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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Snow on the peaks of the Écrins and Dévoluy

Snow on the peaks of the Écrins and Dévoluy, view from Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame de la Salette (1769 m.)

Breakfast in the Écrins, lunch with the Alps, tea in the Vercors and dinner in Marseille.

Dawn on L’Obiou in the Dévoluy massif

First light on the Obiou (2790 m.) in the Dévoluy massif.

More photos: Écrins - Savoie Alps - Vercors

Crossroads in Le Dévoluy, just down from Col de Festre

Crossroads just down from Col de Festre (1442m.)

road in Le Dévoluy

A brilliant afternoon riding the Col de Festre (1442 m.), Le Dévoluy and Gorge of the Souloise.  Dévoluy is a short side trip off the Route Napoléon and well worth the detour if you have the time.

More photos: Le Dévoluy

Honda CB500X - 2019

I booked a short test ride on the Honda CB500X middleweight trails/adventure bike. I’ve checked put various models on paper as I’m looking for a bike for road touring but with the capacity to go on white roads and forest roads in the South as and when the opportunity presents itself. Meanwhile there are plenty of those roads in the craggy limestone mountains around Marseille and even more when you go in to Haute-Provence and the Alps. So not a bike for a trip across the Sahara à la Paris-Dakar, for which the Africa Twin is the acknowledged tool for the job.

Read more: Test ride: Honda CB500X 2019

Meet at Pease Pottage - GBMCC run to Rye.

Meet at Pease Pottage - GBMCC run to Rye.

Riding with friends: twenty GBMCC riders from three regions converged near Gatwick for a ride to Rye on routes over the Sussex Weald and Ashdown Forest.

More photos: Ride to Rye

Canary Wharf by bike

Bank Street, Canary Wharf

Riding as a tourist in my own town!

More photos: Fazer 800 - Touring the City of 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.