Back to ba­sics please

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I am fed up of hear­ing or read­ing about how a bike has been spoilt by dodgy elec­tron­ics. Whether that’s poor throt­tle con­nec­tion or jud­dery ABS or an­noy­ing trac­tion con­trol that doesn’t do what you want or ex­pect it to do. If we can find a way to gen­uinely make mo­tor­cy­cling safer with­out spoil­ing the rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, then that’s great. But if we can’t... let’s turn it all off and go back to ba­sics. Frank Stelling, Aberdeen

Fab road but take it easy

May I ask that MCN con­sid­ers a post­script for fu­ture ref­er­ence to Liam Mars­den’s item on the W44 Llan­gurig to Aberys­t­wyth road men­tioned in the May 24 pa­per? Hav­ing lived for over 20 years just a few miles from this part of the A44 and rid­den the road many times I would sug­gest, with re­spect, that any rider try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate any of the bends near the Sweet Lamb area at speed are leav­ing no safety mar­gin for the dozy tourist driv­ers who reg­u­larly drive these roads, ad­mir­ing the scenery and ig­nor­ing the road. The roads here are mainly bril­liant but get it wrong or un­der­es­ti­mate the con­di­tions and they do bite back, and hard! Bar­rie Lynn, Aberys­t­wyth

A load of garbage!

Just re­turned from an epic ad­ven­ture with the leg­endary Nathan Mill­ward. Land’s End to John o’groats! It was called the Garbage run – small bikes, shitty bikes with the idea that you just ride what you have. I found it more ex­cit­ing to ride a small bike fast than a fast bike slow – Honda C90 power is all you need for an ex­cel­lent ad­ven­ture with low-cost thrills, so get out there and do it! No ex­cuses. Kiwi Matt, Lon­don

Mend soon Mcguin­ness

I ex­tend to John Mcguin­ness my sin­cere good wishes for his com­plete (though slower than he might like) re­cov­ery from that crash at the North West. Your pub­li­ca­tion showed a su­perb photo of Michael Dun­lop stand­ing proudly on his Suzuki and I am con­vinced he will re­ward the Hawk team with a TT vic­tory. The speed of the Suzuki was ev­i­dent at the Tri­an­gle and dur­ing prac­tice the han­dling will be sorted out. I hope Mcguin­ness will have his miss­ing dog tag re­turned to him as it has emo­tional sen­ti­men­tal value. From my ex­pe­ri­ence of a brain bleed/stroke caus­ing left side paral­y­sis and dis­abil­ity, I quickly re­alised my sit­u­a­tion called for pa­tience and pos­i­tiv­ity of thought. John will find these two at­tributes very help­ful and I look for­ward to read­ing of his re­cov­ery in due course. On the racing front he has noth­ing to prove. Joe Spence, North­ern Ire­land

A Welsh ad­ven­ture

Rack­ing up the #ride5000miles tally with our Welsh road trip. Ox­ford - Bre­con - Llan­dovery - Aberys­t­wyth - Caernar­fon - Ox­ford. We took a copy of MCN along for the ride. Adam, Stacey, Carol and Alan

A lot of Sheene ma­chines

While I have no doubts about the prove­nance of the Sheene restora­tion project on page 10 of last week’s MCN, it does make me won­der if there are any RG500S on the planet that the great one didn’t ride? Good luck to ev­ery­one trav­el­ling out to The Is­land. Geoff Tay­lor, Rugby Ed: Turn to page 8 for the lat­est on the Sheene restora­tion. And that re­ally IS one of his 1976 ti­tle-win­ning ma­chines.

Oh for truck’s sake

While rid­ing my mo­tor­bike along a coun­try road to­wards Seven­hamp­ton near Swin­don I caught up to a six-axel ar­tic. I as­sumed he had taken a wrong turn as the road is small with ar­eas of sin­gle file traf­fic. I kept well back as he pushed on through the vil­lage. I waited well back at both ar­eas al­low­ing ve­hi­cles com­ing the other way to pro­ceed be­fore I went on. The truck even­tu­ally turned onto the B4000 to­wards Watch­field and a lit­tle way down the road stopped quickly at a Give Way sign to let on­com­ing ve­hi­cles pass. I pulled up some 15 feet from the back of the truck, which im­me­di­ately started re­vers­ing rapidly to­wards me. He could ob­vi­ously not see me at that stage and I felt I was in im­mi­nent danger of go­ing un­der the truck, so I dropped my bike and rolled onto the verge. The truck stopped just as the un­der­run bar at the back reached my front wheel. This was a very fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and al­though I got away with scratches on my en­gine bars and ex­haust, the ex­pe­ri­ence has shaken me con­sid­er­ably. Nigel Ben­son, email

A poor ex­cuse

Could I just ex­tend a big thank you to any­one buy­ing a new mo­tor­cy­cle this year. Thank you very, very much. You en­able the rest of us poor peo­ple to ride around on half de­cent bikes next year. I prom­ise to knock you down to the last penny when you come to sell it. Bob Garn­ham, email

Belt-drive Bob­ber?

As a motorcyclist of over 56 years on two wheels and over half-a-mil­lion miles it’s great to see Tri­umph back as one of the best. At present I’m rid­ing a 1200 BMW but as I am be­gin­ning to wind down a lit­tle – well, I am 74 – I have been look­ing at the Bob­ber. How­ever, it had three things wrong with it in my mind. One: the 19in front wheel. Two: no pil­lion ca­pac­ity and three: chain drive. In this week’s MCN I now find the an­swer (ex­cept for chain drive), the cruiser ver­sion. Come on Tri­umph if you wish to chal­lenge in Amer­ica again go the Har­ley way and fit belt drive. As a re­tired en­gi­neer it makes sense, es­pe­cially on this type of bike. Ter­ence Frost, email

‘I found it more ex­cit­ing to ride a small bike fast than a fast bike slow!’

Build­ing those #ride5000miles Welsh ad­ven­ture with a bit of MCN thrown in. Keep

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