Bulldog Bash – Police STILL Trying To Halt Event

June 20, 2009

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The saga continues…..

Police Chiefs in Warwickshire have stated they will do “all within it’s power” to stop the 2009 Bulldog Bash taking place because of the escalation of gang warfare between rival biker gangs.  Apparently the police are worried that the event will be plagued with violence, after jail terms were handed out to the seven gang members involved in the brawl at Birmingham Airport in January last year.  They also claim that the Hells Angels are using the event to raise money for ‘organised crime’.

Even though the event has been given the go ahead by Stratford-Upon-Avon Council for the next ten years, the police are still taking legal advice in order to close the Bash down.  Assistant Chief Constable, Bill Holland has told the Birmingham Mail

“The ingrained hatred between the gangs has continued and become more entrenched. A pattern can be seen to emerge between incidents at the Bulldog Bash and developments worldwide within the motorcycle club community.  When you have a major event it becomes a symbolic target and must be considered at risk of attack.  The Bulldog Bash is a Hells Angels’ event, run by the Hells Angels for the Hells Angels. It raises a significant sum of money for an organised crime group. In no way can the Bulldog Bash disassociate itself from the Hells Angels.”

and also

“We are still hopeful through the courts of getting the licence for the event removed.”

Here a few things about this whole situation which ‘get my goat’ as it were.. Historically there has been very little trouble at the Bulldog, the unfortunate death of Mr Tobin took place AWAY from the event and also this ‘legal advice’ is presumably costing the tax paying people of Warwickshire a few quid!

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Motorcycle Parking Charges – Coming To A Town Near You!

June 19, 2009

I’ve been doing a bit of reading about the motorcycle parking charges in London and came across some rather interesting information this morning..

Apparently there are ‘murmurs’ going round a few other councils about the possibility of introducing parking charges for bikes.  These other councils are watching Westminster to see how well the scheme is introduced, and what the outcome is.

Considering that Westminster would have raked in approximately £4,000,000 (yep you did read that correctly £4 MILLION) this year, you can bet that other councils are gleefully rubbing their hands together at the thought of all that possible extra income they could get their grubby little mitts on!

I personally love the fact that I can park for free in my home town, and would be at the forefront of protestors if there was a possibility I would have to pay.  My bike puts out less emmissions, takes up so much less space than a car in a car park, and gets me about a damn sight easier than the poor buggers stuck in the traffic queues.  In an age where we are told to use less fuel, reduce Co2 emmissions etc, I think its outrageous that parking fees should be levied to those who are doing their bit.  The fact we ride bikes because we love them has bugger all to do with anything as far as I’m concerned, we are still contributing less as far as congestion, emissions, etc., than car drivers!

Here is a list of the councils and other organisations who are murmuring about bike parking charges:

City of York
Birmingham City
Salisbury
Cheltenham
Manchester
Harrow
Lincoln
Colchester
Oxford
Darlington BC
NCP car parks
Euro car parks
CP Plus
Apcoa UK

If you live in one of these towns, use the car parks, or commute to work in one of these towns everyday, make sure to keep an eye on what your local council is doing.  Otherwise you too may, one day, see a sign like this where you go to park your bike up.

Motorcycle Parking Tax Sign Outside Infinity Motorcycles!

To check out the latest on the No To The Bike Parking Tax campaign, follow the link


No To The Bike Parking Tax

June 18, 2009

First there was MONDAY MAYHEM…..

31sr March 2009 - Bike Parking Tax Demo

Then there was LOOPY TUESDAY

11th Mat 2009 - First Group Arriving From The Ace

Next up will be OBJECTION WEDNESDAY!!!!

NEXT DEMO: WEDS, 1ST OF JULY! – “OBJECTION WEDNESDAY!”

Weds, 1st July 09 Meet GOLDEN SQUARE, W1 (ROUTE MAP) between 5.45pm and 6.20pm, leaving at 6:30pm for ride to Westminster City Hall to arrive at 7pm…

Next up is another round of objections against the motorcycle/scooter parking tax scheme in Westminster City Council. In their attempt to make the scheme permanent (however permanent does not mean permanent), WCC by law, have to apply for a new traffic order and then open this new traffic order to objections, the objection window is 3 weeks from 11th June 09 to 2nd July 09.

On the eve of the final day for objections we will be organising a MEGA OBJECTION HAND IN DEMO right out side Westminster City Hall, Victoria St, SW1, (taking it back to the source of the problem, we haven’t forgotten Danny “Boy” Chalkley either), do clear your diaries on the 1st July, WE NEED YOU THERE. This is one of the few occasions when anybody truly against this tax can have their say, and to have that opinion officially noted.

DOWNLOAD THE OBJECTION FORM (PDF).

Print it out fill it in, bring it along to the demo on the day when we will be handing them in to Westminster City Hall one by one. Let’s make them work! Get has many people as you know to fill this form in, we need thousands upon thousands to object. Remember, this is the thin end of the wedge, WESTMINSTER NOW YOUR COUNCIL NEXT!

Fliers for 1st July 09 “Objection Wednesday”

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Devon County Council Charges Biker £505 For Road Signs Used At The Scene Of His Accident

June 16, 2009

Almost TWO years after having an accident, a motorcyclist who spent two weeks in intensive care after suffering severe head injuries, has been sent a bill for £505.34….. for the use of 16 road cones, 4 road closure signs, 7 sandbags and 4 diversion signs!

The bill, received by Alex Hall, was sent by the council using ‘discretionary powers’ apparently granted under the Highways Act.  Mr Hall who pleaded guilty to careless driving after the accident had already paid a fine of £140, plus costs which INCLUDED £240 for clean up and recovery! He also received 5 points on his licence.

While the council claims it is standard practice to recover these costs, the Institute of Advanced Motorists says it has never come across it.

A Devon County Council spokesman said:

“It’s not the first time we’ve recovered costs of remedial work from a motorist. Councils are entitled to recover the costs of remedial works from any person responsible for damage, spillage or debris on the highway. This is in accordance with the Highways Act 1980.

Apparently the council notified Mr. Hall in September 2008 that there would be a charge for the use of the signs, etc., and the invoice was sent out in December.  Is it just me or is that an excessively long wait by the council?

Mr. Hall said of the unexpected bill:

“I can’t quite believe it. I thought all the expenses I’d already paid two years ago would mean an end to this horrid ordeal.

“It is a ridiculous saga and it’s causing me further trauma . . . £505 is a huge amount of money for me. I have just recently finished an apprenticeship in aircraft engineering and I’ve not been earning much money, so to me every penny counts.”

The cost of the use of the claim is not covered under Mr. Halls Insurance and he is reluctantly agreeing  to pay the bill off in instalments.

If anyone else has had this happen please add a comment, as it is not something I’ve heard of before..
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GirlsBike2 Trackday At Rockingham – 2nd August 2009

June 4, 2009

GirlsBike2, in conjunction with No Limits Trackdays,  have organised a charity trackday on the 2nd August 2009 at Rockingham.  All proceeds will go to Breast Cancer research.  It is open to girls and their partners and will have a Novice, Intermediate & Fast groups.

Priced at £129 the day includes free instruction, which is especialy good if it is your first time at a track 🙂

So if you fancy a trackday which won’t break the bank why not give them a ring..


Some Of The Funny Photos From Our Weekend

June 3, 2009

Ok.. So I got a bit camera happy at the weekend and once I got back home and was looking at the photos a few…. ermm.. comments came to mind 🙂

So here are a few more photos… ermm.. with captions!!! 🙂

I hope you enjoy 🙂

Dodgy Lookin' Bloke!

Spot The Label!

The Stig

Talking Welsh Bloke!

Yum yum

SSB's Handbag!!!!

smell of silence


Bike Photos From Our Get Together!

June 2, 2009

Following on from yesterdays post about my weekend get together, I thought I’d show you some of the bike photos I took 🙂

Bucko's Blade

Bucko’s 2003 954 Fireblade

h2olo's Blade

H2olo’s 2008 Fireblade

Kiwiboys Blade

Kiwiboys 2009 CBR1000RR

Loopy's BabyBlade, Kiwiboys Blade and SSB's Duke

My CBR400RR And Kiwiboys 2009 CBR1000RR And The Duke

In The Background

Bucko's, SunRider's and Vex's Blades

The Bikes Chained Up In the Car Park!

Vex's Trusty Steed

Vex’s 1999 Fireblade

SunRider's Repsol

SunRiders 2009 Repsol

Chipping Norton

A Quick Smoke Break At Chipping Norton

Stratford Bike Park 3

In The Bike Park At Stratford-Upon Avon