Haynes International Motor Museum led

It was quite a surprise to see so many bikes at Top Of Town Car Park when I arrived. However, the majority were either BWM’s or larger tourers I guessed I was in good company or at least IAM company and so it proved as Bournemouth & Wessex Advanced Motorcyclists (BWAM) were meeting there to start their ride to Minehead.

However as time ticked on DWDAM members appeared and we ended up with eight riders, a good percentage of our membership whereas twenty one BWAM bikes was a much lower percentage of their membership of several hundred !

The weather was brilliantly clear, dry and chilly as we left Dorchester through Poundbury and took the Bridport Road as far as ‘The Pallet Man’ then the old Roman road to Tollerford just north of Maiden Newton, a quick blast along the A356 Crewkerne Road before dropping down into Beaminster on one of my favourite roads. Through Beaminster on to the ‘Tunnel Road’, Mosterton and Misterton but straight over at the A356 to North Perrott and on to Yeovil, a quick and fairly traffic free passage through Yeovil to Mudford and the few good bends that took us to Marston Magna, Queens Camel and Sparkford.

As a smaller group we employed the, “If you can’t see the rider following you in your mirrors slow down till they catch up,” system with Dave Luke kindly acting as sweeper. This proved successful with only a few stops by the front riders required to allow for traffic lights and traffic flows through the tighter villages.

Arriving at Sparkford we took advantage of the warmer climate inside the Café and a few ventured into the Museum itself however some of the expectation was not matched by delivery as the static displays left us wanting more. The Bike display was 50% speedway bikes of all ages and 50% a range of bikes from the very first to the current Triumph Rocket 3.

The café was very pleasant and the public carpark contained interesting cars that entertained those who did not enter the museum.

After an hour in the museum we reassembled at the bikes to head off towards Wincanton and then passing under the A303 we took the interesting road back to Sherborne, the B3143, which did bring its own challenges with traffic.

The group started to separate as we left Sherborne and headed back to Middlemarsh then took the bottom road through Cerne Abbas to Dorchester.

A total sixty four miles with good company and entertaining roads and a pit stop at a Café worth calling in at if you are passing but I would not recommend spending the £13.95 for the museum.

Thank you to all who attended.   And to Jeremy for organising it. Ed.

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