Testimonial 4×4 (4 nights/4 countries – on bikes!) 21-25 June 2016

The Group in Luxembourg

The Group in Luxembourg

We always start the tour with a briefing

We always start the tour with a briefing

First coffee stop

First coffee stop

“Hi John & Jen, thank-you very much for another great trip, the roads, routes and hotels were all fantastic. Your hard work and research has paid off yet again. Thank-you once again.”

Paul Horton, 5th trip, Triumph Sprint 1050 

We always re-group before & after any motorway

We always re-group before & after any motorway

Bikes parked up at lunch stop

Bikes parked up at lunch stop

Drinks before dinner in Belgium

Drinks at our hotel in Belgium

Time to relax before dinner

Time to relax before dinner

“Bonjour John/Jen, just to say that the tour was fabulous. It couldn’t be anything else really, what with all the jokers on the trip. I have never laughed so much for so long at so much. What a great bunch of guys – I would love to do a trip again with all of them and its all down to you guys for making it happen. All the hotels are great, but personally, I do like Cochem the best… I would like a day to explore the place properly – maybe a 4×5?? Thanks again to the both of you, it really was amazing, again!! Regards,”

Dave Washington, 8th trip, BMW R1200GSA

Dinner is included our first night

Dinner is included our first night, with welcome speeches and a bad joke from John…

It's not long before Ken "Live at the Apollo" Cullern starts the jokes

It’s not long before Ken “Live at the Apollo” Cullern takes over the joke telling!

Breakfast area in our hotel

Breakfast area in our hotel

Always a morning briefing before we set off

Always a morning briefing before we set off

“Good morning John and Jen…another fantastic tour with Bike Normandy. The organisation was, as usual, first class. The roads were superb and it was good to meet up with old and new friends. The 4×4 tour was a tour of two halves; some in the pouring rain and some in temperatures of 33 deg C. Thanks again for a fantastic 4×4 tour. I look forward to the next one! Oh, and by the way, give my regards to Harry when you see him next! Thanks again”

Ken Cullern, 12th trip, Suzuki GSXR 750

Coffee & cakes in Monschau

Coffee & cakes in Monschau

Such a pretty town

Such a pretty town

The lads enjoying huge gateaux

The lads enjoying huge gateaux

Gotcha Paul!

Gotcha Paul H !

“Hi John and Jen, just wanted to say thank you for another great tour – a great week with great company and brilliant roads. Organisation was as always, first class – the only down-side is that it’s all over too quickly. See you again next year. Kind Regards”

Jim Plant, 3rd trip, BMW R1200RS

Paul N & Paul T

Paul N & Paul T

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“Hi John & Jen, just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the trip. Even though I was a late addition to the tour, and most of the others knew each other, I was still made welcome by all on the tour. The pace was good and we all rode well together, with most taking turns as the back marker. Your routes are first class and it is obvious you put a lot of research into each days riding. The hotels used and the meals included were of a very good standard. Look forward to coming on another tour in the near future. Regards,”

Paul Newman, 3rd trip, BMW 1200GS

All parked up at coffee stop

All parked up at coffee stop

“John & Jen, had a great week on the 4 x 4. Great riding on fantastic roads. Really good hotel choices. It was great to ride with a really fun bunch of lads. Looking forward to another trip in the future. Cheers”

Frazer Wood, 2nd trip, Triumph Explorer

Jen goes "back-marker" in the van!

Jen takes a turn as “back-marker” in the van!

Leaving lunch stop

Leaving lunch stop

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Not just any white van - the BN van!!!

Not just any white van – the BN van!!!

The Group at the Nurburgring

The Group at the Nurburgring

Five go round a racetrack!

Five go round a racetrack!

Here come the boys!

Here come the boys!

john goes first followed by Nigel

John goes first followed by Nigel

Then Richard, Steve & Liam

Then Richard, Steve & Liam

Nigel's back home first!

Nigel’s back first!

Steve's back next

Steve’s next

Then John

Then John

Richard

Richard, followed by his son…

Liam

Liam

They did it!!

They did it!!

Drinks on the hotel terrace

Drinks on the hotel terrace

Most choose to dine in the hotel

Most choose to dine in the hotel

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Nigel still buzzing from his lap of the 'ring

Nigel still buzzing from his lap of the ‘ring

Breakfast room in our hotel

Breakfast room in our hotel

This trip had a luggage van

This trip had a luggage van

A lovely morning in Cochem

A lovely morning in Cochem

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The Group in Germany

The Group in Germany

Jen leading on our Street Triple R

Jen leading on our Street Triple R

Adey on his KTM 990 Adventure

Adey on his KTM 990 Adventure

Steve on his Kawasaki Z1000SX

Steve on his Kawasaki Z1000SX

Liam on his Kawasaki ZX9R

Liam on his Kawasaki ZX9R

Dave on his BMW R1200GSA

Dave on his BMW R1200GSA

Andy on his Street Triple R

Andy on his Street Triple R

Paul H on his Triumph Sprint 1050

Paul H on his Triumph Sprint 1050

Jim on his BMW R1200RS

Jim on his BMW R1200RS

Ken on his GSXR 750

Ken on his GSXR 750

Garry as back-marker on his BMW R1200 GSA

Garry as back-marker on his BMW R1200 GSA

Coffee on the Rhine

Coffee on the Rhine

The pretty town centre

The pretty town centre

Lunch on the Mosel

Lunch on the Mosel

Great balancing act!

Great balancing act!

Music in the town square

Music in the town square

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Paul N on his BMW 1200GS

Paul N on his BMW 1200GS

Frazer on his Triumph Explorer

Frazer on his Triumph Explorer

Nigel on his BMW K1300S Motorsport

Nigel on his BMW K1300S Motorsport

Paul B on his BMW K1300R

Paul B on his BMW K1300R

Richard on his Honda Blackbird

Richard on his Honda Blackbird

Paul T on his Kawasaki Z12R

Paul T on his Kawasaki Z12R

Toilet stop!!

Toilet stop!!

Sheltering from the heat !!!

Sheltering from the heat !!!

The Group in Luxembourg

The Group in Luxembourg

Drinks in the hotel bar

Drinks in the hotel bar

Heading into town!

Heading into town!

We all end up in the same grill/pizzeria

We all end up in the same grill/pizzeria

Follow the bear!

Follow the bear!

Fab roads in Luxembourg - Frazer as back-marker

Fab roads in Luxembourg – Frazer as back-marker

28 June - the Uk has voted to leave the EU so Ken blanks out the EU flag!!

25 June – the UK has voted to leave the EU so Ken blanks out the EU flag!!

The Group in the Ardennes, Belgium

The Group in the Ardennes, Belgium

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Stand by your bikes!

Ken & Nigel have a drink on Andy (prev tour)

Ken & Nigel have a drink on Andy (prev tour)

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

Our hotel is right opposite the huge fortress

Our hotel is right opposite the huge fortress

Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

The jokes soon start

The jokes soon start

Mr "Live at the Apollo" is on again!

Mr “Live at the Apollo” is on again!

Paul H takes a turn

Paul H takes a turn

Jen's next

Jen’s next

Followed by Nigel

Followed by Nigel

It's Ken again!

It’s Ken again!

John tells another...

John tells another…

How did Richard know it was a cucumber!

How did Richard know it was a cucumber!

Ken again !!

Ken again !!

Then the real fun starts…

"Harry" becomes "One-spot"!!

“Harry” becomes “One-spot”!!

Quickly followed by "Two-spots"

Quickly followed by “Two-spots”

Steve struggles & Richard is branded!

Steve struggles & Paul B is branded!

Sorry Paul - five spots & you're out!!

Sorry Paul – five spots & you’re out!!

Ken's got four spots!

Ken’s got four spots!

And so has Paul N

And so has Paul N

Steve's almost got it!

Steve’s almost got it!

Laughs all round!

Laughs all round!

And Frazer was doing so well !!!

And Frazer was doing so well !!!

Paul H has two spots!

Paul H now has two spots!

Garry gets one on the nose !

Garry gets one on the nose !

And the winner with only 3 spots is Dave!

And the winner with only 3 spots is Dave!

Secure parking in the hotel courtyard

Secure parking in the hotel courtyard

Waterproofs on at coffee stop

Waterproofs on at coffee stop

By lunchtime the sun's out again

By lunchtime the sun’s out again

No comment!

No comment!

And that's all folks!

And that’s all folks!

Another great tour, great riding by all, lots of fun & more sunshine than rain! We look forward to seeing many of you again. Ride safe, John & Jen.