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Bill Vivian

Created: 26 Jun 2016
Jun 26

My blogs are a little like buses, nothing for ages then several all at once.

I had a lovely email from Bill Vivian the other day, advising me that he has finally hung up his leathers. I am sure he will not mind me putting the text below.

“Hi Dave.  

Thought I'd let you know that I have finally given up riding.  After my recent birthday (83) I thought it was about time as my right leg has lately been giving me some grief.

Could it be years of kick starting British bikes, or perhaps a reminder of when I was sliding down the A75 on my last tour. I put my classic Honda up for sale which was snapped up by a fellow club member, so after some 40 years when I was "born again" I no longer see a bike when I open the garage door.

I've had a good innings with particularly fond memories of times with White Rose Tours, the friendships I made, the riding and the craic, happy days! 

Perhaps you could give me a mention in your blog for those who may remember me.  Thanks again Dave and may the Tours go from strength to strength. 

Hope to see you again sometime. 

Yours etc. Bill V. “

 I know that many of you will know Bill, especially from the early days. We shall miss his wit and stories from his many years in the police, we wish him the very best in his biking retirement.

Comments (4)

  1. Alison and Roy:
    26 Jun 2016 at 01:22 PM

    Hi Bill ... You'll be in WRTs record book as the oldest rider on tour (unless anyone knows different)! It was always a pleasure to meet up with you and we wish you all the very best.
    Kind regards
    Alison & Roy

  2. Clive Neely:
    26 Jun 2016 at 04:11 PM

    Known to many as "Bad guts Bill" I have been on numerous tours throughout Britain and Ireland with him and his capacity to be the last one leaving the bar on every trip belies his years. Good company, a great laugh and always sociable he is a true bike tourer in every sense. Enjoy your retirement Bill and I will enjoy the many memories of past tours. All the best. Clive

  3. david horn:
    13 Jul 2016 at 04:01 PM

    Happy retirement Bill, are you still riding the AJS? if so take care out there.
    Fond memories of you on Daves tours.

  4. Graham Lagden:
    01 Oct 2016 at 07:18 PM

    Good memories of meeting and riding with Bill. Great picture here as well at our favourite hotel in the Lake District. As Clive has already said a great character and a pleasure to have spent bike time with you Bill
    Take care my good friend

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