DragonMotoTours - Newsletter Issue 2 - 2015

 

A twelfth of the year gone already, but no worries as it means we are that much closer to warmer days and more light to ride our bikes in!  This time last year we mentioned that 2014 was to be the Chinese Year of The Horse and posed you a teaser as to how many combined cc’s of horsepower there would be on our tours and ride-outs during that year…….. we thought you might like to know that it was just over 457,000cc !!!!  Wonder what it will be in 2015….?

This brings us nicely to where we can give you an update with regard to our Tours for 2015.  The tours below currently have some availability and if you are interested in joining us on any of these, could you please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. :-
-   Champagne & Ardennes Tour 1st – 5th May
-   Mid Wales Tour 26th – 28th June
-    Shropshire & Herefordshire Tour 23rd – 26th July
-    Vercors & Morvan Regions of France Tour 21st – 29th August
-    North Wales Tour 2nd – 4th October
-    Wales On & Off-Road tours x 3 - April, July and October


With regard to our other tours please be advised that these are currently fully booked, however, if you wish to be considered for a cancellation should one arise please let us know and we can contact you.


We have posted dates and locations for our 2015 Ride-Outs on our website and have to advise that we are already near capacity with expressions of interest for the first one of the year on the 22nd March which will include a visit to RAF Cosford.  If you are interested could you please let us know.  There may be a change of date for the one currently shown as October but we will update both our website and facebook page if applicable.  Details for meeting points and timings will be posted on the website nearer the time of each ride-out.


Our Winter Social is coming up at the end of February and we are looking forward to catching up with everyone who has booked to join us.  We are currently enjoying putting together some footage from our 2014 tours to present during the evening and will be updating our YouTube account to share with you some of the fantastic roads we all enjoyed.  Our most recent posting is of a ride descending the 14 kms of bends of the Col du Rousset – a road to be enjoyed on our Vercors & Morvan tour in August this year.  The link below will take you to the clip:-
http://youtu.be/N5kOl3jt1mM

During January we did not get out and about on our bikes as much as we would have liked but we did have a ride-out one Sunday and you can read about this on our Blog together with finding out about our visit to the Classic Car show in London which we attended earlier on in the month which also exhibited some wonderful old motorcycles.


To refresh our qualifications, we attended a First Bike on Scene course arranged by North Wales BikeSafe and details about the course can be found at http://www.firstbikeonscene.co.uk/ We booked via Paul Cheshire from BikeSafe and he can be contacted about these courses at the following e-mail address - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   On the 29th January we were invited by Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service to a Biker Down evening they had with South Cheshire Advanced Motorcyclists and we are also attending one of the courses later this month.  Both FBoS and Biker Down are excellent ways of you being aware of how to deal with an incident should one occur whilst you are out and about and whilst they are directed at motorcyclists, we feel that these are courses which everyone should consider.

In previous Newsletters we have kept you up to date with a Road Safety campaign which raises awareness about both motorbikes and pushbikes on the roads by way of a yellow warning triangular sticker which can be put on vehicle wing mirrors.  Some of you may have seen on a recent facebook post on our page that this campaign is potentially expanding outside of the UK and you can find out more about it by following this link - http://www.juicefm.com/news/local/bike-campaign-goes-global-following-warrington-teens-death/          
If any of you would like to know how to obtain the stickers please e-mail the AA direct at :-This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  , when this was first started they were known as the Jack Bellis “Double Take” stickers which you can mention should you which to contact the AA.  They were also available at Halfords Stores.  There is also a further link for information if you would like to know a little more about the campaign.   http://www.theaa.com/aa-charitable-trust/think-bikes-campaign.html

Right up to date and via facebook,  some of you may have seen that we entered something of a magical “Winter Wonderland” in the last few days when we were doing some research in Europe ahead of 2016 tours (yes we are already thinking that far ahead) !!!    We often hear comments about the state of the roads in Belgium but we have to applaud them for the way they keep them all open during the winter – it gave us the opportunity to enjoy quite eerie scenes like this –


 


Looking ahead we have presentations on “How Do You Read The Road” which Geraint is delivering to South Cheshire, Wirral and Norfolk Advanced Motorcyclist groups and we are looking forward to joining them on these 3 evenings. 

We hope you are soon able to enjoy salt free roads as we head towards early Spring.  We know some of you are all year round motorcyclists and for those of you who are out and about at the moment we hope you keep warm and safe.
                  

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Check out our recent snaps!:

Champagne & Ardennes tour May 2015
Col du Rousset, looking forward to riding this road on our Vercors & Morvans tour in August 2015

Bye for now….
Geraint & Jan……..
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