Temporary Suspension of HAB Activity

Temporary Suspension of HAB Activity

It is with great regret that, following Government and IAM Roadsmart advice on restricting the spread of Coronavirus, we have decided it will be necessary to suspend all HAB organised Ride-Outs and meetings until further notice. Obviously individuals are free to make their own arrangements outside the scope of HAB to ride; pay at the pump fuel and picnic on the moors which has been suggested as a potential way of still riding and self isolating. We will continue to monitor the situation and look forward to resuming our activities again once this beastly business is over. Please try to keep in contact with each other by safe means throughout this difficult period and hopefully we can remain a cohesive group until we can return to normal. Stay safe.

John Blanchfield


Harrogate Advanced Bikes

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Sunday Ride 15th March – North Yorkshire Dales & Moors

Another epic ride from Andrew & Bob, we shall meet as usual at 0900 for a 0930 start at Asda Lorry Park, Dragon Road, Harrogate.

We take the A61 north to just past Ripon, then minor roads through Wath & Burneston to Bedale, then Kirkby Fleetham & onto Ellerton on Swale and the Lakeside Farm Shop and Country Café (DL10 6AP) where we can enjoy tea, coffee cakes & buns. 

After coffee, we head to Bolton on Swale, then north & east via Entercommon, Appleton Wiske, Rounton & Swainby, where we enter the North York Moors national park. Then to Osmotherley & over the moors to Hawnby, Helmsley & Beadlam Grange  YO62 7TD where we will lunch.

After a great lunch we head south west, through Wombleton, Hovingham, Crayke, Alne,  Alwark Bridge, Arkendale, and finally Ripley village where we finish our ride.

Hope you can join us on this 121 miler.


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Advanced Motorcycle Tours

Hi, Please see message below sent into our group email. May be of interest to combine a tour with Advanced Riding Instruction.

I am a retired West Midlands Police traffic officer who has moved to France. I run a small tour and training company aimed at improving the skills of advanced riders in the wonderful French countryside. If any of your members are interested they can get details at www.advancedmotorcycletours.com. If you have other contacts with other groups I would appreciate you passing it on. Thanks in advance, Regards Kelvin Street.


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AGM 2020 Agenda and Accounts

In preparation for the AGM please find below agenda and audited accounts for your information.










Thanks, Paul

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Minutes from 2019 AGM

Dear All.

In preparation for the upcoming AGM please find attached last years AGM minutes.



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Formal Notice of Harrogate Advanced Bikes AGM Monday 9th March

Dear All,

Please find attached formal notice of our annual AGM to be held Monday 9th March at 7.30 pm at Bilton Cricket Club.

We invite members to nominate and second members of the committee either as elected officers or general committee members. It is only through the efforts of an active and full committee that we can develop and maintain the group.

The form can be completed and sent to secretary@harrogateadvancedbikes.co.uk, or you may email nominations directly if you don’t have printing/scanning facilities.

Paul Dresser (Secretary)

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Sunday Ride Out Leaders Needed

Your Club Needs You!

New Ride Out Leader Found! Hooray!!!!!!!!

Dear Full HAB Club Members

Our Sunday Ride Outs have all gone well this year, but we don’t as yet have a ride leader for March 15th or April 19th. Please volunteer if you are able to. Advice is available on the HAB website and also available from yours truly or other experienced HAB members.

Guidelines are:

Plan your route – no more than 90 minutes to morning coffee stop. Another 90 minutes (max) to lunch stop.

Keep it simple–not too many junctions. A complicated route spoils the flow.

Suss out coffee and lunch stops, can they cater for up to 20 or so riders?

Pre-ride your route with your tail ender (a volunteer tail ender can be found for you). Remember a large group will be slower than the two of you.

Ride leaders should demonstrate an advanced riding style, i.e. safe, legal and progressive, with due consideration to road conditions on the day.

Use the drop of system at all junctions, allows everyone to ride at their own pace, without bunching up.

Prepare a briefing with riders before you start, note junctions difficult to mark, fuel stops, identify leader and tail ender and make it clear that you will be obeying obey all rules of road, including speed and you expect everyone else to do so. Consider preparing a hand-out for the riders with contact numbers and locations of stops/fuel. Record the details of all riders on the ride.

Aim to finish between 16:00 and 17:00 – Choose a convenient place to end your ride (i.e. Ripley car park, Stump Cross Cafe Etc.).

Please let the Ride Out coordinator have a note of the route-a basic route with stops noted.

Above all enjoy the experience.

Please contact Barry Ring-your support would be much appreciated.

barrya.ring@gmail.com or 07847786608

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Wednesday 4th March Mid-week Ride

The next Mid-Week ride will be on Wednesday 4th March and will be led by John Blanchfield.

Meet 9.00 am for 9.30 am start from St James Retail Park, Knaresborough HG5 8PY.

We begin by heading south to Wetherby then Tadcaster, Cawood, Stillingfleet, crossing the A19, Escrick, then SE to pick up the the A163 at North Duffield. At Bubwith we turn south to meet the A63 and head for Howden where we stop at the Waterwheel Tea Room for coffee (or tea!) DN14 7JP.

After our break continuing through Howden and east onto the B1230 to North Cave. North through Market Weighton, Bainton, Wetwang and onto Sledmere House for lunch, YO25 3XG.

The route home runs westward through North Grimston, Kirkham Priory, across the A64 through the villages to the south of the Howardian Hills, crossing the A19 and eventually also crossing the River Ouse at the Aldwark Bridge. Further west, crossing the A1 and finally onto the A59 where the ride will finish in the lay-by just before the St James Retail Park roundabout.

Total distance 126 miles.

I hope you can make it on Wednesday the 4th.


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Spring Two Day Ride

Dear All

Very sorry but the May mid week 2 day ride to Northumberland and the Borders has 11 takers (bikes) which I feel is the maximum number for a long days ride. I therefore propose to take no more requests for it. I would be happy to keep a reserved list if anyone wants to be offered a place should someone drop out.

Best regards.


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Sunday 24th Ride Out Reminder

Our postponed ride will go ahead this coming Sunday. The weather forecast is reasonable with light rain showers forecast but some sunshine too as we approach our lunch venue.

The route may need modifying due to local road flooding but that will be taken care of.

Yours truly will be leading the original proposed ride as Chris and Enzo are unavailable. A volunteer tail-end Charlie would be appreciated on the day please.

Meeting at ASDA lorry park 9.00am for a 9.30am set off. If it’s wet slip into ASDA car park under cover please.

Stops are coffee at Cracoe’s Cafe, Cracoe BD23 6LA.

Lunch Cafe Cargo, Foulridge BB8 7PP.

Finish at Stump Cross Caverns HG3 5JL.

Just 104 miles in total.

For full details please look at the original post (Feb 9th).

I hope you can make it, only light rain forecast!

All the best.


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