Touring - Assen, Holland
Why...... because the Dutch are
cool, know how to party and have very liberal
attitudes towards drugs and sex. Just like most
bikers that I know… Assen
for the MotoGP in June should be high up on
your list of things that must be
done. Known locally as the Dutch TT, this major
MotoGP event enjoys massive Brit support. As
well as the obvious attractions of the Race
circuit, Groningen and Assen town centres become
one huge party for the weekend.
WHICH KIT TO TAKE?
Well, as much or as little as you like really!
I've done a long weekend to
Assen for the MotoGP on a GSXR with just a tank
bag and waterproofs. Most time is spent in leathers
at the race circuit so just take a pair of jeans,
trainers, three pairs of socks/grundies, a toothbrush,
toothpaste and a razor all stuffed in the tank
bag. Throw your old T-Shirt away and buy new
ones up at the circuit.
VERY IMPORTANT if things go
Apply on the internet for an EHIC card. This
guarantees you equivalent NHS treatment in Europe.
You MUST carry
your insurance certificate Drivers Licence and
document when riding your bike abroad.
Take out breakdown recovery
insurance to get you and your bike home
if you break down or fall off. Not funny when
it happens, I can tell you…
Mobile Phone -
take the charger and a travel plug (obvious
isn't it…) less obvious
is to put your riding friends numbers on speed
dial so you can ring them easily if
you fall off or get lost. Yes really. Put the
lost card phone number from the back of
your credit card into your contact list.
Ring that number ANYWHERE in Europe to be connected
to English speaking emergency services. Check
with your mobile service provider that you have
enough credit and that it will work outside
the UK. All of this is
why your phone is sooo important.
A few other useful tips:
Beechams Resolve taken after
a session and before you go to bed will
make that ride the following morning much easier.
tablets help you stay awake if you insist on
riding a thousand
miles to get home
As it's flat everywhere,
Dutch people ride around a lot on push bikes
beware - accidents with push bikes are automatically
Take your spare bike keys-
what do you do when the ignition key snaps as
you open the fuel locking cap?
Last but not least
ALWAYS take a substantial chain and lock with
USE IT! Remember - your bike is your transport
Article kindly provided by MCi