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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Corniche de l’Esterel

Corniche de l’Esterel

Beautiful and twisty, the Corniche de l’Esterel is the road round the rugged red rocks the Riviera riders race round to show off, also the swanky sports car drivers and maybe the occasional film star in a cabriolet. The road weaves alongside and over the railway to Cannes and Nice, which runs in a cutting and tunnels.

Tonight the local bike hooligans were racing a train, or at least using it as a pace-setter, I wasn’t quite sure. Seemingly futile... the train has the straight line and no worries about traffic. No-one was hurt and it looked fun.

 

Col du Bel Homme

Rocher de Roquebrune
Rocher de Roquebrune (373 m.)

Riding up from the Riviera to the head of the Grand Canyon of the Verdon at Castellane in the Préalpes of Haut-Provence. I’ve been waiting for the best weather day for a ride inland and I think I just bagged it; this was a fantastic day out, roads quiet, including almost no cyclists or motorcaravans; bright, warm enough and no wind so great views and great riding.

More photos: Col du Bel Homme (915 m.) - Parc naturel des Préalpes d'Azur

St.Tropez - Côte d'Azur

St.Tropez - Côte d'Azur

Always a treat to ride to St. Tropez, the charming little port on the Côte d’Azur. Blue sky and strong sunshine were today moderated by a chilly wind from the northeast. I met with my long-standing friend Denis who lives in St. Tropez, also of the French bike club AMA; we haven't met since just before the first lockdown, more than two years ago.

More photos: St. Tropez

Three books about racers

Why read when you can ride? Put simply, I read for motivation and inspiration - they ride so much better than we do. You can see what they do on the bikes on TV but not why they do it, and what it takes behind the scenes. Not that any of these books are fully frank, the riders are public sportsmen so their image is carefully cultivated by their representatives and for the benefit of their sponsors.
The book about Valentino Rossi is written by a journalist so is in the third person in the style of a long article in Motorcycle News; Boorman’s and Rutter’s are written by the rider with an associate writer, ie ghost writer, and are the better for the professional writer’s input. Charley Boorman’s style is at once intimate, biker to biker, but with the polish (and thus detachment) of a TV documentary voice-over. It’s easy to imagine Michael Rutter telling his tales over a few pints in a Manx pub, tidying them up for publication and making a nice book with it all in for his grandchildren and fans.

Read more: Racers

London GBMCC pub meet

London GBMCC crowd at the usual pub. First time I’ve been for a while, good to see friends, new faces and new bikes; still only a small crowd but the weather’s looking up, diary plans are being worked on and bikes are getting readied for trips away..

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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.