“Hints and tips” Sunday 22nd July 2012 Destination Hollywood Legends Swaffham Having had a two year gap from riding and whilst being a pillion I started to yearn for my own bike. It was during this time that I decided to ask Karl if he would resurrect the 'Hints and Tips' run that in the past has proved very popular. He reluctantly agreed but as I told him the format was already in place because he had set it up before. How wrong was I a complete overhaul of an already tried and tested format was completed and after much time and effort the new version was born. So after much military planning Sunday arrived and off we set to Tesco’s in Stowmarket. To our surprise, there were already a few bikes waiting and soon after we had fuelled, more bikes began to roll in many we knew but lots of new faces which was a pleasure to see. At 9am Karl began his briefing to 9 observers, 5 spare observers and 9 ride leaders who all gave up their time to assist with this monster event. At 9.30am he gave a briefing to the riders who were attending this event stressing the importance of safety but to also have fun! So it began the lottery for assigning us all to pre organised groups consisting of one ride leader who would navigate
the way to our final destination and an observer who would initially be at the rear of the group leap frogging throughout after designated times behind each rider. I set off with Nigel Chittock leading and Leia Dowsing observing I was at the rear of our group so started out being 'looked at' first this was somewhat scary for me as I have not been on a bike for 2 years and had only just ridden my lovely KTM 990 SMT for the past 2 weeks! The SAM Observer August 2012
The August 2012 edition of "The SAM Observer"