SUNDAY 13TH JULY 2014
Despite early localised showers, the weather last Sunday, 13th July, soon cleared for Beaulieu’s fifth annual Motorcycle Ride-In, this year supported by Kawasaki. The good weather encouraging bikers to zip up their leathers and don their helmets for a ride through the New Forest en route to Beaulieu to park up, and become part of a fantastic display in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.
Over 1,100 bikes took part in the public ride-in and 1,600 bikers were able to enjoy a great day out, meeting other biking enthusiasts and viewing the hundreds of motorbikes of all makes and models on display, from classics to modern and custom. A number of trade stands were selling accessories and clothing.
The Southampton Harley-Davidson dealership put on a display of new machines and accessories in the Display Marquee and organised a ride-in of 50 Harleys, which included members of the New Forest Harley-Davidson Owners’ Club.
Beaulieu’s Events Manager Judith Maddox, said: “Fortunately the poor weather forecast for the day didn’t materialise and after a little early rain, the day was warm and dry. There was a very relaxed, friendly atmosphere all day and the stunt displays were much enjoyed by bikers and Beaulieu visitors alike.”
In the main arena the crowds were treated to a virtuoso stunt performance by Beaulieu favourite and three times British Trials Champion, Steve Colley, who managed to give a running commentary while performing his amazing acrobatic tricks. He was followed by the Hampshire based children’s motorcycle display team, The Tigers, whose ages range from just five years old to fifteen.
Visitors were invited to vote for their favourite bike in the ‘People’s Choice’ award and this went – for the second year - to Nigel Herring from Didcot, Oxfordshire, with his Suzuki Hayabusa. Customising his gleaming machine has been a fourteen year labour of love for Nigel with the tyres now the only original feature. But he does leave himself time to enjoy riding it as well and the bike has now clocked up over 47,000 miles. Nigel was presented with a Beaulieu Trophy by Steve Colley.
The date for Motorcycle Ride-In 2015 is the 12th July.