Run to London Motorcycle Museum.

 

Six members (and one pillion) of the Suffolk branch met up at Tollgate shopping centre near Colchester for a run to the headquarters of the West Middlesex Branch.  We where heading to the staring point for the run to the London Motorcycle Museum and the special Triumph day. Leaving the car park about 08:20 I led the way, keeping navigation simple we opted for A120 – M11 – M25 route and being a Sunday morning the traffic was fairly light on the motorways.  

 

Even at a steady 65 – 70mph it was difficult keeping everyone together, even slowing down to 60 the back markers didn’t seem to catch up. Getting near to the M4 turn-off John on his outfit pointed to his tank (low fuel?) and overtook me to lead. Me thinking he was getting low and was heading for a petrol station – but what I missed was he was trying to ask how far because he was getting low. Anyway we made it to the end of the motorways and due to a slight error (on my part) at a roundabout (wrong exit) came across a Shell filling station a mile on – result! I think we all filled up and within a couple miles we pulled into the car park of the North Star Pub.

 

It seemed a bit quiet only a few bikes and marshals but then it was only just gone 10 o’clock so we parked up an took advantage of the coffee laid on and got our passes. Soon the car park started to fill with all sorts of fine machinery and shortly after 11 o’clock we were off with the marshals taking us on a little ride out and after about 30-40 minutes we arrived at the museum. The bikes that turned up in the car park made it more than interesting but the collection in the smallish barn was amazing, so many examples from the early days right up to the very last bike to leave Meriden! Just too much to list but worth mentioning is the ‘whole Police Speed Twin cut away’ which was turned by a hidden motor, had working suspension as well as turning engine etc – fun being told off by Bill for getting our fingers too close! It was like a big toy!

 

The other barn housed a weird and wonderful collection of classic and vintage motorcycles and memorability including the George & Mildred combo! Another shed displayed an array of early scooters, some sad looking bikes crying out for attention and an early type of Jet Ski. If you are ever in the area pop-in especially if you are into Meriden or earlier stuff, you won’t be disappointed.

 

About 2 O’clock we decided to make a move, we’d already said goodbye to one of our team (Brian?) who had left with his wife to make their own way home. The agreement was to go via the Ace Café for a cuppa, this is where it all started to go a bit wrong as it was impossible to keep together and we lost Ken at a roundabout. We carried on to the Ace hoping he would find his way there, which he did and we were glad when he turned up a few minutes behind us. What we didn’t expect was it to be so busy – we soon discovered that we had arrived on a special ‘Polish Day’ and it as packed! We queued for ages – (well some did!) for our drinks and then watched the action outside – wheelies, rolling burnouts, donuts in the road etc, all good fun…

 

We didn’t stay too long and soon we’re off with Ken leading and me playing tail end charley. We went around the north circular up the A1 on to the M25 and then up the M11 (thought we’re going to use A10 Ken?) then A120 to Marks Tey. I waved the remaining riders a farewell here – I’d had enough of dual carriageways and didn’t fancy the last section on the A12 so I peeled off and took the scenic route home.

 

All in all a great day out and the weather was on our side (some do say God rides a Triumph), we got there and back safely despite a few ‘drivers’ nearly taking me out – city driving can be a bit hairy at times. But I think we all really enjoyed it  - I’m certainly glad I went…

 

Stephen Byrne.

 


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External Links to additional photo's:-

Ray Semmens photo's - Click this link London Motorcycle Museum

Photos taken by LMM - Click This Link
LMM Photo's

Several Photos from Tony Early - Surrey Tomcc -
Tony Early's Photo's

Photo's From Tony Gingell - Mighty South London Branch
Tony Gingell Photo's

Thanks to:-

http://surreytomcc.co.uk/