- Created: 31 August 2020 31 August 2020
- Last Updated: 31 August 2020 31 August 2020
A quick message to confirm that the club night on this Wednsday 2nd September, will take place at The Alma at 7-30 pm. The arrangement will be as last month with the area at the front of the Alma reserved for us from 7-30. I shall be leading a short ride around the lanes leaving Church Road promptly at 6-30 pm, in order to get back for 7-30. looking forward to seeing you there .Gordon
- Created: 20 August 2020 20 August 2020
- Last Updated: 20 August 2020 20 August 2020
George and I have just visited the Alma and we have made a reservation for our next clubnight scheduled for Wednesday September 2nd on the basis that the July clubnight was well attended and you all appeared to enjoy it! The arrangement is the same as the last time,from 7-30, for 30 people,we have the front of the Alma, with bike parking alongside but Im sure a few more wouldnt cause a problem. You come as before entirely at your own risk. I shall lead a ride before the meeting,leaving Church Lane as before,leaving promptly at 6-30,to get back for 7-30. I have run the route and it should take just about an hour. As you come along to the Alma,at the London Road end, it says the road is closed but its closed past the Alma so you can get there from London Road. You can also get there on the back road that leads to church lane passing the cricket club which we left on last time.Looking forward to seeing you all. Gordon
- Created: 09 August 2020 09 August 2020
- Last Updated: 09 August 2020 09 August 2020
Details of the ride for Friday 14th of August. Friday Shudy Bike Meet, Near Haverhill CB21 4QZ. Leaving the Alma at 5pm. A gentle jog along the A 604. Colin has posted more info in the clubnight report. Gordon
- Created: 08 August 2020 08 August 2020
- Last Updated: 08 August 2020 08 August 2020
It was lovely to see you all at a clubnight after all this time. It would have appeared that the planning on behalf of the landlord at the Alma,and ourselves went more or less as we had hoped. I thought we had made it clear that the ride would have to leave on time, because of the need to be at the alma for our booked slot at 7-30,and that we would be leaving from Church Lane. Several of us got it right and we left promptly at 6-30, as I had riden the route the day before at around the same time and it took about 45 minutes, which gave us a bit of le way for getting back for 7-30. I understand a few of you went for a ride on your own because we left so promptly. It didnt matter, and perhaps as there were several of us riding,we may have to leave in two or more smaller groups next time. I didnt stay for the meeting and I do apologise but I have explained why. I hear the evening was a great success, with 25 members and two guests enjoying themselves. Its a relief to see such support after what has been a very strange time. If all goes well, we should be able to repeat the process for our September clubnight. There are a couple of things in the pipeline meantime. One is a ride to the Haverhill area to a bike meet on Friday 14th, suggested by Julian, and The details will follow here soon. The other is a socially distanced fish and chip run which is at the planning stage at the moment with Paul is using his local knowledge to negotiate an arrangement to finish in Mersea. To keep up to date please keep an eye on the website and read Colins e mails! Gordon
- Created: 02 August 2020 02 August 2020
- Last Updated: 02 August 2020 02 August 2020
At the moment, our clubnight next week on wednesday 5th is still going ahead as previously planned , but clearly, in view of the way things are going, there could be new rulings put in place quite quickly, particularly as pubs have been mentioned. We should also like to make it clear that your attendance is entirely at your own risk. Im looking forward to seeing you all,but we all still need to be careful. Gordon
- Created: 25 July 2020 25 July 2020
- Last Updated: 25 July 2020 25 July 2020
Good news at last as we can announce our club night on August 5th at the Alma. Colin has negoitiated with the Alma and we have been allocated the space in front of the pub with the new seating arrangement. The landlord has done a lot of work making sure its as a safe as it can be and we look forward to seeing you there for 7-30. Colins straw pole suggested that at least 20 of you were up for it and they can accomodate up to 30 of us. I shall be leading a run starting promptly at 6-30 to be sure we get back to the Alma for 7-30. Assuming we get enough riders , we will be using the drop off system. To avoid congestion on the road outside the Alma, I would ask that you gather for the run in Church Road which is the first left, just past the Alma. I wont be staying after the run, because,being of a certain age,we are limiting our socialising to our family, who are all having to work. I hope you will all have an enjoyable evening and that we can resume our normal activities before too long. If anyone has a ride or a visit they think we can do,within the current guidelines,without a lot of risk, do let us know. Looking forward to seeing you all. Gordon
- Created: 02 July 2020 02 July 2020
- Last Updated: 02 July 2020 02 July 2020
Unfortunately the relaxing of the rules hasn't come in time for our July clubnight. However, David, the Landlord at the Alma, has completely revamped the Alma in anticipation of the new rules so that his customers will be able to have a drink while remaining in a safe environment. You can see what he has been up to at the Gazette. https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/1854020.alma-pub-copford-transforms-car-park-beer-garden. We are hoping to have a meeting with David in the next couple of weeks to see what we can do. It would be good if we could hold our club night on Wednesday August 5th. We may need your help to get an idea of the numbers of members who would be likely to attend, so watch out for Colins e mails in the next couple of weeks. If it is feasible to run the club night, we will reinstate the pre meeting ride. I will keep the website up to date so keep an eye on it as well. Gordon
- Created: 15 June 2020 15 June 2020
- Last Updated: 15 June 2020 15 June 2020
There are still no official club activities coming up in the foreseable future. With the current relaxation of the rules, I would rcommend that you all visit the BMF website and read through the recommendations on riding by The Coalition of Motorcycling Organisations, which the BMF is one,using the link provided on the BMF site. Its only common sense really but at least if you are stopped you can say you are following proper guidlines. Lets hope we can all get together before too long. Gordon
- Created: 01 June 2020 01 June 2020
- Last Updated: 02 June 2020 02 June 2020
Another month has passed by with no official club activities, except for Colin's daily news. Clearly we will not be able to hold our club night at the Alma this Wednesday June 3rd, and we have nothing planned for the club at the moment.There have been some interesting anecdotes amongst the daily drivel, and a lot of interest in visiting some of the places mentioned within the "confessional tales". There has also been some photos of some nice bikes, and shirts! Keep the stories coming in, because if nothing else it has revealed some interesting behaviour of some of more elderly and respectable members in years gone by. I'm admitting to nothing but I will confess to having been a bit of a hooligan when I first got my hands on my old Rocket in 1965.
Now that there has been some easing of the social distancing rules for the rest of us, there is maybe some scope for a bit of riding, but its really down to commonsense. Personally I don't feel comfortable about going for a ride at the moment, despite the strong urge to do so. Sitting in the garden listening to the large numbers of bikes going past, particularly over the last couple of weekends, doesn't help. Don't forget we are affiliated to the BMF, and its useful to keep an eye on their website, www.bmf.co.uk for up to date information and advice. They warned of a two week purge on speeding, but it certainly hasn't made any impact on the traffic here.
Also for those of you with MOT expiring, Sean Davies Motorcycles has been up and running for several weeks, during the lockdown, and they always makes our club members welcome, so don't forget to support them over these difficult times. And they have an efficient collecting service locally if you cant get it to go! Lets keep our fingers crossed that things improve enough in the next few weeks ,we can all get back out on the bikes. Gordon
- Created: 16 May 2020 16 May 2020
- Last Updated: 21 May 2020 21 May 2020
Just a quick update about club activities, or rather, the lack of club activities. You will have seen from Colins latest e-mail, there have been lots of requests for a club ride. While it's a lovely idea, the reality is that organising rides, even for just a few people, isn't really possible under the current restrictions. In addition, recoveries from breakdowns would appear to be an issue, the bike being repatriated, but not the rider, and if you were have an accident, your safety from the virus would be taken completely out of your hands. Like all of you, I am itching to get out on a bike, but I dont think its worth the risk.
You may have noticed that all the fuss about travelling to work by government has not mentioned motorcycles once. The BMF are on the case. I guess most politicians would never have sat on a motorbike, yet alone have used one to get to work. You just need to look at the people travellng on public transport recently to realise that cycling for more than five minutes would be out of the question for most of them. And Transport for London are reintroducing the congestion charge. Cashing in on the situation? You decide! Keep safe and if you can for the moment, stay at home. Gordon. PS And of course continue with your stories to Colin.
- Created: 04 May 2020 04 May 2020
- Last Updated: 07 May 2020 07 May 2020
This Wednesday, 6th May, would have been our clubnight at the Alma. Spare a thought for the Landlord who had not had an easy time of it before all this happened. I have managed to resist taking a bike or a car for a ride, despite the almost continuous traffic past our house. We have managed to avoid going anywhere except for walks across the near by fields. I hope you have all be doing the same. It's not clear what the next few weeks will hold, but as a former scientist, I won't be going anywhere until there is a proven vaccine available. The idea that it will suddenly become safe to return to anything like normality in the short term is way off the mark.
This week we should have been going to the Isle of Man, albeit with the Porsche Club, and I was looking forward to the two scheduled early dawn drives around the circuit. So far I've only seen 120 mph on trackdays, and was looking forward to seeing if it would reach 146 mph, the top speed recorded in 1977. I've never been to the Isle of Man and it looks like next year now. I know one or two of you are also going to miss the TT as well. Who could have known? I shall also be missing the Le Mans 24hrs in June, and it's not likely that we will all be able to get together for the rescheduled event. I had got the Moto GP on my wish list as well. George and I had an interesting weekend last year.
My old BMW will come under the MOT amnesty this month, the BSA doesn't need one, although I usually have it done, and one of the cars falls in June. We would have been well into our riding programme by now, especially with all the lovely weather, not to mention the price of petrol. George has suggested that we use my air raid shelter for club nights, but social distancing would prove a bit difficult, especially on the stairs! Not to mention the beer consumption. I've avoided any more disasters with the paddock stand by riding the Varadero round in circles on my drive. When my children were younger they each had a 50cc motorcycle and we had a circuit around the garden, which was very popular with them and with visitors. They all learned about brakes, helmets, and how to avoid bushes! some visiting children had a steep learning curve. And it didnt do much for the lawn!
I'm pleased to see you are all making the effort to deliver some drivel to Colin for his daily reports. I have to say that some of the stories and photos are worthy of a better title than drivel. Some will im sure generate a degree of flack when we do meet up again. Keep sending them in, otherwise he will start making stuff up, and we dont want that. Gordon