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MotoGP Teams Can Run Four Riders From 2014

Add comment July 30th, 2013

It’s bound to improve things and let’s hope it works as currently there could be some very good riders either leaving MotoGP or staying on the CRT bikes and not properly fulfilling their potential!

Allowing four riders in each factory team means outstanding racers like Cal Crutchlow and Aleix Espargaro get the opportunity to ride equal machinery to those at the front. Stefan Bradl should also stay on what is essentially a factory bike (if his performance at Laguna Seca continues) and up and coming riders such as Scott Redding and Pol Espargaro will be able to enter teams worthy of their talent. Not that any MotoGP, factory, satellite or CRT isn’t but lets face it, as fans the more competitive they are the better the entertainment!

As top flight racing becomes ever more governed by electronics, it takes the best of the best to put on the greatest show. Therefore providing more front running bikes will keep the talent in the field and bring in new racers which should result in closer action and not see world class riders losing opportunities.

A year ago we watched Stoner, Pedrosa and Lorenzo run away at the front with Crutchlow often amazing us by being there or thereabouts. In 2013 Rossi is back, Crutchlow is getting better and better and Marquez is a revalation! The aliens numbers have increased and there is racing! If there are more factory riders it 2014, we can look forward to a bigger invasion!!!

Read the article in AutoSport.

MV Agusta F3 800 Ordered for Spyder Club

Add comment July 28th, 2013

The 675 MV F3 was on the cards to be on the Spyder Club fleet, however initial reviews ruled it out, but the MV Agusta F3 800 looks like being all the sports bike the mortal man will need, and then some, so we have ordered one. At this point there is no delivery date but we hope to take the bike to Provence and the Pyrenees in early September, there are still spaces available on the Provence trip.

From previous experience we know how good the Ducati 848 and Triumph Daytona 675 R work on the road giving the rider plenty of power in a lightweight chassis that handles any challenging road just as quickly as a super bike. There is definitely an argument that suggests the best motorcycles for the roads are those that don’t launch you into bends at incalculable speeds. To all but the best riders, bikes like the 848, GSXR750 and the torquey 675 offer a little more power than the 600’s but still give you more time to take in what’s happening, therefore learning to ride the bike and have fun on the road.

The MV F3 800 will be a great addition to the Spyder Club fleet and no doubt be enjoyed by many of our members!!

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Spyder Club Return from Sunny Scotland!

Add comment July 22nd, 2013

Each year Spyder Club heads north of the border and each year we are staggered at the scenery the west coast of Scotland has waiting for us!  It’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world and also has some of the most entertaining roads for the motor enthusiast.  Whether on two or four wheels, Scotland has to be visited.

This was our fourth trip to the Highlands, with 7 of our 10 guests returning for a second, third or fourth visit with Spyder Club.  We have always been lucky with the weather but this weekend’s trip was blessed with perfect blue skies meaning Scotland was at its very best!  Are we heading back next year?  Absolutely!!

There are many great roads to try but some of the best have to be: the twisting A816, the sweeping A87 and the scenic and deserted A832, however given a week you would find many more.

As usual the fleet we provided our guests with became the subject of many a conversation!  The Ducati Hyperstrada continues to impress as does it’s KTM rival the SMT.  The Victory Judge is also being enjoyed and made a lot of sense through the sweeping roads of the Highlands.  The Monster and Street Triple’s proved they are both cracking all rounders and the super bikes let us know we are just mere mortals!

However, all of the bikes ridden along the 600 mile route were stunning: from the Ducati 1199 Panigale, BMW HP2 Sport and HP4, Bimota DB4 and the Norton Commando, along with the others mentioned and two guests bikes, a Ducati 848 and Kawasaki ZX6R.

Do you enjoy reading about our trips?  So why not join us then?  Our 2014 calendar is coming very soon and there are places left on the September Provence trip and the just published November Spain and Valencia MotoGP trip?

 

Zef Has a New Bike! Turbine Streetfighter

Add comment July 17th, 2013

We are lucky enough to have some very interesting members at Spyder Club and as you can expect, all of them have a heathy interest in motorcycles! There is one member however who has devoted the last two years to developing something a little special!

At last weekends Goodwood Festival of Speed Zef Eisenberg and his Maxicorp team launched the Streetfighter version of the British Land Speed turbine record holding bike, set by  Zef in 2012. The land speed bike has been in development since 2009 and, along with Zef’s passion for Streetfigter rides, has lead to this new creation.

It’s not for the faint hearted as it will hit speeds in excess of 220 mph in 1 mile and acceleration of 1.5 g is possible from the 2 speed semi-auto gearbox. It weighs 240 kg thanks to a combination of titanium, alloy and carbon kevlar parts and the power is 450 bhp! Oh yes, did I mention that power comes direct from a Rolls Royce Allison C2OB shaft (jet) turbine that usually drives an Augusta 109 helicopter!

This is an extreme motorcycle and if you have £175,000 + (depending on options) you can experience it, filling it up at your local fuel station with regular pump diesel.

This is an incredible achievement and the work that’s gone into it is evident. If you meet Zef you’ll soon work out he’s driven, and we are really looking forward to seeing it run at our exclusive Spyder Club high speed day on the 9th August at Bruntingthorpe.

 

 

 

Swiss Bliss!

Add comment July 13th, 2013

Once again we have returned from a thoroughly enjoyable four days riding across the passes of Switzerland and the Stelvio in Italy. With scenery to marvel at, roads to challenge your riding and a fleet of motorcycles to enjoy along the way, our guests didn’t stop smiling!

With so many great roads to try it’s very easy to get the route right in the Swiss Alps. Point south from the airport at Zurich and before you know it you’re riding from corner to corner through snow covered mountains and green valleys. The Alps, or whichever country you end up in, provide the enthusiastic motorcyclist with roads that will make you a better rider, if you respect them!

Within one day riding over 150-200 miles, you probably head into a couple of bends a mile on average, you can’t help but improve. The further advantage for guests joining us on a Spyder Club trip is they change bikes two to four times a day meaning their ability to ride well across some of the most difficult tarmac in Europe is further challenged and hence our most loyal members and trip guests have visibly improved on a motorcycle over the years!

If you fancy being a safe, more informed motorcycle rider, speak to Spyder Club.

The Swiss Alps are Calling Spyder Club!

Add comment July 2nd, 2013

It’s been two years since our last journey to Switzerland so we are very much looking forward to riding the stunning Alpine passes. Once again we have a great fleet of motorcycles for our guests to ride including the Ducati 1199 Panigale, brand new Ducati Hyperstrada, KTM SMT, Ducati Monster 1100 Evo and the BMW HP2 Sport, along with a Ducati Diavel we are taking for another guest and two Triumph Street Triples as lead bikes and spare.

Guests need to worry about nothing other than arriving at the first night hotel near Zurich airport. Thereafter they can just look forward to being guided over four days of spectacular motorcycling, swapping bikes along the way and enjoying being part of a group of like-minded riders!

The Swiss Alps offer the motorcycle enthusiast so much, from the fast descent of the Nufenen Pass to the tighter, more technical Furka Pass, the roads are challenging and exciting and of course, provide amazing views to take in whilst stopped!

However for those of you in the know, you’ll notice the pictures here are all of Italy and the Stelvio! On day three of our trip we cross over the border and take on the famous hairpins of the Stelvio Pass. It’s an amazing thing to do but I’ve never seen so many slow speed drops within such a short distance!

When climbing from the north the descending vehicles can get in the way and if you need to plant your foot mid corner there is often a far bigger reach than expected! There is also the hazard of unseen, low cars. An Ariel Atom on the way up with a bad turning circle and a FJR1200 on the way down fully loaded with pillion. Their meet at a hairpin wasn’t good for the bike as a sharp application of the front brake and being off balance with his footing meant the whole lot went down!

But as with everything motorcycling, plan ahead and there won’t be any problems. Once you are at the top eating your Bratwurst and sauerkraut  you’ll feel on top of the world, plus the best bit is still to come on the way down into Bormio!

 

 


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