News Letter

News published by Club Recorder

November 2017

From the editor

Christmas is on the way, are we all excited? Yes, no, what does it mean to you?

Well for me, another jumper, pair of socks, a meal with friends, perhaps even the occasional surprise. Mostly because I am in my 6th decade, it’s memories of years gone by, as a child receiving a transistor radio, a bicycle, waking at some ungodly hour much to the chagrin of my parents who had probably just managed to get to bed, along with my sisters demolishing the pile of gifts under the tree and creating chaos in the living room, paper and boxes all over the place, scoffing an inordinate amount of chocolate. Later it was shopping in towns crowded with other shoppers all looking for that special present for a friend or family member, that special something which often ended up being a jumper or socks. Too much to drink and eat getting up late and hoping that no one showed up until after midday. So as I said, for me, it’s mostly a day to reflect.

There is of course another side to Christmas, the religious one, the one that brought about the holiday festivities. Like the shops the Church has a bumper time, as some people will get all religious and go to church, possibly for the only time in the year. Like me I suspect that most of the population are lapsed Christians, brought up as Christians but have never practised the faith, possibly even not sure of it. Just as an aside, did you know a third of the world population is apparently Christian, followed by 22% followers of Islam, 15% Hindus and the remaining religions make up the remaining 30% of the population.

This part of the year also means I spend a lot of time cleaning my bike, now if you have a way to do this that is quick and effective, other than not using it, I’d love to have your solutions.

Coming events

Christmas Dinner

This is on the 15th December please ensure that you let Sandra know that you are attending along with your menu choices by the 1st December, a menu can be found at the end of this newsletter.

Toy Run

The toy run is on the 17th December it includes as in previous years a collection for the Boston women’s refuge. There will be as always breakfast at the Hammer and Pincers before a run through the town stopping at the Market place ending at the Pilgrim Hospital.

Presents for the children should be labelled with age and boy or girl if appropriate. We need to have some idea of numbers for the breakfast, so if you are intent on breakfast let Sandra or Paul or myself know.

AGM

Although it is early to be thinking of it the AGM is not really that far away, perhaps it is time that you stood for the committee, maybe you have some questions for the club that you would like answered, items for the agenda even, let one of the committee know.

Wednesday Rides

It was suggested at the recent committee meeting that there may be interest in weekday rides out, Wednesdays were suggested, so further this if you are at a loose end on a Wednesday show up at the Hammer and Pincers at 11:00 you may find someone else there where upon you can choose where to go or not as the case may be. Over to you.

August 2017

From the editor

I have concluded that I read some strange stuff, whilst looking on the internet I came across a report by the Department for Transport on accident figures for the period 1995 to 2015. of interest was the figures for motorcycle deaths and injuries.
In 2015, car occupants accounted for 44 per cent of road deaths, pedestrians 24 per cent, motorcyclists 21 per cent and pedal cyclists 6 per cent. So it appears that you are safer on your bike than walking, that came as a surprise to me. With regard to motorcycles, 44% of casualties occurred in London and the South East (a good reason to stay away from that area). Since 2011 the figures for motorcycle casualties has been reasonably static along with miles travelled. The previous years saw a dramatic reduction in the numbers. Of late, one group of motorcyclists are singled out for particular attention, the over 60s. The 377 seriously injured 60+ motorcyclists in 2015 is the highest since 1984. This figure is put down to the aging population. That’s me, and some of you. If we look at the European countries we are at the top of the table with Malta Norway and Sweeden for low numbers of deaths on the roads. But the statistic that stood out for me was a bit left field, the accident rate mirrors the UK Gross Domestic Product, so as we become more affluent we have more accidents (should that be more of us cover more miles and so are likely to have more accidents) how weird is that.

Coming events

Club Barbecue

This is on the 3rd of October, this will probably be the last chance you have to come to a barbecue this year, with a little luck you wont need a brolly.

Christmas Dinner

This is on the 15th December please ensure that you let Sandra know that you are attending

Toy Run

The toy run is on the 17th December it includes as in previous years a collection for the Boston women’s refuge. There will be as always breakfast at the Hammer and Pincers before a run through the town stopping at the Market place ending at the Pilgrim Hospital.
Presents for the children should be labelled with age and boy or girl if appropriate.

AGM

Although it is early to be thinking of it the AGM is not really that far away, perhaps it is time that you stood for the committee, maybe you have some questions for the club that you would like answered, items for the agenda even, let one of the committee know.

Wednesday Rides

It was suggested at the recent committee meeting that there may be interest in weekday rides out, Wednesdays were suggested, so further this if you are at a loose end on a Wednesday show up at the Hammer and Pincers at 11:00 you may find someone else there where upon you can choose where to go or not as the case may be. Over to you.

National Rally

The check point was manned by the usual stalwarts, the stand was set up at around 11 of the clock, then it was a matter of waiting for the first of the competitors. This year, much to the disgust of a few of us the check point closed at 4:45, this meant that the traditional breakfast was not available after we had packed up. Still, never mind we clcked a fair few bikes through the check point and I got an early ride to the seaside, and had a McDonalds breakfast, heaven forbid!

A note received from the Chief Marshall of the National Road Rally.

Hello All Controls Staff,

Once again another National Road Rally is over and again it was a great success due in no small measure to all the Controls staff who gave up their time and energy to run the 62 Controls scattered all over the country.
There are hundreds of people out there involved in running Controls in the Rally all of whom have our thanks and the competitors thanks also. Without all of your commitment there would not be a Rally in its present form.
It may not be known to you but some members of our committee also run Controls whilst the rest of us take part in other ways.
If you have any ideas of ways to improve the Rally, or if you think of items you may like as a Control, please let me know and I will bring these up at a committee meeting.
You will obviously have realised that the number of riders taking part has fallen dramatically in recent years; why this has occurred we do not know. Publicity is one of the main keys to promote anything but sometimes the cost of this is prohibitive even although no one involved, you and us, gets paid anything. If there is any way you can promote the Rally or you can think of anything which can help in this direction, again, let me know.
We are looking at ways to reduce the time you spend unnecessarily at the Controls and this year it was very noticeable that many of you had few riders through after 10pm. We hope to reduce the time spent after 10pm for these Controls and next year there may be some changes.
Thank you all very much for your commitment, not only for this year but for every other year in the past. The fact that so many of you continue to support the Rally makes those of us in the committee only too willing to keep it going.
We will be in touch with you all again in the new year.
All the best,
Wally Bradshaw
Chief Marshal

Bike Night

Bike Night for me started before 9:00 getting the van sorted to go and fetch the barriers, cones and road signs that are part of the requirements for the traffic management of the event and from that point on it was non stop until 01:00 the next day, oh, apart from a break for a bit of lunch/breakfast. From lunch onwards it was non stop action. The event got into it’s swing at about 16:30 and until 23:00 we saw if the papers are to be believed between 80 and 10 thousand visitors, a lot on bikes, trikes and scooters. The bandstand was quite impressive and we needed the overspill parking in the central park, we managed to fill about one third of it. Our major sponsor, Smart Move pronounced himself as will pleased with his investment. The classic bike show was a success, with a number of trophys given to the best or interesting bikes, shame that the one I would have happily taken home not winning one. Overall an excellent event.

May 2017

From the editor

Three days to the National Rally seven to Boston Bike Night, the club is involved in both these events and your help is needed.

The National Rally, the club provides a check point for this event, which is manned through out the day and over night. If you are able to help by offering an hour or three to stamp cards as competitors arrive please contact Paul on 01205 722001.

Boston Bike Night, less than a week to go, as we are as always in need of help stewarding this event, to offer your help please contact Alan on 07853022089. We have about fifty members and less than a dozen are offering to help at this point in time, so come on give us a hand.

Whilst I am sat here writing this news letter my mind goes back to my teen years when most motorcyclists were riding British bikes and the Japanese machines were just starting to make inroads into the market, frequently heard comments were along the lines of “I wouldn’t have one of them things, they’re not made properly.” the tires left something to be desired and the handling was often compromised by poor frames and suspension components. Of course the japanese companies started with small machines which the British companies were all but ignoring, until eventually as we all know the British motorcycle declined as the Japanese ascended.

Why this comes to mind is because I have just bought a Chinese 400 and as in the sixties the Japanese copied the British designs, the engine of bike I have is a copy of a Honda the frame is 1980s retro, the Chinese are copying the Japanese. Similar comments are heard about the Chinese machines, but then you may notice that a lot of small scooters and bikes are of Chinese origin. These little scooters seem to be hammered mercilessly, as for life span I cannot comment, anyone know of an old Chinese scooter or bike? Are the chinese coming like the Japanese did? Well on to my experience so far, the bike I have is reasonably finished, after about 150 miles I have yet to mark the tires, they seem to be built to last the life of the bike, so I shall soon have to change them, the brake pads have the same design philosophy, friction material selected for durability not grip, they have already been changed. The chain tension was adjusted straight away as the guy who didn’t do the PDI seems to think that bike chains and bow strings should have similar tensions, and that tires only need 20psi, he does his dealership (Robspeed of Grimsby) no favours, after this I’m not sure I’d buy a kids scooter from them. Shame. All that aside it’s a reminder of earlier days and bikes, when a ton up was very fast very few of us were taken out by cars (there weren’t many about) and bikes didn’t come with a hernia. Yes I’m getting old I guess

Paul Dimaline

I recently went to Paul’s funeral, Paul was a well regarded and liked club member, who died whilst out on his bike, it was said at his funeral that he died doing something he loved, undoubtedly true. Our condolences go to his widow and his family. As I get older I seem to attend more funerals, it does not get any better, it seems to have more impact on me as time goes by, and the loss of a friend or acquaintance is a salutary reminder of ones own mortality. So guys and girls be careful when you are out there.

From Dave T

Richards piece about the seventies brought some memories flooding back. The Jota @£2,000 in 1977 does sound expensive, a new Ducati 750 Sport in 1975 was £1,128. From memory inflation was running about 20% per year in those days which seems incredible now, but still makes the Jota expensive.

However I can vouch for how fast they were. Trying to keep up with one on a return trip from Cadwell Park in the summer of ’77 I failed miserably. Disappointment turn to relief however when I got to Billinghay to see the Jota parked at the side of the road with the rider talking to a policeman.

DaveT

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.