Hoon­ing about with the AR Own­ers’ Club in leafy Lan­cashire

There’s noth­ing like re­vis­it­ing old haunts on the bike you used to ride, es­pe­cially with old mates with ex­actly the same ma­chin­ery

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Inside - WORDS JIM MOORE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY PAUL BRYANT

IF YOU WERE held up by a group of al­most 20 small ca­pac­ity two-strokes on the Lan­cashire lanes to South­port in late June, there will be no apol­ogy – Kawasaki AR ex­perts Hol­me­tech put on its in­au­gu­ral run out to the coast and every­one in­volved had a blast. The event, pri­mar­ily for tid­dler stro­kers of the Kawasaki per­sua­sion, saw a plethora of AR50, 80 and 125s take part, as well as every­thing from Yamaha TZR125 and RD-LCS to a TDR250 and NSR250 too.

“The Lan­cashire weather put a few rid­ers off,” Hol­me­tech gaffer Phil Holme told PS. “So we would have had a few more run­ners, but the weather got bet­ter through­out the day and every­one who took part has asked when we’re go­ing to do it again.”

Many of the bikes on the run have been through Phil’s hands; some for restora­tion, oth­ers for light fet­tling, so their own­ers’ can re­live those hal­cyon teenage days again. The ride out from Chor­ley to South­port on the Lancs coast was, in ev­ery sense, a proper trip down mem­ory lane. Here’s why…

“I used to take my now wife on the back. I look at them now and won­der how on earth we man­aged that”

Lock up your grand­moth­ers

The col­lec­tive noun for a meet­ing of ARS – a tid­dle of ARS, surely?

Big lads on tiny bikes – way to go

“You lookin’ at my bike?”

Al­most a cof­fin tank from the top

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