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From the Editor ~ 184

on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 | By

I found it fascinating reading Stuart’s interview with his friend Andy whose riding career started in the nineteen seventies (Time Travel p.130), not least because while mine began at around the same time, our experiences could hardly have been much further apart. One of the things that we did share however was that distinct feeling that we were part of a community and this...

In the Saddle ~ 184

on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 | By

Hi Dave, Just “received” the latest copy via the ether and read Chris Rees’ letter regarding TRD being brought out as a paper magazine as he might need to get an iPad to read it. Well, I know where he’s coming from. Being as I am a good five years his senior, (yes I know I don’t look it…) this here technology thing is a bit of anathema to me. I had always preferred...

Riders’ Lives ~ Jennifer Capron Iddon

on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 | By Dave

1. What was your first motorcycling experience? I was 13 years old when my friend and I borrowed her brothers FS1e ‘Fizzy’.  She told me to ride it down the lane in first gear only. I’d hit 30mph in 3rd gear, and I was hooked. I knew I was going to be a biker. 2. What is your current bike? I have recently swapped my GSX-R1000K6 for 2 Suzuki DRZ400Ss, and...

Six & the City ~ 184

on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 | By

Tuesday It’s a small world but I wouldn’t want to paint it (or depending on how much of a Goth you may be/have been, it’s a small world and it smells funny). Allow me to elaborate… Previously, on Thursday “The battery is flat on your R6 – it’s cos you never use it anymore”, came the reproof from Hornet Boy. Actually, I had used it on the Saturday beforehand...

The Boy Biker ~ 184

on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 | By

Good vibrations Life has been good to me this month. I have managed to keep all the balls in the air and even find some time for a bit of a life on the side. Work – I Cleenz Macheenz – has been going well with some interesting projects including a 1977 Bentley crankcase. It is a real honour that customers trust us with such high-end components. It can only be a testimony...

Paddy’s Perspective ~ 184

on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 | By

Addictive Adventures “Some of us are addicted to it, others are social dabblers and there are a few who completely abstain. “I have to put my hands up and admit that I am a member of the first camp. I started light involvement as a kid, but of course it only really got serious when I had left home and started university. It was all meant to be for fun, just a little light-hearted...

A View from the Group W Bench ~ 184

on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 | By

Obsession. Woffy obviously has an obsession with MK1 Le Mans. This is definitely a good thing, especially as he is obviously a rider not a polisher. I on the other hand had an obsession with my left hand side (lhs) exhaust gasket blowing. Not so good in the end. It started three months ago, I was coming back from Porlock and my bike started to sound extremely rough. Power was...

The Busy Bee Reunion

on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 | By

The Busy Bee Motorcycle Club held their annual reunion at the Hilton Hotel at Watford on 1st September 2013. While you could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that the club had gone upmarket by meeting at the prestigious venue, the reason for their choice of location is that the hotel is built on the site of the original café, which closed in 1968. In previous years members...

Changing Sheds – Part 1

on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 | By

A recent magazine article entitled “sheds” got me thinking about the various odd places where I’ve built my cars and bikes over the years, and whether much has changed in that time. The first shed I could remember was my granddad’s, full of gardening gear, fishing rods, ancient woodworking tools, and… some ex WW1 live bullets which I found at the bottom of a box....

The Roundabout Rickman

on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 | By

Sometimes a person gets what they want by sheer determination and force of will. So it was in the summer of 1974 when Wisconsin motorcyclist Mike Engelhart set out to buy a brand new 1971 Rickman-Enfield 750 Interceptor from Chariot Cycles in Winnipeg. He liked the 1968 Royal Enfield 750 Interceptor he already owned and after seeing an advertisement for the Rickman he realized...

True Colours

on Sat, Nov 2, 2013 | By Dave

An Arthurian Brit in the court of Connecticut Yankees Given that they’re as American as the World Series and mom’s apple pie, the obvious choice for a US trip would’ve been a Harley because you can pick one up just about anywhere and it will allow you to pass unnoticed among the natives. But I wasn’t looking to blend in with the locals; I was an Englishman abroad,...

Iron Butt Asian Style

on Sat, Oct 26, 2013 | By

In a long list of dumb ideas, this was right up there with the worst of them. I could tell you that it wasn’t my fault, and in a way, that would be the truth. You see, when it happened I was just a bystander, an innocent man floundering in a raging confluence of beer, boredom and bullshit. All of the danger signs were there, signs that I was about to be engulfed by a perfect...

Mondo Sahara

on Sat, Oct 26, 2013 | By

If you’ve never heard of Austin Vince, or Mondo Enduro, you’ve been missing out. Way back in 1995-1996 Vince was the driving force behind a completely unsupported, unsponsored ride around the world with his brother Gerald and five of their friends, on a fleet of unsuspecting and ill-prepared Suzuki DR350s. They made a great and now legendary documentary video as...

Time Travel: A Biker’s Life in the 1970s

on Sat, Oct 26, 2013 | By

Human nature likes to revere the past as a lost utopia by selectively erasing the bad bits. It’s like those weirdos who live their lives as if it’s 1950, decorating their houses and wearing the clothes of the era, but still enjoying double glazing and shopping in Waitrose. The entire classic bike movement is a version of this, and hang out at any bike meet for any length...

Underneath the Arches

on Sat, Oct 26, 2013 | By

It’s a funny thing, writing something for someone. I find that when you are visiting somewhere, an event, a place, with a view to reporting on it, you have a different ‘Worzel Gummidge’ head on. You’re looking for an angle, how you’re going to relate the story, and you almost become an invisible observer, an outsider, dipping your toe into the experience that you...

Ask a Policeman ~ 184

on Sat, Oct 26, 2013 | By

Blade Runner Electricity, we can’t do without it, especially if you want to read The Riders Digest, but it always comes at a price, not just to our pockets, but to the environment too. Over the years I have moved many abnormal loads, I clearly remember one that had to move less than ½ a mile, but due to a weak bridge we had to move it all the way round the M25, it took...

Book Review – Che Sera Sera

on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 | By

On several occasions, I’ve pointed out that even if two motorcyclists travel the exact same route, they won’t have the exact same trip. The bikers will have different adventures, meet different people. Riding Route 66 here in the States might be more than a tad common, but each traveler will have his or her own experience, even if that experience is in the cases of Geoff...

ISSUE 183

on Sat, Oct 5, 2013 | By

Everything is changing here at Digest Towers but if you are used to downloading and reading the PDF version of the magazine fear not it is only a click away. Simply click HERE or on the ‘Issue 183 PDF‘ button at the far right of the bar above and save or open the file from there in exactly the same way you always have. ...

From the Editor ~ 183

on Sat, Oct 5, 2013 | By

Whenever I was writing my editorial for the printed version of The Rider’s Digest, there was always the thought at the back of my mind that quite a few people would be poised above porcelain while they were reading it. This knowledge rarely affected the content but I was always relieved that its pages were much too shiny to make it onto Jumperboy’s list of alternative uses...

In the Saddle ~ 183

on Sat, Oct 5, 2013 | By

Hi Dave, Just a message to say well done with the online version of the Digest, I try to read what I can each month, however, its such a shame that a ‘proper’ magazine cannot be produced, and yes, I realise and appreciate the fact that it’s doubtless too expensive, with considerably more work and risk involved, but it’s so much nicer to sit down with a cuppa...

Riders’ Lives ~ Annie O’Sullivan

on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 | By Dave

1. What was your first motorcycling experience? Well the first time I rode a motorcycle was on the sand dunes in Tramore, Co. Waterford. I spent most of the time driving into them!! At least it was a soft landing! A very nice Welsh man taught me how to ride my TS 185. I bought two of them and made one great bike out of them. I ratted it first then added blue Renthals, the...

Image of the Month ~ 183

on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 | By

CLICK TO ENLARGE Photograph Gary Margerum Built by barons speed shop and ridden home with the record by Peter Allen! The Salt bike was based around a very modified by Baron’s Speed Shop factory metal works duplex pre-unit frame. The Engine a modified 1960 6T (Thunderbird) with 3 piece crank with a special flywheel made from  EN40B steel, Vintage Harman & Collins...

Six & the City ~ 183

Sparky ladies high heeled shoes on a Yamaha tank
on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 | By

Tuesday Confidence is a strange thing. I guess it’s not unlike trust; it can take time to gain it but even just the hint of doubt and it vanishes like the will-o’-the-wisp in the early morning light, fluttering away out of your grasp. And with that thought, I got on the R6 and for the first time in nearly a year set off on a 100 mile commute to an office location that was...