Monday, 8 August 2011

Mid Antrim 150 Motorcycle Real Road Races v The Right to Exist

Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland

Contrary to the circulating rumours, she hasn't gone away you know, simply a summer break (shortened by at least two weeks) whilst the local usual suspects wreak their annual havoc upon our wee country. Probably similar to the menstrual period, except it mainly occurs when the schools take their summer holidays - any holiday - and of course there's the longer clear nights of our 'summer' - these things and more effect the habits of some of the already unsavoury Neanderthals in our midst - those who sleep by day, riot and cause mayhem by night. Criminals one and all, the low-lifes of our society. The scum that blights our daily lives.

And on the subject of the low-lifes within our midst - at least one such Neanderthal with a grudge against the running of the Mid Antrim 150, committed a crime which should not be condoned by anyone - even if the person/s had just reason to feel aggrieved.

Was this someone who has in past times felt the wrath of an arrogant MCUI-UC Dinosaur, an over zealous Mid Antrim 150 Motorcycle Club Official? Or perhaps this person was a farmer, a businessperson whose livelihood was being threatened by the running of the event, as indeed happens all too often.

Many farmers have had to diversify to exist, they have families to support, young children to clothe and feed, cattle to care for, expensive machinery to maintain, and who within the motorcycle real road racing community cares one way or the other? All they seem to care about is the running of a loss making real road race event, an event financially supported with ratepayer’s money - taxpayers money.

But what about the farmer whose business comes to a forced standstill - they and their families held captive in their own homes whilst public roads are closed for practice sessions and race days while uncaring Neanderthal eejits trample over their precious land - the farmers place of work and home. They have human rights, the right to exist, the right to use our public roads for which - like other law abiding decent people - they pay taxes, and they most certainly have the right to earn a living.

Whilst as mentioned, the actions taken at the weekend should not be condoned, perhaps like many, the opinion was that a precedent for acceptable law breaking had been set some years ago. We have criminals in our Government - people who've been convicted of terrorism, bombings, and murders - many in our midst voted them into power, and more than likely - some of those now bitterly complaining about the criminal events of the weekend were amongst those who voted to have criminlas in our Goverment.

Perhaps it's been decided by some that criminality does pay after all, that it does produce the results you want - it certainly works up at Stormont.

As are others, in this time of severe recession, the Mid Antrim 150 organising club are allegedly in some financial difficulty - so to are the rest of us, including the hard working cash strapped farmers on whom this country depends for many things - the farmers many would deprive of their livelihood, perhaps even their existence.

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Friday, 3 June 2011

PUMA - Ducati Master Technician Hannah Johnson

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PUMA recently debuted their new video series that celebrates the joy of riding motorcycles and PUMA's long term relationship with the legendary Italian Ducati. The first video launched last week, and now the second video in this seven part series has just gone live, and it explores how motorcycles fit into the life of Hannah Johnson. Hannah is a Ducati Master Technician living in Miami; in fact, she is the ONLY female Master Technician in the world. A self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie, Hannah lives and breathes riding, and has a Ducati collection that includes a Hypermotard.


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Friday, 27 May 2011

The Yamaha Champions Riding School - Youth Racer Program

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The Yamaha Champions Riding School is often the first stop for a young person interested in roadracing a motorcycle.

After the completion of a two-day Yamaha Champions Riding School, any racer under the age of 18 can enter into a three-year obligation for continued support in the area of riding technique. The racer will have carte blanche to audit any school held during those three years. The racer can attend any school on his- or her-own bike; participate in the program to any degree they desire. Free of charge!

Kids get a lot of advice… most of it isn’t much good! The Yamaha Champions Riding School’s Youth Racer Program asks for young racers to make a monetary commitment to our program up front, but then offers three years of attendance for free. This program allows a young racer to make any of our schools that fit his/her schedule. They have to bring their own bike and they won’t be treated like a “student”, but more of a guest who can participate in the classroom and run laps and do drills with the gang. Think of it as a refresher course in how to win championships.

The young racers who have gone through a program taught by Nick Ienatsch and his team is a veritable list of who’s-who in 125 racing, the Red Bull Challenge and the AMA Supersport program. We don’t want to brag… but our graduates have won a lot.

There’s a whole bunch of things you can do on a motorcycle, and just a few of those things work as the pace comes up. We take young riders and get them thinking about why a bike does what it does, and how they can better affect that bike. Yes, we teach world-championship-winning techniques, but we also teach the how, the why… and the lifestyle of success on a motorcycle. The earlier a racer can learn this, the longer and richer his or her career will be.

And for 2012 don't anybody expect this program to be up and running in Northern Ireland, any attempts to do so, would more than likely be allegedly thwarted by guess who? That said, this wee country desperately needs a youth racer program - preferably at Bishopscourt.

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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

MCUI-UC Task Force 2000 Revisted - The Unfinished 2011 Sequel

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In the middle of the NW200 Festival Week an altogether most interesting press release came forth from the MCUI-UC regarding the infamous 2000 Task Force Report.

The report was allegedly approved back in 2001 at the governing body’s Intercentre conference and was allegedly compiled to improve safety, rider training, race/practice laps, marshalling, First Aid and operations at road race events with a total of 67 recommendations.

Ten years, and many more fatalities later, and this alleged ludicrous press release informs us that the final report is still not complete but the result of the review of those 67 recommendations is allegedly now available, although why they have failed to disclose those recommendations is somewhat strange, or is it that they're simply irrelevant anyway.

The MCUI-UC now claims that 60% of the aforementioned 67 recommendations have been fully implemented, 28% partially implemented and 12% found to be obsolete. Dare one take this opportunity to suggest that perhaps if they’d implemented the obsolete 12%, many lives may have been saved, as quite obviously the other implemented recommendations failed, spectacularly so - and were indeed as suggested - irrelevant and therefore presumably useless.

If nothing else though, this latest MCUI-UC press release allegedly clearly demonstrates what value the Dinosaurs places on the lives and wellbeing of spectators and competitors.

Be not afraid though, the MCUI-UC allegedly continually work to protect spectators and officials to the best of their ability with more spectator areas and general guidelines for them to follow while attending road races, and appeal to all spectators attending road race events to stay out of prohibited areas, keep back from the road edge, do not climb or hang over fences, do not sit with your legs near the road edge and report to the nearest marshal anything/person that could be in a dangerous place – and try and stay off the road between races.

One only had to be in attendance, or watched the television footage of the real road race events this year to see exactly how many spectators followed even one of those guidelines. It is not only the real road race competitors that flout with death on our public roads.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Exclusive Yoshimura Suzuki World Superbike Photographs - Miller Motorsports Park WSBK

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Ahead of this weekends WSBK American round at the Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, exclusive to Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl photographs from inside the Yoshimura Suzuki hallowed workshops as they finalise machine preparations for their wild card entrant Josh Waters.





Hailing from Mildura, Victoria, 24-year-old Josh Waters has his sights set firmly on an international career in 2011. He will be a wild card entrant for the Yoshimura Racing team at the 2011 American World Superbike round at Miller Motorsport Park in Utah. Waters will continue as part of Team Suzuki competing in selected Australian Superbike rounds.

More photographs from the weekend shoot will be added shortly to the images section of the site.



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Friday, 13 May 2011

Open Letter to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure - DCAL - Northern Ireland

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Open Letter as sent to, and received by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure - DCAL - Northern Ireland - 12th May 2011

Dear Sir/Madam,
As a claimed direct result of serious concerns voiced by DCAL, the Department of the Environment, the Sports Council for NI (SCNI) and the Irish Sports Council (ISC) about the alarming number of fatalities that had occurred in motorcycle road racing prior to 2000, the governing body of motorcycling, the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (MCUI) in August 2000 established a Task Force to examine the safety issues within the sport of motorcycle road racing in Northern Ireland.

When recently asked, what were the findings of that MCUI and/or MCUI-UC Task Force back in the first year of the new millennium - 2000, and what safety measures were put in place as a result of those MCUI / MCUI-UC Task Force findings - DCAL replied thus: 'DCAL may have received a MCUI Task Force report in December 2000 established to examine safety issues within the sport. However, no copy was held on our files.'

If the DCAL Minister of the day was so deeply concerned about the number of fatalities that had occurred in motorcycle road racing, where is that MCUI Task Force report?

When one now considers the unacceptable number of lives that have been lost since 2000, one can only describe the DCAL reply as utterly incredulous - and downright callous. Who - should it perhaps be asked, is less concerned about lives lost at motorcycle road races in Northern Ireland - DCAL or the MCUI-UC?

More than a decade on and we have another Task Force, or is it just another charade, another pointless exercise, another alleged means by which to fraudulently extract taxpayers money from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure?

Can DCAL now tell all concerned, what actual safety measures from the first Task Force Report of December 2000 were successfully implemented at our real road race circuits, and what Government funding the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, and associated Clubs - also Limited Companies, the majority of which appear to be operating while knowingly being insolvent - have received since that date - both directly and indirectly?

The number of real road racing fatalities since 2000 have been totally unacceptable, as has the huge number of those mostly forgotten seriously injured competitors, therefore one must assume that either the new safety measures were ineffective in the extreme, or that they have in fact never been implemented by the MCUI-UC, or the associated Clubs. Can DCAL therefore explain why there have been so many fatalities and seriously injured competitors within that period, and were any checks carried out by DCAL officials to determine whether or not the MCUI-UC and associated Clubs actually made any attempts to increase safety at the circuits?

The public at large have a right to be told the honest truth, rather than the truth according to the MCUI-UC Dinosaurs - innocent spectators have after all been killed and injured because of the lack of any real safety measures at these events. There have been reports for instance, of at least one OFFICIAL suffering from alcohol intoxication whilst on duty at the Cookstown 100 real road race event this year, so perhaps this alleged not entirely uncommon extremely serious breach of safety standards can also be satisfactorily explained by those ultimately responsible for ensuring the safety of competitors and spectators - the MCUI-UC?

As a further example, let’s consider the disgraceful ongoing Tandragee 100 debacle and in particular the ill-considered chicane which allegedly caused the death of Ardglass competitor John Donnan. At the traumatic inquest, Tony Harvey, incident officer for the Motorcycle Union of Ireland Ulster centre, who had allegedly conducted a review of the tragic incident, said "It could only be described as a freak accident and a risk competitors accept in the pursuit of their chosen sport". But Mr Michael Maxwell, barrister for the family of John Donnan, rightly said: "Far from being a freak accident, this was an accident waiting to happen."

Indeed, the inquest also heard claims that one of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited officials, allegedly in charge of safety at the Tandragee 100 event, had allegedly ignored warnings that the chicane, constructed of straw bales and sand bags, was unsafe and that more barriers might have saved his life. Richard Nesbitt, alleged convenor of the road inspection committee for looking after competitors' and spectators' safety for the Motorcycle Union of Ireland Ulster Centre, said he could not remember receiving any such warning. "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," he said, then allegedly claimed there was nothing more stable than straw bales available in 2007 - which was anything but truthful, an absurd statement from the man allegedly purporting to be in charge of safety at the time John Donnan so tragically lost his life.

Can DCAL tell us which MCUI-UC officials were originally responsible for proposing and implementing the chicane at the Tandragee 100 public roads circuit, a chicane which caused a strike by competitors when it was first introduced, and can DCAL now confirm as to whether or not the chicane was one of the safety measures introduced as a direct result of the 2000 Task Force Report?

Can DCAL also tell us what relevant experience of racing 200BHP Superbike projectiles on narrow bumpy public country roads, each member of these two farcical Task Forces actually have, plus how many of the members, if any, possess relevant health and safety qualifications, and also state what criteria, if any, was actually used to choose the members of the two Task Forces, and was the subject of conflict of interests taken into account as would apply to officials of associated Clubs/Limited Companies responsible for also organising and promoting motorcycle real road race events?

Whilst the MCUI-UC were allegedly indulging themselves in other pastimes, including becoming embroiled in personality contests, power struggles, internal feuding, blatant bullying and petty legal actions - seriously unethical behaviour by any standards - innocent lives have been lost, and destroyed. Families have been ripped asunder, children left without fathers, wives without husbands, parents without sons – and who cares – from the available evidence, allegedly neither the MCUI-UC or DCAL it would seem.

People like the ubiquitous Harris Healey who with others, following the John Donnan fatality, allegedly resigned from the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited in order to allegedly escape possible legal action, but like the majority of the others still appear to be, not only is Harris Healey still allegedly an unelected official of this questionable organisation - he himself actually appears to be in control of the MCUI-UC as the alleged supremo - or should that be alleged dictator?

Were any of those officials involved in the John Donnan and Martin Finnegan tragedies serving as members of the 2000 Task Force, and are they also a part of the new Task Force - it is common knowledge that the already mentioned allegedly unelected Harris Healey was a member of the aforementioned 2000 Task Force, so why was he then permitted to be a member of the new Task Force, who voted him onto the Task Force and were DCAL made fully aware of these questionable appointments?

The highly dubious practices of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited must now be officially investigated, there are to many rumours and allegations of numerous skeletons being hidden away from prying eyes - also their accounts must be meticulously scrutinised, and any ongoing allegations of misappropriation of funds for the benefit of officials etc, should also now be examined so that the sport of motorcycle road racing in Northern Ireland can be dragged back out of the sewers, and set free from those more interested in their own self importance, and alleged self gain than the sport of motorcycle road racing, so that our sport can finally flourish under an open, transparent, and most importantly - an honest Governing Body - that really does care about protecting the lives of competitors and spectators alike.

Just recently during a preliminary hearing ahead of an inquest for racer Martin Finnegan who also died - possibly due to a total lack of any satisfactory safety measures while competing at the Tandragee 100 - Senior Coroner John Leckey acknowledged that motorcycle road races did not have the same safety measures in place as other motor sport venues here in Northern Ireland and allegedly then said - if it cannot be made safe to a requisite standard, then the question has to be asked - should motorcycle racing on public roads take place at all? As a matter of urgency, this is a question that must now be answered by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

Whilst the MCUI-UC have allegedly been attempting to absolve themselves of any responsibility - several riders, and bereaved families of riders, are allegedly currently being sued by spectators previously injured in these motorcycle real road race events, so how many more people have to be maimed and killed before our elected Government finally accepts it's share of the responsibility, and takes immediate decisive action against the seemingly despicable, ineptly incompetent Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited?

If Senior DCAL officials and its Ministers - past, present and future - are as concerned about safety at our real road races as has been claimed, they should now volunteer for a high speed Superbike trip around each of the public road circuits here in Northern Ireland – then unlike the majority of MCUI-UC officials, if not all – they can at least then speak from some experience and be in a position to take immediate positive action to resolve the serious ongoing safety issues that have blighted motorcycle real road racing in Northern Ireland for decades.

Yours faithfully,

Barbiegirl

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Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Isle of Man TT RealRoadRacing World Championship

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For those who’ve been leading a sheltered life, the whole of the UK, and Ireland, is in the iron grip of the worst recession for quite some time, Northern Ireland included with the rest of the civilised World - along with the Isle of Man - come to think of it, Ireland is actually also a trifle bankrupt.

Hence the Department of Economic Development of the aforementioned Isle of Man Government is now seeking out new revenue streams by any means possible, including reinventing their TT real road racing event which has been haemorrhaging visitors, and money, for some considerable time - and one does realise the blinkered souls in our midst will fervently dispute the foregoing facts.

Old-timers though, and Manx friends, all sing of the same hymn sheet, the Isle of Man, and the TT according to them - as a visitor attraction has been in decline for many years – unlike our own UGP and NW200 - both of which have gone from strength to strength these past years, in fact with so many spectators attending the North West 200 in particular, the Island of Ireland is in danger of sinking come race day, and that is the truth and nothing but the truth according to - the organisers.

Nonetheless, jokes aside, many real road race fans have been getting somewhat over excited by recent news of an all new real road racing world championship series, but before anybody starts the process of booking those flights to far off exotic destinations, one should take note of several of the phrases being widely used in the press stories - ‘could become part of’ – ‘could be held internationally’ – ‘could help develop the event’ – ‘could be a six-round championship’ – ‘could open in the United States’ – and the MCUI-UC Dinosaurs could fly off into the wide blue yonder never to return – but first there is justice to be served.

The whole purpose of the consultation exercise by the Isle of Man Government’s Department of Economic Development is of course to rebrand the TT races and in doing so hopefully promote and reinvent the Isle of Man to a new breed of tourists from around the world. In a statement from the Government’s Department of Economic Development it said: “The Department funds the TT Races to drive economic development on the Isle of Man to generate tourism and commercial income and to provide a sports-based platform for Isle of Man-based companies to make business contacts, as well as profiling the benefits of businesses incorporating on the Isle of Man.”

Hardly surprising, there are no exact details available of how the proposed new real road racing world championship series would operate – if it ever does come to fruition – but it has been reported the series could feature around 20 regular competitors possibly supplemented by local wild cards at each of the rounds - and kick off in the USA with other rounds being held in Asia and the Far East – no mention of Ireland though – North or South – so presumably the reputation of the Dinosaurs has already reached those far off Manx shores.

Despite the reasons, one must congratulate the forward thinking Manx Government but one still has to raise a few trifling unmentioned issues, any of which might very well unravel the ambitious proposals. Was it not King Kenny Roberts who along with his fellow American GP competitors and assorted others, vehemently fought to rid themselves of real road race tracks some years past? Where then in the US of A will a real road race track be located, and who will take the risk of promoting such an event - in a country where the lawyers are allegedly already queuing up to file lawsuits. While it's been possible to sweep away one fatality after another on the Isle of Man, here in Ireland the tide is turning, and in America - could the promoters of such a series afford to take the high stakes gamble?

Also in these financially austere times, which of the cash strapped teams do the organisers envisage being in a position to go globe trotting, and where in an already crowded calendar will this championship find suitable slots. The North West 200 has this year suffered due to the uncooperative Spanish refusing to change the date of their round of the World Endurance Championship, neither will BSB change dates and these are just two of the championships from which any prospective teams and riders will be sought. One thing is for certain though - should it ever become a reality as opposed to the current pipe dream, participating in this proposed championship will cost rather more than Around A Pound, so one has to wonder how many of our local riders have the available finances to make it across to the United States, or any other far flung country.

And finally, since the MCUI-UC are allegedly strapped for cash on an ongoing basis - allegedly struggling even to meet their current insurance policy instalments - and our existing real road races unable to survive without taxpayer funded assistance, Northern Ireland is unlikely to feature on any envisaged real road racing World championship calendar any time soon.

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Monday, 9 May 2011

Osama bin Laden to be Replaced by Harris Healey - Not True

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Ahead of a questioning Open Letter to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure - DCAL, a short pause for some light relief, and confirmation that the alleged rumours allegedly claiming Harris Healey has already been approached by Al-Qaeda as a possible replacement for Osama bin Laden - are not true.



Now, remember this important fact before your next flight - it takes a college degree to fly a plane, but only a high school diploma to fix one; a reassurance to those of us who fly.

After every flight, UPS pilots fill out a form, called a 'gripe sheet,' which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems, document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by UPS pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers, and by the way, UPS is the only major airline that has never, ever, had an accident.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200-feet-per-minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what friction locks are for.

P: IFF inoperative in OFF mode.
S: IFF is always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics..

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from the midget.


And finally, two somewhat hugely dubious jokes courtesy of a reprobate male colleague - for which, and for whom I apologise - the first of which deals with the perils of the English Language. Those of us who fall into the world of hi-tech should take note of the importance of correct grammar.

I have noticed that many who send text messages and emails, have forgotten the "art" of capitalization. Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse, and helping your uncle jack off a horse.

And secondly, the Lone Ranger was ambushed and captured by an enemy Indian War Party.

The Indian Chief proclaims, "So, YOU are the great Lone Ranger, in honour of the Harvest Festival, YOU will be executed in three days. Before I kill you, I grant you three requests. What is your FIRST request?'

The Lone Ranger responds, "I'd like to speak to my horse."

The Chief nods and Silver is brought before the Lone Ranger who whispers in Silver's ear, and the horse gallops away. Later that evening, Silver returns with a beautiful blonde woman on his back. As the Indian Chief watches, the blonde enters the Lone Ranger's tent and spends the night.

The next morning the Indian Chief admits he's impressed. "You have a very fine and loyal horse, but I will still kill you in two days. What is your SECOND request?"

The Lone Ranger again asks to speak to his horse. Silver is brought to him, and he again whispers in the horse's ear. As before, Silver takes off and disappears over the horizon. Later that evening, to the Chief's surprise, Silver again returns, this time with a voluptuous brunette, more attractive than the blonde. She enters the Lone Rangers tent and spends the night.

The following morning the Indian Chief is again impressed. "You are indeed a man of many talents but I will still kill you tomorrow. What is your LAST request?"

The Lone Ranger responds, "I'd like to speak to my horse alone."

The Chief is curious, but he agrees and Silver is brought to the Lone Ranger's tent. Once they're alone, the Lone Ranger grabs Silver by both ears, looks him square in the eye and says, "READ MY LIPS!!!! FOR... THE... LAST... TIME... BRING POSSE!!!!"

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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Classic Racing Motorcycles - A Kind Of Passion by Squadra Sutge

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Not only here in Ireland do we have a great many classic motorcycle racing aficionados, they can be found in every far flung corner of the World - each and every one of them share the same passion for these gems of yesteryear, perhaps even people such as alleged MCUI-UC supremo Harris Healey who it would appear also allegedly believes the modern day ultra powerful Superbikes are no faster than he and his Manx Norton mobile chicane of days long past, presumably from where the Tandragee 100 catastrophic killer chicane idea may have allegedly sprung forth.

Especially for all those sane dedicated fans of a bygone era - here is an excellent video of some truly gorgeous classic racing motorcycles as filmed during the Classic Moto 2011 event at the Jarama race circuit in Spain by Squadra Sutge - and what a wonderful soundtrack - I Hung My Head by Johnny Cash.

A KIND OF PASSION - A tribute to classic motorcycles and the people who love them from Squadra Sutge on Vimeo.


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Real Road Racing Safety and Responsibility - Who is Responsible?

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Safety is apparently the state of being safe - freedom from the occurrence or risk of injury, danger, or loss - while responsibility places a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible - the responsibilities of authority. So who was responsible for the safety of competitors and spectators at the May 2008 Tandragee 100 motorcycle real road races when Martin Finnegan was tragically killed and three spectators were injured?

Senior Coroner John Leckey has heard Martin Finnegan would have had a real chance of surviving his Tandragee 100 crash if the organisers had put a run-off area or slip-road on a dangerous corner, instead he died of multiple injuries after the May 2008 Supersport 600 race. Not only did this particular dangerous corner not have a run-off area it was also the only corner which allegedly didn’t have air cushioning either, and those omissions were allegedly said to be directly responsible for his death.

Martin Finnegan had been an experienced rider according to the Senior Coroner, who was used to making split-second decisions, but it would have been impossible he'd continued, for organisers to line the track with hay bales or construct slip-roads in nearby fields, but this the court then heard - did not relieve the organisers of the responsibility to make the course as safe as possible.

The final point made by Senior Coroner John Leckey was allegedly that a country road circuit is a very different creature to an F1 circuit or a short circuit - and if it cannot be made safe to a requisite standard, then the question has to be asked - should the racing take place at all?

More to the point, due to the lack of the already mentioned non-existent safety features, should racing have taken place at the Tandragee 100 in May 2008? Many might probably claim the cost of providing run-off areas for particularly dangerous corners on a circuit which is only used once a year is financially unrealistic, but what price then do those same people put on a human life - the life of Martin Finnegan - and the injuries sustained by the three spectators?

It might be said the organising Club should be held responsible for proceeding with the race meeting, but is it not the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited that is ultimately responsible for declaring a course to be safe? It was only the previous year that the same course claimed the life of John Donnan at whose inquest, claims were heard that one of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland - Ulster Centre officials in charge of safety at the Tandragee 100 event had allegedly ignored warnings that a chicane, constructed of straw bales and sand bags, was unsafe and that more barriers might have saved his life. Richard Nesbitt, the then alleged convenor of the road inspection committee for looking after competitors' and spectators' safety for the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, said he could not remember receiving any such warning. "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," he'd said, then allegedly claimed there was nothing more stable than straw bales available in 2007 - which was anything but truthful, an absurd statement from the man allegedly purporting to be the convenor of the road inspection committee for looking after competitors' and spectators' safety for the MCUI-UC.

Who then in May 2008 was the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited convenor of the road inspection committee for looking after competitors' and spectators' safety, and why did that person declare the Tandragee 100 public roads circuit to be safe for the purpose of high speed motorcycle real road racing? Had he been warned about the lack of safety measures, and had he simply ignored the warnings, as allegedly occurred in 2007 when another human life was lost? Was it the case that the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited considered the alternative to straw bales in 2007 an expense to far, that perhaps a human life did not warrant such an expense.

Perhaps the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited should now tell us what price they put on a human life - each and every life that has been lost on a real road racing public roads circuit in Northern Ireland.

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Thursday, 5 May 2011

Last Chance to WIN Two Relentless International NW200 Grandstand Tickets plus a Case of Relentless Energy Drink

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Want to get your hands on a pair of NW200 grandstand tickets, and a case of Relentless Energy Drink? It's competition time with Relentless Energy Drink who are as we all know, or should know by now, sponsors of the International NW200.
ENTRIES CLOSE FRIDAY 6th  @ MIDNIGHT
Relentless Energy Drink are proud to sponsor this year’s Relentless International North West 200 Race bringing the very best in road racing to Northern Ireland on May 21st 2011. Guy Martin and Alastair Seeley, who ride for the Relentless Suzuki TAS team, are both competing in this landmark event on the racing calendar – find out more and follow their progress at - www.relentlessenergy.com.

We’ve got a pair of grandstand tickets to the event up for grabs plus a case of Relentless Energy Drink to keep you fuelled up this summer – it’ll give you the energy, stamina, focus and drive you need when you need it! To enter just simply Email your contact details - Name, Email and/or Telephone number to Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland along with the answer to the following simple question: "Who famously won the 250cc race at the NW200 in 2008?" Simples! It was him -I think.

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Send your entries in by the end of April using the Contact form and as usual, if you don't enter, you don't win - and before anybody asks - No! The Relentless TAS Suzuki pictured left - isn't included with the two grandstand tickets plus the case of Relentless Energy Drink.

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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Martin Finnegan + Tandragee 100 + MCUI-UC = Conspiracy Theories!!!

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Following the nuclear proportions fallout that emanated from the John Donnan tragedy - including MCUI-UC Directors reportedly taking legal advice, resigning to avoid being sued and/or prosecuted - allegedly - more like the rats they are abandoning the sinking ship of alleged arrogant obnoxious self righteous bully boys - pity they hadn't all drowned like filthy sewer rats in their pathetic sick attempt to avoid responsibility, and possible prosecution - allegedly - we now have the also unresolved Martin Finnegan tragedy about which rumours and allegations also abound.

The adjourned inquest, has been adjourned again - until after the resurrected Tandragee 100 has been and gone, hopefully without any additional fatalities - but why, and at the behest of which scheming, sick individuals, one must ask?

Already we've had rumoured allegations of clandestine post event meetings to allegedly concoct yet more unbelievable real road racing fairy tales, reports of evidence tampering, even rumours of witness intimidation - all unsubstantiated don't you know, leastways for legal purposes. The unelected resigned alleged Gestapo Chief of the dubious governing body allegedly makes use of the aforementioned governing body legal team to threaten and take action against anyone who dares contradict him, including fellow members of the dreaded inner sanctum of equally inept incompetents.

And then there was the letter sent to the Senior Coroner John Leckey allegedly questioning amongst other things - the riding ability of the much respected and loved Martin Finnegan #45. What gives these morons the right to question the ability of any single dedicated motorcycle road racing competitor - as all of them are - they take part in real road racing because of their love for the sport - allegedly unlike the Dinosaurs.

What needs to be questioned is the sanity of the MCUI-UC Dinosaurs, especially of those involved in the 2000 Task Force, the current Task Force, those responsible for the Tandragee 100 killer chicane, plus the part being played by DCAL officials and Government Ministers - but take heed Dinosaurs - these questions and more are to be asked in a forthcoming open letter to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure - DCAL

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Sunday, 24 April 2011

FREE!! - Relentless International NW200 Grandstand Tickets plus a Case of Relentless Energy Drink

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Want to get your hands on a pair of NW200 grandstand tickets, and a case of Relentless Energy Drink? It's competition time with Relentless Energy Drink who are as we all know, or should know by now, sponsors of the International NW200.

Relentless Energy Drink are proud to sponsor this year’s Relentless International North West 200 Race bringing the very best in road racing to Northern Ireland on May 21st 2011. Guy Martin and Alastair Seeley, who ride for the Relentless Suzuki TAS team, are both competing in this landmark event on the racing calendar – find out more and follow their progress at - www.relentlessenergy.com.
We’ve got a pair of grandstand tickets to the event up for grabs plus a case of Relentless Energy Drink to keep you fuelled up this summer – it’ll give you the energy, stamina, focus and drive you need when you need it! To enter just simply Email your contact details - Name, Email and/or Telephone number to Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland along with the answer to the following simple question: "Who famously won the 250cc race at the NW200 in 2008?" Simples! It was him -I think.


Send your entries in by the end of April using the Contact form and as usual, if you don't enter, you don't win - and before anybody asks - No! The Relentless TAS Suzuki pictured left - isn't included with the two grandstand tickets plus the case of Relentless Energy Drink.


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Thursday, 14 April 2011

Sunday 17th April 2011 - Quay Vipers MCC - 10th Anniversary Hospice Ride Out

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This Sunday 17th April 2011 sees Right To Ride's Club Supporters, the Quay Vipers MCC, 10th Anniversary Hospice Ride Out from Carrickfergus Harbour Car Park.

The ride out is all about raising funds for the NI Children’s Hospice and last year motorcyclists and the club raised over £10,000.

The run has been growing steadily over the years and hopefully this year will be no exception.

There will be an outside broadcast unit from the U105 road show U105 hosted by George Jones.

Everybody is welcome to arrive from 9am onwards as this year there will be more of a festival atmosphere associated with the event.

As usual the highlight of the day will be the arrival of the kids and their families on the Trikes from the Brothers of the Third Wheel with the added edition of none other than “Norn Iron’s” very own May McFetridge.

In addition there will be an appearance by the Star Wars characters from the Emerald Garrison.

Donation £5 per bike minimum and if you can’t make it on the day you can donate at Just Giving - http://www.justgiving.com/QVMCC-Hospice2011

The run will be leaving Carrickfergus Harbour Car Park at 1pm.

For further information or contacts visit the Quay Vipers MCC website - www.quayvipersmcc.com

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Monday, 11 April 2011

FREE!! - Relentless International NW200 Grandstand Tickets

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Want to get your hands on a pair of NW200 grandstand tickets, and a case of Relentless Energy Drink? It's competition time with Relentless Energy Drink who are as we all know, or should know by now, sponsors of the International NW200.


Relentless Energy Drink are proud to sponsor this year’s Relentless International North West 200 Race bringing the very best in road racing to Northern Ireland on May 21st 2011. Guy Martin and Alastair Seeley, who ride for the Relentless Suzuki TAS team, are both competing in this landmark event on the racing calendar – find out more and follow their progress at - www.relentlessenergy.com.
We’ve got a pair of grandstand tickets to the event up for grabs plus a case of Relentless Energy Drink to keep you fuelled up this summer – it’ll give you the energy, stamina, focus and drive you need when you need it! To enter just simply Email your Name, Address, Email and Telephone number to Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland along with the answer to the following question: "Who famously won the 250cc race at the NW200 in 2008?" Simples!
Send your entries in by the end of April using the Contact form and as usual, if you don't enter, you don't win - and before anybody asks - No! The Relentless TAS Suzuki pictured left - isn't included with the two grandstand tickets plus the case of Relentless Energy Drink.


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Monday, 21 March 2011

Wise Up Or Pay The Price - Don't Phone Maria and Drive

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Ride It Right has launched – “See Us – Get It Right” – an advisory and warning leaflet for other vehicle drivers, and I will take this opportunity to add to the warnings. Too many motorists are still prepared to risk their own safety, the safety of their passengers, and other road users, by using a phone while driving, you are breaking the law, and four times more likely to be the cause of a serious collision. It is also an offence to use a phone when stopped at traffic lights, even when queuing in traffic, and you can be prosecuted for using a hands-free mobile phone if you are deemed not to be in proper control of your vehicle - be warned. Wise up or pay the price!

The leaflet asks other vehicle drivers to – Just Think! – See Us and Get It Right! – at: Junctions - When Turning Right - When Emerging Onto Main Roads - When Overtaking - When Changing Lanes.

The collision facts speak for themselves, as the top three causes for all KSI (Killed Seriously Injured) motorcycle collisions (irrespective of responsibility) were*:

Emerging from a minor road without care; excessive speed having regard to conditions; and turning right without care.

More than two-thirds (65%) of collisions happened ‘at or within 20 meters of a junction’.

Of those collisions occurring at T-junctions, more than 45% occurred at a T-junction with give way signs or markings, followed by 36% at ‘uncontrolled’ junctions, and almost 13% at junctions with a stop sign.

Half of all motorcyclist casualties are caused by other drivers.
Ride It Right’s message for other vehicle drivers is to, “Use your head – Not just your eyes!”, Ride It Right’s, Trevor Baird says, “With a little thought other vehicle drivers can get it right and see us, motorcyclists should be a first thought, not just a second thought!”

The Ride It Right leaflet and website also has some advice for other vehicle drivers: Please take time at junctions – whether turning out of or turning into a junction – or a petrol station – or your own driveway, the last thing a motorcyclist wants to hear is, I didn’t see him/her or, are you all right!

View the leaflet on the Ride It Right website

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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Noriyuki Haga Message From Japan - Nitro Nori Samurai of Slide

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Pata Aprilia Racing's WSBK rider Noriyuki Haga who is currently in Japan has sent the following message to his legions of fans around the world.

'After the first round of the World Superbike championship at Phillip Island, I went back to my hometown Nagoya in Japan to visit my relatives. Of course now I am trying to get back to Europe for Round 2 of World Superbike championship at Donington Park in the UK next weekend.

First of all I would like to say thank you so much to everyone that has texted me and called me, concerned about my family and friends in Japan. I just wanted everyone to know how much it meant to me and I appreciate it very much! Thank you so much for all the kindness you show me. All my family (Yurie, Akito, Ryota and Kanon) are OK and our relatives who live in the suffering area are safe too.

We are very shocked about what is happening in Japan. Earthquake, tsunami and now trouble for Nuclear power plant. It's just like a nightmare! It is very bad and ugly, especially the Sendai area. I used to race there and I have good memories of it too but now it's unbelievable... sad! sad! sad!

My home is OK, it just has small damage and the aftershocks are still continuing but at the moment they are not as bad as the others.

I am very sad for all those who have lost friends and family in the tragedy and I am going to try my best at Donington Park to show you the spirit of "Don't give up Japan, Don't give up Tohoku!

I also have the good news that our friends Yukio Kagayama and family, Katsuaki Fujiwara and family are all OK!

Ciao and see you soon!
Nitro-Nori'


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Happy Saint Patrick's Day - Have a Good One

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Saint Patrick, the first real certified eejit, banishing all those poor snakes from Ireland when he could've rid us of the Dinosaurs instead.

Two Irish mothers, Kate and Lorna were talking about their sons.
Kate says, 'My Patrick is such a saint. He works hard, doesn't smoke, and he hasn't so much as looked at a woman in over two years.'

Lorna responds, 'Well, my Francis is a saint himself. Not only hasn't he not looked at a woman in over three years, but he hasn't touched a drop of liquor in all that time.'

'My word,' says Kate, 'You must be so proud.'

'I am,' announces Lorna, 'And when he's paroled next month, I'm going to throw him a big party.'
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1st Irish Farmer: My cow fell down a hole and I had to shoot it.
2nd Irish Farmer: Did you shoot it in the hole?

First Irish Farmer: No, in the head.
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Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place.. Looking up to heaven he said, 'Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!'

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, 'Never mind, I found one.'
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An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut . The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.

He says, 'Sir, have you been drinking?'

'Just water,' says the priest.

The trooper says, 'Then why do I smell wine?'

The priest looks at the bottle and says, 'Good Lord! He's done it again!'
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Walking into the bar, Mike said to Charlie the bartender, 'Pour me a stiff one - just had another fight with the little woman.'

'Oh yeah?' said Charlie, 'And how did this one end?'

'When it was over,' Mike replied, 'She came to me on her hands and knees.'

'Really,' said Charles, 'Now that's a switch! What did she say?'

She said, 'Come out from under the bed, you little chicken shit coward.'
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The rest of the world can enjoy trouble free Saint Patrick's Days, let's just this one time try it here. Happy Saint Patrick's Day.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

MCUI-UC Directors Responsibilities Under Companies Act 2006

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Patrick Rice in his alleged capacity of MCUI-UC auditor, may or may not have quite recently allegedly furnished the Management Committee Members / Directors of the aforementioned Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited with the alleged following information and advice.

Apparently, as allegedly explained by Patrick Rice - a Director is defined as any person occupying the position of director by whatever name called, whilst a Shadow Director is a person in accordance with whose directions or instructions the directors of a company are accustomed to act.

The definition of shadow director will certainly apply in any case where a board of directors recognise communications given to them by a particular person as being effectively directions or instructions on any routine basis.


One can only assume those Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited Directors actually present - leastways bodily - were paying attention, but as the Chairman may have allegedly already proclaimed the alleged breaching of the Companies Act 2006 was something of a trivial issue, or perhaps allegedly not?!?!

The Duties of Directors Up to 2006 - Fiduciary Duty — Directors are obliged to act in good faith in the best interests of the company and then there is the Duty of Skill and Care.

Moi would request the Directors of the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited to act in good faith in the best interests of the sport of motorcycle racing which they are obliged to do so - leastways as the Governing Body one would have imagined so.

Statutory Duties - brought about by various statutes etc. Companies Act 2006. Duty of directors to act within their powers (set by Memorandum and Articles of the company and Constitution of the company), Duty to promote the success of the company, Duty to exercise independent judgement with regard to the likely consequences of any decision in the long term. The need to foster the company's business relationships with suppliers, customers and others. The impact of the company's operations on the community and the environment. The desirability of the company maintaining a reputation for high standards of business contact. The need to act fairly as between members of the company. Duty to exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence. Duty to avoid conflicts of interest. Duty not to accept benefits from third parties. Duty to declare interest in proposed transactions or arrangements

Personal Liability - Wrongful trading can lead to personal liability. Directors should be careful not to finance their company's continuing operations by unpaid debts to creditors. Another scenario could be continuing to trade with a company who is in known financial difficulties without taking appropriate steps to secure payment. Decided by court.

Derived from the Insolvency Act 1986 - Director who makes careless mistakes or is reckless could also become personally liable for loss of company. The Court will consider the general knowledge, skill and experience that may reasonably be expected of a person carrying out the same functions as are carried out by the directors being considered and the general knowledge, skill and experience that that director has.

Patrick Rice then allegedly drew the following conclusions - (1) No defence to plead ‘ignorance’ - (2) If you do not have the expertise in a particular area then you should seek appropriate advice - (3) If you do not agree with a particular decision then make sure that your objections are clearly recorded in the minutes.

Whilst it is most tempting to comment further on some of the foregoing points, particuarly those referring to - duty to avoid conflicts of interest, duty not to accept benefits from third parties, duty to declare interest in proposed transactions or arrangements, and duty to exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence - one will just for now, due to time restraints, reluctantly refrain from doing so.

It would appear, understabably so, that Patrick Rice did not offer any advice pertaining to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 which, considering the existence of several alleged pending legal actions, may or may not have been a more relevant topic for discussion with the Directors of Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited.

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Monday, 14 March 2011

MCUI - UC Management Committee Members & Directors Responsibilities

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Just recently an MCUI-UC meeting was allegedly convened for the purpose of receiving alleged advice from MCUI-UC auditor Patrick Rice regarding Management Committee members and Directors responsibilities and to possibly allegedly consider what actions needed be taken to ensure self preservation.

Hardly surprising when one considers that amongst other forthcoming legal proceedings, is the pending action by the John Donnan family, and the Martin Finnegan inquest which has been adjourned whilst further investigations are carried out, and further evidence sought out, so if you have any information which may be of use to either family please read this blog posting. After all, if you're the real road race fan you claim to be, who should you be supporting - the dedicated riders - your heroes - without whom there would be no real road racing - or the Dinosaurs - without whom real road racing would surely prosper for years to come. Please think carefully for a moment, then do the right and decent thing - support the loved ones left behind - don't allow the Dinosaurs to walk away from any alleged responsibilities - even though some allegedly barely can - walk.

The meeting allegedly commenced with Patrick Rice allegedly outlining Directors Responsibilities under the Companies Act 2006, then allegedly moved on to Directors Insurance Cover and Event Insurance cover and the requirement for the Ulster Centre to avail itself of Directors insurance cover, and event cancellation insurance - something one just can’t believe the MCUI-UC didn’t already have in place - actually having considered the matter for a mere millisecond - it is totally believable.

Mark Sanlon allegedly then asked if event cancellation insurance covers all the bills - to which Patrick Rice allegedly replied that it would be dependent on the type of cover taken out - or to perhaps put it another way - how much can you afford?

The baseline Road Race Insurance costs were allegedly summarised as follows: International Road Races – circa £21000 + sundries £5000 approximately. National Road Races - circa £11000 + sundries £5000 approximately.

Referring to Club events being grant-aided, Patrick Rice allegedly stated that it was often the case that grants are only paid out provided the money is spent on particular items such as advertising.

At this point the conversation allegedly turned to the amount of time and effort that had been spent on the issues which Jan Simms had reported about Steven Davison at the Skerries Road Races in 2010 - an issue for a future posting perhaps. Harris Healey allegedly stated that it was agreed at the last Ulster Centre Council meeting that a small team should be identified to consider the circumstances which led to the withdrawal of Steven Davison’s Photographers Pass. Mark Sanlon allegedly stated that the decision, which was allegedly minuted, should be re-issued and this should reveal once again that it was a unanimous decision made by the Ulster Centre Council. Really! How wonderful!

Ken Turner allegedly stated that three relevant people could be asked to take a fresh look at the situation and provide a summary of their findings – Ken Turner allegedly suggested Tony Harvey, John Savage and one other to be decided. Keith Carson allegedly suggested that John Atcheson and Mark Sanlon should look into this issue (possibly to include a representative from SNI). This was allegedly seconded by Richard Nesbitt. Yes, that Richard Nesbitt – the alleged convenor of the road inspection committee for allegedly looking after competitors' and spectators' safety for the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, who in court allegedly claimed there was nothing more stable available in 2007. Who said Richard Nesbitt had allegedly resigned? He just hasn't gone away you know!

At this point a number of persons then allegedly voiced their dissatisfaction that Articles of Association did not support the working of the Council - not as many persons though that have voiced their dissatisfaction with the MCUI-UC and/or the Dinosaurs. Patrick Rice allegedly stated that the issues, if not universally understood, must be agreed and recommended that further legal opinion may be necessary to resolve the situation. At this point the Ulster Centre Secretary asked to be excused and left the meeting – a wise person – allegedly - or perhaps not.

Patrick Rice allegedly stated that the Management Committee had Council powers and from time to time it would be necessary to exercise that duty. Patrick Rice allegedly stated they are bound by the Companies Act 2006. The Chairman stated that we are not here to make decisions about trivial matters. Moi would have thought that the alleged breaching of the Companies Act 2006 was no trivial matter.

Keith Carson allegedly stated he felt the rules which govern the Ulster Centre are okay. Harris Healey allegedly advised that where changes may be necessary these should be made with great care and never with haste – presumably as opposed to the bull in china shop method – comedians one and all, allegedly!

Maurice Little allegedly asked what liability Directors had if it was clear that negligence was on the part of a Club. Patrick Rice allegedly replied (without prejudice) that Management Committee members (Directors) would not be directly responsible but Stewards may be liable as they are present and hold responsibility at the event - who'd want to be an alleged fall guy Steward for any alleged callous eejit.

The Chairman allegedly stated that persons doing jobs such as acting on the Roads Inspection or Safety committees must have training and must act independently - and presumably be aware of the alleged fact that there was nothing more stable available in 2007 - than straw bales.

Harris Healey was allegedly asked to enquire if SNI had secured any information about the most recent recommendations for deployment of Recticel Bales. Presumably referring to an 'incident' which had occurred at the 2010 UGP, Harris Healey allegedly replied that it was clear that it was necessary to protect the inside and outside of corners.

Would you as a responsible person allow any of these people to organise and oversee a Teddy Bear's Picnic? Come to think of it, would any responsible parent allow their precious innocent child anywhere near any event organised, or overseen, by any one of these people?

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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Daytona International Superbike Results

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AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Daytona International Speedway - Race One Results

1 - Blake Young Suzuki, 2 - Tommy Hayden Suzuki, 3 - Josh Hayes Yamaha, 4 - Ben Bostrom Suzuki, 5 - Roger Hayden Suzuki, 6 - Martin Cardenas Suzuki, 7 - Larry Pegram BMW, 8 - Jeremy Toye BMW, 9 - Chris Ulrich Suzuki, 10 - David Anthony Suzuki

AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Daytona International Speedway - Race Two Results

1 - Blake Young Suzuki, 2 - Josh Hayes Yamaha, 3. Tommy Hayden Suzuki, 4- Martin Cardenas Suzuki, 5 - Ben Bostrom Suzuki, 6 - Larry Pegram BMW, 7 - Chris Clark Yamaha, 8 - Eric Bostrom Kawasaki, 9 - David Anthony Suzuki, 10 - Chris Peris BMW

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All New Belfast Bikers Forum - Local Belfast Bike Forum

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Probably the second most important thing for a motorcyclist these days after their bike is, their computer!

One does realise it's somewhat easier to carry your iPhone or Blackberry whilst biking, as opposed to the PC or Mac - but apart from that one small problem.

For those who disagree, form an disorderly queue and start typing on your keyboard in response, For those that agree and cannot do with a daily fixed of motorcycling internet surfing, head over to www.belfastbikers.co.uk, register and introduce yourself to the recently launched local “Belfast Bikers” forum dedicated to local bikers in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Already with a core of dedicated posters, Belfast Bikers aim is to provide a platform for bike enthusiasts to talk about bikes, share advice on buying, selling or fixing bikes.

Belfast Bikers has also teamed up with a number of sponsors allowing you to get special discounts on a range of bike products as well as all the latest news about upcoming bike events.

The original concept behind the site was to create a central point in order to produce a simple yet effective link between all bikers and bike services in the area.

The "bolted on" forum is the backbone of the site enabling the area’s two-wheeled community to share experiences and make friends with people who share the same passion.

The forum has a dedicated section aptly named "Biker Watchdog" which Belfast Bikers says, “Is there to identify just who is giving great service and of course, who isn't!”

Apart from General Bike Talk and Chit Chat topics there are, real write ups by Belfast’s own riders, tips on servicing and repairs, Ride Outs, Events, Meets dates and information and a whole lot more.

Belfast Bikers are always looking for new members, so hopefully this point in their direction will see the forum grow and we wish Belfast Bikers all the success for the future.

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Thursday, 10 March 2011

The Mystery of Task Force 2000 - An MCUI Production

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Back in February we learned as a direct result of serious concerns being voiced by DCAL, the Department of the Environment, the Sports Council for NI (SCNI) and the Irish Sports Council (ISC) about the number of fatalities that had occurred in motorcycle road racing in recent years, the governing body of motorcycling, the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (MCUI) in August 2000 established a Task Force to examine the safety issues within the sport of motorcycle road racing in Northern Ireland.

Moi asked, what were the findings of the MCUI and/or MCUI-UC Task Force back in the first year of the new millennium - 2000, and what safety measures - which obviously had no effect on safety issues anyway - were put in place as a result of those MCUI / MCUI-UC Task Force findings?

DCAL have replied thus: 'DCAL may have received a MCUI Task Force report in December 2000 established to examine safety issues within the sport. However, no copy was held on our files.'

If the DCAL Minister of the day was so deeply concerned about the number of fatalities that had occurred in motorcycle road racing, where is the MCUI Task Force report? When one considers the number of lives that have been lost since 2000, one can only describe the DCAL reply as utterly incredulous - and downright callous. Who should it perhaps be asked, is less concerned about lives lost at motorcycle road races in Northern Ireland - Minister McCausland or the MCUI-UC?

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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

MV Augusta F3 Sculptured Art Supersport

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A new work of art on wheels is arriving that will upset the balance of power. As with all MV’s this new model is synonymous with excellence, style and technology. The new F3 will apply these principles to a new market segment, the middle weight supersport category.

If the F4, considered the most beautiful motorcycle in the world, set the styling and performance standards by which all others are judged, the F3 has completely exceeded all previous conceptions of what a supersport motorcycle should be, redefining an entirely new category. Light weight, power & electronics working in total harmony on a new motorcycle that pushes the supersport concept to the extreme.

Powerful, hyper-light and more compact than any other motorcycle in existence. The F3 sets the new standard by which all other supersport motorcycles will be judged and compared. A completely new project that was created by CRC, the research center that has continually designed and developed the motorcycles of dreams.

The styling is pure MV Agusta, as with its big sister the F4, but the F3 is even more unique. The new “middle weight” by MV follows the philosophy of all the MV Agusta works of art while pushing the limits of the supersport category with a maniacal attention to detail. The exhaust system has a triple pipe side exit muffler and is the perfect example of how design and function coincide perfectly. There is no doubt, the new F3 is a true MV Agusta - and I want one!

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

RealRoadRacing Pearls of Wisdom From The Darkside

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Time is it not, to embark once more on a journey to the darkside for yet another foray into the wondrous magically mystical world of the MCUI-UC, and the pearls of wisdom which doth emanate from within the confines of the inner sanctum of power to seek out - alleged statements to the press - this one for instance, allegedly from Tony Harvey.

'I write with reference to the resignation of Steve Freeburn as honorary secretary of the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Ltd.

As an Honorary Life Member, and having previously been entrusted with the role of Incident Officer of the Centre for many years, having owned race bikes and being a present day rider, I have vast experience of motor cycling, both from an administrative perspective and from my involvement at the 'sharp end' of the sport.

Recent years have been difficult for motor cycle racing, particularly for road racing, and there are many, who should know better, who continue to adopt a 'head in the sand' attitude towards the regulation of road racing, peddling the misapprehension that all is 'rosy in the garden'. It is not and difficult times lie ahead.

The resignation of Steve Freeburn, after he was persuaded not to stand down from his post at the annual general meeting of the Centre, robs the administrative side of the sport of a most capable, dedicated, knowledgeable and hard working official. Thankfully, there are, of course, equally efficient individuals who will be able to step into Steve's shoes. Nevertheless, they will be difficult shoes to fill, and one ponders whether, given the 'witch hunt' that was conducted against Steve, any other volunteer will be prepared to put themselves into the same 'firing line'.

It should be borne in mind by those so quick to criticise that all officials and members of the MCUI (Ulster Centre) are unpaid volunteers who devote copious amounts of their personal time, at not inconsiderable personal expense, in the interests of the sport of motor cycling, while others are quite happy to benefit financially from the sport.

Certain individuals within the media must bear much of the brunt of responsibility which resulted in Steve resigning from a position in which he acquitted himself admirably. The treatment of such an upstanding official verges on derogatory. I trust that those so-called and self-styled journalists and photo-journalists who contributed to Steve's decision to step aside are at peace with their consciences, in the knowledge that the sport will be poorer without his steady hand and intelligent advice and counsel.

I have nothing but contempt for those who are prepared to anonymously and pathetically promote their personal agendas and opinions on worthless Internet forum discussion sites. Anyone secure and confident in their own convictions and opinions must be prepared to put their name to their comments. To do otherwise is worthy only of disdain, dismissal, disgust and derision. Therefore, for those with the courage of their convictions, I will enter into correspondence only at my published address.'


What many might find tantalisingly interesting within the eloquent foregoing alleged statement, is the resignation of Steve Freeburn as secretary – not another resigned MCUI-UC 'official' one might declare - until it is discovered not only has David McAllister been confirmed as acting secretary - Steve Freeburn has been confirmed as his Assistant Secretary – allegedly – yet another resigned MCUI-UC 'official' who hasn’t gone away you know!

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