Official Position: El Presidente
Age: I have my bus pass so now have another choice of transport.
Occupation: Dedicated leisure enthusiast. Golf, squash, motorbiking, holidays. It’s a tough life.
Current Bike: Multistrada for touring. FZ1 for playing.
Started Riding: Age 15 on my brother’s Honda C50. On his license too, if I got stopped.
Fantasy Bike: Would have to be a Harley Electroglide that corners like a sports bike.
Favourite Road: When approaching the Royal Military Canal near Rye, I always feel a tinge of excitement, as I know what’s coming up. Abroad, any road that goes out of Calais, then I know another adventure is beginning.
History:- Messed about from age 15. Had a couple of commuter bikes, but middle age crisis at 40 saw me get a big bike instead of a girlfriend. Joined Wey Valley and haven’t looked back. Love riding today, as much if not more than I did 20 years ago. Have tried track, trials, speedway, but the best buzz is still social riding with a group of likeminded mates, whether it’s a day out or a tour with wives and luggage.
Most Embarrassing Biking Moment:- Whilst getting off my bike to debrief an associate on an observed run, I fell over and broke my collarbone.
Felt such a twat, but didn’t want him to know so carried on for another hour in agony.
Official Position: Chairman
Age: Younger than I look, older than I feel, but I am a licensed ROG
Occupation: You know what they say – never been so busy since I retired, and it’s true.
Current Bike: BMW 1200 GSA, my third over the years, the Harley Old-School Custom is work in progress.
Started Riding: Yes as a sixteener, for a few years, scooters, BSA’s, a Tiger Cub, fell off here and there, but then the roads were quieter before the war…..
Fantasy Bike: Anything with a Radial Aero Engine.
Favourite Road: Some great roads here in Devon or Yorkshire, but always found in Spain, France or Germany.
Bike History:- An early start, then mortgage and life caused a gap until around the 1990’s when I returned to 2 strokes, a Yamaha TDR 250 what a manic machine ! I’ve been busy and worked through the Yamaha catalogue, then the Honda one, had a few BMW’s but only one Kawasaki. Enjoyed Harleys, but not yet a Ducati, still there’s time.
Most Embarrassing Biking Moment:- Probably my latest and grandest exhibit, demonstrating slow control turns and diving onto the tarmac. No it doesn’t hurt (much) Was my collarbone broken properly – yes.
Official Position: Vice Chairman
Age: about average for WVAM
Occupation: a recent ROG
Current Bike: mostly either a Ducati Multistrada or Moto Guzzi Griso.
Started Riding: when I was 16, on a little Italian Kerry 50cc 2-stroke, with clip-ons and rear-sets. I was working in Tesco at the time as a Saturday boy, and bought the bike for £20 from a guy who ran the greengrocery section. I wrote it off within a few weeks by ramming into the side of another learner (in a car) who pulled out of a side turning and then stalled. It was a few months before I could persuade my mother to let me buy another bike, but once I got to Uni they came thick and fast – a Velo LE, a couple of Enfields, Elstar trials, a Panther 650 single outfit and a Norton 600 single. Mostly decrepit old British stuff…
Fantasy Bike: too many to list. I’m a sucker for V-twins though.
Favourite Road: that’s my secret. I want it to myself.
History:- too many to list but mainly Italian V-twins plus a handful of older British singles. Anything with more than one cylinder is beyond my mechanical ability to maintain. I did once have a Harley though – a 1963 Sportster, magneto ignition, kick-start only…
Most Embarrassing Biking Moment:- so many to choose from, but pulling around the front of a queue of cars to get to a petrol pump and then falling off as the top of my boot got caught on the hero blobs of the footpeg stands out.
Official Position: Chief Observer
Age: Answers on a postcard.
Current Bike: Triump Explorer 1200
Started Riding: 1990
History:- I was a late starter to riding which came around after riding a friend’s 250cc trial bike which was so much fun that I went out and bought a road bike. My first motorbike was a GS, a Suzuki GS 125cc in blue and rust. After passing my test, I went to a local Kawasaki dealer to buy a GT550 (yes I know) but luckily came out with a gleaming ZZR600. I have had a range of bikes since then including a BMW K100LT, Yamaha XT350 and CBR 1000F. I have just changed from a BMW K1200GT to my first British bike, which I have bought to go touring across Europe with my wife on her Tiger 800.
Official Position: Group Secretary
Age: I go on ROGs rides – nuff said.
Occupation: I used to catch the 7.34. Now I go on ROGs rides. Sweeet!
Current Bike: Honda 2011 VFR1200 and a 2008 Fireblade.
Started Riding: 1965. Well … 2009 if you factor in the 37 year gap.
Fantasy Bike: Brough SS100 – probably unrideable though (by me anyway). How about a new Fireblade SP (not that I’d take it on track). Or the new BMW S1000R.
Favourite Road: there’s a nice one not far from Chichester (that’s as accurate as you’re getting).
Most Embarrassing Biking Moment:- putting the wrong foot down at a junction, toppling over and sliding down an embankment on my first ever ROGs ride. Or how about dropping my bike in RVH car park on Observed Sunday with about 50 bikers watching (and smiling sympathetically).
Official Position: Treasurer
Occupation: Current Bike: BMW R1200RT and F650GS
Started Riding: 7th July 1977
Favourite Road: All those in Luxembourg
History:- My first bike was an unrestricted Suzuki AP50 back in 1977, followed by an RD125 and then a Superdream 400 which threw me off in a massive tank slapper at 90mph on the M4. Fortunately I had no serious injuries and was riding again within a week. That bike went and was replaced with a Honda 550K3. A car replaced the bike when I got married, but as my wife was a biker when we first met, we were not without a bike for long, although for the next 15 years were intermittent periods of ownership until 2003 when it became a permanent addiction. All in all I have had around 20 different bikes over the years, but the best decision I ever made was to join WVAM. It was tales of the annual French Trip from a friend that got me hooked, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Most Embarrassing Biking Moment:- Over 30 years ago parking the bike outside Lamba’s in Cheam and having my 400 rolling off the side stand with me desperately trying to stop it falling on the road whilst looking like I was in full control.
Official Position: Membership Secretary
Age: old enough to know better
Occupation: none of your business (IT Consultant)
Current Bike: the one I use the most is a Ducati Multistrada 1200
Started Riding: before I was a teenager
Fantasy Bike: I dont have one, although I wish I still had a few bikes I have sold in the past
Favourite Road: no specific road, but I prefer quiet French D roads, the twistier the better
History:- first bike was a BSA Bantam trials bike. I spent most of the 70s and 80s competing in and organising trials and enduros on various bikes. I passed my bike test in 1981 and have never been without a bike. In 1997 I was feeling a bit flush so bought a new fire blade, and soon realised whilst my off road ability was fine, my road riding left a bit to be desired. So I joined WVAM.
Most Embarrassing Biking Moment:- I haven’t got one, or at least not one I am prepared to share !
Official Position: Regular Riding Event Co-ordinator (RREC) (not to be confused with the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club)
Age: Old enough to know better than to catch someone’s eye when they say “ Can you just ..” or so you’d think…..
Occupation: Was a telecommunications consultant but retired early
Current Bike: R1200GS as a result of having my R1200RT beaten to death by a Citroen Xsara Picasso…Hadn’t realised that the French still haven’t forgiven the Germans.
Started Riding: So long ago I can’t remember – 1977 I think. My first bike was a Yamaha RD200 that I bought as a box of bits from a friend. Had to rebuild it, almost from scratch, before I could ride it. Thank goodness for Haynes manuals, and yes, they were around then.
Fantasy Bike: Whatever I happen to be riding at the time
Favourite Road: B3227 in Devon, from Taunton to Stibb Cross, this road has pretty much every feature you are likely to come across, nearly 60 miles of bliss.
History:- Started riding in 1977 with the RD200 I mentioned , and have been pretty much riding non-stop since then. After my test, which was nothing like the current one – “just approach your bike, start it, pull away, ride around the block and at some point I’ll ask you to perform an emergency stop….” I moved through a succession of bikes, DT 250, RD400, CX500, FT500, DR650, XJR1200, R1200RT’s. Continued to ride for pleasure and commuting, including while living in the USA from 1988 – 1991, the odd track day, joined WVAM in 2007, and I’m still here to tell the tale…
Most Embarrassing Biking Moment:- Having just passed my test, I was hurrying home on the bike – I was living at home with my Mum & Dad at the time and we lived on road the surface of which could best be described only being suitable for a trials section. I was going too quickly, standing up on the pegs, tried to turn left into the gateway, and you can probably guess the rest. Needless to say after a quick look around to see if any of the neighbours had seen my bike spinning along on its left side, I ran over to pick it up and push it around the back of the house – quickly. Luckily only a bent gear lever and clutch lever to fix…Plus I had to wait for the embarrassment to drain away from face before I could take my helmet off. Thank goodness for full face crash helmets.
Official Position: Communications
Most Embarrassing Biking Moment:-
Age: Over 40 and under 60
Occupation: Project Manager
Current Bike: Honda Fireblade. Also a Ducati 996 and BMW S1000XR
Started Riding: When I was 15 with a Gilera Trial in the fields near my house. At 16 traded it in for something faster as I needed to commute from Farnham to Weybridge so I got a Suzuki AP50.
Fantasy Bike: Honda Fireblade obviously
Favourite Road: B258 – only a very select few will know where it is!
History:- After turning 17 I got a Yamaha RD250, immediately converted it to a 350 and proceeded to ride around still on L plates (back in the day 250 was the limit for L plates). Passed my test then got a Honda 125! Outed that and got a 250 Superdream, then a Suzuki TS100. Next up was a Royal Enfield 500 Bullet (complete with sidecar which i
never fitted), followed by a Honda 400/4. Along with that I got a Kawasaki Z1000 (which i still have in bits). Had a couple of trials bikes along the way, a Yamaha TY175 and a Montessa Cota 247. Got my first Fireblade in 1998 and got it nicked in 2002, so i got another one which i still have. To go with the blade I bought a VFR750 for touring and i blew that up ‘going for it’ on the A32. I then got a VFR800 to replace it which I sold in earlier this year. Also picked up a Ducati 996 to keep the blade company a few years ago, as it was at a price that couldn’t be refused. Bought a BMW S1000RR in July 2014 and now I have just unloaded that to get an S1000XR.
Most Embarrassing Biking Moment:- Falling of my AP50 in the ice in a Little Chef carpark when everyone was looking out the window at a pair of twats trying to go round and round scraping their pedals :-0
Official position: External Media
Age: almost 60!!!
Occupation: Coach and trainer
Current Bike: Harley Davidson Softail Slim
Started riding: Age 50
Fantasy bike: A Harley that fits me!
Favourite Road: So very many… The Blue Ridge Parkway in the USA
History: Learned to ride late in life and fell off regularly for the first couple of years, which hurt. Decided I’d better learn to do this thing properly and began to do any advanced training I could find, and learned masses from the outstanding riders at WVAM. Now it’s a real passion – mostly touring – I have ridden all over the world, and done a few long solo trips.
Most Embarrassing Biking Moment: Like the roads, so very many… Probably being caught using my sheewee (Google it!) in a layby.
Official Position: Off Bike Social Secretary
Occupation: Project Manager
Current Bike: Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa, BMW S1000RR, BMW GS Adventure, GasGas Pampera, AJP PR4 200 and others.
Started Riding: 2009
Fantasy Bike: Good one….I have a few bikes currently….I guess I’d like to give a Harley a go…..a Harley 48 looks pretty.
Favourite Road: Bugatti circuit, Le Mans, France. A CRACKING track!!! Track is sort of a road right?
History:- A very late starter wishing to remain alive as long as possible. This wish saw me explore advanced car and bike training. I’m the chairman of the Guildford Advanced Motorists, off bike social for WVAM, and I’m the secretary of the London and Surrey Trail Riders Fellowship (TRF).
Following the desire to stay alive whilst also enjoying the speed aspect of biking I took to track days which I do usually in Spain or Portugal now.
I do trials riding with the local Hookwoods club and long distance trials with folks from the TRF at locations around the country.
Motorbike history: Kawasaki ER5, Hayabusa, Kawasaki ZX10 track bike, BMW S1000RR track bike, and other off-road/trials bikes.
Most Embarrassing Biking Moment: Explaining to my good lady wife how ANOTHER bike has appeared as if by magic………
Other interests: Road cycling, mountain biking, running and photography.