Pile on miles

Join this club & you’ll go far

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

Few or­gan­i­sa­tions cap­ture the so­cial spirit of mo­tor­cy­cling more suc­cinctly than the London Mo­tor­cy­cle Rid­ers Club (LMRC), a thriv­ing com­mu­nity founded with the sim­ple aim of go­ing for great rides with good friends. Led by life­long en­thu­si­ast Paul Hay­den (or the Guv’nor as he’s known) the LRMC or­gan­ises up to four ride­outs ev­ery week­end through­out the year and has an ac­tive mem­ber­ship some 700 strong – fig­ures made all the more im­pres­sive when you con­sider the club was only founded in May 2014.

“We set out to be a rid­ing group where ev­ery­one’s wel­come, re­gard- less of abil­ity or the bike that they ride,” says Paul. “Our mem­bers are aged 17 to 70 and be­yond, rid­ing any­thing from 125s on a CBT to the lat­est su­per­bikes.”

Or­gan­i­sa­tion is key, but it re­lies on in­di­vid­ual mem­bers as much as it does the team. Most rides are capped at 25-30 peo­ple and op­er­ate on a buddy sys­tem; it’s a tried-and-tested method that works just as well on big­ger runs and there’s a com­pre­hen­sive brief­ing at the start of each ride to en­sure that ev­ery­one knows what to do - this year’s sea­son opener saw 170 rid­ers take part and not a sin­gle one got lost. Mem­bers also wear a coloured arm­band for easy iden­ti­fi­ca­tion that con­tains their per­sonal ICE (In Case of Emer­gency) in­for­ma­tion too. Al­though most runs are around 120 miles there’s the op­por­tu­nity for week­ends away as well as Euro­pean tours – last year mem­bers racked up a col­lec­tive 250,000 miles!

All ar­range­ments are made through a mo­bile app, which al­lows for ac­cu­rate plan­ning of num­bers and pro­vides a real time wait­ing list for over­sub­scribed rides, whilst gen­eral com­mu­ni­ca­tion is via Facebook.

In the spirit with which the club was cre­ated there’s no fee for join­ing and no charge to take part in events - ev­ery­one on the team do­nates their time for free, which de­spite be­ing a sec­ond job for most, is purely a labour of love. The team have a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to share and in­clude in­struc­tors, rac­ers, IAM ob­servers and even a green lane spe­cial­ist among their num­ber.

WHERE IS IT?

Qmost rides start from ei­ther in or around the M25

WHAT DOES IT COST?

Qmem­ber­ship is free, all it costs is your petrol.

WHEN IS IT?

Qev­ery week­end, plus some mid week rides too

C ON TACT

Qlon­don Mo­tor­cy­cle Rid­ers Club on Meetup.com to join, Facebook for com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

‘Our mem­bers are aged 17-70 on any­thing from 125s to su­per­bikes’

Some rides in­volve up to 170 rid­ers… but no­body gets left be­hind on LMRC’S reg­u­lar ride­outs No mat­ter what you ride you’ll be wel­come

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