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5

May

2017

Ride Culture – Bristol’s Newest Bike Show – Saturday 13th May 2017

Ride Culture – a celebration of the resurgent bobber, café racer and retro motorcycle scene – will kick off with a preview party at Bristol’s Paintworks on Friday 12th May at 6pm.

Fowlers, Bristol’s well-known and long-established motorcycle dealer, will be supporting this exciting new event, to help get it off to a strong start. The team at Fowlers has picked a selection of cool machines to bring to the show, including its own ‘take’ on the all-conquering Triumph Bobber, plus a pair of Yamaha’s yard-built custom machines and a Moto Guzzi V7 Sport in retro colours.

Named the best place to live in Britain by the Sunday Times, Bristol has become associated with all things cool, and riders involved in this alternative bike culture felt that the time had come for the city to host its own special event – with a unique Bristol twist – along the lines of the Bike Shed (Shoreditch, London) and The One Show (Portland, USA).

Curated by Spoke & Stringer, the show will feature back-to-basics machines that capture the raw pleasure of motorcycling, like Down & Out’s awesome custom Bobber (one of the highlights of the NEC) and Old Empire’s classy Bonneville T120 (below), alongside an assortment of factory customs from Triumph, Yamaha, Ducati and BMW. Individual and team builders from across the South West will also be displaying their creations.

Fowlers will be bringing a hand-picked selection of the coolest clothing and helmets from some great heritage brands for you to see, such as Belstaff, Bell and Hedon, featuring authentic-looking retro ranges to help you look as good as your ride!

Your other senses will be treated, too, with great food, drink and music:

PLUS Street food from Spoke & Stringer’s award-winning kitchen, craft ales, local cider and Easy Jose speciality Coffee.

Paintworks is a stylish event space in Bristol’s ‘Creative Quarter’, just a couple of minutes’ ride up the A4 Bath Road from Fowlers’ spectacular showrooms, where you can see new bikes from Moto Guzzi, Triumph, Yamaha, Suzuki, Aprilia, Honda, KTM, Husqvarna, Piaggio and Vespa, plus hundreds of pre-owned machines of all makes.

Book tickets on-line here.

Hurry….space is limited and they’ll be sure to sell out fast!

Ride Culture is more than just an event – it’s a life-style!

29

Mar

2017

If you’ve always wanted to get on a bike or scooter, but never had the chance – now’s the time! Get On, the nationwide initiative to get more people out and about on two wheels, is coming to Bristol on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April.

Sessions last an hour, during which time riders are introduced to the gears, brakes and slow speed handling. Scooters are also available for those who want to try a ‘twist and go’.

Get On is suitable for complete beginners or people thinking of returning to biking after a break.  Instruction is by professional trainers and all protective clothing is provided.  Riders just need to wear full length jeans and sturdy shoes.

It will take place at Bristol’s multi-purpose test centre in Old Gloucester Road, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, BS16 1RS.

Booking is via the website or by calling 02476 408040. There’s also a Facebook event here – why not go with a friend?

Get On is open to anyone aged 14 or over and under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Riders will also be given advice and information about where to go for further training and which licence would suit their needs.  They will also be advised as to where they can find their nearest high quality ‘accredited’ training school.

You can find yours via www.mciac.co.uk.

24

Aug

2016

Honda’s New Arrivals!

By Fowlers News

Honda is delighted to announce details of two significant new arrivals to the off-road racing world: a totally revised CRF450R moto-crosser, and a new enduro racer – the CRF450RX.

CRF450R & CRF450RX

2017 CRF450R & CRF450RX

A moto-cross benchmark since its introduction in 2002, the CRF450R has been redesigned ‘from the ground-up’ for 2017 under the development theme of ‘Absolute Holeshot’. Honda’s open class moto-crosser has earned a reputation for being the best-handling 450cc moto-crosser available, with strong, useable engine power and a chassis that allows riders of all experience levels to put every drop of that power to good use. For the 2017 year model, the full re-design brings a dose of heavy-hitting top end performance in an even sharper, more rider-friendly overall package.

The new CRF450R features:

  • An HRC-inspired power-up engine with an 11% top-end power boost provided by revised cylinder head with greater valve lift, higher compression ratio and new intake giving a straighter pathway into the inlet ports.
  • Stronger torque, particularly low down, but right throughout the rpm range, for a 5% improvement in acceleration out of the gate.
  • New seventh generation aluminium frame with lower centre of gravity, shorter wheelbase and shorter distance between swingarm pivot and rear wheel, offering unprecedented levels of rear traction.
  • Race-kit specification 49mm Showa steel spring front fork.
  • Titanium fuel tank, smooth, aerodynamically-efficient plastics and the option of electric starter

“Our focus has been on producing a machine with exceptional engine performance, outstanding traction and a low centre of gravity – to create a 5% improvement in acceleration on the previous model. The phrase underpinning development was ‘Absolute Holeshot’. The CRF450R is already proving its worth in the Japanese MX championship, winning the first five races. We are proud to give this kind of performance to motocross lovers worldwide.”

Mikio Uchiyama, Large Project Leader for the 17YM CRF450R

Alongside the CRF450R, Honda can now also provide enduro riders with a race-ready machine – the new CRF450RX. Sharing the CRF450R’s new engine and frame package, the CRF450RX has crucial changes to create an uncompromising enduro focus.

  • Revised suspension settings for enhanced control.
  • Revised PGM-FI settings and an 8.5 litre fuel tank for range of approximately 65km.
  • Three revised engine maps, selectable at the handlebar using Honda’s Engine Mode Select Button.
  • 18” rear wheel.
  • Sidestand and electric start as standard.

“The CRF450RX is a pure, race-ready enduro tool like nothing else Honda has ever made. It uses the greatly improved performance of the brand new CRF450R and we made no sacrifices in producing this ‘RX’ enduro version, which offers something completely new to expert riders everywhere. It is built to win straight from the crate, at the highest level of competition.”

Mikio Uchiyama, Large Project Leader for the 17YM CRF450RX

19

Jul

2016

Thousands of motorcyclists flocked to Fowlers’ showrooms in central Bristol on Sunday, 17th July to join the celebrations for the family-run firm’s 90th anniversary.

When the doors opened at 10:30, a queue numbering several hundred had already built up, with early-bird bargain-hunters eager to take advantage of the unrepeatable deals on offer in the clearance marquee, which had been set up in the car park for the day.

Star guest Jamie Whitham entertained the crowds, interviewing top superbike racers, including Peter Hickman, John Hopkins, Tommy Bridewell, Dan Linfoot and up-and-coming road racer Craig Neve. Jamie also conducted the charity auction, which succeeded in raising £1075- for the Great Western Air Ambulance.

There was plenty more to keep visitors occupied throughout the day; KTM, Triumph & Yamaha brought their promotional vehicles to showcase new models, and the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club put on a display of machines from the 1970s, ’80s & ’90s.

Fowlers’ own technicians were kept busy carrying out free ‘health checks’ on visitors’ bikes and offering advice on routine maintenance, while WD-40 provided a free chain lube service. Both Shoei and Arai helmets were on site to assist with queries and to service helmets.

As temperatures reached 25ºC, many people took a break in the spectacular, air-conditioned showrooms, where they were able to peruse the latest models from Aprilia, Gilera, Honda, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa and Yamaha, plus hundreds of premium quality pre-owned bikes. They could also browse the 7,500 square feet of famous-name clothing and accessories or visit Harry’s Café, perched up high on the top floor overlooking the bikes on display. Meanwhile, sun-worshippers enjoyed an ice cream in the outside seating area and listened to classic rock tunes courtesy of DJ Chunky.

The free event was held to celebrate 90 years of Fowlers, which began life 4 generations ago, in 1926 with a small corner shop in the heart of Bristol opened by Frank and Alice Fowler. Nine decades later the business has grown into one of Europe’s most spectacular motorcycle retailers.

1

Jul

2016

Sunday 17th July, 2016

Fowlers 90th LogoIn 1926, Frank and Alice Fowler opened a small corner shop in the heart of Bristol and were joined a year later by their eldest son, Harry, then just 14 years of age. Nine decades later, on Sunday 17th July, Fowlers Motorcycles will be warmly welcoming all their customers and friends and inviting them to join in a massive free event in celebration of their 90th anniversary at their spectacular, air-conditioned Bristol premises.

On the day, you can look forward to bargains and freebies galore, plus star guest Jamie Whitham, who’ll be joined by top racers Peter Hickman, Tommy Bridewell, Dan Linfoot & Craig Neve. You’ll also find the KTM & Triumph event trucks and classic bikes, as well as all the latest models from Aprilia, Gilera, Honda, KTM, Moto Guzzi, Piaggio, Suzuki, Triumph, Vespa and Yamaha, and hundreds of pre-owned bikes. Browse the 7,500 square feet of famous-name clothing and accessories or meet up at the parts counter to take an exclusive, behind-the-scenes guided tour of Fowlers’ call centre and warehouse, which contains the most comprehensive selection of genuine spare parts in Europe!

If you feel like a break, visit Harry’s Café, perched up high in its eyrie on the top floor overlooking the bikes on display and affording customers a birds-eye view of the clothing and accessories below. There’s a delicious variety of freshly-prepared food and drinks in the friendly and comfortable environment or, if you prefer, enjoy freshly-cooked sweet and savoury crepes in the car park.

Valentino Rossi’s race suit will be on display courtesy of Dainese, and Shoei and Arai helmets will both be on site to assist with your queries and service your helmet. WD-40 will also be offering riders a free chain lube service and Fowlers’ own technicians will be carrying out free ‘health checks’ on your bike and offering advice on routine maintenance.

This spectacular event is for ONE DAY ONLY so put the date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you!#

Event Details – What you Need to Know

  • When – Sunday 17th July 2016, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm
  • Where – Fowlers Motorcycles, 2-12 Bath Road, Bristol BS4 3DR
  • Bike Parking – FREE on site
  • Car Parking – Limited on-street parking on Mead St (at rear of Fowlers) and Mead Rise, or use the public car park at Temple Meads mainline station, just a few minutes’ walk away
  • By Train – Fowlers is just a short (5-10 minute) walk from Temple Meads mainline railway station

24

Jun

2016

GWAAC Ride 4 Life

By Charlotte Davis

17

Jun

2016

Commuting-traffic-motorcycleRide to Work Week (20th to 26th June) highlights the benefits of commuting via motorcycle and scooter, which is being actively encouraged by Northamptonshire County Council.

 

The Ride to Work team has produced a video showing why this decision makes sense:

https://youtu.be/unS274SU9OM

                                                                                                                                                  

John Spencer, Team Leader of Road Safety and Travel Choices, Northamptonshire Highways, says:

 

“As part of our modal shift strategy Northamptonshire County Council intends to embrace motorcycles and scooters as a sustainable transport mode within the future countywide transport programme. Greater use of motorcycles can bring environmental, congestion and accessibility benefits, particularly on journeys made for commuting to places of employment or education.”

 

He also added:

 

“The road safety team in Northamptonshire is committed to improving safety for all road users but is also looking at encouraging different ways to travel. In 2015 we carried out a motorcycle survey to reaffirm why people were using motorbikes, but also why they were not!  We collaborate with various partners like the Motorcycle Industry Association, Get on Team and the Ride to Work team, to encourage people to take up motorcycling as a safe, sustainable and better way of getting around.”

 

Background to Northamptonshire project

 

  • Motorcycle Northants was recently launched by Northamptonshire County Council, making it the first local authority in the UK to actively encourage a modal shift towards motorcycles, which is currently just 0.4% of all commuter traffic in the county.  This is part of a wider plan to encourage sustainable transport options, which also include cycling, walking and using public transport.

 

  • Motorcycle Northants will encourage the county’s leisure riders to use their bikes to commute, especially where distance by pedal bike is impractical, aiming for an initial modal shift of 3%.  Each day in Northamptonshire, an estimated 43% of commuter journeys are made by just one person in a car or van, so there is great capacity for some of these to be made on a powered two wheeler.

 

  • Northamptonshire recognises that journey times on motorcycles are shorter due to the ability to filter and reduced pressure on parking. This helps all road users, which is backed up by a European study showing when just 10% of car drivers swapped to a motorcycle, scooter or moped, then congestion for all road users is reduced by 40%.[1]

 

  • As a county which relies heavily on the distribution/logistics industry, it is important that the roads do not become congested.  For the first phase of the project, Motorcycle Northants has put a framework in place to make sure existing and new riders have access to high quality training providers.

 

  • A second phase of the project will include looking at increasing motorcycle friendly infrastructure on roads and working with employers to encourage the availability of workplace changing facilities and motorcycle parking.

 

  • Around two-thirds of motorcyclists do not have commuter cover on their policy, so major motorcycle insurers Ageas, ERS and Carole Nash are making commuter insurance cover available free to existing customers during Ride to Work Week. [2]

About Ride to Work Week

 

National Ride to Work Week spotlights the many benefits of commuting on a motorcycle, scooter or moped and will be particularly active in Northamptonshire this year.  The county’s residents will get the chance to try a motorcycle for free with Get On – the motorcycle industry’s free ‘try out’ programme – during Ride to Work Week.

 

  • These are available after work each evening at the Obelisk Centre, Kingsthorpe, Northampton, NN2 8UE.  Monday 20th to Friday 24th June between 6pm and 9pm each evening.

 

  • Also available on Saturday 25th June at the Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, Northampton, NN12 8TN between 9.15 am and 4.30 pm.

 

  • Get On sessions are with professional instructors and last for half an hour. All protective clothing is provided.  Get On provides a safe and structured introduction to motorcycling.  There are also opportunities to try motorcycling in several parts of the UK during the Summer and Autumn.  Booking via the website geton.co.uk or by calling 02476 408040.

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