Meet BMF’s new Administrator
From riding on four legs to riding on two wheels, the new BMF Administrator, Helen Hancock, reveals her story of motorcycling and why she joined the BMF.
I have had an interest in two wheels most of my life and, as the younger sister of two brothers (one of whom was into scooters, the other into bikes), sometimes I was allowed on the back for a ride. However, it took more than 40 years for me to take the plunge and try motorcycling myself.
As I grew older, my interest for riding bikes shifted towards horses. I started riding them when I was 10 and continued until I became a fully qualified horse riding instructor. I loved the freedom of horses and the connection I felt with them – exactly how I feel when I’m on my bike.
After I took a break from horse riding because of family, my passion for bikes was reignited. I rode pillion one day and instantly decided I would rather see where I was going instead of the back of someone’s head. I wanted to be in control of the bike, so I took my CBT in 2007 and completed my test two years later. It took three attempts to pass my car test, but this time around I didn’t have a single minor!
Following the yellow brick road
My first bike was a bright-yellow Jinlun 125cc – a Chinese cruiser – and it was an amazing feeling when it was delivered brand new with just one mile on the clock. I kept it for three years until I bought a Kawasaki VN800. It’s my perfect dream bike; I absolutely love it. I love the cruiser style of riding, being closer to the feelings of the journey with all the sounds and smells rather than the sterile environment of a car. I also love the friendliness of the motorcycle community; everyone is so helpful and supportive. Even when you are on your own, a nod is all it takes for you to feel the camaraderie.
I have met so many great people through motorcycling. I’ve made some really good friends, found lots of riding mates and met some ‘mad as a box of frogs’ types too! I even discovered my soul mate through a motorcycling event at Matlock Bath one sunny Sunday five years ago.
Keeping the wheels turning
As the BMF Administrator, my job is to do just about everything that’s required to keep the BMF running smoothly. No two days are the same and it’s a real pleasure to come into work – on my bike, of course. I deal with all affiliated clubs and corporate member support, communication, monitoring social media, processing all memberships, assisting in progressing the political and lobbying activity, daily finances and bookkeeping, and much, much more…
I believe that every motorcyclist should support the BMF because it is the voice of the rider. As an individual member and/or as an associated member, you are empowering the BMF to act on your behalf – every vote counts.
Perhaps think of it as not what you get from the BMF, but what you can do for the BMF. For example, Motorcycle Rider is your magazine, so help us fill it and tell us what you’ve been up to!
For membership, training or any other quiries, you can get in touch with Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org.