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A Fantastic Three Trips in Spain

Add comment March 31st, 2013

We have just returned from southern Spain having run our 13th, 14th and 15th trips to the stunning roads of Andalucia.

This year the fleet was exceptional with every bike having it’s fans and many of them on the shopping list once riders returned home! With guests being able to experience the Ducati Multistrada, KTM SMT, KTM 690 Duke, Ducati Monster 1100 Evo, Norton Commando 961 Sport, BMW HP2 Sport and the two superbikes of the moment, the Ducati 1199 Panigale and BMW HP4, I believe they were spoilt!!

However the best part of the trip were the guests themselves. The standard of riding was fantastic and when the weather wasn’t, still the riding proved outstanding. With each group having a day of rain and the Spanish roads being very slippery when wet, the chances of a drop are high but not when riding with such experienced riders.

However a Spyder Club trip isn’t all about the riding, there’s the social side during the evenings and each morning. This I will leave to one of our new guests to sum up and thank him for understanding the value of Spyder Club and enjoying what we strive to provide every member and trip guest with: good times and safe riding on two wheels!! See our short You Tube film.

Testimonial from Shaun C:

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I was asked if I wanted to go. We wanted something ‘special’ to do with a client who has become a mate and I must admit Spyder Club sounded a bit special. When I was told I needed to contact Mark to talk about the trip, what I wanted out of it and for Mark to ‘vet’ us etc. I did wonder if this was a little over the top. We were paying to ride bikes for three and a half days, what’s the issue. We pay our money and ride the bikes.

Now I have experienced the trip I fully understand why. This is a club. It’s not just a company that hires out bikes, it’s the whole experience. People who are lucky enough to go are welcomed as though they are old friends. Every single person of the 11 strong group were fantastic people from all walks of life. We all had a tale to tell and in the case one particular lovable ginger man many tales to tell!! Everybody just got on, it was as though we had known each other for a long time. We all had the basic love of very nice bikes but we had something else between us that felt welcoming. Our hosts, Mark & Lizzi are two special people. They work very hard every minute of the day. The group always comes first. They sort everything from checking the bikes, getting the bikes out ready to ride, preparing breakfast, setting the fantastic routes through the mountains of a very beautiful country, leading the group and ensuring everybody rides at their own pace, sorting lunch, getting us back to base, sorting evening meals etc. etc. They do not stop. While all of this is going on they still manage to pick us up from the airport, make all the arrangements while we are in Spain and still manage to smile and make us feel very special every single minute of the day.

The accommodation comprises a fantastic detached villa high up in the mountains. Everybody mucks in and the villa is just about right. It’s comfortable with plenty of room for everybody. It’s a great choice for a base with a wonderful Spanish feel. There were no restrictions on what you could do, just help yourself when you needed it. There were plenty of country walks if you had the strength. I didn’t but that’s because I had such a great time on the bikes and used up all my energy making sure I stayed upright. It’s amazing how much energy is zapped by deep concentration. How the hell Mark manages to lead the group, ride at a brisk pace when required, make sure nobody gets lost plus all the other chores I really don’t know. Let’s not forget Lizzi. She stays with the pack and was willing to take the lead when there was a very small issue with one of the bikes that Mark insisted was resolved even though it didn’t actually affect anybody’s ability to ride it. This is the minute detail that the pair of them insist are in place which makes these trips so pleasurable for the guests.

The bikes are something else. Every bike was no more than a couple of months old, some were first time out, brand new!! There were top of the range sports bikes in the fantastic BMW HP4 and Ducati Panigale, both 195bhp super bikes. There was an HP2 (which I have to say I wasn’t so keen on but that was me, not the bike) a KTM SMT which I really did like and have actually been considering buying for myself and a Ducati Multistrada. The beauty was you can compare very similar bikes back to back. In addition we got to ride the fantastic Ducati Monster and the beautifully engineered Norton Commando, again both fantastic bikes to ride but this time chalk and cheese.

Mark and Lizzi chose some fantastic roads to ‘play’ with the bikes. Nobody was silly on any of the bikes, no wheelies or stoppies which I think made the whole experience even better. You had no worries somebody would do something stupid and I now understood why Mark liked to ‘vet’ new guests. I would hate to let somebody I had never met ride my £100k plus collection of bikes, it’s not surprising they want to try to get to know you before they let you anywhere near the fleet.

Apart from things outside anybody’s control, I don’t think I would have changed a single thing about the trip. The weather was not great but even that could have been a lot worse. It was a little cold and a little wet but that was it. No snow and no prolonged really wet bits. We needed to be careful on the damp roads but that didn’t stop me pushing some of the bikes as hard as I would ever want to.

I met some great new friends, got to ride some fantastic machinery and feel part of a very exclusive club which I hope I can met with again for another wonderful trip.

Thank you to everyone who attended but special thanks to our hosts Mark & Lizzi, two very beautiful, down to earth people.

The Big Two! BMW HP4 and Ducati 1199 Panigale

Add comment March 21st, 2013

We have had the Ducati 1199 Panigale since May 2012 and it has astonished most with it’s ability to cover ground quickly and efficiently in a way only a Ducati can, with character and a superb V-twin sound track! Then along came a BMW HP4, equally stunning and efficient, a MotoGP like quick-shifter gear change and, this time more character!!

The journalists have ridden these two bikes and revealed to the motorcycling world how good each is but these guys ride daily, have access to all the latest machines and can ride with the best of them, for us mere mortals, what does it all mean?

With each bike producing in the region of 190 bhp and weighing less than 200 kgs wet, they are pure missiles for the road. With F1 power to weight ratios and bought for less than a sporty Ford Focus! The speeds potentially attained are breathtaking, licence killing and at times, just plain scary! But these two bikes are way more than outright speed, it’s the way they work around the fun stuff that makes them both so very special!

Having picked up the HP4 with only time to run it in and give it it’s first service we loaded it into the back of our van with a new to Spyder Club 1199 and drove them, along with 9 other lovely machines, to Andalucia, southern Spain. Each year we make the journey so our members and trip guests can start their season under Spanish skies and on some of Europe’s hidden gems, roads to make every rider grin at the same time as improve their riding.

From my own point of view both of these bikes are exceptional. For the average rider there is little to chose bar your own preference, 4 or 2 cylinders, the character that comes from Bologna or the efficiency of Stuttgart! Getting from A to B quicker on one or the other isn’t worth considering, cornering on each bike is stable, confidence inspiring and just plain easy.

There is room on either machine for bigger riders to move around and be comfortable, making you feel like a World Superbike rider as you tip the bike in, knee pointing towards the ground but still such a long way from it, but who cares? Any rider buying one of these motorcycles is doing so to enjoy the experience and not to use it to it’s full ability on the roads, it just ain’t possible!

And that’s about the size of it, unless you are a decent racer and using these machines on the track, the reason for ownership is just that you want one and that you’d like to own one of the very best superbikes ever made. Neither bike is better – they are different and going on the reaction from our guests in Spain it’s about what suits the individual rider.

For those who have the passion for Ducati, they fell in love again with the red machine. Everyone who owned an S1000RR said the best had just got better when climbing from the HP4. Most taller riders said the Ducati gave them more room and definitely had the character over the BMW and then there were those that said the BMW could do everything, it was just  so easy to ride and enjoy.

And then of course you throw the BMW HP2 Sport into the mix, a bike that flatters you at every turn, has usable power and is as common as an extremely uncommon thing!  We still have our Ducati 848 as well, it’s not with us in Spain and is currently on the market but again is a bike worth considering and, having ridden them all, the one I’d buy every time!!

If you want to see what I’m talking about, you know where we are…

News from Spain

Add comment March 15th, 2013

A brief update from sunny Spain as really the pictures say it all!

With what is probably the best fleet Spyder Club has had to date, members and trip guests have been enjoying the stunning roads here in Spain.  After a mixed start to the weather the sun is now shining and bikes are being enjoyed!

The only place you can ride this fleet is through Spyder Club membership in the UK or by joining us on one of our fly-ride trips – what’s stopping you?!

 


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