Thursday, 30 December 2010

Saint Peter of Stormont, The Deputy and The Water Diviner

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
Shambolic, ineffective, not fit for purpose - fine words that effortlessly spewed eloquently forth from the silver tongued mouth of Saint Peter of Stormont, whilst by his side stood but two of his faithful noble disciples - Deputy Dawg the Brewer, alongside Conor the Water Diviner. Brave noble words, not fired in the direction of those responsible for the current difficulties that has rained down upon their faithful devoted peasants - words directed not at themselves - rather at the nearest available scapegoat, probably that guy who must have received a Blackberry from Santa - the Blackberry he was allegedly playing with while the rest of us were dying of thirst - whilst drowning in the flooded streets of Northern Ireland.

Shambolic, ineffective, not fit for purpose - fine words to which one could probably add - control freaks, arrogant wasters, verbal bully boys, despicable sewer rats, Tandragee, chicane, straw bales - all fine words that allegedly one might use whilst referring to dinosaurs, if indeed there were such ghastly despicably grotesque beings still roaming our beautiful countryside, but since there isn't - one obviously can't make use of the foregoing words to describe them - allegedly.

Perchance though, what if Jurassic Park had been a documentary, if dinosaurs really did again exist in this the 21st century, one does wonder how perhaps they would then pass the time of day in this wee country of ours – now if they had an interest in the sport of motorcycle racing – oops, forgot - they’d never be able to survive – how would it be possible to earn a crust from being in control of all things motorcycle sport in such a wee country as Northern Ireland?

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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Do We Live In A Democratic Society - Or Not?

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
Even if it does currently resemble a third world country, it's nonetheless sometimes difficult to believe we live in a democratic society - one that allegedly believes in the human rights of its people, each of whom have a right to voice their opinion, and the right to listen, or not listen to the opinions of others.

Each of us has the right to be heard, each of us has the right to hear the opinions of others, and each of us has the right to choose what we believe - whether it's an opinion we've listened to, or read - on a forum for instance.

Apparently though, there are allegedly those in our midst who believe we don't live in a democratic society, who don't want to hear, or read the opinions of others, who'd probably rather we didn't exist - except when they want to get their grubby little hands on our hard earned cash that is. And with our less than democratic government sitting on their fat posteriors up on the hill at Stormont while the rest of us die of thirst, the extreme cold, potholes the size of our empty reservoirs and who knows what diseases are lurking in the filthy water they're dishing out - who could possibly blame those who would have us banned from speaking the truth?

Earlier this year, at the alleged behest of *******, a website with no alleged links to the MCUI-UC, or the dinosaurs - banned little me from their forum for daring to speak the alleged truth about the alleged dictatorial MCUI-UC and the John Donnan inquest revelations.

This was the inquest during which Tony Harvey, incident officer for the Motorcycle Union of Ireland Ulster Centre, who had allegedly conducted a review of the incident, said "It could only be described as a freak accident and a risk competitors accept in the pursuit of their chosen sport"

This was the inquest during which it was said "I can't remember the man saying anything sensible other than nattering away in my ear. If someone is constantly coming at you it is easier just to ignore them" Remember who uttered these now infamous words in Court - No, it wasn't the village eejit - allegedly, it was Richard Nesbitt, alleged convenor of the MCUI-UC road inspection committee allegedly responsible for competitors' and spectators' safety, the very same person who allegedly claimed there was nothing more stable available in 2007 - More stable than straw bales that is! In the year 2007!

Later in the year, for quite a spell, the aforementioned forum then went completely missing - now resurrected - what a convenient alleged opportunity to rid oneself of anything embarrassing that had been written about the MCUI-UC, and the dinosaurs.

Lately, yet another forum appears to have taken a sabbatical, and one has to wonder why - what topics were being discussed - two is what I've heard, though there was probably more - the Harris Healey MCUI-UC media squabble and TAS aka Temple Auto Salvage - that's a scrap yard in the middle of beyond to you, me and the rest.

Alternatively there's Albert and Harold - Steptoe and Son - the stories some of my older colleagues have told about Harold simply beggars belief - someday perhaps, since we allegedly live in a democratic society that believes in freedom of speech - one might consider further researching and publishing aforementioned alleged tales of yesterday.

Quite obviously though, other insignificants - and insignificant items of paddock gossip were most likely being discussed or perhaps not - banter and chatter that may or may not have upset some insignificant other, some insignificant who may or may not have imagined their imagined insignificant self or imagined little empire may have been in danger of being undermined, even exposed - who allegedly has something to hide, one has now to wonder!!!!

Then again, all of the foregoing is a figment of the imagination, none of it is true, it's all been a dream, one was in the shower, dozed off, dreamt it all - after all, we do live in Northern Ireland - nothing here makes sense, not ever. We've had tons of snow, torrential rain - it's always soddin' raining - and now we've no soddin' water - must be dreaming again.

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Monday, 27 December 2010

Pathetic Death Throes Of The Embarrassing MCUI-UC Dinosaurs

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
Have we been witnessing the pathetic death throes of the embarrassing MCUI-UC dinosaurs this past year? From inquests that were both harrowing and embarrassing to the news that Motor Cycling Ireland are allegedly planning to sever all ties with the beleaguered MCUI-UC, and rightly so.

Somewhere in the midst of this script of comedy errors - a homage to the farcical Carry On series of low-budget movies - there also lurks twists and turns worthy of the great Alfred Hitchcock - allegations of a failure to acquire a new Vice Chairman, or a full quota of officials for the disgraced Roads Inspection Committee, the Great Harris Healey Media Caper, and shock horror - this bunch of plonkers at one stage allegedly hadn't even enough pennies in the piggy bank to pay one of their insurance instalments. Nothing beats a good old whip round - what about the next time though? Can the riders, the fans - can anyone who attends a motorcycle race meeting here in Northern Ireland be safe in the knowledge that should they become the victim of yet another unforeseen incident - there won't be a problem with insurance cover?

How can the MCUI-UC allegedly not have the finances to pay for something as unimportant as insurance cover? Perhaps somebody isn't playing the game - isn't claiming all of the available benefits - might one suggest the Benefits Adviser is checked out as a matter of some urgency.

Say what you must about that other waste of space - the Assembly of assorted alleged scum on the hill - at least we are occasionally afforded the opportunity of voting them out, if only to replace them with another flock of alleged scum - the MCUI-UC aka Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited dinosaurs are with us until they self destruct, which will hopefully be sooner rather than later.

Save Our Sport From Evil

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Sunday, 26 December 2010

All I Wanted For Xmas Was A Shiny New XXXX! Allegedly!

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All I'd really wanted for Xmas was a shiny new XXXX, but sadly it didn't arrive. Nothing to do with the adverse weather conditions - all that white stuff, sub-zero temperatures - some guy swore he'd seen polar bears and penguins skating across a frozen Belfast Lough - in the cold light of Boxing Day now I'm not so sure that he was paralytic drunk as first imagined. Perhaps a colleague was correct when he'd suggested my belief in that guy Santa Claus was a trifle misplaced - I'd written to him at the North Pole - sent him an email - santa.claus@thenorthpole.com - and had he replied? No, nor had he brought me my presents. Next year I'll act on the advice of my colleague, make public my Xmas wish list - I'll call in the media - newspaper journalists, radio journalists, television journalists, even those nice internet journalists.

'Next Xmas', I'll tell them, 'I want a designer tweed jacket - preferably Harris Tweed - and a new set of wheels perhaps, not that I have an old set, apart from the Yamaha - one of those new Healey Sports Cars would suffice'.

In years long since past - we've all heard the stories - the hacks, local and from across the Irish Sea, what they allegedly knew or cared about the motorcycle racing scene could now be written on a pin head, but what they knew about the hospitality tent the alleged stuff of legends. Did any of them care about whether the racing was good bad or indifferent, or what alleged scheming went on behind closed doors? Not when allegedly pissed as newts on an alleged never ending supply of free booze they didn't. The stories of daring do were still published, even if they were rose tinted as allegedly supplied by local dinosaurs - alleged stories that made local legends, even if they to were at times allegedly as pissed as the hacks, but still managed to race - and win. On the other hand, many perished in those wondrous glory days of Irish real road racing (many still perish) but who cared - they were legends - up there with, even if not quite of the same stature as, the great Finn McCool.

Fast forward to the 21st Century and believe it or not - we still have the dinosaurs, some of the old hacks are still around - somewhere or other - complete with pickled livers one imagines, but now we have - the Internet. The days of the KGB are numbered, secret societies are no longer secret - secrets are published worldwide, if not by WikiLeaks then by anyone with an Internet connection.

It's understandable why the Great High Priest who dost rule the World of motorcycle racing here in Northern Ireland, and all those who dost Worship @ the Elite Holy Inner Sanctum of the Sacred Temple of the Dinosaurs - otherwise allegedly known as, in another bygone age - the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited - MCUI-UC - dost banish the evil media from this, his Land of the Dinosaurs. How dare any mere mortal publish the truth about the Dinosaurs, rather than the alleged Fables of the MCUI-UC.


Who indeed needs the media? The Dinosaurs have already made extinct motorcycle real road racing in Northern Ireland, therefore one should read only the Obituaries - not for the name of any gallant competitor who has succumbed to his, or her, chosen sport, but rather the passing of the sport itself.

'Dear Santa, Next Xmas forget about the Harris tweed jacket, and the Healey sports car I requested earlier - next Xmas I want a copy of the local newspaper, the one with an obituary - the one that reads - Real Road Racing Fans Raise A Glass To The Passing Of The Dinosaurs'.

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Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Xmas To All - Not The Dinosaurs Though

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Reconstructed, hopefully for the last time, everything working as it should this time around, not quite 'Murphy' but who cares - not me. Just enjoyed a lovely relaxing holiday in a warmer place - then it all went terribly wrong - cancelled flights - snow at home - SNOW! Three days living in an airport isn't good for the stress levels, and then you arrive home and discover the moron in charge of keeping the roads clear of snow - didn't bother his sorry ass. If only we could vote these eejits out of whatever cosy office they inhabit. We're getting salt from Egypt! What happened to the soddin' salt mine we had in Carrickfergus? Wrong type of salt was it?

Merry Xmas to all motorcycle racing fans, the riders, the teams, the sponsors and anyone else I've forgotten. No, I haven't forgotten about the MCUI-UC officials, although I do hope this new ice age kills off every last one of the inept incompetent vermin.

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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

UGP Recession Proof Real Road Racing

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
Southern Ireland - the Republic of - is for all intents and purposes – bankrupt. So to is our own wee country - Northern Ireland - special thanks for this state of affairs must of course go to the evil bankers, the borrow and spend your way out of annoying little financial problems Labour Party, and our very own local waste of space and money - the parasites on the hill that is Stormont.

Now in the midst of this prolonged recession we have the UGP organisers’ announcement of a massive price increase for their 2011 event - a two thirds increase in admission fees - up from the £15.00 of 2010 to £25.00 and the cited reason - the scumbag fans who evade paying by crawling through miles of Dundrod mud fields. To give a reason for anything is to breed a doubt of it, so no matter what the spurious reason might be for this scandalous decision, what better time than this to increase admission fees to the Ulster Grand Prix - an already dead in the quagmire event some would say - and if not - this is surely the last nail in the coffin.

On the other hand, the foregoing scum have nothing on the dinosaurs, they who've been sucking the life and soul out of the sport of motorcycle racing here in Northern Ireland for years. Attend virtually any real road race meeting in Northern Ireland and you'll allegedly be in the minority - you are not an 'official' - you are not scamming the benefit system whilst living the all expenses paid high life - free accommodation, free meals, travel expenses, free access to all areas, and almost forgot - nor are you one of the vermin actually receiving monetary payments – all an alleged scenario of course.

Whilst most reasonably intelligent real road racing fans would have welcomed and approved the alternative headline - UGP Slashes 2011 Admission Fees - few if any would have appreciated or understood the reasoning behind the breakfast spoiling shock price hike news so indicative of a mindset that just like the dinosaurs - cannot be reasoned with for they have no reason.

Yes, admittedly the two thirds increase only takes the admission cost up to a measly £25.00, and whilst crowds do flock to British Superbikes where the cost for a couple of days entertainment is somewhat higher, there are other subtle superior differences. Ever attempted to access and park your prized possession in the middle of a ploughed Irish swampland? Not an easy task. On the plus side though it does aid the local economy, many are the grateful farmers who've generously taken the time to extract those in need from the clutches of Mother Earth at Dundrod - for an extortionate fee.

Another small issue is the toilet facilities, not much of a problem for primitive macho men, many go where they stand - us ladies though are more refined and discerning, preferring not to make a public spectacle of ourselves, or an exhibit for the attending voyeurs. Eating establishments around the Dundrod area are hardly 5 star either, sporadically located pushers peddling alleged over priced antibiotic-resistant salmonella burgers - the only alternative to snaring and cooking a few of the local rabbits over your campfire - a problem all of it's own when you're under assault from the wet stuff that frequently falls from the skies around Ulster Grand Prix time - and only in the vicinity of Dundord at that.

Another insignificant problem with the UGP is the International status it proudly boasts – which leads one to believe the cream of top class riders from around the World are to be seen fighting tooth and nail for glory, serious injuries, or death. Not so, but then again there are of course the local crop of between the hedge specialists, and those unable to compete successfully in other International events – BSB, WSBK etc etc, although one has to be honest – most can talk a good race - almost.

If not for the dinosaurs, most likely this wee country could have had its very own World class International race track by now - where we could enjoy watching our real Superstar motorcycle racers competing successfully against real International riders from around the World – Eugene Laverty, Jonathan Rea to name but two of the numerous local riders with the necessary self-belief, courage, passion, and commitment to compete at the highest level of their chosen sport.

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Monday, 6 September 2010

Cretinous Real Road Racing Fan Email

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
Laugh if you must, but the following email is as received from an obvious real road racing fan, or to put it another way - one of the cretins who think they know something about motorcycle road racing here in Northern Ireland.
Name: get a life
Email Address: youhavetomuchtimeonyourhands@yourareasado.twat Subject: pathetic
Message: if you dont like road racing, dont watch it. SIMPLE! leave the people who choose to invest every penny they have into something that gives them enjoyment alone to do what they want.

if people choose to do something, its up to them, who are you to say they cant? and to actually go to the effort of setting up a blog, just to bitch and moan about things? get a grip! get out more in the fresh air, try to find some friends, and spend your time more constructively

im pretty sure that me sending this will give you some kick of pleasure to keep on posting your drivel, but oh well i thought i would send it anyway to maybe switch a light on in your head and waken you up to realise how sad and pathetic you are.


Attend any real road race event here in Northern Ireland and you'll meet at least one, the loud mouthed cretin so busy spewing out verbal diarrhoea, the actual racing passes him by - the drunkard who next day has to ask who won the race, so busy was he spewing diarrhoea from all sorts of unsavoury places - the dedicated Northern Ireland real road racing fan who will stagger across several miles of ploughed fields, climb mountains, do anything rather than pay a pittance to attend his favourite blood sport - all pathetic individuals.

I've met them all and more, attended to many race meetings in the past, and officially have had the dubious pleasure of confronting these dangerous eejits who think it's alright to get drunk and start fights - this years UGP for instance - and the other mindless morons who believe it's their right to stand on the roadside, endangering the lives of the riders they'd claim are their heroes.

What I haven't recently met at any local road race meeting are 'the people who choose to invest every penny they have into something that gives them enjoyment'

To meet those genuine people who do it for the love of motorcycle racing, you have to move away from the confines of Northern Ireland, travel to the mainland where you'll find the real heroes of our sport - people like Nicole McAleer and her family, John Simpson, Josh Elliott, Nigel Percy and many, many others, all of whom - as if having to invest every penny they have into something that gives them enjoyment - also have to pay an extortionate fee to the MCUI-UC dinosaurs for the privilege of competing outside of Northern Ireland. Scandalous, but then again, when the 'International' UGP is attended by a mere ten thousand paying fans - plus the usual payment dodging scum - the alleged freebie lifestyles of some officials has to subsidised by somebody.

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Friday, 6 August 2010

Real Road Racing Killers In Waiting!

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
Back in June of this year - what a long time ago it now seems - many witnessed what some might say was attempted murder by several competitors from the real road racing fraternity, and allegedly, on more than one occasion it would seem.

The Isle of Man TT, already probably as famous for its unacceptably high death toll as it is for anything else - was thrust into the limelight yet again - not for the deaths and serious injuries that occurred, rather for what might have been.

Allegedly, several of our well known 'heroes' were more interested in money than they were in the lives of their fellow competitors, the volunteer marshals, and the fans whose money their grubby little hands couldn't wait to grab - at any cost it would seem!

Whilst injured riders, some fatally so, lay on the track being attended to by caring marshals, some imbecile fellow riders allegedly demonstrated their utter contempt for innocent life by ignoring the warning 'Yellow' flags being shown. Hence, riders, marshals and spectators alike, were in the firing line as these alleged would be murderous individuals sped past at racing speeds, missing all and sundry by - the proverbial coat of paint perhaps.

Not to worry though, the responsible governing body allegedly took action - and allegedly fined one unnamed rider a pathetic paltry sum. Rightly so, marshals have been angry, threatening even to boycott next years event, but will anyone listen, or even care? Get real!

Does it happen here in Northern Ireland? Of course it does, and what does the Health and Safety conscious MCUI-UC do about? Rumour has it; they just might be waiting until there is a major incident, serious injuries, and fatalities even. And besides, it wouldn't do if they were to upset any of our temperaMENTAL professional superstars of real road racing.

Mister Nelson McCausland (MLA) Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure might, as part of his alleged investigation into real road racing safety issues, have a friendly word with the dinosaurs of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, or then again - does he really care either?

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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Nonentity World Championship Nonentity World Champions

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
In 1977 the IOMTT was stripped of its World Championship status but responded with the 'TT Formula 1 World Championship' - a one race 'World Championship' no less.

History shows the great Phil Read was entered on a 1000cc four stroke Honda which was based on their rather successful endurance racer of the time - and duly won his eighth motorcycle racing World Championship title. Problem is though, Phil doesn't appear to claim to have won eight World titles - only seven - and who would blame him.

The legendary Carl Fogarty - Mister Superbike, the most successful World Superbike rider of all time - he claimed four WSBK titles before a freak accident with another rider brought his illustrious career to a premature end - otherwise who knows how many World titles he'd now be proudly boasting off. What he doesn't boast off, nor allegedly ever mentions, are is other 'World Championship' titles - come to think of it, I'm not sure if he even bothers mentioning the World Endurance Championship he won for Kawasaki in 1992.

Other notable winners of this nonentity 'World Championship' were allegedly of course - Mike Hailwood, Ron Haslam, Graeme Crosby, Virginio Ferrari and Joey Dunlop.

Strange that the large majority of the aforementioned riders never referred to their astounding 'World Championship' titles - modesty perhaps - or to embarrassed by the nonentity of it all.

Perhaps later this year, the motorcycle racing fans of Northern Ireland will have a 'Real' Road Racing World Champion to boast off.

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Tuesday, 3 August 2010

The Perils Of Quad Biking With Cows

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Down under in Australia a 55 year old woman has been airlifted to hospital after crashing into a cow whilst riding her quad bike.

Seems that while riding the quad bike on private property, the collision with the cow caused the quad to flip over and land on top of her which was bad enough, but unfortunately the cow also toppled over and crash landed onto the bike. Ouch!

Reports suggest the woman is in a stable condition, and the cow - anyone for burgers?

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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Irish Real Road Racing Summertime Blues

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

What a truly wonderfully pleasant summer we've all been enjoying in this lovely wee country of ours, and it's all thanks to the truly innovatively insane 'Peace Process' dreamt up by people who allegedly might quite possibly have escaped from a lunatic asylum - either that or the rumour it was actually the brainchild of those lovely MCUI dinosaurs, is quite possibly not so far-fetched after all.

Thus far, it's been a summer of bombs, shootings, riots, petrol bombs, hijackings, punishment beatings, more riots, more petrol bombs, more shootings, and more real road racing deaths - whilst just a few miles away - the annual Isle of Man TT provided us with even more not unexpected deaths and seriously injured riders.

On a lighter note, the IOMTT also provided us with the new Guy Martin / Michael Dunlop Show - funny for some - seriously disturbing and disgustingly insulting for others. Hardly surprising though considering the pedigree of these two individuals when both seemingly decided to drag real road racing down into the local sewage system - or was it merely down to their own level perhaps?

The antics of Guy Martin - the embarrassing class clown, every school has at least one - allegedly usually a cover for their obvious inadequacies - his aspirations, if he ever had any, to be a BSB, WSB, or even MotoGP star - a wildly implausible dream by any standards. Guy has found his dubious niche in the world of motorcycle racing - hopefully he survives the ride.

Michael Dunlop though seems to think of himself as being the rightful heir to the vacated Joey Dunlop title of being the King of the Roads, but one has to wonder what the great man would honestly be thinking of this seemingly sullen spoilt brat when he allegedly spoke about not being bothered about going through the hedge when riding close to other competitors. The people who should be exceptionally bothered by his threatening attitude are the fans standing behind those same hedges - unprotected innocent fans who would become mere statistics, but who would care, seemingly not Michael Dunlop in his quest for the spoils of victory.

Perhaps a responsible governing body will revoke the appropriate licence, teams will withdraw machines, sponsors will withdraw funding or will Around A Pound boost the Michael Dunlop bank balance with another infusion of cash - around a pound perhaps!

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Belfast Custom Bike Show 19th July 2010

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This weekend sees the Belfast Custom Bike Show at Custom House Square, Belfast on Saturday 24th July 2010.

Taking place from Noon – 6pm and costing £5 the show has a raft of entertainment from live music from Belfast Greasers, The Sabrejets and of course customised bikes galore!

Hot Rods, Scooters and Old Skool Custom cars are also welcome but they all “gotta” be driven in.

With families welcome and Kids free admission – The kid’s events include bouncey castle, face painting & kid’s entertainer – there is plenty of other “stuff” for everybody from – Vintage hairdressing – Auto Jumble – Vintage clothing – Pinstriping from Nefarious – Trade stands – Body painting by Alternative Ink

Finishing off the day is the after show party with the Red Hot Roosters, which will take place at the Shorts Social Club from 8pm till LATE admission is £5. There is free secure overnight camping at Shorts Social Club from 11am on day of show – only 5 minute drive from show site.

Promises to be a great day and night!

Full Details – www.belfastcustombikeshow.co.uk

Belfast Custom Bike Show

Saturday 24th July 2010

Custom House Square

Noon – 6pm

£5.00

Show entries no later than 12 noon

Categories for this drive-in show include Best of Show, Best Engineering, Best Chop, Best Paint,

Best Streetfighter, Best Scooter, Best Trike, Best Classic and best Ladies Bike!

Live music from Belfast greasers, The Sabrejets – Hot food & drinks – On-site bar – Pinstriping from Nefarious – Ladies ! – Vintage hairdressing – Auto Jumble – Vintage clothing – Merchandise including new 2011 HAMC Nomads calendar – Big prize raffle – Trade stands – Body painting by Alternative Ink

After show party with Red Hot Roosters,

Shorts Social Club, 8pm – LATE, £5

Shorts Social Club, Aircraft Park, 366 Holywood Road, BT4 1SL

Free secure overnight camping at Shorts Social Club from 11am on day of show – only 5 minute drive from show site

Families welcome – Kids free admission – Kid’s events include bouncey castle, face painting & kid’s entertainer

For all enquiries please contact: info@belfastcustombikeshow.co.uk

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Thursday, 10 June 2010

IOMTT Supersport Tragedy - ACU Statement

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The Auto Cycle Union regret to announce that Paul Dobbs, 39, from Onewhero, New Zealand, was killed during the Supersport 2 race at the TT races in a racing incident at Ballagarey.

Paul was an experienced TT competitor with a best finish of sixth in the 400cc lightweight TT race in 2000. He first competed in the Isle of Man TT Races in 1999.

He was married with two children. The ACU wishes to pass on their deepest sympathy to the rider’s family and friends.

Jim Parker, Chairman, ACU, commented: “Paul was a really popular rider in the paddock and was a great competitor. He was a very talented rider who made many friends in the racing community. He will be sorely missed.”

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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Rambo Granny of Melbourne Australia

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Gun-toting granny Ava Estelle, 81, was so ticked-off when two thugs raped her 18-year-old granddaughter that she tracked the unsuspecting ex-cons down and shot off their testicles.

The old lady spent a week hunting those men down and, when she found them, she took revenge on them in her own special way, said Melbourne police investigator Evan Delp.

Then she took a taxi to the nearest police station, laid the gun on the sergeant's desk and told him as calm as could be: 'Those bastards will never rape anybody again, by God.'

Cops say convicted rapist and robber Davis Furth , 33, lost both his penis and his testicles when outraged Ava opened fire with a 9-mm pistol in the hotel room where he and former prison cell mate Stanley Thomas, 29, were holed up.

The wrinkled avenger also blew Thomas' testicles to kingdom come, but doctors managed to save his mangled penis, police said. 'The one guy, Thomas, didn't lose his manhood, but the doctor I talked to said he won't be using it the way he used to,' Detective Delp told reporters. 'Both men are still in pretty bad shape, but I think they're just happy to be alive after what they've been through.'

The Rambo Granny swung into action August 21 after her granddaughter Debbie was carjacked and raped in broad daylight by two knife-wielding creeps in a section of town bordering on skid row.

'When I saw the look on my Debbie's face that night in the hospital, I decided I was going to go out and get those bastards myself cause I figured the Law would go easy on them,' recalled the retired library worker. 'And I wasn't scared of them either because I've got me a gun and I've been shootin' all my life. And I wasn't dumb enough to turn it in when the law changed about owning one.'

So, using a police artist's sketch of the suspects and Debbie's description of the sickos, tough-as-nails Ava spent seven days prowling the wino-infested neighborhood where the crime took place 'till she spotted the ill-fated rapists entering their flophouse hotel. 'I knew it was them the minute I saw 'em, but I shot a picture of 'em anyway and took it back to Debbie and she said sure as hell, it was them,' the oldster recalled.

'So I went back to that hotel and found their room and knocked on the door, and the minute the big one opened the door, I shot 'em right square between the legs, right where it would really hurt 'em most, you know. Then I went in and shot the other one as he backed up pleading to me to spare him. Then I went down to the police station and turned myself in.'

Now, baffled lawmen are trying to figure out exactly how to deal with the vigilante granny.'What she did was wrong, and she broke the law, but it is difficult to throw an 81-year-old woman in prison,' Det. Delp said, 'especially when 3 million people in the city want to nominate her for Mayor.'

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Monday, 7 June 2010

Speed & Safety – Save Yourselves! PSNI Speed Awareness

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The PSNI has announced the introduction of a Speed Awareness Scheme. Road users detected breaking speed limits in Northern Ireland will be offered the one-off opportunity to go back to the classroom and improve their driving skills - rather than picking up a fine and three penalty points on their licence.

Those detected speeding and who are aged 25 years and over, will be able to attend the Speed Awareness Scheme. The four hour classroom based Speed Awareness Scheme will not be offered to drivers who exceed the speed limit excessively, or those who have attended a national speed awareness course in the past three years.

Those aged under 25 years and detected speeding will be offered the chance to complete a Young Drivers Scheme. The Young Drivers Scheme aims to target vulnerable motorists and reduce the risk of young drivers becoming involved in serious injury and fatal road traffic collisions. The scheme consists of an educational workshop and online e-learning modules.

The schemes will follow a nationally approved syllabus, and will be run by DriveTech (UK) Ltd (a subsidiary of the AA) and delivered by specially selected approved road safety specialists. Courses will be held in Omagh, Coleraine, Belfast and Newry and will cost £85 inclusive of VAT to attend, which covers the cost of administering and delivering the schemes.

Both courses aim to generate a better understanding of the consequences of speeding and raise awareness of the importance of sticking to speed limits. The courses also help drivers recognise speed limits and provide instruction on driving more carefully.

Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland said: “Excessive speed for the conditions is the single biggest killer of people on Northern Ireland roads. This is the final warning for those who continue to break the speed limits.”

Right To Ride’s, Trevor Baird says, “We have been in contact with the PSNI to see if the educational workshop and online e-learning modules has relevance for motorcyclists and we have been promised an invite to sit in and see for ourselves what is entailed.”

Right To Ride has received some comments, “While the courses seem set up to “catch” and educate those who are speeding just above the limits, what is missing is education for habitual speeders, those that are caught well above the speed limit who despite points, fines and bans will continue with unchanged attitudes”.

“While additional road policing patrols will now be deployed across Northern Ireland to target people who take the completely selfish decision to speed and put other people at risk, I hope the PSNI will not just be out to fill their classrooms?”

Meanwhile down South ahead of this Bank Holiday weekend Mayo County Council is running their “What’s Around The Corner” safety campaign.

The campaign includes handing out High-visibility yellow vests to bikers to make sure they can be clearly seen by other motorists, they will be distributed through motorcycle clubs in Co.Mayo.

Noel Gibbons Road Safety Officer Mayo County Council, said, "This is one part of our ongoing efforts with partners to improve safety for motorcyclists and other road users. We are also encouraging local riders to under go Motorcycle training. Motorcyclists continue to be over-represented in the fatalities and since the middle of April, four riders have lost their lives.

As the weather improves, more and more motorcyclists will take to the roads. Research indicates that the majority of motorcycle fatalities occur over the weekends and during daylight hours. Many riders are injured at junctions when vehicles pull out, others crash as a result of entering a bend too fast.''

Right To Ride’s Trevor Baird, says, “While we have some issues with the reliance and the value of high-visibility yellow vests improving the conspicuity of motorcyclists so that they are actually seen by other vehicle drivers, however we welcome the overall safety message to riders and other vehicle drivers.”

That message is, “Motorcycles are often hidden in a motorist's blind spot or masked by backgrounds. For that reason, motorists should double-check blind spots, rearview and side mirrors before changing lanes or making turns. They don't benefit from a protective metal environment or the stability of four wheels. But as a driver you can help keep bikers safe by remembering a few basic rules.”

“To ensure you don't have an injury to another road user on your conscience KEEP A LOOK OUT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS.”

Right To Ride says - So save yourselves, watch your throttle, watch out for other drivers and riders!

PSNI Speed Awareness
MAYO Road Safety

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Thursday, 20 May 2010

A Political Guide for Real Road Racing Tourists to Ireland

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Ireland is an island to the west of Britain but Northern Ireland is just off the mainland – not the Irish mainland, the British mainland.

The capital of Ireland is Dublin. It has a population of a million people, all of whom will be shopping in Newry this afternoon. They travel to Newry because it is in the North, which is not part of Ireland, but still pay in Euros.

Under the Irish constitution, the North used to be in Ireland, but a successful 30-year campaign of violence for Irish unity ensured that it is now definitely in the UK. Had the campaign lasted longer the North might now be in France.

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland. It has a population of half a million, half of whom have houses in Donegal. Donegal is in the north but not in the North. It is in the South. No, not the south, the South.

There are two parliaments in Ireland. The Dublin parliament is called the Dáil, (pronounced “Doyle”), an Irish word meaning a place where banks receive taxpayers’ money. The one in Belfast is called Stormont, an Anglo-Saxon word meaning placebo, or deliberately ineffective drug.

Their respective jurisdictions are defined by the border, an imaginary line on the map to show fuel launderers where to dump chemical waste.

Protestants are in favour of the border, which generates millions of pounds in smuggling for Catholics, who are opposed to it.

Travel between the two states is complicated because Ireland is the only country in the world with two M1 motorways. The one in the North goes west to avoid the south and the one in the South goes north to avoid the price of drink.

We have two types of democracy in Ireland. Dublin democracy works by holding a referendum and then allowing the government to judge the result. If the government thinks the result is wrong, the referendum is held again. Twice in recent years the government decided the people’s choice was wrong and ordered a new referendum.

Belfast democracy works differently. It has a parliament with no opposition, so the government is always right. This system generates envy in many world capitals, especially Dublin.

Ireland has three economies – northern, southern and black. Only the black economy is in the black. The other two are in the red.

All versions of the IRA claim to be the real IRA but only one of them is the Real IRA. The North’s biggest industry is the production of IRAs. Consequently, we now have the Provisional, Continuity and Real IRA. The Real IRA is by far the most popular among young graffiti writers simply because it is the easiest to spell.

The North West 200 is the biggest illegal drinking party in the world, an event held in the North West of Northern Ireland, where you will also find the only motorcycle real road race longest short circuit in the world, sadly though, next to no motorcycle racing ever takes place there, not that any of the partygoers actually care one way or the other.

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Monday, 17 May 2010

Elena Myers - Real Motorcycle Road Racing Star

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On Saturday May 15th 2010 16 year old Elena Myers permanently etched her name in the history books of motorcycle road racing with the first ever AMA Professional Road Racing victory for a female rider. Elena from Discovery Bay, California, won an exciting and extremely popular victory at Infineon Raceway during the West Coast Moto Jam AMA Pro Racing SuperSport event.

Elena who started racing at the age of eight was impressive right from the off, and quickly progressed by the age of eleven to riding a 125cc GP bike for the first time and won on it at the first attempt.

This year she moved up to the AMA Pro 600 Supersport Championship where she has again shown herself to be a mature and determined class act by being competitive from the very first race of the year at the Daytona International Speedway where she scored a pair of seventh place finishes aboard her Lucas Oil/RoadRacingWorld.com/RMR Suzuki.

Over the next two rounds she then took fourth and fifth place finishes, and now at Infineon, an emotional Elena moved to the top step of the podium, the first female winner in the history of AMA Pro Road Racing.

“I’m just on another planet right now,” said Elena, who'd just attended her high school prom a few weeks ago and was competing in her first-ever professional race at Infineon Raceway. “The race went really good for me and some people made mistakes and I took advantage of it. It’s great to be at the top of the box. I don’t think it has quite sunk in yet.”

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Friday, 14 May 2010

Real Road Racing Fans Heading To The NW200 - Bike Safe!

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The Department for the Environment (DOE) Minister Edwin Poots, continues the motorcycle safety message and encourages motorcyclists to bike safely at the North West 200.

At Right To Ride we agree with the constant messages of, “leave the racing to the experts and consider the consequences should you become involved in a collision” – “travelling too fast for the conditions or overtaking where it is obviously not safe to do so.”

However there are always those motorcyclists, who take no heed to road safety messages and have no conscious thought about their actions or the consequences, whether it’s a speeding ticket, a court appearance or a potentially nasty collision.

Quoting figures that motorcycles represent 3% of all licensed vehicles in Northern Ireland, motorcyclists account for 13% of all road deaths, the Minister goes on to say, “I also see car drivers and other road users putting the lives of motorcyclists at risk by pulling out at junctions or overtaking without warning. Half of all motorcyclist casualties are caused by other drivers and, with that in mind, I urge car drivers to think about motorcyclists and how their actions might put them in danger”.

Right To Ride’s, Trevor Baird says, “While most bikes having their headlights permanently switched on and riders voluntarily wearing bright or fluorescent motorcycle gear, it’s not just the case of the motorcyclists or motorcycle being hard to see, it’s also the case of other drivers not looking”.

“While the motorcycle community continues to do its best for motorcycle safety there is no similar car community to get the safety message out there for car drivers. Extra effort and awareness for motorcycles needs to be taught to trainee car drivers at the learner stage” says Right To Ride.

Ride The Wild Wind, a website blog for the Northern Ireland Biker community and beyond says, “ It’s that time of year again as Northern Ireland goes bike mad with the return of the North West 200 and you can follow all the action on the official NW 200 website.

Adding that, “Northern Ireland’s North coast will be packed with thousands of bike fans this weekend for one of the world’s greatest road races which always brings guaranteed thrills. If you are heading up there you may find useful our partner Ride It Right‘s interactive coastal route map, which was designed to get the best, and safest, ride out of the fantastic roads around the event.”

The challenge laid down by the Minister, is for, “Motorcyclists and drivers to do more to reduce the number of motorcyclist casualties on our roads.”

Over the NW200 weekend the government has heightened road safety messages to specifically target the NW200 audience.

The DOE advertisement ‘Thinking Ahead’ focuses on motorcyclist errors, to make riders aware of the dangers on the road and urges them to take care. This message features in a targeted outdoor campaign over the NW200 period. It includes all main routes and heavy penetration of routes around the North West Triangle. As with all outdoor interventions, the campaign will use ‘safe’ advertising sites, such as bus shelters and garage forecourts.

While the NW200 sees thousands of motorcycle racing enthusiasts at one of the most spectacular events in our sporting calendar, not all these enthusiasts are motorcyclists, so be careful out there: Bike Safe! Right to Ride

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Real Road Racing Annual Dinosaur Migration Junket

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Having crashed at high speed during the final NW200 Superbike practice, Steve Plater, allegedly 41 years of age or thereabouts, is probably now hurting somewhat more than he would have - had he still been a twenty something year old. Well you don't really feel the pain when you're a mere youngster - not like you do when you're old and decrepit - not that I'm implying Steve is decrepit, or that I'm either of the foregoing - unlike many of the Dinosaurs allegedly are.

Whilst ageism, like racism and sexism, is a type of discrimination - in certain circumstances a line has to be drawn on our real road race tracks - especially so when so many lives are at stake. Competitors, spectators - men, women and children - we all attend motorcycle road racing events assuming that every possible precaution has been put into place to ensure our safety. We also assume that in the event of an injury causing incident - experienced, reasonably intelligent physically fit officials will be on hand to assist with, and prevent further casualties.

Instead though, we look around and see Dinosaurs, some allegedly in their late sixties, and even seventies - decrepits allegedly bordering on senility - some allegedly living on state benefits, and these people are still allegedly in charge of our safety!

God forbid my life, or any life, will ever have to depend on a pensioner who can barely walk, and on that point - are these poeple actually covered by insurance, or is the designated insurance company kept in the dark when it comes to not only the age of who they're insuring, but also their physical and mental state?

This morning, many Dinosaurs will have awakened and allegedly wondered what to do next on their great annual North West 200 alleged taxpayer funded migration junket, unlike Steve Plater who'll no doubt still be wondering how he survived such an incredible crash - indeed his HM Plant Honda team obviously had the same thoughts when making a statement about the miraculous escape of their star rider: "Steve is fortunate to have come away from his high speed crash with relatively minor injuries"

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Thursday, 13 May 2010

Motorcycle Minds – Global Connection – Form An Opinion

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Motorcycling is more than a way of life - freedom, mobility, independence and an inimitable feeling of being part of the world around us. Now you can involve yourself and help preserve and promote the unique spirit of motorcycling by participating in a new blog called Motorcycle Minds to which anybody can submit articles - so now is the time to have your say on the issues that concern you.

Motorcyclists in different countries have different problems, some are shared, some are unique, but the common denominator is a love of motorcycling.

Motorcycle Minds is pretty simple, it’s a global blog with articles on specific motorcycle issues such as: advanced training, road infrastructure including crash barriers, braking systems, anti-tampering legislation, electric bikes/C02 emissions, ITS on bikes and so forth – the list is endless.

Motorcycle Minds aims to give fellow riders and non-riders an informed foundation to make an opinion. A kind of loose association of like-minded riders, with no pressure of deadlines, but simply the opportunity when there is an issue to comment on.

However Motorcycle Minds is not just about these issues and where it usually leads us to defend our motorcycling. It’s not all safety – safety – safety.

Why shouldn’t we celebrate motorcycling? We should!

After all, it is the best means of personal transport – not just for fun, but in many countries throughout the world it is a family affair, a workhorse, a way of life. In all its sizes, variations (including Sidecars and Trikes), the motorcycle offers freedom, mobility, independence and an inimitable feeling of being part of the world around us.

The blog is available to riders from around the world who have something worthwhile to say about motorcycling.

The idea of Motorcycle Minds was formulated by riders from different countries, including Northern Ireland, and different backgrounds seeking knowledge and viewpoints to put into one place.

Motorcycle Minds - Involve Yourself and Preserve the Spirit of Motorcycling

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Troy Bayliss Mugello Xerox Ducati Superbike Test

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According to the WSBK official website World Superbike legend Troy Bayliss was back on board a Ducati Superbike machine for the first time since his retirement from the championship at the end of 2008 in a positive test session at Mugello on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

The two-day run at Mugello, the first time Bayliss had ridden a superbike in 18 months, saw him lap in a time of 1 minute 51.9 seconds on race tyres, after the first day had been conditioned by heavy rain.

"I really enjoyed myself and I hope the feedback I have been giving the guys is useful," said Bayliss after the test. "I was a little worried that I'd have forgotten how to ride after the year and a half break, but it was easy and to be honest it felt like I'd never been away!"
Bayliss retired at the end of the 2008 season with three world titles and an excellent record of 52 wins in 152 races.

Regarding an eventual return to the track for Bayliss, team manager Ernesto Marinelli refused to make any significant comments, declaring: "Hold on, this is an important decision that we will eventually leave up to Troy. It's clear that for him the door is always open". WorldSBK.com

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Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Motocycle Real Road Racing Hymn Sheet NW200

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What a breath of fresh air it is in this wee country of ours when one hears all sides singing from the same hymn sheet, as indeed the riders, and fans, (sorry - make that customers) were when praising the new Mathers Cross chicane on the North West 200 course. Just as well really because if real road racing is to have a future, chicanes will be part and parcel of the raft of new safety measures to be shortly introduced at all surviving circuits.

All current Prohibited to the Public areas at remaining circuits are to be greatly increased, and for the safety of customers - the erection of grandstands around the circuits will be the way forward as it keeps large numbers of paying customers in positions of relative safety.

Along with chicanes, removable fences have been proposed, as has the permanent removal of obstacles such as telegraph poles, trees, walls, houses - in addition to improved runoff areas on the outside of corners with the obligatory gravel traps.

Come to think of it, perhaps a new International standards short circuit venue would be a cheaper option, but since it will be the taxpayer and real road race fanatic who'll be footing the bills - who really cares when it will enable our much loved Dinosaurs to maintain their alleged lucrative powerbase.

Also on the agenda, speed inhibiting measures as allegedly suggested by the Senior Coroner, but since this would not be achievable in practice, serious consideration is being given to the alternative of banning Superbikes from participating in all real road racing events within Ulster - Northern Ireland. And on the subject of banning Superbikes, one welcome proposal concerns newcomers - novices - all of whom might very well be resricted to competing on either 125cc two stroke machines or 450cc four stroke machines - for a period of at least one full season, or a specified number of short circuit events - followed by a similar real road race period of machine size restriction.

Due to the risk of unpredictable consequences of mechanical failure, the proposal is to reduce both the speed of the machines, and the number of simultaneous starters. One only has to look back at the recent Monza round of the World Superbike Championship to realise what the consequences could have been had such an incident occurred on a real road race circuit.

Three MCUI-UC Committee Members who wisely allegedly declined to let their names go forward for re-election in 2010, allegedly claimed they all agreed that unless drastic steps were taken to reduce the speeds of machines in real road races and all Officials and Spectators were removed from within range of track accidents, the time would very soon come when road racing would be a thing of the past.

The question must be asked whether it is acceptable in the 21st century to have motor cycle races on public roads bearing in mind the speed potential of modern racing motorcycles, the nature of our public roads, the unpredictable consequences of mechanical failure or a competitor losing control of his machine or a crash involving a number of competitors, and the difficulty of ensuring spectator safety particularly where spectators are allowed to be positioned close to the racing.

If motorcycle real road racing is to continue, all will come to pass, and sincere thanks must go to our wonderfully endearing MCUI-UC safety conscious officials.

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Monday, 10 May 2010

Woman Painting Fingernails While Driving Convicted In Motorcyclist’s Death

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American Motorcyclist Association Press Release

Pickerington, Ohio - A woman who was painting her fingernails while driving and smashed into motorcyclist Anita Zaffke, killing her, has been convicted of felony reckless homicide, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

Lora Hunt, 49, reportedly showed no emotion when the jury read the verdict after deliberating a little more than three hours on May 6. The trial lasted two days.

Hunt, a nurse, faces up to five years in prison when she is sentenced next month.

Zaffke, 56, was killed when Hunt, who police said admitted she was painting her fingernails at the time of the crash, smashed into the back of Zaffke's motorcycle at a stoplight in Lake Zurich, Ill., about 40 miles north of Chicago, on May 2, 2009

At the trial, Hunt testified she had stopped painting her nails before the fatal crash. Her defense lawyer argued Hunt's actions were negligent, like eating a sandwich or talking on a cellphone in a car, and not reckless, according to the Chicago Tribune.

But Assistant State's Attorney Mike Mermel, who prosecuted the case, argued that Hunt acted recklessly, the newspaper said.

"It is not the same as biting a sandwich. ...It's a voluntary disablement," the newspaper quoted Mermel as saying. "She might as well have been in the back seat making a sandwich."

Greg Zaffke II of Wauconda, Ill., the victim's son, told WGN News following the verdict: "There are no winners today. There is no celebration or happiness. Two families will forever carry the hurt and anguish caused by one person's reckless actions behind the wheel."

After the fatal crash, Zaffke began painting his fingernails black as a reminder to anyone he meets of his mother's death. And he formed the Black Nail Brigade Foundation Against Distracted Driving (www.BlackNailBrigade.org) to publicize the dangers of distracted driving, push for legislation to impose appropriate penalties for distracted drivers who seriously injure or kill others, and to boost awareness to share the road with motorcycles.

He told WGN News that the Black Nail Brigade efforts transcend his mom's death.

"I love my mom, but I understand that. There are other loved ones dying," he said.

"On behalf of the AMA and its members, I want to express our sincere condolences to Ms. Zaffke's family," said Ed Moreland, AMA vice president for government relations. "This episode puts into stark relief the tragedy that can result from distracted driving, and we hope that our efforts and those of Greg Zaffke will help avoid further tragedies."

In 2009, the AMA adopted a formal position statement that endorsed enhanced penalties for those who injure or kill others while operating a motor vehicle when distracted or inattentive operation is involved, with the goal of preventing motorcycle crashes from occurring in the first place. To read the AMA's position statement on distracted and inattentive driving, go to AMA

Here in Northern Ireland, our wonderful judiciary would most likely have given her an all expenses paid vacation at a 5 Star Caribbean Beauty Spa.

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Ulster Grand Handout

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And still our ‘Grand Prix’ organisers are allegedly pursuing £50000.00 of taxpayers money - my money, and that guy over there who's as disinterested in the blood sport of motorcycle real road racing as I am of F1 - his money, and let's not forget in this age of severe recession - education, health, jobs, etc, all far more deserving of our money than a motorcycle real road race that's been in dire straits for to many years.

As with the great North West tourism magnet, the UGP claims to be an International event, but the well used trick of shipping in a handful of overseas backmarkers doesn't fool the more knowledgeable motorcycle race fan in our midst. The real motorcycle road racing fans of Northern Ireland are being deprived of their favourite sport -discriminated against by those blinded by their own sense of importance.

When Dundrod lost its World Championship Grand Prix status, our Governing body should have acted immediately to ensure we had a suitable track designed and constructed, but sadly, the Dinosaurs seemingly had an ulterior agenda to blindly follow.

Many tragic deaths later, with more inquests still to be heard, our Governing body continues to lead us down the one way narrow winding bumpy road to motorcycle racing oblivion.

The MCUI-UC and those die hard fans so Hell bent on having real road racing continue - should dig deep, and fund it themselves.

Congratulations to Eugene Laverty on his stunning World Supersport win at Monza this afternoon. Commiserations to World Superbike star Jonathan Rea, an incredible fight back from a poor start went slightly awry, but at least he walked away from the crash, and the later second race crash. Hopefully he'll have better luck next weekend at Kyalami.

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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

European Driving Licence Directive Consultation – Madness!

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Right To Ride has replied to the madness contained in the Department of the Environment’s (DOE) consultation on proposals for implementing the 3rd EC Directive On Driving Licences.

This directive voted on and passed in the European Parliament in 2006 must be transposed into national legislation by 19th January 2011 and enter into force as of 19th January 2013.

The directive is designed to harmonize motorcycle licences across Europe, although the directive allows members states flexibility at what age they can allow a rider to access the licence categories.

The European Commission gave member states 3 choices in terms of progressive access from categories A1 to A2, and A2 to A:

To offer riders the choice of either training or a test
To impose training only
To impose testing only
The DOE has unfortunately moved well beyond the spirit of the directive.

Apart from the complexity of the DOE proposal which was put out to consultation, it offers no benefit to riders.

We strongly disagree with the consultation proposals which aim to introduce provisional licences granted for all categories of licence entitlement. In our opinion these proposals are prescriptive and convoluted and badly thought through. The irony is that these proposals will effectively undermine the EU directive on all counts and encourage riders to become “permanent learners”.

The DOE proposal wants to allow “novice” riders access to full power motorcycles and to undertake every two years an undefined “refresher course”, to ride indefinitely on a provisional licence. What this means is that the rider will have to take a mandatory refresher course (which the rider will have to pay for anyway), without the benefit of entitlement to a proper licence and a test if they wish to move to a bigger motorcycle.

The DOE has simply followed the Department for Transport’s (in Great Britain) recently completed consultation and subsequent report on the directive, which is to impose a provisional licencing system, using as a model, the GB based costs. But the DOE consultation proposals do not define what these “mandatory” refresher courses and tests will actually entail, nor how much they will cost the individual rider.

These proposals go against the EU directive which prescribes an option of 7 hours approved training between the categories.

Right To Ride calls on the DOE to:

Carry out a full cost benefit analysis and regular impact assessment should be carried out based on Northern Ireland calculations and how this affects the people of Northern Ireland.

That the training based arrangement should be reviewed and consideration given to the way in which other countries in the European Union are implementing the directive, especially regarding the training route.
The Motorcycle Industry in Europe - ACEM (Association des Constructeurs Européens de Motocycles) proposes training for progressive access for riders when stepping up between licence categories and agrees to the 7 hours training as prescribed in the directive.

Right to Ride’s, Trevor Baird says, “We recommend that the DOE investigates further the values of cost beneficial 7 hours structured, relevant and cost-effective basic training to give the rider moving between licence categories, the essential skills and knowledge capable of safely operating a motorcycle continuously in normal traffic situations on public roads.”

In our view, the DOE consultation has set out proposals which will effectively undermine the EU directive on all counts and encourage riders to become “permanent learners”, by being able to ride indefinitely on a provisional licence.

The DOE consultation has moved well beyond the spirit of a process of implementing the 3rd European Driving Licence Directive, which is in itself complicated (albeit understandable) into a prescriptive and unnecessarily difficult set of proposals, which will certainly not give riders any benefits and will not be unenforceable.

Acem says that, “Training should be designed to actually enhance motorcycle safety; and not merely be a check in traffic to demonstrate that the rider has the required skills to operate a motorcycle in traffic. Training should not merely be a refreshment course, but include specifically designed modules that address the main causes of accidents involving motorcycles. Training provides a tool to increase rider knowledge and experience, with the ultimate target to enhance motorcycle safety.”

View Article on Right To Ride

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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Dysfunctional Incompetent Real Road Racing Farce Continues

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According to Noel Johnston - UGP clerk of the course - the 2010 Ulster Grand Prix is under threat because much needed funding has not materialised from DCAL, and went on to allegedly claim: 'Last year we were told that the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure had earmarked £50,000 for essential maintenance and paddock improvements - The necessary work has been carried out and we have been trying to retrieve this money for a number of months.'

Meanwhile, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has allegedly denied that it committed any money to UGP paddock improvements - all of which one might be excused for assuming to be a most strange situation until the aforementioned Noel Johnston then claimed the MCUI-UC had allegedly informed the Ulster Grand Prix race organisers that the money would be forthcoming, and also allegedly claimed "We were given guarantees and assurances by a number of people regarding this money, and hence carried out the necessary work. - For a number of months we've been trying to retrieve this money via the Two and Four Wheel Motorsport Steering Group.'

DCAL however responded and allegedly claimed it did not earmark in 2009 any money for paddock improvements at the Ulster Grand Prix, nor did they give any commitment for paddock improvements at the UGP and had not received an application for the expenditure from the Ulster Grand Prix - and continued by allegedly stating that SportNI is responsible for the distribution of funding and in the case of motorsport works through 2&4 Wheel Motorsport Steering Group Ltd.

Suddenly - to me at least, there is nothing remotely strange about the situation, not with the involvement of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, SportNI and 2&4 Wheels Motorsport Steering Group Limited - not that anything remotely untoward is being alleged, but there is an easy way for all concerned to prove their claims and counterclaims - publish the applications, the guarantees, and all written communications between the parties.

'We wouldn't have spent the money without the assurances that we received. This money is vital to the running of the UGP and we need it now to ensure that there is another year of great road racing at Dundrod.' Mr. Johnston allegedly claimed - another point one finds somewhat odd. The UGP according to the usual preposterous claims, is one of our premier sporting events, a tourism magnet, yet it's obviously surviving on handouts from taxpayers, most of whom currently have more pressing issues to deal with - jobs, mortgages, fuel, food - but worry ye not - according to many loyal fans, the Democratic Unionist Party will ensure our money is wisely spent on bailing out yet another Real Road Racing financial burden upon society.

In this age of unprecedented recession, the DUP, and all other politicians have to ask themselves what's more important - healthcare, education, jobs, poverty, security, corruption or pumping more and more taxpayer’s money into the continuing dysfunctional incompetent real road racing farce?

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Sunday, 25 April 2010

Northern Irish Real Road Racing Superstars Victorious @ Assen Cathedral of Motorcycle Road Racing

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Congratulations to Jonathan Rea and Eugene Laverty on their storming rides to victory at the World famous Assen circuit Holland. Jonathan triumphed in two of the most exciting close fought race long battles of the World Superbike Championship in recent times. The last double win for Honda happened in the UK in 2008 but today a British rider, Jonathan Rea (Hannspree Ten Kate) took a double for Honda in the Netherlands, after winning race two by 1.942 seconds. Third was James Toseland to give the second all British podium of the day. Max Biaggi was a strong fourth, Troy Corser fifth, after another classic race at the classic circuit of Assen. In the WSBK points Leon Haslam still leads with 148, Max Biaggi 128, with Northern Ireland Superstar Jonathan Rea moving into contention for the title with 110.

Northern Irish Supersport Star Eugene Laverty (Parkalgar Honda) meanwhile made it two wins in consecutive seasons at Assen, and he also won his second race of 2010 today. In second place, Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Motocard.com) now leads the title battle on 85 points, with third place finisher at Assen, Kenan Sofuoglu (Hannspree Ten Kate Honda), second in the series on 77 points. Laverty is now third overall, on 66 points, with nine races to go. Chaz Davies took his Triumph ParkinGO BE1 machine to fourth place, ahead of Matthieu Lagrive's similar bike. (Courtesy WXBK.COM)

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Thursday, 22 April 2010

Tandragee, Faugheen & Athea Road Races - We'll Be Back!

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland


Athea Motorcycle Road Race Club have apparently followed Tandragee and Faugheen by announcing their annual round of the Irish Motorcycle Road Race Championship due to take place on June 26th and 27th has now been regretfully cancelled. Like Tandragee and Faugheen, the Athea Motorcycle Road Race Club have also assured real road racing fans that they will be back in 2011.

The Athea Motorcycle Road Race Club Press Release went on: 'There were many individual reasons why we felt this was our only alternative and the crucial blow came last week when our one of our main sponsors went into administration.

The road surface on the circuit has also been an issue with the recent winter severity of conditions and we are currently working on this issue with Limerick County Council, to address it for 2011.

We wish to apologise to anyone who had made plans to attend our event and wish to thank everyone who has helped us over the last few months at the various fundraisers and those who offered their help and assistance for this year's event.

The Club met last night and decided due to the various issues that we had no alternative only to cancel this year's event. The Club have put a fundraising programme in place from May 2010 to prepare for our race date in 2011. The first leg of our fundraising will kick off with the launch of our membership packs. Contrary to rumours at the start of the year that the Athea Races were cancelled, the committee have been working flat out to try to save our event.'


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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Real Road Racing vs. Saturday Night At The Movies

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland


Just recently, a friend told me he'd read where a motorcycle real road racing fan had allegedly written: 'Where else would you get a full day's entertainment for £10? The cinema will sting you that much for 2 hours viewing.' Difference is though, apart from the sting, your chances of being killed or maimed by the onscreen action is somewhat remote - maybe something to do with cinemas having to comply with strict Health and Safety laws - whereas according to rumour, the motorcycle real road racing fraternity allegedly exploit a loophole in our somewhat lax H&S laws, or is it several?

Those claims made in the past that motorcycle real road race fans wouldn't pay to see World class racing are, one has to concede - most likely quite true - asking a real road race fan to purchase a programme ranks alongside asking the local terrorists - criminals - to decommission ALL of their weaponry - while the mere mention of an entrance fee to a safe from trackside action corral at a real road race event - would cause chaos at our hospitals - all those fans suffering from heart failure.

Others have suggested we remind our local councils, our local business people about the influx of spectators, with money - a motorcycle real road race event brings forth to a chosen designated area of our wee country. Presumably these are the same councils, and local businessmen who've been funding our motorcycle real road racing since almost the beginning of time.

If motorcycle real road racing is to have a future, long overdue strict, and expensive safety measures are to be enforced upon it, all of which has to be paid for by those who claim to be the die hard fans of the sport. The curtains will very soon be drawn for the final time - the free matinee show will be no more - but there's always a good movie on at the local cinema. I hear there's a movie starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman which is allegedly worth seeing - The Sting!

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Monday, 19 April 2010

Real Road Racing Dinosaurs and the External Assessor

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland


Whilst appreciating the need for sensitivity when discussing such matters, I nonetheless find myself being somewhat curious regarding the issue of insurance cover for ALL those 'Senior Citizens' plus those who might allegedly be in receipt of other 'State Benefits' - officiating at our motorcycle real road race events.

Perhaps it might explain why the officiating standards at our motorcycle race meetings appears to be at best dysfunctional - allegedly fatally flawed at worst - or should that be the other way around?

One has to also wonder if the MCUI-UC has insurance cover for these 'officials' - or perhaps more importantly - has the designated insurance company ever been notified of the ages, physical, and mental capacity of the motorcycle real road racing officials here in Northern Ireland?

Earlier this year the Senior Coroner suggested the appointing of an 'External Assessor' to oversee safety issues at motorcycle real road racing circuits, which is one thing DCAL wants in place as a matter of some urgency - and the sooner that happens the better for all concerned - except perhaps for many MCUI-UC officials.

On the agenda for the immediate attention of the designated 'External Assessor' are the many concerns of the Senior Coroner and DCAL - including the requirement that every effort must be made to ensure that any persons acting on committees should be completely detached from any gain - the urgent need to reduce the speeds of machines competing at real road races, even if it means a blanket ban on Superbikes - the removal of all Personnel, and Spectators from within range of possible accidents - and if the MCUI-UC should decide to obstruct any of the foregoing measures, the time will very soon come when motorcycle real road racing will be nothing more than an entry in our history books - probably under the heading - Extinct Dinosaur Sports.

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Do Real Road Racers Take Precedence Over Road Legal Bikers?

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland


Despite Saturday morning being such a beautiful day for biking, some of us had to work, but not one of my colleagues who turned up just to show of his latest toy - an all black BMW S1000RR Superbike - what a poseur.

Today though, having endured a 3 hour trip around our scenic local third world public roads - the BMW is back at the dealers - chipped paintwork, damaged wheels, and coolant fluid leaking from someplace it really ought not to be leaking from.

All Northern Irish motorcyclists have the right to clean roads! So says Stephen Leathem who is asking people to join and support all motorcyclists in the pursuit to have our local government sit up and take notice of the disgraceful state of our roads - everything from potholes to farmers trailing mud all over the B-roads.

On his Facebook page, Stephen says: 'We pay our Road Tax just like everyone else and have the right to clean, safe roads!' and continues by asking for all motorcyclists to join the cause before there is another life, and bike ruined!

Trevor Baird at Right To Ride has rightly stated: 'It’s not rocket science, poor road design and maintenance can contribute to motorcycle crashes, injuries, and fatalities. The “Fix A Road” page on our website highlights the issues faced by riders from, stone chip dressing, diesel spills, non grip man hole covers, road debris, potholes.

Write To Ride also points you to the Roads Service website, where you can report a road fault and download a “Hazard Fault Report Form” for when you are out and about as an aide memoire if you come across a hazard or fault on the road that you consider is a danger to motorcyclists.

Mister angry - alias my colleague - now less his prized BMW S1000RR Superbike - also made the same point as Stephen Leathem - about having paid his Road Tax to legally use our public roads - then continued by vehmently claiming that due to incompetence, the Northern Irish public roads network is now unfit for purpose, and a danger to all legal users.

According to the Roads Service own website - an Agency within the Department for Regional Development: 'The road network plays a vital role in promoting economic growth in Northern Ireland with 99% of freight and people movements being made by road.' That being the case, why then has the Roads Service - under the alleged control of Minister Conor Murphy - failed to adequately maintain our much depended upon road network?

There are some roads though that the Roads service does maintain, regardless of cost - allegedly - so next time any road legal bikers want to make use of of muck and potholes free roads within our Province - travel to Cookstown, the North West, or any of our other still in use motorcycle real road race tracks, because the Roads Service allegedly spends a considerable amount of time and money, ensuring those roads are in premium condition - and also remember this - all road legal bikers, and motorists, are footing the bill - not the MCUI-UC!

As mentioned in an earlier article - BikersRVoters are contacting all of the political parties in Northern Ireland to give a political platform/soapbox for politicians and their political parties to inform motorcyclists of their views on motorcycling as part of the Northern Ireland transport mix - and are also enabling motorcyclists to get their message to politicians by offering them “The Rider’s Soap Box” which should be of interest to ALL aggrieved bikers.

Give your feedback to the wannabe politicians - tell them to sit up and take notice of the disgraceful state of our roads - Tell Them Now @ BikersRVoters

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Friday, 16 April 2010

Real Road Racing Faces Hedge Viewing Extinction

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland


The end is nigh and rightly so for the days of spectators viewing motorcycle real road racing action from behind the hedges, through the hedges, and below the hedges. If real road racing is to have any future here in Northern Ireland, trackside viewing will allegedly soon be consigned to history at the behest of DCAL and a soon to be appointed External Assessor.

Earlier this year, Senior Coroner John Leckey allegedly asked whether it is acceptable in the 21st century to have motor cycle races on public roads bearing in mind the incredible speed potential of modern racing motorcycles, the nature of our public roads here in Northern Ireland, and the unpredictable consequences of mechanical failure or a competitor losing control of his machine or a crash involving a number of competitors.

More recently, DCAL officials and Senior Coroner John Leckey not only voiced there concerns about the close proximity of spectators to high speed motorcycles at our real road races but also allegedly failed to understand how it could have been logical to allow the speed of a safety chicane to increase from approximately 60mph to around 100mph plus, and allegedly also found the speed of the modern day motorcycles being used at our real road races to be almost incredible. Motorcycle road racing must be made safer for all concerned they allegedly concluded, and suggested that this could be helped by placing spectators in safe areas away from the track action, and reducing the power output of the racing motorcycles.

To assist with their decision making, DCAL have also allegedly decided - as originally suggested by the Senior Coroner - that there is now an urgent requirement to have in place, an official to oversee safety at all of our motorcycle race circuits - an External Assessor - and the sooner that happens the better for all concerned - except perhaps the Dinosaurs.

This External Assessor would be tasked with overseeing all safety issues at each individual event, and ensure that any particular issues which were agreed to - had in fact been carried out in accordance with that which was previously agreed by the aforementioned External Assessor - otherwise no real road racing event.

One of the first priority safety issues for the appointed External Assessor - would of course be spectator safety - and already being considered even before his/her arrival - is greatly increased and enlarged Prohibited Areas which would ensure ALL spectators are suitably corralled an acceptably safe distance from the trackside action - therefore the long time practice of close up and personal viewing of the action from behind the hedges, through the hedges, or below the hedges - will be no more.

How many times have we heard it said in the past - Northern Ireland motorcycle road racing fans would never pay the required entrance fees to watch World class motorcycle racing - they're much to accustomed to enjoying their free gladiatorial real road racing shows, apparently it's their God given right - therefore argued the real road race purists - there would never be a time when Northern Ireland would require an International Standards motorsports circuit.

With that in mind, one therefore has to wonder if those same fans will now be prepared to pay for the privilege of watching the ontrack action from a distance - within a corral - complete with third world facilities - or quite possibly no facilties at all?

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©2010 Motorcycle RealRoadRacing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland