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 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 Lauteret

 Col du Lauteret (2058 m.)

Mont B;anc

 Mont Blanc (4809 m.) seen from the Col du Galibier

Col du Galibier

Col du Galibier (2642 m.), view south-east to the Écrins, Serre-Chevalier ski slopes and the Alpes Maritimes on the horizon

Read more: Cols du Galibier, Lauteret, 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.

 

Triumph Scrambler parked outside my front door

Triumph Scrambler parked outside my front door on Easter Monday. Tasty bike but nothing to do with me, not mine, not visiting me, nor a demo nor a loan bike. Unfortunately.
Dream over. Gone now.
It really was there - the camera never lies. Let’s hope he was doing the right thing by the lockdown.

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.

Read more: My colours (1977-81)

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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.