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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

 

April 2016

From the New Editor
The club, yes that is you and I, owe a debt of gratitude to Andy and his proof reader Jane for the production of 250 news letters, this is no mean feat, 10 a year for 25 years.
This is a level of commitment that I have no hope of living up to, I would have to live to be considerably more ancient than I am now. Thank you Andy.
As this is a club news letter I for my part will endeavour to report past events and advise you of future events that I believe will be of interest to you. I shall be expecting contributions from you, as after all this is a club news letter that is about you and your views not just me and mine. If you are aware of an event that may be of interest to the members of this club please let me know, I shall add it to the news letter and the web site. If you lead a run or organise an event please jot a few words down for inclusion in the news letter and forward them to me. If you have a point to make, a gripe or indeed some thing has made you happy, that can be put in to print, again let me know.
I can be contacted by phone, by email editor@boston-motorcycle-riders-association.co.uk or even face to face at club meetings and rides out.
So for this first news letter edited by yours truly my thanks go to DaveT for his contributions and my sympathy to the family of Dave Rogers.

Dave Rogers
BMRA founder member Dave Rogers passed away on Tuesday 22nd March.
Without Dave sending out a letter to numerous Boston bikers 26 years ago inviting us to come together to form a new club, we would not be here today, there would be no Boston Motorcycle Riders, no Boston Bike Night, and many of us would not have met some of the people that are now amongst our best friends.
Our deepest sympathy is extended to Dave’s family at this difficult time.

Bring Your own Questions Quiz
Twelve people in total turned up, six of them bearing four questions each. Dave Goodger started with his questions followed by Caz, Paul Taylor, Dave Tuley, Jane and finally Jo Goslow.
The questions were on the whole pretty tough, ranging from the Album charts to History, Geography, motorcycling and some particularly obscure ones from Dave Tuley including calculating the volume of a hemispherical combustion chamber, easy if you’re good at maths but only if you could remember the formula for a hemisphere is 2/3 π r3!
Out of a possible 20 the highest score was 7, which three people managed, namely Caz, Paul Taylor and Dave Tuley, they all received a trophy which stated they were runner up in the 4th division of Boston District Table Tennis League! So the trophies were even more obscure than some of the questions.

Regularity Trial.
Eleven members turned up for the annual regularity trial. This event is usually organized by Caz, who wasn’t available so Dave Tuley stepped in.
Riders are timed over a predetermined course and have to average a set speed over the distance.
The course consisted of turning left out of the Hammer and Pincers taking the second exit from the roundabout and then immediately right onto Old Hammond Beck Rd, left onto Fen Rd, next right onto Silvertoft Lane, right again onto Holmes Lane to the Four Cross Roads, then right to return to the Hammer and Pincers via the A52. Dave Tuley rode the route and set the standard time which equated to an average of 32 mph.
Eight riders then tried to ride the same route as close to the 32mph average as they could.
One rider who shall remain nameless managed to go via Kirton End! Everyone else managed to follow the route and were timed out and back in at the Hammer and Pincers by Dave Tuley who then worked out the average speeds.
Most riders were very close, ranging from 28 to 33 mph, Mick Andrews forgot the “it’s not a race” rule and managed to average 43.2 mph!
The final result was so close many decimal places were required to split second and first. Kev Copeland was within 2 seconds of standard time but was pipped to the post by Glen Taylor who was within 1 second. Well done Glen!

Membership Renewals Night
The barbecue that normally accompanies the renewals night was rained off, which for those who recall last year and previous years, will know that it takes more than a bit of drizzle to stop Paul getting the charcoal burning and the burgers sizzling. It was proper wet as they say. Paul and Sandra will be consuming a serious amount of fried onions in the coming week.
Twenty one people signed up for yet another year of fun and frivolity, oh and some bike related stuff. We have two new members, so lets welcome Duane and Ricky look forward to seeing you on our rides out.
For those of you that did not make it to the renewals night and do not renew your membership in the coming month this will be the last news letter sent to you, so come on contact Sandra or come to one of the forth coming events and get your membership renewed.

Midweek run
It was a bright sunny Thursday morning when three intrepid travellers set off to find the Humber Bridge which according to our leader’s sat nav did not exist, the hunt was on. Dave S was the expedition leader Myself and AlanT followed. The weather was excellent, evidenced by AlanT being there. The route took us up the Caister High Street and a couple of new roads to me before we hit the A15 to cross the bridge, yes it did exist and could be crossed.
Coffee was had at the Humber Bridge country park, well warm dark liquid anyway, after a brief interlude we went down to the water front to get some photographic evidence of the trip, the pics can be seen on the club web site and facebook pages.
The route home included a hunt around Caister for the most expensive petrol in the county, we were successful, DaveS and AlanT were less than enamoured of the cost. Then via yet more new roads to me we headed for the Bluestone Heath road, then on to Woodhall Spar for a cream tea at the café in the woods, very civilised. Then Home a thoroughly excellent day.

First Tuesday Run of the Year
Tuesday 5th April is the first Tuesday run of the year, so get your bike out, dust it off and fuel it up ready for  the run to O.K. Diner  on the south bound side of the A1 at Colsterworth. We will be led by Andy. For this first run make an effort to be there.

February 2016

What’s Gone

25 years and 250 issues, give or take, have passed from my digits via various keyboards to a variety of printers, since the club started, but this will be my last one. With the exception of a few contributors (most notably our previous Chairman, Paul Facey, and proof reader Jane) I have written in the region of 250,000 words. According to Wikipedia a novel is anything over 40,000 words so that’s a good 5 books worth! So to all those I have offended, you have my sincere apologies (and in a couple of cases my presence at their door eating humble pie), but to all the rest I hope I have kept you informed (with a reasonable degree of accuracy) and also entertained.

If you will spare me the indulgence of prattling on for just a bit longer I have, on the whole, enjoyed this process and it has taught me a great deal (but not how to type using more than just a few fingers unfortunately). For many years the Newsletter was the glue that bound the club together because, without it, our disparate members from around the area would not have known what was going on. Today we have email, a website and Facebook but I think members still need a reminder every few weeks of what is planned (whether it be via an email or paper copy for those that prefer analogue to digital). Looking at Facebook and the website requires a proactive involvement that some members will forget to do or are just not interested in. My one piece of advice to the Committee and officers of the club is that, to continue with our successes, the direct contacting of members must continue. I wish the best of luck to the new Newsletter Editor, Richard White, who will soon discover that the title of Newsletter Writer is far more apt!

So what else have we been up to? We had a successful show at Spalding raising a few quid and signing up some new members. We have also had three presentations. The first featured some spectacular photos of Dave and Marco’s tour of Norway. They were blessed with perfect weather and were fully able to enjoy the great roads through forests, mountains and fjords. The next talk was from Mark and was a really interesting insight into the riding/driving test, prompting some lively debate with quite a few members thinking there are some aspects of the test that are too lenient! Then last came a talk on floods and drainage. Where does that fit with biking you ask? It doesn’t, is the answer, but the subject came up at a club night after the Cumbria floods so I agreed to explain how Boston and the surrounding area keeps its feet dry (mostly).

And last, but not least, we had our AGM where various folks got re-elected and Sandra was presented with not one but two trophies for services to the club. If there had been a wooden spoon for chucking bikes up the road she would have been in the running for that too but would have faced stiff competition from a soon to be former Editor

January 2016

What’s Gone

Let’s start with the Christmas Party. Well, what a good night it was with nearly 40 members and guests enjoying perhaps the best carvery we’ve had at the Hammer and Pincers. The food and service was spot on and we had loads of fun with the prize giveaway. Hopefully Ricardo will be enjoying his gherkins and Neil and Lynda will be making full use of the special prize that cannot be named.

The charity ride was really well supported with a fantastic number of donations for both the Women’s Refuge and the children’s ward at the Pilgrim. We had fine weather for the ride and caused quite a stir when we arrived in the middle of town. This year we were able to have some pictures taken on the ward which you can see on our Facebook page. The Women’s Refuge sent a nice email thanking us for the really good donations.

There was also a bike quiz back in December with Mick Andrews the clear winner identifying far more bikes than anyone else. All I need to do is remember to take his prize to a meeting.

Our final event of the year was a gathering in the Eagle for an evening of sampling the variety of real ales, malt whiskies and even ciders. I can recommend the Biddendens cider – crystal clear with a lovely apple flavour but take it easy as its 8.4% (it was described to me as prescription cider ).

Other Stuff

We’ve got 3 club meetings where we have speakers coming to tell us about a variety of things ranging from touring Norway, the motorcycle test, and even flooding (yes, I know it’s not bike related but it’s something to fill a gap in the diary!). So please come along and support these events.

December 2015

What’s Gone

Blimey, is that the time? It’s December already. Well at least it’s not long now before the nights start drawing out… We always get a regular turn out at club nights whether or not there’s anything on but the lure of free food always gets a few more there, and the chip butty night did just that. We also had a very good turnout for the auction, and as ever it was a really good laugh with Paul doing a splendid job as auctioneer (and even using terminology he must have picked up from watching Storage Hunters; ‘fair warned’ indeed!). We must also thank Donna for bringing an extra level of fun to the proceedings. We raised a tidy sum for club funds, most of which will be handed back to members at the Christmas Party .

CHRISTMAS PARTY, FRIDAY 11TH DEC

Right, you really must get booked in for our Christmas Party. There will be the usual Christmas Prize Giveaway with £150 worth of prizes but please feel free to donate a prize also, and wrap it so it’s a surprise. Last night for paying for tickets is Tuesday the 8th December so not long to go. It’s £20 a head (£5 off the normal price).

Starters – prawn cocktail, carrot and coriander soup, fan of melon, garlic battered mushrooms, or fruit juice
Mains – turkey or beef, cheese and broccoli bake, salmon in Hollandaise sauce
Puds – Christmas, apple and blackberry pie, lemon tart, ice cream Sunday

Followed by mince pies, mints and coffee

To book your place please ring Sandra

And don’t forget it’s the Charity event on Sunday 13th. Breakfast at the pub from 9.30am. Run departs at 11.00am or shortly after, then regroups in the Market Place (11.45am) when donations will be presented to the Women’s Refuge. We then depart 12.15-ish to ride on to the Pilgrim Hospital.

Merry Christmas!!

September 2015

What’s Gone

Where did September go? It came and went without a new newsletter for a start but the August issue covered all dates in September so you missed nothing.

So what else……well I can sum up Horncastle Bike Night easily – horrendous! Lousy foul weather deterred all but the most (fool)hardy riders from attending, so no surprise that it was a pretty dismal affair. The Six Bells @ Witham on the Hill attracted Gertrude (!) accompanied by Ricado and a handful of others on another grim evening that cleared up quite nicely, but left gravel washed onto some roads (oh joy of joys). Dave T had Googled the pub only to discover it now looked a bit posh so they decided to go elsewhere only to get messed up by roadworks directing them past said Six Bells! So into the pub they went to be met by what Ricado described as a “comely young wench”.

Paul led a small group to Skegness for a fish and chip supper. The run was conducted at a fair lick in what Ricado described as mizzel (I’m not sure that’s a genuine Met office term). Good service and food was received at the Seaview (by name only) chippy.

From the middle of September onwards it’s too dark by early evening to have a decent ride so the last run was a ride to the Hammer and Pincers. That’s not far you say. It is if you go via Antons Gowt, Langrick Bridge, Hubberts Bridge, Swineshead, Wigtoft, Kirton and Kirton End on mostly B class roads, the odd bit of A road, and of course the obligatory unclassified strewn with gravel! Everyone arrived safe and sound at the Hammer & Pincers, the ride only lasted 45 mins but it was properly dark towards the end. Roll on next spring!

(Thanks to Ricado and Dave for some of the text for this newsletter)

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July 2015

What’s Gone

Boston Bike Night – brought to you by Paul, Al, Ricardo, Dave and Dave, our dedicated Bike Night Committee. They can jump through more hoops than a rhythmic gymnast, and have to in order to bring us not just the jewel in the bike club’s crown but a jewel of an event in Boston’s crown too. It’s not just them we have to thank: there’s also our Bike Night Stewards, a hardy bunch of club members and public who stand and point all night to get the bikes in the right places. And then there’s our sponsors. Sports Bike Shop, J and B, Greggs, Costa Coffee, Rice and Spice, and Tates Fish and Chips whose contributions are vital. But then there’s a special group of sponsors. Unlike those already mentioned, that either directly or indirectly benefit from the event, there’re three local companies that have nothing to do with motorcycles but still support us – TFMs, Fenland Fasteners and Silt Side Service. If you use any of these companies please remember to thank them for their support. Our best ever bike night? I think the answer is yes!

And so to a round-up of rides out. Clunker 1 took us down some roads I had never ridden before, and I was the one leading the run! We even had a proper old bike for once, with Mark on his dad’s 500 Triumph. It was also good to see two of our younger members meet us at the Ebrington Arms on their 50cc Puchs. Eighty two bends apparently make up the Wolds Bender, so not a run for those who want to go fast in a straight line. I didn’t go so I shall assume everyone was extremely well behaved. My sat nav decided it didn’t like the route I plotted to the Peterborough Bike Night but having spent ages plotting the route on my lap top I remembered almost all of it keeping us out of the built up areas as much as possible and passing through some villages where most of us can’t afford to buy a house! Disappointing bike night though. It’s a weekly event with a hit and miss turn out and was very quiet – we quadrupled the number of bikes.

I suspect morning rainfall put people off the Horum Airfield run but once out of town it was dry all the way and it was a good run. Shame it wasn’t better supported but that’s how it goes sometimes. I missed it and the Massingberd Arms run too so sorry, no detailed report on that one either.

25 years ago……..

….we could never have predicted that we would be taking over the town, just for bikers! Back then we couldn’t just turn up at a pub; we often had to visit first to ask permission. More than once we were asked to park round the back so we didn’t put off regulars (we didn’t go back!). My how things have changed. We regularly get asked to organise a bike night at pubs or other venues – businesses have realised the value of the biker pound. We still suffer those age- old prejudices though: BBC Radio Lincolnshire asked me at the Bike Night if we were expecting any trouble, what with the reputation of bikers and Hells Angels (or words to that effect).  That took me by so much surprise I dropped my flick knife and spat out the chicken’s head onto a passing mod, then wrecked a pub just to calm myself down.

25th Anniversary Gathering, Saturday 15th August 3.00pm onwards – calling all current and ex-members!!!! We have a special event on Saturday 15th August celebrating 25 years of the club. There’ll be a ride-in bike show with various prizes – oldest combined bike and rider, best bike: member, best bike: visitor, bike you would most like to take home, bike you would most like someone else to take home, food (subsidised by the club), birthday cake, and hopefully a few special guests. All members past and present welcome so if you know any ex-members please let them know.

And I don’t want to be pessimistic but the nights are drawing in and you’ve got about 6 or 7 evening rides out in daylight left so let’s see you on the Tuesday rides out!

June 2015

What’s Gone

After a dry April, May decided to be at times wet and/or cold. Twas indeed both just before the OK Diner Run and this no doubt deterred some riders but the thought of a good feed still drew a reasonable crowd. Even more turned up for the Sutton-on-Sea Fish and Chips run. Mark took us down a few roads that I’ve certainly never been down before and even through a village I had never heard of. Even after 25 years of blundering about the Lincolnshire countryside there are still new roads to be found.

The run to the “Super Sausage” petrol heads cafe was blessed with sunshine. The ride was led by Paul, whose route left the main roads the other side of Peterborough and took to some of the more interesting byways. On arrival at the Super Sausage Café it was crowded out with bikes. The breakfast was excellent breakfast (and more than Ricardo could manage), with proper tea and staff that are very efficient. The return run was through some of the prettiest villages seen in a long while (many chocolate box covers). The route had loads of interesting lanes and roads, including one with a gate.

The Wheels Demo Day was a great success with a big turnout from the club. I was really looking forward to a ride on the new 1400cc Guzzi California until Paul broke it on its first ride. There was something for everyone, including a scooter with 3 wheels (for those broad-minded enough to experience other machines) and enough bhp available on other bikes to scare you silly.

Ricardo’s “Another Red Lion” Run was afflicted by gales and, unsurprisingly, only 3 riders turned up but had an enjoyable ride by all accounts and enjoyed the hospitality at The Red Lion in East Kirkby, which serves some locally produced beer from Horncastle Ales as well as Batemans. Apparently the “Midnight Tempter”, a dark ale, was worth the trip alone with “Lillith’s Lust” equally good.

Boston Bike Night
Yes, the day is nearly upon us and, as ever, we need stewards to help with parking and the club stand. The event is now so big it’s gone beyond the seeing who’s there on the night stage, we need your support in advance. Please contact Dave S.

25 years ago.
Newsletter No. 4 tells me that we were moving from monthly meetings to every two weeks, such was the popularity of Tuesday rides out, and that 18 bikes had been on a run to The Marshall Arms at Scamblesby, owned by former racer Roger Marshall. It became a popular night out for a small group of us who would go there for a serious night on the beer every couple of months or so. A year or so after Roger sold the pub he went on a book tour and at his presentation at Blackfriars in Boston he came into the bar afterwards, recognised us and bought us all a pint. Nice bloke. You’ll have to buy his book to see which famous rider’s father tried to bribe him to throw a race! We carried on using the pub (which later reverted to its original name of The Green Man), even having the odd camping/BBQ event there. The barman, who went by the name of Bram Tchaikovsky (once a guitarist with the successful 70’s group called The Motors) threw together a band for one event. Turned out the drummer was from heavy metal band Saxon. It was perhaps the only time he had been paid in burgers.