Welcome to the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle
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..
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As the April 2020
Tansha drops on our member’s door mats there’s a large number of events advertised within it
that are obviously now not going to happen due to the Covid 19 issues. Please don’t contact
organisers to ask when events will be happening in the future as these volunteers will have to
abide current and future legislation. Currently all VJMC events, both organised and attended,
are on hold with no firm dates confirmed as to when they may be
The VJMC will update this message as and when new
information becomes available. Thanks and keep safe; we’ll be back on two wheels just as
soon as the country is safe and healthy again.
If there’s one thing that comes over month on
month, year on year, it has to be the hunger for old motorcycles that inspires our
members. As far too many know to our cost (financial and otherwise) it’s all too easy to
get carried away by what should be “only” a hobby. Sometimes it all runs away with us; a
perfect example is in one of this issue’s stories that sees Our Man in America, Simon
Neil, who drove 14 hours across the US of A to buy a bargain Suzuki trail bike...
obviously every old Japanese bike is a bargain but some are more bargain-basement than
others! Similarly, Alan Hodgson’s experiences with Suzuki GT550 triples. Having retired
he’s been rather busy getting back to his youth whilst getting down in dirty with one of
the Hamamatsu’s often over looked middleweights. He readily admits to owning numerous
550s and almost quantifies that number but not quite; obviously there may be another
example in the offing somewhere. Oh and by the way, don’t think he’s as he has other
bikes as well…they just all happen to be Suzuki’s.
Keeping with our global theme here Jeff
Eeles certainly has it bad Down Under in Australia with his Kawasaki Z1300 water cooled 6. It’s
become a part of his life now and there’s no signs of him moving it on either. Trips to Philip
Island to watch the GPs, VJMC rallies, trips out and even commuting have all been tucked under
the 13’s capacious belt.
Back once more in Blighty Keith
Homewood has kept the flame burning for Honda’s smaller machines and masterfully takes us back
to his teenage years. C102s, C92s, CB92s, CD175s and CB250RSs all feature in what is very
plainly a lifelong love affair with the marque. And mentioning Honda’s 250 single rather neatly
takes us on to Ray Hemmings’ RS250 which many of would have cheerfully walked away from. Rusted
and abused beyond belief the bike was lovingly reincarnated back to a rather tidy machine.
Dedication to the cause etc.
And on that very subject check out
Stuart Holding’s commitment to a Suzuki Super Bloop that was only just a few steps from being
hurled into a skip! Not only did he get the little single up and running once more but then
committed to riding to the legendary Elephant Rally in the very depths of winter. Most of us
would shiver at the very prospect of riding through snow and ice but get this one…he’d been
twice before and the pink Suzuki B120P was the biggest bike he’d ever used for the event!
Apparently he’s soon off the sub-Saharan Africa on a Yamaha YDS6 so well done than man
Last but least in the Tansha Hall of
Devotion to the Cause is David Sykes who reports back on four decades of ownership of a Yamaha
XJ650. Often overlooked and regularly marginalised by people who have never ridden one the
shaft drive four was The Machine that finally dispelled any myths that Yamaha couldn’t make a
We should all be riding now but
obviously inn the present circumstances we're all staying at home so stay safe everyone and see
you out on the road at some point.
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