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HGB MOTORCYCLES HGB Motorcycles was established in 1967 by Michael Harrington, Tony Goodwin and Tony Barton, hence the name of the company. Originally based in Harrow, Middlesex, they moved to Ruislip Manor, West London around 30 years ago and established themselves as a main Honda dealership. The HGB Honda dealership is a solus site with the current range of new models displayed. We also offer test rides. As with any large dealership, we have a large servicing and workshop facility, and a few doors along is the Parts, Clothing and Helmet shop selling AGV, Caberg and Marushin helmets, together with the extensive range of Frank Thomas merchandising. We also sell the Givi range and Motrax products. Genuine Honda parts and accessories are available over the counter, although we do operate a next day mail order service. The web sites are fully e-commerce and you can buy anything from a motorcycle to a crash helmet. Next door to the accessories section is a dedicated Honda Goldwing Centre with an extensive range of chrome goodies on the walls to dress up your GL1500 or GL1800. We also have a large range of second hand Goldwings together with new GL1800’s for sale. For many years, our Scooter Centre has been based in South Ruislip, selling new and used scooters. It is also our Tyre Centre for tyre repairs and sales. Throughout the year, the HGB Motorcycle Group attends many shows, selling mainly crash helmets at the BMF spring and autumn shows and at the major Motorcycle shows at the NEC in December and Excel in January. It is very important to keep a visible presence and the shows give us the ability to spread the word. We also attend the Goldwing Owners Club Wing Dings and their main Treffen over the August bank holiday.

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HGB and Honda also sponsor the Historic Police Motorcycle Group who exhibit old and new police motorcycles all around the UK, thus getting our name in front of the public in more areas other than just selling. Although Tony Barton left the company many years ago, the other two directors, Michael Harrington and Tony Goodwin both still actively run the business on a day to day basis, both still have a hands on approach and still get their hands dirty. Both are also very keen motorcyclists as are all the employees in the group. In this business, it is very important to know what it is like to live with two wheels, come rain or shine, and because we are all motorcyclists, we are all very passionate about what we do. We hope that our enthusiasm shows through to our customers.

www.hgbmotorcycles.co.uk HGB Motorcycles (Honda) 69-71 Park Way, Ruislip Manor, Middlesex HA4 8NS

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Spring 2009, Volume 47 No. 1 Editor / Designer Tim Lee editor@hoc.org.uk Diary Co-ordinator Andy Stryczko webmaster@hoc.org.uk Advertising Co-ordinator Erica Gassor advertising@hoc.org.uk Thanks to all contributors All feedback regarding the content and delivery of Golden Wing should be addressed to The Editor at the address below or e-mailed to: editor@hoc.org.uk. Golden Wing Honda Owners Club (GB) Units 1B & 5B Kemps Quay Industrial Park Quayside Road Southampton SO18 1AD Tel: 023 8022 6045 Web Page: www.hoc.org.uk Spring Issue Copy Date 1st June 2009 Published by end of June 2009 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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Dibble Rattle’s On ................................................3 Membership Matters ............................................5 Editor Says ..........................................................6 Kicking Back ........................................................8 Pidgeon Post......................................................10 Barry’s Tales from the Past ................................12 Classic Corner....................................................16 Legalities with John Measures ..........................20 iHOC ..................................................................24 Back on a Bike ..................................................26 Competition ........................................................28 Down Your Way..................................................30 Reports from: Birmingham, Bristol Cambridge, Devon, Eastern, East Midlands, Gloucestershire, Kent, Lakes & Coast, Manx, Norfolk, Manchester, Northants & MK, North London, Oxford, Reading, Solent, South Wales, Three Shires, West Coast Riders, West London, West Midlands, Yorks.

Shop@HOC ......................................................86 Soapbox ............................................................87 Us Over There....................................................88 Racing Report ....................................................95 HOConsumer ....................................................96 Members Free Ads ............................................97 Members Discounts ..........................................99 Tail Lights ........................................................105

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO Devon & Somerset Social W/end ......................15 Bedford Clappers Rally ......................................25 Birmingham Camping Weekend ........................32 East Midlands Rally ..........................................42 Lakes & Coast BBQ & Airshow..........................47 New Forest Classic Run ....................................49 Diary Dates........................................centre pages National Rally ....................................................62 Oxford Robs Run ..............................................70 Oxford Rally ......................................................71 Solent Rally ........................................................76 Three Shires Rally ............................................79 Wiltshire Rally ....................................................85

FRONT COVER The front cover depicts members on the run out at the Clappers Rally last year. I have used it as a reminder that the rally season is nearly upon us once again. Ed.

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

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

chairman@hoc.org.uk HARD TO BELIEVE I KNOW!!!!! Yes I am really 50 years old now and we had a party to mark the passing of this milestone. I also share the situation with several others this year and have just been to Mark Clargo’s belated party. Sue Beck’s party was last week and Glen Pringle’s is due in April and that is just a few that I know of this year. My wife Di had tried to make the event a surprise party but just could not extract the contact details she needed to get it all done, so had to give in and involve me to some extent. Big thanks to her for the set up and the catering which she did pretty much on her own. Thanks to those who travelled far and wide to attend.

One young lady who was invited arrived and just could not resist taking her clothes off and there was me just thinking It was a cool evening. SPRING 2009

Other ladies turned up and started the line dancing class.

And then there was the compulsory Andy has to do some sort of solo so here it was the aptly titled ‘Kettering Groover’ dancing to Green Onions. cont....

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Of course there are those who just have to be fans and laid hands upon the younger version of my good self pictured here life size at 40.

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weather is already warming up. The sound of the power rangers on the excessively noisy race canned Sunday specials roaring up and down the bypass reminds me that the rallying season is upon us. I will be at the ‘Sno Rally and want to be at the Wilts Rally and the BMF. So its ready steady go folks.

NATIONAL RALLY 2009 Have you booked yet? If not get in touch with Ruth ASAP she may be able to assist, even though the original caravan bookings and the extras she managed to get hold of have now all gone. Norfolk branch have already sorted out some plans for the run outs, and Northants and Milton Keynes are sorting out the administration and the quizzes. The T shirt designs are already under way, and with this year already confirmed as a sell out it might possibly be the best rally yet, so don’t miss out. Get in touch. That was the event for January, other than the management meeting which took place the same day and was well attended, and plans are well under way to support our fun packed and busy year.

Ride on but most of all ride safe

Dibble

FEBRUARY Well the ‘Sno Rally was postponed partly because of the venue and also because we had SNOW and plenty of it nationwide. Britain ground to a halt --- well in some areas anyway. I am pleased to say that seems to have moved on now and the 4

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MEMBERSHIP M A T T E R S ... President Trevor Thompson

Vice Presidents Dave Barton, Tony Eldridge, Graham Gull

Chairman 

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

General Secretary Graham Seymour 6 Kestrel Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 1RB 01525 633169  gensec@hoc.org.uk

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

Saddle Sore Shield Co-ordinator 

Stephen Davenport 07968 810435  saddlesore@hoc.org.uk

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

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

Advertising Manager 

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

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

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

Classic Secretary

WELCOME Welcome to those of you who joined us during a period when biking is not uppermost in many of our minds, due to the bad weather. Personally I have only ridden about 200 miles on a bike during the first 2 months of this year, even though I have added a 2 year old CBF1000 with only 320 miles on the clock to my stable.

MOVING? Don’t forget if you move, let me know, and no other club official, as I keep the address files up to date, (You can write or send an email). We got one copy of ‘Golden Wing’ returned last time, so don’t let it be YOU who we lose contact with.

DIRECT DEBIT We have now had the system set up for some time now, so when you receive a membership renewal form from me, just fill in your bank account details (address is that printed on your cheques) and I will do the rest. Don’t forget that the rates are fixed until 2012 and you won’t miss your copy of ‘Golden Wing’.

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

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E D I T O R S A Y S .. Over the last few years, a number of members have asked about how we produce the magazine, and what is involved. At this point, I usually assume a martyr like expression and explain about the long hours stuck in the garret with nothing but an Oxford English and a Roget’s for company; but that doesn’t answer the question. So, in this issue, I thought I would explain the process involved in getting Golden Wing on to door mats each quarter. As with everything in the HOC, the process starts with the members, and if there were no contributions from members, there would be no Golden Wing. Contributions generally arrive by email, usually as Word attachments, and hopefully with pictures attached as separate picture files. I use Word to edit text, and will check spelling and grammar as I go. Sometimes, I need to take text out to make the contribution fit within certain parameters, and very occasionally I have to add some in to avoid ending up with lots of white space. Adding text is incredibly time consuming for anyone other than the original author, and that is why I love photos; photos can be easily resized to use up excess white space when the need arises. Pictures are edited in Photoshop, and adjusted for colour balance and contrast, and are formatted according to the style of the page, adding borders, drop shadows and other effects as required. This brings me to the subject of resolution, and I apologise in advance if it sounds as if I am teaching granny to suck eggs. Resolution is simply the depth of detail in a picture, which is described by the term “dots per inch” or dpi, where every dot is a colour, and the combined dots make up the picture. For an image printed on paper, such as in Golden Wing, the minimum resolution has to be 300 dpi or more or else the picture would look grainy and very poor. However, 6

because of the way a human eye works, the s a m e picture on a computer screen would look fantastic at a resolution of only 72 dpi. To put this another way, a picture which measures 6” x 4” and looks great on a website can only be used to produce a picture of slightly more than an inch square in a publication. This is not really an issue with pictures that are sent in, as most cameras (except those on mobile phones) nowadays take pictures at a high enough resolution to provide a good image in print, but please don’t crop or reduce them first. However, it does explain why I can’t lift pictures from websites unless they have published at close to full screen size. This is the same reason why pictures can’t be used if they have been inserted into Word with the text rather than sent as a separate picture file. Once the text has been checked, and the images edited, they need to be laid out as they will appear on the page of the magazine. To do this, we use a program called Quark Express, which allows almost infinite control over the various elements which make up the final page, including the size and colour of the type and the amount of space between words, lines and even individual letters. The secret is in making sure that adjustments from page to page and even within each page go unnoticed by the reader. SPRING 2009


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When all pages have been laid up, and I am happy, the resulting files need to be prepared for printing. This is the easy bit, because Quark Express includes a command “collect for output” which gathers together all the individual pictures, all the text fonts and saves them along with the layout file and electronic instructions which tells the computer at the printers how it all needs to go together. As the DVD is passed to the printer (it is too big to be saved on a CD), the process changes from being one of me sat at my computer, to one which involves machines so big than they wouldn’t fit into most living rooms let alone your average garret!….but I will keep that for the next issue.

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

Tim Thanks....ED

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KICKING BACK .... Something to Say - Say it here STIGETTE?

HELP PLEASE

Hi Ed Thanks for everything but who, or what, is it? Just to say how much I enjoyed the last 'bumper' edition of Golden Wing with its many pages and posh binding, and how much I appreciate all the effort you and the contributors put in to making it such good a good read. Especially I enjoyed John Measures 'Legalities' on filtering and I always like to read Classic Corner. Is there anything Dave Barton doesn't know about classic Hondas? The advertising content is getting much better and it’s turning into a 'real' magazine. I also like the Racing Report, but who, or what, is the mysterious 'Stigette'? As 'The Stig' has now been outed by the national press should we start a campaign to discover the true identity of 'The Stigette'? Is there someone behind that mysterious (and illegal) dark visor? Is it man or machine? Could it be the long lost lovechild of a match between The Stig and a VFR 800? Someone out there somewhere must have the answer!!

Hi Guys, I have decided to take part in the Great British 10k run, which takes place in London on the 12th July. I will be raising money for the Bedford Hospitals Charity and would be very grateful for all donations. If you would like to donate, please visit my Just Giving page on the web at;

Best regards

Tom Anderson Membership Number 25484 Solent Branch Thanks for your kind words Tom, it is very much appreciated. As far as the identity of the Stigette is concerned..............Some say she is the sister of superwoman, and wears her pants outside her leathers, and some say she is the last earthly decendent of the Valkyries.....all that I know is she is a lady of mystery, and is called the Stigette. Ed 8

www.justgiving.com/ruthwingrove2 I need to raise £100 to be able to enter so would really appreciate you help. Many Thanks

Ruth xx HOC Treasurer I am sure I speak for everyone in wishing you all success in this Ruth. As someone who would probably struggle to run ten yards, let alone 10km, you have my admiration, and I hope you exceed your target. Ed

HONDA COMPLAINT I have to make an official complaint to Honda about their discrimination this year towards short people. Whilst at the NEC I did the usual rounds of bike stands and if I was in the position of taking my bike test on a new Honda 125 I would be unable to do so as my feet don’t reach the ground! The only bike that fitted was a Suzuki Marauder which is just not my style. What are Honda playing at? How can other people live the dream?

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RIDE FOR LIFE Hi Tim, I am organising a charity ride on the 2nd August for Cancer Research UK. The run starts at 9.00 a.m. from Wall’s Sports and Social Club, Hammond Way, Barnwood, Gloucester G14 3HD. The entry fee is £5 on the gate and food and drink will be available from opening. £1 from each food order will go to the charity and there will be on bike DVD’s of the ride available at £10. The run will leave at 10.30 a.m. We hope to be back by 2.00 p.m. A carvery will be available (limited spaces) until 3.00 p.m. The day will be runded off with a raffle, and an auction for some signed James Toseland print and a signed print of Valentino Rossi. For further information, members can email me at; silvester600cbr@aol.com Best regards

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Thanks for your letter Jason, and am sure the event will be well supported and I wish you all the best with it. With all that going on, let’s hope you raise a load of money for the charity. Do come back and let us know how you did. Ed

Kicking Back Letters for the next issue to arrive by

1st June 2009 E-mail to editor@hoc.org.uk or post to: Golden Wing, Units 1B & 5B Kemps Quay Industrial Park Quayside Road, Southampton. SO18 1AD

Jason

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PIGEON POST !.... General Secretary - Graham Seymour Well that was exciting wasn’t it! As usual, a bit of snow and the country stops, though hardly surprising this time I suppose. I can’t remember the last time I saw London paralysed for nearly two days and for the first time in twenty or so years I gave up, remortgaged the house and bought a weekly train ticket to get to work. Mind you, by the Wednesday it was galling to see the bikes whizzing about in town as if nothing had happened, whilst in Bedfordshire you still couldn’t stay upright on foot! Even more frustratingly, the conditions slightly delayed my search to replace the Blackbird written off last October. However all is now right with the world as its replacement snuggles in the garage ready to roll. It is of course a Blackbird (what else!), it is of course the Silver/Grey paintjob and it is of course fully kitted for the rigours of the forthcoming rally season! I’m looking forward to the rallies. No tele, no papers, no chinless wonder telling me my house is worth nothing and my pension even less. I read an article today that said we are entering a ten year depression, and I thought that only happened with marriage……….Not that I ever lasted ten years! On the subject of news, do you get a copy of the monthly mail out? The mail out goes to branch secretaries to be passed on to the members with the diary for the next two months, notification of events and the odd advert for biker friendly accommodation at home and abroad. It sort of bridges the gap between Stritchy’s weekly newsletter (available via e-mail) and The Golden Wing from Tim. Speak to your branch secretary or you can contact me direct. The club is about to embark on a fresh new advertising drive to recruit new members. This will consist of advertising in MCN and other members of the national motorcycle press and a new issue of 10

posters and flyers to dealers. New people and the ideas they bring with them are the lifeblood of any club, not least to the HOC with the average age of members steadily advancing in years! Keep an eye out for the campaign and please give it all of your support. That’s me done for another three months. Now I can go back to daydreaming about Kylie and CZJ on a silver Blackbird………. Cheers

Graham

COMMUNICATE Do you need to get something in Golden Wing, and on the website, and in the Monthly Mail Out all at once. Do it with one e-mail sent to;

new@hoc.org.uk Your message will automatically go to;

TIM (Golden Wing Editor) STRITCHY (Big Ed, Webmaster) GRAHAM (General Secretary)

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WEARY IN SLOVAKIA I had crossed from Hungary to Slovakia at Komarno on the 64 heading North. It was passed lunchtime and I hadn’t eaten. I turned the bike into a small town looking for at least a sandwich and a coffee. I rode through the town, it was hardly bigger than a village, but it had a town centre and pedestrian area. I parked the Varadero at the edge of the pedestrian area - next to a Tartra, the first I have ever seen. They are very big. There was no eating place open in the precinct but I had caught sight of a likely spot on my way in. I walked back round the corner through some double doors into a court yard where there were tables laid up. I sat at a table and a woman appeared, wiping her hands on her apron, suggesting she had come from the kitchen. ‘Coffee?’ I enquired. She nodded and returned to her kitchen. It was a pleasant courtyard, to the rear and side of a big house, flanked on the other side by what looked as if they had once been stables and a coach house. This was now the kitchen area. The whole place looked as if it had been ‘made over’ on the past few years. There were perhaps a dozen tables, some with chairs others with benches. I could hear talk in the kitchen and when the coffee appeared it was being carried by a man in his 50’s. He put the coffee down and then asked "you speak English?" ‘Yes’ I said with some surprise. "You German, Hollander?" He asked. ‘No, I am English’. He beamed! "You travel on a motorcycle alone?" ‘Yes, can I eat here?’ "Yes, come" he lead me to the kitchen and spoke to the woman who opened up her large bread bin containing a few French loaves and then one of her fridges that contained a York 12

ham, cheese, etc. I looked at the woman and pointed to the French bread and York ham. She took a French loaf and positioned her knife half way along. I nodded. I had eaten my ham sandwich had a second cup of coffee and was contemplating my next move. As I relaxed a wave of tiredness came across me. My time in the saddle over the previous few days was catching up on me. The man appeared from the big house. I caught his attention as asked ‘Is there a hotel near here?’ - more in hope than expectation, it was only a large village. He beamed again. "Here, this is my hotel" he pointed to the large house. "Come" he said. I followed him through the back door and a dining room to the reception, where a young lady smiled at me across the reception desk. ‘How much’ I asked. "One night with breakfast 18 Euro" the man said. ‘OK, I will go and get the moto’ The man then lead me through the front door and showed me where I could put the moto, the other side of some gates that he would unlock. I got the bike, parked up behind the gates, which was a bit awkward and involved a bit of pushing and pulling of the bike. The receptionist stood at the top of the hotel steps watching with some interest. I was now feeling very tired and having carried the quite heavy panniers up the steps to the hotel and to the reception desk, my breathing was becoming quite heavy and I was wheezing. The receptionist, who spoke no English, took my passport and gave me a key and indicated two floors up. 'Elevator?' I asked. She shook her head. I patted my heart, pointed to the stairs and shook my head - by this time she had my passport open at the back and was looking at the details WINTER 2008


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A worried look flashed across her face, she turned and looked at the keys on their rack. She indicated I should wait a moment and picked up the phone. After a short conversation she gave me another key and pointed across the hall to a corridor, she then picked up one of my panniers and escorted me to a room. A nice room, a large double would be a fair description. I took off my riding gear and just flopped onto the bed - knackered would be a fair description! It was 16.30 hrs. I woke at 19.00, showered, dressed and looked round the hotel, small lounge, larger dining room and reception. No bar. I met several hotel staff who smiled and nodded at me in a kindly way. The receptionist, looked quite pleased to see me (alive!). She pointed at me and enquired "OK?" I smiled and nodded and asked ‘beer?’ She indicated out the front door and round to the left. I smiled my thanks. It was quite a large bar, with tables in alcoves round the wall - very German. It was virtually empty. I took a stool at the bar and ordered a beer, indicating a tall one. I rubbed my thumb on my finger - the universal sign for money - and shrugged my shoulders, indicating, how much? He told me, I should not have bothered asking. I put my hand in my pocked and deposited a pile of coins on the counter. In my travels across Europe, I had made a point of keeping a separate pocket in my jeans - that were normally in my panniers for the coins of the various currencies. Just keeping the current coins in my riding coat. When putting on my jeans I had transferred today's coins from my coat to my jeans. The pile of coins I deposited on the counter suggested than my plan had gone astray, for even I could see coins of four different currencies. The bar tender looked at me with pity in his eyes, he shook his head gently and gave me a half smile. He then carefully started to sort the coins into their various currencies. He arrived at four piles and looked at me as if to say ‘do you understand?’ I smiled, SPRING 2009

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shrugged my shoulders and placed another pile of coins on the counter from my other pocket. He rolled his eyes and said something to a local sitting at the other end of the bar. The local joined us and he and the barman carefully sorted the coins. I finished off my beer, indicated I would like another and invited the local and the barman to join me in a drink. Another local came in, shook hand with the three of us and asked about the piles of coins. The barman explained. The new arrival smiled and nodded at me knowingly -I could almost hear him thinking ‘poor old sod’. I indicated that the new arrivals drink should be put on my tab. By now the four piles of coins had grown to five piles. The barman then came up with four small plastic bags into which he carefully put the coins. He indicated that I should put these away and keep them separate. I nodded. He looked at the remaining local coins and it was obvious it would not be enough to pay for the drinks. Whilst he was struggling in his mind of how to get this across to me, I put a note of ample denomination on the counter. He smiled, the locals smiled, I smiled. We all drank our beer. I enquired about food - knife and fork motion and chewing motion. One of the locals took me to the door and indicated a place across the square. I gave those inside a wave, shook hands with the local and went in search of another adventure. It was a Wild West themed restaurant! Johnny Cash CD playing and a job lot of Wild West gear hung on the walls. One of two smart 'dinette' style waitresses greeted me with a big smile and then I suspect wished she had not been so quick off the mark - a foreigner! The menu was easy to understand as it was in the Czech version of American English. I had a very passable steak and chips accompanied by a carafe of pleasant red wine. Sitting finishing off the red wine and listening to Johnny Cash, I was feeling quite mellow. cont.... 13


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I did a lap round the square looking in the shop windows and ended up back at ‘my’ bar. I looked in the door and it was heaving. I was about to give it a miss, when someone grabbed my arm - it was one of the earlier locals. He led me over to one of the cubicles; they all shuffled up and made room for me on the bench. I was then introduced. I wrote my name on a napkin. I then shook hand all round and they wrote their names on the napkin. One of them had a little English. There was the usual where are you from? Where have you been? Where are you going? Alone! They shook their heads, not so much in disbelief but more in wonder. I looked across the bar and there was the receptionist at the hotel, chatting to the barman. They both caught my eye and gave me a wave. I wondered, had she told him about this ancient Englishman, riding a huge motorcycle, with what appeared to be a dodgy heart, who could hardly breath and for all practical purposes was deaf and dumb? To which he had added he doesn't even understand the different currencies! What is he doing out alone! I wondered how

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far had this permeated through the village? It was late when I staggered back to the Hotel. A woman emerged from the lounge where she was watching the TV and gave me a worried looking smile as I staggered to my room. I slept well! At 08.30hrs, I had put the panniers on the bike and dressed in riding gear presented myself for breakfast. I was alive and hungry - the entire hotel staff, including the owner seemed to be delighted that this was so! Whilst I was enjoying my scrambled eggs, ham accompanied by fresh bread and plenty of butter and a large jug of coffee, the owner joined me. We spoke of the end of communism, the split from the Czech Republic, the prospects of them joining the EU, his struggle to establish his hotel. Traveling alone, you certainly get to meet some nice people. As I rode out of the village, several people gave me cheery waves - that was nice.

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Devon H.O.C. Social Weekend Ilfracombe Holiday Park, North Devon 2nd - 5th October 2009 BOOKING FORM Name: ____________________ Address: ____________________ ____________________ Phone: ____________________ Price £95 for a two bed “gold” appartment Please make cheques payable to: John Fowler Holidays Send to : Pat Jennings, John Fowler Holidays Marlborough Road, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 8PF No later than August 31st 2009 and then subject to availability

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CB750 1969

Honda motorcycle production had grown to over 100,000 machines per month by 1961. Then in 1967 Mr Honda visited America to ask Honda dealers what they would like to see from Honda? The reply was larger machines to enable them to compete with manufacturers from Europe and America. The first response to this request was the fourcylinder CB750 in launched in October 1968. Honda were astounded by the sales response to the CB750, with a machine being produced every five minutes and America taking all of the first year’s production. The American dealers had proved their point and Honda they needed to build on the success and expand the range. 16

By the time 1975 arrived we all had the opportunity to “Ride the American Dream” with a machine that could tour America with ease. The “Goldwing had landed” and this machine was set to cruise the world, creating a reputation which was the epitome of what touring was all about. The machine was smooth and quiet with loads of low down torque and acceleration giving you the power to explore. The fuel tank was situated under the seat, with the visible tank being a dummy which holds the air filter and all the electrical equipment for the machine along with a kick start which fitted the rear of the engine but never used. As a consequence, the centre of gravity was very, very low. As for vibration, forget it! The quiet, smooth, horizontally opposed four cylinder engine was a model of precision. There is a torque cushion built into the drive shaft system to take all the snatch away from the drive. The natural torque reaction is taken by a counter rotating alternator rotor, which serves as a flywheel to balance the torque reaction of the crankshaft. SPRING 2009


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The Wing stayed with me for three years before I part exchanged it for my “Honda SIX” and during that time it covered 29,000 miles. Living with the Wing was rather easy as servicing was a doddle.

Each pair of cylinders has an overhead camshaft with drive being taken from the front of the centre crankshaft, by toothed belts similar to a car. Creating a water cooled flat four machine with such a smooth delivery meant that the bike was not light. Fitted with two front and one rear disc brakes, it weighed in at 571lbs which was 90lbs heavier that the CB750 K6. By the time you had added fuel and luggage, etc you had a very heavy machine. However, once on the move the weight was not a problem as the handling was very good. I purchased a GL1000K1 in 1976 which replaced my CB500F. I can remember riding the bike home and thinking “What have I done?”; the GL1000 seemed twice the size and weight of the CB500F. Once I had familiarized myself with the machine, we became a great team as you both explored the world. In 1976 I had a two year old daughter “Jenny Wren” and a one year old son “Clever Trevor”. This meant that I had lost my passenger as far as touring was concerned, but my Goldwing was used for most of the rallies and club life. Managing over 200 miles to a tank of fuel the Wing made a great touring bike. SPRING 2009

The ignition contact breaker points were on the rear of the left hand side camshaft and the fuel pump was on the rear of the right hand side. cont....

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super smooth engine that blurred the lines between automotive and motorcycle, it provided a “Premier Touring Machine” that could cover the world. In the thirty four years since its launch the Goldwing has grown and spread it’s wings to become a “Touring Dream”. In 1975 I thought that the GL1000 Wing was huge but now, comparing it to its descendants, it looks so small. How times change. Removing the cam covers revealed the screw valve tappet adjusters and the cam shaft drive belts were housed at the front. Once you had the two covers off, you simply altered the spring adjusters. When adjusting the four carburettors you balanced the pair each side together and then both sides together. As for oil changes, all you had to do was change the filter and put in the correct amount of fresh oil. In summary, the Goldwing entered stage centre in 1975 and was like no other motorcycle in the market place. With a

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DIESEL SPILLS The daffodils are blooming and the covers are coming off the bikes. For those who do not brave the joys of riding through the winter, there is no better cure for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) than taking the bike off SORN, seeing if the leathers still fit and taking the old girl (the bike) for a spin. Just remember that as you have not ridden for a few months, you need to get back in the groove and take it easy for a while. So what is waiting for you out there? Things haven’t changed much from last year. Cars still pull out in front of you with boring regularity with the lame time old excuse of “sorry but I didn’t see you”. Lying in wait with less respect for your wellbeing is the Diesel Spill. Now many bikers say that you should be well aware of the presence of Diesel by the smell, rainbow colours on the road and such like. This is true but there are occasions when the first opportunity to identify the spill, is when you are sliding down the road with your pride and joy. All is not lost even if the vehicle that spilt the Diesel is long gone. If you are unable to prove a claim against the Highway Authority for failing to maintain the road in accordance with their responsibility under the Highways Act 1980, there is an organisation called The Motor Insurers Bureau. They were set up in 1946 to compensate victims involved in road traffic accidents caused by the negligence of either uninsured or untraced motorists. There are a number of factors the MIB will consider when deciding if they will accept your claim:• Where the Diesel spillage occurred • The size of the Diesel spillage 20

Was it caused by the negligence of one vehicle rather than accumulating over a period of time, and • Was the accident reported to the Police immediately and did you cooperate fully with the Police and other authorities. There are limitations to what you can claim and the scheme imposes a £300 excess. There are strict reporting procedures to be followed for the claim to be successful. As always, every case is determined on its own particular merits, therefore legal advice should be taken. If the size of the spillage is such that it created a reasonable foreseeable risk of injury, call the Police straight away. You can appreciate how it will reflect on the potential success of your case if the Police decide that it causes such a danger to other road users that they call out the Highways Authority to clean it up. Take photos and get witness details.

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To open a topic of thought, on 22nd January 2009, Mr Justice Griffith Williams was asked to consider whether or not there should be a finding of contributory negligence for a cyclist failing to wear a cycle helmet. The facts of the accident are not important save to say that a cyclist suffered quite severe head injuries as a result of a collision with another vehicle. It was accepted that the accident was wholly the fault of the other party (who just happened to be a motorcyclist). The defendants (Lawyers for the motorcyclist) argued that as the cyclist was not wearing a cycle helmet, there should be a finding of contributory negligence. That is, the compensation award should be reduced by a percentage to reflect fault on the part of the cyclist for not wearing a cycle helmet. The defendants (Lawyers for the motorcyclist) referred to the guidance in the Highway Code saying that “you should wear a cycle helmet which conforms to current regulations”, linking this argument to the long established case of Froom v Butcher where the claimant’s damages were reduced for failing to wear a seat belt. The Claimant argued that the decision in Froom should not be applied to cycle helmets as there was an intention of Parliament to introduce the compulsory wearing of seat belts but there was no intention with regard to cycle helmets. The Judge said that the wearing of helmets may afford protection in some circumstances and that an ordinary prudent cyclist should wear one. He went onto say “it matters not that there is no legal compulsion for cyclists to wear helmets ...because there can be no doubt that the failure to wear a helmet may expose the cyclist to the greater risk of injury; such failure would not be a sensible thing to do and so, subject to the issue of causation, any injury sustained may be the cyclist’s own fault and he only has himself to thank for the consequences”. Causation is proving the injuries claimed were caused as a direct result of the accident. However, in this case, the cyclist’s 22

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compensation award was not reduced as the defendants failed to prove that the wearing of a helmet would have prevented or reduced the severity of the injuries. So what has that to do with motorcyclists? Can the dicta of this case be extended to motorcyclists who suffer greater injuries because they are not wearing the protective clothing? We have witnessed many bikers who ride around wearing trainers, track suit bottoms (or even shorts) and tee shirts. If they suffer more serious injuries because they were not wearing protective clothing, will this open the argument of contributory negligence? Possibly so, if the defendants can prove that the biker’s injuries could have been lessened or prevented if protective clothing was worn. Both the Highway Code and the DSA publication on the Essential Skills for Riding a Motorcycle, suggest that wearing protective clothing can avoid certain injuries. Most bikers are aware that protective clothing is recommended and what type of clothing and equipment they should wear. Protective clothing has become more affordable in recent years. In fact the first element of the CBT course is a presentation on protective clothing and equipment. It will still be the responsibility for the defendants to prove that the injuries would have been prevented or reduced if protective clothing was worn to the standard adopted by a prudent motorcyclist and it is still to be seen how far the courts will expect the prudent motorcyclist to go to protect himself against possible injury. The decision of Mr Justice Griffith Williams has been criticised and it is yet to be seen if this sets a precedent in future cases. But it does give food for thought. If you would like further details regarding this article or advice regarding a personal injury claim, then call John on: 0800 021 3065 or 0115 931 5171

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The HOC web pages continue to evolve, all be it slowly (coz I’m a biker of very little brain). If you haven’t taken a look recently please go to www.hoc.org.uk and see what we have to offer. I try to keep the site up-todate with news from the Branches, Honda, racing and anything else that may be of interest. Those of you who are new to the Club (and old members too) who haven’t yet got along to your local Branch may be interested in the Branches pages . www.hoc.org.uk/branches There is a very useful page called Branch Finder which shows a map of all the Branch locations.

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place, simply by entering your post code. The HOC is now on Facebook! If you don’t already have a facebook account (it’s free) I’d urge you to refrain as it’s compulsive stuff (particularly the inane games!) If you have already been bitten by the bug, search for Honda Owners Club and look for the logo, you’ll find lots of members on there and can get chatting. Golden Wing is now viewable online as a page turning magazine! Old issues have always been available in pdf format, but now we are using the same format as MCN and many of the monthly magazines. You can ‘flick’ through the pages and zoom in at will, catching up on old articles and stories. The current issue is never available until it’s superseded by the next one (so this one wont be there until the Summer issue is on your doorstep) but we do have them going back to 2003. The web is all very fascinating; however… riding your bike is infinitely preferable to sitting in front of a computer!

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BEDFORDSHIRE HONDA OWNERS CLUB 10th Clappers Rally - “The Wet One” 22nd 23rd 24th & 25th May 2009 @ 'The Cross Keys' P.H. Pulloxhill, Bedfordshire, MK45 5AB toilets/shower/marquee/pub grub/cooked breakfasts/bbq Sat night superb camping field/ride-outs

BOOKING FORM Name (s) Address Postcode

Contact No.

No. in Party

(4 Max per booking)

Vehicle

(Bike/Car /Camper etc....)

Registration No. H.O.C. Membership No

(Branch)

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Breakfasts required @ £5 per breakfast per person

Sunday morning

£ 1 2 3 4 = £

Monday morning

1 2 3 4 =

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Buffet Salad Required @ £2 ea (For Sat Night Barbecue) 1 2 3 4 =

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Saturday morning

1 2 3 4 =

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So where did it start? Some (cough) 22 years ago at 16 when I jumped on a 49cc Red Honda moped (well I was actually 15 when I first jumped on it but that’s another story) Having saved up all my pennies from the part time jobs I was doing at the time, I finally got round to buying my own first, engine propelled means of transportation to get me to and from school, oh, and the girlfriends house at the time in Kent. The horror on Mothers face when I first took it down the garden path was a picture, closely followed by “you’re not keeping that down there!” needless to say it stayed, Mother’s are suckers for bunches of flowers and it still gets me out of tight spots now! I was the only one at school who had bought their own moped at the time (the other moped owner in school had rich parents; lucky so and so!) and I was most proud of my little red demon, albeit capable of a flesh tingling, mind blowing 32 MPH! I recall that I struggled to top the 2 wheeled tomato’s tank up with £1:30 of petrol at the time, and that lasted me the week normally, oh boy what a difference now days! After a year or so on my automatic I thought it was time to learn what a clutch was, oh what fun that was jumping around like a kangaroo on the Yamaha DT 50. Basically the smaller model of what I own at the moment. That one did manage to notch up to about 40MPH and I’m sure it was derestricted. This bike was my favourite of the 3 mopeds I had until it met an untimely death (and me nearly meeting one) when a car pulled across me at a junction. I ended up doing an Evil Keneval over the top of his roof and landed quite well until I realised the bike had followed and was now comfortably resting on me with the rear wheel still turning on my crash helmet. The matter was made worse as the 26

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Ambulance driver who scraped me up just happened to live next door to my Commerce Teacher who just happened to be taking school assembly the next day. Well at least I managed to give a couple of hundred pupils a laugh……. Lesson 1 – Motorists don’t see Motorcycles very well at junctions……. Lesson 1A – don’t use ambulance drivers who live next door to people you know With the death of “DT” I was now at a point of keeping both wheels on the ground when pulling away at set’s of lights as opposed to keeping just the back wheel on the deck (when I wasn’t doing Biggle’s impressions in between anyway) so it was time to test out Kawasaki and the AR50 (which I managed to somehow seize the engine on) but not before flying off and into the window of Allders of Bromley. … Lesson 2 – Mopeds are crap at cornering in the snow As I was now 17 it was 125cc time anyhow and I had enough money saved for the Kawasaki KMX, brand spanking new on an E registration (1988 for those not born then!) having learnt a couple of valuable lessons (and the numerous invaluable ones) I passed my part 1 Motorbike test with flying colours, but it was deemed you should be able to pass this blindfolded by my instructor at the time, a lesson I chose to take his word for as opposed to practice, I had already had my fair share of being an aeroplane by this time. When it came to taking the second part of the test I was all set (or at least I thought I was) on the night before the exam, but around the corner (or I should say just over the top of the bridge where it happened) I was about to learn another valuable lesson, one which was unfortunately to be the end of motor-biking for me (for now anyway!) SPRING 2009


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Here I am today then, hopefully a bit more road sensed and clued up and I have decided that money is better in my pocket than the oil companies so I am going back to biking to commute to and from work; ok, ok, so I’ll use it for more than that, I realised just how much I missed biking. Taz on a “Monster Machine” at the NEC in 2008 B o t h Riding home in the autumn at 1:30 in the Motorcyle tests were past last year with morning (and autumn brings lots of nice flying colours (as opposed to me doing the brown leaves to the road as we all know) I flying) May for the theory and August for the was practicing my emergency stops, one of practical and despite gaining a wealth of which just happened to take place on a wet road knowledge since learning to drive at manhole cover which I had not seen as it 17, I was surprised it does not exempt you was covered by, yes, those lovely brown from having to tell a computer what you leaves. So I waved goodbye to the bike as it have to do at a red light………… went off in the distance and I slipped nicely After having the worse ever customer along the tarmac, (or that should be my experience (not just in Motorbiking, but “knee”) ouch, followed by some unprintable THE worse ever!!! I bought a Yamaha XT words of the English language. 125CC that I had to wait 3 MONTHS for a Fortunately enough my Uncle was out part for when it went wrong, with several walking his dog just around the corner from letters written to the MD of Yamaha and where I crashed and I was grateful he could several “patronising” replies returned!!! hobble the bike home for me, with the front So, here I am now, thankfully, in wheel now pointing the opposite way to the ownership of a very “reliable” Varadero handle bars and me hobbling on one leg. He 1000 and continuing to meet some great tried talking me to go up the hospital but I people through the Reading HOC, having stubbornly refused despite seeing my knee joined the Group in November 2008. cap bone through the hole in my flesh. So it Here’s to an Adventure packed 2009! was a night on the sofa as I couldn’t get up Cheers! the stairs followed by shrills of Mother when she came downstairs as the blanket covering me looked like something out of the Amityville horror. Needless to say it was (Now spending most of my time on the no bike test for me that day and into cars I bike as opposed to off of it!) went.

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For this issue only, the Caption Competition returns. The rules are very simple, the five most apt (and printable) captions to the picture below all win, so get your entry in now. Email your entry to: editor@hoc.org.uk or post to: Golden Wing, Units 1B & 5B Kemps Quay Ind Park Quayside Road Southampton SO18 1AD Closing Date 1st June 2009 My thanks to Keven and the Three Shires branch for the photo which is of our Chairman “Dibble”. The photo was taken at the ‘s no Rally earlier this year.

PRIZES Those nice people at “The Best Rides” have kindly donated no less than five of their new “The Best Ride Motorcycle Atlas France” which retails at £13.99. With so many branches arranging trips to France, this really is a must have accessory. Like the UK atlas The Best Rides Motorcycle Atlas France is an A5 spiral bound, waterproof, tear proof map, with over 300 recommended rides in France highlighted in it. It also features speed cameras on the rides and 35 English speaking biker friendly places to stay.

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

BIRMINGHAM Branch Contact: Nick Parton - 0121 603 8983

These dark cold winter months take some getting through however by the time you all read this we will all be ‘Fettling at an alarming rate’ well I hope so? They do say it can make you go blind. Most of us have no doubt been reflecting on last year’s rides, social events and the fun we all had and of course the not so fun stuff that occurred. Some of our members have lost their jobs, illness etc but ‘hey ho’ we are going to try and have a “Recession Free Zone” at the Birmingham Branch for 2009. Friends and family are what’s important, less is more; remember that. Philosopher? Where? We held our AGM just before Christmas and we have elected the usual suspects, however we have also had some new blood has come on board. Wayne has taken on the editor’s role, following Dave’s departure to New Zealand, and is doing a great job, producing our News Letter. Any contributions from members or items you have to sell etc please let Wayne know. Dave and Ann Marie and John Pell-Reynolds have all volunteered to join the committee, thanks guys it’s much appreciated. Dave and Anne along with Debbs and 30

John are working on a French excursion for June 09, which we are all really looking forward to. Keep up the good work. Roy organised yet another superb Christmas meal at the Gate Pub, our 4th Friday meeting venue. It was well attended and a great time was had by all. We have been using the pub for a couple of years now, again ably organised by Roy. We always get a great welcome from the

Landlord. Anyone thinking of joining HOC, or existing members, it’s a great place to bring partners, the conversation moves way from bikes, widgets, and double dimmping flanging grommets occasionally, they also have lovely food and good beer. SPRING 2009


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South Island in a camper van and had a great time, superb roads, and scenery; he wishes he had also had his bike with him. He is still looking for like-minded motorcyclists in his new locality Waipawa, Hawkes Bay to ride with. They have a bike festival on soon in the town so he is hoping to hook up at that. All the best Dave, from HOC GB. I have continued to ride throughout the

We have sorted our rides for 2009 which have now been published in Golden Wing, we have had to trim them a bit this year as we have not got so many ride leaders available. Still looks good though, with trips to Eyam, Stratford, Thundersprint, HOC Roast, Hay on Wye, France, Cotswolds etc. Plus our Camping Weekend. Trevor Thompson and Geoff Adams are both making steady recoveries. They have

winter months completing my 5th Dragon Rally on Anglesey in February 09. Don’t ask! Thanks to all my friends for your support, and commitment, good to know you all, and I have enclosed a number of pictures to remind us of the year just passed. All the best

Nick

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BRISTOL Branch Contact: Pete Casling - 01454 416417

So, you all saw Chairman Dibble's 'moan/appeal' in the last Golden Wing, didn't you? Frankly, I can't see how anyone in the whole club could have missed seeing it, as it was the first item on page 1! I did also have a little moan, on the Bristol Branch page. I can now report that you members this was aimed at in the Bristol area have taken no notice of either of these 'moans', judging by the underwhelming response you have given. Apart from one or two previous contacts, no other members have responded in any way, or bothered to turn up. Even the new members I wrote to in November have not appeared, or been in touch. You really do seem to be an unenthusiastic lot. So without you, Andy Cox and myself have kept things ‘ticking over’ during the winter, and we now have a list of Sunday ride outs added to the Diary of Events pages, and on the website. Only one per month has been listed at present, from April until October, but we will try and squeeze in some more this year if we can, if the weather gives us good opportunities. It has been said before in Golden Wing that all events should be advertised either on the website, in Golden Wing, or information sent out to members, so all of them can participate if they choose to do so. However, as it is, only a few members in our area want to participate in anything, so we’ll add any extra events whenever we like! If no-one else makes enquiries about the ride outs we’ve already put in the Diary, then I don’t see why we can’t we do as we please and have some ‘extras’ of our own choice. (Sorry Tim.) We have had a positive note regarding some new members. A warm welcome to very new members Bart and Justyna Pior. SPRING 2009

They are from Poland, and now live in Bristol. They own a very clean 1999 VFR800 (but sadly, it’s not a red one). As soon as Bart got his membership card, he emailed me and introducing himself: If he can make the effort, and in English, why does no-one else? Bart is so enthusiastic he puts the rest of our local members to shame. Justyna doesn’t own or ride a bike herself, but she’s quite happy riding pillion with Bart. You cannot believe how pleased they both are at enjoying the freedom we have always taken for granted here, and Bart absolutely loves his Honda! If just some of the rest of you were even half as enthusiastic as them, what a difference it would make to our branch. Anyway, we hope that with their enthusiasm, we can have many outings on our bikes, day trips or even weekends, making 2009 the best Bristol Branch year for a long time. At our February meeting (luckily, the day before the snow hit us in the west, after London ground to a halt) we also had a prospective new member along to see what the HOC was all about. Even before she had joined the club, Jen Westlake offered to go to the only Honda dealer we have in the Bristol area, to see if they would leave some of our leaflets out for customers, and put up HOC posters in readiness for their Honda Test Ride Weekend (and after). Many thanks to Stritchy for printing them, Oxford’s Erica for the membership forms and spare Golden Wings, and Jen for taking them there. By now, Jen will have joined up and be a card-carrying HOC member. At the time of writing, we’ve not yet seen her CBF1000, but I’m certain she will be joining us for several days out this year. Welcome, Jen! cont.... 33


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Not long before the event took place, I was asked by ‘The Management’ what the Bristol Branch was doing about having a stand at the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show in February, almost as if it was taken for granted that we would be there. It was too late by then anyway, but as in the second half of 2008 there were just a couple of us trying to get Bristol branch back together again, planning and manning a show stand was totally out of the question. Besides, the show may have Bristol in its title, but it is held at a showground well into Somerset, so was the Mid Somerset and South Bristol Branch asked too? (Maybe they were?) That is geographically a more appropriate club branch. I know it may sound negative, but how would we (the Bristol Branch) actually ‘sell’ the HOC to prospective new members, who could well be from the Bristol area, if almost all of the existing local members don’t participate? If we were to somehow manage to get new members joining at this event, would they actually come to meetings or turn up for anything else, judging on past performances? I know it’s ‘Flying the HOC flag’, but if someone wants to do that at next years show, over to you. Bristol Branch could help out, if we are asked. Anyway, when was there last an HOC stand at the two, larger, Stafford shows? Just before this report was submitted for press, Bart, Justyna, Andy and myself took advantage of the fine and almost spring-like weather on the last Sunday in February for a hastily arranged afternoon ride out. Bart was keen on going to George White’s motorcycles in Swindon for a look around and perhaps a bit of shopping, so three VFRs headed off east on a pleasant ride from Bristol, taking an indirect route through North Wiltshire to the beautiful town of Swindon (sorry Swindon). I was the only one who had been to George White’s new premises before (once), and luckily we didn’t take a wrong exit at one of the many roundabouts in Swindon. We don’t have Sat Nav to spoil our rides! We ended up mostly

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browsing, and not a lot of shopping was actually done. As we do so love our VFRs, even a look around the Honda showroom didn’t manage to tempt us into changing our bikes for a different model. We hadn’t previously booked a test ride (it was that weekend) so it wasn’t possible to try anything either. Strangely, they didn’t even have a new VFR800 on display in the showroom. The afternoon was certainly a good opportunity to get out for our first ride out together this year, and blow off the cobwebs in readiness for Spring. So, hopefully some of you ’Invisibles’ have had your consciences pricked, and you’ve now looked at the Diary of Events to enter them in your calendar, and are definitely going to, as Chairman Dibble so finely put it last time: “Get off your backsides”. Now how about some of you out there joining in for once? If some of you do actually turn up, I’ll even stop moaning. See you soon?

Pete Pete, I have printed your report in its entirity, as I know how committed you are to the Bristol branch. However, I think you have actually had quite a good response of late. The branch has in effect doubled, and it is quite possible to have a whole lot of fun with four or five on a run; have a chat with Phil & Rona from West Coast or Karen from Manx Offshore if you get a chance as they are masters at it. As you report the great times you are having, the four or five will become six or seven, which will eventually become eight and nine. When you have over ten on a run you will be doing as well as most other branches. I suspect that the reason you were asked about the Bristol Show is simply due to the fact that in previous years the Bristol branch have been very keen to be the branch in attendance. Ed

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CAMBRIDGE Secretary: Kim Woodruff - 01353 740883 Hello everyone I can’t believe how fast this year is going already and this is the second edition of the Golden Wing. I have to say, not many ride outs have taken place so far this year; what a surprise! I don’t think many of us are too keen on riding in the snow and sub zero temperatures! It has been a very cold winter and has resulted in, for Paul and I personally, the longest period off our bike ever - 4 months – can you believe it? We can’t. Perhaps we feel the cold more and we could have gone out and no doubt some of you reading this will have done, but the weekends have either been very cold, wet or the roads very dirty and slippery due to the mud from farm machinery, not pleasant to ride on. We finally managed an ‘ off the cuff lets go‘ on Sunday 22nd February to Hunstanton – 5 bikes and 8 silly souls headed off at 11am – we just took the direct route down the A10 as the weather was dull, overcast and cold. On our arrival we were met with a whole line up of bikes on the sea front – nice to know we are not the only ones desperate for a return to riding. We headed up to the Fish and Chip shop which was packed – we had to wait nearly 20 minutes for a table – I think it took the staff by surprise at how busy it was, as they seemed a little fractious. The hot meal and mugs of Tea, Coffee and Hot Chocolate went down very well and the whole time we were in there, more people arrived waiting to eat. We had a look in a small sweetshop next door which sells a lot of the sweets from your childhood – well as you can imagine we had to buy some and then went down to the fair to the sweet stand there and

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of course bought more sweets! Nougat – I love Nougat and have to buy some every time we go. Some of the fair was open – usually it doesn’t open until Easter but think that due to so many people going over the past couple weekends they decided to open up – quite a few rides open and children on them. We headed back to our house for hot drinks and a slice of cake that I had made for the weekend – soon polished that off! It was a lovely day even if it was cold and we had lots of laughs and fun as usual. We have now completed our ride out diary for 2009 which will be sent through under separate cover. Don’t know about the rest of you, but the meeting where we put this together is always hectic. There were lots of ideas being put in and then the deciding of dates which are very often changed due to clashing with other events etc. It was good to see so many people turn up with ideas and offering to lead ride outs and organise things – we still have some Sunny Sunday Spins to fill but these can be done at short notice so please keep an eye on our website. We really can’t wait for the season proper to get started. We are concentrating on the BMF and things are in full swing – if you would like to help or exhibit a bike, then please contact me and I will put your name down. Fingers crossed for a good weekend weather-wise – it does help bring people through the gate. Well as you can see things for Cambs HOC remain well with a healthy turn out to meetings and holidays and time being booked together – we hope to see many of you soon. Take care and safe riding, Love

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DEVON Secretary: Steve Letheren - 01392 431982 Hi all, Just a few lines to let you know how we are doing. Our first official ride out of the year will take place in April, and we will try to meet up with other members in the Devon area. We also hope to meet up with members of the Bristol branch who also seem to be suffering the same problems in getting members to turn up to events. However, we have had four extra people turn up at meets recently, and we have been invited by Honda to come down to Bridge garage to hand out flyers at their test ride weekend; we hope to have some interest from meeting bikers then. We will be at the Powderham vintage rally again this year (11th/12th July) and

hopefully the South West Bike Show again in August. Paigton bike nights are also good on a Wednesday evening in the summer, and we have our social weekend to look forward to in October. This year we have chosen Ilfracombe Holiday Park which is a venue we have never used before, and hope to see many of you there from the 2nd to the 5th October. Well, in summary it’s been a quiet winter with not the best of weather, lets hope 2009 gets better. Bye for now

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EASTERN Secretary: John Hewson - 01469 560306

The 18th December again found us joining W.I.M.A. for their Christmas party at the Chinese restaurant in Brigg; a good time was had by all. Thank you Barb for inviting us. Martin, Lorrie and I went to one of the very entertaining sand races held on Mablethorpe beach. Despite the very cold weather there was a good turnout of both competitors and spectators. We kicked off the 2009 biking year with our now traditional visit to the Spalding Motorcycle Show on the 18th January. The local Honda dealer put on a good display as did the Victory dealer. The show was well supported by stands put on by local clubs. Thank you Dibble for forwarding the email that gave us a £2 discount on the entrance price. Martin has added another bike to his and

Lorrie’s very full garage, a very nice CB1000F. He took it out on our first run of the year, on 21st February, to Tutbury in Staffordshire. Unfortunately the castle was closed but we enjoyed a snack in a local café. We found they make crystal glass at Tutbury and as Lorrie collects crystal I feel we will be visiting again. It was so good to be out riding in fine if cold weather. Graham organised test rides on a Varadero and Pan European at his local dealer in Doncaster for the Honda test ride weekend. Unfortunately neither bike was available to ride when he turned up as both demonstrators had been sold. I hope other members booking test rides were more successful. We have two potential new members in Paul and Trevor attending meetings. They actually come on their bikes to meetings, in the cold, so they must be keen. Remember, the Eastern Branch meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at the Black Bull in Brigg. The Eastern Branch covers a large area and if there are members out there who can’t make meetings and want to be involved, email me via the Eastern website. I hope to see more members at the branch meetings in 2009. Cheers

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EAST MIDLANDS Secretary: Steve Pugh – 01332 515767

Well another quarter gone already, where does the time go, We are always being told time flys as you get older but this is silly it only seems like yesterday when I was pulling together the last update from the East Midlands Group.There is not a lot to tell you this time as winter seems to deter too much venturing on the bikes, but we still had some fun and with Spring on the way lots planned. Christmas Party - 6th December Christmas comes but once a year, and there it was again closing in on us at a rapid rate of knots. To kick off the clubs celebrations we had our Christmas party at the Royal Hotel. We all met in the bar for a few bevvies then into the dining room for a very pleasent meal of course with very pleasent compnay. Crackers pulled, jokes shared and silly hats donned the meal got off to a lively start helped along by the screaching balloons that were flying here, there and everywhere.

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one had told me what went on I am afraid that is all I can tell you.

Just to keep in the festive spirit of things, we got together and had a games night at the Royal Hotel for our last meeting this year, helped along by mince pies and After Eight mints. Everyone had a score card with 3 scores to collect, the first one for the bar skittles (how many skittles can you knock down with one swing of the ball), the second for what can only be described as a type of table top hockey with wooden pucks that you had to propel along a wooden alley into numbered slots at the other end (the slots being just big enough for the pucks to go through) and then finally a hand of pontoon (this one was purely the luck of the draw). The games which were followed by a raffle were won by Karen with a magnificent score of 44 for which she received a small Christmas Hamper. The table top hockey type game caused such a stir that it was decided to have game with 2 teams, boys versus girls. I have to say that there was a lot of unfair barracking on the part of the boys so it isn’t surprising that they won 83 to 60 with Alan Davie getting the highest score of 18. It was a good fun night and thanks to Alan Kyle for organising it. Rita wishes to add another big Thank You to all of you, She was completely stunned to receive the Air Ambulance award, and had absolutely no idea she appreciates it very much. And we appreciate all the work Rita & Steve do as joint Secretarys.

Branch Night 8th February Due to severe adverse weather conditions we thought this branch night would not be attended, but Frank & I went down just in case, and to our great surprise and pleasure were met in the bar by Phil & Delice who had taken their daughter back to Nottingham, just as we were all about to drink up and head for home 4 brave soles from Cannock arrived, they have the longest journey but brave at heart they endured, these being Ken & Kathy along with our dear long lost buddy’s John and Jackie, welcome back folks good to see you. John has recently done a track day for Honda test riding the New Fireblade, I was hoping to tell you about it, but as I have not had the update it will have to wait until the next issue. Well folk’s that’s it from The East Midlands this time round, but I am sure we will have plenty to tell you next edition. You will see our Advert for the Summer Rally to be held in Ashbourne Derbyshire on 3-5th July for those of you who have visited our Derbyshire Rally’s in the past you will know what great roads are around so we look forward to welcoming new and previous visitors to this great venue Keep Safe & Stay Upright

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Skittles Night - 30th January The Skittles night at the Coach and Horses was well attended, fun and rivalry ruled the evening I understand. John Measures attended on crutches as he broke his ankle being a kung fu tiger, so the story goes. Frank & I were unable to attend due to a family wedding. A big thank you goes again to our Al for organising things. As no SPRING 2009

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GLOUCESTER Secretary: Victoria Parker - 07941 831379

It’s been a busy start to the year so far at Gloucester including a change of secretary from Ian to me, Victoria. We have also changed the night on which we meet, due to the Kings Head closing down suddenly. We now meet on the third Monday of every month at The Englands Glory, 66-68 London Rd, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 3PB. The regular attendees at our meeting number around eight, but we tend to be supplemented by a growing number who can’t get to the meetings but do come and join us on ride outs etc. We have a list of ride outs and events planned for this year and will confirm these via the website soon. We have also been

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KENT Secretary: Mike Gallafent - 01322 400775 At present it has been a bit quiet, but the weather has not been too good and we are hopeful attendees will pick up as the weather improves. As previously reported we now have two meeting venues, our new meeting place is at The Windmill in Hollingbourne, near Maidstone and the two meetings held so far have been well attended with several new faces in attendance. From now on we intend to meet here on the first Wednesday of the month. Our existing venue, the Pied Bull in Farningham has also been well attended and we have seen a number of new faces there. From now on we will be meeting at the Pied Bull on the third Wednesday of every month. We decided to split the meeting between the two venues due to the large area the Kent branch caters to. By doing it this way, there is a meeting place reasonably close for all Kent members, and some in Surrey and Sussex too. We have been to two events so far in 2009, the first was to the Excel Show on 1 February, the second to the Ally Pally Show on 1 March. On the 22nd March we joined the Sunbeam Pioneer Run to Brighton which was a great day. The diary will show numerous other ride-outs we propose to run throughout the spring, summer and autumn

and it looks as if we are going to be very busy and ambitious if we achieve the lot. In fact there are a couple of new suggestions to add in. Obviously we are hoping for a good turnout at most of the events and rideouts. We now have our own website at www.hockent.org.uk which has been created by Bill and Julie Brown and this links into the main HOC site. Our site is in its infancy and will be further developed as time goes on and as we become more experienced in using it. My thanks go to Bill and Julie for organising this. We try and keep in touch with all our members locally by email of post, so if you live in our area and don’t get anything from us, please let me know. For those of you who we haven’t seen, please do come and visit at one of our meetings; I am sure we have something in the diary for this year which will whet your appetite Cheers all,

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LAKES & COAST Secretary: Mike Bell - 07738 830917 Already the months are flying by, and the weather still keeps most of us indoors. Even if it is not raining, the roads are flooded, and are full of small stones washed down from the fellsides. OK, a small price to pay for living in this The Most Beautiful Corner Of England, and we look forward to getting out soon to explore again; the routes the touriods don’t find. We are hoping to get out again into our usual playgrounds of the English Lake District, The Scottish Borders and the Yorkshire Dales, that is when they are not shrouded in mist and clouds, the roads wet with stones and puddles, and as for the potholes! Still, the roads are fantastic, and the views amongst the best in the UK. If you don’t believe me, come and have a look, and I will prove it! Planning for the Windermere Air Show on the last week-end of July, is taking shape. We intend to follow the pattern of previous years with a week-end of BBQ’s, ride outs and watching (and listening) to the RAF in our far front garden. Camping can be organised in the garden, or for the more sophisticated, Bed and Breakfast, many within 200 yards of here. More details to follow in further issues of Golden Wing, or on the web site. September will see us joining in with another local bike club for a charity run for the GNAAS, which operates from its new base just outside Penrith. We hope to meet one Wednesday night for the weekly bike meet at Knott-End-On-Sea, and Monday’s at Lytham St Annes. Devil’s Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale is another popular meeting place, together with Hawes, Middleton Teesside, Hartside and Glasson Dock and we hope to get over to Squires Café again, and up to Tan Hill. Come and join us, send me an email, at 46

Lakes@hoc.org.uk and let’s meet up in 2009. We are a large geographically area, but what fun we have in that area. It is not just for the tourists; we can and do enjoy ourselves too! Talking of the web site, I still can’t quite get it load up onto http://www.lakes.hoc.org.uk so if any one can help, please …..! In early March, four of us are having our bikes treated with ACF50, by www.allyearbikers.co.uk who are coming to John’s house to do the work. Will report back in further issues of how successful it has been, as I hate cleaning the bike after a wonderful day out! Meet soon

Peter & Mike UPDATE..UPDATE..UPDATE.. The Red Arrows have confirmed that they will be at the Windermere Air Show on the afternoon of Sunday July 26th 2009 Come along to the Lakes & Coast Airshow BBQ and benefit from a ringside seat! Ring Peter on 015394 44059 for further details.

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MANX OFFSHORE Secretary: Karen Angela - 01624 629299 Well, it’s that write up time again, I still haven’t finished reading the last mag and here we are, yes, you’ve guessed it, late again. (Tim, does anyone get the write ups in early? - Yes, John Hewson from Eastern is usually on the ball. Ed) The excuses (sorry reasons) are getting better though: There we were with the top floor shower room finally getting plasterboarded ready to tile, when a leak brings down the ceiling in the first floor shower which I was hoping not to refurb until the end of the Summer (silly me). So, we’ve changed the itinerary around and we’ll start the windows in the Summer and do the showers now. Nope; him up there decided to kill the boiler, so that’s buggered the finances up, cos apparently it was old. It did keep me fit running up and down stairs bleeding the radiators. Finally after thee weeks of no heating during the coldest weather of the winter, the plumber arrived. Apparently we were lucky they had a cancellation, otherwise we could have been waiting for six weeks. The plumber was just checking through the paperwork in the basement lounge when I noticed I was stood in a puddle on the carpet, and no, I wasn’t that excited. So at seven o’clock at night, there we were on our hands and knees looking for yet another leak and found it halfway down the side of the hot water tank. There was nothing for it but to drain down the radiators again, all thirty of them, and this time we couldn’t even use the emersion heater. The plumber left to order a new tank, announcing as he went that it could take two or three days to arrive; it took a week actually, and we had resigned ourselves to the fact that the windows will have to be postponed until next year. All this left me climbing over John’s Ducati to get in the bath, and the cats displaced into the bathroom while the work was carried out in 48

their room. All that was quite recently of course, but back to club matters; the NEC was fun, hard work but good fun catching up with friends old & new and yes, the heated gloves were purchased (not tested yet though). I even managed to try an off road biking experience, a bit hard on the wrists as they had compacted all the clay so hard. Still, not as hard as owning up to sitting on a Suzuki!! After leaving the NEC and visiting family I headed home for Christmas collecting Johns new bike on the way (yes another one and he’s still only got one bum). When we enquired about tickets to see James Toseland it was fully booked but Kim, our social secretary and husband Ian went, her write follows this one. With our own Christmas spent at the Grand Island Hotel in Ramsey and everybody else’s family commitments, we put off our club Christmas do until after the New Year, the Chinese New Year to be exact. Eight of us at the Imperial Dragon on the promenade for a Chinese buffet celebrating the year of the Ox, I couldn’t eat for nearly a week after! Ila on the other hand was looking very sylph like so the wedding dress should fit perfectly. Bike riding wise, the new season of racing has officially started with practice sessions at Jurby taking place this month (February) and the weather is showing signs of getting better, or at least lighter! We actually missed the February meeting as we both had bad colds but a new member, Jim, turned up and was welcomed by Kim and Ian. John wanted to go for medicinal purposes but I don’t class beer as medicine, perhaps I don‘t read the right medical journals! After recovering from this we joined a big charity ride round the TT course organised by the Rotary Club to raise funds for Polio research. SPRING 2009


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This was a massive local event with many TT riders taking part including John McGuinness, Nick Crowe, Connor Cummings, Chris Palmer and many others, the weather was good and a great time was had by all! The final total has not been announced yet but should be pretty good. By the time you read this TT will be upon us and should be a good one this year. The Vintage rally will be a scaled down affair as the local VMCC section are now in charge of the Manx Rally. This will be a great event organised locally and unlike a lot of the UK sections, the Manx section welcomes riders of eligible Japanese machines, quite a few local members ride old Honda’s, we have several 400 fours, a black Bomber 450, the first bike I ever rode pillion, and a CB160 that we know about, bring yours over to join in! Plans for the Summer include the barbecue we never managed last year, if the weather holds up, the Laxey bike show on

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Thursday of TT week and the same open house for club members on the last Saturday of TT race week, June 13th, noon till about 3.00pm, then off to the Billown circuit at Castletown for the final races. Another possibility is a club camping weekend at Sulby later in the year if there’s enough interest. This is MOB signing off, Be safe, be happy.

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NORFOLK Contact: Julian Richards - 07717 306 201 Our monthly meetings at the Apollo Harleston on the second Thursday of each month during 2009 are now all set and any other HOC Branch member in the area at this time is very welcome to join us. One thing we need to do is to get some motorcycle orientated guest speakers along for some of our evenings at the Apollo which should get us some variation to the normal socialising. By the time you read this, our invited visit to the Quidenham Hospice near Snetterton will have taken place, we will tour the facilities to see the best way in which we can assist, whether it be painting a room, supplying craft materials, or helping with one of their fund-raising activities. One of our members has suggested running a helium balloon race for them from Hunstanton during the summer as we get so many bikers there, so if you come across us doing that, please dig deep!! Another of our members has suggested that we pay £1 each per branch meeting as a way to collect some funds to buy craft materials which they need; we also hope to set up a day for us to visit with our bikes and show the children. Another way we want to help is with their “Ride for Life” at Thetford on the 16th and 17th of May by marshalling at the event. The Ride for Life is a series of cycle rides around Thetford Forest to which families return year after year because of its friendly, noncompetitive atmosphere and the huge difference it makes for some of the region's sickest children. Now in its 16th year, the event in aid of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (Each) has raised £563,000 for its hospices at Quidenham, Ipswich and Milton, near Cambridge. We hope to attend a few events this year to publicise ourselves, starting with small village or school fetes where a group of motorcycles should generate a lot of interest, both for ourselves as a branch and 50

the organisers, the big one I mentioned in the last “Golden Wing” the Police Gala Day has been a victim of it’s own success and is being held as smaller events throughout our area to promote community policing so we’ll investigate them as details emerge. One event we will attend is the “Eastern Lights Cavalcade” a charity event which donates the proceeds to the James Paget Hospital in Gt. Yarmouth, unfortunately it clashes with the HOC roast, so we may do our own branch roast on another date. The website is progressing at a snails pace and I will upload more pictures onto the gallery section as I get them during the coming months (Branch members – hint, hint). I’m very pleased that the National Rally organised by N&MK branch has been so popular and as I’m on the spot was asked to submit a proposed ride-out for the Saturday which I’ve done. I have driven around part of the route and tweaked it a little to cut out some really small roads and bad junctions so hopefully you’ll all enjoy it. My enjoyment will be along the lines of the Falklands War phrase, “I counted them all out and I counted them all back”. Julian who started our branch in November 2007 has been working on the run and an event for the Sunday which will become clear when he’s finalised it. The next thing we are working on is a branch badge; we’ll run it as a competition until the end of May, then members can pick their favourite and we’ll adopt it. We will probably organise a branch Easter meal following the success of the one last Christmas, half the fun will be visiting the pubs to decide which suits us best. Hope to see many of you in September and some of you before that if we can. Safe riding to you all,

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MANCHESTER Secretary: Stephen Davenport - 07968 810435 We have started off as we carried on last year – with some good rides and plans for even better things. Our first ride of the year was to Jodrell Bank. After the freezing weather we have had the preceding week, I was worried that we may not get a good ride - but I was wrong. The weather changed at the last minute and ended up into double figures (my bike thermometer got up to 11c at one stage). We also had a new starting venue - pleasant enough and petrol nearby. By the time I got there, there were already 5 bikes there and before we left we had 10 bikes and 2 pillions. This was very respectable at any time and especially good for early January. We had 2 new potential members turn up - so, welcome Paul and Mandy and I hope you enjoyed the day.

After a brew and some late breakfast for some, we set off. Gary had chosen us a nice winding route and we didn't encounter much traffic at all. Of course, having just had winter descend upon us, the roads were horrible and the bikes ended up looking like we'd been through a ploughed field. But we carried on and after about 90 minutes (and SPRING 2009

much banter on the radios), we got to Jodrell Bank. For those who have never been, it is a pleasant (and cheap) visit to see what scientists did in the 50's and 60's the 3-D show is especially worthwhile.

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This time, the forecast was snow, snow and more snow - but not until around 3pm. So, we had an alternative route planned in case it got bad.

By the time we were ready to go, we had 7 bikes and 1 pillion. This is very good given the forecast and the fact it was the 1st Feb (when most sane bikers are still hibernating). But before that, we had time for a leisurely breakfast and a chat - the normal state of affairs for Manhoc riders. Once outside I had a chance to see what was there - we had more Hondas that nonHondas (which is good) and a very interesting collection of bikes ranging from Phil's Repsol Varadero through to Geoff's old Triumph Speed Triple (one of the original ones). In between were 5 x 1300cc bikes most unusual! (2 Pans, 2 FJRs and 1 CB1300 if you are interested). We did decide to change the route - and ended up with a long circular route to Prestbury. I had this in my GPS - but in the best "Gary" tradition, I managed to miss a turn or two and do a couple of unplanned diversions. Even so, the ride was good. There were very few cars on the road and the surface was dry - both things made for pleasant, fast progress along nice country roads (not a dual carriageway in site). Even a small altercation with a horsebox couldn't upset our journey. We made excellent progress - so much so that we had no need for the buddy system at all. Eventually we arrived at our destination, the Bridge in at Prestbury. 56

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We rode in, parked up and removed helmets in anticipation of some warming sustenance. A very nice old gentleman came down and asked if we could move the bikes because they were expecting 130 people for a w e d d i n g reception. Oops.... So, we suited up again and rode off to find another place - this time led by Bob. 300 yards away we turned into another car park. No, this was no good either - it was a posh restaurant. "No worries" says Bob", "Lets go to the Windmill - about 3 miles away". Fine, so we scoot off for a short jaunt up the road to the Windmill - only to find that it was shut! This was getting silly.... Luckily we had spotted a nice pub on the way to the Windmill so we decamped over to that one. AT LAST - warmth and food. We all staggered inside and headed for seating and the menus. Food and drink were quickly ordered and we sat down to enjoy it all. At least most of us did - John and Judy's food seemed to take ages to arrive (John was very good - he didn't even pinch the chips). Meanwhile, who should join us but "Tiger Alan" - another member of the club who just happened to be passing and saw the bikes. So that was 9 of us now!

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Eventually we thought it best to carry on home - what with the weather settling in. So, on with the gear and outside to set off. A good day out considering it never got above 4c. Heated jackets and grips are a godsend! Our latest ride was our annual pancake run. Obviously word has spread because we had 19 bikes and 3 pillions turn up for this!

The only downside was that our planned destination was closed. After consulting the maps and discussing it with a few people, we decide to keep to the original route and divert off to Holmfirth for a cuppa when we get nearby. Seems a good plan to me so I modify the GPS to accommodate this. And off we go (only 15 minutes late). The route (thank you Gary) was very pleasant. As Neil said, it's amazing what nice roads there are on our doorstep. We only hit the edge of a few towns and didn't get split up much (had to wait twice whilst the back end people got stuck in roadworks). The buddy system worked well and no one got lost. So, over hill and dale until we were in the hills overlooking Holmfirth. The views looked great so I pulled into a convenient car park for some photos. After a bit of berating from the ladies ("why can't we stop somewhere warm"?), we set off again. Or at least, most if us did. Geoff's Triumph refused to start until it was pushed (and freewheeled) downhill away from a transmitter mast. So, much merriment all round - but thank goodness for decent radios so I knew what was going on. SPRING 2009

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Finally, we arrived in Holmfirth and parked up in a large car park. This time we got some parking tickets BEFORE we got booked (those of you who remember last year will understand this) and then walked across the river to find a nice cafe. As always, we ended up in the same one - and had some very welcome refreshments. Some people insisted they needed to eat even though I had told everyone there was chilli as well as pancakes for tea.

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Pancakes and chilli were soon consumed, there was much talking and merriment (and a guided tour of chez nous for the ones who hadn't seen our Tardis) and then everyone made their way back home before it got too dark and cold. The report cannot be complete without the FANTASIC news – our beloved chairman has finally come back into the fold. Yes, Alan now has a brand new H o n d a C B 1 3 0 0 S . Picked it up on March 1st and he loves it (as you can see!)..

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ROCHDALE HONDA An all-new Honda motorcycle dealer, Rochdale Honda, has opened its doors. Rochdale Honda sees the expertise of dealer principals Kevin Goodwin and Stuart Phethean come together in a newlyrefurbished shop at 48 Milnrow Road in Rochdale, based just 20 minutes from Manchester city centre. Rochdale Honda will offer new and used bikes, servicing, parts, motorcycle accessories and riding gear – as well as offering the highest standards of service, backed by a knowledgeable team of staff. Joint principal Kevin Goodwin says: "Stuart and I are old friends – we used to motocross together a long time ago, and we still find the time to head out off-road! Stuart has around 25-years of experience in the trade and I've been in the game for around 13 years. At Rochdame Suzuki I ran parts,

accessories and the workshop while Stuart ran the sales side of things. When we moved into a new building, we decided to make a fresh, exciting start, so we decided to go solus Honda!" Kevin says all the staff will welcome customers old and new in their premises on the Milnrow Road. He adds: "We're still building the team, but we guarantee a friendly atmosphere and we want people to pop in for a cup of tea whenever they can. It's early days for us, but we're going to hold some open days, organise some track days and basically enjoy our motorcycling with our customers and friends." Rochdale Honda can be visited at 48 Milnrow Road in Rochdale, OL16 1UD or online at www.rochdalehonda.com or by telephone 01706 640626 and email info@rochdalehonda.com.


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

As usual things have been fairly busy here in Northamptonshire. On the 10th December thirty members enjoy an evenings bowling with guest teams from Bedford branch. By the look of some of the poses in the photos it's anybodies guess what they were doing.

turned up. Some of us even donned fancy dress. The following morning in sub zero temperatures sixteen people and eleven bikes stood shivering in the pub car park waiting for the "off" for our New Years Day Chilly Run. As the odd snowflake flittered past our noses, Stritchy (run leader) declared this would be the shortest branch run ever. Ten miles later we arrived at The Needle'n'Awl near Rushden where we consumed vast quantities of hot coffee and had a good honest pub lunch. On January 9th, we held our Christmas dinner, again at the Ten O'Clock. Twenty eight members enjoyed a traditional Christmas dinner cooked by Donna.

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On Saturday 28th February, a few of us went to Hein Gericke in Northampton for their Open Day. As the Northampton branch is under new management it was a good chance to meet Emma and drop some leaflets and posters off at the same time. Hopefully we shall have some better riding weather this year.

After the meal there was ample missiles and laughter for the rest of the evening. On Wednesday 4th February, despite ice, snow and again sub zero temperatures thirty eight people, including some old friends from the Bedford branch enjoyed an intellectual evening of brain racking questions presented by Brian the quiz master. We also enjoyed a Fish and Chip supper as this was the first of this year's Quiz and Chip nights. Bedford (as usual) won the quiz

In the time between this edition and the next we will have celebrated the marriage of Stritchy and Ruth; we all wish them all the best. Until next time. Ride Safe

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NORTH LONDON Contact, John Saffer 020 8505 3664

“Snow is imminent!” we are told daily by the lovely Scottish lass on the telly! Biting winds and frosty mornings plague us, and our thermals are almost getting worn out! One of our members actually spoke of getting them washed at the weekend which would have meant a day not riding the bike! Sacrilege! I persuaded him otherwise. Hey - he’s a bit whiffy most of the time so noone would’ve noticed anyway. The important thing is to get out and ride. As Russ said: "There's no such thing as bad weather, just improper attire" Steve set off a nice Christmas mood by posing for a cheesy christmas card picture in his special "Peter Pan Biker Boy Outfit ".

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Our year has started really well in our little hidey-hole in the Forest.

The younger punters table I know that it makes some branches weep at our success in attracting new members but we are getting a fabulous turnout each week even when the thick snow did suddenly fall in our area (more later). We are averaging about 17 people each week. Either we’re doing something right or people really are fed up with the telly or both! We know there’s a lot more members in the area but we don’t know what’s holding them back. All I can say is come along and join in the lively repartee and banter that goes with a group of bikers – we are not a staid bunch of fuddy-duddies and we have a cross section of ages so it’s a good mix of people. If you are anywhere in London north of the Thames you really should drop in and see us on any Thursday night, regular as clockwork. See our website www.nlhoc.org.uk or link to us from the main HOC site. It’s a real pleasure to say that since Keith Jones took over the website we have had a good clear out of old photos and events that expired a long time ago and it is now very current. Well done Keith! SPRING 2009


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Our first event of the year was well recorded on our site and was a New Year’s Day ride out to Maldon (where the salt is grown). I was leading the ride and sad to say we set off a little later than planned because I’d over-indulged the night before! We had a turnout of 6 bikes on what was probably the coldest New Year's Day in 26 years. We picked up Jim (KTM) en-route as he lives in Chelmsford area and then went to the Golden Arches for a slap up piece of chicken nugget and 99p burger with fries – just what we needed! How Barry managed a milk shake in that weather was beyond all of us. Plenty of mickey taking occurred (mostly out of our Chairman Graham) but the atmosphere was good and we all had a nice ride home too. Two weeks later and we were off to enjoy our Christmas Dinner at The Romford Dog Stadium. The evening started really well with us getting free entry thanks to Phil W's wife’s best friend’s friend having done a lot with dogs in Romford (his case comes up next month) so there was entry money saved there – more for us to bet with.

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dogs (say no more), Steve K was looking for his lost (and never found) winning ticket, whilst Keith was counting his winnings and then treating everyone to champagne. Even graham ended up 41p better off on the night! A Result ! In the meantime Nikolay was convinced we had made up the whole idea of a dog track as he couldn’t find the place - “It’s easier to find the secret nuclear

Keith & Russ go to the dogs bunker” he said! It later transpired he’d gone passed there three times but because he couldn’t hear any dogs barking he assumed it was a football pitch! After wishing each other Merry Christmas we promised to do it again (still without Nikolay of course). It was a great night out! At the beginning of February we went to the Bike Show at ExCel in Docklands (a twenty minute jaunt away from our East London 24 hour diner). The forecast was cold with expected snow flurries. They got the first part right with zero degrees C at the start and the flurries came later in the day. cont....

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Those of us that met up were Russ and Mike Dignum (both on Deauvilles), Steve Y on Honda CB600F, Barry on Fazer 1 (the black shadow), Rob on Beemer, Keith and Mary on the Hornet, Mark A on his VTR, Phil & Thelma on a VFR, me also, while Aryeh turned up eventually on the Pan. Last minute attendee was Tony on his Yama.

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Overall a good day was had but if you’d have gone on your own it would’ve been a bit of a disappointment I think. We all had a laugh, grabbed a few bargains and sat on some nice models (oops – say no more). Valentines Day being what it is meant that I had to give the love of my life some gifts, kisses and a hot bath with loads of hugs. “Oi! Enough of that messing about with that bike of yours” said my wife “take me out!”. So… I had to save my ride for the next day when a few of us went for a trip into the Essex and Herts' countryside, culminating in a stop at Much Hadham - where we worked out how to get to our next destination of the Westmill Tea Rooms near Buntingford. Various Sat-Navs were called into play and the resulting directions gave us a further nice ride on some decent roads.

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The weather was turning a bit miserable so tea-time was a leisurely affair with a great deal of story telling by Phil (and raised eyebrows by everyone else) whilst we ate sumptuous cakes and drank hot chocolate and even hotter tea. Excellent fayre! Would highly recommend the place for bikers too. We had an amusing ride back – the rain holding off until we got home. Just right!

Mill We had a very heavy snowfall a short while back that started on a Thursday evening and was all gone by Friday morning. About 12 cm of snow fell in about 2 hours and whilst we had a good crowd turn up - only one brave soul came to our meeting by bike - unfortunately finding the limits of his tyre adhesion on the way there and on the way back too. Fortunately he was alright but we were very proud of his efforts to make the meeting. There’s dedication for you! Everyone else came by 4WD or huskies pulling sleds. One of our members had planned on bringing his own little sledge but it was along time ago that he’d last used it, and could only manage if his Dad pulled him along. Well, with his old man nudging 84 years old now - that wasn’t going to happen was it? He did reckon that if he could have got there the very long slide downhill to Waltham Abbey would’ve been worth it. His main regret was that he could'nt get his old dad out of his pyjamas to do the pulling! We have other events arranged including our highly inappropriately named “Ride of the Few” to France on the second Sunday of March. This will have been and SPRING 2009

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gone by the time this article gets to press but it is set to be very well attended despite the title of the event. In fact about 17 of us will be lunching in Le Touquet - and are hoping for dry roads with no Gendarmes around. That's the normal situation on any Sunday in France as it happens – that’s why we like going there! We made a donation to “The Bloodrunners” in memory of Winston Sim - and the charity are coming to talk to us about their work running blood around to hospitals etc during night time for emergencies – we think it’s a worthwhile cause. We also made a donation to Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green and have volunteered to attend their open day in the summer to show off our bikes to the children so they can sit on the bikes/have pictures taken etc., A pastime we indulge in ourselves; so why not (?) and if it brings some happiness into the lives of others then we are all for it. In the middle of April we have a private BikeSafe Day (our group exclusively) arranged at the Ace Café in Hendon, North London. This has been booked well in advance; so we hope to get some additional training for the group members that are going and to encourage motorcycle safety and best practice. Also, the Coppers know some great roads so we can use them ourselves afterwards and in the future. Hope you all have plenty of safe riding and loads of good weather to do it in. Don’t forget, if you’re coming down to the London area and want some good bike roads around Essex & Herts., please get in touch – or better still come along to any of our meetings on a Thursday (see website for details). Happy Springtime!

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OXFORD Secretary: Erica Gassor - 07799 49 2235

We are off to a great start for 2009, having already enjoyed a couple of excellent speakers at our meetings, our ride out calendar is coming together nicely and a quick trip over the channel planned! We have also welcomed several new members who seem to be enjoying joining in. Before I comment on 2009, I should however just finish of last year by stating

on the ins and outs of being a motorcycle accident solicitor and turned everyone into an investigator to take part in the evening! Wanting to re vamp our HOC Oxford Branch T-shirts, our next speaker was Glyn from the T Shirt Studio (a member of the Wiltshire Branch) who gave a very informative chat. Following the meeting we are all now going to look very smart in our new gear! With a full calendar of speakers and events planned throughout the year, which includes some inter-Branch challenges, I am sure it is going to be fun!

well done to Betty who organised a great Christmas dinner and disco at a local hotel in Abingdon. Thirty five of us attended and had good food and lots of fun with party poppers, balloons and disco dancing! Our first speaker of the year was John Measures, from BGT Solicitors, who gave an excellent presentation

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I should perhaps mention two or three events in particular, in a case any other branches want to come and join us. Our Test Ride Day at Abingdon Honda on Saturday 25th April with a full range of bikes to choose from, our Rob’s Run Charity day on the 5th of July (see separate ad) and our Oxford Rally on the 7th/8th/9th of August (again see separate ad). Three of us from the Branch have taken up the Saddle Sore challenge again to see if we can beat Richard’s total mileage of last year. Likewise the ride outs are coming together well and are starting on the 15th of March with a trip to Jack’s Café via the interesting route! We then plan a joint ride with Reading Branch and others. We also have our Oxford trip to The Biker’s Loft in Belgium at Easter and with lots of the members volunteering different destinations and dates, the year is filling up with interesting and fun ride outs. SPRING 2009

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We all look forward to seeing lots of our pals at our various events as 2009 progresses.

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Are you busy on Wednesday May 13th? If not, you are cordially invited to join the

Honda Owners Club Solent Branch for

An Evening with John John, who is the Senior Technical Co-ordinator for Honda UK will be explaining how Honda’s revolutionary braking systems work, and will answer questions. There will be quiz at the end of the evening, and perhaps a prize (no, not the CBR600 John is bringing with him) The start time is 7.00 p.m. sharp at The Southampton Amateur Rowing Club, Hazel Road, Woolston, Southampton. SO19 7GA

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READING Secretary -Chris Ward 07899 967327

The Reading Branch is now running quite nicely and we have been quite busy over the last three months. On the 7th December the annual Toy Run from Reading to Dr Barnardo’s in Wokingham took place and five branch members, Gaz, Taz, Roger, Krys and Chris, braved the near freezing temperatures to join in with over 2000 other bikers delivering presents. Many riders were dressed in Santa outfits including our very own Taz. The convoy of bikes was marshalled unimpeded through junctions and the entire route was lined with members of the public, cheering and waving. Once we reached Barnardo’s in Wokingham we were provided with welcoming hot drinks to help us thaw out. Although cold it was a very enjoyable and worthwhile day out.

At our last branch meeting of the year on the 10th of December we celebrated with our Christmas Party. A good turnout of members was also supplemented by two visitors from our near neighbours Oxford. An extensive hot and cold buffet was provided by Jenny, our hostess at The Swan and a great evening was had by all, with the highlight being our grand raffle. Raffle 72

tickets were sold by all branch members allowing prizes to be presented to eight winning tickets. The proceeds of the raffle would be donated to one of our nominated charities in the New Year. Big thanks to Allie and Marion for organising the party and raffle respectively.

Our first ride out of the New Year took place on Sunday 18th January. Six of us, Mick (run leader), Taz, Bob, Bryan, John and Chris, road down into Hampshire for a pub lunch at the Jolly Miller in North Warnborough. As the weather was better than expected we decided to continue the run further south and ended up at Loomies Café at West Meon for a hot drink stop before returning to our homes.

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Our branch meeting on the 11th of February featured a Valentine’s theme. Allie selected suitable prizes for the raffle and Marion provided a special St. Valentines quiz. The winning team, “Norfolk ‘n’ chance, consisting of Allie, Colleen and Bryan romped to victory taking the prize of Love Hearts.

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We were given a guided tour of the establishment before Jo Read of Sue Ryder Care accepted the donation from Mick. After leaving the hospice we dropped down to Henleyon-Thames for a bangers and mash lunch. One of our branch, Tony, an IAM and TVAM member gave us a very interesting and amusing talk at our meeting on the 25th of February. Such was the success of his talk that several members of the branch have expressed an interest in becoming advanced motorcyclist. We have a busy diary ahead of us with ride outs and social events planned which include barbeques and inter branch evening get togethers. The rally season will soon be upon us and although we are not planning a rally of our own this year, many members have already stated their intentions of attending some, including a healthy commitment to the National Rally. Reading Branch is looking forward to meeting up with you all in 2009. Cheers all,

Chris Our ride out on the 15th of February took us to The Sue Ryder Care Hospice at Nettlebed in Oxfordshire. Ten branch members made the ride, Chris led, followed by Mick, Ian and Angie, Roger and Krys, Ian, Allie, Gaz with Tony acting as tail end Charlie. Marion also joined us at Nettlebed. Proceeds from our Christmas Raffle had allowed us to make a charitable donation to the hospice which is located in a magnificent Edwardian country estate formerly owned by the grandfather of author Ian Fleming. SPRING 2009

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SOLENT Secretary -Tim Lee 023 8025 2113

The pre-Christmas old folks Christmas present run was cancelled this year. The credit crunch has got one of the centres and it’s closed down and the other two didn’t seem that keen to see us last Easter so we have abandoned the idea for a while. The charity pot continues to grow so we will have to find another deserving cause to assist, maybe this time more motorcycling orientated. Injuries, family problems and down right bad luck conspired to drastically reduce the turnout for the annual New Year’s Day rideout. Heroically led by Dave and Pam the small contingent managed a wiggly route around the roads of Hampshire and West Sussex to end up at The West Meon Hut for some warming refreshments where they met up with the V4 Owners Club. The brave, and those with new heated waistcoats for Christmas (you know who you are, so no more taking the mickey out of Pam!) ventured out in the afternoon with the V4 folks to round the day off. January saw the AGM with a good turnout to support the long standing committee. We have agreed a fairly comprehensive programme for the forthcoming spring and summer. Apart from our ‘Every Other W e d n e s d a y Evening Rideout to Somewhere Nice’ we will be doing a ‘1st Sunday of the Month rideout to 74

Somewhere Nice’ starting 10:30 on 5th April at Wickham Square (weather permitting of course). So if you’ve got nothing to do on a 1st Sunday come along, all welcome, and as the year gets longer and warmer we will venture further afield and find some nice places to go to February and the annual Solent Branch 10 pin bowling competition attracted 13 entrants. Unlucky for some? Unlucky for those that didn’t come because we had a cracking evening, 2 games of bowling that lasted all evening, a prize if you’re lucky and a running buffet that even we couldn’t finish can’t be bad value for £6.99. The competition was hard fought for with Tom Anderson marginally beating Bill Arnold and Alan Peace to take top honours. But the fight for the ‘Best of the Worst’ position was even closer fought with Barbara Peace just pipping Alan Stamp by two points to snatch defeat from the hands of victory to take the much coveted wooden spoon award.

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March saw a relaxing evening at Mother Kelly’s Fish Bar was enjoyed by 18 of us. Funny how you can get them to turn out when there’s food on the table! So that rounds off the first quarter of the year, roll on the clocks going forward and the light evenings, which will mean a return of the Wednesday ride outs (7:30 Wickham Sq alternate Wednesdays starting 8th April). But before that on Sunday 5th April is SPRING 2009

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our first Sunday of the month ride out. Weather permitting we will be going to Clouds Place Cottage near Bovington Camp, the last home of Lawrence of Arabia and just a mile or so away from where he was killed in a motorbike crash. It should be a good day with a route through the New Forest and down Zigzag Hill already planned out. Leaving Wickham Square at 10:30 and picking up the Southampton folk at 11:15 in MacDonald’s car park Ower Services. Please come along and give it a try, even if you are not a regular at club night you are welcome. And if you are not a member and reading this for the first time what better way to sample the Solent Branch hospitality. Happy Hondaring

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SOLENT BRANCH

15th NEW FOREST RALLY 19th - 21st JUNE 2009 BOOKING FORM NAME ADDRESS

POST CODE HOC MEMBERSHIP No.

VEHICLE REG. No. CAR BIKE No.

COST

No. OF NIGHTS @ £10.00 PER UNIT (TENT OR CARAVAN) No. OF BREAKFASTS ON SAT @ £3.00 No. OF BREAKFASTS ON SUN @ £3.00 No. OF BBQ SALADS @ £1.00 TOTAL OF CHEQUE

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RETURN TO:HOC SOLENT RALLY CLUB, BARBARA PEACE, 17 QUEEN STREET, LITTLEHAMPTON, BN17 6EP CHEQUES PAYABLE TO: HOC SOLENT RALLY CLUB PLEASE WRITE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS ON BACK OF CHEQUE AND ENCLOSE S.A.E. On arrival call at site office for vehicle pass


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SOUTH WALES Secretary: Donna Richards - 01639 766406 Well, it’s been a long, cold Winter and I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t affected the number of rideouts we’ve had. We’ve still managed a few, but not as many as we would have liked. The Christmas Party 2008 was a wonderful success. The venue was Llechwen Hall, near Pontypridd and we combined the party with a stay overnight so no-one had to worry about driving. I’ve included a picture of a few of us dancing the night away. In the words of our branch chairman, Gareth, the evening had good food, good company and good value. We recently contacted HOC (GB) members who live locally to encourage them to take part in branch events and we have had a very positive response. In January, we held our AGM. The branch officers remain the same as last year. Chairman – Gareth Richards, Secretary – Donna Richards and Treasurer – Sonya Salisbury. We have an exciting calendar of events lined up for this year and we are hoping to

organise our own mini rally. Details of this will follow when we have something definite. The details of the Summer Holiday have been finalised. We are travelling to Landeck in Austria via France and Germany. We have five bikes going, 9 people in all. So, it should be a lot of fun. I am really excited about it and can’t wait. I think everyone feels the same. Gareth and I attended the management meeting in January. It was a long way to travel (Leicester), but well worth it to make contact with other branches and stay in touch with what’s going on. Everyone in the club is so friendly and made us feel welcome and part of the club. We also had an excellent time at Andy’s 50th birthday party that night. Thanks for inviting us; we thoroughly enjoyed it. The day before the snow came, we had an enjoyable rideout to St David’s. It was bitterly cold, but we had a good turnout and everyone enjoyed. Daffodil shoots have been seen sprouting and the weather has turned distinctly milder this week. Let’s hope it keeps up and we can get out and about as much as possible. Here’s to a mild and pleasant Spring!

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THREE SHIRES Secretary: Keven Ludlam - 0114 281 7193 Well the first report for 2009, so far the year has been a little hectic. The ‘s no Rally had to be put back a month, mainly because we didn’t get our arse’s out of gear but as it turned out, it was for the better as the scheduled week end was devastated by the snow (as was the country) so thankfully we didn’t have to cancel and have all the hassle because of the disruption. We have the Annual Egg run for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital to look forward to and again it looks like being a massive event this year, already we’ve had plenty of support from all over the region. Thanks go to Jackie Bane and Kate Watts as their companies, SDP Flyers and Andrell Education have sponsored the Flyers / posters and T shirts this year, so every bit of money goes to the hospital. Added to that, a big thank you to the club members who’ve worked tirelessly handing the flyers out, marketing the event and gaining donations. James Toseland has promised to be there again and Leon Haslam has donated various bits to raffle off, so all is well so far. I would like to say at this point that an event the size and scale of this wouldn’t be possible without the help of South Yorkshire Police and the Motorcycle division. These

people give up their time to help with this event every year and so far the event has been hazard free because it’s been so well marshaled by them, so a very big thank you to the Chief Constable and his men, in particular PC Jon Martin, for the help they provide. We have some great things in the pipe line. There is a week in Scotland for the members, the Summer Rally will be held on August Bank Holiday week end at Wirksworth near Matlock (Keep an eye out for the booking form), and there is a Clay pigeon shoot in July. We’ll be attending the Classic Bike Show at Stafford and there’s the Three Shires night at the dogs. We are in the process of building up a runs diary so 2009 could be a very good year (don’t worry about the weather, I’ve arranged a good summer, me and God are on good terms. At this point, and it’s worth taking note anyone traveling throughout the Humberside region, I would sincerely like to thank the Humberside Police for allowing me and Pop to take part in a “Speeding Seminar” instead of receiving the fine and points on our licenses; we were foolishly traveling at 37mph in a 30 zone, slowing down whilst going past the 30mph sign. I’m not bitter and twisted honest. Her Majesty’s Police force was in full view and we should have known better; silly me. It sticks in the throat that my girlfriend got a slap on wrist for 35 in a 30 zone in the South Yorkshire region. Can’t be good ALL the time, instead be happy.

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WEST COAST RIDERS Secretary: Phil Bell - 07900 507187 Hi All, Don’t know about you guys, but I think this has been a very long and depressing winter. I know I’ve had the loss of my mum and my job in the space of two days over New Year’s Eve to contend with, but the weather’s not been brilliant either and that just depresses me. But on a very positive note, job wise, I have a new job starting on the 16th March working for Hein Gerike in Chester…how cool is that…..I get to play with bikers all day and they’re gonna pay me for it…I’m gonna be like a kid in a toy shop LOL. On other positive news, we have had 4 new members join the branch since Christmas, so a big welcome to Richard, Lee, Jackie and Lewis. Lewis is in the Merchant Navy and has just disappeared off to sea for a few months, so we haven’t had the pleasure of meeting him yet, but as soon as he hits dry land again, I’m sure he’ll be round to see us. We look forward to welcoming another member to the fold. Sail safe Lew. There’s not much happening over on the West Coast since my last report. We’ve had

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the NEC of course, which was very good as always. I’ve attached a few pix, including the obligatory picture of Graham asleep on the job as he does every year LOL We’ve also had the test weekend at Hunts in Manchester in which you could win the bike you test rode on the day, so fingers crossed Phil and I will be the proud owners of a brand new Fireblade in the not too distant future LOL; yeah right! Oh well, a person can dream…someone has to win though, eh! However, we also test rode the ABS version of the CBR600RR and just how awesome is that bike? The 600RR just gets better every time we ride it, and it’s been a few times now LOL. You just get so much fun for your money with that little baby. Stunning bike, I can highly recommend you go and give it a try if you get the chance, it’ll put a smile from ear to ear on your face that’s for sure.

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Rideout wise, we’ve not had our first ride of the year yet, that’s on the 15th March, so too late to add into this, so I’ll let you know all about that in the next mag. We’re off to the seaside to blow away the cobwebs of winter once and for all hopefully, so looking forward to it. The weathers warming up nicely so far, so fingers crossed it’ll be a good day. We even gave our leathers an airing on the test weekend, which is great, just love that first day of the year when you can shrug off all those layers and winter gear and slide into those comfy leathers for the first time…..makes life good; but we won’t go into that LOL. Suffice to say I much prefer not looking like the Michelin man for a few months of the year. At the moment we’re running around on Gary from Manchester’s baby; a 2001 Fireblade. Gary had to have a big heart operation and is unable to ride his pride n joy for at least 10 weeks, so asked us if we’d look after him and keep him running, which you’ll be pleased to know hon, we’re doing. Meanwhile we’ve striped ours down to change the oil and filter and check all the shims as in over 71,000 miles we know they’ve never been done. Well, for a start SPRING 2009

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he’s a babe and only needs two shims replacing after all that, which is awesome, but before we got started on striping him down we turned him over after not running him for over 4 weeks and he started without needing charging, how cool is that; a 17 year old bike that’s done 85,000 miles and he starts after four weeks of standing. He’s my babe for a reason; I’m such a proud mummy LOL. If there was ever a great advert for buying a Honda then my Gonzo is it. However, we’ll probably take Gary’s bike on our first ride just to give it a good airing as it’s mainly been used to ferry Phil back n forth to work since we’ve had it, as the weathers not been good enough to take it for a play before now. So hopefully it’ll have fun round all the welsh roads, I know we will on it LOL. Don’t worry Gary, we’ll look after her well you know that. I’ll take a piccie of her by the beach for ya. And so to the end of this time from me, ride safe but most of all have fun guys and happy biking season, it’s about time it arrived, it’s been a long time coming this year!!!! Love

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Hi All, Unfortunately I missed the report for the winter edition as I was in the throes of moving house, and it took a whole three weeks for them to get my internet connected. Despite this and the bad weather, we still managed a few runs out with some of us going to the docklands show for a wander round. The Honda stand was a lot bigger than last year, and after about six hours we decided to call it a day. The first big party of the year was Dibble’s 50th, and as so many people were going to be there, it was decided to hold the Management Committee meeting in the daytime beforehand. Wow, what a night, and what a treat your wife laid on; not many would do that for their husband. I have taken some photos which I hope you like despite the problem with the flash. What did your mates think after it had all died down? The next 50th birthday party (I hear there is a spate of them this year) was Paul’s. This was fancy dress, and I went as Doctor Who with Maureen going as a Dalek. John went as a bear, and Jude turned up as Captain Cook. The next party is in April, another 50th, and at this one we have already booked the overnight digs! On the 7th February we enjoyed a superb night out at the Admiral Hawke. Jude’s daughter Lauren was singing with her band, and she is very good. We’re bound to say that I suppose, but the sentiment was echoed by the landlord who was more than pleased with his very full pub! On the 8th February a small group of us decided to go indoor carting, as it had been a long time since our last attempt. We had two fifteen minute sessions, and try as I did, 82

I was unable to beat Jude whose time bettered mine by just 1/400 of a second. On the 1st March we had a short run out to Boxhill and Newlands Corner. The weather looked as if it would stay dry, and we all had a very enjoyable few hours. We have a full program set for most of the year, but do keep in touch as sometimes we arrange things at short notice, especially if the weather is good.

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WEST MIDLANDS Secretary: Andy Reynolds Since the last edition of my ramblings, I can most definitely state that this branch is still going strong especially after such a horrible winter. We have been meeting regularly every other Tuesday with a good core of members showing up albeit bikeless, but we’re a hardy breed up here in the Midlands, or is it we’re a lot of breeders!! Any how we’re not going to let a little bit of snow put us off from having a good time, are we? Our diaries are getting full, but more of that later. At the beginning of 2009 we all met up at Monmore Green Greyhound and Speedway Stadium, Wolverhampton, for a fun packed night of betting, eating and drinking, but only for those who were not driving. It all kicked off at 6.20 p.m. with the first race. We all placed our big money bets, £1 or 50 pence, apart from my wife, Gill, who was quite content to pick a dog at random, just for the fun of it. We all braved the frosty outdoors to see our dogs run; watching to see which one was livelier etc before they disappeared in to the traps. The Hare was released, it flew past the traps and they were off. It was at this point the philistine in me came to the surface as I commented that surely these dogs realise it’s a stuffed one and that they are never going to catch it!! Of course I was ignored as the dogs raced towards the finishing line and with much cheering and punching the cold night air they crossed the line. We all looked at our tickets one or two of us had 2nd and 3rd placed dogs, but no one had picked the winner, so we thought until I remembered that Gill had picked a dog ‘just for the fun of it’ and yes it was the winner of that race. I think you can see where I’m going with this one! For the next 6 races Gill had ‘just for the fun of it’ picked the winners and so I decided that enough was enough and that she SPRING 2009

should really put her money where her mouth was and put something on the next race. She did and it came in last and that was the end of her winning streak. All in all though we all had a fantastically fun night with some winners, but mostly losers, but we have said that we will do it again soon. What about the rest of the year, I hear you all cry. Well some of the members have already ventured out on there bikes for a ride to the local Honda dealership in Shrewsbury for the Test Ride Weekend and to be frank and honest they were a little disappointed with the lack of organisation, but one or two of them managed to get a test ride on what ever the dealership had to offer. We now have a list of places or events we want to visit/attend some involving other branches or just stuff we want to do as a branch. We have already organised a 6 day trip to France to watch MotoGP at Le Mans. We’re at the discussion stage of organising to participate in the HOC Roast in July. There’s a couple of charity runs, the Stoke on Trent Easter Egg Run on the 29th March and Gloucester Branch is having a Ride for Life in aid of the Cancer Research Fund, which will be held on the 2nd August. Please see the HOC calendar for details as they emerge. Lastly we felt that being the Worcestershire branch created a perception that we only cover the Worcestershire area, and that might limit new members. So we have decided that we will now be called the West Midlands Branch and hopefully our membership will swell and we will grow to be a thriving, active branch.

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WEST YORKSHIRE Secretary: Big Steve 01274 772970 Well here we are again, although there’s not a great deal to report this time. We had a good Christmas Dinner at the Hitching Post with a good turnout for a great meal. Everybody had a good time and the company was good as always as you can see in the photos. We have not managed to get out on any

runs, mainly due to the weather, although we do have some booked in the diary. Have a look on the web page or see the middle section of the magazine for those which are already booked in, and remember, everyone is welcome. We will be again be having a stall at the Pyeratz Open Day on the 31st August to attract new members and provide a focus for existing. If you fancy coming along and saying “Hi” we will be pleased to meet you. We will also be happy to sign you Saddle Sore form, as this year the event is a qualifying event for this competition. We will also be having a bowling night or two as well as the West Yorks Vrs Pyeratz bowling match again which every one enjoyed last year. We are 84

booked for the National Rally having missed last years me and Maria can’t wait for this. We had a Leaving party at the new meeting place for Rob who is going abroad to live so we got him a Digital photo frame and put some great photos of him from the last 20 or 30 years which he loved. I’m sure I speak for every one when I say we all wish him Good Luck and every happiness in his new venture and hopefully he will keep in touch and you will be able to see his photos and reports on our web site. That’s it, if you coming on a run please check out the web site the night before just in case there’s any changes and try to get to the meetings. We are at the Prince of Wales

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AN EVENING WITH JAMES Discovering that James Toseland was appearing at the Local Art Centre in December I rang up to see if there were any tickets left, this being November. Luckily for us (that is “The Web Master” and “The Social Secretary”) there were, so I rushed along to secure them. Having never been to the Art Centre we were pleasantly surprised to find what a nice building it was, its original use having been a church, and as we strolled in there was James talking to some of the other guests, very casual, very Isle of Man. After a little drink at the bar (yes a bar) we made our way to the hall, discovering that we had the last two seats right at the top in the far corner, oh we thought, until we sat down and realised that as there was a set of stairs running down in front of us we had a clear view of the stage, couldn’t have been better. Old craggy face, sorry I mean Steve Parrish appeared on the stage, which held two comfy armchairs and a piano and gave us some chat, then on strolled James with two cups of coffee he had just made, it all felt very friendly and light-hearted. There followed an hour or so of chat, talk of his career and the future, his family and past, his music and love life then a few questions SPRING 2009

from the audience. We then made out way back to the bar (what again!) and also managed to get a signed copy of a photo we had taken along. . The second half consisted of James playing us a few songs he had written, some personal for family and others he just liked, which was wonderful, then we had another round of chat and questions. The impression James left on me was what a phenomenal talent he is, songwriter, musician, and double World Superbike Champion, whilst still retaining all the great qualities that make him such a nice guy. He has great love and respect for his family, driven to do well, admitting he was selfish in this regard as far as his own personal life was concerned, so I wish him well in 2009 (even if its on a Yamaha).

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COAST TO COAST USA WITH PAT & JOHN TURNER PART 2 Today is July 14th 2007 and we are entering the second month of our tour, our journey out of Springfield Illinois put us onto part of old route 66. Originally Rte 66 ran from Chicago via Springfield Illinois to L. A., but unfortunately most of this road has now been replaced by multi-lane highways. Today was very hot yet again, and we were in need of a comfort stop after riding all morning, so in desperation we stopped at the first opportunity which by sheer coincidence happened to be Niehaus Cycles more commonly known as chrome heaven for gold wingers, what a lucky coincidence. So many bike toys and accessories, you name it, they had it, I simply had to buy a few chrome souvenirs only to find that we had no room in the trailer Oops! But ever resourceful I had a clever idea and decided to fit them there and then on the car park, after a whole hour in the heat with only our M & S umbrella for shade we continued on our journey, an expensive comfort stop that was!

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By mid-afternoon we were crossing the Mississippi into St. Louis Missouri to visit the famous Arch , gateway to the west, where lots of tourists had the same idea. The Arch is constructed of welded stainless steel panels and rises to a height of 630ft, from the base we took an elevator inside the arch to the viewing gallery right at the top, from where we had a spectacular all round view of the city and the paddle boat steamers on the river below, which unfortunately we didn’t have time for as we needed to avoid the congestion in the city in order to find a reasonably priced hotel. The traffic was chaos.

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Our destination the following day was Nashville Tennessee and our journey took us along country roads through vast corn and bean fields passing very grand plantation style properties like Tara in gone with the wind, this is where the real money is. We arrived in Nashville (music city) quite late, and eventually found a hotel but decided not to stay more than one night as things had changed dramatically from our previous visit 20yrs earlier. It was now just another big city without any character.

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opportunity. We had a bad thunderstorm in the afternoon which was bad news for the trike but very welcome as it helped to cool things down after days of temperatures in the high 30’s. Dolly is a very shrewd business woman and has brought a lot of prosperity to this area, so much for dumb blondes eh!

The next part of our trip would take us through the Appalachian Mountain range more commonly known as the Great Smoky Mountains, with the intention of riding the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway right into the state of Virginia approx 350 miles. However, after riding for 6hrs and covering only 80 miles due to speed reductions we exited the parkway and found a lovely hotel at a place called Little Switzerland, where we cooled off in the pool overlooking the steep valley. It was a view to die for. As this was a bit more up market than we had been used to we took more time to dress for dinner, and realised it was the first time in the entire trip that we had worn our best ironed clothes. cont....

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July 20th it is my birthday today the big 6 0 and I awoke to brilliant sunshine and was handed a load of cards which had been hidden in Pat’s bag for the last 5 weeks, I was very touched yet happy to receive so many good wishes (and money) but a little home sick on my special day. Pat bought me a $5 key ring to remember the place where I spent my birthday and assured me that the key to the Honda Rune would go on it sometime in the future. Yeah dream on. Eventually after phoning the family back home we set off on the next leg of our journey which took us out of Tennessee and into N. Carolina Late the following day we arrived tired and weary on the Atlantic Coast and it was hard to believe that we had actually completed our coast to coast challenge. The sunset was beautiful but the wind and temperature of the sea reminded us of Blackpool, so no swimming today.

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Both Wilbur and Orville went on to work at bicycle repairs and later began to manufacture their own bikes after getting caught up in the bicycling craze that swept the nation in 1894. The business was very profitable and gave them the means to research and develop their flying ideas, and with only $3000 (a small fortune at the time) they chose their location and built the workshops and laboratories necessary. Kitty Hawk N. Carolina sits on the shores of the Atlantic where the strong winds helped to launch their gliders and the soft sands helped to cushion the fall when they crashed. In the museum we saw a replica of the aircraft that they flew. It was made to exact specifications at a cost of one million dollars (a lot of money even today for a replica). The original is in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D C. Sadly Wilbur died of typhoid in 1912 and in 1916 Orville sold the Wright Company as his heart was no longer in the aeroplane business. He continued as an inventor designing things like toasters and toys as well as being on the board at NASA. He died in 1948.

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Despite spending a very interesting day at Kitty Hawk we struggled to find affordable accommodation and had to ride almost 200 miles further before arriving at Keybridge where we checked into a hotel. Next morning we took our time getting up and eventually got away heading towards Washington D C, stopping on the way for a late lunch at a roadside diner where we met a guy who was very friendly and even offered us a room for the night. Another man who had been listening to us came over and said he recognised our accent as he had emigrated from our home town of Dudley 10 years earlier, small world! We did manage to reach the outskirts of Washington that afternoon where the humidity was unbearable and passed the Pentagon quite by accident, again hotels were a big problem as this was peak vacation time and we could only get a room for one night at Holiday Inn thanks to Tom Tom Rider. Our room was very nice and modern at $180 but we didn’t really need the 8ft bed and 2 bathrooms, we had dinner in their restaurant on the 17th floor and watched overhead planes landing at the airport nearby awarding points for the smoothest landings. It had been another tiring day. Most of our time here was spent at Arlington Military Cemetery where we watched the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and visited the graves of John F Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Lee Marvin the actor and Joe Louis the boxer who happens to be the only civilian buried in Arlington to date. It took ages to get out of the city but eventually we got lucky and found ourselves on the 495 circular heading north. What a relief to be out of the hassle. We were SPRING 2009

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heading into Pennsylvania now hoping to reach Gettysburg, when we got caught in a bad thunderstorm and had to stop to put our summer wet suits on for the first time in our entire trip. Fortunately we had pre-booked a Country Inn at this location so at least we were ideally placed to visit the many museums and attractions dedicated to the civil war. We spent 2 days here and did the battlefield tours which were very well presented and not a bit boring. I hadn’t realised how far north the confederate army came, only 60 miles from the capital of Washington D C. The final battle took place at Gettysburg which sealed the fate of the confederate army after horrendous slaughter on both sides. We left Gettysburg and rode east through New Oxford, York, and Lancaster where we found the A m i s h community and picked up a horse drawn buggy ride at A b e ’ s . Dressed in typical Amish attire he took us around the country lanes and told us all about the simple life they lead, earning a humble living making hand sewn quilts and wooden crafts. However our impression was that they weren’t poor at all after seeing several Harleys and Cadillacs parked at large fancy houses owned by them. The main town populated by the Amish is called Intercourse, so we were couldn’t wait to find out what the next one was called. cont.... 91


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Next day we continued on and stopped at a Honda dealership in Bellafonte just to have a look. Pat seemed nervous when I pointed out a bargain. It was a Honda Valkyrie with 11,000 miles on the clock, only $9,000 (eq. £4500 at that time). It was awesome. To pacify me she allowed me to invest in some front brake pads and new foot boards from their 50% off sale. We got caught again in a heavy thunderstorm that afternoon and had to get off the trike and wait for it to pass as we couldn’t see through the windscreen. It was around 35 degrees when we checked in at Days Inn that evening so we sat around the pool before 92

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going for dinner at a dutch bakery restaurant nearby where the trike as usual attracted a lot of attention due to the uk registration plate. From the map it was now evident that the Canadian border was not too far away, so we ended up at Erie where we stayed near the lake in a Super 8 motel. As normal the locals came out to admire the trike and listen to our experiences. They told us about an Indianapolis style raceway nearby and invited us to join them that evening for the races. It was quite an experience, so loud, fast and dangerous. They drive so close at unbelievable speeds that you would think they were towing one another. Next morning we rode further along the edge of Lake Erie and eventually into Buffalo on the American side of the border with Canada at Niagara Falls. We stayed here for 3 nights and took a trip on the ‘maid of the mist’, a small pleasure boat which actually sails close to the falls. Thankfully we were supplied with waterproof clothing which kept us dry. It was a case of one size fits all though and not very flattering. We also took a trolley bus and stopped off at the ‘cave of the winds’ where we went under the falls on foot. This time we were issued with yellow waterproofs and sandals (obviously from the same fashion house). The tour was amazing and the power of the water rushing over the rocks was unbelievable. Apparently the original cave collapsed through years of erosion, so now a wooden tiered walkway replaces it. The structure is replaced every year by volunteers for safety reasons otherwise in winter the ice crushes it. We took lots of photos of the falls at different points and at one time 2 rainbows were visible.

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At Niagara we also visited the aquarium, the air and space museum and a Las Vegas style casino (but no luck). Every night we watched a fireworks display over the falls.

Moving on from here we crossed over the bridge into Canada. No problems with customs thankfully, just the usual thank you sir have a nice day. It was only 1st August and we had until 6th before dropping the trike and trailer off with the airlines in Toronto. Therefore upon discovering that there was a Wing Ding at St. Thomas near London Ontario decided we could fit this one in as well. So we carried on past Fort Erie on highway 3 and stopped at Dunnville for a cup of real English tea. We had forgotten how good it tasted. The surrounding area was very peaceful with neat homes and gardens. By now the heat was very uncomfortable and we found ourselves, as on so many previous occasions, in the restrooms at Mcdonalds soaking our cool jackets to prevent us from getting heat exhaustion. The event was in St Thomas and had been planned a year earlier so it was no surprise to find that accommodation was fully booked. Eventually we found a Comfort Inn for 2 nights and by chance whilst in reception met one of the event SPRING 2009

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organisers who allowed us to have a room that he had reserved. We were very grateful as it was too hot to camp. Next morning I washed the trike before riding to Port Stanley to look at the boats and check out the beach. Sadly it wasn’t as nice as I had envisaged, so we had lunch at ‘killer desserts’ and then rode 35 miles to London. On the way we passed a huge Harley Davidson plant and stopped off at a Victory motorcycle shop (but only came out with brochures this time). Next day I polished the trike ready for registration at the event at 1.00p.m. We joined up with Nancy & Joe who were guides at Disney Florida on their trike and rode to a local Honda dealership. Unfortunately we got lost and had to ask directions from a truck driver. Luckily for us he was a winger himself and made a detour and lead us straight to it. At the event that night we were entertained by Elvis and again met lots of friendly bikers all with a tale to tell. At 9.p.m. we joined around 300 bikes for a parade around the town which called at the local drag track and ended in a huge park where we were treated to ice cream. The lights on some of the bikes were spectacular. Next morning at the closing ceremony we said goodbye to the friends we had made. We didn’t win anything in the raffle but we did receive the award for ‘furthest travelled to the event’. We had covered 7,700 miles since leaving Vancouver. Back at the hotel we sorted our luggage and chatted to new bikers who had turned up overnight. We met a couple who were of American Indian decent and shared our experiences together. When we left we gave them our camping chairs and any liquids like gas and polish etc that we would not be allowed to take in the trailer on our flight home. cont.... 93


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By now we could relax a little as we had covered everything that we had set out to see and do. So we had a leisurely ride back towards Toronto stopping off at Cambridge that night where we went to the movies. The following 3 nights were spent at a hotel right on the airport as we had to drop the trike and trailer off 2 days prior to departure. I had to ensure that there was less than one gallon of fuel in the tank, no liquids whatsoever in the trailer, de-activate the alarm, as the pilot wouldn’t appreciate it going off during the flight, and lastly disconnect the battery and tape up the leads. Both trike and trailer were then strapped down onto a skid ready for loading onto the aeroplane. Whilst waiting to board the same flight ourselves it was weird to witness our pride and joy being loaded into the hold. Our night flight took around 7 hours back to Manchester where we went through the normal arrivals procedure. We then got a taxi to the cargo handling depot which was three miles up the road. It took a while before the trike was brought over for customs clearance. When it did arrive thankfully unscathed, we were advised that it normally takes a while to process everything and could we come back in two days time. ‘You must be joking’ I said and

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advised the very nice man that it was our only means of transport back home to the midlands. It took a while before he accepted that we weren’t moving from their warehouse until they released it otherwise we would be staying the night on the premises. Finally it was processed and released to us. I soon re-connected the battery, hitched up the trailer after first retrieving our suits and helmets, waved goodbye (I can see their faces now) and within 20 minutes we were on the M6 going home. Despite the jet lag I did notice the speedometer which showed we had ridden 7,950 miles door to door in 8 weeks. It was a truly unforgettable trip which far exceeded our expectations thanks to all those people who assisted us; Air Transat Canada, T.Q. Express Manchester and my wife who had the same dream and did her share of the riding up front. But most of all, for the gift of the Honda Rune to go on the key ring. Awesome. It’s never too late!

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A MIXED START With the commencement of the 2009 season there is still confusion as to what is happening in the Moto GP. With 17 teams confirmed, the rumours still abound regarding Kawasaki’s participation, leaving the future of Melandri and even more so, Hopkins, shrouded in mystery. Whatever the outcome for these two less fortunate riders, there is still an interesting mix of riders and personalities. Will Rossi run away with the championship again or will Stoner and Pedrosa (Honda) give a significant challenge. Old timers such as Gibernau and Edwards can still put in good performances and the newer youngsters such as Dovizioso (Honda) are always entertaining to watch. Once again I am sure we Brits will be watching Toseland with a keen interest and a hankering to cheer the fellow Brit for something other than his musical talent. With 37 riders forming on the grid and 7 of those British, WSB offers a different challenge. No Bayliss this year and with Haga desperately wanting to win the title, there will be fierce competition for the podium places. Does Haga have a head start taking Bayliss’s place in the Ducati team this year? But we should not write off the likes of Corser and Kiyonari (Honda). Looking at the Brits, on last season’s form Shakey must have a good chance of some podium finishes and the young contenders of Rae (Honda), Haslam (Honda) and Sykes will be loitering with intent to make a name for themselves. Checa (Honda), Fabrizio and Biaggi - on the all new Aprilia - add to SPRING 2009

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the line up and intrigue. The BSB this year again is well supported with 30 riders. Honda’s HM Plant Team is fielding the Australian stars Richards and Brookes. With other old favourites such as Easton, Harris and Walker it will again be an interesting season. Another interesting addition to the line up this year will be the two MV Agustas. So, choose your favourite riders and teams, get your tickets for your favourite tracks, or the beer and crisps ready to sit down in front of the TV and let the season begin!

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HOC O N S U M E R DARLEY MOOR MOTOR SPORTS CENTRE

Some of your members may be aware of the Darley Moor Motor Cycle Road Racing Club based at the Darley Moor Motor Sports Centre near Ashbourne in Derbyshire. As well as organising some ten race meetings a year the Club also organise a number of Track Days each year. These Track days are normally conducted under the watchful eye of Shaun Brown – one of the most experienced instructors within the ACU. In addition to our normal book for ten pay for nine participants the Club will offer your members an additional 5% discount if booking for 10 or more. We can also make the circuit available to your members for a private hire day for £2,700.00 plus vat for a maximum of 36 riders. Further details can be obtained from trackdays@darleymoor.co.uk and by visiting our website at www.darleymoor.co.uk or by e-mail to me, Eddie Nelson at eddie@darleymoor.co.uk

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2001 (X) – 29k miles, one mature owner from new, FSH and documentation, MOT March 10, Tax July 09, Limited edition Castrol race colours from new, Fitted Meta alarm/imob, Smartwater, Datatag, Belly pan, Hugger, Braided hoses, Legal Carbon Cans, Crash bungs, mini indicators, New tyres, Recent battery, Rect/Reg, Cam chain tensioners, gold chain and sprockets.Sports rack, workshop manual and all O.E. included in price.

Michael Leicestershire

£1,950 07801 244197 tom.anderson@thenews.co.uk Tom (25484) Hampshire

4700 miles since registration, in storage since 1966. Original log book, owners manual & tool kit. New battery, tyres & tubes. Maintenance manuals inc. MOT, Tax (free) An opportunity to own a classic machine at very little cost. A real oldies machine as it has an electric start!

£250 - £300 01264 362408 Keith (30568) Hampshire SPARES & ACCESSORIES

HONDA V-TEC SILVER TATTY CB400F 1976 Lots of spares. Also spare engine and a box of small parts. Ideal project. Owned for many years but have too many bikes now

Light grey Bagster tank cover, Shibuya tank bag, and map holder

£100 Givi flip windscreen

£50

£500ono 020 8303 2772

All in excellent condition

Richard Kent

Malcolm

07811 177659

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VARIOUS ITEMS FOR SALE New Ladies size 6 black leather Ashmans boots £25 CBR1000K 1x new K & N air Filter £25 1x used centre stand £10 1 full set (4) Ferodo front pads £10 GL1000 2 new front brake caliper pistons £12 5 used timing belts £5 VRF 750/800 1 used but good air filter £5 1 set used but good brake pipes £15 VFR800 F1 1 comp set nearly new brake pipes £25 complete with banjos & bolts GIVI 2x Wing Rack side c/w indicators £30 no fitting kit RENTECH Sports Rack. Front stop bar £10 removed but included

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All the above plus post and packing at cost.

01642 317849 Dave Linden (921) Cleveland GIVI Panniers E41 Keyless Monokey capacity 41 Litres colour Silver and Black. Silver supplementary Keyless lid with combination lock gives access without the need for a key. Main lid opened with key. Slight wear & tear. Cost £284 accept £85. HONDA Top Box 45 litres capacity colour Silver lid and Black base. Cost £340 accept £85.Includes Honda mounting plate. GIVI Varadero Pannier Frame PL170 robust tubular frame suitable for 2003 models onward fitted on the bike in photo. Cost £120 accept £30. GIVI E45 Top Box 45 litres capacity. Will carry two full face helmets colour Black. Cost £120 accept £30. Includes two Givi mounting Plates. 3 - HONDA Expanding Inner Bags Quality inner bags. Lid un-zips on three sides giving full access, bag expanded by undoing zip at back (shown expanded in photo). The bag has large zipped document pocket, carrying handle and adjustable shoulder strap. Suitable for GIVI and Honda top boxes & panniers. Colour 2-grey & 1 black. Cost each £45 accept £ 20 each. Contact: John Holtham

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Tail Lights PROFESSIONAL APPLICATION OF ACF50 Early March, four of us had our bikes treated with ACF50, by

www.allyearbikers.co.uk who came to John’s house to do the work. Roy, who lives in Darlington, will come to you providing the numbers are sufficient. He went to Eastbourne the other month to treat 18 bikes, so was worth his travel time. He first cleans the bike, then dries it with an hairdryer, then covers your wheels up to stop it getting on tyres, before using a spray gun to apply the ACF50 which because of a High Pressure, Fine spray, at 100psi pressure it reaches those part of the bike, you can’t see.

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He then polishes the bike, and you leave with a wonderful clean bike to ride back in torrential rain. Wasn’t the process to make it waterproof? !!! When will the rain stop? As Phil commented: “it was a lot more comprehensive than I expected. He was very particular and seemed to enjoy the process” After a day out, all I now need to do to keep it clean, is a quick hose down, and if I had the time, dry it too. Will report back in further issues of how successful it has been, as I hate cleaning the bike after a wonderful day out! To book you bike in with Roy, email him on

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