Fastest Newcomer at TT Wears Weise

Peter-Hickman-Senior-TT-BMcPeter Hickman rewrote the record books at this year’s Isle of Man TT Races, setting the fastest ever practice lap by a newcomer, with an average speed of 115mph around the 37 3/4 mile Mountain Course.

However, it was in the prestigious Senior race at the end of the week that Hicky, who has been supported by Weise clothing for many years, made his mark, recording an average speed of 129mph on the final lap and bringing his Ice Valley Motorsave BMW S1000RR home in 11th place, earning himself a place in the record books and a silver replica. What makes this achievement all the more remarkable is that Peter was riding a superstock machine, rather than the faster full-specification superbikes.

Incredibly, this year is Hicky’s first season of road racing, which he took up when he found himself without a ride in British Superbikes. At the NW200 International races in May he received the award for best newcomer, because he was the highest placed newcomer in all four races.

Follow Hicky’s progress at www.peter-hickman.co.uk.

Fowlers voted best for trade spares service

Fowlers has been voted the Wholesaler of the Year by British motorcycle dealers for the second time in three years.

AwardsBDN2013Trade magazine British Dealer News, which is distributed to 9,745 people employed in the motorcycle industry, invited readers to vote in the annual poll and presented awards based on the results.

Parts & Contact Centre Manager, Pete Aitkenhead, who has worked at Fowlers for 35 years, collected the award from TV presenter Steve Parrish and current MotoGP racer Scott Redding, in front of a packed audience of 350 motorcycle industry personnel at a ceremony held during Motorcycle Expo, the UK’s biggest trade event.

Following an agreement with BSA, Fowlers began distributing motorcycle parts in 1959 and the team of 25 parts advisors working with Pete shares approximately 300 years’ experience.

Today, Fowlers is the official UK parts distributor for Yamaha, Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera and Derbi. The company also supplies spares for Honda, Suzuki, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Aprilia and Triumph and carries substantial stocks of Kawasaki parts, plus clothing and accessories for all Piaggio Group brands too.

Fowlers has recently invested in an Electronic Parts Catalogue system [EPC], which trade customers can use to look up parts, check whether they are in stock and place orders. The EPC also highlights low stock, out of stock and discontinued lines.

Trade customers can find out more by calling Fowlers Wholesale on 0117 977 8899 or visiting www.fowlerswholesale.co.uk.

 

The picture shows (left to right) Steve Parrish, Pete Aitkenhead and Scott Redding.

Ho Chi Mission Complete

After 3000 km, three countries and a significant amount of mechanics, my Ho Chi Mission is finally over. The Pink Panther and I set sail from Hanoi seven weeks ago and clunked south over the Annamite Mountains into Laos, Cambodia and finally, Saigon. Despite my efforts, it turns out that 25 year old Honda C90 mopeds really aren’t built for mud, deep sand, rocks, mountains, rivers and jungle. In the space of three weeks, the poor bike had to have three engine rebuilds, and took to chewing through cam chains like candyfloss.

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Day of Champions tickets on sale now!

Every year, on the Thursday before the British MotoGP at Silverstone, MotoGP stars and fans come together to help support Riders for Health. A fun day out for the whole family, the highlight is an amazing live auction featuring all of the top MotoGP riders where fans raise thousands of pounds bidding for signed racing memorabilia. There is also live music, quizzes, interviews with riders and stunt displays throughout the day. Paddock and pit-lane ticket holders also get an inside look at the world of MotoGP with behind the scenes access. What’s more, Day of Champions raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for our lifesaving work in Africa.

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Off on the Ho Chi Minh Trail…

Update 08/03/2013 – Ant Starts his journey!

Ant has reached the starting point of his journey! Check out his update here: http://www.theitinerant.co.uk/meeting-the-pink-panther/

Ants Bolingbroke-Kent will be loading his panniers, polishing his pistons and setting off on a solo trip down the Ho Chi Minh Trail to raise money for MAG (Mines Advisory Group).

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Riders for Health travel the rocky road to save lives in Africa

Riders for Health is proud to say that we have been chosen as the international charity in the Times Appeal. Throughout December, the Times will feature inspirational stories and photos from our work in Zambia, The Gambia and Lesotho.

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Riders for Health featured in The Times Appeal

Riders for Health is proud to say that we have been chosen as the international charity in the Times Appeal. Throughout December, the Times will feature inspirational stories and photos from our work in Zambia, The Gambia and Lesotho. In the first article, on the front page of yesterday’s newspaper, Lucy Bannerman wrote about Mambwe Kaemba, a health worker from Zambia whose work has been transformed by her bright red Riders for Health Yamaha motorcycle.

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A Riders™ appeal raises £634,770 to improve access to health care in Africa

Supporters of Riders for Health have raised a fantastic £317,385 during our summer appeal. Now, as part of the UK government’s Aid Match programme, this has been doubled to £634,770.

The money raised in the appeal will help Riders ensure that more health workers in Africa have the reliable transport they need to deliver health care to everyone who needs it, no matter where they live. The matched funding will specifically help support programmes in Zambia and Kenya.

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