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KTM 1290 Super Adventure and BMW R1200GSA Back to Back Test

Add comment April 30th, 2015

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Yesterday I did a back to back adventure bike test, riding the new Spyder Club KTM 1290 Super Adventure, straight after jumping off one of our BMW R1200 GSA bikes. The GSA is effortless, comfortable and a really lazy ride, progressing swiftly if not super fast but with so much ease it does makes you feel right at home in your favourite armchair!

It is so easy to see how the BMW can take you around the world. OK, it’s a tall seat and with luggage the weight may cause an issue for some but the low seat, which we also have at Spyder Club, would certainly put that to rest. It’s weight does slow it down a little, as the power is asked for there seems a little delay. Whether a character of the shaft I haven’t noticed on lighter bikes before or just down to the additional kg’s, I’m not sure.

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Spyder Club is also running a BMW R1200GS, non-Adventure too and the member who has just returned it after considerable mileage raved and raved as he jumped off; highly impressed at its all round ability, and this from a man who owns a Multistrada, arguably one of the best all round road bikes on the planet!

It was my first long ride on the GS Adventure and I really enjoyed it.  The road didn’t always allow me to enjoy the bike properly, but the numerous bits that did were so much fun!

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The KTM was a shock initially, getting off the soft seat and nicely sprung suspension of the GSA, on to a much harder seat and far firmer ride the KTM offers. However a few turns later and it felt like home! The Super Adventure is much quicker but then it would be with another 45 ponies.

It’s very quick, making overtakes in the blink of an eye and it felt it after the bigger and heavier BMW. The 1290 is physically smaller and definitely a sportier ride, the additional power encourages you to push on and boy can it push on! The suspension may be firm but that means cornering is smooth and planted. Both bikes provide a mountain of confidence when enjoying a motorcycle as they should be, from bend to bend! Cornering is stable, at the right speed of course, and unflustered with a wallop of torque to fire you into the distance, brilliant!

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A few days ago having just picked up the Super Adventure I met a member who was riding our Ducati 1199 and of course we swapped. It is unbelievable just how able all bikes are these days. Of course the Ducati is quicker, straightaway I felt at home and able to enjoy it through the challenging bends we were riding, but the KTM was there, hammering along at a pace many sports bike riders would be proud of!

On arriving at my destination yesterday I handed the BMW GSA over to our member who had been using the KTM. He preferred the GSA, finding it easier to handle and really enjoying his evening ride. Personally I think both bikes are exceptional in different ways.  The KTM is very swift on the road, progressing with astonishment. The BMW on the other hand just laps up the road, easing across the tarmac with confidence. Which would I choose, I’d join Spyder Club and try all of them!!

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Ducati Scrambler and KTM 1290 Super Adventure Arrive!

Add comment April 21st, 2015

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The KTM 1290 Super Adventure and Ducati Scrambler have finally arrived at Spyder Club!

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Both bikes are currently being PDI’d and will be available to book by the end of the week through either Spyder Club membership or our KTM and Ducati partnered rental service.

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Both of these motorcycles have been exceptionally well reviewed and we and the Spyder Club members for sure, can’t wait to ride them both!

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With a little luck, our Ducati 1299 Panigale and Multistrada will also be arriving this week!!

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Spyder Club Open Day

Add comment April 13th, 2015

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On Saturday we ran our second Spyder Club Open Day of the year and it was another well attended event with great riding weather. Guests got to spend time riding a number of the Spyder Club fleet on some of the brilliant riding roads around the Silverstone circuit.

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In attendance were both members and trip guests and potential members and trip guests, the latter wanting to find out about the services Spyder Club offers.

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The open days give potential customers the opportunity to speak with Spyder Club representatives, members and trip guests.

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If you’d like to come along to an open day in the future the simplest way to be kept up to date is join our mailing list.

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Spyder Club Open Day: Saturday 11th April

Add comment April 10th, 2015

Spyder Club Silverstone Unit

Come and enjoy a day with Spyder Club at our new Silverstone unit and see what it’s all about! Enjoy the opportunity to ride some of the Spyder Club fleet and discuss the unique services we can provide with us or hear what members have to say!

Spyder Club Open Days are aimed at those wishing to learn more about enjoying an ever changing fleet of superb motorcycles (110 to date) for a fraction of their value and with no running costs; and at riders interested in joining us on a fly-ride tour.

For £50, prospective members can experience what Spyder Club is about before making the decision to join, the fee for the event will be returned if you join Spyder Club as a member on the day or book one our of European fly-ride motorcycle tours. There are limited spaces available and relevant checks will be carried out before the day.

Date:

Sat. 11th April, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm

Location: Unit 2215 Silverstone Technology Park, Silverstone Race Circuit, NN12 8GX (N.B. this event is NOT run on track but on the road)  The unit was formerly occupied by Goodridge so signs may also still show their name.

Directions: please use the main Silverstone entrance and see the map below:

Spyder Club Silverstone Map

Cost of Open Day includes:

Short lead road rides on some of the Spyder Club fleet
Light lunch
Fuel and insurance
Soft drinks throughout the day

Cost does not include:

Insurance excess

Cost of Open Days:

Members: £25

Non-members: £50 (returned if you join on the day or book a trip)

Non-riders: £5

What you need to bring:

If you would like to ride some of the Spyder Club fleet then you will need to have held your full bike licence for over two years and be aged between 30 – 70 with no more than six points on your licence.

As well as your riding gear, you will need to bring both parts of your driving licence (if you only have paper then you will need to also bring photographic ID), two utility bills confirming your  home address and a valid credit card on which we will hold the insurance excess for the duration of the open day.

Spyder Club Season Starter in Southern Spain

Add comment April 2nd, 2015

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We arrived in a downpour that sadly stayed over Andalucia for the first few days of Group One’s visit. Whilst it obviously was disappointing, the guys still got out and did the miles.

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By the afternoon of day two though we saw dry roads and on day three the sun shone for a ride up the stunning A-397 to Ronda from the coast.

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From then on the sky was blue and the roads perfect under the tyres, this is why we start the season in Spain every year.

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Group One left having enjoyed Spain as it should be and with big smiles!

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The forecast for Group Two was beautiful, with temperatures reaching 25 degrees and perfect blue skies.

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The roads, as ever were sensational, quiet, technical, fast, a bit of everything and therefore at some point, perfect for each bike.

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This year we enjoyed some of our favourite roads, however we also headed for some new tarmac, we’ll be riding it again! West of Ronda there are so many more roads to experience, we’ll be running a trip based around Ronda in the coming years for sure.

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And then of course there were the bikes!

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The fleet consisted of a BMW S1000RR (2015), S1000R Sport, R nineT and R1200R Sport, a Ducati 1199 Panigale, Monster 1200 S and Streetfighter 848, an MV Agusta Brutale 800 Dragster and 2 Triumph Street Triple R’s.

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The new S1000RR is of course a stunning ride and the groups loved its power, incredible handling and ability to reward all levels of riders, and, for those who had ridden the old one, they believed it was a giant step on from an already very accomplished machine!

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However the bike that stunned all with its ease of use, torquey engine, pin sharp handling and all day comfort, was the BMW R1200R Sport!

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A few had ridden it for 30 minutes through various BMW dealers and believed it was good. However having riding it on beautiful Spanish roads for a decent amount of time, their initial views was cemented! We’ll wait and see if anyone puts their money where there mouth is!!

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A fantastic start to the 2015 motorcycle season, we are looking forward to our next tours and events.

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