It’s Wednesday and the weather is great and all I can think about is, “Wednesday is Bike Night!”. I come home from work and in the distance I can hear a motorbike screaming through the rev range and through the gears. I can’t wait to get my leathers on and go for a ride out.
Since moving to Norway, I’ve been discovering the roads around Stavanger on my own. A couple of bikers I work with gave me some top roads to ride, but for the most part i’ve been a solo rider. It’s not a bad thing. I like my own company and owning a motorcycle is a great solo hobby. That said, i’ve been missing the social aspect of riding. You know, where you meet up with a group of riders and go for a spritely ride to discover some decent twisties and a roadside cafe.
Luckily for me, a local Stavanger rider called Egil had been watching my YouTube video’s and contacted me. Egil told me that he runs a group on Facebook for local riders who meet up. I joined the MC-turer Stavanger-Sandnes-Jæren group on Facebook. Sure enough a couple of riders mentioned about meeting up in Bryne which is about 20 minutes south of Stavanger on Route 44.
I rode down to the YX petrol station in Bryne and there was a young lady there decked out in full leathers, riding a Kawasaki ZX6R. I introduced myself and made small talk until, one by one, more riders turned up. Finally, when all those who had confirmed, turned up, it was time to get on the road. I was immediately included in the conversation and was introduced to everyone and it didn’t feel awkward at all.
It was a brilliant ride out and the group rode around the mountain areas just south of Stavanger. We ended up riding some pretty amazing roads, most of which were single track tarmac up in the mountains. We stopped a couple of times to see the sights and also stopped to get a group photo by a bloke called Raymond, who was a right laugh. Everybody loves Raymond! Finally, we ended up at a local cafe, where there were roughly another 30 bikers. At last! I’d finally found the local biker cafe at Algård. I’d definitely be coming here again.
It was great meeting up with other bikers and even though I can only speak English, this group of riders always included me in their conversations, often translating. It could have been tricky when a few of the bikers are having a right old laugh and chatting in Norwegian. I felt like i was missing out on some good banter. I need not have worried though, as I always had a someone who was more than happy to keep me up to speed with the conversation. Only thing was I was always the last to laugh….awkward!
So, thanks to social media, I was able to meet up with other bikers around Stavanger. It’s made me think though, how else do you meet up with other riders?