“It’s a death trap that thing” my auntie said
“and for 8 months a year it sits in the shed”.
“It’s something I grew up with, something I like”
said my uncle Fred who’d never part with his bike.
When there’s no cloud and the weather is still
uncle Fred wheels out his Bonneville.
Every nut and bolt tells a story
About life on a bike in four stroke glory.
People used to comment on the leathers he was sporting
And my auntie was impressed when they were courting.
He said “A ’59 Bonneville will get you far”
But she said her last boyfriend had a bike and a car.
It got them to parties and village hall dances
Better than later models with technological advances
Always reliable, always a breeze
And better than anything Japanese.
But when the kids came along the writing was on the wall
And they were soon the owners of a secondhand Vauxhall
With only him working, they weren’t made of money
But they could afford the Vauxhall without selling the Bonney.
Out on the open road, move through the gears
Seems like a metaphor for the passing of years
Time goes so quickly without you knowing
And all the time the family is growing.
He always wanted to keep the bike and I am glad that he did
Especially now it’s worth a few quid
He said “The kids will probably sell it after I am dead
But while I am alive it’s staying in that shed”.