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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bag a Biking Bargain

Welcome folks to my latest blog.

Hope all's well with you and yours.

Included in this newsletter is Motogp and BSB dates for your calendars. Also I'm talking about the effects Brexit may have on us bikers. More dates for your diaries for events in the UK and pictures from Southampton bike meet. The Rats calendar has also been included with lots of other piccies too.

Bag a biking bargain, what's not to love!

So I guess your wondering why I have so many Amazon products down the side of my blog? Well, I am constantly being asked to look up products and thought this has to be the most sensible way forward.

I decided to add the products down the side of the webpage so that you lovely lot and my hubby can just click on the picture and bag a biking bargain, what's not to love!

Often Jeff has said to me can you find a biker product on Amazon and see how much there charging, well, this way if he asks me again the products are all in one place and all that I have to do is click!

Yes I may get a little commission if you do click on the product and eventually buy it but to be totally honest it's not enough for me to give up my day job or retire on! In fact being totally honest again I have never to date made a penny!

Writing on my blog is for pleasure and to keep my typing speed up, that's what I tell myself anyway.

So, bag a biking bargain by clicking on the links if your interested in anything and it will take you direct to Amazon, no fuss, quick and easy and you don't have to search through the mind boggling array of products on offer, only the biker products that you are after, and me, well I wont be asked to trawl the website to find a product because I have already done the work, convenience me thinks!
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Moving on now, at the beginning of the year we went to the Southampton Bike Meet held on the 1st January every year at Southampton City Centre.

The weather was pretty good, cold but dry so the start of our riding year had begun.

What a surprise it turned out to be, loads of bikes and bikers alike all glad to get away from the christmas festivities.

I've included some pictures of some of the bikes for you all to see, definitely worth a visit next year.

Is your bike in any of the pictures, if it is then maybe leave a comment to let other bikers know what the meet was like for you.

This bike really caught my eye. Love the leather seat. ๐Ÿ‘‡

The bike above was also very impressive, very clean, could tell someone had spent hours lovingly caring for it. ๐Ÿ‘†

These bikes below with the heads on the front of the bikes were well different, not sure about the dolly heads though. Bit freaky, maybe that's what the biker has been wanting to achieve. Well, he or she has certainly done that! ๐Ÿ‘‡

It maybe worth putting this bike meet date in your diaries now so as not to miss it this year.

Next up, diary of events for the Solent Rats, a lovely bunch of folk getting out together to ride the UK roads and meet up for a good old chinwag. Hope  you lovely lot like the pictures I have added, some go back to 2016!


Saturday 16th MCN London Motorcycle Show
Join us for a ride up to the London motorcycle show at the Excel. Our trip will begin at the Lysess car park and were have a stopover at the A3 services north of Guildford before continuing up the show at the Excel. The venue provides free undercover parking for motorcycles when we arrive and somewhere to store your kit. Advance tickets are available or you can purchase on the day at the venue. For details go to
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 8.30am depart
Thursday 21st Destination Triumph Season open night
(As copied from the Destination Solent Website)
Triumph will be starting the year by celebrating their most recent releases for 2019 and we can't wait for you to be a part of it. Join us on Thursday 21st February 2019 for this exclusive preview event and prepare to get up close and personal with latest models including the all-new Triumph Speed Twin, Scrambler 1200 range, Street Twin and the Street Scrambler.

Whether you're looking to take over the streets aboard the torque-rich Street Twin or keen to enjoy a ride from the Scrambler 1200 range that boasts category-defining capabilities, the latest range is designed to take your experience to a whole new level.

Book in for a test ride aboard one of these spectacular models and make sure you join us on the night – we look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday 23rd Quiz night
I have arranged a Quiz night at the Locksheath Sports and Social Club, Warsash Road, Fareham PO14 4JX. The evening will start at 7pm – 11pm. The venue has a bar but no food will be available other than light packet snacks. The quizmaster provides an excellent quiz covering a varied range of topics over 5 rounds. Cost will be £5 per person and you can have teams from 4 to 8 members. The venue has a limit on the number of people so to avoid disappointment reserve your place asap by sending me an email.
Meet at the Venue from 7pm

Thursday 14th Pub night “meet and greet”. The Delme Arms pub nr Fareham
Join us for the evening for a pre-season meet and greet and discussion about forthcoming events this year. As usual food will be available (details to follow nearer the time)
Meet at the pub from 7pm (The pub postcode is PO16 8QY)

Sunday 7th Haven Cafe at Mudeford (80 miles)
Easy run down to and across the New Forest, into Christchurch and dropping down to Mudeford for refreshments at the Haven Cafe before returning home later.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9am departure

Sunday 14th (TBC) Lord Mayor of Havant classic vehicle run (80 miles)
Ride to Havant Plaza car park for the annual classic vehicle show of bikes and cars on display. Afterwards we will ride out to Devils Punchbowl Cafe at Hindhead for refreshments.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9.15am departure

Sunday 28th Mystery Ride (105 miles)
First mystery ride planned by our club members. Details will be sent out once planned and meeting place and time will be confirmed. 

Sunday 5th Amberley Classic Motorcycle Show (60 miles)
Join us for a ride to the classic vehicle museum at Amberley to enjoy a gathering of many classic motorcycles and many other site attractions. An entrance fee will apply.
For more details visit:
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9am departure

Sunday 12th Trip to Lulworth Cove (140 miles)
Join us for a ride to this picturesque location on the Dorset coast. On arrival we will park in the main car park where refreshments are available at Finley’s Cafรฉ. For the energetic a 10 minute walk takes you to Lulworth Cove
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9am departure

Sunday 19th  Triumph day at the Sammy Miller Museum (100 miles)
A meet-up for Triumph riders, and all other makes of bike are welcome too of course!
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park Fareham for a 9am departure

Sunday 2nd The Apache Cafรฉ, Middle Wallop (100 miles)
Sunday morning ride to the Wallops stopping off at the Museum of Army flying cafรฉ for refreshments before returning home.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9am departure

Sunday 9th Birling Gap and Seven Sisters (150 miles)
Join us for a ride along the south coast the famous Birling Gap beauty spot just the other side of Brighton. On arrival we will stop at the National Trust cafe at the cliff top for refreshments.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park Fareham for a 9am departure

Friday 21st – Monday 24th Weekend away to the Peak district (630 miles)
We shall be staying at the Premier Inn Macclesfield North. Approximate cost is £350 for the three nights including breakfast and evening meals. The itinery for the weekend is as follows:

Friday 21st ride to Premier Inn Macclesfield North, arriving late afternoon for check in (201 miles)
Saturday 22nd we will ride the Dark Peaks route (116 miles)
Sunday 23rd we will ride the White Peaks route (114 miles)
Monday 24th we will return home following a similar route of Friday but passing through the Cotswolds to arrive home late afternoon (200 miles)

Route maps for the journey and the two days riding will be provided. Full booking details will be sent out on an information sheet.

Sunday 21st Ace Cafe (140 miles)
Join us for a ride to the Ace Cafe for a 70s bike day, where you are going to see a ton of original Japanese, Italian, German and British bikes such as  Z900’s, CB's, Gt's RD's and Bonnie’s, Tridents, Tigers etc.....all the wonderful machines we grew up with.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9am departure

Sunday 28th Horsham, West Sussex (120 miles)
Join us for a ride to Max's Cafe just outside Horsham. An authentic American diner.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9am departure

Sunday 4th Wells, Mendip Hills (180 miles)
Join us for a full days riding to the historic town of Wells, just nestling below the Mendip hills. On arrival were stopover for lunch from one of the many food outlets before returnig home mid afternoon.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 0900am departure

Sunday 11th Treasure Hunt and Sunday Lunch (120 miles)
Something different for the riders. Each rider will have a staggered start to participate in the ride and go off to collect a variety of clues from different locations. A route map will be given to each rider and we will all finish in a country pub for Sunday lunch and prize giving to the winner. An information sheet will be sent out nearer the time with all the ride details.

Sunday 25th Three Hills Ride (140 miles)
This was one of the first rides I did when I became the RATs leader in 2009. Join us for a ride visiting three biker cafes conveniently located on three hills, Portsdown hill, Bury hill, and Box hill. Our meeting place will be not our usual location instead meet at Portsdown Hill Car park opposite the Churchillian Pub (PO6 3LS) where you get a coffee from Micks burger van, before departing at 9am 

Sunday 8th Brighton Burnout (120 miles)
Join us for a ride along the southcoast to Brighton to join in this annual gathering of bikes along Madeira drive on the seafront.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park Fareham for a 9am departure

Sunday 15th Ride around the North Wessex Downs (150 miles)
Join us for a looped ride passing through market towns such as Devizes, Marlborough and Wantage stopping of for refreshments along the way
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park Fareham for a 9am departure

Sunday 29th Sunday Carvery (90 miles)
Join us for a return visit to the Walhampton Arms for a Sundary Carvery. Full details will be sent out nearer the time.
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a TBA departure

Sunday 13th Mystery Ride (150 miles)
If agreed another mystery ride planned by our club members. Further details will be published nearer the time.

Sunday 27th Final Club ride year (120 miles)
Local Hampshire ride to one of our favoured cafes. TBA
Meet at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham for a 9am departure

Thursday 7th Pub night at the Delme Arms
End of season pub night for a review of the year’s events, and Awards night. Food is available;
Meet at the Pub from 7pm

Saturday 14th Xmas Meal at The Brookfield Hotel
Annual end of year Xmas party night at the Brookfield Hotel near Emsworth enjoying a three course meal and disco. The cost is £35 (tbc) per person, and a £10 deposit per person is required to book a place.

Pack Leader Contact Details
Mike Spencer-Hicken – 07757363101 Email –

With the exception of the weekend away in June, any of the above rides maybe subject to change due to any circumstances beyond my control. In the event of any such cancellation prior notice will be given via email.
Please be aware that I reserve the right cancel any ride if there are insufficient numbers of riders on the day.

Busy year for the Rats!

I have included a video of our trip last year to Cantabria, I can remember quite clearly sitting on the back of the bike and videoing this lovely road with twist and bends to die for, Jeff was loving the ride. (Go on click on it, you know you want too!)

Here's the Motogp calendar for the year too.

1QATAR GPLosail International CircuitMarch 10
2ARGENTINA GPTermas de Rio HondoMarch 31
3AMERICAS GPCircuit of the AmericasApril 14
4SPANISH GPCircuito de Jerez-รngel NietoMay 5
5FRENCH GPLe MansMay 19
6ITALIAN GPAutodromo di MugelloJune 2
7CATALUNYA GPCircuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaJune 16
8DUTCH GPTT Circuit AssenJune 30
9GERMAN GPSachsenringJuly 7
10CZECH GPAutomotodrom BrnoAugust 4
11AUSTRIAN GPRed Bull Ring – SpielbergAugust 11
12BRITISH GPSilverstone CircuitAugust 25
13SAN MARINO GPMisano World Circuit Marco SimoncelliSeptember 15
14ARAGON GPMotorLand AragonSeptember 22
15THAI GPChang International CircuitOctober 6
16JAPANESE GPTwin Ring MotegiOctober 20
17AUSTRALIAN GPPhillip Island CircuitOctober 27
18MALAYSIAN GPSepang International CircuitNovember 3
19VALENCIA GPCircuit Ricardo TormoNovember

Thought it would be good to start receiving pictures from you all again. If you go to my Motorbikesandme facebook page you can send me your pics and I will add them to my next blog.

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Now, I have some information to share with you all relating to Brexit which may affect any holidays in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, NOTE: in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

  • The UK government is advising that if you are travelling to the EU after the 29th March 2019 you need to use the passport checker to make sure your passports meet the minimum validity requirement to be able to travel. You need to check the expiry dates on your passports in case you might need to renew any of them.
  • I have included the link for the passport checker below:-
  • If you're driving/riding to the EU you'll be required to hold an International Driving Permit. You can apply for this permit from larger Post Offices from 1st February. The permit costs £5.50. You need to request a driving permit at least a month before your holiday. 
  • You will also be required to hold a green card which is proof that you have UK car/bike insurance, this can be obtained from your Insurance company
Remember that this advice is relevant only in the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Brexit will not affect the ability of ferries to sail between the UK and the rest of Europe. The Government has also set out that it ants to make no changes to passport controls for travel between the UK and the Continent.

It's worth noting, however, that ports are always busier during the holiday season and it's recomended that you arrive in plenty of time for your sailing, like us I'm sure you all ready do that due to the excitement of getting on those roads abroad!

There also saying that it's always a good idea to check with your ferry operator to assess whether delays will be likely.

Will my EHIC be accepted?
  • The one area that will significantly alter, shuld we have a no-deal exit, is our reciprocal health arrangements with Europe. The European Health Insrance Card (EHIC) allows EU citizens to receive state medical care when they are within the EU.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK registered EHICs will no longer be valid, so you won't be able to rely on this, should you suffer an injury or illness when you're away.

If a deal is agreed, there will be a transition period between 29 March 2019 and 31 December 2020, during which time all EU law will continue to apply in the UK. That would mean you'll still be able to use your card.

Well, there we have it as it stands at the moment. Any changes and I will update you through my blog as and when.

I must next wish Valentino Rossi a belated Happy birthday. Saw the pictures from your party, looks like you had a fab time. Now time to concentrate on getting that 10th win me thinks!

Not long now until Motogp begins, if your anything like me your really looking forward to seeing what develops this year!

(Just under!)

This years Motogp teams are as follows:-

Alma Pramac Racing
Jack Miller
Francesco Bagnaia

Aprilla Racing Team Gresini
Andrea Iannone
Aleix Espargaro

LCR Honda
Takaaki Nakagami
Cal Crutchlow

Mission Winnow Ducati
Andrea Dovizioso
Danilo Petrucci

Monster Enery Yamaha Motogp
Maverick Vinales
Valentino Rossi

Petronas Yamah SRT
Favio Quartararo
Franco Morbidelli

Reale Avintia Racing
Karel Abraham
Tito Rabat

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Johann Zarco
Pol Espargaro

Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez
Jorge Lorenzo

Joan Mir
Alex Rins

Red Bull KTM Tech 3
Hafizh Syahrin
Miguel Olveira

Certainly going to miss Bradley Smith, Danni Pedrosa.

This years WSBK Calendar

Round - 1
Yamaha Finance Australian Round
22/24 February

Round - 2
Pirelli Thai Round
15/17 March

Round - 3
Aragon Round
5/7 April

Round - 4
Dutch Round
12 - 14 April

Round - 5
Pirelli Italian Round
10 - 12 May

Round - 6
Acerbis Spanish Round
7/9 June

Round - 7
Pata Riviera Di Rimini Round
21/23 June

Round - 8
UK Round
5/7 July

Round - 9
US Round
12/14 July

Round - 10
Portuguese Round
6/8 September

Round -11
French Round
27-29 September

Round - 12
Motul Argentinean Round
11/13 October

Round - 13
Qatar Round
24/26th October

WSBK Riders this year:-

Jonathan Rea (1)
Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Leon Camier (2)
Mriwaki Althea Honda Team
Honda CBR1000RR

Chaz Davies (7)
Aruba.IT Racing - Ducati
Ducati Panigale V4 R

Sandro Cortese (11)
GRT amah WorldSBK
Yamaha YZF R1

Troy Herfoss (17)
Penrite Honda Racing
Honda CBR1000RR

Alvaro Bautista (19)
Aruba.IT Racing - Ducati
Ducati Panigale V4 R

Michael Ruben (21)
Barni Racing Team
Dcati Panigale V4 R

Alex Lowes (22)
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team
Yamaha YZF R1

Ryuichi Kiyonari (23)
Moriwaki Althea Honda Team
Honda CBR1000RR

Marcus Reiterberger (28)
BMW Motorad WorldSBK Team
BMW S1000 RR

Marco Melandri (33)
GRT Yamaha WorldSBK
Yamaha YZF R1

Leandro Mercado (36)
Orelac Racing Verdnatura
Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Eugene Laverty (50)
Team Goeleven
Ducati Panigale V4 R

Alessandro Delbianco (52)
Althea Mie Racing Team
Honda CBR1000RR

Toprak Razgatlioglu (54)
Turkish Puccetti Racing
Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Michael Van Der Mark (60)
Pata Yamaha WorldSBK Team
Yamaha YZF R1

Tom Sykes (66)
BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team
BMW S1000 RR

Jordi Torres (81)
Team Pedercini Racing
Kawasaki ZX-10RR

Leon Haslam (91)
Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK
Kawasaki ZX-10RR

To end my latest blog here are a few more biker events/dates for your calendar:-

Friday 22nd February

Bike Night Ace Cafe
Performance & Fast Bikes
Stonebridge, London
Entry 6.00pm

Historic Motorsport Show
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry Warks.

Frozen Balls Up
Oddballs MCC, Sleap, Near Wem, Shropshire (07779 866869)

FIM Freestyle Motocross World Championship
Berlin, Germany or

The Overland Event Winter Warmer 2019
Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire, Northants

Saturday 23rd February

Squires Cafe Autojumble
Newthorpe near Sherburn in Elmet, West Yorks
Entry Pitches are £5 each for sellers

No Limits
Snetterton, Norfolk
Entry £69 (01525 877087)

No Limits, Oulton Park, Cheshire
Entry £109 (01525 877087)

Focused Events - 4 days on track
Circuit de Almeria
Entry £489
(01798 812704)

Focused Events - GP Tour: Jerez GP & Almeria Circuit
Circuit de Almeria
Entry £699 (01798 812704)

MSVT General Bike Track Day
Cadwell Park, Lincs
Entry £69

Historic Motorsport Show
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, Warks

Saturday 23rd/24th February
The 39th Carole Nash Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show
The Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Entry Gates open 9.30a both days. Adults one day ticket £13, Children under 15 free. (01507 529529)

Saturday 23rd February

No Limits
Trackday, Mallory Pak, Leics
Entry £79

Book Now
MCN Festival
East of England Arena, Peterborough
May 18/19

Frozen Balls Up
Oddballs MCC, Sleap, Nr Wem, Shopshire (07779 866869)

Squires Cafe Autojumble
Newthorpe, West Yorks

Darwen MC & CC
Calder Head Farm, Cliviger, Lancs

Fell Side AC Limited
The Norther Classic Trial, Wigton and North Lakes, Wigdon,Cumbria

Camborne-Redruth & DMC & LCC
Wheal Buller, Lanner, Redruth,Cornwall

Cabin Dairy Tearooms
High Street, Burnham on Crouch, Essex
(01621 782404)

Yondermann Cafe
Wardlow Mires, Derbys
Open every day from 8am - 3pm
(01928 873056)

Oasis Snack Bar
Monmouth Road, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire
(01873 855375)

Sunday February 24th

No Limits
Brands Hatch Indy, Kent

No Limits
Mallory Park, Leics
£79 (01525 877087)

Historic Motorsport Show (Race Retro Show)
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, Warks

Carole Nash Bristol Classic Motorcycle Show
Bath and West Showground, Somerset

Frozen Balls Up
Oddballs MCC, Sleap, Near Wem, Shropshire

Norfolk&Suffolk Junior MCC Ltd
Great Hockham, Norfolk

Cheshire North West Schoolboys SC
Finingley, Notts

Cambridge Matchless MC
Park Farm, Little Walden, Essex (01223 233092)

Norfolk & Suffolk Junior MCC Ltd
Sunfield Farm, Little Bealings, Suffolk

Eboracum MCC of York
Moor Farm, Ouseburn, Nr York, North Yorks

Horsforth & DMC Ltd
Deer Park, Bingley, West Yorks

Lancs Count MCC
Ivah Allotments, Low Gill, Bentham, Lancs

Richmond Motor Club Ltd
Redmire Road, Wensley, North Yorks

Staffs Moorlads MCC
Buttyfold Farm, Uppet Hulme, Staffs (07855 763943)

Central Wales AC
Liancoch Farm, Llangunllo, Powys (07949 715072)

Leamington Victory MC & LCC
Victory40, Moto Park Ashborne, Warks

Guernsey Motor Cycle & Car Club

Jersey MC

Kingswood MCC Ltd
IRP Bury Hill Lane, Yate, Glucs (01454 325485)

North Berks MCC
Horse & Harrow Pub, W. Hagbourne, Oxon

Pendennis MC & LCC Ltd
United Downs, Redruth, Cornwall

Southampton  DMCC
Hut Hill, Chandlers Ford, Hants

Diss Motorcycle Club Ltd
Thetford Forest, Ride 22, Norfolk

Dorset Enduro
Bovington Training Area

59 Club Day
Ace Cafe, London
9am (020 89611000)

Bike Stop Cafe
104 High Street, Stevenage, Herts
10am - 1pm (01438 317038)

Revved Up Tea Bar
High Street Seafront, Walton on the Naze, Essex
(07947 408542)

Smarden Bell vintage bikes
Bell Lane, Smarden, Kent
(01233 770283)

The Oddballs MCC
The Haygate, Telford, Shropshire

The Square & Compass
Darley Dale, four milesfrom Matlock Bath, Derbys (01629 733255)

TT Pit Stop Super Sausage Cafe
Watling St, Potterspury, Towester, Northants (01908 542964)

Yondermann Cafe
Wardlow Mires, Derbys
Open every day from 8am - 3pm (01298 873056)

Normous Newark Autojumble
Newark Showground, Newark, Notts

The Overland Event Winter Warmer
Chipping Warden, Northamptonshire, Northants

Plenty there for us all to choose from!

Well that's about all I have for you this time. Be sure to bag a biking bargain by clicking on the links, don't forget to update your calendars and remember to keep an eye open for my next blog post.

For now then all that's left for me to say is enjoy your ride and ride safe.

Until next time.