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R100 Cafe Racer For Sale - £5000 in Somerset.

R100 Cafe Racer For Sale - £5000 in Somerset.
Not our normal blog entry - but this little beauty needs a new home and my friend is not as good with the web as he is with spanners...
I will let him sell it in his own words.

"I have been restoring and building flat twin boxers since my mid 20s and am now in my 50s. As a rule i dont like cutting up these bikes and re modelling them, however in this case this 1982 R100 was in cosmeticly poor condition and so i restored it as it is, taking around four years to do.
The engine has been stripped to its last component and either replaced with oem parts or restored. Carburettors were also stripped and all internals replaced. The engine was then aqua blasted to a new finish.
The loom has been stripped back and terminals replaced as required before being re bound in loom tape and helibraid.

The engine is standard so not tuned or gas flowed etc. The gearbox was replaced by a motorworks refurbished one at £500 and is indexes seamlessly both up and down. All fastenings are aircraft grade stainless steel.
The high output battery is hidden under the rear seat hump.

The chassis has been stripped and powder coated as have the wheels. Rear sets are Disco volante and the clock is by digital speedos at £250. The seat was modelled by vonzetti of Devon.
In all nothing on this motorcycle has been done on the cheap, and it was never my intention at the time to sell it.
To ride, the bike is great fun and while not up with modern jap bike performance, it pulls hard and delivers impressive torque partly due to the weight lost. The sound is obviously louder than stock but not so as to cause offence.

The successful buyer will be provided the machine with a new fitted rear tyre and new MOT.

I will not end the sale early and will not take advanced offers.
Cash on collection only. Somerset. 07515 573894

Thanks for looking.

Rodge."
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Highway Code 'Rights (or wrongs!) of Way' image.

Highway Code 'Rights (or wrongs!) of Way' image.
This image is currently doing the rounds on social media inviting comments about which driver has right of way.

If you do sit and ponder who has priority over who then enjoy, it's a bit of fun but as a biker I want to look at it slightly differently.

What immediately strikes me when scanning the 'comments' (not the image) is the number of people who get the answer so catastrophically wrong!
While this attracts a certain amount of 'flak' from others it worries me more that, if genuine, these people potentially hold a driving licence.

So, as a biker we see this situation developing in the distance. What are your thoughts?

Simple - exercise caution!
Whichever direction you approach from, and whichever direction you intend to leave, treat EVERY VEHICLE as a potential hazard and a threat. Keep your eyes and your ears open. Don't assume someone has seen you, don't assume they will react according to the Highway Code (HC) or common sense.

Be mindful of those trying to be helpful with headlight flash. Are they flashing you or a.n.other? Are they flashing to give you an open door (against the HC but people do it a lot!) or are they flashing as per HC to say 'I AM HERE!' And remember, if you are going to sound you horn, do it like you mean it! Clear concise blast, not just a quick toot.

It doesn't matter one bit if you are right and the others are wrong when you are the one getting broadsided by someone who can't answer a basic HC quiz on Facebook.
Keep your wits about you. Treat everyone as a threat, then move on!

Enjoy the image, but enjoy the comments more!

John Wilton
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Guardian Bell - Superstition Scientifically Proven?

Guardian Bell

At Moto Ventura Tours we are supporters of having the right ‘kit’ for you, your pillion and your bike. There is no better way of keeping yourself ahead of the game and protected from the elements and from spills. Sadly, fashion for bikers isn’t always straight off the catwalk of Milan so the newest kits cant always protect you from the odd snigger from non-bikers as you walk in to a cafe for a break dressed like a Power Ranger. Oh the joys of being a ‘free thinking’ motorcyclist!

All the kit on the world however doesn’t stop some riders from taking part in their own little rituals and superstitions to keep them safe on the road.

This bring me on to the Guardian Bell. One of the most important pieces of kit on my own machine.

I’m not a routine subscriber to superstitions, often saying, “It’s unlucky to be superstitious” but my Guardian Bell is, as far as I’m concerned, scientifically proven to reduce risk and I’ll tell you why.

My Bell was a present from my two children via their Mum, and says on it ‘Worlds Greatest Biker Dad’. It is fixed to the handlebars hanging from one of the control cables much to amusement of the BMW techs at my local motorrad Garage, Ocean in Plymouth who write on their report. ‘Tinkling noise coming from bike’ each time it comes back from a service.

When I ride I focus on my riding, the road, the hazards, prioritising and dealing with then accordingly and as a red blooded biker I still like to open it up and have some fun and this is where risk increases. Risk increases and speeds increases, opportunities to ‘fly’ and make progress need to be calculated and thought through often in a very short space of time, often instantaneous and this is where the line between risk and reward start to merge, sometimes becoming blurry. How often are you out on the far side of the road for view and thinking, “can I just have the next one?” as you look at a car in the distance or even, “I’m late for work, I just need to get past this tractor and trailer/LGV/Caravan/Car”. The rewards for completing both are often small but the risk is often large.

My Bell gives a little chime as I rumble along the road and that tinkle is enough to remind me that sometimes the juice just isn’t worth the squeeze.

Be late for work, it’s really not worth injury for.

So you don’t get to scrape past the slower moving car, so what. Make it a ‘Rolls Royce’ overtake next time, an over-take to be proud of.

My little Guardian Bell actually does work - It keep reminding me of the little ones at home for whom I am their Guardian Angel.
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Moto Ventura Tours Presents - An Evening with Nick Sanders. Motorcycle Legend

Moto Ventura Tours Presents - An Evening with Nick Sanders. Motorcycle Legend
Moto Ventura Tours presents 'An Evening with Nick Sanders.'

Nick will be our guest at the the Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, Devon on Saturday 8th April 2017.

Nick is a multi-record breaking motorcyclist and British Motorcycling Legend. As well as a former world record holder for bicycling around the world he is more commonly known for his motorcycle world records again circumnavigating the world on several occasions. He is famous for undertaking such challenges on a Yamaha R1 sports bike including numerous desert/mountain crossings on the R1 which would challenge even the most hardened off-road rider.

Nick's story includes taking two narrowboats across the English Channel to the Black Sea, piloting hot air balloons and establishing the U.K.'s first motorcycle festival 'Mach 1' at his exhibition centre in Wales.

All of the above he has achieved in his own style which is fast paced, exciting and often accompanied with many laughs and anecdotes.

Nick will start his talk (which includes movie clips etc) at 6:30pm for approximately 90 mins after which a buffet will be served and opportunity to have a Q&A session with Nick.

Please arrive in good time.

The venue has a bar for those requiring additional refreshments.

Due to the venue tickets will be 'first-come first-serve' basis hence the need to call/email direct.

For ticket purchase or further info email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
or contact us on 07590 599662.

This is a ticket only event and tickets are available now from Moto Ventura Tours at £15 per person.

Ticket price includes:
90 minute presentation from Nick Sanders
Evening Buffet
Signed copy of Nick's latest DVD or Book (worth £12.99)
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Subconscious cruise control - Hypnosis on the road.

Moto Ventura Tours preach ‘Real Life Rider Skills’. While a firm believer in IAM and ROSPA based training packages, especially as they look to the police system for a foundation it must be pointed out that there are weaknesses in being too inflexible. A good example of that is which foot to place down. While learning to ride the DSA practise placing the left foot down then when going on to more advanced riding, the right foot is placed down instead of the left. There are reasons surrounding efficiency, safety and looking tidy for this, but in Real Life - which ever foot stops you falling over would be my personal choice and in a fully loaded touring bike with pillion - you would not criticised in putting down BOTH!

Mental attitude of even the most experienced rider is vital. We are ALWAYS learning - even the best of the best. No TT rider just arrives on the island and rides his or her lap without practise. It’s the same with real life riding. Remember to keep an open mind when riding. The same goes for familiar roads - Don't become complacent. While being familiar with a road can help a lot, being too complacent can hurt. I am often waving my arms frantically at motorists who are not expecting to see a stationary vehicle (even when signed and with blue lights lit) on their ‘normal commute’ and very often it takes a real last minute ‘extreme’ measure to get their attention.

Many people enter an entranced state when they drive or ride that only something of significance can ‘snap’ them back to reality. While I could go on forever the basic advice I want to pass is, don’t assume another person;
a) has seen you, or
b) will actually react to you or do what you expect.

Look out for you - because no one else is going to.

We are undeniably in the midst of winter and looking forward to several weeks of cold ’n’ wet yet to come. Our overwhelming advice at the moment is, don’t neglect your biking! If you are fortunate enough to have a winter hack then use it. If not, be gentle but ride as much as you feel is safe. No better training than riding in the winter (as we have said in previous blogs and newsletters).

Don’t let your skills lapse and then jump on your bike in the summer only to discover both you and your machine have a ton of gremlins to resolve.

Should you be tempted to get some help with your riding Moto Ventura Tours is offering a massive 50% reduction in ALL training packages in January, February or March 2017 INCLUDING RPMT Enhanced Riding Courses which, if you qualify, result in the issue of a DSA Certificate which can be used to reduce some insurance premiums.

Now, get out and enjoy the fresh air! It’s good for the carbs!

www.motoventuratours.co.uk/training 

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What are you plans for 2017? - Don't delay!

What are your plans for 2017? Treat yourself & your partner to a motorcycle tour you will never forget!

12th to 16th June - 'Five-a-Day'.
Five UK National Parks in Five glorious days of riding. Brecon - Snowdonia - Peak - Dales - Lakes.
Some stunning accommodation welcomes the team each evening with tranquil and peaceful locations sure to warm the soul and re-charge the batteries.
'5-a-day' is exactly what the Doctor ordered!

25th July to 8th August - 'Double-Oh-Heaven'.
Following in the footsteps of 007 on the Furka Pass in Switzerland (Goldfinger) - Monte Carlo - Vosges - Millau - Contra Dam (Goldeneye bungee stunt) - Devils Bridge - Little St Bernard Pass (Italian Job) - Grimsel Pass - Tremolo Pass - Lake Geneva - Lake Annecy - Lourdes.
With some very special accommodation booked we have really gone all out for the team. We take the ferry from Portsmouth to Spain and return via the channel tunnel 2 weeks later

Email for details of available spaces as 'Double-oh-Heaven' is very nearly fully booked.

18th to 24th September - 'Introduction to Battlefields'. - Experience a taste of World War 1 and 2 history with our introduction to some iconic battlefield locations - Normandy Beaches - Somme - Flanders - Verdun - Pegasus Bridge - Ypres - Bastogne (Battle of the Bulge) - Lochnagar crater - Douaumont Ossuary - Thiepval Memorial.
More amazing accommodation for the team as we travel around Northern France and Belgium visiting paying our respects to the true heroes of our time.

We are taking bookings on all trips so don't delay. We limit our tour spaces so the team get the maximum benefit from the tour.

Our lead guides are professional motorcyclists who ride with you all the way.

Click below for more details or, if you wish to discuss details further call 07590 599662.

goo.gl/XR5KXu

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Biker v Petrol Forecourt

Petrol Forecourts v. Bikers

Predator v Alien, City v United, Oasis v Blur…? How about Biker v Petrol Forecourt?

Whether you view the petrol forecourt as a friend or foe we all need them and more often than we would like to admit. Admittedly they are good for a rest, cuppa and snack with varying degrees of facilities available and some even build up a ‘following’ becoming a social focus point for ride-outs and meets but sadly some fall short of providing a safe place for us adventurous iron-horse riding types.

A common issue is the removal of the helmet, followed by a new up and coming problem, remaining on your machine whilst filling up.

The helmet issue may have had its origins and justifications vaguely linked to robberies and thefts. While ‘head covering’ was the chosen method of avoiding detection for the criminal masterminds who decide to ‘hold up’ a gas station this method wasn’t overly used for a number of reasons. The criminal genius soon realise that it wasn’t very practical to run away while wearing a massive bone dome on your noggin, it limited their view, made them easier to subdue once caught (control the head and you control the beast) and with advances in DNA and ease of retrieving it, almost guaranteed their demise by leaving a present for the law in the lid. So understandably we are requested to remove helmets prior to entering the store to pay. I do think the majority of us have no problem with this. It is simply good manners and shows off our golden locks and stunning good looks to the other customers.

Another helmet issue extends to the filling of your motorcycle. There is a garage local to my hometown who refuse to authorise the pump until the biker removes their helmet - Even those with flip fronts!

When challenged them they used the excuse that the garage was protecting themselves against ‘drive offs’. The rider (an off-duty police officer) was then given a jack-a-nory story that the forecourt in question utilised facial recognition technology to ID riders and therefore needed the helmet to be removed. The rider pointed out the big piece of yellow plastic on the back of the bike which had unique reference number applied to it, for arguments sake we will call it the ‘registration plate’ but this won no favour with the garage who simply refused to authorised the pump. The result - Riders replacing the nozzle and riding off.

Quite frankly I don’t want to remove my helmet at the pump - Where do I place it? On the floor? My helmet cost the best part of £500. (£700 if you include the comms equipment I’ve fitted inside) and I’ve no desire to see if covered in ‘crap’ from the forecourt floor.
What is more comical, is that when telling this story to police work colleagues one chirped up to mention that they were refused service at the same garage even when sat astride a police motorcycle in full uniform! The logic begs belief.

This brings me nicely on to the latest issue to come to our attention, being sat astride your bike whilst filling. The same thread on a biker Facebook page highlighted how a major supermarket (we will call them ‘CESTO’) refused to authorised a pump for a rider sat astride his machine. The cashier even pushed a letter from head office under the nose of the biker, dictating their ‘policy’.

Lets consider the argument - Petrol and diesel on the floor making foot placement dangerous and slippery. This means the motorcyclist may slip and drop their machine whilst filling and cause a spillage. So the advice is to fill when off the machine. I’m sorry, as a preference I fill while sat on my machine. Allow me to explain why.

1 - Both feet are on the ground giving me stability.
2 - The bike is level meaning I can fill my bike with the maximum amount of go-go juice possible (surely every little helps Tes… I mean ‘Cesto’). Most modern tanks aren’t overly effected and you shouldn’t brim your tank generally.
3 - I don’t have to lean over the bike, twist around, touch my toes and play ‘ker-plunk’ with the masses of twisted fuel lines adorning the pump.
4 - Some riders like to fill, then paddle their bikes a few feet forward so their mates to get to the pump.
5 - My pillion can stay asleep on the back while I fill up - Ok perhaps that one isn’t true.

There is a new Facebook page (Biker v Petrol Forecourt) requesting riders name and shame the garage forecourts with tales of unfriendly behaviour and blatant hostility towards motorcyclists.

So, one solution I am considering. Some forecourts offer an attended service to less mobile clients. Request it. Dismount and request the attendant fill your bike while you ‘right it’ with both hands firmly on the handlebars - I am sure they would be more than happy to help as this goes a long way to promote safety at the pump - Or am I now being the difficult one?

The other solution - Name & shame.

Practically I cannot sign off this blog without some genuine safety ‘observations’ when filling. If, like me, you prefer to fill whilst sat on your machine;

1 - Ride to the pump with it on your strong side. For me this is my right side. This also means I can step off the bike away from the pump and have plenty of space for my dismount. Just be mindful of Billy-Bob BoyRacer or Richard the Rep flying through the centre of the pumps in their Formula 1 car and taking you off your legs. If your strong side is your left, give yourself ample space to dismount your machine or consider moving it a bit after filling.
2 - Before filling - Get your side stand down! Don’t need to elaborate on this point, common ‘bike sense’ here.
3 - If you do get refused service - Don’t lose your temper with the attendant. If you really feel aggrieved request the duty-manager and make your point. Move your bike from the pump and be polite. Other people need fuel too, some urgently.
4 - Don’t leave your fill to the last minute. It is better to ride off and find another than have to ‘back down’ and conform to their requests, no matter how daft, because you are sailing in on fumes.
5 - The consumer will win. If a garage is hostile, tell you mates and take your business elsewhere.

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The Curse of Fair Weather Biking

Winter is around the corner, so is it a case of, “biker hibernation” or “let’s get out there”?

Hopefully the later, and for good reason. The winter environment gives the perfect opportunity to dial in those skills. For me, after riding for a prolonged period in the rain, as soon as the sun comes out I feel like a new rider! Grip immediately feels better, my view is increased, my level of comfort rises and fatigue lessens. I genuinely feel an improvement in my riding.

It’s the same for winter riding. For all the nasties and perils that it brings I welcome it for a number of reasons. Primarily the chance to train and improve your skills. You have to be more alert, more vigilant and more disciplined in your system and your riding plan.

A good ride out on dry winter roads after a few days of poor weather is refreshing, uplifting and like a huge breath of fresh air.

But the main advantage has to be when the spring returns. It is painfully obvious which riders have had their bikes stabled for the winter - and by that I mean not just the bikes but themselves too. Early March and look at all the riders out gingerly blowing the cobwebs out of there baffles and picking the fluff from the fairings of the blankets which have covered there machines for the last 5 months.

While they look like Bambi learning to walk, a rider who has been on it all through the winter is equally as obvious. They are unfazed, in fact positively relaxed and laid back but smooth and tidy in their riding. A joy to watch.

Some riders opt for a ‘winter hack’. A bike which you are willing to abuse a little more than your main bike, but not everyone has this luxury. If you do lay up your main machine - please have it checked properly before jumping back on and charging down the road.

Over the coming weeks we will touch on a few subjects that will hopefully give you ‘food for thought’ over the winter but for now some things to mention early before the money gets allocated to the Christmas shopping list.

Kit - A good friend of mine reported on his RTTW experience recently, he was soaked to the skin (after spending some decent money on a jacket) during the 7 hours of downpour while his wife was completely toastie dry in her jacket etc. On the bright side his gloves kept the water out and his hands stayed dry.

Get good kit! I can’t highlight it enough and because you are spending a fortune on kit, shop around! There are plenty of good deals out there. My last helmet included free kevlar jeans! The internet is a great place to buy but has the disadvantage of being more laborious to return if it doesn’t fit. So be cheeky, pop into your nearest shop which sells the same gear you are looking at on the web and try a few sizes on. Alternatively you could try this, it has worked for me on a number of occasions. Ask if the store will price match the internet. Most will albeit rather reluctantly, as long as the website you are showing them is a UK based site (and they will expect to see it on your smart-phone).

I got a pair of Oakley glasses reduced from £144 to £90 just by asking the staff to price-match an internet price. Be prepared to walk away if that say no.

Read reviews - Bear in mind though that someone may love the product you end up hating so read a few and get an overall picture. Make sure your review site is independent i.e. don’t read a review for the phone from the shop that is selling you that same phone… There are lots of sites out there doing independent product reviews (hopefully we will soon be one of them).

What decent kit is needed? - Well the top three items have to be winter gloves, helmet and jacket.

Helmet - The most expensive isn’t always the best. Having had Arai, Shuberth, Shark, Shoei, BMW and many others I can confirm two things - 1) price doesn’t ensure quality and functionality and 2) everyone’s bonce is different. What fits and looks good on your mate/partner may not fit you.

Age, is it old/new? Strap, is it fraying, buckles and fixing working and rust free? Ventilation, does it have enough and are they working freely?

So you are happy with your helmet, then check the visor. Is it scratched, chipping and cracked? If it fogs get an insert, breath mask or visor wax/spray but do something to keep your visor mist free.

Jacket - If you are happy with you jacket, fit the liners in on a spare evening when you’re sat at home so you don’t have to do it last minute before you jump on the bike in a hurry and decide to give up half way through. Give your jacket and liner it’s annual wash. Is the waterproofing still up to the job? A can of waterproofing spray is always worth a squirt if not and if you can, get something reflective to help with the low light that winter brings. Reflective is good! Maybe, not cool but lying on a gurney is even less cool.

Gloves - If you are happy with your gloves - great, but are they proper winter gloves and will they keep your digits warm when the ice starts to form. As a naive youngster I rode from Somerset to Cornwall in a February on my sports bike and when I got home stupidly put my ice-cold hands in warm water thinking it would warm them up! The pain was incredible! The problem with winter gloves is the loss of finite feeling but hey, the problem with frost bite is the loss of fingers!

Sunglasses - shorter days mean more chance of hitting the dreaded low-sun at either end of the day.

So following on from those;

Trousers - Either textile or leather and brand-matching your jacket preferably. Zip together stuff is brilliant but some brands deliberately fit specific zip sizes so you are forced to buy the same brand trousers and jacket. This doesn’t cause a big problem if both products are what you want - otherwise you can add your own zip later.

Thermal Layers - I have tried Arktis thermal top and bottoms, Pro-Skins ‘wind shield’ (parachute like material) and I have recently acquired Pro-Skins inner layers which I have heard very good things about. I’m told they will keep me cool in the heat and warm in the winter - we will see! Any decent outdoor shop can sell you thermals at a good price - and thermals can make even the coldest ride more bearable. Oddly, you probably won’t notice their benefit - until you do the same ride without them on at a later date!

Neck warmer - I used to hate these. Couldn’t see the point and felt a little trapped having them around my neck. Oh boy I changed my outlook when I gave in to one on an especially cold day. I still prefer to ride without but it goes on much sooner when the temperature dips.

So your clothing is a massive factor into making your winter riding go well. It stands to reason your bike should be working and problem free all year but it is even more vital now. Tyres for example. The legal limit is 1mm but honestly, are you happy with that in the wet and dirt on the roads? Correct tyre pressures, yes please! Fluids and brake pads? Oil and coolant? Enough petrol? All the basics that should be scrutinised daily need extra attention - do not neglect any areas that need attention.

Battery - the cold weather will kill your battery but also a poor battery will kill your winter ride so invest and get something that will see you through.

Riding - slow up. Take your time, plan your journey and give yourself more time. With the elements already ganging up on you, the winter car drivers failing to clear their windscreens or concentrating too much on their heated seats, it isn’t worth giving yourself even more pressure by leaving late for work so in short - more time, less pressure. More pleasure, less risk.

Finally if all my advice above is a bit too much to take in or maybe you're already happy with your winter riding just remember what Billy Connolly said, “There is no such thing as bad weather, there are just the wrong clothes!”

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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.

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Advanced/Enhanced Rider Training Packages with Moto Ventura Tours

You cannot afford to neglect the most important part of your motorcycle - YOU!

With more traffic on our roads than ever before and less money spent on repair and maintenance, motorcycle training has never been more important.

The figures are frightening - Motorcyclists make up about 1% of road traffic but suffer 20% of deaths and serious injuries.

Once you have passed your test you will be told countlessly how the real learning is just beginning - each ride brings more opportunity to learn and develop and often that learning is as a result of a near miss - this is called 'critical learning',

With our Driving Standards Agency approved RPMT instructor you can help you to develop your skills and mental attitude to help you ride as safely as possible. Our instructor has honed their skills at the frontline of professional motorcycling and is ideally suited to pass on the benefit of his experiences.

We offer courses ranging from a 2 hour RPMT assessment to longer course running a number of days. Courses can be structured or bespoke depending on your individual needs.

On completion of the RPMT assessment successful riders receive a 'DSA Certificate Of Competence' which is accepted by most insurance companies to help lower your premium but better than that, you will learn some skills and techniques will may be priceless.

Our structure courses are suitable for those wishing to explore varying levels of advanced riding while our bespoke courses can cover topics such as;

NEW RIDER
RETURNING TO MOTORCYCLING (AFTER AN 'OFF' OR AFTER A BREAK FROM MOTORCYCLES AKA THE 'BORN AGAIN BIKER')
UPSIZING
PILLION RIDING
GROUP RIDING
TOURING
CONFIDENCE BUILDING

Plus more...

If you feel you are already up to scratch then think of your loved ones, our training deals make superb gifts for someone you care about.

IT'S TIME TO TAKE CONTROL!

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Battlefields of France and Belgium - Chance to pay respects.

"With the Moto Ventura Tours 'Introduction to Battlefields' Tour planned from 4th to 10th of September 2017 the opportunity is there to research and visit the resting place of your ancestors.

We did exactly that in 2015 and founder, John Wilton located and visited the grave of his Great Great Uncle, Edward 'Percy' Prior. A member of the Tank Regiment, Percy died in the Somme in July 1918.

With enough notice, it may be possible to include some visits in to the tour, so if you are thinking that this may be for you, please contact us now, as the earlier notice we have, the more chance there is to include a visit to a grave relevant to you!"

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2017 Tours are here! Book your time off work now!

2017 ToUrS are HerE!
Summaries of our 2017 Tours including dates are now published! More exact details to follow

19th to 22nd May - UK
WILD SOUTHWEST
Our 3 day West-country tour is a perfect way to see some of the most dramatic and stunning roads and landscapes in the UK.

11th to 16th June - UK
FIVE-A-DAY
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.

29nd June to 2nd July - UK
WILD SOUTHWEST
Due to its popularity we visit our 3-day West-country tour a second time.

26th July and 9th August. European
DOUBLE ‘OH’ HEAVEN
We board a ferry from the UK to start our tour on the north coast of Spain from where we head to Pamplona, Pyrenees mountains, Millau Bridge, Gorge Du Verdon, Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, Monte Carlo, Italy, Contra Dam from opening sequence of GoldenEye in Switzerland... Pause! Breath! We ride the Furka Pass from another classic Bond movie, ‘Goldfinger’ where Tilly Masterson's attempts to kill Goldfinger are scuppered by Sean Connery in his Aston Martin DB5. We also ride on to the Grimsel Pass, Nufenen Pass and the stunning Gotthard Pass and Tremola then on to Lake Annecy via Lake Geneva. The Little St Bernard pass from the opening sequence of the ‘Italian Job’, where Roger Beckermann is killed by the Mafia while driving a Lamborghini Miura in the Italian Alps, Montreaux, Vosges Mountains and Ardennes in France to cool down those tyres then our final night in Ypres, Belgium where we witness the last-post played every evening at the Menin gate in respect of the fallen of World War 1.

4th to 10th of September. France & Belgium
BATTLEFIELDS
Introduction to Battlefields - Normandy, The Somme, Verdun, Bastogne & Ypres.

Join us!

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Legend Nick Sanders and some updates on 9-Länder tour.

Legend Nick Sanders and some updates on 9-Länder tour.
As 9-Länder approaches we want to remind people that if you want to book one of the few remaining spaces then payment needs to be made as soon as your spot is secured! This is due to us now being within 6 weeks of the tour starting - so if you don't want to miss out on this brilliant tour, you need to be quick!

We have added a couple of extra surprises this year making this 9-Länder even more memorable.

Don't hesitate to email of call us to secure your place.

On a separate note, we had the pleasure of bumping into motorcycling's answer to Ranulph Fiennes and iconic British motorcycling legend - Nick Sanders at Damerells in Cornwall last week. A true gentlemen and his stories had us in complete stitches as is always the case. If you ever get chance to see Nick please do, and if you are in Wales on your bike then a visit and stay at his Exhibition Centre is a must! His new book 'The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man. Vol 1' is essential reading for anyone with a taste for adventure.

Good luck with 'Mach 1' Nick!

More exciting Nick Sanders news to follow in due course...
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Details of our training packages will also soon be published so keep an eye on our website or, to be sure of getting the news first, subscribe to our newsletter.

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Are you ready, für die 9-Ländern?

Are you ready, für die 9-Ländern?
Polished up ready for Moto Ventura Tours "9-Lander" Euro-tour. Destinations include France, Belgium Austria, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Lichtenstein, Switzeland, Netherlands and 'maybe' a cheeky swing into the Czech Republic. Bucket list stuff including Hitlers Eagles Nest, Stelvio Pass, Großglockner, Neuschwanstein Castle, Colditz, Mohne Dam, Black Forest, Bruges... And MORE!

Book now or they'll leave without you! Includes a fully edited DVD full of on and off bike laughs for you to treasure and share on those rainy days back in Blighty. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone/sms 07590 599662
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The '9-Länder' June 2016 cut point is approaching - Moto Ventura Tours

The '9-Länder' June 2016 cut point is approaching - Moto Ventura Tours
The '9-Länder' June 2016 cut off point is approaching!

Leaving U.K. on June 3rd for two unforgettable weeks of amazing riding on fantastic roads with stunning roads and brilliant company.
Stelvio Pass, Großglockner Pass, Colditz Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), B500 - The Black Forest, Luxembourg City, Salzburg, Hitler's Eagles Nest, Vaduz, Bruges, Möhne Dam (Dambusters) and much more...

Includes a fully edited DVD full of on and off bike laughs for you to treasure and share on those rainy days back in Blighty.
email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone/sms 07590 599662

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Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile smile smile... Moto Ventura Tours

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag and smile smile smile... Moto Ventura Tours
Describe in one word the feeling you get when packing your panniers for a road trip. Excitement? Anticipation? Maybe, nervous?

There is something extremely satisfying about checking off your pannier 'check list' and loading up the Iron Horse. If you are anything like me then you are probably guilty of loading the bike up with a couple of practice loads often followed by stepping back and taking a proud look at your fully laden motorcycle and a few snaps for the holiday album!

If you are a first time tourer we will do everything within our ability to make your first trip abroad not only memorable but will have you craving for the next adventure almost as soon as you are back in Blighty... If you are nervous about the actual riding, whether it's riding on the right, group riding, foreign roads, don't be, as we are also Post Test Advanced Trainers with relevant experience that any amount of money simply cannot buy and we want to share that with you. Feel free to call for an informal chat about our Tours & Training Deals - 07590 599662 and ask for John or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spaces for our June 9-Länder are filling up fast so if you are keen to come along, you really need to let us know now and reserve your place.

There is a reason that motorcyclists have the most amazing and genuine smiles on their faces! Let us show you why.
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SMILE! Moto Ventura Tours

SMILE! Moto Ventura Tours
Bikers are a friendly bunch, we know that because we are all bikers and all share that common bond, however have you ever stopped to think how others view you? Whether you are a shaved head bearded tattoo wielding tree trunk solid larger than life giant or a small petit framed lady with pigtails and pink leathers we are often viewed by the other road users as slightly inapproachable. My thought? Let's start a worldwide campaign of happiness and chit chat - next time you are at a red traffic light and people are queuing up, break the ice and have chat, sing a song, do a dance but show people that the time waiting for a red light passes much quicker with a smile, a wave and a natter. It increases alertness, reduces fatigue, gets the blood pumping to the dormant grey matter and is just a nice friendly thing to do!
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Over or Under? The Millau Viaduct - Moto Ventura Tours

Over or Under? The Millau Viaduct - Moto Ventura Tours
Taking 3 years to construct and opened one month ahead of schedule in December 2004 the Millau Viaduct is rapidly becoming one of the most recognisable bridges in the world. Even as a local to the area I imagine it would be impossible to pass by this construction without staring at it's sheer magnificence but here is an interesting dilemma, do you ride over or under to get the best view? From the images you find on google it is tempting just to ride over the bridge and continue on your merry way - but wait a minute. Yes the viewing platform is great and the view is breathtaking, the ride over offers a sense of accomplishment but to truly get the measure of the sheer size of this bridge you must ride underneath it. We do exactly that, we ride south OVER the bridge, exit the motorway then loop back underneath. The bonus is a staggering view, but take your time and don't rush - despite it's size, it's easy to miss!
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Under or Over - The Millau Viaduct - Moto Ventura Tours

Under or Over - The Millau Viaduct - Moto Ventura Tours
Taking 3 years to construct and opened one month ahead of schedule in December 2004 the Millau Viaduct is rapidly becoming one of the most recognisable bridges in the world. Even as a local to the area I imagine it would be impossible to pass by this construction without staring at it's sheer magnificence but here is an interesting dilemma, do you ride over or under to get the best view? From the images you find on google it is tempting just to ride over the bridge and continue on your merry way - but wait a minute. Yes the viewing platform is great and the view is breathtaking, the ride over offers a sense of accomplishment but to truly get the measure of the sheer size of this bridge you must ride underneath it. We do exactly that, we ride south OVER the bridge, exit the motorway then loop back underneath. The bonus is a staggering view, but take your time and don't rush - despite it's size, it's easy to miss!

John
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Go Mo! - Moto Ventura Tours

Go Mo! - Moto Ventura Tours
Our racing legend, Mo, fully loaded on his Triumph Sprint. A motorcycle which even runs on 2-stroke fuel but we will let Mo tell that story! Join us this June for 9-Länder or sign up for regular tour and training updates.
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