"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.

See also my Motorbiking web links

Honda CB500X - 2019

I booked a short test ride on the Honda CB500X middleweight trails/adventure bike. I’ve checked out 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

Road near Gréoux les Bains

Valley of the river Bléone

Thrills and views riding on the best day's weather for riding in Provence so far in 2019, spring but not yet the heat of summer.

More photos: Grand Canyon du Verdon - north face route

Straight road to the south of Montagne Sainte-Victoire

Col des Portes, Montagne Sainte-Victoire

Summer weather at last so time to enjoy my first ride of 2019 in summer leathers for my tour of Montagne Sainte-Victoire, near Aix-en-Provence.

More photos: Tour of Montagne Sainte-Victoire



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.