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Some Twitter people invited me to join them on a tour of Scotland, of course I said yes.
Total miles 1421, 4 Bikes, 3 nights. 4 long days. Weather mostly wet – well what did you expect in October.
As is the nature of Twitter, people are from seperate parts of the country so we met up at Lymm Services J20 on the M6 on Friday the 9th October it was drizzling and the waterproofs were already on and heated grips just providing a nice background warmth.
We filled up and started the journey north. First stop over was to be the The Winnock Hotel,
The route there was especially desiged to make the most of Day 1. Forest of Boland, Yorkshire Dales National Park, North Pennines, Kielder Forest then on through Scotland avoiding any major roads.
Day 2 saw us tackle the infamous Applecross pass on our way to Ullapool
Day 3 saw part of the NC500 and back to Oban. The coastal route up to Durness is fantastic and there are some fantastic sandy beaches there. My favorite part was the road around Loch Eriboll which was simply stunning. A long day this one and the journey from Loch Ness to Oban was in the dark and that added another dimension to the ride.
Day 4 took us home via the scenic way through Ayrshire.
It was a seriously wet day,but we were looking forward to heading south to see what Ayrshire has to offer and although not as scenic as the highlands it certainly has some great roads if you are happy to seek them out.
A collection of reviews from the course feedback pages.
I’ve been riding a motorbike for a long time. I had passed my IAM and RoSPA advanced tests years ago. You would think that this training would stay with you, but over time i developed a slightly lazy approach to my riding. Taking things for granted, and i wasn’t really switched on as much as i should be, after all there’s a lot at stake. So after seeing some of Neil’s training videos, chatting on Twitter and especially after Covid Lockdown, i thought i would take the skills refresher course for an independent look at my riding, and i’m so glad i did. It’s amazing how much your riding skills fade over time.
Check out this video Neil did for me,
it really sums up my riding skill fade and what we did about them. It’s great to have this video resource to refer back to and go over again, as there’s a lot to take in and re-apply to your riding. Neil’s approach is super friendly, constructive and totally non-judgemental. Book in with Neil and do this training instead of buying the next bit of bling for your bike, it will be the best investment you can make. Half a day is all it takes, and it will invigorate your riding again, leading to more confidence, enjoyment, and equip you well to survive the jungle out there.
@DevilsCrayon – 07/04/2021 – Back to biking / refresher
“I’m brilliant at riding and I don’t need any extra help”. If you read this and thats you… think again!
No matter what your experience or how awesome you think you are (and you might be, its cool), just book a day with Jewell training and You Will Learn something. Better lines, more space, improved planning. Great skills for the road or the track. Neil will keep up with you, even if it’s on a rolling sofa… 😉
@LaraMoto – 17/10/2020 – Bespoke coaching
Motorcycles are a passion, I want to be the best I can be. To that aim, I wanted training from someone who really knows how to ride a motorbike. Having known Neil for a while, via Twitter, and seen how competent he is, Jewell training was the place for me. Excellent advice, see’s where you can improve, and you come away from training knowing you are better than when you started. Will definitely be back for more training in the future Maybe I will even be able to keep up with him round a racetrack one day
Jules – 01/10/2020 – Bespoke coaching
I was lucky enough to find Neil on Twitter and even luckier to win a day training with him on a one to one basis. I met Neil at Crewe and he immediately put me at ease. We’d chatted beforehand about the things we could address with my riding. I had asked for instruction on road positioning and handling corners – the two areas I felt needed the most work. Neil hooked me up to his intercom and gave me a fantastic insight into his real time vision on the route – the bends , the way the road curved , the cross view (best learning point ) the hazards, the warnings , the signs and how to ride the bends smoothly taking everything in along the way. We headed out through villages and lanes , A and B roads and dual carriage ways and also up on to The Cat & Fiddle. It was a busy Saturday and there were lots of cars and groups of cyclists – but using the cross view I overtook traffic and climbed up the road and actually cheered to myself in my helmet at the move I’d just made ! I had a great day – I learned a lot and improved my riding so much in such a short time. A highly recommended training day that will continue to make me a better rider following Neil’s advice. And the chat , coffee and cakes and just the great way Neil explains everything made the day perfect ! Thankyou Neil – you are the best ! X
Susan – 29/09/2020 – Bespoke coaching (competition winner)
Spent a fantastic self assessment day with Neil and another former Police Grade 1 rider yesterday. Whatever your training and experience without constant self assessment and constructive advice from others, skills will deteriorate over time. So the opportunity to have two top class riders check my riding was not to be missed. Neil had plotted a fantastic 150 mile route through the best scenery Yorkshire could offer and even arranged perfect weather. The roads were varied and on occasion challenging but interspersed with excellent coffee, cake and more importantly valuable feedback. Whatever your previous riding experience, I’d recommend periodic check rides and Neil is just the guy to get you back up to standard whilst enjoying a brilliant day out.
Dave – 28/09/2020 – Bespoke Coaching
Spent a great day out with Neil today. Both the weather and the varied roads we used, were very good, dual c/way, A, B and unclassified all gave me lots to think about. Feedback was thorough and detailed, Neil is very easy to get on with, he put me at ease, nothing is too much trouble and I had a very enjoyable day, learning lots and I’ll be repeating that again soon. Thank you.
Simon – 27/09/2020 – Bespoke Coaching
A friendly and professional service, just like being out on a ride with your mate! Top class instructor who gave me the knowledge and confidence to improve my skills. The approach and training was absolutely fantastic! Look no further if you are looking to learn how to ride or improve your skills.
Marlena – 15/09/2020 – 1/2 Day Bespoke coaching
A bit of rider training/refresh for me yesterday with the help of Neil a great mentor. I’m quite a good rider at the best of times but felt something was missing. After a couple of hours a few stops and mentoring and a few tweeks to my road positioning and riding everything started to flow consistent and every corner linked great to each other no rushing just nice and flowing and safe. I think everyone should have a refresh once in a while and if you fancy a days mentoring give Neil a call. Would also like to thank @julestys @vehiclepartners @ridewithpeaks and @furberfurberson for sponsoring the competition that was run on twitter. very greatful to you all.
Neil was amazing. A really patient and kind tutor. I finished the day feeling like I had understood my issue and got it under control. There was no stress or pressure and asking questions was never an issue, and I asked a lot! 🤣I felt totally safe talking about and dealing with my anxieties. He coped admirably when I had a major wobble because I was so frustrated with myself and for that I am very grateful. I now feel like I have the old me back who loves to ride and ride well. The ride home left me feeling elated and very happy with myself. I can not recommend Neil enough. Definitely money well spent
After a few weeks of not riding the bike due to the COVID-19 situation and the lockdown, I was aware that skill-fade is a real and dangerous issue. I eased myself back into riding and slowly brought myself back up to speed with constant reflection on my ride throughout the journey. Being self aware and self critical is the key to banishing skill-fade and enjoying the ride once more
I run a back to biking session which would be ideal for those returning to bikes whether from a winter hibernation or a period without 2 wheels in their lives.
I have been riding many miles for many years. I had never done a trackday until the 22/07/2020. Through some pals met on Twitter I arranged a trackday at Oulton Park. It’s my local track so thought it would be fine to ride there, ride around the track and return home hopefully having enjoyed the day and learned some new things.
Have a look at my first ever trackday session…
It was a great experience and i have another one booked already for the 15th September, this time at Donnington Park.
I arrived at gate opening time of 07:30 and was pleased with the we ease of getting through security, a simple name check on a list and I’m in. The paddock was reasonably busy already with those that had stayed over the night before. I was on the lookout for a few Twitter folk that had mentioned they would be there. As I pulled into a space they came over and helped me set up the gazebo I was borrowing from them.
The team at No Limits Trackdays were brilliant. The communitcation from booking to arriving on site was first class. Of course I felt a bit nervous as this was my first one but their mantra of #trackdaysforall is very true. I felt really welcomed on the GTR1400. I think they enjoyed having me there too as I was the talk of their social media for 15 minutes…
Neil Jewell’s bike maybe so large that its situated in 2 different time zones at any one time but doesn’t stop him giving a damn good spanking around Oulton Park while startling a few when he cruised past 👊😁 #trackdaysforall#nolimitstrackdays
The day got better and better and on session 3, I felt brave enough to ask one of the free trackday instructors to follow me around and offer some advice. I think he enjoyed it as much as I did. After he’d stopped laughing at the sparks off the footpegs and the black lines the GTR1400 was laying down his best advice to go faster was to get a different bike! I took that as a huge compliment – it’s not often you are told you are riding a bike to it’s absolute limits.
It was a great day and if you are considering doing one, then do it.