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Next Ride Out. NEC Bike Show 29th November


Hi Chums.  All still Riding?  All getting Wet? Well come and get wet on the next ride out to the Annual Bike Show at the NEC at Birmingham on Sunday the 29th of November.

Hopefully the meeting point will be the Hein Gericke store in Cardiff, for a 9.30am departure. (to be confirmed…) Did you know that 1st Class Rider ‘students’ will get a 20% discount on purchases at Hein Gericke.  Get a voucher from me & Happy Shopping!

This ride out will take us up the A465 to Hereford for a stop at the Golden Arches on the way into Hereford before travelling cross country to Worcester and joining the M5 -M42 for the final run into the NEC.

So come and see whats new in bikes, clothing, kit and all those shiny bits and pieces that you just know you can’t live without. It’s always a great day out.

What’s This Ear?

The up date on the Ear Plugs is that we have managed to get the price down from £99 to £85 and apparently it’s ‘buy one…get one free’.  You buy the left one for £85 and you get the right one for nothing.

The impressions take about 10 minutes to take and the plugs get delivered to your door within approx 10 days.

I have the choice of 2 dates and we will go with the majority so please let me know your preference as soon as possible.  A venue will be set as soon as we can pick a date. The choice is;  Saturday the 21st or Wednesday the 25th of November.

December Ride Out

Our usual Christmas Trip to Bethlehem would be due to be made on the weekend of the 5th of December but unfortunately I can’t make this date.  (This is the date of the Christmas Fayre at the Old School in Bethlehem) and your Christmas cards (1st Class stamped only) will be given the Special ‘Christmas Greetings from Bethlehem’ hand stamp to give your Christmas Cards that special touch. So if anyone wants their cards done then that is the time to go…but you will have to find your own way.  (I’ve heard that following a Star from the East works!)

So as this date is so close to the NEC trip I wanted to do something else a little bit special for Christmas.

It is hoped that I can resurrect or Teddy Bear Run to the Children’s Casualty Unit at the Heath Hospital in Cardiff.  All I would ask is that everyone attending buy a teddy (or 2..0r 3.. or – You can get a bag full of teddys for about a fiver from Ikea)  Big or small it matters not.  It is hoped that we can ride to the Hospital and hand our teddys to the staff to be given out to any child unfortunate enough to find themselves in Hospital over the Christmas period.

It has been proven that if a child becomes attached to a particular toy whilst in hospital it aids the recovery process if that toy can be taken home with the child.  Obviously the NHS can’t fund such a thing so I’m asking you to dig deep and go to the shops to pick your favourite teddy.

So if you haven’t joined us on a ride out yet, or haven’t been for awhile then this could be the one to get you back out on your bike.

The date will be confirmed and for this one I would need to know how many will be joining me so I can let the hospital know, and to make the necessary arrangements.

Come on… you know you want to…..

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  1. Andy,

    Think I’ll meet you at Golden Arches in Hereford (10:30-11ish) as thats about 10miles from home and saves me a Cardiff round-trip … been too long!!


  2. Hi Andy

    Have you fallen out with BMW?
    With the ear molds – do they do the molded ear speakers? (e.g. for an ipod~?
    I have re-bought my lovely RT1100 and added Wilber shocks and HID lights – perfect!



  3. Hi Andy
    Were is the Hein Gericke store?

  4. Hi Andy, Yes still riding but missed a few ride outs due to other commitments. Teddy run sounds good – let me know when. Regards, Martyn

  5. Hi Andy

    Can’t make NEC but would like to do the Teddy run.

    Let me know when.

    What happened to the Stafford show run? was it on/off/on/off…?

    MIke Donovan

  6. I’m up for the teddy run, let me know when

  7. Count me in for the earplug fitting at HG on Sat 21st. What time d’you want us there? Biker Jules

  8. Dont fancy doing the nec run on the bike..what with this weather we’re having at the moment.

    so does anyone know if there are any bus trips going up there from the gwent s.wales area??
    thanks C&D x

  9. Hi Andy, interested in joining you for the trip to the bike show, what time do you estimate arriving there?

    I guesed it would be around 1pm after stopping for coffee / scenic route etc, it would not give us a great deal of time at the show.

    look forward to your comments



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