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Simon Hayes


About Simon

I have been riding since 1985, my exploits started in the British Army as a spotty 16 year old. I absolutely hated motorbikes and wondered why the hell I joined the Royal Corps of Transport! Years later I started to get to grips with riding and started to understand how to control a motorbike and not be perched on top of it as a passenger, even when I was supposed to be in control. I still did not enjoy it.

A few years went by and I became a trainer, this changed my opinion on motorbikes and it wasn’t the bike that was dangerous but the rider. I soon developed a passion for sharing knowledge, for me this has been a vocation since 1991 and a challenge I thrive on when passing on information, guidance and coaching.

The touring side of my business has been a passion to me since we started taking ex students abroad to venture further afield and have their own adventures. The pinnacle for me is to give people confidence to do tours on their own, whether they are big or small but the fact is if they do it and enjoy it I see my role as complete.

I have travelled around the world in my military days, riding all around Germany and a bit of time on a bike in different places. It wasn’t until I left the army that I had my own bike and fell in love with touring, I enjoy the freedom of the open road abroad and the traffic free stretches of empty twisty roads and of course the social aspect when you stop in a new place every day and visit places that tourist don’t get to see.

My travels have taken me to Istanbul on a big ride to Asia. I have ridden around Europe and to Montenegro with a group that I led and toured extensively around Portugal and northern Spain. The shorter tours I organise are to northern France to help riders tour for the first time.

Future plans are to ride into every Country in Europe including Scandinavia and a big trip is in the planning for Mongola or even further afield. There will be some Riders Hub trips organised on a regular basis which will be open to all members who want to travel abroad in a group of like minded people. Some will be advanced training tours and others will be a getaway to find some great roads and tasty food. Keep your eyes peeled for more blogs and information about what’s coming

Stats about Simon





Passed Test


Current Bike

Honda Blackbird

Dream Bike

BMW R 1250 GS, Ducati Panigale or Desmosedici

Simon's Tour Wall

Favourite Place & Why?

Theth, Albania
We had the most amazing food and welcome from locals who had nothing. We named this beautiful place, the top of the world.

Tour Dislikes

People fannying around

Best Tour & Why?

Istanbul, Asia
The whole journey

Dream Tour

Mongolia & Cambodia

Biggest tour mistake

Froze my tits off with a summer sleeping bag in the Alps in June!

Must take touring item/s

Shucker for opening oysters & European breakdown cover

Tour Likes

Social aspect on a night with a group of friends

Reason to tour

A great sense of freedom and achievement

Next Tour/s planned

Spain and Portugal, Auschwitz, Poland

Simon Hayes Tour Diaries

Portugal Day 1 – Redditch to Portsmouth
Portugal Day 2 – The ferry and then Santander to Guarda
Portugal Day 3 – Guarda to Alvor
Portugal Day 4 – Alvor via The Monchique & West coast to Alvor
Portugal Day 5 – Rest Day
Portugal Day 6 – Alvor to Monchique via Cape St Vincent, Aljezur & Silves
Portugal Day 7- Alvor to Guarda
Portugal Day 8 – Guarda to Santander
Portugal Day 9 – Plymouth to Home
Montenegro 2019 D -1 Home to Folkestone
Montenegro 2019 Day 1 – Folkestone to Trier
Montenegro 2019 Day 2 log – Trier to Rombach
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