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Monthly Archives: March 2012

In our time at Kirkleatham the staff at the museum has been very helpful and supportive with what we have been trying to achieve. In the photograph Karen presents a ‘Certificate of Appreciation to Bryn, Laura Jane and Joanne.

Thanks very much guys.

Tillston Motorcycles are fantastic sponsors of the Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group. Nothing has ever been a trouble to them and it is fitting that they are recipients of a ‘Certificate of Appreciation’.

The Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group are very proud of their partnership with Peter and the gang.

The photo below shows James receiving the Certificate from Brian.

The song by the Proclaimers, ‘I’m gonna walk 500 miles’ lends itself very nicely to a signature tune for this Group and indeed the 500 mile Challenge. By changing a few words it ‘fits like a glove’.

The Group have been in touch with the manager of the Proclaimers Kenny MacDonald who has been great and very helpful.
At first all that was wanted was to change  the words walk to ride or riding depending on the verse and altholugh it was great to see the enthusiasm by everyone wanting to have all sorts of lyrics, unfortunately that is not what the original agreement allowed.
In my dealings with the song licence people they asked for a copy of our lyrics and I was about to send them the changes that had been agreed when I received an email from a member who had made some very good changes which I thought were excellent.
I was so impressed with the lyrics that I re-contacted the Proclaimers and sent them a copy because I was now going outside of the original agreement and did not want to create problems.
I have just received an email from the guys manager Kenny and the changes are to be allowed and they wish us well.
In the meantime Paul our chairman has enlisted the help of a Group who are recording these new lyrics to see what we think.
When we have a copy of the song and if it is what we want and having listened to this Groups work I can’t see any reason why it will not, we will be meeting with the Air Ambulance and Zoë’s to see if we can sort a video. As a taster this is the lads themselves performing the song at;


It has become very obvious  that organisations and individuals contribute greatly to our aims of raising sponsorship for our two nominated charities, The Great North Air Ambulance and Zoe’s Baby Hospice.

The generosity of these individuals is not  confined to solely providing finance but also giving ‘time’ and providing ‘facilities’ and without such help we would find it a lot harder to achieve our goals.

As a result of this fantastic support, it has been decided that the Group will present ‘Certificates of Appreciation’. The certificates like the one shown below  for the 2011 ‘Santa Ride’ are signed by the Chairman of the Hospice and the Chairman of our Group.

We will also be introducing like certificates for the Great North Air Ambulance events to be held during 2012.Over the next few weeks we will be delivering these ‘framed certificates’ and if possible taking a photo.

The first presentation took place on Thursday 8th March 2012 when our Chairman Paul Joyce presented Dani, the manager of Lillie’s Cafe with her certificate and heartfelt thanks to all the staff for their continued support.


Breathalysers in France

Breathalysers inFrance

From 1st July drivers of all motor vehicles inFrance, including motorcyclists, will be required by law to carry a breathalyser kit onboard when travelling inFrance, including touring

The measure is being introduced so motorists can ‘self-test’ to ensure they’re under the French drink-drive limit of 50mg per 100ml of blood – lower than the UK’s limit of 80mg per 100ml.

Failing to carry the breathalyser could result in a €11 fine (£9-ish).

Single-use breathalyser kits will satisfy the requirement and they cost up to £2 and will be available at ferry and tunnel terminals for crossings toFrance. But the Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) is advising all road users travelling in France to have at least two breathalysers at all times, so that if one is used you still have one to produce for the police if you are stopped. Not sure we’d rely on the kits being available at the borders, and there are products available in theUKwhich are approved by the French authorities. Do an online search on ‘breathalysers’ and you’ll get plenty of results.

IAM director Neil Greig said: “The new French rule is a genuine attempt to reduce the number of alcohol related-accidents.France’s lower limit means it’s very easy to be over the limit the morning after as well. As always, the best advice for road users is not to drink and drive at all.”

The new laws won’t be enforced until 1st November 2012, to give motorists time to comply.

Bike Insurance

Statistics illustrate that the motorcyclists are around 30% more likely to be involved in an accident than other road users. From this we see the real necessity of motorbike insurance.

Shopping around is very important when dealing with insurance in general, and this remains the case for motorcycle insurance.

You should have a look at a variety of policies, and consider some the range available. You will find that some policies offered by a few insurance companies can be very convenient, such as ‘multi-bike’ and ‘six wheels’ policies where you can insure more than one bike, and a bike and a car respectively.

Experience plays a pivotal role in determining an insurance premium, which has consistently been an issue for younger drivers. Typically most insurers will want details such as the driver’s age, riding experience and place of residence.


Location is another variable which is always taken into account – often contentiously. Companies will certainly check driving records too.


Specific to the bike, the insurer will need to know the model as well as any modifications that may have been made. In the past there have been policies made where someone hasn’t declared what they should have in order to keep a policy as cheap as possible. These cases often end up being more deservedly expensive than anticipated as if you are involved in an accident and your insurer find that your bike doesn’t fit the description such as having unreported modifications, the accident claim will not be paid.

 Another issue that will influence a policy is the purpose of the bike, and how often it will be driven. Logically, the more often it is driven the more likely an accident is.



Finally, vehicle storage will be taken into account. If a bike is going to be kept in a secure garage it will obviously be less prone to theft when compared to a motorbike parked on the street. All these, and no doubt more can have a huge impact on the price of bike insurance so it is certainly worth bearing them in mind.



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A big thanks to Allan Robinson who has sourced us a brand new Flymo Micro Lite lawnmower to Raffle. Tickets are priced at a £1 each and are available at our Tuesday night meets, Kirkleatham Hall starting Tuesday 6th March 2012. We will run the raffle for four weeks then donate the money raised to The Great North Air Ambulance.


Now that winter is behind us (fingers crossed) we will be returning to Lillie’s Cafe for our weekly meets. This year we will be returning to our original meeting night and that is TUESDAY starting on 6th March 2012. The Group meet from 5pm – 9pm.

Lillies Cafe is located next to the pavilion at Kirkleatham Hall. If you are arriving by car please park in the main car park and walk to the cafe. If you are arriving by bike (or a disabled driver) then you can use the access road which allows you to park next to the cafe.

Danny and the girls at the cafe will be pleased to see you. Here are some photos and articles which give you an insight into the place.

At Lillies ask for a Boundary tea or coffee and that will cost you a pound. 30 pence of this is shared between the Great North Air Ambulance and Zoes Baby Hospice. In nine months sales of the drinks and latterly the pork pies raised nearly one thousand pounds. The Boundary tea and coffee is available whenever the cafe is open and at the present time that is every day except Monday when it is closed. Look forward to seeing you there.

The Kawasaki W800 because of those retro looks awakens those memories of the old British Bike, but this time there is a distinct lack of oil leaks and its as smooth as a babies bum.

The two biggest updates to the Kawasaki W800 are the growth in capacity and switch to fuel injection. The Kawasaki W800’s five-mill overbore takes it up from 676cc to 773cc, and is pleasantly brisk enough for this kind of bike and happy to cruise along at 80-90.

The Kawasaki W800’s new fuel-injection helps in this and is faultless: crisp, instant throttle response with nary a glitch or hiccup anywhere in its revs.

Overall, though, the new W800’s performance is not just adequate, it’s amazingly user-friendly both for retro fans and novices alike.

The Kawasaki W800’s handling compliments that perfectly. Its old school, upright riding position, cute, slim proportions and wide-ish bars blend seamlessly with the responsive but soft delivery to make the W800 ridiculously easy to just get on and ride.

The old W650 was generally considered an authentic and classily-detailed ‘reproduction’ thanks to its great-looking engine, alloy-rimmed wire wheels, proper chrome mudguards, retro-style twin dials, kickstart, knee pads etc. But the new Kawasaki W800 takes things up another level. There’s a new, more ‘ribbed’ seat and lower handlebars.

The engine’s cylinders, rear hub/drum and fork sliders are now alloy finished instead of black and there are new, improved mirrors, exhaust heat shields, a different tank badge and more. It all adds up to a gorgeously – yes really – complete and authentic machine which is simply leagues above, say, Triumph’s Bonneville.

The Kawasaki W800 doesn’t just have the authentic specification, it’s beautifully and classily done, too: the two-tone paint is deep, the chrome good, the alloy finishes beautiful. It’s too early to pronounce on reliability yet, but on the strength of how it’s built and put together the W800 is a pretty classy act.

By modern standards, the performance feels distinctly retro too, but in a good way, as the W800 purrs along. The sound is friendly and mellow and the engine pulls well enough not to feel breathless, as the W650 could, aided by plenty of torque at low revs, down to 2,500rpm.

There’s enough thrust to make back roads interesting, while on motorways you can keep pace with faster traffic regardless of wind direction or topography. This sort of use brings the economy down to 45mpg, meaning a range of only 140 miles because the tank holds just 3.1 gallons.Back off the power and things improve, with up to 55mpg and a 170-mile range.

The handling is easy-going, with a pleasingly neutral feel and no nervousness, ideal for swinging through country bends. The set-up is quite soft, more so than the Bonneville, but it’s not bouncy and remains controllable.

Model tested: Kawasaki W800
Engine: parallel twin, air cooled, sohc 8v, 773cc
Power: 70bhp (71PS, 52kW @ n/a rpm
Torque: 44lb.ft (6.1kgm, 60Nm) @ 2,500rpm
Economy: 55mpg (19.5km/l, 5.14l/100km, 45.8mpg US)
Tank/Range: 3.1 gallons (14 litres) / 170 miles
Transmission: Five gears, wet multi-plate clutch, chain final drive
Chassis: steel double cradle
Seat height: 31.1in (790mm)
Wheelbase: 57.7in (1465mm)
Rake/trail: 27°/4.25in (108mm)
Weight: 476lb (216kg) kerb


So if you want to know anything more pop into Tillo’s at Stockton and speak to Steve. Don’t forget to mention the Boundary. There is also a report on You Tube at;

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