Wakefield MAG October 2014 Newsletter

Dear Wakefield MAG Member,

Welcome to the Wakefield MAG e-newsletter. If you can't attend our Wednesday meetings regularly, it's the next best thing to keep you up to date with what we are up to.


1) Salford Demo
2) Wakefield MAG Treasure Hunt Report
3) Wakefield MAG Clothes Bank Donation Fundraiser
4) Wakefield MAG Bingo Night
5) 11th Annual Bikers Quiz Nite
6) Classic Vehicles: Exemptions from Periodic MoT Testing
7) Yorkshire Region AGM
8) Filtering
9) October Rideout
10) Christmas Do
11) Forthcoming Events (for September and beyond)

1) Salford Demo

Salford MAG are organising a demo on Saturday 25th October in response to the Proposed Mandatory Cycle Lanes on Salford roundabouts segregated by the dangerous Armadillo physical delineators (see last months newsletter for details: September 2014 - Killer Armadillos on Salford Roundabout). If anyone would like to support Salford MAG by attending their demo, the details are below:

Salford MAG Demo

2) Wakefield MAG Treasure Hunt Report

Check out the event report Here

3) Wakefield MAG Clothes Bank Donation Fundraiser

We had 5 bags worth of un-wanted clothing donated at our Clothes Bank Donation Fundraising evening at our meeting on Wednesday 1st October. These will be taken to a local clothes bank, where we will be paid for the donations by weight. We'll let you know what we raised in the next newsletter, but it should be in the region of 20-25 quid, which will be donated to the MAG Fighting Fund. A simple way to raise funds for MAG, and a great way to get rid of your old rally T Shirts !!!!

4) Wakefield MAG Bingo Night

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Eyes Down for a Fun Filled Night of Bingo !!!

Wakefield MAG are hosting our inaugral Bingo Night, from 8:00pm on Wednesday 22nd October 2014 at the Grey Horse, Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 4EJ.

20p per ticket, cash and prize bingo, and lot's of hilarity guaranteed. All welcome and if everyone turns up who has said they are coming, we are going to run out of seats, so be there early !!!

All profits to the MAG Fighting Fund

5) 11th Annual Bikers Quiz Nite

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Now we are in Autumn, it's not actually that long to the most competitive event of the Yorkshire MAG year ... the hugely popular Wakefield MAG Bikers Quiz Nite !!!

The quiz will be held at 8:00pm on Wednesday 19th November 2014 at the Grey Horse, Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 4EJ.

We wont mess with a winning formula so it's the same tried and tested 60 questions, 30 of which will be motorcycle related and 30 will be general knowledge (but there will be a bike related link / theme somewhere, however tenuous). The quiz is hotly contested throughout Yorkshire and the prestigious roll of honour is:

Who will win in 2014 ? .... Leeds Again Probably !

Open to All. £1 entry fee p.p. Team (Max. 5) or individual entry. Great prizes for the winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd), plus booby prize for the least number of correct answers.

And just for a change ....... All proceeds to the MAG Fighting Fund ;-)

6) Classic Vehicles: Exemptions from Periodic MoT Testing

The Department for Transport (DfT) has set up a website for people to discuss and make suggestions about changes to road worthiness testing for classic vehicles. The current rules in Great Britain will have to change in 2018 and they are seeking views and evidence on the best way to make those changes.

Adapted from the DfT Website:

Motorbikes - Under current GB law motorbikes that were manufactured before 1960 can be exempt from MOT testing. A new EU directive allows the UK to continue to allow exemptions from MOT testing, but now for vehicles over 30 years old providing they have not substantially changed. The UK has to amend GB law to reflect the EU requirements if we wish to continue to exempt classic vehicles, but there is a lot of flexibility about how this can be done.

Background To Changes - Directive 2014/45/EU sets out minimum requirements for periodic road worthiness testing of vehicles used on public roads. Vehicles are categorised by type and the rules differ for each category. Motorbikes must be tested on a regular basis, unless exempt, but it's up to the member state to decide the frequency of the testing. The UK can decide if we want to exempt motorbikes of historic interest, if they have not been subject to substantial change, or we could choose to introduce regular testing for such vehicles. If we do decide to exempt motorbikes, we can decide how old they should be before they're exempted and how to define 'substantial change'.

Your views - On the DfT web page they have asked for views, which they say will help them to find the best way to treat motorbikes. In addition to comments which you can leave on the web page there is a short survey which you can complete to tell them:

The DfT have also asked some specific questions:

DfT update - 15th September: A total of 1612 people have completed the survey so far and the vast majority of people have answered in relation to cars and vans. There is support across all vehicle groups for each of the options however, the most popular is that classic vehicles should be exempt from period testing and that exemptions should be set according to the age of the vehicle. Support for periodic testing exemptions for classic vehicles is particularly strong amongst those answering in relation to motorbikes - 80% of motorbike respondents support exemptions.

NOTE: The website will be open to the end of October 2014.

This is a great opportunity to help formulate the legislation that we want. If large numbers of bikers don't respond and express their views, we can hardly complain after the fact that we don't like what was implemented !!!

Consultation Website: www.dft.gov.uk/classic-mot

7) Yorkshire Region AGM

The Yorkshire AGM is to be held on Sunday the 19th October, the venue is now confirmed as The Royal Hotel, Pudsey, LS28 8PR, with registration from 10:15 and the AGM starting at 11:00, and due to end at 13:00. The Magic Action Promotions (MAP) AGM will then follow in the afternoon at 14:00, after a lunch break. Don't forget your MAG membership card otherwise you will not be able to attend & vote.

75 Branch points to all Wakefield MAG members who attend (a very useful boost if you need to inflate your points score for our own forthcoming AGM in January.

8) Filtering

An interesting article on Filtering and Case Law: www.motorbikestoday.com/news/Articles/filtering_law.htm

9) October Rideout

Our last rideout of the year is being held on Sunday 5th October, a picturesque route of 90 miles to visit the many reservoirs of South Yorkshire & North Derbyshire. Meet 8:30am (leaving at 09:00am) at Redbeck Cafe, 339 Doncaster Road, Crofton, Wakefield, WF4 1RT

10) Christmas Do

It might seem like a long time away at the moment, but our Christmas Do is in a mere 2 months time !!! Following a dicussion and vote at a recent meeting, we have decided to keep to our popular and tried and tested formula - We will meet at the Chinese Buffet on Trinity Walk at 13:00 for a lunchtime 'all you can eat buffet', at the bargain price of £6.99 (same price as last year). Following the lunchtime buffet, we will head into town to sample many of the Merrie Cities fine hostelries and quaff goblets of foaming ale !!. You can come for the meal, or meet us at one of the many pubs in town, or do both ... the choice is yours.

The date is set for Saturday 6th December and we are taking £5 deposits now to secure your place (we will be making the booking in early October). Let me know if you want to come. If last years Christmas do is any indication, we are in for a jolly good time. Hope to see you there.

Christmas hats and reindeer antlers strictly optional.

11) Forthcoming Events (for October and beyond)

Sunday 5th October - Wakefield MAG October Rideout

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Meet 8:30am at Redbeck Cafe, 339 Doncaster Road, Crofton, Wakefield, WF4 1RT, leaving at 09:00am

Sunday 19th October - Yorkshire Region & MAP AGM

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Wednesday 22nd October - Wakefield MAG Bingo Night

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Saturday 25th October - Leeds MAG Halloween Party

From 8:00pm at The Parkfield Suite in Leeds. 200 Limit - Tickets £5 from Leeds MAG meetings (or pay on door if still available). Optional Fancy Dress - Prize for the best. 10-15 mins walk from New Pudsey Train Station

Sunday 9th November (TBC) - Wakefield MAG at the City of Wakefield Memorial Sunday Parade & Service

10:50, Wood Street War Memorial. Rideout to Royal British Legion Riders Branch event at Mirfield, following our attendance at the Remembrance Service (TBC)

Wednesday 19th November - Wakefield 11th Annual Bikers Quiz Nite

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Saturday 6th December - Wakefield MAG Christmas Do

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Wednesday 17th December - Leeds MAG Toy Run

Assemble at the Leisure Complex Car Park, behind McDonalds from 6pm. Leaving Cardigan Fields LS4 2GD at 6.30 prompt. Arrive at Lineham Farm Childrens Centre LS16 8AZ at 7pm. Please bring wrapped toys marked boy or girl to a value of approx £6. Bring as many as you like! All trikes and 2 wheelers welcome, (and cars if the weather is poor).

See the events page for further details and more !!!

That's all for this month, and I hope to see you all soon.

Ride Safe .. Ride Free
Steve Travis
Wakefield MAG
0772 078 4734

Wakefield MAG meet at the Grey Horse, Kirkgate, Wakefield at 8:30pm every Wednesday. New (and Old) faces are always welcome.