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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MotoGP fan

Why I’m a fan of motorcycle grand prix racing as well as a rider of my own sportsbikes on the road - why watch when you could be riding?
Watching motorcycle grand prix racing isn’t the same as riding, it’s true, but watching enlarges and inspires my own riding. I can’t ride as fast or as accurately as a racer and I wouldn’t want to: every time I’ve ridden in a track day I’ve gone with the experience to improve my skills but I’ve longed for the open road, the thrill of the scenery passing by and the challenge of dodging the obstacles a road throws at you.
More than forty years on from gaining my full motorcycle licence, several spells in plaster and walking on crutches then with the scars and aches you get left with, watching racers is a safer substitute for the real thing, but of course I still ride my own CBR600RR when I can. Watching with others has become possible even at home with online chat; GBMCC now has a WhatsApp watch group and I also enjoy a text-fest during a race with my French friends from time to time.

Read more: MotoGP fan

Black Cat run: A396 in Devon

Black Cat run: A396 in Devon

Last blast visiting old haunts before the new lockdown, sadly in a red tin-top for practical reasons.

More photos: Black Cat run - last blast before the lockdown

Col du Lauraret

Col du Lautaret (2057 m.)

Col du Galibier

Col du Galibier (2642 m.)

Ride to the Alps day 2: aiming for the Col de l’Iseran, at 2770 m. it’s said to be highest paved road pass in Europe.

More: Col de l’Iseran: 2770 m. Alps rideout August 2020 - 2

Dassault 312 twin-engine trainer plane at Barcelonnette aerodrome

Dassault 312 twin-engine trainer plane at Barcelonnette aerodrome (1135 m.)

Aire de Ganagobie

Aire de Ganagobie

Ride to the Alps August 2020 day 1. Marseille to La Grave: La Meije over the Cols de Vars, Izoard and Lautaret.

More: Vars - Izoard - Lautaret: Alps rideout August 2020 - 1

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 Lautaret

 Col du Lautaret (2058 m.)

Read more: Cols du Galibier, Lautaret, Ornon and Festre

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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.