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Posted by Dave Pickles on 24 October 2012 - 05:12 PM
Posted by Jason Dunning on 14 March 2012 - 11:58 PM
Once the TL125 was back in my hands I sold it to a friend of mine.
Next I had another Honda, this time it was a road bike, a Honda CB250 Dream (Not the later Super Dream). At the time I didn't have a bike license so only ever rode it around Morrisons car park. This bike seemed to get past about a bit between friends and family. Not too sure what eventually happened to it.
Now 17 and into cars I laid off the bikes for a while until one day when I was 19 and Dave turned up at my place of work on a brand new Yamaha DT125R. I asked him where he had bought it, I promptly closed up shop and headed to Bradford Motorcycles and bought one myself. This lead to me passing my bike test and a whole heap of bikes.
Yamaha RD350LC, Honda CB250RS, Honda CB750, Honda VTR1000F and then my current bikes Aprilia RSV1000R, Lambretta 150 (1972) and of course the Beta Evo 290.
Since 2004 I have been doing plenty of track days breaking my left leg amongst other injuries in 2007 at Mallory park highsiding coming out of Edwina's. My last track day was in October 2010 just about the time that Dave and I got back into trials having tried it for a brief time in approx 2005 with a couple of Beta Rev 3's. Both bikes where Dave's.
We decided to join a club and do it all correctly this time, so here I am. Like a couple of other posts the only regret I have is I wish I had taken it up a lot sooner. Let's just hope I manage to enjoy trialing for a long time to come!!!!!
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Posted by Peter Coates on 06 July 2012 - 08:53 PM
The AJ is cancelled due to atrocious weather.
We are all gutted.
But spare a thought for club stalwarts:
Barry Fairbrother, Clerk of Course.
These guys have been camping all week up at Normans at Kettlewell, and riding out each day in awful weather to mark out the trial.
Now THEY will be gutted.
They deserve a medal, and I suspect a course of treatment for trench foot!
Keep ya feet up (dry)
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Posted by Dave Pickles on 13 June 2012 - 02:54 AM
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Posted by Kevin Feeny on 09 March 2012 - 11:42 AM
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Posted by Simon Armstrong on 23 April 2012 - 09:16 PM
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Posted by Peter Coates on 22 March 2012 - 10:25 AM
On behalf of the Boothman family, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude with regards to the fantastic support the club and riders have expressed over the course our ongoing planning application to Bradford Met.
Aside from the countless testimonials sent via email, the application now has over 80 support comments left the Bradford Met website. We hope that such an overwhelming and one sided response to the application will carry a lot of water and we’re now more confident than ever that the decision will be made in our favour.
We would like to thank the club for it’s support with regards to the application cost and remain grateful for such a kind gesture. We would once again like to thank everybody associated with the club for its continued help and support and we hope to see you all riding up at Rough Holden soon.
We are due to get a decision by the 6th April so fingers crossed!
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Posted by Phil Crosby on 20 March 2012 - 10:24 PM
5th round application drawn up (Fosters Leap 24th June) but its a little early to apply.
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Posted by Peter Coates on 04 January 2015 - 07:42 PM
The precision click of a Parker 25 ballpoint pen.
The sound of a Snap-On ratchet tightening a bolt.
The rope winder on an ocean going yacht.
The burble of a V8 engine.
The sharp crack of a Montesa 4RT engine.
The irritating high pitch whine of a lone mosquito in your hotel room in the dead of night.
Emotive sounds each and every one.
Think back, if you will, to bikes and cars you have owned or aspired to own. Then identify which of them you were most attached to and hold the fondest memories. Then ask yourself why.
I remember vividly my first push-bike with proper tyres. Passed down from a cousin who had outgrown it and still a little too big for me (8 yrs old ‘ish). Kneeling next to it and listening intently to the crank/freewheel as I rotated the pedals backwards.
I remember too (13 yrs old) the Sony cassette player my friend had. A top loader with “piano key” controls that when pressed were quite special in that they were firm, secure and robust. You knew they wouldn’t fail or stick. A bit like an Audi door handle.
My first car I bonded with of course, but why? Not just because it was my first surely? The solid and secure clunk as you closed the door to the outside world, then perched upon the hideously bouncy vinyl seats but basking in an air-cooled glow as the engine started instantly despite the -12C temperature outside. The flat four engine located right at the back waffling and clinking through its tortuously complex exhaust/“heat” exchanger.
So why did I bond with my next car, given that it was such a dog?! A 1970 (this in 1985) two door coupe with only one functioning door, fortunately the driver’s near side front. Yes, you read that right. Near side front. And as I write this I’m struck by the irony of going from one car with virtually no heater, to another whose heater I couldn’t actually turn off! But I forgave it it’s faults because it was a very rare beast(dog) indeed being a Dodge Challenger (BFC 154R) with a small block 318 cubic inch 5.2l V8. Nice! Also benefitting from the manual gearbox with the proper Hurst competition shift. Very nice! And talk about torque! A pity then it had drum brakes all round, a wing and door in primer and a lot of filler, the remainder in metallic moss green. But with that Hurst shift it returned better mpg than would my old “K” reg’ Range Rover later. Also a dog, also green, and also manual. And I’ll leave you to decide at which end of the reg’ plate the K resided……!
After my all too brief flirtation with American muscle, I went back to something a little more Teutonic with a beautiful Audi Coupe GT (BFU 363W). A proper thing though sadly, not the hairy chested Quattro, but that five cylinder engine sounded glorious when you got on the loud pedal. But after 60k miles, what began as charmingly quirky electrical issues, got to me. Then one day I was dazzled by a 3 series from the Bavarian Motor Works and the Audi was gone.
A beautifully engineered oatcake. Bland. Dull. Reliable. Swapped with a dodgy dude in Durham for a Range Rover Classic. Not bland. Not dull. Not reliable. 12 mpg. Brake failure on the drive home. Nice! But I loved it! Burbling V8, commanding driving position, what’s not to love?
After that life changed and space was required, the resulting aberration manifested itself in the form of a Montego (no hint of ginger) Estate. Bland. Dull. Reliable-ish. But I did like the rev’ counter.
Then I got my multi-cylinder mojo back. A Rover SD1 2.6 (D874 MOJ) . A lovely drive but with appalling build quality. When it rained I could have kept fish in the glove compartment! But that six cylinder engine was a delight, all wrapped up in a body that was a blatant copy of the Ferrari Daytona. Bonded!
That gets us up to 1996. And the good people of Weissach, Germany, tempted me.
Since its launch in the 80’s I was totally smitten by the Porsche 944 styling. A more svelte and elegant sports car was either Italian mega-bucks, or simply non-existent. But at the prices they were asking, way beyond me. Then I spied one in another dodgy forecourt in a lesser known part of Bradford. It was black, and it was calling me! Yes it only had four cylinders, but they were BIG. And I could afford it. From the very first moment I sat in it and closed the door. Clunk. I was having a Beetle flashback. And then when I first looked through the wing mirror and gazed down the swoopy flanks to its rear arches? Bliss. And it was plenty quick enough too, with the handling simply sublime. It wasn’t the finest example of the marque but there was something strangely empowering as you turned on the headlights and watched them rise smoothly and silently from the bonnet.
Since then: Volkswagens many and various. All fine in their own way, brand new through work, but none of them food for the soul. Lacking that certain something.
That brings us back to two wheels.
Regular readers of my ramblings will know that I dallied mercifully briefly with the two stroke. Noisey, rattley and smokey. Until I settled on the proper suck, squeeze, bang, blow, that was the Beta Rev 4T. Two wheeled civility I thought, kneeling down beside it listening as it waffled through its short and efficient exhaust. Bonded. Then onto the 2011 Evo 4T. Not quite as waffley, but nevertheless, beautifully softly spoken. Bonded. Then right up to date with the current Montesa Cota 260 4RT. What a thing! It reminds me in a lot of ways of my Dodge, lots of torque from minimal revs with a sharp crack through the exhaust. Bonded? I may move into the garage!!
The only thing lacking in my automotive cv is electric.
Now. What did I say about mosquito’s……?!
Keep ya feet up!
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Posted by Ron on 11 September 2013 - 08:15 PM
Shutty, Simon, Phil - we still could go to the pub and have a pint. I understand it sells real ale. Just need you Steve to give us the address
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Posted by Peter Coates on 13 June 2013 - 03:16 PM
“Trials….? What you need, is a Quad’!”
I don’t mind telling you, I was offended. And what made it worse, was I was paying for the privilege!
Of course it was only a moment or two before I realised we were talking Quadriceps rather than farmers big boys toy. Clearly the physio had a good point as she pointed out the differing sizes of thigh muscle and a veritable blancmange of synovial fluid around my left knee!
For those of you who have read my other blogs, it seems that the parts of my misspent youth that involved schussing (Google it) down snow covered sun drenched alps at great speed has taken its toll. The spectacular high-speed wipeout I had high above Mayrhofen in 1989 that resulted in a swollen knee, which I conspicuously ignored at the time, has not gone away as I’d thought. I’ve just been living around it.
I might never have known, had I not come off my Evo up at Wilks’ practising for the Autowbars last autumn. (you knew it was your fault didn’t you Paul Bailey!)
I gave my good knee a real whack! Swelling like a good ‘un. Resulting in an XRay and a NHS physio assessment over the phone! LoL
The exercises prescribed served to re-awaken the Austrian knee (hausfrau’s knee) and I found myself on the physios table.
Having missed the Autowbars pretty much, I stood observing again at the first round of Nathan Wrigglesworths superb summer series for beginners. NOT happy, having walked the sections and thinking I’d missed enough trials already and the next round I’d strap the knee and give it a go.
So I did.
It has to be said, that the WBS series is quite simply superb!
Each and every round is different. You get to ride a great variety of hazards not only from round to round, but he mixes it up year on year too.
Where else can you get differing challenges like that, all aimed at the beginner and a slightly harder route for the clubman who fancy a ride out after work with a bacon butty and banter to boot!
June 12th saw round three start in warm rain, with another good entry of riders all with WBS (wisdom beyond science!) dropped down into the valley for section one.
Last time out at Lumb Falls, I’d had a bit of an epiphany!
Given that it was only the third time I’d got the bike onto the dirt all year, I simply aimed for a finish. And instead of welding my boots to the pegs with the resulting “oh my God!” moments, I simply took a dab. And although that’s not the way to a good score, given the amount of time I’ve had on the bike it meant I bloody loved it!
Paul Bailey was of course quick to point out that I’d been beaten by an Osset, but with an age difference of around 43 years, I can live with that once in a while.
So with my knee again strapped, new going for the finish rather than score attitude in place, I fired up the four stroke and went for it.
And judging by my score, the phrase that seems most fitting, if I can tweak it a little, would be:
Must tri harder!
See you next time at Spencelys!
Keep ya feet up
Ps I’ve been told I have to move up a class next time. Over/50 DOH!!!!!
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Posted by Peter Coates on 09 December 2012 - 08:59 PM
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Posted by Phil Crosby on 09 December 2012 - 06:53 PM
We nicknamed him “Gandalf” because he was a wizard to Ross, he would be at the most inaccessible sections, he would have been there for hours watching the riders and always had the best line sussed out by the time Ross got there.
One little gem springs to mind when I think of Gary & the SSDT was the time when Nick Midgley & Michael Hughes had made the trip up to Fort William on their BMW RS’s. They had come via a crazy route of Glasgow plus a ferry! Then I think they came round by Loch Lomond, by the time they rounded the Loch it was getting dark and absolutely teaming with rain, the road condition was very slippy and nearly caught Nick out as he piled into a corner, he had to take a dab to prevent him coming off the road and visit the Scottish country side. Nick himself told me this story when I bumped into him in the parc ferme the next day. On my return to the campsite I relayed this story to the people staying there, “that’s not true I don’t believe it” Gary said “Nick Midgley has NEVER taken a SINGLE DAB anywhere, it must have been at least THREE” we all fell about laughing.
The day after, Nick had heard about Gary’s reply, he was gunning for him. Well it happened later in the week when me and Nick landed at Forestgate, “Gandalf” was there, sat at the opposite side of the ravine to us, now Forestgate is a very popular place for spectators and was quite busy, what I heard next was cringe worthy but funny, I heard Nick bellow over to Gary, “Hoy” “Bowerman can you f**king swim” “I hope so because when I get hold of you I’m going to f**king throw you in the river” we laughed and Gary remained dry.
We will miss him next year; our nightly visit to see the results will never be the same.
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Posted by Dave Pickles on 09 December 2012 - 05:51 PM
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Posted by Neil Briscoe on 14 October 2012 - 01:14 PM
Note to self: Must remember to turn fuel back on before that hillclimb and must remember to watch out for Francesca's bottom lip and teenage strop...!
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Posted by Paul Bailey on 14 March 2012 - 03:06 PM
Always been a member of Bradford club in that time. Started biking in my teens learning to ride on a kx80 Mx bike. Eventually in my late twenty's passed my bike test and started road riding owning various sports bikes
Eventually saw sense and got rid of road bikes and started trials. First bike was a yamaha tyz 250 (a tank). Entered my very first event at kilnsey. And been riding on and off ever since
Now a active committee member with my roles within the club being membership secretary, press and advertising and I also organize the Autowbars winter seriers.
Paul. Bailey. 0/40 sometimes wobbler sometimes half decent clubby
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