I’d been meaning to check out Poulson Creative Customs since it opened in July so when they announced they were having a BBQ and Bike meet it seemed the perfect opportunity to post another ride on The Weekly Ride.
Our starting point was the Bungalow Diner just off the A12 in Marks Tey. It’s a popular venue for bikers and car enthusiasts and hosts regular meets.
The prospect of rain did understandably deplete our numbers but I’m pleased to say when I arrived Richard was stood beside his Kawasaki GT550 and after introducing ourselves and admiring each others bikes, we soon got down to business of ordering tea, coffee and bacon butties. Already the conversation was flowing I sensed we were in for a good day.
Setting off we were soon twisting our way through Copford and Hardy’s Green past recently harvested fields picking up the B1022 to Tiptree. From Tiptree we journey on through Great Totham and Heybridge. As we across over the River Chelmer we hear the unmistakeable thud of a couple of Harley’s approaching giving us a friendly thumbs up as they pass by. I wonder what the sound track of that encounter will be in years to come with the inevitable introduction of electric bikes. Something akin to a speeding milk float?
On reaching South Woodham Ferrers we take our bearing and head up the A130 before a short sprint along the A12 before turning off on the B1007 arriving at Poulson Creative Customs. There’s already an assortment of Triumph’s and Harley’s lined up and lovely V9 Guzzi. We’re immediately made to feel welcome by Stuart and his team of helpers who are busy manning the BBQ and refreshments. There’s plenty of merchandise to choose from and good advice on hand if you’re in the market for some custom modifications. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and I can see that this will soon become ride to destination for lots of bikers.
As Richard and I settle into the comfy chairs we’re joined by Robin, a local Weekly Rider who made contact through the site and made the short 3 mile trip on his gorgeous CCM Spitfire to say hi. Time simply flew by as we laughed and exchanged stories on what we; grown men, do or don’t tell our Mother’s about owning and riding motorcycles.
Before Richard and I head off we both have a moment of bike envy admiring Robin’s CCM Spitefire. The ride back includes a series of narrow lanes eventually weaving our way back through Tiptree and returning to the Bungalow Diner.
I’ve had the pleasure of making new friends and that’s what The Weekly Ride is all about. The day has been great and the weather has been kind to us too. You might not be able to rely on the weather forecast but you can certainly rely on a Guzzi and a Kawka for The Weekly Ride.