Rallied out !!

Last week end saw the last of this years club rallies, it was the first Welsh Merlin Rally ll held near Swansea, the forecast was not the best and South Wales in October always a risk but some chose to take the risk.

I  set off Saturday morning as I was working and would not have gotten down there till the small hours, I met the boys and girls on the ride out at Llandovery, a town we visited from the Severn Valley Rally, it was a wet and misty ride back to camp over the Brecon Beacons with a quick stop at M and P, an amazing bike shop with incredible stock from 80s and 90s bikes and up to the the present day with a H2R there on display, a huge clothing floor and the best thing for the riders a bit of warmth.

A few beers back at the camp and talk was of the meal provided by Neil Friday, faggots, mushy peas and mash with a side order of hot dogs, kind of wish I’d been there Friday !! Saturday was in the club house for chicken and chips and a few local ales, the Delilah had run out Friday, another reason to get there early next year, a few drinks and it was bed, still raining, it did not let up the morning after and the tents were packed wet with Neil cooking bacon sandwiches to cheer everybody up.

All too soon it was time to say goodbye after for me not enough time there, awesome Rally, it may move dates next year, watch this space, or not ……..

the new website is in viewing mode and we are putting some finishing touches to it before it goes live, we are nearly there and will be a lot more interactive.

Martyn

 

Rally

just a quick post about Northern and Southern rallies, both were excellent, nice to see some new faces as well as meeting up with ok’d friends, great ride out on the Northern, a bit of a shower but nothing too bad, the new format of being in the Cavendish really worked, more of the same next year.

i did not have a bike at the Southern due to broken fingers but what a week, the sun shone and everybody had a great time, a couple of hiccups with the venue means Chris did not book for next year as of yet and is weighing up his options.

New website is coming along nicely, exciting times.

Martyn

WPM

For those that don’t know, WPM or World Presidents Meeting takes place every other year usually in Italy or the Italian islands, on WDW years the trip heads to Misano, if you’ve seen my Facebook pictures you will know it is a bit of a crazy time, we what would you expect with 73 clubs represented from all over the world, from Australia to South Korea, Mexico,America and most European countries. This year we started in south Naples and headed over to the other coast spending 1 or 2 nights in each hotel being out at 8.00 the following morning. We took in the lovely town of Matero and also Alberobelo, returning to the centre of Naples the following week end.

The welcome kits were discussed most nights or lack of I should say, we have been assured they should be with us this month, I will update on here and the forum, not on Facebook.

The meeting itself was all day Saturday with discussions about the content of the welcome kit, most clubs and continents were not really bothered to the content, maybe something different every year. I also put into the mix that the red club card should mean more, discounted race tickets and a bit of weight behind it, we will see what happens.

Castle Combe this week end so another blog next week or maybe even from there, can you handle two in a week ? Does anybody read this ? Ok, a prize to the first person to text me to say they have read it !!!

Martyn

MCN show

What can I say about the MCN show,well for a start it is billed as a festival of motorcycling and that is exactly what it was this year, the Ducati roadshow was there so you could demo new bikes, not only that but a truck full of X Diavel was there from Italy to be taken out, fine English roads on Italian number plates, what could possibly go wrong !!

The DRE Enduro set up from the factory was also there with a field with a few obstacles set up to get a feel for stood up off road riding, the club had a ride out Saturday evening with a nice tour of Futland water, nothing too fast as I had Theo on the back of a brand new Monster 796′ kindly loaned to me by Ducati Peterbrough, thanks guys. Speedway Saturday night, live music entertainment at night, what more could you ask for, thanks to Steve Gooch, Colin Darlow for helping to organise the event and to Steve Benn our barbecuer.

Martyn

Severn Valley Rally

It now seems more than a few weeks ago that we were at the Severn Valley rally, a great week end away, I went on my Paso, I don’t know why but the roads around there and having to lug a heavy rucksack make the bike perfect for it, when it is running !! I set off to meet Tim and Nix along with Peter at Whitchurch, all done with no drama and in lovely sunshine, a few miles down the road the bike banged a lot as the ignition went off and on, a stop to find the problem, I was not happy especially as I was causing delay for the others, as luck would have it a prod at one connection and ignition lights came on !! I had cleaned it with the panels off a few days before but it had been fine, a few more miles and bang bang, it was doing it again. I resisted the urge to drop kick my helmet into a hedge …. a prod and away it went again, never to return.

The party was in full swing when we arrived an drinks and food were quickly ordered, huge portions, a few drinks and I was off to bed, I had been up early working, my excuse.

Out at 10 the next morning for the ride, we ended up in deepest darkest Wales, the Paso did not miss a beat which is more than can be said for a few ST’s, the owners shall remain nameless, here anyway ……

more good food and yes a few more drinks saw us making merry until the small hours, this may have been the last Severn Valley rally, we shall see…..

BIAMF show

It was the lovely  Natalees birthday week end so I arranged to take her away somewhere nice, a bit of history, an old town with lovely buildings oh, and Italian cars, bikes and lots of other exotica !!

We travelled down after work Friday night only arriving with Sean Good and Natalie Dowe at midnight, they were putting us up and are good friends so a good week end was guaranteed. An early start to take display items into Bristol City centre then back to collect Sean’s lovely Sport Classic, I was going to get the bus back into the city to join the fun. To my surprise Sean gave me the keys to his bike and he was going to ride his other bike and park it outside the display area as it was a none Italian bike. The ride to Gordano services saw me very happy, the bike is set up lovely. There were bikes mustered from most Italian Marque, they were organised brand by brand and led in to the city by the Ducatis.

The actual event is superb, it was my first time, there were Ducati models from every era and plenty of them, I could not name everything there as there were so many, other Marques were Laverda, Morini, MV, new and old, Guzzi and the cars were just as stunning, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, my favourites were the Lancashire, the Stratos and Integrale, the noise of them was stunning, the gentlemen start your engines was a great addition with our very own Paul Hanmore doing the commentary.

A night out in Bristol followed with a fair few drinks until the small hours then back to Sean and Natalie’s, after a much needed breakfast we were off to our second club engagement of the week end, Stafford to meet with Nigel Hole the Commercial Director of Mortons to sort out the future of our involvement with the Stafford show, we are hopeful for a positive outcome on that, a very good effort by Tim Mallion on the show, some great bikes and very nice to see different members involved.

Its rally season next, until then, ride safe.

Martyn

Egg run

We had the Wirral Egg run a couple of weeks ago, tun by the Wirral branch, I met Roger and Jim at Charnock Richard services and we rode on the ARoads and under the tunnel to meet up with Tim, the Wirral massive and other M Battalion member Peter on his lovely Yellow Superlight. West Mids branch were also in attendance, again we thought we had beaten the mass but got stuck into first mile traffic. We lost Peter at the first roundabout, he went straight to the Swinging Arm, Wirral branch meet, the rest of us did the run which was slow at times but a few nice stretches to cool the engines and give the clutch hand a rest.

After the run we all then went to the Arm for a quick drink and burger then home.

A great start to the riding year, some great images of other branch rides, let’s hope it keeps up.

8 of us were in attendance at Keith’s funeral, a very sad day but with some nice memories of Keith, the club was mentioned quite a bit as it was a massive part of his life. He will be sorely missed by a lot of people, me included, we are thinking of a fitting tribute for a Keith, something he would have approved of so may prove difficult to organise.

Martyn

 

Manchester Show

The Manchester bike show was again a huge success, the set up on Friday took a bit of organising, thanks to Antony Persilli and Ken Chute our resident scrap heap challenge experts, you will have to wait till Desmo to find out about the chain fence !!

Thanks to everybody that brought bikes, plenty of room to display them properly without being crowded up, we have found our feet with this show now, the new club banners and pop ups really did do the job.

A few of us retired to the Market Tavern in Leyland then afterwards at Isolabellas in Leyland.

We were joined in the evening by Keith Ringle, he was with his friends where he wanted to be all week end, Keith very sadly passed away on Tuesday ad has left a very big gap to a lot of people including me.

We will be attending Keith funeral representing the club.

Martyn

AGM News

There is a report in the next issue of Desmo on the AGM but I thought I would do a bit of an update here as well, thank you to all the members that turned up, without which the AGM cannot take place, we need at least 25 !!

A few changes to the CoM, Steve Benn takes over as club secretary, Ray Dudding as Public relations, Julie Reed was co-opted to events a few months ago, she is now official. Su Parrish who does a fantastic job with discounts, that post now becoming a CoM position, lastly a new position of Social Media secretary has gone to Colin Richards, he has that honour.

We are constructing a new website as the current one just does not do what we want, a shop will come first selling the clubs excellent regalia, the club will subsidise rallies this year by £10 per person, the respective Organiser will work out the way they will do it.

Look out for a questionnaire shortly, we just want some feedback as to what is wanted by our members, we are past 1500 now and need to cater for you, this is our club and it goes on because of you.

Martyn

A good month

The Shepton show was a great success, well done to Mick White and all the helpers that put on a great show with some truly stunning bikes.

Desmo 230 was on the doorstep a few weeks ago and what a great read, again. I know there are a few that think the magazine should be online only but there is nothing like the look and feel of a proper magazine, it is far and away the most expensive thing the club spends money on and I think it is money well spent, it as Jilly says all down to the articles submitted. Great feature on the Spondon Ducati by Glyn Robinson and a tool hire piece from Graham, did you know we had tool hire ?

The weather is getting better and the nights noticeably a little lighter, the Paso now runs which is great news, small electrical fault found and repaired by Paul Rawlinson, many thanks to him, I just need a set of belts and I can put it back together, I have to get it going before Guy gets his roadworthy !!

See you at the AGM …….

Martyn