Ride the classic Aussie
postbike on a Great
Join an open day or book as a group
Enjoy some green laning on a light manageable machine
See the best of North Devon
Ride at your own pace
Several stops for refreshments/lunch
Around 70 miles ridden
Suitable for any rider with an A1 or above licence and aged over 21.
From £185 per person inclusive of fuel and insurance .
A great way to experience 'off road' riding for the first time.
Ever fancy a spot of green laning but haven't got the experience or the right bike to try it? Then a day down in Devon on a genuine Aussie post bike could be just the ticket!
Light, nimble and easy to ride (once you've got the hang of the centrifugal clutch), the bikes are perfectly sized for exploring the green lanes and back roads of North Devon.
As well as some stunning coastal roads, you'll ride some legal green lanes, ride along mud, rock and grass, stopping to take in some of the amazing views and falling in love with these unstoppable machines.
Riders must be over 21 and have an A1 or above licence. They must be willing to get mucky or dusty and be challenged in their riding. These days aren't for off road Gods loking to show off, they're for everyday bikers who just wish to broaden their horizons.
Group size maximum of 6.
POSTIE BIKE LEVEL 1
These are for people who haven't been before and are new to the bikes and also with limited off road experience. They're a mix of scenic road and trail and a great taster of the potential of the mighty postie.
11th May FULL
27th May FULL
21st June FULL
19th July FULL
3rd August FULL
17th August SPACES
28th September SPACES
12th October SPACES
PRICE: £185 per person, includes fuel and insurance subject to a £250 excess.
POSTIE BIKE LEVEL 2
These days are for people who have been before or who have experience of either a centrifugal clutch and/or light to moderate green laning. They will take in a different route to Level 1 and incorporate some longer, more challenging lanes.
4th May FULL
31st May SPACES
25th July SPACES
24th August FULL
30th August FULL
21th September SPACES
PRICE: £185 per person, includes fuel and insurance subject to a £250 excess.
TO ENQUIRE ABOUT ANY OF THESE DATES PLEASE USE THE CONTACT FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. FOR GROUP BOOKINGS ON ADDITIONAL DATES PLEASE ALSO GET IN TOUCH. MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE 6.
These are for people who have been before or have some experience of riding trails or bikes with centrifugal clutch and involve two days of riding, heading out on day one over Exmoor, staying in a bunkhouse that evening, and riding back the next day to complete a circuit of around 140 miles. These are a great way of making more of an adventure out of it and giving you the time to relax into the bikes and enjoy the scenery and incredible riding we have down here in North Devon.
These days involve riding conditions that you might not have ridden in before, including mud, grass and rocky services. The pace is gentle and no one is asked to do anything they don't feel comfortable doing, but there is an inherent risk involved and riders acknowledge and accept this risk when participating in a postie bike experience day. Please see below for common questions.
What do I wear?
It's a requirement that you wear the bare minimum of a road legal helmet, eye protection (goggles, visor etc), gloves and suitable sturdy boots. These don't necessarily have to be motorcycle boots but must give ankle protection. Trainers not permissible. It's also strongly recommended that you wear protection to your knees, elbows and shoulders. Waterproofs are also advised if poor weather forecast.
How long will you be riding for?
We'll be out on the bikes for between six and seven hours, with time in that for several refreshment stops including lunch. For those who don't ride frequently this can feel a long day, so it's important that you declare any medical issues at the outset and let the guide know if you're starting to struggle or need a break. People of all ages have taken part on a postie bike day, and the main thing is that you ride at your own pace.
What terrain will we ride on?
The rides are designed to show you the best of the North Devon countryside as well as give you a taste of legal green laning. Green lanes are unpaved byways open to all traffic (BOATS) that maybe muddy, rocky or grassy. We will ride between 6 and 10 of these lanes throughout the day. The rest of the time we will be on the A and B roads that might be single track and interesting in their own right. Everything we ride will be legal.
What if it rains?
It's obviously difficult to work around the weather and invariably we may have rain the day that you visit. Bring waterproofs if that is the case, and just be conscious that the lanes will be a little more slippy/muddy. Only if it's torrential rain would we possibly look to cancel.
Are the bikes easy to ride?
The bikes were designed originally to be easy to ride and are easy to ride, they're just a little different to what people are used to in that they don't have a clutch lever. Instead it has an automatic clutch that engages and disengages with the throttle (much like a twist and go), but also has gears that you need to close the throttle to change. It might take the first hour or so to get used to. Also bear in mind that the bikes have been on many adventures, therefore things aren't as fresh as they once were. The brakes are also drum brakes, so don't have the efficiency of modern brakes. Generally, most people get the hang of it after a short while.
What if I damage the bike?
There is a £250 excess on the bikes, which comes into effect if you significantly damage the bike or if you have a collision involving a third party. It's expected that you pay this excess on the day of the incident. Generally, damage is generally light - a broken wing mirror, break lever or bent handlebars - with this damage charge at a nominal fee; £10 for a wing mirror, £15 for a break lever and £40 for the handlebars etc.
What if I injure myself?
Please note that riders take part in postie bike adventure day at their own risk. Of course, with motorcycling there is always a risk of injury, and with riding on trails the risk of having an accident also increases. If you're self employed it's worth considering an insurance policy that protects your income in the event of an accident or injury. The main thing is to ride at a pace that suits you and if you don't wish to ride any of the terrain then please feel free to make that clear. No one is obliged to ride anything.
What skills do I need?
Basic bike skills are obviously essential, although the beauty of the CT110 is that you don't need to have ridden off road before to do so on these machines. Being realistic about your ability and riding within your limits are the most useful skills to have. Anyone not riding within their limits will be asked to do so and if they continue to ride in a manner that's not safe for them or the rest of the group then their ride will be terminated and no refund offered.
What about food and refreshments?
We'll stop for a mid morning coffee around 11am, and then lunch at around 1pm, which is usually at somewhere quick and convenient; pastie, sandwich etc. A mid afternoon ice cream stop is often also factored in. If you want to bring snacks and drinks then please feel free to do so.
What about health conditions, medication or injuries?
You are asked to disclose anything that might effect your ability to ride prior to setting out. This could be medication, allergies, recent surgeries, old injuries etc, with it advised if you have any concerns to get in touch in advance and talk them through. If you have asthma and use a pump then please bring it. Equally, if you have an allergy and carry an epipen then please let us know where it's kept.
What licence do I need?
You will need a minimum of an A1 licence, be over the age of 21 and have at least one year's experience post test. If you haven't ridden for over five years please make this known when booking. If you haven't ridden for over 10 years then a one on one session would be advised.
To book, please go to the relevant dates on the booking calendar below. PLEASE NOTE: If a date is password protected it means it's a private group booking.
PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR GROUP BOOKINGS, SHORT DURATION RIDES OR BESPOKE TOURS.
Chance to try the new CT125
New to the fleet is the CT125, which isn't officially imported to the UK but sits as the more modern, slightly heavier and taller younger sibling to the iconic CT110. Depending on numbers, there'll be chance to try the new bike, although bear in mind for the novice rider, new to green laning, the old bike is arguably the easiest to handle of the two. But you can make up your own mind...
PLEASE ENSURE YOU AND ALL YOUR PARTY READ THE FOLLOWING:
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.
THE HISTORY OF DOROTHY'S
Below are some mages from Garbage Run Australia 2019, when 8 riders conquered the infamous Australian Outback, the bikes then shipped to the UK, and their new home of North Devon. Be part of their ongoing story...
Photos by Thomas Kaczmarczyk, photographer and support driver for the trip...