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Dibble Rattle’s On . . . . . . Editor Says . . . . . . . . . . . Kicking Back . . . . . . . . . . Barry’s Bit . . . . . . . . . . . . The View Over the Bars . Caption Competition . . . . Helping Out a Bit in 2005 Classic Corner . . . . . . . . Down Your Way . . . . . . .

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Spring 2005, Volume 43 No. 1 Editor / Designer Tim Lee editor@hoc.org.uk HOConsumer Editor Mark Clargo hoconsumer@hoc.org.uk Junior HOC Jude Brown juniorhoc@hoc.org.uk Sports Correspondent “Jethro” sports@hoc.org.uk

Reports from: Bedfordshire,Birmingham, Eastern, NESS, Northants, North London, Oxford, Solent, South Wales, Three Shires, Varadero, Wilts.

Soapbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Showing Off (at NEC) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Product Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 iHOC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 The Shortest Epic Journey . . . . . . . . . .53 HOConsumer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Shop@HOC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62 Members Free Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Members Discounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68

US Correspondent Todd Edeker hocusa@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: editor@hoc.org.uk. Golden Wing Honda Owners Club (GB) Units 1B & 5B Kemps Quay Industrial Park Quayside Road Southampton SO18 1BZ Tel/Fax: 023 8022 6045 Web Page: www.hoc.org.uk

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO Clappers Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Birmingham Camping Weekend . . . . . .20 Devon & Somerset Burnham W/end . . .21 East Midlands Camping Weekend . . . . .23 Oxford Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 National Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Solent Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Varadero VUK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Diary Dates centre pages Three Shies Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Wiltshire Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 HOC Open Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52

Summer Issue Copy Date 1st June 2005 Published by end of June 2005 Printing & Distribution by: LPC Printing Ltd Hardley Industrial Estate Hythe,Southampton Tel: 023 8084 6334 We believe the contents of Golden Wing to be correct at the time of publication. The Honda Owners Club (GB) cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions, or for subsequent changes to details given in this publication or for the consequence of any reliance on the information. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the Honda Owners Club (GB) or the Executive Committee

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C HAIRMAN D IBBLE R ATTLE ’ S O N ! from Andy “Dibble” Young - Club Chairman

HELLO AND WELCOME TO 2005

HOW MANY HONDA OWNERS AT ONE DINNER?

Since our last magazine there have been a good number of entries in the diary for the year, and I do hope that you will make the most of them. For my part I have been setting up the National Rally at Bainland in Lincolnshire. We have booked up most of the bungalow and caravan accommodation on the site but if there are any newcomers or latecomers who missed the fact that there was a booking deadline, I do have some rooms to let at £20 per night per person. I also want to thank here those who have already volunteered to help at the event by running the rideouts and to help with arrivals, etc. If anyone else thinks they could spare a few minutes over the weekend to point others in the right direction then please get in touch.

This years calendar has been added to by a one day event, a National Event, where we are asking you all to join in and eat a Sunday dinner. On Sunday the 17th of July there are a series of venues currently being organised and we ask that you contact the relevant branch organiser to let them know you are coming to join in for Sunday lunch. Already there are venues in Oxford, Northants and Manchester areas. If there is not one near enough to you then how about setting one up? This is just an event to get everyone out for one day and meet up with others have a chat and a chomp.

BMF SHOW I am sure this will be mentioned elsewhere in the magazine, but just to make sure everyone is aware we are attending the show again this year and we will be near to where we used to be not in cuddly club corner on the outskirts of the show as last year. We hope to have some eye catching exhibits this year and need for you to visit and better still take part in the show. Contact Strytch or Bri at the Northants branch for details.

SADDLE SORE? YOU WILL BE! This year the competition is heating up already; mostly in the war of words; but rest assured this strictly for fun competition has been made even more demanding by the number of events that can qualify some even on at the same time which means devoted travelling for those who are contenders. SPRING 2005

WHAT WILL YOU FIND AT BROOKLANDS MUSEUM ON THE 14TH OF AUGUST? There is a racing circuit museum with a brilliant museum of motoring history, a play area for the kid's amongst you, food halls and stalls, stalls selling bits and bobs you thought you'd never find and of course we hope lots of Honda Owners and their bikes. Yes, we have a show on that day and the idea is you turn up on your pride and joy Honda and line it up with all the others for people to have a look at them. There are prizes for some, and a chance to get information about your model of bike from other enthusiasts. There will be some special categories for particular models but most of all we want to see bikes old and new all together for the day. This is a day out open to all Honda riders and their families so come along.

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HAVE YOU BEEN ON THAT INTER WEB THINGY YET? I have and so have many more of you since the last magazine. Take the opportunity to visit www.hoc.org.uk and get yourself registered for the member's area. You will find interesting debate, good advice and learn more about some of the characters in the HOC.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST! We need more. That is more members to boost the base of the club in its diversity, and financially to allow for more activity and prospectively fill the year on year diary. Here is the challenge for you all. Every one of you to recruit at least one more member to the club this year. I do not care if it is an old member who has left, or if it's someone totally new. If you all do this we will remain one of the biggest motorcycle clubs in Britain and have a sound base for developing the club's future. Can you do it? “Ride on but most of all ride safe”

Dibble

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 & Pulic Relations Officer Mark Clargo 9 Hendred Way Abingdon Oxon OX14 2AN 01245 523483 hoconsumer@hoc.org.uk

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

Saddle Sore Shield Co-ordinator Stephen Davenport 07968 810435 saddlesore@hoc.org.uk

Display Materials Co-ordinator Chris Wright 16 Auckland Road Mexborough S64 0AN 01709 582740 display@hoc.org.uk

Regalia Co-ordinator Justin Goddard, 19 Linkfield Avenue, Mountsorrel, Leicester, LE12 7DH 0116 230 3277 justvfr@tiscali.co.uk

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

Webmaster Andy (Stritchy) Stryczko 13 Union Street Bedford MK40 2SF biged@hoc.org.uk

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

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

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E DITOR S AYS .. They often say that the simplest ideas are the best, and having just read Dibble's column, that certainly applies to his "recruit a member" challenge. To put this in perspective, if just one in six of you recruit a member, we will have more new members than the total of all those recruited at all the shows we attended last year‌‌and those members cost us literally thousands of pounds to recruit!! But please, let's not settle for one in six; let's go for one in one, just think of the extra things we could do with the boost to club funds. Talking of funds, it is common knowledge that the club would like to introduce a direct debit system for the collection of membership fees. Such a system would make it far easier for the members and the club, and would avoid us losing those members who fail to renew simply for the fact that they forget to get round to it. We all know what it is like, Graham sends out a renewal form which is opened and put in the "to do" pile. If your house is like ours, the "to do" pile includes a selection of school newsletters, pleas for money for school trips and sponsored whatever's, Bettaware or Kleeneze catalogues that have been posted through the door, and a myriad of receipts, bills and children's party invitations. The renewal form gets lost in the pile, as does the reminder, and by the time it is found, it's too late. However, despite the advantages, setting up a direct debit system has not proved to be easy. The technology is not a problem, the ongoing cost is not a problem, what does seem to be the problem is the horrendous set up costs that the banks seem to want to charge. So a plea, do we have in our ranks a bank manager or similar who might be able to offer some assistance or guidance? If so, give the Chairman or the Treasurer a call. My thanks once again for all those who have sent in contributions, and thanks for the photos. However, if you want them returned, please include a stamped addressed envelope. The front cover for this issue is a picture of Curtis Flux (aged 14) on his Honda RS 125 GP as he chases for the lead during a SPRING 2005

round of the MRO 125 GP Championship. Curtis is the grandson of Fred and Jan Flux who are members of the HOC and active members of S o l e n t Branch. Curtis started his racing career last year, and finished a creditable 7th in the Junior Championship, having missed the first four races. His highlights to date have been a 3rd at Pembury and a 4th at the end of season Superbike meeting at Castle Combe. Like all up and coming youngsters, Curtis' greatest hurdle is finding the money to enable him to keep progressing. Entry fees, tyres, and a myriad of other expenses mean that after every race, the main priority is gathering together enough funds to take part in the next one. If any of our business owning members are interested in sponsoring Curtis, sticker space on the bike can be had for as little as ÂŁ10 per week; call or e-mail me and I will pass on your details to Fred & Jan. The front cover for the next and subsequent issues is up for grabs to anyone who sends in a suitable photo. The rules are that the bike must be in motion, simple as that! There seems to be a buzz about the club this year, with many new ideas coming forwards and some old ones given a face lift. The Sunday lunch run out seems to have awoken some enthusiasm, and the Honda Open Day at Brooklands looks like an event well worth attending. Even the AGM may take on a new appearance, no promises, but watch this space. Well that's all from me. Keep it tidy!

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K ICKING B ACK ....

Something to Say - Say it here

BAD TYRES? Dear Tim Thanks to Graeme Burrough for interesting articles on tyres and oil in the winter edition. I would like to take issue with his statement that “there is no such thing as a bad tyre these days”.

Take a look at this photo of an original equipment front tyre on an ST1300. You can see that the compound is breaking up in the grooves. Could be very dangerous if it started chunking at speed, it emphasises Graemes point about regularly checking tyres. The tyre is from a manufacturer that I hold in the highest regard. It is, I am told, one of many with the same problem, a bad batch? Or have the bike or tyre manufacturer got it wrong? Perhaps the tyre is not up to the stresses involved with such a weighty bike. I know not, only that you still have to be very careful with tyres. 4

To further illustrate the point about bad tyres, when I changed my VFR for a new bike it came with a different brand to the Bridgestones that I have used with confidence for many years. Having been forced to use a Dunlop on one occasion when my VFR had a rear tyre destroyed by a nail in Andorra, I was not too concerned as the Dunlop, although different, was fine. The new bike has a lot more power and torque than the VFR, even so I was surprised to find the rear spinning up in the dry. Grip levels were unbelievably low, especially in the wet, culminating in my first off in 30 years. As far as I am concerned, thats a bad tyre. I binned brand X and had Bridgestones fitted, straight back to grip levels that I have grown used to. Thank you Bridgestone. There are good tyres around from many different manufacturers, but there are still bad tyres around. Regards

Keith Howlett Membership No:25048

Thanks for your comments Keith. I have to say that I have always found Bridgestone to be excellent. However, I do admit that on my old Blackbird I did change the what was then BT57’s for BT56’s. Ed SPRING 2005


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Dear Editor A short letter of thanks to Graham Burrough for two very interesting articles in the last issue of Golden Wing on oil & tyres. II found both articles very informative & interestingly presented & it just goes to show that you can learn something every day............. Thank you Graham

Roy Edwards

Membership No.18538

MEMBER APATHY Dear Ed(itor) I would like to respond to Phil of West Coast Riders and his comments in 'The Soapbox' concerning member apathy. I would like to point out that some members do not have the opportunity to 'just up and ride out'. I have been a member for nearly 5 years, when I first passed my direct access test and owned a 1979 Honda CB650 - not a speedy bike I grant you but my first bike and therefore a special bike. I still own the 650 but now ride a 1993 Honda CB750. In the time I have been a member I have taken advantage of the member discounts and purchased merchandise including the mug I use daily at work. However all this is perhaps not relevant, what is relevant to my comment about 'up and ride out' is the fact that I am Mum to 2 very active boys under 5 and work as well, my Husband is joint member with me and rides the aforementioned bikes. However his work and the restoration of a 350 YPVS takes up his available time. I live in Harwich which is just about the end of nowhere and therefore to get along to meetings and AGMs and even the NEC is hard as there are not many understanding relatives around who are willing to baby sit just so you can ride your bike. So to conclude I wish to let Phil know that there are members out there that are just waiting in the wings for the opportunity to join in. Although I do accept that apathy exists, I just don't wish to be tarred with the apathy brush. SPRING 2005

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There had my say, of course you chaps could just blame it on PMT!!! Regards

Donna

Membership No. 25739 Donna, we wouldn’t dream of blaming it on PMT, and exactly the point you make has been raised by another member in the members forum on the website. Having read Phil’s response to that I feel I am safe in saying that you are not the type of member Phil was referring to. Taking part can take on many different guises, and does not just mean attending branch meetings or going for ride outs. Writing this letter is taking part whereas apathy would be dissagreeing with Phil but not writing it. I appreciate your difficulties as far as the boys are concerned. I have two boys and a girl, and whilst Granny loves them to stay, it is too much for her to cope with on anything other than a very occasional basis. Have you perhaps thought about going to a rally or two. You can go in the car, and the boys will be more than welcome. Mine always have a great time; my 4 year old still talks about hunting polar bears in the New Forest!. Ed

MEMBER APATHY 2 “A PERSONAL INVITATION” I write in response to Phil Bell's comment in Winter 2004 edition of Golden Wing with regard to member apathy. Sadly, it seems that many societies and organisations are suffering a similar fate. Some with dwindling numbers unable to survive, and others with good numbers but poor turnout at events. This I feel is due to the wide range of other interests available today. It naturally follows that if we are only obtaining 16% participation from total membership, then a possible solution could be to cast our nets a bit further with regard to recruitment. cont................. 5


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A further point of interest that I derived from Phil's article was the failure of the Honda 'official' club to survive more that a few years. Being a recent member to the HOC and South Wales Branch, I can only speak from my own experiences. My decision to buy a Honda was based on several factors. I completed a restoration project on a 1959 BSA C15 in the Summer of 2004. I had intended for it to be my little indulgence in the garage. Not to be. My wife, the little darling, took a fancy to the thing. When the bike was finally on the road, she decided that where it went, she went. This posed a slight logistical problem. Both of us are in the 90kg bracket. The poor thing was gasping for its life. The alternative was to buy a larger machine. Not having ridden since my teenage days,(now 51), we were looking for a mid-range tourer. We visited all the major shows and tried everything that we could get our backsides on. Apparently, the most important thing to consider when choosing a bike, is the comfort of the passenger. Well that's what my little jewel told me. We finally decided on the Deauville, and are well pleased with our choice.

O.K. let's get to the point. We received great personal treatment at the Honda stand and similar from my local Honda dealer. However, there was no mention of HOC at any point along the way. Let's make one thing absolutely clear, I'm not knocking the PRO or marketing section of HOC. The following is merely a suggestion that I feel could increase our membership. 6

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I notice that many Honda dealers use the 'Members Discount' page in the Golden Wing as a means of advertising. Would it be possible to ask the Honda dealers to include with every Honda sale, a letter of invitation to join HOC. This would have two immediate benefits. To HOC as a potential increase in membership; and to the dealer by an increase in the distribution of Golden Wing, and thereby their advert. If possible, the invitation could be both National and Branch oriented.

Gareth L Richards Membership No. 2906

Thanks for your letter Gareth, which serves as a reminder to us all that the key to a working with Honda is to build good relationships on a local level. It would be wrong of us to say that dealerships do not help us, because in a number of instances they do. Many dealerships support us in a variety of ways and Avonvale in Northampton went as far as paying for membership for all those who bought a new bike from them last year. The Chairman is in regular contact with Honda UK, and we would of course welcome a closer working relationship with them. However, as with all such relationships there are stubbling blocks, and in recent years these have prevented the sort of co-operation which seems to be enjoyed by other one make clubs. The HOC is, and always has been an independent club, and the strings attached to support, such as access to our membership database, has always been considered too high a price to pay. In addition, we are a club for enthusiasts, and do not differentiate between those who have purchased UK model bikes, and those who have parrellel of grey imports. For obvious reasons, this does not sit well with an organisation whose profitibility depends on selling offical UK bikes. Finaly, it is important to remember that whilst we are a club for enthusiasts, Honda UK are a commercial organisation whose function is to make profits from the sale of transportation. Whilst we consider that the cost of support for us would be almost irrelevant to Honda UK, we must bear in mind that their main customer base is those who purchase the scooter style smaller machines for transport, and are unlikely to join clubs. Ed SPRING 2005


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MEMBER APATHY 3 “ANOTHER INVITATION” Dear Editor In spite of what appears to be a diminishing interest by the majority of the membership to attend branch meetings (& any other meetings for that matter), here in Pork Pie Country we are going to attempt to buck the trend and hold a Sunday Run, on date to be arranged, starting at the Grantham Honda Dealership premises, Spittlegate Level, Grantham. www.granthamhondabikes.co.uk Our friends in the Three Shires branch have offered their presence as a boost to the inaugural run & if there is sufficient interest then a new branch could be in the making. Those of you with computer access will probably have seen this information on the HOC web site but for those of you who do not, please take note & watch out for the date to be announced. You can contact me on 01664 569212. You will no doubt have seen the letter from Phil Bell in 'Soapbox' in the last issue of Golden Wing & I sympathise with him wholeheartedly, it is very disappointing when one has done everything one can to encourage member participation only to be disappointed, so all I can say is that this is a one off attempt to spark up any interest & it is an offer that will not be repeated. So far I have only been contacted by John Eaton at Three Shires so it could not only be the inaugural run but also the farewell run as well. It's up to you, the membership, to decide! We look forward to seeing you.

Roy Edwards

Membership No 18538 I do hope you get a lot of support for this Roy. Going by the comments we get at the various shows, this is one area of the country where we are desperately in need of a branch. Let’s hope that all those who have stated an interest, come along and take part. Ed SPRING 2005

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HONDA INSURANCE Dear Tim In response to Robin Simmons letter in the last issue. Last August I received my renewal from Hastings for my VFR 800, fully comp for £321. I thought I would give Honda a try and was quoted £255, with similar excess etc. Naturally I said yes. I then asked for a quote to add business use for my training activities and the figure given was an additional £85. This meant, therefore, that I had fully comp + Class 1 business use for only £19 more than the original quote! I took them up on their offer and received a cover note very shortly afterwards. I had to wait a few weeks (5-6) for the full policy, but was supplied with a second cover note in good time. When I phoned to enquire, they were very helpful and assured me all was well, with the delay in issuing the certificate caused by the volume of new business (not surprising considering the value!). All in all I found the service to be excellent and would recommed them to others.

Geoff Pretty Membership No. 27142 Dear Ed, I'm currently insured with Honda insurance (renewal due April). They beat Bennetts by about £50,the cover was better because it gave me unlimited mileage, whereas Bennetts limited me to 3000 miles (or pay an extra £40 for unlimited). The Honda policy also allows me to ride other bikes. The only gripe I have was not being able to get through for about a week (hrs of awful taped music!!). My documents were posted in a reasonable time, so no complaints so far! All the best

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A REPLY FROM LES AND OLWEN Dear Tim, Thank you for printing the offer of camping. Someone may consider taking it up. One small spelling mistake for the Wrexham bikers meet. It is RHOSDDU not Rosddn. No probs, us Welsh can live with it. I would like to point out without giving offence, that even though you stated that the West Coast Riders branch is only 30 miles from Wrexham, we live 18 miles from Wrexham giving us a distance of nearly 50 miles to travel to a meet. Also, unfortunately our shifts are nearly 12 hours in length i.e 06.30-18.30, 07.0019.00, 07.30-19.30, so the Wrexham meets at 20.30 do not give us time to get changed before attending. We will of course keep our options open and thank you for the information. We apologise for not attending the AGM, but Sundays are part of our shift pattern and that was one of our working ones. Thank you for a wonderful magazine and don’t stop keeping up the good work.

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CHILLY CHAIRMAN? So Tim, The Chairman was chilly, was he? How can he say that, he only went camping in December, it was still warm. Where was he when it was proper cold at the 's no rally in February? Seriously though, Brass Monkeys was a great gig, thanks Jim, Betty and Cooky, great idea, even if you had to rise to a challenge from us northern 'ard men and women, Kate's monkey says hello, even now, Ringo develops Meschersmitt twitch at the mention of Cooky, and we talk of the weekend often. I hope to see you all at Three Shires summer rally (see separate advert). Thanks again, great weekend. You know I'm only joking Dibble, see you all soon.

Kev Warman

Chairman, Three Shires Branch

Les & Olwen Jones Membership No 26598

Thank you for your kind comments, and likewise please don’t take offence. I do not know what the roads or traffic are like in your neck of the woods, and so perhaps my opinion is clouded by the half a dozen or so Solent members who travel the sort of distances you mention for our meetings. As far as the AGM is concerned, no probs. If it is choice between attending even a couple of branch events and the AGM, choose the branch events - I am certain you will have more fun!. Do give Phil Bell a call. It may be that there are runs being organised which swing by your way that you can join in on, or other events which fall on your days off. Working long shifts is never nice, but at least with the European Working Time Directive you should be getting some good blocks of days off to enjoy your biking! Ed 8

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TALKING OF COOKY!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

Dear Editor. I was pretty devastated to see that your "Ace Correspondent" Chris Cook is thinking of hanging up his reporters helmet. Perish the thought Chris, as I am sure that I and many others find your Independent View both interesting and amusing (if not sometimes confused) & it won't be the same without you. Life is very short of characters these days & Chris is definitely one we can't afford to lose. His unique writing style (from an age known only to us 'elder folk') is in itself fascinating. Ok, so he eats pigeons & likes to be at the back, but I'm sure we won't hold that against him will we & as for the mode of transport? Well we can always forgive him that as well! I have to say that sadly I only meet Chris two or three times a year but it's always a pleasure when I do. He always gives me a laugh & what's more he never refuses the offer of a pint (sign of a true gentleman). So please keep up the good work Chris....

Dear Ed, If I'm not mistaken, at least two bikes in picture of West Coast Riders(page 44) are not Hondas! If I'm correct,(call me old fashioned!), what are they doing in Gold Wing

Roy Edwards

Membership No.15838

GOING ABROAD? Dear Editor. For those that go abroad and take the Post Offices Medical Cover in the guise of Form E111, please note; From January 2005, there has been a change to the form and you will need to get a free of charge replacement from your local Post Office. THE OLD FORM IS NOW NO LONGER VALID!! Thank you

Graham Burrough

All the best

Trev Maloney

Membership No. 29060 Trev, you are quite correct, and that is the great thing about this club. Membership is open to any person who owns, or has owned a motorcycle powered by a Honda engine. I think it says something for the club that members wish to remain with us when they swop to another make rather than switch to another club. Members wil always be encouraged to take part, regardless of the fact that for the present, they ride a different make of bike. Ed

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

Branch Secretary H.O.C. Northumbria

Cheers for letting us know Graham. Ed SPRING 2005

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Some, perhaps many of you, will be planning your first European Tour this year. The ‘where?’ Is often decided by how many miles you reckon you can cover in a day. For those going for a week and intending to spend their time in one location, you will not wish to spend more than a day each way on the journey. Those going for a fortnight can perhaps afford to spend a couple of days each way. Then there are those who are touring, spending just one or two nights at each location. Whatever your choice, you will have to get round to the question - "how many miles can you do in a day?’ The biggest factor in distance equation is not speed but time. How long can you sit in the saddle, how little time you lose getting petrol and on ‘comfort’ stops. In practice the difference between cruising at 65 mph and 85 mph is probably no more than 10/15 miles in 100 miles 10/15 minutes? Standing about chatting at petrol stops, or people needing to go to the loo at different times quickly erodes any advantage of just riding faster. What is your best time for riding? Are you a morning, afternoon or night time person? Aim to spend the most time in the saddle when you feel at your best - a couple of hundred miles before breakfast really moves you down the road. If you are going on a really long ride, how about having a kip in the afternoon and starting out on a summers evening and riding the empty roads through the short summer night? The rising sun and a coffee stop, lifts the spirit and allows you to push on - a whole day ahead of yourself! When riding in company, I find one of the problems is the 'rhythm'. Each road has a rhythm that is individual to each rider. Riding at someone else's rhythm can be very tiring. 10

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I find it best, when on a long journey, for each rider to keep to his/her own rhythm. Petrol and comfort stops should be an individual thing, with perhaps just one agreed lunch stop. Even that can involve riders arriving and leaving at different times. Dehydration can add significantly to tiredness and general aches and pains, so drink plenty of water. Many long distance competition riders uses Camel Backs so they can take on water on the move. But a bottle of water in the top of the tank bag works very well. Or perhaps pick up a Spanish wine Bota. Tied to the top of a pannier, they tend to keep the water cooler than a plastic bottle. Remember to put in a squeeze of lemon or a lump of sugar, or the water tends to taste a little odd. Avoid large meals during the day. Bananas come conveniently packaged. In the UK, my favorite ‘nibble’ are chocolate digestive - but they are not good in warm climates, they melt into a solid lump! I always get a large packet of digestive biscuits before I leave the UK - together with a banana, they provide me with 2/3 midday snacks. When it comes to stopping for the night, if you are on a Motoway, get off it and ‘cruise’ to the center of the nearest small town probably no more than 5/10 miles. Look for a small hotel or a chambre/zimmer/room as near to the centre as possible. Please try to avoid those dreadful Formula 1 type ‘hotels’ located in the retail park. They are no cheaper than other accommodation in town and they add nothing to the experience of foreign travel. Let us all know how you get on.

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General Secretary - Mark Clargo Hi All, I don't know about you, but I'm patiently waiting for Summer. It must be something to do with getting older, I seem to h a v e become a fine weather rider! It doesn't seem that long ago when I wouldn't give a monkey's arm what the climate was like before wheeling out my CBR6. It's a good two weeks since my latest steed, the Firestorm, has seen the light of day! Mind you, two of my "offs" happened in the snow - so that might have something to do with it. My first official duty as General Secretary didn't get off to a good start. I'd booked the function room of The Coach Inn at Mallory for the dates of the next three management meetings, and received confirmation. We get there nice and early for the first meeting, only to find that the doors are locked. After a while other members of the management team are turning up - some desperate for a wee - and we still couldn't get in. Eventually Dibble was able to raise the landlord from his slumber, who let us in, and the meeting got underway a little late. In the meantime, I'm still producing the Monthly Mail Out, trying to keep the Branch Secretaries up to date with any developments between management meetings, and for them to pass the information onto you, the members. I hope it's of use, and if there is anything that you think might be of benefit being published in SPRING 2005

the Mail Out, please drop me a line. On the subject of branches, it's sad to hear of some that are going by the wayside, but encouraging to hear that some are thriving and that new branches might be appearing in certain parts of the country. In the past there have been some really active branches - are they still active? Let us know, or better still send a representative to the next management meeting. Well, I've just looked out of the window and sleet is just starting to fall - so I'm having to be more patient! Looking forward to better weather and getting to my first rally of the year, which will be Wilts, and soon after the Memba Rally at the BMF Show. Hope to see you there, or at any number of HOC events laid on this year. Cheers

Mark

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CAPTION COMPETITION Well, the Chairman was certainly right when he said this picture would grab interest. John, you can lay claim to the record for generating the most entries in any of the Caption Competitions so far, in fact, there were more entries than attendees at this years AGM! I am sorry we can’t print all entries, especially as so many of you took the opportunity to enter via the website. Along with the winners, here is the best of the rest. Winners, please contact the Regalia Coordinator direct for your prizes. Thanks

1st Prize: An HOC Club Sweatshirt to: Alan Crooks (29126) with “He should have gone to Specsavers”

2nd Prize: An HOC Club Polo Shirt to: Roy Edwards (18538) with “Please do not mount the display”

3rd Prize: An HOC Club T Shirt to: Andy (Jethro) Brewer (21442) with “Ok, don’t panic, the glue from the toupee has stuck my head to the wall, I’ll just pretend I’m asleep”

Other notable entries were: Roger Burgess with - “..Worn out by the breakfast, a little kip is in order". Colin Wallbanks with - “HONDA" truly has got "The Power of Dreams” Tony Quigley with - "One minute he was talking to someone from the Harley owners club, then!" Mark Miller with - “You can all relax now: John's here! Wake me up if you need me” Keith Gilby with - “Oh dear Lord, please may I find an old lady with a garage full of vintage Hondas” If anyone is in possession of pictures which they feel will make a suitable Caption Competition, then please send them in to: Golden Wing, Units 1B & 5B, Kemps Quay Industrial Estate, Quayside Road, Southampton. SO18 1BZ or e-mail me at editor@hoc.org.uk (If sending pictures by e-mail, please send at 300 dpi or greater) 12

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Helping Out a Bit in 2005 As I was finishing of the issue ready for the printers, I received the following letter, and knowing that we had members who took part in this last year, felt it might by of interest. Ed

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CB72 & CB77 Revisited

Like any well established motorcycle club we have members that re-live the history of yesterday. I don't think that any of us as motorcyclists wanted to grow up anyway (including me) and at the end of the day all we ever wanted to do way enjoy our motorcycling. In 1961 the Honda CB72 and CB77 formed part of motorcycle racing in Japan with Honda producing "go faster bits" just to encourage young riders to ride Honda.. In fact the early photo from Phil Bains is showing a genuine Honda race sear fitted with a standard tank on his CB72 and he says: " Just a few pictures of my CB72 as it was in 1964 with a race kit fitted. The newer photos (red tank) show the rebuilt machine as it is now in running order and it sounds just great" In road going standard trim a CB72 (250cc) will show a top speed of over 80 mph and a CB77 (305cc) almost 100 mph. So if you lend a hand in tuning to a machine then you could see over 100 mph and in 1961 that is some going for these smaller machines. Honda did produce a close ratio five speed gearbox for the CR72/77 but they were "gold dust" and expensive here in the UK and only available through Honda. In 1961 these 4 stroke twins were competitive for clubmans racing but when the 2 stroke twins entered the stage a few years later it was a different story. I know that Jim Wheeler (previously Oxford Branch Secretary) had fitted the go 14

faster bits to his CB72 including the 5 speed race kit gearbox and open exhaust (sorry officer) which made his machine very quick for club runs. He was always clearing off and then waiting round a sharp bend with a big grin on his face, just to see what we would do in trying to catch up ! !! I also remember the red frame with gold race fuel tank and seat ! ! ! Jim's wife Jenny let him restore his machine through the winter up stairs in their spare bedroom then he had to pull it apart to bring it down stairs ! Happy days Jim ! ! Fitting the 5 speed gearbox into the 4 speed cases meant that the gears were just a bit narrower to make room for the gears and the extra selector. At the end of the day tuning these early Honda's gave a lot of people a great deal of fun and no, we still don't want to grow up!! Be safe out there

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D OWN Y OUR W AY

Reports from the Branches

BEDFORDSHIRE Secretary: Graham Seymour - 01438 357398 Here's hoping you all had a great Christmas and new year. Our Christmas dinner went down a storm with thirty odd attending an hotel in Luton. Decent grub and a few beers, that's what Christmas is all about eh! That and the usual parties over the New Year have kept beds members busy for the last couple of months. (And yes you can read that two ways!) Now for the mad rush to complete the decorating before the season starts! Have you noticed that? Everyone else does the decorating in the summer when the light's better and the days are longer. Not us, short days and bad light may be why my house (and the girlfriends) always looks unfinished but good weather can't be wasted now can it! World Superbikes starts as well this weekend so times a-gettin short. In the meantime the Beds runs list is coming together with the aim of having something official on the list for every other week or so. In answer to some of the whinges I've heard from the HOC at large regarding the lack of information of runs in the Wing and on the web site, try coming to branch nights if you want to take part. This is not a virtual club you know, it thrives on human contact. Not that you'd believe it if you read some of the comments in the members forum on the web! Out rally is now arranged for the second May bank holiday weekend (see advert and booking form in this issue). We look forward to seeing all of our old friends there and hopefully some new ones. In the meantime 16

we'll be visiting some of the other rallies ourselves so hope to see you somewhere! Beds branch have been approached by the Transport Research Laboratory and the local council to take part in interviews and riding this new data bike you may have seen in MCN etc. Hopefully it'll be a worthwhile exercise and don't forget it's going on in various parts of the country, so keep your eye out and other branches too can have a say on the safety aspects of the roads in their local area. Half of the branch is off to Palma for some sun, sand, sea and sangria in April. (No not by bike). Hopefully it will be as successful as last years trip to Ibiza. We know it was successful because no-one can remember a bloody thing about it! It was also the only run we did last year where we didn't lose anybody! We've had a few people put their head around the door on our club nights to see what we're all about. Most seem interested in coming again when things get moving in the spring. Hopefully we'll recruit some more active members as a result. If you're living in our area and reading this, do pop down and see us some time. Who knows, you might even like it! Here's to another busy year for the Beds branch.

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BEDFORDSHIRE HONDA OWNERS CLUB

6th Clappers Rally 27th 28th 29th May 2005 at

'The Cross Keys' Public House, Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire all night toilets & shower / marquee / pub grub / cooked breakfasts / bbq / superb field

BOOKING FORM Name (s) Address

Postcode Number in Party Vehicle Registration No HOC Membership No.

Contact Tel No. ( max 4 per booking ) ( car / bike / camper etc... ) Branch

Nights req’d @ £9.00 / pitch / night FRI SAT Breakfasts required @ £4.00 SAT am Breakfasts required @ £4.00 SUN am Breakfasts required @ £4.00 MON am

SUN (please circle) 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 Total

= = = = =

Please return booking form with SAE and payment to: Helen Spinks, 89 Suncote Avenue, Dunstable, Beds LU6 1BN Tel: 01582 607152 Cheques made payable to: HOC BEDFORDHSIRE BRANCH A detailed map and directions will be returned upon receipt of your booking. For Admin use only Cheque No. No. in party

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BIRMINGHAM

Contact: John Churchill - 024 7667 0999

Hello to everyone and hello to 2005. There have been a few changes since the AGM in December the most obvious being the standing down from the Secretarial post of John Churchill. John has been active in this post for the past 8 years and over that time the club has progressed in leaps and bounds and John can be held responsible for a great amount of this progress due to his (and very much Debs) dedication and hard work. Both will be sorely missed but as he said in his closing speech he and Debs need some down time of their own and the club will no doubt benefit from an injection of new blood which in turn brings new ideas. At present we haven't had a volunteer to fill John's shoes yet (not a very easy thing to do) so for the time being Trevor Thompson has offered to be the contact point and I will be trying to put together a report in time to make each Golden Wing. We do have a sub-committee and that will collectively fulfil the roles normally carried out by the Secretary. Well 2004 was a mixed year. We had a good solid turn out to the Tuesday meetings but didn't do quite so well at the Sunday Run outs. This year we hope to give a greater variety of destinations and alter the lengths and riding styles to fit all needs and abilities. We had another excellent YHA Weekend courtesy of the organisational skills of Nick, this time going to York. The

Traditional Birmingham chill out camping weekend was another great affair (again thanks mainly to John & Debs) and we again made our now yearly trip across the water to France. This has been a tradition we have had for the past 8 years or so and this time we stayed at a YHA in St Malo. Thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. This year saw the traditional yearly BBQ held at John and Debs place and again was a resounding success. The other major item on the Birmingham Calendar for 2004 was a fantastic Bonfire night thanks to Ray Harris who kindly made his rather large property available to us where we mixed fireworks, bonfire and BBQ and had an excellent time. In general 2004 was a great year for the club and all it's members. The weather was kind too us and we had a very good turn out to all the events throughout the year. We will shortly be having a Subcommittee meeting set out all our plans for 2005. I will do my best to get the web site up to date with all our plans for this year to it only remains for me to wish everyone a very happy new year and lets hope the weather is kind to us and we get the chance to fulfil all our dreams for our biking 2005 Ride safe and keep the rubber bit down

Dave Langdon

BRANCH SECRETARIES & EVENTS ORGANISERS PLEASE SEND DIARY DATES FOR 2005 TO GOLDENWING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (DON’T WAIT FOR THE DEADLINE)

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Devon and Somerset Social Weekend Sandy Glade Holiday Park Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th October 2005 BOOKING FORM Name: ____________________ Address: ____________________ ____________________ ____________________ Price ÂŁ70 for a chalet that sleeps up to 6 Please make cheques payable to: John Fowler Holidays Send to : Jill Moore, 31 Willshere Road, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 8EL No later than August 31st 2005

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EASTERN

Secretary: John Hewson - 01469 560306

Eastern Branch members had an enjoyable Christmas lunch and New Year party at the Black Bull over the festive season. Traditionally the early part of the year is very quiet, however members are still taking every opportunity to get out on their bikes. Bikes aren't the only thing Graham is getting out and about in is it Graham? He has attended a club night in a Reliant Robin! Will he ever live it down? New and potential members are always welcome at club nights, make the effort you may actually enjoy it! The main Easter thing is to ride n Chris tmas P arty whatever and whoever you choose to do it with. Here's looking forward to a great biking 2005.

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N.E.S.S

Secretary: Colin Jelbert - 01206 396647

Another Christmas has been and gone and hopefully spring is on its way. Our first ride out of the year was postponed at the beginning of February due to the weather but there are many more planned for the forthcoming months. Last year we decided that we needed to incorporate more 'social' events into the club calendar rather than just 'ride-outs' and we will be continuing this into the coming year. We had a brilliant evening last August at Kentwell Hall at a Glen Miller Tribute. We were fortunate with the weather and enjoyed a plentful picnic supplied by two of our members, Frank and Diana. This year the event will be at Melford Hall, Long Melford,

and will be an evening at the proms. All we have to do is turn up with deck chairs and Frank and Diana do the rest! During the winter months we had a few sunday lunches and this was good for the female club members who aren't too keen on riding in cold weather to meet and catch up on the gossip. This year we have the usual fortnightly ride-outs and once again several holidays are already planned. Frank and Diana will be taking a group over to France in June to spend a week in a gite and we are taking a group to Beamish, County Durham in May and to Derbyshire, Northumberland and finishing in Yorkshire to see the racing at Olivers Mount in September. Like most clubs we have difficulty in recruiting new members but please if you live within the Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex area take a look at our itinery on the web page of the Honda Owners on the internet. Alternatively, join us at the Victory Pub or for a ride out to see what a good time we have when we get together.. We can arrange to meet anybody who is interested en-route. We do endeavour to keep the itinery updated but unfortunately we have work commitments that sometimes get in the way of our play time. So come to the meetings,,join the club and you will receive our monthly newsletter giving you the news hot off the press. Enjoy.

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

So here we go off into another year, the days are already becoming noticeably longer and the temperature is staying on the good side of mild, judging by the amount of bikes that I have already spotted about at weekends I'm not the only one whose thoughts in spring aren't overtaken with images of flouncy lammykins, nestling birdies and the gentle hum of the early bees, no folks it's an early kick off to the biking season, (or has my age finally overtaken my libido‌ bet you never thought you'd read that in an H.O.C newsletter). With that in mind, you will find the full list of the jollies that we are planning for the year attached to this newsletter. Now, you will have noticed that I have put names alongside the dates for the Wednesday E.O.R's. So, if your name is on the list and you cannot manage the date given because you have selfishly planned something else, like a holiday with the missus, let me know a.s.a.p and I will swap your date with someone else. If the date given to you is o.k., start planning your route and destination. We have some dates for a few Sunday ride outs as well, you know, it would be luvverly for John, Andy and yours truly to have one or two of you others to come up with and organise or lead a couple of these, or an extra one. We three would love to just turn up and tag along for once, so come on you lot play fair, it's not easy trying to come up with different stuff year in year out. Andy has added the diary dates on to a Word file in the branch web site, so you can download it to your computer as well as printing off a copy. O.K, so this year got off to it's now

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customary start with the New Year's day run, too early for some it seems, even the landlord at the pub, still, remember that for next year and have an extra hour in bed. The late Crimble dinner at the 10o'clock went well, and when I said late I meant it, still, Bazz, Yve and Karen did their best and the food was pretty good and plentiful, one of the best Christmas meals we have had for some time, so thanks to them and to all those that attended and made the evening go so well. The final booking date for the sojourn to France, (see that I'm parlez'ing already), has gone and we have a good crowd of 15 heading of to the Dordogne in April. How many return will depend on their ability to learn their way around or stay sober enough to follow the string back to England. I'm excited already, and I'm not talking spring again. No, the prospect of meandering around some of Frances most picturesque (French again, nearly fluent already) villages and countryside on my new Pan is getting too much for me, only 11 weeks to go, it'll be here before you know it. We have once again volunteered this branch to again be the organisers for the H.O.C at this years BMF Show. Why? you may ask after we said last year would be our last. Well, there is no answer that makes any sense. Andy and I went to a management meeting to say we wouldn't be doing it and next thing we knew we had said we would. It happened so quickly, I'm sure Dibble spiked our coffee, I don't even remember saying yes, but I'm sure Andy did, so blame him. continued over.................

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Anyway to make things a bit better we have been promised by the BMF that we will again have a good pitch for the marquee back up near the main arena, so what we need now is for you, our loyal and trusted companions to step forward and again do your bit for the good of the H.O.C, and all our chums from around the country who visit the show knowing that a warm welcome and a mug of tea awaits them as always. If you want to volunteer your time and services let either Andy or me know by the beginning of May, the dates for the Show are May 20th to 22nd. Andy has asked me to remind you all that he has set up a Northants and M.K chat forum on our page of the H.O.C web site. Just log on the H.O.C site, go to Northants & M.K on the Branches link and then follow

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the link to the forum and join in the chat. It's also a good way of keeping up with our news and any late calls for a ride out. And finally, it's Happy Birthday to us; the Branch was 10 years old on the 15th of February 2005, and a special congratulations to Stritchy, a founder member and Branch Chairperson, and still sticking with us after all this time. That's it for now, Cheersmedears

Bri

NORTH LONDON Secretary: Roger Harding - 020 8888 2751

Now that we supposedly through the worst of the winter months, hopefully we can look forward to some better weather to come, and have some more outdoor branch events. Looking back to the end of last year, our Christmas Party was a fish and chip supper with added sausage rolls and mince pies to make up a Christmassy feeling. During the early part of this year we have had the usual meeting every week just for a chat etc. and for the first time, Tony set one of our regular quizzes. Our only outing was to the show at Alexandra Palace on the last Sunday.

Our plans for the year are slowly coming together; our annual memorial run will be on May 8th and we will join the Sunday Lunch Run on July 17th, then the HOC show at Brooklands on August 14th. We will of course organise our own runs, so keep in touch by coming along to our weekly meeting. Ride safe

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OXFORD Secretary: Betty McCulloch - 01993 823966

Well here goes, we at Oxford have been very busy at our meetings, lots of members turning up and some new members.Sadly our venue has changed hands and it looks as if we may have to move, this is to be settled soon. So watch out for a new meeting place. Well done those who ran the ‘s no Rally Jimmy said he enjoyed it but there was no snow this year!!. We are getting geared up for our annual Skittles match, hope Cynthia has the trophy ready for us. Don our ride out leader has now organised lots of outings which we are all

looking forward to. Looks as though we are going to be busy this year. Don't forget to let me know if you are coming to our Rally, as we have lots of space , so come on all you happy campers! I've a feeling the weather is going to be great this year!! Wishful thinking. Thats all for now keep upright and ride safe Love

Betty

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September the 16th to 19th at Bainland Country Park, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire. Booking for the National Rally has now closed. However, there is still bungalow accomodation and touring pitches available. Please see below for details Camping pitches with or without electricity and touring caravans welcome. £12.50 per night with electric £10.50 without. For the bungalows there is a quoted rate of £20 per person per night which, dependant upon group bookings will be available in space allows. Booking with Andy Young (full contact details on page 2) (Campers one night fee as deposit please) Cheques payable to Honda Owners Club GB please.

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SOLENT Secretary -Tim Lee 023 8025 2113

Hi all, Being the Editor, and writing the Solent report gives me a great advantage; I get to see what other secretaries have written before deciding what to write for Solent. The feeling about the club at the moment is that 2005 is going to be a good one. There is a lot to be positive about, including a number of events which look like being bigger and better than that which has gone before. The Honda Open Day at Brooklands is a good example, and has much to recommend it; a good venue, an accessible location, and a lot to see and do when you get there. Another good idea which seems to have captured member's imaginations is the Sunday Dinner run on the 17th July. This coincides with the Oxford Rally, which is a regular event for many at Solent, so those not already there will be making their way up to join those who are for lunch. Solent held its AGM back in January, and took the opportunity to ring the changes. We said goodbye to a number of committee members, and thank them for their efforts. In particular, Jackie Harris has decided to hang up her boots as Joint Secretary and take a breather for a while. However, knowing Jackie, I'm sure she will remain an active member, and will still be in the thick of it when needed; especially now that Dave has his new Pan! The committee now consists of Barbara and Alan Peace, yours truly, Pam & Dave Irvine, Dave Harris, Alan & Sue Stamp and Tom Anderson who has taken over as PRO. For those who remember the report in the last issue, you will recall that the question of smoking during club meetings was to be brought to the AGM. The result of 30

the vote was to rescind the previous decision, and permit members to smoke during club meetings, albeit on one side of the clubhouse only. Members felt that the clubhouse was large enough to accommodate both smokers and nonsmokers, and that the decision reached was the fairest to all involved. The diary is filling up, and there is plenty to tempt those local members who haven't been before. We have already enjoyed a fish and chip supper and the mid-week runs are due to start again soon. We are looking to repeat our Microlite flying day of a few years ago, and there are already a good number of Sunday runs on the calendar. As far as our rally is concerned, arrangements are progressing nicely, and the rally field is booked. We look forward to welcoming back our regular guests, and perhaps one or two of you who haven’t been before. For those who don’t know, the Solent Rally is a traditional camping rally in the middle of the New Forest (caravans are welcome). We have our own marquee and catering facillities and offer good food and great company. We have never been known to run out of “refreshments”, and this year the Saturday run is planned to be to Southsea with its museums, beaches and fun fair. If further encouragement was needed, the weekend also coincides with Motorcycle World at nearby Beaulieu. By the time you receive this, I should have had an opportunity to update the branch website, so go and have a look at www.hocsolent.org . Keep it Tidy

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SOLENT BRANCH 11th ANNIVERSARY NEW FOREST RALLY:

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HOC MEMBERSHIP No. CAR BIKE

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COST

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SOUTH WALES Secretary: Paul Evans - Paul109SX@aol.com Well, Spring must be on it's way because as I look out of the window the ground is covered with hailstones. I suppose it makes a change from the snow last night but still doesn't make for good biking weather. The only upside is things can only get better. Roll on the real Spring! Last Sunday we had our first ride out of the year (the real first one was cancelled due to ice and snow) Unfortunately I couldn't make it but from what I've heard a few brave (?) soles ventured out into the cold for a short ride and Sunday Lunch. I don't know what it was like out on the bike but when I ventured out to walk the dog I looked like the Michelin man, goodness knows what the bikers were wearing. I don't know whether it's down to the recently talked about extra advertising but we've suddenly had a rush of people contacting me interested in joining the club. Our branch has gone for over a year without any new faces and then within a week or so we've got a half a dozen new members. Not that I'm complaining as far as I'm concerned the more the merrier. Lets hope that it continues. Once again the club is off to France on the bikes for a weeks holiday in June. This time we've rented a large house near Loches in the Loire Valley. The house is all booked and paid for now all we need to do is sort out the ferries. I don't know if anyone else has tried booking ferries this year but the cost seems to have risen quite considerably since last year. Last year we qualified for group discount as we had ten bikes going and got an overnight ferry for £88 return. This year for the same crossing P&0 want over £170 and that's with the discount advertised in Bike magazine. For anybody who's interested a new company called Speed Ferries are doing Dover to Boulogne crossings from £50 return. 34

We are also in the process of organising some weekends away. Hopefully we're going up to the East Midlands in July and then another weekend away in September but as yet no venue has been decided. As well as these there will be numerous other ride outs throughout the year. So if you fancy taking part in any of the above come along to our monthly meetings which are held on the third Wednesday of every month at the Llantwit Fadre Sports and Social Club, Church Village at 7.30pm or contact me for details of the next rideout. Ride Safe

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THREE SHIRES Secretary: Carl Hipkins - 0114 2214 882 There will surely come a time when I can safely say that we at Three Shires have not changed any of our committee from one issue of Golden Wing to the next. Now is not the time. Mick Yeomans stepped down as chair, leaving us once again with a gap in our midst. Stepping into the breach is Kev Warman who despite riding a BMW (he’ll learn one day) has been welcomed by all. Despite the changes the last few months have been fairly quiet due to the weather, Christmas and credit card bills, so our ride outs have been a little thin on the ground. We now have a ride calendar (cheers Ringo) for most of the year which should be elsewhere in this issue. Please feel free to join in if you’re near as you will be most welcome.

AGM I hereby give notice that the AGM for the Three Shires branch of the HOC will be held on May 9th 2005 at 9pm sharp at our usual meeting place. Members wishing to attend must bring a valid membership card. All matters to be discussed must be in writing to the secretary 30 days prior to the meeting date. Ride well

Carl MESSAGE FOR RALLY ORGANISERS

SUMMER RALLY!! This is a first for us at The Travellers. We are hosting a summer rally to be held on the 3/4/5 June 2005, tents only please! See our ad for booking etc but a good time should be had by all, though it must be said we haven’t decided whether to tell Cookie now or afterwards. S’NO RALLY On the subject of rally’s, February saw our annual freeze your bits off event with visitors from far and wide (far being Oxford, wide been Cookie). Lots of drinking and quite a bit of singing was had by all including a ride out on Saturday which I sadly missed! All present thoroughly enjoyed themselves promising a return next year. Thanks must go to the organisers especially Elaine who sorted out excellent breakfasts and to Jan and Jerry for the loan of their facilities.

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THREE SHIRES RALLY Y JUNE E 3RD, 4TH, 5TH, 2005 AT THE E TRAVE ELLERS S, CHAPL LETOWN (JJUS ST OFF M1 J35) RIDE E OUT ON SATURDAY BBQ ON SATURDAY NIGHT LARGE E CAMPING ARE EA £3 PE ER TE ENT PE ER NIGHT BOOKING FORM STRICTLY TENTS ONLY- SORRY NO CARAVANS While advance booking is preferred it is not compulsory. Name……………………………………………………………. Address………………………………………………………….…………………………… ……………………………………...……………………………………………………….... Tel…………………………..HOC Member no.………………. Bike make/reg. no…………………………………………….. I would like to book

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Kevin Warman 103 Boughton Lane, Clowne, Chesterfield, S43 4QN. Tel 01246 819567 Bookings to be in for 20/5/05 (though you are still welcome to turn up on the day!) For more information contact: John 'Ringo' Evans 07903081581 Richard Hartland 07916174137 Kevin Warman 01246 819567

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VARADERO Secretary: Philip Ramsay This is my second report and already I have to make an apology. I must come clean as I totally missed the deadline for the winter issue. Apart for all the usual madness during that time of year I had also been planning a trip to Australia via Cambodia, in January not on the bike I may add. Looking at the last issue however my thanks to Tim the Editor and Barry for patching the gap so seamlessly. Barry's article on VIM was great and couldn't have been better planned. Just back to Cambodia for a sec though - it's a great country to visit and linking to bikes - I must have seen more bikes in Phnom Penh on my last Sunday night than exist in the whole of the UK. There are just thousands of them and with no regulation, anyone can ride one. Most of them are step-through and 125cc, with multiple passengers. I counted five on one machine with baby on handlebars, and when it comes to improvisation, forget your £££ Italian matching luggage, bungee straps and life time guarantee throw overs - wicker basket, bits of twine and a trussed up pig is ready to be transported to market - makes you think? The wick on a single candle is still smouldering celebrating our websites first birthday in January. At the time of going to press there have been nearly 21,000 posts, in over 2,000 topics, from nearly 400 members - pretty impressive. Because of the demand on the server, mainframe, hyperspace broadband, IP address thingy due to this growing success, back in September the forum had to be upgraded. To pay for these extra dilithium crystals members were invited to become a VUK Sponsor, for a small charge. If you are interested pop into the site as a guest, and if you have a Varadero, you should join. But remember one thing it would be hard for even the most dedicated site to keep it all spark plugs and tyre pressures, and whilst there is plenty of technical information there is some idle banter, just like you'd expect down the pub on a club night. September - The ''Wonderful Welsh Wander'' was a great success. Owen organised the run but had to pass over to Paul who stepped in as run leader. Thirteen bikes including a GS from NI, and some late 42

arrivals by car I seem to remember, met at Dinky's Dinah off the Shrewsbury bypass A458 on Saturday. The route took us around Snowdonia, across some breath taking views, some hairy passes more suitable to a lighter bike, and as the weather turned gradually Welsh-like and I starting to dream of my first pint of the black stuff we dropped safely into the Travel Inn at Bangor for the evening. After breakfast some of the troupe made their way back to Betws-y-Coed, and the group departed to all four corners…By the way sorry again Stan - its always important that the group know the start times of the runs, and not leave too early…….eh boys. Owen has suggested this run again in 2005 for 10/11 September.

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November - Harv organised the ''Worcester sauce on your Buns Mister'' run. Some meet in Oxford on the Friday night for a curry to join David C and the Baron, another GS man from NI, and catch up with the Wales massive. The official start on Saturday saw 15 bikes leave Jn 10 of the M40 in crisp glorious sunlight. Using the drop off system, the posse stayed together all day - well most of the day - as we snaked around Gloucestershire and Worcestershire. Del discovered just what cheap imitation panniers were made of when his back tyre slipped on a country lane at low speed could happen to anyone. After a raucous evening in Worcester Travel Inn and nearby watering hole - boy we were loud; Harv led the group back to Jn 10 for early afternoon depart. Harv has suggested 6/7 August for something similar in the sleepy old Cotswolds. These run arrangements over the past year or so have proved a winning formula. The run is suggested on the forum and after sufficient interest it is detailed. Start is usually late morning / lunch time Saturday, an afternoon of good riding, and a Sunday morning run to a depart point convenience to most. As the group come from all over the country it is necessary to organise an overnight stay, and as we require rooms in double figures we have tended to stay in Travel Lodges or Travel Inns with a pub serving food adjacent. December - well Oxford Branch. We were going to turn up for the Brass Monkey's Rally, but unfortunately things conspired against us on the preceding 48hrs. Apologies - however I do have it on good authority that the campsite was devoid of

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tents on the Sunday morning, and not a brass monkey in sight - care to comment?? February - as I write there are just 4 days to go to the 2nd February Frozen Frolic. It's not called frozen for nothing so my fingers are crossed as I track the weather forecast. The arrangements are similar to last year Box Hill to Bournemouth on Saturday, and if Honey Monster pulls through a blast across to Compton Abbas on the Sunday via the now-traditional Sandbanks ferry. More next issue…. Never buy a B MW!

ils in Wales The Red Dev The rest of the year looks busy………VUK is just around the corner in April 8-10 in Eskdale, with some 37 + delegates. VIM, Poland, as detailed in last issue currently has 161 delegates travelling from 18 different countries, 10 from GB and 6 from NI.

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WILTSHIRE Secretary: Chris Cook - 01793 725385

Just a quick note to let you all know what is coming up in the very near future. Of course the main event will be our Spring Weekend Rally from the 29th April to the 2nd May. There is still time to get your advanced bookings in, and we would love to see you there (please see advert opposite). Now on to a couple of runs which have been pencilled into the calender, with more to be added. The best place to find out about what is happening is to pop into the Bruce Arms on the 3rd Thursday of each month. On Sunday 3rd April, we have our club run to Wookey Hole, Cheddar. The run will also pass through Glastonbury, Shepton Mallet and Wells. Meeting time is 10.00. This is followed on the 5th June by our Club run to Sand Bay near Weston-super-mare. When we get there we'll have a picnic.

Meeting place and time to be decided. To keep up to date with exactly what is going on and where, log onto our website at www.wiltshire.hoc.org.uk That's all for now.

Chris Cook

AT T E N T I O N A L L H O C M E M B E R S ! P L A N N I N G A S C O T T I S H H I G H L A N D TO U R ? WANT A GENUINE WELCOME & HELP IN FINDING THE BEST ROADS ? Check into Granlea Guest House, Boat of Garten (Nr Aviemore)...

RUN BY A BIKER WHO HAS GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF THE HIGHLAND ROADS Contact: Jackie or Glen Smith Granlea Guest House Boat of Garten Inverness-shire, PH24 3BN Tel: 01479 - 831601 Email: Granlea.house@virgin.net 44

- Ideal base for touring or stopover - Ample dry secure parking - Drying facilities if you’re soaked! - Gut-busting breakfasts - Village centre location - 5 minute walk to pub and dining - 5 comfortable bedrooms - Awesome biking roads all directions - 10% discount with HOC card

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HONDA OWNERS CLUB WILTS BRANCH - SPRING WEEKEND RALLY FRIDAY 29 th APRIL 2005 - MONDAY 2 nd MAY 2005

Come and join the fun at the Bruces Arms, Easton Royal, Pewsey, Wilts (Just off the Marlborough to Salisbury Rd., A338). At Burbage take the B3087 a nd the Bruces Arms is on the right. Camping is available behind the pub with toilet facilities. Families welcome. Solo guitarist Saturday Evening Please note on the form the days you are camping, if staying less than 3 nights. For further details plea se contact: - Chris Cook, Tel: 01793 725385

BOOKING FORM Please detach or photocopy and forward with payment One person one tent,

one night two nights or three nights

£ 5.00 £10.00 £15.00

Two persons one tent,

one night two nights or three nights

£ 6.00 £12.00 £18.00

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Name: ............................. ................................................................................... Address: ............................................................................................................ ...................................................... .................................................................... ........................................................................................................................... Post Code: ............................................... Telephone: ............................................... Bike Reg: .......................... H.O.C. Branch: ....................................................... I enclose cheque/postal order to the value of £....................made payab le to ‘H.O.C. Wilts’ FINAL DATE FOR BOOKING: - 15th APRIL 2005 Please return this form with payment and SAE to : CHRIS COOK No.1 LOWER WIDHILL FARM COTTAGES BLUNSDON SWINDON SN26 8DB


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THELAST STRAW Main Dealers are POO, right good, now I've got your attention. I got a SP2 in 2003 fresh out of the show room, 160 miles later it was back in the show room, well in the garage bit. The reason, the Honda mechanic said was "it's eaten it's cams on the rear mate". OK I can live with that it's not like Honda to have a major engine fault in a bikes first 1000 miles. Four weeks later I get my bike back and as luck would have it, it's dry and sunny so of I go on a ride out on my freshly re-paired ÂŁ10000 bike. Forty miles later I have a near high side going around a roundabout because the engine stopped and locked the rear wheel (the stories of nervous clutch fingers my dad told me paid off). So once again I ring Honda "Ow come and get this ***** bike". Honda did, and it took them 3 months to get the bike back to me, and it was still the same problem that it went in for. On picking the bike up I checked the bike over because at this point I've lost a little bit of faith in the Honda main dealer. II see scratches in the side fairing, as we as the screen, and the head stock. So I go back in and see the Manager "Erm tell you what mate we'll do it on the first service" and he walks off with out even giving me a chance to say yes or no. Stick with me now this is where it gets unbelievable. So, because of what's happened before at one main dealer I go to the next nearest for the bikes second service. All is well and I'm happy with the work done on my bike even if it did take them three hours and they said it would only take one. As I'm riding home on the motorway there's a nice corner where one motorway joins another. If you go around at about 100mph you get that feeling you get when you've just done something fun and a little wrong. Anyway, on joining the new 46

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motorway I look over my shoulder to move in to the second lane, and then again to move in to the outside lane, but there's a problem. My bike is laying down a James Bond style smoke screen, so I quickly get on to the hard shoulder and as I stop I get a burnt leg and foot because of hot oil poring out of the sump plug. Yep, you've guessed it, the Honda Main Dealer didn't put the sump plug in properly. The reason I writing to you now is the Gmax bike show is this weekend. I didn't take my bike last year because I thought it was going to rain, but it turned out dry. So this year, I thought to myself, I'm going on the bike if it's nice. So I started cleaning it. I'm going all out on the cleaning, fairing off and both wheels off, so I can get at everything. So I get the bike in the back room of my house, and pulled the fairing off and got a bowl of warm water to wash to inside because it's covered in oil (see above). So, imagine my horror on washing the fairing to find burn marks, not something from a hot engine or cans but from a polisher that is used to make paint work shine like new. I know this because I used to work in a body shop, and the burn marks on my fairing are the sort you get from not being arsed about what you're doing. They where not there when I took the bike for it's second service. It maybe near the bottom of the fairing and only on one side but I think I'm justified to be really hacked off with all the **** I've had from Honda dealers. It looks like Honda have not only lost touch with Moto GP, because they let go Rossi last year, and now they've let Edwards go as well. Who's going to bring on the RC211V now? Biaggi, I don't think the rest of the Honda seven are going to like an RCV developed in a 250 style instead of the point and shoot style that Rossi, Gibernau, and Tamada used so well. SPRING 2005


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It also looks like they've lost touch with the people who buy the bikes as well. OK the CBR1000RR and CBR600RR are awesome bikes, but they haven't got the "on the edge" feel the other bikes in the same class have. This is the best bit, I got the SP2 because it was a V-twin, I didn't get a Ducati or Aprilla because there Italian and as we all know they are unreliable. I think that's what you call ironic. Hope you can help by getting this in print and making Honda and the bike buying public take note.

Matt Simpson Matt, I have printed your article as you obviously feel very strongly about this. It would certainly seems that you have received appaling service from the dealers in question, and this cannot be condoned. However, it would be wrong to allow the impression that all main dealers behave in the same way, and there are many who appreciate that good and honest service is the way to retain customers. I have printed the following letter held over from the postbag to illustrate this. Ed

THANKS TO AVONVALE I am writing a short note to say thanks to the gang at Avonvale Honda at Northants (Paul Dale) After a lot of hagling and having numerous cups of coffee during which I found everyone made me feel feel very welcome, I finally purchased a VTX 1800 2001 model. The bike is brilliant to ride and I can't wait for the summer, even though I am riding it now. Sadly, this means my CB900 custom restoration is on the backburner for a little while. Regards

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HELP WANTED Throughout the year, the Honda Owners Club can be see at a number of shows and events. Having a stand allows us to provide a meeting place for members, a chance for members to renew their membership and buy club regalia, and where the facillities permit, sit down and have a welcome cuppa and a chat. Shows also allow us to market the club to potential members, and indeed, over the last few years, the majority of our new members have joined at a show. It goes without saying that all those who help do so voluntarily, and the logistics of setting up and making sure the stand is manned is no mean feat. Those who have helped out in the past will confirm that whilst it is often hard work, it is also a good deal of fun. If you fancy lending a hand this year, please contact the organisers below.

BMF SHOW PETERBOROUGH 20th - 22nd May Contact: Brian Dunn 01604 404706 e-mail: northants@hoc.org.uk Andy 'Stritchy' Stryczko e-mail biged@hoc.org.uk or volunteer via the members area on the website

INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE & SCOOTER SHOW NEC BIRMINGHAM 27th Oct- 6th Nov Contact: Andy “Dibble� Young 01536 412086 e-mail chairman@hoc.org.uk

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S HOWING O FF I know we covered the NEC Show in the last issue, but since then, I have received a letter and a couple of pictures from Janet Attwood who assisted on the stand for the first time this year. Bearing in mind that we are asking for members to voluteer again this year, both for the NEC show and the BMF, I thought it would be nice to show it’s not just the “old hands”who get to do these things, and voluteers are alwayswanted. Ed

Report From

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If other members wish to get in touch with Janet, her e-mail address is: janattwood@lineone.net Jan, the best answer as to which bike is go and try out as many as you can. The CB500 or Hornet may be a good place to start, or perhaps ask other members who are a similar size to you for their opinion. However, if you do find a bike which remains comfortable all day, let me know!!

Dear Editor, You may find these two pictures of interest? I volunteered for two days on the HOC stand at the Birmingham NEC show last November. The picture of me sitting on the classic Honda is, I am sure, the CB750 shown on pages 14 & 15 of the Autumn 2004 Golden Wing magazine (you are right Janet, it is one and the same...Ed). Also in the picture are the Classic Secretary Dave, and the Membership Secretary Graham. Having been a member of the HOC for just a year now, I have met other Honda owners (and others) within my local area, and we will be meeting at the Twigworth Lodge, Gloucester, at the end of this month to plan the coming seasons milder weather ride outs once more. Now that I have passed my test, I can progress from my Honda CG125 and move on to something more powerful and comfortable, to enjoy a whole days ride out. However, I am undecided in what I should get, bearing in mind that I don’t want a bike which is too heavy, or has too high a seat any suggestions please. Regards

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PRODUCT TEST "HEAR NO EVIL" After using miss-fitting disposable earplugs for five years I thought the best move was to get some custom made ones. At the MCN spring spectacular back in 1999 (where there was a "custom ear protection specialist" ) I parted with my ÂŁ50 and had what can only be described as cold custard forced into my ears. After ten minutes they were removed and presented as "a perfect replica of your ear". RESULT:-The first time I put my helmet on the pain in my ears was very unpleasant. I persisted but to no avail, a lot of wasted money (not funny I'm a Yorkshireman). After a few more years, and disposable plugs it brings us up to the present. I decided not to be put off by my first experience and other people were telling me that custom plugs were great. So with a pocket full of money off I went to the NEC, "the people at the bike show will know what they are doing!" How wrong could I have been (well not quite). Having had the cold custard treatment again ...... yes you've guessed it "a perfect replica of your ears sir". After arguing and getting nowhere I accepted the inevitable, (Yorkshireman out of pocket again). Still p.......d off with the whole situation I walked around the corner to be greeted by another "earplug specialist"." Hello sir can I interest you in some ear plugs". .......I went for it both barrels ...crooks....con merchants, only out for a quick buck...etc. He stopped me and explained why they were different. This is a big problem at the moment as there is no governing body to oversee the quality of this product, therefore there is a small minority of people who are out to" make a fast buck". He explained that he must first check in my ears to see if they are suitable for ear plugs, then he applies a small cotton bud to the correct depth in your ear canal. He then applies a syringe of blue rubberized putty. When this is dry it is removed along with the SPRING 2005

cotton bud, and this is the mould which is sent to their labs, where from this the ear plugs are made. I know this to be true because I had some made, and after two weeks they arrived in the post. My first impressions were that the finish was excellent. Very smooth almost slippery with no sharp edges, and because of this very easy to insert and remove. After trying these at work (factory conditions with air guns and hammers) I found them to be impressive. Now that I have ridden my bike with them I am even more impressed, you forget that they are in your ears! At slow speeds and stationary you can talk to your fellow bikers with no problems, and as the speed increases the noise of the wind is only slight, up to ten times less than without ear protection. I have also found that wearing ear protection reduces fatigue and increases concentration. The only down side to this excellent product is that you can hear yourself singing. Any way after contacting "Ultimate Ear Protection" to tell him how impressed I was with the product, which he was pleased to hear, he said he would give H.O.C members 10% discount, and if we can get 15 or more together at one time, he may be able to arrange a visit, and possibly a larger discount. Give Dave Marshal a ring to discuss a group discount. Take a look at the web site for a full product range at www.ultimateear.com Ultimate Ear Protection, 2a Bedford Road,Sidcup, Kent. DA15 7SP Telephone 020 8309 4385 I hope this may help H.O.C. members to decide that this is the correct way to protect their hearing

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by Stritchy, Big Ed on the Web If you've got internet access and haven't yet looked at the Club website, here's a little taster of what you are missing:

Events Diary - regularly updated with both Club and external events that may be interest.

Branch Finder - there's no excuse for not knowing where your nearest Branch meets, there's even a street map for most venues. Not only that, but there are links to Branch web pages. Gallery - there are bike pictures, many of which can be downloaded as wallpaper for your computer and Honda specification sheets for you to download. If you want to have a laugh, check out the Funnies page. Links - there are hundreds of links to other bike related websites. As well as commercial sites there are also loads of model specific pages, if you want to look up your bike. Golden Wing - if you've lost your copy of GW, you can look up the highlights. Newsletter - sent out weekly, this e-mail service will keep you up-to-date with what's happening on the website.

and last but not least……………..

The Members' Area - there's lots of things here, specifically for you. You'll need a password to get in, but that's a very simple thing to get. The Forum - a place where you can talk to other members and put have your say….. about anything. If you can't get along to Branch meeting (for whatever reason) think of the Forum as an iBranch. Topics raised there have already influenced many things that are happening in the Club. Moving House? - complete the on-line form and let Graham know. Booking Forms - many Branch event booking forms and details can be downloaded, so that you don't have to butcher your copy of Golden Wing. Monthly Mailout - this is something produced by the PRO, keeping your Secretary and you, abreast of the latest Club developments. There are lots more things planned. Please take a look for yourself at

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HOC HONDA OPEN DAY 11th AUGUST 2005 BROOKLANDS MUSEUM, WEYBRIDGE, SURREY The motto for the day is

“PRIDE OF OWNERSHIP” The event is designed to be fun, with plenty to do for everyone. Part of the fun is entering your bike in whichever class is the most appropriate. You never know, you might even win a prize.

1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awareded in the following categories: 30th Anniversary awards Standard Goldwings Non Standard Goldwings Standard CB400/4 Non Standard CB400/4 Best at Show Awards (Standard or Non-standard) 1970 - 1980 1981 - 1990 1991 - 2000 2001 - 2005 For further information contact: Steve Hill West London HOC 17 Cheseman Street, Sydenham SE26 4RA Telephone: 020 8291 5263


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The Shortest Epic Journey in the World (or a long way to go not to get an ice cream) Where does a great journey really begin? Does it start at some preset point fixed on a map, or from when you leave the house, after breakfast, on your way to that point? Does it start on the day you set off or the day you first thought of going? Maybe it all begins before that. Maybe it begins with the inspiration, the event or person that forms the seed that gets planted in your mind that with time grows into a scheme, the fruit of which is the adventure you end up having. I suppose I've always fantasised about travelling. As a youth, friends and I would journey to South Wales to camp at the beach on our mopeds. 100+ miles on a FS1E averaging 30 mile per hour, requiring frequent stops for both fuel for the bikes and massages for our aching arses. Riding those A-roads over the stunning Brecon Beacons and down into the valleys of Carmarthenshire I would imagine I was cruising through Italian mountain passes on my way to some farmhouse or coastal fishing port. Alone in your helmet with the engine purring (OK buzzing in the case of my old fizzy) you could be anywhere you wanted to be, and frequently I would want to be any place other than where I actually was! On the other side of a mountain can be like being on the other side of the world as far as weather systems are concerned. Sixteen years old and no interest in weather reports, means you wake up Saturday morning, see it's sunny, and before you know it, you're on the road with your mates and some sandwiches your Mum knocked up for you as you loaded up your rucksack. Half way up the Beacons staring at a cloud formation associated with the coming of an apocalypse is no time to realise you forgot your waterproof over trousers I can tell you! But I don't think that this particular adventure began back there. Pollination of this flower started in my late thirties. Although I have never really left biking, there SPRING 2005

were long periods By Patrick Civil away from regular riding. The college years saw a desire for four wheels. Girls then had no interest in boys who didn't have cars. Back combed hairdoo's of the eighties and helmets didn't mix, and a young adolescent male has his needs. Family time was another period where finances and the need for a car kept me away from bikes. Every now and then I would kick out at my chains and buy something to escape on, but when a room needed decorating, or Christmas was looking thin, the bike would be sold. So it took till 2000 until I was back to regular riding, and with it came membership of a bike club. Rallies and trips to shows started the day dreaming again, and soon I was reading travel books to supplement my need for adventure. Those people seemed to me to have discovered a purpose in there existence. A Thirst to see what was out there on the other side of the hill. Not for them, the monotony of the 9 to 5 job, mortgages and 2.4 kids. There's is a life of adventure, of uncertainty, meeting unknown challenges daily and passing them. I wanted some of that. The seed was formed. 2005, and negotiations begin with my wife over the years calendar. The past few years had seen a couple of weekends away but this year I wanted to push on and try something different. Friends at the club were planning there annual trip to the Dragon rally in North Wales so I decided that this would be a good place to start. Whilst looking at the map, planning my route, I noticed that once on the A470 it took me all the way to Betws-y-coed, our agreed meeting point. Further studying revealed that if I started from Cardiff and carried on to Llandudno I would have travelled the entire length of that particular road, a road which dissected Wales from top to bottom. Imagine a road trip across an entire country! Not only that, but a foreign country! 53


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Alright, Wales is a principality not an independent state, and being an Englishman in Wales hardly constitutes 'foreign', but let's not allow facts to get in the way of a great story. This, I thought, could be the beginning of a whole series of road trips across the countries of the world. Today Wales, tomorrow who knows where? So on Friday the 11th of February 2005 I began my first, modest, road trip. For the sake of the record books, and the need to enclose the event, I decided to start from Cardiff castle and end it at Llandudno pier. Breakfast eaten, bike loaded and fuelled with oil and tyres checked I set off at 9:05 on the 11mile journey to the starting point. I travel the Llantrisant road every day to work, but today it seems different. I'm gliding along thinking about the miles ahead and soaking in the view of my home patch of Wales. I know this road, and let the bike run on autopilot as I notice the farms and houses I've passed before and never really seen. Jesus! What was that! Some space jockey on an R1 overtakes me without crossing the white line at such a speed he's out of sight before I can breathe again. An early reality check. Day dreaming will get me into trouble on this adventure. Part of the fun is to see what you have never seen before. Another part is surviving long enough to tell about it. 9:45, mileage 0, Cardiff Cardiff castle, mileage set to zero and a quick assessment of the surroundings. The city looks miserable. Mist and rain fill the air, painting the buildings with a depressing coat of grey. All colour has gone, and water drips from every edge like tears from a cheek. I'm not at all sad about leaving this place and pull out into the commuter traffic knowing I am the only person there escaping from this smothering wet blanket. The road out of the city is a major arterial route to and from the valleys. At its Cardiff end it is a duel carriageway, heavy with commercial traffic. Slip roads enter and exit frequently as I head out toward Merthyr and it's hard to think about the journey. Everything is dirty, grey and wet. People in there cars and lorries look straight ahead as if focused on the end of there own particular tunnel, drawn by some sort of light which means an end to this nightmare ride of stops and starts, noise and fumes. Even when the 54

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traffic starts to gather momentum, and I pass Pontypridd, I'm still stuck with the thought of the depressing scenes around me. 10:15, mileage 23, Merthyr I have escaped the towns and the rain. The road is now a single carriageway and the surroundings are the familiar sights of the Brecon Beacons. Rugged hills covered with bracken and punctuated with rocky outcrops line the road as it climbs up above the mist. The sun can't quite break through, but its outline is there to see me smile for the first time today. I finally breathe out a sigh of relief and relax into the ride. Up to now everything has been about getting ready and underway. The stress of the goodbyes and the feelings of guilt, knowing I was off for a laugh and leaving Lynd (my wife) at home with the boys faded away with the misery of a wet, grey Cardiff. The higher I climb the colder things become and I turn on the heated grips as I pass reservoirs nestling in the mountains. Wales has changed twice already on this journey, from a grey, impersonal city to an industrial valley region and on to a baron, mountain wilderness. As I drop down the other side toward Brecon, winding passed waterfalls, I'm watched by some hill walkers preparing to set off on there own journey of discovery. I wave and they wave back and smile. People now seem to have the time to admire their surroundings, taking in all that is about them and communicating with it. This is definitely another world from the city filled with zombies I have just come from. 10:40, mileage 42, Brecon Dual carriage returns briefly as I leave Brecon. This is the first time I have travelled this section of the A470. Up till now I have left Brecon on the A40 heading south towards Carmarthenshire and the coast beyond in Pembrokeshire, but not today. My destination now is Builth Wells and the sun finally breaks through to welcome me to this virgin part of my journey. I travel through wide flat plains of green arable land with the bike purring beneath me Traffic I meet offers no resistance to my relentless push into the centre of Wales and I pass them with ease on this open section of road. SPRING 2005


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To my surprise, my route takes me off to my left at a t-junction. However, the road remains the A470 despite the apparent deviation. Soon the terrain alters as well as I enter a winding, wooded valley floor. A lorry slows my progress, but I do not look to nip passed at the first opportunity as I would have any other day. Instead I take the time to sit back and look to my right at the flooded river racing me to Builth. This churning, bubbling torrent of mud brown water flows on, regardless of what it passes over. Fallen branches ride along helplessly to wherever the river takes them. Like me, they travel their route to the sea, but I feel I'm having the better ride. 11:10, mileage 64, Builth More of the same as I cross over the river and leave Builth Wells. I am still within the valley floor, but it opens out to my left as the road veers away from the river and keeps close to the wooded hills that form the valley wall. The ever present fog that has accompanied me on my journey seems pinned back by those hills. Only occasionally can I see it rolling down the face like white foam on a rocky shore. On my other side, the rivers flood plain provides a deferent view. Here things are a lush, green and lightly wooded, a total contrast to the view to my right. Above the flat land a buzzard circles, searching below for its next meal. Its flight seems effortless, without as much as a beat of its wings, gliding in the sky as easily as I glide along this road. 11:35, mileage 77, Rhayader I take a brief stop just out of town and take the time to admire my bike. Leaning on her side stand, loaded with all the things I'll need for a weekends camping in North Wales, I can't help but love her. She is a Honda NX650 Dominator circa 1995. Not the fastest bike ever produced, nor the most stylish. Some might say she is not really an effective touring bike with her narrow seat and limited luggage carrying capacity, but I would have to disagree. Winding through these welsh hills with so much beauty about, I am glad for my modest cruising speed. No problem here, hauling half a ton of metal round bend after bend. With a little thought, all you need to camp can be accommodated comfortably, in fact for this trip I haven't even SPRING 2005

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used throw over panniers. The motor hasn't missed a beat, and travelling light means I have been able to take full advantage of her cornering speed. She seems to be enjoying the trip as much as me, and as I look at her, she appears to be pointing out the way ahead like a spaniel at a rabbit shoot. The road remains within a valley floor, but the hills that border it to the right hand side become steeper and closer, crashing into the road just beyond the curb. The terrain to the left becomes harsher, and the far valley border is a row of bleak looking hills being bathed in gentle sunlight. 12:05, mileage 94, Llanidloes Lunchtime the bike may not need fuel, but I do. Friends have told me of a great cafĂŠ just out of town, conveniently lying on the A470, run by two old dears, with a menu to die for. I nearly overrun it, and only spot the sign as I pass. I throw a U-turn and wonder if I have the right place. It looks very shabby, almost shut down, but the array of cars outside indicates otherwise. Always a good sign for a cafĂŠ is others using it! If food poisoning is the days special, at least there are a few of you to fight your case. Liver and onions is the pick of the menu and I order it with a mug of tea. I'm pleased to see that I get a proper mug, and settle down to await my food. Horror! I've forgotten I have no cash! I meant to get some before leaving, but Cardiff was so depressing I had headed off before visiting the cash point. "Hold my food" I shout "I have no money." "Are you going to the Dragon dear?" asks my aged waitress. "Yes" I reply somewhat baffled by her question. "Some other bikers were here about an hour ago, about 15 of them." She said. She continues to describe one of them and the description fitted Graham perfectly. "Don't worry, have your meal and pay on your way back. Its roast lamb on Sunday" she said. I accept her offer and return to my seat. What a feast, well worth the money I hadn't spent. After chatting with some locals trying to hide my embarrassment over the money issue and promising to return to settle my bill, I prepare to push on and leave around 12:30. 1:35, mileage 136, Dolgellau The ride here has been through every conceivable style of scenery. 55


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The A470 takes on a different personality and becomes narrow and rough. Steep rises and sharp bends are edged by rugged curbs of rocks and gorse. The surface is a patch work of repairs and I am forced to wait as temporary lights manage traffic around a section of subsidence. In true mountain pass style, hill fog awaits me as I climb and obscures most of the view. I cannot tell where I have come from or what type of land awaits me. It is a shame there is such poor visibility because I'm sure these mountains would be an impressive sight and this twisty road might be a lot more fun if I knew what was around the next bend. The descent reveals more winding wooded valleys and no evidence of our proximity to the sea. After a brief, wide straight passing Dolgellau, my carriageway narrows again to twist its way through the trees in a steep sided valley. Left and right turn come thick and fast and it's a job to keep a good speed, getting stuck behind cars at every corner. But the road rises, and I leave the woods for open moor land as I enter Snowdonia. With my ascent returns the misty rain that seems to cover all of Wales. The nearer to the summit I get the wetter things become. I'm aware that I'm approaching the end of my bikes fuel range so I start looking out for a garage. 2:00, mileage 155, Blaenau Ffestiniog The garage as I entered Blaenau and the fuel it sold me was the best thing about the town. The rain was relentless, as if God himself was trying to wash the place from the earth. Rows of terrace housing are jammed into the mountain side like poor fillings in a witches mouth, as grey as the cliffs that surround them. In fact outcrops of rock punctuate the houses like swearwords in a rugby song. Is it the rain or the place that is so oppressive? As I leave, I pass piles of slate, the stone that bore Blaenau and from which it inherits its greyness. A stream of water replaces the tarmac beneath me and I cannot see the road markings. Curtains of rain obscure the view ahead and third gear is as high as I go as I start my descent. To add to my misery, I can feel the wet creeping into my boot. A parting gift from the wettest place I have ever been to. Thankfully, the weather settles down as I 56

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leave the baron hilltop and return to the woods below. 2:20, mileage 167, Betws-y-coed Nestled in its picturesque woodland valley, Betws is a world away from Blaenau. Even in the wet, its prettiness shines through. This is where I plan to stay tonight with my mates before the rally. I should ride to the bunkhouse, get out of my wet clobber and head for the bar, but I have to get to my destination and finish my journey. The A470 briefly becomes the A5 before separating again just at the outskirts of Betws. This is the first time a tyre has left my route, but it is unavoidable, and within 100yrds I am back on my particular highway. Road works again, but they feel different this time. More than once on this trip, I have come across them, but before they were in isolated places with no significant traffic build up. Now I am stuck in a queue with no route to the front. I am forced to join the procession and the sadness I felt leaving Cardiff returns. The trip is nearing its end and the zombies gather to guide me back to reality. The nearer Llandudno I get, the more urban my surroundings. Houses start to line the road, business estates reappear, as do shops and most significantly, traffic. Soon the round-a-bouts arrive signalling their designer's desires to funnel the sheep back to their pens. No time now to watch the world. All eyes seek out my route whilst watching out for the wolves that appear on the slip roads and dart into the flock. The signs tell me the way to go and I follow unquestioning. A right then a left and my destination appears ahead. Following my nose now and it takes me to the gates that mark the entrance of the pier. I park the bike, dismount, and stretch out. 3:05, mileage 187, Llandudno The view of the town seems pretty typical of any British seaside resort town. The front contains all the ingredients needed to provide the perfect holiday. Sea, promenade, shops, and hotels, all set out in a perfect curve, mirroring the shape of the bay. But now in the middle of winter things take on a different view. 4 storey buildings face up to the sea daring it invade in this battlefield between water and earth. SPRING 2005


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Today all is calm. The tide is out, and the sentries look peaceful, but with the grey winter skies overhead, it's not hard to imagine the scene as the waves charge in against the barricades. Council workmen are just leaving the pier as I stand there wondering if the bike is safe to leave while I seek out an ice cream. I ask if any of the booths on the pier are open, but all I get is an expression of disbelief. "No the're shut, its February you know." "Oh that's a shame I've come from Cardiff for an ice cream" I reply. More looks that indicate the face behind them is unsure of the mental state of the person viewing them. Standing there wet, cold and ice creamless, talking to a man who thinks me mad, seems a bit of an anticlimax for my epic travel across Wales. I don't know exactly what I expected, but it certainly wasn't this. Feeling slightly foolish I get back on my bike and try to leave the scene with some dignity.

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place, one similar to a thousand others like it made by people every day. My workmen psychiatrist certainly failed to see the point of it in their assessment of my mental state. But it was more. The journey was the event. All too often we charge about between situations and ignore the threads that connect them. If I had merely travelled to Betws and met up with my mates, six hours of life would have been wasted, wished away to get to my destination quicker. I would not have noticed the river companion I had, approaching Builth Wells, or the fog capped hills that funnelled me along past Rhayader. Few of us can venture out across the continents, but we can find adventure every day in the things we do and the places we go. Next time you're planning to go to some show or a rally, take the slow road. Forget your sat-nav and its military commands to turn here and exit there. Make the journey part of the experience and bag yourself hours more memories to cherish.

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“Dolly� - Laden and half way there As I seek out the way back to Betws, I assess the day achievements and smile to myself. To anyone else this may seem a daft, pointless exercise. An ordinary journey from one part of the country to another made to get to a specific event, person or SPRING 2005

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HOC ONSUMER Compiled by Mark Clargo - HOConsumer Editor

www.retrobikeholidays.com Retro Bike Dordogne offers you the opportunity to ride great classic motorcycles on some of the best roads in Europe enjoying wonderful scenery and visiting fantastic locations, Enjoy a tailor made guided tour at your own pace to attractions of your Choice, places of interest in the area include Beautiful Chateaux and Pre-Historic caves, Go-Karting and loads more. All our bikes are in splendid condition and are some of the most appealing from the 70's and 80's Bikes that maybe you owned, or dreamed of a few years ago. You will be provided with airport transfer, four nights bed breakfast and evening meal at our family run Gite and four days riding including insurance. Contact: Julie & Paul Bishop-Bailey La Plante 24260 Le Bugue, France Tel: 0033 6 14 23 44 28 (France) 07909 765344 (UK)

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PHOTOBIKES Photobikes is a new, family run; Derbyshire based company borne out of our passion for motorcycles. We will give your favourite photograph a facelift. Send in your clear photograph (which will be returned) and we will change the background, take out unwanted images, enlarge, glaze and frame it (optional). Choose a solid colour background, or do you fancy a photograph of you or your bike doing a burn out? Buying a new bike? Keep a lasting record of your current pride and joy and follow that with the new bike in your life. If you prefer we will take the photo for you; by arrangement and dependant on distance. This can then be made into a montage of your bike, showing it off to its greatest potential or simply an image of you with your bike. Contact Gill, Geoff or Louise on: info@photobikes.co.uk www.photobikes.co.uk (currently under construction please watch this space!) Tel: 0779 2984173

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Following recent Management Committee meetings, we have decide to rationalise the stock of HOC regalia. In the main, this is to reduce the level of club funds tied up in maintaining stock levels of slow moving items. In addition, we have taken the opportunity to use a different supplier, offering both enhanced quality and the opportunity to order smaller quantities. The main clothing items will consist of sweatshirts, polo shirts and T shirts, as these have proved to be by far the most popular items. These are available in a full range of sizes and colours, and prices will be advertised in the next edition of Golden Wing. Further clothing items may be added in future, dependent on demand. Due to popular demand, we have taken the opportunity to return to the previous HOC logo as depicted on the Key Ring, Machine, Jacket & Lapel badges opposite. All insignia is stiched, even on T shirts.

Baseball Caps Another new little gem to add to our list. 100% cotton cap with Club logo. Colours: ROYAL BLUE/NAVY/RED/BLACK Size: One fits all Cost: £7.40

Neck-tectors Keep out those chills with our tasty new Neck-tector. Colours: BLACK Size: One size fits all! Cost: £7.40

Sweat Shirt New style polyester cotton sweatshirt, better fit - better quality. Colours: ROYAL BLUE/NAVY/RED/BLACK/FORESTS GREEN. Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL Cost: £16.90

Woolly Hats Nice new woolly hats to keep your head warm. Colours Black & Red only Cost: £8.90

Wallet Black, nylon wallet of good quality to keep coins, notes, credit cards, and all those precious things. Cost: £4.70

T-Shirts Cotton T-Shirts with new style embroidered logo on left breast. Colours: BLACK/RED/NAVY/WHITE/GREY Value at £10.00

Polo Shirts Heavier weight polyester cotton polo shirt of excellent quality. Colours: ROYAL BLUE/NAVY/RED/BLACK/FOREST GREEN Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL Cost: £14 Please make sure you specify size and colour required clearly. State your membership number, no number, no goods!! Enclose a cheque or postal order made payable to Honda Owners Club GB - but no cash please. We will do our best to make sure you get your order quickly and efficiently. However, some items may be delayed - you will be informed if this is the case. Orders accepted subject to size, colour and availability. Postage and packaging is included in the cost of the items ordered, but please include a telephone number in case of any queries and don't forget your address and post code. Allow 28 days for delivery. Send your orders to: Justin Goddard, 19 Linkfield Avenue, Mountsorrel, Leicester, LE12 7DH 0116 230 3277 regalia@hoc.org.uk SPRING 2005

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M EMBERS F REE A DS Adverts must be received by the 1st June for inclusion in the Summer Issue Write to: Golden Wing, Unit 1B & 5B, Kemps Quay Industrial Park, Quayside Road, Southampton SO18 1BZ

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HONDA CB 650Z Black First Reg 30 March 1981, 50K miles showing but clocks changed and true mileage is 40K. Three owners from new, some history. New Motad exhaust, new chain & sprockets. Needs battery tax & MOT & poss new front m/guard £Sensible offers 07941304149 mark.boon9@tiscali.co.uk Mark Boon HONDA CB175 1972, 1973, 1974 Two are taxed & MOT’d, VGC Plus many spares new and old, engine and parts for engines Haynes and Honda manuals £5,500 01892 652197 mamoore@supanet.com W.J. Moore (23927) East Sussex 64

CBR1000 1992 J Red & white, genuine 26,000 mls, FSH, same owner 11 years, summer toy, totally immaculate & original condition £2,000 or sunsible offer 01245 463459 07971 407695 Jim Gill (18914) Essex

HONDA CD200 1985 19000 mls from new, carefully maintained, completely original, Honda exhaust 2 years ago, all previous tax disks & MOT’s £540 01934 629397 Darryl Weston Supermare

HONDA VFR800 last of non V-TEC blue, 2000 on X plate 16,000 miles taxed & tested Full service history Givi rack & top box Heated grips S/steel crash mushrooms and bar weights, VGC £4,500 ono 01873 850907 07834 558077 Stephen Bailey (26108) Gwent CBR1100XX BLACKBIRD 2000 V, black UK bike, 3,500 miles only, summer use, garaged, taxed & tested, mint condition, HISS, Datatag, FSH, 1 owner from new, D/Bubble screen, Givi topbox with integral brake lights, Corbin seat £4,950 ovno 01772 704595 Roger Mason-Steele (28474) Lancs SPRING 2005


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HONDA CB750 F2 C X reg 1982, low mileage, jap import, good condition, all original parts, new tyres, MOT til July 2005, one off bike, ideal for collector £800 ono 01661 842647 07859 019356 Mr Kennedy (28492) Northumberland 1975 500/4 ROLLING CHASSIS with V5 on SORN plus ancilliaries 1972 HAILWOOD REPLICA 500/4 The best one in the country available end July 2005 1989 CBR250/4 Full tax & test, 18,000RPM Ladies this will put a smile on your face Various other bits and pieces, please email for photos/details Not the cheapest, but the best 01924 472969 bobsheila@btopenworld.com Robert Peck (26609) West Yorkshire SPRING 2005

MOTO GUZZI 1000 STRADA 1994 M reg, 28,000 miles, excellent condition, taxed & tested, full stainless exhaust and fasteners, recent service, present owner four years with history, old MOT’s & handbook

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£1,700 01902 685585 Paul Davenport (19215) West Midlands VFR800 (FI-X) 1999 Yellow, 13,340 miles Datatag, fully serviced, totally standard, (has no catalytic converter) (has the gear driven cams) One owner from new Too fast for this 60 year old £3,790 01229 885643 p.evans@iclway.co.uk P. Evans (28633) Cumbria

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Garage of dec’d to be cleared. Includes 2x CB250’s Cossack Jupiter, large saw mill, 2 man chain saw, Ford Thomas 200E 1964 £Offers 01473 749602 John Powell (29157) Ipswich

ALPINESTARS MOTOCROSS STYLE JACKET, Yellow/black & white, with full armour & detachable sleeves. GB Size 40, would fit man or girlie (Size 10/12+), cost £170. VGC £70. ACCESSORIES GIVI E360 MONOKEY TOP BOX 'Anthracite' with comfort back pad (current new cost £160) £75 GIVI RACK & PLATE To mount same onto a VFR v-tec (current new cost £60) £35 Both above sold as a pair £100 OXFORD SPORTS THROW OVER PANNIERS Black + w/proof covers & all straps (current cost new £90) £45 TOP BOX RACK side arms only for VFR 750 £5 TOP BOX RACK side arms only for Mk 1 ST100 £5 BAGLUX VFR V-TEC tank cover, silver/grey (current new cost £70) £40 roy@beeb.net Roy Edwards

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BELSTAFF 'ROADMASTER' Waterproof padded jacket, Size Small (10/12 +) Black/Blue, VGC, would suit male or female £35 DAINESE SHORT BOOT Black & orange fluros, as new, worn twice, Size 4 Euro 36, £40 SPIDI SUMMER GLOVES Size small, black & purple VGC (cost £80), £30 ALPINESTARS Ladies Medium, Black VGC (cost £40) £offers accepted. DAINESE SHORT BOOTS Black & purple with orange fluro line up the boot, toe sliders & armour, Size 4 EURO 37, VGC cost £155 £60. Work: 01296 717029 Mobile: 0781 8840711 Tracy Fairbrother (29137)

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AKITO LEATHER SUIT Mens all in one, size 42 inch chest, Black with blue/grey trimmings, worn three times only. Cost £499. £200 01865 438237 Allan Barnett (26490) Oxford

SHOEI HELMET RALF WALDMAN REPLICA XS 53cm, brand new in box, genuine reason for sale, first to see will buy £150 GIVI TOP BOX MOUNTING PLATE will bolt onto a sport rack, c/w brackets, bolts etc, brand new in bag £10 DUNLOP D207RR 180/55/17 Has covered approx 50 miles, excellent condition £60 01352 711606 after 6pm Steven Thomas (29111) North Wales

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VENTURA LUGGAGE SYSTEM FOR BLACKBIRD Very good condition Comprising L brackets, bag mounting brackets, 45L Sparta bag, Grab rail plus all fixings. Easy to fit. Cost £220 new £75 01787 378181 07866 675266 Peter Abbott (26192) Suffolk

HONDA CD200 BENLEY Tank, clocks, panels & other bits £20 MANUAL CD200, CM/CD185 19771985 £10 2 PIECE LEATHERS Small/medium £35 BIKE BOOTS Size 7 as new £25 0115 8304743 Wayne (29007) Derby WANTED

PARTS CX500 (EX EUROSPORT) Newly chrome plated rack £10 Polished alloy grab rail £4 White side panels L&R £8 White seat/tail section £5 Collector boxed £8 Chrome heat shields £3 Engine crash bars £5 Black leather strap custom roll bag £5 Haynes manual CD/CB 175 £2 Collect, or posted at cost rate 01509 556683 John Marriott (28701) Loughborough

CJ250T FORKS OR COMPLETE FRONT END 1977, must be good Will pay reasonable amount plus postage 01206 865361 Peter White (28777) Colchester ADVERTISING IN MEMBERS FREE ADS MEMBERS free all sections must state membership number OTHERS FOR SALE (BIKES): £15 1st insertionsubsequent free (includes free membership) OTHER CATEGORIES: £3 per insertion 67


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Golden Wing - 2005 Spring  

Quarterly magazine of the Honda Owners Club (GB), sent free to all members. Established in 1961, the Honda Owners Club (GB) is the oldest on...

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