A great group with many regulars & some newbies too. Fab weather here in the Black Forest
“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
We start with a pre-tour briefing
The “Oakley MC” gang at coffee
“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, Triumph Sprint 1050 GT, Dorset
Julia with CAKE – watch for more pics!
All the bikes at coffee stop
Jen’s in the lead today
Bikes at lunch stop
We ALWAYS re-group before & after any stretch of motorway
“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
Shane & Julia enjoy ice creams
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 – beautiful
“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
Drinks before dinner
Dick & Sara
Dinner is included tonight
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
We re-group before motorway
How many men does it take…??
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
Just what we need !
The next morning the luggage van arrives
Briefing before we ride the famous B500
Paul’s first on his KTM Superduke GT
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
Mark & Rachel on their BMW S1000 XR
Steve K on his Kawasaki ZZR1400
Steve & Kirsty on their BMW R1200 GS
Steve & Sam on their Triumph Trophy
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 765
Ian on his BMW R1200 GS
Sandra on her Triumph Street Triple 765
Jen started at the back…
Reece on his Triumph Tiger 800
John S on his Honda VFR 800
John S again
Shane & Julia – Triumph Sprint 1050 GT
Gordon & Sue as back-markers
The van goes as well !
“Power Rangers” Mick & Jen after their race !
The group at the end of the B500 (when it was still dry!)
More ice -cream at coffee stop!
& lovely scenery
en-route to our next stop
We arrive at the largest cuckoo clock for two strikes!
Then take your partners for a waltz!
Unfortunately the rain starts
Pretty lunch stop
Dinner is included at our next hotel
Champagne for Steve B’s 50th birthday
Happy Birthday for Sunday Steve !
Just what are Sue & Dick up to?
Julia enjoys Black Forest Gateau!
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
Such a pretty town
With lots of flower displays
Mark & Rachel’s BMW needs a new tyre !
Most come for a ride-out
Steve & Sam in the lead
Reece on his Tiger 800
Peter on his BMW R1200 GS
Dick & Sara – Sprint 1050 GT
John H on his Street Triple 765
John’s in the lead
Shane & Julia – Sprint 1050 GT
Dick & Sara again
Sandra on her Street Triple 765
Gordon & Sue – Sprint 1050 GT
Steve & Sam with Reece
Hi Reece !
Everyone at the waterfalls
Dick & Sara
Julia & Shane
Super view from the top
You can walk across the bridge
A Heron lands nearby
Sausage & chips for lunch
More great roads
Red Kite overhead
Mick & Steve K bought Leiderhosen!!
Mark & Rachel have a barrow full!
Sara & Dick
The next day, glorious sunshine
Ride under the ski runs
Fab views leaving the Black Forest
We re-group at a viewing area
En-route to coffee stop
Another pretty town
Huge selection of cakes
We can’t resist
Raspberry & Walnut cakes
Steve & Kirsty
Sam & Sue
Riding to lunch stop
A surprise in store at lunch stop
Don’t forget to raise the bar!!
1st down – Rachel & Mark
Then it’s Steve B vs Gordon
Steve E vs Paul
Steve K vs Kirsty
John vs Sandra
Dick vs Peter
Ian vs Stuart
Shane vs Julia
Gordon & Steve B
Dick followed by Ian
And finally, Jen !
The brave ones !
Thanks to Sara for the photos of the arrivals !!
Next it’s the Vosges Mountains
Triumphs: Sprint 1050, Street 765, Tiger 800, Sprint 1050, Street 675, Trophy, Street 765, Sprint 1050
Not forgetting the BMW’s; R1200 GS, S1000 XR, & three more R1200 GS
John & Sandra
Stuart, Ian & Peter
Next stop, afternoon coffee break
A free night in Epinal
Some of us end up in the same restaurant
Secure garage parking
Pretty cut through
Morning coffee stop
The t-shirt shop is open !!
Kirsty’s got a new t-shirt
Thanks Kirsty & all who bought t-shirts
Mick’s tyre’s had it !!
Paul’s going to get a new front as well
En-route to fuel stop
Afternoon coffee stop
Fab view of the castle from our hotel
Gordon & Sue
Dinner is included on our last night & we dine outside
John thanks everyone for a really great tour
So just what is he up to with Rachel ??
So he lost a euro !!
Sue tells a joke she’s been practicing all week !
Reece takes a turn
and finally, Dick (sorry missed Peter!)
Another lovely morning
Our final briefing
An early lunch stop at Albert
With time to visit the 1916 museum
Final re-group on the way home
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 !!!!