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Bike Magazine Review of Ducati Panigale 899, KTM 1290 Super Duke and Yamaha MT-09

Add comment October 28th, 2013

Bike magazine have reviewed three of the bikes that are gracing the Spyder Club fleet next year. The Ducati Panigale 899 should be with us on our stand 2E28 at Motorcycle Live and the KTM 1290 Super Duke and Yamaha MT-09 should be joining us at the beginning of next year. All three of them will be with us on our trip to Spain in March next year – so if you’d like to ride them it’s the perfect way to kick start your riding season!

There is a preview of Bike magazine below – it’s also available online and at all good book shops no doubt!

Spyder Club End of Season Fly-Ride Motorcycle Tour to Spain

Add comment October 18th, 2013

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We are heading back to Spain for a third time this year to experience new roads north of Alicante. As this is a recce trip it’s less expensive!

We’ll be riding for three days with the option of a fourth morning, flights depending.

Spain is blessed with some super smooth roads that sweep, twist and turn through the mountainous countryside, giving us riders some truly staggering experiences on two wheels!

Amongst others we are taking a Ducati Diavel Strada, Ducati Hyperstrada and MV Agusta F3 800.

Add to all this a long range forecast that’s looking perfect and we are in for a great end to the Spyder Club season (of course we’ll be riding through the winter though!).

Fancy joining us? Costs start at £1,200 (8th to 12th) with flights into Alicante on the evening of Friday 8th November.  Cost includes bike, fuel, insurance and dinner, bed and breakfast. There’s the option to join us for just the weekend at a reduced rate.

Get in touch to find out more or take a look online.

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Ride Through Winter and Emerge a Better Rider Next Season!

Add comment October 9th, 2013

Watch this short film and see how it’s done!!

 

KTM Super Duke 1290

Add comment October 8th, 2013

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Apparently there are those who don’t think the production model of the KTM Super Duke 1290 looks as good as the pre-production model, personally I like it a lot! I love the aggressive stance of the current Super Duke and having ridden it briefly, it’s a bike I’d like to ride a lot more, loads of go, huge character and the unique style of a KTM, brilliant!

During the last five and a half years Spyder Club has had a KTM 950 SM, 990 Adventure, RC8, 2 RC8 R’s, 2 SMT’s, a brief stint with a Super Duke and a 690 Duke. Each has been problem free and far better than they need to be! Take the 690 Duke, a single cylinder engine with 70 bhp, it doesn’t sound overly enticing however jumping on it is a very different experience.

My first ride was in the IoM at the TT on a bit of unrestricted road which, unbelievably, was quiet. I believe the kids would say OMG! The engine just goes, and goes, and goes, revving higher and higher, pulling consistently over the rev range, brilliant.

At 150 kg it’s also very flickable, heading into the first corner there was absolutely no hesitation with doing so at speed and with complete confidence. Pulling over later the guys behind asked if I’d ridden the bike before, no! Needless to say, everyone wanted to ride it thereafter.

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Each KTM Spyder Club has owned has been very highly rated by members and trip guests. The RC8 R was breathtakingly fast, deceptively so, and comfortable too. The SMT impressed loads of our membership because it does everything so well, with enough power to deliver you to B very efficiently without launching you into oblivion with ridiculous amounts of bhp. A workable motor rather than one you hang on to, one of my all time favourites, so far!

The Adventure was another bike that just worked, at 200 kg dry it was one of the most stable motorcycles I’ve ridden at low speed. U turns just happened, head round and there you are! Our 950 SM wasn’t a bike used by many members because it was one of the first we had, 10 bikes, no members, you get the picture. However we used it a lot and loved it, it became our commuter bike at a time when we were still not the most experienced riders. It flattered you, lifted you up, off the sports bars and up on to the uprights, providing you with the road ahead and a bike that had power, presence and performance, ultimately making you a far better rider.

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So the Super Duke 1290 has a lot to live up to, but look at it, there’s no way this bike isn’t going to take the biking world by storm. It’s already highly anticipated by our membership who can’t wait to see it on the fleet early next year. I tend to agree with them!

Spyder Club MV F3 800 Review

Add comment October 4th, 2013

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We picked it up from Bennetts Motorcycles at the end of August, ran it in within a day and returned it to Bennetts to be serviced. It was then delivered to two members before being loaded into the back of the van and carted off to Provence and the Pyrenees for two fly-ride motorcycle trips and eight days of brilliant riding, but what do members think?

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As the first to ride the F3 when running it in, I was very cautious of the 50 mph limits over the Peak District and because I’d had the fear of God put into me during a conversation about the police being after blood, not that I’m a dangerous rider I’ll quickly add! The Peak District offers great roads but they are spoilt by the restrictions that cause you to pay more attention to the speedo than the tarmac and the many restrictions seem unnecessary!

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Regardless the bike just flew, turning into corners it felt so stable, confident enough to roll off the throttle a bit, position yourself and enter with little reduction in speed for all but the sharper bends (and of course when doing 50 mph!). It’s handling is first class and like the Aprilia RSV4 and Ducati 1199 Panigale, it looks small but there is plenty of room for 6ft 2 inches of rider and, for a sports bike, it’s comfortable!

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We had a brief run out on it and the Ducati 848 as a comparison the following morning. The 848 has always been my favourite sports bike, usable power for the road, perfect balance and handling and a noise that brings a smile to the face every ride, it just fits! The F3 is a step up but then it’s many years on in development. I therefore can’t wait to ride the 899 as it’ll take the fight right to the F3 and hopefully retain some of the 848 character. Regardless the 848 was still my favourite that day, Lizzi on the other hand thought the MV F3 made her Triumph Street Triple feel slow through the twists!

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It then headed to Nice for four days of blissful biking in one of my favourite areas to ride. Sports bikes are not for everyone and as the Spyder Club membership is creeping up the age range, we’ll be having a few less of them. Regardless the MV made it’s mark, complementing it’s riders, all of them enjoying it’s staggering ability and thrilling noise, very distinctive!

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We then went from Nice to Barcelona to ride the Pyrenees with another group of Spyder Club guests who found the bike impressive. It’s so easy to ride, is immensely powerful for such a small motorcycle and only the very best riders will need more, but on track there is still plenty of potential for trouble on the F3 800!

In short, brilliant, there isn’t anything else like it, a real event, until the 899 arrives!?!

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The 2014 Fleet

Add comment October 1st, 2013

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Since returning from our two fly-ride motorcycle trips to Provence and the Pyrenees we’ve been busy planning for next year, both for the fleet and our tours and events, there’s good news!

We have already started taking trip bookings for 2014 and have many returning customers booking multiple trips with Spyder Club, but that’s not surprising as they know what’s coming!

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We have ordered the much acclaimed KTM 1190 Adventure along with the all new KTM Super Duke 1290, both of these bikes have been continually requested by members this year and look stunning. Add to this the feedback from the brilliant KTM SMT and we’d be stupid not to have a couple of the Austrian motorcycles.

We have also been to see Ducati and left with an order for the 899 Panigale, hopefully with us in time to be on our stand at the NEC Motorcycle Show towards the end of November. There will be more news about other Ducati motorcycles coming soon.

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Another addition for 2014 will be the Yamaha MT-09, a bike squarely aimed at competing with the brilliant Triumph Street Triple and already being placed on the same level pedestal! This will be a great bike for our trips, we’ll also have a Street on the 2014 fleet too.

There are other bikes planned for next year once we’ve sold some of the current fleet. Again going on members input we are planning another Moto Guzzi Griso, our SE went down a storm in 2010; a BMW 1200 GS has been a long time coming and a Ducati 998 will offer a little nostalgia! We’ll wait and see if all those riders who keep telling us ‘next year’ finally take the Spyder Club plunge and mean we can look at upping the fleet numbers!

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Interested in riding lots of different motorcycles for a fraction of the cost, with no depreciation or running costs? Like the idea of riding with like-minded bikers and flying somewhere nice to see a bunch of bikes waiting for you to enjoy? Get in touch with Spyder Club.


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