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CONTENTS 6 Inside Line

Biking news around the South East

8 Honda Double Header

CBR125R and CBR600F tests

16 Husqvarna Nuda

A sneak preview of the new model

18 Viva Valencia

Pink men on pink bikes head south

20 Motocross for kids

A charity project with a difference

31 Another McGregor Wannabee?

32 A Welsh Adventure

28 Frontline

Furygan Orlando Jacket News that affects us all from MAG

30 Chatroom Ron

The sage shares his nightmares

Report from the Snetterton 300

40 South East Biker Events

26 Kit Review

Ken Chitty tells of his day out

36 Bemsee Round Up

Etiquette of the group outing

Three riders tackle the Devil’s Staircase

34 Get on Track

22 Unwritten Ride out Rules

A sportsbike trip around the globe

Plenty to see and do on two wheels

41 Competition

Win a bike training session

42 Biker Breaking Points

Where to get that vital cuppa

44 Trade Services

Use and support your local bike businesses

45 Club Listings

Contact for local bike groups

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COVER IMAGE: In the Pink: ‘Rider’s for Health’. See page 18.

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This issue marks three years of SEB and we are constantly pleased and somewhat surprised at the positive reaction we receive via email, the website and when we are out and about on our travels. In particular, it is excellent to receive many contributions from the various organisations, clubs and individuals that make up our fantastic biking community across the region. From a single biker’s tale to regular pieces from respected groups such as MAG and Bemsee, the variety and scope of motorcycling and its participants are what makes it such an enjoyable and fascinating pastime, lifestyle or obsession. So please use the magazine and its various channels to inform other bikers about your events or stories of the road and track. Don’t think you have to be a trained journalist or a professional writer to contribute. Biking is a great leveller: it doesn’t matter what you do during the week, how long you have been riding or what machine you ride – a love of the freedom and exhileration of two wheel travel or sport is a great bond. Turn up at a show, café or meeting on your own and the chances are you will end up chatting to another motorcyclist. There are plenty of bike events running well into the autumn, so enjoy the sunshine while it lasts and get out there on your bike. Due to other projects, Pete has stepped down from editing SEB but will still be contributing on a regular basis. We thank him for his part in the success of South East Biker. Nick Tunstill, Editor 3

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John Harris Motorcycles recently had an interesting challenge when they were presented with an ST1300 that wouldn’t start. While preparing to look at the bike, the mechanics were somewhat startled when a mouse scuttled across the floor of the workshop. Further investigations revealed even more surprises when removal of the tank and the airbox revealed a family of mice living cosily in the innards of the machine and feasting quite happily on the wiring! So the moral of this tale (tail?)… electrical problems are not always what they seem.

Ebbsfleet Spitfire Motorcycle Ride

In aid of Afghan Heroes. Sunday 14th August. Meet from 7am, ride leaves at 10am from Ebbsfleet International Station Car Park D ending at The Spitfire and Hurricane Museum at Ramsgate. The museum is running ‘Event 2022’ on the same day with a fly past, aerial displays, military vehicles plus much more. To pay and register for the ride go to: £5 per person to include wristband.

HOC 50th Anniversary Celebrations (Kent Branch)

August 28-29 Bank Holiday at Kent Motorcycles, on A2 Barham, between Canterbury and Dover, Kent. See the new and used Honda motorcycles at Kent Motorcycles. 0900-1700 with refreshments at H’s Cafe next door. All proceeds to Air Ambulance (National). Old bikes, new bikes, competitions and raffle. Contact Mike G 01322 400775 evenings please, email or visit 6

A 48 or a Thunderbird?

Dear SEB, I picked up a copy of your magazine for the first time a couple of days ago, and what a good magazine it is! It’s about time someone gave us a biker’s view of things in this part of the world. All of the nattional bike mags seem to think that biking only happens in the Midlands and North of the country. I was particularly pleased to read the article about the Harley 48. I’ve always liked the older Sportsters, like the K series, but as time went on and the rear wheel got fatter and the front skinnier and skinnier, the proportions of the bike seemed wrong and it didn’t have a balanced look. But a couple of weeks ago I saw a Henry Cole programme on tv and he was riding a 48 and I was very impressed with the looks of the bike. So imagine my surprise when there it was in SEB Mag. (I’m not sure I could live with that tiny tank though). You should tell Simon Richards though that if he ‘really’ wants to feel like Marlon Brando in the Wild One then he should sit on a Triumph Thunderbird as Marlon did! (I don’t think there were any Harleys in the film). Any way keep up the good work and I look forward to reading SEB Magazine in the future Best Regards and Safe Riding, Peter Kendrick

Dayglo for non-attentive drivers?

Dear SEB, With regard to the French government deciding motorcyclists must wear dayglo (MAG Article, SEB June/July), I hope what I am about to tell you may help your case in resisting this move should the British government try it on. You may of course have read ‘The Psychology of Driving’ by Dr. Graham Hole, a senior lecturer in psychology at the University of Sussex. Basically, in certain situations, a rider can be lit up like a Christmas tree and still the driver won’t ‘see’ him. We know this, of course! But do gooders don’t. In the section of Dr. Hole’s report dealing with Attentional Factors in Driving, the reasons why motorists routinely ‘don’t see’ motorcyclists and pedal cyclists is discussed. The report says that in ‘looked but failed to see’ accidents, the accident may have nothing to do with the sensory properties of the motorcyclist/cyclist, but be ‘directly attributable to the inappropriate search patterns of the driver, and no amount of conspicuity aids would help the cyclist in these circumstances’. In short, the driver’s mind is otherwise occupied! I have spoken with Dr . Hole myself regarding this. I’ve reported on cycle sport (pedals) for years. He told me that at junctions a driver who clocks the image of a clear road the first time he looks to his right, say, then looks again by which time another vehicle is coming, will have the first image still wired to his brain and drive out! Dodgy! It all comes down to drivers not being as fully attentive as they should. Best wishes, Keith Bingham August-September 2011 • South East Biker Magazine

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SEB’s Josh and Debbie Tunstill take two members of the Honda CBR family out for the afternoon. CBR250R his year has seen a huge amount of new or redesigned bikes coming to the market and Honda has probably been the manufacturer that seem to have listened to riders the most. For so long Kawasaki has dominated the UK 250cc market with the Ninja 250R. Many new riders, young and old, have told

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me that they wanted a small bike that’s great on fuel for the weekly commute but also fun to ride at the weekend. Honda Motorcycles UK unveiled the CBR250R in March and I was given the chance to test it for myself by J. S. Gedge (Honda) in Hastings. Looking at the bike from the street, it does not look that small and the same can be said when you sit on it. Of course it is narrower than the bigger bikes but if you’re small or new to riding, this bike would be a great machine to consider. Andy, the manager, at J. S. Gedge (Honda) in Hastings had the bike ready for me at the side of the road. The bike’s throaty growl seems to call to you to hurry up and get going and could easily be mistaken for a bigger engined motorcycle. Honda have given the bike two colour schemes similar to its bigger brother the CBR1000RR; one is white, red and blue with gold and the other is the classic all black. Well, what can I say about this little bike? Brilliant, fun and surprising, could all be used to describe the CBR250R. It has an electronic fuel injected, liquid cooled 4 stroke and 4 valve engine that gives the bike a great response on opening the throttle. The height of the bike is 784mm, which is perfect for most riders with the pegs sitting in a comfortable position too. I am told it runs at around 70mpg which is important especially if you are commuting every day. I would love the CBR250R to be the opportunity for Honda to bring back some of the other popular smaller engine

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bikes i.e. VFR400 and the baby blade. There really is a huge gap in the market for on road machines that Honda used to fill which seems to have been forgotten in place of the bigger bikes. The smaller engines could be the way forward to encourage more new riders to our ever decreasing group. Back to the bike, it handles the twisting Rye road along the coast with relative ease. The changes of speed from a 30mph to national speed limit didn’t kill the bike’s enthusiasm and the reaction of the engine from the throttle is quicker than you would expect from a 250. Overtaking on a 250 normally has to be planned well in advance as reaction times are delayed; not so with the CBR250R. It’s quick response is surprising and it just loves the twisting country lanes. The bike has good size tyres with a slightly larger back giving the added extra grip. We stopped for lunch and to take the pictures at the new Farrells Motorsport Café in Rye, where they serve the most amazing ice cream. It was a bit surreal as we sat next to a Shelby Mustang and lots of other iconic American cars around us. I really enjoyed riding the Honda CBR250R and wanted to thank Andy and his team at J. S. Gedge. The on road price of the CBR250R is £3,688 or with ABS £3,938 both include road tax.

CBR600F Fantastic (inline) four he CBR600F has been around for sometime now as Honda launched the original back in the 1987 and since then the bike has been one of the most popular on the market. Honda call this new re-designed CBR600F a sports tourer designed for the real world so myself and my stepson Josh took it for a test ride. I jumped on to the CBR600F and off we went for another ride around Rye and Hastings. As we started off I immediately noticed how comfortable the riding position feels which was designed to reduce rider fatigue. The handling of the bike is smooth but also fingertip easy to manoeuvre, but not too light when going into a bend. The CBR600F handlebars are not clip-ons so it is easier on the wrists than the sports bikes and the slightly bigger mirrors are perfect for good vision. The bike has a 4 cylinder, inline 4 which helps the engine to sound active but gives a great smooth ride which makes this the perfect bike for new riders and experienced alike that >>>


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>>> want an easier riding position. The CBR600F wants to be ridden just like a sports bike, but back off the throttle and the bike’s engine braking is considerable. Overtaking is easy, open the throttle and the bike responds immediately and eats up the road. The only thing I thought was a down side is that it is a little quiet for my liking but that is easily changed with a new can which most people do anyway. The bike feels like a little racehorse that hasn’t been racing for a while and pulls you down to the start line because it wants to get going. This bike needs to be kept locked behind bars as our picture suggests. I am sure it would go out on a ride on its own because it seems to love the road so much, a real little thoroughbred. 10

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This bike needs to be kept locked behind bars as it would go out on a ride on its own.

Honda have really thought about where the bike could be improved and implemented those changes which have made a huge difference. The seat height measures 800mm, the screen deflects the wind but it is small enough not to detract from the sleek look of the bike. Those of you that love your out and out sports bikes, of course, will find this is not as quick as the CBR600RR, but then that’s why this bike sells so

well. It is for those of us that love having the fairings but without the backache of being leant over all day. The CBR600F deserves to be classed as one of the most popular bikes of all time, as I would by this bike if I didn’t have mine anymore. Visit J. S. Gedge in Hastings, Kent Honda in Canterbury or your local Honda dealer to try the CBR600F. The price is £7,055 which includes road tax. >>>

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>>> We would like to thank Andy and the team at J. S. Gedge in Hastings for allowing access to the bikes. J. S. Gedges have the bikes in two of the colours which look amazing which are the white with blue, and white with red, but the classy all black I only saw in the catalogue. Additionally we would also like to thank Jackie and Bob at the new Farrells Motorsport Café in Rye that allowed us to use their location to take some great pictures. n

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match its looks. Close co-operation with BMW engineers has ensured the power is delivered in a smooth controllable manner, making the Nuda powerful yet easy to ride. The chassis components come from well respected and renowned brands: Brembo monobloc brakes, Ohlins rear shock and Sachs multi adjustable forks all combine to give class leading dynamics and add to the high quality finish of this new flagship model. The design is pure Husqvarna - functional yet exciting, carrying the Husqvarna bloodline and style to a new market, opening up the Husqvarna / BMW family to a new range of customers who want

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CHARITY RUN Left and Right: Danny John-Jules, Below (L-R): Matt Roberts and Steve Keys

‘Viva Valencia!’ Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules (The Cat), BBC’s MotoGP commentator Matt Roberts and Keys Bros. Steve Keys will be riding down to Valencia for the final round of MotoGP 2011 in aid of ‘Riders for Health’.


anny and Steve will be riding the now infamous Pink R1’s and Matt Roberts will be on board a Lorenzo tribute R1 that was produced for Lorenzo to ride around the TT course in 2010. The ride, which will be filmed by KMBA productions, will follow a route taking in the Champagne region, Dijon, Montpellier and Barcelona giving them plenty of time to take in local culture. Once they arrive in Valencia they will be meeting up with local supporters of ‘Riders for Health’ and then leading them into the circuit for their very own Day of Champions. It is hoped that they will gather some exclusive items en route which will be auctioned for the charity when they get there. They will be setting off from the Ace Café on Sunday 30th October and will be hoping that as many people as possible will be there to wave them off. For those who have a twitter account you can follow progress at vivavalencia or you can contact Steve Keys for any further information on 01903 236842. Website / The trip is being supported by: Yamaha UK, Alpinestars, 18

Arai, Carole Nash, Altamura, R&G Products, Ace Café and Pole Position Travel. Steve said, “This is a trip that Danny and I planned last year and originally it was going to be the two of us riding to the GP to have some fun. “Now it seems to have gathered some pace and turned into an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for ‘Riders for Health’. We are both really pleased and excited about the response from everyone we have spoken to about it and the offers of support have come flooding in. When we spoke to Matt about it he jumped at the chance to join us and we couldn’t be more pleased about having him on board.” Matt Roberts added, “As soon as Danny and Steve told me about their plan to ride to Valencia, I wanted in! I have met them both a few times now and we always get on well, so to spend a week riding with them should be a blast. I know it is going to be a long trip and the R1 isn’t exactly built for comfort but it’s all for a great cause and I know there’ll be plenty of laughs along the way. I’m also a big Red Dwarf fan so for me it doesn’t get much cooler than riding with the Cat!” August-September 2011 • South East Biker Magazine

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for kids Introducing a Kent based motorcycle charity doing a great job for local kids


XCP is a charity based in Dover offering an alternative way to educate and motivate young people by teaching them mechanics and off-road riding. The project was established in 2000 and uses the incentive of motocross to encourage young people to develop their skills and build up their self esteem and improve their behaviour. The organisation has a purpose built centre where courses are 20

run throughout the week. To raise funds, MXCP run motocross courses for young people aged between 7 and 17 with all the kit, bikes and instruction provided. What a great opportunity to get an introduction to this exciting sport. We bumped into these guys at Lydden Hill and were impressed with their enthusiasm and dedication to help these youngsters. What a great idea, to get kids doing something constructive and possibly a lifelong interest and skill. Now there’s a few people I know who would love a go at motocross (come on, admit it!). So we have arranged a special SEB day for ten readers to have a go and get down and dirty. For £50 you can have two and a half hours instruction,

bikes and kit supplied and all the money goes to the charity. We only have 10 places up for grabs on September 3rd, so get in early, have a great day and help support a brilliant organisation. To book, please email nick@ or call 0791 3758955. For more details on the charity checkout their website

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THE ‘until now’ unwritten rules of the rideout

Terry Dunn fills us in on some motorcycling etiquette


bike ride is a thing of joy. You’re your own man. Do as you please within the confines of the law (ish), go where you like at your own chosen pace. Great. But unless you are a true lone wolf, some if not a major part of your recreational riding, will be in a group. Aka, the rideout! And there are rules. Or rather grey area guidelines that experienced riders instinctually know and newbies have to gain by some sort of biker knowledge 22

osmosis. But to give a bit of a heads up I thought I’d outline a few of these to aid any bikers rideout education and perhaps give a boost to their two wheel kudos. Know firstly that wherever the meeting point and the appointed time for the start of the rideout, someone will always be late. Not so late as to cock up the event, but late enough to be irritating. Also, despite knowing the time and place several hours, if not days beforehand, someone will

announce on arrival that they are almost out of gas and will immediately need to stop at the next petrol station. Finally all gathered, fuelled up and on the move, the characters of the rideout will begin to assert themselves. There is usually a regular leader. This is an unappreciated skill in itself. It’s no mean feat to carry a disparate group of riders along at a decent pace to arrive at the breakfast/lunchtime destination, be fast enough to make the ride

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RIDEOUT RULES enjoyable yet no so fast as to lose those at the back. All the time watching where he is going (see the wildlife section below) whilst keeping an eye on everyone else in his mirrors. This skill only really comes into focus for his compatriots when another rider zooms unexpectedly forward to take charge and within minutes either loses the slower guys by use of excessive speed or dashes through an amber light and splits the group at the ensuing red light. Or takes a wrong turn, thus causing serious confusion between those that already know the route and those who were just following the guy in front. Sometimes several of these can be accomplished at the same time! Opposite end to the leader will be Tail End Charlie, doing his best to keep up but hampered by either novice bike skills, an underpowered machine (compared to the rest of the group), being a bit unnerved at formation riding, or a combination of all these things. Each reason is totally acceptable to the everwatching leader, but completely oblivious to the unconcerned rest of the group. Somewhere in the middle will be Dan Dash. He will choose inopportune moments to pop out from within the pack and blast off into the distance. A few miles later on he will be sitting at the side of the road, waiting for the group to pass before thundering up from the rear and slotting back into the pack, velocity urge briefly sated. At an appointed stopping point, be it for petrol, fag break or food, the gathering will settle. This is where other rideout characteristics come to light. There is the Snapper. Camera/phone always at the ready, he will take pictures of all and sundry. With modern technology available to him, you may unwittingly find your larking 24

about in the car park posted on facebook or youtube even before you’ve set off on the next leg of the rideout! Then there is the habitual key looser. The ‘mislaid’ key will always be either inside his helmet, in the ‘wrong’ pocket of his leathers or left in the ignition, but a brief and frenetic search will ensue before the offending item comes to light. And where would we all be without the obsessive visor cleaner. Bug removal at every stop is crucial to him and even though the others smirk, they’re all quick enough with a borrow of his V-wipe, chemical spray cleaner or your basic wet paper towel. Riding together also bring up a few safety elements that need to be understood. Lead rider always dodges the wildlife. He is first to encounter the totally unexpected ‘ambush bird’ flying straight out of the passing hedgerows at headlamp height. Then there is the indecisive squirrel, which cannot make up its mind which side of the road to dash to as you thunder in towards the same time/ space co-ordinates he currently occupies. And a special mention must go to the suicidal pheasants that without warning stroll nonchalantly out into your path, showing blatant disregard for the

green cross code. Oh yes. Serious heads up here. The deer that darts across the road a little way ahead of you is nearly always followed by a second one. Group communication whilst on the move is a strange riddle of understanding with complete incomprehension. Now and again riders will trundle along side by side and give out hand signals to each other in some bizarre unknown symbolic language. Or they will shout totally unintelligible words over the chin bars of their helmets into a 50mph oncoming breeze. A knowing nod, thumbs up or ’eye smile’ from the opposite rider seems to satisfy and the message, whatever it was, has been understood without any real grasp of what has passed from one rider or the other. And the rideout simply continues. Bonkers! But when all this knowledge falls into place and you are out in a group, all on song, all with one mind to destination, speed and companionship, a rideout is a thing of utter biking joy. Just remember the unwritten rules and you won’t go far wrong. Unless Tail End Charlie has just dropped back out of sight and Dan Dash is off again and taken the wrong turn at the next fork in the road ahead! n

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he event, which is squarely aimed at motorcycle enthusiasts of later classics, will be held at the South of England Centre, Ardingly. On show will be around 150 classic bikes with various clubs attending including The Kettle Club for Suzuki GT 750 Machines, The Honda CBX Riders Club UK, The Norton Owners Club, The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club and the Indian Riders MCC.

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here is so much anti-bike legislation going on at home and abroad, that it may just be time for riders to stand up and be counted. We haven’t faced a raft of changes like this since the mid nineties. Compulsory day-glo/reflective clothing may not be in the legislative process in the UK yet, but it is in France and Ireland, with the Irish proposing ‘fullsleeve’ day-glo for rider and passenger. “Suits you sir!” Of course that’ll do nothing to address the bad car driving that still causes over two thirds of bike accidents, but it will pass the onus of blame onto us, the victims, again. Yippee! Due to the new Type Approval Regulation that is working its way through the EU though, we’ll all be getting compulsory ABS to help us avoid the idiots


who refuse to take a moment to look for bikes. As it stands the legislation only mentions ABS on bikes over 125cc but since most accidents occur with smaller machines, you’ve got to wonder if safety, or perhaps business, is the reason. The German ABS industry is very keen on the idea, even though the bike industry (ACEM) says it’ll add 30% to the purchase price of small and medium sized machines and even though the EU admit they haven’t actually got research to prove it’ll reduce casualties. All this added expense should ensure that the numbers of bikes on the road is reduced to a suitable level such that no car driver has to even bother looking anymore before they pull out. The remaining bikes will be well equipped with automatic throttle control and self-applying brakes August-September 2011 • South East Biker Magazine


to avoid the collision anyway if the ‘SafeRider’ project continues. Remember, it’s ALL OUR FAULT. Nothing should inconvenience those who choose transport that congests selfishly and drivers should not have to consider other road user groups. They are not to blame: that phonecall was important, they were busy and their coffee was hot, how can they be expected to look out for pesky bikers. Anyway, the airbags and side impact protection means they’ll be alright, right? Discussions are still ongoing about whether or not the Police or some other government agency in each country should be given the right to do regular ‘stop and check’ of bikes so that their emissions can be assessed and so that an examination of the machine for proof of ‘rider tampering’ can be carried out. Don’t forget, this is good for us, both as a society and as riders. We shouldn’t want to change our gearing to save fuel, or choose a different rear tyre as technology moves on, wishing for something stickier or more long lasting, than the manufacturer specified when the machine left the production line. We shouldn’t want to tamper with any part of our bikes, fit a long lasting K&N filter or power commander. It’s just not safe! After all, nearly 0.7% of bike accidents are due to component failure and South East Biker Magazine •

that’s horrific, compared to the 70% that are caused by cars. We must be stopped from hurting ourselves, we must let others do it for us. We shouldn’t want to make any decisions for ourselves. We certainly shouldn’t want to switch off our ABS when we are on gravel, or riding in difficult circumstances. The EU Regulation that is slowly working its way through the legislative process is currently undergoing amendments, but coupled with new licensing changes at home it may just strangle biking. It’s a fraught time in the negotiations, but as France presses ahead with banning bikes over 7 years old from cities and all the law makers refuse to consider the education of car drivers as the single biggest improvement in road safety, we get ever closer to September 25th, the day that we, the people, let our voices be heard. Maybe we should strangle a few of the Nation’s ‘arteries’ and see how they like it. Motorway Mayhem, coming to a highway near you. September 25th. Be a part of it. Everything changes in motorcycle politics, only press deadlines remain the same. Join the MAG Activist list at or find the Motorcycle Action Group on facebook. Stay informed. Our day approaches. See you on motorway somewhere. 29


Chatroom Ron

The show at the Excel centre the beginning of February was great as usual. Lots of exotica to drool over, and lots of room to move about even if it was the next to last day. But there is something I am not sure about. We all love our two wheels and an engine, no matter what shape or form it comes in. If we could take it to bed with us we would, or park it in the sitting room near the telly to keep it warm. But, and here is something that may seem odd. How many owners dream or have nightmares about their pride and joy? Because I do! At risk of being thought a complete nut and should be in a mental institution or become an MP, (same thing in my opinion). I have to admit it happens. Example – I parked the bike and stuffed all my gear in a plastic bag, (as if leathers, boots, gloves and helmet would fit in it?) and left it on the seat. Came back and it had gone. Another. Rode the bike up a track which finished on a hump five foot wide. Three sides had about ten foot sheer drop on those sides and I could not go backwards! Another. For some apparent reason I had the back wheel out by the side of the road and could not put it back as the spindle and nut had vanished, plus there was an approaching hurricane.! Yet another. Had the tank off the bike and had a carburettor in my hand but could not find out were it came from! All seem to be anxiety dreams, are mostly static scenarios, some I remember some I do not. Too late to seek the assistance of Mr Lionel Lough (of the King’s Speech.) If you have seen the film, I could manage the swearing bit. I do not sleep very well anyway, probably due to worrying about if I will dream about worrying!! I have a camera on the front door so if men in white coats ring the bell I can hot foot it out the back across the fields. Happy Days, Ron Foreman.


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Another McGregor Wannabe? While out delivering SEB at Whiteway’s , we bumped into a chap promoting his planned round the world charity ride. On chatting to Bruce, we were impressed with his enthusiasm, drive and the aims of his fundraising trip so have decided to do what we can to help the cause. Bruce introduces himself and outlines his project.


k, I’m Scottish & I’m going to be riding around the world by motorbike, but that’s where the similarity between Mr. McGregor and myself ends. On the 1st October 2012 I will be heading off from the Cenotaph in London to ride a Suzuki GSX-R 1000 completely unsupported through over 66 countries around the world, covering in excess of 100,000 miles and raising £1M for my four selected charities. These are: • The St Christopher’s Hospice, • The Royal British Legion, • The Children’s Trust, & • The Born Free Foundation Along the way I’ll be visiting various projects associated with my charities to help out where I can and raise awareness of the amazing work they carry out. I’ll also be visiting each of the tracks in the World Superbikes (WSB) circuit and completing a lap of each one on the very same bike I’m dragging around the world through mud, jungle, desert, rock, asphalt & track. I’m aiming to complete the trip in around 12-16 months, which in itself may well be a new Guinness World Record (awaits verification by Guinness).

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The trip is also going to be the first of its kind to be Carbon Neutral, so we’ll be doing our bit for the environment too. There is of course a very real driving force behind my decision to take on this task. Essentially I’m keeping a promise but you can find out all about it, and why I’ve chosen my charities, on the ‘Who & Why’ section of the website at All public donations go direct to the charities through designated ‘Just Giving’ accounts so you can be sure you’re hard earned money is going exactly where you want it to go. No public donations are utilised by me on my trip, with all running costs covered by corporate backing and my own personal funds. You can follow TeapotOne via the website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube so please come onboard, spread the word, and help me reach the fundraising target. A full corporate sponsor package is available to download via the ‘Sponsors’ page on the website. Any interested backers are welcomed so please drop us a line via Kind Regards, Bruce Smart 31



This was an adventure not to be forgotten on fantastic roads made for riding (without potholes), with incredible scenery and hardly any speed cameras. Mike Brodie, Ken Harris, Terry Pucknell hit the Welsh roads.


ales is a spectacular mountainous country to visit on a bike. Myself and Ken were on new Triumph Tiger 800s which averaged 60 miles per gallon and Terry was on the Thriumph Speed Triple R averaging 50mpg. We covered just under 1000 miles. The Triumph Tiger 800 has to be the finest bike I can remember riding in the 40+ years of riding, having ridden most machines while producing On Two Wheels for the Kent & Sussex Courier Newspaper Group and working with prominent main motorcycle dealerships. Day 1 Monday We left Crowborough at 9.30am following the A272 through to Winchester then A303 to Andover. Next leg the A338 to Tidworth, A364 to Marlborough / Swindon. From there we followed the A419 Cirencester, A417 to Gloucester and on to the A40 to Ross-on-Wye for a coffee break and look around. Back on the A40 through Monmouth to our overnight stay outside of Abergavenny in a lovely village Govilon in the national park. Covered just under 200 miles. Day 2 A40 to Snowdonia via Tretower on to A479 Builth Wells then A470 through Rhayader, Llangsrig, Llanidloes, Clatter, Talerddig, Commins Coch, Cemmaes Road, 32

Mallwyd, Dolgellau, Transfnydd and Tan-y-Bwlch. Very nice villages worth stopping to check out views. Then on to the A4085 through Rhyd, Tanlan, Beddgelert, RhydDdu, Beths-Garmon, Caeathro and stopping in Porthmadog and Caenarfon. Our overnight destination was near Caermarthon, another two hour’s ride, so getting on the A487 back through Porthmadog, Penrhyndeudraeth and Trawsfynydd, a short hop on the A470 through Dlogellau and back on the A487 Machynlleth, Aberysfwyth, taking the A485 Betws-Bledrws to Lampeter and our final destination for the day at Llandysul. Here we followed a mountain track in the ruts cut out by tractors along the side of the hill for two miles to the farm house we stayed at. Mileage was 278. Day 3 A coastal ride from New Quay, south to Cardigan and Fishguard and heading back via St Davids to the same farmhouse for overnight. covered 156 miles. Day 4 Thursday and quite an eventful day as we planned to head back to Abergavenney, Via the DEVIL’S STAIRCASE over the Black Mountains. Heading through Lampeter on the A475 to the A485 Tragaron, Y.Drum, Bryncrwn, Beulah on to the A483 to Builth Wells, taking in the Devil’s Staircase.

The Devil’s Staircase is a track cut across the Black Mountains about twenty miles long. At its best it is appoximately two metres wide, made up of gravel, stones, sheep droppings and with sheer drops in the region of 400 / 500 metres plus. The track has many near vertical drops with right angle bends. Riding at 10 mph when possible and standing up on pegs, we found an area to stop and gaze at the spectactular sight of a massive lake in the middle of the mountain, maybe a 1000 metres below us. Finally making it to the other side that took over two hours, we headed back to Builth Wells on to the A470 to Bronllys and Brecon ending at Govilon and Gilwern for our last night stay. Mileage was only 158. This is not a reccommendation to attempt the Devil’s Staircase, as we were luckly with dry weather. If the track was wet, I am not sure it would be passable. You would need light weight adventure/ enduro style machines. If any problems arose, there would be no way of outside contact as we had no mobile signal up there. Day 5 Friday We headed home on the A40 to Monmouth, A4136 Staunton, Nailbridge and Huntley. Back on the A40 to Gloucester towards Swindon, A303 Andover finally on the A272. Mileage 178. Thanks go to Ken for planning this brilliant route, and for the hospitality shown by Fred & Jill in Govilon and Len & Doreen in Llandysul.

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Tr ack DAYS Ken Chitty pens his experience of the Simon Snowdon Memorial Brands Hatch track day.


he Simon Snowdon memorial track day was at Brands Hatch Indy circuit on the 1st June with Focused Events. It was a beautiful clear sunny morning in June 2011, much better than the day that it was originally booked for when it snowed and was re-schedlued! The new dates did however conflict with half term, so a few couldn’t make it due to other commitments. In the end two groups were run. Signing in started at 7.30am with the checks on driving licences, other paperwork and the issuing of wristbands and group stickers. Sound testing was up next at 8am: the noise limit was 105db daytime and 101.db in the evening. My GSXR 1000 K6 is 103.8db with the baffle removed so just qualified. 8.30am and the riders’ briefing is underway, 9am and the Group 1 riders are called. First up are sighting laps with the instructors and no overtaking, with all the marshalling posts pointed out. Back into the pits and then straight back out on track


for the rest of the proper 20-minute sessions. I got nine 20 minute sessions, that’s lots of track time. Despite this there were only 3 red flags all day and, being only 25 bikes in each group, I could get some nice lap times in. My best was only 52 seconds. Normally on a track day you can’t do lap timing because you’re not racing. If you’ve never done a track day before, have a go, you will be hooked. There are plenty of good track day companies out there and there some good deals to be had. All profits from the day went to Simon’s chosen charity which was the St Catherine’s Hospice. There was also a star auction with prizes from Niall Mackenzie, Steve Plater and James Whitham. South East Biker’s track day at Lydden Hill in May was great fun and I shall be at the next one on Saturday 17th September. Give them a call, they’re good people to go with and have a really enjoyable day! n

A track day is a fantastic way to test yourself and bike in a controlled environment. Most come back again and again, once the bug bites. The day will improve your road riding as well by helping develop a greater feel and understanding of the brakes and tyres. You too can join in the fun, whether a track day novice or an ex-racer. South East Biker Magazine is joining forces with Lydden Hill circuit to run an event on Saturday 17th September that is suitable for all. We will put you in a group to suit your taste and experience. The cost is £85 for 8 x 15 minute sessions. SEB will be on hand to supply refreshments and eccouragement. For further enquiries, contact debbie@ southeastbiker. or call 01892 610808.

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BMCRC & MRO Round 7, Snetterton 300 Byron Beckett leader MRO stock 100 cup. Photo: Racing Line Photography

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extending his championship lead, ahead of Carl Newbigging (Suzuki SV650), with Dan Wright (Suzuki SV650) snatching third. After a red flag in race 2 it was Chris Green (T J Shillington Suzuki SV650) who took his maiden Minitwin win in adverse weather conditions from Paul Fryer (B&W Bikes Suzuki SV650) and Sebastian Kelly (Steve Jordan Suzuki SV650). On Sunday, however, Couzens cemented himself at the top of the points standings with two race wins, while Helm could only managed a second and a third. In race one Couzens got off to a

flyer, followed by Helm, with Kelly and Wright scrapping for third. In doing so they caught Helm in second, and while Couzens started to pull away, Helm found himself embroiled in a battle for the podium. From fourth starting the penultimate lap, he managed to battle his way back up to second, with Kelly beating Wright to third by less than one tenth of a second. Couzens took his second win of the day in the final race, followed across the line by Cox and Helm. Helm led Couzens and Cox as they crossed the line to start lap three, but by the time they hit Palmer’s it was Cox who led. With two laps to go Couzens made a dive for the lead at Oggies, but ran wide allowing Cox to retaliate. On the last lap Helm took second into turn one, only for Cox to take it back at Montreal. At Palmer’s Helm went back to second, again, only for Cox to go back by at Agostini. Come the chequered flag and Couzens secured his third win of the weekend, ahead of Cox with Helm third. Michael Neeves (Park Lane BMW S1000RR) arrived at Snetterton off the back of three class wins at Silverstone, and he was looking to snatch the advantage in the MRO Powerbike championship. However, championship leader Rob McNealy was back in action, fresh from the Harley-Davidson XR1200 championship round supporting BSB at Snetterton the week previous. And on Saturday it was McNealy (McNealy Brown Suzuki GSXR1000) who took the overall race win and Powerbike win, just two tenths of a second ahead of Dan Fowler (MG Sear Plant Hire Yamaha R1), who was the first Stock 1000 rider across the line. Third was Peter Baker (Morello

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Suzuki GSXR1000), and second Powerbike finisher, with Jon Waghorn (JW Smart BWM S1000RR) fourth and second Stock 1000 rider. Neeves was third Powerbike in sixth, Jonty Dixon (Antel Suzuki GSXR1000) third Stock 1000 in seventh, while Byron Beckett (A. Williams Engineering Yamaha R1) was the leading Clubman in fifth. Neeves did manage to close the gap at the top of the Powerbike standings to just five points after race one on Sunday, after McNealy crashed out of the race lead at Montreal on lap five. Battles up and down the field struggled to impact the results in the various classes, as Fowler took the overall win and Stock win by over two seconds from Waghorn in second. He was also the second Stock 1000 rider. Baker was third and leading Powerbike ahead of Neeves in fourth. Dixon was again third Stock 1000 rider, while Chris Kent was third Powerbike. Beckett continued to dominate the Clubman Cup, and was the first Clubman across the line in fifth. McNealy made it out for race three, and took another win. Neeves was the second Powerbike, keeping himself in touch with McNealy at the top of the championship, Giles Olley took third in the Powerbikes. Fowler and Waghorn were again first and second in the MRO Stock 1000s with Dixon third, and Beckett again the leading Clubman Cup. Scott Hudson (Yamaha R6) arrived heading the BMCRC Rookie 600 championship with a 100% record, however that came to an end after clutch problems meant he completed no laps of the opening race. That left Jed Angles (Triumph 675) to take the win ahead of

Daniel Helyer (Suzuki GSXR600) and Lloyd Sutton-Foster (BAH Yamaha R6). Hudson did return for the three other races, and impressed further by taking all three wins, the first from the back of the grid. Angles took three seconds, while Helyer took third in race two on Saturday. Matthew Stone (Oakley Design Yamaha R6) took two thirds on Sunday. In the Rookie 1000s Wesley Crozier ( BMW S1000RR) took four wins from four. Gennaro Esposito (Metropolis Honda CBR1000RR) took two seconds, while Louis O’Regan (Aprilia RSV4) and Tim Cripps (HM Racing BMW S1000RR) took another second apiece over the weekend. Cripps also took two thirds, along with O’Regan and Ales Bastl (Honda CBR1000RR). Reigning champion Michael Smith on the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters took three wins, however a mechanical failure in the final race stopped him from taking all four. It did allow Pete Fishwick to take a race win to go with his two seconds. There were impressive performances from Steven King, who took a fourth, a third, and two seconds over the weekend. Keith Roissetter took two thirds over the weekend after his maiden win at Silverstone, while Ray Capp made his way onto the podium with a third. In the BMZRC 250 MZs reigning champion Andrew Saunders took two wins, while former champion Chris Rogers and Adam Clarke shared a race win each, as the single cylinder German two-strokes showcased some exciting racing. Rogers took two seconds to go with his win, as well as Giles Spencer and Saunders, while Spencer, Andrew Wales, and

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Jonathan King twice, took the thirds over the weekend. Martin Cooper arrived leading the championship from James White by just two points in the Bumpstop. Thunderbikes, but the pair of them could only fight it out for second over the weekend, as Rob Eyre took all four wins, his first wins of the season. On Saturday White took second in the opener, with Cooper in third. However Cooper went one better to take second in the afternoon, while his title competitor could only manage fourth. Chris Matthews took third. On Sunday Cooper and Wright shared a second and third apiece, to keep the fight for the title well and truly alive. In the BMCRC F1 Sidecars Liam Abbott and Chris Judge took three wins from four, the other being awarded to Ricky Stevens and Ian Johnson, after Abbott and Judge went missing on the last lap of race one. In the F2s Marc and Rik Vannieuwenhuyse managed one win, while the other three went to Gordan Shand and Lee Barrett. The Bonhams British Historic Championship was also present over the weekend. Steve Tomes strolled to three wins, only missing out on a clean sweep, due to a DNF in Sunday’s opener. Luke Notton and Mike Russell were second and third respectively in all three races Tomes won. In the new Bemsee All-Comers Open Championship, Jason Byard and Peter Baker shared a win apiece, while Jon Waghorn took the other two. The Eastern Airways British F1 Sidecars were also in action over the weekend, as Ben and Tom Birchall took two wins, with Tim Reeves and Gregory Cluze taking the other. 39

South East Biker Events AUGUST EVENTS

7 Aug: Enduro Sudbury MCC 7 Aug: South of England Superbike Show, Ardingly 7 Aug: Graham Walker Memorial Run to Beaulieu 7 Aug: BSB Brands Hatch 13 Aug: Trials Sunbeam MCC 13 Aug: Viking Motorcycle Seats 21st Birthday 14 Aug: The White Dove Collectors Transport Show Bordon 14 Aug: Ebbsfleet Spitfire Motorcycle Ride 21 Aug: Trials Bexleyheath & DMCC 21 Aug: Trials Basingstoke MCC 28 Aug: Enduro Sidcup & District MCC 28/29 Aug: HOC 50th Celebrations Honda Motorcycles Canterbury 29 Aug: BSB Cadwell Park 29 Aug: Motocross & Beachcross Sidcup & District MCC


2/3/4 Sep: Flames and Frames Custom Show, Tunbridge Wells 3 Sep: SEB Motocross (see p20). 4 Sep: Trials Sunbeam MCC

10 Sep: Brighton Speed Trials 11 Sep: BSB Donington Park

11 Sep: Trials Bexleyheath & Districy MCC 11 Sep: Brighton Burn Up

17 Sep: South East Biker Trackday at Lydden Circuit 18 Sep: Romney Marsh Show Bikejumble, Hamstree

24/25 Sep: Bemsee Club Racing

25 Sep: Motocross & Beachcross Eastleigh & DMC 25 Sep: Trials Ashford Motorcycle Club

25 Sep: BSB Silverstone

If you have an event you would like listed then email: October / November entries to be in by 7th September. Entries are limited to first come first in.

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