Jim's interest in motorcycles started from reading bike magazines, which he began buying in 1963.
In 1965 he bought a 250cc.NSU Max. for £70. His first run was to take it out to the Loughlinstown dual carriageway,[The first dual carriageway in Ireland ] to see how quick it would go.
The NSU was followed by a 500cc. Velocette Venom. After a trip to the Isle of Man in 1968 the "Bug" had really taken hold, and in 1971 he bought a 750cc.V7 Special Moto Guzzi from Stanley Woods. It was the last bike Stanley Woods sold. That was followed by a 650cc., and a 1000cc.Kawazaki.
With three young children and a demanding job, Jim decided to park his biking for a few years.
When the nest began to empty, Jim and his wife Eileen found time on their hands and decided to return to biking with the purchase of a Honda, Africa Twin 750cc.
This was followed by a BMW 1100 GS, and he is now on his second 1200 GS.
Since returning to biking he has travelled to the USA, Norway, Spain, France, Portugal, Scotland, U.K. and has covered the length and breath of Ireland. He puts up 16000 Mls per year.
Jim is also a member of the BMW owners club and enjoys the camaraderie that you get from belonging to a motorcycle club.. .
He enjoys hillwalking, cycling, reading and listening to music.
He is a founder member of the DMTC..
- Contact Jim - Club Chairman
I first got interested in to motor bikes at the age of 11 years old, when my father’s working partner came to our house on his Suzuki gs 550, in which I got a spin sitting on the back of it.
At the age of 13, I was buying MCN and Bike Magazines and was studying the world of 2 wheels and still am today.
I woke up Christmas morning 1984 to find a 1970 Yamaha FSI 50 cc sitting in the kitchen, and said wow.
As I was not 16 at that time, I could insure the bike and when the time came, I could not afford the insurance as it was too expensive, so I sold it. It did not put me off bikes for good, and still went to all the road races around Ireland.
I got married in 1993 to my wife Deirdre. In December 1998 I went to Leeds in the UK to look/buy a Honda CX500 Turbo, which was rotten. So I came home with a Honda 650 Turbo instead. Had it for 4 years, and then bought a Honda Deauville, had it for 4 years and then bought a Honda Pan European ST1300, and still ride today.
I get away once a year to the continent, and cover 8/10,000 miles approx a year.
I’m also a member of the BMW club.
I joined the DMTC in Feb/March of 2014 and was nice to meet new friends with the same 2 wheel addiction. Happy days.
My first motorbike was a 250cc BSA Star, which I bought at age seventeen, I really enjoyed it for two years, had one or two minor drops but nothing serious.
I got my first car at nineteen and was then on four wheels for over forty five years, however I promised myself I would get back to biking on retirement, which I duly did.
I’ve had a few bikes since then: a 650cc Dragstar, A 650cc Deauville, A 1300cc FJR, A 1200cc GS, A 1600cc GTL, a lovely bike, very powerful, very technologically advanced and extremely comfortable, but at 348 Kilograms trying to manhandle it around in awkward parking areas etc. was quite challenging.
I’m now quite happy with my BMW R1200 RT LE model, which at 275 Kg is much easier to live with.
I have toured in the UK, France, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway & Sweden and southern Africa (South Africa, Swaziland & Lesotho) with fellow DMTC members and others, I’ve completed four Irish and Ulster Photo Rallies and joined the DMTC in 2013, Blood Bikes East in 2014 and undertook the ROSPA training course, achieving the Gold award in 2015.
I’d like to tour in Italy and the Balkans, I’ve no definite plans at the moment but hopefully it will happen someday soon.
"As a child, Bob always had an interest in motorbikes. He remembers being brought for a run on his uncle's BSA in the 1960s and loved the feeling of speed and rushing air...
But it wasnt until 1981 that Bob bought his first moto...a Piaggio SI 50cc moped...having been "inspired" by the unlikely hero postman in the 1981 French film, Diva.
Bob soon progressed to a Yamaha DT 125 and on to the 175 version before the 1980s ended.
As with many others, Bob hung up the boots and helmet in the early 1990s to rear a family of four girls with his wife Bernie.
In 2014, the motorcycling bug bit again and Bob decided to ride with the big boys and so purchased a BMW F800 ST. Bob kept this bike for nine months before changing to his current preference...a BMW F800 GS.
Bob was introduced to the DMTC club by a work colleague and has been a member since May 2015. He has travelled abroad to Scotland, France and Italy and fully intends broadening his motorbike touring to further fields in the near future."