We are back – for the second time!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2012 from all at the FELLS.

What a long wait you have had for any updates!! Sorry about that as it was originally going to be for only a short time (to prove a certain point). Having fulfilled its purpose, I then had so many things going on that I didn’t really have the time to spare.

However, the time is right and so I will try to maintain our record of riding for this coming year. In addition, I will work on catching up on last year’s reports, even if they will be a little shorter than normal.

Events over last year have had a remarkable effect on our outlook to riding. Let me explain. For five years I was involved with serving on one or another HOG chapter committee, and as such felt that I should support as many of their events as possible. It was only when this stopped last year, that I realised just how much of my time had been used, and that I had almost totally ignored my other interests and hobbies. At the same time, I always said that ride-outs were of more interest to me than rallies because I could do more of them for the same cash outlay! During last year, all of that changed! Yvonne was, and still is, adament that she would not do anything with one chapter, and this obviously had a big effect on seeing lots of friends that she had made within its membership. Fortunately, although we had been away for nearly two years, Sherwood members quickly made her very welcome, as will be seen later.

Being free and without obligations, we were able to pick and choose what to do, and it soon became apparent that spending time socialising away with biker friends was becoming a higher priority that just riding. After all, I ride the bikes most of the time and it is not as if I have to do ride-outs to get my riding ‘fix’! As a consequence, I thought I had cut down quite a lot last year (many fewer ride-outs), but when I checked the odometer after the RTTW ride on the 1st October, I was amazed to see that we had done 9,000 miles since picking up the Electra Glide on the 10th February. Add the Road King mileage and we are still around the 15,000 miles per annum!

A flavour of what we did last year includes:-
* Benelux rally in Holland.
* British MotoGP at Silverstone.
* Thigh Slappin’ weekend near Blackpool.
* Primary school fete at Woodhall Spa.
* Hoggin the Beaver charity rally.
* Saltburn ride-out.
* Shropshire ride-out.
* Bulldog Bash rally (Andy).
* Old Vic (Coalville) charity run.
* Thunder in the Glens rally.
* Twinning rally with Opel Shore Chapter, France.
* Ride to the Wall (RTTW IV).
* Bike changes (Andy).
I will try to do a report of each of these above, but not for other short rides with friends (Harley’s Diner etc.) and Lincolnshire Bike Nights (LBN).

We are already committed to the following trips this year (2012): a) Northumberland weekend, b) Harley & Wine rally in Germany, c) Faaker See International rally and tour to Austria, d) The Legend rally (Sherwood) and d) Opel Shore rally weekend in France. There are also ride-outs etc., but more of those in the future.

This Saturday (28th Jan) there is an autojumble at Hemswell.

In order to access the secure area for specific ride details, you will need to register via the Members Area at the top of this page.

Remember, this is NOT a club so there are no club rules! We ride simply as friends, using the normal traffic regulations, with either the ‘buddy system’ or drop-offs, depending upon who turns up on the day, in order to stay together. Your safety is your responsibility!

If anyone wishes to advertise a ride they are doing, please contact me by telephone or email and I will add it to the list.

1. All the old and new reports are to be found in the Event Reports section.
2. When viewing pictures, you can enlarge the image by simply clicking on the photograph.

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