Do you have trouble with Hairpins?

Written by Dave and Janet who stayed with Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours earlier this year.

Dave and Janet on Col d'Aspin with their white BMW 1600GT

Dave and Janet on Col d’Aspin with their white BMW 1600GT

The main reason for our visit was to see if Phil could iron out the problems I sometimes have getting the bike round very tight uphill hairpin bends in the cols resulting in drifting over to the wrong side of the road. Having just bought a BMW 1600 GT I was very anxious to try and sort out this problem before our trip to Corsica.

Riding the beutiful Col d'Azet with snow capped mountains, does it get any better!

Riding the beutiful Col d’Azet with snow capped mountains, does it get any better!

Well, what a success! Not only was Phil able to quickly assess the problem and explain what I needed to do but, just as importantly, we were able to spend all day practicing on the trickiest cols in gorgeous scenery until I got it right. Phil’s enthusiasm to sort out my problem was infectious and gave me a lot of confidence.

Next stop Col de Menté for a spot of lunch.  Best lunch stop - mushroom omelette, salad and chips and watch the vultures circling the high mountains

Next stop Col de Mente for a spot of lunch – best lunch stop mushroom omelette, salad and chips watching vultures circling the high mountains

Col de Menté hairpins, if you need practice this a great route for it.

Col de Menté hairpins, if you need practice this a great route for it.

I feel so much less anxious about our trip to Corsica now and I can start to enjoy the bike even more than I do already. I don’t feel at all intimidated about its size and weight any more.

Dave and Janet making the descent from Col de Menté.

Dave and Janet making the descent from Col de Menté.

So thank you both again for not only a lovely day’s riding but for leaving me with skills that can be put to good use in the future.

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