100% Biker 181

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‘ul-ti-mate [uhl-tuh-mit]: maximum; decisive; conclusive; the highest or most significant; final or total’

This month sees the inclusion of our annual Ultimate Summer Events Diary and it truly does deserve the description of ‘Ultimate’.

When I sat down to type in this year’s listings, I blithely thought that we might have 250 or so events in the diary. You would think that, after all these years, I would know better. Hours passed. Day faded into night. The night gave way to the dawn chorus – bloody cheeping birdies do not have a poetic quality when you’ve been up all night – and still I hadn’t reached the end.

When, eyes and fingers bleeding, I finally typed the last details in, I found that we had an astounding 424 shows, rallies, ride outs, bike nights and autojumbles listed. Yes, 424. I counted them. (In fact, if we’d had room enough to include October and November, we would have been well over the 450 mark).

A couple of issues ago, I remarked in this very space on the amount of events pouring in and now that has become a veritable tsunami. We’ve tried to include as much detail as possible – where an event is held (with postcodes for you young things dependent upon sat nav!), what’s on, ticket prices and where to buy them and who to ring for questions like ‘What’s the weather going to be like?’ and ‘Does my bum look big in this?’ – but, please, always check with organisers before setting out, especially if you’re travelling any distance, in case things have changed. Whatever your particular motorcycling love is, you’ll find an event to enjoy in the Ultimate Summer Events Diary and, if you don’t, you may want to check your pulse and vital signs.

I’ve said this before but it’s worth saying again: the people behind these rallies and shows are, for the most part, volunteers and they give up their time and energy to ensure that you have a good day or weekend out. Please bear that in mind before you have a moan about the number of loos or your morning skinny-mocha-frappucino-ridiculino not being available. At the end of the day, these guys and girls don’t have to do this; they could simply have a nice weekend at home or at another event where someone else has done all the work. So please, remember those little considerations – like, for example, picking up your litter – that can make their job a bit easier. And, while it might sound very Victorian, manners cost nothing. If you had a good time, let the organisers know. At the end of a long, gruelling weekend, a simple ‘thank you’ as you ride out can be a helluva pick-up for a weary team.

Enough sermonising. Go out there and enjoy yourselves and I’ll see you somewhere in a field.