Section Runs and Meetings for 2019
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Yesterday should have been the day for the South West Coast run -
cancelled this year due to nobody being willing to run the event.
Something that may well happen to our Seaside run next year - in fact
I'm not sure about this year even - only three entries so far.
Anyway, due to there being no SW Coast run a couple of us headed to the
Teify Run, organised by the WSW section. What a great day out we had,
super Sunday lunch in Aberporth and afternoon tea in Lechryd. Beautiful
roads and good company, all well worth the effort of getting up early
enough to get to the start. A few photos below - Anyone else do anything?
April - Wednesday ride out
Unlike last year, we had a good turnout at the Black Cock, some 12
members made it, with some even coming on a bike.
April - the Llanishen Bike show
A number of our members attended and two
section members entered the Sunbeam Show and both won awards . Geoff H
best pre unit with his 1956 Triton and Kevin Gilbert won best vintage
with his 1928 BSA. Two members entered two awards won, not bad. We
could do with some more entries to represent the Section next year
April - guest speaker
The evening was fairly well attended to hear Dr Mike Penny give a very
interesting talk on Perry making - and we were treated to a sample at
the end of the evening. Successfully organised by Rob J.
April - The Cheddar Trial weekend
A number of us set off for Cheddar on Friday the 29th and the weather
promised to be good for the weekend. Some were in hotels, others in
B&Bs with Rob J and Bruce and Di staying on the camp site
adjacent to the main venue. Saturday saw us all gather for the social
We were soon bowling along across the levels only for everyone to miss
the a turning, as the road sign was only visible if coming from the
other direction. It wasn't long before bikes and three-wheelers were
running all over the place. Rob, on his Velo, Bruce and Di on the BS,
Howard and Carol along with Jean and myself soon found ourselves on the
outskirts of Burnham. We decided to double back and take a right turn
in the expectation that we were basically heading in the right
direction. After quite a number of miles and some more wrong turns we
were directed by a local to find the lunch stop at the Willows and
Wetlands centre, south of Othery. What a nightmare of a ride/drive. I
think that I managed to miss the speed camera in Othery, we'll see on
After lunch it was a case of a straight run back to Cheddar after
covering 50 odd miles for the day. Amazingly there were something like
70+ bikes and trikes out, yet the evening buffet was poorly supported
by only a mere 45 or so.
Sunday, the day of the trial, saw quite a number of bikes assemble,
with the final number being 51. Bikes were set off at one minute
intervals, in age order. The
morning run didn't
get off to a good start, as soon everyone was looking for a
non-existing sign. I was lucky, as having ridden the Cheddar for many
years I knew the turning. On we went and soon we made another wrong
turn. It was the norm for the day - missing signs, wrong mileages on
the route cards and confusing junctions. If only the Somerset section
had used Tulip diagrams, we could have recognised at least some of the
junctions a lot easier. We were lucky to have found our way back to the
finish with the only sad part being that Julian Wells on his 1951
Sunbeam S7, whilst riding down a steep hill was run off the road by a
fast driving lady in a car giving it some welly coming up the hill.
broken leg. We were treated to a good sunday lunch before setting off
for home. At least the drive home was uneventful - as far as I know.
All in all, it could have been a better weekend.
March - quiz and curry night
thanks to John F and Mary, who provided the questions for the quiz. We
ordered 20 curries and only had 17 take up the food. It's always a bit
tricky when organising for numbers, however, we weren't far out. Graham
the caterer at the Llanharry club is leaving and he cannot cater for
our Fish & Chip run on teh 29th July. That event is still to
place and we have organised for the F&C to be available from
Mansels Chippy in Porthcawl, where the run will end.
is reported that four hardy motorcyclists turned out for the St David's
Day run. Geoff was on his bike, whilst Howard and Carol went in their
car with Rob Jones in the back seat - so it was decided to follow Geoff
home and to pick him up in the car, where-upon the four intrepid
motorcyclists then went to Llanthony Priory in Howards BMW for a Sunday
lunch before heading home.
This weekend just gone, our Barry based Reuters Correspondent decided
to the Dragon Rally with a friend called Geoff. Bruce was to ride his
400/4 Honda, fitted with an Avon fairing and Geoff was to use
a mid 50's SV Ariel VB. The agreement was
to meet at 8am on Saturday morning - Bruce takes
over the tale:-
Dear Bill, just got home at 13.45hrs. The CB400. What a
! What an undemanding, reliable servant, needing just fuel and regular
attention to oil and filters.
340 miles in total on the Sat and Sun. Always on the
button,ready to go.
As I rode into the riverside Dragon camping location just 2
miles from Betws y Coed , two people on seeing the Honda rushed towards
me. The first , a Frenchman clad in red jacket and matching bobble hat
asked if he could take a photograph , not of me but “ of the
The second said to me “you made me all excited”. I can tell you Bill,
it’s a long , long time ago when last I heard those words. But
disappointingly, actually, his reference was to the bike. He had a new
red CB400 in 1975, registration commencing MNY, not that far from the
HNY on my bike.
although his Honda registered after Sept carried a suffix of P and not
N. He only saw the NY part on my plate and thought it was his machine.
given the chance he would try to purchase his old bike if it were
possible. Anyhow I know you are not satisfied with anything less than
a full account so we go back to the start , about 8.15am in Barry on
“Precisely 8 o’clock I’ll arrive” said my pal.
Yes, I thought, and pigs might fly. He arrived 8.15am with a tale of
woe. He had filled the
Ariel VB full of fuel the day before. He put it away but omitted
closing the fuel tap. The carb happily flooded overnight emptying 3
gallons onto the garage floor. He had to drain some fuel from another
machine to enable him to ride to the same garage to fill once more.
set off and the first breakdown, well sort of , occurred at Nantgarw.
His ammeter was fluctuating wildly. He pulled the wiring harness where
it entered the headlight. The ammeter needle steadied at zero. We
carried on to a lay-by on the A470, our route all the way to Betws. The
Alternator drive belt tension was checked. I
told him to switch off his lights because the rear is getting
dimmer and dimmer , so that means your battery is
going down and you need it for your coil ignition. He has been an auto
electrician and is now a general motor mechanic and doesn’t take advice
from a lay person like me, so he left his lights on.
I told him to reduce speed. 60 mph for an old side valve
Ariel May be too much . I told him to nurse it, knock the speed back to
50. We have plenty of time in hand. I might as well have spoken to a
There was another stop, awkward on a busy road with no place
to pull in. And then the pre final breakdown in
Builth Wells. I had told Geoff of the garage/Greggs cafe 2 miles before
Rhayader, the half way point. There I said we can top up the fuel and
have a short break with a coffee and a bun. This I told him more than
He stops at a garage in Builth Wells. He is at the pump. I
pull alongside. “ What the f... you doing here ?” I say. “Isn’t this
the stop ?” he says. “Is this two miles from f...... Rhayader ? “ says
me. My patience, so far very good, is wearing thin. His bike refuses to
start. He tries the pilot light to prove
battery health. There is no light, the battery is flat. He has a spare
battery in a pannier. It too is flat. In the 45 minutes we are stuck he
at last discovers that the dynamo feed to the ignition switch is not
connected. The wire has come out of it’s terminal. He rectifies this
we connect up the Honda battery and his bike starts. Off we go again
along the A470 to Betws as arranged.
In Rhayader, he turned
off the A470 onto the B4518 signposted Llanidloes. (I had a look on
the return today to check road number and destination). I think that he
has a problem again and is looking for somewhere he can park and attend
to the bike, so I follow him but no, we come to another roundabout and
he turns right. Then I realise. He has a bloody SatNav on his
handlebars and it’s sending him a different way to our agreed A470 all
the way to Betws. I return to the A470 and continue to Betws y Coed. I
expect to find him there, grinning, having gone like hell and saying “
where you been?”. No, he is not at the checkpoint or at the camping. I
have to put up the four man tent by myself in the bucketing rain.
I phone Dianne at three ( I arrived at 2) to tell
arrived safely but without Geoff. She says that she knows that Geoff is
not with me because he has phoned her to tell that the Ariel has seized
, he has had his final breakdown and he is awaiting the recovery lorry.
He phoned her earlier today to ask if I have arrived home yet, I
hadn’t, and then told her that he got home at 3am, yes 3am in the early
hours of today.
On two journeys previously his behaviour has
been identical. I reckon that i shall never ever go anywhere with him
The times before the rally I said to him “the A470 all the
way to Betws”. The times before the rally I said to him “ use your GS
it will be far more reliable than the Ariel “. There is an old saying “
he who travels fastest, travels alone”. Very true.
The Dragon with your memory of how it used to be would
disappoint you. Full of middle age and older yobs. My last time has
- attended by a disappointing number of only 18 members. Anyway, it was
all over with in 25 minutes with the same crew elected as the
section committee - see the office