Ever popular motorcycle trade stands at last year's Beaulieu Motorcycle Ride-In

Ever popular motorcycle trade stands at last year’s Beaulieu Motorcycle Ride-In

Motorcycle Ride-In, now in its third year, offers bike owners an opportunity to bring their bike down to Beaulieu, park up, and become part of a fantastic display in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.  It was touch and go whether this year’s Ride-In, on Sunday 15th July, would go ahead after weeks of heavy rain had left some areas of the parkland waterlogged but thanks to the efforts of Beaulieu’s Events and Grounds staff, the Ride-In went ahead as planned.

For the first time in many days, no rain fell and although the skies were more grey than blue, the day was warm.  Uncertainty over the weather undoubtedly had an effect on numbers attending which were down on last year, but over 1,300 bikes took part in the public ride-in and 2,000 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.

Ducati 'Try A Bike' stand

Ducati ‘Try A Bike’ stand

Beaulieu’s Events Manager Judith Maddox said: ”We are delighted that the event was relatively unaffected by the weather which, on the day, was very kind to us. We know that bikers like to have fun and show off their bikes and this event offers an opportunity to be part of the display and enjoy all of the Beaulieu attraction at the same time.

“This year, an added attraction was the National Motor Museum’s BOND IN MOTION exhibition featuring 50 vehicles from the James Bond films, including two Honda bikes, newly arrived from the set of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, which is due for release in October.”

There were a number of trade stands selling biking accessories, parts, gear and clothing with some real bargains to be had.  Ducati UK were also on hand with their ‘Try a Bike’ display, offering an opportunity for participants to test drive one of their amazing bikes during the day.

In the grassed arena the crowds enjoyed a stunt display from the fearless UK FMX Freestyle Motor-Cross Team. The audience could experience the thrill of biking ‘athletes’ performing acrobatic stunts as they jumped up to 40 feet in the air.

People's Choice award - Charlie Weight

People’s Choice award – Charlie Weight

Visitors were invited to vote for their favourite bike in the ‘People’s Choice’ award and this went to Charlie Weight from Redbridge, Southampton, with his Triumph Triton. Charlie said that building his bike, which took four years, was a labour of love. It has a ’67 Norton frame, modified to take a 2002 Hinkley 780 engine, with the other components of the bike acquired from scrap yards.

Charlie, who runs the Ship Inn at Redbridge with his partner, Alison, finished building the bike, his 4th Triton, a couple of months ago. It has only 500 miles on the clock, most of those run up on a recent trip to the Isle of Man TT Races. Charlie was presented with a Beaulieu Trophy by UK FMX stunt rider Ryan Pasch.

The provisional date for the 2013 Motorcycle Ride-In is the 14th July.

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