100% Biker 179

100% Biker 179
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Despite the fact that we’re still beset daily by news that, (a) this country is still in recession, or (b) that we’re out of recession (and you can take your pick as to which it is, depending on what newspaper you read, what day it is and probably the phase of the moon), there are two things which give me great heart…

The first is the resurgence in home-built bikes, in people thinking beyond the norm when building, whether in design or materials, or both. Yes, that never really went away—folks have always beavered away in their sheds and garages—but sometimes it was a little eclipsed by the tsunami of billet that washed over us in the first decade of this century. While, with the best will in the world, not everyone has the time, skills or facilities to build their own customs, it’s always a pleasure to see the work of those who do, such as Paul’s Honda café racer, Ruud’s Brat-style Honda CB360 and Phil’s Triumph Bonneville in this very issue. And, on even a cursory flick through these pages, you can’t fail to notice that we have features on not one, not two, not even three, but four Hondas. From a CB250 Superdream to a Fireblade, one thing is undeniably true: you meet the nicest Hondas in 100% Biker!

In fact, to squeeze everything into this issue, we’ve had to knit some extra pages—more pages, more bikes, more of just about everything… what’s not to like? And yet we could have done with even more space, which brings me to the second reason for cheerfulness.

Times might be tough, but I am still constantly astounded by just how many rallies, shows and runs are scheduled for the coming year. In fact, although the diary is over five pages, we still only had room for March, April and May’s events! That people are still prepared to give up their time and energy to ensure that other people have a good time is something of which we should all be proud.

Even the smallest show requires someone to find a venue, sort out the marquee, catering, toilets, and often alcohol and music licences, deal with local bureaucracy, book bands, order trophies, have tickets printed and advertise it, as well as a host of other jobs. To be honest, if any of you thought too hard about the work involved, you probably wouldn’t do it. But the fact you, the organisers, do, and you, the folk out for a good time, turn up, in such huge numbers (I counted up to 200 events in this month’s listing before I ran out of fingers, toes, cats’ paws, teacups and all my usual methods of adding stuff up) is what makes the UK bike scene rather amazing. However you do it, whatever you do, just keep doing it.