Motorbiking

"Biker" for me usually means motorbiking, though I also have a Marin mountain-bike...

My current motorbikes are a Honda CBR600RR ABS 2017 and a Kawasaki Ninja Z250.

Previously I have owned: Honda CBR600RR 2005, Honda CBR600RW, 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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Le Mont-Sainte-Baume, Provence

Le Mont-Sainte-Baume, Provence

Gear check ride out from Marseille for a tour of Le Mont Sainte-Baume: this time it’s a new back protector, worn with a base layer under the one-piece perforated leathers. A three-can ride because of the afternoon heat, plus a cool-down at a village spring. Not easy in midsummer heat in Provence.
Great to rest up in the relative cool of the pine and oak forest at about 700 m. altitude on Sainte-Baume with half a dozen different species of butterflies and moths fluttering around.
Leathers peeled off pretty wet and fragrant back in Marseille: the afternoon was a lot hotter than the forecasts: I saw 34°C on a pharmacy thermometer in Gémenos.
The Dainese Pro-Speed Back Protector is a snug fit and didn’t chafe or feel hot, except the straps. Possibly it helps with the air back ventilation. No problems with a small rucksac. I’d prefer it was built in to the suit (as they used to be) but there’s more protection with the armour separate.

Le Mont-Sainte-Baume, Provence

Le Mont-Sainte-Baume, Provence

More photos:Armadillo RR

Lake District Fells seen from Hartside
Lake District Fells seen from Hartside

Lake District Fells seen from Hartside

Life on the open road under the wide skies

Summer leathers so great to feel closer to the bike and the road without all those winter layers.
Goldilocks would have liked that ride: not too hot and not too cold.
Little wind and roads clearish; except for horse-drawn vehicles presumably dispersing from Appleby Fair. Like bikers, these guys also appreciate the romance of the Open Road.
Moorland sheep are particularly effective at vehicle speed control.
Great roads, views and new performance tyres performing well. Happy rider!
And there really is a place named Ruffside.

More photos: Hartside - Hexham - Ruffside

Bassenthwaite Lake, view from Whinlatter Pass

Going grocery shopping the long and pretty way round... via Whinlatter Pass (318 m.) and Lorton for a view of Bassenthwaite Lake. Shopping run out from Keswick. Of course the A66 down by the side of the lake is shorter, quicker but much less fun.

Whelpside Gill, Helvellyn - Lake District National Park
Whelpside Gill, Helvellyn

The Struggle, Kirkstone Pass - Lake District National Park
“The Struggle”, Kirkstone Pass (454 m.)

Ride round Helvellyn (949 m.) at the end of a day when the roads had been cleared by rain driving the tourists back to their lodgings. My route took in Thirlmere, Grasmere, then up the 18-20% sustained gradient of “The Struggle” to Kirkstone Pass (454 m.), and back along the north shore of Ullswater.

GBMCC AGM weekend montage

Photo montage of many of the people at the GBMCC AGM weekend. Happy smiles after a sunny ride and the thrill of the Lake District topography after the monotony of the M6, as well as celebrating getting together again as a club. This year - after a couple of deferrals - we were able to gather in Patterdale YHA for the long weekend. Great to see friends again, new riders and just under 50 bikes in the parking. Bikers arrived from far and wide, including Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland as well as the more populous areas of the UK. This wasn’t everyone in the club by a long way: GBMCC has more than 500 members in 2022.
Thanks to the run leaders and to Graham who organised the weekend.

Hi-res version is on the GBMCC app & website (members only)

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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.