Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are you all about?
A: We are a NYC area social group, organized around owning and riding British motorcycles.
Q: Do you allow motorcycles other than British iron to ride with you?
A: This is the single most asked question, and the answer is "Yes, but...." Please note that the question is ride with us rather than be allowed to join us. To join us requires the approval of an organizer. We are essentially a British Bike club, and as such, it is not unreasonable of us to require ownership of any one of a variety of British bikes as a prerequisite to membership. While our calendar is open to all to review, and our rides are always open to all riders and to all makes of bikes; in order to not dilute the stated purpose of our group, we may defer in offering membership to those who do not yet currently own a bike of British heritage.
The truth is, many of us do own more than one bike and they aren't all of British manufacture or design. Nonetheless, the founders of this group all have at least one British motorcycle that they ride and cherish which forms the basis of our common connection and of the bond that we share with each other. As stated before, all are welcome to ride along with us as friends, but please respect that we are a group who's stated purpose is to proudly own and ride British bikes.
Q: What about cafe racers?
A: An argument could be made that the cafe racer, as a genre of motorcycle, traces it's origins directly back to the British Rockers of the late 50's and 60s, and to the well established heritage of British racing bikes in the years prior to and following the Second World War. We recognize that there are some amazing cafe racers out there that have been built from Japanese, American, and other European bikes. Cafe racers are the exception and will always be welcome in our group. There is a profound difference in showing up on an exquisite hand built cafe racer based on a restored XS650 or CB750 than riding a stock factory cruiser or Harley clone. You'll either get this or you won't...
Q: What kind of rides do you go on?
A: All kinds of rides! We organize everything from morning leisure rides to multi-day adventures. There is also a healthy mix of motorcycle related events, such as mixers, movie nights, and art happenings.
Q: Where do you find out about all of these events?
A: This is all about community involvement, so we need to rely on each other to spread the word on the cool things going on in the NYC area.
Q: What other venues do you use for information?
A: There is the obligatory Facebook group where we communicate out some ride info and post pictures, but that's about it. We may use other tools, like Kickstarter, or Paypal, but the goal here is to drive traffic to the Meetup group.
Q: What kind of people will I meet in this group?
A: All kinds, of course! This group is as diverse as the city of New York. Motorcycles attract all kinds of people from a variety of backgrounds and age groups, so expect to have your world expanded! And it's not just a bunch of dudes either, we have our fair share of female riders as well.
Q: I've never ridden in a group, what do I need to know?
A: Check out the Riding Etiquette page for the details on what you need to know.
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