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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

Ride Culture – Oil – October 20th – 21st

Come and join us!

20-21 October, Paintworks, Bristol

Ride Culture – Oil – October 2017

After our last Ride Culture event in May, we’re back. Fowlers are teaming up with Spoke & Stringer, other Local Motorcycle Suppliers, Workshops and well known brands to bring Bristol the second Ride Culture event this year, bigger and better than before!

Whats new – Roll In morning Bike Meet, More Bikes, More Bands, Food + Drink, Cheaper Tickets!

LIVE MUSIC – STREET FOOD – CRAFT BEER – Q&A Sessions – EXHIBITION – ART – FILM – ROLL IN!

Limited Tickets available – once sold out – there’s no more space.

BUY TICKETS

More info to come follow @RideCulture_Oil on Instagram.

www.rideculture.net

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Guy Martin to ride Hailwood’s Honda at Fowlers-sponsored Grand National

Join Guy Martin and a host of other stars who will be riding at Castle Combe to celebrate sixty years since the legendary Mike Hailwood first raced at the Wiltshire circuit.

Guy will be on track on Sunday as one of the many attractions during the Fowler-sponsored Grand National over the weekend of 8th and 9th July 2017.

 

Guy Martin racing
Guy will be riding ‘Mike the Bike’s’ 297cc Honda RC167 as part of the popular Classic Parade, which features historic and exotic machinery from the 1950s to the 1970s, including bikes from MV, Triumph, Norton, Honda, MZ, Ducati, BSA and Yamaha.
 

John McGuinness bikes

 

John McGuinness will be bringing three of his iconic machines to display – the 250cc Vimto Honda, his 130mph lap-record setting Honda Fireblade and the exotic Mugen, which he took to victory in the 2015 TT Zero race.

You’ll get to see plenty of on-track action too, with feature races on both Saturday and Sunday. There’s a huge variety, from the British 125cc & 250cc Championships to the Super Twins, Sound of Thunder and Powerbike classes, plus the Bonham’s British Historic Championships and the King of Castle Combe open class.

Fowlers will be joining the celebrations throughout the weekend, bringing the latest models from Triumph, Honda and Yamaha for you to see up close. Our team will be on-hand to answer your questions.

Find out more about the Castle Combe Grand National here.

 
Honda Six
 

Experience the unique sound of a vintage Honda Six in this video – they don’t make them like this any more!

 

PS: Would you like to be rewarded every time you shop at Fowlers?

 

Sign up for your FREE Fowlers Loyalty Card and you’ll receive 5 points for every £1 spent on clothing & accessories, servicing and at the parts counter. You’ll also earn points in Fowlers’ on-line shop.

Each point is worth 1p, so you can choose whether you’d like to spend them next time you shop at Fowlers, either in store or on-line, or save them up for a future purchase.

You even collect points when you buy a new motorcycle or scooter at Fowlers – every new machine is worth 1000 points, which you can use in store or on line as you wish – it’s up to you.

Sign up for The Fowlers Loyalty Scheme online or in store and start collecting your points NOW!

Terms & conditions apply – click here