Hello and welcome to the elite-wings website.
Elite-wings is a group of motorcyclists who got together in 2001. We were strangers when we first met but we have become good friends through riding together. We encourage new members to the group and we hope they’ll become good friends too. We all start with at least three things in common – we all love the Honda Goldwing, we all really enjoy riding and touring, and we all like to stay in comfortable hotels whenever we’re away from home.
There are some Yorkshiremen and Scotsmen in the group so we don’t waste money 🙂 We seek out good hotel deals when we can, often very successfully, but when we’re doing things together as a Group we don’t sleep in tents and we don’t go for the cheapest. We aim for prices/deals that offer good Value for Money.
It doesn’t matter which model of ‘Wing’ you ride so long as it’s a Honda Goldwing BUT we only accept membership applications from SOLO bikes. Our Group rides and routes don’t cater for Trikes or bikes with Trailers or Sidecars, and we don’t camp, there are lots of other Goldwing clubs who do those things. At elite-wings we do what we enjoy and what we can do well, ie – riding, touring, and using decent hotel accommodations.
In recent times we have a few long standing members who for various reasons aren’t able to ride anymore but who still want to be part of the group so they now attend some events in their sports cars. They don’t mingle with the bikes when we’re out riding but at coffee and lunch stops and on an evening they join the group and enjoy and add to the fun of the event.
Our Group doesn’t do club politics, or committees, and we don’t hold ‘club business’ meetings. We’re simply a group of people who enjoy Goldwings and we like to get together to ride our bikes and do a bit of socialising in the bar and over dinner 🙂
When we arrange an event we do it with help from others within the group. We have members with many years of touring experience and route planning skills who are willing and keen to assist others create an event for the group.
Our members live in some lovely regions of the UK and we encourage them to show us the best bits of their area. When and if someone volunteers to arrange a trip to their area other members offer to help with planning and organising the rides so no one is expected to jump in at the deep end and do everything unaided.
We all love to ride and explore so we gather for weekend tours in different parts of UK several times each year and at least once per year we organise a longer touring holiday abroad. These are sometimes to familiar territory where we have contacts or friends but we also sometimes aim further afield, for example into Europe. Over the years we’ve also sometimes done trips together by plane to such places as the Daytona Bike Week in Florida and the USA Wing Ding.
Occasionally we will join in with something different, perhaps an event organised by another Golding Club but essentially we are a riding club. On a typical elite-wings weekend away we spend our days exploring good riding roads and scenic areas and we do our socialising afterwards, at dinner or in the bar at the hotel 🙂 Maybe once or twice a year, usually in the cold dark winter when its too cold to get the bike out, we meet for purely social purposes and have a lunch meet or even a dinner meet at a hotel.
Over the years we’ve developed useful ways of organising and conducting our rides and tours so for example the routes are usually pre-planned and are compatable with Garmin Zumo satnav and the Honda NAVI system. The routes are distributed in advance by email. It isn’t essential to have a Garmin Zumo to join a ride with the Club but most people invest in one sooner or later because it helps. An advantage of having pre-planned routes which include refreshments stops, refuels, and hotels, is that we don’t have to ride in a procession. Many will choose to stick together and share a riding pace but there’s also freedom to do your own thing and make faster or slower progress and/or make a diversion if you wish.
We in Elite-wings keep in touch and organise ourselves using all modern methods – our Website, email, Facebook and by telephone. We have no paperwork at all.
Riding should be fun and enjoyable. Safety is paramount so we encourage good riding standards. Lots of us have done some Advanced Rider Training after passing the basic bike test and some of us have done further training with organisations such as IAM Roadsmart, aka The Institute of Advanced Motorists or RoSPA Advanced Riders. Don’t think for a moment that anyone will be picking holes in your riding style if you join us, so don’t be discouraged for that reason – we’re not elitist in that or any other sense really, we’re just a group of fairly committed riders.
Lots of us have enjoyed developing our individual riding skills as part of enjoying our motorcycling. New members often seem to want to follow suit and feel benefit from doing so. There are no expectations and certainly no pressure to undertake an ADVANCED Rider Course but our Club does provide an environment in which you can develop your riding skills (and therefore your riding confidence) if you want to.
More details of our future rides and tours are in the private Members Only Area of this Webiste but there is plenty of other information to browse, for example reports and photos of previous tours, which could help to whet your appetitie for joining us. You are also welcome to give one of our members a ring if you would like to ask questions. His name and phone number is displayed in the bottom right on the ‘Apply to Join’ page.
Just click on APPLY TO JOIN and fill in the on-line form 🙂