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Magazine of the Honda Owners Club (GB)

Spring 2015

Volume 53 No.1


CONTENTS Spring 2015 Spring 2015, Volume 53 No. 1 Editor / Designer Andy ‘Stritchy’ Stryczko editor@hoc.org.uk News Editor Duncan Fryer news-ed@hoc.org.uk Motorcycle Problem page Dave Thomas problempage@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 sent to The Editor at the address below or e-mailed to: editor@hoc.org.uk Golden Wing Honda Owners Club (GB) 38 Bower Street Bedford MK40 3RE Web Page: www.hoc.org.uk/goldenwing Summer Issue Copy date 31st May 2015 Published July 2015 (fingers crossed) Printing & Distribution by: Swan Print, Shuttleworth Road, Bedford MK41 0EP

Front Cover: Dibble test riding the brand new CB125F. See his report in this issue.

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4 Dibble Rattle’s On 6 Pigeon Post 7 Membership Matters 8 iHOC 9 World News 10 HOC Shop 11 Rona’s Regalia 12 Dave’s Problem Page 13 Racing Report 14 BMF Report 38 Legalities 42 Classic Honda 47 Kicking Back 102 HOConsumer 106 Members Free Ads

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MEMBERS INFORMATION 5 112 114 119

Executive Committee Dealer Discounts Specialist Discounts Branch Contacts

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.... so there!

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PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO 20 National Rally 2015 37 Nottingham Charity Ride 41 HOC Classic Show 52 HOC Christmas Weekend 54 Clappers Rally 63 East Midlands Rally 76 Rose Bowl Rally 83 Oxford Rally 90 Solent Rally 91 HOC Roast 99 Eee by Gum Rally 107 Diary

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Gonzo’s Groupie Gallery No More Sore Ears Road Tax Scam Dibble tests the new CB125 How to... ride a Supermoto Bike Theft Reduced To Zero Sleek Café Racer Driving Licence Changes I Go Where Tourists Daren’t Your Bike Could Be The Star

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MAG visits Northants Branch Bristol Classic Show Burns Night Kent Charity Presentation Down Your Way

Bedfordshire, Cambridge, Darlington & District, Devon, Dorset, East Midlands, Eastern, Jersey, Kent, Lakes & Coast, Manchester, Manx Offshore, Norfolk, North Downs, North London, Northants, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, Solent, Somerset, South Wales, Three Shires, West London, West Yorkshire, Wiltshire

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Chairman Dibble Rattle’s On! Classic Show… June 28th

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Yes finally we have a date and venue. Sunday June 28th at the George Inn, Brixworth, Northamptonshire, the meeting place of the Northants Branch. Landlord has welcomed us to use his spacious flat car park area and sloping paddock for the event with beer garden and food available all day. Lembit Öpik and possibly a few other celebrity guests will be popping in to present and help judge best bike, best CB400 four and other categories. Please anyone with a classic Honda and that means over ten years old, come along to a FREE show and meet up with your HOC friends. Anyone welcome to come along just to see the bikes or wander around the Saxon village.

Already a new Branch is up and running in Darlington and we have new faces taking on the organising at West Midlands and West London. Activity is already well underway and the web pages show the runs and events going on every week around the country. Don’t forget any member can join in with any branch activity just get in touch. Northants Branch celebrate being 20 years old as an official branch of the HOC this year and they have their second rally ever at a new canal side location not far from Silverstone where the GP will be on the same weekend. Site is also near to the site of the first ever successful RADAR trials which led to our saving during the Battle of Britain. Plenty to see and do all around whatever your interests.

Honda UK Erica has had a meeting with new man at Honda in their plush new offices situated in Bracknell. As we said at the AGM they are concentrating on getting new riders onto bikes and riders back onto bikes. To which the have already started an incentive scheme which basically gives riders half price training and test when they buy a new Honda. The new man has signed up to the HOC and hopes to be involved with branch activities during the forthcoming seasons.

BMF The Peterborough show has gone also the Kelso show BMF are promising some local rallies later in the year but no new news as to when. MCN so far have not produced anything to attact us to their event now on in May and time marches on so anything now would be too little too late.

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France As I write this not there yet still waiting on house sale to complete in England but by the time you read this I hope that is ancient history. I will be in England around the end of June and in August and September taking part in HOC national events.

“Ride on but most of all, ride safe”

Andy ‘Dibble’ Young

Chairman

To be kept further up-to-date, e-mail me on

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President Jude Browne

Vice Presidents

Tony Eldridge, Graham Gull and Dave Andrews

Chairman

Andy ‘Dibble’ Young 1 Severn Way, Kettering, Northants NN16 9HN ( 07982 419285 . chairman@hoc.org.uk

General Secretary

Classic Secretary

Chris Ward 16 Daleside Road, Epsom KT19 9SR ( 07827 393237 . classic@hoc.org.uk

Display Material Co-ordinator

Stephen Davenport ( 07968 810435 . display@hoc.org.uk

Advertising Manager Erica Gassor ( 07799 492 235 . advertising@hoc.org.uk

Graham Seymour 6 Kestrel Road, Flitwick, Beds MK45 1RB ( 01525 633169 / 07973 428772 . gensec@hoc.org.uk

Saddle Sore Shield Co-ordinator

Membership Secretary

Jim Peel-Cross 11 The Green, Wilcot, Pewsey, Wiltshire SN9 5NN ( 01672 563450 . bmfrep@hoc.org.uk

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

Treasurer

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

Regalia Co-ordinator

Rona Bell 20 Knowles Avenue, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 3TU ( 07909 830236 . regalia@hoc.org.uk

Stephen Davenport ( 07968 810435 . sss@hoc.org.uk

BMF Liaison Officer

Accident Legal Advisor

John Measures ( 0116 288 2227 or 07442 011 690 . legaleagle@hoc.org.uk FREE, no obligation, legal advice if you have had an accident, give him a call

Branch Secretaries The deadline for the next Golden Wing is;

31st May 2015 These pages are your advertising space, to let members who are local to you know the real benefits of active membership. Tell them what is happening in your area

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Pigeon Post Well I was close with ‘Happy Easter’ in the last issue wasn’t I……….. Mind you, it’s easy to take the proverbial when the magazine is late but most of us seem to struggle to contribute a page on time never mind produce the whole damn thing. And as they say quality is always worth waiting for. I think I may have just set a new world record for punctures on my little CB500X commuter. Four rear punctures in just over two months with two recoveries from London and two new tyres needed. In theory I’m currently running at about 1500 miles a tyre! And I chopped in the old CBF because I was fed up with meeting strange men in vans on dark nights. There’s a moral here somewhere………… Is it only me that hates the new position Honda has decreed we should locate the horn button? I’ve had the thing a year now and it’s just not intuitive. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve indicated furiously at someone who’s carving me up or scared some poor old girl to death when I’ve sounded the horn turning left. Though I don’t suppose we’ll lose it anytime soon. Look how long it took BMW to change to a ‘normal’ indicator position from the separate left and right buttons that you couldn’t cancel as you were accelerating away from a right turn. Sometime I wonder if these engineers actually ride bikes.

The HOC has been enjoying a higher profile of late with both the BMF and MAG, being specifically mentioned in a positive light in magazine articles by both Graeme Hay and Lembit Opik respectively. Whether or not we as individuals choose to support or even show interest in these organisations for rider’s rights is a personal matter, but as a club we have voted to support them and it is nice to be acknowledged on a fairly regular basis. At the time of writing we are only half way through March and I’ve already had one trip across to Europe and attended a rally. Hopefully the year will carry on as it’s been started as this year’s diary is already crammed full with both branch and national events to attend. I’m looking forward to it. Cheers

Graham Seymour General Secretary

Honda Owners Club

Annual General Meeting I hereby give notice that the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Honda Owners Club (GB) will be held on Sunday 25th October 2015 at the National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull B92 0EJ Commencing at 11am Tea, coffee and breakfast rolls will be available between 10 and 11am. Special guest speaker is Graeme Hay, Government Relations Executive at the BMF.

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Membership Matters WELCOME

Welcome to all new members who have joined the club recently, especially those of who get membership by using our Classic Dating service to register an old Honda. As I say in your welcome letter, you will be most welcome at any HOC event or meeting, even if you have a modern bike which is not a Honda (shame on you!) I hope you all enjoy your membership of the club and even if you have not yet attended branch meetings I know you will receive a warm welcome. So far the winter has been kind to us weather wise and hopefully some of you were able to get out and about on two wheels. I do not normally go out on my bike if there is ice and snow about, but I got caught out at a recent branch meeting as it started snowing heavily during the evening. Luckily our meeting place is on the top of a hill, and as I came to go home, descending into the valley to join the M25, it turned to rain.

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. Don’t let it be YOU who we lose contact with. Congratulations, so far I have had no Winter magazines returned by Royal Mail.

DIRECT DEBIT

Don’t forget that it makes life so much simpler to sign up for Direct Debit, so you needn’t worry about letting your membership lapse. All you need to do is return the renewal form when you receive it with your bank details and we will do the rest.

RENEWING YOUR SUBSCRIPTION

With the cost of postage, when you receive a renewal reminder, don’t forget that you can also renew your subscriptions using PayPal. Just go to our Website and follow the simple instructions. Alternatively if have on line banking your can transfer your subscription direct to our bank account. Full instructions will be included with your renewal form.

Graham Gull

Membership Secretary

MOVING HOUSE? Please send change of address details to the Membership Secretary, 61 Vicarage Road, Ware SG12 7BE or e-mail membership@hoc.org.uk Please do not send change of address details to Golden Wing as only the Membership Secretary can make changes to the membership register.

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facebook, Twitter & the Forum Many members and quite a few Branches are now on Facebook. Yes, it’s mostly full of inane chatter, but you don’t have to accept everyone as a friend! The good thing is that it’s a great way of keeping in touch. Simply search for ‘Honda Owners Club’ to see the Club and Branch pages that you can ‘like’ and join in with. The Club Facebook page has over 2400 members, from all over the world, whilst you can also find Chester, Dorset, Gloucs, Jersey, Manchester, North Downs, Northants, North London, Nottingham, Oxford, Reading, South Wales, Three Shires, West London and Wiltshire pages to join.

#HOCgb now has over 900 followers on Twitter. However if you don’t want to be a Twit yourself, but are on Facebook, search for HOC Tweet and like the page. The HOC’s tweets are repeated there and you will see them as they appear. The HOC Forum has been a feature on the internet for many years now and is a great place to ask questions and chat with the 5700+ registered members. You don’t have to be in the HOC to join, please go to www.forum.hoc.org.uk

Join or renew on-line Many of you may not be aware that you can renew your HOC membership. Please go to www.shop.hoc.org.uk and click on renew at the top of the page. All money is handled safely and securely by PayPal - but you don’t need a PayPal account, as you can use your credit or debit card. After you have renewed, have a look at the shop where you can buy the fantastic range of HOC regalia.

The web is all very fascinating, however… riding your bike is infinitely preferable to sitting in front of a computer! 8

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Harry’s 55th 84 Year old Harry Adler is given with the key to his 55th Honda... that’s right! 55! He currently owns 8 Hondas, “Over the years, my numberone form of recreation has been motorcycle riding and based on my experience, Honda is the best,” said Adler, who has ridden motorcycles since 1963.

Honda has filed patent diagrams for a leaning three-wheeler with two front wheels. While the company has never made three-wheeler motorcycles, GoldWings have been popular donor models for trike conversions. However, the patent diagrams are apparently for a smaller motorcycle powered by a 750cc parallel twin engine.

Bulldog

Honda Motorcycles and Scooter Inda (HMSI) the second largest motorcycle manufacturer in India reached a real milestone this week as vehicle number 20 MILLION rolled off their production line. Imagine finding out that you are the owner of engine number 20000000! bikedekho.com, 10th March 2015

‘Seames’ a French garage consortium have introduced the ‘Mains Lib’ Helmet Pillar at the Parisian Rail Station. The parking garage has 126 motorcycle spots. The use is free, find a spot, pop your lid in, enter a code and walk away, what a great idea. motorbiker.org,13th March 2015

Motorbike Australia, 26th Jan 2015

Maryland, USA, 12th March 2015.

Milestone

France gets ‘Helmet Pillars’

Honda unveiled the world premiere of the BULLDOG concept at a press conference, at the 31st Osaka Motorcycle Show 2015. Cute, striking or just plain ugly.... you decide!

Introducing the news editor

Honda Japan, 20th March 2015.

Seen a little story? Send it to Duncan news-ed@hoc.org.uk

Hi, my name is Duncan Fryer and I am honoured to fill Terry’s (very big) shoes. I have had a love affair with Honda since I rebuilt a 750/4 in my shed in the 80’s and have never looked back. I live and work in York with my family, a 1996 VFR 750 and a cactus called Steve.

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Rona’s Regalia Report By the time you read this, there will have been a few shows attended and regalia sold I’m sure. So as usual… a massive thank you from myself and the committee for all the hard work you guys put into these events and to selling the regalia and the club. I am on a mission to find some new items for this year, with short sleeve shirts and braces being just a couple of them. The bottle openers are starting to move a bit more now rally season has started to kick in. So hopefully everyone is liking those. And they are so handy for all us sober, non drinking, respectable HOC’ers while on all our sensible, not laughing too much rallies!!!!!!! LOL …yeah right… party on dudes and dudettes.

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Ruth and I are on a big mission to find some better wallets than the last lot. We’re also going to get some very nice leather ones embossed with the logo, which will be quite a bit more than the normal ones price wise, but very good value for what they are. They will make an excellent Father’s Day present. So keep your eyes peeled for those. As usual, if anyone wants any regalia for a show, please give me plenty of notice. And as well, if anyone has any ideas for stuff we can sell, just fire me a message and I’ll look into them for you.

Rona Bell

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Dave’s Motorcycle Problem Page

Oxford Branch’s own resident Motorcycle Engineer Dave Thomas will try and answer your motorcycle headaches

Forked steering

It’s a drain

HI Dave I have a 2008 CBR600F with 12,500 miles. Recently the front end has not felt right, the steering is heavy and I can feel a sort of knocking coming from the handlebars. I have changed the front tyre and had it balanced. I am now thinking that it might be the forks.

HI Dave, I have an old Honda ST 1100 Pan which is used all year round, so decided to get some heated grips for it. I purchased the Oxford ones. A friend of mine helped me fit them and we followed the instructions. All worked well but I accidently keep hitting the button when I get off the bike, this powers them up and they flatten the battery, and then when I come back to the bike it won’t start. I don’t want to take them off is this normal?

Francis Ork

Hi Francis, sounds very much like it is your head race bearings that have worn. The bearings are top and bottom of your frame where the forks and the handlebars fit. When they wear they can cause a knocking as they get loose and also if they are really badly worn the steering can become “notchy”. In most cases it is possible to simply adjust the play out, which should be no more than an hours labour. If they have gone beyond adjustment replacement requires a full front end removal which could be 3 to 4 hours labour + £60 for the bearings.

Hans Varmma

Hi Hans, well if you have fitted them direct to the battery which is the obvious way then they are live all the time and even when they are switched off there is still a small draw of current permanently. So what I recommend is that they are wired so they are only live when the ignition is on. The simplest way is to take a feed off the front brake light switch which is easily accessible and only draws a current with the ignition on.

Dave Thomas has been working and involved in bikes for over 35 years and won Honda’s apprentice of the year twice. Dave has developed the ‘No Spanner’s maintenance system for motorcyclists’ and lectures on this throughout the country. He is also an IAM advanced examiner and rides for SERV. Find out more about him at www.motorcycleinspectionservice.co.uk

If you have a question for Dave’s Motorcycle Problem Page, please e-mail

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The Circuit Of Wales W

a sound investment or white elephant?

hether you feel the UK need a new racing circuit or not the Heads of the Valleys Development Company and its Board, who are responsible for the development of the Circuit of Wales, have plans well underway to fund this development which will transform 830 acres of Blaenau Gwent, just off the A465 between Methyr Tydfil and Abergavenny. Work is due to start towards the end of 2015 as the original delays over the de-commissioning of the common land on which the circuit is going to be built having now been overcome. There are obvious benefits to the local area as the Development Company state. The new Circuit will provide significant sustainable local employment opportunities, both skilled and unskilled, resulting in approximately 6,000 new full time jobs in a broad range of areas such as track stewarding, security, catering, retail, hotels, B&Bs, restaurants etc. On top of this there will be approximately 3,000 construction jobs and there is a commitment to ensure over 90% of these jobs go to local people. All sounds good, let’s hope the benefits come to fruition! Following on from the initial discussions with Donnington Park to hold the MotoGP at their track in 2015/16, whilst the Circuit of Wales was being developed, the plans SPRING 2015

fell through as, according to the Development Company, they were unwilling to provide the significant funding that Donnington required for the necessary track upgrades to host the British Grand Prix without a signed contractual agreement. They denied that there was any problem with their funding of either the 2015 MotoGP or the commencement of the building work for the new Circuit.

of the riders who have been interviewed in the press like the circuit and have given the use of Silverstone the thumbs up. Silverstone is any easy circuit to go to and access/exit is good. With major circuits such as Donnington, Silverstone and Brands Hatch struggling to run profitably and the ever increasing ticket prices, there must be doubt that a new circuit is needed. Whoever holds these major motoring events has to pay a huge fee for the privilege and there must be a limit to the spiralling costs for the teams who enter and With the deal now signed the punters who want to watch with the Silverstone Circuit, these events in person. Can both organisations state they they attract other international are working hard to attract events which will help it to pay visitors for the British round of its way? It would be interestthe MotoGP World Champion- ing to see the Development ship in 2015 and 2016, and Company’s 5-year business have confirmed that tickets for plan to see where revenues this year’s event are on sale as are coming from. of mid February with special As with any major developoffers on prices to encourage ment only time will tell, families to attend. Obviously hopefully in a few year’s time Silverstone’s annoyance at the we will all agree that the new suggestion of the new circuit Circuit has not only added to and how it was funded early in the local communities well2014 have receeded. being but also to that of racing Will the event be successful fans generally. at Silverstone? Well, they do host the Formula 1 Grand Prix which has double the number of visitors when compared to the MotoGP so they should be able to cope with the number of keen motorbike racing The Stigette fans who attend. Also most Racing Correspondent

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Motorcycle lobby by

Graeme Hay, BMF Government Relations Executive

MCIA document on the future of motorcycling The Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) has joined with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to produce a pivotal document that could potentially shape motorcycling in the UK for the next 20 years. It carries the title Realising the Motorcycling Opportunity and it states that it is “a motorcycle safety and transport policy framework”. The document has been out for consultation through the winter months and will be published shortly. The document calls upon some amazing data from around the world to demonstrate and prove that the increase in motorcycle use is inevitable and will result in a decrease in the number of casualties, C02 production and increased work and social opportunities for all.

It sets objectives for all, including local and national governments, riders, drivers, trainers and manufacturers under six headings. These include: • Road user awareness • Motorcycles as a practical solution • Better motorcycle industry engagement in society • Partnership with cycling This marks a truly fresh approach to the entire matter and with such a pedigree, I will certainly be relying on it in my many BMF activities in local and national government circles. If you’re interested in motorcycles, motorcycling and issues that affect you, you should show your support by becoming an individual member of the BMF.

Wire rope safety fences and Smart Motorways In the last edition of Motorcycle Rider, I wrote an overview on the rather controversial subject of safety fences on our roads. In that discussion, I called for the wider use of cast concrete barriers as a means of not only giving motorcyclists a better chance of survival, but also as an example of a wise investment of public money to reduce ongoing maintenance and repair costs, as well as reducing the number of times journeys are delayed by lane closures to repair steel fences. I have continued to follow this subject through while attending the National Road Users Council, where the BMF represents the voice of motorcycling, and it seems that significant aspects of my views may be shared by others leading the development of the Smart Motorways network. 14 GOLDEN WING

You can read the full report on wire fences and Smart Highways in the Spring edition of Motorcycle Rider, free to all full BMF members. The wire-rope safety fence issue is a long way from solved, but I continue to work to achieve all that I can, on your behalf, just as the BMF always has.

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Road surfacing RSTA Code of Practice and safety film for contractors, client authorities and riders. There is a current e-petition that calls for the cessation of surface dressing of local roads because of problems of poorly swept loose chippings in the days following application. It was started last year and still has a while to run. I looked into the matter with the recognised trade association and learned about the efforts that are being made to reduce problems and maximise the durability and benefits of this surfacing method. There is, it seems, a good deal of misinformation about this process which actually covers the surface of most of the best riding roads in the UK. It provides riders with excellent texture, which works with the tread of our tyres to keep the grip strong in the wet. The road stone itself works with the compound of our tyres to provide grip in all conditions, and not leave it covered with a layer of bitumen for the first year or more of the new road surface. This makes it a far better surface to ride on than the present e-petition suggests it is. I have taken up this issue and I have been working for the BMF with the Road Surface Treatments Association on their guidance to

the 90 members on the code of practice for surface dressing roads. This document sets out what contractors should do in all aspects of their work, but, in particular, the sweeping requirements after an application. I addressed a technical conference of Road Surface Treatments Association members in 2014 and I am delighted to report to you that 25 of the 46 in the room ride motorcycles. The culmination of this comes in May, when the BMF will put over the needs of riders to contractors in a training film for the members of the association. As a part of this, the RSTA Association will provide the BMF with a short film which tells riders what to look for, what to expect and how to avoid problems on very recently dressed roads. This video will appear on the BMF website. If this issue matters to you, you should show your support by becoming an individual member of the BMF. As part of your BMF membership you will receive Motorcycle Rider magazine, which has all the latest news on issues as well as great stories about clubs, members and bikes.

DO YOUR BIT Taking forward concerns that you have locally and nationally is a very important aspect of keeping our means of transport, hobby and way of life alive. Each of the Directors of the BMF lives and breathes this, but you too can do your bit. If you have a problem, a concern or would just like to know more about what is going on locally, please see if you can contact a

local group - your BMF Regional Chairman should be able to direct you. If you are already in a group and need advice on a specific issue or concern, just let me know and I’ll see what I can do. On the national and international level we are working for you

Don’t expect to win every aspect of every issue, every time. We do most of our riding on public roads or in other public places, which we share with everyone else. Sometimes it is better to take what you can get and try to stay on good terms with those in positions of power or influence: that way you can always go back for the rest later.

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MAG visits Northants Branch MAG’s Director for Comms & Public Affairs, Lembit Öpik, gave a presentation to the Northants Branch in Brixworth, near Northampton, in early February. Despite sub-zero temperatures, the hardy Honda riders turned out in force, to hear about MAG’s campaigning activities and discuss developments in standing up for riders’ rights in Parliament. “There was much talk of civil liberties” said Branch Secretary Stuart Peile, who organised the evening and kindly gave Lembit a place to stay after the event. “In fact, we got quite philosophical for a Wednesday night. The discussion was definitely interesting, because many people do feel that the relationship between rules and freedoms has got out of balance. I’ve been so impressed with MAG’s activities on this that I even joined up with my partner.”

Branch member, Mark Taylor, was similarly positive. “I just ask you to keep doing what you’re doing. I’m very happy to join up as I know that we do need to stand up for ourselves and that’s what MAG is about.” As well as presenting the political agenda, Lembit gave a mini-presentation on Honda’s mercurial NR500 4-stroke racing machine, which caused a stir in the early 1980s. He also challenged attendees to guess the manufacturer of the first commercially available 6 cylinder motorcycle. An impressive proportion of those present got it right.

Lembit - who’s a member of the Honda Owners Club - has long claimed his favourite steed has always been a blue Honda CB550F2 which he rebuilt from a virtual write-off. “It just did everything so well and was plenty fast enough for me. The handling was extraordinarily good. I’ve had some of the best rides of my life with that bike.” When HOC Chairman, Andy ‘Dibble’ Young, requested Lembit to judge HOC Classic Bike Show in June, he readily agreed - on condition that he gets a go on a CB550! MAG is increasing its visits to affiliated groups around the country, with a view to inviting riders to become direct members of the organisation. As Lembit said at the meeting, “We’re all about standing up for your rights and your right to ride. That’s how we use your membership and we report back on our activities in The Road, which also lists all the corporate businesses which will give you discounts as a member. Please pass on the message and sign up to Britain’s authentic voice of motorcycling.”

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The 35th Carole Nash Bristol Classic Bike Show by

Beverley Ralph, Dorset Branch Secretary

Another year at Shepton Mallet, where does the time go, I look forward to this super show as it kicks off the show season very well. Thankfully a dry but frosty start to the weekend which remained dry cold but sunny in parts. After the flooding and winds last year this show came back with a bang.

A big thank you to Chris and Marion Ward for coming down for the whole weekend, also thanks go to Dorset members Keith Hopkins, Clive Godber, Jeremy Hearn and Ian Ottaway, Jim Bell from Somerset Branch and myself of course. Our stand was in the Marquee, plot number 17 just off Edmund Rack Hall, once again directly backing onto us were the Honda CX club so much banter was directed back and forth over the wall between us. They had chocolate cake, this was a bone of contention with Clive as we didn’t have cake on our stand, so he got his step-daughter Katie to make us a chocolate cake for the Sunday with Honda Owners Club in red icing on the top, very well received and very yummy, there goes the diet again! Bikes on the stand this year were two from Chris, his CB 50 Dream and his CB350 four. These drew many people to the stand with many conversations, it was great having our Classic Secretary on the stand. Also on the stand was Jeremy’s Deauville which being a pearly bronze colour emitted many conversations of “that is not a standard colour” and Jeremy answering “oh yes it is”. 18 GOLDEN WING

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Clive showed off his VFR 800 in red which he says is the fastest colour. Everyone’s bike was cleaned and polished and then there was Ian’s Blackbird on the end in the corner……. This was covered with filth and grime off the roads as he rode up, following me in the car so he didn’t get lost, for those of you who know Ian and me you know he has no sense of direction at all. Yes it stayed dirty all weekend until he got home. This year was the first for Charterhouse Auctioneers with the Auction Sale as previously it had been Bonhams. The Rudge Enthusiasts Club took first place for their stand with some spectacular machines on display, how do they choose I wonder, it must be very hard for the judges. Best in show went to a 1914 Sparkbrook Roadster which originally was just a frame fished out of a lake across from where the winner worked. Alongside the stunning machines on display were the trade and auto jumble stands as the event continued along

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with it’s tradition of bringing together all manner of bikes, parts, spares, riding kits and accessories ahead of a new season of riding and restoring. The crowds came in huge numbers on the Saturday and they opened the gates early to the public. It was nice to see some other branches popping over to the stand to say hello, Wiltshire, Bristol, Dorset and Gloucestershire to name but a few. Flying the flag for the BMF was Ian Hammond, Jim PeelCross and Government liaison Graeme Hay. However, again no MAG stand this year. Less busy on the Sunday but still plenty of people to talk to. Poor Marion was feeling chilly so Keith rushed back to his caravan and brought her a blanket to keep her warm. All too soon it was time to pack up the car and empty the stand of tables, chairs, bikes etc. On the way home I was pondering about next years show in 2016 so see you there!

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superheroes @

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Gonzo’s Groupie Gallery My mummy, Rona Bell, took me with her to the NEC bike show in November and put me on the HOC stand with my friends. While there, I got to meet loads of friends. So here are my pictures with all the famous and infamous people. Thank you to everyone for making it a great week. Gonzo with his mummy

Gonzo… brmmmm xxx

Phil Baker

John Green

Henry Cole

Danny John Jules

Ross Noble

Ian Botterill

Steve Parish

Michael Rutter

Lembit Öpik

John McGuiness

Jamie Whitham

Paul Owen

Jenny Tinmouth

Paul Fortune

Chris Evans

Alan Sharkey

Charley Boorman

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Burn’s Night

a night of fun and frolic! by

wee Erica Gassor, Oxford Branch Secretary

Knowing very little about Robbie Burn’s himself but knowing Clive and Ann from the Oxford Branch very well, we knew that a Burn’s Night would be great fun and it is always in aid of the excellent Royal British Legion Riders charity so with no more of a thought we said we would go along. Held at Clive and Ann’s local village hall, we had instructions to be there by 7pm if we wanted to eat - food, soft drinks and whisky (?!?) provided, but bring your own beer. By the time we arrived at 6.45 the hall was quite full with tables laid out on either side. With an excellent turnout and lots from the Oxford HOC and quite a few SERV Blood Bike riders, we knew a lot of folk in the room. Settling down for a drink and a look at the brain teasing quiz, it was not long before the much honoured Haggis was ‘piping hot’ and ready to be enjoyed with neaps and tatties (topped with grated cheese!) There was even a vegetarian Haggis (equally delicious) for

Almost ready

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those who preferred. Ample servings of tasty hot food were served to all 60+ folk in no time at all, with seconds offered for those who had room, followed by home-made cake for anyone who could manage it! All for a donation to the RBLR collection buckets.

Waiting for the Haggis

And then the fun began, playing the equivalent of shove ha’penny for a bottle of whisky and then (supposedly for the younger members of the group) the same game but for a jar of Jelly Babies. Not sure how much you can buy a jar for but this one raised over £14 as the competition got keener and keener! After a close contest, the winner was awarded his prize and then donated it to the younger members of the gathering, much to the consternation of his partner who loved Jelly Babies!! The quiz answers were called and papers marked and all became clear with the cryptic clues that had baffled so many for so long! More fun to follow with a Chinese raffle. Absolutely hilarious. Five prizes, one booby and four good ones all wrapped up. Tickets were sold and winners pulled out, who ‘called for’ one of the prize numbers, then another ticket was pulled and the person could then call for any number which, if previously allocated, was lost to that ‘winner’. This calling and swapping of prizes continued SPRING 2015


Heads down for the quiz

I think he would have approved of the fun and frolics in his name for 10 minutes until ‘time’ was called when those with the prizes actually got to open their winnings (with one not-quite-winning and receiving the booby prize!). And then, the Christmas Sweater competition (albeit now a little later on in January!) and out of carrier bags came a variety of outrageous jumpers - even a matching pair for John and Carol! The competition was decided by the level of applause for each entry and, after several heats, the winner was Mark from Oxford HOC with his bright, festive ‘flashing lights’ sweater!

Dancing to an excellent lively disco brought the fun evening to a close, with a very successful £580 being raised for the RBLR – to be added to the other totals from the previous 2 years which now equals over £2,000! Following a thoroughly enjoyable evening well done to Clive and Ann and their helpers for all their excellent hard work - I decided to look Robbie Burns up on Wikipedia. Well, he certainly was an interesting person who lived a very very productive, lively, (albeit short) life and he would have definitely approved of the fun and frolics done in his name!

I will get that whisky!

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No More Sore Ears by

Ruth Stryczko, Northants Branch

As a child I really suffered with ear infections and ear ache on a regular basis. Now considerably older the infections have stopped but it has left me with very sensitive ears. Even just a walk on a brisk windy day can cause me major discomfort and as for wearing anything in or even over my ears can be quite painful. I can not even wear music earplugs or head phones. So when I started to ride many moons ago I tried a number of ear plugs, they were all painful and uncomfortable. I also did not like the way they cut out all the noise. So I stopped wearing them. Not a good idea I know as I was probably causing more damage to my ears by not wearing them. Then few years ago someone recommended I tried ear plugs that were custom made. I’ll be honest I though that they were just a bit of a gimmick and could not see how they would be any better. However 2 years ago I had to change my crash helmet and the new one, all be it very comfortable, created a lot more wind noise. So at the NEC Motorcycle Show I went over to see the guys at Ultimate Ear. I sat and talked to a very nice chap, explained my concerns and asked what was involved. They talked me through the process and showed me the different options. I did not realise how many variations they could do including ones with speakers in.

I almost forget I’ve got them in First they had to take a mould of my ear. This was a little uncomfortable but did not take long and there was always someone there should it start to get too uncomfortable. Next I had to choose what type of plugs I wanted so I just went with the standard ones. Then it was just a point of waiting as they have to send the moulds away for your ear plugs to be made.

I did not have to wait long. As well as sending you your new ear plugs in a very handy carry case, they also send you the moulds, so just in case you loose one you have the moulds to get new ones made. So I tried them out and wow, really impressed. No sensation of feeling like your ears are blocked or pressure build up, no pain or discomfort and what really did surprise me is that you can actually still hear. I can hear the intercom system good and clear and I can actually talk to people though I probably shout a bit when talking back. I have now done hundreds of miles with them including some very lengthy trips round France, Germany and Switzerland. They are wearing incredibly well and very easy to clean. They are actually so comfortable I almost forget I have got them in, but I certainly know when I don’t! Would I recommend them… definitely. Yes you can buy the cheap foam ones but I can assure you, once you have tried these Ultimate Ear plugs you will never go back!

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Road Tax Scam DVLA warns the public of an email scam that asks drivers to verify their driving licence and vehicle tax details via an online link. In some cases the email quotes a 16 digit reference number, telling drivers they’re due a refund for some of the payment made when they taxed their vehicle. They’re then asked to verify their bank details via an online link. The email also claims to have been sent from DVLA, appears to be an attempt to trick drivers into providing bank details. DVLA have not sent out an email asking customers to provide this information. DVLA does not ask customers to provide bank details via email. We’re aware that some members of the public have received these emails and we strongly advise anyone who receives one of these or any similar email, to ignore it and not to follow the instructions given.

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The government, led by Cabinet Office’s Government Digital Service (GDS), will continue to investigate reports of organisations which may be actively misleading users about their services or acting illegally, taking swift action when necessary. By using the online driving licence or vehicle tax transactions on GOV.UK you can be sure that you are dealing directly with the DVLA. You can find the online driving licence and vehicle tax services in the driving licence and vehicle tax sections of GOV.UK. Article taken from: www.gov.uk/government/news/ motorists-warned-about-scam-emails

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Lardy Me tries out Honda’s all new 125 by

Andy ‘Dibble’ Young, HOC Chairman

30 odd years ago the rules changed and us bikers were all forced to change our attitudes and we could no longer blat around on a 250 with L plates. The dreaded 125 learner bike came to the fore. Those of us who saw this happen know what a change that was. This has lead to what is now the A1 licence.

Fast forward to 2009, then came the latest in a line of updates and reconfigurations. The CBF125 alongside the CBR125 two very stylish 125s for the road goers and the MSX125 for the fun bike enthusiasts. 26 GOLDEN WING

The CBF125 has been Britain’s top selling 125 for the past 5 years but it is time for a change. Take into consideration the top selling 125 produced in India is the CB125 Shine with three million units sold last

year, there must be something right about it. So the all new CB125F has been created. It is a 125, it is an air cooled single, it is cheaper than the other 125s in Hondas range. Low seat height at 77cm, a 10.4bhp, SPRING 2015


145 miles to the gallon on eco run engine and loads of other tech data can be found on any Honda web site. Oh and it comes in four pretty colours Candy Blazing Red, Pearl Twinkle Yellow (has a gold tinge to it), Pearl Sunbeam White and Onyx Blue Metallic (looks black to most but get the right light on it and you can just see the blue flecks). I really liked the yellow and the red. I was invited to take part in the pan-European launch of this bike which unusually took place Good wide bars and clear view mirrors in England. Starting at Windsor a dozen of the model were lined up all nice and shiny new and some Taking a variety of classes of road, miles on the clock just to say ‘run in’. we make our way to Farnham Castle With my bike kit on I weigh in excess of twenty stone for coffee and cake. The ride here and I am not wiry thin either. So me riding this bike was has seen lots of variety in riding certainly going to be a test for it, performance wise. styles trying to see how well the Sitting on the big comfy seat I immediately thought bike corners and what it will turn out that is nice. Looking down, the instrument display was as top speed. I got it up to seventy really clear with analogue speedo and rev counter. with some downhill assistance and Large indicator lights left and right and an illuminated making myself more prone on the gear display, so you always know which of the five tank. Others claimed the got to the gears you are in. dizzy heights of 78mph. It would Then reach forward without any stretch to the wide not sustain this speed when sat bars and see the clear view, past shoulder, mirrors. comfortably upright which is the Simply press the start button and the engine fires up real aim of the design of this bikes smoothly with a definite deeper tone to it than the other geometry. 55-60 easily sustainable 125s mentioned so far. This is something to do with the on the open roads and cornering balancer which reduces to virtually nil any noticeable was a hoot, simply tuck your knees vibrations. Setting off the first gear is very short in and lean. You’re never really reaching red line at 9000 very quickly. Quickly up into going too fast for most corners so second then third gear and we have sensible and very maintaining speed through corners responsive town riding gearing. Rapidly reaching fourth was fairly easy. Slowing down when I found this bike was responding well on the throttle even needed was easy with the responsive lugging my bulk around. disc and drum brake combination.

I think this is a really practical bike for the full licence holder wanting economical transport and also ideal for the beginner Easy View Dash

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Off again to Goodwood Racing circuit for spot of lunch then out onto the famous Hill Climb circuit. So on private racing track with good road surfaces we were allowed to ‘Go For It’ as they say. Escorted up the hill climb we were never going to challenge the record books but the bike went up without any kind of struggle. In the lower part of the circuit throttle on its stop the long bends were really great fun. After this there was just one more cake and tea stop on the way back to Windsor. Arriving back at Windsor after 118 miles it was time to refuel the bike - 5.5 litres! This despite lugging lardy me around all day much of the time throttled up to the red line. Not bad, I did see one filled up with 4.5 litres but he was a much skinnier bloke than me, so for 17 year old of no great weight this bike will be very economical to run and reasonably quick. The bike is easily serviced inside an hour and owner can

Yellow is the fastest colour

do the valves and oil change when needed. Everything else is electronic. I think this is a really practical bike for the full licence holder wanting economical transport in town or for the quiet bimble in the countryside. It is a very practical bike for the beginner. The first Honda CBs carried the name Benly which translated meant useful, handy and convenient. This CB is

all of these very comfortable no fatigue at all after a day in the saddle, no issues with traffic as large enough to have a presence on the road and very easy to handle. The £2499 on the road price is cheaper than the other Honda 125’s finance is available and with dealer packages to be sorted regarding first timers. Oh and by the way I think the yellow one is fastest colour.

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Kent cheque presentation by

Pauline Ayliffe, Kent Branch

Over the last few years, Kent Branch has supported a local children’s home at Ashford called ‘Fairlawn’. This provides essential respite care for children and young people. At Easter, we take oodles of chocolate eggs and at Christmas we deliver toys and gifts for the children. The staff always make us welcome and arrange refreshments for children, parents and guests and hold fund raising activities, such as raffles and tombolas.

On the 13th December 2014, we set off to Fairlawn with our bikes festooned with tinsel and Christmas decorations. But this was different from our usual Toy Run. This time we had the privilege of presenting a cheque to Fairlawn with the funds raised at the National Rally and by Kent Branch, totalling £754; a very generous effort by all concerned. The money will be used to help buy a special chair for the children. Ruth and Stritchy made the trip down from Bedford to join us at the presentation which was covered by the local newspaper. A great photo opportunity and good publicity for the Honda Owners Club. After drinking lots of cups of tea and eating lots of cake, we set off to a pub with Ruth and Stritchy for a late lunch. It was after 5pm by the time we left the pub and the temperature outside had plummeted. It was very dark, very cold and icy by the time we rode home.

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How to really ride any kind of bike

by Ben Miller, VisorDown

From street bikes to two-strokes, 600cc sportsbikes to supermotos, different bikes require different techniques. Whatever you ride, get the best from your bike with the help of the finest riders on the planet.

How to master a Supermoto By Christian Iddon

Sideways ace Iddon on getting the most out of bikes on tall suspension and road tyres Motocross kid turned tarmac vandal Christian Iddon first burst onto the supermoto scene at improbable angles some five years ago. Since then he’s been at the sharp end of the world scene, racing Aprilia’s fierce V-twin in the S2 championship. From ‘09 he switched to KTM. “One of the key supermoto skills is backing it in, and it’s not just about showing off,” explains Iddon. “Backing-in is about getting on the front brake hard to get all the weight off the back wheel, shifting down the gears to use the back-torque of the engine and getting the rear wheel to roll maybe 2mph slower than the front, nothing more - it’s not about locking it up. “The next phase is the most dangerous for me. You’ve got to time the backing-in perfectly so that the rear tyre hooks up just as you start to get into the corner properly. If you get it wrong it’s pretty easy to fall off. In the middle of the corner you push the bike down into the corner. The bikes are lighter than any sportsbike, the tyres are really grippy and, with your foot out, you have to be on top of the bike - there isn’t the room under the bike to hang-off. And with your leg stuck out near the front wheel you’re ready to save the front if it tucks.” And of course, this being supermoto, the madness doesn’t end at the apex. “When do I get back on the power? Sometimes, when I’m really on it - when I’ve got the feel and everything’s flowing perfectly - I get on the throttle almost immediately and everything flows as one continuous movement.

“The back wheel’s sliding on the way in, it hooks up just in time to turn and then the front will begin to go. To save it I whack the throttle open as hard as I dare, which pushes the back end out and brings the front back. On the way out you don’t want the back tyre spinning wildly – no black lines, just a faint grey one. And from there on the style comes back to road racing; you’re trying to pick the bike up for maximum traction, so you’re leaning off the inside of the bike, driving out hard.” • Set the bike up for tight corners by getting the rear wheel light. Brake hard with the front brake, change down and tap the rear brake lightly to get it moving. This is best practiced on the dirt. • Don’t bother hanging-off - the ergonomics of these kind of bikes are best steered by pushing them down into corners. • Pick the bike up as you get back on the power. Wide bars and a linear delivery mean these kind of bikes lend themselves to sliding but build up to it. Again, practice off-road.

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Bike theft reduced to zero Motorcycle thieves are now avoiding St James’s Square in Westminster, thanks to a series of anti-theft initiatives. The Square was identified as one of four ‘hotspots’ for motorcycle theft by Westminster City Council, with around 52 motorcycles or scooters stolen each year from its parking bays - around one a week. £1 million worth of motorcycles, scooters and mopeds have been stolen from the whole of the City of Westminster since April 2014 a total of 191. Over the past few years an average of 24,000 motorcycles have been stolen annually in the UK, half of which are taken from London streets, with motorcycle theft accounting for 55% of all vehicle thefts in Westminster. Since September though, none have been taken from St James’s Square, as a result of a series of measures put in place by Westminster City Council through working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police and security marking specialists Datatag. This could be rolled out to other ‘hotspots’.

How this was done?

Westminster City Council and Datatag advertised a day in September to offer riders the chance to get their motorcycles security ‘tagged’ on site for just £50, including fitting. This resulted in a steady queue of riders taking advantage of this offer. Tagging involves applying a combination of highly visible and hidden security markers, which deter thieves but also help the police recover vehicles if they are stolen. Fitting takes around 25 minutes to complete. The Metropolitan Police were also on hand to check the Police National Computer to make sure the bikes weren’t stolen in the first place. After the tagging took place, warning signs were put up to let thieves know that users of the parking bay had security marked their bikes. 32 GOLDEN WING

Westminster City Council has since added 78 ground anchors to the parking bay, which offer an additional highly visible deterrent. When riders secure their bikes to anchor points it makes it difficult for thieves to just lift up a scooter or motorcycle and put it into a van – a common way for thieves to steal an unsecured bike. This is becoming much less of a problem for newer bikes, as most major manufacturers have signed up to the MASTER scheme, which means bikes are tagged from the beginning. The MASTER scheme was developed two years ago with Home Office backing, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police force and with support from the Association of Chief Police Officers. Over 70,000 new motorcycles and scooters have now been protected and registered with the MASTER Security Scheme since January 2013. First year figures for the scheme show that between January 2013 and January 2014 only 185 MASTER tagged motorcycles were stolen across the whole UK. 31,000 new motorcycles were protected by MASTER Scheme during this period, which represents a theft rate of 0.6%, compared to an historic rate of 2.4%. Unfortunately the problem is shifting to unmarked bikes. Motorcycles or scooters which are unprotected by security marking or any visible means of security are now far more likely to be stolen than those which are protected. From the Motorcycle Industry Association SPRING 2015


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The sleek café racer

Based on the Honda CB1100, this design by industrial designer Dimitri Bez combines technical raw elements with bright, clean lines

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Combining technical raw elements with clean lines, the engine and exhaust block have been cleaned to keep only the essentials, leaving a minimalist look. The frame, along with other main components have been finished in matt black and lacquered to contrast with the upper aluminium. The whole tank and saddle is a single block of aluminium, spinning along the frame to the rear light. A sharp edge makes the connection between the front end and the fuel tank, this line brings dynamism and makes the design harmonised. The minimal design has been finished with details such as the leather saddle that crosses over to the rear light, adding a nice touch to the matt black and aluminium colour scheme.

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Dimitri Bez: Designer A graduate of Industrial Design at LSS École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et des Métiers d’Art (Oliver de Serres) in Paris in 2012. Since 2015 he has been a freelance designer, carrying out various projects: furniture, transportation, accessories... His intention is to imagine a project that aspires to originality while meeting the ambitions of industrial and consumer expectations.

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Nottingham Branch

CHARITY CYCLE RIDE 12th - 18th September 2015

As winter turns to spring intrepid Branch members Debbie and Mark Reynolds will be getting their lycra on and doing some serious training in preparation for the charity cycle ride from Nottingham to the 2015 HOC National Rally in Skipsea. Debbie and Mark will be cycling through the glorious counties of Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Lincolnshire and finally West Yorkshire. They will be stopping overnight in each of the counties above so if

any local HOC members can support them by offering a bed for the night then that would be a great help, we have already received support from Erica Gassor at the Oxford Branch and Dave & Sue White at the Norfolk Branch, so a big thank you to them.

The cycle challenge is in aid of the Headway charity, a charity close to the heart of many HOC members. A webpage has been set up and you can make a much appreciated donation at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/HOCrallycycleride2015 If you would like to know more about our big cycle challenge then check out the Virgin Money page or visit the Nottingham Branch website. If you can support us by offering a comfy bed for the night then please contact either Debbie or Mark on the details below: E-mail: nottingham@hoc.org.uk Telephone: 07773 020286

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Caught on Camera or You’ve Been Framed

Technology is a wonderful thing but to most, it is a dark art. I remember the days when mobile phones came out and vowed never to have one. How things have changed as they have become an everyday tool and not just a fashion accessory. This can be said about the influx of cameras for motorcycles, bicycles or cars. At one point, they were the ‘must have’ for sporting activities or adrenalin junkies. They are used on motorcycles to be able to re-live those wonderful days out on great roads or the occasional track day. However, they are also beginning to have another use which can be a great advantage in the event of an accident. An accident occurs due to an onset of circumstances which lead to an incident where in many cases loss, damage and possibly, injury occurs (loss). The word ‘accident’ is therefore inaccurate as the incident was caused, in most circumstances, due to the fault of one or more persons. Otherwise it is deemed an ‘Act of God’ rather than where the incident involved the ‘Hand of Man’.

If an incident occurs where loss is suffered, someone may wish to claim for their loss if they considered they were not at fault. The major issue therefore is not only showing that you were not at fault but that someone else is and as a result of their ‘Act of Omission’, you suffered loss as a direct consequence. This is the crux of the matter. It is your responsibility to prove that the other person was negligent and that means proving how the incident itself occurred. If you cannot do so, you will receive nothing and have to bear that loss yourself or be left with no remedy to recover compensation for your injuries. The converse situation is that you are being blamed for an accident and have to defend the allegations made against you. We therefore now go to Evidence. What is evidence? This is the means to prove your case and can include; • how you say the incident occurred • what witnesses say • evidence such as marks on the road, damage to the vehicle: or any other evidence that what you say happened.

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It is your responsibility to prove that the other person was negligent In the alternative, there is the evidence of the person you say was responsible and any evidence they rely upon. Your version of events as against the other person is one word against the other. Each have a vested interest in persuading the insurers and ultimately a Judge, that their version is the truth. This can be hit and miss and can create a far from certain outcome. Liars can give quite credible evidence and be quite believable. Independent witnesses who are not biased one way or the other are gold dust and Judges love them. If they can give a focussed and straightforward version as to how the accident occurred, their evidence carries some weight as they have no axe to grind or have no benefit in lying. However, even witnesses get it wrong. Road Traffic Incidents happen in an instant and accurate recollection can be blurred. What can be assumptions soon turn into fact i.e. “the biker was going like a bat out of hell”; “the biker was riding like an idiot”; “the accident was wholly the fault of the biker”; “the bike went through a red light” etc.

So what if you know that you weren’t speeding, you were riding safely and you went on a green light. You are really up against it if there are no witnesses or the witness evidence is against you. How do you prove that your version of events is the correct one? One word... CAMERAS. I have had an increasing number of cases where camera footage is available showing exactly what actually happened. Liability is admitted immediately the footage is disclosed. Now that is gold dust. If you are just losing your policy excess then that is bad enough when you know didn’t do anything wrong. But if you have suffered a serious life changing injury? Not being able to prove the other driver was at fault is catastrophic. But what if you are being blamed and then having to face loaded premiums in the future when you know you were not at fault? I can go on and give numerous examples when camera footage saved the day and I have not even mentioned the increasing ‘Cash for Crash’ incidents. Remember, they can work the other way too, for example, if you have been caught having had a ‘spirited ride’! You have to weigh up the pro’s and con’s yourself, but for me, I now have one on the bike and in the car.

Ride Safe BE AWARE, cameras can provide evidence to prove your innocence... and guilt!

As the Accident Legal Advisor for the Honda Owners Club (a biker for 44 years and a lawyer for over 30 years) I am happy to offer advice to members. My contact numbers are 0116 288 2227 or 07442 011 690 and my e-mail is legaleagle@hoc.org.uk or www.jminjurylaw.com SPRING 2015

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Bring your bike to the

HOC Classic Show 1 Free entry 1 11am to 3pm 1 Refreshments and

food available all day

1 Trophy for best bike 1 Eldelsten Trophy

for the best HOC members CB400F

1 Lots of other

categories to win

1 Great prizes in the charity raffle

1 Celebrity judges 1 Everyone welcome no matter what you ride

Sunday 28th June 2015 The George Inn, Northampton Road, Brixworth NN6 9BU

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Hi everybody and welcome to the 2015 Spring edition of Golden Wing. Enquiries for providing dating certificates to enable older Hondas to be registered are still keeping me very busy and bringing new members to the HOC. I would like extend a very warm welcome to all the new members that have joined the HOC through the Classic Dating Service and hope that you now have your bikes on the road. While on the subject of the Classic Dating Even if your newly acquired classic bike Service I thought it would be a good time to has a registration plate chances are that remind everyone of the process involved in this is the route you will need to follow. getting an old Honda back on the road. Occasionally an enquiry to the DVLA will The first thing that you should check is show that the registration number is still that your bike is over 25 years old. on their database. If this is the case an • If your bike is under 25 years old you will application for a replacement V5C using a have to contact Honda UK and request V62 form will be all that is required. they provide a dating certificate for it. If your classic bike has a VRM and • The DVLA are quite strict on this and the DVLA have no record of it on their as such I am only authorised to provide database, but you have documentation that documentation for classic bikes that are links that VRM to the bike; i.e. an old log, over 25 years old. a pre-1983 tax disc or MOT certificate, Many old bikes are found without any then an application using a V765 form documentation or history and some have should be made. The V765 form needs to be also been imported without any paperwork. countersigned by the HOC representative If your bike has been imported it is authorised by the DVLA and supported by extremely important that you have customs a dating certificate and declaration. Again a clearance paperwork with details of any completed V55/5 form, first registration fee import duty and VAT paid where applicable. and recent pictures will need to be sent with If your bike has no paperwork i.e. an old the application. style log book or registration document or any pre 1983 tax discs or MOT certificates, Remember, if you have any you will need documentation to substantiate questions about older bikes or the age of the bike supplied by the Honda require assistance registering a Owners Club. You will need to send classic Honda, get in touch with a completed V55/5 form and the first me on classic@hoc.org.uk registration fee, currently £55, along with the HOC dating certificate, declaration and Let’s get those recent photographs to the DVLA who then old Hondas will issue an age related VRM and V5C. running! Sometimes the DVLA may request the bike be inspected to substantiate its existence Chris Ward and legality. Classic Secretary 42 GOLDEN WING

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Don’t forget if you would like your classic machine featured in Golden Wing please send details through to me with pictures Hopefully that has cleared up what is required to get your bike back on the road. It may seem a complicated process but the DVLA are very helpful to those wishing to register a classic machine. Please however do not send me requests to date a frame only as this is not allowed under the DVLA guidelines, also any frame numbers that have been modified or tampered with will be rejected. If a bike has been obviously built from a myriad of parts the DVLA will only issue a ‘Q’ registration likewise a custom or heavily modified bike.

If you are intending to build a café racer make sure you register the bike in its original form first before spending thousands of pounds only to have it rejected. Finally do not request a dating certificate if your bike is not ready to be used. The DVLA require the bike to be in a roadworthy condition and they may wish to have it inspected, having a current MOT, which can be obtained on the frame number is therefore an advantage. Please contact me in the first instance to discuss what is required

My CB175 project is coming along nicely and hopefully should be finished soon. The engine has now been completed and been reunited with the frame for the first time in years. The new chain and exhausts have also been fitted. The carbs are the next items to be refurbished and overhaul kits have been sourced. The fuel tank has been sprayed and just requires the pin stripes to be painted on before the final clear coat is applied. The bike is on schedule to make an appearance at the HOC Classic Show at Brixworth in June.

said that I would be interested in it if he wanted to sell it and just before Christmas I got the call. It has covered only 155km since new and spent many years as a conversation piece in my friends living room. Unfortunately it was very slightly damaged during a house move so requires some minor attention and a service as it still has all the original fluids on board. I took it to the recent Bristol Classic show where it did attract a lot of attention and brought quite a few visitors on to the HOC stand. I do intend to ride it in the future when the weather improves although at the moment it has taken up residence in our living room, fortunately for me Marion does think it is a pretty little bike

The CB175 nearing completion

I have recently added another bike to my collection, a 1997 Honda CB50V Dream. The bike was found in 2002 at a dealers, still in its original shipping crate, by a friend of mine and purchased. I always SPRING 2015

The CB50V Dream at the Bristol Classis show

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Driving licence changes Updates and advice to motorists on abolition of the counterpart to the photocard driving licence From 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence will not be valid and will no longer be issued by DVLA. The counterpart was introduced to display driving licence details that could not be included on the photocard. These details include some vehicle categories you are entitled to drive and any endorsement/penalty points. Please note, this does not affect photocard licences issued by DVA in Northern Ireland.

What this means for you Existing paper counterparts If you already hold a paper counterpart, after 8 June 2015 it will no longer have any legal status. You should destroy your paper counterpart after this date but you still need to keep your current photocard driving licence.

How to check your driving licence Our FREE View Driving Licence service lets you see what details are on your licence, including what vehicles you can drive and any penalty points you may have. www.gov.uk/view-driving-licence

If you need to update your name, address or renew your licence, you will be issued with a photocard only.

Confirming your driving record when hiring a vehicle After 8 June 2015 if you are hiring a vehicle or you drive for a living and are asked to provide evidence of your driving record (entitlements and/or penalty points), you will be able to do this online for free by logging onto the View Driving Licence page and select Share Driving Licence to receive a unique code - BE AWARE, this is only valid for 72 hours! The service should be used by both paper and photocard driving licence holders and will also allow you to download a summary of your licence record which can be printed or shared. Watch the DVLA video www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn2A8E2xo1I&f eature=youtu.be

Penalty points (endorsements) From 8 June 2015 penalty points will no longer be shown on driving licence. This information will be held on DVLA’s driver record, and can be checked online, by phone or post.

Article taken from: www.gov.uk/government/ news/driving-licence-changes

Old fashioned paper driving licences Paper driving licences issued before the photocard was introduced in 1998 will remain valid and should not be destroyed.

Alternatively you can call DVLA and leave permission for your driving record to be checked verbally by a nominated person.

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Kicking Back Something to Say... Say it Here

AGM Thoughts

Blast from the past

I have been to a few AGMs as Dave Barton talked me into taking the minutes, when he could not run the meetings and take notes. I did this with some occasional help from the 1970s to the 1990s. The hardest thing was to get the reports written down so they can be read and then added to the minutes, making my life easier. So I am with you on that, but I do not think it would be a good idea to put them on the Club web site before the meeting as the members will read them, so why bother going to the AGM. I think the Quiz and Raffle are a good idea, also a mystery guest speaker. Could the Branches download pictures from their web pages of the happenings over the past year? May give other Branches new places to go to. How about a couple of the management committee have a look at the machines outside and pick the best looking and unusual, then award a bit of Club regalia. The AGM was a good get together as it was usually the last time we met before the winter. I have missed the last few due to a clash of dates.

The last three issues of Golden Wing have had pictures of the Honda Benly Super Sport CB92. It’s made me all nostalgic. According to the then concessionaire Maico, I had one of the very first of these wonderful little bikes to be imported. How they all laughed when I went down to our meeting place, Ted’s Cafe on the Southend road. Only a wuss would buy a bike with an electric starter, Jap crap reving to 10K rpm won’t last. The smiles disappeared when, after fitting some decent tyres it could leave all the Norton Jubliee’s Tiger Cubs and so on for dead, it could even out run Triumph 500’s sprung hubs on the twisties. I did many thousands of trouble free miles in the time I had it. I have always hoped to find another one, but it’s not going to happen, too old and too broke! However somewhere I have and original owners manual, if anyone is interested in it, all I would want in return is a good photo of a CB92, preferably a blue one as all my photo’s are long gone. I still enjoy the magazine, it’s such a professional production. I do miss seeing members items for sale though. I don’t know if this is because no one is selling or because of an editorial policy change Best wishes to all in the HOC for a safe and sunny 2015

John Hancock, by letter Membership No: 125

P.S. Thank you for the “Thank You Badge” it was a great surprise.

Thank you for your thought about the AGM. The Management Committee needs to discuss how to proceed. Notification of this year’s AGM is on page 6.

Have your say on any subject e-mail to letters@hoc.org.uk or write to Kicking Back, 38 Bower Street, Bedford MK40 3RE SPRING 2015

Keith Howlett, by e-mail Membership No:25048

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1 Shopping for new indicators in Palermo 2 Cefalu’s ancient seafront from the water… 3 … and the water from the seafront 4 Grocery, north African style

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I TEND TO GO WHERE THE TOURISTS DON’T Tunisia and back on an old Honda 250 commuter bike is a great way to meet people Words and pictures David Stokes

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OING TO TUNISIA just months after the upheaval of the Arab Spring may have been risky, but I didn’t encounter any real trouble. Many hotels and hostels were closed, and there was rioting shortly after I left, but the biggest problem I had was some stolen indicators. As with all my big trips on inappropriate bikes, the positives far outweighed the negatives: wonderful people, amazing sights, some great roads (and some terrible ones) and a very different atmosphere from Europe. Tunisia is very close to Italy, |

but it’s 2000 miles from home, and sometimes feels it. Did I regret it? Not one bit. I’m reluctant to use the word ‘adventure’, but surely that’s what you’re on when you have no idea what happens next. That can be a thrilling way to travel, even on something as modest as my 1990 Honda CD250U. I ended up taking a route that went from my home in Kent through France, Germany, Austria and Italy, then over the Mediterranean to Tunisia, returning via Sicily. The trip south through Europe went

like clockwork and didn’t start to feel like an adventure until I moved into Austria, when I hit the Timmelsjoch (or Passo del Rombo), a high mountain pass near the Italian border. It’s exciting but scary. I lost count of how many bikers overtook me on my overloaded 250 as I wobbled around the switchbacks. Pisa, my next stop, is more than just a leaning tower and deserves a longer look. The architecture is wonderful and the coffee served in the many kerbside cafes by the River Arno is superb. I stayed for two

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David Stokes is a member of the Kent Branch. Watch this space for more of his adventures. Article reproduced by kind permission of RiDE magazine

nights at the Camping Village Torre Pendente in one of their small self-catering caravans. What’s more, the site is just 800 metres from the tower. Italy has a bad reputation for its driving. I tried to keep an open mind but being passed on their motorways too close too many times felt like pushing my luck, so I took the wise man’s way out and rode to Civitavecchia (the port for Rome) and boarded a ferry to Tunisia. To keep the price down I slept in an inside cabin with three other men. The 24 hours passed pleasantly enough, on calm water, blessed by sunshine, which added up to a brief Mediterranean cruise. With the cramped accommodation and the limited choice of food this sort of travel is OK in good weather but if you want comfort it’s quite costly for a private room and the privacy it affords. Reaching Tunis I was soon bumping down the ferry’s ramp into the night and the Byzantine entry procedures of any Arab country. If only there was a definitive guide to whom to see, where and in what order. In reality, you are left to work it out for yourself and I was wandering from one office to another being shunted about – all in good humour on their part, but I was shunted about all the same. At last I got through, rode off and was immediately stopped by police. Realising I was English

and could not speak French or Arabic they sent me on my way. I managed to ask where a hotel was and all they said was Lido with a vague wave of a hand. Finding your way in the dark can be difficult, but when you’ve just entered a country it’s doubly difficult. However, the Lido rose out of the gloom and after climbing 31 marble steps to reception I took a room. A night watchman looked after the locked-up bike by sitting on it, while I slept deeply.

I lost count of how many bikers overtook me as I wobbled around the switchbacks I tend to go to where the tourists don’t go. Plenty is written about the main destinations, but the areas where the Tunisians live are easily bypassed and Tunis is a case in point. A big percentage of the populace live here and it’s very busy. At the time of my visit there were heavily armed police and soldiers on the streets with assault rifles, parked-up armoured cars and many rolls of razor wire. Not the best atmosphere for a trip, and because of this I left the capital to its own devices and rode north to Bizerte and its lake.

My dad wanted a picture of the lake because he was a member of a tanker crew delivering petrol to Monty’s Eighth Army and being bombed nightly by the German Luftwaffe. It wasn’t the most enjoyable few months of his life, sitting on about 20,000 tons of petrol and incurring the interest of the opposing forces. Anyway I got the pictures and stumbled onto a comedy of errors. The current Rough Guide to Tunisia gave the number of a hotel that was on the shores of the lake. Great, I thought, I’ll stay there. Dialled the number and tried to locate the place. The number was allotted to a hotel but not the one on the lake, which had closed since the publication of the guide, its number given to a new hotel 10 miles away. It took several minutes of cross-purpose phone conversation with the manager before we realised he was in a different town. But he kindly came out to where I was in his car and led me to Mateur, where his hotel actually is. It’s a little town with a daily market selling fruit, vegetables, clothing and bike parts for the many mopeds that are the main form of personal transport around here. By now my riding suit had become very anti-social and I took it along to a laundry to get rid of the awful sweaty smell. You have to remember, the normal summer temperature is in the middle 30s and MARCH 2013

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but the staff were friendly and the bike was safe outside with its two cable locks. Tunisian towns are full of cars from my past: Peugeot 304s, 404s and many battered 505 estates that have taxied thousands with their three rows of seats and overloaded roof racks. In the town centres there are Piaggio Apes delivering fruit and veg, and even a plumber with his tools and pipes. I expected terrible roads, and I got a few, but on the whole the roads are not bad and the motorway is pretty good. The locals had a loose idea of which side of the road one should drive on, and could be described as eccentric and original. Most, however, stick to driving on the right and most stick to driving the correct way along a one-way street. My favourite town in Tunisia, and where I spent five days, is Nabeul, a seaside town not on the tourist trail, at least not known by the package holiday crowd. There were many tourists from Tunisia and Algeria but I only met two Brits and they had escaped from their hotel. Here I stayed in the cheapest hotel of any of my travels, £4 a night at the Pension de Roses. True it was not a place where I would have taken my wife and it wasn’t en-suite but at least the water in the very doubtful shower was hot. The Pension de Roses is deep in Nabeul’s medina where all the town’s action is. It’s really one big market selling leather goods, ceramics, gold jewellery, small cuddly toy camels and T-shirts by the thousand. When it’s dry the road surface is fine, but just before I left

wearing a full protective suit leads to lots of sweat. Even at the sedate speeds I tend to ride at, falling off without the protection of a good riding suit at my age could be fatal. There are constant reminders that you are in a developing country, not least the state of many of the vehicles, which would be laughed out of a British MoT station. Many lack headlights, glass and tread on the tyres. They belch smoke and make a terrible noise. On the other hand there are many new cars and vans on the roads showing an enormous contrast in the fortunes between the haves and have-nots.

Many of the vehicles would be laughed out of a British MoT station, some lacking headlights and tread on the tyres After a few days in Mateur I decided, by way of contrast, to visit Monastir. This is a favourite Mediterranean resort for package holidays offering sunshine with a flavour of the Middle East. I paid around £20 for a room at the Esplanade Hotel, a crumbling pile but nice and cheap. From here I rode north to Sousse and booked into the Hotel du Park. My bed consisted of stuccoed concrete blocks with two single mattresses on top, with leaky plumbing and dodgy electrics. Surrounding the Hotel du Park was a building site with all the dust that creates,

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there was some overnight rain and riding out on that surface, wending my way through ceramics laid out in the road, I had my feet down and my heart in my mouth. One slip could mean a big bill. Leaving Nabeul for a hotel in Tunis I eventually found my way onto the motorway heading north. My aim was simply to get to Tunis in good time for the ferry crossing to Palermo, Sicily. I checked into one of the hotels nearest to the docks, Hotel Bahy. As the ferry didn’t leave until 11pm I asked if the hotel would let me stay until 6pm and for no charge they kindly said yes. I had a day wandering around the city and its huge medina. But seeing troops around with tanks and assault rifles rather took away the holiday aspect of the visit. Palermo was a relief after the troublesome atmosphere of Tunis. Hearing later that two days after I left there were riots, it had been a timely exit. I found a good hostel in Palermo, on the corner of the street a cafe serving wonderful coffee and better croissants than the French. I’d had both of my rear LED indicators stolen in Nabeul. I’d soon given up trying to replace them in Tunisia, but now I was in Sicily I renewed my efforts. At the hostel I was given direction to a bike accessory shop a two-mile walk away. The shop owner called to his daughter Mariangela to translate, and while she was at it she invited me to lunch and a ride-out the following day. There were 20 of us on that ride, which involved heading for the hills riding

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Kindle: instead of carrying three cumbersome Rough Guides for Germany, France and Italy I decided on a Kindle to save weight and space Garmin Zumo 660 Ring battery charger and LED running lights SealSkinz waterproof socks Oxford boots and waterproofs Vango camping equipment Givi top box Clarke spanners Sealey multi-tool Various spares from Wemoto Putoline chain lube Tetrosyl engine oil

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through switchbacks and small villages. The lunch had me – like many Brits before me – lured into the antipasti trap of sampling everything then realising that was just the starter: a huge plate of pasta was to follow, and then a couple more courses for good luck. As I had taken along some camping gear I figured I really ought to use it so I left Palermo and rode a few miles east to Cefalu and pitched the tent in the local camping ground. I was surprised at the cost, which was the same as the hostel, about 20 euros. You get charged for the tent, the bike, wi fi and mains power. In a hostel, for the same money, you get to avoid sleeping on the ground, pitching a tent, cooking over a petrol stove and worrying about the weather. Enough – that’s me finished with camping. I slept for the next two days in a delightful B&B in Cefalu, ate too much pasta and pizza, drank too much wonderful Italian coffee and sent all the camping gear home for 35 euros. The next stage of my trip involved a night crossing to Genoa, in the north of Italy, on a massive ferry. My cabin could carry four passengers but the top bunks were folded away and I found myself travelling alone with the luxury of my own cabin. The crossing was a haze of reading on my

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Kindle, walking around the deck, seeing Sardinia followed closely by Corsica, more coffee and more reading. We landed in the dark, no customs, no immigration: the EU has made travel very easy. At a petrol station I met Gino, a computer engineer who decided as I had travelled so far on an old Honda he would treat me to a coffee and sandwich. There are a lot of people who are fascinated by the freedom I enjoy as a pensioner. They have too many responsibilities – kids, mortgage – just as I did at their age. On my Garmin I pressed the Lodging icon and there was a hotel 0.2 of a mile away so I went there, took a comfortable room, showered, made tea and slept.

7 1 Posing in Pisa 2 Pisa’s cathedral is just as stunning as its tower 3 Arriving in Mahdia, Tunisia 4 In Sicily taking in Cefalu’s cathedral 5 The rooftop view from the B&B in Cefalu 6 Stuffed camels in Nabeul’s medina 7 Heading north to Sousse

There was now two days’ riding from Genoa to Belves, with a stop at Clermont Ferrand, staying in the Ibis. I eschewed the hotel’s restaurant and to my shame I enjoyed a Big Mac, fries and a Sprite. I know that when in France I should take advantage of their wonderful cuisine, but all I wanted was to eat and sleep. I rested for four days in Belves, and when I left it started to rain and carried on raining the whole way home. When I finally got home, a cup of tea had never tasted so good.

THE BIKE I bought my 1990 Honda CD250U in 2009 from an ad in the local paper. It had only 17,000 miles on the clocks. I’ve fitted a Givi top box and a set of old Krauser panniers I bought on eBay. These are tough and able to support the bike if I drop it. I also bought a cheap set of crash bars, which carry the daylight running lights. In time for my next bike trip I’ll be fitting an old-fashioned single seat and backrest, and the top box will be located over where the pillion would sit. MARCH 2013

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Bedfordshire

Secretary: Graham Seymour - 01525 633169 or 07973 428772

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e have changed our meeting place once again, this time to the Cross Keys, Pulloxhill, having had less than a welcoming experience at The Musgrave Arms. Those of you that attend our rallies will know this as our regular rally site so we have the advantage of knowing the landlord who has made us welcome. His parents have run the pub for over 40 years so hopefully we are in for a period of stability! On the subject of the Clapper’s rally I have been a little tardy with the advert and who knows if this issue will be out before we hold the rally. So just in case you are reading this after the event then you should have heard about it through the monthly mail out or my system has failed completely… In the winter issue I reported that Ian, our chairman, had been forced to give up biking due to a long term knee problem. Apparently tales of his demise were greatly exaggerated as the quacks have now told him that with a few sensible precautions (don’t fall off being one I presume) he can continue. In his first act of defiance he led us across the channel to Ypres last week for a whistle stop tour of the Great War battlefields and copious quantities of Belgian food and drink. We counted them out and we counted them back in again, and strangely enough it added up. Our runs list for the year is just about to receive its finishing touches and Ian is taking bookings for the branch holiday to Scotland. Thwarted in his attempts to arrange another archery day to coincide with the BBQ at Steve & Julies, Dave has arranged for clay pigeon shooting instead. Guns, bikes, BBQ and booze all in one go. All I need to make it the perfect day is for Kylie to ride pillion! All the best

Graham

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HONDA OWNERS CLUB BEDFORDSHIRE BRANCH

16th Clappers Rally Friday 22nd - Monday 25th May 2015 @ ‘The Cross Keys’ Pulloxhill MK45 5HB Bedfordshire

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Darlington & District Organiser: Phil Baker: 01325 382012 or 07745 544808

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t is still early day but with luck the Darlington and District HOC will eventually become a thriving Branch. We have already had a few rides out. On 4th of January John and I had a cold and frosty ride out for lunch then we went to see the famous bridge at Winston, it is the longest single span stone bridge in Europe and some years ago someone flew a spitfire under it, John found it very interesting. Me on the Whorlton Toll Bridge

Winston Bridge Spitfire

On 25th January Stuart and I had a ride out to the Manor café then Leyburn and back by Richmond on the lovely Yorkshire roads. Saturday 7th February, Thelma and I had a short but pleasant ride to Northallerton, the following day Stuart and I went to Barnard Castle by a roundabout way, the weather was good and the roads dry.

John on the Whorlton Toll Bridge

John and I went out for a ride on Saturday 14th February, we ended up at a rather interesting old toll bridge at Whorlton, as usual John was fascinated by it as it was one of the first suspension bridges. The fact that it was built by John Green had nothing to do with it. We had a pleasant ride back through some of the beautiful villages around here. On 15th February John, Stuart and I had a ride up to the Manor café which is a very popular bikers café in the Yorkshire dales, unfortunately it was closed this time so we rode on to the small town of Leyburn for some lunch, from there it was a pleasant blast over to Northallerton then back home via Yarm, another fine dry day. (we get a lot of those up here). On the 1st March four of us met at our new club house, the Model T pub and we had a really good ride over the moors to Whitby where we had lunch at the Whistle stop café which is another popular bikers café. They all stuffed their faces with steak and kidney pudding. After a look round the bikes there and a bit of a chat with the other bikers we headed for home by the coast road. It was a

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good day out, blue sky and bright sunshine until the last few miles home when it rained, but that did not spoil the day. We have secured a brilliant venue for our meetings on a Thursday evening. The Model T pub in Darlington. There is plenty of space and a massive car park and the landlady is very keen for us to be there. So far we have only had two meetings there, the first week there was three of us and the second week five people turned up so let’s hope it grows from there.

We plan to meet every Thursday evening and organise regular rides out, and try to visit some of the many attractions that the North has to offer. There is so much to do up here and so many places to visit, and of course the roads and countryside are magnificent, a bikers dream, so we will be living the dream and hope that many more will join us on our adventures.

Phil

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Your bike’s the star I’d love to feature your bike in Golden Wing If your bike is over 10 years old and you are proud of it, just send me a short write-up and some pictures and it will be in the next available Golden Wing for everyone to admire. Please send your text and pictures to

editor@hoc.org.uk It doesn’t matter what Honda it is, it just has to be loved (or hated) by you!

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Cambridge Secretary: Kim Woodruff - 01353 740883

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ell firstly apologies for not submitting a report for the last issue, time just ran away with me and can you believe that at time if typing this it is nearing the end of February already! time goes just too quickly. Having said that it waits for no man and it means we have to get on with the season ahead as well as look back to the last events of last season. Cambs attended the National HOC Christmas dinner and it was a marvellous event - we were joined by our friends from Yorkshire, Ade, Sue, Dave and Lisa and along with Roger, Nina, Jim, Anita, Paul and myself we had a fantastic time. We took a ride through the countryside stopping for lunch in the Cotswolds before arriving at the Hotel in readiness of the Friday evening meet up. It is always a good time to meet up with faces old and new on the Friday before the lovely dressy up evening of Saturday which was brilliant, all the ladies looked lovely in their finery and the men didn’t do too bad either, rather handsome have to say. All too soon it is over and the Cambs branch have agreed to organise the event this year and details are on the web site but of course you can contact me with any queries you might have. We had our own Branch Christmas dinner in January again being joined by Ade, Sue, Dave and Lisa and a good time was had by all. We went to The Ferry Boat at Hollywell and the food was fabulous, this was followed by a charity auction which raised funds for the Cambridge branch - it is always a laugh and we thank Stephen Stackhouse for being such a great auctioneer. So what’s up for 2015 - well we have held the diary date fixing meeting and the first Tuesday ride outs have been arranged and some Wednesday ones again as they prove quite popular and also some picnic rideouts and various other rideouts which can be found on our website. A holiday has been booked for France for Paul and I and friends and we are looking forward to that again this year, fingers crossed for the weather - it was so good last year and we are rather hoping that we get a repeat again this year as we are going a bit later. Well that is it for now - catch up soon and stay safe

Paul and Kim xx

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Devon

Secretary: Ian Wickham - 01392 879445

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e enjoy being in an area that offers a variety of good rideouts from moorland rural areas to coastal resorts. We are but a very small group and struggling. Our solution is to liaise with many other groups of bikers who all publish their rides on Facebook and all interact with each other offering up many varied opportunities to charity runs or a Sunday ride for anyone whoever wants to join in, we verbally fly the Honda flag and when possible join up with other Honda groups further afield me personally enjoying the Calne meet excellent day out. We had some excellent rides during xmas, for example 150 riders dressed up as Santa riding through our town and onwards to children’s hospice was impressive and gladly supported the organisers with leaders and marshals. We also enter a two day local event annually which is an excellent classic transport show and thanks to Steve we really fly the flag, banners and boards with a display of bikes Honda parking only .. a fantastic venue of powderham castle overlooking Exmouth estuary. I cannot do it alone without joining up with other groups in the hope one fine day we will get the Honda group we search for and perhaps get more adventurous. Parting with money is always a problem and to be tied to one group... But least we don’t forget we are all bikers who enjoy the one thing. Which includes so many other benefits as we all are aware. So local readers give me a bell ,e mail or express your views when we meet on a ride…. And not forgetting several groups enjoy taking out our 125s you’re a biker and let’s enjoy.

Ian

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Dorset

Secretary: Beverley Ralph - 07757 647272

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ell what has been happening at the Dorset Branch then! Although it is quiet in Darkest Dorset in the winter months we are still very much alive down here. Please if you are in Dorset come and meet a very friendly bunch or if you are another branch and are coming into Dorset please contact me to see if we can meet up and say hi. Just before Christmas we had a lovely Christmas dinner at the pub where we meet where we had 12 members, the food was plentiful and the company was great. Everyone enjoyed themselves, the pub put some balloons on the table and the inner child came out in some of us. This seems a long time ago now. A lot of our rideouts are ad-hoc due to the weather but also due to several members working on farms in the area, so we are not always able to plan ahead but we do get out and about quite a bit even if it is just a couple of members heading to West Bay for a cuppa or a blast along the very scenic coast road to Weymouth.

A big welcome to Debbie and Roger Reddick who started popping in to us in January as they have escaped from the Reading Rabble and moved to Swanage. We hope that they will be very happy in Dorset and I hope we haven’t scared them off talking about farming methods and the price of milk as most of the members are farmers of some sort, dairy, cattle and goats as well. Turning now to spring, we have our Branch AGM on Friday 6th March to set the ball rolling for the next year. Still trying to tie up with Wiltshire to have a re-match of Skittles before the rally season kicks in and also in April we will be having a Tenpin Bowling evening in Poole. A couple of rideouts are planned for the coming months, dates to be confirmed but it will be Boughton on the Water in May, Wells and Weston-super-Mare in June and Brooklands Museum for July so far. Please look at our Facebook page as we will be putting all the info on rideouts on there. See you soon

Bev

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East Midlands

Secretary: Rita Woodcock - 01332 515767

The Ostrich 1st Feb

On a crisp frosty morning the bikes and the ride-out were abandoned for the 4 wheeled option. Nine of us met up at the Ostrich at Longford near Ashbourne for a Sunday lunch. It seemed as if the entire population of the pub were all huddled in the same corner (the one with the roaring fire), although it soon warmed up after the fire had been well and truly stoked.

What a lot of Nik-Naks

Desperate Dan’s Cow Pie, oops sorry it was Ian’s

A lovely country pub with lots going on

There were some brave souls out in the field next to the pub, practicing some battle re-enactment or other, complete with swords, shields and pikes. They make it look so real

Mad O’Rourkes 1st March

With twenty one of us gathering for the annual pilgrimage to Mad O’Rourkes Pie Factory, it was quite crowded in our usual area. The atmosphere was good and the place was bustling as it normally is, all helped by the unusual décor and knick-knacks.

He did it and now he’s certified

As has become tradition over the past few years I ended up on my knees on the floor (due to a lost earring back before any of you think otherwise), this time there was no zealous Peter with his camera to catch me in the act. Unfortunately my eyes were bigger than my belly and I succumbed to a dessert, big mistake. I could hardly move for the next 3 hours, full of Pie and Eton Mess.

Rita

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Eastern

Secretary: John Hewson - 01469 560306

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or me 2014 was an excellent motorcycling year. I hope 2015 is going to be even better. We started off 2015 as for the last few years with a trip to the Classic Motorcycle Show at Newark on the 4th January.

Paul & the Green Man being photo bombed by Martin at Skidbrook Cider

John, Martin, Lorrie, Graham, Paul & Alan at the HOC stand

Paul, Martin, Lorrie and I visited Skidbrook Cider near Louth on the 18th January for their annual Wassail, with entertainment provided by Grimsby Morris Men. A very enjoyable time was had by all.

John, Paul & Martin at Skidbrook Cider

On the 25th January I visited the Spalding Motorcycle show with Martin Holmes. It’s a small show held in the Springfield Exhibition Centre. However, it continues to be popular with both exhibitors and visitors.

Lorrie, Paul & Martin at Skidbrook Cider

1972 Honda CB350 K4 at Spalding Show

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It was a very cold but bright and sunny day when Martin, Lorrie and I joined a group of train enthusiasts, for a trip around the extensive railway network at the Scunthorpe TATA steel works on the 7th February.

Some of the classic shunting engines at TATA Steel Scunthorpe

Lorrie & Martin in the engine shed The steam shunting engine used on the Scunthorpe Steel Works tour

If you are thinking of going touring on the continent this year, it’s worth considering taking part in the F.I.M. touring events. The 34th FIM Motocamp will be held at Poel on the Northern coast of Germany from 10th to 12th June. The 70th FIM Rally will be at Vorden in the Netherlands from 29th to 31st July. The second running of the Mototour of Nations will be held from the 10th to 13th September in both Italy and France starting in San Remo. More information can be found at www.fimteamgb.co.uk Remember, the Eastern Branch meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at the Black Bull in Brigg. This is when we decide on what we are going to do. I hope more Eastern branch members will make it to the meetings in 2015 and take part.

Lorrie & Martin enjoying lunch

The Eastern Branch covers a large area and if there are members out there who can’t attend meetings and want to be involved, email me eastern@hoc.org.uk.

John

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Jersey

Jersey

Organiser: David Eccles - 07797 854967

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ello from Jersey we had a good turn out at the Smugglers Inn for our first meeting of the year and quite a few non members came to see what we were up too?

2 of our members little Hondas

Our winter and early spring meeting place

We are all looking forward to Spring arriving although our winter has not been too bad, Our local dealer Motorama Bisson has finalised a date for their Honda open days which are 9th and 10th May and Honda are bringing some exciting models over for us all to enjoy demo rides on! Honda Owners Club Jersey will have a stand there hopefully promoting the club and signing some new members up, there will also be refreshments and light drinks.

Gary, Branch Ride Out Organiser, at Jersey’s Liberation Day celebrations

Myself and Dene at St Catherines Jersey

We kick off our season on 7th March (weather permitting) with a ride out around the island. The evenings are starting to get lighter already and I know we can’t wait for good weather. Keep safe and enjoy!

Dave E

Chris, Branch Treasurer, collecting his new 1100

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Kent

Secretary: Mike Gallafent - 01322 400775

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uring 2014, we achieved over 35 rides and visits to numerous different places. Nobody managed them all, but several of us did about 30. We continue to hold two meetings a month at the Tudor Rose where we held our Christmas Meal, attended by 34 of us; our biggest gathering yet.

Christmas at the Tudor Rose

Also in December was the annual Toy Run to Fairlawn Children’s Home, when Ruth and Stritchy kindly presented Fairlawn with the National Rally charity donation of £752. This was a wonderful achievement and we thank everyone who was involved in as big or as little role they played. We thank Ruth and Stritchy in particular for coming down from their home in Bedford to Ashford to make this presentation.

In January, instead of ride outs, we decided to go ten-pin bowling at Ashford and Greyhound Racing at Sittingbourne. We have only done one of each to date, but I believe everyone enjoyed themselves. We hope to hold event another during late March or early April. We plan to visit Speedway at Sittingbourne when the seasons begins shortly. One of our members, Dave-W, is also a member of the C90Club and in mid January a few of us braved the weather and went to Margate with the C90Club. It was good fun and the manner in which these tiny bikes were propelled by their riders is quite remarkable. A first for our club, we invited a guest speaker, Neil Arnold, to give us a talk on local ghosts. Neil is an author of about 15 books on local Ghosts and Big Cat and arranges ‘ghost walks’ in Blue Bell Hill woods (near Maidstone) and through Rochester town. We will invite him later on in the year to do one or more of these.

Relaxing in a pub garden

Toy run to Fairlawn

A few of us rode to Herne Bay for fish & chips and a few days later attended the launch of the new Triumph 800 at Laguna in Maidstone. It looks a fine machine.

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Sheltering from the rain

The following weekend we took a trip down to The Adelaide Café on the A258 between Sandwich and Deal. Apparently during the summer months, Wednesday evenings are busy bikers nights so will visit them again later. Following this was the London Carole Nash/MCN bike show at ExCel that several of us went to. We are planning a day trip to Brugge in April and have our North Wales long weekend to look forward to in June when 16 of us will be riding around the Snowdonia National Park.

The Club diary is looking quite full for 2015 and we have included some rides to new places and new events. We continue to meet at The Tudor Rose, Sittingbourne on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 8pm. The popular ‘fish & chip run’ resumes on the third Wednesday evening of the month from May through September. If there is anyone who has not received my emails and who like to be on the circulation list, please contact me. In the meantime, we are all looking forward to the Spring to get out for some more excellent days riding. Safe riding

Pauline

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Lakes & Coast

Organisers: Peter Steen - 01539 444059 & Victoria Parker - 07941 831379

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ello All, Peter has given me the task of writing the report again as he is still having personal medical issues but hopefully he will be all fine ready for when the really good biking weather starts (if it ever does lol) and then he can help me make up for what I missed last year and maybe members in the lakes and coast branch area can join in too that would be very nice. Well since the last golden wing I lost my job in November which meant money for petrol to go out and about on the bike became almost impossible but I did get out a few times when the weather was reasonable and kind lol it didn’t seem worth actually trying to organise any branch events with the weather and my finances being so poor and peter being off the road and not knowing any other local members. One of my ride outs was a blast down the motorway heading for Preston for a hot choc and then back but I missed the junction for Preston as I was enjoying myself so much, I then decided to take the next junction for Lancaster which wasn’t as much fun as the wind was a lot stronger so I came off at the first junction and proceeded to find a place to stop and have a hot drink and a biscuit which I found a lovely café with lovely views over the canal called the Canalside Craft Centre Café. I then headed back to Blackpool avoiding the windy motorway which was quite enjoyable along the A6. At the start of February I managed to get a new job which is great and have also become a member of the North West Christian Bikers a Facebook group linked to a community church in Cleveleys near Blackpool it’s a new group with only a few people so far but hopes that it will increase when the weather is a lot kinder. I attended the first breakfast meet and met Alan who runs the group and after an average breakfast we decided to go for a ride out as it was a dry and sunny day and not one of the bitterly cold days like a lot of them recently have been. We rode along the coastal route all the way towards Preston through Lytham stopping for a very well timed hot chocolate at McDonald’s on the outskirts of Lytham, as soon as we had parked up and gone in a very heavy rain shower started but by the time we were ready to go again it had passed which was very lucky we then headed on to Preston heading for the Marina but got a bit lost and then found Preston Honda so we thought we would pop in and say hi and gave me an opportunity to promote the HOC to the lovely friendly staff there and get a really nice free hot chocolate and to use the facilities lol. Well that’s all from me for now if you are in the lakes and coast area and want to meet up just contact me (Victoria)or Peter (depending on where you are of course lol).

Victoria

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Norfolk

Contact: Dave and Sue White - 07731 914284

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hristmas gave the Branch a breather from a busy last year. There is a lot planned for 2015 and we are going to have another really good selection of rides, trips etc. Since our last report we have had to get used to alternating our Branch meetings between a curry pub in Norwich - the White Horse at Trowse, and a real ale pub - the Angel at Larling. The owners of White Lodge at Attleborough have recently posted that they have had a lot of interest in re-opening the pub so fingers well and truly crossed that they do this soon before the curry and beers get us! Our first run this year started off at Wetherspoons in Norwich by the riverside where they serve a really great brekkie plus unlimited coffee refills for less than £5 each!!! Mark then led us on a run to Roadkill Customs in Cromer - a great pit stop in a biking shop that chops bikes.

month runs with Tony and Penny organising a mystery tour. There is growing excitement too re the run to the Isle of Man to watch the Classic TT and the Manx GP - roll on August!!! The Branch would like to extend an invite to all Branches for our Lings Testing Day on 1st August 2015, 10 in the morning till dark. The day splits like this - 10 till about 1pm testing the latest models - this year we will also hopefully have some tourers to try too. 1 till 2pm we have a free BBQ with a donation bucket for our charity. 2 till 5 there is a run to the seaside for ice creams then off for fish and chips followed by a trip to a rural pub for a pint to chill with. All in all a great day and thanks to Lings generosity the testing and BBQ are free.

Roadkill Customs

Lings

We have a great selection of runs with food stops sorted and brekkie runs so please take a look at Norfolk Branch’s web pages. Rob keeps them right up to date and does a fabulous job there for which we are really grateful. March kicks off the 3rd Sunday of the

Anyway everyone at Norfolk Branch wishes all HOC members a great Spring quarter and we hope to pass you on a road somewhere in the UK soon!

The Angel

Dave and Sue

The White Horse

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North Downs Secretary: Chris Ward - 07827 393237

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n Thursday the 1st January our annual New Year’s Day ride out to the classic car and bike gathering at The Barley Mow, West Horsley took place. The weather was reasonable and not too cold, although there was a little moisture in the air. We had a really good turn out with 11 bikes on the run including my 1972 CB350F, Fiona’s CB400 Superfour, David’s MSX125 to Eddie and Lorraine on his early VFR750 and Stuart’s Pan European. The ride wasn’t too long and we all enjoyed hot drinks at the Barley Mow. The bikes did get a covering of salt from the roads so required a good clean when we got home.

recommended by one of my work colleagues. Bob turned up on his new ST1300 Pan which looked the business. The Boat House Café proved to be an excellent choice with good freshly cooked food, table service and very pleasant surroundings. The café is biker friendly and we met up with a ride out from Chichester which included new HOC member Melanie. We will definitely be visiting the Boat House Café again in the future so watch this space. On the way back we stopped off at Whiteways and checked out the bikes on show.

Ready for the off at Rykas

The Boat House Café at Littlehampton Marina

Bob’s new ST1300 Pan European Jude, Julian and Eddie at the Barley Mow

On Sunday 25th January our first serious ride out of 2015 took us to Littlehampton to try out a new breakfast venue which had been

Marion and I joined up with the West London branch for a very enjoyable Chinese meal at the Moon in Moon in Sunbury on Saturday 31st January. Great food and company made

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for a memorable social event, hopefully a few more branch members can make the next one. Over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of February the Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show took place at the Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallett. I took down a couple of my bikes and we helped Bev and members of the Dorset branch man the HOC stand over the weekend. It really is a good show and we met up with quite a few past and present HOC members over the weekend.

We met up with Graham Gull and Steve Hill and had a good look around. Top Gear presenter James May displayed some of his collection of classic Hondas and very nice they were. Also spotted was a George Beale RC174 297cc Six, one of only six made which could grace my living room at any time?

Beale Honda RC174

The HOC stand at the Bristol Classic Show

On 21st February a few of us got together at Julian’s house for dinner and to view the latest addition to the North Downs Living Room Bikes Group. Julian’s new CBR300 will be leaving the group and the living room soon and we should see it on some runs. Julian’s new CBR300

Bargain hunt Dorset style

The London Bike Show took place the following week at ExCel in docklands. A very busy show with no room in the aisles at times with live oval racing featuring CRF125s.

James May’s RC30

We are looking forward to a good summer starting with the Wiltshire Rally and a good crowd of us visiting Calne in July for the ever growing bike meet. We also hope to have our largest representation yet at this year’s National Rally. Don’t forget if you’re passing make sure you drop in and see us, we meet on the first and third Thursday of each month at The Crown public house in Capel Village, Surrey. Until next time, ride safe.

Chris

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Northants Secretary: Stu Peile - 07549 407048

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he Northants Branch continues to go from strength to strength. During these winter evenings and winter days we have not arranged any rideouts. However the Branch has still been active on Wednesday evenings arranging events which have been regularly attended averaging about twenty to thirty members attending. Feedback from members about our new venue The George has been received very positively. It does good beer and food.

Dilligaf Racing Presentation Wednesday 17th December 2014

The Branch had the honour of an evening presentation by Dilligaf Racing rider Steve Moody and his other half Elaine Heckford who is the team manager. Steve explained he competes on two motorcycles a 1999 Honda CBR600FX and a 2012 Triumph 675R. He explained in 2014 he raced in the East Midlands Racing Association Pre-Injection Championship completed 10 races won 10 so it was 10 out of 10 for him. Dilligarf Racing went over to the Isle Of Man to compete in the Manx Grand Prix in 2014 where Steve competed on his Triumph 675R. He was well within the required average qualifying times in practice. When he raced in the Junior MGP his average lap speed was 108.236 around the 37.75 TT mountain course. At the two speed traps

on the course at Sulby Straight recorded a speed of 153.57MPh and at the Grandstand on Glencruthchery Road, Douglas recorded speed of 148.01 MPH. These speeds by anyone’s reckoning are unbelievable which resulted in him reaching 40th Place out of 90 riders. He received a silver replica trophy. Steve went on to explain he woke up Elaine one night to say he wanted to race at the 2016 TT. He was seeking sponsorship and may be the donation of a motorcycle. This has now become reality because he secured the sponsorship of a Honda CBR1000SP from Bransons Honda of Gloucester. It was a very informative evening and would like to say a big thank you to Steve and Elaine for making the trip to our Branch.

Branch members enjoyed Steve’s presentation

Free food was popular!

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Annual Chilly Run 1st January 2015

In the normal tradition of the Northants Branch we normally have a rideout on New Years day as first one of the year. However due to the severe weather it was cancelled day before. Guess what the weather improved on the day. It was agreed for members to meet up at The George for a drink to celebrate the New Year. After everyone had gone I stayed on for a few more beers.

Branch Christmas Meal Friday 9th January 2015

As in the tradition of the Branch we held our annual Christmas meal in early January 2015. The location of it was at the Desborough Conservative Club. We enjoyed a three course meal for a reasonable price of £15 per head. We had thirty five members attend which included several from Bedford Branch. It was enjoyed by everybody and we are having our meal there in 2016. A big “Thank You” to Kim Pegg for arranging a terrific evening.

Presentation by MAG Wednesday 4th February 2015

The Branch had the pleasure of welcoming Lembit Öpik Communications director from Motorcycle Action Group. He gave a very informative and light hearted presentation about MAG and the issues facing Motorcyclists. Lembit is very Charismatic and articulate speaker (this might be because he used to be an MP). He stayed at our home for the evening and was a very interesting conversationalist able to discuss a variety of matters. He enjoys a few pints of real ale.

Great night with Lembit

Quiz Night Wednesday 18th February 2015

This was a brilliant night hosted by our resident question master Stritchy who ensured order was maintained among all the quiz teams. Bedford Branch were invited and for once did not win which makes a change. Bedford Branch blamed it on Graham Seymour not being there may be they are losing their touch! We had thirty people attend with a buffet laid on as well which seemed to go down well. New members will be also be made welcome at our Branch meeting place or if you have moved into the area and are a current member please come along to our Branch meets.

Stu

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Northants

Rose Bowl Rally 28th to 31st August 2015

Furnace Moorings, Wharf Farm, Furnace Lane, Nether Heyford, Northampton NN7 3JZ In beautiful surroundings next to the Grand Union Canal and with a couple of local pubs near by. Finer details yet to be confirmed, but there will be excellent ride outs and lots of fun with a “Bring Your Own Meat” BBQ on the Saturday night for a party celebrating the Northants Branch’s 20th year.

Pitches are £10 per night or £15 per night with electrics

(please note we have a limited number of electrical pitches available which MUST be pre-booked)

Name Address

Post Code

Branch Email

Tel No

n Friday 28th August

@ £10 per pitch OR £15 with electrics £

n Saturday 29th August

@ £10 per pitch OR £15 with electrics £

n Sunday 30th August

@ £10 per pitch OR £15 with electrics £

Total amount payable at booking

£

Please forward this booking form to the Northants Branch Treasurer who will advise of electronic payment method: e-mail: treasurer@northants.hoc.org.uk Or send a cheque, payable to Northants HOC, with booking form to Northants HOC, 47 Grangeway, Rushden, Northants NN10 9EZ

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North London

Secretary: Roland Murphy - 07504 104908

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ith Roland not fully back in the saddle yet, I have been asked to put a few words together to keep you up to date with what’s going on with the branch. We have continued to meet every week throughout the winter with a regular attendance of 15 – 20 members. 26 of us celebrated the festive season with an evening at Romford Dogs, where there were varying degrees of success with the financial investments! Our first run of the year (as always) was to Burnham on Crouch for lunch on 4th January. On 11th January another visit to Wally’s shed at Sudbury again for lunch, an increasingly popular destination for us. Several members attended the MCN Excel show on various days over the weekend which it was open. Another run to Krazy Horse at Bury St Edmunds (to admire the exotic American machinery) and have lunch was our first run out for March and a lot more runs are planned for later in the year. The biggest event for a few of our branch members was the trip to the USA, with a fortnight’s biking tour of California, starting on 28th March with members of other branches. I am sure one of the group will put pen to paper with a report for a future magazine. We are planning a weekend on the Isle of Wight and also we will be attending other Branch and national HOC events Steve, our events and ride outs organiser will often arrange an ad hoc ride out and circulate to all members on our Email list. With the weather improving, hopefully, I hope that more of you in our area will come along to our meetings; don’t forget we meet every week at the ‘Kings Oak’ in Epping Forest. Hope to see you there.

Graham

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Nottingham

Organiser: Debbie Reynolds - 07773 020286

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ell another year awaits us and the hope of warmer weather fills our heads of ride-outs, summer evening meetings at the Vale for our branch and social events.

It seems so long ago now but the Nottingham branch ventured to the Park Yacht Inn for their Christmas party. With fantastic company, fabulous food and a bop on the dancefloor to finish and a fun night had by all.

Branch Christmas party

Christmas went as quickly as it arrived and the next event for the Nottingham Branch to attend was the Carole Nash Classic Bike show at the Newark Showground. This was 2 days manning the H.O.C stand and displaying the member’s bikes and an opportunity to chat to local folk attending the show and share our common interest of bikes.

Early January was certainly not for the faint hearted and the cold bracing weather didn’t make the early morning start a joy. With hot cups of coffee in hand we polished our bikes in preparation for the crowds of people coming to view the stands. The event was somewhat quiet in places due to the weather but generally the show was worth attending.

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Newark Show

Our next event was the new Honda dealer’s open day. Vertu Honda set up their new premises on Hayden Road, Nottingham. Members went along to chat to all attending the open day. The weather stayed dry for the event and along with the Nottingham Branch there was the blood bikes, Police bike and Bike Safe not to mention 2015 Honda BSB riders Jenny Tinmouth, Dan Linfoot and Jason O`Halloran. A fantastic time had by all and an opportunity to speak to the local bikers and to let them know about our Branch. Veru Honda open day

In March we are partaking an inter-Branch bowling night with Three Shires so let’s hope that our next write-up will be to inform all that we had a victory but if not then as long as we all have a fun filled night then it will be worth it. Cheers

Debbie xx

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Oxford

Secretary: Erica Gassor - 07799 492235

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014 finished with our Christmas Dinner Dance at the Drayton Golf Club – hastily arranged when the Murder Mystery night became too expensive to consider as a realistic option! An enjoyable time was had as the DJ pandered to our taste for ‘biker rock music’ and we whiled away the evening eating, drinking and dancing! New Year’s Day saw 2015 arrive breezily and damp but it didn’t stop the valiant HOCer’s riding to our 2015 rally venue, The Gate Hangs High at Hook Norton for a delicious lunch, lots of laughter and to sample the ‘Hooky beer’ from the local Brewery. The pub gained its stamp of approval and plans are afoot for a fun filled Branch rally weekend on the 17th, 18th and 19th of July. Our meetings in 2015 have been busy with presentations from PAT (Pets As Therapy) our 2015 Oxford Charity.

This charity trains and manages volunteers and their dogs who then visit and work with the elderly and children in schools who have behavioural or reading difficulties. We also had an evening hearing all about the Ron Haslam Track Days, the range and variety along with some tips on getting the best out of your riding, with the result that several of our group are going to try out the ‘Premier’ two-to-one on track event in May using Ron’s CBR600’s and gear. By popular request there is also going to be another off road day and a ‘wheelie school’ event too… watch out for the pictures in future issues! Rapid Skills, the local advanced riding school, who are all police grade 1 riders and train the test riders for MCN, came along and, likewise, several of the members are going to spend a day ‘honing’ their skills. Our Branch weekends are taking shape nicely, with several of us off to the Oliver’s Mount racing to watch our Steve, Dilligaf, taking part in the Spring event and then later on, a weekend over to the Isle of Wight to visit Jill and Brian who ran our previous meeting place and enjoy one of Jill’s brilliant buffets and then on for a paddle at Swanage before returning home. With our usual favourites such as the Abingdon Honda Test Ride Day, Ride the County, our annual Poker Run and rides out for breakfast, to the off road Touratech Open Day and the Ace Day at Brooklands we are looking forward to another hectic but fun calendar of events!

Erica

PATs Ann and Mya

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New Year’s Day 2015 meet up

Our leader

Late arrivals at the pub

Arrived!

Orders placed

Ready to eat

The last arrival

Steve a bit late

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Reading

Secretary: Bryan Moody - 07813 849782

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t’s the start of another year and Reading Branch members (commonly known as “The Rabble”) have continued to enjoy club activities over the last couple of months. It’s mid January and our first ride-out of the year “Winter Café Capers” got off to an unfortunate start when the “Golden Goddess’” veteran Bosch battery decided it didn’t want to play, now without their leader a group of three set off on an impromptu route to find some winter café’s. You wouldn’t expect this to be a problem for Rabble members as they are famed for their love of food and ice cream, however after a brisk ride through sweeping country roads they passed through Alton and MISSED their first stop at the Station Café!! Not to be deterred they continued on to Loomies café for a very welcome cup of tea and breakfast bap.

View over Portsmouth

Portsdown Refreshment Stop - Martin & Colin

Loomies Breakfast Stop - Nigel & Martin

On leaving Loomies they headed for Portsdown Hill via some interesting B roads to enjoy the view over Porstmouth and beyond, at this point the sun made a short but welcome appearance but sadly no ice creams were available.

The return journey included some muddy back roads and a further stop at Loomies before heading home to clean the bikes before dark. It’s late January and it’s time for the Rabble to party again, this time it’s our “Post Xmas Bash”. Twenty four branch members gathered at The Calcot Hotel for a dinner dance to celebrate the passing of another Xmas and the start of 2015. The food was good, the music was loud, the company was first class and one or two people had the odd drink or two! Another great Rabble event.

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In late February our second ride-out of the year was aptly named as “Get Lost” (and Soggy). We’ve had reports that Worzel’s circulating the M25 in Montique so Allan’s our leader for the day. The intrepid six leave Three Mile Cross in the cold winter sunshine bound for a breakfast stop at Loomies via the back roads through Heckfield, Hartley Wintney, Odiham, past the site of The 2015 Cock & Bull Rally and onward to Alton before finally calling at West Meon. After a short break and the departure of one of our number we followed the twisties through to Winchester for the scenic route through the old town (courtesy of TomTom) and then onward across country to the Hungry Horse at Andover where “Bump Start” (Chris) discovered cake (see picture).

After coffee and cake we once again took to the twisties including a double look at a roundabout (TomTom Again!) through picturesque Hampshire villages homeward bound, unfortunately by now we’d found some heavy rain and arrived home just a little soggy. All in all a great day out in good company. We’re all looking forward to an improvement in the weather and our summer events, particularly the ever popular French Trip in June and of course The Cock & Bull Rally in August which is back at Padworth. Hopefully we’ll see some of you at this year’s events.

Steve

Chris “Bump Start” Discovers Cake

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Solent

Secretary: Barbara Peace - 01903 716035

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he move to the Cob and Pen has gone down well; we have been there for one year now and all is going well. We had our Christmas bash at the Cob and Pen with 21of us there. New Year’s Day 14 of us meet up for lunch at West Meon Hut, two on bikes and the rest in cars. We had our A.G.M on 28th January with 20 members there; all the positions stayed the same. In February we meet up for fish and chip evening. The ride outs are still going on with some on a week day afternoons for the ones that do not work, thanks to Geoff. Our 21st Rally is booked for 19th June to 21st at Maynard’s Arundel. Just to let you know not to follow your sat nav at the last bit, as it will take you off too soon. Safe riding from Solent

Barbara

John and Pam receiving thier Thanks Badges

New Years Day

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Somerset

Organiser: Jim Berry - 01934 707121 or 0775 8354211

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y the time you read this, hopefully, we will be at the start of a lovely summer, with lots of good bike riding days ahead. Winter in Somerset was a sad event, with, nobody turning up for the monthly branch meetings, and no members contacting me to pass on their details, so, time has been called, and the branch no longer has a regular meet. I will still be acting as the focal point, and will pass any information from HOC central, and if there is a change of heart in the area, the monthly meetings can be resurrected. However, if you feel that in your area of Somerset the response may be better, why not take up the reins and arrange a meeting elsewhere in the county.

During the next few months I will be attending a number of events, (see below for a selection), and will advertise further details in the HOC e-newsletter, so you will be welcome to join me, just drop me an email and I will arrange a rendezvous. Ride of Respect Nailsea International Bike Show RBLR Bike Show (The Nightjar) Bristol bike Show Ride to the Wall Safe bike riding and keep the rubber side down.

Jim

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HOC Roast Sunday 19th July 2015

Ask your Branch Secretary about joining in with this year’s HOC Roast

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South Wales Secretary: Mike Jeffs - 0292 0864202 or 07760 142152

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n November Alun Salisbury, Murray (a friend of mine) and myself had a rideout to Llandovery to visit the Owl’s Nest Tea Rooms. The weather was not great but it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. We met up at Coryton and decided that as it wasn’t great weather that we would take the direct route, which was up the A470 over the Beacons and then turn left to Sennybridge and along the A40 to Llandovery. Though it wasn’t brilliant it was mostly dry and the ride was good. It is always good to meet Ian the proprietor as we have some good banter. After a nice cup of tea and a steak sandwich it was time to leave for home. There are many ways to get back but on the occasion we elected to go back to Sennybridge along the A40 and then cut down the A4067 to Abercraf and then the A4221/4109 to Glyn Neath past the chimpanzee sanctuary. From there it was up the A465 to Hirwaun and then across to Merthyr Tydfil and back down the A470. Another good day out with good company. In December the Branch does not normally hold a meeting as it is usually too close to Christmas and the Branch Christmas party but this year we thought that we would hold an informal get together and just chat or whatever. The members were canvassed and

Terry Lloyd presenting the cheque to South Wales Blood Bikes

there was enough support so we went for it. To make it more enjoyable we arranged for a buffet. As we have struggled to find time to get the South Wales Blood Bikes along to give us a talk and to accept a donation from us we arranged for their representative to come along as well. It does help that one of our members is also a Blood Bike rider. So we met, had the presentation and then tucked into a huge pile of goodies. What was left over fed the rest of the rugby club. The impromptu party was a great success and the Blood Bikes got some much needed funds. The Branch Christmas party was a few days afterwards. As I didn’t attend I can’t tell you what how good it was but what I heard sounds good regarding the actual party though I understand that some of our members had a bit of a problem with their rooms that meant some middle of the night room swapping (nothing to do with keys being chucked into a bowl I hasten to add).

South Wales take on the Blues Brothers

Enjoying the Christmas party

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The January Branch meeting was well attended again and was a chance to catch up after Christmas. Alun tried to spice things up a bit by bringing along some salami, goats cheese, olives and spicy sausage which had, shall we say, a lively aroma. As most of us had had our tea before attending there were not many takers. However Jonathan was tempted by the spicy sausage and very nearly demolished the lot before withdrawing. With the amount of garlick in there he probably spent the night sleeping in the spare room. Well done Alun. Back last year a bunch of us did a rideout to visit the graves of the only 2 Welshmen to be awarded the Victoria Cross at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift. At the graveside we met the vicar of the church who informed us that there would be a parade and service to mark the 136th anniversary of the battle on the 24th January 2015. This date was marked in the calendar and a rideout was organised for the Branch to attend the parade. On the day appointed Alan Harper, Terry Lloyd, Alun Salisbury and I met up and rode to the church. On arrival we found a number of people already there. Whilst waiting for the parade to start we were engaged in several conversations with old comrades and were made most welcome. Just before the start of the event another group on bikes arrived. We were actually invited to tag onto the back of the parade when it

Rorke’s Drift 136th anniverary parade

Alan Harper at the 136th anniversary parade

started riding our bikes and follow it to the church. I think that we had been mistaken for the Legion Riders who normally attend. We declined the invitation and elected just to observe the proceedings. After the service we were invited to go back to the local TA barracks for tea and sandwiches. The lady and another chap who approached us were most insistent that we go back. How could we refuse? So after instructions on how to get there, that is where we went. There was a good spread laid on and the tea was good. After an hour or so we left but not before several people thanked us for attending. What a warm and unexpected welcome. The diary will be marked for next year’s event. The Branch AGM was held in February. No surprises and no nominations for officers so Terry Lloyd has stepped up to the plate to continue as treasurer and I continue to be secretary. No nominations for chairperson so officially we still don’t have one. However Alun Salisbury will continue to act as chair at our meetings. Somebody has to keep me in order otherwise there will be chaos. This weekend (21st/22nd February) will see 2 of our members celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. Well done Philip and Joy James, congratulations from all at the Branch. Until the next time, ride safe and keep the shiny side up and the dirty side down.

Mike

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Three Shires

Secretary: Keven Ludlam - 0114 2817193 or 07796 843369 Canoeing on the Derwent great fun but not as fast a bike...

Captain Stu & first mate Lyn

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trip down a river in canoes is highly recommended - Colin does this for a living so when he suggested this we couldn’t wait. This was the second time we’ve done this so we weren’t novices and we had a fantastic time stopping off half way for a picnic we paddled about 6 miles down the Derwent

Slippery when wet

Bikers in canoes!

to the River Trent, back up the Nottingham Canal before back to camp and a BBQ and a few beers, fantastic!

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First stop in Germ any 300ml to go

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Trip to Europe

tarting off from Rotterdam through Germany stopping in Frieburg, before travelling through Switzerland to to stay St Gervais le Bains in France at the foot of Mont Blanc with a quick trip over the mountains into Italy before travelling up through France to Nancy finally arriving in Bruges before heading back to Blighty.

On the road to Ge neva Germany A well earned beer in

St Benards Pass Road to Switzerl and

Down into Italy

Lake Geneva

10 bikers, 7 bikes, 1800 miles, 6 countries, brilliant!

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West London

Secretary: Sean Gilpin - 07905 629026

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ur first run of 2015 was the, now annual, run to The Classic Vehicle Meet at the Barleymow Pub in West Horsley. Always lots of lovely old metal to look at - although on this occasion a tad chilly so we had a visit to the pub as soon as we got there.

Year of the ... peacock

Barleymow classic meet

Another chilly run followed this with our branch joining with North Downs for a cool ride down to the Boathouse Marina Café in Littlehampton. (I wimped out of this one!) Several mad souls participated & survived to tell us all about it! After this good sense prevailed and we had a meal out at the local Chinese Restaurant. Always a hit as it is eat all you like Julian wore one of his tasteful shirts to help liven up the evening.

A few people went up to see what the Excel Bike Show had to offer - Steve bought a cheap (not) pair of waterproof overtrousers. For that money they should be waterproof to 50 fathoms down! On this note I am pleased to report that Stephen Hill has FINALLY got his bike up and running after a lapse of about 6 months +. Welcome back Steve!! Apart from these few runs - well - it IS only February - we have lots to look forward to. Pioneer Run, Retro Drift Car spectacular at Aldershot Speedway track, Thames Vale Easter Egg Run, Ace Café Southend Shakedown, run to Portsdown Hill/Portsmouth or BSB at Brands Hatch, Supercar Sunday at Goodwood, Hastings Ace Café May Day Run, MCN Festival of motorcycling… And lots more beside!! We are also hoping to have an exclusive run to the newly built Sammy Miller Museum (when it is finished later this year) I have spoken to him and he is happy to arrange a day when HOC members can have an exclusive visit. Will update when more info available.

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To celebrate the beginning of Spring 6 of us brave West Londoners went out for a localish ride around Chobham and Windsor and then repaired to the Kingfisher Pub in Chertsey for a rather lovely lunch. Steve Hill had so much fun playing around with Tim’s suspension that he left his keys in his bike! Tim said his ride was much better after the tweak. All in all an enjoyable chilled run with only a wee bit of rain - looking forward to many more. Just like to say that we do miss Mike Fensome - hope he is making himself useful oop norf like! Meanwhile Sean is doing a sterling job as Secretary and has bags of enthusiasm & drive (he is on holiday at this time) So, if you’re in our area - come on down and have a chat - we don’t bite - honest!

Jude & gang

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West Yorkshire

Secretary: Big Steve - 01274 772970

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ell again not much going on up here in Yorkshire, we have got out on a few runs in between the rain and snow… a few members went over to the Manchester Transport Museum (in the cars) where they were having a Morris Minor day so that was good and we got some snow on the way back over the Pennines. The meetings at the Hitching Post are still going well with 15 or so at each meeting, the National Rally planning is coming on well more of that on our web site we have been on the runs in the car but not yet on the bikes. We had a run up in the Dales but again the weather was very cold so didn’t go far. That’s it like I said not much but hopefully more next time we have runs on the web site now and there will be more to come so keeping having a look. See ya all soon

Steve & Maria

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Wiltshire

Secretary: Ian Hammond - 07989 531121

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ell time flies and another report on this busy branch, although being winter it gives us time to plan the year ahead. Events some of us got to included the national Dinner Dance weekend and another success and a big thanks to Ian and Angie Wright for their hosting. Branch Christmas party

The last weekend before Christmas saw us again hold our branch festive party at the Kembrey Inn over in Swindon and as usual ever body enjoyed themselves and good to see some other branch members over from North Downs and Reading, just sorry some of them got a little isolated on a separate table, but were still close enough to be part of the evening’s event. The previous Saturday had seen a few join the rideout organized by the local Harley owner club of Swindon called Pinkertons on the Christmas Toy Run up to the local hospital, which had a good turnout on a reasonably fair day for December.

‘Enjoying’ Pinkertons Toy Run

Theo & Robin on Pinkertons Toy Run

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Simon & Angie receiving the Alan Augstine trophy

The beginning of year saw the usual New Year meet/rideout again at the Kembrey Inn and few braved it on bikes for the morning. As usual the Bristol Classic show at the Bath & West showground was a good weekend at the beginning of Feb and a few of guys came down and bagged bargains and admired the vintage machinery on displace and amazed at how some are still running considering.

We still have our evening meets at the Red Lion in Avebury and although we only did a social gathering in January where a few brave coming out, but we did better with more members turning up for the February meet as Steve and Elaine of Dilligaf Racing came over to talk about their plans for 2015 with the new Fireblade and racing the present machine, as it certainly got some good interest as a few signed up to their new supporter’s club they’ve created for this year. At end of the month it gave me great pleasure to finally be able to present the Alan Augstine trophy to Simon & Angie for all the effort they put into both our Branch and the Club in general, and knowing it not a chore for them but knowing they get the support in return makes it more worthwhile. Ride outs will start in earnest come the beginning of March as the weather gets better as we’ve tentatively planned a trip taking in Stratford upon Avon and Fish Hill and April sees a run to the Mendips. Also in the diary is a trip to Cadbury World and assisting in manning a stand at the Prescott Hill Climb festival in April. But the biggest event will be our branch rally to kick of the season at the beginning of May and being hosts to those that know they’re going to have a good time. So sunny times ahead to enjoy the bikes is certainly anticipated.

Ian

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FRESH OUTLOOK TO BIKE INSURANCE Principal Insurance is a bit like a fresh plated VFR800X ridden by Ron Haslam: fresh, new and yet steered by great experience. For whilst the Manchester-based specialist insurance group is but three years old, there are none more sage than those navigating it through the bike market’s twists and turns. Principal was founded by managing director Dave Bowcock, a man with over 24 years insurance trade experience, 17 gained in motorcycle broking. He has in turn recruited a specialist team, from those answering the phones right up to new chairman Damian Keeling, another biking imbued insurance industry stalwart.

But why, you ask, does this matter to Honda owners? The answer is simple. Bowcock knows from long experience that to succeed in the notoriously competitive bike insurance market, Principal needs to be different. “In recent years the big biking brokers seem to have been fighting almost exclusively on price. Now price is important and we know we have to fight that corner hard, but having the right cover, even being able to get cover, are absolutely key,” he explains. “If a broker can’t handle a modification or won’t insure a trailer they can offer as many ‘freebies’ and price guarantees as they want, but if they can’t cover you, they can’t cover you.” One example he cites - and one which might catch the eye in particular of Goldwing owners - is Principal’s ability to offer fully comprehensive

cover for trailers, whether they’re attached to a bike or not. Equally the company is not phased by custom paint jobs, modifications and accessories. “We’re not into customer scripts and call length targets. Our staff are free to spend time getting to know the bike and its rider and, if necessary, they’ll take a query direct to an insurer in order to secure the right cover.” says Bowcock. “Because of that approach we think we can cover more bikes and riders than anyone else, broker or insurer.” Experience also shows through the offering of a 10% discount to Honda Owners Club members. This is not simply empty marketing but recognition that those who choose to join owners clubs do so out of love for their machine. That ticks an insurance box because we all take better care of the things we love.

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CAROLE NASH LAUNCHES ‘RIDER COVER’ New policy allows motorcyclists to ride other bikes with accidental damage cover - free of charge Leading insurance broker Carole Nash has unveiled a new policy aimed at giving British motorcyclists even more freedom and a greater sense of adventure - by giving them enhanced cover to ride someone else’s bike at no extra cost. Launched on Monday 2 March 2015, Rider Cover takes the shape of an extension to an existing Carole Nash bike policy - allowing the policyholder to ride anyone else’s motorcycle, with the bike in question covered should it be accidentally or maliciously damaged or vandalised. The insurance broker submitted Rider Cover through a series of both quantitative and qualitative market research in 2014, resulting in an overwhelming response to the new offering. The company’s Customer Council - a team of 11 motorcyclists working hand in hand with Carole Nash - were also called upon via focus groups to gather their expert feedback, which helped fine-tune the new proposition.

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