June Ride Out – Sunday 20th – Dales to Tan Hill

This Months ride will be a scenic route through the Yorkshire Dales to Tan Hill and then back through North Yorkshire and will be about 135 miles.

The ride will start at 9.30 am from the Dragon Road Lorry Park in Harrogate (Arrive 9.15 am). From there we head towards Pateley Bridge for a breakfast stop at the Old School Tearoom Café at Hebden (null (theoldschooltearoom.com)).

From there we head through Grassington and over the top of Malham to Langcliffe and then through Horton in Ribblesdale towards Hawes. We continue through Buttertubs Pass to Tan Hill. We bypass the Tan Hill Pub (expensive and restricted menu) and after a short distance stop at the Charles Bathurst Inn for Lunch (Welcome to The CB Inn | Homepage).

After lunch we head towards Richmond with a detour over the tank ranges to come back through Layburn (Fuel stop at 108 miles, there are public toilets in Leyburn if anyone wants a comfort break whilst others fuel up.), Masham, Ripon and back to Ripley castle for an ice cream.

Current guidelines are that 30 can meet outdoors and 6 from any household indoors. If you wish to attend the ride can you please let me know (pjd0568@gmail.com) so I can plan and advise our stop destinations of numbers. Both locations have outdoor seating and are happy to host people indoors as long as we keep to the rule of 6.

Thanks, Paul.

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AGM and Member Update

Good Evening everyone.

I hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying the better weather.

The AGM was held via Zoom on the 10th May and we enclose the minutes for the members perusal. There were a few changes in post at the AGM. John Blanchfield stepped down as Chairman after his three year tenure and Paul Dresser was voted in to succeed John. I would like to thank John for steering the ship through these difficult times with Covid. Also, Peter McNulty took up the position of Secretary.

As restrictions start to be lifted, and we hope the Indian variant don’t scupper these plans we are now looking to re-start our normal activities. We have been in discussions with Bilton Cricket club to start our indoor meetings from September. We have already secured some speakers for these meetings including Graham Feest (Road Safety Consultant) on the 13th September, Mike Bevington of Yorkshire Air Ambulance for the 4th October (Please note this is a week earlier than the normal second Monday due to lack of availability at Bilton) and Nick Jefferies, TT racer and local motorcycle dealership family on November the 8th.

The next Sunday ride coming up is the 20th June. I will be leading the ride with Peter Smith as tail ender. I did intend a route into the Peak District but am now planning a ride into the Dales, Tan Hill, and back down through North Yorkshire. There will be no limit to ride participants but we will have to consider numbers for the food stops so will still be asking people to book on the ride rather than just turning up on the day. Further details will be published.

We are also considering other activities such as the slow riding workshop and some other social activities or functions. If any members have any suggestions as to what they would like to do in the club then please let me know.

We have had a good influx of new associates and Bob has been busy working with his team of Observers to allocate these and start training. We would love to welcome these new associates to ride outs and our meetings.

Ride safe and take care.

Paul Dresser, Chairman.


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Wednesday 2nd June Ride Out to Rosedale Abbey

For this ride next Wednesday meeting at Morrison’s car park, Boroughbridge YO51 9UR from 9.15 am departing at 9.30. Fuel available at the re-designed and refurbished petrol station.

From Boroughbridge we’ll head north east through topcliffe and Carlton Minot before arriving in Thirsk Market Place for a coffee stop (YO7 1HQ).

From Thirsk, heading out on the A170, before taking the first left towards Felixkirk and Hawnby then dropping down onto the B1257 for a few miles of nice, fast twists. At the top of Clay Bank we’ll make a right turn towards Ingleby Greenhow and on into the North Yorks National Park and Castleton. From Castletown the route heads south through the moors and on to Rosedale Abbey for lunch (YO18 8RA general postcode whichever café is open).

From Rosedale we continue south to Hutton-le-Hole then north again into a remote part of the moors to do the Bransdale loop before dropping down to the outskirts of Helmsley. Now south through Harome, Nunnington and Hovingham before turning west on back roads, through Coxwold, Hutton Sessay and Cundall to Thornton Bridge and eventually back to Boroughbridge.

Ride length: approx 123 miles.

David Haywood will be leading the ride with Mike Holroyde as tail-ender.
Please let me know if you’d like the route on a .gpx file – david.haywood@mac.com

Hope you can make it! No need to book now that the restrictions are easing so just turn up in good time in Boroughbridge and enjoy the ride.


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Appeal for Tail End Charlie – June Ride

Hi Everyone.

I’m planning the June ride for a trip into the Peak district but need a tail end charlie to support me with the run.

Does anyone have availability ? The pre -ride would be Sunday the 13th June and the actual ride on the 20th June.

Please email me at pjd0568@gmail.com or call me on 07515 910223.



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Sunday 30th Ride Re-Run

The route is a counter-clockwise circular tour of approximately 153 miles, taking in some great biking roads and spectacular scenery-well it’s Yorkshire init! Meet in Ripley car park from 9.15am for a 9.30am prompt start (full tanks). Official HAB ride so full members and associates please.

Numbers are flexible as we are now allowed up to 30 riders. Please let David know you are coming along though so we can keep (paperless) records as per IAM recommendations.

The plan is to have a coffee stop in Easingwold and a lunch stop in Yarm.  Alternatively, feel free to bring your own refreshments.

David Haywood will be leading the ride with tail-ender arranged on the day.

Sunday’s weather is looking good!

Contact David for this ride and/or a GPX file of the route below, please email david.haywood@mac.com or text on 07779 214331 just in case we get more than 30!

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Sunday Rides 16th & 30th May

Meet in Ripley car park from 9.15am for a 9.30am prompt start.

The route is a counter-clockwise circular tour of approximately 153 miles, taking in some great biking roads and spectacular scenery-well it’s Yorkshire init!

Unfortunately we’re a day too early to enjoy possible easing of the current Covid restrictions so we are still limited to 6 people on the 16th but we should be clear to increase that number on the 30th.

The plan is to have a coffee stop in Easingwold and a lunch stop in Yarm.  Because of the limitations I’m not booking anywhere in particular but we should have no problem in finding cafes for takeaways.  Alternatively, feel free to bring your own food & drink.

David Haywood will be leading the ride with Mike Holroyde as tail-ender.

To book for either ride and/or a GPX file of the route below, please email david.haywood@mac.com or text on 07779 214331.

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HAB AGM Monday 10th May at 7.15pm

Dear Members,

Ahead of our AGM on Monday please find attached Agenda and reports for your perusal.


If any member has any questions or any other business to raise please email secretary@harrogateadvancedbikes.co.uk and these will be added to the agenda with floor time made available.

As this meeting will be via Zoom we would ask that the officers give their reports and any questions are held until these are concluded. On zoom there is a button to raise a hand and the Secretary will then address the people wanting to contribute in-turn.

Look forward to you joining us Monday

Paul Dresser

Link to the meeting is

Topic: HAB AGM
Time: May 10, 2021 07:15 PM London

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IAM Roadsmart Motorcycle Skills Day Wednesday 30th June

There is a motorcycle Skills Day run by the IAM at Croft Circuit near Dalton-on-Tees just off the A1 taking place on Wednesday 30th June. I had a great time when I did this day in 2019 as did a few other members from HAB. I’m booked on it again and would encourage HAB members to give it a go. It’s not an all-out track day but allows riders, with the guidance of the IAM instructors, to explore the potential of their vehicle and to improve their riding. Before and between each track session there is bitesize instruction and a debrief to assist riders to improve their skills.

When I booked my place last week there were plenty of spaces available. The cost is £149 and after experiencing the day in 2019, despite the damp weather, I would say it was excellent value for money. I did take out additional track insurance for the day as my policy did not cover it. Please check your own policy. You may be covered (Cornmarket?), or you might be with an additional premium.

The day is not limited to HAB members so if you have a biking mate not currently an IAM member this may be an excellent way to get them involved.

Some details from the IAM I have copied below, including the telephone number to book. At the bottom of this page there is a web link to take you to the appropriate section on the IAM website. Please let me know if you are going. Barry 07847 786608


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This coming Wednesday 5th HAB ride out

One of our riders has had to drop out, so we have one space available for this coming Wednesday’s ride.

Details of the ride available on the HAB website.

Please contact Andrew on 0747 300 5849 to secure this space.

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Welcome John Honey to the group.

Here is a little intro from John

I am 58, married and have lived in Kirk Deighton since 1998.

I got my first bike in 1980, passed my bike test in 1981 and rode for the next five years, including two as a despatch rider in Manchester.

I’ve had a lay off from riding since 1986 but bought myself a bike in January. 

The move back onto two wheels has been less daunting than I had feared and I’ve managed to clock up 1,500 miles without falling off, but I am definitely rusty and never really received any instruction before my original test, so I think it’s time to get some proper training.

Here’s a picture of me on my bike. It’s a Husqvarna Vitpilen 401.

I hope I’ll get to join one of the ride outs in the near future.


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