A unique opportunity to ride the best of the A2 Adventure class back to back on a road based adventure day, with optional gentle green lane along the way...
Perfect for those looking to downsize or anyone moving into adventure bikes. A real chance to properly try some bike before you buy...
Join an open day or book as a group
Swap bikes throughout the day
Mainly B roads with some single track Tarmac lanes and coastal roads
See the best of North Devon
Ride at your own pace
Several stops for refreshments/lunch
Around 100 miles ridden
Optional unmade road element
Suitable for any rider with an A2 or above licence and aged over 25.
Must be confident at slow speed riding/back roads.
£165 per person. Fuel and insurance included.
The bikes currently on fleet are (subject to change):
ROYAL ENFIELD HIMALAYAN
WEIGHT: 193- kilos
SEAT HEIGHT: 800mm
FUEL TANK: 15-litres
PRICE NEW: £4200
The Himalayan has been the surprise hit of the small adventure bike market, proving more capable than many could have predicted. A torquey long stroke motor and low seat height makes it the ideal novice adventure machine. Some will love it, some might not. Chance for you to make your own mind up.
KTM 390 ADVENTURE
WEIGHT: 158 kilos
SEAT HEIGHT: 855mm
FUEL TANK: 14.5-litres
PRICE NEW: £5499
The KTM is the newest bike in the lineup, launched in 2020 after many years of build up. It uses the same single cyclinder 43bhp engine as in the 390 Duke and benefits from having the most power and joint lowest weight alongside the Honda. A real firecracker on the road.
HONDA CRF 250 RALLY
WEIGHT: 157 kilos
SEAT HEIGHT: 895mm
FUEL TANK: 10.1-litres
PRICE NEW: £5649
The Honda has been a firm favourite for trail riding fans and adventure riders alike for the last few years now. Easy to ride, reliable, long service intervals, it's easy to see why it's been so popular.
NB: The bike has been fitted with a lowering link in the rear suspension meaning that it sits approximately one inch lower than stock.
BMW G 310 GS (Euro 5)
WEIGHT: 170 kilos
SEAT HEIGHT: 835mm
FUEL TANK: 11.5-litres
PRICE NEW: £5435
The 310 GS takes the look and attitude of its 1200cc big brother and shrinks it down to a more manageable package. Designed to blend road and and off road capabilities, this could be the consummate all rounder and challenge the Himalayan for travel bike of choice. Which will you prefer?
WEIGHT: 197 kilos
SEAT HEIGHT: 850mm
FUEL TANK: 17.7-litres
PRICE NEW: £6199 (plus Rally Raid kit)
New for 2021 is this Rally Raid equipped CB500X, complete with 19-inch spoked front wheel and uprated suspension to give added ground clearance. With 47bhp and weighing 197 kilos the CB500X sits at the top end of the A2 category and should serve to give people food for thought about ultimately which one suits them best.
HONDA CRF 300 RALLY
WEIGHT: 153 kilos
SEAT HEIGHT: 885mm
FUEL TANK: 12.8-litres
PRICE NEW: £6099
The CRF300 Rally is also new for 2021 and offers a chance to ride the latest trail bike from Honda. Changes to the CRF 250 are mainly felt in the engine, with a stronger mid-range and improved gear ratios. Riding the 300 back to back with the 250 is a great way of measuring the change, or realising that you're happy sticking with the old one.
CCM GP450 ADVENTURE
WEIGHT: 125 kilos (dry)
SEAT HEIGHT: 850mm
FUEL TANK: 20-litres
PRICE NEW: £8500
The CCM GP450 was arguably a bike ahead of its time. Built in Bolton, England, and powered by a BMW derived 450cc single cylinder engine, the CCM was lightweight, but with a big fuel tank and the ergonomics for both off road riding and long distance. In many way it was the unicorn of the adventure bike world, sadly discontinued but here to try for the curious.
GROUP RIDE DATES
These are open to anyone with a maximum number of five riders. Meet at 9.00 am, finish around 5.00pm.
See booking calendar below for dates and to make a booking.
COST: Cost of a group ride day is £165 per rider.
B&B TWO NIGHTERS
This is a chance to get away for a few days, unwind and have a good day out on the bikes before a gentle journey home the next day. You'll be staying in a nearby B&B, right in the heart of the picturesque village of Braunton, just a few miles from the beaches of Saunton and Croyde. Singles, twins and doubles available.
Price includes; two nights accommodation, 2 x breakfast, 1 full day on the bike, insurance and fuel
Couples/twins; £475 (per pair)
These can be arranged on a one to one basis and tailor made to your needs. We can focus on one bike or two bikes in particular. It's for you to shape the day as you need it. These will typically be on a weekday. Please message me with dates you have available using the contact box below.
COST: Cost of a bespoke/individual day is £220 for one rider, or £340 for two riders.
Accommodation can be arranged for an additional cost.
At Dorothy’s all we ask is:
You treat the bike with the respect that you treat your own
You ride within your limits at all times and acknowledge that there is no obligation to keep up with the rider in front.
You only attempt terrain that you deem suitable to your ability. There is no obligation to ride anything you don’t want to.
You agree to ride responsibly around other riders
You agree to remain behind the lead rider at all times
You agree to declare any medical condition or history that may be detrimental to your participation
You agree that Dorothy’s Speed Shop will remove me from the course if my behaviour is considered dangerous to myself or any other person.
You agree that you have sole responsibility for your own actions and personal safety and that you must ride to your own abilities and conditions. You have dynamic control of the bike at all times.
You agree that you shall not consume alcohol or drugs before or during the ride.
You agree that you have not been convicted of any motoring offence involving drink or drugs in the last 5 years.
You accept that motorcycling is an inherently dangerous pursuit and there is of course risk of injury, disablement and death.
You accept that there is no personal injury insurance, only the bike is covered, therefore if you are self employed you might want to consider some income protection insurance such as with protectmyincome.com
That might sound ominous but other than a few gentle topples these are a relaxed, gentle paced days designed to showcase the best of the landscape, the bikes and also show that green laning isn't as intimidating as you might have thought.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are new to biking or have had a long break then please consider booking a one on one