TV STAR ON HIS CBR600: ‘AS PERFECT AS CAN BE’
Local rideouts not far or frequent enough for you? Hook up with the PEMC...
Don’t be put off by the name – the Professional and Executive Motorcyclists Club isn’t for those who wouldn’t ride in anything but pinstripe leathers. It was founded more than 35 years ago when most riding groups were either locally based or one-make owners’ clubs, their events centred around camping in muddy fields and chugging cans of beer. The PEMC was formed as an alternative for riders who were keen to travel far and often, but who wanted more comfort and security for them, their pillions and their bikes; a hotel with protected parking, for example.
Nowadays they have approximately 250 members based all over the country, brought together by the most important aspect of riding – actually doing it. There are official rideouts nearly every Wednesday of the month, but also a huge calendar of longer trips including everything from weekends in the UK to fortnights abroad. This year’s menu is peppered with countries like Greece, Macedonia, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary. Jeff Poulter, long-time member and current editor of the club’s magazine, Lineswapper, made a brief case (nope, not sorry) for the unique character of the PEMC. “We’re a fairly unusual club in that we don’t have a constitution or a proper committee – considering our club’s name we’ve got a pretty anarchic system. We have a chairman, events secretary and membership secretary as well as myself, but we don’t run the club as such, just deal with the few practicalities and then hand over our office after two years to whoever we think might be suited. The lack of formality and hierarchy has meant that the club can continue to evolve and match what the members want it to be.
“The PEMC is a very social club with a focus on touring, visiting other members and riding together – you get to know most people over the years, travelling together so much. When we go to venues in the UK, nearby members provide local maps and information on the best roads and places to visit. But we’re great at organising interesting events in great places with great roads; the tours and trips are organised by our members rather than professional touring companies so there’s no mark-up on prices, with any negotiated discounts for hotels or venues passed straight on. Our logo used to be a helmet framed by a briefcase, but now it contains our motto which really does represent us: ‘Ride in good company’.”
‘ Tours are organised by our members, not professional touring companies’
The club places great importance in the social aspect of riding