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Posted by: Bernard Jay in On The RoadGeneral on

Not often do you get the offer of a ‘Barn Find’ but it happened to me recently.

Having attended the Ash Scouts’ Quiz, we were put on a table with four other quiz participants. During the break, we had chance to get to know each other and we happened to mention our love of motorcycle touring. One of the team said “I’ve got an old bike in my garage that hasn’t been used for 13 years” “I would like someone to have it and get the old girl running again”.

Well, you don’t ignore comments like that,

On The Road

Posted by: Bernard Jay in On The Road on

With the 90th Anniversary event done and dusted, it was time to get out the panniers and top box and pack for Spain.

Santander, Soria, Chinchon and Jaen were our stops on the way down to Nerja. Then we were to have 4 nights at Nerja before heading back North via Cordoba, Guadalupe, Salamanca and Cervera de Pisguela to Santander. There was also a possibility of meeting up with Paul and Candice who were heading to Portugal with a couple of trail bikes in the back of the converted motor home. (That never happened as they were heading South whilst we were on the way back).

Brittany Ferries now have a different method for securing the bikes. There are steel cables running the length of the ship, between which you park the bike on the prop stand; then they strap them down, anchored to the cables.

Unfortunately these cables do move or roll a bit. One unfortunate rider happened to put his foot on the cable when he was about to stop and over he went. Not until later did I realise that it was old friend and ex-Witley member Peter Avard (MSL Tours).

Beaulieu Ride-In Day

Posted by: Bernard Jay in On The Roadclassic on

On Sunday 13th July, Gordon Ayshford, Dave Kavanagh, Graham Ford, Derek Prior, Diana Delahoy and myself met at the BP garage on the Farnham bypass to go to the 5th annual Beaulieu Motorcycle Ride-In Day.

There should have been one more, but unfortunately Graham Smith had to swap his bike gear for a posh suit to attend a meeting in London. The odd shower or two on the way down did not deter us; nor did the stupid HATO idiot who decided to stop all traffic on the A31 due to a shunt. It was all flowing nice and steady until he turned up. Put a person in uniform and suddenly they think they are god!!

Normally the entrance fee to Beaulieu is £20.00 but on this day pre-booked motorcycle riders could get in for only £6.00. It is well worth looking out for this next year, as once inside there are no more charges for attractions.

We all kept together and arrived at the gate to show our tickets having followed the ride in signs through the New Forest.

Gordon and Dave purchased their tickets separately but all the others were on one ticket which I held. Unfortunately I copied it for Derek and he insisted on handing it in despite my arm waving for him not to. Hopefully I won’t get a demand for extra payment having made a copy which was barcoded.

The bikes were there in their thousands with many large organised groups of Harleys and other makes – all lined up with pucks or squares of wood for prop stands spaced nicely. I must add that the staff were intelligent and aware of the space needed for each bike and each row. Excellent organisation.

Inside the arena Steve Colley was demonstrating his skill on a trials bike and later the children’s Tigers Team put on a good display.

On The Road

Posted by: Bernard Jay in On The Road on

Sooner or later some members are going to get fed up reading about the road bike trips.

Maybe they will then put pen to paper to let us know what they have been up to off road. Or, more importantly, what they will be doing in the near future that maybe we can be part of! Until that happens here is yet another road riding tale...

To the South of France on the F800GT with Diana

22 days, 8 hotels and 1800 miles. No rain and no major mishaps. Just a blown main bulb that was quickly changed.

The Continental Road Attack tyres have now done 8500 miles and still have some life left. When you consider that most of that mileage is two-up, fully loaded with top box and panniers, it by far exceeds the most I’ve ever got out of a set of modern tyres. They will certainly be replaced with the same make before we go to Spain later in the year.

On our third night we met up with some ‘old’ French friends in Lyon.

Some of you may remember Anne who visited the Mary Road club room with me in the 80’s and also attended the Witley camping weekend at Frensham. She now owns a hotel in Lyon. Also Agnes, who not only visited the club room in the late 70’s but attended the Witley camping long weekend at Symonds Yat. Agnes remembered Gavin Shaw asking her to go on the back of his bike. I’m not sure if she ever did, but she did say she was so very afraid! Finally, we were joined by Jean Francoise (Anne’s brother) who borrowed a FS1E from Gordon Farley whilst he was here.

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