Testimonial 5×4 (5 nights/4 countries) for Oakley MC 22-27 May 2018

The group in Luxembourg - Oakley MC are the first to ride our new 5x4 tour & we think it was a huge success!

Oakley MC group in Luxembourg – the first to ride our new 5×4 tour & we think it was a huge success!

Everyone stays the night before in Calais

Everyone stays the night before in Calais

Kirsty helps with the orders

Kirsty helps with the orders

 “John & Jen … once again a fabulous tour.  The roads and accommodation were perfect and the extra day in Cochem was a real treat. Thank you so much for all the hard work and effort you put into our tours and for our special T shirts … much appreciated. The Leffe museum and hotel is a special find and a great end to the tour. We have thoroughly enjoyed all our tours with you and will continue to do so for as long as the old man can ride his bike!”
Steve & Kirsty Eaton, 10th trip, BMW XR1000, Cambridgeshire

Lizzy & Smiley exchange tops!

Lizzy & Smiley exchange tops!

Nice !

Nice !

It's Ken's birthday !!

It’s Ken’s birthday !!

What a firework!

What a firework!

We startthe tour proper with a briefing

We start the tour proper with a briefing

Morning coffee in the sun

Morning coffee in the sun

“Had a fabulous trip with John and Jen on the inaugural 5X4 in May 2018 through France, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium. The roads, the riding, the hotels, the food and the company were excellent. The day break in Cochem made a real difference and we were refreshed for the remainder. The weather was also kind which helped a lot. John and Jen’s organisation is second to none and a big thank you to them for taking us on a great adventure.” [Paul’s 5***** Google review – thanks!]
Paul Butler, 7th trip, & Tana Pytlova, 2nd tour, KTM 1290 Superduke GT, Bedfordshire

Ken is the first to ride as "TEC"

Ken is the first to ride as “TEC”

Parking at coffee

Parking at coffee

Paul G on his Honda Fireblade

Paul G on his Honda Fireblade

Nick - GSXR750 & Tom - BMW

Nick – GSXR750 & Tom – BMW R1200 GSA

“John ‘n Jen, thank you for another FANTASTIC! tour…………..just incredible. Really well run, perfect hotels, perfect roads and great company. Just wish I was going again next week! I hope to see you again soon…Tom. xxx (The kisses are for Jen! Just in case you thought otherwise after the Spa moment!! LOL)”
Tom Oliver, 2nd tour, BMW R1200 GSA, Bedfordshire

Ready for the off!

Ready for the off!

Nick on his GSXR 750

Nick on his GSXR 750

We always regroup for ny motorway

We always regroup for any motorway

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Don't all go in the same cafe !

Don’t all go in the same cafe !

Afternoon coffee break

Afternoon coffee break

After some great roads

After some great roads

Drinks outside our hotel

“Car-park” beers – drinks before a shower!

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Drinks outside our first hotel in France

“Another great trip by John and Jen. Excellent roads, fabulous hotels and the inclusive food was delicious. 5×4 worked well and definitely worth the day off the bikes to rest and do a bit of touristing!”
Lisa Boddy, 3rd tour, Suzuki GSXS 1000F, Cambridgeshire

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

John starts off the bad jokes !!

John starts off the bad jokes !!

It's Steve & Kirsty's 10th trip !!  Thanks guys !!

It’s Steve & Kirsty’s 10th trip !! Thanks guys !!

Parking in the hotel garage

Parking in the hotel garage

Always a morning briefing

Always a morning briefing

Jen's in the lead again today

Jen’s in the lead again today

Tom - BMW R1200 GSA

Tom – BMW R1200 GSA

Graham on his BMW R1200 GS

Graham on his BMW R1200 GS

Clive on his KTM 1290 Superduke GT

Clive on his KTM 1290 Superduke GT

Lizzy on her Suzuki GSXR 750

Lizzy on her Suzuki GSXR 750

Paul (but where's Tana?) KTM 1290 SD GT

Paul (but where’s Tana?) KTM 1290 SD GT

Mick on his KTM 1290 Superduke GT

Mick on his KTM 1290 Superduke GT

Steve K on his Kawasaki ZZR 1400

Steve K on his Kawasaki ZZR 1400

“What a great week – forever etched in the memory banks”
 Mick Grogan, 2nd tour, KTM 1290 Superduke GT, Buckinghamshire

Smiley on his Suzuki GSXS 750

Smiley on his Suzuki GSXS 750

Lisa on her Suzuki GSXS 1000F

Lisa on her Suzuki GSXS 1000F

It's Ken - again !

It’s Ken – again !

Jason on his Ducati Street Fighter

Jason on his Ducati Street Fighter

Mark & Rachel on their BMW R1200 GS

Mark & Rachel on their BMW R1200 GS

Nick encore une fois !

Nick encore une fois !

Mark rides "TEC" on his Versys 650

Mark rides “TEC” on his Versys 650

Paul G thinks it's going to rain...

Paul G thinks it’s going to rain…

“Thanks for a good trip – I enjoyed it. Thought you both did a very professional job as usual. See you guys next year & maybe bring Joe and my son in law.”
Mark Knight, 2nd tour, Kawasaki Versys 650, Bedfordshire

The group in the Ardennes - minus Steve & Kirsty

The group in the Ardennes – minus Steve & Kirsty who needed a clutch cable

Lovely view in the Belgian Ardennes

Lovely view in the Belgian Ardennes

Quaint coffee stop

Quaint coffee stop

Yep, all in the same cafe!!

Yep, all in the same cafe!!

Watch out for wild boar - see later !!

Watch out for wild boar – see later !!

Plenty of parking

Plenty of parking

At lunch Graham & Ken enjoy a pic-nic

At lunch Graham & Ken enjoy a pic-nic

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

There's a band in town so we park on the pavement

There’s a band in town so we park on the pavement

Fab roads in Luxembourg

Super roads in Luxembourg

Twisty enough ?

Twisty enough ?

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Bends coming up...

Bends coming up…

Fab sweepers

Great sweepers

The fab pool at our next hotel

The fab pool at our next hotel

Paul G, Clive & Nick take a dip

Paul G, Clive & Nick take a dip

Paul B gets a dunking from Tana !

Paul B gets a dunking from Tana !

Our morning chat

A chat before we set off

Another lovely morning

Another lovely morning

So how did Paul G miss hitting these ???

So how did Paul G miss hitting these ???

Coffee stop

Coffee stop

Jason riding as "TEC"

Jason riding as “TEC”

Stunnnig scenery along the Mosel

Amazing bridge

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Chill out at the back

Stunning views along the Mosel

Stunning views along the Mosel

A different lunch stop from the 4x4

A different lunch stop from the 4×4

A great setting

A great setting

Wander into town

Wander into town

Wow !

Wow !

Leaving lunch - Mark & Rachel

Leaving lunch – Mark & Rachel

Paul - with Tana this time !

Paul – with Tana this time !

Lisa followed by Steve K

Lisa followed by Steve K

Mick followed by Steve & Kirsty

Mick followed by Steve & Kirsty

Graham followed by Paul G as "TEC"

Graham followed by Paul G as “TEC”

At afternoon coffee stop...

At afternoon coffee stop…

The heavens open !!

The heavens open !!

Kirsty left her jacket on a bike !!

Kirsty left her jacket on a bike !!

"It's only water" says the cafe owner !!

“It’s only water” says the cafe owner !!

It doesn't stop us having ice-creams!

It doesn’t stop us having ice-creams!

No calories there Steve !

No calories there Steve !

Graham discusses BMW's with the owner

Graham discusses BMW’s with the owner

Waterproofs on then...

Waterproofs on then…

But it's dry when we arrive at our hotel in Germany

But it’s dry when we arrive at our hotel in Germany

Dinner is included again tonight

Dinner is included again tonight

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Just what are they listening to ??

Just what are they listening to ??

Something funny !

Something funny !

You WILL have eggs for breakfast!!

You WILL have eggs for breakfast!!

The next day is a day off...

The next day is a day off…

Some go for a ride-out

Some go for a ride-out

Some head back to the Nurburgring

Some head back to the Nurburgring

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Some take the chair lift...

Some take the chair lift…

You have to walk to the adventure park

You have to walk to the adventure park

Steve doesn't like heights !!

Steve doesn’t like heights !!

So he's fuming...!

So he’s fuming…!

Great views from the top

Great views from the top

Alternatively explore Cochem

Alternatively explore Cochem

Explain this !

Explain this !

So pretty

So pretty

Walk up through vineyards to the Castle

Walk up through vineyards to the Castle

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Great views from the Castle

Great views from the Castle

Stunning Reichsburg Castle

Stunning Reichsburg Castle

Take a river cruise - wouldn't it be funny...

Take a river cruise – wouldn’t it be funny…

if we saw Paul & Tana !!!

if we saw Paul & Tana !!!

Take a guided visit of the Castle

Take a guided visit of the Castle

Super views

Super views

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Cross the bridge for great views of the town

Cross the bridge for great views of the town

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Simply stunning

Simply stunning

John with chips - who'd believe it !!

John with chips – who’d believe it !!

Sample the local wines

Sample the local wines

Or go KTM Orange handbag shopping!!

Or go KTM Orange handbag shopping!!

Drinks on the hotel terrace

Drinks on the hotel terrace

A free night to dine out

A free night to dine out

Breakfast area

Breakfast area

Another lovely morning

Another lovely morning

Tom-foolery at petrol stop!

Tom-foolery at petrol stop!

Jen's always ready with a camera!!

Jen’s always ready with a camera!!

Morning coffee in the prettiest setting

Morning coffee in the prettiest setting

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More Tom-foolery !!

More Tom-foolery !!

Lunch stop & it's really hot weather

Lunch in Belgium & it’s really hot weather

Plenty of cafe's to choose from

Plenty of cafe’s to choose from

As well as a few beers!

As well as a few beers!

Some did this in Cochem !

Some did this in Cochem !

The approach to our final hotel

The approach to our final hotel

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Reception area

Reception area

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Time for a swim

Time for a swim

or relax before dinner

or relax before dinner

A few enjoy the pool

A few enjoy the pool

John gets a battering !!

John gets a battering !!

Then finds an even stronger jet

Then finds an even stronger jet

Paul B takes a turn

Paul B takes a turn

There are also sauna & spa facilities which Tom & “Smiley” enjoyed (a lot of scrubbing was involved!!) – but best there were no photos as evidence!!

Time to visit the factory

Time to visit the factory

A brief introduction

A brief introduction

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Before starting the interactive tour

Before starting the interactive tour

Smell the ingredients

Smell the ingredients

Pay attention - there's a quiz !!

Pay attention – there’s a quiz !!

Learn how the beers are made

Learn how the beers are made

Several different beers

Several different beers

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Clive helps himself !

Clive helps himself !

Fab stained glass windows

Fab stained glass windows

With a sample at the end

With a sample at the end

Rachel

Rachel

Mark

Mark

Drinks outside before dinner

Drinks outside before dinner

Think I'd rather not have seen this !!

Think I’d rather not have seen this !!

Dining area

Dining area

Our tables

Our tables

Dinner is included our last night

Dinner is included our last night

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No !! Not the green flip-flops !!

No !! Not the green flip-flops !!

A Magnum of Champagne for the "top table" courtesy of Mick - thank you very much !!

A Magnum of Champagne for the “top table” courtesy of Mick – thank you very much !!

John kicks off the jokes...

John kicks off the jokes…

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Kirsty takes a turn

Kirsty takes a turn

Lisa tells us hers in one go!

Lisa tells us hers in one go!

Paul B's up next

Paul B’s up next

John shows Mark & Rachel how to waft a towel !!

John shows Mark & Rachel how to waft a towel !!

Jen takes a turn

Jen takes a turn

Then it's the vegetable game...

Then it’s the vegetable game…

So how did Paul know the answer??!!

So how did Paul know the answer??!!

Clive's up next

Clive’s up next

"Ith it Dithco?"

“Ith it Dithco?”

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Then the Chinese Whispers start...

Then the Chinese Whispers start…Tom tells Lizzy…

Lizzy passes it on the Clive

Lizzy passes it on to Clive

Clive picks on Graham...

Clive picks on Graham…

Graham chooses Rachel...

Graham chooses Rachel…

Who's not impressed !

Who’s not impressed !

Rachel targets Ken

Rachel targets Ken

Ken tells Lisa

Ken tells Lisa

Who passes it on to Paul G

Who passes it on to Paul G

We think Paul quite liked it !!

We think Paul quite liked it !!

The jokes continue outside

The jokes continue outside

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Ken takes a turn

A fab breakfast the next morning

A fab breakfast the next morning

A final briefing

A final briefing

Ready for the off...

Ready for the off…

John's in the lead today

John’s in the lead today

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A rainy start…

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Tom, Steve & Kirsty have swapped bikes

Graham

Graham

Steve

Steve

Mick

Mick

Mark & Rachel

Mark & Rachel

Lisa

Lisa

Nick followed by Lizzy

Nick followed by Lizzy

Lizzy

Lizzy

Ken

Ken

Jason rides "TEC"

Jason rides “TEC”

By fuel stop it's dry & sunny again

By fuel stop it’s dry & sunny again

Not only bikes re-fuelling...

Not only bikes re-fuelling…

Sunshine at coffee stop

Sunshine at coffee stop

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The final lleg is motorway

The final leg is motorway

We stop at motorway services for lunch

We stop at services for lunch

And that's it - everyone back to Calais

And that’s it – everyone back to Calais

Thanks to Oakley MC for suggesting the reverse run of the 4×4 tour with an extra night in Cochem – we think the tour was a great success as the feedback from the club members shows. Thanks too to those who sent photos included in this review. We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe, John & Jen.