Committee

Jim McGrath

Club Chairman

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..

 

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Gerry Griffin

Treasurer

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Michael Galvin

Club Secretary

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Andrew J Kennedy

Membership / Club Regalia

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.

Martin Carragher

Membership Secretary

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.

Aidan Judge

Events
Aidan's interest in motorcycles took root during his teenage years. As a young apprentice he bought himself a Honda CB.100cc. solely for transport , and this  was followed by an upgrade to a CB.200cc. 
As he got a bit older, the lure of four wheels got stronger, so the bike was sold. There were many benefits to owning a car for a young man about town!. 
After a long period of not owning a motorcycle, Aidan's life began to change when his three sons got involved in Moto X. They encouraged him to have a go , which he did, and loved it. 
When attending one of the motorcycle shows, he decided to fulfil a long held dream , and he bought himself a road bike again.  "One of the best decisions he ever made". He did all his tests, got his licence , and a whole new world was opened to his wife Colette and himself.
Being semi retired they now avail of every opportunity to tour the Continent . They have been to the UK., Scotland, Spain, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden - Countries they never dreamt they would visit on a motorcycle. 
Aidan and Colette are very appreciative of the many friendships they have made since joining the club. He is a strong advocate of motorcyclists constantly improving their riding skills. 

Bob Nolan

Events

"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."

Stephen Whelan

Committee Member
Stephen bought his first bike, a Yamaha 50cc. [red / chrome] at age 16. He had started his working life as a messenger with Stanley Woods & Burney, Pearce Street, aged 13/14, and, it seems this is where the motorcycle seed was sown. 
 
It was through his friendship with Dave McGrath, a club member , that he joined the DMTC, and in those early years was a great supporter of all its activities, especially the club trip to Scotland. 
 
With the opening of Mondello Park race track, and the introduction of Production Racing, Stephen got involved , and riding under the M&B banner enjoyed a certain amount of success. 
 
When a lot of the early members drifted off to raise families, Stephen got involved in Trail Riding  with the purchase of a KE 175cc. Kawasaki , and then went on to do Enduro Racing, again, with success. 
 
He also found time in between his motorcycling to take up Mountain Biking, and with his strong competitive spirit, entered races, where on a few occasions featured in the results.
 
Stephen loves camping, and over the years, toured all through Europe, North Africa, Hungry, Israel, Scandinavia, USA, Canada, Alaska, and Mexico.
 
Having owned a huge amount of bikes over the years, British, German, Italian, and Japanese , his favourite  was the Z1 900 Kawasaki. 

 

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