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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Motorcycle Live 2021, NEC
Triumph Tiger 660 Sport

Motorcycle Live 2021, NEC

Bikes bikes bikes! I wanted to check out the models that I’ve shortlisted in case I buy a new bike for 2022. It was also good to meet up for lunch with some other GBMCC members. I’m sort of shopping for a sports touring or adventure style bike so I was very interested to swing my leg across the newly unveiled Triumph Tiger 660 Sport as well as some other models. you can probably read my immediate impressions by my face expressions!
Elsewhere, Motorcycle Live is a feast of people-watching in amongst the bright colours and shiny metal.
Vaccination status was checked before entry, and those not fully-vaccinated were admitted only after an on-the-spot Covid test.

More photos: Motorcycle Live 2021 - NEC

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall

Unexpectedly brilliant ride and then a brill sunset as well, I never thought a ride out from Keswick in November would be this good. I wrapped up well, leathers under touring suit but even so, no cold fingers and no, my little Z250 Ninja doesn’t have handlebar warmers.

More photos: Hadrian’s Wall ride

GBMCC London pub meet - November 2021

This month’s friendly evening among GBMCC mates at the bike club’s London pub meet. A good number of bikes outside despite the November drizzle, and great to meet again more friends I’ve not seen for quite a while. Lots of chat about ideas and planning for 2022. Good that we’re spreading to occupy more tables every month since the restart. Real candles on the tables is a nice touch by the pub.

Plage de St. Clair, le Lavandou
Plage de St. Clair, le Lavandou

Pointe de la Chappe
Pointe de la Chappe

That was a really pleasant ride. Not too long, balanced between Riviera coast and hills plus the weather was mild and the traffic moderate. Great to see again palm trees and lush semi-tropical flowers and trees. Fantastic light also.

More photos: Riviera beach run and Col du Canadel (269 m.)

Les Goudes, Marseille

Sunday cruise to the pretty little Mediterranean port of Les Goudes, which is at the end of a long peninsular between Marseille and the Parc national des Calanques. Wearing an old and favourite leather suit with twin front zips, which is unfortunately no longer suitable for riding out of town.

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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.