MOUNTAINS AND MOTORCYCLES ACROSS THE WORLD
Good morning all and welcome to a summer of fantastic riding. Oh, and for those in the Southern Hemisphere, we hope that your winter is allowing you to get out on the bikes and on the dirt as much as we are. The trails are sweet, the tarmac is sticky – what a time to be alive!
So, it’s time to update you on our activities in the last month and tell you about the exciting rides and offers coming up on our calendar. It’s wall to wall biking heaven and we’d love you to experience these epic adventures with us.
THE CAPE CRUSADER – SA TOUR LAUNCHES
Last month we shared the news that we’d be looking to start adventure tours in the wonderful landscapes of the Western Cape in South Africa. Well after a month of intense activity behind the scenes and hours of plotting and planning from our illustrious leader Toby, we are delighted that our first South African tour will be launching this month – yes, this month!
As the very first time out, the first adventure is going to be a Pioneer Tour towards the end of 2018. This will allow a select band of motorcyclists to join us on our maiden tour in this region, travelling from the busy city of Cape Town, up to the vast Cederberg region through the incredible Swartberg range before dropping down to the Garden Route in the southern coast to finish in Port Elizabeth some twelve days later. As the first outing for this ride, the Pioneer tour will be a staggering 15% cheaper than when we launch this in 2019.
And the bikes? We’ll be using the mighty BMW GS800 as our scoot of choice, having the agility for the rough stuff combined with the legs to nail the throttle on those long and sweeping roads – it’s the ideal combination. We’ll be travelling with a full crew of lead rider, cameraman and medic / mechanic in a support truck that will transport your luggage, essential spares, fuel and of course a supply of post ride beers. What’s not to like there?
If you want to be in the Cape Crusader Pioneer tour, drop us an email as soon as you finished reading this Newsletter to email@example.com and get onboard – it will be the tour of your life.
HIMALAYAN HEIGHTS KICK OFF – THE YETI RISES
With the excitement of the SA tours, it’s all too easy to forget that the first of our best-selling tour – the awesome Himalayan Heights adventure – will be dropping the clutch and pulling out of the hotel on July the first. Between now and the end of September an incredible ten tours will be travelling on Royal Enfield 500 Classics on the staggering route through the most amazing mountain range in the world.
Starting from our new base camp in the wonderful hillside former colonial town of Shimla and the beautifully old-school Woodville Palace Hotel, the tour winds its way north through Shoja, Manali, Keylong, Sarchu, Pangong Tso, Leh and Hundar, crossing the highest roads in the world and camping in incredible locations.
Toby and Carl the Paramedic – our latest recruit – flew out to India last week to sort out the bikes, fine tune the details and test the local Kingfisher lager ahead of our first guests. It’s a tough job but ….
While many of the tours are already sold out, there are still a few places left, so if you fancy taking on some of the most epic roads on the planet – it’s still just an email away …
HIMALAYAN EXTREME – MAIDEN TOUR MONEY OFF
So – the Himalayan Heights not quite hardcore enough for you? Want to go on a tour that will really test your riding skills and have you puffing like a fat lad on a treadmill? Then maybe our all new Himalayan Extreme tour will be the one to butter your parsnips. And with a 15% promotional discount on offer that’s a strong possibility.
Starting from Manali the Extreme tour cuts east towards the challenging terrain of the river valleys and rugged mountains. We’ll stay in remote hotels, camp in tiny hilltop villages, visit the highest village in the world on our way to the infamous Spiti Valley. If you imagine a road that follows a riverbed with football sized boulders, that’s some of the terrain you’ll be taking on.
And to tackle this terrain, we’ve got a fleet of the fuel injected Royal Enfield Himalayans bristling with off road purpose just waiting for you. Shod with off road tyres and with far more purposeful suspension than the Classics, the Himalayan makes the perfect companion for the trip – capable enough to tackle the terrain but plenty quirky enough to know you’re on an Indian-made bike in an Indian landscape. Perfect.
If this sounds like you and you can handle the rough stuff – speak to Anna at anna@rideexpeditions and she’ll give you the full SP on the trip.
HO CHI MINH – PRICES DOWN AND DIRTY
Now if all this talk of big bikes, tarmac and trails in India is not your thing, how would you fancy riding the route of the legendary Ho Ch Minh tour, travelling from the bustling city of Phnom Penh and heading along the most infamous trail in the world.
Not long ago, travelling on this trail was about as safe as juggling with a chainsaw, a stick of dynamite and an angry cobra as it formed the main supply route during the barbaric and drawn out Vietnam conflict. Now it’s one of the most epic trails you can ride, and we run a fantastic tour on Kawasaki KLX300s and Yamaha WRF450s that tracks the trail north over seventeen days and 2700km to finish up in the fantastic riverside resort of Luang Prabang.
TOOLS, TIPS AND TOP TEN HACKS
OK so if you’re a fan of our incredibly popular BLOG section on the website, then this month you are in for a treat. This month Mr Challis has been in the garage and fitting more additional metal than a body piercing convention. So there’s a fool-proof way of fitting wheel bearings, a guide to the tools you’ll need if you are a complete newbie and last but not least ten more wonderful bike hacks, from denture tablets in your back pack to flight socks on the trail.
Genius in ten bite-sized pieces.
OK so it’s time to sign off now, but we need a closing video – so as this one is in the blogs, it’s the right one to finish. Mole Grips you say …
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