Meet Our Chapter Officers

RONNIE PAYNE – HEAD ROAD CAPTAIN

Email – headroadcaptain@dunedinhog.com

Ronnie Payne Head Road CaptainHi, my name is Ronnie Payne and I’m the Head Road captain. My role is to run and coordinate all Road crew and ride out matters for the Chapter to ensure safe riding for all chapter rides and events.

I got the bike bug after getting a lift on a friend’s Honda CX500 when I was 17. I just loved the sense of freedom and the fresh air. As soon as I could I bought a Kawasaki Z250B from Scotbike in Causeway Head Stirling. After getting my dad to sign the loan form I picked up the bike. I had never driven a bike before so they let me get a hang of the controls on the lumpy gravel area at the back of the shop and then I was off – a huge difference to folks setting off today.

Then I had the challenge of getting it from my parents’ home in Dunblane to my RAF base at Cosford near Wolverhampton, the thought of driving on A roads all the way to the Midlands was too daunting so I managed to get it in the luggage carriage of a train and off I went.

Quite a lot of the guys had bikes so we had great fun. After a year I passed my bike test and then I traded up for an older Z650. I kept this one for a few years but after I came back from the Falklands in May 84 I bought a new GPZ900R. What a great machine. I did 47K on this one and eventually sold it when I met Karen. I had planned to get a tourer with a shaft drive, but starting a family delayed that for 22 years. In 2011 I bought into the Harley brand with an 883 Sportster. After 2 seasons I traded up to my current Softail Deluxe, which I love.

Ronnie Payne Head Road Captain

A pic from Ronnie’s ‘younger’ days in Germany)

 

I joined the Chapter in 2013, and since then I have enjoyed meeting lots of new friends and taking part in events, rallies and of course Thunder, where I have helped out since I joined.  In 2014 I joined the road crew as a Marshal, and here I am 3 years on taking on the role of Head Road Captain.

I love getting out on my bike and put in as many miles as I can, hopefully, the weather will be kind to us this year especially for the ride to Prague for the 115th Anniversary!!

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