Testimonial 4×4 (4 Nights/4 Countries – on bikes!) 15-19 June 2016

The Group in Germany - great riding in spite of some rain!

The Group in Germany – great riding in spite of some rain!

We always start with a pre-tour briefing

We always start with a pre-tour briefing

And always re-group before & after any motorway

And always re-group before & after any motorway

“John, Jen, the time we spent with you and the whole team of 14 riders, on the 4×4 tour, was truly wonderful. Great selection of hotels and varied riding itinerary was a great balance…the whole tour had the party atmosphere as one would expect, as it can’t be easy getting 14 riders from very differing backgrounds to get on so well as you have done. I appreciate the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make the tour a successful one. So riding…….great; accommodation…….great; food……..great; company………great; John ‘n Jen……….great: I will be back with you soonest! My best regards to you both”

Steno Gerrard, 2nd trip, Aprilia Pegaso 650

Bikes parked up at lunch stop

Bikes parked up at lunch stop

Our hotel the first night is in Belgium

Our hotel the first night is in Belgium

“John/Jen, just a quick email to say thanks for the 4×4 tour. Once again a really well organised and run tour. A great bunch of people and good hotels made for very pleasant evenings. Even the mixed weather didn’t spoil the riding and it did give us the fun of watching the leather wearers hop around in the heavy rain trying to get into their “boil in the bag” waterproofs.

That is the second time I’ve done your 4×4 tour and I won’t have any problem doing it again. Hopefully I will meet some of the people on future tours and I’ll see you in August for my nineteenth visit.”

Allan Gray, 18th trip, BMW S1000R

Will you three get off your phones!!

Will you three put your phones away!!

Andy, Russ & Keith in the hotel bar

Andy, Russ & Keith in the hotel bar

“Bonjour John & Jen, thanks so much for a superb tour. Despite the weather I had a fantastic time! Your itinerary with the twisty roads, beautiful scenery (when I had a nano second to take my eyes of the road!), to the excellent hotels was also superb. Myself, Keith & Andy are all good for the same 4×4 tour in August 2017!”

Russ Smith, 3rd trip, BMW S1000RR

Drinks under cover before dinner

Drinks under cover before dinner

Nice new shirt Peter!

Nice new shirt Peter!

“Greetings, safely back home after another brilliant Bike Normandy tour. Shame about the weather at times, but even so I managed to find plenty of enjoyment on some great roads with the added bonus of getting my wet weather riding sorted out. Good hotels, especially the Weinhaus Graefen in Cochem with their superb steaks and excellent service. Good company too from our fellow travelers – variably paced en route but the drop off system works and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. All that enjoyment plus a 10 trip Bike Normandy T shirt; I call that a result! Thank you”

David Biggs, 10th trip, BMW K1600

Dinner is included the first night

Dinner is included the first night

Breakfast room in our hotel

Breakfast room in our hotel

“John and Jen, once again great organisation, research and excellent hosting meant a thoroughly enjoyable relaxing 5 days, quality throughout – thank you. Hope Harry is well!”

John Young, 6th trip, Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Bruce is ready for John';s briefing!

Bruce is ready for John';s briefing!

What - no van? We ride this trip with luggage!

What – no van? We ride this trip with luggage!

“Dear John, Jen and group. Thanks for a great week with great company. The hotels and routes chosen were excellent and even if I was the guy at the back it was so good to ride the bike on those clear open roads and up and down those hilly bits, nothing like here in East Anglia! Best wishes to all and stay safe”

Mark Ward, 2nd trip, Yamaha Super Tenere

Always a morning briefing. Jen's new GSXS 1000F

Always a morning briefing. Jen’s new GSXS 1000F

Coffee & Cake in Monschau

Coffee & Cake in Monschau

The prettiest town of Monschau

The prettiest town of Monschau

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Keith on his Kawasaki ZZR 1400

Keith on his Kawasaki ZZR 1400

Bruce on his BMW R1200RT

Bruce on his BMW R1200RT

Peter on his BMW S1000XR

Peter on his BMW S1000XR

Jen on her GSXS 1000F

Jen on her GSXS 1000F

Sorry everyone else – with us both riding we didn’t get photos of you all on your bikes

At lunch we shelter from the rain!

At lunch we shelter from the rain!

Dave with his Nurburgring pass

Dave with his Nurburgring pass

Pete, John Y & Bruce take a ring taxi

Pete, John Y & Bruce take a ring taxi

As do Andy A, Keith & John - brilliant!

As do Andy A, Keith & John – brilliant!

Dave arrives back...

Dave on his Triumph Street Triple RX arrives back…

And he's chuffed to bits!

And he’s chuffed to bits!

Our second night is in Germany

Our second night is in Germany

Our hotel next to a Thai Massage Parlour!

Our hotel is next to a Thai Massage Parlour!

Most choose to dine in the hotel

Most choose to dine in the hotel

Fab steaks are served

Fab steaks are served

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Dave’s still grinning!

Andy B, David & Allan sample the local brew!

Andy B, David & Allan sample the local brew!

Breakfast room in our hotel

Breakfast room in our hotel

The Group lined up in Germany

Bikes at coffee stop

Bikes at coffee stop

Coffee alongside the Rhine

Coffee alongside the Rhine

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Lunch on the Mosel

Lunch on the Mosel

And the sun's shining!

And the sun’s shining!

The fab pool in our hotel in Luxembourg

The fab pool in our hotel in Luxembourg

Andy A & Stenno take a blasting!

Andy A & Steno take a blasting!

Breakfast area in our hotel

Breakfast area in our hotel

Huge underground garage for secure parking

Huge underground garage for secure parking

The group in Luxembourg

The group in Luxembourg

Lunch back in Belgium

Lunch back in Belgium

Coffee in the Ardennes in Belgium

Coffee in the Ardennes in Belgium

The Group in the Ardennes, Belgium

The Group in the Ardennes, Belgium

Drinks before dinner back in France

Drinks before dinner back in France

How many beers Andy?!

How many beers Andy?!

Dinner included our last night

Dinner included our last night

And then the jokes start

And then the jokes start

David Biggs is presented with his "Been there, done it 10 times!" BN T-shirt

David Biggs is presented with his “Been there, done it 10 times!” BN T-shirt

Jen has to tell the "army" joke

Jen has to tell the “army” joke

The Bike Normandy Players - £10 for two pints?!

The Bike Normandy Players – £10 for two pints?!

Allan shows Andy how to really waft a towel!!

Allan shows Andy how to really waft a towel!!

Steno takes a turn

Steno takes a turn

Paul goes next

Paul goes next

Then Peter

Followed by Peter

Then the real fun starts…

How many spots Harry????

How many spots Harry????

More Harrys turn into Spots!

More Harrys turn into Spots!

Make a mistake & you're branded!

Make a mistake & you’re branded!

No-one can escape!

No-one can escape!

Maximun allowed 5 spots!

Maximun allowed 5 spots!

No covering up these spots - Jen's out!!

No covering up these spots – Jen’s out!!

It's a draw! The winners are Pete & David!

It’s a draw! The winners are Pete & David!

Game over - but the boys can't stop!!

Game over – but the boys can’t stop!!

Russ, Keith & Andy who want to do it all again in 2017!

Russ, Keith & Andy who want to do it again in 2017!

More jokes from Dave C

More jokes from Dave C

And then David B

And then David B

Secure parking in the hotel courtyard

Secure parking in the hotel courtyard

Our final morning briefing before heading home

Our final morning briefing before heading home

Lunch in the sunshine!

Lunch in the sunshine!

Our of place - the Circuit Chimay in Belgium

Out of place – the Circuit Chimay in Belgium

A great tour with loads of fun and – despite some rain – really good riding by all. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. John & Jen

P.S. If anyone on this tour would like to see the places visited but in sunshine then read the review of the next 4×4 Tour !!