European Cade Raid 2014 was held inHavelte, Holland 4.-7.7.2014Suzuki Cavalcade was presented to the audience back at 1985. First show and test drive was arranged at Aspencade 85 –motorcycle show in U.S.A. Cavalcade stand up against Gold Wing and won many hearts of the test drivers. First Cades were delivered to customers 1986 as GT and LX models. LX is more equipped than GT. It has a Clarion radio cassette/intercom and air pressure adjustable passenger seat and backrest. Later on an LXE was introduced with even more accessories. Cavalcade was in production until 1990. There is about 30 known Cades in Finland, 20 of those driven and within SCCF.First European Cade Raid saw the daylight 2002 at English soil. Organized by David Hebblethwaite. The rally did not succeed very well back then and therefore David decided to let it be for some time. By 2007 he had managed to locate and contact other Cade groups in Europe and specially one, the Norwegians showed some real potential. They had a Cade club for years already with good amount of active members. At 2007 the European Cade Raid was reborn and it has been running continuously ever since. This year’s Cade Raid was 8thon line, arranged by SCC Holland.The Dutch friends have selected us a perfect cozy place, Marinushoeve, in Havelte. It was located on a camping site in a small village by the channel. Very nice roads took us there. We Finns drove about 400 km from Travemünde, Germany. We arrived by Finnlines Finnmaid 3rd of July at 9 pm after 36 hours on board. Have to say that ship personnel do show you a place where to park your bike, but no one tells how the strange lashing belt does tighten. Fortunately we got help from a more frequent bike traveler next to us.There were two Cades of us from Finland. As we landed late to Travemünde, we had booked an overnight stay from Das HOTELchen from Lübeck. A cozy little hotel with free parking and breakfast included. Strolling the evening we managed to find our first Helles from the neighborhood also.By the morning 4thof July we headed to Holland. Cades were functioning nicely and the route was handled with my Garmin using 2013 maps guiding us the fastest no-toll roads. During the 400km drive we filled up noticing that gasoline prices were as high as in Finland. Unfortunately.The united Europe fooled us so that we almost missed to notice the border of Holland. Only a portal with EU and national flags gave a hint that we just moved from one country to another. No more round stamps to our passports nowadays.What we did notice was that traffic in Holland was much spacier than in Germany. Roads were in better condition and over speeding Porsches passing by no longer existed. All though there were speed limits in Autobahns too; 120km/h valid between 06:00 to 20:00.After refueling and refreshing break we met our Norwegian friends on the gas station. Hugs and hello´s were exchanged and the Juha took the lead of our two bike caravan. He was using TomTom with the shortest route setting. Oh boy what routes did it find to us. Momentarily we felt a bit shameless driving very narrow brick roads passing by cyclists. We were not sure should we ride those roads because similar size roads in Finland are only for cyclists. Well. A bit of history was seen on our drive. At least we know now what the Dutch did after dark ages; they all were laying bricks to the roads!Arriving to Havelte our first contact was paparazzi Tony shooting all the arriving Cade´s. So no mistaken where the camping site was seeing Tony on the corner of the road. During the afternoon 15 bikes arrived from Holland, Belgium, Norway, England, France and Finland. Not a huge amount for a rally, but quite OK knowing that were not part of Gold Wing mass. Compared to American Cade Raid, there is about 100 participants.Friday evening was easy going, having a very nice Bar-B-Q and good, cheap, Jupiter beer. Warm evening air was filled up with a mess of languages. Everybody was talking, I do not know was anyone listening. Our four young generation participants (two from Finland, two form Norway) were having interesting language exchange. At least Luke learned few useful Finnish curse words to use in suitable situations. I myself learned to speak excellent Norwegian. Or was is to say that I speak excellent Norwegian. Whatever, I have forgotten it anyway.At Saturday morning everyone assembled to the arranged Raid. When everyone was ready to go I noticed that my Cade was leaking gasoline like a river. That was no go to me. Fortunately my daughter Tytti requested Cavalcade-Yves to take her to a ride and off they go. To me there was something else to do. I teared up the fairings in such amount that a local camping guest came to see if I were in my senses. After spreading the stuff around it naturally started to rain…Thanks for the camping manager, he let me into their maintenance shed where I could continue externally dry. Thanks for Jupiter, I kept going happily. I have to say that some comfort I got when everyone arrived from the Raid – soaking wet To make long story short. After removing, fixing and re-installing the carburetor set twice there was still a noticeable leak somewhere. I managed to arrange such a scenario that I could hold the carburetor set just outside bike frame, fuel line attached. Then I could pump gas to carburetors and finally notice that there were three (!) carbs leaking. At that point I decided to do things properly. I dismantled all four carbs and noticed that that the floater cup seals had lost their flexibility. I rebuild all the carbs back in 2009 and used non-original Chinese made rebuild set. Fool me.The solution was to use Loctite sealing glue which we managed to get from a local Shell with the assistance of Henk and Ron, our Dutch hosts. As the carbs were in bits and pieces, Tony measured and adjusted the floating levels too. I humbly Thank You again guys. I´m still driving my Cade without problems after that work done.Saturday evening we spent having a buffet at local Het Hunebed-restaurant. The evening contained traditional Man&Guitar section (Geir from Norway) with The Official Cade Songbook, speeches and little surprises. A nice surprise was David´s thank you speech giving a Cavalcade jacket to Yves Rummens, our superb photographer and video-man. On Sunday we got a special muscular treatment – off the road – literally. We climbed into an army leftover DAF SUV. Some of us were even left without a seat. We got to see the forest area and the only hill in Holland (no, there was no ski center beside it, so there was no warm 60% Stroh Cocoa available). That was a joyful trip. We even saw and original shepherd at work. No stress noted at that line of work. The trip ended to a local “Stonehenge” of which purpose was left a mist for us or at least to me. Later in the evening we supported the orange colour watching football finals on telly.Eventually Monday, Monday came and it was time to say goodbye. Promises of seeing again next year in Stavanger, Norway, were given. Some of us continued our journey and some went straight back to home and jobs.To me and Tytti the direction was Zelhem. I had just recently bought an EZS sidecar to my Cade. My plan is to repaint and install it to the bike during the long and dark days of Finnish winter. It gave us about 200km more to travel circuiting via Zelhem, but it was worth it. I had previously contacted Dave Engberts of EZS about our visit and there he was working with a customer project. He kindly let me explore every corner and ongoing job in his factory hall. I met one of the company’s three employers working on with just similar sidecar than mine. That one was going to a customer in USA.I got valuable hints from Dave about how and to where I could attach the four connection points for the sidecar to my Cade. I also got to buy a rack and bonnet opener to the sidecar. Then Dave lead me to their showroom where they had some ready to go bike&sidecar companions (like a Gold Wing 1100 with two seater sidecar for just 3000€) and some new trailers to show. Funniest one was a special trailer for a dog. It had windows, soft interior and an opening ramp door for the dog to walk.After visit it was time to head to Travemünde. During the 500km route back I occasionally checked if there were any gasoline leaks visible, but no, everything run smoothly. Driving the A1 motorway is very very boring (emphasizing the word very). So, when we got closer to Lübeck I decided to drive smaller roads setting the Garmin to avoid main roads. That was nice. We saw some old villages and German houses very well taken care and the small roads were in good condition too.At Lübeck we parked to the hotel where Juha and Juho had decided to stay for one more night just to see the town more properly. We strolled around and enjoyed good steaks at Potter´s Bar beside one channel before heading to the harbor.One word of caution for travelers using navigators. Driving to Skandinavienkai with Garmin it leaded us into a warehouse area right next to the ship harbor, but there was a fence in between and no way to find the boat this way. During the darkening evening I had too blindly trusted the navigator and I missed one road sign of Skandinavienkai. Luckily we were not in any kind of hurry, so I decided to trust my own head and we drove back some kilometres to find again proper road signs.Still. When one finds correct route to Skandinavienkai, there are surprises ahead. One can see Skandinavienkai, Skandinavienkai East, Skandinevienkai West but no sign of passenger boat check-in. You just have to trust that the plain Skandinavienkai leads to the right place, which it did.The Finnlines check-in opens at 20:00 and you´re let into the ferry 24:00, ferry leaving 03:00. Don’t go there too early. Beside one Bajamaja toilet there is absolutely no services on the waiting area and no going back either. The waiting hours could be very long without any refreshments.Summa summarum. Traveling on motorcycle in Europe is easy and fun. Roads, at least in Germany and in Holland, are in good condition and navigator leads you safely to your destination if you only have set your settings properly. In Germany you can find gasoline easily beside motorways too, but in Holland those are hidden into villages. Being a member of some kind of club brings to you the nicest persons sharing similar interests as you and you certainly get to find new friends. I personally like that any trip should have a destination but if one has time available it is nice to take alternate roads and see something not available at home. Even from this Cade Raid, couple of lads headed to Berlin and Kolditz to overnight there remembering that old TV-series of the British pilots captured in prison there at WWII.If everything goes well during the winter, I should have sidecar installed and I could bring my wife Mirja and our then nine years old daughter Maija to Stavanger next year. Hope to see you all there.Timo SaarnoSCC FinlandTimo Saarno’s photos from Cade RaidTimo Saarno’s photos from EZSAnthony Taylor´s photos from Cade Raid
This story is a freely translated of the original story published in Moto1 - the oldest motorcycle magazine in Finland.This story has also been published in Cavalier Magazine #6 2014.
Participants came from Holland, Belgium, France, England, Norway and Finland. Photo: Anthony Taylor