Having the support vehicle was a ‘godsend’, for water breaks, beer finishes and air-conditioning when the going got too hot for me, or the hairpins got too hairy…
Hyperkewel vests: I worried about sitting in wet clothes with water dripping into my pants – by the end of the week I was soaking my hyperkewel vest and running it over my jeans. I would gladly have stepped into the ice water myself! Anyone else having second thoughts about these vests shouldn’t, this was money very well spent.
Thank you John, Dot and the rest of our group, I enjoyed myself so much I would consider doing it all over again. Graeme and Liz
> Here are my 3 top tips for anyone booking tour…
> 1) Trust whoever is riding the bike, if that’s you then just trust the bike, but if you’re riding pillion like me then I quickly found out that focusing on the scenery rather than giving “helpful driving advice” made for a much more enjoyable ride
> 2) Pack less, as you’re likely to develop a t-shirt addiction! I (mentally) scoffed at the idea of wanting to collect t-shirts en route, but now at the end of the tour with a restrained collection of just six, I know that I really didn’t need to buy anything beforehand in the UK
> 3) Buy a Hyperkewl cool vest. Having lived in Malaysia I was convinced I could take the heat, but trust me, when you’re in the desert, in 120 degree heat you’ll be willing to pay double just to borrow one for the day
> So, whether you take my advice or not, I promise you that if you book the tour, you will have an amazing time, meet amazing people, see amazing sights & never regret it.
> Finally, just a word of thanks to Dot & John (our guides) who looked after us; fed & watered us; laughed, sang & danced with us – you made the trip truly memorable, we love you to bits & look forward to riding with you again in Memphis
Cowboys & Canyons 2014
Hi Dot and John. Arrived home safely. Thank you for a great trip and for taking care of this ancient mariner. Thinking about another tour next year. I was beginning to like the Harley but glad to get back on the Triumph.
All the very best from Popeye.
Route 66 (LA to Chicago)– 2013
Ever since a small thought of Route 66 was implanted into our minds it slowly ate away ( well for a day or 2 ) and we made the decision to go with Hadrian V Twin tours. We have done a few trips with Nige and Jan in the past which were very successful and enjoyable. From the first meeting at Newcastle we knew we made the right choice, and time soon went by and we were in Los Angeles meeting up with a great bunch of people that we would be spending the next couple of weeks with. Nige’s knowledge of Route 66 and actually finding the route as much as humanly possible was outstanding, we had no worries of where to stop, fuel up or eat, it was all done for us.
Jan ( the van ) was never to far behind, ready in an instant with ice cold water to drink and cool boxes for hyperkewl gear. All hotels were excellent with very good facilities and again we did nothing, ( well, we had a cold beer and banter of the days riding ) while Jan sorted all the rooms out.
Nothing was a problem for Nige and Jan you just had to ask and if possible it was done. To cap it off it was a trip of a life time which was worth every penny and something every one should certainly think of.
Thanks again to Hadrian V Twin tours for a brilliant trip and hope to do some more.
Dave and Cath
Music & Mountains – 2013
Hi Nige , We are fine apart from having M & M withdrawals. Had such a wonderful time and saving up now for the next tour. Hope you and Jan have recovered and a big thank you to you both for making the tour such a memorable experience xx. Mike and Marie
Route 66 (LA to Chicago)– 2013
Yes! Yes! Yes! I did it! Rode from Los Angeles to Chicago – Awesome! Being my first group ride, I didn’t know what to expect and it was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! Jan and Nige made this dream a reality for me with their fantastic organisation and Nige, your tour guiding was second to none. You made this trip possible for me and I cannot thank you enough. Thank you also to the great group of people on the trip who were so supportive and such brilliant company and hope we all can meet up again one day. Back at work now and already I’m dreaming of my next trip with you – so look out Nige – your little shadow will be returning to your back wheel!!!! As the song goes (there’s always a song!) “There ain’t no stopping me now!” Sue Dearne
Route 66 (La to Chicago)– 2013
Many thanks to you, Nige & Jan for an unforgetable tour, what a team you both make. Fantastic tour that went so smoothly and was so imformative, I think you have achieved the perfect format. Nige has obviously done an amazing amout of research, nobody would/could have found those places solo, and Jan’s back-up in the van with iced water/drinks and her expertise with the hotel arrangements was all out standing. Well done to you both. Also a special thanks to you both for the way you put Sue at ease on what was her first Group Tour riding her beloved ‘Bonniville’ solo. I’m sure she will write her own thanks to you after her first week at work. To anyone thinking of Group Touring, these are the people to be with. Thanks to all including our fellow riders, you all made it so special. Bob Scott
Route 66 2013
We had an amazing 2013 tour of Route 66, we saw some fantastic sights, and visited some great places and met some lovely people along the way. Jan and Nige were excellent tour guides they were full of information, very organised and knew the best places to go. We thank you both very much. Mark & Tracey Redfern
Castles of Spain 2013
We enjoyed the trip very much, on reflection we didn’t think we would be doing so much mountains or passes, but I’m glad that we did as I think it has made me more confident and assuring on my bike, also the towns and Paradors were better than we expected, the only down side was the travelling to and from the Ferry ( probably the weather). David and Marilyn
Cowboys & Canyons 2012
Wow! We got married and chose this tour for our Honeymoon. It surpassed every expectation we ever had – riding on Route 66, champagne with the Sunset over the Grand Canyon, the most incredible landscapes ever. Wow! And the people we met and made friends with – a shared experience never to be forgotten. So slickly organised, completely hassle free, high quality hotels, brilliant riding and great service from Hadrian V-Twin. The best honeymoon we could ever have had. Wow! Thank you both for a brilliant time.
Jan and George Chandler
Over the years I have motorcycled over Germany Holland Denmark just to name a few country’s I have visited.
But I will remember this USA trip with Dot and John for the rest and best time of my life. My only regret is I cannot afford to book again for next year.
The Golden Gate tour, July 2012
We picked this tour as the itinerary and riding motorcycles throughout California, Arizona and Nevada ticked every box for us. The organisation prior to the tour was quick and effective as it was mostly done by e mail and Dot was always quick to respond to any queries. The Harley Rentals shop staff were also efficient and friendly. Throughout the tour whether travelling through the desert (which I personally loved), the magnificent scenery in Yosemite, the cities in particular, San Francisco, Palm Springs and Vegas – all were a joy. The temperatures were hot but John always kept his cool and led the tour to many areas unknown to most tourists. The hotels were all good and again the diversity from the city hotels to e.g. Jerome made every evening stop something new to look forward to. The extra days we did to visit the Grand Canyon were well worth it as that day is one that will stick in our memory forever. We loved the whole experience and would do it again tomorrow !!!! My only change maybe, and this again is just a personal view not a negative comment, that the tour may skip Los Angeles and have two nights in Palm Springs. This was just that we had a late arrival into LA due to road tailbacks and once we had seen the sights in Beverly Hills the next morning, there was a fairly long run through the fairly unattractive LA suburbs before the scenery improved – this again is a pillion point of view !!!
Cowboys & Canyons 2012
We had a wonderful trip – wouldn’t have missed it for the world. Organisation – not to be faulted. Accommodation varied, comfortable and interesting. Food – excellent and abundant. Friendliness of tour leaders and fellow travelers - lovely. Would have liked to have spent longer in each place but as a taster of this area of USA - brilliant. Recommend it to anyone who has even the remotest interest in motor bikes.
I went on the Sturgis tour earlier this year with my wife and 2 teenage daughters and I can honestly say it was the best experience any of us have ever had.
We have been on safari in Africa, touring in Canada, etc, etc, but the trip on a bike and trike centred around Sturgis, was the best ever.
This was due to a number of factors including the weather, the scenery, the bikes, the roads, the gang on the trip, but mainly due to the care and attention provided by Dot and John, who succeeded in providing a stress free holiday of a lifetime. I would find it very hard to suggest any improvements.
We are currently considering Faaker See or Golden Gate (or both) over the next couple of years.
Jim Watson and family
Thunder in the Glens 2012:
I would like to seriously thank both of you and the team supporting you for an absolutely fantastic trip. Colette and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The professional approach and easiness in the way everything happened was highly appreciated.
I will be in touch at a later stage 5to talk about something in South Africa.
Regards, Pierre and Colette
Thunder in the Glens 2012:
Hi John and Dot,
Thank you for all you did for us on the tour . I will certainly recommend VTwin tours to anyone interested in touring.
I hope that we will be seeing you again soon. If you have any thoughts or queries about coming out to South Africa
please let me know and I will sort out anything you need.
All the best ,
Jamie and Cheryl.
Thunder in the Glens, 2012
Sharon and I would like to express our thanks for an amazing Harley experience amongst a great bunch of riders and people, in an incredibly beautiful Scotland.
When one books a tour like this there is always an element of unknown and uncertainty. When reflecting on the tour afterwards, we cannot fault anything! Your organization, the high levels of safety applied and the choice of route and stopovers were brilliant, and we enjoyed every minute of the experience even including the wet riding at times.
We would not hesitate to recommend your tours to our fellow South African riders, and hope that we will meet up soon again, somewhere and sometime in the not too distant future.
Kind regards, Clive Archer
Thunder in the Glens 2012:
Hi Nige. Sorry we missed you when we got back to Newcastle. Just wanted to say thanks for helping make Thunder in the Glens such a memorable experience for us. We hope to meet up with you some time in the not too distant future. Best regards, Ron and Michelle Thomas. South Africa.
I went on the 2012 Ultimate Sturgis Tour and can say that it was just fantastic, exceeding my expectations. The key things for me were the organisation, all the hotels being sorted out, the briefings every day on what we were to do, the routes being planned and led to interesting places, the restaurants and other events being booked, the rides supported with a lot of attention to detail. Having booked the tour, I then didn’t have to worry about anything afterwards. I was also fortunate to be with a very friendly and sociable group. If there was one aspect that I could say that captured it all, it would be that every day seemed the best day and I wondered if the next could better it, but it always did, right up to the last day! This was because of the variety, the interesting places we visited, and that was all down to Dot and John, who are great hosts and guides as people, and had the experience to make it happen for us. I have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone wanting to have a quality ride and visit interesting places. Best wishes, Peter Burleigh
“We asked Hadrian V-Twin Tours to put a special guided tour together for the North East of England at such short notice on four bikes. Visited Chillingham Castle the most haunted castle in England and to see it on a Harley- really spooky!! Great tour guides and we learnt so much. Many thanks Dot & John ” Ivor, Boss, Grant, Nick, Jan, Angela
Just completed the Friends, Romans etc tour. Had a great time despite the rain. Tour was well planned and adapted well “on the hoof” to take account of conditions. Great company, accommodation and rides. Will definitely do another tour in the future. Paul Degg
Took a self guided tour down Old Route 66. Dot & John sorted it all out for us and I can recomend “Hadrian V-Twin Tours & Rentals” with out hesitation. Booking process was so easy and help and advice invaluable. How booking a holiday should be. Many thanks and we’ll be back in touch for next year !!! Frank Johnston. Glasgow
Thunder in the Glens Tour
Many thanks for a most enjoyable weekend and for putting up with two ‘relative novices’. The routes John took us on were excellent and we felt very comfortable riding with the group. We really did enjoy the event and especially your company and hope we can get together sometime in the future on another one of your tours. Best wishes……Terry Hogg, Hartlepool
Just got back from Thunder in the Glens tour,and would just like to thank Dot & John for a wonderful tour, fantastic ride down some of the best roads I have ever seen. The whole tour ran like clockwork and I highly recommend this tour. Accommodation was excellent Dot & John were wonderful hosts hope to ride with you both next year love Chalky & Fran (a.p.white [chalky])
Thunder in the Glens Tour – what can I say, as you know the reason for me looking at coming originally was after I had seen a picture of the bikes riding through the glens, I also wanted to experience the rally it being our first. what did I think? Amazing, the mass ride out I found quite emotional, it was just great, the people standing watching, waving and the ride through the glens….. just amazing I must also say that going on the tour with you all made the experience even more special, it was a holiday with some wonderful people, it was really great to meet new people and make some friends the tour gave us more than we were expecting, the ride up was a tour in itself, we could never have found some of the roads you took us on. or know about the interesting places we stopped. We are so glad that we decided to go on the tour with you. The bug has bitten, we missed it the moment we got home and have been planning the next trip with you ever since. We got the DVD of America, we will defiantly be going, not next year but the year after we have a special anniversary coming up and have been trying to decide what to do. I am hooked thank you very much for giving us such a wonderful time. I will keep in touch if that’s ok, and see you next year Janet & Martin Rayfield, Kent
Rhine, Wine & Dine 2010
Well, what can we say AWESOME. Good food, good company, good hotel, good sightseeing and WONDERFUL BENDS!!!!!!!!
Trip around the Nurburgring was a Bonus. Looking forward to the Golden Gate Tour. Bye for now.
Awesome Bob and Zinfal Beryl
Thank you both for a brilliant location, wonderful food (made the omelette I had the next day look a bit sad), and a nice group of people. I will definitely go back on the bike another time having enjoyed my taste of Germany with you.
I would just like to re-thank you both for the best holiday we have ever been on, it was definitely a trip of a life time, well planned from start to finish and spent with nice people, we had some brilliant laughs. We were able to visit places I could only ever dream of because I don’t think we would ever have done it on our own. Trish & Barry (iceman)
Just a line to say thanks for a great tour I really enjoyed myself, something to look back on for long time to come. Once again thanks
I’m just sending a quick note to thank you for a brilliant holiday – it fulfilled all of our expectations – and so much more too. Thank you for doing a great job as tour guides, congenial hosts, general fixers and problem solvers, – and for the great accommodation, fabulous roads and scenery, and for being such good company too.
Duncan and Chris
Hi there John & Dot,
Just a short note to say how much I enjoyed your recent Nine State & Sturgis Tour. Now that I’m back home, I have had time to contemplate & assimilate your achievement in putting together such a marvellous tour, taking in, as it did, so many of America’s most famous & amazing natural wonders, as well as allowing us to pass through some of the USA’s best known National Parks. There were so many highlights of the journey, that it is difficult to put them in any sort of order, but for myself I would have to say that the ride to, & overnight stay in the View Hotel at Monument Valley probably tops the list, & the pyrotechnic display which welcomed us in The Valley was the icing on the take — completely unforgettable!
Next on the list, was the trip over the Rockies, where we could look down on the distant hills & plains from a height of about two & a half miles —- quite amazing that you can actually ride a motorbike so high! (One of my friends is a keen glider pilot, & often tells me how exciting it is to be flying at their maximum height of 10,000 ft, so I took great pleasure today in telling him that 10,000 ft is for the kindergarten, & that we bikers ride our bikes to over 12000 ft!). Bryce Canyon is also near the top of the list, but as I said before, there were so many interesting roads, & so many compelling & entrancing vistas, that I could be still writing this e-mail next week!
Can I also just compliment you on your choice of Hotels. Some were absolutely outstanding, & none fell short of expectations! Particular mention has to be made of The View Hotel at Monument Valley, from which the panoramic views of the Buttes exceed all expectation, especially at dusk & dawn. I can fully understand why the Native Indians regard it as such a sacred place. Other Hotels worth a special mention are The Majestic View at Zion Canyon, & of course, Cadillac Jack’s at Deadwood, which was just far enough from the mayhem of Sturgis to make the four night stay enjoyable, & additionally allowed easy access to Spearfish Canyon etc. It was good to be on a tour where the emphasis was on quality rather than cheapness!
Finally, can I just say a special thank you to both of you for all your pre-tour & tour efforts, which really did make a difference to the enjoyment of the ride. You really did make it feel like a ride with friends rather than “just a guided tour”, & you should both be complimented on exhibiting “grace under stress” at times of crisis — (breakdowns come to mind, as well as broken keys, lost riders, late riders etc.!).
I’m not known for hyperbole, but on this occasion, I have to say that it is the best & most memorable ride I have ever been on, & over the past twelve years, I have travelled across Europe most years. Many thanks for making such a trip possible, & Good Luck with your future Ventures!
Best Wishes — Howard. (aka “Doc”!)
We have just returned from the “Golden Gate Tour 09“. and we have had an excellent time with Hadrian V-Twin Tours. the whole tour was planned perfectly and i would definitely recommend them to anyone. and i would not hesitate to use them again.
“well done john & dot” and many thanks jim & mandy (Jim & Mandy Jobson, Cramlington, Newcastle)
Just had the most fantastic holiday with John and Dot on the Golden Gate Tour, everything we could have wished for and more, just try it and find out for yourself. Well planned tour and great guides. Still California Dreaming, wish we could have stayed for Sturgis. HIghly recommended.
Mick and April Goodwin, Rothbury, Northumberland
Just finished THE STURGIS TOUR 2009 AWESOME….. Dream come true stood along side THE DUKE …. Had a swim in the river with my chick at Mexican Hat….. You want a holiday get on your bike go with John & Dot you wont go far wrong………………The Ormstons….
Bob & Beryl Ormston, Oldham, Manchester.
We have just completed two Harley Rallies ‘Sturgis 2009′ & ‘Thunder in the Glen 2009′ over the last 5 weeks. You could not beat the experience, SO MANY HARLEY’S in such a short time, once in a lifetime experience, words & pictures only tell half the story. John & Dot did a wonderful job in organising everything and so friendly. Would do the whle thing again if we had the time. So much fun and so many experiences.
Terry & Mary, Cumbria.
“Wow ,what fantastic tour. Every day was amazing and met many new and great friends. ”
We joined this tour having been enjoyed a fantastic Sturgis trip with Hadrian V-Twin Tours in 2008. We didn’t hesitate to sign up for the