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Summer 2007, Volume 45 No. 2 Editor / Designer Tim Lee editor@hoc.org.uk HOConsumer Editor Mark Clargo hoconsumer@hoc.org.uk Diary Co-ordinator Andy Stryczko biged@hoc.org.uk Advertising Co-ordinator Erica Gassor advertising@hoc.org.uk Thanks to all contributors All feedback regarding the content and delivery of Golden Wing should be addressed to The Editor at the address below or e-mailed to: editor@hoc.org.uk. Golden Wing Honda Owners Club (GB) Units 1B & 5B Kemps Quay Industrial Park Quayside Road Southampton SO18 1AD Tel: 023 8022 6045

Dibble Rattle’s On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Editor Says . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Kicking Back . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 The View Over the Bars . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Membership Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Classic Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Down Your Way . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Reports from: Bedfordshire, Birmingham, Eastern, East Midlands, Manchester, NESS, Northants & MK, North London, Oxford, Solent, South Wales, Three Shires, Wilts, West Coast Riders, Varadero.

Racing Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Out of Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64 Soapbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Book Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 New Forest Classic Rideout . . . . . . . . . .70 HOConsumer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .71 Members Free Ads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74 Members Discounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76

Web Page: www.hoc.org.uk

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO

Autumn Issue Copy Date 1st September 2007 Published by end of September 2007

HOC Honda Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Devon & Somerset Camping Weekend .14 Birmingham Branch Camping Weekend 22 East Midlands Poker Run . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Northants Charity Bike Show . . . . . . . . .37 Diary Dates centre pages HOC Roast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48 Oxford Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 HOC National Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67

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

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Honda Owners Club (GB) 2007

FRONT COVER The front cover of this issue shows Nigel Taylor from Oxford Branch putting the Pan through its paces.


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

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

chairman@hoc.org.uk BEEN IN TOUCH YET? I have now got an increased email circulation list for members, which is good news. If you want to be a part of this just send me an email to the address at the top. I will let you know the news as it comes to us regardless of whether you are at a branch or not.

THE GOOD NEWS Debbie Millard is back at home and she is walking and able to climb the stairs, so Darren is not able to get quiet space anywhere. She will be visiting the Solent Rally and be staying at the National Rally and that is just what she has booked so far

MORE GOOD NEWS Honda UK and Honda Insurance are backing the HOC on their show day at the Heritage Motor Centre on the 5th of August. Another good show of club support from the big H. Have you booked your tickets yet? With test rides available, auto jumble, short seminars in the museum, bike safe and commercial stalls it’s going to be a brilliant day out for all.

EVEN MORE GOOD NEWS We now have two new branches setting up and a third being discussed for launch this summer. The South Bristol and North Somerset group are meeting at Highbridge, The Kent branch are starting at Farningham just off the M25 so all you Kent and South East London bods have no excuses now. The third hopefully will fulfil my wishes from last summer and that is to get a Norfolk/Suffolk branch up and running and with the backing of Lings motorcycles and some of their customers we aim to do just SUMMER 2007

that. Keep an eye on the website for further news on that branch.

BETTER NEWS ON THE FINANCIAL FRONT TOO Thanks to even more of you renewing your membership and the generous donations from some of our long term members we have a balance at the bank, which allows us to support events for the members. To that end we had another good showing at the BMF in May achieving 3rd place in the club show and making lots of members very welcome with a superb hospitality feature. Well done Cambridge. We have agreed to be at the NEC again this year in its new set up arrangement of halls. In the past we have struggled for staffing but at the recent management meeting it was announced we have just about covered the stand for the ten days. Anyone wishing to visit and volunteer to assist is still welcome to pop along.

IT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO HEAR I mentioned above the generous donations from members. It was especially good to hear from Dave Furness at the Cambridge branch that he wanted to recognise the excellent times he had enjoyed through the Cambridge branch by supporting the HOC with a donation; thank you Dave. Whenever someone is kind enough to acknowledge the efforts of others, we would like to hear about it and not necessarily because it is wrapped up with a healthy cheque as in this instance. Once again, our sincere thanks Dave. cont....... 1


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NOW THE NOT SO GOOD NEWS After many years the Teeside branch has finally folded and this has been a personal blow for Dave Linden who has been a member for 30 something years and staffed the branch for many of those years. However due to lack of support from members in the area attending the branch and the health of his wife Dave has finally had to call it a day. We say thank you to Dave and wish him and his wife well. As for you other Teesiders ‘You didn’t use it so you lost it’! So do you want to change that and be active and get yourselves back on the map?

A GENTLE PLEA FROM THE MANAGEMENT We have spotted and discussed an area of the club rules and guidelines that could lead to friction at some branches. The rules of the club are quite clear and that is members will be allowed to take part in any branches activities and where they are active members that includes the management of that branch. Some of you are lucky enough to have more than one branch servicing your general area and you have a choice of where to be most active. We ask that you in the spirit of how the guidelines were meant that you consider using your influence at the branch you are most involved with. This so as not to be of detriment to those who perhaps do not have such benefit of a second nearby branch.

YOUR HELP NEEDED We are putting together a calendar for 2008 and the format would be photos from club activities and personnel alongside or above boxes for the dates. Also on the calendar would be dates of the HOC primary events and Rallies. So guess what we need? Yes we need your photos and more important the dates of your events for 2008. We need these soon as the idea is to 2

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have the calendar ready for the NEC at the latest where it will be on sale generally and if anyone wants their own they will be available to the members. In the first instance Graham Seymour at Bedford branch is coordinating this on behalf of the management committee. Anything you wish to include can be sent to him for consideration. I am going to be at the Honda Festival, the National Rally, hopefully at the Three Shires and Birmingham Camping Weekends and the HOC Sunday Roast in Cambridge. That’s just for starters. What are you doing? Will I see you I do hope so

Ride on but most of all ride safe

Dibble

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

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

TIM (Golden Wing Editor) STRITCHY (Big Ed, Webmaster) MARK (General Secretary) SUMMER 2007


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CAPTION COMPETITION President Trevor Thompson

Vice Presidents Dave Barton, Tony Eldridge, Graham Gull

Chairman 

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

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

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

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



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

Regalia Co-ordinator 

Justin Goddard, 19 Linkfield Avenue, Mountsorrel, Leicester, LE12 7DH 0116 230 3277  regalia@hoc.org.uk

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

Advertising Co-ordinator 

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

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

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

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

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In the last edition of Golden Wing, I mentioned that the Caption Competition would be rested for a while, as the enthusiasm for it seems to have diminished. Since then, it has come to my attention that a large number of winners did not receive their prizes, in the main due to the Regalia Secretary having severe problems with his email which he has only recently discovered. As you will have read in the last issue, we are currently re-appraising the amount and type of regalia the club offers, and how it is made available to members. We envisage that the range of products will be reduced, but that their availability will be enhanced by being able to order via the club website. What is evident, is that those who are waiting for prizes could potentially be waiting a while longer yet, and we do not feel this is acceptable. As a result, it was decided at the recent Management Committee meeting that winners will be offered our sincere apologies, and a years free membership. If you have won a prize which you have not received, please email me on editor@hoc.org.uk or write to me at the Golden Wing office, and I will compile alist of names for the Membership Secretary. To conclude, both myself and the members of the Executive Committee would like to offer our sincere apologies for the delay and disappointment that has been caused.

Tim Editor

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E D I T O R S A Y S .. I thought that by way of a change this issue, I would take a break from the ongoing saga with my house, and by way of thanks, which will become evident later, tell you about the saga of my bike. As is evident from the picture, which I continue to use because it reminds me of “thinner days”, I ride a 2000 Fireblade; or not, as the case may be. As I reported in a previous issue, my family grew by the addition of another son just before Christmas, and as a result the bike has stayed tucked up in the garage, taunting me with its presence. The taunts would have won at Easter, with the Solent Branch Egg run had it not been for the fact that the only available jacket had shrunk in the cupboard (how does that happen?). However, the beginning of June heralded the approach of the Solent Rally, and there was nothing for it but to make sure the bike was back on the road in time. The first stage was to acquire a new jacket; not too expensive of course, because as every fat person knows, the weight gain is only temporary! Looking on the web, it appeared that J&S might be the people and therefore a trip to their local retailer ensued. I was most heartened, as I had to come down from the original 6XL offered by the assistant to a 4XL before I could find one that wasn’t too big! Next on the list was the replacement of tyres, to be followed by an MOT and presto, I would be up and rolling again. On the Monday before the rally, I opened up the garage, with the aim of taking the bike the short distance to get the tyres changed. The existing MOT was still valid, just, and I had just renewed the tax so all was good. However, my heart sank, as in dismay I looked at the plug from the Optimate lying forlornly some way from the socket. A turn of the key confirmed the worst, the battery was very flat. Those who have families will be very aware of the antics of Mr Nobody, and indeed it would appear that on this occasion it was Mr Nobody again who had unplugged the Optimate (although my youngest, Ben, did mention that he had 4

seen the cat in the garage unattended). T h e battery was put on charge, and the plan to renew the t y r e s delayed u n t i l T u e s d a y. By Tuesday morning, the battery had taken some charge, but nowhere near enough to start and I therefore decided a new battery was needed. I called Malcolm Cox in Eastleigh who were due to change the tyres, and asked it they had batteries in stock. “Yes, we’ve got loads, Fireblade 2000, no problem…but bring the old one just in case because there are two types, and we had better make sure it’s the right one”. Five minutes later I walked through the shop door and put the battery on the counter, to be met immediately with “That’s the one we haven’t got…we’ll have to order it for first thing tomorrow. By this time, time was getting tight. I was going to have to obtain and fit the battery, get the tyres fitted and get in somewhere for a while you wait MOT all before 11 a.m. when I had to be in the office for an appointment I couldn’t avoid. Wednesday evening I had the Solent Branch meeting and by 6 p.m. on Thursday I was supposed to be in the New Forest helping Barbara and Alan set up for the rally On Wednesday, the battery was obtained and fitted and I had the bike back with Malcolm Cox by 9.45 a.m. We had decided earlier that to save having to order in Pilot Sports, I would try the new Bridgestone 014’s, and at £170 for a full set fitted, I wasn’t going to complain; Malcolm Cox always have been able to undercut the local competition, and with fitting thrown in, they are well worth keeping in mind (call 02380 618823). SUMMER 2007


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With new tyres fitted, I started ringing around for an MOT and it seemed that nobody was going to be able to fit me in. Despondently, I went in to the office in time for my appointment. On the way from the car park, I bumped into Rob, one of the directors of a company whose premises are adjacent to ours. Rob, and almost his whole staff are very much into bikes, and I therefore recounted my tale of woe. Rob suggested a called Double Take Motorcycles, which I had not heard of, but which were located very close to our offices. I called, and on learning that it was Rob who had recommended them, they moved heaven and earth to get me in that afternoon at 3 p.m. I arrived at their workshop at the allotted hour, and with new tyres was confident that there would be any problems. That was until they started checking the head-bearings, when those ominous words “Here mate, you ought to come and look at this” were uttered. To say that the movement was “notchy” would be an understatement, and it was evident that there would be no pass certificate issued that afternoon. Nick and his brother, who run Double Take, explained that the earliest they could fit me in would be the following Tuesday. I explained about our rally, and how I really,

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really needed the bike for 3 p.m. the next day, and after a brief conversation, and some poring over the work book, they agreed they would get it done for the next day for me. To say I was relieved and grateful would be an understatement. The next day arrived, and I picked the bike up complete with a nice crisp new MOT certificate, having had the head bearing replaced. It was at this point that I discovered that Nick and his brother had worked on well into the night to get it done, and for this I will be eternally thankful. I would also like to offer my sincere apologies to their wives who had to shelve whatever plans they had made for the evening. One thing I do know is that apart from recall work and tyres, my bike will be going to Double Take Motorcycles whenever it needs some TLC. Incidentally, the new head bearing and the 014’s make it feel a completely different (better) bike. Well that’s it from me for this issue, keep the articles coming, and please, please, more pictures of members actually riding their bikes for the front cover. Keep it tidy

Tim

Thanks to all those who entered the Dan Medica competition. I would have loved to have given a prize to everyone, especially those in medical need, but there can only be one winner. Congratulations to Dave Phillips Member No. 23035 from Northampton Branch with: “ The Gel Store Bike Pad should be mine because....

I want to pile on the miles rather than ride miles on the piles”

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KICKING BACK .... Something to Say - Say it here NEW KENT BRANCH

CBR600 Hi Tim,

Hi All, Just a short note to inform you that the 1st meeting of the new Kent branch will be on Wednesday, 20th June at the Pied Bull, High Street, Farningham, Kent. The start time will be approx. 8pm. Meetings will be on the 3rd Wednesday of the month thereafter. Regards

Bill Brown It is great news that you are trying to get a Kent branch up and running Bill, if anyone can do it, you can. Kent has always been a difficult county as there is a huge distance between what is effectively South London, and places such as Ramsgate and Dover. We all wish you the best of luck. Ed

Not sure if you are the right person to ask, but I was thinking of having a 1987 CBR600 as the display bike for the HOC stand this year. We are well into planning the stand this year, which we hope will feature a number of improvements and enhancements over previous years, making it well worth a visit for members and potential members. As this is the 20th anniversay of the CBR600, we thought it would be only fitting to have one of those original bikes on the stand. Do you think you could put the word out for us and if anyone is interested, get them to contact me by calling 01244 811244 or 07973 462848, or by email to; westcoast@hoc.org.uk Many thanks

Kicking Back Letters for the next issue need to arrive by 1st September 2007 E-mail to editor@hoc.org.uk or post to: Golden Wing, Units 1B & 5B Kemps Quay Industrial Park Southampton. SO18 1AD

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Rona Bell Hi Rona, from hearing about your plans at the last Management Committee meeting, it does sound as if the stand this year will really do us proud. If any member does have one of the original 1987 CBR600’s we would be more than happy to hear from them. If you are unable to get hold of Rona or Phil, please contact the Golden Wing office and we will be happy to pass on your details. Ed

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T HE V I E W O V E R

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BARS !....

General Secretary - Mark Clargo Hope you all got your dates set in your diaries for Sunday 5th August. The sun has been ordered for the day, the rain will be down in Kent - so you won't want to go to the World Superbike races at Brands Hatch will you? No! You, and all your friends, will want to come to sunny Warwickshire, to the Honda Festival at the Motor Heritage Centre, Gaydon, to be precise. There will be plenty to see and do, Honda UK will be there with their 2007 demonstration fleet for you to try out (don't forget your license and a utility bill), there will be a chance to win a Honda CBR600RR courtesy of Honda Insurance and competitions on the De Walt Power Tools stand. On display will be a host of Classic Hondas as well as a celebratory display of CBRs marking its' 20th anniversary. A mini auto-jumble will give you the opportunity to find that elusive Honda part you've spent years searching for! Club stands on the day will be displaying their particular (or is that peculiar!) models for your perusual, and if you feel the need to back riders rights you will have the opportunity to sign up and help the BMF fighting fund. If you're new to biking, or maybe feel that your skills need brushing up, then join the Institute of Advanced

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Motorcyclists who will have a stand. During the day, when you feel a little peckish, there will be a hog roast and drinks available outside, or visit the cafe inside the museum. If, heaven forebid!, it did decide to precipitate upon our proceedings, then no need to worry as there will be seminars throughout the day under cover in the conference room discussing Accidents (how to have them - opps, no, I mean avoiding them!!), tyres and visibility (I see you - you see me!). The Heritage Centre itself reopened in May after a refurbishment, with the inclusion of more exciting exhibitions. Over 100 years of motoring industry heritage will be celebrated in the brand new exhibition Making British Cars, using pictures, film and objects from the Trust collections, many never seen in public before, the new displays will trace the history of an industry that began in the 1890's, reaching a peak in the years after the Second half of the 20th century. The exhibition will also show the change in an industry dominated by household names such as Austin, Morris, Rootes and Wolseley to one now dominated by brands like BMW, Honda, Nissan and Toyota. No bikes though, oh hum! Anyway, for ÂŁ8 a ticket (which will not only let you have admission to the show, but have access to the museum as well) a grand day out is guaranteed! In the meantime, if I don't see you at the rallies. Smooth and safe riding.

Mark

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M E M B E R S H I P M A T T E R S ... WELCOME Welcome to all our new members who have joined us recently including at various shows, such as the BMF we have attended. I hope that you join in with club activities to get the most out of your membership. I know that some of you have already been along to your local branch, and have received a warm welcome.

MOVING? Don’t forget if you move, let me know, and no other club official, as I keep the address files up to date, (You can write or send an email). We get several copies of each magazine returned by Royal Mail each issue so don’t let it be YOU who we lose contact with.

DIRECT DEBIT We have now had the system set up and in use for a year now and a lot of members are signing up. When you receive a renewal form, all you need to do is let me have your bank details and we will do the rest. You won’t have to worry then about missing a copy of your ‘Golden Wing’.

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

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C O N G R AT U LAT I O N S 25 YEARS NEW LIFE MEMBER GRAHAM SPILLER Congratulations to Graham Spiller of Portsmouth, and sometime Secretary of Solent Branch, who achieves 25 years membership and qualifies for honorary membership.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS Please send change of address details to the Membership Secretary, not to Golden Wing. Thanks....ED SUMMER 2007


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HUNTS MOTORCYCLES Hunts Motorcycles are racing to the top in the UK Dealer list; We are getting stronger every season by offering a complete range of packages for the beginner through to the professional rider. As well as offering a huge range of new and pre-owned bikes, we offer excellent servicing with a collection and delivery option. Our parts and accessories are available in store or via mail order. We offer the whole range of 2007 Hondas, with most models now in stock for a quick and immediate delivery. We welcome part exchange, and the best part exchange bikes are fully serviced and checked and then made available to those looking for a preowned bargain. Visit our web site at:www.huntsmotorcycles.co.uk for a taster of what we have available.

In addition to the above, we are able to offer rider training, and include CBT training with the purchase of every new 125. At Hunts our aim is to always be here to offer you the best deals throughout your biking years. Let’s look forward to a great biking year. A big thank you to all our existing customers for their support, log on or call in for all our latest news. Best regards,

John Brown Director - Hunts Motorcycles


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CBR600F 1987

The last machines covered in classic corner were the CB500F/CB550 range that some of us had a lot of fun with in the 70’s. These machines really were motorcycles for all occasions, as happy touring as they work on the mad dash to work when late. The last new CB550 was released during 1978, with the next nine years seeing little change, as Honda moved their priorities from the middleweight motorcycle arena to producing new car models. However when Honda decided to reclaim the title of innovators, they did so with conviction. Honda decided that the time had come to produce a range of middleweight and larger motorcycles which could carry a punch with ease, and the CBR600F was going to be the machine to break all the rules.

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With an integrated blend of performance and rideability unheard of before, the pocket rocket provided superbike style balance and lightness. The theme of integration was seen mostly in the fully enclosed full fairing which aimed to integrate the rider with the bike. The super smooth mirror finish being rumoured to cut down on drag and wind resistance.

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The Honda engine remains one of the narrowest in-line fours on the market, where performance is enhanced by slimming, trimming and reducing the frictional moving mass. This gives the engine lightening quick response, with an increased rev range and increased torque. For example, the CB550F weighed in at 191Kg and produced 48 bhp @ 9,000 rpm whereas the first CBR600F was 9Kg lighter but produced 85 bhp @ 11,000 rpm. With the CBR600F, Honda really were giving notice that they were serious about the pocket rocket market. The construction of the bike was as revolutionary as the engine and fairing. With the engine fitting into a box section wrap-around frame, Honda were able to ensure torsional rigidity and strength whilst keeping the whole package as light as possible.

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The suspension was handled by 37mm front forks with Honda TRAC antidive system, with the rear suspension being progressive pro-link. This was a set up which gave increased stability regardless of the roads which were being ridden. The braking system was disc all round, with lightweight dual piston callipers. The front units were fitted with sintered metal pads, suitable for handling the 85 bhp on tap. Since its initial launch in 1987, the CBR600 has changed much, and the current top of the range CBR600 RR offers truly breath-taking performance, and is to many the ultimate track day bike. However, the original design remit is as relevant today as it was in 1987, and the CBR600 is and was a middleweight machine with superbike performance, as happy carrying a rider and passenger and their camping equipment across Europe, as it is scratching down the back lanes on a Sunday ride out or dealing with he daily trek to and from work. cont........

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As mentioned by Rona in the letters page, we would love to be able to have one of the first 1987, or possibly 1988 models on our stand at the NEC this Autumn. So, if you have a machine available, or know somebody who might, please contact Rona of Phil Bell by calling 01244 811244 or 07973 462848 or by email to westcoast@hoc.org.uk Let the Good Times Roll

Dave Barton Classic Secretary

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

BEDFORDSHIRE Secretary: Graham Seymour - 01438 357398 Firstly my apologies for completely forgetting the copy date for the spring issue of the Golden Wing and not submitting a report from Beds branch. Unfortunately there are times when work has to come first (much as I resent it)! Considering the appalling weather our rally did quite well over the 2nd May bank holiday. Thanks mainly to the stalwarts on the rally scene who refuse to let torrential rain, flooding etc, etc, spoil a good weekend. Luckily the rain held off for the Saturday run (20+ bikes) and the BBQ, and started in the evening whilst the band was on. All probably luckily for me as the shower unit delivered for the weekend did not work, so if it had been hot and sticky………….. (I shudder to think!) Sunday we gave up on doing a bike run and went to the local motor museum at Lower Stondon by car. Worth a look if you are in the area. This followed a damp end to the Wilts rally when we had to put away a wet tent in torrential rain having got sunburn on the Sunday playing crochet! (A vicious and aggressive game I can tell you! As a crochet virgin I thought this was a game for gentlefolk. Suffice to say I will be bringing a pickaxe handle to the next match!) Hopefully June will bring us sunshine for the Solent rally weekend. Must find my shorts! Back at home, branch domestics have been pre-occupied with discussion on changing the venue for our Wednesday 20

evening meets. Voting takes place in June, so by July we will know if we are to remain at The Chequers in Streatley, or moving to The Griffin at Toddington. As the vote will not be known until after the publication of this issue of the Golden Wing, I would recommend that any potential visitors ring me first, although the two pubs are only 3 or 4 miles apart, so it’s easy enough to put your head around the door to see what’s what! We have several runs planned, are intending to visit as many of the other branch rallies as possible, and are looking forward to the Sunday lunch run with Northants and Cambs, and, of course, the national rally in September in Yorkshire. For those of you that ride in Bedfordshire, a new website has been launched by the local joint venture motorcycling forum, (consisting of Local authority, highways dept, camera safety partnership, police, local training organisations and clubs, HOC, BMF etc) at www.motorcyclingmatters.org . It’s a good site and well worth a look. You can join the forum and have your say on parking, use of bus lanes and local road conditions amongst other things. If you are in the area, pop in and see us, new blood always welcome!

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BIRMINGHAM Branch Contact: Nick Parton - 0121 603 8983

At the time of going to press we had completed two rideouts with the third only a few days away. We got this year off to a flying start with our first run. 12 bikes assembled for the off from McDonalds Car park at Bassetts Pole for our half day ride out to Tittesford Reservoir in Derbyshire. The weather was great and we set off up the A38 towards Lichfield where we picked up another 3 bikes before making our way up through Derbyshire. It was a great day out, well lead by Geoff and Jean and I think I can say enjoyed by all that attended. There are some cracking roads up that way and the weather held out to give us a very pleasant ride. Our 2nd rideout fell during the greatly changed weather that we are currently experiencing as I write this. Obviously a lot of the membership watched/listened to the

weather forecast the night before the ride because only 4 of us arrived at the White Horse in Balsall Common for the ride through the Cotswolds. A bit disappointing however the weather never let us down. It was drizzling as we started out, brightened a bit in Stratford giving us false hopes encouraging us to carry on down to The Broadway where we had a cuppa and a bite to eat, then as we were mounting up to come back it hit us with vengeance. Solid rain all the way back and by the time I arrived home my clothes were more wet through than if they had spent all that time in the washing machine. Never mind, in a perverse sort of way I still enjoyed being out on the bike. That’s what its all about. We’ve been having a reasonable turnout to our meetings at Sutton Motorcycles as well although there is always room for improvement. The attendance on the 2nd meeting of the month at The Gate Pub in N e t h e r Whitacre isn’t as good as it could be but hopefully that will change as the better weather and lighter night arrive. cont.......

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Last year we had our Christmas Dinner this year (bit late!) This year Roy has got in early and we have already provisionally booked it for the 8th December at the Horse and Jockey in Bentley, Warwickshire. Roy is also hoping to organise a skittles evening shortly at the same venue so that is another social event well worth looking out for. By the time you are reading this we will have had our Youth Hostel Weekend away in Salisbury. Youth Hostel Weekends have become a yearly tradition for us and this years is our 5th. Nick is the organiser and the success of all the weekends to date illustrates the hard work and commitment that he puts in to ensure we have a great

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time. So far we have done Lake Windermere, York, Chester and Cheddar Gorge. Well we have some nice runs coming up so lets have a good turn out and we also have our camping weekend in July so hopefully see a lot of none branch members as well as a good turn out from our own membership. Here’s hoping for a change in the weather to more biker friendly. It only leaves me to say‌ Mount it..Ride it..Enjoy it

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EASTERN Secretary: John Hewson - 01469 560306

Eastern Branch members have been enjoying the good biking weather we have had this year, with runs to the Stafford Classic Bike Show in April and the BMF Show in May. On a personal note, the BMF Show run was the first time I had been out on a run with the Eastern branch in 7 years due to injuries received in an accident in April 2000. It was so good to be back on two wheels again and riding along with Martin, Lorrie, Graham and Sue. We enjoyed the hospitality of the Honda Owners Club Tent at the BMF Show and we appreciate the efforts put in by all those running the stand for the weekend. The stand looked very impressive and I was disappointed to learn it hadn’t won first prize again this year. The Lincolnshire Bike Nights are proving more popular than ever with hundreds of

riders enjoying the Lincolnshire roads and meeting up at different locations every Wednesday evening. Phantom Motorcycles brought along two motorcycles from the French manufacture Voxan to the Winterton bike night. I hope we get more Eastern members attending the club nights. Any branch is only as active as its members. If you want to have your voice heard and make suggestions for activities please attend the meetings. If you have difficulty attending meetings contact me via email from the Eastern Branch website or on the above telephone number. The most important thing is to get out and ride no matter on what and who ever you choose to do it with. Regards

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Graham at the CBX Owners stand, Stafford

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EAST MIDLANDS Secretary: Tim Reardon – 01827 280200

While putting this article together I have been reviewing our last few newsletters together with our last Golden Wing submission. A few things stood out to me, one is the amount of change that has taken place; New faces have been appearing at club nights, joining in club events and contributing to the club. The weather has changed from snow & ice to summer sun & then on to torrential rain. Even the club venue of ten years has changed (previously The Royal it is now The Beeches pub on the Burton road out of Ashby). Another thing, and one constant for the club, seems to be the level of club activity; it seems that however much the weather has conspired to keep bikes locked away in garages & sheds our club members’ preference for riding and not polishing has ensured that there has been plenty to write about. If you stay interested long enough you will read, & see, that for one of our members this activity included a trip to Africa. If our branch had a prize for most miles ridden in one trip I suspect that it would usually be won by one of our Pan or Blackbird riders, this quarter’s prize would go to John on his Varadero though. One other thing that stood out is how difficult it is to keep track of our ride outs. We do have a calendar, and for things like the Poker run (September) and Rally (July) this is quite useful. However, many of the ride outs are arranged at club nights and never make it into the calendar or the date has to be re-arranged at short notice, again often at a club night. I think the following gives a good flavour for what our branch has been like over the last few months. From our March letter….. February bought its share of surprises at 26

EM HOC with a hastily organised trip to Donnington and a cancelled club night. In addition the weather provided a surprise for at least one of our number who somehow managed to miss all weather forecasts for a couple of days and so was caught out by the snow fall early on in the month. He emerged from work on the evening of Friday 9th February to be met by a layer of snow that had blanketed Coventry, surrounding areas and much of the country during the afternoon. The weather wasn’t his only surprise that evening; so was the reception he received on arriving home. Given his wife’s interest in the TV show dancing on ice he had anticipated a bit of interest and appreciation of the skills required to complete his journey home from work on two wheels. However the judge’s marking was harsh and the resulting score (which was accompanied by the advice try harder next year or else) very low. To be fair arriving home three and a half hours late with a limp, a scuffed motorcycle and no flowers is not the best way to celebrate your wedding anniversary. Anyway by the following morning a thaw had set in and by Saturday evening conditions had returned to normal (the snow had melted as well). From the recent ride outs it seems this is not an isolated incident as there are a growing number of our members developing an unhealthy interest in winter sports and also heated grips. Classic Japanese Bikes @ Donnington Taking up the challenge set by Paul and followers with their New Year ride out back in January a group comprising Andy, Martin, Micky, Paul and Mark arranged a ride over to Donnington SUMMER 2007


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A frosty start which included glistening road surfaces did not deter this motley crew from donning thermals, switching on heated kit and riding over to meet up at the Royal. A few freezing minutes hanging around at the Royal provided just enough time to complete the gathering. Bladders were emptied and cigarettes stubbed out before they fired up the motors and braced themselves for the long(?) Hard(?) ride over to Donnington (their words not mine). Arrival at Donnington was almost immediately followed by either the thawing of frozen digits around mugs of scalding hot tea or by the smug grins of those using heated grips. Everyone I’ve spoken to enjoyed the event and is looking forward to doing the same thing next year. Being a local event they were not the only EMHOC members there and Ken and Margaret were spotted taking in the sights. The extreme conditions and numbing cold gradually took effect with the first of the group to succumb exhibiting very strange symptoms. He forgot he was on a bike and proceeded to negotiate the purchase of a very handy but unwieldy work mat. Having closed the deal he was then reminded of the limitations of his chosen mode of transport. He spent a small amount of time working out how to secure a 6 ft wide work mat to the back of a Pan European before bumping into a neighbour who was easily persuaded to take it back in their van. Not to be out done by this worrying example of impending senility another member mistook the classic bike show for a porn show. This lead to the acquisition of a prop (it grows in water apparently) and anyone attending the last February club night will be familiar with the offending member and how his stage name became Randy Andy. Cotswolds The bright start on the 4th March and the fine weather of the preceding couple of days didn’t deter our winter sports club from organising another event. In fact it also tempted out an extra couple of bikes SUMMER 2007

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including a BMW. This time the gathering at the Royal resulted in Martin, Andy, John and Steve heading out ready to enjoy a pleasant spring ride down to Oxfordshire. Twenty minutes later and it was pissing down all over the group. It got so bad at one point that one of the bikes not fitted with floats turned around and headed home. The gap was soon plugged though because, as if tempted out by the promise of some wet riding, Captain turned up and took his place. Down around Brinklow the group hit what would have been a problem for a less resourceful team. A flooded road blocked their path and, not being certain of the depth, the winter sports club used their initiative. Since the water only came half way up the ducks they reasoned they could ride through so long as they took it steady. I think God must favour the stupid because all the bikes made the crossing and the riders lived to enjoy the breakfast they ordered on arrival at their destination. The journey back was less eventful and included a stop at Bikers World near Coleshill. I’m told that arrival back home that evening was followed by the removal of skis, floats and other winter riding gear from the bikes. From our April Letter…. As most of you will know by now Paul and Karen had a nasty accident in the week before the Egg run. Some prat, not content with using his phone while driving, decided to carry out a turn in the road. As a result of this Paul & Karen ended up in Leicester Royal Infirmary with several broken bones between them. While they are both out of hospital now, they are far from fully recovered. Obviously everyone at the club was keen to wish them well and a collection was made at the Egg run with a card, flowers and a basket of fruit being taken to them on behalf of the club. We hope to see them at The Beeches very soon. Times are changing at East Midlands HOC; ten years at The Royal ended with a move to The Beeches. cont.......

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Our first club night at this new venue (Sunday the 8th April) was marked by exceptionally good weather and it was probably this which contributed to the relaxed atmosphere of the evening. The room we had the use of also helped, while maybe smaller than at the Royal, it has an outside side door which smokers were able to take advantage of. By overlooking the car park the room also provided a good view of the bikes parked up and also of any new arrivals; a CB400/4 ridden by one Janice. It also provided advance warning of the not so new arrivals who had taken advantage of the bank holiday weather with a hastily organised ride out over to Wales. Uncurling himself from the compact and bijoux riding position of his SP2 one of this number spent the evening trying to return the circulation to his wrists and legs. Leicester Area Egg Collection by Dave Sansome Asda Store, Fosse Park, on a chilly but bright Saturday morning. Geof, Captain and myself arrive at 9am. We get set up with a nice steady trade during the morning. Unfortunately Geoff had to leave earlier than expected, as his daughter was injured playing netball. By 1pm we had about 65 Easter eggs and a reasonable amount of money in the donation bucket. The afternoon was very different, with fewer eggs and less money being donated. Sunday morning saw sleet coming down as Micky and I were leaving home. This set the tone for the day, which just got steadily worse. Fortunately reinforcements arrived at 1pm in the form of Bev, Paul & Karen which helped to maintain morale. This allowed me to give in to my backache and so when the reinforcements accepted my sick note I went home to a hot bath and a rest in a nice warm bed for three hours. Phyl joined the ranks about 2pm and with the others stuck out the rain, sleet and bitterly cold wind. Over the weekend at Asda, Fosse Park we had a collection of both cash and eggs 28

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for the Radio Leicester Ruby Rainbows appeal. Thank you to all who helped, including Tim and his wife (new members) who joined us on Sunday morning and Rambo who also joined us on both days.

Tomcat (Dave) 1st April Egg Run Ashby to Coalville The Beeches car park between 10am & 11am on the 1st April was once again the start point for East Midlands club’s egg run. In common with the toy run this event seems to be a growing success due in no small part to our in house marketing department and in particular it’s tireless director; Martin Hartshorne. These efforts were particularly impressive because of the fact that the 1st April was also the date for the Bottesford egg run. There were concerns that numbers for our run would be down, instead numbers actually exceeded the December toy run. OK now everyone who was there will know that this paragraph about growing numbers needs to be explained. Though numbers of vehicles with two wheels were indeed up there were less motorcycles than at the toy run. Once again responsibility (blame) for this can be laid at Martin’s door. Unbeknownst to the rest of the club, and in anticipation of the day he can no longer cope with his Pan, Martin has been cultivating a friendship with the local Lambretta owners club and many of the “bikes” on the run were in fact scooters. I’m not sure if this is a recent interest or if he has always been a closet scooter boy and is just coming to terms with it. Either way I am now anticipating a for sale advert in the sale and wants section for an Eddie Cochrane and Gene Vincent record collection and a want advert for anything by The Who or The Jam. Anyway back on the run and things went reasonably well...... SUMMER 2007


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One wrong turn by a small group was spotted by Captain and quickly corrected and two scooters failed to finish the run. As usual the run was rounded off for most of us with a cup of tea and a thank you from the Marlene Reid representatives. The collection that was held for Paul & Karen afterwards received a lot of support from all including the scooter club. From our May Letter…. 15th April – Crich Tramway Paul Murray led this ride out up into the peak district on his CBR 600. I was unable to attend this ride and so was looking forward to hearing how it went; was it well attended, was it a good route and destination and anything else of interest that may have happened. All I managed to get from a slightly sheepish Paul is that he was taking it steady, that he is still running in his ten year old CBR, he’s not sure about the tyres and brakes etc. I understand that a thirty year old CB400/4 which over took him while being well ridden by a girl may have prompted this stream of unsolicited excuses? Anyway, I understand that the weather held out for the group and that it was a successful day. Richard and Cathy confirmed that they enjoyed the day, being only slightly marred as it was by a blackbird riding lunatic who developed an unnatural attachment to the Tram’s bell and was nearly kicked off. 20th to 23rd April-Butlins Skegness Thanks to Rita for the write up As it was slightly later in the year than usual the weather was not it’s normal wet and windy self, as three bikes set off from Mickleover to meet up with the others and form the Motley Crew. Friday night kicked off with the very talented Zee Zee Stop in Reds Bar followed by the ever versatile Steve Forengo. Saturday night saw us singing along to James Toseland and his band Crash followed by a surprising good Alvin Stardust. Fancy dress as usual was the order of the day and the standard was as high as ever with just about every kind of fancy dress you SUMMER 2007

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could think of. Here’s Borat at the bar (not one of ours) and below James Towsland centre stage Yes the photo is the right way up!

Here’s a compilation of the motlry crew.

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29th April – Stafford Show This is a twice yearly event and is becoming a regular feature in the club’s calendar thanks to Micky Maw, who usually organises and leads it. For this show however Micky and Phyl were off in the Dominican Republic and so Micky passed the baton to me, asking if I would lead the run. As befits someone with a Military and logistics background Micky’s runs are well planned, everybody is briefed on the route and clear instructions are provided should people get lost during the day. It will come as no surprise to anyone who attended the ride out that I possess neither a military background nor any logistical experience whatsoever. As I left the house (late) that morning to find a petrol station that was open and find a cash point that worked I reflected, & not

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for the last time that day, on our different backgrounds and experience. Apparently I had arranged that we meet up at the Beeches at 9am with a view to leaving at 9.30am. My arrival at about 9.20am meant I was the last person to turn up for the ride out that I was to lead. The potential for disaster arising out of this tardiness and disorganisation was partially offset by a discreet prompt from Captain who suggested that it might be good if he, as back marker, knew the route I planned to take. This meant that as we fired up our bikes for the ride from Ashby to Stafford I was fairly confident that at least two of the eight bikes (and nine people) would arrive at Stafford. All bikes did make it to Stafford uneventfully, although it did take us two attempts to rendezvous in the same car park. Fortunately no one seemed to notice, especially not Andy, & we were soon off exploring the show. The variety of makes and models, coupled with the quality of some of the bikes on display prompted much nostalgia and a few fond memories for first bikes. However, these weren’t the emotions experienced as we passed the stand for Enfield Bullets and sidecars so despite the comfortable riding position Mark thought he’d stick with his SP2. We visited the Hesketh stand and were rewarded with cups of tea and biscuits by Les and Diane. This was the third refreshment stop of the day for some of the party, each one resulting in a game of hide and seek as the previously mentioned disorganisation manifest itself. Once again Captain had quietly and discreetly salvaged the situation by suggesting a time to rendezvous back at the bikes and so all but one of us met up for the ride home.

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MANCHESTER Secretary: Stephen Davenport - 07970 729384

Hi to all, Half way through the year and half way through our rides calendar, we have had some brilliant rides so far this year and to some new and interesting places, such as Moreton Corbett Castle, South Lakes Wild Animal Park and Hawkstone Follies. The latter was an excellent and very interesting place, full of caves, narrow gorges and bridges with quaint nooks and crannies hidden around the place. Not somewhere for the infirm though as you have to allow three hours for the full walk and can it be quite strenuous in parts, although that might just be me, but more than worth the visit. The eight day Easter trip to Normandy and on to Lorient went very well although it ended up as being just me and my wife Susan as due to other commitments the members who had been keen could not make it. This was a real shame as the weather could not have been better, 24 degrees plus with long sunny days bar one wet morning. Subsequently it made exploring the area’s and battle sites easy and interesting. It was not all WWII we did get to see places such as Bayeux, with it’s

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famous Tapestry, Cerisy-le-Foret and le Mont-St-Michel, built on an outcrop in the bay with fabulous rolling mist’s that come off the sea and roll over it’s wall’s and buildings. The accommodation in each of the places we stayed was excellent and welcomed bikes. One place we stayed which I must mention as it was such a fabulous place to stay in a wonderfull area was a B & B called La Tringale. This is run by an English couple called Ron & Bunty and the web site address is, www.normandyvacations.com If anyone out there is looking for somewhere to stay in France in that area I strongly recommend that you give them a try and it’s very biker friendly. We still have another weekend trip to Aberystwith on the 23rd and 24th of June, Judy has organised this run and it’s a sell out. We also have the trip to the Algarve in September coming up and at the time of this report a place has become available as Mark has had to drop out as he has a wedding to pay for. One of our members, Peter (Pan) has become the official test ride organiser and chaperone for our main Honda dealer Hunts and as a result has the arduous task of having to have a new Pan European every six months, it’s a dirty job but someone has to do it. A few other members have got new machines, John has got himself a very nice Repsol Fireblade and replaced his VFR with an FJR. Phil on the other hand is contemplating selling his K1 (BMW) and possibly his new KTM Adventurer and looking at a Blackbird.

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Well that’s our first six months of 2007 covered and the sun is back and strong as I write this so it’s looking good for the summer for all on two wheels. We have had regularly in excess of twenty attendees on our ride out’s, mostly riders, but we do have pillions who come along repeatedly to join in the fun and our meetings are well attended. So it pleases me to say that we must be doing something right, either that or it’s something in the water up here. We hope all the other branches are doing well and wish you all the best. Till our next report, keep it rubber side down.

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N.E.S.S Secretary: Pete Farnham 07931 906394

What a gorgeous April we have had and the amount of bikes on the road due to the good weather is encouraging. At last we have had our late Christmas dinner at the George in Hintlesham and thirteen members attended. The food and service was excellent and I would like to thank Stud and Pam for organising everything. We recently had a ride out to Sandringham for lunch and then some of the group went on to Hunstanton which was swamped with bikes even in the coach park as the weather was great and we all had a good day out. We have had two new members join the group recently so welcome to the group and any ideas concerning the club are welcome. Any lady bikers out there in our area please come along as we now have one Lady Rider but would like more to support her and balance the numbers .Contact me if you want to know more about our group. The popular choice of Honda within our group is the CBF1000 as Stud and John have swapped their Pans for these bikes. I recently test rode the NTV700 Deauville to compare with my old one I had before the Pan and I liked it as I always rated the old

one but went up to the Pan for more power at the time so I would not rule this bike out as a possible for the future. Last Saturday was the BMF show and it did not get washed out for a change. Compliments to all involved in the Honda Owners Club tent for a relaxed cuppa and the usual friendly camaraderie as always within the club. The highlight of the show for my wife was James Toseland as he is always a very likeable young man who makes time for his fans despite the huge pressure he must have on his shoulders at present as they head for the Silverstone round of world superbikes.My wife got her picture taken with him and he signed her JT cap so she was made up for the rest of the day and would like him for a toy boy but I think she will have to join the queue with the rest of the ladies.

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NORTHANTS & M.K Secretary: Sue Beck - 077917 42880

Well here goes for my first report as the new branch secretary. Things have been less than quiet in the branch. Brian Dunn suffered a heart attack in March but we are pleased to report he is now fully recovered and back on the road. My man Dan finally got the go ahead from the docs to ride again following his accident last August. He's much easier to live with now he can go out and play. On the 11th April we held the first of our Everyotheruns, as usual to Stibbington Diner. Over twenty bikes turned up for an enjoyable and somewhat mystery tour led by Stritchy. A month later and twenty three of us headed off over the water for a weeks holiday in Lavacherie, Southern Belguim. Although the weather was less than kind to us (yep, it rained every day) we still had a great time. The Chateau, Le Blanche Vignerie situated in this small village boasts an indoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna, and provided us with a comfortable base to return to after a day exploring the area. Some of the gang ventured over to Trier in Germany for the day and ended up in a shop selling interesting toys, enough said on that one. Another day, and the girls headed off to a chocolate factory, yum yum. A n y o n e holidaying in this area must visit a quaint restaurant called L'Enclos de Frenes in Sainte Ode. As well as serving delicious Belgian Food it boasts an interesting organ! Unfortunate of the week must be 36

Jeff (GB) who dropped his bike at Dover Docks before we had even left England, unpacked his gear at the Chateau and found he had not packed any underwear, then on the way home all his luggage parted company with his bike whilst on a Belgian Motorway. Safely recovered we returned home. We welcome several new members to the fold, seems like we have more turn up every week now. A reminder that we are holding our now annual charity event on Bank Holiday Monday August 27th at The 10 O'Clock pub in Little Harrowden. We are in need of anything we can auction off or use as raffle prizes to raise money for The Air Ambulance Service. The day promises to great fun with a bike show (best and worse bikes) FREE BBQ and homemade cakes plus other side entertainment. This promises to be a day for the whole family. The day kicks off at 1pm so please support us. Well that's all for now. Ride safe

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NORTH LONDON Contact, John Saffer 020 8505 3664

Since the last missive from the North London group we have increased our membership base and are regularly getting at least 10-12 regular attendees at our weekly meetings in the heart of Epping Forest. Since the weather started to improve back in April we set off mob handed to the famous “Ace Café“ (North London venue in case you didn’t know) for a breakfast meetup before trundling off to Cheltenham for a Bikesafe Day organised by the Gloucestershire Police Force.

returned. As a result, one of our newer members decided after a fair number of years riding, to enrol on an advanced riding course with the local (to Epping Forest that is) RoSPA groups to enhance his skills. As we mentioned before we already have three of our group under IAM courses with one already in the frame for his test in the next few weeks. We wish him the very best of luck. Our journey home from Cheltenham was almost as entertaining as our time there with some good, clear, open roads and plenty of opportunities for losing various crew members too. Our new group T-Shirts were unfolded “en-masse” for the first time as you can see from our attached photo. The “Monkeys of High Beach” (as named by our resident webmaster) are well and truly on the fashion map!

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A group of us had planned to participate in the ACU National rally in June but disappointingly have just heard that the event is now cancelled due to general lack of participants. This is going to cause a lot of grief here to those that wanted to see the Underwater exploits of the famous “Mick Cousteau” and his amazing (literally) “Go anywhere BMW GS 1500”. It’s a real shame – the water wings were ready to be presented to him in advance of the 2007 rally. Such a pity for us and many hundreds of other would-be entrants. But we got our cheques back and a nice shiny yellow badge so it’s not all bad news…. On the last day of May a beautiful early Summer evening was ideal for being stuck in the Club Meeting room at the “King’s Oak” (not!) for a talk by PC Ian Burchell of the Met Motorbike Police “Bikesafe” and “Bike Tasking Force. The talk was both very entertaining and informative with a lively discussion from the floor creating a great atmosphere which we all enjoyed.

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to-air missile, convinced us that the motorbike cops are a force to be reckoned with. By the way - if “You Know Who” could return the whip and handcuffs and the batteries from the laser gun the nice Policeman will promise not to come round next week with his mates as we leave the Pub. So successful was our Bikesafe evening that we are going to arrange a group day on the course. You can never stop learning now can you?” On the 1st of July we are all booked up for our annual “Day Trip to wake up the Frogs of North France”. This is our “Group Highlight of the Year” and is keenly waited for by all the participants. About 20 of us are already polishing our helmets and pipes for the occasion and getting in supplies for our “Channel Crossing and International Tour”. The French phrase books are out and being read avidly, even as I write, to make sure that the French for our most common social intercourse with the locals, trips readily off the tongue. P h r a s e s expected to be used and translated into French again this year are: - : “Where is the nearest OPEN petrol station situated my dear man”. “Ham, double sausage, egg and chips for 20 s’il vous plait with beaucoup de Ketchup”. “How much do you charge mademoiselle?” “What? No discount on a Sunday! What Horror – Holy Blue” and of course not forgetting: “Is that Camembert that I can smell, Garcon or have you not had time to wash today?” A full tour report will follow in the next issue. 45


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restrictor kit removed from his bike before another year was up. The extra speed now available to him has pushed his hairline back at least 4 inches and caused a stupid grin to remain on his face after each ride. Wait until we tell him that the National speed limit is not really 40 mph. and there’s no need to keep that man with the red flag walking

North London Branch at ExCel earlier in the year As the weather is now warming up and the evenings lighter for longer, more of our meetings are held outside the Pub. Rides are planned for other summer days and the joint HOC Roast will be taking place on the 15th July in partnership with the Cambridge Branch. We take this opportunity to congratulate a few of our members on recent achievements: 1) Roy M for displaying his Bravery by getting married (for the second time) He must have kept those ear plugs in when we warned him off the idea. 2) Yiggy and Mrs. Yiggy for becoming proud parents of baby Jake who was born on the back of a yellow Fireblade at 145 mph on the inside lane of the Harlow Roundabout at the junction with the M25 whilst overtaking everyone in the group. Yiggy deserves a special mention as he is 64 years old and may have to give up his job as a National Hunt Jockey. 3) The Branch Secretary (aka Head Boy) who took his test again (and passed thank heavens) so he could legally get his 46

in front of him any more. Have a great summer everyone and make sure you keep away from those that are out to get you when you’re on your bike. Regards.

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DOES YOUR BRANCH KNOW YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS? This is so that Branch Secretaries can organise events and rides at the last minute and inform as many members as possible. These are private lists, and will only be used by the club. Contacts are below:

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OXFORD Secretary: Erica Gassor - 07799 49 2235

Ride out’s, weekends away, trips to the bike racing, test ride morning at our Honda dealer, skittles night and some very entertaining presentations at our meetings……not quite sure where to start this report! With forthcoming events like our Summer Poker Run/BBQ/Disco and Rally – still lots going on. Terry and Mary Anne, our ride out leaders, have worked very hard on getting an interesting list of ride outs for the club, ably supported by willing volunteers from the membership to lead the rides to various destinations

weekend in the Lake District – even the weather, with sunshine the whole time! Peter and Mike from the Lakes Branch ensured we enjoyed wonderful ride outs and beautiful scenery – thanks for a brilliant weekend

We had a great ride to Melton Mowbray on some very interesting roads led by Nigel, only to find that the pie shop was closed so we had to raid Morrison’s! Don and Cynth organised an excellent 50

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farmhouse in the French countryside, with plenty of time at the Le Mans track to enjoy the racing – all efficiently organised by Bob. Well done Bob for taking us all on and again for the trip in August to the Czech Republic to see the GP racing at Bruno. Our Tuesday night meetings average between 20 and 28 attendees and the presentations from various different providers such as Haynes Motorcycle Manuals, Micheldever Tyres (for a joint presentation with the Micheline rep), Hein Gerricke, Stallion Leathers and a very entertaining MIS I n s p e c t i o n maintenance and MOT presentation – that guy should really be in entertainment! Lots more photos of our fun and frolicks on our web site www.oxfordhoc.co.uk so have a quick look to see what we get up to Cheers all

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SOLENT Secretary -Tim Lee 023 8025 2113

Looking back over previous “summer issue” reports, I always seem to start by saying that I have just returned from another excellent Solent Rally. Well, this year is no different, and as I sit down to write this I’m debating whether to open one of the “spare” bottles of Newcastle Brown I acquired from Barbara at cost price just before we left; I need it, after having to explain to my two lads that we can’t live in the forest all the time, and their new “best friends” have to home as well. Once again, the rally can be hailed as a success, and I hope all our visitors had an enjoyable time. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite as kind as it has been in previous years, but nobody seemed to suffer too much, and we had our fair share of sun. In terms of numbers we were a chunk down on previous years, but as those who came from north of Watford testified, you would have had to be very keen indeed to have set off in the midst of the torrential downpours being experienced on the Friday. As always, thanks are due to Barbara and Alan and their team, and all who help, especially those from other branches. It really does show what camaraderie there is in the club when guests from other branches take it upon themselves to lend a hand. Thank you, you know who you are. As a change this year, we decided that the ride out wouldn’t be to anywhere in particular, simply a jaunt down some nice roads with a stop at a pub for a bite to eat. As it was, the ride out was most enjoyable, especially since it had been some time since I had been on a run, and my thanks to Alan & Sue Stamp and Dave Irvine for their efforts. We even managed to avoid most of the rain in the morning and had well and truly caught up with the sun when we 54

stopped for an ice cream at Stonehenge. Which brings me to a little grumble; for a few years now, we have not had the numbers on our rally ride out we had hoped for, and we have been stumped as to why. It transpires, that a not insignificant number of people have been given the impression that a run out with Solent branch is somewhat akin to taking part in a Fast Bikes track day whilst wearing a blindfold. Whilst we did have to “have words” with one young man a few years ago, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. There have been ongoing disagreements within Solent branch for as long as I have been a member concerning how we mark junctions, and like topsy, these things grow and spread. However, it is now time to dispel the myth, and much as some may disagree, there is no causual relationship between the system used to mark junctions and the incidence of inconsiderate riding. But don’t take my word for it, ask one or two of the ladies who have come on our runs, and maybe next year, come and see for yourself. Anyway, talking of runs, our mid-week alternate Wednesday evening runs to “somewhere nice” continue to be well supported, and we have even been joined on one occasion by the local Triumph group! By the time you read this, our next outing will be a run up to Warwickshire on the 5th August for the Honda Festival being organised by out good friends at Oxford…..See you there. Keep it tidy

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SOUTH WALES Secretary: Donna Richards - 01639 766406 Since my last report, the club has been on the long weekend trip to Ireland. We had a fantastic time. We traveled across from Pembroke to Rosslare then toured across to Kilarney, stopping overnight at Graiguenamanagh on the way. The weather was brilliant. It was warm and sunny for the full five days. I’ve included a picture of the River Barrow at Graiguenamanagh. As you can see, it’s absolutely beautiful. The trip was also memorable for Terry’s first introduction to Guiness as drunk in Ireland. The second picture shows that he firmly agrees that it

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does taste better in Ireland! Just before Easter, the club made a donation of Easter Eggs to the children’s ward of the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Unfortunately, on the day we arrived, the children had been sent home for Easter, so we had to leave the eggs in the care of the nurses to give to the children at a later date. We still went on to have a very enjoyable ride and a good S u n d a y Lunch.

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We have had several rideouts since the last report. One of them was to Llyn Briane, a beautiful reservoir up in the Welsh mountains. There are wonderful views and excellent biking roads; well worth a visit if you are in the area. I’ve included a photograph of the club, taken at the top. Another rideout was to Weobley, a small village, near Hereford. Again, the weather was favourable and a good time was had by all. One of our members, Paul Evans, who was secretary of the club up to January of this year, is undertaking a charity bicycle ride in France this year. You may have read about it in the last edition of the Golden Wing. The charity he is supporting is, “Get Kids Going”, who help disabled children take part in sport. The South Wales branch has donated £100 to the charity and many members have also made individual donations. If you wish to donate, you can do so online at

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members, Huw Phillips has become a Grandpa. The club would like to send congratulations. A n o t h e r member, Sonya S a l i s b u r y reaches an i m p o r ta n t birthday on the 30th May. I am not at liberty to say how old she is but bus passes have been mentioned. Congratulations to Sonya! (Alun wouldn’t keep it a secret, would he?) Events coming up are: a weekend rideout to North Wales in June, staying for two nights. Members are looking forward to that. Also, we have a rideout planned to Pembrey race track, to a motorcycle race day. We hope the weather is fine as we have planned a picnic on the day. Well, that’s about it for now. Let’s hope the weather stays fine! Bye for now

Donna Richards

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THREE SHIRES Secretary: Keven Ludlam - 0114 281 7193 Hi all, Our annual charity Egg run for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital was another resounding success. Organised by the Three Shires in conjunction with the South Yorkshire Police motorcycle branch – the Blue Knights, we handed over a cheque on the day for £2000, in addition to this other Motor Cycle clubs handed over their donations personally so the final total won’t be known for a while, so a sincere thank you goes out to all those who were involved and to those who took part in the run. There were approximately 200 motorcycles on the day but by far the best bike was a Honda CBR1000 Fireblade ridden by our very own James Toesland. After the cavalcade James was invited to tour the Children’s Hospital (along with the Three Shires and South Yorkshire Police representatives) by Simon Athey, the Fundraiser for the Hospital. Many thanks go to Simon for making us most welcome, any

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visit to a kids Hospital seams to put thing into perspective... The amazing thing about this is how much time James spent with as many of the kids as possible, signing autographs, having photo’s taken with the kids and their families and having the nurses swooning all over him (anyone would think he’s a handsome devil !!!). JT has promised his services again next year. The AGM was only attended by 9 members however, a new Chairman was elected, so a warm welcome to the new chairman and one of our founder members, Mr Derek Lightfoot. Derek led our first breakfast run of the year to Scarborough, with 6 bikes turning up. A diary of events will soon be published but for the near future we have our Summer Rally and the Sheffield Festival of transport to look forward to. That’s all for now....Keep smillin’

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WILTSHIRE Secretary: John Theobald 01793 853701

It was my 1st day back to work today, after my 1st HOC rally – my own branches! Within an hour I missed the ‘bikers breakfast’ and the excitement of joining a line of bikes without the foggiest idea where we were going – but not caring one bit. On the Saturday I was in an impressive line of 28 bikes and on Sunday a more modest but thoroughly respectable line of 14. Only the enjoyment of riding mattered however and the extra enjoyment you get within a pack using the ‘drop off’ system – each rider contributing to the pack by making the route easier to follow and fully enjoy. Many thanks to Ian O’Neil for leading those ride-outs and his wife Tracey who originally devised them when she was Branch Secretary some years ago. As a North Wiltshire man myself, this opened up parts of Wiltshire, which I had never seen before – and we had good weather to enjoy it with! My thanks must also go to Mick Talty, this year’s Rally Co-ordinator, for meeting the ‘Ralliers’, collecting campsite fees, running a raffle, running the skittles and doing a host of other tasks to make things run smoothly. Thanks also to Jeff Eatwell and his wife for coming along each morning to cook those biker breakfasts, which kept us going – delicious! The ‘contemporary’ music on Friday night was enjoyed by many ‘Ralliers’ – but we had an opportunity to both pick and sing our own music at the Saturday karaoke. Having no singing voice at all, unlike my predecessor Chris Cook (who proved his skills on Sunday night) I avoided the SUMMER 2007

Karaoke like the plague – but I still carry great images of Mark Clargo doing at least 2 ‘head banger’ numbers, whilst fully fuelled up on Wadworths 6x! On the ‘facilities’ front, we tried for a shower this year but were unfortunately advised by the Bruce Landlord that the septic tank couldn’t cope with the extra drainage burden. We did have plenty of hot water however, albeit on the wrong side of the B3087, but I soon discovered that for the sake of a plastic 1 pint measuring jug and a death defying sprint across the road, that I could enjoy a hot water wash & shave, rather than ‘rough it’ like true hardened campers. So you can’t say our Rally lacks the ‘spirit of adventure’ can you?

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WEST COAST RIDERS Secretary: Phil Bell - 01244 811244 This issue, by way of a change from a normal branch report, I thought I would tell about what happened when we went to Le Mans for the MotoGP. We went down to Canterbury to stay overnight on the Thursday, before a very early start on the Friday morning (3.30am should be banned) as we were on the 5.40am ferry from Dover to Calais. We got into Dover to be confronted by thick fog that followed us all the way down the other side of the channel to nearly Rouen. Luckily it cleared and by the time we hit Le Mans at around 3pm, it was very sunny and very hot. We stopped off at a supermarket to pick up supplies (as you do!!) and then made our way in to find

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ourselves a spot to pitch the tent. Went for a wander round the track to get our bearings, before retiring to our tent to chill for the evening (chance would be a fine thing!!!). Anyway, we got chatting to some fellow Brits, who very kindly invited us to pitch up in their camp for the weekend, so we had some company all weekend, which was brill, great bunch of lads. So we moved home lock stock and barrel and had a good laugh all weekend. So onto Saturday, the weather was stunning, Phil and I both got a tan that day, took some great shots of practice and of the pits, met a few of the riders, and then retired back to base camp for jacket potatoes cooked on the bonfire, courtesy of Ken, thanks Ken, they were cooked to perfection. SUMMER 2007


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Sorry to the Oxford guys…we were supposed to be meeting up with them at the track, but Phil text them and we never got a reply…hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.

Well as anyone who watched the race will know, Sunday was a total wash out for the race, made it interesting to say the least. But a huge well done to Bradley Smith, we were right opposite the podium to see his moment of glory. Got a bit wet, but got a nice big bonfire going when we got back to camp to get dried off. It cleared up about 5pm anyway and it was a pleasant evening for our last night. Unfortunately it didn’t last and we woke up to more heavy rain on the Monday, so were packing up a wet tent and gear (not good!!!) and then we had really bad rain and hail stones all the way back to Calais. It did stop before we got there and stayed off all the way home then, so wasn’t too bad, we’d dried off by the time we got home at around 10.30pm. Brilliant weekend, but a serious lack of sleep, due to the French finding great entertainment in revving their bike engines to nearly breaking point, how none of them blew up their bikes we have no idea. Would we do it again…. definitely. SUMMER 2007

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VARADERO Secretary: Martyn Smith Firstly my thanks to Phil, the outgoing branch secretary, for keeping us entertained with his regular and diverse reports. You will be a hard act to follow. The Varadero branch continues to attract new forum members and the website has been busy with posts from old and new members throughout the past dark winter months. Once a biker, always a biker, and if you aren’t riding then talking about bikes is a second favourite pastime. Members have kept the flag flying and are out and about when the weather permits. The only formal meet to have taken place was the Le Tourquet tearaway on the 9th of February. That’s right, the week it snowed and stopped the country dead in its tracks. Despite this a number of members and friends all managed to arrive at Folkestone for Le Chunnel and a short hop to France. 27 miles later and we were at Boulogne for a stop over before wandering down to Le Tourquet for the beach races on Saturday and Sunday. Words cannot describe the atmosphere! What is basically an upmarket seaside resort gives itself up to a half a million visitors all bike mad. Look up the youtube films of Enduropal Le Tourquet. Just imagine, Sunday’s race for three hours saw 1,004 starting entries!! I learnt two things. 1) A bottled beer called Desparado is very dangerous being beer and Tequila in the same bottle. 2) Croque Monsieur is French for cheese and ham toastie. This is definitely a must do for next year. The meeting not the sandwich. After a lot of planning our Northern Ireland team successfully put on VIM 9. This is the international meeting of the worldwide Varadero club. It took place in Ballycastle over the 1st to the 4th of June. Check out www.vim9.com for more details. 130 Varaderos and about 150 visitors met up

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from all over the world. Such is the devotion to this annual meet, two Belgian ex-pats travelled from Venezuela to Utrecht, hired a bike and crossed Europe to be with us in Northern Ireland. An even more inventive American flew into Heathrow, bought a Vara and travelled up to Ireland. Afterwards he wandered off to Europe for a couple of weeks and then shipped the bike back to the good old US of A. This was a top weekend with all the sites of interest taken in. They even arranged a Mayoral reception in Londonderry. Words cannot describe how wonderful the weekend was, all due to the heroic efforts of our NI members. Visit the Varadero international website to review all the piccies and videos. Next year it will be in Hungary and the year after in Turkey!! There was also a session offroading in April with the Geraint Jones off road experience. Pity the bikes were all Yamahas!! Minkeyhead is putting a plan together for North Wales around August time. Our own VUK meeting is scheduled for early September taking place in the Scottish Lowlands. Finally a big apology to the Speeding Stag who arrived slightly wet in Northern Ireland. We chucked all his gear in our room whilst we tasted the Guinness only to find electric fires and thermoplastic helmets don’t mix!!

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“RACING IN THE RAIN, JUST RACING IN THE RAIN”!! The spring has been a real mixture weather wise and not only has this been reflected in our own rides but it has been an interesting time watching the racing with the different levels of confidence in the adverse weather conditions. All the riders show amazing courage in the awful conditions at races such as Le Mans and Silverstone but even so, how they vary! Watching Silverstone, no one can doubt Haga is still Haga whatever the weather but you see the likes of Biaggi change totally in his riding style! As far as the winner was concerned, Bayliss was still his usual cheery, smiling self at the end of the race but even he did admit it was hard work It was an incredible race with Toseland finishing an amazing 8th after a huge high side – courage never in doubt, sanity sometimes! In the GP’s even Rossi, who is undoubtedly a rider with amazing skills, does not proceed with his usual flair and consistency. At Le Mans, Vermuelen showed the way, with Stoner getting a very credible third to increase his lead in the Championship. Of course you cannot mention Le Mans without highlighting our own Bradley Smith who re-wrote the history books when he finished third in the 125’s. This was Bradley’s first Grand Prix podium finish and

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he is the youngest British rider to finish on the podium in any class in the 58 year history of Grand Prix racing and is the first British rider to finish on a 125 cc podium for 18 years! What a record to achieve in those conditions! We all know to avoid the white lines when it is wet but to race at 150 plus miles per hour certainly takes skill and confidence, particularly with the amount of spray and the way the racers ride so closely to each other. Not only do they have to have confidence in their selves but also in their fellow racer’s abilities. I have often read that a rider’s mental attitude and confidence are key factors in performance, and watching the professionals in the rain certainly bears this out!

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I enjoyed biking in Europe but wanted something different so booked a 17 day trip to Morocco leaving from Plymouth on 8 April 2007. Five other bikers and myself met up with John and Brigitte of Wildcat Adventures at Brittany ferries and caught the overnight ferry to Santander northern Spain.

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our Hotel in a picturesque village on the Atlantic coast and our first taste of Moroccan food. Travelling east we crossed the foothills of the Rif Mountains and visited the Roman site of Volubilis on the fertile plains. We then continued to the cedar forests of the Middle Atlas mountains for our overnight stop. Next day we rode part of the ancient trade route from Timbuktu to Fez traversing the High Atlas mountains passing through a spectacular gorge. Our journey led us to the High Plains of the south and provided us with the first glimpse of the Sahara Desert. At the edge of the desert we enjoyed local Berber accommodation hospitality and wonderful food.

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the High Atlas mountains over a 7400ft pass to Marrakech where we stayed two nights. During the morning a guide took to see the wonderful sights of Marrakech. In the evening we visited the city’s unforgettable and

Anti Atlas Mountains We left the desert and rode east across the High Desert Plains with the desert Hamada to the south and volcanic mountains of Jbel Sarhro to the north. This classic peaceful desert route had an incredible landscape with miles of enjoyable riding. We saw the Berber way of life unchanged for centuries, in some areas still in biblical times - with patchwork fields orchards and Berber Forts. We left the valley and crossed the Jbel Sarhro Mountains to our overnight stop. Next morning we visited the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait BenHaddou - a 900 year old hill town with Kasbahs made out of sun dried bricks - where families still live much as they’ve a l w a y s done. The f i l m Gladiator was made there. We then kitted up for an u n f o r gettable ride through t h e spectacular mountain scenery of

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travelled a scenic route north along the Atlantic coast to our hotel in a wonderful old fishing port. Next morning was an early start for the long ride up the west coast of Morocco bypassing Casablanca and Rabat to our hotel and last night in Morocco where

Headed towards Jbel Sarhro Next day we rode into the foothills of Western Atlas through cedar forests following the winding river. Then over the High Atlas crossing a 7300ft pass - a great experience as it is the most scenic and quietest route across the High Atlas. After lunch we started with a winding 22 mile decent down ridges through gorges with views of terraced fields and villages 5000ft below. Here we stay in the heart of the Anti Atlas Mountains for two nights for a rest day. The area has spectacular rock spires and Berber villages. The following day starts with an unforgettable ride through the Anti Atlas Mountains over a high ridge and plateau to the end of a magnificent canyon. We then

John at Kasbah in Anti Atlas Mountains we caught the ferry to Spain the following day. Over the next three days we had good weather and excellent riding to Santander and disembarked in Plymouth on 24 April. Thanks to John & Brigitte of Wildcat Adventures for the most enjoyable motorcycling trip I’ve had. www.wildcat-adventures.co.uk

John Holtam Membership No. 25338

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SBK DONINGTON Good news, an email announces I have won two tickets to the SBK at Donington. First check diary. Bike Safe Show at Cheltenham on Saturday, Grandson Craig taking CBT on Monday, so OK. Although a Pan 1300 owner, I go by car as carrying Wind protector, seats, cool box, etc. Meet up with Number Two Son (a Triumph Daytona owner up to a month ago) for breakfast at Junction 23a Services and then off to the circuit. Haven’t been to Donington before so after sorting out our bearings we aim for the Infield opposite Starkeys Bridge, so we have a view from Hollywood through to McLeans. Although a good location, we cannot see the Big Screen. So for all the happenings on the rest of the track we rely on the commentary provided by the “Son of Murray Walker”. Round One: The cheers and hollering starts as soon as JT comes into view and it looked like there was going to be a battle royal between him and Bayliss, until Troy comes off. JT goes onto to win, but should slow down a bit more on the Lap of Honour, as the fans want to show their appreciation. Round Two: Started off well with JT taking a very aggressive attitude with Haga, but then gasps and sighs from the crowd announces JT has pulled over. This seems to spur Haga, Corser & Biagga into action and a wonderfully exciting race continues until we hear over the 68

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tannoy that Biaggi is pipped on the line. Then a bit more excitement on the Lap of Honour as smoke from tyre burn outs obscures the track invaders who nearly get wiped out by following riders. So pack up and make our way through the tunnel to the car park and then sit and admire the countryside while waiting in the queues. Highlights: Incredible crowd support for James Toseland. Being told there are urinals behind the Portaloos and not having to wait in a queue. Excellent racing. Lowlights: Troy Bayliss getting injured. Toilet facilities. Exiting the circuit.

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CLASSIC JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE GUIDE Author – Rod Ker I’m not quite sure how this book landed on my desk, but land on my desk it did. On opening the envelope the first thing I noticed was that Haynes were the publisher, and because their products are usually of such a high standard, I decided to delay having a read until I had more time to become engrossed. This is a fascinating guide to Japanese bikes from the 1960’s to the early 1990’s, concentrating on mainstream, affordable models from the “big four”: Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha. Motorcycling journalist and enthusiast Rod Ker provides a brief history of the Jananese motorcycle industry, charting its post-war rise and displacement of traditional British European and American marques. Specific chapters on each of the big four manufacturers give a detailed model history in which the bikes are grouped and discussed in detail. Further chapters cover “sixteener” sports mopeds, the “new era” from 1984 onwards and classics of the future. With more than 200 colour photographs, many taken when the bikes were new, this book is an essential reference for buyers and enthusiasts alike. ………or so says the back cover. On opening the book, it is clear that there is a lot of information, and at least as much text as pictures. Rod Ker has very SUMMER 2007

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obviously conducted a great deal of detailed research and this adds to the authority of his comments. The book is interested in the rationale of each model, what it was designed to achieve and how it was received. Technical specifications are only mentioned to evidence an opinion, and in that way the book nicely avoids falling into the trap of becoming a back catalogue of product brochures from back when. So did I like it? Well, to be honest, I think the fairest assessment is “nice try but no cigar”. Whilst I do not wish to detract from the meticulous research carried out by the author, it remains just his idea of what a classic Japanese motorcycle is. I for one dissagree on more than one occasion, and whilst I am bound to be a little biased, I find it incredulous that in the year we celebrate its 20th anniversary, there is not a single mention anywhere of the CBR600! In addition, I disliked the layout of the book, and whilst the single column is acceptable, left aligned rather than justified just looks messy. The photographs are good, but the white space between them is not always constant and there seems to be no default layout style. It reminds me of a GCSE student using Publisher for their coursework project. Will I continue to read it? Yes. Do I think it is interesting? Yes. Do I think it’s worth £19.99 RRP? I’m afraid not.

Tim Classic Japanese Motorcycle Guide is published by Haynes at RRP: £19.99 in Hardback. ISBN: 978 184425 335 7

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NEW FOREST CLASSIC RIDE 2007 I had planned to hold a classic rideout for Honda machines manufactured up to and including1980on Sunday the 27th May. However, due to the inclement British weather, not a single rider managed to make it to the meeting point, which was quite fortunate, as it poured down all day! As a result, I rescheduled the event for Sunday 10th June and this time it was an almost dry day, with ten machines taking part. Considering the change of date, I breathed a sigh of relief to see them arrive on the day, having travelled from Milton Keynes, Trowbridge and North East London. When you consider that each machine is over twenty seven years old, it is lovelt to see that they are lovingly cared for but still used for the purpose they were made; riding. That is what I call pride of ownership. Three CB750’s have won “best at show” awards, with Dave Jupp, Terry Warder and

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Allan Rutterford all showing better than new machines. Alan Eastes and Graham Gull both showed clean examples so five CB750 SOHC machines out together made a classic event. Tony Hugo on a 1966 CB450 added to the fun, but I think the star of the day had to be Stephen Benson who travelled all the way from Milton Keynes on a CD175 to take part. Now that is what I call motorcycling! Turn the clock back forty two years and the largest motorcycle to be expoted from Japan was the Honda CB77 (305cc). So Honda owners with 125,175,200 & 250 machines all covered the length and breadth of England to take part in events and see race meetings. In am sure they were imagining chasing Mike Hailwood & Jim Redman all the way home. So Stephen, you have proved that it is perfectly possible to enjoy motorcycling on a small machine. The “Classic” New Forest rideout will be held annually and I look forward to seeing everyone again next year, and maybe a few more.

Dave Barton Classic Secretary.

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

CAROLE NASH CAROLE NASH LAUNCHES NEW “MODERN CLASSICS” POLICY Carole Nash has introduced a new motorcycle insurance category – the ‘modern classic – which means owners of bikes that are just ten years old or more can now claim discounts of up to 26 per cent on their premium. Typically, to qualify for lower cost classic insurance brokers demand that bikes must be anything between 15-25 years old. But the move by the UK and Ireland’s biggest motorcycle insurance specialist means that owners of modern classics like the Honda Fireblade can also now slash the cost of their annual cover. For example a 40 year-old riding a 1997 BMW K1200 RS could cut his premium by up to 26% - £62 – by switching from a modern to the new modern classic policy*. But despite costs being cut, cover isn’t. Every modern classic policy includes, as do all Carole Nash motorcycle policies, extensive UK and European breakdown cover, up to £50,000 in legal protection cover and a ‘Green Card’ for travel in the EU. In addition owners can secure “agreed value” cover which is particularly if you have a rare machine whose value can’t be easily established with a quick glance through a bike magazine. This means you can agree a value up front then, if the worst comes to the worst, you’ll know you will receive a settlement that reflects the true rather than notional worth of your bike. Excesses, which are set at £125 are also much lower than most demanded elsewhere and bikers can cut their premium cost further by specifying a limited mileage.

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DUKE VIDEO 100 GREATEST TT MOMENTS “A century of heroes, legends and emotions” If you could choose the greatest moment from the world’s greatest motorcycle race what would it be? There are probably as many answers as there are memorable moments from the Isle of Man TT. For the first time the events that created a legend, as chosen by the fans, are counted down in 100 Greatest TT Moments, new on DVD from Duke. As tens of thousands of road racing fans prepare to descend on the Isle of Man for the TT’s Centenary celebrations, this fascinating countdown charts the highs and lows and the triumphs and tragedies which have shaped this unique racing event. It is all here – the best, the worst, the fastest, the closest, the controversial and numerous ‘firsts’. Vintage and modern racing footage, archive interviews and brand new, exclusive, contributions from many TT icons make this an extraordinary trip through almost 100 years of road racing legend. Joey Dunlop, David Jefferies, Geoff Duke, Steve Hislop and many more feature as incredible high-speed laps, unforgettable clashes and downto-the-wire battles are recalled – and there’s also plenty of sidecar action for three-wheel fans. And it isn’t just racing – keep an eye out for a rally legend putting four wheels around the 37¾ mile lap at more than 100mph, the drama of a trawler sinking and motorcycle acrobatics from some men in purple helmets! The list of people who contribute to 100 Greatest TT Moments reads like a who’s who of TT and motorsport greats – including Carl Fogarty, Giacomo Agostini, Michael Rutter, Mick Grant, Phillip McCallen, Ian Lougher and John McGuinness. 100 Greatest TT Moments gives exclusive insights into the moments that captured the imaginations of generations of TT fans from the men at the heart of the action – hear the story behind the drama from the people who really know! 100 Greatest TT Moments is out now, priced at £16.99 on DVD (90mins), from leading video outlets or direct from Duke Video: Tel: 01624 640000 Fax: 01624 640001 email: mail@dukevideo.com. Web: www.dukevideo.com

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DOUBLE JAB PRODUCTIONS LEGACY - A PERSONAL HISTORY OF BARRY SHEENE Documentary DVD on a Sporting Icon from EMI A hero and inspiration to millions, Barry Sheene has a particularly unique place in the hearts of bike and sports fans the world over. Born in London in 1950, Sheene rose to fame in the 1970s for his sporting prowess, and blessed with good looks and buckets of charisma he became an inspiration to many. Breaking numerous bones and winning countless hearts along the way, he reached the pinnacle of the motor biking world, becoming a celebrity in his own right and endearing himself to the wider public. These achievements together with his personality have left an unrivalled legacy for future sporting generations. Double Jab Productions & EMI Music have produced the definitive documentary of his life and his legacy, which encompasses his childhood, to the heights of his success in the 70s, through to his untimely death in 2003 and looks at what enchanted so many people including the media. Narrated by actor and bike fan Ewan McGregor, LEGACY - A PERSONAL HISTORY OF BARRY SHEENE is a two disc DVD that features unseen footage and extras. Made with the full cooperation of his widow Stephanie Sheene, the DVD features contributions and interviews from family , friends and fellow motorsport legends such as Murray Walker, Sir Henry Cooper, Damon Hill, Valentino Rossi, Carl Fogarty, Mick Doohan and many more. LEGACY - A PERSONAL HISTORY OF BARRY SHEENE will be released in March For more information, contact; Kash Javaid Public Eye Communications Ltd Plaza 535 Kings Road London SW10 OSZ T 0207 351 1555 F 0207 351 1010

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

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DEAUVILLE 650 2005 Red Mint condition very low mileage

£4500 ono VFR-FV 750 March 1997 Green I am the second owner since April 1998. 12700 miles approx. Taxed and MOT New rectifier 2 years ago. Recent new battery Kept in garage Honda tool kit and manual Datatagged Old MOT's Excellent condition. Has been a second bike and really is not being used like it should!

£2000 ono 01489 799946 mark@athome.flyer.co.uk Mark Hampshire

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CB750 F2

Please contact Anne Nicholson on:

1995 N Reg 21,000 miles Same owner last 6 years Regularly serviced Only ridden in dry! Full 3 box luggage (Givi) Engine protection bars Screen Scottoiler (touring kit) Recent battery Tax March 08 MOT Oct 07 Excellent condition Genuine reason for sale

annenicholson@fsmail.net Anne Nicholson Bedfordshire

250 1971

£2100 ono

44,000 miles good condition

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ADS CAN BE POSTED FREE ON THE CLUB WEBSITE AT www.hoc.org.uk/forum.html WANTED

CX500 1978 King & Queen Seat £Waiting FIRESTORM Bright Honda Red 51 plate 13000 miles Clean genuine machine

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