DragonMotoTours - Newsletter Issue 9 - 2014

 

Hard to believe where this year has gone, but here we are just short of a week before the MotorcycleLive show at the NEC.  We will be on the Kawasaki stand in Hall 3 for the duration of the show and it would be good to see you if you are planning on visiting the show and we can discuss all things bikes and touring.  For those of you who may not be coming down to the Show, we’ll keep you updated with a few photos which you can find on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Speaking of touring….. It is just over a month now since our last tour of 2014 took place when we had a 3 day tour of Mid Wales.  We most definitely got lucky with the weather that weekend (as you can see from the photo below), with glorious sunshine for most of the time and a lot of fantastic traffic free roads to ride.  We would like to thank everyone who joined us despite the fact that you made us wear Hula skirts on the Sunday!!! You can see the photos from the tour on our gallery and facebook page.

Still on the touring theme, it is only 5 months now until our first tour of 2015 starts and we would like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who have already booked on a tour for next year and /or have expressed an interest.  Details of our tours can be found on our tours page, please drop us an e-mail if you are interested and we can update you on availability and provide you with any further information you may require.  Our 2015 tour leaflet is now available and if you know of any outlets in your area who may be interested in taking a few from us it would be appreciated if you could let us know.   

Over the winter we shall be posting some videos on to our YouTube channel showing you some of the roads we will be riding over the course of 2015, we recently posted one of The Gorges de Bourne which is in the Vercors National Park, France and one that we will be riding on tour in August next year.  The link for this is http://youtu.be/SO8YKlPQoOQ 

Our Winter Social, which is to take place on the 28th February 2015, is booking up fast but we do still have availability and if you would like to have details on this could you please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As some of you may know we were able to go to see MotoGP at Sepang at the end of October as we have family over there who were able to show us the amazing sights of Malaysia and in particular the small island of Penang which has such a rich mix of cultures, with Malay traditions blending with western influences such as McDonalds and Tesco!!!! (although we did not seem to be able to use our clubcard there….!)  The circuit at Sepang is fantastic and we were spoilt for choice as to where to view the actual racing from, but in the end we were overlooking the starting grid with a screen in front of us to catch the sections of the track which we could not easily view from the stands.  It was great to see the Bradley Smith doing so well following on from his podium in Australia and the Malay people are mad for Rossi – there seemed to be a sea of yellow wherever you looked! 

Geraint’s brother, who lives in Penang, has motorbikes and he was able to take us out on 2 of the days we were there to visit the more traditional parts of the island.  They always say you are “part of the picture” when riding a bike and it was the best way to take in the smells from the street cooking and the sounds from the hustle and bustle of the small towns we rode through.  There seemed to be scooters and motorbikes at every turn on the road and it was amazing to see how much stuff can be carried on two wheels when you need to!  We saw all sorts of sights such as a scooter being ridden one handed as the other hand was pulling a wheelie bin, or there were the scooters packed high with fresh eggs in trays – would not want to have to clean that up should anything untoward occur!  It is certainly a family way of life to be on motorbikes over there, it was not unusual to see babies being carried on the front of the bikes and families of 4 riding on 50 cc mopeds, with and without crash helmets!  Undertaking seemed to be the norm and everyone gave us a smile as we rode through their villages.  You can catch more about our trip on our Blog page.

We went from riding in Malaysia in temps of 30? and brilliant sunshine to one of the wettest days of early November on the 7th when we rode over Saddleworth Moor in heavy rain and fog to collect Jan’s new bike – her Kawasaki green Versys 1000.  As many of you know Jan covered nearly 45,000 miles on her trusty Triumph, but “Tigger” has now gone to live in Grimsby….

Ahead of Christmas would you like to find out who the “Three Wise Men” were and who scrubs up well as “The SugarPlum Fairy”?  Well check out our Advent Calendar starting soon on our facebook page, the theme this year is to be “Words associated with Christmas” and you may find the answer to both of the teasers above together with a few other familiar faces along the way!

If you are considering joining us on any of our 3 Wales On & Off-Road tours next year, you can read about the one we ran in early September this year on the Kawasaki UK blog at the following link:-
www.kawasakinewsuk.blogspot.co.uk and go to the November post.

We would like to let you know about a presentation evening taking place at Parr Hall, Warrington on Friday 5th December.  It is an evening with Valvoline Racing by Padgett’s Motorcycles plus stars of TT racing both past and present and is to be hosted by Jamie Whitham.  You can find more about this at:
www.pyramidparrhall.com and go to the Whats On page.

That’s brought you upto date with our latest news, here’s to a calm winter so we can still enjoy being out on two wheels.

Bye for now….

Geraint & Jan

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Check out our recent snaps!:

Mid Wales Tour October 2014

Overlooking Machynlleth

Riding in The Gorges de Bourne, Vercors National Park, France
Carrying the fish - Malaysian style!

Bye for now….
Geraint & Jan……..
The ‘s

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