New Horizons Motorcycle Training and Tours

Combining Motorbike Touring with Training


May 2020

Ride to Adlestrop

Decided it was such a nice evening, a ride into the Cotswolds was called for.

With sat-nav set to “windiest” route, off we set to Adlestrop. I say “we”, me and the Tiger!

On the way home, down the Fosse Way, took a short detour through Bourton on the Water. Then, back home via the A419!

Great ride out. Not fast, but nice and scenic pootling along finding some hidden little scenic gems!

Back on the radio

Back on the radio next Wednesday, 3 June, around 11am to talk to Shirley about riding / driving and all sorts!

Plan is to discuss opportunities that we have to change how we work, how we travel and all that sort of fun stuff post lockdown.

Of course, I’m promoting Advanced Rider training where I can, and we will begin tutoring again in June.

With the light evenings, I can offer after work sessions for £55pp. Starting at 5pm, finishing around 8pm. We can work on specific areas that need tweaking, confidence building or just a general ride to gain confidence again!

Short video of pre-lockdown ride

Leaving Wroughton, we headed towards Avebury, Marlborough, Ramsbury, Aldebourne, Hungerford, Lambourn and then finally Ashbury and Bishopstone. A great morning ride with plenty of scenery and opportunities for opening the throttle!

Mad Wednesday!

With the recent government announcement that we can drive / ride as far as we like starting from tomorrow, Wednesday 13th May, the roads will be busier than ever with all sorts of motorists, so please take care.

For a rider who may have not ridden since lockdown began 8 weeks ago, be aware that skills do fade so take those first few miles easy – it won’t take too long to get back up to where you were. I know my skill level will have dropped even-though I did ride over winter, and was starting to enjoy the longer days!

If you stopped riding over winter, then the level of riding skill you ended up with last year will definitely have faded so take a little more care too.

For all riders though, take care and be wary even more so than usual of other road users as they are not used to seeing motorcycles so we could be a bit of a surprise to them. That includes cyclists, pedestrians, horse riders, cars and lorries.

Training – this is still on hold pending further announcements from the government which is all to do with social distancing. As is touring – we can’t stay away from home yet. Maybe sometime in July this could change for both training and touring.

If, like me, you are planning a ride tomorrow, then don’t forget to check the tyres, oil, water, seals etc – we call it POWDDERSS in Roadcraft.

Petrol, Oil, Water, Damage, Drive, Electrics, Rubber, Steering and Suspension.

Have fun out there!

And my short ride from today:

Lockdown ending?

Hoping that we’ll hear some good news this Sunday 10th May about easing up on some of the lockdown restrictions. With a bit of luck, that means we can ride our bikes again!

If this happens, drop us a line if interested in rider training or touring. We will be ready and waiting to get going again!

Drop us a line anyway – we are always happy to answer questions.

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