way to donate is via the Charity Giving web site, Click on the
picture to the left to take you straight to their donations
Giving is a charity donations web site that ensures any monies
you donate all go to their respective recipients. Indeed, if
you are a UK tax payer, make sure you check the Gift Aid box
on donating and Charity Giving will add the tax relief to the
donation, so a donation of just £10 is worth £12.42
to Keeping Abreast.
Bloke On A Moped' ride that was 'Project Norfolk'
took place on the 24th and 25th of September 2010.
was a great success despite the storm force winds
and rain that hit the moped riders on the Saturday
is the planning and the web page info available
for prospective riders. I've duplicated the diary
part of the Blog for completeness at the bottom.
I thought I'd leave this part of the web site up
as a record of events and planning.
Norfolk - Friday 24th to Saturday 25th September 2010
Norfolk is the precursor to the big one, Project
Britain, which will be taking place in the summer
To raise funds for this event I ask the following;
participants pay an entrance fee donation at the start
line of £10
you can can raise any sponsorship from friends and relatives,
all monies will be greatly received
sponsorship forms you can download and print can
be obtained by clicking
have your own bike and will circumnavigate Norfolk accord
to the route
will be impossible to marshal the event other than
checking in and out at the start line so I shall
use the honesty system
are responsible for your own bike and legalities
of driving on Her Majesty's Highway and will conform
to the law of the road
you are a non bike rider but would still like to participate
in some way, I will be holding a sweep stake to guess
the exact time it takes me to complete the circumnavigation
and the exact distance too. If you have anything suitable
to donate to the prize fund, all gifts will be greatly
appreciated. See the Discussion section below for more
information on the sweep stake.
plan for this event is as follows. The numbered paragraphs
refer to the Discussion section below for a full description;
Circumnavigation of the county of Norfolk
Moped and Motor bike riders all welcome
Friday 24th September to Saturday 25th September 2010
Anti clockwise starting in the village of Southery,
take it that if you have read this far, you're still interested.
Good stuff. As I'm sure you've read already elsewhere
on the site, I'm not a biker so when i refer to mopeds
I'm meaning any bike who's capacity is up to 125cc and
motor bikes as anything over 125cc. It just helps me make
the distinctions clearer in my mind.
Plan: Two days to get round the edge of Norfolk on a
moped should be feasible. Indeed, I believe it's possible
to do it in a day however it's not a race, so the Friday
will be spent getting to Great Yarmouth and stopping the
evening somewhere there (exact place TBA) leaving the whole
of Saturday to work around the coast roads back to base.
Depending upon the interest level generated around the route,
there may be stop off points for fund collecting, etc, which
will alter the timings below. Some degree of flexibility
will need to be exercised.
Who: This event is about raising money for the cause,
not excluding those that ride more powerful machinery,
so the event is open to all motor bikers, no mater the
age or performance of your bike, or the rider for that
matter. You do of course need to be road legal and you
are responsible for your conduct on Her Majesty's Highway.
Although I confess to not knowing anything about bikes
I know quite a bit about cars so I'm not naive to the
yawning divide of performance difference between motor
bikes and [say] the sort of moped I'll be riding. I also
appreciate that a lot of people work Monday to Friday
and so making a Friday start can be out of the question
for some. To that end there will be two entourages travelling
from the start line, one on the Friday afternoon (mainly
for moped riders) and one on Saturday morning (for the
more powerful bikes.)
Date: Friday 24th September: Moped riders, or indeed
those wishing to join the entourage on other bikes, will
be leaving the car park of The Old White Bell pub in Southery
in the early afternoon at 2.30pm and follow the route
to the Great Yarmouth stop over point.
Saturday 25th September: Moped riders will gather at the
Great Yarmouth sea front at approximately 9.30am for PR
and awareness raising. At approximately 10.30am they will
set off and continue following the route
of the roads on the coast line.
Saturday 25th September: Motorbike riders will set off
from the car park of The Old White Bell pub in Southery
at c.10.00am and follow the route
to Great Yarmouth and meet up at the rendevous point along
with the PR and awareness group. Timing is approximate
but expect to be there at c11.30am onwards. After a break,
the main biking entourage will set off in pursuit of the
scooter/moped contingent and
at some point the motor bikes should catch up, but if
by some sheer miracle that doesn't happen, a rendezvous
point will be set up in the King's Lynn area so everyone
can ride en masse to the finish line.
Simon Rose has volunteered to be on Gt Yarmouth sea front
along the main drag with the sponsorship banner and a
collection bucket or two, collecting donations and raising
awareness. He's after volunteers to help out. He's aiming
on having a good night out the night before too.
Route: The border between Norfolk and Suffolk by road
is pretty clear cut, with only a few back roads, mainly
in the West Norfolk area. We'll stick to the main A roads
to the south all the way round to Great Yarmouth then
there are some tedious small roads to enable us to stick
to the cost until we reach Cromer. From there it's relatively
straight forward to King's Lynn with a little spurt in
the direction of Sutton Bridge before turning off down
to skirt Wisbech and through some more back roads to arrive
back at the finish. Specifically, the settlement by settlement
following riders participated in the Project Norfolk ride.
The route from Gt Yarmouth to Cromer should be quite a navigational
challenge, however, keeping the sea on your right hand side
shouldn't prove too troublesome. No cheating and taking the
A149 from Gt Yarmouth to Cromer!
The exact route can be downloaded and printed. By clicking on
the map, you will get a larger higher resolution version (warning:
2.3Mb in size)
(updated 16th Sept 2010)
who would like to take part and can't or don't ride a motorised
bike, there will be a sweepstake held at the Old White Bell
public house from the beginning of September and the results
given out on the evening of the 25th September (upon our triumphant
return of course!)
Cost of entering is £1. For your entrance fee you
are entitled to a guess to determine the exact mileage my scooter
covers over the two days as well as a guess for the exact time
it takes me to ride the distance. Two prizes will therefore
be awarded for the nearest, without going over the totals.
If you are unable to get to the Old White Bell public house
to submit your guess, kindly either donate via the online donate
option found in the left hand banner of each page and then contact
email for your guess.
Two prizes are being awarded for the distance and the time.
In both cases they are Morrisons Food Hampers as donated by
Story Of The Ride
follows below is the story of the events leading
up to the first trip around Norfolk. Reading from
the bottom upward the blog roughly charts the
story from when things started to happen fromfirst
looking at bikes, my CBT and culminates in the
25th September 2010: I'm happy to report
the trip was a blinding success but not
without incident. We (Tina, Kevin, Aaron
& myself) set of yesterday just 5 mins
behind schedule at 2.35pm, stopping in Diss
for a quick fuel fill up for Aaron's bike.
We arrived after 2 and a half hours at the
Burgh Castle campsite just after 5pm. Stuart,
who was running support, had given us a
30min head start but he hadn't banked on
the tail back [we'd probably caused] on
the road into Yarmouth. My apologies go
to anyone who was caught in the traffic
build up behind us, but it was all for a
good cause. The weather was predominantly
wet/overcast but it was great to finish
the first leg with no mishaps.
respect to Debbie at Burgh Castle Church
Farm Camping & Caravanning who waived
the campsite fee for us.
ate and drank in the Queens Head and was
joined by Barry and Rose, Kevin's parents,
which was a welcome surprise.
well in the tent. It rained quite a bit
throughout the night but my tent held up
well and I was dry and warm.
gaggle of tents
overnight rain made everything
was still visible over the broads
is it I've never got a proper
camera when I need one
there's a rainbow there's rain
(the clue is in the name)
left the campsite before schedule at around
9am and found a petrol station on our way
to the sea front where we met up with Roger.
We promptly headed for the cafe opposite
Britannia Pier for a breakfast after Simon,
Justin, Danny and the girls had rendezvoused
with us. While eating we had a message to
say that the real bikers had left the Old
White Bell at 10.10am.
map for the rest of the route was in my
head and it all seemed so clear as we headed
away from the pier at 10.45am. We'd agreed
between us 4, that if the road was good
we'd enjoy it rather than stay in a strict
group and once we hit the B1159, the old
coast road, I was able to open up the throttle
for the first time in 85miles since we left
yesterday. Unfortunately I wasn't able to
get far before I took the lead to then pull
in - my oil light had come on. It was a
delay of 20mins after a confirmation call
to Ling's Honda in Harleston, that the light
was just a service reminder light and was
reset with a bit of experimentation of console
button pressing and ignition switching.
weather was holding out well but was a little
blowy and things were going well when we
really did have a bit of a disaster. Just
as we were reaching Bacton, Kevin was struggling
to break 30mph and after we had to pull
over due to a navigational error (I went
wrong by 50yds) Tina pointed out to Kevin
his rear tyre looked flat. After a quick
visual inspection it was obvious he had
was visibly crest fallen as he knewthe chances
of getting it fixed was remote. It was decided
we'd get to the next petrol station and
add some air and hopefully be able to keep
going by adding air where we can. As luck
would have it, 100yds later we came across
Eden Garage. Mr Plummer, the garage owner,
was a biker and sorted out the flat for
us to keep us on our way, despite being
really busy. A big heart felt thanks goes
out to all of us for his help as we knew
we would have had a major problem on our
hands. (Eden Garage, Coast Road, Bacton,
Norfolk 01692 650719)
was smiling again as the sun was out and
we were on our way again. The puncture had
cost us 50mins and with the time at 12.40,
we could swear we could hear in the distance
the noise of approaching motorcycles.
Bacton itself we finally saw the sea for
the first time since leaving Yarmouth. The
surf was up because of the howling wind
and white topped waves were giving off a
spray which was making the road very damp.
The wind was against us too, so despite
the rear tyre of Kevin's bike being at a
proper pressure, progress was slow, topping
out at around 34mph on the level.
the time we hit Cromer the weather had really
taken a turn for the worse. Stuart in the
support vehicle said he'd had to put the
wipers on his car to the fast speed yet
was still not clearing the rain. My non
fog device on my helmet was fogging up,
Kevin could only hit 28mph due to the head
wind, the rain was relentless, I could hardly
feel the ends of my fingers and there was
a big draft coming up my trouser leg.
as we neared The Wash, "Sunny Hunny"
Hunstanton lived true to it's name as the
cloud cover cleared and the sun shone. We
all thought we were seeing things as we
left Thornham. Coming toward us on the other
side of the road was what appeared to be
an enormous man on a tiny bike, dress entirely
in black except for his white open face
helmet. As he rode past me it was apparent
it wasn't an enormous man but a member of
the clergy dressed in his cassock, his robes
billowing in the wind like a yachts sail,
the bike lost beneath the uniform. All I
could think of was to make a mental note
of a future possible fund raiser along the
lines of 'Priest on a Ped' or 'Bish on a
bike.' Food for thought.
arrived on Hunstanton sea front at 3pm and
piled into a Cafe for a cuppa. After 30mins
Tina spotted her friend Soji riding in to
town by himself. It had turned out he'd
lost the main group when he'd been riding
ahead to stop and take pics (below) so had
decided to head to the Hunstanton rendezvous
point. Fifteen minutes later the rest of
the riders turned up. As they rode into
Hunstanton and parked up, I can admit to
getting a bit emotional.
a brief break we gave Kevin a head start
and I set off in the lead. Pausing only
for a petrol stop we rode to Knights Hill
roundabout, proceeded into King's Lynn via
the docks, around the one-way system, passed
through Southgates, onto the Hardwick roundabout
and then down the A10.
out of the coastal wind and a clear but
cool late afternoon air, Kevins bike was
able to hit the mid 40's. Despite this,
with the other 12 bikes all following behind
we still managed to cause a bit of a hold
up (apologies if you were following us.)
the emotions running high (I was blubbing)
we pulled into the Old White Bell car park
and it was great to see a huge turnout for
our return with flags waving and people
the image above for the pics taken
by Roger and Soji
Claire's pictures, click on the image
little movie clip of the riders returning
to the pub car park
heart felt thanks go out to all that joined
in and helped to make it possible, especially
Tina and Euan who brought with them their
experience and practical suggestions, Kevin
for actually making it (he was rather pleased,)
Aaron for coming with us at the last moment
and Stuart for driving his car around the
route with all our gear (he wished he was
on a 'ped.) A big thanks also to everyone
who gave up their time and petrol and rode
around the route. Roger for supervising
the sea front collectors at Yarmouth, the
sea front collectors Holly, Sam, Simon,
Danny and Justin for getting up when they'd
usually be recovering from a hang over,
Debbie for waving the camp site fee, Mr
Plummer at Eden Garage for getting us out
of a fix, Louise for standing in her high
heeled boots helping Claire out with the
bucket waving in Ely and Claire for being
Down of Funds Raised for Project Norfolk
following table is a brief break down of
the funds raised from the little trip around
Norfolk. The Online Donations are all via
the Charity Giving web site (see side panel
to the left) and all money donated via that
method has Gift Aid tax reclaimed, hence
the total on the line below. Cash donations
are as a result of the all the little fund
raising events attended over the course
of the project including the street collections,
quiz, sponsorship, guess the mileage of
the trip, etc. Cheque donations are listed
seperately for no other reason that it helped
me keep track of things.
Norfolk Final Total
25th September 2010: After the ride was completed
we held a quiz over at the Old White Bell and all
proceeds (of £65.45) was donated to the Fat
Bloke/Keeping Abreast tally. The Keeping Abreast
Team won the night with Team Moped coming 2nd and
Team Moped Support collecting 3rd prize (if that
doesn't sound like a fix...!)
Also today, Claire and Louise (Roger's wife) were
shaking a bucket at the BP garage in Ely and of
course the bucket rattlers were also on Yarmouth
sea front. Between them they managed coerce £295.51
out of the generous public.
24th September 2010: 8am - and I'm at the dentist
due to a filling malfunction. Didn't want that spoiling
my weekend, however the weather looks pretty dire
and that may well do a good job of spoiling it.
10am - I've written up contact information for all
concerned. Pretty much packed too.
12noon - Stuart came round and the car is loaded
up with mine and Tina's gear. Just need Kevin's
1pm - Last entry to the blog as I need to get over
the pub. Both the EDP and Lynn News have rang this
morning and they are making their way there. I'll
do my best to keep things informed on Twitter feed.
stepping outside, I may be some time.....
23rd September 2010: Just got basck from JD Signs
who have stickered up the bike for me. The idea is
over the coming months as Project Britain starts to
get going, I'll be able to add sponsorship to the
bike. The stickers also have a dual function of covering
up some of the scrapes and scratches that are evident
on the bodywork from the previous owner.
has just got back home from standing in Budgens
at Dersingham rattling a Keeping Abreast
bucket. Counting up the coinage the generous people
of the Budgens customer base raised £84.04.
Claire would like to thank Karl Mendham the store
manager and Caroline Bosworth the Community Liason
22nd September 2010: Travelled over to to see
Sue Henry, the chairman of the Keeping Abreast King's
Lynn branch for the Pink T-shirts and collection buckets
the street collectors will be using on Yarmouth sea
front. Also picked up the food hampers which have
been donated as the prizes for the "Guess the
Distance" and "Guess the Time" sweepstake.
Tina dropped her camping equipment over, so she's
not weighed down on Friday.
Dolly & I dropped over some T-Shirts
20th September 2010: Busy day today. Took the
bike over to Lings Honda for its 7500 mile service.
Got back home by 3pm then nipped out for a few other
bike related bits - another 5 litre fuel can, braces
for my waterproof trousers, neck scarf and a cover
for the bike (which was too small.) Bumped into Kevin
while out and when we got back we went through the
route cards Euan had emailed me earlier last week
and printed and laminated them. We also went through
the route itself on Google Earth.
Had a phone call from a group of 4 college guys who
want to come along too which was great. They won't
be able to do the first part of the route due to prior
commitements, however they will meet us at Burgh Castle
campsite on the Friday evening and will ride the 2nd
day with us.
17th September 2010: Spoke with Chris Bishop of
the EDP today. Confirmed they will be there to see
us off next Friday.
15th September 2010: Quite a bit of news today
and none of it was brilliant. Jason rang me in the
morning to tell me he's put his back out. He's on
pain killers but can't get his leg over his bike so
may not be able to ride in a weeks time.
I visited Chris (& Tracy) who has not long gotten
out of hospital after his knee replacement op. Realistically,
he doesn't think he'll be able to ride in a weeks
Peter now has to ride the trip on his real bike and
not the 70cc, 40 year old Yamaha U7 that he'd borrowed
as the insurance wanted £70, which for just
the weekend was ludicrous, especially when you consider
he's just sold his 1000cc sports bike and was essentially
swapping the insurance over.
13th September 2010: Rode over to Elmers
in the evening to try and and then purchase some protective
trousers. The size is a 6XL, which was comfy around
the waist but felt really bulky otherwise. When you
sit ont he ped though, everything falls into place.
I was wanting to try on a snoot and maybe some glooves
too but Olly, the owner, was in a rush to get to a
celebrity hosted dinner on the coast, so I didn't
have time. Hope to visit again though, maybe when
I kit myself for the Britain trip.
11th September 2010: Had a wee jolly today and
rode down to a village fete in Upshire, Essex, which
is whereI was bornand dragged up for the first 23
years of my life. I went on the bike and Claire in
the car arrying the table, A-board and some Keeping
Abreast leaflets Claire picked up yesterday. The Fete
was only from 2pm to 5pm but it was hard work, promoting
Keeping Abreast and raising a bit of sponsorship money.
Total raised today was £35 plus had an online
donation too from a nice guy named Roy, so well worth
4th September 2010: Attended a Keeping Abreast
event at The Old Bell in Grinstone, which is located
to the East of King's Lynn. It was an afternoon tea
event and I went on the bike, Claire drove. I managed
to get a little bit more sponsorship and had some
pledges paid too. The significance of this means we've
cracked the £1000 barrier, making the total
as of today £1074.73.
30th August 2010: Busy day today. The Old
White Bell had a family fun day and I was
invited to set up a stand and the [newly acquired]
A-Board in an effort to raise awareness and funds.
I started the ball rolling with the "Guess the
Mileage and time" sweepstake (still need two
prizes for that one) and already have 55 entrants.
With the sponsorship donations added in as well, we
made a nice little total of £188 and a lot more
pledges on the sponsor sheet. Claire was manning the
Tombola for the day and Nic the landlady very kindly
donated the proceedings from that stall too which
amounted to £124. So the grand total for the
days fund raising efforts came to £312. Fantastic.
27th August 2010: I'm 41 today. Rats.
26th August 2010: Had a phone call today from
JDSigns to let me know my A-Board is ready. When I
wastelling the crew of JD's what I was up to when
I was fixing some of their computers recently they
said they'd like to help out and they have very knidly
donated this A-Board and stickered it up for me. The
great thing is it's re-useable so after Project Norfolk
I can get the writing changed for Project Britain.
I think it looks absolutely cracking.
23rd August 2010: Now that Kevin has his bike
running we went for a ride to Lynn today. Rain was
torrential and we got soaked right through but the
breeze on the trip home helped to dry us out.
Bought a 5 litre fuel can which fits perfectly in
the helmet box, two abreast. Very useful to have as
it can potentially double the range of the bikes and
will hopefully come in useful for the more remote
parts of the Project Britain trip. I'm also tempted
to run the tank dry, just to see how far I can get
on a full tank.
18th August 2010: Had an email from Claire Beal,
a reporter from the Lynn News on Monday interested
in the current project and as a result one of their
photographers paid myself and Claire a visit today
for a pic for the story. Need to check up with Claire
Beal as to when it's due to be published.
Updated the Get
Involved page with info and pics on the
cap and T-Shirt. Youc an now buy your very own and
donate at the same time :-)
12th August 2010: Met up with Tina in Downham
Market and we rode over to a Keeping Abreast awareness
evening at Esselle Ladies Gym. We left my sponsorship
form at the front table along with the T-Shirts and
badges and manged to get another £19 raised
as well as some more pledged. The significance of
this amount means we've broken the £500 barrier
in funds raised so far. Blimey!
11th August 2010: Had a bit of a panic today as
I was all set to go out ont he bike and no lights
came on witht he ignition. My bike has no kick start
and no clutch so the only alternative I have to help
start it is with jump leads. The battery was indeed
flat as a pancake although it did start easily with
the jump leads. Puzzled I set off to C
& A Superbikes to drop off a poster to them
albeit with some hoofing great jump leads under the
sadle and a car battery from my laid up Cavalier in
the helmet box. No further problems resulted and when
I got home I'd realised the cause was because the
seat had been left up since I'd last used it a few
days ago and the courtesy light under the seat had
been on. Spookily enough, speaking to Tina in the
evening, she'd had a very similar problem wherby the
parking light had been left on all day on her Suzuki.
Spent half of the day sorting out the campsite for
the Project Norfolk trip. Seems as though all the
camp sites online are members of clubs and you need
to be a member of the club to camp. Also, a lot of
them require two nights minimum booking! Prices for
the sake of a bit of canvas over our heads were bordering
on the ridiculous side, so I started to think that
a B&B would be more cost effective. Just as I
was about to give up hope, Burgh
Castle Church Farm Camping & Caravanning
came up trumps. Although out of season, Debbie the
owner will be opening the camp site just for our team
of moped riders. Many thanks to Debbie for helping
out and giving us a preferential rate to boot. (There's
also two pubs in the village! :-)
10th August 2010: I took delivery of my new toy,
my banana splits bike, for the charity rides two weeks
ago, getting used to the 'lack' of speed is very different,
not helped by having to run it in for the next 600
miles on half throttle. It is a quirky little thing
and I am sure I will learn to love it, just need more
miles on its new engine. Since delivery I have already
added a top box and Sat Nav, just in case we lose
sight of the sea! Also I have a new tent so all ready
for the off, when do we go?
10th August 2010: Spent most of today speking
with Gt Yarmouth Council, Norfolk Constabulary and
a few other departments and planning all for the sake
of being able to have some people on the Yarmouth
sea front and rattle a bucket to collect some funds
and raise awareness. Oh what fun.
8th August 2010: Just got back from an afternoon
and evening out at a Barn Bash BBQ in Narborough.
The relevance of this is the camping experience. I'd
bought in the week a Vango Dart 300 twin skin pop
up tent. Kept myself and the current Mrs Fatbloke
dry although there is no way it's a 3 man. If it is,
then I hope they are very intimate with each other.
It also was apparent as to how much camping gear that
just one person requires let alone a team of 6 to
8, with bedding taking up a lot of room. In my youth
I'd take the bear minimum and rough it on a foam carry
mat, but the air bed is a must these days as it the
duvet and pillow. Needless to say, the aquisition
of a LWB transit type vehicle for the support vehicle
is looking very probable and a box trailer also looks
like an essential piece of kit now too.
4th August 2010: Went along to the Keeping Abreast
meeting this evening. I was asked if I could just
give a quick talk to the congregation to let them
know what the project is all about. Managed that ok
and secured another £20 sponsorship and another
£35 pledged. I've got an invite to go along
to a coffee morning later in the month as well as
an awareness evening at a fitness place.
31st July 2010: Tina and her husband came round
to my house today on their way back from picking up
the new addition to their fleet, a fantastic looking
Suzuki RV 125 Van Van. Cracking little bike, bought
exclusively for the Fat Bloke On A Moped Projects.
Picture duly added to the Team photographs section.
29th July 2010: Went along to the Thetford
& District Motorcycle Club this evening.
I'd joined their online forum and had been invited
along. Alan allowed me to talk to everyone at their
meeting to tell them about the project. Normally I
have no problem with public speaking but, for whatever
reason, I was a little...... emotional. On the plus
point they'll remember me but more than likely it'll
be more for blubbing in front of 30 people rather
than the catchy name of the web site and project.
On the plus point, they seemed like a very nice bunch
of people and hopefully a few of them will be along
for the ride.
28th July 2010: Thought it was about time I actually
got to know my bike. With Kevin waiting to the resolution
of his scooter woes, the basic parts to my Pntheon
have so far remained hidden. I had a brief look over
for the access panels and decided to (sit down ladies,
I'm about to do something men just don't do) read
the manual. (You can pick yourself off the floor now.)
The fluid levels were easy enough and I took the front
off to see how easy it was to chage bulbs shoudl the
need arise and surprisingly the underseat tool kit
was rather comprehensive. I was also amazed to find
I have 5 stages of variable rear suspension settings
and it had been in the default 3 setting since I had
it, so I duly set it to no.1, the comfort setting
and went for a quick spin, changing it to no.5 for
the return journey. I could find no difference what
so ever so I've left it in no.2. I did burn my knuckle
on the hot exhaust pipe though while I was changing
The air filter assembly is a bit over engineered.
It was easy to see why there is no K&N available
for it as most of it is moulded to a large piece of
plastic. I doubt that will be cheap from Honda either.
Noticed that the inlet pipe to the air box looked
quite restrictive too, being half the diameter of
the pipe leading to the inlet manifold. Hmmmmmm. Honda
must have done it like that for a reason.
Gave the bike a wash too. First time since I've had
27th July: well I
haven't updated recently becasue I've just been a
little busy what with passing my car test and the
discos I do on the side (am avalible for hire) I've
just lost track of time but luckily within all of
the rush I have managed to get my moped to Russ Williams
Repairs (18 Paradise Road, Downham Market, PE38 9HS
01366 387795) and am going to hear back in the morning
on what's wrong.
19th July 2010: Visited a motorcycle club called
Wisbech & District Motorcycle Club that have fortnightly
meetings at The Golden Lion in Stonea. Great group
of riders who were interested in the ride. They do
a lot of charity rides and I hope I'll pick up a few
ridersto join the main entourage on the 25th September.
18th July 2010: Took a trip to SundarScoots yesterday
and met up with Michael Barnes the owner. The showroom
overflowing with any part you could possible want
for a Lambretta or Vespa. He was an ever so helpful
chap too and he imarted some useful advice as well
as pointing me in the direction of a few people and
local clubs who may be able to help out and be interested
in the Project Norfolk ride.
14th July 2010: Rode into Downham Market and then
to King's Lynn to complete a few tasks. While in Lynn
I thought it wasn't far to pop up the road to Hunstanton.
Got talking to a couple who had just returned to their
bike as I'd noticed they were members of Wisbech Motor
Cycle Club. Not being too far from me they invited
me to their meeting that's taking place at The Golden
Lion at Stonea, which is not far from me at all, to
have a chat with the other members of their club as
they may be interested in joining the Project Norfolk
ride. Cool. They have just over 80 members!
10th July 2010: Had a nice spread and write up
in the Eastern Daily Press today. Nice to get things
moving publicity wise. Had the pic of my clowning
about on the mini moto as in the header pics above.
Think the photographer definitely captured my 'bulky'
8th July 2010: Had a visit from Chris and Ian,
reporters of the Eastern Daily Press this morning.
I mustered a few of the troops who rallied round for
somephoto's over the playing field. Hopefully the
report, due in the EDP either Friday 9th or Saturday
10th July, will raise the awareness of the project
and with a bit of luck, get more bikers and moped
riders involved in Project Norfolk.
30th June 2010: I undertook my biggest trip so
far today, I set off to go and see my parents and
called in at my brothers work too so I can drop off
some sponsorship formsa for them. The journey took
me down to Ely, across teh A142 to newmarket where
I picked up the A14 south bound, slipped on to the
A11 and then before the M11 (not allowed on motorways
with 'L' plates) I followed the old A11 (B1393) to
just outside Epping. Total journey time was 1 hour
40mins to do the 65 miles, although bizarrely 1 hour
55mins coming back - must be because it was up hill.
Top wack of my stead was a mighty 70mph on the 3 lanes
of the A14 but I did notice the fuel gauge needle
drop quite considerably, so easing off to the 60 to
65 seemed wise. Had to fill up on the way back, and
although not completely accurate (the tank only takes
2 gallons) I worked out I'd got 96mpg. Happy with
I did come off the road once. It was at a junction
and I didn't quite gauge it right. I need more practice.
25th June 2010: Popped into Lynn early evening
to pick up my high vis top that was getting printed
at Double GG Clothing that
C & A Superbikes donated
Graham and Gordon at Double G Clothing kindly donated
the printing of my high vis top, so if you're in traffic
behind me you can clearly see "fatblokeonamoped.com
sponsored by C & A Superbikes" and know it's
me (so remember to stop me and donate!)
23rd June 2010: Full of excitement and trepidation,
set off in the car this morning to pick up my
bike. Assisted by my good mate Barry (Kevin's
father) who was so good as to drive my wife's
car back home for me.
Chris in the clothes department had managed
to source all but the protective trousers for
me. Turns out they don't quite go up to the
size that would cover my manly physique (q.v.
title of this web site.) All else fitted though!
With 'L' plates adorning the front and rear
of the bike and a quick pause for the photo's
below with John the salesman, I set off on my
maiden voyage. Pick up is lovelly and smooth
and I can get to 50 quite easily, with 60 showing
after a bit more of a wait. Think 50 is a nicer
cruise speed though. Managed to get back in
time for the England World Cup football match
which pleased Barry.
Observations from those that I've shown back
at base is that it doesn't make me look as fat.
Dunno if that will be a good thing or not! :-)
outside Ling's With John
Pointing out where the bike is
almost slightly ridiculous
sat out the front of the house for the best
part of an hour waiting for me to return so
she could take this...
by the time I got to here she was laughing
her head off.
23rd June 2010: Ok
Im not going to lie this is the first blog Ive
ever written; well now the ice is broken i can go
into why Im writing it. The problem is the moped
Im hoping to do the Norfolk ride on is a Piaggio
Zip 50cc 2stroke and also at the moment not working.
I have absolutely no idea why because Ive tried
so many possible problems (listed) and they havent
done anything so Im thinking that if I describe
the problems you bike enthusiasts out there can send
some suggestions my way as to how to fix it well here
problem: It will start and tick over all day, also
it can potentially pull you around at up to 12mph
but only if you throttle on throttle off constantly
anything over that and it cuts out like its either
flooding or not getting enough petrol spark is good
when taken out. All this started after i put some
petrol in at a garage i had never used before
What we have tried:
Air filter clean
Fuel filter clean
it operates a vacuum petrol system checking the
pipes to ensure full vacuum
Clean carb completely
New spark plug
With auto choke
Without auto choke
ideas for fixing it please dont hesitate to
contact me through the information on my profile
on the site
Until next time
I'm Kevin and good night
21st June 2010: Done my CBT with the very good
Louise who operates from the King's Lynn Car Auctions
site on the Hardwick Narrows Industrial Estate.
After all the grief and turmoil since this year
began, riding the little 50cc 2 stroke bike was,
I have to admit, the best fun I'd had all year.
It's amazing how vulnerable you are to anything
else on the road.
If you want to do a CBT then I can recommend Louise
and you can contact her on 07818 001203.
On the way home, I sorted out a helmet. Tried all
sorts on under the guidance of Ed from C & A
Superbikes at Tottenhill although
the most comfy for me was the Shoei Flip front.
(Note to self: Remember to start calling them 'Lids'
so I can try and fit in with all my new motor bike
mates :-) Ed kindly threw in a high viz top to go
over my protective jacket and I agreed to get their
name printed on the back. Nipped in to Double G
clothing in Lynn and left it with them to get it
printed. Should be able to pick that up on Friday.
16th June 2010: Oh cripes I've bought a
bike! It's a 2006 Honda FES 125 Pantheon. I
have to admit it's quite a lot bigger than I
originally anticipated but it still fits into
the moped/scooter bracket. Top thanks to the
guys at Ling's Honda in Harleston for all the
help, guidance and the deal they gave me. I'll
be picking it up some time next week, or if
I don't do too well with a CBT then someone
else will be picking it up.
15th June 2010: Had to visit Peterborough today
and called in at Webbs in Eye. Nothing in stock
suitable but left my name. Also called in at Gildo's
in Wisbech and spoke to a really friendly and helpful
man called Adam. He's going to look out for me and
asked me to call him at the weekend. Have realised
that the mainstream scooters are just too darn small
for me (or I'm too big!) but am taking a trip over
to a Honda Dealership tomorrow near Diss and am
looking at a Pantheon. According to Adam at Gildo's,
apparently I won't hear a bad word said about them.
From the pics on Ebay, it looks great!
booked my CBT with Louise in King's Lynn for Monday
morning. It's all happening!
12th June 2010: My 6th wedding
anniversary today and after taking Claire to have
her hair done I rewarded her by taking her to the
motor bike shop to have a look at the ped I'd seen.
It had been sold the day previous. Rats! (Who said
romance is dead?) A bit of a little set back as over
the last week and a bit since I'd first seen it, I'd
convinced myself that it was the one to have. The
quest to find one will begin in earnest this week
as will securing my CBT and 125 licence.
11th June 2010: I've had
my moped insurance for a year donated by Stevenage
Insurance. Thanks guys, it's very much appreciated
and will help me enormously.
Check out their web site at Stevenage
Insurance Services Ltd, 9 Walkern Rd, Stevenage, Herts,
SG1 3QD, 01438 313251. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4th June 2010: I visited
a local motor bike forecourt only last week and saw
an absolutely cracking ped. Unfortunately it was a
lot more than I was anticipating and had budgeted
on spending on a bike, however on the plus side it
had only covered 150miles from new, was on a 59 plate
and still had a two year manufactures warranty. It
seemed like a very big bike for a ped, but it was
a 125cc which with my bulk is looking like a necessity.
I'm very tempted though.
make Project Norfolk work, it was vital the right team
for the job were in place. The following team members
all put a huge effort in to the cause, didn't moan (much)
and were all just top people in helping me put all the
above into action. It wouldn't have been possible without
902902, Email: email@example.com
Moped Rider, Project Organiser.
40 years old, guess this would have to be considered
as my mid life crisis adventure. Some people
buy fast cars and bikes, I just want to make
a difference. Having worked in IT for the vast
majority of my life, I fell in to photography
about 8 years ago and [naturally] took quite
a few pics of my gorgeous wife. I've been a
veteran fund raiser for the Fishathon 1, 2 and
3 charity fund raising projects and am currently
the secretary of the Swish
Foundation. I enjoy village life and especially
my real ale (hence the 20 stone bit) but took
up cycling last year in an effort to get fit."
606948, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
just turned 39 and my life has been changed
for me in a big way. Since I've been given the
'all clear' from the hospital, I can now plan
for the furture. Once I have fully recovered
from the 1st part of my operation I can start
looking for a new job but enjoy life more with
my gardening and be more adventurous with my
cooking (David may not like this), but the main
objective is to enjoy life more together."
am the local landlord and the only 'real' biker
involved in this venture. I have known Dave
& Claire since I took over the village local
with my boss, Nicola. So when an opportunity
came up to help out our friends, and it involved
...er... motorbikes, I jumped at the chance.
What my final duties will include I don't know,
but, I am offerring advice, if it helps, and
will at some point get out on the open road
for this worthwhile cause."
154063, Email: email@example.com
Rider, Project Organiser
the time of writing this bio, Kevin is the only
one of the team that owns a moped [pictured],
albeit in a non functioning capacity. Undeterred
he's pressing on to get it fixed however he's
firmly believing to be in command of another
vehicle, hopefully a 125cc by the time of Project
Britain in 2011.
Kevin is currently a student at King's Lynn
College and he brings with him overwhelming
enthusiasm and a confident attitude.
am the token 'girlie' real biker for the project,
bringing about some reality as to why the ride
is being done. I have only known Claire and
Dave a short time, as I was involved in the
diagnosis of Claire's DCIS. On hearing of the
ride planned I was instantly committed. Anything
bike related is my 'therapy', if it helps to
make people more breast aware, then even better.
I have previously ridden Land's End to John
O'Groats, from King's Lynn and back, as a fund
raiser for the Breast Unit on a 'big' bike,
this ride will be at a more sedate pace but
just as rewarding. I have even bought a bike
just for the rides!
Beet Factory Supervisor
977276, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
recent addition to his family means he's having
his fair share of sleepless nights and moving
house has made sure he's kept busy. Committed
to the cause, financial commitments mean he
will be relegated to support crew for Project
Norfolk while a recent promotion at work looks
very rosey for his biking aspirations. Like
David, he's not ridden before so when funds
permit towards the end of the year, a CBT is
in order and he'll be looking to purchase a
steed early in 2011.
(as of 20th July 2010)
115722, Email: email@example.com
I spoke to Roger about the Moped Projects it
was immediately after he told me he was retiring
in a few days and he didn't know what he was
going to be doing with himself. As if a light
was being turned on at the far end of the project
tunnels, Roger, with his PSV licence, was going
to be a very valuable asset indeed. That and
he's a very decent chap and wonderful company.
Also, we never know when his hair dressing skills
might come in useful.
...and so on
be another round Norfolk Trip for 2011 whereby we can all take part",
I here you ask?
you would like to ride the last leg of Project Britain which, if everything
goes to plan, should be
16th July 2011
be more than welcome to join us at the Britannia pier on Gt. Yarmouth
sea front and ride the route back to the finish line in Southery.