Motorbiking

"Biker" for me usually means motorbiking, though I also have a Marin mountain-bike...

My current motorbikes are a Honda CBR600RR ABS 2017 and a Kawasaki Ninja Z250.

Previously I have owned: Honda CBR600RR 2005, Honda CBR600RW, Honda VF750F, Yamaha FJ600, Suzuki GSX750EX, Yamaha FJ750, Yamaha XJ900, Kawasaki Z750 and I passed my riding test on my Kawasaki KH250.

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Riding the North Lakes & Fells

Riding the North Lakes & Fells

Ride out from Keswick chasing the mercurial sunny intervals. I chose the minor roads to Ullswater and Patterdale. Kirkstone Pass looked dodgy weather so I turned around at Sykeside camp site, note the remains of snow drifts on the flanks of Helvellyn etc. Rewarding views for my first ride of 2022.

Riding the North Lakes & Fells

Riding the North Lakes & Fells

More photos: Chasing sunny intervals from Keswick to Sykeside - Lake District National Park

Route planning wearing new Dainese Kyalami leathers

New Dainese Kyalami leathers

Planning my 2022 riding whilst breaking in fresh new leathers. Bought at a useful discount in the Boxing Day sale online, the leathers arrived laid out like a mummy in the packing box. I’m not expecting to use the elbow sliders but good to know they are there.

Read more: 2022 starts here

Route des Crêtes on Cap Canaille
Route des Crêtes on Cap Canaille

Cassis
Cassis

Great day out riding my RR; this is what I came here for this time, despite the hassles of travel at the moment.
After a classic Provence winter dawn, breakfast of just a croissant and some coffee, but indoors as it’s the coolest breakfast-time air temperature so far, just +3°C on my balcony. High clouds look like they will limit the sun’s rays but keep the heat in. The wind that stopped me riding yesterday has dropped so it should be good to go later on.
Riding out of Marseille, then passing the Légion tank regiment base at Carnoux-en-Provence, before a stop in pretty Cassis.

More photos: Carnoux, Calanques, Crêtes, Canaille & La Ciotat

Col de la Gineste, Marseille

Col de la Gineste, Marseille

Short ride out from Marseille to check my RR and my winter kit. One run through to Cassis to warm up the tyres then another working on corner markers and braking points. Chilly despite the blue sky and sea - the wind feeling more from the fjords than the Mediterranean.

More photos: La Gineste (326 m.)

Motorcycle Live 2021, NEC
Triumph Tiger 660 Sport

Motorcycle Live 2021, NEC

Bikes bikes bikes! I wanted to check out the models that I’ve shortlisted in case I buy a new bike for 2022. It was also good to meet up for lunch with some other GBMCC members. I’m sort of shopping for a sports touring or adventure style bike so I was very interested to swing my leg across the newly unveiled Triumph Tiger 660 Sport as well as some other models. you can probably read my immediate impressions by my face expressions!
Elsewhere, Motorcycle Live is a feast of people-watching in amongst the bright colours and shiny metal.
Vaccination status was checked before entry, and those not fully-vaccinated were admitted only after an on-the-spot Covid test.

More photos: Motorcycle Live 2021 - NEC

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En route from Marseille to the Alps

I'm riding light for a week on the mountain roads of the Alps. No laptop, although I do have my SLR camera but photos will have to wait till I'm back in Marseille..

I left Marseille for a long ride north via the Col de la Croix Haute (1179 m.) to Saint-Gervais under Mont Blanc. A bit of rain towards the end of the day which cleaned the Provence dust off my white leathers and boots but didn't soak me through.

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