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

My current motorbikes are a CBR600RR and a CBR600RW, both from Honda.

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

See also my Motorbiking web links

My Biker Colours 1977-81, front

Nostalgia in my loft - my colours from biking 1977-81. Times like these are why we’ve kept this stuff. Staying at home is also about the attic/loft and those cupboards that don’t see daylight very often.

My Biker Colours 1977-81, back

My colours: my identity and personal history of my early riding around Reading, Windsor & Maidenhead, Twyford, Henley and Slough. There were a lot of pubs at the time that wouldn’t serve bikers in leather jackets, let along cut-offs and certainly not colours. Yes, it is a heavy look and it was tribal - Angels or Greasers or Rockers etc - but we were all bikers and I kept away from the bad stuff.
I passed my test on a KH250 2-stroke triple and moved up to a Z750 twin, both kick-start only.

Read more: My colours (1977-81)

Alpinestars Supertech R Boots

New Supertech R boots have arrived: “Sleep for now my new boots, be ready to protect me when the good times roll once again.”

CBR600RR at Le Lavandou, Var

Riviera ride out - last ride before lockdown

Petanque at Le Lavandou, Var

Artichoke brochette and Salade Italienne

Read more: Riviera ride out - last ride before lockdown

Resting up in the shade in the south Lubéron

Resting up in the shade at the turnaround point of my ride to the south Lubéron.

La Tour-d'Aigues

La Tour d’Aigues

A big ride on the best day’s sunshine so far this year.

More photos: Alpilles - Durance - Lubéron-Sud

Hands of the bars of an RC213V-S

The closest thing to a MotoGP bike I have yet got my hands on the bars of, Honda’s RC213V-S, courtesy of the Honda dealer in Marseille
Just a very brief touch of the RC213V-S but enough to know it it’s a monster under there, it felt unlike the riding position of a Fireblade SP and maybe those bars were set a bit wider. One of those things that if you need to ask how much, then it’s already too much. You’ll need the Race Pack too, so something like €240,000 all-in, is the answer.



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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