"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

Road near Gréoux les Bains

Valley of the river Bléone

Thrills and views riding on the best day's weather for riding in Provence so far in 2019, spring but not yet the heat of summer.

More photos: Grand Canyon du Verdon - north face route

Straight road to the south of Montagne Sainte-Victoire

Col des Portes, Montagne Sainte-Victoire

Summer weather at last so time to enjoy my first ride of 2019 in summer leathers for my tour of Montagne Sainte-Victoire, near Aix-en-Provence.

More photos: Tour of Montagne Sainte-Victoire

Stop under the pines trees

Coffee in Cassis, lunch in Solliès-Pont

A ride with AMA, the French bike club. Meeting at Cassis, then a route though the pines of the south side of Mont Saint Baume for lunch at Solliès-Pont. Back via the Col de l’Espigoulier (723 m.) and a final coffee in the little village of Gémenos.

Merci à Patrice et à Pascal de l’AMA qui ont organisé cette ballade.

Petrolchemical works, Bruni

Petrolchemical works, Bruni

EDF works, Etang de Berre

EDF works, Étang de Berre

Ride out from Marseille to check out “brown-field” sites around the Étang de Berre, which I see from the plane when it’s arriving or taking off from Marseille-Provence airport at Marignane.

More photos: Brown-field sights

Zero SR/F electric motorcycle

Chance meet in Fulham, West London, with a demonstration Zero SR/F electric motorcycle, which is quick enough to out-accelerate a Porsche 911, allegedly.
Just sitting on it, taking care of the charging cable plugged between the rider’s legs, gave an impression of the low centre of gravity and the long wheelbase.
Range from a full charge said to be about the same as a sportsbike for comparable performance.
Said to be silent, I wonder what the Harley E-bike will sound like on the street: the Moto-E track bikes have just an eerie whine of the drive train.



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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