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2011 Issue 15: April-May

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RIDING IN THE

MANX GP

simon gardner SEB REVIEW

yamaha super tenere

a peruvian adventure

enhanced rider scheme

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STARTING GRID

Contents 03 Starting Grid

26 A Peruvian Adventure

06 A Weekend in the Country

28 Chatroom Ron

Editor Scribes…

Summer break with SEB

08 Bike Review

Yamaha Super Tenere

10 Dealer Profile

John Groombridge Motorcycles

12 New Technology

The Weald EVT Electric Drag Bike

14 Fun in the Sun

A Day on The Enhanced Rider Scheme

16 The Manx GP

Simon Gardner takes on the challenge

17 Trail Riders Fellowship

Fighting for our rights

22 Frontline by MAG The Big Society

24 In the Buff

Neckwarmer review and competition

South American frolics A sensible bike?

30 Kit Review

Shark Vision-R

32 Round Britain Ride Out

Part two of Philip Walker’s tale

36 The Joey Dunlop Foundation

Great works in the great man’s name

38 Bemsee Round Up

The 2011 season blasts off

40 Biking Events

What’s on locally and nationally

43 The Hunt for Puerto Del Faglioli Paddy Tyson’s book up for grabs

44 Trade Services

Find your local bike business

46 SEB Pick Up Points

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Daffodils and cherry blossom? Not the first things you’d think of as a biker, but they are a sure sign that motorcycles will soon be emerging from their hibernation and coughing their first cylinderful of CO2 into the spring air. Now is the time to shake off the winter covers and venture out on to some of the best biking roads in the country! Along with the seasonal optimism, I often hear the usual moans about pot holes, poorly maintained roads and ‘trigger happy’ speed coppers.Well, the good people of MAG are helping us to do something about it.They are running a campaign to improve road safety called ‘Get a Grip’ and they need your help.There are more details in MAG’s regular spot in this magazine; if we all sent just one email each to our local council asking for the new manhole covers to be tried, they would have to seriously consider the matter. Another regular topic of much whining is insurance companies and their allergic reaction to any modifications to your pride and joy. Shoosmiths have some useful advice in this issue which might save you much time, hassle and money when dealing with your insurer on this difficult subject. And to get us properly in the biking mood, there are a couple of biking events in April that are well worth going to. Haslemere fire station is holding its annual ‘Ready to Ride’ event on Sunday 17th April – and the Brightona team are putting on their ‘Bikes & Bands Spring Festival’ at Hove town hall on Saturday 23rd April. See you there! Peter Karmios, Editor 3


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Join SEB for a Weekend in the Country Weekend of 15th-17th July 2011

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e have teamed up with our pals at Busstop to bring you a weekend of music and fun to celebrate summer in Sussex. Busstop run an annual VW and aircooled weekend at Crowborough and are keen to get us bikers to join in. The weekend consists of: two nights of live music with camping available; daytime events for petrol heads, bikers, skaters and entertainment for all ages; and on sunday we all ride down to the Sussex coast where Eastbourne Extreme is being held, a free festival of pretty much anything adrenalin fuelled featuring water, wheels and air. The cost for a whole weekend is £14 per person (kids go free). This includes: two nights camping; two nights of evening entertainment; and arranged parking on Eastbourne seafront. If you want to come just for the day it’s FREE but there is an evening only ticket priced at £7pp.

Visit www.vwbusstop.co.uk for more information. During saturday there will be: Live Music; Skate Park; Food Stalls; Trade Stalls; Displays; Licenced Bar; Miniature Railway Ride; An area for bikers to sell their unwanted kit and bike parts, or bikes; and on an adjacent site there will be Crowborough Town Fair with many family attractions running on the saturday Facilities: Toliets and Showers; Public Swimming Pool; Football Pitches and Running Track; Full Security on site; Local town ammenities including pubs, takeaways and restaurants within a short walk. Details will appear on our website during April whilst a list of events can be found at www.vwbusstop.co.uk Tickets can be purchased via the Busstop website or by cheque payable to South East Biker and send to Wirral Acre, Eridge Road, Crowborough East Sussex TN6 2SP. Tickets will be available on the day.

BikeSure Insurance Babes to visit Haslemere Motorcycles Saturday 21st May 2011

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YAMAHA SUPER TENERE

Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere OK, forget the price tag for now. The Yamaha Super Tenere is a top of the range adventure bike that has the spec to put it up with the BMW GS and Ducati Multistrada. Nick Tunstill writes…

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or a heavy bike, the Tenere is easy to wheel around and doesn’t feel bulky or cumbersome at low speeds. It’s a very user friendly machine for a 1200cc motorbike, firing up the mighty parallel twin and pulling away inspires confidence from the off. The bike pulls strongly in all gears with plenty of torque and bhp to call on. I started off in the Sport mode which gave an exhilerating, lively throttle response. I had a play with the Touring mode but this considerably

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neutered the performance and I soon got bored with this mapping. Unusually for an adventure bike I found I was often travelling faster than I thought when glancing at the speedo, more like a sportsbike experience. This is a bit of a mixed blessing, the bike’s very quick but riding at 30 can feel painfully slow. The riding position is excellent and the seat height spot on for my 5’10” with a great view of traffic and for looking at the passing Sussex countryside. For a big bike it’s surprisingly nimble with excellent road holding and April-May 2011 • South East Biker Magazine


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the brakes are strong with plenty of feel. I didn’t try the machine off road, I am not sure how many miles these bikes will actually clock up on the rough stuff as the weight and ABS system will probably restrict it from the real hardore terrain. As a tourer, commuter and all rounder, the bike is a pleasure to ride and has many of the gismos that now are part of the modern motorcycle. So for the tecchies amongst you, the Tenere has ABS, BS0115 South East Biker_Layout switchable traction control, ride 1

by wire throttle system, variable engine mapping, a unified braking system and advanced suspension adjustment systems. It also features shaft drive. For those who just like to ride bikes, most of these features are unobtrusive and the Tenere is more than up to this job, whether on twisty B roads or blasting along dual carriageways. So, back to the price, if you can afford £13,000 and want a great bike, consider it. There’s 10:24onPage a14/03/2011 lot of technology board,1

the Tenere is well built, looks cool, is comfortable and is as quick as you like. If you are not particularly into the latest riding aids there are probably cheaper alternatives, take your choice! Many thanks to J W Groombridge of Cross in Hand for the use of the Super Tenere. useFul inFo

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DEALER PROFILE

John Groombridge Motorcycles The well known motorcycle dealer has been operating on the A267 site, on the Eastbourne to Tunbridge Wells road, since 1951 and a Yamaha and Suzuki dealer since 1963.

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he family run business was taken over in 2006 and the new owners have endeavoured to maintain the personal service they have been famous for. The aim has been to offer everything for the motorcyclist on one site, be it a seasoned rider or someone looking to start out on two wheels. In 2009 a new two storey building was built with a Suzuki showroom on the ground floor and a huge clothing and helmet area on the first floor. You would be hard pushed to not find the kit to suit you, with all budgets and needs catered for. There is a dedicated Ladies’ section with plenty of styles to choose from. Children and Outsizes are also displayed. All the top brands are represented: AGV, BKS, Caberg, Frank Thomas, Shoei, Sidi, Shark, Bell, RST, Richa, Wolf and Dainese. Groombridge’s can also offer access to an alteration service for special requirements. The original building houses the Yamaha and recently added Kawasaki showrooms, while the first floor houses luggage, featuring Givi, Oxford and Buffalo plus the extensive parts and accessories section. Parts for older models can easily be obtained for customers. As well as all the new models from Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha, Groombridge’s have a 10

wide range of quality used bikes. Behind the scenes, three modern workshops are fully equipped to service or MOT any bike. The service technicians are trained through manufacturer programmes to keep up to date with the latest models. The company offers a free collection service from BN and TN postcodes or, if you prefer, use of a courtesy bike, giving the chance to test ride one of the latest models. This year the company is running various events including a Touring Week from March 26-April 2, a Ladies’ week from April 9-16 and a Bike Safety Day with Sussex Police on June 11th. In addition there are always exciting offers on new models making dreams of changing one’s bike cost less than you may think. All you need to do is ask. John Groombridge Motorcycles has a substantial website if you can’t make it to the store. You can sign up for the Newsletter to keep up with latest offers. Check out www.jwg.co.uk for details and latest promotions. John Groombridge Motorcycles Mayfield Road Garage, Cross in Hand, Heathfield. TN21 0SP Tel: 01435 862466 or visit www.jwg.co.uk April-May 2011 • South East Biker Magazine


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ELECTRIC OPTIONS

the Weald eVt electric drag bike Whether we like it or not, motorcycle technology is constantly evolving and alternative sources of propulsion are being developed and refined. Electric bikes are right at the forefront of this new era of two wheeled power. Nick Tunstill caught up with a Sussex company who has an alternative approach.

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n Uckfield based company has a different approach to the advancement of this technology by developing a drag racing bike that can be a record breaker. I caught up with Phil Edwards, who runs the business. Whilst speaking to Phil I really got a sense of what he was trying to achieve and was reminded of that great film The World’s Fastest Indian. The idea that decent performance could be achieved using old bikes harnessed with new ideas and innovation is a real challenge. Rebuilding bikes seems hard enough but creating something new that actually works is particularly impressive. Phil first got the idea after watching YouTube clips of a Kingston University team entering a drag racing event at an Alternative Energy race. A drag racing bike would enable him to develop a machine with top performance that was affordable. The bike Phil bought was an XJR600 that had not seen the road for many years. The machine was stripped down to its frame then repainted and adapted to hold motors and batteries rather than engine, clutch, gearbox and petrol. The motors are made by Agni and use a controller to deliver the power correctly. An eBay purchase of a Honda 250 set of race panels completes the bodywork. There is a degree of tuning that can be applied to the process to get the best deliverable power from the batteries at the appropriate time. Phil applied various mathematical models, that were way over my head, to calculate how to power the bike to 126mph in 12 seconds. Sixty Lithium Polymer batteries are wired together in batches to provide

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the rechargeable power source. This is the expensive part of the operation, with the batteries costing over £2000 and some very time intensive processes being used to ensure they are at their optimum. There is no clutch on the bike so the power delivery is controlled via the gearing to give the optimum launch and top speed. The machine is tested on the dyno to check the performance before it’s tried on track. Currently Phil is happy with the peak power but is working to have it delivered quicker, which is where the tuning via the controller comes in. Currently the bike pumps out around 400Nm torque at the back wheel. Steve and the team at Peacehaven Electric Vehicle Workshop have also been working hard to support Phil and the project. The next couple of months are the culmination of a couple of years’ intensive work. The Alternative Energy Drag Race is at Santa Pod on May 14th, this is where the hard work should pay off. In the meantime Phil and the bike can be seen at the Haslemere Ready to Ride event on April 17th. Details of the complete project can be found at the Weald EVT website www.weald-evt.co.uk. Electric bikes may be a bit of a novelty at the moment but the potential is there to do a great deal for motorcycling. One of the main causes for objection to motorcycle events and sports is the noise. It would certainly silence some of the moaners if trials, grasstrack, speedway. motocross and even track days could be run using much quieter machinery. Keep an eye out for the next edition of South East Biker to see how Phil and the Weald bike progress. ■ April-May 2011 • South East Biker Magazine


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ENHANCED RIDER SCHEME

Fun in the Sun

Enhance your riding skills

SEB’s Debbie Tunstill with Malcolm

The DSA, in conjunction with the motorcycle industry, have devised a package of training known as the Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS). Debbie Tunstill decides to get assessed.

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he DSA, in conjunction with the motorcycle industry, have devised a package of training known as the Enhanced Rider Scheme (ERS). The scheme is intended to benefit all bike riders who have a full motorcycle licence, irrespective to the size of bike, or the experience level of the rider. You will not need to take a test or even any training if your skills are assessed as satisfactory. You will also earn discounts on your insurance as a result. A sunny February morning, a day most people look out of their office windows and wish they could go out on their bikes and have a play, well I had that perfect day for training for my ERS. Your ERS day starts with a short time in the class room so the instructor can go through what he will be looking for and what he will expect. My instructor Malcolm, from MJ Motorcycle Training, assesses your riding on a graded system, A 14

being the best, to C which tells you which areas you need to work on. I passed my DAS 3 years ago to the day of the ERS training so it was a good way of assessing my abilities. What bad habits I wondered, have I picked up after riding so many different bikes for reviews and racing, how would I fare? I had a great day out in the February sunshine, I found it difficult at first to train my brain to let my bike go deep into the corners. I had an idea when I attended a BikeSafe day and they employ the same principles of using the whole road. As the day went on it felt easier and easier to let the bike flow a lot more along the road. Over lunch was a debrief of what I could have done better and what I was doing right. The red rag to a bull was w1hen my instructor told me I was doing well on everything EXCEPT I needed to tidy up a few bits otherwise I would be graded as a B (not acceptable to me I wanted

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all A’s). At the end of the ride you are back into the class room to go over your results, I have always hated tests as I never feel I am good enough. Malcolm gave me my results and I had A’s for almost everything except corners, where I made a couple of little mistakes and was only given a B. At the end of the day I was shattered I didn’t really think it would be so intense but it is also so enjoyable and I highly recommend that if you haven’t tried it you should. As well as having a great day whizzing around the south east a bonus is that you can get discount off your insurance as well. Why not speak to Malcolm at M J Motorcycle Training or Geoff at Meridian Training (details opposite) for ERS training. The majority of motorcycle insurance companies offer discounts to riders who hold the ERS certificate. Here are just a few that do: Bennett’s Insurance; Bikesure; Carole Nash; Devitt; Express Insurance; MCE Insurance; Norwich Union; Swinton Insurance.

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RIDING THE MANX GP

Simon Gardner: The Manx GP… only once I started racing motocross in 1996 and had two slow years before winning three summer championships and three winter championships. Unfortunately I had a bad break on my femur so decided to move across to road racing in 2002.

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fter completing two rounds of New Era on a 1000cc, I learnt how to highside. I then moved to a 600cc for the R6 Cup in 2004. I borrowed and struggled my way through the year which cost £23,000 to enter. I had no experience and finished mid field most of the year. I then had a break from racing, using my time to buy a house, get my business established and I also married Hannah. In 2009 I bought a half decent 2007 bike and entered BEMSEE/ MRO. I had many race wins, broke lap records, won a championship and even won an award for this thing called the ‘Manx’. But due to racing commitments I didn’t make the trip. To view the Manx in 2009 (link http://www.manxgrandprix. org/News/news34.html) In 2010 I decided to do the Michelin Cup and won the first two rounds before a massive crash at Mallory….lying in hospital I thought, no more Michelin Cup and then decided to go crazy and follow my dream of doing the Manx Grand Prix. It was now time for the Isle of Man. I left my Brighton home for Heysham (347 miles). On the first day I drove

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the circuit in a van and got scared; the place is crazy and how bikes are allowed I don’t know. My speed controlled lap was fast and again I was scared when I hit the hay bales at the end of Sulby straight on lap one. I had no idea where the place was and didn’t even know the first corner went left or right. I really had no idea where the track went – I was approaching corners at 120mph hoping they went the way I thought they did and, if not, I would just turn and try to make it. I did an 87mph lap on the first night and then got up to 102mph after a few days. April-May 2011 • South East Biker Magazine


RIDING THE MANX GP

I packed up to come home that evening as I didn’t want to ride. This happened for four nights on the trot however, after each practice lap, I decided to go home only to wake up the following morning thinking “let’s try again”. My aim was to be able to say “been there done that and got the T-Shirt…and to do a 100mph lap”. On my fourth night of practice I was up to 98mph, so the next night with fresh rubber and some deep breathing (to make my balls bigger), I pushed a little harder for the 100mph. I actually managed 100.686mph…packed up again as I now had the T-Shirt and the 100mph lap. I woke in the morning and thought I now want the finisher’s medal. In the first race I finished all four laps. On lap three

my kidneys were hurting so much I felt like stopping. My vision had gone and my bladder was going to pop. I felt sick and dizzy. I dug deep and got four miles from the finish and had to stop on the mountain section. I was sick at the side of the road and had a quick pee. I got back on the bike and finished the race. It really had an affect on me. The pit crew had to peel my hands of the bars at the end. I’m so glad I did it and what an experience! It was the hardest bit of riding I have ever done by far. I’m very happy that I will never be going back to race there again 1,000,000%. It was just something I felt I had to do but didn’t really enjoy it however I am over the moon now (if that makes sense). My fastest lap was 102.2mph. I met some great people and I really want to thank everyone involved in the crazy Parrott Camp (who are sponsored by Haslemere Motorcycles) – an awesome bunch of people who really put a shine on life and my trip. They all probably thought I was a strange idiot really – I was so scared and nervous and in a funny state of mind out there. I wont be going back!…but…never say never… Regency Travel “Manx Grand Prix” Challenge: www.manxgrandprix.org

South East Biker presents

get on track with Saturday May 7th 2011, Lydden Hill Circuit, Kent We have an allocation of 30 places as part of the track day. The group will be divided into sections on track depending on ability and experience. The day consists of 8 x 15 minute sessions. Registration is by 8.00am at the latest. The noise limit is 110Db. A full motorcycle or ACU licence and one piece or zip together leathers are required. The cost for the day is £85. There will be two instructors on-hand free of charge. Bed and Breakfast details can be supplied on request. to book please contact debbie@southeastbiker.co.uk or call 01892 610808 Full payment is required by cash, cheque or paypal to reserve a place.

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SURREY TRAIL RIDERS FELLOWSHIP

Fighting to defend legal rights Surrey Trail Riders Fellowship is still fighting hard to defend our legal rights. Written by Steven Taylor, South London and Surrey TRF

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cross Kent, Surrey and Hampshire, there remains a network of “green lanes” or more accurately, “byways open to all traffic” (BOATs), and “unclassified county roads” (UCRs). They’re part of the UK’s highway network which, as a biker, you pay your taxes to use, just like for any other public road. But unlike the vast majority of roads they’re not surfaced, which, for those who have never tried “trail riding”, makes for a fantastic new way to experience motorcycling. For decades the Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF) has been helping likeminded bikers do just that: to come together, organise local runs and explore this network of unsurfaced roads by motorcycle. Any road legal motorcycle can be used on the trail but enduro or trail bikes of 250cc to 450cc are best – they’re more agile, nimble, easier to control and less exhausting to pick up when you do (inevitably) come off! Of course tyres make a big difference: a set of knobblies (road 18

legal) are pretty much essential especially in the winter. And as with road riding – the right kit is essential – only on the trail you need proper enduro or motocross type boots and armour to protect yourself. With the right bike and right kit trail riding is a fantastic and exciting way to enjoy both the motorcycling and the countryside. It’s worth remembering that when you’re out trail riding, you’re on still public highways, and will therefore meet other people on trail, including walkers, horse riders, cyclists and others. Trails aren’t like an enduro circuit or motocross track. Other users will, not surprisingly, feel aggrieved if they have been endangered by reckless riding. For that reason the TRF have a Code of Conduct which helps trail riders starting out know how to get along with other byway users (see box). It doesn’t take long to realise that if you treat others with respect, with a wave or simple hello or thank you, almost every time they’ll return the acknowledgment and respect your right to use the trail too. And at the same time you become an ambassador for legal trail riding. All this is really important as there are some people who ride unregistered, uninsured, noisy or otherwise illegal bikes and in areas where they shouldn’t go. Some people think that if they’re not seen or don’t hurt anyone then what is the harm. But the problem is that they are often are seen and heard and they are the legal trail rider’s enemy as Joe Public often do not distinguish between the illegal inconsiderate riders and legal trail riders. Instead we all get lumped together as one big group of ‘joy riders’ and ‘scramblers’, who ‘wreak havoc’ in the countryside’. Local people become upset and campaign for something to be done, and instead of tackling just the rogues for breaking the law, often the response is to try to ban all motorised vehicle users from the trails. Not really very fair but that is just what has been happening in Surrey. Councillors on the Surrey County Council Guildford Local Committee, and in particular Councillor Bill Barker, have been trying as hard as they can to prohibit motorised vehicle users from two lanes in West Horsley, Guildford – Silkmore Lane and Fullers Farm Road – by making “Traffic Regulation Orders” (TROs) that prohibit vehicles. On three separate occasions over the last April-May 2011 • South East Biker Magazine


SURREY TRAIL RIDERS FELLOWSHIP year the Committee have had to vote on whether to make these TROs. On each occasion the Council’s own Rights of Way officials have told them that the grounds for making a TRO have not been met, and provided them with long reports with detailed arguments explaining why TROs should not be made. Each time the professional Rights of Way officials have been ignored. It should come as no surprise that a local West Horsley Parish Councillor lives on Fullers Farm Road. And another parish councillor lives adjacent to Silkmore Lane. And, (it goes on), a third Parish Councillor lives just a few metres away from a third byway which they have their sights set on closing too! As one of my fellow TRF members put it: a few ‘haves’ appear to want to create, at the public expense, their own “gated style” community where only citizens of ‘the appropriate standards’ can enter. These residents chose to buy a property and live on a road kept at the public’s expense, but now seem to want to preclude sections of the public from using it, and stifle law abiding citizens’ ancient rights to use the Queen’s highway.

What does the laW say?

As highways agencies, County Councils across the South East have a number of ‘duties’ which they have to perform by law. These include duties ‘to assert and protect the rights of the public to the use and enjoyment of any highway’ (Highways Act 1980 Section 130), ‘to maintain the highway’ (Highways Act 1980 Section 41), and ‘to secure the expeditious, convenient and safe movement of vehicular and other traffic (including pedestrians)’ (Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Section 122). As legal ‘duties’ these are not optional – highway agencies are generally obliged to do these things. Highways agencies also have ‘powers’ to create ‘Traffic Regulation Orders’ for a variety of reasons such as to ‘prevent danger’ or ‘prevent danger arising’, or to ‘prevent damage to the road’ (Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 Section 1). In relation to byways and UCRs these are typically used to prohibit certain types of vehicles at certain times of the year; either temporarily or permanently. Case law requires that a “balancing exercise” must be performed where the use of these ‘powers’ conflicts with the highway agency’s ‘duties’. Such a balancing exercise needs to be based on evidence and common sense. In the case of the proposed Surrey TROs the only balancing exercise conducted so far, by the Council’s own officials, clearly states there is no case to make the Traffic Regulation Orders. In response to this South London and Surrey TRF, along with other organisations such as the British Horse Society, launched a campaign to challenge what we believe to be an unlawful abuse of power. Ahead of the most recent vote on 9th March, we achieved a massive 1000 letters of objection. TRF members attended the meetings, making ourselves heard, telling the Councillors of the positive work the TRF do, like voluntarily helping council officials clearing overgrowth on lanes, and helping improve signage on byways in partnership with the Police and local agencies. As a result Councillors finally started to show some South East Biker Magazine • www.southeastbiker.co.uk

THE TRF CODE OF CONDUCT • Use only vehicular rights of way • • Keep to the defined way across farmland • • Give way to walkers, horses and cyclists • • Fasten gates to safeguard stock • • Travel at a safe speed • Ride quietly • •Honour the country code • Identify ourselves • • Acknowledge other users •

acknowledgment of the legal right of law abiding trail riders to use Byways Open to All Traffic, saying it was a difficult issue to consider. This was a massive leap forward compared to the ignorance and prejudiced views we heard at earlier meetings. At the March meeting the Councillors finally decided not to proceed with the TRO on Fullers Farm Road – a victory for the TRF, common sense and the rule of law! However they voted for a Public Inquiry to review Silkmore Lane – which could cost up to £20,000! A waste of money in our view, given the Council’s own legal officer told the Councillors that not one of the legal grounds to make the TRO is met, but we are confident that the legal argument not to make this other TRO will prevail (see box). So as well as bringing those interested in trail riding together, the TRF continues to actively fight to preserve and protect the full status of vehicular green roads and the rights of motorcyclists and others to use them. Whilst the battle over these byways isn’t over yet, we’ve certainly put up a fight and had a partial success so far, and we hope we save both these byways for all bikers’ enjoyment in the years to come. If you’re interested in trail riding or supporting our work please get in touch!

FanCy trying out trail riding? or Want to support the trF?

The local reps for the South East are: South London and Surrey: Steve Sharp, 020 8773 4204, www.surreytrf. org.uk; Sussex: Julian Flack, 01306 740586, www.sussextrf.co.uk: Hampshire (Southern Group), Colin Lindstrom, 07818 404240, www.southern-trf.org. uk; Kent; Steve Neville, 07549 946379, www.trfkent.org.uk If you wish to donate to our legal fighting fund or find out more; visit the national TRF site at www.trf.org.uk.

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NEWS FROM THE MOTORCYCLE ACTION GROUP Fighting on behalf of bikers

The Big Society The Big Society is the buzz phrase of the moment it would appear. To be honest I’m not exactly sure what ‘Big Society’ means, as I am yet to hear a Minister describe it succinctly. Words like ‘personal empowerment’ and ‘local responsibility’ seem to be used rather a lot, but in essence I think it means that we, the people, have to do things for ourselves.

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cynic would say that it is an idea dreamt up to mask the cuts in public services, but in an attempt to remain positive, I’ll say it’s an opportunity to take further control at a local level and achieve the things that we want for motorcycling. All the things we like to moan about when we are in the pub, are actually decided at Local Authority level. OK, so the price of fuel isn’t, but pretty much

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everything else is: parking, manhole covers, potholes, bus lane access, toll exemption. Doing things for ourselves is what bikers have always had to do and is the founding principle of Motorcycle Action Group (MAG), so as we approach the local elections on 5th May, we have a head start on everyone else and I reckon we can use the Big Society to our advantage. Local elections really matter, so it’s a real shame that hardly

anyone bothers to vote, but that too, is something that we can use to our advantage. If we do bother to vote, we can make a greater difference to candidates who do see motorcycling in a favourable light. Local Authority (LA) is the best way to describe the myriad of councils, unitary authorities, urban boroughs etc and in total 279 of them are up for election this May. Have a look on the www.ridersarevoters.org website

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to see if your authority is going to the polls. If it is, don’t forget to ensure you are on the electoral register and you can do that through the Riders Are Voters (RAV) website as well. But I digress. The local elections are what will decide whether non-slip composite manhole covers are fitted in the roads. I wrote last issue about MAG’s GET A GRIP! campaign and what we were trying to achieve. Well not only are we already achieving great things: Southend, Staffs, Devon, Bedford, Warks, Sheffield, Swansea, Aberdeen, Hackney and more councils are now either trialling, or about to trial the new covers, but we have unearthed a Highways Agency document that means we don’t even have to ask the councils with their restricted budgets, to spend any of their money. We, the Big Society can use HA104/09 to force private utility companies to fit non-slip covers as part of their renewal or ‘new fit’ programme, within a ‘designated’ area. And there is nothing to stop that designated area being the whole county! That won’t get every slab of shiny metal out of the road surface over night, but it’ll certainly make a difference. All we have to do is highlight this document to councils as we approach the election and explain that it is incredibly socially irresponsible not to advocate the use of non-slip

covers. After all, being socially responsible is surely what the Big Society is all about. And after a council has been made aware of non-slip covers, who would want to see a council sued for negligence? Just a thought. If you can’t meet a prospective councillor as the election approaches, get along to one of the Riders Are Voters (RAV) Question Time events that local MAG groups will be organising. These will be held in bike showrooms and will be your

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opportunity to ask councillors direct questions relating to motorcycling in your area. Have a look on the MAG website www. mag-uk.org for the contact details of your local MAG group. Better still, become part of the Big Society: work with riders who are doing it for themselves; making the roads a safer and more enjoyable place to ride. Join the Motorcycle Action Group and we’ll all do it together. For more information telephone 01926 844064 www.mag-uk.org 23


COMFORT ZONE

In the buff

Buff have managed to establish their brand as a generic name for motorcycle neckwear; quite an achievement and reflects the popularity of the products. I have been using the Cyclone Buff over the winter to see if it really does the job. Nick Tunstill writes…

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ow, I am a well known cheapskate and generally use a neck protector that has been given to me as a freebie at a show. These are OK up to a point but the summer ones very quickly tend to lose their shape and colour and the winter variety tend to be ill fitting and bulky.

CyClone buFF

The Cyclone is designed to give maximum wind protection, consisting of a windstopper section with an elasticated base and a thinner upper layer which is breathable. Does it work then? Yes, in a word. It’s ultra warm, I have used it all winter, not bulky and fits very well under plenty of kit. The Buff doesn’t restrict movement and the breathable section is a clever touch. It doesn’t stop being useful when you step off the bike. I wear mine while walking the dog, but it would be great for skiing, cycling or any outside winter

activity. Now spring is in the air, I will be switching to one of their original Buffs to see how that holds up in the warmer weather. Expect to pay about £30.

merino Wool buFF Review by Debbie Tunstilll

Buff recently produced this 100% Merino Wool neck warmer. The feel of the buff is soft and doesn’t have any seams to iritate your neck or head. I wore this on some of the coldest days this winter and it felt amazing. One thing I hate is going in to a warm shop from the cold, as you can get too hot. The Merino Wool Buff is brilliant, being a natural fibre it keeps you warm when it is cold, but it will keep you cool when it is hot, so the best of both worlds. Buffs are great as they can be used in so many ways: as a neck warmer, head protection against the sun or cold, balaclava, headband and face mask. Well, for what I need it to do, which is to keep me warm in the winter and stop insects in the summer, it is perfect for the job. Merino Wool Buff RRP £22.

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Adventure Many of us are pleased to see the back of 2010 with its bleak economy and freezing weather. Let’s look forward to riding where it is warm and the living is easy at a fifth of the price, Peru South America!

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dventure Peru Motorcycling have been arranging tours since 2003. Their tours now cover all Peru, The North, Amazonas, The Cloud Forest, Southern Peru and The Rain Forest. In 2011 they will also be offering tours to the far northern beautiful sandy beaches of Organomos, Mancora and Tumbes, close to Ecuador. This tour can be taken in Peru when Britain is in the throes of a freezing winter, riding our Suzuki and Honda bikes in beautiful sunshine at 80-100 degress. Interested? Then ask about their ‘Bike and Beaches Tours’ to beat the winter blues! tours Already 2011 is looking busy with their May, September and October tours booking up fast but they still have some rider spaces available on their small group, personally guided tours seeing the real Peru off the beaten tourist track! They are also really excited 26

about their new venture in 2012, “Adventure Argentina Motorcycling” setting up bike touring around the magnificent country of Argentina with top Argentinian guide biker/ photographer Ivan Pisarenko, based in Buenos Aries. Ivan is going to co-ordinate the first tour with them to the Argentinian wine district of Mendoza with APM’s UK Business Director David Groves. They are already running a list of their previous clients keen to come on this inaugural tour so if you are interested send them your details and they will keep you up to date on the prices and future dates/ routes for 2012! peru Charity Adventure Peru Motorcycling would like to thank to all the bikers and friends who supported them in raising over $3,000 for the children of llacanora school, Cajamarca, who did not own school uniforms. APM and the Tunbridge Wells Motorcycle Club got together and raised this money during the year with

particular thanks to Mark & Carole Stone also Guy Sutton for working so hard on this project. Along with Mark they went out to Peru last June and bought 70 complete uniforms and made some families very happy! They now have our official charity formed so in 2011 they can continue this work. Please contribute when you see their stands at bike shows and fund raising events to be detailed soon. A special fundraising event for this year is An Evening with Sam Manicom, bike author and adventurer, at The Royal Wells Hotel, Tunbridge Wells on Saturday 10th December. Keep and eye on the magazine and website for more details. To find out more about Adventure Peru Motorcycling go to their website www. perumotorcycling.com and also check out our Facebook site. Safe riding and live the dream… Ride Peru before it’s too late!

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Hallo. Regarding the Sensible Bike article in the November issue. My opinion? No such thing. Sensible is four wheels, air bags, steel struts in doors, air conditioning, sat nav, surround music systems, so many gadgets one forgets to look where one is going. Roving sitting rooms. Who wants Sensible? Not for pleasure. Ariel Motor Cycles did a survey with their main dealers in the fifties. Flagging sales of their Huntmaster and Square Four bikes prompted it, about the same time as Vespa and Lambrettas were selling in increasing numbers. The result was production of the Leader. Fully enclosed fairing, indicators, (the first on a bike), red hand grips, white wall tyres, two-tone paintwork, in other words, a bigger and faster scooter. “Tomorrow’s Bike Today” was the sales slogan. A sensible bike? Probably. It did not sell well, and after four years of effort Ariel closed its doors. So, what does not being sensible mean? Just one example. Take the train under the Channel. Observe the car drivers. None of them communicate with others, the opposite with bikers. Where are you going, what is your bike like two up, what are the roads like in Germany, etc? That is one difference. It really does not matter what one is riding, a fully loaded 250 or a Hayabusa. As for Bob Pendleton. Well done him – he will wonder what kept him so long to get freedom. My advice is to get some warm clothing. At our age the cold really does bite. Regards, Ron Foreman.

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ON THE HEAD…

Shark Vision-r Sharks new Vision-R helmet was developed because Shark had heard so many times, ‘I just can’t see enough of the road wearing a full face lid’. So Shark decided to do something about it instead of ignoring it. Debbie Tunstill gives her full visual inspection…

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he new Shark Vision-R helmet has a drop down UV anti-scratch sun visor, which had anyone actually looked at me at the traffic lights, would have seen me playing with it like a 10 year old, ‘sun visor down, sun visor up, sun visor down’. I know it seems silly, but for me it is a luxury to have the sun visor. I usually carry sunglasses with me but then you have to stop to put them on or take them off. The way the weather changes in the UK that is a lot of stopping. The Vision-R has so many

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features it makes you wonder how they make it at such a reasonable price. The shell is made from multidirectional composite fibre and has a internal shock-absorber, the panoramic view of the visor is the widest angle currently on the market. It is a mid weight helmet but seems lighter to me than the one I had before because it is balanced better. Shark have produced new colours for this year which are more traditional to the European market without all the dragons crawling over them. They have some really retro colours like my Pixy Blue, Pixy Orange and

a matt Black. I think Shark have really thought about what their customers want and need and have tried to address this. Even if you are not looking for a new lid, why not check out the Shark range, you may well be surprised at what they have on offer at sensible prices. Available from: www.thebikerstore.co.uk , Haslemere Motorcycles and JW Groombridge from £275 South East Biker would like to thank the Biker Store, Nevis and Shark for helping me find my perfect lid and it matches with my bike too, happy days!

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CHARITY RIDE OUT • PART TWO

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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e decided the Round Britain Ride Out was for Spinal Research and a sizeable amount of money has been donated from the guys at our Bus Garages. I had asked them to donate and the person who guessed my final mileage when I returned from the trip would receive a bottle of Whiskey. Where better to get the whiskey but the famous Bushmills?

The distillery was free to enter and the smells as we walked round were wonderful, it was a fruity, sugary, malty aroma that was gorgeous. But, as we were riding our bikes, we could not have a drink. We both discussed the pros and cons of drink riding before we embarked on our adventure and the conclusion was that we would not drink and ride. Because we would spill it on the first right hand bend and that would be such a waste. I bought some whiskey for the guys back home and then we mounted our steeds and set off to chat to the giants at The Giants Causeway. Again, another pleasant ride on such beautiful roads and countryside. The scenery was inspiring and the weather was still being kind to us. I had worried about the weather a week before we began the ride. First it was going to be cold and I worried about snow in Scotland. 32

Snow and ice and bikes should not mix. Not Good. Then the weather changed and we had rain. Mild conditions would be good but rain all the way meant we had to consider being soaked through. Not good. You

can only take so many changes of clothing and spare gloves and socks... plenty of socks.... you can never have too many socks. “Yes you can”, said Trevor. So I put the second pack of twenty back in the drawer. But I did send a message to the management asking for nice weather. And they must have heard me because the weather we had was terrific. “It always rains in Northern Ireland!”, is a myth. It doesn’t rain when Phil and Trevor are there. The Giants Causeway is a place of natural beauty. It is such a shame that the National Trust has moved in and turned it into a commercialised site. But we each paid the £2 parking fee and decided to walk down the easy way. I say easy, the not so steep way is a better way to describe it. You can get a bus up and down there too. But that meant reaching into our pockets and being £2 down and not knowing what other expenses the National Trust will have in store for us we decided to walk. We were in full motorcycle gear and the weather was nice and warm...too warm for motorcycle gear.

We got to the bottom and the rock formations were awesome. It was created quite a long time ago as the waters receded and created these unusual shapes in the rocks. Great stuff. Didn’t see no giants though. After the Giants Causeway we rode around the corner to find “The Rope Bridge”, another place of interest. Hopefully there we could buy a cup of tea that was not astronomically priced. We were starting to lose interest now as the energy from walking around the causeway began to take a toll. We’ll head back to Garvagh via Coleraine as there we saw an Asda. As you know Asda is synonymous for cheap fuel. At the end of the junction we were meant to turn right and go back the way we came. But I saw a sign saying “ Ballymoney”, I just saw it and thought, “ Oh, I know that town, let’s go that way!” Vroom, I was off…Trevor was not. He wasn’t a happy bunny. But he followed me anyway. I had a great ride. Can’t tell you what road it is but it was clear of traffic and had fast straights and lovely curves and bends. I think the best motorcycle rides are discovered by accident, ‘cos this was great. Tired from the walk, I wasn’t now, I was wide awake and loving every minute of it. Now, we are not silly riders. Well, I may give that impression occasionally. But we know how to ride steady. On a strange road we are still careful, we don’t know what’s around each corner, so we ride with caution but that shouldn’t stop us having a nice run. Or as I would say, a good “blast!” Trevor soon caught me up and

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put me on the road to Coleraine, where Asda was still waiting for us. We filled up with fuel ready for the trip home tomorrow morning. After an early night we got up at 06.30 for a long trip back to England.

It was a cold morning, the fog had descended and the bikes were dripping wet. A brisk wipe down with a towel and a last minute check around our rooms making sure nothing was left behind and we were off. With a heated seat and grips I was OK, but I felt sorry for Trevor as his hands must have been freezing. Temperature reading on my bike showed 2.5 degrees, Brrrr… A run home was to be down the A29 through Cookstown to Dungannon where we picked up the A4 to Balleygawley and there we’ll see a sign for the A2 to Dublin. The road was remarkably empty for a monday morning and we made good progress. We stopped for a breakfast which was terrific. Here, Trevor filled up with fuel, this would see us all the way to Wales before the next fill up. It saves breaking into our Euros as they were meant for emergencies. The car and lorry drivers on the A2 to Dublin were very courteous and were more than happy to pull over for us. I thank you all, it made the day so much easier and in a way I felt privileged. 34

Just before Dublin we picked up the M50. A mini M25 that circles London but without the stationary traffic. The only worry here was there was a sign saying, “Toll”. But we didn’t come across any pay booths and I am thinking that maybe we had to pay online or by phone and later this week I will get a penalty notice in the post. Well, that is how Westminster council gets their money. Dun laoghaire is well sign posted and we soon found ourselves parked up on the dock waiting to

be loaded. We arrived early and I thought I had plenty of time, so I wandered off to get a coffee and look at the souvenir shop. On my return I found Trevor’s bike gone. I quickly started the bike and shot off after him. He was happy enough strapping his bike down and gave me a hand to strap mine too. It is so much easier when the ferry company supplies these ratchet straps on. It is always worth bringing something to cover your seat to protect it from the straps, the out bound journey the ferry put a couple of squares of carpet on the seats. Here now I had a rummage and used a magazine and rolled up T-shirt. The crossing to Hollyhead was longer than intended as the weather was now on the change and the sea had a swell of 2.5 metres. The crossing was choppy,

actually I enjoyed it. I stayed in the seat and got rocked to sleep. The captain was very good and kept us informed and decided to make a course change to smooth the ride a little, it worked but the journey was longer by 20 minutes. The ferry arrived at 15.35 and we were on our way by 16.00. The route home was via the A55 up towards Colwyn Bay and pick up the M56 and then the M6. As we hit the first motorway so the rain started and it came down with persistence. The forecast we thought had said it would dry up by early evening so pushed on till we found shelter at Sandbach services. We had a bite of lunch and a coffee. Trevor had suffered bad with the rain, his top was soaked through. So I helped him into his all in one wet weather suit. Buttoned up, zipped up and helmet on he looked a bit like the Michelin man. And as we walked out to the bikes so we saw the rain had stopped. Typical. But Trevor was warming up now and we were just eager to get home. I got home by 22.20 and Trevor an hour later. The BMW is a terrific bike. It was comfortable, easy to ride, had plenty of power. Fuel consumption was amazing, I averaged 57mpg. But at times I had hit 61mpg. This bike cruises happily at 55mph as it does at 80mph. Not that we did 80 mph you understand. It was an incredible journey, it was a quick journey and we both enjoyed it. And to cap it all we have raised money and awareness for Spinal Research. Trevor and I thank you all for your support and donations. So far my total stands at £360. Yet, there is still more to come. ■

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The Joey Dunlop Foundation Joey Dunlop – a well-respected Manx TT, British National, International and GP racing legend – we look into the foundation behind this private man.

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oey Dunlop found worldwide fame and respect during his thirty year career, particularly as the ultimate Isle of Man TT rider. He also raced in British national and international meetings plus GP rounds. What is not so well known is that he devoted much of his non racing time to humanitarian missions to Eastern Europe. Joey was a quiet, private man who was moved by the plight of orphans he came across on his road racing travels. He made many trips on his own, in his own van, taking food and essential goods across Europe in the winter. During his lifetime he was honoured with an OBE, an MBE and the Manx Sword of State. After his death, while racing in Estonia in 2000, it was felt by many motorcycle fans that Joey’s racing and humanitarian achievements should be commemorated in a 36

permanent way. Bob McMilan, Linda Dunlop and John Harris were instrumental in establishing the Joey Dunlop Foundation which provides holiday accommodation on the Isle of Man for use by families with special needs requirements. Braddan Bridge House was opened on Mad Sunday 2010 by Linda Dunlop and John McGuiness.

It is an amenity that provides facilities for all those affected by disability, particularly children and their families. John Harris of John Harris Motorcycles, Crowborough was a close friend of Joey’s and his family and was involved with his racing career for many years. “Many of you will know of Joey’s incredible racing career as the most successful pure road racer of our time. What is possibly not as well known is that Joey Dunlop OBE MBE devoted much of his spare time to those less fortunate than ourselves. “I have many fond memories of times spent with him at race circuits, at home with his family and trips to the continent. It has been a great privilege to have known him and now I am very proud to be part of a team whose aim over the past ten years has been to provide a disabled facility in the memory of Joey. “It is perfectly situated on the circuit he loved and was to call his own. It is a fitting tribute to the shy, modest man we knew affectionately as Joey. You were simply the best”. So if you are making the pilgrimage to the Island or simply watching the action on TV, spare a thought for ‘Yer Maun’ and his legacy both on and off the track. Have a look at the website to get a full picture of the Foundation’s ongoing work. www.joeydunlopfoundation. com. Each year the organisation runs a tombola draw for a new motorcycle, full details will appear on the site.

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fter a long and cold winter, it was finally time for the 2011 BMCRC and MRO championships to get underway, and as normal the season’s opener was at Brands Hatch Indy. In 2010 Jordan Gilbert was vying for the Superteen Rookie title, until an off at Cadwell ended his season early. He still managed a sixth overall in the championship, and this season he is setting his sights high. Gilbert (M25 Copiers Aprilia) took three seconds over the weekend, before taking the win in the last races of the weekend. His biggest rival came in the form of Max Symonds (J&C Symonds Aprilia), 38

who took three wins and a second. The weekend belonged to these two, with the gap between them less than a tenth of a second in races one and two. Symonds led from the start in race one, while Gilbert, despite starting third on the grid, made his way from fifth, up through the pack and was in second starting lap three. Gilbert sat behind Symonds before making his move on lap seven and taking the race lead. He started the last lap looking set to take the first win of the year, but it wasn’t to be, as Symonds found a way past on the last lap to snatch victory across the line by the narrowest of margins. Saturday afternoon was a similar story, with Symonds leading the pack as he and Gilbert in second pulled away from the rest of the field. Sunday morning was a more comfortable experience for Symonds, taking his third win of the weekend. It was in the afternoon on Sunday

Rob McNealy (10, Suzuki) leads Peter Baker (2, Suzuki) Josh Caygill (114, Triumph) and Jimmy Hill (195, Triumph) in the Powerbike race

that Gilbert finally bagged his first race win. Jimmy Hill and Josh Caygill (MAP Triumph 675) were out in the MRO Supersport and Stocksport 600 races. Both current champions were absent; Supersport champion Daniel Fowler has stepped up to the MRO Stock 1000s, while Stocksport champion Tony Coombs has stepped up to the National championship. Hill took the win on Saturday, four seconds ahead of his teammate Caygill in second. Jody Lees (Midland VW Triumph 675) was third across the line, despite being sixth with just two laps remaining, and rounded off the Supersport podium. Hill & Caygill contest BSB Series this season so appeared as guests, taking no points or prizes in MRO. Sunday started with Hill taking the win in the morning by 10 seconds. Second was awarded to Lees, with the first Stocksport rider again Dye

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BEMSEE in third. Fuller was the second Stock rider ahead of Burrage. In the afternoon Caygill bettered his teammate taking the victory from Hill. Lees was third and the third Supersport rider, ahead of a thrilling battle for fourth and the leading Stocksport rider. It eventually went the way of Daniel Fuller ahead of Tommy Mountain and Chris Burrage, with Dye dropping out in the early stages. Burrage was third until lap five when Lees went past. The ever-popular MRO Minitwin series were in action, with near 40 riders lining up over the weekend, providing close and exciting racing. In race one Sam Cox (SDC Performance Suzuki SV650) hit the front early on, but was unlucky enough to drop out on lap four. That allowed Anthony Russo (Titan Elevators Suzuki SV650) to move into the race lead. He managed to open up a slight gap on the battling rest of the pack and rode to victory by just over a second. Dan Wright was second from Luke Helm in third. Helm held second until Wright found his way past with just three laps remaining, beating Helm to the flag by just over half a second. In race two Russo took his second win with the top nine split by just over two and half seconds. Helm took second, but led the race with just two laps remaining before losing out to Russo. Couzens was third after dicing in a great battle with Kelly and Wright. Kelly looked to have made the final podium position his, starting the last lap in third before Couzens beat him to the line by less than one tenth of a second in another great battle. Wright was just behind in fifth. On Sunday Couzens managed to secure both wins on the day with Russo bagging two second placed

finishes. Kelly and Helm shared a third. In race one on Sunday, Wright was running well in fourth, but dropped three positions in one lap to drop to seventh as the field chopped and changed positions, with Sam Cox going the other way from seventh to fourth between laps two and six. You couldn’t take your eyes off this for a minute. In the afternoon’s outing the order reshuffled again. Couzens took the win from Russo, with third this time going to Helm from Wright in fourth. This season’s Rookie 1000 riders provided more exciting racing, and in the first race of the weekend the first four riders crossed the line at the flag covered by less than one and a half seconds. Gennaro Esposito (Hi Carb Racing Honda CBR1000RR) took three wins over the weekend, his first, in the weekend’s opener, by seven tenths of a second. After battling for the lead throughout, Aldo Morello (M&M Yamaha R1) took third after losing out to Ian Pearson on the last lap. Tim Cripps (HM Racing BMW S1000RR) wasn’t far behind in fourth. Cripps went better in the afternoon, taking the race win from Esposito by less than three tenths of a second. Morello was third ahead of Pearson. On Sunday Esposito took both of the wins from Cripps in second. There was room in the top three in Sunday’s opener for Louis O’Regan, with Pearson third in the afternoon. The Rookie 600s were also in action where Scott Hudson dominated proceedings taking four wins from four. On Saturday Chris Saxby took two seconds with Mark Cole and Matthew Stone sharing a third each, while Sunday saw Stone take two seconds and Jay Budgen and Tim Todd sharing the bottom step on the podium.

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In the MRO Stock 1000s Seb Bulpin qualified fastest and took the win in Saturday’s race. But after missing Sunday’s races that left Rob McNealy, second on Saturday, to take two wins. Colin Parker was third Saturday, and on Sunday Byron Beckett and Daniel Fowler shared a third while Jonty Dixon took two seconds. Clouds of blue smoke engulfed the pits as the 250 MZs took to the circuit for their first round of the season, and it was reigning champion Andrew Saunders and 2010 runner up Chris Rogers who shared the top step of the podium all weekend, taking two wins each. In race one it was Saunders who took victory from Nick MurtonJones and Jonathon King after Rogers retired from second place on lap five after initially leading the opening stages. He made it back out for the second race and hit the front on lap five, holding the advantage to the chequered flag. Saunders was second with Giles Spencer only just edging out Murton-Jones and King to take an excellent third. Sunday saw Rogers and Saunders share the top step of the podium again. Murton-Jones bagged second in race one as Saunders dropped out of the lead with just one lap remaining, while Spencer rode again to an impressive third, a feat he repeated in the last race of the weekend, with Rogers second and Saunders taking the victory. The F1 and F2 sidecars were out for their first round of 2011 and in race one it was Knight and Sharp who took the win from Cable and Gower with Bleakley and Lane third across the line. The leading F2 was French pairing of Lelias and Vannier, and would be in all four races. The second round of the BMCRC and MRO is on March 26 and 27 on the newly revamped Snetterton 300 circuit. 39


South East Biker Events APRIL EVENTS

MotoGP Jerez, Spain ...................3rd April Trials Braintree & DMCC ........3rd April Motocross Halstead & DMCC .....................................................3rd April Trials Alton & District MC & CC...............................................3rd April Hare & Hounds Hampshire Police MCC .............3rd April JW Groombridge Ladies’ week........................................9th April Bemsee Club Racing, Cadwell Park...........................9th-10th April Grasstra ck Maidstone Aces. . . . 10th April Ready to Ride Haslemere Fire Station...............17th April WSB Assen ........................................17th April Maidstone Aces Easter Egg Run..........................April 22nd Tsunami Riders Rally ............22nd April MotoGP Japan, Motegi .....24th April BSB Brands Hatch..................25th April Reading MAG Easter Bike Show........................24th April Trials Tenterden & DMC .....24th April BSB Oulton Park ........................30th April

Bemsee Club Racing, Pembrey .......................30th April-1st May MAY EVENTS

MotoGP, Estoril, Potugal ............1st May Trails Surrey Schoolboys Trials Club .............................................1st May May Day run to Hastings. . . . May 2nd Get on Track with South East Biker Track Day, Lydden Hill..............7th May Ixion Run......................................... 8tth May MotoGP, Le Mans, France...15th May Enduro Croydon MCC .............15th May WSB Monza, Italy....................8th May Trials Bexleyheath & DMCC ..................................................21st May Reliability Trial Sidcup & District DMCC...........................22nd May BSB Croft ..........................................15th May Lydden Hill Motorcycle Show................29-30th May BSB Thruxton..............................30th May WSB USA Miller Motorsport Park..........................30th May

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Servicing, MOT’s, Race-Track Prep and repairs.

Clothing

Next to Haywards Heath station Tel: 01444 446919 CBT, DAS, ERS with bike and kit hire available. We are an established training centre that can take you from CBT to advanced training.

mJ motorcycle training

getgeared

290 Kingston Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7QE Tel: 01372 225100 Everything you need under one roof or check out our extensive website.

www.getgeared.co.uk

h and a motorcycle Clothing

66 South Street, Dorking, Surrey RH4 2HD Tel: 01306 881165 Open: Thurs – Sun Motorcycle clothing chosen by women for women visit our shop and see our new stock

southern speed services

Covering Sussex and Hampshire Tel: 07806 790370 malcolm-jones@ntlworld.com Enhanced Rider Scheme Back to Biking RoSPA Gold

meridian bike training Tel: 07951 485985 www.meridianbiketraining.co.uk DSA Enhanced Rider Scheme. Instructor with potential insurance discounts.

misCellaneous shoosmiths

Tel: 03700 868788 enquiries@shoosmiths.co.uk Free legal advice

55a Palmerston Road, Sutton, Surrey SM1 4QL Tel: 0208 770 7865

Servicing, repairs and building for street, custom and track. MOT’s, tyres, chain sets etc Performance and custom parts. Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5.30pm . Closed 1-2 for lunch.

Viking motorcycle seats

27A Heaver Trading Estate, Ash, Kent TN15 7HJ Tel: 07977 874075 Seat modifications, Gel pads, re-covering and embroidery www.vikingmotorcycleseats.co.uk

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CLUBS Club 69 Motorcycle Club, Dover Associated Sheppey Bikers Black Phoenix RC, Sittingbourne

Website www.69motorcycleclub.org www.theasb.orangehome.co.uk www.blackphoenixrc.co.uk

Brighton Easyriders

www.brighton-easyriders.co.uk www.horizonsunlimited.com/ country/uk/brighton www.westsussexbsa.co.uk www.burgesshillmc.com www.carshaltonmcc.com www.chimaeras.org.uk www.bike.org.uk/cma/ sw_london.php www.ddmcc.ocatch.com www.edmcc.co.uk www.ekam.org.uk www.es-am.org.uk www.friends-and-bikers.co.uk www.gesthastingsmcc.co.uk www.gravesendmcc.com

Brighton Overland Travellers BSA Owner’s Club Burgess Hill & Distrct Motorcycle Club Carshalton Motorcycle Club Chimaeras MCC Christian Motorcyclists Association

Contact 01304 820181 01795 870533 07743 427227 www.facebook.com/ brightoneasyriders

020 8642 0964 chimaeras@hotmail.co.uk 07871 960603

Deal & District MCC Eastbourne and District MCC (Trials) East Kent Advanced Motorcyclists East Sussex IAM Friends & Bikers MC GEST Hastings MCC Gravesend MC Greenwich Motor & MCC Guildford Motorcycle Club

www.guildfordmcc.org.uk

Honda Owners Club, Kent Branch

wwwhockent.org.uk

Huntsman Motor Cycle Club Invicta Bike Club Kent Advanced Motorcyclists Group

www.huntsmanmcc.telinco.co.uk www.invictabikeclub.co.uk www.kamg.org.uk

0845 634 9933 07000 781 103

07733 050537 07092 857898 01323 849073 01634 245349 07740 341042 01322 222197 07774 422430 01322 400775 kent@hoc.org.uk

London Advanced Motorcyclists Group

www.l-a-m.org

London Fire Brigade MCC Merry Axemen The White Rock Underriver Mid-Sussex British Motorcycle Club New Life Bikers - Biggin Hill Reigate & Redhill North Downs MC

www.merryaxemen.co.uk www.msbmc.co.uk www.newlifebh.org.uk www.rrnd.co.uk

ROSPA Southern Advanced Motorcycle Training

www.rospasmart.com

Royal British Legion Riders Branch (RBLR) Sidcup & District Motorcycle Club South East BMW

www.rblr.co.uk www.sidcupmotorcycleclub.co.uk www.southeastbmw.com 01634 241215

07931 627213

The Half Moon Bike Club, Half Moon Inn, Cade Street, Heathfield Tonbridge & Malling MC Triumph Owners MCC Mighty South London Tsunami Riders Mcc UFO’s MCC West Sussex Advanced Motorcyclists Wey Valley Advanced Motorcyclists (WVAM) Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Ass., S E Chapter

01959 571667 07793 659176

halfmoonersbikeclub@ yahoo.co.uk www.tmmcc.co.uk www.tomccmsl.co.uk www.tsunamiriders.org.uk www.ufos-mcc.com www.wsam.info www.wvam.org.uk

doddiekent@hotmail.com

07870 373087

www.widowsons-south-east.com

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SEB PICK UP POINTS Berkshire

Bracknell TriCounty Motorcycles............. RG12 1NQ Newbury Nelson’s Diner...................................SL6 8NP Reading Hein Gericke ................................. RG30 1EH Slough Hein Gericke........................................ SL1 2EI

Dorset

Bournemouth Crescent Motorcycles................... BH8 9RT Hein Gericke.....................................BH9 2EG Verwood Crescent Motorcycles HQ......... BH31 6AX

Essex

Finchingfield The Three Tuns Pub.......................CM7 4NR Gants Hill Hein Gericke......................................IG2 6NQ

East Sussex

Bexhill-on-sea Top Gear Superstore/ Phoenix Motorcycles...................TN39 3LG Brighton Bikes of Brighton.............................BN1 4QF Chiddingly The Six Bells......................................BN8 6HT Crowborough ASF Tyres............................................. TN6 3JZ John Harris Motorcycles................TN6 1JS Eastbourne Park Motorcycles...........................BN22 9BJ Hastings Hastings Motorcycles.................TN34 3TN Horam Wessons Café................................. TN21 0ER Hove The Cafe Racer................................BN3 2WB MARK CROSS FreeStyle.............................................TN6 3PD Newhaven South Coast Motorcycles............BN9 0HE North Chailey The Kings Head..............................BN8 4DH

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Hampshire Aldershot Gordon Farley Motorcycles......GU12 6LF Alton The Station Café........................... GU34 2PZ W. M. Snell...................................... GU34 2PZ Bordon Haselmere Motorcycles............GU35 9AR Fareham Destination Triumph................. PO16 0HD Farnborough Hein Gericke................................... GU14 6EJ Fleet Road Wheels..................................GU51 3DP New Milton Sammy Miller Museum & Café.............................BH25 5SZ Portsmouth Hein Gericke......................................PO1 5ET Southampton Crescent Motorcycles.................SO31 8ER Hein Gericke..................................SO15 1GG Waterlooville J & S Accessories.............................PO8 9BX West Meon Loomies Café..................................GU32 1JX Winchester Alan Lear Motorcycles..............SO23 7DW Wrecclesham JAM Sport.......................................GU10 4QS Yately Bykebitz..........................................GU46 7UG

Kent Ash Viking Motorcycle Seats............ TN15 7HJ Ashford Laguna Performance..................TN23 1EN Chatham Bowen Moto.................................... ME4 5AB

Canterbury Kent Motorcycles.............................CT4 6SA Robinsons Foundry Motorcycles..................................... CT2 7QG Dover Coombe Valley Motorcycles........CT17 0HG Edenbridge Red Dog Motorcycles....................TN8 5AY Faversham The Bike Shop............................... ME13 8JN Folkestone Alford Bros.......................................CT20 1BU Hildenborough The Biker Store..............................TN11 9ND Maidstone Hein Gericke.................................ME14 2UU Inta Motorcycles..........................ME15 6HE Ramsgate Dave Fox Motorcycles.................. CT11 8PJ Sevenoaks The Harrow Inn...............................TN14 7JT Tonbridge Fastlane Motorcycles....................TN9 2AH Tunbridge Wells Breakaway Motorcycles................TN1 2RF Cooper BMW Motorrad................ TN2 3UE Welling Hein Gericke.................................. DA16 3PA West Wickham Premier Motorcycles......................BR4 0LU Wrotham Oakdene Café.................................TN15 7RR

London

Mottingham Warrs Harley Davidson................SE9 4QW Hanger Lane Hein Gericke...................................... W5 3QP Stockwell Hein Gericke.................................... SW9 9AE

Middlesex

Kenton Hein Gericke..................................... HA3 8BL

Surrey

Blindley Heath The Motorcycle Centre...................RH7 6JJ

Boxhill Rykas Café.........................................RH5 6BX Coulsdon Doble Motorcycles.........................CR5 2NG Croydon (South) Carl Rosner Motorcycles...............CR2 0PL Dorking H & A Motorcycle Clothing.............RH4 2HD Beaky’s Motorcycles.....................RH5 4QU Farnborough Infinity Motorcycles...................GU14 6HD Guildford Destination Triumph..................... GU5 0JA Harley Davidson.............................GU3 1NA Leatherhead GetGeared.......................................KT22 7QE Kingston Kingston Motorcycles Centre.........KT1 3LG Outwood The Bell Inn.......................................RH1 5PN Purley Hein Gericke.....................................CR8 4DA Redhill Fins Motorcycles..............................RH1 6ET Surbiton Tippets Motorcycles..................... KT6 7AW Windlesham The Surrey Cricketers.................GU20 6HE Woking Woking Yamaha............................ GU21 6LJ

West Sussex

ARUNDEL Whiteways Café............................ BN18 9FD Chichester CMW Motorcycles........................PO19 7JG Cowfold The Chalet Cafe............................RH13 8DU Crawley P & H Motorcycles.......................RH10 9RD Southwick Wemoto........................................... BN42 4EN Washington Destination Triumph................... RH20 4AJ Worthing Keys Bros Motorcycles...............BN11 1UG

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