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Rolling Thunder in London, 12 April 2019

Discussion in 'Europe' started by TheDarkLord, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. TheDarkLord

    TheDarkLord Just got it firing!

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    Guys, just attended the above event when 22,000 bikes (Met Police Figure seemingly) converged on London last Friday. The Met closed Park Lane which then proceeded to fill up, obviously. I just so happened to park up next to 2 other Guzzi, a V7i Racer, V7ii Racer and my V7iii Carbon. Great day out and the noise was epic, riding from Park Lane, over Vauxhall Bridge, back over Westminster Bridge and then around Parliament Square to park up at the Cenotaph. Please excuse the half eaten sandwich on my tank :)

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    Raven Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    That's quite a turn out. It's not even raining!;)
     
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    grame Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Was this the protest about the soldier who murdered three people on Bloody Sunday facing prosecution?
     
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    Robert Gibson Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Site Contributor!

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    Not wishing to enter into any form of political discussion but maybe you omitted the word allegedly from your question.
     
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    "Soldier F gave evidence anonymously to the Saville Inquiry in 2003 and admitted firing 13 rounds on Bloody Sunday.

    His assertion that there were "gunmen and bombers killed" was rejected in Lord Saville's report.

    The Saville Inquiry stated that there was "no doubt" Soldier F had shot father-of-six Paddy Doherty, who was unarmed.

    Saville also found there was "no doubt" Soldier F had shot an unarmed Bernard McGuigan on Bloody Sunday as he went to the aid of Patrick Doherty, waving a white handkerchief.

    At the Saville Inquiry, Soldier F admitted he had shot 17-year-old Michael Kelly - but he said that he had only fired at people with bombs or weapons.

    However, Saville concluded Mr Kelly was unarmed.

    The Saville Inquiry found that both William McKinney and James Wray could have been shot by Soldier F and three other soldiers.

    The inquiry report also stated Soldier F had changed his story over the years."

    Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-47540271

    I was interested as to why so many motorcyclists saw this as something to protest. But then I saw some regiments mentioned on flags, and remembered how most of the instructors at my DAS training school were ex-services.
     
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    TheDarkLord Just got it firing!

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    It's just a photo of 3 Guzzi... Anyway, people shouldn't judge until they've been there and it wasn't a protest, just a ride in support; to poorly quote Thumper's mum, "if you can't say somethin' nice, don't say nothin' at all". :)
     
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    grame Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Oddly, I was there, albeit on the top deck of a bus going up Park Lane - to collect my V7 from the dealer down the road in Shepherds Bush. Looks to be more than just a ride in support when one of the city's main thoroughfares is brought to a standstill - was this intended all along? And in support of what exactly? A re-framing of the legal frameworks surrounding the military's rules of engagement? Shooting unarmed people with white flags tending to wounded fellow protesters? Or some vague tabloidish gut reaction that 'our boys' are beyond reproach and that there is no such thing as a military crime when committed by a Brit?

    Or maybe most people there had no idea why they were there other than for a ride round London with lots of other motorcyclists. In which case, interesting questions can be raised about how movements can be co-opted by murky political actors. Interesting grounds for some socio-anthropological research into the cultural practice of motorcycling - I may suggest it to one of my students.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0002c2s

    Not sure what saying 'somethin' nice' might constitute - I was just querying if this was the same event I had read about and passed through. And wondering why this particular issue should rouse such a reaction amongst people who ride motorbikes.
     
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    Robert Gibson Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Site Contributor!

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    Think this thread should be treated for what it is, a photo of three Guzzis and nothing else.
     
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    grame Tuned and Synch'ed

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    And very nice examples they are at that!
     
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