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Chelmsford & District Advanced Motorcyclists Registered Charity No. 1111635 Registered Charity No. 1111635 • Affiliated to Affiliated to

Group No: 7251 Group No: 7251

February/March 2013

Chairman’s Lip Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads! Saxon Micolights

Lights, Camera Action

On the road with Herts Traffic Management Systems

The Harlow Classic Car & Bike Show

Information on a new event.

Bonnie Reborn

Triumph T120v Bonneville Rebuild

Glamour Models

News on the latest stunning models

From the Forum

Sample of current chat

Communication Breakdown?

Getting Chatty with It

What’s On?

The CADAM Committee Chairman Jonathan Harman

Membership Secretary Dean Scrivener

O2W Editor Mark Anstey

Vice Chairman Craig Anson

Chief Observers Ty Boughen & Dennis Kitterridge

Committee Member Phil Draper

Treasurer Stephen Falls Group Secretary Travis Martinson

Recruitment Promotion Officer Training Co-Ordinator Doug Prasser

Committee Member Steve Green Webmaster Craig Anson

OUR AIMS Chelmsford and District Advanced Motorcyclists (CADAM) is one of many groups across the country whose aim is to improve motorcycling road safety by helping people prepare for, and pass, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) Advanced Motorcycling Test. Our group is affiliated to, but not subservient to, the IAM. However, because we share the same aims, we often seem to speak with one voice. CADAM is run by volunteers and serves the districts of Essex in and around Chelmsford. As well as helping people to pass the Advanced Test, we run the group as a club, so that once you have passed, you will still want to stay on and take part in our other activities. We provide: Structured instruction to prepare for the IAM Advanced Motorcycling Test.You can choose a course that runs on Saturdays or one that runs on Sundays. These courses are designed to take even relatively inexperienced riders and raise their riding to IAM test standards.

When on a club run, be it an evening or a weekend event, speed limits must be observed. We have no exemption and advanced riding does not need to involve higher speeds. When approaching hazards appropriate care must be taken. On clubs runs you are running as CADAM and under the IAM banner.

Machine control days to increase your machine handling skills. These sessions are held off the public road, so we can explore your capabilities and those of your machine in safety. Social runs over challenging routes (no motor-ways, thanks!) to interesting places. Weekends away to ride some new roads, normally out of Essex. Monthly group meetings, often with a talk from a speaker on an interesting topic to do with motorcycling. On 2 Wheels – This newsletter, keeping you up to date with what’s happening. Want to know more? Call our general enquiries number 07790 656 687 – or just turn up at a meeting and introduce yourself to a committee member! Future Events – listings and directions can be found on the back cover.

Do not bring this into disrepute. Also the Marker system will be used. Anyone not familiar with this system please speak to one of the run organisers who will run through this for you. Thanks and safe riding. Jonathan Harman, Chairman, CADAM

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Chairman’s Lip… A quick mirror check and the grainy silhouette of another year spent becomes more shaded with every passing broken white centre line. The reflection in the clocks are not speed and revs, but thoughts tainted with regret as to all things on two wheels we may have failed to achieve or aspire to, in the year just gone.


not! Whilst another year may have passed, the best motorcycling moments of your life are just a twist of the wrist away - as we will soon witness the birth of the new motorcycling dawn of 2013.

Tiffany Coates visits on February’s Group Night

So in the meantime, turn the key and prod the button to the latest edition of your O2W!! In typical Cadam fashion, a very warm welcome to our newest members who have taken up the challenge: Philip Cross, James Keteleers and Richard England - welcome to the world of Cadam and I wish you may happy miles with us. By joining the ranks of Cadam you have already identified that it is enthusiasm for motorcycling and not age, sex or choice of machine; that ultimately unites riders who develop their skills to the level required to pass the Advanced Motorcycle Test. So please make best use of the opportunities to ride with your Observers - and good luck. The past month has been a

testing time of our website and nerve. We need to express gratitude to Craig Anson, Phil Draper and Dave McLean for rescuing our website from the cusp. Thank guys! I have not really had my ear to the wall of the motorcycle manufacturers these last months. However I note that the test reports on the Triumph 675R glow as brightly as its Brembo Monoblock callipers on a track day. Hinckley have also been busy with the 1050 Tiger. A mid life make over provides 10 extra ponies, new bodywork, exhaust and swing arm. Apparently it does not drink so much either. The Rocket 3 Roadster and Touring have also had a hand from the make up department. The Augusta Brutale 800 may not be that practical (buy a used STX1300 and save a wad!) but for chilling out on a summers day... (er, I wonder, does anyone remember those?) Something that did catch my gaze is Honda’s take


on a modern air cooled classic. Honda launched their CB1100 on home turf 3 years ago, but has taken this long to arrive on our shores (have heard of a slow boat to China. Did they row the boat to England??) It looks a beautiful recreation of their iconic air cooled in line fours of the seventies and eighties, but at £9,000 I would need a little more convincing – and then some. I did note that KTM have added a 390cc Duke to their range of bikes. It should just about offer a full motorcycle and proper biking experience with big bike looks and equipment – for under £5000. Did I mention that for considerably more you could be astride the 690 Duke R? Well I have now and it comes with Akrapovic and WP bling. The 1290 Super Duke R has now been ridden for the first time in prototype form – and it looks quite promising. This could be one for those that prefer ‘green’ and not ‘black’ beneath their rubber. Honda is to offer an off road school along similar tracks to

that offered by BMW. Their chosen party piece also being in Wales. CRF 250’s and 400’s are your weapons of choice, so maybe more appealing than the German artillery pieces? No prices yet. On the subject of German artillery, the last week of January in South Africa bore witness to the launch of what is probably BMW’s most important bike ever – the new GS. Tragically, said launch was marred by the death of Kevin Ash. Kevin Ash 53, was a world renowned motorcycling journalist and had written regular features for many publications from MCN to the Daily Telegraph and was riding one of the new bikes at the time. The lid is still tightly shut on what exactly happened, obviously pending the findings of the investigation by both the locals and BMW Motorrad. As such I feel it appropriate to bow ones head – and not blow the GS’s trumpet. (You can do that by browsing the bike press between now and the UK launch). The 19th day of this year saw the introduction of the new driving licence regs and at the same


Minimum Test Vehicle Description

Min age

AM (Moped)

A two-wheeled machine of 50 cubic centimetres (cc) capacity or 16 years less; and have a top design speed of no more than 28 mph (45km/h)

A1 (Small Motorcycle)

A two-wheeled machine and at least 120cc and no more than 125cc capacity; have an engine power output no more than 11 kilowatts (kW) - 14.6 brake horse power (bhp); and be capable of at least 55 mph (90 km/h)

17 years

A2 (Medium Motorcycle)

A two-wheeled machine of at least 395cc; have an engine power output of at least 25kW (33 bhp) and not exceeding 35kW (46.6 bhp); and have a power to weight ratio not exceeding 0.2kW per kilogram. * If the engine power output of the motorcycle has been restricted to fit sub- category A2, the power output of the machine before restriction cannot be more than double that obtained after restriction

19 years

A (Large Motorcycle)

A two-wheeled machine of at least 595cc; and have an engine power output of at least 40kW (53.6 bhp)

24 years (21 yrs via progressive access)

time DVLA are also issuing a revised style of driving licence. These new regs effect new motorcyclists, particularly as a new driving category – A2 has been introduced. So there are now 4 categories of motorcycle entitlement or groups to get our heads around: AM, A1, A2 and A. It is not the easiest thing to understand, so have copied the chart below from the web, as it’s the best learning aid I could find.

Photo by Peter Schiazza for WI Life (April 2012)

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Inky Anne, another lovely lady,

preparing to On the subject of January in April and on the home front, our first Group night of 2013 was a really informative presentation from Saxon Microlights. Thanks Joan. (Sorry I failed to appear, but was being scanned by a box of MRI tricks). On the back of their visit I hope to arrange a Cadam trip to North Weald during the summer months to witness the magnificent men and women in their flying machines. Some thing not to be missed! Tiffany Coates will have the floor and our full attention come February’s Group Night. For those not in the know, Tiffany is the female (and much, much, more attractive) equivalent of Austin Vince. Tiffany is the worlds foremost female adventure bike rider and has ridden nearly 200,000 miles since her first adventure. Her first adventure was supposed to be for nine months, but Tiffany just kept riding – for two and a half years – and four continents! We have another lovely lady to grace our April Group night. Inky Anne! Inky Anne or Anne Garnish

grace our Group Night,

to use her real name, only started motorcycling at the age of 33 and having got hooked on track days decided to give being a passenger in a racing sidecar outfit a go. And go she did! She has competed in numerous F2 and F350 events and has this year been invited to the TT and Oliver’s Mount to name a few. If you wonder where the name Inky Anne comes from – well I don’t think you will get to find out! Hopefully Anne will not mind if I let on that she has a tattoo on her back which took over 35 hrs needle time (Ouch!!) Mick Gowlett’s wife Jen has not seen much of him these winter evenings, for Mick has been busy amongst the cobwebs in his potting shed. Mick has not been nursing his new seedlings – but planning two fantastic Cadam trips! The first trip is in May and is to the Eifel Region of Western Germany, in the narrow valley of the Rur River at Monschau. Having done this trip twice, I cannot rate it enough. You will see why... The second trip is at the end of August


and is a little closer to home. In fact, Mick will be guiding you to England’s largest and possibly most rural county and next years Tour de France will start here... You don’t need to put your answers on a post card, but do keep your eyes peeled on the Cadam website. D–Day will probably go down as the most successful invasion in history. So over the second Bank Holiday weekend in May, I am planning a weekend away to explore and see for ourselves the turning point of WWII. Least we forget what we owe so many. This time of year pot holes are one of our biggest enemies. Particularly on unlit sections of tarmac during the hours of darkness. Its reassuring to note then that revenue spending on highways was down 6% between 2010-2011. It is estimated that between 20112012 it was down 13% and to cheer us up it is on course to fall another 11% between 20122013. Apparently is nought to do with materials or workmanship, but all to do with the expansion of water as our climate continually dances between a couple of degrees either side of zero this time of year. As a side (seems they have not surveyed motorcycles or riders yet) Porsche, Aston

Martin and Jaguar pilots are amongst the most likely to get caught speeding. Particularly if your des res happens to be in Bournemouth, Dorchester and Liverpool. If you steer a Fiat, Proton or Rover and like Canterbury, Ilford and London – then your doing just fine! Hmmm – does this prove they have wider, bigger, straighter ribbons of tarmac in the south west and that Ilford and London are just too congested to get carried away?? In line with tradition and with a serious exhaust note, March Group night is our AGM. Whilst this may not be the most gripping event on the map, it is one of the most important – none more so than this year. Not only has our Treasurer had to move on, but so does our Group Secretary. I cannot say this any louder: “Cadam needs your help”. The engine that powers your group is down to just 6 cylinders. We need to run on 8 to maintain the same standards of equilibrium and need to engage all 12 cylinders for improved Group performance. To be fair, you only get out of your Group what you put in – put poor fuel in your bike and you get poor performance. So please give some thought to removing your helmet and gloves and stepping forward. Thank you. Finally, the grime reaper came

after me twice in one day last week. He was wearing a huge smile across his chest and circling his sharpened scythe above my head. A male in a grey Peugeot 207 accelerated out of the exit of McDonald’s car park at the Boreham services straight towards my brightly coloured liquorice all sort. Then followed the sound of biting tyres into tarmac as he changed his mind and stopped about 6 inches from my left knee. Not long afterwards riding along the A12 in lane 3, I met his accomplice. Strangely enough in another Peugeot. A very mature female, overdosed on slap, suddenly decided she wanted me and tried to put me into the central barrier. It was a good effort, as I still don’t know how I got away with it. All I know is that our conversation that followed was not of a loving nature. Not helped by those immortal words: “Sorry, I did not see you!” This time of year we are all a bit rusty – me obviously included. So the motto here is to make sure we are covered head to foot in ‘day glow Derek paint’ (I was) and always remember to present your bike (I didn’t) to other traffic every time. Kind Regards & Safe Riding JH.

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“Where we’re going, we don’t need roads!” Doc Brown. Back to the Future

January club night saw a fascinating presentation by Joan Walsh of Saxon Microlights, on an alternative, to the norm, form of transport for Cadam! For those who were unable to attend the evening, or would like to know more, here’s what Saxon Microlights do!

Joan performing a fly-past in ‘Hoppy’

Our main goal is to introduce people to the delights of flying microlight aircraft. Many people who fly with us plan to do so only once as an adventure sport activity among many others – just for the experience. We offer a variety of gift vouchers which you can give to a loved one (or yourself) as a present for a special occasion. We find that many who come once, come again; but they come back to learn how to fly. We do that too! Learning to fly a microlight is a very satisfying challenge from the first time you handle the controls, through gaining sufficient skills to land the aeroplane, eventually being sent away for your first solo flight (with nobody else aboard), and finally the General Skills Test where you prove to a flight examiner that you are ready to take full responsibility for your own flying and to take a passenger with you. Some people choose to spend a summer putting in a lot of effort to gain their licence in one push; others choose a more relaxed approach, flying once a month or so. This latter approach takes longer, but 7 every training flight is a flight, and our intention is to make every flight a pleasure.

We operate from an active airfield and on summer weekends (and often during the week too) we can often be found at our ‘dispersal hut’ sitting in the shade of the poplar trees and sipping a cup of tea or a cool soft drink while discussing the previous flight. When the weather is poor, we can retire to the school office for ground school to explain some of the theoretical subjects or to practise some of the flight exercises in our full size microlight simulator.

What we fly

white are shiny and bright and her windscreen is fresh and clear. We also use our FNPT for flight training. It is a full size simulator modelled as an accurate replica of the school’s Thruster and allows students to practice flight exercises in a relaxed environment and at lower cost than in the air. It can also be used when the weather prevents flying or during the long winter evenings.

Where we are

Thruster T600N – the school’s workhorse Our school microlight is a Thruster T600N 450 (Jab) nicknamed Grasshopper (or ‘Hoppy’ for short). The Thruster is a well-established marque for microlight training, and was made famous in the popular book, Propellerhead. Our aircraft, a modern version of the type, is near the midpoint in terms of microlight performance, so our student pilots are well placed to transfer either to the faster (more expensive) modern machines or to move onto older, lighter, and more affordable classic microlights, such as the AX3 or our privately operated Thruster TST. Cyclone AX3 – an old favourite Over the winter of 2007/8 we renovated an old AX3 microlight. We used her as a way to teach Saxon Microlights students about microlight aircraft maintenance.The team who renovated her will operate her as a syndicate machine, while we will retain an interest so that she will also be the school’s reserve training aircraft. In the spirit of the club, she’s been given a name: Myhmi (pronounced Mimi). This came from the view of her dancing gently on her wheels in the wind, all dressed in her faded pink and white finery. When she was young it was red and white, but age and the sun had faded the dyes – but now, fresh for 2012, we have bought her some new clothes; her red and

We are based at North Weald Airfield, a historic airfield which is famous for its important role in the defence of Britain during both world wars. It is conveniently located near the Harlow/Chelmsford exit on the M11 and close to the M25. This location makes it easy to reach from London, Essex, and surrounding counties (Hertfordshire, Kent, Cambridge, and Bedfordshire).

Our club facilities Our ground school facilities and simulator room are based on site at North Weald airfield. We made the move early in 2009. After a lot of work cleaning up and providing our own facilities we were ready to open for business by May. Then in September 2011 we were given the opportunity to move to a better location on the airfield. After yet more cleaning and redecoration, we moved in just before Christmas.

Issue 30 • February/March 2013 • that. Before founding the Saxon Microlights flying school, Joan Walsh had a successful career as a Chartered Engineer practising firstly in the aircraft industry, then in a wide variety of computer-based engineering projects. She is now our full time flying instructor and is responsible for the training arm of the business.

We are here Tuesdays to Saturdays by appointment or if we have work that needs to be done there. On Wednesdays and Saturdays we’ll be here, whether or not we are flying, from about noon to at least 5pm. When we’re preparing the aircraft to fly, we’ll be at the ‘dispersal hut’ under the poplars.This is where you might find us if you are booked in for a trial lesson.

Who we are We have been involved in microlight flying since 1993 and were both occasional glider pilots before

In addition to instructing, as a Flight Examiner, she is also authorised by the CAA to conduct the written and practical tests leading to the issue of a UK National Private Pilot’s Licence or to revalidate a lapsed licence. Joan has also been active within the BMAA, first quietly behind the scenes, then between 2006 and 2012 as a member of the governing council. Ginge Sunley is involved in the business part time and is responsible for the ground operations, especially aircraft maintenance and safety. In his spare time, Ginge is renovating a classic biplane from the early days of microlight flying. Joan also writes occasional magazine articles, mostly about microlight flying.


our ground training facilities to North Weald too. We still retain a link with the farm because we visit there for the club ‘summer camp’ and get our pilots used to operating within the restrictions of a farm strip.

Why ‘Saxon’ Microlights? We’re often asked! For starters, Saxon is an appropriate name for any organisation operating in Essex; during the dark ages it was the county of the East Saxons.

A little history Having spent some time based as a private aircraft at the farm, our aeroplane was temporarily moved to Rayne Hall Farm near Braintree in 2004. We flew her from here to Sheepcoates Farm near Maldon whenever we needed to do flight training while we assessed the suitability of the site as a permanent base for the school.The aeroplane was moved there in the early summer of 2005 and we continued training using Sheepcoates Farm as our base. We received no serious complaints and applied for planning permission to base there permanently, but this was refused at the start of 2006. We were given the opportunity to move back to the farm, which has been the home to light aircraft since the 1950’s and is operated by Yak-11 display pilot, Angie Soper. This field, while still definitely a farm strip, had better facilities and we built a small office and briefing room within one of the factory units there. It also became the home of our flight procedures trainer. In early 2007 we were given permission to operate training flights at North Weald Airfield, and later that year we moved our Thruster there along with the hut which had been our home at Sheepcoates Farm. In 2009 we were able to move

That’s not our real reason though. Before we started flying microlights, Ginge was a working fisherman licensed to operate out of Maldon, on the River Blackwater. He owned a series of boats through his fishing career, but the last one (and his favourite) was a fast dory which he named after the Saxon heritage of the town. Along with the boat Ginge had a goodly collection of fishboxes, all marked with the boat’s registered name “Saxon”. It seemed logical to us, to name the business after the boat – especially as it meant we wouldn’t have to change the name on the boxes. It’s as simple as that. Our logo takes the Seaxe heraldic symbol used in many Essex coats of arms and, unconventionally, crosses them. The addition of feathered wings represents lightweight flight. In our club badge, we represent the feathers in silver except for those pilots who have been given their wings by our CFI whose badges have golden feathers. So there you have it.! The nearest towns to us in London, Essex and Hertfordshire (Herts) are Brentwood, Romford, Ongar, Epping, Harlow, Chelmsford, Waltham Abbey, Basildon, Maldon, Whitham, Braintree and Bishops Stortford.. For information please contact:, or call Joan on 07885 039 502 or 01245 267 637

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Lights, Cameras, Action!

conduct scheduled and random compliance, quality control and audits of our installations, operations and operatives. Herts Traffic Management Ltd., is a specialist temporary traffic management company with depots in Braintree, Gatwick and Watford. We are a specialist provider for temporary road schemes and controls (diversions, closures, temp traffic lights, pedestrian crossings etc) for various clients ranging from utility companies to major Hollywood production companies. Since August 2011 Herts has been utilising motorbikes to

In August 2011, I initially proposed and trialled the concept using my own personal bike to conduct site inspection. Although my bike wasn’t the ideal model it did prove the concept. This has now evolved and our third bespoke BMW R1200RT is being delivered this week. They carry our corporate livery including amber beacons plus video capability. In addition to our ‘bread and

butter’ site inspections, we use the bikes more & more  ‘on location’ for many major film productions. Sporting events, concerts etc are now requesting the bikes attend as we can provide a fast and efficient response to any issues that may arise. Historically I have only looked to ex – Traffic Motorcycle Police to pilot these machines as I can be sure they have had the finest training, can cope with the hours in the saddle and still perform the tasks required. Having said that, I am very willing to talk to others who may be interested, but they must 11

already hold the highest levels of motorcycle training. We are also trying to arrange a possible talk about what we do on a forthcoming group night, so I hope to meet some of you sometime in the future. For more information, please visit our website: Chris Winfield. Director. PS. I’m selling my BMW R1200C cruiser, if you know anybody who might be interested?

Bonnie Reborn Don’t know if this will be of interest, but here goes: I bought my Bonnie in 1976 for £600 from a friend who couldn’t get on with it due to a back injury. He had bought it brand new from Pride and Clarke in Elephant and Castle (he had paid £690) and it had done around 300 miles. Coming home from Devon in 1977, it holed a piston (timing slipped). A top end rebuild and +40 (if memory serves) rebore and pistons sorted that. I ran it for a few years before getting married and confining it to the garage. A few years passed before my Dad and I done a very quick touch up and got it running again. We fitted Boyer Bransdon electronic ignition to try and sort out the slow

speed running - it had never ‘ticked over’ from new, always having to have the throttle blipped to keep running at a standstill. The frame had to be replaced due to an oil leak. I had the engine professionally rebuilt in the early 90’s and ran it for a few more years until late 2001. My son and I had been to Alexandra Palace for a bike show, came to start the bike and it was only running on 1 cylinder rode it home on 1 cylinder and on further investigation found that it had ‘dropped’ a pushrod. I chained it to the cherry tree in my front garden and covered it with a tarpaulin! Fast forward 11 years and at my Son Andrew’s suggestion we have started a rebuild. Having moved to a house with a garage helped. Looking at the bike with a more critical eye seems

Issue 30 • February/March 2013 • to suggest that it might be a major job though. A few photos (sorry about the poor quality of some of them):

Tank appears to be reusable

Mileage is currently 36,772

Tank off, removing carbs

Cylinder head has been removed

Lots of WD40 has been sprayed around the pistons to try and ease them off

Something has been living under the seat!


Cylinder head is in surprisingly good condition with no visible damage.The head was reworked by Len Paterson of The Cylinder Head Shop when the UK went over to unleaded. The left hand pushrod was found to be around 10mm shorter than

the other three! This was on the inlet side – possible cause of the poor running? A quick Google suggests that it may be a T140v pushrod, wonder if it was wrongly used during the original factory build or the rebuild? A little bit of damage is visible and the black par t is actually loose and falls off if turned upside down! good job that didn’t go down the pushrod tube. All chrome will need replacing or re-plating, will have to think long and hard what to do there

and any advice welcome. It will be a long term rebuild, but I will post as and when work gets done. Any help and comments appreciated. Paul Reeve

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Copperpot Events Ltd presents


Harlow Classic Car & Motorbike Show Harlow Rugby Club Ram Gorse, Elizabeth Way, Harlow, Essex CM20 2JQ on

Saturday 6th July 2013

FREE* to display

Cars & Motorbikes * With a booking form

General Admission: £6.00 Adults £3.00 Children £15.00 Family Ticket 2013 sees the launch of our Harlow Classic Car and Motorbike Show. It will be held on Saturday 6th July, and will feature live bands, fun things for kids to do too, including a bouncy castle, face painting, and model racing cars.

There will also be things for the adults too; Various food vehicles, a bar (open till 20:30). At this time, the organisers are also in the process of arranging camping facilities so that those who wish to have a drink or two, need not drive home afterwards!

In addition, there are plans for Craft Stalls and hopefully some Auto Jumble Stalls too.The event will be open to the public from 11:00 – 17:00 and will hopefully become an annual event!

For further information or for a booking form (if you wish to display cars or bikes), please contact Tracey Harvey on 07951462645 (after 4:30pm please) or by email:


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From the Forum... There might well be, amongst our many members, those who are not aware of the Cadam Forum. For those of you that now hold up your hands, let me now tell you that it can be found on the Cadam web site! It is the place for banter and discussions about all things biking. The following is just a sample from what’s being talked about at the moment. Obviously we don’t have the space nor the need to re print all the comments here, but if you haven’t done so before, log in and join in. You might learn something or be prompted to join the debate.

Hi -Visibility, why bother? If it ever gets warm enough to ride again, we will pull on our hi–viz jackets, ‘Coz we are IAM’, and head out covered in more yellow than the Italian Army. But is Hi - Viz really effective? This is a link to an article in the Grunidan from one of their push-bike blogs: cycling-high-visibility-safe-fluorescent. The end of that article in-turn links to a literature review/report from the TRL that suggests the jury is still out on whether hi–viz is consistently effective in all road conditions or environments. ie: what stands out like a beer mat on a billiard table under one set of conditions may not work as well, if at all, five miles down the road or under different lighting conditions later in the day. For example: there is Pelican crossing near where I work in central London that I cross to get to where I have parked the bike. Waiting for the lights to change I have noticed that at

night, especially in wet conditions that it is very difficult to pick up cyclists and indeed the smaller PTW’s. This is because the stronger and higher headlights from buses and cars totally overwhelm the sight picture, so all I can see is a great bank of light coming in my direction. And remember this is in Central London, one to the better lit areas in the UK. Sometimes I am able to detect a cyclist when they get caught as a silhouette against someone else’s lights, ie they become visible by the very absence light. But otherwise there is no reflection from hi–viz or anything else to pick up and if were in a car I would have been committed to a manoeuvre before they suddenly got close enough to see. My simple mind says this is because the light is going the wrong way, so the hi–viz doesn’t work, but I suppose that Mr. Plant will tell me the proper Fizz-icks definition. My opinion from all this? Wearing a hi–viz top and a white (or yellow) helmet cannot do any harm, but do not rely upon it keep you safe and to part the traffic like Moses standing by the Red Sea in all times in all conditions. If the driver that hit you said he did not see you, he just may be telling the truth, from his view point you really did disappear into the background. Therefore especially in urban conditions and at night, ride Roadcraft to the max, everyone is trying to kill you and no one can see you. Perhaps the next stage following the research on adaptive camouflage, is the creation of adaptive visibility? Russ









Communication Breakdown?


Cellular Line Interphone F5s Hopefully, this write up will give you all a honest view about the above Bluetooth head set. What’s in the box? Well there are a few versions: A single unit, twin unit, trio unit and I believe a quad unit. The price for a single unit retails around £165 whilst the twin unit retails at around £325. This is where ebay or a raffle is your friend. On eBay, the price various tremendously, so there it would be luck of the draw and final price is dependent on how much the individual is

Issue 30 • February/March 2013 • prepared to pay. So, I can’t comment too much on your own purse strings. The kit I have comprised of two units. Each had a boom microphone (suitable for an open face helmet) and a microphone suitable for full face helmets, various velcro pads and replacement foam covers for the mouth piece, one USB lead and a twin charger, (allowing you to charge both units simultaneously), silicon for the connections, two different mounting brackets for each unit, a screw driver and finally, an instruction manual! Installation I own a Shoei XR1100 full face helmet and the inside cheeks and head pad are very easy to remove, so I could gain access without any issues. One ear piece, the right hand one, fits nicely into the ear recess. Here it’s best to run the wire over the top of where your head would be, this wire is also the antenna for the radio. Likewise, the left hand ear piece fits into the LHS recess, but this also contains wiring for the microphone and RHS ear piece. It also has the larger wire that plugs into the unit – which is mounted on the outside of the helmet on the LHS. Once I plumbed it all in, I replaced the helmets padding, having to make a minor cut to the plastic edging where it fits inside, to allow the larger wire to fit how I liked it (I have OCD!). Pairing of both units was already done and the pairing of the Bluetooth to my Blackberry was very simple. The Radio tuning was not so good it has to be said! So far, I have failed to tune in a couple of stations I like. Having said that, when riding to work in London, I prefer to listen to the traffic rather than the radio. So this isn’t such an issue. I haven’t installed the second unit yet, but during installation I tested the communication/intercom and this sounded fine.

Having used it when answering a phone call, the sound wasn’t too bad, and the good thing is, that when a call is received, all you do is say ‘Hello’ and the call is answered! I’m soon to have a birthday and my friends are buying me a Garmin Zumo 660 which also interfaces into the unit, so once this gets installed I’ll have everything running of the one unit. Overall impressions Packaging and contents very good, but the manual needs further work on – it was translated from Italian and so has limitations, as do instructions on special features such as the radio tuning. But, if like me you hate instructions, you can play around and logically work things out fairly quickly. Value? Well again, that’s subjective and depends on what you are prepared to pay. Personally, I think £325 is rather steep. I think they could quite easily drop £100 off a twin boxed set and £50 to £75 off a single unit. Would I recommend one? As above really, if you get it cheaper than the recommended price, then I’d say yes! Anyway I hope the above is helpful. If anyone wants to see one in the flesh, you’ll see it flashing blue on my helmet next club night! Trevor Jordan


How to Find Us Club Nights The Sports Pavilion, Chelmsford Police HQ, St. Margaret’s Road. 19:30 for 22:00 start unless otherwise stated. Please refer to CADAM events listing for dates. Apologies, but we will need to collect £1.00 from each member present on club nights to cover the cost of hiring the room. Guest speakers and the occasional raffle are being planned for some of the meetings. For more details or suggestions for future events, please contact a member of the committee. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon.

CADAM What’s On? 2013 Visit the Forum and Events Calendar at for more details of all events listed. Check regularly as events are regularly added or amended. We look forward to seeing you soon. Tues 12th

March Group Night – AGM EPSA. 19:30.

Tues 9th

April Group Night – Inky Anne (TT Sidecar Racer) EPSA. 19:30.

Tues 14th

May Group Night – Essex Gliding EPSA. 19:30.

Tues 11th

June Group Night – Roadcraft EPSA. 19:30

July Tues 9th Group Night – EPSA. 19:30.

August Tues 13th Group Night – EPSA. 19:30.

September Tues 10th Group Night – EPSA. 19:30.

That might include suggestions (or niggles) about training, club nights, rideouts or this magazine.

October Tues 8th Group Night – EPSA. 19:30.

We are a team of volunteers and it is important to us that the club operates to benefit all members.

November Tues 12th Group Night – EPSA. 19:30.

December Tues 10 th Group Night – EPSA. 19:30.

Your Club Needs You! If you have any suggestions that you feel may benefit the club and its members, then we would love to hear from you.

If you have any suggestions please don’t hesitate to contact one of the committee at a club night, on a ride out or via the emails listed above. Better still, why not come along to a Committee Meeting and get involved. With your help we can make riding safer and fun.

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