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.

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Rassemblement des Motos Anciennes - St. Tropez

Rassemblement des Motos Anciennes - St. Tropez

Orange fruits in St. Tropez

Leaving the port of St.Tropez

The 25th « Rétropézien » motorcycle rally, the French is much more atmospheric - XXVième Rassemblement des Motos Anciennes - suggesting assembling all the old bits again to get the old bikes working once more. Unfortunately another dodgy forecast, not the sunshine as expected but despite the rain first thing, the afternoon was dry for the old bikes’ outing. About a hundred bikes turned up for the actual run, more just for the run, not including the lunch.

Sunset over the Golfe de St. Tropez

Saint-Tropez - Notre-Dame de l’Assomption

Sunset in St.Tropez with Denis, following some sporty riding through the Forêt des Maures and lunch in Giens with fine views of the islands of Porquerolles; Giens is not quite an island but is certainly another world across the isthmus out from the palm trees of Hyères.

Read more: Bike ride to the isles

Roadside texting at Peyrolles-en-Provence

Tarte Citron at Gréoux-les-Bains

Valensole plateau

Spring weather returns to Provence so a dream ride through four départements, Bouches du Rhône (13), Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (04), Var (83) and Vaucluse (84). Warm enough to play and no sign of the strong winds that had been forecast. Checking in en route with Lionél in Peyrolles-en-Provence, who looks after my bike, and very happy to find the convenient boulangerie in Gréoux-les-Bains has reopened with a new boulanger and staff. That’s a Tarte Citron I’m enjoying in my photo. Then up the twisty road to the Valensole plateau for a ride through the fields of lavender with distracting views of the snowy Alps above Allos and Barcelonette.

Unlike yesterday’s: Marseille snow

 

Going home time from the GBMCC London pub night

Going home time from the GBMCC pub night. The last of about three dozen club members striking a pose and getting ready to ride home after another popular club event in Kennington, southeast London.

Photographically, this is the latest in my series of photos of “After the...”

Vespa PX125 scooter in the snow

Triumph Bonneville in the blizzard

If you want to ride stylish then a Bonneville 750 or a Vespa PX125 are good choices but today’s blizzard means it is probably not a good day to ride the bike to work in London.

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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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