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News From The NEC, Motorcycle Live Show

Add comment November 30th, 2012

It’s been a great show for us here at Spyder Club with lots of enquiries and members joining. We have also had a lot of visitors including Maria Costello, Chris Walker, Niall MacKenzie and Stuart Garner from Norton.

It’s also been good to catch up with our friends at Ducati, KTM, Triumph, Yamaha and Husqvarna and make new friends with Victory who have confirmed a bike on the Spyder Club fleet for next year.

As ever it’s also been good to chat with Kevin Ash and hear his views on the latest bikes and meet Rachael Clegg who’s IOM TT calendar is selling well! The Ron Haslam Race School (now confirmed at Donington Park again) and California Superbike School are also here, as are Silverstone and the Lost Adventure gentlemen meaning we see lots of familiar smiling faces each day.

We haven’t seen as much of the show as we’d have liked as the stand has been so busy but what we have seen is a well attended show and plenty of full shopping bags. Lets hope it’s the start of a successful 2013 season for the entire motorcycle community!

 

Day Four at Motorcycle Live with Spyder Club

Add comment November 27th, 2012

Another good day at Motorcycle Live, a little quieter but it looks like a lot of bargains have been purchased!

Spyder Club enjoyed an evening at the Ducati UK presentation last night. Tim, Ducati UK MD reported back on another record breaking year for Ducati and Neil Hodgson and Paul Smart entertained!

Not a brilliant picture but one from the evening below:

Spyder Club at Ducati Event with Neil Hodgson and Tim Maccabee

A good chance to sit on the new Ducati Hyperstrada and Diavel Strada – possible additions to the fleet next year?!?

Spyder Club at Motorcycle Live

Add comment November 26th, 2012

Spyder Club have had a great weekend at Motorcycle Live! The weekend was busy despite flooding in some parts of the country and there was even a few brave souls venturing out in leathers – hardened bikers! A few pictures of the show so below…

Mark from Spyder Club setting up the stand at Motorcycle Live, NEC

Chris ‘the Stalker’ Walker with Lizzi from Spyder Club

Ducati Stand Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Brilliant Ducati Monster

KTM Stand at Motorcycle Live 2012

That’s all the news for now – it’s Media Monday today so another good day for Spyder Club.

Come and see us on stand 3L15 in Hall 3A at Motorcycle Live

 

The Best Biking Routes of the Year!

Add comment November 14th, 2012

We are often told by bikers we have the best job in the world, in the main we do as everyone else does, sit in front of a computer emailing or on the telephone doing our best to promote Spyder Club. However, there are also plenty of times during the year we get to ride, and ride some of Europe’s very best roads!

2012 has been another good year with 37 guests joining us on the small amount of trips we run. Why do our guests return? Because we take time to research the routes and provide a highly desirable fleet of motorcycles for them to swap between along the way. So, to whet your appetite for 2013, here are some of the best roads of 2012!

West of Scotland, July. As ever the trip started in Glasgow with guests arriving on Thursday this year as we added an additional days riding. The extra day saw us use roads north of our usual hotel near the Kyle of Lochalsh, some we had used before, others were new. The best of the day being the run from Achnasheen to a lovely hotel where we were made very welcome for coffee in Kinlochewe, the Kinlochewe Hotel, on the A832.

It’s not a long stretch of road but the surfaces is good and the scenery dramatic! It’s a quick section of tarmac too and as we all climbed from our bikes to head into the hotel, conversation was immediately drawn to the 9 miles we’d just covered! Of course the rest of the day was excellent but we can’t give all our secrets away!

Southern France, September. Then there was Provence, our second time riding in the region but this time we stayed there rather than heading into the Alps as we did before. It threw up so many great riding roads. After day one I would have been happy with motorways for the next three days, so good had the roads been, of course we didn’t and it just got better!

We did the famous roads, the Route Napoleon and the D974 over Mont Ventoux are musts! As is the Route de Nice/Col de la Bonette, twisting it’s way though the Parc du national Mercantour, climbing higher and higher across fascinating scenery until finally reaching a height of 2,715 feet and descending on equally memorable roads!

But the real treasure was the D946 from Sisteron to near Sederon. The surface isn’t perfect but good enough and it flows beautifully offering quick riding on quiet roads with occasional tight bends to keep you on your toes. There’s a lovely outdoor cafe along the route with a waitress that inspired our guests further!!

A cracking stretch of road that really is worth putting on your route if you’re heading to the south of France.

Southern Spain, March and November. And then there’s the old faithful! We are blessed with the roads in Andalucia as they offer a good rider a superb challenge and with car drivers who appreciate you rather than try to kill you! Plus surfaces that, when dry, are second to none! There are a number of exceptional roads we use, some we tell everyone about, other we keep for our guests, but one road has to be ridden.

The road from San Pedro to Ronda is 49 km’s of sweeping corner to sweeping corner and a super smooth surface. There are also some tight bends just to bring you back to reality if the pace creeps too high and once a few miles out of San Pedro, relatively traffic free. The experience is perfect, every time I ride it, at least 16 times now, I’m beaming from ear to ear, it’s two wheeled euphoria! It offers a biking challenge to savour and look forward to. We are back again in March and I can’t wait!

There are so many good roads we’ve ridden over the last 3 years we’ve been running the Spyder Club trips. The Alps offers so much, days out there should last for ever! Provence is stunning and a region we need to get to know better, we’ll be back in 2013 for sure, Scotland, on our doorstep, dramatic, stunning, beautiful and roads that take you through it all, challenging you along the way. Andalucia is now such a big part of Spyder Club with some members returning for their fourth tour in three years in March. The money from the European Union has been spent well!

We are looking forward to riding new roads in 2013 and we are already planning routes for 2014 and 15, that’s the joy of the Spyder Club fleet, they can be loaded into the back of a van and transported anywhere in Europe, all we need is an airport for guests to fly into and we can provide a perfect short break fly ride motorcycle tour on all of Europe’s best roads, in time!!

Take a look at the Spyder Club 2013 Trip Calendar!

Heading to the Motorcycle Live Show at the NEC Again!

Add comment November 13th, 2012

It’s been a whirlwind year and a difficult one in the motorcycle industry. With a wash out summer, bike sales were never going to be strong in the UK so lets hope the Motorcycle Live show will get the two wheeled enthusiasts fuelled up for 2013!

This will be our fifth time of exhibiting at the NEC, Motorcycle Live Show (on stand 3L15 this year) and we are looking forward to it! We are going with a bigger and better stand, displaying more bikes and feel this year more than ever, we have proved we offer a cost effective and time efficient way of riding lots of different motorcycles within a friendly club environment. Riders are starting to take note, so to those who tell us ‘next year’ – isn’t it time to mean it?

We of course want to attract of new members! With member loyalty exceptionally high, 75% in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year, and trip guests returning time and time again, many members doing 2 trips this year and booked on to 2 or 3 next, we enjoy the friendliness of our members and the type of riders we attract and are looking for more!!

We have listened to our members, put time and energy into new ideas and evolved over the past four and a half years into something the motorcycle enthusiast can use and enjoy. Do you like the idea of riding lots of different motorcycles? Us too, so come along to the NEC between Saturday the 24th November and Sunday the 2nd December and have a chat with us on stand 3L15, see you at the NEC, Motorcycle Live!

 

A Rainy Andalucia Trip Didn’t Dampen Spirits!

Add comment November 11th, 2012

The sun didn’t quite shine as we hoped but nevertheless our first trip to Andalucia in the month of November was hugely successful! With four days of very unseasonal weather hitting southern Spain for the majority of our stay it took a good calibre of guest to keep two wheels on the road over the 600 miles completed.

The standard of riding was impressive and the selection of motorcycles we took proved equally at home in the sometimes, torrential rain. The KTM SMT was on loan from KTM UK and proved a very good choice with two of our guests considering it as their next purchase. The Norton Commando did the same and has two new fans who want to find out more about ownership. As ever the Ducati Diavel proved why it’s such a loved bike, it shouldn’t do what it does and do it so well!!

We know the routes well so apart from the odd mud slide across the tarmac there weren’t any really nasty surprises. Although for anyone heading to Spain, the roads are built for the sun and the rain seems to change them into ice rinks!

But the rain didn’t dampen the spirits and we already have three guests from this trip joining us in again in Andalucia in March 2013!!


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