Meet Our Chapter Officers
RONNIE PAYNE – HEAD ROAD CAPTAIN
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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!!