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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Visiting my CBR600RR in the workshop

The big smile and faraway look in my eyes tells it all: Happy Biker! That’s the first time I’ve got on my CBR600RR since being knocked off on the autoroute just outside Marseille in September. Not yet ready to ride but I’m visiting the workshop to discuss the repairs.

Sunset over Marseille viewed from the col at the same time as several groups of bikers

Driving a little Fiat 500 over the Col d’Espigoulier (723 m.) just outside Marseille was both a bit of fun but mainly a frustration. A car is not a bike and this route, which I know well as a biker, felt considerably more hairy when driving four wheels.
My reward was a dramatic Sunset over Marseille viewed from the col at the same time as several groups of bikers, including one in red, a Santa Biker.
The Col d’Espigoulier is one of those mysteries of Marseille: the road surface is maintained surprisingly well for a mountain road. There are no cameras and no speed bumps on the main route. Also the white line marking the summit is officially there for timing the road cyclists in hill climb events... but clearly it also gets used for motorsports...

 AMA GSE Provence Repas de Noël 2019

Salade de Chève Chaude

Christmas lunch with AMA Provence in a brasserie in Salon-de-Provence.

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gbmcc London Group Christmas Meal 2019

gbmcc London Group Christmas Meal 2019

Ninety-eight booked for our club’s annual festive celebration with many going on to the RVT afterwards for the Cabaret show and disco, another group going to the London Leather Social.

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Provence dawn over biker gear

Riding the Gorges de l’Ardèche

Riding the Gorges de l’Ardèche

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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.