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BMW Short-Term Lease Motorcycles

Add comment January 19th, 2018

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We are very happy to announce our ongoing partnership with the great people at BMW Park Lane Motorrad has just taken another leap on.  In 2018 we have sixteen brand new motorcycles arriving in March for our short-term lease service.

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As an addition to the BMW motorcycles we already have, Park Lane are providing a variety of models including variants of the BMW R1200 GS, S1000XR, S1000RR and the R nineT.  That means you could be riding a motorcycle this summer with no commitment – once the lease term is completed – other than returning it in good condition.

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Spyder Motorcycles Short-Term Lease service offers its customers a bike from between one to three months.  Insurance can either be provided by the customer or by Spyder Motorcycles.  Once the term is finished, you can renew or just hand the motorcycle back.

For further details or to order your 2018 short-term lease BMW, please email us or call 01372 857213.

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General Motorcycle Assistant Required at Spyder Motorcycles

Add comment January 16th, 2018

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General Motorcycle Assistant

Role Description

Spyder Motorcycles requires a general assistant to provide support to the day to day running of our motorcycle hire, lease, fleet and event management business. With full training given, the candidate will be responsible for motorcycle preparation, logistics and organizing service work. The role includes the handover of motorcycles to customers and maintaining our high service standards.

Day to Day Duties and Responsibilities

– preparing motorcycles for hire and lease customers by checking the vehicles levels, tyre pressures and electric functions (full training provided)
– motorcycle cleaning and valeting (full training provided)
– motorcycle movement and loading (full training provided)
– scheduling motorcycle maintenance
– motorcycle handovers to customers, explaining functions, pointing out damage and making sure each rider is comfortable with their chose of bike
– working within a small, dedicated team
– providing a high level of customer service always
– delivering motorcycles (full training provided)

The successful applicant will need to be confidant with motorcycles and people.  Although a full-time role, flexibility will also be required due to the seasonal nature of the motorcycle industry.

Spyder Motorcycle provides a variety of services to its customers and the right candidate would be given the opportunity to expand their role and further develop their talents.  Spyder Motorcycles is dedicated to progressing employees through training and experiences.

Attributes and Attitude

The ideal candidate will have a full motorcycle and driving licence and be an enthusiastic individual with previous experience in a service role desirable but not essential as full training will be given.  More important is a passion for motorbikes and the right attitude to progression, learning new skills and ideally a good basic technical understanding of motorcycles in general.

Good communication skills, remaining organized while busy, and above all being a genuine team player while delivering excellent customer service is desirable.

Benefits

In return for your dedication we offer between £15,000 to £18,000 per annum depending on experience, and performance related benefits after a probationary period.

A work place pension is provided and 21 day’s holiday per annum.  Other motorcycle related benefits are available. 

Job Location:  Silverstone Race Circuit, Northamptonshire

Job Type:  Full- Time

New Bikes for 2018

Add comment December 21st, 2017

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2017 in not over yet but we have already started buying motorcycles for 2018.  So what’s on the list so far?

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We have started a new relationship with Yamaha UK and following their kind loan of the MT-10 Tourer Edition for our Season Finale trip in Spain during November, we have bought the very same bike, it was superb.

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We have popped into Ducati and made one or two purchases.  Today we picked up an XDiavel S, Scrambler Desert Sled and Multistrada 1200 S with Touring pack.

In the new year we are expecting the Multistrada 1260 S with Touring pack and rather stunning Panigale V4 S.  Now come on, who doesn’t want to try these two?

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We have also ordered two KTM machines, another 1290 Super Adventure, because it’s so damn good, and a bike I can’t wait to ride, the 790 Duke.  We’re hoping that it will be delivered in time for our Spain trip in April.

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Many years ago we had a Husqvarna Nuda R, it was hilarious and really popular with all the members.  We are hoping for the same from the Vitpilen 701, something a little different and very funky.

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And then there’ll be BMW motorcycles to come, including the 16 bike BMW lease fleet consisting of a R1200 GS TE Exclusive and GSA Triple Black, an R nineT, Racer S, Scrambler X and Urban GS X, and S1000 RR, XR and R.

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And finally, for now, we have the new MV Augusta Brutale 800 RR coming in February-March, it’s already at Bennett’s Motorcycles waiting.

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And of course there’ll be more bikes ordered from Triumph and Yamaha for the year ahead.  We’ll look forward to updating you all soon, Merry Christmas.

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Spyder Club Motorcycle Sale!

Add comment October 16th, 2017

Get Your Hands on a Bargain!

It’s time for many bikes to leave the Spyder Club fleet for our annual fleet change. To make way for new arrivals next year the following bikes are for sale:

Ducati Monster 1200 R 2016

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Ducati SuperSport 2017 and Multistrada 2016

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Ducati Diavel Carbon 2014

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Ducati XDiavel 2015 and Triumph Bobber 2017

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KTM 1190 Adventure 2014 and Super Adventure S 2017

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All our bikes have full service history and a detailed check over before use and upon return.

For more details on mileage, costs and a winter deal, get in touch now! Call 01327 857213 or email us with the bike you’re interested in.

 

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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Triumph Street Triple 765 RS and Bobber Review

Add comment April 6th, 2017

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My first rides of both the brand-new Triumph Street Triple 765 RS and Bonneville Bobber were in the freezing cold temperatures of the UK.  The RS in particular was ridden at night, in the rain and with 4 degrees indicated on the very flash dash; the bath after that ride was far more rewarding!

However, fast forward a week and our first guests for the Spyder Club Season Starter trip arrived into a beautifully sunny Andalucia, Southern Spain to ride, amongst others, the two new Triumph machines.
Bobber first, it was the bike that whilst riding, I had the best of the weather and roads with back in the UK and I haven’t had the chance to ride it in Spain yet.  Straightaway though, it was so easy to ride.  The 1200cc motor pulls effortlessly and is smooth as silk.

On dry roads around Northampton in slightly warmer temperatures than I’d ridden the RS the night before, the Bobber flowed beautifully through the sweeping corners.  Getting lost in a large town, the motor, handling and controls were predictable and did nothing to hamper my ride as I searched for my way back home.

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However, the feedback from our trip guests whilst in Spain has been the most interesting.  Here in the mountains close to Ronda, we spend most of our riding time enjoying technical and challenging roads, the Bobber has kept its cool throughout.

Not a single guest has been unsure of the superbly built and quality feeling Bobber.  In the past, the retro styled bikes have divided opinion but that’s not been the case with the Triumph.  From our guys who enjoy the sportier bikes, to the chaps who are happier with an adventure style machine, all seven riders in Group One have been massively impressed with the Bobber.  It handles everything we put in its way: from hairpins, to fast sweepers, it was never left behind and with the glorious twin soundtrack, just put a smile on everyone’s face.  It’s been an exciting talking point.

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And on to the RS.  I have been lucky enough to ride this bike on roads is was built for.  On this trip, we have a 2010 Street Triple R, a 2016 RX and the new 765 RS.  The reason we bought the RX and RS out to Spain was to get guests to ride both bikes back to back, the 2010 R is Spyder Lizzi’s bike.

I am a massive fan of the Street Triple, it’s the perfect lead bike, enough power to have plenty of fun, handling that competes with many far more focused machines and a predictability to flatter any rider, old or new.

With long term Spyder Club member ‘Quick Mick’ behind me on the RS and me on the RX, we agreed to stop 15 miles in to a 30 mile stretch of 2nd and 3rd gear cornering roads.  The RX showed its usual talents and made me smile and giggle for the entire ride.

Stopping in a village to swap, I climbed aboard the RS and within seconds felt the advances of the new machine.  It’s so light, so flickable, but as Mick said, ‘it’s a scalpel.’  The precision with which you can turn and hit the exact spot you want to is unbelievable.  How have Triumph taken an exceptional motorcycle, the previous generation Street Triple, and made it even better?

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As with the Bobber, the seven guests all agreed it was a cracking motorcycle and definitely a contender for the best bike ever.  The engine is a peach, even in the more revy RS model, it’s so responsive throughout the rev range and the howl from that triple motor is brilliant.

As yet we haven’t played with the new toys the RS benefits from over the older models, in time no doubt we’ll have more to say on the RS.

At the end of the 30 miles I got Spyder Lizzi to ride it.  Her 2010 Street Triple R is not something she gives up lightly, but after 20 miles on the RS, Lizzi has found her replacement.

The two new additions to the Triumph model range have been a joy to ride under the sunny skies of Spain and even in the cold and wet back home.  Whether you are looking for nostalgia or bang up to date technology, the Bobber and RS are simply brilliant motorcycles that have massively impressed all of our Spyder Club Season Starter trip guests, and I have no doubt the next group will enjoy them just as much.

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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