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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GSXR parked despite multiple prohibtions

GSXR riders have a reputation for disregard of authority but even so, as the rider of this GSXR600 parks his bike with such “don’t care” attitude to parking prohibitions, I wonder just how radical his riding style is. Perhaps the way his bike’s provocatively near the red and white barriers, which look like race track edge paint, are a further hint of his yearnings,
But... this is a picture where you have to look the other way to understand the whole story. The GSXR is parked opposite a kitchen, the rider is one of the chefs and he’s parked so that he can keep an eye on his bike full time. Entirely understandable here in Central London, not far from Leicester Square.

Christmas Market in Marseille Vieux Port

Winter leathers on for a quick ride around Marseille in a moment of wan winter sunshine after the drizzle. Slippery cobbles around the Vieux Port but fun on the Corniche Kennedy with even a bit of respect from the scooter riders. I usually avoid Marseille Vieux Port on a bike because of the congestion but I wanted to check out the Marché de Noël (Christmas Market).

GBMCC London Christmas lunch 2017

Ninety-one happy bikers for GBMCC London Christmas lunch at the Riverside restaurant, on the bank of the Thames at Vauxhall. Thank you Stephen for organising this event, which goes from strength to strength, as does GBMCC, now in its fortieth year.
Then many of us went on the nearby Royal Vauxhall Tavern for traditional stage entertainment: Charlie Hides’ TransAtlanticDame show.

High res version available to club members, see the GBMCC website

Le Plan de la Tour, village in the Massif des Maures

Balcony in Le Plan de la Tour, village in the Massif des Maures

Last day riding for this trip. Petit déjeuner at home with Denis and Michel in St. Tropez then riding up to the cork tree forest that clothes the Massif des Maures. Stopping for coffee in the little village of Le Plan de la Tour. Previously a village of vineyard and forest workers, now you don’t have much choice if you have only one million Euros to buy your holiday house. Nonetheless, the new owners have mostly made their renovations sympathetic to the local styles.

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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.