A week in Gran Canaria

Helmut and I have just returned from a week in Gran Canaria, which gave us five day’s riding with Canary Motorycle Tours.

Before we arrived, the organisation by Joy who is co - owner and administrator extraordinaire was spot - on. It was really easy to communicate. That didn’t stop when we got there and the airport pick - up and drop off and welcome brief including a map of the local town and recommended restaurants were great.

There are several groups that ride out of the main base on any given day, but the maximum in our group was seven, with most days being six. We were fortunate enough to spend the whole week with three really nice blokes with other ones and twos rotating through as some people book just a day or two.

On the first day, you are allocated a bike. I was hoping for the SV650 initially simply as I can get the balls of my feet down and the roads are very cambered, but someone else my height had that. I was given a Honda NC750X in the end (manual, although there was a DCT version) which I could tiptoe. Helmut had a brand new V Strom 800DE. Both did the job well; the Honda was pretty characterless but very easy to ride and more than enough for the job. It was all - day comfortable and felt very stable, probably due to the fuel tank under the seat I guess. Compared to the Street Triple there was very little feel (to me) from it, but then it is a completely different bike.

Our guide for the week was Jose, a born and bred Canarian who seemed to know absolutely everyone on the island. He was also utterly, completely bonkers in the very best possible way; relentlessly enthusiastic and passionate about motorcycling, loads of fun but also very strict on the safe way to ride these roads. The majority were exceptionally twisty and narrow with multiple blind bends so “keep right, keep tight” was the mantra to avoid colliding with anything coming in the opposite direction.

The photos that I had seen before we went were amazing, but actually being there and experiencing the spectacular scenery was something totally different. Much of the riding was done up into the mountains, with endless hairpins to negotiate to get up there - the website does say it is not for the novice rider and I would say that it was pretty technical. Jose kept the pace challenging, but not so much that you missed out on the awesome scenery. I do not think that I would have been able to do this a year or eighteen months ago but I kept up with the group absolutely fine on this tour and feel as if I have likely come away a better rider also for the experience. A head for heights was also essential as some of the roads were next to sheer drop - offs.

The weather was a little mixed; we got wet at times for the first few days with one memorable ride high up in the mountains in the cloud and rain, coming down steep hairpins only able to see a bike length in front. This soon improved as we came back down to lower altitudes and Jose altered the route to follow the coast to the south to seek good weather :slightly_smiling_face:.

We were very fortunate in that the guide was brilliant, food and drink and every stop was great and the others in the group that were rode with we struck lucky with and they were great company.


That looks superb. Lovely scenery and great looking roads.

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That sounds like a fabulous trip all round. Very envious. Lovely pics, too.

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That looks absolutely brilliant. I would love to do that wit the mrs.

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So pleased you had a great experience. I could have written the same account myself after our trip last year. Jose is such a nice guy. Did he tell you about his accident and resultant brain damage? He is a superman!


Yes, he did :astonished:. I also asked about the meaning of his green wristband and “An Angel On The Road” on his jacket and he told me that story too. The man is a legend (and completely mad).

One of our group came off on a bend right in front of me and Jose stayed in the hospital with him whilst he was being treated until about midnight and even offered to buy him dinner. He is one of the world’s truly lovely people.


Lovely write up @MrsVisor . The pictures tell a beautiful story, glad you had a good holiday.


Great trip; great write up; great pictures! Thanks Mrs. V - thoroughly enjoyed that read - though perhaps not quite as much as you enjoyed the ride!

p.s. that Suzuki looks like a UKRAINE flag tribute edition! SLAVA! :smiley:


@MrsVisor, which hotel did you choose? We stayed at the one on the main road in a lot of comfort with great breakfast selection!

Same one @TallPaul - we booked late so that was the only option anyway but really handy to walk to the unit, loads of restaurants in reach and close to the bus stop for our rest day :slightly_smiling_face:. Not the sort of hotel I would usually choose for a holiday but perfect for this one. I simply can’t find one bad point about the week actually. We both fancy the three island tour or Balkans.

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The gold wheels on the Suzuki inspired one of the rest of the group to get his GS’ wheels powder coated gold on his return to the UK!

Sounds like you had a great time!
We’re really lucky those of us that live in the Canaries with great roads and pretty much guaranteed good weather,although we do have some wet days too!
Next time think about Tenerife. A bit different in some ways to Gran Canaria, but still superb biking routes.


@PhilT we did; we have been to Tenerife on holiday and did think there looked to be some brilliant routes there too :slightly_smiling_face:.