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Next Ride Out. Sunday 31st of January

motorcycles-in-snow-2 At last the snow has gone.  So dust off your bikes and lets get going again.

Happy New Year to you all.  Here are the details of the next ride out.

Meeting at The Cardiff Hein Gericke store on Sunday the 31st of January for a 9.3o departure and we will be heading for the hills around Llandovery and Llyn Brianne Reservoir.

We had to suspend our training for a few weeks due to the snow and with tests and training sessions postponed we have been working hard clearing the back log.  But there is always time for a Ride Out.

Our thanks again to James and the guys at Hein Gericke who have agreed to open up early for us on Sunday to let us in for a cuppa.  Don’t forget it’s around the back.

Crossing the Channel.

For those who are interested in joining us on our next cross channel tour I am going to finalise a date for March for a trip into Belgium and through the Ardennes Forest.  Our tours have proven popular so far and spaces are limited to just 10 per group.  The format will be as last year with a Friday morning ferry from Dover to Calais and a return on a Sunday evening ferry from Calais.

If you wish to be put on the list let me know as soon as you can if you are interested.  I will finalise the dates and costs shortly.

Come on…you know you want to.

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  1. Andy,

    Don’t think I’m going to be able to make Sunday as in the middle of an overseas contract and flying into/out of UK each weekend … so enjoy Mid-Wales!

    Interested in a long weekend in March though … will make time for that and sod the work schedule, room for one and a pillion?

    Craig

  2. Is tomorrow (31st Jan) still on? I’ve just checked the weather and it doesn’t look too clever.

  3. Hey guys, we’re famous (or infamous). I just had a look at a forum I’m a member of and someone posted this:


    Are They Nuts!
    I’ve just seen 12 bikes pass my house in Llandovery, snow on the road and still snowing hard. A few road bikes and a lot of BMW GS’s one big gang. Heroes or nuts?

    Ha, fair weather bikers obviously. There’s quite a discussion about us after that.
    I just posted and put on a photo I took of the bikes outside the cafe parked on snow. We’ll see what’s said next.:-)

    Andy Jenkins.

  4. Hi Andy

    Sorry I didn’t keep on with you troopers yesterday. The snow was clogging to my visor and the condensation on the inside wouldn’t evaporate no matter how much I opened it so after a while of steering on blind faith I decided to turn back. Was a cracking ride before that, good bunch of fellas to talk bike with. Happy to do that ride again without the arctic conditions, did you manage to reach Llyn Brianne?

  5. Good ride on Sunday…maybe you could post Andy Jenkins photo? Proof (if proof was needed) that you will do anything for a cheap Sunday lunch.

  6. Hi Tim, No problem. There is no shame in turning back because of the snow…..the real shame is in turning back before Sunday lunch!!! You could have starved to death on your way home.

    I’ll try the run again when the roads aren’t quite so crunchy.

  7. Hi Alan. I’ll get some photos put up. It shows that we made it to the foood stop!

  8. Tim, to be fair you didn’t have heated grips either. I did and my digits were numb, yours must have been rigid!

    Did you managed to find a replacement bolt for the one you lost afterwards?

    Andy Jenkins.

  9. Andy Smith – I knew the perils of a biker without food in his belly, so I stopped at the cafe at the Texaco garage (the one where diesel and petrol is the same price??) shortly after turning back.

    Andy Jenkins – I haven’t found a replacement bolt,as B&Q didn’t have that much selection I’ll have to go rummaging at the local hardware store for a bolt and a plastic screw as that fell out on the way home, doh! I’m not worried about heated grips, I’m sure my fingers will stop being black soon 🙂

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