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April 2019

Hi Vis or Not Hi Vis

I suppose the first question to answer is, is it Hi Vis or Hi Viz? I assume for now that doesn’t matter.

The colour black is a strange colour to be seen in when riding a motorbike. Its not all that obvious and it certainly acts like camouflage especially at night. But, should bikers be forced to wear hi-vis? I personally think its down to personal choice, so would not advocate any law change – if there are any plans afoot then this is purely coincidental.

Personally I do wear hi vis – my jacket has it built in. I also wear a hi vis tabbard which is again personal choice. As is my choice of helmet.

I was out recently and wanted to see the effects of wearing hi vis and not wearing it. So a good friend of mine agreed to be filmed with and without wearing a hi vis jacket. The results can be seen in the video below.

Wondered what your thoughts were?

As I have already said, wearing of hi vis should be, and remain to be, down to personal choice.

 

 

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France and Belgium, including WW1 graveyards – 6 May – 10 May

5-days France and Belgium

Our itinerary includes some of the First World War Battlefields including Vimy Ridge, Ypres, Passendale and The Thiepval Memorial. Heading South to Dijon we  turn back to Tours and Le Mans before heading North West to Caen and St Malo. From here we head towards Juno Beach, Sword Beach and The Pegasus Bridge. Thereafter we head to Rouen capital of the northern French region of Normandy, and then toward Calais and homeward bound.

Tour highlights include:

  • Le Mans circuit
  • Great dining at overnight stops
  • WW1 cemeteries and WW2 D-Day landing beaches
  • Pretty French villages
  • Good roads!
  • Route can be extended to ride via the Loire valley from Angers.

Please see France & Belgium 5 day ride for more details.

Back on the radio!

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After a couple of years away from broadcasting, it seems that we are launching a new show. The format of which has yet to be decided, but it could be a round the table discussion of all the finer points of motorcycling. Segments could include:

  • Pet hates – such as cars following to close, or cars not indicating
  • Recent rides – what was good, bad
  • Rider tips
  • Taking the mickey out of each other – not a segment as such but probably a flowing theme through the hour
  • Anything else we can think up on the day

First programme to be aired soon – date will be announced!

Oh, and that image is from the Swindon Advertiser!

 

Camping & Motorcycling

Dates:

  • April 26 – April 28 – fully booked!
  • May 31 – June 2

Camping and motorcycling were made for each other. When they unite, something magical happens!

That’s why we are going on a two night camping trip to North Devon. Departing around 2pm from Cricklade on Friday afternoon, we ride to arrive at site late afternoon, early evening – just in time for a beer and dinner at the pub next door. Taking in along the way the infamous Porlock Hill – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porlock_Hill

Highlights:

  • Porlock Hill
  • Valley of the rocks
  • Cheddar gorge
  • Coastal scenery and roads
  • Pub adjacent to campsite
  • Ocean view
  • Great food!

You will need your own camping gear – before departing we will hold a training session of what to bring, what not to bring etc. So if this is your first time camping on a bike, then let us help you to get the most out of it. It will set you up for touring in Europe where camping is a national past time for many!

Goats in the Valley of the rocks

Camping day 1

Our plan is to spend 2 nights on one campsite, which will be adjacent to a pub, and use this as a base for exploring.

Cost for this 2-night break will be £75 per person.

Lee Bay – near Mortehoe

Day ride from campsite following the coast road down to Crackington Haven, before turning back to our campsite for an evening meal, and beer probably!

Typical ride from Lynton

Fuel, insurances, tolls (if any), daily sustenance, RoSPA test are not included.

This trip will help develop your riding in readiness for the RoSPA Advanced Riding Test – if you want to take it of course!

We will be organising a camping trip into France later in the year.

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