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!
I still ride my 2005 Repsol Honda Fireblade.
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 have been a member of Oakley MC since 2012 and served on the Committee from 2013 to 2015. For my sins, I am re-standing again this year. I enjoyed being a part of the team involved in Oakley’s first bike festival which took place in 2014 – this was a great challenge to everyone involved and was a huge success.
In 2013 I took over the magazine and weekly newsletter which I hope you find helpful and enjoy reading. With your continued support, thank you, I will continue to do this whilst serving another term. If you would like to put an article in our magazine, please do not hesitate to speak to me.
In the past I have been involved with many committees – golf / tennis / tourism so hope to bring something to the table (so to speak) with regards biking events that will be of interest to you all. Last year I was voted “Member of the Year” which is greatly appreciated.
Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable riding season ……..
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 have been a keen biker most of my life, starting at the age of 11 building up old bikes and riding them off road. When I had enough pennies saved, I bought a trials bike and enjoyed this very much as it really does hone the balance skills. Craving a bit more speed and thrills, I moved on to moto-cross bikes and then on to road bikes. I have had many, but the ones I enjoyed most in my midlife 30+ age era were the GPZ900R and GSXR1100 which were great bikes in their day.
These days it is more sports touring bikes. I had a BMW1300s as my main bike and this was backed up with a Moto Guzzi Stelvio as my fun bike up until 2015 after which I replaced the two for my present-day bike, a BMW S1000XR.
I am a great believer in always trying to advance my riding skills so in 2006 I joined the IAM and then trained and passed my advanced bike test and have since also passed the advanced car test. Initially I didn’t think they could teach me much, but I can assure anyone thinking of doing this it does develop your skills to a new level and well worth the time and effort. I joined OMC in 2006 mainly to meet like minded people and to participate in ride outs. I am particularly interested in working together with our lead and tecs to develop our ride outs to a level that members truly look forward to participating in. I was on the committee back in 2013 but did not continue through 2014 due to other commitments. I am now very pleased to re-join what seems to be a very forward thinking committee and to be part of a very successful club.
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.
I have been at the club for about 7 years now and enjoying it more and more. I'm one of these born again riders , passed my test in 1978 and didn't pass my car test until 1985.
I had a GPZ 900 that had to be sold in 1994 so we could bring up our family.
I then returned to biking in 2006 and still enjoy every minute of the long weekends away and touring abroad arranged by the club.
I have been a member of OMC for 10 years now, I am I suppose, what one might call a born again biker.
So, 35 years on from my last bike:- in the summer of 2003 I purchased a Kawasaki GPZ 500, I moved onto a BMW K1200RS (great bike), which every one thought was too big for me, and before the club house was made larger due to expansion, the parking area was gravel. The consequence of this was my feet kept on slipping while trying to push the K12RS backwards!. Some of the guy's took pity on a short person and was helped in pushing it back. This caused much merriment from the onlookers, and as a consequence of this, over many weeks a variety of items were being produced, which included a mini step ladder and bike stabilisers!! among many other novel ideas. Now I have a more suitable BMW F800ST, mmm I wonder why?
Despite all this I have persevered and enjoy the company of everyone, for this is such a brilliant club to be part of, and I would recommend if you are not a member, or thinking of being a born again rider, please come along on Thursday evenings, you will be made most welcome, be part of a growing biker family.
So why did I volunteer for the Committee position, well . .
Hi, my name is Lizzy Burraway, I passed my motorbike test in 2000 but haven't had a bike for about 4/5 years until I purchased my ER6f in August 2015, I then googled Motorcycle Clubs and Oakley came. So, after three weeks of deliberating and building up the courage I pulled up at the Social Club (on my own) one summer evening in early September 2015, and there was what seemed to be hundreds of bikes perfectly parked. I aimed for two gents standing there talking, I pull up in front of them and abandon my bike and ask if he could point me in the right direction to where I can join and from then on I haven't missed a Thursday night since. The reason for me joining was for the social aspect as much as the ride outs, I have re-gained my confidence tremendously and made some very good friends along the way.
I have a very stressful job as most of us do these days, so going to the club on a Thursday evening for some well needed chill out time with good friends, even though I'm the butt of most of their jokes, lol, is just what the doctor ordered!
I joined the committee in February 2016, with the aim of supporting the club in many of its different functions and events as I believe it's a good use of my time and a well worthy cause. I also know that I'm going to thoroughly enjoy it, as I love to socialise and meet new people and this is the perfect way to do it.
Looking forward to 2016 and onwards