Welcome to the updated 2013 Appy Wanderers website.
The idea behind the Appy Wanderers Touring Group is to promote friendship and a sense of adventure among all Goldwing owners and encourage ‘Touring’ which is what the Goldwing is designed to do.
We do this by organizing group Ride-outs here in the UK, and Group touring holidays in Europe for Goldwing owning members.
Our Ride outs & tours are aimed at those who have never ridden in Europe on a Goldwing but would really like to. Any Goldwing is welcome to come along, solo or trike. However, you the owner must ensure that your wing is up to the tour.
All our tours in Europe are hotel based. The hotels are chosen, not only on price, but by location so we can explore the best in what a region has to offer.
At home in the UK our monthly ride outs, are there not only to help improve our riding skills but to give you the chance to socialize with like minded riders,
Plus we organize many other social events, and weekend breaks throughout the year here in the UK, should you wish to join us your more than welcome simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our members mailing list.
Or, check us out on our Face book page, all our upcoming activities and events are all listed and reported on face book by many of our members, you’re more than welcome to join us just request a friendship.
You may like to use our website to plan your own trip by using our previous routes or hotels. Please feel free to do so, and should you have any questions about our tours or you just need advice organizing your own tour, please use the contact link? We will be only too pleased to help you if we can.
I hope you enjoy browsing our website and please feel free to visit as often as you like.
Yours in Winging
Founder of the Appy Wanderers
IN THE BEGINNING..
On a cold November day in 2004 I was sitting in the shop chatting with old friend John Harvey, discussing the reasons why so many people, including Goldwing owners, buy a touring bike with all the best intentions of touring Europe or Scotland etc, but never do it, either because they are unsure of touring abroad on their own or they think the lack of speaking a different language or knowledge would prevent them or maybe it’s that they have simply never organized a tour abroad for themselves before. “Perhaps WE should organize a tour and take wingers along and show them what to do and how easy it is after all we are both seasoned travellers in Europe”. That day the ‘APPY WANDERERS’ idea was born.
2013 AND ONWARDS..
We have come a long way since November 2004; once again 2012 was a very successful year for Appy Wanderers. We organized more ride-outs And Social events than in any previous year, despite our British weather, and yet another European tour which proved to be one of the most enjoyable I Have led. Thanks to the hard work of Derek Thornton and Mark Clegg. Thank you both for all your efforts.
The Appy Wanderer’s still continues to grow, with more Goldwing owners joining our Ride outs and European tours in 2012 than any other year, yes our group of Appy wandering friends continues to grow.
So what’s happening in 2013 I hear you asking? Well for starters, I am finally having a break, The Appy Wanderers as grown, and with it the work load, Planning, organizing, and leading our adventures as left me drained and tired at the end of 2012, And lets be fair, its just a hobby, so for 2013 I am Having a little rest from it all, I will be there on the ride outs, but a European tour is not on the cards at the moment for 2013.
As we continue to grow the need for help in organising, becomes paramount for the group to continue,
Finding like minded folk who are willing to take on the responsibilities of a group has always been the stumbling block, just like every other club/group, it doesn’t continue or grow without the work of steadfast volunteers to run, organise and execute the activities you all enjoy.
Dave Sharp, who decided in late 2011 to retire from running the Appy Wanderers with me to concentrate on his personal bucket list of things to do; summed it up quite nicely when he said,
“Having the skill’s needed in leading and marshalling a group is not in all of us, It’s not just about riding a bike you know!”
We have been, and still are, looking for those special qualities in folk and continue to do so… so if you fancy giving something back Into the hobby you enjoy so much, please get in touch,
So, to this year’s team who will be taking the lead in organising the Wanderers activities and events?
has been riding motorbikes since the age of steam and as been part of the marshalling team with the Wanderers for the last 5 years He has proved to be a skilled and mature rider and a hardworking member of the Team. Geoff is stepping up, and taking even more of an active role in the wanderers for 2013;
This year Geoff will be playing a very important role for us, He will be swopping roles with me from time to time, and Leading our Ride outs, accompanied by his wife ,chris who I hope will still allow us to nick all Geoff’s biscuits when he’s not watching…
I would like to thank him and Chris, for all their hard work, and for their commitment to the wanderers.
Mark is joining the Wanderers Team for 2013; He is taking on the Role of “Marshall” on our Group ride outs. He will be Marshalling as our permanent Middle man and also Back door man, when required.
His baptism of fire, to the Marshalling role, was on our recent 2012 European tour, where he learnt the role quickly, and carried out his task with a remarkable aptitude for the position for some one so new to the task, well done Mark.
Mark as been riding Goldwing’s for many years, Firstly on a GL1500SE and now astride his White GL1800 he is Accompanied by his wife Lynn Who as a habit of ensuring our rest stops are well timed to suit the ladies…
Welcome to the team, both of you..
is joining the Wanderers team as our Social events organiser, Steve and has been involved in winging for many years, Although Bev, his long suffering wife doesn’t ride pillion much, it doesn’t stop them enjoying the Appy wanderer’s social side.
Steve is also a very active member of GWOCGB, enjoying wing dings, Camping events, and the Social scene, He is also jokingly ribbed in local Goldwing circles for his closeness to certain other fellow wingers, which I won’t go into here….
Steve Assisted by Geoff, is taking on the role of organizing our monthly social meeting at the Hawks hill social club in Guiseley
Nr Leeds (1st Monday of each month @ 7.30pm)
Mark took on the role of club webmaster last year, and has done a sterling job in keeping it up to date, and organised,
he will be continuing in this role for 2013,
Mark juggles his time between the demands of the Wanderers Website and working for himself, Not forgetting his lovely wife Chrissy , He is gaining quite a reputation as a top quality motorcycle custom painter and Air brush artist, specializing in work on Goldwing’s and Scooters, you can Take a look at his work here, http://www.custompaintairbrushing.co.uk/
Our website with excellent technical Back-up from Mr Chris Wray our website designer, has evolved into a very busy website and this year once again we intend to have even more information on touring available to you
We have expanded into FACEBOOK in 2012 and it’s proved very popular. We also opened our YOUTUBE channel, which is also proving very popular, with many clips of our past tours available to watch and enjoy, Just type in APPY WANDERERS and join us there too!
Our club status is confirmed with the BMF, and we are a BMF affiliated club. For the second year running, Thanks to all the donations received which have helped pay for our club PLI Insurance.
We are once again planning to attend one or more of the 2013 BMF shows as a club in our own right! So please feel free to come along and say hello.
All that said, we are still keen to help you enjoy the open roads, for us riding our Goldwing’s with like minded folk is what its all about, so If you have the time, come along and join us, you will love it and it doesn’t cost a penny to join in our fun, but should you wish, you can donate to our running costs, We are a fully fledged club, but its still a hobby, and everyone is welcome to join us, one things for certain we will always be a group of friends! Don’t take our word for it just ask any of the Appy Wanderers