Work has been going on behind the scenes to try make Redcross a success. Rally Shirts and Hats have been manufactured and will be available. Trophies have been organised for the prizes. Rally Sticker to help mark the occasion. All we need now is for you to be there:
Friday 26th to Sunday 28 April, 2013
River Valley Caravan Park, Redcross, Co. Wicklow.
Phone: Ireland: 0404 41647 Int:00 353 404 41647
Redcross proved a good location last year. The site has a lot to offer and is ideally located offering many options for viewing the surrounding area. Mobiles can be pre booked from the site. Camping is also available. There is a pub and restaurant at the site entrance plus a local shop across the road. We do not over organise, our weekends. On Friday people settle in, get to say hi. Last year we settled in the restaurant, had a bit to eat, a sup to drink, quite a bit of chatting. Then the instruments came out and there was a little sing song for anyone interested. Saturday morning starts off slow but we line the bikes up around 10 and everyone gets to cast their vote for the Best JAWA, Best non JAWA. We may head for our spin around 12. It will not be far, just short tour of the surrounding area, those who go usually stop off for a bite of lunch on the way. Back on the site late we will have prize giving around 6. Suitably rewarded we may head to the pub after.
The rally is one of the rare occasions when we can get to meet up so if you can make it we would love to see you. Even if you can only make it as a day visitor it would still be nice to see you.
Camping is €12 per night for an adult and a tent, extra adults are €6! Mobile homes, €200 for the two nights, must be a minimum of 4 in each and no more than 6 in total, homes have three bedrooms with four singles and one double! Mobiles must be pre booked.
Our movie feature received such support I thought you might like more.
As always, I enjoyed this month's issue (#34). I also enjoyed the set of Czech films -- even though I couldn't understand a word they were saying. See, I don't understand Czech, and -- for some reason -- Pat has not seen fit to put English subtitles on these films. (Just kidding, Pat!). However, it would have been nice to know what each short film was about.
However! I actually do have a complaint. It's about the film entitled "Udolni Kraznych Zab" (without the accents, which I do not have on my keyboard), made by Stanislav Rudolf and Jiri Hanibal. This film shows a very attractive young girl in a bikini who puts on only a light jacket of some sort, then gets on a young man's motorcycle as a passenger, and off they ride.
So what's my complaint? Easy. The guy has a crash helmet and goggles, but he does not give them to the girl -- who is now riding behind this idiot. She has no helmet, no eye protection, no trousers, and no shoes! Her bare legs and bare feet are not even on foot pegs. They are just hanging down in the air. Completely crazy -- and dangerous!
If I were this girl's father (or, in my case, her grandfather) I would have given that irresponsible young man a whuppin' he would never forget! How could he be that stupid? Well, he did get stopped by a policeman, but I still have no idea why he was stopped, or whether he was given a reprimand -- preferably with a stout Blackthorn Shillelagh.
On the other hand, this short film was made in 1973, so the girl is now close to 60 years old -- IF she has survived! However, had I been there in 1973 I would have whopped that dope on the head with my shillelagh and taken the girl. But I did enjoy these short films.
Best Wishes, David Wallace.
I have been interested in the Chinese motorcycle industry for some time and in particular the Keeway Brand which I first came across in James Motorcycles in Gorey in 2010. The price back then for the 125cc Speed was €1,999. I was actually taken aback by the quality of the finish. It was not that it was great by any means but it was a lot better than I had expected. I joined a Chinese Motorcycle Forum and began to follow the posts on all different makes.
I was interested in reading about the Huoniao 125 which you could buy on e-bay for £599 and put it together yourself in a couple of hours. Putting it together really was assembling the front end, handlebars, mudguard, mirrors and wheel which had been dismantled to fit the bike in a crate. This bike looks a bit like a Suzuki GN with a Honda CM125 engine copy. I also read up quite a bit about the robustness of the 250cc Chinese engine that was used in the various Chinese imports and of course in the Jawa 250 that Jawa Ireland was selling. Mick Doran duly took the plunge and invested in one of these and has had no problems with this lovely motor.
Keeway is the European registered brand of the Qiangjiang Group who produced 1.3 million motorcycles in 2012 and was the 7th highest exporter in China. The top 10 companies account for 52% of all exports and the Qiangjiang Group sales were up 50% from 2011. Since its establishment in Hungary in 1999 Keeway has achieved significant growth and become a multinational organization incorporating R&D, design, sales, and service of motorcycles and other mechanical products. Under the corporate umbrella, there are Qianjiang- Keeway Europe (Hungary), Keeway Poland, Keeway Spain, Keeway Finland, Keeway France, Keeway America (USA), Keeway Venezuela, Keeway Argentina, and many more. The Qiangjiang Group bought out the former Italian giant Benelli in 2005. Keeway insists that all models are designed by Benelli designers or professional and experienced firms from Europe and America. This shows in particular in the newer models.
There is a change on the way in the Chinese home market where the there is a demand coming now for larger capacity machines. The Chinese are now seeking to buy the likes of Harley Davidson who have doubled sales from 2011 to 2012 and Ducati whose sales have increased sales by 8 times in the same period. However I could not find what either of them actually sold. Zongshen are developing both a 450cc and a 650cc bikes using Korean engines as a response to this and of course we have seen an article from Pat in our Jan 2013 e-mag on the CF Moto 650TR manufactured by the Chunfeng Holding Group.
There may be a sting in the tail though as 200 cities across China look to ban or restrict the use of motorcycles in the urban areas for up to 5 years until all companies comply with the National Emission Standings. This ban, if total, may not make allowances for bikes whose Emissions are within spec as it may be too difficult to police compared to a total ban.
So back to Ireland and a recent trip to Bikeworld on the Longmile Road had me looking at a variety of Chinese bikes such as Sinnis, a very well finished Lexmoto Street 125 for €2,195 and a Zontes Tiger 125 for €2,350. The Zontes in particular has been getting very good reviews in the UK. I went to Ross Motorcycles in Cork to see the Keeway Speed 125 up close and to see the price at €1,799(€1,999 in Doherty’s in Waterford) had me very interested. I asked about the availability of spares and I was told that he would have them quicker than any of the other Jap or European bikes he had for sale and that these spares were very reasonable and he quoted me €25 approx for a set of front brake pads. I contacted the Keeway importer directly, James motorcycles of Gorey and asked them about reliability and the availability of spare parts. I was told that they had done a lot of research before selecting the Keeway brand and that reliability was excellent and they could in fact build several bikes from the spare parts they had in stock. There are 7 Keeway dealers spread out across Ireland so I decided on the Keeway and went back to Cork and did a deal at Ross Motorcycles who had the bike and paperwork ready to go when I arrived. The finish is much better than it was in 2010 and it is now €200 cheaper. It uses the 157MI engine which is a copy of the Honda CG 125. It has electric and kick start, alarm with remote engine start, disc brakes front and back and a nice tidy rear rack. Petrol consumption is given at 2 litres per 100km! The selection of Keeway bikes in Ireland is based on the old reliables such as the Speed and the Superlight Custom 125 and a selection of Scooters up to 125cc. The newly designed bikes such as the KXM 200, TX 200, RKS 200 and the RKV 200 will take a bit of time, possibly up to 48 months, to make it into the Irish market. These of course are going to come at a significant price increase. Let’s see how the 125 Speed and I get on.
I am at present just running it in and will write an article next month on it.
Interesting to see how gearing can make the most out of an engine with lower power then you would think is required.
As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper’s cemetery in the back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn’t stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.
I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn’t know what else to do, so I started to play. The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I’ve never played before for this homeless man.
And as I played ‘Amazing Grace,’ the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, “I never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.
"Apparently, I’m still lost… It’s a man thing.
I was reading in the paper that a bunch of experts conducted experiments and found that the taste of Ale made people want a drink before the alcohol had a chance to take effect and fill them with the terrible thrust. Yes and they got paid money to come up with that. I personally think people started drinking Ale because you could not trust the water. That said larger has dominated the scene in recent years. In an attempt to attract some back to Ale I would like to introduce you to Pedigree.
Available in Aldi at just under 2 euro a bottle.
Brewed by Marstons
Review: Amber colour with a good head and good head retention. Aroma of malt and earthy hops with notes of green apples. Balanced flavour of sweet English slightly toasted malts plus earthy hops. Spicy with hints of caramels, more pleasent then a cup of tea. Light body with low carbonation. Classic English Pale Ale with a hint of bitterness.
This is an Ale that does not assault the pallet. It has a hint of sweetness. It would go well with any type of food as its flavours are refreshing and not overpowering. If you think you do not like Ale then I ask you to try this and see how you feel. Bitter lovers will not be impressed by Pedigree but I find it a lovely Ale. But Don’t just take my word for it.