to host the early growth days of the event at various other locations around Oxford, over the years).  All 'the other bikes' - especially modern, current sports bikes, are asked to park not in the 'main show' but around the periphery and - at Cassington - in the various school grounds and sports fields made available for that purpose.  There is no car access (other than for identified residents) after about 15:00

In more recent years, the marshalls also selectively welcome other interesting machinery onto the Village Green - harsh fact that older boxers, and now older Japanese machines are now contemporaneous with some of our Guzzis, and if my Cali T3 is 'waved on' then a CX500 or KH250 might also be!  There is also space made, from what I have seen, for older marque clubs - including, for example, BMW Boxers.

Generally, I'd say that peak time for 'the interesting stuff' (or what I consider to be) is between 4 and 6 - after which time a lot of the older bikes are heading home (or, sadly, back to their trailers).  If 'interesting stuff' for you is a line-up of Hayabusa's or Panigale's, then those continue to arrive and file into the parking fields up to around 8'ish. 

It always pays to have a wander around the parked stuff, because in amongst the ordinary there is always something remarkable. I always take a camera , but frankly, it's hard to know which way to point it!

Hope this helps. There are surely other motorcycle spectaculars throughout the year, but this is on my doorstep, and I think it's something pretty special.
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Oh, don't get me wrong, I like Cassington and have been, off & on, for the last 15+ years. Just seemed a bit odd last year to watch a brand new Harley get waved onto the Green and Vincents, Dresdas & Bevel Dukes dispatched to a car park. I hadn't thought about the club member thing so maybe that was it.

I will be going this year but not on a Guzzi as I need to head SW with lots of kit so need my practical panniered bike.
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