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Aprilia, Moto Guzzi, Vespa and Piaggio Open Day

Add comment July 21st, 2017

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On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August, Piaggio Group are running an open weekend from Spyder Club HQ, Silverstone.

Using local roads around the famous Silverstone Circuit, guests will be able to experience the race-inspired range of Aprilia motorcycles, including the brand new Shiver 900 and range topping RSV4 RF, plus of course the incredible Tuono.

Also available will be the 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 and V9, sublime combinations of heritage and technology that will impress experienced and new riders alike.

For those of you wanting to put some fun into your daily commute, come and sample the Piaggio Liberty and Medley 125 scooters as well as the Piaggio MP3, the original three-wheeled scooter, that cuts through jams and can be ridden on a car licence.

Finally, travelling doesn’t get any cooler than when riding a Vespa, so we’ll have a variety of models for you to try.

Each day begins at 10.00 with 25 minute lead rides around a 15 mile loop.  The last ride will be at 16.30.

For further details or to book your test rides, please contact us either by email, info@spyderclub.co.uk or by calling: 01327 857213

Isle of Man TT

Add comment June 16th, 2017

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In 2016 we enjoyed sunny skies and perfect temperatures for the entire IoM TT two weeks, it wasn’t quite as kind during 2017.  However the darkened skies and gail force winds didn’t dampen the racing once it got going.

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Once underway this year’s practice and racing was the usual incredible spectacle, my god those guys and girls fly.  The level of concentration at the speeds travelled will always astonish me, no matter how many times we return to the stunning Isle of Man.

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We viewed from some old favourites like Barregarrow, Crosby and Brandywell on top of the mountain road, and also from a few new areas, the paddock and Governor’s Bridge.

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At Crosby the speed is breathtaking, with the Superbikes and Super Stock machines apparently pulling 180 mph past us sat on a grass verge, 6 inches above the tarmac.  Even though we spent many a happy hour on the same verge in 2016, the speed is still stunning.

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Then of course there’s Barregarrow, and whilst the speeds aren’t as excessive, Steve Parrish says it’s a 5th gear corner and as they pass at the top of the hill they show terrifying commitment.

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But that’s nothing to what the spectators see at the bottom of Barregarrow, ‘bloody hell’ is the politest way of describing it.  The violence of the bike as they almost touch the wall on their left and then bottom the bike out in the dip, and all the time that accelerator is pinned, holy cow!

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And then there’s our favourite for the Senior, Brandywell just underneath Snaefell.  You’re not as close to the road but it’s a spectacular place to view in terms of the view and watching the riders approach from a distance.  Also, it’s great because you are up in the mountains, on the side of a road, watching the worlds best road racers ride the motorcycles around the Isle of Man TT course, brilliant.

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For us Spyder Motorcycle employees, the trip across to the IoM is work and getting our guests to great viewing spots to watch the racing.  Taking them for a tour of the beautiful Isle of Man and of course enjoying the atmosphere around the paddock.

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We also make sure our guests have a great place to stay, different motorcycles to ride and great company from the other likeminded trip guests.  We take all the hassle out of your Isle of Man TT visit.

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Along with our fly-ride Isle of Man TT trips, we also run Steve Parrish commentated TT laps.  This was our third and best year yet and we must say another big ‘thank you’ to Steve as the feedback this year was yet again superb.

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Steve’s experiences as both a racer, commentator and general know it all about the TT are fantastic.  The facts he recalls, speeds and gearing through different bends, the reasons behind naming of various corners and of course the details of the big accidents, all make for a unique TT experience.

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We must also thank the Crossroads Cafe for hosting our briefings and breakfasts each morning.  Crossroads Care are a leading charity on the IoM providing support for young carers and their families and we have enjoyed working with the Crossroads team since 2015.

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Spyder Motorcycles also offers motorcycle hire on the Isle of Man.  Motorbike rental is in high demand from overseas visitors and surprisingly popular with people from the UK choosing to fly in rather than struggle to get a ferry booking for their own machine.

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This year we had another great selection of motorcycles and lots of happy customers.  Most importantly, everyone came back safely and has gone home with great memories rather than the headache of leaving us with a rather large deposit.

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Finally, we were also invited to see some of the racing on Senior day at Kirk Michael.  We were made to feel like family by total strangers who quickly became friends.  And that sums up the IoM and the TT, the Manx people are so friendly, so accommodating and so enthusiastic.  Their hospitality is world class.

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We are already taking bookings for the Isle of Man TT 2018, it really is a bucket list experience and we are there to provide it as we have for our 2017 customers.  We’ll be running these experiences again on the Isle of Man for the 2018 TT and have already taken many bookings for the fly-ride trips.  If you want to join us next year, please get in touch to find out more.

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Spyder Club Open Day

Add comment May 12th, 2017

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Firstly a huge ‘thank you’ to all of the members and non-members who came along to our open day on the 29th April.  We had a fantastic turnout and great atmosphere for our open day extravaganza!

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With the support of motorcycle manufacturers Aprilia and Triumph and dealers BMW Park Lane and Bennett’s Motorcycles, MV Agusta Yorkshire, we had a plentiful and superb fleet of motorcycles for guests to ride.

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We also teamed up with Baines Racing, our neighbour at Silverstone Park, who were offering experiences and technical information for those wishing to exercise their legs on two wheels, rather than their wrists.  Core Cycling were also offering coaching and Retul advice.

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Also in attendance were Arai doing free helmet services and RST.  Zona also brought their set up and offered demos of their rear view camera system.

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Along with the two wheeled attractions, those clever boys from Delta Motorsport took a number of people out in the all electric E4 Coupe.  With carbon fibre aplenty and little noise, the lucky people who got a ride came back very exhilarated.

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It was a great day with a superb atmosphere both in our new lounge and bar area at Spyder Club HQ and around the exhibitors in and outside.  Thank you to everyone for making it so.

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However there was a negative to the day, a day we knew would one day come and after nine years, sadly it arrived.  One of our very competent, careful riders suffered a serious accident.

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Why would we mention this?  Because the member involved is a consistent, considered and experienced rider with 25 years of motorcycling behind him and until the 29th April, no incidents.

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He is now in hospital on the long road to recovery through no fault of his own.  He is with us because of the quick actions of Spyder Club members, the emergency services and Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

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It’s a sobering thought that such a careful and experienced rider can still come to grief and a lesson to all riders that training, the right clothing and first aid skills should be compulsory.  Advanced training is already a big part of our membership and we will be offering workshops in the future featuring first aid too.

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We wish him the speediest of recoveries and thank those both at the scene and back at base for understanding the seriousness of the event.

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To finish on a positive note, that’s our first serious incident in 9 years and a testament to our members and trip guests.  We will therefore look forward to our next open day and providing advanced riding and first aid work shops at Spyder Club, Silverstone.

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We are also looking forward to seeing our friend back in the Spyder Club members bar in the not too distant future.

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Spyder Club Season Starter Motorcycle Trip, Group One

Add comment April 6th, 2017

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We start planning our trips a good year in advance and before you know it, they are done.  Our first group of the 2017 Season Starter trips have just left us for Blighty and we now await the arrival of group two and the boys from RST Leathers.

We and our first guests have been blessed with perfect weather conditions, blissful roads and some cracking motorcycles to ride, including two great new machines from Triumph, the Bonneville Bobber and Street Triple 765 RS.

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We have moved the Season Starter trips further west this year to open up new roads and stay within a beautiful national park in the stunning region of Andalucia.

It’s been a fantastic place to return to each evening and enjoy a well-earned beer after a good day out on the bikes.

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As usual we bought along a great range of motorcycles for our guests to ride, swapping en route so they can enjoy all of the bikes we have brought out with us.  And as usual, the guys have returned home with new purchases in mind.

The bikes with us this year, a Ducati XDiavel, Monster 1200R and Mutistrada, a KTM 1290 Super Duke R, a BMW R1200GS and S1000XR and the new Triumph Street Triple 765 RS and Bobber, along with the Street Triple 675 RX and a 2010 R.

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It was a great four days riding here in Spain with returning and new guests.  Thank you, guys, for making our first trip of 2017 a good one, and now it’s on to the next.

Spyder Club Season Starter Motorcycle Trip in Spain

Add comment March 30th, 2017

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Here we are again in Andalucia, southern Spain, under the sunny skies and awaiting our guests in a new location and a lovely hotel not far from Ronda and the epic A-397 road.

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From tomorrow, guests will arrive into Malaga airport, where they’ll be transported to the awaiting fleet of Spyder Club motorcycles and 4 days of superb riding.

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This year’s fleet includes the Ducati XDiavel, Monster 1200 R and Multistrada, the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, BMW R1200GS and S1000XR and the brand new Triumph Bobber.  We also have three generations of the fantastic Street Triple, the R, RX and another new one, the 765 RS.

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So what’s not to like, the hotel is perfect, the beer is cold, the sun is shining and the roads and bikes are excellent.  We have been running this trip since 2010 and we have guests who’ll have joined us every year, that has to say something.

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And there’s a final space available on our RST Partner film trip between the 6th and 10th April, who’d like to join us?

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Spyder Club Annual Winter Party

Add comment February 6th, 2017

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The 2017 Spyder Club event calendar has been kicked off as usual with our annual Winter Party.

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As ever, we started our day with a visit somewhere special and on Saturday morning, we all turned up at the Williams F1 facility for a tour of the Sir Frank William’s Museum

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Wow, what a collection of cars.  In the majority F1 race cars, championship and race winning cars and a stunning hoard of memorabilia.

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There where other non-F1 vehicles too, including the Renault Laguna British Touring Championship car and a MG Metro rally car, I always loved the 6R4, but apparently that doesn’t warrant a go.

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As usual after we’d been mesmerised by the carbon fibre, the weight, or lack thereof, of an F1 race wheel and tyre, the cost of a steering wheel and the space drivers sit in, we enjoyed lunch and a Batak challenge in the trophy room, I came second, again!

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It was a great visit to Williams and Simon our guide was hugely knowledgeable and very passionate, it’s well worth a visit.

Then we headed to the hotel for some rugby, watching it I mean, not members trying to tackle us to the ground to book the new bikes first!  Then a few beers, accompanied by our resident ivory tinkler; the room is full behind him, honest.

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Then dinner and drinks and a really good night.

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We’d like to thank all who joined us, members and their partners, those who came as non-members to see what Spyder Club is like and have since joined.   Spyder Club just keeps getting better and better and it’s events like these and the support we get that makes it so…

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We have an Open Day fast approaching for those who need another club fix or any potential members wanting to come and see what we do.  Join us on Saturday 18th March, until then, Spyders.

IOM TT 2017 Race Schedule

Add comment January 9th, 2017

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We’re really looking forward to the TT again this year and the race schedule is now out:

Saturday 3rd June
1100hrs – RST Superbike TT Race
1400hrs – Sure Sidecar TT Race 1

Monday 5th June
1045hrs – Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 1
1415hrs – RL 360 Quantum Superstock Race

Wednesday 7th June
1045hrs – Monster Energy Supersport TT Race 2
1415hrs – Bennetts Lightweight TT Race
1620hrs – SES TT Zero Race

Friday 9th June
1015hrs – Sure Sidecar TT Race 2
1230hrs – PokerStars Senior TT Race

Qualifying takes place from Saturday 27th May to Fri 2nd June between 1820hrs – 2050hrs

Once again we’ll be taking a stunning fleet of bikes to the island for customers to hire, we also have packages available which include accommodation and motorcycle hire, day tours of the island which include a lap of the circuit and our ever popular laps of the course with Steve Parrish.

If you’ve not already booked your trip to the IOM TT for 2017, come with us!

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Spyder Club at the NEC Motorcycle Live Show 2016

Add comment December 8th, 2016

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Another season finished and what better way to end it than at the Motorcycle Live Show, our ninth year, and 9 whole days standing on your feet!  Actually, it’s a great way for us to meet potential members, trip guests and short-term lease customers and also catch up with current members, manufacturers and our partners.  2016 has been our busiest year so although the show felt a little longer than usual, it was still great to be there.

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And how the motorcycle world has changed during the last 9 years since we began Spyder Club.  In recent years, the retro scene has been building, with an increasing presence seen over the years in the NEC halls.  This year there was a veritable retro tornado throughout almost all of the manufacturer stands, and some of the new bikes looked awesome.

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Triumph in particular have embraced the mass of interest in retro bikes and the scene.  Their unveiling of the Bobber in London recently was a fantastic event and nod to their commitment towards this genre.  The Bobber launch was superbly organised and filled to bursting with bearded, Belstaff jacket wearing bikers, free drink in hand and primed for purchases.  So far, we have only had the pleasure of owning a Street Twin, which, for the base model, is a truly brilliant motorcycle.  Triumph have really made their mark in the scene, hats (or helmets) off.

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You could argue BMW started the interest of the general populous in retro bikes with the fantastic R nineT a few years ago.  BMW have seen big things from their initially limited run R nineT and this year, have further capitalised on its success with exciting variations and many custom options.  With four R nineT’s spending time at Spyder Club since their launch at the beginning of 2014, it’s safe to say it’s a popular bike with our membership and trip guests, indeed, eight members and trip guests have voted with their wallets and bought their own.

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Whilst the R nineT can be given some of the credit for the eruption of the retro scene in the UK, the Moto Guzzi V7 has been a steadfast option for many years.  At this year’s Motorcycle Live show, the Piaggio Group stand had on display in their Moto Guzzi area the most beautiful V7 model.  The V750 with its chrome tank and brown leather seat was a real show stopper.  The V7 is often at the top of many group tests and whilst Spyder Club has never owned one, we house the Moto Guzzi press fleet so have been lucky enough to ride one on a regular basis, they really are fantastic, simple fun.

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We have owned a Ducati Scrambler, and we’re big fans.  Again, a simple, cracking, great motorcycle.  Retro bikes tend to do without the modern gizmos many bikes now have bolted on and that’s one reason to love them.  With enough power on tap to make you smile, these bikes make huge sense on damaged, busy English roads.  All the bikes mentioned are great on our B roads, however we have enjoyed the Ducati Scrambler on the flowing bends on the Route Napoleon where it kept many a big bike at bay.

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The show wasn’t all about the retro bikes, as usual it was filled with so much we would like to buy, the Spyder Club wallet ached at the thought.  The new KTM 1290 Super Duke and Adventure look stunning and as the current Super Duke and Adventure are already just that, the new ones are only going to be better.  The new colour schemes on the fantastic BMW R1200GS and RS look great, as do those on the Ducati Monster 821.  We love the Ducati SuperSport, one will be on the 2017 Club fleet for sure.

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Of course you can’t pass by the Aprilia stand without ogling the RSV4 and Tuono, well we are bikers!  The V4 engines are just to die for, and now we hear there’s another Italian V4 on the way, that’s a back to back test ride we’ll definitely want to organise for our members and trip guests.

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It’s been a while since the Club had a cruiser, the last being a Victory Judge and Hammer S; great fun and having been, at that time, predominately a sports and naked bike riders, it showed us a more relaxed and laid back style of riding that isn’t to be sneered at.  Another Polaris marque is the Indian, as yet we haven’t had the pleasure of riding one, but the Scout looks to be a popular contender.

Two more honourable mentions to the Moto Guzzi Flying Fortress which looks incredible and of course the new Norton V4 which simply has to be seen to be believed.

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The bikes are of course the stars of the show, however there was a lot of other things to spend your money on, or dream about.  Whether planning your trip to the Isle of Man TT or the annual European tour, testing your next bike or trying on the next set of leathers or helmet, the Motorcycle Live show has a mass of things to see and do.  But let’s face it, us exhibitors know that every morning, when the doors are flung open, the masses flock straight to the manufacturer stands so they can sit on all the new bikes, and we wait until you all filter through to the other stands from 11.00 onwards.

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And so, another year at the NEC, Motorcycle Live show is done, and with it the Spyder Club season.  We are already full speed ahead with plans and ordering bikes for the 2017 season which will be here before you know it.  It’s a tough job deciding which bikes to add to the fleet but one thing’s for sure, with over 160 different motorcycles being ridden by Spyder Club members and trip guests since we started in 2008, we’ll be pushing to break the 200 mark before our tenth birthday.

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Spyder Club November Spain Trip 2016

Add comment December 8th, 2016

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Another Spyder Club season has finished in Spain, north of Alicante, in the best possible way.  With 9 guests, perfect weather and blissfully quiet, challenging roads, our November Spain trip was fantastic.

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Four of our guests were first timers, and all have booked another trip for 2017.  The riding was as we expect, safe and within each individual’s comfort zone.  No egos, no points to prove, just smiles and happy riders on a fantastic range of motorcycles.

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There are some incredible roads north of Alicante which is one of the reasons we head back each year.  We also have a lot of the same guests joining us year after year, why, because those roads just get better and better.  The tarmac is in great condition, the Spanish drivers are very aware and, did I tell you how good the roads are?!

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As usual our guests enjoyed swapping between a stunning fleet of motorcycles each day.  Bikes that joined us included a BMW S1000XR, RR and R1200GS, a Ducati XDiavel, Monster 1200R and 821, Multistrada and Streetfighter 848, Triumph Street Triple R and RX and Street Twin and KTM 1290 Super Duke R, not that shabby.

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As usual all the bikes impressed however, as with most 2016 trips, the Ducati Monster 1200R and KTM 1290 Super Duke R were firm favourites and Spyder Club members and trip guests have voted with their feet as each has sold well as a result of being ridden either on a trip or through membership.

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However, it’s not been just the super naked bikes that deserve praise and ended up producing a bank transaction.  The BMW R1200GS, S1000XR and Ducati Multistrada have all received the same acclaim and as ever, different motorcycles made more sense on different roads.

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A lot more manufacturers are going with wider handle bars on more of their bikes and it makes a big difference.  Especially if you are sat upright, in comfort and with good vision, those big bars mean you can flip from side to side so efficiently and enjoy the bike and road so much more, or does that mean I’m getting older?

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And so, that’s another trip season done at Spyder Club.  Already we are looking forward to our Season Starter in southern Spain, Andalucia and the rest of the 2017 short break, fly-ride motorcycle trips.  If you enjoy meeting likeminded bike enthusiasts, trying different motorcycles and riding enjoyable, challenging roads at your own pace, get in touch to find out why our guests keep coming back.

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Triumph Bonneville Bobber Launch Event

Add comment October 20th, 2016

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What a night, well done Triumph for organising a fun packed and well attended night and the launch a very cool, very retro motorcycle…

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We were lucky enough to be invited along with a few of our members who had a great evening.  With music from The Vaccines and DJ Harriet Rose, Bobber sprint racing with Carl Fogarty and Freddie Spencer along with a host of journos, there was plenty of entertainment.

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But the main attraction was the bike.  A restyle of the Bonneville, with a floating aluminium seat, a torquier version of the 1200 cc twin engine from the T100, it sounded good and I can’t wait to ride it.

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So, should Spyder Club buy one?  We’d be silly not to.  The retro scene is a big deal and Triumph are ahead of the game with the Bobber.  It’ll go down a storm in London judging from last night’s reaction.

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So we look forward to another fantastic Triumph creation and thank them for their invitation to a great night.

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