Top meet­ing spots

Cel­e­brate slices of glo­ri­ous bik­ing her­itage with the VJMCC

Motorcycle News (UK) - - News - By Justin Hayzelden

Nos­tal­gia for Ja­panese mo­tor­cy­cles grows year on year and there are very few of us that haven’t in some way been touched by ma­chin­ery from the land of the ris­ing sun. Each pass­ing decade has spawned a cor­nu­copia of clas­sics, from the hum­ble Honda 50 and revo­lu­tion­ary CB750, through Z1s and RDS to XTS, Africa Twins, GSX-RS and so on – what­ever your age there has been some­thing for ev­ery­one and the va­ri­ety is truly mind blow­ing.

The Vin­tage Ja­panese Mo­tor­cy­cle Club was set up in the early ’80s to cater for any­one with an in­ter­est in such bikes and is cur­rently some 5000 mem­bers strong. You don’t need to own a clas­sic to join, but with a cut off date of just 15 years there are a good many bikes out there that meet the cri­te­ria. Mem­ber­ship costs just £25 per year, which in­cludes a bi-monthly mag­a­zine, pref­er­en­tial rates with a selec­tion of in­sur­ance com­pa­nies and an open door to over 40 lo­cal sec­tions who organise reg­u­lar meet ups and ride­outs.

But there’s more than just a so­cial scene. Whether you’re striv­ing to com­plete a ‘nut and bolt’ re­build or sim­ply keep­ing a daily ride on the road, there are cer­tain parts that can be nigh on im­pos­si­ble to track down; on­line auc­tion sites can bear fruit, but all too of­ten the price will ei­ther sky­rocket as bid­ders get trig­ger happy or you’ll find that the trim clip you so des­per­ately need is over­seas and tagged with a ship­ping charge that would cover the cost of an en­tire fair­ing. Mem­ber­ship of the VJMC can pro­vide ac­cess to the se­cret stashes of real en­thu­si­asts and there’s a good chance you’ll be able to track down ex­actly what you need for a rea­son­able price.

And it’s not just spares, as the VJMC is also a com­pre­hen­sive re­source for ex­pert help and ad­vice. With a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence in fix­ing and fet­tling, there are spe­cial­ists for every mar­que and in many cases, in­di­vid­ual mod­els. The VJMC is a grow­ing com­mu­nity with the sim­ple aim of pro­mot­ing the en­joy­ment of Ja­panese mo­tor­cy­cles, so what­ever era floats your boat what rea­son not to join?

Reg­u­lar meets, shows and ride­outs. Get in­volved with the VJMCC

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