Friday, November 4, 2016



Pressure on my time has meant I've not been able to keep up with the news recently but hopefully I'll be able to get back on top of things now that Winter's almost here.
 
An important and exciting bit of news this - The Airhead is going to the June Colombres Rally next year. Peter Dutton has put together a superb package including hotels, four days on the rally and a few extra days in beautiful ...

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Roger Anderson  says
28.12.16 12:06

Please send me details of the rally when you have them.I would like to put my name down to go on the rally, Regards Roger

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Albert Connick  says
01.01.17 15:23

Hi Roger,
I would very much like more information on the rally Colombres 2017.
Regards,
Albert Connick.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016



 
 
The BMWAF had its first ever stand at the Fenman's Show near King's Lynn - and won Best Club Stand in Show!!!! We had a nice new tent and display flags; we had a range of bikes from 1939 to 1990 and we had superb weather. But... and it's a big BUT...... the Show organisers made it very clear that we won the award because of the people who manned the Stand. The Judges came ...

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016



A lot of members have been asking if they can be put in touch with people who live in their area/  have similar models/ would like a ride out /could advise on mechanical problems etc etc. It's a brilliant idea and something which is now possible simply and without impinging on those who prefer anonymity.
 
William Dudley Jnr, one of our American members, has kindly adpated some sofware that will enable us to do exactly this. ...

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016



The End to End is over! It was a fantastic success and there will be a full report in the next issue of The Airhead. I'l be adding photos shortly but not everyone is home yet and I haven't had chance to take the pics off my camera. Despite sat nav problems and a couple of punctures the trip was a great success and it was fantastic to see large numbers of Airheads on the ...

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Bill  says
13.07.16 21:41

Hello Peter,
Many thanks for all your efforts in organising the event, I enjoyed it so much!
I knew a couple of the riders from previous times and places, but most of us started as strangers to each other and we all finished as friends. The camaraderie amongst motorcyclists is well known but this trip for me was very special.

When I decided to have a try at covering the run, it was not without a fair degree of trepidation. It was wintertime, some health issues and even the cost for a octogenarian pensioner travelling solo created a fair degree of anxiety and apprehension.

In finality I arrived home after more than 2000 miles with a sense of high achievement and some wonderful memories of the generosity of others I met along the route.

The new to me 1981 R65LS on which I had only covered short rides till then performed magnificently and did everything required without fuss. I surprised myself at covering the final 420 plus miles to home on the last day with a feeling of I could have done it all again.
As my children used to say "Where are we going to next?"

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016



We're leaving Bristol central Travelodge at 9.30 on the second stage of our End to End run. Anyone wanting to join in with us at Bristol should go to the APCOA car park which is next to the Travelodge. I'm assured that you won't be charged!
 
See you there,
Peter

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Frank Hunsperger  says
04.07.16 09:44

Peter, do you have any idea yet where you will be stopping for lunch on Wednesday?

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John Burr  says
06.07.16 12:50

Hi Peter, you remember I had to cancel the trip,well over the time until the 4th I contemplated if I could get a neighbour to look after my good lady for a day I could surprise you by going for a day. My plan was to meet you at the Wirral and do the journey to the lakes.however the best laid plans by mice & men it was yesterday morning I turned up at Bristol leaving Alrewas at 6am giving as I thought plenty time to get breakfast a wash and brush up and be on my way to Welshpool and back down the A5 for home.
Well I got pushed off the A38 lane on one roundabout with the rush to get to work traffic I got lost by asking for where's my best way to get to the travel lodge e nd ing up at the Pemier Inn and of course by this time it was 9.45 so thinking you would all be on your way I will head back for the M4 and see if I can glimpse a few of you on the A449 on your way to the Raglan but no sign of Beemers anywhere until going on my way there was a hold up thinking it was possibly temporary traffic lights but no, an accident, praying it wasn't any of the BMs, well I sat and sat with my bike ticking over when alongside me came BILL ON HIS BMW, NAN36 X which I was very pleased to see , I asked him if he was the leader of the group, no he said there's some at the back of this queue and the others must be ahead, Bill went up to see what damage and must have spoken nicely to the police and waved to me that we could proceed but keep to the left, I was getting quite worried that I had left my bike ticking over to long and was very relieved to be on my way and follow NAN36x until it pulled in at a parking area and had a very welcome break of tea and cream scones and introduce ourselves with BILL treating me and then seeing that I was safely on my way. I told Bill I had to fuel up and didn't think he would be long in catching up with me as he is avery formidable rider as I had a job to keep up at times but I'm sure he kept me in his sights most of the time I followed him. You might give him a big thank you from me as I felt so guilty of not seeing him as the intention was to part company at Welshpool with a firm handshake.
My days run would have have been best described as the Lone Ranger until BILL came to my rescue of an old man and an old bike but looking at the good old bike doing over 270 miles in one day a. Couple of stops for fuel plus a lunch stop nearly none stop driving where today can you get quality build quality design that can match an 1958 R50.
Really sorry couldn't do the whole trip.
JB.


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Bill  says
07.07.16 12:44

Hello John,

Thank you for your kind comments, I was really pleased to see another rider on the day.

I made the usual error of putting a way point in my Garmin on the wrong carriageway in the middle of the Severn Bridge!
Happily it's free for motorcycles so my 3 trips over the bridge didn't cause any pocket pain. Note to self "must take more care in planning".
Many thanks for your company during our trip together and I hope to meet up with you again.
Please pass on my regards to your wife.

Kind regards,
Bill

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016



Last night I got the disappointing news that one of our riders has had to drop out for personal reasons. He's paid in full and accepts that the money is lost. but I don't want it to be. Is there anyone out there willing to come and take his place? July 4 - 10. Details are on the website or you can contact me at editor.theairhead@gmail.com

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Monday, April 25, 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 ...

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Bill  says
26.04.16 07:33

Hi Peter,
Thanks for your dedication to the BMWAF, giving up your time over the weekend to man the stand at Stafford, it was nice meeting up with again. Thanks also for the good supply of flyers which will be used over the coming months.
Regards,
Bill Smithson.

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Friday, April 15, 2016



The Airhead is now in the marvellous position where, because our members are being so great in sending us articles, we could produce 12 x 30+ pages issues every year. That's not bad going considering that when it started last April we envisaged just 4 x 8 page issues every year!
 
The downside is that the workload is getting too much for just me. I simply can't do all that I need to do promoting and ...

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Sunday, March 20, 2016



Due to an unfortunate and unavoidable cancellation we've now got a vacancy on the End to End run in July.
 
The member who can't make it had opted for single occupancy but the good news is that in all the hotels except John O'Groats he was staying in either a double or a twin room. And at the moment John O'Groats is able to change his single room to a double, if anyone should want it ...

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Friday, March 18, 2016



Thanks to being alerted to this show by one of our members, I'm delighted to say we will have a stand at the Leicester Racecourse Vintage Show on June 28. I'd like to have half a dozen bikes on display (under cover in an events shelter) so I'm looking for volunteers please.
 
Drop me an email or ring me on 01673 844519 if you can loan us your bike for the day.
 
Thanks,
Peter

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