Who’s Who at Leeds MAG 2015
Leeds MAG Rep
Leeds MAG Vice Rep
Leeds MAG Treasurer
Leeds MAG MAP Liaison
Martin Smith (Keith Maven dep when required)
Leeds MAG Membership Secretary
Leeds MAG Web Officer
Leeds MAG New Rider Rep
Leeds MAG Club Liaison
Leeds MAG Political Officer
Leeds MAG Press Liaison
Leeds MAG Communication Secretary
Committee Member Biographies
Richard “Manny” Manton
I’ve been passionate about all things two wheeled since I was 15 years old. After a few field bikes, I got my first road bike (an MT5) in 1986 with a deposit from my first wage and passed my full test the year after and have ridden ever since. I am a printer by trade, have three children and currently ride a BMW R1150RS and a R80, which are my 43rd and 44th bikes in my 28 years of biking!
I have been involved with motor cycles on and off since the age of 6 (family of trials riders and road racers). I got my first road legal bike at 17 and finally passed my test 25. I have been building and riding motorcycles ever since. I am an engineer by trade, have 1 child and currently ride a Suzuki Bandit 1200s
I had a moped at 16 and an XL125 that I passed my test on at 17 and many more bikes since. I’ve been a motorcycle instructor and a dispatch rider (60,000 miles in 18 months on a VT500). After surgery to remove a brain tumour in 2007 I was told by the doctors that I would never ride again – 18 months later I was back riding the Guzzi that I vowed never to sell 😉
I too have been around bikes and biking for 30 years, I started with Garelli tiger cross in 1976, when passing your test involved riding round the block in Harehills, and a bloke stood on a corner and watched you, those were the days.
I currently ride a Triumph Speedmaster, not my normal ride, but I fancied a change, after a Triumph Tiger for 10 years (can you tell I love Triumphs) I am listed as membership officer, but that role encompasses many things for me, primarily, I just want to get as many people to join MAG as possible, there are two phrases that mean a lot to me” one life…live it” and the best one…… “Freedom isn’t free”.
Join MAG and see what they have to offer, you may be surprised.
I’ve been a MAG member since the 90s. I’ve held two CBT certificates in the past so I can definitely ride a bike, but I prefer to sit behind my husband Dave on his trike nowadays. In the past I’ve had an MZ with a very strange kick start and a rather nice Suzuki Intruder – which I kind of regret selling…
Since I play bass in two local rock covers bands (Resurgence and The Interiorz), who regularly play at bike rallies, it’s quite appropriate for me to be the club liaison officer as there’s plenty of opportunity to meet members of other clubs (assuming I am sober enough to remember the conversation the next day)!
My uncle’s been into bikes for years and I wanted to do more than just look at them, so in 2011 I signed up to do a CBT course. A year later I said those words guaranteed to terrify any parent: “Mum, I’ve bought a motorbike.” It took me a bit of a while to get the hang of gears so my first ever bike was a Pulse Lightspeed 2 125cc scooter. In August 2013 I replaced my scooter with a Lexmoto Street, and had the fun of getting it home and trying to get used to gears while riding through the centre of Leeds on a match day. I’ve just passed my test and upgraded to a Yamaha Diversion in August 2014, which means that my own bike count is only 3. As a new rider myself I understand that getting a full licence is a lot more complicated and expensive than it used to be, and that some people are happy to stick with just renewing their CBT every 2 years. As long as it has 2 wheels and an engine, and you enjoy riding it, then it doesn’t matter what it is. As the group webmaster I also have to make sure this site stays up to date with the latest news and information.
July 1972: “Honest Mum. Sheffield’s too steep to ride a bicycle. I just need a moped to get around. It’s not like I’m going to turn into some scruffy biker type.” Sorry Mum, turns out I lied. August 1977: My friend Eddy takes me to the Alps on his Norton Commando. April 1978: Buy my own Commando. Still in my garage, alongside my new bike, a 1989 Rotary Norton, which I’ve only had for 21 years. I did have a BMW R100RS for a while, and spent most of 1984 travelling all round North America with my then-wife on her Bonneville. Which makes a grand total of 51/2 bikes in 40 yrs.! I work as a freelance TV cameraman, which Manny naively thinks qualifies me for this role.