Sunday, 28 August 2011

Girder fork run Aug 28th 2011

13 riders assembled at 'The Mitre' in Witheridge for this girder only run. It was nice to have support from Mike Williams a committee member from the Dartmoor section, also to see the Harley and Morgan on the run. Bill was our leader for the day despite having some problems with his usually trusty Norton, and Brian took on the tail end role for the day. We had a great send off from the Mitre and took the road back towards Tiverton. The route then turned back towards South Molton and ended the morning at Chittlehampton for a very nice lunch, some problems were encountered but all arrived safely. Brians Triumph won the cup having been selected by our hostess. Rain showers gave us a bit of trouble in the morning and did threaten the afternoon but it just got better and all arrived at Winkleigh in the dry. Thanks to the organisers, the Mitre and the Bell inn for looking after us well, also a mention to some club members who turned up to see us off, finally a personal thanks to Ray who entrusted his Ariel to me so that I could join this run even if I wasn't allowed to start it !.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Evening meet Chittlehampton 22nd Aug 2011

Here are 13 members drinking their lemonade at the Bell inn Chittlehampton last evening having ridden from their respective homes for a meet and chat. A good ride out in good weather which was a change considering that the previous 2 ride outs have been very wet. Steve G had a chance to ride a Triumph TR6 out and a Triumph T90 back ( both mine ) unfortunately he did not beg me to sell them both to him on return!. See you all at Okehampton 9.30 11th September for a MYSTERY run.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Social run Aug 14th photos

A couple of photos taken at the start of the social run, not many people about as they were all up top taking tea and toast!, I can count about 18 bikes so this was before everyone arrived.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Social Run 14th August 2011

A good turn out of 26 at the Black cat for the start of the run included Bob Mitchell a visitor from Kent on his Enfield V twin ( 1300cc I think ), and the 500cc Ariel chair outfit of Mike Spillar. Following him was quite an experience as the rider and passenger leant into and out of each corner. Steve and Sue turned up on the Trike which Steve has made up based on a Honda Goldwing. This was the first long run that Steve had undertaken since the accident to his back, he was unsure at first whether he would be able to do the run. Fred and team made everyone welcome with cups of tea and coffee plus toast before the run set off, many thanks folks!. Ray and I set the run to encompass much of the route which was aborted in June due to bad weather, so we were able to give the lunchtime business back to the restaurant. The route was back through Tiverton, Halberton and Willand then on to Wellington where we climbed up on to the spine of the Blackdown hills before dropping down to the A303 which had to be crossed before arriving at the lunch stop near Chard. 19 people sat down for a choice of menu which was very good.
The afternoon saw the run cross the A303 again and make its way back towards Wellington where the finish was at the Chelston gardens nursing home where they are always very pleased to see us, plying us with sausage rolls and muffins!. Steve did manage to do the whole run riding at the helm which was a great achievment-he was very pleased with himself as were we all, well done mate!. There were no breakdowns for Pete or myself to deal with and Ray did a great job at the front, everyone said they enjoyed the route and the weather was kind so a great days riding for us all.

Evening meet 3 Tuns July 18th 2011

This run turned out to be another soggy one!, only 4 intrepid, brave & adventurous riders, ( all from Tiverton ), turned up. We did however have a good old chinwag before getting our heads down for the return journey home, lets just hope that the last of our planned evening meets in August gives us better weather.

Exmoor Run Photos

Here are some photos of the riders on the Exmoor Run crossing the ford at Bury.

Exmoor run July 10th 2011

This run started in Bampton at the Blackberries, a good number and variety of machines turned up, it was good to see Alan with the Morgan. Chris had his gearbox out so had to borrow a japanese m/bike for the day which proved a problem for him!.
The run was very good, a stop was made at Horner and here Chris had a fuel problem on his borrowed bike, we also set off without 2 riders due to a mix up on numbers coming out of the car park so apologies had to be made for that. Chris came to a stop a few miles after Horner and so it was left to Maurice to lead the run back to Brendas for the usual excellent feast to finish the day.
Chris' BMW is now back on the road so he is back in action and Mike has shown him where the petrol goes in his borrowed bike.

Girder fork run June 26th 2011

This extra girder fork run started at Winkleigh with some 9 machines taking part, sadly the number of girders is on the decline but I understand that all who went enjoyed the run. I have no further information on the run itself but will try to cover the next girder run in August in more detail.

Ron Ley run June 12th 2011

Unfortunately, the day dawned with pouring rain and more to come, Ray ( our secretary ) and myself set out to the start in the car!!, we were sure that no-one would be brave enough to turn up but there was Maurice with his trusty BMW !, he said he was just trying out his new screen !. He had travelled down the A361 link road from Barnstaple but he was not going back that way!, so he set off back via the A377. The lunch stop was a good one so they were informed that we would not be coming but we would turn up at a future run date.

Scrumpy run 2011

May 8th this year saw our annual

scrumpy run form up at Ilfracombe

in good weather with over 50 riders

attending. There was the usual interest from holidaymakers who

were keen to tell us what bikes they

used to have, ( sadly, none of them

still had these bikes in the back of their garages! ).

The run was enjoyed by all with no major breakdowns reported. Maurice had added a few miles in the afternoon and this seems to have stopped the mad dash back to the start seen on previous scrumpy runs. The Mayor was introduced by Chris and he did his choosing of the bike he favoured best. Prizes were then awarded before we all went back to the theatre cafe for a rather nice meal and drinks. Thanks to all who helped to make this another very enjoyable scrumpy.