Motorcycling in Wales UK
Having a good old chinwag before we set off to Wales
A warm welcome
This time last year my hubby and I joined the Destination Triumph - Solent members club.
(I have included throughout this hub, photograph's from the trip to Wales in the UK last year for all of the members who we were fortunate to ride with, I hope you enjoy looking at them!)
Throughout our married life we have been members of many motorcycle riding clubs including The Bold Forester Motorcycle Club, Southampton District Motorcycle Club, Suzuki Bandit Club and finally the Crescent Motorcycle Club all of which have brought different experiences and adventures to our riding.
At first I was a little concerned that we were not in fact riding a Triumph. My hubby put my mind at ease by saying that after speaking with the leader 'Mike' and him reassuring my hubby that anyone who rides a motorbike are invited to participate in the events of the club.
Now, even though he had said this I was still a little wary that we were not riding a Triumph.
On our first meeting with this group of people I can honestly say that we were given such a warm welcome that what bike we were riding didn't even seem to matter.
We met in a car park not knowing anyone and my hubby only ever once having spoke with Mike, I could not believe how welcoming this group of rider's were. It was as if we had been friends with them for ever!
It always amazes me when I am out on the bike how biker's are just so friendly, I suppose the interest in bikes and the passion that the rider's have to discuss their bikes is what does it every time.
The members of the group are a mixture of ages and they all have a passion for bikes and riding.
The club is very organised and the pack leader 'Mike' puts an awful lot of effort into trying to please everyone which I can wholeheartedly say he does!
The rides are very well organised with Mike leading and Tim at the back making sure that no one gets lost!
We went on most of the rides including a trip to Wales last year and what a year it was, everything went smoothly (except for hubby getting a puncture!) and a good time was had by all.
What has also occurred to me is that biker's tend to stick together. I expect other members of the club can remember my hubby's bike getting a puncture (yes, it had to be us!) the members didn't just leave us stranded they stayed and helped us get the tyre sorted out and back on the road home.
This is why I think the Triumph Solent Club are special, and are a really welcoming group of people and a must for anyone out there who would like to join in their activities.
Some of the members bikes just before we left for our trip to Wales in 2014
Events have been arranged for 2015
Mike has spent a lot of time arranging events for the club to rideout this year and I for one am really looking forward to going. I have listed some of them below but you can find the Diary of Events full list for 2015 on my chinwagwithme.wordpress.com blog.
Caen Hill Locks at Devizes on the 26th April 2015
I myself have not been here and am looking forward to finding out a little more about this area. The video below gives an insight into what we may expect to see on this trip.
Take a look at the video to find out more about this lovely location
Magnificent Motors at Eastbourne on the 3rd May 2015
As Mike has said in his diary of events vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, buses, and more all displayed on Eastbourne's Western Lawns.
Take a look at last years day at the Magnificent Motors at Eastbourne
This is a Free motoring day out on the south coast
You can find more details at http://www.visiteastbourne.com/magnificent-motors/default.aspx
Pub Rideout to The Poacher at South Warnborough on the 7th May 2015
I just love it when there is food involved! I know that most of us pillion passenger's feel the same way, after riding some distance there is nothing like a slap up lunch to whet your appetite!
I wonder if this is the route that Mike has in mind!
Lulworth Cove, Dorset on May 17th 2015
What a treat! The Dorset coast is a favorite of mine and many others I am sure.
Take a peak, certainly is a special place, good choice Mike!
Loomies on the 3rd June 2015
Not sure what route Mike has planned for this trip but I am sure it will be a good one and ending up at Loomies with all the other biker's will definitely be a special treat!
Biker's come from afar to Loomies, it is one of the biggest bike meets around.
A little peak!
Weekend away to Norfolk Friday 5th to Monday 8th June 2015
Sadly we are unable to do this trip. I am sure that they are all going to have a wonderful time whilst me and my hubby soak up the sun in Alcudia!
Hopefully the weather will be good for them as it was last year in Wales, sunshine all the way there and all the way back!
An insight into what you may encounter!
Fish and Chip shop at Hayling Island on the 19th June 2015! Yummy
Love it! food involved again, still haven't tried on my leathers! And that is even before we get started!
This guy knows a lot about Hayling Island!
28th June 2015 Sunday lunch at the Lobster Pot
More food! Doesn't matter what I say I always say before a rideout to my hubby, 'I'm going to have salad today' yeah right! I always end up picking the tastiest thing on the menu and that means the most fattening thing!
Portland Bill in all it's glory!
You can find more details about the Lobster Pot where we are going to eat below
2nd July 2015 off to the Cricketers Arms at Wisborough Green
More food possibly!
Wisborough Green (I think!)
Brooklands museum for the Ace Cafe Ton-up day 5th July 2015
Not to be missed so I have been told, motorcycle enthusiasts dream day out!
Take a tour around what you will see hopefully on the day!
More information can be found at the website below
Haynes Motor Museum at Yeovil on 26th July 2015
Another one not to be missed, the UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars and bikes from around the world!
A little taster of what you can find at this museum!
BSB Thruxton on the 2nd August 2015
British Superbike here we come!
6th August 2015 Mayfly at Leckford, Near Stockbridge
Yummy, get in my tummy! (don't care if my leathers are too tight!)
A glance at Stockbridge!
16th August 2015 Lunch rideout to Hunters Lodge Inn at Wincanton
It is not until I am writing about these events that I realise that there is an awful lot of eating going on! Am I bothered.... not me!
Not sure if this is the road Mike has in mind on this trip?
More information about where we are going to eat can be found below
A little more about Riding in the West Country for you to read!
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Biking in the West country is a must, lush green countryside, and of course not forgetting the Cheddar Gorge! It's worth noting that Cheddar Cheese can be picked up at Cheddar at a reasonable price!
Blenheim Palace 10th Festival of Transport on the 31st August 2015
This is a must for all petrol heads so Mike has said!
This couple have been there!
Pub Rideout to the Selbourne Arms at Selbourne on the 3rd September 2015
There is nothing more refreshing than riding the open road, taking in the scenery and finally ending up at a pub for lunch and chilling out with a group of motor cycle enthusiast's who have the same passion as you which is to ride, is there!
13th September 2015 Brighton Burn Up at Madeira Drive
A ride along the south coast to Madeira Drive at Brighton.
A taster of this event from 2013 for you to view
20th September 2015 Day trip to the Isle of Wight
As Mike has said in his diary of events the roads have been repaired so it is now time for us to explore the Island. I love the Isle of Wight, I remember our visit back in the day just me and my hubby, the weather was good and getting around the Islands was no problem on a motorbike!
It will be interesting to see how much more traffic is around this year.
Looking at this video the roads look awesome, hopefully the weather will be good to us!
1st October 2015 Pub ride out to The Mulberrys
Meeting at the Lysses Path Car Park, Fareham, for a 7 p.m. departure.
11th October 2015 Mystery Ride
This sounds interesting, giving Mike a break from leading a Mystery ride is planned, to where, who knows!
Looking forward to this little treat and seeing how it pans out.
5th November 2015 Pub night at the Delme Arms
And finally, a pub social meet to chat over the events of the year with all the other members and Mike has thrown in a raffle and awards to the mix.
Mike has also planned for a Club social evening on the 21st November and details are yet to be arranged.
Saturday 19th December is the Christmas meal.
My hubby and I went along to this last year and what a night it was!
It was held at the Brookfield Hotel near Emsworth and a good night seemed to be had by all, with photographs being shared and lots to eat and drink.
Never good getting to the end of a hub
I loved writing about the season yet to come and never enjoy getting to the end of writing about things that interest me.
Don't forget the Destination Triumph - Solent 2015 Diary of Events are on my www.chinwagwithme.wordpress.com blog for ease of reference.
I hope that you have enjoyed what Mike and the members are looking forward to achieving on their rides this year and make sure you come back occasionally to visit tlcs.hubpages.com for an update on the experiences that we share throughout the riding season.
Oh and before I forget,
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Ride out to Caen Hill Locks at Devizes for you to enjoy
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After such a lovely day on 12th April the weather did not prove to be in our favor for the ride out to Caen Hill Locks, that said, still a very good turn out and an extremely good day.
Stay on these roads for you all to enjoy!
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