Welcome to the Vintage
Japanese Motorcycle Club Website
Welcome to the VJMC, the UK’s premier club for Japanese bikes
fifteen years old and over. The club was founded in 1982 by a small group of like minded enthusiasts, who
appreciated early Japanese bikes, their style, reliability, practicality and technological achievements. At
the time of the club’s inception air-cooled 4 cylinder bikes still ruled the roost, twin shock absorbers were
still in vogue and a middleweight bike was probably 350-500cc and almost certainly a two stroke. How time’s
change; the very bikes that were new back then are now collectable and as prized as any early 60’s Japanese
The club’s number one aim is to promote the enjoyment of Japanese
motorcycles … … … … … pure and simple. You don’t even need to own a bike to be a member! How open-minded is
that? All we ask is that members share the club’s passion for some of the most amazing mass produced bikes
ever to come out of a factory. It really isn’t possible to stereotype a VJMC member; some own big bikes,
others are moped mad. Some are passionate about one particular marque, others have wide ranging eclectic
tastes. It takes all sorts to make a club and that is what the VJMC is all about; enjoying the bikes for what
We aim to support our members with a range of services and are
looking to expand on this side of membership in the next few years. Please have a look at the pages on this
website and see what we can offer; if what you need is not there please ask.
2007 saw us moving into the world of running our own major show at
Uttoxeter. It is now into its 5th year. We hope you can join us as a member or at our shows as we
increase our visible presence on the classic biking scene. The UK division of the VJMC has approximately 6000
members and is one of the UK's biggest classic bike clubs.
Outside the world of shows there are a large number of local
sections where people from an area or local meeting on a monthly basis to discuss bikes and socialise. For
many this is an important part of club membership and it’s a chance to swap knowledge, access help or pass on
your hard gained expertise.
Members receive six copies of our award winning magazine (Tansha)
each year all packed with the articles, features and stunning pictures of the cream of classic Japanese
bikes. Included with the magazine is a Club Directory crammed with specialist services, details of local
sections, bikes and parts for sale plus club merchandise. For members needing help with parts there’s a
wanted section where you can advertise for that elusive part you need. Via selected specialists the club has
secured some very good deals on classic bike insurance. A year’s membership is normally easily recouped the
first time you renew your cover. No catches, just join, get a membership card and enjoy another club
With ever tightening
automotive legislation the concerns and requirements of anyone associated with classic vehicles needs to be
addressed. The VJMC is an affiliated member of the FHBVC (Federation of Historic British Vehicle Clubs) and this organisation looks to voice
our concerns when ill informed decisions are about to be taken that could impact upon our bikes and pastime.
Although not directly involved in political lobbying the club is looking at other ways it can progress its members
concerns and rights within European transport policies and plans.
Thanks for taking time out to read this. We hope
it’s given you a flavour of what we are about and represent. Remember, the club is for all Japanese bikes 15
years and older, from a Fizzy moped to the first Fireblade the VJMC is YOUR club.
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The VJMC Team