October 2016

From the Editor

Well we had an EGM, I unfortunately, like a lot of the club was on holiday, Mallorca in my case (very warm it was too), as a result I missed the proceedings and thus this report is second and third hand. So as I understand it, the Bike Night in its current form has a limited life, in fact as far as the BMR is concerned it is dead. This is not to say that there will not be a bike night next year just that it will be organised independent of the BMR.

Also as an outcome from the EGM our Treasurer has resigned from the role and from the committee along with his lady wife. It is a sad time when two people as committed to the club as both Andy and Jane are, choose to resign from the committee.

We owe Andy and Jane a debt of gratitude for their work on the committee,also Andy for keeping the books in order and his long spell writing the newsletter. Thank you Andy and Jane, you will be missed.

We now have a new treasurer, Mark Woods and a new secretary Dave Tuley. Let us welcome them to these roles and wish them luck in their endeavours.

Have you ever looked back at when you started motorcycling, they were years tinged with a rosy glow, weren’t they. Well maybe not.

I was recently reading some old Motorcycle Sport magazines I came across. The editorial for October 1970 made for interesting reading, It was on the subject of the things that the writer felt the British motorcycle industry needed to do, to stop it’s approaching demise which was plain for all to see. The main part of his editorial was aimed at the 50-120cc range (bread and butter commuter machines), my recollection of the period was that the British motorcycle industry had few offers for the motorcyclist in this area, the NVT Easy Rider, the Ariel 3, Tiger Cub and the BSA Bantam, I am sure there were others, but few that I would want to ride let alone commute on. At the time the Japanese were offering a variety of machines from 50cc to 125cc from all of the companies we know so well now, even the Italians were in the commuter market.

The writer continued to say that there was a need for “Adequate reliability and life”, “reasonable flexibility, bottom and middle end torque” and that cost should not be allowed to escalate, these were all aspects of the new wave of Japanese machines. He went on to comment on the future and I quote again,”The end of the piston engine as we know it is in sight” (46years on and it is still here), he goes on to discount steam and electric(oops), and suggest that a two stroke or diesel Wankel might be the way forward. Electric may be the way forward but not until I can ride down to the south coast, hop on a ferry and on to the south of France without enforced stops to recharge batteries every 50 to 100 miles, it will not be for me.

Some interesting items are to be found in the editorial, in 1969 37,250 British bikes were sold to the U.S. in the same period Honda sold 112,000 CB250s to the U.S. BSA had an 8 valve OHC 4 stroke twin in development (too big for the commuter/learner and too small for the enthusiast), Belfast university were developing a rotary valved 2 stroke (anyone remember the QUB racers).

Reading 1970s magazines reminds me of the current attitudes to Chinese machines, not a lot unlike the 70s views on Japanese machinery, how much of your BMW has come from a Chinese factory or your Triumph even? At the moment the Chinese machines are crude and a bit rough, but they are also half the price of a Japanese equivalent, watch out when they get the quality up to standard.

I wonder if Triumph will ever consider a small machine a scooter even, something aimed squarely at the commuter market, it could even be made in Thailand like a lot of other Triumphs. You know a 50cc with radical styling, something our designers are supposed to be good at.

Enough.

Ride Out of the Year and silence was the response, come on folk, there must be one ride out that you enjoyed more than the others. My contact details are at the bottom of this news letter.

Christmas Toy/Charity run on 11th December is the annual Toy Run, with support for the Boston Womens Refuge, I have attached to this newsletter a copy of the Poster for this event. Please feel free to pass it on. There follows some guide lines from our chairman for the donations to these two charities.

Xmas Run Notes

Our Annual Toy Run, now in it’s 9th year, delivers toys and gifts to both Pilgrim Hospital and the Boston Womens Refuge, donations may be to either, or both. Where we obviously give Toys to the Childrens Ward, the Women’s Refuge require supermarket vouchers, toys, toiletries and clothing, as in extreme cases they may only have what they stand up in!

Toys for the hospital should preferably be new, wrapped and labeled if they are for a boy or girl and the age group applicable.

Whilst not everyone can donate new items please note the clothing and toys for the Refuge must at least be clean and complete.

Donations can either be left with the club until the ride, brought on the day to the Hammer & Pincers between 09.30 and 1045, or to the Market Place for 11.45-12 noon. There will be a support car on the day to carry the presents as well as Santa in a sidecar!

Many thanks to all who donate.
Christmas Dinner at the Hammer and Pincers this is again being organised by Sandra, if you are going to come along let Sandra have your details and menu choices, Oh and the money well in advance, well at least by the 7th December. The menu is attached to this newsletter.