DARK SKY EXPERIENCES
Available as an Evening (3 hours) or Full Night Experience (6+ hours)
Northumberland is home to the UK's largest Gold Standard Dark Sky Space, the Kielder Dark Sky Park. Don your helmet, sip some coffee and get ready to experience the thrill of exploring this amazing place by sidecar! Roaring along country lanes and down forest tracks in a sidecar outfit at night is completely and utterly exhilarating.
The roar and thrill of the motorcycle ride is juxtaposed by the total silence and darkness when we pull over and flick off the engines. Time to kick back in the sidecar and look up at the millions of stars above. The Milky Way is a regular and the Northern Lights make the odd cameo on this completely unique experience.
£145pp / 3 hours / Minimum 2 people
The Evening Experience lasts just over three hours. We'll meet at dusk for a sunset spin around some beautiful country lanes before heading out into the wilds of Northumberland National Park to witness the amazing display above. Shooting stars, the Milky Way and the Northern Lights are a possibility, a thrilling ride, fun guide and cup of amazing hot chocolate is a guarantee!
A private guide, refreshments, equipment hire if needed.
£295pp / 6 hours / Minimum 2 people
For the Full Night Experience we will also meet at dusk for a sunset spin in the sidecars. Then we'll head to a local pub for some proper Northumberland scran before heading to Kielder Water for some lakeside stargazing. Next, we'll head to the Kielder Observatory and join an organised talk about the wonders of the universe. You'll get the chance to gaze through world leading telescopes and see the night sky in magnificent detail. After a warm up at the observatory you'll be itching to get back on three wheels again so we'll head up the Kielder Forest Drive for a night time spin along the UK's longest unpaved road and another chance at spotting shooting stars before we circle back to our meet point.
A private guide, refreshments, equipment hire if needed, entry to the Kielder Observatory an evening meal.
WHAT TO EXPECT
All experiences are based on two people sharing one sidecar. One person rides the motorcycle and one person is the co-pilot in the sidecar itself. If you're both licensed riders you can swap seats throughout the day and if you don't have a license, you can just hop in the sidecar and enjoy the ride.
All guides are trained in sidecar riding and are OGA qualified motorcycle guides. Our guide will lead the day from another motorcycle or motorcycle and sidecar in front of you.
All experiences are private guided so we go at your pace.
FUN! Our experiences are exhilarating and without a doubt the best way to adventure in the North East.
Safety first. We take safety really seriously and only travel at safe legal speeds. Sidecars are a thrill at 30mph! Plus we can provide helmets and other safety equipment if you don't have your own.
"So much fun! I completely didn't expect it to be so fun!"
Night Experience Customer
DON'T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT....
"I saw 4 shooting stars! What a night!"
Night Experience Customer
As well as our set experience days we can offer bespoke experiences to meet your needs. All of our experiences are private guided but if you have experience of riding sidecars before and want to use the time exploring Northumberland then get in touch to plan your itinerary. We can also organise multi-day experiences around Northumberland or anywhere else in the UK, just let us know your needs and we'll get it arranged.
Who can join an experience day?We have experience options for both riders and passengers. If you wish to ride a Ural, you will need to be over 25 years of age with less than 3 points on your license. There are no specific requirements if you wish to join us for a passenger ride.
Do I have to have ridden a sidecar before?No, the experience centre is open to anyone who has a full motorcycle license. We welcome both experienced sidecar riders who are looking to test a Ural and those who are just beginners looking to try it for the first time.
Where?We have locations both near Morpeth, Northumberland. please contact us for the exact address.
I want to buy a Ural but don't want to do an experience day can I just come and test ride a Ural sidecar?If you are interested in buying a Ural but do not want to do a full experience day, you are welcome to arrange a viewing at one of our dealerships. We are also more than happy to take you for a test ride. However, whether you are an experienced sidecar rider or novice, you will not be able drive the Ural and will instead be a passenger in the sidecar for the test ride. Riding a Ural is very different to a solo motorcycle and unless we have been given the opportunity to assess your ability, we can only take you for a ride as a sidecar passenger. We would strongly recommend you join us for an experience day before riding and don't forget that each experience day comes with a £250 gift voucher accessories.
How many people will be on an experience day?Our Rider Experiences are for groups of up to 8 people sharing 4 sidecar outfits. If you would like a private experience you can arrange that by contacting us at email@example.com
Can I cancel my experience day?Experience days are non-refundable. However, if you can no longer attend your booked day we can change the day to a date of your choosing. You can also gift the experience day to someone else.