Monthly Archives: APRIL 2016
Although we couldn't get a full stand at the Stafford Show this year, Motorworks were their usual helpful selves and invited us to squeeze on to their stand to hand out leaflets. It was all a bit 'cosy' but then we realised that a nearby standholder had not turned up so we sneaked into their vacant place and everyone could breathe much more freely. It was all a bit frustrating because had we known the space was empty we could have taken our full display plus a couple of bikes and put on a really good show.
That said, and despite the ugly bloke on the Stand, interest in what we're doing was high and we've got a useful number of new members, with others joining up on-line daily. I want to offer a warm welcome to all new members and repeat what I said on the Stand - we are here for you and want you to enjoy your experience with us. Don't be afraid to give feedback or suggestions on how we can do things better - the BMWAF will grow in whatever direction you and the other members want us to go.
I'm Peter Ardron, British, and if my Father had had his way I would have been reared on oil, not milk. My dad rode Speedway and was obsessed with all types of motorbikes. He made me my first motorbike almost as soon as I could ride without stabilizers. Surprisingly I only ever broke a collar bone once whilst careering around the farm on a bike (often without brakes) throughout my childhood and teens.
Father also believed you weren't a real man unless you could strip and rebuild an engine at the roadside. Even as a young kid I often had to 'earn' my spending money by diagnosing faults he'd deliberately built into engines, or by stripping carbs, re-timing ignitions etc etc.
I loved it, but my wife says it's the reason I turned out so bloody odd!
I've been addicted to Airheads since my early teens and, though I've owned and loved K's, and had one or two other makes, there's rarely been a time in the past 40 years that I've not had an Airhead in the garage.
I started 'The Airhead' ezine because I think the provision for classic BMW riders in the U.K. is awful. There are thousands on the roads but no-one seems interested in catering for them.
So on the basis that, if others won't do it for us ,we'll just have to do it it for ourselves, 'The Airhead' was born!