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What type of biker are you?

Ask any member of the general public to describe a typical ‘biker’ and their answer will almost certainly involve an unshaven man in an open-face helmet, wearing a classic black leather jacket and sitting astride a Harley-Davidson. As seen in just about every TV series, movie or advert where a generic ‘biker’ stereotype is required.

Which is odd, because less than one in ten new bikes sold in the UK is a custom/cruiser style machine. Scooters outnumber them by more than two to one, as do adventure-sport bikes. Way more full-face and flip-front helmets are sold than open-face designs and textile clothing is far more popular than leather, probably thanks to its ability to cope with the ever-unpredictable British weather.

Come to one of the popular Bristol Bike Nights, held at Fowlers from May-September, and what strikes you is the sheer variety of motorcycles crowding the car park. You’ll see superbikes and scooters, classic British thumpers alongside old-school Japanese 2-strokes, and customised rat bikes, choppers and bobbers too. And much more besides.

It isn’t only the machines that look different – their riders do too. Sure, some are wearing black leather jackets, but others are dressed in more colourful modern designs, technical fabrics or even traditional waxed-cotton.

In fact, you’d struggle to find a ‘typical biker’ among them and perhaps that’s because one of the main reasons that people ride motorcycles, is because they don’t feel a need to conform. Unlike sports fans, who will tend to wear their team’s colours at a match to demonstrate their allegiance, it’s the bikes that unite motorcyclists. Anyone who has broken down at the side of the road will tell you tales of passing motorcyclists who stop to offer help, regardless of whether they’re riding similar machines or dressed the same way.

Here’s a fun game to play to prove there’s no such thing as a ‘typical biker’. Come along to the next Bristol Bike Night, or go along to any place where motorcyclists gather, and award yourself a point for every stereotype ‘biker’ you see, on a big V-twin cruiser, in a black leather jacket, unshaven and wearing an open-face helmet. If you get to ten, start counting the number of other motorcyclists present and see if you get past 100. Or just have a mug of tea and chat to everyone about their bikes!

Bristol Bike Night

Well what a fantastic first Bike Night it was on Friday at Fowlers!

There were stalls to wander around, bikes of all descriptions to admire, a friendly atmosphere and great music by DJ Chunky all night. Topped off with the wonderful smell of BBQ in the air.

Each event a ‘bike of the night’ will be chosen. On Friday, congratulations went to Mark Hutton for his lovely Moto Guzzi T3 – well done Mark!

Bike Nights will be held at Fowlers on the second Friday of each month until September, from 5.30-8.30pm.

Keep an eye on Fowlers Facebook events for the latest on each Bike Night, including special guests!

 

Easter Bunny Ride!

 

Please come and be a part of the Easter Bunny Ride on Saturday the 24th March, and help raise funds for Children’s Hospice Southwest 😊

The meeting point will be Fowlers at 9.30am for a 10.00am start, riding to the hospice in Wraxall. (Please remember to fuel up before arriving!)

Easter themed fancy dress is highly encouraged, so please get your best biker bunny outfits on! 🐰

To donate please go to Virgin Money Giving – Easter Bunny Ride

http://fowlers.bike/donate

The suggested minimum donation on the day is £5 – thank you!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

***UPDATE***

Fowlers would like to say a big THANK YOU to Julie Thomas for her donation of 12 Heroes Easter Eggs!

These are going to the FIRST 12 people to CHECK IN to Fowlers on Facebook as you arrive for the Bunny Ride! (Participants only 😊)

Everyone taking part will also receive a CREME EGG and HOT DRINK from the registration tent on the morning of the ride 😃

PLUS the first 50 people to sign up at the registration tent on the morning of the ride will receive a pair of black or pink HELMET BUNNY EARS!! 🐰

 

Facebook Event Page

http://fowlers.bike/bunnyride

Hundreds join Bristol Bike Theft Awareness Ride

Hundreds of motorcyclists took to the streets of Bristol on Saturday to show solidarity with the police in their efforts to tackle the rising tide of bike crime in the city.

Organisers of the Bristol Bike Theft Awareness Ride estimate that 700 motorcyclists participated, setting out from Cribbs Causeway, on the northern outskirts of the city, at noon.

Accompanied by a pair of police motorcyclists, the procession wound its way peacefully through several known hot-spots for bike theft, where many local residents clapped and waved as the cavalcade rumbled through.

Saturday shoppers and tourists stopped and stared as hundreds of bikes passed them on Park street – rated as one of the most fashionable high streets in the country – before passing City Hall and rolling into Fowlers Motorcycles in the city centre at 1.30 pm.

Bristol has witnessed an increase in bike crime recently, particularly in the north of the city, where gangs are stealing bikes to joy-ride and posting pictures on social media. Local motorcyclists organised the Bristol Bike Theft Awareness Ride with four main aims:

  1. To raise awareness of the problem and remind motorcycle owners how they can aid the Police in their work.
  2. To share tips with riders on keeping their pride and joy safe and secure.
  3. To show solidarity with the law-abiding community in Bristol and demonstrate that they are all working together to tackle this issue.
  4. To demonstrate support for Avon and Somerset Police and their tireless work in tackling motorcycle thefts and related crime.

Fowlers Motorcycles, which has been serving Bristol’s bikers since 1926, was happy to host the cavalcade as the final destination for the first ever Bike Theft Awareness Ride, and has pledged its support for future events.