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Horizons Unlimited Travellers' Meetings

Second UK Autumn Travellers' Meeting

Friday 2nd September - Sunday 4 September, 2011

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Why Come to a Horizons Unlimited Motorcycle Travellers' Meeting?

You can meet people who don't think you're crazy for wanting to ride your bike to South America or Africa or across Asia, or even around the world! Admit it, all your 'normal' friends and most of your family fears for your sanity! So, this is your opportunity to meet the people who will encourage you in that craziness, share their experiences and advice on how to do it, and maybe you'll meet them again in Mongolia or Timbuktu!

Camping area.

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Want to know what people thought of last years Meeting? Is it worth coming to the Meeting?

"I'm so looking forward to another UK meet. My only problem is that I simply can't get to every talk I want, such is the amount of terrific presentations on offer. Each year I've been astonished at how articulate, intelligent, informative and entertaining the speakers are. I'm willing to help with anything that doesn't keep me from a talk - and my timetable will be full to bursting!" More comments here.


Registration is limited! So to be sure you get in and avoid disappointment, get your registration and payment in early!

We really don't want to turn anyone away, but more importantly we want to be sure of having a great meeting - and overcrowded facilities will be no fun for anyone. Please be patient and bear with us - and them - as we all try very hard to bring the best possible meeting to as many as possible.

There will be slide shows and talks Friday and Saturday and possibly Sunday too - come early and make it a great weekend! We recommend planning on riding Friday morning and Sunday afternoon, and leaving time for Seminars all day Saturday.

See you there!

How you can help - put up a few posters! 2011 poster available! Please post it everywhere!

The Plan

The plan is simple. Show up on Friday afternoon, (NOT earlier, sorry) meet people and setup. Travel Presentations and Tech seminars are planned from Friday evening.

2011 Speakers and Tech Seminars (in progress, details asap):


  • Tiffany's 'Trail to Tibet'
    • Tiffany Coates
      The dream job = Motorcycle Guide
      The dream destination = Tibet
      How I accompanied 12 motorcyclists on one of the world's toughest routes.
  • Africa - Cape Town to Nairobi
    • Dom Giles
      Earlier this year I took 3 months riding from Cape Town to Nairobi. No drama just a great time. Come and see how easy it can be. If I can do it anyone can.
  • Living with an Italian...
    • Paddy Tyson
  • Picture it. Write it. Tell the world.
    • The Ted Simon Foundation
      An introduction to The Ted Simon Foundation and Jupiter's Travellers by co-founder, Iain Harper.
  • Winter C90 riding
    • Ed March, "poodlebiscuit"
      Three C90's riding to the Elephant rally and over the alps in January. -22oC, towing a blown up C90 with 2 C90's on ice, camping in the snow without a tent. Basically a presentation on what a stupid idea is.
  • Two Pegs to Patagonia
  • Cardiff to Cairo Solo
  • One day... you have to live your dream...
    • Manuela Beis "Pumpy"
      How to plan, prepare and realise a 4-month solo journey through South America on a DRZ.
  • Why motorcycling is better than Apricot yoghurt
    • Steve Baker
      How a dairy product lead to the wrong Amazon.
  • Scooters in the Sahara


  • Pleasures & Pitfalls of long distance travel
    • Colin and Dee Masters
      Planning & preparation for long distance travel prevents ppp
  • Paperwork for 'the Stans'
  • First Aid on Two Wheels
    • Sarah Wilcock, "docsarah"
      You owe it to yourself and anyone you travel with to take this one!
  • Stretch the body, Travel further
    • Francis Maxey
      A practical guide to stretching the muscles before you ride and releasing the stiffness when you stop.
  • Demystifying the Myth
    • Yosi Rapaport
      Maintenance, tools, which bike.
  • Women only
    A VERY popular session - It's a must for the ladies, so plan on being there!
  • Ask the Experts!
    Panel Session! Still have a nagging question or two? Want to ask, but not sure who? There will be a panel session to get all those last details covered - ask anything at all! MOST of them we'll answer...

How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please contact me here to volunteer.

Videos to give you a flavour of what you can expect...


The main conference room will squeeze 100 people. Two marquees hold up to 80 each, so there will be THREE and sometimes FOUR shows happening simultaneously, so you can pick and choose what you watch. We will do a few popular shows twice.

There will also be Breakout sessions, which anyone can call! We'll have signup sheets for breakouts, just grab a sheet and list what subject you want to talk about and where and when, and people can sign up and meet you there! Sessions can be during dinner, or over breakfast or meet at someone's bike, whatever, it's up to you.

There will be slide shows and talks Friday and Saturday night, as well as all Saturday morning and afternoon, and possibly Sunday too, (see the schedule, come early and make it a great weekend! We recommend planning on riding Friday and Sunday, and leaving time for Seminars all day Saturday.

The HU Travel Bike Show!
Free to enter, open to all bikes.

Prizes for:

  • Most Unsuitable
  • Most Stickered
  • Best Modification
  • Most Travelled

Shine it up - or perhaps get it dirtier... and bring it to the front parking lot area Saturday afternoon - details at registration.

Money Market!
Bring your unused foreign currency:

- get it exchanged with others in readiness for your next trip!
- or donate it to Motorcycle Outreach

Further details about the Money Market will be given on arrival at the Meet.

See the Schedule here


Rideouts are limited to 6 to 12 people per ride, no exceptions.

We plan to have rideouts onSaturday. On paved and unpaved road. Leaving at 9.30 AM arriving back around 12.00 PM. All riders must have signed the usual H.U. disclaimer, but its up to the ride leader who goes and who doesn't, nothing to do with H.U. Full on crossers with race pipes, knobblies, and numbers are likely to be frowned upon. Numbers are limited and that again is up to the rideout leader.

If you're interested please put your name down on arrival at the Registration Tent. There will be signup sheets for each ride posted. First in best dressed.

All participants have to sign a liability waiver in advance. YOU are responsible for your own safety, rides are NOT guided, you will ride with volunteers who will point out the interesting routes to you.

Charity Draw

2011 Charity is Motorcycle Outreach, through the sale of raffle tickets and the generous donation of prizes from all the vendors on site and from afar. If you'd like to donate a prize for the charity raffle, please contact Charlotte below.

Motorcycle Outreach does much the same as Riders for Health, but in Indonesia! :) In 2010 you raised £800.00 for them with your raffle ticket purchases!

Draw will be held at 6:30 pm on Saturday, and numbers will be matched to prizes. Prizes will be available to pick up from 7 pm Saturday until noon Sunday, so no need to be there to win!


Camping is INCLUDED in your registration fee.

NO 4 wheeled vehicles in the main camping field, too much damage to the grass, and too crowded, so there is an area specifically for you.

Showers - limited but adequate showers are available in the main building

Wi-Fi - none.

NO barbecues, fires etc in the camping fields AT ALL!

Camp STOVES OFF the ground are fine.


Yes, on site.

Dogs - Due to a particularly noisy dog in '07 at Ripley, there will be no dogs allowed to camp in the main camping areas at all. VERY sorry we have to do this, but there were a lot of complaints, and understandably so, about a dog barking all night, so we're forced into this restriction.

Children - the organisers have come to the conclusion that this is not a suitable event for children. Safety concerns have been raised, especially with folks riding around on motorcycles, not always sober! Some of the presentations are absolutely inappropriate for kids, and yet their parents brought them along anyway! It is not fair to the presenters (or the audience) to expect them to censor themselves so that children can attend talks that are intended for an adult audience, and we could run afoul of child protection legislation. So for 2011, IF you wish to bring your kids along, YOU must sign a waiver on the day taking FULL responsibility for kids under 16 (and 14+ year olds will pay full adult price). NO children admitted to talks after 9pm.

Equipment for Sale

There will be a pin board for you to post equipment, bikes etc for sale.

Free stuff - A Scratch Patch

(as suggested by Michelle Clarke in an email:)

"We all know how expensive these overland travel dreams can be, but also how you often manage to accumulate travel equipment and bits and pieces that just end up gathering dust. That thingamabob that you have been meaning to give away for ages could be exactly what some skint newbie is in need of before a first trip.

How about a table set aside inside as the Scratch Patch at the UK HU meet? A place where people can put those extra inner tubes for the bike that they already sold but forgot to give to the new owner (clearly labelled as to size of course ); that jerry that you bought that doesn't fit your mountings; that Lonely Planet for Mongolia - anything that might be a big help to someone else.

(of course, anything that does not find a home by the end of the weekend will need to be reclaimed)"

Perfect - we'll set up a spot somewhere, so bring your goodies!

Travel Vendors

Vendors sign up here to join us!


  • Stahlkoffer Bespoke motorcycle panniers and accessories as well as motorcycle clothing
  • Touratech UK, the adventure travel specialists - everything for your bike!
  • Traveldri-Plus, motorcycle travel and camping goodies specialists
  • Two Wheel Trekkers, Jesse Luggage Europe
  • Zen Overland Off-road and adventure equipment for overland motorcycles

Ripley 2011 Vendors, many of them expected for the Autumn Meeting:

  • Adventure-spec, waterproof riding gear, luggage, tools, bike protection parts, first aid kits, camping bits and pieces
  • James Cargo Services, bike shipping around the world.
  • Winding Roads FAMSA and Wolfman Luggage and heated accessories

Overall Schedule (not Seminars and clinics)

All times - and everything - approximate!

An up-to-date schedule will be posted at the Meeting.


NO entry before noon Friday.

2:00 PM - 10:00 PM CHECK-IN! You MUST be registered to go on a ride or entry to any events, seminars etc.

8:30 PM Welcome Intro

9:00 Presentations in at least two venues

10:30 to Midnight: Bonfire, Bar, film

Speakers presentations schedule - check the posted times on the day for all details.


8:30 - 10:00 Breakfast

Rideouts - details here if you're riding on your own

9:30 - Off-road Ride. Be gassed up and ready to ride if you're going. Ends at 12:00.

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM CHECK-IN!

10:30 - 1:00 Presentations

1 - 2:30 Lunch

2 - 6:30 Presentations

6:30 in the Marquee: Raffle prize draw. You do NOT have to be there to win. Any ticket drawn, and prize not collected immediately, will be affixed to the prize and left till noon Sunday for pickup. Any prizes not collected will then be given to Motorcycle Outreach to be drawn at another event.

6:30 - 8:30 Dinner and bar

10:30 to Midnight: Bonfire, Bar, film

Speakers presentations schedule - check the posted times on the day for all details.Saturday, dinner


Breakfast served from 8:30 - 10:00

11 AM Road Rideout.

There will also be several travel oriented vendors there, so a great opportunity to have a good look at the latest goodies. Vendors please contact me for details.

Miscellaneous notes:

Organizers will be there Thursday afternoon, if anyone wishes to arrive early and just hang out or go for a ride in the area.


Registration will be CLOSED when we fill up at 250 people. Check back here to be sure we're full.

Admission pricing (for PAID pre-registration):

Register and PAY before August 15, 2011, admission is £35.
After August 15 the price is £40.

At the door, IF space is available, admission is £45 including camping.

Friday ONLY £20 at the door, no camping.
Saturday ONLY £25 at the door, no camping.

Entry fee includes admission to the slide shows on Friday and Saturday night and Sunday am, and other events during the day every day. Camping is also included in your entry fee for Friday and Saturday night.

Accommodation other than camping, and meals are NOT included.

Please PRE-BOOK by filling in the form below and click the "Count me in" button below it.

NOTE: Use one form per person - Everyone must register! Vendors see here, Presenters see here.

Option 1. Pay by PayPal

a. You will shortly receive an e-mail confirmation. Check to ensure the details are correct. If you don't receive an e-mail confirmation within a few minutes, it means your e-mail address wasn't correct, (or the Internet has eaten your e-mail). Try again. A human being will actually get a copy of the e-mail, and we promise we won't sign you up multiple times. ;-)

b. After you have filled in the form and submitted it, you will have an opportunity to pay by Click to go straight to the PayPal Payment link.. Please be careful calculating the amount, the form isn't that smart yet!


Option 2. Pay by cheque

a. You will shortly receive an e-mail confirmation. Check to ensure the details are correct. If you don't receive an e-mail confirmation within a few minutes, it means your e-mail address wasn't correct, (or the Internet has eaten your e-mail). Try again. A human being will actually get a copy of the e-mail, and we promise we won't sign you up multiple times. ;-)

b. PRINT THAT EMAIL (or write out the important bits by hand if you don't have a printer) and MAIL it with a check (in GBP or Euros)

made payable to Horizons Unlimited, and mail to:

Grant Johnson,
Suite 621
24 St. Leonards Road
Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3BB

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Sorry, your're too late to register online, but we do have a few spaces left, so just go, and you can register when you get there.

NOTE: NO arrivals before noon Friday!



Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Just to clarify the membership situation: Currently there is no requirement to be a member to access the website, the HUBB or to receive the monthly e-zine. For now, what you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive.

We will also upgrade your status in the HUBB to Member. In addition to recognising your contribution through your status, this will allow you to upload a custom profile picture and custom avatar, store more private messages, upload more pictures (10 MB maximum storage) and create polls.

You can also get a t-shirt, mug, fleece jacket or other Horizons logo product from the Souk, and purchase Member logo products at the basic price. Just let us know and we can arrange access to the Members Private Store.

Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or shortly thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.

T-Shirt Deal

Top quality cotton t-shirts in black or grey. We will have a range of sizes available, but quantities will be very limited, so if you wait till the day, there might be none left in your size.

The Synthetic t-shirts are in a beautifully made wicking material, and make great travel / riding t-shirts as well as all-round wear t-shirts.

Note that we will have a very few t-shirts extra at each meeting, but to be sure you must pre-order and pay in advance.

2012 Tshirt slogan "The open road is calling, and I have a world to ride!"


(large, full back)

The open road is calling, and I have a world to ride!


Front 'Pocket patch' logo on all tshirts

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

(You may need to right click and choose "save target as...")

Poster in pdf format (380kb) full colour 2011 poster.

Thanks for the help!

The Meeting Location for 2011

Fernhill Farm,
Cheddar Road,
Compton Martin
Bristol, Avon
BS40 6LD


Camping IS included in your entry fee!

Getting There - GPS, Maps

Google Map to the site:

GPS coordinates are: (degrees, minutes, seconds [51° 17' 48.6" -2° 40' 40.6"]) (Decimal [51.296832° -2.677938°])

If you have any links or details for the area please let us know



Other Accommodation Possibilities

Please contact the main organisers Gabe Bolton and Charlotte Moore ( ) with any questions, and they will be able to give you all the information you'll need

Information about the area



Local Hosts

Gabe Bolton and Charlotte Moore have volunteered to be the lead organizers of this event - a huge thanks for their efforts!

Help is always MUCH appreciated, it's a lot of work - please volunteer for a couple of hours, help out, and meet people and make new friends!

If you have any questions:

with rideout registration, vendor, venue and speakers questions.

See you at a meeting this year!

Grant and Susan


Editors note:
We accept no responsibility for any of the above information in any way whatsoever. You are reminded to do your own research. Any commentary is strictly a personal opinion of the person supplying the information and is not to be construed as an endorsement of any kind.
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