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.