Mad keen motorcyclists from across the Shore are getting revved up about finding a place to call home. The Triumph Riders Motorcycle Club was formed in 2011 and now has 214 members nationwide, but a solid group of North Shore devotees to the British bike wish to find a local club room to host their monthly meetings and get-togethers.
Local President Warren Millar said: “Our members are passionate about the Triumph brand of motorcycles. We enjoy good companionship, good rides and always welcome the opportunity to meet like-minded people. We enjoy good turnouts from very enthusiastic members.”
The club has enjoyed rapid growth over the past three years and holds monthly meetings and rides with members owning a broad spectrum of different Triumph models such as Bonnevilles, Americas, Speedmasters, Tigers, Speed Triples, huge 2,300cc Rocket IIIs, Thunderbirds and Storms. Various Chapters, or branches, of the club exist throughout New Zealand.
President Warren likes to ‘pimp his ride’ with plenty of adornments, in line with his personal, and often derided, catchphrase: “There’s no such thing as too much bling!” He said there have been many memorable moments at the club and recalls the very first ride, when members were riding back to Auckland following a van along SH27, when the spare tyre underneath the van fell off at 100 kph.
He explained: “Gerry, the club’s new secretary, was leading on his Bonneville and Neil, newly-elected treasurer, was on his Rocket III. The spare tyre bounced over Gerry’s head and just in front of Neil ! perfectly timed to miss them both. Had they been going a second or so slower and/or been a bit closer, they could have both been taken out. The irony here is that the Chapter, having just been established, could have lost both its Secretary and Treasurer just 24 hours after it was formed! A lucky escape!”
Warren said the group is keen to secure a regular meeting room, at low cost, to enable the North Shore members to have a community base.
As well as a president, the club has a local treasurer, Peter Miller and secretary Cat Longman. The club sells a wide range of regalia such as tee shirts, caps, beanies, hoodies, wet weather oil skins, number plate surrounds, stickers etc., usually to club members, to help fund raise for club activities.