‘If you have a bike you’ll be wel­comed with open arms’

R5K mem­bers have their first meet up at the H Café and ex­plain why they love it so much

Motorcycle News (UK) - - #Ride5000miles MCN 5000 -

Even the threat of poor weather couldn’t keep scores of #ride5000miles mem­bers at­tend­ing the first Satur­day So­cial at the H Café in Walling­ford, Ox­ford­shire. Bikes of all types packed the car park as mem­bers drank tea, ate sausage baps and talked bikes. For many, it was the first time they’d met in per­son af­ter two years of on­line chat.

With mem­bers from all over the UK and Europe, MCN dis­trib­uted stick­ers, free copies of the pa­per and even a se­lec­tion of prizes. Chris Bradbury, Tony Glenis­ter, Clive Sanders, Kevin New­bery and Shaun Doody all won pairs of tick­ets to the Assen BSB round. “That’s the per­fect ex­cuse for a week­end away,” said a de­lighted Chris Bradbury.

Bill Traynor won a T-shirt from the H Café and Si­mon Dick­ens a mug. But the big­gest cheer went to John Jess who rode all the way from Barcelona on a Honda CB500R to at­tend.

“I left at 4.30pm last night and rode non-stop,” he said. “The rain, hail and thun­der kept me awake through the Pyre­nees and I’m ready for a beer now be­fore I set off home to­mor­row!”

The fi­nal award went to Alan Walker who, hav­ing cov­ered over 9500 miles this year on his Honda Deauville and In­dian Road­mas­ter, has recorded the high­est mileage of the at­ten­dees,ex­clud­ing John Jess. He said: “#ride5000miles en­cour­aged me to get out and now I’m go­ing to be­come a Blood Biker, all be­cause of the group,” Alan won a tank bag, not that his Road­mas­ter is lack­ing lug­gage ca­pac­ity.

And for some R5K rid­ers the H Café event was just the start, Mark Bay­ford and Andy En­gle­field left and headed to Corn­wall for a week­end’s rid­ing. You just can’t stop #ride5000miles mem­bers from rack­ing up the miles.

‘#ride5000miles en­cour­aged me to get out’ R5K MEM­BER ALAN WALKER

First R5K Satur­day So­cial was at the H Cafe, Walling­ford R5K mem­bers are from all over UK Plus it wel­comes all; young and old John Jess (left) rode all the way from Barcelona There’s a great so­cial scene, too

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