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2011 February Newsletter

PLYMOUTH MOTORCYCLE CLUB’S 15TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR!

Plymouth Motorcycle Club

Editor: Ritch Bounds/Denis Callicott ,Steve and Allison Ford EMAIL info@plymouthmcc.org.uk tel 01752 492749

MEMBERSHIPS AVAILABLE NOW! Welcome to the Plymouth Motorcycle Club. If you are an existing or new member, or perhaps thinking of joining us, all the club events can be found on our website, which is updated regularly. This year there are a lot of different events to attend, not necessarily all bike related. These include Charity rides with campovers and, as it is the clubs 15th anniversary this year - a party to celebrate. To find out more, please visit the mothership website at www.plymouthmcc.org.uk Or you can view our forum www.plymouthmccforum.forumup.co.uk Well guys and girls - it’s the start of a new year and a new Committee has been elected at this years AGM. We have John Varndell and Trevor Pridham as General Committee members, Allison Ford taking on the Social Secretary’s job, Dave Glynn in as Treasurer, Steve Ford in the role of General Secretary, Susan Bounds as the Products Officer Roy Pike as our Safety Officer, Denis Callicott as Vice Chairman and membership secretary, Ritch Bounds as Chairman and ride-out coordinate and Paul Joce as President, Mike Grainger as honorary life vice president and Pete Batten as life vice president and webmaster The rogues gallery of these people can be seen on the club notice boards.They will be doing their best to make sure planned events run smoothly -we hope you will be able to support us and your club this year.


FORTHCOMING CLUB EVENTS ‌ Next few months FEBRUARY 2011 Monday 14th Monday 28th MARCH 2011 Monday 14th

Monday 28th

8pm Club Meeting, City Bus Social Club VALENTINES DAY for all you romantics out there!!!!!!!!!!!! 8pm Club Meeting, City Bus Social Club BRING & BUY SALE 8pm Club Meeting, City Bus Social Club ITALIAN NIGHT, GEORGE WHITES _ Moto Guzzi, Aprillia & Ducati Bikes on show. Followed by pizza for all . 1st Rideout of the Year 7pm Plymouth Legacy Hotel (Novotel) 8pm Club Meeting, City Bus Social Club

APRIL 2011 Monday 4th Monday 11th Monday 18th Sunday 24th Monday 25th

7pm Plymouth Legacy Hotel, Long Ride Out 7pm Plymouth Legacy Hotel, Short Ride Out 8pm Club Meeting, City Bus Social Club 7pm Plymouth Legacy Hotel, Long Ride Out BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION Charity Ride Out 7pm Plymouth Legacy Hotel, Short Ride Out 8pm Club Meeting, City Bus Social Club

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LEASE NOTE: The above is subject to change or cancellation so before making any travel arrangements check the above details are correct by visiting on the club website on: www.plymouthmcc.org.uk

FORTHCOMING OTHER EVENTS .. Next few months FEBRUARY 2011 Saturday 19th Sunday 20th

Bristol Classic Bike Show

MARCH 2011 Sunday 27th

British Summertime Begins, clocks forward 1hr

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LEASE NOTE: The above is always subject to change or cancellation. Before making any travel arrangements or bookings please check the above details are correct by contacting the organisers.


OUR old enemies are back — and how! —. A bigger and better crop even than last year, when we thought they had broken all records they have reared their ugly heads again - - yes — I’m talking about my pet hate—POTHOLES again. As bikers, we are more liable to be affected by these potential ’booby traps’ so we have a responsibility to report them—not just for our safety, but for others. Ignoring them should not be an option when you can get something done about it - it only takes a few minutes and if they aint’ reported—they won’t get fixed! Especially with the budget cuts they are having to work with. If you come across a pothole on your travels—take a note of where it is—names of Roads , description and location of hole will be asked for . If you are on the web—here is the website address to report them. http://www.devon.gov.uk/pothole.htm (why not save as a favourite?) This will take you to the website, and there is a link saying ’online fault reporting form. A form comes up asking for location, street, postcode, whatever - fill that in and click next and you will get a map to indicate where the hole/s are. Obviously, you will need to put in your details address/contact and when it goes through—you will get a confirmation reference number. If you are not on the net, you can contact this number. tel: 0845 1551004 Can you help a Club member? Club member Neil Bartlett has a problem he hopes someone may be able to help him with. He has always been a keen biker and has amassed a number of bikes which were to keep him busy restoring for quite a while. However, prolonged illness has meant having to put those plans on the back burner and after two years, he’d like to get something moving again, and needs help. His collection are what you may call—’older bikes’ - here is a list of what he has. 1 - ZR2, 1 - Z100A ‘fighter ‘ project 3 - 1970’s Suzuki TS 250’s 1 - Honda CJ 360T. If you are interested in finding out about what help he needs, you know. or can recommend anyone who might help get these bikes repaired, here is Neil’s contact number. 07500 307005 Do You lock your machine—even if it’s just for a short time? Reading an article in the Motorcycle News last week saying that thieves have a home made tool—a simple piece of wire and a connector , called a pigtail—which allows them to bypass the ignition system on many modern bikes and ride them away within 20 seconds!. 25,000 bikes were stolen in the U.K last year and only 40% were recovered. Bikes most vulnerable are those not protected by an immobiliser, the steering lock is broken and they are away! - So, wherever possible ,when you are leaving your bike for any length of time- use a mechanical steering lock and secure it to something (most are just picked up and put in a van)!. Denis.


MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRS Hello guys and girls a belated Happy New Year to you all and thank you for your support in 2010. This years Monday runs start on the 28th March from the Legacy hotel (formerly Novotel) At 7pm for 7-30pm leave, if there is anyone who would like to help on these rides please contact myself .Denis or Roy. We ask for a minimum donation of 50p this goes towards Marshal equipment and the running costs of the club. Is there a location that you would like to go on a Monday Night? we would like to hear from you if it is feasible we will try to fit it in. Would you llike a webpage on our mothership website? If so, send a few words about yourself and a picture and it will be done. And lastly, just a reminder to you all - if you would like to see what we discuss at a Committee meeting and would like to attend, please let myself or Denis know.

PLYMOUTH MOTORCYCLE CLUB BRING & BUY SALE CITY BUS SOCIAL CLUB FEBRUARY 28th from 8pm ______________________________ DEVONPORT HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS SUMMER FAYRE JUNE 15th 14.45 to 18.00 BRING YOUR BIKES FOR STATIC DISPLAY If you can bring your bike please contact Denis Callicott asap deniscalli@msn.com


FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix — 2011 Provisional Calendar Dates

Grand Prix

Circuit

March 20

Qatar*

Doha/Losail

April 3

Spain

Jerez de la Frontera

April 24

Japan

Motegi

May 1

Portugal

Estoril

May 15

France

Le Mans

June 5

Catalunya

Catalunya

June 12

Great Britain

Silverstone

June 25

Netherlands**

Assen

July 3

Italy

Mugello

July 17

Germany

Sachsenring

July 24

United States***

Laguna Seca

August 14

Czech Rep.

Brno

August 28

Indianapolis

Indianapolis

September 4

San Marino & Riviera di Rimini

Misano

September 18

Aragon

Motorland Aragon

October 16

Australia

Phillip Island

October 23

Malaysia

Sepang

November 6

Valencia

Ricardo Tormo – Valencia

* Evening Race ** Saturday Race *** Only MotoGP class

FIM Superbike World Championship — 2011 Provisional Calendar Dates

Grand Prix

Circuit

February 27

Australia

Phillip Island

March 27

Europe

t.b.a

April 17

The Netherlands

Assen

May 8

Italy

Monza

May 30 (Monday)

United States

Miller Motorsport Park

June 12

San Marino

Misano

June 19

Spain

Motorland Aragon

July 10

Czech Republic

Brno

July 31

Great Britain

Silverstone

September 4

Germany

Nurburgring

September 25

Italy

t.b.a

October 2

France

Magny Cours

October 16

Portugal

Portimao


FIRE FIRE FIRE Three little words shouted out loud bring fear to those who are near. But not to our Fire Aware PMCC members who travelled to the FIREWATCH fire training grounds at Newton Abbot for complimentary fire awareness training. Denis Callicott, John Varndell, Mick Durasow, Steve Ford. We arrived in good time for the 9am start to a warm welcome from Steve the Instructor with coffee and a full plate of biscuits (well there was a full plate until John got to them) this put us all at ease and ready to put our lives on the line to fight those fires. The obligatory “domestics” out of the way Steve launched into a most interesting and informative period of instruction for just over an hour. A test to gauge our short term memories from that hour of instruction was passed by all, qualifying us to be let loose with real extinguishers and real fire, yes, there were flames and smoke. Denis got quite excited. We used all of the different types of extinguisher on different types of fire to great effect. Back into the training room for further instruction on “signage”, a short DVD entitled “Get out and stay out” (Mick thought he had heard those words before) Steve then gave out supporting literature and thanked us all for attending and for not setting fire to anyone. We all enjoyed the training and hopefully this will enable us with our previously trained Fire fighter Roy Pike the ability to tackle any fire that happens to come along. Steve Ford General Secretary. On Monday 31st January Simon Downton from Gt’s (Sorry its going to be hard to get used to George Whites name) arranged to get staff member “Dougie” to bring some bikes up for the club to view. The Club would like to say thanks for your time and effort at such short notice. THANK YOU DO you have any interesting input for this NEWSLETTER ? This is your newsletter and we need your stories from biking holidays, Sunday runs, other charity runs you have been on, or BSB World Superbikes F1 or speedway meets you have been to .Anything at all for your newsletter - if so email it to info@plymouthmcc.org.uk or jot it down on paper for us.

Does anybody know what this object was used for??? It was part of the tool kit supllied with a 1921 Abindon Motorcycle. The company is still going strong today making King Dick tools.


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