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Cambridge Area Rep - Intro & Background.
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daveclough
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January 19, 2016 - 11:04 pm
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Hello, 

I'm the area rep for Cambridgeshire. I thought i'd tell you a little about myself and a few ideas that I'm thinking of.  I've owned my 1966 D7 for just under three years. I bought it from a pal called seven sheds Ted, he actually owns eight but no one is allowed in the eighth shed. We suspect he has his ex wife in it...... the other seven are filled with parts and complete bikes. Any ways i digress Ted took the bantam in part ex along with a very old Indian Motorcycle. To be honest the Bantam was beneath Ted, he had other things to restore, Indians, Norton's, very early Harley's and more.  I bought the Bantam as a supposed runner for £400. it wasn't the main seals had gone, and the electrics were - erm shot. 

On getting the bike home, I put petrol in and it started almost straight away, having not run for 11 years.

Prior to owning the bantam I had very little experience with spanners or the dark art of electrics.

Over the last two years, I've rebuilt the engine, new seals, bearings, new clutch and I've recently fitted a new Bones Cdi, and this now runs 12v negative earth, allowing me to run bright lights on the bike at night as I zip back home on the very dark fenland roads.

Last summer I bought a new Amal carb, and a new exhaust, hold your breath though as my latest mod is a Yamaha clutch basket Over the last two years I've suffered terrible clutch slip, and I wanted reliability.

I own several other bikes, a 1600cc Triumph Thunderbird, A Triumph ST 1050 sprint, A Kawasaki, and a Yamaha.

And of course the Bantam. Several times a year I'm very fortunate to be able to ride one of the Triumphs to a villa on Lake Como via Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  

My Bantam, did around 1600 miles last year, as its the easiest bike to jump on and go for a Bimble.

I'm 50 years old and try to ride most weekends. it's my release mechanism from working in London (IT)

Motorcycling has been my passion since the age of 14. 

I plan to hold a meet as soon as the weather warms up a tad, in Central Cambridgeshire, at a bike friendly pub i know where tea and coffee, and bacon butties are a plenty, it has a large enough car park, and I'll be organising Bantam friendly rideouts.

As i say I've only held the rep for Cambs for several hours. But keep your eye on this page, and I'll post some meeting suggestions up.

I am very close to St. Ives, so if your near, or fancy a bacon roll or to chat bantams in this cold weather then I ain't averse to meeting up at a cafe in this cold weather and talk bikes. 

Right enough about me - if you live in Cambs, and fancy joining me, why not say hello on here ! 

All the best 

Dave

1966 BSA Bantam D7 - Bones CDi and Yamaha Clutch conversion.

A 1969 B175 - with Bones CDi, and new Amal MK1 Concentric

Another 1966 D7 which is presenty beng assembled.

My personal blog can be read at http://www.anot.....yvisor.com

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deejaykev67
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January 23, 2016 - 6:22 pm
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Well done Dave in taking on the post. If you need any help give me a shout.

Kev.

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Hi Dave. Youve made it onto the web site.....That was quick........ Welcome to the job and hope you are met with success. I have the other doc ready for you now and will send it tonight......... Hope you can make it to the AGM where we can have a chat. ...............Catch up with you sometime.............Mark.

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daveclough
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January 29, 2016 - 5:46 pm
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Kev, Mark. 

 

Thanks - I'll be in touch, particularly interested in meeting up with my neighbouring reps. having seen the membership maps of Cambridgeshire we have several that are bordering close to the county border. With the Bantams range etc. It would be really good if we could perhaps get a bit of inter county pollination going on and perhaps all meet up  ?

Guys, I'm a technologist by trade, and I've taken the Cambridge members ( opt in ) members excel  database and plotted their locations onto a Google map, then used some clever math to work out a central point to meet for all members, so that were all travelling roughly the same distance.  I've found a nice cafe / pub with watering and car parking facilities ( for those members that want to come in a car and talk bantams. 

Obviously this map is not held on the internet, or publicly viewable to comply with data protection etc. But if any of my neighbouring reps want a peep,  and me to transform their members excel sheets into a easily viewable map then please PM me. 

I am here to help. Hope this helps someone. PS I am not getting notified to responses so please guys apologises for the slow response. 

All the best. 

Dave.

1966 BSA Bantam D7 - Bones CDi and Yamaha Clutch conversion.

A 1969 B175 - with Bones CDi, and new Amal MK1 Concentric

Another 1966 D7 which is presenty beng assembled.

My personal blog can be read at http://www.anot.....yvisor.com

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February 1, 2016 - 8:42 pm
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Hi Dave,

Congratulations on taking on the role of Area Rep for the Cambridge area, it sounds like you have got it well planned. I hope it all goes well for you and the local members support your efforts.

Giles - Area Rep South Derbyshire and Nottingham.

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daveclough
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Cheers Giles, 

 

All the best. Hope to be able to meet up soon.

1966 BSA Bantam D7 - Bones CDi and Yamaha Clutch conversion.

A 1969 B175 - with Bones CDi, and new Amal MK1 Concentric

Another 1966 D7 which is presenty beng assembled.

My personal blog can be read at http://www.anot.....yvisor.com

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