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Spyder Club on the Scottish North Coast 500

Add comment July 29th, 2016

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It’s all the rage, in every magazine, but luckily, one of our members mentioned it to us last year so we had already planned the spectacular North Coast 500 as the trip to Scotland for 2016.

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We love bonnie Scotland anyway, the Highlands and the West Coast are simply stunning.  Scotland offer its guests some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, and it’s right on our doorstep.

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We started in Inverness and within 10 minutes of leaving the hotel, the roads up the east coast started entertaining us. The east coast isn’t as pretty as the west but the roads are just as good.

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Just 30 miles north of Inverness in Tain is the Glenmorangie distillery. Whilst tasting isn’t advised with a full days riding in front of you, it’s worth pulling in if nothing else and taking a short walk around the site and enjoying a guided tour.

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The ride up to the most northeast point of the UK, John O’Groats, is fantastic. The roads are very impressive, the views beautiful and the combination makes for a great introduction to the North Coast 500. Once at John O’Groats, there’s a great place to have lunch and of course you can watch all the cyclists arriving having completed the journey from Lands End, safe in the knowledge your two wheel steed needs nothing more than a twist of the wrist!

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A little before Tongue, the roads and scenery stagger you, it really is difficult to not pull over every 5th mile and start taking pictures. If you had time on your side, you’d spend just as much time taking in the vista as you do riding.

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Between John O’Groats and Tongue the roads are very enjoyable but after our overnight in Tongue, it just got better and better.  Some of the roads allow you to make great progress, nice sweeping bends that offer good vision where as other roads on the west coast are either in part or completely single track. And these are the times you are glad of the slower pace, as being able to watch the road and take in parts of the breathtaking Scottish scenery is one of the main reasons for taking the journey north.

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After Applecross we strayed from the North Coast 500 path and headed south to the Kyle of Lochalsh so we could ride the A87 to Invergarry. It’s a fine Spyder Club Favourite and shouldn’t be missed if you are close by. We ended the journey riding along the shores of Loch Ness on the A82. No monster appeared but we all had a brilliant long weekend riding the most do North Coast 500.

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Spyder Club Motorcycle Tour of the French Alps and Provence

Add comment July 27th, 2016

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Okay, we may have said this before about other trips, but it’s true, honest, it’s the best riding ever!  Well, it’s definitely some of the best riding we do in Europe, unbelievably beautiful scenery, fantastic roads and of course, French food, beer and wine.

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This year we ran the trip from a hotel rather than the usual chalet.  From the moment we walked in we were made to feel at home.  The Hotel Manager at Hotel le Chalet Blanc, east of Briancon was fantastic.  Our trip was made so much better and more importantly, our guests because of the staff, thank you guys.

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As already alluded too, the Spyder Club guests enjoyed cracking roads; the Route Napoleon, Col de la Bonnette, Col du Galibier and a few others we like to keep to ourselves, unless you join us on the trip!

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It’s stunning riding that challenges the enthusiastic motorcyclist and puts a large smile upon their faces.  The amount of thumbs up, high fives and even hugs was probably a new record!

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It won’t be on the calendar in 2017 as other destinations are calling but we’ll be heading back in a few years.  Whether we use the chalet or Hotel we’ll see, both offer us exceptional accommodation.

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Normally we write about the bikes, offer a trip favourite but with a fleet as varied as a Ducati Diavel Carbon and 959 Panigale, BMW R nineT, the Ariel Ace and an MV Agusta F4 RC and Brutale 800RR, we were spoilt and everything made sense on the differing roads.

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It only leaves us to once again thank our guests for joining us for four fantastic days. Our evening meal in front of the TV watching MotoGP on the last night topped it off perfectly!

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Spyder Club at the 2016 Isle of Man TT

Add comment July 27th, 2016

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We had the best weather, the fastest qualifying and the quickest ever Isle of Man TT lap, this year’s Spyder Club IoM TT guests were served up a treat!

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Over two weeks the sun shone, the racers rode, really bloody fast, and the Isle of Man was perfectly beautiful.  It’s one of the most spectacular events in the motorcycling world, in THE world!

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Our guests flew into Castletown Ronaldsway Airport to be picked-up and taken to our 5 star, self-catering houses, just off the beautiful coastline in the south of the island where an evening walk is also recommended.

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Not that walks are commonplace whilst with us, bar the ones over fences to get to the best viewing points. Guests are there to watch the fast boys and girls, we take them to some of the best places to watch the guys fly by.

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There is also riding to be done! Whilst the roads can be busy during the TT, especially race week, and the island is only so big, we make sure guests get a day’s tour of the island which includes a lap of the famous TT circuit and we also do an early morning lap of the course, just for fun!

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Whilst on the IoM we also offer anyone who complies with our terms and conditions IoM Motorcycle Hire, Island Tours and Steve Parrish TT Laps with his unique commentary of the circuit. This year, the Steve Parrish laps were sold out, we’ll be offering this service again in 2017, along with all of our other services again.

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But back to the Spyder Club IoM TT guests, we had 22 join us this year and everyone went home happy! It’s not difficult mind, we take a fantastic fleet of motorcycles and head to the beautiful Isle of Man to watch the most amazing road racers in the world hurtle around the famous 37.73 mile TT circuit at an average speed of up to 133.96 mph, what’s not to like?!

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We can’t wait to return for 2017.  If you haven’t visited the IoM during TT Practice and Race Week, what are you waiting for? Book a place on our short break fly-ride trips or enjoy Riding a Lap with Steve Parrish, alternatively just Hire a Motorcycle from us on the Isle of Man or enjoy a Tour of the Beautiful Island. See you at the TT 2017!

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We are Recruiting for a Driver and Vehicle Prep Assistant

Add comment July 11th, 2016

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Driver and Vehicle Preparation Assistant

Cars on Demand (Midlands) and Spyder Motorcycles, Silverstone are looking for a flexible Driver and Vehicle Preparation Assistant.

Cars on Demand and Spyder Motorcycles are two expanding companies based at Silverstone Race Circuit and can offer the right candidate the prospect of an exciting future in the motor industry.

Duties include:

•    Motorcycle and car deliveries
•    Cleaning and preparing cars and motorcycles for hire and leasing customers.
•    Completing vehicle safety checks prior to a customer hand over.
•    Confidence with vehicle handovers.
•    Loading and unloading of motorcycles into a van (full training will be given)
•    Performing delivery duties in a safe and legal manner and therefore have a high driving standard.
•    Day to day, deliveries will be regional and national.  There will be European delivery work too.

The ideal candidate would hold a clean C1 licence and ideally a full motorcycles licence too (not essential).  The role also demands a high level of customer service and attention to detail.

Both businesses operate Monday to Friday however some weekend/after hours work may be required.

We are currently recruiting for several roles and flexible hours are available dependent upon the applicant.  If you are interested in working specifically with one of the businesses, then please apply and specify which company you would prefer.

Applications should be sent to info@spydermotorcycles.co.uk and kelly@carsondemand.co.uk


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