On my way to Toulouse at 7am last November, I unexpectedly found myself sliding down the road, luckily the bike went first followed closely by me, no other vehicles were involved. Once I was back on my feet a quick phone call to ‘mission control’, who was still tucked up in bed, resulted in car and trailer arriving toute suite.
Unable to push the bike out of the ditch, so Belinda towed it out while I kept it upright.
Back in the workshop nothing that couldn’t be repaired with a tin of filler, a few cans of paint, mud guard and side panel.
Written by Dave and Janet who stayed with Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours earlier this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we rode from Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours in Vielle-Adour to the Col du Tourmalet via La Mongie. As you can see from the photos there is still lots of snow in the high mountains, the road was clear to the top but its still not possible to go down the other side into Bareges, we will keep you posted on this.
The end of the second week in March saw our first guest, Mike was with us for three days and unluckily for him the weather changed dramatically for the worse the day he arrived. We set off on the first morning in steady rain but were fortunate enough to see the sun come out in the late afternoon and we even spotted a patch of dry road!
The next day we were joined by Keith on his Yamaha XT660 and Will on his BMW GS1200 it was a better start and we set off in sunshine albeit pretty cold. Not knowing if Col de Peyresourde was passable on two wheels we elected to go around it but did do Col de Portillon dropping into Spain at Bossost where we stopped for lunch and some warming cups of coffee. The next stage of the trip did not go as planned, thought we would try Col de Menté which was fine up to the top but we then encountered snow for 200m and a few patches beyond.
This week saw an old school friend of Mrs PMT return for her third visit this time with her husband, son, son’s friend and ‘Marvin’. With very mixed weather and the threat of rain each day they were all still keen to get out there and enjoy the three ride outs on the fantastic roads the Pyrenees offers. On their last day Will and Tom (two local lads) joined us for the ride to Col de Menté at a height of 1349m. We would like to thank Will for taking some good action shots of the days ride.
Phils son Ed is with us for the week from Australia and he has missed riding roads with bends and free from kangaroos.
We have just had an eventful and busy week with 11 bikes and riders staying with us. This is the largest group we have ever had stay and it was for most their third visit.
Weather on the whole was kind to us (bearing in mind its was April), we had a big run the first day crossing into Spain at Pourtalet and tried an off road track that the map said was accessible to motor vehicles but it lied …….. but I think the boys enjoyed the challenge. We came back via the Bielsa Tunnel on to be told it was closed and not opening until 8pm, luckily for us we hung around for a while and for whatever reason they opened it early, thereby avoiding a 3 hour detour which would have meant us being late for dinner!! To add to the drama of the day Rob who was riding a BMW1150GS lost his back brake due to the old fluid boiling and then found the front reservoir to be nearly empty due to the master cylinder leaking. We had a fluid collection to top his front brake up and then fixed it the following day.
Our second rideout was a lot shorter and we just kept on the French side of the Pyrenees, not such good weather today it didnt rain but we had damp low cloud which made one part, the ‘Scottish Route’, quite difficult. We all had a bike swap and Mr PMT rode a BMW1200GS Watercooled and a much older Honda 650 Transalp. He was quite impressed with both bikes 🙂