It doesn't really bother me, I say to myself, but then I'm sat here on a Sunday morning typing this when I could be doing something else, so perhaps it does.
I posted this photo, taken in 2014, on Sideburn's instagram feed, after the recent news that Steve Nicholls and George Pickering have taken over the running of Mablethorpe Sand Racing. It's a family photo of me with 2021 DTRA Minibike Stock champ, Max Inman, and Eve, and my Honda 650 racer in a very early incarnation.
Anyway, someone left a comment on instagram yesterday - 'leva il parafango davanti'. I use Google translate to make sure it's nothing scurrilous. It's not, it's just stupid. 'Remove the front fender'. I'm on a beach, covered in sand, in the middle of winter, the North Sea visible in the background. The mudguard stays where it is.
What's the point of this post? It's better to ask a question than make a statement. Especially if you don't really know what you're looking at. Why not remove the fender? Because this isn't a baked dry dirt track. I'd be riding blind within ten seconds of the start.
On a more positive note, George and Steve are organising two Mablethorpe rounds in March. We'll give more details soon.