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Social Runs

Posted on - April 26th, 2021

The social run groups of 6 are all fully booked for 28th April. Date for the next run will be decided shortly and further details will be posted.

Update from the Secretary Geof Maycock

Posted on - April 26th, 2021

Club Nights will re-commence at the Bell starting from May 12th outside only June 9th outside only July 14th as normal with no restrictions Subsequent Club Nights 2nd Wednesday of each month All above subject to Covid Restrictions at the time

Update from the Secretary Bill Cullen

Posted on - January 4th, 2021

On December 8th an email was sent out along with a Facebook page on the section site, unfortunately there was no response with regards to a section member stepping forward to fill the post of section Secretary.. The committee would advise that under the VMCC Constitutional Bye Laws it is mandatory for the Essex section … Read More…


Posted on - December 19th, 2020

Due to the current restrictions with the Covid 19 Pandemic regretfully our New Years Day Run has been cancelled.

December Newsletter from Secretary Bill Cullen

Posted on - December 8th, 2020

Good afternoon all. As this unprecedented year is drawing to a close we can at least have some positivity byway of the news that the vaccine is now rolling out to the most vulnerable. Although I suspect we will still have to wait several months before resuming normal(whatever that will be) in 2021. You will be aware that I put … Read More…

Section News from the Secretary Bill Cullen

Posted on - September 23rd, 2020

Good afternoon all Well what a disappointing year this has been for section runs/club nights etc all being cancelled, but I am sure you will join me in thanking those members that have at least put some runs together under the very trying COVID-19 rules, and as you would have seen Steve Back & John Ruth have … Read More…

Update from the Secretary Bill Cullen

Posted on - September 23rd, 2020

Good afternoon all New run for 200cc capacity Bikes. I am pleased to advise that Steve Back & John Ruth are leading a run for bikes of 200cc capacity. This will take place on Wednesday 30th September from Writtle Green Car Park, 9.30 for 10 starts.The run will be around 35 miles long.Please note to … Read More…

Update from Secretary Bill Cullen

Posted on - September 5th, 2020

Good afternoon all I am pleased to advise that your committee members are holding another set of 3 runs on Sunday 13th September To conform to the covid-19 regulation these will be made up of 6 riders per run, 1 Leader & 5 riders, the end venue will be at the Battlesbridge Motorcycle Museum where allocated … Read More…

Update from the Secretary Bill Cullen

Posted on - August 25th, 2020

Good afternoon all Sunday runs were a great success, thanks to the run leaders and of course those section members taking part. Unfortunately Peter Popham suffered a front tyre blow out which caused him to come off his bike, thankfully he suffered minor cuts & bruises and small amount of damage to the bike & Jacket. He … Read More…

Update from the secretary Bill Cullen re Social Run

Posted on - August 5th, 2020

Good afternoon all I hope you are all well and staying safe. The section committee held a meeting on the 28th July to discuss the present situation with the VMCC & COVID-19 restrictions relating to holding group section runs. After a considerable discussion in which the present COVID-19 rules & regulations being applied under the  guidance of … Read More…

What is the difference between tubed and tubeless tyres

Posted on - June 10th, 2020

Hi I have been worried why my tubed tyres always lost pressure over a few weeks and have found this article from Bennetts insurance which would seem to explain why modern tubes leak a bit of air. Years ago tubed tyres would keep their pressure for months or years – many barn finds still had … Read More…

Brian Irwin`s Motobi

Posted on - May 31st, 2020

Hello Bill, sorry I have not replied sooner. Attached are pictures of the Motobi before and as it looks when assembled. I had intended to get it on the road this year for some runs but other things have got in the way. I have managed to get it registered with the DVLA so it … Read More…

R 69 S Jim Patten

Posted on - May 31st, 2020

Bought from the archivist of Jaguar Cars, a keen BMW man. He’d owned it for 25-years after sourcing it from California. Lovely oil rag condition. Somehow I slipped into ownership and would have been happy riding it as it was. But then somebody mentioned the dreaded oil-slingers to me. Apparently these need cleaning at around … Read More…

I want to tell you a story by Dave Bradley

Posted on - May 29th, 2020

During 1965 I built my first sidecar outfit and started racing in 1966. For the following year I decided to build an improved outfit, see photo taken at Castle Coombe, leading the pack into the right hand turn at the end of the main straight. The outfit was powered by a pre unit 650cc Triumph … Read More…

My Motorcycling Life Chapter 7 by George Smith

Posted on - May 29th, 2020

My Motorcycling Life Chapter 7 By George Smith As mentioned in previous chapter I had begun to be interested in Moto Guzzi lightweight motorcycles and was looking for another project. I found advertised a 1958 73cc two stroke Cardinello. After contacting buyer he explained that he lived in France and makes trips to Italy searching … Read More…

Memories of the War and VE Day by Alan Matthews

Posted on - May 10th, 2020

Memories when from when one is very young, certainly in my case, tend to be like still photographs. One clear picture I have, is walking up the path in 1939, to our front door and my Mother saying “ I wonder if it has come” and picking up an envelope. My Father was on reserve … Read More…

My Motorcycling Life Chapter 6 by George Smith

Posted on - May 9th, 2020

As the Moto Guzzi 1000s Was now in good running order time to Start on my 1994 Moto Guzzi 750 Nevada project. As mentioned in the last chapter this was a cheap purchase with a dodgy stalled restoration. Delivered to me with parts loosely bolted on it soon became obvious that a full strip down … Read More…

My Motorcycling Life chapter 5 by George Smith

Posted on - April 30th, 2020

My Motorcycling Life Chapter Five by George Smith Chapter four ended after having an enjoyable summer riding the Ariel Golden Arrow and thinking about adding a Moto Guzzi. No hurry, spent time looking at various bikes when I noticed on eBay a 1994 Moto Guzzi Nevada 750cc  failed restoration showing no bids. Later model than … Read More…

Honda CX 500 follow up from David Bradley

Posted on - April 28th, 2020

Noisy CX500 follow up As a follow on from my Noisy  CX500 write up I have added a few more photo’s of the strip down and fixes. The early CX’s were at the fore front of fitting disc brakes to road going motorcycles and as such any improvements over twin leading shoe drum brakes was … Read More…

Article from David Bradley Honda CX 500 Cam Chain

Posted on - April 28th, 2020

Noisy Honda CX500 – It must be the cam chain then! In February1978 Honda began selling the CX500 in the UK. My local dealer had two available and I bought the first CX he sold. So mine is from the first batch and was registered on 14th February 1978. Now these first CX’s had some … Read More…