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Posted by: Laurence Richards in GeneralEditors Bit on

The AGM saw some new faces in the Committee room, and the return of some who have served previously. I am sure that you would like to join me in wishing them every success as they steer the Club to even more successes in the future.

As we look forward to next year’s 90th anniversary, the Committee would be really encouraged to see more involvement from members in all aspects of Club life.

There will be a Witley presence at the Ace Café Ton-Up Day at Brooklands Museum on Sunday 23rd June. Why not come along and support your Club on that occasion, experience the sights, sounds and smells, and incidentally enjoy the one of the best collections of sporting cars and motorcycles, not to mention Surreybuilt aircraft, in the south of England.

The moving of the G.D. Brown trial to March from its usual June date has left a slight gap in this year’s sporting calendar, but here is much to look forward to during the summer.

Which, we sincerely hope, may be more motorcycle-friendly than last year’s effort! Not that there’s much sign of that at the moment...

Weather notwithstanding, there is a wide range of outings for road bike owners in the calendar (see page 3). Or it’s no problem to join in with the lunch stop by arriving in the car!

Please remember that your contribution to the Newsflash is what will help to ensure that it continues. We are aiming to publish bi-monthly from now on, content permitting, so any tales of Witley life, events you have taken part in or spectated or officiated at, or motorcycling topics in general, will be very welcome. Many thanks to those who have contributed to this issue.

Happy riding...!

L.G.R


...but is 13 an unlucky number?

Three new road bikes have appeared in the Witley fold over the past month, all with a ‘13’ registration.

The first to arrive was Graham Ingall’s Honda CB500F. Next was Derek Prior’s Triumph 675 Speed Triple and finally Bernard and Diana’s BMW F800GT.

First impressions are mixed.

Graham swapped his modern Triumph Bonneville in for the CB500F. After 300 miles he says it is light and quite nippy, with a good upright riding position and excellent fuel consumption of around 70 mpg. However he suspects that this will decrease once run in. He is disappointed that Honda are not able to offer any accessories at present; yet this model has been available in the USA for over 6 months. His winter project will be to get a gel-filled seat.

Derek also swapped his modern Triumph Bonneville (Alec’s old bike) for the Triumph 675 Speed Triple. When asked what his first impression was, he said “Nothing really, it’s just so light and fast” That from a man nearing his 80th birthday!

Bernard felt fresh and relaxed after a 120 mile run on the F800, the BMW being 45kg lighter than the Bandit and therefore easier to chuck about. Tank range is going to be a useful 220 miles compared to 180 (ish) of the Bandit. As expected, having two-thirds the power, it doesn’t have the grunt of the Bandit. That is very much missed. The belt drive is smooth and quiet and everything seems to be just where you want it to be. Unfortunately, despite taking the order, we were told on collection that BMW do not yet have inners for the panniers, nor do they have the tank bags. (Vines had a tank bag on their display model, but the only one in the country and they wouldn’t sell it).


It was a glorious day on the first Bank Holiday in May, with well over 250 classic bike enthusiasts meeting up in Fleet for this fundraising event to support The Hampshire Air Ambulance.

Bikes ranging from the early 1920s up to 1986, in conditions varying from gleaming Concours to the untouched original and ‘oily rag’, were entered. As at most of these events there are some rare and unusual motorcycles as well as some interesting riders; this was no exception.

Witley Club members who turned up included Barry B (Ariel Huntmaster), Dave K, Bernard J (Triumph Bonnie T120) with Diana pillion (encouraging Bernard to lean into the bends), Derek P (BMW R51/2) and Graham S (Matchless WD G3L).

The ride out, approx 46 miles along the Hampshire/Berkshire borders, started at 11.15am with small groups being sent out at intervals to avoid any congestion. Bernard and Diana had earlier warned us that T120 had a misfire at low speeds, but we weretold it ran smoothly ‘at the top end’ and so high speed was essential on the ride out. Having said that, we were surprised that Bernard and Diana were still the last to arrive at the lunch stop in Sherfield-on-Lodden. Barry, who even had gone to the Four Horseshoes to start with, had noisily arrived at The White Hart at least two-thirds of a pint earlier. Perhaps it was something to do with the fact it was Bernard’s turn to buy a round?

 


From The Chair

Posted by: Barry Brockman in Chairmans Chat on

Having just been elected as Chairman of the Witley & District MCC for the second time, I feel I should start by introducing myself to any of the members that I have not yet met.

I am Barry Brockman, and have been a Witley member since 1992. I have mainly ridden in trials – with my daughters – and long distance trials, with a couple of enduros here and there. I also have a classic Ariel which I ride in road runs – and just for fun. One of my main aims is to encourage more members and their


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