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H.O.G.® Chapter 6655

INSIDE

March 2013

Official Newsletter of the Great Western Chapter

Features 10 - 10th Anniversary Party at Riders 12 - Bike Courses 13 - Blackadder 16 - Rake and Trail 17 - Western Slope

Regulars 2 - Director’s Cut 3 - Between the Covers 3 - Committee Round-up 4 - Secretary’s Update 6 -10th Anniversary Events 7 - From the Front 8 - Cangen Cymraeg 9 - Cockers Bits 14 - Pete & Duncan’s Pump Stop 15 - Ladies of Harley 17 - Member’s Noticeboard 18 - Orchard Trust 19 - At a Glance

“And so it begins….”


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Director’s Cut

By Barry “Bazzzzer” Aggett

Hi All, Not so much to reflect on this time of year, so I’ll waffle on about my bike progress for a bit. Basically the engine is back together with no spare bits on the garage floor, touch wood! and it’s just cosmetic stuff to complete. But it hasn’t been plain sailing. Picture the scene, me and Mrs Too Talls trying to undo the 1 ⅞ inch nut holding on the main rear belt drive sprocket. Queenie pressing down as hard as she can on the rear brake pedal to stop the rear wheel turning and me jumping up and down on the end of a two foot breaker bar (LH thread for the mechanically minded). Suddenly something starts to give - yes it’s coming undone. NO, it’s the ¾” to ½ “ drive adapter yielding and snapping in half! Not a happy bunny and yes I also tried warming the nut and shock loading with a chisel but finally a mate came to my aid with an electric impact wrench. Bingo, off in a flash which just goes to show it’s all about the right tool for the job! Anyway, I’m probably starting to lose some of the readers by now, so back to Chapter stuff. To start with it’s sad news, as I have to inform you that one of our GWC members, Dave Ashbolt, has passed away and also Sam MacDonald’s Mother. Our thoughts are with their families at this difficult time. After 5 years plus on the Committee, as Charity Coordinator, Bill MacDonald has decided to step down. Bill has built up great relations with the Orchard Trust and before that Radio Lollipop and we will miss his smiling face and banter as he winkled loose change out of our pockets! I’m sure you join me in saying a big thank you to Bill for giving up his time to bring joy to others. Thanks a lot Bill. As someone steps down we look for a replacement, so the position is now open to any of our Full and Associate members who would like to pick up the reins. This year will be our last with the Orchard Trust, so the first task for the successor will be to search for a new charity to support in 2014. If you are interested, or want to know more, please let me know. The weather is still not very enticing and, after the success of the 13th January rideout, it’s been down hill as we’ve had to call off the next two, due to poor weather. It’s not something we do lightly, after all the preparations, but we have to put safety first.

Our 10th Anniversary celebration events are gathering momentum. The party at Riders in late January was a huge success; great to see so many people chilling out, listening to the live band, watching the slideshow of past and present members and racking their brains for the quiz. The white wine appeared to be the big hit of the night with Duncan popping out for more supplies. I’m sure there were a few sore heads in the morning and I believe a few were uncertain how they got to bed! The next two events are in April, starting with the Night Ride where currently 17 are signed up and then the IOW where 34 will be let loose with a weekend pass! Just like Wild Hogs, leave the mobile at home! The first draw for a free Hogs in the Hayfields ticket took place at the Ship Inn, with the lucky January winner being Andy Jeary. As they say, you gotta be in it to win it, so get your tickets now. For full details of the 10th Anniversary events please visit the website as this is being frequently updated as events firm up and be careful you don’t miss out as many of these events have a deadline to allow us to make bookings with money from your pockets! The Spring edition of HOG magazine includes a GWC article on our 10th Anniversary celebrations (page 8) so keep an eye open. And finally our RoadHOG mag has received some praise from outside our Chapter so I hope you enjoy another great read. Take care and ride safe. Barry “Bazzzzer” Aggett Director Email: baznjac11@o2.co.uk Home: 01291 620371 Mobile: 07907 351650


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Between the Covers

‘The Early Years’ Anything from the early years of the Chapter.

Hi all and welcome to the March edition of RoadHOG.

‘Back Chat’ I’m looking to put together a compilation of views and comments from the pillions - why you became a The recent bad weath- pillion, what you like and don’t like about being on the back, how you communicate with your rider, etc. er and subsequent cancellation of the last Just email me a paragraph, sentence or even just a witty comment and I’ll do the rest. Again, you can two rideouts has opt to remain anonymous if you want to maintain meant we have no rideout write-ups in this harmony with him/her in front. issue. However don’t If you have any other ideas for an article then check despair, we still have our usual articles from the out the RoadHOG Mag page on our GWC website. th Committee plus coverage of our first 10 AnniverThere you’ll find submission guidelines and a useful sary event, the 10th Anniversary Party at Riders. If template so all you have to do is start typing. you couldn’t attend, or like a number of us found the end of the evening became a bit blurry, then this is a Mark great way to catch up on what you missed. Editor For those of you with a more technical bent there’s Email: macockwell@yahoo.com also an article on rake and trail and, if you don’t Mobile: 07900 496711 know what this is, now’s a good time to find out. It may even help you understand why supermarket trolleys like to go sideways. (Note: Views expressed in the articles are not necessarily Last month I asked for the following for future articles and am still looking for submissions.

the views of the Editor)

Secretary’s Round-up of February’s Committee Meeting Matters arising from our last meeting included: that 4 GWC members are going to attend the Coleford Transport Show, which is a “Go Your Own Way” event, and confirmation that Vicky, the lady who has offered a patch-sewing service at previous rallies, will be at our 2013 Rally.

We were updated on the progress of our remaining events planned to mark the 10th Anniversary of GWC by receiving a written summary from the Planning Group. The latest updates will be published in RoadHOG, on our website, and sent out by MailChimp.

Peter had sent out his Treasurer’s Report for the period December 1st 2012 to January 31st, in advance of our meeting.

We are looking into the best ways of securely backing up Committee documents.

Bazzer gave us an update on the highs and lows of the Director’s meeting which was held in January in Stratford-on-Avon. He came away with the impression that our Chapter is extremely well run. There was a presentation on Eurocamp which may be of interest to some GWC members for 2014. Anita will try to arrange for a presentation to be given at a Club night. We agreed that our Christmas Party should be held again at St Mary’s, Pencoed, and that Bazzer should check on the availability with the staff at St Mary’s. (This was subsequently booked for Saturday December 7th).

Tony James joined us to give the Committee an update on our 2013 Rally. Arrangements are progressing well, and Tony intends asking for volunteers to help at the Rally, with the first meeting being held on March 9th at 9.30 am at Riders. The date of our next GWC Committee meeting is March 9th at 10.30 am at Riders. A full copy of the Minutes is available on request to me.

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Secretary’s Update Well snow, ice, frost, rain, and fog.....where’s the sun been hiding? There’s a carpet of snowdrops and crocus in our garden, so spring must be around the corner! It was good to see so many of you at our February Club nights. Every seat was taken for our meeting at the Ship and, despite the weather making it a bit of a challenge getting to St Mary’s for the Cangen Club night, we had a good showing there too. A total of £130 was raised in our raffles for the Orchard Trust, thank you. Our newest Road Captains, RKK, (Andy Kendall), Jane Scott, and Martin James, were presented with their certificates by Big Al.

By Yvonne Roberts Andy Jeary was the lucky winner of the monthly draw for a free ‘Hogs in The Hayfields’ rally ticket. Anita took the lead on giving an update on our 10th Anniversary events, calling on Tony Yendle to give the details of the Night Ride, Peter Roberts to explain more about the Go East Tour, and me to give an update on the Rhayader Riding Weekend, including details of all the fantastic evening entertainment being planned especially for us there. If you were unable to get to our February Club nights, turn to the 10th Anniversary Update page in this issue of RoadHOG or, for fuller details of all the events, click on the 10th Anniversary title on our website. A plea from me – please let me know if you intend joining us for the Rhayader weekend, as we need to know numbers for the rides and the evening entertainment. We have been overwhelmed at the terrific response from GWC members for all our events so far! At the time of writing this I am anticipating that our 10th Anniversary Commemorative Tee Shirts will be ready for me to hand out at our March Club nights. For those members who are unable to come to our Club nights to collect their t-shirts, details of alternative arrangements, including either collection from Riders, or the cost of p&p, will be sent out on a MailChimp. I would like to add my thanks to Bill, who is stepping down as our Charity Coordinator, for all his efforts in promoting our charities over the last 5 years. I’m sure too that we are all wishing LBD, (Dave Roberts), a speedy recovery from his broken wrist, arm and shoulder which he recently sustained taking a tumble on the ice. I sent him a card and a biker bear from the Chapter to cheer him up! New Merchandise is now available: men’s Regatta thermal balance plus, full-zip micro fleece, at £25. It is the same quality as the popular men’s ¼ zip micro fleece, and is in sizes: S – 3XL, colours: black and dark navy.

Bazzer was presented with the banner which Kevin Coombs and Jennie Hunt brought back from the Euro Festival in St Tropez last year. You’ll see it on display with all our other banners, upstairs at Riders.

For information on all GWC Merchandise, please look at the Merchandise page on our Chapter website, where you will find the details of prices and how to order our range of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and fleeces, which all have our GWC logo embroidered on the front, as well as all of our patches and pins. (Continued on page 5)


Page 5 Welcome to our new members: Steve and Catherine Fletcher from Chepstow, Mike and Julia Snelling from Stroud, Caroline Oswald from Bristol, and Andrew and Sandra Preston from Bristol,

Dee Walker from Bristol,

Karl and Allison Ward from Cwmbran,

and also Alan Evans from Portishead. It’s always good to put a face to a name, so if you see them around please say “hello”, and make them welcome to our Chapter. I am available at Club nights, and you can also contact me by phone on: 01225 751017 or by e-mail: yvonne.s.roberts@gmail.com Ride safe and keep warm,

Yvonne Secretary

Email: yvonne.s.roberts@gmail.com Home: 01225 751017 Martin Potter from Bridgend, For the latest information on our GWC Merchandise, please look at the Merchandise page on our Chapter website, where you will find the details of prices and how to order our range of t-shirts, sweatshirts, and fleeces, which all have our GWC logo embroidered on the front, as well as all of our patches and pins.


Page 6 Event 6 - Rhayader Riding Weekend, July 11th–14th Bazzer will lead a ride to Rhayader on Thursday July 11th, and Nige will lead a ride there on Friday July 12th. There will be a planned ride for both Friday and Saturday, in the spectacular scenery through the Elan Valley, as well as evening entertainment centred round the many pubs in Rhayader. We advise you to book your accommodation a.s.a.p. Details for camping at the Wayside Camp ground and the Rugby Club can be found on our website on our 10th Anniversary page. Please inform Yvonne Roberts if you intend joining us: yvonne.s.roberts@gmail.com as we need to know numbers for planning the rides and the entertainment. The numbers are growing! Event 7 – Treasure Hunt, June 30th This will be a fun event, organized by Jeff Gleed and Julie Quick, riding to venues around Bristol, including lunch at a suitable watering hole. More details to follow. Event 8 – Charity Canoe Trip on the River Wye,and BBQ/ camping at the Orchard Trust, Saturday August 24th Nige is planning this event. The cost of ½ day canoe hire per Our Remaining 9 Events in 2013 person for a 2 person canoe is £15 over a 9 mile stretch of the river. We also plan to run a competition to raise money for the th th Orchard Trust, and end up at the Trust for a BBQ and campEvent 2 – Night Ride, April 19 & 20 Tony Yendle and Andy Kendall have devised a ride of approxi- ing. If you are interested in participating, Nige Garnett needs to know a.s.a.p. nigel.garnett@schneider-electric.com mately 300 miles, covering 10 counties: Glos, Wilts, Oxon, Bucks, Greater London, Surrey, West Sussex, Hants, Dorset, and Somerset, starting in Bristol around 8.30pm on the Friday Event 9 – UK Tour Go East, the Road Less Travelled, September 5th–8th and ending at Riders for breakfast on the Saturday morning. We will be riding approximately 100 - 190 miles per day, on This is a challenging ride, definitely not for the inexperienced country roads, spending the first night in Lincoln, via Melton rider. The date may change, depending on the weather! Mowbray and Grantham. Day 2 will take in the local H-D dealPlease contact Tony Yendle if you are interested a.s.a.p. toership, the Lincolnshire Wolds, a lunch stop at the Petwood nyyendle@aol.com Hotel, WW2 base of the Dambusters, and a visit to the Battle of Britain Flight, spending the night in Skegness. Day 3 we’ll Event 3 – Boys Only Weekend Away, April 12th —14th Starting from Riders, the tour route is through the New Forest head towards Rutland Water, and the Sycamore H-D dealership, spending the night in Market Harborough, before riding to Lymington to catch the I.O.W. ferry to Yarmouth, riding via th Alum Bay and the Needles to stay overnight in Shanklin . Sat- back home. The deadline was February 28 for this event, but any late enquiries contact Peter p.j.roberts@bris.ac.uk urday morning ride on scenic roads to Fishbourne and catch the ferry to Gun Wharf, Portsmouth. Stay overnight and spend the evening at the Comedy Club. Ride home by a scenic route on Sunday. The deadline for booking has closed . Event 4 – 12th Benelux Rally, Silverlake Beach, Mol, Belgium. Flemish Kempen H.O.G. Chapter, 20th Anniversary, June 7th—9th Chris is planning to lead a GWC ride, with Greg sweeping, leaving Bristol on Thursday June 6th crossing to Calais on the Eurotunnel Shuttle, and leaving Silverlakes on Monday morning, June 10th returning on the Eurotunnel Shuttle. You will be most welcome to join him. See our 10th Anniversary page on our Chapter website or contact Chris for full details.

Event 10 – GWC 10th Anniversary Dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Aztec West, October 26th This will be a black tie/smart dress key event. The cost of a ticket for 4 course dinner and disco will be £30 per person, with hotel accommodation at £50 per room for B&B, including use of all the hotel facilities. Afterwards, there is an all-night bar for residents. Rooms can be booked now by calling Lucy Robinson on 01454 893436. The deadline for Anita to receive payment for tickets is June 30th. Ladies Only Weekend Away, November 23rd Jane has arranged for a trip to London on November 23 rd & 24th and booking is now closed .

Event 5 – 10th Anniversary Rally at the Hayfields, June 21st –23rd Bazzer, Anita, Nige Garnett, Dave Norton, Chris, Tony Yendle, This will be held at Cleve Rugby Club, with loads of great enMartin Rich, Peter and Yvonne Roberts, the Planning Group. tertainment, and a special rideout encompassing our bridges. See the special Rally page on our website for a booking form. Tickets - £25 for weekend, £18 for Saturday, now on sale from Tony James, who is also looking for volunteers to help.


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From The Front

By Alan “Big Al” Stokes

Hi Everyone,

see inside. Alternatively you can make your own way back home if you do not fancy stopping over.

Firstly this month I would like to apologise for having to cancel rides in January and February. Unfortunately the weather gods have been against us and, as always, your safety is paramount when deciding on whether to ride or not. Still, as I am writing, the weather seems to have broken with another day of glorious sunshine. Let us hope it continues well into the Spring. Last month also saw Dale Jenkins return to the UK for a break. For those of you who don’t know, Dale was one of my team’s Road Marshals. Work opportunities saw him leave for Boston, Massachusetts and he is currently our most distant member. It was good to spend some time with him and catch up. Still not bought a Harley out there yet but I suspect that won’t be too far away once the call of summer takes hold. Keep in touch mate. Finally I would like to take the opportunity to wish the best of luck to Ian Mead, Greg Payne, Si Griffiths, Mike Sage and Mike (Badger) Brake for their forthcoming Road Captains course in April. All the best guys. By the time you are reading this article, hopefully a number of you were able to get out and enjoy the “Gower Gander”, led by Si Griffiths, with beautiful Spring weather to order. Anyway onto the forthcoming rides: Sunday 24th March – Big Al & Team “Soaring in Somerset” The plan is to meet 09.00 a.m. at MacDonald’s, Brislington (opposite Riders). Please be fuelled up ready to leave at 09.30 a.m. This ride will be led by Mike Sage and will take us on a scenic trip through the Somerset countryside.

Following the break we will take a fairly direct route back to Bristol via A and B roads which will take in Glastonbury and Wells. The ride will finish at the Tesco, Brislington to allow those that need to, an opportunity to fuel up before heading home. This is classed as a Level B ride of circa 105/110 miles on A and B roads. Sunday 14th April 2013 Due to the Road Captains’ course, the previous weekend, which affects the Road Marshals, no Welsh ride is planned for April. For last minute updates please call the “Hotline” on 08444 994508 and please keep a check on the website for changes. Please see below some guidance details of the rides: Level A - Short and easy below 100 miles round trip. Level B - Fine for average riders but may be a bit longer. Level C - Can include some complex sections but mainly a longer duration.

The ride will head out towards Chew Magna and the lake. From here we will cross country through Burrington Combe and Priddy. The route will then take Until the next time, have fun and ride hard. us past the Gliding Club which affords great views across Somerset from its high vantage point. From there we travel towards Wedmore, Podimore and Alan “Big Al” Stokes end up at our lunch time location of Yeovilton. Assistant Director & Head Road Captain The plan will be to stop here for 2 hours to allow individuals to visit the Air Museum if they wish. The car parking is free and there is the Swordfish Restaurant and picnic area to eat if you do not wish to


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Cangen Cymraeg Well it’s RoadHOG time and an occasion to enlighten any person, who cares to read this article, about Cangen Cymraeg. Don’t be put off by the non-inclusion of any juicy gossip, that’s for bar talk at the St Mary’s Golf Club; this is an article for serious folk. It must be said, though, there is not a lot of subject matter for inclusion, mainly because of the diabolical weather (mind you it is still winter).

By Greg Payne unteers will be needed to man various aspects of the Rally so lets not be shy, when the call comes and it will, take one step forward and say bollocksno no say yes I will help, you know it makes sense lubberly jubberly. On another note, this year’s Xmas Party will be held on 7th December 2013 at St Marys. Some of us have reserved a room, CC details required but no payment is necessary as yet.

Some of us were enquiring about the non attendance at meetings of Lank (Richard). It seems his Dyna tried to mate with a cars exhaust causing lots of damage, which Riders are trying to sort out. Lank was not injured except his pride; the cause being I was due to lead a ride out on February 10th so, diesel spillage. Lank - it is permissible to attend in a with that in mind, myself and Ian Johnson did a final car (some of us do). recce on the preceding Wednesday and it was a Enough of me, hope to see you on the next rideout perfect riding day. We spent a couple of hours in the which can’t come soon enough. saddle with my innermost thoughts saying “Greg not a bad ride should keep most people happy, apart for P.S. Word on the street, could be a green CVO for sale. a certain lady who likes to visit handbag shops”. However he upstairs had other ideas and, listening P.P.S. Nobody has moaned to me over the past 2 to the forecast for Sunday which was heavy rain and months. I can only think that the GWC Committee the possibility of snow, myself and Bazzer decided are doing things right. to cancel. On the ride out day I drove to the starting point and was relieved to see that no one had Greg turned up. The communications had worked and the Cangen Cymraeg Rep. forecast was correct, visibility on the M4 was very poor. The following Wednesday our meeting at St Marys was well attended despite the bad weather. Bazzer, as ever, was his eloquent self and was ably assisted by several Cangen members to generally make the proceedings flow along in good humour. A runthrough of the 10th Anniversary events took place with nearly all having been advertised by the Mail Chimp system, so please regularly check emails and the GWC website. The meeting was informed of the resignation of Bill MacDonald our Charity Coordinator. I have known Bill for several years and know how much work in his own time he spends in this capacity. Bill’s expertise will be sorely missed and he’ll be a hard act to follow. I would like to say thanks Bill, on behalf of Cangen Cymraeg, for your endeavours. Having attended a GWC Committee meeting it seems our Hayfields Rally is on track, with Tony James Rally Coordinator on top of everything. Vol-

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Cockers Bits Well 2013 is well and truly here and we’ve already held our first 10th Anniversary event. Hopefully you all had a great time and enjoyed yourselves? For anyone out there who forgot or couldn’t get there, you missed a very good evening, so make sure you check out the What’s On calendar in the mag (or website) for our next up and coming events. There is something for everyone’s tastes and pockets! But, if you couldn’t make it (or did and can’t remember) then hopefully, this write up will fill you in! Before I go any further I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Martin Rich and his team at Riders for working so long and hard to give us a splendid evening of food, drink, memories and merriment! Oh, and I forgot the late night shopping! Yes I saw you, you know who you are, surreptiously giving the bikes the once over whilst wives and partners seized the opportunity of checking out the H-D clothing bargains. Well you have to, don’t you. The evening started at 7.00pm when Riders showroom and café area were opened with a real party atmosphere about it. Streamers and balloons festooned the large round tables where later we would all sit and try our hand at winning the HOG/GWC quiz. Thankfully, this was just for fun and no prize for highest score; probably best, as self-marking your own answers is always open to some ‘leniency’ or post interpretation of answers after a few bevvies. So, whichever table/team won (sorry at that time I was thinking about whether I should have another plate of food or some profiteroles)....Well Done! There was a fantastic buffet spread (see the photos over the page) which was heavily guarded until such time as the marauding guests couldn’t be contained any longer. Martin make a note for next time – a bigger barricade is needed! However, you couldn’t fault the generosity of Riders when it came to the drinks, as many of us will own up to sampling, time and time again…. There was even an opportunity for an impromptu Gurzels meeting (can’t tell you anything about this

By Anita Cockwell as it’s secret and I’d have to kill you). I must give thanks and praise to Helen at Riders for her fantastic work putting together and printing a variety of montages of GWC members placed on each table. All you could hear was “who’s that” or “Blimey that’s so and so, I haven’t seen them in ages” and other assorted comments, but a great source of entertainment throughout the evening. The evening couldn’t go without a short speech from Martin, after which he then handed over to Bazz for another short speech. Thanks guys for keeping it short!!. On the following pages there’s a photo of Bazz doing his speech on a stool. Does anyone else think he looks like Val Doonican or perhaps Ken Dodd, as shown in another photo where he’s projected on the large screen? Live music was also provided by a duo of guys on guitar and um guitar but they were very, very good. I hope they realised that we did appreciate them as, with all these types of event, so many of us were catching up with people we hadn’t seen for ages that we may have forgotten to clap in appreciation but, if its not too late, thanks guys!! Lastly, but not least……… there was a photo slide show projected onto a large screen. Like kids we all shouted if a photo of ourselves was shown for a time/place/event we had forgotten or when, sadly, a photo of someone who was no longer with us appeared, but such a brilliant idea and one that evoked strong memories in all. The one thing I regret about the evening and one I know many share with me is that there wasn’t enough time to get round and speak to all the people we hadn’t seen or spoken to in ages. However there’s only one thing to rectify this and that’s to attend the next GWC 10th Anniversary event!!

“Mrs Cockers” Activities Officer

Email: accockwell@yahoo.com Mobile: 07702 073361


"Fab night xx" "Great night, big thanks to Riders and the team"

10th Anniversary Party at Riders

Neil

“… a bigger barricade is needed!”

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Kay


10th Anniversary Party at Riders

"Great to catch up with everyone that made it, thanks to the Chapter and shop staff for a superb night" Darren

“… does anyone else think he looks like Val Doonican?”

“… or maybe Ken Dodd?

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Bike Courses

By Andy Kendall There are two organisations in the local area that offer courses to motorcyclists who wish to improve their riding skills. These courses will benefit both new riders and riders who took their bike test in the dark distant past and now wish to brush up on their riding techniques.

BikeSafe & Ride to Arrive BikeSafe is a policeled motorcycle project that is run by most forces throughout the UK. The main aim is to reduce the number of bikers being hurt on the roads. They think that riding should be fun and, by improving skills, knowledge and hazard awareness it will hopefully make riding safer and more enjoyable. Avon and Somerset BikeSafe run two types of course. A one-day course and a weekend residential course. The BikeSafe Workshop explores the main issues facing today's bikers. It also explores the principles of advanced riding through an on-road element. A BikeSafe observer will give assessment and feedback which will highlight areas where the rider needs to develop (cost £25). Ride to Arrive is an Avon & Somerset Constabulary initiative providing a whole weekend’s input, aimed at rider safety and casualty reduction (cost £140).

Bristol Advanced Motorcyclists This organisation offers a one-day assessment course called a Super Sunday, held on the first Sunday of each month at the Kingsfield School, Brook Road, (off Tenniscourt Road), Kingswood, Bristol BS15 4JT. This course is free, no need to book, just arrive at the school for 09.00hrs. The course is run from 09.00hrs to 12.30hrs. During this time you will receive instruction from a BAMO instructor and go out on a one-to-one assessment ride. After the ride you will be given a review of your riding skills and a written feedback report. As I have said, this course is free (well nearly, all you pay is a small fee to cover the instructor’s petrol cost). At the conclusion of the day you will be given the opportunity to sign up for a Skill for Life Course that covers improved bike handling skills, hazard recognition and avoidance, open Country and City/Town Riding. This course will not be free but at a reasonable cost. There is no obligation to sign up for this course but I understand if you enjoyed your free assessment day you will definitely go on to book the Skill for Life Course. If you wish to find out more about who they are and what they do, go to their website: www.bamo.org.uk If you would like to meet members of BAM and find out more, they hold monthly club nights at Coalpit Heath Village Hall from 07.30pm on the second Wednesday of every month. Ride safe and ride to arrive.

Available dates 2013 10/05/2013 - Ride to Arrive, HQ Portishead 26/05/2013 - BikeSafe Workshop, Radstock 09/06/2013 - BikeSafe Workshop, Bristol 14/07/2013 - BikeSafe Workshop, Yeovil 18/08/2013 - BikeSafe Workshop, Frome 13/09/2013 - Ride to Arrive, HQ Portishead 29/09/2013 - BikeSafe Workshop, Bath 13/10/2013 - BikeSafe Workshop, Yate More information and booking details are available on the BikeSafe website: http://www.bikesafe.co.uk/ Police-Forces/Avon-and-Somerset.aspx

Andy Safety Officer

Email: andy.kendall@virgin.net Mobile: 07905 397474


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‘Blackadder’

By Steve ‘Sparky’ Proud for the rear fender extension. Since the original photograph, I have sprayed the lower fork yoke and sliders black, replaced the springs with progressive suspension and added S.E. Fork oil. 80% of the work has been carried out by myself, but credit must go to Zane of Zannetec Motorsports for the stainless steel welding and my neighbour Al for some welding and spraying of tinwork.

Footnote: Why ‘Blackadder’? Simple I only add black. What next? Perhaps install the S.E. 110” unit fitted with S.E. fuel injection and possibly electronic de-compression or, perhaps I should be This is ‘Blackadder’ a 2005 Streetbob, an exnailing my “sporty” back together, then there is the demonstrator purchased from Riders of Bristol in spring 2006 (early spec without the exhaust sensors workshop extension to finish as well as the hall and and management system). The engine is still stock kitchen, finish the cupboard to cover the new water main and fix the outside lighting, complete installing with a few subtle modifications: it has been fitted with a Kytech fuel injection module, Screaming Ea- the burglar alarm system etc, etc, etc. When will I get time to ride? (forgot to mention work or going gle high flow intake, and one-off 2 into 1 stainless fishing). steel exhaust headers wrapped in black high temperature bandage exiting via a 15” tailgunner exhaust silencer! A lower heat shield was made from perforated stainless steel made from a 2nd hand dishwasher strainer basket. The spec back to front - The rear fender has a 2” extension with a smoked LED tail-light and a mini rack and a tool roll has been added. I removed the chrome seat rail covers and fitted sideplates with an s/s sissybar made from the handle of the aforementioned dishwasher. I added Hagon shock absorbers, leather badlander seat, de- badged the tank, sprayed the battery trim black, hand made highway brackets and second-hand footpegs, XR750 flat tracker bars, nostalgia grips with handle bar mirrors with integral running lights and indicators. Indicator lenses have been replaced with smoked items, 6” headlamp, QD windshield, Typhoon matt black wheels, matching floating rotor disc and performance machine 4 pot caliper, with braided brake lines front and rear. The front fender was recovered from a skip after a neighbour cleared his garage (possibly from an old British bike). The support stays were removed then it was cut down through the centre and a 1” strip from a MG sill welded in to widen it to fit, also used

Scene of the crime & grime

‘Sparky’


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Pete & Duncan’s Pump Stop head: there was I tinkering around outside with the Superlow, newly out of hibernation - checking the tyre pressures and oil, giving it a quick polish, and fitting a new quick-release smoked screen. That’s one of those riding arguments - screen or no screen. The logic for buying this was simply to stay a bit warmer; it’s no fun freezing up wearing an open-face helmet. I do have a full-face one in the cupboard - I hate it; just like wearing a semi blacked-out goldfish bowl!

The severe withdrawal symptoms from not riding the desert highways of USA until our next trip in July (joining up with our Western Slope friends in Grand Junction and heading off via the Grand Teton, Yellowstone, over the amazing Bear Tooth Pass to the Little Bighorn Battlefield, and onwards to Sturgis and the Badlands) are slowly receding. This could be because

Anyway, I was all ready to get out on the road, when there was the sound of footfalls on our dead-end lane, followed by the appearance of a smartly be-suited couple, with that “air-brushed” appearance, carrying attaché cases. ‘Hiya, how ya doing? We’ve come to meet everyone on the Lane and share with you some of the words of Jesus Christ. We are over here with the Church of JC and Latter Day Saints’. the sun has occasionally been shining and the skies appearing blue, both of which lift the spirits. However, as I’m writing this, it’s still late February, definitely Winter and not Spring, despite the Spring flowers in the garden and new lambs in the adjacent field. So, best not to get too carried away though, and stay wrapped up in multi-layered thermals on the bikes, unless you have one of those wired-in outfits and heated boots (a bit like wearing an electric blanket, I guess). RKK was telling me the wiring to one of his boots had snapped, thus providing heating in mono- rather than stereo. I, (and I mean I, not we, as Yvonne + Glide + cold don’t equate) firmly believe in multi-laying, and stripping off as need be. A lesson learned from years of scrambling up in the mountains amongst snow and icy winds. My one real luxury on both bikes is heated hand grips. Actually, not really a luxury as anyone in the Chapter, who suffers from Raynaud’s phenomenon, will tell you. Not too great if you can feel neither the clutch nor handbrake with white fingers! Last weekend, another aspect of the USA reared its

Now, if I had nothing better to do I would, as a cardcarrying atheist scientist, have entered into a discussion. However, my repast on Saturday was ‘Sorry, not interested, I’m off riding’. Undeterred, the guy was now looking intently at my bikes ‘Cool – Harleys, and so clean. I guess you just ride them in nice dry weather’. Unintentional, maybe, but the implication of being a fair -weather rider (like being a Sunday Driver) made me bristle. ‘Sorry, you can see I’m getting ready now, to ride in the fog and wet, to meet up with some of our Club. ‘Oh, you belong to an MC?’ – I could see where this was leading, so I pre-empted any further comments by saying that we are all members of the Great Western Chapter, which was part of H.O.G®. End of story, almost, but that little encounter did get me thinking about our Chapter and H.O.G Why did that get me thinking? Well one my roles and responsibilities as an Assistant Director is as follows: (Continued on page 15)


Page 15 ‘The Assistant Director shall also be responsible for promoting membership, membership orientation, membership retention, and keeping the Chapter members informed of H.O.G® programs’. Yvonne and I often get asked about membership of H.O.G® and hear comments such as ‘all you get for a hefty membership fee to H.O.G® is a quarterly magazine’. Sadly, the greatest rate of attrition of our Chapter members comes from those who joined after receiving their 1-year free H.O.G® membership, when they bought their Harley, and then fail to renew. And now, “Tip of the Month” Now that the season is up and running and you’re out riding, let’s think about tyres. Firstly, your bike may have been sat for some time over winter with the wheels not turning or checking the tyre pressures and you may be planning your first long trip away. So, here are some simple checks to avoid expensive repairs or a ticket from the local authorities. 1. Tyre pressures should be checked at least once a week and, if you’re going on a long trip, a day or two

before setting off, taking account of any rider pillion and luggage you’re taking. This will not only avoid any uneven tyre wear which, once started, will carry on wearing in the same way and reduce the life of the tyre and also decrease fuel economy. 2. If you have access to a bike lift check both tyres for any cuts or nails that may cause the tyre to go down at a later stage. Nails do not always deflate a tyre straight away. If you don’t have a lift, walk the bike along with somebody watching the tyre as it turns. 3. When going on a long trip try to work out the distance you will be doing and check the tyre tread depth. As an example, if you are doing 1000 miles and your tyre is on 3mm you will probably be illegal by the end of the trip or maybe sooner if you are carrying luggage and pillion. The best advice is to know the mileage you are going to be doing and get the tyres checked. Our advice and putting your mind at rest is free. Here’s to a long dry and hot season. Safe riding. Peter & Duncan@riders

Ladies of Harley

By Jane Scott Hello Ladies,

What’s to report on this month? Of course we started our 10th Year Anniversary with the party at Riders. Firstly, let’s say a big thank you to all the staff that made this event possible, I do believe a good time was had by all. Alas, I have no photos but I’m sure Tony would have been busy with his camera. I was told by Duncan, on the Saturday morning, that us Ladies drank them dry and they had to go and buy more stock. I’m not sure how true this is, but it was a celebration and boy did we celebrate lol . nd

Our 2 Gurzels meeting went well, and we will have already started our rehearsals, (thanks to Les Horsman for letting us use Long Fox Manor) I’m sure Arleen will have us fit and ready for the rally…. Well that’s the plan anyway. It’s great to see that we have several new lady members that ride their own bikes. We have all been new members and I’m sure can remember what it feels like to join the Chapter. We all get on well, so just join in the fun; do as little, or as much, as you want.

hope you found time to read through Andy Kendall’s riding tips - what an excellent article. Our Ladies of Harley Anniversary overnight theatre trip to London is all planned. We have a total of 29 Ladies for this event and it’s going to be a great weekend. If I haven’t done so already, I will be sending you all a copy of who you will be sharing with. Obviously some ladies had already made their own arrangements. I had a call from Jackie/Queenie wanting to know if I would be interested in doing the charity canoe trip down the River Wye with her. Well I must be mad because I said yes as long as she saves me if we capsize (OMG). I can’t believe I’ve signed up for this I didn’t even have a drink, so ladies we need your support for this event. Of course there are plenty of events to look forward to this year, and whatever you plan to do it will be great to see you. If you are planning on buying a rally ticket you will have a chance to win back the cost of the ticket in our monthly draw where one name is pulled out and your money is refunded - it’s worth buying early. That’s all to report on this month. I know LBD is not a LOH but I would like to wish him well and a speedy recovery. Were you practicing you’re dance moves Dave? Take Care All.

I’ve just had my saddle re-covered on my bike, sadly the “touch of pink” did not survive, so its back to black. Jane x Also, I’ve just taxed my bike and am waiting for the Ladies of Harley insurance renewal to come through the letter box. Let’s hope we will get a few more riding days in this year. I


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About Bikes - Rake and Trail

By Mark Cockwell

This article should be of interest to those who There is much you can read elsewhere on the impicked up a ‘Slide Glide’ patch on the recent Califor- pact that trail has on a moving motorcycle; however, nia ‘Dominoes Tour’. I’m going to look at how trail affects the stationary motorcycle. If you examine the specification of your Harley you’ll notice a measurement given for the rake of your When moving, the contact patch of the front tyre steering head specified as an angle in degrees. trails behind the pivot axis and it is this that provides the straight-line stability. However, when a bike is I suspect a reasonable percentage of motorcyclists stationary the contact patch will try and rotate about understand that the degree of rake has an impact the pivot axis until it is in its most stable position. on the stability and manoeuvrability of a motorcycle. What’s he on about I hear you say? Typically that a cruiser, with a greater angle of rake, would be more stable at higher speeds but be less When stationary on a sloping surface the point of manoeuvrable; while a sports bike, with a lesser contact will always tend to try and rotate about the angle of rake, would exhibit the opposite character- pivot axis, due to the weight of the bike trying to istics. push downhill, until it is above the pivot axis. Rake however is not the whole story. What determines this stability to manoeuvrability trade-off is the measurement of a bike’s ‘trail’. If you examine Figure 1 you can see that a bike’s trail is defined by the horizontal distance between its pivot axis (PA), where the projected rake meets the ground, and the centre of its front tyre’s contact patch (CP).

The key point to remember here is to hold the handlebars firmly when facing either across a slope or up a slope as they will try and turn downhill with a force equivalent to the steepness of the incline. Mark “Mr Cockers” Cockwell If you’re still having trouble visualise the above then consider the humble supermarket trolley which although it has a different physical geometry still has a pivot axis, contact point and trail (see Figure 2). Consider the behaviour of its wheels when on a slope.

Figure 1

Typically cruisers have a larger trail than a sports bike and it is this that provides their greater straightFigure 2 line stability at the expense of manoeuvrability.


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2013 News from Western Slope, our Twinned H.O.GŽ Chapter in Grand Junction, Colorado, USA. April - There is a day ride to Dead Horse Point in Canyonlands on the 13th. Our Annual Weenie Roast Ride is on the 21st. We ride over Dallas Divide and roast hot dogs along the San Miguel River. Then, on the 27th, we have a "Tour the valley" ride where we ride around our valley here stopping at interesting spots. Also coming up ....we have The Colorado State Rally in Greeley Colorado June 13th through the 15th. There is a 5 in 1 Ride leaving Colorado February - Our Annual Frozen Bun Run to Green Springs and ending in Glenwood Springs on July River Utah for a Burger and Fixin's was on Sunday 20th. You ride over 5 Passes in one day of beautiful 17th, and the weather was rather favourable, high Colorado Mountain Riding. Gordon Weaver is head30's (F) on the way there and high 40's into low 50's ing this one up for our Chapter. coming back. We have our "UK GWC Invasion" at the end of July March - We have a Progressive Ride on the 3rd and then up to Sturgis! Later we have a Fall Color where we ride to one host’s home for a plate of food Ride towards the end of September, a scavenger and some beverages. Then it's off to another host's hunt, Halloween Party, Bell Ringing after Thanksgivhome for another round etc. ing and then our Annual Toy Run in December. This th year is the 34th running! In 2012 we had more than On the 17 we ride south to Ouray for lunch and a 750 motorcycles participate. dip in their Hot Springs Pool. The weekend of the 23rd we have an Over-Nighter to Mexican Hat, Utah. This is just north of the Famous "Monument Valley" where so many Western Movies were filmed.

Western Slope HOG Activities Officers, Jo & Neil

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Orchard Trust

By Kathryn

Hi Everyone, The first signs of Spring are showing here now - bulbs are coming up in the Sensory Garden and our first ewe is due to lamb around 16th March. Eight of our Southdown ewes should lamb this year and we'll be setting up a ‘Lambing Live’ webcam again so people can tune in and watch the live action from the Sheep Shed! You can view the camera feed by going to the Smallholding website at www.orchardtrustsmallholding.co.uk and choosing the decor. clicking the 'Farm Cam' tab. The camera will be on between 3.45pm and 9.00am and the website also has Truly Scrumptious Cafe at The Learning Centre has the latest news and photos from the Smallholding too. started a new enterprise, to deliver fresh sandwiches and muffins to their customers. They're launching the Tenants from Kimberley Drive project on Friday 22 February, when there’ll be a range and Morelands of delicious sandwiches on the menu plus a choice of freshly baked chocolate or toffee muffins. They’re hophave been ing to make the project mobile in the coming busy, as usual, weeks and use their minibus to deliver sandwiches to this past month. businesses at Vantage Point Business Park in MitchelBusiness at dean. their Chit Chat Cafe in Lydney, Service Users from Sevenoaks also had a good time when they attended the Valentine’s evening at Triangle is building up Club and they enjoyed pancakes on Shrove Tuesday. and they’ve had Two members of staff from Sevenoaks, Kim and Char, a successful month, with more customers each week. are going out in all winds and weathers training for the Some people went to the Valentine’s evening at Trian- 10K Forest Trail Run taking place on 12th May to raise gle Club in Lydney, which enables adults with learning funds for Sevenoaks (some of you will know exactly disabilities to take part in a range of social events such how that feels!) as discos, games/bingo, BBQ'S, bowling and trips out We’re just setting up a Service User Group, with the and meet with their friends from across the area. Seraim of enabling Service Users to become more invice Users from all Orchard Trust homes go to the volved, by having an input to the way things are done Club, which now has a membership of over 150 peoin The Trust and generally knowing what’s going and ple. Kimberley Drive residents also enjoyed making having an input into other groups that meet within the and eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday! organisation. The group has held its first monthly meeting and will be voting at the next one to form a board of At Hilltop, there 7-8 members, which will also include an independent are signs of external person too. Spring coming, with the flowers Well, we’re looking forward to seeing GWC members now peeping again later this year. We’ve put the dates for your 10th through. All serAnniversary Hogs in the Hayfields in our diary here. vice users, with We’re about to start planning for our Summer Fayre, the help of their which will be on Sunday 29th July – so hope that many key workers, are of you will be able to join us again this year. We’re now in the proalso just spreading the word about the Canoe Paddle cess of planning on 24th August and already have some people who their summer have said they’d like to join in! holidays and trips out, so plenty to look forward to. They’re all glad that the snow has gone, although they With very best wishes to you all from everyone at The did have fun making snowmen, having snowball fights Orchard Trust. and seeing everyone wear their fashion wellies! Kathryn They’re now in the midst of having their dining room decorated and the residents have been involved in

The Orchard Trust


At a Glance - 2013 GWC Activities Calendar Contact Anita Cockwell if you have any other events you would like to see listed. Tel: 01761 471385 or mobile: 07702 073361 or e-mail: accockwell@yahoo.com For further details on any event listed visit “What’s On” on the GWC website. Date

Chapter Events

Organiser

Details

March 12th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

The Ship Inn, Alveston

13th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

24th

Ride Out

Mike Sage

Soaring in Somerset

26th

Natter Night

Bazz Aggett

Ferry Inn, Beachley

9th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury

10th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

April

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Committee Contacts Sponsoring Dealer Duncan White 0117 9588777 Director Barry Aggett 07907 351650 Asst Director/Treasurer Peter Roberts 07540 164157 Asst Director/ Head Road Captain Alan Stokes 07766 237242 Secretary Yvonne Roberts 01225 751017 Webmaster Chris Harding 07801 562011 Activities Officer Anita Cockwell 01761 471385

12 – 14th

10 Anniversary

Nige Garnett

Gentlemen’s Club IOW Weekend

14th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

19th /20th

10th Anniversary

Tony Yendle

10 Counties Night Ride

23rd

Natter Night

Bazz Aggett

Ferry Inn, Beachley

28th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

8th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

12th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

14th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury

19th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

7/8/9th/10th

10th Anniversary

Chris Harding

12th Benelux Rally, Belgium

11th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury

Road Captains

12th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

Barry Aggett, Paul Bromhead, Nigel Garnett, Paul Groom, Chris Harding, Martin James, Ian Johnson, Andy Kendall, Andy Kendall, (RKK), Dave Pocock, Stephanie Pocock, Dave Roberts, Darren Sharp, Jane & Stuart Scott, Alan Stokes, Tony Yendle.

May

June

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21/22/23rd

10 Anniversary

Tony James

Hogs in the Hayfields Rally

22nd

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

The 4 Bridges Rally Ride

30th

10th Anniversary

Jeff & Julie

Treasure Hunt

9th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury

10th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

July

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11/12/13/14th

10 Anniversary

Yvonne Roberts

Rhayader Riding Weekend

21st

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

28th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

11th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

13th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury

14th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

18th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

10 Anniversary

Nige Garnett

Canoe Race/BBQ @ Orchard Trust

5/6/7/8th

10th Anniversary

Peter Roberts

Go East Tour

8th

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

10th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

Cross Hands Hotel, Old Sodbury

11th

Club Night

Bazz Aggett

St Mary’s Hotel, Pencoed

Ride Out

‘Big Al’ Stokes

TBA

August

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September

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Safety Officer Andy Kendall 07905 397474 Editor Mark Cockwell 07900 496711 Photographer/Historian Tony Yendle 07787 551612 Ladies of Harley Jane Scott 07894 086626 Charity Co-ordinator vacant Cangen Cymraeg Rep Greg Payne 07976 410016 Rally Co-ordinator Tony James 07940 895921

Road Marshals Mike Brake, Tony Cole, Steve Crook, Simon Griffiths, Ian Mead, Greg Payne, Mike Sage.

All details on GWC web site www.greatwesternhog.co.uk

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