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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Saint-Vincent-les-Forts and Lac de Serre-Ponçon
Lac de Serre-Ponçon from Saint-Vincent-les-Forts (1314 m.)

Valley of the Ubaye
Valley of the Ubaye

After a clear night, the temperature on the balcony in the hotel in Barcelonnette at 1135 m. was 0.0°C at about 0730, ie just before dawn. I hadn’t been expecting an early start but this was frosty with the frost even harder up on the mountain roads. It seemed sensible to seek the pretty autumn colours rather than head up to one of the high cols which surround Barcelonnette. I loaded my RR and set off towards more moderate cols and the sweeping road down the valley of the River Ubaye

More photos & text: Barcelonnette - Col Saint-Jean (1332 m.) - Col Labouret (1240 m.)

route napoleon
River Asse, Route Napoléon, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

road to Col d’Allos
Barrême, 722 m.

Bright clear start in Marseille though chilly enough hammering up the valley of the Durance but I was wearing lots of layers. Then a cut through to the Route Napoléon.

The autumn colours are spectacular. Both in swathes on the sides of the valleys and single trees in isolation. This is the end of autumn here in the Provence Alps so the colours are their most intense. One more storm maybe and they’ll be gone and it will be winter, meanwhile it’s a show to relish.

More photos & text: Col d’Allos (2247 m.) in autumn

London GBMCC pub met

London GBMCC pub met

GBMCC’s monthly London pub meet: great to meet friends and great we are now allowed back indoors.

Cumbria
Map reading under an English Oak tree

Mell Fell, Cumbria
Mell Fell

Sunny Sunday morning in Cumbria.
Fill up with high octane petrol, what shortage?
Ride on to Ullswater, passing a farm training quad bikers.
Then a boathouse launching kayakers.
Check map under a sprawling oak.
Ride on to Lowther Castle, that William Wordsworth called a majestic Pile.
Passing Penrith, ride up racy Hartside, more bikers than cars.
The summit cafe is shut. Where now, we chat?
We find them: Keswick Filling Station is busy.

More photos: Sun’s out: bikes out. Ullswater, Lowther, Hartside, Keswick

St. Bees Head, Cumbria

Exploring around St. Bees Head, the most westerly point of the Cumbrian coastline.

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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.