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CONTENTS 06 BMW S1000RR Unmasked

Simon Richards puts it through its paces

12 Racing, Gladiator Style MMXI

British Superbikes season finale

16 Christmas Gifts

Motorcycling ideas for the biker in your life

18 Advanced Riding: A Skill for Life

Debbie starts an IAM course

20 Kit Review

Richa Boomerang jacket on trial

22 Points West

Alice Dryden undertakes a navigational challenge

26 Security

Let you bike contact you if it’s moved

28 Frontline

MAG report on motorbike theft

30 From Shed To Track

Dave Mitchell builds a “classic”

32 Rallying The Troops

Are bike demos worthwhile?

34 Bemsee Round Up

Final round of the club racing scene

38 Junior Cup

Getting youngsters into racing

40 South East Events

Where to watch biking over the winter

24 Tigger’s Travels

41 Competition

A biking doctor rides around the globe

Win a Motocross day for two kids

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We were lucky after a mixed summer to have an extended dry and sunny autumn which saw many biking events well attended as bikers made the most of the weather. Brightona, BSB, the MAG protest rallies and the RealClassic show at Ardingly all attracted a great turnout. Motorcycling still faces many challenges from Euro regulations, the economy and the ever changing bike testing system. However it’s reassuring to see so many motorcyclists coming together to support and join in with all these various events. This can only be good for the future of biking. October saw the extreme high and lows of motorcycle sport illustrated within two short weeks. The last round of British Superbikes at Brands Hatch featured a showdown between American John Hopkins and local favourite Tommy Hill. One of the most exciting laps in racing history saw Tommy take the championship over Hopper by half a wheel. A fortnight later the great Marco Simoncelli was tragically killed in Malaysia. Motorcycling was robbed of one of the most charismatic and talented riders of our era, and, of course, his family and friends lost a great deal more. The line between glory and tragedy in motorsport is particularly fine. Ciao Marco. You will be missed by us all. Have a great Christmas all. Nick Tunstill, Editor 3

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As if that wasn’t enough, we decided to go racing. Well, not literally. We knew a young rider through some contacts, and decided to sponsor Superstock racer Leon Hunt. We’ve followed his progress on the blog during his 2011 season with AP Kawasaki, and he’s provided us with numerous post race reports. We’re also lucky to have regular updates from Paddy Tyson, campaigns coordinator at the Motorcycle Action Group, which has proved popular. We had SERV emergency bikers as our charity of the year and raised more than £7,000 to help SERV buy a new bike for transporting blood around Hampshire’s hospitals – there are photographs on the blog. Despite all that, though, we want more on the blog. There’s a big biker community out there, and we’d like you to be a part of what we’re doing. So if you’ve any articles or stories you think others would be interested in, why not let us know about them? If your story receives more than 150 separate views in a day you’ll be sent a pair of Alpinestars SP8 gloves. Go on, give it a go! In the meantime, please check out the blog at www. to find out what else we have been up to! Simon Richards

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S1000RR by BMW Simon Richards takes an incredible S1000RR for a ride


MW Motorrad have had tremendous success with their R series, popularised by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in the Long Way Round and the Long Way Down. Charley Boorman wanted a KTM but KTM declined to get involved (no doubt kicking themselves now) and BMW provided the R1150GS and the rest is history. If you spend any time in Europe you will see how popular they are. I was on the Italian coast recently and they are everywhere. They have done wonders for Motorrad. Their market share has risen from 5.9 per cent in 2007 to 10.2 per cent in 2010. So what about their sports bikes? When I first saw the S1000RR I was impressed. With its traction control system and its non symmetrical lights and sharp looks it looked so different. It looked slightly odd but in a very appealing way and to say its grown on me is an understatement. I’ve never been a big BMW fan. I don’t really know why as they make good cars. They just all look a little the samey to me. You certainly can’t say that about this bike! And this was BMWs first superbike! 6

So I finally got round to taking one out. I went up to Bahnstormer in Alton and met Danny. Now I’ve got to be honest, I really would like a 1000cc bike but I must admit the price tag on this bike would put me off. £13,400. Is it worth it? Well Danny gave me the keys, explained the bike and off I went to find out. It was a typical wet morning but mild. The kind of morning where you prepare nicely with a few layers and 15 minutes into your ride you wish you had a layer less. There was some promise of sunshine but it never came. I took the bike up the A32 towards Chawton and I immediately cooled down with the air rushing through my leathers. I felt very comfortable on this bike. It seemed to fit me well. It wasn’t too big or too small. It felt like it was made to measure. I had been told that in rain mode the bike was 50bhp less than race mode and for the start of my journey I was happy with that. The bike gave me confidence as I was aware of the traction control and so immediately started enjoying the journey and seeing what the bike was capable of.

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BMW S1000RR I went round the roundabout on the A31 and headed straight back down the A32 again. This is a nice stretch of road with some straights and some lovely bends which the bike handled with ease. It felt light and manoeuvrable. When I got back down to West Meon Hut I turned left at the lights and went down the A272 towards Petersfield. Once on the A272 I pulled the clutch in and change from rain mode to sport mode. What a difference! I was blown away by the power (thankfully not literally). It was along this stretch of road I had my first play with the quickshifter. I have heard about quickshifters from racers but never had a chance to have a play with one. What a great bit of kit. As long as the throttle is open you can shift up and its so quick. I was soon at the junction with the A3 and I headed north. The bike handled incredibly well and seemed to be having a wonderful time! The A3 is an open stretch of road and this bike rode like a dream although it is so much more fun on a bendy road. I rode up to Bordon and reluctantly turned back round and came back along the same route. I pulled over in a pub car park to get some pictures (I think its called the Seven Stars) and there were a few admiring glances. It really is a great looking bike and she was enjoying the attention (I’ve often been told bikes don’t have


emotions but I beg to differ). And it is such a fun bike to ride. I can only imagine what this bike is like on a track however I enjoyed the run on some of Hampshire’s lovely roads. So what about the back to basics and those that will say there is too much tech in bikes these days? I can understand that. I really can. I have moaned about tech on other bikes but they didn’t interfere with my ride on this bike. I changed modes when I wanted to and had so much fun using it. It didn’t hamper that ride, it enhanced it. So, what has this bike done for me? Well apart from making me want one it has made me a BMW fan. This bike put a grin on my face like that of a certain cat from cheshire, for 1hour and 15 minutes on a grey and overcast day. This bike had everything you could possible want and so much more. I liked the look of the bike I was riding but when I got back to Bahnstormer, Danny showed me the Thunder Grey bike with carbon fibre and I’m sure my heart skipped a beat. It was stunning. I had asked myself earlier whether the bike was worth the price tag and I would have to say yes. It is special. There has been talk about whether 1000cc bikes are necessary and that most people will never need what a big bike has to offer. Really? Isn’t it nice to have more than you need? After riding this bike I’d have to say absolutely. Well done BMW. Thanks to: Bahnstormer Alton

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Racing, Gladiator style MMXI M CE British Superbikes 2011 started at Brands Hatch with much promise for the season ahead and it didn’t disappoint. The sun shone and the racing was fast and furious. If you asked anyone who they thought would be in the top six fighting for the championship at the end of the season they would probably have guessed right. The top six riders fighting for the title were pretty much the usual suspects. Again, everyone has their own opinion on the top six points system, but most agree it does make a spectacle for the spectators. The top six were Tommy Hill, John Hopkins, Shane Byrne, Michael Laverty, Josh Brookes and Ryuichi Kiyonari. All season the 2011 MCE British Superbikes have given us the best racing of all the championships available to watch. The racing was so competitive and knuckle bitingly tense that when the races finished you were disappointed that you had to wait a couple of weeks for the next meeting. I have never



seen such dramatic, paint swapping, close racing at nearly every round. It wasn’t just the main event that kept supporters on the edge of their seats, the support series all added to the entertainment. The Silkolene Supersport Championship was a real Clash of The Titans between Gearlink Kawasaki and ultimate series champion, Relentless by Taz Suzuki rider, Alistair Seeley. After a season’s battling the finale came back to Brands where it all started. The last day of the season, the last race Tommy Hill and John Hopkins

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were fighting for the championship with a point between them. No one could call it, all you could do was watch. Who would have thought that last year’s champion Ryuichi Kiyonari would not play a significant part in the last day’s racing? How do you put the last two races of the season into words without making it seem less exciting? I think every person that witnessed the events went home feeling they could never watch a race again without comparing it those they had just seen. It was like we, the supporters, were racing ourselves and every corner was played out on our faces. Those of us that were not able to see the one and only screen, basically everyone that was not in the Grandstand, had to rely on the course commentary. We listened, whilst the race was out of sight, and imagined the close passes, only to go home and watch them on TV to see how close they really were. The battle seemed to conjure up images in my head of the race in Ben Hur (showing my age!) with two Gladiators fighting it out in the Brands Hatch arena with their team of Arabian horses galloping as fast as they could. At each corner the race changed lead between Hopkins and Hill. I can imagine the riders behind them, Ellison, Laverty and Brookes could only watch the amazing fight going on in front of them and wish they were part of it. If this was a film you would have said this script is so predictable. The Championship went down to the last race, last lap, last corner with only one point in it. Who would believe it? It could only have been something made by Disney. But no, this was the real deal, the best race to have been televised probably since Kenny Roberts and Barry Sheene back in the 70’s. Look out for the next ISuperbiker2, which no doubt will be better than the first. I was in such a rush to see it again, I have been on the MCE British Superbikes website and watched the little video of the last few laps and I still get goose bumps. On the last lap Tommy leads over the line and down Paddock Hill bend and around Druids, Hopkins gets the drive through Graham Hill and cuts in tight into Surtees, now they go out of eyesight so we listen to the course radio. The commentator cannot keep control, he screams that Hill takes the lead back at Hawthorns. Hopkins cuts inside Hill at Westfield and Hill has to sit the bike up as they nearly touch. Hopkins goes slightly wide at Sheene curve and Hill made him pay by getting a nice tight inside line. As they both fight through South East Biker Magazine •

Stirlings and side by side come under MCE bridge, all that Ellison, Laverty and Brookes can do is watch as Tommy and John push their bikes to the limits. Clearways saw Hopkins with the inside line and you hear the sound of the supporters rise louder as their expectations increase. Hopkins went in too deep to Clark Curve and gave Hill just enough space to get through, but Hopkins is not finished, he wrings every ounce of energy out of the GSXR1000 and gets an amazing drive to the line. Everyone holds their breath and both riders think they have done it; a photo finish with Hill taking the line just 0.006 of a second over Hopkins. The delight on Hill’s face and the Swan Yahama Team is immediate and the disappointment for Hopkins and the Samsung Crescent Suzuki Team is painful. There always has to be a loser in sport and you always hope your team are the victors, but no one that witnessed that race could go home feeling hard done by. At the end of the race Bands opened the gates so everyone could get close to the festivities. Congratulations had to go to both teams and the sponsors that provided the riders with the most competitive bikes to produce some of the best racing most people had ever seen. Congratulations in particular to Tommy Hill, it has been a long time coming and he really has had to go through a lot to get it. I thought it was so lovely that he dedicated his win to Craig Jones, his best friend, who lost his life at Brands four years earlier. BUT I have to say a big thank you to John Hopkins for giving the MCE British Superbikes a chance to show him Britain has the best racing in the world and this is the place to be and not a step down for a MotoGP rider. We met with the Samsung Crescent Suzuki team after the race and the disappointment in their faces was unbearable. I felt for all of them but I know they would not have changed anything other than the outcome. People just see the rider and the main team on race days, but there are so many more people involved behind the scenes. Teams have to put so much work in to get the bike right for those gladiators. They often work right through the night just so the rider can go out and pull every ounce of speed from the bike. The manager of the team has to eat, breath and sometimes sleep racing just to get the rider able to compete. The rider has to get their personal sponsorship, which is not an easy job, and they often have their own team, normally family and friends. There are so many people that make up a 13

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BSB team that the supporters rarely see. I must say that a huge thank you from the supporters of BSB should go to ALL those people that are part of the teams. I now cannot wait for the start of next season. Good luck to Samsung Crescent Suzuki, they will be in World SuperBikes next season, at last a great competitive Suzuki team in the series. As of going to print they have confirmed one rider as Leon Camier, which is great to have a south east rider on a British Team. Only one team confirmed, again as of going to print, for British Superbikes is the Paul Bird Racing team with Kawasaki, the riders being Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton. Glad to see he is fit and well. Paul Bird has also confirmed that James Ellison is to be his rider on his MotoGP bike. Great news to see James back on the GP circuit. He showed his quality this season by being able to jump on two completely different bikes in two completely different championships, CLASS. The changes in the technical specifications for next season open the championship up to the whole of the paddock. I think we will be seeing riders and teams up the front that in the past would have struggled because they did not have the tech. This is exciting as new young and old riders will be battling up the front with the usual suspects, and we should see racing just as we did at the end of this season. On another note there are some Thanks and Goodbyes to be made. Goodbye and thanks to two of racing’s best loved riders who retired this season; 14

Loris Capirossi and Troy Corser. In racing terms they are the old boys but they are still on the right side of 40. I am sure I speak for many bike fans when I say they both have given us some fantastic racing over the years. We at South East Biker wish them a happy retirement, but don’t stay away from the paddock! An unfortunate goodbye to James Toseland, he had to retire due to an injury that just would not heal to the standard needed for racing. James has been a great supporter of South East Biker Magazine by helping us out with some great interviews when others turned their noses up at a little freebie. I know we will still see him in the paddocks supporting his young riders. The last two and the most important are for the two young lives that were tragically cut short this season Ben Gautrey and Marco Simoncelli. Ben was an up and coming young star in the British Superbike Metzeler National Superstock 600 series riding for MWR Kawasaki. He was just 18 and was already Thundersport GB Moto450 Champion the previous year. There were only good things said about this bright young lad’s abilities and future in racing. Marco Simoncelli died on the second lap of the Malaysian MotoGP. At Marco’s funeral there were an estimated 20,000 mourners and Italian football had two minutes silence before the games the next weekend. Valencia had 2 minutes of noise, which his family and fiancée requested; all over the circuit were posters saying Ciao Marco. Misano circuit announced they are to rename the circuit in honour of Marco. The 24 year old had already made his mark on the GP circuit and had his best podium finish, 2nd at Philip Island in the Australian GP this season with the Gresini Honda Team. All that is left to say is racing is going through some tough times for sponsors and teams alike but for the supporters of the national championship things have never looked so good. n

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Debbie gets some advice from Andy.

Advanced riding: a skill for life This year I feel I have tried to improve my riding skills by passing the ERS, doing track days and starting to train to be a CBT instructor. So why would I take on yet another series of tests?


hen it was suggested to me that I try the IAM course, I jumped at the chance. Of course I will be making a South East Biker Diary so you guys are going to be with me 100% of the way, whether you like it or not. I don’t know why I do this, yet more training and more books to read, but I do enjoy pushing myself just not taking the tests! I speak to a lot of riders and many feel they passed their DAS and that was it as far as training is concerned. But take my husband Nick, he passed his test back in the early 80’s. His test consisted of the examiner standing on the pavement while he rode around the block and that was that. I could not believe that was the extent of his test with no training involved.


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Each session is around half hour and off we go for the last session of the ride. By now my concentration is starting to drop and I know my riding is not what it was at the beginning and I miss a few lines but overall I loved the ride. Andy takes us back to the meeting point and we have a debrief. Of course the change of direction that I made earlier is brought up and we have a laugh about it again. I am tired but fired up and ready for the next session.

SESSION One - My fist ride The IAM Instructor assigned to me (for his sins) is Andy and he is a senior observer. We meet up in a designated spot and we Session Two have a chat about my riding Two weeks later, on a beautiful experience and what I want out sunny Sunday morning, we of the sessions. rode over to the East Sussex IAM Andy explains how the breakfast meeting at Boreham session will work, the first Street Hall in Herstmonceux. Andy my ESIAM instructor session is for me to ride the Chairman of the group At 10 in the morning there is a really way I normally do. Andy follows and so I get special treatment or tougher treatment! good turn out of bikes. and he watches. There are Coffee and tea is available no radios I just make sure for a donation to the club, I can see his indicators to and bacon butties are know where to go. cooked on the spot. We stop off at a pub and After saying hello to have a quick chat about Pauline and just some of the things he would like the many members that me to work on in the next turned out, we re-fueled part of the ride. He takes with coffee and bacon me through the lines he Just a few of the bikes at the meeting. butties. wants me to use which will After a two minute silence for Remembrance give me a better view of the road ahead and in turn Sunday, we went off for a ride. Andy followed for the this gives me a great riding experience. first session, only giving me directions. Off we go across the great country roads of East After a while we pulled over and he felt things had Sussex, with the beautiful sunshine bouncing off improved. He could see I was trying to get the bike in the tarmac. Never in October have I been so warm, the correct place for the corners. with my sun visor down and in my Sartso jeans, it For the second part of the ride Andy asked me to seems like a mild summer’s day. We are so blessed in try to let the bike pull through the corners more. the south east to have such wonderful biking roads Even though I was using the gears he felt I could take cutting through the countryside, twisting their way some in a lower gear. through 16th century villages that seem to have The last session of the ride was the best, the bike hardly changed in centuries. really felt like it was ready for anything and I felt I was It is difficult to push myself to take the better too. Andy was really pleased with the session and he lines but each corner gets easier and the ride flows. thought I had started to use all the information he Just as I start to relax into the session, I lose a bit of gave me on the ride. concentration and instead of following the road I shall be practising like mad as it doesn’t come easy round to the right, I carry straight on down a smaller to me to ride into the corners more, but it is starting country lane. My speed was low so it was not a major to get a little easier. problem. Once again thanks to the East Sussex IAM especially I turned around to look at Andy and Nick and both Pauline and, of course Andy, for smiling all the way shake their head in astonishment. All I can do is laugh through the last two sessions. and put it down to a blonde moment. Further down Look out for the next part to my saga in the next the road we stop in Rushlake Green and sit in the sun issue. n for a catch up. South East Biker Magazine •



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ne of the most important things to consider when commuting to work, especially during the winter months, is your kit. The jacket often being one of the most expensive items that you will wear. I chose the Richa Boomerang as it was a mid range, good value jacket, which also looked good. It has been used almost daily for the last few months and certainly been put it through its paces with the weather. Fit The fit of the jacket obviously depends on the size chosen, I’m 5’11” and medium build, I chose a large jacket. It fits well and hugs the torso, not so much so that a few extra layers cannot be worn underneath, but enough so not to flap around and annoy the wearer. The jacket is fairly adjustable as the size at the waist and around the arms can be altered. Equipment Outside you’ll find a meshed section called ‘Air-vent Function’ allowing an air flow around and down the arms and into the jacket. This seemingly replaces the need for zipped vents as there are none fitted on the jacket. Inside you’ll find a waterproof layer and a full thermal coat, both removable, and interchangeable. These allow the jacket to be used year round with different options depending on weather. Other equipment on the jacket includes two medium sized external pockets, two inside pockets. The jacket has CE armour at the elbow, shoulders and back - good for piece of mind when on the roads. The back armour especially seems fairly decent. Reflective stripes can also be found on the back and front. Performance Perhaps the most important tests for the jacket in 20

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There are few things that will get me out of bed at 6AM on a Saturday, but a good ride is one. So last April Alice Dryden dragged herself up for the Somerset Advanced Motorcyclists’ South West Peninsula Spring Rally, billed as ‘a navigational challenge across three counties’. 22


t’s run along similar lines to the National Road Rally, with four checkpoints staffed by SAM members and nearly fifty unmanned checkpoints in villages at which you have to answer a question to prove you’ve been. These tend to be along the lines of ‘Which Saint is the church named after?’ or ‘What is the date on the war memorial?’ My partner Howard and I had been poring over routes since the list of checkpoints arrived a couple of weeks before the rally. We’d decided to go for the Gold award, which meant visiting three manned and fifteen unmanned checkpoints. We were also keen to pick up the special Land’s End award — guess how you get that? We left Dorchester for the start point, V&J Superbikes in Bridgwater, at a quarter to seven, the pink and lilac sky turning to blue with yellow clouds and a double rainbow. We received our question sheets and were signed out from Bridgwater at 8:04, headed for our first checkpoint at Crowcombe. We had until 10pm to complete our mission and return. It was on! It did occur to me that you could visit the manned checkpoints, then go home and look everything else up on Google Streetview. But where would be the fun in that? It wouldn’t have worked for Stoke Pero, our third checkpoint. This hamlet near Porlock was marked on the list as ‘challenging’, and when we’d looked it

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up online we saw that Google’s camera van had chickened out of visiting. According to Howard we took the less challenging of the two roads in, which still involved a lot of single-track, two cattle grids and a ford. Halfway through this water feature the handlebars started flapping and I had one of those moments when you know you’re going to come off. While you’re still contemplating how much it’s likely to hurt and how badly your bike will be damaged, suddenly you’re through and somehow still upright. A couple more checkpoints before signs welcomed us to Devon. After a damp start the sun came out somewhere after Challacombe, and the countryside was bursting with Spring life: daffodils, lambkins and little Exmoor foals. We had coffee at Ilfracombe, our first manned checkpoint, and lunch at Princetown, the second. The SAM members at each were brilliant, making sure we were greeted, refreshed, informed, rested and finally photographed as we left. I’d ridden in this part of the world before, but never explored it so intimately. Across Exmoor and Dartmoor, down country lanes and on one occasion through a farmyard, to the indignation of a large duck; past ploughed fields, through lush woodlands, and finally to the sea. Some of the villages were so small they were barely signposted, or not at all, but between us we worked things out. We wrote down a post box number in High Bullen, the brand of beer sold at the pub in Halwill Junction and the unusual vehicle parked in a layby off the A3059 (it was a Spitfire). Sometimes a cluster of parked bikes alerted us to the location of a clue; sometimes another rider followed us and stopped alongside. There was no rivalry - everyone wanted everybody else to succeed too. Our last manned checkpoint, Perranporth, was the South East Biker Magazine •

point of no return: should we commit to Land’s End and risk losing everything if we didn’t make it back in time? We decided to go for it. The toe of Cornwall, in the golden 5pm sunlight, was well worth the journey, and we made time for a photo after getting our checkpoint cards stamped at the Land’s End Hotel. The super-organised Howard had prepared not only a Plan B but a Plan C, ditching scenic routes for faster roads and more convenient checkpoints if time grew short. We switched to this plan after pretty Mousehole, travelling back towards Bridgwater on the A30 and bagging our last three points on the way. Racing away from the setting sun, we reached our last stop, Tedburn St Mary (‘What is written above the door of the parish church?’) in the dark. Here I would like it noted that I snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at the eleventh hour (well, at twenty to nine), first by spotting the church tower on the skyline and then by finding a side gate in when the main one proved to be locked. Howard would like it noted that he had brought a torch, without which I couldn’t have read the answer. It was ‘Surely the Lord is in this place’, and with appropriate thanks to Him we set off for the M5 and Bridgwater. We arrived back at V&J Superbikes with four minutes in hand, to receive T-shirts, badges, certificates and — especially welcome at the time — chicken curry with a choice of desserts. Home at a quarter past midnight with a total of 560 miles on the clock and a general sense of smug satisfaction. Next year’s rally will take place on Saturday March 31st, 2012 . For more information visit 23



Chris Targett is a British NHS Accident & Emergency doctor. He is undertaking a huge solo and totally unsupported motorcycle trip in January 2012 to raise £100,000 for the medical charities Magpas and Riders for Health.


asically as a motorcycle mad doctor I wanted to take my last opportunity for a career break to travel, do some good outside my normal day to day life and undertake a really challenging adventure. I have taken 2 years off work and will spend 8 months travelling solo and unsupported around the world on a motorcycle. My planned route is UK to Spain, boat to Morocco and ride to Egypt via Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. Then down to Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa. I then fly to Nepal, cross India including through the Himilayas, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Romania and then back across Europe to home. The total distance will be approximately 24,000 miles. I hope that travelling by motorcycle, visiting the healthcare facilities and organisations of all of the societies I pass though and interacting with their 24

people I can bring a greater understanding of life and healthcare back to the west and disseminate this for our society’s wider understanding. Perhaps this will inspire others to see the need and value of looking beyond our own borders and considerations. I am raising monies for both Riders for Health (a charity supply and supporting motorcycles for healthcare workers in Africa) and Magpas (a UK acute healthcare charity Air Ambulance etc). Full information and how to support Chris can be found at, on facebook group Tigger’s Travels or on Twitter @ TiggersTravels. Any and all help very much needed and appreciated. Telephone: 07775 831530

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NEWS FROM THE MOTORCYCLE ACTION GROUP Fighting on behalf of bikers

Theiving more than just the motorbike Who is to blame for the 20% of all vehicle crime – the thief or the governement? Paddy Tyson writes…


iven the Bandit I use every day is chained to the lamppost outside my flat, I sometimes don’t go to my garage from one week to the next. It’s in a block without power, so unless I have a day free when the sun is out, there’s not much point. But I went the other morning and it took a minute to realise that the key wouldn’t fit the lock because some scrote had smashed it. With trepidation I opened the door to find large gaps on all the shelves, where all my tools had been. For the second time in six months the thieves had been in. I get attached to my tools: after many years they are old friends – there’s one for every job, no matter how obscure. Some are used once a year, but come the moment, I know there is something that’ll fit a job perfectly. Every time I reach for the box now, I’m reminded of the light-fingered tossers who feel they have a right to inconvenience the rest of the society. Yeah, Happy Christmas. Luckily my bikes weren’t nicked. Isn’t there a market for MZs that have been round the clock a few times or slightly knackered Aprilias? Maybe it’ll take a lottery win before I possess a machine that criminal gangs would steal to order, but last year there were 22,000 unfortunate souls who did own a bike that was stolen. Ten years ago there were 40 Stolen Vehicle Units (SVU) across the country. Not every police force specialised in vehicle crime, so it meant that the national average for recovering a stolen bike was 65%. Now there are


just two, but the wealth of experience that these units contain still means that last year there was a 30% chance that your half-inched bike would be returned to you. Government cuts mean that in March next year, there shall be none and the knowledge and experience will be lost, as the officers are deployed on other business. It would appear that a £200 bicycle is now viewed more highly than a £10,000 motorbike, because while London’s stolen m/c unit closes, 30 officers are being assigned to bicycle crime in the Capital, even though bicycles are easier to nick, there’s no registration system to aid policing and it isn’t nearly as big an economic problem. Although there will always be a percentage of bikes stolen by opportunist joyriders, many are nicked by organised gangs, stealing to feed eBay, the habits of racers, or the fruitful business of ringing, where a bike gets a new identity and is then resold, often to an unwitting dealer, and then to you. Dodgy frame and engine numbers can be spotted a mile off by someone from the SVU, but most normal coppers, who may be trained in admin or domestic violence, couldn’t tell the difference between a Gixser and Virago. It’s concerning enough that there has been a 50% drop in the number of new riders taking their test since the new licensing system was introduced in April 2009, but it’s particularly disturbing that 10,000 riders a year hang up their leathers for the last time

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as a direct result of theft. Some find themselves uninsurable through no fault of their own. Others come under pressure to use the insurance money for a kitchen or the kid’s education, so a new bike isn’t a possibility. Those of us still riding feel the effects through rising insurance premiums, closing bike shops and increasing road casualties. Why the latter? Because most accidents are still due to other vehicles turning across our path and the fewer of us there are, the less observant other road users become. We are 1% of traffic and 20% of casualties. Well we are 20% of thefts as well and I’d hate for either of those figures to rise, but if theft isn’t taken seriously, they both just might. Write to your MP, no matter where you live. Tell them to ask the Home Secretary why all the Stolen Vehicle Units are being closed and the knowledge

and experience is being lost. Tell them that motorbike crime (at an average of £5k per machine), is a £150m industry each year and now accounts for 20% of all vehicle crime. Who are you going to turn to when the thieving scum decide your pride and joy is the one they’re going to have next? I’m afraid that getting a letter in the post that reads “sorry to hear you’ve been a victim of crime” just isn’t good enough, but if we don’t actually shout about it, that I’m afraid, is all we are likely to get to replace that cold feeling when you open the garage and find that it’s empty. To make your voice louder you could join the Motorcycle Action Group and take part in our £1000 reward scheme to help find your bike. Alternatively, you could buy an MZ or a knackered Aprilia. Motorcycle Action Group, tel: 01926 844064 Visit:

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The idea of building a race replica started about three years ago when I was watching some classic racing at Lydden Hill. Here I saw my first glimpse of some replica Hondas. Dave and Sam Mitchell write…


ust by chance, some time later, a friend asked me what I knew about Hondas and the conversation we had led to giving me the idea of building my own replica. The bike that my project would be based on was a 1976 Honda CB550 that had been stored in a dilapidated shed for 10 years. It was in a sorry state when we acquired it and a lot of work would have to take place. The bike I would replicate was Mike Hailwood’s 1967 TT winning Honda RC181. The idea wasn’t just to build a bike to look like it, but also to take it to the Isle of Man Manx TT to be paraded at the Festival of Jurby. So the work began. The bike was completely stripped down and the engine put to one side to be restored later on. With just a bare frame, I then removed all unnecessary brackets and lugs to replicate the look of a race frame and save some precious weight. On investigation, the engine was in very good condition and a very small amount of components actually needed replacing. All the engine cases, cylinder 30

block and head assembly were glass bead blasted to remove all the paint and corrosion. They were then thoroughly pressure washed and finished with a light oil spray (WD40). The starter motor, starter clutch assembly, alternator and stater, and kick start mechanism were all removed. Cases were then blanked off accordingly. The bike would now run on a dead loss battery supply, fitted with an electronic ignition system. The seat, tank and fairing are all made of fibreglass, which were fairly cheap. Then the exhaust assembly was purchased from Dave Swarbrick Pipes. The bike was completed on a budget and it was very much an experiment to see if it could be done, as well as getting some fun out of it. An example of this was the paint used, which was actually Massey Ferguson red. It happened to be an almost near perfect colour match and its durability made it an obvious choice. After our first start up of the Honda, it was shown at the Huntsman’s motorcycle show in Eridge. At this stage it had

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MOTORCYCLE BUILD no fairing and was a little way away from completion. When we fired up the bike there, it certainly made people aware of its presence. A few weeks left to go to the “Manx” and the fairing was painted and graphics were supplied Nick from Demon Skinz, who I had met by chance at the Hunstman motorcyle show. I had contacted him and given him an idea of what I wanted and he replicated it exactly. The Honda had been entered for the festival of Jurby which is organised by the VMCC. Here I would get a chance to parade the bike on a small circuit that used to be part of the old airfield. On the morning of the event we drove over to the venue early, hoping to make some last minute adjustments to the bike. After signing on and a short briefing it wasn’t long until I was heading out on the track. This is when the nerves kicked in a bit. It

would be my first time out on the bike properly and I had been put in a class with ex-racers. It was fair to say I was a little out of my depth. As I set off, I took it steady at first seeing how the bike responded and gradually picked up the pace as I felt more comfortable. The bike did around 20 laps of the circuit in total and ran like a dream all the way. I didn’t drop it either which always helps. So the project turned out to be a success. Not to say we didn’t have some bad luck along the way (loss of camera, punctures and accommodation that made a stable look inviting). As far as the future for the Honda, it shall be returning to the island next year with some longer rear shocks (hopefully solving some ground clearance issues) and perhaps even a second rider in the form of my son. We hope to also complete a lap of the famous TT course itself in one of the closed road parades. Then we’ll really see what it can do.

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The Motorcycle Action Group, as readers of this magazine will know, campaigns at the top level on behalf of all of us to fight against the constant threat of regulations that basically seem designed to drive bikers off the roads rather than improve our lot.


he high viz issue, modification regulations, changes in the bike testing system and various suggestions on power restrictions are not subjects that have been raised by motorcyclists or the industry.These are all dreamed up in Brussels by non-motorcyclists playing around with statistics. Unfortunately some countries seem ready to adopt these proposals. We all want to ride on safer roads but the consensus from most that actually ride bikes is that a lot of this will do very little towards achieving that. I can’t complete even a short journey without seeing some prat on a mobile or even texting. Wearing a set of Christmas flashing lights isn’t going to get anyone’s attention if they have their head down texting their husband to pick up some milk. So what can we do as individuals and a group? Protest rallies seem to have become popular methods of expression over the last few years. The ‘No to Bike Parking Tax’ campaign has been long running and high profile, we joined a couple of rides ourselves, but is currently losing the battle, but still fighting. We joined in with the MAG protests across the country in September by riding from Clacket Lane services on the M25. As we pulled off the motorway into the services a MAG rep guided us into the car park. And that was all the official representation we saw. There was little in the way of explanation as to how the ride was to be managed and what we were trying to achieve. Unfortunately this meant most were in the dark as to how to conduct themselves to best get the message over. After having a coffee, there was a countdown and at the appointed hour we all started to move out from the services. A long procession of bikes peeled out from the exit and took over this busy stretch of road. Most rode at a sensible pace and occupied the inner two lanes. After a couple of junctions the regular traffic started to integrate back amongst the bikes. We all finally left the motorway and made our way to Ryka’s which was mobbed. So, an impressive turnout, which was reflected across the country, and an opportunity to take part 32

in a bike event with a difference. The estimates seem to be that about 40,000 bikers took part across the country (or around 5% of motorcycle licence holders). But did it do any good? Did any of the inconvenienced motorists that Sunday afternoon have any understanding of what we were up to? I doubt it. Most non-motorcyclists I came across couldn’t care less about biking issues. They also fail to see how they it may affect them in the long run. To be fair, a large proportion of bikers aren’t interested either. They have their licences already and will ride bikes until there are too many obstacles and then give up. However, as someone once quoted, “Doing nothing is not an option”. MAG and the other pressure groups, from single issue outfits to national organisations, are the only hope we have of resisting the never ending threat of regulations. If it wasn’t for these guys, most of this oppressive stuff would simply be hoisted on us with no objections. The internet and mobile phones can mobilise thousands of people at short notice. The complications of Euro babble can also assist in the resistance by invoking human rights legislation. It’s easy to criticise these events as pointless, or moan about the organisation and what could be done better, but just reflect on what where would be without these people taking a stand. Think about joining MAG, the BMF or a group fighting for an issue locally. Or at least give up a couple of hours to make your feelings known. Doing nothing is not an option.

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ob McNealy (McNealy Brown BMW S1000RR) wrapped up the MRO Powerbike championship, after a thrilling, weekend long battle with Michael Neeves (BMW Park Lane BMW S1000RR). Neeves ended up in second in the championship, just five points adrift of McNealy, after the pair entered the final race of the season level on points. Peter Baker (Morello Suzuki GSXR1000) was back in action, and qualified on pole position ahead of McNealy, Stock 1000 rider John Waghorn (JW Smart BMW S1000RR), and Neeves. And in Saturday’s race, after a restart for a four rider pile up at Druids, Baker hit the front from the off, and led to the chequered flag. McNealy managed to run with him for the most part, but the former champion kept the BMW at bay, and took the win from McNealy. Third across the line was Waghorn, who arrived behind 28 points behind Byron Beckett (A. 34

Williams Engineering Yamaha R1) in the Stock 1000 championship, ahead of Mike Goodfellow (Jago Racing Suzuki GSXR1000). Neeves was fifth but third Powerbike, which meant McNealy extended his championship lead to five points. Third Stock 1000 was Beckett in sixth. On Sunday Baker hit the front again, and built up a healthy lead over the chasing pack. He kept the pace up and set a new lap record on lap five, before it all went horribly wrong on lap eight with a high-speed crash at Paddock Hill. That promoted McNealy to the race lead, and Neeves to second. Neeves had been lapping consistently quicker than McNealy, but could not find a way by, until it came to Clearways on the last lap, where he got on the power early, got the drive, and cut to the inside to take the race win and make it all square on points going into the last race.

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Waghorn was third and again leading Stock 1000, doing all he could to overturn Beckett’s championship lead, who was fourth. The final race of the season began without Baker, but it was Stock 1000 runner Waghorn who made the best start, and he led the entire race. However, it was behind were the attention focused. McNealy sat second with Stuart Wickens (Suzuki GSXR1000) third. Neeves was fourth but pushing hard for a way past Wickens, which he managed at Graham Hill bend on lap eight. He then set about finding a way past McNealy, and tried a similar move at Graham Hill on lap ten, only to run wide and lose out to Wickens. Riding on red mist, he fought back to better Wickens at Paddock Hill, but couldn’t find a way past McNealy, his final attempt coming out of Clearways and drag racing to the line. But the championship went to McNealy by four hundredths of a second, and just five points. Waghorn won the Stock race, ahead of Dan Fowler (MG Sear Plant Hire Yamaha R1) and Goodfellow. Beckett was fourth but it was just enough to clinch the Stock 1000 championship. James Phare (Yamaha R6) returned in the MRO Stock 600s, and put himself on pole position, before taking the win in Saturday’s race from newly crowned MRO Stock 600 champion Jordan Simpkin (Wheelfit Yamaha R6). Scott Hudson (Yamaha R6) was third and leading Clubman, adding to his points haul toward the Champion of Brands, which is 36

decided over the club’s four Brands Hatch meetings. There was also a return for 2010 MRO Stock 600 champion and also 2010 Champion of Brands, Tony Coombs (TC Racing Kawasaki ZXR600), back in action after a huge crash at Snetterton at British Superbikes in July, and he finished fourth. Leading Supersport 600 rider was David Heal (Dave Heal Racing Triumph 675). Sunday hosted some of the closest and most exciting race of the season, as the front four broke away in race one. Coombs hit the front followed by Simpkin, Hudson and Lewis Wright (Wheelfit Yamaha R6). Phare was absent from proceedings. Hudson went second at Druids on lap two, but Simpkin retook the position on lap four at Paddock Hill, and began hassling Coombs. Simpkin had terrific drive out of Clearways and took the lead, briefly, on lap six, before losing out at turn one. With more dicing, the order eventually settled on Coombs, Simpkin, Hudson, leading Clubman, and Wright fourth. Heal was fifth and again leading Supersport rider. In the final race Hudson stormed into the lead, followed by Adam Clarke (JW Smart Yamaha R6) who made a fantastic start. Coombs was third and went second on lap two, but crashed out spectacularly at Paddock Hill a lap later. Simpkin eventually battled his way to the front and took the win from Hudson and Wright, as Clarke held on to fourth. Heal took his third win in the Supersport class in sixth, however the title was already settled in favour of Dave Shelvey. Hudson’s dominance in the Clubman class also saw him claim the Champion of Brands trophy by five points from Simpkin. Luke Helm (SDC Suzuki SV650) sealed the MRO Minitwin championship, despite Dan Couzens (Team V-Speed Suzuki SV650) taking

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BMCRC & MRO, Round 11, Brands Hatch Indy all four wins over the weekend. Helm only needed three second place finishes and a third to take the title by 19 points. Couzens and Helm disappeared at the front of both Saturday’s races, allowing the rest to battle for third. In race one it went the way of Dan Wright (Suzuki SV650), edging Charlie King (S&S Panelcraft Suzuki SV650) on the last lap, as third to eighth were split by less than one and a half seconds. And it was a similar story in race two, with King this time going one better and taking third, bettering Sebastian Kelly (Steve Jordan Suzuki SV650). Couzens did everything right on Sunday, and took another two wins, the opener from Helm and his teammate Sam Cox (SDC Suzuki SV650), the second ahead of much improved King. Luke Helm was third, but it was enough for the 15 year old to clinch the 2011 Minitwin title. Jordan Gilbert (M25 Copiers Aprilia RS125) had held the MRO Superteen championship lead all season, and arrived 15 points ahead of Max Symonds (J&C Symonds Aprilia RS125). But it was Symonds who stole the championship at the final round, taking two wins, a second and a third, compared to Gilbert’s disappointing third, two fourths, and ninth. Oliver Fitz-Patrick (Aprilia RS125) took the other two wins to cement third in the championship. Michael Smith (Kawasaki ZXR400) cemented second in the EDI Asia Formula 400s, after bettering his rival Richie Welsh (Yamaha FZR400) over the weekend. Welsh occupied second by one point from Smith going into the weekend, however two wins and two seconds for Smith compared to Welsh’s two fourths, fifth and sixth, were enough. New 2011 champion Steve Murphy looked set to take victory in race one, before Smith punted him wide at Druids on the last lap. Colin Martin (David Simon Kawasaki ZXR400) followed Smith through and it ended with Smith, Martin and Murphy on the podium. Murphy took the win in race two, from Smith and Martin. On Sunday Smith took his second win in the morning, from Murphy and Martin, but Murphy ended the season with a race win, snatching victory by four hundredths of a second from Smith, with Gary Henning (Kawasaki ZXR400) third. Michael Smith also arrived at Brands Hatch already crowned DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters champion, and this weekend he swapped his 350 YPVS for a TZR 250 in preparation for next season. He qualified pole and won the opening race from Pete Fishwick and Steven King, however in race two Fishwick took the win in the final race of his career, from Smith and King. In Sunday’s opener, Smith was dicing at the front with King and Graham Higlett, the three of them right together, before Smith crashed out of second at Surtees, forcing Higlett onto the grass. King took the win comfortably, from Higlett and Ben Miles. In the final race Smith won comfortably from Higlett and King. In the Freshdrop BMZRC 250 MZs, the title was to be decided by reigning champion Andy Saunders, and former champion Chris Rogers. Saunders just held the advantage coming into South East Biker Magazine •

the weekend, and on Saturday extended his lead with two wins to Rogers’ two seconds. Giles Spencer was twice third. Going into Sunday’s opener Saunders held a 24 point advantage, and the championship seemed a forgone conclusion, especially when Rogers failed to make the start with mechanical trouble. However, just a few laps in and Saunders retired at Graham Hill bend with troubles of his own. That left Darren West to take his first win, ahead of Jonathan King and Dennis Nelson. Usual service was resumed in the final race, with Saunders and Rogers coming from the back of the grid to finish first and second respectively, handing a second successive championship to Saunders. Spencer was again, third. The ACU and FSRA British F2 Sidecar championship was in action, and John Holden and Andy Winkle took both wins from Ian Bell and Carl Bell. Frank Lelias and Mike Aylott shared the bottom step of the podium with Simon Neary and Ashley Hawes. In the Two Stroke GP Classic series, Rich Grinling took three race wins from four, but he could only manage a third in the final race, as the win went to Nigel Palmer. In the BMCRC F1 and F2 sidecars, Mick Bleakley and Heath Lane sealed the F1 championship with three wins from four, the other going to Kev Cable and Guy Pawsey, who finished second in the championship. The F2 championship was already settled in favour of Marc and Rik Vanniewenhuyse, but this weekend the four wins were split evenly between Patrick Geffray and Francky Fouet, and Lillie and Chandler. John Waghorn took four wins from four in the BMCRC Open Championship, and took the title this weekend. 37


The National Junior Cup 2012 The BMRC have announced new package and prize details for the 2012 National Junior Cup.


his new series will use the Kawasaki Ninja 250R twin 4-stroke machine, with a full race package obtainable through nominated UK dealers in the Kawasaki network. The ACU has approved this package to be made available to riders aged from 13* on Novice licences in 2012. (*Rider must be 13 or older on 1st March 2012) The Series will run over eight rounds, five rounds with the BMCRC together with three rounds at the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship. The Championship targets riders aged 13 to 18 seeking a highly competitive package in their early years of racing. Featuring rounds at BMCRC who have run the MRO Superteen series for this age group for many years and BSB, where riders can rub shoulders with those on the National stage. 38

The Championship Prize Through Kawasaki and their support of the parallel European Series at WSB through Racedays Promotions Ltd has created an outstanding Series prize to the Championship winner… A fully paid ride* in every round, bike supplied, in the 2013 European Junior Cup Each aggregate point winner from each round offered a paid “Wild Card” ride*, bike supplied, in the next available European National Junior Cup event at WSB. *Rider/Team to arrange own transport and accommodation, pay for any crash / negligence damages and for hospitality at 60E per person. More Info… Interested riders, parents and teams are invited to express their initial interest and obtain more info on the Series by email to In association with Kawasaki, the bike in full race trim will be on show at the BMCRC Open Day at Brands on Sunday 11th December. PACKAGE INCLUDES

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08 January 2012 - Enduro 04 December 2011 - Trials - Southern MCC Ltd, 9:30AM. Sidcup & DMCC Ltd Runaround 9:30 AM, Canada Heights, Button 08 January 2012 - Trials Street, Swanley, Kent, BR8 GEST Trials Club, 10:30 AM, 11 December 2011 - Trials Monkings Farm, Horns Cross, Reigate and Redhill North Nr Northiam, E Sussex Downs MCC, 10:30 AM, Beare 22 January 2012 - Trials Gill, Beare Green, Ockley Ashford Motorcycle Club, 10:00 11 December 2011 - Trials AM, Kent Gliding Club, Squids Sittingbourne & DMCC Ltd Gate 10:30 AM, Yetnor Farm, South 22 January 2012 - Enduro Street, Nr Sittingbourne, Kent Dorset Police MCC, starting 11 December 2011 - Trials at 10:30 AM, Moreton Forest, Basingstoke MCC, January 2012 Wareham, Dorset


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Kent Motorcycles H’s Café

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ead East Grinst ead Road, N. Chailey , Lewes, East Sussex . BN8 4DH Tel: 01825 723821

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Harrow Road, Knockholt, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 7JT

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Haslemere Motorcycles

Petersfield Road, Whitehill, Hampshire GU35 9AR Sales: 01420 488290

Main Suzuki, Yamaha dealer with good quality used motorcycles and Harleys. Test ride the new GSXR600 or try some of our great 125’s on sale.

Kent Motorcycles Dover Road (A2), CT4 6SA Tel: 01227 832601 Everything Honda, New demo’s available to test ride, CBF 125, CBR 250 and VFR. MOT’s, Servicing, Clothing and Accessories.

USED BIKES J. S. Gedge (Yamaha Used bikes) 10 Silchester Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex . TN38 0JB Tel: 01424 4423520

Yamaha bikes, quality used bikes and clothing to cope with all weather.

J. S. Gedge (Honda) 406-410 Old London Road, Hastings, East Sussex . TN35 5BB Tel: 01424 423708 The one stop Honda shop.

J. S. Gedge (Triumph) 3-4 Pevensey Court, Eastbourne Road, Pevensey Bay, East Sussex . BN24 6EX Tel: 01323 765515

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Tel: 0208 549 5335

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