Oakley Motorcycle Club Chairman
Oakley Motorcycle Club Chairman
Back in early 2005, I was aware that there was a distinct lack of a Bike Club in North Bedfordshire and bored with riding on my own or with the odd friend, I decided to try my luck at starting a small bike club. As I was a member of Oakley Sports & Social Club which had all the facilities a bike club could want, I arranged a first ever meeting on 27th January that year amongst friends and biking villagers. To my surprise, eighteen people attended on a bitterly cold Thursday night and OMC was formed with me voted as Chairman.
Anticipating a membership of 40-50 people - little did I or the original members realise just how massive the club would become. The first year closed with a paid-up membership of nearly 100 and by 2013, we closed the year with a phenomenal membership of 442 from all over Beds and the surrounding Counties making us one of the biggest independent local family bike clubs in the Country!
I have the privilege to Chair and work alongside some exceptional committee members who work tirelessly to ensure this club continues to move forward and provide unrivalled quality of events, shows, ride outs and trips. Long may it continue!
My name is Bernice Russell and I am part of an important contingent of the club – the ladies! I joined the club along with my husband when it first started up in 2005, joined the Committee in 2006, became the Treasurer in 2009 and became the Secretary in 2014. I participate fully in activities for the club, attending and helping organise club nights, social events, shows and running the admin side of the club. I was asked to do an interview on 3 Counties Radio called ‘Who’s that Lady?’ to talk about my role in OMC.
I come from a family of motorcyclists and met Keith when we were both members of the West Herts Motorcycle Club in 1980, both of our children have full motorcycle licences. My first bike/moped at 16 was a J Reg Puch Maxi which ran OK provided you had a spare plug and plug spanner with you! I have had a variety of bikes over my biking career, my favourite being my yellow VFR 800. I recently made the decision to stop riding but still enjoy riding pillion on my husband’s ZZR 1400 and ZX10 and we regularly tour abroad and in the UK with the club. My bike has gone to a good home, my daughter is the Brolly Dolly for the club and is now the proud owner of my Fazer 600 which she rides daily.
I joined OMC a couple of years after it started to meet up with long standing friends and to hopefully find some new ones too. I’ve gathered rather a lot of friends over the last eight years in what is a really social and friendly club.
I’m not sure how, but over the intervening years, I’ve also managed to find myself dragged off the side-lines and on to the field of play on the Committee. Having been the Treasurer for two years, I have now been fortunate enough to be appointed as Vice Chairman.
My reasons for being on the Committee haven’t really changed over the years. I want to see us all able to do enjoyable and entertaining things throughout of much of the year as possible. And I want to encourage as many members as possible to put their ideas forward to help achieve that goal. If you have a cunning plan, bursting to be put into action, talk to a Committee member – not everything can be done but we can have a jolly good try.
On the motorcycle front I’ve solved the problem of getting on the wrong, white GS BMW, I’ve bought a black RT – I don’t expect to get it wrong this year but you never know…
I am married to Bernice ( Club Secretary ) . We as a family are all bikers as both of our kids ride Fazer 600’s . I have been a member of OMC since 2005 and have been on the committee on and off ever since ( work breaks ) . My bikes since starting riding on the road at the age of 16 have varied from FS1E , XL500 to Ducatti 996 to my current Zx10r and ZZR1400 . Together with my wife on pillion we have yearly toured most of Europe going to motor GP and WSB rounds . The club over the years has provided us with many friends and a great social life , so come along and enjoy the facilities and meet fellow bikers .
I was a founder member of OMC when it was formed in 2005 and I have served on the committee since the start. I have over 20years experience riding bikes. My current roles in the club include:
Leading some rides and T.E.C.(Tail End Charlie)
Carrying out members safety observer rides
Organise Wednesday Club Rides
In addition R.O.S.P.A. trained, and an ex C.B.T. Instructor
I am now the club's Welfare Officer; helping members who come off their bikes.
I get enormous pleasure from these activities, especially seeing vast improvements in member`s riding skills after my observer rides, and the feedback I get from them.
At present I ride a Truimph Tiger Explorer. The likeable part of the club for me is the friendliness of all the members. Previously I attended the club meets nearly every week, This year I hope it will be every week as I have retired and have more time on my hands, I also enjoy the willingness of our committee and members to help and promote this Club when needed.
I’ve had a love for motorbikes since a young age. I found an old photo in my Dad’s possessions of his friend Rita sat on her bike and I thought to myself “she looks cool!” My first bike was a Piaggio Skipper 125 that I had for nipping around London, obviously having done a CBT when I was 21 years old, it ran out after 2 years and I decided to do the full test. I briefly had a Suzuki SV 650 in 2010 but it wasn’t until April 2019 that I class to be my first bike which was a Honda Hornet 600, I now have a Suzuki GSX-S1000F. I became a member of Oakley MC the same month and instantly felt welcome and part of the biking community and I have made some amazing friends. Have done ride outs to Bourton-on-the water, Southwold and even near my home town Foxton Locks. I became a committee member in 2019 and am looking forward to being involved in arranging future events.
Hi All, I’m Gill, though some call me ‘Cilla’…. Can’t think why!. I first became interested in motorcycling only very recently with my partner passing his test in 2015. I have been riding with a CBT licence since Aug 2015 and currently I’m ‘in training’ for my full licence. Watch out world is all I can say on that.
I first became a member of OMC at the end of 2015 for the social aspect of the club along with building experience on the bike. I got a strong feeling from the website and on my first couple of visits to the club on a Thursday that social and enjoying company is a major part for the members, so felt I would fit right in.
I joined the Committee this year (2017) in the hope of gaining more knowledge of the ‘motorbike world’ along with bringing vast experience of being a committee member for various organisations over the past 30yrs. I’m a bit of an ‘organiser’ and like to ‘get my hands dirty’.
My plan for the next year to get the full bike licence and go off on a European tour with my partner Richard.
Born again biker that wishes he passed his test 20 years earlier!I love my bikes and for different reasons. I have a KTM Superduke 1290 for touring, two up mostly across Europe. My second bike is an Aprillia RSV Factory which I use for track days but also the odd ride out.
I get involved with the club as much as possible and enjoy planning and leading rides locally, nationally and internationally. Watch the calendar for more details.
OMC are our biking family and we have met many friends, old and new, through the gatherings on a Thursday night. We look forward to meeting and welcoming new members to the club. In the meantime, Ride Safe.
Hi, My name is John Hannaford, married to Jemma Hannaford and we have been OMC members since 2015. I am ex RAF, a retired professional photographer and sales manager and I have traveled the world in my career. I raced for the RAF in the 70’s and 80’s and made a return to racing in 2016 riding a Yamaha TZ250 & TZ350. In 2019 I was runner up in the CRMC over 55 Post Classic 350 GP class, and in 2020 I won the Classic 350 class in the Barry Sheene Classic at Oliver’s Mount. I currently own 7 motorcycles, the two I’ve mentioned above plus a 1971 Yamaha YR5, a 1973 Yamaha YR5, a Triumph Daytona 675R, an MV Agusta F3RC and a mini moto. OMC is a great club and I look forward to meeting you on a Thursday evening.