Cowes Bike night

Wightriders meet up at Cowes Bike night tonight. Nice to see this event gaining in popularity.

If you’ve not been it’s on every Friday night hosted by Pauls Pitstop  down at Somerton Business Park from 6pm till about 9pm

    Southampton MAG 2nd Summertime Rally

    It’s been a long time since I’ve done a North Island Rally so it was some what elevating to roll off the Lymington ferry and head up into the New Forest.

    Ok it wasn’t the most epic of rides but I enjoyed it and arriving at Gang Warily in the shadow of the Fawley Tower I had my pick of spots to pitch up on. It was early evening before I was joined by fellow Wight Riders Gill and MNick, the later only briefly before he headed off to rescue Volvic who had broken down en route. Once setup we decamped to the Bar for the evening to catch up and drink beer.

    Saturday saw us head off site in the morning in search of  fuel and a breakfast that didn’t come in a styrene box! After finding both we decided to head down to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu.

    After a bimble down through the New Forest, a first for MNick, we arrived at the museum and spent an interesting afternoon looking over the massive collection of cars and bikes, old and new, housed in the museum before taking the obligatory ride on the monorail around the grounds.

    Back at the site in the evening the field now full of bikes and people we grabbed some dinner from the on site catering van and spent a pleasant evening listening to the bands and setting the world to rights before heading to bed slightly gutted that the caterers had closed for the night well before the bar closed.

    Sunday dawned and after coffee and packing up we headed back the the same cafe for breakfast where we were jumped on by a lycra clad Buzzy who just happened to be there on his works bicycle tour of the New Forest.

    After saying my farewell’s to Gill , MNick and Buzzy I headed back to the site to checkout the Ride in Custom Show.
    This had attracted a fair turnout of riders from across the south coast on some very nice bikes filling up the Community Centre Carpark where it was held. This was accompanied by a range of trade stands and bands playing on a artic trailer press ganged into a stage. However being a little baked in the heat and a bit skint I headed off after an hour or so back to catch my ferry home.

    This was a nice little trad rally that is growing fast. The tinnie bar served it’s purpose and the food was  up to usual burger stall standards and the bands were all excellent. I’m looking forward to going again next year.

    IOW British & Classic Motorcycle Show 2015

    Some of us spent a pleasant afternoon perusing the bikes on show and in the car park of this years I.O.W. British & Classic Motorcycle Show at the Riverside Centre in Newport.

    Buzzy was rather taken with a B.S.A. Bantam Racer and HR brought a Harley silencer for the thing.