FLA_4569_Great-Ride-Badge[1]Bikes from all over the UK will be thundering towards the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton on Sept 21st for the first of a new motorcycle event – The Great Ride-In.

Tickets for the event are already selling fast and will give the purchaser reserved parking, entry into the Bikers’ Village and of course, entry into the Fleet Air Arm Museum which is home to Europe’s largest collection of Naval aircraft and the first British Concorde.


The event was the brain child of Gill Wheeler and Jack Smedley. Both keen motorcyclists. Says Gil “We ride all over the UK and Europe and it’s not unusual for events like this to attract several thousand bikers. We are always looking for an excuse to ride somewhere interesting and the Fleet Air Arm Museum will undoubtedly be an appealing destination”.


Among the traders and clubs within the Bikers’ Village will be Brownie’s Café Racers. The company custom builds Café Racers using components from classic donor motorcycles.


Called Café Racers after the 1960’s fashion for racing between transport café’s, Brownie’s Café Racer motorcycles have developed a cult following. On display will be a custom built bike built from a 1977 Suzuki GT550 2-stroke triple (pictured). It has three air intakes on the tank which join underneath into an air plenum box to feed into the three carburettors.

The front-end is from a modern Suzuki GSXR1000, and rear tail section from a Kawasaki Ninja. The rear swing arm is custom built and the rear disc brake was the original bike’s front brake. The controls are digital, replacing the original mechanical versions, with paintwork by GFX.

Tickets for this event cost £10 including museum entry from www.fleetairarm.com and will be limited to 1500 motorcycles and the Museum’s main car park will be allocated for reserved parking.



Tony Carter

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