At Leeds MAG we’re keen to understand what issues matter to people locally, whether or not they’re a MAG member. In order to do this we’re carrying out a survey to find out people’s concerns and to understand how they use their bikes. It will run until the 30th of April and as a thank you for completing it all responses will be entered into a free prize draw to win a Leeds MAG t-shirt and a year’s MAG membership The survey is at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZPCK5DB and the draw will take place at our meeting on the 7th of May.
The minutes for our AGM held on the 12th of Feb 2019 are now are now available. Our new committee is as follows:
- Leeds MAG Rep – Richard Manton
- Leeds MAG Vice Rep – Martin Thompson
- Leeds MAG Treasurer – Kate Williams
- Leeds MAG MAP Liaison – Keith Maven
- Leeds MAG Web Officer – Marcus Houlden
- Leeds MAG Entertainment Officer – Helen Taylor
- Leeds MAG Political Officer – Marcus Houlden
- Leeds MAG Press Liaison – John Nettleship
- Leeds MAG Communication Secretary – Sally Johnson
- Events Promotions Secretary – to promote events in the media. Zoe Thompson/ Gavin Weiner jointly
- Dealer Liaison (new role) – Bob Hawkins
Part of what we do is understanding what local transport policies there are, how they affect transport in general, and what the implications are for motorbikes. Some of this comes fairly easily through things like press releases and the local papers. Other times it involves digging a bit further and doing some research. In November last year we put out a Freedom of Information Act request to DVLA to find out more about the number of bikes and riders there are locally. This can be found at https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/motorcycle_and_rider_stats_for_w.
Tuesday 22nd January – Leeds MAG Comedy night at The Royal Hotel, LS28 8PR. We have a few tickets left so if you want to come get your tickets here https://leeds.mag-uk.org/shop/ it’s always a brilliant night and the ticket price includes a curry supper.Tuesday 29th January – Leeds MAG AGM at The Royal Hotel LS28 8PR from 8pm. All MAG members welcome and bring your card if you want to vote.We’ve got two Fred Hill rides in the region. Both appreciate your support and the sacrifice Fred made should never be forgotten as it underpins the MAG ethos to the day – Freedom of choice rather than compulsion.Sunday 10th February – Leeds MAG Fred Hill Run. Meeting at Squires from 10 to leave at 11 prompt to ride to The Sun Inn at NorwoodSunday 17th March – Yorkshire MAG and MAP meetings at The Royal Hotel LS28 8PR from 10am. All MAG members welcome.Saturday 23rd March – Leeds MAG presents An Evening With Ed March! Following the success of our previous motorcycle travel talks, we’ve managed to secure madcap C90 adventurer Ed March to come and talk to us. Check out his exploits on YouTube then come and meet the man himself
East Yorkshire MAG meet on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 8pm at The Forresters Arms HU17 0PRHuddersfield MAG meet every Wednesday from 8.30pm at The Fieldhead HD3 4FBLeeds MAG meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 8pm at The Royal Hotel LS28 8PRSouth Yorkshire MAG meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday from 7pm at The Ball,1 Hesley Bar, Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham, S61 2PWWakefield MAG meet every Wednesday from 8.30 at The Grey Horse WF1 1JG
MAG is offering up to £1,000 to catch a potential road killer.
MAG has announced a £1,000 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the individual responsible for a ‘hit & run’ incident near the Squires Café Bar in North Yorkshire, where a car driver left a seriously injured motorcyclist, Matthew Ramsden, lying on the road with his damaged motorcycle.
The incident occurred in Sherburn-in-Elmet. Police say that Matthew was travelling along the B1222, near Peckfield, on Sunday 6 January at around 4.40pm, when he collided with a car at the junction with the A63. The driver did not stop at the scene.
Castleford-based firm, West Riding Personal Financial Solutions, has also put up £1,000 for information leading to a prosecution. Police believe the car to be a silver saloon – possibly a VW or a Skoda – and it suffered severe rear bumper damage as a result of the collision.
Yorkshire MAG Representative Richard ‘Manny’ Manton describes this latest incident as a ‘line in the sand.’ He says: ‘the guilty driver showed no respect for the biker’s life or property – and also decided to evade the law instead of fulfilling a basic moral and legal responsibility as a road user.’
Manny continues: ‘we’re offering up to one thousand pounds for information leading to a successful prosecution because MAG isn’t going to stand by and tolerate blatant criminality on the highways of Yorkshire – or any other part of Britain. If you know who did this, and you don’t speak up, you’re protecting someone who can’t be trusted by you or anyone else. Help us get justice – and potentially pick up a thousand pounds for yourself. This offender isn’t fit to be on the roads. If they are not found, they can do it again – to you or someone you love.’
Please contact MAG on 01926 844 064 with any information. You can speak to us in confidence. We won’t reveal your identity – we just want the identity of a law-breaker too cowardly to stay at the scene of a serious accident where someone could have died.
You can visit this site to get further police information about the incident:
The lucky winner is number 109, Lorna from Brighouse. Thanks to all who supported the Daft Way Up for the past few months. We’ll release the final total raised at the MAG AGC, but suffice to say both MAG and Macmillan cancer care will both be getting sizeable donations.
Daft Way Up MAG and Macmillan fundraiser 1st – 7th April
The initial idea for this fundraiser came about after Leeds MAG had hosted a talk by Nathan Millward, who’d ridden a Honda postie bike from Australia to the UK.
“We should do something daft like that!” We said…..and if we do we should raise some funds for MAG. Last year the MAG family lost Ian Williamson to cancer, so Macmillan cancer care was added to the beneficiaries of the ride.
After batting a few ideas around we decided on Lands End to John O Groats and instead of one type of bike, we said inappropriate motorcycles should be ridden. Basically, if the bike you chose to ride was inappropriate for a trip of 1000 miles, that would do!
We decided to self fund the ride so the two causes would benefit from all the money raised, this meant that each rider paid out of their own pocket for an inappropriate motorcycle, all fuel, accommodation, and holiday time to complete the trip.
We were amazed at the response from interested MAG members and finally ended up with 17 riders, 2 support drivers a cameraman and a fixer (to sort out all the odds and ends for everyone)
We set the start date for 1st April (when else?) and planned everything from that.
Due to time restrictions (getting time off work) we planned to get the bikes from home to Lands End and from John O Groats to home at the end in hire vans.
Congratulations to the Daft Way Up team for successfully completing their journey. It wasn’t easy. Snow in Alston claimed a few casualties and they also had to cope with speed cameras on the A9 to Inverness. However they arrived at John O’Groats yesterday.
You can still donate via https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mag-daft-way-up and remember, it’s 50% to MAG and 50% to Macmillan Nurses, both very good causes.