Ace night out And more great bike meets to visit this week
Be sure to get down to Poole Quay for its awesome motorcycle meet
Every Tuesday night from April to September picturesque Poole Quay becomes the exclusive domain of motorcycles, where at the height of summer as many as 1500 bikes roll into town to make Dream Machines one of the UK’S biggest meets.
The time and place has been established for well over 30 years, however a surge in popularity through the 90s saw such an increase in the number of bikers turning up that the local authority was called upon to take action. Rather than try to close the gathering down, as has happened to traditional meets elsewhere in the country, the council embraced the idea; initially this involved limiting parking bays to motorcycles only, but in 1998 the building of a new sea wall saw a major transformation of the Quay and the decision was taken to close the area to all other traffic and allow bikes to park on the roadside.
Poole Tourism Office took over the running at the turn of the millennium and by working together with attendees, volunteers, local residents and Dorset Police they have developed Dream Machines into the thriving event that it is today.
Although it’s a non-commercial operation Dream Machines is organised on a self-funding basis, so in order to cover the expense of road closures, traffic management, signage and other running costs there’s an entry fee of £1 per bike. Any surplus funds go to local good causes such as Dorset Docbike (a project that provides for a highly trained trauma doctor on an emergency response motorcycle), which has benefitted from donations of over £3000 to date.
Dream Machines provides a draw to riders and enthusiasts from all over the south and the variety of bikes can be mind boggling; winners of the weekly Muc-off sponsored Bike of the Night competition have included everything from customs, choppers and bobbers to sportsbikes, classics and even trikes. It’s a unique location that makes for a great atmosphere so head on down to Poole on any Tuesday to spend the evening checking out rides and talking bikes with friends and fellow riders.
‘As many as 1500 bikes park up on the quayside’
All aboard for Poole Quay every Tuesday night during the summer
You can be sure of a big crowd every Tuesday