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Japanese bikes fifteen years old and over. The club was founded in 1982 by a small group of
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Welcome to the October edition. If there’s any justice, we still have a few more weeks of
decent riding weather before it all starts to get wet, dark and gloomy. A fair number of
members will be braving the elements and riding all year round. If that’s you then please
take some shots of your winter ride, add some words, and share it with Tansha. I can still
recall the night I fell off my Yamaha RD350 due to black ice on a blind bend. Little focuses
the mind better than a sudden sense of your own vulnerability! Did I learn from the experience?
Well certainly not enough to pack up regular winter riding. In fact I was still
commuting, year round, on two wheels some two decades later. If you have tales of winter
experiences you know where to send them.
If there’s anyone out there who has an interest in the club’s old News Letters they’re in for a
treat. I have two lots free to whoever wants them... all you need to do is pay the postage. Lot
#1 is a set in the old red binder format running from August 1988 to Jan/Feb 1992. Lot #2 is in
loose leaf folder in plastic pockets and covers Sept/Oct 1992 to Nov/Dec 1993. Sorry but they
are only available as two lots; they need to be kept together. Please contact me if you are
interested; my details are at the end of this page.
In this issue are reports from the various Club Officers which give an overview of what
everyone has been up to running, supporting and promoting the club. The complete minutes of
this year’s AGM are available in the Member’s Area of the club’s website
. This keeps the information ‘in house’. As older/expired Tansha’s are given to the general
public at shows and events it seems wrong to simply hand out how the club works to non-members.
And this means that we are able to devote half a dozen more pages in the October issue to
classic Japanese motorcycle related copy!
Our In Conclusion this issue is a little different it features four of Ian Douglas’ splendid
illustrations but in cameo format to accompany David Anderson’s tales of arch bodgery. If you
know of, or have encountered similar nefarious acts please write in and share the disasters
you’ve unearthed. In fact, to encourage, there’s a stunning engine model kit up for grabs for
the best bodge story. The kit has been supplied by Haynes of workshop manual
If you have articles and/or images you want to share with the members then electronic copy is
the prefered media if possible please. Large image files are best sent via We Transfer which is
free to use. Alternatively please ask for details on how to share via Google’s G Drive
If you’re sending in typed copy Word or ODT/Open Office are the prefered options please as we
work on Microsoft PCs rather than Mac
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