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Be sure to get down to Poole Quay for its awe­some mo­tor­cy­cle meet

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Riding - By Justin Hayzelden

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

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