News Letter

News published by Club Recorder

April 2017

From the Editor

It has been suggested that the newsletter name should be changed, from The Bellmouth, which it was said a lot of people will not know or indeed recognise what one is. An alternative name floated was the Airbox, as we will all have an opinion please let me know your thoughts, maybe an alternative name or even keep the old one.

I have spent some time going through some old magazines, papers and even using that little used resource, my memory, so there follows some thoughts on a time 40 years ago. At the time I was a young serviceman stationed in Germany. My bike of the time was a Yamaha YAS1 a 125 2 stroke screamer, supposed to be able to get to 75mph though to be honest I never saw that, more like 65mph. I also had at that time a Motobecane moped, the less said the better.

1977, 40 years ago, ABBA spent 9 weeks at the top of the music charts, David Soul 7 weeks, Wings and Elvis 5 each, can you remember the records, were you even around or am I relating historical data?

The writing was on the wall for two strokes, emissions were starting to come to the fore, strangely in the USA, especially given their current views. In racing though, the winners were pretty much all on two strokes, 500cc Suzuki, 350 Yamaha, 250 a Morbidelli and 2 Harley Davidsons topped the tree, 125 Morbidelli and 50 Bultaco and Kreidler.

In 1977 a bike magazine compared a mid range 2 stroke Suzuki 380 and 4 stroke Honda 400/4, on reading the review, it appeared that there was little to choose between the two, the Suzuki was a more relaxed ride, the Honda was described as needing to be “driven hard and responds brilliantly but the rider is screwing it on all the time” as opposed to the Suzuki “The Suzuki has a natural high-speed gait, breathing like a ram-jet almost as if it had no moving parts.”. This is not how I remember two strokes from my youth, they always seemed to be screaming at high revs to get anywhere.

The Laverda Jota was reputed to be the fastest production road bike of the year, with a top speed of around 140mph, it even matched the Kawasaki 1000 for acceleration, but it was pricey, £2000, peanuts hey, but not in 1977. One road tester was happy not to own one as he feared for his licence, had he seen the current/new sentencing guidelines for speeding.

Advertising has changed as well as the prices, Highwayman would sell you a set of racing leathers or leather jacket and flared jeans ( yes flared) starting at around £50. that amount might get you a waterproof over suit now, a cheap one though. How the world has moved on.

National Rally

The club has for a number of years manned a check point at the Langrick Railway Cafe and is doing so again this year, this event starts on Saturday and finishes on Sunday morning, we always need people to help man the check point, If you can spare a few hours please contact Paul Taylor on 01205 722001.

Boston Bike Night

This years date is Thursday 6th July put it in your calender.

A plea for help, if you or someone you know is able to offer any help on the night, please contact any committee member, your help is needed to keep this event running smoothly.

Renewals Barbecue

As seems to be the tradition for this important event, the rains came down, yours truly who had decided to get the bike out for this occasion got somewhat damp. I along with a few others who were there early, sat looking out the windows of the Hammer and Pincers whilst cradling a drink, wondering if we were going to be rained off like last year. A break in the rain occurred and with little hesitation we were out there lighting the barbecue, or should I more accurately say Paul and Glen were. The rain held off for a couple of hours, more than long enough for us to sample worthwhile change.

31 members rejoined the club on the evening, well done folk the rest of you come on, get sorted.

Community Day

Boston from time to time has a display of clubs and organisations in the market place, the BMR attended the last one, on Friday 7th April. We erected the club stand and had some bikes and a display of pictures on the stand. During the day we had a good number of people come and talk to us. Al, Clive DaveS, Charles, Sandra and my self were in attendance Paul Arrived later to help strip the stand down at the end of the day. All in I think we may have raised the clubs profile a bit.

February 2017

From the Editor

Well, an interesting month it has been, the BMR AGM, minutes at the end of this newsletter, a talk with Grayson Perry after a ride around the town following a camera car, report to follow, a quiz night, a report to follow.

Why do you ride a bike? Have you ever given it any thought, has it just been one of those givens in your life ,like breathing? I have spent many hours through out my life trying to get a handle on what it is about motorcycles that has kept me interested, needing to ride one. What is it about me that differentiates me from the majority of the travelling public that makes me want to get on a bike rather than in a car.

Recently I came across the following description of why one person rides a motorcycle, and in large part he or she sums up a lot of my thoughts. So with out further ado from an anonymous source.

A motorcycle is not just a two-wheeled car; the difference between driving a car and climbing onto a motorcycle is the difference between watching TV and actually living your life. We spend all our time sealed in boxes’ and cars are just the rolling boxes that shuffle us from home-box to work-box to store-box and back, the whole time, entombed in stale air, temperature regulated, sound insulated, and smelling of carpets.

On a motorcycle I know I’m alive. When I ride, even the familiar seems strange and glorious. The air has weight and substance as I push through it and its touch is as intimate as water to a swimmer. I feel the cool wells of air that pool under trees and the warm spokes of sun that fall through them. I can see everything in a sweeping 360 degrees, up, down and around, wider than Pana-Vision and IMAX and unrestricted by ceiling or dashboard. Sometimes I even hear music. It’s like hearing phantom telephones in the shower or false doorbells when vacuuming; the pattern-loving brain, seeking signals in the noise, raises acoustic ghosts out of the wind’s roar. But on a motorcycle I hear whole songs: rock ‘n roll, dark orchestras, women’s voices, all hidden in the air and released by speed. At 30 miles per hour and up, smells become uncannily vivid. All the individual tree- smells and flower- smells and grass-smells flit by like chemical notes in a great plant symphony. Sometimes the smells evoke memories so strongly that it’s as though the past hangs invisible in the air around me, wanting only the most casual of rumbling time machines to unlock it. A ride on a summer afternoon can border on the rapturous. The sheer volume and variety of stimuli is like a bath for my nervous system, an electrical massage for my brain, a systems check for my soul. It tears smiles out of me: a minute ago I was dour, depressed, apathetic, numb, but now, on two wheels, big, ragged, windy smiles flap against the side of my face, billowing out of me like air from a decompressing plane.

Transportation is only a secondary function. A motorcycle is a joy machine. It’s a machine of wonders, a metal bird, a motorized prosthetic. It’s light and dark and shiny and dirty and warm and cold lapping over each other; it’s a conduit of grace, it’s a catalyst for bonding the gritty and the holy. It’s flying three feet off the ground.

It seems so contrary to say that something that requires as much concentration as riding a bike can allow the mind time to forget the stresses and daily grind that can leave us feeling low and appreciate the world around us in such detail, whilst still having time to negotiate pot holes, mud, car drivers texting or dealing with kids in the back of the car, all of which seem so common on the roads that we use.

When I get off of my bike I am always a more relaxed and happy person than when I got on it.

Why do you ride a motorcycle??

Grayson Perry and brexit pottery

If like me you are an arts and crafts Luddite then you probably didn’t or haven’t a clue who Grayson Perry is. He is, for your information an artist, potter, transvestite and all around odd guy, he also happens to ride motorcycles. We were invited to meet up with him, to have a ride out to the Red Lion at Reevesby for drinks and sandwiches. All the while being filmed.


We met up with Grayson at the Burton Inn on the Wainfleet road. There were two surprises for me, first, having googled him before the day, he was less than I expected, average and unkempt, a typical bloke who was attired in waterproofs, boots, unshaven and in need of a hairbrush, come on guy we were going to be on TV., second was the bike, bless him, was that the best they could find, a Zontes 125cc., as it turned out, it was more than up for the job, following a van with a woman in the rear with a camera is not something that happens at speed, especially with the back door open and harnessed in. Setting up cameras and getting organised are not things that happen with any speed in the film industry it seems. Hanging around was a large part of the day. So after a period of chatter, off camera, we all lined up 2 by 2 behind the camera van, then set of for a lap of the town, taking in of course West street. Back to the Burton and then repeat it again this time without the van, the camera team had gone ahead and set up in the market place to get a ride by shot. Interestingly, whilst at the Burton we were tracked down by the Police, apparently a member of the public was concerned by the woman with the camera hanging out the back of the van or was it the bikes following, the police man was placated when it was explained that she was not actually hanging out the back of the van but rather strapped in with a safety harness, (bit of a shame they are not as quick when we have shop lifters in our shop). So two trips around the town and then to Reevesby, I think we may have made it to 40mph along the seven mile straight, that Zontes was well up to the job and the weather, well it was too, it precipitated and the woman in the back of the van must have spent 7 miles eating road spray.

At the Red Lion over a pint, coffee and sandwich the cameras continued to roll, our opinions on brexit were the subject matter, especially those of the leave voters. We spent an hour or so under the watchful eye of the cameras whilst the director kept the discussion on topic, prodding and chivvying the unkempt guy, who it became apparent was fleet of mind and able to stop and start mid sentence, chopping and changing direction in the discussion at the demand of the director. It seemed that the director was looking to get beyond the gut reactions of the leave voters and to the emotive aspects of the decision to vote to leave. I am not sure whether we were able to fulfil that remit, as it is even now difficult for me to quantify and put into words.

The project that we were part of was to create a film/video looking at two parts of the UK where the Brexit vote was at odds, Boston, massively in favour of leave and Hackney equally in favour of staying. Grayson is also making two vases, one to represent the leavers and the other to represent the remainers. I hope that it will as a complete project, be neutral and not judgemental.

Quiz night

Organised by PaulT the quiz format was picture questions, lots of them. DaveT and I, as a team managed a creditable 4th or was it 5th out of 6 for our efforts, Clive and Mick took the honours with an unbelievable score. I have to say that there were many calls of “that is a bit harsh” whilst the marking was carried out, to say that no quarter was given would be a slight under statement. It was, when all was said and done, a great evening. Thank you PaulT.

 

January 2017

 

Bowling
Ten intrepid people showed their skills at the Boston Bowl on Thursday 26th January, It was an excellent evening which in my opinion would bear repeating.
The high scorer for the evening was CliveT followed by PhilR and DaveM close behind.

Marco Polo’s talk

Mark Piercy came along and showed some pictures of our trip to the south of France in September 2016.

  Three of us rode through France to meet two wifes at Perpignan airport, We then rode along the South of France, passing through the Ardech,Canyon of Verdun, Provence and into the Alps along the France, Italy border,before dropping the two ladies off at Lyon airport,leaving three of us to ride back to the tunnel to catch the train home.

Spalding bike show

I had planned to take my bike or side car to put on the stand, but as with all these things my plans failed to materialise, but never mind the show was interesting, we had a couple of people join the club. The lead weighted helmet had it’s weight changed again and was pressed into service, with a guess the weight competition. I had a wonder around the show, and bought a shirt, like you do. Met a few people that I haven’t seen in a while, if it were not for the attendance of these events I sometimes wonder if I would loose contact with a number of people. Apart from that I find that a lot of shows are becoming quite stale (is that the right word). What do you think? Let me know.

November 15th – Auction Night

About a dozen club members showed up for the last auction of goodies donated to the club by the bike night traders, this due to the reorganisation of the bike night. If I recall correctly the deal of the evening went to Andy, an MOT for a motorcycle purchased at less than cost, which came with a cash incentive unknown to all bidders, making it a deal and a half. I personally obtained a few items that I have already put to use. The shock of the evening was Mark making a unilateral decision, I haven’t heard how that played out yet, well done Mark. At the end of the evening in excess of £200 was raised.

December 2016

From the Editor

Well that’s Christmas over, the New Year a couple of days away, time to reflect on the past, the things that went well and those that did not, to consider plans for the future and to try new things.

In the past year the club has seen some changes, a change of name albeit small ( the dropping of association ), a change in the running of the Bike Night, the loss of two of our most committed members from the committee.

We have had some excellent events, the highlight of the year as always has to be the Bike Night, bigger and better than the previous year. We had some superb rides out, for me the best has to have been the “Lincs the other way” though I have had comment that the Wolds Bender was the best ride out, also vying for the top spot in my eyes was an under subscribed run to the SuperSausage (an ever so slightly damp run), we only seem to manage about seven or eight club members on most rides out, I wonder what the rest of you are up to, I wonder if we have something wrong in the way we organise the rides or perhaps where we go, if you have any suggestions that may help us improve the appeal of the rides out please get in touch.

Looking to the coming year, the club will have a presence at the Spalding Bike Show on the 21st and 22nd January, volunteers are always needed for the club stand. I understand that we will be manning a checkpoint for the National Road Rally on the 1st and 2nd July again volunteers are needed. The Boston Bike Night will take place on the 6th July as always volunteers are always needed. We always need people to lead rides out, do you know somewhere that might be of interest to other club members, are you prepared to lead a group of club members a merry dance to a new location, on a Tuesday evening or a day at the weekend or even one day in the week. We need new ideas all the time, this is your club, it needs you.

Notice of the Annual General Meeting

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Boston Motorcycle Riders will take place on the 14th February 2017. Put a note in your diary, it is your club come along and have a say in the future of it. The location will be decided and notification made to all members.

The following positions are up for re-election; Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Membership Secretary. Also a number of committee members are up for re-election.

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.

 

September 2016

From the Editor

So, it is only a short while since the last newsletter was sent out, as yours truly is due to go on his summer holiday with the good lady, I thought that I’d better get this month’s missive sent out pronto.

Brexit, what does it matter, especially to you the motorcyclist? I have heard and read loads of conflicting views, but at the end of the day I doubt that leaving the EU or indeed staying will make a blind bit of difference. My thinking is this, if as we will I hope we leave, then the regulations regarding motorcycling will be in the hands of our government, but given our proximity to Europe our bikes will share the same standards as those in Europe, Kawasaki is not going to make a special bike for the UK. Licensing and tests could change but again I doubt it, as standardisation of testing and licences would make it easier to have acceptance of our licence and thus drive across borders. What are your thoughts?

With the coming inclement weather my mind turns to the gear that I wear when the weather turns nasty, what is it that I require of my kit, waterproof and warm, it doesnt need to look pretty as long as it is waterproof and warm. Not so difficult you might think, but I have yet to find gloves or trousers that fit the bill. I have a Spada camo jacket, and some TCX boots both of which I have confidence in. The only way I can keep my legs and nether regions dry is to use cheap over trousers, as for my hands I just take two or three pairs with me as I cannot seem to find good ones. Strange that most of the gear that I have tried is claimed by the manufacturers to be waterproof, unfortunately, me getting wet, is apparently not a failing in their product, Hmmm. So what have you found that works, or do you just stay home when it rains?

Ride Out of the Year O.K. girls and boys, which of the many rides out that you attended did you consider to be the best and why? Your answers will likely impact the type of rides that we try to arrange for next year. Of course you can always lead a ride your self, you do not have to be a committee member to lead a ride. We can always use new ideas for places to go, not just on a Tuesday evening but during the week for those of us who are retired or have a day off or even at the weekend.

Winter means that we do not have rides out on a Tuesday evening, but we meet up in the Hammer and Pincers for a chat, drink or on occasion to take part in some minor tom foolery, a quiz, a talk on drainage, or other things suitable to do in a pub. So if you have an idea of some thing that might interest, educate or amuse a few bikers, don’t keep it to your self let us know, better yet come and show us.

July 2016

Bike Night

Well it seemed busy from where I was mostly at the control point, mostly I say as it takes but a little time for me to become stir crazy (10 minutes on average). I was stopped on a number of occasions by visitors and bikers, offering their congratulations on an excellent night. So to all you boys and girls that got stuck in and donned the yellow jacket of stewardship, Thank you, without you it could not happen. I shall add more detail in the next newsletter as I will doubtless get more feedback. If you have a tale to tell of goings on during the bike night please let me know.

Press release by the Chairman.

Boston Bike Night 2016

Didn’t we do well again!! The 20th Boston Bike Night, our annual celebration of everything on 2 or 3 wheels, turned out to be another cracking Boston Bike Night, the weather behaved, a great turnout of bikes, the whole town centre was full, I don’t think we could accommodate many more! Thank you for your support, and also thank you to the the general public, who turned out in their thousands to see the spectacle, probably more than we’ve ever had before! It was great to see people from all communities in the town enjoying themselves together. I also had the pleasure of escorting the Mayor of Boston, Councillor Stephen Woodliffe through the town centre, who thoroughly enjoyed seeing the event for the first time. Special thanks must be made to all of our sponsors, without whom the Bike Night would not be possible:

A Plant Branded Biker Costa Coffee Fenland Fastenings

Greggs NCP Car Parks Newflame Pescod Square

Silt Side Services Snak Shak Sportsbikeshop Tates Fish Shop

TFM Supplies.

Not forgetting of course, Boston Borough Council (Stephanie Beecher, Alexis Hall & Christina West) and Lincoln County Council Highways (Helen Ratcliffe & Martyn Allen).

Days gone by

In my last editorial I started a ramble through my early bike history, so I thought for your amusement I would relate an episode from that earlier time.

I acquired a Lambretta LD 150, I know, but it had 2 wheels and that was all that mattered, as it happened it had little else, aside from the minimum bits required to ride it. It was a project, non runner when I got it. I learnt a lot from that little machine, shaft drive, did you know? It had a very low compression ratio, so low in fact that I ran it on paraffin and oil mix, it stank something rotten and smoked like a kna%$ered diesel, well, I was a student then. After many trips to the library and much quizzing of father, no internet then, I gathered enough information to get the beast running.

A test ride was in order, so with my good friend Chris following on his J100, yes another lambretta, we set off. A little back ground, I lived at the time in a place called South Witham, some of you may know of it, it is just off the A1, and one of its roads was the original Great North Road. To continue. Chris and I scooted along the little narrow road at the top of the estate, and at some point having hit about 25mph, not bad on paraffin, I yelled to Chris “ look no brakes!” as I used my boots to stop, this just in time for some old guy to loom in front of me and berate me for the tow-rag I doubtless was. I thought no more of this episode until the summons to appear landed on the mat. My fathers mat, he was not amused, the estate we lived on was populated service personnel who took a dim view of these antics and the old guy was an off duty copper. So the summons read along the lines of, riding a dangerous vehicle on the Great North road whilst not in possession of a licence or road tax. Like was said, I probably was a tow-rag.

My request for your thoughts comments on your bike history got a response fron Andy who sent me the following.

A Carrott, the early days.

I started riding 40 years ago. 1976. My heroes – Barry Sheene racing in GPs (and crashing), Evel Knievel jumping over buses (and crashing) and the man McQueen on TV every Christmas escaping from the Krauts (and crashing). I rode my schoolmate’s moped around a garden and didn’t crash. Clearly I was gifted and there was only one thing to do. Pester my parents for a bike. On my 17th birthday I got a 125 Honda. Within days I hit the kerb and fell off and had also been stopped by the Police. Within weeks I had run into the back of a car. I survived a few more months. Clearly there was only one thing to do. Pester my parents for a bigger bike. A CB200 came along with its cable operated disc brake and a knackered plug thread that would blow the plug out like a mini mortar and have me searching in the verge for the plug and plug cap. Monkey boots (remember them?), unlined nylon bomber jacket and welding gauntlets completed the ensemble. Those were the days!?

June 2016

Do you remember your first bike, no, the first legal on the road bike? What was happening in the world at that time, the motorcyclists world?

My bike was an Enfield 250 GT, fitted with high bars and a king and queen seat, I know, what a mess, cafe racer meets easy rider, I was 16 and it was as they say the dogs wotsits, to me anyway.

That little machine transported me around Bristol, up to Lincolnshire and back on many occasions and to London to many times, the result of the girlfriend of the time living there. It taught me about the internal combustion engine, bikes and what spares/tools to carry at all times as reliability was not what it is today. Sometimes I wore a helmet, but only if on a long trip, my bike gear consisted of jeans, t shirt, Belstaff jacket and boots. None of which were waterproof, eventually I got some over trousers and a jacket but these were only moderately successful. I still get wet on occasion due to less than effective waterproofs, so time has not provided fully effective clothing.

The world of biking was changing fast or should I say was about to. 1970 was when I got my license (provisional), a couple of years later 16 year olds were limited to 50cc, another couple and helmets were compulsory. MAG came into being, BMF had been around for a while, interestingly, both organisations are fighting for your rights as a motorcyclist, and both seem to have polar views on how to do this.

Any way, what were you up to in the 70’s? let me know or put a few words together and we will put it in the newsletter, if it is printable.

Phil Bosley

It is my sad duty to inform you that a club member has died, Phil Bosley whom I would describe as a true gentleman has passed away, this came as a shock to me as only recently I was talking to him. His funeral took place on 27th May. An escort of 6 bikes accompanied the hearse to the crematorium at Surfleet. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family.

Boston Bike Night 7th July

Please note this date, the Bike night is the club’s and the town’s best, no greatest evening event, if you can help please contact one of the committee.

We need all the help we can get to put on this event, taking part gives me one of the biggest buzzes that I get in the year. So come along and help us and your club.

Off Road event

Mark is trying to organise an off road session, this is to take part on a motocross track, bikes will be on loan from Mark and . The cost is to be about £10.00 and it will be an evening session, suggested time of 20:30 to 21:00 ish, a café will be available I am told. If you are interested contact Mark.

Clunker Run

A surprising number of non-clunkers turned up for the Clunker Run and despite the max 50mph limit they all seemed to enjoy the run. The A52 has become boring for normal riding but the numerous speed limits were not an issue for the Clunkers that ranged from a 500 Daytona (oldest clunker) to a couple of Urals and one of our learner members on his 125 Honda. We eventually reached the Wolds where the roads got more interesting with some enjoyably narrow roads through the back side of Old Bolingbroke finally arriving at the Red Lion at Revesby for refreshments. The novelty of riding helmetless in a sidecar didn’t last once we came across a resurfaced road with Kev regretting his lidless decision especially when he took a few 50 mph hits from airborn insects! By the way, racing on the public highway is illegal, although the fact that one of the vehicles involved could barely trouble the national speed limit, the case to be made for the prosecution would have dubious chance of success. And anyway, when it comes to sidecars there are no winners, just questions of degrees of sanity.

Dolphin Fish and Chips Run

So, already my second run of 2016! My ride out was to the Dolphin Fish and Chip Restaurant at Sutton on Sea. We found this Fish and Chip shop by chance, two years ago. It seems very difficult to find a chippy by the sea that is still open at the end of our rides. The Dolphin, for three visits has stayed open for us, made us very welcome and fed us with some excellent fish and chips!

This particular Tuesday started very wet, and stayed that way right through to the evening! When I arrived at Wide Bargate, I was greeted by just one rider, Kev Copeland. I did suggest postponing our ride, but the lure of fish and chips was too much for Kev to resist.

The weather wasn’t too bad as we left Boston, just a very light drizzle. After riding through Stickney, we turned off onto some nice country backroads. We rode through, East Kirkby, Hareby, Winceby, Salmonby and Tetford. It was shortly after that the heavens opened! We pulled over to ponder waterproofs, but unwisely decided ‘it wasn’t too far!?’ Despite the heavy rain, we enjoyed some twisty roads before reaching Alford. We arrived at Sutton on Sea at about 8:20pm, and managed to park right outside The Dolphin. As ever, we received a warm welcome. After a short wait, we tucked into our fish and chip supper and hot tea and coffee! I don’t know whether the rain affected our taste buds, but the grub seemed better than ever!

With full bellies, and still no waterproofs, we set off for home. Unfortunately, the rain did not let up! But despite the soggy ride, it was still an enjoyable evening. I do feel a return visit to The Dolphin is on the cards before the 2016 ride out season is done. Hopefully with some better weather!

Mark

Wishing Well Run

Dave gave me his report on his Wishing Well run verbally, I am in little danger of getting this wrong, so here goes.

“I got the bike out of the garage, and rode up to Bargate, waited until 19:15 and then rode home.”

It should be noted that it was absolutely p*$$ing it down, so hats off to Dave for getting the Harley out in most unlike Harley weather.

 

May 2016

A month has gone by, tempus fugit as is often misquoted and is here, if you want to know it should be “fugit inreparabile tempus”, god bless Virgil. You didn’t did you. Time flies.

So what has been notable this month, our politicians have been ramping up the propaganda in the lead up to the E.U. referendum, even Barak Obahma has had something to say on the subject, chalk one up for the out campaign, yes I know, he was supporting the in campaign, but when an American president thinks he has the right…. hang on here I’m getting on my soap box, enough, Oh did you notice there are another lot of ballot papers going around? Enough I said.

Did you renew your membership? Of course you did, especially if you are reading this in either paper form or email, as only members will receive this missive, so pat yourself on the back and if you know someone who hasn’t give them a prod, point the in the correct direction. We have currently 33 paid up members.

Dave Rogers funeral had an escort of around a dozen bikes, I understand that the family was pleased to see the turn out. RIP Dave.

Coming up we have 2 events in our calender for July that require lots of manpower, so if you are available on the 2nd or 7th of July please contact one of the committee members

The National Rally check point on the 2nd July is a 24 hour undertaking arranged by PaulT that takes place at the Railway Cafe in Langrick where we log the passage of bikes and riders taking part in the Rally. Anyone is welcome especially if they can bring a diversion to amuse the guys manning the checkpoint, we even let you man the check point, it isn’t difficult, even I have done it.

Boston Bike Night on the 7th July is the gem in our calender, over 2,000 bikes show up for a 4 to 5 hour event on this Thursday evening, we take over the centre of the town, close a few roads, and and provide the means for a lot of people to have a great evening, this takes a lot of effort and needs the support of a large number of guys and girls to marshal the bikes and assist the large number of bikers and non biking public that attend. We need all the help we can get,your help, so come and be a steward, bring a friend, the wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, neighbour, in fact anyone who is willing to help. Contact one of the organising committee if you can assist. They are Dave Simpson, Paul Taylor, Dave Tuley, Alan Thompson and myself Richard White.

 

The past months rides out.

OK Diner by Andy

Woody’s Bar by Mark

Hammer and Pincers

Red Lion

Six Counties by Dave G