Ride Outs

 

The 2019 Ride Out Programme

The next planned ride out will be on Saturday 24th August. John Oldridge is organising the ride out that will take the group up to Buttertubs Pass in North Yorkshire. Meet at the Sun Inn Fewston 10.00am for a 10.30am start.

 

Saturday 13th July

The July branch ride out set off from Jem’s Speed Shop, Batley. 10 bikes joined the ride out which thankfully occurred in completely dry conditions. The group rode over the Pennines into Lancashire stopping at Hollingworth Lake for lunch, from there the group rode back to gods own county for a stop at Oxenhope. Approximately 80 miles were covered on the ride.

Saturday 20th April

The first branch ride out of the year took place on Saturday 20th April, a record 21 bikes (25 people) turned up on a gloriously sunny start to the branch ride out season. The group made it’s way towards Colne but then proceeded to ride over to Gargrave, Malham, and Arncliffe before stopping for a lunch break at Kilnsey fish farm, 2 members of the group who got lost along the way met up at the fish farm. After the break most of the group then made their way to the Fewston reservoir for an ice cream stop before riding home. 112 miles were covered on the day.

Saturday 18th May – Ride out towards the east coast

Yorkshire Branch members met at the old Little Chef car park (now Gregg’s and Burger King I believe) on the eastbound A64 by Tadcaster, from the meeting point the group rode over to Fridaythorpe (Seaways Café) where they met members of the East Yorkshire branch. The group then rode over back roads to Castle Howard and then stopped at Hutton-le-Hole for lunch refreshments. The weather was forecast to be showery but fortunately remained dry for the ride with only a few wet roads being encountered. A lot of the ride was unfortunately on roads that had recently been surface dressed so speeds where limited in these areas. 11 bikes joined the ride out and 168 miles were covered in the day.

Saturday 15th June – Ladybower Reservoir

The branch ride out for June is scheduled for this coming Saturday (15th June), we will be meeting at Jem’s Speed Shop, Bradford Road, Batley (next to the entrance to Batley Park). The meeting time will be 10.00am for a 10.30am start. The destination for the ride out will be the Ladybower Reservoir area in Derbyshire.

 

The 2018 Ride Out Programme

 

Saturday 7th April – Colne / Oxenhope area

Five bikes met at the Trawlerman chip shop car park near Skipton, due to rain with further heavy rain predicted throughout the day the original run out to Thirsk was changed in favour of a much shorted run out towards Colne, followed by a trip back across the moors to Oxenhope where refreshments were enjoyed in the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway buffet car. 53 miles were covered on the ride out.

Saturday 12th May – Dales / Thirsk area

The ride out on Saturday 12th May was conducted in near perfect riding conditions (warm and dry and not too hot), from the meeting place at the Trawlerman Fish and Chip shop car park the group passed through Addingham, Bolton Abbey and Burnsall before stopping at Stump Cross Caverns for refreshments, from there the group rode up to Thirsk and stopped at Teesdale Motorcycles (Norton dealer) followed by a lunch stop in Thirsk market place. On the return journey the group headed back towards Harrogate but went cross country at Killinghall down towards Pool Bank. 13 bikes attended the run (16 people in total), it was a good well attended ride out covering 124 miles and we had no incidents to report (breakdown’s, bikes falling over or losing members of the group!).

Saturday 16th June – The destination is Matlock Bath in Derbyshire.

13 people and 10 bikes met at Jems Speed Shop and the group set off to Matlock Bath at 10.30am as planned. The planned route took the group over the Strines Moor with a planned stop at the Ladybower reservoir car park for refreshments,  from there the group headed down through Hathersage and Bakewell before arriving at Matlock Bath were more refreshments were taken. 4 bikes decided to take the more direct route home via the M1 but the majority wanted to take the scenic route back cross country, on reaching Huddersfield the group had to pass through a rainstorm of biblical proportions with the roads being more like rivers in some places, fortunately this was the only rain encountered on the day where the initial forecast wasn’t too good. 123 miles were covered on the run.

Saturday 14th July – Scarborough

The ride out occurred on Saturday 14th July, the destination was Scarborough, 14 bikes (18 people) met at the Little Chef car park located on the east bound A64 in the Tadcaster area. From the meeting place the ride out went through Stamford Bridge and stopped at the Flimber Café for refreshments, from Flimber the group then rode to Scarborough where they parked in the designated parking area for bikes between the North and South Bays. The return journey went through Pickering / Helmsley. The weather was very good (hot) and 177 miles were covered in the day.

August no ride out planned due to rallies / shows

September – Sunday 16th.

John Oldridge has volunteered to organise the September ride out which will go through the Dales / North Yorkshire area. Meet at the Sun Inn by the Fewston reservoir (North of Otley) at 10.00am for a 10.30 prompt start.

October – Saturday 6th

Martin Holdsworth volunteered to organise the October ride out, 9 bikes met just outside Wetherby and rode across to Easingwold for the first stop, after refreshments the group rode through the glorious backroads of the North York’s moors area before stopping at the Wistlestop café in Whitby for lunch. The group returned back over the Moors before dropping back onto the A64 near York to make their respective ways home. The forecast for the day was not promising with rain and winds predicted, however, only a few brief light showers were encountered. 185 miles were covered on the day and 13 people took part in the ride out which was the last planned for this year.

 

The 2017 Ride Out Programme and Branch events

Saturday 15th April – Dales Ride Out (Andy).
The very well attended ride out set off from the Kingfisher fish and chip shop car park and headed north to Malham passing the Cove on the narrow roads, from there it dropped down towards Settle and stopped at Ribblehead for photos. A lunch break was taken in Hawes then the group returned via Aysgarth, Kettlewell, Grassington and back to Skipton where the group split to go their own ways home. 13 bikes attended the run (6 of which were Norton’s), 16 people in total joined the ride out and 130 miles were covered in the day. The weather was fine and the group was lucky to miss rain showers that had passed through sections of the ride earlier in the day, it was a good start to the ride out programme.

Saturday 13th May – Peak District Ride Out – Hence forth known as the ‘drop off ride out’

10 bikes (12 people) met at the old 3 Nuns Pub (now Miller & Carter Steak House, Leeds Road), within the first 20 miles we had three ‘drop off’ events, first Don’s headlight dropped out of its mounting, then climbing Holme Moss a footrest dropped off Gary’s bike and at the same time the rear brake master cylinder cap dropped off Mark’s bike! The run went passed Huddersfield, over Holme Moss and onto Glossop with a bit of light rain on the higher ground, Snake Pass was negotiated and the first stop was at the Ladybower reservoir, from Ladybower the group went down to Castleton for a lunch break. After lunch a big scenic loop around the north of Castleton led us back to Hope but unfortunately Mark’s clutch cable snapped, fortunately Russ had a spare cable so after a little delay the group then made its way back across the Strines Moor back towards Huddersfield. 103 miles were covered on this second ride out of the year.

28th May – Sowerby Bridge Classic Bike & Scooter Show.

Saturday 17th June – Scarborough Ride Out,

Eleven bikes met at the Little Chef on the eastbound A64 just past Tadcaster, the run went to the north of York across country through Helmsley and turned off the main route at Thornton-le-Dale to take in the Dalby Forest drive. The first stop was at the Dalby Forest visitors centre café for refreshments, welcome shade was found as the sun was blazing down all day. Unfortunately our ‘tail man’  who we use to ensure we don’t lose people on the drop off system got lost and missed the first stop! From the forest the group rode into Scarborough and passed along the sea front on the way to the lunch stop at Oliver’s Mount, fortunately our ‘tail man’ was there waiting for us. A few laps of Oliver’s Mount were enjoyed before and after the lunch break. The group then rode back over the Wolds and had another stop in the shady wooded area of the Flimber Café, from there people made their way home. 192 miles were covered in the day without any machine issues interrupting the ride.

Saturday 15th  July – Unfortunately the ride out was cancelled due to heavy rain fall on the day.

 

6th August – Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend.

 

Saturday 12th August – scenic moors, railways and reservoirs

The route took in scenic moors, railways and reservoirs in West Yorks, Lancashire and North Yorks. 6 bikes met at the Miller & Carter car park at Mirfield and rode over to Hollingworth Lake near Rochdale, over the top of the Pennines we passed through light rain and could see a wonderful rainbow in the valley below, a photo was taken with the group (8 people in total) with the Lake in the background. From Hollingworth the group rode down to Hebden Bridge via Cragg Vale (a bumpy road that punished your kidneys!), then rode over the moors to Oxenhope for a lunch break at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway station. Lunch was taken on the platform and an added bonus was the arrival of a steam train. When setting off from the station the group was joined by a stranger on a T100 Hinckley Bonneville who wanted to tag along for the rest of the ride. The group then rode over to Skipton again over the moors passing close to Colne, then onto Fewston reservoir by Otley before splitting up and making their respective ways home. The day was fine with only light rain on top of the Pennines, 110 miles were covered on the ride out.

 

Saturday 23rd September – Forest of Bowland and Arnside

The ride started from the Trawlerman car park near the Kildwick roundabout close to Skipton, from there we headed to Slaidburn where we had a first refreshment stop. The group then headed off towards Arnside over Great How, however close to the summit Mark’s Commando cut out due to what was believed to have been a carb problem which couldn’t be resolved at the road side, Mark eventually had to be recovered by breakdown recovery, at the same stop Martin’s T160 Trident had also stated to intermittently cut out so he headed home, he believes the problem was linked to a newly fitted Tri-Spark ignition! Just before Arnside a third problem arose when Russ had a puncture in his rear tyre! Fortunately after recently touring France / Belgium on his Commando he was able to replace the inner tube at the side of the road as he still was loaded up with lots of ‘just in case’ spares on the bike. After lunch at Arnside the group split up due to it being quite late in the day to make their return journeys home.
The ride out was blessed with good dry weather for the entire route, 12 bikes attended the route (some actually made it all the way around!) and we had a guy on a modern T100 Triumph Scrambler who hadn’t been riding long tag along for the last part of the ride, he was a Lancastrian but we overlooked that on this occasion. 163 miles were covered in the day.

 

The 2016 Ride Out Programme and branch events

The ride out programme for 2016 commenced on Saturday April 30th, the destination was the Aviation Heritage Wolds Run at East Kirby airfield, Spilsby, Lincolnshire. 8 bikes (11 people) took part in the run which covered 230 miles in the day. Fortunately after a frosty start the weather was good for the day with just a few light showers occurring.

 

Sunday 15th May – The ride out to Little Ouseburn  ‘Open Gardens’ event took place on Sunday 15th May. The weather was good yet again and 110 miles were covered in the day. 7 bikes attended the event (6 Norton’s) with 9 people in all attending.

 

Sunday 29th May – Sowerby Bridge Classic Bike Show, the branch will put on a display and erect the NOC marque.

 

Sunday 12th June –  8 bikes met at the Sun Inn, North of Otley near Swinsty / Fewston. The first stop was at the Watermill Cafe, Carlton Miniott were John Oldridge joined the group with his Model 50 (making it a total of 6 Norton’s and 9 bikes in total). The run then went through Kirkbymoorside into the north York Moors and then dramatically entered Rosedale by the Chimney for a break at one of Rosedale’s cafes.  The ride went further north over the North York Moors on minor roads with spectacular views arriving at Grosmont. From Grosmont people then made their own way back home. 156 miles were covered on the day. The outbound section of the ride was conducted in dry conditions, on the return journey a number of participants encountered heavy rain showers. Now for the eventful bits!!!
The first incident happened as we past Ripon on one of its roundabouts, our intrepid Chairman managed to run into one of our Yamaha mounted members, it resulted in a clash of handlebars with no damage or injury to either party – note for Chairman, a modern Yamaha with ABS and disk brakes all round can stop a lot quicker than an Electra with a SLS front brake!
The next incident was not funny, one of the members on a different Yamaha slid off his bike at slow speed at the bottom of Sutton Bank where diesel fuel was seen on the road. The bike was damaged but after a few running repairs the rider was able to ride home without any further problem (a new screen and headlamp cover being required with some additional touch up painting work).
And finally, on the way home our Chairman also slid off his bike on a very wet roundabout with diesel again suspected to have contributed to the tumble. The only damage to the Electra was a bent footrest (since straightened) and fortunately the Chairman was fine after the event.

 

Saturday 30th July – Scarborough ride out with a lap or two of Oliver’s Mount added. 13 bikes attended the ride out, 7 of which were Norton’s. The ride out was blessed with lovely dry weather and 173 miles were covered on the day. Dave and Phil from the East Yorkshire branch joined us for the first time and were very welcome additions with their Commando 750 S and Model 50 respectively.

 

Sunday 7th August – Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend, the branch put on a display of 10 Norton’s and erected the NOC marque.

 

Saturday 27th August – Peak District ride out, Five bikes (7 people) attended the ride out which the weather forecast predicted would be dry (it was wrong!!!), The first stop was at ‘The Carding Shed’ at Hepworth near Holmfirth which is well worth a visit for classic vehicle fans and has the wonderful ‘Oil Can Cafe’. Heading into the High Peak area of Derbyshire the rain started to fall leaving Glossop and never stopped after that for the duration of the ride out. 90 miles were covered on the run on great roads (even if a lot of them were wet!), the original route to Castleton was changed to bring the group the quickest way back to West Yorkshire due to the rain getting heavier, coming back across Strines Moor normally a kidney jarring experience proved to be pleasurable as the road surface has now been completely resurfaced for the entire length of the route making it once again a great biking road. Alan Sessions was a welcome visitor on the run from the East Yorkshire branch on his 961 Norton.

Last 2016 ride out date – Saturday 24th September, meet at the Sun Inn by the Fewston reservoir at 10.00am for a 10.30am prompt start. Martin Holdsworth will lead the ride which will pass through Masham with the destination being Hawes. The route Martin is planning will be over 100 miles and will take in quite a few of the minor roads in the area.

 

 

The 2015 branch ride outs and events.

Saturday 4th April – Branch ride out in the Yorkshire Dales. 8 bikes attended the ride out in good weather with 131 miles being covered in the day. (Andy)

Sunday 12th April – NOC AGM at Donington Hall

Saturday 25th / Sunday 26th April – Stafford Classic Bike Show (no branch involvement, just for information).

Saturday 16th May – Branch ride out – 7 bikes (5 Norton’s) attended the ride out that visited the Dalby Forest, Scarborough and called at the Fimber Café on the way home. 183 miles were covered in the day. Peter Shand from the East York’s branch joined the group for the first time on his 850 Mk3 Commando.

 

Sunday 24th May – Sowerby Bridge Classic Bike Show

 

Friday 29th May to Monday 1st June – NOC International Rally Wicklow, Ireland

 

Saturday 13th June – Branch ride out – Junes ride out took place on Saturday 13th June. The run went through Pendle, the Forest of Bowland with a stop at Dunsop Bridge, then through Caton on to Devil’s Bridge for a lunch stop, returning via Dent and Settle. 4 bikes attended the run (5-people) and 155 miles were covered in the day. The forecast wasn’t brilliant but once passed Keighley the rain stopped and the ride out took place on dry roads in near ideal biking conditions. Thanks to Peter Holland for organizing the ride out through a very scenic part of the country.

 

Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th June – NOC Slate Rally in Snowdonia

Saturday 18th or Sunday 19th July – Branch ride out – Ride out cancelled due to holidays, next ride out 8th or 9th August.

Sunday 2nd August – Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend

Sunday 9th August – Norton Day at Coventry Transport museum.

Saturday 26th September –

The ride out ventured into the Derbyshire Peak District via Holme Moss, Glossop and Ladybower stopping in Castleton for lunch, 5 bikes (7 people) attended the run which took place in ideal biking conditions (unlike the original date planned for this run when it rained for most of the day). Approximately 90 miles were covered in the day.

 

Next planned ride out 21st November –

a ride around the Yorkshire Dales will take place (weather permitting). The meeting place will be just off the Kildwick roundabout (the last roundabout on the dual carriageway between Keighley and Skipton at the Skipton end), this roundabout is where the A629 joins the A6068. The meeting place will be the Kingfisher fish and chip shop car park, this is next to the Texaco garage just off the roundabout. The meeting time will be 10.00am for a 10.30am prompt start. Note should the weather be bad on the day the ride out will be cancelled, if in doubt call Andy on Saturday morning between 08:00am and 9:00am to confirm the ride out is going ahead.

 

 

 

The 2014 ride outs

A list of ride outs dates for 2014 has been put together, these have been compiled so as not to clash with motorcycle / other events that may be of interest to branch members. Six weekend dates have been proposed with one ride out being scheduled each month from April through to September inclusive, these are as follows:

 Saturday 19th April 2014 (Andy Lodge) – Dales run. 13 bikes attended the first run of the year (16 people), 173 miles were covered on the ride out in cool but sunny conditions that started near Skipton and called in at Ripon and Hawes on route.

Sunday 18th May 2014 ( Martin Holdsworth) – ride out to Masham / Tan Hill area, 12 bikes attended the run (7 Norton’s), 166 miles were covered in bright sunshine on the day.

Saturday 14th June 2014 (Peter Holland) – ride out through Calderdale, Pendle, and the Yorkshire Dales. 7 bikes attended (4 Norton’s), 146 miles were covered on yet another dry ride out.

(CANCELLED) Next Planned Ride out Saturday 19th July 2014 – cancelled due to bad weather

Sunday 17th August 2014 (Andy Lodge) –  Peak District, 4 bikes (2 Norton’s) attended the ride out which occurred in sunshine / showery conditions, 100 miles were covered on the run. Numbers were low as expected on the day due to members attending International Rallies and having other commitments.

 Saturday 20th September 2014 (Andy Lodge – Scarborough Run) – 9 bikes attended the run (5 Norton’s and 11 people in total), the weather wasn’t great with cloud and occasional light showers. 180 miles were covered in the day, the ride out was eventful with a petrol starvation problem on a dominator, an ECU light illuminating on a Honda (not normally a problem on a Norton!) and our first ride out tumble when a Yamaha hit the deck on a slippery corner (no serious damage to rider or bike thankfully).

 

 The 2013 ride out schedule 

Ride Through the Trough of Bowland – Sunday 12th May 2013

 Ride out planned for Sunday 12th May. The meeting place will be just off the Kildwick roundabout (the last roundabout on the dual carriageway between Keighley and Skipton at the Skipton end), this roundabout is where the A629 joins the A6068. The meeting place will be the Kingfisher fish and chip shop car park, this is next to the BP garage just off the roundabout and is visible from the dual carriageway. The meeting time will be 10.00am for a 10.30am prompt start.

* 11 bikes attended the run which was largely in wet conditions, 146 miles covered in the day.

East Coast Run – Saturday 22nd June 2013

We have a ride out planned for Saturday 22nd June, the destination is Scarborough. Meet at the Little Chef on the east bound A64 by Tadcaster at 10:00am for a 10:30am prompt start If the weather is bad (like the last ride out) the ride out will be cancelled, light rain is OK but the torrential stuff isn’t!

 * 8 bikes attended the run, 192 miles were covered in the day.

Ride Out – Saturday 20th July 2013

Peter Holland led a ride out north west into the Devils Bridge area. The weather was very good (hot and sunny which made a pleasant change from our last ride out in this area!).
* 166 miles were covered in the day, 10 bikes (6 Norton’s) attended the ride out.

Ride Out – Sunday 15th September 2013 (last planned in 2013)

The original ride out planned to Saltburn-by-the-sea was changed on the day when the group met at the Little Chef, the hill climb had been cancelled and bad weather was forecast so a 120 mile run around North Yorkshire took place instead. 7 bikes took part in the run (6 Norton’s). At the original meeting point Tony came to see the group on his plunger ES2 but was unable to join the ride out. The return from Ripon was made in damp conditions.

Ride Out – Saturday 12th October 2013 – Yorkshire Dales Chairman’s Run

This extra ride out was held to celebrate Barrie Blayney’s 99 being back on the road (he missed all the rest of the ride out’s this year (and last!)). 9 bikes met at the café at Otley (6 Norton’s), the run stopped at Pateley Bridge and the Sun Inn at Fewston. The conditions were drizzly and misty on high ground but all seemed to enjoy being able to get out for the ‘extra’ ride out. 73 miles were covered on the run.