Ride 120: Celebrating 120 years of Royal Enfield

2nd September 2021

SME recently organised and ran the celebratory ride 120 event.

July 2021 marked an amazing one hundred and twenty (is it more significant if we spell it our rather than use number format?) years of the iconic, and authentic brand Royal Enfield. We are proud, as I’m sure you’re already aware, to be official ride partners with Royal Enfield, and have been building this relationship and working together on various projects over the last year or so. So when this anniversary (birthday?) was on the horizon, SME ride-leader and manager James knew he had to engage one of his elaborate ideas!

James devised a 120 mile rally , snaking all over the South West, taking in some of the best riding roads, and scenery available, in our biased but correct opinion. The route gave participants the opportunity to select either the ‘open class’ or the ‘adventure class’ – the former being the standard road route, and the latter incorporating some short sections of off-road trails. The rally format was clearly signposted throughout and supported by a GPX navigation file sent to riders prior to the event.

A huge selection of Royal Enfield enthusiasts graced the starting destination at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum for the start of the event. The route had been carefully curated to take in some of the best views and roads on offer across three counties. Leaving from East Dorset crossing some of Hampshire, Wiltshire and then returning to west Dorset to culminate at the Winyards Gap Inn on the outskirts of Chedington. Our riders braved the elements on what turned out to be a drizzly English summer day, okay that’s an understatement, by the time we finished there were some seriously soggy (but happy I hasten to add) riders! The clouds however did break throughout the course of the rally allowing for the views and scenery to be absorbed. The adventure class was littered with individually modified Himalayan’s as well as stock machines.

All participants gave rave reviews for the adventure sections, allowing them to ride legal byways and trails throughout the route. We were very pleased to welcome a team of budding enthusiasts from Royal Enfield HQ, they took part in the ride and epitomised the spirit of why we were all there. Within this team rode the legend Jacqui Furneaux, she and her iconic Royal Enfield bullet completed the course in grace and style.

Jacqui Furneaux photographed by Jake Baggaley

The images were taken by the talented Jake Baggaley and capture perfectly the essence of what was a phenomenal day.