August Sunday 18th Ride Out to Cadwell Park BSB

Only a week away from our trip to Cadwell Park British Superbike Racing on Sunday 18th.

The meeting point for this ride will be a Wetherby Services on the A1 9.00am for 9.30 am set off (cheaper fuel at Morrisons in Wetherby). Please spread the word about the change of starting point in case anyone misses this email.

I’ve been to BSB meets at other circuits a few times and always been throughly entertained. Riding on roads has it’s dangers for any normal human but the gladiators on the track are on a different level. Anyone following BSB this year is no doubt amazed by Scott Reading coming into the series straight from MotoGP and leading the Championship after just a few races. He has a fight on his hands with Josh Brookes and Tommy Bridewell, all three of them on the new Ducati Panigale V4R.

The plan is to arrive, be settled in and fed, well before the first Superbike race at 1.30pm followed by a full afternoon of racing including sidecars and the second Superbike race at 4.30pm. If the weather is good taking a picnic might be a good idea but there will be plenty of food stalls available anyway.

A route to the track has been devised involving mostly unclassified and B roads which I hope everyone will enjoy. Please start the day with a full fuel tank. Most riders will need to top up at some point so a short morning break will be combined with a fuel stop. Mileage out 93, return should by roughly the same.

To watch the racing you will of course need a ticket which you can buy in advance for £28 online at: You can of course pay at the gate but it will be £34. Seniors price is £27 at the gate, proof no doubt required.

There is another option for anyone not interested in the bike racing or finds the ticket price a little expensive and just wants to come along for the ride. Roy Beniston, our tail end Charlie, doesn’t want to see the racing and is planning to continue to the next town, Louth, only five miles away, where we found a decent pub/restaurant the Greyhound, for lunch with easy parking and fuel nearby. Roy is happy to lead a group home earlier for anyone who takes that option. You should arrive back in good time for Sunday tea.

For those going for the racing the day will be longer but well worth it and we should arrive back in daylight. Please let me know your intentions are when we meet up in the morning.

Any questions please get in touch A GPX route file is available for anyone who needs it.

Hope to see you next Sunday.


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Monday 12th Evening Ride Out

This coming Monday’s evening ride out is a jaunt of approximately 40 miles through Wetherby, Boston Spa, Tadcaster and along some very winding roads to the south of York. After that, a quick whizz around the ring road will bring us to The Wetherby Whaler near Poppleton for some splendid fish and chips.

Swing Bridge at Cawood

Meet at the usual place Asda lorry park, Dragon Road, Harrogate 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm set off. The ride is about 1 hour and 1o minutes long with no worries about fuel as there is petrol station next to our stop near Poppleton.

Those winding roads!

Come along if possible. I do recommend the fish and chips at the Wetherby Whaler, I had some this evening, but don’t tell Kathy.

This month may be our final Monday evening ride of the year as in September the nights will be drawing in. A decision can be made nearer the time.

Passing close to York Marina.

Hopefully the weather will be kind to us as it has been for most of the rides this year. I will be leading the ride, a volunteer tail-end Charlie would be appreciated, you can even borrow my orange waistcoat! Just kidding!

All the best.


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August 7th Mid-Week Ride Out

The August Wednesday meeting/ride out will be on Wednesday 7th August and will be lead by John Blanchfield.

Meet at the ASDA lorry park 9.00 for 9.30 departure. We head west on A59 to Skipton, Gargrave, Eshton, Airton over the moors to Settle then Feizor for coffee and best scones ever at Elaine’s Cafe.

From Feizor we join the A65, turn off to Clapham and Ingleton then cross the A65 taking the Bentham Road to Wennington and A683 to Caton. There we turn south to Quernmore, Marshaw and Dunsop Bridge for lunch at the Puddleducks Tea Room there.

From Dunsop Bridge we head east to Newton then take the B6478 to Chatburn, cross the A59 to Downham and join the A6068 just north of Colne, through Laneshaw Bridge, Crosshills, Silsden, A65 to Ilkley, back road to Askwith, Fewston and eventually join the A59 just west of Harrogate.

The ride will finish back at the ASDA lorry park. Total mileage 131m.

See you on Wednesday 7th!


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Sunday 21st July Ride Out Reminder

This is more an excuse to share some cracking video links with you.

Website link to road Safety Scotland, but works on any rural road. Click on the link or copy into your browser.

Breathtaking Roads: Group Ride

Or the website for all these videos: motorcycle

And of course just a reminder for this coming Sunday’s Ride Out needing numbers to book a lunch table. Quite a few already committed but if you are coming and haven’t done already so please send ride leader Richard 07767384938 or Barry 07847786608 a text or email to confirm.

See you Sunday at Ripley car park 9.00 for 9.30 set off.


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Sunday 21st July Ride Out to Sewerby.

For our July Sunday ride out our Treasurer Richard Stembrowicz is leading us on a trip through the County of East Riding.

Meeting at Ripley car park for a change, 9.00am for a chat and briefing, setting off at 9.30 with hopefully a full fuel tank. Richard has sorted a a super route with a mix of unclassified, A and B roads, including dual carriageway, skirting around York to lead us to Sewerby on the North Sands near Bridlington.

Stopping off for a morning break at the very popular with bikers Seaways Cafe near Fridaythorpe (YO25 9RX), recently receiving an excellent write-up in Motorcycle News.

After a bacon sandwich or a splendid slice of cake we take the B1251 to Sledmere, then B1253 all the way to Bridlington and finally to the award winning Ship Inn at Sewerby (YO15 1EW) for lunch. Plenty of parking available, lively atmosphere, live music from 2.00pm, excellent service, great food and lovely sea view from the garden.

After an optional hearty lunch Richard is keeping it simple with an A road route all the way back to Ripley for a, by now, traditional ice cream.

Mileage outwards: 77, return 69 with a fuel stop just after lunch.

The Ship Inn is a busy place and they have suggested we book a table. If you are going on this ride out please contact Richard or myself as soon as you can to give us an idea of numbers.

Please text Richard 07767384938 or Barry 07847786608 or email

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Monday July 8th Evening Ride Out

July’s Monday evening ride will be lead by our esteemed chairman John Blanchfield. Meeting as usual at the Asda lorry park in Harrogate, 7.00pm for a chat, leaving promptly at 7.30pm. We are heading to the Railway Inn, Cavendish Street, Skipton, the hostelery run by new associate Angus Crabtree, very fortunate for us! Traveling for plenty of interest via Greenhow, Appletreewick and Embsay with a return journey straight over Blubberhouses.

Once again the weather is looking good. Make the most of the one of these long summer evenings.

See you there.

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Wednesday 3rd July Mid Week Ride

The July Wednesday ride will start from the North Street Deli in Wetherby – meet from 9am for a 9.30 start.
Our destination this month is the Jenny Wren Inn on the banks of the River Trent in Susworth, Lincolnshire.

From Wetherby we’ll head to Thorp Arch, Boston Spa and on into Tadcaster then the A162 south before turning off through Sherburn and on to South Milford for a coffee stop.
Coffee stop: The T Post Café, South Milford.

From South Milford, along back lanes before turning left on to the A63 for about a mile then right at Monk Fryston, crossing the A19 near Chapel Haddlesey and on to Temple Hirst and Long Hedge.
A645 towards Goole, picking up the A161 at the M62 junction to skirt around the south of the town, through Swinefleet and on to Crowle before crossing the M180.
Continuing on the A161 south before turning due north through Gainsborough to pick up the minor road on the east bank of the River Trent.

Lunch stop: The Jenny Wren Inn, Susworth.

After lunch we continue north following the river before turning north on the A1077 then the A15 to cross the Humber Bridge.
After the bridge, we’ll take the A63 then turning right through South Cave on the A1034, continuing north through Sancton then west to bypass Market Weighton and on to the A614 through Spalding Moor, Bubwith and North Duffield before turning left to the A19 for about half a mile.
The route continues, skirting the north of Selby and on to the B1223 to Cawood and Ulleskelf before taking a right on the A162 to Tadcaster.
From Tadcaster we’ll take the A659 through Boston Spa and on to the junction with the A1, taking the A168 Wetherby turn off.

Route finishes at the lay-by shortly after turning on to the A168.
Mileage: 144 miles
David Haywood will lead with TEC to be appointed on the day.

See you there.


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Spare Triumph Factory Tour Places Sunday 30th

At least on Sundays

Two tickets are available for the Triumph Factory Tour on Sunday. The tour is fully booked up for our time slot, two HAB members have had to drop out and their tickets are available at face value £18 each. If you wanted to come along and missed out on tickets for the tour you can get hold of one by contacting either:

Ian Mason or Clive Gray

For full details of the trip please have a look at yesterday’s post or log on to the HAB website

All the best


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Triumph Visitor Experience Sunday 30th June

Next weekend we are set for a visit to the Triumph factory at Hinckley in Leicestershire LE1o 3BZ.

Our Factory Tour for 1.30pm is fully booked, so if you haven’t already arranged a place, please do come along for the ride as the Visitor Experience is very interesting in it’s own right and you never know a cancellation for the Factory Tour may come up.

A recce has been done with a mixture of roads, initially motorway, but then cross country on tracks you may be unfamiliar with. We are very fortunate to have so many resources to call upon these days, even paper maps! Andrew Pratt shared a gpx route file which I have used for the first part of the journey, combined with another route file from Ride magazine tagged on for the latter section. The route takes us through the lovely Chatsworth Estate, plenty of picture postcard villages and great roads along our journey.

An early start is required so that we can fit in a morning stop. The meeting point is at Wetherby Services on the A1M (LS22 5GT) at 8.30am for 8.45am prompt set off with full tank (Fuel is cheaper at nearby Morrisons in Wetherby). At about 120 miles we probably won’t need a fuel stop on the way and there are plenty of opportunities to fill up near to Triumph.

The location for our morning/brunch stop is not decided as yet. When we arrive at Triumph the Visitor Cafe will be open and we may arrive with enough time to eat, but I suggest we look around the Visitor Experience beforehand. Our factory tour, however, starts at 1.30pm, participants are gathered 15 mins before so we will not get a chance to eat again until after 3.00pm. There are lockers on site so no need to carry your kit around.

After the tour we can go home by motorway or a reverse of the route, the choice is yours. Either way we can travel as a group or just go at your own speed.

I will be leading the ride and could do with a volunteer to do tail end charlie please.

Please read the information from Eventbrite/ Triumph and lastly, don’t forget your ticket for the Factory Tour.

Any questions please get in touch or 07847 786608

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IAM Road Smart Skills Day Croft Circuit Tuesday 25th June

This post is really for HAB members already booked on the Skills Day at Croft Circuit near Darlington on Tuesday 25th but, according to the IAM website, there are still some places available so have a look if you fancy some extra training and are free next Tuesday to give it a go. Cost is £149 for the day.

It’s an early start for us on Tuesday and for the HAB members making their own way to the circuit, you need to be there ready settled in for the briefing at 8.45am with a fuelled up bike. Fuel stop at the Toll Bar Garage 2 miles south on the A167.

I will be leading anyone you wants to come along to the circuit to arrive 8.15-8.30am maybe in time for a quick breakfast. I suggest we meet at Morrisons supermarket Harrogate Road, Ripon where fuel is available also. Best to go the direct route as we will have plenty of interesting riding during the day. Journey time is minimum 40 minutes from there (31 miles) so I suggest we leave Ripon at 7.30am prompt.

I’m sure you will have all done so, but please read the available information in your email from the IAM paying particular attention to bike condition, brakes, tyres, fluids/ chain adjustment/noise levels etc. You also need suitable leathers or good textile bike clothing. Don’t forget to print and sign your disclaimer and although not requested I will be taking my driving licence with me.

For your information I have taken out specific track day insurance as my policy with Bennetts could not be extended. IAM Surety (if your current insurer) will extend your policy for a fee. My track day insurance has cost me £100 with or phone 01733 907000. That was the cheapest I could find.

Food and drink is available at Croft Circuit.

Have another read of the IAM info and please get in touch with if you have any particular questions.

The weather forecast is not sunny but low chance of rain so I’m greatly looking forward to the day on Tuesday 25th.

Please let me know if you are making your own way to the circuit or meeting at Morrisons. or text 07847 786608

All the best


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