The first-ever Superior Sunday group gathered in sunny Dorset last weekend. The SS day is a compressed version of the longer Dorset Superior Motorcycle Experiences adventure, and there were seven eager participants hoping to cram as much into the day as possible. The purpose of this particular day was to road-test the concept before launching it to the general public, to iron out any niggles and issues and polish it up to be truly superior…let the testing begin!
The day began with a hearty English breakfast, courtesy of the Half Moon Pub in Sherborne, a great way to fuel up for the adventure ahead. A quick walk across the empty Sunday morning high
The Superior Sunday concept is a collaboration between Motocorsa and SME that enables the team to draw upon a vast pool of luxurious motorcycles: MV Augusta, Moto Guzzi, Benelli, Royal Enfield and of course Brough Superior make up the
James led the seven riders out of SME HQ, and after a mere two or three cobbled corners later, they found themselves out in the Dorset countryside. The group snaked and weaved through the landscape, and after some time came to the first pitstop aloft the heights of the Bulbarrow Hill view point, where the support team were on-hand to provide pastries, coffee and refreshments to the excited congregation. The riders mingled and muttered amongst one another about the miles and smiles they had experienced so far, and discussions over performance and opinion soon provided the
James regathered the team, and after a short description of the roads and destinations yet to come, everyone mounted up and headed off once more. This next section of route headed across open rolling farmlands and gave the riders a chance to open up the bikes and let them breathe.
The fragrance of
The route plan for this particular ride funnels out onto the Dorchester bypass and some two-lane dual carriageway sections. When James planned the route, he was anxious that this part might not ignite the imagination so much, but
Once they had cleared Dorchester the countyside once again swallowed the group as they travelled the path less trodden, exploring the hilly Jurassic heritage that is the Dorset South Coast. They made their way across the clifftops to the seaside village of West Bay and a welcome lunch stop.
A fresh helping of fish and chips in the seaside setting of the TV series Broadchurch could not have been
The final leg of the Superior Sunday experience in Dorset brought the riders inland of the coastal town of Bridport before offloading James’ vast knowledge of the meandering roads and valleys within deepest Dorset. 16thCentury villages and hamlets decorate the now technical and inspiring route. The riders by now felt ‘at one’ with their machines and could make the most of the last leg as they laced their way back Eastwards in the direction of home. Some firm favourites help make the final ride of the day a long lasting memory for SS customers.
The group enjoyed belting a last few rips of the throttle as they passed the pub from breakfast, eking out the last few moments of the bike they felt lucky to have experienced. SME provided a final coffee and a debrief back at HQ in Sherborne,before the long journey home wondering “What will I choose next time?”