Bob and Jools are bugging out. We will be heading up north soon to start the next chapter of our lives and wish you all the very best. It's been bloody brilliant looking after this club and the great people in it, but it's time to hand over the reins. We look forward to welcoming you to the new gaff some time soon and will be offering weekend accommodation to a few club members for RTTW. Stay safe and look after each other.
Chuckles & Phoenix.
It has been decided by the clubs committee to remove the discussion forum from the web site as it was not being used due to
most members using other means of media to communicate. We were also finding that the forum was being inundated with spam
that has been taking a considerable amount of time and effort to clear.
But if at future date the committee deems that a forum is required it will be reinstated.
Update: Forum hackers took down the web server entirely this week. Forum facility has now been permanently deleted. If required to be re-instated this facility will require more secure registration processes to be put in place. Cheers, Stuart (Server Admin) [06/03/2014].
Honorary Club Life Member
It is with great sadness that South Shires Bikers MCC find ourselves mourning the loss of past member Gerry 'Ged' Leonard.
Ged joined the club in July of 2011 and was a valued and much loved addition to our ranks. Ged passed away on August 22nd, one day after being voted as honorary member of SSBMCC for as long as the club remains in existence. Ride safe in Heaven Ged mate, you will be missed.
The season begins! A ride-out review by Grizzly.
With dry weather forecast (I'm keeping quiet about the temperatures!) the 3 bikes and 4 members met as arranged at Tesco Winnall fuelled and ready to go. Chuckles' Iphone was reliant on a good data signal to provide the route, which meant that Grizzly's new Garmin Zumo 660 was immediately called in to play.
The pre-planned directions led us towards Waterlooville and then up and down the South Downs with so many hills and bends that we were totally dependent upon the satnav as I was completely disoriented, occasionally seeing place names which might have rung a bell from long ago, but rust riding where instructed. After about an hour and a half we saw a sign for a tea shop, did a U turn, parked up, and imbibed.
Back to watching the pictures on the screen and we were led through some amazing countryside (we really do live in a beautiful country, even if Spring can be a bit late) and in to Bognor where a seafront fish and chip shop was visited.
Another loop even further to the East as far as the A24 with some great open roads where recently qualified Flick was indicating that she wanted to give it some stick, but with other traffic and licences to consider we refrained. More wonderful countryside, open views, lovely houses and villages until Pheonix's driver was seen to be stretching his legs so another tea shop was found quite conveniently in Midhurst, before the final stint back along the A272.
We all had a wonderful time on a brilliantly planned route, with plenty of good length stops to change fluids, stretch and chat. The weather was so dry that even though there was salt on most of the roads it was not attracting the moisture and the roads could be enjoyed to the full.
Anybody free tomorrow!'
Club hands over cheque for £885 to Hampshire & Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance Charity
See Iron Butt 2012 JOGLE page for photo's.
Club President gets GOLD & a 1st
Bob has passed the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold award for advanced motorcycling, and the Institute of Advanced Motorcyclist's Advanced Motorcycle Test gaining entry onto the F1rst Register, and feels the need to let EVERYBODY know about it
Club features on HIOWAA website
The club John O'Groats to Land's End ride has featured on the front page of the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance website.
Popham HIOWAA 5th Birthday
Steph received a letter from June after our showing at the HIOWAA 5th Birthday event at Popham. Which I have copied below
Also I would like to thank Steph and everyone who attened for an outstanding job
Just wanted to say thank you to you, and your fellow bikers, for coming along to Popham on Saturday, it really was greatly appreciated.
Hope you had a good day.
June Leatheam MInstF(Cert)
Community & Corporate Fundraiser
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
4 Kings Park Road
Southampton SO15 2AS
Hello all, a good friend had the brilliant idea to go to Beaulieu to the Custom and Hod Rod Festival. So we sat off this morning, Sunday 17th, and arrived about 1000hrs, being met by a long queue. All was reasonably well until the young lady behind the desk ask us for £20 each to get in. DOOH, should have listened to my instinct and left. We didn't, thinking that for that kind of money it would be one hell of a show, how wrong we were. For all of you who have been, the car park outside the museum was full of cars an some bikes, behind on the grass were motorcycles of all makes and models, walking through to the field, well it looked empty, I counted about 12 trade stands, no jumble sale, a large tent with predominantly Harley's and that was it. So the moral of the day out, if you want to be ripped off .... go to visit Beaulieu. The most disappointing day out I have ever had. What added insult to injury was the fat that we thought taking the car would be better as I was looking for lots of parts for the trike project. As they say attitude starts with a kick - Knucklehead, Panhead or even Shovelhead. Be safe. Steph