Manchester Bike Show Next Weekend

Manchester Bike Show

There are at least two stands to interest Wingers at the Manchester Bike Show so if you aren’t heading for Hunstanton for the weekend, why not give it a go?

Dave Partridge of Awingaway is exhibiting on Stand No 424 and GoldWing Misfits have a nearby spread of Stands 426/427/430/431, so quite a presence.  Hunts Honda (of Manchester) are on Stand 113.

The Show takes place at EventCity in Manchester, which is at Phoenix Way, Barton Dock Road, Manchester, M41 7TB and it’s close to the Trafford Centre, with free parking at both, so you can drop her indoors off or vice versa.  Doors open from 9.30am to 5.30pm on both Saturday and Sunday.  Tickets at the door are £15 with a concession rate of £12 for Seniors and only £2 for children under 15.  You might just have time to get cheaper advanced tickets posted to you if you are quick.

There are over 500 bikes on show with 120 exhibitors, live stunt displays and live music from Aces N Eights, whoever they are!

VIP Photoshoot for the Chester Light Parade – Saturday April 21st

Soon-to-be Biker Chick, Lord Mayor Eleanor and her new Winger friends

The Lord Mayor of Chester, Eleanor Johnson, was supported by Chester The Cat, Dee 106 Radio’s mascot, at a photo-shoot held at the newly opening premises of the Event Sponsor Smiths Honda in Christleton, Chester yesterday to promote the Chester Lions GoldWing Light Parade to be held in the City Centre on Saturday April 21st  – now less than four weeks time!

Left to right in the picture are: Dave Turvey, Chairman of GoldWings North Wales, Lyn and Dave Crowley, Lead GoldWing Organiser, the Lord Mayor, Colin Towell, Sales Manager of Smiths Honda, Chester the Cat (Dee 106fm Mascot) and Karen (Smiths Honda Admin Manager).

This is a ground-breaking Event which is being supported by GoldWing clubs across the Country and promises to attract an exceptionally high GoldWing attendance for a one-day charity event.  Of course for many Wingers the opportunity to make a weekend of it couldn’t be resisted; special rates at hotels and a local campsite detailed on the Light Parade Website.

Enter via Bridge Street after 10.30 am

Wingers are welcome to come for the day and may enter the pedestrianised area in the City Centre where the day time display takes place any time after 10.30am where, for a small registration charge which goes to charity, they can spend the day, posing and/or purchasing in the many shops and cafes.  No need to pre-book in any way – just turn up and enter via Bridge Street as on the map.

The City will be thronged with appreciative crowds and there will be lots of other attractions including, rumour has it, some gigantic royal participation – not to mention Chester the Cat prowling the streets looking for company!

And in the evening, with the Lord  Mayor on board earning her spurs as a Biker Chick, there will be a GoldWing Light Parade, again through the pedestrianised City Centre.  Cheshire Police are being extremely helpful and a team of Police Motorcyclists will be escorting the Parade, which should ensure a smooth progress and easy riding, even for novice Wingers.

Chester is easy enough to get to for the day and if you can stay for the weekend even better – you will even be able to make the GWOCGB AGM on the following day if you don’t dally over breakfast. continues………

Official Launch Weekend of Preston Honda – 25th & 26th February 2012

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The Cox Group, who also own the Blackpool and Lancaster Honda motorcycle dealerships have opened a brand new Honda Motorcycle Dealership, Preston Honda, in a convenient location on Blackpool Road in Preston and their General Manager Matt Lee, is holding an Opening Weekend promotion this coming weekend.

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There is a free competition to win £1,000 worth of clothing as well as discounts of up to 50% off riding gear, parts and accessories, up to an extra £1,000 part exchange allowance of your existing bike and special prices of some of their motorcycle stock.

Hot drinks will be available free of charge throughout the weekend.

In the new Preston showroon is an unregistered 2010 Model GL1800 in white, probably the very last one in the Country and now being offered at a £2,000 discount.  A blue 2012 Model GL1800 is also available within the Group and will probably be in the Preston Showroom for the Opening Weekend too, providing an opportunity for those who haven’t done so to get up close to the new GoldWing and have a proper look.

Matt Lee is the Motorcycle Manager for all three of the Cox group’s motorcycle sites, referred to in combination as North West Honda Motorcycles, and therefore has access to a very large stock of motorcycles, parts, accessories and clothing and the Honda-trained Technicians in their workshops. continues………

Honda Competition for a free European Tour – and a free smartphone app

Fancy riding one of these in the French Alps as Honda's guest?

Happy Christmas from Honda with a free smartphone App and a chance to win a place on a free European Tour to try out the new Crosstourer for yourself.

Honda’s all-new Crosstourer, an adventure touring bike which will compete with the BMW R1200GS, was shown at the recent NEC Motorcycle Live Show is due to go on sale in March 2012.  It will be available at £11,475 for the manual version and £12,325 with Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT).

To coincide with this launch Honda has released the ‘Go Touring’ free smartphone app, available for both Android and iPhone. It helps users find the best motorcycle touring routes across Europe and the UK, as well as Mobike Hotels and Honda dealers along the way.

Go Touring can also be used to help prepare for tours; it has a handy equipment checklist and a weather forecast function.

Honda is also offering the chance to win a free place on an eight day Epic Tour across Europe, taking in everything from the high speed of Germany’s autobahns, to the stunning coastal roads of northern Italy and the beautiful mountain passes in the French Alps.   Honda describe this as a true money-can’t-buy experience aboard the Honda Crosstourer.

You can fill in an on-line entry form for this tour by clicking here.

The free Go Touring App can be found by searching ‘Go Touring Honda’ in the Android Market or Apple App Store – and if you are into smartphones you’ll understand what that means.

I’ve had a quick go at using it but this was not successful;  this is unlikely to be the App’s fault and it’s much more likely that I will need either a grandchild or a sociable geek to show me what to do.


Motorcycle Live NEC Show 2011 – and the 2012 Model GoldWing

Victoria of HondaUK viewing this Blog on her IPad. Brains and beauty, poor Bob was completely outclassed

I made it to the NEC after all this year, my troublesome hip having responded well to an injection and a jolly good day out it was too, in the Company of Federation Chairman Bob Summers and GoldWings North West Chairman Ian Duxbury, who kindly substituted for Frank Goodman as male model for my photos of the lycra-clad ladies.  Since Ian’s wife was stuck at home with no transport and serious toothache I thought this was very brave of him.

HondaUK had very kindly offered me some free tickets and so we were met by the lovely Hannah at the gate who handed them over.  Straight to the Honda Stand we then went of course, pausing only briefly to collect a coffee from their splendid Honda Cafe before making a beeline for the 2012 Model GL1800.  A white pre-production model was displayed as one of an arc of bikes behind rails around the back of the Stand but I was nevertheless able to get around the back and do a bit of sniffing about as well as take some photos.

Then the delightful Victoria accosted us with an offer of a prize drawn for one of everything from the Honda range – i.e. one car, one motorcycle, one generator, one lawnmower etc etc for the prize winner and no entry fee.  I’d been wondering what to get Management for Christmas so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the lawnmower will be small enough for her to handle.


Appleyards Open Day – April 17th 2011

Appleyards Open Day in the glory days of 2001

If you missed the big discounts on shiny bits at Knutsford Honda’s Chrome Crazy Weekend at the beginning of the month there’s a chance to make some Yorkshiremen happy in Keighley this coming weekend by spending your money at Appleyards Open Day instead.

This has been a popular start-of-season meet-up for Wingers for many years and weather permitting there should be a decent turn out this time as usual, although perhaps not quite as many as in the past.

There will be the usual very nice packed lunches, specially prepared by local maidens – well maybe not strictly maidens but very nice local ladies nonetheless and there is a choice of sandwich.  Even better these lunches are free – well, almost free, this is Yorkshire, so you are expected to make a small donation to charity.  Nonetheless Appleyards are generous in laying on this hospitality each year and it always goes down well.  Wingers have been known to eat more than one, or take an extra one home for Tea!

And if the prices of the new stuff upstairs aren’t cheap enough for you there will be the usual auto-jumble of used accessories and left over bits somewhere downstairs to rummage through for a real bargain.  continues………

Chrome Crazy this Weekend!

Eric Warburton and his wife Bridget, proprietors of Knutsford Honda

This is your reminder that it’s Knutsford Honda’s Chrome Crazy Weekend, so the discounts are going to be tempting as Wingers gather for this popular early season Meet.

The weather is supposed to be getting brighter as the day develops, so it’s going to be a pleasant experience meeting up with Winger friends, especially on Saturday afternoon.  If you don’t make that there’s always Sunday, if you can square it with your Mother.

I’ve had one phone call already saying he going later but we’ll see who turns up for our Club rendezvous.  Sooner or later, we’ll be there.

Directions: leave the M6 at Junction 20 and take the A50 towardsKnutsford.  Knutsford Honda appears on left after about 2 miles.

Chrome Crazy Weekend at Knutsford Honda – April 2nd & 3rd 2011

Just one little corner of their huge GoldWing Accessories Showroom

Once again Knutsford Honda will be offering big and genuine discounts to Wingers on their huge stocks of GoldWing accessories at the first Chrome Crazy Weekend of this new season.

No nonsense involving jacking up ticket prices to make the discounts look better, as you might have seen elsewhere, Knutsford Honda plays it straight and the discounts are real.

They also carry the largest stock of GoldWing accessories in UK by far, so even as a browsing opportunity it will be worth making your way there.

It’s easy to get to them (only 2 miles form M6) Junction 20) and there are displays by specialist suppliers as well as catering laid on – what better opportunity will you have this coming weekend to meet up with your old GoldWing buddies and enjoy a bit of company and oggle at the shiny bits, even if you’re not planning to buy any right now.  There’s bound to be something new to look at; there’s new stuff coming out all the time.

The Event runs all day on both Saturday and Sunday so you can take your pick or come on both.  There’ll be a big crowd turning up on both days so to meet different people and to fill your trunk with shiny bits twice and spend a bit more of the kid’s inheritance that they don’t really deserve.  Why not?

No named biking celebrities this time but Eric Warburton, the Proprietor, will be on hand and is always worth a friendly chat – and it’s nice to see the boss supporting Events like this in person isn’t it? And if Eric’s stunningly beautiful niece is on hand to meet and greet again, who needs a biker celebrity anyway?  She was much nicer to look at than Fast Freddie!

So, especially if your biking season hasn’t got going yet, next weekend at Knutsford Honda is definitely something to aim for.

For further details or directions visit their website at

or telephone 01925 752600

Fast Freddie at Knutsford Honda

GoldWings North West Members with Freddie and Eric


There was an excellent turnout at last nights ‘do’ at Knutsford Honda, when World Champion “Fast Freddie” Spencer made a personal appearance and owner Eric Warburton laid on not only an excellent buffet but a bevy of beauties to make everyone welcome.

We arrived very early and had a chance to take some clear photos but the place soon filled up nicely so there was quite a party atmosphere.  Celebrity Freddie turned out to be a really nice, friendly guy with a wonderful Southern drawl and he wandered around and chatted amiably to all comers throughout the evening.

Mixing socially in that way with someone who has won two motorcycle World Championships (250 and 500cc) in the same year doesn’t happen every day.  Mind you Eric’s wife Bridget and his niece Victoria  were quite an attraction too.  And then of course there were the bikes, including Eric’s own immaculate Honda 1978 CB750 and a stunning Honda Rune. continues………

Knutsford Honda attracts yet another World Champion to its Free Buffet Hospitality Evening next Tuesday

"Fast Freddie" Spencer, MotoGP Legend

Eric Warburton and his Team at Knutsford Honda, the UK’s best selling GoldWing Dealer, invites all Wingers, and indeed bikers generally, to an Open Evening next Tuesday, 8th February 2011, when Fast Freddie Spencer, former World Champion racing motorcyclist, will be  on hand for you to meet and chat with.

There will also be a FREE BUFFET and, for Wingers, their equally attractive GoldWing Accessories Showroom, which carries the biggest stocks of GoldWing shiny bits anywhere in UK.

As a pleasant way to spend a few hours on a winter evening, what more could a Winger ask for?  (Silly question – yes  there will be free drinks as well!)

Fast Freddie is widely regarded as the very best motorcycle racer of the nineteen eighties, when he rode for Honda and good enough to beat both Kenny Roberts and Barry Shene on occasions.  He won three GP World Championships and won 27 Grand Prix races and had 24 fastest laps.  Freddie will be around for the evening from about 5pm until 9pm.   Early birds will be offered a signed photograph but these are in limited supply so don’t be late or you could miss out.

This is not the first time Knutsford Honda have provided an opportunity to meet a top class biking celebrity and scoff some free food at the same time and hopefully it won’t be the last – and of course there are always the bikes, accessories and clothing to drool over too.

Their Showroom is very easy to find, only 2 miles along the A50 towards Knutsford from Junction 20 of the M6 and there’s plenty of parking.  Bikes get to park in pride of place outside the door but there plenty of room for four-wheeled transport too and anyone interested in bikes will be most welcome so bring your friends.

For further information ring Knutsford Honda on 01925-752600

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