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Motorcycling in Wales UK

Updated on March 17, 2017

Having a good old chinwag before we set off to Wales

Nothing like a good old chin wag before setting off with the other members!
Nothing like a good old chin wag before setting off with the other members! | Source

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

All ready to go on the Wales trip! Nice and shiny bikes, loved by their owners!
All ready to go on the Wales trip! Nice and shiny bikes, loved by their owners! | Source

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.

Saddling up!

More bikes going on the trip to Wales!
More bikes going on the trip to Wales! | Source

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

Wow!

A reminder, just some of the few who went last year to Wales!
A reminder, just some of the few who went last year to Wales! | Source
And a way we go!
And a way we go! | Source

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

Freedom of a different kind!
Freedom of a different kind! | Source
A stop for a well earned rest!
A stop for a well earned rest! | Source

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!

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A memory is unfolding whilst downloading these pictures!
A memory is unfolding whilst downloading these pictures! | Source

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!

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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!

Wow! What roads!
Wow! What roads! | Source

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!

Mike briefing the members on the Wales trip 2014.
Mike briefing the members on the Wales trip 2014. | Source
I wish we could have made Norfolk!
I wish we could have made Norfolk!

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!

Well earned break for Mike!
Well earned break for Mike!
Beautiful scenery!
Beautiful scenery! | Source

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

http://www.lobsterpotrestaurantportland.co.uk/index.php

I just cannot believe the weather we had in Wales last year! Unbelievable!
I just cannot believe the weather we had in Wales last year! Unbelievable! | Source
Not bad for the first time using this camera sat as pillion on the back, clicking away happily!
Not bad for the first time using this camera sat as pillion on the back, clicking away happily! | Source

2nd July 2015 off to the Cricketers Arms at Wisborough Green

More food possibly!

Wisborough Green (I think!)

Ready to go again!
Ready to go again! | Source

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

http://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/index.php?/events/details/ace-cafe-ton-up-day2/

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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!

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BSB Thruxton on the 2nd August 2015

British Superbike here we come!

BSB 2015

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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!

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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

http://www.hunterslodgeinn.com/index.php

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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!

On our way home sadly!
On our way home sadly! | Source

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!

And the fun began! Puncture alert!!!!!!
And the fun began! Puncture alert!!!!!! | Source

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

As I said at the beginning of my hub, this group is exceptional, they didn't just ride on into the sunset, they stayed and made sure that we could ride!
As I said at the beginning of my hub, this group is exceptional, they didn't just ride on into the sunset, they stayed and made sure that we could ride! | Source

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.

In hindsight I suppose a lesson was learn't on this occasion, not so easy to fix a puncture the first time!
In hindsight I suppose a lesson was learn't on this occasion, not so easy to fix a puncture the first time! | Source

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.

An awful lot of constructive discussion took place!
An awful lot of constructive discussion took place! | Source

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.

And finally....

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.


It didn't take long before we were on our way again! Thank you to all that saved the day!!
It didn't take long before we were on our way again! Thank you to all that saved the day!! | Source

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,

Ride Safe

Stay on these roads for you all to enjoy!

I would love to hear what you think of my hub

Please leave any comments you may have I really would love to hear from you!

And this tune means a lot to us too!

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