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Autumn 2008, Volume 46 No. 3 Editor / Designer Tim Lee editor@hoc.org.uk Diary Co-ordinator Andy Stryczko webmaster@hoc.org.uk Advertising Co-ordinator Erica Gassor advertising@hoc.org.uk Thanks to all contributors All feedback regarding the content and delivery of Golden Wing should be addressed to The Editor at the address below or e-mailed to:

Dibble Rattle’s On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Editor Says . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Kicking Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Membership Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Pidgeon Post . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Classic Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 A Grand Day Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Down Your Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Reports from: Bedfordshire, Birmingham, Bristol Cambridge, Devon, Eastern, East Midlands, Gloucestershire, Kent, Lakes & Coast, Manx, Norfolk, Northants & MK, North London, Northumbria, Oxford, Solent, Reading, South Wales, West Coast Riders, West London, West Yorks, Wilts

editor@hoc.org.uk. Golden Wing Honda Owners Club (GB) Units 1B & 5B Kemps Quay Industrial Park Quayside Road Southampton SO18 1AD Tel: 023 8022 6045 Web Page: www.hoc.org.uk Winter Issue Copy Date 1st December 2008 Published by end of December 2008 Printing & Distribution by: LPC Printing Ltd Hardley Industrial Estate Hythe,Southampton Tel: 023 8084 6334

Shop@HOC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57 Racing Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Lure of France . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .84 HOConsumer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 Members Free Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .93 Members Discounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO AGM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Devon & Somerset Social W/end . . . . . .12 Diary Dates centre pages

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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FRONT COVER The front cover picture is one of a selection taken during the ride out at the Wiltshire Rally in the Spring. Thanks to Graham Seymour. 1


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

News as it happens? Join Andy’s email list by sending an email to

chairman@hoc.org.uk HOC MEGA SHOW Gaydon Motor Heritage Museum in Warwickshire in August last year was scorching day. This year dawned with pouring rain putting a bit of a dampener on the start of the day. However the clouds mostly blew away, people on bikes arrived in their hundreds, cars were in the car park and both Honda and Gaydon have stated they want us there again as it was a good day. Well I would go further and say that compared to last year it was better. There was a better layout, a good display of bikes and brilliant stunt show to keep crowds entertained. Well done Mark Clargo who did the brunt of the organising. Congratulations to the winners on the day. Now my down thought on the day, and bite back if you will, you the members let the event down. You did not put your terrific machines on show in the arena despite marshals saying you could. Last year you complained you could not get bikes there so we fixed that and still you did not show them. The show is not a concourse event; we want people to see the diverse range of machines in use by our members. That is everything from pristine to the really ratty and the old to the new. Late in the afternoon without going out into the main bike park too far I could see at least a dozen bikes that had been there all day which would have caught lots of attention had they been on show. It costs you nothing and makes the event better so next time, please show your bikes.

NORTHANTS CHARITY DAY There will be more I am sure on this subject, but it was my pleasure once again to be at the event that started three years ago with a nearly tragic accident that the Air 2

Ambulance attended and lifted one of our own away to be fixed. The result was we organised a fund raiser to support their efforts. Once again a terrific response from the members and the associated biking fraternity have raised a stunning sum of money and a fantastic bit of kit for the service and total value cash and kit this year reached over £15,000 which is superb

SUMMER IS ALMOST OVER Some will say did we ever get one. However we have had a series of superb rallies and events nationwide and more people attending the great variety of such events than ever before. Well done to all the organisers and I hope you have all enjoyed the stuff we have done. It’s not done with completely for 2008 with our National Rally organised by Dorset being in September this issue will be with you after it happens but I know from what’s been done so far this will be a great event despite any weather issues. Then we hit the autumn in earnest. Devon branch have a late season holiday for you to get along to. There is the NEC show where we have a stall again organised by West Coast Riders and Manchester. So plenty to get along to and meet people.

AGM Currently booked for the 26th of October at Donnington Park in the same Museum centre as last year. Once again Honda UK is sponsoring the event and refreshments will be available. Can you let me know if you are coming, as we need to know approximate numbers to assist with the catering. It is not a dull day and there will be time for a stroll around the excellent museum and hopefully some new bikes for you to view and put on the Christmas list. AUTUMN 2008


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GOOD NEWS AND BAD

Our team have organised the staffing for the show already so it just time for the rest of you to get along come and say hello and see what’s on offer for 2009. We once again are assisting on the Honda stand as we are in a unique position to give feedback on the machinery they produce, rather than any promo staff who have not ridden the bikes.

The bad news is short, in that we have sadly now said goodbye to the North Essex South Suffolk branch after many years, as the membership in that area failed to support the branch with their attendance. Many thanks to those who tried to keep things going but we appreciate that without support it just could not go on. Perhaps on reading this those members in Essex will ask themselves why it is that we now do not have anything calling itself an Essex branch at all. Bearing in mind the supposedly huge Honda ownership in the county, if anyone wants to put Essex back on the map perhaps they will let us know.

A SPECIAL APPEAL TO YOU ALL 2011 is the 50th anniversary of the HOC GB. Yes we have been around that long. We even still have some of the founder members active around the country. For that year we are producing a special edition magazine for everyone and we need contributions form many of you. We need pictures from events throughout the 50 years especially the early years. We want memoires from some of you longer standing members. We also want some of the newer members amongst you to tell us why you joined or what you get from the club. Most of all we need these things very soon so root around the archives and get sending items to me either electronically to the email address at top of the page or by post to me at 1 Severn Way, Kettering, NN16 9HN. Then we can hopefully have a choice to sift through and produce a suitable publication celebrating 50 years of the HOC that everyone else can enjoy.

HOC 50 SOON As I mentioned above, in 2011 we will be celebrating. However we want input from you the members about what you would like to see for our 50th. Will it be special events? if so what kind?. Will it be clothing or memorabilia? Again, what do you want? We cannot promise to deliver everything, but all ideas will be considered and nothing is too whacky. Please let us know soon. AUTUMN 2008

On the really positive side we now have Dorset celebrating a year in existence after its re launch, Norfolk is also over a year old now and progressing, we have a new Reading area branch and a Worcestershire branch started this year. Devon have now updated their profile and are looking for more of you to get involved. We are also looking to get a group meeting in the West of Wales as well. So regionally we are getting better coverage and hopefully this will continue to grow. I know from our very busy forum (have you been there yet?) that we have several keen members in Scotland it would be nice to get something going again North o the border. PayPal has created a new dimension to our growth as the website is now taking payments at a steadily increasing rate on both new membership and regalia sales. People can now see us as a 21st century club and I hope we will continue to grow for many years yet beyond our 50th birthday See or hear from you soon I hope. Ride on but most of all ride safe

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E D I T O R S A Y S .. I thought that for this issue I would recount one of the best days out I have had for a long time. The date was Sunday August the 24th, and as Dibble has already mentioned, it was the day of the Honda Mega event at Gaydon. The week had started with a promise to my son Ben that if the weather was fine he could ride pillion for the day, and by Saturday evening the excitement had reached fever pitch; he even went to bed early in preparation. Sunday dawned with drizzle, and a very sad looking little boy. However, the weather forecast suggested that the weather might improve, so we set off. Ben had chosen the scenic route, but as the rain came down harder I took the decision that getting there quickly would be the better option and we joined the M3 heading towards the A34. The rain was unrelenting, and as neither of us had waterproof trousers I was concerned that Ben would have had enough by Newbury! I have to say that for someone who had just turned eight, Ben was a trooper, and there wasn’t even a murmur of complaint. As we approached Oxford we pulled into a lay-by to stretch our legs, and the lightening sky suggested the rain might not last. North of Oxford the sun finally broke through and we stopped at the services just before the M40 for petrol and the loo. Ben had suggested that he would warm up much quicker if his metabolism was assisted by a bar of chocolate, but that plan was soon shelved in preference for a cookie which must have been a full six inches in diameter. With the Fireblade full of petrol, and Ben full of cookie, we completed the rest of the journey in the dry, and increasing warmth. On arrival we parked the bike and wandered over to the kiosk to buy our tickets. Ben had already spied the bouncy castle, and was starting that familiar conversation which always ends with “Dad can I have some money!” It was then that someone told Ben the bouncy castle was free, and for him, Gaydon became Utopia. The bouncy castle was relegated by the 4

start of the first stunt display by the awesome Lings Boldog team, and the look on Ben’s face was worth all the rain of the morning. The thing that impressed him most was that the riders could pull off the stunts whilst maintaining a commentary which sounded as if they were sat in an arm chair. As the stunt display came to an end, we wandered towards the Honda display unit with a small detour so that Ben could charm some more biscuits out of Betty and Jim who were doing a sterling job with the kettle. With twenty minutes left before our test ride we discovered the simulation F1 car that Honda had linked up to a bank of flat screen monitors surrounding the cockpit. I would have loved to have had a go, but the chances of me fitting into an F1 car were non-existent. Ben on the other hand was determined, and no amount of “it’s only for grown ups” or “you can’t reach the pedals” was going to deter him. He found an ally in the shape of the man from Honda, and so, with the seat padded out with coats, he was off. He managed to draw quite a crowd, and the level of concentration was something his school teachers can only dream of. By the time he had finished there was quite a queue of pint sized drivers lined up, and I am sure the man from Honda wondered what he had let himself in for! For our test ride, I had chosen the Goldwing. Not least because having been perched on the back of a Fireblade all the way there, it would be something completely different for Ben to experience. Testament to the sheer comfort of the Goldwing was my discovery half way round the test route that he had fallen asleep on the back! cont... AUTUMN 2008


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President Trevor Thompson

Vice Presidents Dave Barton, Tony Eldridge, Graham Gull

Chairman 

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

General Secretary Graham Seymour 6 Kestrel Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 1RB 01525 716055  gensec@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

Regalia Co-ordinator Jennie Clarke 6 Bugby Way, Raunds, Northants, NN9 6SX  01933 399463 / 07759 805181  regalia@hoc.org.uk

Treasurer Ruth Wingrove, 38 Bower Street, Bedford MK40 3RE.  treasurer@hoc.org.uk

Advertising Manager 

Erica Gassor, 07799 49 2235  advertising@hoc.org.uk

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We returned to Gaydon to see more stunts from the Boldog chaps, and this was quickly followed by a quick reacquaintance with the bouncy castle before the lure of chicken nuggets and chips was too much to bear. The afternoon consisted of a walk around the museum, for which we wish we had a lot more time, more bouncy castle, and to top things off, an ice cream. I would have loved to have had a go at the lawn polo, or even embarrased myself with the blindfold driving, but alas, time got the better of us. When it was time to start home the look on Ben’s face told me that if we had been in the car, he would have been asleep before we had gone a mile. As it was, he was instructed that he must let me know the moment his eyes got sleepy and we would stop. Thus we set off, deciding to take the scenic route home. Ben’s eyes got sleepy after approximately twenty miles, and then again after a further fifteen. After ninety minutes, four such stops, and varying amounts of wandering around, drinks and sweets, I decided to give him a can of Red Bull; there were no further stops after that and we made it home for tea, having enjoyed a superb day. My thanks go to Mark Clargo and all at Oxford for the copious amounts of effort which obviously went into arranging such a great event. If you didn’t get chance to go this year, make it a definite for next year….Ben says he’ll be there. Keep it tidy,

Tim

Andy (Stritchy) Stryczko 38 Bower Street, Bedford MK40 3RE  webmaster@hoc.org.uk

BMF Liaison Officer Jim Peel-Cross 11 The Green, Wilcot, Pewsey, Wilts. SN9 5NN  01672 563450

Classic Secretary Dave Barton 53 Northlands Road, Totton Southampton. S040 3HA AUTUMN 2008

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KICKING BACK .... Something to Say - Say it here A MEGA DAY OUT Dear Editor, I visited the above event and had a great time, very worthwhile. Just thought I would let you know I have put the photographs I took at the event on a public shared Photobox album if you wish to have a look. The link is; (http://www.photobox.co.uk/album/62905188) Please feel free to pass the link onto anyone you think may be interested. Just thought I would share. There is no copyright on them so if you wish to use for anything please feel free. Once again many thanks and all the best for next year.

Clive Gibbs You have got some excellent shots there Clive, and thanks for the permission to use them. See you there next year. Ed

stalls and a BBQ which just seemed to keep going. The auction was in full swing when we left at 4.30 p.m. and we would have loved to have stayed longer, but had 140 miles to cover to get home. I hope that when it was added up, they made a good amount for the Air Ambulance. If you want a good day out, why not go next year. Many thanks to all those who were involved in organising both events, you did a great job.

John Hancock Membership No. 123 (one of the Bouncy Castle Six) p.s. Remember, a bouncy castle is not just for the young. Adults can have a go with proper supervision. I too enjoyed Gaydon John, but couldn’t make it to Northampton. Hopefully next year. Ed

A MEGA HOC WEEKEND

MORE FROM GAYDON

Dear Tim, I don’t know what everyone else did, but I had a great August Bank holiday weekend. On Sunday, Dave Barton & I went to the Mega Honda Event at Gaydon, where the Honda UK display unit provided bikes we could sit on and bikes we could ride out, and the F1 simulator car. The Lings Boldog Extreme stunt show was awesome, and required a “do not try this at home” warning. The other clubs and traders and the sun made it a great fun day out. On the Bank Holiday Monday, Dave and I made our way to the Northampton Branch Charity Bike Show at Little Harrowden. By mid afternoon, the parking area was overflowing. There was a band, various

Dear Tim, Just a line to say that I enjoyed the Mega Honda Event at Gaydon. This is probably the only chance I get to meet up with the friends I have made in the HOC since I joined in 1962. However, I do have one moan about the event, this concerning the bike display. Whilst it is nice to see the old bikes on display, the “concours” should not have ridden bikes and trailered bikes competing against each other. For instance, one of the winning NSR400’s was bought to Gaydon last year on a trailer, and it won a prize, competing against ridden bikes. This makes a mockery of the event. cont.....

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Trailered bikes, no matter what the age, should be in a separate class. It was nice to see that the two oldest bikes, the CB72’s were ridden to Gaydon. I’ve had my moan, so now I will go and polish my bike, which gets ridden. Yours sincerely

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On a different subject, it is nice to hear from both you and John as two of our longest serving members. Dibble has mentioned earlier the plans for our 50th anniversary, and we would love to hear about events back when. If you have any old photos, I would love to be able to scan them in readiness, and start building a library of images we can call upon. Ed.

Membership No. 179 I am glad you enjoyed the event Mike, if not the concours. On receiving your letter I broached the subject with Dave Barton, as I think most will agree with you. Dave informs me that neither he or any of the other judges were aware that a bike had been trailered to the event. He says that whilst trailered bikes are not prevented from taking part, the fact that they have not been ridden to the event is taken into account in the judging. I am sure that either Dave or Tony will be more than happy to talk to you about the matter further.

Kicking Back Letters for the next issue to arrive by 1st December 2008 E-mail to editor@hoc.org.uk or post to: Golden Wing, Units 1B & 5B Kemps Quay Industrial Park Quayside Road, Southampton. SO18 1AD

Honda Owners Club ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING I hereby give notice that the 2008 Annual General Meeting of the Honda Owners Club (GB) will be held on Sunday 26th October 2008 at Fangio Senna Suite Donnington Park Race Circuit Castle Donington Derby DE74 2RP Commencing at 10.30 a.m. for an 11.00 a.m. start

Refreshments and Lunch provided courtesy of Honda UK All nominations for the Committee posts or Resolutions to be considered must be made in writing to the General Secretary Nominations for Committee positions must include a proposer and seconder.

Andy “Dibble” Young Honda Owners Club (GB) Chairman

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insurance as and when you need it, without having to amend an annual policy. The policy is fully comprehensive and the certificate of insurance can be printed out immediately saving delays. You can purchase up to 28 days bike insurance, per annum, on a daily basis or for longer periods as and when you need it. When can temporary bike insurance be used? The concept is very simple. Many bikers will need additional, temporary insurance at some stage, either to use another bike which does not belong to them, to drive home a new bike or to insure another person to ride their own bike. Flexirider Short Term bike Insurance Price Guarantee We have a simple philosophy at dayinsure.com, keep the service we provide as simple as it can be to make life easier for you the customer. To that end we have a transparent, straightforward pricing structure so you know, before you start the quote process, how much the insurance is going to cost, and there are no hidden charges. Our simple guarantee is that the daily price you see on our pricing screen at the start is the price you will be quoted. Do we have any credibility in the motorcycling world? Flexirider.co.uk’s MD has been involved in motorcycling for many years, sponsoring many riders including the late, great David Jefferies in WSB, Mike Edwards with JB racing, the 250 GP. We also have a long association with Quill Exhausts and our MD Steve Coppock was one of the first readers to feature in MCN riding his Ducati SP2 in a comparison test between the SP Ducati’s in the early 90’s. It is borne out of this long association with the bike world that Flexirider came into being. It will not be the last innovative product designed for the real biking world. Watch this space! PLEASE SEE ADVERT ON THE INSIDE FRONNT COVER AUTUMN 2008


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EMERALD ADVENTURERS MOTORCYCLE TRANSPORT Hi Hoc Members. Can we start by thanking everyone for the warm welcome given us at the Mega Honda Event at Gaydon, especially Erica and her chums at Oxford. So much so that we have dusted off our old Superdream (restored some years ago) from the back of the garage, qualification enough to join you we hope. Meanwhile we have kindly been given this opportunity to tell you of our exciting new venture (see advert this issue). Providing a service to fellow bikers, and at the same time putting my years of experience in road transport to some good use. Our service is designed for those of us who may find the longer trips and tours a little daunting or maybe just find it difficult to find the time. Then there’s the winter months looming large, riding your bike in the south of France or Spain with the warm sun

on your back really is just a two hour flight away. In fact our operation being small is therefore very flexible. Scotland, Ireland, Continental Europe the choice is yours – warm & easy or cold & tough - you just tell us where you would like to go and we’ll give you a price. Then we simply load your bikes (minimum six) and equipment (helmets & leathers) at your club venue and are there to meet you when you arrive. Loading is a ride on ride off method, which couldn’t be easier. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like any further information or for us to come along to your next branch meeting for a demo’ Safe & happy biking, Regards.

Les & Jean Norris. les.norris@tiscali.co.uk

No longer need those far-away places be to far for the weekend or short trip With our help the mountains, glens and coasts of Ireland, Scotland, Spain, and France, or Track-days at Nurburgring, etc, etc are nearer than you think. You book your club break, and your bikes (min 6) will be there to meet you. AUTUMN 2008

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M E M B E R S H I P M A T T E R S ... WELCOME

Welcome to all our new members who have joined us recently, especially now that we have moved into the 21st Century with PayPal. Special welcome to those of you who joined at the various shows we have attended (BikeSafe - Hendon, BMF, Blade Day at Donington (where my Blade was seen by the public at large for the first time and received a few admiring glances!!) and the rather wet ACE Café Honda Day. I hope that you join in with club activities to get the most out of your membership. I know that some of you have already been along to your local branch, and have received a warm welcome.

MOVING?

We have halved it! Yes, only one copy of the last magazine was returned by Royal Mail, so keep trying; we CAN get down to nil! So if you move, let me know, and no other club official, as I keep the address files up to date, (You can write or send an email), so don’t let it be YOU who we lose contact with.

DIRECT DEBIT We have now had the system set up and in use for some time now and a lot of members are signing up. When you receive a renewal form, all you need to do is let me have your bank account details (address is the one printed on your cheques) and we will do the rest. You won’t have to worry then about missing a copy of your ‘Golden Wing’. Don’t forget that the rates are fixed until 2012, another reason for signing up!

Graham Gull Membership Secretary Graham Gull 61 Vicarage Road Ware SG12 7BE  membership@hoc.org.uk 10

CHANGE OF ADDRESS Please send change of address details to the Membership Secretary, not to Golden Wing. Thanks....ED

Are you selling your bike? Want to get rid of some kit? Too many spares cluttering the garage? Members can advertise in the Free Ads section of Golden Wing simply be emailing the Editor on editor@hoc.org.uk or writing to the address on page 1 AUTUMN 2008


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PIGEON POST !.... General Secretary - Graham Seymour What an eventful few months we have had! Despite everything that Mother Nature could throw at us we have enjoyed an extremely active rally season and my thanks go to the organisers and rally goers who have all contributed to the fun. We have held, or taken part in, a number of shows and charity events that have enhanced the name of the club (and raised a few bob for the worthy causes concerned). The Honda Mega Event was a great day out and reflected the enormous effort put in to it by Mark Clargo and his ‘team’. Though having had a couple of test rides on the day I fear it may have cost me a few grand……. All that and the National rally still to come at the time of writing! It has been a pleasure in my capacity as gensec to see the positive changes going on at some of the branches and the formation of new ones. Best of luck to all those involved! Our existing branches have been actively involved with encouraging new branches, with advice and support freely given to the new organisers and long may it continue. They’ll be telling me that membership is on the up next! It is? See, there you go! I popped over to Ireland with herself for a few days last month. Despite all the rumours, it’s easier to find a Euro MP after lunch than it is to find a road that’s had any European Union money spent on it since I was last there a decade ago. To be fair we did keep to the extreme South and West. As we were staying East of Waterford I thought it would be a good idea to do the Kerry ring on one of our days out. Hissing rain for half the trip, B class roads, 11 hours and 400 odd miles. It was great! A proper day out! Not sure she would have come if she’d known how far it was though……. After my recent incapacity it was a real tonic to be riding again, even if they did direct me the AUTUMN 2008

wrong way onto the ferry. You know, where they take the cars in through a side door, up one side of the boat, onto a 30 degree slope on metal decking at the blunt end at which point they ask you to do a 180 degree turn and ride down the other side of the boat……. That was fun I can tell you! Following my illness I would like to thank all those who showed concern, enquired as to my health and sent their best wishes. It just goes to show that people you owe money to can be so caring…….. Enough drivel from me, enjoy the rest of the year and never forget, my door is always closed (but you can knock) Cheers

Graham

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There once was an ugly duckling, with feathers all stubby and brown. When……Hold on a minute! Why with every manufacturer are there urchins in the design department? On looking at the CX500 for the first time, the instrument cluster looked as though it fell out of an unused parts bit, and as for that flabby seat?? Why did we need a V-twin anyway when we already had multi cylinder in-line machines? Then I was asked by an owner if I knew anyone who wanted to buy a CX500 with just 3,000 miles on the clock? Why I asked? The answer I got was “I think that the cam chain has broken and the dealer has told me that I will need to pay first for an engine strip to see what is wrong. So I told him what I thought and purchased a new B.M.W”. The chap was not asking for very much money, and so I thought “why not?” Oh dear Dave, here we go again! Why do I always seem to drop myself right in it?? There once was an ugly duckling………….. On stripping the engine I found that not only had the cam chain broken, but as it whipped round it had smashed the adjuster and housing, and as the cam shaft stopped working it had bent two valves and holed one of the pistons. Oh dear Dave, here we go again! Actually the bike was not in to bad condition so once rebuilt it looked rather nice. Anyway I do like a machine with character and the CX500 is defiantly a character! Like all young ladies they are 14

more interesting if they are a character! On starting the engine the large flywheels have the effect of making the engine surge to the right as the throttle is blipped. This is due to the fact that the engine runs in a clockwise direction. Once on the move you need to make sure that you are in the right gear at the right speed to go into the bend… Character! The CX is a water cooled across the frame V-twin, with a “T section” frame and the engine bolted underneath as part of the frame. The camshaft sits in the middle of the “V” with the water pump at the front end. The overhead valves use short push rods from the central camshaft. I say that the crankshaft has large flywheels, but in practice the two con-rods share the same main bearing. Which means that one piston acts as a balance weight to the other piston. This means that smaller flywheels can be used, and the flywheel effect is not anywhere near as bad as it is on other makes of V-twin machines. The clutch sits on the lower front of the engine and is gear driven from the crankshaft. I found that the clutch worked fine once the engine is warm. The five speed gearbox which is placed on the lower right hand side (as you sit on the machine) drives the rear wheel by shaft. This contains an absorber to remove any back lash and gives a very smooth power delivery. Carburetion is by two 35mm CV type carburettors and gave around 60 mpg which resulted in a fuel range of about 150 miles. As a result, the CX was seen as a good touring bike as well as everyday transport for work and pleasure. As for braking, the two front discs were more than adequate, and teamed with a rear drum brake they made a great team. In fact I don’t remember ever having a braking problem with the CX. AUTUMN 2008


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The suspension once again was adequate with the rear FVQ units being fully adjustable. I did feel that the suspension was a bit too soft for the UK market, and that the rear units faded too quickly; I remember replacing them with about 25.000 miles on the clock. I think that my weight plus all the camping gear didn’t help matters as the CX did travel to a large number of club rallies. Saddle Sore or what The profile of the CX500 shows up to be rather good, as it is designed to be user friendly. I carried out all my own servicing and found it to be a doddle, with everything being very easy to get at. So the urchins in the Honda design department might have got it right after all. In fact, if you gave me a CX500 or a C90 engine to strip. I would take the CX from you first every time. It is testament to the quality of Honda engineering and design that for many years after falling out of favour with the general public, the CX500 remained the first choice of dispatch riders everywhere. No other machine was able to take such punishment and still get on with the job in hand.

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great improvement in the handling department. In 1983 the final chapter was the CX650 “Eurosport” which proved to be just about the best! I exchanged my “Eurosport” in 1986 for a new VFR750, meaning I had enjoyed using a CX of one type or another for almost seven years During the production run the CX had grown to be a 650cc V-twin, and included variants such as the CX500/650 Custom, Sliver Wing and a Turbo. In fact the Turbo will give you a similar performance to a CB900F. The CX650 “Eurosport” was a great machine with usable performance, good handling and character. So the ugly duckling had grown into a Swan and we all learned to travel and fly all over the UK. Let the Good Times Roll After the engine rebuild I ran the CX500 for four years covering 49,000 miles. I replaced it with a “Eurosport” which had mono-shock rear suspension which made a

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JOHN MEASURES - BIKER SOLICITOR I am pleased to announce that I have joined Barratt, Goff & Tomlinson (Barratts) whose office is in Nottingham. I am proud to be associated with Barratts who are a nationally recognised solicitors practice specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Having joined Barratts on 30th June 2008, I have established a specialist biker accident claims service for motorcyclists who unfortunately have suffered injury and loss arising out of a road traffic collision. Barratts have previously acted for a number of motorcyclists who have suffered catastrophic injuries. They are consistently ranked as the leading firm in the East Midlands by the main legal directories, Chambers and the Legal 500. This new division of the firm will offer a highly specialist service to bikers who have been injured in road traffic collisions and will draw upon the experience that I and my colleagues have in offering reliable, sensible advice. We never sell our clients short. We have particularly good client care offering our clients a first rate service. Most bikers will have legal expense insurance attached to their biker insurance and as soon as they report the accident they will be referred by the legal expense insurers to one of their panel solicitors who pay a very hefty introduction fee for the privilege. Having paid a large introduction fee, it is frequently the case that the biker will receive a poor service with little direct contact from an inexperienced solicitor or unqualified legal clerk. As a result, there may be delays in progressing the claim and the biker may not receive the compensation that they deserve. The target of Barratts Motorcycle Solicitors is to provide our biker clients with straight forward no nonsense advice. Being a Solicitor, a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives, Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and a member of the Personal Injury Panel, I have the 18

experience and expertise to ensure the biker receives a fast efficient and professional service that I would expect to receive if I was the client. I believe that I am one of the very few biker specialist solicitors who actually ride a bike. I enjoy ride outs, track days, rallies or any other event where bikers get together to have a good time. I would like to feel that I am a biker who is also a solicitor. I also believe that I have a responsibility to the biking community. I have given several talks to motorcycle groups regarding the major causes of accidents and using my experience, advising how they can be avoided. I am a motorcycle instructor and also assist with the local Police Bike Safe incentive. In recognition of this, I am proud to have been invited to join the Blue Knights who are a national Police motorcycle organisation. Most bikers do not realise that they have a choice and it is their decision who represents them following an accident. We can either act under the terms of their legal expense policy or under a no win no fee agreement. Either way, the biker will receive 100% of their compensation. The biker also has the choice to change solicitors even after a panel solicitor has been appointed to act on their behalf if they are unhappy with the service that they are receiving. If you would like further details or would like me to come along to your club to give a talk over the dark Winter months which, unfortunately, are fast approaching, then please do not hesitate to contact me on either my Freephone which is 0800 021 3065 or my office which is 0115 931 5171. Regards.

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DIDN’T WE HAVE A LOVELY TIME THE DAY WE WENT TO GAYDON The Oxford Branch organized the H.O.C Honda Event at Gaydon for the second year, with us taking pride of place at the front of the main museum entrance. Also we had the bike park next to our display, which added to the impact that the event made. Erica and Mark worked their little cotton socks off all day, with assistance from Jenny, Graham, Tony, Rona, Phil, and many others helping to run the event. I will also admit that we could not have held the event without all the help from the members of the Oxford Branch. To those of you who manned the ticket booth and helped with the entry, site parking and little Betty with all those cups of tea, you all did us proud! About six hundred people attended with some of you entering the concours event. This year we did not place an age limit on machines, which allowed anyone owning a Honda to enter. So from 1960 to 2008 you could turn up with a clean machine and have a go at winning a prize. Now that we are almost fifty years old we can cover almost the whole spectrum of Honda machines, so it was good to see the CB72 and CB77 arrive all the way from Ipswich to take part. As one of the early members I always think that it is nice to see part of our history. The CB400F2, CB750K6, NSR250 and 400’s all showed what can be done to keep a Honda looking perfect, and did the owners proud. Even Erica looked cuddled up to her VFR800 with a big grin on her face. The “Lings Display Team” demonstrated what could be done on a Honda. They did four performances during the day and showed us a new meaning to low level close formation flying. Looping the loop was simply amazing! No I won’t try that at home 20

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY “CUB” In 1958 Mr Honda started to produce “His Dream”, “To supply mobility to the people of the world”. At the Kumamoto Factory in Japan on the 21st July, the Honda Motor Co. held a ceremony to commemorate the 50th Birthday of the C100 Cub and C102 Super Cub (Electric Start). The Honda “Nifty Fifty Cub” is now produced in fifteen countries and the total reached sixty million in April this year. In 1960 here in the UK a C100 would cost you £89.19s.11p. and the C102 (Electric Start) £102.9s,11p. “Happy Birthday Cub”

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

BEDFORDSHIRE Secretary: Glen Pringle - 07702 233 524 Summer has come to Bedfordshire and gone I believe - but I am sure none of us can quite remember which day it was. I think it might have been our ride-out from our rally in May!

I've just got some photos from our rally so have included a picture of some of the guy's and gal's that came and one of some of the bikes that came for the ride. It's been reasonably busy this summer with a few of our guys travelling to a few of the rallies. Personally I went to Solent and had a fantastic time - as usual thanks need to go to Barbara, Alan and all the others from Solent for being so friendly. 22

A prodigal son returned in august - we hadn't seen Geoff White for a while and it was nice to welcome him and his rather nice Hornet 1000R. Also nice to see on a bike again is Graham who had a small lay-off due to an ear infection and Mick who also had to have a little rest from a bike due to illness. He is due to take delivery of a rather nice trail bike and it will be nice to have him on runs again. I also had few members come to the Silverstone Historic Car meeting I think Jon, Peter and Mick had a good time, however I find it hard to get any more interest in car racing - Can't think why! At the end of September and end of October our chairman Ian is running two further conquests of France to Brittany and Arras, I should love to go but I am unable to because of other commitments. Also we have invites to Northants for their now regular quiz and a curry night which we hope to win and enjoy.

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The National Rally is up next and we have a sizeable contingent going which should be good fun, Unfortunately John Haines had a little accident on his bike on the return from our run-out to Gaydon, and has hurt his foot so will be travelling by car.

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I'm a bit sad at this as John is a regular in my caravan and I have enjoyed many good rides to the national with him; we shall just have to cheer him up with a few beers. I hope to see all the regulars at the National so they can take the proverbial out of me as usual - I have just purchased an old man's bike and deserve to be ribbed rotten (it's a Kawasaki).

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BIRMINGHAM Branch Contact: Nick Parton - 0121 603 8983

Hello to you all, I hope your summer has gone as good as ours here in the glorious Midlands. We of course have the advantage of living close to the centre of England, Meriden so we can use the compass to its

maximum advantage for our fun days out. Our ride outs have been well attended in the most part, ably led by our competent members Geoff & Jean, Trevor, Nick, Gary, Colin and others, which I thank you all for. We have been to Ashby de la Zouch Area, Eccleshall and surrounds and the Cotswolds. Our ride out to Wales had to be cancelled due to the severe weather conditions over that weekend. Look at our new web site. It’s brilliant. Geoff and Jean organised a brilliant weekend away to York in June, staying at the youth hostel. The Saturday ride out was to Whitby over the North York Moors via Pickering, Goathland (Aidensfield, Heartbeat) and an ice cream from Scripps Garage, and a drink from the Aidensfield Arms. At Whitby we parked up at the Whistle Stop Tea Rooms (biker friendly) part of the 24

railway station and lunched at the Magpie Chip Shop on the Pier Road, both venues highly recommended. Well done Geoff and Jean. Socially we have had a Carvery at Tamworth, which was well attended, probably because it only cost £3, I’ not saying they are tight, but? The Branch Camping weekend at the Folly Inn, Napton on The Hill organised by Debbs & John was, as usually a calendar must, great venue, great company, great weekend. Even the weather was kind. Thanks Ann and Dave for your support. Just to sign off, I'd like to thank all of those who ensure that the club r u n s , survives and thrives, through their tireless efforts, which often goes unthanked and mostly taken for granted. I would to especially like to thank: Gary for organising the raffle so well over the last few years, who has had to stand down from the committee recently due to his current work commitments, Roy his able apprentice has taken over, thanks Roy. Geoff and Jean are also standing down due to family issues, who have led and organised many of our rides over many years and for Jean our capable Exchequer. Hope you both continue to ride with us. Others that do there bit; Ray Harris for his annual bonfire, brilliant. AUTUMN 2008


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Deb and John, thanks for all you help over the years, and especially for organising the Camping Weekends for longer that I can remember. Oh and not forgetting Trev Thompson, who keeps his Presidential eye

Dave (Scoop) Langdon, our editor, IT/Web site manager, who in his spare time he rides shot gun on our ride outs, on his Pan and the rest of the time is a generally a great bloke. Over the last few months, he has totally, redesigned the branch web site, have a look it’s fantastic; ride reports lots of pictures etc. Dave, is moving back to New Zealand, his homeland, next year and he will be sorely missed. He is also taking his Pan with him, oh and Diane his partner, I nearly forgot.

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BRISTOL Branch Contact: Pete Casling - 01454 416417

What’s this? A Bristol Branch report! The observant among you will have probably noticed that this is the first Bristol Branch report for a very long time. That’s because not a lot has happened since the last report way back when, until things started to pick up this year. Over the last year or so, the local members have been conspicuous in their absence, either at branch meetings or rideouts, which has been disappointing to say the least. So, since taking over as Bristol branch ’contact’ (I’m not ’secretary’ yet, as there aren’t enough active members here to actually be secretary for!) I’ve tried to rustle up some interest among the local members. After writing to twenty-four HOC members within the Bristol catchment area, (and it is apparent some members don’t live anywhere near where some branches meet) enquiring as to why we never see them, or if they have any suggestions for things we could to which might attract either them or others along, I eventually got about a 40% response. Sounds good, but many were negative replies. Some were honest: “sold bike as not using it enough” or “work and family commitments stops play-time”. Others were not very helpful: “you don’t do anything” or “what are you planning?”. And I was asking them for suggestions! (I did mention Golden Wing, and the website, too. Perhaps they don‘t look at them.) Another negative reply was regarding the choice of the ride-out destinations, but he’s never ever turned up, nor made any previous contact, and didn’t make any suggestions of his own either! Another wanted the HOC to be more of a ‘bikers club’, not the more social and riding club like it is at the 26

moment. So, to those of you who did not reply, are you really not interested in getting involved in the club you joined? Now to the positive notes. There are however, a few members who are quite keen to get on and do something. New members Andy and Tracey Cox are keen to go on the Sunday ride-outs, and have turned up when the rides have been ’on’ (2008 weather, usual thing). They even turned up in the car at one meet-up point, to apologise that they couldn’t come as Andy had a minor eye injury, making riding impossible. (Hope the eye’s fully recovered now, Andy!) Back in May, Andy and Tracey on their VFR800Fi, plus myself on my VFR750, went on the scheduled run to North Devon and Exmoor. Lunch in Lynmouth, then on to Croyde Bay for tea, sitting in glorious sunshine (remember that?) Excellent views, smashing roads, and still too early in the year for them to be clogged with caravans. The June run was just my father Bill and myself, (apologies from Andy as previously mentioned). A damp morning (no rain on the journey though) turned out to become a sunny

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After the ’letter to members‘, four of us went to the HOC roast (and a true ‘Hog-roast’) held by the Gloucester Branch. New member Richard Hewison on his 600 Hornet, and Kenny Roberts on his 900 Fireblade (didn’t know he’d switched to Honda, and was a member, did you? Well, OK, it’s not actually ‘the’ Kenny Roberts!) and also Kenny’s brother Ian (in the car but he had a good reason). A very well-attended event, but it was hard to know who the HOC members were (I knew a few), as it was a dual effort with Gloucestershire ’Bikers Nite’ club, rather than a true HOC event. The day was not spoilt by the sudden shower during the outdoor auction either. Richard, you bagged yourself a bargain there! No-one went on the July run to Avoncroft museum a week later.. Andy and Tracey had only returned the day before form a weeklong trip to Scotland on the bike, and were understandably a bit saddle-sore, so needed a few days off the bike. I really didn’t want to go just by myself, so that run could still be added to next years’ schedule. August 24th saw three of us, Simon David on his Deauville, my father Bill on his CB400F and me, head for the Mega Honda event at Gaydon. As usual, it was raining in the morning, so we delayed leaving home for an hour, by which time it was starting to clear and the roads en route were drying out. A pleasant run across the Cotswolds and along the Fosse Way. At the event, the Bolddog FMX team were absolutely amazing! I’m sure there will be photos of them in action elsewhere in this issue. As there were so few bikes entered in the show, I thought mine would stand a chance, considering what was already lined up. Mine AUTUMN 2008

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won the 1990-2000 class. Which was nice. My father won the 1970-1980 class, and the Edelsten Trophy (For CB400F’s) too! Which was nice for him! So why were so few older Hondas entered? Was it the morning rain, or are their owners just shy? We used to see such a good selection at Stanford Hall in the past. Finally, August 31st saw the best turn out of the Bristol Branch this year, on the run to South Devon and Dartmoor. Andy and Tracey, Simon, and another new member Ram Thiyagarajah on his Deauville, and me. Fine drizzle and a damp-ish run to our first comfort stop near Sampford Peverell. (Andy, your VFR800 needs a longer rear mudguard, mate! Poor Tracey!) By the time we got onto Dartmoor, it was actually dry, as were the roads, and sunny too. I was expecting mist, or worse! A very pleasant Devon cream tea was taken at Dartmeet, then across To Slapton Sands, then the Dartmouth Ferry. Back to Exeter via Dawlish, a blast up the A30/A303 heading for Taunton, them M5 home. A pretty long day out, with a good mixture of Motorway, fast dual carriageway, A and B roads, and some of those really twisty roads you only seem to get in Devon! All in all, over 300 miles. So come on Bristol area members, there is something going on. Not as much as other branches, but it’s a start. Since taking over, apart from response to my ‘letter to members’, I’ve only had one enquiry via email (that from a non-member), and none by phone, regarding anything to do with the Bristol branch. By the time you read this, the 2008 season may well be at a close. So how about joining us in 2009? Come on, don’t be shy! Hope to hear from, and see, some new faces soon,

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CAMBRIDGE Secretary: Kim Woodruff - 01353 740883 As reported last time, Cambs HOC was heading to Normandy for 9 days. We left late on the Friday night, 11.45pm sailing, so we could make an early start the other side first thing Saturday morning. Surprisingly I slept on the ferry as we all booked cabins, and I wasn't sea sick. For anyone who suffers, the wrist bands you can buy from Boots really do work. So early Saturday morning we headed off to The Grandree Cafe for breakfast. This is just near Pegasus Bridge, so after our coffee and croissants we wandered over the bridge to the Museum. By the time we left the sun had come out and it was off to a nice Bistro at Courseullessur-Mer. We took our time before heading to the B&B, La Motte, one which Roger Hutchcraft had found in the MCN. It was biker friendly and run by a lovely couple by the names of Bill and Carol. To say they made us welcome is an understatement; it was a really enjoyable stay, and Carol's cooking was brilliant. We arranged to eat our evening meals there too, and Carol dished up meal after meal of excellent cooking which was really tasty; look these people up if you go to Normandy. The weather did let us down a bit on the first couple of mornings, but Bill and Carol had a barn which had table tennis, table football, cards and a dart board. Oh I nearly forget to mention, it also had a bar. Our evenings took place here and went well into the night. Nikki is the table tennis champ, Barry the flip most beer mats champ, and Roger B and Andy the table football champions. We headed to Graham and Lyn's on Sunday for a BBQ. It was great to see them again and how they have settled into French life, it all seems very idyllic and it suits them 28

too. The sun did come out for us that day and it was a brilliant time. We didn't get out until Monday afternoon due to the rain but when we did we took a ride to Mortain for lunch and a look out over the countryside from 'Le Petit Chapel'. Much to be said again for Tuesday, not heading out until afternoon due to rain, but we eventually headed to Mont St Michel for a quick look. This is a place you can spend an entire day at, and on a previous trip Paul and I did, but it was lovely to go back and have a look around, it's a marvellous place and the second most visited place after the Eiffel Tower. We left Le Motte on Wednesday morning to head to Port en Bessin via the scenic route up the beaches. It's a lovely little port town and we stayed at the Kign Hotel, basic but met our needs, a place to sleep and have breakfast. We headed to Omaha beach in the afternoon and a look at the American Cemetery where nearly 10,000 American servicemen are buried, a lot of them killed on D-Day itself. It is a very moving place and beautifully kept. The group split for the evening, some going back to Port en Bessin but eight of us stayed to have a meal at The Hotel De Normandy where we watched the sun set over the sea. Thursday saw us visit the American sector; we rode to Sanit-Mere-Eglise where the 101 airborne division came in at midnight on the 6th June. St-Mere-Eglise marks the western extremity of the invasion area and American paratroops and gliders landed there and took the town after fierce fighting. One of the troops got caught on the church steeple by his parachute and apparently hung there for a couple of hours and a dummy still hangs there to this day to mark this. cont... AUTUMN 2008


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1940's military and soldiers took up the car park but it seemed odd to see American soldiers all talking French! You can meet the veterans round these places and it's nice to talk to them and see how they feel about it all now. We spoke to an gentleman at the Hotel who was a Green Beret, he helped liberate Port en Bessin. He was the elite of his day and is now 90 years old. I felt very humble in his presence and had to thank him for what he had done and for the life I now have. We headed to Pointe Du HOC which was heavily bombed but finally taken by the American rangers, but with a great loss of life. Actual D-Day arrived with the sun shining, thankfully, so we rode to Arramanche. This is the centre of the beach code named Gold, which is where the British troops came ashore and where the Mulberry harbour was built to supply the allies as they went into Normandy. The whole town is dedicated to remembering what was achieved here, and the museum is right on the harbour front and explains how it was built and how it was able to operate day and night on any tide. So many veterans return year after year to remember the colleagues who lost their lives, it was a very moving ceremony and I'm not ashamed to say I was reduced to tears. We left Port en Bessin on the Saturday morning to head to just outside Le Touquet where we met up with another 3 bikes to have the last supper, so to speak, of the holiday. We stayed at the Three Fountains Hotel who accommodated us for dinner at a large table in a private room. There were eighteen of us so it was a bit rowdy, but a very very good end to a very good holiday, and it was a dry ride home via the tunnel. SCOTLAND Well, for those of us who had not had enough of the bikes in Normandy, we set off for Stathpeffer in Scotland on the 24th July. Can you believe this, we had 5 days of sunshine in Scotland (yes we did). We left Brampton Hut on the Thursday morning taking the scenic route up to Stirling where 30

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we stayed for the first night meeting up with Stacky and Joyce who had travelled earlier in the week to visit relatives. Joyce originates from The Bridge of Allen, and this is where we met the next morning for breakfast before heading up through Glencoe past the memorial of the Commandoes, along Loch Ness (it's massive!) and eventually arrived at The Highland Hotel Strathpeffer. The roads were lovely and not much traffic, so we could enjoy them. On the Saturday Joyce had promised the ladies a trip to the Chocolate shop, apparently the best chocolate shop in the world; can you imagine the dismay when there was a sign to say the shop was closed until Tuesday! Well, I have never seen so many women cry and so many men smile! Never mind, we headed instead to the Glenmorangie distillery where we enjoyed a tour and I discovered I liked single Malt and had to buy a bottle; it would be rude not to! Off for lunch where some tried Haggis and the verdict was that it was very good. On Sunday we headed to the Isle of Skye and the Kyle of Lochalsh where we enjoyed more good roads and scenery and of course lunch and a drink. Monday saw a birthday in our Party, Jim, who despite a day to head home decided to head off for a full final days touring before travelling home arriving at home apparently at 12.45am Tuesday morning. Six of us headed straight home, although this was going to be a long journey with several stops to stretch aching limbs and for dinner. We stopped off at a transport cafe for lunch; try these places, the food is cooked fresh every day and it is good value for money Six became four and we carried on, stopping now and again for tea and a stretch. Paul and I arrived home at 7.50, and as we pulled to a stop, Paul said I could get off the bike. I had to tell him to wait, as my legs had locked after 11 hours in the saddle! It was brilliant fun and well worth the aches and numb bum, and we could not have wished for better weather or an hotel where all the other guests took an interest in where and what we had been doing for the day. AUTUMN 2008


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The HOC roast was well attended I understand, an event I missed due to work commitments. Paul and several of the Cambs HOC went along and thanks to Northants for organising this again this year, everyone said the meal was lovely. We have had several other ride outs, Foxton Locks for lunch, where the weather was hit and miss, but sitting on the covered veranda having lunch over looking the canal was lovely, even if we did think the roof was going to come off at times. Clacton started off in the rain, but as we got to Finchingfield the sun came out and the wets stayed in the top box for the rest of the day. A walk along the pier and lunch in the sunshine was followed by ice cream; what more could you ask for. Four of us went to the 1940's do at Ramsey where Roger Hutchcraft, Paul and myself helped with the marshalling, mainly on the bottom exit gate. However, apart from a couple of hours our time was our own to look round the event. All the ladies looked lovely dressed in 1940's gear and the men were mainly in US uniforms although we did

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come across one man dressed in UK uniform which was very thick and heavy. You can see why most prefer to dress in US style. You could buy authentic 1040's clothes or there was one lady who would make to measure for you, it was all very lovely. We had a quick dinner before changing into our hired 1940's outfits, I had a dress, gloves, hat, shoes and a Fox Fur with Paul going as a spiv. We bought him a brown box type suit case during the day, and it just finished his outfit; I managed to get seamed tights too! Sue and Roger dressed up too, with Sue pencilling the line on her legs to go with her fur and hat and gloves. She found this lovely pair of shoes in shops, modern shoes but with a 40's look to them they just finished the look for her. Roger was a 1940's farmer with cravat, and I thought we all looked the part. Well, as you can see, we have been busy again at Cambs HOC and despite the weather have had a busy summer on the bikes. Take care and safe riding

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HOC Calenders

Plan your year ahead with the HOC The Honda Owners Club 2009 Calendar is available to buy now on the Club web site or through the Shop@HOC pages in this magazine. It will also be available to buy at the AGM and NEC show from the Club stand. It folds out to give you a great Club picture and the entire month, with loads of space to write in future events or a reminder about your bike’s MoT. Priced at only £3.99 including postage and packaging, the calendar is great value for money and would make an excellent Christmas present for a Club member. Please go to www.shop.hoc.org.uk and order yours today!


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DEVON Secretary: Steve Letheren - 01392 431982 Hi all, Steve Letheren here from the hopefully new branch of the HOC in Devon. We have dropped the Somerset from our name, as we have had no one from Somerset at our branch for years. We did have members twelve years ago but they have gone on to other things. Firstly, I would like to know where everyone is that are members of the HOC in our area; where are you? We are down to four people plus partners, and only two of us are members of HOC. At the south west bike show at least four people came up to me saying they were members, when asked why don’t you come out and see us most replied that they didn’t have time. We really would like to see some

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new faces, so please do come and see us. We still are running our two social weekends each year, with the next one being in May 2009 at St Ives in Cornwall. The cost is just £110 to sleep 4-6 people for the whole weekend and is very good value for money. If you want to stay the remainder of the week, John fowler will give you a good price. We still have a ride out most Sundays, and we have done two shows this year and BSB meetings and local classic bike events. We are hoping to change our meeting place and will let you know as soon as we have details. We have a new badge which hopefully will be ok with HOC.

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EASTERN Secretary: John Hewson - 01469 560306

Martin and I attended the HOC Roast organised by the Manchester Branch at Howe Stean.

see a record attendance at the Boston Bike Night. Martin, Lorrie, Heather and I had run out through the minor roads of North Lincolnshire to Graham & Sue’s new house for coffee. This run was particularly enjoyed by Heather who was able to join in on her CBR 125. The Eastern Branch covers a large area and if there are members out there who know of a good meeting place in an alternative location please let me know. If you can’t attend the branch meetings keep in touch via the website and email or by telephone. Cheers

Howe Stean Gorge Café

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From our meeting place in North Lincolnshire it was an excellent run over the Humber Bridge then along the B – roads from Beverly to Malton. Following a coffee stop at the visitors centre at the top of Sutton Bank it was on to Howe Stean via Thirsk and Masham. Unfortunately on the return journey Martin had a mishap and parted company with his red Pacific Coast in a bend. Luckily the major damage was to Martin’s pride, the bike only suffered minor cosmetic damage. Lorrie is now the proud owner of a CB600F. This required the selling of one of the Pacific Coast’s to make room in the garage. Barton, by far the biggest of the Lincolnshire Bike Nights, again proved very popular with thousands attending the one night event. The Bike Night organised by our local Honda dealer, George Petch Wheels, at the Swallow Inn was well attended and was very popular with Lorrie who won a Jacket worth £75. It was good to

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EAST MIDLANDS Secretary: Steve Pugh – 01332 515767

Sunday Lunch Ride Out to the Cotswolds - Sunday 11th May At 9.30am we saw 7 bikes gather for the ride into the Cotswolds for Sunday Lunch, led by Chairman Al. We started of by the usual route of the A444 to the A5 at Hinckley but we didn't take the Fosse down into the Cotswolds but carried on down a very quiet A5 down

to Crick. We then tried a new road for Al, the A428 toward Rugby, turning left on the B4429 toward Southam and the A423 to Banbury. After missing the turn we had to stop for Liv to tighten his visor which was flapping about, we then carried on down the A361 to Chipping Norton for a long awaited Coffee Stop (I would have been in deep trouble had Caroline been with us instead of soaking up the sun on a yacht in the Greek Islands). After Coffee It was a quick blast up the A3400 to Shipston on Stour and the Fosse north to the B4086 to Kineton and Edge Hill where we stopped for Lunch in the garden of The Castle Inn. After a nice lunch in the shade of a big beech tree we mounted up yet again, took the B4100 to Banbury followed by an 36

excellent bikers road, the B4035 to Shipston on Stour and onto Chipping Campden before taking the A44 to Broadway for a refreshment stop in the late afternoon sunshine. Mounting up for the final time, we fuelled up before heading in the direction of Evesham, picked up the A46 and headed homeward bound in order to get to the Royal for a very informal more of a social get together. I hope all who attended enjoyed the ride and look forward to the next one. Ride Out to The BMF Show Peterborough - Sunday 18th May On a bright Sunday morning, 3 bikes set off to Peterborough for the BMF Show (it was the morning after, after all). Al took us down some familiar roads through Melton and past Rutland Water finally arriving at the show at about 11.00. Parking this year was a great improvement, concrete runways with gravel areas between and marshals to usher you into the right place. AUTUMN 2008


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The queue was horrendous and after an hour’s wait to get in (well it was an hour from when we actually entered the showground on the bikes to getting through the gates and into the show proper). We located the HOC stand and headed off for the obligatory tea/coffee and cakes and of course to chat with members from other HOC branches. Al met a couple of friends and so we all went our separate ways arranging to meet back at the HOC stand in the afternoon. After a considerable wander around the clothing stands and trying on of jeans and jackets (although how I was supposed to shield him while he tried the jeans on I don’t know, but everyone was at it), Steve made a couple of purchases. Later on we bumped into Graham and Karen (Graham was keeping his wallet snugly nestled in his pocket and there it was going to stay), they had just seen Les & Di on the Hesketh stand, so we headed off to go and find them. Although the sun had been out on and off poor Les & Di were sat huddled in their fleeces as there was quite a chill breeze blowing through their patch. 3 o’clock came and we met up with the others at the HOC stand only to find that Phil & Delice were there, Phil had taken the plunge and joined HOC GB although much to Delice’s disgust he had joined as a single member telling her that it wasn’t necessary to spend the extra £5 for the joint membership. After a lot of cajoling he finally submitted and went back to make it a joint membership and paid over the extra £5. Al persuaded his friends to join, but despite all of Graham’s efforts they could not be tempted into joining the East Midlands Branch. We all decided to head off for home with the exception of Al who was on a bargain hunting mission, hoping to knock the traders down on price as it was the end of the show. Phil & Delice headed off to the car park and Graham, Karen, Steve and myself went back to the bikes. As we were going back to Graham’s to pick up our clothes etc from the night before AUTUMN 2008

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Graham said that he would lead us back, unfortunately the slip road onto the A1 was closed so after another lap of the roundabout we finally headed off towards Northampton (not a bad choice, it’s heading in the direction of the M1 and Coalville is easy to find from there). When we came to the turn off for the A14 I thought looks like Graham knows where he is going. It wasn’t until we were getting ready to set off for home from his place that he told Steve that he didn’t know where he was going at all. Still at least we all got back in 1 piece. Chairman Al’s 50th Birthday Celebration Steve & I were kindly invited to stay at Alan & Caroline’s the night of Al’s party, so we arrived with our overnight bag and were ushered into the lounge where John & Beth, who were also staying the night, were already sat having a pre-party drink. We were all chatting quite happily and looking at the photos from Alan & Caroline’s sailing holiday, when Caroline announced “has anyone got any phobias”, I though yes I have but I didn’t say anything because I never dreamt that there would be a snake in the house, then after a short pause she asked if we had a problem with sleeping in the same room as guess what? A snake. Even the thought of the unmentionable creature made my toes curl up and I must have had a horrified look on my face as Caroline realised straight away that I was actually terrified of snakes. The sleeping arrangements were swapped about and John, who had earlier been bonding with said snake, and Beth, agreed that they would sleep in the room where Jake (the Snake) was residing. The party was already going when we arrived and Al was in his element, chatting with all of his friends and family. It was a bit disturbing though to see photos of a strange man all around the room, especially the ones where he was being rather familiar with Linda (Some one told me that they were all photos of Al really, but I just couldn’t see the likeness). cont.... 37


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Party over and we adjourned back to Alan & Caroline’s pad for a night cap, as we were sitting around the kitchen table, who should appear but the ‘Birthday Boy’ himself. Not yet ready to let go of the momentous occaision, Al had decided to join us for one last drink b e f o r e officially declaring his Al’s Lucky Pants birthday over, and entertained us all with his falling over party trick. I think that the photo speaks for itself. Solent Rally 20th – 22nd June The Solent Rally took place during the weekend of the 20th June. Beth and I started off just after 1pm and after an uneventful journey, we landed in the New Forest at about 5pm. We had stopped at a nice pub for lunch that had a sign outside saying "home prepared food cooked all day". We sat at the table looking at the mouth-watering selection to then be told that the kitchen was being cleaned. So a bag of crisps and pork scratchings later, we made the final leg of the journey. As always, Barbara greeted us with a smile and to our delight said that food would be available shortly. The decision was either to have a beer or put the tent up. After a beer, we took the tent out of the bike and without warning, it started to rain quite heavily. It stopped quite suddenly when the last peg went in!! After some food and a little more beer, Alan (Al) and Linda turned up on their Pan with a trailer full of stuff, being followed by Alan Davie on his Pan. Being the kind sort of people that we are, Beth and I helped put up their mansion tent, still having a beer, I might 38

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add. The evening went well and we were able to meet old friends and make a few new ones. The next day, we decided to go on one one Al's monsoon tours rather than go out on the rally ride out. We rode down to Lymington to catch the ferry to the Isle of Wight. Having performed the usual striptease act in the car park for the locals, we took the ferry over to Yarmouth and looked to our tour guide, Al, as to what to do next. In the event, Al decided we would explore the island by bus and we bought a day ticket. Initially, we went on the open top bus and sat at the back. It was more like a ride at Alton Towers but much colder. The driver thought it was a race track and Linda kept getting whipped by passing branches. We had to duck a couple of times due to low flying d, we went to a visitors centre somewhere In the event, Al decided we would explore the island by bus and we bought a day ticket. Initially, we went on the open top bus and sat at the back. It was more like a ride at Alton Towers but much colder. The driver thought it was a race track and Linda kept getting whipped by passing branches. We had to duck a couple of times due to low flying branches. After being shaken about but not stirred we went to a visitor’s centre somewhere or other and it started to rain. We then decided to get on another bus to go to the Needles but I got on the wrong one and it took us back to Yarmouth, Muppett !! At Yarmouth, we got on another bus to go to Newport when it really did start to rain. Alan Davie and I were undecided wheather to bring our jumpers as it was overcast but warm. We decided not to - Big Mistake! We made our way to a charity shop to find some warm attire. Al found a dinner jacket but decided it wouldn't look right with his shorts. Not having found anything, Al took us on foot on a route march to find a bus stop, where we caught another bus. I think we then ended up at Sandown but where ever it was, it was a dump and guess what, we caught another bus !! AUTUMN 2008


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following Al like little chicks following mother hen. We initially stopped at a pub for a break and a drink. We then later stopped at a quaint coffee bar, where we had some very fattening but delicious cake. Then home James. The weekend was pretty good, apart from some rain on Friday and Satuday, on the whole it was dry. A big Thank you to the guys and gals at the Solent Rally, who worked extremely hard as usual to make the event such a success. The food was great and the company equally as good. Also a well deserved Thanks to Alan Kyle who took his trailer so we could enjoy some creature comforts during the weekend. Also for organising the itinery and the several bus trips. East Midlands Rally Beehive Farm - 4th to 6th July Friday evening got off to a good start with an excellent BBQ of Sausages & Burgers, which went down well with the arriving campers as they piled into the Marquee to huddle round the the lamps to get warm. A fair quantity of alcoholic beverage was consumed (so I am told) to beat off the cold weather no doubt. cont....

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A nail biting game of skittles kept every one on the edge of their seats as it went to a three way tie on the four corners. With everyone tucked up snug in their tents, the rain came down to provide the first of the night’s annoyances. Then in the early hours of the morning a mad crow descended, pecking at the bikes and cars with a real vengance and waking people with it’s incessant row. One poor Blackbird found it all too much and gave up the fight, lying on it’s side in a defeated pose.

But look here, a Knight in shining armour to the rescue, ready to resuscitate his stricken Blackbird. The ride out to Matlock went down well with everyone except Graham Seymore who tried to do a bit of Pheasant catching using one of his panniers (I’m told that it was quite a ‘bracing’ experience). The second Blackbird of the weekend to come off the worse for wear after a run in with a bird of the feathered variety. Due to an inconsiderate person getting married on the Friday, Steve & I missed out on the fun thus far, but we arrived at the Beehive Farm early afternoon on the Saturday and pitched the tent in the patchy sunshine. As the last couple of pegs were being hammered in, the heavens opened up and that set the scene for the rest of the weekend. The barbecue was a huge success thanks mostly to Wurzel and his friend (Postman Pat didn’t do much to help and the bloody cat was less than useless, but Graham stood in as Wurzel’s assistant). The spit roast chickens went down a treat, washed down with plenty of liquid refreshment, mostly of the alcoholic variety, and so did the burgers and sausages. Food out of the way and the 40

entertainment began with 4 couples volunteering to play Mr & Mrs. The competition was fierce with Frank having his ear bent by Sandie for not listening to the questions and consequently getting the answers wrong, Graham being berated by Jax for getting her favourite dessert wrong and Barbara being admonished by Alan for not knowing what sort of underpants he wears. It was a tight contest and after a couple of tie-breaks it was decided to have joint winners so both Frank & Sandie and Graham & Jax were presented with a bottle of Champagne. This was followed by a competetive game of skittles, 2 teams totally chosen at random this time, but working fiercly together to win even though it was just for the glory of it. Sunday morning saw more of the same weather, most people managed to dodge the showers and get their tents packed up in the dry. All in all the rally was a great success with more than 30 people attending. Rally Result Blackbirds Birds of a Feather

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Pub Ride Out to Desford - 13th July Now everybody knows that I have no sense of direction and can get lost going to the bathroom. Even on a recent visit to the Oxford rally, I got lost going there and coming back. To ask me to lead a ride out is like giving a blunt axe to an executioner… takes a long time to get the job done and the result is very messy!! Having said that, eleven people turned up on seven bikes. Les and Di were first there shortly followed by Leroy mounted by Caroline. She said that “Big Al” was having a shower and would be along shortly after tarting himself up a little. “Chairman Al” then came along in his car!!!! He made up some pretty poor excuse about his bike key not turning in the ignition or something but at least he did go. I think the truth of the matter was that he probably though it was safer to make his own way to the pub. We were all ready to go but decided to wait for “Big Al” as he has an even worse sense of direction than I have. Eventually he arrived on his Pan smelling of country roses and we set off on a fine summers evening. We passed some pretty picturesque village’s en-route and rode some decent roads. We arrived at Desford without getting lost once. No-one was more surprised than I was. Chairman Al, Ken and Margaret were waiting for us when we arrived at the pub.

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After a drink, I decided to say my goodbye. I had led a successful ride there and did not want to blot my copybook by tempting fate and lead them back to Ashby. I say quit whilst you are ahead. East Midlands meets Three Shires HOC Roast - 20th July Seven bikes and eleven riders started out from the Royal at 11.00 am on route to meet the 3 Shires branch at the Black Horse pub in Hulland Ward. As usual it was one of Al’s country tours taking in Linton and past the Beehive Farm, on to Barton under Needwood and along the A515 into Ashbourne, getting us to the Black Horse in good time for lunch, where we were met by 3 bikes and 4 riders from 3 Shires. Ken & Kathy also met us there for the lunch boosting our numbers to thirteen. The portions were much more than hearty, there was so much meat on the plate you didn’t know what to do with it. That said, guess who had pudding? Well and truly stuffed we all waddled out into the car park for the joint photograph. And then a hardy few went on to the Lady Bower Reservoir for coffee, apparently taking in the slightly longer picturesque route. Well you couldn’t expect anything else from Al could you. Well Folk’s I guess that’s it from The East Midlands Branch for this issue, A Big Thanks to everyone who supported our Rally this year. Ride Safe & Stay Upright

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GLOUCESTER Secretary: Ian Nie - 01453 752098 Sorry Tim didn’t manage to get the pictures included in the last copy from Gloucestershire Branch, but we have managed to sort out the technical issues for this edition. As hoped for, I have included the diary of Eric who was the main organiser of the LeMans trip, but before that some general news of the branch. We were planning a ride out in June to deepest mid Wales. Sadly again this didn’t come off for many reasons. This is the second time it has not materialised. Hopefully planned for later this year. July saw the Glos Hoc Hog Roast day. Great to see so many other branches turn out. A drier day this year though there was a downpour that made a few rush off before the party had finished. Thanks to all those that made the day great and after covering the losses of the bike show for last and this year, we were able to donate £330.00 to Severn Freewheelers the local Blood Bike group. We have had a post mortem of the event and have agreed to have another go next year and try something a little different instead of the bike show. Watch this space.

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The chrome corner. I have been seeing the occasional email from prospective members and the odd one or two have been turning up to meetings. I hope they will all eventually join up when they realise we are not such a bad bunch of guys and gals. August Bank Holiday weekend saw a ride out led by Vickie on her now derestricted CB500. Well done Vickie. I can give no detail as I was on domestic duties as well as attending a local Beer Festival that had a higher attraction level. Things planned for the autumn include The Weston Beach races, Hogging the bridge and maybe that ride out to Mid Wales. A couple of us are helping out at the NEC and we are planning a trip to the Motor Cycle Museum in Birmingham between Christmas and New Year as well as investigating a First aid course. A few of our members are hopefully due to complete their IAM training and test in the near future. Eric Wheatcroft planted the seed for our trip this year to France to see the LeMans Moto GP and do some touring in mid France. Below is a copy of his diary for the whole trip. I have included some photos in the relevant days and a CD will be on show at NEC on the club stand.

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A wet start at a greasy spoon called Greasy Joes at Cirencester Glos HOC wonder what they have let themselves in for. First to arrive at B&B Dover. No sign of the group, but the noise of 6 bikes and conflicting sat navs means they are only yards from their warm welcome and stories of diversions via farm tracks u-turns and April showers soon became the talk of the night. We are all up for some beer and some Indian food. Day 2. Early breakfast, load the bikes and we head off for the tunnel train at Folkestone. What a great way to travel: man & bike cocooned in timeless travel, and now we are riding down the off ramp. FRANCE here we come. So it’s over to yours truly to navigate and lead the way, so remember guys & girls, drive on the right look to the left, Paul’s gloves giving him problems, stop and regroup, now got the hang of the roundabouts, we are on our way. Motorways for a while and mandatory fuel stops. Yikes, we are over half way there, now the presence of gendarmes and a pull-in by a large posse of them to check paperwork was a bit restrictive on our progress. We arrive at our hotel at Le Mans for our next 3 nights. After a few beers overlooking the socalled ‘rev limiter’ roundabout we head off for some food and more beer. Day 3. Early breakfast and already Rob, John & Paul are on their way to the tramway 44

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terminus. Our bikes stay in the compound, we arrive at the GP circuit for race practice and qualifying [what a noise with the big bikes] riders c h a n g i n g positions for pole position right up to the last few seconds, so it’s an early finish and back on the trams, in to the town for yet more beers and French cuisine. Day 4. Race A bit of culture in day – lots of Old Le Mans people watching the action: first the 125 class, well done Bradley Smith, 2nd place: come on Toseland. Stoner’s bike goes crook. Valentino’s got what it takes to win. A great day was had by all.

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A French receptionists heard how possessive the English are about their bikes and offers secure parking in a training room. Day 6. We say goodbye to Paul as work calls etc., so now we are 4. We head for Dun Ser Meuze for 2 more nights. We arrive to a warm welcome; more beers and we slow the pace for some stories and proper French cuisine.

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Sobering, awesome and in a peculiar way, disturbing. So many gave so much. So it’s back for beer & pizza’s, that is, if the café owner can cope. This is our last night in France. Day 8. We all get loaded up but Rob & John are getting itchy feet so we will catch them up later, but don’t even see them at the port. So now there are two, but we don’t care. We all arrive home safe and sound and all had a good time. Where to in 2009.

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CHRISTMAS WISH COME TRUE? With Christmas just round the corner internet came up with British Turntable’s comes the perennial problem of what to buy MAT. I can honestly say I’ve not looked the biker who has everything. British back! It is so easy to ride the bike into the Turntable could provide the solution, with garage, up onto the MAT on the centre stand, a quick turn and it’s ready to ride out The MAT motorcycle turntable. The MAT is a very useful device that again. It’s worth every penny! The MAT can be ordered from The MAT allows a bike to be turned round quickly and easily in a limited space – in a garage or on Sales on +44 (0)1204 525626 or online from the drive, for instance - reducing stress on the website at www.driveawaymat.co.uk. All the bike owner and lowering the chances of major credit and debit cards are accepted, and delivery is offered to UK addresses damaging the bike or the garage contents. It takes very little effort to operate: by within 28 days. Overseas customers should dropping the centre stand down onto The contact The MAT Sales for a delivered price MAT the bike can be balanced with both and delivery details. The MAT is also wheels off the ground and rotated gently. available from most UK mail order And as The MAT’s profile is only 12mm, motorcycle catalogues. The MAT is made by the UK’s leading standing the bike on the turntable takes little more energy than parking the bike on the manufacturer of display and industrial turntables, British Turntable, whose road. Two versions are available, the 35cm successful 47 years of production and diameter MAT 350 and the 45cm diameter development has earned the company an MAT 450, meaning that just about any bike excellent reputation for product quality and with a centre stand (recommended weight integrity. More details are available from Phil up to 300kg) can be accommodated. The Childs on: price is right, too: The MAT 350 is only Tel: +44 (0)1204 525626 £60.40 and the larger MAT 450 £91.36 Email: info@turntable.co.uk including VAT and delivery to a UK address. Website at www.driveawaymat.co.uk. The MAT has enjoyed considerable success because of its simple but wellengineered double disc construction that makes it easy to use and extremely portable – it can be stored in the bike pannier for use away from home. “Before purchasing the turntable I had to push the bike 40 feet backwards along a deep gravel drive – no easy task when the bike weighs almost a quarter of a tonne!” says Honda owner, Mark Bird. “I realised I needed a turntable device to rotate the bike in the garage as there’s nowhere else to turn it round, and after a The MAT from British Turntable makes an ideal quick search on the Christmas gift for the biker who has everything. 46

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KENT Secretary: Mike Gallafent - 01322 400775 During the spring and summer months we have had an active programme, albeit with only a handfull of members participating. We have some fifty 'members' on our contact list, sixty percent are on email. Monthly Newsletters and other HOC and other circulations are forwarded by email, where known. Hardcopies of the Newsletters are mailed to those without email. We receive several enquiry emails each month asking about the branch and it's activities and new members have arrived and participate. However, it remains disappointing that so few of our members join us on the runs we have organised, but as membership is spread thoughout Kent, and as our base is in North West Kent, this is not too surprising.. e.g. members in

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Thanet have a 40/50+ mile journey just to get to our start base in Farningham. We have a few more rides arranged before winter sets in and we will probably leave December through February without rides but continue meeting the third Wednesday of each month at Pied Bull, Farningham. We shall prepare our 2009 diary of events and continue to communicate with our 'local' membership and hope to generate more interest and participation in the club going forward. Excluding the Tuesday evening rides and monthly meetings we have been active. travelling approximately 1730 miles not including brealfast runs.

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LAKES & COAST Secretary: Mike Bell - 07952 777941 According to the dictionary, the season after Spring and before Autumn when the weather is warmer is called Summer. It doesn’t mention what period is the driest, because this year has been wetter than last, and activity on two wheels has been how to plan a run out without getting too wet and spending the next few days drying kit out. However didn’t we have a superb weekend for the Windermere Air Show, held in my far front garden. It must have been the only period when two dry days followed each other. Those who arrived Friday however had to set up camp in a downpour, but as Saturday dawned, clouds where high in a blue sky, and even the sun was appearing. After bacon butties and coffees for the overnight campers and newly arrived, we set off up and over Kirkstone Pass, pass a beautiful Ullswater to Penrith, and picked up the B5305 to Wigton, the first of a wonderful set of roads we where to enjoy all day. Lunch was taken on Whitehaven harbour, before coming down the A595 and up and over Corney Fell with breath taking views of South Cumbria. Afternoon Tea was taken at the Bluebird Café on the shores of Coniston, before visiting Hawkshead and down to catch the ferry across Windermere. We awaited boarding instructions, and were let on first, much to the annoyance of car bound travellers, who told us that there was a queue, we where in it madam, just obeying the instructions for loading motorcycles. My everlasting book of tickets was offered, and still remains intact as 20 bikes crossed over the lake, taking up the whole of one lane of the three lane ferry. Then we came off first too! A quick half mile home for Scones with Cream and Jam, before everyone went off to visit all the fun of the fair taking place just out of the garden gate. That evening, a warm summer’s one, we had a superb BBQ, 54

where much fun was also enjoyed. Some went off to the nightclub a few hundred yards away, but Gary couldn’t get in because he was wearing shorts, longer down the legs than some of the girls skirts who did get in. Mind you he did have a clearer head next morning! Others joined us Sunday morning and had a run around the Southern Lakes, before back for another BBQ lunch and watching the Air Show above us. Rob and Paula didn’t think that they could camp, so stayed on fruit juice all night Saturday, before coming back on Sunday. Friendships were formed, as everyone lazed around in the sun, enjoy what must have the best week-end of the year. Plans are already in place of the event to take place next year, why not come and join us? Graham and Helena stayed in a hotel, Lee and Sarah stayed with parents in Kendal, and taxied back, Lee said it was cheaper than a hotel room! So many accommodation options available. Did you know, that on the promenade, here in Bowness-on-Windermere, is a stone which proudly tells all that it is 430 miles to John O’ Goats and 431 miles to Lands End? So if you are planning a trip in 2009 you could make our garden an overnight base. On 31st August we had a Dales and Lakes Run planned, meeting at White Scar Caves in Ingleton. Twenty two of us set off, but soon Dennis broke down (it was a Suzuki), Janet got lost in Hawes, and took a left and not a right, and led another five astray as they followed her. By the time we had come down Buttertub Pass in the drizzle, passed the road up to Tan Hill (which the Oxford branch so enjoyed in their visit of 2006), and rode that wonderful road down from Kirkby Stephen to Tebay, it was time to meet at the Chocolate Factory in Orton. With an eye on the weather, quite a few decided to call it day and head south and home. AUTUMN 2008


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So only five of us made it to Penrith for Lunch. It was then decided that a trip over Kirkstone Pass back to Windermere was in order before we got any wetter. After Scones with Jam and Cream, the last four set off for home. Good day was had by all, but why did we get so wet again? Not much else has happened, as everything has been weather dependent, and that was not successful. Mike has been off the road all summer, Alistair has flown off to live in America, Paul & Phil have work and family commitments, just like myself so even the local sub group of South Lakes hasn’t done much!

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If ever you are in this “The Most Beautiful Corner of England”, let me know, I can soon point into the right direction to enjoy some wonderful roads, with excellent views, even in the mist! Even if I can’t join you for all of your trip, I just love to get out and away from this Tourist Honeypot, which so many people think is the English Lake District. Meet soon

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MANX OFFSHORE Secretary: Karen Angela - 01624 629299

Well. The TT came and went with great weather, brilliant racing and fortunately no serious incidents. As predicted, the Laxey Bike Show was even better than last year. Whilst there, we met up more fellow HOC members so we thought we’d have a get together at the end of race week. On the Saturday, we had the first of what could become an annual event, open house at our place for any HOC members left on the Island. As this was a spur of the moment thing I thought we did quite well with David, who has marshalled for 47 years, & Gill from Gloucester, Steve & Maria from Eastern, Phil & Sue from Oxford, Bill, who joined on the internet, me and him, Kim & Ian and Isla & Terry making eleven members in all for an impromptu lunch and chat. Later that day the six local members descended on Castletown for the Steam Packet Races and later, supper at Kim and Ian’s. Altogether a grand day out, in the words of Wallace & Grommit. We’ve also decided we should have local club nights out as we have a wealth of musical talent over here, so Kim, our new social secretary has obtained tickets for two or three events so far and we have all enjoyed some great gigs with “The Steve Gibbons Band” , “Albert Lee & Hogan‘s Hero’s” and local bands. Isla has now been elevated to “Cultural Secretary”, being the only true Manx person in the branch so we are now being enlightened and entertained with anecdotes of true Manxness. After TT was over I left the Island for Leeds and the Post Office. Whilst there the ACU contacted me looking for volunteers to marshal at the British Grand Prix at Donnington. How could I say no , I was in Leeds anyway and it was something I’d intended doing years ago but life had taken a different turn. I hadn’t anticipated working 12 hour days for nothing, even with a breakfast and packed lunch thrown in. I was 56

bored until the Moto GP bikes came out, and I have to say that it was worth it for the sound of those bikes, but compared to the TT road racing, the buzz just wasn’t there. HOC roast Sunday arrived but unfortunately it would have been a little too costly to meet up with another branch but we thought the spirit of the occasion was worth it, so four out of the six rode out to the Liverpool Arms at Baldrine. Terry and John went for a traditional Sunday Roast, whilst myself and Isla had a traditional Manx dish, queenies, (queen scallops) cooked with garlic and bacon served on a bed of rice with a creamy sauce. I definitely had no room for pudding so a nice scenic ride meandering off the beaten track back to Isla and Terry’s at St. Johns for tea and more chat was called for. A ride down to Port Erin for ice cream and on to the Calf of Man for a cuppa before making our way home tired but happy rounded off the day. (I love this Island). Once again we just scraped in for the deadline but this time I have the best excuse ever. As of the glorious twelfth (my bikes 16th birthday) I am redundant, retired, on the scrap heap of life (thanks for that one John). The Post Office is no more!!!!!!! They reversed the decision and closed it, which meant packing everything, lock, stock & washing machine and I am finally FREE, free to escape to my new life in paradise just in time for the Manx Grand Prix. Future events include the still unplanned barbecue at Scarlet beach, a Billy Fury tribute concert at the Gaiety Theatre and the inevitable talk at the next monthly meet by the local IAM members of the BMW club. Until then, this is M.O.B signing off. Be safe, be happy.

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NORFOLK Contact: Julian Richards - 07717 306 201 November 8th 2007, it's almost a year since we first met to set up the Norfolk Branch, based at the Apollo Club in Harleston. We had about twenty-nine people in total turn up for the first meeting but numbers have settled at around eight to ten regularly now. Although we have not been as visible as some of the other more well-established branches we continue to meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Apollo and during the "summer" we meet on the fourth Thursday at a member's selected venue away from there, usually a favourite pub. In February some of us met at Lings in Lowestoft for the Honda launch night, following this in March by visiting the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Childrens Ward to deliver Easter Eggs and gifts. In May some of our members attended the BMF rally, and later that month we met at the Royal Oak in Laxfield, Suffolk. We've attended in various numbers and on various dates, the Ace Cafe, British Superbike, Lings demo night on June 12th, and a visit to KLM Engineering at Norwich Airport in July to look at a Boeing 737 and other aircraft under maintenance. One of our members has suggested a flying evening from a small airfield in North Norfolk, so the suggestions are still coming and are quite varied, which is good. The next task as I write is to get our website up and running and hopefully by the time you read this it may have happened. If the proposed National Rally does take place in Norfolk or Suffolk next year, perhaps we can be of assistance, and being in the location, we can certainly meet more of you. There are some great roads and rides around the area and if anyone thinks Norfolk is flat, a mate of mine used to say, "Try push-starting a 750cc twin on Snetterton's start line"!! Finally, if anyone is 58

in the area on the second Thursday of the month, please come and say hello, at the Apollo Club, Mendham Lane, Harleston, IP20 9DN, it's right opposite Lings. Perhaps it's a bit of a cheat doing a whole years report in one, but we are still very informal and I thought I'd let you know we're still going as a branch. All the best of safe riding to you all, see you around.

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NORTHANTS & M.K Secretary: Sue Beck - 07863 599992

Things are still on the up at the Northants and Milton Keynes Branch, it seems like we have new members every week. Our everyotherruns have been well supported with only a couple rained off. I know we are cowards for not riding when it rains, but hey it's no fun being cold and wet on a bike unless you have to. We have an average of 25 bikes every ride out. Since the last edition of Golden Wing we have been very busy. Sunday 13th July saw 25 of us taking a trip down to Henley on Thames by invitation from Sir William McAlpine to play on his train set. Not as childish as this seems, it's a proper steam train. In Sir William’s small back garden, well it's only 400 acres; he has not only the steam train and track but also a museum and Carousel amongst other things.

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One week later and it was the HOC roast, this year hosted by us. We had a fantastic turnout with over 60 members from our branch plus Cambridge, Bedford, North London and West London branches. We had a great ride out and lovely Sunday roast cooked freshly by Jim at 'our' pub, The Ten O'clock in Little Harrowden.

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Our everyotherrun on July 23rd was tinged with a little sadness as we said our farewells to Russ. Now newly wedded to Jules, Russ has moved to Normandy, and before we left for the evening's run, Russ took to the floor and thanked everyone in the HOC for the friendship shown to him over the past 13 years. On Sunday 27th July, a group of us headed off to Matlock Bath. This was a really hot day, with the sun blazing high in the sky. We had a good run there and parked up in the car park near the pond. It turned out it was some kind of bike safety day, so we got all day parking for just ÂŁ1. First things first, food and drink, then a wander round looking at the bikes before most of us headed off to the Heights of Abraham and the cable cars. No one told me they flipping things sway about, nice one guys scaring me like that. We took a slight detour on the way home to Wetton Mill for afternoon tea. This was a brilliant ride from Matlock; some roads were barely roads, sharp bends sweeping bends, lots of bends. Up hills, through valleys, along magical roads with trees overhanging, through a tunnel, bikes revving, small children scared but great fun with spectacular view of Thor's cave.

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more than ÂŁ6,000. We have decided to give the auction a miss next year as we are hosting the National Rally.

The food for the BBQ was provided free from Michael our landlord. The show visitors voted a superb 1980 Seely Honda Britain CB750 to be the Best bike, and a much loved and very tatty 1979 CX500 Maggot to be the Worst.

Just a couple more everyotherruns left now but still to come is our Quiz and Chip night on Wednesday 15th October, Curry night on Wednesday 26th November and a New Years Eve party on, yep, New Years Eve. Until next time Ride Safe

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NORTH LONDON Contact, John Saffer 020 8505 3664 Since I last put pen to paper or more accurately these days: fingertip to keyboard we have had a couple of big adventures which I shall go into a bit of detail shortly. First though I must say how we have enjoyed some very good Thursday evening turnouts at the King’s Oak in High Beach. We are now regularly getting between 15 and 19 members attending - and what’s more, most of those are turning up on bikes! We can’t be fussy, but generally at least 50% of them are Hondas, but it’s more important to turn up than not to arrive at all so no real complaints. In fact we are very lucky to get such good support when we read of some branches that are struggling and a hearty “Well Done” to all those who do turn up and make the whole experience a pleasant one. We can’t run a branch without members so we need you to come along and join in. Our core members are regularly bringing new visitors along and some of those are happy to repeat the experience. A good number of impromptu rides have been arranged and no one’s complained that there haven���t been enough ride-outs this season. That’s a big improvement on last year when it was a major topic of discussion at our branch AGM. Back in the middle of June (the 22nd to be precise) our second trip to harass the French took place and details were posted on our website. To cut a long story short, thirteen of us went over and although we didn’t experience the same blistering weather of our first trip back in early May, we still avoided any rain and the waterproofs were kept out of sight. Only one puncture occurred which for the unfortunate Barry whose bike it was, and his helpers; Steve 62

and Keith (who helped with the pumping) meant that they were unfortunately late for lunch to the extent that they missed it. Not good. But there seemed to be no hard feelings. At least we didn’t lose Barry this time as he kept well up front avoiding a repeat of the first trip which detail we won’t go into again. The afternoon turned very windy by which time the group had headed off to the seaside for some ice-cream and the destination was the little resort of Wissant - south west of Calais. The gale force winds which welcomed us there meant there was no toe-dipping in La Manche but we had a reasonable rest and refreshments were available at “Le Tea Hut”. We all managed to get back to Calais for the train journey home with no stragglers, all on one train – A Result! The second main event of the calendar took place on the 5th and 6th of July when 9 of us girded our loins for the 2008 Interphone National Road Rally – the 75th Anniversary of the event – each one of which (Graham reliably informed us) he’d previously participated in) and he wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of finishing this one (he had a mantelpiece to fill apparently).

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A reasonable number of HOC members from all over the country took part in this event which you probably know takes place over 20 hours from 2pm on the Saturday until 10 am on the Sunday with only a few stops. 22 checkpoints have to be passed through to achieve a Special Gold Award covering approximately 540 miles in total. The weather was great at the start but when it got close to nightfall a constant drizzle made conditions arduous and increased the fatigue factor. Grabbing rest and sleep periods was difficult for everyone. Strategy played a great part in the event and Graham led a less experienced (in fact novice) group while the faster riders took an early lead and broke away – well out of sight (but not out of mind).

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mature riders) and later - Hyde, Macclesfield, Stoke and Cannock were our early morning vistas! Stratford-on-Avon, Burfield, Abingdon and Aylesbury were the hardest parts when sleep and fatigue was rapidly catching up (with this rider anyway). Final control at Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes was a real treat particularly when medals were handed out on arrival (after card checks made). Anyway here’s a list for the record of our achievements: Special Gold Award to: Graham Gull, Barry Kempson, Steven Saffer and John Saffer. Silver Awards to: Dave Smith, Stephen Keer, Tony Quigley, Michael Tremain and Roy Massey. Well done to all! On Sunday the 20th July we managed to round up 9 people on 8 bikes to join with the Northants HOC for the Annual HOC Roast. A lively ride to the meeting point at Baldock from Harlow McDonalds was followed by a ride of about 40-odd HOC bikes to the Northants’ regular watering hole where lunch was almost waiting for us. Suffice to say the food was despatched with great haste and a good atmosphere prevailed. Also, the weather held up for us and yet again rain-gear was not needed. A half dozen of us raced back on a fairly direct route and felt that the day had been a success. Thanks to Mike D for some nice pictures taken at the lunch and to Northants for organizing the day. cont....

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Just before the August Bank Holiday a half dozen or so of our group attended the Honda day at Gaydon and the reports that came back were positive except for the wet start in the morning. Aryeh led a group through an interesting series of roads by starting off at the Ace Café in Hendon and arrived at the venue about two hours later. Well done on those who braved the poor start to the day.

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to Rye for a good fish and chip lunch in the ancient town – one of the Cinq Ports and famous for smuggling in the 18th C. and earlier. The second destination of Box Hill that day was not completed as the weather was gloomy and the lunch was having its effect of forcing a good afternoon nap. Our event calendar is a little thin on the ground but we are planning to get involved in the Essex Air Ambulance Charity ride to Harwich on the 7th September and also there is still an intention to complete the East Coast Challenge before the really short days set in. We hope to get a few of our number to attend the HOC AGM – the promise of a free bacon roll and lunch at Donnington may be all it takes to get some of them moving. I hope I can add some more details of our “Christmas Bash” (yet to be arranged) and further rides/events in my next report. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year’s riding!

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NORTHUMBRIA Secretary: Graeme Burrough - 07050 158 381 Sunday 29 June saw 14 bikes (17 persons) turn up at the usual meeting point at MacDonalds, Annitsford with even a little sunshine poking through for today’s ride through the Scottish Borders. Today’s run would be led by Dave & Dawn Breen through Northumberland towards the border crossing at Carter Bar on the A68 where we stopped to regroup after a reasonably well paced ride of some 50 miles. The lay-by was next to a newly felled area of forest and was covered in tree debris!! A 20-minute leg stretch saw us take off to visit St Mary’s Loch deep in Borders territory. If you’ve never been to this loch then make sure you seek it out should you be in the area, it’s truly beautiful. We didn’t have time to visit nearby Talla Water and Meggat Water but we can always come back another day.

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Leaving the little café on the shores of XXXXXX adjacent to St Mary’s Loch, we set off to find the Tibetan Temple of Samye Ling., a retreat for anyone in depression and looked after by Buddhist monks, dressed in deep purple robes, all will shaven heads. Entrance is free and the driveway into the car park is lined with S t u p a shrines, passing the dining hall on the left with a view to the lake off to the right where a n o t h e r Stupa is sited in the centre of the water with a m a s s i v e cobra head looming from b e h i n d . Impressive! cont.... 65


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We parked directly in front of the temple; you can go inside and view one of the most majestic sights to behold of this place. Bike boots have to be removed before entering but it’s well worth the minor effort for welljustified rewards. The bikes were lined up at the bottom of the Temple’s steps for the “photo shoot” as shown. There is a small tea room near so we all retired for refreshments before taking a final walk around the gardens and lake and heading south west towards Carlisle. Clouds thickening, we pushed on but still managed to catch a few showers along the way. On the way home, Mike Wilson developed a problem in so much that his oil light came on!! Some oil dipping, topping up with oil didn’t cure the problem but after a little more diagnosis it was found to be a defective pressure switch! During this diagnosis, the heavens decided to unload their contents on us stuck at the side of the road with thunderstorm properties ….. not pleasant by any standards! Remounted we set off for the final leg home and the leader(s) thanked everyone for another superb day out and 14 bikes made and interesting sight meandering through the Scottish Borders roads. Well supported, well organised and well ridden …. Well done!!

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The Chip Shop Run The Chip Shop Run finally took place on Wednesday 18th of June after being postponed a couple of times due to poor weather forecasts. It had been about 2 years since the last mid week run of this type and many people had requested we do another. The idea was to ride some of the roads that you would never normally ride, this was to be proven shortly. The day had started well with warm sunny spells, but an hour before our 18.45 meeting time it began to rain. This resulted in only 4 bikes (5 members) getting to the normal setting off point of MacDonald’s at 19.00 The run went to plan, about 35 miles of narrow winding roads (?) – Some single track and some so over grown that it was darker than night under and amongst the over hanging trees. Ending at Paxton’s “chippy” in the old church square at Hexham It had taken about an hour and a quarter, with the first 30 minutes riding in rain, the rest was better with only spray from the roads. Although dry at Hexham we ate our chips under the large wooden canopy that covers some of the town square. Then just before 21.00 we started the journey back which was a quick ride along the A69 Not the best run we could have had due to the rain, but an enjoyable evening all he same and well worth the effort

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OXFORD Secretary: Erica Gassor - 07799 49 2235

With new members to welcome and lots going on it is been a very busy summer – hopefully both the new and our regular members have enjoyed all that we have been up to!

Our fund raising Rob’s Run which, despite the weather, had 10 valiant riders going out for the tour of the Cotswolds and then lots more of us joining in for the excellent BBQ and raffle. A total of almost £400 was raised for St. Katherine’s hospice, in memory of Rob who spent his last few weeks there. Well done Pete and Jenny.

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More well done’s and congratulations to Betty, Jimmy, Mark, Ted and Pete for a brilliant Rally. The newly christened Moreton Pub and Restaurant (the old Cross Hands) gave us a warm welcome and we had a fun quiz on the first night with Ted valiantly keeping order ably assisted by Bob! A wet and windy but well attended ride out on the Saturday stopped for lunch at a lovely local pub and then continued, returning to the camp site late afternoon, in good time for the indoor BBQ!

For Saturday evening the entertainment was a brilliant impressionist - his Amy Winehouse was so accurate and very funny! In June we had our return Aunt Sally match against the Wilts Branch, who claimed the trophy this year – one each now! A good evening with banter, booze and free food!

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Our meetings on the Tuesday evenings have been varied with presentations from the Chiltern Air Ambulance – a very interesting event and such a worthwhile charity. An exciting ‘Mini moto’ evening which was such a hoot as we took over the front car park at Foxcombe Lodge (Foxcombe is such an accommodating venue!) and lots of the guys had a go! A Best of Bike night and BBQ where the bikes ranged from a scooter upwards! Interesting and informative presentations from Abingdon Motorcycle Training’s Dave, who explained about the new test and introduced us to some excellent biking gear. Biking stuff does seem to be improving and coming into the 21st century as Alan from HG Reading also confirmed during his presentation which was, as always, informative and humorous. We have also been lucky with our ride out’s – a very interesting trip to the Gosport submarine museum led by our excellent ride out co ordinator Pete, a fantastic day at Chatsworth House and then another at Foxcombe Locks, both expertly led by Don. It has been so good to see all the regular members and newer ones coming along and joining in. A good summer.

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asked to speak up, in stepped our member Bob who did not need to speak up, as we could hear him very well, from then on we had a double act this was great my thanks to Ted & Bob for a great night. On Saturday morning it was drizzling. Breakfast over the ride out was going to take place, hooray for our heroes, the weather doesn’t bother them. Off they went with the rain getting heavier, those of us still here thinking they will be back, but no, they carried on. For those of us not going out, the new manager Dave opened the pub and lit the fires to keep us warm. Jimmy went home and came back with some games to play so we all enjoyed the afternoon. Bikers came back about four o’clock and they had dried out on the way back; there’s lucky. At six thirty we had our BBQ which was laid on for us by the pub. As for the evening entertainment, what can I say? We were all waiting, not knowing what to expect when out came Brian our entertainer dressed as Elvis singing to all the ladies, climbing over and under chairs to reach them all. From there on he worked so very hard doing a quick change act every few minutes, he even tried to get our Scotsman to do an Irish jig; nice one Jimmy. In the interval, our Dave ran the raffle, with the prizes being donated by Abingdon Motorcycles and the proceeds of £90.00 going to Helen Hospice for children. Sunday morning we saw the sun; wow. After breakfast it was pack up the tents say farewell to all our friends and wish them well. I would like to say thank you to all who helped. Thank you to all who came we love you all.

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SOLENT Secretary -Tim Lee 023 8025 2113 The summer at Solent branch has been one of mixed blessings, mainly due to the atrocious weather we seem to be having; I wonder if we will ever have a day where it stays dry from morning until night. The highlight of our summer was, as usual our New Forest Rally. Once again, it was great to be able to meet with all our friends from around the HOC and enjoy a pleasant time in wonderful surroundings. The weather forecast for the weekend was decidedly “iffy” and this probably explains why the numbers were down on last year; you have to be a very committed rally goer to travel several hundred miles to camp in the rain. As it was, nearly fifty units did come along and the weather was relatively kind to us. Saturday saw us embark on the ride out, and although it started out wet, the sun eventually put in an appearance and we had a very enjoyable day. Rather than go to a particular location, this year we decided simply to have a ride and end up at a pub for lunch. This appears to have been more successful as we certainly seemed to have more people on the run out this year than in the recent past. On the Saturday evening we held our now traditional BBQ, and once again the extent of the salad provided by Barbara and Alan seemed to have expanded. Sunday turned out to be warm and dry, and we once again said cheerio until next year. I was away on Holiday for the HOC Roast, but a number of Solent members made their way up to the Cotswolds to join Wiltshire, Bristol, Oxford and others as guests of Gloucester HOC for their hog roast and bike show. The event was held in support of the Severn Freewheelers, a blood delivery service.

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The next event on our calendar was the Honda Mega Event at Gaydon, and a number of us from Solent made our various ways up for what turned out to be a very enjoyable day indeed. Back nearer home, our mid-week alternate Wednesday ride outs to “somewhere nice” continue to be well supported, although by the time you read this they will have come to an end for the year. The next big outing of the year will be the National Rally just along the coast in Weymouth. We were rather hoping that we might regain the trophy for the highest branch turnout this year, but unfortunately, other commitments mean I and my brood are unable to attend, and this means a reduction of six in our numbers! However, just because the mid-week runs have finished, it doesn’t mean that activity has stopped. Our winter program usually includes fish and chip suppers, trips to the dog racing, bowling and skittles, and bonfire night and Christmas celebrations. In addition, there will be weekend runs to national events such as the AGM, and local runs including our annual Christmas run to the old folks home. If you feel like taking part in any of these, or just fancy turning up for a chin wag, we will be more than happy to see you. Keep ot tidy,

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NOBODY LIKES COLD WET HANDS It doesn't matter what part of the motorcycling fraternity you're from, NOBODY likes cold wet hands. Living in the Waitakere Ranges (a rain forest), we know all about rain – and we took on the mission of doing something about it! RAIN-OFF Overgloves are made, designed, extensively tested, and distributed by us here in New Zealand. Like hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists worldwide, wet rides are plagued by cold wet hands (especially in winter months) making what would be an enjoyable ride, a misery. "It only takes 10 minutes of solid rain to soak most and dampen all leather gloves" and even when it stops raining, your gloves stay wet well into the next day. It doesn't have to rain to get damp cold hands either fog or even moisture in the air will draw in the damp and cold. To make a glove that is truly 100% waterproof, it needs to be made from tough 100% waterproof material that has welded seams - not stitched. This is what we have developed with our "RAIN-OFF" Overgloves. These overgloves work. To prove they are "Genuinely 100% Waterproof" we have had an overglove hanging upside down filled with water for two days at the "Cold Kiwi" Motorcycle Rally (a winter motorcycle rally in the coldest central part of the North Island). If water can't get out it won't get in, proving to the many sceptical enquiries about our 100% claim‌.. they simply can't leak! They come in one colour only - dark navy blue-black. However, if you require a high visibility overglove, this can be made to order. Just email us at rain-off@ihug.co.nz to arrange. These overgloves are made by us "avid motorcyclists" here in New Zealand. Therefore, each pair is quality checked more than once before being sent to the customer. Why not made in Asia like 70

everything else? Simple. Quality Control. We are proud of our product, hence the "Rider Feedback" page. It's a great advantage marketing our own product and being able to contact the customer directly to see if the product is as good as we think it is. We know our product works. You will find minimal loss of feeling (if any) riding with a pair of these overgloves as there is no "compression" of your hand, unlike some bulky claimed waterproof gloves with liners. And you will notice a strange snug warm sensation disassociated with wet weather motorcycle riding. They are essential for the serious all-condition motorcycle rider, whether touring or commuting. They will also keep your hands "up to 50% warmer" due to the fact they are excellent windbreakers and "genuinely 100% waterproof" quickly returning value for money. There are five sized overgloves available in 1 finger (thumb, finger, next 3 fingers): XL, L, M, S, XS. The 2 finger version (thumb, next 2 fingers, & next 2 fingers) is available in L, M & S at this stage. Our website address for feedback, more information & orders is: www.rain-off.com, or email: rain-off@ihug.co.nz

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READING Contact -Allie Gane 07954 603217 There was an excellent turn out at the inaugural meeting of the new Reading Branch at The Swan Pub, Three Mile Cross, with 20 members coming along. The idea of a Reading Branch was suggested and blossomed within 10 days! The venue was chosen and mail shot sent to those members in the area – and hey presto it was off! Allie Gane kindly volunteered (?) to be the 'holding' secretary for the Branch. Mick Wells offered to stand as acting chairman and to co ordinate the ride outs, promptly suggesting one for the following Sunday. Excellent! With a temporary Treasurer arranged and another young member Lindz offering to create a web site, the momentum is continuing!

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The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 10th of September at The Swan meeting around 7.30 with a 'Biker's type beetle (?) drive' ! A further meeting on the 24th and then subsequent meetings will be on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. We are all hoping that the excellent initial response will be followed by increasing attendance and involvement from everyone. Future events are already being planned....... including ride outs, charity events, speakers for the meetings, visits to local suppliers etc. etc.

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SOUTH WALES Secretary: Donna Richards - 01639 766406 It’s been a busy Summer for South Wales Branch. Despite the occasionally inclement weather, we’ve had a variety of different events to keep us out and about. Back at the beginning of June, a group of us went up to North Wales for a long weekend. Four couples on four bikes went up to a little village called Trefriw and had a great time. Unfortunately, Alun and Sonya, who should have been with us, were unable to come due to illness. But luckily, Sonya is now recovered and fighting fit. It was particularly disappointing as Alun had done most of the groundwork in organising the route and suggesting rideouts and places of interest to visit while we were there. Thanks for that, Alun. The weather couldn’t have been better and it was great to welcome new members Mike and Sheran along with us. I’ve included a picture of me in the beer garden. The bag was a pathetic attempt at keeping the biting midges off, but there were those who said that I looked better that way! The scenery was breathtaking, particularly when we stopped in the Snowdonia National Park, near Bettws-y-Coed. Mick couldn’t resist going down the banks of the lake for a paddle and the other men followed him. It put the rest of us in mind of that television programme, ‘The Last of the Summer Wine’. However, I’m not saying which one looked like Compo! The day of the picnic at Pembrey was fine and sunny, but incredibly windy. Sand was the issue here. It gets everywhere. An enjoyable day none the less. It was very encouraging to have new young members along, like Vicky. On 5th July, we went to Heronsbridge School Charity Fete. The school is a special needs school 72

and we went along to show support and help to raise funds. We lined up the bikes and allowed the children to sit on them. It was a joy to see their faces light up. The weather was a bit rainy at times, but we didn’t let it spoil the day. Here is a picture of some of the children. (The children with muddy shoes we sent in the direction of Alun’s Pan!) It was a real eye-opener being there, and made us appreciate all the hard work they do at the school. We’ve decided to keep it in our calendar for next year. On 18th July, we had one of our regular social evenings. Seventeen of us went bowling and had a Chinese meal afterwards. It was a fun evening and for a change, Alun didn’t win. It was a close run thing between Tina and Mick, but Mick finally clinched it. (There was a suggestion that Tina may have had the sides of the lane up to help, but I think there’s no truth in this rumour!). I’ve added a picture of Mick receiving his prize from Gareth.

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Aberaeron Seafood Festival was as popular as ever. The weather was a little dodgy at times, but that didn’t seem to put people off. We had some lovely fish and chips and some of us ate a variety of different seafood while we were there. The day would not be complete, though, without some honey ice cream from the shop on the quayside. Lyn’s favourite! If you haven’t tried it, then you’re really missing out. Another of our rides, was a trip to Carreg Cennen Castle. This castle dominates the Welsh countryside and is well worth a visit. There was plenty of time to have a good look around, and some of the more interesting bits were seen twice, at least – due to a few wrong turns taken by Gareth, who was leading. Well, it’s understandable really, as he didn’t have me on the back to tell him where to go! Our July meeting was a shortened affair, as we decided to make use of the long Summer evenings to take a rideout and combine it with a social evening. It was a nice ride from the clubhouse down to Ogmore, where we had a pleasant meal and a chat. Unfortunately, we’d given the wrong name of pub to new member, Julian. But Alun very kindly went up the road to bring him back to us.

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and had a lovely time. We were made to feel really welcome at the meeting and would like to thank everyone for this. The barbecue was excellent and we would like to thank Dibble and Mrs Dibble for their hospitality, (particularly for her excellent coleslaw!). Last week, we got back from our Summer holiday in Normandy. We were pleased to be out of the country and away from the poor weather. The weather in Normandy was lovely. We had booked a house near Falaise and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We had some enjoyable rides and some very nice barbecues. We didn’t stop laughing. I’ll send a separate report with the details. Can’t wait for next year! A group of us travelled to Gaydon for the Honda Mega Event. We had a lovely run out and were glad to be able to show support for the club. There were some really good events and the Heritage Motor Museum was a great added bonus. It made us appreciate that there are a handful of really dedicated Honda Owner’s Club members who are totally committed to the club and do a tremendous amount of work organising and manning these events. Keep up the good work and thanks for an excellent day! We’ve got another social evening coming up this week and more rides organised for the coming months. There’s so much going on, it’s difficult to find time to go to work. Ciao for now!

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WEST COAST RIDERS Secretary: Phil Bell - 07900 507187 Hope all is well in the land of the HOC since last we spoke. So what have we at West Coast Riders been up to in the last 3 months? Well to start with we’ve gained some more new members in the form of

As well as new members, we’ve also had a few events that we’ve attended. Firstly way back at the end of June, Phil had a bike day held at his work which was very well attended. If they do it again next year, we’ll get all the details and make a ride out of it, so I’ll keep you posted on that. The only flaw

Nigel and his wife, so welcome to you two. It now means that we usually have at least 6 people at the meetings every other week, which for us is pretty good going. So, if there is anyone one else who lives in the area, please come along and help us make this a great branch. The more people we have, the more things we can do. I have already started to plan next years events and I’ll be e-mailing all our members for more ideas in the next few weeks, so get your thinking caps on as to where you want to go and what you want to do for meetings as well as ride-outs. In the meantime our next ride out is on the 28th September to Speedwell caverns so hope to see some of you there. Of course you may be reading this too late and we’ve already been (not sure when this mag is going out!), if that’s the case I’ll let you all know how we went on in the next issue.

in the day was the weather (typical B r i t i s h s u m m e r eh!!!). It was chucking it down the whole time we were there, but being the mad bikers we all are in this country, it didn’t stop at least 400 bikes coming through the gates during the course of the day. There are a couple of pictures of our bike and a very tempting trailer on the back of another bike from the event for you to look at. I know for sure that I would enjoy emptying that trailer LOL LOL..

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Then it was off to the Hunts open day in Manchester at the beginning of July. We were mainly just going to see a friend, but I took Phil’s license with us and was very keen to pass it over to the lovely Honda man who very kindly then let us play on the new Blade and the very new (only launched 2 days before) CB1000R. Both are very stunning and fun bikes. Phil and I absolutely loved this years Blade, so much better than last years, and the new CB1000R was just a hooligan. We don’t normally like naked bikes ourselves, but this thing is so much fun. Highly recommended to anyone that needs a grin factor moment. I know Ruth wants Stritchy to buy her one for her wedding present….oops sorry Ruth, had you not buttered him up on that one yet LOL. Next it was off to Drayton Manor for a ride out. Only one person showed up and the weather wasn’t looking so good that morning, but we decided to go anyway and it was well worth it. The weather took a major turn for the better, it was a scorcher of a day and the route I’d picked to get us there was brilliant. And the very added benefit of being on a bike, was that when we got nearly there and the massive queue of cars

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to be a biker!!! Phil and Pete had lots of fun on the rollercoasters and watching the Thomas the Tank engine train go past…big kids!!!! And then made me go on a few really scary rides as well……..well I say scary, little kids were on these ones, but hey it was scary to me ok LOL I don’t do rollercoasters. As you can see by the pictures I made the boys get in the stocks…I think they may still be there..oh well, bit of peace and quiet at home LOL. Stopped off in Chester on the way home for tea and got home about 9.30pm. All in all it was a very good day out. And so to August. We had the managers meeting at Dibbles house, well in the garden as the weather was pretty good. Then had a very delicious Barbie (many thanks to Dibble and Diane for that) and onto to some work…honestly!!! We don’t just have fun at these meetings you know LOL. But having said that Dibbles very cute pet rabbit kept us entertained all afternoon. So again many thanks to Dibble and Diane for your hospitality. The next meeting is the AGM which all are welcome to attend, so hope to see many of you at that. I’ll e-mail our members with more details as soon as I know more. Then we went to the dogs….literally in some cases.

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Nah we went Grey Hound racing to celebrate my birthday in August. I actually won some money on one race as well, so I was made up. The fact that I lost more than I won wasn’t the point LOL. Have to say the food was rubbish and expensive and the drinks were astronomical in price, but it’s a great night out for all. It’s very cheap to get in and if you can stand outside, then the atmosphere is better. We had a good time anyway.

Lastly for this time, we had our big HOC and Honda mega day at Gaydon in Warwickshire. What a brilliant day….a huge thanks to Mark Clargo for organising such a great event. Mark you did us all proud. The Lings stunt guys were brilliant and Erica scared herself silly on the F1 simulator. A load of us big kids went on the bouncy castle which was awesome fun as you can

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see by the stupid grins on our faces and most importantly, my bike won a prize in the show, how cool is that. He got a certificate for coming 2nd in his category. Was so proud of him, made up for washing him in the rain the night before and him getting covered in spray all the way to the event. Now onto the NEC…..We’re pretty much all covered staff wise now, and Phil and I have got 2 very nice bikes for the stand this year. So firstly thank you so much to all that have volunteered their services and many thanks to Colin and Conrad for letting us have their bikes to show off. Well I think that’s just about it from me this time round. Hope you’ve all had a great summer and done loads of biking.

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WEST LONDON Secretary: Steve Hill - 020 8291 5263

Since our last Branch Report we have been lucky to have quite a few new members visiting us. Hopefully some of these people will join us for some runs. Steve has a new bike which he calls Black Beauty. Unfortunately he had to say goodbye to the CB1300S as there was no room in the bike shed but as he is moving to a house with a garage who knows—maybe he will increase his collection of bikes! Steve and Maureen report: I took the Wing to the TT as I thought it was the best thing to take and it seemed to love the TT course. After that I went to the Solent Rally. Unfortunately I left home late on the Friday which meant that I had to put up the tent at about 9.15pm. and it did well to stay up in the strong winds and gales that night. On the ride out the next day we went along some nice twisty roads at a fairly fast pace. We had a really nice lunch at a small pub. On the way back to the campsite we stopped at a supermarket for some food for the evening barbeque. It eventually stopped raining—thanks we were told to Barbara and Alan doing their sun dance complete with fern skirts and helmets during the afternoon. We had a great time Saturday night and on Sunday the weather improved enough to dry the tents. The HOC Roast was next on the agenda and we met some of the riders on the run to the pub and others at the pub. We had about 7 members attending and everyone seemed to have a good time. It was especially nice to meet up with Jenny again. For the Oxford Rally Maureen and I stayed in a B&B—thanks to Erica for finding it for us. Again the weather was pretty wet but the evening entertainment and 78

barbeque were great . What a night! The HOC Mega Event was again wet— as was most of the summer really—I almost turned back but as we reached J9 the sun came out and we had a great day. Well done Mark and crew. The Northants and Milton Keynes Charity Day was good. It was the first time I had been to this event and thankfully the sun shone and I even came away with a few things from the auction. Next on the club sheet is a visit to the Mary Rose and the Ace Café Reunion run to Brighton. Jude’s bit at the end: The Branch has attracted quite a few new members over the summer and everyone has commented that we are very friendly and welcoming. So if you’re thinking about coming down we would love to see you. We are in the process of compiling our winter programme—so keep an eye on the West London website for more info.

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Malcolm makes custard

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WEST YORKSHIRE Secretary: Big Steve 01274 772970 Well what a couple of months July & August was. We went to the Iron Men on Gromley beach, which was a very well attended run (see pics on web site). Of course, we had to dress them up so one had Clive’s gear on and another Maria’s Bra. We also had our stand at the Pyeratz Open day and I would like to say thanks to all that helped on that day; over £1200 was raised for the Air Ambulance. Ursulla did a great job of Multi tasking in the wind, as she held up the Gazebo while at the same time stopping the table going over all whilst serving somebody. (Wow) Phil, Bri, Bob & Me went to the Bike racing at Mallory Park and had a good, if a bit wet day. The racing was very good and I haven’t been bike racing for a long time but will be going again. The meetings are going well and Nij & Christine look after us on our meet night so a big thanks to them. We took on the Pyeratz at 10 pin bowling in July and won the match so thanks to all the Honda Owners who turned up for that, and I’m sure it will be a regular thing, so we will have to keep practicing. If there’s any new members reading this please come down to the Wellington for a chat and a pint, or try a run out. We go all over, and all the details can be 80

found on the web site www.westyorks.hoc.org.uk Think that’s it, have a look at the photo’s and if you would like to go on the West Yorkshire e-mail list please send me an email and I will put you on it so you get all the updates and stuff as I do. Maria and I look forward to seeing you all at future meets

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WILTSHIRE Secretary: John Theobald 01793 853701

Since our Wilts Rally in early May, we have been trying to keep busy down here in 'Wonderful Wiltshire'. In May we had an evening visit to our local Honda Dealer, George Whites where the manager Pat and his able assistant Mark kindly stayed late to let us have a play with their demonstrator bikes AND they gave us sandwiches & coffee too! We managed to negotiate them around a series of roundabouts in Swindon, but were too far out to subject them to the most famous one the 'Magic Roundabout', probably named because its a 'wonder' if you can make your away across them and find yourself on the correct road or because cars appear 'from nowhere' when you think you have right away ! In June we had a talk from a local

could make when the waist line began to give problems! (too much Wadworths 6x ?) Also in June we had our annual 'Aunt Sally' challenge against Oxford branch, kindly hosted by them! This year we managed to steal the trophy away from them! The photos show Erica in action and our own 'South Paw', Robin, then me 'reluctantly' accepting the trophy from Betty, the organiser. In July we had our AGM (with some free food thrown in to tease people out of hiding!) and I was happy to report that the branch appears to be growing again and both meetings & ride outs being better attended. I also reported a successful Wilts Rally, albeit that we are on the hunt for a drier campsite with the same excellent facilities. Also in July we met Oxford, Bristol & Gloucestershire branches near Gloucester for the annual HOC roast, in aid of Freewheelers (Blood Bikes). It was great to see bikes from all types of clubs there and this time there were 8 bikes from Wilts HOC rather than me on my jack jones (as I was last year). cont...

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In August, Claire organised a great Quiz Nite for us, with 18 people attending. As John Billingham could not make it, we all actually had a chance of winning! The usual arguments and demands for a 'recount' took place, but Claire kept us all under control with ease (after all she does run a nursery business - she's perfectly qualified!) Also in August Don led a joint Wilts & Oxford rideout to Foxton Locks in Leicestershire. The man wrestling with a metal horse is our own Glyn, who normally rides a Blackbird - but obviously fancied a slower means of transport that day! We stopped over at an airfield on the ride home to grab a coffee and see how the 'Budding Biggles's were getting on with their training...great to watch! Whilst on the subject of Speed, we have just had an excellent night at Swindon Speedway, hosted by Swindon Robins, who

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gave Wolverhampton a 'damned good thrashing' on the night. One of our Wilts members, Brian, very kindly set the visit up and we got to meet the Robins Team Manager (Alun Rossiter) and also their Team Captain (Lee Adams), who also is the current Speedway World Champion! We learnt that Speedway bikes are only 500cc, run on Methanol, have only 1 gear, accelerate from 0 - 60 mph in 2 seconds.....and have no brakes! ....

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A MATTER OF CHOICE! We would all agree that each of us have our personal preferences with regard to our bikes, and in particular to the tyres we use and many a discussion in the pub or on a ride out revolves around which tyres we prefer and why. Bridgestone, Dunlop, Avon, Michelin and others all have their fans and, depending on the type of riding we are involved in, we make the choice which gives us the best handling and grip and thus instils a closer and better relationship with our bike and its performance. It is therefore with dismay that I read of the problems with tyres, performance and one make rules in the world of bike racing generally and more latterly in Motor GP. Surely if a rider is risking life and limb to push the bike to its optimum, gain prestige for the manufacturer, publicity for the sponsors and entertainment for the masses, they should be allowed to choose the products which make them feel safe and give greater confidence in the bike. Riding a motorbike is so much about confidence and mental attitude. In this modern world, when most things come down to how much profit can be generated from publicity for both the manufacturers and sponsors, simple respect for a rider’s preferences seems low down the list. No salary, no matter how large, can justify ignoring what the rider prefers and the product in which they have the greatest confidence. These decisions should not be a cause AUTUMN 2008

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of disgruntlement and poor performance during the racing season, it obviously affects the morale of the riders, their results and subsequently the ‘value’ that the sponsors and manufacturers receive from their teams During the pre season testing, the tyres should be thoroughly tested by each rider, who should be able to make their own choices as to which manufacturer’s products they will use for the season. If a trend was clear and a certain manufacturer became the most popular, it would certainly give the others an additional incentive to endeavour to improve their products in time for the next season’s tests. With Rossi now with a clear lead in the Moto GP and Troy Bayliss ahead in WSB and Shakey leading the BSB, the season is coming towards its conclusion but will the organisers learn the tyre lessons of the year in time for next season?

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ROB’S BIG ADVENTURE North London branch member Rob Connolly partook of his first European trip to France with his group at the beginning of May. Here he recounts his experience. Rob only started riding at the very end of last year but has already covered many miles in an effort to improve his skills. He has recently embarked on an advanced course with his local IAM group (East London Advanced Motorcyclists) and is a popular member of the North London branch. He rides a CBF 600 SA which is his first big bike Well the big day was looming, my first ever long ride and most of it on the wrong side of the road - what a baptism of fire. Last minute details were gone over with the usual raucous finesse at Thursday's meet all the usual stuff about refreshment stops, toilet stops, caffeine stops, food stops (it was starting to seem like we were provisioning for a summit assault on Everest - not a leisurely day trip to France and Belgium). Various pre-departure meeting points were arranged between smaller groups with the final non-negotiable departure being 6.00 am from the filling station, just off the M25 at Brentwood. Steve Y and I agreed to meet up at junction 26 and take a quick ride round to the meeting point. Aryeh gave a might do, maybe, possibly - ish, sort of reply to the offer of joining the pre-meet meet, with an added opt- out clause of “If I'm not there leave without me”. Well, as the clock struck 5.30 we were out of there. (Aryeh did subsequently arrive at the Brentwood jump off point with little time to spare, but then why waste time hanging around in the chilly 84

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and bleak ungodly hours of the morning, when you can cut it as fine as a razor and still remain calm ? Must be ice in those veins. Anyway, Lift Off occurred without too much drama, we all got onto the M25 and headed off to the Dartford crossing. As I’ve often noticed on rideouts the group soon gets strung as the various individuals settle into their preferred riding speeds. The next major link-up point was going to be at the Channel Tunnel Terminal at Folkestone. Basically straight down the M20 - nice and simple. As we approached the turn off for the M2, one of the Leading Lights (backed up by the latest “High Tech” Sat Nav system) started to head off toward that exit. Now, I'm no Captain Cook when It comes to navigation so I assumed the satellites orbiting above had preordained a nice scenic route for us. Much to my surprise the electronically guided (I'll stop short of referring to him as an Exocet) rider pulled up in the chevrons (naughty naughty bounded by solid white lines - sorry officer it was the Sat Nav's fault) and did a swift manoeuvre back onto the M20. So much for the scenic route! Arrival at the Shuttle Terminal was pretty straightforward, although it's vastness seemed quite strange at what was a quiet time of the day. So many lanes and bays with nothing much in them except a dozen or so bikes - quite surreal! But maybe I had too much caffeine or the sleep deprivation was starting to kick in here. We had enough time to grab a coffee and attend to any nature driven calls, however the highlight of the stop was being greeted by what can only be described as a nauseating short “jobsworth” woman. AUTUMN 2008


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I haven't got anything against short people - I'm married to one and they can be OK if treated like normal people - Ouch!. Jim (Rainman) Gill decided to move one of the comfy chairs so our little coffee drinking group could be a tad more convivial. However without further ado this whirling dervish of a pixie descended on the group ranting about why we were not allowed to move the chairs and the fact that in Eurotunnels’ eyes, this was something that was worthy of being dragged up before the High Court. Reason and charm were beyond her. Even when we tried to pleabargain for a lesser sentence by putting forward the case that the chairs were not welded to the floor and there were no notices proclaiming the fact that these were not ordinary chairs for simply lounging in, but special ornamental chairs for standing back and admiring - it had no effect at all. In fact, I think we were now on the slippery slope from serious crimes against humanity to at least a capital offence. - I think some serious thought should be given by Eurotunnels HR department to a smidgen of personnel retraining for that warm hearted meeter and greeter - Whinge over. Our train was nearing departure, so we lined up as directed by the loaders (can't think what else to call them for now), and were told that we were going to be crammed in a bit, so could we all align our bikes in a chevron pattern rather than fore and aft (I think that's a nautical term, but as we were going under the sea I think I have licence to use it here - Captain), Oh and by the way, it might get a bit bumpy across the points into Calais, so could we all hang on to our bikes until the train finally stops. Well, the train journey was pretty uneventful, enough time for another call of nature (must reconsider caffeine intake) and then back into the carriage to hear all the spontaneous wit and banter about fish swimming past the train windows and submarines going the other way, talk about “the old ones are the best” they certainly were getting an airing that day. All of a sudden the train PA announced AUTUMN 2008

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we were shortly arriving in Calais. Behold the scene - something like a first night dressing room at a West End show, with people rushing to put on their bike gear and then adopting the brace position to ensure riders (I think we were more like minders at this point) and machines were not going to end up as tangled wrecks on the floor of the train. I fully expected the train PA to shout out "INCOMING - BRACE - BRACE BRACE" as we all readied for final impact clenching everything we possessed that was clenchable. Then there was nothing just silence - was it all over? Was this the lull before the storm? Were we at the pearly gates? (Didn’t he play for Ipswich - No that was Eric Gates). Not at all, the PA informed us “Welcome to Calais”. We live to ride another day! As our group were the last loaded onto the train, we had the experience of riding the full length of the train - Time for a bit of slow speed control - Footbrake - Clutch - Throttle - Look out for Diesel, boy were we slick starting to look like a well organised group of bikers. Oh the illusion of it all! Once out of the terminal, we all headed for the filling station - rumours had been spreading for weeks that there was more chance of meeting the Pope than buying fuel in France on a Sunday. Word on the street was that the Frenchies shut up shop for the weekend, forecourts don't take cash and that UK credit cards were greeted with a firm but assured NON! Thoughts of this veritable fuel desert (isn't that where the stuff comes from anyway) were enough to panic me into investing in a couple of fuel bottles and carrying 3 Litres of proper English petrol with me - none of that foreign rubbish What! If I couldn't fit any food or waterproofs into my Givi box it didn't matter - at least I would get home starved and suffering from Hypothermia - but I would be a survivor. I can still feel that wave of smugness wash over me as the sinister thoughts of becoming a black marketeer crept into the recess of my mind. cont.... 85


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Those that mocked, just wait and see, you'll feel the pain of £20 per litre when that little red demon of a low fuel light starts to torment you. Most of the lads took the opportunity to take on board some fuel (Price has now fallen from £20 to £10 per litre, but it's early days yet - just wait and see). As I still had about 2/3 rds of a tank left, plus my on board bowser, I decided to wait till we got into Belgium to fill up. I think they are a bit more laid back over the border than in France and will take a quid (sorry Euro) off anyone, regardless of what day of the week it is, even if they are in the middle of their mandatory 3 hour lunch/siesta break. Well, all filled up and it's Dunkerque next stop. I don't think we had covered more than a couple of miles, (sorry kilometres) when there seemed to be only four of us - where had all the others gone? - So much for all that "all for one musketeer rubbish" (see it's that French reliability issue again - no wonder they don't make proper bikes - only girlie scooters - oops! little bit sexist there). Still not to worry Graham G was up front and what’s more he had a proper map with him none of that Sat Nav rubbish. My heart lifted - salvation was upon us. A further mile down the road and we were doing U-turns in residential Cul-de-Sac's (little bit of French there - Ooo La La). Much muttering from Graham G about the sense of putting a street market there on a Sunday of all days, when we're trying to make progress (“So disorganised these French!”). After further consultations of that magical piece of cartographic paper, courtesy of Michelin (begrudging acknowledgement to the French there), we were off on our way again. Within minutes, at a roundabout we were joined by the rest of our group coming in from another direction. We all joined together in one seamless manoeuvre - like the White Helmets display team - and exited the roundabout in a well organised column. “See Mr Frenchman that's how to do it!” Not too far away was the Belgian border - I think it was something like a couple of 86

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flags at a pedestrian crossing - I'm not sure really as it whizzed past so quickly (must remember to observe speed limits) and then we were there! Nicotine Nirvana. The road of a thousand fag shops, well around 20 really. It was a strange little place - nothing more than a residential area having a cluster of shops all selling cut price tobacco and booze - but all at the same prices. Whatever happened to market forces and macro economic theories? (mental note reserve fuel price now plummeted to £5 per litre). Jim, the world weary, rain phobic, global driving (well near continent is far enough) sage informs us that it's all controlled by the mafia and it is impossible to do a deal on price here. So with thoughts of “sleeping with the fishes” in our mind, we decided to leave town before a car screeched to a halt and a sub-machine gun was poked through the window, questioning our folly of trying to barter 5p off a packet of Benson's finest. Next stop Ypres and lunch - starting to seem quite civilised all this foreign travel. The sun was out as we rode into town along the cobbled streets that marked the town square of Ypres. An amazing little place full of old world charm despite the fact that it was completely devastated during WW1 and rebuilt from the ground up. We parked up next to the Cathedral adjacent the town square and during the banter that ensued it transpired we had lost one of the group. Up until now I had been completely unaware that we were minus one. It appears that during our first enforced separation in Dunkerque, the leading group had, in fact, stopped for a fag break (apologies to any Americans reading this but it's not what you might think). After 10 minutes they decided to move on, as us tail enders had not reappeared (still performing slow speed U turns in Cul-de- Sac's). So off they went - unfortunately leaving one poor soul stranded in either a shop or a loo (I'm not sure as I wasn't there, so I can't be tarred with the same brush as those who would abandon a friend in his hour of need, for the second time in less than an hour). AUTUMN 2008


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Barry was last seen in France and for all we knew could be somewhere near Paris by now. Just inside the square, a suitable lunch venue was selected from among the many bars and restaurants around the perimeter. We managed to strike lucky and find one which had enough seats to accommodate us all. Well I don't think we had finished ordering our first round of drinks before the mocking of Barry's (the poor lost soul) predicament started. It doesn't take long for the black humour to kick in. Before long the catch phrase of the day had become "where's Barry?". So called friends of the afore-mentioned Barry were seen asking the waitress at the restaurant if she had seen Barry, only to be greeted with a puzzled Flemish look, leaving the uncaring and merciless English joker descending into a fit of giggles. All of a sudden the cry went up - contact has been made - he's alive and hasn't been the victim of people trafficking and now locked in a house of ill repute pondering his fate (must stop this mocking). “Ask him if he wants his lunch put in a doggy bag” went the cry. Around 30 minutes later the hapless soul arrived at the restaurant. We had discussed all standing up and making out to leave on his arrival - but that would have been too cruel (would have been funny though). So Barry ordered his lunch and strangely didn't appear too phased (well he does ride a Fazer - Boom Boom) by his ordeal. British reserve and stiff upper lip – What!What! We settled the bill at the restaurant partook of it's restroom facilities and headed back to the bikes for the next stage of out epic adventure. The cry went up "anyone seen Barry?" (must stop before it gets out of hand) and we headed off destination France via some Belgian twisty bits. It's here that your roving reporter's day took a strange turn (literally). Before the trip I recall Graham G berating the Belgian road system - saying they were rubbish, full of potholes big enough to bury sheep in (seems a strange way to treat sheep - maybe some quaint old continental method of curing the AUTUMN 2008

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meat - remind me not to order lamb). So off I trundled and noticed my bike behaving in a funny manner. Couldn't be the rider, must be those sheep infested, pothole-riddled, and poorly constructed Belgian roads. After a couple of hundred yards, I noticed Steve K behind me and thought I heard him tooting his horn. A little while later he did the same thing again. Now I know Steve K rides a Blackbird, so I thought maybe the beast needs to be unleashed and he wants to get past. I dutifully moved towards the nearside in an effort to allow safe passage. However, my deft little shimmy turned out to have all the finesse of a Sumo wrestler doing a belly dance. Steve K quickly pulled in front to me and after much frantic waving, I realise all must not be well, so I pulled over. All became clear- I had a puncture in the rear tyre. Steve K had seen me wobbling down the road, all the time I'm thinking Graham G was right, these Belgian roads are really bad. Once I realised what was up, I must admit my heart sank. Breakdown insurance is all well and good, but here am I, two countries and the English channel away from home with a flat tyre. First things first, I was carrying a plug kit and a bottle of slime so all might not be lost (hope beckons). As if by magic, two Belgian bikes pulled up and asked what the problem was. Using our finest pidgin we informed them I had a puncture. They beamed at us and said – “Fear not O intrepid English traveller we are friendly locals living not two dead sheep from here and we have a compressor”. (Heart lifts another two fathoms - must now be wary of the bends). Within seconds, Steve K had put a plug in the tyre and a couple of CO2 canisters had inflated the tyre enough for me to push the bike round to the House of the guardian angels (nice Cul-de-Sac but I'm buggered if I'm doing any more U-turns today). With that, we decided on a belt and braces approach, so in went the bottle of slime and using the compressor got the tyre back up to 42 psi. cont.... 87


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The plug was shaved flush and there was no signs of any air leakage (heart finally breaks surface - isn't Belgium a nice place full of wonderful people with compressors). By now the rest of the group had been made aware of what had gone on and turned back to arrive in the quiet little residential Cul-de-sac (must stop using that French expression - but I don't know the Flemish word for it). What a sight for the neighbours, twelve British bikers in full gear filling up the road outside their houses, they must have thought the Hell's Angels had arrived. After thanking out rescuers for their kindness, we resumed our journey back towards France. I must confess to feeling a little nervous, riding on a significant repair, but I needed to concentrate on my riding and get home in one piece. Back in France, we stopped in a little town called Bethune. I've got to say the French do know how to relax. Nice town square, sunshine, cafes and bars open onto the square and all ages having a chilled out time. Lots of bikes about and no-one making a big deal. We stopped at a bar for a drink and rest before deciding on our next course of action. The original plan had been to carry on to Boulogne and then Calais. However, due to our enforced stops (by the way does anyone know of Barry's whereabouts) the consensus was to head for Calais, lest we arrive late and incur more wrath (and potential capitalisation on our misfortunes) from the kind souls at Eurotunnel. We were making good progress along the A road towards Calais, when the man with Sat Nav at the front (he of M2 fame) decides that a scenic detour is worthy of consideration, so it's on with the right indicator and we disappear into a town. After a bit of head scratching and a few muttered oaths about the inventor of Sat Nav's parents (looks like another U-turn is on the cards), we return to the junction and resume our journey to Calais. We arrived at the terminal and found, to our surprise, that the earlier shuttle is able to take us, and 88

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unbelieveably there is no extra charge (who said anything bad about Eurotunnel - it was surely a misunderstanding). So a quick coffee and time to board the train. Quick check over the shoulder to see if Barry is still there and it's all aboard. This time we're all aligned fore and aft, train pulls off and it's homeward bound. Train arrives at Folkestone, and we all mount up and, to quote the late Mr Frankie Howerd, "Woe, woe and thrice woe - my bike won't start. Everyone pulls off the train and I have visions of going back to France. Now calm down and check! OK kill switch on - still nothing. Clutch in - still nothing (Thinking of taking up French Citizenship). I thought Honda's were reliable? (Thinks: My next bike will be a BMW). I look down at the instruments and the neutral light is off. A feeling of stupidity washes over me – side stand down and bike in gear = bike won't start (return to go - don't collect £200 - and retake CBT). Ride off the train and I'm back in Blighty. We all link up at the filling station at the end of the Terminal, it's quite busy as lots of people want to fill up before the last motorway leg takes them home (anyone want to buy 3 litres of petrol - only £1 a litre). Only one girl on the checkout, so it's all a bit slow. One of the backmarkers goes to pay his bill and the checkout girl wants to charge him a few quid over what he's put in his tank. Much deliberation and it appears that someone has paid his bill and Aryeh's left with the larger one. Much deliberation and it appears that someone has paid his bill and Aryeh's left with the larger one. Immediately we all blame the Range Rover driver who left a minute before. It's bound to be him - no wonder he can afford to drive one of those gas guzzlers - scamming off the back off poor old bikers. So we all group up in the forecourt leaving Aryeh to carry on his indignant negotiations with the checkout girl. After a minute Steve K pipes up that he himself may have mistakenly paid the lower bill, as he just quoted the pump Number and not the amount. AUTUMN 2008


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waiting for them to open. I'm now the owner of a pair of Michelin Pilot Road 2 tyres and feel a lot safer, plus a lot wiser. All in all, a great trip with a good bunch of blokes. When things looked bad everyone pulled together and kept the show on the road. I'm really looking forward to the next adventure. By the way, has anyone seen Barry?

Rob

Rob He hands over the difference to the checkout girl and finally we depart into the dusk. Once on the M20, similar to the morning ride we all split up into smaller groups and make our way home. As this is England it soon starts to rain, so I decide that I've had enough luck with my tyre and drop my speed to the recommended limit for the repair. I finally arrived home about 10.30, weary, but satisfied that I'd had a bit of an adventure and learned some valuable lessons in the world of Biking. With hindsight, the puncture was my fault. I had a flat some time before and had been running with sealer in the tyre which was holding pressure. I'd convinced myself that this was OK, and carried on riding for some time. I now realise what folly this was. I came away quite lucky considering what the consequences might have been. The next morning, I was outside the tyre shop AUTUMN 2008

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