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Title: ABR Festival
Post by: Nick Calne on June 22, 2021, 02:00:22 PM
The mighty MatTiger1 and I are heading over to the ABR Festival this weekend. Anyone else going? :occasion14
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: London_Phil on June 22, 2021, 02:36:41 PM
Ticket holders only?
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Chris Canning on June 22, 2021, 06:06:28 PM
Never heard of it...and fairly close to me, but no ticket no go..thank heavens for Stafford Classic bike show at the end of the month.
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Nick Calne on June 22, 2021, 09:11:27 PM
Yes, you need a ticket Phil sadly.
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: mat-tiger1 on June 24, 2021, 08:21:33 AM
Quote from: Nick Calne on June 22, 2021, 02:00:22 PM
The mighty MatTiger1 and I are heading over to the ABR Festival this weekend. Anyone else going? :occasion14

See you there Mr C!  :wheel :thumbsup
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: ghulst on June 24, 2021, 12:46:30 PM
That looks like an interesting event. :)
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: mat-tiger1 on June 24, 2021, 12:50:00 PM
I'm sure Nick will provide a ride report & pictures. (Well, those that can be published!)


All the best,
Mat-tiger1

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Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Nick Calne on June 24, 2021, 10:35:49 PM
All locked and loaded. Ready to go.
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Sin_Tiger on June 26, 2021, 01:51:36 AM
Have fun  :wheel
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Lee337 on June 26, 2021, 09:17:29 AM
Was watching some of ABR festival on their website last night - they're broadcasting live from 18.00 each night of the festival.

Certainly made me want to be there, so maybe next year, although it has to be many years since I spent a night under canvas.
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: mat-tiger1 on July 04, 2021, 02:13:13 PM
A few pics from the ABR weekend.

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Can anyone see a Honda on it's side?

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Queues were manageable if you caught them right!

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Nick was not impressed by the entertainment!

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Have we lost Nick to the dark side?

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The sun did come out at times!

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All in all a great weekend for adventure-minded folk!


All the best,
Mat-tiger1

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Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: ghulst on July 04, 2021, 02:20:31 PM
Quote from: mat-tiger1 on July 04, 2021, 02:13:13 PM
Can anyone see a Honda on it's side?

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210704/75a333641f2626fcbf7f4b7b649baf0e.jpg)

Of course not. Honda's are never tired, are they? ;)

Quote from: mat-tiger1 on July 04, 2021, 02:13:13 PM
Have we lost Nick to the dark side?

After riding both the regular and the special for a long afternoon, I have to say that he would not be lost. He ought to be corrected, but the special is not a half bad bike. The electronic suspension does make a major difference though. It transforms the bike into something that is much better rideable both on and offroad.
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Sin_Tiger on July 04, 2021, 05:12:06 PM
Quote from: mat-tiger1 on July 04, 2021, 02:13:13 PM

Nick was not impressed by the entertainment!

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210704/6b29699761545337eefffe8e68687e49.jpg)


No dancing girls persons  :icon_lol:

Looks like they were at least better organised than any of the football games I've seen on TV recently  :icon_rolleyes:
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Nick Calne on July 04, 2021, 05:34:17 PM
The entertainment wasn't top notch and perhaps belonged in a 1970's northern working mans' club rather than at the festival.

No sign of dancing girls either!
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: mat-tiger1 on July 04, 2021, 08:30:46 PM
(https://media1.giphy.com/media/3oEjHSxRXpXTlzC15C/giphy.gif)


All the best,
Mat-tiger1

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Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: London_Phil on July 04, 2021, 10:24:07 PM
Was there a lot of "Serious" ADV Riders there?
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Sin_Tiger on July 04, 2021, 10:59:52 PM
Quote from: Nick Calne on July 04, 2021, 05:34:17 PM
1970's northern working mans' club rather than at the festival.

Nowt wrong wi a bit O Northern Soul   :eusa_dance

I hope they managed to at least break even, after all, if they don't survive our future biking events are going to be rarer and possibly overcrowded, I wonder if smaller local events will benefit or if meeting all the HSE criteria will just be too much  :icon_scratch: I know we struggled with our annual show even before this all kicked off.

Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Nick Calne on July 05, 2021, 08:34:33 AM
I think they will do more than break even.
8000 people, roughly £100 a ticket.  Loads spent inside.
I think it is probably a bit of a money spinner.

Phil, the vibe was very relaxed and helpful. People were mixing well and happy. Wide a wide variety of bikes too. You would be surprised what constitutes adventure too.

Ivor and I saw some guy ride in on a hayabusa!
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Sin_Tiger on July 05, 2021, 11:56:21 AM
Quote from: Nick Calne on July 05, 2021, 08:34:33 AM
8000 people, roughly £100 a ticket.

:icon_eek: I feel less guilty, for that I would have been hoping for at least a guest Ed Shearan appearance or even Coldplay :icon_lol:

The 'Busa is less left field than you might think, granted more of a hyper sports tourer. I knew quite a few guys out east that would happily strap bags to the back of them and head off for a week or two around Malaysia and Thailand. Having ridden a friend's for a decent varied distance, I can sort of see it, they are more comfortable than they look, a bit of a handful in heavy traffic and not for venturing further off piste than a campsite.
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Nick Calne on July 05, 2021, 07:42:52 PM
What's that? Spend an extra £100 not to have cold play or Ed Sheeran?

Seems very reasonable.
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Lee337 on July 23, 2021, 06:36:00 PM
Bit of a bargain, £100 for the two of them not to play  :icon_mrgreen:
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Nick Calne on July 23, 2021, 07:58:06 PM
A fight between Ed Sheeran and Chris Martin would be entertaining though.
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Sin_Tiger on July 23, 2021, 10:43:21 PM
Quote from: Nick Calne on July 23, 2021, 07:58:06 PM
A fight between Ed Sheeran and Chris Martin would be entertaining though.

Until Morrisey steps in to try to break it up  :icon_lol:
Title: Re: ABR Festival
Post by: Geoff W on August 17, 2021, 02:07:26 PM
Quote from: Nick Calne on July 05, 2021, 08:34:33 AM
I think they will do more than break even.
8000 people, roughly £100 a ticket.  Loads spent inside.
I think it is probably a bit of a money spinner.

Phil, the vibe was very relaxed and helpful. People were mixing well and happy. Wide a wide variety of bikes too. You would be surprised what constitutes adventure too.

Ivor and I saw some guy ride in on a hayabusa!
Stormin' The Castle is now sold out, no tickets on the gate either. a shame as a few of we locals were going to go there and drink too much. I suppose that I should be grateful that someone is trying to look after my health.
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