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CONTENTS 03 Starting Grid Editor scribes…

06 Triumph Tiger 800

…it’s grrrreat! (Sorry – had to be said).

10 Triple R

Debbie TunstIll rides and reviews Triumph’s latest addition

26 Heading Home

Final instalment of Bill Allan’s adventure

30 SERVing up Blood

Volunteer Bloodrunning services for the NHS

32 Vintage Rally

73rd Annual Pioneer run takes place in March.

34 Rookie Programme BMCRC kicks off the 2011 season with a special race school for new riders.

12 Round Britain Ride Out

36 Speed Trials

15 Vive La France

38 KTM 990 SMT

Charitable Ride Out for Spinal Research Join us for an introductory tour of Normandy

16 Keeping it local

Who is better for you? There is only one way to find out…

19 Young Inspiration

We interview Speedway racer, Shane Hazelden

20 MAG: FRONTLINE Get a Grip!

22 Chatroom Ron

Natter and chatter with Ron Foreman

Results of the 2010 Brighton Speed Trials Owner review takes their KTM to Wales

41 Get on Track

Lydden Hill opens up their track for you

43 Competition

Win a Lifting Stick from GetGeared.co.uk

44 Trade Services

Your directory to local motorcycle businesses

45 SEB Clubs

Club directory

46 SEB Pick up points

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Welcome to a New Year and a New Decade! Okay, it’s been a grotty start with record high petrol prices, VAT increase and the economy in either catastrophic meltdown or miraculous recovery depending on which way the wind’s blowing. What does all this doom and gloom mean to us poor, overtaxed bikers? Well, last year was very much a game of chance for those in the bike industry, with some going bust while others managed to hold on, and a few, like Triumph, even prospered. I believe we’ll see more bikes on the road this year due to financial reasons as much as for recreational riding, and this can only be a good thing for us all – in a ‘stiff upper lip in adversity’ kind of way. The DSA are once again doing lots of navel gazing and pondering the disaster that is our bike test. Changes are on the way and hopefully for the better, but don’t expect anything new before this time next year. You may notice a few changes to the logo, look & feel of our magazine thanks to Dean Cook of The Magazine Production Company. They have been beavering away in the back office to bring you our new, improved SEB. We will also be more active this year, with bike tours, track days and ride outs organised through the magazine, so hopefully we’ll meet even more of our readers this year! Peter Karmios, Editor 3


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REVIEW

TRIUMPH

Tiger 800

The last couple of years have been an immense success for Triumph with each new model being greeted by rave reviews and bulging order books. The new Tiger has been hyped up and anticipated as much, if not more than, the rest of their range. The brief seemed to be a return to the more off road/adventure style machine that the modern Tigers started life as. This sector of the market has been particularly buoyant , with all the main manufacturers offering a genuine or stylized version of a motorbike you could ride around the world. Nick Tunstill rides… 6

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riumph have decided to cover all bases with both a road and an off road focused machine; so choose your weapon! The kind folks at Destination Triumph, Guildford kindly lent me their demo road version for the day and I couldn’t wait to sling a leg over. The bike has come in for some ‘comment’ as to its similarity to the BMW GS800, certainly in the looks department. OK, this is hard to dispute, but there are many bikes out there that we would struggle to identify without any insignia! The Tiger 800 is a distinctive looking machine anyway, whether it’s to your taste or not. I rode the bike with its lowest seat setting, perfect for my 5’10”. Taller riders would find the height perfectly acceptable, particularly the XC. The standard seat height is 810-830mm on the road model. Weighing in at 210kg, it’s no lightweight, but it feels a lot easier to wheel and push around than previous Tigers. The clocks are neat, clear and easy to read, the seat is comfortable and adjustable

levers make the whole riding position spot on. It’s the end of December, the snow has just gone, the roads are a bit greasy, perfect time to test a bike you would look at as an all season machine. After all, most bikes are great for a short blast on a summer’s day. It’s when it’s wet, cold and grey outside that a proper usable motorbike will come into its own. Firing up the power plant gives the familiar triple whirr that

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modern Triumph owners will be familiar with. The bike is easy to get to grips with from the off, the clutch is beautifully light and it’s the slickest gearbox I have come across from Triumph. They certainly have got this sorted and it makes the whole ride even more enjoyable. The power delivery is fantastically smooth and glitch free at all revs, it’s almost too good in some respects with no real powerband. It only takes a few miles to get in tune with the Tiger. In real world 7


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Headlights riding the bike is as quick as you would ever need. The lovely 800 triple is, if you pardon the pun, a real triumph of engineering. The 1050 and 955 models have noticeably more torque but are not as enjoyable to use for everyday riding. As out and out tourers, they may have the edge but as a day to day bike, the 800 does it for me. I tried out a good selection of West Sussex’s finest roads, including a rather interesting SatNav-lead deviation along a single track, potholed gravelly route across the Downs. It coped with everything admirably, certainly a machine to contend with the region’s highly variable road surfaces. The tyres’ grip was excellent and confidence inspiring, the Tiger’s light enough to change direction with a shift in body position, unlike my 955i, 8

which is relatively a lot more of a lumbering beast and takes more forward planning. The screen gives great wind protection at higher sustained speeds and I am sure longer distance touring would be a doddle. The brakes are unspectacular but efficient enough, the model I tested didn’t have the optional ABS. I have to say I have ridden bikes with more responsive systems. I have to say though this is a minor niggle. I think Triumph has another out and out winner here. We took a Street Triple R out at the same time and I had a sneaky little go, a brilliant bike and I can see what all the fuss is about, but the Tiger is not a million miles behind in the grin factor stakes. I don’t know what the long term component quality would be like, or the effectiveness of the lights at night, but if they are as well thought out as the rest of the bike, I can’t see any major issues. I reckon the Tiger would be a great commuter, tourer, off roader depending on

model and could even cope with a trackday or two. The base model is £7149, a real bargain with a long accessory list to customise it to suit. n FURTHER INFORMATION Destination Triumph, Birtley Road, Bramley, Guildford. GU5 0JA. Telephone: 01483 899580. www.destinationtriumph.co.uk USEFUL INFO

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REVIEW

Great Expectations Ask anyone what a good first mid range bike to buy is and everyone has their own opinion; some will rave about the ER-6, others will say the SV650 (as I do), but many go for the Street Triple. Debbie Tunstill scribes…

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xpectations were high recently as I was given the chance to try the Street Triple R, but I was not expecting the ride I had at all. It’s not the sort of bike I would normally look at, being a naked machine. I LOVED IT, the Triumph was in the bright burnt orange which the Street Triple is known for and, from the moment you turn that key, your expectations start to rise. Once you’re out on the road the bike weaves through the traffic with ease but it comes into its own on the wide-open tarmac. The dials on the Street Triple let you know you’re riding an up-to-date, top specification bike, as the revs go up the blue lights progressively increase across the dial. The Street Triple R loves eating up the road and is quick to react to its riders wishes, but back the throttle off and there’s decent engine braking . There are plenty of after market accessories to add to the bike, I would recommend a screen just to reduce the wind blast and add a gel pad to the seat just to make it a little more comfortable. If I rode a bike without fairings, this would be the machine I would buy. It’s fun, light to manoeuvre when not riding and handles like a dream. I now understand why a lot of people love this bike; it has to be one of the best motorbikes that Triumph have made. The company must be rubbing their hands together with glee at the moment with the successful launch of the two new Tiger 800s to add to their stable of great bikes. I want to thank Alex, Justin and Denise at Destination Triumph, Guildford for helping turn a grey day in December to a sunny one. n For more information visit: Destination Triumph, Birtley Road, Bramley, Guildford. GU5 0JA. Telephone: 01483 899580. www.destinationtriumph.co.uk

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Round Britain Ride Out Philip Walker gives us the inside line on a charitable Ride Out round Britain for Spinal Research

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riday, 29th October 2010: We met at a car park near Gatwick for 04.30. It was early, o’boy was it early. But the weather was dry. A great start for our Ride Out for Spinal Research which will take us on a 1300 mile journey. We’ll travel up to Dumfries via the M25 to the A1 on to Scotch Corner where we hope to find the A66 to take us to the M6 and up to Lockerbie where the A709 will take us to Dumfries. Which will be where we’ll find our hotel for the night. See, all seems quick and simple on paper. To be honest it was. The M25 and A1 are boring roads, the first half was in the dark and was soon over and forgotten about. At 0900hrs we had a stop at Blyth Services, which is just north of Worksop, this brought us some welcome relief from our constant riding. Trevor has a Yamaha R1 and requires fuel stops a lot more often than my BMW 1200RT. But to stop and have a breakfast and consult the map was wonderful. Until we got the bill.....wow! Next time we’ll bring a sarnie. But spirits were lifted when we realised we had broken the back of the long drag up the A1. The next part of our journey was broken up when we got caught up in a massive traffic queue of near biblical proportions. Someone had been unlucky enough to park their Range Rover underneath the trailer of an articulated lorry. I will point out now that this is not recommended, especially whilst the lorry is still moving. But this closed the road and all traffic was diverted down a country track that ran parallel to the motorway. At this point I just have to mention all these car and lorry drivers that were so unbelievably considerate to us. We were on a narrow country lane at 6’ wide there was no room for a bike to filter through and we resigned ourselves to sitting and dragging our boots along this huge queue of traffic. But the car in front moved over enough for us to squeeze through, and with that the car in front also moved over. Well, this was very nice and we said so as we went by. But then we were behind an articulated lorry. As you can imagine, 8’ lorry 6’ lane. Not much room to manoeuvre there. But to our complete surprise even he managed to make a gap for us and we

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gradually made our way through the queue. So to all you drivers a big “Thank You!” A stop at Scotch Corner Services was a bit disappointing. I mean, Scotch Corner is a major landmark in the journey up the A1. But the services were just another bland copy of every other in the country. I was left thinking, “Is this…IT?” So we sat outside and drank yet another overly expensive coffee flavoured drink. It had been dry all this way but now there was damp in the air and light spots of rain were starting to make themselves known. We set off on the A66 towards the Penrith and the M6. Now, this was a nice road to ride, but the Yorkshire Dales to our left bring a very strong wind and rain that was falling with a vengeance to make up for the dry run we had earlier. Man, this run down the A66 is memorable. The rain came in sideways from the left and with this wind I had to constantly lean, and I mean lean heavily, to the left. If that wind were to have stopped suddenly then I would have just fallen over. Ahead of me was Trevor on his R1, he didn’t seem to have any trouble at all. When I asked him how he got on riding over the Dales, he just grinned from ear to ear and didn’t say a word. It truly was exhilarating. Up the M6 and on to the A74 took us over the border into Scotland. You know, the countryside did look different, Scottish grass I think is definitely different to English grass. But then the weather had dried out again so it may just be that dry Scottish grass is different to wet English grass. We drove up to Lockerbie and you can’t help but not think of the tragedy that happened here. A small prayer will come to mind as you pass by. At Lockerbie we turned on to the A709 and headed to Dumfries. A hotel awaits us, the directions were to continue down the A709 into Dumfries, the hotel is on the left and if you see the railway station on the right.... then you’ve gone too far... ha ha.! February / March 2011 • South East Biker Magazine


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CHARITY RIDE OUT • PART ONE Saturday 30th October 2010: After a painfully slow ferry crossing Trevor and I finally landed at Belfast port by 15.00hrs. We were soon out of the main gates and had decided to follow the A2 coast road rather than the M2 motorway. The weather was great, we had sunshine and blue skies, which I am told is rare in Northern Ireland. Travelling up the coast road was one of the best rides I have had so far. The road was smooth and the sea was on our right separated by a small two foot high wall. We passed many villages and towns and all were well kept and pretty. Then up came the road signs that could spell misery for every road user. “Road Ahead Closed”. Well, there is nothing you could do but follow the diversion signs and put your faith in the fact that the signs continue and get us back on track. Many a time I have followed these bright yellow signs and then you get to a cross roads and … nothing. You are now on your own. This time we were lucky. This diversion was rather nice as it took us inland down a small country lane, but it took us upwards and we were soon looking down on the A2 coast road below. Magnificent views. But time was ticking by so Trevor took a country route through the Antrim mountains. This would bring us out in a town called Balleymoney. This is the home of Joey’s Bar and the memorial gardens to Joey and Robert Dunlop, two of the great motorcycle riders of our time. We

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made a special point of coming here to pay our respects. After that we went for dinner at Molly’s Place and the food there was very nice, highly recommended. It was getting dark now and we still needed to get back to our accommodation. The Fisherman’s Lodge just outside Garvagh on the Carrowreagh road. We found Garvagh with no problems and we even managed to find Carrowreagh road. Just the lodge that was the problem. So we stopped in the middle of nowhere and used the mobile. “We are on the Carrowreagh road, where are you?”, was the general conversation. It turned out that we had stopped about 100yds short and turned round thinking we had gone too far. Huh... Typical. So, 5 minutes later there we were riding up the little lane to the lodge. We were greeted by Mary and Jonathan Caldwell. I must say that their welcome was terrific, they couldn’t have done more for us if they tried. Milk in the fridge, bacon, bread and butter and wheatabix all ready for us. Mary even had a preliminary booking made for us at a local restaurant in case we were still hungry. They were wonderful. Sunday and not many places would be open, so we took a trip over to Trevor’s old farmhouse where he grew up. We paid our respects to where his father’s ashes were scattered. Scraping the mud from our boots we set off on the A29 to Coleraine. From there we would head up to Portrush and Portstewart and back to the University roundabout. For this would be our trip around the North West 200 racing circuit. We travelled along the stretch of road where Michael Rutter broke the speed record of 205 mph. When you consider that this is not a smooth racing circuit like Brands Hatch or Silverstone. But a normal public road, it has painted white lines in the middle of the road, it has drain hole covers. If you were to come off on this circuit you would not just slide along the road an end up in a sand trap. No, here you would end up wrapped around a lamppost after bumping over a 4 inch kerb, or slamming into someone’s garage door. Not nice, so the idea is NOT to come off your bike. Trevor and I did not have this problem, we stuck to the speed limits all the way. We even let a Volvo overtake us on the straight. Right, that done we thought will look for somewhere to have a drink… n Final part continues next issue. February / March 2011 • South East Biker Magazine


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tart planning your adventures next summer now and check out this fantastic value short break, arranged in conjunction with our pals at JtheB’s Biking Weekends.… ideal for European virgins. Take note Wednesday 25th May to Sunday 29th May 2011. Meet us at Portsmouth where we will catch the 5pm overnight ferry to Le Havre. After a relaxing evening, we will escort you on the short journey to Villers-Bocage where we meet the JtheB’s crew. Over the next three days we will visit Mont Saint-Michel, D-Day sights, medieval fortified towns and ride on some of the best roads in Europe, known only to the locals. The evenings will consist of JtheB’s famous four course meals, including all wine and beer. There will be various additional optional entertainments such as karting and a Scalextrix Grand Prix. This tour is aimed at all levels of rider, particularly suitable for those with no or little European motorcycling experience. Places are strictly limited. Full details and booking information for crossings, costs, accommodation and itinerary are available from www.jthebs.com or www.southeastbiker.co.uk

You don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to experience the real France Join us here in rural Normandy for 1000s of years of history, fantastic scenery, wonderful food & drink, comfortable accommodation, great company…and of course… explore some of the most glorious roads you’ll ever encounter! Biking weekends plus very special events for both groups and individuals. SEB long weekend: 25th-29th May 2011.

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IN BUSINESS

Keeping it local Is shopping on the internet better than buying from your local motorcycle dealer? Not necessarily… saving £20 on the product might mean you spend the £20 saving on the postage… and don’t forget the internet can’t give you face-to-face advice. Next time you are buying your next lid, see if your local motorcycle retailer will at least price match. Debbie Tunstill writes…

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he internet is a wonderful thing, you can get pretty much anything you want. Now most people have bought something at some point from a website and for the most part it is quick and convenient. But everytime you buy something on the net you may have hammered a nail into a local trader’s coffin. I speak to a lot of traders everyday regarding the magazine and recently some have just disappeared. In the past year I know of at least ten traders who have gone out of business and a lot are just hanging on by a thread. I was standing in a shop the other day and heard a conversation between a customer and a salesman that was quite interesting. The customer had been asking a number of questions regarding a helmet and the salesman was doing his best to help to the customer. The customer tried the lid on. Just as I thought the deal was done, the customer asked the salesman if he could write the details of the lid down on a piece of paper. He then confessed he came in to try the lid on so he knew what size fitted him as he had seen them on the internet £20 cheaper. The salesman quickly asked if he will be paying for postage, which the customer confirmed. The salesman checked the website that the customer wanted to purchase from and was able to price match. Had the salesman not checked with the customer regarding the helmet, that customer would have walked out and purchased the helmet from the website. Now, a lot of you will have all done this at some point, and I am sure you purchased many of your Christmas gifts online, but how many of you find it a painless process? After the snow, most parcels were not delivered in time for Christmas. If you had shopped at your local shopping centre or local traders you would have been able to purchase those gifts

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there and then. If the item was not in stock you would have made an order through the trader and there is no postage charge on that. We are all to blame when the local traders or small village shops close down. Most people now do their main shopping in the big supermarkets. We all seem to have less time so try and do one big shop rather than a few outings during the week. The same goes with buying items for our bikes, we look on the auction sites which are like Aladin’s cave, with lots of goodies to tempt us. What we need to remember is that some of these websites are traders selling items out of their living room, so they have very small overheads. Some don’t even have the item in stock, they just order it when the purchase is made. Compare this to your local shop, which has to pay wages, utilities, business rates, company insurance and purchase stock. To be competitive most shops now have their own websites to complement their business. We need to support our local bike businesses. They are more than willing to offer free advice, suggest the best products for you and your bike and, if there are any issues, you can go back and sort them out. If it’s a matter of price, ask your local dealer first. Most traders we speak to are at least willing to have a look at price. The internet is a great tool, but local bike shops and traders are vital for the future of motorcycling. Remember looking through the window of a dealer and dreaming of your first bike? Not quite the same on a screen is it? n February / March 2011 • South East Biker Magazine


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INTERVIEW

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Young inspiration We met Shane Hazelden a couple of years ago when he was recovering from a serious injury and hoping for more success in the upcoming season. The last two years have seen Shane mature from a promising 15 year old to a serious speedway contender.

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hane has been competing for Rye House in the National League, who finished fourth last season and would have done better were it not for several injuries to key riders. He only missed one meeting and, despite a slow start, improved throughout the season and capped it all by being picked for the England Young Lions team. This under 21 team rode against select USA riders of varying ages and experience. The meeting was held at Lakeside, where Shane’s registration is held, so it was a bit of a home fixture for the Crowborough lad. England lost but Shane put in a great personal performance and was featured in Speedway Star magazine. South East Biker Magazine • www.southeastbiker.co.uk

He has started to get noticed as one to watch and his target is now to compete in the Premier League as soon as possible. Shane has become more involved with the bike preparation and mechanics to get it just how he wants. His bikes are now tuned by Godden Engineering at West Malling. Experience is the key, you need a good bike but making the right start and outwitting your opponents is more crucial than pure speed. Physical fitness and practice are key components as well. Shane can normally be found at the gym or at Lydd on the practice track when not racing or at school. He is studying at Beacon Community College for his A levels including Biology and Sport with a view to a possible career as a trainer or similar. We were impressed by the commitment shown by the seventeen year old – he is extremely focussed but also loves what he is doing, a real key to success. So keep an eye out for Shane for next season which kicks off in March. Shane’s ambition is to make it as an Elite League rider for his home club Lakeside. n Keep updated on Shane’s progress by visiting his website: www.shanehazelden.co.uk 19


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Get a grip... ...because consistent road surfaces matter

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ecause you use two wheels instead of four, you know how important it is to have consistent grip under your tyres. Slipping on gravel or a wet manhole cover, can be frightening or even catastrophic. If visibility is good you will probably take avoiding action, but that can make you compromise your line, which can be a hazardous activity too. Potholes can have exactly the same effect, but with the added danger of suspension and wheel damage, or extreme deflection into oncoming traffic. As we enter winter, the action of the frost is only going to make some road surfaces even worse. But do you know what to do if you see a road defect or a worn out, badly positioned manhole cover? Every local authority seems to use its own reporting system, which can lead to confusion. Manhole covers may be a fact of life, there needs to be access to underground sewers, gas pipes and telecommunications. Do they have to be positioned in the middle of the road – especially on corners? Is there a safer way? Who owns them? As it happens, your Local Authority probably owns about 10% of all the covers in the road, the rest are private utility companies. MAG reckons that enough is enough and it’s about time we all GET A GRIP! We want our tyres to have a consistent grip of the road surface and we want councils and utility companies to GET A GRIP! of their responsibilities.

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But we aren’t whinging and moaning, we are doing something about it. In these cash strapped times we also want to help councils GET A GRIP! of their budgets. Did you know it costs about two grand to do all the legal niceties before a set of temporary traffic lights can go up and a road gang can fix a dodgy manhole cover, or the broken tarmac around it? That money could be saved if a manhole cover was fitted that didn’t break, rust, move in its frame, or regularly get nicked for its scrap value. There’d be even more money saved if they were lightweight and workers didn’t wreck their backs moving great hulks of iron around. February / March 2011 • South East Biker Magazine


• GETAGRIPUK.ORG is one single place to report a problem with the road surface, which will also let us collate the info and discover where the worst problems are, as well as identify who is responsible for them. • GET A GRIP! gives you campaigning tools and a petition to sign. • GET A GRIP! offers solutions to the manhole cover problem. For a campaign to be successful it has to be positive and we are starting by demonstrating that solutions to slippery ductile iron manhole covers do exist. Composite covers are non-slip, and don’t lose that grip level as they wear. They have been in service since 1985, meet all the ‘standards’ and have been continually developed to the product that exists now, so they aren’t exactly new. It’s not like a surface dressing that’ll eventually wear off and they won’t be stolen. We first launched the campaign in the Palace of Westminster on 8th of November, but that was only to MPs and Lords. It was very well received and it appears that some of the MPs are keen to ensure their Local Highways Authorities get involved in

trials. We went public at the Carole Nash Bike show and everyone thought it was a great idea, especially all the kids who proudly walked around with their GET A GRIP! balloons. Everyone can see the logic in providing a consistent road surface, saving lives and saving money, so we are gaining support on a weekly basis. We are delighted that Dunlop want to support us. The Institute of Highway Engineers and the Asphalt Industry Association are two of the organisations already backing the campaign. Then there’s Access Legal who too often have to deal with the aftermath of the accidents caused by manhole covers and training schools who have to teach people to avoid them. Then there is your very own South East Biker magazine. Together we’ll all: GET A GRIP! OF THE ROAD GET A GRIP! OF THE LOGIC GET A GRIP! OF THE SAFETY GET A GRIP! OF THE COST FURTHER INFORMATION Visit www.getagripuk.org for more information, to sign the petition and to report a dodgy manhole cover that you have to face everyday.

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Chatroom Ron

Continuing the “You do meet the nicest people on bikes” theme…Living alone, being a widower, has some advantages but many disadvantages, like the phone rings when one is in the loo. Or the door bell rings when one has pastry hanging from ones fingers etc. On one occasion though, I was glueing the main frame of my model Ducati 1000 and, having sat there holding it whilst the glue set, the door bell rings. Curses. Should have known better…Sunday morning. There at the door were two smartly dressed men with copies of Watch Tower in their hands. “Did I know Jesus loves us all? What is wrong with the world today?” and so on. One tries not to be rude, so I said I would read their tracts. Good, it worked and I could get back to my Ducati before it all flopped in a heap. I happened to be wearing my Ariel T-shirt, which one fellow remarked on. “Did you remember them as my father used to ride one?” asked one fellow. Dad evidently has dementia now but can remember his Ariels and likes to talk about them. I told him my stink wheel is out in the garage. “What’s a stink wheel, can I see it?”. The car was out of the way so I obliged, revealing to him the Ariel Arrow 250, two stroke. (ie stink wheel) with all its late 1950’s sophisticated engineering! “Tomorrow’s Bike Today” was the advert. Having taken photographs he sat on it. He then tried the gear change on the right, one up three down. The rear brake is on the left, the fuel tank contained in the pressed steel frame and the dummy tank is storage. He seemed rather impressed! I hope Dad would be, but dare say he rode a Red Hunter or the Square Four. It transpired the gent rode a Blackbird, noticing mine in the background, and was interested to see 72,000 on the clock on a Y reg. He had just returned from Catalonia after a trip to the Alps. He changed from a VFR VTEC to the Bird, finding the two stage power delivery not to his liking. So, Jehovah was short on attention for about half an hour. Score!Bikes 30 minutes, Jehovah 2. No contest. You really do meet the nicest people on two wheels. Regards, Ron Foreman 22

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Slippery Manhole covers – Get a Grip!

There have been recent reports of a road in Cambridgeshire having 200 slippery manhole covers per mile. 200! There can be no doubt that manhole covers are a danger to motorcyclists. They are often smooth and slippery and often located on bends in the road. The amount of tyre on a motorbike making contact with the road is minimal and manhole covers are often situated in the middle of roads. The covers that are most often used are ductile iron and often start life with some grip to their surface. After time with constant contact the grip diminishes and leaves us with the smooth, dangerous surfaces that cause us problems. Currently manhole covers are designed for durability rather than grip and as they become worn they cause skids and often injuries to users of motorcycles, scooters and pedal cycles. Non-slip manhole covers have enhanced grip equal to the surrounding road surface. While local authorities and highways agencies are responsible for the road, utilities companies put down over 90% of manhole covers. The New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 regulate street works carried out by utilities companies including maintenance and repair of manhole covers. Utilities companies have a duty to maintain manhole covers to the reasonable satisfaction of the highway authority. Where a utility company has been negligent in the execution of its powers under the Act of where they have been negligent in performing the works and that negligence causes personal injury, the utility company will be liable in damages. If a highway authority knows or should have known that the utility company has failed to maintain or repair adequately or at all, the highway authority itself may be liable under Section 41 of the Highways Act. If you, or someone you know has come a cropper on a man-hole cover, call our Legal Helpline for free advice on 03700 868686. Simon Richards, Associate, Access Legal from Shoosmiths South East Biker Magazine • www.southeastbiker.co.uk

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TRANS EUROPEAN CHALLENGE

It wasn’t all rain…

Am I in trouble with the Turkish Police?

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Heading home... In the final part, Bill Allan heads back to Blighty from Turkey on his sixteen-year-old Yamaha and all in his quest to raise £50,000 for the Army Benvolent Fund.

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fter a day of rest I headed back to the Turkish border where I bought myself a green card. Off I went to Istanbul; when I got to the city there were police everywhere with riot shields and helmets. I was promptly stopped and asked for my papers. At this point I thought that I would go to the British Consul here instead of in Ankara as it looked a bit risky. After talking to a guy at the Consul, who informed me of what was going on and that it was too high a risk for me to continue, even to Ankara as it was worse than Istanbul, I told him that I would find a hotel for the night. He said really you have two options, one call it a day and go back home or two go back to Greece and wait to see if it settles down and try again. He could not tell me how long this might take so I decided that it would be better just to head back. I was totally gutted at this as I

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felt that I had let everyone down who supported and sponsored me. I was riding towards Greece and I was thinking of what I should do next. Should I take a slow run back and enjoy the tour or should I hit the gas and get back as soon as I could? Just then I spotted a flashing blue light and heard a siren, so over I pull, and out of the car steps two Turkish police. I thought, this is all I bloody need on top of everything else! The policeman said I was speeding, I said no I was not. To be honest I don’t know what speed I was doing, but I sure as hell was not going to admit it. He then smiled a bit and said yes you were, so I shrugged my shoulders and smiled back. This, for some reason, lightened the atmosphere and we started talking about everything other than the speeding offence. I thought, I’ll keep this up maybe they will let me go! I said to the officer, nice weapon, next thing I know he hands me his pistol to

have a look, as I handed him his side arm back he asked me if I wanted to drive the police car. I was totally taken aback by this and all I could think to say was, can I stop someone? He smiled and said no, he then said he would have to give me a ticket . He wrote out the ticket, handed it to me and said, don’t worry. We said bye, waved and was once again I was on my way; these two guys were the nicest police officers I have ever met. After crossing the Turkish/Greek border, I started heading back home and made up my mind to ride as long as I could before having a stop. I had a good rest the day before so all I wanted to do was to push on. My destination was Igoumenista on the west of Greece, this is where I could catch the ferry to Italy. I knew the ferry left everyday at midnight, so it would be hard going as it was now half ten in the morning and the ferry port was about 700 miles away. Luckily the main roads in Greece are great and progress was fast, it was pretty uneventful travelling through Greece other than when I rode over the mountains. Yes, you got it, rain and very cold. One thing I would like to add, when travelling through the mountain tunnels it was very

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On reflection the trip was more an endurance ride and than a tour. I was only 700 miles from my destination of the Iraq border, which still is unacceptable to me as I sit here writing this account. Even though I made it into Turkey and covered over 5,200 miles in as little as 11 days, I feel I need to complete the challenge I promised and I will, even if I have to do it over again. I would like to thank everyone who supported on this trip. Debbie, Nick and Peter from South East Biker without whose help none of this would have possible. Also Emma and the staff of Express insurance, who all got behind me and supported me in every way, and to all the many other people behind the scenes I still have to reach my target of £50,000 and I will not stop till I do. To every one THANKS AGAIN. Watch this space it is not over yet…regards, Bill Allan. n SEB will be organising another fundraising ride this year and the ABF will again be a main beneficiary. Keep an eye out on the magazine, Facebook Group, website, forum and Twitter for updates. We have a few ABF T-Shirts for sale still. They are available in large and extra large and cost £7 including p&p. All proceeds go to the ABF. Please email nick@ southeastbiker.co.uk for orders. February / March 2011 • South East Biker Magazine


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combination of my lack of technical prowess and the clocks going back meant I woke up at the time I should have been at Brighton pier. The plan was to ride out with a group of 10 new SERV volunteers, AKA The Bloodruners, as they are shown the routes and drop off points. The riders have to stick to planned routes and drop offs in case of break downs or accidents. I ended up meeting them at a coffee stop to find out what they do and, more importantly, why they do it. As a bit of background, SERV is a voluntary organisation that provides out of hours transport for vital NHS supplies across the South East. Without this service, the NHS would incur large bills having to use taxis and couriers, without the reliability that regular riders bring. The only other options are using Police transport or ambulances, both of which remove vital vehicles from other duties. Started in 1981, SERV is funded entirely by contributions; the Masons recently donated £20,000 for example.

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Riders are on standby one day a fortnight, or night would be more accurate as the call can come at any time between 7pm and 6am. Quite a sacrifice when most riders have day jobs to fit in as well. As well as their time, SERV members buy their own fuel and cover their own bike expenses. The rotas are worked out six months in advance, which is quite a commitment alone. Amazingly in these cash strapped times, SERV has been recruiting well and now has sixty volunteers in Sussex. The Sussex organisation has five bikes of its own, including ST1300s, a GTR1400 and a Deauville 1000 and hopes to increase this number in the future. If you wish to join SERV you will have to undertake an assessment, kindly donated by 1066 riding school, to check your riding is up to scratch. You don’t have to be of advanced standard, just a competent and safe biker. This group of riders was the Sussex group but the service stretches from Suffolk to Wiltshire and is steadily expanding. So why do bikers give up their precious time and sleep to help people they don’t know and probably won’t ever be aware of? A variety of reasons, some want to give something back to the NHS for treatment they have received over the years. Others have had friends and relatives with medical South East Biker Magazine • www.southeastbiker.co.uk

conditions or injuries that have relied on this kind of service. I chatted with Mike Nickson, a new recruit who had just done his first tour of duty. Not only has he built a SERV Sussex website but he is also helping raise vital funds by organising entrants in the Great South Run and by selling items donated on eBay. The organisation plans to expand and has become an essential part of the NHS supply chain. The main challenge facing SERV is funding, bikers, being an amenable bunch, are quick to volunteer. A local company (MediRite, a division of Posturite Limited in Berwick, East Sussex) has just offered end of range and demo stock for their eBay venture and also to cover shipping of the items and so a massive thank you to them. Anyone selling an item on eBay is now able to select SERV Sussex as a charity to receive a percentage of the sale price as a donation which will also get SERV ‘Gift Aid’. This is an option available now when listing an item on eBay. Any other private and company sponsorship of this vital service is always welcome and so if your business, employer or you can offer any help or anyone is interested in joining the Great South Run on behalf of SERV, please contact Mike at contact@servsussex.org.uk or through www.servsussex.org.uk. 31


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he club inaugurated this event in 1930 and it has run every year since apart from the war years and seems to be ever growing in popularity with an expected entry of over 350 veteran machines. The event is a showcase of early mechanical contrivances and provides an insight on how things were done from the dawn of mechanical vehicle propulsion. To enter, all machines have to be authenticated as pre 1915 by the club’s Dating Committee and to original specification. First machines and oldest first, leave Epsom, Tattenham Corner at 8.00am and are expected to start arriving at Madeira Drive, Brighton from 10.00am. The route follows the A217 from Burgh Heath to Reigate, the A23 through Gatwick to Pease Pottage, onto the B2110 through Handcross, join the A281 at Lower Beeding, Cowfold and Henfield, rejoining the A23 at Pyecombe through to Brighton. Free dedicated motorcycle parking is provided in Brighton by courtesy of Brighton and Hove City Council via the Upper Promenade and down Dukes Mound onto the east side of Madeira Drive and by turning left.

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BMCRC Rookie Programme The British Motorcycle Racing Club kicks off its 2011 season in February with a special Race School for all new riders to the Club. One hundred or so nervous would-be racers will take to the Indy Track at Brands Hatch on Sunday 13th February under the watchful eye and guidance of the Club’s ACU Club Coaches. Over recent seasons the Club has inducted that many new riders each season into its varied ranks, with youngsters from 12 through to gentlemen racers of 50 and beyond!

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first excursions into the world of Club Road Racing. The riders are sorted according to the type of bike they plan to race during the season and grouped accordingly. Thus start some friendships and rivalries that for some will last a lifetime. Riders also get to experience firing their bikes off the line at Brands under full race start conditions. It’s managed row by row for maximum safety and always draws a good and often amused crowd to the pitlane wall. At the end of the day they’ve all passed the test and their licences will be in their hands within a week. Then their worries really start. The older Club Members remember their early experiences of racing, they remember not knowing what to do, where to go and what the paperwork is on the day. Let alone worrying about learning the track and thinking about stalling on the line. That spawned the BMCRC Rookie Support Programme three years ago. Now the programme covers the induction at the Race School and goes onto deliver a package of support to the new rider that does enable them to focus on what’s most important in their first year, their trackcraft. The Club has a Director South East Biker Magazine • www.southeastbiker.co.uk

dedicated to Rookie riders who will ensure that each new recruit is paired with a more experienced rider in advance of their first few meetings, they talk on the phone, they parkup next to each other and the more experienced rider guides the novice through all of their early experiences....where to go, when, who to see...the whole gambit of a confusing first few racedays. The Club offers low-price mentoring and coaching to all riders on the Friday testdays in front of weekend meetings too. BMCRC is the only Club that runs dedicated 600 and 1000cc Rookie Classes, where all the riders on the grid are in their first year of racing. There are also Rookie divisions within the Minitwin Class, Formula 400’s and the Superteens, aimed specifically at 12-18 year olds on 80 or 125cc production machines. New riders are always welcomed and riders can still start a season even if they’ve missed the Race School. For more details check the Club’s website at www. bemsee.net (the Info Centre section) or call the office on 01708 720305. The early season meetings are at Brands on 4-5 March and Snetterton 26-27 March… why not pop along? n 35


EVENTS Steve Walton – surprise victor at Brighton

Brighton Speed Trials As sports bikes go, Suzuki’s GSXR 1000 is right up there with the best of them, but to win the Brighton Speed Trials last September was a totally unexpected accolade. Alan Turner writes…

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Class 1: Vintage & Classic (up to 1972) consistency class Roger Pailes Triumph T100 ........................ 16.42/16.33 (0.09 difference) Class 2: Solos up to 350cc Peter Wilson Spondon Yamaha 250 .... 13.71/112mph Class 3: Solos up to 500cc Andrew Embling KTM SX ...............................13.12/102mph Class 4: Solos up to 1000cc Stuart Donald Suzuki GSXR.....................13.15/123mph Class 5: Sidecars and Threewheelers John Renwick Vincent 1665....................14.14/103mph Class 6: Production Solos Steve Walton Suzuki GSXR.....................11.01/143mph Class 7: Solos up to 2000cc Roger Simmons Suzuki Hayabusa1300 .... 11.60/146mph

From left: David Harvey gets his 350 Honda all crossed up; Manfred Rauscher (Kawasaki ZRX1100) comes all the way from Austria to ride in the Speed Trials; Stan Stephens (Banshee Yamaha) was a late entry

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Fastest Six: Greatest improvement on class time Steve Walton Suzuki GSXR1000..............................10.60

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READER REVIEW

KTM 990 SMT Our SEB magazine designer, Dean Cook, took his KTM 990 SMT for a run through the Welsh Valleys…

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he weathermen said a late Indian Summer was on the cards one October weekend so with that I put my undies in my rucksack, planned a route to Wales then hit the roads on my KTM 990 SuperMoto T. Starting off on a misty Saturday morning, the roads were dry and I headed out from Shoreham along the A27 towards Portsmouth. I was keen to get as many early miles under my belt so I didn’t mind missing out on the glorious Sussex roads just this once. My aim? Let’s see if I can reach for the west coast of Wales before sun-down. 325 miles seemed feasable so I suppose it really just depended on the traffic and weather. Well if the bike is as comfortable at the beginning as it would be at the end then I was sure I would do it. The SatNav said it would take six hours to complete covering a mixed set A & B roads as well as a bit of the M4. I added in a waypoint via the Black Mountain

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(A4069) which I heard was one of the best roads in Britain so had to travel under the Brecon Beacons to reach it. I bought the KTM SMT as it is very much an all rounder with serious fun factor attitude. It’s very happy around town as it is on the A / B Roads and motorways. The six-speed gear box has a really flexible range although it does bear a bit of ‘chatter’ if you move up through the low gears too early. The throaty 115bhp, liquid-cooled, four-stroke V-Twin 999cc engine is very quick indeed and I have often found myself leaning over the front to keep the front wheel firmly on the deck as I pulled away from lights. The power plant can touch 140mph. It’s not often you come across a machine with stealth-like looks that cover such versatility. It is a fantastic machine to look at and its road presence is quite prominent. The seating position is high giving you better road visability ahead over other vehicles in front. This is a bike that you can have a lot of fun on while covering extended miles – this is what riding is all about, surely? It’s great to be riding for a couple of hours and not having any of the wrist or back aches you would tend to get with sitting on a sports bike. It’s all become more fun now… well for me anyway. Soon enough the bike was flowing through the Wiltshire country roads as I pointed the bike towards Bath and the Severn Bridge. The mist still lingering overhead but hoping the weathermen weren’t going to disappoint – afterall it is because of them I am on the road. February / March 2011 • South East Biker Magazine


READER REVIEW As I rode over the Severn Bridge into Wales, I found myself leaning into the strong cross-wind but the bike remained super-glued to the road surface. With fuel needed the other side, it was time to give my backside a half hour break although it didn’t really need it. The bike’s 19 litre tank is pretty much good for 170 miles returning about 40 miles to the gallon – possibly more if you take it easy. The run under the Breacon Beacons wasn’t too exciting as I attempted to run along the maze of roads which consisted of the A470, A4059 past Moutain Ash, A465, A4109, A4067, A4068 to Brynamman and the start of the A4069. My Garmin 660 SatNav came into its own here. I climbed up, Brynamman was soon disappearing from my mirrors and the mountain road ahead came into view. A smile grew on my face and excitement filled my stomach. If you get a chance to ride the A4069 Black Mountain run then do. It’s not a particularly fast road – in fact it’s very tight in places, but if you like tight bends with little traffic then this is the road for you – although beware of the sheep sharing the tarmac. Riding over the crest just made me feel I want to go back and do it all again but looking ahead the roads descended into even tighter corners with a few hairpin bends to contend with – you really can’t challenge speed down here. The bike took all the bends with ease. I just loved the way the SMT handled these roads. My excitement continued for the next few hours as I continued towards the west coast of Wales

via the A483 turning left at Llanfair-ym-Muallt, then onto the A470 followed by the A44 as you climb over the Cambrian Mountains straight down into Aberystwyth. The roads are pretty much wide single-carriageways all the way up from the Black Mountains. I wasn’t pushing it but I reckon I was maintaining 50-60mph with ease. The roads owned plenty of fast sweeping bends which made the ride one of the most enjoyable I have ever had. I must admit, I thought the French roads were great but I think our Welsh friends are hoarding some real gems with added stunning scenery to boot. Rolling into Aberystwyth about 6pm there was a wealth of B&Bs and hotels so booking a room wasn’t an issue. Keen to find on-site parking I found the Belle Vue Royal Hotel on the coast road which offered very reasonable rates with breakfast for the morning. They even offered a complimentary shoe cleaning service and, yes, they were prepared to clean my boots! So, next best thing...fill belly with food & a few beers then bed. SMT DID GOOD The SMT’s nearest contender would probably be the current all-round king, the BMW GS1200.

However, having a fair few ‘I wanna be like Ewan and Charley’ friends, what bike would you have if you want to be different or if you want to find a raw version without all the electronic gizmos? I would put the SMT at the top of the list. No fancy tricks – just pure nononsense all-round, super-moto / touring / sports bike to have a hell of a lot of fun on for hours in one go. What other bike can do that? MCN didn’t give it five stars out of five without good reason and I can see why! With the only gripes being no fuel gauge and current owners disappointed with Brembo’s groaning rear brakes at low speeds, then apart from that I must admit the bike is an excellent choice. It’s distinctive looks are a talking point. In fact the SMT was so good my brother bought one too. n FURTHER INFORMATION KTM 990 SMT purchased from: P&H Motorcycles,Crawley. www.phmotorcycles.co.uk USEFUL INFO

KTM 990 SMT

Top Speed ............................... 140mph Power .........................................115bhp Weight ..........................................196kg Seat Height ...............................855mm Engine.............................. 999cc V-Twin Fuel Capacity........................... 19 litres Price .............................................£9,995

WE NEED YOU? If you have bought a new motorcycle in the last 12 months and you feel like writing an independent reader review then get your camera out, take several good images, write 1000 words and send them all to: nick@ southeastbiker.co.uk. You could see your review in these pages.

• WHO FANCIES A RIDE OUT TO NORTH WALES ON HONDA C90S? No! Neither do we but six hardy bikers from Eastbourne are riding to the Dragon Rally in early February in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Check out www.justgiving.com/mini-motorcycle-men. Good luck to them. Watch out for a report in April’s SEB. South East Biker Magazine • www.southeastbiker.co.uk

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TRACK DAYS

Get on Track in 2011

South East Biker in association with Lydden Hill race circuit are going to be offering some great track experiences in the coming year. The circuit is running its first 2011 Novice Track Day on 12th March.

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f you have never experienced the adrenalin of riding on a full race circuit then this is the best place to start. Lydden Hill Race Circuit, near Canterbury in Kent, known as the friendly circuit, has designed laid back and happy to help days to suit novice riders just starting out. The day is for complete beginners, welcoming riders with a full UK riders licence. Included in the day is a classroom session with one of our qualified instructors who will show you the best racing lines to take and advise on the best way to get the most out of your bike. Qualified mechanics will take you through the best suspension and bike set up, including tyre pressure to prepare you for the afternoon’s riding. With over 1 ¼ hours of actual track time with the guidance of our instructors this day is demanding yet confidence giving to all riders. For only £79 for the whole day is an affordable way to either have some fun or just improve on riding skills for the road. For more information please contact the trackday department at Lydden Hill on 01304 830557 or e mail trackdays@lyddenhill.co.uk or visit www. lyddenhill.co.uk South East Biker Magazine • www.southeastbiker.co.uk

SEB SPECIAL TRACK DAY GROUP EVENT South East Biker Magazine is running a special track day group event on Saturday 7th May. For only £85 you will get 8 x 15 minute sessions, the advice of two professional instructors thrown in and some SEB goodies to boot. We might even supply the cakes!! All riders will be in the same group of thirty and it will be suitable for all levels of rider. So if you are an ex-GP pro or have just passed your full test and fancy testing yourself and your bike, book now as places are strictly limited. Full payment reserves a slot. Contact us on 01892 610808 or email info@ southeastbiker.co.uk. Payment can be made by cheque to the address on the contact page or via Paypal: nick@southeastbiker.co.uk. Go on… treat yourself. Please note the Novice track days need to be booked through Lydden Hill Race Circuit www. lyddenhill.co.uk. The SEB day on Saturday May 7th is booked through the magazine. 41


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PRODUCT REVIEW

LIFTING STICK

Occasionally, a useful gadget comes along that you look at and think – ‘Brilliant! Why didn’t I have this last week when I really needed it!’ The lifting stick, made by German company Louis and sold by Get Geared is one of those gadgets. At first glance it’s well made, robust and very yellow, which should make finding it in a dark corner of the garage easy enough. I used it on a couple of different bikes during a recent bike maintenance course and found it very useful on bikes without main stands. The usual chore of rotating the rear wheel for cleaning, chain lube and adjustment is a doddle with this lifting device. It simply fits under the swing arm and mechanically jacks the bike up using a central turnbuckle. It’s proved to be a useful addition to my tool box and I’m happy to recommend it. The manufacturers do seem to have made a mistake in the labeling though. The Lift Stick shows a maximum lift capacity for bikes not exceeding 100 kilos – which is pretty much anything bigger than a moped. GetGeared are looking into this and revising their product information. Available online from Get Geared www.getgeared.co.uk

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