Motorbiking

"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

Col du Lauraret

Col du Lautaret (2057 m.)

Col du Galibier

Col du Galibier (2642 m.)

Ride to the Alps day 2: aiming for the Col de l’Iseran, at 2770 m. it’s said to be highest paved road pass in Europe.

More: Col de l’Iseran: 2770 m. Alps rideout August 2020 - 2

Dassault 312 twin-engine trainer plane at Barcelonnette aerodrome

Dassault 312 twin-engine trainer plane at Barcelonnette aerodrome (1135 m.)

Aire de Ganagobie

Aire de Ganagobie

Ride to the Alps August 2020 day 1. Marseille to La Grave: La Meije over the Cols de Vars, Izoard and Lautaret.

More: Vars - Izoard - Lautaret: Alps rideout August 2020 - 1

Col du Galibier

Col du Galibier (2642 m.)

Big smiles at 2642 m. It’s been a struggle to get back to this special place but great to ride here with Arno. Photos of a great ride together culminating at the Col du Galibier.

Col du Lautaret

 Col du Lautaret (2058 m.)

Read more: Cols du Galibier, Lautaret, Ornon and Festre

Lubéron, Provence

Lavender fields in the Lubéron

At last! After nearly four months, it’s time to ride. The sun’s nearly vertical, the skies blue: this is riding in the Lubéron in Provence in summer.

More photos: Lubéron, first ride after lockdown

Italian marque bikes outside the local Italian bike shop

Italian marque bikes outside the local Italian bike shop

The Italian bikes out where they belong, in the summer sunshine. Lockdown’s not over yet here in London, but seeing the bikes out in the sun again is like seeing the first daffodils flowering after the long grey winter.
The local dealer’s been open through most of the lockdown, looking after the scooter delivery riders; today (the first day of the “flexible lockdown”) is the first time I’ve seen the big bikes outside.
Confirmation of the slogan on the posters “Please believe these days will pass” and giving hope it may be soon.

 

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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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