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Has Spring Finally Sprung?

Has Spring Finally Sprung?

Hopefully spring may have finally arrived. Certainly from where I’m standing, the sun is shining and the roads are starting to dry nicely which means many of us will be looking at getting their bikes out of the stables with the mind occupied with thoughts of a good riding season ahead.

Without teaching granny different methods of egg consumption I thought it worth reminding you nice folks of a few basics before you throw your leg over and ‘head out on the highway, looking for adventure…'

So, stop, breathe and count (or rather read) to 10.

1 - RUBBER. Check tyre pressures, check wear level, check for damage, snagging and contaminants (perished, damaged and foreign object damage i.e. nails, screws, glass)

2 - WHEELS. When you check your rubber you will need to turn the wheels so that is an opportunity to check your wheels do actually turn freely. Grab then with both hands and give them a sturdy wobble to check for play in the wheel bearings. This will also help identify if your brakes and discs have any issues.

3 - BRAKES. Hoses, look for Damage, deformity, splits, cracks and brittleness - look for leakage and seepage. Check the levels in your reservoir and the levers and pedals for positive ‘non-spongey’ action and return. Remember, your lever should NOT come back and touch the bars with pulled! Brake Pads, look for damage, wear and debris in the pads and check the discs for cracks, splits and chunks missing. Also, RUST! How much has grown on the disc since you laid the bike up? And even if you are happy everything is fine, always perform a rolling brake check when you first ride. Remember you have two brakes, check and use both accordingly!

4 - FUEL. Do you have some and depending on how long your bike has been sat, is the fuel you have dirty and likely to cause the bike to stall.

5 - OIL. (and other fluids). Yes, have a look! Is there some? Does it leak, has it leaked?

6 - DAMAGE. Have your bike suffered any damage while stored and also, have you forgotten that ‘job’ you said you’d sort over the winter only to realise now? Get it sorted now before it goes another season as a ‘must do’.

7 - ELECTRICS. Well obviously if your battery ist kaput then you aren’t going anywhere fast but if you do have enough lightning juice how about other electrics mainly - lights! indicators, headlights (check your flash function works! switches can seize and play up) and check that both of you brake functions activate the brake light.

8 - DRIVE. Chain, sprockets, shaft, belt, whatever method of transferring the power to the rear wheel check for wear and tear and lube where necessary. If applicable, check the chain for slack and tighten. If neglecte, a slack chain can make your day go bad very quickly!

9 - KIT - It’s still a bit chilly out there so may be worth having your thermals handy (any excuse to put on the wife’s tights!) and remember that waterproofs could still be needed at a moments notice but mostly this is about your safety kit. Helmet, check straps, check damage and check visor. Hopefully you’ve stored it well and there won’t be any issues but mould may creep in and add an unwanted and distracting whiff to your lid! Gloves get stiff if stored when damp. Give them a flex and free them up before riding.

10 - YOU! - Finally, make sure you are fit to ride. If you’ve had some time off then break yourself in slowly. Go somewhere quiet like a car park and practise some slow speed manoeuvres and turns. You may feel like a plonker for a bit so pretend you’re looking for that Rolex you dropped. You are not invincible and getting back on a bike after a break can leave you as sore as going for a run for the first time in months… Be sensible. None of us are Benjamin Button and are getting younger.

Remember this is a guide for the obvious so it’s worth asking a local garage for a check over if you’ve had your bike off the roads for considerable length of time. Most will give you a health check for free or a small amount.

Oh, if you are still lucky enough to get out then think about a nice fresh water wash of your bike afterwards. There is still salt and grit about and a little loving bath would be worth while.

Enjoy the sunshine!

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That time of year again - Dead Leaves Dead Men! (& women!)

AUTUMN 2016 NEWSLETTER.

The B500 run to the Black Forest at the start of the month was blessed with superb weather, newly surfaced roads on the 500 and a German wedding complete with 15 minute firework display. Some great miles and treats in various restaurants and cafes were had by all with our 'Fine Rider' trophy being undecided right up to the last minute. One team successfully found and photographed the 'second largest Cuckoo clock' in the Black Forest but the largest remained unclaimed!

Folks, as always the summer passes by too quickly and here we are again enjoying the glorious British Autumn. As always we have a little tour news for you but also a gentle reminder about your safety.

1 - DEAD LEAVES = DEAD MEN (as the saying goes!) The leaves are falling and there is nothing worse than finding a whole bunch of dead leaves around the corner so plan your riding accordingly. Riding on dead leaves is dangerous! Is your journey along that stretch necessary? Remember what tree canopy overlooks your favourite roads. On the positive - we only have to put up with the 'leaf' hazard for a while, once they've fallen and the council have done their best to scoop them all up we are good again - but in the meantime - open your eyes!

2 - POWDER - The old mnemonic for Petrol, Oil, Water, Damage, Electrics & Rubber is a common one for the advanced motorist but now more than ever, take a good look at the E and the R!

So, ELECTRICS! Check your lights. Brakes, indicators, headlights, all of it needs to work as the evenings drawn in on us. Also, while on the subject of lights, have a quick glance at our section on 'Accidental Flashing' on the MVT blog. goo.gl/C0eVUN A quick read may save your life. It doesn't hurt to have a spare bulb or two under the seat for emergencies (and a torch!)

And RUBBER! Check your tyres. Are they fit for purpose? Despite what the law says, i.e. 1mm legal limit - even that isn't really good enough to save your skin in the bad weather. Get some good tread on your tyres and be strict with yourself. Do not turn a blind eye and think, 'They'll do!' If your tyres are illegal or even just poor, CHANGE THEM!

Rubber also means, tyre pressures. Keep an eye on these too, invest in a decent tyre pressure gauge (digital ones are least stressful and accurate) and learn your pressures, front & rear. Have them written on the bike somewhere easy to find for example, written inside the top box on a piece of dyno-tape.

For additional peace of mind - explore our training packages.
www.motoventuratours.co.uk/training

3 - Tour updates.
Five-a-Day U.K. Tour - running from 12th to 16th of June 2017. Take care of your health and well being with our ‘5-a-Day’ Tour! Ensure you get one of your five-a-day essentials by visiting 5 of Great Britain’s finest National Parks in 5 Glorious days of motorcycling.

After meeting near Bristol we head up through the spine of Wales to Snowdonia area for our first night then on to the Yorkshire Dales, Peak District and Lake Districts for nights two and three then returning to Wales for night four near Aberystwyth. We finish with a ride down the Wye Valley and a visit to the stunning Tintern Abbey.

Single Rider - £610.65 per person
Rider & Pillion - £370.33 per person
Rider Sharing - £423.65 per person

www.motoventuratours.co.uk/future-tours/2017-tours/five-a-day-tour

Double-oh-Heaven European Tour - running from 25th July to 8th August 2017. This two week experience takes the team from Spain, over the Pyrenees, Lourdes, Millau, Monte Carlo, Milan, Lake Annecy, Lake Geneva and much much more... We ride the road made famous in 007 'Goldfinger' during the Aston Martin, Rolls Royce sequence and also the formula one road circuit in Monaco among many more delights. Double-oh-Heaven is very nearly fully booked so quick booking is now crucial.

Single Rider - £2296 per person
Rider & Pillion - £1380 per person
Rider Sharing - £1827 per person

Please note: We have no more commodore cabins available - standard two person 'inboard' cabins only.

www.motoventuratours.co.uk/future-tours/2017-tours/double-oh-heaven

Booking and more details are via our website.
All our tours include Quality Bed & Breakfast Accommodation - T-Shirts, Patches, DVD and more.

And finally, Battlefields Tour France & Belgium running from 18th to 24th September 2017. We visit some key locations from World Wars 1 & 2 over 6 days of riding. D-Day Beaches, Bayeux, Pegasus Bridge and Cafe, Bastogne, Somme, Verdun, Flanders, Menin Gate... Details are still being finalised for a final price. We will publish more details shortly.

For an informal chat or help with any questions about our tours or training please phone: 07590 599662 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ride Safe.

John Wilton
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