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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…

Pete Wood`s funeral details

Posted on - June 10th, 2020

John Beckinsale has passed on the details of Peters Funeral details as follows. It is to be held at Blackmore Church on Tuesday the 16th June. Peter is currently in the undertakers in Brentwood and will be brought to Blackmore with a small escort supplied by the British Owners Club Essex. They would like anyone wishing … 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…

Pete Woods RIP

Posted on - June 2nd, 2020

It is with deep regret we report that Pete Woods has passed away and is a sad loss to all,  Peter was a well known and respected member of the Essex motorcycling community for many years, his Blackmore event was very well liked and attended by many, not only from Essex but many from outside the … 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…

My Motorcycling Life Chapter Four by George Smith

Posted on - April 22nd, 2020

My Motorcycling Life Chapter Four by George Smith After having a few ride outs on the Francis Barnett trying to keep up with the bicycles time to go Italian. Browsing a well known auction site a 1979 Moto Guzzi V50 mark 2 popped up. Phoned seller told 14000 miles on clock two owners from new … Read More…

An article from Clyde Cardy

Posted on - April 21st, 2020

     THREE WHEELS ON MY WAGON – ONE TOO FEW OR ONE TOO MANY? My very first wheels were on a solid – tyred tricycle, many more times than second – hand. It had a rod operated front brake, a saddle and not much else but how I loved that little bike. I spent hours … Read More…

My Motorcycling Life Chapter 3 by George Smith

Posted on - April 15th, 2020

Sure some of you had more interesting motorcycling stories than me. Help to pass the lockdown away tell us your tales must be some, grass track, road racing, trials or motorcycle road trips. My Motorcycling Life Chapter Three No interesting motorbike story’s in the 1980s. Thanks to Margaret Thatcher and double digit mortgage rates my … Read More…

My Motorcycling Life Pt 2 from George Smith

Posted on - April 9th, 2020

My Motorcycling life Part 2 After posting last email I realised that being a recent member to Essex section not many would know who I am. Mug shot added. VMCC Brough, photo taken at Curborough training day Thought I would go back to when I was sixteen, the most exciting age for many of us. … Read More…

My Motorcycling Life from George Smith

Posted on - April 9th, 2020

Hello everyone. In these days of isolation for most of us I thought I would write an history of my motorcycling life and perhaps entertain you with my memories. Links added for more information. Your comments and memories are welcome, treat as an online club night. All replies to Bill Cullen and he will share … Read More…

IMPORTANT NOTICE ALL ESSEX SECTION VMCC MEETINGS AND RUNS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Posted on - March 17th, 2020

Secretary`s Updates for March

Posted on - February 29th, 2020

Wednesday 11th March Club night will see the sections annual Auction night. Please bring along items for the Auction, they do not have to be Motorcycle related. 10% goes to clubs funds. Dudley Woods will be the Auctioneer for the evening. Sunday 15th March. Cobwebs Run Paul & Pauline were due to lead this run … Read More…