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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February bike ride in the Luberon, Provence

Great day out biking in the Luberon in Provence. Lots of fast toys on the move with riders practicing getting their knee down. Yes even in February: the clear skies only lasted a short way further North - I was speaking to a couple of riders from near Lyon. I used the Coombe de Lourmarin to cross the Luberon mountain through to Bonnieux.

The castle behind me in the photo is at Lacoste, it belonged to the Marquis de Sade - you can see the famous tower descibed in his "journal". Now the grounds are used in the summer for outdoor classical and jazz concerts!

Read more: Luberon bike ride - February 2011

We've had a couple of brilliant days in Marseille with clear blue skies, moderate temperatures (although the Mediterranean sun is still very strong. The new battery in my bike failed dead at the first attempt at starting so that was another day spent fault finding. But Thursday also dawned bright and clear so I set off towards Barcelonnette and the col de la Bonette.

Read more: Col de la Bonette, 2802m - August 2010

This last weekend in May was a frustrating weekend as the weather wasn't good enough for bike riding in the high Alps as we had planned, some of the passes in the high Alps aren't open even yet.

Marseille continues to entice and infuriate in equal measure. My motorbike let me down out on the Col de l'Espigoulier, one of the hills surrounding Marseille, happily I was able to bump start it and return home and it was only the battery which needed replacing. But relatively out on limb and also in a still foreign country, these things are much more difficult.

All fixed by the end of Saturday and although I was too knackered to go out with my friends as planned (we'd already had a late night on Friday) I was able to enjoy the Eurovision song content from the comfort of my own place with my own stuff around me and some nice wine and food that I made myself at home. In this case, the sound of many other televisions echoing around the inner courtyard added to the atmosphere: the slogan of the show was "Share the moment".

Here's a postcard from my trip yesterday out to the Grand Canyon of the Verdon on a loan bike from the bike shop in Peyrolles, near Aix en Provence.

Read more: Grand Canyon of the Verdon - Easter 2010

Back from Marseille after a great weekend biking with Tony from Bristol as pillion on my RR. We went to Castellane and a couple of the mountain passes and several spectacular gorges in Haut-Provence and the Alpes Maritimes around Nice. And back first thing yesterday morning along the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Verdon.

Read more: Provence Bike weekend - August 2010

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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.