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ARTICLES

Dibble Rattle’s On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Editor Says . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Kicking Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 The View Over the Bars . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Caption Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Barry’s Bit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Classic Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 From the Horses Mouth . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Down Your Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18

Autumn 2005, Volume 43 No. 3 Editor / Designer Tim Lee editor@hoc.org.uk HOConsumer Editor Mark Clargo hoconsumer@hoc.org.uk Junior HOC Jude Brown juniorhoc@hoc.org.uk Sports Correspondent “Jethro” sports@hoc.org.uk

Reports from: Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Eastern, Manx, Lakes & Coast, Lincolnshire, Northants, North London, Oxford, Northumbria, Solent, South Wales, Three Shires, Varadero, West London, Wilts

US Correspondent Todd Edeker hocusa@hoc.org.uk Thanks to all contributors

A Member Recommends . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Soapbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 National Rally Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56 Brooklands Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58 German Jolly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Out and About . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 HOConsumer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 New Discount Suppliers . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Shop@HOC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Members Free Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Members Discounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76

All feedback regarding the content and delivery of Golden Wing should be addressed to The Editor at the address below or e-mailed to: editor@hoc.org.uk. Golden Wing Honda Owners Club (GB) Units 1B & 5B Kemps Quay Industrial Park Quayside Road Southampton SO18 1BZ Tel/Fax: 023 8022 6045 Web Page: www.hoc.org.uk Winter Issue Copy Date 1st December 2005 Published by end of December 2005

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO ‘S no Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Devon & Somerset Camping Weekend .14 Oxford Brass Monkeys . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Membership Survey centre page pull out Saddle Sore Entry centre page pull out Diary Dates centre pages

Printing & Distribution by: LPC Printing Ltd Hardley Industrial Estate Hythe,Southampton Tel: 023 8084 6334 We believe the contents of Golden Wing to be correct at the time of publication. The Honda Owners Club (GB) cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions, or for subsequent changes to details given in this publication or for the consequence of any reliance on the information. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the Honda Owners Club (GB) or the Executive Committee

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CHAIRMAN DIBBLE RATTLE ’S ON! from Andy “Dibble” Young - Club Chairman

BMF SHOW

NEC

Cambridge has kindly volunteered to step forward and take on the running of next years stand at the show with a little help from ‘Big Ed’.

The show is upon us and the venue all booked, so for those who are helping we will see you there. Anyone else who can spare a day, or better two, please get in touch.

A little funny that came from the presence of the delightful Nadia at this years show was from our treasurer Debbie Millard who relayed the tale of how after the weekend her young daughter went into school telling all her friends and teachers about her lovely weekend and her new friend Nadia the pole dancer! It must have been a real eye opener for some. Did anyone else enjoy the show? It has been suggested we have a pole dancer every year. What do you think?

BROOKLANDS MUSEUM AUGUST 14TH WERE YOU THERE? I was and I am told I got a trophy for my bike in the show so it does not really matter that your bikes are well used and held together with double glazing bar! The weather was brilliant the venue excellent if a little poorly sign posted and there was lots to see and refreshments aplenty. Well done Steve and the team again.

AGM Make the date in you diary now! Sunday 23rd October 11.00 start! At the Coach House Mallory Park. Early arrival recommended for a seat and for tea/coffee. Last but not Least...........

MEMBER SURVEY It’s in this magazine and on the web. Please take a look at it and send in a completed copy so we can really get some feedback on the direction for the club in the coming few years. This is a club for its members but only those who speak up or show up get what they want. “Ride on but most of all ride safe”

Dibble

SHOW US YOURS Well I did last time, and it has resulted in many questions from other owners, and interest from a few offering to tell us about their bikes. So come on, how about a few more! Quirks and all, so that we can really give the low down on bikes for all to read.

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President Trevor Thompson

Vice Presidents Dave Barton, Tony Eldridge, Graham Gull

IAN TURNER 1960-2005 It is our sad duty at Bedfordshire Branch to report the death of Ian Turner, an active, long serving member, former Branch Chairman and friend to everybody at the club. Ian died instantly in a fatal collision with a vehicle that turned across his path whilst on a club run returning from Sheringham in Norfolk on Sunday 4th September. As Chairman over the tenure of three different secretaries, Ian provided stability and common sense throughout the transitions. Until more recently he took an active roll in representing the branch on the Management Committee of the HOC, and is well known at national level, due in no small part to his ability to talk to anybody. Most of our current membership will remember him as the first person to speak to them on their first visit to the club, his natural ability to make people feel at ease and a permanent grin making him our first choice “meet and greet” official. A lifelong motorcycle enthusiast, his loss is the harder to bear as he was known as one of the, if not the, most accomplished, sensible and safest riders that we knew, and as visitors to our last rally can testify, he led a good run. Our condolences go to his family and lifelong friends at this sad time. Things will never seem quite the same at Bedfordshire again.

Chairman 

Andy ‘Dibble’ Young 1 Severn Way, Kettering, Northants. NN16 9H 01536 412086  chairman@hoc.org.uk

General Secretary & Pulic Relations Officer 

Mark Clargo 9 Hendred Way Abingdon Oxon OX14 2AN 01235 523483  hoconsumer@hoc.org.uk

Membership Secretary Graham Gull 61 Vicarage Road Ware SG12 7BE  membership@hoc.org.uk

Saddle Sore Shield Co-ordinator 

Stephen Davenport 07968 810435  saddlesore@hoc.org.uk

Display Materials Co-ordinator 

Chris Wright 16 Auckland Road Mexborough S64 0AN 01709 582740  display@hoc.org.uk

Regalia Co-ordinator 

Justin Goddard, 19 Linkfield Avenue, Mountsorrel, Leicester, LE12 7DH 0116 230 3277  justvfr@talktalk.net

Treasurer Debbie Millard 20 Tilden Close High Halden, Ashford, Kent TN26 3LR  01233 850114  treasurer@hoc.org.uk

Webmaster Andy (Stritchy) Stryczko  biged@hoc.org.uk

BMF Liaison Officer Jim Peel-Cross 15 Hill View Caravan Park Oare, Marlborough SN8 4JF  01672 564680

Classic Secretary

Graham Seymour 2

Dave Barton 53 Northlands Road, Totton Southampton. S040 3HA

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E D I T O R S A Y S .. I have pinched the following letter from the mailbag, as it one of the nicest I have received this year. Dear Tim, Firstly I would like to say it was great to meet you at the motorcycle show in 2004 at the NEC. I know you meet a lot of people & probably won’t remember, but I enquired about how to get on the front cover of the magazine. I have had no luck up to now as I have only passed my test 10 months ago, and before that I could only send you pics of me standing by, or sitting on a bike. So, I plucked up lots of courage, took my test & went to Mallory Park for my first track day, just to try & get some half decent pics! Tim I was scared to death, they were all mad, but I only did this so I could get a photo good enough to put on the front cover. I have attached a pic which I think was great. I still can’t believe it’s me really, before May last year I had only sat on a bike. It would be really great if you would think about putting my pic on the front of the magazine, it will have made it all worth while. Ride safely

Mrs Louise Waller. Membership No 21542J

Louise, I am more than happy to put your photo on the front cover, not only because it is a great picture, and exactly what is required, but because you have done incredibly well to be able to cope with a track day after just ten months on a bike. However, mad as everyone might be, I am sure it isn’t going to be your last track day, especially if the grin in the photo below is anything to go by. For those of you who have never tried a track day, I am sure Louise will confirm that it is one of the best adrenaline buzzes you can get. If you are worried about other riders going mad around you, I would suggest on of the Castle Combe days organised by Fowlers as a good starting point. Due to planning restrictions, they are allowed no more the twelve bikes on the track at any one time, and most of the time it feels like you have the track to yourself. It was almost a year ago that I spoke to Louise at the NEC, and as Dibble has mentioned, we are there again at the end of October. If you are able to assist, your help will be greatly appreciated, especially if it’s during the week. As Dibble has already said, the centre pages contain a survey. This has been created by our Webmaster Andy “Big Ed” Stryczko, and my thanks go to him for producing and supplting the artwork. The questions have been designed to enable us to formulate the future plans for the club, and provide what the members want. Please take the time to complete a copy either from the magazine or on the website. You could even hand it to us person at the AGM.

Keep it tidy!

Tim

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KICKING BACK .... Something to Say - Say it here MEMBERSHIP BOOST CHALLENGE Hi Andy. Read with interest the spring Golden Wing and the referrals to increasing the membership. Each year we have the stand, down at the NEC (and other venues). I and keen friends come along and try to "sell" the HOC to Joe Public, and with quite good results. A lot of money and effort goes towards this end, and rightly so. There's always a "however" isn't there. However, as an active member of the HOC, let me relay my limited knowledge to you. I joined the HOC about 3 or 4 years ago, then the Three Shires branch up in Sheffield. The meetings were held every Monday night and it became apparent that, whilst we had a certain number of regular members come to the meeting place I ascertained that we had, over the previous couple of years, for all sorts of reasons, "lost" some founder members and stalwarts. So far as I could find out there was no real chase up action plan to try to get them back and I thought, at the time, that's a shame. Since then the club moved further north (MI junction 35) and this move has, effectively, split the club once more. Obviously the people who live near the new pub are more than happy as are those living north of Sheffield. About a dozen or so of us now meet at The Pebley pub , again on Monday nights and still fly the HOC banner. We haven't renewed our membership of the Three Shires branch as it's not conveniently placed for us. At the time of the "split" there was some bad feeling but so far as I know this is now all in the past - life's too short that sort of thing. What I'm getting at is that whilst there's a great deal being made of getting new people there's little or nothing being done,

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constructively, to get them back once they've left. I know full well some extremely active guys and gals work fantastically hard for the H.O.C. so I'm not in any way knocking them but, generally, in my experience, the club doesn't actively chase lapsed members. Since we've moved I have contacted some of the guys who used to come, up until the club moved, and our merry little band is increasing, slowly, month by month (mainly from the Chesterfield / Lincolnshire / Mansfield areas). We don't class ourselves as a club as such and we have no hierarchy but we function as an H.O.C. arm. Sorry to rattle on so.

Nigel (Shady) Bane. Pebley MCC

Nigel, Thanks for your e-mail, the original of which seems to have been lost in the nether regions of the internet, hence I apoligise for it not making the last issue. Although addressed to Andy, I have published the e-mail and Andy’s reply, as increasing the membership is close to all our hearts Unfortunately, the majority of lost members are not active participants at branch level. Active members who no longer attand a branch, for whatever reason, do tend to remain members of on a national level. The main losses appear to be from those who have become members more recently, and the assumption is that this is because their expectations when joining have not been realised during the first year of membership. One of the reasons for the survey in this issue, is to try and find out if there is a difference between what we think the membership want and what they actual want. Ed AUTUMN 2005


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ANDY’S REPLY

A GREAT DAY OUT

Nigel, Firstly I do not know to where you sent this email originally but I certainly never received it! That’s why I never replied, and I must assume it was at the time the HOC server was playing up and mail sent HOC addresses was hit and miss (mostly miss) to say the least. As we are never told of situations such as this, it is difficult to have an effective strategy in place. If people leave, it is normally for their own very personal reasons. The club has no way of telling unless the individual tells us! I am pleased you are still with us and that there are a group of you 'Trading' in the name of the club in your area. It also interests me that you had not made more of this like telling the lot of us in a louder fashion. You will have also read of our activity in the Lincolnshire area and at least one of those prospective group members travels past where you are based to get to that venue. He did not know of your existence. As to chasing individuals who leave I have to second Mark Clargo’s thoughts on the matter, as local chasers are easier and cheaper for the club as a whole. Graham Gull as the Membership Secretary would have to chase about 200300 individuals a quarter, beyond the three attempts he makes now to remind people to maintain their membership. No one leaves without at least one written reminder to renew. So we are doing a bit towards your request we need local supporters to do their bit.

Hi Just a short note to say thanks for a great day on Sunday at Brooklands. Thanks to everyone and especially Steve Hill for making us feel welcome even though we aren't members yet. (Membership subscription will follow). It was the first time my brother in law had been to a bike show and he was suprised at how friendly everybody was. It was a long way for us to come 650miles round trip, but well worth it. The museum was an excellent venue, it topped the day of with my bike winning 1st place standard 400/4. It was a pity more 400/4's didn't show up, but I might not have won then. Thanks again and I look forward to joining and recieving my copy of Golden Wing.

Andy Young Chairman

Jeff Appleyard I have to echo your sentiments Jeff. Steve and his team did a fantastic job, and the location was perfect. Ed

FUEL PUMPS AND FINGS Just a quick email to mention the Carbon Can Co. who have been most helpful with a exhaust clip for my vfr 750ft. I also own a 650 Bros, the Bros spluttered to halt whilst on a ride back from Newcastle on Tyne, I traced the problem to a faulty fuel pump, bypassed the pump so the tank fed the carbs by gravity without the pump in the system. The bike ran fine all the way home. Can anyone tell me why Honda fit fuel pumps to their bikes? I have a Carbon Can Co silencer on my Bros and it was superb value for money. Sayonara.

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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE HOC

BIKER RESOLVE Hi Tim I attach a photo of me presenting a cheque to Roger and Valerie Smith who were both injured in an RTA on 24th April 2004. Roger as you know is the webmaster for Three Shires. The Third Party Insurers argued fault, but in the end, we won through. If you want any further info, please let me know Roger is to give me his membership number and I will send the donation onto the Treasurer. I think that is all for now. Regards,

John Measures Kicking Back Letters for the next issue need to arrive by

Please accept our thoughts and prayers along with our support to you, our friends and fellow riders who live in Great Britain. The events of 7/7 reminded us of all our friends we have in the London area and we hope and pray they all are safe. I must say that time has flown quickly this past year, as I have changed jobs, moved back to Iowa from Idaho, and now settling into a new home. Jaci and I have joined a “Tuesday Night Supper Run Club.” We have a group of 20 or so riders, riding a variety of bikes, to include : all models of Goldwings, various cruisers, BMWs, and even a Yamaha VMax sidecar rig! We travel 25 to 100 miles within Iowa to different eating establishments. All of the restaurants have great food and interesting decor or histories. Very informal, no rules or dues. Just ride and eat…. Some of my most favorite actives! Dale, 15 (our son) received a 92 Honda CB250 Night Hawk for Christmas. He has cleaned it up, painted it and is learning to ride on Grandma’s farm. Although Iowa is fairly flat and the roads mostly straight, we have found some great motorcycling roads. If you are in the states, please feel free to drop in and visit us. The guest bedroom is ready! Once again, I hope all is well and you all are able to enjoy safe motorcycling in the beautiful Great Britain!

Todd & Jaci Edeker

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BARS !....

General Secretary - Mark Clargo Well, what a summer we are having. If it’s not sunny, it’s raining, and if it’s not raining, it’s sunny! But it always s e e m s that when I wanted to get my bike out, it rained. Anyway, by the time this is published summer will be a far gone memory. I was in trouble when the Summer issue of Golden Wing came out. My daughter had read what I had written about the family staying at home, and me enjoying the HOC on my own, she then promptly showed her mother. Boy, was I in the dog-house! It was a wonder she let me out on the ‘Storm again. But I did get to go out on it several times this summer. There are plenty of opportunities to go out on branch runs, and HOC events. If you are lucky enough to have no responsibilities other than to yourself, you could work it to be out every weekend on your bike, either at a HOC event, or to a race meeting, a show, a rally, etc…. Lucky sod! You know, even after all this time (around 30 years!) I still get a big thrill from riding bikes. There’s nothing like it in the world. I’ll give up sex rather than give up my biking! Oh dear, I think I might be in trouble again. I was out riding one Sunday in the sun, along a road between Thame and Bicester, which is notorious for motorcycle accidents. Taking it reasonably easy, I get to the end of the road, not really sure where to go from AUTUMN 2005

there. Having a strict time to get back home (see comment above!) I decided to turn around and go back the way I came. As I was coming back onto the road, a group of whizzy racy bikes came past, so I latched onto the back of them. They were going at a fair lick, nothing I couldn’t handle, but when they came up to slow moving traffic they made a meal of getting past. After a while I was getting slightly frustrated, so decided to get passed them and the slow moving traffic. Passed the traffic, I find myself behind an R1 from the group, heading towards a roundabout at a rapid pace. I had to giggle to myself when, upon entering the roundabout, the R1 slows right down, rider hoists himself off the saddle hanging with his knee out so that he creates sparks from his sliders, and I’m all over the back off him – without hanging off the bike! Poser, or what? Just proves you don’t have to hang your knee out like the MotoGP boys to get around bends fast. Keep that sort of thing for the race track. As I’m writing this piece at work, I’d better stop now and get on with my job! Ride quickly – but safely!

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CAPTION COMPETITION Like the previous caption competition this one generated a good deal of interest with multiple entries from some. The winners are shown below. Thank you for all those who have supplied entries for future competitions. I think I have enough for the next few issues at least. My thanks to Alan Kyle from West Midlands for this months photo.

1st Prize: An HOC Club Sweatshirt to: Penfold (28835) with Dan says “I didn't know it contained GARLIC” 2nd Prize: An HOC Club Polo Shirt to: Andy “Big Ed”Stryczko (14808) with “If he plays that f-ing dance music anymore.... I'll kill him!” 3rd Prize: An HOC Club T Shirt to: Alan Crooks (29126) with “Hey Sue, if I squeeze my hands together like this it makes a fartin' sound!"

Now try this one - Same Rules, Same Prizes

If anyone is in possession of pictures which they feel will make a suitable Caption Competition, then please send them in to: Golden Wing, Units 1B & 5B, Kemps Quay Industrial Estate, Quayside Road, Southampton. SO18 1BZ or e-mail me at editor@hoc.org.uk (If sending pictures by e-mail, please send at 300 dpi or greater) 8

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Get any group of motorcyclists together and they will quite happily talk about the merits of their particular bike and their ambitions for their ‘next’ bike. Try to talk to the same group of riders about their riding and motorcycling activity and they are surprisingly reticent - perhaps it is because of the tendency for other members of the groups eyes to glaze over at this point! By writing about your riding and motorcycle activities in Golden Wing, you are spared the sighs and groans and you never know, you may just send out a spark or ring a bell with others. My biking falls into four categories. They are all recreational activities, no commuting. 1. Riding with purpose. This is about going places. It can be by the fastest rout or the most scenic. Whatever the choice of route, I like to cover the ground quickly, with the minimum of stops. That is not to say I will not ‘freeze frame’ for a smoke or just to admire a view - but once back on the bike, I immediately hit the ‘play’ button and get on with the business of riding. This is really about enjoying getting the best out of my machine and myself whilst riding within my ability. Any ‘incidents’however slight or incurred - that interrupts the smooth confident flow tend to mar my ride. 2. Cruising - This is more about aimless wandering. The destination is irrelevant. It is not about how fast or slow I ride or what type of road I am on. It is just about enjoying the physical pleasure of riding a motorcycle. Neither the machine or the rider is under any pressure. Short rides or long rides, it doesn't matter. 3. Group riding. This is not something I do much of. When I do, it is usually associated with (1), in that it creates for me a destination - the meeting point - be it in the Cotwolds or the other side of Europe. On occasions the rhythm of group ride suits me, AUTUMN 2005

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other times it doesn't. But whatever, it makes a change :-) 4 (a) None riding - In the winter, I quite often meet up at a local service station with 2/5 other riders, intending to have a ‘rideout’. Most of us live within 5/10 miles of the services. If it is very cold, or it starts to rain, we will often stand about chatting and drinking coffee - waiting to see who else will turn up. This waiting can often run to a couple of hours! Eventually someone will say ‘I think I will push off home and finish painting the kitchen’ - or whatever. At this point the ‘rideout’ is abandoned and we disperse, quite happily to have met, with ‘See you all next Sunday?’ 4(b) Tinkering in the garage. Whatever the bike (I have three) there is always something that, doesn't quite suit me. Or an idea comes of how to improve a previous modification. These are invariably very personal modifications that can’t be bought over the counter. I find that B&Q, now they stock iron and aluminum rod, bar, tube and angle, to be a great source of DIY bits for bikes. Together with my local suppliers of polycarbonate sheet and various density foam rubber, they give me hours of motorcycle based enjoyment. Some of you, I know, use your bike as a means of socialising. I don’t! It is not that I have anything against the idea, it is just that If I wish to be in the company of my peer group - as we all tend to do - I have to go along to the BMW club and they are such a dogmatic, self opinionated lot - at least the ones who speak to me are! I am frightened, very frightened, that I may ‘fit in’! How do you enjoy your motorcycling?

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RC30

During the last issue we talked about the ultimate all round touring sports bike the VFR750. So how do we now overshadow and improve on this machine? Yes you are right, the RC30 (RVF750R) Soichiro Honda always showed pride in anything that he or his company produced and regardless for the cost of perfection, be it mechanical or cosmetic, nothing was allowed to interfere. The 360 degree one piece crankshaft was fitted with titanium conrods, the worlds first on a production machine. The engine fired a cylinder on every revolution, making for turbine smooth power delivery. The stepped gear drive to the camshafts are run on roller bearings with very narrow angled valves using shim buckets for adjustment. In spite of the much heavier single sided swinging arm the RVF weighs 35 kg lighter than the VFR750 and you then realize that a great deal of thought and work has gone into the RVF to make perfection. The single sided swinging arm gives you a rear tyre / wheel change in 50% less time than for a double sided arm. RVF’s go through a lot of rear tyres on the race track !! The V-Four engines do hold the heat simply because the front two cylinders heat the two behind. Honda fitted two radiators with one each side of the race fairing and also ran the water jacket around the oil filter to help keep the oil cool. The fairing channeled air through the radiators as well, to try and help the cooling. 12

However, pressurized water boils at over 100 degrees and the normal temperature for a RVF is about 108 degrees. The stainless steel exhaust system weaves in a very tight fashion around the engine. The total compactness of the machine makes it run very hot, so it needs to be kept on the move in order to help the air cool everything down. I don’t think that you or I will ever get the chance to ride a RVF750 so if you imagine a machine the size of a “VFR400” and then give it the performance of a “Fireblade” it will give you some idea of how the RVF will perform. Owners of the New CBR1000RR “Fireblade” have a good idea as this machine is almost as small as the RVF. Honda produced 300 RVF750 machines with a purchase price here of about £8,500 pounds. On top of that you had to add about the same amount again for the Honda HRC Race Kit and you put this machine on “Top of The World Stage”. It gave Karl Fogarty two World Superbike championships. In addition, if you had been on the Island and watched Karl and Steve Hislop perform 150 mph “low level formation flying” very close together at the “Highlander” right hand bend, then it would give you a lasting memory of “Pure Perfection”

Dave Barton

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RC30 (RVF750R) Price

ÂŁ8,500

Engine

D.O.H.C, 16 valve liquid cooled 90degree V-Four, 748cc

Power

112bhp @ 11,000rpm

Top Speed

160 mph in road trim

Weight

185kg

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Devon and Somerset H.O.C. Weekend St Ives Holiday Village, Cornwall 28th, 29th, 30th April, 1st,May 2006 BOOKING FORM Name: ____________________ Address: ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ Price ÂŁ75 for chalet that sleeps up to 6 Please make cheques payable to: John Fowler Holidays Send to : Jill Moore, 31 Willshere Road, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 8EL No later than January 31st 2006

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FROM THE HORSES MOUTH News from Honda HONDA DEVELOPS WORLD’S FIRST PRODUCTION MOTORCYCLE AIRBAG SYSTEM September 8, 2005 Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced it has succeeded in developing the world’s first production motorcycle airbag system. The new system, which can help lessen the severity of injuries caused by frontal collisions, is to be made available on the new Gold Wing motorcycle scheduled for release mid 2006 in Europe. The Motorcycle Airbag System is comprised of the airbag module, which includes the airbag and the inflator; crash sensors, which monitor acceleration changes; and an ECU, which performs calculations to instantly determine when a collision is occurring. When a severe frontal collision occurs, the four crash sensors mounted on the front fork measure the change in acceleration caused by the impact and convey this data to the airbag ECU, which determines that a collision is occurring and whether or not it is necessary to inflate the airbag. If the calculations performed by the ECU indicate that airbag deployment is necessary, the ECU sends an electronic signal to the airbag inflator, which instantaneously responds by inflating the airbag. Inflating rapidly after the impact, the airbag can absorb some of the forward energy of the rider, reducing the velocity at which the rider may be thrown from the motorcycle and helping lessen 16

the severity of injuries caused by the rider colliding with another vehicle or with the road. By conducting extensive crash tests at its indoor omni-directional Real World Crash Test Facility, applying advanced computer simulation technology, and leading the way with the introduction of motorcycle rider test dummies, Honda has gathered and analyzed a wide array of data on the behavior of motorcycles during collisions. Honda has also taken full advantage of the experience of its automobile operations in the development of airbags, applying its expertise in the development of the Motorcycle Airbag System.

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Motorcycle Airbag System: Principal Components The airbag module, containing the airbag and inflator, is positioned in front of the rider. The airbag ECU, positioned to the right of the module , analyzes signals from the crash sensors to determine whether or not to inflate the airbag. Four crash sensors attached on both sides of the front fork detect changes in acceleration caused by frontal impacts. Functions of the Principal Components Airbag Module The airbag module contains the airbag and airbag inflator. The airbag inflator receives an electronic

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signal transmitted by the airbag ECU instructing it to release nitrogen gas to inflate the airbag. The airbag starts to inflate, exerting pressure on the cover of the airbag module, forcing itto open. The size and shape of the airbag, the manner in which is secured to the motorcycle with tethers, and the function of the deflation vents all help to maximize the effectiveness with which the system absorbs the kinetic energy of the rider, helping control the velocity at which the rider may tend to be thrown forward from the motorcycle, and thus lessening the severity of any injuries resulting from impact with another vehicle or with the road. From the moment an impact is recognized as a collision to the moment of airbag inflation, only 0.060* seconds elapses. Airbag ECU The airbag ECU continuously monitors the data received from the crash sensors, and by comparing this data to standard vehicle behavior, determines whether or not it is necessary to deploy the airbag. The data from each sensor is evaluated independently, and if it is determined to deviate from programmed standards of safe vehicle behavior by a certain predetermined degree, an electronic signal is sent to the airbag inflator, which causes the airbag to inflate. Crash sensors The crash sensors which monitor acceleration changes are attached to the front fork legs to optimize the quickness and accuracy of their detection of frontal impacts. No alteration of the structure of the motorcycle is needed. To optimize the accuracy of collision detection, a set of 4 sensors are arranged—two on each side of the front fork. * Side collision with a stationary vehicle (Honda Accord) at 50km/h

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D O W N Y O U R W AY Reports from the Branches

BEDFORDSHIRE Secretary: Graham Seymour - 01438 357398 Just a short missive this month to at least let you know that Beds Branch is still alive and kicking! As a club we’ve enjoyed visiting rallies at other branches during the summer and a particularly successful Sunday lunch run well organised by the Northants branch. Thanks to them for their efforts and inviting us along. Hopefully this will now become a regular fixture on the events calendar for the club at National level.

I have volunteered Beds branch to organise next year’s National rally. Initial plans are to stage it in Wales and give us the run of some good roads for the weekend. Here’s hoping I get some help from the branch members! Before I hear grumbling from behind the haystack, yes, we are going to find a site with the best/most convenient camping facility that we can! Funny thing happened the other day. Jimmy from Oxford and I both won prizes at the Open day at Brooklands, (great day, well done Steve and crew) in our class. Assuming that the prizes were awarded on the basis of best condition for mileage, was it the bikes or Jimmy and I that actually won? Answers on a post card please! In a bit of a rush so must be off. See you soon at an event near you!

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CAMBRIDGE Secretary: Bill Brown - 01480 382295 Hi Folks, I appear to have missed every deadline so far this year so I thought I had better try and buck the trend. The branch still maintains a healthy core membership with others drifting in and out. Our branch chairman Roger and his good lady Nina tied the knot in June. This was a real inter-branch do, with Cambs and West Yorkshire supplying the 2 best men (Andy and Dave) and Northants & Milton Keynes supplying the bridesmaid (Stritchy). I don’t think I have seen a bridesmaid look quite so radiant, especially the spiked boots, shaven head and shades (photos available for blackmail, etc.). I can honestly say I have never laughed so much at a wedding as I did at this one. This was from the moment I saw Stritchy at the beginning of the ceremony, the Northants table going `NEE NAH, NEE NAH’ every time the bride walked past, right up to the end with the groom singing Danny Boy while inhaling lungfulls of helium from the balloons. The Sunday Lunch Run organised by Northants & Milton Keynes was a great success. After our own rideout our branch met up with the hosts and Bedfordshire, had a quick tour around the local countryside, and finished up at the 10 o’clock pub in Little Harrowden where we joined the North London branch who went there direct. Our alternative WSB Barbie was held at Roger and Sue’s farm this year. Roger

made one track in the paddock (club circuit) by cutting the grass and one track in the field at the back (indy circuit) by not ploughing up the edge. On the day he brought out 2 trailies and a monkey bike which we all blatted around the circuits on. We all thought he was mad when the CBR 6 track came out as well, but we had to have a go. Would be rude not to. Stacky once again did a grand job cooking on and off during the day before he and Joyce headed off to Scotland for a break. Many thanks to Stacky and a special big thank you to Roger and Sue, who worked their socks off to make it a memorable day. The branch is already planning for what will be an extremely busy time for us next year. Northants & Milton Keynes have done a marvellous job organising the stand at the BMF over the years but have now decided to take a well earned rest and, as the BMF is in our area, we have volunteered to give it a go. We will try to maintain the very high standard set previously so initially we hope to draw on the experience of the Northants crew and all who have helped in the past. Also, a few weeks after the BMF we will be celebrating 10 years of the Cambs branch by riding 10 countries in 10 days (bit of a theme there). Safe riding,

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EASTERN Secretary: John Hewson - 01469 560306

The Eastern Branch has had a fairly quiet summer. Graham has bought a CBX 1000 to play with along side his trusty GL1100. Dan has changed his Triumph for another tractor of the same make, this time a Tiger. Ken, Joyce, Mick and Dek had a ride out to the vintage Japanese bike show at Lotherton Hall near Leeds, stopping for a coffee at Squires Milk Bar on the way. There have been a few ride outs to enjoy

I enjoyed the White Helmets Motorcycle display at the Heckington Show near Sleaford. It is good to see they are still on the go and are now sponsored by Honda, even if they still ride old Triumphs. The Wolds Bikers organised an excellent bike night, at their meeting place of the Red Lion at Revesby; raising funds for the L.I.V.E.S. first responders charity. .

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Lotherton Hall Classic Japanese Bike Show the roads across the Yorkshire moors. The Lincolnshire bike nights continue to be very popular with all bikers in the area. Even Dek managed to get to the Bike Night held at the White Hart in Nettleham near Lincoln. Squires Milk Barl 20

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MANX OFFSHORE Secretary: Karen Angela - 01624 629299

Greetings, the Manx section of the West Yorkshire branch H.O.C. are now in residence, and where would we be but right next door to Tommy Leonard's. Yes, you've guessed it, THE Honda dealership for the whole Island! Waking up every morning in our basement flat bathing in the glory of the red Honda wing, which those who know me will have seen, matches my bike. Poor John owns three bikes, so you know which one arrived first, got it in one, my red Honda. We meet regularly (every Saturday) at the Queens Hotel on Queens promenade and can be seen occasionally at Brendan O'Donnells Irish bar on Sunday nights on Castle Street, just past Duke Videos. So far only two of us turn up, but the music isn't bad and the Manx are a friendly bunch. The Moddey Dhoo M.C.C. (named after a mythical black dog of Peel) have welcomed us on their ride-outs, meeting at the Grandstand at 12.30 on Sundays all year round come rain or shine. We have bought a very run down twelve bed roomed guest house, literally a stones throw off central promenade. I sent John out to test this theory and it worked. Of course if he really wanged it he could reach the beach but an Olympian he is not. I blame his mother. As I still own the Post Office in north Leeds I shall be commuting for some time to come, and although I can't ride my bike in Leeds, John can admire it in Douglas. We are hoping to be fully functioning by T.T. 2007, the centenary but were open for the basics this year and had a number of happy customers. Not many ride outs so far this year as unfortunately John has been working Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 22

nights shelf filling at Tesco's (it helped pay the bills). Sadly on first race day John's mum died so he never even got to see the T.T. this year but there's always the Manx Grand Prix which we've never seen up to now. Things are now looking up, John finally started a real job beginning of July so to celebrate this, we had a double ride out weekend July 23/24'h. Saturday saw us down at Peel watching the world Viking longboat racing championships. 76 teams and 3 boats, an a11 day event as you can imagine with plenty of live music and the compulsory Dunkin Donuts. So, come 5.00 pm we decided to head off for the chill out factor. South along the A27 and A36 coast roads (brilliant views) down to the Sound to watch the seals sunbathing at the Calf of Man. Stayed till about 7.00 pm and meandered back up the AS to Douglas, pausing only to talk to the Fairies. A great day out and what better way to finish it off but down the Queens Hotel for more live music (and beer!) Sunday saw us back at Peel for the annual vintage vehicle rally run by the Peel museum. Of special interest was the 20 or so Peel P50 micro-cars. The smallest car in the world, only about 200 were ever made, in Peel, back in the 1960,s With a 50cc engine and no speedo because they can't officially do more than 30mph (unofficially they can reach the dizzy heights of 45 ish!), absolutely fascinating, but not for the claustrophobic amongst us. While there we got chatting to a guy from the vintage bike club, so now John wants the rest of his ancient bikes over (the BMW arrived in July).

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I suggested putting them in the yard but they might get wet, so that's four bikes in the kitchen then, as long as mine is nearest the kettle. By the time you read this the Manx GP will have been and gone, bringing us to the last major ride-out of the year, the journey to the National Rally which we are looking forward to immensely, especially as I hope to be sporting my new Manx registration, MAN 230 U. Well what can you expect on a red bike. Having spoken to Dibble and booked our places we've decided to go the whole hog and become the Manx Offshore Branch of H.O.C. GB (Graham are there any more HOC members over here? If so please let us know.) Well we were supposed to be tackling re-decoration of the main lounge this winter but we have a small problem of damp on one wall, and having read Tim the Editor's trials and tribulations in the summer edition of Golden Wing, I think I'll go back to starting at the room we gutted earlier, the kitchen.

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On the pretext of wiring up the cooker point a wall of plaster disintegrated. I feel red brick could be used as a focal point but John is still shaking his head. Although, his eyes did light up at the thought of playing with a digger! Thanks for that thought Tim, if only you hadn't put photo's in. This August my bike is 13 years old, the longest I have ever owned a bike. I used to change them after 3 years but what a rarity to find a partner who not only likes bikes, but tinkers and spanners them as well. If he keeps this up I may have to marry him, well if it keeps my bike on the road, what the hell! For further details you can contact either John or myself in Douglas on 01624 629299, mobile 07624 406731, or in Leeds on 01132 582506. E-mail BalladaneBikers@gmail.com. M.O.B. signing off, be safe, be happy.

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LAKES & COAST Secretary: Mike Bell - 07952 777941 Evening all. Sorry, I haven’t been in touch lately, but then, who has emailed me, apart from a few. Last week-end event by Honda in Morecambe has had a mixed reaction, but you can go to Blackpool this week-end. It is opposite the Metropole Hotel at North Pier. I am hoping to go to Knott End tomorrow night, for the usual Wednesday night meet. Riding a red and black Fireblade, (does anyone do a valet service?) with red AM leathers for those who still don’t know me! Has anyone been to St Anne’s on a Monday night? John Coombes is doing a wonderful job, as Council leader in promoting biking on the Fylde Coast Monday 12th September is the Illuminations ride, if any one is up for it. Let me know, in fact let me know about anything! More details on www.fylde-coast-

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motorcycle-meet.co.uk Had a great night on the 13th of August with the 1st Nightmeet at Hartside café, Alston, when over 650 bikes turned up. Visit the web site for more details on www.nightmeet.co.uk Richard, Brian and I presented a cheque for nearly a £1000 to the Air Ambulance at Penrith last Wednesday, and more money was also raised on the night. We are organising this again next year, will let you know the date when it is decided. Secretary Mike will be in France, and if his holiday is like last year, nursing his piles as well! Well, that’s all for now, please contact either of us, so that we can meet more often.

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LINCOLNSHIRE Secretary: Roy Edwards - 01664 569212 Hi All..... Well, as I sit here at the end of August with the summer, such as it was, drawing to a close & the days getting noticeably shorter I am reflecting on what, for me, has been the busiest biking season ever. (& me at a delicate age as well)! With the help of lots of existing members from many different branches of the club we have managed to get the Lincolnshire branch up & running with around thirty listed members, many of whom are not only new to the branch but new to the club as well. I think that proves that our attendance at shows & dealerships does reap it rewards in the form of new members & most importantly new friendships which, let's not forget, is what the club is primarily all about. We have had some excellent runs to various parts of the Midlands & coast & bearing in mind we are all new to each other I have to congratulate everybody for their determined efforts in making it work. With such people in the branch I think next year is going to be even better & even more productive. During the winter months I hope we will be able to elect a committee & formulate a plan for next year & I have to say I can't wait for '06 to come round so we can get out & about once again & to all of you who have so far not managed to make it to a run out or an event, come & give us a try, even if it's only once, we don't bite & we need you & your ideas & suggestions to help make this branch go from strength to strength. So, a BIG THANK YOU to everybody who has helped me out this year, particularly Chairman Dibble & all the members of Northants branch for their very active support, (& invites to their parties), Stritchy for promoting us on the web site & of course all the other branches & their AUTUMN 2005

members who have turned up for the runs out to make them the success that they have been. Very grateful thanks also to Mark Collingwood & Grantham Honda who have allowed us to use their premises throughout the summer as a starting point for the runs out & importantly to let us have a stand at their demo days. Without them we would have been struggling to find a starting point for the branch & as a result we have gained many new members. I believe they have also reaped a reward in the form of sales of bikes etc. Bikers helping each other out is what makes us the united & friendly bunch that we are & long may this continue. (We don't find that in many other areas of life do we)? So, by the time this comes out in print we will probably have had the National Rally & I hope to have met quite a few of you there & so thanks for coming & if we haven't yet had the AGM , please come along, meet your new mates & help make it an AGM to remember................... Thanks again to you all & if I have left anyone out it won't be unusual or malicious it's just that I am getting on & you'll have to make allowances........ All the best

Roy Edwards (chairman, secretary, treasurer, tea boy, housewife & mother, et al). nb...........forgot to thank Tim for printing all my waffle & putting himself at risk of losing his reputation for delivering a serious & thought provoking publication......!!!!

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NORTHANTS & M.K Secretary: Brian Dunn - 01604 404706

Well the summer ride out sheet is starting to look a bit thin now, which points to the inevitability that autumn and winter are closing in. So, it will soon be time to be zipping the thermal linings back into our jackets and checking out the anti-fog gizmo’s and sprays for the visors. Still, can’t grumble really as the summer has been pretty kind to us this year. Casting my mind back, I can only remember one of our Wednesday evening ride outs taking place on a wet night, even then it was patchy drizzle and of course it didn’t spoil the enjoyment. By the time you read this we will have drawn the Wednesday night runs to a close for the year, probably with a run up the A1 to Stibbington Diner for a very unhealthy late supper. We have had a fairly busy time of it since I last put fingers to keyboard for the branch report. One of the highlights has been the well attended Sunday Lunch run, which, after a meander round Northamptonshire’s leafy lanes found us joining up with friends from the neighbouring Beds and Cambs branches for a final ride in to our watering hole at Little Harrowden for a roast lunch. The weather on the day was absolutely beautiful, and most of the diner’s took the opportunity to sit in the pub garden to have their meal. So, well done Stritchy for coming up with the idea; same again next year hopefully. Another event that drew in visitors from some other Branches was the BBQ we held on the last Sunday of August to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this Branch. We also invited other groups like the Pan Clan, Gold Wing Owners etc. Sad to say, only a couple of Pan Clanners took up the invite from the

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non H.O.C clubs, but we still enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon with an otherwise decent turn out. Following a very tasty BBQ, we were once again finally stuffed when Sue Beck produced three very large and very tasty cakes. Trouble is, this is getting a habit and waist lines are starting to become more stretched than usual; still, it adds to the insulation for winter riding. Other rides have included a run down to Brooklands for the H.O.C day. Unfortunately work prevented me from going, but the reports I have heard point to a very enjoyable and interesting time being had by those that made the trip. We have been lucky enough to have some new faces showing up fairly regularly at the “10 o’clock” over the summer, so a name check and a welcome to Dave, Dean & son Brad, Ian, Bob & Caroline, and also making up the numbers has been Penfold’s boy Rob. We now look forward to getting in a few run outs before winter sets in. I dare say we will still be out on News Years day for the annual head clearer and first ride of the year. Next years to-do list has already been started. So there you go for now, some of us are heading off to the National, hope to have seen you there to say hello, and until the next issue of the Wing, cheers all,

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NORTH LONDON Contact, Tony Quigley 020 8556 5988

Hello from North London. Following on from the late entry in the last ‘Golden Wing’, 8 of us were at the church to pay final respects to Roger, who was laid to rest on 12th July. Tony Quigley has kindly agreed to step in as branch contact until we have our AGM which will be on Thursday 20 October, for which this is formal notice. Turning to more of our recent activities, on Sunday June 12, 5 of us ventured through the Channel tunnel for a day trip. First we visited La Coupole, an enourmous concrete bunker, from where the Germans were planning to launch V2 rockets towards the UK, and has now been converted to an impressive exhibition centre about that part of France during the war, and the development of the German rocket programme. After lunch in St Omer, we crossed the border into Belgium to head towards the war cemetery at Tyne Cot, and at one stage became separated, but no fear, Steve had his GPS on and although it took two of them through a farmyard, they still arrived in a café in the square in Passendale before the others who had gone the long way round by road! We then went on to Ypres to watch the playing of the Last Post at The Menin Gate, to honour all of British and Commonwealth soldiers who fought in the area during the First World War. To finish the day off, Tony who was on his CBR600, then ran out of fuel on the exit from the Dartford tunnel and although he flashed his headlights madly, Steve, also on a CBR600 thought he meant speed up so he did, leaving poor Tony to push his bike 2 miles into Thurrock Services. Steve got all the way home, another 15 miles without any

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problems even though they had filled up at the same filling station! June 15 saw some of us visit the ever popular Meldreth bike show, meeting up as usual with other branches. Altogether 7 of us from the branch competed in the ACU National Rally, and after a hectic night navigating around the Midlands all completed the 540 miles to Rugby in time for the Barry Sheene run, which some of us stayed behind to watch the whole town centre turned into a race circuit for the day and watch a lot of old racing machines being paraded round. 4 of us enjoyed a gentle cross country run to meet up at ‘The Ten O’Clock’ for the national Sunday Lunch run; a most enjoyable day, if a little too warm! Branch events coming up are the Essex Air Ambulance run on 4 September, always a good turn out with thousands of bikes heading along the A12 to Harwich. Steve said he would not go there again, because he thought the place was a dump, but enjoyed last years ride, so he will probably go. The Branch AGM on 20 October has already been mentioned, then it will be the National AGM, the NEC, firework night and then Christmas. It’s all happening at North London! Best regards

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OXFORD Secretary: Betty McCulloch - 01993 823966

OXFORD RALLY 15TH-17TH JULY 2005 What a fantastic week end the weather was superb. We do not have to go abroad we’ve got it all here. We were pleased to see so many friends arrive. Having a new tent to put up our Sue was stranded but along came Kevin and his professional erection team, say no more the job was done tout suite, he’s a very fast worker is our Kev from 3 shires. Our music man a one man banjo, on Friday night kept us all entertained for the evening, he was very good with songs and patter about his aunty. Then on Saturday it was up and away for the ride out led by DaveWalker the “Bread Man” For a tour of Oxfordshire and Warwickshire with lunch at the Bridge Inn at Napton on the Hill, on the return stopping at a supermarket for supplies for our BBQ. Then we ran our raffle for which Honda Abingdon donated a helmet and large bike chain, for which we say thank you. Then Jimmy came out wearing his dragon shirt saying his under wear matched, but the dragon was on the inside!! As the raffle was drawn some very young ladies did well for there were a lot of teddy bears being tossed about. The evening went on with a guess how many lights are on Mark Taylor’s Gold Wing. When the lights were turned on there was a big ooh!. What a sight it was just like Las Vegas. The winner was Elaine from 3 Shires she was the closest with 520. The actual amount was 529. Well done Elaine. Well it was good to see you all we look forward to seeing you all next year. Thanks to all who helped out at the Rally 28

You know the best thing about being in the HOC? Not sure! Then I’ll tell you; you make so many new friends. We are now settled in our new venue Foxcombe Lodge Hotel on Boars Hill on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month so if you are out our way come and see us. We still have some more rallies to come next is Birmingham, Jimmy and I quite enjoyed ourselves last year, and we were made welcome by two lovely people who gave us a bed for the night. Thank you so very much. We have new members Alan Briggs, Ken Smale, Terry Gilmour and his wife Mary Anne, Jan Sweet, all joined us welcome to you all. We attended the Brooklands Honda open day and Jimmy won a third place cup for standard ST1100s As I write this report I have just received the sad news of our friend Ringo (John Evans) Who has been in a serious hit and run accident. Our thoughts are with him and his family We are all thinking of you .Lots of Love. We are now looking forward to our National Rally in September hope to see all my new friends there. So if you have not booked yet get cracking ok!. Love from all of us at Oxford.

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OXFORD BRANCH BRASS MONKEYS CAMPING WEEKEND At the Cross Hands Inn Morton in the Marsh 2nd - 4th DECEMBER 2005 TENTS ONLY - £8 PER NIGHT PER TENT Bookings to Betty on 01993 832966 or e-mail bettymac@witneyserve.net Food will be available at the Pub SAME PLACE AS THE OXFORD RALLY

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NORTHUMBRIA Secretary: Graeme Burrough - 07050 158 381

SAT 23 JULY 2005 The alarm went off at 6.15am (are there really two six o’clocks on a Saturday!). We set off for our meeting point to leave promptly at 7.30am. Nine bikes set off to Cockermouth for a visit to Planet Knox, the body armour people, which was arranged by Malcolm Doyle of ‘Mal’s Motorcycle Parts & Accessories’ in Newcastle. We stopped for brealfast at Hartside Pass nr Alston, where visibility was nil due to fog. Malcolm & Beverley Hagan’s Pan showed the definite benefit of having fitted a rear fog light – one of many gadgets Malcolm has on his Pan; it has been commented that his bike could be a drain on the National Grid! Another Bike joined us at Hartside and we set off again all refreshed and a little more awake. The weather improved as we descended and by the time we passed along the side of Bassenthwaite Lake, it was beautiful sunshine. We arrived at the Planet Knox factory at 10.15am. One of our members had a “senior” moment, getting off the bike and thinking he had put the side stand down. The result was him down and under his own bike, and Alan & Lillian under theirs. Fortunately, the only physical damage was slight damage to the crash pod on the Pan, but the damage to Colin’s pride is another matter. Geoff Travell M..D. of Planet Knox introduced himself to us all, showed us where to leave our helmets and jackets and began the tour. The tour started at the very beginning of the body armour by showing the materials used and followed on through to the putting it all together, and right up to the finished product. 30

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The production of this booklet is the most expensive part of the item as it is classed as a technical document and the counterfeit ones cannot produce it cost effectively. If I had been wearing it in an accident I think I would have ended up either paralysed or worse!!!!! As everyone was so impressed with the testing, some started taking apart their clothing; Alan Malcolm discovered his jacket had only foam protection to the elbows and shoulders. Geoff was horrified and told Alan he had as much protection as wearing a Tee shirt! We’ll not mention the brand of jacket here at this point. So Planet Knox had the technology and Alan was rebuilt! Needless to say a few more of us then purchased the correct shoulder and elbow pads and I must be honest and say that these are not expensive (especially when you realise that they could save a few broken bones). Graeme was the only one of those that offered their jacket for testing to have his armour pass the impact test. Unfortunately, it went on to fail in so much that the armour was the wrong type for that particular jacket!! Planet Knox also manufactures ‘Cold Killers’, the thermal underwear, and Geoff demonstrated one of their products. These items keep you warm when needed, and cool when needed, the principle being much the

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same as a Thermos flask. The tour left us shocked but educated. A big thank you to Geoff, Margaret and Ann-Marie for a very informative and enjoyable visit, and not forgetting Mal for organising it. As it was still a beautiful day we decided not the head straight home, but had a run through Keswick to Ambleside where we had a short stop for a late lunch (hungry bikers strike again!) We then headed up through Pooley Bridge and onto Penrith. Back up to Hartside, where the weather was completely the opposite of the morning stop. After a short leg stretch and refreshments (hungry bikers) we all headed home. A long day but one I am pleased I didn’t miss even though at 6.15am I did consider turning over and sending Graeme on his own. Thank you Malcolm for making it all happen

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GREAT NORTH AIR AMBULANCE Sunday 29 May saw 9 of us offer support to a charity ride out in favour of raising funds for the Air Ambulance. 438 bikes attended the start at Hein Gerickes at Carlisle supported by Cumbria Constabulary. Divided into 4 groups, the first group left just before 10:30 am with the next groups 10 minutes behind. Police escorts were provided for the first 3 groups but our group (4) had no police presence. The riders possibly around 40+ set off but soon got separated due to traffic lights etc and no police support. I found that I was in the rear part of the pack following a guy that didn't know where he was going or even where he was! After some 6 or 8 miles a tee junction appeared and the group came to a stand still not knowing the right direction. After a few minutes I made my way to the front and asked why we had just travelled 6 miles in a southerly direction when we should be going north!! Some of these guys were Cumbrian lads and they didn't have a clue as to what to do next. I was asked if I knew the route, confirmed yes and took over the lead. After a short spell I noticed that the group was getting broken up so decided to stop in a lay-by north of Penrith to regroup. I asked if everyone knew of the "drop-off" system, some didn't so it was quickly explained and back off enroute. It was turned round from what was becoming a "comedy of errors". The route was given as circa 80 miles but due to the initial 32

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cock-up we ended up covering over 120 miles. The route was mixed with everything from narrow country lane to dual carriageways but still enjoyable all the same. A mid route stop was taken at Hartside summit (1904 feet a.s.l) for 45 minutes before making our way to the finish line at Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club for 3p.m. Entrance was by donation of ÂŁ5.00 per person and over ÂŁ4,000 was raised on the day with more money to come via pledges. The Chief Fund raiser, Paula, came and asked if HOC Northumbria would help organise the next event to be held in Northumberland later this summer and I agreed that we as a branch would give it our full support. Check out their website if you care to donate a couple of quid http://www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk/ Cheers

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SOLENT Secretary -Tim Lee 023 8025 2113

Solent branch has been ticking over nicely during the summer months with our regular bi-weekly Wednesday night rideouts to somewhere nice continuing to be well supported. We will carry on with these into October until such time as the weather and temperature dictate otherwise. A good number of us decided to attend the Honda Open day at Brooklands, and had a very enjoyable day out. Mind you, some of us thought we might not get there at all, destined to fall at the last hurdle negotiating the entrance gate to Brooklands. The money taker at the gate seemed to move with all the speed of a Jurassic glacier, and the supervisor overseeing his inaction would no doubt have committed some heinous crime if he had lifted just one finger to assist. Some of us had to switch off to prevent overheating we were in the queue so long. Once in, we parked up and prepared to

go in search of a coffee, only to find we had actually entered the competition, and Steve Hill was very keen that we didn’t move the bikes off to the general car park. The museum itself was excellent and we all had a great time looking over the exhibits and enjoying the pig roast and coffee shop. As it turned out, three of our branch members did rather well. In the Class A Pre 1980 section, Pete Goodger was placed 2nd with his CB500F. In the Class C 1991 – 2000 section, Keith Burkill was placed 2nd with his CBR1000, and in the Class E “Custom” section, Alan Eastes won with his CB750F1. I have written elsewhere of the great time we all had at the National Rally, so it just remains for me to remind those in our locality who haven’t visitedus yet to come and join the fun. Keep it Tidy

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Competition Rules The Saddle Sore Competition is open to all paid up members of the Honda Owners Club (GB), attending an event on amotorcycle or scooter. All events attended must be identified by an entry in the Event Log opposite and signed by the organiser or co-ordinator. On attending an event, there is no requirement for a competitor to remain for the full duration of the event. Completed event logs must be received by Stephen Davenport by Midnight 30th September 2006 - all entries received after this time will not be valid. The winners will be member scoring the most points in each category. In the event that more than one member has the same points total, then the prize for that category will be shared in equal proportions between those scoring the same points. Points will be awarded as follows; 500cc and under - 110 points for every event attended and 1 point per mile Over 500cc -

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SADDLE SORE NEWS Well done to all those who entered in 2005 The winners will be announced at Honda Owners Club (GB) AGM on the 23rd October 2005 at Mallory Park The prize is a cheque for ÂŁ150 each So, come along and have a go. The first event of the year is the Oxford Brass Monkey camping weekend.


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SOUTH WALES Secretary: Paul Evans - Paul109SX@aol.com Well, here we are coming to the end of another busy summer for our Branch. I think this year we’ve managed to squeeze in more ride outs in than ever before, and we even managed to fit in another trip to France. Due to illness our numbers were slightly depleted on what was now our second French Holiday but four bikes and one MPV set off in early June, destination, a large Chateau near Loche in the Loire Valley. This year to try and make it a bit cheaper we used the Speed Ferries crossing from Dover. Very quick, and more importantly very cheap (compared to the other ferry operators anyway) After a quick overnight stop in at the Ibis Hotel in Abbeville, (where there was some confusion over the room bookings. I was positive I’d booked a twin room but when we got there all they had was a double sorry Clive!) We eventually arrived at our rented house, a large 17th Century Chateau where we spent the week riding, sunbathing fishing and drinking. On one day we went and visited the Motor Museum at Le Mans, a nice place to visit of your ever in the area. A nice gentle

ride up, I was leading in the MPV that is black with a prominent GB sticker on the back window to make it easy to spot. All went well until we actually got to Le Mans when I lost some of the others. Wayne somehow stared to follow another vehicle, easy mistake to make you may say, but the vehicle he was following was a white box van. Highlight of the day for me was arriving in Le Mans to find yourself riding part of the 24 hour course, the Mulsanne Straight, imaging yourself flying down there at over 200mph Inside the Chateau was the head of a rather large Pike mounted on a plaque in the hallway. The owner of the house said that it was caught in the five-acre fishing lake that was in the grounds. Clive thought he might try his luck and catch either the pike’s brother or at least some fish for tea. Every evening we were promised fish for tea but sadly none were forthcoming. At one point Clive found a rowing boat and managed to get Keith to row him around the lake whilst he stood at the rear of the boat fishing. How they both never ended up in the lake is a miracle. cont..........

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On the last night at the Chateau the owner Nicholas kindly gave us a lift to a nearby restaurant saying he would pick us up later. Everyone made their order and Clive (who earlier in the week picked up an ear infection) asked for a steak, well done. When it arrived the steak was obviously not well cooked to which Clive said, “ I’m glad I’ve got this ear infection otherwise I’d be able to hear this thing moo-ing!” The owner of the hotel duly arrived to pick us up but then sat with us drinking until the early hours. When it was time to leave three of us got into the front of his pickup, but Keith, Wayne, Clive and Terry had to get into the open bit at the back. We set off along the road but then took a left turn down a narrow lane that appeared to be a dead end. I thought Nicholas would turn around but no, he engaged four-wheel drive and off we went back to the Chateau cross-country with the four brave souls shouting and hollering, clinging on for dear life in the back. I haven’t laughed so hard for so long for a long time.

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As I write this we’ve just returned from a ride out to do the factory tour at the Triumph Factory in Hinckley. A very good place to visit, it starts with a presentation about the history of Triumph followed by a complete tour of the factory. From the stores right through the production process until you see the bikes coming off the production line, tested and being put in crates ready for delivery. If you want to know anything else about the our branch or want the contact name and number to book yourself a factory tour I can be contacted at paul109sx@aol.com Ride safe

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THREE SHIRES Secretary: Carl Hipkins - 0114 2214 882 Hi all Yes i know its a bit late Tim but was hoping for news on Ringo. And I've got good news at last! For those of you who don't know, John Evans (Ringo......don't ask) was knocked off his VFR at the beginning of August by a hit and run scum near his home in Sheffield. The car was found burnt out 2 days later and unfortunately PC plod can't put a finger on the driver. Ringo was quite badly injured and has spent the best part of 4 weeks heavily sedated and on a ventilator in the Northern General hospital but is now starting to show good signs of recovery. As off 30/08/05 Michelle (Mrs Ringo) informs me that he is not sedated any more and despite now having a tracheotomy to cope with he is doing much better. He can now breathe on his own for up to 24 hours at a time and is making good progress. I'm sure every member reading this will wish John a full and speedy recovery.

If anybody wishes to send an e-mail message of any sort to our mail box i will make sure he gets to read them all. On a lighter note Nog or lily as he may well be known in future organized an archery day at the Derwent Bowmen's field in Darley Dale near Matlock. 20 or so brave people turned up to have a go and thoroughly enjoyed themselves with a short but interesting ride out and then a pub lunch followed by some bows n arrows. If you've never tried archery i would recommend you give it a go. Its just a shame Rowly refused to ride his Kwakasaki up and down the field as a moving target.Hopefully Nog will have sent in a separate piece on the day out so i wont rattle on too much about it.

Ride well

Carl

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VARADERO Secretary: Philip Ramsay Picking up from the last report we were just about to head for Poland. I can still taste the excitement and all that preparation really paid off. Poland was fab. We travelled in three discrete groups. Loudpedal led the NI lot, Red the Northern bunch and a small posse from the south was led be me. There were also three solo artists – Jess & Teresa with the boys, Geoff and Barry making a different way round. All managed to rendezvous in Debrzyno to be met by our Polish hosts on Friday 13 May. Giving ourselves three days to get there Max, Minx and picking up Mike the Swede on route - we had a very relaxing journey. Red, Happychappy and TPD left from Hull a day later. Enjoying the autobahns – no really - we carved through Germany stopping on the former Eastern side for one night. Competent as the Varadero may be at touring in the three-figure-range, it will always be eluded by the prestige cars that rove these East – West arteries – our Teutonic friends really thrash ‘em. Crossing the border one observes the rapid deterioration in road quality. As millions of tons of 18 wheeler traffic slice across Poland each year the roads have develop serious furrows. Spending our second night on the Baltic coast – Kolobrzeg, the weather picked up, and we were a fascination for dozens of school children as we parked up to opt for a hotel from the guide book. You just don’t see many travellers in Poland and even fewer on bikes. In fact apart from our VIM compatriots we saw no other foreign motorcycles in two weeks. Revitalized – it was Friday 13 and we made our way to the meet-point some 50 miles south west of Gdansk. Travelling cross-country – our only hairy moment. Passing through villages appreciative of the storks nesting on chimney tops we came upon some workmen laying a new road surface. The only problem was they were doing both sides of the road at the same time – a sticky situation! We had to ride through newly laid tar to meet oncoming traffic and be forced to stop would surely prove a disaster. Holding the bike up two-up and fully laden, with plates-of-meat slipping around on wet tarmac would have been terrifying. Thankfully we negotiated two slow miles of this and with some good luck – no doubt brought about by the storks – avoided mishap. Bikes were a mess through. Arriving at Lake Debrzyno we were met like celebs. Minutes later Red’s squad arrived, shortly 50

followed by the NI group. The secure park lot was like backstage at the Olympics – the number plates read like a political map of Europe. Our Polish hosts had planned two excursions over the next few days. Day one - set off in groups of 10 to Gdansk. It is illegal to ride in a large group, and special permission was granted to exit Gdansk en masse. We caused such a spectacle – 130+ Varaderos – in the town square, where again we had had authorization to park. Even the local dignitaries were top billed. Our solidarity as bikers from 19 different countries obviously impressed one Lech Walesa, and he could not resist having his photo taken with one. Not to be beaten – the ex Prime Minister, Jerzy Buzek had to get in on the act.

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Day two and after a night that some lived to regret – remember the Poles are very proud of their vodka, and a word of warning here – you must never try to out drink one! The destination was the infamous Malbork Castle – a symbol of Poland – built by the Teutonic Knights in 1276, it’s a magnificent structure, and once again Club Varadero Poland had secured some privileges for the group. As an official sponsor of VIM 7, official guides were laid on gratis. The history lesson commenced. Officially the meet closed on Monday, and Varaderos exited to a multitude of destinations. I continued onward to discover more of Poland and made a two week trip of it, returning via Slovakia, Czech Republic and the Hartzland, Germany. Back in Blighty Red led the Ooop North Run 18 – 19 June. Singularly keeping the North – South divide going his report reads…… Us Ooop North organised this run to allow our southern brethren to experience proper roads like. Unfortunately only one member was free of commitments to make the journey (from Weymouth, somewhere near France I think?) but with a handful of northern riders on hand we aimed to enjoy the best roads and scenery in the country. Setting off from the Travel Inn at Darlington on the Saturday morning we made our way towards West Auckland and up the Wear Valley to Frosterley where we took a diversion up onto the moors to cut back to Stanhope and then on to Alston and Hartside for lunch. After a hearty lunch of "pig a la carte" (bacon butties you southerners) and a meet up with Pongo we headed back to Alston and that fabulous stretch of road across the moors to Middleton-inTeasdale. By this time we'd persuaded Honeymonster (our southern riding companion) that we weren't riding up and down mountains, and that these were just gentle hills oop north. Then it was down to Brough and the back roads to Hawes in time (just!) for a T and a P. From Hawes it was time for another of those great runs over Hardraw into Swaledale and down the valley to Reeth where we all collapsed on the village green with heat stroke. This must be the first time "Wet Again" hasn't been out without rain following him around. A gentle run back to Richmond, with some scary corners - the local council had dumped piles of gravel in the road. Then back to the Travel Inn for a well deserved pint or six to overcome the heat exhaustion. Sunday and the sun was out again as we set off for the North Yorkshire moors. Travelling through Thirsk, up Sutton Bank to Helmsley and Pickering -once out of Pickering it was every man AUTUMN 2005

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(and woman) for himself as we headed across the moors to Whitby. That has to be one of the finest stretches of biking roads there is. Once in Whitby we parked up at the Station cafe which has a free parking area for bikes, and managed to get Honeymonster to cough up for the teas. I tried to get pensioners discount but failed miserably. We were supposed to go onto Scarborough but general consensus was "we wanna go do those roads again back to Pickering". Actually I was threatened with the ‘’Numb removal of er pla

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Malbrok Castle I think everyone enjoyed the weekend and the ear to ear grins after some of those roads made it all worth while even if we did end up a little damp. July Peaks of perfection 9 – 10 The Prodded Dog performed the same tricks as last year and attracted some visitors from across the water – Gingerchin and Dwarf + pillions fresh back from VIM, Now I wasn’t on this run so putting details together from the 20 page thread has been difficult. TPD himself was extremely elusive when asked for a report so I can not even begin to imagine what they all got up to. I believe that they stayed at the Travel Inn at Maple Road, Tankersley, and Barnsley. Making off on Saturday at 10.30 for a razz around Derbyshire. Then back to hotel for evening meal. Sunday start at 9.30 for a mid afternoon finish and journey home. I believe they took in the Cat & Fiddle, Matlock Bath and Snake Pass the weather stayed on their side….but who knows? August Fox Hat This has to be one of Harv's best. David and Charles travelled over from Belfast and picked up Bobby Boy from Manchester. To make them welcome the meet started on the Friday evening in Oxford before the official run on Saturday. Joined by Mark & Liz who had to miss the main event we trawled a few beers and a meal fit for the King of Siam. Saturday morning the official link up at Pear trees, Harv & Sarah turned up on the new KTM, with Barry on a BMW. The crew set off for breakie

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at Cirencester along with Rik & Sharon, Ian and Pam - Greasy Joes; best cheddar and Ham butty I have ever had. The next four hours I grinned constantly as Harv who claims he had organised Jack [insert] navigated us around some fab country lanes, byways, and four water crossings? There were even some fast twisty bits. I am told that we went through flecks like Turkdean, Notgrove and Trafalgar….search me, for I couldn’t get you back there. Back at Tewksbury for our overnight stay, the mob was thirsty and hungry. It looked like Curry from the off and it was. So obliging was this restaurant that the owner even returned three of the crew as taxis were sparse. Saturday night was a real hoot; the locals will remember us.... especially the posse of local lasses who would gladly give it all up for you know who.... the singing was what did it though...the rendition of the Righteous Brothers 'you've lost that lovin' feeling..' was awesome! Sunday got even better with the Shropshire Massif arriving, more roads, more water, more byways ....and of course... lunch! What next….On Friday 2nd September we’re off to the Where’s the rabbit! Wicklow Mountains to meet up with the NI crew from Poland. The plan is to get the ferry from Holyhead to Dun Loaghaire, stay overnight in Bray, and take in 180 miles of coastal and mountain roads. Then its Guinness all round. September 10 -11 Owen does us proud again with the Welsh Wander. Here’s praying for better weather this year October 8-9 it’s time to invade the Isle of Skye…Can’t make this one personally but it seems to be the most popular this year so far…last count 20+ and still rising? Last but not least as we go to print a few of the Baby Vara Boys are organising a run from Lands End to John O Groats for a local charity. Best of luck lads. More of that next time……….. Cheers all

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WEST LONDON Secretary: Steve Hill - 020 8291 5263 It has been nice to welcome a few new faces to our Wednesday night meetings over the summer, and yet a few more on our rideouts. New members are like everyone else, and don’t have a lot of time to spare, and seeing as our ride-outs tend to be organised a short notice, it does take some effort to attend. A few of us have been attending the race meetings this year, and heving a very nice time. The biggest turn out of the summer was when the Admiral Hawke, where we meet, held its traditional free BBQ. On of the evenings of note saw Chris Billington from Honda came to talk to us about spares and accessories. Having previously e-mailed, he was keen to hear our views on everything to do with both the range, and the supply process. We gave him our feedback, and at the end of the evening I think he went away happy that he had received honest and constructive opinions. As I write this, a few of us from the branch are about to set off for a seven day tour of Ireland. I just hope the weather stays nice. You will read elsewhere about the HOC Open Day held at Brooklands, which can only be described as a roaring success. Not

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WILTSHIRE Secretary: Chris Cook - 01793 725385

We start with the AGM, ten members attended in July and all the positions stayed the same. I resigned as sec but was instantly re-elected and was told if i didn’t take it on again I would have my arms and legs broken, so I thought it was wise to stay on. Next we did a run to Devils Bridge. At least 8 bikes went on the run through some beautiful countryside, no boring motorway going, but we did some on the way home. All the bikes returned under their own steam, it was a 350 mile round trip.

Our next trip out was to Brooklands with eight bikes taking part again. We had a good trip down but it was boring, we went on the motorway to get their quickly. A good and enjoyable day was had and there was lots to see. We had a disastrous trip home, Danny lost his gear box on the ST 1100 Honda and my unreliable scooter let me down again; the wheel bearings, for the third time. That’s all from the Wilts crew for now.

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A MEMBER RECOMMENDS

Some three weeks ago I changed my motorcycle for a much newer model, on the front was displayed a SmartWater sticker. In the back of my mind I could recall something about this DNA in water that won’t wash off and the Police can trace. Visiting the web site to gain further information, I thought about taking the bike to them and see if they can then tell me who the last owner was and where the treatment was applied. Ringing them and asking the question was met with a Yes, so the following Monday I set off for Telford. On arrival they sent for the Police liaison man, Graham. He attacked my bike with a

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UV light showing all the places that SmartWater had been applied. Showing me not only the SmartWater but also the particles that are part of the system. The particles hold a unique number and are only seen through a very powerful magnifying glass. Sample particle picture A, shows up as a bright speck (smaller than a full stop on this page) under UV light, and carries the registration number. If it is facing the wrong way they use a scalpel and turn it over to read the number. The actual SmartWater can be scratched off and taken to the lab to count the atoms in its make-up and this is like DNA and easily traceable to the owner. Dave Reynolds from Smartwater can be contacted on 0870 242 8899

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SCARE MONGERING BY THE COMPETITION, OR FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN? As 95% of my biking is with a pillion, I bought my VFR V-TEC two years ago with 6,200 miles on the clock to replace my CBR 600F which was great but not so good with a pillion plus luggage on the distance trips. Immediately I rode the VFR I fell in love - its power, its comfort, the riding position, its handling. The main thing that made me hesitate was the Biking Press and their comments about the cost of the services when it was necessary to adjust the valve clearances at multiples of 16,000 miles. I hesitated – and then thought go for it. At 32,443 miles I have just had my 32,000 mile service. The valve clearances have still not needed re setting. My garage - Abingdon Honda - said they have not done a set under 56,000 miles! So to set scare mongering at rest I thought I would jot down the costs of my servicing, including this last one (the garage reckon if valve clearance adjustment had been necessary it would have been about another £80.00 on the bill) My service costs over two years have been:12,000 miles

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All plus between £30 and £50 for oil and sundries, plus VAT I have had one new set of spark plugs £59.28, one new chain and sprocket kit £129 and a couple of sets of brake pads (front £40/rear £20) I tried not to add it up so as not to frighten myself - I just keep remembering all the fun we've been having in the 26,000 plus miles we have done! But couldn’t resist, cost - v- mileage - vfun including petrol ! = my running costs are roughly equivalent to the cost of a nice bottle of wine per evening or a couple of pints of beer and I personally would far rather be riding than drinking!! I think the sensational figures quoted in the Press must have been issued by the competition to scare people off from buying what is a great sports tourer! My only little niggle with the VFR is that the turning circle is not great, so you have to ‘manaeover’ it to turn it round and at 213 kg. it is a bit heavy when stationery – but the latter is my fault as I am a 5’4 female who weighs 9.1/2 st – Honda cannot do a lot about that! Some riders do not like the VTec effect but I don’t find it a problem when it kicks in (around 95 mph in top gear) and it‘s great when you need that extra power to overtake etc. Also I have heard comment that the engine can ‘chug’ at times, no problem, I just drop a gear and off it blasts. From a very happy VFR V-Tec rider…

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provided for them. I said hello to those from Solent who already arrived, and was presented with a couple of bottle of Newcastle Brown by Barbara to get the weekend started off right. Thanks Barb. As a venue, Bainland was excellent, as was the food. The vast majority of residents for the weekend were HOC members, which made for much chat and merriment, and Friday evening passed very pleasantly in the bar. Saturday saw most bikes depart on the ride-out, with your truly looking on jealously, with the thrilling prospect of a trip to the supermarket for provisions. I can’t comment on the ride-out because I couldn’t go (are you reading this dearest), but from all reports, everyone enjoyed themselves and had an excellent day out.

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Saturday evening arrived and I must admit I felt somewhat silly walking down to the bar dressed in the blanket and hat which was my interpretation of “wild west”. The kids thought it was great, especially when my little lad persuaded Brian Dunn that he was a much more suitable owner for Brian’s pistol, which had the advantage of lighting up and making a noise! – thanks Brian. Pam Irving from Solent won the best costume award, and well deserved it was. Rumour had it that she had been using tea bags to create a “red indian” type tan - that’s dedication.

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swap the Blade for it, but if I could have two bikes then….now that’s a thought. The other bike I tried was the Goldwing. I can easily see why they have a following. I couldn’t fault the comfort, and they are not as slow as I imagined. However at the end of the day, there is something in my head which just can’t come to terms with a motorcycle which has overdrive and reverse. Thanks are due to Dibble for putting on what was a very enjoyable National Rally. The venue was excellent, the entertainment was excellent, the food was excellent, and of course the company was excellent. Thanks are also due to Grantham Honda for the efforts they went to, providing not only the bikes for the test rides, but the hog roast as well. Rumour has it that they will also negotiate a great deal on a bike, so if you are in the market it might be well worth giving them a call. Well that brings an end to this report, and I look forward to next years rally which is being organised by Bedfordshire branch. Initial rumours are that it might be in Wales, but we will have all the info in the next issue. Cheers

Pam & Wendy Then came the line dancing, and I think most people were of the opinion that they had not had so much fun in ages. The dance floor was filled from beginning to end by those willing to have a go, and the whole evening was very enjoyable. Sunday saw the arrival of Grantham Honda with their test fleet for us to try out, and a pig roast to keep us fed and watered. Those who had remembered to bring their license had the opportunity to take whatever took their fancy for a 20 minute test ride. I took the opportunity to ride two bike which I would not normally give the time of day to. I must say, I was very impressed with the new Pan, which was much better in all respects than I had imagined. I would never AUTUMN 2005

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BROOKLANDS Report From the HOC Open Day The first HOC Open Day at Brooklands turned out to be a roaring success. This is perhaps best shown by the fact that I have received two separate written reports of the day, and five sets of photos, all from different people. The following text is an amalgamation of the reports received from Steve Hill and Dave Barton. Ed The West London Branch of the Honda Owners Club organized the Honda Day and invited other Honda clubs to attend. Rain showers didn’t prevent well over three hundred machines from attending the gathering including everything from a CB72. to CBX’s and everything in between. We were honored to welcome our guests, including members from the CBX Riders Club, Classic Honda Club, Goldwing Owners Club and the V.J.M.C. Riders traveled from all over the country, and as a result we gathered together a large cross section of those machines that Honda UK has imported over the past 40 years (Happy Birthday Honda). On display you could look at the original “nifty fifty” C100, C114, CB160, CB72 (250cc) or a “Tiger Chasing” CB77 (305cc) with all these machines are from the 1960’s era. These were complimented by machines from the 70’s and 80’s including some stunning examples of the CBX and 400/4. Today’s machines were represented by the CBR1000RR Fireblade, CB600F “Hornet” and the CBR1100XX “Blackbird” to name a few. The “Goldwings” are in a class of their own with almost thirty of one type or another taking part in the competition. In fact the “Wings” lined the entrance and made a very impressive display indeed. The Brooklands Museum gave us a perfect location and is well worth a visit in its own right. 58

The results of the “Pride of Ownership” competition were as follows: CLASS A PRE 1980 1st CB750K6 - Mick Logan 2nd CB500F - Pete Goodger 3rd CBX1000 - Glenn Warby CLASS B 1981 – 1990 1st XBR500 - K Dare 2nd CBX1000 - Dave Ferns 3rd VFR750FJ - Andy Young CLASS C 1991 – 2000 1st CBR1100 - G Seymour 2nd CBR1000 - Keith Burkill 3rd ST1100 - James Mc Culloch CLASS D 2000 – 2005 1st CBR900RR - Ian Woodlock 2nd Valkyrie - Will Curtis 3rd ST1100 - Micky Maw CLASS E “CUSTOM” CB750F1 - Alan Eastes CB400F “RICHARD EDELSTEIN” TROPY 1st CB400F2 - Jeff Appleyard 2nd Cb400F - Brian Shipperlee 3rd Cb400F2 - H Jenkins “GOLDWING” 1st GL1500 - Paul Painter 2nd Interstate - Roy Laver 3rd GL1800 - P Russell “GOLDWING TRIKES” 1st GL1500SE - Mick & Sheila Asbury 2nd GL1200 - Ron Colman 3rd GL1500 - R Baker

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To conclude, there are a number of people we would like to thank: Jon and Jude for the design and production of the programs, flyers, competition slips, press release and adverts. Tony Eldridge, Lorrie, Eileen, Richard Kris, Pam & Maureen, for their efforts with the press both nationally and locally, and The “Presidents Men” (Trevor Thompson, Dave Barton, Graham Gull & Tony Eldridge) for judging and prize giving on the day. I would also like to thank Helen Turner from Honda UK, Lindsey, Nigel & Julie and Tippetts, and Richard and Donna from Brooklands. Thank you all for all your help. The date for next year has already been booked for August 6th, let’s hope it is as successful as this year.

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Steve & Dave The winners on the historic Brooklands banking

The Winners

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OXFORD TOUR TO GERMANY 2005 The 25th of July, the forecast for the South East is wall to wall rain. Departure rendezvous is Sainsbury’s by the M4 at Reading, 0600, and Dave Rock and myself are there, bikes fuelled and ready to go. Erica and Gerald Gassor, Paul Dique, and Huw who have to travel the four miles from Thatcham arrive twenty minutes late, due to taking pictures of clean bikes! We travel to Dover in monsoon conditions, arriving just in time to catch the ferry which we find is delayed an hour. The wet floor of the ferry nearly caught Paul out, but a quick 180 degree spin later he recovers and we all go upstairs to find the sausages, and that’s the last Dave Rock and I see of the party until Calais, despite mobiles, and a diligent search of the boat. We headed down the Motorway to Cambrai and exit onto the RN road, except Erica and Gerald, who decide to try the next exit. We all knew where we were going and carry on until the CBR600 boys, Huw and Paul, need fuel, and after several laps of a small French town we find some. The station sells coffee so we decide a cigar stop is in order, and Paul spots Erica heading past. We are reunited. Onwards to just south of Metz where we head down the Meuse Valley to Inor, our first stop. Rooms sorted, beer consumed, bikes parked, (Erica’s shampooed), we have an excellent meal, served by the first waitress Paul falls in love with, and retire to bed. The next day we depart and head 60

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for Luxembourg and Germany. We get lost but Huw saves the day, flagging down a lorry and asking directions. Arriving in the Mosselle Valley we enjoy spectacular scenery and head back onto the Autobahn and get lost again. Several hours later we are going in the right direction, but on the wrong road and a decision is taken to get back on the Autobahn and head for our fournight stay at Einbeck. All is going well until we increase speed to make up some lost time and loose Erica who makes a turn for Erfurt, which is on the itinery, but not until another four days have passed. At Einbeck we are met by my German relative, Peter, who invites us for a Barbie, and collects us from the hotel. Erica and Gerald join us later after completing a detour to eastern Germany. We stagger back to the hotel and collapse after a second hard day. The rain arrives from England on the Wednesday and we are scheduled to ride to Wolfsburg to the VW Museum. Peter saves us, again, turning up with both his car and his wife’s, and we drive in comfort, though needless to say the sun comes out.

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Excellent old cars mixed with modern pavilions demonstrating the philosophy behind the brands in the VW group leave us a little confused but we enjoyed the day, and in the evening take Peter and his wife Regina to the Italian next door where we enjoy another good meal. Thursday starts wet but dries quickly and we tour the Hartz mountains, and visit Goslar, before heading to the steam train for a trip up the Brocken, the highest mountain in the north of Germany. No one is lost, and we go back to the Hotel, and decide to eat in, as it’s easier than persuading Huw to leave the Beer Garden. The food was good, but after a while it began to rain, so we get in a group huddle under the awning, and are amazed by the speed of the waitress, who is proving increasingly attractive to Paul, as she zooms from the kitchen to our table as the thunderstorm grows in intensity. Eventually we take pity on her and decamp to the bar. Another fine day dawns on Friday and we head for the Weser Valley, stopping for coffee at a bikers Hotel where you can sleep on straw for peanuts, though the bill for beer will b e astronomical! H e a d i n g through a village on the way down from a lunch stop on the top of a hill we loose Erica, and bikes go off in all directions for a while until we are reunited. In the evening Dave Rock entertains us with wall-to-wall AUTUMN 2005

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jokes for hours, and we experience a strange local custom, which involves paying the prospective bride and groom, in separate parties, not to sing for us. Huw advises the bride she could have done better, having seen her intended earlier, and judging by the hilarity the comment caused in her party, I think her friends agreed. On Saturday we head to Erfurt, our base for visiting the GP at Sachsenring. We have some paddock passes so four of us head to the circuit, arriving to find the bike park on top of the hill opposite the circuit. We get in and find the hospitality unit for KR Proton KTM, but lunch has finished, so we go to the top of the pits and look at bikes instead. Except Paul who discovers brolly girls and falls in love, not for the first time. Leaving the circuit down a grassy and slightly muddy hill is interesting, but we make it. Back to Erfurt, after a struggle to find fuel for the CBR boys, and we eat in the beer garden of our hotel. Paul befriends another attractive waitress, usual result.

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Early start on Sunday as it’s race day, breakfast at 0630 and off we go. Even Huw makes it. An enterprising German is selling parking in the village for two euro, so we avoid the muddy bike park. Shakey falls at the first corner, how many times has he fallen off on the first lap this year? It’s hot and the huge stands are full of 207,000 enthusiastic Germans who are experts at eating sausages, drinking beer, and Mexican Waves. Going back to Erfurt we ignore the rules relating to no filtering in Germany and the Autobahn is quiet until we reach Jena, where a breakdown in the roadworks causes a huge jam. More filtering and we return tired, hungry, and have another night in the beer garden. Huw asks for nibbles, and while he thinks he is asking for olives, the waitress thinks he is keen on her nipples, she was not wrong, but an international incident is avoided when Peter provides a translation. Monday dawns fine and we set off for Nordhausen where there is an underground factory, which built V2 rockets in the war. On the way Huw decides to stop the traffic at a multi road junction to allow Erica to get across, only for Paul to ram him from behind, thankfully there is no damage, explaining that to the insurance company would have been interesting. The factory is not open on Mondays, so we look round the grounds, Gerald falls asleep on a bench and we return via Weimar. Paul took 190 digital pictures in 10 days, and 30 were of two attractive girls in Weimar. Plus one of another waitress. We narrowly avoid him getting arrested for stalking by heading back via the Autobahn where we indulge in performance testing on an unlimited stretch. All goes well except for exiting where Huw decides at the last moment to follow us but narrowly misses both the exit and an innocent Fiesta. The incident provides a talking point in the beer garden, before we change and catch the bus into town for a meal. Huw is probably still in shock as he decides to taxi back with Erica and Gerald, and not to promenade round Erfurt with 62

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Paul, Dave and myself. As the taxi leaves Paul is in a state of collapse, eventually he stops laughing long enough to explain that he has the key to the room he is sharing with Huw, who is heading for what he thinks is an early night. On Tuesday we load the bikes for the return leg to Inor in France, and head down the Autobahn. We manage not to loose anyone, or get lost until we arrive at the border, and Dave Rock decides to divert. We join up again, after he goes the wrong way through some road works, and we stop en route at Verdun. The memorials to the WW1 battle are impressive. Arriving back at Inor I try to book in, and succeed, only to be summoned from the beer garden as the Hotel has double booked, another Mssr. Robert with the same number of people, and rooms, spooky, but we are in residence so adopt a superior attitude and stay put. We revisit the attractive waitress and, as the budget shows a surplus, indulge in the 30 euro menu so that Paul can have snails, which he enjoys almost as much as the waitress.

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If there is a female member of the Club who is single, is a waitress, or is prepared to wear an apron, and who would like to meet Paul it can be arranged. Text him on 07732333221. I can confirm that Paul is single, appears to be kind to children and small animals, and is house trained. Our final day involved a ride through the French Ardennes en route to Theipval where we visited the memorial to the Somme battles and a last blast to Calais, before subjecting ourselves to the M25 and M4. My total miles were 2259, I used 41.71 gallons of fuel, at 54.15mpg. (VFR800 nonvtech) Ten days of good company, good food, and hotels with bike washing facilities for Erica, were enjoyed by all.

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NB. The following people would all like to say a very big thank you to Bob who organised the trip, and whose hard work and effort made sure it was as enjoyable as it was. Thanks are from

PAUL ERICA GERALD HUW DAVE

Bob Deane Membership No 26640

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OUT AND ABOUT DURHAM POLICE BIKE WISE I received a phone call from a friend Mick Alder, who is a motorcycle cop in Durham Constabulary back in February this year. Mick asked if the branch would come to Bike Wise 2005 in August? I told him that I thought the branch was perhaps a bit too new but would speak to the members at the next meeting. This was done, and the members agreed we would give it a try. The months passed and no offers for help, no photos, no anything came, so 4 weeks before the event I said that I would “pull the plug” and decline the invitation. WOW!! The response was overwhelming – photos came pouring in, stands were built, tables sourced, leaflets printed and loads more, so Bike Wise was to proceed. Saturday was given to us for set up etc, but the Sunday was the day when over 14,000 people were due to attend. A little daunting but we made it complete with sweeties for the kids (and adults) – we were ready. Through a contact of mine, I managed to secure an original limited edition, 64

coloured pencil drawing no 20 of 250 of James Toseland to raffle at the show. We had this framed, and ALL proceeds were to be donated (unlike most other clubs who ran their raffles for themselves) to the Great North Air Ambulance. This was to be our brightest decision, with the response was unbelievable!

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Half way through the show, I had suggested to me, that we should get James Toseland to make the raffle draw at 4pm. So off to see yet another contact of mine, to see if this was possible, I couldn’t find Alan Jones of Hondas H&M Plant fame but stumbled across his wife. Details exchanged and a phone call an hour later – Yes! James will make the draw …. Fantastic!! At 3.55pm James Toseland arrived at our stall and made the draw, which was won by Lisa from Murton, County Durham. James made the phone call to the number on the ticket but only received a recorded message. He left his message and we later found out that Lisa said she would never delete the message as she was such a great fan of his. The picture was hand delivered to Lisa at her home later that day. People came to our stand all day, taking information away, paying memberships, or

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just chatting as they do. We went through 1200 flyers, 150 membership forms, 300 lollies, and destroyed our legs with standing! Our first show and it has to be said it was a brilliant success, not only for all the new members who joined from it, but because it put us fair and squarely on the map! As a branch that started 2 years ago, we have gone so far in such a short time that no-one could have foreseen the branch’s growth. Now taking in County Durham members, I’d like to ask all members in County Durham to contact me with a view to being included in our activities. Can they please email me hondaowners.northumbria@virgin.net Here’s to next year’s Bike Wise

Graham Burrough

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HOC O N S U M E R Compiled by Mark Clargo - HOConsumer Editor

DASH OF COLOUR Hi Mark, I've just joined the HOC and am the very proud owner of a '99 Blackbird. This is my fourth Honda since passing my test aeon's ago and I've been waiting to get a 'Bird for 8 years!!! Anyway, I also run a small company called Dash of Colour. Having started out specialising in the manufacture of custom Mini dashboards we have recently (in the past two years) branched out into motorcycle and scooter paintwork. We will do standard paintwork, custom, airbrushing and restorations. We also work on helmets, guitars and anything else bike size and under that may require a "liven up". As a HOC member and Honda fan I would love to offer a 15% discount to any members that may require or desire our services in the future. We are a small company and work on one job at a time, giving each client the dedication they deserve and a 100% commitment to the quality of the finished product. Yours sincerely,

Stefen

Stefen Window Dash of Colour The Workshop, 40 Mill Lane Gosberton, Spalding Lincs, PE11 4NN Tel: 01775 841078 Mobile: 07930 626156 Web: www.dashofcolour.co.uk Email (office) adashofcolour@aol.com Email (house) horizonbike@aol.com HOC Membership Number: 29350

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FORT KNOX (STEEL BUILDINGS) LTD Dear Sirs, I have taken the liberty of enclosing a leaflet describing a new product we are promoting. These units are secure and made with an extra wide door to accommodate virtually any motorcycle with romm to spare. Many thanks

Mel Williams

Fort Knox (Steel Buildings) Ltd Ty-Melyn Abergavenny Road Usk NP15 1HX Tel: 01291 673950/75 Fax: 01291 673561 Email: fortknoxb@aol.com HOC Member No 25557

N E W P RO D U C T

N E W S E RV I C E ?

It costs nothing to promote your new product of service through HOConsumer. Please send your press release and photo to: Mark Clargo, HOConsumer - Golden Wing, 9 Hendred Way, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 2RN or e-mail it to hoconsumer@hoc.org.uk AUTUMN 2005

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RENT A TENT Thought I'd tell you about some new schemes we have come up with here in NW France. We are now doing a Rent A Tent scheme for those that hate carrying too much gear on their Bikes. They are even supplied with either 9" thick foam beds or air beds, but you bring your own sleeping bag. We have 2 large frame tents that sleep 2 to 4 each, 1 Igloo (sleeps 2), & 1 ridge tent for solo bikers, and we will add to these if it catches on. Prices for tents go from £1 a night per person, to £3. Minimum 4 nights booking. Prices & details can be supplied from us, or on our new Website soon. peter.broad@tiscali.fr or www.peteandrusty.com We can also get our clients bikes serviced while here, at main dealers, for about half what you would pay in the UK (minimum 7 nights booking with us). French mechanics have a good reputation, and everyone has been delighted with their work. Others have found bike shops very good when they have suffered minor problems, and stayed open late to get our guests back on the road, sometimes not even charging them. Tyres are usually cheaper too. We don't make a penny from this deal with servicing here, we just do it for fellow Bikers. The French dealers stamp your service record, so keeping your FSH up to date. We have also up-rated many of our facilities recently, including new cookers, and flooring in our Patio, new seating in our Bar, and have spent nearly £7000 in the last couple of years, on many other improvements.

Pete & Rusty Broad (France). Membership No 21281

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NEW DISCOUNT SUPPLIERS PENSION ROSENECK

JOY PUMP

We have a small English owned Motor Bike Hotel in the Harz Mountains Germany (the best corners in Europe). our blurb is as follows:

42 Kewside, Kewstoke, Weston Super Mare BS22 9XT. Tel: 01934 613244 e-mail: sales@joypump.co.uk web: www.joypump.co.uk

Pension Roseneck Wissmannstrasse 5 37431 Bad Lauterberg im Harz Tel +49 5524 3749 Fax +49 5524 999803 www.pension-roseneck.com gregoryniven@t-online.de

15% discount off this very useful 'get-you-home' petrol syphon. Please quote HOCGB

MAD MATTS MOTORCYCLES Hotel especially for bikers in Harz Mountains Germany. Bad Lauterberg is a lively town with plenty of bars and resturants. We have newly renovated ensuite rooms and a large locked bike garage. Our Website is in English and German. Good food. Courtyard garden for beers and bar-b-ques. Accompanied tours and self guided tours available. Contacts to bike mechanics for any problems. Owners speak English. 10% discount for HOC members. AUTUMN 2005

P.O Box 718 Swansea SA4 6WY. Tel: 01792 520961 e-mail: enquiries@madmattsmotorcycles.com web: www.madmattsmotorcycles.com 5% discount when discount code quoted when available.

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POLO SHIRTS £14

FLEECES £POA

NECK-TECTOR £7.40 CAP - £7.40

WOOLLY HAT £8.90

SWEAT SHIRT £16.90

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Hello every one, just letting you know that I have a few ideas and need a little bit of feed back from the members. How many people would be interested in a limited run of roll neck tops? I need a provisional number to get a price. Any one interested needs to contact me with an e-mail address or a telephone number. This is so I can let you know the price. We are also considering doing a range of children’s T-Shirts for family membership’s. We are also looking at ladies fitted T-Shirts and ladies vest tops, I would also like some feed back on this too.

Baseball Caps 100% cotton cap with Club logo Colours: ROYAL BLUE/RED/BLACK Size: one size fits all Cost: £7.40 Sweat Shirt Polyester cotton sweatshirt Colours: ROYAL BLUE/NAVY/RED/BLACK Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL Cost: £16.90 Wallet Black nylon wallet of good quality to keep notes, coins Credit cards, and all those precious things. Cost: £4.70 Fleeces Navy, Black, Forest Green and Red in sizes small to 2X Large Cost POA Polo Shirts Heavier weight polyester cotton, of excellent quality. Colours: ROYAL BLUE/NAVY/RED/BLACK/ FOREST GREEN Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL Cost: £14

Neck-tectors Keep out the chill with one of our Neck-tectors Colours: BLACK Size: one size fits all. Cost: £7.40 Woolly Hats Woolly hat to keep your head warm. Colours: BLACK & RED only Cost: £8.90 T-Shirts Cotton T-Shirt with embroidered logo on left Breast Colours: BLACK/RED/NAVY Size: S, M, L, XL, XXL Cost: £10 Machine Badge Cost: £2.50 Key Ring Cost: £2.50 Lapel Badge Cost: £ 2.50

Please make sure you specify size and colour required clearly. State your membership number, no number, no goods!! Enclose a cheque or postal order made payable to Honda Owners Club GB - but no cash please. Postage and packaging is included in the cost of the items ordered. Orders accepted subject size, colour, availability. Please make sure you include a contact number. We will do our best to make sure you get your order quickly and efficiently. However some items may be delayed - you will be informed if this is the case. Item delays will usually occur during busy periods of the year when we have a high number of orders and low stock e.g just after the NEC show and near Christmas. Please get your orders in early for Christmas as this time of year is also a busy time for me. I work for myself and have limited time to place and chase orders as my own business must take priority. Thanks.

Send your orders to: Justin Goddard, 19 Linkfield Avenue, Mountsorrel, Leicester, LE12 7DH  0116 230 3277  regalia@hoc.org.uk AUTUMN 2005

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M E M B E R S F R E E A DS Adverts must be received by the 1st December for inclusion in the Winter Issue Write to: Golden Wing, Unit 1B & 5B, Kemps Quay Industrial Park, Quayside Road, Southampton SO18 1BZ

FOR SALE

HONDA SUPERDREAM 250N

HONDA CBR 1000 F

HONDA STREAM 3 WHEELED SCOOTER NV50 MSD 1984 Red A reg 49cc Tax till January 2006 as a tricycle Paint needs touching up. £350 Write to: 2 Poplar Close Crookham Park Crookham Common Newbury RG19 8QF Ron Johnson

First Reg 17 Sept 1994 PURPLE Genuine 37052 miles Same owner 8 years Completely original condition Colour coded Tank Cover and Bag Givi Rack System and two 36 litre Givi Boxes MOT till June 06 Tax till 31 May 06 2nd place in this years “Pride of Ownership” 1991-2000 class £2,500 OVNO 07778 298094 02380 692047 Keith Burkill Hampshire

This is a stunning example of a 1979 Super Dream,which has been well maintained. It has only 21.600 miles on the clock which are genuine. Taxed and M.O.T until February 2006. Also included is the back box. This bike is genuine which reflects in the price of £800 o.n.o please serious offers only 01283 548678 Art Burton on Trent CB750 K2 1973 Original condition low mileage Stored last 4 years on SORN Owners hand book Honda service manuals Reluctant sale due to ill health £1,750 020 8894 4704 Bill Spink (16444) Middlesex

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MEMBERS ADS APPEAR FREE ON THE CLUB WEBSITE www.hoc.org.uk/members ACCESSORIES

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750/4 SPARES HONDA CBR 600RR3 Akrapovik Exhaust £175.00 Double bubble tinted screen £20.00 Rear tail tidy £25.00 Baglux tank cover red/black £50.00 HONDA CBR 600FX Baglux tank cover & tank bag red/yellow £70.00 Motorcycle Abba stand as new £70.00 Dianese two piece jacket & trousers Ladies size 12/14 as new £250.00 Dianese ladies “keep” trousers used once only size 14 £90.00 01329 237132 07788590199 Fred & Jan Flux Hampshire

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2 Engines, one in mint condition, single cam, wiring loom etc 2 battery boxes Spoked wheels, Twin disk front & Single disk read Front disk off K2 40 tooth rear sprocket K2 Frame (disc swing arm) (no V5, sorry) Swing Arm K2 mint Loom K2 Plus other parts too many to list Best offer taken 01908 670022 Pete (28961)

ADVERTISING IN MEMBERS FREE ADS

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SIDE/INDICATOR LENS COVERS Lucas L746 SAE DP64 To fit fairing made by Pantera of Fareham, Hants 01757 268379 07989 192636

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Golden Wing - 2005 Autumn  

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