Testimonial Black Forest & Vosges Mountains Tour    26 May – 1 June 2019

A great group with many regulars & some newbies too. Fab weather here in the Black Forest

A great group with many regulars & some newbies too. Fab weather here in the Black Forest

We start with a pre-tour briefing

We start with a pre-tour briefing

The "Oakley MC" gang at coffee

The “Oakley MC” gang at coffee

“Hi John and Jen, some kind words about my trip with BN European Tours, my second and as enjoyable as the first. Without hesitation I would have no doubt in recommending your trips. A very well rehearsed schedule with routes and hotels second to none. It’s obvious that this is not just a business to either of you but enjoyment where a common love for motorcycling lives. Your local knowledge is often invaluable and the hotels selected are faultless, along with the idyllic routes, giving time for all abilities to enjoy each day, with the added benefits of a luggage van and fantastic thought-out marker system. Another brilliant ride-out with another great group of people. Thank you to you both and the rest of the group for making my week. See you again soon.”
Peter Rainford-Read, 2nd tour, BMW R1200GS, Lancashire

Juila with CAKE - watch for more!

Juila with CAKE – watch for more pics!

All the bikes at coffee stop

All the bikes at coffee stop

“Hi John and Jen, once again Sue and I must thank you for a wonderful tour. Great roads, wonderful places with spectacular views, great company and lots of smiles even when it rained. It was a fantastic week of riding and staying in lovely hotels. How you guys always find these places escapes me. Sue and I enjoyed back marking and look forward to doing it again next year. See you soon” 
Gordon & Sue Bishop, 7th tour, Truimph Sprint 1050 GT, Dorset

We ALWAYS regroup before riding motorway

We ALWAYS re-group before riding motorway

Jen's in the lead today

Jen’s in the lead today

Bikes at lunch stop

Bikes at lunch stop

“I have to say one of your best ever, really good tour and great company throughout and flawless organisation.😎”
 Paul Butler, 8th tour, KTM Superduke GT, Bedfordshire
“Hi J & J & The Black Forest Crew, a few words of thanks to John and Jen for a great tour – as we have come to expect – and you both delivered in all areas again. Thanks to Gordon and Sue for bring up the rear. Good to meet new and old faces again – a good bunch of people & a great week of riding with you all. All the best ’till the next time”
Steve King, 8th tour, Kawasaki ZZR1400, Northamptonshire

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

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Shane & Julia enjoy ice creams

Shane & Julia enjoy ice creams

Gorgeous scenery this afternoon

Gorgeous scenery this afternoon

“Thanks to John and Jen for a superbly well organised and thoroughly enjoyable week for what was our first tour with BN. The standard of the accommodation, the organisation of each days riding and the whole experience that was the Black Forest Tour were of the highest standard. Many thanks also to Gordon and Sue for keeping us company at the back…and thanks to all the group for making the week such an enjoyable time both on and off the bikes. We are certainly looking forward to our next trip with BN European Tours.”
Shane & Julia Hill, 1st tour, Triumph Sprint GT 1050, Northamptonshire

Four cygnets this year

Four cygnets this year – beautiful

Lovely !

Lovely !

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“Hi John & Jen, just to say how much Sara & I enjoyed the tour. Once again your organisation and attention to detail could not be faulted. The hotels, routes, coffee/lunch stops were all spot on and the scenery beautiful (even through mist and clouds). You both made sure that everyone was happy and this reflected on the way we all got on so well – a really happy group. Sara was so delighted she is already making plans for our next tour !! Best wishes”
Dick Hallsworth, 3rd tour, Triumph Sprint 1050, Northamptonshire
“Thank you both for an amazing week. It was brilliant!”
Sara Shepherd, 1st tour, pillion with Dick Hallsworth

The gardens at our next hotel

The gardens at our next hotel

Drinks before dinner

Drinks before dinner

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Dick & Sara

Dick & Sara

Dinner is included tonight

Dinner is included tonight

John sets the bar low for jokes !

John sets the bar low for jokes !

“Jen/John, thank you for a great tour once again, great hotels, superb roads and coffee/cake stops.  Even a bit of rain couldn’t spoil a great time.”
John Hackney, 2nd tour, Triumph Street Triple, Northamptonshire

A drizzly morning

A drizzly morning

Morning chat

Morning chat

We regroup before motorway

We re-group before motorway

How many men does it take...??

How many men does it take…??

Paul's KTM has a side-stand problem

Paul’s KTM has a side-stand problem

“I’ve just returned from another fantastic trip, thoroughly organised by John & Jen. Having already read the comments posted by others on the trip I’m at a loss what I can add, other than that I echo every word! Great company, hotels, food and Roads!! What more can I ask for other than for John and Jen to influence the little rain we had – they sorted everything else!! I would and have recommended this trip to anyone who wants to go on a biking holiday without having to do all the work. Thanks again John and Jen for another professionally planned trip! Flawless! You make it look so easy.”
 Ian Taylor, 2nd tour, BMW R1200GS, Lancashire 

A welcome arrival in Baden Baden

A welcome arrival in Baden Baden

Just what we need !

Just what we need !

Cheers !!

Cheers !!

The next morning the luggage van arrives

The next morning the luggage van arrives

Briefing before we ride the famous B500

Briefing before we ride the famous B500

Pauls' first on his KTM Superduke

Paul’s first on his KTM Superduke GT

Mick on his KTM Superduke

Mick follows on his KTM Superduke GT

“3rd trip now, what a blast, you know it’s good when you don’t care what time or day it is and don’t want it to end. Thanks to John for sorting tyres. Thanks also to the great company. Looking forward to the next one.”
 Mick Grogan, 3rd tour, KTM Superduke GT, Buckinghamshire

Mick again

Mick again

Mark & Rachel followed by Steve K

Mark & Rachel on their BMW S1000 XR

Steve K on his Kawasaki ZZR1400

Steve K on his Kawasaki ZZR1400

Steve & Kirsty on their BMW R1200 GS

Steve & Kirsty on their BMW R1200 GS

Steve & Sam on their Triumph Trophy

Steve & Sam on their Triumph Trophy

Peter on his BMW R1200 GS

Peter on his BMW R1200 GS

“Hi guys. Just wanted to thank you for a great tour. The hotels were great and the scenery was amazing. Everyone got on so well. It was a great group. Your organization was spot on as always. See you for another tour soon.”
 Steve & Sam Barnes, 4th tour, Triumph Trophy, Dorset

John H on his Triumph Street Triple

John H on his Triumph Street Triple 765

Stuart & Ian - both on BMW R1200 GS

Stuart on his BMW R1200 GS

Ian on his BMW R1200 GS

Ian on his BMW R1200 GS

Sandra on her Triumph Street Triple 765

Sandra on her Triumph Street Triple 765

Jen started at the back...

Jen started at the back…

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Reece on his Triumph Tiger 800

Reece on his Triumph Tiger 800

Reece again

Reece again

John S on his Honda VFR 800

John S on his Honda VFR 800

John S again

John S again

Shane & Julia - Triumph Sprint 1050 GT

Shane & Julia – Triumph Sprint 1050 GT

Gordon & Sue as back-markers

Gordon & Sue as back-markers

The van goes as well !

The van goes as well !

Mick & Jen after their race !

“Power Rangers” Mick & Jen after their race !

The group at the end of the B500 (when it was still dry!)

The group at the end of the B500 (when it was still dry!)

Mre ice -cream at coffee stop!

More ice -cream at coffee stop!

Great roads

Great roads

& lovely scenery

& lovely scenery

En-route to our next stop

en-route to our next stop

We arrive at the largest cuckoo clock

We arrive at the largest cuckoo clock for two strikes!

Then take your partners for a waltz!

Then take your partners for a waltz!

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Unfortunately the rain starts

Pretty lunch stop

Pretty lunch stop

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Dinner is included at our next hotel

Dinner is included at our next hotel

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Champage for Steve B's 50th birthday

Champage for Steve B’s 50th birthday

Happy Birthday for Sunday Steve !

Happy Birthday for Sunday Steve !

Just what is Sue up to ?

Just what are Sue & Dick up to ?

Julia enjoys Black Forest Gateau !

Julia enjoys Black Forest Gateau !

More bad jokes !

More bad jokes !

The next day is a free day; take a boat ride around the lake, take the train to visit other towns, come for a ride-out to the High Rhine waterfalls in Switzerland, recover lost property (Kirsty!) or get new tyres !!

The lovely setting for our hotel for two nights

The lovely setting for our hotel for two nights

Such a pretty town

Such a pretty town

Lots of flower displays

With lots of flower displays

Mark & Rachel's BMW needs a new tyre !

Mark & Rachel’s BMW needs a new tyre !

Most come for a ride-out

Most come for a ride-out

Steve & Sam in the lead

Steve & Sam in the lead

Reece on his Tiger 800

Reece on his Tiger 800

Peter on his BMW R1200 GS

Peter on his BMW R1200 GS

Great roads

Great roads

Reece again

Reece again

Scenery en-route

Scenery en-route

Dicj & Sara - Sprint 1050 GT

Dick & Sara – Sprint 1050 GT

John H on his Street Triple

John H on his Street Triple 765

Fab roads

Fab roads

John's in the lead

John’s in the lead

Shane & Julia - Sprint 1050 GT

Shane & Julia – Sprint 1050 GT

Dick & Sara again

Dick & Sara again

Sandra on her Street Triple 765

Sandra on her Street Triple 765

Gordon & Sue - Sprint 1050 GT

Gordon & Sue – Sprint 1050 GT

John again

John again

Steve & Sam with Reece

Steve & Sam with Reece

Hi Reece !

Hi Reece !

Peter again

Peter again

Everyone at the waterfalls

Everyone at the waterfalls

Dick & Sara

Dick & Sara

Julia & Shane

Julia & Shane

Super view from the top

Super view from the top

You can walk across the bridge

You can walk across the bridge

A Heron lands nearby

A Heron lands nearby

Sausage & chips for lunch

Sausage & chips for lunch

More great roads

More great roads

Red Kite overhead

Red Kite overhead

Fab scenery

Amazing roads

Mich & Steve K bought Leiderhosen !!

Mick & Steve K bought Leiderhosen !!

Mark & Rachel have a barrow full of xxx !!

Mark & Rachel have a barrow full of xxx !!

Sara & Dick

Sara & Dick

Kirsty

Kirsty

The next day, glorious sunshine

The next day, glorious sunshine

Setting off

Setting off

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Gorgeous scenery

Gorgeous scenery

Ride under the ski runs

Ride under the ski runs

Fab views leaving the Black Forest

Fab views leaving the Black Forest

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We regroup at a viewing area

We re-group at a viewing area

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En-route to lunch

En-route to coffee stop

Another pretty town

Another pretty town

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Selection of cakes to choose from

Selection of cakes to choose from

We have cakes !

We have cakes !

Raspberry & Walnut cakes

Raspberry & Walnut cakes

Steve & Kirsty have milkshakes

Steve & Kirsty have milkshakes

Sue

Sam & Sue

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Riding to lunch stop

Riding to lunch stop

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A surprise in store at lunch stop

A surprise in store at lunch stop

Don't forget to raise the bar !!

Don’t forget to raise the bar !!

1st down - Rachel & Mark

1st down – Rachel & Mark

Then it's Steve vs Gordon

Then it’s Steve B vs Gordon

Steve E vs Paul

Steve E vs Paul

Steve K vs Kirsty

Steve K vs Kirsty

Mark vs Sandra

John vs Sandra

Dick vs Peter

Dick vs Peter

Ian vs Stuart

Ian vs Stuart

Shane vs Julia

Shane vs Julia

Rachel

Rachel

Mark

Mark

Gordon & Steve B

Gordon & Steve B

Steve E

Steve E

Paul

Paul

Kirsty

Kirsty

Steve K

Steve K

Sandra

Sandra

John H

John H

Dick followed by Ian

Dick followed by Ian

Peter

Peter

Stuart

Stuart

Julia

Julia

Shane

Shane

John E

John E

And finally, Jen !

And finally, Jen !

The brave ones !

The brave ones !

 Thanks to Sara for the photos of the arrivals !!

Next it's the Vosges Mountains

Next it’s the Vosges Mountains

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Triumphs: Sprint 1050, Street 765, Tiger 800, Sprint 1050, Street 675, Trophy, Street 765, Sprint 1050

Not forgetting the BMW's;

Not forgetting the BMW’s; R1200 GS, S1000 XR, & three more R1200 GS

John & Sandra

John & Sandra

Stuart, Ian & Peter

Stuart, Ian & Peter

Next stop, afternoon coffee break

Next stop, afternoon coffee break

A free night in Epinal

A free night in Epinal

Some of us end up in the same restaurant

Some of us end up in the same restaurant

Secure garage parking

Secure garage parking

Pretty cut through

Pretty cut through

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Morning coffee stop

Morning coffee stop

The t-shirt shop is open !!

The t-shirt shop is open !!

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Kirsty's got a new t-shirt

Kirsty’s got a new t-shirt

Thanks Kirsty & all who bought t-shirts

Thanks Kirsty & all who bought t-shirts

Lunch stop

Lunch stop

Mick's tyre's had it !!

Mick’s tyre’s had it !!

Paul's going to get new ones as well

Paul’s going to get a new front as well

En-route to fuel stop

En-route to fuel stop

Afternoon coffee stop

Afternoon coffee stop

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Fab view of the castle from our hotel

Fab view of the castle from our hotel

Gordon & Sue

Gordon & Sue

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Dinner is included on our last night

Dinner is included on our last night & we dine outside

John thanks everyone for a really great tour

John thanks everyone for a really great tour

So just what is he up to with Rachel ??

So just what is he up to with Rachel ??

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So he lost a euro !!

Sue tells a joke she's practised all week !

Sue tells a joke she’s practised all week !

Gordon's next

Gordon’s next

Reece takes a turn

Reece takes a turn

Paul B

Paul B

John again

John again

Jen

Jen

and finally, Dick

and finally, Dick (sorry missed Peter!)

Another lovely morning

Another lovely morning

Our final briefing

Our final briefing

Beautiful !

Beautiful !

An early lunch stop at Albert

An early lunch stop at Albert

With time to visit the 1916 museum

With time to visit the 1916 museum

Final re-group on the way home

Final re-group on the way home

And that's it - everyone back to Calais in good time

And that’s it – everyone back to Calais in good time

Thanks to everyone for great riding, great timekeeping (a first we think!), great company – we had a blast (literally – Jen!!) We look forward to seeing many of you again on future tours. Ride safe – John & Jen.
P.S. And this has to be written in RED – the icing on the cake on the way home – WE WON !!

WE DID IT !!!!

WE DID IT !!!!