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Andy Smith is a former Police Motorcyclist with years of experience in motorcycle training at all levels. He offers training through 1stClassRider.co.uk, and ride outs through his newsletter blog right here. To contact Andy click here.

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Just Some Stuff….

I’d like to give all of you who attended the ride out yesterday a big, THANK YOU.

You donated a total of £67 yesterday which today I handed to the NSCPCC in Cardiff.

That brings the total raised since the start of the year to over £320. That is fantastic. Thanks once again.

The Ride Out yesterday took us over 300 miles on some fab mountain roads to Glorious North Wales. Sunshine, good food, good company, great day out.

The next Ride Out will be a Bristol Mottorrad affair. Martin the dealership Manager at Bristol has been too tied up to join us on previous rides so for next month he has decided to arrange the ride out himself to make up for his absence. (A day off for me then eh?) Well at least I can perhaps have a go as tail ender for a change.

As soon as I get details from Will at the Bristol dealership I’ll post them and let you know ‘Wos Occurring’… ‘I won’t lie to you’…

No, not a show for ‘Welsh’ Bikes but a Bike Show in Wales. Welsh bikes…now there’s a thought. What would the Welsh invent. We could have the Dai Ville, or the Hiya Butty…… Yes I’m waiting for your comments and suggestions. I may even give a prize for the best name for a ‘Welsh Bike’.

I know you won’t let me down.

Any way, The Welsh Bike Show.

This is taking place at the Royal Welsh Show Ground at Builth Wells from 23rd of May until the 26th.

It is a combined Camping, Social, Looking at bikes, Drinking and Falling over type of weekend event but is worth a visit.

A long Weekend ticket costs £35 (which includes camping- Camping as in a Tent, not walking around with your hand on your hips dressed in leather).

Day tickets are £10. (You can still walk around with your hand on your hips….for just a tenner!)

Just a word of warning for anyone thinking of going. On previous years there has been a heavy Police presence on the approach routes, accompanied by Officials from the DVLA, checking bike tax etc.

As you may (or may not) know the Police now frequently use the ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) technology which will scan your plate as you pass and anything that is amiss will set it off. i.e not tax, no insurance, stolen etc. etc. resulting in you getting pulled in just down the road.

So if you’ve had your bike nicked this is a good thing…… but if you are still waiting to re-new your tax or insurance then you won’t like it much…. so be warned.

There are lots of trade stalls which sell bike gear at very reasonable prices so if you are looking to get some gear sorted out, or have just started riding and want to get some stuff together it’s worth a visit.

Or if like Rob in Bristol…..want a cheap waterproof replacement for a pair of Gold Plated, All Singing, All Dancing, All Leaking pair of BMW boots then have a look in the ‘Boots Bargain Bucket’.

As usual I handed out copies of this Free Motorcycle Monthly yesterday. Have a read. There are competitions to win a new bike, head to toe gear and much more.

I’ve still got a few copies left if anyone wants one.

So if you want next months edition join us on a ride out.

All are welcome


This is fast approaching and takes place over the first weekend in July. Watch out for a Blog update on info if you are planing a trip across The Chanel to go to the show.

That’s it for now. Keep your comments coming.

Thanks again.

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  1. Oops … you haven’t heard then …

    The combination of the DyfedPowys Police Force and the management company of the Builth Wells Show Site have decided that due to “intelligence” available to the local force, which leads them to conclude that UK bike shows might be a possible opportunity for retribution within the biking community for the M40 death earlier this year … the show has been cancelled!

    This was done without consultation with the show management company/team and as I understand it, they are now seeking legal counsel as to whether the two parties involved should be prusued for defrayed costs.

    Seems farcical to me … sounds much more like the local force found a convenient way out of some expense of policing the area over a busy weekend, then again given the mis-management locally of roas surrounding the show ground (even this weekend!), I shouldn’t be surprised!

    Apparently, other bigger shows, including the Bulldog Bash are under similar serious threat.

    See http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/mid_/7400748.stm and http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/mid_/7402350.stm and finally categoric word from the organisers … http://www.welshmotorcycleshows.co.uk/

    Otherwise, Andy, thanks for a great rideout, forgotten how nice the coast road was, pity about the bl**dy car drivers everywhere, but can’t be helped …


  2. Cheers Craig.

    After I put out the blog I found out that the show is not on.

    Now Rob will have to go to Lidl for a pair of quality bike boots!


  3. Andy,firstly thanks for a great day out yesturday.
    How you arranged the authentic 20 degree drop in temperature north of Merthyr was really impressive.
    And it doesnt matter where the trips are going in future just so long as they involve a good story and that huge lump of rock thay you keep shifting around the country on our behalf.
    Now here’s a thought a DUELFUEL Dai Ville or Hiya Butty ……. …

  4. Anthracite … diesel … only a few steps away from one another on the refiners scale … ahh, but we’ve been down that road this weekend already 😉

    Anyway, don’t give the Gov any ideas, they’ve already taxed the hell out of fuel …

    So, I vote for the rideout from Bristol to be to Stonehenge and we’ll all play hunt the rock, thats unless Andy’s re-patriated the stones before then …

  5. Stonehenge!! Of Course. I hadn’t thought of that one. Especially as no one knows why it was built we can make anything up!

  6. Apparently, rumour has it that a bit like the Thames … its the site of a huge extinct whirlpool … or so Andy will tell you!

    Anyway, you’ll need a JCB rather than a small ditching shovel this time 😉

  7. I know! lets take the entire cannine cast of this years crufts and bury them all under stonehenge – now theres some real English side oneupmanship never mind FA cup wins

  8. Heres a welsh bike – you know like deauville – paneuropean well hows this – A Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
    (mmmmm Now theres a Rideout Andy and a whole railway station to shift)

  9. Hi Andy

    sorry couldnt make the ride-out – i usually at least make half of it at least until u all leave me behind on the fat beemers whilst im still scared of the valve opening at 12000 and the r6 decides to go warp speed – had family around -ironically heard u all go past!!



    p.s. defo make the next one particularly as Martin will be interviewing for the new dealership shops lol

  10. Andy … bring it back!




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