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Lo­cal ride­outs not far or fre­quent enough for you? Hook up with the PEMC...

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Front Page - By Char­lie Lester

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

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